Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

I know I haven't been writing a lot lately, as I have been extremely busy with my life, so I just wanted to write a quick blog post wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. My original goal was to be more active with this blog, but I have been so busy with my life that I have kind of neglected that. And to my readers, I wholeheartedly apologize.
 
My Christmas is ok. I got quite a few things from my family and friends. We had the chance to enjoy a great breakfast. Red Velvet Pancakes, Banana Bread French Toast, Lemon Curd Muffins and a bunch of other great things including homemade orange juice and sweet tomato smoothie. And in a few hours, we (my family and I) will have a delicious dinner. I am very anxious to enjoy a Gardein Roast for the 2nd holiday dinner this year followed by an array of sides including Persian Tahdig rice, Caprese kabobs, Sweet Corn Casserole, Pineapple Salad, Pretzel Salad and more. For dessert this year, I decided to make mini lemon bunt cakes with homemade cream cheese frosting, a red velvet cake with the same frosting, masala chai gelato and chocolate chip cookies.
 
So, to everyone who reads my blog, I hope you are having an amazing holiday with your family, friends and other loved ones. I hope you are surrounded by flavorful food, holiday hymns and laughter. I hope that this special day brings you happiness, peace, love and joy. Remember to never stop until the goal is reached and to always think positive.
 
From my home to your home-Merry Christmas!

Playing PUBG Mobile on Christmas

I started playing PUBG earlier than expected today, as I wanted to take a break from the kitchen to play. It is Christmas day after all and I spent most of the early morning cooking in the kitchen. My boyfriend Sumit introduced me to this game earlier this year and I have been hooked on it since.

I don't know what it is, but I feel like I kill more people when I play solo versus in a squad, but luckily was able to garner 8 kills today in addition to the famous chicken dinner against player/user Nothinez, in spite of my entire squad dying early on.

Amazing right?

My total reward for this game was 741 BP. I received 702 in experience with a kill rating of +106 and a survival rating of +54. My total rating for today's play was +76, which is ok for playing with a squad on the Erangel map.

Today's squad consisted of Maha77f, thatbitchxxx and abdalladweik. I was also able to get the titles "Gunslinger" and of course "Chicken Master". I was also MVP for this match too. And like every match, it is always a great time playing PUBG, no matter win or lose.

BTW, Merry Christmas.


Monday, December 17, 2018

My first PUBG Solo win

Today, I took the liberty of playing PUBG in a Solo match. With four maps to choose from, I decided to play Miramar, as I was looking to go straight down the list and play all four maps, back to back. I played Erangel several minutes before this map. I killed almost 20 people (which is a record for me) and ended up dying in the playzone running towards the circle.

Crazy right?

Well, just now I can admit that I am very happy to have won my very first Solo match on PUBG. In total, I received a total of 684 BP. I also gained 830 in experience. With a kill rating of +105 and a survival rating of +55, my total rating for this match was +75.
 I killed 8 players in this game total, including the final player bbk to garner the win and get the famous chicken dinner. I also received the Berserker, Gunslinger and Terminator titles.

On another note, several months ago, I downloaded the actual app for this game as my boyfriend Sumit plays, but had issues with it so I just deleted it without flinching. I never played a match at all and only entered the training room several times.

Just recently, I re-downloaded the app and decided to play. Although I was horrible the first few matches, I've become really good with time and experience playing. You win some, you lose some, but in the end it is so fun.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Only 10 days until Christmas

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day. You know, it dawned on me that it is December 15th today. I have to admit, it is so hard to believe it is December. It seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter, although it is technically not Winter yet as Winter is only four days before Christmas. But to think it is already December. Christmas is only in 10 days. That is only one week and three days away. And if you do the math, you will realize that the New Year is two weeks and two days away.  

On a much different note, a lot has been going on in my life and needless to say, I am very happy. As you are aware, I am dating a man from India. His name is Sumit. He is the same guy that I mentioned previously here on the blog in Spring, earlier this year. We have a strong connection that is a bit complex to explain in context, but easier to say in words. Does that make sense? Although I must admit, I could probably write quite a few epic love stories inspired by him. With that said, as our love continues to grow so does our connection, our chemistry, our compatibility and our communication. 

It is a very cold yet gloomy day here in Idaho today. As I have been working from 9 am until 5 pm everyday, I feel extremely tired on the weekends. As much as I contemplated going to the gym today, I decided to stay home and veg out. Right now I think I may export a few articles I've written in the past for now defunct publications (e.g. Yahoo! Voices, Examiner, etc.) and move them here to the blog. I know this would be a big project and I couldn't do it all today, as I have flushed out thousands of articles throughout the years. 

I'm also thinking for dinner I want to make homemade pizza. I've ordered pizza and I find that no pizza places around here compare to my homemade Margherita. I make everything from the sauce to the actual dough completely from scratch. I've made homemade cheese in the past, but that is probably the only thing that isn't homemade I would put on it tonight. At least at the moment. Buffalo Mozzarella is everything. 

When I was in Italy I remember how the older Italian ladies would make their sauce. They would crush up tomatoes straight from the vine, add herbs and place them on picnic tables in the hot sun for a day just to create their own paste. Utilizing this paste as a foundation, they would place multiple things (including more tomatoes) into a pot and cook the sauce all day long for that classic authentic flavor. I think I will save this for a separate blog post.

Ok, so today I took the selfie I am sharing. I took it about an hour ago, as I attended my company Christmas party. Shortly before, I had to do some shopping, as I didn't have the chance to. I never know what to get during gift exchanges so I went with a practical gift anyone can use - a portable charger. I like the one from Mophie because it's convenient and lasts a long time. I have one in black and one in white and love taking them everywhere, especially when I travel. 

And speaking of practical, I decided that since it is still technically Fall, I wanted to do an orange glam look that was both practical and wearable. The dress (although you cannot see) it is from Hot Miami Styles

For my makeup today, I used the following products: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5, Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Compact in the shade 4.5, OFRA Cosmetics Pro Contouring Cream PaletteBenefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5, Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner, Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 309, Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in M Orange 250, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the shade Black, and Ellis Faas Hot Lips in the shade L409. 

I think I want to eat now. I am hungry. Time to cook. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today LeBody launches in the United States

LeBody Form
In the world of beauty news today, Korean beauty brand LeBody has launched here in the United States. As one of the most high-tech, innovative brands in the world today, LeBody utilizes both LED light therapy and EMS mid-frequency, as well as, electrical ionization and micro-current technology to revive and refresh both your body and your face. Featuring targeted devices including LeBody Form (for the body) and LeBody Face (for the face), this world-renowned K-Beauty brand has a mission to make your skin look and feel amazing using only advanced beauty science.

Capturing only the latest and greatest in beauty technology, this Korean beauty brand continues to create portable beauty essentials that not only change your skin, but your life also. And as an internationally known trend leader, LeBody wants to bring those luxury lavish devices you see in doctor's offices to your home.

In fact, Ace Lopez the marketing manager of the brand recently shared, "our goal at LeBody is to take the high-end, advanced technology you see in luxury doctors’ offices, and bring that into the homes of people around the world." He continued, "with our targeted face and body devices, we are continuing to pioneer new methods of body slimming, skin lifting and generally improved health."

Why LeBody?

The portable face device LeBody Face uses electrical ionization and micro-currents to stimulate elastin in the skin for an instant lifting effect, while absorbing active ingredients. This device also rearranges collagen and improves the elasticity in your skin while restoring your skin's natural acid mantle. All you have to do is apply the cream and gel, before taking control of the hand-held device and switching it from the blue light to the red light. Then, just go evenly over your skin with an upward stroke. The results are not only instantaneous, but long-lasting too.
LeBody Face


Not just for the face

Utilizing only EMS mid-frequency, the LeBody Form device helps increase energy consumption, so it works to burn fat components in the body by directly stimulating, strengthening and activating those muscles for only slimmer results. The application embraces simplicity and is very easy to use as all you have to do is apply the high-quality LeBody cream, place the convenient device on the problematic area, lock in the secure strap and go on about your day.

For more information visit LeBodyUSA today.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Drawing the line on Fake News

I voted for Donald J. Trump in 2016
in Idaho. Today, I have no regrets
and am proud of the decision
I made to help elect him as president.
Silence is golden, as duct tape is silver, but the human voice is platinum, are wise words to live by. And I am thankful everyday that I can use mine. You know, the voice. But where do we draw the line on fake news? Fake news is simply yellow journalism which is created intentionally to spread malicious propaganda, hoping the reader will not only fall for it, but spread the story. This is in addition to hoping the masses will follow, embracing the domino effect. Most of the time those who spread such agitprop are looking for a reaction from the reader and of course money from the clicks to story itself.

What really happens when you spread Fake News

An unidentified third-party may contact a media outlet about Donald Trump. The reporter who first heard of the story has decided they dislike Donald Trump for his past behavior, so this reporter has made a decision that they want to take the information about the president and exaggerate it to fit their narrative.

Without fact checking nor separating fact from fiction, the story then becomes amplified with untruths just because that reporter has decided they do not like Trump. Kind of like taking an original classic song and adding an array of pro tools to make it sound better when really the song sounds overproduced and worse. Now, does the song sound anymore truthful because of it's overproduction? Maybe this isn't the best example.

How about this? It is a fact school shootings have occurred in a fascist nation of the land of free and the home of the brave (the United States), but one must consider the legitimacy of their stories as according to the NPR (with the help of non-profit Child Trends) in an article titled 'The School Shootings That Weren't' there are quite a few that never even happened.

Was the intent to create a school shooting to strip away our 2nd amendment right? Guns are portrayed as being weapons used to kill, but nothing is mentioned about the strengths of a gun and how they can protect the people. Although you may or may not ever hear about this in the news, fake news will never cover the strengths of ever owning any kind of rifle or pistol. The fake news also camouflages the harsh realities and aftermath of school shootings and hurts real victims testimonies.

Donald Trump Tries To Stop It

The president of the United States, Donald Trump has been dubbed a "loose cannon" for calling out this ongoing, problematic issue. Because of this, people see him as the problem and not the solution. Instead of being thankful for Trump's ability to address these ongoing issues and want to fix them, they want to make him the issue. Why? It is a well known fact that those who continue to embrace various news outlets tend to overlook the problem at hand and go after anyone who uses their voice to challenge the problem.

When Trump originally coined the "fake news" term he was merely defending himself from the lies and untruths being spread about him. The 45th president of the United States used his liberty to defend others who are also a target of this type of disinformation spiel and went on to dispute the puff pieces created by various fake news outlets trying to push Hillary Clinton into office. And because most of these zines lack identity, it makes litigation extremely difficult to pursue.

The End Result

If a reporter creates a story with one-dimensional, aggregated news content, does that mean the reporter is right and the reader is wrong for questioning it? What if that reporter covers a story, but neglects the points they are trying to make by concealing their views with deconstructionism and banal reductionism based on opinion and heresy? As everyone has the right to free speech and freedom of press is embraced in more ways than one, does this mean they have the right to publish whatever they choose to a platform with a bigger audience? Fake news is equivocally fabricated and manipulated as well as, relentlessly mocked to not just media and journalism, but to those who are engaged and affected by it. And because of its nature, it can cause more harm than not. There are consequences to every action and it is crystal clear these consequences are inevitable to avoid.

This goes with the question we all have-where do we really draw the line on fake news?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Get the Look: Dior Men 2019 Pre-Fall Show

Photo by Lorenzo Dalbosco/Dior
(used with permission)
In 1947, Christian Dior had a vision to become one of the world's biggest fashion empires, when he debuted his first collection. As we look at what has become of this world-renowned fashion house, we see nothing short of panache, epitomizing only elegance in both the world of fashion and the world of beauty. And as gusto as the Dior was then, today in 2018 his legacy lives on. Dior's newest collection for Pre-Fall 2019 was designed by Kim Jones and presented in Tokyo, creative and image director of Dior, Peter Philips created a dramatic yet cyber-chic look which he says is inspired by the great science-fiction classic "TRON".

So, is it possible to re-create this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the internationally known groomer prepped the models skin. Using only Dior beauty products, his goal was to keep the models' skin as hydrated as possible. "I hydrated the skin well with the Dior Homme Dermo skincare line." Philips applied the Dior Invigorating Moisturizing Emulsion followed by the Dior Pore Control Perfecting Essence and the Dior Anti-Fatigue Firming Eye Serum.

Then, Philips used the new Dior Backstage Line and Face Body Foundation. "This foundation helps obtain even skin and a clear complexion. I like it because it has an ultra-light texture and creates and incredibly natural impression," he shared with me. To complete the makeup portion of the look, he used the Dior Backstage Brow Palette followed by the Dior Diorshow Brow Styler.

The look created was used to complement the innovative fashion designs for the collection. "I created these silver 3D designers, some of which have a rainbow glimmer to replicate the new Dior Logo created by Kim Jones for this new Pre-Fall collection," Philips shared.

As the Dior groomer continued, he applied the actual Dior logo to some of the models just on the nape of the neck. He decided to go with a more abstract approach, so Philips applied individual letters just below the ear, as well as, on the forearms, the back of the hands and even on some of the fingers. "I wanted the look to have more of a metal sheath, as my goal for these futuristic decorations was to create a very 'robotic-chic' effect," Philips added.

The hair was styled by stylist Guido Palau, who gave the models a very structured look. For this look, Palau wanted to create a very futuristic yet cyber-rock effect with controlled volume.

This completes the grooming look for the Dior Men 2019 Pre-Fall Collection. For more information visit Dior today.


FTC: Press article for Dior. No affiliate links used.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Enjoying a veggie burger from Smashburger

Tonight, I decided to get Smashburger for dinner. Located in the heart of Meridian, Idaho on East Louis Drive, I was so hungry after work and took it upon myself to grab a veggie burger and French fries to-go. As the menu here is quite extensive, offering so many great options for both vegetarians and vegans, I inquired about ordering one of their newest and most popular burgers, the Triple Double using their black bean burger patty.

The Triple Double burger and is served on an egg bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. I wanted to substitute the bun for the pretzel bun. Not because I don't like the egg bun (because it is good) but because I've never tried the pretzel bun and it looks better. The burger comes with extra American cheese. I decided to go the extra mile and order extra American cheese and extra cheddar cheese or melted aged cheddar cheese.

So, what did I think? The black bean burger patty was a little soft. As it was extremely flavorful, I felt like it was a little undercooked. The pretzel bun was delicious and really complemented the burger overall. The French fries were just ok for me. They are always good as a side, but I live in Idaho and prefer the thicker, homemade style of fries.

The Smash Sauce is outstanding. It is like a thousand island minus the ketchup. Better yet, if you were to make a thousand island sauce, mustard would be the main ingredient instead of ketchup. I literally would buy this sauce alone if they sold it there. Although the ranch was decent, I didn't find anything extremely special about it.

Overall, dinner was great. I managed to eat everything, as I was extremely hungry. I think the next time I eat Smashburger, I will definitely try something different.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers

The Tangle Teezer is one of the best
beauty stocking stuffers
of the year.
Stocking stuffers are the perfect addition to every Christmas present. These tiny treats offer so much during the holiday and really complement every stand-alone gift. After all, a bunch of candy canes manifesting a stocking can be quite banal. Don't you want something unique and different this year? Stocking stuffers create more than just reactions, they create memories. So, what are the best beauty stocking stuffers?

Too Faced Love Light - This outstanding stocking stuffer is one of the best highlighters you will ever use. Featuring the patented Prisma Shine, this terrific Too Faced addition utilizes only the best of powder, liquid, and even baked formulas to create only the ultimate luminous glow. Pigmented to perfection, little goes a very long way. For only $30, this is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too. And not only is this an incredible stocking stuffer, but an incredible deal too. Joyeux Noel!


Voluspa 3 Petite Tin Candle Holiday Gift Set - With Vision of Sugar Plums, Cinnamon Ceylon and Copal, as well as, Spruce, this lavishly lux candle gift really epitomizes what the holidays are all about. For under $30, you can throw one of each or all of them in your loved ones' stocking this holiday season.

FOREO LUNA play - Fun and affordable, this skin care device is great for anyone looking for beautiful skin. Using T-Sonic cleansing technology, good, great and even amazing things come in small packages as this stocking stuffer is one of them. Available in a variety of colors, the time is now to love the skin you are in. Especially for the holiday season. Only $39 at FOREO.

Poopourri Secret Santa Toilet Spray Tube Gift Set - It's only natural to drop coal into potty; however, so when you check your list twice, you can give this gift to someone who has been nice. This amazing stocking stuffer features a 1.4 oz. Secret Santa which consists of vanilla, cinnamon and citrus notes. Available at Poopourri for under $10, this is one of the most creative yet festive gifts you can give this holiday season.

Benefit Sweeten Up, Buttercup! - This limited-edition Benefit gift features the famous Benefit BADgal Bang mascara in full-size, a full-size of the Gimme Brow+ in shade 03, the full-size POREfessional Face Primer, and the Hoola Bronzer in a mini size. Included with these products is a creatively cute makeup bag. Amazing right? And for only $39 at Benefit Cosmetics, this is a great stocking stuffer for the beauty lover in your life. Perfect in every beauty enthusiast's stocking, this sweet gift set is fully dressed for the holidays.

Q-tips Beauty Rounds - When it comes to producing quality products at amazing prices, Q-tips knows all about it. In fact, for under $5 at Walmart, this amazing Q-tips stocking stuffer features 75 dual-sized cotton rounds that are perfect for removing your makeup. As they work to assist with toning, these fabulous flat rounds are also amazing for removing nail polish too. As the perfect present for every stocking, anyone who receives these will love them.


LuMee Duo Mobile Case - This case provides strong protection while utilizing duo lighting including a selective dimmer that changes the lights brightness. Also includes a rechargeable battery, which extends its use and longevity. With everything from marble to even glitter to choose from, this case epitomizes the word "selfie".  Available for virtually every single phone device including Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, this is the ultimate cell phone case for the ultimate selfie lover.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps - Whether you are searching for seasonal nail wraps, this Los Angeles based beauty brand has them. They also offer an array of collections which give you such an extensive selection to choose from. Are you looking for glitter? What about glam? Perhaps yu are searching for something a little more opaque or even something somewhat transparent? All you do is apply them and you are good to go. Plus removing them is quite a breeze too. For $16 each, these nail wraps make an incredible stocking stuffer. Sign up today to receive emails from NCLA directly and receive an additional 15% off your entire purchase.

Boscia 'Dig Deep' The Charcoal Skin Kit - This wonderful Boscia addition has everything you need for a perfectly pore-less complexion. For under $40, you will receive the award-winning luminizing black mask along with deluxe sizes of the detoxifying black cleanser and charcoal pore pudding. You will also receive one pore purifying black strip. Although most would consider this a mini stand-alone gift rather than a stocking stuffer, because of the size this would be fabulous in every stocking.

Style Edit Root Touch-Up - Do you know anyone with gray hair? What about someone who colors their hair? If so, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as well as, side gift for them. The color binding complex works great for every hair type and hair color. Free of peroxide, parabens, amonia and other synthetic chemicals, you can find this gem for only $24.50 at the Depasquale Spa.

First Aid Beauty FAB Cleanse and Exfoliate Kit - This dynamic duo features everything you need to create a clean yet luminous complexion. In fact, this set includes the face cleanser and the facial radiance pads. Recommended by dermatologists world-wide, this is safe for every skin type including sensitive skin. As a $15 value, this stocking stuffer can be your's right now for only $10. Tis the season to great skin and an even greater new you. Sign up for emails and receive 15% off today. 

VitaBath Body Cream Trio - With the essence of gourmand, floral and sugar it just doesn't get anymore delicious. For only $4.95, you will receive three mini body creams in VitaBath's number one selling scents - Heavenly Coconut Cream, Lavender Chamomile and Pomegranate Bellini Blush. Perfect for traveling, this triple threat has turned into the ultimate gift set and one of the best stocking stuffers you can give and get this holiday season.

Tarte Maracuja Gold Oil - As an essential oil, rich in fatty acids this little gem works to correct, prevent and even repair various forms of DNA damage as well as, environmental stressors. It also works to deliver instantaneous and long-lasting hydration. For the holidays this year, Tarte decided to create a dazzling yet decorative maracuja oil that is dressed for your face. If you or someone you know loves gold or anything that embraces skin health, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. For $50, this limited-edition maracuja oil can be your's today.

PHYTO Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil - As one of the hautest (and hottest) hair care brands to come from France, PHYTO uses an array of natural ingredients that know how to treat the tresses. Available in Soyeuse, which is the lightweight hydrating oil and great for those of you with dry and fine hair and available in Supreme, which is the rich smoothing oil and wonderful for those with dry and thick hair, these phenomenal PHYTO additions really embody luxury hair care at it's finest. For only $40 (or $80 for the two), they both fit perfectly into every stocking?

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes - One of the greatest ways to cleanse your face. Using only skin-loving ingredients that are vital to your skin's natural moisture barrier and acid mantle, your skin will feel not only hydrated, but clean too. Do you know someone who works many hours at a thankful job? This is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone. Available at Walmart and Amazon for $5.97, if you are searching for an amazing stocking stuffer try this one. #TestTheWater

Luminess Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks - Brought to you by the makers of Luminess Air, the Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks allow you to experience a dynamic duo your lips and lashes are destined to appreciate. For only $29.99 (a $44 value), you can experience both an intense yet long-lasting lip color that will last you through the entire night along with an voluminizing mascara your lashes are destined to love. As one of the most innovative concepts of 2018, when it comes to stocking stuffers and beauty, this is truly a winner.

Pacifica Wake Up To Roses Set - This Pacifica gift features three hand creams inflused with coconut water and a plethora of healthy ingredients and antioxidants. As a $20 value, this set includes the Rose Komucha Flower Powdered Face Wash, the Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream and the Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask as well as, the Rose Water lip balm. For only $15 at Pacifica Beauty, you can stuff one large stocking or place them into three individual stockings and whoever receives them will love you more for it.

NEOCELL Beauty Bursts Soft Chews - With 0 fat grams, over 2,000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen and 20 mg of hyaluronic acid, this is one of the healthiest beauty treats in the world. Whether you are looking for beautiful skin, beautiful hair or beautiful nails, this beauty chew is the perfect alternative to any candy out there. For under $20, these beauty bursts are available in both chocolate mint and fruit punch. You can stuff every stocking under the sun with these and everyone who receives them will love you that much more for it.

Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Soap Collection - With 7 choices to choose from, the selection is supremely extensive. Although this set retails for $60, it is currently available at EVINE for $44 and if you order it today, it can be your's for only $39.26. Also, you can make 6 payments using their Value Pay system so you would only have to pay $6.54 for 6 months. Amazing right? To top it off, Beekman embraces the natural concept and every soap is free of sulfates, parabens, petroleum and phosphates. Great for both men and women, this botanical-based soap will leave your skin looking, feeling and even smelling amazing.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler - Who knew that one of the greatest hair brushes ever would fit into every stocking under the sun. If you are searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday, this amazingly innovative brush is the one. Available in an array of shades and designs, you can brush your hair in seconds. Available at your nearest Tangle Teezer retailer, including the official site and Sephora for $20 and under, this is one of the greatest stocking stuffers of the year. And right now, 25% off is yours today.


Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Mini 8 Piece Lip Set - This set includes two velvet liquid lipsticks, four matte liquid lipsticks and two metal liquid lipsticks. Perfect for travel, you can give one to your wife, your mother, your fiancé, your girlfriend, your sister, your sister-in-law and any woman in your life and they will love you much more for it. For just $42, tis the season to hot lips and many cocoa sips. 

EOS Holiday Lip Balm with Tin - Every night is a Winter night with these three incredible EOS lip balms. Certified organic, you will receive an evolution of smooth lip balm in First Snow, Fireside Chai and in Pomegranate Raspberry. For under $10, this isn't just one of the best stocking stuffers of 2018, but one of the best steals (and deals) too.

Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio - This tremendous trio of skin treats features the Korres wild rose advanced brightening sleeping facial, the Greek yoghurt advanced nourishing sleeping facial, and the black pine firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle night cream. For under $50, this is not only one of the best beauty gifts you can give this holiday, but you can stuff these little gems in a stocking and whoever receives them will love them.

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette - This palette is available in nine unique palettes including four new shades, each palette features six shades. Do you know someone who loves blue? Perhaps they would find the Aquamarine Dream palette appealing. What about purple? If so, they are going to love the Amethyst Aura. For just $12 each, you can create so many different looks and everyone who receives this will be happy.

LEADERS 7 Wonders Masks - Everyone needs a little pampering. You know, that "me" time? The great news is, you can really indulge in all things good this holiday season by treating yourself and your loved ones to an affordable yet effective sheet mask. Available in an array of formulas for every skin type under the sun, you can find these amazing little gems at your nearest ULTA for only $6 each. Sign up for LEADER's emails and receive 10% off your first order.

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Mini Cosmetic Bag Gift Set - When it comes to gift giving, the ideas are endless, but only a few manage to stand out this holiday and this is one of them. In fact, this Bath and Body Works gift features four travel-size essentials which include the ultra shea body cream, fine fragrance mist, hand cream and the award-winning PocketBac Hand Sanimagnificent makeup bag that you can use all year round. Available in one of the best fragrances Bath and Body Works offers, this fantastic foursome is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too.


Kate Spade NYC Truly Collection Coffret - The holidays are officially here. This set includes: TRULYdazzling Eau de Toilette, TRULYgracious Eau de Toilette, TRULYdaring Eau de Toilette, and the TRULYtimeless Eau de Toilette in .25 oz. size. Available only at ULTA beauty, this $30 perfume set proves that good things come in fours. RIP Kate Spade.

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes - Trusted by dermatologists world-wide, these hypoallergenic cloths are the ultimate add-on. Available in Original Fresh, Luminous Clean, Evening Soothe and Exfoliating Renewal these towelettes make the best stocking stuffer this holiday season. For under $5 for 30 towelettes or under $10 for 75, this will complement more than just a stocking, but the skin of whoever receives and uses these too.

Lavanila Stocking Stuffer Duo - This dashingly fab duo features both the award-winning Lavanila deodorant and a roller ball of fragrance. Using beta glucan technology, this deodorant works to deliver long-lasting odor protection without the use of lab created chemicals and ingredients. Available in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Grapefruit. You can stuff one stocking or you can stuff three individual stockings. For only $20 at Lavanila, this limited-edition gift is part of this year's holiday collection. Are the best things in life really free or are they just natural?


Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy - Attention all facial mask enthusiasts, this is the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones. Especially to those who love a fantastic facial mask. This set includes six of your favorites in one gift. The masks included in this set are: Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Dermal Resurfacer and my favorite, the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask. Stuff one in a stocking or stuff them all, whoever receives them will not only love them but appreciate them much more so. As a $254 value, this can be yours now for only $75.

BROO Bar Shampoo - Do you know a beer lover? What about a hair lover who appreciates beer? Either way you put it, the BROO Bar Shampoo is for you. Perfect for both men and women, this novel yet effective beauty gift is the ultimate stocking stuffer. Are you looking for moisture? Great for multiple uses, this bar is available in two unique formulas - Hydrating (infused with coconut oil and smells like bergamot) and Energizing (infused with caffeine and green tea extract and smells like lime and ginger) so if you can't decide on one, get both.


Avon Fragrance Gift Set - Avon is one of the most popular beauty brands in the world and some of the most popular fragrances are Avon exclusives. Available at Avon, prices started at $20 and go up from there. Every gift set is unique and offers something special, making them great stocking stuffers. You can take the gift and spread it into separate stocking stuffers which is fantastic. Not only are the fragrances fantastic for the value, but you are getting a set that can fill an entire stocking.

Jamberry Nail Wraps - Not only does Jamberry offer a plethora of colors and designs, but they allow you to shop by collection. For only $15, you can wear everything from 'Champagne Frost' to 'Christmas Socks' to even 'Apple Cider' and much more. Are you looking for something from the runway? What about something simple yet chic? Tis the season to beautiful nails and one of the best beauty essentials you can place into a stocking.

Caudalie Organic Grape Water - When it comes to embracing natural beauty, this French brand knows all about it. In fact, they only use the finest natural ingredients. One thing I love about this product is that it is 100% organic grape water. It is great for hydrating the skin and contains natural polysaccharides which give your skin immediate moisture without clogging your pores. Only $10 for a travel size and $18 for a full-size, this wonderful skin care essential is not only perfect for every skin type, but every stocking of every beauty lover out there.

Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Keratin Replenisher - Whether you are searching for immediate hydration or looking to smoothe your hair, this product is one to not only love, but appreciate. It also works to protect your hair, as it repairs it. For just $40, this hair treatment can be placed into the stocking of every hair lover in your life. For a limited-time if you purchase $20 or more of Keratin Complex from ULTA you can receive the smaller 1 oz. of this free. How is that for a beauty deal?

Q-tips Travel Pack - Some of the best stocking stuffers are those essentials that you can take virtually everywhere. Especially if you are traveling and need the perfect purse sized essential. Available with pink or blue casing, this wonderful Q-tips addition provides you with 30 Q-tips cottom swabs. For under $3 at Walmart, this purse pack of goodness is not only something one would love let alone want, but it's something one would need too.

The next time you reach for the stocking, you may want to consider adding some of these amazing beauty essentials into it. Say goodbye to candy canes and hello to beauty. The clock is ticking and December 25th is approaching. Happy Holidays!


FTC: Holiday gift guide. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Cyber Monday 2018: Target

Target in Nampa, Idaho.
As Christmas is near, the holidays are officially here. As we enjoyed Thanksgiving with our family, friends and other loved ones, we had the opportunity to discover great deals and sales just a day after for Black Friday.

Cyber Monday (November 26th) is the biggest online shopping day of the year. With only a few days away, one of my personal favorite places to shop is Target. Target has many great items and offers a mixed balance of low-end, drugstore, mid-end and even high-end and luxury. With many exclusives and limited-edition products, it is the best place to shop for everything from your favorite beauty products to groceries and much more.

For Cyber Monday 2018 this year, Target is offering the following deals you don't want to miss:

BEAUTY

- Get 50% off select BOGO Beauty Gift Sets
- Buy one, get one 50% off on select Beauty gifts
- Beauty gift sets starting at $4.99
- Hair Dryers starting at only $10
- Flat irons starting at only $16
- Get $30 off the CHI Air Classic styler
- Kid's electric toothbrushes starting at just $4.99
- Men's trimmers starting at only $11
- Get over $40 off the 23andMe Personal Ancestry Kit plus a $10 Target gift card (lab fees are also included)

and more...

CLOTHING, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES

- Exclusive, limited-edition holiday Target pajamas starting at just $5
- Kid's t-shirts starting at just $3, Women's starting at $4, Men's starting at $4
- Get a pair of boots for only $10
- Select sweaters (women's, men's and children) starting at just $10
- Women's and men's jeans starting at $15, Kid's starting at $8
- Select fleeces for women, children and men starting at $5
- Only $10 for select handbags and purses

and more...

KITCHEN AND HOME

- Select kitchen appliances for only $10
- Select kitchen appliances for only $20
- Get 40% off select home items. Take an extra 15% off when you purchase any furniture or rug. Use code: TURKEY at checkout.
- Get a free $25 Target gift card when you buy a Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven ($199.99 each)
- Get a $30 off original price plus a free $10 Target gift card when you purchase a Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker.
- Get 40% off select bedding
- Get a 5 Quart KitchenAid Mixer for only $219.99
- Get $100 off the iRobot Roomba 360 Robot Vacuum  
- Get the Power AirFryer XL for 50% off at just $49.99

and more...

TECHNOLOGY

- Get $80 off an Apple iPad (6th Generation, 2018)
- Get a free $250 Target gift card when you buy any Apple iPhone XS or XS Max
- LED Smart televisions starting at only $99.99
- Get $100 off Xbox One X. In addition to this deal, Target is offering video games starting at just $15. Amazing right?
- Get the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for Xbox One for only $45
- Get over $149 off the FitBit Versas SmartWatch
- Get $10 off plus a free $15 Target gift card when you buy any Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera
- Get up to $90 off the Powerbeats Wireless Neighborhood collection
- Get $24 off the Google Home Mini

and more...

TOYS

- Get 50% off hundreds of select toys
- Get up to 50% off on puzzles and games
- Save 50% off on select BOGO toy brands
- Get up to 30% off select LEGO sets
- Get $49.99 off select Black Jetson Rogue hoverboards (only $100)
- Get up to 50% off select Pokémon tins, toys and other collectibles
- Get 50% off the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Learning Home
- Get 20% off select Fisher-Price toys

and more...

GROCERY

- Get 20% off select pre-made gift baskets
- Get the K Cup (16-18 count quantities only) for only $7 when you buy 2 or more

and more...

HOLIDAYS 

- Spend $75 and save $25 on all things holiday (only on Saturday, 11/24 and Sunday, 11/25)
- Get up to 40% off select artificial Christmas Trees
- Get 30% off select outdoor lit decor
- Get 30% off select outdoor projectors
- Phillips LED lights only $9.99

and more...

OTHER

- Get 50% off select Graco car seats

and more...

- Free shipping. There is no minimum amount to purchase. This is an ongoing incentive Target offers on hundreds of thousands of items. As a result of this special deal, the internationally known store also offers free returns. You can also send most items site-to-store which means, you can pick it up.

Some other great offers include:

- Get 30% off from Cratejoy on participating boxes at Target. They offer over a thousand different subscription boxes from some of your favorite products and brands. Use code: CYBER18.

- Get 25% off on all orders $250 or more when you purchase Ninja or any Ninja kitchen brand products. Some of their blenders are fantastic. Use code: CMONDAY25AF. If you spend $150 or more, you can use code: CMONDAY20AF to get 20% off your entire purchase.

- Kerastase Paris is offering a great deal this Cyber Monday through Target. When you spend $100, you will get $15 off your entire purchase, as when you spend $150, you will receive a special savings of $25. Kerastase Paris makes some of the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever used. Use code: VIP18.

- Lenovo is offering many great deals this Cyber Monday. Up to 54% off select computers, laptops and tablets. Starting at $99.99 (and imagine paying less than half price for this). While supplies last.

- And speaking of Lenovo, you can also get up to $1,100 (yes, you are reading this correctly) off Think Pads from Lenovo. Starting as low as $367.50 + free shipping (who doesn't want free shipping?) use code: THINKBLCKFRI (valid until 11/26)

- Get 25% off plus free shipping when you spend $40 or more on KIND brand products. As one of the world's healthiest snacks, this is definitely a deal. Use code: SNACKSEASON (valid until 11/26)

- Get 20% off your purchase of $150 or more when you purchase anything through the Shark or Shark clean brand. Use code: CMONDAY20AF. Only at Target.

- Buy one pair of frames. Get the second one free when you purchase anything from the EyeBuyDirect brand. Use code: BOGO (valid until 11/30)


- For Cyber Monday this year, Mark's brand is offering up to 70% off regularly priced items. This special deal also includes free shipping.

- Nixon is offering quite a few deals including 20% off plus free shipping. No code is necessary. (Valid from 11/22 until 11/26)

And...

- If you have shopped on Black Friday this year and spent $50 or more, Target should have emailed you a coupon to use which gives you 20% off your entire purchase (in addition to the exclusive sales, deals and other incentives) which you can use between 11/27-12/8 this year. If you make a purchase right now, you will receive this incentive to redeem later. Great for last minute holiday shopping.

- If you open a REDcard (Target's official credit or charge card) you will receive 5% off your entire purchase every time you use it. This incentive is also in addition to the exclusive sales and deals offered from the world-renowned department store. To open a card, just click here right now.

- Don't forget to check Target's ongoing sale racks and specials. They also have great clearance sections which are added to both their site and in-store daily. And also offer areas where everything is $1 or less.

Some of these offers are also extended beyond Cyber Monday, giving you more time to shop. I will do my best to update this blog post to save you time from searching various sites looking for deals that have expired or simply do not exist. I don't know about you, but I think I know where I will be shopping this Monday. To see these great deals for yourself and to get started shopping now just click here or click the banner below...









FTC: Cyber Monday 2018 at Target. All opinions are my own. Not sponsored. Some affiliate links used.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Holidays 2018: 5 beauty gifts under $5

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Palette in Jibiri.
It is official, the holidays are here. With only a little over a month until Christmas, there is a lot to do until the bells ring into the most anticipated day of the year. When you glance at the list of people you have to buy for this year, you notice a lot of people are unchecked. After routine examination, you realize most of them are beauty lovers.

The only problem is, you have a budget of $5. What do you buy? But the question remains; however, is it possible to spend less than $5 on a beauty gift? The answer is: absolutely. So, what are 5 beauty gifts under $5?

ULTA 'What We Love' Skincare Favorites - This incredible gift set features your favorite beauty essentials from all of your favorite skin care brands. You will receive the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (0.15 oz.), the ULTA Beauty Collection Strawberries & Champagne Hydrating Glitter Peel Off Mask (0.25 oz.), the SheaMoisture Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer (0.21 oz.), the Yes To Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (0.33 oz.), the Biore Charcoal Self Heating One Minute Mask (0.25 oz.), the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (1.05 oz.), the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 count) and the Pacifica Beauty Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask (0.67 oz.). ($4.99 at ULTA Beauty)

Sephora Collection 'In The Blink and Eye' Eyeshadow Palette - This palette includes not one, not two, but three eyeshadows which are neutral and easy-to-wear. Plus, they are in a practical size which means you get a lot of product for the price point. The next time you are at Sephora or happen to go over to the official site, you may want to check out this budget friendly gem. ($5.00 at Sephora)

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Palette - Are diamonds really a girl's best friend or is it just the sparkle that is? If that is the case, this palette is every girl's best friend. This palette features five gorgeous glitter cream shades that really make a statement. With 12 choices to choose from, this is the perfect present for under $5. ($4.99 at J. Cat Beauty)

HASK Coconut Oil Nourishing Gift Set - What does everyone really want for Christmas? Gorgeous hair. This set is one of the best beauty gifts you can give this holiday and it is under $5. This set includes two Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioners (1.75 oz.) and one Shine Oil Vial (5/8 oz.) ($4.49 at ULTA Beauty)

Scunci Hair Gems - Whether you are looking to glam up your style for the holidays or simply searching for that special gem that accessorizes your entire hair look, this is definitely the one. The holidays are a time to put your best head forward and you will do just that with this spectacular Scunci addition. Available in both gold and silver, tis the season to great glam and even greater hair! ($4.99 at ULTA)


You don't have to spend a fortune let alone break your budget this holiday, as there are many gifts under $5 including these five beauty gifts. Happy Holidays!


FTC: Holiday Gift Guide 2018. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is one of the most underrated holidays of the year. At least, in my opinion. And in case you are unaware, Thanksgiving is a holiday held every fourth Thursday of every November. Originally celebrated by the pilgrims in the early 1620s, this holiday really exudes so much to be grateful for. Since 1789, what started as an idea was denied by Thomas Jefferson to make Thanksgiving an official holiday here in the United States. It wasn't until 1863, then president Abraham Lincoln made the day an official holiday. Thanksgiving was celebrated as the last week of Thursday before president Franklin D. Roosevelt took it upon himself to make it the fourth Thursday of the month.

When I was a little girl, my mother use to make a dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. It would consist of gourmet sandwiches, hors d'eouvres, and pie. The family would reminisce about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness over hot chocolate and Christmas music. Most of the time, my mom would get very little sleep because she would be in the kitchen by early am cooking the Thanksgiving meal. Every year she made homemade stuffing (some people refer to it as "dressing" and even "breading") which she would make alone and stuff in the turkey. Then, she would make many sides including classic dishes which are a favorite to this day. The evening would end with an endless amount of cookies and pies, which were always apple or pumpkin themed.

My mom has always been a wonderful woman and I always admired the fact she could take a lot on in spite of working a full time job. Especially when it comes to cooking and baking. Perhaps this is where I got it from. She's in her early 60s now and still manages to do great things in which I respect her immensely. And mom, if you are reading this - I love you.

But the question remains: what am I truly thankful for? 


- First and foremost, I am really thankful to have food to eat. When you look at the world fully, rather than one-dimensionally it is crystal clear that most are unfortunate and do not have food to eat, let alone have the privilege of enjoying a big meal like Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones. I am grateful to be able to sit and enjoy good food today with good people.

- As a vegetarian of many years, I can admit that I am in good health. Amazing health actually. Aside from suffering from mild depression (which I really believe is only sporadic) I am both disease-free and drug-free. I do no suffer from any health problem at all. As a 38 year old woman, I am thankful to be in amazing health.

- As an Iranian American woman, I have discovered I am very lucky to be able to use my voice. To me, liberty is something to be truly thankful for. When it comes to the voice, I am very thankful to be able to use mine to and for a higher purpose. And I will continue to express my liberties accordingly, as I have that right. I am so thankful for freedom of speech. "Silence is golden, duct tape is silver, but the voice is platinum," - Sarah Afshar

- A lot of people assume you can live without clothing, but to me, I find it virtually impossible. In fact, the vast majority of status quo society would also share the same mindset in terms of clothing. Especially when we live on a planet that suffers from several problematic climate issues which include global warming. Some people can't afford a warm coat to wear during the winter. This is why I am thankful to have clothes to wear.

- I must say that I am very thankful to have a roof over my head. If you can imagine how many people don't have shelter nor even a place to go, if you have a warm place in which you can call "home" to go to everyday, you should be thankful. I know, I am. That goes without saying, if you have food to eat, clothes to wear and a roof over your head, you are still richer than 80% of the world.

- Life is one thing I am grateful and thankful for. I know this is probably a banal response to the question "What are your thankful for?" however, if you really look at this question, it is only natural to be thankful for life. Right? I am very blessed to live today to write this blog post. There are many who are no longer with us, as there are many who have died young. RIP Morgan. RIP Angela. I am so thankful to be waking up today.

- And with life comes love. I am thankful to have met Sumit. To have found love in my life. Not only is he the love of my life, but he has changed my life for the better. I feel like life, my life has more meaning because of him and with him in my life, I am more motivated and driven than ever. Sumit has changed my perception about quite a few things in which I am both genuinely and wholeheartedly grateful. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

- When it comes to working, a lot of people are unable to find employment. I am very lucky to have a job. A job that I enjoy. Academic credentials and a strong work ethic can only go so far in this life, as even a Harvard grad may be unable to find employment in this age. I am thankful to have a job.


 Other things that I am thankful for:

- Family and Friends (and people who matter)
- Pets (all animals to be honest, as I love them all)
- The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
- Sleep (and my bed, of course)
- Time
- Steamy Showers (baths too)
- Success and Achievement (and those who encourage it daily)
- Music Music Music
- Electricity
- Safety and Security
- Money in the Bank
- Weekends (Friday nights included)
- Hinduism (as of 2018, I am both Christian and Hindu) 
- Breathing fresh air
- Drinking clean water
- Learning
- Class and Elegance
- Honesty and Respect (the truth will always outweigh a lie and you will get respect if you always tell the truth)
- Vegetarianism
- Plants
- Fresh Fruit
- Bees
- Sunshine, Sunrises and Sunsets
- Rain
- Mountains and Trees
- Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
- The Environment
- Laughter
- Inspiration (because we could use more of it daily)
- The smell of Cardamom
- Gourmet Cheese
- Bandage Dresses
- Mobile Phones
- Anything Beauty (Makeup, Skincare, Hair, etc.)
- The World Wide Web (or an internet connection)
- Independence
- Joy and Happiness (it's all around us)
- Modern Medicine
- Peace of Mind
- Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Visionaries
- Dreams and Imagination
- Writers and Content Producers (and those of you who read us)
- Opinions (because we all have one)
- Memories (and those memory-breeding experiences which create them)
- Vita Coco Coconut Water
- Grocery Stores
- Online Shopping
- The Holidays
- Home Cooked Meals
- Masala Chai Tea (preferably with vanilla almond milk)
- Good News
- Donald Trump as president of the United States
- Anyone who is reading this blog post. Yes - you. Thank you.

On the 22nd of November, I can sit and remember this day forever. As I sip on my moscato writing this blog post, I am can admit that I am so thankful for happiness and very happy today. From my home, to your home - Happy Thanksgiving!