Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE DAILY FACE

FOTD ft. Chanel

As much as I love (and I do mean love) makeup, I'm generally not very adventurous in my daily routine. I tend to gravitate more towards products that assist in perfecting what I already have and if I'm feeling extra adventurous I'll add either a smokey bronze shadow, bright lip, or winged liner. But, as I do get ready at 6am when I work my part-time job, I am less inclined to go crazy. Full makeup at a 7am shift just looks weird and feels awful!

So while today's "Face of the Day" isn't particularly exciting, I wanted to share with you the products I've fallen in love with that help me do what I need to do in a fast and flawless way! Maybe you already use some of these, maybe not...the point is to draw some attention to some brands that are doing one heck of a job ;)

Products Used:

Origins Plantscription Concealer in Light
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Terre Neuve
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Clinique Superfine Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

My favourite part about a look like this is topping it off with a nice "my lips but better" shade. Aside from Chanel's Boy (which is pure luxury and completely unnecessary), I also enjoy MAC's Patisserie and Clarins Lip Perfector in any shade. The use of Clinique's Bottom Lash mascara is also a must have for me as it creates baby doll like lashes that really make your eyes pop even without eyeshadow.

So there it is! What are your favourite products to use for your "daily face"?

xx -b.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

chocolate chip cookies

Somedays you just need a giant cookie and a glass of milk...well, today is one of those days! If you're searching for the perfect, yes perfect, classic chocolate chip cookie recipe look no further! This recipe by Moosewood provides the most chocolatey cookies, complete with chewy centre. For a personal touch, I like to add some cinnamon into the mix. Because, for me, a great cookie recipe isn't complete without it.
Enjoy!

xx -b.

Big Chocolate Chip Cookies
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3/4 cup butter - at room temperature
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar - packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts and/or raisins - optional

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly butter a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, Beat in the eggs until well blended. In a separate bowl, sift together the white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, mixing well. Add the vanilla and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and, if you wish, the nuts and/or raisins.

For 3-inch cookies, drop the batter by scant 1/4 cups onto the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between the cookies. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms am light brown and the tops golden. Check after 8 minutes to avoid over-baking.

Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Makes 20 3-inch cookies.

Source: Moosewood Restaurant New Classics

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE SUNDAY EDIT #17

birthday1

This past Thursday marked my twenty-six years of life! People keep on asking me if I feel it and I always say the same thing year after year, that I don't feel nearly tall enough to be as old as I am haha. I think I must be the only one who thinks of age that way, but I do. I have, however, noticed the beginnings of some wrinkles on my forehead, so that's always exciting.

Anyway, I just want to take the opportunity now to send a huge thank you to everyone who sent some love my way on Thursday. I truly am touched and feel so blessed to have friends and family who care about me so much.

I worked during the day on my Birthday, but came home to a spotless house that including a clean tub, my favourite ice cream, and a beautiful new plant (because I killed the last one long ago). That evening we spent out to dinner with our friends, drinking cocktails (champagne for me) and enjoying each others company. I was spoiled beyond belief with gifts, and got to indulge in somethings that I typically wouldn't buy for myself.

birthday2

Today we're continuing on with the Birthday celebration by going for a showing of A Comedy Of Errors at our local Shakespeare in the park! I've never been before, but have always wanted to go. I just think it's such a great idea for the Summer, you know...get some sun and some culture...how can you go wrong?

On a completely different note, we have be devouring the new Fargo series! Anyone else obsessed?

xx -b.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

FAVOURITE - ESSIE TREATMENTS

Essie Nail Treatments

If you're a nail polish lover like me, you can probably relate when I say I am obsessed with Essie. With a combination of cute packing and ever glorious colour palettes, it's no wonder I find myself unable to contain myself.

Though they do offer a wide range of shades, I want to talk a little bit about their treatments. The few that I have, I am absolutely enamoured with..

The Shine-e Polish Refresher is perfect for a mani gone dull. Working in customer service really takes a toll on my nails, especially when using the cash register. Simply give a quick swipe of this between manicures to restore radiance and shine to your nails. VoilĂ !

Essie's Grow Faster base coat helps to prevent nail breakage and includes ingredients such as argan oil and algae extract...a perfect way to prep for a fresh mani while protecting against future damage at the same time.

If a quick dying top coat is what you're after, the Good to Go formula is a great way to finish off your hard work! It provides a beautiful shine and drys in seconds, what more could you ask for?

Probably the best smelling nail treatment ever created, and my personal favourite, has got to be the Apricot Cuticle Oil. I love rubbing this into my cuticles on a weekly basis, but mostly whenever I feel like I need a little moisture around my nails. Because, let's face it, no mani looks good surrounded by dry, cracking skin.

Have you tried any of these Essie offerings? What's your favourite?

xx -b.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

SUMMERS HOTTEST ACCESSORY


Whether you've heard of them or not, Flash Tattoos are taking Summer by storm. I had the pleasure of hosting one of my very first giveaways on Life, Set Sail with them and I'm not sure what's happened since then, but their name seems to have exploded in a very short amount of time!

I love using my LENA package to create small custom designs, which I seem to like a lot more than going full on "flashy" everywhere. A simple chevron trio on the wrist is more my style. To create the look above, I used leftover pieces from an armband.

Have you heard of or tried Flash Tattoos? Are you a fan?

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