Beauty of the Month: Melisa of Pie N’ The Sky

Meet Melisa.  She is the gorgeous face behind the popular lifestyle blog, Pie N’ The Sky.  She’s also a graphic designer, among many other things, and she designed my blog!  Melisa has such a sweet spirit and her creativity is … Continue reading

And the winner of the Lux Divine Turquoise Cuff is…..

Lux Divine has chosen the winner of the gorgeous, handmade turquoise cuff!  And the lucky lady is…Rachel W.

  Thank you to everyone who entered and who reads Gourmet Beauty!  I appreciate each of you.  Lux Divine Jewelry is offering everyone 15% off all regularly priced pieces to show how much they appreciate your support as well!  Check out their Etsy shop here and enter the code “ARANTHA15” to get your 15% off any items that aren’t on sale!

I’m off to Jacksonville, Florida today to see one of my absolute best friends, Niki!  We’ve been friends since we were teenagers and she moved away several years ago.  I try to visit a couple times a year and I cannot wait to see her and her gorgeous children!  Here’s a little collage of Niki and me from over the years.  🙂

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Giveaway!! Turquoise Cuff from Lux Divine Jewelry

I’ve fallen head over heels for Lux Divine Jewelry. These handmade, earthy pieces are glamorous and bohemian all at once. You can pair them with a preppy blazer or a hippie maxi dress and look stunning either way. Lux Divine has been generous enough to give one lucky Gourmet Beauty reader a handmade turquoise cuff! I won one myself on their Facebook giveaway and wear it every day. It literally goes with everything! Here’s the cuff I have:

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Here are pictures of the actual cuff that one of you lucky readers will win!

This cuff can be worn on its own or stacked. Here’s how Lux Divine styles these cuffs (and a glimpse at their other handmade goodies!)

These cuffs are valued at $45 each and can be purchased directly here if you need one in your life right now! 🙂

Below are the entry rules & guidelines. The contest will run from today through 5 pm Mountain Time on Tuesday 8/14/12. Lux Divine will select the winner based on the below guidelines and I will announce the winner on Wednesday 8/15! Good luck and thank you for reading Gourmet Beauty!

Giveaway Rules & Guidelines:

In order to enter the giveaway you must do EACH of the following:

  • Like Gourmet Beauty on Facebook here
  • Like Lux Divine on Facebook here

**IF you don’t have a Facebook you can enter by doing the following:

  • Sign up to follow my blog via email AND join Etsy and add Lux Divine as a favorites here
  • Comment on this post with the following information:

1) Confirm you have liked both Gourmet Beauty & Lux Divine Jewelry on Facebook OR that you don’t have Facebook so you followed the alternate instructions

2) Tell us why you would like to win this cuff

3) sign your first name to your comment and your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  My friend Shay is coming in town this weekend to celebrate her birthday so I’m ecstatic to spend the weekend with her!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend as well.  Here are a few things that brightened up my week:

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{I started the week off bold with OPI Red polish.  Such a pretty, classic red.}

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{Cooking in my new Anthropologie apron that was on sale!}

20120712-114449.jpg{Having a clean Bo Bo.  Nothing like snuggling up with a clean, fluffy doggy.  This is the best dog shampoo EVER.}

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{My absolutely stunning handmade turquoise cuff from Lux Divine Jewelry that I won!}

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{The Cupcakes and Cashmere book that came in the mail this week!  Read it all in one sitting.  So worth the purchase!  Love her.}

20120712-114517.jpg{Wearing light blazers & bright colors all week.  The blazer is from here, the blouse here and the lipstick here.}

{I’m starting the weekend with playful nails using Essie Camera, a delicious pinkish orange sherbet color, with a glittery accent nail.}

What are you few things that made you happy  this week?

New Beauty Find! Long Winter Farm Lip Balm

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I am a total lip balm addict and I’m always buying and trying new balms. I only have a few that I keep going back to though. Most lose their novelty for me immediately.

I was playing around on Etsy recently and stumbled across Long Winter Soap Co, an adorable little company ran by one young woman. I was immediately drawn to her curious product names and simple packaging.

When I came across her Unicorn Farts lip balm I knew I had to have it! The odd and whimsical name made me smile and her description was too good to resist (“Smells just exactly like real imaginary unicorn farts! Which smell like spearmint and pink cotton candy, everybody knows that.”) They were sold out so I signed up to be notified when they were available again. In the meantime I did a little googling and her Unicorn Farts are clearly VERY popular! No wonder she is consistently sold out and restocking.

Mine arrived in the mail last week and I eagerly ripped the package open and applied it, preparing myself for disappointment. I just bought it for the name and the scent description after all. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do. I also wasn’t expecting it to be as moisturizing, addicting and heavenly as it is. It has become my go-to lip balm…I’ve been neglecting my beloved Rosebud Salve for this stuff. It’s all natural and packed full of hydrating, delicious goodness. Here’s the ingredient list:

Natural Beeswax, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, & Jojoba Oil, Cocoa & Unrefined Shea Butters, Vitamin E, Flavor Oil

She explains on her site that all her lip balms are made of the same base and the only differences between them are the flavor oils that are added. Because of the pure cocoa butter in the balms there is an underlying cocoa scent in all of them, mixed in with whatever flavor oil you select. She offers a variety of unique and intriguing flavors like Lavender Peach, Cherry Almond, Chai, Chocolate Orange, Vanilla Honey, Cocoa Rose, Yeti Breath (which is supposed to smell like a lemon coconut snowball!), and many more. She has some available on Etsy and more on her own website here.  Her lip balms are reasonably priced at just $4 each.

Unicorn Farts definitely smells of cocoa, which is actually a delicious scent and I don’t even really like chocolate, and it then has some yummy traces of the spearmint and sugary cotton candy. Another fantastic selling point is that while it smells absolutely to die for, there isn’t any sweet flavor when you’re wearing it, only a scent. I hate lip balms that taste like anything and this one only smells delectable.

I also love the fact that this young woman lives in the deep woods of Maine and spends her days hand-making high quality soaps, body creams, perfume oils and lip balms. I think there is something so cozy and cool about that and I intend to continue buying her products to support her business and pamper myself. I suggest you do the same! You can find her on Twitter and Facebook too!