Make the Rest Up

Getting ready for a spring BBQ with some work friends and felt inspired by a new shirt dress I got from Target. 

The dress is from Peter Pilotto for Target (on Clearance) and the eye makeup is a smokey eye using TheBalm Meet Matte Nude eyeshadow palette. The center of the top lid and bottom of the eyelash (the teal) are from the Wet n Wild 8 pan palette called “Blue Had Me At Hello”. 

Easy but fun for a laid back gathering with friends.

Getting ready for a spring BBQ with some work friends and felt inspired by a new shirt dress I got from Target.

The dress is from Peter Pilotto for Target (on Clearance) and the eye makeup is a smokey eye using TheBalm Meet Matte Nude eyeshadow palette. The center of the top lid and bottom of the eyelash (the teal) are from the Wet n Wild 8 pan palette called “Blue Had Me At Hello”.

Easy but fun for a laid back gathering with friends.



A creative [wo]man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

—Ayn Rand



Chai Spice Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

I’ve been down a healthy food journey as of late and needed some variety in my life.  I should probably explain that I was lucky and was raised on a fairly healthy, balanced diet. But, as an adult, with the rigors of work and life, it can make me a bit lazy (ok, a whole lot lazy) and less inclined to want to eat healthy.  So, now I’m back to wanting to lose 10 lbs and looking for things that are quick and easy to prepare.  Let me know if you like these types of posts and I’ll incorporate them more often.  Afterall, beauty starts from a good and healthy foundation! 

Ok, now on to what you came here for….my chai chia seed pudding. I went down the Quinoa rabbit hole and of course then had to try yet another “superfood”. First off, these buggers are EXPENSIVE.  Holy shit, they better be super…cause they are super crazy fancy priced. I ended up getting them here at Amazon because 3 bags cost just a bit more than 1 bag at my local grocery store. I found some suggestions online that recommend opening one bag (keeping it in the fridge after opening) and freezing the extra bags until you are ready to use them so they stay fresh. 

These cool little seeds expand a TON when soaked in liquid and have all sorts of superhero powers that you can read about elsewhere.

I had read lots of reviews and looks up a TON of recipes and they all seemed about the same with slight tweaks. After much trial and error, here is the ingredients and proportions that I have found that I really like for the tastiest chai flavored pudding. The closest alternate recipe if you don’t want the chai version is from this cute blog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (regular flavored)
  • 1/4 cup of chia seed (if you want it a bit denser, add an extra 2 tbs but I find it easier to just go with a rounded scoop of 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 tbs agave sweetener (to your liking)
  • pinch of salt (I use himalayan salt)
  • 1 - 2 tbs chai spice (recipe here)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all your liquids together with the chai spice powder until everything is well blended. Use less agave if you want it to be less sweet, and more or less chai spice depending on how much “kick” you want.  If this is your first time making the recipe, I suggest starting with 1 tbs of the chai spice especially if you have just freshly ground the spices (as they will be more potent). 
  2. Add the pinch of salt and whisk
  3. Add the chia seeds in last and put in some elbow grease to mix together really well so that there are no lumps or clumps
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, then remove, whisk again, cover and leave in the fridge overnight
  5. After everything has set for at least 4 hours, it’s time to enjoy!

I prefer eating this with a cut up banana as the chai flavor really meshes well with banana but really any fruit combination works depending on your preference.  Me and my husband have found this is a great breakfast option since it’s quick and tasty.  It can also make a really good dessert substitute. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  I’m working on being able to get some better lighting for my photos so that I can have better pictures along with reviews and recipes. Any of you have any good portable lighting that you recommend for photographing small objects?  Let me know! 



My hautelook thebalm order is finally in! Full review coming soon!

My hautelook thebalm order is finally in! Full review coming soon!



makeupbag:

Brows-@anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow “Ebony” Covet Liner in “Noir” bottom lash line.
Eyes-@nyxcosmetics Lid-Jumbo Stick “Milk” Topped with @motivescosmetics “Fantasy” Crease “Vino/Onyx” bottom lashline “Vino” Motives gel liner “Little black dress” Mascara NYX “Curvaceous” @lagirlcosmetics liner “Blue”
Lashes-@houseoflashes “Noir Fairy” Bottom @flutterlashesinc “Brittany”
Lips-@nyxcosmetics Lip Liner “Nude Pink” lipstick soft Matte lip cream “Stockholm ”
xoxo- LVGLAMDUO

The bold eyeliner trend is all the rage.

makeupbag:

Brows-@anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow “Ebony” Covet Liner in “Noir” bottom lash line.

Eyes-@nyxcosmetics Lid-Jumbo Stick “Milk” Topped with @motivescosmetics “Fantasy” Crease “Vino/Onyx” bottom lashline “Vino” Motives gel liner “Little black dress” Mascara NYX “Curvaceous” @lagirlcosmetics liner “Blue”

Lashes-@houseoflashes “Noir Fairy” Bottom @flutterlashesinc “Brittany”

Lips-@nyxcosmetics Lip Liner “Nude Pink” lipstick soft Matte lip cream “Stockholm ”


xoxo- LVGLAMDUO

The bold eyeliner trend is all the rage.



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glitterfingerlexa:

I’m obsessed with THESE cute little 3D rose stickers from Born Pretty Store. They stick surprisingly well, and they didn’t come off after a half an hour (of course I used 2 coats of top coat over it just to be sure :D). I used Rimmel Alaska as a base, I love how well they look side by side.

Use my 10% OFF code at Born Pretty Store:   CSBQ10 

I want to find these

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Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Review

Today I’m doing a review on a mascara that I’ve tried over the last 6 months.  Now, I’ll start by saying that I’m a HUGE fan of original Revlon’s Grow Luscious and so when this came out, I figured, new is always better right? 

WRONG!image

REVLON Lash Potion by Grow Luscious - 001 Blackest Black

Let’s start with the brush…it’s way too big to have any control over this.  I have fairly long lashes to begin with and pretty large eyes, so I have no idea how anyone who isn’t bug eyed like myself could possibly use this.  I always end up with this stuff all over my eyelids.

The formula is always very wet and clumpy (yummy description right?). I’m not fairly picky when it comes to formulation but this stuff turns my eyelashes into one big eyelash. Singular.  It’s awful.  I tried using this in combination with other mascaras, curled or uncurled, waiting for months for it to dry up a bit and nothing.  It’s an absolute fail.

Thumbs down for this product, but I encourage you to try the Original Grow Luscious because it’s fabulous! 



leighannsays:

i wanna go home yall

Definitely how I feel right now after a full day of conferences

leighannsays:

i wanna go home yall

Definitely how I feel right now after a full day of conferences

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Don’t you something feel like this? I know I do…poor me.

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