Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes Review #HolidayWishes #O2O

Title: Holiday Wishes

Artist/Band: Idina Menzel

Genre: Holiday Pop

Label: Warner Bros.

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes reviewThe album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

My Review:

I loved Idina Menzel on Glee as Rachel’s mother, and I had heard her version of Defying Gravity from Wicked.  But I most identify her currently as the voice of Elsa from Frozen.

That being said, I have to admit that as I listened to the first couple of songs on Menzel’s new album, Holiday Wishes, I had a hard time separating Menzel’s voice from the character of Elsa in the movie.  But once I got to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, her duet with Michael Buble’, I was hooked on her distinctive voice and ease behind a microphone.

Check out this trailer from the album:

Some of my other favorites were “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, and “Holly Jolly Christmas” (I dare you not to smile when you hear this song!!)

I think Holiday Wishes is a fun album. It’s  easy to listen to and evokes the nostalgia of the holiday.  I give Holiday Wishes four microphones.  I believe this album will be a Christmas mainstay for many years to come.

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I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Michael Todd Soniclear Skin Cleansing System Review #Soniclear

Michael Todd Soniclear reviewNow that I’m older, with the accompanying older skin, I need all the help I can get.  I can use all the cleansers, toners, scrubs, serums and moisturizers at my disposal, but if I have dead skin or rough patches, my skin will still look older.

I had my first facial for my 47th birthday (thanks Mom!!).  My friend Lynnelle was the esthetician and she used a sonic brush on my face.  I had never used one before.  I couldn’t believe how soft the skin on my face felt afterward.  I really wanted a sonic brush of my own.

I was thrilled when the people at Michael Todd asked me to review the Soniclear Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing System.

About the Product:

Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush™. SONICLEAR is the first ever sonic skin cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against stain and odor causing bacteria. Sonic cleansing can create a breeding ground for microbial contamination when skin cells, makeup and moisture residue combine with bacteria that cling to the brush bristles between cleansings. Traditional rotary and sonic skin cleansing systems don’t offer protection against bacteria, so the team at Michael Todd set out to find a solution. After extensive research and testing, we found a way to incorporate safe, effective and durable antimicrobial technology into the brush heads at the time of manufacture. The result is SONICLEAR, a revolutionary sonic cleansing brush that thoroughly cleanses the skin and then protects itself against microbial contamination leaving the brushes cleaner, fresher for longer.

Michael Todd Soniclear reviewFeatures:

  • Antimicrobial protection built right into the brush heads
  • Sonic-wave powered cleansing
  • 2 brush heads – one for facial and one for body cleansing
  • 6 power settings
  • Waterproof
  • Soft non-slip grip
  • Universal cradle/charging station
  • Two year warranty

My Review:

I was a little bit nervous about how hard it would be to figure out the Soniclear.  I am not the most mechanically inclined person.  I found it was no harder than my electric toothbrush to use.

The device knows the difference between the face brush head and the body brush head and adjusts the speeds accordingly.  There are 3 speeds for each type of brush head.

I tried the face attachment first when I was getting ready for bed one night.  I just wet the brush head, wet my face, applied my usual cleanser to the brush head and turned it on.  It felt so good!!!  The unit has a two-minute auto shut off timer that beeps every twenty seconds.  I let it run for about a minute, then rinsed the brush head and splashed my skin, patted dry and applied a liberal amount of moisturizer.

I could not believe how soft and refreshed my face felt for a couple of days afterward.  I was beyond happy with the results!!

Michael Todd Soniclear reviewA week later, I got up the nerve to take the unit and brush heads into the shower.  I used the face attachment as before, but then I unclicked it and clicked on the body attachment -all while in the shower!!  I used sugar scrub with the body attachment and it felt especially good on my elbows and heels.  Aaahhh!!!

I am a HUGE fan of the Soniclear!!  I think it is going to be a much-used tool in my anti-aging arsenal for many years to come.

For a short time, Michael Todd is offering 20% off the Soniclear for my readers who click through this link.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.