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January 10, 2018

7 Tips for saving when sneaker shopping

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You just bought an awesome pair of sneakers, thinking you got a good price, then realized your friend got an even better deal. You won’t be over-spending again with these 7 secret tips for buying sneakers.

Tip 1: Timing is everything
Many retailers automatically increase prices during popular shopping times and times of higher demand. Prices tend to be higher especially around noon and in the evening. Prices will almost always go up on the weekend and, of course, before festive seasons such as Christmas. It’s worth it to keep an eye on pricing so you buy when the time is right!

Tip 2: Remain unseen!
Many retailers use cookies and track IP addresses to follow your behavior. Some even increase the price on products that you look at more often. They do this to pressure customers into buying before there’s another price increase. In this case, you should set your browser to private mode while shopping.

Tip 3: Subscribe to newsletters
Merchants often entice new subscribers with generous discounts. Just subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll receive a discount voucher. You can always unsubscribe, so you can save money easily with just a few clicks! Savvy savers even use multiple email addresses to cash in on more discounts.

Tip 4: Student discounts
Often students get great discounts when they buy online. Just register with your university’s e-mail address and get discounts of up to 30% when you shop.

Tip 5: Be sure to buy the right shoe size
The most expensive sneakers are the ones you bought and aren’t wearing! Studies suggest that up to 17% of all shoes purchased are only worn a few times because they simply do not fit. This is especially true if you buy shoes online; you can’t try them on. Sizes vary a lot from brand to brand, so be sure you convert the length of your foot into the correct size.

Tip 6: Voucher codes
Voucher codes are a perfect way to save a few bucks. Just search online for the respective online store or brand’s voucher codes, then enter the code during checkout.

Tip 7: Kid’s sizes
Sharp bargain hunters who have a small shoe size check out the children’s section when they buy sneakers. You can find really nice sneakers here, often to size 10; they’ve just been “declared” kid sizes. There can be a price difference of up to $50. Not sure whether the kids shoe size would fit you? Convert the length of your foot into the correct size by using free tools like


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January 10, 2018

Essential Kitchen Gadgets That Add Glamor to Your Life

Toiling away in the kitchen is rarely glamorous. In fact, if you are not careful, you will end up hot, sweaty, and smelling of unpleasant things like garlic and curry. But fear not because there are plenty of useful gadgets out there that will reduce your labor and make life a whole lot easier. In fact, if you invest wisely, you should have more time to spend sipping on a chilled glass of Chardonnay rather than making food.

Here are some essential gadgets every glamorous kitchen angel needs to have in their arsenal. If you don’t own any of these, make sure they end up on your Wish List sooner rather than later!

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot has risen from relative obscurity to a sell-out gadget, all within the space of a few years. For converts, the Instant Pot is a fantastic kitchen gadget that you won’t be able to live without once it takes up residence in your kitchen. So, what is this amazing piece of kit and will it change your life?

The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, but it does a whole lot more than cook tender stews in 30-mins. You can cook everything from rice, yogurt and stew, to joints and veggies, all in one pot. You can even keep food warm! The Instant Pot reduces cooking time by 70%, so a frozen joint is ready to eat in 30-minutes. Just think, instead of slaving away over a family roast dinner, you can spend most of your time relaxing instead. What’s not to like about that?

Garbage Disposal

Garbage is not glamorous. The stink of a ripe garbage bin full of decomposing vegetable peelings is unpleasant and highly attractive to pests. An electronic garbage disposal removes kitchen waste by chopping it up and flushing it away down your home’s sewage system. Say goodbye to kitchen smells and pests and hello to a fresh and fragrant kitchen.

Look for a good quality garbage disposal unit, such as the Insinkerator Badger 5, as you are less likely to have any problems with it. The best disposal units reduce food waste to liquid, so it flushes away quickly and easily.

Divided Meal Skillet

Do you love the idea of cooking one meal in a single pan? If the Instant Pot is out of stock, you can go for a divided meal skillet instead. It isn’t as multi-functional as an Instant Pot, but you can cook pancakes, bacon, eggs, and anything else that takes your fancy, all in one non-stick skillet.

Artisan Coffee Machine

You can’t put a price on good coffee, so be prepared to invest in a top-quality coffee machine. Gaggia makes some great espresso machines, but if you are on a budget, look at models from Bosch, Nespresso, and De’Longhi. Pod or capsule machines are perfect for those with zero time to mess around, but for a more authentic coffee experience, look at a bean-to-cup machine instead.

Got any more recommendations for glam kitchen gadgets? Let us know!

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January 9, 2018

3 Reasons Why You Should Find the Perfect Bridal Shop for Your Body Type

There are hundreds of bridal shops that are in existence at the moment and for this reason, finding the perfect shop for your body type might be a bit overwhelming. The curvaceous women to be precise may have the hardest time finding their ideal bridal shop because most of them have the mentality that bridal gowns for plus size brides are impossible to find.

If truth be told, there are specific bridal shops that strictly cater for the plus size bride, making it your one stop bridal shop. If you research more, you will also find that there are other bridal shops that cater for the needs of every bride depending on their body type. However, to save time and make your search for a wedding gown more pleasurable, it is advised that you find a strictly curvaceous bridal wedding shop.

That said, here are 3 reasons why you should only go for a bridal shop that is known to cater for the curvaceous brides:

  • It will make shopping less hectic – There are hundreds of bridal gowns out there. And with so many options available, you can spend the entire day trying on dresses before you find your perfect dress. However, by narrowing your search to curvaceous bridal shops only, you will have fewer options to deal with and you will also have dresses that accentuate your curves. As a matter of fact, you might just find your perfect dress in one or two fittings.


  • You will have a team of professionals who understand your body type right there with you – Most brides are anxious to find their dresses and most of the time, they get a little irrational. Not to worry though; your one stop bridal shop will have a team of professionals who will help you identify a dress that flatters your body, a dress that is within your budget and of course a dress that will go well with your wedding theme.


  • The store owners know what is trendy and what is not – Are you a fashion conscious bride? Do you wish to walk down the aisle and say your vows in a dress that is hitting the fashion headlines? Your curvaceous bridal store will have all the trendy wedding gowns for the season for you to choose from. Now, depending on your taste and preferences, you will then have the opportunity to choose the dress that suits your style and at the same time one that flatters your body.

In conclusion, your wedding day is one of the best days of your life. Most brides are excited to walk down the aisle and say their vows to their life partners. But believe it or not, as much as that is something to look forward to, there is nothing as fulfilling and exciting as finding the perfect dress for your body type, especially if you are a plus size bride. It’s all in the dress; the magic, the pleasure, the comfort, you name it!

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January 9, 2018

Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper Have Openly Discussed Psoriasis

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Scalp psoriasis affects more than half of those who have psoriasis


Psoriasis is a skin disease that affects roughly 7.5 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide. It can affect all ages and can appear for the first time at any age.  In fact, you may be surprised to know that many celebrities suffer from psoriasis as well. Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper are just two of the many celebrities that have made it known publicly that they have been diagnosed with psoriasis.  It leaves itchy, red, scaling, raised patches on the skin. The true cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is believed to be an immune mediated disease where skin cells are in overdrive and rapidly producing more than normal. Genetics also most likely play a major role. Most recent studies are showing a correlation between psoriasis and heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Psoriasis is most commonly located on the elbows, knees and scalp but can occur anywhere on the body. Psoriasis is not contagious.

It is important to recognize that psoriasis can be very traumatic to the individual suffering from it and can have many emotional and psycho social side effects. Often individuals are embarrassed of how their skin looks or are treated differently by people who do not understand what is going on with their skin. There is currently no cure for psoriasis so treatment is based on symptoms.

If you suffer from psoriasis there are some things you can to relieve the symptoms. First of all, take advantage of the Vitamin D produced by the summer sun. (IMPORTANT: You should still use broad-spectrum sunscreen on all areas of unaffected skin). Stay outside for only 10 minutes at a time and gradually step that up. The UV rays from the sun have proven to help psoriasis and slow down skin cell growth. Sun exposure as treatment should be discussed with your physician. Multiple studies have shown that a healthy diet that is low in sugar can dramatically improve psoriasis. This means avoiding not only candy and sweets but foods high in carbs or that may convert to sugars in the body such as pasta and alcohol.

Over the counter moisturizers and cortisone creams may be beneficial. To relieve both itch and inflammation.

See a dermatologist. There are many prescription medications and lasers that are available to help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis and put the disease in remission. You do not need to suffer any longer and you are not alone. You can visit the National Foundation for Psoriasis online for more information at


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January 8, 2018



Dakota Johnson Golden Globes 2018

Dakota Johnson Golden Globes 2018 Photo:


Emma Watson Golden Globes 2018

Emma Watson Golden Globes 2018 Photo: Pop Crave

Last night at the Golden Globes, stars, such as Dakota Johnson and Emma Watson, chose a fringe hairstyle for the big red carpet event. The versatile fringe is already considered a top trend for 2018, but if you’re not ready to commit or want to test the look first, try Hairdo Clip-In Bangs.

Hairdo Clip-In Bangs ($29,

The pro-quality, affordable and easy to use clip-in bangs allows you to instantly try one or more fringe hairstyles. You can trim the clip-in bangs to re-create a mini bangs look like Emma’s, or leave it long and face-framing like Dakota’s.

*Note: These celebrities are not wearing Hairdo products

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January 8, 2018

How Golden Globes Nominee Laurie Metcalf Got Red-Carpet Ready

Laurie Metcalf,  star of Lady Bird, which took home top honors last night at the Golden Globes, looked ravishing at the awards show. How did she get her look? Her go-to hairstylist, and hairstylist to other stars like Candace Cameron-Bure, Christopher Marrero helped her get red-carpet ready.

Christopher is also a Romio Beauty Expert on Romio, a new app that allows users to find and book local services based on recommendations by trusted experts. Launching in New York, users will be able to book Christopher as well and get styled like the stars!


  • Prep damp hair with bumble & bumble tonic lotion.
  • Layer B&b Thickening hairspray on top from roots to ends.
  • Blowdry with a round rush in small sections, letting the root to add volume.
  • After fully dry, curl hair with a 3/4 inch curling iron, in alternating directions. Make sure the front sections are curled away from the face.
  • Spray Living Proof’s Dry Volume Blast all over from roots to ends, shaking the curls out as you spray to create body and texture.
  • Using a bobby pin that, secure one section behind the ear (on the same side as your part).
  • Finish with Living Proof’s Style Lab Flex Hairspray.
Laurie Metcalf Golden Clobes 2018

Laurie Metcalf Golden Clobes 2018

About Romio: Romio is a mobile platform that allows users to find and book local services through a trusted network of experts. It empowers users to find local services they need, like babysitters, dog walkers, housekeepers, yoga instructors and much more, view the service provider’s calendars, prices and book them, all within the app. Romio is also helping local service providers grow and run their businesses more efficiently. With Romio, handymen, photographers, fitness trainers and more have a platform where they can book appointments, set goals, view weekly and monthly analytics and transact. Romio is connecting local services directly to new customers and giving users the ultimate personal assistant in their pocket.


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January 8, 2018

Celebrity Hairstylist Chad Wood styles Vanessa Hudgens using John Frieda Hair Care

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens Instagram photo


Celebrity Hairstylist Chad Wood styles Vanessa Hudgens using John Frieda Hair Care for the 2018 Golden Globes InStyle Viewing Party 

Last night, Vanessa Hudgens’ hair made a classic and trendy statement with a fringe bob – a hairstyle that’s already a top hair trend for 2018.

Inspiration: Chad was inspired by the ultimate French girl bob.


  • Start by spraying John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray from the mid-shaft through the ends of the hair to help seal in a long-lasting straight, smooth style
  • Next, lightly spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion to the roots to give the hair volume and hold
  • Then, starting with the back sections, blow dry the hair smooth using a round brush
  • Once the hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to give extra polish and shine
  • Apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème on the ends and a small amount on the fringe to accomplish a lived-in look
  • To finish, spray John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray 




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January 8, 2018

Celebrity Hairstylist Gregory Russell styles Lily James for the 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet

Lily James at Golden Globes

Lily James at Golden Globes

Lily James’ hair made a romantic statement last night for the 2018 Golden Globes. 

Inspiration: Gregory was inspired by Lily’s statement-making, black Valentino gown to create a soft and graceful updo that compliments the ruffled neckline and low back.


  • Starting with damp hair, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Hydration Leave-In Detangling Mist on the ends to nourish, detangle and prep the hair
  • Then, apply a golf ball-sized amount of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse to the crown and to the root of the hair to help create lasting body
  • Next, blow dry the hair with a large, round hairbrush to further add fullness. Once the hair is dry, use a flat iron to create a natural looking wave
  • After waving the hair, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo through the lengths of hair to add a soft texture
  • Then, apply a pearl-sized amount of John Frieda Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème through the ends of the hair to add shine and definition
  • Leave a few wisps of hair out around the face and tie the rest of the hair low at the nape of the head. Split the ponytail in half and tie a knot fastening the ends loosely so it has a soft, romantic feeling
  • Lastly, use John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in the style
  • As a final touch, add a gold stone hair pin to the knot




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January 8, 2018

Frankie Shaw’s Get The Look by Jo Baker

Frankie Shaw at the Golden Globes

Frankie Shaw at the Golden Globes

Frankie Shaw’s Get The Look by Jo Baker using the bareMinerals Made-2-Fit app…
The Inspiration: Radiant and flawless looking skin accented by a smoldering antique gold eye
How to Get the Look:
To get Frankie’s radiant skin, Jo Baker used a bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation custom blended just for her skin a few days prior to the Golden Globes. To create the bespoke foundation exclusively for Frankie, Jo used the bareMinerals Made-2-Fit App to scan her skin in five different. A lightweight, buildable and oil-free formula, bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo is infused with Green Tea and Vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants, to combat signs of aging. Moisturizing ceramides and White Lily Extract work to plump and smooth fine lines, resulting in luminous skin.
Jo wanted an additional radiance boost on the cheeks and brows so she swept the bareMinerals Invisible bronze in Fair to Light to add a soft focus glow under the camera flashes. She then doubled up on blush by mixing bareMinerals Invisible Glow in Medium with Ready Blush and The Confession which is a super universal every day perfect cheek color.
Using her fingers Jo applied an antique gold tone shadow to create a smokey effect that didn’t appear heavy or too dark. To add a little depth and intensity, Jo applied a dark eyeliner along the inside waterline and smudged it into the lash line to add drama and a moodiness. She finished off Frankie’s eyes with the bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara with Petite Precision Brush. The tiny fine-tuning brush within the formula allowed a feathery and defined lash line which was the perfect complement to the smokey shadow.
Jo and Frankie wanted a low maintenance and pretty lip to complement the antique gold smokey eye. To prep Frankie’s lips, Jo used bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Medium. Jo placed the concealer around her mouth to mute her natural lip tone and the perfect long wear base to set her nude lip. Jo loves a creamy moisture rich finish in a nude and bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Tutu gave Frankie’s lips the perfect rich satin finish.
The bareMinerals MADE-2-FIT app is free to download iTunes and select androids; each bespoke bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo retails for $49 for a 30ml bottle. For more information, please visit or your nearest bareMinerals store.
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January 5, 2018

Transform Your Life with “Never Give Up”

by Lisa Gal

JeanClare’s readings are unique and don’t just reflect everyday predictions she shares her knowledge as well as her psychic visions. Jean is in high demand in Australia and all over the world as a clairvoyant, spiritual life coach and speaker. She has been working as a clairvoyant medium for 30 years, tagged by many as JeanClare extraordinaire. Jean is blessed with many gifts, she is clairvoyant, clairsentient and clairaudient. As a medium she contacts loved ones who have passed over which helps create peace of mind for those left behind. She is a great believer in self-empowerment and has committed her life to perfecting her talents, thus providing her clients with 99% accuracy with future projections and information. As a spiritual growth motivator, she taps into her clients negative thought patterns and emotions to show them how to make life choices that align with their true self and their destiny. Her book is a must read and we are thrilled to include it in our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to the Golden Globe nominees, talent and guests staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend.
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