October FX Month: Week 3

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday!

This post is coming to you much later than usual, but better late then never huh!

I wanted to try something creepy, but also cute. I know that gore isnโ€™t in everyoneโ€™s taste, so I want to try and keep it interesting for everyone (whoever you may be!)

So for this look I thought it could be cute or creepy, whatever direction you want to take it!

I thought a doll would be a cute idea! And adding a little chip or crack adds the creepy element to it!

I actually got all of my inspiration just from seeing that one tea cup sitting on my shelf.

A much simpler look this week ๐Ÿ‘€ all I used was:

๐Ÿ‘ป glue stick/liquid latex to blank out my eyebrows (I learned that liquid latex is great to go over if school glue doesnโ€™t quite do the trick.)

๐Ÿ‘ป Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation, but any foundation/concealer will do the trick. I used ones that were extra dewy to add that โ€˜shinyโ€™ effect to the skin. Also high coverage to help blank out the brows and seamlessly blend the skin.

๐Ÿ‘ป NYX eyeshadows on lid and cheeks.

๐Ÿ‘ป Black liquid liner for details. I recommend a gel or something that wonโ€™t dry out easily. I find when you do lots of detailing, the brush runs out of product quicker than your usual cat flick.

๐Ÿ‘ป On the lips I just used something simple but bright, and that was Backstage Bambi by Kat Von D.

Lastly, dress up! Dressing up is the other half of the fun!

Itโ€™s the week before Halloween, woohoo!

~M

Yoga for the working gal, and lads

Hello lovely people!

How is everyone enjoying their day? Very good I hope! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a fun blog post today, revolving around one of my recent, not so recent hobbies. That hobby would be Yoga! As you may already know I am an avid runner, and generally hit the trails on my workout days. As of recent I noticed myself growing g a little bored of my runs. Not to mention, after working on my feet all day, my legs were telling me ‘hell no’.

That’s when I decided to pull out the yoga mat. The big difference is that when I’m doing yoga is, its much easier on my feet and knees, which are typically my weak spots after work. If fact, as I sat there it seemed every inch of my legs were a weak spot. Stiff and achy I devised a set of stretches, easy enough to do them after work, and anywhere at all.

Whether you work siting down, or are on your feet for the 8 hours of the day, these stretches are a sure fire way to help say ‘sayonara ‘ to stiff legs. And if this post is a hit I can continue on with any other stretches! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just as a little disclaimer, I am not a Yoga expert or anything, just a lover of it. And if any of these poses may seem too difficult or anything, know your bodies limit and stay within it โค

Also, I have no idea if these have real names or not, so bare with me.

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Start sitting cross legged on your mat or pillow. Carefully place your feet together meeting up your heels and ball of your feel. You will begin to feel a stretch in your groin and inner thigh. You may gently press down on your legs for a more intense stretch, or just use the weight of your legs.

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This was my most favorite stretch, courtesy of when I used to kick box. At the beginning of the class we always were led in a series of stretches and I always loved when we got to this one. So, Starting in a plank position, bring forward your right/left leg (whichever one you want to stretch first) and lower it close to the ground, almost kneeling. Carefully sink back until you feel a stretch in your Quadriceps. This will feel like it is stretching the front half of your thigh. It is alright if you cannot sink as low, or if you sink lower than good for you!

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This next pose is pretty straight forward. Sitting with your legs together in front of you, move your fingers forward to touch your toes. By no means do you actually have to touch your toes. As you can see, I was quite stiff and could barely touch mine ๐Ÿ˜› By the end though, after short breaks I could. It is a good idea to start where you can touch, and ease slowly into the stretch.

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This is pretty much the same stretch, just isolating each leg for an individual stretch. I’m sure we’ve all done this stretch at some point in our life, it is a very popular one for good reason! I like to do it then come back to touching both my toes, to see how much farther I can reach ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last, and certainly my favorite after a long day is the corpse pose. Why is this the only name I can actually remember? Probably because its the most literal ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t think a whole lot of instruction is needed for this one. Lying on your back with your hands facing up (my own boo boo), breathe deep and clear your mind. Stay in this pose for as long as needed. Hey, have a nap if that’s what you need. The key to this pose is to unwind.

 

I hope this has helped, and/or inspired anyone today! Thank you for reading as usual, and let me know if you like seeing these kinds of posts on my blog!

Ciao!

~M

 

March Favorites!

Hello lovely people and welcome to my March favorites! I must admit I am impressed with myself getting this uploaded within the first week of April, rather than the first few weeks. Don’t mind me as I pat myself on the back just a little haha. Must get better at this whole organization thing.

Alright, let’s cut the faffing about and get right into it!

March faves

💋My first favorite is a lush product. I know, shocker *sarcasm*, and it is the ‘Bunch o Carrots’ reusable bubble bars. These delightful little bars are by far one of my favorite lush scents ever. They are fruity and sweet, but also light. I bought them a week before easter, and I still have all of them. They give off amazing bubbles just by running them under water, so they last forever!

💋 NYX Matte liquid foundation. This was a purchase that I was on the fence about. I’m sure we all know the difficulty of picking a drugstore foundation. I do not live anywhere near ‘higher quality’ makup stores, so I’ve become quite an expert (sorta) at perusing through drugstore makup and finding the best formulas possible. This is by far my new favorite drugstore foundation! I realized my last foundation was almost just a teeny bit too dark. My skin tone tends to waver on the cusp of two tones and this foundation is the right one for now since I’m much paler after winter. My other foundation will be great for when I get more sun (which should be soon :p)
Getting back to my point, this foundation is high coverage, but still looks good just using a little, and can still be layered. Five stars and I’ve actually been using it almost every day. Big wow!

💋Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer.
I bought this because one of my favorite YouTubers (Tanya Burr) used it in a recent tutorial, so I put some faith in her and was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact this may just bump the Wake Me Up concealer out of the #1 spot. Sorry Wake Me Up, its time to step aside 😂
The Match Perfection is both a concealer and a highlighter. I use this on those particular early mornings to help look…well a little more ‘alive’ let’s just say. It blends like a dream, and I haven’t had any problems with creasing, as well as it lasting through out the day.

💋 Bath and Body Works, Tahiti Island Dream body mist. There’s not much to say about this besides the fact that I love this scent. Its like fresh tropical air, condensed, and I just want to spray it everywhere and smell it forever. :p

💋 Loreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer. When I bought this product it was more out of curiosity than actual necessity. I always found brow pencils to be very rough to apply, and once you finally get into apply, it somehow ends up too dark. However this has restored my faith in the brow pencil. Its a softer pencil and the pencil itself is very thin making it so easy to define your brows however you like them. I have heard from many people it is a perfect dupe for the Brow Whiz by Anastasia Beverly hills, bit I’ve not tried that product, so I cannot vouch for that, but maybe any of you can? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

💋 Revlon ‘Just Bitten’ Kissable lip balm stain, in the color 040 Rendezvous. Since spring is here I’ve delved into more orange shades of lipsticks and thud has come out on top as my favorite! The color makes me feel so bright and springy, and it also has incredible moisturizing properties. It has the color hold of a lip stain, but is lip friendly like a lip balm. It is also a really refreshing peppermint scent, and adds a cooling sensation to the lips.

💋NYX Xtreme Lipcream in ‘CandyLand’. This is one of the cutest colors I have ever worn. The perfect baby pink liquid lipstick. It has the hold of a liquid lipstick and the shine of a lip gloss. And that makes me one happy gal!

💋Bath and Body Hand sanitizer in Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla. This is a very funny favorite to me, however there is a cold sweeping through my town so I tend to obsess over having clean hands. This does exactly that. It has been living in my purse, not to mention it smells like some freaking amazing cookies.

So this is all of my favorites of March! When I started to make my list in the beginning I thought to myself ‘I don’t really have that many new favorites’, but like usual as I looked through my makeup bag and purse, I remembered all the products I’ve been casually obsessing over hehe.

So I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have been loving any of the same products, or what your favorites are! I love to hear from everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

I always like doing these kinds of posts because a lot of the products I enjoy are very affordable and usually from the drugstore. I just remember/know what it’s like being interested in makeup, but feeling so out of your league as where to start. And I know what its like to nervously look through the aisles and aisles of products hoping you buy something good. So any help that I may be able to provide makes me happy!

As usual, I hope you’re enjoying your day! Thanks for reading!

~M

Green is Gold!

Hello everyone!

Since spring has officially sprung, it usually symbolizes warmer weather and colorful patterns. My new favorite goodies that spring has been offering is from the earth itself, and what it has to offer. The beautiful wildlife, and the fruits, berries and vegetables that this beautiful country has given us.

Hopefully I didn’t get too poetic out there for everyone ๐Ÿ˜›

Back to the point, my goal this spring was to get back into healthy eating. I took a slight detour around Valentines day, and Easter lead me down a dark…yet delicious chocolatey path.

My new love is juicing. A really quick way to nourish your body with a lot of vitamins and a plethora of flavor.

Here is my Kale, Grapefruit, Orange, and Cucumber juice blend!

It’s a serious hit of vitamin c after the flu season, and kale offers a boost of calcium and protein.

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Green Gold for sure!

And I wanted to try a new format for my recipes, so here is a cute little video I made explaining the recipe! Let me know if you like it with a thumbs up (if you want) ๐Ÿ˜›

Hope you enjoy!

~M

 

Super Granola Pancakes

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Hello lovelies!
How is February treating everyone? Fabulous I hope!

I come bearing another super pancake recipe for all my pancake loving amigos out there! (Let’s be honest the majority of the world loves pancakes in some way.)

I had one of those mornings recently where I just couldn’t decide between a quick ‘shovel it in’ type of breakfast, or a very care taken meal. So I took the best of both worlds in both of those categories. That would be: granola and pancakes. Put them together and what do you get? Granola cakes!

You will need:
โ€ข1 cup flour
โ€ข1/4 cup instant oats (soaked in hot water, then water drained)
โ€ข1 teaspoon baking powder
โ€ข1 egg
โ€ขMilk (add until right consistency)
โ€ขA good hand full of crasins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and any other scrumptious things you can think of. ๐Ÿ™‚
โ€ขA dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
โ€ขa pinch of salt

Have a skillet or frying pan on medium heat, and coat with a splash of coconut oil. (Make sure that it isn’t so hot that the oil will smoke. Just hot enough to sizzle when water splashed on it.)

I will always start with a cup of milk to begin with, but add more later to get the batter to the right consistency.
Begin to mix your milk and your egg together. I always mix them in a measuring glass, but I have no idea if that is proper cooking etiquette or not 😂

Next in a separate bowl sift together all your dry ingredients. Sifting is not a necessary step, but it will make the batter more even, and chances of any lumps way less.

Once all the dry ingredients are mixed together you can pour in the wet mix slowly, stirring constantly to make sure it mixes evenly. Then add your quick oats. Once mixed this is where you have to work quickly to add your seeds and cranberries not stirring too much as you don’t want to over mix, and deactivate the baking soda.

In fact, a good tip would be to prep them ahead of time or have them in your dry ingredient bowl before mixing.

I always save a little of the nuts and seeds to sprinkle on top and create a lovely pattern.

Now you can drop your batter into the pan and voila! You’re cooking some wicked pancakes! Be sure to cook until lightly brown on each side and enjoy!

I also chose to have a tiny bit of mocha yoghurt on the side! 😜

As always thamk you for reading and I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

~M

Christmas Clippings DIY

Two posts in one day? Insanity, I know! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

I have recently just burst into the Christmas mood! Overnight lights have been hung in my room, snowmen put on the window sill, and Buble has been put on repeat!

With that, the DIY season has begun! This is just a really simple trick to add some spirit to your living area, without hurting your wallet.

All I used was: A couple vintage tea pots (this would easily work with Mason jars too) , some sprigs of pine, holly and fur. And lastly just some fun little decorations. I actually recycled an old wreath to re-use some of these goodies!

Pine cones, bows, little plastic birds, and bobbles are just a few of my favorite things to add to these little center pieces.

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Once you’ve got your goodies together, let the creativity flow!

I set mine up on my porch with some lovely Christmas lights.ย It gives guests a warm welcome to your home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy crafting everyone! โค

~M