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Friday, July 28, 2017

Selfie Sunless Tanning Lotion Review


Don't you just love being sun-kissed in the summer?!?! I know I do! This product does just that. It's so easy to apply and you end up with amazing results that last almost 2 weeks!!! Read about this product down below and enjoy!

I recently purchased self-tanning lotion called "Selfie Tan'n Go 2 Hour Sunless Lotion (with immediate bronzer)" from Marshalls and this comes in several different forms of this brand but I chose the lotion because I figured you it wouldn't give you as many streaks, as a spray or mousse would... If you would choose a type to use which would you use?

Information about the product: This product is a streak-free bronzer that is enriched with vitamin A,C, and E. It is also infused with green tea and kola which makes your skin healthier. This product has no after-tan aroma but leaves you with a fragrance and it is paraben free. You control the level of tan you want on your skin by adjusting the time before washing the product off. If you wait 2 hours before rinsing the product off your skin will be "sun-kissed", if you wait 4 hours before you rinse this product off your skin will be "medium light" and if you wait 6 hours before rinsing this product off of your skin, it'll be "medium."

You can purchase it here: https://selfieglow.com/product/2-hour-sunless-lotion/



My review of the product: The first time I tried this product, I really liked the results. It wasn't too dark and it didn't streak too bad but in my experience it still streaked. I am SUPER pale skinned so I like being "sun-kissed" once in awhile and the results made me pretty happy. When I first put the product on, the smell wasn't great, but after about 15 minutes, the smell went away or at least it was subtle enough where I couldn't smell it too bad. This product lasted quite awhile to which I was impressed by. It lasted almost 1 to 2 weeks but you are going to need to scrub the excess off in the shower if it doesn't come off all the way. It stays on in the pool and in the shower, which is awesome! Overall, I would recommend this product but I might try some of the different products throughout this brand to see how they work as well. You can get this product really anywhere, it doesn't have to be bought on this site.


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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Ipsy Showcase

Hi! Welcome! Please enjoy and stay awhile! For today's blog post, I am so excited to share with you all... My July Ipsy Showcase!!! Enjoy!


This month's theme is: "OverEasy"






















This month's bag design: I have to say, I am not the biggest fan of the bag design this month at all. It's an egg... but I do like the shine that the bag has to it.

















The first product that I received was the "Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mandarin Green Orange and Ginger Mongongo Lip Conditioner." Man that is a mouthful! Let me start off by telling everyone how good this chapstick smells!!! It is SO refreshing! It consists of organic and non-GMO ingredients such as Mongongo oil ( which consists of calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc), essential oils, vitamin E, healing extracts, etc.. It's unique formula can be used on lips, hands, dry noses and cheeks and best of all it's cruelty free, paraben free, petroleum free and gluten free!  CAN THIS PRODUCT GET ANY BETTER?!?! Yes, it can! This product is helps with anti-aging with it's nutrients dense formula and it's all natural!!! So besides me loving the scent of this chapstick, it definitely makes my lips so soft! I would definitely recommend this product to others especially because it can be used for multiple uses when it comes to where it can be placed on your body besides your lips. I think that's the first time I have heard of a chapstick that can be used elsewhere on your body which is awesome! COUPON CODE FOR 20% OFF YOUR PURCHASE: ipsy20
You can purchase this product here: https://www.jerseyshorecosmetics.com/jersey-shore-sun-anti-aging-nutrient-dense-lip-conditioners-756.html












The second product I received was the "Chella Eyebrow Creme" in the shade tantalizing taupe. I am not gonna lie, this product was confusing! It comes with a little compartment at the bottom of the product with the makeup in it and I wasn't sure how to use it at first but I did figure it out. This product is too dark for my brows in particular but works well and makes sharp edges. I would still recommend this product. COUPON CODE FOR 25% OFF ANY PURCHASE: IPSY25 You can purchase it here: https://www.chella.com/brow-eye-collection/eyebrow-eyelash-color/eyebrow-cream








The next product that I received was the "AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream." This product isn't greasy, it absorbs into your skin right away. It's infused with ultra-luxe Dead Sea minerals and witch hazel which smoothes, heals, and nourishes dry skin. You can also use this product on your body as well. My only complaint about this product is that it does not smell the greatest! Other than that, I would definitely recommend this product to others. COUPON CODE FOR 30% OFF ANY PURCHASE: IPSY30 You can purchase it here:  https://www.ahava.com/mineral-hand-cream























The next product I received was the "Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter" in the shade "midnight sun."  Lately, I have been SO into using highlighter! I love having that little shine on my face throughout the day! I think I love having highlighter on my face because I love the shimmer and glitter! When I tried this product out, it wasn't as creamy as I thought it would be.This product not only makes you dewy but it also is packed with nordic-superberry which brings out a natural looking "lit-from-within-finish!" This product also can be used as a eyeshadow which is another great bonus about this product! I would definitely recommend it to others! COUPON CODE FOR 20% OFF ANY PURCHASE: IPSY20 You can purchase it here: https://nomadcosmetics.com/




















The last product that I received was the "Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer." This product is waterproof and can flatter a variety of skin tones which is awesome! This product lets you be able to build on or as little pigment as you would like which is awesome as well, especially for people who don't like a lot of glow. There is benefits of tis product as well... Amazonian Clay! It helps improve skin clarity, brighten, soothe and fight signs of anti-aging! I don't use bronzer as often, it's a rare occasion that I do but this would definitely be a great bronzer to use on those rare occasions! It was a little dark on my skin but nothing that I couldn't make lighter. I would definitely recommend this product to others!  COUPON CODE FOR 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE: IPSYJUL You can purchase it here: http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-powder-bronzer





















I also received a bonus product since I redeemed my points, and the product I picked was the "Meg Cosmetics two step jelly mask." It moisturizes, firms and soothes the skin for a improved complexion and it consists of AMF which is Artificial Moisturizing Factor. It consists of nanoparticles which are able to slow down moisture evaporation which almost guarantees 120 hours of moisture maintenance for your skin. It was different than what I thought it would be and I personally wouldn't get it again only because it was a sheet mask and they don't fit my face but it made my face glow and clear up. So if it fits your face and you like sheet masks then I would definitely recommend it to others! There is no coupon code for this because it was a bonus/ redeemable product, sorry! You can purchase it here: https://megcosmetics.com/products/two-step-jelly-mask























Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your reviews on makeup products that you have received. I enjoy reading them! -Tessa



Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Crack" Broccoli Appetizer

Ever looking for a quick and easy appetizer to throw together for last minute guests... well I've got the perfect appetizer for you to make!!! Keep reading to find out the recipe for this quick and easy appetizer!!!







Ingredients:
  • 1 to 1/2 pounds of broccoli crowns ( I used frozen broccoli because that's all I had in the house)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves ( I used freeze dried garlic cloves) 
  • Large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tsp sliced almonds (with or without skin)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino cheese ( I used a mixture of parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese because I didn't have pecorino cheese in the house at that moment)
  • Zest of half a lemon




















Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees ( This will ensure that your broccoli florets get crispy and caramelized) *** If you want less crispy broccoli florets, you can reduce the cooking time and turn your oven down 10 to 15 degrees***
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil
  3. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes and whisk together 
  4. Add in your broccoli florets and lightly toss until evenly coated 
  5. Spread across your lined sheet pan and sprinkle with salt
  6. Roast your broccoli for 10 to 12 minutes, remove from oven and flip the broccoli
  7. Sprinkle your sliced almonds evenly across the sheet pan and roast for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until your broccoli is evenly caramelized, tender and your almonds are toasted and golden brown
  8. Once done, transfer the broccoli to a plate or platter and toss gently with lemon juice and top with pecorino cheese or the cheese of your choice 
  9. Garnish with fresh lemon zest 
  10. Enjoy!

















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











Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Homemade Lemon Shake Up

This summer drink takes me back to the fair! It's refreshing, delicious and perfect on a hot summer day! Drink Up!


Ingredients: ***The amount of ingredients will vary depending on your serving size***
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Water (enough to fill your cup)
  • Ice 

Directions:

  1. Wash and cut your lemon in half 
  2. Juice your lemon into your cup or glass  
  3. Once done juicing, add in your lemon halves and the sweetener of your choice 
  4. Add in your water ( enough to fill up your cup or glass) and shake away until your sweetener is fully dissolved. 
  5. Once fully dissolved, add in your ice
  6. Then Enjoy!



















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










Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

Hi Guys!!! I really hope you like this recipe as much as I do!!! It's so easy, convenient and delicious!!!  


Ingredients: *** The ingredients amount may vary depending on your serving size***
Serving Size: 2 containers 
  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 cup of rice ( you can use the rice of your choice, I used brown rice)
  • Seasonings of your choice 
  • Half of a pepper
  • Half of an onion 
  • 1 cup of corn 
  • Half of lime 
  • Sprinkle of mozzarella cheese or the cheese of your choice 
  • Chips (optional)
Directions:
  1. Start by, making your rice ( follow the directions as the packaging says) 
  2. Once done, add to your containers
  3. Then, start cooking your chicken by either grilling it or cooking it in a skillet/pan and add your favorite seasonings 
  4. Once, your chicken is done cooking- shred your chicken with two forks and divide the chicken up between the two containers
  5. Chop up your pepper and onion halves and add it to the skillet/pan (***By adding the peppers and onions to the pan after you cooked the chicken, is a method known as "deglazing." The flavors will extract, which will make this dish even more delicious!!!)
  6. Add some oil and seasonings of your choice to the pan with the peppers and onions 
  7. Cook your peppers and onions until tender and then divide the peppers and onions up amongst the two containers
  8. Finally, cook your corn in the same skillet/pan and add your favorite seasonings and cook until tender
  9. Once done, divide your corn up between the two containers and add desired toppings to your containers
  10. Enjoy!























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


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Ipsy Showcase

I am VERY excited to share with you all, the June Ipsy Bag!!! I hope you enjoy these products as much as I did!!!  Take a peek!


This month's theme: VOLUME UP




This month's glam bag: This month's glam bag design is simple but has a great message behind it. This bag showcases a pair of red lips, reminding each individual to not be afraid to speak your mind! I have to say I love the contrast of the bags colors!!!



















The first product that I received was the NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip and Cheek SoufflĂ© in the shade...  This product...OH MY GAWD!!! I am SO in love with it!!! When I first received this product my initial thinking was... I wonder if this product will be as decadent as the dessert?!?! It applies smooth and it's super light weight. IT'S SUPER CREAMY!!! I love the colors that this product came in, they were all pretty neutral which I LOVE!!! I also, love that not only can you use this product on your lips and cheeks but it brightens your entire complexion within minutes!!! I would definitely recommend this product to others. It's become my new favorite makeup product and I LOVE any product that's NYX.  It smells AMAZING also!!! There is no discount code for this product unfortunately.
You can purchase it here: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/whipped-lip-and-cheek-souffle/NYX_233.html?cgid=blush#start=8&cgid=blush



















The second product that I received was theBALM Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush. I like the shade of this product and how it applied. You don't need to layer it. You can't go wrong with a little blush, it's the perfect shade for all skin tones and it stays on your face for a long time which is always a plus when it comes to makeup!!! I have a couple other products from this brand and those are great as well. So, I definitely recommend this product to others. DISCOUNT CODE FOR 20% OFF ANY PURCHASE: IPSY20
You can purchase it here: https://thebalm.com/products/balm-springs?variant=34365929292



The next product that I received was the Dr.Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream.  This product is amazing for your skin!!! It's a probiotic-infused moisturizing miracle cream. It consists of Vitamin C and powerful peptides that brighten and enhance your skin to make it look younger! The only complaint that I have about this product is the smell! I can't stand it! I also am not the biggest fan of how it applies. It stays wet for awhile and takes awhile to rub in. However, it works wonders on your skin and clears your skin within a few days! So I would recommend this product to others. DISCOUNT CODE FOR 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE: IPSY  You can purchase it here:  http://drlilifan.com/index.php/product/probiotic-recovery-cream.html



















The next product I received was the DOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara. So for starters I LOVE the chubby wand, it's comb-like so it gets rid of the clumps. It definitely volumizes your lashes which I LOVE because what girl doesn't like volumized lashes?!?! I have to say though, it applied clumpy which I am not the biggest fan of! This mascara would be the "dream mascara" if it wasn't so dang clumpy! I would recommend this product still though because it does make your eyelashes looks gorgeous! DISCOUNT CODE FOR 30% OFF ANY PURCHASE: LASH30
You can purchase it here: https://www.doucce.com/product/eyes/maxlash-volumizer-mascara/?src=0617gr



















The last and final product that I received was the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade "jet black." So I don't really wear liquid eyeliner, I just don't have a steady enough hand for it and I don't really wear black eyeliner. After testing, this product I quickly fell in love with the felt tip, it skinny when applies and very precise! I also love that it's waterproof. This product dries super fast which great but I noticed that it dries a little tacky at first. I would still recommend this product to others who like liquid eyeliner, I am just not the biggest fan of it because I don't have a steady enough hand, if I had a steady hand I would use it all the time but it's too fragile for me! DISCOUNT CODE FOR 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE: skone10   You can purchase it here: https://skonecosmetics.com/collections/eyes/products/insanely-intense-tattooed-eyeliner
























Please feel free to comment, ask questions or share your reviews on these makeup products or other makeup products that you received in your Ipsy bags this month! I enjoy reading them!-Tessa










Friday, June 16, 2017

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST BOWL!!! CAN I EAT THIS EVERYDAY!?!?! 
Perfect for a quick, easy and healthy breakfast!!! There are several different varieties of toppings and ways you can make this particular recipe and that's what I love about it!!! It's so easy and you can make it to your liking which is always nice especially for picky eaters like me!!! So, check it out and hopefully you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!!!


Ingredients: *** The amount of ingredients will vary depending on your serving size***

  • 1/2 of 1 sweet potato or 1 whole sweet potato
  • 4 tablespoons of water 
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (optional)
  • Half of a banana, sliced
  • Sprinkle of brown sugar (optional)
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds (optional)
  • Almonds for topping (optional)
Directions:
  1. Start off by watching your sweet potato 
  2. Cook your sweet potato until tender ( You can either roast your sweet potato or steam it, I steamed mine just to save a little time.)
  3. Let your sweet potato cool for 5 to 7 minutes before scraping the inside out and putting it into the food processor or mashing it
  4. Add the inside of the sweet potato to your food processor with a tablespoon of water at a time or mash your sweet potato with a tablespoon of water until baby food or applesauce consistency
  5. Once, your sweet potato is at your desired consistency, put in a bowl or serving dish and add on your toppings.
  6. Then, Enjoy!


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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homemade Almond Butter

This recipe is so simple, easy and the end result is delicious!!! Perfect for your sandwiches, baking or as a topping for your breakfast!!! There are several variations around on the internet for making homemade almond butter which is great because you can find what recipe works best for you and your family. Homemade almond butter is also becoming increasingly popular and is being used more and more as of today!!! 

Ingredients: *** The amount of ingredients will vary depending on your serving size***

  • Almonds ( I used 4 of the 100 calorie snack packages) *** You can choose to roast the almonds before blending them, in my case I did not just for sake of time***
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or any other oil that is flavorless)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Directions:
  1. Place almonds and vegetable oil in a blender or food processor 
  2. Blend until smooth, making sure you scrape the sides often
  3. Add in your honey once smooth, if using
  4. Then place in a container and place in the refrigerator to thicken until ready to use
*** Almond Butter should be good for 1-2 weeks to a month***


















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