Saturday's Cocktails: Italian Fruit Punch

I'm ready to have a sunny day around here, how about you all? I've had lots of snow, cold, and rain lately, plus a big huge head cold. So all I can think about is a great fruit punch with a bit of a kick. Here is Giada Laurentiis's recipe:

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups chilled sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • Ice
  • Black licorice, for garnish
Combine all the ingredients, except the licorice, in a pitcher. Stir to mix. Pour into glasses and garnish with a stalk of licorice.

And this pitcher here? It's on sale for $22.97 at Amazon. Isn't it gorgeous?

Product Review: Fresh Lotus Eye Gel

While it's called a gel, Fresh Lotus Eye Gel really isn't. It's more like a light lotion that goes on very smoothly and feels quite light.

I've long since given up on anything that claims to solve my undereye problems. I don't really look for a quick fix for my undereye circles or the puffiness that I always seem to have. So while all of these are claimed, I don't really pay much attention to it. I'm always looking for a good undereye moisturizer that isn't overly heavy, and this one fits the bill nicely.

As a bonus, it did seem to help those "signs of fatigue" that I was experiencing. I credit my concealer with helping with the dark circles, but I will give credit where it's due with the puffiness - it really did seem to help, quite a bit actually.

It has a nice scent of cucumbers, and you'll probably like it quit a bit. However, it is a bit of the pricey side: about $48 for 1.5 mL.

Definitely a splurge for some high end skin care.

Congrats to the Kiss My Face Set Winner!


Congratulations to Lisa C! She's the winner of four fantastic lip glosses from Kiss My Face.

I'll make sure to get your glosses sent off to you ASAP!

Have You Heard About Too Faced's Lip of Luxury?

While I've tried lots of Too Faced eye shadow combos (and loved them all), I only just recently found out about their lip product called Lip Of Luxury.

This formula contains shea butter and claims to help smooth out fine lines in and around the lips. The neat thing about it? It has fizzy and tasty champagne essences in it.

Comes in eight gorgeous shades, from shimmer to matte, so there is something for everyone.

Have you tried it? Is it really fabulous? I haven't seen it in my local Sephora, but I'll be looking for it.

Too Faced Lip Of Luxury, $18.

Congrats to the Winner of the Karmin Titanium Hair Iron!

Congratulations to Kim V who won the Karmin Titanium Hair Iron! If you didn't receive your email, please let me know, and we'll get you all set up!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for more exciting contests and giveaways from Daily Dose of Coffee!

Product Review: 100% Pure Juicy Shower Gel


I have a thing for bath products, especially ones that smell delicious. And there is a plethora of bath products out there, how can one choose? Personally, I'm just slowly making my way through all of them so I can eventually find the ones that make me happy.

I just tried 100% Pure's Fresh Squeezed Juicy Shower Gel today, and I really liked it. It has a fantastic scent, and truly smelled like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. It was perfect for a morning shower because it was invigorating and helped me wake up.

The one downside is that it's not a hugely foaming cleanser. This isn't a big deal at all to me, because I'm used to more natural products that don't have a lot of the lathering ingredients, but it can be a little surprising for people who aren't used to it.

100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Shower Gel retails for about $15 and can be found at stores such as The Limited, Bath and Body Works, and Ulta.

Stila Loves Barbie: Ordered Mine!

I thought I was going to have a really hard time picking out my Barbie paint can, but I didn't at all. It was pretty obvious that Stila Barbie Loves Stila Paint Can - 1959 #1 Ponytail Doll was going to be the one for me. I even had a Barbie like that! And no, I'm not that old, but someone gave it to me. Too bad I didn't keep it, because it's probably worth a fortune now.

The three-pan palette contains eyeshadows, a cheek color, and matte red lipstick so you can create the iconic look with just one kit at your fingertips.

I can't wait to play with it. Especially that red lipstick!

Total Beauty: Michelle Obama's Beauty Secrets

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Michelle Obama's Beauty Secrets

From her volume-packed bob hairstyles to her radiant skin, photos and tips on recreating the first lady's looks


Read these pro tips on how to make her best looks, from her inauguration 'do to her pre-campaign glow, work for you.

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New Spring Products from Benefit Cosmetics


CORALista a "rio" pleasure...face powder $28
Take tropical pleasure trip with CORALista. Sweep this coral pink powder onto cheeks anytime, anywhere. Move your brush to the beat & turn up the heat... bikini optional!

Spring 09 creaseless cream shadow and liner $19
Gorgeous shades stay put day or night
These three new shades have just the right amount of soft shimmer... so all eyes will be on you! These creams are creaseless... & they line, too!

Spring 09 full finish lipstick $18
For the lip that longs full, rich color.
These new full-finish shades are "full-on, full-out, full-of-themselves" gorgeous! Glide on to look instantly primped & put-together. With such rich, seductive lips, a little mascara is all you need.

BADgal waterproof eye pencil $20
That's right ladies... our famous BADgal liner now comes in waterproof! This extra black waterproof eye pencil stays put, rain or shine. Your dark & smoky eye look will last right up until you take it off. Our forecast: 365 days of sexy!

BADgal waterproof mascara $19
BADgal waterproof is one BAD, black waterproof mascara that'll have you singin' in the rain! The waterproof & smudge-proof formula keeps mascara intact no matter what elements eyelashes may face. No more smudging or lingering on lids... this stuff doesn't move! Layer it on for lush lashes that will last through storm clouds, showers & more!

Total Beauty: Easy Hairstyle Update - Bangs!

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Easy Hairstyle Update -- Bangs!

Follow the lead of these celebrity beauties and transform your haircut by cutting bangs


Bangs are the easiest way to update your hairstyle. So why not kick off the new year with a gorgeous new look? You can try retro blunt a la Katy Perry or soft and sideswept like Jessica Biel. Let these celebrity photos inspire you.

See bangs

Lazy Sunday Music: Heartless by Kanye



I don't even have to type "Kanye West" anymore, do I? If you just say "Kanye," everyone knows exactly who you're talking about. I don't know how he would feel about it, though. One wonders if it would irritate him enough to throw a shoe at you and say, "It's Mr. West, damn it!"

Anyway, love the video, but then again, I love all of his videos. You can grab it from Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak (Bonus Video Version) - Heartless.

Have a Little Cash in this Economic Downturn?

Then you might want to head over to Saks, where they are slashing the leftover fall/winter stuff by 80%. They might as well be giving it away. And, as if that wasn't enough, Free Shipping on your Saks.com order of $150 or more! Use code VDAY9. Offer valid through 1.25.09.

Cocoon Cashmere Cardigan Was $320, now $192.
Because, honestly. It's always a good idea to buy cashmere. You know you'll need it next winter, even if you don't get a chance to wear it this season (and by the looks of things, you probably will since it's been about 35 degrees here in Virginia Beach).

Whistle & Flute Button Trim Turtleneck. Was $196, now $58.45. Because I love the detail on this top, and it would be a perfect work shirt.

There is really too much to list. But I see a few things that are getting my attention. There is stuff for expecting moms, kids, and lots more, too.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.
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