Archives for February 6, 2015

Contour and Paint with Laura Mercier – NEW at Sephora! Beauty Must-Have products!

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This month, Laura Mercier is bringing two truly flawless products exclusively to Sephora counters.


Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette, $50

Sculpt the face naturally under the instruction of the founder of the “flawless face,” renowned makeup artist, Laura Mercier.

·       Designed to define and highlight your features with five delicate, but buildable crèmes

·       Extraordinary cream formula is more blendable than typical contouring powders

·       Allows for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time

·       Contains 3 neutral brown matte crème for shade and 2 crème highlighters for light reflection



Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour, $28

Wash lips in rich, pure and intense colour. This is already a professional makeup artist favorite, with celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern using it to create a dramatic lip for award show darling, Reese Witherspoon.


·       Creamy formula envelops lips in richness with a demi-matte finish

·       Lightweight, comfortable, all day wear

·       Multi-functional paddle brush for one stroke colour application

·       Available in nine rich, intense and creamy colours.

I received a sample of the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in the Golden Peach Shade and I love the color, shine and how lightweight it is! A real beauty Must-Have!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier.

iCoffee® Introduces SafetyLock™ Consumer Safety System SafetyLock™ consumer protection device on iCoffee® single serve brewers uses a two-step system to doubly protect consumers from injury

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iCoffee®, maker of the Opus™ single serve brewer, has announced the use of its patent-pending SafetyLock™ two-step safety system on the company’s entire line of single serve brewers.


iCoffee’s SafetyLock consumer protection system uses a two-step system to protect consumers. During the first step, a mechanical lock secures the single-serve brew head during the brewing process to ensure that the brew head will not open at any time during the brewing cycle. If the brew head is tampered with during brewing, a secondary electronic safety device instantly shuts off the flow of water, helping prevent burn-related injuries due to hot liquid escaping from the brew head. SafetyLock is a standard feature on the iCoffee Opus™ and is also standard on the Express™ and DaVinci™ models to be launched nationwide in February.


“We didn’t just want to create a single serve brewing technology that delivers exceptional-tasting coffee,” said Bruce Burrows, inventor and CEO of iCoffee. “We also wanted to be responsible by delivering a brewer that was as safe as possible. We are first and foremost committed to the safety of our coffee lovers, regardless of the extra costs and measures it takes.”


“We have taken every precaution to keep consumers out of harm’s way,” added Burrows. “With SafetyLock’s two-step safety system, consumers can feel extra secure using iCoffee brewers around their children and families and do not have to ever worry about how close they stand to their brewer. This consumer safety protection system has never been done before.”


The iCoffee Opus SpinBrew single serve brewer by Remington  was released nationwide at Bed Bath & Beyond®in November, 2014, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $139.99. The company will be introducing the Express and DaVinci to its single serve lineup early in 2015. All brewers include the SafetyLock feature. For more information about the company, please visit

 I received the iCoffee Opus SpinBrew Single serve brewer to try out for myself and I am truly impressed! I have to admit that I had jumped on the Keurig bandwagon years ago but since the Keurig 2.0…I have been looking for a different brand. I was quite excited to be able to check this one out!  Goodbye Keurig! Hello iCoffee! The Opus is the world’s first to use SpinBrew technology that features a spinning needle with jets that spins, steams and stirs the coffee inside ALL K-Cups and All K-compatible cups during brewing. You can even use an iCup Reusable (which is included) to use with your own favorite brand of coffee. No need to hack this machine because it works with all K-cups.  I also love that I can make the perfect cup every time by using the Dial-a-Brew control which lets your “dial in” the exact preferred strength between 4-12 ounces in .5 ounce increments. It is also simple to use!  I also love that this brewer has a SafetyLock. My favorite thing is that it really does make a great tasting coffee quickly and easily to start my day off with a smile! 

The iCoffee Opus is available in all 1,000+ Bed Bath & Beyond Stores. Eight other major retailers will also begin carrying this brewer early this year.  It really is a Must-Buy! iCoffee Opus is my new favorite K-compatible single serve brewer! 


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of the iCoffee Opus by Remington in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Serenading Your Valentine in 6 Easy Tips!!


Want to take a risk and go all out romantic for your Valentine? Why not Serenade them?  While some may feel it’s a very risky move, it’s also hugely romantic when done right. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™, has put together tips for seranading your Valentine…the old fashioned way.

Here are 6 tips for pulling off a great serenade:


1. Be sincere- Don’t make a joke out of your serenade. Give it 110%. That way your Valentine doesn’t have to feel insecure about getting all googly and melty in response to it. If you think it’s a joke, it won’t be romantic and come off insincere. Sing from your heart and be honest with your emotions.


2. Pick a great song– Whether you write the song or sing someone elses tune, make sure your song choice fits with your voice and is appropriate with the Valentine’s Day theme. Feel free to personalize a song that is all ready written by adding your Valentine’s name or any other bits of info he/she will like.


3. Pick a great location– If your Valentine is the shy type, don’t bring out the ukulele in front of all her/his friends- keep the performance private so that he/she can relish the moment without feeling self conscience.  On the other hand, if she/he is really comfortable in public, see if you can get hold of a microphone at a big event you are taking him/her to…and sing away!


4. Organize your accompaniment– Whether it is to be sung acapella (without music accompaniment), with a banjo, or a chamber orchestra, figure it out. Maybe you know someone who can play for you while you sing if you can’t pick up a guitar yourself. If not, you can always sing to a karaoke cd.


5. Memorize the piece– You should spend your time looking into your Valentine’s eyes, not glued to notes or lyrics on a piece of paper. You don’t want to miss their reaction.


… And finally as always...


6. Make sure you warm-up your voice beforehand so that you can give the best possible performance. You’ll only get one shot to melt his/her heart with your song. Make sure you are singing with a clear tone and not warming up and clearing your voice throughout your performance, be ready!


Want to find out how your serenading is sounding before you sing to your Valentine? Sign up for Your Vocal Assessment  on Just upload a link to or mp3 of your voice with your questions, and Ariella will get right back to you with her feedback.

About Voice Lessons To Go

Founded in 2004 by Ariella Vaccarino, “Voice Lessons To Go” offers quality vocal training products at an affordable price for both the professional and aspiring vocalist. Ms. Vaccarino is an accomplished Opera singer, has performed on numerous movie soundtracks, and has been teaching voice and piano for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. For more information about “Voice Lessons To Go” or Ms. Vaccarino, please visit

Credit: Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™.

Fans of All Ages Will Feel the Love for Clifford the Big Red Dog® this Valentine’s Day Season Scholastic Media Unleashes Month-Long ‘Love at First Bark’ Campaign to Celebrate Beloved Big Red Dog and Lasting Legacy of Author Norman Bridwell



Fans young and old undoubtedly remember when they first met Clifford the Big Red Dog®, and it was love at first bark.  Now, get ready to fall in love again!  Families all around the world are in store for BIG tail-wagging Valentine’s Day fun with everyone’s favorite four-legged friend – Clifford! Beginning this month, the largest, most lovable pooch, a treasured Scholastic children’s brand, will pounce on screen, online, on shelves, and into the hearts of admirers everywhere in all new ways!


“Clifford has been well loved for generations and continues to be a fixture in many families’ daily lives,” said Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte. “This Valentine’s Day season, we’re delighted to offer children, who may be just ‘meeting’ Clifford for the first time, as well as those who have long-adored Norman Bridwell’s gentle canine, new opportunities to welcome the iconic character into their homes.”


For more than 50 years, Clifford the Big Red Dog has left lasting paw prints on the hearts of fans of all ages. Clifford author Norman Bridwell passed away in December 2014, but his legacy lives on through his timeless stories and the fond memories he helped create among fans young and old. This Valentine’s Day season, families can celebrate love, loyalty and friendship with Clifford in a variety of ways, including:


On the website! – Scholastic Media’s new Clifford the Big Red Dog microsite,, is a one-stop shop for all things Valentine’s Day for preschoolers, parents and teachers alike! The site’s refreshed landing page will feature a brand-new Valentine’s Day Clifford Matching Game as well as printable coloring and activity sheets, Clifford-inspired crafts, video clips and more! In addition, educators can find unique Clifford-themed Valentine’s Day curriculum and lesson plans to “spread the love” in classrooms nationwide!


Through social media! – Fans around the world can reminisce about when they first fell in puppy love with Clifford with vintage book scans, Clifford’s puppy pictures, and shareable retro Clifford valentines, on Clifford’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.


With new activity kits to love! – Young fans will em-“bark” on an exciting journey into the incredible world of science with two brand-new Clifford the Big Red Dog activity kits from The Young Scientists Club. The perfect gifts for preschoolers this Valentine’s Day, the latest introductions to the award-winning collection include “Magic Science” and“Water Science” (SRP $19.99 each). Both imagination-inspiring kits feature a 20-page manual, narrated by Clifford’s best friend Emily Elizabeth, and come complete with all the tools fans ages 3 and up need to bring the age-appropriate experiments to life!


In Books! – Adding to the Clifford library – which includes 128 million books in print in 19 foreign languages – fans can welcome two new books in 2015 with the upcoming publication of “Clifford Goes to Kindergarten” (April) and “Clifford’s School Story Box” (June).


On TV! – Preschoolers can tune-in to PBS KIDS to catch a trio of Clifford Valentine’s Day-themed specials. Episodes include: Clifford the Big Red Dog’s “Big Hearted T-Bone/Cleo’s Valentine Surprise” (2/10), Clifford’s Puppy Days’ “Valentine Schmalentine/Sweethearts Dance” (2/11) and Clifford the Big Red Dog’s “Clifford’s Big Heart/Cleo’s Valentine Surprise” (2/12). Check local listings.


At NASDAQ! Clifford the Big Red Dog will make a larger-than-life appearance to help ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on February 13!



For more info about Clifford, visit

Credit: Scholastic.