Lush – Ocean Salt

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Lush before. That’s normal, right? Apparently it’s all the craze. I get it, too. Handmade cosmetics. No animal testing. Fresh organic ingredients. They’re green… I’m sure you get the picture!
There’s a Lush store by me at Crocker Park. Why not waltz in and see what the hype is about, right? It was super busy in there. Plus it didn’t help that there were literally a million workers there… It was kind of overwhelming to walk into. You didn’t know where to go, and there’s so many different scents hitting you in the face. The crowded side of the store was where their bath bombs were. Therefore, I went to the not so crowded side. 🙂
They have a lot of products. No doubt. Everything and anything for your face, hands, feet, hair, body, etc. I took my time looking at the products. I was asked by a worker if I needed help with anything. I told her that I was looking around, and that it was my first time in the store. I was expecting her to kind of go into some detail about the shop, who they were, what they sell, where certain products are located around the store, maybe give me some recommendations, or tell me her favorite products. ANYTHING! Nope. Nada. Nothing of the sorts. Basically said “Oh, okay, well let me know if you need help” and walked away. Two thumbs up for your customer service there. Am I being too harsh?!

 

I was immediately drawn to Ocean Salt. If the product is for my face, I’m instantly going to be drawn to it. What can I saw, gotta keep it looking young and good. Yes, I’m getting old. Sigh. Anyway, Ocean Salt is a face and body scrub. On the package, it says “A vodka infused cocktail for bright, fresh skin.” SOLD! You had me at vodka. 😉 But really though, it contains coarse and fine sea salt, organic lime juice to brighten, and avocado butter to soften. Fancy, no? It’s pretty cool too that they have a sticker on the packaging of who made the product, and when. It’s a nice touch. Plus it has a cartoon drawing of the compounder. (Those are the people making the goods. I read that on their site) I had my heart set on getting the scrub. I tried looking around the store more, but quickly was over it. Too many people.

Isn’t it SO pretty. Heart eye emoji!

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I’ve used the product a few times now. And I must say, I do enjoy it quite a bit!! The only part I don’t like too much is that the course salt kind of hurts my face when I’m scrubbing. And it’s not like I’m doing it rough either. But it certainly is not uncomfortable enough though to make me stop using the scrub. I do love the scent quite a bit. It’s very refreshing, and I get the lime coming through. The texture of the butter below the salt is so smooth. It’s easy to apply. Wet your skin, scoop some out, scrub, and rinse. And afterwards, be amazed at how soft your skin will feel. It’s SO good!! It is for your face and body, but I use for my face only. I got the smaller size, so, I want it to last a little longer since it’s not exactly cheap. 🙂 I got the 4.2 oz pot and it was $21.95.
I definitely will be getting this again. I’m always careful on what I put on my face. And this is just perfect!
I hope you have a chance to try this out! Have you ever been to Lush, and have any products that you just adore? Let me know in the comments! Would love to hear from you!
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Well Hello There Strangers…

It is good to be back! So sorry for disappearing for a quite a while. It was nothing personal. I promise! I am happy to say that I am back and ready to get back on track! I have some great posts lined up and get wait for you to read them!

I do want to share some awesome news with you now, though. My dear friend Angela, owner of Photos by Mariposa, has asked me to be her assistant and (eventually) the second photographer! I of course accepted! How could I not!? I don’t have any experience with photography but have always had an interest! So, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn, grow, and work alongside such a wonderful friend. I’ll be more than happy to share my journey of becoming a photographer on here with you all! I’m really excited to see where this will go!

Anyway! I just wanted to do a quick post to say that I am back! Hope everyone has been well!

Beauty Favorites: Fourth Edition

Favorite Cleansers
  1. Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes
  2. Angelica Cleansing Gel
  3. Clarisonic
  4. Exfoliating Face Mask
  5. Refreshing Gel Cleanser
  6. Green Apple Organic Peel

In the last edition, we talked about moisturizers and why they are important. I figured we should take another step back, and talk about cleaning and exfoliating your pretty face. I love soft skin. Especially on my face. I didn’t start exfoliating my face up until a couple years ago. Guess where I got it from?! Yep, you guessed right. My time at Ulta. I first started with a gentle exfoliator that I used while I was in the shower. My oh my, my skin felt spectacular!! It was like a whole new world had opened up! I didn’t realize how soft my skin could feel. From that moment, I became hooked with often exfoliating. Now, I am NOT a professional. I’m just sharing my opinions and what I do which works for me. Ok? It’s such a good feeling to have a clean, smooth face with no added layers of grossness from the day. I don’t know about you, but sometimes towards the end of the day, I just look forward to coming home, pulling my hair up into a messy bun, and washing my face. Ahhhh. Heaven.

This weeks edition includes my favorite cleansers, exfoliator, and my number one tool for an amazing face. Shall we start?

  1. Yes to Cucumbers facial wipes are a life saver. I’ll admit, if I’ve stayed out too late, or just am feeling SO tired (lazy) to actually wash my face, I turn to the yes to. They smell refreshing, which is a bonus. It removes all of my makeup and eye makeup. Especially the stubborn mascara. These wipes are great to have on the go as well. I’ve seen thinner packs at Ulta that would fit perfectly into your purse.
  2. The cleansing gel was from the gift set that Troy got me for Christmas. I adore this cleanser. It makes my skin feel great and, well, clean. The scent is pretty and not overpowering. This also does not dry out my skin which is important! Hydration, ladies!
  3. Ah, the Clarisonic. Where to begin?! I have the 1 speed brush and it’s phenomenal. I highly recommend getting one. It’s the perfect tool to keep the dead skin cells and all that other yucky stuff off of your face. You too will love this when you try it.
  4. I tried this little guy on a whim when I was at Target one day. Sometimes, I just like to pamper myself with a new mask and how could I resist?! It’s so tiny and cute. I really enjoy this exfoliator. It’s not harsh and does the trick. My skin felt fantastic after. It’s really easy to use, as well.
  5. This daily gel cleanser is what I use with my Clarisonic. I actually just recently ran out of it. I think it’s a perfect companion to the Clarisonic. I couldn’t actually find it on their website, so I linked what I think is similar. I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty awesome too.
  6. The peel was a Christmas gift from Troy. It’s apple. I don’t think it smells all that great. It’s not really like apple, but when I use it, I do get a faint hint of the fruit. It doesn’t have the little beads in it that remind you of an exfoliator but it really works. I don’t use this too often, just when I kind of want extra boost. It leaves my skin feeling soft.

Well. There you have it. Remember to wash your face. I’m all about skipping steps to get straight into my beauty rest, and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always wash my face, but I’m trying to get better. You need a fresh canvas. Gotta keep the skin looking radiant!!

What are your favorite cleansers and exfoliators to use? I’d love to hear ’em!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Summer is officially here. It’s safe to say that I am SO ready for fall. No, really, I am. I don’t have to worry about being all sticky or sweating in public, my hair won’t be all frizzy and huge, I won’t suffer when I’m trying to sleep at night… should I go on?! Plus, clothes for fall are WAY cuter. Amirite?! I think that I’m just a rare being who enjoys fall over summer. I’m okay with that. 🙂

This treat is perfect for those hot days/evenings when you just have to have something cold. Typically, whenever we have bananas in the apartment, they never last. We eat ’em up. That wasn’t the case recently, though. Something needed to happen with the 3 sad looking bananas. They were starting to turn brown. I cut them up into chunks, threw them in a freezer bag, and called it a night. Banana ice cream. That’s what I was going to do.

I first made banana ice cream just over a year ago. I knew frozen bananas in a smoothie were a game changer, so, why not just make a soft serve ice cream? Back then, I made peanut butter banana ice cream. It was delicious! I haven’t a clue as to why I never made it again. Until now.

I had peanut butter and almond butter in the pantry. I was thinking of doing an almond butter banana combo. Troy had mentioned that he didn’t want the almond butter to be overpowering, though. Geez, babe. Way to be demanding! With that being said, I decided to just omit the nut butter and make it simple. As I was making the ice cream, it hit me. Unsweetened cocoa powder. DUH! Guys. It tasted like a frozen chocolate covered banana. It took me back to times when I enjoyed one of those. Did you ever have one at like fairs or amusement parks? I believe my mom used to buy them at the grocery store, too. It was perfection!

Let’s move on to this chocolate banana ice cream. It’s super easy to make. 3 ingredients. Really. That’s all you need. You could actually just get away with 2 if your bananas are sweet enough. But that’s your call, my friends. What I’m trying to say is that you will absolutely love this recipe. Especially if you’re trying to watch what you eat but still want to indulge. 😉

What you need:

  • frozen banana chunks (I used 3 bananas)
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (optional, if your bananas are sweet enough already)

Equipment:

  • food processor (I’m betting that a blender would work, too. But, I haven’t tried it.)

Directions:

  1. Put the frozen banana chunks into the food processor.

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  2. Pulse to break up the chunks. I had to go in with a knife to break up the bigger chunks that wouldn’t break down. Having smaller pieces before putting into the processor will help with this.
  3. After the bananas are broken down, you can then put the speed on low. I went between low and high. What can I say, I was impatient. 😉
  4. While it’s spinning, you can drizzle in the honey from the opening at the top of your machine. Or, if you prefer, you can stop it, take the top off, and then drizzle it in. Doesn’t matter, as long as it gets in there!
  5. Keep spinning the bananas until it all smooth and has the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
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  6. At this point, put your cocoa powder in. Turn it back on low (or high) just to combine.
  7. You can serve as is. Or, transfer to a bowl and put it in the freezer to firm up some. (I put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes. We couldn’t wait any longer!)
  8. Scoop into bowls, and eat it allllll up!IMG_2690
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Be sure to taste along the way. Does it need more sweetness? Perhaps you want more punch of chocolate. The best part? Besides being insanely quick and easy, you can mix in whatever you want! Nuts, sprinkles, nut butters, fruit…let your creativeness run wild!

This for sure was a satisfying treat after a long day of work and dealing with yucky weather (aka summer). 🙂 Creamy, strong banana flavor with a hint of chocolate, sweet, and cold. Cannot go wrong.

Hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think! Oh! And let me know what you put in yours!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday! I don’t know about you, but I wish it was still the weekend. It just goes by so fast! What did everyone do over the weekend? 

On Friday, I wasn’t feeling too hot. All day. From morning to night, I just felt sick. Had a stomachache that would not leave! I thought work would never end. Then after work I headed over to my parents house to drop off some homemade beef jerky that Troy made. I hung out there for a couple of hours but was pretty miserable. I just wanted to go to sleep. And that’s what I did when I got home! Laid down and pretty much passed out. Exciting Friday night, right? 

I woke up on Saturday feeling okay. Still felt a little off but better. I spent most of the morning cleaning up the place and getting ready for my friend, Hammy, coming over. We were going to have a double feature and watch the latest season of Pretty Little Liars. Anyone else love that show?!

  
These were the movies that we watched. Penelope is one of my favorite movies. I just adore it! Plus it has James McAvoy in it. And well, he is pretty easy on the eyes. 😀. It’s a cute movie. Because I Said So is another favorite. This movie has Gabriel Macht in it and he is pretty dreamy. I just adore the character he plays and the clothes he wears. Hammy hadn’t seen those movies. Crazy! She liked them. During the double feature, we had candy and popcorn. Then for dinner we had skillet nachos. Troy did most of the work but I helped! Hammy stood around and looked pretty. What a hard job…

   
 

Yum yum. Everything hit the spot. We caught up on PLL, and had some much needed girl talk. Saturday was a blast. 

On Sunday, I tried to sleep in since I stayed up way past my bedtime. But that didn’t happen. Go figure. I didn’t do too much that day. Tackled laundry, and worked on wedding invitations for my cousin. We are going to be going out for Father’s Day next weekend since my dad had a band gig. This was the picture he sent me: 

  
Isn’t he just awesome? Love him. 😀. 

Sunday evening was reserved for watching Food Network Star. Does anyone watch? If so, who are you rooting for? It was the first Sunday without Game of Thrones. Sad face. 

Anyway. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are off to a good start for the week! 💚

Spinach and Herb Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Baked Potato

This recipe is courtesy of my husband, Troy. We had a pork loin in the freezer and wanted to use that up. Since Troy is a wonderful chef, I left it up to him to come up with what to do with it. I believe the first thing he said was to stuff it and roll it up. I was down for that. I initially wasn’t going to post this because I wasn’t going to be home yet to take pictures, and I didn’t want to bother Troy with it. But guess what, he was awesome enough and took pictures. 🙂 Isn’t he just wonderful?! I may be biased….

This recipe is almost Whole30 approved. I plan on doing an update on my journey and current thoughts as to why I chose to do what I did. Intrigued?! But that’s later. Back to the food because that is ALL that matters.

The food was absolutely amazing, and it hit the spot. It’s very flavorful and you can pick and choose what to include in it. The pork is versatile, which is a great thing. So, don’t feel the need to stick with what I did. Okay?

What you will need for the pork:

  • 2 pound pork loin
  • 2 sprigs of chopped thyme
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (chop up one sprig)
  • 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 6 pieces of bacon (we like thick cut)
  • 2 handfuls of baby fresh baby spinach (or kale if you have that lying around)
  • meat tenderizer (or a hammer…j/k)
  • butchers twine
  • tin foil

What you will need for the baked potato:

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chopped green onions (or chives)
  • chopped bacon (from the pork when it’s done)
  • cheese (optional)
  • butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean the pork loin of silverskin (that’s the thin layer of white on top of the meat) and some of the fat.
  3. Butterfly the pork. You will be making 3 incisions. Starting with the loin either vertically or horizontally (whichever way you feel more comfy), you are going to cut it length wise, about 3/4 of the way through. Do not cut all the way through. You will then need to butterfly each of the halves. Once you have the first center cut, open the loin up. Cut each half right down in the middle 3/4 of the way down. Remember not to cut all the way through. It will not be a flat surface. It looks more like there are triangles on each side. Don’t worry about that, you’ll be taking care that in the next step. (If this seemed complicated to follow, I’m sure there are videos online. The way that Troy did it was a lot easier than ways you may find online.)
  4. Take the tenderizer (the side with the spikes) and pound both sides completely. You’re not looking to make the loin bigger, you just want the meat to be tender.
  5. Add salt, pepper, chopped thyme and chopped rosemary, and minced garlic. Lay flat all of the spinach.IMG_3980
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  6. Starting at one end, start rolling it all up.
  7. Next, you’re going to need the butcher’s twine. Cut 4 equal length strings. Long enough to go around the loin. Tie each end of the pork loin tightly. Then, with the remaining 2 strings, tie them around the middle of the loin. Troy did the fancy thing of trussing the pork, but this is made simple. If you are interested in learning how to truss, I’d say Google it. 🙂IMG_7683
  8. Rub mustard all around the pork.
  9. With the 3 sprigs of rosemary, fit them underneath the strings so they stay in place.IMG_6287
  10. Take one piece of bacon, cover one end (so you are covering the opening). While holding the ends of the bacon, take the next piece and place it over the loin and over the ends you’re holding, then tuck it under the loin. Do the same thing with the other end of the loin. The last 2 pieces of bacon will go over the middle.IMG_9539
  11. Take 2 pieces of foil and wrap each around each potato leaving it open on top. Think of it as placing the potato into a comfy basket (without a handle).
  12. Place the bacon wrapped loin into an oven safe corning ware. Do not cover. The foil wrapped potatoes can also go into an oven safe dish.
  13. Bake the pork loin and potatoes for 45-55 minutes. Depending on your oven. The bacon will become crispy on top. Push on the loin when you take it out; it should be relatively firm. The potatoes should be soft in the center. You can use a knife to determine if it is done.IMG_0587
  14. Let the pork rest. After it has rested, peel the bacon off, and cut the strings off. (I stuck the bacon back into the oven on a baking sheet to get them more crispy).
  15. Cut the loin into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices.
  16. Slice a slit along the top the potatoes. Do not cut the ends or go all the way through. Push on the ends to make it open up and look restaurant style. Caution: it will be very hot. Then use a fork to “fluff” it all up. Top it with your favorite toppings! We used the bacon from the pork, chopped it up, and put it on top.
  17. Plate all the food.
  18. Enjoy!

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YUM! Doesn’t it look delicious?! I’ll admit, I ate it all. And very quickly. It was pretty much like I haven’t eaten in centuries.

Beauty Favorites: Third Edition

Moisturizers
  1. It’s Potent!
  2. Angelica Hydra Vital Cream
  3. Intense Hydration Day Lotion
  4. Active Moist
  5. Total Moisture Facial Cream

Let’s talk moisturizers. It’s very important to make sure you have this step in your daily routine. I for sure am quite guilty of not using any cream on my face. Then, when I’m putting on my makeup, I wonder as to why my skin looks flaky… amirite?! However, lately, I’ve been really good with making sure I use a moisturizer everyday. Flaky skin on your face (or body) is never appealing. It doesn’t take long to apply, so, you should do it. I don’t have REALLY dry skin on my face, but I feel like I do. I think it’s more normal to dry.

Here are my top 5 favorites.

  1. It’s Potent! eye cream is a staple in my routine. The eyes are what keep you looking young, people! I dab this, using my ring finger, around my eye. Gentle. Always gentle. Never pull the skin around your eyes. You want to keep the wrinkles away as long as you can, not bring them on faster. This cream from Benefit is my favorite. Not only does it help with fine lines, it’s a brightener and it helps with the dark circles. So, for me, this cream is perfect!
  2. This moisturizer from L’Occitane is by far my favorite that I’ve ever used. Troy got me this gift set for Christmas one year. It was beautiful. The scent wasn’t overpowering, it was pleasant. I liked how my face felt after I used it. So soft. It’s a little on the pricey end and therefore I haven’t gotten it again. But, it’s one of the best I’ve tried.
  3. Burt’Bee is what I’m currently using. I can easily find it, and it’s not too pricey. I’ve been using this one for a few months now and I’m happy with it. It does what I need it to do. Make my face not look flaky.
  4. Dermalogica. Where to begin. I discovered this brand when I, you guessed it, worked at Ulta. I love it. I don’t use it currently due to being on a budget. But, I would use it in a  heartbeat. My skin felt amazing after using. It was perfect.
  5. As you all know now, Benefit is pretty special to me. It wasn’t a surprise that I liked their facial cream. It worked its magic on my face. And all turned out well.

I don’t have anything negative to say about these creams. I suppose I just have great taste and everything always turns out the way I want. 😉 And I realize that I pretty much say the same things above, but they truly all worked. I needed to have smooth skin, and that’s what happened when I used all of these products. Seriously though, make sure to moisturize your face and neck. It just feels elegant to have such smooth skin that you can’t help but keep touching. But, don’t touch too much because who knows what is all over your hands, and then you’re putting it all over your face. You would then have to wash. Then moisturize. Again. It’s a vicious cycle. Perhaps you should just not touch your face, okay?

Let me know if you have any favorites!

Spinach Arugula Salad with Fresh Veggies and an Egg

This is a salad that I made for my husband and I. We both were not starving and didn’t want anything very heavy. So, a big fresh salad it was! I got most of the ingredients for this salad from Blue Sky Green Fields that were delivered to my place of work. They deliver farmer’s market quality foods. Everything they have is super fresh and delicious. Plus, I get to go online shopping for this and avoid the grocery stores. Win win! They are also local. Go Cleveland!
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Doesn’t it all look SO scrumptious?! It was such an exciting day at work when those boxes came. Shall we move on to the salad? OK, let’s go.

I didn’t put how many of the veggies you will need. This is totally up you and how much you want to eat. This can easily serve 2 people. Especially with the 2 eggs. If you’re just making this for yourself, use one egg and less spinach and arugula. What will you need? Well, this can be totally up to you and what you currently have in your fridge. The veggies in my salad is what I currently had. So, feel free to to add or omit any of the ingredients.

  • Baby Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Rainbow Carrots (the purple is my favorite. So pretty!)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Crimini Mushrooms
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Radishes
  • Yellow Onion
  • 2 Large Egg
  • Coconut Oil (for frying the egg)

I made my own dressing. Just a very simple vinaigrette.

  • Olive Oil
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Onion Powder
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Troy snickered at me when I told him what was in the dressing. He said it I didn’t quite need both of the vinegars. Hey man, I don’t know what I’m doing half the time in the kitchen! Therefore I just put things together. This vinaigrette actually turned out super delicious. Take that, fancy chef!

  1. Cut up the carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes (optional, I halved mine), cucumber, pepper, onion, and radishes.
  2. Toss the spinach and arugula into a large mixing bowl. I used about 2 handfuls of spinach, and about 1 handful of arugula.
  3. Throw in all of your chopped veggies. You don’t need to mix them all quite yet.
  4. Make the dressing. I eyeballed everything. I know, I’m sorry. I’m trying to get better with my measurements here. Start off with the olive oil, though. Then, the vinegars. But add a little at a time. Now you can add the onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk it all together. Then try it. You want it to be flavorful. A little on the sour side.
  5. Pour a little of the dressing over your mixing bowl of the goods, and then use your hands to combine. You could use whatever utensil you would like. But you know what they say, your hands are the best kitchen utensils. If you think it seems a little on the drier side, then add a little more. Keep in mind that you want to be able to taste your veggies, not the veggies drowning in the vinaigrette.
  6. Once that is all combined, heat up some coconut oil (I used the coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s) in a small pan over medium/low heat. Crack open your egg into a small bowl/cup. This is to avoid any shells. When the oil is hot enough, dump your egg into the pan. I was aiming for over easy, but it turned out to be over medium. So, keep your eye on your egg! Definitely just takes minutes.
  7. While your egg is cooking, serve your salad into the bowl/plate you will be using. When your egg is finished, slide that yummy egg on top of your salad.
  8. Eat it!

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I wish I had styled it a little better to highlight all of those fresh veggies, but it still looks pretty tasty! This is a perfect salad if you’re staying healthy. You could add some chicken for the protein. Or just keep it meatless! Up to you! It’s so versatile. I hope you enjoy it!

Beauty Favorites: Second Edition

I first would just like to announce that you can: Follow my blog with Bloglovin  Yay!

Urban Decay
  1. De-Slick Mattifying Powder
  2. Eyeshadow Primer
  3. Naked3 Palette
  4. Naked Palette
  5. All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
  6. Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
  7. 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

Here we are. The second installment of my makeup favorites. This time they are all coming from Urban Decay. Urban Decay is another brand I discovered while working at Ulta. I’ve tried many products from them and have never been disappointed. Honestly. I mentioned before that I adore packaging, and these guys rock the packaging. I’m a big fan of the purple. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. The mattifying powder is perfect for those who have a tendency to have shiny faces. I put it on in the morning. And keep it with me throughout the day if I need any touch ups. Which I hardly ever do, btw. Don’t let the white fool you, it’s invisible when you apply it onto your skin. No one likes to be shiny, so add this to your defense.
  2. Their eyeshadow primer is one of the best around. The one that is pictured is one I haven’t tried, but I have no doubt that it’s amazing. I’ve used their original primer mostly and truly love it. There are NEVER any creases. Plus it goes on so smoothly.
  3. Tha Naked3 palette is what I got for Christmas this time around. I’m not one to wear eyeshadow everyday. I’m more of a special occasion kinda gal to get all fancy with the shadows. However, there are times when I’m just wanting an extra boost of pretty, so I’ll slap some pretty color onto my lids. The brush that comes with this is amazing. It’s perfect. They are all shimmery, but it’s not all in your face glitter. It’s elegant.
  4. The original Naked palette is what got me hooked onto Urban Decay. I love love love love this. I got my many people hooked on this palette. For my wedding, all of the girls and I wore the same shadow. It wasn’t planned but it was super awesome. The color we wore was sin. Ha, that’s kinda funny considering it was my wedding day.  🙂  I’ve worn all of the colors except creep and gunmetal. I’ve tried them, but I find that it just doesn’t look great on me. As for the color half-baked, it tends to “shed”, so I recommend wearing Glitter Glue from Too Faced underneath. It’s a primer. It’s a tad sticky but it keeps the glitter from the eyeshadow falling ALL over the place.
  5. The makeup setting spray is fantastic. If I know I’m gonna be gone or busy for most of the day, I’ll spray that on when I’m done putting my makeup on. I also had this on for my sister’s wedding day. (I forgot to spray myself on my wedding day. We were running SO behind). It worked perfectly that day, and I believe my sister wore it as well. She looked flawless. As usual. Sigh. Anyway… I was apprehensive about this product, but it proved itself.
  6. The Naked Basics palette is matte. Which is a nice change from the shimmery eye shadows. If I want something neutral without drawing a lot of attention to my eyes, this is my go to. Bonus? I use the shade faint to fill my eyebrows and use as an eyeliner on my lower lids. Who said you need to just use it for eyeshadow?!
  7. This eye liner doesn’t budge. I apply it to my lower lids, not all the way. I usually start from the outer lower lid and work my way in, stopping in the middle. From there I smudge. I do not like a harsh line. By smudging, it makes it look a lot softer and natural. This liner is literally one of the best.

What do you think? Do you have and use any of these products? I would love to hear your opinions!


Stay Strong! Don’t Give In!

That’s what I’ve found myself saying lately while at work. Not out loud of course, but in my head. I knew that when I took this job that I would sitting down all day. Sure, I get up to go to the printer a lot, or I make my way to the restroom/lunchroom, but it’s not enough. I’ve started doing a lot of squats. Hello pancake butt! I DO NOT want that. I mean, who does?! Enough about the sitting. As I’m sitting on the couch writing this… 😉

Nothing prepared me for the amount of food that I would be coming across often. Now that I am on my healthy adventure, I want to take a closer look as to what goes into my body. There are a lot of sweets that come into that office. Cake. There is literally always cake. Someone’s birthday, this person is retiring, that person has been here 20 years, etc. I’ve never seen so many cakes in such a short amount of time. Yesterday, there were doughnuts. Um, yes please. Then there was Panera pastry this morning. Gimme. But not only are there sweets, there are savory food, too. Leftover Italian foods, sandwiches, bagels…. all thrown into the lunchroom for the people to eat. Yes, those foods can be lifesavers for when you didn’t have time to pack your own lunch or you ran out the door without it. But if you are trying to watch what you eat, it could not end up well.

As I’ve stated before, I love sweets. I want all the sugar all day everyday. Let’s be honest. And bread? Another weakness of mine. See where this is going?! Does anyone else encounter the food struggles of working in an office? Even if you don’t work in an office, my tips can be useful. And I hope they are!

How to stay strong and not give in:

  • Ask yourself if what you want to eat is worth it. Truly worth it. If you had that doughnut, would you feel sluggish later on? Perhaps guilty? I know I would, and I want to stop feeling ashamed. I really wanted a doughnut yesterday, but when I asked myself if it was worth it, I answered no. But, that’s me.
  • Have a stash of your own food. If you are feeling the temptation to cave into something that is off your list, head to your own stash of healthier items. Keep a combination of different food. Salty, crunchy, slightly sweet…
  • Keep in mind WHY you are not eating a particular item. For me, it’s sugar. Why am I not eating refined sugar? Because I want to feel good. I want to become healthy. I don’t want to keep relying on sugar to improve my mood. I also want to look good. Don’t lose sight of your goals.
  • You shouldn’t deprive yourself because you’ll most likely end up going overboard on what you’ve been not having. With that being said, if you do reach for that cupcake, then for the rest of the week try to be really on top of what you’re putting into your body. If you were saving that cupcake for Saturday and you end up having one on a Wednesday, then on Saturday, be really good with your meals.
  • Pack your lunch. It’s a lot easier to do when you have leftovers. In my opinion, you will be less likely to eat leftover sandwiches or pizza in the lunchroom when you have your own cute lunchbox waiting for you in the smelly fridge. No one likes to waste food. That’s money down the drain.
  • Stay hydrated! You might be confusing hunger with just being thirsty. Reach for some water first before that bagel. If you are still hungry, then go for it. If you’re trying to be healthier, opt for perhaps only having half. I know, it’s tough. Trust me.

You are the one that is in control. If you want that piece of cake, have it. I just ask that you ask yourself why you want it and if it’s worth it. If you think it is, then go for it. 🙂 No judgement.

I hope these tricks/tips can help you in your day to day life at work. It’s just what I have come up with from my experience. Do you have any tips?