Take me away Panasonic~ your guide to the nanoe™ compact hair dryer

Panasonic nanoe Compact Hair Dryer

Panasonic nanoe Compact Hair Dryer

Meet my hair’s new best friend, Panasonic Beauty Compact Hair Dryer with nanoe™ technology. She’s a travel dryer but she’s oh so much more. While this is small in size it’s incredibly powerful and does the job of a larger, more powerful hair dryer with ease.            press sample

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer EH-NA27

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer EH-NA27

She’s been designed for fast and easy styling no matter where you take her – the gym, traveling, or home. She’s just 13.1 oz and 8.7×3.2×6.1 inches so she fits in your purse, your carry-on, and in your gym bag leaving room for all of your other necessities.

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer folded

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer folded

PANASONIC created nanoe™ technology which draws moisture from the air to infuse hair with moisture-rich particles 1,000x richer than typical ions to reduce damage caused by everyday brushing and enhance hair’s smoothness and shine.

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with the quick dry nozzle

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with the quick dry nozzle

My hair is just shoulder length but it takes forever to dry. It just retains water. Imagine my surprise then when this 1400 watt hair dryer was able to dry my hair in a shorter time than my 1800 watt regular dryer. I thought it was a fluke but noooooooooo… I’ve been using it for weeks now and it’s just as fast as the first time I used it.

Panasonic nanoe compact hair dryer, EH-NA27

Panasonic nanoe compact hair dryer, EH-NA27

The secret behind nanoe™ technology and your hair is that it helps reduce the damage that would be caused by heating your hair for a long time as well as brushing it. It has 3 settings though no cold button. I’ve only used it on high since my hair wouldn’t dry at a lower temperature. High power is a strong hot airflow, Medium is a gentle hot airflow, and Cool is your cool airflow so that you don’t need that extra button.

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer nozzle with the nanoe™ outlet above it

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer nozzle with the nanoe™ outlet above it

Just above the quick-dry nozzle is the nanoe™ outlet. The nanoe™ outlet works just as well with or without the nozzle but I really like it with the nozzle since it helps with drying time. The Quick-Dry Nozzle provides strong and soft airflows for concentrated styling, fast drying time and smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair.

This is the newest member of the Panasonic Beauty hair dryers and they’ve done an outstanding job. The cost is $99 on Amazon and on the Panasonic website. There’s a  different model available online at Ulta.com that’s $129 and has 1875 watts and a diffuser.

With Spring Break around the corner what better time to get yourself some sunscreen, a new bathing suit, and a Panasonic Beauty nanoe™ Compact Hair Dryer. — Marcia

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MelodySusie® Waterproof Toiletry Bag Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

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The biggest pitfall for me when planning to travel is packing. I never know what to bring or how much to bring. I’m not the person to go on a trip without my personal toiletries, especially the haircare that I rely on. Since I overpack on a consistent basis I can tell you that I need something to keep my toiletries safe and sound. That’s where the MELODYSUSIE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL HANGING TRAVEL BAG comes in. This great case can be used for outdoor trips as well as anytime you fly or drive somewhere. It’s big enough to hold everything you need, sturdy enough to make you comfortable, waterproof, and attractive. A bonus is that it’s now on sale for only $19.99. When I received this for review the price was double that so this is the perfect time for you to learn about MelodySusie

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag actual color

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag actual color

This 23 compartment bag comes in 4 beautiful colors. I have the peachy pink and there’s also Elegant Rosy, Macaron Blue, and Classic Black. Since everything I own is black I was happy to have a color that will stand out.

Two of the things that makes the MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag unique is the long, sturdy adjustable strap plus the top hook that makes it excellent for hanging in showers or closets.

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie waterproof hanging bag

MelodySusie® Waterproof Toiletry Bag Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer dimensions are 10.6 * 6.3 * 11 inch (L * W * H) and weight: 1.23lb. / 560g. It’s large enough to carry just about everything I need for any length of time. Plus because it’s waterproof, in case anything spills in it, it’s easy to clean. I can even fit my small blow dryer in the middle compartment.

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer back

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer back

Closed MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

Closed MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

The back holds the magazines that I can’t travel without or any paperwork I might need.

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer hanging with compartments closed

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer hanging with compartments closed

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer top zippered compartments

MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer top zippered compartments

Open MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

Open MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer

I can’t begin to tell you just how handy this is and how much it makes me want to get away again. I was able to include all of my toiletries and most of my husband’s. He still had a Dopp Kit for his razor and fragrance and I still had my Tartan + Twine cosmetic holder but we didn’t need anything else.

No matter the length of the trip, even if it were to the gym, I think you’d enjoy this MelodySusie Multi-functional Travel Kit Organizer. The price is incredible right now, take advantage of this deal while you can. The only decision you have to make is which color will you pick! All of life should be this easy.  —  Marcia

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MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

MelodySusie Hanging Travel Bag

Swipe your way to a sweat-free giveaway

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

SWIPE single use deodorant wipes

Here’s a totally refreshing product: Swipe® by Forever Fresh Inc. These single use deodorant wipes will be part of your life once you’ve tried them out. When Swipe offered some to test out and packages for a giveaway I said yes. I always love to try new products and with our blog anniversary I’m always looking for things for a giveaway. This provides both!

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Swipe packets

Swipe packets

What makes Swipe® different is that these are for travel. Throw a few single packages in your gym bag, makeup case, beach bag, backpack, or even your back pocket and you will be sweat and stink free. These biodegradable wipes are made with a tea tree extract that helps provide protection against odor and perspiration. You can use them anywhere on your body to refresh yourself from working out or too much fun. If you are a music festival lover Swipe® is for you.

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

Coachella (idigitaltimes.com)

These have been reformulated and are now eco-friendly and paraben-free while being “infused with natural tea tree extract and new active ingredient, Saccharomyces Ferment, a natural bacterial enzyme that combats and eliminates odor.”

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe individual wipe

Swipe unfolded

Swipe unfolded

I found that they have a fragrance that reminds me of baby powder. Each sheet is pretty big so you can wipe yourself off without worrying about it not being enough. Swipes are sold in packages of 10 at urbanoutfitters.com for $8.

Swipe ingredients

Swipe ingredients

If you are a mover and shaker you will want to add these to your lifestyle. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We have 3 boxes of 10 to give to US/Canada subscribers. It’s a great opportunity for you to see how well they fit into your life. The giveaway will be open through 4/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. If comments close early you can email me at [email protected] and label it Swipe, leave me your comment and continue on in your entry choices. Here’s to smelling good!

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Get it while you can – the Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

I posted about the gorgeous Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio set a few weeks ago, and I just have to highlight this one more time because it’s available for a limited time and is such a great value.

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

The beautiful Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio ($49) is truly perfect for the traveler. I just went to Chicago and I brought these three tall, thin spray fragrances with me. They were exactly what I needed to keep me calm with all the crowds, and I carried them in my purse with no problem at all. I am not really one who experiments with fragrance layering, but these three work amazingly well together: French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen;  Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia; and Japanese Agarwood, which is unique and spicy woody zest. The trio comes gift-giving ready inside a wrapped white gift box complete with a pretty ribbon.

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

There is another trio set available as well, the Floral Trio which has the ‘romantic and exotic scent of Madagascar Orchid, sensuous and glamorous Tunisian Neroli, and sultry, intoxicating Brazilian Begonia‘. It sounds beautiful – I put this on my wish list and I hope my husband took the hint. Get your set while they are still available!  – Lisa

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Two TSA-friendly products you want in your carry on!

The most difficult part of getting ready for a trip? Packing personal products that will make it through airport security without being confiscated or causing a pat down reminiscent of walking through a raging college fraternity party. I have two discoveries, one for you and one for your guy, that are TSA-friendly and total must-haves for any trip.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

The first product is one that Gentlemen’s Tonic, a London-based luxury grooming and style line, sent me in anticipation of their product launch into the US. Gentlemen’s Tonic is ‘simple sophistication and self-confidence for men’ with everything a man needs, from classic shaving products to unique Eau de Toilettes. All of their products are made with naturally based plant-derived materials from sustained and renewable resources.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

I am head over heels for their Moisturizing Hand Balm ($18), which is a hand cream that your guy will love. It is intensely moisturizing without greasiness. I am not kidding, this balm will soothe even the roughest, most callused hands.  Check out these ingredients:

  • Almond Oil: light and quickly absorbed providing an excellent moisture barrier.
  • Manuka Honey: increases skin repair and is a natural anti-bacterial.
  • Sunflower Oil: rich in Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant.
  • Babassu Oil: melts at body temperature drawing heat from the skin producing a cooling effect. Also forms a protective, soothing coat providing a luxurious, velvety feeling.
  • Bergamot Oil: an essential oil renowned for its uplifting and tension-relieving properties.

The Babassu and Bergamot scent is fabulous. It smells fresh and clean and manly and it’s the perfect size for travel.

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

For yourself, definitely check out the Travalo Milano ($49.99). It’s a beautiful way to decant your favorite fragrance so you can travel with your favorite scent without fear of spillage or a TSA nightmare.

Travalo Milano -- it's so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano — it’s so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  If you do any air travel, you will truly appreciate this awesome find.

You can find Gentlemen’s Tonic at gentlemenstonic.com and the Travalo Milano at us.travalo.com.  Happy travels!  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars goes traveling

A year ago the Makeup Wars bloggers took on Travel and we decided to do it again this year. Knowing what to pack and how much to pack is something that always drives us crazy. The men in our lives mostly throw a few things in a Dopp kit and don’t think twice. But women worry and fret over what we can or can not live without for however many days we are gone.

My needs haven’t changed much in the last year but there are a few things that I talked about back then that I’m totally grateful to have for travel and a few that I’ve added. Places like 3floz.com are wonderful to find travel size items and even Sephora has value sets and some travel size products. I love using my Sephora points for deluxe samples that I’ve wanted to try or love enough to take traveling.

My favorite makeup bag is the one I have from Hold Me. I don’t use it on an everyday basis because I’m the type that “saves” things. Instead this is going on a trip with me. They now make it in 3 sizes instead of just the ‘baby’ and full size. They added in Mama Bear too. These are sturdy, elegant, and hold an amazing amount of products and brushes. All my makeup is stored in my Hold Me bag now when I travel.

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

I collect skincare in travel sizes, most of which I’ve gotten through subscriptions like Glossybox and IPSY. I don’t always love the samples in these but I’m a subscription box junkie and I always find something I love in each box.

Balance Me Body Wash

Balance Me Body Wash

I also have bought a lot from Algenist during their site’s sales. If you subscribe to their website you’ll get offers from them for special sets or discounts. My best buy was when they had 40% off and free shipping. That’s when I really shopped and bought cleanser, mini eye creams, and moisturizers. I know that Algenist agrees with my skin so it’s a great travel choice.

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

I like to take some wipes with me and the Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes are small and perfect for a short trip.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

The hardest thing to pack is for my hair. What if it frizzes? What if it falls totally flat? What if a million things that can go wrong. I’m counting on two things seen in my collage – an Aquis hair towel, GoToob containers and John Frieda’s Hot Air brush.

I like to bring the shampoo and conditioner that I’m using at the time of my trip so containers like these cute GoToob’s are excellent. I fill them with whatever I’m using, use them on the trip and then finish up what’s left when I get home. Then they are ready for to be refilled. These happen to be very sturdy and so far I haven’t had spillage like I’ve had with less expensive plastic containers. These have a large opening so it’s easy for me to pour in my product.

Go Toob 3 oz

Go Toob 3 oz

My hair dries super slow. It retains water therefore a normal towel does nothing. I know not to rub my hair so I like to make a turban out of my Aquis hair towel and give it some drying time. There are other brands of this kind of towel but I’ve had mine for a dozen years and I take it on every trip and use it whenever I wash my hair.

Last on this long list is my John Frieda Hot Air Brush. I never used to be able to travel without a big heavy duty hair dryer, several brushes and my flat iron. The hotel dryers didn’t work on my hair. Now though I can travel with just the Aquis towel, a comb and this Hot Air Brush. The wimpy hotel dryers are enough to get the moisture out and I can finish with John Frieda. This has been one of my best buys.

If I wrote about what makeup I take we’d be here forever. But maybe I’ve given you some ideas on how to travel a little more lightly so you have room in your suitcase for all the things you want to buy! Bon Voyage.  — Marcia

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Zuca Business Backpack…and get ready for the giveaway!

This is no exaggeration – my life was truly transformed when I got my original Zuca Pro Artist Case (reviewed HERE). I use this combination carry on luggage/seat/makeup organizer every single day and it has accompanied me on every trip I’ve made in the past three years as well.  It’s the only piece of luggage I have ever had that even flight attendants comment on – everyone wants it!

ZUCA!

ZUCA!

This week Marcia and I are reviewing Zuca’s amazing backpacks – today I have a review of the Business Backpack ($100) and Tuesday Marcia is reviewing the Artist Backpack. Be sure to read Marcia’s Zuca review on Tuesday because…drumroll please…we have a giveaway for ONE Business Backpack and ONE Artist Backpack, thanks to the amazing people at Zuca!! That’s right, two winners for two different backpacks.  And believe me, these are backpacks you are going to want. The quality is amazing and the construction is unique, rugged, and attractive for both men and women.

Zuca

Zuca Business Backpack

My new Zuca Business Backpack has become my everyday school bag. In the past, I always had a large leather bag that housed my Ipad, my Kindle, my laptop, my calendars, plus various papers and such. I thought of backpacks as kids stuff, and never even considered one as my work bag. Then Zuca sent us their backpacks to try…and I immediately became a backpack believer.

Business Backpack on top of the Pro Artist Case

Business Backpack on top of the Pro Artist Case

The dimensions are 16” x 14” x 9”.  I find it to be the perfect size – not too big, not too small. It’s sensational for everyday use and it also makes for a fantastic travel bag. Plus it fits perfectly on top of my Zuca Pro Artist Case, with built-in straps that secure it right to the rolling bag. For a larger backpack, it’s very compact – there aren’t pockets and things spilling out and catching on stuff. It’s terrifically utilitarian and stylish at the same time.

Zuca

super comfy back straps

Zuca

another way to carry it

First off, everything fits into this backpack with tons of room to spare. But what really sold me is how comfortable this is to carry. My leather bag was heavy, unwieldy, and it always ended up hurting my shoulder. The Business Backpack is extremely comfy and feels like no weight at all. The padded back and the ergonomic shoulder straps have saved me a ton of visits to the chiropractor.

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front zippered pocket

Zuca

inside the Zuca Business Backpack

The front of the Business Backpack has a large zippered pocket. Inside the backpack is a padded laptop sleeve that will hold up to a 10”x14”x2” laptop with a 15″ screen. In addition, it has two expanding file pockets that hold a ton of papers. I love that you put your items in from the top, and this backpack stands on its own even when super full.

One side has two nice sized zippered compartments. The other side zips open to reveal a whole slew of organizer pockets.

zippered side

zippered organizer side

Zuca

key holder and phone/Ipad holder

Zuca

business card/credit card slots, pen/pencil holders

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two mesh compartments

Zuca

filled with my stuff

The organization system makes total sense; nothing goes unused. This is a very smart backpack that fulfills every need.

Zuca

I am never without my Zuca!

If you carry a bag to work or school, the Zuca Business Backpack will be a dream come true for you. And if you also travel often, it is going to make you feel like you won the backpack lottery.

Speaking of a backpack lottery…how about a chance to win a Business Backpack for yourself? On Tuesday Marcia is going to review yet another fantastic Zuca backpack, the Artist Backpack. That review will also have the Rafflecopter for our amazing Zuca Giveaway – we have one Business Backpack and one Artist Backpack for two lucky BIZ readers. Be sure to tune in, and good luck to you!  – Lisa

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