Monthly Archives: December 2011

Powder Puff Gals!

Women throughout the ages have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process and care for the outer body.Every lovely lady wants to feel silky, smooth and fine to the touch, right? Of course we do! Sometimes we want to body butter our skin, and sometimes we want to powder it alllll up! Body dusting is a dying art, but most people don’t know that powder is just as potent as cream when it comes to locking in that moisture. A dusted (powdered) body feels beautiful and many are made with a variety of powders with different weights, textures, smoothness, absorbency and scents. Dusting Powders help your clothes slide on and off easier, which is really useful when you’ve just got out of the shower and you’re in a hurry to get dolled up and ready to go out. (It’s also really useful when you want your clothes off in a hurry, on those… special occasions)

Historically, dusting powders were used by both men and women to absorb perspiration and help prevent body odor. Some people still use dusting powder as a way of enjoying a favorite fragrance, to absorb perspiration and skin oils, and to prevent skin chafing. Dusting was an essential part of the life of every aristocrat in the 17th and 18th centuries and we think it’s about time it had a comeback. My favorite is Chanel No5 After Bath Powder. Chanel describes it as: A silky powder which absorbs moisture after a bath, leaving skin scented with inimitable N°5. Unique loose powder absorbs moisture for cooling comfort as it imparts a light, luminous finish, leaving skin soft, silky and scented. Contains Vitamin E and essential amino acids to protect from free radical and environmental damage.I describe it as a must have for all ladies of whom are fond of the Chanel No5 scent and a perfect addition to your after shower routine. For you lasses with more sensitive skin, I’d recommend Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder. It is natural, talc-free, absorbent and non-irritating. The scent is pleasant and light, but does not come with a powder puff.

Powder puffs are pieces of soft material used for the application of various types of loose powder, body shimmer or talcum powder. Powder puffs are the tool of choice when it comes to applying loose powder, especially if you’re covering a large area. Historically, powder puffs have been made of very fine down feathers, cotton, fine fleece, etc. In modern times synthetic materials such as velour or fur are used for powder puffs. In addition to softness, an important characteristic of powder puffs is their ability to hold powder.

Be glamorous, dip a powder puff in shimmering body powder and dust lightly all over that beautiful skin. Feeling a lil naughty? Try highlighting your cleavage by dusting shimmering powder underneath a low-cut blouse for some eye catching highlights.

There is so much for a girl to choose from. Between rice powders, honey powders, flower dusting powders all scented with an array of flowers, perfumes and oils, there is no excuse for letting the experience of body dusting pass you by. So come on you sexy little devils, slip into some dusting powder before slipping into your Naughty Little Things!

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Have A Cold One For Winter!

It seems that mother nature finally figured out that we here in Southern California have been strolling around in her blind spot and decided to blast us with some real weather. Mighty winds with hurricane force gusts, 38 degree temps at night, and SNOW in places that are lucky to have ever even seen rain. What to do about this weather? Well, I say let’s evolve as Southern Cailfornian’s and welcome father winter by having a cold treat in his honor.

Nothing says hello winter like a Stout Coffee Freeze! You will need 1 quart coffee ice cream, 1 cup stout, 1 cup grated dark semisweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli)

  • Soften ice cream in microwave for 15-30 seconds.
  • Place in bowl of a large stand mixer.
  • Mix in stout and grated chocolate.
  • Mixture will be soft – pour into 1 cup ramekins and freeze until firm
  • Serve with more stout!

If you own an ice cream machine, put it to good use by making a Raspberry Lambic Puree. For this, you will need 1 1/2 cups seeded raspberry puree, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup framboise or raspberry lambic, 1 envelope (2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin, softened in 3 tablespoons warm water, 1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1/2 cup vanilla syrup, Ice cream machine

  • Blend raspberry puree, sugar and lambic. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Remove the fruit blend from refrigerator and warm to room temperature – or microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir well.
  • Blend the softened gelatin with fruit beer mixture, whisk until smooth, then fold in whipped heavy cream and vanilla syrup. Whisk well and chill for 1 hour.
  • Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve.

This is going to take forever! – is probably what your thinking…right? Well, there’s always a quick fix when it comes to beer treats! Try one of the following beer floats:

  • Vanilla ice cream and your favorite craft stout or porter (Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout  or Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter for example)
  • Pumpkin ice cream and a spiced ale  (Dogfish Head Punkin Ale or Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale)
  • Vanilla or strawberry ice cream and a Lambic or raspberry Frambois

Come on, flex your craft beer muscle and combine one of these tasty brews with two or three scoops of premium ice cream. Do Christmas the right way, leave a craft beer float for Santa and be the exception to the rule on his naughty list this year! You might just get a gift certificate for a gastropub near you!

 

 


Skin Clarity Through Brewer’s Yeast

Brewer’s yeast, the one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiaeis, is one of the most important ingredients in brewing beer. It’s responsible for metabolic processes that produce ethanol, carbon dioxide, and a whole range of other metabolic byproducts that contribute to the flavor and finish of beer. It’s also responsible for the happiness and satisfaction it brings to the beer drinking community.

Some studies have found that brewer’s yeast may improve acne. How can we relate it with acne? Actually, when we consume more sugar, we need more chromium as chromium controls blood sugar level. Studies show that people with unstable blood sugar level have more severe acne and when these patients are treated with 400 micro grams of chromium in the form of yeast, their skin improves. It also maintains the skin with a healthy pH 5 level. Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of minerals: Chromium, the essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels; protein; B-complex vitamins, and selenium which helps the body make antioxidant enzymes and helps prevent cell damage.  “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,” concluded some 80 percent of subjects given brewer’s yeast for five months showed either marked improvement in acne symptoms or were completely healed.

Be advised that there are some side effects associated with excess use of brewer’s yeast

  • Trouble in breathing, skin becoming itchy, swollen or having a rash.
  • Migraine like headaches can occur
  • complain of excessive gas and bloating.

Some people have allergies to yeast. Certain medications may interact with brewer’s yeast and it is recommended that you discuss the use of brewer’s yeast and your current medication(s) with your doctor or pharmacist or conduct some research of your own and see if this is an alternative to the prescription medications that can ultimately cause more harm to your body in the long run.

Brewer’s yeast is available in several forms. It comes in flakes, as a powder, tablet and in liquid forms. Taking 1 – 2 Tbsp of brewer’s yeast after meals is recommended in order to help your body process the sugar in the food you just ate.

So ladies and gents, don’t rush to your refrigerators and start pouring beer on your face, although it makes for a fun way of ridding your Frigidaire of any and all NON-CRAFT paraphernalia… you know what yellow water I’m talking about. I would on the other hand encourage you to make brewer’s yeast and craft beer part of your beauty regime! Rejuvenate your skin, the crafty way!


“Leg-Naked”

One accessory I find to be sexy but not always convenient are pantyhose. What’s sexier than wowing your man in the evening hours like seductively slipping off those stockings and putting on a show for your honey. Well, as much fun as that can be, I have to admit I am not the most graceful or careful of people when it comes to rocking the hose…pantyhose! I’m talkin pantyhose! You dirty birdies!

Like many gals out there, my legs don’t quite match my top half without some on the spot color enhancement. So rather than to sit there with the clear nail polish on standby just in case I snag my stockings in one of my many ungracious moments of the day, I resort to one of these few tips to give my legs the pantyhose look.

  1. Airbrush Legs by Sally Hansen. Give your legs a light tan or pantyhose look with this lightweight leg makeup. One thing to keep in mind, this stuff can get messy. Be sure to spray while standing at a good distance from furniture or cabinets and lay a dark towel on the floor where you will be standing. Also, just a heads up, sometimes the spray can stops working after a few uses so be sure to have a back up plan, like tip #2.
  2. Liquid foundation a couple shades darker than your own skin tone mixed with some body butter is a quick fix to pale legs. I prefer this method because I decide and control the level of tint I want on my legs. This is also a great way to put to use all those foundations you bought that were much to dark for your face and never returned to the drugstore.
  3. Make-Up Forever Face and Body Liquid Make-up is a waterproof, ultra-light, water based gel containing no emulsifiers and provides a totally natural satin finish. For use on the legs and body, Make-Up Forever recommends you apply a fine layer, let dry three minutes, then blot the excess with a tissue.

Let’s face it, not everyone was born with flawless legs, and as we get older freckles and veins become more noticeable. Create the coveted appearance of  beautiful airbrushed skin on your own legs with some leg makeup for those special occasions in which you desire to ditch the pantyhose and go leg-naked!


Don’t Be Such A Flake!

It’s that time of the year again when the days are short and the nights are long. Where cuddling up with a warm blanket, sippin on a sweet cup of cinnamon tea while living vicariously through Dexter sounds like the end of a great day. Ahhhh… winter!

Accumulations of snow and ice are happening in some parts of the country while accumulations of dry skin and chapped lips are happening on our bodies. This is not acceptable! Dry air and winds with a bite can be our worst enemies during the grand finale of the year, let’s not go out looking haggard and mangled. Here are some products that will help you avoid becoming a winter mess.

  1. Rosebud Perfume Company salves help prevent and temporarily protect chapped hands, chapped face, chapped lips, dry rough skin, minor burns, windburn, chaffing and other irritations. Rosebud has been a skin protectant since 1860 and a must have for every lady. After a long night of  “entertainment”, apply some under your eyes, on and around your mouth after your nightly routine and wake up with a hydrated face that won’t kiss and tell of the night before.
  2. Rose Baby Oil, several varieties can be purchased at your local drugstore. This should only set you back about $6 dollars, but will do wonders for your skin. It’s not to thick, has a rosy scent that will lightly compliment any fragrance you wear and keeps your skin hydrated while battling the ever changing moods of winter.
  3. Last, but not least Bag Balm! No, it’s not for the bags you ladies shouldn’t have under your eyes, but rather Bag Balm from Vermont. This product was actually created to soften cow udders back in 1899 and worked extremely well. Word got out in 1937 about the different ways Bag Balm could be used and has since then skyrocketed in sales with a wide array of clients. Keep your pretty lil feet looking soft by applying a generous amount of bag balm all over your feet and putting on some fluffy socks to keep them well hydrated throughout the night. It does have a medicine type smell but will fade by the morning. You can also use on your legs for softer, beautiful legs overnight! You can find Bag Balm at your local drug store.

Stop flaking out this winter and put your best face forward from here on out. Our skin takes quite the weather beating so let’s give it some TLC every night so that it loves us back gracefully in our later years.


Crafty Holiday Irish Stout-Cupcakes

I am in a love/love relationship with cake and cupcakes. I find it very difficult, almost painful to say no. After dinner, I don’t smoke, I cupcake. Sometimes it’s a quick little nibbler, (a toke), or sometimes it’s a large delicious monster of a cupcake, (I suppose its my equivalent to having a cigar). In any case, I savor every second of my indulgement. It goes without saying that some of my favorite treats are enhanced with a love potion called Craft Beer. There it goes again, craft beer, making the world and its taste buds a better place.

Here’s one recipe that will have your beau looking for that mistletoe!

Chocolate Stout and Irish Cream Liqueur Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups stout (beer)
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

Place the stout and butter in a medium-size saucepan and whisk together on medium heat until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat. Sift the cocoa powder into a medium-size bowl and add the sugar. Slowly whisk into the stout mixture. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and lightly whisk until smooth. Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk thoroughly. Sift the flour and baking soda together in another small bowl and then add it to the saucepan, mixing a final time until the color is even.

Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake at 350 degrees about 27 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in their pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Irish Liqueur Frosting:

  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Cream the butter in the bowl until pale. Add the Irish liqueur in a steady stream. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until a creamy consistency is achieved.

If your looking for some great holiday drinks to pair up with your cupcakes or your holiday dinners, check out Holiday Beer Picks by the Beer Chicks! Any one of their suggestions will ensure some brow raising results at the dinner table, I guarantee it! So come on ladies, join that masses of lasses jump starting their taste buds and let’s get crafty!

Do you have a holiday treat you’d like to share? Tell us about it, we’d love to try it!


Sorry Hairspray. It’s You, Not Me…

After so many years of faithful service, I broke it off with my hairspray. I wanted more variety and I got tired of waking up to that same look every boring morning. It was limiting me, not letting me be adventurous and versatile. So, I went out on the town, and found something that met my needs. Pomades, one of  the most resourceful categories of  hair products.

Pomades have taken over my medicine cabinets, and in my case, under the sink cabinet’s as well. These delightful, colorful whipped hair dressings are the archenemy of fly-aways. Medium pomades take an extra bullet to become our sculpting gel. The extra strong pomade becomes clay to form your hair into, well,  just about any shape your hair-chitectural mind can conjure up.

Let’s do a quick run down of some of the pomades you might come across at your local drug store.

  1. Murrays Pomade has been around since 1925. It’s heavy, greasy and will stay in your hair for a LONG time. It has the thick consistency of Vaseline petroleum jelly. Because Murray’s is so thick, you’ll have to soften it up with heat before you can use it.
  2. Brylcreem has been one of my grandfathers favorites for decades. Its mineral oil/beeswax base provides maximum sheen and all-day hold, while keeping your hair soft and pliable. Plus, it leaves your hair smelling delightfully clean. Most people have to use more than just the suggested “little dab” in their hair, depending on how thick or heavy your hair is.
  3. 3 Flowers Pomade is not just for men! It adds shine to straight hair and keeps frizzes away. The pomade has just enough hold to keep them in line. My only warning is that you should use sparingly, to much can leave a greasy look.
  4. Schmiere by Rumble 59 is absolutely one of my favorite brands. This German based company has created a pomade for just about every type of hair imaginable. The pleasant scents of their pomades, the variety of what they offer and the effectiveness of the hold makes them worth going out of your way to buy. Rumble59 Schmiere – For greasy guys and sophisticated ladies!

So what do you do once you’re done for the night, dazzled the crowds with your hair-tastic good looks and are ready to degrease? Many turn to a product called High Life Degreaser Shampoo. It is specially formulated to remove hair greases, pomades, waxes, and creams. There is no shampoo that completely rids the hair of any of these types of products, but hair experts advise adding Groom & Clean to your hair cleansing routine. This is a water based grooming product that not only can be used for styling your hair, but when left on the hair for at least a few hours prior to washing it, it actually helps cleanse the hair of dandruff and break down gels and waxes. I’d recommend making this an addition to  your degreasing process in order to gain cleaner and fresher locks.

Remember to always wash your hair and rid your glamorous frock of anything that can transfer to your pillow and onto your skin. All hair products contain ingredients that can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. If you are using a product to set a style or pin curl over night, wear a shower cap or bandana to help keep your skin fresh and clean!