Beautiful Hairstyles for Groom’s Mom

mother-of-the-groom-hairstylesAs the mother of the groom, you will be playing an important role in the wedding. There are many things that you need to take care of in the lead up to the wedding. One of the most important things that you have to consider, however, is your hairstyle. Hairstyles for the groom’s mom should look polished and chic. Your hairstyle for your son’s wedding should also compliment your face shape and your outfit.

The French Twist

A French twist is a classic hairstyle for formal occasions. It is stylish, chic and polished. It is the perfect hairstyle for a formal wedding, and it is fairly easy to achieve this look. Begin by brushing your hair until it is tangle-free. Bring all of your hair neatly over your left shoulder, while ensuring that it remains smooth and tangle free. Then, take a few bobby pins, which match the color of your hair, and pin all of your hair to the left side. Place the pins in the hair vertically, as the hair will stay in place better.

Next, begin to twist your hair to the right, until you create a roll. You can twist the hair around your finger if it is easier for you. After this, hold the roll that you have created with one hand and place a few bobby pins, vertically, on the underside of the roll, near your scalp. If you have any hair sticking out of the roll, then simply tuck it in and hold it in place with bobby pins.

Loose Waves with a Side Part

An ideal hairstyle for your son’s wedding is loose waves. Wearing your hair wavy, with your hair parted to the side is a stylish hairstyle, which works particularly well for weddings with a more casual tone. Achieving this style is easy. Simply take small to medium sized pieces of hair and curl them using a curling iron. Make sure that the pieces of hair aren’t too small. If you curl sections that are too small, you will end up with tight ringlets, rather than loose waves. For an extra glamorous look, sweep all of your hair over one shoulder, and secure it using bobby pins, which match the color of your hair.

The Half-Up Do

One of the best hairstyles for the groom’s mom is the half-up do. This hairstyle is highly versatile and it looks great for both formal and casual weddings. This hairstyle is ideal for those who don’t want to wear all of their hair down, or wear an up-do. Achieving this look is easy. Simply take the front portion of your hair and clip it in place at the back of your head, using bobby pins. You have a great deal of freedom with this hairstyle. You can part your hair however you want, and you can decide how much of your hair you want to clip back.

Conquer Acne with the Power of Bioré

Sometimes it’s all about teamwork. Bioré offers a skincare system that manages all forms of acne. This three product combo comes at acne from all the angles, giving your skin a fighting chance at its best complexion days. The non-irritating formulas clean without damaging your skin.

Combining cleansers with pore strips fights the battle for clear skin in multiple directions.
Combat blemishes before they even have a chance with the Blemish Fighter Ice Cleanser. Control dirt and oil with the Acne Clearing Scrub. Target clogged pores with Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips. Think of it as the before-during-and-after of skincare.

Bioré’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is perfect for these dog days of summer. Let the cool cleanser refresh your skin while removing over 99% of dirt and oil. The pump bottle provides control over the right amount to massage onto your face.

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Bioré’s fresh smelling Acne Clearing Scrub clears up blemishes and pores in addition to preventing new blemishes from forming. I’d recommend using this cleanser in the morning for a burst of energy through the smell and a refined complexion ready to take on the day.

Bioré’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are designed for the notorious blackheads unfortunately residing on your nose. The strips clean and unclog pores in less than 20 minutes, so turn on your fave episode of Girls and relax as the strips do their dirty work.

If you think this system is for you and want to try it for yourself, head on over to our contest page (here) to enter to win one of our three complete sets for giveaway. Curious about what else Bioré has to offer, checkout their website for more products and where to buy them!

Bioré Sensational Skin Giveaway

biore face products giveawayBioré is offering three lucky winners sets of their great skincare line. Bioré products are offered in stores around the world. From removing makeup to a deep cleaning, there’s something in this line for your skin. For a review of these products, check out this post.

To enter our contest, simply like our page on Facebook and check out our Rafflecopter Giveaway for full instructions on how to enter and ensure your entries are tracked for our contest. Current Facebook friends have already satisfied the only mandatory entry requirement, so be sure to go to our Giveaway tab to enter the contest!

Prize: Three winners will receive a set of Bioré acne-fighting products. This includes one
Blemish Fighter Ice Cleanser, one Acne Clearing Scrub, and one box of Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips.

This system provides:

  • Control over blemishes and blackhead
  • Prevention of new blemishes
  • Removal of 99% of dirt and oil

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii), age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Starting Sunday, August 4, 2013 and running until Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 12 a.m. EST.

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Shark Week Nails

shark-week-nailsTo get into the Shark Week spirit, I created a themed manicure. Adding to the already over 470 species of this cartilaginous fish, please welcome the Great Fingernail Shark to the bunch. I decided to play with the ever-so-trendy accent nail and really make the shark ~*POP!*~

First, choose your shark color. I mixed a few different polishes to get the color I wanted since I didn’t have it on hand. Choose a more muted color for the rest of your nails. Mine is a bit of a mauve-y gray.

After painting your accent nail some shade of blue, create a mouth with a red triangle on the tip of the nail. Use a dotter tool or a toothpick to outline the mouth and create teeth once the red polish has dried.

To make the eye noticeable, I dotted some black on top of a larger dot of white. To finish the design, add gills beneath the eye.

To create a tidal wave nail, I first dotted the design with white polish to get an idea of the shape of the wave. I added additional dots in blue along with stripes in blue and white.

Voila! Enjoy the rest of Shark Week!

DIY Summer Pedi Designs

diy-summer-pedi-designsSummer is the perfect season to be carefree. People dress down to their tank tops and shorts and take some much needed time away from work and the stresses of life. Your toes should get a taste of carefree living too. So put away those closed toe heels and slip on some comfy flip flops. To get the most of out that summer feel, pair your casual clothes with a fresh and vibrant new pedicure to show off the next time you stroll through the mall.

When you speak of pedicures, the first thing that comes to mind is visiting the nearest nail spa. However, why pay for something that you can do easily on your own? Summer is about experimenting and learning new things, so why not spend an afternoon giving yourself one? Summer pedicures are supposed to be fun, a bit messy, and enjoyable. If the prospect of a DIY pedicure is not your cup of tea, why not invite your friends over for a killer pedi party? If you need help getting started, here are a few tips on how to pull off a successful summer pedi.

Summer’s Perfect Colors

Summer’s colors are loud, vibrant, and eye-catching. Forget about soft pastels and semi-transparent colors – spring is officially over. For summer, you want bold colors like neon hues and metallic ones like gold and silver. For beginners, orange is a great summer color that’s also relatively safe. It blends well with all sorts of skin tones, depending on the shade you choose. You can also try bold shades of blue or even hot pink, if you’re daring enough.

Easy To Wear Designs

Summer pedicure designs don’t have to be complicated – in fact, you don’t even need your own nail art kit to pull them off. Summer is all about getting people’s attention, so choose two colors that are different, but blend well with each other, like yellow and blue. Choose a solid yellow color and use it as a base. Then using a nail art pen or even a toothpick, use the blue color to create designs like swirls, circles, and even waves. If the design is messy, don’t worry. It adds to the effect of things. Remember to top it off with a top coat to seal the design.

If you want to take the design to the next level, you can add more colors instead of just two. You may also alternate base colors by using the color yellow on one toe, then blue on the next. You can also use a glittery top coat to give your toes some sparkle.

If purchasing a lot of nail polish shades isn’t your thing, or you’d like something easier, you can scour the Internet for printable nail art or nail art stickers. These are extremely easy to wear because you just have to stick it on your toe nails and paint over them with a clear top coat. Most people prefer these because they can simply change summer pedi designs when they get bored with their current one.

You may also use fimo canes or fimo sticks. These are small sticks with a design embedded in them. You simply cut thin slices from the roll and attach it to your toenails. Most people sell fimo canes by the bundle, so you can get different designs and fill your toenails with flowers, butterflies, suns, stars, and hearts if you want to. Just remember to invest in a quality top coating to keep the designs in place.

While most of the design ideas may not seem special, remember that summer is a time to be carefree. Your summer pedi doesn’t have to be complicated – with some nail polish, glitter, or nail art stickers, you can take your pedi design wherever your creativity takes you. No matter what design you choose, the important thing is that you’re comfortable with it and that you had fun creating it.

ChapStick MixStix™ Flavor Blending Lip Balm Product Review

chapstick-mixstixI may be a sucker for lip balm products, but I am even more of one for lemonade products that feature a twist of raspberry. I’ve never known a lip balm to offer such a delightful combination, until now.

I recently had some amazing luck in being offered a chance to try ChapStick’s new MixStix™ lip moisturizers, which come in three, make that six, tantalizing flavors. I couldn’t believe my luck when I learned that Lemon Berry Sorbet is one of those phenomenal flavors! Of course, I dug into that one first.

By themselves, the lemon flavor and the berry flavor are amazing. I could use them all day long, especially the lemon, but really both are incredible. I hope these products stick around for a while because I think I have to make sure I’ve always got one on hand. The light taste of Lemon Berry Sorbet ChapStick MixStix is perfect for summer but will bring you bliss any time of year. I love the way it reminds me of a raspberry lemonade cocktail or a sweet, endless summertime without a care in the world.

The next flavor I tried was Strawberry Banana Smoothie—another flavor combo that is right up my alley. I’ve owned a few strawberry banana lip balm products in my day, but this one is by far my favorite of all those. The gloss goes on so smoothly and tastes wonderful. The strawberry is reminiscent of most strawberry balms—just enough flavor without being overpowering, but the banana is incredible. It really reminds me of the banana flavored Runts candies. SO GOOD!!

Green Apple Caramel is the third flavor available in the Mixstix lineup, and it has a nice flavor reminiscent of the fall season. It reminds me of making caramel apples in college, or visiting an apple orchard with the fresh scent of granny smiths and McIntosh apples in the air. The apple side of the lip balm is divine and I’d enjoy using this side even all by itself. The caramel side reminds me just a bit of coffee, probably since many coffee flavors now incorporate a caramel element. I would say this combo is my third favorite out of the three choices, but I really do like all three.

IMAG2609Each stick has 11 different moisturizers, including Aloe. The lip balms themselves have a nice, hydrating formula that goes on very smoothly, leaving lips soft and kissable. What a brilliant idea to have lip balms that give the option to combine flavors in a single stick! Use these yummy ChapSticks individually for delicious flavors or combine them for a fun twist on a new flavor – Caramel Apple, Strawberry Banana, or Berry Lemonade, YUM!

These lip balms retail for between $2.99 and $3.99. You can find ChapStick MixSticks exclusively at Walgreens. For more information, be sure to check out the ChapStick® Website and ChapStick® Facebook page.

Disclosure: The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences and preferences may vary.

Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blanket Review

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With so many baby products available these days—swaddle blankets, sun canopies, nursing covers, and more—it can be overwhelming to try to pack up your baby’s things when you’re going somewhere. The idea of multitasking baby products is super appealing, especially to moms who are tired of bringing two or three separate bags everywhere they go. Thankfully, every once in a while you might find a product that stands up to multiple demands of everyday life with an infant. The Swaddle Angel Blanket two-pack by Munchkin is one such product.

The Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blankets are made of rayon that comes from ultra soft bamboo. Each blanket is a generous 40″ by 40″ and my favorite feature is that each of the corners has a little ribbon loop that allows you to hook or connect the blanket in a variety of positions for a number of different purposes. The fabric is soft and lightweight, almost gauzy, with a loose knit that lets some of the air come through. The center of the Swaddle Angel blankets features a thicker, double-layer sewn square to maintain privacy when nursing or to give a little extra padding for the baby, whether napping or during diaper changes or something else altogether.

I received a set of these cool, multitasking swaddle blankets for the purpose of review. I love the pretty patterns, which feature colors like bone white and slate gray or bone white and chocolate brown with gold. The designs, like a type of animal print or tribal pattern, are somewhat abstract but very fun and stylish. The box says these blankets are suitable for use as swaddles, sun protection, tummy time blankets, nursing covers, and even a sarong.

I have personally enjoyed using them for their sun protection offerings, looping the corners over the stroller handles and going on our merry way. I will caution you – I was not paying attention to what I was doing as I was in a bit of a rush at one point, and we did run over the blanket with the stroller, leaving a pretty hefty tear / runner in the double-sewn section. This was entirely my fault for being so careless, but it may be worth mentioning and warning you so you don’t do the same thing.

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Even though we ran over the blanket because I didn’t adjust it properly and it was a bit too long, I have used it as a sun protection shade a few times since the initial use. I really like the corner loops and how easy it is to create a barrier between your baby and the sun. I was easily able to cover up my daughter’s legs in the stroller with the blanket folded in half, and it did help to protect her from the sun one day when we forgot our sunblock at home.

I now try to keep one of these Swaddle Angel blankets with us wherever we go, especially since they have so many great purposes and offerings. I would highly recommend this product to new moms who like to make their days more efficient.

The two-pack of Munchkin Swaddle Angel Blankets retails for $49.99. For more information, please see: Girl Swaddle Angel Blankets or Boy Swaddle Angel Blankets.

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received complimentary a sample set of swaddle blankets for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Laser Hair Removal: Weighing the Risks & Benefits

beachcoupleIn life, there are two sides to everything. Just as with any cosmetic procedure, laser hair removal involves both benefits and risks. For those considering treatment, it’s important to weigh both the good and the bad to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

The Benefits
 Permanently reduces unwanted hair
 Safe, quick treatment
 Appropriate for most areas of the body, including the face, legs, back, chest, bikini area, underarms, and other areas
 Few side effects
 Minimal recovery
 No downtime

The Risks
 Some patients may not be good candidates for laser hair removal, for instance individuals with dark or tanned skin and/or light hair.
 Darker skinned individuals may be at an increased risk for pigmentation changes.
 Though rare and more often associated with an incorrectly performed procedure, blisters and burns are a potential complication.
 Must avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen after treatment.
 Treatment may involve some discomfort, requiring a numbing cream or other anesthetic.

laser-hair-removal-beachIt should also be noted that the cost of laser hair removal is pretty affordable at a national average physician fee of $358 per session according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) 2011 statistics. However, as most patients require a series of treatments for more complete hair removal – anywhere from 5 to 15 sessions – the overall treatment costs can get up there. For most patients, the overwhelming benefits of permanent reduction in unwanted hair well outweigh any potential risks or disadvantages.

Contributed by Dr. David Goldberg of New Jersey.

Stars and Glitter Patriotic Pedicure Toenail Designs for 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day

pure-ice-nail-reviewSummer holidays are some of the most fun holidays all year, especially when it comes to cute manicures and pedicures. I’ve never been one for plain red toenails—I always felt they made me look older than I am or that they looked like someone else’s feet. But I think I finally found some red nail polish I can wear on my toes without any worries at all… I recently received the opportunity to review the Pure Ice Stars & Stripes collection of nail polish and I couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’re looking for fun patriotic nail polish ideas or for nail designs with stars, glitter nails, or simple red, white, and blue nails, you’re sure to be thrilled as well.

The Stars & Stripes nail polish collection by Pure Ice includes: Dazzle Me (silver glitter), Superstar! (white), Freedom (red & blue sparkle with silver stars), Siren (red), and Wide Awake (blue sparkle). I so far have only had the chance to try Siren and Freedom, but I can tell you this is the perfect combination for a girl who loves red and things that sparkle. I showed my husband and he asked about how I got the stars on there. He honestly couldn’t believe they were inside the bottle of nail polish and just painted on like that!

patriotic-pedicure(Granted, I did have to fish around for enough stars for what I wanted to do to my nails, but it’s to be expected and I think it is a genius option as opposed to having a totally separate base coat, sparkle top coat, and loose stars!)

I painted my patriotic pedicure on my deck while my daughter played next to me. I only did one or two toes at a time so I could watch her closely, but it only took me five minutes or so to get the first coat of red applied. I slapped on a quick second coat, though I’m not convinced I even needed one. My toes didn’t look so alien in this red as I used to think they did with other nail polishes. (Is it because I’m a mom now? Because I’m in my 30’s?)

I ended up falling asleep before I could complete my patriotic pedicure designs, so, the next day I did the fun part—I put the sparkle and stars coat on each toenail, putting two stars on my big toes and one star on each other toe. I made sure enough sparkles were spaced throughout the nails and I let them dry. I have to tell you, I am thrilled with the results. I like a professional pedicure as much as the next girl, but I love how fast and easy it was to get gorgeous, sparkly, and festive nails at home in a matter of minutes.

To be fair and honest, I will, of course, disclose my only point of contention–I know this would happen with any 3-D nail art, so take this point with a grain of salt… When I did curl up into my bed between the satin sheets after completing the sparkle and stars top coat, it felt like my pedicure was getting stuck to the sheets or dragging across them a bit oddly. I’ve since learned to tuck my toes or keep them closer to the fleece blanket rather than the satin sheets.

stars-nail-polishAnother thing that impressed me about this collection is that the polishes hold up amazingly well on my toes. I have not had to reapply yet, aside from when I accidentally smudged my toe on my flip-flop before it was dry. (Mama multitasking mistake, not a rookie mistake!) In reading more about this product line, I’ve come to learn that all of Pure Ice’s nail polishes feature a long-wear formula, making your mani’s and pedi’s last longer. These products are also free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, making them a smart choice for health reasons as well.

Are you ready for the best news of all? How much do you think a high quality, totally functional, durable, and brilliantly beautiful, versatile bottle of nail polish should cost? Or how much it really does cost? Wait for it… you can get Pure Ice’s Stars & Stripes collection for just $1.99 per bottle, meaning you can have the entire set for less than 10 bucks! What are you waiting for? Get to your nearest Walmart or hop on over to www.pureicecosmetics.com so you can get your patriotic pedicure in place before the 4th of July!

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received complimentary PURE ICE nail polish samples for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Dove go sleeveless Deodorant / Anti-Perspirant Review

dove go sleevelessIn a few cases, I tend to be a very loyal consumer – what with my favorite lip balm products (though I will try others, I always have at least one of my favorites on hand) and deodorant / anti-perspirant products. I’m not gonna lie – I am a longtime user of Degree Women products, at least for the past four or five years since receiving my first stick to review. Before that, I relied on Suave women’s anti-perspirants for years and years. I feel like deodorant is a very personal product, and so it’s a relationship built on trust there.

I’ve recently enjoyed the new product lines from Dove, especially the Go Fresh lineup a few years ago. When I heard about the go sleeveless line, and received an opportunity to test it out for myself and give away a few sticks, I was excited. I knew I already liked their clever take on fragrances, and the product formulas themselves stood up to my standards for use with dark clothing, especially the little black dress. I received a stick of Dove® go sleeveless Beauty Finish for the purpose of this review.

On first use with the Dove go sleeveless Beauty Finish product, I fell in love. I noticed a familiar scent following me around throughout the day, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Hours later I suddenly remembered! It seemed as though the scent of Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers was everywhere I went. I realized it was a pleasant benefit of my new Dove go sleeveless product and couldn’t believe my good fortune to find something I liked so much and an effective, long-lasting deodorant at that!

I will also admit I noticed this product lasting a long time as I would get ready for bed or wake up the next morning. These Dove anti-perspirants really do last longer than you would expect, both in nice fragrance and effective wetness protection. Another nice perk is that use of these products did not leave white marks on my clothing, even a black top I wore one evening. If you aren’t sure of your attire for the evening and keep changing your outfit, you might get minimal marks just from the friction of putting on and taking off. In that case, for any deodorant product, you should have a product on hand like the Johnny on the Spot Deodorant Removing Sponge.

The Dove go sleeveless collection features added Vitamins E and F in addition to Dove moisturizers, intended to deliver smoother and softer underarms in a matter of five days, according to documentation. The product literature also claims Dove go sleeveless sticks can protect you from body odor and wetness protection for 48 hours—I don’t dispute it. I’ve noticed that same wonderful whiff even after waking up the next day. (Though, of course I still apply new deodorant every morning!)

Bottom line – I really like this product and plan to keep it in my rotation. In fact, Amazon currently has a deal where you can get it for 3.83 but they are offering a $1-off clip-free coupon, so you can try it for less than $3 and it ships free with your qualifying purchase. I’m not ready to walk away from Degree products just yet, but I do like this one enough to keep a stick on hand for some added variety in my life. I think Dove go sleeveless will be the perfect fit for my swim bag and my overnight bag.

The new Dove® go sleeveless product line is available in four varieties, including Dove® go sleeveless Beauty Finish, Soothing Chamomile, Nourished Beauty, and Fragrance Free. These products retail for between $3.97 and $6.25 online and at your favorite mass market retailers. For more information, check out http://www.dove.us/Products/Deodorant.

Father’s Day Cocktails and Drink Ideas

kentucky derbyDads deserve a special day to be pampered just like moms, and what better way than with a great day of food and drinks to celebrate? Consider treating Dad to his own barbecue or make him a feast fit for a king. While you’re at it, be sure to serve up a cocktail featuring his favorite spirit—vodka, rum, tequila, whisky, or even a beer themed cocktail. Consider these great Father’s Day cocktails and drink ideas so you can help Dad celebrate in style.

Gather all the ingredients and follow these easy steps to create delicious and festive Father’s Day drinks for Dad:

Father’s Day Vodka Drinks

Backyard Barbeque Cider

backyard-bbq-ciderIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
0.5 oz. Allspice Dram
0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1.5 oz. Apple Cider
Dash of Baked Apple Bitters

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice.

3. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

4. Add a red apple slice for garnish.

 

The Happy Dad

happy-dadIngredients:
2 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
2 oz. Blood Orange Juice
1 oz. Champagne / Dry Prosecco
0.5 oz. Aperol

Instructions:

1. Press two blood orange slices into bottom of wine glass.

2. Add 1/3 full of crushed ice.

3. Add blood orange juice, Aperol, and Vikingfjord vodka.

4. Fill another 1/3 with crushed ice.

5. Add champagne.

6. Top with crushed ice and add a straw.

 

Ginger Man

ginger-manIngredients:
1.5 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.5 oz. Apple Brandy
Fever Tree Ginger Beer
2 Pressed Lime Wheels

Instructions:

1. Press two lime wheels into bottom of Collins glass.

2. Add ice, then Vikingfjord Apple vodka, and apple brandy.

3. Top with ginger beer.

4. Garnish with green apple slice and candied ginger.

 

Papacito

papacitoIngredients:

2 oz. Vikingfjord Apple Vodka
0.75 oz. EO Pomegranate Grenadine
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
1 Bar Spoon of Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake with ice and strain into a cinnamon sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

Above recipes courtesy of Vikingfjord Vodka and mixologist Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room

 

The “Bloody Maryland”

bloody marylandIngredients:
1.5 oz. THE BAY Vodka
4 oz. tomato juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
0.5 oz. lemon juice
1 celery stalk

Instructions:

1. Add The Bay Seasoned Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice.

2. Pour back and forth between two mixing glasses.

3. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.

Courtesy of “The Bay” seasoned vodka

 

Pearanha

Pearanha 3Ingredients:
1.0 oz of Smirnoff Pear
1.0 oz of St. Germaine
0.5 oz of Lillet
0.5 Spiced Rum infused with orange spiced tea and vanilla

Instructions:

1. Brew tea and mix 50/50 with your favorite spiced rum.

2. Include a few fresh vanilla beans and let sit in your fridge for at least 2 days. The longer the better, up to 30 days!

3. In a shaker with ice mix rum mixture, Smirnoff Pear, St. Germain and Lillet.

4. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

5. Garnish with an orange rind.

Courtesy of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Q-tips® Precision Tips™ Product Review

qtips-precision-tipsI guess you could call me a bit of a girlie girl. I really enjoy makeup and beauty products and especially eye makeup. That being said, I was super excited to learn about a new product offering from Q-tips®—their Precision Tips™ products combine all the things you love about normal Q-tips with bonus functionality through a tapered point on each end, designed especially for makeup touchups and for cleaning tight spaces. Finally, a product that understands how makeup works and how tricky it can be to touch up or remove altogether!

Completely by surprise, I received a generous shipment of these new and exciting Q-tips Precision Tips for the purpose of my review. I received boxes of 170 as well as several adorable travel sized packs of 30 in blue plastic cases. I plan to stick one in my overnight toiletries bag, one in my swim bag, and keep a couple as spares. I also received a lovely acrylic display jar for the Q-tips with my initials imprinted on the front – a very thoughtful item that will have its home on the counter near my makeup case.

To be honest, I’ve been using generic store brand pointed cotton tips to handle my makeup touchups to date. They are pretty pointy and the cotton is anything but cottony. I’ve had a time or two where they seemed to almost scratch the delicate skin under my eyes, making me think twice about trying to touch up anything else.

These new Precision Tips Q-tips seem much softer to me, with a looser weave of cotton that isn’t so rough on the skin. I especially like them for under-eye makeup smudges, especially eyeliner that’s shifted or bits of mascara that have smeared off. Another ideal application for these precision cotton tips is to dip them into a tiny bit of nail polish remover for manicure and pedicure touchups. And, if you have the tiniest amount of concealer to apply, consider using one of these bad boys to get just the right dot of coverage in exactly the right spot.

qtips2In the event that you fall asleep with your makeup still on, these handy pointed cotton-tips can easily remove dark streaks from under your eyes. Simply moisten the Q-tip with a little water and soap or some eye makeup remover gel. I know, I know. It sounds like I’m speaking from experience… well, because I am. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve fallen asleep with my makeup on—I think it happens to the best of us—and you can imagine how tough it is to wash away caked-on mascara and eyeliner after six or seven hours of sleep. Ugh! Not fun at all. Thankfully, Q-tips Precision Tips are especially helpful for removing and touching up smudged eyeliner or smeared mascara, as well as managing other makeup touchups with ease.

Product documentation also suggests using Precision Tips for application and blending of makeup, such as on lips, eyes, nails, and brows. Of course, as you might already suspect, they also make exceptional cleaning tools around the house. I’ve recently used them to clean where my electric toothbrush comes apart, and it was the perfect fit for those tiny spaces. You can also use Q-tips Precision Tips to clean jewelry, electronics, appliances, window sills, molding, and more. Another fun and convenient use of these new tapered Q-tips is to use them for different arts and crafts projects, especially related to painting and gluing.

With so many possible uses, I highly recommend keeping at least one box of these Q-tips in your home. You may find even more uses for them beyond those that I’ve mentioned. If interested, you can find these handy helpers at your favorite mass market retail store or online at Amazon and other stores. For more information, be sure to check out Q-tips® Precision Tips™ on the Web.