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Showing posts with label SarahAfshar. Show all posts

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" décor 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.

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Master Cleanse Detox

 
The Master Cleanse Detox
 
Lemon Juice, Grade B Maple Syrup, and Cayenne Pepper mixed with water. Drink nothing, but the detox for at least 5 days. Nothing else. To avoid hunger, it is very crucial to make enough of the detox to drink every time you feel hungry.

 
Not only is this guaranteed to detoxify your body, removing impurities, but it works to help you lose weight. But the question on everyone's minds is - does it work? The answer is yes. Absolutely. Results vary, but there are results for everyone who does this. And if you decide to extend this detox it is key to take breaks in between for avoid malnutrition.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rest in Peace Kate Spade

Very sad and devastated to hear about the death of Kate Spade. When I first heard about her death, I was very sad. As her death was ruled a "suicide" she is proof that mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. Building a $2.5 billion fashion empire from her Manhattan apartment, Kate is proof that everyone in life is going through some sort of struggle, no matter what their economic status is. And often times the pain is unseen.

Sometimes those who suffer in silence look for a way out and find themselves stuck in the darkness with no way towards the light. As there are many suffering in silence, it is very crucial to treat everyone respectfully as you never know what kind of battle they are fighting.

Kate Spade was a woman with a voice, a vision and a message in which she depicted in her fashion and accessories. She will be forever missed, as her fashion house will remain and Kate Spade enthusiasts will continue to embrace the true visionary Spade was.

I am praying for her family. RIP Kate Spade. #KateSpade

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Julep Nail Polish in Oscar

 
I have a confession to make, I am absolutely in love with Julep's Nail Polish in Oscar. I am not sure if it is because it is a gorgeous gold color (as you can see from my swatch) or the fact that the nail polish itself is long-lasting and truly lives up to it's marketed promise. It is fast drying and the color pay-off is one of the best I have discovered in a nail polish product which is a great thing as you don't need to reapply relentlessly. It is also easy to remove.
 
Either way, if you are looking for a vibrant yet intense gold glitter, the Julep Nail Polish in Oscar "It Girl" is one you will not only love, but appreciate. Julep does not test on animals (confirmed several years ago) as it is cruelty-free and possesses vegan-friendly ingredients.
 
Would I recommend this nail polish? Absolutely. Oscar "It Girl" is available right now at Julep for $14. My search for a vibrant glitter glam yellow gold nail polish has officially ended.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Norooz 2018: Sale No Mobarak

As many of you know, I am Iranian American. As I am quite proud of my Persian heritage and culture, I love to celebrate the Persian New Year (Norooz) every year.
 
Well tomorrow is Norooz As the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, Norooz is a holiday that equalizes both night and day, bringing you more than just a new dawn and a new life, but a new day. In fact, the Persian word "Nowruz" means new day. As the first day of Farvardin, it is also the first day of the March equinox and the first day of the Iranian Solar calendar.
 
To celebrate the holiday, Spring cleaning is essential as it symbolizes a "rebirth" of your environment. And for the Persian New Year, a "Haft Sin" table is set up which consists of Sabze, Samanu, Senjed, Serke, Sib, Sir, and Somaq. The items all include some sort of plant and/or food to represent them, which correlate with the planets in our universe.
 
Sabze includes grains such as barley, wheat, or lentil sprouts grown in a pot or a dish. The Samanu utilizes sweet pudding (usually made with wheat germ). Senjed is represented with olives, usually Persian olives. Serke uses vinegar. When it comes to representing Sib, apples are used. Sir is represented by garlic. And last, but not least the Somaq uses sumac.
 
And for every Persian New Year, this is the kind of things you will see on a traditional haft-sin table. Other things you will see on the table include: a living gold fish in a bowl, candles, a mirror, colored eggs, hyacinth, and other random decorations. Creativity is usually embraced, as not every haft-sin table looks the same nor are they created equal. A book of faith (some refer to this as a book of wisdom) is also added. As most Iranians are Muslim and embrace Islam, there are many (like myself) that are not Muslim, so I would not include a Quran at my haft-sin table.
 
Various food is prepared, primarily Persian dishes. Each day there is a new dish, as several are prepared per day. As most are non-vegetarian, I usually create these dishes using a plant-based alternative or if I am eating dinner with family, I request a vegetarian alternative to the dish. Most of the Persian sweets or desserts are vegetarian. When I am not eating baklava, consuming Persian tea, I love to enjoy dolma stuffed with rice and veggies, kuku sabzi (an amazing vegetarian-friendly Persian dish which utilizes various herbs and veggies), and sabzi polow (rice cooked with an variety of herbs as well as, noodles). Most of the time sabzi polow is served with fish, but I eat it alone or with Gardein's fishless filets.
 
I am looking forward to celebrating Norooz this year with family and friends. It is a time to both reminisce and relax. Although many enjoy celebrating before the holiday, the holiday continues days after. Enjoying great Persian food with Persian music and laughter, there is just nothing better.
 
Happy Norooz! Sale no mobarak! نوروزتان مبارک! من بهترین ها را برای شما آرزو می کنم!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nails Inc. London in Mayfair Mews

 
As part of the 2013 Christmas Cracker Collection, I must say that I truly do love Mayfair Mews. As you can see from the swatch, the Fibre Optic effect is amazing, as is the color itself. Although this is described as a midnight blue, I do notice an intense violet effect when applying this particular polish. I don't think it's really what I would dub as midnight blue, but either way, it's stunning and very unique, making it a true standout.
 
In terms of quality, I really enjoy the color pay-off. To me, that is important as no one wants to repeatedly apply multiple coats of the product. When I swatched this, I wore it alone so all you see is the entire effect itself.
 
This isn't a nail product I find myself using often. It's stunning but would be of zero interest to anyone who is not a nail enthusiast. Would I use this product again? To be honest, no. Would I recommend this product? Yes. This product is discontinued, but I do believe you can still find it on Amazon.
 
 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Larry Nassar is a monster

I first heard about Larry Nassar when one of his victim's contacted me directly several years ago. She explained to me what he did to her when she was a child. She also shared with me that she admired my strength, as she loved the fact I was defending Morgan Ingram, a woman who was stalked and murdered in late 2011. Over the last three years she and I talked via email as well as, over the phone. I informed her that she wasn't alone, as I am also a victim of abuse. I tried to convince her to make her story public regarding Nassar, but like most victims of abuse she was reluctant. Why was she was reluctant? She was simply scared. Scared of not being believed, of feeling alone and simply scared of being blamed. She told only her mother, father, sister, and a few friends including me.

I tried to inform several parties about this abuse directly using the power of the pen and my own natural right and freedom as an American citizen. And like every other sane individual who tried to defend his victims, we all received the same, banal response that implied his innocence. I also had several friends contact MSU and they received the same response. I knew he was a liar, but for some weird reason people were defending him there. I also knew there were other women, other victims who felt the same way as my friend did and were too scared to come forward. My only regret was not pushing harder; however, as this all evolves and the facts are brought to light, I am so very thankful the truth has been exposed about him and justice is coming. Tomorrow will be the day it arrives.

Larry Nassar is one of the worst monsters because Mr. Nassar used his credentials and his cunning yet crafty and calculated character to lure little girls into thinking the abuse was inherent, accepted and no acts were committed. Using bribery tactics, this disgusting low life also gave these girls gifts as a "thank you" for letting him touch them and molest them as a form of astute abuse so they would keep quiet. He is one of the worst kind of abusers and the sad thing is, there are others like him. His case is glorified because he ruined over a hundred lives. And the sad part about this all is, I honestly believe more women exist, but are too scared to come forward.

And shame on attorney Shannon Smith for her antics, especially the passively aggressive yet petty remarks she makes. In May of last year, the desperate prosecutor made a comment "I feel like we should say cheese." She's almost as bad as Hillary Clinton. She should have stuck with divorce as her forte and left the high-profile sex crimes alone. And as for being "very honest" the moment she defended this man is the moment her "honesty" became extinct. I will refrain from belittling her anymore, as she's irrelevant and most of the world already is. I can complain about her defending him, but I think if he would have taken this case on pro en se, he would have received the insanity plea and get a lower sentencing. So, it is good she defended him as his victims will not only receive justice tomorrow, but the last laugh.

Anyways, tomorrow is the sentencing. I received numerous messages from you, my readers, asking what I would do if I were the judge. I watched the videos, the testimony and read about this case. Wiping away the tears was impossible as the projection of empathy exuded relentlessly. If I were judge Rosemarie Aquilina, I would give Larry Nassar the maximum sentence in prison. He already received 60 years in December, I do believe for child pornography. So, I think he needs to do the maximum amount of time for all of the distress and anguish he put these innocent women through. 125-175 years. I would give him the maximum and I would make sure there was absolutely no possibility for parole. As much as I don't like to undermine the natural right of a human, I truly believe this kind of individual should not be allowed to practice medicine let alone have the opportunity to live life like a human. He is the type that needs to be confined to an area like a prison, where he can stop abusing children. In this case, little girls and live the rest of his life knowing what he has done because the death penalty would be an easy way out for this monster. And I must ask, why test on animals when you have people like Larry Nassar in prison? Only someone with a selfish agenda, mean streak and unhinged psyche would see this man as innocent and think he deserves nothing for what he did.

Unfortunately, these beautiful women (all 140, excluding others who haven't come forward due to fear) will be affected for life. They are the real victims and the only ones who deserve to be heard. The abuse they endured will leave permanent scars, especially mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. There is no price on a life, but every life holds value. The justice; however, will allow these women to start their path on the road to healing and that is a beautiful thing.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Nails Inc. London in Mayfair Lane

 
As part of the 2013 Christmas Cracker Collection, Mayfair Lane is a stunning new addition to Nails Inc. This is a full-coverage, red glitter polish. Although the red is intense, it isn't bright and quite cool in comparison to most red shades.
 
As this is considered to be a nail topper used to accessorize your nails and bling up your polish, it's quite pigmented when worn alone. As you can see from the swatch, it looks like a full-coverage, red glitter polish. And when I originally swatched the above photo, I wore Mayfair Lane by itself.
 
Would I use this product again? As this product is great, it is not for me to wear on a daily basis. Would I recommend this nail product? Yes. As popular as this polish was in 2013, I haven't been able to find it online at all as it is sold out virtually everywhere. I'll update this review with a link when I discover one.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar

When I first heard about Baby Quasar, I have to admit I was intrigued by the red light therapy concept. At first I was skeptical, however, all of that changed when I tried their most recent device, Pure Rayz. So, what did I think?

Week 1


After carefully reading the instructions, I used my Pure Rayz device about 16 minutes the first time I tried it. As this device includes an automatic timer (which I admit, I love) that shuts off the device after 4 minutes, I used it on my forehead, followed by the left and right side of my face, and then on my chin area. I did this for 7 days. I noticed results, however, they were not big. I could tell that the device was working.

Week 2

I continued the pattern of using this device at the end of the day for 16 minutes. I went with 16 minutes instead of 12 minutes simply because I wanted to get the highest power of output for maximum penetration of collagen stimulation and production.

Week 3


At the beginning of the third week, I decided to go tanning, as I wanted to look radiant for my vacation. I continued using the device every single day for 16 minutes. A few hours after I would tan, I would cleanse, exfoliate, and tone my skin. I didn't use a serum or a moisturizer, as I wanted maximum penetration. I would use the device after I did a simple skincare regime before applying a serum and moisturizer.

Week 4


After using this device for 4 weeks for 16 minutes a day, I noticed that the slight depigmentation my skin endured was practically gone. I also noticed that my acne scars disappeared. The acne scars that were still visible were highly minimized by 60%.

Week 5


As I contemplated and debated whether or not to use as a serum before using this device, I still continued using it without applying anything to my face. I was starting to see incredible results. I also noticed that my skin remained clear. As a woman in her early 30s who has suffered from acne on and off her entire life, I was so happy to notice that my skin did not breakout.

Week 6


I continued using the product as directed, but decided to also use the device on other areas of the body. These areas include: neck, décolletage, breasts, arms, thighs and stomach. As I continued the regular 16 minutes for my face, I went with 8 minutes for every area to see if the collagen production would continue. And guess what? It did. I think it was the end of this week that I realized this device really works.

Week 7


I continued using Pure Rayz every single day for 16 minutes. Some days I would use a serum before using this device and other days, I would exclude one. I decided to add an additional 8 minutes as I wanted to do both eye areas, including the area under my eyes (which is extremely delicate). I also wanted to incorporate my nose area too. One thing I noticed is that I had a headache on the Thursday of this week. I placed the device on my temples and it went away.

Week 8


After using the product for 8 weeks, I noticed amazingly epic results. I noticed that some acne scars that I have been trying to get rid of were completely gone. I guess you could say that I was sublimely happy with the results I received. Would I take advantage of the 60-day guarantee? Absolutely not. Why? Because Pure Rayz works.

PROS


When it comes to light penetration, I believe this device definitely delivers more than your average red light therapy device. In fact, I find that the maximum penetration is delivered when using Pure Rayz.

What I found amazing about the Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar is the fact that it not only works to treat wrinkles, depigmentation, and even scars, it also works to prevent acne. It may not be as effective as Clear Rayz, but it definitely works.

This device includes 40 LED lights total. This includes 20 red lights, 10 amber lights, and 10 infrared lights. There are a total of four distinct wavelengths of light which work together for even clarity.

What I found so impressive with this device is the fact that it is durable, plastic, and on top of that, it comes with a bag which makes it easy to travel. It's portable and compact in a sense where it will fit into your purse and/or handbag, as well as, your general carry-on bag.

At first I was kind of skeptical about using it on my skin, as my skin is combination and tends to change depending on my environment. When I first used this device, my skin was somewhat dry, however, there would be days where it was extremely oily. With that said, Pure Rayz literally works on all skin types.

I go tanning from time to time. My natural skin tone is a medium-to-tan with a neutral undertone, but right now it's leaning towards dark with a neutral undertone. This device works so incredibly amazing with my skin right now, as it did when I first used it. Whether you are light or dark, you can benefit from using this Baby Quasar device.

There is a 5-year warranty on this device. If you look at the price of $249, you would only be spending $49.80 per year on this device. When you visit a salon that offers various red light therapy treatments, including facials and peels, you can expect to pay way more than that. So, in a nutshell, it's quite affordable.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) has approved all of Baby Quasar's devices, including the Pure Rayz. If you are someone who follows the FDA and their regulations, you will definitely find this amazing Baby Quasar addition quite appealing.

After using the device for 8 weeks (as directed) it only takes a few days of week to maintain your results. And if you are unhappy with the results after 60 days, I have to admit that I love the fact that Baby Quasar offers a money back guarantee.

CONS


I find this device amazing, however, after using it for a week, I noticed that my skin would tend to dry out. My skin is combination due to my current environment, but it is naturally normal-to-oily. The dryness went away after using a good serum followed by moisturizer. I also incorporated exfoliation daily into my regular skincare regime to get rid of dead skin cells which also works to stimulate collagen production.

You can purchase Baby Quasar's Pure Rayz here or at your nearest Baby Quasar retailer for $199. Would I use this red light therapy device again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it 5 minutes ago.


Would I recommend it to a friend or family member? Yes. One thing is certain, I am definitely looking forward to what the future holds with Pure Rayz because so far, the results have been astonishing. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

5 Reasons to Shop at FragranceNET

Located in the heart of Deer Park, NY, FragranceNET provides you with an extensive selection of genuine brands at only the lowest prices. With everything from fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy, and more; it is one of my favorite places to shop. So, what are 5 reasons to shop at FragranceNET?

1. Great Value. Recently when browsing FragranceNET.com, I discovered a Viva La Juicy fragrance set that I have had my eyes on. The set includes a 3.4 oz of Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy eau de parfum, a 4.2 oz body lotion of the amazing fragrance, and a 4.2 oz shower gel. Normally this would cost about $115 if I were to purchase this elsewhere; however, I was able to find this amazing product for the bargain price of $63.19. How is that for great value?

2. Extensive Selection. Not only does FragranceNET offer one of the best selections you will ever find on the world wide web of fragrances, they also offer skincare, makeup, hair care, aromatherapy, and candles. Yes, candles. I was about to find a Northern Lights Candle in Warm Cinnamon Buns for only $12.50. It is literally the best scented candle I have ever smelled.

3. Discontinued Items. I have been searching for Vera Wang's Princess Night for the longest time. As a huge fan of this particular perfume, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. When purchasing the 3.4 oz eau de parfum elsewhere, you can be expected to pay $75, if not more. I was able to get this perfume for only $48.19. How cool is that?

4. Great Customer Service. A business with bad customer service is like a blue sky without sunshine. It's extremely depressing and can really hurt a business. Luckily, you will not find bad customer service at FragranceNET because it just doesn't exist. Not only is the staff prompt, but they always manage to help you no matter what problematic issue you are enduring. You have to love that.

5. Product Guarantee. When you shop here, you can be expected to find only original and authentic products. In fact, if you read FragranceNET's FAQ section on their website, they promise you only genuine products. They do NOT carry knock-offs or imitations.

FragranceNET also offers free shipping on every order of any size, which I absolutely love. For more information about FragranceNET, please visit FragranceNET today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum

Darphin is an internationally known skin brand located in the heart of France. Established in 1958, this line of skin care was created by Pierre Darphin who has created some of the best skin care, body care, oral care, and spa related products in the world today. As one of the Estee Lauder companies, this skin care brand proves why they are one of the greatest lines in the world today. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum. So, what did I think?

PROS

What I find intriguing about this serum was the idea that it was designed to copy Pierre Darphin's deep massage, as it was designed to inflate the hallow zones of your face. And as a result, it is suppose to lift and tighten. I actually noticed results immediately after one use. Then, after a week, I noticed dramatic results. 

Some serums promise to stimulate the skin's cells and promote healthy skin renewal. I can honestly say that this amazing Darphin addition delivers real benefits which I discovered after just a week of using it daily everyday. If you think your skin looks tired today, this serum will wake it up tomorrow (or technically in a few days).

The texture of this serum is amazing. In fact, it has one of the best textures I have ever used. It isn't too thick nor is it too thin. Most serums that have amazing textures are either too greasy or tend to dry out, whereas; this texture does neither and sinks into your skin like a second skin. 

This serum works not only great for the face, but the neck and decollete too. 

Darphin does NOT test on animals. In fact, they are committed to the elimination of animal testing.

CONS

This serum uses Sea Emerald with Commipheroline. If you feel that your skin reacts to either of these ingredients, you may not be interested in this product. 

If you are into organic products, you may not find this product appealing.

If you are not willing to spend $300, let alone $310 on a serum, you are not going to be interested in this product. 

You can purchase Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $310. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used some now. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend over $300 for a serum. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture
Introduced in 2008 by Juicy Couture, this fruity floral fragrance proves why it is one of the best selling perfumes of all time. Viva La Juicy is infused with just the right amount of notes to give this acquired scent the recognition it needs. But the main question is: what do I think about this fragrance?

PROS

When I first smell Viva La Juicy, I can definitely smell a warm note. It reminds me of vanilla yet cocoa with a hint of praline, sugar, and caramel. The gourmand scents are evident, but not like some of their other fragrances. The next notes I detect are more fruity than anything else. A combination of berries. I can smell a hint of blueberry yet a hint of blackberry. As I continue smelling this amazing fragrance, I can pick up quite a few floral notes which are modestly faint, but hold the fragrance together. I can definitely smell honeysuckle followed by gardenia.

I can detect a little bit of citrus, but it's very mild. I can pick up on a few other floral notes. I am not sure what they are, but I am guessing a fusion of amber and jasmine. I can also smell somewhat of a woody note. I am going guess sandalwood; however, I could be wrong. In all actuality, this acquired smell is one of the best smells I have discovered yet.

The bottle includes the Juicy Couture label which is very classy yet stylish. It is accented with a bright pink/fuchsia bow which makes it cute. It is also eye catching and when you are done with the fragrance, you could spray it with some glitter blast and it would make an excellent bedroom accessory (just an idea).

Back to this fragrance. I have to say, one thing that was very evident was how long this perfume lasted. After working an 8 hour day, I noticed that I could still smell this fragrance on me. The scent life and longevity is quite decent which I truly enjoy. I've tried so many fragrances and you wouldn't believe how many perfumes smell amazing, but do not last long.

The sillage is not overpowering, which is nice. It's enough to get compliments more than anything. And a little goes a very long way.

CONS

If you are into musky scents or prefer powdery, aromatic, woody, aldehydic, spicy, or even leather notes you are not going to like this fragrance. If you are into fresh or clean fragrances that possess more earthy notes that are more animalistic or smoky, I don't see you finding this fragrance appealing.


If you are looking for an extremely sweet fruity fragrance or something that morphs tropical and citrus into the blend, I don't think you may find Viva La Juicy interesting.

RATING: 93%

Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy is available at FragranceNET for $50.19. The Viva La Juicy set by Juicy Couture which offers the fragrance plus a smaller sized body lotion and shower gel is also available for $63.19. Would I use this fragrance again? Yes. In fact, I just sprayed some as I am typing this. I absolutely love it! Would I recommend this fragrance to a friend? Absolutely. Especially to those that love fruity yet floral scents.
For more information about this product, please visit FragranceNET today.
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My top 5 favorite nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics

 
From left to right: Myth, Fleshpot, Close Contact, Viva Glam II, and Crème d' Nude.
 
About the lipsticks...
 
Myth is simply a light nude with a satin finish. It's neutral, which I love. This is one of my favorite nudes by MAC because it works fantastic with my skin tone.
 
Fleshpot is best described as a pastel pink-beige. It's very faint and possesses a satin finish. I love the color payoff of this particular nude, as it simply works.
 
Close Contact is not as nude as the other lipsticks, but I enjoy it because it is a stunning amplified peach shade. This lipstick is limited edition, however; I am hoping that MAC decides to include this particular shade as a permanent selection.
 
Viva Glam II is simply a nude mauve shade with a satin finish. As one of MAC's best selling lipsticks since it's release in 1997, this is clearly one of the best nude lipsticks by Makeup Artist Cosmetics to date.
 
Crème d' Nude is what I would called a creamy warm nude. Almost like a pastel peach with a hint of beige. The finish is different from the prior lipsticks I have mentioned as it's more than a creamsheen finish.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System

When I first heard about a new skincare device that used next-generation, ultrasound technology, I guess you could say that I was ultimately intrigued by the concept. I never heard of any other beauty brand to use this type of technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to try JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System. What did I think?

Week 1

When I first opened the box, I was a little confused until I read the instructions. I discovered how simple this system actually is. This system includes: a professional quality ultrasound wand, a wall charger, a countertop charger, JeNu's Active-Youth Eye Treatment, and JeNu's Active-Youth Lip Serum. The serums both use advanced microsphere technology, which is ultimately appealing.

When you do your eyes, you are suppose to apply the serum directly onto the wand and use it for about one minute before applying your eye cream. When you do your lips, you simply follow the same method. You apply it directly onto the wand and massage your lips for about a minute. You can repeat as desired.

When I first used this product, I knew that the wand was turned on, but could not feel it instantaneously. Then, I noticed that I could feel a little bit of pulsating movement when I would move the wand to different areas. For the first week, I did both the eyes and the lips once a day. I noticed results after 5 uses and continued to see dramatic results after 7 days.

Week 2

After 14 days, I noticed dramatic results. The type of results where I didn't even have to wear makeup and every time I would go out to dinner, I was always getting asked to see ID when asking for a glass of Moscato.

As I am looking in the mirror, I notice that my eyes look brighter and tighter. No bags or dark circles. They look the same as they did when I was 17. I notice that my lips not only feel smoother, but look it too. I also notice that my lips look fuller, as well. After a week of using this device, the results were evidently clear - it really works.

Week 3

When reading the ingredients, I was quite surprised to know that JeNu's products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and GMO-free. They also do not contain any triclosans or phthalates. The eye treatment and the lip serum are infused with various oils, which is quite impressive.

As I look in the mirror today, I notice that my lips look a lot healthier than they did before using this device. I notice they do not feel nor look dry, which I love. I have endured the dreaded dry lip from time to time, however; that all went away after using the JeNu Active Youth Skincare System.

My eyes really don't need any treatment today. Heck, I am not seeing any reason to continue treating them everyday since I have used this device. I decided to stop using the system on my eyes with the eye treatment everyday and just using the treatment about twice a week for re-touch maintenance. I think my primary focus is on my lips for now which I do sporadically.

Week 4

I started using this device with other eye products, especially eye serums and I am noticing that this device does, in fact, increase the effectiveness of the product. The maintenance is fantastic, yes but using this device with other products is too. So, even if you don't use their products it works well with your favorite go-to holy grails.


After contemplating and debating whether or not I should use this product on my actual face instead of just those two areas, I decided to cave in and give it a try. Rest assured, it was a great decision. This amazing system also works on your face too. Can you believe it?

Verdict - This amazing skincare system really works. It really delivers more active ingredients into your skin than if you were to use just one standard beauty essential. The effects are intense and long-lasting. Whether you are looking for a little pick-me-up or simply looking for that extra lift, this system will work wonders for you. I definitely recommend this device to anyone who wants to both look and feel better.

The JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System is available at JeNu or your nearest JeNu retailer for $249. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it on my eyes, lips, and face about 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend it to a friend? Most definitely.

For more information about this product, please visit JeNu today.
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.


I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oral Rinse by Supersmile


Supersmile products including the
Oral Rinse.
Supersmile is an internationally known oral care brand created by the wife of Dr. Irwin Smigel, world renowned "father of aesthetic dentistry." Supersmile is known for pioneering teeth whitening, as well as: creating some of the best dental care products in the world today. Everything I have tried so far has been modestly good. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Supersmile's Oral Rinse. So, what did I think?


PROS


Out of every mouthwash I have used in the past 5 years alone, I have to say this one deep cleans the best. The Cetyl Pyridinium Chloride in this product also provides you with long-lasting protection which I personally love.

The Tetra Potassium Pyrophosphate truly delivers real protection, which I love. Mouthwash should always be effective, without being harsh and this one exemplifies that concept.

After using Supersmile's Oral Rinse I noticed that my breath was incredibly fresh. It was as if I ate a fresh mint leaf after brushing. The Sodium Bicarbonate really does work as a long-lasting germicidal fighter.

This incredible Supersmile addition is free of silica, as it is free of sulfates and parabens. It is also both gluten and sugar free. It does not possess any harsh chemicals, let alone questionable frenemies.

When it comes to the flavor and taste of this mouthwash, I have to admit I was modestly skeptical because I am picky when it comes to mint flavors. Needless to say, this one has an amazing mint flavor that isn't too sweet or faux.


CONS


Aside from the ingredients, if you are allergic evidently you would want to avoid this product. To be honest, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about this product. As much as I searched for something wrong with this mouthwash, I just can't find anything.

You can purchase Supersmile's Oral Rinse at Supersmile.com or your nearest Supersmile retailer for $16. Would I recommend this product to a family member or a friend? Most definitely. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. And although I want to believe there is something better out there, this mouthwash is as good as it gets.

For more information about this product, please visit www.supersmile.com today.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of May include:
 
Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Darphin Paris Stimulskin Plus Serum
Shiseido IBUKI Quick Fix Mist
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint
Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Lip Balm


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Dual
Action Moisture Boost Gel.
Skin+Pharmacy is one of the most underrated beauty brands you will discover this year. Offering an array of skin care essentials that work to restore and repair your skin, Skin+Pharmacy is exclusively available at CVS. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Skin+Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel.

The texture is outstanding, as this amazing Skin+Pharmacy essential has a very creamy gel-like texture more so than an oil, serum, cream or lotion. Using special Hydropore+ technology this product works amazingly to hydrate the most dehydrated skin without irritating it. The hydration is virtually instantaneous.

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, this fantastic face gel will help reduce them. It will also work to nourish the skin and provide your skin with an amazing balance that will not irritate nor disrupt your skin's natural acid mantle. Possessing an unique advanced mineral complex blend, you can use this product alone or pair it with your favorite moisturizer.

The gel-like texture allows this product to be used as a foundation primer. In fact, this product works as one of the best foundation primers you will use, especially if you suffer from dry skin and are looking for an outstanding base that will not dry up, flake nor fade throughout the day. If you are looking for the perfect lip moisturizer that also works to lock in your favorite lip product, this Skin+Pharmacy gem will do just that. This anti-aging add-on will prevent your lipstick from feathering.

This product also works amazing when used all over the body. You can use this on your neck, your breasts, your chest, your arms, your legs, your butt - everywhere. This product also works as a workout enhancer and a targeted treatment. If you wear a waist trainer, this product will become your best friend. As this amazing Skin+Pharmacy works as a natural thermogenic to increase circulation and promote sweating during your workout, it stimulates sweat glands.

Spring is near and before you know it, Summer will magically appear. What better way to embrace the season than with a tan so luminous, it will literally look like the sun decided to jump down and kiss your skin. Add a little bit of your favorite self tanning product to this gel-like gem and your skin will look and feel ultimately amazing. This product also works to heal both sun and wind burned skin too.

Although this product is not 100% natural, it is effective when used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer. And although it contains fragrance, it is fragrance-free and has no scent to it which one can really appreciate.

You can grab the Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel at CVS for $19.99. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this product to you? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing anti-aging addition visit CVS today.