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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homemade Healthy Protein Powder

Hello Everyone!!! I am so excited to share this recipe with you all today!!! I came across this recipe and I just had to share!!! This is a easy and healthy alternative to protein supplements. I am going to be completely honest, I didn't know you could make homemade protein powder but now that I know, I am going to be making it more often. Also, what I love about this recipe, is that you actually know what your putting into your body and you don't have to worry about all the unhealthy substances in protein powders.



















Here's how to make it:

Ingredients: *** The original recipe makes about 10 servings. Since it was just me.. I altered the recipe a little to a smaller quantity***
*** I will link the original recipe down below***
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder or sweetener of your choice (optional)

Directions:
  1. Blend or pulse together your oats, almonds, and dry milk together until smooth
  2. Add in your sweetener and blend if desired to do so
  3. Place in a container and cover tightly
***This mixture will last about 2 weeks at room temperature, but if you are storing for longer- place in the refrigerator so the nuts don't go bad.***
 
 
Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your recipes with me. I enjoy reading them!!!-Tessa
 

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Ipsy Showcase

" I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today."- (Toes) by Zac Brown Band

 
 
This month's theme is: Summer Friday

 
 

















This month's bag design: I really like this month's bag design mainly because I think it's clever. It's waterproof!!! Perfect for the pool!!! HOW CLEVER IS THAT!?!?! This bag has summer written all over it!!!
 















The first product that I received was the Urban Decay Afterglow in the shade Sin. This product is super lightweight and creamy which I love! I am also in love with the color!!! It's the perfect shade for light or fair skin. This highlighter is will keep your glow-game strong from morning to night and beyond which I love!!! All the highlighters I have used in the past either you have to layer a ton on or it comes off right away when you touch your face. The only sin that you will be committing with this highlighter is being TOO lit!!! My favorite tip when using this product, is to wet your brush before applying it because you will get a better shine!!! WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA!!! AM I RIGHT?!?!  I would definitely recommend this product to others!!! ( This product did not come with a discount code, sorry) 
You can purchase it here: http://www.urbandecay.com/afterglow-8-hour-highligter-by-urban-decay/UD729.html#q=afterglow&start=9

 
 
 













The second product that I received was the Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in the shade electric. This product is SOOOO SMOOTH when applied. It's velvety powder formula means no creasing even on oily lids. It also will stay in place which is awesome because NO ONE likes fallout while blending. I LOVE these two shades!!! Gold and Rose Gold!!! YESSS PLEASE!?!?! This product is gluten free, paraben-free AND cruelty free!!! UM.... YES!!! I would definitely recommend this product to others!!! It'll be worth your while I promise!!! DISCOUNT CODE FOR 20% OFF ANY PURCHASE : IPSY20  
 You can purchase it here: http://jellypongpong.com/home/59-supercharged-super-intense-eyeshadow-duo.html

 















The next product that I received was the Beauty and Pin-ups Fearless Hair Rescue Masque.  This mask is lightweight which keeps your strands bouncy and voluminous. This product gives you all the hydration needed from a conditioner without the heaviness. I have never used a mask for your hair so I am not quite sure what to compare it too but I will say that after using it... I could see why everyone raves over it!!! It makes your hair so soft!!!  DISCOUNT CODE FOR 20% OFF ANY SIZE OF FEARLESS HAIR RESCUE MASQUE: IPSY2017 
You can purchase it here:  https://beauty-pin-ups.myshopify.com/products/fearless-hair-rescue-treatment 


The next product I received was the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in the shade "BlackNoir."  I normally don't wear black eyeliner just because it's too dark on my eyes so I wish that this eyeliner would've came in the neutral shade. This eyeliner though, glides so nice!!! It's smudge-free and dries fast!!! This product is SUPER pigmented and SUPER waterproof which means no ruining your makeup!!! Overall, I would recommend this product to others. DISCOUNT CODE FOR 25% OFF ANY PURCHASE: PixilpsyMay
 ***They are also currently having a sale on these!!! Get them before they are gone!!!*** 
 












The last product I received was the Royal & Langnickel Precision Angled Brush. (MODA.) For starters, I LOVE that this brush can be used to apply different types of makeup. It's multi-tasking!!! I also love that, it's cruelty free and 100% vegan since it's made with ultra-luxe synthetic fibers. It's super soft and applies your makeup nicely!!! I would definitely recommend this product to others. DISCOUNT CODE FOR 20%  OFF ANY PURCHASE: Ipsy20 
You can purchase it here:  https://beautyusa.royalbrush.com/


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feel free to comment, ask questions or share your reviews on makeup products that you got in your Ipsy bag this month - Tessa

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bachelorette Predictions 2017

Hello Everyone! For today's blog post, I thought it might be fun to share my bachelorette predictions with all of you who watch the show!!! I am so excited to have bachelorette Monday's back and I can't wait to see what this season holds!!!


Starting off, I would like to share my "Bachelorette Bracket." Which I will leave a link to, in case any of you want to print out your own.
https://images-production.global.ssl.fastly.net/uploads/images/file/43699/bachelorette-bracket-rachel-lifestyle.jpg


What Rachel Lindsay looks for in a guy:
  • Sucker for a great smile
  • Guy with good morals
  • Funny
  • Can hold a conversation
  • Intelligent
  • Ambitious
  • Needs to be a sports fan




 

For those of you who have joined the Bachelorette Fantasy League know that each week they share with you, a series of questions that apply to that week's episode of bachelorette. This week, there are 6 questions and you have to predict.
 
Here are mine...
 
Which of the following stunts is NOT pulled during limo arrivals?
  1. Tickling Rachel
  2. Rachel swept off her feet, literally
  3. Riding in on an elephant
  4. Feeding Rachel
During the cocktail party, Rachel admits to disliking this tasty treat:
  1. Donuts
  2. Chocolate
  3. Key lime pie
  4. Gummy bears
What is Rachel's dogs name?
  1. Rusty
  2. Copper
  3. Penny
  4. Buster
One bachelor attempts to woo Rachel during the limo arrivals in which foreign language?
  1. French
  2. Russian
  3. Italian
  4. Spanish
Rachel shares a passionate kiss with a bachelor on the first night?
  1. True
  2. False
Who will receive the first impression rose?
Dean
 
 

Please feel free to share your predictions, comments and questions that you may have for me. I enjoy answering and reading them!!! -Tessa
Also, let me know if you would like to see more bachelorette Monday posts...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Ipsy Showcase

I am so excited to be sharing with you all this month's Ipsy bag and products!!! I have mixed reviews about this month's Ipsy bag and products, so let me know your opinions on it down below!

This Month's Theme: Sideshow
















This Month's Bag Design: This month's bag design, takes me back to my childhood days where you had no worries in the world and you could just have fun! This bag design, is fun and whimsical and although I probably wouldn't carry it around as a clutch, I would definitely use it as a makeup bag.
















The first product I received was the Elizabeth Mott "Show Me Your Glow" shimmer shadow and highlighter. Lately, I have slowly been getting into highlighter and so I was super excited to receive this product. I have to say, I was not too impressed with this product. It definitely does give you that shimmer effect but you need to apply a lot of this product in order for it to show. I have gotten Elizabeth Mott samples in other makeup products before like bronzer, etc. and I love it! It applies nicely, I just was expecting it to apply more shimmery. What I love about this product is that it can be applied anywhere basically which is ALWAYS nice and it's cruelty free!!!  Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to others. COUPON CODE (50% OFF ANY PURCHASE): GLOW50   You can purchase it here: https://www.elizabethmott.com/products/Show-Me-Your-Glow/?src=0417gr


 
The next product I received was the EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner Brush Tip. I normally don't wear liquid eyeliner just because I don't have a steady enough hand for it. I have not officially worn this product yet mainly because I don't really wear black eyeliner... I wear more neutral colors most of the time. I did test it out on the back of my hand though and it has a "fine" tip (almost like a calligraphy pen) so it might help people with not so steady hands still pull off a masterpiece on their lids. It stayed on through washing my hands which is always nice when a product doesn't come off right away. I would definitely recommend this product even though I most likely won't be wearing it myself just because of personal preferences. COUPON CODE (20% OFF TWO OR MORE ITEMS): IPSY25     You can purchase it here: https://www.emcosmetics.com/collections/all-products/products/brush-tip-illustrative-eyeliner
 


The next product I received was the THEORIE Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum. Lately, I feel like marula oil has become more and more popular over the past few months and it definitely benefits your hair a whole bunch!!! It adds shine, it softens strands, and it protects from heat when styling. It's sulfate free and perfect for color-treated hair! I love it! The only complaint I have about this product is it doesn't have a dropper... so it just comes pouring out! Which can make a HUGE mess and then you waste some of this product then but other than that I would definitely recommend this product to other's because this product will work wonders for your hair! I would like to see faster results though!  COUPON CODE (30% OFF ANY THEORIE PURCHASE + FREE SHIPPING): LOVEIPSY30 You can purchase it here: https://www.yourtheorie.com/product/marula-oil-transforming-hair-serum/?src=0417gr


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The next product I received was Dream by PS cosmeceutical infused nail lacquer in the shade "southern sand." I love the shade of this nail lacquer but I wish it didn't take SO many coats to cover since it's so light. It does say that this product should give you an opaque coverage in just two coats.... I find that statement false at least for me. I love everything about this lacquer except for the fact that you have to use SO many coats to get FULL coverage! A benefit of this product is that it has grapefruit seed extract infused in it, which is like green juice for your nail beds which keeps them SUPER healthy, hydrated and shiny! I would recommend this product to other's but just keep in mind you might need to apply in several coats. COUPON CODE (30% OFF ANY PURCHASE): IPSY30  You can purchase it here: https://pspolish.com/product/southern-sand/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The last product is one of my favorites!!! It's the Luxie Beauty, Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660. It's SO soft, SO pretty and SO useful!!! I LOVE it!!! You can use this brush for all your liquid, cream, or powder foundations, concealers, highlighters and bronzers!!! I can't even multitask that much!!! The brush colors itself are gorgeous and it's 100% vegan and cruelty free!!! I definitely recommend this product to other's!!! Everyone go buy this makeup brush!!! COUPON CODE (30% OFF LUXIE BRUSHES): IPSY660 You can purchase it here: https://www.luxiebeauty.com/luxie-dreamcatcher-precision-foundation-face-brush-660/
 
 







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

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