Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Drinks From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

As evidence by the number of sold-out items that were on our grocery list, the majority of you couples are staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day. So we decided to have more Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes for you to create at home. We hope you’ve enjoyed our previous Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day cocktails. We know you’ll enjoy these two sensual drink recipes by Ron Abuelo 7 Años, a delicious blend of rums with a weighted age of seven years.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

These delicious rum cocktails were created by Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador, Cristóbal Srokowski. There’s just something sensual about rum cocktails that make them perfect for Valentine’s Day cocktails. It may be the rich and darkness of the sugarcane molasses or its Caribbean history, islands that inspire escapism or hedonism. That’s what these two Ron Abuelo 7 Años bring to mind and we know you’ll enjoy them very much.

El Versalles

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
¾ oz. Fresh raspberries purée
¾ oz. Fresh passion fruit purée
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Simple syrup
Champagne flute
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a Champagne flute. Top off with chilled Champagne or dry sparkling wine and gently stir. Garnish with a raspberry.

Panama Dreaming

Last Minute Valentine's Day Drink From Ron Abuelo 7 Años

1 ½ oz. Ron Abuelo 7 años
6 Fresh Raspberries
¾ oz. Honey syrup
¾ oz. Tamarind concentrate
1 oz Fresh lime juice
Muddle the raspberries inside the shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Simple strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, mint spring, and fresh raspberries.

About Ron Abuelo 7 Años ($24.99):

A reddish amber colored Reserva Superior. Matured in small oak casks, the Abuelo 7 Años is a versatile selection for sipping, mixing, and with food pairings. Rounded and balanced with aromas of dates, raisins, and vanilla. In the mouth, there is light minerality with notes of fig, cinnamon, and dried fruit.

Ron Abuelo is produced by Varela Hermanos, a third-generation family-owned company that dates back to 1908 when Don José Varela established the first sugar mill in the town of Pesé in the recently formed Republic of Panama. The rums of Ron Abuelo are made at Hacienda San Isidro in Pesé (a small valley in the Azuero Peninsula).

Celebrating 45 Years of Dark and Lovely Hair Care for Women of Color

We recently helped celebrate a great milestone in African American beauty. This year, Dark and Lovely hair care celebrates 45 years of catering to the haircare and styling needs of women of color. The event highlighted Dark and Lovely’s rich heritage and impact the brand has made in the beauty and fashion in the African-American community from it’s creation in the 1970’s, to today.

To commemorate this milestone in haircare, brand ambassador, actress, and singer Demetria McKinney, welcomed the crowd with her latest single, as well as singing the brand’s praises.

 “To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Although she couldn’t make the event, actress Teyonah Parris, the newest brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely hair care welcomed the crowd of attendees with a video message stating her excitement to be part of the hair care brand.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Dark and Lovely celebrate their 45th anniversary and I am so excited to be the newest brand ambassador. “I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I’m so proud to be able to represent the brand as an ambassador. It is a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone during Black History Month.”

After Demetria’s wonderful performance, we journeyed through the influential African-American hairstyles of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; from afros and finger waves to braids, and flowing layers, each highlighting an essential Dark and Lovely hair care product. Fun fact about the iconic brand – did you know Dark and Lovely was introduced as the first hair color product formulated specifically for African American women? The brand has, of course, expanded to a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, styling products, and a full line of products specifically designed for naturally curly hair.

Making their debut at the event were two new collections: Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia natural-looking hair color infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Pomegranate, that gives natural looking color, while delivering a glossy shine; the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser, and Clumping Curl Crème Gel, a care and styling duo formulated with Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, to help define naturally curly hair and reduce frizz.

The Dark and Lovely hair care event was capped off with the brand awarding five wonderful students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to be mentored by L’Oréal USA senior-level executives as part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. Scholarship winners include Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, Kimberly Burton, and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Are you excited for the latest Dark and Lovely hair care launches? What’s your favorite Dark and Lovely products? To learn more about these products, head to Dark and Lovely.

Happy Anniversary: Tweezerman Celebrates 35 Years

A good product lasts a very long time, but a great brand with an amazing product lasts decades. We were invited to help Tweezerman celebrate its 35th Anniversary. That’s 35 years of providing the best professional beauty tools, essentials we can’t live without. From Tweezers to eyelash curlers, and makeup brushes, Tweezerman is the go-to brand that makeup artists and beauty addicts look towards for premium, quality beauty tools, and as a brand ambassador, we were more than happy to help them celebrates 35 Years.

Along with a fun night of delicious hors’ doeuvres and great cocktails, for this celebrations, Tweezerman offered complimentary beauty tools and the opportunity to win some great prizes such as a free trip to Las Vegas, an iPad Mini, and a gift certificate to Sephora. Sadly, we didn’t win any of those wonderful prizes but we still had a wonderful time catching up with fellow Tweezerman Ambassadors, bloggers, and beauty lovers. we also had the great opportunity to meet with and speak to Juergen Bosse, President and Chief Executive Officer Tweezerman International, who welcomed the crowd. See his speech in the video below:

We love all the products from Tweezerman, but our most recent obsession has been the NEW! ProMaster Lash Curler for Almond and Deep Set Eyes

As one of the Lash Logic Series, the ProMaster Lash Curler for Almond and Deep Set Eyes has the perfect shape and perfect design for those of us with more curve to our eyelids. It is designed to beautifully curl hard to reach lashes thanks to its thin top bar, extra wide opening, and thick, rounded silicone pads. For those with round eyes, there’s the ProCurl Lash Curler for round eyes. both are available for $22.00 and can be purchased at Sephora and

A Toast to Summer’s End w/ Easy Labor Day Weekend Cocktails

Are you ready for more Labor Day Weekend Cocktails? Of course you are. We’re happy to bring you more cocktail recipe ideas to make your end of the summer celebrations a fun and delicious one. Whether you’re short on time, or just want to spend more time hanging out with  your guests, you can still blow them away with some delicious, quick, and easy to make drink recipes from The Famous Grouse Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cynar Liqueur, Averna Liqueur, and Aperol Aperitif. We’ve even paired one of these cocktails, all of which boasts no more than four ingredients, with a culinary favorite, the Lobster Roll.

The Famous Grouse – Lobster Roll + Whisky Ginger Pairing

Famous Grouse and Burger and Lobster

“Whisky pairs beautifully with a lobster roll as the creamy mayo and melted butter combination with coat your mouth and then soften the alcohol on your palate. Specifically, The Famous Grouse pairs perfectly due to the zesty orange and citrus notes, which complements the freshness of the lobster, celery and lemon already in the recipe,” – Nicola Riske, The Famous Grouse Brand Ambassador

The Famous Grouse Whisky Ginger

1.5 oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
4 oz Ginger Ale
Dash of fresh lemon juice
Pour the Famous Grouse and ginger ale over ice, add a dash of fresh lemon juice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge

The Lobster Roll:
4 cups cooked lobster meat, cut up into bite-size pieces and doused with melted butter
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped celery
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon of salt
Mix together and stuff into a grilled hot dog bun.

We’re continuing the fun with these deliciously simple recipes from Skinnygirl cocktails, and a few Italian ice cream floats with a boozy twist. These delightful cocktail recipes are made with Skinnygirl’s Bare Naked, and Cucumber Vodkas,  Cynar Liqueur, Averna Liqueur, and  Aperol Aperitif. With only 3-4 ingredients needed for each of these cocktail recipes, you’ll spend less time making cocktails, and more time enjoying your family, friends, and of course, a few drinks for yourself.

Summer’s Kiss Goodbye

Summer's Kiss Goodbye

2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
2 large, muddled strawberries
3-4 pieces of basil
Splash of club soda
Pour all ingredients except club soda over ice. Muddle strawberries and top with club soda.

Summer’s End

Summer's End

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
3 – 4 parts soda water
Cucumber for garnish
Mix all ingredients over ice. Cut the cucumber into thin slices and garnish.

Cynar Ice Cream Float

Cynar Liqueur
Root Beer
Vanilla Ice Cream

Averna Ice Cream Float

Averna Liqueur
Black Cherry Soda
Chocolate Ice Cream

Aperol Sorbet Float

Aperol Aperitif
Lemon/Lime Soda
Strawberry Sorbet

As you can see, we’re in for a lot of fun this weekend as we enjoy these recipes. Do you guys have any go-to Labor Day Weekend Cocktails you’ll be enjoying?

Hot for Summer: Freedom by Finishing Touch’s Painless, On-the-Spot Hair Remover

Take it from big wave pro surfer and model, Anastasia Ashley, who has to remain hair-free all the time, life is much more pleasant when your hair removal process is pain-free. Of course this news should be nothing new to the world at large, but since there still are hair removal processes and products still on the market that don’t exactly leave you with a pleasant experience, we wanted to highlight a must-have for those of you who ant to be hair-free. Anastasia has partnered with Finishing Touch to show how you can be hair-free…….painlessly. As the Brand Ambassador, and the face of Freedom for Finishing Touch, the number #1 hair remover for women in America, Anastasia shares how the instant, pain free, on-the-spot, total body hair remover can give you the edge.
The small and fashionably cute Freedom for Finishing Touch can go everywhere with you. It’s compact and discrete size make it always available for those rushed grooming moments when you’ve missed a spot while shaving, have difficulty removing hair from tough areas, or when you just need to get rid of new growth. There is also no fear of nicks, cuts, bumps or burns thanks to its blade-free technology. The Freedom for Finishing Touch is safe on all skin types, is gentle enough to use on your face and bikini line, it’s available in fun, colorful patterns, and is only $9.99 for a limited time exclusively at Walmart. We had a chance to have a very quick sit down with Anastasia Ashley on her involvement with Freedom for Finishing Touch, check it out below:

Talking with Big wave pro surfer and model, Anastasia Ashley, the Brand Ambassador for Freedom by Finishing Touch

With this on-the-go hair removing tool, you be smooth all summer. If you’re tired of hair removal methods that are painful and a hassle, try the Freedom for Finishing Touch, and truly enjoy your summer.

Fudge Urban Alternative Hair Products Launch in the US

Fudge Urban, the UK’s got-to brand for affordable, high street hair styling products and one of the fastest growing hair brands in the UK, finally lets the US have a bit more fun with our hair. The hair brand features a collection of fun, edgy and alternative hair styling products for those who are not afraid to experiment with their color or style. To celebrate, Fudge Urban held an event hosted by new Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Hairstylist, Lou Teasdale, who is the genius behind the One Direction’s famed locks.

Inspired by fashion, culture, music and all things innovative and edgy, Fudge Urban delivers a unique and revolutionary range of salon quality, unisex hair products for those who’s not afraid to make a statement with their looks. From sea salt sprays and waxes to fruity, sweet smelling mousses and hairsprays, the edgy brand offers something for everyone no matter your look, whether you prefer long or short, straight or curly, clean or messy hair.

The Fudge Urban hair products available in the US include:

24 Hour Coconut Rush Power Gel – Perfect for those constantly on the go, this super versatile gel keeps your style in place for 24 hours with an invisible hold that is sure to last all day whatever your style. $7.99

Root Powder Styler – Providing instant texture for those who love to experiment with new looks, this fine and dry powder gives extreme volume and lasting style with no stickiness. $10.99

Iced Watermelon & Vanilla Dry Shampoo – This brush-and-go, waterless formula uses special micro-powders designed to clean the hair of natural dirt and oils, leaving hair healthy and revitalised for a refreshed look between washes. $10.99

Iced Coconut Cocktail Hairspray – Update your hairstyle with confidence using the Iced Coconut Cocktail Hairspray, a concentrated hairspray with super strong hold for up to 48 hours. $7.99

Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray – A soft touch hairspray that certainly doesn’t lack in strength. With anti-frizz properties, this 24 hour spray smoothes and seals ends, ensuring your hair is never out of place. $7.99

Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Styling Mousse – Prevent dry and damaged hair with this conditioning mousse that protects strands from heat styling while sealing loose ends and taming flyaways for a long lasting finish. $9.99

Iced Tropical Cocktail Miracle Ends – A concentrated, lightweight lotion enriched with innovative dry Argan Oil to hydrate and repair ends. Apply to wet hair to condition and protect or on dry hair to de-frizz and seal ends for a smooth and straight finish with natural shine. $9.99

Sea Salt Texturizing Spray – The perfect texturizing spray for those seeking raw, beach hair. The tropical coconut scented mist provides a strong, textured look when sprayed and scrunched into hair, ideal for that messy “out of the surf” sexy beach look. $10.99

Rocker Wax – This lightweight, 24 hour stronghold wax creates style without stiffness or stickiness. Rub through dry hair for a messed up look, then rework it day or night for a rock star edge and definition. $10.99

Matte Wax – Use this no shine wax to give an edgy, messed up look. Create maximum texture with a firm, invisible hold and non-sticky formula that you can wear all day with confidence. $10.99

Surfer Wax – A concentrated hard wax that gives the same raw and gritty texture of a salt spray with the control and definition of a wax for a matte finish and super firm hold. $10.99

Texture Junk Mould or shape your hair into any style you want with Urban Texture Junk for maximum texture and control. Rub through dry hair for a natural textured look. $10.99

Along with helping us get better acquainted with Fudge Urban’s cool range of products, Lou Teasdale also gave us a sneak peek and a copy of her new book, The Craft DIY Hair & Beauty, available April 15th. Filled with step by step tutorials on how to achieve the edgiest beauty looks (25 alternative beauty looks), her fav beauty products, and insight on how to break into the beauty industry, fans of all things beauty should add this book to their must-have list.

The Fudge Urban range is available in the US at select Target stores nationwide and online at

Actor & Global Alpina Brand Ambassador, William Baldwin, Celebrate Alpina Geneve’s 2012 Diver Collection

Actor and Global Alpina Brand Ambassador Billy Baldwin (most recently seen as William van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl and Frank Delano on Hawaii Five-O) was on hand to help celebrate the launch of Alpina Watches’s new 2012 Extreme Diver Collection, which made its debut at Baselworld in Switzerland March 8-15, as the new face of its 2012 advertising campaign. The New Alpina Extreme Diver Watch is just the first model that Billy Baldwin will be introducing with the brand; more new exciting models are currently in development.

“We couldn’t be more confident in our choice for this campaign; William Baldwin not only represents the face of Alpina, he carries the spirit of the brand – Generous, strong, and talented,” says Alpina’s CEO, Peter Stas (featured in the photo with Baldwin below). Mr. Stas showed how true his statement was by donating ten of the new timepieces to The Carol Baldwin Foundation, Baldwin’s family charity for breast cancer research, named after their mother in their father’s honor, to be used as auction items for their various galas and events raising funds for breast cancer research. Each of the donated watches are special edition Divers with inscribed gold plating enclosed in the box featuring The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Logo

“Associating myself with brands founded on solid corporate ethics with ambitious programs in place is paramount,” says Baldwin. “Alpina is exactly that brand and I’ve enjoyed working with them every step of the way.”

The new Alpina Extreme Diver is an ideal accessory which combines the elements of diving while delivering a bold, athletic, coolfactor that’s completely unrivaled. “As a general rule, for any regular activities from snorkeling to scuba diving, a diver should always choose a Watch with a water resistance rating of at least 200 meters. For the occasional swim, a watch resistant to 100 meters will do.”

The Alpina Extreme Diver’s case is made of anti-corrosive materials has a nonscratch crystals, and is outfitted with extendable wrist straps that can fit over a wet suit. The bezel of the Alpina Extreme Diver is unidirectional has luminous markers, and is used to set the maximum time a diver plans to be under water.

During the event, Baldwin, much to the delight of all guests, took photos with everyone who asked (almost everyone asked) to in the Alpina Geneva photo booth which featured the Actor’s ad.

Mambo Clothing Launches at Bon-Ton Stores

Several great things come from Australia including my favorite True Blood star, Ryan Kwanten who also just happens to be the new Brand Ambassador for Aussie brand street and surf wear brand, Mambo. To celebrate the partnership, Mambo and Bon-Ton Stores held an event at Drive-In Studios. “We are very pleased about our partnership with Mambo Graphics. It is especially exciting to be the first retailer in the United States to offer this iconic Australian surfwear/streetwear brand,” commented Bud Bergren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bon-Ton. “Mambo is one of the top surf and skate brands in the world and will be an exciting addition to our extensive portfolio of exclusive private and national brand offerings. It will offer a vast assortment of fun and artfully-designed products for our young customer.”

The Mambo collection which will surely keep brands like Hollister on its toes, started appearing in stores beginning this fall and includes young men’s, juniors and children’s apparel, as well as accessories and swimwear; prices are estimated to range from a very affordable $18.00 – $50.00. As the Brand Ambassador, the very hot Ryan Kwanten, who is also the face of the brand, was in attendance to play host for the event.

As host, Ryan introduced introduced the night’s entertainment, Brooklyn-based band, the Ill Fits

As a huge fan of True Blood, its always a bit of a shock to hear Ryan Kwanten speak in his native Aussie accent when I’m so used to hearing the deep southern twang of Jason Stackhouse. Anyway, here’s a snippet of the Ill Fits performing one of their songs

Along with the performance, the event had skateboarders working an indoor ramp, a graffiti artist painting a wall and guests were also treated to complimentary tees screen-printed with a few Mambo graphics (I went with the “Love” graphic

To get your hands on Mambo’s collection, check out any Bon-Ton location or go to