My First Ipsy Bag!

I got my first Ipsy Bag in the mail this week. Look at how cute the package is!!

The bag itself was really cute, too! Not that I need anymore little bags….isn't it funny how over time you accumulate SO many of them?

The first item I got was this beach spray with argan oil. I love it, because I love beach hair! It's especially nice to have some nourishment in a spray like this, since it makes your hair a little bit more course feeling and textured.

Next, I got an SPF 8 tanning oil. Not sure how that'll do here in AZ, but at least it smells good!

Then I got this cream eyeshadow from Bare Minerals. I really didn't know what I was going to think of it at first glance. After I watched it, I was super impressed!! The color is beautiful, and the texture is really nice. I can't wait to use it!

Next, I got a Tinted Brilliance Balm from Pixi. I've used a tinted lip balm from this brand before. In fact, I think I got it in my Birchbox a few months back.

This balm is a really pretty light to medium pink color. It's alright, but nothing too special in my book.

Last, but definitely not least, I got a gorgeous bronzer from Pop Beauty. I am absolutely in love with this bronzer! I think it, by itself, made the whole bag worth getting.

It's a beautiful golden bronze with a sheen and very fine shimmer that's just enough without being overkill. It has such a velvety texture, too. I love it!! I bet it would be pretty as an eye shadow, as well….

Here's a FOTD picture from last week, and I'm actually wearing a very light application of it on my cheeks. You can't really see it that well, so my apologies for that. Next time I wear it, I'll try to get a better picture and post it for you guys.

I did this eye look based on a tutorial that Jaclyn Hill did called Smokey Summertime Sparkle. My version ended up looking way less redish-pinkish and more coral-orangey. I used a Amber Lights by MAC on the lid, and Jaclyn used a pinkish Stila Magnificent Metals Foil shadow. (I really need to get my hands on some of that shadow, it's amazing!) I also kept the two darker colors more concentrated in the crease instead of bringing them up above it. Either way, the look turned out great!


On the lips, I'm wearing Blankety by MAC and a NYX gold colored lip gloss. Don't ask me how long it took to do the winged liner.

Thank you for making light of this issue!! For those of you that don't do gel or cream winged out liner, do me a favor and try it sometime ;-). You'll quickly understand and empathize!

Overall, I'm really glad I started getting the Ipsy Bag! I think it's another case where the value of the items in the bag is definitely more than what you pay for it. (Both Ipsy and Birchbox are only $10 a month!) Plus, how fun is it to get to be surprised by fun beauty stuff TWICE a month!?

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and it helped any of you that have been on the fence about getting one. Have a wonderful rest of the week and I love you guys!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

 

Every Move App Review

I was given a very cool opportunity by SweatPink and Fit Approach to try out a new app and share it with you guys! The app is called Every Move, and can be found in the app store for both IOS and Android phones.

“Every move is your fitness-tracking, motivation-hacking, habit-attacking community” according to their website. It's a platform for tracking your physical activity, and based on how many points you get for each activity, you earn rewards! You also have the ability to share your success on social media, and sync up your workout device to the app (Garmin, Nike +, etc.)

I thought this was really cool, because you can just use your normal app to record your workouts, and it automatically syncs to Every Move! There are tons of workouts to choose from, too. The obvious ones are running, cycling, and swimming, but they also list things such as cleaning the house, gardening, cooking, walking the dog, and playing with children. It just shows that being active by doing every day activities can really add up!

Now, on to the rewards. Here are some examples of the rewards you can choose from:

I actually chose to donate $1 to help fight children's cancer. I didn't have any interest in the other rewards, and I liked the idea of working out and earning money for a good cause at the same time!

Here's an example of some workouts I logged:

Once I get back to running again, I'd like to try syncing my Garmin to it. I'll be able to rack up a ton of points for the charity!

I think it's a fun app if that's something you're into. If you're going to be logging workouts anyway, why not earn rewards, or earn money for a good cause! Plus, you can also make friends, compete, and motivate each other.

I'll be back soon with some awesome protein muffins that are so good, you won't believe they're healthy!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

 

 

 

Health(ier) Muffin Monday: Dark Chocolate Banana Walnut Protein Muffins

I don't know why I do this to myself. I make an amazingly awesome muffin with dark chocolate, and then they sit on my kitchen counter screaming “eat me, no, eat three!” They're way healthier than the average amazing chocolate muffin, but as with all things good, we have to have some self control. The longer I'm on earth, the more I think I inherited my Mom's love for all things chocolate. Awesome…….good thing I can do some cardio now! Thanks Mom…. ;-).

I made these gluten free, but you can use whatever kind of flour you prefer. I would suggest using at least whole wheat flour instead of white. So check out the recipe below, and try it yourself!

First, preheat your oven to 375 F, then gather these ingredients:

1.5 cups of flour (I used 3/4 cup each of all-purpose GF flour and GF oat flour)

1/2 cup protein powder (chocolate, vanilla, plain)

1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup raw sugar

6 packets of Stevia/Truvia

1 egg + 2 egg whites

3 very ripe bananas mashed

1/2 cup nonfat or low fat Greek yogurt

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

In a standing mixer, mix together the flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, mix the smashed banana, eggs, coconut oil, sugar, Stevia, vanilla, and yogurt. I then added the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the mixer, careful to mix until just combined. Then, add the walnuts and chocolate chips and fold them in until uniform. Divide the batter into 12-14 paper cupcake liners that have been sprayed with non-stick spray. I filled 12, and had a little bit leftover, so I started eating the batter. (Don't bake when you're hungry! Oh, and don't eat the batter because it has raw eggs….I survived, don't worry, lol.)

Bake at 375 for 15-16 minutes, or until the tops are cooked and not wet anymore. Let them cool on a wire cooling rack for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy! Try to eat just one ;-).

(This was adapted from a recipe on HomeBeccanomics.com)

I used SparkPeople.com's recipe calorie calculator to try and figure out the stats on these. They didn't have GF oat flour or dark chocolate powder listed, so I used all purpose and regular unsweetened cocoa powder for the recipe. I also divided the whole recipe into 13 servings to best approximate the serving size.

So they're definitely not 100% guilt free if you eat two or three! But after you taste them, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how yummy they are being under 200 calories a piece! All of the chocolate is dark, the fat content is *mostly* due to walnuts and coconut oil, there is added protein from the protein powder and Greek yogurt, and bananas to top it off! They're great as a quick out-the-door breakfast. If you have an extra 16-17 seconds, pop them in the microwave and they'll taste like they just came out of the oven. I would also have half of a muffin and some unsweetened vanilla almond milk as a snack after dinner.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you got to try them! They're delicious, and a great way to sneak some nutrition in when it's least expected. I bet your kids won't even notice!

Have an awesome week, and I'll talk to y'all soon!

Happy Trails!

Stacey