More Acrylic Organization Recommends for You

May 26th, 2011 Posted in Decor, Organization | No Comments »

I recently purchased a faceted acrylic candy dish with lid and a Clicker Caddy (both made by US Acrylic) to store my powder pearls and lip glosses respectively so I wanted to post about them.   I’m really glad I bought them!  You may find them on Amazon and eBay.

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

 

Lush Review: Walk of Fame Bath Cocktail

May 24th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

A really luscious milky pale lilac bath with sweet cinnamon and floral notes.  Very relaxing indeed!  At first it smelled very lavender but as I mixed all the ingredients together it became quite pleasing to my surprise.  I hope you will get a chance to try this cocktail.  Unfortunately, you may need to find a substitute for the bath ballistic I chose (Brandy Butter was limited edition).

Brandy Butter Ballistic: Sweet cinnamon.  I adore it and wish it was part of the permanent bath bomb collection =(

  • brandy butter
  • cinnamon leaf oil
  • tangerine oil
  • brandy
  • pink sparkles

 

Hollywood Bubble Bar: Gritty like coconut, clay-like and chalky to the touch, mild baby powder scent.  Not a usual choice of mine but it’s a nice bubble bar for any floral scented bath.

  • Rose absolute
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Candy Star

Something Wicked This Way Comes Bath Melt: Strong lavender scent.  Not a favorite of mine but it is very moisturizing and prettily colorful with its swirls of blues and purples.

  • Almond oil
  • Ginger oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Oakmoss absolute

*Recommended soaps: Porridge (Exfoliating) Soap and Honey I Washed the Kids.  I went for the sweet scented soaps to compliment the cinnamon and to balance out the floral notes.

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Yoga

May 12th, 2011 Posted in Yoga | No Comments »

Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I’ve been doing yoga for the past couple of months.  After completing a beginner level yoga DVD at home, I enrolled in a local beginner’s workshop at a pilates & yoga studio which specializes in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga.  My instructor is really great to work with too (kind, patient, generous with her time).  I just signed up for 1 session of Kripalu Yoga at another nearby studio.  So excited!  Can’t wait!  After this, I will probably decide to get a 10 class card.  The classes are affordable e.g. $17-$25 for 1.5 hours.

I have also wondered about the difference between Pilates and Yoga.  If you are wondering too, please read on (I’ve found a nice reference comparing both):

Pilates vs. Yoga: Which One is Right for You?

Depending on your fitness goals, you may choose to practice yoga or Pilates exclusively, or include them both in your workout regimen. While there are certainly differences between yoga and Pilates, they complement each other well and are both low impact workouts that can be practiced either in a class setting or in the comfort of your own home.

What is Pilates?
Derived from ancient yoga asanas, the Pilates exercise system was developed by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago. Practiced for decades by dancers, Pilates has become very popular in recent years. Although Pilates works the entire body, the primary focus is on the core muscles (abs, lower back, and stabilizing muscles). Pilates exercise machines (such as the “Reformer”) can add a weight training element to the workout, with very precise and fluid movements, making it safer than most weight training.

But expensive Pilates machines are by no means required to get an effective workout. All you need is a yoga and Pilates mat (which is thicker than a standard yoga mat) and some basic resistance tools.

Why practice Pilates?
Pilates is very beneficial for strengthening muscles without shortening them or bulking up. In fact, dedicated Pilates practitioners are known for their long, lean look. Furthermore, the core strength you develop can be applied to many other activities to achieve “effort with ease” (a Pilates slogan). Pilates improves balance and overall strength, stabilizes and lengthens the spine, improves posture, and can help prevent injuries and aid in injury rehabilitation.

What is yoga?
While some people think of yoga simply as physical exercise, it is actually a complete, holistic system for overall health and well-being. Having been practiced for thousands of years, yoga includes everything from physical postures (asanas), personal hygiene, and a healthy diet to premeditation, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The most advanced forms of meditation and self-realization are also a part of yoga.

Why practice yoga exercises?
When it comes to achieving both physical and mental well-being, yoga exercises are by far the most effective and time-tested practices known to mankind. Yoga asanas effectively strengthen and tone the body, increase flexibility, improve balance, and relieve stress. However, the most significant benefits of yoga asanas come from their profound effects on the internal systems of the body.

By bending, stretching, twisting, and flexing in the various postures, you bathe your internal organs with oxygenated blood and prana, also known as “life force energy” or “chi.” Yoga asanas soothe and tone the nerves and regulate the endocrine system, which is responsible for the production of hormones—one of the keys to both physical and mental health. They also improve digestion and elimination, strengthen the respiratory system, and tone the reproductive organs.”

*Reference: Wai Lana

Lush Review: It’s Raining Men Shower Gel

May 11th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

It’s Raining Men Shower Gel’s amazing scent pleasantly resembles that of Honey I Washed the Kids Soap to a tee.  Sweet honey toffee mmm yummy!  I wish it was a part of the permanent collection.  This definitely would have been a re-purchase must for me.

  • Honey
  • Rosehip
  • Lotus Flowers
  • Tiger Lily Infusion
  • Sweet Wild Orange Oil
  • Bergamot Oil

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Lush Review: Pemberley Bath Cocktail & Gavernie Soap

May 11th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

I named this bath cocktail after Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Pemberley Estate in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.  Just saw the 1995 t.v. series very recently starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehrle and loved it!  If you are a fan of lavender products, this bath is perfect for you.  I suggest this turquoisey blue bath cocktail as an end-of-the-day detox soak before sleep…

1 1/4 Ex-Factor Bath Ballistic: Sweet, candy vanilla.  I’ve been wanting to try this bath ballistic for the longest time.  A friend gave me a 1/4 piece to sample so I decided to combine this piece with what I already had.  1 Ex-Factor will be more than enough; you can even use a 1/2 chunk.  Also a great bath bomb for a post-breakup detox bath.  I might have one more Ex-Factor somewhere and would love to create a sweet-scented candy bath cocktail with it next time.  I’m not a fan of lavender scented baths.

 

1/2 Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar: This scent is similar to the Big Blue bath bomb only a little more mild and sweet.  At first whiff, there seems to be a nuttyness similar to those in chocolate candy bars e.g. Snickers.  Not sure if I was imaging this?  I think of it as the more masculine counterpart to The Comforter Bubble Bar.

  • Patchouli oil
  • Frankincense resinoid
  • Cinnamon leaf oil

1 Dreamtime Bath Melt: Very lavender.  I believe this bath melt was the reason why my bath became so lavender scented and dominated the other scents.  If you are not a lavender fan, I don’t recommend this bath melt.

  • Almond oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Ginger oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Jasmine flowers

*Recommended Soap: Gavernie Soap (reminiscent of Jungle Conditioner’s scent).  Gavernie’s scent makes me think of asian sweet bean desserts.  I love it very much; as you might have guessed since I’m nuts for Jungle!  Gavernie was pleasantly not what I expected.  For whatever reason, I thought it would be much more herbal.  I used Temptation Soap (apple minty scent) by accident thinking it was Gavernie.  Ironic.

P.S.  My apologies the review on Gavernie has been so late.  I thought I had reviewed this soap in the past and found out I hadn’t.  Better late than never, but better never late.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Post-Tax Prep Bath Cocktail

May 11th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

This bath cocktail was a welcome rest for a tired mind!  A beautiful mauvy pink, sweet scented bath.  The flower petals made me feel like I was bathing in a tea infusion =).  Here is what you will need to recreate this bath:

1 Calavera Bath Ballistic: Large bath ballistic which is sweet and citrusy with mild floral accents.

  • Lime oil
  • Neroli oil
  • Marigold petals

 

1/2 The Comforter Bubble Bar: Sweetart scented.  I absolutely love it.  Really easily crumbled under running water or within a plastic baggy.  Fast melt within water.

  • bergamot oil
  • cassis absolute (fruity blackcurrant fragrance)
  • cypress oil

 

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

 

*Recommended Soap: Rock Star Soap

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics