Lovely ♡ Healthy ♡ Happy | Cosmetic Monster
Forget candy and micro-sized bags of chips. The new crop of vending machines and kiosks are packed with your favorite cosmetic bon bons instead!! Now everything (caviar, iPods, charging cables, Benetint) are available without having to deal with salespeople, lines and dirty testers.
Occupying the space between a brick & mortar and the web, The Models Own kiosk is seriously the coolest thing I’ve seen since gummy bears by the pound. Of course if you’re in need of professional assistance – or if you just prefer the one-on-one service, a visit to a brightly lit and well stocked counter or shop may be in order.
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I ❤ Face Masks. Is there a t-shirt for that?? BETTY & KO 3.1 WALKER CLAY ($68, bettyandko.com) is the perfect solution for Summer ravaged skin – whether its dry, greasy, angry or recovering from too many margaritas by the pool. The all-natural dry clay based mask can be fresh mixed with plain Greek yogurt, organic honey or water – creating a unique cooling paste that doesn’t dry out or crack. I prefer to use it at night after a warm shower. After about 20 minutes, rinse and apply night cream – wake to softer, happier skin. Did I mention Walker Clay is packaged in Miron Glass? So gorgeous.
BOBBI BROWN ‘SURF & SAND’ COLLECTION - Sheer washes of shimmering neutrals and sea glass pastels make Bobbi’s Surf & Sand collection visually harmonious. | Brightening Blush ($45) in Blush Bronze (shown) and Blush Pink. Eye Shadow Palette in Surf (shown) and Sand (shown). Sheer Lip Color ($25) in Peach Sorbet, Pink Taffy, Summer Nude and Sunlit Pink (shown). Also includes Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24) in Black Chocolate and Bronze and Beach EDP Rollerball ($25). Reviews coming this month.
KALE. It’s the It Girl of the vegetable world. Health buffs are packing into their smoothies, protein bars and chips. On its own, kale is fairly tasteless with a hearty texture – honestly, barely edible.
LEMON GINGER KALE SALAD
This simple, colorful salad makes kale more palatable if not craveable. A simple combination of kale (chopped), dried cranberries, pecans, candied ginger and star fruit is brought together with a bright dressing made with lemon juice, honey, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
There is no recipe for this – I eyeball each ingredient, heavier on the lemon juice and vinegar, easy on the oil – adding honey, salt and pepper to taste. The chewiness of the cranberries, crunch of the pecans and the surprising flavor of the star fruit and ginger will have you hoarding kale at the Farmers’ Market this weekend.
Cocoppa is an Apple and Android (thank you!) app that allows you to exchange your boring default icons for cute, cool, edgy ones – or even design your own!!
I use this in conjunction with the Go Launcher app for Android to completely customize my home screen with a calendar widget and the apps I use most. With Go Launcher you can also customize your icon size, dock apps, side dock, background and animation settings.
Seeing the cute little piggies, puppies and happy backgrounds makes me happy and adds a nice bit of cheer to my day.