Organize in Style with Midori BRASS Number Clips

These are a simple yet amazingly pleasing design item that makes me smile every time I use them. They have an old-world feel with a modern day function and for those of us who get pleasure out of being organized, and having it look chic, these are a must-have!

Midori BRASS Number Clips are organizing gems. In a very slightly aged looking brass with stencil numbers they are brilliant even to display. Of course you can use the actual clips but they serve double duty by also being a cool stencil to go cool numbering crazy.

Midori is a Japanese company with an upper hand in design in the world of paper products from stationary to paper, to office accessories.  Here is another one of their accessories that is also sure to crack a smile, the Midori D-Clips. These are available in a ton of shapes and are great for a personalized gift idea. Check all the shapes out here. Sometimes it’s the small things that make us happy!

Midori D-Clips

Priced at $6.99

Available at TOKYP PEN SHOP

Midori BRASS Number Clips

Priced at $20.00

Available at TASK

Lancome BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

In the past I’ve generally tried to use a face wash that does some double duty action and helps remove my eye makeup while also doing a stellar job of cleaning my skin. This is because sometimes I can get a bit lazy and it’s one less step in my nightly regime.  Secondly it’s because eye makeup remover irritates my eyes and generally makes them burn a bit. However, it’s definitely not the ideal solution for truly clean eyes and it is always recommended to remove your makeup at night! Leaving it on could cause contact irritation, an allergic reaction or even an infection.  It can also make your lashes fall out over time and no one wants thinner lashes!

Then, I discovered Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. This award-winning phenomenon of a product had me sold when it didn’t irritate my eyes, make them water, or cloud up my contacts. I don’t use waterproof mascara but it also claims to remove it and based on other reviews seems to be a very truthful claim.

My other thumbs-up for this product is it doesn’t leave a terribly greasy residue. It has a slight residue but it’s not an oily feel around the eyes, it’s more of a hydrated sheen. It also doesn’t require tugging or hard wiping to remove makeup either which leaves our lashes where they should be. Simply use a cotton pad, saturate with Bi-Facil, hold it over the eye for a few seconds, and then wipe away.

According to the Lancome site: Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue.


Listed at: $27.00

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Blood building…why should I? Wheatgrass junkies are sometimes mocked and sometimes lauded. I am a wheatgrass believer and attempt to regularly have a shot, 1 oz., of wheatgrass a day. This usually means I get about 3 to 4 shots in a week. That is on top of my almost daily juice that I make using my Omega Vert VRT350 Juicer, which I am obsessed with but I’ll write about soon!

Health Benefits
With a 70% chlorophyll composition, the biggest benefit of wheatgrass seems to be that is highly alkaline and cleansing. It’s the chlorophyll that helps rid the body of toxins, strengthens immunity and improves the micro-flora ecology of the digestive tract. However, there are many claims about the health benefits of wheatgrass although actual scientific evidence is limited to a couple of small studies. In one study, wheatgrass was shown to lessen symptoms of ulcerative colitis (a form of inflammatory bowel disease), and thus sometimes purported to help improve digestion. Other studies have shown that wheatgrass may reduce some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy and improve blood circulation and composition. I choose to favor the chances it is beneficial as I don’t have any allergies to it and feel more energetic and happy to be putting more alkaline creating nutrients in my body. Oh, and my skin has a healthier glow when I get a high dose daily raw nutrients.

More about chlorophyll
The chlorophyll molecule in wheatgrass is similar to the hemoglobin molecule in the blood of humans. The single dissimilarity would be that the central aspect in hemoglobin is iron and in chlorophyll it is magnesium. For this inherent similarity, the body can certainly transform chlorophyll into hemoglobin enhancing the red blood cells count along with the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen along with other nutrients towards the body’s cells. Chlorophyll can stimulate the enzyme systems, promote higher metabolic process and release free oxygen, obliterate toxic carbon dioxide, normalize blood pressure level through dilating the blood pathways and build red blood cells rapidly. There are no clinical trials to support this but wheatgrass is also purported to supply more oxygen, through chlorophyll, to cancer cells and therefore helps in fighting cancer.

Wheatgrass juice is available at your local farmer market or frozen in cubes at Whole Foods and other grocery stores and co-ops.  You can place the frozen cubes in a bowl of warm water to defrost.  Then you can simply drink it as a shot.  Now, that’s if you can take the taste! It’s not exactly delightful although after a while it becomes an acquired taste and at 1 oz. it’s easy”ish” to get down. If you can’t take the grassy, green tea-like taste, try adding it to unsweetened pineapple juice or you can toss the cubes in your favorite juice or smoothie before blending.

To learn more about wheatgrass here are some resources:

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Jao Lip Balm

New and improved 100% NATURAL lip Jao with the tag line, “Specially formulated for lip balm snobs”, should read “specially formulated for all”. Jao is made with 34% shea butter, is a long lasting petro-chemical free formula, and contains lysine, calendula and chamomile oil extracts. The new formula does not claim an SPF rating of 15 as the old formula did, more like an SPF 8, but it’s therefore more accurate (See more details on the SPF rating below). And to top it off the company was started by a Father & daughter team, amazing, in Pennsylvania where all the products are formulated without dyes, petroleum or artificial fragrances.

It’s non-greasy and when my lips are particularly chapped I even put a light layer under my lipstick. I say light because due to the Zinc Oxide it does leave your lips a bit white. Just go easy on the application. I also like to put it on before I go to bed for an overnight chapped lip healer.

Check out all of the amazing natural ingredients notably rosehip and jojoba which are rich in vitamins A, E, and C.

INGREDIENTS: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Beeswax, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non Nano Uncoated), Sea Buckthorn, Vitamin E Acetate, Propolis, Rosemary Extract, Chamomile Oil, Calendula Oil, essential oils of: Tea Tree Oil, Anise Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Palmarosa Oil

From Jao Ltd website: *Our LipJao™ is not SPF rated because the FDA has made it difficult (expensive) for small companies to test. Since our focus as a company is to make 100% natural products, we did not want to make a chemical sunscreen anymore. Instead, we reformulated our LipJaoto include 34% Shea Butter as well as meadowfoam seed oil which both have a natural sunscreen property. We also did not want to make a pure white lip balm so added just 4% Zinc Oxide which IS, in fact, sunscreen. While we cannot claim a definite SPF number, we can approximate that LipJao’s rating is SPF-8.

Listed at: $7.00

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Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

When it comes to lips sometimes I want just a tint of color, a sheer wash to add a youthful glow.  Not a gloss, not a crème lipstick, and no liner. Just a beautiful shiny tint and that is exactly what Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments provide. Plus they have the added benefit of having an SPF 15 and nourishing treatment.

Pure pigment, pure shine, pure luxury: this intensely-hued, super lustrous lip gloss is formulated with active ingredients that hydrate and restore lips for an immediately soft and smooth effect.



My favorite color is Plum, which uses buildable coverage for either a sheer or deeper hue to turn it into a nighttime look. All the colors build but Plum has rich blue undertones which seems the most universally flattering of the darker colors. Days I don’t want to look overdone I will do a wash of Plum and some mascara. I have to admit I still pretty much always curl my lashes first as it’s the biggest no-make up tip that makes the biggest difference.

Tips to application – I do find myself having to smooth over the color on my lips with my finger when I apply it and occasionally once it’s on to keep it from blotting in any dry areas. If my lips are already too dry or chapped I prefer to go with a clear lip treatment as the tint can cake into the chapped areas.

Key ingredients:

– Sugar, a natural humectant, prevents moisture loss

– A superior blend of nourishing oils, including meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, deeply moisturize dry areas

– Grapeseed polyphenols protect, smooth, and soften

– SPF 15 UVA/UVB protection

For a cheaper version of a tinted lip treatment check out NIVEA A Kiss of Cherry Tinted Lip Care SPF10. They are a fraction of the price at $0.99! My only reservation is they are flavored so depending on if you like fruity tasting balm it may or may not be a good fit for you. However, the formula has great moisture and gives you a nice make-out session cherry hue to your lips…. Luscious!

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15  

Starting at: $22.50

Available at: Fresh