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Got Nomophobia? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Across the nation, mobile phone addiction seems to be on the rise. As phones get smarter and are designed to manage more parts of daily life, more people than ever are relying on their phones to an unhealthy extent, with many even showing real signs of addiction. Keep reading to find out if you are addicted to your smartphone, also known as Nomophobia.

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Mobile Phones: Bad Habit Or Harmful Addiction?

Despite the rise in addiction numbers, many people still question whether mobile phone addiction can even be considered a true form of addiction. However, the facts suggest that phone use has been rising to harmful levels among the general public. As much as 91% of all U.S. citizens have their smartphone or other mobile devices within reach 24/7, demonstrating a worrying level of dependence on these mobile marvels.

Additionally, most people keep their phones in near constant use, rather than just frequently available. The average person spends 36% more time using their mobile phone than they spend eating and drinking, based on average time spent daily on each activity. This implies that not only do people feel the need to have their phone always available, they’re also using it with shocking frequency.

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Addiction On The Rise: Trend Likely To Continue

With the way technology continues to bleed into a wide variety of daily activities, it’s very likely this general dependency on smartphones will continue, if not worsen. People are purchasing new technology at alarming rates to keep up as society starts to demand the use of mobile phones; almost 395 iPhones are sold every minute. This figure does not count other brands of smartphones, meaning the problem is going to continue as these figures rise.

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Breaking The Habit: What You Can Do To Reduce Dependency

While society continues to insist on increased smartphone dependency, there are still ways to help reduce your reliance on technology. Several apps exist to help those who are suffering from mobile phone or social media addiction. These apps and online programs limit the time that the user can access certain websites or programs, helping people reduce their digital use. This option, however, does not always work in more extreme cases; or in situations where social media access is necessary for professional situations.

Still, others have been beating their dependency on their phone by, shockingly, using a second phone. Many people have taken to purchasing a dumb phone in addition to their smartphone – a simple flip phone or similar device used exclusively for functions like making calls and sending simple texts. By making these devices their primary phones, these people are able to avoid the temptations of most smartphones. This includes social media, distracting apps, and more.

So, did you figure out if you are addicted to your smartphone? Has your smartphone or mobile phone use reached addiction levels? If so, how do you plan to reduce your phone use, if at all?

Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

P&G Embraces EWG VERIFIED Label For Personal Care Products

Change Is Brewing: The EWG VERIFIED Label marks a huge leap forward in chemical ingredient disclosure. Now, industry giant Procter & Gamble is embracing the label.

A YouGov Ombibus survey about New Year’s Resolutions found that 29% of women wanted to focus more on self-care. Unfortunately, the personal care products we use to pamper ourselves aren’t always great for our body or the environment.

There are innumerable beauty and personal care products available to us. There’s a product for everything you could possibly need. Actually, there are multiple products for everything you could possibly need. Acne affects 50 million people in the United States every year and if you look at acne treatment products, you’d be hard pressed to make a decision on one of the multitude. Every branch of personal care is like this.

Pretty young woman with facial mask at beauty salon

Forever about consumable convenience, we’re swift to buy personal care products we don’t really know anything about. On average, people shed between 50 and 100 hairs every day. We’re often thinking about keeping that full head of hair over the chemical ingredients of the shampoo; all for the promise of thicker hair in just a few washes. You’d think that an essential part of personal care is paying attention to the things we’re using; but more often than not, consumers can’t be bothered.

This is where consumer product giant Procter and Gamble (P&G) is making a splash with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For more than 10 years, EWG has been the face of chemical ingredient disclosure in personal care products. They established the EWG VERIFIED program, which puts personal care products through a rigorous battery of tests to ensure the safety of every ingredient. This test also helps to make these ingredients transparent to consumers. P&G has teamed up with EWG to release two new Herbal Essences shampoos that are both EWG VERIFIED. They are slated to hit shelves in January.

Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

This is important, because the last time Congress passed any legislation to regulate the cosmetics industry, was 80 years ago. Advances in chemical development have certainly surpassed the reach of legislation that’s nearly a century old; no one was doing anything to address that gap. Together, P & G and EWG are poised to lead that charge.

“Because of Procter and Gamble’s sheer size and market share, these new EWG VERIFIED shampoos could be the domino that triggers similar actions from other companies that have not yet embraced this level of transparency,” said EWG President Ken Cook.

Having a giant like P & G lead this charge stands to make great changes in an industry long stagnant. Similarly, with consumers becoming more aware of what they’re buying and more research-informed, they’re shaping the way for these corporations to start getting their acts together. Consumers want healthier, more transparent products and they’re willing to go out of their way to buy them. Corporations would be silly not to follow that lead. The proverbial writing’s on the wall.

“EWG VERIFIED will take awareness about chemicals in products to the next level by giving shoppers useful information from a team of scientists they have come to trust. Only products that include robust ingredient labels and meet our stringent criteria, as opposed to minimal government standards, will be awarded our mark,” said Nneka Leiba, the director of EWG’s healthy living science program.

As EWG VERIFIED products become more mainstream, hopefully, lawmakers will get the memo and take a long overdue look at regulations in the cosmetic industry.

Holiday stocking stuffers

Everyday Holiday Stocking Stuffers Every Woman Will Want and Need

While you are buying holiday gifts, don’t forget the ones that should be “hanging by the fireplace with care”. We’re talking about holiday stocking stuffers of course. The good thing about gifting everyday holiday stocking stuffers is that it can be anything. Whether you gift candy, beauty essentials, or fun little games, you can’t go wrong. Today we’re concentrating on great everyday products you can add to her holiday stocking.

Holiday stocking stuffers

    1. Lifetherapy’s Mini Collection Gift Set, $39.00 – Start your journey of scent and mood here with this best selling gift set which includes travel-ready mini hydrating lotions and mini body wash & bubbling bath in all 5 of Lifetherapy’s signature fragrances. The gift box includes 1 oz. hydrating body lotion and 1 oz. body wash & bubbling bath in five Lifetherapy signature fragrances: Grounded, Energized, Inspired, Loved, and Transformed.
    2. Nubian Heritage Abyssinian & Chia Bath Bombs, $14.99 –  Immerse yourself in a luxurious bath experience with these naturally effervescent bath bombs. Made with Amaranth and Ginseng, these luxurious bath bombs are infused with refined Chia Seeds. Relax as the rich, woody, floral fragrance envelops your senses while the transformed water cleanses and softens your skin. You’ll love how delicately scented your skin is left.
    3. Tweezerman Brow Basics Limited Edition Gift Set, $45.00 – All your favorite brow essentials are perfectly packaged together for complete brow grooming. Boasting award-winning and professional quality, this set is all you need to create the perfect brow. Includes the Classic Slant Tweezer, Brow Shaping Scissors & Spoolie, Precision Folding Brow Razor, and a Headband, all in a faux-leather cosmetic bag.
    4. ybf beauty Colour Intensity Lipstick, $34.00 for set/$12.00 each – This new collection of lipsticks are ultra-intense, rich colors that leave the lips moisturize and soft with a luminous finish! Its formula wears evenly throughout the day and includes Vitamin E and Jojoba seed oil, leaving lips conditioned. The collection includes four gorgeous colors – Striking (gorgeous red), Brilliant (brown nude), Strength (nude), and Vivacious (burgundy wine).
    5. 4ever Magic Cosmetics Double Shade Eyebrow Gels, $35.00 – Velvety smooth, long-lasting eyebrow gels that instantly adheres to hair and skin, transforming sparse brows into full-looking brows. Available in 4 double shades, the lighter-to-darker shade duos mimic the gradual look of natural brows. The angled brush tip/spoolie brush makes for an easy guided application. They are enriched with Castor Oil, water-resistant, smudge-proof, and boast high pigmentation.
    6. Dr.Plotka’s Mouthwatchers, $4.99 – This breakthrough toothbrush that boasts revolutionary, antimicrobial dual layer flossing bristles. These bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (the area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning. Your teeth and gums are left feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning. It eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to its proprietary silver bristle technology. Save 20% off your order when you use code GUESTLIST.

Wouldn’t you love to find these everyday holiday stocking stuffers in your Christmas stockings this year?

23 Random Things From Amazon For $36.00 or Less

We all know that Amazon is a wealth of products. Filled with things you need and things you didn’t know you needed. The best part, Amazon offers options in price and sellers. Don’t like that particular item but want something similar? Want that item but the price is too high, you can probably get it for less from another seller. Add in the wonderful Prime membership and those random things can be yours with same day delivery. As it is the holiday season, we thought this would be the perfect time to highlight some of the random things we’ve gotten from Amazon through Prime. All of which retail for $36.00 or less. Whether you’re looking for something special like jewelry or something as basic as socks, you WILL find it on Amazon.

You can’t imagine the thousands of things available on Amazon for $36.00 or less. The 23 items we’re highlighting doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can purchase from Amazon, so let’s dive right in and see if these random items may be useful in your lives.

fitpolo Fitness Tracker, $23.99 – remember when fitness trackers were expensive? Not if you buy it on Amazon.

HVS HP Sprocket and Polaroid Zip Instant Printer Accessories Bundle, $23.91 – all the accessories you need for your printed photos. A perfect gift for DIY lovers.

NEXGADGET Waterproof Case Compatible for AirPods, $8.99 – why not opt for a sleek, waterproof black case instead of the white everyone has.

Langsdom F9 Headphones, $14.99 – if you love pink and rose gold, like we do, you’ll love these earbuds.

DYAFIN Natural False Eyelashes, $7.99 – you can spend $20 getting your lashes done at a salon, or you could save yourself some money and try these.

ASENKU Pet Grooming Gloves, $9.99Jeselry Extra Bass Stereo Earbuds, $6.99 – Of course these are not related but we received them in the same package. Keep your pet’s fur looking silky everytime you pet them with these grooming gloves; and give your music that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom bass with these extra base earbuds.

Karrong Bike Mount Universal Cell Phone Holder, $8.49 – perfect for bike riders. Stay in touch while enjoying a spin around town.

Assorted Color Balloons with Double Action Hand Air Pump, $13.99 – there’s always an occasion for balloons and with the inclusion of a hand pump, you can literally save your breath.

Karrong Bike Chain Lock, $12.99 and Aggly Metal Locking Clip, $4.98 – if you own a bike, you’re definitely going to need a lock; and these locking clips give extra comfort to the wearers in strollers and cars.

AOKE Wireless Single Bluetooth Earbud, $19.99 – available in five colors, this single earbud will help keep family and friends close by.

ALT Lighting E1 H13/9008 LED Headlight Bulbs, $35.99 – totally random we know, but you car owners know the importance of working headlights.

Levsox Compression Socks for Women, $15.99 – not only are these adorable, they are wonderful for relieving leg sweeling and fatigue.

GYS Cap Sleeve V Neck Pajama Pants Set, $21.99 – so soft and comfy, it’s like sleeping in the softest t-shirt.

BamTyo Ultrasonic Pest Repeller, $23.99 – if you’re looking for a non-poisoning way to keep pests out of your apartment, this set of four devices’ sonic pulses will help.

THEHORAE CZ Pendant Square Necklace, $21.99 – you can’t go wrong with jewelry as gifts and this pretty pendant would make a great gift this holiday season.

NUBWO Gaming Headset for PC, $19.99 – got a gamer in your life? Give them a better gaming experience with this very affordable gaming headphones.

VAVOFO Flame Effect Table Lamp, $20.99 – add a bit of a decorative touch to your home with this no-burn table lamp.

AMIR Wireless Indoor Outdoor Digital Freezer Thermometer, $17.99 – know the temperatre inside and outside of your home witht he touch of a button.

Hyrixdirect Wax Warmer Hair Removal Heater Pot, $10.99 – how about your own personl wax system for smooth, touchably soft bare legs, underarms, etc.

JJRC H98 RC Quadcopter Drone with Camera,  $29.99 –  fun for adults and kids, take amazing arieal photos and videos with this very affordable drone.

Geburun Remote Control Car, $32.99 – last but certainly not least, this tough remote control truck which would light up any kid’s heart (probably a few that are kids at heart as well).

Well that’s our list of 23 random things from Amazon for $36.00 or less.  As we said Amazon is a wealth of products. Any of these products catches your eye?

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

GIVEAWAY: Cure Your Thanksgiving Upset Stomach with The Ginger People

It is just about the week of Thanksgiving. The time to spend time with family and friends, give thanks for all we have and eat too much. With all the various dishes an food combinations you’ll be eating, you’re sure to experience indigestions, upset stomach, nausea, etc. One superfood you should have on hand to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach is ginger. Lucky for you, we, along with The Ginger People, will help you survive your Thanksgiving and post Thanksgiving leftovers binge with a giveaway of their delicious Turmeric Latte Mix to help improve gastric mobility; one of the products from the new turmeric-infused beverages they launched earlier this year. Three winners will each win one 9.7 oz tub of the Turmeric Latte Mix (continue below for more information on how).

You may remember we highlighted The Ginger People’s range of ginger products back in August. Combining the powerful spices of ginger and turmeric, The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is the delicious and stomach soothing post-Thanksgiving drink you need. This delicious plant-based powdered mix is supercharged with ginger and Curcumin, the power behind turmeric. Turmeric owes its health-promoting properties to the chemical compound Curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

The Ginger People turmeric-based Ginger Drinks

Inspired by a traditional Indonesian remedy used in Jamu medicine, this nourishing warm drink is often synonymous with Golden Milk. It is caffeine-free, non-GMO, and can be used with regular or vegan milk.

“We’re all looking for something healthy yet tasty that is closer to the earth,” says The Ginger People co-founder Abbie Leeson, “and we believe turmeric is something people believe in. Like ginger, it’s another great example of a functional food that tastes good and ‘does good’.”

So have that 2nd or third plate of food, enjoy another helping of those pies because The Ginger People Turmeric Latte Mix is here to cure your Thanksgiving upset stomach. To enter this giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Workplace Wellness: Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

Let’s face it, work has completely taken over our lives. We, as humans, have put our work life ahead of everything else, and our own wellbeing on the back burner. Thankfully there are companies that remind us that even at our busiest, workplace wellness is important. Take Ketel One Botanical, the vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for example. Ketel One Botanical Vodka has partnered with interior design firm Homepolish to launch the Ketel One Botanical Oasis, a private space for WeWork Irving Place members that simply want to escape their stressful work life for a moment.

The purpose of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is to integrate wellness in their workplace through the use of conscious design, focused activity, and technology. A zen escape is a much-needed escape in today’s very stressful work environment, not just for the coworking space, but as a general need for all.

We had the pleasure of attending a Ketel One Botanical panel at WeWork Irving Place. The topic of conversation was implementing wellness into your work life and workspace. The panel featured Emma Beryl, a designer from Homepolish, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Jennifer Giamo of AAPTIV, Olessa Pindak, COO of Mind, Body, Green, Head of Wellness Avi Yehiel of Rise By We, and panel moderator Ellie Burrows, CEO of MNDFL.

The event began with a 10-minute guided meditation by Ellie Burrow, closed with a Ketel One Botanical cocktail hour, and ended with a tour of the Ketel One Botanical Oasis (see the photos above).

Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork

We love the idea of companies including wellness rooms for their employees and hope WeWork not only implements this in more locations but also inspires other companies to do the same. We can attest to not taking enough time for peaceful moments for ourselves and attending this event has inspired us to take a few “breather moments” throughout our day. We hope you do the same. The Ketel One Botanical Oasis at WeWork Irving Place is available for WeWork members until the end of November. We hope you take advantage if you are a member.

New Product Alert: Hair Revival System Hair Detox Supplements

You know the old saying, “beauty is only skin deep”? Well, today we’re highlighting one of the many beauty products we discovered at the Indie Beauty Expo that works from the inside out.  We’ve seen many hair, skin, and nail vitamins but never one that heals to heal you from the inside out as well. You know our love for the Angelo David Salon and his amazing products. He has announced one more reason to love him, the NEW Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox is the first lifestyle supplement on the market. The all-natural supplements made its debut at the Indie Beauty Expo where we got the first look. What makes this supplement different from other hair, skin, and nails vitamins? It combats nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, hormonal imbalances, and the negative effects of a stressful life. All of which can lead to fine, thinning hair and hair loss. Founder, creative director and hair loss expert Angelo David Pisacreta created the Hair Revival System Hair Detox for men and women seeking healthy hair, vibrant skin, and strong nails.

We recently noticed some indentations in our nails, our hair drier than usual, and we’re always open to trying anything to give our skin a boost. So we’re really excited to see the results of taking the Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements for women. With Angelo David Pisacreta being a leading authority on fine and thinning hair for over 25 years, we expect great things from this groundbreaking lifestyle supplement. The distinct difference between Hair Revival System Hair Detox and other supplements on the market is that competing brands contain less than half of the nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. This lifestyle supplement detoxifies your hair from the inside out supporting the body’s natural ability to grow healthy hair, skin, and nails.

The two Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements address the different supplemental needs of men and women.  The supplements contain Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a metabolite of the human body that plays a powerful role in male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). The men’s formula (the blue pills) contains Saw Palmetto, which is a known DHT blocker. The women’s formula (purple pills) contains cranberry fruit extract which promotes L-cysteine, a protein building amino acid that also supports urinary tract health.

They also contain a unique Stress Relief Matrix Blend that includes mixed phytosterols, ashwagandha root extract, L-theanine, holy basil leaf powder, astragalus root powder, and Gotu Kola herb powder. All of which are specifically selected to help reverse the negative effects of stress on hair. The Stress Relief Matrix Blend boasts milk thistle seed extract, grape seed extract, green tea leaf extract, aloe vera leaf powder, dandelion root powder, cranberry fruit extract, resveratrol (derived from Japanese Knotweed Root Extract), fennel seed powder, citrus bioflavonoids complex and stinging nettle root extract.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements retail for $59.99. You can also subscribe to the membership program for an auto-shipped supply of supplements every 60 days for only $47.99.

Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo: Discovering Amazing New Beauty Brands and Trends

Usually, we would rely on Sephora to be introduced to new beauty brands and trends. But the makeup and beauty haven can only hold so many brands in their retail locations. So where does a beauty addict go to discover the hundreds of market-ready indie brands? The Indie Beauty Expo of course! We had the pleasure of attending the beauty event that introduces media, buyers, and consumers to the amazing new beauty brands and trends. In the competitive beauty, skincare, and wellness industry, it is essential for a brand to stand out and the Indie Beauty Expo is a great place to start.

We were introduced and reintroduced to so many amazing brands, many of which we will be highlighting individually. More than 240 exhibiting indie beauty brands were in attendance in several categories. The participating brands covered skin care, beauty tools, hair care, nail care, makeup, and health & wellness.

Since its debut in New York, the Indie Beauty Expo has launched in Los Angeles and Dallas, soon to be launching in London and Berlin. It has connected hundreds of indie beauty brands globally with buyers, press, and consumers while offering a full schedule of education and networking events. We were happy to reconnect with brands like BioMilk, Hair Detox by Angelo David Pisacreta, Kryolan, and Flickable.

But we are truly excited to try the products from some of the new brands we were introduced to at the Indie beauty Expo. Our absolute favorites are ikoo and their wonderful range of hair care products; When and their vast variety of sheet masks; Mighty Patch‘s hero blemish patches; LBK (Love by Kemeny)‘s innovative nail polish bottles; Undefined Beauty‘s amazing beauty oil; Kanai Organics‘ incredible healing skincare; Andmetics‘s brow wax strips; and the Nessa Brush Spa System.

We can’t wait to share our experiences with these indie beauty products with you. We’d love to hear if any of you have tried any of these indie beauty products yourself.