TBB talks... about makeup

Monday, March 26, 2018

It's beauty month at the Blended Blog so on Mondays we've been sharing all things beauty.

I hesitated doing this post because I feel like all I've done all month is talk about SeneGence products and I don't want this to be a salesy place. Having said that, it's legitimately my primary makeup of choice at the moment so there would be no makeup post without mentioning it. Plus, the products are kinda great, if I'm being honest.

Now that that is out of the way, let's talk makeup!!

I LOVE makeup! I finally figured out how to use it in University-ish (because I maybe went "out" a little too much and of course had to try and look my "best"... oh those were the days). Since then I've been trying, stockpiling and falling in love with all the makeup.

I think the reason I love makeup so much isn't just because it can make you look totally different, but more for the same reasons I love clothing and accessories, it's the ability of these things, when properly used, to make you feel good about yourself.

This won't come as a newsflash, I am a busy mom of three, so I don't do "full makeup" often, but I try and put at least a little bit on every.single.day. and I do that for no one else but myself (because, some days I really try and leave the house as little as humanly possible lol).

I'm thankful to report that Mr. B takes the kids downstairs and gets them breaky, and I rush to 'do my face' as fast as possible so that I'm ready to finish helping with the morning routine and get all the people where they need to be!

So, as much as I'm not inclined to post this, here is my before and after.


 And in better lighting (um YAY for good lighting) - does someone wanna just follow me around with a ring light 24/7? Any takers? no?


Here's how the magic happens:


Today's face was made up of this (except the wrong lip colour because I changed my mind at the last minute).

SEE it's not ALL SeneGence stuff!!
I swear by Benefit brow products and use them daily to fill and even out my eyebrows. I think I need to get my brows microbladed because filling my brows, while necessary, is the bane of my existence.

My Face: Colour Correcting Tinted Moisturizer in "light" is my go-to. Love this stuff. Goes on lovely over my normal moisturizer and is light coverage so I don't look too "made-up" but evens everything out.
ShadowSense: This stuff is so amazing and multi purpose. I use Garnet for shadow (corner of eyes) and liner. Candlelight was primer and under eye concealer today. Pink frost shadow. I normally use Mulberry as a blush but skipped blush today.
Pearlizer: I use a tiny bit of this as a highlighter on my cheekbones and under my eyebrows. Love it.
Lips: obviously I'm sporting LipSense because lip colour that doesn't move all day and that I don't need to reapply is key. This is praline rose, I adore this colour. So so good. 
Mascara: I do like our mascara but it's a two-step and I'm lazy, soooooo I'm using the rest of my Younique Epic mascara which I really like. I'm awaiting a new mascara from a different company (Limelight) so I'll let you know how that goes.

There you have it. My face.

Tell me your makeup Faves because I LOVE trying new things!!




Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe (soooo good)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018



I am in LOVE with my Instant Pot. Sure, it took a solid few weeks for me to try the thing out, but now that I have, there's no going back!!

I've tried quite a few recipes but like to tweak things to my taste so I've adapted a few recipes and am sharing this amazing dish that I just KNOW you're going to love as much as I do. The best part? Only ONE pot to clean!! SCORE!!



Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts (boneless skinless) - diced (cubes)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped) - I use a tsp of minced garlic in oil
3/4 cup Bragg natural soy sauce (you can use regular soy sauce)
1/3 cup ketchup
3 teaspoons sesame oil
3/4 cup honey
red pepper flakes (I just a couple shakes of the spice jar, yes, very scientific - how much you add will depend how spicy you want it)
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
1 red pepper
1 cup edamame (I use frozen)

Cooked rice (I use brown rice that I have pre-cooked)

Directions:
Preheat Instant Pot (IP) using the saute setting. Add vegetable oil, onion, garlic and chicken to IP and saute stirring constantly for 4 minutes, press cancel on IP.



Add Bragg sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, honey and red pepper flakes to pot and stir. Pressure cook mixture on high for 3 minutes. Once pressure cook is done, wait 5 minutes and then do quick pressure release.

In a separate small bowl, combine water and cornstarch and add that mixture to pot. At this time you will add chopped red pepper and edamame to the pot. Select Saute and cook until sauce thickens up a bit.

DONE!!

Note: I serve this over pre-cooked brown rice. I'm still figuring how to perfect the cook of my brown rice using this brown rice pressure cooking guide.




Inspired by: Pressure Cooking Today's Honey Sesame Chicken recipe



Hope you'll try this recipe and let me know how much you LOVE it!!

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TBB talks... about skincare

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I had good intentions to stay on top of the Monday posts in March but low and behold, the second one rolls around and I'm off the wagon.

What's that saying? Better late than never...

Over at the Blended Blog on Monday we hosted a TBB talks about Skin care linkup. I actually read a bunch of the posts in the linkup and I secretly (well, not so secretly now) LOVE seeing what products people are using.

So here I am, on Thursday night, writing about my skincare.

I'll start by saying that right now I'm using all SeneGence products mostly because I sell it lol but I'm sharing it because it's legitimately my skincare and there really are some great items. Having said that, I may or may not have some Rodan and Fields products coming my way to give them a go as well. It's not that I don't love my current skin care (my skin has never been this soft in a winter in the history of my life) but this lady's wrinkles need some pretty aggressive intervention (I was going to insert "lol" here but I don't really find it that funny).


Ya, that's a LOT of products. I've never put so much stuff on my face in my life.

Morning and night I wash my face with the 3 in 1 cleanser (I use normal to dry line which is moisturizing enough for my normally dry skin). I use it with the Foreo Luna Mini 2 (that pink thing). The Luna Mini is a cool gadget "an award-winning sonic face brush that cleanses and removes up-to 99.5% of dirt and oil. It offers a gentle, effective cleanse to decrease the onset of acne breakouts, reduce pore visibility and eliminate blackheads. Experience clearer, softer, healthier-looking skin in as little as three days." 

Both morning and night I follow my face washing with Climate Control. If I had to recommend one item ONLY, this would be it. This stuff is hydration in it's purest form but without being greasy. It helps with redness and has worked wonders on my post-baby blotchy skin. It can be used to help sunburns, eczema and so many other issues. Miracle in a bottle!

In the am I follow Climate Control with daily moisturizer and eye illuminating cream.

In the pm I follow Climate control with the night time moisturizer, eye cream and collagen pack.

When my skin is needing an extra hit of moisture, I use nangai oil.

I'm not going to get into the ins and outs of each product mostly because that seems salesy (which I hate) and because I'm exhausted lol. I am happy to share more info if anyone wants it ;)

Despite loving my current routine, I'm always on the lookout for the best products so will keep checking out the other posts or leave a comment with your favourite skin care products!!




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TBB Asks - Beauty Edition

Monday, March 5, 2018



March is beauty month at the Blended Blog so obviously our TBB Asks post is beauty-themed!! Grab the above graphic and link up with us below!

  1. Eyelash curler?
    Negative. I have one (or three) but I rarely use it. It's a phases thing for me and depends on how good the mascara is I'm using. Also, eyelash curling = more time and I am short on time with 3 munchkins.
  2. Favourite nail colour?
    Like pick ONE colour that I love above all others? Impossible! But I usually go for neutral nail colours, blush pink-ish.
  3. Favourite lip colout?
    Again, pick ONE colour? How hard is that? I'm a LipSense addict (and distributor) so I have FAR too many lip colours on the go. If I had  to pick my most worn/loved colour, it would probably be Praline Rose BUT I love mostly all of them lol. I tend to stick to a neutral lip but like having fun with reds and some bolder colours.
  4. Blow dry or air dry?
    I usually shower at night so will air dry. If I shower in the am (on the weekend) it's usually the only time I blow dry.
  5. Artificial nails?
    I haven't done "fake nails" in a looong time but I love me some shellac nail polish! Haven't had that done in a while either but I'm thinking I may need a spring mani and my almost 5 year old has been begging for a spa day :)
  6. Foundation?
    I use a colour-correcting moisturizer every.single.day (yes, SeneGence, again). It's easy, light and evens out my skin tone/tones down redness without taking up too much time. Having said that, I definitely use foundation when I'm doing something other than hanging at home with the kiddos.
  7. Hair: up or down?
    My hair is usually down.
  8. Bar soap or body wash?
    I use both. I love my Dove bar soap but I also love my SeneGence body wash. For some reason I always use bar soap for shaving.
  9. Bath or shower?
    I shower far more often than I bath but I LOVE me a nice hot, quiet bath with a glass of wine and lots of bubbles!
  10. Body lotion?
    After every shower :) 
  11. Perfume? Favourite scent?
    I only wear perfume if I'm going out (i.e. dinner, date, party etc)... so, not often. I have a few scents I like but usually Juicy Couture.
  12. Shave daily?
    HA!! This question actually makes me lol. I'm home with 3 kids under 5, I don't even shower every day, so no, I do not shave every day... not even every shower - judge away. Don't worry, I pick things up a notch in the summer when I'm wearing shorts and stuff lol.
  13. Favourite lip balm?
    I've been a lip balm addict for ever but since I started wearing LipSense I realized how the wax in most lip balms prevents your lips from their natural exfoliation. For the most part I use the SeneGence lip balm but usually just at bed time as during the day I'm slathering gloss on to keep my lip colour lasting all day.
  14. When did you start wearing makeup?
    I don't even remember. Probably in high school at some point but my love of makeup didn't really take hold until I started "going out" lots in University lol.



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