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Why I Won’t Use St. Ives Apricot Face Wash Again

Dear St. Ives Apricot Scrub,

We need to talk. We’ve been together for a long time. From my high school days through my mid-twenties. But. I’ve met someone else.

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Colourpop “Foxy” Minis Mania 

I’ll be honest. I only wanted this kit of liquid lipsticks because of the name. My dog’s name is Foxy, if you didn’t know. That being said, I like the products, too, so that’s nice! Click for swatches & a little {unwanted} opinion~

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Holiday Fruitcake

Fruitcake gets a bad rap. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, the ultimate white elephant, Aunt Barbara’s annual dessert that gets shoved into a napkin and then the nearest trash can. But fruitcake doesn’t have to be bad, in fact fruitcake can be the perfect holiday treat. img_8275
We never had fruitcake growing up, the closest thing we got was an assortment of mixed nuts. I didn’t even know what a fruitcake was until sixth grade when Mr Teal told us how gross it was. That’s all it took for me to never want to eat fruitcake…until this year. I mean seriously, dried fruit and nuts soaked in alcohol and smothered in sugar. What’s not to like?img_8277

Fruitcake

  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Place the dried fruit in a medium bowl and bring the bourbon to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour the hot bourbon over the dried fruit and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain the fruit, reserving the bourbon.

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Place the nuts in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are medium-small pieces.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each egg. Add in the vanilla and zest.

Mix and sift together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add in half of the flour mixture and half of the bourbon on low speed. Repeat. Add in the fruit and nuts and mix until just combined.

Pour into a greased 8 inch round cake pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 1/2-2 hours.

Remove the fruitcake from the oven and bring the orange juice and powdered sugar to a simmer. Poke holes in the fruitcake with a toothpick or fork and pour the hot orange juice over the fruitcake, allowing the cake to soak in all of the juice.

Cover the fruitcake and let sit for 12 hours. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!img_8280

Are Lash Extensions for You?

I apologize for the beauty hiatus, readers! I got a new job and I’m adjusting to a new schedule and working to fit blogging into the mix. So let’s talk about this new job– it’s a far commute that requires me to wake up early and for a beauty-lovin’ later gator like me this posed a challenge. Luckily, I knew one solution…

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Makeup Bundles at Bargain Prices

Holiday season is here and it’s my favorite because of the lights, the food, the spirit, the movies, the cold 72 degree weather we get here (brr…) and holiday gift sets.

Ah, everything good comes out in this season– the best perfume, cosmetic and beauty packages together at nifty prices that you are expected to purchase as gifts for yourself someone else. Ba Humbug.

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Best Wig @ the Best Price

Skip the ultra shiny wig that you have to wait in lines at Party City for, I’ve got you covered.

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Makeup Your Soul

Eyelashes, concealer, foundation, lip liner, gloss and highlight mean nothing if you don’t feel good on the inside. Today’s post is a little different, but a lot necessary in a society where we often praise and recognize outer beauty more than inner (I’ve been guilty of this).

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The MAC Selena Collection is Bidi Bidi Bomb Bomb

The limited-edition Selena collection by MAC is so beautiful that I might just display it as a trophy on my vanity (that I’ve yet to purchase) and let others admire it from afar. This sounds ridiculous, but have you ever bought makeup that is just too pretty to use?!

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Whole Wheat Cornbread

There’s nothing quite like chili and cornbread on a chilly (see what I did there?) day. Heck, even if it’s not cold out, chili and cornbread is still a perfect fall favorite. It’s comfort food at it’s finest and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it because this particular recipe is chock full of whole wheat and real corn.

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When I make chili, I always want the cornbread to go along with it, but to be honest, I’m usually too lazy. I know, it’s bad. That’s why this cornbread recipe is perfect for me, there’s literally two steps involved: mix and bake.

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Whole Wheat Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup oil (I prefer coconut)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen

Preheat your oven to 400º and grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with pan spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, honey and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients and the corn and mix until just combined.

Pour the cornbread mixture into the baking dish and bake until done, about 25-30 minutes. You’ll know the cornbread is ready when a fork inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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The $2 Eyeliner You Need 

I’m a liquid eyeliner fan all the way. Pencil liner never works out for me, marker liner seems deceivingly easy (but I know better) and the paint pot liner terrifies me.

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