Sunday, November 11, 2018

Best High-Tech Beauty gifts

The Legend airbrush system
from Luminess Air.
When one thinks of technology, they often think of innovation, creativity and the most importantly - growth. Without technology, there is no growth and without growth there is no progress. And without progress there is no way to evolve. Everything that has been done can only be recycled so many times before it becomes banal and useless. Technology is all about change, as technology is all about going upward and moving forward. High-tech has changed the evolution of the world, including the world of beauty. The question remains; however, what are the best high-tech beauty gifts this year?

PMD Personal Microderm - Microdermabrasion allows you to remove various layers of dry, dead skin from your face and body. Although you can remove this using a traditional face scrub, this device helps you exfoliate over 700% times more than a regular, standard scrub. If that isn't high-tech, I don't know what is. As a $179, this device is available for only $159 and for $40 more, you can upgrade to the PRO device.

Clarisonic SMART Profile - Not only will this high-tech beauty gem remove your makeup over 11 times better than the traditional hand wash method, but it removes various environmental stressors such as pollution, etc. 30 times better than the same method. Can you believe it? This system features four speeds and reads everything including the brush heads you place with it. Whether you are searching for a smarter cleanse that is more powerful and effective or simply looking for that life changing device, this is it. For just $265, this facial and body cleansing device really is SMART.

Luminess Legend Airbrush System - This airbrush system works generously to prevent and eliminate cross contamination. It is also compact and fits in most handbags. For under $250, this high-tech airbrush system provides you with easy, quick and most importantly, long-lasting application while delivering real results. This entire set has everything you need to put your best face forward. This is truly a legend.

FOREO LUNA - It isn't everyday that you will find a device that features a deep yet gentle facial cleanse that also provides your skin with anti-aging technology that works to reduce fine lines and prevent them from happening. This little high-tech gem also firms the skin. Normal skin, check. Combination skin, check. Oily skin, check. Sensitive skin, check. For under $200, this is a hybrid in it's own right and is truly amazing for every skin type. Right now you can save 30%.

The Conture - When it comes to beauty-forward essentials, this revolutionary device works to stimulate your skin by gently lifting and releasing target skin areas using an unique vacuum system. As a pain-free and safe beauty tool, you can expect real results. Great for both the face and the neck. Available for just $199, the Conture launched several years ago and still remains to be a real tried and true gem in the world of beauty.


DermaFlash 2.0 - Utilizing sonic technology, the DermaFlash proves why it should be on your Christmas List this year. Whether you have normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and even sensitive skin; this device will work to exfoliate your skin by removing the dead skin cells from beneath the surface. Great for those who suffer from uneven skin tone and depigmentation, it will also remove any excess facial hair (or "peach fuzz") too. For just $189, this award-winning device is not just one of the greatest high-tech beauty gifts of 2018 but one of the greatest devices of the year.

NuFace Mini Toning Device - Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this FDA-approved device delivers real results within just a week. I have used this incredible device and noticed results immediately, which was surprising as I didn't think it existed. Not only will this device both contour and tone your skin, it will treat acne and acne breakouts too. Perfect for traveling, this is one of the greatest high-tech beauty devices of 2018. For under $200, you can make any beauty lover's year this year.

T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer - Implementing and executing IonAir technology, this digitally controlled gem offers five heats with two speed settings, allowing your hair to dry effectively without destroying it. It also features an actual volume control switch which is essential for achieving a real, tried and true salon look. I have tried many different hair dryers this year, but always find myself loving the blow outs this one creates. If you know someone who needs a hair dryer or anyone who just loves their hair, I'm pretty sure they will love this beauty gift also.

GHD Platinum+Professional Styler - What I love most about this styler is the fact that it works to straighten and smooth your hair without pulling your hair. For under $250, this flat iron features an amazing hinge, advanced floating plates, an incredible heat protector, an universal voltage and automatic shut off along with a sturdy swivel cord making one of the first of it's kind and one of the best high-tech beauty gifts right now.


TRIA Beauty Hair Removal 4X Laser - This FDA-approved device really proves that you don't have to spend thousands on hair removal treatments, when you can remove hair both effectively and efficiently in the comfort of your own home. Yes, this device is powered by the same technology (Diode) which is used often in many clinics. If you don't believe me, just take a chance as this product also comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. And for Black Friday (November 23, 2018) you can save 15%. In fact, I think this deal is right now so it get it before it is gone. You won't be disappointed.

FOREO ISSA mini 2 - Made from durable silicone, this toothbrush is as innovative as it gets. Using Sonic Pulse technology, the ISSA mini will not only effectively clean your teeth, but protect your teeth too. On top of that, you use your phone to charge it. Available in 4 fun colors, this toothbrush is a new approach to dental care. For under $120 (and currently on sale for under $100) this toothbrush is great for children, teens and adults and the perfect high-tech gift for every beauty lover in your life.

Baby Quasar Pure Rayz - LEDs emit natural wavelengths of light which work to stimulate your skin's cells. As an FDA-cleared device that is compact, this is one of the best ways to reduce wrinkles. Great for every skin type and skin tone, this award-winning device uses 40 LEDS along with four distinct wavelengths of light, which work for even penetration. On top of that, you are getting the highest power of output which means you are getting a high level of collagen production. For under $250, you can expect to notice results within a few weeks.

Juverest The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow - As one of the newest ways to deal with facial wrinkling, this pillow works to minimize facial contact with the pillow surface. In short, this prevents wrinkles from happening. Made from 100% polyurethane-foam, this is very soft and comfortable. For under $160, this pillow not only works to prevent and repair sleep wrinkles, it changes your entire sleep regimen which reduces further damage. And as it does this, corrects both neck and back alignment. What makes this pillow high-tech? This pillow helps maintain a youthful appearance.


Nutra Luxe MD Nutrastim Pro Hair Laser Comb - What I found fascinating about this handheld, cordless high-tech beauty device is the fact that it utilizes laser light to stimulate hair growth. And although it is considered low level, it has proved to treat those individuals who suffer from acute hair loss including those who suffer from moderate alopecia. The guarantee is real and if you are dissatisfied you can send the device back for a refund. But trust me, this works. Available now for $279, you can use code: Save20 to save money on this wonderful FDA-approved gem just in time for the holidays.

Beauty Bioscience GloPro - What do you get when tiny microneedles gently separate the skin's and create imperceptible micro-channels? This device. This beauty gadget also uses the skin's natural regeneration response to create new cells. Kind of like how a plant uses light via photosynthesis with an amplified effect. Offering four unique tips, this is the ultimate game changer in beauty. #Glogetter approved.

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Pro - Created by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, this high-tech hair gem leaves a lot to desire. In fact, what makes this curling iron so fabulous goes beyond it's beveled design and tourmaline infused with gold powder to protect your hair. It rotates automatically and will rotate left and right, depending on the direction you are going and side you are curling. For under $200, this rotating curling iron is truly innovative and guides you into true hair glamour and greatness.


LumaRx Full Body Hair Removal Device - Utilizing Professional Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL) technology, this device offers five energy levels which work to customize your treatments. Not only does this product guarantee 94% permanent hair removal in just three treatments, it is ideal for both large and small areas of the body. So, you can use this product on your legs, your arms, and even your face too. Using ComfortFilter technology, this product is safe to use. For under $450, this high-tech beauty gadget is a real, tried and true steal.

Kathy Ireland Skincare by ReVive Anti-Aging Light Therapy - After using this product you will notice that your skin's texture and tone will improve dramatically, as will your actual skin. Skin will appear more radiant as the collagen and elastin will be stimulated. This is one of the most natural yet effective ways to treat an array of skin issues. This FDA-cleared light therapy device features a portable device for under $50, a clinical device for under $170, and full-face beauty panel for under $400, making it one of the most effective high-tech additions to the beauty world right now.

CandyLipz Lip Pump - Featuring four unique models, this device is for every lip under the sun. Whether you have thin lips or full lips, this device works efficiently and effectively to plump and lift your lips. Studies have been conducted and show that lips increased almost 40% from their original lip size. The results are very much real, making CandyLipz lip pump one of the best high-tech beauty gifts there is. For under $70, you will not find another device as impressive as this one for the price point.

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand - For $270, this styling wand features three unique barrels that are powered by tourmaline and infrared technology which work to prevent heat damage. Using 5 settings, this wand also features an interlock system that makes it easy to change the barrels while prevents your hair device from overheating. Aside from that, it includes heat-resistant gloves and a mat which is quite secure. Great for all hair types, this is a winner.

iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase - Featuring a thread count of 249, this pillowcase uses 100% Cupron copper oxide polyester, which works to restore and renewal your skin while you sleep. As an essential mineral with many benefits, copper is used to stimulate the natural proteins in your skin while protecting your skin's natural acid mantle. Grab yourself a standard size for only $60 or a king size for only $15 more and you are good to go.


Lumee Duo Phone Case - This phone case provides your phone with both front and back facing lights. Featuring studio lighting which includes a half an hour of brightness, this case uses Tapering Light Technology. It also includes a rechargeable battery, so you can use the case again and again and again. Although this is much different compared to other beauty gifts I have featured in this article, I had to share this one with you. I love my Lumee cases and have not used anything, but these on my phone for the last three years.

TRIA Beauty 'SmoothBeauty' Eye Wrinkle Laser - What I love about this terrific TRIA Beauty addition is the fact that it uses the skin's surface to penetrate microscopic zones within the skin, treating and preventing aging. Amazing right? And as a result, this device stimulates collagen and elastin production within the area, promoting and generating new skin cells. This beauty gadget is both safe and effective, as it is FDA-approved. I have used this product sporadically for about a year now and I don't have any crow's feet or fine lines around my eyes. 

LightStim for Acne - There is something that should be said about LED light therapy. It delivers lights the same way plants absorb light or light energy from the sun. When plants grow, they grow because of this. Now imagine your skin. What happens when LED touches your skin? It grows the same way. This device works to regenerate and restore skin proteins and cells. For under $170, this is the best high-tech beauty gift for those looking to prevent, correct and repair acne. It is efficient, effective and the best way to clear up acne. Say goodbye to breakouts, say hello to beautiful skin.

Sultra 'The Bombshell' Curling Iron - Whether you have ultra-thick hair or ultra-thin hair, dry or damaged hair, than this hair device is for you. Using ThermaTru Ceramic technology, this curling iron works to prevent your hair from heat damage. Great for those with color treated tresses, this spectacular Sultra addition also includes auto shut off features too. For only $130, this curling iron is one of the best high-tech hair gifts you can buy this year.

When it comes to cutting edge technology, these beauty essentials definitely prove why they are the best gifts to give this holiday season. Whether you are a high-tech beauty junkie like me or know someone who enjoys an unique beauty gift, these options are perfect. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Sumit

Happy Birthday Sumit!
I am a firm believer that the best things in life are not free, but rather happen naturally. You see, several months ago I met a wonderful man from North India. We would talk sporadically about life and liberty, but just on a platonic, friendship level. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by him in many ways. He was not only intellectually endowed, but strikingly handsome with more drive than NASCAR. And the fact he had direction towards goals and pursuits and not the local dive bar was impressive. One thing that was very obvious to me was the fact that every time he would say anything to me, I felt as if I were speaking to someone who possessed supreme wisdom (which is a rarity in this world, especially in 2018), as everything he said was projected both skillfully and perspicaciously.

After about a month of talking everyday, we both realized that we loved each other. It was not planned. It just happened. And as our love continues to grow more and more, each and everyday, I find myself falling more and more, head-over-heels in love with him. Does that make sense? There are so many things I love about him. Where do I start? The way he expresses his thoughts as if he's lived for centuries, the way he can describe something and possess so much knowledge about it, his spirituality and how he sees good in almost everything, his loyalty and devotion, as well as; his dedication to me and the love we have and of course, his sparkling brown eyes and incredible smile.
My boyfriend Sumit.


Falling in love can be hard, yes and may also be even more complicated than solving the hodge conjecture; however, when love happens naturally and finds you, that is what makes the love greater and in the end, the love I have for 'Sumit' makes the world go round. You see, Sumit (that is his name) gives me a reason to not only love and appreciate him, but myself, my life and those around me too. He made me realize that life is valuable and every minute, second and moment is a memory-breeding journey that can take you virtually anywhere in life, as long as you let it.

Sumit, taught me so many vital lessons about life and has allowed me to experience what happiness truly is, as he brightens my day everyday. He told me never to regret anything in life and live life like it is your last day, every day. He also taught me that amazing things can happen when you don't try to look for them and that a light at the end of the tunnel exists. He encourages me to be a stronger, well rounded person daily and for that I am truly grateful. With a heart of platinum, there is no one on the planet like Sumit. He is someone I can see myself growing old with and if I am being honest with myself, I would say that I can see myself with him forever.

Sumit (and I know you are reading this) I want you to know everyday with you in my life is a true blessing. I am so lucky to be the one to grow with you. You are truly the love in my heart and the love of my life. In the end, we are made for each other. Sumit, I am so thankful that came into my life, as there is no one on earth who can take your place. You make me the happiest I have ever been. I wish you only the best life can bring you, as I wish you the best success, joy, and prosperity. You are my sun, my moon and my star. And whether near or far, I love you so much. Happy Birthday!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Vegetarian Indian Style Butter Chicken

Recently, I have discovered so many things about the Indian culture. As rich as it is, it is also exotic and filled with an array of uniqueness that goes beyond what I can put into words. At least today. One of the things that I love about India is the food. And because the population is so large, their cuisine varies upon region. Utilizing agriculture and farming, most dishes are plant-based and/or vegetarian with the exception of a few. India offers quite a few staples, with one of them being butter chicken.

I decided to create a plant-based, vegetarian rendition of this classic dish. Originating from New Delhi, this North Indian classic uses dahi, garam masala, ginger, garlic, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, black salt, and black pepper. To give it more of a vibrant flavor, you can add some lemon juice to it. To thicken the sauce, you can also add some butter or even some curd. I decided to add all of the above. As it took a little bit of time, everything was executed very well. I added a lot of butter to this dish, as I didn't have any ghee at my disposal.


When originally creating this dish, I was thinking of using another plant-based alternative from Gardein, but instead went with the Gardein Chick'n Strips. I decided to cook the sauce in a regular standard pan before adding the Chick'n Strips. This chicken is not only soy-free, it is dairy-free and certified kosher. I decided to cook the entire dish on low-to-medium heat as the plant-based chicken alternative was completely thawed out in the refrigerator.

Before plating, I made sure that the chicken had a good texture. When I originally added this to the pan with the sauce, it was soft with a modestly slimy texture. It is crucial that it is firm when it is cooked. After stirring multiple times to check, I knew that my cooking was done for the evening.

As I plated the food, I decided to garnish it with some homemade curd I made. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I am looking forward to making this again, only trying another vegetarian and/or vegan, plant-based chicken alternative. If you are a vegetarian looking to enjoy one of the greatest dishes from Bharat, this is it. From my home to your home, Namaste.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing

I literally have the greatest boyfriend in the world. I first met Sumit several months ago. We had an immediate connection. He is literally fascinating on every level, as he is a polymath, a renaissance man. When I speak to him, it is as if I am speaking to someone who has lived over 5,000 years. In spite of being intelligent, starting college at just 16 years old, I found myself compatible with him in many ways that go beyond intellect.

As our love continues to grow, I can honestly admit that he is the one I want to grow old with, as he is someone I can see myself with for the rest of my life. He inspires me everyday and he makes me the happiest I have ever been in years.

Today, he took the initiative to surprise me with this cake. This birthday cake uses an image of me which I took several months ago for him. I wrote on my hand, showing my love and appreciation for him.

As the image is made out of edible sugar, the cake itself is an impressive dynamic of flavors. It is a vanilla pineapple cream cake with several layers, glammed with gold icing that is a mango flavored buttercream which is garnished with maraschino cherries and edible pearls. And of course the "Happy Birthday" d├ęcor was added to show it's a birthday cake. One candle was placed in the heart on my hand.

I love you so much Sumit. Thank you for making my day brighter and better. Words cannot express how deeply touched and moved I am. You are truly the love of my life.

Monday, October 1, 2018

First Dinner of October 2018

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am always innovative in the kitchen and if you know me already, you know how much I love to cook. Tonight is no exception. As today is the first day of October, I decided to treat myself to a classic yet amplified version of the classic veggie burger utilizing organic baby arugula, red onion, and homemade thousand island dressing (which consists of buttermilk, a little bit of mayonnaise and some ketchup) on a homemade sweet pineapple roll which I toasted using only butter.

The veggie burgers were beer battered with butter before I placed them on the other side of the bun, which was also toasted. I wanted something a little extra to this vegetarian comfort food so I took the liberties of adding some classic veggie bacon which was also beer battered in butter.

Amazing right?

And that is not all. To cheese it up, I used mozzarella and butter in a hot pan followed by a teaspoon of cream to melt the cheese down before drenching both the bacon and burger in it (the cheese that is). I added some of the cheese to the bottom bun for good measure and to make it that much more appealing. Who doesn't love cheese?

I didn't add anything else to the veggie burgers, but did enjoy them with Perrier mineral water. This is 100% vegetarian. You could create a vegan version of this using plant-based cheese and sauces instead of dairy.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Princess Night by Vera Wang

Princess Night by Vera Wang
Introduced in 2011 by Vera Wang, this romantic fragrance hit the shelves in January of 2012. Princess Night is best described as a spicy yet oriental fragrance that includes fruity, floral, and woody notes. What do I think about this perfume?

PROS

The top note is definitely a warmer note. It is a combination of sugar with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. The raspberry note is very evident in this fragrance, which I love. I can smell several other fruity notes that remind me of a combination of cherry and honey dew. The fact that it is more fruity than anything else makes me really love this perfume.

I am not a fan of musk notes, but what makes me enjoy this fragrance is that the musk note is very subtle in this fragrance. The jasmine and rose notes really bring this fragrance together along with the woodsy scents.

The bottle is something to not only love, but appreciate. It is heart-shaped, covered with dark glitter. The cap resembles a silver crown with a hint of bling. This makes the bottle novelty chic.

After applying this fragrance early in the morning, it lasted 12 hours and still managed to last an additional 3 hours on top of that. The scent life of this perfume is fantastic.

The sillage is moderate, as it isn't overpowering at all. In fact, you will get compliments more so than any criticism.

Personally, I think anyone would love this fragrance because it is one of those that is great for anyone. Although it is very different from Aquolina's Pink Sugar, there are some similarities in note collaborations that make this fragrance a lot like that one.

CONS

If you are into musk notes, as well as, intense floral notes; you may not find Princess Night appealing. If you are prefer clean scents or if you are into extremely fruity or citrus fragrances, you may not like this perfume. If you enjoy earthy notes, you will not find this fragrance appealing.

Not every fragrance in the world is for everyone, so if you are into mature scents that emphasize on using musk, woody, and powder notes or you are into uni-sex scents that combine various floral, woody, and spicy notes; I don't think this Vera Wang addition will interest you.

RATING - 92%

Vera Wang's Princess Night is available at FragranceNET for $48.19. Would I use this fragrance again? Absolutely. In fact, I just sprayed some 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend this fragrance to a friend? Yes, especially to those that love fruity yet warm scents. For more information about this product, please visit FragranceNET today.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar in the style of OneRepublic. Yes, I took the liberty of recording this song several hours ago from my iPhone via Smule app. I used the Super Pop filter which is exclusively available to those who are VIP members of Smule. I tried something different with the song.

The song is a great fusion of rock, soul, funk and pop rolled into one tune. I've always loved and appreciated OneRepublic for their strong ability to cover an array of genres and making them work. I am a fan of many songs by them, but Love Runs Out is one of my favorites.

To listen to the song, just click the arrow in the video below...
 
 
If the video doesn't play, to listen to the song, simply click here right now. #SMULE