March 26, 2017

Must Make: My Favorite Cocktail Recipes From Around The Web

Something I know we can all agree on is that there's nothing quite like a good cocktail after a long week (or day). While I'm all for a good craft beer or a glass of wine (my favorite), there's just something about a slightly more complex drink recipe that makes you feel a bit more satisfied. From simple spritzers to more complex drinks, here are the links to some of my all-time favorite tried and true cocktail recipes from around the web. Get mixin'!
  1. Chambord Kir Royale - Simple, classic and refreshing. I've always been a fan of bubbly drinks and this one is a fan-favorite. If you're having company and strapped for time, try making a batch of these...nobody will know it took you just five minutes. 
  2. The French Gimlet - St. Germain is one of the most delicious liqueurs out there, and this fruity-floral martini is enough to get you going, but makes for easy sipping. This is one of my go-to martinis. 
  3. St-Rita - An elderflower margarita...what more do I need to say? Try this for a unique take on a St. Germain cocktail.
  4. Blue Moon - No, not the beer. This is a really delicious, almost candy-like drink that involves violet liqueur and gin. This liqueur seems to be making a comeback in the craft-cocktail world and I'm all about it. 
  5. Bailey's Chocolatini - OMG. This tastes just like dessert in a glass and should be drank as such. It's such a yummy treat, but be warned...they go down easy.
  6. Mango Peach Sangria - Light and easy, this sangria is perfect for summertime sippin'. I love making this for a group, as it's an easy large-batch cocktail that only tastes better the longer it sits throughout the day (and the more glasses you've consumed). 
  7. La Señorita - If you haven't read the blog Kitchy Kitchen, you're missing out on some seriously yummy recipes and crazy-good food inspo. But, it's not just her eats you'll want to check out. This girl whips up some seriously unique (and delicious) cocktails that I've come to love. This rose water-mezcal recipe is my current favorite.
  8. Rosemary Spiked Lemonade - This is reasonably easy to make and uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand in your liquor cabinet and fridge. It's yummy and refreshing...who doesn't love lemons and vodka?
  9. Berry Breeze - This berry-lime combo is to-die-for and a perfect year round cocktail. 
  10. Lychee Martini - I know, it seems as though I'm on a fruit kick, but I told you I liked it sweet and refreshing. This fruit has a unique, addictive flavor that pairs perfectly with vodka.
What's your favorite drink recipe? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

March 23, 2017

A Few Products I Can't Go Without Right Now

When it comes to new products, I'll admit I've become a bit of a creature of habit. What exactly do I mean by this? The more I have gotten to know certain brands, the more I have grown to love almost all of their new releases. I know well enough to ignore releases in certain product categories that I don't tend to use; but when they release something in a category that's up my street it heads straight to the "try right now" pile and into my current routine. After testing the above products for a few weeks, I can safely say that they have earned permanent spots in my routine. I am absolutely smitten with...

Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist - You know my love for Sisley's makeup is real, so I wasn't surprised that these were also incredible. Stick-like makeup always wins in my book, for obvious reasons, but it was the formula that won me over here. The consistency of these blush sticks is dreamy; they are creamy and apply impactful at first, but can be easily sheered out or built up, and the texture becomes powdery after it sets, but remains invisible. Yes, it's Sisley. So, yes, it's quite pricey - but these are worth it. I'd say...go for Fuschia, and if you're feeling extra ambitious, their highlighter shade, Glow, too. 

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo - Hourglass can do no wrong in my book; I've yet to try something from this innovative brand that I don't like. I do, however, feel that they were lacking in variety of lip colors...but much to my delight they recently launched these creamy, smoothing twist up lipsticks. I love the way that the bullet is shaped, as it nixes the need for a matching liner, but also, the shade range is on point. Click that link and see for yourself 😉.

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex - My skin is beginning to love products that are chock-full of naturally delicious ingredients. This silky oil is no exception. My skin drinks this stuff up the same way I finish my wine on a Friday evening after a long week. The morning after I use this, I notice a true different in the softness and radiance of my skin. It's all around brighter, smoother, and plumped...and it doesn't hurt that Tata promises 100% natural everything in her amazing line.

Darphin Hydraskin Eye Refresh Gel Cream - Darphin is hands-down one of my most trusted skincare brands. I go to them when my skin needs help, and this little tube of eye cream delivered what it promised, too. I love the lightweight, cooling gel texture of this eye cream, and that it helps to smooth and depuff the undereye area like nothing else. I am already addicted, I swear to you.

Colorescience Tint Du Soleil Protective Foundation - This creamy, almost-whipped sunscreen infused foundation formula manages to feel both lightweight and hydrating, yet provides some amazing coverage. I like that it can be worn more naturally - in a sheer, light layer - or built up - for more serious coverage. As I get older, I worry more and more about sun protection, and with an SPF 30 already in my makeup, that's one less thing to think about!

Y Et Beauté Lipstick in Tranquille - Looking at this ultra-luxe lipstick, would you ever guess that it was made with completely organic ingredients? I love its sleek, black packaging and the satisfying click it produces when closed...but I love what's inside even more. The scent is incredible and reminds me of vanilla frosting, and the texture is smooth and ultra-pigmented. I love the pink-rose hue of Tranquille, but I'm dying to try a few other shades as well. Check them out...these aren't to be missed!

March 06, 2017

5 Red Lipsticks For All Occasions

Red lips can be the hardest beauty bit to conquer. But...when they're done right and worn with confidence they can have the same effect of a little black dress. Classic red lips never go out of style, which is why I've compiled a list of five favorites for all occasions...whether black tie, or everyday.

1) FOR THE IT-GIRL - It's all about the Sisley Phyto Lip Twist Matte in 18. This gorgeous blue-toned red is a true Parisian red and looks chic in all the right ways. I love that it has a hint of moisture, but manages to be budge and shine-free. It's the perfect compliment to Breton stripes and a leather jacket.

2) FOR THE NATURALIST - Reach for the Tata Harper Tinted Lip Treatment in Be Adored. I love this sheer wash of color with impact. It's the perfect 'just ate fresh berries' lip look with all the comfort of a nourishing all-natural balm.

3) FOR THE MAKEUP-MAVEN - Try out Clinique Pop Matte in Ruby Pop. This is a fun, punchy red with just the right amount of pink pull to brighten the entire face. If you're up for trendy beauty looks...this one is a must try.

4) FOR SERIOUS IMPACT - Swipe on Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Notorious in 408. It doesn't get any more full on red than this gorgeous creamy matte lipstick. It's nondrying but seriously intense in the pigment department, which is why Lip Maestros reign supreme when it comes to bright colors. But, this is one of those reds that everyone needs in their lives.

5) FOR THE COLOR-SHY - Give the One Over One Lip Oil in Scarlet Bloom a whirl. My pick for a hint of red that's everyday appropriate. I'd be comfortable wearing this one to the office, but I'd also feel like it's enough of a look for evening too. It also goes without saying that this lustrous oil creates a full-looking pout and provides hours of hydration.

What is your favorite way to wear a red lip?

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