Posts Written On May 2018

Fully Dressed and Lit Tiny Christmas Trees Beam From Inside Upcycled Wine Magnums

Cheerful Spirit Creations released its new line of holiday home decor centerpieces in New York City on May 16th during the Consumer Product Events Holiday Gift Guide media salon at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.

In the spirit of all things sustainable, New York-based Cheerful Spirit Creations has created a line of “ship in a bottle-inspired” holiday centerpieces that glitter and glow from within upcycled clear glass wine magnums and are topped in elegant custom-colored foils. The bottle-brush trees are fully dressed in colorful ornaments and LED-lit holiday lights can be switched off from underneath the bottle. Each of the decor pieces retail between $42.00 and $50.00 and can be found at Proceeds of each piece sold benefits the “Grow New York City” park and planting programs.

The design of the holiday trees range from flocked on evergreen to white and glittery, punky pink, burgundy and gold and all feature tiny LED-lights. Trees can be customized for special events or as themed centerpiece favors that range from pet lovers to flower power, plaid to plain. Cheerful Spirit Creations has been commissioned to design trees from hair salon industry organizations featuring tiny scissors and hair dryer ornaments to charity organizations to match a theme or branding.

“We’ve captured the spirit of the holidays in a bottle, but on a tiny scale,” said Jennifer Vodrazka, CEO of Cheerful Spirit Creations. “I am a lover of all things holiday and wine, which served as the inspiration for this line of home decor.”

About: Cheerful Spirit Creations is a holiday decor design atelier based in Scarsdale, New York. The brainchild of a holiday-phile, the line of miniature holiday trees, fully decked in lights and ornaments in various styles and color palates are housed inside locally sourced upcycled clear glass magnum wine bottles. The process of nestling the trees inside the bottles is a patented process. The LED-lit centerpieces feature switches on the bottom and can be customized to match corporate branding, design tastes, and even for different holidays such as Valentines or another special occasion.


Organic Sparkling Beverage!

Sipp is delicious, organic sparkling beverages that can be mixed with your favorite alcohol for any spring or summer cocktail stories you might be working on! Sipp has a depth of flavors to really freshen up your drink!

Handcrafted in the kitchen, Sipp mixes ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling beverage.

Whether it’s mixed in a drink recipe to craft a natural, fresh cocktail or chilled to enjoy with a meal, these fun flavors are the perfect fusion of clean, simple culinary extracts!

All Sipp Sparkling Organics come in 12oz bottles and 10.5oz cans and are sold in select retailers nationwide, as well as on Amazon.



Detox your mind while creating art with PERFECTLY MINDFUL ORIGAMI

Discover a new craft and clear your mind at the same time with Perfectly Mindful Origami.
These covetable collections each include dozens of inventive origami projects superbly designed and clearly explained with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions. Also included are 30 sheets of origami paper to get you started on a relaxing and creative activity for your digital detox time.

Whether you are an origami beginner or a seasoned paper crafter looking for a more complex challenge, Perfectly Mindful Origami will exercise your mind while clearing it of clutter.

Origami Paper Boxes
by Mark Bolitho

Includes more than 25 inventive paper origami box projects, ranging from simple lidded classic forms to complex pentagonal, hexagonal and octagonal boxes with integral twisted lids. Perfect for holding accessories or for putting on display. 

ISBN: 9781911127130
Jacqui Small | April 19, 2018 | 128 pages
US $19.99, CAN $25.99

Origami Zodiac: East and West
by Mark Bolitho

25 inventive paper projects for all signs of the zodiac, both eastern and western, from an elegant dragon and a complex scorpion to a stylized monkey and a classic rooster.

ISBN: 9781911127123
Jacqui Small | April 19, 2018 | 128 pages
US $19.99, CAN $25.99


IT Cosmetics – Memorial Day Travel Essentials!

Time to plan a getaway? Of course long weekend is coming. For the first small travel at 2018, do you know there’s something must carry with you? To be organized but the same time you can carry your confidence and beauty everywhere.

No matter you are enjoying the ice cream at small town like Chestnut Hill PA.

Or you enjoy the outdoor time to explore more about the adventure.

Here is what I plan to travel with me.

See, what do I have?

A cute luggage for sure,

a pair of nice comfortable sneakers,

the vitamin gummies I eat everyday,

and the most important!

I have IT cosmetics beauty bag!

There is what are in my secret beauty bag.

Bring IT along wherever your travels take you this summer! Our favorite minis are a must-have to keep you gorgeous on-the-go – IT is your perfect travel companion! With Memorial Day kicking off the summer season, now is the perfect time to discover your sunny day essentials!

NEW! Bye Bye Pores Bronzer Poreless Finish Airbrush Bronzer $30

This bronzing finishing veil airbrushes the look of your pores while instantly adding sun-kissed warmth to your skin! Plus, it’s infused with coconut extract and comes in a universally flattering shade!

  • The benefits of your best-selling, award-winning Bye Bye Pores—in a bronzer!
  • Airbrushes away the look of pores while instantly adding sun-kissed warmth to your skin, all without creasing or cracking
  • Talc-free, oil-free universally flattering shade—great for a wide variety of skin types and tones
  • Coconut extract, anti-aging collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins A, C, and E

Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size $15

It’s your best-selling, award-winning color-correcting full coverage, anti-aging hydrating serum and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen—all in one step!

Delivers 7 products, all in one!

  • Full-coverage foundation
  • SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen
  • Brightening color corrector
  • Hydrating anti-aging serum
  • Poreless finish primer
  • Dark spot concealer
  • Moisturizing day cream

Secret Sauce™ Clinically Advancedziraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size $20 
Instantly hydrate and transform your skin with this luxurious, clinically advanced moisturizer that’s infused with a combination of penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients for anti-aging results!

  • Luxurious, clinically advanced moisturizer instantly hydrates and transforms your skin
  • Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex deeply absorbs for powerful anti-aging results immediately and over time
  • Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate, bioluminescence and diamond powder for youthful-looking radiance
  • Anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, licorice root and vitamin C


Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic Travel Size $15 
Maximize the results of your skincare routine with this no-rinse treatment that combines your Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster, Anti-Aging Treatment Essence and Skin-Softening Micellar Cleanser in one step!

  • Innovative tonic is your Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster, Anti-Aging Treatment Essence and Skin-Softening Micellar Cleanser—all in one product!
  • Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex helps increase absorbency and maximize the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums
  • Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate, bioluminescence and diamond powder give the look of youthful radiance
  • Anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, aloe, rice, chamomile, green tea water, licorice root and vitamin C


Brow Power™ Universal Brow Pencil Travel Size $12

The budge-proof formula looks like real hair, and its universal shade transforms to every hair color based on pressure!

  • Universal, transforming shade that matches all hair colors
  • Formulated to adhere to skin and to mimic the look of real hair
  • Long-wearing formula won’t budge or smudge
  • Brow enhancing and conditioning benefits


Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm Mini (NSRP)

Your 3-in-1 hydrating, sulfate-free cleanser, purifying instant makeup remover and anti-aging, skin-softening serum removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof, without stripping your skin!

Delivers 3 products in 1 formula:

  • Hydrating, sulfate-free cleanser
  • Purifying instant makeup remover
  • Anti-aging, skin-softening serum


Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (NSRP)

Infused with Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance, your anti-aging waterproof concealer covers everything, and lasts all day without creasing or cracking!

  • #1 best-selling, award-winning formula, now with Drops of Light Technology™ for instantly brighter skin
  • Full-coverage, anti-aging, never creases
  • Highly pigmented, covers everything
  • Anti-aging peptides, vitamins, antioxidants, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid
  • Clinically shown to make your skin look younger!

Bye Bye Pores Illumination™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder (NSRP)

This finishing powder makes the look of your pores disappear while adding subtle radiance for the look of instant airbrushing and a lit-from-within glow!

  • Best-selling, award-winning Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ formula, infused with subtle radiance for a lit-from-within glow!
  • Bye Bye Pores Optical Blurring Technology™ blurs the look of imperfections for a flawless finish
  • Drops of Light Technology™ illuminates your skin without glitter or shimmer
  • Talc-free, universal Radiant Translucent shade won’t settle into lines or pores, and is ideal for all skin types and tones
  • Anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides

Heavenly Luxe™ Wand Ball Powder Brush No. 8 $48

This ultra-soft, round and tapered brush picks up and applies the perfect amount of powder for your most flawless results!


A selection of these IT travel essentials are currently available for purchase on



Break Up With The Tampon Aisle on May 28th: National Menstrual Hygiene Day!

It is a true pleasure to introduce the game-changing Saalt menstrual cup before National Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th!  

The Saalt cup is a reusable soft silicone cup that collects, rather than absorbs your period. The cup lasts up to 10 years, taking the place of almost 3,000 tampons. Strong, safe, comfortable, good for you, good for the Earth, money-saving and globally conscious…there is a lot to love about Saalt, including their beautiful packaging and cup design.

The Saalt cup is a reusable soft silicone cup that collects, rather than absorbs your period.

Strong, safe, comfortable, good for you, good for the Earth, money-saving and globally conscious…there is a lot to love about Saalt, including their beautiful packaging and cup design, seriously the cup is cute!

People are searching for alternative period care options! See below for exactly how Saalt will rule the feminine care industry! 

  • Reusable: Lasting up to 10 YEARS, the Saalt cuptruly allows women to spend less and waste less. With 20 billion (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) menstruation products discarded each year, Mother Nature and your wallet will be singing your praises!
  • Reliable: Wear your cup up to 12 hours! Whether you’re running a marathon, in all-day meetings, stuck on an international flight or just vegging on the couch, know you and your undies are in good hands.
  • Safe: Made of 100% medical grade silicone, Saaltmaintains natural pH, is hypoallergenic, chemical and odor free. No latex. No BPA. Two thumbs up for clean and nature self-care!
  • Fit: Soft and comfortable, Saalt is created to mold to your own personal shape. With a smooth upper rim and slim, flexible stem, the cup doesn’t put up a fight going in, or coming out.

Two Sizes To Rule Them All: Saalt comes in two sizes;  Small for light to normal flow and Regular, for normal to heavy flow. Lightbulb Moment! Many people use both cups during their cycles, the Small for those days that you’re mockingly laughing in Aunt Flo’s face, the Regular for those days that resemble an 18th century sword fight. But it’s up to you – your period, your prerogative.

Regular Saalt Cup 


Himalayan Pink / Ocean Blue

Wear this medical grade silicone cup for up to 12 hours straight.
It collects instead of absorbs with no discomfort or dryness.

  • 3 to 4 tampon capacity
  • Premium comfort and leak-resistant
  • FDA registered and compliant
  • No BPA. No Latex. No chemicals.

Includes one cup + one carrying bag.

Small Saalt Cup


Himalayan Pink / Ocean Blue

This reusable cup can be worn 12 hours straight, day or night.
It collects instead of absorbs with no discomfort or dryness.

  • 2 to 3 tampon capacity
  • Premium comfort and leak-resistant
  • FDA registered and compliant
  • No BPA. No Latex. No chemicals.

Includes one cup + one carrying bag.

Regular Saalt Cup

4oz  $13
Maintain a perfect pH while keeping you and your cup clean. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! Saalt Cup Wash is perfectly formulated to wash away bacteria (which is what actually causes odor) and protect your skin from residues and irritants. It’s specifically formulated to clean your Saalt Menstrual Cup without soaking into or damaging the silicone and works with all menstrual cups. Oh, and it is naturally scented with essential citrus. Think less period, more bouquets of fresh oranges.
  • No harsh chemicals.
  • No irritants.
  • No parabens.
  • Just lightly foaming happiness.
In fact, Saalt Wash only uses ingredients that meet stringent Whole Foods Body Care Quality Standards, so you know it’s manufactured with the safest, highest quality ingredients. And it is proudly made in the USA. 
Saalt story:
We are Cherie and Amber, founders of Saalt.

Cherie was talking with family in Venezuela who had gone for months without staple hygiene items. Cherie has an insatiable penchant for the practical, and felt strongly about empowering women to take care of themselves. Three months later, Cherie was sourcing reusable menstrual products for hundreds of friends, just to be nice. She would catch Amber before leaving on road trips to neighboring states and send garbage bags full of supplies to deliver. (These kinds of things are Cherie’s idea of a hobby. Not joking).

Cherie started asking for custom changes to her orders, and naturally wanted to create the perfect menstrual cup. Amber encouraged Cherie to combine her two passions—better period-care and empowerment for people who are marginalized because of their periods and circumstances. Amber, who had sold her own business (a chocolate shop) a couple years earlier, figured it was pretty much the most natural progression possible to go from selling chocolate to period care. So she and Cherie joined to start Saalt.

We called it Saalt because it is symbolic of a basic, essential element. Periods too are a basic and essential part of human life. We believed the best approach to period care should be just as distinct, simple, and elemental.

We created Saalt with the simple goal to give women an option to care for themselves and others in a better way.

xo, Cherie and Amber




Spring into drawing with four new titles from The Quarto Group!

This spring, discover the great fun and satisfying challenge of drawing! Whether you want to capture the image of a loved one, draw your favorite animals, or sharpen your technique, The Quarto Group has you covered. The four books below vary in style and subject, but they all provide top-notch instruction for beginning artists and drawing enthusiasts.

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing is a lively, graphic approach to explaining concepts will have you looking and learning with step by step illustrations and expert tips straight from London-based artist “Miss Led” (aka Joanna Henly). This compact 112-page book is just right for carrying in a backpack or pocket for when you’re learning on the go.

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing

The Quick Guide to Mastering Technique and Style
by Miss Led aka Joanna Henly
Rockport Publishers
April 24, 2018 | US $17.99, CAN $23.99

ISBN: 9781631594694 | 112 pages | Paperback

Joanna Henly, well known by her professional name, Miss Led, is an illustrator, artist, and art director based in East London who exhibits her work across the globe. Jo is a strong promoter of professional practice within her art and illustration, including as a Global Ambassador for Liquitex paints and European Ambassador for Wacom. She is also a passionate educator, using social media and podcasts to her teach her online audience, which reaches 1.3 million people. You can find her on online at and on Facebook, Instagram, Behance, and Twitter.

Featuring the delightful and informative illustrations of artist Oana Befort and the inspiring expertise of conservation educator Maggie Reinbold, Drawing Wild Animals guides artists at all skill levels as they learn about, observe, and draw animals in a whole new light.

To feed your curiosity, you’ll learn the characteristics, behaviors and, habitats of animals from categories like predators, grazers, and marsupials. To nurture the artist, you’ll get step-by-step instructions that show how to develop each animal from simple shapes into richly detailed drawings. Armed with a deeper understanding of animals, you’ll be better able to capture their stunning beauty and enchanting attributes in your artwork.

Drawing Wild Animals

Essential Techniques and Fascinating Facts for the Curious Artist

By Oana Befort and Maggie Reinbold

Quarry Books

May 8, 2018 | US $24.99, CAN $32.99

ISBN: 9781631593499 | 144 pages | Paperback

To draw more domesticated creatures, check out Pencil Drawing: Cats! This book allows beginning artists to dive into learning how to draw cats of all shapes, sizes, and poses in graphite pencil and charcoal.

Pencil Drawing: Cats

An Easy Step-by-Step Guide for Learning to Draw Cats and Kittens

By Anja Dahl

Walter Foster Publishing

May 1, 2018 | US $18.99, CAN 24.99

ISBN: 9781633224834 | 112 pages | Paperback


For those looking for a traditional drawing class in book-form, try Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner. Fullerton College art professor Jim Dowdalls offers an academic-inspired, foundational exploration of the drawing basics. 

Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner

A Comprehensive Drawing Course

By Jim Dowdalls

Walter Foster Publishing

May 1, 2018 | US $24.95, CAN $32.95

9781633224865 | 240 pages | Hardcover