Blast from the Past – Revival of the 1920’s Hairstyles

Katy Perry 1920s hairstyleGorgeous, glamorous hairstyles from the 1920’s are back and better than ever. No matter if you have long hair, short hair, or hair of a medium length, you can rock a 1920’s hairstyle that appeals to you. Retro hairstyles from long ago maintain popularity over time based on their beauty, style, and functionality. The 1920’s brought on a revolution of change that altered our world forever, with many of the beauty trends sticking around to remind us of the times and how our society has changed in some ways while remaining the same in others.

 

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Mardi Gras Party Ideas – Everything You Need for a Fun Fat Tuesday Celebration

Mardi Gras Party IdeasMardi Gras is a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. You can have a party, go to someone else’s party, check out the bar scene, or actually head off to the real deal in New Orleans. Hosting your own Mardi Gras party can be a lot of fun and it doesn’t have to take a lot of planning. Consider these Mardi Gras party ideas for a fun and exciting Carnival celebration at home.

Before you get started planning your party, think about who you’d like to invite and what special accommodations you might need to make for your guests. In most cases, your Mardi Gras party will probably be adults only, so you can plan for fun music, decorations, drinks, food, and festivities. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Mardi Gras Party Planning Tips
Here are some ideas to help you plan your Mardi Gras festivities:

•    Gather a few supplies and prepare to make fun Mardi Gras cocktails for all your guests to enjoy. Try hurricanes as the main drink, but include a few others for everyone to enjoy. You can also provide beer, sodas, and iced tea or lemonade.

•    Come up with some fun Mardi Gras food ideas to serve your guests. You can make Jambalaya, shrimp po’boys, chicken gumbo, and more.

•    Don’t forget the traditional Mardi Gras dessert – King Cake! You can find lots of King Cake recipes online to help you whip up this classic treat.

•    Create a playlist of music to set the mood for your party.

•    Decorate your home or party space with fun Mardi Gras beads, masks, and feather boas in the traditional Mardi Gras colors. Consider these other Mardi Gras decorating tips for centerpieces, party favors, and more.

Once you’ve finished planning and preparing for your Carnival celebration, take some time to decide what to wear for your Mardi Gras festivities. Also, be sure to get lots of Mardi Gras beads for yourself and your guests.

If you still feel as though you need some inspiration for your Mardi Gras party, consider these other tips and suggestions for a Fat Tuesday party or Mardi Gras party at your home. Please share any Mardi Gras party ideas or tips of your own in our comments below.

 

Vincent Longo Pulse Collection Trio Diamond Eye Shadow Review

vincent longo eye shadow reviewI am a sucker for nice eye shadow, so the chance to try Vincent Longo’s new Spring and Summer 2012 Pulse Collection really hit the spot. I received all three eye shadow trios in these pretty spring and summer eye makeup colors – Sweet Vivaldi, Champagne Lily, and Topaz Dream. I have to say, I’m beyond impressed with my first few uses of the eye shadow compacts and the results they provide. So far there’s been no need for reapplication or touchups throughout the day or night when I’m wearing them!

The color choices in each Vincent Longo trio make a great palette for just about any eye color. I’ve always been a fan of colors in the tan, pink, and purple family, simply because they are soft, pretty, and work well with my brown eyes. Each of these compacts contains a color I just love! Sweet Vivaldi matches up a charcoal shade with smoked silver and platinum pink. All are sparkly and gorgeous. I just haven’t gotten up the nerve to try the charcoal yet, but I will. I just need a good excuse, like girls night out or a fun evening event!

The Champagne Lily eye shadow trio brings together warmer hues of vibrant violet, frosted gold, and champagne rose. I totally love the champagne rose because it sets off my baby browns nicely, but all of the colors in this palette are fun and quite lovely.

The Topaz Dream compact includes a neutral pairing of gold, silver, and dark topaz – the perfect set for a sparkly look on any eye color. I tend toward the golden color myself, but also enjoy the silver. Again, I’ve still got to try the darker shade in the trio, but I myself normally wear softer shades on my eyes so it is by no fault of the color itself, just personal preference.

The Vincent Longo Pulse Collection Trio Diamond Eye Shadow compacts retail for $25 each and while that may seem a slight bit steep, I am in love with the results I get every time. These colors beautifully highlight your eyelids and the area just below your brow bone, delivering a look that lasts pretty much until you wash it off. I really enjoyed how the shadows give my makeup application a more sophisticated look with a sparkle that draws your gaze right to the eyes. The shadows go on softly and smoothly with your favorite applicator or my favorite, an EcoTOOLS eye shadow brush. I’m very pleased with this new discovery in eye shadow shades and I look forward to enjoying this brand for a long time to come. Highly recommended for anyone who loves makeup, sparkle, or eyes that look great all night long!

 

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Lifesavers – Gift Ideas at the Last Possible Second

Last-minute Valentine's Day giftsSome of us are procrastinators. Some of us work too much or get too busy with life in general. Sometimes we are really on top of things and just have an “off” week, or month, or year. Whatever the case – running out of time before Valentine’s Day can be a common occurrence for many people. Here are some last-minute, lifesaving Valentine’s suggestions to help you survive if you find you are down to the last day, hour, or minute before your plans are set to begin.

Consider these last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts and activities to save the day when you’ve either forgotten or just didn’t have time to prepare ahead of time.

1.    At the very least, be sure you have a card. Nothing says I care quite the same as a romantic card with a personal, handwritten greeting. Consider adding a special Valentine’s Day message from the heart. If you forget the card, and can’t get to a card shop in time, make one at home. It doesn’t have to be fancy – even a handwritten letter can make all the difference between disappointment and romance.

2.    Grab a bunch of flowers, even on the same day. You may still have luck if your local florist carries loose flowers that you can piece together. If not, head to your local grocery store and check their flower section – you are sure to find some leftover roses or other bouquets if the other last-minute shoppers haven’t beat you to it.

3.    Bake or cook. Seriously – who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies (or sugar cookies, brownies, etc.)? You can also throw together a candlelit dinner with very little effort. Simply be sure you have the groceries in the house and whip up some chicken parmesan with pasta, dinner rolls, and a salad or grill up some steaks. You can also order takeout from a local place and still set up your dining area to be romantic and personalized.

4.    Get a gift card or gift certificate. You may know your sweetheart well enough to choose a gift card for something they’d absolutely love – perhaps a spa treatment or massage, an electronics store, or maybe even a local cigar shop. Try to find something personal to your partner rather than just grabbing a cash card or a generic gift card with no special meaning.

5.    Create or offer something from the heart. If you are a musician, throw together a song or just play a few of your partner’s favorites. If you are an artist, make a quick sketch or small painting to mark the occasion. If you are good at giving massages, light some candles and play some soft music and offer a great massage, back rub, or foot rub. Think of something you can offer using your talents rather than your credit card.

If you are still looking for a physical last-minute gift you can wrap and present to your love on Valentine’s Day, you may still have some time to find something, depending on what stores are nearest to you. Consider these additional options for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts:

•    Bath and body products (lotions, creams, bubble bath…)
•    Candles
•    Chocolates or candy
•    Cigars or cigar accessories
•    Clothing (fuzzy socks, boxers, lingerie, etc.)
•    Cologne or perfume
•    Decorative figurines (crystal or blown glass, sun catchers, prisms, etc.)
•    Gourmet food (chocolate covered anything – pretzels, strawberries, etc.)
•    Lip balm or flavored lip gloss
•    Jewelry (cufflinks, bracelet, necklace…)
•    Movies or music
•    Photo album or frame with special pictures
•    Scratch-off Lotto tickets
•    Slippers or moccasins

These are just a few ideas for last-minute Valentine’s gifts you can find at most stores local to your home or place of work. What other ideas do you have for a same-day gift for the one you love? Please share them in our comments so you can help others find great gifts at the last possible second!

 

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Feeling in the mood for love? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your romantic side to your loved one or a new beau. Play your cards right and you might even get a second date out of it!

The holiday isn’t all about cards, chocolate and roses though. Restaurants can be a nice change from a norm, but why not head back to your place rather than the bars for some themed cocktails. Play bartender for the night and impress your date with your skills. These aptly named cocktails will put you and your special someone in the holiday spirits.

Names for Valentine’s cocktails may sound girly and too cutesy for your guy. Rather than emasculate your dude, play around with the drink names.  If your guy wants a “manly drink,” simply give it a name to suit his ego rather than a lovey-dovey one, which many of these have. Some suggestions are Love Potion or The Casanova. Just make sure he doesn’t go ordering drinks by these names next time you’re out at the bar, or things might get confusing!

Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka

What better what to celebrate Valentine’s Day then to offer your loved ones a bottle of chocolate rather than a box! I received a bottle of Godiva® Chocolate Infused Vodka to try out chocolatey cocktail recipes. This product is a perfect solution for combining two guilty pleasures of mixed drinks and chocolate!

Use the Godiva spirit in cocktails or serve on the rocks. Godiva offers a variety of chocolate liqueurs and vodkas. You can find more drink recipes as well as other spirits at drinkgodiva.com and Godiva Spirits on Facebook.

If you aren’t a bah-humbug about the holiday and don’t have a special someone to share the night with, chose one of the following drinks to cozy up on the couch with a romance novel or your favorite Rom-Com!

Lover’s Lane

Created by Lynn House, Mixologist, Chicago, IL

Ingredients

2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka

1/4 ounce orange liqueur

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Raspberries for garnish

Preparation

Combine Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice into a martini glass and stir. Garnish with raspberries.

The Lovebirds

Created by Jonathan Pogash, Cocktail Guru

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur

Champagne or sparkling wine for top

3/4 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

Handful of mint leaves

Lemon peel for garnish

Orange peel for garnish

Preparation

Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, freshly squeezed orange juice, and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with orange and lemon peel wrapped around each other.

Baileys Irish Cream

Mixing with Baileys might not be everyone’s “thing,”  but if the drinker is a fan of sweet, creamy drinks, these are sure to please. Think of these recipes as indulgent alcoholic milkshakes. Since you are using ice cream in your drink, leave the ice cream out a bit to soften to allow for easier and smoother mixing.

I received Baileys Irish Cream for the purpose of this article. You can substitute regular Baileys in the recipes, rather than the flavored versions. If you only have Baileys Irish Cream, you can add a caramel ice cream topping to the drink for “the hint of caramel”. This will, however, add to the thickness of the drink. Since the drink tends to be thick, consider adding a straw to the mix.

The Baileys cocktails recipes are strong, so don’t expect to kick back a number of drinks. Simply pour yourself a cocktail as well as one for your date and enjoy the company of your significant other. Perhaps light a fire or some candles to set a romantic mood.

Chocolate Caramel Classic

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Caramel

2 ounces Vanilla Ice Cream

1 ounce Chocolate Syrup

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Blend Baileys with a hint of Caramel, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled in a martini glass garnished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in Mint Condition

Ingredients

2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Black Cherry Flavored Vodka

2 teaspoons Cheesecake Pudding Mix

1 Black Cherry

Whipped Cream

Dark Chocolate Shavings

Mint Sprig

Preparation

Shake together Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate, vodka and pudding mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with black cherry, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and mint sprig.

The POM Pink Angel

Ingredients

1 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 1/2 oz. kurant vodka

1 oz. triple sec liqueur

1/4 oz. fresh lime juice (or squeeze 2 lime wedges into the shaker and drop them in)

Orange peel for garnish

NUVO Kiss

Ingredients

4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Frangelico

*Serve in a Champagne flute

Midnight Pink

Ingredients

4 oz NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

1 1/2 oz Kahlua

*Serve in a Highball glass

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Just because you don’t have anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, doesn’t mean you have to spend it alone! If you are one of those individuals who abhor February 14th, then have we’ve got a list of drinks for you.

This time of year is tough for singles. Instead of crying by yourself on a couch eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s watching a sappy movie, spend some time with your girl friends who also have no one to call their own. Set up your place for the perfect girl’s night and create your very own bar complete with everything you need to forget about what everyone else is doing on this date.

The following cocktails are themed perfectly for those who have no interest in celebrating lovey-dovey things. These drinks are sure to set you and your gals in good moods, give you some girl power, and prepare you to have some quality fun with your best buds.

Fun & Fabulous

Created by Beate Kiser, Mixologist, New York City, NY

Ingredients

3/4 ounces Godiva Chocolate Vodka

1/4 ounce ginger liqueur

1/4 ounce sparkling wine

2 fresh mint sprigs

Ice

Preparation

Combine Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, ginger liqueur and a sprig of fresh mint into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over ice into a champagne flute.Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Cupid’s Miss

Ingredients

5 oz. VOGA Sparkling

½ oz. Chambord

½ oz. Gran Marnier

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a champagne flute, garnish with blackberries and an orange peel

Bitter and Bubbly

Ingredients

Cinnamon sugar

2 drops peach bitters

1 sugar cube

1 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur

5 oz. VOGA Sparkling

Preparation

Rim a champagne glass with cinnamon sugar. Add bitters directly to the sugar cube and drop the cube into the champagne flute. Pour the pomegranate liqueur and Grand Marnier on top of it. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling wine.

On the Rocks


Ingredients

VOGA Sparkling

0.25 oz Whiskey

0.5 TSP Sugar

Dash of Bitters

Preparation

Mix whiskey, bitters and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Fill up the remainder of glass with VOGA sparkling wine.  Garnish with a cherry.

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Timeless Valentine’s Day Fashion and Beauty Tips – What to Wear

Valentine's Day fashion and beauty tipsValentine’s Day often inspires us to get all decked out from head to toe, with a sexy choice of clothing, seductive makeup, and jewelry and accessories to match. Romantic hairstyles can really add the finishing touches, no matter if you choose soft curls or a straight style to complement your look. Here are some tips to help you decide how to dress for Valentine’s Day, as well as a few beauty tips to give your look that awesome wow-factor.

If you have been wondering, What Should I Wear on Valentine’s Day, you are not alone. Whether it’s a special date in a relatively young relationship or just another February 14th with your spouse of many years, showing you care is important on Valentine’s Day and all throughout the year. Go that extra mile to snazzy up your look. Choose a nice dress for Valentine’s Day, a flowy skirt and tank top with cardigan or sweater, or a pair of classic black pants with a nice top of your choice. If you are pregnant on Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider comfort as well as style. You can certainly find a gorgeous dress or skirt and top combo that doesn’t leave you feeling like a wrapped burrito.

For a naughty but sexy twist on any outfit, consider hiding some risqué lingerie under your Valentine’s outfit. You can go as simple as thigh-highs with a garter belt under a dress or skirt, or as elaborate as you like – naughty or nice. Consider sexy lingerie as a fun way to entice your significant other – let him find a strap or clip if he happens to place his hand on your shoulder or leg. This is sure to kick things up a notch for your Valentine’s evening.

As you piece together your look, don’t forget to choose shoes and accessories that complement your outfit. For a fun pop of color with a little black dress, consider hot pink or red heels. You should also keep your Valentine’s Day jewelry choices in mind as well as a purse that offers style and function, depending on what activities you have in store.

Consider romantic hairstyles a must for a Valentine’s Day date. You can choose a long and straight style, a wavy or curly look, or a stylish updo that carries you through any date activity you choose. You can make an appointment with your local salon, but if you have some styling gel, hairspray, and a flat iron or curling iron (or a set of hot rollers), you should be good to go. You can also use alligator hair clips as a fantastic way to get a sexy hairstyle in only seconds!

Lastly, don’t forget to do your makeup in a special way. Be sure to apply eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara or false eyelashes for a glamorous look. All the better to seduce him! Don’t forget something sweet and silky for your lips – a nourishing product with coconut oil helps your lips to stay hydrated longer than the average lip balm. Finally, if you are looking for a fun twist on your look, be sure to dress up your manicure or pedicure with Valentine’s Day nail designs or heart nail designs for your romantic date.

 

Sexy Valentine’s Day Makeup and Beauty Tips

Romantic and sexy Valentine's Day beauty tipsValentine’s Day gives us a fun excuse to get all dolled up from head to toe – a great outfit, a romantic hairstyle, and makeup that adds all the right finishing touches. If you have a hot date on Valentine’s Day, or even if you’ve got something up your sleeve with your single friends, try these sexy Valentine beauty tips to be sure you are in the mood for whatever your evening holds.

Remember to match your attire and your look to the activity you’ll be enjoying on your Valentine’s Day date or night out. You may not want to wear a flirty cocktail dress to dinner and a movie just as you won’t want to wear a casual top with jeans to a fancy evening of dinner and dancing. Once you know your plans, you can create the perfect idea of what to wear on Valentine’s Day, including your makeup, shoes, and accessories!

Try these sexy V-Day beauty tips to get you started:

Touch up blemishes first and foremost.
Before you even apply the dazzling makeup, start out by concealing any imperfections, including dark circles under your eyes or a tiny blemish. Don’t forget to tuck away your concealer in your purse just in case you need to do any touchups later as well.

Emphasize your eyes with eyeliner.
To make your eyes really “pop,” first apply a darker shade of eyeliner around your lower and upper lids. You can use black, brown, navy blue, amethyst, or olive green for a sweet and sultry look. Eyeliner defines your eyes, giving you even more emotion in your expressions. Don’t forget this important step!

Add a little sparkle to your eyelids.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to break out the sparkly eye makeup for a romantic and seductive look. Consider the Pulse collection by Vincent Longo – this spring and summer 2012 lineup includes light tans, browns, pinks, and silvery purple to give you a fresh and bold look no matter what your eye color.

Try false eyelashes for a long and luxurious change.
If you weren’t blessed with mile-long lashes, don’t worry. You can still glam up your look with fabulous falsies, extending the length of your natural ones with fuller, more defined lashes. Be sure to check your false lashes from time to time throughout the evening to ensure they are still staying put.

Consider wearing a clear or light lip balm instead of bold lipstick.
While you may love the bold red or fuchsia lipstick and lip stain products, your boyfriend or husband may not. Try to keep the color off his cheeks and collar and opt instead for a glossy or pearly lip balm or lip gloss that won’t leave smooch marks everywhere you kiss. As an added bonus, a flavored, moisturizing lip balm (like Palmer’s decadent Chocolate Cherry!) can add an enticing aroma as well as an even softer texture for your lips, making them ultra kissable.

Don’t forget the perfume!
A quick spritz of perfume completes your preparations and has you ready to stroll out the door or await your handsome date. Add just a touch of your favorite perfume to your pulse points – on your wrist or behind your neck. If you’re exchanging Valentine’s Day cards, consider spraying just a tiny bit and waving the card through the mist before you seal it up in the envelope.

These are just a few fun and sexy beauty suggestions for Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss our feature – What Should I Wear on Valentine’s Day?, and please share any additional tips or ideas you have in our comments below.

 

Exciting Super Bowl® Party Ideas from Food to Alternative Plans and Everything in Between

Super Bowl Party and Food IdeasSuper Bowl comes around every year, leaving us cheering for our favorite team or merely watching for the funny and over-the-top commercials that come out during breaks in the game. Whether you plan to host your own Super Bowl party or go to a friend’s house for the fun, be sure to consider some fun football food ideas, Super Bowl desserts, and so much more to make sure your big game day is complete.

Here are some of the popular Super Bowl articles we’ve shared on Life Love Beauty over the past couple of years, all gathered together in one place to help you ensure you have all the plans in place for your Super Bowl Sunday this year.

Food Ideas for Super Bowl Parties:
Consider these fun articles with football food suggestions and recipes to make your party a huge hit!

Football Shaped Food
Don’t just plan your menu for the Super Bowl party – make adorable, football-shaped appetizers, entrees, and desserts for your friends and family to enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Snacks, Appetizers, and Dessert Ideas
Consider the must-have chips and salsa or dip, easy no-fuss appetizers, and football themed cookie cakes!

Super Bowl Dessert IdeasFood Ideas for a Super Football Bash or Super Bowl® Party
Check out these ideas for easy apps, a variety of dip recipes, including a guacamole football field, and scrumptious dessert ideas like Rice Krispie mini footballs.

Super Bowl Party Food and Football Recipes
Don’t miss out on these classic football party snacks, like buffalo chicken dip, piggies in blankets, and more.

Tips for Hosting a Super Bowl Party or Making Alternative Plans:
Consider these ideas for Super Bowl decorating and hosting tips as well as different things you can do besides the traditional Super Bowl party.

Super Bowl Party Planning Tips – Decorating and Food Preparation with Football on the Brain
Try these awesome Super Bowl decorating and party tips from LLB readers – you’ll get some real-life tips from experience of hosting parties year after year!

Cool Traditions and Other Fun Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday
The entire day doesn’t have to revolve around watching the game. Try these fun activities on Super Bowl Sunday as well.

What other fun Super Bowl ideas and traditions do you enjoy? And what do you think about these suggestions? Please share your thoughts in our comments below!

 

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter Review

Palmer's Chocolate Cherry Lip Butter ReviewIt’s no secret that I am a sucker for just about all things chocolate. From candy and desserts to a chocolate scented heat wrap and cocoa butter lotion, I’m always on the lookout for my next chocolate fix. When I heard about the new Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter, I couldn’t be more excited to try it. In addition to being completely enamored with chocolate, I am a total lip balm fanatic. It came as absolutely no surprise to me upon trying it for the very first time, that this Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter by Palmer’s is an absolute must-have product for anyone who loves chocolate and lip balms. I’m truly smitten.

First, you remove the cap on the generous tube of lip butter to unleash a tantalizing aroma that reminds you of the most decadent chocolate desserts and sugary concoctions. (We also once tried a chocolate-cherry wine that also hit similar chords of pure bliss.) The scent alone makes this product one you won’t leave home without. As you smooth the creamy lip butter onto your lips, the texture is so soothing and delightful that you can’t imagine you’ve lived without this lip product until now. Chapped, dry, and even wind-burnt lips gain instant relief from this incredible product.

Of course, what you really want to know is all about the chocolate and cherry flavors. Paired together, this is an unbeatable combination that brings memories of holiday cherry cordials and Valentine’s heart boxes with only the best chocolates inside. I swear I could even taste a bit of the tantalizing chocolate and cherry flavor on the first application. The sweet scent lingers as long as you wear the lip butter, and I’m glad to say that reapplication is needed much less frequently than typical lip products. Oh, and the lip butter is a clear and creamy gel with a petrolatum base that adds a touch of glossy shine to your lips – you can wear it under or over your regular lip color products.

The scent and texture alone make this product a complete steal for the unbelievably low $2 or $3 that you’ll pay for a .35 oz tube, but you’re going to love all the other benefits that come along with it. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter contains Vitamin E and real Cocoa Butter to soothe your lips while softening, adding moisture, and warding off dryness and that chapped appearance that is so common for so many of us this time of year. The cherry and Vitamin E ingredients bring the power of antioxidants while the Cocoa Butter adds protection and healing properties each time you apply. And in case you didn’t know, the addition of dark chocolate triggers the endorphins for a blissful state of mind.

In full disclosure, I received one tube of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter for the purpose of this review. The fact that I got this lip goodie for free plays no part in my review – I would have gladly paid double the MSRP for this product based on how it’s performed and how much I like it so far. (But don’t tell Palmer’s that!) Even using this product just three times since receiving it, I can’t be happier with the results. The emollient lip butter keeps my lips soft, smooth, and hydrated, which is so important to me, especially in the wintertime.

Lastly, whether you are attached or single, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter is truly a feel-good product that you should pick up for yourself in time for Valentine’s Day. Even if you are planning to celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day, you really can’t blame the chocolate. The flavor and fragrance make this one of my honest-to-goodness, must-have products – seriously, if you love chocolate and lip gloss products, trust me on this one. For a meager $2.25 retail price per tube, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you might just retire some of your other go-to lip products.

 

Cute, Modern and Classic Songs for a Baby Lullaby Playlist or CD

Usually the most thoughtful gifts and gestures are those that come from the heart. Consider making up a fun iTunes playlist or mixed CD of songs for your own baby or as a gift for an expecting friend or family member. No doubt this caring gesture is one that mom and baby can enjoy together even before baby is born. The songs can be simple and melodic or truly baby themed all the way. You should try to keep a consistent theme in your playlist and create multiple baby music playlists if you feel so inspired. Consider these suggestions for cute, modern songs for a baby lullaby playlist to play for an unborn baby.

As you plan the modern songs for baby playlist, keep in mind the typical music preferences of the mom-to-be as well as the tone of each song. Seek songs that are soft and melodic and peaceful to listen to, while still upbeat and pleasant. The music should be overall happy and sweet sounding.

Here are some suggestions for songs to include on a baby lullaby music playlist or mixed CD:

1.       Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

2.       You Are My Sunshine – Liliana Rose

3.       What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

4.       Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Rod Stewart

5.       Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

6.       Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

7.       The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin

8.       Open Arms – Journey

9.       Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind

10.   Sail Away – David Gray

11.   Babylon – David Gray

12.   You Belong to Me – Jason Wade

13.   You Were Meant for Me – Jewel

14.   Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

15.   You and Me – Lifehouse

16.   Breathing – Lifehouse

17.   Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Another option for mom and baby to enjoy music together would be the wide selection of CD sets. This series of compact discs covers everything from melodic Beatles midis to toned-down, lullaby renditions of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, and so many others. You can find just about any mainstream band that the mom-to-be enjoys in this collection of modern lullabies.

You might also want to make a playlist of classical music to enjoy with your little one. Consider sweet, melodic songs like Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and even some of the romantic classical tunes often used in weddings, like Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Bach’s Air on the G String. Babies are said to enjoy the songs of Mozart while sometimes showing dislike for songs of Beethoven, exhibited by more intense kicking.

If you would like to bond with your baby before he or she is born, consider playing music and enjoying tunes together for a few minutes each day. You can use old school headphones on your belly or take advantage of a soft and cuddly alternative – the Lullabelly Music Belt, which grows with you in your pregnancy. This item has an adapter that allows you to listen with headphones while a small speaker delivers the proper decibel of sounds to your baby in the womb through your tummy. The Lullabelly product paired with a baby lullaby playlist or iTunes gift card can be a fantastic baby shower gift that the mom will cherish for this baby and any subsequent siblings to come.

What other songs can you think of that would fit nicely on a baby songs playlist or mixed CD? Please share them in our comments below so others can benefit from your great ideas. We’ll be sure to update the article as well.

 

Two Great Products from Smashbox

I received the Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Original and the Photo OP Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot for the purpose of this review. The products come in sleek packaging made using Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified paper and soy inks. Like all Smashbox cosmetics, these products are cruelty free, paraben free, and made with good-for-your-skin ingredients.

The colorless Photo Finish Foundation Primer glides onto skin smoothly, feeling neither like a powder nor a liquid. The light weight oil-free formula can be used alone or under foundation. The combination of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract, and green tea acts as an ideal base for your look.

The formula moisturizes your skin while perfecting the image of your skin by filling in lines and reducing the appearance of pores. Only a small dab is needed to make your foundation really last the day. Photo Finish Foundation Primer will not only give you totally photographable skin, but also skin that’s soft to the touch!

The Photo OP Eye Shadow Trio in Covershoot come in three natural color shades for your eyes. These coordinating hues are easy to use to make your eyes really pop! The trio provides you with a mistake-proof base, contour, and highlight color than you can play around with or use the tip on the back of the palette as a guide. (Many Smashbox palettes feature step-by-step instructions for application to create the perfect look.)

The trio features three subtle shades: Flirt, Dusk, and Haze. Flirt is a glittery cream hue to highlight your eyes, ideal for application from the lashline to the brow. Dusk is a great base for the trio and comes in a shimmery light brown. Use Haze as the matte brown contour in the crease of the eye. These easy to blend colors are sure to give you a low-key look for the office or a weekend outing.