Caroline Manzo’s Friendly Monkey Soap Co. Bath Bombs: A Review

 

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she don’t look so friendly. image source: giphy.com

Guys, I have a confession to make.  I actually HATE Manzo’d With Children.  I think it is a terrible show and one of my least favorites on Bravo.  I liked Caroline a lot on Real Housewives of New Jersey, but those shows work because there is REAL conflict between the women, not the manufactured bullshit that is on MWC (is that not the WORST name of a show EVER?  I know Andy Cohen loves him a good pun, but BARF).  It’s like a New Jersey version of Full House, where everyone learns a valuable lesson in 30 minutes (minus commercials) and I DON’T LIKE IT. I just don’t find their family dynamic interesting enough to warrant a whole show (see also: Tardy for the Party, minus Kim’s chef Tracy, who is AMAZING).  However, I accidentally watched one episode a few weeks ago, and luckily it was the one featuring Caroline’s new “passion,” making soaps!

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Simply Divine: VanderPerfect Potatoes

 

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get in line, bro. image source: buzzandgossip.com

After the success of my Wild Mushroom Soup, I decided to give Lisa Vanderpump’s Simply Divine another shot.  After perusing the very British options (bangers and mash!  spotted dick!), I decided to make VanderPerfect (lol) roasted potatoes because they sounded amazing.  The recipe uses a two part process of first boiling and then roasting that sounded intriguing so I was all in. Continue reading

Simply Divine: Wild Mushroom Soup

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Oh Lisa Vanderpump.  You might be one of the few housewives that I could actually see taking entertaining advice from!  Lisa is like a less drugged up, less drunk but equally saucy Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous.  I want to be just like her and so do you.  Even though the last season of RHOBH was so boring I could barely watch it (who would’ve thought that LESS Kim Richards would be a bad thing?  Thank God for Erika Jayne), I still love Lisa and cannot WAIT for my secret true favorite Bravo show, Vanderpump Rules, to come back. Continue reading

Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig: Part Four

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So now that we have learned every single way to improve ourselves through plastic surgery, including the risks and chance of complications, we move onto Part Three, where Heather and Terry list their favorite products.  I thought we already did this, but I guess Consult BEAUTE hasn’t had enough plugs yet, so here we go.

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the sink enhances the BEAUTE of my 40 million dollar manse. image source: lipstickalley.com

 

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Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig: Part Three

missed part one or part two? check ’em out!

So where were we?  Ah yes, liposuction and how to avoid dying and/or looking horrible after your plastic surgery procedures.  Terry next talks about chemical peels and…  this is boring, you guys.  Like really boring.  And only applicable if you are interested in learning EVERYTHING about every plastic surgery option EVER.  It’s like listening to someone read you the little pamphlets at your doctor’s office about things like Hypertension or Asthma.  I am so so so bored….

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well jesus, heather, this isn’t what I thought I was getting! image source: tumblr.com

Doesn’t the name Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig sort of imply that a. they have tried all of these procedures and b. they gave something a try that might be something a little outside the box?  So far it’s “I like this mascara” and “don’t get your boobs done by your dental hygienist.”  Anyway, we must soldier on.  Next, we learn that Terry is actually a really decent man.  As in he refuses to operate on children under 18, even with parental permission and boldly states that no one under the age of 40 should require any type of anti-aging surgery ever.  He says that there a metric shitton of crappy plastic surgeons (and other doctors, as any surgeon can perform any surgery) who will always be happy to take your money in exchange for doing a risky or unnecessary procedure, so it is SO important to do your research on your doctors.

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cool guy Terry in his leather jacket ain’t having it. image source: bravotv.com

Terry reminds us over and over again to do extensive research so you end up with someone who is ethical and who has had a ton of experience.  For example, he says that when he worked on the Fox reality show The Swan, he got a ton of practice in a very short amount of time.

Hold the phone.

He was a plastic surgeon on THE SWAN?!?

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just your basic makeover show, involving 40 procedures done in a row. image source: imgur.com

In case you don’t remember 2004, The Swan was a reality makeover competition where a bunch of plain women were given a crazypants number of plastic surgery procedures, hair extensions and fitness/diet consultation while not being allowed to see themselves heal (there were no mirrors in the sad, sad Swan house).  The women were shown their “makeover” and then were lucky enough to compete in a horrible pageant to see who was truly THE SWAN.  The show was criticized heavily for, you know, seemingly putting these poor women through a fuck ton of psychological trauma for “good tv.”  How is Terry in ANY situation to criticize the morals of other surgeons when he was a part of this circus??!

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your circus, your monkeys, buddy. image source: giphy.com

Terry follows up this shocker with a sad but amusing anecdote about notorious plastic surgery addict Michael Jackson.  Apparently, Terry knew some of the doctors that worked on him and in the later years, they would just put Michael under and bandage his face and tell him that the surgery went great, even though they had done nothing.  Terry is quick to point out that this is unethical, but a lot of people get very addicted to chasing the “perfect” surgery that will solve all of their problems.  Next, we talk about malpractice, assessing your surgery goals (being happier with your appearance vs. expecting all of your problems to go away), and Heather explains why she never had her boobs done after kids (they magically got better with time!)  I still can’t get over the whole Swan nonsense.

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I mean, yeah, but still!  image source: realitytvgifs.tumblr.com

Then he seriously just goes through every plastic surgery ever and talks about what it does, how much it hurts, what to expect from the recover, blah blah blah…I am just not sure who this book could help?  Couldn’t you just google this shit fo’ free and put the money you would’ve spent on the book toward your surgery?

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I get it, someone’s gotta pay for that porte cochere! image source: giphy.com

Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig: Part Two

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Heather finishes up her monologue about sunscreen (wear it always unless you WANT to look like the crypt keeper, you savage) with a story about how she went tanning one time when she was a pageant contestant (of course she was).  But it didn’t work on her fair skin and she turned blotchy, oh noes!  Of course, Heather points out that she did win Miss Congeniality in the Miss New York pageant, marking the first time in Real Housewives history that anyone has been considered congenial.

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I bet Sandy Bullock could play Heather in a RHOOC movie, except I’m sure Heather would prefer to play herself. image source: tumblr.com

 

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Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig: Part One

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I’m guessing it’s mostly botox? image source: goodreads.com

Heather Dubrow, I just don’t know about you.  I used to actually like that you seemed to have your shit together both professionally AND emotionally, which is a unicorn in Real Housewives-land.  But then I listened to your podcast where you mostly complained about the stress of spending $500K on cabinets and you lost me.  However, Heather is married to the atypical Real Housewife husband as Terry is a. gainfully employed in a way that is not reliant on Bravo and b. seems to be an incredibly successful plastic surgeon (see: $500K on cabinets).  Also, his brother was in Quiet Riot, did you know that?!  Anyway, they seem to really love each other and will probably weather the reality tv divorce curse. Continue reading

Indulge: Chocolate Volcanoes

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this looks… labor intensive.

To me, Kathy Wakile always seemed like your mom somehow wandered into a Real Housewives franchise.  She was very normal, appeared to actually love her husband (Greek Rick Moranis, Rich Wakile) and her kids.  Beyond all of the ridiculous drama with her cousin, Teresa Giudice, and the presence of her amazing sister, Rosie, I never really understood why she was there.

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CUT Fitness: A Review

Y’all, something VERY exciting has happened.  MY WCBFF (West Coast BFF) recently attended a fitness class at NONE other that CUT Fitness, owned and operated by one RHOOC extraordinaire Tamara Judge and her Mark Consuelos-esque husband, Eddie Judge.  She agreed to do a guest post to write about her experience working out with the Judges!

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THAT’S HOW WE ROLL AT CUT FITNESS.  image source: allabouttrh.com

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Gretchen Rossi’s…Website: Part Two

missed part one? you lucky duck!

Like so many housewives with Slade Smiley, I could just NOT stay away from the horrific masterpiece that is Gretchen Rossi’s website, shopgretchenchristine.com.  Seriously, it is just SO amazingly bad and none of the main, horribly pixelated photos are different than when we last visited, four months ago.  What the hell is she doing all day that she doesn’t have time to have some kid from UC Irvine come fix this shit for her?

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are you? is that what you are doing instead of fixing this nonsense? image source: wifflegif.com

 

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