Friday, January 29, 2016

Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro Review

I recently received this Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro callous remover as a gift. 
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro
It's the perfect gift for a beauty girl like me who doesn't always wear sensible shoes and tends to neglect her feet! Wearing heels makes the feet build up callous quickly. I have read a few bad reviews on this little gadget saying that it just didn't work so I was anxious to try it.

The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro callous remover is a battery operated callous remover. It take 2 AA batteries. The is also a plug in version. Neither version is waterproof. The rollers that remove the callous are made with micro mineral particles that "pulverize" hard calloused skin. It spins 30 times a second. My Emjoi came with 2 blue extra course rollers and a purple extreme coarse flex roller, 2 cone rollers, a manicure kit, a cleaning brush and a travel pouch. 

Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-manicure-kit
The cone rollers are for removing callous between and under the toes. The manicure kit contains a buffing tool, 3 nail filing bits and a cuticle tool. The silver piece you see is used to attach the tools. 

My feet were very calloused so I went right for the purple roller and got to work. The purple roller flexes allowing you to put more pressure on the callous without hurting the surrounding skin. It is to be used on clean dry feet. Use a light tough. It isn't super powerful, but has enough kick to get the job done. If you press it down, it will bog down, but that could be a safety feature to help prevent over sanding. Keep it in one place for only 2-3 seconds. I thought it would feel really rough or create too much heat from friction on my feet but it didn't. I thought it worked beautifully! Here is a before and after pic.

Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-before-after
My heel looks red in the after pic due to the friction and stimulation to the skin. It was back to normal within 30 minutes. My feet felt super smooth and using the Emjoi was a lot less work than using a foot file. It did take some time though. I would say I spent about 10 minutes on each foot. My feet were pretty terrible. I don't know why people are saying it didn't work. I put together a little youtube video so you can see it in action. 

Click here to see the video!

It creates a lot of dust so be sure to use it in a place where you can easily clean up. 
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-purple-roller
Using it over the bathtub would be the perfect place. You can just rinse away the dust when you are finished. The rollers are wear out and need to be replaced. They say the rollers last a few sessions.

I give the Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro the thumbs up! It worked well for me and I will be using it once a week to keep my callouses smooth.

Shopping info
It costs $24.95 on the Emjoi site and $19.95 for 2 replacment rollers. Do some shopping around. The prices vary. You can purchase an Emjoi and it's accessories from QVC, Target, micro-pedi.com, and on Amazon. I find Amazon always has great prices.
foot-with-purple-polish
Please Note: Don't try to remove every bit of callous from your feet. Callouses build up to protect your feet from pressure and friction. If you sand them off completely, your feet will hurt and the body will quickly build up more callous to protect that sore skin. Just reduce your callouses and keep them smooth and moisturized. 

Have a Beautiful Day!
  xo 
Jill
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Raspberries

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
I am posting a delicious gluten free chocolate cake recipe in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day. I never knew there was a National Chocolate Cake Day until I saw it this morning on Good Morning America. How could I miss such an important day? This is chocolate cake we are talking about!!!

One of my daughters is gluten free so I like to make some goodies that she can eat. I like to use the King Arthur Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Mix because not only does it make life easier, it makes a good cake! It can be difficult to get a nice texture with baked goods using gluten free flour. This mix works well. No one will even know this is a gluten free cake!


I happen to be a chocolate icing fan. If you are not, this cake looks fabulous sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I like to add fresh raspberries on top of this cake. Raspberries and chocolate are just yummy together and the raspberries make it the perfect romantic cake for Valentine's Day.


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I use soymilk in this recipe to make it dairy free. You can use regular milk instead if you wish.

1 cup King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup vanilla soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pan. I like to cut a circle of parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan to make sure the cake doesn't stick.


In a large bowl combine baking mix, sugar and cocoa. Add oil, soymilk and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer on low until just combined. Mix on medium for 2 minutes. Add 1 egg and mix until combined. Add the second egg, mix until combined, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.


Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool on wire rack.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
You can adjust the amount of cocoa you use to your chocolate loving level. Also, I used soy milk but you can use regular milk.

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla soymilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter with an electric mixer.  Turn the mixer off. Add cocoa and confectioner's sugar. Mix on low. Drizzle in the vanilla and the soymilk. Mix on high for 5 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Frost your cooled cake add raspberries a enjoy! Double both recipes to make a layer cake.

empty plate

Have a Yummy Food Day!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Nail Tips for Cats

How fun is this?
Whisker City Kitty Caps
These are nail tips for cats! 

I love them! I saw them in Petsmart and just had to do a post on them. They are glued onto a cat's claws to protect your furniture from damage when your cat does it's scratching. They come in fabulous colors for all your kitty's fashion needs or there is basic clear if your cat prefers!
cat paw
This pretty little paw belongs to one of my cats. She is really good at scratching only in designated cat scratching areas, so we don't need Kitty Caps but it's nice to know they are available. I wish I could put them on her just for the fun of it, but the application process would not go well, for sure, with this cat. I'd love to see her with hot pink nails!

They come in extra small, small, medium, and large. Here are the directions that are on the back of the package.
Whisker City Kitty Caps directions
The tips are made of a non toxic vinyl resin. The glue is a non toxic veterinary grade adhesive. It is a cyanoacrylate glue which is what Krazy Glue is. I can't seem to find out the exact type of cyanoacrylate the glue is, but it is like Krazy Glue anyway so be careful not to use too much when filling the Kitty Caps or your fingers may end up glued to your cat which definitely will not end well! 

I have read that some cats try to pull them off and other cats are just fine with them. People say they do work for protecting their furniture. There is an issue with the glue dying out to quickly in the tube. I find this with the 5 Second Nail Glue I use at the salon. These types of glue dry out quickly. There are some other brands of kitty nail tips out there, Soft Claws and Purrdy Paws are a couple others. You can find them in pet supply stores and online of course.


Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill
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Monday, January 25, 2016

A Spring Bridal Makeup at Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa

Our beautiful May bride had a purple theme for her garden wedding at Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa. It's secluded gardens make it a lovely place for pictures and an outdoor ceremony. The weather forecast was not so good for the day, though. Luckily, there was a back up plan in place. The ceremony would be held in the nearby chapel in case of rain.


Bridal hair style
The bride chose a 1/2 up, 1/2 down hairstyle with curls and a small poof in the back which looked just perfect with her headband.

bridal makeup
For her makeup, she wanted dramatic eyes with strip lashes and purple shadow to go with the purple theme of the wedding. I used creamy beige liquid and cream foundation to give her skin a flawless look. The eye shadow colors were shades purple and a pink for a nice springy look. Her eyes were lined in black with a thick line on the top to hide the band of the strip lashes. Black mascara helped to blend the natural lashes with the strip lashes. Soft pink blush and lipstick complemented her skin tone. 
bridal makeup and veil

I put together a video of this makeup application. Click here to view it. 

Her bouquet was absolutely fabulous! It was a brooch bouquet that the bride made herself which included sentimental family brooches.
brooch bouquet
Unfortunately, it did turn out to be a rainy day, but they got some awesome pictures using colorful umbrellas!
bridal party with umbrellas
And the Chapel was just beautiful. Cheers to the bride and groom!
chapel near Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa

bridal arrangement with gems

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Gluten Free Belgium Waffles with Blueberry Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream Recipe

#Blizzard 2016
So what does a girl do on a cold snowy day?  Well, my husband goes out to clear snow so this girl cooks! We started out the day at our house with Gluten Free Belgium Waffles with Blueberry Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream. It was easy really because I basically used the waffle recipe on the King Arthur Flour gluten free all-purpose baking mix box and added my own touches. 

You can't beat it. It makes delicious gluten free waffles. No one would ever know they were gluten free especially with the blueberry sauce. My husband never even noticed! 

It seems like there is a lot of oil in this recipe. I have found the waffles taste good but really stick to the waffle iron if you use less oil. You can use less oil with a really well greased waffle iron. I make the blueberry sauce and the whipped cream while the waffles are cooking. Here is the recipe.


Gluten Free Belgium Waffles with Blueberry Sauce
Gluten Free Belgium Waffles with Blueberry Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream

A gluten free Belgium waffle recipe for sensitive tummies that is so yummy, no one knows it's gluten free!

2 cups King Arthur Flour Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons oil
2 cups vanilla soy milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

In a large bowl, whisk together the baking mix, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and soy milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together until blended. Allow the batter to thicken for about 10 minutes. Ladle the batter onto a lightly greased Belgium waffle iron. These gluten free Belgium waffles seem to take longer to cook than regular Belgium waffles so when your waffle iron says they are done, they aren't quite done. Let them bake a little longer until you see very little steam escaping from your waffle iron. Put baked waffles on a cookie sheet in a warm 200 degree oven to keep warm until you are ready to serve them.

Makes 4 Belgium waffles.

Blueberry Sauce

Heat a pint of fresh blueberries in a small saucepan over medium heat on your stove top for about 10 minutes. The berries will break open and become juicy. That's it. I don't add sugar but you could if you wanted to. Serve the sauce warm over the waffles. Reserve a few blueberries for garnish if you wish.

Whipped Cream

Whip up some heavy or whipping cream with a bit of confectioner's sugar to the sweetness you desire. I add about a tablespoon of confectioner's sugar to a 1/2 pint of heavy or whipping cream. Add a splash of vanilla. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top of your waffle with blueberry sauce. Skip the whipped cream to make it dairy free.


Have a Yummy Food Day!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Spring Nails 2016

I am thinking of spring this morning as we brace for a blizzard here in the northeast! Fashion always looks ahead and that is alright with me in this case. Winter is not my favorite season. As far as I'm concerned, we could skip it and go directly from fall to spring. 

The nail polish trend for spring has a soft, kind of muted feel. Most of the major nail polish brands have a similar look to their collection. Everyone seems to have a blue, a green and a soft pink or mauve. I like that many brands are showing berry colors, too. Berries are flattering for many skin colors.

I showed you the OPI New Orleans Collection. Last week. Here it is again.
opi-new-orleans

Here is a Transitional Collection from Zoya. Very soft. I am loving Lake!
zoya-whisper

zoya-whisper

China Glaze House of Colour. The yellow looks interesting.


china-glaze-house-of-colour

china-glaze-house-of-colour


CND Vinylux Art Vandal. 3 berry shades!

vinylux art vandal

vinylux art vandal

Hurry Spring! I want to start wearing these colors!


Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cold and Flu Season: 21 Ways to prevent illness

It's cold and flu season. The CDC says flu season can start as early as October and end as late as May. They also push the flu vaccine but I hate putting that stuff into my body! For me, prevention is key.

There are a lot simple things you can do to keep yourself healthy and boost your immune system. Some of these things are obvious, like washing your hands. Some, such as the handbag tip that is on my list, are so obvious. Here is my list of my favorite stay healthy tips!

21 Easy Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy

Supplements
People swear by Airborne. It's an immune support supplement full of vitamins, minerals and herbs to help strengthen your immune system.  Chew 1-4 tablets at a time. You can take it 3 times per day. 

airborne immune support

Proper Hand Washing

Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Suds up with soap and water for 20-30 seconds and rinse well. A regular soap, not antibacterial, will do the job without creating resistant bugs. Always apply hand lotion after washing to fight dryness.

Use Hand Sanitizer
Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and alcohol based wipes if you are in a place where you can't wash your hands. 


Clean your Handbag
We set our handbags down everywhere. I don't even want to think about what germs are on them! Carry a purse that is made of a material that you can wipe down frequently with an alcohol based wipe.

Use Wipes
Use alcohol based wipes on door and plumbing handles in public bathrooms. Use a paper towel to protect your hand when opening the exit door in the bathroom. Wipe your shopping cart handle with a wipe at the grocery store. Wipe down the keyboard of a shared computer at work and the phone that is shared at work befor use.

Hands off the Face
Avoid touching your face. Cold and flu germ could be on your hands waiting to infect you. Don't bite your nails. Germs may be lurking under your nails.

Epsom Salt
Take an warm Epsom salt bath at the first sign of illness to dilate the blood vessels and boost circulation, decrease cold and flu symptoms and promote quicker healing. Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a warm bath. Relax and soak for 20 minutes.You can find Epsom Salt in your local drugstore or superstore.

Get a Massage
A study done at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center showed that a 45 minute Swedish massage significantly boosted levels NK cells and T lymphocytes, which are virus fighters, in the blood.


Aromatherapy
Try Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for relaxation and health benefits. Many oils have high anti viral and anti bacterial  properties. Geranium, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, ginger, clove, basil, thyme, oregano, tea tree, ravensara, frankincense, and eucalyptus are a few good ones.  Essential Oils are used alone are too strong. Mix 5 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of oil. Jojoba, avocado, almond and sunflower oils are nice oils to use. Massage the oil on your skin. Find essential oils at health food stores.


Meditation
Try meditation to reduce stress hormones and strengthen your immune system. Here is a site to get you started with 6 steps on how to meditate. 


Vitamin C
I swear by Vitamin C! Vitamin C supports the immune system allowing you to fight of colds and flus. It also helps keep you looking younger! The body uses Vitamin C to build collagen which keeps our skin firm and young looking.  Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, sweet green peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits and in supplement form.

Green Tea
This is another remedy I swear by! Green tea contains a powerful anti-oxidant called Epigallo Catechin  (EGCG).  This anti-oxidant fights free radicals, fights the adenovirus (a cold virus), repairs DNA, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, increases metabolism and is anti-inflammatory. Black tea is also beneficial.

Eat more Fruits and Veggies
Increase the amount of colorful fruits and veggies that you eat. They are high in anti oxidants. These plant chemicals help you fight off viruses.

Probiotics
Eat Yogurt. The probiotics it contains can help boost the activity of immune system cells helping you fight viruses.

Garlic
Use a lot of garlic in your cooking. Garlic contains compounds including allicin and diallyl sulphides to help fight viruses. Crush or chop your garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to trigger an enzyme reaction that boosts the compounds.

Water
Drink water. A hydrated body is better at fighting off illness. Drink 6 to 8 glasses per day.

Limit Alcohol
Reduce your alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can reduce your white blood cells' ability to fight viruses for up to 24 hours. 1 drink per day for women. 2 drinks per day for men.

Exercise
Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day to boost your immune system. Try walking.

Get your Beauty Sleep
Sleep 7-9 hours per night. A tired body is less resistant to illness.


Use a humidifier.  
Moist air seems to effect how viruses linger in the air. Dry air allows them to float around, while moist air seems make them heavy and fall to the floor faster.

Keep your Phone Clean
Keep your phone clean with alcohol based wipes. We set them down everywhere like we do with our handbags.

Clean your cell phone

Have a Healthy Day!
  xo 
Jill
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Benefit Cosmetics they're Real! Lengthening Mascara Review

I received a free sample of Benefit they're Real! Mascara at Ulta. I don't use Benefit products and I will tell you why later in this post. It's not that I think they are bad products. It's that I don't agree with their policies. But, I thought let me try this sample that was given to me so that you can read the review and learn a bit about Benefit Cosmetics. 
benefit they're mascara
Benefit they're Real! Lengthening Mascara claims that it lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates your lashes. It has a specially designed brush to bring out all of your lashes. Does it live up to the claims?

The Review 
They're Real! has one of those scary mascara brushes with lots of spiky bristles. The kind of mascara wand that makes me feel like I'm going to poke my eye. I know the spiky bristles are meant to separate the lashes and bring out every little lash, but they make me nervous! I find the applicator similar to the Hello Lashes applicator.
(Read my Hello Lashes review)

benefit they're mascara brush
Anyway, the mascara goes on smoothly and the brush does help you get all the lashes covered. It is nice and black. It looks good on my lashes with one coat, but it doesn't do much lengthening or curling. The second coat seems add volume but it starts to clump a bit and I see it's beginning to give me that spider lash look that I really don't care for. I would not put a third coat on. It didn't smudge or smear, but I did have a little bit of flaking by the end of the day. It was a bit messy during removal. It leaves serious raccoon eyes if you try to remove it in the shower. An eye makeup remover definitely needed. It's a okay mascara but it just doesn't live up to the hype for me.

Here is a picture of my lashes with 2 coats of they're Real! Mascara.benefit they're mascara on lashes
Now, let's get to why I don't use Benefit Cosmetics. I like to use cosmetic products that are not tested on animals. Why should an animal suffer, afraid in a cage, in a lab, so that I can look more beautiful? There are plenty of fabulous brands that don't test on animals. I use those brands. 
Benefit wants you to believe that they do not test their products on animals. This is what it says on their website:
Does Benefit Cosmetics test on animals? 
"Benefit does not test our products on animals.
Since 1989, the Perfumes & Cosmetics companies of LVMH group (including Benefit Cosmetics) have not performed any tests on animals for our products - this was implemented long before the 2013 official ban set by the European Union.
We are deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing. We’re playing a leading role in developing alternative methods through our support of the “Fund for Alternatives to Animal Testing” in the United States. We also actively participate in validation studies of new alternative tests in the framework of the European cosmetics association, Cosmetics Europe. We are one of only a few companies to have invested in creating our own internal department to test raw materials and ingredients to further ensure the quality of our products and the satisfaction of our customers, which is our top priority.
We are hopeful that alternative testing methods will be adopted worldwide and we will see an end to animal testing."
Other LVMH group brands include Parfums Christian Dior, Parfums Givenchy and Guerlain, Fresh and Make Up For Ever.

But Benefit is on the Companies that do test on Animals lists.

PETA says Benefit tests on animals and is not observing a moratorium. Benefit is not on the Leaping Bunny list. And Benefit is on the beautypedia Brands that do test on animals list.


So what is going on? 


Well, it seems Benefit Cosmetics is sold by Sephora in China. China requires animal testing of cosmetic products. Therefore, Benefit Cosmetics tests on animals. It's the same thing with the Estee Lauder Group, The L'Oreal Group and Revlon. The US does not require animal testing but China does require it. Any company selling their products in China is doing animal testing. That's it.


Why do these companies have to be greedy and go against what they say they believe in (being "deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing") to sell in countries that require animal testing. They have no integrity. I wonder what would happen if all of us makeup consumers here in the US stopped buying makeup tested on animals. That would be a significant loss of income for those companies. It is a dream of mine that people would realize the horror of animal testing and band together to force these big companies to stop doing it.


If you don't like that some companies test on animals, let those companies know. Go to their websites. Go to the Contact Us page and send them an email letting them know that you won't buy their products because they are tested on animals.


I did reach out to Benefit with an email asking why it states on their website that they don't test on animals yet they are on the companies that do test on animals. Their answer was this:


"Hi Jill, 

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Unfortunately, we will have to research this particular inquiry a little bit further. Don’t worry! We will respond with more information as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!' 

I will post the response when I get it. Here is the response:



"Hi Jill,

Thank you for your patience while we escalated this inquiry to our Customer Care Manager. Although Benefit is not PETA/Leaping Bunny certified, we do not test our products on animals and we are deeply committed and actively working to promote the development, validation and recognition of non-animal test methods. We strictly control our cosmetic products throughout the supply chain to the highest ethical and legal standards.

Love & Lipstick,

Vanessa
Benefit Cosmetics Customer Care"

I mentioned earlier, there are many fabulous brands that are not tested on animals, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Lorac, It Cosmetics, and NYX are a few.


Go to the following sites to check for more brands that are not tested on animals:


Beauty without Bunnies

Leaping Bunny
beautypedia



Have a Beautiful, Cruelty Free Day!


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