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The season has come again for the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones. We want to help you out with a few of our picks for the 2017 holiday season. This year we’re listing the best gifts under $300. Giving an awesome gift shouldn’t bust your bank roll right! We hope you enjoy and have a great holiday. 

Note: We will be adding to this list so check back often.

Gifts for Her

 Molton Brown ‘Scents of the Season’ Candle Set- $130

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – Gold – $220

Google Home’ Voice Activated Speaker- $129

The All New Fire TV Stick- $40

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume- $100

Gifts for Him

The New Amazon Echo Show- $229

Swell ‘Blonde’ Wood Stainless Steel Water Bottle- $25

The R2-D2 Coffee Press- $40

KitchenAid At-Home Cold Brew Coffee Maker- $90

The All New Fire TV Stick- $40

Stocking Stuffers 

For Her

Sephora Dark Rainbow Ready in Five Minutes Brush Set – $28.00

Sephora Winter Magic Palette – $10.00

Hammond’s Candles Christmas Mixed Art Candy Gift Bag – $7.50

Sephora Pro Palette Warm) – $68.00

Amazon Echo Spot – $129.99

For Him

Chromecast – $35

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker – $125

Hammond’s Candies Christmas Candy Coal – $6.95

Amazon Echo Spot – $129.99


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The Review Chic received this product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Great food storage is a very important part of maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Whether I am prepping ingredients ahead of time or putting away leftovers for my family, having airtight and non-toxic storage containers is an absolute must. The Ozeri INSTAVAC Food Storage Container 8 Piece Nesting Set, with its instant vacuum seal technology, is simple to use and works wonders for keeping my food at it’s freshest point.

I really like this container set. It comes with 4 size containers – 3 cups, 6.3 cups, 12.7 cups, and 21cups – that nest inside one another when not in use. The patented valve in the lids remove excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria; It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves. You just press down on the lid and the air is forced out through a one-way valve.

Another feature the lids have, is a handy date dial so you can keep track of when you put the food away for storage and each container has a wave pattern on the bottom to keep cut fruits and vegetables elevated from water and juices. The storage containers are completely BPA-free, so I feel safe about using them in my kitchen. I also like that they are stain-resistant, shatter-proof and transparent. The Ozeri INSTAVAC food storage containers are freezer and dishwasher safe. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and backed by Ozeri’s industry-praised, no-hassle warranty and customer service too.

Overall, I was very pleased at how well these storage containers worked. No more money going in the garage from food waste. They pay for themselves with every use. If you’re looking for a good set of storage containers, the Ozeri INSTVAC Food Storage Containers are an excellent choice you can feel great about.

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Do you like to cook, meal prep, and portion control your meals and snacks?  There are many tools on the market to aid in this process. I have tried many of them from cups to plates. Now, I have come across another gadget that has been working well for me. Let me just say, my excited was through the roof when I was asked to review and given a complementary Ozeri Touch II Digital Kitchen Scale to review for you. All opinions are 100% my own and I strive to only bring you high quality products to review and endorse.

The Ozeri Touch II Professional Kitchen Digital Scale has been awesome in my kitchen. There so many bells and whistles on this scale. It is light-weight, runs by battery and has a large LCD display light to make it easy to read from a distance. I especially like the sleek design. The feature that allows you to subtract the weight of the container to get the weight of just the ingredients is my absolute favorite. I like to pre-measure out powders and ingredients for smoothies in the morning. This scale has made life much easier in the mornings. It has taken all the headache out of ingredient amounts. 

The scale measures from .1 ounce up to 18 pounds. This is awesome, as I can measure pretty much anything. I haven’t portioned out meat yet, but the microban antimicrobial protection adds a layer of safety to help keep contamination and germs in check regardless of the substance measured. The scale comes in a few color options you can choose from, which are teal, white or red. (I picked teal as you can see from the photos.) You can find these priced at  $19.95 on Amazon to $29.95 on some other sites. The price point is not bad considering the nice quality of this product. It’s super sturdy and not cheap feeling like some other scales I have owned in the past. My only con for this unit, is you have to keep buying batteries!

With the holidays approaching, a good digital scale would be helpful. The Ozeri Touch II is a great choice! This scale would also make a perfect Christmas gift for someone on your gift list too! 

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It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. I’m sure you don’t want to miss out on the fun from all the parties that will be going on. Below I have listed some of my picks for the best plus size costumes for 2017, so you can creep the night away in style. Plus, these costumes won’t break your bank, they’re under $100! Winner… Winner… Butterfingers!! 

Witchy Witch Costume 

Put guests under your spell in this Adult Witchy Witch Costume! 

Where to Purchase: Party City Price: $24.99 (You can order online and pickup in store)

Classic Supergirl Costume 

Your super human powers will be known in this Adult Classic Supergirl Costume.

Where to Purchase: Party City Price: $49.99 (You can order online and pickup in store)

Lady Cheshire Kitty Cat Costume 

Make them say “Me-OW!” 

Where to Purchase: Party City Price: $49.99 (You can order online and pickup in store)

Treasure Vixen Pirate Costume 

Make them walk the plank! 

Where to Purchase: Party City Price: $49.99 (You can only purchase online)

Goddess Isis Costume

Let them adore you! 

Where to Purchase: Yandy.com Price: $59.95 


Deadly Warrior Babe Costume

Lead the war on goons!

Where to Purchase: Yandy.com Price: $43.95

Jersey Pumpkin Dress

Be the light of the party in this cute jackal lantern jersey dress.

Where to Purchase: Yandy.com Price: $29.95

Ghostbuster Costume 

Trap those ghosts in this sexy Ghostbuster number.

Where to Purchase: Yandy.com Price: $44.99 
For more costumes visit a Party City near you or check out Yandy.com. 

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Disclaimer: I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par.

Taking care of your hands and nails is a must for many women like myself. Often times, a chance to go get a salon Manicure just never comes with the busy life we may lead. Plus, the visits can get pricey trying to keep up with that lux nail life. So, I Opt for doing my nails at home. Also, doing my nails at home is a destresser and allows for needed me time.

Recently, I have come across the best nude nail polishes for women of color. I have been on the hunt for beautiful nude shades to compliment my chocolate skin tone for many years. Now, the hunt has come to an end with Sally Hansen. I was sent shades from their Color Therapy line called “Make My Clay” and “Chai on Life” to test out. I was so surprised that they ended up being outstanding nude tones. I really liked how the polish applied too. It was not streaky at all, two coats will do you here. Drying time is within seconds also! 

In addition to the polishes, I was also sent the top coat. I am so in love with the top coat! Not only does it add that high gloss salon finishing touch to your home mani! but it aids in keeping it chip free. Awesome right!

Over all, I truly enjoy wearing the two colors on my nails. They really give a polished look to your nails in my opinion. Do you like nude nail colors? Want to check out the polish shades that were mentioned? You can find them and other colors in the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line at your local drugstore or wherever Sally Hansen products are sold.

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Yes, you read the title right! MAC Cosmetics has announced that they will be releasing a limited edition collection for the R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton per her fans request. Which I think is fantastic! I was and still am a huge fan of Aaliyah. I’m sure other fans are happy to have the chance to get some signature Aaliyah beauty products in their makeup stash just as I am.

Aaliyah passed away on August 25th, 2001 in a tragic accident after finishing the shooting for her then up and coming debut “Rock the Boat”. This song still gets me on the dance floor. My mother even loves the song also! 

It has been stated that MAC says the new tribute collection for Aaliyah is set to release in the Summer of 2018. Aaliyah’s fans requested that the line include eyeshadows, lipsticks, lipliners, lipglosses, contour & highlighting products, beauty powders, false lashes, and eyebrow pencils that represent and are inspired by Aaliyah. I’m super excited for this collaboration to hit the store shelves. Oh, I know this Aaliyah for MAC Limited Edition collection will be amazing and I’ll definitely have my coins ready for purchase. 

I’m so pumped about the Aaliyah for MAC collection. It’s a great tribute to her legacy as we all know Aaliyah kept her makeup looks absolutely flawless. She was edgy but sweet. Plus, Aaliyah touched so many and she will always hold a dear place in their hearts. 

I will keep you updated on the in-store dates for this collection. You can also follow the line on Aaliyah’s website or on twitter.

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I am a huge juice lover. I like to drink it at any time of the day. However, I find that many juice blends just have a bit more sugar and other things that I don’t want in my juice beverages. Since I am a diabetic, I really have to pay very close attention to the things I take into my body (Living a healthy diabetic life takes a lot of dedication to self). So my hunt for juices that were 100% started.

Two brands that I found to be 100% fruit juice were Beetology and Ripe Craft Juice. They are both phenomenal! They are truly juice, nothing more, nothing less. I love that they are both cold pressed juices. What is cold pressed juice you ask? Well, it’s actually a process in which the juice is extracted. Cold pressed juice is produced by using what is known as a ‘masticating juicer’. This juicer uses a hydraulic press that squeezes the juice from the fruit or vegetable. The masticating juicer crush the ingredients in order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality, because it will not generate as much heat to significantly affect the juice like traditional juicing methods can. Once the juice is made, it’s bottled, sealed, and placed in a chamber that fills with water. Pathogens are destroyed by imposing a great amount of pressure. This allows cold pressed juices to remain not only drinkable but nutritious and flavourful for up to a few weeks.


Beets can be very beneficial to our overall health. These burgundy gems help boost your energy, aid in weight loss, supports cleansing and detoxing, plus they have anti-inflammatory properties. They’re even known to improve blood flow and help lower blood pressure. Beetology™ has delivered on a very flavorful juice that allows us to smile at the sound of beets. Just from the the word beet, I was expecting a juice that would have me gagging. I know I’m not the only person that has this reaction. However, I was pleasantly surprised and so were my taste buds! I enjoyed just about every juice flavor from their line. Beetology™ is dedicated to the art of creating delicious beverages and foods from one of nature’s most nutrient dense vegetables and the finest organically grown fruits. Their beverages contain no more than five ingredients. All five of their offerings are 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. They are also non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, making them perfect for anyone, any time. They are very refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness to them. The beet juice married very well with the fruit juice choices the brand uses in their products. Beetology has turned my frown into a smile with it’s delicious beet blend juice. I’m now a loyal customer!

Ripe Craft Juice 

New Haven, Connecticut based brand, RIPE Craft Juices was created to redefine the consumer’s expectations of real fresh juice. So their process was simple, to start with the best fruits and vegetables, use the absolute minimum in processing, and offer a juice that surpasses all others in freshness, taste, and nutrition. These juices a very fresh tasting. I enjoyed all four juices. They are not very sweet, there is a bit of bitterness that hits your taste buds. But, it’s not overpowering to where you can’t enjoy and appreciate the natural freshness from this juice brand. These juices are also Gluten Free, non GMO, never from concentrate, using fruit and vegetables that are 100% traceable.
Want to get your hands on these juices? 

You can find RIPE Craft Juices and Craft Bar Juices available at:

King Kullen – Long Island, New York (Bar and Craft juice)

Kings Food Markets – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Key Foods – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (Bar and Craft juice)

Fairway – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Big Y – Connecticut and Massachusetts (Craft juice)

Roche Brothers – Massachusetts (Bar and Craft juice)

Dierbergs – Missouri (Bar and Craft juice) 

Schnucks – Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa (Bar and Craft juice)

*Juices are also available on Amazon.com

Beetology ($3.99) available at:

Grocery stores near you in the refrigerated section. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you can find it at Good Earth (6350 Guilford Rd.).

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