At this stage of my life, it's important for both my health and emotional well-being that I have snacks on me at all times. In fact, it's an ususual day that I can be found without a stash of nuts or dried fruits in my tote at the very least. So, when graze hit my radar, my interest was piqued. Currently invite-only, graze is a snack-delivery service, offering up four single-serve, healthy snacks for just $5/week delivered.
But graze snacks aren't just healthy - they're also quite delicious. After becoming a member, you can view available snacks on site and rate those that pique your interest, which means that each box is tailored to suit your tastes, be they savory or sweet. My favorites to date have been the very nori-ish (a mix of Japanese seaweed crackers ringing in at 59 calories) and the Jaffa Cake (which included orange-infused raisins, hazelnuts and dark chocolate buttons at about 218 calories).
If you'd like to learn more about graze, explore their site here. For an invitation to join (you'll get your first box free and I'll get a $1 credit), email me at eye4style (at) gmail (dot) com - I have six codes available!
UPDATE: ALL INVITE CODES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED, SORRY GUYS!
I'm kind of a one-woman publicity machine when it comes to celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi. I'm a loyalist to her homey yet luxurious New York salons, hoarded her MAC Nail Trend lacquers from 2009, and pretty much lost my mind when her own collection launched last fall. So, it only makes sense that her new Spring collection has already found its way onto my nails, even with snow currently falling from the sky.
Seen above is the perfect Winter-to-Spring bridge color, Blue Iris, a highly-pigmented and ultra-glossy deep electric blue that somehow manages to walk the line between FUN and SOPHISTICATED quite effortlessly. It's one of five flower-themed additions to the a La Mode collection by Choi, which encompasses trend capsules each season, with each lacquer named by a model (Saskia de Brauw did the honors in this case).
Shop the JinSoon collection at SpaceNK. Each lacquer is $18, and the impeccable, long-lasting five-free formula is worth every single penny.
For the past six months plus, I've had some major hair 'ish happening. Namely, my hair just doesn't seem to want to hold on to color anymore. Which means that 2-3 weeks after getting my hair dyed (and keep in mind that I'm a brunette going...brunette), my roots have been fading and leaning incredibly brassy. As you can imagine, I've tried every solution imaginable - a new colorist, a new salon, a new formula, at-home color (the new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Color is actually pretty solid), less hair washing - all to no avail. Apparently, I have a condition colorists call "hot roots" - and the causes can be myriad, including (the most likely culprit in my case) hormones.
Gross, right? Honestly, I can't even think about it without cringing. Thankfully, Aveda's come to the rescue with their Black Malva Shampoo and Conditioner, color-depositing formulas that infuse brunette and black hair with cool, dark tones, diminishing pesky red tones and brassiness. Like all Aveda products, the secret's in the botanicals, in this case organically grown aloe, black tea and emollient-rich black malva that's been wild-crafted and then sustainably gathered by hand in its natural habitat. The Black Malva itself provides moisture to hair, while black tea helps intensify deep hues and purify the scalp.
I've been rotating the Black Malva formulas in about every other day, and so far, so good - no fading, no brassiness and no grays peeking through (at least not just yet).
If you've got similar issues, or would like to experiment with a color-depositing formula in lieu of color, shop Aveda's collection online (there are formulas for blondes and redheads as well) here.
Disney's Oz, The Great and Powerful hits theatres this week, and I, for one, can't WAIT. In fact, I'm almost bummed to have Dita von Teese tickets for Friday night, because it means I have to wait an extra day to see the movie. Thankfully, there are a few killer product tie-ins to tide me over in the meantime.
- Which witch are YOU? The Glinda and Theodora Palettes from Urban Decay pose this very question. Each 'Build Your Own Palette' features 8 exclusive eyeshadows (each boasting Urban Decay's killer, super-pigmented and rich formula), a travel-size 24/7 Eye Pencil and a full-size Super Saturated Lip Color suited to either the good witch, or bad. I don't know about you, but where I fall on the scale depends on the day - which means, obviously, that I need both. $49 each at UrbanDecay.com.
- HSN's insanely expansive and wonderous Oz collection includes merch from a BEVY of fashion and home designers, including Timeless by Naeem Khan (I'm kicking myself for missing out on this Feather Skirt, $179.90, now waitlisted), A by Adrienne Landau (practical or not, I'm sort of in love with this Feather Shrug, $169.90), and Raven by Raven Kauffman (this incredible leather clutch is $395) as well as some exclusive beauty bounty, like the DL & Company Whimsical Breeze Glass Diffuser ($30), packed beautifully in a balloon-adorned box.
- Last but not least is the 7-piece Nail Color Collection by OPI. Included in the mix are 3 new glitters, 3 sheer neutrals and 1 new Liquid Sand polish, which offers up a textured matte finish. I was surprised to see nary a glittering green or red in the mix, but regardless there are some beautifully whimsical shades and some layer-perfect glitters. Snag for $8.50 each at Beauty of a Site.
Will you cave on any of the Oz collab product?