I have never felt more decadently healthy then when I’m sipping this unique creamy latte. The Fullest’s cozy warm saffron drink is actually a potent Middle Eastern heavy hitter.It has been clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory and improve symptoms of Alzheimers, depression, postpartum, hormonal imbalance, menstrual cramps, PMS and infertility. There are even promising studies pointing towards anti-carcinogenic properties,inhibiting malignant cells while protecting healthy cells from free radicals.And with just 30mg a day, you even get a serotonin boost. Saffron is the epitome of a wellness mensa spice.
Now for the sticker shock. At $35 for the 3.5oz canister, you might rule this product out, but sadly, the price actually make sense.Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, due to the labor intensive harvesting process.75,000 saffron blossoms need to be hand picked to produce a single pound of saffron, which can cost as much $5,000. Now you could just take the stigma/threads from Saffron and steep it yourself but this requires a ton of trial and error. Saffron is so intense that it’s tricky to find the palatable balance. The Fullest takes the guess work out with exceptional quality saffron,pre-mixed with coconut milk powder, coconut water powder and cardamon. And for the skeptics,the coconut powder is not filler. It is a deliberate choice since it can cross the blood-brain barrier and be an active fuel source for brain cells. On top of that The Fullest’s Saffron Latte is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, organic and most importantly, absolutely delicious! And it’s a woman-owned business, founded by Nikki Bostwick.What more could you ask for!
How to make the perfect Saffron Latte from The Fullest:
1 | Pour the milk and saffron latte powder into a high speed blender.
2 | Whisk milk and powder together with an aerolatte.
3 | Blend and serve.
*Yields 1 serving.
Suggested Dosage: As with all things,too much of a good thing could just be too much. High doses of 4 grams or more can have toxic effects. With The Fullest Saffron Latte, you are looking at 150mg a cup up to 3x a day, which will keep you healthy and side-effect free.
It’s not very often that I’m going to sing the praises of preserves, but Brins Chili Pepper Jam is that good. Packed with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, along with the cleanest ingredients. Nothing artificial. No synthetic binders. Just real fruit, real ingredients, with at least 20% less sugar than most brands. And on top of that, this home grown company is woman-owned and operated!
This jam is so exciting that I’ve had a blast experimenting with ways to use it. A perfect addition to cheese plates, shaking it up in cocktails, using it as a topping for panna cotta, spicing up plain yogurt, adding it to French toast or homemade pop-tarts. And my favorite, adding it to stir-fries.
From the site:
Spicy chili peppers are cooked down in a bath of apple cider vinegar, ginger root, garlic and a touch of lime juice. This jam has a smooth lingering spice with a kick of flavor from all sides.
Chili Peppers, Cane Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime Juice, Garlic, Ginger root, Sea Salt, Pectin
As a self acknowledged candle junkie I have tried and tried many a candle. And, many with great results. I’ve already written about my love for Diptyque’s Baies candles, a classic for year round, and now the Diptyque Holiday Collection $32.00 – $68.00 This limited edition Holiday collection is packaged in elegant lovely containers decorated with a replica of a hand-drawn design which gives off a beautiful colored light when burning. The collection is a range of 3 candles Sapin Doré paying homage to the fir tree, Amber Oud reminiscent of an Oriental journey filled with rare spices, and Oliban transporting you to an Arabian dream highlighting resin frankincense.
For a better price point, still not bargain basement deals, I also love Voluspa’s Champagne Rose $24.00 or the Grande 3 wick versions for $60.00. The Grande version ha a 120 hour burn time and is beautiful on a table with a triple wick being burnt. It also smells divine with notes of rose champagne, cassis berries, and white rose petals. This scent really fills the room but is not too overwhelming. I like to light the Grande size when having guests over to create a nice warm ambiance.
Every time I burn Restoration Hardware’s French Oak candle $39.00 – $49.00 EVERYONE asks what it is and remarks how much they love it, it is Herbes de Provence mingled with purple iris, white oak and a hint of smoky wood. Totally enveloping and the packaging is stunning for gifting! The candle comes is 3 sizes packaged in the wooden box which I now use on my desk filled with pens and colored pencils.
And last but not least, Patch NYC OWL Candle $37.00 When I saw these candles I was drawn in by the vintage-inspired packaging and old world feel. Then for a double do good, the candles are 100 percent soy with a 72 hour burn time. The labels on the front of these candles are silhouettes of different animals and the owl scent is an earthy scent of sandalwood, tobacco and vetiver – perfect for a winter vibe. I also recommend the STAG candle with the scent of siberian fir that is fresh but not overpowering, thanks to light notes of citrus and raspberry.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel has been dubbed the ‘liquid facelift’ for many reasons and I have to say after using it for the past month, I’m a big fan. Last month as I wandered around Harvey Nichols I was simply looking to up my hydration. I’d traveled from Los Angeles to London and after a week in the cold weather my lips and face were extremely dry. So, what started as an attempt for a moisture kick, ended in an expensive impulse purchase. I got fully sold into trying Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. That night, with great buyers remorse after the hefty price tag, I opened the box and only hoped I’d found something amazing. Turns out it was pretty amazing! And, little did I know at that time that beauty Angelina Jolie is thought to be a fan.
I wouldn’t go so far as to compare it with an actual facelift although I haven’t had one. But, it’s certainly a worthwhile step before you get to that point in life. The sculpting gel forms a skin-like film, you can feel it but that’s a good thing in this case, which protects against environmental damage and aggressions. It also reduces redness, true, and inflammation, true.
The key active ingredient, Dragon’s Blood (and where from the product gets its edgy name) is the bright red resin or sap of the sangre de drago tree. It has been using for centuries by ancient cultures for dye, incense, and healing. The red latex of the Sangre de Grado tree, native to South America, reportedly has wound-healing and antioxidant properties. The sap promises to plump aging skin to regain fullness in the face, while also helping to define its natural contours. On top of the product feeling great and filling its promises, the scent is gorgeous. In fact, I would go so far as to say this is my favorite smelling product, with a gorgeously subtle, fruity scent.
So, before I went to bed that night in London I happily touched my face thinking that after only one use my skin already felt silky smooth, soft all over, and much less red. And now 1 month later I’m just as happy to reach for my Dragon’s Blood. If only it wasn’t such an expensive habit!
Key Ingredients & Benefits:
Dragon’s blood – contains phytotherapeutic actives that when applied creates a second skin-like film to protect against free radical damage and stimulates cell regeneration. Anti-inflammatory properties soothe and repair skin and reduce redness.
Collageneer – a patented active ingredient that effectively increases the synthesis of collagen, ensuring skin appears tighter, firmer and more wrinkle-free by promoting the production of high quality collagen.
Volufiline – increases fatty deposits within the skin to
provide a fuller and plumper more line-free appearance.
Commipheroline – renowned for its anti-inflammatory and
immune-stimulant properties, a more line-free appearance is created through a plumping action, by modulating two key mechanisms that activate lipogenesis.
We all have a family member or friend who simply has everything and every year with the Holidays upon it is a struggle to find that perfect gift.
Well, you need look no further as this Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide has something for even the most discerning of us ladies.
Kilian In the City of Sin/1.7 oz. 1.7oz $245.00 For the truly LUXE lady a new fragrance by the renowned Kilian Hennessey. In the City of Sin is a place of extreme temptation where every street corner offers the possibility of impromptu encounters and seductions. The fragrance opens with an explosion of Bergamote from Calabria, pink Peppercorns and Cardamom from Guatamala. It then evolves into a heart of Apricots and caramelized Plums held in check by the Turkish Rose Absolute. A light haze of Indonesian Incense entrances and then lends a profound depth, further sustained by Atlas and Virginia Cedar woods and rich Indonesian Patchouli. Needless to say a beautifully complex fragrance that comes in a stunning white enamel clutch wrapped with a golden snake. Fully seductive and fully luxurious!
Rodin Face Oil $150 & Luxury Body Oil $110 Olio Lusso was created by Linda Rodin, stylist and former fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, to satisfy what she felt was missing in the anti-aging skin care market. Her line now has a cult-like following among fashion and beauty insiders and justifiably so! It is a miracle oil for women of all ages who seek beautiful, dewy skin that conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being. Made with an exclusive, aromatic blend of 11 essential oils to soothe and soften the skin. As an step up in gifting you can pair up the face and body oil for a complete package. Although, either of these items will light up the recipient on the insider and out! Oil is an essential part of a healthy beauty regime.
Make it up and make it personal with a hand picked selection of products for your lucky recipient. Mix and match a great set of eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails to give a customized set that is is both personal and her favorite gift.
I may be, well must be, somewhat biased but tenoverten’s WORTH $18.00 is one of my favorite nail polish colors of the season from the famous NYC salons tenoverten. The polish is both 5 FREE + CRUELTY FREE and lasts by using the best raw ingredients all compliant with the leaping bunny effort to encourage suppliers to also provide cruelty free ingredients. Not just in the finished product. Worth is currently featured in this month’s Marie Claire and is a truly gorgeous gold. Not too yellow and not glittery, an on-trend must-have metallic. Come December tenoverten is also offering a discounted polish set for the Holidays for the true nail buff in your life… or if you’re recipient is in NYC go the extra mile and pick up a gift certificate for a little pampering.
Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Stalker $16.00 NY Based cult brand Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic is not only 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free but this amazing product is a hybrid between a lip gloss and lipstick. Meaning it goes on like a gloss but then dries matte like a lipstick. A few other pros are that it lasts for hours (date night may be an exception), is highly pigmented, and comes in a range from subtle to super bright fun. Even colors like neon pink, blue, and orange. I’m not quite ready to be that experimental but a classic Hollywood red like Stalker or the new color Electric Grandma are safe bets to gift anytime of the year. And remember a little bit goes a long way so only use a tiny dab to start with.
Or for luscious lips try this UBER-LUXE lip set from iconic Gucci designer Tom Ford. Hint: if anyone is looking for a gift idea for me then this is the one. Tom Ford Beauty 4 Piece Lip Color Boxed Gift Set $192.00 Colors include:Lip colors include Spanish Pink, Crimson Noir, Nude Vanille, & Wild Ginger giving a range from nude to show stopper.
Happy shopping and always remind yourself it’s the thought that counts not the dollar value. So, pick up a great gloss for a friend and she’ll smile right back at you while wearing it. xo