Friday, July 1, 2016

Jill's Top Five Sunless Tanners

Just in time for my friends who are interested in some tanning without sun, my great friend and personal product guru Jill, a professional makeup artist and cosmetology educator at PB Beauty School in NJ, is back today for her monthly post. Beauty is her passion and she's gracious enough to stop by here once a month to share her knowledge and favorites with us. 
Follow Jill on Instagram: @kicksandlipsticks
Previous blogs by Jill:
Bargain Beauty Buys, LUSHtastic, What's in Jill's Makeup Bag

Hey all, I am back! Let's talk about sunless tanners. Summer is here and as we all know it can take a few beach days to get the right summer glow on our winter skin. So, before we get that perfect base tan it's nice to have an alternative. These are my Top 5 recommendations for at home bronzing.

5.) Sally Hansen-Salon Airbrush Legs - This stuff is so easy to use and is a Hollywood secret: celebrities like the Kardashians have been rumored to use this inexpensive product. It is a simple spray and is available in several shades. They recommend spraying it into your hand first then applying to your legs, however I always spray directly onto my legs and have no problems. One of the best things about this product is it is water resistant and non transferable. That being said you can sit on all the white sofas you want and wear all the white shorts in your closet. This stuff stays on you, not on them. I have seen this as low as $4.99 at Walmart up to $12.99 at Ulta.
4.) Lorac selfTANtalizer Body Bronzing Gradual Self Tanner- I am a big fan of  Lorac TANtilizer Bronzer. It is one of my all time favorites. So when they came out with this I had to try it. It absolutely is an awesome solution to pale winter skin. This however takes a bit more skill to apply than the above mentioned. It can be a tad streaky if not rubbed in well. However it comes with a mitt to use to smooth the product over the (already clean) desired area. That helps to ensure that the product is evenly spread and you do not get oompa loompa hands in the process. This product comes in at $34.00 but I can tell you a little bit goes along way.
3.) Tan Towel Self Tanning Towelette Full Body Application for Face and Body - I wish I had invented this. It is a genius way to tan at home and is very simple to use. The towelettes are 9x12 so they are quite large and they create a streak free application. They are available in Classic which is  light to medium and the "Plus" which is for medium to dark. It reaches its fullest tanning potential within 2-4 hrs after the application. Your skin tone will get deeper after each application. Each box comes with 5 towelettes and it's available at Ulta for $27.00.

2.) St.Tropez- This line of products is a little pricey but worth every penny. It has to be one of the top products I have ever used. The line has a variety of products from gradual shower tanners to airbrush application. I personally like their Bronzing Mousse which can be purchased at Ulta for for $18-$42 depending on the bottle size. It is smooth and again can be easy to apply with the included applicator mitt. This just takes a little more caution when applying so your tan is streak free. I would recommend their award winning Glow Kit. This kit was one of Allure Best of Beauty award winners. It includes the Express Bronzing Mousse, the application mitt, and the Gradual Tan In Shower Tanning Lotion. This kit is available at Sephora for $50.00.

1.) Fake Bake - Last but not least my absolute #1 sunless tanner is Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan. I buy this stuff two to three cans at a time. I started using this back in my JWOWW Jersey Shore phase and although I have since toned down the amount I use per application I still love it. One of the nice things about this stuff is it has a show where it goes application, so as you spray it you can see where it goes. It doesn't clog pores and it dries in seconds. It progressively deepens within a few hours. This product line has an array of options, but this one is my most recommended. It comes in at $33.00.

I hope everyone enjoys all that summer has to offer and I hope these recommendations help you have that summer glow! Until next time - Stay Beautiful!

I have to say, Jill's tan is always fabulous and it's usually fake, so she knows what she's talking about here. Jill & I will be seeing each other at the shore this weekend, catch us both on Instagram - Jill / me

What are your go-to self tanning products? 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - Pass me some of that patriotism

1. And a hotdog, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, and soft serve ice cream, too. There. Now you know my weekend menu. I will also be trotting out all of my red, white, and blue lounge attire.

2. SCOTUS decision week, in which they delivered the most significant abortion rights decision in many years. The Court ruled in favor of Whole Women's Health, declaring HB-2 (which passed in 2013 despite Wendy Davis' towering filibuster, closing nearly half of the 41 clinics in Texas) unconstitutional. This means abortion remains legal in theory AND in practice. Not just in theory, which is what HB-2 sought to do. I think a lot of people think the right to choose is iron clad. It's not. It's been eaten away at in the 40 some years since Roe. Pay attention. If vaginas shot bullets this wouldn't be an issue.
3. Do you know how much laundry you have to catch up on when your dryer has been broken? A lot. Most of my spare time this week has been devoted to that.

4. I think we all want to be understood in certain scenarios. It's important to know the difference between that and living a life designed to gain the approval of others, which is a different type of understanding. That, you really don't need. If you are happy, self sufficient, and not a danger to yourself or others, it's okay to live the life you want even if no one gets have to be fierce with yourself and listen to your gut. At the end of the day, your voice is the one that matters.

5. I love these words on why one should write in The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. I finished that last night. The next Show Us Your Books is July 13. No new episode of the Armchair Librarians this week, Jana and I will catch you next week when we'll be discussing The Nest.

6. I often get quizzed on my iced coffee making method. You can find that post here. I just got these new bags thanks to a tip from Mare. Probably the easiest I've worked with to date.
7. Dinner with the lovely sisters Melissa & Stephanie 1 and Alex at Villa di Roma on Tuesday night. The food was so good. I ate so many carbs that I was still full Wednesday morning.
8. Got fresh for the weekend. Toes are OPI Big Apple Red for America's birthday.
9. E-card of the week.

10. I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend celebrating America's birthday. If you drink don't drive and if you drive don't drink. Also, leave the fireworks to the pros. Jill is here tomorrow giving you her sunless tanner insider info, so I'll see you back here Tuesday for TWTW. Catch me on Instagram this weekend, and catch Jill there too because we will be rendezvousing at some point.  

Toodles, yankee doodles.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Concert Douchery

This weekend I was in a large concert crowd two days in a row, which I usually try to avoid because large crowds turn me into Zuel and it's best if the public and I are not exposed to each other with such frequency. Concerts are great for people watching. And when people watching, it's always fun to play Spot the Douche. In a sea of humanity, it's not that difficult.

You have the can you please sit down-ers, which, no, I cannot. Actually, I do sit down because someone (MFD) urges me to, and then I get pissed and I stand up again because this is the encore of a concert and I believe it's an appropriate show of thanks and respect to the artist who just played for hours and go fuck yourself for making me turn around and explain to you that everyone else is standing up. When I go to a concert or a sporting event, I fully expect people in front of me to be so in the moment that they stand to express that. I either stand as well or I sit and listen. Something I never do: ask them to sit down. If you want to see perfectly, watch it on TV. p.s. saw you up dancing during Call Me Al, you cannot dance then be the dance police when others are dancing

You have the shushers. I hate shushing. And at a concert, people are going to sing and cheer and right on, you guys. It's your time too. Concerts are interactive experiences. The performer needs the crowd and the crowd needs the performer. For those of you who want to listen to a song so quietly you can hear a pin drop, stay in your living room.

You have the non-stop talkers. On the other hand, there are people who need more than a shush...if you wanted to just talk the entire time, why did you pay to come inside? You can do that in the parking lot for free.

You have the wild boars using inside toilets. Ladies (and I use that term loosely), if you spray the entire seat with your pee, wipe that grossness up. If you don't, someone else has to. And that's fucking disgusting, animal-like behavior.

You have the Very Important Person Leaving the Concert (VIPLC). This person does not follow the one to one etiquette of the parking lot, as in one person from each direction goes, taking turns, so that the line moves and everyone gets home. This person busts themselves up to the front and cockblocks everyone from escaping parking lots.

You have bros. Although to be fair, bros annoy me everywhere and I am up my my eyeballs in bro encounters recently so I have zero tolerance right now. I saw a guy in a white blazer and sunglasses at night at Peter Gabriel/Sting that looked like he was attending the Catalina Wine Mixer and not a freaking concert on the lawn in Camden, New Jersey.

Tell me your concert douches.

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p.s. in the non-douche vein, happy birthday to my cousin Courtney!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cilantro lime cauliflower

I will not attempt to insult you by calling this cilantro lime cauliflower rice, which is what a lot of the internets call it. It's cauliflower, scaled down to be rice-size, but it's still cauliflower. Not rice. Luckily I love cauliflower and it's good for you, so personally I find this to be a good side dish substitution for rice. It was a great accompaniment to some chicken marinated in lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and ancho chile seasoning.

1 head of cauliflower
2 TBS butter
kosher salt + pepper
cilantro, chopped - I like a lot so I probably used more than 1/2 a cup
Juice of three limes

Pulse cauliflower in the food processor (or similar) in batches.

Steam in the microwave with butter for five minutes.

Remove, season with S&P, add cilantro and lime juice, and mix well.

People are people.
Veggies are veggies, not rice.
You can't fool a fool. 
Happy birthday to my brother-in-law Mark!
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Monday, June 27, 2016

TWTW - the one with the music

Friday post-work trip to the library / rendezvousing with MFD at the Barnes


Surprise 50th for our good friend Steve with awesome Italian food, delicious cake, and a lot of laughs


Saturday Target/Lou's Farm Market/Redner's errands & time out back relaxing with the dogs 

Vietnam Vets Assn picked up my purged items & we finally got a new MFing dryer


Hydrangeas cut from out front / Nails in OPI I Manicure for Beads


Dinner at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount

Family night with two of our brothers and sister-in-laws and Sarah's brother for Paul Simon at the Mann. He was amazing. Really great night.

Sunday morning out back finishing a book and relaxing after 9.5 hours of awesome sleep


Sunday night Peter Gabriel & Sting concert with friends at BBT in Camden. Neither artist is my favorite, but they put on a great show. Getting out of Camden blows. 


Weekly food prep
1 - Breakfast is egg muffins with spinach & cheese and strawberries
2 - lunch is homemade sloppy joes on whole wheat buns with a side of plums and carrots
3 - Dinner is chicken with cauliflower flavored with cilantro & lime (recipe tomorrow)

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I'm worn out. 

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending &

Weekly Wrap Up

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