Sunday, November 20, 2005

Friends & Family Discount at Sephora.com

Sorry!! I meant to post this earlier, but you still have another day to buy.

Sephora.com is offering a 20% Friends & Family discount from November 14 to November 21, and as far as I know, the discount is site-wide. This would be a good time to pick up some of my favorite Chanel products or to buy yourself something new from Benefit Cosmetics (especially if you missed out on the Benefit sale earlier this month - or even if you took advantage of it and want to stock up on a great new product that you discovered ... I myself found that I do love that Ooh La Lift eye de-puffer!).

Ready to go shop? Enter code FF2005 when you checkout from Sephora.com.


Sunday, November 06, 2005

Great Deal: Benefit Cosmetics

Heads up! Benefit Cosmetics is offering a Friends & Family discount on all orders until November 8.

I just love these fun and fresh products, especially the BAD gal Lash - mmmmmm - so thick and flirty! Discounts on these products are fairly hard to come by, so now is a good time to try out the ooh la lift eye de-puffer, the "HONEY...snap out of it!" scrub, or any of their dozens of other fabulous products. Use coupon code BCFF20 to save 20% on your entire order.

Enter coupon code BCFF20 when you checkout any order from BenefitCosmetics.com to receive a 20% discount.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Borner V-Slicer Plus

I'm starting to get in a Christmas shopping frame of mind and, in the process of trying to come up with a gift for my new brother-in-law (who is apparently quite the chef), I've been thinking about the kitchen items that I find absolutely indispensable. One of my newer discoveries came immediately to mind: the Borner V-Slicer Plus by Swissmar.

This little plastic mandoline is amazing, not only because it easily outperforms every other chopping gadget that I've ever used (including a $200 stainless steel mandoline from Williams-Sonoma), but also because it carries a pleasant $20-$30 pricetag.

The V-Slicer itself comes neatly packed in handy caddy with three locking inserts capable of creating 1/16 or 1/4 inch slices and 1/8 or 3/8 inch julienne strips (which can be diced as well). For safety, the slicer also comes with a patented safety holder that firmly grips (but does not mash) food as it is runs back and forth across the slicer's German surgical-steel blades.

Given my love of vegetables, I pull out the V-Slicer at least once a day -- I can slice up two cucumbers in just a few seconds , dice onions or tomatoes for salsa, or julienne potatoes for french fries (and those blades are sharp - it can really julienne a finger as well if you use it without the safety holder ... you'll only make that mistake once). I guess you could say that this one really cuts prep time in half (or better) - literally.

The Borner V-Slicer Plus is available online at Amazon.com (from thegadgetsource) for $19.98 or in stores (including Bed Bath & Beyond) for about $30.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Flameless Scented Candles

Now that the Halloween candy and costumes have been cleared out of the aisles, stores have quickly filled the space with red, white, and evergreen, a not-so-gentle reminder that the holidays are right around the corner (how many shopping days left? anyone?).

For me, there's nothing so cozy and comfortable as winter approaches as the soft light and - better yet - the warm, spicy scent of candles burning. Now, for the risk-averse, a candle without an open flame: Flameless Wax Sensor Candles from Brookstone.

The 6- inch high pillar candles have a scented wax body - in Pumpkin Pie, Apple Picking, Forest Walk, or Vanilla - and flicker gently thanks to dual alternating LED lights powered by four AA batteries. Even cooler, each candle will turn off automatically after two hours, or you can simply wave your hand the candle's hidden motion detector to light or extinguish the "flame."

Brookstone's Flameless Wax Sensor Candles are available for $20 each here.
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