I’m way too excited about my tropical vacation today! I have to leave for the airport in like 15 minutes, so let’s see how fast I can tell you about my in-flight essentials :).
1) BluePrint Orange Grapefruit Lemon juice – Packed with all kinds of antioxidants and vitamin C to help support healthy cells and keep skin happy. I already drank two of their drinks this morning (their Carrot Lemon, and Kale Apple Lemon) which just gives me a little boost of nutrients. All their drinks are 100% juice and help to keep skin hydrated especially during these colder months.
So excited for another giveaway and this is the first time this many BATF readers could potentially win — 15 to be exact :).
Forbidden Orchard and Vanilla Whisper
Just in time for the cooler weather, CVS’ exclusive line Essence of Beauty has launched two gorgeous new scents: Forbidden Orchard (which has notes of red apple, nectarine and fig) and Vanilla Whisper(with notes of Tahitian vanilla and peach) seen above.
Fifteen winners will each get one set of all 4 products (body mists, and body/hand creams pictured here by entering one of two ways (do either to enter, both to increase your chances):
– Like BATF’s Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post
– Follow me on Twitter (@BeautyNDFeast) and tweet “Hey @BeautyNDFeast, I want to win a set of #EssenceOfBeauty products! http://ow.ly/FQUDz #giveaway”
Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered. Winners will be picked and notified by Dec 17th. Good luck! *Winners must have a US mailing address!
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Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know about a cool new feature I’m going to be implementing in my blog that makes it easier for you to find the products I photograph. It’s from a new social shopping site, called Tagspire (think of it like shoppable Pinterest). My very first example below with some suggestions for holiday beauty and accessorizing :).
I love all that is bold and sparkly for the holidays, so that’s why I put together a bunch of my favorites that describe both:
*MAC’s Ruby Woo is a must — the perfect red.
*I tend to wear my chunkier, gold watch like this Marc By Marc Jacobs one around this time of year because it compliments more lush fabrics.
*This new Hermes ear cuff is something I just got from Baublebar (on sale too)! Like little trinkets for your ear.
*Cargo’s Cannes blush is the perfect I-just-got-back-from-vacation peach that I’ve been using more and more lately. It compliments medium skin tones so well.
*Use with Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate contour cream for the perfect sculpted face.
*Erickson Beamon Rocks cocktail ring is a nice splash of turquoise to the darker outfits I’ve been wearing lately.
*Finally I recently been introduced to the amazing world of Burberry Beauty by way of Mary Wiles (their celebrity makeup artist). It’s not just a label, these products are some of my new favorites. People always notice when I wear their Bold Lash mascara in Ebony. It elongates lashes with a silk and super dark finish (no tarantula lashes here). And finally, their new My Burberry perfume is a rich mix of patchouli, freesia, roses and bergamot that you can actually monogram to personalize for a beautiful gift (I pictured the small one here, but you can get the full sizes inscribed).
Bauli, a company whose signature is their ready-to-eat Italian pastries, recently launched a contest to create a recipe using one of their baked goods. I wanted to try my hand in making something different using their star-shaped Limonce (lemon) cake, and my friend Shazeen suggested trying a traditional Indian/Pakistani sweet shahi tukra (literally translates to ‘royal piece’) which consists of fried dough and a sweet saffron sauce topped with nuts. I never tried making it before but I loved the vision of blending an Italian dessert with and Indian one and seeing what happens. Spoiler: it tasted delicious and the nuts and roses (playing off the rose water infused in the sauce) makes it the prettiest dish too. Check out the recipe below (and vote for it if you like it on their Facebook page HERE)!
First time making our version of 'shahi tukra'
We used Bauli's Pandoro Limonce cake
INGREDIENTS Bauli Pandoro Limonce (lemon) cake
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp of saffron
1 tsp rose water
8 tbsp olive oil (for frying)
4 tsp butter (for frying)
Edible silver leaf foil (optional)
Dried roses (optional)
Some ingredients for this recipe
In a blender, ground a handful of pistachios and set aside.
For the sauce:
In a pot, pour sweetened condensed milk over medium heat for a few minutes then pour in milk, saffron, and rose water. Keep stirring until it bubbles and thickens. Set aside.
Stirring in milk, saffron, and rose water
Waiting for sauce to bubble and thicken
For the cake:
Ready made Bauli cake
1. Slice the ready-made Bauli cake in four pieces lengthwise. Then, chop each piece evenly in little loaves.
Ready to fry
2. In a sauce pan, pour 2 tbs of olive oil and a tsp of butter. Warm over medium heat. Fry pieces of the cake until just slightly brown (this happens quickly, each side should take about 30 seconds to a minute depending on the heat).
4. After frying the cake slices, arrange on a dish as desired. Take sauce and drizzle over and around slices. Sprinkle ground pistachios, whole pistachios, and slice almonds over the dish. To decorate, you can add the edible silver leaf foil, and dried rose buds (we found this at an Indian grocery store — note to NYC’ers, Kalyustan’s has everything you need and some).
More and more, people have been asking me for natural and plant-based beauty product suggestions. As if on cue, a line called Moxxie was sent my way and totally fits the bill if you’re going in a more green direction.
Moxxie's line of soaps, scrubs, balms, and body wash
The handcrafted line is 100% plant-based, vegan, and cruelty-free. The heart of their collection are their bar soaps which come in beautiful and varied herbal scents like Rosemary + Lavender (the one I’ve been using all month), and Lemongrass + Oatmeal. The soaps are infused with good-for-you ingredients like coconut palm, olive oil, and soothing olive oil.
Moxxie sugar scrub in lavender
My favorite by far though are their solid sugar scrubs. I’m so big on exfoliating in the shower. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started being more diligent about it, since it not only sloughs off dead skin cells to make your skin smoother, it also helps your skin absorb any moisturizer or oil you apply afterwards. I’ve been looking for something heavy duty because too often the scrubs I come across are doused in gels or cream mixtures that aren’t as effective at exfoliating. That’s why I’m in love with these little cubes. They come in chunks that dissolve as you use, and is good to use from head to toe. Plus they’re infused with moisturizing oils like almond and grapefruit so your skin isn’t left parched.
Also, not to be missed: their Peppermint lotion which leaves behind a natural cooling feel. The line ranges from $3-$18, and right now their gift sets are on sale for $20-$60 — check them out :). www.moxxiesoap.com.
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*Products were given gratis to review but opinions are my own.
Sometimes good dishes happen by beautiful mistakes. More on this in a minute.
Since the holidays are in full swing, Mezzetta asked us about holiday memories when it comes to food. Since Thanksgiving was just upon us, I remember why it’s my favorite: every year, regardless if I’m in Chicago or on the east coast, it’s always a family-filled evening where we all come together to cook, bake, eat, and play games all night. This year, we had a full spread of whole chickens, roasted lamb, crostinis, and casseroles. When Mezzetta asked us to come up with holiday recipe, I was thinking of ways to make something that I could add to that spread next time, something simple but also tasty.