Posts Written On December 2020

New Year, New Scent – John Varvatos XX Eau de Toilette

A crisp fragrance
that embodies the essence, precision, masculinity and sophistication of John Varvatos.

John Varvatos XX Eau de Toilette

Relaxed. Addictive. Masculine. Inviting. John Varvatos XX Eau de Toilette is a fragrance inspired by the celebration of style & music, the heart and soul of the John Varvatos brand. Bold and sophisticated, this masculine scent is infused with a relaxed yet sensuous feeling. This Oriental woody fragrance opens with cardamom, apple and current for a bright freshness that is grounded by a sweet floralcy of orange flower, geranium and violet. Warm notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and coffee deliver a sensual finish and easy addictiveness.

Fragrance Family:

  • Woody

Scent Type:

  • Oriental

Key Notes:

  • Top – cardamom, apple, current
  • Middle – orange flower, geranium, violet
  • Base – sandalwood, cedarwood, coffee

How to use:

Spray on pulse point areas where your skin is thinnest – wrists, neck, behind ears, inside elbows and behind knees.


Alcohol Denat., Aqua/Water/Eau, Parfum (Fragrance), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
John Varvatos XX Artisan Eau de Toilette
John Varvatos XX Artisan is a new men’s cologne that is a celebration of style and music, the heart and soul of the John Varvatos brand. Aromatic, smooth and inviting, this scent is infused with a fresh and stimulating feeling. With notes of bergamot, geranium and vetiver, this uplifting woody scent is defined by a vibrant freshness that is fueled by aromatic florals and earthy woods, creating a commanding & refreshing signature.

– Top notes: Bergamot, Bitter Orange
– Middle notes: Geranium, Timut Pepper, Wormwood
– Base notes: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Musk

Fresh. Aromatic. Uplifting. This fresh, inviting fragrance carries you through all four seasons with a laid-back attitude and uplifting spirit.


John Varvatos is a brand that brilliantly “unites old-world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.” Launched in 2000, the label offers a full line of casual wear, shoes and accessories for men—plus luxury skin care and fragrances. John Varvatos Star USA, a younger, edgier collection, was launched in 2006.


Say No to Dull Wallets or Makeup Bags in 2021!

My favorite thing about opening my purse or suitcase is seeing a fun and vibrant mix and match set of Makeup Junkie Bags staring back at me!

Makeup Junkie Bags are the perfect cosmetic bags that lay flat on a surface, and have an elongated medial zipper that allows the bag to gape open allowing easy access to all materials while eliminating the chances that the bag will fall over sending products everywhere. Each bag is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper and suede tassel. Forget everything you know about traditional makeup bags. She’ll be hooked with just one bag!

By creating a flat bottom, the designer MJ cut out all of the lumpy, frumpy disorganization so common in other bags, and it makes super simple to find your supplies.

Add that to the fact that these bags are created with dimensions to fit all of the best MODERN supplies and you have a total winner. Most makeup bags won’t fit eyeshadow palettes or professional brushes but the Medium does because MJ designed its length specifically for that. The large is also designed around a can of Kenra hairspray which is fairly tall. Those can fit full size shampoo conditioner etc. So, you have a bag that is flat and can hold tons of stuff!

Here are some of my favorite designs.

The Turquoise Dream-  a vegan leather exterior with a silver wipeable interior.

The Exotica bag – made out of a soft cheetah exterior. This bag features a red wipeable interior. 

The MJ Dream is a vegan leather exterior with a onyx wipeable interior.

The Serpentina bag is a textured vegan leather exterior with a onyx wipeable interior.

Each handcrafted bag comes with a onyx Zipper and coordinating tassel.

About Makeup Junkie Bags:

Makeup Junkie Bags was founded by a true makeup junkie who was tired of wasting money on cosmetic bags that didn’t deliver. If they were wide enough, they fell over, sending cosmetics tumbling about. If they were deep enough, they became a black hole where you couldn’t find anything you need. If they were pretty, the interior was not water resistant / washable and became dirty very quickly. MJ designed her own pattern for the perfect cosmetic bag that lays flat on a surface, and has an elongated medial zipper that allows the bag to gape open allowing easy access to all materials while eliminating the chances that the bag will fall over sending products everywhere. Each bag is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper and suede tassel.


A Must-Have Accessory for Anyone with Glasses or Sunglasses

The perfect mix of fashion and functionality is finally here with Keebos brand new sunglass strap collection. Keebos sunglass chain design is inspired by summer bracelets and adventures. It is a must-have accessory for anyone with glasses or sunglasses, wear your sunglasses comfortably around your neck or put them on as the sun comes out.

Keebos beautifully crafted sunglass chains come in three colors and are all shipped from sunny Venice, California.

Comfortable & Durable: The premium, vegan leather construction mixes elegance with durability. The soft, hand selected material feels comfortable and securely holds your glasses.

Size: The cord is 80 cm/ 31 inches. Simply slide the tiny metal ring to tighten the rubber loop around the glasses. The rubber connectors securely grip your sunglasses, no matter their size or style.

Color: Brown, with strong gold hardware. A small, yet eye-catching golden plated Keebos pendant is attached by hand to each Keebos sunglass chain.

Promise: For each Keebos sunglass strap purchased, one tree is planted through Keebos partner organization One Tree Planted. Find out more here.

Keebos deliver premium accessories that make your life easier and more fun! All of Keebos products are named by streets, in Venice, California. You will love Keebos, that Keebos offers 30 days no question money back guarantee. See all Keebos products at here.

“Ultimate Knife Grip”™ Allows You to Easily Hold A Knife Using The “Chef’s Pinch Grip”

Have you ever experienced a blister on your INDEX finger?
Do you have a Callous from years of cutting?
Have you experienced fatigue in your wrist and hand?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, or simply want to improve your knife skills, then “Ultimate Knife Grip”™ is for you! Our simple yet incredibly effective 100% food grade Polymer Grip makes chopping, slicing, and dicing a pleasure.

“Ultimate Knife Grip”™ allows you to easily hold a knife using the “Chef’s Pinch Grip”, for more control, greater range of motion and less fatigue with no finger irritation.

How to use your “Ultimate Knife Grip”™

  • Make sure both knife and Grip are clean and dry.
  • Fold “Ultimate Knife Grip” and place over spine of knife (magnets will quickly attach to knife)
  • The straight edge towards the handle and the curved edge towards the tip.
  • Position thumb and index finger on “ribbed” recessed area of each side of your “Ultimate Knife Grip”. This position will provide ultimate knife control without exerting a lot of pressure to hold your knife.
  • Note: Patented “Ribbed” Traction (Recess Area), with the curved “Flange” (Along the bottom of your Ultimate Knife Grip™), makes it easier to hold and control your knife, without finger slippage.
  • Use & Care of your “Ultimate Knife Grip”™


Make sure both knife blade and “Ultimate Knife Grip” are clean and dry. Clean your UKG with warm soapy water and/or Sanitizer.

  • Grip without the blisters – Prep food without the painful blisters is now possible. Power magnets will keep any knife safely gripped!
  • Ergonomic – Fits any knife and hands.
  • Washable and Removable – Simply snap off for washing and snap on for using it.

This Patent Pending “Ultimate Knife Grip” is an ergonomically designed, 100% food grade Polymer Grip that attaches to most Chef’s Knives and Cleavers. Using “Ultimate Knife Grip” prevents wrist and hand fatigue and finger irritation, while providing comfort, and better knife control.


Everyday Is A BBQ Day with Primal Kitchen’s BBQ Marinade

BBQ is all American family’s classic favorite food! Especially at holidays, nothing is better than grilling together and enjoying the great smoky food. About this year’s BBQ marinade, I want to introduce Primal Kitchen’s BBQ marinade sauces. Here I will show some recipes to update your normal BBQ recipes to the next level. How about Chinese BBQ Pork Buns?

Do you love Dim Sum? I do! If you have Asian friends, the first ever meal he/she brings you to try probably would be dim sum. If this is not the first meal with your Asian friends, I believe you hear about Chinese dim sum a lot, right? As dim sum restaurants are not the places to go during these special days, let’s try to make them at home! Not difficult at all, with Primal Kitchen’s organic and no sugar Classic BBQ Sauce.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Celebrate a Asian food-inspired Christmas or the coming Chinese New Year in style with gluten-free BBQ Pork Buns, made with Primal Kitchen and packed with uncompromisingly delicious flavor. Whether you’re hosting a family party or looking for something savory and celebratory just for two, this dish is for you.

Primal Kitchen organic and no sugar Classic BBQ Sauce comes with just enough smokey flavor to really make this recipe pop. Luxurious and soft, these Chinese BBQ Buns come to life when combined with our brand new, best-selling sauce, renowned for its depth of flavor and high quality, Whole30-Approved ingredients. Check out the full recipe at here.

Whole30 BBQ Chicken with Coffee Dry Rub & Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

This isn’t an average grilled chicken recipe—it starts with a punchy, memorable homemade dry rub that’s Whole30, keto, and Primal/paleo—gets cooked through in the oven, brushed with Whole30 Approved Hawaiian barbecue sauce, and placed on a hot grill to develop a crisp charred exterior. Made with salt, seven spices, and decaffeinated coffee granules, this recipe’s Whole30 dry rub seasoning mix works beautifully on just about anything… from poultry to beef to cauliflower and eggplant, you can use all winter long to season any food you’d like to roast, bake, or grill.

This recipe coats the chicken pieces in the Whole30 dry rub first, then bake the chicken in the oven in order to ensure even cooking. Then basting the chicken with Whole30 barbecue sauce before placing on the grill to char—if you coat the chicken pieces with barbecue sauce before cooking it in the oven, the sauce would burn and turn bitter rather than develop the lightly charred flavor that only a grill can provide. Check out the full recipe at here.

Air Fryer Paleo Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce

Most kids, no matter how old, adore chicken tenders. OK, maybe some (or most?) adults love them, too. These eat-with-your-hands family favorites are breaded with a spiced coating then usually deep fried until they reach golden perfection. Moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside, chicken tenders are fun to dunk in BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, ketchup, honey mustard, sweet and sour sauce, and on and on. Instead of buying frozen pre-made chicken tenders, or ordering them out at a sports bar, here created a Primal/paleo chicken tender recipe that includes no eggs, dairy, gluten, or grains. This paleo chicken tenders have an extra special zip, as using Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch Dressing in the wet batter to ensure that this seasoned grain-free coating sticks to the chicken pieces. Dip the chicken tenders in Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce for tangy, smoky BBQ-ranch flavor.

Instead of deep fried in canola or vegetable oil, this recipe coated the breaded chicken tenders with sprayable avocado oil then baked them in the Air Fryer. If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can bake these chicken tenders in the oven at 425ºF for about 8 minutes per side (turn over halfway through baking) for a total of 16 minutes. Check out the full recipe at here.

No Cook Meal Plan – Paleo BBQ Chicken Wraps

Liberation can be won from standing over a hot stove, creating your own sauces, having anxiety about burning food, overcooking or undercooking meat, or feeling pressure to make everything from scratch because you want to eat more real foods. You don’t have to wave the metaphoric anti-cooking white flag either and order takeout or buy another ready-made meal from the grocery store because you don’t want to deal with the post-work hassle of deciding what to cook for dinner.

Whether it’s too hot to turn on heat-creating kitchen appliances, you don’t know how or don’t want to cook, or you’re bone-tired and frazzled after meeting daytime obligations and can’t face an hour or more of food preparation, this no cook meal plan can be your saving grace. It’s a dinner that require little more effort than chopping produce; putting a store-bought rotisserie chicken to good use; and letting real-food, pre-made dressings, mayos, and sauces do the hard work of adding palate-pleasing flavor and variety to your and even your whole family’s evening meals. Check out the full recipe at here.

Primal Kitchen products are unlike any others that you’ll find in the grocery store. The entire collection aims to satiate exquisitely with real, simple, exceptional ingredients—like avocado oil, collagen, oil of oregano and apple cider vinegar—that contain no dairy, gluten, grain, refined sugar or soy. As the founder, Mark would say, EAT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, because it does. Click here to visit Primal Kitchen’s website to know more about their great products.


We can’t resist a good drizzle of Mānuka honey over our breakfast!

Have you think about your New Year Resolution yet? Now it’s the time to think about that. Tomorrow is Christmas, and New Year is right around the corner! I guess to lead a healthier life is in everyone’s wish list. Me too. Eating good breakfast is one thing I added into my New Year Resolution list. Skipping breakfast is the thing we always do because not a lot of people really have time to make a proper breakfast. But with Manukora’s honey, let’s save time to make a healthy breakfast very quickly.

Healthy breakfast done right! Granola topped with high antioxidant berries and Manukora MGO 100+ Mānuka Honey.

Pear, toasted coconut and yoghurt on toast drizzled with delicious Manukora 100+ Raw Mānuka Honey. It’s the perfect breakfast companion. If you really don’t have time to prepare any food, let’s just put a spoon of Manukora honey into your coffee.

It is not difficult at all to be healthy and be sugar-free. Raw honey is one of nature’s oldest superfoods? Ancients described it as ‘nectar’ and ‘food of the gods’ and used it as a popular medicine, in ointments, healing plasters and a natural sweetener… and it’s still living up to its reputation!

Manukora is premium raw honey from the wilds of New Zealand. Manukora is on a mission to create a healthier world through innovative health products using the power of Mānuka honey. Manukora is UMF certified, non-GMO, free of antibiotics, and dedicated to sustainable responsibility.

Manukora is a tasty health booster and helps support the immune system. At every step of the process from hive to you, Manukora ensures the potency, quality, purity, and pollen count of Manukora honey are all exactly as they were the day they left the hives. Manukora has a variety of honey with different amounts of methylglyoxal (MGO), a naturally occurring compound that makes Mānuka honey so unique. Manukora ensures their bee colonies are located only in the most remote locations which allows the bees to forage on an endless and uncontaminated supply of nectar and pollen to create the purest Mānuka.

Manukora‘s team are New Zealand Mānuka experts, sourcing potent raw Mānuka Honey from some of New Zealand’s most remote regions and seeking new ways to use it. They care for our planet and the communities they work with, ensuring they leave light footprints on their journey to a better you.

A Daily Dose of Immunity

This natural adaptogen blend provides everyday immune support and protection from the daily stressors of life. With immune supporting herbs delivered in raw Mānuka honey, you have everything the body needs for everyday balance.

Each bottle contains approximately 40 doses of one teaspoon (0.25oz) or one month’s supply

  • When to take? Best enjoyed in the morning to nourish the body and set you up for the day.
  • How to take? You can enjoy it straight from the spoon, in a hot drink, or with any other part of your daily ritual – in a smoothie, with granola or on top of your favourite breakfast).
  • What does it taste like? A delicious malt and cocoa flavor with a subtle bitterness.

Mānuka Honey MGO 100+

This raw Mānuka Honey from the remote New Zealand wilderness is a great place to start your Mānuka Honey journey. It has all the benefits of raw honey with the verified presence of at least 100mg/kg of methylglyoxal (MGO). The taste of this pure honey is deliciously rich and floral with a warming hint of spice. Manukora MGO 100+ is a perfect health booster to culinary creations; it’s perfect for toast, smoothies, warming up with a cup of tea or cooling down with ice-cold lemonade, and much more.

Mānuka Honey MGO 850+ (UMF 20+)

The gold standard of medical grade Mānuka Honey. This delicious and highly active raw honey is best enjoyed straight from the spoon. It’s an extremely rare honey that has been carefully aged to develop at least 850 mg/kg of MGO.

Ever wondered where your Mānuka honey comes from or if it’s authentic? Every Manukora Mānuka honey jar has a unique QR code on the lid called a Trust code. Scan it, and you can confirm both where in New Zealand your honey came from, and that it’s authentic.

Good breakfast or tea made great, with Manukora Mānuka Honey. It’s even better if you know your Mānuka honey is 100% authentic.

Let me tell you more about Manukora Mānuka Honey:

  • Benefits of Mānuka honey

Mānuka Honey is a special Honey from New Zealand and it is widely known to have unique benefits and properties, some of which have been scientifically tested and published. Unfortunately, as Manukora adheres to the requirements of the New Zealand Food regulations, MPI and the UMF association, Manukora is unable to make any claims on the health or medicinal benefits of Mānuka Honey. Many of you, their customers, have shared the different ways you use it and the benefits you see from it’s use, so Manukora recommends giving it a try and see what this special Honey can do for you.

  • UMF & MGO

MGO = Methylglyoxal. This is the main antibacterial compound in Mānuka Honey. Naturally occurring, it’s the bee’s knees when it comes to health benefits of the Honey. The higher the MGO, the higher the potency of the Honey.

UMF = Unique Mānuka Factor. This is a rigorous test developed by the UMF Honey Association that further certifies the authenticity of Mānuka Honey. It takes into account not only MGO but also two other compounds unique to Mānuka Honey. These are Leptosperin and DHA (or dihydroxyacetone). The UMF number is based on the amount of MGO. Mānuka Honey does not need to be UMF certified to be authentic, simply check the MGO number on your Honey to see it’s potency.

  • Which Manukora honey is right for me?

All the different numbers and ratings found on Mānuka Honey can be confusing. That’s why Manukora created this great MGO chart so you can see what the different numbers on the jars mean and how this affects their rarity and potency. The simplest way to remember how MGO works is ‘the higher the MGO, the higher the potency, and the higher the natural benefits’.

Potency and purity matter to Manukora, and should for you too. That’s why they rigorously test each of their ingredients to ensure they are the best for you. Whether it’s ensuring the ingredients are true to name, free from pesticides or heavy metals, or up to spec, you can rest easy knowing their botanicals are what Manukora say they are. Manukora Mānuka Honey is sourced from pristine remote corners of New Zealand while their herbs are grown globally from native places where they have been used in herbal medicine for centuries.

Gifting a jar of Manukora Mānuka Honey to your family, to invite all the people who you care to have a healthy new year together.