Motorola Welcomes The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone

When it comes to advances in technology, we all want everything to be faster. This is especially true when it comes to our smartphones. We want to upload and download faster, connect faster, and work faster. With the 5G network already present in cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, with other major cities like New York on the horizon, you need a smartphone that can handle the next major step of mobile telecommunications standards and speeds. This is where the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone comes in.

We had the pleasure of attending the Moto Z4 launch event where the newest member of the Moto Z family was announced. This latest phone is packed incredible new features at just about half the retail of its competitors. Boasting a longer lasting battery, more storage, bigger display, and incredibly crisp night vision capabilities at prices that don’t match a month’s rent, you’ll love what the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone has to offer.

Check out some of the amazing features below:

  • An integrated in-display fingerprint sensor right on the phone’s 2.5D curved glass screen
  • 15w turbo power charging for quicker battery power
  • Enjoy amazing speeds with the new 5G moto mod at Verizon
  • Etched matte glass screen, water resistant, aluminum, the earphone jack is back, 6.4″ max vision, full HD+ OLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, AI engine, 3.0 GHz Octa-core
  • Enjoy up to 2 days of battery life
  • Moto Mods don’t just customize your phone with experiences you want,t hey add an extra battery to the Moto Z4
  • The 48-megapixel and 25-megapixel front-facing camera are amplified thanks to the sensor with OIS and Quad pixel technology.
  • Smart Composition feature that recognizes potential improvements to your photo and creates a second photo based on those improvements
  • One button navigation at the bottom of the screen. Quick flashlight with a flick of your wrist
  • Add fun, animated characters to your photos with AR Stickers
  • Spot Color Mode allows you to pick one color to keep, and then turn everything else in the photo to black and white. You can also choose from twelve different live color tones filters
  • Timelapse / Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, and YouTube Live
  • 128GB internal storage expandable up to 512GB with a microSD, 4GB RAM

Some of our favorite features include the incredible photo sharpness and clarity of the Moto Z4’s night vision; the auto smile photo capture that can capture up to 5 people in a group and single photos; the ability to add an artistic blur effect in the background for professional-looking selfies in both front and rear cameras with portrait lighting; and the 360 photo and video capabilities when you add on the 360 Moto Mod.

The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone is available now through Verizon in Flash Grey and Frost White. It can be purchased at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and www.amazon.com in the US; Starting June 13, customers who purchase the Verizon Moto Z4 at Best Buy will receive a limited time offer of $5/month for 24 months for new lines or $10/month for 24 months for upgrades.

Get the Moto Z4 at Verizon for only $10/month for 24 months. For those who want to bundle, the Moto Z4 + 5G Moto Mod starts at $439.99 for new activations; and the Moto Z4 + 360 Mod Camera Bundle is $499.99 unlocked. Canadians will be able to purchase the Moto Z4 this summer.

We highly encourage you to pop into one of the above retailers and try out the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone for yourself. Try out all the mods and see which is best for you, then go enjoy this epic phone.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Engineered for Life: Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Sometimes in life, you have to make adjustments. Whether it’s something big like spending habits or diet, or something small like beauty products or changing their headphones. For us, the increase in temperature meant we had to put away our over-the-head headphones for a pair that’s a bit more non-overheating. We always stay active and use our headphones for music and calls, so we needed a pair that was engineered for our life. We found exactly what we needed in the Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Not only does this Bluetooth earhook fit comfortably and securely over our ears, but it also boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours on a single charge. We can listen to our music and take calls with being completely unaware of what’s going on around us (safety first, always). Other features of the Jabra Elite Active 45e include 2-microphone call technology which allows us to seamlessly switch between listening to our music and making calls, with crystal-clear sound. Another aspect we love is its voice command capabilities. If you so desire, you can seamlessly and instantly connect to your Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Go from listening to music to a phone call to setting appointments, having your messages read to you and more.

Comfort-wise, the Jabra Elite Active 45e is wonderful. It fits comfortably around our ears and our heads with no need to adjust. We don’t have to worry about it shifting while we’re in motion and of course, we’re not left overheated. Love to run in the elements? These boast IP67-rated waterproof durability, with a 2-year sweat and dust warranty. The Jabra Elite Active 45e pairs easily with any smartphone and can be customized to your needs with the Jabra Sound+ app. Making adjustments like accessing your most-used widgets or selecting your preferred voice assistant can be done with a touch of a button.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones App

The Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones retails for $99.99 each and is available in three colors – navy, black, and mint. Choose your favorite color on www.jabra.com.

It’s About to be LIT: Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Launches

There’s an inspirational quote that’s been around for years that pops up on Instagram every few weeks, “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.  This quote is the first thing we thought about when we were first introduced to the latest beauty, the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo. A single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks that’s also a stunning body glitter. We couldn’t help but think, there’s no one that can stop the amazing sparkle we’ll be rocking with this must-have beauty product on.

The Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo launched in three shades:

Commander in Glitter – a multi-sized holographic silver with a blue silica base
Sergeant Sparkle – a multi-sized rainbow shimmer with a pink silica base
Major Gold – a multi-sized gold glitter with a silica base

Not only does the Glitter Camo look great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin as well. The multipurpose, water-based glitter is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and free from parabens, alcohol, and propylene glycol. You’ll love it because it’s comfortable to wear, dries completely, doesn’t flake, is longlasting, and easy to apply and remove.

Lit Cosmetics at The Makeup Show NYC

While at The Makeup Show NYC, we attended Lit Cosmetics’ Glitterology 101 (the science of glitter) seminar. Hosted by Makeup Artist Amber Blanchard with Founder Jodie Perks, they shared everything you wanted to know about glitter. While there, we picked up a jar of the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Sergeant Sparkle. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to rock it (check out on our Lit Cosmetics post on our @guestlistblog insta page)……we’re excited.

Founded in 2002 by Jodie Perks, Lit Cosmetics is a trusted brand; their products are available in top retailers like Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Beautylish.  Lit products are used by Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s top makeup artists and celebrities. These include Derrick Rutledge on Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Moss, Sarah Nicole Tanner on Lady Gaga, Vittoriio Masecchai on Ke$ha, and Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel.

Biggs & Featherbelle plant-based body care products

Biggs & Featherbelle: All-Natural, Plant-Based Body Care

We are not morning people. In fact, we can step into the shower and still be asleep; which is why we welcome invigorating scents to wake us up. Of course when it comes to your skincare, the most important isn’t scent, it’s how great it is for your skin. Luckily with the all-natural, plant-based body care, Biggs & Featherbelle, we get the best of both worlds. Get ready to invigorate your skin and your senses with the range of handmade soaps, bath fizzies, body butter, bath soaks, and body scrubs.

Created by sisters, Kelly and Kasey, Biggs & Featherbelle are made only with pure essential oils and plant-based ingredients. The soaps are handmade the old-fashioned way using cold processing to preserve the natural beneficial properties of the ingredients. We had the wonderful pleasure of trying out a few Biggs & Featherbelle products including the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap, Bar-garita Key Lime & Sea Salt Soap, Lemon Bar Lemongrass & Shea Butter Soap, Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub, Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm, and Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter.

As soon as we opened the package, our entire apartment was engulfed in the amazing combination of sweet citrus scents. It was like having a scented candle burning. Talk about amazing aromatherapy! Of course, we couldn’t wait to indulge in the products and started with the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap. This amazing cleansing soap is great for oily skin; it features sweet orange to nourish and balance excess oil, pink grapefruit to tone skin, and olive oil to moisturize.

We’re waiting until we’re done with the Barbados soap to use the other soaps; from what our skin has experienced (no dryness or tightness and it feels supple even before applying a moisturizer), we know we won’t be disappointed.

The Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub is even more incredible than it sounds. It’s not teeming with oil, so there are no worries about possibly slipping in the shower. Its scent is vividly potent and you’ll love how your skin feels afterward. The multitasking Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm is a dream. Not only does it moisturize, but it’s also great for reducing inflammation, soothing chapped and cracked lips, and heals, cools and helps prevent cold sores. We’ve never heard of a non-medical grade lip balm doing that!

Finally, the absolutely heavenly Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter. Raw shea butter is whipped into an almost fluffy, lightweight body butter that regenerates the skin, hydrates dry and damaged skin and hair. The lemon essential oil helps to tone and balance the skin.

We are in love with the all-natural, plant-based products from Biggs & Featherbelle. They have 20 soaps and we’re dying to try them all. Plus you can buy raw shea butter or cocoa butter in bulk.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Biodegradable Glitter, the Newest Product to Save the Planet

Festival season is officially here and it’s time to start gearing up with the freshest looks for the affair. But these events aren’t well-known for their eco-friendly initiatives; in fact, the amount of trash associated with these events have made them hard for environmentalists to swallow. Especially now that plastic straws have been banned in many locations.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Unfortunately, this plastic infiltration is nothing new. At the recent Coachella festival, more than a dozen grape farmers picked up shifts each night collecting pounds upon pounds of plastic cups, wrappers, and trash.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

But the California coastline is used to garbage crowding its shores. Among the 3,400 miles of California coastline, most of it has been cluttered with straws, plastics, and waste for years. Amidst the new laws seeking to banish plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, the makeup industry has been among the most difficult markets to sway.

Enter: biodegradable glitter.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

While many companies have been touting eco-friendly glitter products this year, Today Glitter is the first 100% biodegradable glitter product for festival-goers, DIY crafters, and savvy spenders, alike. This glitter has been integrated into makeup brands, body lotions, and more, with FDA approval to be used on eyes and lips. This makes it one of the best products to use during festival season.

“At Today Glitter, our mission is to enhance the inner beauty of each individual without contaminating our environment,” notes Victor Alvarez, the spokesperson for Today Glitter. “With 100% plastic-free biodegradable glitter, beauty gurus, families, and everyone in between can experience the joys of glitter without risking harm to the planet. It’s our passion to give fans useful and creative alternatives to live a sparkly life without the waste.”

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Best of all? This glitter degrades in fewer than 30 days. While it means you can’t stock up on your favorite products, it ensures that traditional glitter made from small pieces of plastic stay out of the environment.

These microplastics are terrible for the environment. Anything from plankton to fish to birds regularly ingests these plastics which contributes to bioaccumulation throughout the ecosystem. They can take up to 200 years to photodegrade in the environment where they break into smaller plastic particles before they’re finally gone. Scientists have been calling on a ban for glitter for years. It was thanks to their efforts that microbead exfoliants were banned back in 2015.

These biodegradable glitters are also much more comfortable to wear with some reports claiming that they’re up to 40% silkier than traditional glitter. Starting at $10, this affordable option will hopefully push plastics out of the beauty realm for good. This festival season, invest in eco-friendly products.

Tech Product Highlights: Our Favorite New Tech Gadgets and Innovations

In the digital age, we’re virtually tech-obsessed. We rely on the newest devices to connect with our loved ones, savor precious memories, streamline our responsibilities, and even learn more about who we are. Whether you’re looking to add to your steadily growing collection of gadgets or you simply want to know more about what’s going on in the wild world of technology, here are a few of our favorite new tech gadgets and innovations that are sure to improve your quality of life.

Western Digital Storage Options

Data shows that 15% of all paper documents are misplaced, while 7.5% are lost forever. But these days, you can avoid that scenario by storing documents digitally. Most of us rely on laptops and personal computers to store vital information for both personal and professional purposes. However, these devices may not always have enough room to spare.

That’s where additional digital storage options come in handy. By utilizing the following new tech gadgets and devices, in addition to your main devices, you’ll ensure you won’t ever lose essential files due to a crash or slow your computer down due to large file sizes.

With the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (short for solid state drive), you can save and even edit high-res photos and videos. It’s a must for photographers and YouTubers alike, as well as anyone who regularly works with media. Plus, it’s durable enough to protect your data from dust, spills, drops, and even rain.

Western Digital MY PASSPORT SSD

Speaking of photos and videos, what about the incredible images captured thanks to your flying drone or your state-of-the-art camera? Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless SSD is perfect for the job. Backing up files is simple, and the durable design means that your data will be protected from vibrations, shock, and substantial drops. No more losing out on precious memories due to clumsiness; this storage option has you covered.

Need a place to store and back up essentially everything on your computer? We all do. Around 35.5 million Americans move every year, and it’s high time we ditch dragging hard copies around and opt for something much more sustainable and portable. You’ll need the MyBook hard drive, which is equipped to hold up to 10TB of documents, music, photos, and video. You can easily transfer data from your PC or Apple computer — and protect it with a password to ensure all of your information is safe.

WD My PassportTM Wireless SSD

And then there are devices that will ensure that data access and transfer are as fast as lightning. My Passport Wireless SSD allows for portable storage, encryption, and speedy data transfers, all housed in a shock-resistant and sleek design free from wires. There’s also the Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD, which is ideal for those who regularly immerse themselves in gaming environments. This device allows users to instantly access, use, and capture high-res video, audio, and other content, making it easy for gaming fans to further improve their experiences.

Whether you need a high-quality backup storage option for your work computer or you’re after something a bit more specialized, these Western Digital storage and transfer devices will ensure you won’t ever deal with data loss or slow transfer speeds. In other words, they’ll make your technology work even better than before and alleviate frustration.

Helix DNA Discovery Kit

You may know all of your important documents inside and out, but what about yourself? DNA testing has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until more recently that it was possible for the masses to access this kind of information. And with more people discovering where their ancestors were truly from or what kinds of secrets might be in their family trees, it’s no wonder you’d want to get in on the action, too.

Enter: Helix’s DNA Discovery Kit. While there are other DNA testing kits on the market, Helix’s is unique due to its focus on both ancestry and wellness — and its affordable price point. The kit is billed as a user-friendly way to obtain and explore DNA insights. What’s more, Helix’s CAP-accredited lab and proprietary sequencing allegedly unlock 100 times more data than other comparable consumer tests available.

After samples are sequenced, consumers gain access to two different areas of information. The Ancestry Basics embedded app offers introductory insights into genetic ancestry, such as the region in which your ancestors lived and how inherited genes might impact your life (e.g., how your predecessors adapted to the altitude, diseases, new diets, climate changes, etc.). The Wellness Basics app, which was developed by Helix Partner Lose It!, offers information pertaining to how fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition can come into play with your genetics. You’ll gain data surrounding your BMI, calcium levels, caffeine consumption, and more. Helix also includes a gift card that can be used towards their other DNA products.

If you’ve ever been curious about DNA testing or gaining insight into how your genetic makeup might impact your quality of life, Helix’s DNA Discovery Kit can be a great place to start.

Ventev Mobile Wireless Charging

DNA testing kits can be an excellent way to connect with your past (and even with those you’ve never met). But we also rely on technology to interact with people we see all the time and know well. Most of us use our phones and other mobile devices on a near constant basis, often for this purpose. After all, traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for more than 63% of all internet traffic by 2021.

If you use these devices regularly, you know how devastating it is to deal with a quickly draining battery. In fact, most people suffer from anxiety when they discover their phone is about to die and have no way to recharge. Fortunately, there are convenient solutions on the horizon — and you won’t have to deal with annoying cables anymore. We’re into Ventev Mobile’s wireless charging options for the home, office, and vehicle. These new charging tech gadgets definitely make boosting your battery a lot more convenient (and stylish!) than ever before.

Ventev revealed its range of new tech gadgets — which includes a wireless watchdock duo (a charger that can handle a smartphone and an Apple Watch all at once!) — at CES 2019 this past January. There’s also a wireless chargepad duo, which can power up to two phones simultaneously, and a wireless car kit to allow for secure docking and unobtrusive mounting. With Ventev’s wallports and dashports, consumers can charge their devices for a mere five minutes and gain a staggering five hours of battery life.

If you’ve ever realized your phone battery is running low right when you need to leave the house, these impressive wireless charging products can quickly refresh your battery with ease. You won’t ever have to be late to an event due to charging or worry about a dead battery again.

Drinkfinity Personalized Beverage Pods

When your phone needs to recharge, you can simply plug it in or use a wireless charging station to give it some juice. But even your body needs to recharge, you should be reaching for something hydrating.

That said, many of the options out there aren’t ideal. Plastic water bottles are bad for the planet and often contain chemicals that are harmful to humans. But remembering to refill our reusable water bottles don’t always work out the way we hope. If we forget to fill up, we’re out of luck. Or we were until Drinkfinity came along.

Drinkfinity allows for easy and personalized hydration in portable pods. By simply peeling, popping, and shaking the pods to combine the dry and liquid ingredients inside with water, these flavored beverage blends are just the thing you need to power through the day. Americans drink an average of 1.64 cups of coffee per day, but now there’s something better for you and for the earth. With pods containing green coffee extract, essential vitamins, electrolytes, botanicals, and delectable flavors like coconut water, acai, pomegranate, ginger, and watermelon, you’ll fuel your body with what it needs and craves.

Even better, the pods are reusable, contain 65% less plastic than 20-ounce beverage bottles, and are BPA-free, meaning that you’ll be more sustainable and healthy as a result. What’s more, every Drinkfinity purchase supports Water.org to provide safe water in developing countries. So if you’re seeking a way to help yourself, others, and the earth, switching to Drinkfinity pods in lieu of water bottles, coffee runs, and energy drinks can act as a fantastic introduction.

The beauty of technology is that it’s evolving all the time — and that these new tech gadgets and innovations stand to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Regardless of whether you’re stuck in an office or are always on the go, there’s bound to be a new invention that’ll help make your day a bit brighter.

Would these new tech gadgets and innovations help make your life easier?

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Lip-Licking Good: The Delectable Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

We’re sure you’re aware of the long-standing relationship between food and fashion. But have you noticed the budding fusion of food and beauty? You’ve probably enjoyed a beauty drink, indulged in coconut water or milk-based beauty products, but have you ever tried a foodie-inspired lipstick? Get ready to enjoy your lip licking beauty with the wonderful range of Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Gorjue fuses the food and makeup industries with lipsticks that mimics and named after foods from around the world. The brainchild of Maesa Koeber, Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks are cruelty-free, vegan lipsticks that make your lips nibble-worthy. The long-wearing lipsticks are also gluten-free, soy-free, glide on velvet smooth, is highly pigmented and opaque, and very moisturizing. Don’t worry, you won’t be walking around with food breath on your lips. Gorjue boasts a delectable citrus vanilla scent that will put all the attention on your lips.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

The name itself celebrates beauty and food. Gorje means “to eat” but it’s also a simile for “gorge,” short for gorgeous. What a perfect double entendre! Coat your lips in creamy satin lip colors in shades like Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon Nigiri, New York Hotdog, California Burger, and Southern Fried Chicken. Each shade retails for $22.00 but you can all five creamy colors in a Foodie Beauty Bundle for $90.00.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

For those who are not afraid to go all out, there is the Limited Edition “To Go” set for $120.00; it includes all five of the Foodie Beauty Bundle lipsticks in a giant Gorjue’s Take Out Box. The Take Out Box is made from hard white vinyl, boasts a functional lid with inside storage, and metal handle.

We can’t wait to see what other food-inspired colors Maesa Koeber adds to her range of Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks. We have a few ideas of our own but we want to know, what food-inspired lip colors would you love to see?

 

Micro-Concealing Must: Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer

Nowadays, it is imperative to save money wherever you can, so products that multitask are a godsend. Your moisturizer should do more than just moisturize; your cleanser should do more than just cleanse, and your concealer should definitely do more than just conceal. Thankfully, there is a multi-usage concealer that corrects, conceals, and brightens your skin, Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix correcting concealer and highlighter fuses skincare with color science. This all over face pen evens out and brightens the skin instantly and over time, while weightlessly veiling areas of concern with amazing buildable coverage and light-infused pigments. You will love the instantly brightened, hydrated, and soothed skin. Other benefits include superior, an HD quality finish, and it lets your skin breath. Plus, it is also oil-free and water-based, which helps to improve your skin’s natural properties.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is available in 30 shades in five color groups – light, medium, porcelain, tan, and deep. Each color group comes in three undertones – pink, neutral, and gold. Since we have more of an orange undertone, the 5N was perfect as it has undertones of pink and gold. The Gold correctors are perfect for sallow/olive/yellow undertone complexions and purple/brown dark circles. Pink correctors are perfect for redness/sensitive prone skin and pinkie/blue dark circles.

“Complexion Fix is the original micro-concealer star,” said Sébastien Tardif, Co-founder, and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “I launched Veil Cosmetics in 2012 with Complexion Fix, using it as a micro-concealer to reveal great skin. The resulting fresh glow is why I called the brand Veil. It’s all about our superior texture that makes micro-concealing with Complexion Fix so effective.”

So say goodbye to dark circles, and hello to a smoother skin surface, and an instant brightening effect. We’ve been using it for a week now and this micro-concealer has wonderfully covered all our late night sins. We look forward to the other benefits we’ll experience, the longer we use it. You’ll be happy to know that Veil Cosmetics products are not only great, but they are also vegan and cruelty-free. For additional information, visit www.veilcosmetics.com.