OROGOLD’s Favorite Sweet Treats of 2014

A variety of sweet treats Sweets are a fantastic part of life. Having one to look forward to at the end of a long work week is something many people enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to actually eat a small portion or know when to walk away. OROGOLD understands fully, and that’s why ORO GOLD has compiled a list of some of the favorite sweets of 2014 to ring in the New Year with.

Chocolates and Candy

Chocolate is a go-to for many people around the world. It seems as though women tend to opt chocolate more than men, due to its comforting properties. It’s been known as an aphrodisiac and has been around for centuries. Chocolate in its natural form comes from cocoa beans, which are then harvested and processed into cocoa powder. Cocoa powder can be used on its own to make things like hot chocolate, or it can be crafted into fine chocolate confections. Whether it’s a candy bar, cup of hot chocolate, or as a flavor in food products such as Mole, a Mexican sauce served with chicken and other food products, one thing’s for sure – chocolate is a favorite among women, men and children alike.

Other candy products such as mints and taffy were among some of the favorites of 2014.

Cookies

Cookies are one of the favorites each and every year, but it seemed in 2014 that there were ample varieties of favorite brands being unveiled on store shelves everywhere. Some were hits and are here to stay, while others didn’t fare as well. Many bakeries saw an uptick in cookie sales as well, as did schools with fundraising efforts.

Row of brightly colored cupcakes decorated with candlesCakes and Cupcakes

Cakes and cupcakes were yet again a favorite in 2014. With television shows such as, ‘Cake Boss’ and other bakery themed varieties, there was an influx of inspiration over the past few years for many artistic baking types to form their own bakeries and home cake businesses, driving sales way through the roof. Many cake and cupcake crafters are able to sculpt the cake into beautiful artwork, using air guns to spray delicate and beautiful designs on each individual cake, leaving behind a true work of art. Many moms opted for personalized custom cakes for children’s birthdays and brides-to-be seemed to steer that route for their wedding cakes. All in all, cakes will forever be a favorite sweet treat, no matter the year.

With so many amazing treats to choose from, narrowing down this list to a mere few was in fact a task of its own. There are always new innovations to watch out for when it comes to baking ideas and candy making, so we’re sure next year’s list will be filled with new innovations and variety.

OROGOLD is always on the lookout for new and trendy topics to keep you informed on the latest and greatest, no matter what the topic.

We wish you a sweet new year, and plenty of fun in 2015! Get in the kitchen and have some fun, and craft your own sweet treats! You never know where it might take you.

Tips to Look Younger Now

They say that you only look as old as you feel. The world would be a much better place if our skin and our hair could hear that thought. Modern day lifestyles make things worse because most people start suffering from the signs of aging from their thirties itself. However, all is not lost. The advent of technology might have had a negative impact on our physical health, but it also brings us all sorts of solutions to ensure that we can prevent the signs of aging from appearing earlier than their due date. Things like sunscreens and cleansing can definitely work wonders in making the skin look younger, but there are a few other things that can also help you transform the way you look. OROGOLD brings you a few tips to look younger, NOW.

Woman with face oilUse facial oil

Cleansing might be important, but washing your face can also lead to a loss of essential oils from your skin, particularly the ones that make your skin look soft. One of the best ways to counteract this effect is to use facial oils after cleansing so as to ensure that your skin looks soft and supple for a longer period of time.

 

Change the way you look at beauty

It really doesn’t make sense to try and identify with the hottest teenage pop star if you’re nearing your forties. The hype created by glamor and fashion magazines don’t help either. OROGOLD suggests that you use celebrities who are closer to your age as inspiration for your style. The internet can offer you all sorts of information with regards to their makeup routines, hairstyles, hair colors and fashion styles. Don’t you think that you would feel much better trying to accomplish something that is difficult and not running after something that’s impossible?

Womans face showing marks for contouring and highlightingApply makeup the right way

You can make use of all sorts of makeup techniques to make your face look younger and more beautiful. One of the best ways to do this is contouring. Contouring refers to applying highlight and shadow tones with your makeup application that can help you define your face. The key to contouring is to find the perfect shade and blending. Once you find the perfect foundation shade, choose a shade that is one or two shades darker and also get a highlighter color than matches your skin tone. Remember, contouring is all about accentuating your features and diminishing your flaws. Contouring can act as the perfect weapon to glamorize your cheekbones and make you look younger instantly.

 

Fake brow-lifts

Use a highlighter pencil to create a fake brow-lift under the arch of your brows. This should give your eyes an instant lifting effect. All you need to do is draw a line, following the natural arches of your brow and blend it with a brush or your fingers.

 

Boost your cell renewal process with the help of anti-aging serums

If you’re not hooked on serums already, OROGOLD suggests that you start off with it as soon as possible. Not using an anti-aging serum means that you’re not making the best possible use of your skin care routine. There are all sorts of serums that can give your skin a firmer and plumper look and help you boost your your skin health.

 

Mature woman with soft hair style and textureAdd texture to your hairstyles

Avoid sporting a super-polished finish on your hair. Super pin straight styles can add years to your look, even if you’re still in your twenties. The best solution for your hair is to choose a texture that looks slightly undone like soft waves (think Victoria’s Secret catalog). You can use hair tools to achieve this look or for something easier try a texturizing spray.

Lighten your hair color

Lightening the hair color can help you to create an illusion of brighter skin. A dark-brown hue might make your strands look rich, but lightening your locks can also give your skin a glow because the lighter colors pick up the brighter pigments from your skin tone. Don’t go too drastic, just choose a color a couple tones lighter than your natural color.

 

Follow these simple, yet effective anti-aging tips and you should easily be able to look younger instantly!

OROGOLD Examines High Fashion in Ancient Egyptian Times – ORO GOLD Reviews

Papyrus depicting ancient Egyptian civilization

High fashion isn’t typically something we think about when thinking about Ancient Egyptian culture and times. During that time period, however, there were various people in the wealthy and royal culture that shaped the fashion of the future. OROGOLD examines the high fashion of ancient Egyptian times, read on to learn more.

When we think high fashion, we tend to think of New York fashion week, old Hollywood style, chic Paris, preppy London, and luxurious Milan. What most of us overlook is the fact that there was a time long ago in Ancient Egypt where women such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Isis ruled the country and the fashion world while adorned in gorgeous dresses, jewels, and gold.

Egyptian linen was the most widely used material for those in royalty and positions of power, as well as civilians. Egyptian linen is completely different from the typical linen we see and think of today. The material was made exquisitely, and with much care in the crafting of the material. It felt like silk, and was extremely soft. The wealthiest people who wore the finest clothes always had pure white linen, as it showed a sign of their royalty or wealth. Most of the Egyptians of the ancient time period were hard working and poor, and wore garments which were dyed to mask the appearance of dirt and stains. To wear a garment of white signified the fact that the person wearing it merely relaxed all day and simply enjoyed life.

Most of the expensive garments the Ancient Egyptian Queens and Kings wore were frayed at the edges for flair, and they also paired their clothing with head dresses and many jewels, necklaces, and gold. Many of the accessories worn by the rich and famous residents of Ancient Egypt contained depictions and artifacts such as scarab beetles, scorpions, falcons, and other important aspects of Egyptian culture.

Aside from their elaborate clothing choices, high fashion in Ancient Egypt also entailed expensive wigs. Men and women alike wore these wigs along with head pieces or head dresses. Many of these head dresses contained gold and jewels.

To correlate their expensive looks and tastes, the Ancient Egyptians also rid their bodies of hair – much like we do today. Although they wore wigs, and the women had long hair underneath, keeping hair from existing anywhere else on their bodies was important to both the women and men of Egypt.

Aside from the clothing and personal hygiene preferences of Ancient Egypt, the makeup both the men and women would wear looked elaborate and glamorous. They lined their eyes in dark black patterns to shield them from the sun – somewhat like modern day sun glasses. They would also use a sort of ancient hair gel to keep their wigs in place and looking perfect all the time. For perfume, fragrance cones were used daily. They were placed on the person’s head and throughout the heat of the day, the cone would melt and run down the body of those who wore them, perfuming their skin with luxurious fragrance of various kinds.

Hair was worn in elaborate styles even when wigs were used. The women of Ancient Egypt were known to have long hair and typically wore their hair down and straight, however; sometimes, they were known to wear it in braids as well as other beautiful styles.

While we will never fully know the extent of the high fashion world in Ancient Egypt, we do know that even though the days of old occurred passed long ago, some of the same styles still live on today – which shows how much of an impact the Ancient Egyptian culture has had on the world.
The Queens and Kings of Ancient Egypt paved the way for the fashion world of today – and we are forever thankful for it.

OROGOLD on Oktoberfest and Fun Fall Drinks – ORO GOLD Reviews

Oktoberfest imageWhen we think of fall, we typically tend to think of the leaves changing, the air getting cooler, readying ourselves fashion wise by breaking out the sweaters, hats and gloves, and cozying up with the one we love in front of the fire place. We rarely think of the fall months bringing with it fun fall drinks and events, but this article just might change your mind. OROGOLD brings you a guide on Oktoberfest and fun fall drinks.

During the fall months when while everyone is thinking about Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas on its way, it goes without saying that sometimes, a celebratory drink is in order. You could mix up a few of your favorites in your own home, head out on the town for the night with your best friends or significant other, or simply grab a six pack from the store. If you really want to drink and have a good time, why not head on over to your local Oktoberfest celebration?

Oktoberfest originated in Bavaria, and has been an ongoing celebration ever since its inception. At these events, there are many authentic Bavarian foods served, and millions of gallons of beer are consumed at these events every year. If you’ve never experienced Oktoberfest, you should give it a try – it’s a great time, with authentic food, music, and attire.

Another option for a fun fall drink would be eggnog. Not the straight-up-from-the-carton kind, but adult eggnog. Simply mix a cup or so of eggnog with your favorite alcohol and voila – you’ve got yourself a fantastic and festive drink to accommodate the season of fall. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top and its perfection!

There’s always the age old and delicious classic, hot chocolate, a.k.a. cocoa. It’s a fantastic drink both the adults and children can enjoy, and there are so many ways you can variate a simple cup of hot chocolate and make it all your own. Add cinnamon, whipped cream, half and half, white chocolate syrup, or whatever else you can think of to give it a personal taste. Make sure to heavy on the whipped cream!

Pumpkin spice coffee is a fantastic way to get your morning caffeine rush in the fall months. It will brighten your day and make you smile. Also, your room or house will smell fantastical once you brew a pot up! Starbucks also has a fantastic Pumpkin spice coffee. Highly recommended!

Apple cider is another fantastic fall favorite. Enjoy it hot or iced, with a cinnamon stick. There are also many teas crafted for the coolest months, such as pumpkin spice or peppermint. Either hot or iced, you can’t go wrong with a festive cup of tea!

There are many more fun fall drink recipes you can find on the internet. Just get in the kitchen and get creative. You never know what your new favorite thing is until you try it!

OROGOLD Fashions for Fall – ORO GOLD Reviews

Young woman sitting in a pile of leaves wearing fall fashionsWith fall just around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about the fashions for fall. This fall promises lots of warm sweaters, colorful selections, cute boots and shoes, and makeup tricks that promote the cool weather look as summer comes to an end.

Depending upon where you live, it may already be sweater and jeans weather. Maybe, it’s still warm as the summer months drag late into the fall months like in Florida, California, and New Mexico. Just because it’s not yet cool out, doesn’t mean you can’t ready your closet for when the cool weather does hit!

Sweaters, Jeans & Leggings – oh my!

Fall is all about sweater weather, hoodies, leggings, and jeans. Finding cute sweaters at almost every department store or boutique is becoming relatively easy as the fall lineup has already been released. From chenille to cashmere, soft, neutral colors are the way to go this fall. Long sweaters, and crop sweaters alike, the styles this fall abound in a fun array of colors.

More traditional fall colors such as tan, cream, white, off white, rust colors, and browns are perfect for fall – and they are already making a splash at a store near you.

Jeans are always in style, no matter the season. They pair up perfectly with a fall sweater and some boots. With so many styles to fit your personal preferences, there is literally something for everyone.

Leggings are also a perfect match for any sweater you might choose to wear. They look great with a long sweater of any color, and are perfect for comfort and the cute factor.

Boots

From short, cropped ankle boots to tall, sleek knee high styles; boots are all the rage this fall. Browns and blacks are great colors to opt for, as you can usually pair those colors with practically everything – upping your utilization and getting your money’s worth.

You can wear them with everything from jeans, to dresses, to skirts, and more. You don’t have to just reserve them for the fall months, though; they are perfect year round!

Gloves, Scarves, and Hats

Whether you’re the fingerless glove type of girl, which are so in right now, or you like full blown gloves or even mittens, nothing says, “I’m ready for fall!” like a cute pair of gloves paired with a decorative or crocheted scarf and hat. They look awesome while providing the extra warmth you need on a cold fall day. From decorative styles to full on crocheted styles, wear what you love and know you look fashionably awesome while being practical and smart! Many fall scarves, hats, and gloves are able to be used the next year, as they don’t tend to go out of style. So, splurge a little and stock up on your favorite fall fashions in the accessory department – chances are, you will use them again next year!

Choosing styles that suit you and your personality are so important. Keep in mind, fashion only works for you if you rock it – and you can’t rock something you hate. Wear what you love, have fun, and stay warm in the cool fall months.

A Whole New Do – OROGOLD Helps You Revamp Your Hairstyle

Woman getting a hair cutEvery now and then, keeping the same hairstyle tends to become monotonous and we like to change it up a bit. There are so many variations as to what hair style you could choose. From dying your hair, to adding strands of vibrant color, to highlights, to haircuts of various styles, there are so many different options to choose from.

Deciding on what style is right for you is sometimes easy. Other times, it’s not as easy as we would have hoped it would be. There are many websites dedicated to providing you with a new look, or general ideas of new looks. There are also many books and magazines at salons, which are usually kept up to date with the current trends. Sometimes, asking your hair stylist what they think is right for you works. This is risky business, though, considering the style they might like may be something you completely despise.

Aside from choosing a style you want, you can also attend hair shows, where you can volunteer as a hair model and have your hair cut, colored, and styled in a completely new and often times shocking look – something to think about for the more daring souls. OROGOLD helps you revamp your style with this helpful guide.

Finding a New Color

Finding a color that’s right for you is usually done based upon your skin tone. Certain colors may not look good on those of lighter or darker skin tones, and sometimes can make you look washed out. Choosing something that meshes well with your eye color, taking your features into consideration (i.e. freckles) is usually helpful establishing the right color choice for you. When in doubt, get a professional opinion before making the big decision to make a color change – especially if it’s something completely different than what your natural color actually is.

Finding a Cut That Fits

Sometimes, all it takes to give your hair a fresh new look is a new style or cut. Finding a cut that works for you should be based around the shape of your face, and your weight. These should be taken into consideration as well as what you actually want out of your hair style. If you choose a style that is difficult to maintain and you are always short on time, most likely you are going to hate the style because you can never make it look just right. Choose something that fits your lifestyle, and provides you with the level of design and difficulty suited to your time budget.

Adding Bangs

Sometimes, doing something as simple as adding some bangs can give you a whole new look. There are many different kinds of bangs to choose from, such as:

  • Baby bangs
  • Side swept bangs
  • Straight cut bangs
  • Razor cut bangs
  • Thick cut bangs
  • Angled bangs

Aside from getting some new bangs, perhaps adding a splash of color to them could also incorporate a new look. You could opt for a chunky highlight, or strands of a vibrant color such as blue or pink, to give your hair the ‘oomph’ you crave, all while not doing too much in terms of change.

All in all, a new hair style is a sure fire way to give you a fresh new look, without breaking the bank and consuming too much time.

Summer Luxury at Home Pedicure

Toes on towel- preparing for pedicureIf you’ve spent too long hiding your toes in those winter shoes, you need to bring them back from hibernation and get them ready for your summer sandals. All you need is a little bit of time and effort and you should be able to pamper your feet back to health by giving them the perfect pedicure. So if you’re looking for silky and beautiful looking feet, make sure that you follow this step by step guide that defines the steps involved with the perfect Orogold Pedicure.

Your Supplies
To give yourself a proper pedicure, you need some basic supplies to allow you to pamper your feet. Here is a list of some of the most basic supplies that are needed for a pedicure.

  • small tub and some water for soaking your feet into
  • nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Orange stick
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail polish
  • A base coat and a top
  • A pumice stone
  • Bathing salts
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Moisturizing Lotion

Remove
Before you begin with your pedicure, you need to remove any existing nail polish from your nails. Use acetone removers and ensure that you remove the bits of nail polish from your cuticles also.

Soak 
Fill the tub with hot water and add some bath salts or oils into the water. Soak your feet in the water and sit back and relax for about 10 minutes. The hot water will help to soften up those pesky calluses and also help in removing the dirt and the grime that you might have built up.

Cut & File
Once you’re done with your soaking, you need to cut and file your nails properly. They should be short enough so that a bit of white is seen at the tips. Their shape should be squarish and should follow the natural line of your toes. Use the file to ease out the sharp edges. Make sure that you refrain from giving your nails a roundish shape as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

Prepare Cuticles

Use the orange stick to push back the cuticles on each of your nails. Cut away the excess skin using trimmers. Don’t forget to rub on some cuticle oil to supplement the sensitive skin. This step is not mandatory, but it can go a long way in enhancing your pedicure routine.

Painting toenailsSoften Skin
Once you complete your nail care routine, it is time to move on to your feet. Use the pumice stone to scrub the calluses on the ball of your foot and on your heels. It is ok to scrub roughly in these areas because the skin is extremely thick and you’re not likely to feel any pain. After removing the calluses, use a scrubbing brush to clean your feet. Make sure that you use the brush all over the bridge and in between the toes. Don’t forget to rinse off your feet with some water after scrubbing.

Prepare For Polish
Remove your feet from the tub and dry them completely. Massage a small layer of lotion on your feet. Use some nail polish remover to clean your nails once more. Add the base coat of clear nail polish on your toe nails. This acts as a protective coat and prevents the nail polish from yellowing your toenails. Once you’re done with the base coat, apply the color that you like. Make sure that you use long brush strokes towards the tip of your nails. Work from the center and move outwards until you completely polish your nails.

Complete your Perfect Pedicure
Allow your nail polish to dry before adding another clear top coat on your toenails. This shall allow you to secure the polish in place and prevent chipping. Once you apply the second top coat, make sure that you stay idle for about 10 – 15 minutes to allow the polish to dry out completely.