Wednesday, November 26, 2014

**WIN**Oaxis Star.21 Fitness Band Review and ($79.99) Giveaway!–Ends December 12, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


Keeping track of the calories you burn is less of a challenge these days now that I have the Oaxis Star.21 Fitness Band from Mediasonic.  The company sent me one at no cost for this review and giveaway.  What I really like is that it takes the guesswork out of what used to be just my estimations. 

I was very impressed with the trim design.  This band fits well and is very comfortable to wear, which is important in a fitness band.  The band can take the punishment of a vigorous workout. You won't have to worry about the band so you can focus on being active.

The one thing about electronic gadgets of any kind is that water and humidity aren’t friends. But the online specs state the Oaxis Star.21 Fitness Band is sweat proof, waterproof, and dust proof and from my use I feel it is.



It works very well to keep tabs on your steps, the distance traveled, how many calories burned and your active minutes.  For me, that feedback is important because I can see whether I am making progress or not.  I can tell when I am losing track and need to pick up the pace of my activity to reach my goals. We all know how easy it is to let things slide. However, tracking your activity makes it simple to stay on course.


Tracking your progress is a breeze because the Oaxis Star.21 supports both iOS and Android Phone. It also supports Bluetooth.

When Mediasonic chose the name of the product, they also made a good point as well. They assert that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Ever try something new when you’re working out or trying to lose a few pounds?  The first few days it’s hard but the longer you stick with it the easier it gets.  I never tracked the number of days but looking back I think they have a valid point.  After about three weeks I am into my new routine.  They say this is supported by behavioral psychology and I’ll take them at their word there.

I like the way this fitness tracker works.  The Oaxis Star.21 switches between sleep and day mode automatically.  It even can wake you up with a silent alarm since it has customized reminders and a strict time manager.  

It also is light, weighing in at only 18g or about .64oz ( a little over half an ounce). The battery will hold a charge up to 10 days and is easily recharged with the supplied USB cable.  The cable is a standard USB/Micro USB and it’s readily available. 

If your goal is to be more fit and healthier, this Mediasonic Oaxis Star.21 Fitness Band can help make it easier for you or anyone on your holiday gift list.   Do check it out!

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thanks to Mediasonic, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins the Oaxis Star. 21 Fitness Band ($80 value)!


Giveaway Details and How to Enter–

Prize: One (1) winner will receive an Oaxis Star .21 Fitness Band from Mediasonic ($79.99)! 

Dates of entry: 11/26/14–12/11/14 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility:  Open to USA addresses.  No PO Boxes.  The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

**WIN**Crabtree & Evelyn’s Lavender Traveler Gift Set Review and ($24) Giveaway!–Ends December 11, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.






Lovely scented skin care is always one of my favorite gifts.  I love to indulge and wrap myself in luxurious fragrance whether to cleanse, silken or enhance the scent of the perfume or eau de toilette that I’m wearing. If you’re looking for a similar type of holiday stocking stuffer, a good choice might be a soothing lavender fragrance like what I experienced after being sent Crabtree & Evelyn’s Lavender Traveler Toiletry Kit ($24) for this review and giveaway.
This kit features their Lavender Bath & Shower Gel (50mL), Lavender Body Lotion (50mL), Lavender Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy (25g) and a Nail Buffer that is presented in a striking maroon cosmetic bag.

Unlike their original Classic Lavender, their new scent is softer and more of a powdery, fresher version that also gained warmth due to notes of sweet violet, jasmine, tonka bean, musk along with some invigorating brightness from lemon than the heavier herbal formulation. 

Bathing with their award-winning Lavender Bath & Shower Gel was, indeed, calming as I allowed that scent to work its magic as it cleansed and moisturized with its beneficial lavender oil and floral extracts. The formula has glycerin and is free of mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate.

After that blissful soak, I pampered myself with a good measure of the lavender body Lotion to preserve that peaceful state of mind.  This lotion absorbed quickly and did not leave me greasy feeling at all.

The Lavender Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy is not sticky or greasy. This hand cream is concentrated and sinks into irritated hands quickly, leaving lingering sweetness behind.

If you haven’t tried any of these products from Crabtree & Evelyn, this Lavender Traveler Toiletry Kit is a great way to sample it for yourself as well as for those on your holiday shopping list. Do check it out because I know that you will love its delicate beauty.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thanks to Crabtree & Evelyn, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins a Lavender Traveler Toiletry Kit of their own!

Giveaway Details and How to Enter–

Prize: One (1) winner will win a Lavender Traveler Toiletry Kit ($24)  from Crabtree & Evelyn that includes a Lavender Bath & Shower Gel (50mL), Lavender Body Lotion (50mL), Lavender Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy (25g), Nail Buffer and cosmetic bag.

Dates of entry: 11/25/14–12/10/14 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility:  Open to USA addresses.  No PO Boxes.  The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

How to Enter:  Please use the Rafflecopter widget if it works.  You can also enter by clicking this link or try to enter using another browser. You can return daily and log in again with your email to tweet.



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Give a Gift of Healing Relief With L’Occitane en Provence’s Hand Cream Bouquet! (Review)

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


What a beautiful gesture to receive to a holiday gift set of L’Occitane en Provence’s award-winning shea butter hand creams like this Hand Cream Bouquet, especially at this time of year when the weather can be brutal on hands. 



I love this stuff because it honestly works quickly to help heal suffering hands without any greasy feel.  Before you know it, your hands are soft and not to mention exquisitely scented.

The Hand Cream Bouquet sells normally at $72 but now is $54!  There are other hand cream sets to choose but I really am drawn to this one because it has six glorious (1 oz.) tubes that are perfect for toting to the office without taking much space in your handbag. You’ll find a Shea Butter Rose, Shea Butter Lime, Shea Butter Vanilla, Shea Butter Hand Creams along with an Almond and Lavender Hand Creams.
Do the ultimate kindness and give this as a holiday gift for yourself as well as those you shop for this holiday season.  Find the Hand Cream Bouquet at L’Occitane en Provence along with other tempting holiday gift ideas!

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Travel Plans? You Might Want to Take the Umberto Beverly Hills Moisture Travel Gift Set With You! (Review)

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.


If you’re still stumped for a small gift for your child’s teacher or the office holiday grab bag where you’re not allowed to spend over a certain amount or if traveling out of town for the holidays, you might be interested in a travel set of professional hair care products like the Umberto Beverly Hills Moisture Travel Set ($14.99).



This set comes with (3-oz.) Moisture Shampoo (color safe for dry, coarse), (3-oz.) Moisture Conditioner, (3-oz.) Controller Conditioning Spray (for detangling and protecting from heat damage from styling tools), and a (2-oz.) Super Hold Hair Spray.

I have used Umberto styling products before and liked how my hair behaved afterwards. But I had never tried any of their shampoos, conditioners or a thermal protective spray until this set arrived.

I will be saving this set for packing in my bag for an upcoming holiday trip. You can find this handy Umberto Beverly Hills Moisture Travel Set (which also is available in a Volumizing set) at Target stores and Target.com.  Check it out!


*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Selfie Brush Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.

If you are constantly pulling out your phone to snap selfies, then you probably also are bringing out your entire beauty arsenal to prep before sharing your image with the world. But if you want to simplify the task for camera ready hair, I think that you are going to love the concept of the Selfie Brush because it doubles as a phone case.




From the makers of the Wet Brush, this paddle brush is compatible for iPhone 5 and 5s for the type of shots needed to work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Furthermore, its functional design allows the user to talk, text and adjust volume with the phone inside the hard plastic brush case, which also protects your phone.

Check this brush out for yourself or anyone that also loves instantly uploading their photos because this is a nice stocking stuffer!  Find it for $19.99 at the Selfie Brush website.

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Friday, November 21, 2014

**WIN**Fragrance to Make an Impact--Barbara Orbison’s Pretty Woman Perfumes & Candles ($288) Giveaway! (3 Winners!)–Ends December 8, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.




Maybe you’re searching for fragrance this holiday season but haven’t been successful finding exactly what you had hoped for. You know that rare one with the grace and sophistication that sets you apart from the crowd.  Then you haven’t experienced the allure of this provocative oriental fragrance, Pretty Woman by Barbara Orbison, widow of the legendary singer, Ray Orbison.  Otherwise, with its complex layering of woods, spice, and floral notes, I am confident that its precious essence would have lingered in your memory.


This glamorous fragrance opens with a confident burst of bubbly bergamot against notes of floral, spices, and creamy woods to make a beautiful, attention-getting statement.  Once the middle notes of stargazer lily, red rose, and carnation in its opulent floral heart emerge, this stunning fragrance warms and invites romance with its undeniable magnestism.  Yet, it also intrigues with exciting exotic mystery just as much as it entices with its self-assurance and style. The further the base heats as it dries down, the more seductive and velvety this ultra-feminine scent becomes caressing you with its tender warmth from its rich amber, patchouli, vanilla, atlas cedar, and sacred incense.




Pretty Woman Perfume is a scent of timeless elegance and maturity that will have a profound effect on how you see yourself.  You can’t help but feel like the belle of the ball when dressed in this scent for making you feel both admired and envied. Just like the song of its inspiration, you too will become a pretty woman!




Pretty Woman Perfume is available in the 50 ml. 1.7 oz. ($80), the "On The Go" set of three atomizers of the perfume ($16.95), and in the enticing Pretty Woman Candle ($29.99). There are also several gift packages worth checking out at the company’s website that would make fabulous gifts.  In fact, now until December 31, 2014 is the ideal time to try this fragrance because you can save 15% off  Pretty Woman products when you enter coupon code NUTS4PWP15 at checkout.

Do check these products because I am certain you will love Pretty Woman as much as I do!

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*

Thanks to Pretty Woman Perfume, three lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States with one of three prize packages in this giveaway totaling $288 in all!





Giveaway Details and How to Enter–

Prize: Three (3) winners will win one of the following prize packages--

1st Prize:  1.7 fl. oz. Pretty Woman Perfume, Candle,"On The Go" Set, and Cosmetic Bag  ($132 value)!

2nd Prize:    1 fl. oz. Pretty Woman Perfume, "On The Go" Set, and Candle ($110 value)!

3rd Prize:     "On The Go" Set and Candle ($46 value)!

Dates of entry: 11/21/14–12/07/14 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Eligibility:  Open to USA addresses.  No PO Boxes.  The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

How to Enter:  Please use the Rafflecopter widget.  You can return daily and log in again with your email to tweet.



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crabtree & Evelyn's Botanical Hand Therapy Trio and Citron, Honey & Coriander Ornament Holiday Tins Review

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.



Deciding what sort of gifts your family and friends can take a lot of thought.  But, if you’re looking for a few wonderful stocking stuffer ideas that would be especially welcome at this time of year, then you came to the right place. 

Regardless of age or sex, who on your list wouldn’t appreciate some winter hand care in festive holiday tins like the Botanical Hand Therapy Trio Tin ($20.00) or the Citron, Honey & Coriander Ornament Tin ($14.00) that Crabtree & Evelyn sent me for this review?

This Botanical selection comes in with three tubes (25g) of Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy in Citron, Honey & Coriander scent, the second in Avocado, Olive & Basil, and a third tube in Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed. This hard-working formula heals dry, irritated hands with macadamia nut oil, shea butter, myrrh extract and moisture-locking ceramides.
These holiday hand cream tins also are available in other tempting Crabtree & Evelyn scents so do check them out!

*Disclaimer: Free products were provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.*