March 2017 Favorites

Rimmel “Match Perfection” Concealer – This concealer is truly amazing. It does a great job of covering up redness and dark circles under my eyes, but still looks natural. It doesn’t crease anywhere and lasts all day long.

Makeup Revolution “Matte Blush” – I don’t know that I have ever tried a more pigmented matte blush! This has a smooth, creamy formula and the color payoff is incredible… so be sure to go in with a light hand. I have the shade Nude and love it!!!

Nine West “Dress Pump” – Now that it is (finally) warming up where I live, these babies have been on repeat. They are versatile and comfortable. What else does a girl really need?!

Sofia Vergara “Tempting” Body Spray – While I’m not much into fragrance, I bought this on a whim at Marshall’s and have been loving it. It has scents of vanilla, tropical fruit, and flowers. I can’t get enough of it lately!

Short and sweet this month. Have you tried any of these products?!

M&M Cookies

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Ingredients:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 white sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups m&m’s

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350*. Electronically mix together brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla on low speed until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, and salt… do not overmix this part. The dough will feel very thick and dry. Stir in m&m’s by hand. Roll into large balls and flatten slightly on the pan. Press extra m&m’s into tops. Bake about 12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!!!

Birchbox May 2016 – Review

It’s Birchbox day!!!!

Birchbox is a $10 a month beauty subscription service. Sign up by clicking here to get 5 deluxe-sized samples sent to your house in a pretty new box each month. (The boxes are  useful for so many random jobs around the house.) I love Birchbox because of the customization you’re involved in and the rewards system is really great!

Here is the design of the month…

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And here is the mix of items I was sent…
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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Body Peel

I hand-picked this peel to come in the box and love it. Birchbox introduced me to Real Chemistry several months back and it has proven to be such an amazing line. I loved the face peel so much that I featured it in my favorite exfoliators post. I had every intention of using this on my face, however the packaging is very clear that that is not the best idea. So I ended up using it on the heels of my feet and it felt like I had just gotten a pedicure!

ModelCO Lip Lacquer

This is essentially just a very lightly pigmented (almost clear) gloss. Nothing special in my opinion. I will save this to top other lip colors when I want more of a shine but don’t see myself using this as a solo lip product.

Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt Fragrance

Birchbox is great about sending fragrances, which I enjoy because it’s not something I typically want to spend my beauty budget on. I love this scent! I was afraid it would smell too salty for my liking but it’s very subtle and reminds me of the beach for sure. It also brings me back to my childhood when I loved vanilla everything.

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist

In my Birchbox preview post this month, I predicted I would like this mist the best and I was right! As I get older, sun protection gets more important. Using this setting mist, which doubles as an SPF, could not be any easier. The packaging reads “matte finish three-in-one sets make-up, controls oil, and delivers UV photoaging protection”. Umm… thank you, Birchbox, for reading my mind on exactly what I need in my life!!!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

This baby smells so good. As you have probably heard me say time and time again, I don’t use leave in conditioners like this regularly. I find that they make my hair greasier faster  and that’s just not a cute look. This is something I will keep on hand but likely will not use too often.

My Rating: STAR-4

This box was pretty solid overall. I am stoked about the setting mist, that’s by far my favorite product! It will be especially perfect for the summer months. I also really love the peel and fragrance, both of which I can see investing my own money into after my samples run out. The leave in conditioner is okay to have but you may have heard me say that I have been sent so many of these that they just aren’t super exciting to get. I’m not crazy about the lip product, that’s probably the only thing I don’t like or find useful out of the mix I was sent. Good month, Birchbox. Just send some better lippies next time, XOXO.

Angel Food with Pineapple Lush

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Ingredients:

1 package vanilla instant pudding

1 20oz can crushed pineapple

1 cup thawed whipped cream

1 10oz angel food cake

2 cups mixed berries

 

 

Directions:

Mix dry pudding mix and undrained pineapple together. Fold in whipped cream. Cut angel food cake horizontally into three layers. Place first layer on serving platter. Spread 1/3 pudding mixture on top. Repeat this with the second and third layer Refrigerate for hour. Top with mixed berried prior to serving. Enjoy, XOXO!

March Favorites

Today I’m happy to bring to you my newest series, a monthly favorites! Toward the end of each month I will be sharing a favorite (or two, or three) from each of the following categories: beauty, fashion, and entertainment… as well as other randoms that don’t quite fit into those categories.

Here is everything that I have been loving in March!

 

Vanilla Caramel Chai – Tazo Tea

Chai is a tried a true for me. I usually love to drink it in fall because the spices and dark qualities match colder weather, but this month I fell in love with a chai that has an added twist… vanilla and caramel. It’s not too sweet (I was worried), just gives off softer flavor than it’s traditional form.

Cami Dress – Old Navy

These dresses are super comfortable and come in so many cute patterns! I purchased two recently in “Red & White Floral” (shown above) and “Multi Floral”. I’m saving them to wear for upcoming warmer weather vacations, as I think they will be perfect for traveling.

Mattifying Emulsion & Pore Refining Primer – Figs & Rouge

Ipsy sent this to me a few months back and it has been my reach-for primer of the month. It does a great job filling in pores and mattifying skin just the right amount. Dries tacky and makes your makeup last longer.

Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation – Aveda

I discovered this baby in the back of my powder collection this month, hiding because it has been too dark for me… until now! This is my favorite pressed powder because it is smooth in texture, full coverage, and has a soft fresh scent.

Friends – Netflix

Let’s be real, this is my favorite every month! The past few weeks I have been especially reaching for Friends. It’s a comfort thing for me and I love having it on while I’m cleaning, doing bills, and getting ready.

 

Comment below with some of your own March favorites, XOXO.