Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake (CAKE!)

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(top image via starbucks)
 
For those of you who love the lemon loaf from Starbucks seen above, I've made a duplicate! Only instead of using a bread pan (partially because I didn't have one) and partially because if you love lemon(lemon loaf) then you'd want bigger slices anyway, I made it into a cake!


Click 'read more' below to get the recipe

Monday, October 29, 2012

Makeup Monday: 3 Ways to Clean Your Brushes

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If you want your brushes to last you need to clean them properly; to clean your brushes properly you need to wash them. This is one of the most important things to do and tends to be the most overlooked. Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, think of how many times you have touched it to your face to the product of choice and vice versa over and over, and how much bacteria is on your face daily because of the natural elements we're exposed to and the oil it produces.
 
Read more about how to clean your brushes after the jump..

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simple Ways to Relax

Pin It I wanted to share some simple things we can do to lift our moods on days you may be feeling down. These take little to no time at all and don't cost a thing, so when you need a boost in spirits try these:

  • Take a shower. Wash the bad day away. Years ago I made it a habit to shower with a few candles lit, it is so incedibly relaxing, and conserves energy! 
  • Eat healthy. Fat, & junk food filled foods make us tired and lazy. Opt for a smoothie, some fruit, or granola to keep your body fueled.
  • Get moving. Exercise in the privacy of your home or take a quick walk. You can even get light exercise from gardening, and cleaning.
  • Get some sun/fresh air. This goes with the above. I like to go in my backyard for a few moments, sweep, check on the plants, etc. I'm also a huge fan of natural light. I'm always saying that gloomy days make me exhausted so on sunny days I make sure to open the blinds and let the light in, it instantly brightens my spirits.
  • Spend the afternoon baking. This works for me, I've included one of my dishes below. =)

  • Browse your favorite websites. Of course this is one my favs lol.
  • Take a deep breath. Calm yourself down and de-stress.
  • Fill a room with fresh flowers. Whenever I have flowers I'm happy each time I look at them, they add some color and brighten up the room.
  • Play with your pet. They love you unconditionally, show them the same.

Do you have any instant mood lifters? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Other Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

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In your medicine cabinet I'm sure most of you have rubbing alcohol just taking up space. Occasionally used to clean wounds/cuts as it kills germs and bacteria there are many other uses.
 
 
Click below to read more

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tip

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Here's a quick and easy wellness reminder!                                       

                                    Eat Less Crap: 

                                          C-carbonated drinks
                                          R-refined sugars
                                          A-artificial sweeteners& colors
                                          P-processed foods

                                   Eat More Food

                                         F-fruits & veggies
                                         O-organic lean protein
                                         O-omega 3 fatty acids
                                         D-drink water

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mani Monday

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Used: 2 coats
Color: Very high gloss black
Facts: I have owned many black polishes it's actually one of my favorite colors, and in my opinion, unless it has a shimmer to it, the nail color is standard. Therefore for my readers on a budget you can make the decision of purchasing any black be it a shade by MAC, OPI, or Wet n'Wild or even the polishes  found at your local dollar store! Just make sure to throw on a base coat and top coat and you're good to go =)
 
Click 'read more' below for info on where I've been!

Monday, October 8, 2012

First Impression: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

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Makeup Monday: Mineralize Me!
 
My First Impression of MAC's "Mineralize Skinfish Natural," or MSFN(including photos & swatches).
 
I went to the counter knowing my shade, my desired effect, the prices, my top choice (MSFN), and MOST IMPORTANTLY, not wanting to be sold things I wasn't there for LOL. I was looking for a setting powder similar to one of my other favs by a different brand that I wasn't willing to spend over $40 on, it needed to be light coverage, non-dewy, and photo well. My research and the clerk both agreed my best bet would be the Mineralize SkinFinish.
 
But we all know, research is one thing, taking it home and trying it out is another...

For more photos and pictures follow the jump!
 



Friday, October 5, 2012

Fashion Friday- OOTD!

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Outfit of the Day - HEAT WAVE!

Please excuse the lighting in my closet =)

We've been experiencing a heat-wave the last few months. I don't know about the rest of you but when my car is telling me it's 100* I'm far from a fan of that weather, and do everything in my power to stay inside, stay hydrated, and stay cool!

This particular day there were mandatory errands to run(this picture was taken over a weekend). So, live from my closet is a quick OOTD! I love off the shoulder tops, camis always come in handy, and who doesn't love accessories?!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Low Cal Energy Boost

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Fast and delicious way to get vitamins & minerals.
 

All you need is a blender and the following ingredients:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Tip: Make Your Mascara Last Longer

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Make Your Mascara Last Longer
 

Ingredients:
2) Contact Solution
 
How/Why it Works: Safely moistens dry mascara allowing you to use your tube longer
 
The saline does evaporate so continue use as needed. It doesn't matter what brand of mascara or saline you use, get your money's worth!