OBSESSIONS AND LOVES

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Skincare and housewares are my favorite things to shop for. Nothing says satisfaction like a good piece of furniture (does this mean I’m getting old?). Here are my recent obsessions!

REN EverCalm Global Protection Day Cream

This is REN’s #1 selling moisturizer and for good reason. It helps calms the skin and soothe any irritation.  It helps even the most discomforted skin, eases redness, and sensitivity to give skin a more glowing appearance. My skin was having a bit of a troubling time a few weeks ago and this amazing product saved the day. Anytime I am feeling a bump or see any redness I slather this all over my face.

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Say hello to my new Sunday ritual. This mask is amazing for those of us who just seem to not have that perfect skin we are looking for. It helps lift dead skin, improve skin tone, texture, firmness and radiance. All of which can be thanked from the glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. The best part it helps minimize the appearance of pores, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Apply this all over the face for 10 minutes and wipe off with warm water.

Anthropology Olive Leaf and Lemon Candle

I have been in the market for a new candle and Anthropology always can be counted on for the best quality. I am all about clean scents in the summer and this is right up my alley! Its citrusy and refreshing without being to much. Plus when you burn this it fills up the whole room!

Let me know what your favorite obsessions are lately!

Mags

VERY BERRY PIE

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I have been craving pie for a few weeks now. With August right around the corner what a better what to celebrate the end of July with a berry pie! Here is my current favorite recipe!

 

Ingredients

One 16 ounce bag of frozen blackberries, thawed and strained

One 16 ounce bag of frozen raspberries, thawed and strained

1 ½ cup sugar plus some for sprinkling

¼ cup corn starch or flour

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon fine salt

Butter or Crisco for greasing

Two 9-inch refrigerated pie crusts or homemade crust

 

In a large bowl, add the blackberries, raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt and toss to combine. Grease or butter the pie dish and unroll one of the crusts and place it into the dish. Place the mixture of berries on top of the crust. Unroll the second crust over the top or you can do a specialty crust like I did! Make sure if you used the full crust on the top to place some air vents for the steam! Sprinkle the left over sugar on the top.

 

Preheat the open to 400 degrees and bake until golden brown or when the mixture is bubbling at the center!

 

Let me know your favorite pie recipes!

 

Mags

THE EASIEST LUNCH EVER

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The one thing I struggle with the most is lunch. I never know what I am in the mood for or have nothing in the fridge to make what I want. The other day I was searching in my fridge and made a wonderful little wrap and knew I had to share it with you!

Ingredients

1 wrap of your choice

½ a tomato

1 TBS of hummus

½ ripe avocado

1 cup of spring mix or any lettuce of your choice.

I placed the hummus first on the wrap just because it helped everything stay in place! Add the avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Wrap that baby up and enjoy!

Let me know what your favorite lunches are!

Mags

HAIR OBESSION #3

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Davines has quickly become my favorite brand. They  have natural sourced ingredients and are eco-friendly. I honestly have yet to experience a bad product from the company!  I have been using their brand for 6 months now and a lot of people have been asking me recently how I keep my hair healthy looking. I decided to share my two secret products with you!

OI ALL IN ONE MILK

On an everyday basis this is my go-to product. Its super rich and nourishing but without any heaviness. It adds shine, softness, helps fizz, moisturizes hair, heat protection and prolongs hair styles. I actually love using this for hair drying my hair. I find it really helps my waves look somewhat cute as apposed to not cute hahah!

OI ABSOLUTE BEAUTIFYING POTION

Want perfectly straight hair but still have that healthy Jennifer Aniston vibe? This is the product for you. This is an oil so be careful when applying. I only use two pumps normally and it works perfectly! It adds tons of shine, softness, helps with frizz, and is an anti-oxidant rich formula. This guy has been a savior for these summer months. I sometimes even use this as a moisture mask overnight!

Make sure to check out Davines in your spare time! Let me know what your favorite hair products are currently!

Mags

OVERNIGHT CHIA SEED PUDDING

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Chia Seeds, I am obsessed with these little guys! If I can put chia seeds on something I will! Its not a secret that these guys are amazing for you. Packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fiber, and Antioxidants they are basically a powerful little seed! A great alternative to processed grains like white bread. Sadly, It will not taste like white bread but I have something better for you!

I am a huge creature of habit. I love routines and my breakfast usually stays the same… oatmeal in the winter, shredded wheat in the summer and the occasional omelet, or avocado toast on the weekend. Every so often that oatmeal and shredded wheat just does not cut it and I need a little change up. Say hello to my recent breakfast.

This is basically fool proof for my friends who claim they cannot cook! This is also an overnight product which is great if your running around to late in the morning to make anything! It may not look the most amazing but it sure does taste good and with some fresh fruit you cannot go wrong!

Ingredients

1 cup Almond Milk (I like Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or any milk you like)

¼ cup Chia Seeds

1 tsp honey

a few dashes of cinnamon

Mix everything up, place in a jar and place in the fridge! Wake up in the morning and enjoy!

Let me know what your favorite quick breakfast treats are!

Mags

THE HAIR OBSESSION #2

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OUAI Haircare has been hyped up on social media recently and Im going to be honest with you its worth every penny. The brand was created by Jen Atkin who is one of the stylists for the Kardashians.

I really wanted to check out the range and was in need of a new texturizing spray. I went for the OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray. This product is seriously amazing. It feels like a dry shampoo and a hair spray that made an amazing baby. Its super lightweight and has a wonderful floral scent.  Jen took it one step higher and added volcanic minerals to absorb oil and refresh hair! I have even found this extends my curls even longer.

This has by far been one of the best hair finds of the year! Let me know what your favorite hair products are?

Mags

THE HAIR OBSESSION #1

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I have been recently on a hair kick. I go through phases with buying products but once I saw how many hair products I have collected over the last few months, I knew it would be a perfect mini-series!

Davines has been a favorite brand of mine for some time. If you haven’t heard of them I seriously recommend you check them out! They are seriously an amazing brand! I bought this on whim after getting my hair done. I love big hair but a lot of times I feel like volumizers make my hair thick and gross. Say hello to the product that changed all that!

Davines Volu Hair Mist is leave- on formula that is recommended for volumizing hair at its base. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and it always leaves my hair with a shiny/soft appearance. I usually use this after I have washed my hair and I spray directly into my roots and give it a little massage.

I have yet to experience anything bad with this product and it smells like a floral forest of wonderfulness!

Let me know your recent hair obsessions!

Mags

WEEKDAY MASCARA

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I have commitment issues with mascara. I have admitted it and I’m pretty sure a bunch of you can relate. I feel like I am on a never ending search for the perfect mascara.

Recently I was in the mall and found myself at the Clinique counter and of course checking out the mascara. I heard a few bloggers talk about the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara and after a few minutes of inner arguments I decided I needed it. On first use I was impressed, not only are my lashes fuller but longer and well defined. I don’t know if I would go as far to say they are dramatic but personally for everyday wear I am very happy with it. I am still trying this guy out but I will keep you updated if he gets me to commit to a long term mascara relationship!

Let me know what mascaras you have been loving!

Mags

NEW BLOG POST: FALLING IN LOVE WITH KIEHL’S

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Kiehl’s has been on a roll recently with amazing products! Every time I am at the counter I spend so much money but it is worth it in the end. Here are two products I have completely fell in love with recently!

Kiehls Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

This masque looks gross on the skin but gives wonderful appearance to the skin after! My skin looked instantly brighter, less dull, and less fatigued after using this. It is formulated with Cranberry Extract and Antioxidants to help with inflammation. This also has micronized Cranberry seeds to help exfoliate the dead skin away!

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol- Free Toner

I have been on a toner craze recently! I was looking for a toner to help with all the redness my skin has been experiencing recently. This toner is perfect for those of us that have dry or sensitive skin. It helps soothe, balance and calm irritated skin.

Let me know what your favorite Kiehl’s products are!

Mags

HOW I AM BURNING 100 CALORIES WITH CHOBANI

 

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Since, starting Grad School my life has become one busy day after another. Recently, I have noticed the effect my non-exercising life and horrible eating have had on my body. In response I started attending yoga classes which is completely new to me. I am seriously loving how my body feels after class, plus it’s a great way to de-stress after sitting in class all day!

I have been trying to introduce healthier options into my diet which is a lot harder than you may think. Thankfully Chobani has introduced the Simply 100 Crunch– a light greek yogurt with a natural, crunchy pieces! Want to hear the best part? It is only 100 calories. I was worried this wouldn’t taste as good as the original but honestly Chobani did not cut any corners. I love to grab one of these when I am in a rush to get to school or as a dessert in the evening.

Some of my favorite ways to burn 100 calories are 20 minutes of dancing around the kitchen, 20 minutes of yoga and 38 minutes of shopping. Here are a few other ways to burn 100 calories!

Chobani Simply 100

There are so many different ways to stay active, and Simply 100 Crunch is an easy, guilt-free way to indulge without eating a million calories! Thank you Chobani for inviting me to share the new line of Simply 100 Crunch Greek Yogurt! Let me know how you are staying active!

Mags