Posts Written On May 2017

Iced Tea Mocktail Tips from Yvette Marquez + Vive Mejor

Vive Mejor has partnered with blogger and cookbook author Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno Cookbook just in time to share tips for the perfect Lipton® unsweetened iced tea “mocktails” to serve at your Memorial Day cookout! Lipton unsweetened iced tea is a great-tasting and naturally refreshing alternative to water, and Yvette’s tips below will inspire you to put your own twist on it.

  1. Lipton Green Tea paletas (popsicles) taste like sweet tea on a stick and are very refreshing, especially on a sweltering hot day. They’re the easiest pops you’ll ever make. Adding chunks of fresh fruit like mango or pineapple inside popsicle molds makes them that much better.
  2. Serve Lipton Black Tea with fresh herbs like mint or basil and slices of lemons and oranges to create a unique and refreshing drink your family will enjoy.
  3. In a large carafe combine Lipton Iced Tea with freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, and a splash of club soda with floating slices of lemons and oranges for a fun mocktail perfect for summer.
  4. Brew Lipton Berry Hibiscus Tea and use it to make ice cubes. Plop your pretty ice cubes in sparling water for a pretty pink hue with a hint of berry flavor.
  5. BONUS: Instead of throwing away your used Lipton Tea bags, open them up and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of plants to fertilize the soil. You can also add previously brewed tea bags to your compost pile.


Best Summer Skin Care Products

  1. PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($49;

This light, silky broad spectrum sunscreen is formulated with a universal tint, to match most skin tones. Added antioxidant protection and water resistant makes this the perfect sunscreen for a glow. Use it alone or wear it under makeup for a flawless finish.

  • Tested to protect the skin for 80 minutes in water or while sweating
  • Protects against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays
  • Purely physical formula: Titanium Dioxide (6%) and Zinc Oxide (8%) provide broad spectrum UV protection by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV rays
  • Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation

Key Ingredients:

Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10) – a potent antioxidant that fights free-radical damage. This is especially useful, as UV exposure generates free radicals in the skin.

Iron Oxides – can be naturally occurring or synthesized and are commonly used to impart natural color into topical products.

Dimethicone – a silicone that contributes to the luxurious slip and finish of this tinted SPF.

What I thought: This actually went on very smoothly and created a easy morning routine with SPF. I liked that the scent is very mild and it was able to smooth out pores and imperfections. 

Paula’s Choice introduces NEW RESIST Omega+ Complex ($36, available tomorrow on Light in texture but heavy on beautiful results, this serum hydrates, rejuvenates, and softens skin from the first use.

Additionally, RESIST Omega+ Complex is formulated with a specially selected combination of essential omega fatty acids – including chia, flax and passion flower – designed to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and help fight environmental damage and signs of aging.

What I thought: I have been looking for a serum to use with my daily night routine and Paula’s Choice Skincare has the ingredients I am looking for. With the dryness of the Las Vegas desert and summer approaching, I use this product every single night!

IT CosmeticsIT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs

Bye Bye Makeup™ Formulated to be non-irritating, your 3-in-1 hydrating sulfate-free cleanser, purifying instant makeup remover and anti-aging serum leaves your complexion appearing soft, smooth and radiant!

What I thought: Love love love IT Cosmetics. I usually use makeup wipes or a foam cleanser but nothing cleans my entire face better than the Bye Bye Makeup. You only need a tiny bit and it takes everything off.  This is a go-to and my skin has never been better. 


Vote for Cantu

For those of you who do not know, the curlBOX Awards recognize the most innovative hair products and brands of the year.

This year Cantu Beauty has been nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Cleanser – Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash and Cantu Refresh Root Rinse
  • Best Leave-In Conditioner – Cantu Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Lotion
  • Best Treatment – Cantu Refresh Root Relief and Cantu Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil


With this very exciting news, Cantu would LOVE your help in voting! Voting begins today, Wednesday, May 17th. The process is simple, just go to and vote Cantu for each prospective category.


Le Cordon Bleu Paris Trained Chef and Founder of Le Petit Treat Releases New Line of French Themed, Allergen Free Gourmet Dog Biscuits

This month at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, Le Cordon Bleu® trained chef Gigi Samandari, the founder of Le Petit Treat, announced the release of new premium dog biscuits that are inspired by the flavors of France and use all-natural, non-allergenic, grain-free ingredients which are 100% made in the USA.

The treats are made in small batches, using only grain-free, premium food-grade ingredients. The flavors are inspired by classic French dishes like Quiche Lorraine and Coq au Vin with new packaging that has a sophisticated yet vintage look.

“I was inspired by the French tradition of using local, fresh ingredients for all their recipes. I wanted to bring that same spirit to Le Petit Treat, which is why we use only locally sourced real meats and veggies and grain-free flours for all our treats,” said founder and chef Gigi Samandari.

The Le Petit dog treats are among the most healthy and natural on the market and made using:

  • 100% natural, human-grade ingredients
  • No wheat, soy or corn
  • No grains
  • No chemical preservatives
  • Hypo-allergenic ingredients that are safe and healthy for dogs with dietary restrictions

The inspiration for these new healthy dog biscuits came from Samandari’s own personal experience with her dog Ralphie who had food allergies. So she decided to leave her career as a chef at one of Paris’ hottest restaurants and combining her new-found culinary skills and her old-school smarts in health care, she set out to make a dog treat that was not just delicious, but healthy too.

“While working as a chef, my own beloved dog, Ralphie, developed a series of health ailments due to tainted pet products. I realized that a lot of the products on the market weren’t made with quality ingredients. As a chef, I decided to make food and treats for him on my own with the help of our vet, using only high-end products that I myself would eat,” said Samandari.

After countless hours of research, numerous test recipes and the help of a veterinarian, Gigi developed the Le Petit Treat family of flavors. Le Petit Treat dog biscuits are sold both online and through their developing wholesale network of pet stores and outlets.

About Le Petit Treat, LLC

Le Petit Treat was founded in 2012, by Le Cordon Bleu chef Gigi Samandari, and produces healthy and all-natural, allergen-free dog biscuits and treats that are safe for dogs with dietary restrictions. All ingredients are sourced directly from US manufacturers, and are carefully scrutinized for quality and safety standards. They use only real meat and vegetables in all their recipes and never import raw materials from abroad, all products are 100% made in the USA. For more information visit


Coffee Innovation Redefined: Spirit Infused Coffee Line

Fire Department Coffee is redefining the coffee industry by releasing the first ever Spirit Infused Coffee Line!

For it’s flagship release, FDC will be featuring three different infused coffees: bourbon, tequila, and rum infused, each with their own unique flavors and aroma.

The Bourbon Infusion has the delicious smoothness of bourbon and the best part is you can drink it in the morning without feeling guilty. The Rum Infusion takes you straight to tropical shores with the kick of caffeine that you need to get the job done. The unique Tequila Infusion conveys the delicious complexity of the drink you know and love, with hints of lime and a crisp, sweet finish.

Fire Department Coffee Redefines the Coffee Infusion Process
Their new Spirit Infused Coffee uses groundbreaking infusion techniques to impart never before tasted flavors.

Fire Department Coffee is excited to announce the launch of their Spirit Infused Coffee Line. At Fire Dept. Coffee, they strive to not only provide the best tasting, easiest drinking coffee on the market, but to also be on the cutting edge of coffee innovation.

“We’ve created a revolutionary infusion process unlike anything done before,” said Fire Department Coffee co-founder Luke Schneider. “Our Spirit Infused Coffee is set to redefine coffee innovation across the coffee industry.”
For its flagship release, they are featuring three different infused coffees each with its own unique flavor and aroma.
• Bourbon Infusion — Experience the smoothness of bourbon every morning without feeling guilty.
• Rum Infusion — Be transported to tropical shores while getting just the right kick of caffeine to get the job done.
• Tequila Infusion — Complex and delicious, this unique infusion holds hints of lime and ends with a crisp, sweet finish.

The new line is made using a proprietary infusion process that’s quite different from traditional cask barrel aging, which often infuses an overly harsh flavor from the charred wood interior of the barrel.

“Consumers will taste the flavor they love with none of the negatives of the barrel aging process,” said Schneider. “Just the smooth Fire Dept. Coffee they’ve come to love imbued with the delicious smells and tastes of bourbon, tequila, or rum.”

This new process will give Fire Dept. Coffee the chance to experiment, and plans are already in the works for limited edition releases featuring other favored spirits. Those interested in learning more about their future releases can follow their Instagram and Facebook pages.

“Here at Fire Dept. Coffee, we pride ourselves on our work to create coffee that the working class can be proud to drink,” said Schneider. “We are positive that the Spirit Infused Coffee Line will be right at home among our other quality products.”

Luke Schneider and Mark Williams launched Fire Dept. Coffee in July of 2016 with the mission to bring the easiest drinking coffee to the nation’s hardest workingmen and women. Luke is a Navy Veteran and firefighter paramedic near Chicago. He works alongside the brand’s marketing and content specialist Mark Williams–a Marine Corps veteran and passionate firefighter.