Summer color.. OPI red lights ahead

Hi ladies! 

I very rarely do color on my nails unless I’m feeling a little on the ” I need a change ” side. I love my nails natural or dark. I’ve been like that forever. Actually I’ve had people ask me, “why don’t you ever wear bright nail colors? I just don’t. The times I’ve had them on, I get sick of it really quick. I always figured a French manicure is always the way to go, until roaming the amazing Pinterest app. I seen the color OPI red lights ahead on a certain actress, and it looked amazing. I figured right then I was going to try something different. Well I did, and I have to say I love it. 

OPI nail color has long been around , with a great reputation for long lasting wear, and gorgeous color. I went today to get it, and actually used it at my manicure appointment. It simply has gorgeous color, and is in between a red and coral , which is perfect for summer. If any of you are looking for a gorgeous summer color, this is really pretty on. Check the color out on Pinterest, to get some great ideas. 

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Olive Oil vs. Coconut oil.. Which is healthier for you?

Olive oil has been around for centuries. It is known to reduce the risk of heart related ailments, as well as keep your cholesterol In check.  In the health news it seems, coconut oil is getting raved left and right for it’s health benefits also. Coconut oil is also in the beauty news as one of the best oils to use for makeup remover, shaving balm, and so much more. I recently found a great article by the Cleveland clinics in Health researching the differences in the oils, and what oil is actually BEST for your heart health.

Mono fat and polyunsaturated fat

These oils both have mono fats and poly fats in them . The olive oil has an estimated 78 % mono fat, where the coconut oil has 6%. Monounsaturated fats are best described as being liquid at room temperature, but turning solid when its chilled or cold. They are the fat that may help lower your blood pressure, and raise the HDL (good) cholesterol and lower the LDL ( bad) cholesterol. When it comes to oils and their polyunsaturated fats, olive oil has 8%, where coconut oil has 2%. Polyunsaturated is best described as an oil that is thought to lower the LDL bad cholesterol. When you look at the numbers and percentages, the olive oil comes out as the winner.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are the fats that you truly want to stay away from. I call this fat the “heart attack” fat! It simply is the worst fat that your body can take it. It is known to raise your risk of diabetes, and raise the risk of heart related ailments such as a stroke or heart disease. These fats have hydrogenation , and are found in many of the animal products in the stores. They are solid at room temperature. The saturated fats can cause the total blood pressure to rise, and elevate your cholesterol levels.

Olive oil wins in this case due to the high percentages in monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats which our heart needs. The coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but its not yet determined whether the saturated fat is less harmful than the ones found in vegetable and corn oils. Olive oil is used in the Mediterranean diet, which is known to reduce overall heart problems,  as well as reduce diabetes.  It is used in salad dressings, stir frys, baking, and oven cooking. Coconut oil is used a lot in sautéing foods, and used when making sauces. In this case, I would stick to the heart healthy olive oil when cooking, and leave the coconut oil for use in the bathroom. food-vinegar-eat-fruit-52999

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My Top Three favorite Organic Wines

Wine has always been known as a luxury drink, embraced with the delicious taste of fermented grapes, paired with an amazing meal. These days , it more than just luxury, it’s healthy. 

With fermentation, due to the chemical imbalance, most reds are made without the addition of sugar, but it doesn’t mean that all wines are the best wines. Some wines are made cheaply, and can have some sugar added for a sweeter taste. If you are choosing to buy a bottle of wine under $10, it may not be the best. 

I’m in multiple wine clubs that select the top wines from California, and they all are amazing. Most bottles retail for $22-$35 , and you can tell. The taste of a good bottle of wine is rich and delicious with no bitterness. I’ve had years of trying, tasting, and learning of wines, and I can tell when a wine is made cheaply. I do have bottles that are made organic, and I absolutely love them. You can drink a bottle , and not get a headache, and the taste stays wonderful. Below are my three favorite organic wines.

Chateau Maris- this wine is absolutely delicious. It is made organic, and has a lemon , honeysuckle taste. This is perfect for a summer night. 

Cooper mountain- this wine is rich and sultry in taste and organic. It has a great pairing with a steak and salad . There is absolutely no bitterness to this one. 

Quivira- great organic wine that is perfect for the summer, and has a bit of cranberry taste to it. This is great paired with a good salad. 

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The Best Ever Vegan Milkshake

It’s summer time , and who doesn’t love a good chocolate milk shake? I have the best recipe , and the best part, it’s healthy. 

Most milkshakes are filled with sugar and preservatives of all sorts. Even though they may taste delicious, they aren’t that great for your body. If I am a lover of certain desserts, I am always on the lookout for a healthier version. This recipe is a hit in my house. It’s a vegan plant based milkshake, but you wouldn’t know it by the taste. 

2 Tbsp powdered cacao

1 tbsp maca 

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp coconut nectar

Blend all this , and enjoy! 

Optional: you can top your milkshake with whip cream . 

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A great way to get glowing skin..DIY beer face mask made in your own kitchen

Everyone wants glowing skin. The older we get, the collagen supply gets slimmer and slimmer. Cleansing the skin morning and night is the key to keeping our skin supple, and clear. The use of facial masks weekly has shown to help with reduction of pores, and a decrease in lines and wrinkles.

I ran across a great Instagram page recently, and had to try a recipe that can be made in your very own kitchen for glowing skin. Joanna Vargas NYC, one of the top spas in NYC, recently posted a great beer mask recipe that will give your skin a glow like no other. We all know that beer can be used to give dark hair great shine, but I never knew it could help with glowing skin. I recently made it, and wow was it amazing. I’m visiting NYC next month, and have already made my appointment at her amazing spa. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

RECIPE

This recipe requires 1 egg white, 1/2 cup beer ( I used Miller light), and 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Combine the egg white with the beer and lime juice. Slather it onto your face, and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and apply a great moisturizer afterwards. Happy Glowing!

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