VERTERE Skincare Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18

Anyone who uses any skincare products knows it usually takes up to 4 weeks to start seeing results…..usually! Unfortunately, since it takes so long to show results, we sometimes either forget or just lose interest and the skincare products end up taking up shelf space in our beauty cabinet. There is one luxury skincare brand cutting the visible results time down to 1% of the standard time, VERTERE Skincare. With the VERTERE Skincare Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18, you will start to see results in only 3 days.

It’s promise of visible results in about 72 hours, results that would take other products weeks or months to provide, it what makes VERTERE Skincare Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 unique.  Its patented formula contains more than 60% of clinically active ingredients that smooth, brighten and clarify the skin while providing moisture that lasts all day.

The VERTERE Skincare Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 is a 5-in-1 product that not only luxuriously hydrates and offers sun protection but also smooths wrinkles, brightens dark spots and eliminates imperfections (even those annoying breakouts that should not happen once we’re well beyond our teen years). We’ve been using it for the past 4 days and we have noticed a difference in our skin’s luminosity. This was confirmed when the day after an alcohol event where we had lots of cocktails and limited sleep, a friend complimented how our skin was glowing and we look thoroughly rested……we couldn’t help but laugh at how there was a big difference between how we looked and how we felt.

The VERTERE Skincare Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 ingredients include lactic acid, salicylic acid, Alpha Arbutin, multiple peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals.  It inhibits tyrosinase synthesis that is key to help brighten dark spots and inhibit them from reappearing. The luxuriously textured yet non-comedogenic cream may be used by all skin tones and types. This fast-acting, anti-aging cream is available in two sizes, 30 ml which is available for $135.00 and an 8ml travel size for $42.00. Are you ready for great skin in 72 hours? Both sizes are available for on www.vertereskincare.com.

Sparkling Ice Launches Limited Edition Mystery Fruit Flavor & Contest

Sparkling Ice has just launched a NEW limited edition Mystery Fruit Flavor and contest. Do you think you can guess the mystery flavor for the chance to win over $45,000 in prizes? The limited edition, mystery fruit flavor joins a vast assortment of flavors that includes Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry and a new Ginger Lime that launched earlier this year.

The Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery fruit flavor will be available in retailers nationwide beginning this week through the end of July 2018. Wrapped in a distinct blue and red packaging with a question mark inside the brand’s signature three-dimensional ice cube, the new limited-edition Mystery fruit flavor offers a clear carbonated beverage balanced with just the right amount of fizz. As with all the other Sparkling Ice flavors, the limited edition Mystery fruit flavor is a zero calorie, zero sugar beverage made with antioxidants and vitamins.

The flavor will not be announced until the end of the summer season, so until then, you’ll just have to place your bets on what you think the fruit flavor by sharing your guesses on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag  #WhattheFlavorSweeps. But your guess can help you win big. You can also submit your guesses on Sparkling Ice’s Facebook page. What can you win? How about an all-expense paid VIP trip to a major music festival in April 2019! A Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify, and more. The contest opened on May 15th and will last through July 31st, 2018. Better start guessing!

For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.com, www.facebook.com, www.Twitter.com, and www.instagram.com.

It’s Shop’O Clock: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale

Hello fellow fashion lovers. If you haven’t noticed, the season of savings is upon us. That’s right, sample sale season has begun. It’s time to “not-splurge” on some of your favorite splurge-worthy luxury fashion accessories at a budget-friendly price. We’re happy to share the upcoming sample sale of one of our favorite luxury jewelry labels, PONO by Joan Goodman. What’s so wonderful about the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale? Aside from the fact that they are gorgeous and you’ll be rocking the same fabulous pieces that have become it’s own character on shows like The Good Wife, you’ll be in the same style company as Rihanna who recently wore a few pieces in June’s issue of Vogue Magazine.

So join us in springing into spring and summer style by heading over to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale where bold and beautiful pieces are yours for the taking at 50-80% off. Peruse all the pretty things with Creative Director, Joan Goodman, and enter their raffle to score an astonishing ensemble of jewelry that will knock your fashionable socks off!

You will fall in love with links like the Lena Necklace, originally $500.00, now up for grabs for $200.00; or find fashion in the stars with the over-sized Gemini Necklace, once $340.00, now a novel $100.00. For the edgy and elegant, there are the perfectly pastel Ice Angle Bangles available, normally $60.00, now simply half price at $30.00, or PONO’s sensational Swing Earrings, all your favorite pool-side hues, normally $55.00, now all yours for only $25.00. Finally, take home this season’s “must-have” on-piece “Maker”- the textured Touchstone necklace, it’s everything you’ll need to be beach glam, now $50.00, way down from an earlier $490.00!

 

 

See all the location and sale details below:

Date: May 30th – June 8th, from 9am–6pm
Location: 224 W 30th St, suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves.

Getting to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale is easy via the following subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station.

Explore the Tastes of the World with Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends

We always say the best way to experience a country’s culture is to dive right into their local cuisines. Sadly not all of us can afford to travel around the world indulging in international foodie fantasies. However, there is a way you can enjoy these culinary delights, especially if you’re not blessed enough to have access to international chefs and restaurants. What do we mean? Cooking with international spices and seasonings of course. Pereg Natural Foods & Spices, the people who brought you fiery Harissa from Tunisia, exotic Moroccan Ras Al Hanout, and the bold flavors of Cajun country, has launched two new international spices, Chinese 5-Spice Seasoning, and Latin Adobo Blend. Let’s get to know Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.

Pereg’s ever-growing selection of international ingredients now includes 5-Spice Seasoning, an aromatic anchor of Chinese cuisine, and Adobo Blend, a zippy mainstay in kitchens from Spain and Peru to Mexico and the Philippines. These two spices join the wide range of Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends.  Pereg’s Chinese 5-Spice mix, a happy marriage of sweet, salty, pungent, sour, and bitter has the power to elevate dishes of all kinds.  With its balanced blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, black pepper, and cloves, it delivers an intriguing, pan-Asian complexity to braises, soups, stir-fries, and sauces. It pairs beautifully with lamb, chicken, and duck. You can even use it in cocktails!

Adobo, which originated in Spain and Portugal, wears many hats. Latin adobo usually refers to a sauce or marinade typically made from paprika and stewed chipotle chilies. However, some Latin and Caribbean countries think of adobo as a seasoning mix, either wet or dry, to rub on meat before cooking. And in the Philippines, where adobo is the national dish, it’s a style of cooking in which meat, fish, or vegetables are marinated in vinegar, salt, and spices, browned in oil and then simmered in the marinade. Adobo seasoning is endlessly versatile. It adds a rich dimension to chicken, turkey, burgers, and your favorite chili. Use it as a dry rub for steaks and whole fish. Mix it with quinoa, add it to fish tacos, spice up your guacamole, or sprinkle it on popcorn.

Are your ready to bring international cuisine to your life and kitchen? What are your thoughts on Pereg’s Mixed Spice Blends? Will you start cooking more international dishes?

You’ll Be Glad You Use Dial: Innovative Body Care Launches from Dial

If you follow us on social media, you know we’re obsessed with body washes. We love the varieties of creamy, fruity, fresh liquid body gels that are both invigorating and moisturizing. We love body washes for their bountiful lather and exfoliating capabilities (this is made even more possible with a great loofahs). Which is why we were so excited to join Dial as their introduced their innovative body care products for 2018. Continue reading to see all the new body care launches from Dial.

The body care launches from Dial include the Dial Skin Therapy Enriching Body Wash, Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Bar Soap, Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash, and the Dial for Men infinite Fresh Body Wash. What makes these body care products extra special is that not only do their cleans and moisturize the skin, many of these new products contain antibacterial ingredients that kills 99.99% of bacteria.

Dial Skin Therapy Enriching Body Wash

Dial Skin Therapy Enriching Body Wash was created with an advanced moisture-attracting formula that adds lasting, lightweight hydration while also gently purifying to help skin feel replenished. With all of the stresses of everyday life, it’s important that we take some time for ourselves. This body wash will transform your daily skin cleansing routine and give you nourished, beautiful skin after every shower! It helps reveal your skin’s natural moisture and radiance, keeps it healthy and clean, and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Dial Skin Therapy Enriching Body Wash is available in three refreshing scents: Himalayan Salt, Manuka Honey, and Sea Minerals. They are available now at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide. A 16oz bottle retails for $4.49 each.

Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Bar Soap

Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Bar Soap is the ONLY bar soap that combines the moisturizing qualities of a beauty bar with the antibacterial protection you expect from Dial! Created with a unique nourishing formula that helps you look and feel good, all while gently cleaning and moisturizing your face and body. For skin that looks soft, smooth and radiant, turn to the Dial Complete 2-In-1 Bar Soap!

Unique nourishing and moisturizing formula that gently cleans leaving skin feel huggably soft, beautiful and radiant. Can be used on face and body. The Dial 2-in-1 Bar Soap is available in Manuka Honey, Coconut Milk, Silk & Magnolia, and is now at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide. A 6-bar pack of soap retails for $4.49.

Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash

The Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash is unlike any other hand wash! Created with an innovative formula that ensures and delivers a luxurious foam that transforms into a rich, creamy lather, this foaming hand wash gently washes away dirt and germs, while moisturizing hands leaving them touchably soft and smooth. Even after repeated washing!

The Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash boasts twice the moisturizing ingredients and kills 99.99% of bacteria. It is formulated to keep hands moisturized even after repeated washing. The 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash is available in three scents: Manuka Honey, Pearl Essence, and Rose Oil (not pictured). The Dial Complete 2-ln-1 Foaming Hand Wash will be available in grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide starting January 2018 for suggested retail price of $2.99 for a 7.5 oz bottle.

Dial For Men Infinite Fresh Body Wash

The Dial For Men Infinite Fresh Body Wash is really FRESH. How fresh? It keeps you guy fresh for up to 25 hours… he might even call it “Infinite”.

Formulated with Clean Rinse Technology Engineered with the right balance of moisturizers Rinses clean and leaves skin feeling fresh non-drying formula with modern, fresh fragrance. The Dial for Men infinite Fresh Body Wash will be available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide. A 16oz bottle retails for $4.49.

What are your thoughts on these body care launches from Dial?

Health & Nutrition: The New Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co.

Once in a while, there’s a new item launch that completely blows us away. While we have enjoyed many a delicious beverage, nothing has caught us by surprise as much as the new Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co. In all honesty, while we love chickpeas, we’re actually not fans of Hummus (it’s a strange predilection). So when we attended a tasting of The Hummus & Pita Co.’s new Hummus Shake, which launches on National Hummus Day, we did so with some trepidation. After one sip, all our apprehension was gone. To say we were pleasantly surprised by how delicious and amazing the thick, creamy drinkable dessert is an understatement.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is known for bringing healthy, homemade Mediterranean cuisine all made-from-scratch on in-store using only the freshest ingredients. The addition of their new Hummus Shake continues that healthy practice.

The Hummus Shake is vegan, FREE of dairy and gluten, and packed with good-for-you ingredients that are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins, but low in calories. This guilt-free dessert starts with just FIVE all-natural, simple ingredients (chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk) that are perfectly blended for a sweet treat that tastes decadent and indulgent, all the while regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and providing anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy effects.

The Hummus Shake is available in five flavors: original, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and butter pecan. Just in time for National Hummus Day, The Hummus & Pita Co. will be offering free samples of this innovative, guilt-free drinkable dessert at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations on Sunday, May 13. To keep celebrations going all week long, The Hummus & Pita Co. will be offering a buy one Hummus Shake, get one free promotion from the May 13th launch date through Sunday, May 20.

A 12 oz cup of the innovative Hummus Shake will be available for $5.00 at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations nationwide, both currently in operation and those slated to open in the coming months. The brand has partnered with Taylor Machines to develop a batch recipe and machine dispenser to ensure the Hummus Shake is replicated perfectly each and every time.

Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks

If you’ve been reading My Life on and off the Guest List, you know we love a good cocktail. So when we had the opportunity to check out the new cocktail book by the sibling team of food and drink writers André and Tenaya Darlington, we jumped at the chance. Published by Running Press last month, Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks, features iconic music paired with equally iconic cocktails. To simply say we were truly impressed with the entire cocktail recipe book is an understatement. Let us show you why.

The 224-page book showcases 70 iconic albums from the 1930s through 2000s, organized in four mood-inspiring chapters: Rock, Dance, Chill, and Seduce. Every album includes a Side A and Side B cocktail to round out a two-drink listening session, just like vinyl albums. Each entry also has liner notes about the artist, along with a party idea (“When to Spin”). And if you need some food to go along with the booze and the records, there are a few small-plate recipes throughout.

The cocktails range from simple two and three-ingredient standbys to a wide range of classic and lesser-known libations and features some tips and tricks for hosting a successful party: from batching cocktails to bar merchandise worth buying, making your own simple syrup and how to banish the fear of using eggs in drinks. We all know nothing makes your cocktail experience better than some good music, which is why the Booze and Vinyl cocktail book some choice songs to go along with their cocktail recipes. Featured albums in the book include Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, Purple Rain, Born To Run, License to Ill, Appetite for Destruction, Thriller, Like a Virgin, Low End Theory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hotel California, Buena Vista Social Club, Back to Black, Pet Sounds, Vampire Weekend, and many more. Some iconic cocktail and music pairing include the following:

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers | Boozy Brunch | Side A: Tequila Sunrise, Side B: Jack & Coke (and Coors)
Madonna: Like a Virgin | ’80s Dance Party | Side A: Between the Sheets, Side B: Beauty Spot

As previously stated, Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks is co-authored by Brother-and-sister writing team André and Tenaya Darlington. Their previous book, The New Cocktail Hour and Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus, was also published by Running Press in 2016. Andre Darlington is a former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist and current drinks, food, travel, and lifestyle writer. His sister, Tenaya Darlington, is a Philly-based food writer for award-winning blog Madame Fromage, as well as Edible Philly, Global Traveler, & The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is teaches food writing at Saint Joseph’s University.

Hardcover copies of Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks is available now for $25.00 and can be purchased through www.boozeandvinyl.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com.

I Am Kreyol Fashion Collection: Empowering Women Through Fashion

There have been times when we’ve heard the saying, “It’s only Fashion”. For many fashion brands it is, but there are the few that this statement is categorically untrue. These are the fashion labels that care more about the opportunities they create and less about the bottom line. One such fashion brand is I Am Kreyol. This women’s high fashion brand empowers ALL women through design and impacts Haitian artisans through sustainability.

We had the pleasure of getting to know I Am Kreyol at Wolf & Badger, a fashion boutique known for featuring some of the most fabulous and distinct fashion labels, most of them unique and indie. I Am Kreyol is inspired by the Haitian cultural ideals of freedom, resilience, and strength. The label’s core purpose is creating a movement and giving back. I Am Kreyol is currently on Indiegogo, looking to raise $30,000 to produce their stunning Lotus capsule collection and to begin creating economic stability and sustainability in Haiti.

Inspired by the beautiful flower with the penchant for growing in some of the harshest of environments, the Lotus collection illustrates a woman’s tenacity to be strong, resilient and powerful even in the midst of adversity. The spring/summer 2018 collection features vibrant colors and distinct prints made of luxurious fabrics.

We love the bold colors and prints, extravagant details, and powerful message that I AM Kreyol is conveying with their fashion collection. The capsule collection includes the Buttercup Sleeveless Crop Top ($100.00), the Laceleaf Pants (featured on the model above, $150.00), The Begonia Dress (featured on the other model, $225.00), the Amaryllis Yop ($160.00), the Tulip Skirt ($125.00), and the Lily Dress ($750.00). Several of the featured pieces are available for pre-order.

Founded by Joelle Fontaine (pictured below), I Am Kreyol is seeking to produce their garments in her homeland of Haiti. By working with skilled Haitian artisans, they hope to provide the opportunity for sustainable income for those Haitian artisans in producing their garments.

For more information on Joelle Fontaine and their Indegogo campaign, visit www.iamkreyol.com.