September Sephora Play & Ipsy!

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As always, if you don’t know was Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service. For only $10/mo, you get five products and a makeup bag! If you want to sign up, you can do so here.

This month, I have to say is one of my favorite months. There is actually only one product that I am not at all excited about, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one. If you are new to my blog, then my reviews start from least favorite to most favorite! Keep on reading!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme
This product is meant to make the lips look more plump. I already have plump lips so I don’t need any help in that category. Not to mention, people complained about burning lips when they used this. So, to the bottom of the list this goes.

EYEKO Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Black
It was hard trying to find an order for the next four items, but this liner is next on the list. I admit, it would have been higher had I not received Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Sephora’s box. BUT, I am always looking to compare liners. I have very hooded eyes, so it creates an extra challenge during application of liners.

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER Inspire
The body butter actually feels amazing! It’s not greasy and would work well on both hands and face. I don’t think it’s heavy enough for those hard hitting areas (knees, elbows, etc), but I’d love to toss this in my bag right now! (PS, it smells great!)

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum in Truth
I’ve never heard of a toning primer, but I’m intrigued enough to put this higher on my list. Not to mention, the primers I have been getting so far have been A+! Apparently, this can be used on it’s own or as a base for foundation so it’s versatile as well.

ToGoSpa Eyes by ToGoSpa in Green Tea EYES
Ah! I cannot wait to try these out! Lately, my eye bags have gotten out of control, so these will be thrown right into the thick of things. I’ve been enjoying my skincare routine and I am excited to see where these fit in and compliment that routine.

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Sephora Play is also a $10 monthly beauty subscription box! This box comes with 6 products instead of the 5 in Ipsy. And again, I am going to start with my least favorite and work my way to most favorite! Starting with…..!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick: Love Spell
I struggled with what to put first and finally decided on the lipstick. It’s really pink, and because of that, I don’t think it’ll look good on me. It’ll definitely take some gymnastics and creativity to make it work. It’s also really shear, so I’m not sure that it’ll play well with my vibrant, matte, lipsticks. Some good points, it seems really long lasting, and not sticky at all.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector
I like hair products, but they rate low because I assume they aren’t made for my hair. Reading the description, it seems like a night time hair masque that you wash out in the morning. It sounds like it’s meant for people who wash, or at least, rinse their hair daily. Despite that, it smells really amazing and feels like it might actually have some pretty good slip. It might not be a stand alone detangler, but might compliment my current routine by providing some more yummy hair nutrition.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
Even now, I wonder if I should have really rated this under the hair cream, but I boosted it up because it’s a product that I have never tried. I’m really a minimalist when it comes to my brows and have never really cared for a brow gel. That being said, I’m eager to see if this helps in cutting down time needed to do my brows!

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
I tried this on and this product is really deceiving! It looks really thick, but because it’s whipped, it goes on so thin and light! It’s oil free, so it would make my already oily skin any oilier and it actually settles really nicely without giving me that “shine” that other moisturizers sometimes cause. On top of that, it says that it can also be used as a primer/base for foundation.

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Sud Magnolia
Omg this is going to be my signature scent for the fall! It smells so, so good! I know perfume scents are 100% subjective, so reading a review of it is somewhat pointless. But it has “notes of magnolia from Louisiana, bitter orange from Seville, and atlas cedarwood from Morocco“. If there are two things in life that I love smelling, fresh scent and wood are it!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I had to rate this highly because I was a day out from buying this before finding out this came in my box. I’ve used this liner a million times in the past and it’s extremely easy to apply (even with my hooded eyes) and it’s very black! The fast drying ability is what I love the most. What more can I say?!

Well, that wraps up September’s boxes rundown! What were your favorites for the month? Have you tried any of the products listed?”

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August Sephora Play: Makeup Mother Load!

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Sephora really came for me this month with their August Play box! If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that I rate my Ipsy posts from least favorite item, to most excited to try. Well, boy did I have a hard time deciding what to rate what. So, as you read this, know that this whole box is rated very highly overall.

First up!….

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I put this first only because I have been getting a lot of mascaras lately. This retails for $22 for the standard size. I really like the wand on this and it will probably be opened pretty soon even though I have a two at a time rule for mascaras. The reason I like this wand so much is that I like to use the edges of the wands to get my inner lashes really well and most of the thinner applicators simply can’t do that.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow (I-544)
It was a toss-up whether I was going to put this first or not. This retails for $21. This shade has a great pink shimmer, but deep toned enough to transition into the coming fall months flawlessly. The only reason I rated this so “low” was because I feel like I have this shade already. Am I still excited to try this out? Of course!

Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer
I know a lot of people rave over Lancôme skin care products and I’m hoping to find out why with this moisturizer. The full sized product retails for $55. The moisturizer is market as a refresher and hydrator for all skin types while also a good mixer for foundation to achieve a dewy finish. This looks very much like a serum instead of a moisturizer, so that’s my first plan when I use this.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (Love Affair)
So, I’ll be honest, this and the next item are more or less rated based off of price because I just couldn’t decide. Love Affair is an amazing almost metallic purple. With fall around the corner, I’m bouncing in my seat to make a plum smoky look! The pencil is pretty creamy, but I can’t speak about it’s lasting ability yet.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
I feel like eye creams are usually a scam, but this markets itself less as a “eye cream” and more of a roided up moisturizer. Also a mask that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It retails for $68 and it claims other benefits such as anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, but eh, we’ll see!

CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton
I love getting fragrances because I’m too cheap to buy them myself. This retails for $25 for .34 oz or $90 for 3.4oz. It is a floral/musky scent and smells like a man wearing fresh laundry (aka delicious). I did test this on my wrists and it’s definitely long lasting. The scent isn’t too overbearing and would be great for any season!

August Ipsy: Skin Care Jackpot!

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Hey everyone! It’s a little late but here is my Ipsy for August! As usual, I am going to do my rundown from least favorite to most excited!

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Dollface
If you follow my blog at all, you probably know that I do not like getting nail polish! I almost never do my nails, and if I do, I just go to the salon. So, needless to say, not only am I not excited to get this polish, but I hate this color.

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster
I know. I know. What am I thinking putting a skin care product so low on the list?! Well, I don’t really have complexion issues! I’m sorry guys! I never even opened this, since I traded with a buddy for her NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam.

Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye
This is in the middle because I am on the fence about this lipstick. Reason being, I feel like this is a little glossier than I’d prefer in a lipstick. I also worry that I can’t pull this shade off. But, that being said. I’m really to give it a try!

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
I have plenty of eyeliners, so I don’t know why I’m so excited to try this out. My swatch of this wasn’t quite as pigmented as I was expecting, but I feel like this would be perfect for tight lining or even a light, daytime smoky look! It’s creamy and blends out really well.

NEOGEN CODE 9 GOLD BLACK CAVIAR ESSENCE GOLD TOX TIGHTENING PACK
Despite rating the other skincare item from this bag much lower, I’ve been so excited to try this out! I’ve seen a few people using this and it looked so soothing, and guess what! It was! I actually decided to use this after my 5 and a half hour bike ride in order to test it out and it felt amazing. If you’d like a full review of this item, comment and let me know! Check out my demo here!

Thank you for reading! If you’d like to see swatches of anything let me know. What did you get in your bag?

100K Bike Ride: Hotter ‘n Hell

On Saturday I completed my 3 Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred (HHH) bike ride! For those of you who don’t know, the HHH is an annual bike rally that happens in Wichita Falls, Texas. If you want more details, check it out

Check out the video of my ride here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/692414796/embed/4dec11747df93ae90005ae772d944e8fd2da8350

 

Proper Tasty: Creamy Chicken and Pasta

My last tasty recipe was a borderline bust and made me leary of trying any other tasty recipes. But, this one looked simple enough and I had 90% of the ingredients on hand, so why not!

 

Creamy Chicken Pasta by Tasty Proper

Let me start off by saying that this recipe was really easy and the only thing I had to buy was the “double” cream. Fun fact, double cream is the British way of saying heavy whipping cream. I found the exact size I needed at my local target. There are no given serving sizes, but I got exactly four servings out of this.

The Good: All of the flavor is there. The lemon shines right through and makes this taste so refreshing! The chili flakes add that little after taste punch that keeps the flavors tingling in your mouth, but doesn’t provide an overwhelming amount of heat.

The Bad: I think this might have been better with chicken thighs, but I admit that I overcooked the breast so it was borderline dry. The amount of thyme called for is about twice as much as it should be. I cut the amount in half and it was perfect! Thyme is not something you want to go overboard with. Finally, I’d add more spinach next time in order to make it heartier.Creamy Chicken Pasta by Tasty Proper

I used freshly grated Parmesan instead of the kind in the jar, and I’m glad that I did. I think it made the dish a little thicker. Also, it’s so pretty to top your dish off with!

Overall, if you are looking for a 4 serving meal, this is your meal!  What Tasty recipes are your favorite?

July | Ipsy and Play by Sephora!

Hey guys! I have a special box for you this month! I FINALLY got off the Sephora Play waiting list in enough time to snag the July box, and boy did I luck out!

(I always start from least favorite to most favorite.)

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Ouai Wave Spray
This is my least favorite because I’m pretty sure it’s not catering to my hair when it talks about natural wave. (lol!) But, that being said, it’s a great size, so I will have plenty of time to test it out with different styles. And (probably best of all) when the product is used up, the spritz bottle will be a great travel bottle!

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer: Chocolate
I am obsessed with bronzers and I want to be more excited about this, but I’ll have to shelf this product for a few months until I get my winter shade back. I swatched this and I am exactly this shade. It might work as a setting/pressed powder, but I have to admit that I’m disappointed. (Of course this smells delicious though!)

Nest Fragrances: Citrine
Layers of fresh lotus flowers and freesia mingle with bright citrus and a base of precious woods. What better way to tell you about a scent than to post it’s description. I love getting fragrances! This smells amazing and I’ll probably use this up by the end of the month.

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi
I’m all about blotting pads! (Oily girl, checking in.) Having a reusable pad that I can just slip into my bag sounds amazing and I can’t wait to take this for a test drive! The foam feels really soft and pliable, but not so delicate that it feels like it will fall apart when washing.

Fire Aid Beauty: Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
This is  a foaming gel cleanser that I feel will be perfect for my after ride skin routine! I don’t currently have anything that is considered a “deep cleanser”, and this will fit in perfectly and will probably replace two of my products that I am currently using!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
I have actually put this in my cart a few times and now I don’t have to actually buy it! With the summer well underway here in TX, my pores have been making themselves known. I don’t have a huge issue with my pores, but it becomes more noticeable in the summer.

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Briogeo Curl Charisma
I actually got this in another Ipsy and probably rated as my least favorite product, but now that I have two, I can probably give this a try. It’s just too small to get anything worthwhile out of it.

Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush
*gasp* Brittany is putting a brush lower on the list?! Why!?! Well, it’s only because I have a brush like this already. I love it so I don’t need this to take the place of something else on my list. It’s a firm brush so you can really press shadows into the eye or use heavier (i.e. cream) liners without difficulty. It held up really well to cleaning, but I’ll save more for a brush review if there’s interest.

Ofra Cosmetics Lip Liner: Maya
I love this shade! Also, this pencil is creamy and very pigmented. It claims to be water/drink proof and long lasting. From my swatch, I feel like that is probably true. I have other Ofra products that I’ve loved. I’m hoping this eventually makes that cute as well.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
This primer is marketed as doubling as  a moisturizer and primer, and I’m leery by nature of products that claim to be double duty. Also, I am an oily girl, so I never really desire a primer that gives a “dewy” or “radiant” look. To me, that’s code for shiny.  That being said, it might be a good primer for around the eyes to “wake” my look up a bit.

Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner: Lauren
Eye liners almost never make the top of my list, but this liner felt really good when applied. I feel like I could get that 90s grunge look easily! Also, it has a built in sharpener and smudge tip. I love multi-use tools for travel purposes. (Yea, I like multipurpose tools not products! :P) This has shea butter in it and I think that might be why this feel so lightweight even though it’s so pigmented.

 

Day in the Sun: Skin & Food Routine

Saturday, I attended the Peach Pedal, which is a hilly, hot ride out in Weatherford, TX (about 20 minutes west of Fort Worth). I did the 39 mile route and needless to say, spending 3 (or more) hours out in the Texas sun in the middle of July can be hard on the body and skin. It takes a lot of preparation, which I won’t go into much in this post, but I started my day off with a light breakfast.

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Two hard boiled eggs and a Lara Bar might not seem like much to sustain 40 miles, but bike rallies are fully supported which means that there are rest stops every 8-10 miles with fruit, sandwiches, cookies, water, Gatorade, and more. So, I only need enough to “get me going”.

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On top of a light breakfast, I prepare a recovery drink: Hammer Nutrition Recoverite. I swear by Hammer products and have always noticed good results. I have their protein powder, electrolyte tablets, supplements, and gels! But the Recoverite is probably the best part of my routine. I use this for not only my bike rides, but also as a recovery drink after my normal workouts. It’s helped keep soreness down, prevent charlie horses, and forces me to drink water and rehydrate after a long time in the sun.

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Finally, I spoil my face when I’m done. I never use exfoliators after being in the sun for hours, so instead, I swear by Lush’s Coalfact Charcoal Bar. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s an expensive bar of soal (at $14 for 3.5oz), and I even baulked a little when I bought it. But, it’s done wonders for my face by removing all of that salt, sunblock, and grime without making my face feel stripped. Even though it’s not really an exfoliant, it does have “granules” that are almost massaging. I follow that up with a face mask. Lately, I have been enjoying my Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli. They are expensive masks (at $6 a piece), but they feel really great and it’s so, so soothing to have that cool gel on your face after facing a 100 degree morning.

Finally, I have been using up my samples of Merlot Collection Moisture Day Cream. If you click that link, you’ll see why I only have samples! Haha! I don’t know if it’s worth the price, but it’s definitely one of the better moisturizers that I have ever used.

Buzzfeed Tasty: One Pot Dish A Bust!!

Buzzfeed Tasty is all the rave with their short clips of seemingly delicious recipes! So, I finally decided to try one out for the week, One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta. Looking at the video, it seem simple enough. But once you start down that rabbit hole disguising itself as a recipe, you might notice some oddities. First of all, the recipe claims to feed 3-5, but calls for three chicken breasts. Mind you, it doesn’t give any idea of size of those three chicken breasts. It also only calls for a tablespoon each of garlic, cumin, and chili powder, and even less salt and pepper!

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I also noticed that if I hadn’t used mini penne, my pasta probably wouldn’t have been fully cooked. They also claim that it only takes 8-10 minutes to cook after adding the pasta and milk. Lies! It took me at least 20-25 minutes with the small penne. So if you are looking for a quick meal, this isn’t going to cut it. Finally, the consistency was a little off for me. It was that weird in between of creamy/cheesy and only half mixed in feeling, though everything technically cooked down completely.

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I did alter the amount of seasonings, and I added twice the amount of cheese that the recipe called for, so the flavor ended up quite good. But, the meal by recipe standards was a bust! Someone new at cooking probably wouldn’t have a very good meal waiting for them if they followed this.

Have you tried other Buzzfeed recipes? Did I just get a lemon or are they all a bust?

Healthy Holiday Spread

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some fun recipes on my blog. Since I find workouts easier to do than cooking, I often neglect making proper meals, and it’s definitely catching up to me. So, I am featuring one recipe from a blog that I found on Instagram and my own recipe I made.

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Crunchy Cucumber Salad

I found this on Nutrition Stripped on Instagram. The actual recipe can be found here. It is indeed a quick 15 minutes to prepare and this lasts for up to a week in the fridge! Out here in Texas, this is a great cool snack to help escape the heat. The recipe called for parsley, and I chose to go with Italian Parsley for a little extra flavor. Also, I completely forgot to put the apples, so the dill was a bit overpowering. So, if you are opting for a less flavorful apple or simply want to forgo the apple, go light on the dill.

The cucumber salad is so versatile and quick to make that you should never truly get bored! Just switch up some of the herbs or ingredients and spice things up!

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Deep Dish Pizza: Italian Edition

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • Pillsbury Pizza Dough *I would replace this with a better dough next time
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell peper
  • 6-7 slices of mozzarella
  • handful of spinach
  • pancetta (cubed)
  • shredded fresh parmesan
  • pasta sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to temperature required on dough package. Roll out dough and place in a 10″ cast-iron skillet and trim off corners to fit into pan.
  2. Place skillet into oven for 3-5 minutes until the dough starts to harden.
  3. While dough is in the oven, cut up the pepper and onion.
  4. Pull dough out of the oven, pour in healthy amount of sauce. Top with the sliced onions and pepper, spinach, mozzarella (just enough to cover the top), pancetta (raw), and pamesan. And place the skillet back into the oven.
  5. Cook until toppings are cooked.
  6. Pull skillet out, heat over to 450, and add more mozzarella. Place back into oven for 5 or so minutes.
  7. Pull the pizza out of the oven, and let cool enough until the pizza firms up.

My dough wasn’t the best. What’s your favorite pizza dough for deep dish style pizzas?!

 

June Ipsy! Urband Decay, ColorPop, and More!

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So, it’s been so long since my last post, too long. But, I was featured on Clarina’s blog! If you haven’t been to her blog, check it out! She provides beauty tips as well as blog advice.

So. I left out a few month of these posts, but this month’s Ipsy was awesome! If you don’t know what Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription that comes with (mostly) sample sized beauty products as well as a makeup bag!

IMG_0009This month’s star is the Urban Decay shadow in Lounge. It’s my first Urban Decay eyeshadow and I’m so excited to get a look going with this!

IMG_0011I’ve never heard of Boo-Boo Cover-Up and this concealer is a few shades lighter than my skin tone, but has no chalkiness due to its light tone. It’s thick enough to cover any unfavorable areas. It feels creamy and blendable (probably due to the aloe vera and chamomile) and I’m excited to add this to my highlighting regimen.

IMG_0014I’m not a fan of this color (Secret). On my skin-tone, it’s a pale pink, which I personally don’t think I can pull off. But, what better time to try light pinks than the summertime! It feels smooth and moisturizing, but I have no idea on it’s longevity.

IMG_0016This is my first body scrub from Ipsy and I’m pumped! I love body scrubs and you really can’t go wrong with them, so I’m eager to try it out. I’m not happy with the packaging and wish that it was in a resealable bag. That would have been a nice and thoughtful touch.

IMG_0017Last is the ColorPop Gel Liner in Swerve. This is my first foray into the world of ColorPop, but YouTube has been raving over this company for quite some time. I love the creaminess (I’ve been using that word a lot today) and it just glides on! I will say, that I don’t think it’ll last long on it’s own and might need to be layered with a liquid, but time will tell.

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(From Left to Right): Bombshell Secret lipgloss, Boo-Boo Cover-Up, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge

Sorry, no swatch of the ColorPop Gel Liner.