Many people put a lot of thought and time into their hairstyle. Whether it’s a trendy style, or something more edgy, a hairstyle can express a lot about the type of person someone is or the image they want to project. In some cultures how you wear your hair can even convey your status or ranking within society. There are many tools and methods available to maintain any style from the simple haircut to the complex hair masterpiece.
There are a few tools that just about every woman will have in their arsenal. The most basic of these is the hairbrush. A good brush will help keep hair tangle free and help hair to dry with a beautiful shine. The three types of brushes are flat, round and teasing. Flat or paddle brushes will help you get a straight look while round brushes will improve body and bounce. Teasing brushes should be used to give lift, but be careful not to over tease hair especially on fine or damaged hair.
Curling irons and wands are also a very common tool to help create many hairstyles. A good curling tool will create a very nice curl that lasts the whole day. The difference between an iron and a wand is simple. A wand has no clip to hold hair in place. Hair is manually wrapped around the tool. Some prefer the curling iron because the clip can be a little easier to manipulate and hold the hair. The advantages of wands are speed and a faster heating time. There are many wands to choose from and a great comparison chart can be found at betterhairday.com.
For those looking to achieve the opposite effect from curling tools, the flat iron is the go to straightening tool. The flat iron is a direct answer to the days when women would lay their hair on an ironing board and use a clothes iron to get those long straight locks. Be sure to use a flat iron with good quality plates, like ceramic or titanium. Also be sure to choose an iron with adjustable heat settings as different amounts of heat are needed based on thickness and natural curl in the hair. The thinner and straighter the hair the less heat you need.
But where does a really good hairstyle start? At the root of course. A good shampoo and conditioning regiment will make maintaing a chosen hairstyle much easier. There are so many shampoos and conditioners on the market, the task of choosing can be quite daunting. When choosing the right shampoo and conditioner examine the state of your scalp and hair. Shampoos treat the scalp, while conditioners treat the hair. Conditioners should only be used on the ends of the hair, from about the midway point to the tips, to avoid over moisturizing the scalp. For dry scalps, choose a shampoo that is labeled as moisturizing. For oily scalps choose a volumizing or balancing shampoo. For a more detailed comparison try this additional reading.
Cuisinart PowerPrep Plus Food Processor
Consumers have the ability in almost all situations to choose just how much money they want to spend on a given product. Take cars for example. You can probably go to your local used car dealer and walk out with a decent vehicle for a few thousand dollars. On the other end of the spectrum, you could buy a high end Lexus or Mercedes for 100K. You would notice significant differences, of course, in the comfort, features, and probably the smell.
The same holds true in the kitchen. If you are looking for a new food processor, you could go over to your local department store and buy something that would do the job for $20. You could also spend near $1000 on a food processor. Why would you do this?
Is the Extra Money Worth It
I believe you get what you pay for ñ so let’s look at one of the top rated high end food processors, the Cuisinart PowerPrep Food Processor. This food processor usually retails for over $500. That seems like a lot are you really going to bet a product that is 10 times better than a $50 food processor? Yes I think you will. Here is what you are paying for with those extra dollars.
- In the looks department, it is less boxy. Rounded edges also make it easier to clean. I remember growing up my mom hardly used our food processor because she hated to clean it.
- This can hold 14 cups – which is about 3 pounds of bread and 2 pounds of meat. You won’t have to separate your ingredients into batches, and this will give a more consistent overall mix.
- The low end food processor probably only comes with one blade. This one comes with slicing and shredding discs, a chopping/mixing S shaped blade, and a metal dough blade and all are high quality stainless steel
- If you like to bake bread, this food processor has a special speed designed specifically for bread kneading. And if you make bread, you will appreciate the extra strong motor, which has a 10 year warranty.
So if you are a serious chef and are looking for the best food processor – take an extra close look at this one. It is nice enough to last a lifetime, and would make an excellent wedding gift. This is the Lexus of food processors. Sure, you could take your old rusted out 1983 sedan to the grocery store, but why would you want to if you didn’t have to?
It’s almost the end of March which means one thing. Well actually it means a couple of things. March Madness is in full swing which means I’m spending too much time on the couch and not enough time doing things. What else does it mean? It also means it’s almost baseball (and softball season).
Last year our softball team lost our final game on a very questionable call. Actually it wasn’t questionable it wasn’t even close. But hey, everyone makes mistakes and we made the mistake of leaving it in the umpires hands.
This year, we intend on taking things into our own hands. We’ve been using a quality composite bat for years, an Easton Synergy IMX but we decided after the heart break last year it’s time to buck up and get some new lumber (composite).
I’ve been to cages with both the Easton B3.0 & L6.0 and man are they sweet. The L6.0 is geared towards the power hitter, it’s end loaded and when the barrel comes through the zone and it connects it’s unlike anything I’ve ever hit before. The ball literally jumps off the bat. I’m pretty confident it’ll be adding some distance for all of our homerun hitters. Deep fly balls will suddenly be turning into round trippers.
Now the B3.0 isn’t quite as powerful, it’s the balance version (b for balanced), which is intended for more control then power. Our slap hitters are going to love this bat, it’s lighter then what they were using before and it feels smooth through the zone. It’s tougher to get a feel for a balance bat in the cages but overall I’ve been very impressed. After all, it’s all about putting the ball in smart places when you’re a slap hitter. No lazy fly balls, just sharp liners through the infield.
Over time bats do get worn out, not to mention technology changes. Once upon a time composite bats didn’t exist. And then came the double walled composite bat which almost acts like a shaved bat as it has a little bit more spring. I’m very excited to be upgrading from our old trusty synergy to the dynamic duo of the Easton B3.0 and L6.0. Hopefully this year we won’t have to rely on an out at first base to seal the deal. With any luck that lazy fall ball in the 7th will turn into a home run and we won’t have to worry about a botched call.
We’re always skeptical about products that claim to be “All-In-One”. We just see it time and time again – the product tries to do too much at once and ends up doing everything poorly, not one thing sticking out. Instead of all in ones, we like to get the best of a particular product and just get each product to do the job that the all in one is supposed to.
In this case, the Philips Norelco QG3360 beard trimmer has the ability to trim your beard, act as a mini foil shaver, cut your hair, trim your mustache and fine tune your entire look, etc etc. It just seems like a lot, doesn’t it?
Let’s have a look at it, then.
It’s got 8 different attachments, which we referenced above, which means it is supposed to do all of these things well. The heads are different for each job and you just pop them on and off the body or handle of the trimmer, so that’s pretty handy. There are a few combs for various beard and hair trimming jobs, and they add quite a bit of versatility in terms of how you want your whiskers cut and what length you prefer them to be.
One of the things we did like about this is that it has top of the range battery life and charging capacity. A lot of trimmers require half a day or more on the charger after just 40 minutes of trimming. The QG3360 only requires an hour of charging time to get a full 50 minutes of cutting time. That is an amazing ratio compared to the competitors this unit has. Battery life and quick charges are important because you don’t want to be using a razor that has low battery life, the motor won’t be as strong and you’ll be more likely to pull hairs and not get a good shave. You also don’t want to be stuck having to wait hours and hours if you need a quick shave but your trimmer is out of juice.
Quick interlude to see this guy’s video review:
Here are all the attachments you get with this trimmer (which, as you’ll likely be wondering, starts at just over $60 from various suppliers on Amazon.com):
- Full-Size Metal Guard Trimmer
- Hair Clipping Comb
- Mini Foil Shaver
- Beard and Mustache Comb
- Stubble Comb
- Precision Trimmer
- Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer
This will give you a pretty much full range of options for your whole head – well, your entire body I guess!
The turbo boost button gives you some extra oomph for those tough spots, particularly if you haven’t shaved for a few days or if you generally have a thick beard.
We mentioned versatility before, but it’s got 18 length settings which is, once again, at the top of it’s class. Not only that but the thing is waterproof, too, for easy cleaning and the ability to use it in the shower if you’d really like (though we don’t think that’s a great idea…hair, particularly longer stuff, lies down if it’s wet and you won’t get a great shave).
Overall, this has pretty solid ratings, and honestly, if you need an all in one, we would recommend this unit. We’d still say get a classic like a Wahl Peanut or something for the beard and a dedicated nose hair trimmer and edger, but if you want the same tool for all jobs, then this really isn’t all that bad compared to how it could be! User ratings are pretty positive overall, too, which is a great sign to show that it is liked by the people who have already paid to use it! Big thanks to Brian at BeardGuide.com for the help and advice!
Being a Princess is hard work. People may realise that being amazing takes effort, but maybe not the full scope of effort needed to forge perfection. Exercising and staying as fit as possible is the best way to prove just how amazing you are and that you can rule your body as well as your subjects. The most important thing for any ruler to take into account is their foundation, and when we’re talking about staying fit that means our shoes. Reebok’s Princess Aerobic shoes are the perfect match for a Princess’s desire to be perfect. They provide a well rounded utility with a simple stylistic grace.
The shoes themselves come in a simple and elegant black or white with a minimalist look with sleek, curvy lines to them. The shoes are at first unassuming, but when inspected closer are impressive in both make and quality! Their style really matches the noble one a Princess expects to showcase her royal footsies. A glass slipper for the girl on the run.
But these running shoe’s are more than just looks. A good thing too because, as any woman will tell you, we’re not all about looks either. The Princess Aerobics shoes are entirely synthetic, futuristic and progressive in their manufacturing. They keep your foot comfortable on both hard pavement and rocky terrain with a padded foam sockliner, also keeps your socks from getting worn and ripped while walking, running or anywhere in-between. And to keep you from slipping and breaking a nail, they are equipped with a high abrasion outsole for traction and durability.
When I put on this glorious pair of footwear, my feet sang the songs of their people, the sound of subjects cheering, willing to lend both hand and their lives to making my feel comfortable and loved. These shoes actually molded to my feet like a comforting hug from a long lost loved one. My foot felt warm, just slightly, and tingled a bit at first, mostly from the thrill of the fit. I relieved both sensations by going for a long run that satiated my excitement with my new shoes, and made me feel good about my entire body!
I knew from talking with my friends and family, who had tried them out themselves, what to expect from them, but I was still surprised with the amazing fit and function provided. The people I talked to had told me that they had bought this same shoe multiple times, and felt they didn’t need to risk trying another. I can believe them now that I have experienced foot heaven myself. I think this might be where my search ends for the perfect shoe. I had never thought I would be the Princess type, but when the shoe fits!
In the end, I would recommend this shoe to any woman who needs to feel like a Princess in her own life. Us modern women need more than style. We need comfort, and these shoes definitely deliver. Being a Princess doesn’t have to be so hard, it can be pleasurable and, above all else, easy on our feet!
Here’s a good video discussing what the best curling iron is…sorry, we don’t have long hair so we can’t help ya out on this one!
Let us know what you think below, did we pick the right review video to share with you???
Tu parle francais? If you have no clue how to answer that question, but want to learn, then you might want to try Rocket French, by Rocket Languages. Sure, you may be swayed with the hallmark of the language learning world, Rosetta Stone, a program that’s quality matches its price tag, but Rocket’s language programs are starting to look like a real competitor in the multilingual marketplace. A review of their French program seemed fitting, as PC Mag recently named Rocket French as an Editor’s Choice over the much older Rosetta stone. So, let us go through the different parts of the french course that earned it recognition from the community.
Unlike other courses, Rocket French makes listening and repeating french easier to keep up with. For example, Duolingo will have you saying the strangest things for you to practice your language skills, like “This is an apple or the children are out.” Rocket’s course teaches you applicable language like how to flirt with Parisian hotties. A lesson takes around twenty minutes, the sweet spot for a learners attention span, also perfect for the daily commute to and from work.
Language & Culture
Here’s where students learn the hard stuff that usually would drive them back to their native languages. This is the grammar and vocabulary section of Rocket’s French that gives you the nuts and bolts to build your very own, working, french machine. This program does a great job at keeping things interesting and from getting too stale with conversation practice, puzzles, and cultural topics. If you want a hardcopy of any of the lessons to carry to work or on the subway, when your internet connection can be non-existent, the program allows you to print any notes that you want.
This is where you can get your kids in on the fun, or quietly play yourself for hours with the knowledge that you’re learning and not wasting time. There are three pre-installed games within the program: Word-Master, where you have to help an astronaut get back to his ship by spelling words correctly before time runs out; Phrase Master gives you practice with…phrases; Mega Cards is a built in flash card simulator. So other than Word-Master, you won’t be seeing any of these as a really extra special fun time experience. I can assure you none of them will be featured on the Xbox arcade, but they definitely work and help improve your language skills.
The best way to know you’ve actually learned anything is to test yourself. Rocket french offers quizzes at the end of each lesson to check to see if you actually learned anything at all. They also provide a self-rating system to mark down the lessons you’re struggling on or the one’s you’ve already mastered.
Rocket French is a great program with multiple types of courses available to language students. It keeps things fresh with how it teaches you and makes sure that you’re not stuck at your computer, leaving French behind each day with anywhere audio or printouts.