Daily Archives: Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Best Men’s & Women’s SkinCare Products 2012-2013


    The day of the lovebirds is coming soon … Valentine’s Day February 14th! Aside from chocolate and flowers, what better USEFUL gifts can one give to their loved ones?

    Answer: skin care products! Why? Because it is something that both sexes can enjoy. Here are our recommendations for unisex products that you and your partner can enjoy together on Valentine’s Day:

    1) My all-time favorite men’s and women’s product: TwinLuxe Anti-Aging SPF Moisturizer $48

    Award-winning anti-aging SPF40 broad spectrum sunscreen and moisturizer infused with new technology stem cells. Best product I have used to date!

    2) Another fantastic product I recommend for both sexes: Perricone MD Cold Plasma $155

    I have not yet wrote a blog review for this product but will soon. Excellent consumer reviews stating improvement in skin being soft, smooth, and radiant while staying moisturized.

    Leading dermatologists and Olay skin scientists have partnered to establish the Olay Professional Alliance. Through this partnership, Pro-X was created to bring you prescribed regimens to treat your specific skin care concerns.

    3) This facial cleanser can be used on all skin types whether male or female: Pevonia RS2 Gentle Cleanser $41
    This is a non-drying face wash that leaves your skin hydrated and clean without the skin tightness feeling. Great for calming redness.
    Order these best of the best skincare products now to ensure receipt by Feb 14th! The above are tried and tested by our staff with 5 star recommendations. We hope you will have a romantic and special Valentine’s! Read more…

  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule

    Let’s just get something out in the open right away. These are not your typical sweet muffin. These little guys might even classify as more of a savory treat. I like them that way, and so did my taste testers, but if you’re looking for a sweet muffin recipe, this isn’t it. My muffins are adapted from this recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf. If you’re looking for something sweet, you should definitely check out that recipe. Read more…

    Let’s just get something out in the open right away. These are not your typical sweet muffin. These little guys might even classify as more of a savory treat.

    I made these muffins a little healthier by using mostly wheat flour, cutting out the white sugar and reducing the amount of chocolate chips. The flavor of these muffins is great – deep chocolate complimented by spicy pumpkin. A small sprinkling of mini chocolate chips provides just enough sweetness for me. I don’t like feeling like I’ve eaten a piece of cake for breakfast. With these, I can have my morning muffin and not feel like crap the rest of the day.

     

    Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

    Makes 24 muffins. Adapted from this recipe at www.theppk.com.

    • 1/2 c applesauce
    • 4 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
    • 1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2/3 c warm brewed coffee
    • 2 c pumpkin or other winter squash puree
    • 1/2 c agave
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 1 c all purpose flour
    • 3 c whole wheat flour
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 c mini chocolate chips, use regular if you don’t have mini chips

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two regular sized muffin pans.
    In a medium bowl, combine the flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Stir well to combine. In a large bowl mix the applesauce, oil, pumpkin, agave and vanilla. Add in the cocoa powder and warm coffee and stir until completely combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, and mix until no traces of the dry flour mixture remain. Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way and top each one with a small sprinkle of chocolate chips. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean. Remove from muffin pan and let cool on a wire rack.

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