TO SEVRE AND PROTECT

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Lets talk hair protection. Over the course of the year I have tired to love my hair a little bit more and limit my damage to it. Naturally when you use styling tools your going to damage your hair. I try to use as many happy hair products I can. I was recently looking into a heat protectant spray and came across this wonderful guy.

Melu Hair Shield from Davines is beyond amazing. I have had a year long affair with Davines and it is no secret why! The brand is ethically sourced and has a ton of sustainability projects. Melu Hair Shield protects the hair from straightening or blow drying and is ideal for any type of hair. Lentil Seeds to nourish and Panthenol to give moisture to the hair, its packed full of amazingness. I love how easy and perfect this is for everyday use. My hair looks and feels healthy. Honestly what more could you ask for?

Let me know your hair favorites!

Mags

GIMME THOSE ROSEY CHEEKS

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I recently took the plunge into healthier skincare. I have always been super hesitant and my skin clearly was telling me a change needed to happen. I looked into healthy skincare and came across a brand called Pai. I see YouTubers always raving about how wonderful the brand was and I figured maybe I should give it a shot.

My first purchase was the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil. Formulated for hypersensitive skin or skin that is red. This is a skin saving hero. It deeply conditions the skin, improves firmness, elasticity and promotes clear, even skin tone. The uses for this product are endless. Its really a wonderful oil. Every morning after using this my skin feels so alive and healthy which is truly all that any of us really want.

One warning, be careful when using this it will stain clothes and sheets. Clearly I learned this the hard way. So if you are in the market for clear, supple, and healthy skin check out Pai!

Let me know your favorite healthy skincare products are!

Mags

SOMETHING RANDOM

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I am writing this after a long day at work. Everything hurts specially if you have been on your feet all day. I was in Sephora the other day and a friend of mine who is fabulous, Jess recommended a random product to me……… a foot mask.

These little guys are $5 dollars each which for a mask is pretty amazing. Jess mentioned how amazing these smell and boy was she right. The almond one is out of this world! I have been using these Sunday evening during my pamper sessions. It’s a perfect way to relax and unwind. Inside these little packs are little plastic paper booties. Infused with hydrating qualities and a power lotion/serum. I usually leave these on for 20 minutes then massage in the remaining serum into my feet. My feet leave feeling refreshed, smoothed, and hydrated.

Next time you are at Sephora check these out!

Let me know what your loving!

Mags

GETTING LUSHY WITH IT

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Its that time again! Festive fun at Lush! When I heard Lush had released a fall line, I ran out and bought everything. Here are all the wonders of Lush’s fall line!

Monsters Ball Bath Bomb

How adorable is this little guy? This Cyclops is packed full of fruity lime and neroli oil to make your bath smell oh so wonderful. With blue-purple and pink colors your bath is going to be all sorts of fun this Halloween.

Pumpkin Bath Bomb

This is possibly the most festive bath bomb I have seen at Lush for Halloween in a long time and I am not complaining, he is adorable.  This bath bomb is sweet and spicy pimento, vanilla, and warming cinnamon.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Sparkles? Yes. Pumpkin? Yes. Perfect for this time of year? Yes. Sparkly pumpkin is full is full of juniper berry, lime and grapefruit oils to make a long soak so enjoyable. Plus, the being covered in sparkles isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

Hands down this my favorite scent of Lush. I always look forward to this time of year mostly because I can buy buckets of these. This deep green exterior slowly froths to reveal a rich wine- colored center. With popping candy crackles, patchouli and black pepper oil you will instantly be taken away into another world!

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb

This is possibly one of my favorite bath bombs in the range. With uplifting bergamot, neroli and sandalwood you will instantly be feeling fantastic. After you place this in your tub you will soon find yourself hanging with all the beautiful colors of fall.

Boo Luxury Bath Melt

I don’t know if I can use this little guy. He is just so darn cute! Bath melts are perfect for those of us who need a little extra hydration. This ghost packs a serious punch, with cocoa butter, warming ginger, and a bouquet of floral and citrus oils.

Let me know if the comments your favorite Lush holiday products!

HEALTHY FOOTBALL FOOD: CHOBANI MEZE DIPS

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. All the wonderful colors, sweaters, and of course football. If you did not know I am a huge football fan and I do enjoy a little tailgating with friends however, tailgating usually involves a lot of unhealthy food. Thanks to Chobani that’s all changing!

Introducing the new MEZE drip range! With a variety of flavors to pick from you can be the life of the tailgate with this healthy dip. I always struggle a bit with what to pair with dips because let’s be honest chips are not the healthiest item. I recently bought a bag of the mini sweet peppers and figured I would try it together. Basically an explosion occurred in my mouth and in the best way! The sweet of the pepper and the tang of the dip makes the perfect combo! Plus, if your looking for healthier options at those fun tailgates peppers and yogurt dip are a great choice! Here are some other great ideas instead of those chips!

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So say goodbye to the unwanted calories and say hello to a healthy, flavorful, and fun dip! Perfect for any event you may be going to this season! If you are interested in finding out more about these yummy dips check out Chobani Meze Dips.

Let me know how you like the new Chobani Meze Dips!

Mags

THREE TO TRY

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I need to stop spending money or stay out of Sephora. Sephora gets me every time. Recently I went into Sephora and had myself a little purchase. Here are three products you need to try!

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

I used to love Clinique but then I feel out of love with the brand. Recently I jumped on the bandwagon. I was shocked at the results I have been receiving from the line. Since, the seasons are changing those dry and flaky patches have returned. I have been using this as a nighttime mask before bed and have been loving the results. My skin is smooth, moisturized, and plumped. If you’re in the market for a moisture mask, I highly recommended this one!

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Say hello to the eye cream that has changed my future eye wrinkles! This guy is seriously amazing. Every time I use this my under eye area look brighter, smoother, and plumper. It has a faint citrus scent which I find wonderful for my early mornings.

Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Concealer

I purchased this randomly the other day and wasn’t really expecting much. Naturally I was completely wrong. This concealer is amazing. I find it is pretty light weight but still packs some powerful coverage. It really does look like your skin but better. I usually apply this with a damp beauty blender under my eye area and on the occasional break out. Highly recommend this for my light makeup lovers out there!

Let me know your favorite products are!

Mags

LIQUID BLOTTING PAPERS?

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The idea of a product stopping oil in its tracks is sort of crazy. I kept seeing amazing reviews of the new COVER FX CUSTOM BLOT DROPS and figured I needed to get my hands on it.  COVER FX prides itself on the customization and this versatility. The CUSTOM BLOT DROPS can be applied before, after, or mixed with makeup. Inside this wonderful looking container is a mega serum that helps clear pores, hydrate, soothe and tone the skin. When applied to direct skin it helps diffuse light to blur those unwanted imperfections away.

I tested this product out during hot days, work days, and even going out. To my surprise it blew away my expectations. Even after a night of some awful dancing on my part, my makeup was not budging. Honestly, not a drop of oil in sight! That blew away my mind. I’m not sure what makes this product amazing but I’m not complaining. It has serious lasting power and keeps everything looking fresh!

Let me know what your favorite products are!

Mags

Blueberry Lime Yogurt Cake

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I cannot believe it is about to be September already. I’m not complaining though; I love the fall but I do enjoy the produce that comes with summer. I recently went to a blueberry farm near my house and gathered way too many blueberries and figured this would be a perfect time to try out a new cake! Say hello to my new favorite summer cake: The Blueberry Lime Yogurt Cake!

I made a small version of this cake only because I can never finish a big cake by myself but you can make this in a variety of sizes. I used a recipe from BBC to make this but made a few minor changes.

Ingredients

For the cake:

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. organic lime zest (2 large limes)

3 large eggs

1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (2 large limes, use the same ones you grated)

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

For the Blueberry Filling

3 Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

2 Tbsp flour

3 Tbsp lime juice

1/4 cup cane sugar

For the Frosting

2 packages 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cup icing sugar

Directions:

Prepare the blueberry filling first because it will need to cool before putting it on the cake. In a small pot mix the flour, lime juice, sugar and blueberries. Heat to a simmer on medium for about 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is thick and turned translucent.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each. In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl mix together the yogurt, lime juice, and lime zest. Once all mixed together add 1/3 of the dry and wet ingredients at a time until fully combined. The dough should be thick and not watery.

Add the batter to your baking pans, making sure to grease or coat with butter to prevent sticking. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

To prepare the cream cheese frosting, whip cream cheese and sugar until smooth and silky. Once finished you can assemble your cake. I decided to do an open faced cake because I love seeing the layers. I placed the cream cheese on the middle layer and then the blueberry filling on top. However, you can assemble this however you like!

Let me know what summer cakes you have been making!

Mags

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