Weekly Roundup

Time for my weekly roundup.  This week was an especially good one. No need to explain, I’m just going to jump right into it.

Two weeks ago, I attended a special Sephora V.I.B. beauty event where I was introduced to Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. After getting a mini peel, the representative from Dr. Dennis Gross used one of the newest additions to the line – Clinical Skincare Boosters. There are three different boosters that can be used individually or can be combined and used with your skincare routine. Formulated without water these boosters contain pure extracts which go directly into the skin to even and firm to give you luminous skin.

  • Radiance Booster – This radiance-boosting microdroplet formula introduces a unique complex of three acids—pyruvic, tartaric, and linoleic—to reveal resurfaced, firmed, and luminous skin.
  • Hydration Booster – These hydration boosting microdroplets contain hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract, and centella asiatica, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for luxuriously softer skin
  • Purifying Booster – These clarity boosting microdroplets contain willow bark extract, lactic acid, and farnesol for advanced clarifying and toning of the skin. It reveals a more even skintone with reduced appearance of pores and oil.

Of the three boosters, the Purifying Booster is my favorite for obvious reasons. My skin tends to be oily and I have large pores and this booster takes care of all that. To further even my skin so that I’m able to go out with little to no makeup at all (mascara and eyeliner don’t count as makeup) I mix this booster with Lancome’s DreamTone.  I would suggest purchasing the trio. Depending on what your skin needs at the moment, you can create your own cocktail. You won’t regret it. Click on any of the links above to be taken right to this breakthrough product.

 

DR Dennis Gross

Lately, I’ve gotten back into cooking on a daily basis. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I like to think of myself as a big foodie.  One of my favorite meats to try new recipes with is pork tenderloin. I love it. There’s just something magical (yes, I said magical) about this particular cut of pork. It is really easy to flavor and there are just so many ways that you can serve this.  My love of pork is deep – so deep that I made this dish that was basically pork wrapped in pork.  My arteries gasped, but I told them not to worry because I was going to pair this some tricolor rice and vegetables. Needless to say, it was so good. I’m not one to share my recipes online (they are my little secrets), but if you really want to know, leave me a comment with your email address and I just might share it with you.

Rosemary Pork

Every now and then I’m able to catch a music video that makes me want to get up and dance.  The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae is one of those videos.  It’s reminiscent of my college days when I went to house parties and danced until the sun came up. I can’t stop playing it and secretly I put on a show (well, maybe it’s not a secret now). Just watch, you’ll understand why I feel this way.

 

Last week we were introduced to a 13 year-old Little League phenom that gave new meaning to “throwing like a girl.” I’m a huge baseball fan #letsgoyankees, so when I saw this young lady give life to this overly and wrongly used phrase, I took notice.  With a 70 mph fastball and the poise of an adult, she is pretty much my hero right now. Not only is she the first female pitcher on a Little League team with that kind of gas, she also became the first Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. In case you missed her ESPN interview, you can watch it right here. Mo’ne Davis we’re tipping our hat to you.

 

Mo'ne

Earlier this year, I wanted to go see About Time. It was written and directed by the same people who gave us Love, Actually (my favorite holiday feel-good tear-jerker) but the fact that Rachel McAdams was starring in it made me a little weary. A friend of mine went to see it and then told me that it wasn’t really a romantic comedy but a story about life and that I would really enjoy it. I still wasn’t completely sold. But couple of weeks ago while loafing on my couch and channel surfing, I saw that it was on Cinemax, so I decided to watch it. My friend was right, it really isn’t a romantic comedy.  In fact, the key relationship is the one between the father (played by Bill Nighy) and son (played by Domhnall Gleeson). The film really gets rolling from the very beginning when the father tells his son that he has the ability to travel back in time in his own life. Throughout the movie we witness how the son uses this gift to rectify mistakes in his own life and the lives of the people that he really cares about. It is really a feel-good movie about appreciating life and the people who play a part in your life.

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There were several scenes that were moving, warmed your heart, and if you’re a little sappy like me – you might have shed a tear or two – but they were tears of joy. In the end, there is a lesson to be learned from this movie and I couldn’t say it any better than Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson) said at the very end:

“And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

That’s my message or the week, although I cannot take credit for coming up with that one on my own.

Until next week…

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