Dark & Lovely Rebranding Event

Dark & Lovely Rebrands With a Revitalizing Celebration

When it comes to black women and hair, rain can sometimes be our kryptonite. However, the torrential downpour could stop several black beauties from celebrating the rebranding of Dark & Lovely. For over 45 years, Dark & Lovely has proudly dedicated its legacy to catering to the hair care and styling needs of African American women. In celebration, the haircare brand is unveiling a fresh and new modern look. The new logo and brand aesthetic were all unveiled at the rebranding event hosted by Kela Walker.

Dark & Lovely Rebranding Event

The rebranding comes on the heels of Dark & Lovely’s 45th-anniversary celebration in 2017, honoring its launch as the first at-home relaxer and hair color formulated specifically for African American women. The pioneering brand has evolved and is addressing the role hair plays in that expression with the Dark & Lovely campaign, “Dark & Lovely & __________.”

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The Dark & Lovely & _______ campaign celebrates those who authentically express who they are and encourages women to recognize their infinite, internal power, helping them to find their individual voice.

“The Dark & Lovely consumer is bold, she is dynamic and she is constantly changing,” states Kristen Blandon, Vice President of Marketing at SoftSheen-Carsen. “To continue to be the brand she chooses for her evolving hair needs, we must evolve too!”

Dark & Lovely Rebranding EventFade Resist Hair Color

The first updated hair care products are they signature Fade Resist hair color and relaxer product lines. Fade Resist, $5.00, is the #1 hair color for women of color. Its new Nourishing Care conditioner is infused with Vitamin E and Argan Oil to help protect your hair from dryness. Offering 18 shades, the largest shade palette for women of color, the no-drip application provides up to 100% gray coverage. It locks in brilliant shine for up to eight (8) weeks of vibrant, rich conditioning color.

The Dark & Lovely Triple Nourished Silkening Relaxer $7.00, delivers salon-worthy results, leaving your hair feeling nourished and silky smooth. The new Relaxer System helps deliver the conditioning care needed for healthier looking hair. The No-Lye formula helps preserve five signs of healthy hair – moisture, shine, strength, softness, and body. With this new product update, you are able to relax any way you want; whether you want to retouch, tex-tax or spit treat (edges, nape, etc.) for style versatility.

The rebranded Dark & Lovely products are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and www.amazon.com.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Restaurant Review: Fall in Love with Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Late last year, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of the Olio e Piú cookbook; this time, we celebrated their new Fall menu. Just as before, there were so many delicious dining options to enjoy. The new dinner menu items include Garganelli with braised rabbit; Mozzarella Di Bufala with imported buffalo mozzarella, grilled portobello mushrooms, and marinated roasted peppers; Vitello alla Milanese with fried veal cutlet, arugula, tomato, parmesan, lemon; and Trofie al Pesto with broccoli rabe pesto, lemon zest, and Pecorino Toscano; plus so much more.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Unfortunately, we couldn’t partake in most of the new fall menu items due to our mushroom allergy but we did get to enjoy quite a few dishes, including a favorite. Our evening began with some wonderful cocktails and hearty appetizers. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed cocktails we’ve never had before; below, we present the Belladonna (New Amsterdam Gin, Chamdor, Cinzano Bianco, and raspberries); Giardino (Tito’s vodka, Italcus, Cinzano Bianco, basil, and strawberries); Vulcano (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul tequila, Aperol, aveze, lime cordial, and hibiscus).

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

The first item from the new fall menu we enjoyed was a hearty Buffalo ricotta, hot soppressata, and mozzarella Calzone. We hadn’t had a calzone in years and this Olio e Piu Calzone was the perfect reintroduction; piping hot and wonderfully cheesy, you will not regret ordering this at all.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

From piping hot to crispy and heavenly. This light but satisfying salad boasted crisp apples, arugula, seared scallops, and a delicious vinaigrette. It was so good, we wanted seconds. Definitely a must-have.

Olio e Piu Salad

Our next dish was one of our favorites from our last visit to Olio e Piu, the Fritto Misto. A mainstay on the menu year’ round, we can’t help but indulge in the memory of the assortment of squid, shrimp, white fish, zucchini, with the creamiest Bombay aioli.

Fritto Misto

The next dish was Tagliatelle Bolognese, a perfect fall menu option, and one of the signature dishes of Bologna. While many places serve thinner ribbons of Tagliatelle pasta, we loved Olio e Piu’s wider size as you can enjoy more of the meat sauce.

Tagliatelle Bolognese

While we absolutely loved it, we had to save room for the next orgasmic experience, the Bistecca; a perfectly grilled hanger steak, crushed new potatoes, onions, and salsa verde. It normally comes with mushrooms but luckily this was one of the dishes where the mushrooms weren’t already added to the dish.

Grilled hanger steak

Finally on to the non-savory dishes from the fall menu, Dessert. We enjoyed Torta all’ Olio di Oliva, an Olive oil cake, vanilla cream, seasonal berries and a combination of Gelato/Sorbeto.

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Olio e Piu gives you the option of three scoops/flavors, we decided on the Blood Orange, Lemon, and Vallutata di Gelato Alla Vanila. These refreshing scoops were the end to a blissful evening. We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

cariPRO™ ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

GIVEAWAY: Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush: Oral Care for Less

Hello, fellow weekenders. Are you looking to switch to an electric toothbrush or maybe in the market for a replacement? Have we got a great electric toothbrush for you! One that will make you smile brilliantly. The best part, it’s half the price of other electric toothbrushes with the same quality and better features. Say hello to the must-have in oral care, the Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush, created by Founder & President Betty Shah, a 30-yr dental professional. And guess what, one lucky ready will win this amazing ultrasonic electric toothbrush.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

The Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush promises a healthier mouth, improved gum care, whiter teeth, and a 60-day money-back guarantee. There are so many things we love about this electric toothbrush. What are our favorites? The smart timer that lets you know when you move to the other sections of your mouth, and the 5 brush modes (clean, white, massage, gum care, sensitive). Most electric toothbrushes, especially those on a lower price point, do not offer this many modes.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

Why do we love the multiple modes? We love it because we can change modes while we’re brushing. This proved essential because we have a loose tooth that’s not quite ready to be extracted yet; the clean and white modes were both too strong for it so we switched to the sensitive mode for the quadrant of our mouth where our loose tooth was. It must be noted that switching modes restart the smart timer process, so you’ll have to shut it off manually. That, of course, can be done with one push of a button.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

You’ll also love its power. As heavy tea drinkers, we appreciate the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush’s 40,000 vibrations/minute dynamic cleaning action. It’s just what we need to remove tea stains from our teeth. Other standout features include a 30-day battery life (on a full charge), an ergonomic slim design with a graphite gray soft-touch grip, a waterproof design that is safe for shower or bath and a tongue scraper; the latter is a feature we haven’t seen on an electric toothbrush.

The Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush is available in three packages. The Individual Package, $119.00, which includes 1 cariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush, 2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont bristles, and 1 wireless charging dock. The Deluxe Package, $129.00, which features 1 cariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush, 4 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont bristles, and 1 wireless charging dock. The Couples Package, $199.00, which includes 2 cariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrushes, 4 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont bristles, and 2 wireless charging docks. All three packages are available on www.smilebrilliant.com.

To enter our Smile Brilliant giveaway, click www.smilebrilliant.com/gb/mylifeontheguestlist!!! For those who don’t want to wait and see if you’re the lucky winner, get 20% off the cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes with code: mylifeontheguestlist20.

Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

This Danish Brewer Wants to Make Bar Hopping More Eco-Friendly

Although there are those who love nothing more than to celebrate with a cocktail or tuck in with a glass of wine after a hard day, there’s a significant portion of people who would rather wind down with an ale or lager. After all, 41% of all adults chose beer as their favorite alcoholic beverage in 2014. But even though beer is one of the oldest drinks in the world, that’s not stopping companies from innovating. It’s not only about craft beer, either; it’s even getting to the point where the ubiquitous bottle or can may not be the best vessel to hold your suds.

Apparently, green beer isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day anymore, and the brewer knows this.

Carlsberg Green Fiber Bottle Design

No, we’re not talking about color. We’re talking about eco-friendliness. It’s a topic more Americans are researching, meaning that many people are actively taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. For instance, some individuals are trying to decrease the activities that add carbon dioxide — a prevalent greenhouse gas that makes up 0.05% of the atmosphere — to the environment, which might involve driving less or switching to an electric vehicle. Others vow to ditch single use plastics, which are incredibly common in our society but are starting to become more highly regulated. Although we might still rely on other kinds of plastics, like those made from the reaction injection molding process, plastic bags and containers are being swapped out for reusable alternatives.

And then, of course, there’s the pledge to recycle more. Research has revealed that the majority of what we think we’re recycling ends up sitting around in landfills — often due to the unsustainably high costs associated with recycling and no way to send recyclable goods to other countries like in the past. But one popular beer brewer based in Denmark believes that their recyclable mission will still manage to make a positive impact.

Earlier this month, beer brewer, Carlsberg announced that the company is currently developing prototypes for its “Green Fibre Bottle,” a fully recyclable beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibers. Essentially, it’s made out of eco-friendly paper and can be recycled after use. Although the world produced 411 million metric tons of paper and cardboard in 2016, not all papers are so environmentally responsible.

Carlsberg has actually developed two different prototypes — one that utilizes an interior barrier made of polyethylene terephthalate polymer film and the other with a “100% bio-based” polyethylene furanoate polymer film barrier. Although the bottles require the barrier in order to hold the beer inside, Carlsberg says that the company eventually wants to produce a completely bio-based bottle without any use of polymers at all. What’s more, the brewer has made a commitment to having zero carbon emissions at its breweries and to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

While the bottles are still very much in development, Carlsberg is taking its time to ensure that the taste of the beer won’t be altered by the packaging materials. And since many of the materials used in the paper bottles aren’t commercially available, the beer maker has teamed up with other major companies, including Absolut, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola, to create better paper packaging.

Ultimately, Carlsberg doesn’t plan to replace its existing cans and bottles with the paper model, but they are hoping to provide customers with an additional option. It’s not clear as of yet how much beer in a paper bottle might cost; it is possible that eco-friendly drinkers might be willing to cough up a bit more for sustainability.

Until these bottles become available, however, eco-conscious lushes might do well to buy organic and local. Beer actually isn’t the most eco-friendly alcoholic beverage option, given the way this drink is made — but if you’re committed to enjoying a cold one, opt for a can. Although glass is recyclable, it’s heavier to ship (and aluminum is actually easier to recycle). Do your research on brewers that prioritize sustainable practices, too. That way, you can feel a little less guilty about your carbon footprint when you’re getting buzzed.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe

Growing up, there’s nothing we enjoyed more than watching with than our mom creating delicious treats in our kitchen. It was with total adulation that we watched her every move and of course the gift of participating was priceless. We watched our mom make the best cakes, bread, drinks, and much more; as you can imagine, this fueled our love of creating. This is why when we were invited to brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe to bake bread, we were ecstatic.

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Although we were a little late, we jumped right into the breadmaking process with the approachable wines. The classic California wine company boasts easy-drinking wines with rich and lush fruit flavors. The entire breadmaking process brought back memories of helping our mom and how much fun we had creating delicious dishes in the kitchen.

Bread making Dough Rising

While we were waiting for our dough to rise and our delicious brunch by Chef Ashton Keefe, we learned quite a bit about Bread & Butter Wines. Throughout the day’s event, we enjoyed three of their varietals, Bread & Butter Chardonnay California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir California, and their Rosé. The wines were wonderfully paired with the courses of our brunch.

Bread & Butter Rosé wine

Pre-brunch, and again with our starters, we started with the Bread & Butter Wines Rosé. This delightful rosé features generous aromas of fresh strawberry, green melon with hints of hibiscus and rose petal. Its rich texture is complemented with balanced acidity leading to a refreshing and supple finish. The event started with “welcome toasts” consisting of eggs and prosciutto toast and mushroom and ricotta toast. Our brunch featured Gem Lettuce Salad with Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon dressing; Harvest Panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, plums, fig, burrata and toasted bread; Vegetable Tart with eggplant, peas, parsley & eggs; Quiche with roasted zucchini and goat cheese with squash blossoms.

Bread & Butter Wine

The Chardonnay (shown above) opens with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit.  Those creamy notes continue to your palate where they are joined with bright acidity and well-integrated oak that leads into a long, creamy finish.

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The Cabernet Sauvignon expresses captivating aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with intertwining layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak, and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate-covered cherries. The round mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a little spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.

Red Wine

The above Pinot Noir boasts juicy red fruit. Think cherries and raspberries with a touch of cassis. It features delicate hints of cedar and bay leaf to balance the sweetness of the fruit; this creates an enduring bouquet.  That luscious fruit bouquet continues onto the palate, where it’s joined by soft flavors of oak and savory notes. The rich mouthfeel is complemented by a long and beautifully smooth finish.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

For dessert, we had a Boozy Bread Pudding with Bread & Butter Chardonnay and berries. We love the idea of adding the heavy berry and subtle spice of the Cabernet as a component of this delicious dessert. As you can imagine, we were quite full after that hearty brunch and was excited to take our dough, along with a bottle of Bread & Butter Wines, home to bake in own ovens. Let’s just say, once we did, our fresh bread did not last very long.

Have you tried one or more of the Bread & Butter Wines? What are your thoughts on these easy-drinking California wines?

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Twice Shy Earrings: Uniquely Curated & Affordable K-Fashion Earrings

There is no doubt that Korean beauty has conquered the US. You will find K-beauty brands and products in almost every beauty store. But that’s not the only Korean must-haves you must make note of. K-Fashion is set to makes waves in the Korean must-have space. We were recently introduced to Twice Shy Earrings, an international jewelry brand bringing uniquely curated and affordable earrings straight from the cool Seoul streetwear style to US fashionistas.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Founded in April of 2019 by twin sisters Natalie and Rachel, Twice Shy offers unique styles of drop earrings, hoops, studs, and ear cuffs. With one sister in Korea and one in the US, they come together to create a unique jewelry brand; one that is a direct reflection of their own personal styles. The best part, these stunning jewelry pieces are incredibly affordable. None of them are over $20.00. Check out a few of our favorite Twice Shy Earrings below:

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Generate all the buzz with some of their best sellers, like their Beatrix Honey Hoops ($14.00), adorned with playful bumble bee charms. Celebrate the artistic part of your style with the Celeste Abstract Drop Pearl Earrings ($15.00), which features a playful shape and delicate pearl embellishment.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

For those looking for some Seoul style, the trend-setting, funky pair of Blushing Bella Hoops ($13.50, our absolute favorite pair) will definitely sure to turn heads. We hope you’re ready for non-stop compliments because these darlings will bring more style praise than your ego can handle.

Our second favorite Twice Shy Earrings are these Yvie Pearl Drop Earrings ($17.00); you’ll love these enchanting pair of hand-shaped golden studs complimented by delicate faux pearl drops. We believe these will be very popular as they combine both an edgy and sophisticated aesthetic; plus you can’t beat this awesome price.

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Whether you’re an earring fanatic or just love jewelry in general, you’ll love all the unique earrings Twice Shy offers. You’ll instantly fall in love with heir earrings, we surely did. We promise you’ll find your new favorite earrings in no time.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Global Transfiguration: How a Simple T-Shirt Is Trying to Save the World

As we become more aware of environmental changes impacting our planet, we’re adopting more sustainable practices in everyday life. Americans use 40% less natural gas in their homes than 40 years ago. As we learn more about sustainability, this is translating into more than just energy use.

Eco-conscious company Global Transfiguration is introducing a collection of sustainable prints to allow you to wear your environmentally beating heart on your sleeve. In partnership with The Climate Reality Project, Global Transfiguration artist and founder Stephon Stewart hopes that his new line of prints will inspire change in everyday life, from the 33% of renters who move each year to the toddler just starting to learn about how the world works.

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“Earth is our only home,” Stewart explains. “This is our opportunity to change the course of history for future generations on our planet.”

His oil paintings have hit a chord with people both young and old. Featuring 16 versions of the earth in various forms, each one represents a possible future we might experience.

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For example, the fiery “Inferno” showcases a red earth meant to be viewed through an infrared radiation telescope. In this version of a future earth, carbon dioxide has done its worst, getting trapped inside the atmosphere to warm the planet to obscene temperatures. But the greenhouse effect isn’t the only thing we have to worry about.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Another, titled “Dry,” shows the earth as a potential barren wasteland. Now that the United States has hit a high of creating 4.3 trillion documents each year, this is a scary — but very real — possibility. But Stewart’s prints aren’t all terrifying. “Wet” is meant to pay tribute to the water that sustains the planet while “Gaia” honors the greenery of earth and the harmony between humans and nature.

Best of all? Part of the proceeds goes toward a monthly donation directly to The Climate Reality Project.

So far, the Global Transfiguration campaign has 16 eco-friendly T-shirts available, eight different totes, and a fleece hoodie. On the shirts, the globe rests right on the wearer’s chest, an emblem akin to the logo of a superhero doing their part to save the planet.

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“Everyday citizens can wear the shirts and feel like superheroes,” Stewart continues. “Maybe one can grow up to be the next Albert Einstein and create a new energy source.”

As such, the shirts are available in men’s, women’s, children’s, and even toddler’s sizes. In the fight to save the planet for the next generation, Stewart and Global Transfiguration hope that everyone will partake in the project and “Wear the change.”

Repair Your Skin with the Latest OZNaturals Skincare Products

We are slowly getting into the time of year when the air is colder and drier. Your lightweight summer moisturizers will not be enough to combat the dryness of the cooler temperatures. Luckily two moisturizing, skin-loving OZNaturals skincare products, the cold processing skincare pioneer, are here to help your skin adjust. OZNaturals announced the launch of their NEW! Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter and a NEWLY formulated Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer; both of which offer superb hydration and so much more.

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, the Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter creates a protective shield that locks in moisture to deliver a natural healthy glow to the skin. The Sea-packed Facial moisturizer not only helps to protect and renew the skin’s cells on your face but it also acts to purge the skin of damaging toxins. Your skin will thank you for using these OZNaturals skincare products.

OZNaturals Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter, $24.95

OZNaturals NEW! Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter

Enjoy super hydration and skin protection like no other. The OZNaturals Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter’s antioxidant-rich oils hydrate and protect your skin, even in the most extreme conditions. Its superstar ingredients deliver many Omega Fatty Acids, Phytosterols and Vitamins A, E, and K.  These nutrients are extremely beneficial for immediately nourishing dry, ashy, chapped skin.  You’ll love the richness of this whipped soufflè, it leaves your skin with a luxurious, silky feel.

OZNaturals Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer, $19.95

OZNaturals NEWLY FORMULATED! Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer

This natural, anti-aging facial moisturizer contains Vitamin C, Sea Kelp, and Algae Keratin Extract for the most therapeutic and effective moisturizing available. This formula is great for any skin type, even sensitive skin; it makes a perfect daytime and nighttime moisturizer for oily, combination, and normal skin types. This Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer also helps boosts collagen production to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with water-binding properties that support moisture retention.

All of OZNaturals skincare products are manufactured through Cold Processing. Cold Processing is different from other manufacturing processes because the key ingredients are never heated, boiled or melted during or after production. By utilizing Cold Processing, OZNaturals is able to preserve the beneficial values and high effectiveness of its key ingredients. This allows your skin to receive a more natural product with all the full benefits of the ingredients, preserved in their most potent and pure form.

OZNaturals skincare products are also cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan and plant-based. All are made without Phenoxyethanol, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, and Benzyl Alcohol. OZNaturals is available online at www.OZNaturals.com and www.amazon.com.