By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
Looking, feeling and radiating your beautiful best is not always easy. From dull, dry skin and cellulite to ill-fitting or disorganized style elements to gas-guzzling trips to the store for last-minute small supply needs, the list of annoyances can seem never-ending. The good news is there are plenty of shrewd solutions available that can ease and enhance your personal care regime. Check out this problem resolution round-up that’s rife with great ideas!
BLO & GO (www.BloAndGo.com) – $39.95
Are you tired of the sore neck, shoulders, arms and hands you often get while blowing your hair out at home? Suffer no more, as you can get a salon blow-out look at home without the pain with BLO & GO. This revolutionary styling tool frees up your hands from holding the dryer, allowing two free hands to style your hair. With the flick of a lever, simply grip BLO & GO to your mirror or almost any flat surface. It holds most size blow dryers, is lightweight, flexible, portable and easy to use! More than just a blow dryer holder, the BLO & GO is a styling tool that’s the next best thing to a salon visit, and cuts your blow out and styling time in half. No wonder it’s said to be a favorite among Hollywood stars like Eva La Rue, Sarah Michelle Geller, Liza Gibbons and Melanie Griffith.
The Hair Pillow (www.HairPillow.com) – $65
An age-old dilemma is finally solved, and the perfectly coiffed no longer need to ask themselves “should I sacrifice a good night’s sleep in order to keep my hairstyle?” Thanks to the Hair Pillow, the answer to that questions is, not anymore! Inspired by traditional headrests used by Japanese Geisha, the Hair Pillow helps keep your hairstyle looking great while allowing a comfortable night’s sleep. A satin pillow case with a touch of stretch is a key feature that helps control fly-aways and prevent hair breakage. The Hair Pillow offers the right blend of firmness and comfort to help suspend the head and neck, preventing the hair from being compressed. In addition, strategically placed curves incorporated in the Hair Pillow create areas that allow the hair to be moved away from the head, preventing the head from compressing the hair no matter what your position of sleep. The pillow can be used with any hair type or length and can be used with or without other hairstyle preserving tools. Four stylish colors are available including champagne, Confucius blue, coral whisper and cosmic shower.
NightCare Rejuvenating Hand Cream and Exfoliating Foot Scrub (www.NightCareProducts.com) – $13
If your feet and hands are in need of improvements, these skincare products will fix your ills while making you feel pampered. To soften rough, dry hands, NightCare’s Rejuvenating Hand Cream moisturizes with a paraben-free formula that combines shea butter and jojoba oils with vitamins A, D and E to create a silky, non-greasy cream. To soothe and soften those little piggies and hardened heels, NightCare’s Exfoliating Foot Scrub contains natural pumice suspended in a refreshing aqua cool gel. The scrub gets rid of corns, calluses and rough flaky skin to leave feet feeling soft and smooth. The scrub’s refreshing scent completes this invigorating skin treatment. Both the cream and the scrub are available in 6.5 oz. and 2 oz. tubes.
Adonia TummyTone Serum (www.AdoniaOrganics.com) – $79
Forego those expensive trips to the spa with an easy and effective body wrap treatment you can do at home. Adonia TummyTone is an oxygen-based body-wrap treatment that helps reduce the appearance of your love handles and waistline. This innovative, oxygenated plant stem cell-based treatment reduces the appearance of saggy skin, and firms your waistline in less than 60 minutes! Adonia TummyTone delivers the firmer, tighter, and younger-looking skin you want, super fast and without hassle. It is hypoallergenic, safe and effective for all skin types. Even better, the TummyTone body wrap system can be used with your own body wrap material (any plastic wrap will do).
Adonia LegTone Serum (www.AdoniaOrganics.com) – $79
Dying to say goodbye to cellulite? Try Adonia LegTone Serum—a treatment that uses an advanced micro-concentrated Greek Plant Stem Cell technology magnified with the time-tested wisdom of 23 organic botanicals from the Greek Islands. The serums re-awaken and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin to naturally reduce the look of cellulite. Use LegTone to resurface uneven skin texture, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and firm sagging skin. The result is younger looking, firm, smooth, touchable skin. This treatment offers a 47% reduction in the appearance of cellulite in just 9 minutes, and the improvement lasts for up to 12 hours. With ongoing use, the serum can reduce the appearance of cellulite by an incredible 72% in 6 weeks.
Smart Tray (StylePro31.com) – $39.99
The ingenious Style Pro 31 Smart Tray, uniquely invented by NFL pro Bernard Pollard, is a convenient, portable lightweight and affordable foldout tray that fits over most pedestal and traditional sinks to provide additional surface area and counter space (up to 288 square inches). The Smart Tray, alleviates and organizes the typical clutter that surrounds sinks. It expands usable space by allowing objects to be placed directly on it—even with the water running. The device also promotes safety by keeping electric appliances like blow dryers, curling and flat irons, and shavers—and their cords—out of the sink and away from water hazards. Similar to a food tray, the Smart Tray even allows users to carry their items all together to and from the bathroom, making it easier to store and pack their essentials and make room for others to use the sink. When not in use the Smart Tray’s collapsible design and drawstring bag allows it to be easily stored and transported. Also, it’s heat resistant and dishwasher safe, so standard personal care appliances will not burn the Smart Tray and it can be easily cleaned. The exceptional Smart Tray is designed for use in homes, apartments, dorm rooms, hospitals, assisted living facilities, hotels, cruise ships and other travel applications.
Hanger Pockets (www.Amazon.com) – $7.99
Storage and organization are a never-ending battle but your hangers just became your secret weapon. Hanger Pockets hang right on your existing clothes hangers and hold all the jewelry, scarves, belts, nail polish, makeup or even lingerie to match your favorite outfits. Accessorizing and organizing your wardrobe was never quicker or easier. Hanger Pockets just may be the smartest organizational element in your closet with its two-sided design that fits easily over any type of hanger. They feature dual clear zippered pouches for earrings, necklaces and bracelets; dual snag-free snap loops for scarves, belts and shawls; zippered mesh pouch for jewelry, lingerie and make-up; and a convenient carrying handle.
Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes (www.Comodynes.net) – $13.99-$43.00
Get a safe UV-and-worry-free tan with Comodynes Self-tanning towelettes. These towelettes provide an even, safe and uniform tan on your face and body in just 3 hours, giving a natural, healthy skin tone without side effects or streaking. The paraben-free formula, with a moisturizing complex, eliminates the feeling of tightness and keeps the skin soft. The Comodynes Self-Tanning towelettes are safe and, unlike UV rays, the formula does not penetrate the deep layers of the skin. The result depends on your skin type and the intensity adapts to provide natural results on both fair and dark skin. Recommended for all skin types, the towelettes are available in two formulas–Original and Intensive.
BlingGuard (www.BlingGuard.com) – $14.99
What’s the point of wearing gorgeous jewelry if it’s just going to slip and slide out of place? BlingGuard has a great solution with BlingDots and BlingWraps. BlingDots Earring Supports and Stabilizers are easy to apply with discreet and disposable backs that relieve the weight and pressure of your earrings, lifting them up on the ear lobe and positioning them perfectly! BlingDots also work with clip-on earrings and your favorite pins, brooches and badges. BlingWraps Invisible Ring Guards keep your stunning stones on top of your finger and stop them from turning, twisting or slipping off your hand with easy-to-use, disposable ring size adjusters. The hypoallergenic, latex-free band adds 1+ ring sizes to your finger and forms an invisible “padlock” to hold your rings in place.
Hot Flash Helper (www.HotFlashHelper.biz) – $16
Those who’ve reached a certain age know the feeling –the desire to rip off all your clothes, maybe set up residence in the walk-in freezer at your local grocery store or just start pulling bags of frozen peas out of your own freezer to cool your neck and chest. Stay out of the kitchen and reach for Hot Flash Helper by Kool Tool instead to get near instant relief right when you need it. Simply wet, ring, snap and wear this specialized cooling scarf for a discreet and re-usable solution to hot flashes. The Hot Flash Helper, with its high water retention, absorption and wicking properties, is also great for night sweats or for dealing with hot weather in general—great at the field, picnics, the beach, gym or wherever you might sweat. When you’ve cooled down, take it off your body and pack it away in your purse. This antimicrobial scarf measures 31.5″x13.25″ and doesn’t drip or run.
AirQ by Prolitec (www.airqhome.com) – $250.00 including one scent cartridge; Additional cartridges $49.95
Nothing can spoil one’s time in the bathroom conducting beauty and personal routines than foul smells. There’s just nothing pretty about a stinky space! Enter the AirQ Whole Room Air Freshener—a safe, eco-friendly air-freshening system that actually erases odors instead of masking them like many common household air fresheners do. The attractive tabletop dispenser lets you create customized scent experiences that complement the look and feel of your bathroom or other areas in the home, all while remediating odors no matter their cause. The AirQ was created to eliminate the need for aerosols, plug-in air fresheners, reed diffusers, scented candles and other old-fashioned, low-performance air fresheners that aren’t really effective and often pose health, ecological and safety risks. The AirQ works automatically to erase odors and create the desired scent effect without flame or heat and without releasing any harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Homeowners can choose from over 20 of Prolitec’s most popular scents including Forest, Rain Shower, Ginger Lily and Fresh Cotton.
‘Take Your Pix’ Board Book Photo Albums (BoardBookAlbums.com) – $19.95
Once your looks are on point, it’s time to snap some selfies and group photos, of course. This also goes for the littlest beauties in our lives—the kiddos. And, keeping those photo keepsakes of children—or even ourselves—in an adorable album is a must. But, that can be easier said than done, especially when children want to participate in creating the photo album. Enter the Take Your Pix photo albums (patent pending) by Board Book Albums, which have sturdy cardboard pages into which photos can be inserted from openings in the top of the pages. Unlike traditional photo albums, Take Your Pix board book albums have thick rigid pages that won’t bend or tear, so they’re perfect for kids to handle. Little children are elated to have their own photo albums they can handle themselves. Older children love to fill the books with photos and decorate their albums with stickers, stamps and markers. Moms and other adults love the albums for scrapbooking and to get or give as gifts for any occasion.
“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***