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DIY Hair Mask

A white drawstring trash bag clings to my shoulders like Superman’s cape. My hair is a sopping, slimey mess as I attempt to peel the stubborn plastic from my shoulders and wrap it around my head. Coconut oil runs down my back as I feverishly try to finish this task before someone finds me hovering in the kitchen, greasy and flushed, wearing workout gear and orange zebra striped socks with slip-resistant Skechers on my feet– in true Michael Jackson fashion.

…Let’s back up.

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Lazy Girl Makeup Tutorial

I came across MUA Desi Perkins’ snapchat the other day and her gorgeous self shared her “lazy girl makeup” tutorial. Thus, this blog post on quick tricks, ‘lazy’ makeup and speedy mornings came to mind– I’ll love to share mine with you and hear yours, as well!

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Southwest Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

I probably don’t know you, but I’d bet you enjoy a quesadilla now and then because you probably love cheese. Who doesn’t? Cheese is like a solid hunk of love and happiness just waiting to be consumed. Melt it up and you’ve got liquid gold. Add it to just about anything and whatever you were cooking is easily 1000x better. Mix it in with pico de gallo, black beans and roasted corn, wrap some tortillas around it and you’ve got a mean meal. Cheese, you could say, makes life just a little bit better.4

Quesadillas are great because they’re cheap, quick and delicious, but sometimes I want to step my quesadilla game up a bit. Unbeknownst to me, I had all of the makings of a great southwest style quesadilla already in my kitchen. A can of black beans: check. Frozen fire roasted corn: check. Pico de gallo: check. Mexican shredded cheese: check. Tortillas: oh crap. Okay, I had almost all of the ingredients. I literally ran to Trader Joe’s (jk, I drove) just to get tortillas for the epic quesadilla masterpiece I was about to make. 10 minutes later and I was in quesadilla heaven, and you can be too!1

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Southwest Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

  • tortillas of your choice (I prefer a corn and wheat blend)
  • 1 cup of pico de gallo
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of frozen fire roasted corn, thawed
  • shredded Mexican cheese

Heat up a large skillet with a tablespoon of oil (or butter) over medium heat.

In a medium bowl, mix together the pico de gallo, black beans and corn.

Place one tortilla in the preheated skillet and add some shredded cheese. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the corn and black bean mixture on the tortilla and top with more cheese. Place the second tortilla on top, cover and let cook until the bottom is crispy and the cheese has melted. Flip and continue to cook until done.

This quesadilla is delicious all by itself or with homemade guacamole. Enjoy!23

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New Wet N’ Wild Collection

I swear, I can spend forever just strolling through the makeup aisles of CVS. I do the same at ULTA and Sephora (when my wallet permits), but there’s never any crowds there and I hunt for BOGO deals and discounts. Have you ever noticed that drugstores will have their regular makeup sections for brands (Maybelline, Covergirl, Wet N’ Wild, etc.) and then another stand for featured, new products? After 20 minutes of walking around, I spotted a new Wet N’ Wild setup of colorful, liquid eyeliners and highlighters.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Remember when we were kids and every year in school we would have arts & crafts to create our parents gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? Those were the easy days. Now we take them out to brunch, buy them gifts, or tidy up their home just to say thank you for birthing us. (more…)

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Saturday Styles in LA 5/7

You would think being born and raised in California that I would prefer to be in the sun, enjoying the warm weather in a bikini and on the sand. Nope! I love the cold, rainy weather. I love layers and warm cozy sweaters. I do not know how I would do living in an area that snows though; that may be a little too cold. (more…)

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Mini MAC Haul

Let’s talk makeup trends that aren’t going anywhere: MAC makeup, poppin’ highlights and smokey eyes. Let’s review the ever-popular MAC highlight and new MAC exclusive smokey eyeshadow palette.

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Skinny Chicken Salad

With summer just around the corner and an abundance of days spent in swimsuits, it’s that time of year to (kind of) watch what we eat. And by watch what we eat, I mean, let’s substitute the mayonnaise for greek yogurt and call it a day.  (more…)

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DIY Succulent Plants

This California drought has brought out the succulents. I’ve seen more and more in the market place, fake and real. However, I think the beauty and striking appearance of them has attracted buyers to them rather than the fact that they are the easiest plant to care for. (more…)

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Bit by the Flu Bug? We’ve Got Just the Cure.

They say that looking good is part of feeling good, but when you’re sick it’s hard to do either. Spring has sprung and with it, flu season as well? If you’re feeling under the weather, like I am, here’s a home remedy to soothe your throat and boost your immune system.  (more…)