Archives for December 2015

December 23, 2015

A perfect Eyebrow Grooming Set from Earth Therapeutics

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I was recently browsing through my local KOHL’s Store, and an item caught my eye.  The Earth Therapeutics 4-pc. Eyebrow Grooming Gift Set looked interesting. If the grooming set works, it will be a great stocking stuffer for everyone in my family, boys and girls. I thought I would try a set out for myself. I will tell you now, the utensils in this set are sharp so please use them carefully and they do work. Earth Therapeutics 4-pc. Eyebrow Grooming Set consists of a shaver, professional grade tweezers, eyebrow scissors & and an eyebrow brush. They are all contained in a plastic zip pouch perfect for home use or your make-up bag for traveling.

We are all pretty familiar with a tweezer, shaver and eyebrow brush but what I especially liked was the eyebrow scissors.The eyebrow scissors can be used for brow trimming and cutting shears. The brow hairs can be combed upward and then trimmed with an opposing scissor edge. I like this better than putting pointy scissors to my brows. The comb on this tool is detachable and slides off to expose scissors. I tried this tool on my husband, and it worked quite well.  The tweezers work well too, they are very precise and grasped every hair I tweezed, I was impressed. There is nothing worse than a tweezer that does not tweeze.

I love this set and 4 stocking in my house will each have an Earth Therapeutics 4-pc. Eyebrow Grooming set

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December 23, 2015

Annie B’s Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua

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It’s the season of sharing, and we’ve got just the thing to share with you—an amazing recipe for Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua. Unexpected and mouthwatering are the first words that come to mind when you lay your eyes on Amanda Henke’s (owner of Annie B’s Popcorn & Caramel) Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua. What’s not to love about warm brie, melted caramel mixed with Kahlua and combined with the slight crunch of flavorful pecans? Perfect for a holiday cocktail party or a unique appetizer for New Year’s Eve. The best part is this recipe only requires a few ingredients and a super easy assembly.
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If you’d like to share Amanda’s recipe for Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua in your upcoming holiday features or segments, please contact frankie@hc-prgroup.com and include the credit information below along with a link back to Annie B’s blog.

Annie B’s has a 30 year tradition of making delicious handcrafted caramels and popcorn the old fashioned way. Annie B’s caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking creating the most scrumptious caramels around.

Unexpected and mouthwatering are the first words that come to mind when you see Amanda Henke’s (owner of Annie B’s Popcorn & Caramel) Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua. What’s not to love about warm brie, melted caramel mixed with Kahlua and combined with the slight crunch of flavorful pecans? It’s a little slice of heaven!

Whether you’re hosting a holiday cocktail party or want a unique appetizer for New Year’s Eve—you can and should build a party around this triumphant cracker topper. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and a super easy assembly. his is a festive showstopper to set alongside your crudités and party bites. Check out Amanda’s recipe below:

Recipe for Caramel Pecan Baked Brie with Kahlua

Ingredients:

1 refrigerated or homemade 9” pastry crust

1 – 13 to 17 ounce brie wheel

4 ounces Annie B’s Baking Caramel (1/4 block)

3 to 4 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur

1 cup

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

Crackers

Makes 1 baked brie.

Directions:

Leave pastry crust at room temperature until it unrolls easily. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
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Depending on size of brie wheel, you may need to roll pastry crust to a larger size. Roll from the center out so that crust is large enough to meet in the center when folded around cheese wheel.

Place pastry on prepared pan. Place unwrapped Brie wheel in center of pastry.

Melt caramel in the microwave in 15 second increments until melted and smooth. Stir in Kahlua until well combined. Fold in pecans. Spread on top of cheese wheel.

Bring up pastry over the top of the cheese wheel, pleating crust as you go. Beat egg and water in small bowl. Brush surface and sides with egg wash.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Transfer to serving dish or platter and serve warm with mild flavored crackers.

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Annie B’s has a 30 year tradition of making delicious handcrafted caramels and popcorn. Each individually wrapped caramel is made using simple, local ingredients like brown sugar, water, corn starch, butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, inverted sugar and natural flavor. The result is absolutely scrumptious caramels. Annie B’s caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking. Each piece is handcrafted with the exception of cutting and wrapping of the caramels. Annie B’s Caramels are all-natural and gluten-free.    http://asweetasalt.com/2015/11/20/caramel-pecan-baked-brie-with-kahlua/

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December 22, 2015

Get the Gift that Gives to Many

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I love this time of the year, gift giving is so much fun. I really enjoy looking for gifts that are unique and has meaning. I have found the perfect gift, SmileSolar Watch it is not only a gift for you and the people on your list but this watch truly helps the world.

When you purchase this fantastic watch portions of the proceeds goes to charity. This great solar-powered watch; yes, solar-powered, runs off sunlight, just one hour of sunlight provides three months of battery life. SmileSolar Watch is so fun and funky, and looks way cool on your wrist. It is not only stylish but it is also good for the environment! It is quite refreshing to have found a green watch that uses recyclable materials and helps charities.

I know in these high-tech times where watches can answer phones, tell you your heart rate, how many steps you have taken, text and much more. I thought the art of having a timepiece that actually tells time and looks cool and hip has fallen by the wayside until now. Get the gift that gives to so many. Order yours today and get it in time for Christmas Q&Q Solar Watch Online Store not only will you be putting a smile on yours face you will put a smile on others even people who you don’t even know.

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December 21, 2015

DIY Cards, Wrapping Paper, Buff Away Shoe Scuffs all from Q-TIPS

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Link to full Q-tips tutorial on Pinterest: pinterest.com/pin/68729709850/
How-to steps:
Spread cheer this season with your very own DIY holiday card.
1. Start by picking a festive word and font. Print and cut out your word to use as a stencil.

2. Next, place your stencil on top of cut construction paper then dot glue inside the stencil, using a Q-tips cotton swab to spread the glue evenly.

3. Sprinkle glitter on top of glue and carefully remove the stencil, shaking off any excess glitter.

4. Finally, use a Q-tips Precision Tip or cotton swab to clean up the edges and it’s ready for delivery!

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Link to Q-tips tutorial on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pin/68729758743/
Next time you look down and see a dreaded scuff on your patent leather heels, try this style hack.
· Dip a Q-tips cotton swab in Vaseline and buff out scuff. Q-tips cotton swabs have a flexible stick so it’s strong enough to take on any scuffmark.

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Pinterest post to go live this Wednesday, 12/16. Be sure to follow @Qtips!
How-to steps:
Need some last minute wrapping paper? Q-tips can help! All you need is some paint, hot glue, and Q-tips cotton swabs.
1. Take a Q-tips cotton swab, dip it in paint, then dot or draw on paper.

2. Repeat with multiple colors for beautiful and personalized gift wrap.
Q-tips cotton swabs are SRP: $3.29 for a 375-count pack and Q-tips Precision Tips are SRP: $3.29 for a 170-count pack. Q-tips can be found at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Kroger and many other retailers nationwide.

For more beauty and lifestyle tips, follow Q-tips on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @Qtips!

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December 21, 2015

Christmas Care Exchange & Toy Give-Away

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Areva Martin Patrika Darbo attend event

TV’s favorite Legal Analyst, Areva Martin (CNN, FOX, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, The Doctors) and Shawn (Boyz II Men) & Sharonda Stockman Co-Hosted the Christmas Care Exchange & Toy Give-Away on Dec. 19  in Los Angeles.  Thousands of great kids received toys and brunch and they had a great time!  This Event benefited Special Needs Network & Micah’s Voice.  Special friends like Emmy nominated actress, Patrika Darbo and local political leaders showed up to support the cause!  This successful Event could not have been pulled off without the help of so many volunteers especially the fraternity and sorority girls from CSUN!

 

 

 

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December 21, 2015

perfect gift sets are waiting for you from korres

It’s not to late Give the gift of great skin this season with these amazing sets from KORRES.
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Instantly brighten, smooth, and moisturize skin with KORRES Wild Rose Collection. First, uncover luminous skin with the dual-action Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser. Natural exfoliants rice grain, cherry stone, and sugar-citrus extracts blend with wild rose oil—a natural source of vitamin C that is clinically proven to improve skin’s overall radiance and texture with daily use, to leave skin cleansed and fresh while instantly brightening your complexion. After cleansing, apply Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser to help repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. Imperata-cylindrica extract, derived from a desert plant, provides a full 24 hours of continuous hydration by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin. The result is a smoother, brighter complexion, naturally.

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Soften and nourish skin with KORRES The Skin Soothers Nourishing Greek Yoghurt Collection. Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial reveals softer skin by morning while Greek Yoghurt Moisturiser quenches dry skin throughout the day. Begin and end each day with the Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser to gently yet effectively wash away makeup and impurities while delivering a healthy dose of hydration and nourishment. Finally, soothe and cool skin while delivering a healthy dose of skin repairing proteins with Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel.

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Reveal your brightest skin yet with this one the go KORRES Wild Rose Travel Beauty in Bloom. Gently buff skin day and night the Wild Rose Brightening & Refining Buff Cleanser. Hydrate and restore radiance to dry skin with the Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream, and reveal brighter skin overnight with Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. Finally, immerse your senses and your skin in the velvety romantic essence of Japanese Rose Body Butter.

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Designed to work with your skin”s nightly repair cycle, each one of these sleeping beauties in the KORRES Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio is formulated to melt into skin while you sleep, delivering a continuous dose of intense hydration and potent, targeted active ingredients. You”ll see visible results after just one night. Get bright at night with Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial which works while you sleep to improve radiance while giving you smooth, petal-soft skin. Soothe while you slumber with Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, containing a rich Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and half times more protein than regular yoghurt to calm and nourish skin. Lift while you drift with Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream, featuring a blend of eight unique active ingredients, five of which are patented to firm, lift & contour.

These gifts sets can be purchased at www.korresusa.com

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December 21, 2015

DIY on the FLY Holiday Snow Globes

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I Love the Holidays especially when it comes to making handmade decorations or gifts for my home, family and friends. My daughter has been collecting snow globes from around the world since she was small and we love to display them during the holidays and throughout the year. They are inexpensive and easier than you think to make. This is also a really fun project to do together with your kids, grand kids and teens! Here’s how you make your own snow globe. Have fun and email me photos of your creations to juleeireland@gmail.com. I would love to post them on my blog, social media and share them with the world. Now let’s make craft magic happen!

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Supplies:
1. Mason jar or old jar that you wish to recycle. I have used pickle jars, pasta sauce or jam jars so look in your refrigerator or cabinets
before running out and buying something new.
2. Miniature embellishments or mini ornaments. (Michaels Craft Stores has a nice selection. You can also find them at most craft or hobby
stores.)
3. Packaged snowflakes. (Michaels, Joanne Fabrics or most craft stores.)
4. (Optional) Spray Paint in desired color to paint your lid.
5. Hot glue gun.
Step One: (Optional) Use your spray paint to paint your lid.
Step Two: When your lid is dry begin placing your miniature embellishments onto the inside of your lid to create a festive scene that you are
happy with.
Step Three: When you are happy with your scene use your hot glue gun to glue your miniature embellishments in place.
Step Four: Sprinkle your snowflakes onto the bottom of the lid around your holiday scene. Put the glass jar over the lid and tighten until it
is completely closed. Voila! You have just created a beautiful snow globe!
Step Five: (Optional) You can add water to your snow globe if you like. I personally like them without the water just as much.
Note: If you are making these with small children substitute the glue gun for Elmers glue and let dry before adding the snowflakes.
These are so charming and delightful and they make a truly wonderful gift for friends, family or teachers. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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December 20, 2015

Butterfly Studio Salon introduces Starlight Balayage.

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A message from Butterfly Studios:

Butterfly Studio Salon Master Color Specialist/Loreal Professional artist Min Kim, in collaboration with Butterfly Studio Salon owner, Kattia Solano, introduces a new color trend to the market called Starlight Balayage.

Looking for extra glimmer this time of year? This new technique is a way to add a pop of shimmer to your hair without changing what you already like about it. Fight the winter blues by unleashing the star in you with the new winter balayage option that will light up your mane with a customizable, festive shimmer. For those that love more sparkle, that extra twinkle is achieved with a multi-star application. This technique is focused on parting & painting hair in the shape of a star – resulting in sparkly low maintenance color for the holidays and beyond. This technique can easily be adjusted to fit the level of shine (brightness/attention) you want to bring to your face or part. Keep it simple and subdued with one star at your face and/or part.

Whether you want to illuminate your favorite facial feature, create a face frame/frame the face, or show off a fabulous hair part – this technique can be easy customized for your preference and the hand-painted, free-hand sweeps of color can be as natural or pronounced as you wish. Butterfly Studio Salon highly recommends it for someone who hasn’t had color as it’s a comfortable place to start for the first time and an easy introduction to highlights. You can always go bolder later, or play with a look that fades to give just the ends more boldness. There’s so many ways to brighten up!

On the lighter hair example: This take on the Starlight Starbright technique includes multiple star patterned and pointed applications to achieve a more noticeable twinkle on the hair. The results are super low maintenance but just as dazzling. It’s another great way to balayage the winter blues away!

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December 20, 2015

Wrap yourself around Lisa Hoffman Fragrances this holiday season

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If you are not familiar with Lisa Hoffman Fragrances, let me tell you that you are in for a treat. I still wear my fragrance bracelet , and I am loving my new Serenity Trio. This trio of fragrances makes the perfect gift and ideal for stocking stuffers. Serenity Trio includes the fragrances Brazilian Begonia, Madagascar Orchid and Tunisian Neroli for only $49.99.

What I like about the trio is that you can enjoy 3 fabulous fragrances that can be worn separately or, as a friend just taught me, you can layer the fragrances and create your own scent. The slender glass perfume bottles are beautifully packaged, and I plan on using two of them as gift toppers. One of my favorite fragrances  is Tunisian Neroli, and I am keeping that one for myself.

Lisa Hoffman’s Fragrance Trio is available in two unique gift sets. The first is Serenity Trio, featured above. The second, the Floral Trio offers the fragrances French Clary Sage, Tuscan Fig and Japanese Agarwood. The fragrances are spectacular. Lisa Hoffman Beauty has an extensive fragrance line as well as fragrance jewelry that also make unique gifts. You can find the entire line of gifts for any occasion at  lisahoffmanbeauty.com.

 

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December 19, 2015

Genlux Holiday Issue

Thank you so much to Genlux Magazine for having me at your holiday issue launch party at the Rodeo Collection in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive. It was amazing to see Beverly Johnson, the first African American woman to be on the cover of Vogue, who was the cover girl for this issue of Genlux! I love being involved with a magazine that combines high end fashion, art and philanthropy. The people apart of this magazine continue to put me in awe of their excellence and execution in creating such a respected publication. Thank you to Glam Squad for helping me get ready for this event. My favorite product for this look was the sparkle shimmer bronze eye shadow from Stila! Check it out at Sephora or online. Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season and New Year!

Xoxo,

Lizzy

Here I am on the red carpet last night….

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