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Valentine Lollipops
Posted: January 30, 2015 @ 11:22AM CST in Food by Amanda
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Looking for the perfect way to show your love this Valentine’s day, look no further than these sweet treats!

 

BEAUTY:

Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day while you’re satisfying everyone else’s sweet tooth. Our limited edition lipstick in Sweet is the perfect way to show yourself some love every day of the year. 

 

 

The soft coral pink is perfect for every day wear, adding a subtle hint of color and shine. Perfect for day or night. To find out more benefits of our handmade Sweet lipstick CLICK HERE.

 

 

GLITTER LOLLIPOPS from the wonderful women at POPCOSMOS

 

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar

2/3 cup light Karo corn syrup

1/4 cup water

edible glitter of your choice

Frutti Tutti Flavor Oil (or flavor of your choice)

{you will also need lollipop sticks, a candy thermometer, and a bowl partially filled with ice water set aside}

 

Directions:

1. Prepare your work area since it is important that once your candy has finished cooking you can work quickly:

a. If you have granite or marble countertops, lay parchment paper directly on them in long strips. We found this the best method to work quickly. If not, then use cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. (Note: we tried using Silpat, but ended up with a pattern on our lollipops from the sheets. Yours may not make a pattern, so feel free to try it!)

b. Sprinkle your glitter in 3″ circles about 3″ apart in 2 rows so that lollipop sticks can face in opposite directions and lay completely flat. If you are using candy, then you can place candy into the lollipops after pouring.

2. Place sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan with a pouring spout. Stir until the sugar is dissolved while bringing to a boil.
3. Add the flavor oil. We use Lor Ann Oils. (use the entire bottle)

 

3. Once boiling, place your candy thermometer in the pot and use a pastry brush to wash down the sides so crystals don’t form.  Do not stir, but boil until mixture registers 300 degrees to 310 degrees (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 – 7 minutes.

 

4. Remove from heat and set in the bowl partially filled with ice water for 15 seconds. It will steam loudly! You want most of the air bubbles to be gone, but don’t want the mixture to cool off to much because then it won’t pour well – and it cools very quickly!

 

5. Pour very slowly in the middle of each glitter circle until a circle is formed and press in lollipop sticks. Let it sit until completely cooled.

 

COMFORT:

You don’t need to be Willy Wonka to successfully make these delicious sweets as long as you follow your heart and read our tips and tricks below!

 

Use Parchment Paper!  Learn from our mistakes, wax paper and freezer paper are not suitable substitutes for parchment paper.

 

TIP: If you do make the mistake of not using parchment paper all is not lost! With a lot of patience and a blow dryer you can often separate lollipop and paper with minimal damage. Simply lift up a small portion of your paper and blow hot air on the section directly behind the lollipop. IMPORTANT! Don’t use too much heat or for an extended period of time because your lollipop will melt and you’ll have to wait for it to harden again.  Once you have heated the paper try to gently pull the lollipop in one direction and the paper in the opposite. You will get a little bit of resistance but should be able to cleanly separate the two. If you still have paper sticking to the lollipop add a little bit more heat and try separating again.

 

If you want to add flavoring to your lollipop make sure to add it right before the sugar reaches 300 degrees and before you put it in the ice water bowl to cool, this reduces the amount of bubbles you’ll get in your finished product and allows the flavor to come through.

If you’re ambitious and want to make more than one batch of lollipops, it is easier to make one batch at a time than to try and make and pour multiple batches at once. The pan full of melted sugar will be heavy so don’t overdo it!

 

Practice makes perfect but imperfect is great too! Don’t be too worried if you don’t get a perfect circle or completely even decoration placement, part of the charm of a homemade gift is the natural imperfections that occur.

 

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Posted: January 29, 2015 @ 4:14PM CST in Beauty by Amanda
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Exciting news! We were featured by the lovely people at Pure Wow! They have been raving about our Amazing Shaving Soap! Check out what they said HERE!

 

 

Have you heard about our Amazing shaving soap? Our wonder soap not only locks in moisture but cuts your shaving time in half! The incredible amount of cocoa butter in each bar creates a creamy lather that not only moisturizes but protects your legs! Read more about the amazing benefits of this shaving soap HERE!

 

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Posted: January 26, 2015 @ 1:44PM CST in Store/Nail Spa by Amanda
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We all secretly hope that when we walk by that cute someone their eyes will follow our every move. But what if the looks you attract arent so welcome? 

 

The "evil eye" comes from many cultures across the world. Believed to be a human look that can cause harm, the evil eye is usually associated with jealousy or spite. But don't worry! There are ways to protect yourself from this harmful glare. Try out some of these designs to ward off evil and bring on good vibes. There's nothing wrong with playing it safe and looking fabulous too!

 

 

 

Trendy style or good luck talisman, either way these nails will have all the right eyes looking your way!

 

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