Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Adventures In Juicing

This is my second foray into juicing. A while back, I gave it a shot and I couldn't really commit to it. Now, this is something I want to fully commit to. After having some health issues and watching a few documentaries and overall caring about my health. I decided to start this up again.

When I originally started making fresh squeezed juices at home, I was using the Jack Lalane juicer. I HATED it. Which made making juice more of a task, then a joy. There were bits and pieces of shredded fruit all over my kitchen. I know this could have been my fault, so I tried several ways, putting vegetables and fruits in slower etc. Nothing worked. So, that sat on a shelf. Eventually, a family member wanted it and it cleared up some space.

Enter my new juicer Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor . I used it twice yesterday and this morning I decided to take some pictures to document it. Let me also say that this juicer is extremely efficient. And, cleaning up after it isn't perfect but, it isn't horrific. 

Some Tips for making it a more pleasurable experience:

* Line the part that catches the pulp with a ziplock bag

* Pre wash your veggies all at once. Dry and store.

* Do not put anything with pits in your juicer. If it contains pits. Take them out first.

* Peel vegetables and fruits like melons , oranges and mangoes before juicing 

* To save money, buy fruits that are in season

If there are no torrential downpours this weekend in Florida, I intend on going to the farmers market to get more of a variety of fruits and vegetables to make delicious juices from. And, my next step is going to be making almond milk from scratch. But, that will be a whole other blog post.

This morning I just wanted to make a rather simple juice. And, I absolutely LOVED it. I am not even exaggerating it was DELICIOUS. I went late last night to my local food store and picked up vegetables and fruits from the produce aisle.

So, this morning I started with this :

The Ginger is what made the juice DELICIOUS

Ingredients :

* 3 Stalks ofCelery
* 3 Cleaned Carrots 
* 3 Oranges 
* Ginger ( I used a large amount, don't use a lot if you don't like "kick")

** Did not use the banana, even though I thought I was going to. I didn't think it would yield much juice. And, my cup was quite full from everything else.

You Will Need :

Brush to scrub your vegetable & fruits . I also spray my vegetables with white vinegar when I am washing them. It is much cheaper and more natural then the " Vegetable Cleaners " in spray bottles sold at stores. I put it in a spray bottle spritz the vegetables or fruit with it and proceed to scrub gently to remove any dirt from what I will be juicing or eating. 

Vegetable peeler , if you don't have one a good paring knife will do. I used this to remove the skin on the carrots and on the ginger.

Strainer , if you choose. I like to just place my veggies into it when I wash them. The one pictured that I am using is from the dollar store. So, it is a good investment ! (I don't recommend straining pasta, quinoa or anything that may be hot in a strainer like this bc it is plastic and plastic and heat don't mix. But, I thought it was perfect for my veggies) 

Sharp knife to cut off any pieces of the vegetables and fruits that you may not want to use.

Patience -- LOL

Here are all of the vegetables and fruits I used cut up and cleaned. Again, I didn't end up using the bananas.

It would take quite a while to eat all of that. I drank it in one sitting. The magic of Juicing !

In above picture you can see that the juice literally comes out in layers the top was celery  and the middle was oranges and carrots. It needs to be stirred.

Above is the final product. May not look delicious. But, it really was. And the ginger made it extremely refreshing ! 

Hope you liked this post. It is important to live a better today in order to have a healthy tomorrow ! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Winners Selected for My Fashion Sunglasses giveaway !

I finally got a chance to select the winners for my Fashion sunglasses giveaway.  It was an interesting giveaway in the sense that, I was able to select everyone who actually participated as a winner. Since, (1) Not many people entered ! lol and (2) The owner of the online sunglass boutique was nice enough to offer 5 runner up prizes in edition to the Grand Prize Winner ! 

Check it out HERE for amazing, stylish sunglasses that are super affordable ! 

Very great for trips to the beach or leaving in your car where you wouldn't want to leave expensive sunglasses or this place might even be able to fix your designer sunglass addiction ! 

Here are the ones I selected :

The sunglasses are really durable and believe me. In Florida, I have been putting them to the test !! 

Check out the site HERE

The winners were selected Via Random.org and like I said. Everyone who participated in the original blog post contest WON !! All they had to do was comment. So, next time I have a contest, TRY YOUR LUCK ! You never know.

Don't forget I have a contest going until June 30, 2012 for a 32 piece ELF eyeshadow palette ! 

Check it out and enter HERE

Good Luck ! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

I Am Not A Sneaker Girl , But These Rock !

I normally don't like sneakers but I happened to fall in love with a pair from Topshop that I actually stumbled across on a persons instagram (I don't remember who, otherwise I would totally acknowledge them ! )

These pics are from about a month and a half ago. So, I don't think that I will be getting much use out of my sneakers in blazing hot Florida. But, I am sooo taking them when I go back to NY for a bit. ( don't know when because it is too nice here ! )

The sneakers were a bit too masculine so I paired them with a cute feminine crochet knit top and a high ballerina bun to balance everything out.

The sneakers are SUPER comfy and I can't find the exact pair I have on here but they have similar styles available at topshop HERE and same pair in Mint HERE .

I much prefer the way my legs look in heels or sandals. But, sometimes we need a break ! And, these are not your average sneaker ! They are very trendy. So, thus you have comfort and trend combined !

P.S I love Topshop . They have amazing finds at really amazing prices !

Friday, June 8, 2012

Shemergency & Hemergency kits .... GENIUS !

I was just browsing the internet and came across something I think every woman should have in her purse and every man should have in his center console , or if you have a Murse (which is awesome) carry it there.

They even have kits for moms , expectant mothers , working girls , working men and something I would have DEFINITELY invested in called the " Wedding Day Survival Kit " . I think this is quite genius !

The kits contain items for everyday mishaps and more !

Check them out HERE

For Her 

For Him 

For Bride & Groom 

For Moms ! 

I think the idea is truly genius !

Find them HERE

Friday, June 1, 2012

Satin Smooth Giveaway & Video with Folica

I was given the amazing opportunity to go to Folica headquarters in NYC to take part in their first installment of "Hair-to Tuesday" . Folica introduced me to an amazing company called Satin Smooth. I don't know if I mention it a lot on my blog. But I am a firm believer in waxing. I am and have been a "wax" girl since I was about 16. In fact it is rare to ever see a razor in my shower because waxing is my method for, well everything -- LOL.

Now, onto Satin Smooth I was introduced to Jeane who as you will see in the video is an eyebrow shaping expert ! Check out the video to see a demo of me waxing my eyebrows with the starter kit.

But, onto the stuff I know you guys will be even more thrilled about ! Satin Smooth was generous enough to give me EIGHT starter kits and easy grip strips to send to EIGHT DIFFERENT WINNERS !

Eight Winners will Receive :

The starter kit --
* Professional Warmer
* 40 piece accessory kit
* Honey with Vitamin E wax
* 4 oz. Bottle of Satin Cleanser
* 4 oz. Bottle of Satin Cool
* 4 oz. Bottle of Satin Release
*4 oz. Bottle of Satin Hydrate

Full Starter Kit
Eight winners will be receiving this bundle of joy along with the ez-grip contour strips  !!!!

Honey With Vitamin E wax

Satin Cleanse, Satin Cool, Satin Release, Satin Hydrate

Conotured EZ- grip strips (perfect for eyebrows)

40 piece accessory kit for doing larger areas of the body  

Here are the Rules to enter - 

1) Follow my blog HERE

2)      Tweet or Like :

Tweet the following phrase.  “Hey @LaurenBeautyTip, I’d love to enter the @Folica #SatinSmoothGiveaway!”
Like the Folica or Satin Smooth Facebook page (Here & Here respectively) and post  “Excited about the #SatinSmoothGiveaway with @Folica.”

3)      Comment.
Leave one comment below with your Twitter handle or the link to your Facebook page.

4)      Check Back.
I’ll announce the winners here on July 1st!

*Winners will be selected Via Random.Org on July 1, 2012 ! 

Check Out the video below for more info about the Giveaway and a demo !

Check out some pictures from the day I went and met the ladies from Satin Smooth and from Folica ! And waxed my eyebrows on camera ! 
Cheesy smile ! LOL 

All set, filming

All of us making the room look perfect ! 

Jeane from Satin Smooth and Julie from Folica


Susanna and Jeane prepping me before I waxed my eyebrows on camera