Mask Monday :: Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks

I may have a slight attachment to face masks if the completely full shelf in my bathroom is any indication. My obsession started off small a few years back with those two dollar packs from Walmart and quickly escalated into a full blown investment. I like to keep a mix of high end and more affordable masks in my collection. Continue reading

My Sephora Love List

If you check my data usage on my cell, Sephora will be in my top three apps every single time. It is my favorite place to kill time.I love to browse all of the new items, read the reviews, and contemplate what would be the very best thing to splurge on next.

As I finished reading (literally) all of the reviews on a product I use weekly, I realized my Sephora thing might just be a problem . . . . and I decided to share that problem with you! Continue reading

25 Days of Christmas:: Day 17 :: Favorite Holiday Makeup Tutorials 

One reason I love the holidays is because of all the parties and dinners and events that are happening! I picked videos from some of my favorite YouTubers and then found some looks that I love that would be perfect for different occasions.

I already a shared my favorite holiday outfits, so enjoy these makeup looks for every occasion!

 

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 Glam Holiday Makeup Tutorial by CosmoByHaley

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 Classic Christmas Makeup by Manny MUA

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 Affordable Holiday Makeup by Teaira Walker

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Easy Glam Holiday Makeup by Jaclyn Hill

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Emerald Eyes by KathleenLights

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Soft Smokey Cat Eye by Jaclyn Hill

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Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial by MsRoshPosh

 




Blogmas / 25 Days of Christmas

Favorite Holiday Movies

Gift Guide for Moms

Cutest Christmas Cards

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Christmas Playlist

Bestie Gift Guide

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater

Gifts that Give Back Part One

Gifts that Give Back Part Two

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Christmas Tag

Christmas Wish List

DIY Office Gifts




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25 Days of Christmas :: Day 11 :: Favorite Holiday Jams

I literally listen to Christmas music all year long because it is sincerely my favorite. But, I get so excited when Black Friday rolls around and Christmas music starts playing on the radio and in stores. When I worked at Subway in college, I made my crew listen to it as much as possible during the holiday season. They didn’t really appreciate it, but that was the perk of being the crew leader, right? I love my job at Dillard’s because Christmas music is the store jam this time of year!

I thought in the spirit of the holidays, I would share my favorite Christmas songs that make me squeal “Oh-my-gosh, this is my favorite!” when they start playing. I listed them with my favorite artists’ version, but let’s get real – is there even a bad version of I’ll Be Home for Christmas? Nope.

Please, please, please leave your favorite holiday jams in the comments so I can check them out!

 

Blue Christmas – Elvis

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Rascal Flatts

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Michael Buble

Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – ‘N Sync

You can check out the rest of my holiday hits on my Spotify playlist.




Check out my other Blogmas /  25 Days of Christmas posts

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Gift Guide for Moms

Cutest Christmas Cards

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Bestie Gift Guide

Favorite Holiday Movies

Gifts That Give Back

The Most Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie EVER!

Hey, it’s me. Your resident slacker and consistent poster in training

All kidding aside, I have been MIA from almost everything – including personal social media accounts – since I last posted because life has been beyond hectic. My uncle and his daughter were down, I started a new job, Cody and I are remodeling the place we are moving into, and I have been helping a friend with her wedding plans. Crazy, right? Everything has been put on the back burner (you should see he laundry piling up…well actually you shouldn’t!).

While my uncle was down, I had the chance to do a lot of cooking and baking because they ate at our house most of the time. One of the things I baked was these amazingly perfect chocolate chip cookies. They are moist, fluffy, and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey melt in your mouth chocolate chips and chunks. Honestly, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. No other cookie – homemade or store bought – can even compare.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

This recipe comes from the Fabulous Averie Cooks. Her blog is like crack if you enjoy baking. Have you been? No? Well, why the frick not?

What makes this recipe different is the cream cheese. It adds that little something extra that makes people ask for your recipe and grab for the last cookie.

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup regular block cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional – omit if you used salted butter)
  • 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used a mixture of both

 

What you do:

  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, the egg, both sugars, and vanilla on medium/high speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, it may take longer than 5 minutes.
  • After scraping down the sides of the bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt (if you need it). Mix until just combined – about 1 minute.
  • Add chocolate chips and chocolate chunks – beat for just a second or fold in by hand
  • Refrigerate dough for at least two hours
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F
  • Line or grease your baking sheet
  • Scoop out cookie balls
  • Place cookies on sheet, about 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 10 minutes)
  • Cool for a little while on baking sheet (about five minutes)
  • Move to wire cooling rack to finish cooling

 

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

 

Averie scooped her cookies into balls before refrigerating and then let them sit at room temp for 15 minutes before baking. I scooped my dough after refrigerating in order to skip the 15 minute room temp deal. I used a regular size bag of chocolate chunks and 3 cups of chocolate chips in my double batch and there was the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I cannot tell you enough how amazing these cookies are – I made a double batch and they were gone in two days!  Plus, they were so easy to make. If you check out Averie’s post, it explains how long you can keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Guys, basically that means you can prep a double batch, freeze half, and be only 20 minutes away from fresh cookies next time somebody drops in unexpectedly.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie made with Cream Cheese

I hope you try out these cookies soon!

 

Pinterest Roundup :: Weekly Favorites :: April 30th

Pinterest is one of my great addictions.

Sometimes, it may even trump doped up veggie burgers (guys, make a Boca burger with gouda and seared veggies one day *true heaven*) and Netflix. It’s even better when my great love can introduce me to so many other loves. Like the myriad of decadent, amazing cakes I have pinned. Which brings me to this weeks Pinterest favorites theme. What? You already guessed it? Did I give it away with all of the adjectives? No, well let’s look at some of my favorite cake pins.

And don’t forget to visit the original blog post and show these amazing bloggers some love! You can find their information (blog name, blogger name, and link to original post) under the pictures!

 

 

Tiramisu Cake by Dina at Simply Home Cooked

Lemon Layer Cake with Blueberry Lavender Buttercream by Casey at The Wholesome Pursuit

Lemon Cake by Obviously Sweet blog

Rustic Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache by Theresa at Eat Drink Binge

Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake by Jillian at Food, Folks, and Fun


These cakes are great, right?

Follow my cake dedicated Pinterest board – Do you wanna piece of me?

And don’t forget to follow me – BySarahShea

Spring 2016 Closet Wishlist

I’m going to be moving in a few weeks, so I have been going through my clothes and getting rid of the ones I don’t frequently wear – and trust me, it’s a large pile. What better excuse to update my closet?? Out with the old – in with the new and all that jazz.

Bonus: It’s spring and I adore spring! I love the boho looks, the floral, and the pastels.

So without further ado, my spring wish list! Don’t forget to let me know what things your loving for spring.

 

 

Tia Asymmetric Tank from Nasty Gal

Nike ‘Dunk Ski High Essential’ Wedge Sneaker from Nordstrom

Kimchi Blue Emile Peplum Crochet Top from Urban Outfitters

First & I Denim Midi Skirt from Asos

Crochet Tunic Dress with Fringing from Asos

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Floral Print Stretch Skinny Ankle Jeans from Macy’s

Priya Crochet Lace Tank from Nasty Gal