Shopping Blitz: Travelogue 2013

Seems like everyone is trying to fit in last minute vacations lately. September is known for mild weather and cheaper prices and therefore our favorite time of year to travel! Vacation time is precious, especially for those of us in North America who try to dissolve a year’s worth of stress in one jam-packed week or extended weekend. The key to having a killer time is planning, planning, and more planning! Planning the perfect destination, excursions, budget and of course the all important packing list. Let us help with this last bit. With Shopping Blitz’s wide range of products it is your perfect one-stop shop for all things travel. Check out a few real-life ensembles our Staffers chose for their late summer/early fall jaunts! Travelogue 2013

Day At The Lake:
Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip-Flops

Hiking Trip:
Columbia Trail Turner Shell Jacket
Salomon X Over Ltr Sneakers
Ahnu Montara Boots

Night On The Town:
Earthies Veria Too Sandals
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Strengthening Serum
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm

A Manly Guide to Flawless Skin

mens-skin-care-productsWelcome to the modern age, where shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have ushered in a new era. One where men now see the benefits of manicures, tanning, grooming and skin care products. A successful industry has grown around this new trend. Products geared toward men have increased in popularity and mass over the last decade. Once relegated to the demographic of ‘metrosexuals,’ today men of all kinds are embracing the concept of beautification. The way we look at it there is no excuse in today’s society for men to suffer from razor burn, dry skin or blackheads. For your convenience we have gathered our favorites together, brands like Lab Series, Miracle Skin Transformer, ZIRH and GlamGlow to show you how uncomplicated great skin can be.

michael-buble-300x400Created as a backstage answer to flawless, glowing skin, GlamGlow was once known as a women’s only product. However, thanks to celebrities like Michael Bublé, the product is experiencing more of a gender-bending fan base than ever before. Take a look at this video to see how and why it works so well.  This 10-minute facial is perfect for getting ready for a night on the town or before your next big event. Bonus: it’s small enough to be inconspicuous. No need to advertise all your secrets!

According to The Wall Street Journal,  “BB Creams are a men’s beauty movement waiting to happen.” The folks at Lab Series couldn’t agree more, their BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is an all-in-one moisturizer, toner, sunscreen and skin protector. One-stop shop products like these are essential for the modern man. Who wants to have a lot of clutter and useless products taking up precious bathroom real estate? Instead find a product that cuts out the middle man and saves  you time.

zirh.marcoDoes Monday morning always come too soon? Do you often wake up hung-over or at least looking like you did? Then ZIRH products are for you. Their Restore Herbal Eye Cream contains cool ingredients like caffeine extract that help to stimulate circulation underneath the eyes, reducing dark circles and making you look years younger. Let’s be real, the kick of being carded is a gender neutral thrill! Other ingredients like cucumber, calendula and chamomile extracts work to reduce puffiness from excess salt, alcohol and allergies.

miracle-skin-transformer-men-spf20-1Unfortunately problems like aging, sun damage and blemishes are not just a female problem. Men suffer from these trials too and now they can cover them up as well! Miracle Skin Transformer, the brain child of Sarah McNamara, offers the perfect solution for men everywhere. Miracle Skin Transformer Men SPF20 is a one-step application product specifically designed to improve skin’s texture and pore size. This bad boy helps to turn problem areas into smooth works of art, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Best part is that the cream is invisible to the naked eye and leaves skin feeling natural and softer than you left it. So need to worry about giveaways like streaks or breakage lines. Look amazing naturally and make the ladies swoon. Talk about man’s real best friend.

Makeup to Heal & Conceal

daily makeover_miracle skinCheck out the Daily Makeover‘s latest article Makeup That Covers AND Heals Breakouts featuring Miracle Skin Transformer

“Makeup, for the most part, will not break you out. This is a myth that is a holdover from heavy foundations that were available in the 1960s and 1970s that contained comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients such as petroleum-based ingredients. Virtually all makeup on the market today is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and can be MST2quite useful to camouflage acne.”MST3MST2

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way

Summer is a hop, skip and a jump away – are you all set for the bikini season or still scrambling to beach-proof your body in less than thirty days like the rest of us? If the latter refers to you, don’t despair! We have all you need to get moving and grooving!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Check With Your MD
Well, we don’t exactly carry doctors on our website, but we highly recommend that you see one anyways – you wouldn’t believe how many people end up in emergency rooms with avoidable injuries. Get the OK from your physician and make sure there aren’t any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or high-blood pressure, that need to be addressed before you begin any exercise program.

Get In Gear
Workout gear, that is. Brands like Under Armour – with their Signature Moisture Transport System – keeps you comfortable and dry by wicking away sweat as you perspire during workouts. Make sure to get an ample amount of  tees and shorts as well as comfortable sneakers –  you want to avoid the “I don’t have anything to wear” excuse at all costs! If you plan on exercising in the daytime, don’t forget the sunscreen and some shades to protect your eyes as well. For those working out at night, we carry reflective apparel and footwear  to keep you safe and visible after hours.

Monitor Your Heart Rate
I wasn’t too fond of doing this myself at first, but it is important. According to medical professionals, closely tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you derive more from your workouts.  You heart rate tells you how fast you should be moving, when it’s time to slow down, and how in (or out) of shape you truly are. Luckily, brands like Soleus make water resistant HRM watches that can do the leg work for you.

Get Lost
No, please come back! I mean get lost in whatever it is you are doing to fine tune your bod.  Find an exercise routine that you love (or at least don’t hate) and make it fun! Blast your favorite tunes while doing workout videos at home or load up the iPod for gym sessions. Grab a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone, or join an online support group with like-minded individuals to track your progress and get encouragement. Stay at your own pace, keep a smile on your face and make this your best summer yet!