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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Keep Your Hair Looking Its Holiday Best with Batiste

A couple of years ago a friend of mine started talking about dry shampoo. I was rather dubious, but she swore by it. It helped her freshen up her locks at the end of a busy day when she still had a full evening ahead of her. And it allowed her to avoid the every-single-day daily hair washing ritual.  I've been told that washing your hair every day is actually not good for your hair or scalp, but my hair has always tended to the "oily" persuasion, so a daily wash it was.

Eventually I did decide to give my scalp a rest and tried a dry shampoo, and I didn't like it at all. My hair still didn't look or feel clean. After checking out a few brands, though, I've found one I love. Batiste. The original formulation has a light, pleasant scent and goes on easy. Just spray your hair at the roots, work in the Batiste with your fingers, and brush through. This product does a great job of eliminating any oily sheen, and leaves your hair feeling soft and clean and looking great.

Last minute invite for holiday cocktails? Spruce up your hair with a little spray of Batiste. It can save tons of time and keep your hair looking great. Especially with how busy this season can get, it's nice to have an alternative to doing a full wash, blow-dry and style every time you want to go out the door. It's a critical part of my beauty emergency kit these days :)

To help you with your holiday merry-making, Batiste has some tips to share for easy, beautiful, holiday hair.

Tips and Tricks for Fabulous Holiday Hair

Go with the Flow

Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original uses an amazingly innovative technology that allows you to go about your day without having to worry about dull, oily hair. With just three simple steps, this classic dry shampoo is perfect for on-the-go or in-between washes. Start by shaking the can and spraying it into the roots. Finish by massaging with your fingertips, then brush and style as usual.

Texturize Your Mane

Ladies, forget the impossible-to-mimic hairdos, and leave your curling irons and hot rollers to rest! With just a few spritzes of Batiste™ Dry Shampoo XXL Volume, you’ll be instantly crowned the winning mane of any party. Formulized for extra volume and bounce, you’ll go from dull, flat hair, to a lasting salon-like finish!

Floral and Flirty

After all the errands you’ve been crossing off the list this season, it’s time for some much needed pampering. Chic up your look with a touch of floral and flirty scented Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Blush. Your lovely locks will look and feel revitalized with its irresistibly feminine fragrance.


So much to do, and so little time! That’s why it’s always important to be extra prepared. Thank goodness Batiste™ Dry Shampoo perfects your hair everywhere you go. Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original Travel Size 50ml spray is small enough to fit into your holiday clutch, yet strong enough to finish the job. Take your mind off oily tresses sneaking up on your evening, and enjoy the rest of the festive season!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. And I seriously love Batiste!

HGG2014: Snap - The Perfect Purse-Sized Perfume

I've been sharing mostly toys in the gift guide this year, but today I have a grown-up idea for you. This would be a great gift or stocking stuffer for mom, dad, or the teens on your list.

See how cute that packaging is? Snap has perfumes for both men and women that fit so easily into a pocket or purse for touch-ups on the go. The perfumes are about the size of a business card holder and look kind  of like a pack of gum. I've been carrying one in my purse for about two weeks now to check out its durability and the packaging is doing great, with no damage and no accidental sprays! Toss one in your gym bag or briefcase to stay fresh all day.

Snap comes in six fragrances - 3 each for men and women to cover a variety of lifestyles. I've been wearing the Snap 7, an exotic floral with bergamot, white musk, rose, orange, and more. It's a wonderful mix of fruity, floral and spice that works for me.
Again, the packaging is just beautiful, and such a conversation starter.

Another packaging bonus for me, it's made out of environmental friendly materials and is 100% recyclable. Sprayed your last spray? Into the blue bin it goes. No landfill here!

These perfumes are inexpensive, at $11.99 USD from, but they are made with quality ingredients. The scents are true and don't have that alcohol-y scent you sometimes find on less expensive perfumes. Head on over to check out the fragrance notes and find the Snap that works for you or your giftee!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Telus Reminds You to Unplug this Holiday and Enjoy #HolidayMode

It's a special time of year for spending time with those we love, making memories to last a lifetime. And, yes, we do want to capture a lot of those memory moments with photos and video, but we don't want to miss them by spending too much time connecting online via those same memory capturing devices.

Telus is in the business of connecting people, and during this holiday season they are encouraging Canadians to embrace the in-person, face-to-face connections they make with family and friends. Unplug from the online world. Turn off the devices, and be present with those around you. They did a survey this year that found Canadians are twice as likely to be on their phones around family and friends (82.6 per cent) as they are when at work (40.6 per cent). Wow. Why not give our full attention to the people we love during the time we are able to be with them?

In support of their #HolidayMode initiative, Telus has created some rather entertaining videos, calling us out on our smart phone/tablet addictions. Check out these two:

How do you think I'd look with one of those headpiece cardboard frames? I may just give it a go :) It's true though, the view is very different without a camera in between. I tried very hard to aim my camera and then look over it while I was taping Boo's holiday concert last week. The video may be shaky, but I saw him with unfiltered eyes as he sang and danced with his friends.

Do you need some help unplugging this season? The following tips have been developed by TELUS and family expert Sharon Vinderine to help Canadians of all ages enter Holiday Mode and get the most out of their time spent with loved ones.
  1. Take baby steps and start now: You don’t need to do it cold turkey. To avoid device withdrawal, begin setting small goals for yourself like committing to putting your smartphone on silent over dinnertime. If you can get through dinner without checking your phone, you’ll find entering Holiday Mode far less of a challenge. 
  2. Make a public declaration online #HolidayMode: Tell your friends and followers online that you will be unplugging and going into #HolidayMode for a bit. Ask them to call you on it if you suddenly start commenting on their posts or sharing pictures of your beautiful holiday dinner. 
  3. Adjust your notification settings: Turn off push notifications on your devices and apps to stop them from tempting you every time a text message comes in or a friend tags you on Instagram. This is a great little trick to manage your digital cravings when it’s time to enter Holiday Mode. 
  4. Delete apps that aren't absolutely necessary: Make it difficult for yourself to get lost in the black hole of app browsing by deleting them right off of your device during Holiday Mode time. If they aren't absolutely necessary (for work, for example), you can do without them. If you really want to check Facebook or Instagram you have to go the long way and use the browser to access your social sites. Consider this like taking the stairs to your favourite guilty indulgence: if you want it, you’re going to have to work for it. This will make it less likely that you’ll cave in. 
  5. Turn it into a game: Find creative ways to make a game out of unplugging, like getting everyone at the table to stack their phones in the middle of the table during dinner; the first to check their phone has to pick up the tab or do the dishes! Create a designated “Phone Box” for social gatherings. When your family or friends come over let this Phone Box play host for everyone’s smartphones so your attention can be spent on the people around you. 
  6. Out of sight out of mind: Stash your phone – somewhere safe – but in a hard to reach place while you’re in Holiday Mode. Keeping it out of your reach and sight will help curb the convenience of a quick text or newsfeed scroll.
  7. Switch into auto pilot: Let your device do the work for you: set auto-response notifications for your texts and emails. Or, slide it into airplane mode to hold all communication while you’re in Holiday Mode. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you forget about your phone, especially while you’re with friends and family enjoying some egg nog. And don’t worry, all of your messages will be there waiting when you when you’re ready to connect again. 
  8. Set expectations with your close friends and family: Last but certainly not least, make sure to tell close friends and family that you will be putting down your device and going into Holiday Mode for a while so in case of emergency, to reach you on a land line (yes, they still exist!). That way you won't be stressed that you are missing something urgent, and they’ll know how to reach you if they need you.
For me, turning off push notifications is huge. I am like one of Pavlov's dogs, trained to respond to those special little beeps, dings, and whistles. If I hear it, I check, without even thinking mostly. That alone will go a long way to keeping me unplugged. And I have to say I snickered a bit at number 6. I misplace my phone inside the house so often it's laughable. At this particular moment as I write, I have no idea where it is. Of course I do have the computer and a tablet ready to go, so I'm definitely not unplugged. I think I'll designate a phone box for Christmas Eve and Day and have us place all of our gadgets in there. 

But still, I may find it difficult not to Instagram my Christmas dinner.

Do you have any tips to add? Be sure to share how you are unplugging this holiday season with @Telus, using the hashtag #HolidayMode. Now get offline and go make some memories :) Happy Holidays!!

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Telus. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.
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