Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Beauty Favourites of 2017

There is something so special about reflecting over a year, whether that be memories, trips, achievements, or in this case my favourite beauty products! Some of the products mentioned are new discoveries, while others are being re-discovered... some even I have titled the holy grail! With out further ado, here are A FEW of my favourite beauty products of 2017!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette: Although I have had this palette for years, it remains one of my favourites. I love that I can go for a more natural looking eye, but in the same palette achieve a perfect smokey eye or add a little shimmer for a night out! This palette gives you the ability to achieve a variety of eye looks and is long lasting for all day wear.

Essie 'Lace Me Up' Nail Polish: No matter what season or occasion, this polish is my go to. The perfect pale pink compliments my skin tone perfectly! Not only is the packaging adorable, but it is beyond easy to apply and always turns out looking like I was to a salon.

Sephora Wishes Come True Eyes and Face Makeup Palette: This limited edition palette was a gift to me last Christmas and it has easily made its way onto my favourites list! The super cute packaging instantly draws my attention and the colours inside do not disappoint! My top colours that I always use are Creamy Cashmere, Pretty Pearls and Midnight Magnificence!

Benefit Watt's Up: I received the little sample size from Sephora in my birthday gift a few years ago. It is extremely long lasting, a little goes a long way. Although I do not use highlighter everyday, I find this one to be my favourite. Easy to apply and blend, I hope my sample never runs out!

Sephora Collection Tweezers: I will be the first to admit that I own quite a few tweezers, but none compare to this one I picked up at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: I have used many primers, but I always end up coming back to this one. A little primer goes a long way, leaving my skin smooth and foundation looking natural.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer: The shade Park Ave Princess is my all time favourite bronzer. The shade compliments my skin tone perfectly and this package has lasted me well over a year... you are without a doubt getting your moneys worth!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: Although I use many of their blushes, the shade 'Mirage' has been my favourite... I will admit that I have hit pan and I am hoping to one day have a replacement in my possession.  This blush is long lasting, easy to apply and blend and has the most adorable packaging and design!

Essie 'Good As Gold' Nail Polish: When I am feeling a little festive or need a little pick me up, I will paint my nails this beautiful gold colour. Easy to apply and goes with any outfit or occasion I highly recommend this colour! ... I'll let you in on a little secret... I'm wearing it right now!

Warm Vanilla Sugar Bubble Bath and Shower Gel: My all time favourite scent from Bath & Body Works is Warm Vanilla Sugar! I collect all things from the hand sanitizer, candles and body spray in this scent! There is no better way to end a long day then soaking in a luxurious bubble bath!

invisibobble Power Traceless Hair Rings: Some people may not know this about me, but I have very thick hair. It is almost impossible to find hair ties that won't stretch or snap... that is until I found these hair rings. They have an extra strong grip, causes no split ends, is anti-allergic and leaves no trace that it was even in your hair! There is not a day that goes by that I am not wearing one of these!

If you would like to see some more of my 2017 favourites, that may include fashion, recipes, bloggers, youtubers, etc. Let me know in the comments below!

I wish you all an amazing 2018! May it be filled with love, happiness, and the ability to achieve all of your goals!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect on the go snack or quick breakfast! Super easy to make, and a delicious alternative to other unhealthy snacks, this recipe will not disappoint!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 12

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix mashed bananas, egg, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until no streaks of flour are seen.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake until muffin tops are firm, about 30 minutes.

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