Retro Chic – The VTech Retro Phone

We’re in a time where everyone is feeling nostalgic and seeks out products that remind us of a simpler time when life was more carefree whether it be retro clothing, shoes and accessories, home decor, etc. One of my favorite retro items falls under the latter category – to me there’s nothing sexier than a retro telephone and VTech has a great Retro Phone in its LS6195 model. I especially love the bold tangerine hue featured below. For those of who prefer a more subtle color, the VTech Retro Phone is also available in black, pearl white, light blue, and dark lux (burgundy).
VTech Retro Phone

Inspired by the classic corded rotary telephone, the VTech LS6195 Retro Phone fuses retro with modern touches. Some of its features include Caller ID/Call Waiting (stores 50 calls as well as 50 name and number phonebook directory), handset and base speakerphones and power-conserving technology for superior battery performance, digital answering system, a push-button, rotary-inspired keypad, and a cordless handset that rests face-down on the charger to maintain its classic rotary style.

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The silhouette not only adds a chic design accent to any room, the size of the VTech Retro Phone also makes it unbelievably space friendly. Want to get one of those cool phones for yourself? It’s your lucky day, the normally $69.95 phone is currently on sale for $54.95 plus with every purchase of this model, $2.00 is donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Breakfast with Infusium 23 & the US Synchronized Swimming Team

I had the unique pleasure of attending a Meet & Greet breakfast with problem hair expert, Infusium 23 and the US Synchronized Swimming Team (Megan Hansley, Mary Killman, Mariya Koroleva and Caitlin Stewart), which Infusium 23, is a proud sponsor of since March of this year. I got the chance to meet and speak with team members who shared their pre and post-aquatic beauty secrets, and, of course, their Olympic-worthy fitness regimes.
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For example, did you know that the chlorine in the water burns off your arm hair? So for the ladies of this team, they are either very short or non-existent; it sometimes affects their eyebrows as well, so beauty staples like eyebrow pencils are essential. As can be expected, dry skin is a factor so body moisturizer is another product that is a must have. Did you know there’s a long history of using Knox gelatin (yes, as in jello) in their hair while they perform and practice? Don’t worry, it’s always unflavored and uncolored and takes about 30 min to remove with hot water. If you’ve ever wondered how their hair always stays in perfect place now you know how.
When I asked about their use of Infusium 23 products, the most important products are ones that add moisture back into their hair, like Infusium 23’s Moisture Replenishing Collection, which hydrates to replenish moisture to dry, parched hair, an inescapable result of spending so much time in the water. Infusium 23’s 3-step products (Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Treatment) are scientifically-designed to protect and build healthy hair while also helping to defend against the damaging effects of environmental elements and daily styling habits, so partnering with the Synchro team was a natural fit.

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I have been a fan of Infusium 23 for years thanks to my mom and I am personally in love with the Repair & Renew Collection because it strengthens against damage to alleviate breakage and split ends. The Leave-in Conditioner is a must for those drying hot summer months.

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Keep an eye out for the US Synchronized Swimming Team duet, Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. Dates for the duet events are August 5th – August 7th.

TIGI Launches Hair Reborn Collections

One of my favorite hair brands, TIGI (I’m a huge fan of their Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray) has launched a new collection of hair products created to restore, revive and awaken your hair, bringing you back to healthy looking, shiny hair – your hair, REBORN.

The complete collection features products for three hair types – Weak, Damaged Hair, Normal to Dry Hair and Frizz Prone Hair. As someone who is a victim of frizzy hair (humidity is my enemy), the below Frizz Prone Collection of hair products was recommended for me

FRIZZ-PRONE HAIR

This Hyper-Distilled formula contains Seriseal Silk Protein and acts like as a silk mesh between the hair fibers, binding down the cuticle for exceptional manageability. The result is velvet smooth with a luminous shine that lasts up to 14 days. Products in this journey include Treatment of Smoothing, Sublime Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner and Smoothing Texture Refine Masque.


WEAK, DAMAGED HAIR

The above products are for weak, damaged hair. As someone who always blow drys, colors and straighten her hair, some products from this colelction were also suggested to repair the damage I’ve done. This formula with Hyper-Distilled technology contains ProLipid 3 – a complex made up of Keratin , Keravis, and Babassu Oil. The ProLipid 3 assists in rebuilding protein levels deep within the core of the hair fiber and helps protect from future damage. Hair is restored to its strongest after 30 days. Products in this journey include Deep Restoration Shampoo and Conditioner, Reparative Nocturnal Therapy (treats damage as you sleep), and Treatment of Restoration.

NORMAL TO DRY HAIR

If you have normal to dry hair, the above products are for you. This Hyper-Distilled technology and MicroMarine compound (sea kelp, aloe vera, babassu oil, green tea polyphenols) is high in lipid content. In dry hair, it targets and helps replenish lost lipids for weightless moisturization. The result is sublime hair that is hydrated and has luminous shine for at least 7 days. Products include Treatment of Moisture Balance, Hydra-Synergy Shampoo and Conditioner, and Time Extend Moisture Lotion.

For more information on the three TIGI Hair Reborn collections, visit http://www.tigihairreborn.com.

Rimmel London’s New Spring Product Launches

This season, Rimmel London has the hottest new beauty looks. Coming out of London are bright, beautiful emphasized eyes offset by a gorgeous natural glow. With high impact eyeshadow shades, a precision liner, an ultra-plumping mascara and custom cheek color, Rimmel London’s latest collection has everything you need to spotlight your eyes, accentuate your cheeks and get noticed this spring.

Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara ($6.99) – Get scandalous lashes that cause a stir with this ultra volume-boosting formula that gives even the skimpiest of lashes a shaped, plumped, exaggerated finish. The secret? Scandal’Eyes Mascara is made with a supersized blend featuring triple the collagen and keratin of other mascaras on the market, and a flexible new MaxDensity brush that’s longer, wider, denser and 50% bigger than Rimmel’s biggest brush. Instantly, lashes appear up to 12 times fuller and outrageously exaggerated. Available in Black and Extreme Black


Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow ($5.99) – The boldest eyeshadow pigments you’ve ever seen, packed with multi-reflective pigments, each intense, vibrant eyeshadow shade coats lids in dazzling color. The dual-use shadows work wet or dry, allowing you to customize your color. Impervious to creases and smudging, the ultra-glam shadows last up to ten hours, taking you from daytime pretty to nighttime knockout. Available in Black Cab, English Oak, Royal Blue, Green Park, English Rose, Purple Reign, Heart Of Gold, and True Union Jack.

Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush ($4.97) – Wake up your face with a flush of customized natural cheek color. Featuring three shades in one, Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush features Smart-Tone technology that adapts to your unique skin tone and blue sapphire pigments for radiant true-to-you color. The blendable formula makes harsh lines a thing of the past and expert sculpting easier than ever. Available in Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Dark at Walmart.

Exaggerate Eye Liner ($6.00) – Pin-point precision eye definition, this breakthrough liquid liner features an ultra-fine felt tip designed to absorb maximum liquid liner and deposit intense pigment for bold, exact application and majorly amplified eyes. Made with moisturizing sorbitol and glycerin, the gentle blend not only beautifies eyes, it cares for sensitive lids too. Available in Black.

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.

Burt’s Bees Launches güd Products

The days of bland, boring natural skincare products are gone. Burt’s Bees is known for their skin-loving natural products but now they bring us some güd stuff your skin and nose will love. What is it about güd products that will make it your new favorite line of skincare products? Like Burt’s Bees, all güd products contain all natural ingredients, there are no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. What makes the güd products different are the luscious scents; the fragrances are addictive. The güd line of products – Natural Nourishing Shampoo, Natural Softening Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream – come in four scintillating scents that are sure to make every day not just a güd one but a great one:

Floral Cherrynova™ (Japanese cherry blossoms and Almond milk)

Top Notes – Juicy Bing Cherries, fresh Green
Mid Notes – Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
Dry Notes – Warm Milk Accord, Creamy Musk

A perfect scent for those of you that are more sweet, flirty and romantic. Be memorable in Floral Cherrynova.

Orange Petalooza™ (blood orange and hyacinth)

Top Notes – Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
Mid Notes – Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
Dry Notes – Musk, Sandalwood

Have a more sunny disposition? Or maybe you need a fragrance with more of an energizing aspect, then the double dose of citrus from Orange Petalooza is for you.

Vanilla Flame™ (vanilla and creamy rice milk)

Top Notes – Black Currant, Sweet Orange, Coconut
Mid Notes – Rice Milk Accord, Jasmine
Dry Notes – Tonka Bean, Musk, Vanila

There’s nothing lovelier than a soft sensual fragrance and the classic vanilla-with-a-twist scent of Vanilla Flame will sate your desire for a luscious scent to indulge yourself in.

Pearanormal Activity™ (Pear and Acai Berry) – Exclusively for Target

Top Notes – Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
Mid Notes – Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
Dry Notes – Apricot, Musk

Pamper yourself in this invigorating fresh and fruity fragrance; giving you the best of a sultry and refreshing scent, Pearanormal Activity will enchant you and those around you.

I learned about the above amazing products from Garrett Putman, Senior Global Brand Manager at Burt’s Bees (looking fabulous in his Orange Petalooza inspired Jeans) at the product launch event

These four heavenly aromatic skin and hair collection launch this month and these amazing products are available for a very wallet-friendly price range of $4.99 (Foaming Hand Wash) to $11.99 (Body Butter). Be-forewarned though beauty lovers, be prepared for a little more attention – longer hugs, people standing and sitting as close to you as possible, an ego inflating amount of compliments, etc because one whiff of these scents off your skin and everyone will want to be around you. So where can you get your hands on these very aromatic and affordable products, go to Target, Walgreens, gudhappens.com, Drugstore.com, Ulta Beauty, 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