Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured- My New Obsession!

Sunday, August 30, 2015























Today's #MakeupMonday video is all about my new favorite highlighter- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured. I think Becca, as a brand, definitely knows how to create products with textures that give your skin an authentic looking "glow". I'm already a fan of the liquid and pressed shimmering skin perfecters, so when they came out with the poured-- I was so excited to test it out. And trust me, it did not disappoint. Watch the video to see this amazing product in action!


You can purchase the Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured here, and see the other shades too!

Brush Used: Bdellium Tools #787 

Thanks so much for watching!
XoXo,
Stephanie

BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY: Affordable Makeup Tutorial & Beauty Bag Must Haves

Saturday, August 29, 2015
























It's that time of year again... ugh school. You may not be excited about studying, but you can get a little bit more excited if your back to school beauty routine is in check! ;) Today I'm showing you a quick and (mostly) affordable makeup tutorial that is perfect for school, as well as what to keep in your school beauty bag!






TUTORIAL PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
(click products for links to shop)

BEAUTY BAG MUST HAVES:
  • powder
  • blotting papers
  • lip color/lip balm
  • mirror compact (Mine is from Knock Knock, click here to shop)
  • teasing comb (or a brush)
  • hand lotion (I have EOS)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • earbuds/headphones
  • feminine products ;) 
  • mints/gum
  • hand wipes
  • perfume sample/ roller ball
  • tissues
  • dry shampoo












Let me know what your back to school beauty must haves are!
XoXo,
Stephanie

Falling for Blue.

Friday, August 28, 2015






























Fall is right around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I'm getting extremely excited for fall fashion. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but the clothes have to be number one. Fall is all about layers, textures, deep colors, and the chance to experiment with new combinations!

But for some of us, it's still a little warm where we live and it isn't quite "sweater weather" yet. I recently bought this navy blue, crochet shift dress and it's the perfect  piece to transition from summer to fall. It's lightweight, but the long sleeves and deep blue make it very fall appropriate. I also love the mixed textures and detailed sleeves. Not to mention, it's super comfy. I love shift dresses because you look put together, but feel like you're wearing pajamas. Shhh...

I paired this fun flowy dress with a pair of leopard wedge booties and a deep berry/red lip and similar nail color. I think the colors contrasted perfectly. I kept accessories simple with just a simple pendant necklace, to keep the focus on the dress!

Hope you enjoy! All details and links are below! 









Outfit Details:
Dress: Francesca's / Shoes: Toms / Necklace: Catherine Popesco / Lipstick: 


And here's me caught in the act of Instagram. 



























Thank you so much for stopping by!
XoXo,
Stephanie










FOODIE FRIDAY: HOW TO MAKE EGG WHITE OATS



Oatmeal is a great, classic healthy breakfast. But I know, it can get boring. We all know oatmeal is a great complex carb full of fiber, but a bowl of oats by itself isn't really a balanced breakfast because it lacks a good amount of protein. That's why I love egg white oats! 

Now, I know you may be thinking "ew... egg whites in oatmeal?!" Just wait, my friend. Trust me, you can't taste them! Egg whites are a great source of lean protein and instantly add a protein boost to your oats! Also, they make the oatmeal super fluffy, which makes you feel like your eating more oatmeal (without the extra carbs). And now that we are heading into the cooler months, I know I'll be having oats almost every morning for breakfast! You can make them on the stove, or in the microwave for an even faster option. This recipe is super simple and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and tummy.

EGG WHITE OATS
(serves 1)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup egg whites 
  • stevia drops to sweeten (I prefer Sweet Leaf)




Stove Top Instructions:
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a pan on the stove top.
  2. Add in the oats when the water is boiling, and turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Stir the oats, and wait a couple minutes for them to cook.
  4. Add in the egg whites when the oats are almost at desired thickness. (there's no right or wrong consistency, it's personal preference- but I like mine thick.)
  5. Whisk egg whites frequently to mix evenly through the oats. Add in stevia.
  6. Continue to cook for a couple of more minutes until the egg whites have cooked through. You'll be able tell when they are no longer liquid-y, but absorbed right into the oats.
  7. And you're done! Pour them into a bowl and add you're favorite toppings!
Microwave Instructions:
  1. Put oats and water into a bowl together.
  2. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. (Check after one minute and stir)
  3. Take out of microwave, stir in egg whites and stevia, add microwave for another minute.
  4. Check to see if they're ready, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds- 1 minute if needed.
  5. And you're done! Pour them into a bowl and add you're favorite toppings!


    Topping time!
    I like to top mine with banana slices and berries, but feel free to use whatever fruit you like!


    And if you're a nut butter addict like me, peanut butter and almond butter are great toppings. They taste amazing, get all melty, and serve as a great source of healthy fats to keep you even more satisfied!



    And that's how to add a protein punch to your boring oatmeal! I hope you guys like this recipe, and let me know if you try it out! See ya Monday for a #MakeupMonday post!
    XoXo,
    Stephanie


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    Pizza & Ben & Jerry's #CountDownTo18 Vlog

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    In this vlog we birthday cake tasted, went out for pizza, hunted down Ben & Jerry's Half Baked froyo, and more. I can't believe my birthday is only a week away! I can't wait to bring you guys along! Haha watch the video to come spend the day with me!


    Thanks for watching! Let me know if you like vlog videos!
    XoXo,
    Steph


    TIPS FOR A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED MAKEUP COLLECTION



    So this week, I have been de-cluttering my entire room and I decided to start with... my makeup vanity. I keep all my "everyday favorites" in the big middle drawer of my vanity in a drawer organizer. Mine had gotten pretty dirty, so I decided it was time for a new one!

    I found this great desk drawer organizer at Target for only $6.99! I couldn't believe the price, because it is so sturdy and well made.

    I cleaned out the old organizer, sanitized all makeup, and re-organzied all my favorite products. Below are before/after pictures and all my tips and tricks for a clean and organized makeup collection. 


    Tips For An Organized & Clean Makeup Collection:

    GET ORGANIZED:

    Being organized makes is so much simpler to see your products and get ready without the hassle. 

    1. HAVE AN "EVERY DAY SECTION"

    Whether it's a single drawer organizer like mine, or a makeup bag full of essentials, have a spot to keep just your key products. This will make it much easier on an every day basis to find your favorites, and speed up your routine. 

    2. PUT WON'T YOU DON'T USE DAILY AWAY

    I put what I like to call "special occasion" products, in other drawers. Such as fancy eyeshadow palettes, bright lip colors, glitter, and false lashes. These may be products I still love, I just don't use them on a daily basis. 

    3. CATEGORIES

    Have some sort of system. It can be different for everyone, but for example: I keep cheek products together, eyeliners/mascara together, my every day eyeshadows together, and concealers/foundations/face products together. This divided desk organizer makes it super easy!

    GET CLEAN:

    People often don't realize just how much bacteria cosmetics carry!!! A few simple steps can keep your makeup clean and last longer.

    1. RUBBING ALCHOL

    Buy a bottle of rubbing alcohol (only costs a few dollars) and put it in a small spray bottle (found in travel section of any drugstore or Target). Use it to sanitize any makeup product, especially eyeliners, lipsticks and cream products. You don't have to do this everyday but I like to do it periodically as I use the product. (Once or twice a week)

    2. PAPER TOWELS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND

    I keep a roll of paper towels on my vanity. I put one down on the table when I do my makeup to keep the surface of the table clean and I use one to wipe makeup off my hands. If you ever blend foundation in with your fingers, this will help avoid getting makeup finger prints all over everything else around you!

    3. HAVE A DIRTY BRUSH CUP

    I like to wash my makeup brushes pretty often, but sometimes it's hard to keep up with which ones are clean and dirty. I put any really dirty brushes in their own cup so they don't get mixed in with the clean ones. This makes it quick and easy to choose a brush to use, and helps me keep up with when I need to clean my brushes.


    BEFORE:

    In three words: A. HOT. MESS.




    AFTER:

    Clean. Simplified. Organized. 




    So those are my tips to get clean and organized when it comes to your makeup! I hope you found this helpful and it inspires you to clean out your collection! 
    XoXo,
    Stephanie

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    The Day Designer + My Planner Tips & Tricks

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
























    I don't know what I would do without my planner. It is my life. Lol jk. Actually not kidding.... because it literally contains my life in it!

    This year I began using the Day Designer by Whitney English and I love it! I've never felt more organized and I have a few tips and tricks I use to balance a busy schedule. Watch the video to see how the Day Designer works, and all my tips are written below! Enjoy!




    MY PLANNING TIPS:

    1. Make It A Habit to Refer To Your Planner Every Day

    When I wake up in the first thing I do is glance at my planner to make sure I know what the day ahead of me looks like and to make sure I'm not forgetting somewhere I need to be. I like to flip through my planner and read the daily quote as I'm having my breakfast or coffee. Also, I look at my planner every night before I go to bed and roughly plan out my schedule and "to do" list. for the next day.

    2. Be Detailed But Not TOO Detailed

    You want your schedule to be detailed enough to keep you on track, but not so detailed that you get overwhelmed!

    3. Should I Use Pen or Pencil?

    Well, I think it depends. I like how pen is more formal, so important things that I'm pretty certain won't change, I write in pen. For things that are less formal (i.e.- daily to do lists, reminders, un-confirmed appointments) I write in pencil.

    4. Color Coding

    Color coding can be a great way for you to quickly visualize and sort through your schedule. For example, on my "month at a glance" page, I highlight my work hours in pink and highlight golf tournaments in green. It helps keep those important times from getting lost in a page of black ink or pencil!

    5.  Use Key Words and Abbreviations  

    You already have a busy schedule, you don't want to waste more time writing our long names, formal sentences, and unnecessarily lengthy words. If you're close with a friend, write their nickname!

    For example:

    Don't write: Coffee with Katherine at Starbucks at 4:00 P.M.

    Do Write: Coffee w/ Kat @ 4pm


    6. Check/Cross Off Things as They Get Completed

    This isn't necessary, but checking things off you're list does make you feel accomplished!

    7. Leave Yourself Inspirational Quotes & Notes!

    The Day Designer has a daily quote at the top of every page, but I even like to jot down any cool quote I see so I can have it in a place I'll see. On my note pages of my planner I like to write Bible verses, quotes, and sayings that inspire me.

    And that's it! Those are my top planning tips and tricks using my Day Designer! I hope you all found this post helpful, and hopefully these tips can help you get more organized and feel less stressed!









    SHOP THE DAY DESIGNER: