Friday, December 4, 2009

Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

I was very interested in trying something from Josie Maran, and her Argan Oil caught my eye. However, I decided to get the Moisturizing Stick instead of the actual liquid oil because I wanted it to be portable and easy to use. I was excited to get it in the mail after reading the good reviews on it. Isn't the rose-gold packaging of the stick pretty? I've been trying to not get any noticeable fingerprints on it

Comes up like a stick of lip balm

Goes on clear, absorbs quickly, easy to use. My only gripe with it is that it can smell a little funny...The citrus smell is nice at first but about ten minutes after it smells a little too strong. The smell fades though, so I'm not complaining too much



I like this moisturizing stick a lot so far. There have been these random reallyyyyy dry patches on my left arm that were not being helped by the other moisturizers and creams I had. But one swipe of this stick and the next morning the patches were noticeably softer and smoother. I also use it on my cuticles, at the ends of my hair, and on some healing acne scars. It can also be used to treat itchy bug bites, moisturize chapped lips, soothe stretch marks, and calm sunburn. My skin likes this product. I like it too. Luxury with a conscience? Organic, natural, and multi-purpose? Recyclable tube? Effective? Yes and yay!

You can buy it at in a small tube (for $6) or the normal size one ($22)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Over the weekend I.....

Made and carved a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner....

....along with fresh cranberry sauce, yams & toasted marshmallows, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and maple bacon biscuits. My sister made corn muffins and we also had ham and assorted veggies :) I use Alton Brown's recipe for roasted turkey every year and it always comes out juicy and flavorful

Went to grab some sushi with an old new love is salmon hand rolls!!

Some more yummy rolls

Was given the most deliciously CRUNCHY macaroon ever, along with a creamy dreamy egg tart

Watched "New Moon" with my sister

Made more maple bacon biscuits with my little cousin <3 onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="">So flaky and yummy! I got this recipe from this blog and have been making it nonstop. After I made it the first time for my roommates, they have been requesting over and over that I make it again. I made a batch for a Thanksgiving potluck, and one for the boy's family, and they've been a hit with all. This is worth a try!

How can anyone resist??? Slightly sweet and savory...and buttery and with BACON...yummm...they're best served fresh from the oven but my roomies microwaved leftovers and still devoured them

Helped my mom put up a live Christmas tree...I had to go back to school before she put up decorations, but the next time I'm home for the holidays I'll take a picture of the finished tree. I love live trees because they make the house smell so fresh and comforting...

On the drive back to LA, I encountered many things welcoming the holidays. There was the annual Starbucks red cup (love their seasonal drinks...Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha are always must-haves for me this time of year)

A customary stop at In-N-Out for a burger and fries...

....with a holiday wrapper :)

Stopped by Century City Mall to pick up some Godiva chocolates and saw a cool Christmas tree made from potted poinsettias

Mall decked out in gorgeous lights at night~


My nails in these pictures are painted with China Glaze in this polish! It's soooo sparkly in real life. I love glitter polishes!