Bulbs, Mulch, Rain

It’s chilly today and since I not a fan of this gloomy weather I am going to think warm thoughts. Planting my spring bulbs today and getting ready for spring. Ha! I know that winter is around the corner but I’m fast forwarding to when my tulips and daffodils bloom. Did I say we’re expecting rain tonight? Off to get the mulch before my good intentions get washed away. Oh, “L’Shana Tova” to my Jewish friends.

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Breakfast anyone?

I recently got a co-worker who is vegan a cookbook which doubles as a journal to complement her vegan lifestyle. This has earned me many meals many of which I have enjoyed and a few which I deemed unpalatable.
She has also been preserving fruits and veggies like crazy and this is my favorite one – Habenero Apricot. Great on toast for breakfast and superlative when I decide to glaze duck or chicken for family’s dinner. The vegetarian in me loves this spicy marmalade mixture with fried tofu, snow peas, carrots and mushrooms but we were talking about breakfast weren’t we? Bon Appetit!!!

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All about beauty finds

You may have noticed that my writings have been a little of everything and sometimes nothing in particular, today is no exception. Beauty is my business (not 9 to 5 but more like 11 to 7 or 12 to 8, weekends for sure and definitely holidays) and since I spend all day dissecting the beauty and fragrance world, I tend to traipse in other directions when I write. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

I have been enthralled with this everything cleanser by this company, Eve Lom which deep cleanses, brightens, exfoliates,tones, decongests skin AND removes stubborn waterproof makeup!! My skin is pretty normal and it worked phenomenally. Some of my co-workers ranging from sensitive to oily tried it as well and all had rave reviews for this product. The first time you open the jar the eucalyptus scent (decongestant) hits you hard, once you get past it and take a dime size amount of the product which feels a bit petroleum jelly mixed with aromatic plant oils and “melt in your hand” exfoliating beads,   gently run over the face and in my case the neck too, you begin to see what the hype is about. I normally splash warm water to rinse off my skin but I decided to follow the instructions and use the muslin cloth (that the cleanser came with) in really warm/hot water. The expectation was that I would still have a bit of slickness from the product on my face but imagine my surprise when there was no residue, no slickness and quite a bit of softness and a deep clean to my skin. Also noticed the brightening effect on the following days. This is a night time cleanser which can be used for all skin types, skin concerns and environmental conditions. It is now my must have cleanser and so at $80 for the 3.3 oz. jar it is a splurge. There are two other sizes available 1.6 oz for travel and 6.8 oz.

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My two splurges: Eve Lom cleanser Kate Somerville Mega C Dual Radiance Serum

As much as I don’t want to admit it, Fall is around the corner. I love maintaining the glow in my sun kissed by summer skin with Vitamin C anything and was excited to try this new one from Kate Somerville, renowned skin expert. This Mega C dual radiance serum is chock full of bio active omegas 3, 6, 9, 7 and evens out skin tone, improves appearance of dark spots and discoloration, brightens (my favorite) soften and improves moisture retention. Those with sensitive skin might want to check with their dermatologist prior to using but apart from that it is great for all skin types. Of course, I use at night only and follow up with any of my gooey moisturizers that I love. This is splurge #2 and I have officially broken the bank since this is $90 a pop. My skin will thank me as I face the upcoming seasonal changes with a rejuvenated, glowing outlook. Next splurge may be a new fragrance. Heard Jo Malone London is coming out with a new one. Yup, I am a devotee:)