Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils in 020 and 040. Review and Swatches

Bite Beauty recently launches their much anticipated Lip Pencils and I was lucky enough to get a chance to test them through Influencer. I received two of the new Lip Pencils in 020 and 044 and two mini lipsticks in Honeycomb and Whiskey. 
The Lip Pencil 020 is a light, nude color that matches Honeycomb great as well as many other neutral lipsticks in my stash, making this lip pencil a daily staple since I it fell into my hands. 
The Lip Pencil in 044 is a deep wine color with rich pigmentation that glides easily on the lips, making it easy to layer under my deeper red lipsticks. 
I reviewed the Amouse Bouche lipsticks before and  loved them so I was excited to try out the formula on the Lip Pencils and I wasn't disappointed; they are creamy and pigmented and glide on the lips comfortably while staying put for hours. The shade 020 is a fantastic every day shade that can be layered under all kinds of nude and brown lipsticks with different undertones and works great to help fake a plumper lip and making it look very natural. 044 is a rich berry shade and works great paired wine and burgundy lipstick that lean on the cooler side.

*Products provided for consideration. This does not influence my opinions or reviews

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Elevate Your Season with Bulletproof

The holidays are literally around the corner and I'll admit I've had a few mini panic attacks in between work, gym sessions, blogging and last minute prep for the fast approaching festive season. Adulting isn't easy!

If this past year had a soundtrack it you be Rihanna's "Work, Work, Work" because that's what dominated my year. Finding balance between a demanding job and having a life is challenging and like many, I feel like coffee is what jump-starts me every morning. Always in the search for ways to upgrade my life, I stumbled upon Dave Asprey and the whole Bulletproof philosophy and got hooked on the famous Bulletproof Coffee, a low toxin, high performance drink that's full of healthy fats to fuel me.
I like to start my day with a traditional Bulletproof coffee, I just blend freshly brewed The Mentalist coffee, Brain Octane Oil and unsalted grassfed butter in my Blendtec, the mix is a frothy, satisfying drink that gives me a steady boost of energy without any jitters or aggravating my anxiety. I've always had a love hate relationship with caffeine and every day felt like a gamble, trying to figure out the right amount and strength of coffee that will help give me a boost without sending me over the edge or triggering that dreadful anxiety that lurks around. I loved how different I felt having a blend of good quality coffee with a healthy dose of good quality fats, I feel energized but keep my cool, alert and focused thanks to the MCTs and full for hours, I no longer have to look for snacks all morning long, I can actually do my job.

Another way I LOVE my Bulletproof coffee is quickly becoming my favourite drink to reach for halfway through the day when I need a quick boost and have to get ready for a late workout. I will brew a small batch of coffee, add the usual Brain Octane Oil and unsalted grass fed butter along with a pinch of true cinnamon, dash of Himalayan salt, a sprinkle of raw cocoa, a scoop of protein and one of collagen. Not only is this drink ridiculously delicious but it helps give me the right amount of energy along with essential nutrients to help propel me through the day and a rewarding gym session.
The protein and collagen are essential for healthy skin, hair and nails, the MCTs are awesome for everything but especially skin and brain function, the cocoa and coffee are packed with antioxidants and cinnamon is great for supporting healthy blood sugar levels. I win!
What are your tricks and tips for surviving busy days and balancing it all?

*This post is sponsored. All opinions, images and products are my own.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Festive Holiday Chocolate Bark

Christmas is a week away and I have never been less ready for it. This year was dominated by work for me and the holidays are no exception but like any smart lady I have a few aces up my sleeve and I wanted to share one with you today. My chocolate bark is not only healthy, but fun and delicious and makes for a fabulous dessert and a great last minute gift. I am a bit of a health freak so I'm always looking to come up with a delicious treat with a healthy spin. This bark features tons of healthy fats, antioxidants and superfoods and is sure to please the biggest chocolate snob.

The recipe is easy and fun to do, melting a good quality dark chocolate over a double boiler, folding in a good quality coconut oil and organic cocoa powder if you want to keep the bark dark and antioxidant rich and add a splash of organic vanilla.
The fun part is pouring the melted chocolate in a pan lined with baking sheet and decorating it with toppings. My favorite mixes are: pistachios, goji berries and Himalayan salt; hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts and splash of rum essence; cocoa nibs, nuts and coconut... have fun with it!  Place tray in freezer or if you have a small fridge like mine, in the snow, and let the chocolate harden for about 10 minutes. Once the chocolate is set, cut it and wrap it up nicely and store it in a cool place. I like to keep mine in the freezer and over the holidays take it out as a treat, dessert or just give it away to loved ones and it never fails to impress.

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