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Beauty Alert: TIZO's New Foaming Cleanser

Just in time for the holiday festivities-where we spackle on the sparkling-glow makeup-a bit (a lot) more than usual.

Gentle TIZO Photoceutical Foaming Cleanser-part of a system of skincare products- joins their fab tinted physical block sunscreen-prominently on our bathroom cabinet shelf...because its 2x a day use (AM/PM)
... wakes up skin in the morning and maybe more importantly- gets the grit off quickly...leaving a clean palette free of makeup-including the on all day (night) waterproof kinds.

Think all facial cleansers are the same....WRONG.
Check the ingredients out for one.

Boasting moisturizing glycerin, proven skin helper-brightener Niacinamide (B3) , anti-oxidant loaded amino acid Taurine and soothing cucumber extract...Tizo's pleasant foaming texture-has protective healing properties...spreads easy -tip-splash a bit of water on first-then use one pump + massage in -with fingers or a wash cloth if more makeup is on (IMO) -and rinses off easy-leaving behind a revived ref…

TableTop Holiday Gifts

Deck the Halls...or any surface with cheery decor pieces...that make ideal keepsakes' gifts too.

Trendiest Food+Beauty Ingredient=CBD OIL

The cannabis flowering plant has new legal status.

Always popular elsewhere and grown in Canada...various oil offshoots are now marketed HERE as a tasty cure-all (anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, stress help-to name a few).

Feast Fill-Ins

Great gathering food/drink-options to bring along...


NY State of Mind:

Hard Cider-is catching on as a refreshing party (or anytime) alcoholic drink-that synchs well with late Fall's typical fare.

Try crisp-sweet-to-tart/acidic-to spice-y fruit selections from the Empire State's culinary destinations-the bountiful Hudson Valley and Catskills Mountains-or  the beautiful Finger Lakes-known for its award winning Rieslings.
New York's abundant apple crop-with the variety of apples grown= first in the USA...are picked and often distilled- right on the premises.


The slight carbonation and low- like beer -ABV-makes it worthy of game watching thirst quencher status AND meal sipping liquid- pair with  T-day turkey, cinnamon accented cookies/pies, rich creamy pastas, New England oysters' anything, to bold cheeses and in fancy crafted cocktails.
Tip: chill in the glass bottle-and drink in a wide bowl like white wine glass-though apparently drinking hard …

Cold Weather Chic Collabs

lexander Wang x Uniqlo

Fashion's marquee names have been collaborating with streetwear, fast fashion...and footwear companies for so many years now- there's a new collection every week. At least.

Sure-some still sell-out (mostly)...but the one we actually would wear (vs whatever-hoping for a quick flip profit on eBay) = Alexander Wang x Uniqlo...with everyday cold weather basics.

The line-up for women includes L/S crews, ribbed crew neck tees, tank tops, body suits (L/S and sleeveless), undergarments, and THE bottom staple-slim fitted leggings...all available in neutral tones- at the very un Wang but very Uniqlo price points.

There's a men's collection too.

The smart and innovative Japanese based label Uniqlo...and its heat reflecting fabric HEATTECH deliver in warm and extra warm versions...and as with all Uniqlo merchandise (our experience)-the quality is outstanding. 

From $9.90-$39.90

PS: not for nothing-we knew Alexander Wang was something-since earlierNYFW shows (…

Bali Inspirations: 5 Senses-Music, Dance, Beauty, Cuisine

Bali-is a magical island -inspiring tourists for fly and flop beaches, Aussie partyers,  peace seeking yoga devotees, and spa haven name just a few... who can travel many hours to get to this tropical paradise.

A half a planet away... (sigh, yes)-but Bali can still be experienced aural-visual wise- anywhere-via its music gamelan,,,and a cool film doc (Bali Beats of Paradise)- by native  Livi Zheng on the island's music+dance -recounting the winning funk mash-up with singer-songerwriter-producer-musician-Grammy Award winner -Judith Glory Hill.

Bali beauty- experience a bit of it-via aromatic JUARA skincare's collection of face/body products that sources Indonesian botanicals  and plants-including hydrating coconut, superfood Omega 3-6 loaded avocado and Kukui oil - skin soothing rice brand oil, plus anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, and fermented black its line.
Experience Balinese cuisine-reflect the island's Hindu traditions and tropical native crop…

Athlete Essentials: Pumped Up PaleoPro Powder

Rarely do we get a palatable powder to add to liquids...that boasts energy charger-bio-available loaded iron- blue green algae spirulina- plus loads of healthy vitamins, iron and  micronutrients that doesn't taste like grass.

Or something worse.


seriously-we've all been there

Which is why PaleoPro's Paleo Greens Powder is our new hero product. 

Sent a sample-we'd figure a tsp of this finely ground green powder in a few ounces of water...would best be inhaled like a shot-vs sipping to savor the taste.

But the taste really was naturally A OK...a sweetness from monk fruit extract but with no added sugar (and with 5 grams of plant based vegan protein-from organic hemp).

If you're the type to gulp Kombucha or Apple Cider Vinegar down straight -the surprising palatable taste of Paleo Greens Powder will come as sheer taste buds' joy.

Kudos to who ever figured this out.

Now part of our morning routine- adding a tsp to coffee.

What Else:


Gifts of Love, Literally

.Celebrate TRUE LOVE-Assam Teas's wedding blend


Gifts for Kids' Travel

oliday travel-can inspire wrapping up ready made gifts that safely go the distance.


Girl fav subscription box KIDPIK-

...takes the guesswork out of gifting coordinated (and stylish) wardrobes including these adorable easy on/off cold weather boots-with enough sparkle for the picky fashionista...and durable enough for the sporty type -ready to have days of snowy winter fun.

Travelbadger offers a slew of TSA approved toiletries and pre-packed fun options for kids (and older humans)...set for airplane or car ride holiday trips ."...easy peasy packing..".
Options include themed Travelbadger kits-for "kiddos" and baby's ($14.99-$19.99) and natural-organic product kits too ($24.99-$29.99)-plus kits are customizable. IMO-great for hospital visits-stash in cars or backpacks-in case,,,

Holiday Express: Stress Free

elax anywhere...

Part 3

Insta-calming-pure essential oils-aromatherapy-is one of the easiest and most effective ways to chill out in a fast paced life.

Easiest way-especially when not at home is to sprinkle 2-3 drops of a soothing USDA Certified Organic essential oils - on a lightbulb or in a bath (with muscle soothing Epsom salts).

Calmers include lavender (our pick for soaks=non-irritating for the skin)-or aromatic fruity orange, sweet mandarin, spice-y frankincense, florals geranium, rose and cleansing spearmint.
Find travel sizes of essential oils (10ml, 20ml,30ml)- pretty much anywhere one can shop-online or brick+mortar outlets. Inexpensive too.
Our pick- the single essential USDA Organic oils from Wyndmere Naturals.

On the road help and just beautiful to look at... Minnie Park's limited edition candle infused with calming lavender essential oil and pieces of clarifying amethyst stones. Light one to make any not home-impersonal room, more cozy

AT HOME-kitchen help-simmer aro…

Holiday Express Tips: Part 2

Better Snacking PDQ Nick the hunger with tasty fun functional ingredients-plant based- ready to (h)eat ...

NEW: yummy Garden Lites new Frittatas are flavor loaded-with loads of accolades earned-like being mini muffin shape-portion controlled- individually wrapped-ready to devour-without utensils- after  only a minute (microwave) or maybe like 18-25 minutes-in a toaster or regular oven-straight out of the freezer.

Delicious and appealing to kids-even with the adult pleasing flavors of mildly spiced veggie bacon and potato- or in a spinach  egg white + mozzarella version.

As snacks-or a main meal entrée ...trying Garden Lites Frittatas are a lot easier now that this brand is becoming widely available  in grocery store freezer sections-including where we shop -Tops Market ($4.19/box).

IMO: Heat up ahead of time-store in fridge and eat up at room temps-as in lunch box worthy.

Is there a plant based vegan protein salty (ish) puffy bites that are crispy addictive (as) without staining your …

Holiday Express: Tips

From Black Friday- Lunar New Year -adds up to around a lucky 13 weeks of celebrating something.

Time for everything? Of course not.

Some tips on speeding up parts of life without compromises.

Part One

Beauty Time Busters

We've covered imPress Nails since the company sponsored fashion runway shows. Though digital scrolling  Instagram has taken over that role...the variety of press on nails still are the best for fast manis with creative flair, including trendy limited editions like the ones pictured- the Alice+Olivia by Stacy Bendet collection.

PLUS...imPRESS press on manicures are so easy to put on-one could apply while commuting on mass transit.

Hint: Nail beds are shaped differently-if yours run a bit flatter-nail glue can help achieve a long lasting adhesive.

Hair shines with hold less the sticky stuff. Ecru New York... has a new multi-tasking TEXTURE Setting Spray that works -on wet or dry tresses.

Silk proteins thermally protect and provides for a lightweight frizz f…

De-Stress Cosmetics

A predictable theme for the holiday seasons is to de-stress..and a whole bunch of CALMing cosmetics and ingredients ( like soothing multi-tasker calamine) aims to minimize "nature's alarm system" cortisol's negative impact on skin.

PLUS-the latest in hydration, topically.