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Holiday Curls Preview With The TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

November 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[Hanging out with my good "curl"friends Kéla and Ty...]

Who doesn’t want big, buxom and bold curls for the next huge holiday party or family gathering?  There’s just something that screams holiday festive when a girl is wearing beautiful, round ringlets of curls.  This week, the InStyler creators introduced the NEW TULIP Auto Curler to beauty bloggers, editors and more.  With live demos within the SOHO Cutler Studio salon, guests received complementary demonstrations and styling services using the new hair tool innovation.

TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[Say Hello to the New TULIP InStyler Auto Curler]


With never before seen technology the TULIP gives you perfect curls and waves in seconds.  It’s lightweight, ergonomic, open barrel design and groundbreaking dual rotating, ceramic barrel create natural, long=lasting beautiful curls and waves for hair of all types.

Women can achieve a multitude of looks with this new heat styling tool.  Beachy waves, soft curls, and even tight curls are sculpted within seconds.  The open design and space surrounding the barrel keep hair visible at all times to prevent unwanted tangling.


TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[The New TULiP InStyler Auto Curler is easy to use and leaves you with big, beautiful curls]



During my initial experience using the TULIP InStyler, I first noticed how light-weight and easy it was to maneuver while positioning it to curl my hair.  Since the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler has 3 different rotation settings, it can easily switch the barrel right, left or to auto which alternations rotation left to right after each completed curl.  That means, matter if you’re a lefty or a righty – you can get perfectly luxe curls no matter what!


Check out the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler demo below:


TULIP InStyler Auto Curler


The TULIP’s revolutionary features include:

2-Way Heated Rotating Barrel – It smoothes hair as it creates frizz-free shiny curls without pulling or tugging, reducing breaking and damage.

Open Barrel design – Leaves hair visible and exposed at all times, protecting it from tangling or jamming in the unit, and allowing you to curl long and thick hair.

Cool Tough Safety Guard – Prevents contact with the hot barrel and allows you to place the tool directly against your head without burning yourself

Timer Switch – 3 timer settings to select 3, 8 or 12 secs to creat your desired curl style

Heat Settings – Allow you to select the perfect heat setting for fine, medium or thick hair up to 430 degrees.


Want to learn more about the auto curler, check it out and pre-order your own online at


5 Easy Ways To Shop For Tech Gifts For The Holidays

November 20th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Shop For Tech Gifts

Today’s holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it’s for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you’ve started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different types of devices. So how do you know which technology is the right option for the loved one on your list? It can be confusing, but don’t worry; the information below can help you make a wise choice and ensure your gift is the star of the holiday season.




Available in various designs, sizes and operating systems, tablets offer users all-day battery life, lightning-fast Web browsing and performance, and responsive applications. These devices are good for multitaskers of all ages, especially kids and teens. The KurioTab, for example, is ideal for children because it is packed with popular apps, games and e-books not to mention equipped with a protective covering for accidental slips. This tablet also makes it easy for parents to apply Web browser filters to ensure their kids enjoy a safe browsing experience.



Portable All-in-Ones

Portable all-in-one systems like the Dell XPS 18 combine the performance of a PC with the flexibility of a tablet, meaning your loved one will be able to enjoy the device throughout the home thanks to the battery housed behind the screen. Equipped with fun apps like Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, these devices can redefine family and friend game night, or their flat screen can be used to watch a movie at home or in a college dorm.



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[MUST READ:  The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!]



2 in 1s

2 in 1 devices, which are a laptop and tablet in one device, are perfect for people who like to keep their options open. A 2 in 1 device can function as a tablet when you want to relax and be entertained or it can be used as a laptop when a project must be finished. With a longer battery life, 2 in 1s are a great option for busy teens, college students or adults who are always on-the-go. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is built for productivity and has a great detachable keyboard so it’s ideal for any age that needs a computing device for daily school or work assignments.




Chromebooks are perfect for students and educators. Offering a smooth, efficient and affordable Web browsing experience to consumers, Chromebook boots up in seconds and updates automatically. That means you’ll always enjoy a first-rate Internet experience and you don’t have to worry about your machine slowing you down.




Let’s face it: Most people are addicted to their tablets and smartphones. So how can you go wrong by giving one that is the best of both worlds to your loved one this holiday season? The ASUS PadFone X mini is the first smartphone in the U.S. with an Intel processor and LTE solution that transforms from a 4.5-inch smartphone into a 7-inch tablet when docked into the tablet docking station, offering consumers the benefits of two devices for less than $200. When looking for a smartphone for a holiday gift, look for one that is blazing fast and has a long battery life like the ASUS PadFone X mini, which also runs on Android with thousands of apps that can meet just about anyone’s needs.

One thing that makes new technology so exciting is the numerous options that become available every single year. But with so many options this can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to make the right technology purchase this holiday season, check out Intel’s Holiday Buyers Guide to learn more about the technology options available for you.



What tech gifts are you looking forward to buying for that special person on your gift list this season?  Share how you shop for tech gifts for family and friends below.



Discover How Simple Tech Tools Can Help Reduce Holiday Stress

November 19th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Reduce Holiday Stress


The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with added seasonal expenses. It all makes these last few weeks of the calendar year feel a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, technology offers a few tools that can help simplify the chaos, allowing you to stress less, and focus on enjoying the festivities even more. So this holiday season, take advantage of these tips to reduce holiday stress, and get ready to celebrate with your friends and family!


Simplify your holiday greeting

Getting all members of the family together, dressed nicely and smiling for a holiday photo, just to create that perfect card, is enough stress for one season. Not to mention addressing dozens of envelops and waiting in line at the post office. Instead, simply put together a beautiful digital letter and send it via email. Microsoft’s People app makes it easy to keep your contacts up-to-date and in one location, so you won’t have to search your phone and multiple email lists.


Stay in touch without the drive time

The roads will be crammed with everyone trying to get to their in-laws house, so why not eliminate the drive time and get together on Skype with your loved ones instead? Share the holiday spirit over a Skype video call. Open presents from afar, wish each other happy holidays face-to-face, or plan a future visit when traveling isn’t as hectic.


Track discounts and remove clutter

One of the biggest projects of the holiday season is shopping for gifts, and it can be one of the most expensive projects as well. The good news, your email inbox will likely be flooded with discounts, online coupons and in-store specials from your favorite brands. In fact, email volume from retailers is up by 26 percent season this season, according to Experian Marketing Services’ shopping analysis. These promotional emails are great, but can quickly turn to clutter if not looked after. has a Sweep feature that allows you to keep just the latest emails from senders, automatically sweeping older – and probably outdated – messages into your trash, or a designated folder of your choice. You’ll no longer have to search through your email to find those deals when you need them.


Schedule your time appropriately

From baking cookies to company parties, your holiday schedule can fill up fast. Keep your digital calendar updated and with you at all times so you can confirm – or decline – commitments in real time. This will allow you to prevent your family from double-booking events and ensure that you won’t be up at midnight baking cookies for your kids to take to school the next day. Plus, you can review your schedule to see if you might need to add a little time for yourself, so you can recharge and enjoy the events you want to attend.

With these chaos-cutting tech tools, this holiday season can be an enjoyable time for you and your family. So put your technology to good use and ring in the new year stress-free!

How do you plan on enjoying a stress-free holiday season?  What tech tools are you looking to put to good use for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday?  Share you favorite stress-free tech tips below.


Discover Hidden Discounts At Places You Love With Marriott Rewards

November 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

During one of the busiest travel and spending time of the year, wouldn’t it be nice to find discounts that fall right into your lap?  With Marriott Rewards LocalPerks program, you can find the best deals on food, services and freebies — no coupon clipping required.

Recently, I got the chance to experience the Marriott Rewards Local Perks program for myself at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa and the groundbreaking technology is just what every traveler needs to make their travel experience a personal one! Marriott Rewards is a leader in the hospitality industry as the first major hotel loyalty program to adopt geo-targeted offers using beacon technology with LocalPerks. It joins notable brands that are using the groundbreaking technology in retail, tech, and entertainment, reaching their consumer in a new way with geo-targeted, mobile offers that utilize Bluetooth and are delivered via push notifications on their mobile device. It’s changing how brands interact with consumers.


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Marriott Rewards’ LocalPerks sends guests exclusive, localized (geo-targeted) experiences using beacon technology as they pass by beacons located in the hotel via push notification. Offers range from food & beverage and golf to spa deals.

Marriott Rewards is leading the charge for the future of hotel loyalty programs through its mobile offerings and the launch of LocalPerks.  Whether it is for work or play, the next generation of travelers maintains an almost-constant interaction with their mobile device, and this behavior is continuing to grow.


Marriott Rewards

Download Marriott’s app and accept notifications to receive geo-targeted deals straight to your smartphone.


If you are an iPhone user: Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on. Download Marriott’s Marriott Guest Services application and accept push notifications. When prompted, accept location services and opt into receiving LocalPerks. Walk past a beacon and you will receive a LocalPerks push notification inviting you to an on-property deal.

With beacon technology, Marriott Rewards’ LocalPerks sends guests exclusive, localized experiences as they pass by beacons located in the hotel via push notification. Offers, include food & beverage, golf, and spa deals, will change as they move to the corresponding locations across the property.


Marriott Rewards

 During a walk around, I received a Marriott Rewards push notification for a free drink with purchase at Pazzi’s Restaurant.


Marriott Rewards loyalty program is undergoing an evolution by introducing industry-first enhancements designed to engage with members through their preferred technologies.  Marriott has listened to guests and are now connecting with them in a way that makes the Marriott Rewards experience more tailored, instantaneous and convenient.  With 16 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide participating in Marriott Rewards, the potential opportunities are the broadest of its kind.

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Marriott Rewards


Marriott Rewards’ is embarking on a revolution to reshape the way consumers engage with loyalty programs, to make it modern, easy and meaningful. Through this revolution, Marriott is providing guests with additional options to earn and spend points beyond the hotel stay. LocalPerks is a way to give them more immediate benefits while on-property, making each stay more personalized, memorable and loved by all.


Marriott Rewards


LocalPerks also offers unexpected perks during our guests’ trip that is enabled through mobile technology that is part of their daily habits.  Want to experience Marriott Rewards LocalPerks soon?  Discover great deals and freebies of your own at one of the 14 properties all within the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand below.


    • Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa
    • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
    • Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
    • New York Marriott Downtown
    • Denver Marriott West
    • Charleston Marriott
    • Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park
    • Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
    • Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
    • Cincinnati Marriott North
    • Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
    • San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
    • Irvine Marriott
    • Marriott Marquis Washington, DC


For more details on Marriott Rewards LocalPerks and to discover what dining and spa deals await your next Marriott experience, visit



Upgrade A Home Theatre For The Holidays With Best Buy

November 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon



Have you begun dropping holiday hints for gifts this year?  Sure you could write a list or share little notes, but now that holiday gift “Hinting Season” is officially here, why not point friends and family in the right direction with home theatre gift hints from Best Buy?

Not all televisions are the same.  If you’re looking for the Bentley of TVs, the golden goose of home entertainment and the ultimate in home watching experience, then it’s time to step your game up with an LG OLED from Best Buy.  Discover LG OLED TV, the ultimate display television that will upgrade any home theatre room, family room and take your home viewing experience to the next level!



What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.  After watching on an LG OLED TV you’ll never want to watch entertainment on anything else!




OLED self-lighting pixels are able to switch on and off individually, offering the first infinite contrast ratio. Contrast ratio measures the range from the brightest whites on the screen to the darkest blacks. These deep blacks seem to melt away, for a greater sense of realism and depth on all content. Higher is better, and infinite has been impossible… until now.

LG’s 4 Color Pixel technology adds a white sub-pixel to the conventional three colors (red, green and blue) that enhances both color range and accuracy. This considerably improves the OLED pixels’ ability to express realistic colors and represents a giant step ahead of conventional RGB displays. The 4 Color Pixel is LG’s exclusive innovation for the next-generation OLED TV.



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· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

· Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

· Find content faster with webOS

LG Smart TV with the new webOS* platform is quick to learn and fun to use. The intuitive webOS user interface features a redesigned Launcher menu that pulls together all of your entertainment choices. webOS serves up entertainment** options that neatly organize your recent viewing history, what’s on live TV, and what you might like to watch next, while the integrated LG Store is ready to deliver the latest movies, TV shows and apps.

Access premium content from providers like Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube directly through your LG Smart TV. Stream your favorite movies and TV shows, enjoy the latest games, apps and more. LG connects you to the content that you and your family want.


Want to share the biggest holiday hint of the season?  Learn more about your next home theatre television experience here:




Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Score Freebies From Amazon, Apple With Verizon’s Connection Day This Month

November 12th, 2014 by Tech Staff

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is infamous as one of the worst travel days of the year, and Verizon has partnered with several companies to create a mobile package of services intended to make travel a bit more enjoyable.  Verizon plans to kick off the holiday season this year with “Connection Day” on Nov. 26. Verizon is offering additional data to customers, and teaming up with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora to offer entertainment, connectivity and more.  The company is giving 1 gigabyte of data to its customers on the “MORE Everything” plan, after they register at Those customers will also receive another gigabyte on their next billing cycle.



Any consumer who registers at the site, even if they are not a Verizon customer, can receive:


  • Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on Nov. 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • A selection of 10 free/discounted apps on Amazon, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • A special offer from Apple iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Condé Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo Technologies (in-flight)
  • Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between Nov. 26 and Dec. 24
  • A free seven-day trial of Pandora One


Verizon customers who register immediately will get the gigabyte on their phone plans; non-customers are able to sign up for a reminder to return on Wednesday, Nov. 26.



The Latest Instagram Updates Will Make You Feel Great

November 11th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Did you know: 40% of daily users visit the Explore page on an average day! If you’re one of the four people who live by navigating the Explore page, then this latest Instagram update is especially for you! To help us find even more accounts to follow Instagram has made the search bar more prominent and smarter with typeahead search, like predictive text but better.


 Instagram Updates


Another new feature is the People tab on the Explore page. With this in mind, you’ll see that the Explore icon at the bottom of your screen has changed to a magnifying glass. When you open Explore, you’ll now see two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab has not changed. It contains the same scrolling grid of photos and videos you already know. The new People tab highlights interesting accounts for you to discover.

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 Instagram Updates



Finding new accounts to obsess over is fun and all, but two thing that aren’t are typos and dull captions. With the intro of caption-editing, this update fixes that headache as now you can edit those captions until you (and the grammar police on your page) are satisfied. You’ll find a new “Edit” option in the menu beneath your image. Tap it to edit your caption.


Instagram for iOS version 6.2 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.10 is available today on Google Play.



Are you excited about the latest Instagram updates that enable you to discover new photos, accounts and edit dull captions? Are there any other Instagram updates you’d like to see soon?  Sound off with your suggestions below!




The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here! #BigGiftGuide

November 10th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away!  Have you begun your holiday shopping yet?  If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!)  We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list.  Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life?  We’ve got you covered!  Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange?  We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!

We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER!  Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!

Make sure to log on to, starting Thursday, November 20th - as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.


Page 1. Holiday Tech Guide for Parents

Page 2. Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages

Page 3. Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List

Page 4. Double Duty Tablet gifts That Pack A Productive Punch

Page 5. Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family

Page 6. Household Gadgets At Any Budget For The Entire Home  

Page 7. Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life

Page 8. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Him

Page 9. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Her

Page 10. Sentimental Gifts Perfect for Grandparents

Page 11. Gifts for the Office Holiday/ Gift Exchange Party

Page 12. Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50


Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday?  We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!


Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 


Get Money: 11 Apps That Can Make You Quick Cash For The Holidays

November 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
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The holidays are in full swing and if you’re making a list and checking it twice then you know you’re gonna need some major cash to fulfill your holiday gift list this year. What if I told you that your smartphone holds the key to you making a few more coins this season? Supplemental income is always welcome, right? I’ve listed a few of my favorite money making apps to help you make a few extra dollars for the holidays.  
It’s one way to earn money for your work through technology, which is constantly giving us new, innovative ways to earn extra cash. I’m always interested in all sorts of apps that help people make money, and wanted to share a few that I found that could help your wallet out today.  Discover 11 apps that pay you – just in time for your quick holiday cash fix below.

11 Apps That Pay You – Just In Time For The Holidays

Cosign - The COSIGN app brings discovery and commerce together – turning photos into interactive, shoppable pictures. The first social media tool that allows members to share and profit from their recommendations. Now, the where did you get that? question is answered seamlessly.  As your photos spread across the web, the ‘what is that and where can I buy it’ information travels with them.
i-Say Mobile With i-Say Mobile, you can get paid to take surveys and earn either money or gift cards.


Field Agent Field Agent pays you to complete simple, easy tasks. It sometimes requires driving, so you need to make sure you’re not spending more on gas than you’re making.
InboxDollars With InboxDollars you get paid to do things like search the web and take surveys, and can cash out every time you accumulate $30.
Bookscouter Bookscouter helps you sell your used books for the best price, and usually you’re given prepaid shipping so there’s no cost.
Gigwalk Gigwalk allows you to do contract work for businesses near you.
EasyShift Similar to Gigwalk, EasyShift puts you in contact with people who need work done, and you get paid.
Fiverr Fiverr gets its name from the fact that every gig you complete pays $5.
Rewardable With Rewardable, you can sign up for relatively simple tasks and be rewarded monetarily for them.
iPoll With iPoll you complete surveys, give feedback, and conduct market research for money.
Receipt Hog Receipt Hog simple requires you to upload your receipts when you shop. It’s run by a marketing company that pays you for contributing to their research.
Now that you have a quick list of apps that can help you make some cash this holiday season, which of these apps are you looking to download first?  

Get Amazing Deals At The @BestBuy Holiday Shopping Event This Saturday #BBYShoppingEvent

November 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Can you believe that one of the biggest shopping days of the year is just around the corner?  If you hate the long lines, aggressive shoppers and overall Black Friday shopping experience why not get a jump on your holiday gift list and save money in the process instead?  Join savvy customers in the know for the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this weekend!


Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event


I have plenty of gadgets on my gift list for family and friends this season and I’m excited about the chance to get some major gifts scratched off my gifting list at the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this Saturday!  On Saturday, November 8th from 1pm – 4pm Best Buy customers can preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony.  There will even be specialized experts on hand in-store to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list this year!


Find holiday deals on the hottest gifts and get a few special treats for yourself including:


•          Get a $100 Best Buy gift card when you buy any Apple® MacBook Air 1,2

•          Get a $50 Best Buy gift card when you buy the new Apple iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1,2


•          Purchase a 55-inch Samsung UN55H6350AFXZA HD TV (SKU 4323009) for only $799.99


•          Save $200 when you buy a Sony XBR55X850B 4K UHD TV (SKU 5005006) with a Sony PlayStation 4.

•          Select PlayStation 4 games on sale for $24.992 (regularly $39.99)

Geek Squad  

•          Get free Geek Squad Smart Device Online Setup (valued at $49.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection for Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

•          Get free Geek Squad Virtual Smart TV Set Up (valued at $149.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection.

•          Get 20% off Geek Squad Protection with the purchase any Geek Squad TV Installation service.

One day offers in stores only (not valid on-line)

Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event


Are you looking forward to saving big on your holiday shopping this year?  Which of the amazing Best Buy Holiday Shopping event deals are you looking forward to taking advantage of this Saturday? Share what’s hot on your holiday shopping list below!


Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




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