December Glam Bag :: So in Love

Love is a strong word and I wouldn’t use it to just describe anything, but I love my December IPSY bag. I mean, what isn’t to love? This month the products were all amazing!

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And how cute is the red quilted bag? The vibrant, true shade is great for the holiday season.

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My absolute favorite is the Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in the shade Tender Heart. It’s a great neutral pink that leans toward the mauve side. It goes on so smooth and one coat covers the natural lip color. It has great lasting power. The best thing about this lipstick is that it 100% vegan, cruelty-free, AND a portion of the proceeds of this product goes to support clean water.

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Model Co. lip liner in 15108 is great, too. It is a neutral like the lipstick, but a few shades darker. I wish I had thought to take swatches of these products.

The Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer is killer. It’s kind of a pearl color and has a slight shimmer. Once rubbed in, it makes a really smooth finish and it holds shadow forever. It is almost as good as my Urban Decay primer, but it does crease a little more. Still a pretty great product to have!

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I have used the entire sample of Briogeo’s Curl Charisma defining crème. It has rice amino, avocado oil, and quinoa extract to smooth and hydrate curls. It works like a charm. Love , love, love it!

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The last product included Ricky Care’s 3D blender. It’s like a Beauty Blender but blue. I’m going to see if any of my friends want it because I have a few different blender sponges that I’m already in love with. It seems like a shame to hoard such a great product.

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To top it off, the awesome IPSY team included a thank you note. How sweet!

Have you tried IPSY? If not, why??

Rocky Road Brownies

My uncle came down last weekend. In between work, final school projects, and being sick, I decided to whip up a pan of brownies. I had to work the first night he was down, so I thought it would be a nice way for him to know I was thinking about him.

Last week when searching for a book I needed for school, I stumbled upon a cookbook Cody got me for one of our first holidays together. When I decided to make brownies, I knew I needed to use that cookbook!

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The first thing I do when I get a new cookbook is tab the pages of recipes I really want to make. It makes finding them so much easier when I’m in a hurry.

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I adapted the recipe a little bit.

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I didn’t wait until they were cool to try them, so my piece is a bit messy!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ¼ cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips – I used extra dark because they’re my favorite
  • ½ chopped nuts – I used walnuts because I had them on hand
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar – I used coconut sugar this time
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – pure or imitation are both fine
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder – I used extra dark, but regular works just as well
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

The cook book instructs you to use Hershey’s products – it’s a Hershey’s cookbook – but you obviously don’t have to.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees before assembling your products and grab an eight or nine inch pan. I used a round pie pan because it was on top of the pile, but anything will work. Don’t forget to grease or pray it! I totally forgot, but they still turned out okay.

Microwave the butter in a large-ish bowl until melted, about 1 to 1.5 minutes. Mix the sugar, eggs, and vanilla with the butter until well combined and fluffy.

Add the flour cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt a little at a time. Mix the ingredients together until there are no lumps. I just used a fork, but if you feel like it, a mixer (stand or hand) would work much quicker. I added in some chocolate chips in the batter, but it isn’t necessary. Just yummy!

After you spread the batter into the pan, bake it for 20-25 minutes. You want the edges to be done, but the middle to still be slightly gooey. While it’s baking, mix together the marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips. I used extra marshmallows and chocolate chips because why not.

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Pull the brownies out when the timer goes off and liberally scatter the marshmallow mixture over the top. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes. You want the marshmallows to puff up a bit and soften some.

I turned on my broiler on for a minute or so to brown the marshmallow a bit more. I like them a little crispy.

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Cool completely before cutting (a damp knife does wonders) and serving. If your pan allows it, cooling on a wire rack works best. My pan obviously did not allow it, but that’s alright.

These would be amazing with vanilla bean ice cream!

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These would be great to take to a holiday potluck or to make when family comes down. They were a huge hit with everybody, even my mom. And she doesn’t even like chocolate!

Ay good brownie recipes I should know about?