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Malie Organics: A First Class Ticket to Pampering!

Celebrate your own natural beauty and the cultural wonders of Hawaii with Malie Organics.  Founded in 2004, Malie Organics offers a luxurious line of all-natural and organic beauty products that are approved by the Natural Products Association.  Honoring their Hawaiin roots, all Malie products feature indigenous and local Hawaiian flora and  are all proudly made in the USA. Malie does not use petroleum, mineral spirits, sulfates or parabens in any of its products.

I had the opportunity to try the Malie’s Jet Set gift set that includes (TSA-friendly) 2.5-ounce bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream.  My experience was like a day at the spa.  Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar scents, this beautifully packaged travel set retails for $39.50.

Malie’s Jet Set Gift Set

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I’m always looking for all-natural and organic products to use on my hair. I found both and so much more with Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner. Are you looking for a color safe, sulfate free, rich lathering shampoo and moisturizing, hair softening conditioner?

Malie Organics Plumeria Shampoo 

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Malie Organics Plumeria Conditioner

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Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner left my strands feeling clean, moisturized and silky soft.  I also enjoyed the soft and gentle essence of plumeria. The shampoo gently, but thoroughly cleansed my hair without stripping hair of its natural oils. I love the conditioner as well as it is excellent for detangling my thick curly locks.  My hair felt so moisturized and soft after using this shampoo and conditioner combo.  Best of all, Malie products are 70% organic and don’t contain the harmful ingredients found in many hair-care products. And the nose-pleasing scent of the Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner duo lingered on for hours after use.  For only $23.50 each, this high-end quality shampoo and conditioner are a steal.

Malie Organics Plumeria Body Wash

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Close your eyes and imagine the most enjoyable and elegant shower or bath you could  ever experience. Now open them and find a bottle of  Malie Organics Plumeria body wash.  This sulfate-free body wash wrapped me in thick, rich, skin-softening suds and left my skin feeling soft and smelling beautiful.  My skin was not left feeling tight and actually felt very moisturized even after drying off.  I am so impressed with this body wash and my hubby loves the way my skin smells when I climb into bed.  Pamper yourself with an 8.25 oz bottle of pure indulgence for only $28.00!

Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream

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The moment I started to massage the Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream into my skin, I knew I was saying goodbye to the dry itchy skin that often plagues my skin during the cooler months.  I am in love with the soft and fresh feminine scents of citrus, peach, and jasmine.  The Malie Organics Plumeria body cream left my skin feeling soft, silky and moisturized all day. Spoil yourself with this 70% organic luxurious body cream that can be purchased for just $32.00.

All Malie products are all-natural, organic and wild-crafted ingredients. They are  free of harmful ingredients. Malie does not use animal products or test on animals.

Iowa Takes The Reigns: Templeton Rye Whiskey

It should come as no surprise that I love a good cocktail.  I’ve been to some great venues in the city for (and written about) thought-provoking, complex and layered drinks that walk the line between ‘superb evening’ and ‘life-changing night out’.  What I find just as interesting as the rinds, the zests, the infused this, the pickled that, and the other dizzying array of garnishes are the complementing secondary alcohols. The liqueurs, the syrups, the dash of aperitifs and the splashes of digestifs all in the name of mixology harmony are just wonderful to experience and pinpoint as they blend with the star. For with all the glad tidings in a highball or flute, it’s the star that begins it all.  It’s the star that steals my heart (not to mention my taste buds). This star is Templeton Rye Whiskey.

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So it was that time of year for a Friendsgiving in Brooklyn which meant some very important decisions.  Of course, I was bringing a spirit as part of my culinary participation, but what spirit should I choose.  I had a lovely Kentucky bourbon whiskey and a bottle of Templeton Rye Whiskey, the pride of Templeton, Iowa. Well, I brought both to the affair and clearly one was the star.

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Templeton Rye Whiskey, the host-appointed star, captured that title for this very simple reason.  The presence of the rye takes away that sweet notes that can sometimes define the flavor of a bourbon whiskey.  Now while preference is always in the tastebuds of the beholder, on this day with all the sweet cranberries, candied yams, sweet potato and pecan pies and ambrosia salad remixes, the smoother rye-based Templeton offered up a more round and mellow flavor for a distinguished and crisp finish.  Interestingly enough, I enjoyed my glass of Templeton Rye neat and easily sipped away at delightful bursts of subtle spiciness with an herbal grain-like under-note as I laid back with a full belly and great cocktail in hand.  How also wonderfully fitting that Templeton Rye Whiskey also serves as a great digestif as well.

Templeton Rye Whiskey is available now at your finer Wine, Spirit and Alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly!

 

Repair your Hair with VO5 Haircare

Let’s face it, we, and our environment does a lot to our hair and skin. From all the various products and hair tools we use to the dirt, dust, and smoke that gets into our hair, our tresses take quite a beating. That is why it is essential to repair any possible damage the day might bring and get your hair back to your hair looking vibrant and beautiful. For this, it’s best to start with clarifying hair products, like VO5 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner, to remove all product residue and remove excess oils, dirt, dead skin cells, and air pollutants from clogged follicles; and end with a conditioning treatment like VO5’s Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil to add ultra hydration to your hair. Are you ready to repair your hair with VO5 Haircare?

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Remove hair of unwanted product residue and restore moisture and shine with Alberto VO5’s Kiwi-Lime Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which boasts Rosemary and lemongrass extracts to quench dry hair’s thirst, and Kiwi and lime to rinse your hair as clean as can be with its clarifying formula. Your limp hair will bounce back with clean vibrancy.

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This multi-essential vitamin containing oil replenishes both your dried out hair and skin, leaving it feeling soft, silky and looking radiant. The Alberto VO5’s Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil is a light, natural oil blend that you definitely want to keep in your beauty arsenal year’ round. Your hair and skin will thank you.

Get both these affordable products now at www.vo5haircare.com, or at mass retailers.

New Product Alert & Giveaway: Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask

There’s been so much stress in our lives lately that it’s been showing up on our skin. We have an arsenal of product that we normally use when this happens, but our skin has been more than just stressed lately, it’s been red and irritated, our pores are more noticeable, and our skin’s not as smooth it usually is. We needed a new way to get our skin back to its optimal condition, especially as the season changes. We’re a huge fan of facials masks, they’re a great way to give tired skin an instant pick-me-up, and rubber facial masks is the next must-try beauty secret out of Korea. Thanks to the Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask (Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness-reduced, Toned skin), we’re falling in love with our skin again. This amazing peel-off, rubber mask is bringing our skin back to its pre-stressed condition. We think you’d probably love to do the same, so we’re giving away this groundbreaking new beauty product to two lucky readers.

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The Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask is clinically tested to brighten your skin and leave it more even-toned, dramatically reduce redness and irritation, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, increase hydration and moisture in your skin up to 97%, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce oily spots, T-zone shine, blackheads, and impurities. After using Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask, our skin felt like it was brought back to life and we felt a soothing sensation which instantly relaxed us. When we took off the mask, our skin was left instantly hydrated and supple, with a wonderful glow, and no sign of oiliness or shine (issues we’re plagued with)

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When you combine the provided Intensive Booster, Active Mask Powder, with clean, cool water, you’re left with a goopy, yet smooth substance to slather on your cleansed skin; just wait 15 minutes for the mask to dry into a rubbery texture, then simply peel it off to reveal your instantly better looking skin. Want to see just how easy it is to use, check out this short 1:35 video below:

Each box contains get 4 Applications or 1 month supply for you to use as needed. As previously stated, two winners will each receive a full-size of this amazing rubber peel-off mask, which retails for $75.00. To enter to win, all you have to do it fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. Good luck to everyone.

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Let’s Talk Tresses: Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System, & Dessange Paris Purifying Clay System

For the past few weeks, we’ve been indulging our hair in some of the most luxurious, and beneficial beauty products. The results, of course, have been wonderful….our hair as never been more lustrous and healthy, thanks to the Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System, & Dessange Paris Purifying Clay System. We’re sure most of you are aware that when we get older, our skin gets drier, and of course, this includes our scalp. As we age, our scalp oil decreases, which leads to dry hair and scalp, our hair loses melanin which turns it hair gray, hair becomes thinner and grows more slowly. These great products, which should be in your beauty arsenal, helped us combat these issues.

Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System

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With this 3-step system, you have the weapon you need to fight against your hair’s aging process. The Revive Detoxing Clarifier nourishes your hair without weighing it down and removes dull residue to reveal your hair’s natural shine and luminous tones. The Restore Reconstructing Masque is formulated with a Peptide Amino-Vitamin Complex that fights the graying process, stimulates growth, strengthens your hair’s natural fiber, repairs micro-fractures, moisturizes and controls frizz.  The Re-Activate Rejuvenating Elixir reinforces your hair shaft, softens, detangles and regulates your hair’s moisture

DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask & Balancing Shampoo

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We were pretty excited when we received these two Dessange hair products to test out. You may know about the benefits of clay which is known for its detoxifying, purifying, and antiseptic abilities. The Dessange Paris Purifying Clay System boasts a natural concentrated green clay The Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask is the first clay-in-mask regulating treatment that specifically targets an oily scalp and eliminate toxins. With this breakthrough skin purifying technology, which contains 30% mineral green clay, this Pre-Shampoo Mask absorbs excess sebum and regulates oil production over time. Your scalp is left deeply purified, which helps to drastically reduce excess oil production and allows the shampoo to work better . Get it for $11.99 exclusively at Target nationwide.

Step two of the Dessange Paris Purifying Clay system, is the Balancing Shampoo, a pro-vitamin b5 enhanced shampoo with a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent helps to minimize oily roots and leave you with soft, perfectly balanced hair. The Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo protects the hair fiber, helping repair and soften your hair from roots to ends. Your hair and scalp will become rebalanced. Get it for $9.99 exclusively at Target nationwide.

Whether you try both the Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System, & Dessange Paris Purifying Clay System, or just one of them, you’re taking a major step towards gorgeous hair.

Hair Do: Satin-Lined Caps by Grace Eleyae

I recently read an article saying that it’s best to go to sleep in a top knot. As someone who worship at the altar of top knots especially on extremely hot and humid summer days I am all for that, but as a woman of African American descent, I have to worry about my edges, so of course when I go to sleep, I wrap my hair and head in a silk scarf, as the rule goes. The problem with this is when I wake up, the silk scarf that started on my head is now either on my pillow next to me, on the floor next to my bed, and on one especially hot and humid night, on the floor across the room (no clue how it arrived at that destination). Luckily there’s a new product on the market, the SLAP, aka Satin-Lined Caps by Grace Eleyae, that are made to protect your hair.

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If your hair has ever felt brittle, or your silk scarf does not remain on your head while you sleep, like my aforementioned silk scarf, this is the solution for you. The Satin-Lined Caps by Grace Eleyae are made to be worn both outdoors and indoors, day and night. This satin-lined hat has protected my hair from feeling dry thanks to the moisture-sucking, and unpredictable weather that surrounds us every single day, as well as the drying cotton pillowcases and headrests I sleep on at night. For some of us, like yours truly, who also perspire from scalp, we know the horrors of bad hair days after any activity, like walking or daring to be outside while it’s humid, the SLAP will keep your tresses in check no matter what. And the best part…it stays on your head. No longer do I wake up wondering where my headscarf is, the SLAP stays on my head.

The SLAP aka Satin-Lined Cap

Got curly hair that gets unruly? The satin lining in the SLAP helps to combat morning kinks and the annoying tangles. if your hair natural? The satin lining helps keep your hair moisturized while the elastic band keeps the SLAP in place all night. Bye-bye dryness! Do you straighten your hair? The satin lining helps to avoid frizziness and allows your straight style to last longer.

The SLAP comes in a variety of colors, and one size fits all heads. It is machine washable and each SLAP retails for $29.95. Save your hair (and your edges) by purchasing your favorite color at www.satinlinedcaps.com.

Motorola’s New Moto360 Collection: Designed by You

Want to make a fashionable girl geek out? Give her the power to make her tech devices as chic and stylish as she is. Thanks to Motorola’s New Moto360 Collection, which includes the Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport Smartwatches (coming soon), and the Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone, you are getting more: more style options, more features and more battery life, and a better mobile relationship – a way of keeping you connected without being shackled to your device.

Moto 360 Smartwatch

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The original Moto 360 was the first true smartwatch to feature a traditional round face, bringing the classic design, craftsmanship and sophisticated style of refined timepieces, to wearable technology. Thanks to Moto Maker, Motorola’s online design studio, you can select from a range of colors, materials, and details to make your Moto 360 Smartwatch your own. Select your smartwatch style, bezel treatment and colors, case colors and size (women’s comes in 42mm, and men’s  in 46mm, or 42mm), finish, band, and stunning watch faces tailored specifically to fit the style personalities of both men and women, making it the world’s first customizable smartwatch.

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Whether you’re out with friends and family, in a meeting, or on vacation, the Moto 360 gives you access to read your Gmail messages and calendar invites, reply to friends on Whatsapp, stay up-to-date with Facebook posts, traffic and weather updates, discover music playing around you with a  Live Dial for Shazam, browse and play music on spotify, and have access to your favorite Android wear apps from Google play. The new Moto 360 also boasts a high-res LCd screen that maximizes the of display area while minimizing the overall case size for a more realistic view of your incoming messages and alerts (say goodbye to eye strain), quick-release bands so you can change your watch bands from stainless steel to leather in seconds, and a new Moto Body phone app that goes beyond counting steps. One of our favorite gestures is the fact that the Moto 360 is built to recognize gestures. When you raise your wrist to look at the Moto 360, the display automatically turns on.

Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone

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For those of you who hate being restricted, Motorola presents the Moto X Pure Edition Smartphone, a beautiful and powerful smartphone that’s not bound to any phone carrier. That’s right, the Moto X Pure Edition comes ready to use because it arrives unlocked, and works on all major networks. No longer will you be restricted by the rules of network carriers. If that wasn’t enough, just like the original Moto X, you can customize this smartphone to your style and personality. Choose your memory size, frame and front colors, a distinctive back (soft-grip, genuine leather or real wood), accent color, personal back engraving, and signature greeting (we’ll share our finished Moto X Pure Edition on our social media when we receive it).
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What better way to express yourself than personalizing with your “life-line”. There are many more features of the Moto Pure Edition you’ll enjoy. Imagine getting 10 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes; it’s a reality with the Moto X Pure Edition. It also boasts a 5.7” Quad HD display for vivid pictures, videos and games, immersive stereo sound thanks to its front-facing stereo speakers, a 21 MP camera with color-balancing flash, rapid focus and no shutter delay, a front-facing 5 MP camera with wide-angle lens and LED front flash, advanced water protection thanks to its water-repellent coating,  and a sleek metal frame and curved back that’s designed to be comfortable in your hand. Those are just a few of the features that will have you saying goodbye to your old phones.

Click on the following linked texts to build your Moto X Pure Edition, pre-order your Moto 360 Smartwatch, and register for updates on the Moto 360 Sport now. Anyone customized a Moto product using Moto Maker? How was your experience? We’re looking forward to enriching our lives with Motorola, are you?

Gifts from Nature: Beauty The Healthy Way by Maple Holistics

I recently tried three hair care products, a shampoo, conditioner and hair gel from Maple Holistics, a company which provides a natural and holistic range of premium beauty products. I do not use any chemicals in my hair, so their range of hair care products is perfect for me. Each of the products I used stood out in uniqueness, quality, and effectiveness. I’m a huge label reader, and only the purest and highest quality ingredients were used in each of the Maple Holistics products I tried. All three products I used, the Argan Shampoo, Argan Oil Conditioner, and the Assuage Hair Gel are vegan-friendly and paraben-free. Many people with natural hair purchase products, and base their routines on their hair type. So, for those of you who use this method, my hair type is mostly 4a (small cork screw curls) and 4b (kinky-curly).

Argan Shampoo

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First, I used the Argan Shampoo to cleanse my hair. The first thing I noticed was its light pleasant and didn’t have an overpowering scent. This shampoo left my hair and scalp feeling very clean, but not at all stripped. It is sulfate-free which is mainly what I look for in a shampoo. Argan Shampoo introduces the ultimate hair care which includes six of the most effective oils for the scalp and hair. I love this shampoo.

Argan Oil Conditioner

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Next, I conditioned my hair with Argan Conditioner. As soon as this wonderful conditioner penetrated my, hair my curls started to pop!!! Detangling was a breeze. I absolutely love this conditioner. It left my hair conditioned, shiny and soft. What more do you need? The Argan Conditioner was aroma-free which I enjoyed. Many natural hair care products have strong perfume scents that sometimes don’t always complement each other. I enjoyed the pure and well-balance formulation.

Assuage Hair Gel

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Finally, when styling my hair I used a little of the Assuage Hair Gel on each section. This gel has a very light citrus scent. I love the scent and it does not linger. After it dries, Assuage Hair Gel doesn’t leave my hair hard or crunchy. I really like the soft and styling capability it provides. I also love that my hair remains frizz-free all day.

Thanks to Edumuch.com for the connection to Maple Holistics.

 

Written by VALERIE GOINES
Edited by GLASGOW SKINNER