Avon Launches Advance Techniques Professional Hair Color Collection

I’ve stated how many times that I love and not afraid of color – that goes for all color, not just in clothing, shoes, and accessories but in hair as well. I may not keep my hair short (I don’t think I have the right face shape for it) but I do love to color it. I’ve been honey blonde, chocolate brown, a ravishing redhead, a devilish blue-black and several colors in between – even now I’m sporting a color called chocolate cherry, so when I got the invitation to get familiar with Avon’s new Advance Techniques Hair Color Collection with the amazing Lorri Goddard, Celebrity Colorist and Avon’s new and first-ever Global Hair Color Expert. I was beyond ecstatic to attend and not ashamed to say, the first to arrive.

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This is Avon’s first hair color launch in the US and they have partnered with Lorri to help empower women to achieve healthy, salon-beautiful hair at home. The Advance Techniques Hair Color Collection is a complete hair color system that equalizes porous damaged hair prior to coloring for even, true application and lasting results. The three-step system primes (a pre-treatment mends damaged, porous areas), colors and treats (with Shea Butter and Lock-In Technology) hair to deliver rich, radiant healthy looking color that provides 100% gray coverage. The collection includes 25 hair color shades (10 blondes, 4 reds, 9 brunette and 2 black shades)

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We got some amazing tips from Lorri on how to select the correct shade (she advises that you go no more than 3 levels darker and 2 to 3 levels lighter than your natural/uncolored shade), properly color our hair at home (something that was always a battle for me with this thick hair of mine), and tips to help maintain our color – which includes getting your hands on a great product from Avon – Avon Advance Techniques Color Protection Lock-In Treatment, a product she uses on her celebrity clients

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Want to try out the amazing new hair color range from Avon? You are merely days away as the $7.99 Advance Techniques Professional Hair Color will be available beginning next month exclusively through Avon Representatives.

Tassimo T20 by Bosch Home Brewing System

For those of you who like me, do not drink coffee, is a single person living in the city and is pained to give up $5 for a cup of tea from Starbucks, you’re going to love the Tassimo T20 by Bosch ; you can make your own at home for 1/4 the price. As winter makes it appearance (somewhat), curling up with a hot cup of Chai Tea or Hot Chocolate is a necessary treat. Of course being a single girl that’s always on the go, I don’t have time to wait for a kettle to boil every time to make one cup of tea. Plus when my coffee-loving mom comes to visit, each of us can enjoy our respective beverages without ruining each others. These are the reasons I’m in love with the Tassimo T20 by Bosch

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“The Bosch® T20 Home Brewing System is designed with an eco-friendly, on-demand water heater for fast brewing. It’s easy, too; just pop in a T DISC, and the T20 reads the barcode and brews the perfect cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, tea, or any one of our coffeehouse-style beverages.”

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I was very excited when Tassimo sent me this T20 Single-Serve Brewer, I’ve been dying to try one of these machines every since I laid my eyes on it and I have been enjoying some lovely cups of Chai Tea and Hot chocolate since I got it. Tassimo offers 12 distinctive beverage brands and a wide variety of hot and cold beverage choices, including coffee, real milk cappuccino and latte, espresso, crema, tea, iced coffee, and hot chocolate – an amazing variety of beverages to satisfy an assortment of tastes. As I stated before, I am not a coffee drinker, so to have a machine that allows my favorite hot drinks whenever I please is an amazing thing. See below for video of my first cup of Chai tea using the Tassimo T20 (please forgive the unsteadiness and the bit of rambling – I was trying to do everything while holding a video camera – sometimes you just need an extra pair of hands)

The Tassimo T20 features include:

  • Bar code technology allows the Tassimo machine to prepare each beverage with the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time duration, so each and every drink is perfect
  • Instant heat-up and fast first cup
  • Customize your beverages with a single touch of a button
  • Noise reduction system for quiet preparation of beverages
  • Low energy consumption: zero-watt hours in standby mode and an on-demand heating element
  • Height adjustment and removable cup stand allows you to use the cup or travel mug of your choice
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling with use of a special T DISC keeps your beverages tasting clean
  • Removable cup stand and splash cover lets you customize the color to suit your kitchen (mine didn’t come with extra colored covers so if yours doesn’t, make sure you call Tassimo)
  • Removable 1.5 L water tank

The Tassimo T20 comes in three colors – Black, White and Grey and retails for $99.99. It can be purchased directly at www.tassimodirect.com or at retailers such as Macy’s, jc penney, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond, P.C.Richard & Son, Target, etc.

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Holiday Event

As a long time user of Conair Tools and John Frieda hair products, I was very excited to hear that the two haircare powerhouses came together to create a new line of hair styling tools. John Frieda® hair styling tools collection initially launched the first half of 2011 and included a series of hair dryers, straighteners, and styling tools that offer state-of-the art technologies. John Frieda Styling and Conair recently held a Winter Wonderland Holiday event at Celsius Bryant Park where they treated guests to complimentary hair styling, festive treats and a preview of the latest styling tools from the John Frieda for Conair Collection.

As guests waited to get amazing hair, they were kept warm by hot beverages provided by Cuisinart and deliciously hot popcorn from Waring Pro

The event was also a chance to unveil a one-of-a kind tree (with the most innovative star) adorned with John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair! After the event, all tools were donated to Safe Horizon to help support victims of domestic violence.

The tree was custom-decorated by designer, Erin Gates, top interior stylist and writer of the blog, Elements of Style. It was a great and successful event that both men and women enjoyed. Hopefully it becomes an annual one. Enjoy more photos below

Let Somme Institute Give Your Skin a BOOST

My favorite thing to get (besides free shoes) is a facial. And during stressful times or the cold winter months, it is essential to fight back damaging elements with a facial. Of course not all of us can just run out to a spa but luckily you can heal your skin at home. The Somme Institute has introduced a new addition to their wonderful 5-Step Regimen – the Boost Gentle Warming Mask.

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Boost is a multi-tasking treatment mask that purifies and nourishes the skin leaving it smooth and refreshed. Infused with a specialized blend of minerals, enzymes and vitamins, it brings new skin tone, texture and clarity. Gentle enough for all skin types and skin conditions (including Sun Damage, Fine Lines & Wrinkes, Acne and Rosacea), Boost prepares the skin to better receive and absorb the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen. This creamy oat-colored mask is decadent to apply, it smooths on the face with ease and spreads evenly and smells absolutely divine. The faint scent reminded me of fall dessert and after reading that it contains pumpkin enzymes, I quickly saw the appeal. Pumpkin is rich In Vitamins A, C, and Zinc; it soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask’s ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results. So with Boost, you will benefit even more from Somme Institute’s Patented MDT5 Technology. Boost also contains Zeolite, a natural mineral to warm the skin and open the pores enabling Kaolin to aptly absorb excess oil, dirt and impurities.

I realized one major perk of using Boost, as the weather gets colder, I always noticed that I immediately felt the temperature on my face only a few minutes of being exposed to the elements. My face felt a bit tight even though I used a moisturizer but while using Somme Institute’s Boost, that was not an issue anymore. My skin not only felt supple and moisturized, it truly was. The skin on my face took no notice of the cold weather and wasn’t affected by it at all.

How do you use Boost? Somme Institute recommends you use it 1-3 times a week but Boost can be used daily as well without harm. After Nourishing Cleanser on dry skin, apply Boost to forehead, cheeks and chin and massage Boost onto skin for a couple of minutes. Leave Boost on the skin for 3-5 minutes and then remove with a warm towel. Continue with Somme Institute Transport.

Kingston Technology’s MobileLite G2 Keeps You Moving

As a Lifestyle Writer and my own photographer, I need tech products that make my life as easy as possible. Depending on the day, I can attend 3-4 events/previews in one day just about every day (I try to keep Fridays free). At all those events, there are lots of picture-taking; I know PR Firms offer images and I do use them as well, but I love taking my own photos. I find that a certain angle, detail or even product catches my eye that a ready-made PR given image can’t…. but with this comes a major issue – downloading those photos to my computer. As everyone knows, the more files to add to your computer, especially something like raw images, the slower it performs. I have purchased several USB drives to alleviate the massive downloads to my computer, but there’s still the issue of downloading them into files by event name, then editing and uploading to post. Luckily I was introduced to a wonderful little product called the MobileLite G2 Reader from Kingston Technology.

 

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This tiny portable unit lets you conveniently exchange data, photos, games and music stored on memory expansion cards between mobile phones, computers, laptops, cameras, PDAs and other devices. It’s ultra-portable, plug and play and requires no external power source. In other words, no more downloading for me; no more hours spent transferring images from my Canon T1 to my Computer. I can just pop out the card from my camera, insert it into the MobileLite Card Reader and work off there. The G2 is the second generation of this particular card reader. It supports just about all formats – SD, SDHC, microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Memory Stick Micro. It’s compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, MAC OSX and Linux. Though its small stature is an impressive trait, size isn’t its most impressive aspect – it features retractable covers on both sides to protect the USB connector and your memory card from damage.

MobileLiteG2 is available separately or with a 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB Class 4 SDHC card. Actually, if you act now, you can purchase this amazing device with an 16GB Class 4 SDHC Card for only $25.00 (normally $45.00) directly from Kingston Technology – click HERE to take advantage of this great limited offer using code SHOPPIMA.

The Refreshingly Sweet Taste of Mirassou Moscato

Sometimes the day gets to be so stressful, you need a break. Times like these call for a relaxing bath, some peace, and quiet, maybe some soothing music and definitely a good glass (or more) of wine. Before you reach that point, make sure your bar is properly stocked with some fabulous wine…i a sucker for a good white grape. I want to make a particularly delectable wine recommendation that is new to me. I was recently introduced to Mirassou Moscato and its incredible crisp, clean and sweet palette and all I can say is wow…..I am hooked.

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The delightful Mirassou Moscato is made with carefully selected California fruit from several regions, with the majority coming from San Luis Obispo County along the Central Coast. From the moment the bottle is opened intense fruit aromas of orange blossoms, peaches, pineapples and ripe citrus delight the senses. The refreshing flavors of peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle make their Mirassou Moscato a sweet expression of California’s most celebrated growing regions.
Moscato isn’t the only delight from Mirassou Winery; White wine lovers will enjoy their Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling while lovers of Red will swoon over their Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Balancing intense fruit flavors with delicate aromas, Mirassou wines embody the optimism and pioneering spirit passed down through six generations of the Mirassou family.

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Featuring a bright, uniquely approachable style, these wines honor the Mirassou family’s heritage while appealing to a new generation of wine enthusiasts. So take some time out for yourself with a glass of Mirassou Moscato or any of their other wine offerings, you will thank me for this.

SRS Labs iWOW 3D for iPod, iPhone & iPad – Enhance Your Music

Drowning out the everlasting noise of NYC to fully enjoy your music usually takes some epic skills and one hell of a pair of amazing headphones but even then, you still don’t get to experience the best that the song has to offer – true melody, nuance, base, etc. SRS Labs will help you achieve hearing the true brilliance of your favorite songs and artists with their SRS Labs iWOW 3D Adapter

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The iWOW 3D Adapter is a small device that attaches to your iPhone, iPod or iPad which immerses you in an engaging listening experience unlike any other with a push of a button. The iWOW 3D delivers a truly authentic, natural and uncompromised entertainment experience for all of your music, videos, and movies.

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This little powerhouse gadget delivers sound with deep, rich bass, locates and restores audio details buried in source materials (so goodbye to not so great download recordings). It even comes with a free downloadable app* that lets you adjust the audio settings. So when you want to lose yourself in a song whether it’s while jogging, soothing a broken heart or to pump you up or calm you down – enhance the sound and your enjoyment and hear music the way it is meant to be heard with the iWOW 3D. Imagine what new discoveries you might hear in your favorite song.

BONUS: SRS Labs announced a new relaxation Mobile App for iOS and Android users called Relaxation Portal, that allows users to escape to some of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and unwind to the sounds of that environment. This app is extremely interactive, and unlike any other relaxation applications out today, Relaxation Portal allows users to fully customize the sounds featured at their chosen location. Additionally, the app features SRS’ latest 3D audio engine and is able to accurately place sounds in 3-dimensional space over headphones. Learn more about the app by visiting the following link, or zapping the QR Code below. http://srslabs.com/content.aspx?id=2278

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*Only iOS 3.1X or higher

The Ninja Professional Blender – Snow Maker

Whether you’re playing bartender at your summer parties or looking to drop a few pounds, adopt a healthier lifestyle and eating habits or just save money by making your own smoothies, then you need a great blender. You need a blender that is fast, versatile, and hard-working – in other words, you need The Ninja Professional Blender.Ninja Professional Blender image

The Ninja Professional Blender has a 1000 watt motor and exclusive blade system. This innovative blender offers professional power and performance but at a price that’s easy to swallow. Like much more expensive, professional-grade products, this blender has the speed and accuracy to blend batter, soups, sauces, and dips evenly; whip up a smoothie to help lose weight or improve your health; or concoct yummy frozen drinks for your guests if that’s more your style. And, with the largest capacity in its class, the 72 ounce jar can easily serve six ten-ounce frozen drinks, making the Ninja Professional Blender the perfect product for large families, health enthusiasts, or those who love to entertain.
One thing that blew my mind about the Ninja Professional Blender is the fact that it crushes ice, make that pulverizes ice into snow…..in seconds – it’s an amazing thing to see.

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So amazing that I took video of this wonder blender in action when I was whipping up some at-home Jamba Juice Smoothies (more on that in another post) for a few friends I had over. I must add that I wasn’t the only one impressed with the Ninja Professional Blender‘s power, the word WOW was used several times. Check out the video below

Ninja products are designed to be affordable as well as revolutionary in their capability to crush, blend, chop, and puree,” says Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of Euro-Pro, the company responsible for developing innovative Ninja products. “In fact, the new Ninja Professional Blender crushes ice and blends ingredients faster than any other blender, and yet it won’t crush your budget.” At $99.00, the Ninja puts several more expensive blenders to shame (I speak from first-hand knowledge), So whether you want to into snow for sno-cones, blend frozen fruits into creamy smoothies, or puree vegetables into delicious, fresh soups or dips, make your first choice the Ninja Professional Blender. The Ninja Professional Blender is available at retailers in the U.S. and Canada such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s. Visit www.ExperienceNinja.com to learn more.