Different Ways to Take Your Lunch to School or Work- Geek Style

Since it’s back to school I was looking for unique lunch boxes that are tech designed or oriented for my niece. I was blown away on how many different options and designs on the market for tech geeks. It was almost overwhelming since it’s just not tin lunch boxes anymore (like back in my day) and now have to choose if you want a lunch box, a heated lunch box, bento lunch box, lunch flasks, lunch jars, lunch totes, or lunch pouch. After picking out your new lunch mode transportation THEN you will need to choose design, size, and several other options.

To help my fellow Hi-Tech Chic Geeks and ease some shopping anxiety below is a list of some unique and geeky lunch box options. Please note all specs were derived directly from each companies individual sites and  Amazon.

Electrical Heating Lunch Box by AliExpresslunch box 2

The unique thing about the Electrical Heating Lunch Box by AliExpress that sets it apart from the rest of the other heating lunch boxes is that it’s also stackable.

SPECS:

  • Electrical Heating Lunch Box with a Stainless Steel Heater
  • Comes with a 2 pin power cord
  • Air bleeder for extra ventilation
  • Soup Spoon Storage
  • 2 different compartments inside to separate your food

The Electrical Heating Lunch Box is currently priced for $19.70 and you can purchase it here.

USB Double Heater Lunch Pouch

Lunch pouch

This is ingenious since most technology seems to be able to connect or charge with the USB portale.

SPECS:

  • Powers from USB 5V outlet
  • 27 oz Capacity
  • Double Heater Pouch will keep warm the Bento up to 176 F degree
  • Including Spoon & Folks

The lunch pouch currently costs $60.85 and can be purchased here.

Koolatron LBS-01 Black 12 Volt Lunch Box Stove

Koolatron

This is the Super Man of lunch boxes and the unique thing about this lunch box is you can plug it directly into your wall!

SPECS:

  • Powers from 12V outlet
  • Cooks and warm foods to 300 degree Fahrenheit
  • Plug it into any household outlet with the Koolatron AC adapter

The Koolatron Lunch Box Stove is currently $23.19 and can be purchased on Amazon. Click here to purchase and get more information about the Koolatron Lunch Box Stove.

Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar

Lunch JarI haven’t ever seen a lunch jar in person before but I have seen some of my friends using it for their lunches. Pretty cool concept if you ask me.

SPECS:

  • Round jar with 4 food bowls for hot or cold lunch storage
  • Vacuum-insulated stainless-steel construction keeps food warm
  • Microwaveable bowls measure 15.2, 10.1, 9.5, and 6.8 ounces
  • Easy-to-clean container washes quickly
  • Includes convenient carrying bag for transport
  • Heat Retention After 6 Hours* 153°F
  • Cold Retention After 6 Hours** 50°F

The Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar is priced at $36.99 and you can purchase it here.

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Food Flask

lunch flask

Who knew there was lunch flasks, I’ve only heard of flask for liquid beverages!

SPECS:

  • The Food Flask is like a mini-fridge that you can actually carry, small enough to easily throw into a backpack, book bag, or purse
  • The newly designed Food Flask is just the right size for snacks and in-between meal temptations
  • The Food Flask will keep contents hot or cold up to 3 hours. Food Flasks are not microwave safe
  • BPA-Free, 18/8 Stainless Steel
  • Double wall vacuum insulated technology will keep hot foods steaming hot and cold foods chilled and fresh

The Hydro Flask is currently priced at $29.95 and can be purchased here.

Nicole Miller of New York Insulated Lunch Cooler-Argyle 11″ Lunch Tote

Nicole Miller

I fell in love Nicole Miller’s tech accessories 2 years ago at CES. I now have another reason to love Nicole Miller with these vibrant patterned lunch totes.

SPECS:

  • Front of tote has zippered pocket for storage.
  • The insulated area has 2 heavy zipper pulls so that you can open wide.
  • Measurements: 11″ Wide x 9 ” High x 5 ” Deep
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Nicole Miller of New York Insulated Lunch Cooler currently goes for $24.99 and you can either purchase it on the Nicole Miller Online store or click here to purchase on Amazon instead.

LEGO Brick Lunch Box

Lego Lunch

LEGOs will never go out of style for children or adults and this is a cool way to show your LEGO love and also transport your lunch.

SPECS:

  • Genuine LEGO brand 8-knob 2pc lunchbox container
  • Bright colored, durable Polypropylene plastic
  • Food safe, BPA & Phthalate free, Dishwasher safe

The LEGO Brick Lunch Box is available for $9.00 at Walmart. Click here to be directed to Walmart to purchase the LEGO Brick Lunch Box.

Star Wars R2-D2 Bento Lunch Box

R2D2

After attending 2 Comic Cons and E3 this year I was submersed with anything Star Wars related (and I got to play with some light sabers too). Cool thing to note about this is they have light saber chop sticks (sold separately) to go with the Star Wars R2-D2 Bento Lunch Box.

SPECS:

  • Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
  • 3 containers + rubber band
  • Containers stack on each other, including an air-tight lid
  • R2’s legs secure the containers for a solid closure
  • Top container seal can be used as a round sandwich cutter
  • Middle container has extruded Death Star details for impressing on your sandwich
  • Capacity: Top container 9 oz. (just over a cup), middle container 14 oz. (1 3/4 cups), bottom container 13 oz. (just over 1 1/2 cups)
  • Materials: Food-safe, BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Do not microwave

The Star Wars R2-D2 Bento Lunch Box is $7.99 and can be purchased on thinkgeek’s site by clicking here.

Nintendo Big Boys’ Pokemon Mini Pokeball Lunch Bag

Pokemon lunch

Pokemon exploded even more this year with the Pokemon Go game and what great way to show you are a fanatical than with a Pokemon Lunch Bag.

SPECS:

  • Official Licensed Brand New Product.
  • 3D Pokeball Lunch bag with handle
  • Catch all your favorite foods and store ’em in this Poke Ball insulated lunch bag! Zipper closure
  • 9″ diameter

The Nintendo Big Boys’ Pokemon Mini Pokeball Lunch Bag is currently $32.99 and can be bought on Amazon here.

I hope this helps my fellow geeks find the perfect lunch box and Happy Back to School! Good Luck guys!

ACL Late Night Shows on Sale Today

ACL Nite

As of 10:00am today ACL (Austin City Limits) Late night shows went on sale.  ACL Late Night shows can only be bought online on C3 Concerts, click here to check out the shows or buy tickets. Word to the wise one show is already sold out so I suggest buying tickets ASAP,   time is of the essence!

If you would like to attend ACL the 3 day passes are currently sold out but you can still get a 1 day general admission ticket for $100.00.  For more information about ACL or to purchase a 1 day pass click here.

Good luck to all those attending ACL 2016 and ROCK ON!

Attention Fashionistas: Neiman Marcus Roberto Cavalli Fashion Show Benefits Darrell K Royal Research

Cavalli Neimans DKR Fund EventI love fashion and love fashion week in NYC but won’t be able to attend this year.  I was flattered to receive this invite for the  Alzheimer Disease fundraiser benefiting the  DKR Fund (Darrell K Royal) for more research for this disease. The Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion event starts at 11am and will take place on September 13th at the Domain in Austin.

The event will feature Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection and honoring the “First Ladies of Texas Football” Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

To learn more about DKR Fund and would like to donate or attend the Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion event click here. I hope to see all my Austin Cutegeek and Hi-Tech fans at this event. If you aren’t in Austin you can follow my tweets (@nrpena, @hitechchic, and @cutegeek) for up to the moment pictures and videos of the Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion event.

Below is the full press release for more  information.

 Fundraiser Honors the ‘First Ladies of Texas Football’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong

 Austin, TX,  Event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker announced today the Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion Presentation featuring the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 Collection will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11am at Neiman Marcus Domain. The event will benefit the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honor the ‘First Ladies of Texas,’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

The fashion presentation will feature Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of 70s inspired clothing with platform boots, maxi coats and high-waisted pantsuits. Guests will enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the fall styles.

“The Darrell K Royal Research Fund has contributed greatly to the state of Texas,” said Jamie Chandlee, event co-chair. “The organization represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Edith Royal’s late husband was Darrell K Royal, legendary coach of University of Texas football from 1957 – 1976.  Vicki Strong is married to University of Texas football coach, Charlie Strong, whose previous track record provides fans with the hope of a return to prominence.

About the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Established in 2012, the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease is building a legacy of lasting significance in honor of a man whose contributions to the lives of so many cannot even be measured. This research fund is taking a lead in providing a high profile and increasing national awareness of the disease feared and little understood by people over age 55. With no cure and no drugs available to alter the course of this disease, the DKR Fund is helping advance the pace of research into Alzheimer’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury. Coach Royal’s courage gives voice and a face to a disease that has too long been hidden behind closed doors. For more information, visit www.dkrfund.org.

 

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Press Release: Soft Surroundings opening in Austin on Sept 9th

Soft

As an Austin native and back in my day the Arboretum in north Austin was the place to shop or hang out until the Domain was built in 2007.  After that it seemed as though the Arboretum’s shops one by one were closing or relocating (except for a few that have remained).

Thankfully Soft Surroundings is opening a new store in the Arboretum on September ninth. This will be a breathe of fresh air for the Arboretum area which is much needed.

I will be attending the launch of the new Soft Surroundings store in the Arboretum on September 9th and looking forward to see the new store. Since most of you guys don’t live in Texas or prefer to shop online, Soft Surroundings has an online only page. To check out Soft Surroundings merchandise or learn more about Soft Surroundings click here.

The day of the Soft Surroundings event I will be tweeting information, pictures and videos on @nrpena, @hitechchic, and @cutegeek.

Below is the Official Press Release from Soft Surroundings:

SOFT SURROUNDINGS EXPANDS TO AUSTIN

First Store Set To Open At The Arboretum At Great Hills In September

St. Louis, MO (August 8, 2016) – Soft Surroundings, a leading luxury lifestyle brand for busy women of all ages, maintains its dedication to providing an extraordinary shopping experience by announcing plans to open a new location at The Arboretum At Great Hills in Austin, Texas. This will be the retailer’s first store in Austin, and fifth store overall in Texas.

Soft Surroundings is committed to helping their customers look and feel their best by providing stylish and comfortable clothing, accessories, beauty and home goods while giving them an effortless shopping experience. The brand is best known for their extremely soft fabrics, global inspiration, customer service and convenience. Most of the apparel and home goods are designed exclusively by and for the brand and the beauty department will feature complimentary cosmetic and skincare consultations as well as regular beauty events.

“We couldn’t be more excited to return to Texas with our first Austin location at The Arboretum at Great Hills,” said Sr. Vice President of Retail, Danny Boddy. “Our brand is all about slowing down life’s rigorous pace and taking the time to rejuvenate and take care of one’s self. We feel strongly that this is something that the women of Austin can relate to and we are excited to give them an opportunity to experience what we are all about. We offer beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, globally curated furniture, jewelry, accessories and beauty solutions, all hand chosen for today’s busy woman. Our passion for customer service and the integrity of our brand gives us the ability to share our story and hopefully make our customers’ lives a little more fulfilled and enjoyable.”

The Austin location will be the 37th store for Soft Surroundings and is one of fifteen new stores planned for 2016, their largest expansion year to date. An all-day Grand Opening event is scheduled for Friday, September 9th, featuring complimentary champagne, sweet treats and specialized beauty treatments for all who attend. Additionally, the first one-hundred customers in line for the 10am opening will receive a special Soft Surroundings Gift Bag filled with products valued at more than $200.

About Soft Surroundings: Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Soft Surroundings is a lifestyle brand and retailer of women’s apparel, home, and beauty products. Releasing its first catalog in 1999, Soft Surroundings has been dedicated to making women look and feel their best ever since. Having experienced record growth in its online and catalog channels, Soft Surroundings opened its first retail location in St. Louis, MO in 2005. With current retail locations from coast to coast and many more on the horizon, Soft Surroundings is continuing to expand its retail division nationally to meet the needs of its many devoted customers. Visit Soft Surroundings online at www.softsurroundings.com.

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New Kickstarter Campaign: M3D Pro- Affordable 3D Printer with Robust Feature Set

 

M3D Follows up Landmark Crowdfunding Campaign to Give Contributors Option to Pre-Order Latest Model

FULTON, MD (August 17, 2016) – Today, M3D, the leading consumer 3D printer manufacturer, announced its Kickstarter campaign to deliver the M3D Pro, a new offering designed to be the industry’s most reliable, feature-packed consumer printer yet. The company’s latest crowdfunding venture will appeal to its existing user base, as well as a new generation of enthusiasts and consumers looking to break into the 3D printing space.

The M3D Pro’s development was officially announced at CE Week 2016 in New York City. The printer is engineered to bridge the gap between consumer and commercial use, introducing industrial-grade features at an affordable price point of $500. Following the Micro 3D Printer, the larger, quicker and more advanced M3D Pro will deliver a reliable 3D printing experience derived from a number of innovations, retaining the ease-of-use and accessibility synonymous with the M3D brand.

“We confidently believe that the Kickstarter community is the community that truly understands and appreciates product innovation at its core,” said Michael Armani, co-founder & CEO, M3D. “When there is a true level of novelty at work, such as a printer that includes a feature set associated with high-end models but at a price point consumers can afford, the platform’s audience responds to it. We carefully designed the M3D Pro by incorporating direct customer feedback to show our audiences that we’ve heard them loud and clear. We’re dedicated to delivering a 3D printer that reaches a new benchmark of reliability and efficiency for both casual consumers and professionals alike.

The M3D Pro is the first 3D printer driven by two ARM-core processors and a network of more than two-dozen sensors. The new printer will also be outfitted with a heated bed option, outer dimensions of 10.5” cubed, and a much larger build volume – making it the most space-efficient and affordable consumer printer to hit the market. By rapidly pooling and fusing data, the M3D Pro maximizes the performance of the printer while also improving the overall printing experience through better consistency and reliability. This monitoring includes multiple measurements of speed, filament usage, temperature, and power levels. A standout feature of this sensory data allows the M3D Pro to recover from power outages by saving information as power levels drop off.

Highlights and tech specifications of the M3D Pro include:

Features

  • Heated Print Bed: An innovative tempered heated glass surface automatically adjusts temperature, providing a consistent printing experience and allowing for easy removal of printed objects
  • Large Build Volume: Print objects up to 7.8” tall or 7.2” x 7.2” wide
  • Embedded Recovery: The M3D Pro can recover from print failure, such as from power outages, pauses, and filament shortage or jams
  • Stand Alone Mode: M3D’s software will automatically start printing and transfer print jobs to an internal memory chip, allowing the print to continue without being tethered to a computer
  • Advanced Sensor Network: The world’s first dual-ARM processor system fuses data from more than two dozen sensors to provide industry leading consistency and reliability
  • Construction: Precision ground metal components, glass surface heated bed, durable ABS Frame
  • Accuracy: 25-350 micron layer heights, 0.40 mm nozzle extrusion
  • Print speed: Typically prints filament at 60mm/s, and travels at speeds up to 120 mm/s
  • Two-year warranty: the M3D Pro comes with a standard two-year warranty, ensuring customers are fully supported with the printer


Software and Third Party Support

  • Third Party Filaments: Compatible with all industry standard 1.75 mm filaments, including particle-filled materials and high-temperature materials (up to 270 C)
  • Third Party Applications: Accepts standard G-codes, making it compatible with most 3rd party applications
  • Free M3D Software: Available on Windows and Mac

To contribute to the M3D Pro Kickstarter, please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/m3d/m3d-pro-feature-packed-3d-printer. To learn more about the product in its entirety, visit www.m3dpro.com.

Press Release: Audio-Technica’s Wireless Turntable and Head of the Class Headphones for Back to School

Wireless Turntables?! Say What?! Announced today and just in time for back to school Audio-Technica introduced their newest product lines that include the AT-LP60-BT wireless turntable, QuietPoint® noise-cancelling ATH-ANC33iS in-ear and ATH-ANC50iS over-ear headphones, and Sound Reality ATH-SR5BT wireless on-ear high-resolution audio headphones. How cool would you be in the dorms spinning some classic vinyl?

I’ve been the queen of audio since I started writing for Cutegeek and Hi-Tech Chic. I’m also a HUGE fan of vinyl and when I lived in San Francisco I would frequently visit a great record store in the Haight/ Ashbury district that had a dollar bin.True story, I actually found the Thriller album in the dollar bin after Michael Jackson passed away. It actually shouldn’t have been in the dollar bin (neither the Stevie Wonder album I also got for a dollar) but since it was marked one dollar I got both for just that. 

Turn table 1

I would love to test out the AT-LP60-BT Fully Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable with all my vinyl. It would be interesting to see if the audio of the AT-LP60-BT wireless turntable is as good as my not wireless old school record player. Besides that it’s wireless with bluetooth capabilities the AT-LP60-BT can pair with up to eight different pairs of speakers, headphones or other devices that utilize Bluetooth® wireless technology and can be stored in the AT-LP60-BT memory.

I hope to get a review unit of the AT-LP60-BT to test out and feature it in an article but till then here is the official press release from today.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

STOW, OH, August 16, 2016 – Before long, students will be returning to school and getting ready for another year of studying, tests and homework. But when it’s time to relax, what better way to unwind than to listen to their favorite music with A+ sound quality and convenience? Audio-Technica makes it easy for students to enjoy high-quality music listening with the AT-LP60-BT wireless turntable, QuietPoint® noise-cancelling ATH-ANC33iS in-ear and ATH-ANC50iS over-ear headphones, and Sound Reality ATH-SR5BT wireless on-ear high-resolution audio headphones.
Audio-Technica’s AT-LP60-BT lets students listen to records using Bluetooth® wireless technology. LP enthusiasts can spin vinyl in their room and anyone with a compatible wireless device can listen elsewhere in the dorm or building. The fully automatic AT-LP60-BT (SRP: US$179.00) provides vinyl playback through compatible Bluetooth wireless speaker systems, headphones, A/V receivers or other wireless playback devices. It’s available in black (AT-LP60BK-BT), white (AT-LP60WH-BT) and navy (AT-LP60NV-BT).

The AT-LP60-BT features completely automatic operation for 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records. It remembers up to eight wireless devices for ready pairing with the listener’s favorite audio sources. The Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BT includes a built-in switchable phono preamp and pre-mounted cartridge and offers wired as well as wireless connectivity, enabling the turntable to be used in a wide variety of music systems.

Audio-Technica’s QuietPoint ATH-ANC33iS in-ear headphones provide up to 90% noise-cancellation along with outstanding sound and smartphone compatibility. The ATH-ANC33iS features an in-line microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music. Its high-quality omnidirectional mic ensures clear voice transmission without requiring the user to speak directly into the mic. The headphones deliver detailed audio reproduction with a smooth frequency response and powerful bass.

The ATH-ANC33iS (SRP: US$79.00) includes ComplyTM Foam Tips, made out of special memory foam that expands to fit in the ear canal for superior sound isolation and comfort. The headphones come with standard silicone eartips in S, M and L, a soft carrying case, an airline adapter and an AAA battery.

The over-ear ATH-ANC50iS (SRP: US$99.00) provides outstanding noise cancellation performance (up to 87%). Its large 40 mm drivers deliver detailed, impactful sound with exceptional imaging in an immersive sound field. Like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint headphones, the ATH-ANC50iS will continue to work even if the battery runs out.

The ATH-ANC50iS has heavily padded earcups that fit snugly yet comfortably over the ears and further enhance isolation from environmental noise. It’s supplied with a detachable 3.9-foot (1.2 m) cable with in-line control and microphone, a zippered protective pouch, an airline adapter and an AAA battery.

The ATH-SR5BT wireless Sound Reality Hi-Res Audio headphones with Bluetooth technology offers superb high-resolution sound and cable-free convenience. The headphones employ aptX® sound-improvement technology, specifically created to yield the best-possible audio performance over a Bluetooth transmission. The smartphone-compatible ATH-SR5BT features specially designed 45 mm drivers with a 5Hz – 40,000Hz frequency range to deliver extraordinary resolution and clarity with a smooth, wideband tonal balance, and the ATH-SR5BT is Hi-Res Audio compliant when used with its supplied cable, making it ideal for use with high-resolution audio source material and playback devices.

The ATH-SR5BT (SRP: US$199.00) remembers the last eight wireless devices for ready pairing with the listener’s favorite audio sources and the headphones’ NFC (Near Field Communication) capability allows it to be paired with an NFC-compatible device simply by touching the device to the headphones. The ATH-SR5BT’s rechargeable battery provides up to 38 hours of continuous use and can be recharged using the included USB cable. The ATH-SR5BT is available in black (ATH-SR5BTBK) and white (ATH-SR5BTWH) and comes with a handy carrying pouch.

In Brief: The Move to Hi-Res Audio

While many listeners may believe that high-resolution audio came along with the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1982, constraints on the disc’s storage space always prevented CD audio (standardized at 44.1 kHz/16-bit) from fully and completely reproducing the original recorded sound. The advent and subsequent popularity of MP3s only made this problem more pronounced – the necessary compression of these files causes audio information to be lost, thus greatly reducing the audio quality. But with lossless audio file formats, faster Internet speeds, and storage space increasingly easy to come by (and in ever-smaller packages), the push is on to create audio equipment capable of capturing and reproducing true Hi-Res Audio, generally considered to be 96 kHz/24-bit or better. The Hi-Res Audio logo certifies that a product meets the Hi-Res Audio standards. Per these standards, headphones must have transducer frequency performance to at least 40 kHz. As a producer of these types of audiophile headphones since 1972, Audio-Technica is well-positioned to provide audio solutions that meet the demands of Hi-Res Audio media formats, allowing for the full reproduction of their extended sonic characteristics.

 

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Back to School Guide – Part Deux

Back to school is quickly coming up and it’s time to buy cosmetics and accessories. To help you all out below is another Back to School guide and Michelle Young’s Daily Skincare Regiment to kick off the new school year right.

Atlas Wallet Case for the iPhone 6S

Atlas

The Atlas by STM is a wallet case for the iPhone with a textured fabric cover to protect from bumps and scratches. One of my favorite features of the Atlas is that the folding cover props the phone up for a stability. Another great features is the integrated card slots for credit cards, ID, or some cash. The Atlas also has micro suction cup closure and microfiber lining protect the screen on your iPhone. The Atlas is currently $34.95 and If you would like more information or to buy the Atlas click here.

Personalcreations.com

Personalization

If you are looking for a backpack and also want to personalize it personalcreations.com is a great site to check out. Personalcreations.com has a large variety of bags from lunch bags to large backpacks to choose from and offer embroidered lettering up to nine characters. Most bags are made with 600-denier polyester, comfort straps and different sizes of pockets for functionality.  Personalcreations.com’s lunch bags and snack bags come with PEVA food-safe wipe-clean lining for easy clean up. To look into the different bags or backpacks for back to school to personalize from personalcreations.com click here.

Peek Cosmetics Matte Lipstick

Peeks

I am a huge fan of matte lipstick it has a great staying factor and the colors are bold which I like. I have yet to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out my lips or become flakey.  Peeks Cosmetics offers numerous bold matte colors from bright reds, and blues to nude for an inexpensive $12.  The lipstick formula goes on silky smooth and leaves you with moisturized full-coverage fabulous looking lips. If you would like more information or to purchase Peeks Cosmetics matte lipstick click here.

FAB’s Detox Eye Roller

First Aid Eye

In college I wouldn’t say I crammed at the last minute but I did pull some all nighters studying for an exam or working on a project. As most of you know doing that eventually gives you dark circles under your eyes but I think I found the solution with FAB’s Detox Eye Roller. FAB’s Detox Eye Roller is a metal roller ball that gently distributes lymphatic build-up from underneath the eyes. Within minutes of application, the appearance of the undereye area is improved with more dramatic results over time. For more information or to purchase a FAB’s Detox Eye Roller click here.

Dandelion Wishes Baby-Pink Makeup Set

Sephora KIT

The Dandelion Wishes Baby-Pink Makeup Set is perfect for a subtle and fresh look for your first day of school.  The makeup set has everything you need in hues of pink plus a cute powder brush.  The Dandelion Wishes Baby-Pink Makeup Set is currently $34.00 at Sephora and below is a list of what the kit comes with.

The Dandelion Wishes Baby-Pink Makeup Set contains:

  • oz Dandelion Box o’ Powder Blush in Baby-Pink
  • 22 oz Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Soft Pearly Pink
  • oz Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
  • 13 oz High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter
  • 05 oz Posieblam Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Poppy Pink

ActivESSENCE Fragrance Mist

Active mist

Summer time will still be around after the first day of school so I suggest getting a fragrance mist for the hot days. To stay smelling pretty during back to school check out ActivESSENCE fragrance mist. It comes in a variety of scents and last up to 12 hours so you won’t be that person in the room stinking up the place. It is also time released and has a light mist so you can gage how much you need. ActivESSENCE fragrance mist start at $7.99 and can be purchased here.

HALFTEE

Crop

I received 2 HALFTEE samples from HALFTEE to check out. I’m not a half tee type of girl but I gave it a go and every time I wear them people ask where I got them. HALFTEE has a great line of half tees that range from casual to dress and perfect for the summer because the fabric is very comfortable. HALFTEEs are very affordable and can be purchased on their site here. I doubt kids can wear these to school but they are super cute for college students.

VS PINK Collegiate Collection

UT VS

VS PINK has a new Campus and Collegiate Collection includes college branded sports jerseys, athletic-inspired bras, and hoodies ranging from $10 – $70 for the University of Texas and 99 other college campuses. Additionally, the Campus collection has all your school essentials from fun stylist backpack’s to PINK planners. To check out the new Campus and Collegiate Collection or to purchase something from the collection click here.

Michelle Young’s Daily Skincare Regiment

  1. One must establish a daytime program that can remain simple and consistent throughout the winter months. Since the daytime is when we are all exposed to the sun, Young recommends using a good moisturizer with sunscreen such as Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30 , or Jane Iredale’s mineral base.
  2. One must apply intuition as night falls. Young encourages us to ask ourselves “What does my skin feel like? What does it need?”. If you find that your skin feels dry, apply a good moisturizer for dry skin like SkinCeuticals New Triple Lipid Restore.
  3. If you find your skin feeling ‘slackened’, use an anti-aging , firming serum, and crème boost collagen. Young also highly recommends using a bamboo firming fluid and firm skin acai moisturizer to see faster results.
  4. Young says to up the exfoliation! The most effective way to keep that ‘fresh skin glow’ is to keep the dead layer off. Microdermabrasion, micro needling and micronutrients give MACRO results! All can treat this at home with ESPA Refining Skin Polish followed by regenerating moisture complex which keeps skin forward facing, smooth and protected.

Good Luck to all those students going back to school and check back for more Back to School products.

Bullock Museum: 1st in Texas to feature IMAX with Laser

 

BBMCongratulations my fellow Texans and Austinites we now have IMAX Laser at Bullock Museum. They opened their doors today for those looking forward to the IMAX Laser experience. The IMAX Laser at Bullock Museum will be the first IMAX Laser theatre in the great state of Texas!

Since I had no idea what the difference is between regular IMAX and IMAX Laser I goggled it! IMAX Laser provides audiences with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever. The new IMAX Laser also has a whole new level of immersive audio than the regular IMAX.

If you are a Texan and trying to beat the heat check out the new IMAX Laser at Bullock Museum in Austin is a great option for you all.

For more information below is the official press release:

Aug. 2, 2016 (AUSTIN, TX) — The newest movie projection technology available is coming this fall to the Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre, located in downtown Austin, Texas. After a temporary closure for renovation, the Bullock Museum’s theater will reopen in early October as the first theater in Texas, and one of only a handful in the world, to offer movies using the new proprietary IMAX® with Laser system. To celebrate its grand reopening on Oct. 7, 2016, the museum will host the U.S. premiere of the highly anticipated Voyage of Time, written and directed by Terrence Malick.

From August through early October, the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre will undergo an extensive transformation as new laser projectors and enhanced 12-channel immersive audio systems are installed. Luxury seating, new carpet, and expanded concessions will enhance the moviegoing experience for visitors.

“When we reopen the theater, audiences will enjoy one of the most extraordinary theater experiences available in the country,” Dr. Victoria Ramirez, director of the Bullock Museum, said. “It is a high priority for us to offer the best movie viewing technology available in the Austin and Central Texas market.”

The museum signed an agreement with the IMAX Corporation earlier this year that will bring the company’s next-generation digital laser projection system, known as IMAX with Laser, to Austin.

Laser technology will replace the museum’s current IMAX xenon digital projection system and further enhance the IMAX experience for visitors. IMAX with Laser represents a quantum leap forward in cinema technology — providing audiences with the most vivid digital images ever to appear on screen combined with a whole new level of immersive audio. The technology will enable the theater to deliver the full array of the highest-quality IMAX digital content available.

Featuring a dual, 4K laser-driven system designed for both 2D and 3D formats, the output is nearly 50 percent brighter than existing systems. The new technology will allow for a significantly larger color range, which means viewers can see colors never before seen on screen. The projection will fill the biggest screen in Texas and audiences’ field of vision more effectively than the current system, and images will reach the highest contrast level available anywhere.

“This technology will offer the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid images ever created on screen,” Bullock Museum Director of Film and Theaters Josh Jacobs said. “More contrast and a wider gamut of colors means more detail in the image and even more intense, lifelike images, creating a heightened level of realism that makes audiences feel like they are part of the movie.”

The museum also will install a next-generation sound system delivers that will double the sound level through an enhanced 12-channel system with boosted sub-bass. Additional speakers above the audience and on both sides of the theater provide an unrivaled, visceral sound experience. In addition to new projection and audio systems, new 3D glasses will optimize the advanced 3D technology system, and new theater seats and carpeting will be installed.

The Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre will be open through Aug. 4, 2016, and will remain closed for renovation until early October. The grand reopening  of the theater will kick off Oct. 7, 2016 as the Bullock Museum hosts the American opening of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience. An examination of the birth and death of the known universe, the film will take audiences on a vast, yet personal, journey that spans eons, from the Big Bang to the age of the dinosaurs to our present human world and beyond.

To offer new, innovative programming during the closure, the museum’s Texas Spirit Theater, a 190-seat theater located on the second floor, will feature the award-winning animated short film World of Tomorrow by Austin filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. It will show daily Aug. 5 to Oct. 7, 2016. A companion exhibition of Hertzfeldt’s original artwork, some never-before-seen, will be on view outside the theater through October 7, 2016.

Visit TheStoryofTexas.com, or follow @BullockMuseum on Facebook and Twitter, to learn more about this exciting project and the museum’s exhibitions, films and programs.

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Back to School Products for the Fashionista Geek: Young or Seasoned

The first day of school is always fun! Catching up with friends you haven’t seen all summer and sporting some new outfits or tech gear is always good times! This weekend is Texas Tax Free Weekend which is August 5-7, 2016. To help you fashionista geeks out here is a short list of some fashionable and cool technology products for Back to School 2016.

NEW! Hyper-Cotton Quick Dry Performance Sheets

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For those who are moving into the dorms the Hyper- Cotton Quick Dry Performance Sheet Set from bedgear is a quality sheet set that is made from Quick Dry Hyper-Cotton fabric that provides fast evaporation of moisture for cool comfort every hour of the day and night. Hyper-Cotton gives continuous air circulation and brings you natural cotton plus reactive stretch to contour to your body. The sheets have a full-banded elastic Powerband® and are wrinkle and odor resistant.  If you would like more information or would like to purchase the Hyper-Cotton Quick Dry Performance Sheet Set click here.

Hans Swipe and Clean

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Hans is the first dual sided all in one cleaner for your Smartphones, Tablets, and Touch Screens with only 2 steps. On step one users use the “Swipe Cleaning Side” directly on the surface of your device to lift dirt and grime. Step 2 and the last step is to use the “Swipe Polish Side” directly on the surface for a like new shine. Hans is anti-microbial, ecofriendly, small in size to fit in your purse or back pack and creates zero waste.  It’s currently $14.95 and for more information or to purchase a Hans Swipe click here.

Magic Opener Extreme

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The Magic Opener Extreme opens most water bottles from Costco, Walmart, and most convenience stores, all plastic soda bottles, aluminum soda cans, pull tab soup cans, traditional glass bottles and more. Unlike the previous Magic Opener the Extreme has a pet and soup can opener with 4 plastic cap sizes. It is also has magnetic back to hang on your fridge. This is perfect for your dorm rooms since it has multiple uses and compact. It’s currently $24.99 and you can purchase it from here.

 

Wayfair.com

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For those moving in to your first dorm room or if your inflatable chair died last semester Wayfair has a great selection of bean bag chairs under $50.00. They also have a back to school sale and promotions with up to %70 off. Wayfair also has a page specifically for those moving into a dorm room.

Choozepacks for Young Fashionistas

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Chooze is a unique kid’s line that allows children to express themselves through their fun and trendy prints. Chooze’s stylish mismatched prints were specifically designed with a child’s creativity and spirit in mind. I also love that every garment is manufactured from vegan materials and shipped in recycled cardboard boxes covered in patterns meant for coloring. My niece who is 8 would love that, she LOVES to color! Chooze currently has a sale on Back Packs and lunch bags on their site which is perfect timing for back to school. Choozepacks are sold at big name retailers including Nordstrom.

BALLISTIC Jewel Mirage Case

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For those who tend to drop their phone a lot or just straight clumsy the BALLISTIC Jewel Mirage Cases are perfect for you and also fashionable. The BALLISTIC Jewel Mirage Case designs have a unique laser etched metal designs and the case is so durable you can drop your phone from up to 6ft with no damages. They also offer a variety of other Ballistic protective cases depending on your style and can be purchased here.

Good luck all my fashionista geeks to a great school year and I will continue to post on Back to School products I review all through August! Stay tuned!