My eyelids are the worst at keeping products in place. I’ll put on eyeliner or eyeshadow and within an hour, I’m already smudging like crazy. My eyelids are very oily, which sounds weird, but I’m sure some of you out there can relate. If you have this problem, then you know it’s a pain in the butt to find eye products that last all day — especially during the sweaty summer months. Lucky for you, I’ve become an expert at eye products that will wear all day. If you don’t have a smudging problem, then maybe this will help you get an idea of new products to try out this summer!

While I have been known to write love letters to my dinners, that’s comparatively sane next to my love of the Starbucks Verismo. Seriously, I wasn’t a coffee drinker before, but now I am.  I love it so much that I featured it in Recipe4Living’s Spring 2013 Gift Guide and wrote an article about it. Now, I am blogging about it. Read on for more!

Cocktail Rx Appletini Kit

Let’s face it, I share far more similarities to Jack Donaghy than I do with Carrie Bradshaw. After all, he is my hair mentor. My drink of choice is a bourbon straight up. So when Cocktail Rx asked if they could send me some of their Apple Martini, or Appletini as it’s become known, I have to admit that I laughed just a little bit. Then I said appletini out loud, and laughed some more. But like the good editor I am, I got home right after work and fixed myself a drink. I felt like I was in the middle of a Mad Men episode. What a tough life I lead.

Are you still stumped for a holiday gift idea for that hard-to-shop-for family member, friend, or hobby club member? Keep reading to see one of my favorite DIY projects of all time that is a great holiday gift for just about anyone!

presents that are wrapped

Last minute shoppers, here’s a gift for you. With Christmas only 10 days away, here are 10 savvy shopping tips for extra holiday savings!

We couldn’t think of a better gift for someone who loves to entertain. We were inspired just flipping through and looking at the gorgeous table settings designed by Monica! We even picked up multiple copies to give as hostess gifts this season. Keep reading p enter to win a signed copy of Make It Beautiful for yourself!

Forget spending loads of money on holiday gifts and decorations this year because we have a whole assortment of things to make and do using a simple list of materials you probably already have at home. Keep reading to see my favorite ways to spruce up your home and get it holiday season-ready in a flash.


A Big Blue Live Speaker sitting on top of an iPad

Summary: The Big Blue Live speaker blew me away with its crystal sound, long battery life, and impressive range. Only one control on the device took me awhile to figure out, and I had to charge it prior to its first use. In the end though, I’m thoroughly impressed with it. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the on the go audiophile in your life. 

It’s that time of year again! We have the holidays on the brain, and this year, we got to work with so many great brands to give you an exclusive look at tried-and-true holiday gifts that we have personally tested and approved! Keep reading to see our favorite recommendations for gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year!

You don’t have to wear your boyfriend/ hubby’s sports shirt anymore – make your own or pick  a custom shirt from Spreadshirt! If you want to celebrate the holidays in style, there are lots of great festive shirts to fit the bill. Keep reading to learn how to enter and win!

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