Thursday, April 19, 2018

Glamping Coachella Camping Snacks or Meals or For Any Picnic.

By Laura Medina


Thanks to the latest local Los Angeles weather report, yes...people still camp during Coachella.  But, car camping has been delayed by a day due to strong winds.  So, those "Coachellians" are making do camping and partying in the locals' supermarket parking lot.

If you're gonna be budget-conscious like those campers or you're "glamping" safe and sound in a cheap motel/hotel or smart enough to AirBNB  and wanna be a gracious guest by bringing "thank you" care packages, here's the list to fun and healthy treats and snacks to get you by, concert camping or "glamping."

Once Coachella and Stagecoach have blown over, this is a sophisticated guide to picnicking in a park.

Concerned with immediate needs, let's focus on this as "festival picnicking" for other festivals where they don't have food trucks.

For those Coachellians forced to go car camping in others' parking lots, you want to start the day with breakfast.

Here are some easy, portable breakfasts that doesn't look or taste healthy but they're necessarily are...

Buff Bake protein sandwich cookies, https://buffbake.com/collections/protein-cookie-sandwiches are fun to snack on like regular cookies but they're way easier way to breakfast camping, driving, or picnicking.


Camping is what brought Muck Pack protein cookies to life, https://munkpack.com/

If you're a 100% pure snacker, you still need breakfast.  Pop Chips' Nutter Puffs http://shop.popchips.com/Nutter-Puffs/c/PopChips@NutterPuffs of peanut butter puffs, instead of traditional cheese puffs, are a new fun way to snack while getting your breakfast on.


What appears like ordinary tortilla chips, they're portable lunch packed with vegan protein.

Beanitos http://beanitos.com/#productCrunchMacNCheese are tortilla chips and cheese puffs based on black beans, pinto beans, and navy beans.

GimMe Organic Seaweed Chips http://shop.gimmehealth.com/Organic-Seaweed-Chips--Sea-Salt/p/GMH-005037&c= are loaded with proteins from seaweed and lentil beans.


For dessert, you can munch on pure fluff of Smashmallows https://smashmallow.com/ or their new ready-made Smashmallows Crispy's rice crispies, healthier version of rice crispies.


Alright, 100% snacking now.

You'll feel less guilty and feel better squeezing into that crochet bikini and Daisy Dukes Denim Shorts snacking on Snikiddy Cheese Baked Puffs and Baked Fries.


Pure, plain, and simple but healthy tortilla chips.


Still can't stomach beans, this scribe feels you.  Instead of sugared nuts, trick yourself into sugared roasted beans that taste and feel like roasted nuts.



Did that and done that with traditional snacks, try DANG snack chips that are usually wasted but repurposed into purposeful snack that are fun and healthy addictive without the guilty.

Okay, you gotta stay hydrated out in the desert...



Nothing healthier than ginger beer.  It's just ginger ale with a lot of ginger in it, enough to boost immune system and burn those germs.  Especially if you're concert camping.



Thirsty for a soda alternative?

In keeping in with Coachella's fun-loving hippy dippy vibe, chug down cans of rooibos teas in a can, https://www.bosbrands.com/en/pack/330ml/ BOS iced can of Rooibos Iced teas in flavors of: Ginger-Lime, Peach, Lemon, Berry, and underrated yet oh so refreshingly crisp Apple.

Think of this guide as essential concert camping or if picnicking out in the park, a fancy, healthy snack guide.

If you want to get your edge on, these beverages make for a good cocktail base.

Either way, you'll feel better inside and out.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tried, True, & Tested Coachella Beauty for Spring & Summer 2018

By Laura Medina

Folks heading to Coachella, out in the desert, dream of hippy-dippy freedom and acceptance and a deep, golden tan in a smooth, dewy (not sticky sweaty) complexion, not the actual sunburnt red and following wrinkles, sun spots, and the aching peeling skin of sun damage, unwelcomed festival souvenirs.

It's all about strategic prepping and long-term habits that build Coachella beauty, the bellwether of Summer Fun in the Sun beauty, that elusive golden tan.

Prepping is easy and cheap, Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Collection plumps up the foundation base of good hydrated skin.  Their masks, https://www.neutrogena.com/skin/skin-cleansers-masks/hydro-boost-hydrating-100%25-hydrogel-mask/6815420.html?cgid=skin-cleansers-masks#start=1 are cheap and easy to try and test while taking a much needed noon day nap or crashing over-night in wherever you are.

What's really cool, they're slim and portable as they are affordable.


No matter how scanty your Summer wardrobe, you'll appreciate it more that your beauty/hygiene kit is as multi-purpose, simple, light-weight, and scanty as your clothes.

Pour Moi Skincare creams know one-fits-all doesn't all the bases of skin reactions that occur in different climates.

Instead of blaming the poor skin you're born with, Pour Moi identifies four general climates that happens anywhere on the world, for any and all skin types, then formulate their creams into: Temperate Day Cream for perfect Mediterranean/California/Malibu climate;  Tropical Day Cream for anywhere hot, humid, sweaty, and sticky, from the Deep South to Caribbean to Southeast Asia; Polar Day Cream for freezing cold and dry from Minnesota to Norway to Russia.

Finally, something meant for Coachella and Las Vegas, Pour Moi's Desert Day Cream:

The Desert Climate Energized Beautifiers (D-CEBs) provide skin-saving results when temperatures are high (75°F — 120°F), humidity is low (5% — 45%), and when exposed to an extreme environment, such as strong sun, wind, air-conditioning, and pollution. It's best for hot and dry summers. 
THINK: Happy face. Palm Springs.  See.

MOISTURE BOOSTING | ANTI-AGING | CLIMATE STABILIZING 
  • Cutting-edge water- and oil-based hydrators help skin to reduce Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL)
  • Lightweight regenerating oils, including Squalane Oil, create a thin barrier that helps retain moisture and amends the lipid barrier
  • Protective agents neutralize extreme air-conditioning and temperature variations
  • Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E help protect your skin from free radicals caused by UV damage and other environmental aggressors
  • Peptides and botanicals, including White Truffle, address the premature signs of aging—fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin—improving the skin’s surface with their rich anti-aging properties 
Not only are these 4 types of creams for all skin complexions and types, you can use Pour Moi creams at night, while you party until dawn then you crash in the morning.


Something easy and all-over, can't forget the sunscreen. 

Spritz Supergoop! x Milly Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 all-over, from head to toe...

Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a unique three-in-one, weightless mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine, and refreshes your defense against photoaging UV rays. With an invigorating essence of antioxidant-rich rosemary to help improve the complexion and soothe redness, this is your perfect pick-me-up for fresh, flawless, sun-safe skin throughout the day.

Optical diffusing silica silylate further helps to control oil and reduce shine—leaving skin feeling soft and smooth with a matte finish—not oily or greasy as with many sunscreen products. The formula is water- and sweat-resistant, keeping your makeup in place in the most humid environments.


Jane Iredale's Snap Happy swivel-travel pack kit is the first one with a blush/bronze, finishing powder to matte down the sweaty, oily shine, and eyeshadow trio.  Her first complete kit for the face.  The color palette is desert appropriate.


For extra oomph on the cheeks and necessary lip color that can party with you while keeping Coachella's hippy granola earthiness, Jane Iredale's Lip Fixation® Lip Stain/Gloss in cherry red Passion adds a dab of rosiness on the cheeks and lips while the clear gloss adds more moisture while locking in the lip color.
In fact, you can lock in your natural makeup by spraying on an extra of Supergoop! x Milly Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 as extra sun shield protection.


Now, you need real sun protection, all in one easy, ready to go pack.


Can't think of a better way to align with Coachella's hippy-dippy, naturalism than with LaVanila's new Elements deodorants honoring Earth's elements of: Vanilla + Air for Creativity, Vanilla + Water for Peace and...

Vanilla + Earth for Balance: find concentration and focus with soft and woody patchouli, sandalwood, and vanilla.  This is the new generation of the stereotypical hippy patchouli and sandalwood but lighter and more refined.

Done partying, finished festivity-ing, and need to crash?

While recovering and much need before crashing, whenever and wherever, you need post-sun damaged pampering and care.


In keeping the ever-evolving Coachella's hippy-dippy acceptance and Earth Day consciousness, pack in some Cannabliss Organic Sampler Kit for post-festive skin love.

This isn't Baby Boomer grandparent's marijuana.  Cannabliss refine hemp oil in a beauty oil for dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis with ancient Korean herbs like Mulberry Bark and Panax Ginseng to enhance the effectiveness of our products and breathe new life into your skin.

Unless you yourself want to get high, the only way you'll get high with Cannabliss is your poor, sun-burnt skin.

In the sample kit, there's light-weight, non-greasy, serum gel, Revitalizing Face Serum gel of anti-aging Korean herbs infused with full spectrum Hemp oil and essential oils.  It's nutrient dense, organic botanicals help to hydrate and firm the skin, promote cell regeneration, brighten and even skin complexion.  Cannabliss Organic products work to correct your skin imbalances, making them good for all skin types!

https://www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com/product-page/after-sun-healing-remedy-4-oz

This Hawaiian Body Products' After Sun Healing Remedy of Organic Aloe Vera. Powerfully healing antioxidant rich Noni Fruit Cell renewing Tamanu Oil. Soothing and nourishing Coconut Water, makes for a good face and body base lotion, if you add boosters of antioxidants and essential oils and additional serums.

Right before you really crash, repeat with Neutrogena's masks, https://www.neutrogena.com/skin/skin-cleansers-masks

Easy to peel off and peel on sheet masks...

A portable pod of nourishing skincare, great for napping.'

A clay mask pod to suck the grout and desert dust out of your pores.

Each and every mask and pod is $2.99.  Do these and you'll still save enough money for a decent hotel room during festival season.