Product Review: Travel in Style with These Glam Bags!

By Rachel Sparks

Cute and practical is on every traveler’s wish list when it comes to bags. These totes will help every world adventurer fight the frazzled looks of long flights by carrying luggage in style. Whether you’re going somewhere for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a date night at the beach, these summer travel bags are must-haves.

Product Review: Summer Travel Bags for Stylish Vacations!

Flightline Travel Tote, $45

Cupid's Pulse Article: Product Review: Travel in Style with These Glam Bags!
Flightline Travel Tote. Photo courtesy of flightlinetravelllc.com

The perfect clutch for your travel essentials, the Flightline Travel Tote has thought of your every need. With side pockets especially designed to hold your passport, legal ID’s, and phone, you can easily access all of your essential documents while going through security; no extra time digging through your purse needed. A patent-pending o-ring designed zipper creates the unique ability to still open the clutch while it is placed inside a seat back pocket. The tote easily detaches from other Flightline bags to make trips to the bathroom quick, and all bags come with a small strap so that you can hang your tote anywhere. Though sleek in design, the tote is big enough to hold a small tablet, expanding as wide as a thick magazine. You can customize your tote in either classic black or a deep purple, both made of vegan leather.

OMG Accessories Duffle, $58

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OMG Accessories Duffle. Photo courtesy of omgaccecssories.com

How better to pack for a girls’ weekend or a romantic getaway than in a cute patterned duffle? Available in five bubbly patterns, these bags are a flirty addition to your travel wardrobe. Names like “Denim Foxy Roxy Weekender” and “Frenchie Louie Weekender” can match your mood. All bags are made of vegan leather with a webbed nylon adjustable strap and gold hardware. Measuring 9″x18″, it’s the ideal size for a couple days away. The patterns are what make the bag unique, and they come with the options of “Rainbow,”, “Kitty Kat,” “Foxy Roxy,” “Unicorn Gwen,” or French bulldog “Louie.”

Start this travel plans with a little inspiration from these summer travel bags!

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Product Review: Make a Splash This Summer with Snow Fox Skincare

By Bre Gajewski

Plant-based skincare is the newest beauty trend, and leading the way is Snow Fox. Snow Fox creates “a professional grade, natural and 100% plant-based formula.” It was originally designed by a Rosacea patient to cater to people with hypersensitive skin; however, it has proven to be extremely effective for all skin types.

Product Review: Snow Fox is the summer skincare line used for celebrity vacations and sultry date nights.

If you are wondering what “plant-based skincare” means and if it really makes a difference, Snow Fox products make sure to notate that their formula includes no parabens, silicones, SLS, palm oil/palm oil derivatives, DEA, MEA or PEG, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, sulphates, artificial colors/dyes, artificial fragrances, synthetic preservatives, or animal origin ingredients.

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Kourtney Kardashian. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

Even celebrities are going “au naturel” with their skincare. Kourtney Kardashian uses the Snow Fox Vegan Sheet Mask and made the following testimony:

“Since I’ve tried incorporating natural skincare more and more into my routine, I’ve noticed my skin is less dry. There are so many chemicals and ingredients in beauty products that strip your skin of its natural hydration and oils…scroll to see my current favorites.”

We love the following three products for glowing skin this summer.

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Snow Fox All in One Detox Mask

Snow Fox All in One Detox Mask, $30

A powerful mask that moisturizes, brightens and evens out skin tone while tightening pores. Essential oils work to extract impurities from deep within the skin. Key ingredients including Peppermint Oil Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf and 100% Organic Cotton Sheet

 

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Snow Fox Day & Night Defense Multi Cream

 

Snow Fox Soothing Facial Cleansing Mousse, $35

A powerful and gentle formula that removes dirt, oils, and impurities from your face without stripping your skin of moisture. This non-irritant refreshing formula is made from organic peppermint oil extract that provides natural, cooling antimicrobial protection. Key ingredients include Citric Acid, Peppermint Oil and Aloe Vera Leaf

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Snow Fox Day & Night Defense Multi Cream

Snow Fox Day & Night Defense Multi Cream, $55

Locks in moisture, repairs and protects the skin from environmental stressors. This multipurpose product can be used as a primer, a day cream, a night cream and even a mattifying foundation or BB cream blender. The cream is formulated with antioxidant Ginseng Extract and also works against fine lines, wrinkles and evens out hyperpigmentation. Key ingredients include Olive Fruit Oil, Ginseng Extract, Jojoba Oil and Macadamia Oil.

If you are looking for new skincare products that will give you beautiful, hydrated skin without any chemicals or animal testing, then Snow Fox is for you. Check out their website and follow them on social media @snowfoxskincare to learn more about their products.

Product Review: Beauty Products for the Men In Your Life

By Haley Lerner

Father’s Day is around the corner, and that means that you’ll need to be looking for gifts for the special men in your life! Skin care is obviously something many women take very seriously, but it is actually starting to become a big industry for men as well. Men need skin care and anti-aging products, too, so the ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND For Men skincare line can be the perfect gift for any man. These celebrity beauty products are the perfect thing for any man hoping to better himself.

These great beauty products are the perfect gift to make your beau appreciate and love you even more! Check out our product review:

For Men Caring Shaving Cream — $20

Who doesn’t love a smooth shave for a date night? ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND’s Caring Shaving Cream is a natural and refreshing cream that provides a gentle wet shave for a man to get off his stubble. The product consists of natural ingredients like aloe vera and liquorice root, so there’s no need to worry about this product having any harmful artificial ingredients. These natural ingredients provide a soothing and calming effect on the skin and work to moisturize and soften one’s face while shaving.

Exfoliating Peel — $50

After shaving, the perfect thing for a man’s skin is to exfoliate. ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND’s Exfoliating Peel is a cream peel made with natural jojoba wax beads and no microplastics! This peel removes dead skin cells and smoothens out any rough areas on the skin. This amazing product will regulate sebum production and refine the appearance of pores. Plus, certified organic shea butter in the product helps nourish the skin.

For Men Revitalizing Shower Gel —$29

Want the perfect give for an animal-loving guy? This vegan beauty product is the perfect choice. This shower gel refreshes and cleans skin using algae extract. It’s perfect for your beau to use in the morning of after a long day to make him totally relax.

Get these beauty products as the perfect gift for any man!

Love & Libations: The Negroni & Anthony Bourdain

By Yolanda Shoshana

When I was thinking about what I wanted to do for this column, I was walking through NYC and came upon Les Halles. Unless you have been away from the news recently, you may know that Anthony Bourdain passed away. Les Halles was a French bistro where he got his start as an executive chef. Let’s just say many romantic nights were had at the restaurant. Though both locations of the bistro are now closed, people have been leaving tributes to him pasted on the windows. Consider this my cheers to the icon.

The culinary world is still reeling over the death of Bourdain; in fact, it may never be the same. It will be hard to find anyone who can take his place, though someone will try to fill the void. He undoubtedly changed the way that people eat and drink. Someone said, “He was the Mr. Rogers of the food world.” I would have never compared the two, but he did have an edgy Mr. Rogers charm about him. More importantly, both men had a way of making people stop, listen and think in a way that impacted lives. People around the world are coming forward with stories of how Bourdain helped them learn to love food. Since there’s such a deep connection between love and food, maybe Bourdain should have added “love doctor” to his resume.

Keep reading for details from our relationship expert Yolanda Shoshana on the late Anthony Bourdain’s favorite cocktail!

While most people think of food when they think of Bourdain, he was also a man who loved a good libation. He was often caught with a glass of wine in his hand, but there was a particular cocktail that he was a big fan of as well: The Negroni. Named after Italian Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, the classic aperitif is famous around the world. Bourdain called it the perfect drink, saying, “It’s [made from] three liquors that I’m not particularly interested in, but put them together with a slice of orange… it works. That first sip is confusing and not particularly pleasant. But man, it grows on you.” I would have to agree. The first time I took a sip of a Negroni, I was intrigued. After about three sips, that intrigue turned to love. It’s been one of my favorite libations ever since.

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Bourdain shared a story with Maxim about how he made Negroni cocktails for his crew and ended up a bit tipsy. It’s the kind of drink meant to share with those near and dear. Get your squad together for a Negroni or two. We can all use a little bit more love and light. Plus, you can also use it as an aphrodisiac cocktail if you want to just kick it with your boo on date night. It’s the perfect libation to sip during intimate conversations.

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The best part about the Negroni is that it’s so simple to make. All you need are three ingredients and a slice of orange. If you don’t have the orange slice, don’t fret. After a few sips, it won’t even matter. Cheers to you, Bourdain and those you love.

Negroni

1oz. Gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Slice of orange

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Love & Libations: Royal Reds for the Royal Celebrity Wedding

By Yolanda Shoshana

All eyes have been on the royal celebrity wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Between the cameras, approvals from the Queen, and invitations, Markle will probably be thrilled to relax with a glass of wine during her wedding reception. While there are many charming things about Markle, what I like about her the most is her love of good Italian red wine. Imagine chilling with Meghan over a glass of red, talking about tiaras and, hopefully, she shares the secret to her roast chicken recipe.

“The Tig” was the name of Markle’s lifestyle blog that was named after Tignanello, a full-bodied red wine from Italy. Long story short, it’s a wine from Tuscany that is a part of what is called the Super Tuscan revolution, which took place in the 1970’s. The red blend is a combo of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc produced in the Chianti Classico region. This would suggest that Markle has a sophisticated palate. She is prepared for all of the fancy meals at the palace, not to mention the food she will share with Prince Harry as they travel the world together.

A bottle of Tignanello can run from $80 to $150. However, there are Tuscan wines up to par that are more affordable. The following is a list of five wines that I like to think of as “royal reds” from Tuscany and ones that I think would receive a thumbs up from Markle herself. After all, a bold Italian red is perfect to sip during fairy-tale weddings or for a date night with your prince or princess.

Check out these red wines worthy of any royal celebrity wedding!

Luce Della Vite Toscana 2014 ($100)

This unique wine is produced by Frescabaldi Estates in Montalcino. It’s the first wine from that area made with 60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot. Montalcino is a highly regarded wine producing commune known for fabulous red wines. The Luce is an elegant blend that has aromas of cherries, blackberries, leather, and coffee. Doesn’t that sound nice? Pair with a cheese plate or an exquisite meal. When you want to feel like a royal celebrity couple, this is the perfect wine.

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Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana 2015 ($27)

It’s the second wine from the Luca Della Vite estate that is also produced in Montalcino. This red is a bit younger than the Luce. A full-bodied blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, the bottle is packed with fruity aromas. A glass of this goes great with cured meat and cheese. Think of it as a bold and sexy red. It would pair wonderfully with a romantic night.

Roxanne Rosso Toscana 2016 ($20)

This Super Tuscan wine is produced on Sting and Trudie Styler’s Chianti estate called II Palagio. Who knew they had wine, right?! Roxanne is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah. It’s the kind of red that goes great with a steak or pasta dish. A truffle cheese would always be a good pairing. If you can’t make it to II Palagio, let romance find you and your boo in this bottle of red.

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La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino 2012 ($80)

While this wine isn’t considered a Super Tuscan wine, it’s produced in Tuscany. It is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes. In fact, Brunello is the local nickname for the Sangiovese grape. This bold wine is great with beef, lamb, and hearty red sauce dishes. When you want to feel fancy, this is a where it’s at.

Cecchi La Mora Maremma Toscana 2015 ($14)

A fabulous wine for every occasion, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah suits all palates. Aromas that will hit your nose are cherries, spice, chocolate, and a touch of floral. This one would be perfect for a night of snuggling in with roast chicken and garlic mashed potatoes, just like Meghan and Harry. It would also work for a girl’s night in, you just may need extra bottles.

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Love & Libations: Mint Juleps for a Derby Date Idea

By Yolanda Shoshana

Whether you care about the Kentucky Derby or not, you will be hearing about the races’ infamous Mint Julep until the Derby is well and done. You can’t have a Derby celebration without the classic cocktail! Plenty of celebrities show up at the Derby to be seen, including Kathy Couric, Debra Messing, Tracy Morgan, and Harry Connick Jr., to name a few. Some celebrities even host events. Try hosting your own Derby party for a fun date idea!

Keep reading for celebrity spins on Mint Juleps for a fun date idea!

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If you can’t make it to the Derby to hang out with your favorite famous people, you can still sip like a celeb. Dust off your big hats and put on your flashy clothes (even if you are just watching at home) to rock the latest celebrity style for your party or date night. Here are two recipes for the Mint Julep for your date idea — one has a Cognac base, while the other is based in whiskey:

D’USSÉ Julep (recipe courtesy of D’USSÉ)

Recently, Beyoncé stunned the world with her hot Coachella performance. Her boo, Jay-Z, even joined her onstage. This celebrity couple will, no doubt, partake in the Derby. Jay-Z will probably make Bey a D’USSÉ Julep, the cognac-based version of this famous drink. Doesn’t she deserve one or two? The Mint Julep was originally made with Cognac, so if you want a historically proper Mint Julep, this recipe is for you. It’s perfect for entertaining, but if you and your partner are having a quiet Derby Day at home, it’s still a great fit for your date.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1⁄2 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
  • 1⁄2 part simple syrup
  • 2-4 sprigs of mint
  • Crushed ice

Directions:

Place simple syrup in a julep glass with 5 or 6 mint leaves and muddle. Fill the glass halfway with ice, add 1 1⁄2 parts of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac, and stir. Add more ice and 1 part of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac. Stir again until the glass is fully frosted. Top with ice.

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Jimmy Russell’s Mint Julep

Matthew McConaughey is in bed with Wild Turkey to have his own signature whiskey called Long Branch. The whiskey is inspired by his Kentucky and Texas roots. The following Mint Julep recipe is one that McConaughey has shared from the master distiller of Wild Turkey, though I recommend using his Long Branch instead of Wild Turkey 101. It has Matt’s humor written all over it. This one is a friends-and-family drink. It’s worthy of whipping up a batch because it will go fast.

Ingredients:

  • 200 mL Wild Turkey 101 or Long Branch
  • 2-3 fresh mint sprigs
  • Shaved ice
  • 1/3 portion simple syrup
  • Powdered Sugar

Directions:

Pour the whiskey and set aside. To fully enjoy the experience, make sure you have a proper stainless steel julep cup. Pick the fresh mint sprigs of their leaves and muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of the cup. Don’t use crushed ice! Get a block of ice and shave some ice into the cup. This step is very important. Once the cup is cold and sweating, add simple syrup, powdered sugar, and mint sprigs. Finally, take the cup, go to your backdoor, throw the whole thing out, and drink the whiskey straight!

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Product Review: Make Relaxation a Reality While Traveling with Your Baby This Summer

By Carly Horowitz

As your head lightly falls upon your satin pillow, your mind begins to wander. The white noise machine in the corner of your room prompts your dreams to travel to the beach, in accordance with the wave-like sound. The warm sun shines down on your slightly tanned skin. You taste the sweet, cold margarit… “WAHHH! WAHHHH!” Your precious baby wakes you from this wonderful dream. How great would it be for this dream of a nice, relaxing vacation to become a reality this summer? But, how will this work when you have to care for your baby? Fortunately, there are great products on the market than can make the traveling process with your baby a lot easier. Two specific lifesavers are the Lulla Doll and Mobile Changing Station.

If you are looking to vacation with your baby this summer, take this parenting advice and get these products!


Lulla Doll: This Icelandic creation works as the perfect sleep companion to give babies a feeling of intense closeness. The doll’s appearance incorporates both blue and pink colors in order to work as a suitable companion for all children regardless of race and gender. The coolest thing about this doll is that when the chest is pressed, it plays a real-life recording of the heartbeat and breathing of the child’s mother at rest for up to 8 hours. Now, you can travel near and far with your baby in the backseat. You don’t have to worry about holding them so that they can have a restful nap because with this doll, they will be able to sleep so soundly listening to your heartbeat and breathing. The doll is made from a soft natural cotton blend so that it is easily machine washable with warm water. It also has the ability to absorb the scent of their caregiver if they hold it close to their skin before giving it to their child. Now, you can either travel far while your baby is guaranteed a restful sleep with this doll by their side, or, you can leave your baby at home with another caretaker while you have an amazing vacation and they will be so content having your heartbeat, breathing, and smell as if you were right there with them. Venture on a fun date night with your boo while knowing that your baby is safe and sound with their favorite doll. As lulladoll.com says, “nothing can replace loving human contact but the Lulla doll aims to be a second best.” Purchase your Lulla Doll today for $69 and start planning your summer vacation!

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Mobile Changing Station: As appealing as a vacation alone may sound, you may not be able to fathom the thought of leaving your baby in the care of someone else just yet. That doesn’t mean your vacation plans have to be halted. Take your baby with you and venture for the long drive with a Mobile Changing Station! This extremely sturdy changing station has the ability to mold to wherever you need to change your baby: in the car, in the park, on the beach, wherever! It also supplies pockets so that you can store your changing needs in there instead of lugging around a whole other bag as well. It even has a strap that you can attach to a seat in your car and just change your baby in the back seat while you venture on your travels. Don’t miss out on traveling in the warm weather this summer, you can get your Mobile Changing Station for $99.

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Make traveling easy with these products, you deserve a relaxing vacation!