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Hi, I’m Kim! I’m from northern New Jersey and have over 25 years of experience in the lifestyle industry. When I am not working or spending time with my boyfriend, family, or friends, I am likely to be found at home organizing, trying a new beauty product, binge-watching the latest series that caught my attention, or relaxing with a good book.
I’m a “picky eater” who hates saying no to carbs and desserts, so my love for working out at the gym has a dual purpose. If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’m confident that I would come home with a medal.
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I’ve been using Ashley Black’s fascia tools since the first fascia blaster debuted in 2015. They’re great for my post-workout routine. I also use it to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, relieve minor muscular pain, and increase local blood circulation.
I love capturing moments. Like most people these days, I usually do it with my phone. But this instant camera is perfect to take with you to special events when you want to share a physical memory with someone. In addition to being a fun reminder of our Polaroid Days, it is also a fun gift for Generation Xers.
I travel a lot so I started buying an extra set of things to keep in a bag so I wouldn’t have to keep packing and unpacking all the time. I bought this detangling brush set because it was cheap. To my surprise, I absolutely love the detangling brushes so much that they’ve replaced my more expensive brushes. They work great on wet hair and you can’t beat the price. PS – It’s been over two years and I haven’t broken the handle off this brush yet. That’s definitely saying something!
I have a few pair of Hunters. These are by far my favorite. They’re perfect to throw on for errands on days when the weather isn’t cooperating. Trust me, you’ll be reaching for them a lot more then you think!
For years, I’ve been battling with glabellar lines. These are the two vertical lines between your eyebrows, also known as 11 lines or WTF lines. I must say WTF a ton, because the one 11 line is still pretty deep, despite trying many products and simple procedures. These facial patches are a great temporary fix. A few hours before an important event, I apply a patch to reduce the appearance of the pesky lines.
To anyone who doesn’t do this yet, I know it sounds crazy. But hear me out! This isn’t just about removing that annoying peach fuzz. Once a week I’m exfoliating my skin and unclogging pores using DERMAFLASH ONE Device leaving me with smoother, softer skin.
The SPANX line really lives up to their name. They hold everything in the right place and look great!! The faux leather leggings are my second pair. I love these with sneakers and a sweater for a casual day out or dressed up for date night.
I bought this two-pack soap kit on a whim and so thankful that I did. Within 20 seconds my brows are set, looking fuller and thicker. Tip – One pack lasts a long time so give one to your girlfriend and change her brow game too.
My hair would crease if I put it up for any length of time. I’d also have a significant amount of breakage which had me dreading putting my hair up. After years of searching, I finally stumbled on the solution. These spiral hair ties leave no crease whatsoever. I’ve also been headache-free and had no hair breakage. They also don’t break easily so they’ll be around a lot longer than any contender. Tip: if/when it eventually stretches out of shape – drop it in a cup of warm water and it’ll shrink back to the original size.
This super soft reversible blanket is perfect for a lazy day on the couch. I have a few of them in both plaid options. It’s light and the perfect size – one always comes with me when I travel. It also makes a great gift.
I can’t say enough good things about my digital photo frame. I love having photos displayed around my house and now I can switch between as many photos as I want, without taking up a ton of space. It’s great being able to change the photos with a touch of a button. And it’s always a nice surprise when my boyfriend or family sends me a new image, directly to the frame.
My only regret about the Olaplex line is that I didn’t jump on board sooner!! I use 3, 4, & 5 once a week and a dab of this fan favorite No. 7 bonding oil cures any frizz or flyaway in my hair. Tip: Also add the No. 6 Bond Smoother to you cart. You won’t be sorry!!
I LOVE UGGs. They’re just soooo comfy!! These slippers are no different. The rubber sole makes them perfect for quick trips outside in the backyard.
For years, I’d fumble through my cabinets looking for the perfect on-the-go cup. Often, I would fail miserably and end up with a stain. Thank you, YETI. You have saved my wardrobe! The stainless-steel tumbler keeps my drink at the right temperature. What more can a girl (or guy) ask for?
This is a great water bottle for working out. It keeps my drink nice and cold throughout my entire workout. It’s durable, sweat proof, and comes in a bunch of cute patterns.
Tangle-free is the key phrase here because I’m a klutz when it comes to jumping rope. I used to pretend I had a jump rope in hand, until I tried a cordless jump rope at a local gym. It’s a game changer for a great arm workout, while I’m getting in that cardio.
I find myself shopping more often on Amazon for clothes. They have a ton of great stuff. This Batwing long-sleeve open-front sweater coat is no exception! It brings an elevated look to a typically casual outfit.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to sleep!! My favorite part about this long Modal pajama slouchy set is how comfortable it is. I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.
It used to make me wince with fear and wonder when I saw the cupping circles on athletes’ bodies during the Olympics. Now, I understand what all the hype is about. My body has taken a beating from all the years of playing sports and working out. I use my cupping set at least twice a week for inflammation, blood flow, and spot treatments on any pain or injuries that might arise.
As a Beauty Editor, I’ve tried hundreds of products. This facial exfoliant is part of my morning beauty routine. It contains salicylic acid, which is a type of BHA. Topical salicylic acid treats and prevents acne by unplugging blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink, while reducing swelling, and redness. It also works great on Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Okay, I’ll admit it. I hate getting facials at a spa! I find nothing relaxing about someone picking at my face. So, I took matters into my own hands and bought this facial steamer. And I couldn’t be happier! Every week, I get all the benefits of a spa treatment from the comfort of my own home. PS – My face and wallet are also very happy with this purchase.
I’m obsessed with these self-tanning drops !! I like having a bit of color throughout the year. These definitely do the trick for me, with no streaks or crazy odor. Just add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer and voila!
The 1980’s are calling. They want their slouchy socks back. But I’m not answering! I’m happy they’re back on trend. These UGGs socks are super comfortable, and don’t droop down around your ankle. I opted for all muted colors, but they have a bunch of options available.
I’m a hat girl! There’s no question about that. This is one of my favorites. This wool fedora elevates a cute pair of jeans and cardigan with ease. I get compliments each time I wear it. I bought it in camel and coffee since it was so inexpensive.
This hot air brush was recommended to me by my best friend who is a hair stylist. She bought one for herself, loved it and suggested that I do the same. She was right!! I can get ready in half the time and my hair looks and feels healthier.
I got this HD Bluetooth Projector during the summer of COVID. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to hang out in the yard and watch a movie. Even during the chilly fall months, I curl up with a blanket by the firepit and catch a flick and some fresh air.
I love this necklace. I wear it all the time. Because I liked it so much, I purchased a few different letters to rotate. I just think it’s the perfect size and everyone is doing their name or initial right now.
I was skeptical about this one. What product works in 8 seconds? Well, this one does! My hair isn’t in bad shape by any mean but, I noticed a difference after the first use. My hair was healthier looking. This lamellar water technology is the gift that keeps on giving because it also helps to repair hair over time. Tip: DO NOT get this in your eyes!!
I am one of those people who always has one hand on an electronic device. I live the Laptop Lifestyle, so it comes with the territory. So, this multi-port charger is a life saver! I honestly don’t know what I do without it. Actually, yes, I do. I’d be tripping over a bunch of extension cords and wires that were all over my office.
I started dry brushing six years ago and never looked back. The benefits are terrific for such a quick and simple process. Right before my shower each day, I drybrush for five minutes. With those five minutes, I’m exfoliating my skin, unclogging my pores and most importantly I’m reinvigorating my lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from my body.
I love decorating for the Holidays!! The rest of the year I’m not very festive. This rustic wooden tray helps with that. The piece fits perfectly with the rest of my home, and I can decorate it by season or holiday to change the room’s mood
I probably own over 20 different brands of leggings. These leggings are by far my favorite. Whether I’m going to the gym, hanging around the house or off to handle some errands they are the first thing I grab for.
If you haven’t seen the memo yet, the shacket is the must-have piece to have right now. Amazon is filled with options of the beloved cross between a shirt and a jacket. I love the length, feel and colors of this Sidefeel brand.
The signature scent of L’Occitane brings back some great memories. This skin oil nourishes my skin while leaving behind that scent that I love so much.