Hello Spring :: March IPSY Glam Bag

 

2016 IPSY March Glam Bag

 

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year for fashion and makeup. I love wearing pastels, florals, and all sorts of pinks. What better way to welcome Spring than with 70 degree weather and a new glam bag? This weekend I got to wear sandals, boyfriend crops, and the goodies in my March IPSY bag – you could say it was a win in my book.

 

My favorite item from this month’s bag is the bag itself. I adore the coral and pale blue color scheme. It is beyond perfect for spring! I already tucked it into my purse for lippies.

2016 IPSY March Glam Bag

My second favorite item is the OFRA Cosmetics eyeliner in Green Go. I wear green eyeliner year round, but switch to a lighter shade during the spring/summer months. The dark greenish black I prefer during the winter is too heavy in the spring. This green is just perfect and the OFRA eyeliners are insanely creamy and easy to use.

I really love the Beau Gachis eyeshadow brush. Lately I’ve been using Morphe brand brushes and they are amazing but this one is just as good. Insanely soft bristles, easy to use, and doesn’t waste product – there isn’t much more you could want in an eyeshadow brush.

The Aphrodite Olive Oil Eye Cream is heavenly. Last year I really started focusing on the ingredients that were NOT in my face and hair products. I avoid products that contain parabens, silicones, phthalates, alcohol, and sulfates so I was pretty freakin’ happy when I saw this product was following in the footsteps of the rest of my products. Aside from the awesome benefits of what isn’t in this product, there are so many amazing benefits from what is in the cream. Water is the first ingredient on the ingredient list and that’s fantastic. Your body needs and craves water, so using products on your skin and hair that have water in the top two or three ingredients is really beneficial. This eye cream is thick without being overpowering, has a light scent, and absorbs quickly. It leaves your eye area feeing soft and smooth while still being light enough to use under makeup.

IT Cosmetics included Bye Bye Under Eye full coverage anti-ageing waterproof concealer in the shade medium. I’m happy with the shade; it’s the right color for me. However, the concealer might not be right for me. It’s really thick and has a tendency to get cakey really fast. The first day I used it was a disaster, but the second day went much better. Day one I used my fingers and day two I used a damp Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender thinned the concealer out nicely, but that took away some of the coverage which is a con in my book.

The last item included in this month’s bag is Model Co’s lip lacquer in socialite. I am so not a fan of this item. I love a good gloss, but this isn’t one of them. It is beyond sticky – like, stickier than those cheap glosses little kids get for holidays. The color payoff isn’t good either. It’s very patchy. The one thing I do love about this gloss is the color. It is super cute and perfect for spring. I think I’m going to give this to Marley – she loves when I give her “grown up” makeup!

 

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2016 IPSY March Glam Bag

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*Kid Approved* Fruit Loop Treats

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Living with a four year old has disadvantages. For instance, it doesn’t matter if it is a bank holiday or a weekend – nobody in the house is sleeping in if Marley has anything to say about it. But it also has perks: Netflix cuddles, hugs, and treats.

St. Patrick’s Day is next week and Marley has been learning about leprechauns and Ireland in Pre-K. On Monday, her teacher showed them “leprechaun footprints” and it got Marley really excited about anything remotely connected to St. Patrick’s Day.

I was off today so I decided to make her a themed treat. I spent this morning sorting Fruit Loops into three piles – yellow, green, and the rest of the colors – while I watched White Collar. Guys, Matt Bomer is gorgeous. The episode was 4:9 “Gloves Off” and let me say, Bomer

I used the same recipe for these yummy treats as I did when I made Rice Krispie treats for Valentine’s Day.

I made three separate batches, just like I separated them, yellow, green, and rainbow.

The rainbow ones I cut into squares, the yellow ones I made little piles with, and the green ones I cut into little, tiny squares.

I told her they were pots of gold, leprechaun treats, and rainbows. She loved them! Which is really all that matters, of course.

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Have you ever made anything like this? Better question: Yay or nay on Matt Bomer? Obviously, I vote yay.

 

 

Lazy, Rainy Day & Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

It is so dreary today! The last few days have been so sunny with weather in the low 70’s, but today it has rained since dawn and is in the low 50’s. Not my type of weather! Dreary days make me feel dreary.

I came straight home from work, changed into my Slytherin pajamas, and curled up in my warm winter blanket. BUT I still didn’t feel normal.

What else could I do but make popcorn? Honestly, I cant think of a thing.

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I usually eat Skinny Pop, but I wasn’t feeling it tonight so I popped one of Cody’s bags of extra buttery popcorn. Yum! I know it’s bad for you – but its so good. I sprinkled it with sea salt before adding some peppermint chips and mini chocolate chips. If you do it when the popcorn is still warm, it melts a little bit. So delicious! I love the sweet and salty combo.

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No choco-pepermint popcorn would complete without hot chocolate. Okay, that’s not exactly true but Marley really wanted a cup so I figured I would join her. When I make hot chocolate I put a ton of hip cream on top. Today I sprinkled it with peppermint chips and drizzled it with a bit of chocolate syrup. I like to eat my marshmallows separate from my coco. . . strange, I know.

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Doritos Taco Bake

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I adore anything remotely taco related. Seriously – anything. I have no idea why, but taco stuff just makes me so happy.

Ever since I was little, when we would have taco salad at home, we would make it with Doritos instead of taco shells. Apparently this isn’t normal, because when my friends would come over, they would always be confused. I made a taco inspired dish for a potluck at work, I have been craving other taco foods!

For the filling:

  • 1 lbs hamburger
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup spicy salsa
  • 1 small can Rotel
  • 1 large onion – diced
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper – diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper – diced
  • 2 cups Nacho Cheese Doritos – crushed into large chunks

Other:

  • 2-3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (based on your desired amount of cheese; I used 2)
  • 1 Roma tomato – diced
  • green onions

I browned the meat in a skillet and then added everything but the Doritos and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

While the filling was cooking, I preheated the oven to 375 and greased a large, 9×11 casserole dish. I crushed more Doritos (sorry I didn’t measure how much!) and made a thick, even layer across the bottom of the dish.

I covered the Dorito crust with a thin layer of shredded cheddar cheese. Then I mixed the 2 cups of crushed Doritos with the taco meat mixture and spooned it into the dish. I added another thin layer of cheddar cheese and then sprinkled crushed Doritos over the top of the casserole before covering it with foil.

Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes to met the cheese and crisp the top.

After removing from the oven, top with sprinkled tomatoes and green onions.

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I served mine with sour cream and refried beans.

So freakin’ yummy.

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What kind of taco dishes do you like?