Inspired By: Chocolate

If I have one true love on this planet, it may very well be chocolate.  In fact, I’m craving it right now (and trying to fight it off!). UGH.  I may actually make a trip down to my apartment building’s vending machine since I just read some really cool info from Dr. Murad.  According to the skin expert, “before there was medicine, there was food.  And before there was food, there was chocolate!”  It’s all about moderation, accoring to the Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Skincare.  Chocolate invokes the feelings of comfort, romance and happiness. It’s given as gifts for major holidays and is an ancient delicacy that was exclusive to the upper class.  Here are a few chocolate myths…sign me UP.  There’s a Twix bar downstairs with my name on it…

  • Contrary to what you grew up thinking, chocolate does NOT cause breakouts
  • Chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and protect the body from aging caused by free radicals
  • Chocolate is a slight mood elevator, as it contains phenyl ethylamine
  • The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being
  • Cacao contains antibacterial properties that fight tooth decay

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa:
 I just adore this bronzer.  Not only does it smell delicious, but it also give me a great shade of bronze that’s not orange or too fake looking.

LUSH Chocolate Whipstick: I usually end up licking this off about two minutes after applying.  If you could bottle up chocolate in a little pot, this would be IT.

Demeter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cologne Spray: Demeter has the most amazing scents so it’s not very surprising that they have a chocolate chip cookie fragrance.  I mean…if you’re hungry, spray this.

Philip B. Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath: Like we learned above, chocolate has a lot of benefits for your skin, so why not use it as a body wash?

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Scrub: I love me a good body scrub and guys, this IS a good body scrub.  It exfoliates but doesn’t leave your skin dry or rough.  Plus, the smell is an obvious bonus.

One Bag & Three Beauty Obsessions: Moni Moni

Welcome to my second feature of One Bag & Three Beauty Obsessions, the Moni Moni edition.  And away we go…


  • Moni Moni Gypsy Bag – This chocolate brown bag makes me want to squeal.  I’m really into the long strap these days and when I recently spotted Emmy Rossum carrying the brown wonder, my thoughts were confirmed.



  • Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath – We all know how much I love beauty products that smell like food.  This chocolate-scented body wash (and bubble bath) is a nice treat in the shower and really wakes me up in the AM.  On top of smelling delish, it also boasts good-for-you skin ingredients like cocoa butter and aloe.
  • Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion – As a super fair girl in LA, sometimes I’m a little self conscious about it. I recently tried out this tinted body lotion, created by celebrity makeup artist, Bethany Karlyn.  It’s fab because it has subtle light-reflecting particles that give skin a flattering glow.  As a bonus, special ingredients lift, firm, tighten and diminish the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and varicose veins.  Score.
  • Fresh Eat Pray Love Collection Eau de parfum – I just recently wrote about my “Eat Pray Love” screening experience and I’m now officially ob-sessed with the Fresh fragrance collection for the movie.  “Eat,” my personal favorite, is Italy in a bottle.  The scent indulges in Italy’s most addictive desserts and wines and boasts notes of bright Italian lemon and basil balanced with creamy textures aimed to smell like cannoli and tiramisu.  And to top it off?  Sparkling prosecco and limoncello…ahhh, I’m brought back to my days of backpacking around Southern Italy.  I can smell the limoncello now.