January 6, 2016

“O” is for Orogold

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I have a close friend who is very set in her ways (that could be age related). She rarely uses any skincare that doesn’t start with an “L” or a “C”. She has been using these products for years and isn’t open minded to trying anything new. That is, of course until I gave her Orogold  with an “O”. The fact the gift box was so elegantly presented definitely helped. The skin care products are encased in containers with beautiful gold covers and are quite pretty.

She was excited to try her new Orogold Box Package II and was very glad she did. She is enjoying all of the products and wants to know where she can get other products in   Orogold’s Cosmetics line. OROGOLD Box Package II was one of the exquisite box sets offered for the 2015 Holiday season and is still available. The three Orogold products included in the line include:

Orogold’s 24K Milk Cleanser which is designed for delicate and sensitive skin. It is  formulated with vitamin C & E along with  jojoba and musk oils to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. 24K Milk Cleanser is a thin fluid that is dispensed through a pump container which my friend loves. It is very light and washes off easily leaving your skin feeling refreshed.

Orogold’s 24K Body Cream is a moisturizer that is formulated  with essential vitamins and oils. This lightly scented moisturizer will have your skin feeling silky an soft immediately upon application.

Orogold’s 24K Deep Peeling Mask is amazing. I had the opportunity to try this upon my friends recommendation. This golden colored facial peel has the consistency of a gel. The trick with this mask is to apply it to your face dry, and then, using circular motions, feel the dead skin roll away waiting to be rinsed off with cool water. What an amazing feeling, I really loved this product. Orogold’s 24K Deep Peeling Mask is specially formulated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and will leave skin feeling refreshed and  vibrant. Use twice a week and you will notice the difference after your first peel. View this luxurious line of cosmetics at Orogold.

 

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January 2, 2016

Kiko Milano Cosmetics were a hit this holiday season

Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

 

My 19 year old daughter was thrilled to find some Kiko Milano Cosmetics in her Christmas Stocking. She especially liked the Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner and Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara, and loved the results.

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The Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner was easy to apply because the tip is flexible and soft. The anti-slip grip is a also a plus. She told me she was able to achieve the thickness she wanted very easily. She also said the “eyeliner went on easily without being messy and lasted the day”. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner,  as described by Kiko Milano, has a “capillary system” technology allowing it to release the ideal amount of formula, for maximum control during application and a flawless result, without smudging. Ultimate Pen Longwear Eyeliner is Ophthalmologically tested and available in Black.

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

Extra Sculpt Volumizing Mascara is one of her favorites. She loved the results and achieved what she described as a ” full feathered look”. The mascara was easy to apply and very creamy leaving no clumps. You can also reapply until you achieve the desired look.

Kiko Milano states, “The new hourglass-shaped brush evenly distributes the texture. The brush’s square ends reach the shortest lashes and those in the corners of the eyes”. Extra Sculpt Volumizing mascara is also Ophthalmologically tested, Paraben and fragrance free, available in Black.

My daughter was also excited to find out that there is a Kiko Milano Store At Providence Place Mall which is 10 minutes away from us. There, you will find a vast array of cosmetics and you will find the prices to be very affordable. Find a stor near you at Kiko Milano or order online for your convenience.

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December 30, 2015

Beauty Launchpad gives beauty professionals a chance to “Win it”!

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Launchpad magazine

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December 29, 2015

The Winner of The Zink Handbag is…..

Congratulations Geri C. of Norcross, Georgia, you are the  lucky winner of October’s Giveaway of the beautiful Red Zink Handbag. Enjoy!

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The JAUNT HANDBAG – LAVA from the Zink Collection is “Inspired by the past with an eye toward the future, the Jaunt is a modern heirloom piece. A contemporary design featuring optimal practicality, this luxurious carryall is a must-have for any chic globetrotter.”

Handbag details include:

  • Full grain vegetable dyed leather
  • Solid brass hardware 
  • Fully lined natural canvas with leather detailing
  • Leather base with nut and bolt feet
  • Four interior pockets, three open, one zippered
  • Length 16.5” Width 5” Height 11.5”
  • Strap Drop 8”
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December 28, 2015

Fashion Role Model: Rachel Green

She lives in New York City, is a buyer for Ralph Lauren, has five best friends, and has the most amazing style of the 90’s. She even has a haircut named after her. Rachel Green is practically living every fashionista’s dream.

Now that “Friends” is streaming on Netflix, I obviously had to re-watch the whole series again for the fifth time (not an exaggeration). During my binge watch, I couldn’t help but notice just how amazing her outfits are, especially now that the 90’s style is coming back. Her style is also so diverse that she could be dressed in overalls in one scene and a mini skirt in another.

Throughout the show, I have picked out my top 5 favorite outfits that Rachel Green proudly wore during the run of “Friends,” along with some affordable versions so you can recreate her trendy looks.

1. The Business Woman

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I love this look because I never see business styled outfits with color. I only ever see black. The green really grabs your attention but is still professional enough to wear to work. You can find a similar window pane skirt at Nordstrom.

2. Bring On the Overalls

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I am not ashamed to admit but I have purchased three pairs of overalls this season. Rachel wears overalls a lot throughout the show. This is just one of the many adorable ways she styles them. You can find the perfect pair of overalls at Forever 21.

3. American Pride

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I was never really a fan of shorts and tights until I saw this look. I love the way that the high waisted shorts are paired with a casual top. It makes it more of an everyday outfit rather than a “going out” outfit. I had a hard time trying to find a simple shirt that says “USA” but you can get the same look by piecing an American Eagle baseball cut shirt with some high waisted black shorts, from Nasty Gal, and sheer black tights.

4. Knee Socks and Plaid Skirts

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This look is definitely my favorite Rachel Green outfit. It defines the meaning of cute and casual. I can’t go anywhere without socks so I love that the knee socks are used as a statement accessory. You can find these awesome socks at Kohl’s and the plaid skirt at Macy’s.

5. The Series Finale

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The last outfit that Rachel Green was seen wearing before the show came to a final close was this stunning assemble. This outfit was so popular amongst fans that it was displayed in the Pop Up Central Perk in New York City last fall. Snatch these black heeled boots at Guess and this gray skirt at Gap.

I will never get tired of Rachel’s fabulous, unique style. The only thing I am missing is that amazing two bedroom Greenwich Village apartment that I can’t afford. At least I can just live vicariously through the lives of Rachel and her five best pals.

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December 26, 2015

A Beverly Hills Christmas with Ravin and chyanne spangler

 

Ravin ( Beverly Hills Christmas )and chyanne spangler

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Holiday time is perfect for the celebration of togetherness and nothing brings a family closer than decorating the living space.
There are so many ways to decorate with many options. Get the kids together and give them craft supplies to make decorations. Assign a space that they can decorate any way they see fit. Take out all the old decorations and lay them out. My favorites place to get inexpensive decorations is the 99 cent store or the dollar store. Tinsel can make a great supplement for that holiday feel. You can also make large candy wrappers with old tubes of toilet paper or paper towels after they are done and cover them with any colored paper or material and tie them off at each end.

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Also food like stringed popcorn and hanging candy canes can be used for holiday
also baking cookies and decorating them then displaying them on plates gives the family a sense of warmth.
So get together with your family and decorate this holiday season.

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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 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 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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