Super Easy & Extra Gooey: S’mores Cookies

Deb:

Reblogging this because it seems like such a great treat for a girls night in!

Originally posted on the basis nyc:

The other day I was inspired to put my favorite snack, raw cookie dough (I know salmonella, blah blah blah), and a traditional s’more together. The outcome was pure PERFECTION. These cookies are super easy to make too! Here’s how:
1. Obtain a tub of cookie dough.You can also go with the homemade thing, but this is just so much easier (and easier means that you can eat sooner).
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
3. Roll the cookies in to balls and lay them on a cookie sheet.
4. Place a graham cracker, piece of chocolate, and marshmallow on top of the cookies.
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6. Enjoy your gooey, soft, S’mores Chocolate Chip cookies.
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Perfect Nude Lip Combo

Hi, everyone! I’m back today with a post on my favorite/perfect nude lip combo. A nude lip is great for when you’re wearing a bold eye look or for a casual look–it’s so versatile. It can be hard, though, to find a combination that doesn’t give you the “concealer lips” look (although, if that’s what you like…you go girl lol).

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I achieve the look above with the following three products (two are drugstore!):

1. Aveda Lip Saver lip balm
-This product can be purchased at Nordstrom for $8.50, by I received mine in a swap from Pascha (go check out her awesome blog).

2. Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny
-I purchased this product at Walgreens for around $2.00, but if you can’t find it there you can get it right from the Jordana website. This particular liner is one of my favorites and I also pair it with MAC’s Angel and Creme Cup.

3. Wet n Wild Fergie Daily lipstick
-This lippie sells for between $2.50 and $4.00 at most drugstores and big box stores. I purchased mine at Walgreens for just under $4. I’ve used this lippie so much that I’m almost ready to buy another–totally hoping that this will stay in the permanent collection because it’s an amazing nude lipstick and works well for me when I’m tan in the summer and when I’m not tan at all in the winter! If you’re a fan of rocking nude lips this is a must in your collection!!!!

What’s your favorite nude lip combo? Leave yours in the comments because I’m always looking for new things to try :) Thanks for reading!

Influenster J’Adore VoxBox

Hi, everyone! I’m on a roll tonight with two posts right in a row!!! A couple of weeks ago I received the J’Adore VoxBox in the mail from Influenster with some really nice products to try.

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Items in the box included:
-Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea
-Hershey’s Kisses (yum!)
-Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask (love this!)
-Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes
-John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray

*some boxes included Vaseline Men Spray Lotion, but mine didn’t because I’m not married/engaged/I don’t have a boyfriend

I opened the box while I was visiting my mom, which turned out to be a good thing because I gave her the bag of Hershey’s Kisses so I couldn’t set them all myself lol. So far I’ve tried the tea and the mask and I will be giving the flat iron spray a try this week! I don’t usually wear false lashes, but I will probably try them next time I have a reason to dress up. Keep checking back for a review on the Boots Botanics mask! Did you get the J’Adore VoxBox? If so, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of the goodies you received :) Thanks for reading!

FTC Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Review: Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner

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Hi, everyone!  I’m back today with a review on the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner, which happens is on sale at Ulta for $9.99 right now!  I started using this product a couple of months ago when I got a sample size in one of my Ipsy Glam Bags and have used it ever since. 

Product Claims:

“The powerful combination of Soy and Cocoa work synergistically to perfectly care for your hair! A conditioner that is both a nourishing moisturizer and mild protein reconstructor and safe to use on color-treated hair. This truly amazing conditioner reconstructs, moisturizes and combats environmental stress on all types of hair. (8.5 oz)

Soy and Tri-Wheat Proteins penetrate the hair, while moisturizers detangle for softness. Soy also cannot over proteinize the hair.

Cocoa Replenishes hair’s moisture, has intensive repairing qualities, provides deep conditioning and strengthening properties and promotes soft and manageable hair.”

How I Use:

After shampooing, conditioning, and gently towel drying I spray this from the middle of the length of my hair down to the ends and comb the product through.  I’ve found that it’s really helped with detangling my hair!  In the two months that I’ve used this product my hair has started to feel a lot softer, which is nice because the texture of my hair is pretty coarse and it looks a lot more shiny (but doesn’t feel greasy).   My hair gets heat styled about 95% of the time, so I try my best to take care of my hair to lessen the amount of damage that’s done to it and I’ve definitely noticed fewer split ends in the two months that I’ve used this product.

Bottom Line:

I recommend this product.  It retails for $17.95, but Ulta runs sales pretty often and you can pick it up for around $9.99 during those sales, which is a steal! It’s a light-weight conditioner that can do a heavy-duty job, but since it’s light-weight I think it could work for many different types of hair. 

Thanks so much for reading this post.  If you’ve tried this product or have any questions, please leave a comment!  :)

 

I’ve Been MIA

Hi, everyone! I wanted to apologize for being “missing in action” on here. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and because of that my blog has suffered. Even though I still have a lot going on I am going to try to make an effort to post at least once a week and keep my blog going. That being said…would anyone be interested in posts on my favorite nude lip combo or reviews on Olay Fresh Effects products? Let me know your thoughts :) I hope you have all been well!

Cleaning Out My Makeup Collection

Hi, everyone! I hope the start of 2014 has been good, so far :) As I was doing some tidying up around my apartment today I started thinking about going through my makeup collection and taking out things that I have in it that have never been used and then doing a giveaway with those items. Would any of you girls be interested in something like that? If you’d be interested in a giveaway with some really nice things from my makeup collection that I just haven’t gotten a chance to use, leave a comment and let me know. If there is interest in this I will go through my collection and put a giveaway together!

Beauty Favorites of 2013: part 2

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the delay in the conclusion of the second part of my 2013 beauty favorites–I meant to post this on New Year’s Day, but got caught up with the holiday and then with the huge amount of snowfall the following day! And now, I’ll jump right into the rest of my favorites for 2013 :)

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Lip Balms/Glosses
1. Nivea Lip Butter “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss” ($3.99 at CVS http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Nivea-Lip-Butter-Vanilla-&-Macadamia-Kiss?skuId=913074 )
2. Vaseline Lip Therapy for Soft, Glowing Lips, Cocoa Butter ($2.27 at CVS http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Vaseline-Lip-Therapy-for-Soft-Glowing-Lips-Cocoa-Butter?skuId=921438 )
3. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm “Peach Kiss” ($4.49 at CVS http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Maybelline-Baby-Lips-Moisturizing-Lip-Balm-SPF-20-Peach-Kiss-30?skuId=858006 )
4. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm “Pink Punch” ($4.49 at CVS http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Maybelline-Baby-Lips-Moisturizing-Lip-Balm-SPF-20-Pink-Punch-25?skuId=858005 )
5. NYX Butter Gloss “Crème Brulee” ($4.99 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5050009 )

Lotion
1. Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Skin Creme ($3.97 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Queen-Helene-Cocoa-Butter-Skin-Creme-15-oz/10315469 )
2. St. Ives Body Lotion Deep Restoring 24-Hour Moisture ($4.43 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/19717212?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=t&wl3=41833582510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem )
3. Suave Naturals Body Lotion Everlasting Sunshine ($2.50 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Suave-Everlasting-Sunshine-Body-Lotion-18-fl.oz./19717219 )
4. Suave Naturals Body Lotion Lavendar Vanilla ($2.50 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/11983098?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=t&wl3=41833582510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem )
5. Bath and Body Works “Paris Amour” Lotion ($11 http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11428078 )

And that will do it for part 2 of my 2013 beauty favorites! Please share your favorites with me in a comment! Thank you so much for reading :)

Beauty Favorites of 2013: part 1

Hi, everyone! As 2013 draws to a close I would like to thank you all for following my blog this year–it has been a pleasure getting to interact with all of you on here and on a Twitter! And now, without any further ado, here are my beauty favorites of 2013!!!!!

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Face Products (foundation, primer, & concealer)
1. Clinique Stay Matte Foundation ($23 at Sephora http://www.sephora.com/stay-matte-oil-free-makeup-P310726 )
2. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=VP00144 )
3. Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation ($12.99 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4930113 )
4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser ($8.99 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3490149 )
5. Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-Up Primer ($30 at laurageller.com http://www.laurageller.com/store/face/products/spackle-under-makeup-primer )

Blush
1. NYX Powder Blush “Pinched” ($5.99 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3020029 )
2. MAC Sheertone Blush “Gingerly” ($21 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/156/329/Products/Face/Cheek/Powder-Blush/index.tmpl )
3. MAC Mineralize Blush “Warm Soul” ($25 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/156/1791/Mineralize-Blush/index.tmpl )
4. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush “Mellow Wine” ($2.99 at drugstore.com http://www.drugstore.com/wet-n-wild-color-icon-blusher-pressed-powder-mellow-wine-833e/qxp347509 )
5. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush “Heather Silk” ($2.99 at drugstore.com http://www.drugstore.com/wet-n-wild-color-icon-blusher-pressed-powder-mellow-wine-833e/qxp347509 )

Lipsticks
1. MAC Angel ($15 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Lipstick/index.tmpl )
2. MAC Candy YumYum ($15 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Lipstick/index.tmpl )
3. MAC Creme Cup ($15 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Lipstick/index.tmpl )
4. Milani Color Statement “Sangria” ($4.97 at WalMart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Milani-Color-Statement-Lipstick-Sangria/24008103 )
5. Wet n Wild Fergie Crème Lipstick “Fergie Daily” ($3.49 at Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wet-n-wild-fergie-creme-lipstick/ID=prod6170136-product )

Eyeshadows/Palettes
1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4890006 )
2. Lorac Pro Palette ($42 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4500053 )
3. Benefit Peek-a-Bright Eyes ($32 at benefitcosmetics.com http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/peek-a-bright-eyes )
4. MAC “Naked Lunch” ($15 at MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/154/363/Products/Eyes/Shadow/Eye-Shadow/index.tmpl )
5. Jordana 12 hr Made to Last Pencil “Continuous Almond” ($3.99 at jordanacosmetics.com http://www.jordanacosmetics.com/p-155-12-hr-made-to-last-eyeshadow-pencil.aspx )

Hair Styling
1. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment ($4.97 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Garnier-Fructis-Sleek-Shine-Moroccan-Oil-Treatment-3.75-oz/20701266 )
2. Garnier Fructis Style Extra Strong Curl Sculpting Gel ($3.47 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Garnier-Fructis-Style-Extra-Strong-Curl-Sculpting-Gel-5-oz/10316345 )
3. Aussie Sprunch Hair Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner ($2.97 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aussie-Sprunch-Hair-Mousse-Leave-in-Conditioner-6.8-Oz/12444597 )
4. Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray ($3.98 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/TRESemme-Heat-Tamer-Spray-8-fl-oz/10295559 )
5. Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Super Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray ($2.88 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Suave-Professionals-Super-Hold-Touchable-Finish-Hairspray-8.5-oz/15935603 )

Shampoo, Conditioner, & Shower/Bath Products
1. Aussie Moist 3 Minute. Miracle Deeep Conditioner ($2.97 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aussie-Moist-3-Minute-Miracle-Deeep-Conditioner-8-Fl-Oz/10316482 )
2. Big Sexy Hair Color Safe Volumizing Shampoo ($25.95 at Ulta http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4690015 )
3. L’Oreal EverPure Smooth Shampoo ($5.88 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/L-oreal-Paris-Everpure-Smooth-Shampoo-Rosemary-Juniper-Sulfate-Free-Color-Care-System-8.5-fl-oz/10996780 )
4. L’Oreal EverPure Smooth Conditioner ($5.97 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/L-Oreal-EverPure-Sulfate-Free-Moisture-Conditioner-8.45-fl-oz/10996781 )
5. Caress Glowing Touch with Shea Cream and Skin Brighteners ($5.94 for 2-pack at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Caress-Glowing-Touch-W-Shea-Cream-Skin-Brighteners-Body-Wash-18-Ft-Pack-of-2/12338413 )

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post tomorrow! Please share your favorites in the above categories in a comment :) Happy New Year!

Last Minute Beauty Themed Christmas Gift Ideas!

Hi, everyone! Christmas is approaching quickly and there’s just a couple of shopping days left to pick up any last minute gifts, so I thought I’d post a few ideas for beauty themed gifts for people who might be looking for some last-minute ideas…I hope this is helpful!

Clinique Whole Lotta Candy Chubby Stick Set This cute little gift set retails for $25 at Macy’s and makes a perfect little gift to give to any beauty lover or to split up and add on as an extra to three people’s gifts!

Lorac Pro Palette The Lorac Pro Palette is the perfect eyeshadow palette for both the experienced makeup user and those beginning to experiment with makeup. This palette has 8 matte shade and 8 shimmer shades that can accomplish a variety of looks that range from casual/natural to smoky/glam and is priced at $42 at Ulta. This is a palette I use on an almost daily basis and I highly recommend it–I know I’d love to receive something like this as a gift!

Too Faced Candy Bar Palette & Phone Case This adorable gift set retails for $25 at Ulta. The product description says this:
“Your phone should be as pretty as your makeup, which is why Too Faced created this two-in-one palette. Start with their collection of touch up ready products – including 11 day-to-night shadows, their best-selling Chocolate Soleil bronzer and pop of pink blush. Remove the makeup palette and use the chocolate themed iPhone 5 case!

More To Love – Set Contains:
11 Eye Shadows
Blush
Bronzer
Limited Edition phone case (for use with iPhone 5 only)

100% Cruelty Free”

The Body Shop Body Butter Collection Gift This gift collection of The Body Shop Body Butters is sold for $30 at Ulta and contains:
Satsuma Body Butter 1.7 oz
Coconut Body Butter 1.7 oz
Shea Body Butter 1.7 oz
Mango Body Butter 1.7 oz
Olive Body Butter 1.7 oz
Strawberry Body Butter 1.7 oz

This set is an incredibly good deal for 6 really nice, luxurious body butters!

Philosophy Fruitcake Mix Philosophy bath and body products are high quality, gentle, and luxurious feeling. Anybody would be pleased to unwrap this cute gift set on Christmas morning! Retailing for $20.80 this is a fantastic value for a lovely gift.

So, there are five last minute gift ideas! I hope my ideas were helpful :) Thanks so much for reading and happy holidays!!!!

Meaningful Beauty Créme de Serum Final Update

Hi, everyone. I’d like to post my final update on Meaningful Beauty’s Créme de Serum, which I tried and reviewed compliments of Influenster.

In my previous posts I wrote about how the product dried my normal/combination skin out so badly that I had scaly dry patches on my face and then clogged my pores to the point of making me break out into cystic acne. This all occurred in a little over a week of use. I take good care of my skin, so I was basically horrified by the results of this product.

On several occasions I reached out to Meaningful Beaut via Twitter, to no avail. All of my Tweets were ignored. This past weekend I gave it a last ditch effort and Tweeted several times about how they only respond to positive Tweets and ignore all other Tweets about their products. I never would have Tweeted a barrage of negative Tweets if they had just responded the first time when I asked if my results were typical and if I would have different results if I used the whole system and not just part of it.

Today I received an e-mail from Laura, the Content & Community Manager, at Influenster. Meaningful Beauty contacted her and made her aware of my issues with the product and gave her a message to give to me. I appreciate Laura reaching out to me, but that was a cop-out on Meaningful Beauty’s part. They should have answered my Tweets or e-mailed me!

Below is the e-mail that I received today:

” Hi Deborah,

My name is Laura – I’m the Content & Community Manager at Influenster. We were notified by Meaningful Beauty that you were unhappy with the Creme de Serum that you tested with us. They wanted us to send you this message on their behalf:

We’re glad you were able to try a sample of the Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum. Before you begin any new skin care routine, we recommend checking with your dermatologist. If you have acne prone skin, we recommend trying the Glycolic Treatment Pads which we would be glad to send you a sample. It will help to gently remove dull, pore-clogged debris and dead surface cells while the soothing botanicals calm and cool your skin. Also be sure to use sun protection daily to help avoid hyper-pigmentation of marks. Please reach out to our skin consultants at 800-316-6041 so they can assist you. Thank you.

Naturally, we’re very sorry to hear you had such a poor experience with this product. I’ve struggled with some cystic acne myself so I would be pretty angry if a product made me break out. As always, we’re grateful to you for sharing your honest opinions with the Influenster community & your friends and followers.

We hope your next testing experience will be more positive!

Best,
Laura”

I think it’s great that Influenster picked up the ball that Meaningful Beauty dropped, but come on…really, Meaningful Beauty? I don’t want your Glycolic Treatment Pads after what your Créme de Serum did to my skin! And it seems like they’re blaming the issue on me because I didn’t consult my dermatologist. Really. I picky out my own skincare products all of the time and I’m usually just fine. Oh, and my skin hasn’t been acne prone since I was 16–this product caused me to have acne for the first time in years.

I responded to the e-mail and let Laura know that I know of a few other bloggers and friends of mine who tried the product and had the same results. Hopefully Influenster does their homework and is more careful about whom they are partnered with!