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As National Ice Cream Month ends, celebrate with deliciously fun ice cream charms by Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture
Ice Cream in a Dish Charm: Give in to the indulgent decadence of this delish treat by Juicy Couture®! This charm is gold-plated with enamel and crystal inlays and a lobster clasp. It is 3/4" wide and 1" long ($48 at Zappos Couture)

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Juicy Couture Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone Charm: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for...soft serve ice cream!" You'll look utterly delicious with this Juicy Couture® charm. This charm is gold-tone with enamel "soft serve" top and crystals and a lobster clasp. It is 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" long ($42 at Zappos Couture)
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The charms clip on to Juicy Couture's starter bracelets or necklaces.

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

Crème brûlée is a straighforward, unpretentious creation that is simple, comforting and sure to impress your guests

Today is National Crème Brûlée Day. Crème brûlée (French for "burnt cream"), burnt cream, crema catalana, or Trinity cream is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by caramelizing sugar under a broiler, with a butane torch or other intense heat source, or by pouring sugar on top of the custard. It is usually served cold in individual ramekins. The custard base is normally flavoured with just vanilla, but it can be enhanced with chocolate, a liqueur, fruit, etc. Sometimes the hardened sugar on top will be caramelized, by igniting a thin layer of liqueur sprinkled over the top.

Crème brûlée is undoubtedly one of the most frequently ordered restaurant desserts today. The exact origins of this dish are unknown and very much in contention, with the English, Spanish, and French all staking claim. The earliest known reference to the dessert is in François Massialot's 1691 cookbook.

In the early eighteenth century, the dessert was called "burnt cream" in English. In Britain, a version of crème brûlée (known locally as 'Trinity Cream' or 'Cambridge burnt cream') was introduced at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1879 with the college arms "impressed on top of the cream with a branding iron", although some cookbooks claim much earlier British origins for the dessert.

Crema catalana (Catalan 'Catalan cream') or Crema de Sant Josep, is Catalan version of Crème brûlée. It is usually served on Saint Joseph's Day (March 19). The custard is flavoured with lemon or orange zest and cinnamon. The set custard is chilled and immediately before service, sugar is sprinkled over the top and caramelized with a specially-made iron or blow torch, resulting in a hot, crunchy caramelized top contrasting with the cool, soft custard. Catalans claim that their crema catalana is the predecessor of France's crème brûlée, though many regions lay claim to the origin of the dessert. The chief difference between the two is that crema catalana is not baked in bain-marie as crème brûlée is. 

Paula Deen Creme Brulee

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Posted by Amanda, in General.

Shu Uemura oils in beautiful limited-edition bottles by Moyoco Anno

Oil isn't the first thing you think of for washing your face but cult-favorite Shu Uemura's oils gently cleanse the skin with plant extracts. In collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno, Shu Uemura introduces playful new packaging for the elixirs. The oils remain the same but the bottles are more beautiful than ever. These new presentations are available for a limited time only, while supplies last.

She Ueumura's oils in limited edition bottles by Moyoco Anno

Limited edition cleansing beauty oil premium a/o: Shu Uemura's #1 selling premium a/o cleansing oil, an anti-aging and anti-oxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging. An exquisite contrast of dynamic pine trees in an eye catching bright red color adorns the bottle of premium cleansing oil a/o which is designed with an image of the elegant Tokyo Kamon girl, Matsuno. Moyoco's first creation for the range is intended as a harmonizing image, taking inspiration from her immediate surroundings. $75

Limited edition brightening cleansing oil: This gentle cleansing oil leaves the skin appearing more even-toned, translucent and smoothed. inspired by the color of the brightening cleansing oil, an audacious combination of noble purple and vivid green adorns the bottle of brightening cleansing oil which is designed with an image of the coquettish Tokyo Kamon girl, Katsura. $75

Limited edition high performance cleansing oil fresh: a lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. cute motifs drawn in pink adorn the bottle of cleansing oil fresh which is designed with an image of the the pure and innocent Tokyo Kamon girl, Sakurako. The delicate chrysanthemum adorning the fresh cleansing oil is one of japan's most symbolic flowers that is used as the kamon of the emperor. While the flower is most common in shades of yellow and white, Moyoco adopted pink palette to give the image cuteness and elegance. $65

Limited edition high performance balancing cleansing oil enriched: A rich cleansing oil that leaves dry, dehydrated skin clean and nourished. an eye catching checkered pattern, often used in kimona textiles, adorns the bottle of cleansing oil enriched which is designed with an image of the strong-willed Tokyo Kamon girl, Tamaki. Inspired by the orange shade of the high performance balancing cleansing oil enriched, Moyoko drew Tamaki in the mandarine leaf kamon. $65

Limited edition high performance cleansing oil classic: The original Shu Uemura cleansing oil.  Leaves and vines playfully intertwine in the design for the classic cleansing oil which features an image of the fulfilled Tokyo Kamon girl, Tsuruha. $65

Source: In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Magic beauty color by Givenchy and Jemma Kidd

Gloss Poetique Natural Color-Enhancer Lip Gloss is a
mysterious gloss. A star of Givenchy's Autumn Winter collection, this lip and cheek color is an unexpected surprise. Open the black lacquer jar to reveal a unique, gel-textured formula in the perfect shade of pink to complement any skintone. The subtly glossy finish highlights lips and cheekbones and adds a radiant glow. The product adjusts to the pH of your skin and turns the perfect shade of berry.

Givenchy Gloss Poetique lip gloss

Now, repeat the experiment with Jemma Kidd's new blush on your cheeks.

Internationally renowned makeup guru, award-winning product designer and style icon, Jemma Kidd's designer collection fuses hi-fashion, statement colour and catwalk glamour with performance products that bring the "runway to the curb without breaking the bank.

Finding a shade that mimics a natural flush tone can be an exhausting task. JK Jemma Kidd introduces Cheek ID Color Adapt Blush, a hi-tech formula that interacts with the skin's pH for a perfect match. Using the same technology as the best selling JK Jemma Kidd Lip ID Color Adapt Gloss, the innovative formula reacts to the natural pH in cheeks for that just right color match, as well as hydrates with added vitamins A and E. It can be applied to bare skin or over base makeup.

Jemma Kidd Lip ID Colour Adapt Gloss

Gloss Poetique is available at Sephora ($45) and Jemma Kidd Cheek ID Colour-Adapt blush is $18 exclusively at Target (in August).

Source: In Style; Jemma Kidd

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Free birthday treats at local restaurants

  • Cold Stone Creamery - free ice cream by signing up for their free My Coldstone Account 
  • California Pizza Kitchen - free kids meal during the month of their birthday if you sign up in advance of the big day 
  • Applebee's - free dessert on your birthday 
  • Denny's - free meal and sundae for kids under 10, if you sign up in advance 
  • TGI Friday's - free birthday dessert with purchase of an entrée 
  • Quizno's - free cookie on your birthday 
  • Wendy's - free kids meal on their birthday (plus, $1 off coupon for signing up on their Web site) 
  • Burger King - join the BK Birthday Club to get a free BK Kids Hamburger Meal coupon 
Free birthday treats
All of these offers are subject to change without notice, so check with your local franchise. 

Source:  WalletPop

Posted by Amanda, in General.

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