For the third year in a row, soapcentral.com is taking you inside the gift bags given to all Emmy presenters. This is your chance to be ahead of the curve and find out what's hot before everyone else does. Plus, it will give you a chance to feel like Hollywood in your own neighborhood.
This year featured numerous different products that are not only stylish and useful, but also extremely affordable to those of us that do not have a soap star salary.
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|Contreras watches as an assistant does some hip thrusts.|
So what's Skorcher got that you can't get from doing regular squats? The hip thrust. The position may look a little risqué, but the Skorcher allows for more range of movement than any regular exercise. In fact, the Skorcher replaces nine traditional pieces of exercise equipment, yet somehow manages to allow you to do 23 free weight and body weight exercises. And, the apparatus is small enough to store under your bed-assuming you don't have an evil twin tucked away under there.
The claims aren't being made by an inventor interested in selling you a product that you really don't need. This guy knows what he's talking about. Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Nutritionist and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and has trained as an athlete, bodybuilder, powerlifter and mixed martial artist.
The Skorcher retails for about $299 and there's an "Xtreme" version that offers even more exercises for $649. For more details, check out www.skorcher.com
|The Raspberry Fizz duffel bag, background, with assorted cosmetics cases.|
Christel Khalil (Lily Winters, The Young and the Restless) squealed with delight upon seeing Vera Bradley products in the gift lounge. Khalil explained that her Y&R character totes around a Vera Bradley bag when she goes to the gym, but that she didn't own anything from the line.
Unlike some other big name designers, you won't have to save up for a year or wait until Christmas to add to your collection. There are items available for under $25 (a large cosmetic bag, notepad and sunglass cases) as well as gifts over $75 (the duffels sell for about $80).
For more information, check out www.verabradley.com.
|Selections from the Lierac line|
Concentré Mésolift: Think of it as an all-in-one magic potion. The product provides the benefits of anti-aging, toning, and radiance, but still can be used under a moisturizer or foundation. The Lierac line of products is available in CVS, Duane Reade, and Eckerd drug stores around the country, and also online at drugstore.com. Select locations in major cities on the East Coast also feature on-site beauty consultants. The line is extremely affordable with most products falling in the $23 to $65 price range.
Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin, All My Children; ex-Gus Aituro, Guiding Light) eyed up the products for some time before asking if they were "bi-sexual." After a brief laugh, he realized that he had meant unisex! To learn more, visit the Lierac web site at www.lierac.us.
|Jill Koplik, left, with her sister.|
In a display of at least 100 different items, there was one that stood out from the rest: a very simple, yet elegant, pair of dragonfly earrings. Since the jewelry is being offered to television stars, you may assume that it costs a fortune. That is not the case. The earrings, complete with genuine Swarovski crystals, sell for $16. It even has a matching necklace for $38.
If dragonflies bug you, there are also items that do not involve insects. There are stunning crystal-encrusted heart lockets, eye-catching brooches, and dainty crystal-and-pearl drop earrings.
Anne Koplik jewelry is already a big hit with some of the stars of daytime. Whoopi Goldberg wore one of the company's necklaces to this year's Tony Awards. Former Days of our Lives star Martha Madison (ex-Belle Black) purchased all the jewelry for her wedding from Anne Koplik Designs. "They don't match what I'm wearing," said One Life to Live's Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) of one piece, "but I am getting them anyway!"
Koplik also offered a sneak peek at some of the hottest trends for fall. Three of the hottest colors will be deep purple, deep blue, and deep aqua.
To view the complete line of Anne Koplik Designs, visit their web site at: www.annekoplik.com