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Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Ipsy Showcase

I am so excited to share with you all this month's Ipsy bag and products!!! I am very pleased with the products that I have received in my Ipsy bag for March.

The theme for this month was: Tres Jolie - One thing I loved about this theme was the message that it spread to young women and women in general.














The bag design for this month is probably one of my FAVORITE bag designs so far from Ipsy!!! It's girly, simple and beautiful!!! I love it!!! This bag continues to spread the message that they are trying to tell all women. You are BEAUTIFUL!!! I also love that it can either be a clutch makeup bag or a full makeup bag. It's different.















                                                                      

















The first product that I received was the Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush. I love that this brush has a hint of rose gold in it!!! Right now I am definitely into rose gold EVERYTHING so this brush definitely makes me happy!!! One quality that I really like about this brush is that not only is it a cruelty free brush but it is also super-durable- meaning, it won't shed all over the place when using it due to the synthetic bristles. This brush is also good for applying and smudging cream shadows because it doesn't absorb too much product. Overall, I like this brush and I would definitely recommend it to others. COUPON CODE FOR 50% OFF YOUR PURCHASE: BLENDING50

You can purchase here: https://www.elizabethmott.com/collections/tools/products/blending-brush/?src=0317gr
















The next product that I received was the Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer. When I first saw that I was going to be receiving this in my March Ipsy bag, I honestly thought it was a makeup primer and got SUPER excited. Then I realized it was a hair primer and thought... this is different. This primer strengthens, detangles, adds shine, protects against damage, and speeds up drying time to name a FEW!!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?! This product is amazing and I definitely recommend it to others to try.  COUPON CODE FOR 25% YOUR PURCHASE: evamarch25

You can purchase it here:  http://eva-nyc.com/products/mane-magic-10-in-1-primer





















The next product that I received was the Tarte Cosmetics tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in the shade rose. I am all for matte lipsticks because I am not the biggest fan when lipstick gets all over the everything that your lips touch. That's part of the reason why I don't wear lipstick. However, lately I have been liking matte lipsticks. This product is ALMOST TOO matte though. Don't get me wrong I love the shade that it came in and the matte aspect of it but as soon as I put it on my lips, it's already dry. Some people may like that. I am not the biggest fan, although I am starting to warm up to it. Overall, I would recommend this product to others. COUPON CODE FOR 20% OFF YOUR PURCHASE: IPSYMAR

You can purchase it here: http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-tarteist-quick-dry-matte-lip-paint 

















The next product that I received was the Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer.  I have received different moisturizers from Ipsy and I have to say I was by far most impressed with this moisturizer. It goes on your skin so smoothly, and I love how thin the formula is. This product is also perfect for sensitive skin. It's free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMO's and triclosan. This product also has colloidal oatmeal which soothes any itchiness and it has shea butter and avocado oil which adds heavy hints of hydration. There's also added antioxidants which helps fight free radicals which increases skin-saving benefits. This product is the whole package!!! I would definitely recommend this product to other's. COUPON CODE FOR 15% OFF YOUR PURCHASE: IPSY0317

You can purchase this product here:  https://www.firstaidbeauty.com/skin-care/product/travel-sizes/ultra-repair-daily-face-moisturizer





















The last product that I received was the Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in the shade Marisa. Like I said above, I am OBSESSED with anything rose gold right now and this shade definitely hit the spot. I would describe it as a burgundy rose gold almost... if that's a color. That's the best description I could make of it. This product looks beautiful both applied wet and dry to your lids and it's INSANE how glittery it is when applied to your lids!!! It's stunning!!! I would definitely recommend to other's.  I love it!!!  COUPON CODE FOR 30% OFF YOUR PURCHASE: SHADOW30

You can purchase it here: https://www.doucce.com/product/eyes/freematic-eyeshadow-mono/?src=0317gr




















Feel free to comment, ask questions or share your reviews on these makeup products or other makeup products. I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tropical Fruit Salad

"If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape. I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape." - Escape ( The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes
 
 
 
When I came across this recipe, it immediately took me to some place tropical!!! This recipe is literally a tropical paradise in your mouth!!! That's why I love it so much!!! These are perfect for an after-school snack for the kiddos, for dessert, etc.
 
 

















Ingredients:
  • Kiwi
  • Fruit to fill the inside of the kiwi

Directions:
  1. Start by shaving or cutting the bottom of the kiwi so it is able to stand on it's own
  2. Then cut the top of the kiwi and you can either discard the top or use it as a lid later
  3. Then using a spoon, scoop out the "flesh" or kiwi. Make sure to leave a deep enough well in the center of each kiwi BUT make sure you don't scoop all the way to the bottom of the kiwi because you need a base for your tropical fruit salad to sit on.
  4. Fill your kiwi cups with the fruit of your choosing  and Enjoy!!! ( I used strawberries, blackberries, oranges and the inside of the kiwi that I scooped out earlier.)

















Please feel free to comment, ask questions and share your recipes with me!!! I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa


This recipe is adapted from:
http://www.aspicyperspective.com/tropical-fruit-salad-with-vanilla-bean/





Sunday, March 5, 2017

Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers- 21 day fix approved

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! Welcome!!! Take your time, stay awhile and enjoy!!!

For today's blogpost I decided to make a little recipe called Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers.
This recipe is super easy and delicious!!! It's like a party for your mouth!!! You get that crunchy pepper, that melty cheese and that delicious flavor from the steak all in one bite... What more could you ask for?!?! You know what's even better... It's 21 day fix approved!!! Here's how you make it...

Ingredients: The amount of ingredients will vary depending on the amount of people you are cooking for.
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 Ib. shaved steak/ minute steak
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese or any cheese of your liking
  • 1 Tbs.olive oil
Directions:
  1. Start by, preheating your olive oil in the pan with medium to high heat
  2. Cut onions into strips and then place into your pan and cook until tender and translucent
  3. While the onions are cooking, cut up yours steak (if desired)
  4. Once your onions are cooked, add in your steak and cook until no longer pink
  5. Preheat your oven to 375
  6. Cut peppers length wise, making sure to remove seeds and ribs
  7. Place on baking sheet and start filling your pepper with a layer of shredded cheese
  8. Then fill your peppers with a layer of steak and onions
  9. Then add one more layer of cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until your cheese has melted
*** If you would like a softer pepper, you may add in some water to the pan and cover with foil and then proceed with the rest of the directions.***












This recipe was adapted from: http://www.simplyanchored.net/2015/03/philly-cheese-steak-stuffed-peppers.html


Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your recipes with me!!! I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa



Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fruity Smoothie Bowl

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! Welcome!!! Take your time, stay awhile and enjoy!!!

Today's blog post is inspired by https://www.veggieinspired.com/chocolate-covered-strawberry-smoothie-bowl/ . I decided to try my hand at making a smoothie bowl. I was always curious about what a smoothie bowl would taste like..... and now I know! It's delicious!!! It's like ice cream for breakfast, except it's healthy!!!
















Here's the ingredients needed to make a smoothie bowl:
  • Fruit ( any kind, fresh or frozen)
  • Oats ( If you want to make your smoothie bowl thicker)
  • Ice Cubes (Optional)
  • Milk ( Optional)
  • Toppings: almonds, chocolate chips, etc.
Directions:
  1. Cut your fruit and place into blender
  2. Add oats, ice cubes and milk (if you plan on adding these ingredients)
  3. Blend until well combined
  4. Place in freezer ( If you want the smoothie bowl to be slightly thicker, but this step is optional)
  5. Add toppings
  6. Enjoy!
For my smoothie bowl I used, 1 banana, 1 plum, 1 nectarine, strawberries, about 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of milk, and 3 ice cubes. As well as a handful of almonds, a handful of chocolate chips, as well as some strawberry slices for my toppings.
















Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your recipes with me!!! I love reading them!!!-Tessa

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Ipsy Showcase

Hi Guys!!! For today's blog post I will be sharing my February Ipsy showcase with you all and I am super excited to share it!!!

This month's theme was: Much Love





































This month's Ipsy bag design was:
This bag design is very simple but it also has a little bit of spring in it, which I absolutely love. It has hints of neon and denim!!! These two combinations have spring written all over it!!!














The first product that I received in my bag this month was the Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream. I honestly, was not too impressed with this product. It's supposed to reduce puffiness, dark circles and lines for the eyes and for the lips, it's supposed to hydrate them, make them plumper and moist. When applying this product, my first reaction was that it was thick and I noticed that it left sort of a shine where applied ( probably because it was still drying, because it did eventually go away.) I didn't notice too much of a difference in my skin the next day to be honest. I don't know if I would purchase this product for myself just because it didn't do too much for me and because I wasn't too impressed. I don't really have any complaints, it's just not for me. You can purchase it here: http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/health-beauty/lip-_-eye-cream/72

















The second product that I received was the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick in the shade "Ripe Berry."  When I saw that I was going to be getting this product in my Ipsy bag this month, I got SUPER excited because I love NYX makeup!!! I was a little hesitate about the shade because I was afraid it would be too dark of a shade. I probably would've preferred this lipstick in the other shade which was "Lifeguard." Anyways, when I applied this lipstick, it wasn't as dark as I thought it would be and it applied nicely. It's not totally matte which I would probably actually prefer so it wouldn't come off when touched by something. The only complaint I would have about this product is that it leaves you with "butthole" lips as Jaclyn Hill would call it, after a while. Which basically means that the color on the inside of your lips goes away after time and the outside color on your lips stays. Other than that, I would definitely recommend this product!!!! You can purchase it here: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/lipstick?sz=12&start=8




















The next product that I received was the BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara. I was actually needing to purchase waterproof mascara soon for an occasion so, I was pretty happy when I was it in my Ipsy bag for the month. I really don't have too much to say about this product other than it applied nicely and volumized my lashes. I would definitely recommend this product. You can purchase it here: http://www.bellapierre.com/volume-lash-waterproof-mascara.html

















Another product that I received was the Elizabeth Motte "Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer."  Lately, I have been getting more into using bronzer as part of my makeup routine. Overall, I liked this product. It applied nicely and it looked natural when applied. It wasn't too dark of a shade or orange like some bronzers are, it was more natural looking. It blended nicely, it wasn't dry or chalky like some matte formulas are. This formula was soft, silky and creamy/blendable. I would definitely recommend this product. You can purchase it here: https://www.elizabethmott.com/collections/face/products/whatup-beaches-bronzer/?src=0217gr





















The last and final product that I received and is by far my favorite, is the LUXIE BEAUTY rose gold blush brush #514. I am really digging these brushes!!! They are absolutely stunning!!! This brush applies very nicely and blends very well. The bristles are soft as well!!! I would absolutely recommend this product to others!!! I am IN LOVE with these brushes!!! You can purchase them here: https://www.luxiebeauty.com/luxie-rose-gold-blush-face-brush-514/















Feel free to leave comments, questions and your own reviews about these products!!! I enjoy reading them!!! -Tessa

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Inside-Out Chicken Pot Pie

Hi Guys!!! Since Chicago weather has been fluctuating from cold to warm, I figured why not share a quick and easy comfort food with all of  you that you can make in less than 15 minutes!!! It's inside-out chicken pot pie!!! I found this recipe on pinterest and on the back of a soup can and was very intrigued to try it!!! I have tried a recipe similar to this one and shared it on my blog awhile ago but it was using the crockpot and although it as delicious, this is much easier!!! It looked super delicious!!! The only extra ingredients I added to this was extra seasonings.

Ingredients: ***The serving size may vary depending on how many people you are serving***
  • 1 can of  pub-style chicken pot pie soup (Chunky Brand)
  • Crescent Rolls ( I used Pillsbury Crescent Rolls)
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • Sprinkle of parsley
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Warm up your soup in a pot or the microwave
  3. Add in your seasonings or anything extra you would like to add
  4. Set up your cupcake pans ( I used cupcake liners because I didn't want to clean up the mess) and place your crescent rolls into your cupcake liners
  5. Spoon in your soup( fill half-way or almost to the top)
  6. Place into the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until your crescents are golden brown
*** Depending on how thick you would like your "gravy" for your chicken pot pie's, you can always make it thicker by adding a little flour and butter mixture also called a "rue" and it'll thicken the "gravy" right up.***






























https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/chicken-pot-pie-crescent-cups/700fca5c-0ac6-45cb-aad8-ea5e74d58680?pp=1


Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or share recipes with me!!! I enjoy reading them!!! -Tessa

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Perfectly Roasted Sweet Potato Medallions

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! Welcome!!! Take your time, stay awhile and enjoy!!!

For today's blog post, I decided to make perfectly roasted sweet potato medallions. These sweet potatoes melt in your mouth, that's just how perfect they are!!!

Ingredients:
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of oil ( you can use any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  2. Wash your sweet potatoes
  3. Cut your sweet potatoes into about 1 to 3 inches thick circles ( Leave the skin on, so that they are easier to pick up and eat)
  4. Mix together your oil, cinnamon and nutmeg together
  5. Place your sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and lightly brush your sweet potatoes with your oil mixture ( Both front and back of your potatoes.)
  6. Place your sweet potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes
  7. Bake until tender and then let cool
  8. Enjoy!


































http://thehealthymouse.com/perfect-roasted-sweet-potato-medallions/
Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your recipes with me!!! I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa
     

Friday, February 3, 2017

Overnight Oatmeal


 Hello fellow bloggers and readers!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! Welcome!!! Take your time, stay awhile and enjoy!!!

Today's blogpost is probably one of my favorite recipes that I will be sharing with all of you!!! It's easy, healthy and delicious!!! For my overnight oatmeal I used peach yogurt,honey,bananas, peaches,blueberries and raspberries.

Overnight Oatmeal





















This base works for any overnight oatmeal
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of old-Fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt, any flavor it does not matter
  • Lastly condiments- Honey, Fruit, Syrup, Sugar, etc.
***You will also need a jar to set your overnight oatmeal up in.***
Directions:
  1. Start off with your base, which is 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats
  2. Add in your 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of yogurt
  3. STIR!!! ( This part is optional, I didn't but it would probably help the oats to ensure they get full maximum coverage of the liquids in your mixture.)
  4. Add in your condiments
  5. Put the lid on your jar and put into the fridge for 8 hours or overnight
  6. Enjoy! ( You can eat it cold or warm it up)


Please feel free to comment, ask questions, and share your recipes with me!!! I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa