SAFFRON LATTE BY THE FULLEST

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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. 

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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:

Ingredient:

1 tablespoon saffron latte powder (less if you are using sweetened milk)

8 ounces steamed milk of choice (we like almond)

Assembly:

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.

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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.

Available for $36/  3.5oz  & $67/ 7oz at:

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TWELVE BEAUTY INTELLIGENT FRONTIER FACIAL OIL

This lipid restoring oil may trick you into thinking this product isn’t potent. The deceptively light texture leans towards watery rather than oily, which deepens penetration, rather than coating your skin. After 7 days of consistent use, you’ll be left with glowing, fortified, revived and resilient skin from the inside, without the oil slick.
This thoughtful formulation utilizes processes and and ingredients we don’t normally find in most beauty products. For example, unsaponifiables.  Hadn’t come across this term until TWELVE Beauty’s Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil. It literally means cannot be made into soap, which is good news for skin. These healthy natural oils are extracted so purely and contain the most active ingredients of their respective plant oils. From there, they are bonded to alkalizing molecules which make this oil bioavailable, highly nutritious and safe for all skintypes.  The lipids in this formulation penetrate the skin deeply to maximize hydration, vitamin penetration and texture.
Why don’t we see this level of quality from all facial oils? The meticulous extraction and efficacy achieved in Twelve is an expensive process. Not to use car terms but this oil, created by cosmetoligist, botanist and pharmacist Dr Pedro Catala, is high performance.  Sadly, the price reflects that at $80 for 10ml, but the product is loaded with science not hype.
Now let’s talk about my love for revitalizing and skin softening pollen. This oil adds this superstar to the mix, along with deeply effective hyaluronic acid. Pollen reinvigorates and feeds the skin with amino acids, enzymes, magnesium, zinc and vitamins, while the workhorse hyauronic acid drives it into the dermis to plump and retain hydration.
Also loving the thoughtfulness of TWELVE’s Miron violet glass, to preserve and prevent the light sensitive deterioration of the product. And the smaller 10ml version made for Ayla is great for travel and ensures freshness.

From the site:

TWELVE Beauty has been formulated specifically for:

  • Sensitive, or delicate, fine textured skin that tends to become dry
  • Skin prone to flushing from temperature changes (both extreme cold and heat)
  • Skin exposed to harsh atmospheric elements (wind, sun, cold, pollution) and chemicals (soap, medication)
  • Skin suffering from stress or hormonal changes including acne
  • Skin pre-disposed to allergic reactions

Every TWELVE product contains a special blend of four powerful antioxidants and nutrients:

  • White Genepi extract – protects the skin with anti-oxidant and radical scavenging properties.
  • Imperatoria leaf extract – has an astrigent action along side strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Mallow Flower extract – a soothing, anti-irritant with gentle moisturising properties.
  • Butterfly Bush leaf extract – offers anti-oxidant protection against UV.

TWELVE is produced in Spain using state-of-the-art development techniques, a deep knowledge on the use of plants and the finest artisan traditions to result in this luxurious  skin care collection.

Ingredients:

IMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PLUKENETIA VOLUBILIS SEED OIL*, SQUALANE, POLLEN EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES*, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL*, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER*, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, AMORPHOPHALLUS KONJAC ROOT POWDER, TOCOPHEROL*, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, MENTHA SPICATA LEAF OIL*, CITRUS SINENSIS PEEL OIL , SALVIA SCLAREA LEAF OIL*, CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL*, CORIANDRUM SATIVUM SEED OIL*, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS LEAF OIL*, ELETARIA CARDAMOMUM FRUIT OIL*, GERANIOL*, NEROL*, ANIBA ROSAEDORA STEM OIL*, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA BARK OIL*, CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL*, LINALOL*

* Organic ingredients

Available for $80/ 10ml or $215/ 30ml:

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BRINS CHILI PEPPER JAM

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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.

Ingredients:

Chili Peppers, Cane Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime Juice, Garlic, Ginger root, Sea Salt, Pectin

Available at $8.99/ 7.5oz:

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100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

100 Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Puffy eyes adding some serious baggage to your face? Can’t manage to shrink them down so you can see your pupils? 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream will be the cure you are looking for.

Through the years, I’ve tried many expensive yet disappointing treatments, but this $19 eye cream is a steal for how effective it is. Loaded with caffeine, antioxidants and vitamins, swelling is reduced while circulation is increased.  And it’s 100% natural, 100% vegan! No parabens. No artificial fragrances. No petrochemicals. No toxins.

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Apply it at night, and wake up in the morning with smooth, hydrated, rested skin. Bags lifted. Eyes hydrated and millia free. Just half pump is perfect for both under-eyes and lids, making it even more cost effective. And it pairs beautifully with concealer for daytime wear. As for dark circles, the results are less dramatic but still impressive. So what more could you want? Fine lines softened? Well it does that too!

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Tip:

Keep it in the fridge for added de-puffing benefits!

Results of an Independent, Clinical Four Week Study

– 97% saw reduction of puffiness
– 87% saw reduction of dark circles
– 93% say it reduced the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
– 100% say it improved skin hydration & moisturization
– 93% say it improved skin firmness/elasticity

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice1, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Oil) Seed Extract3, Organic Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract4, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Extracts of: Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax)

1 Certified Organic by QAI
2 Certified Organic by OTCO
3 Certified Organic by USDA
4 Certified Organic by Hawaii Organic Farmers Association

Available for $19 at:

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“The Skin I’m In” by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

I’m the person that “sensitive skin” labels were made for. Unfortunately, most products aren’t “sensitive” enough. I am allergic to every synthetic fragrance, every bubble bath, every laundry detergent, every make-up, every self-tanner, every everything.

I have horror stories of getting on a plane and using a beautiful, “healthy” cucumber hand lotion from an extremely reputable brand, known for it’s true to nature philosophy, and breaking out in hives 20 minutes into a 5 hour flight. When I go to a hotel, I have to bring my own towel, so I don’t get a red itchy rash all over my torso from the hotel bathrobe and towel sets. I have to pack my own blanket plus full length pajamas and socks, to keep me protected from the hotel linens. So much for a romantic getaway when you are covered head to toe, in the hopes of protecting yourself from a blanket. I am terrified of the Snuggle bear, and the wrath his scented dryer sheets can inflict on my skin.

So needless to say, I am extremely paranoid and picky when it comes to my skin care. For a long time I used Olay sensitive skin face wash, and moisturizer with sunblock, but when I wanted to make the switch to paraben-free skin care, I was lost in a sea of essential oils. I am always nervous to try anything new on my skin, I patch test everything, with a dime size scoop of any new product on my inner wrist for 24 hours before it goes anywhere near my face. So when a friend suggested DeVita skin care, I took her advice with a grain of salt; everyone always thinks they can outsmart my skin allergies, but my puffy eyes and swollen lips the morning after a “I swear it’s all natural” lotion test have always told me the truth. However, I started paying attention to her repeated suggestion, not because I necessarily believed the line wouldn’t affect my skin, but because her skin looked so fantastic.

My patch testing began on a summer afternoon, after reading everything I could on paraben-free allergy safe skincare. DeVita was the clear winner. It’s sold at Sprouts, Whole Foods, and they have their own website, www.devitaskincare.com. It’s a little more expensive than the average drugstore skin care products, but for someone like me, it’s truly priceless. The packaging is beautiful, and not only is it paraben free, it’s vegan safe, gluten sensitive safe, never tested on animals, and the products are fantastic! My personal favorites are the Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser, the Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, the DeVita-C Serum, the Perfecting Time Age Defying Moisturizer, the Hyaluronic Serugel, and the super duper High Performance Glycolic Acid Blend. I am way too sensitive to use Retin-A, but this glycolic acid serum does the trick! My skin has never been calmer, clearer, brighter, and happier. The line has every kind of troubleshooting product you can imagine, from under eye cream to capillary support. DeVita has “try-me” kits on their website, which are also ideal for travel- because the bottles are a beautiful thick glass, some of the full-size products are not great for squishing into a suitcase.

I don’t feel lost or embarrassed about my skin anymore, I’m just a sensitive gal in general. As I have matured, I am grateful for my emotional sensitivity, it makes me a better friend, daughter, parent, sister. And I am thankful, for every hotel towel, and well-intentioned bubble bath, for all the itchy and red days and nights, because they brought me to a safe, healthy skin care line, that looks beautiful in my home, and even better on my skin.

 

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire),  turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer.  She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

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