10.30.2012

all candles should be voluspa candles



I am in love with Voluspa Candles. Not just because they have names like "crisp champagne" and make your entire home smell delishes, but also due to the face that they burn forever, don't give off that odd black smoke that some candles do and come in extremely attractive containers. Packaging is everything. To those of us that shop to much. 

They are not inexpensive (they run around $16), but to me if a candle looks and smells amazing it is worth a few extra dollars, especially since these burn for quit some time. I say that because I went to purchase candles at Target the other day and most of there candles were at least $10, were not in cute containers and had fragrance names like "piney winter fig" ??. Maybe I need to start a candle company if people will purchase a $10 candle that smells like piney fruit.  

Another plus - once the candle has burned out, stick the container in the freezer so that you can easily tap of any remains of wax with a knife and then wash it in the dishwasher. They are gorgeous and perfect for housing jewelry, knick-knacks, or, from what I hear, exactly two pounds of peanut M&Ms. 

You will feel way better about having a two pound bag of M&Ms if it it is housed in an attractive container. Trust me. 

10.26.2012

get glowing skin with this very simple green smoothie



Tis the season for sad, dry skin again - or at least that's how my skin is looking. I have mentioned before how much I love a book on all things health and beauty that I love called The Beauty Detox Solution, which can be purchased on Amazon for around $15 I believe. One of the things that Kimberly, the author and a registered dietitian, recommends is drinking a "Glowing Green Smoothie" (her name for a smoothie, that is green, obvs). I have been drinking one at least four times a week as a substitute for lunch (I drink a lot of it) and have noticed a huge difference not only in my skin, but also in how I feel throughout the day when I have one. 

There is an official recipe here, but you can really create any variation of this that you want. The mane thing is to make the majority of the smoothie something green. I prefer spinach over kale because it really doesn't have a lot of flavor, so you taste your somewhat tastier ingredients instead of, ya know, raw kale. 

I make mine in a Magic Bullet, which is freakin amazing for smoothies, soups, pesto; pretty much anything that you would do with a blender, this baby will do the same and THEN act as your cup. Totally worth the $20 - also found on Amazon. 

Recipe (My Version): 

About 2 cups of spinach
A banana 
The juice from half of a lemon 
A third of a cup of plain greek yogurt
Half a cup of chopped pineapple (about 6 good-sized cubed pieces)
A handful of fresh mint
A tablespoon of cinnamon 
About 5 ice cubes

I add cinnamon because it is good for blood pressure, but if you are anti cinnamon don't worry about it. You can also get all holiday-themed with it and add a few table spoons of pumpkin pie filling (but watch the sugar and I would buy organic).  If you are making a large batch of this to drink over a few days the lemon juice is important because without it the juice may start to oxidize and change color and not taste as fresh. I also like to add any kind of melon that is in season if I have some on hand or frozen strawberries or blueberries to change it up a bit.

Yum, now I am hungry....enjoy! 

10.13.2012

arm candy from gypsy warrior




I am a huge fan of everything on Gypsy Warrior website, but I am especially fond of their jewelry. They have an ever-changing collection of gorgeous pieces at extremely reasonable prices (like between $15 and $45, or as I like to call it, free). 

I ordered this pink skull bracelet a few days ago and it showed up yesterday and has been on my arm ever since. It is adjustable, which I love, and looks amazing with my watch and a few silver bangles. The Pink Skull Bangle is $18 and you need it!! Well, maybe need is not the right way to put it...have to have it? Should order one or you may regret it forever? Either way, it's kind of amaze and my new favorite thing. 

I hope everyone is having a happy Saturday! I'm trying to find the will power to get my apartment decorated for my favorite holiday, Halloween. For now I guess having a skull around my wrist will have to do.

10.03.2012

dr lipp nipple balm for lips - no, really





My obsession for lip products runs deep. While others are out there searching for the latest and greatest mascara or foundation, I am in constant search of anything that will allow me to apply the most ridiculously nude, matte lip color without looking..well, ridic. 

This nipple balm, which from here on out I will refer to as a lip balm (because I haven't used it on my nipples - yet) does just that. For $14.50 at Sephora, this 100% natural lip balm makes lips ridiculously soft and smooth, without being sticky or smelling obnoxious. Actually, it has virtually no smell, something that I personally love in a lip balm. Who wants to spray pricey cologne just to end up smelling like a giant strawberry? Not I. 

I think the greatest thing about Dr. Lip Nipple Balm For Lips is that it is the first lip balm I have applied at night and that actually gives you amazingly soft lips by morning, without ending up on your pillow, or in your hair. Or all over your face. You get it. 

The company uses medical-grade lanolin in the balm that is known to smooth and heal dry lips, cuticles, patches of eczema, and yes, it even can make your nipples softer! Apparently. Again, not how I have used it. 

Bonus: Their website is extremely cute and has an icon that you can click on which explains the whole nipple situation that is simply labeled "Nipples". Trust me - you will find yourself wanting to click on it once you see it. Or maybe it's just me? Either way, may lips feel and look kind of amazing...

*Product provided by the company