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Chill out and try this cold noodle recipe for dinner

You know how when it’s hot outside standing in front of the stove is one of the last places you want to be? Ice cream and margaritas haven’t seemed to cut it for dinner so far (I’ve tried!) so here’s a chilled noodle recipe that’s perfect for these last days of summer.

This Cold Noodle Recipe not only proves to be a refreshing and filling meal, you will probably also have enough left over for an easy lunch the next day – no reheating necessary. Minimal stove time is required as it involves basically the quickest cooking noodles and the quickest cooking protein around!

These flavors will be familiar for anyone who enjoys Asian cuisine. Cold noodles are fairly common, and this is my favorite version of them. Frequently you see a peanutty take on these flavors, but I prefer it without. This version lends itself really well to additions – edamame, baby spinach, asparagus, avocado, etc.

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Cold Shrimp Noodles
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 bundles udon or soba noodles (approx 3.1 oz each)
1 slender carrot
1 inch fresh ginger root
2 cloves of garlic
1 Serrano pepper
1/2 tbsp olive oil
8 large raw shrimp
pinch of salt
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp sriracha
4 stalks of green onion
sesame seeds for garnish

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Note: Soba and udon noodles are easily found at Asian markets, but if you do not have one nearby, the Hakubaku brand is readily available at most major supermarkets or online.

Directions

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package (typically four minutes at a boil, then drain and rinse under cold water). Set aside.

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2. Peel the carrot and use the small side of a grater to shred the carrot and ginger into a bowl. Set aside.

3. Pour the olive oil into a small skillet. Finely chop the garlic and Serrano and cook on medium heat in the skillet until the garlic turns golden. Scrape the garlic and pepper bits into the bowl with the carrot and ginger.

4. Without wiping down the garlic and pepper oil from the skillet, cook the shrimp on medium high for approximately one minute. Lightly salt, then flip and cook the other side. The shrimp should look completely white with no translucent section in the middle. Take out of the skillet immediately so they do not continue to cook.

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5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey and sriracha. Pour over the noodles and stir to mix thoroughly.

6. Chop the green onion into thin rings and add them, along with the carrot, ginger, garlic and Serrano to the noodles and mix well.

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7. Divide the noodles into bowls for serving. Top with the shrimp, then sprinkle sesame seeds for garnish.

Tips: If you don’t eat shrimp, chicken works well, or you can skip the meat all together and add more vegetables. Feel free to bump up the heat by adding extra sriracha or chile flakes if you like. You will notice that the flavor is even better after it has gotten a chance to sit for a few hours or overnight.

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Readers – What are your favorite cool dishes to eat during the summer heat?

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Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She blogs at foodforfunandpleasure and knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody’s business.

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Liz Earle Skincare review It always amazes me that someone can be a household name overseas, but virtually unknown here in the US. Liz Earle is famous in Great Britain for so many things: author of over 30 books on...

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Liz Earle Skincare review

It always amazes me that someone can be a household name overseas, but virtually unknown here in the US. Liz Earle is famous in Great Britain for so many things: author of over 30 books on beauty, health and wellbeing; host of a BBC show, Beautywise, on those same topics; creator and host of another popular show, Liz Earle’s Lifestyle; and, in 1995, founder of a namesake botanical skincare line with a rabid cult following.

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Inspired by the lush landscape of the Isle of Wight, where Liz Earle Beauty is headquartered, the line offers products for skincare, bodycare, a color range, fragrance… the entire gamut of beauty. Now, Liz Earle is bringing “British Botanical Beauty at its Best” stateside and I was lucky enough to test it. My introduction to the line was their award-winning three-step skincare system, their “anchor and icon.”

The stages of Liz Earle skincare are simple and satisfying:

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1. Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50)

Liz Earle’s one and only cleanser is plant-based and has a two-phase application: cleansing and polishing. The company calls Cleanse & Polish their “hero product” for its universal benefits to any skin type. In 2012, the product was named “The Most Revolutionary Beauty Product of the Last 20 Years – Mass or Prestige” at the Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Awards, the UK’s “Oscars of the Beauty Industry.”

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The cleanser is creamy yet free of mineral oil, and is designed to whisk away all traces of makeup, even mascara. The cleanser contains cocoa butter and geranium, as well as eucalyptus and rosemary, so it’s moisturizing yet also a little bracing. The scent is heavy on the eucalyptus.

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After cleansing, I used the included pure muslin cloth soaked in hot water as instructed to polish off the cream, then splashed my face with cool water.

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2. Instant Boost Skin Tonic ($23.90)

After cleansing, the next step is this mild, moisturizing floral tonic designed to soothe and brighten the skin. Free of alcohol, the tonic contains vitamin E, aloe vera and rose-scented geranium.

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I poured it onto a cotton ball and swept it over my face and neck. It smells like flowers, and does feel soothing. Liz Earle suggests the tonic can also be spritzed over the skin for an instant pick-me-up during the day.

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3. Skin Repair Moisturizer ($39.90)

The third step of the Liz Earle process is moisturizing, in my case with the rich cream designed for dry skin. Avocado and borage plant oils and vitamin E are combined to create an emollient yet quickly absorbed cream.

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I didn’t need much to lock in the moisturizing effects of the toner. The moisturizer does not contain SPF, something to be aware of during the day.

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Pros:

    Basic in the best sense of the word; the three steps are quick and easy to follow
    The trio is an affordable way to experience the entire Liz Earle regimen
    The mint green packaging is well-designed and appealing
    Responsibly sourced ingredients
    No animal testing

Cons:

    All products are scented, which might be a deal-breaker for the sensitive

At the end of the three steps, my face and neck felt soft and refreshed. I was also aware of fragrance, something I can be very iffy about, especially in facial products. In this case, however, the scents are floral, light and pleasant, and they added to my enjoyment of the products.

Readers – Have any of you tried products from Britain’s most famous skin care expert?

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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her two precious pups; Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare

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That’s right, we heart this is going to the Emmys on behalf of Dove (omgomgomgOMG!)

We’re going to the telecast, we’re going to the Governors Ball, we are walking the red carpet…we are dying.

(Side note, Tyna gets the Friend of the Decade award for allowing me to be the one to do this!)

So make sure you’re following us on social media, where we’ll be posting an inside look at the action all day long. Plus, don’t you want to see which Rent the Runway dress I end up picking?

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The Lipstick League – week of 8.18.14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/24/lipstick-league-week-8-18-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lipstick-league-week-8-18-14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/24/lipstick-league-week-8-18-14/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:03:41 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122568

Question of the Week: If you could only wear one nail color for Fall 2014, which shade would it be? Answer: I am OBSESSED with Technopagen from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (blackened purple with blue pearl metallic.) I haven’t even got...

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Question of the Week: If you could only wear one nail color for Fall 2014, which shade would it be?

Answer: I am OBSESSED with Technopagen from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (blackened purple with blue pearl metallic.) I haven’t even got it yet and I’m just obsessed with the mere thought of it!

Here’s what happened with the League this week…

Clumps of Mascara – can’t wait to try Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics palette! But…will she like it? Dun dun dunnnn!

Gouldylox Reviews – Wonder how something that calls itself “Bulletproof” actually stands up to smudging? Read the findings of my investigation of Too Faced’s new Bulletproof Eyeliners!

My Beauty Bunny – What products does a beauty blogger spend her cash on? Check out my very favorite cruelty-free faves and see!

Nouveau Cheap – Your friendly neighborhood lip balm fanatic gave the new eos Visibly Soft Coconut Milk Lip Balm Sphere a whirl. Adorable packaging aside, is this worth a purchase? Click here to find out.

Pink Sith – agrees that saving money on beauty items is awesome. but sometimes “saving” costs more than the “splurge” as she explains in her recent post.

Prime Beauty – gets in touch with her sensual side (don’t laugh!) with Laura Mercier’s Sensual Reflections Collection for Fall 2014. Can it be soft and sexy at the same time? Find out!

Phyrra – Craving Fall? Check out my Colour Pop Fall Tutorial!

we heart this – No need to get out your fangs, we’re giving away all 23 perfume oils in the BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive collection (based on the the Tilda Swinton/Tom Hiddleston vampire movie!)

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – My girl Ren over at Makeup by Ren Ren creates an amaziiiing look using a cheap (yet powerful) little palette from Wet ‘n Wild.

And you, we heartsters, if you could only wear one nail color for Fall 2014, which shade would it be?

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Our friends at Your Best Face (aka YBF) know what we want in skin care – their highly effective, hand-created concoctions have been making a stir in the beauty world for the last decade.

Recently, Darrell Owens and Kimberley Fristed, the duo behind the brand, announced their biggest release yet – 40 new products! This collection is an extension of their beloved Private Reserved antioxidant infused oil series.

These multi-tasking oils can of course be used on the face, but they also work to soften, soothe and hydrate lips, cuticles, elbows, feet – any skin, anywhere on your body!

And check out the scents – already divided into a few basic categories for your shopping ease!

Earthy/Spicy – Calendula; Cardamom; Carrot seed; Immortelle; Patchouli; Vanilla; Vetiver

Woodsy - Blue cypress; Elemi; Fir Balsam; Juniper berry; Palo santo; Sandalwood

Citrusy – Bergamot; Lemon Ironbark Eucalyptus; Lemongrass; Petitgrain Bigarade

Green – Clary Sage; Eucalyptus “Peppermint” Dives; Geranium

Floral – Blue Yarrow; Gardenia; Jasmine; Lavender; Orange Blossom; Rose Otto; Ylang Ylang

Sweet – Blue Chamomile; Blue Tansy; Melissa; Poplar Bud; Roman Chamomile; Thyme ct linalool

Medicinal – Araucaria; Eucalyptus Radiate; Helichrysum; Marjoram; Rosemary “Tuscan Blue”; Tea Tree

Unscented – Plain/unscented; and Bisabolol

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We’re lusting over MAC’s newest release… http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/21/mac-a-novel-romance-swatches-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mac-a-novel-romance-swatches-review http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/21/mac-a-novel-romance-swatches-review/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:17 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122506

MAC A Novel Romance swatches and review It was with a heaving bosom that I opened that signature black box filled with the latest MAC release, A Novel Romance. Though to be honest, my bosom is always heaving when a...

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It was with a heaving bosom that I opened that signature black box filled with the latest MAC release, A Novel Romance. Though to be honest, my bosom is always heaving when a MAC box shows up. But this time it was noticeably more so…

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I mean, a collection that draws its influence from romance novels – what’s not to love? And much like the books themselves, this launch may just get you all hot and bothered. Like the imagery will…

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It’s a predominately cool toned launch. Which made my warm self a bit sad at first. But I found some chameleons in here – shades I normally wouldn’t even try that worked beautiful for my skin. See, romance is for everyone!

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One of my favorite parts of the launch (besides that male model) are the names. Lingering Kiss, Bared for You, Reckless Desire; can’t you see them on a paperback cover in a script font? They just beg to be said in a breathy voice (and I recommend you do so, it’s fun.)

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So, slip into something comfortable and get ready for some steamy swatching!

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A Passionate Quest is one of three eye shadow quads in the launch. Have a passion for purple? You’ll be pleased. The shades are beautifully pigmented and silky smooth. Really, one of the nicer quads in terms of quality that I’ve swatched in a while. (That’s the Fluidline Pencils peeking in there too, we’ll get to them in a minute.)

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(left to right, by row)
Stay Sultry – (satin) Described as a violet navy and that’s spot on. Such a gorgeous shade, a deep blackened purple with blue violet shimmer.

Brazenly – (veluxe pearl) Burgundy grape

Serenade – (veluxe pearl) It’s like Pantone was looking at this when they picked their 2014 color of the year, this is 100% radiant orchid, with a beautiful blue duochrome for bonus points.

The Wrong Man – (satin) Cool slightly greyed pink with a matte finish, despite being listed as a satin.

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A new product for MAC, Fluidlines Eye Pencils have the smoothness of the fluidlines in pots, but with the ease of a pencil. They’re creamy, long-lasting and apply like a dream. There goes that heaving bosom again…

No built-in sharpener on these twist up pencils though, and the tip is rather small. So sharpening may be an issue. I fear once that point is gone, it’s gone for good.

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Black Brilliance – Rich inky black

Water Willow – Blackened shimmering teal

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From left: A Passionate Quest Quad: The Wrong Man, Serenade, Brazenly and Stay Sultry, Black Brilliance and Water Willow Fluidline Eye Pencils

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Electric Cool Eye Shadow is a relatively new product and this is my first time trying them. They’re little bouncy shimmer explosions, and that’s a very good thing!

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Packaged in a screw top pot, the shadows would be best described as a cream, but not really. They’re almost cool to the touch with a bouncy consistency and mega shimmer. The wear time is really impressive. I got about six hours with no creasing and no sign of fading on that mega shimmer.

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Superwatt- Golden light brown

Pure Flash- Champagne

Gilded Thrill – Bronzey orange, this had the chunkiest consistency to it. More glitter, less shimmer.

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Fun Ending Blush was a surprise for me. In the pan it looks rather cool and light. But applied, it’s a warm pink with a hint of peach that gives great color pay off. It’s a beautiful shade that I can see reaching for a lot.

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I got to check out two a-typical nail lacquers that I’m super excited for (I will add swatches soon!)

Midnight Sky – Deep navy with a silver sheen

Sunset Sky – Red plum with a magenta sheen

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As for the lipstick portion of this tale, you’ll have to hunt for them a bit as they flew off the shelves online (as their lipsticks always do. Really, you have to stalk the launch date if you lust for a shade.) Some are still left online at Nordstrom, but hurry!

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But as for the lipglass, you’re in luck. They’re still online and they’re really pretty.

Bared for You – Rose gold nude with silver shimmer. The shimmer borders on glitter, really. I think it dominates the delicate base shade and ends up making it look too frosty.

Wanting More – Cool, creamy lavender. This was the biggest surprise of the launch for me. This is the type of shade that I can never get away with, just too cool for my warm skin tone. Or so it seemed. But on my lips, it has such a pretty creaminess to it that it reads almost as a neutral. LOVE this!

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Yield to Love – (creamsheen) Raspberry rose cream

Good Kisser – (matte) Hot fuchsia

MAC’s new matte formula is one my favorite lipstick formulas. Though at this point, it’s really not new anymore. Should I call it non-retro? It’s long-lasting, extremely pigmented and creamy with minimal dryness. It makes me want the throw every other matte away. But that’s crazy talk…

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From left: Yield to Love and Good Kisser Lipstick, Bared for You and Wanting More Lipglass

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Time to bare your soul, what shades in A Novel Romance have you breathing heavy?

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Lipstick
Myself – soft shimmery nude beige (lustre)
A Novel Romance – light cool dusty pink (cremesheen)
Good Kisser – mid-tone fuchsia (matte)
Hearts Aflame – mid-tone brick red (matte)
Lingering Kiss – deep plum red (matte)
Yield to Love – mid-tone rose (cremesheen) Online Exclusive
$16 US/$19 CAD

Lipglass
Bared for You – soft rose gold
Reckless Desire – sheer pearlescent lavender grey
Pure Fiction – mid-tone violet pink
Wanting More – washed-out lavender
Talk Sexy – dark purple
$15 US/$18 CAD

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash
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$22 US/$26 CAD

Powder Blush
Fun Ending – soft neutral peach (satin)
Animal Instincts – shimmering plum ( frost)
$22 US/$26 CAD

Brush
213 Fluff
$24 US/$28.50 CAD

224 Tapered Blending
$32 US/$38.50 CAD

242 Shader
$25 US/$30 CAD

A Novel Romance Quad
My Fantasy – pale neutral olive (veluxe pearl)
Fall in Lust – mid-tone cool grey mauve ( frost)
Dance in the Dark – deep blackened brown (matte)
Rising Passions – greenish charcoal with gold pearl (velvet)
$40 US/$48 CAD

An Amorous Adventure Quad
Sable – gold plum with bronze pearl ( frost)
Sex & The Oyster – mid-tone seafoam green (veluxe pearl)
Brawn – mid-tone plum brown (satin)
Black Tied – black with silver sparkle (velvet)
$40 US/$48 CAD

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The Wrong Man – light cool dusty pink (satin)
Serenade – mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (veluxe pearl)
Brazenly – rich eggplant (veluxe pearl)
Stay Sultry – deep violet navy (satin)
$40 US/$48 CAD

Studio Nail Lacquer
Before Dawn – green grey
Midnight Storm – deep magenta
Sunset Sky – mid-tone crimson
Midnight Strata – dark violet
Midnight Ocean – dark royal blue
Midnight Sky – deep charcoal
$12 US/$14 CAD

Fluidline Eye Pencil
Atomic Ore – gold
Earth Sign – deep brown
Deep Blue Sea – deep ocean blue
Metropolis – deep metal gray
Water Willow – deep khaki green
Evil Twin – blue purple
Black Brilliance – black
$16 US/$19 CAD

Electric Cool Eye Shadow
Pure Flash! – pale champagne
Love Power – soft shimmering rose
Superwatt – light shimmering taupe
Coil – copper bronze
Gilded Thrill – gold ( frost)
Switch to Blue – rich cobalt
Highly Charged – rich purple with pink pearl
Blacklit – black with multidimensional pearl
$21 US/$25 CAD

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We are so pleased to be bringing you this – our biggest Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab giveaway yet (just in time for the film’s DVD release). Win every single perfume oil in the incredible BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive limited edition collection. That’s 23 oils, a $690 value! Go on, you can let out a blood-curdling scream. We did.

This launch exemplifies why we heart BPAL so much; their creativity knows no bounds. The oils are a series of scents based on Jim Jarmusch’s film of the same name, a vampire tale that’s both modern and timeless at that same time.

The collection is broken into three sets; characters, soundtrack and story points, each paying homage with precise detail. There were only 350 bottles created of each of the 23 scents. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. But you can win them and have them forever.

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BPAL Only Lovers Left Alive Review http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/19/bpal-only-lovers-left-alive/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bpal-only-lovers-left-alive http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/19/bpal-only-lovers-left-alive/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:05:37 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122435

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Conquers Big Screen Bloodletting The love we have for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is pretty much tattooed on our hearts here at wht. BPAL’s storied sepulchral of erotic collections and fantastic limited editions are always intensely...

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Conquers Big Screen Bloodletting

The love we have for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is pretty much tattooed on our hearts here at wht. BPAL’s storied sepulchral of erotic collections and fantastic limited editions are always intensely wrought, whether telling their own tale or helping someone else tell theirs. In their Only Lovers Left Alive collection based on the movie of the same name, the story belongs to director Jim Jarmusch, but the scents belong to BPAL.

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Only Lovers Left Alive is an arty vampire movie that tells the story of Adam and Eve, two married vampires who, as centuries pass, have watched society deteriorate to depravity while they themselves attempt to maintain their morality and quest for knowledge and culture. They find it ain’t easy. This bloody tale is exactly the kind that BPAL thirsts for.

Adam and Eve are likely the only lovers left alive of their kind. Contemporary humans have allowed their blood to become contaminated, just like their cities and their culture, and thus have successfully eradicated most of the vampires. These shallow humans are what Adam refers to as “zombies.” Adam and Eve, along with Christopher Marlowe (yes, the Christopher Marlowe—he’s now an old vampire and procurer of the “good stuff”—ultra-pure blood), don’t kill for blood; they don’t even “turn” humans for blood. They buy blood.

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To emphasize the deterioration of society, Adam and Eve live separately, a world apart, in two of the most deprave places on earth: Adam in Detroit and Eve in Tangier. Adam is a tortured musician and armchair scientist, always seeking to meld these two loves. He is a DaVinci of sorts, a renaissance man. Eve consumes literature by touch and knowledge seemingly by osmosis. Adam is the creator. Eve is the critic. The stage is set for some interesting scents.

BPAL has created 23 perfume oils for this collection. These are divided into three sub categories: Characters, Story Points, and Soundtrack. Every single one of these scents emphasizes an important part of the narrative. I chose some to spotlight from each of these subcategories.

Only Lovers Left Alive – Character Scents

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Christopher Marlow, 16th century dramatist extraordinaire cum vampire, is besties with his pure-stuff addict Eve. Of course, Eve can’t call Christopher Marlowe “Christopher Marlowe” in public, so she calls him by his seldom-used but centuries-old nickname, Kit. 21st century Kit wears his favorite garment, a tattered 16th century waistcoat, and is chided for it by Eve.

Kit – Kit’s scent is soft and dry as bone: Mysore sandalwood a tattered and patched 16th century waistcoat, inkstained, still scented with the marjoram and benzoin dry perfumes of his youth.

To my nose the sandalwood is omnipresent with a touch of herbaceousness. This is a masculine scent that a lady wouldn’t mind borrowing.

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Adam – His scent is a palette of somber colors, melancholy memories, and lupine, savage beauty: black leather, pale sandalwood, ambergris accord, and the memory of a long-lost Victorian fougère. His perfume also possesses the scent of the wood of his guitars, the rosin from his violin bow, the musty wool of neglected Oriental carpets, the plastic, metal, and magnetic tape of his reel-to-reel, the dust that permeates everything.

Eve – Her scent is one that travels through the eons: the Irish moss, yarrow, and hawthorn of the Iron Age Britons, ancient Rome’s omphacium and honey, myrrh and calamus from Egypt, the frankincense and damask roses of the Florentine Renaissance, white sandalwood from the Far East, Moroccan saffron and rose water, and a swirl of incense from the souks.

Ava – A scant two-hundred years old, there doesn’t seem to be anything that roots Ava to her past. Her scent is utterly contemporary, and, like her personality, it is impulsive, capricious, and dangerous. Voluptuous and brittle, lovely and toxic: sheer vanilla musk with tuberose, red mandarin, and the sweet poison of white almond.

Ian – A flicker of hero worship, tempered by naivety and an innately kind nature: shaggy leather, sweet rum absolute, and patchouli.

Only Lovers Left Alive – Story Points

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June 23, 1868 – True love renewed by night in an English garden: moonflower, Nottingham catchfly, Casablanca lily, evening primrose, night-blooming cereus, Queen of the Night, muted by the sepia tones of tonka, tobacco absolute, bourbon vanilla, and costus.

June 23, 1868 is an important date for Adam and Eve. It is the date they were forever joined in matrimony. The daguerreotype of their wedding day offers the couple sweet solace, and remembrance of times gone by. This is a most feminine, romantic scent, rich with floral overtones and seductive with boozy endnotes.

Café Mille et une Nuits – Shisha and thick coffee brewed with cardamom pods, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and nutmeg.

Café Mille Et Une Nuites is the café where Eve does her pick-ups. The café is the hot spot for those undercover transactions, and is where she and Marlowe hang. Blood isn’t on the menu here, coffee is. The scent of Café Mille Et Une Nuites is heavy on the coffee and the exotic spices of its locale.

There’s Water Here – The wisdom of eternity imparting a glimmer of hope through the grace of eternal renewal: the wild glory of nature bursting through cement, metal, and urban despair, purified by the waters of Lake St. Clair.

“There’s Water Here” is what Eve says when attempting to convince a depressed Adam of Detroit’s ability to rebuild itself and thrive once more. The greatest civilizations in history thrived by bodies of water. Detroit will rise again. I detect a green spice and blooming wildflowers. This scent is fresh upfront with an undertone of dark spice.

Spooky Action at a Distance – Instantaneous correlated action between entangled partners: rose-infused sandalwood with violet leaf, frankincense, geranium rose, and a spark of elemi.

The Diamond’s Gong – A celestial hymn, singing to Earth from fifty light years away: ten billion-trillion-trillion-carats of glittering white musk, with cognac, tagetes, white champaca, Gum Arabic, and davana.

The Edge of Doom – The night flight from Tangier: drops of spilled blood color the antiseptic, bland, plastic paleness of the fuselage, with violet leaf for longing, rosemary for reminiscences, and black opoponax for apprehension.

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Shelley, Byron, and Keats – Uncompromising idealism, haunted romanticism, fatal ennui, and a heady amount of scandal and vice: red roses and pale carnation with a draught of laudanum, smears of opium tar, a hint of absinthe, and mercury ointment.

Shelley, Byron and Keats were one-time contemporaries and friends of Adam’s. Actually, Adam thought Byron a bit snobbish and insufferable, but basically he admired him. Eve is forever begging for stories of the dashing rogue who penned such Romantic poems as She Walks in Beauty, as well as those of her female heroine, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of Frankenstein. While Eve admires their works, Adam is more of a kindred spirit, an artist who wrestles with his own suicidal demons. My nose detects a bit of medicinal floral up front with a minty spice dry down in this scent.

Quintessence of Dust – The passing: beeswax and smoke, yellowed paper and well-worn leather books, droplets of spilled ink, faded incense, blood-tinged salty tears, and the metal of the knife that skewers that illiterate zombie philistine’s portrait.

“Quintessence of Dust” is a line of Shakespeare’s from Hamlet. Or is it? As good ol’ Christopher Marlowe is dying in the back room of Café Mille Et Une Nuites from dosing contaminated blood, he confesses to writing most of Shakespeare’s works. Oh the scandal of a deathbed confessional! Marlowe embodies the highest virtue, the most refined spirit. And, in the end, he dies a nearly mortal death, becoming dust himself. Marlowe and the Bard may have had an axe to grind. The nose of all this is indeed that of wax and dust – an old candle finally burned then snuffed too soon.

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Blood Popsicle – The scent of frozen Type O negative.

Wooden Bullet – A .38 caliber bullet fashioned from cocobolo wood and brass.

The Hourglass - The white roses and orange blossoms of hope penetrating despair’s black fog of opoponax, black myrrh, bruised violet, clove, funereal lily, and grief-struck carrot seed.

Only Lovers Left Alive – Soundtrack

The soundtrack of Only Lovers Left Alive is unique in that the director’s own band, SQURL, is responsible for most of the music, covers as well as originals. The theme of music within the story of the film makes the necessity of the soundtrack meshing with the story that much more important. Yes, it meshes; it meshes well. And that brings us to the third category.

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Funnel of Love – 17-year aged black patchouli, champaca flower, cardamom bud, green coriander, Haitian vetiver, red vegetal musk, black pepper, night-blooming jasmine, and leather.

Funnel of Love is an old rockabilly song by Wanda Jackson that came out in the early sixties. A surprisingly similar, yet somehow creepier, version of this song by SQURL is the introduction to Only Lovers Left Alive. An old 45 spins on a turntable while images of Adam and Eve at rest before their hunger pangs strike alternate and spin, the music’s heavy chords vibrating omniciently. And there is a scent for this! Funnel of Love is musky on the nose, and spicy at the back end. Overall, the scent is a beautiful, purposeful melding of masculine and feminine: sweet and sexual, deep and foreboding.

Streets of Detroit – Black musk accord, Ethiopian myrrh, and motor oil.

Diamond Star – Ambergris accord, guiac wood, white benzoin, immortelle, and Somalian myrrh.

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In Templum Dei – Oman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.

Our Hearts Condemn Us – Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.

Hal – Saffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute.

This is Your Wilderness – Honeyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute.

I can’t tell you how the movie ends. There is an evil sister, a crime, and there are consequences. There is a story to be told, at times sad and true. At times there is hope anew. And there is a scent to guide you each step of the way.

These oils are your transport ticket to inside the silver screen. Like my own Purple Rose of Cairo, BPAL takes me to another world, elevates my senses to another level, and is a true quintessence of being.

Readers – Which Only Lovers Left Alive scent do you most want to wear?

(Get the DVD here: Only Lovers Left Alive)

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Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything

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Be a Part of the Head & Shoulders Family – And Sofia Vergara’s too! http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/18/sofia-vergara-family-head-shoulders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sofia-vergara-family-head-shoulders http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/18/sofia-vergara-family-head-shoulders/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:35 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122470

Plus three life lessons gleaned from Sofia! Recently, I was offered the chance to spend a few moments chatting with the gorgeous star of Modern Family @SofiaVergara about her life, beauty products and her lasting love for of Head &...

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Plus three life lessons gleaned from Sofia!

Recently, I was offered the chance to spend a few moments chatting with the gorgeous star of Modern Family @SofiaVergara about her life, beauty products and her lasting love for of Head & Shoulders.

Sofia and her entire family are proud to be partnering up with the classic American hair care line to offer one lucky fan the chance to win a trip to an upcoming Head & Shoulders ad shoot to meet the whole gang!

In between videotaped talks with entertainment news channels (which is when I snapped the great image above), Sofia made the time to chat with bloggers about the campaign. While we only had about minutes to chat, I learned a few valuable life lessons from the sweet and smart actress.

3 Life Lessons from Sofia Vergara

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1. Don’t be afraid to show who you are
Not all women would be confident enough to advertise their love for Head & Shoulders. But Sofia thinks it’s important to be honest about the person she is. And while she adores high-end beauty products, she isn’t afraid to be loud and proud about her regular drugstore favorites, including Covergirl lip glosses and mascara, and yes, Head & Shoulder shampoos. In Sofia’s words “I use them (beauty products) all. And love them!”

2. Find your confidence – and flaunt it
Speaking of being confidence, I asked Sofia her secret to always appearing calm, cool and completely confident. She explained that many Latin women, including Sofia, fall in love with beauty and fashion early. She’s always loved wearing makeup, doing her hair and wearing high heels. And she’s learned what works and doesn’t work for her.

She says “what gives women self-confidence is feeling good about yourself, and sometimes that’s when you look good. Take time to experiment and learn what to do that will make you look in the mirror and say ‘My eyes look good’ or ‘My hair is perfect.’ If a women can find the clothes or makeup or hair styles that make them feel good, they appear confident – and the whole world will think that you look confident and great!”

3. Keep family close even if they are far away
With family across the globe, Sofia keeps in contact with them all via weekly chats and lots of texts. Sofia, her mom, son, cousins, aunts and nieces use their phones to keep up to date on life, loves, gossip, clothes and beauty. And it is these talks that lead to the this Head & Shoulders campaign.

Sofia’s family were excited to hear she was thinking of working with Head & Shoulders. They all started texting her images of Head & Shoulder bottles in their cabinets and showers. Sofia tells us her family has used the shampoo and conditioner “for decades in Columbia and America. It’s just always around and I know it’s a great product.”

Want to talk life and beauty and more with Sofia Vergara and family? Here’s how!

Follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and share a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair with hashtags #PartofOurFamily + #sweeps and tag @HeadShoulders. The fan whose strands make the cut will win a trip to an upcoming advertising shoot to meet Sofia and her family

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Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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The Lipstick League – week of 8.11.14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/16/lipstick-league-week-8-11-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lipstick-league-week-8-11-14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/08/16/lipstick-league-week-8-11-14/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:00:09 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=122399

We thought we’d give you a glimpse of what days look like when we mail products to our writing team. The packages themselves are colorful; filled with beauty products galore. But look at the sorting vessels – South Coast Plaza...

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We thought we’d give you a glimpse of what days look like when we mail products to our writing team. The packages themselves are colorful; filled with beauty products galore. But look at the sorting vessels – South Coast Plaza shopping bags (that both Tyna and I hoard like diamonds, courtesy of writer Pam) arranged on a table in front of my thrift store score circus print chair.

It’s kinda like a rainbow threw up, and we’d have it no other way.

Question of the Week: When it comes to fall/winter, which beauty brand collections are you always excited to see?

Answer: MAC (duh) and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics fall shades always float my boat big time.

Here’s what happened this week with the League…

EauMG – Are you completely over the heat? Cool down with EauMG’s guide to perfumes inspired by snow.

Gouldylox Reviews – Can you choose just one of the palettes for fall? I don’t think I can….

My Beauty Bunny – Sun and hot weather stressing out your skin? Chill out with the Dermalogica Clear Start Cooling Masque – we saw visible results after just a few uses!

Nouveau Cheap – shares her first impressions (and swatches) of the entire Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Summer Festival Collection.

Pink Sith – International readers REJOICE! I’m holding a Giveaway for a Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette only for readers outside of the USA! Ends August 20th so enter today!

Prime Beauty – (and even more top bloggers) give you the birds-eye-low-down on their Top 10 Drugstore Picks!

Phyrra – Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

we heart this – Check out our Top Ten Favorite Drugstore Products and see if you agree with our picks!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

How about you, we heartsters – which fall collections are you most excited to see?

The Lipstick League – week of 8.11.14

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