Pops of PInk

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Wednesday, we have all officially made it halfway through the week! Spring is finally here and everybody's allergies are starting to creep up on them. I have terrible allergies in the spring and I usually spend three quarters of the season in an allergy induced fog. I've tried antihistamines, nasal sprays, bee pollen capsules, and local honey but nothing seems to work as much as I would like it to. Honestly, I think going into the hot yoga room seems to help more than anything else I've tried. Do you guys have any seasonal allergy remedies? What works for you?

All images via Domino. Photography by Brittany Ambridge.

Tria Beauty Laser Hair Removal First Impression

Monday, April 13, 2015

I am so excited to do this review for you guys! I've been eyeing one of these for awhile and I was sent a Tria Laser 4x to try out. I am not one of those women who goes all winter without shaving their legs, I do it every morning without even thinking twice about it. I love having smooth hairless skin. Warmer weather is coming, as is bathing suit season. Can you imagine throwing on your bathing suit and not having to worry, did I shave today, do I need to shave before I jump in the pool, how long has it been since my last wax?

I've also noticed that my legs don't have a problem but my underarms and bikini line tend to get really irritated if I shave too often. So those are two of the places I'm most excited to try this on and where I decided to use the device first. In addition to the irritation, I am half Italian so even when I shave certain places, you can still see the dark hair under the skin. So I'm hoping that this will also help with that.

How does it work? The Tria Laser uses FDA cleared, professional strength diode laser technology to target pigment in the hair follicle. (For this reason it is only recommended for use on women and men with with light to medium skin tones and brown to black hair.) The laser disables the hair follicle's ability to regrow hair. For optimum results, they recommend that you use it once every other week for three months.

I understand that $449 is a lot of money for some people. However, it is just a fraction of the price compared to professional laser hair removal (and you get to do it in the privacy and convenience of your home). Let me break it down for you:

Image via Tria Beauty. 
So far I have used the device once. I'll be updating you as I go through the process with the results I'm seeing, but for now I will just give you my initial thoughts on the process. When you first turn the device on it is locked and you place the sensor located on the bottom of the device on the area you want to treat. If the device is safe to use on your skin/hair combination then the device will unlock for you. You then select which setting you would like to use. There are five different settings going from lowest to the highest. It just depends what setting is comfortable for you. You place the tip where you would like to start treating and the device delivers a single laser pulse. You then move the device overlapping the area you just did and go along like this until you have finished. For me, it felt like a hot prickling sensation similar to if you ever had grease splattering on you while you're cooking. It hurt, but was definitely tolerable. I was also sent a tube of the Hair Removal Laser SmoothStart Calming Gel. Just to see a difference, I didn't use it on my underarms and used it on my bikini area and I really do think it helped make the process more comfortable. I can't wait to start seeing results and then move on to other areas. 

This was a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

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Prickly Pear Cocktails

Sunday, April 12, 2015

There is this Mexican restaurant in Falmouth that I love to go to every summer. Not only is their food amazing, but they also make a really mean margarita. Their prickly pear one is my favorite! It's not on the menu anymore but if you ask them they'll make it. I saw some prickly pears in the grocery store the other day, picked them up and decided to whip up some cocktails. They add a soft fruity, kind of exotic flavor to your drinks and a really beautiful color.

Coconut Prickly Pear Mojito
4 mint leaves
2 tsp sugar
2 oz coconut rum
1 oz lime juice
3 oz prickly pear juice*
soda water

You want to put your mint leaves and sugar in a glass and muddle them together. Then add your rum + lime juice + prickly pear juice and stir. Fill the glass with ice and top with soda water. Enjoy!

*I have heard that you can buy prickly pear syrup to make drinks but I always think drinks taste better when you use fresh real ingredients. So I just cut the ends of the prickly pears and pealed them. Then I threw them in the Vitamix and pureed them and strained the seeds out.

Prickly Pear Margarita
1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz cointreau
1/2 oz lime juice
2 oz prickly pear juice

Throw all your ingredients into a shaker with a good amount of crushed ice and shake then strain over your margarita glass. Optional: Before you fill the glass go around the rim with a slice of lime and dip in salt or sugar.

Friday Favorites

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's finally Friday! I don't know about you but this week has seemed to go buy at a glacial pace. It's been dreary and cold but everyone is dreaming of spring and pretty dresses. I'm impatiently waiting for the weekend where we are finally supposed to have some beautiful weather. So far this month I've been loving soft pretty colors, bright pink, fun hats, white lace, and blue and white stripes (but really when don't I love blue and white stripes). I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

By the way, make sure you're following on Twitter and Instagram I'm going to do a giveaway once I get to 1,000 followers!

Serene House Diffuser

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

If you follow me on Twitter you always see me tweet about how much I love my diffusers and essential oils. I was sent a Serene House Lantern II to review for you guys. You have the option of getting it in either white or black. My other diffuser is white so I decided to go with the black one. This diffuser is so chic and sleek. There are no buttons on it, instead it has a touch sensor to turn the device on and off. It operates continuously for four to five hours and then automatically shuts off when the water gets too low. It has seven color changing LED lights which create a really cool effect when you use it at night. All you do is add cold water and a few drops of essential oil and ultrasonic vibrations create a cool mist that is streamed out with a fan. It comes with a little waterproof cap and brush for cleaning so that you can properly clean it between each use. My other diffuser runs a bit longer than this one but this one definitely fits in with decor better and adds a little special something with the color changing LEDs. It has quickly become something that I use almost every day, whether it's with oils that are energizing or relaxing.

I also tried out one of their essential oil blends. You can find tons of essential oil blends everywhere. Most of are generally the same kinds of blends, the same kinds of oil mixed together just from different brands. However, the Serene House essential oil blends were different blends than I had seen anywhere. I opted for the L'heure Bleue. When I first opened the oil and smelled it, I was a bit overwhelmed by the scent. As with all oils, it is extremely concentrated and strong when you smell it right out of the bottle. Once you put it in the diffuser it softens the scent. It has quickly become one of my favorite oil blends. It's fresh but homey, warm, and cozy. It's just such a unique scent combination. Serene House has really high quality standards resulting in some of the purest oil blends on the market. I can't wait to try more of their blends and see what else they have to offer.

Lilly Love

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Local Stops: Lost Acres Vineyard

Sunday, April 5, 2015

This past weekend into Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby, Connecticut. It was their first day open for the season and I was so excited to go try some local wines. They have 5 acres where they grow their own white grapes for wine. I love drinking wines that also help support local businesses.

A wine tasting is $6 and you can choose five wines that you would like to taste and get to keep your wine glass. You can choose from a stemless or regular stemmed wine glass. The five that I chose to taste were the Clemons Springs (my favorite), Chardonnay, Wedge White (their most popular), Riesling, and Merlot. The Clemons Springs is a white blend made entirely from their own grapes. It is the only white they have with a slight oak finish. It's light and dry and the the oak gives it a softness. The Chardonnay had a sharper flavor than the Clemons Springs because it is unoaked. Instead it is fermented in stainless steel resulting in a light and crisp dry wine. The Wedge White is a blend of 6 different grapes. It's very fruity and sweet but not too sweet. It goes great with spicy foods and makes a great gift wine. The Riesling was the sweetest wine they offer. I am not the hugest fan of sweet wines so this was probably my least favorite. However, something like a Moscato I can't even drink and this was drinkable so if you like sweet wines I would definitely recommend you give this one a try. It is medium bodied and well balanced. Their Merlot is soft, light, and fruity. When you try your last glass of wine they give you a chocolate to demonstrate how wine can transform the flavors of your food. You bite, sip, and bite. The chocolates come from Vermont and are delicious on their own but paired with the wine are amazing.

It's a wonderful place to go and have a girls or date night. They have a cheese platter and an antipasto platter available for purchase. You can sit outside on the deck and enjoy some great local wine overlooking the vineyard. They also host private events. Sometimes they have live music and host art shows so be sure to check out their events page before you stop in!