Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Friday!

It's the last Friday in August, aka, the end of the summer (in my mind).  I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend of brunch and lesson planning!  I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Budget Beauty: Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Shampoo / Conditioner

As someone who colors her hair quite frequently, as in about once a month maintenance, I’m always focusing on the damage that’s being done to my strands.  Note I’m saying strands and not scalp…for years I honestly never thought twice about how the products I was using, both styling and color related, were effecting the health of my scalp- I never really cared.   It wasn’t until about a year ago that I really needed to change my thinking, especially with the change of seasons, particularly the transition from summer to fall.  My scalp was hurting…literally, I was experiencing intense dryness and psoriasis.  Not only was it uncomfortable I felt super self-conscious because it looked awful.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: I Need to Make All of These Things

I've been on the hunt for some new recipes lately and I think I've rounded up quite a few good ones.  I'm looking forward to getting in the kitchen and putting my own spin on them!

Ugh, any reason to make cookies is a perfect reason.  Peanut butter AND butterscotch?! What an amazing twist.

Creative Culinary's Watermelon Mint Mojito
Doesn't this sound like the most perfect summer drink ever in life?!  The combination of watermelon and mint sounds so refreshing.  & it looks very easy to make, which is obviously super important.

Blogging Over Thyme's 'Best Homemade Margherita' Pizza 
I've been dying to make my own pizza, I even bought a few at home pizza making essentials recently, so I'm totally ready to dive in and get started on making perfect pizza creations.  When I saw Blogging Over Thyme's pictures of her homemade margherita, I died.  Gorgeous and beyond yummy looking...I need to make it ASAP.

Iowa Girl Eats' Crock Pot Beef Stew 
Okay so I might be jumping the gun with this a little bit, & truth is I probably won't make it until October, but whatever.  I instantly saved this recipe in my favorites, I'm looking forward to whipping out my slow cooker weekly once the fall comes around, & beef stew has always been a fall/ winter favorite of mine.

Creme de la Crumb's No Churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Why do I still not have an ice cream maker?  I've been asking myself this question often lately...or at least whenever I see an ice cream recipe.  So, clearly seeing a no churn recipe gets me super duper excited!  Salted caramel is one of my favorite flavors and this recipe is way too easy for words, I could literally get the prep done right before bed and wake up and eat it for breakfast.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Perfector

My first thought when receiving this product was, what is a blur perfector?  My second thought when receiving this product was, yay I love YSL!

The purpose of the Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Blur Perfector is to create a perfectly smooth, fine line free, pore minimized canvas for makeup.  I would describe its texture as balm-ly like, it applies the way a balm feels, yet kind of turns to powder as the after effect and feeling.  I hope that made sense!

Yves Saint Laurent's Touché Éclat Blur Perfector
Photo: Sephora.com

I look at this product as a primer, and a good one at that.  For the past three weeks I've subbed in Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Blur Perfector for my typical primer, and I've had great results.  The best part of this product for me, is the fact that it's mattifying...my ultimate test.  As far as the color goes, it has a nice rose color in the palette that blends in easily to any skin tone color. 

Not only can you use this product as a primer, but you can use it as a touch up throughout the day.  & let me tell you something, having this in my makeup bag on these hot and muggy D.C. summer days, has been amazing.  I use the applicator that came with the Blur Perfector and just blot on the oily parts of my face...it instantly creates a more matte look and evens out my foundation.  I wish there was a bit more substance to the applicator, especially since the formula and texture of the product changes, but we all know the applicators products come with aren't the best.

I know looking at the price tag of the Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Blur Perfector might cause people to think twice before purchasing, but the truth is this is such a multifunctional product, that I feel as though its many uses allow the cost to make sense.  Also, it's YSL.

Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat Blur Perfector | $55

Disclaimer: I received this product through Influenster.  All opinions are my own. 

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