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Hi, I am Ellie and I like to write about all things beauty, wellness, fitness and travel. I started this blog as a creative outlet in the hopes that I can connect with like minded people and get to share my opinions and experiences with them. I love all things beauty and make-up and that’s what I blogged abut for years.
Peanut butter and chocolate. Two ingredients loved on their own but are even better together. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but my boyfriend does so I always try to make healthier treats for us to enjoy. It’s fun!
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These peanut butter cups are relatively easy to make, I actually used a recipe from Happy Healthy Mama’s blog. I found the original recipe to be to sweet for my liking so I tweaked it by adding more coconut oil and less maple syrup.
These treats are satisfying and delicious, loaded with a good amount of fats via the coconut oil (I like this one) and peanut butter that helps lower the glycemic index of the treat. The maple syrup brings a touch of sweetness along with essential minerals, trace minerals and antioxidants and also has a lower GI score than regular sugar. Sugar is sugar but if I’ll eat it I want some extra benefits, you know?
You can substitute peanut butter for any nut or seed butter. One tip I would have is to make sure the butter is nice and thick. If you prefer a runnier one, make sure you raise the chocolate mixture alongside the edges when scooping it in to create a cup that’ll hold the peanut butter in nicely.
Blend maple syrup, melted coconut oil and cocoa powder until you get a nice, glossy paste. If the paste is too thick add more coconut oil or maple syrup and blend again. The paste should be light and glossy and be not too runny but not too thick either.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners and scoop 1 tsp into each. Use the back of the teaspoon to push down the centre and raise the edges to create a cup shape. Pop the tray in the freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens.
Once the chocolate cups are firm, scoop in peanut butter. Pop the tray back in the freezer for a few minutes until the nut butter becomes firm.
Finally, cover the peanut butter with a layer of the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle each cup with a touch os pink salt and pop tray back in the freezer until the cup is nice and solid.
Make Up For Ever has kicked off the new year with a launch of their new Artist Color Shadows. The shadows feature a new formula and design that is supposed to fit into their customizable palettes. The new launch features a range of 121 “highly pigmented, and blendable” shadows in variety of finishes: Matte, Diamond, Metallic, Iridescent and Satin. The brand claims the formula features “atomized pigments and water technology to deliver complete saturation with one swipe”. Oil binders and Synthetic mica make it blendable and give a smooth texture and the shadows claim to be deliver a “superior, 12-hour hold”.
I like the customizable feature. Especially the Make Up For Ever version. The products and palettes are compact and sturdy and are travel and storage friendly. I’ve used Make Up For Ever products since the beginning of my beauty obsession days and I am quite familiar with various formula they’ve gone through through the years.
The new formula has a slip to it and a silky finish for both shades I have (they’re both matte). Compared to the previous, most recent formula which was very rich and creamy this one seems stiffer in the pan and doesn’t pack as much of a punch when finger swatched. I liked using this formula, I found it easier to use. It blends very nicely, it’s subtle and buildable and I personally really enjoy that silky texture. They are not the most pigmented shadows and that’s what I like about them. They are wearable and easy to work with. I don’t need to worry about priming and powdering my eyes and spending 20 minutes to blow out hard edges. If I want more intensity I can build it if and when I need it. These shadows are just so easy to work with and I love both shades as an overall lid color as well as base and transition shades. They play well with other formulas and they wear really nice on their own.
I usually choose to wear matte shadows because I have the oiliest eyelids and everything creases on me. These shadows lasted all day long without budging. COmpared to other matte shades, this formula did not fell dry or look flat on the lid, they both have a lovely satin finish.
M720 Apricot M647 Speculoos
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Sometimes you just need a treat. A rich, decadent coconuty chocolatey treat. And that’s exactly what these clean Bounty bars are. They’re easy to make, feature simple ingredients like dark chocolate and coconut oil (I like this one) and shredded coconut. Coconut oil is packed with good for you fats and MCTs and I like having one of these as a sweet treat or as a pre workout snack. The fiber and oil keep me satiated and the sugar from the maple syrup gives me the energy to push through an intense spin class without the crash.
If you are keto you can just skip the maple syrup and optionally can add in some MCTs (I like this one) for that bulletproof kick.
The hardest part about making these bars is having them in the fridge. Knowing they’re there and making up excuses to have another one every 30 minutes. Keep them in the freezer to keep temptation at bay.
The only way you can understand why this cream is a cult favourite is to try it. The hype is real and after a few weeks of consistent use I can see why. No pun intended.
kiehls avocado eye cream
The packaging is a bit underwhelming and I find that to be true for most Kiehl’s products. I wouldn’t mind it but pots are generally not my favourtie especially when it comes to facial and eye creams. I can’t be bothered to use a spatula or Q-tip every single time and I can get obsessive with the hand washing before having to dip my finger in the product. On the other hand the little pot feels old school and traditional and the cream has a rich, thick texture that needs to be scooped out rather than dispersed through a pump. So I get the need for a pot, I just don’t like it.
The cream has the most satisfying texture, it’s rich and feel absolutely wonderful on the skin. I like using this eye cream in the AM as well as the PM. The formula features ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter and beta carotene that have lots of skin nourishing nutrients. It’s rich texture is an excellent base for a concealer or foundation, that creaminess can turn any product into a creamy product and when blended can help add luminosity and an overall lovely texture to the under eye area. At night, this cream is just lovely as it hydrates and locks in moisture and I get to wake up to a supple under eye area every day.
Lastly, this product goes a long way. You need the smallest dot of product to cover both under eye areas and after over two months of regular use I can barely see a dent in the product.
All in all, this cream is worth the hype and the effort of dealing with the pot. So, so worth it.
I got the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara as part of the Influenster Benefit Box not that long ago and I was very excited to give it a try. This is not my first time trying this mascara, having used the mini version a few years ago but I was really curious to see how I would like now. It’s nice to revisit products sometimes.
Benefit has the coolest packaging for products. I usually prefer simple looking products that travel well but in this instance I enjoy the quirky designs the brand has. It makes make-up fun. This mascara features a cool looking brush with precise, sparse bristles and a round spiky head to help you grab inner and out lashes. The formula is nice and wet and decently pigmented.
I don’t enjoy using this mascara. The bristles are spiky and feel rough on my eyes during application. The formula dries down too fast for my liking and doesn’t build well. I get nice, defined, natural looking lashes which are fine for a natural look kind of day but I typically prefer more drama and volume and this mascara gives me mostly length. Length is good unless you have long lashes, hooded eyes and oily eyelids. I have all of those. I also had this mascara all over my brow bone within minutes of application which made me profoundly regret wearing this mascara.
I find powdering my brow bone with a ton of translucent powder to help minimize the transfer but at the end of the day I still have weird black specks all over my eye area and I have other mascaras which give me better, longer lasting results.
Revlon today announces Gal Gadot as new Global Brand Ambassador, and the embodiment of what it means to Live Boldly, Revlon’s new campaign designed to inspire women to express themselves with passion, optimism, strength and style. Revlon’s new Live Boldly campaign will launch later in the month. The new multi-media campaign will be brought to life through a series of experiential activations and cultural immersions designed to bring women together around powerful conversations, shared experiences and a celebration of diverse beauty.
“Revlon is such an iconic and groundbreaking brand, a champion of women, and I am so happy to
be part of this family now,” says Gadot. “There’s a cultural shift happening, which Revlon celebrates, where feminine power is recognized, and I’m so proud that I get to witness and live this amazing change.”
“Revlon has always celebrated and championed strong, independent women in its iconic campaigns
and in its philanthropic initiatives. Gal captures the beauty, strength, modernity and boldness that
Revlon represents,” said Fabian Garcia, President & CEO of Revlon. “Gal, and all the new Revlon brand ambassadors are emblematic of the beauty, determination and attitude that reflect what it is
for women to live boldly in today’s world,” said Garcia.
Gadot – actress, wife, mother, former soldier, former Miss Israel, and advocate for women – will be
joined by four additional brand ambassadors, to be announced later in the month, who powerfully
represent the ethos of living boldly and will be featured as part of the Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign.
Make Up For Ever recently launched their new Artist Face Color Palette System, that allows you to customize your own palettes with highlighters, blushes or bronzers. The mini palettes come in singles, duo or trios and have that strong sturdy build we saw we the relaunch of their new face powders. I like this packaging and I love travelling with it as it’s light yet compact and very sturdy.
I think highlighters are magical. I get butterflies every time I see a new one, every time I swatch one and every time I dip my brush in one and sweep that magical fairy dust on my cheekbones. It’s no surprise out of the 34 choices I was given I chose to go with two highlighters for my palette, but in my defense, I chose two VERY different shades.
H-106 is a warm toned highlighter that has a creamy texture and swatches with a strong, satisfying reflective finish. H-102 is a softer, cool tones highlight with a pink shift. It swatches a tad powdery which translated into it giving a soft, dimmed highlight rather than a strong, “blinding” one. See, I told you they were different.
I get great wear with both powders and they play nicely with other products, I’ve applied them on top of powder as well as straight foundation and they lay gorgeously on top of any base.
I find I have a harder time eating salads in the winter, I find green leafy veggies to be quite cooling and will usually try to incorporate them into my stews or soups. Then I saw this the Crowd Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad on Oh She Glows and it looked to good to not try it. Naturally, given that I am a rebel that cannot follow recipes and directions I adjusted a few things along the way.
This salad is so comforting, with roasted chickpeas in lieu of croutons and a lovely, hearty cashew dressing. This salad packs tons of fiber via the kale, lettuce and chickpeas which also add protein alongside the hemp seeds and cashews.
This past year has been a hectic one and in terms of make-up and beauty it’s been a year of simplicity. Travelling and moving across the country meant I had to leave behind most products I’ve been hoarding through the years, get selective with what I bring along and kinda go back to basics. I barely wore nail polish during the summer and kept my make-up to a functional level rather than get creative with it. My blog took a back seat this year but I still managed to test new products and narrow down a few favourites that really stood out to me these past months ranging from skincare to makeup and travel essentials.
I have loved this balm for years and I love it so much that I travel with it everywhere. The balm features incredible ingredients with great anti inflammatory (emu oil), calming (lavender), healing (comfrey root) properties and propolis is a great antibiotic. I used this balm to soothe chapped lips during long Montreal winters, severely dry hands, heels and cuticles; on bites, burns and wounds, rubbed on temples to help anxiety or insomnia… I mean, I use this stuff on everything.
I fell in love with this foundation stick from the first time I used and haven’t looked back since. I like how easily you can adjust the intensity of the foundation, I love how natural it looks on the skin and I use it every single day wether I need a full face of make-up, light coverage, spot coverage or concealer. This foundation stick is my one stop shop and I never leave the house without it.
This was the best mascara for me this year. It won me over with incredible longevity, easy to achieve drama and mess free removal. This mascara is very stable and long wearing and can last through a sweaty spin class, long flights and never-ending days.
I fell back in love with this product this year when the brand entered Canada and all of a sudden I had access to the range. This multitasking product packs SPF, good-for-your-skin ingredients and blurs imperfections. This CC Cream is an absolute must have when I travel or I am on the go and I need to look decent with the minimum time and effort.
I never loved a brow gel until I found this one. I know it’s meant to be used as a waterproof top coat but I use it as a brow gel. The wand and the formula are great and whenever I wear this gel I am sure to have polished brows that stay put the whole day.
Changing time zones and climate frequently this year took a toll on my hair so I had to pa special attention to it in the past months. I tried H&S shampoo earlier in the year while trying to remove a temporary hair color and that’s when I sort of discovered the product and started incorporating it into my routine. I am lucky not to suffer from dandruff but I have had certain scalp issues that require a separate post and this shampoo has been a blessing at keeping my hair healthy.
This cleanser has been my absolute favourite. It does a great job at throughly cleansing my skin and it’s mildly exfoliating leaving my face squeaky clean and soft and ready to take on any serum or oil I might apply after.
I’ve used this mix every single day this year and my skin loves it! I custom mix my oils according to my needs depending on the season, place I’m in and skin condition. I typically love the the base to be a blend of Acure’s Argan Oil and Divine Essence Rosehip Oil and their fabulous essential oils.
It is no secret I am a S’well addict. I have a few including their new travellers and I don’t go anywhere without one. They keep my liquids hot or cold for hours (or days!), they’re super travel friendly and I love the crazy range of cool designs they have making it my ultimate accessory.
I discovered Leah Alexandra jewelry last year when I stumbled upon the amazing Violette Boutique while visiting Victoria for the first time. It was love at first sight. Her pieces are delicate, unique and breathtakingly stunning. You get a sense of the brand, each piece fits in her entire colection and yet uniquely different. I love watching Leah Alexandra’s journey on her Instastories, she’s an inspiring fellow Canadian, a lady-boss that I admire as much I love her designs.
I have made a commitment a few years ago to purchase quality things that I love and inspire me. To invest in pieces created by artists and enjoy them for years on end. Leah Alexandra creates jewlery that makes my heart flutter with delight every time I visit Violette boutique or go on her Instagram page and I figured I would share a few of my current favourites, you know… just in time for the holidays.