Mani Monday: Julep Dana

HAPPY MANI MONDAY!! As you all know… I have recently fallen in love with Julep polishes and have since purchased a ton of them! I regret nothing. I received Julep Dana in my October box and was super stoked to try it out because I have been on a search for a white polish that doesn’t make me want throw the bottle against the wall.

I had high hopes for this polish because it was Julep but also didn’t want to get my hopes up because most of the time, whites turn into a streaky mess.

I am happy to report… This polish was a huge win! It went on smooth. It was opaque and smooth in 2 coats.

It’s such a pretty color. It’s a true white, BUT it has a blue microshimmer that you can barely detect unless you’re really looking at it under the light. So subtle yet gorgeous on the nail! This is definitely my new favorite. The coolest part? It’s black light reactive!! YUP! You heard me right. Now I have yet to test it for myself.. sooo I guess I’ll just have to take a trip to Disneyland to make sure everything is in working order. Poor me!

Now who wants FREE polish?!?!? Seriously. Get your first box free. This is what I did and I got 3 free polishes and a face serum. All I had to do was pay $3 for shipping. SO worth it. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on trying out some Julep polishes risk free. Get your FREE box here and enter the code FREETREATS, FREEFALL, SPELLBOUND, FREEBOX, or HELLOBOX at the checkout.
So excited for you guys to try it out!!

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Naked 2 Palette

If you’ve ever thought about investing a Naked palette and then promptly ran away after seeing how much they were, I’m here to answer to most important question: Is it even worth the money?! My answer… Yes. I love expensive brands just as much as the next girl. But, I would’ve never thought it was worth dropping $50+ on something like an eyeshadow palette. Luckily, I have some pretty amazing friends who went in and bought me one for my birthday! Boy was I proved wrong. This is the very definition of “you get what you pay for”. The quality of these shadows are amazing. They are smooth, blendable, pigmented, and the colors are just gorgeous. They aren’t glittery but put off a very finely milled shimmer.

The thing I love about this palette is that I have all the colors I need to create countless looks in one palette. Perfect for traveling, and just overall elimination of excess makeup clutter. If you’ve been considering buying one, I highly recommend it.

There are 3 palettes available. The original, the Naked 2, and the Naked 3. The Naked 3 is by far my favorite. Mostly because this one includes a matte black, which I use daily. The Original has cooler colors but is very similar to the 2. The Naked 3 has more rose toned colors. I’d say these colors are on the softer lighter side. Not really my thing, but for some it’s perfect!!

Who else loves their Naked palettes?!

Starbucks Doesn’t Have to be Scary

As most of you know I am a complete Starbucks addict. I’m talking spending every day semester after semester studying my life away and drowning my sorrows in tea. True story. I’m still a hardcore Starbucks fan. Basic white girl much? I just like my caffeine. We can skip the judgment. (; When you’re trying to lose weight, your Venti double caramel frappuccinos with extra whip go out the window. Cue booing! However, this causes many people to be scared of Starbucks all together… or even worse.. make them give up on giving up their normal drinks. Well… I have some great news for all of you. There are tons of delicious options available to help make your caffeine fix a little less calorie laden. There are a few key things you should know about ordering your drink:

  1. Order your drinks like Victoria’s Secrets like their models… skinny and tall. You can order a “skinny” in Caramel, Cinnamon Dolce, Vanilla, and Hazelnut. You can get these iced, hot, or as a Frappuccino. Each of these come in at about 100 Calories for a tall. WIN!
  2. You can order hot drinks in a size “short”. If you feel like splurging on something indulgent, but don’t want to completely throw your calorie count over the cliff, order a short. It’s about half the size of a tall.
  3. You can order any of your drinks with non-fat milk.
  4. Ask for no whip. This will save you tons of calories and fat.
  5. Opt for sugar-free syrups.
  6. Go for tea! It’s 0 calories when you get it unsweetened… better yet did you know Starbucks offers AGAVE?! Yupppp good ole organic Agave. WAYYY better for you than Splenda. While some people are anti any sugar-free sweeteners, agave is a better alternative than Splenda as it is naturally derived.

I know I threw a lot at you. Make these simple substitutions and you’ll be sippin on pure bliss without the guilt. Here’s a few examples of things you can order I found on Pinterest!

Other drinks not mentioned in the pics:

  • Nonfat Iced or hot Caramel Macciato 140 cal
  • Nonfat Green Tea Latte 210 cal
  • Steamed apple juice 270 cal
  • Iced Coffee with classic syrup 70 cal

Julep Maven Box: October 2014

I got my second Maven box this month and I was so excited! The packaging of these boxes themselves is enough to get you excited! This month’s theme was “black magic” with tons of gorgeous colors. These polishes were amazing!

What is this subscription box? Every month, Julep releases a new collection of polishes. What I like about this particular subscription is that you can totally customize your box. You can pick 3 items including that month’s limited edition polishes and beauty products. No more hoping you like what you get and being disappointed when you open the box.

The best part? Julep will send you a FREE box just to test it out and see if you like it. You literally only pay $3 to cover shipping. They’ll send you 3 full sized polishes and a beauty product (valued at over $64). They even include a 50% off first purchase to use in their store!! You can cancel at anytime before the next billing period so you don’t have to pay a cent after you get a free box (I promise its not a scam). I got my free box and let’s just say it was love at first sight. These are hands down my FAVORITE polishes. In regards to both shades and formula! See what I got in my free box here!

I highly suggest you get your hands on a free box. Click here to order yours and use the code FREEFALL, SPELLBOUND, or FREETREATS at checkout!

Aren’t these colors amazing?! I’m so excited to try them all out. Swatches to come!

Fall Nails

Julep Maven is a subscription box service that is primarily based on nail polish! I had been wanting to try Julep polishes for a while, but at $14 a bottle or a subscription of at least $25 a month, I wasn’t quite ready to commit considering I have more nail polishes than I know what to do with.  I recently saw an ad Julep was running offering a free first month’s box (with the exception of $3 shipping) and jumped on it as soon as I saw it. Because you know.. I’m me and a girl can never have too many nail polishes. The Fall welcome box has 3 colors and a full sized beauty product. Not bad for the $3 that you pay for shipping!

As soon as my box came… I was in lovveee and I think I might have found my new favorite fall color. These polishes are amazing and go on so nicely. They also hold up really well against wear and tear. I definitely plan on staying subscribed for at least this month!

If you want to get your free box, go here and use the code FREEFALL or FREECITY. You can unsubscribe anytime you want and don’t have to pay for the next month should you choose not to continue after receiving your free box.

This is Julep polish in Winona. I thought I was going to absolutely hate it. Awkward for me when I put it on and was very very wrong. How gorgeous is this color?

I also received this color in Gabrielle which is equally gorgeous. It’s a rich deep purple (ignore the mark on my finger. I swear it’s not the result of poorly done polish job).

Also… I’m completely obsessed with my new case! A lot of you have been asking where I got it. I purchased mine from my local Verizon store, but you can also find it on amazon here for the same, if not better, price.

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The third color I received was Queen Anne. This glitter is light purple with gold flecks, and it is adorable! The formula is exactly what you want. 1-2 coats and your nail is completely covered in glitter! I love it and can’t wait to buy more of their glitters!!

What are some of your favorite Julep colors?!

Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve

So now that you’ve all heard my fall rant, here is my second recipe of the day to celebrate our transition into fall!

While some of us are still muddling through hotter weather, what better way to celebrate fall in the mid 90’s than with pumpkin spice soft serve! The best of both worlds, my friends.

For those of you who have yet to hear of the banana to ice cream trick. YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Seriously. It will change your life. It’s one of my favorite things to make. Again, this recipe is paleo, vegan, packed with nutrition, tastes amazing, and is super easy to make.

What you need:

  • 1  frozen bananas
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP of honey
  • Pecans or nut of choice

What to do:

  • Place banana, almond milk, and pumpkin puree into a food processor and blend until smooth adding more milk a little at a time as needed. Patience is key!  Let the processor do the work even if it takes a little while. You want this to be as close to an ice cream consistency as possible so try not to add anymore milk than necessary.
  • Add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and honey and keep processing until it’s thoroughly mixed.
  • Put your soft serve in a bowl, sprinkle pecans, and enjoy.

*Try to make sure your frozen banana isn’t too ripe or else you might have an overpowering banana flavor. I personally don’t dig it, but to each their own. Add as much or as little spice as you want depending on your preferences!

Seriously so good!! Does anyone have other uses for pumpkin puree?

Okay this is my last pumpkin spice recipe for a while.. I promise!

Homemade Healthi(er) Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

At the risk of sounding like every other girl….. I could not be any more excited that fall is officially here. So to add onto the millions of fall posts, I have two new recipes for you guys. [Click here if you’re looking for the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream]

And by fall… I really mean the 95 degree weather and sun that brightly shines outside my window while I turn the AC on high with my Starbs fall drink and my favorite sweater pretending it’s a drizzly fall day.

Dramatic? Maybe. But I’m really hoping the weather will get the hint and make like Elsa and let it go.

And naturally the first thing that comes to mind when we think of fall is oversized sweaters,  yoga pants (lol as if we ever stopped wearing them), and our beloved PSL’s. Call me what you will. I refuse to be ashamed.

Personally, Salted Caramel Mocha’s are my favorite, but the Pumpkin Spice Latte comes in at a close second. What isn’t my favorite is the amount of calories and processed nonsense that Starbs like to put into our cups, though still absolutely delicious.

So I set out to make my own version of the PSL syrup. While it may still not be the healthiest thing in the world, it is certainly better for you and at least you know what’s going into it. The best part? It can totally be made paleo (or at least modified primal) or sugar-free with a few simple changes.  This syrup is sooo good and makes your latte, dare I say, better than Starbucks and it was so easy to make.

What you need:

  • 1/4 c pumpkin puree (make sure it’s NOT the pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3/4 c water
  • A little more than 1/3 c brown sugar (or honey* for paleo or sugar free sweetener* for sugar free version)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie space
  • 2 small dashes of ground cloves

What to do:

  • In a saucepan, combine water and sweetener of choice on medium heat until dissolved on medium high.Pumpkin Spice Latte PSL Starbucks
  • Turn to medium low and pumpkin puree and mix until completely smooth then stir in spices. Pumpkn Spice Latte PSL Starbucks
  • Simmer for 5 minutes. Pumpkin Spice Latte PSL Starbucks
  • (optional) Strain mixture using a spatula to press out all of the liquid syrup. I personally don’t strain because I like the added fiber of the “pulp”.
  • Pour your PSL syrup into a container for storage and refrigerate.

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If you use any of the other sweetener options, adjust accordingly. For honey, you may need more of it to make it sweeter. Remember, this is a syrup which will be very concentrated. If you’re using artificial sweetener, I suggest using a more natural based sweetener such as Stevia or Truvia. You will need significantly less as these are naturally sweeter than real sugar.
Because I’m currently eating a Paleo Diet, I made both the regular version and the version with the honey sub. Both were great! However I can’t tell you how the artificial version will taste as artificial sweeteners tend to have an aftertaste some people really don’t like.

This syrup should last 7-10 days easily in the fridge.

Add a couple spoonfuls (2 or 3) to your normal latte (coffee of choice and steamed milk or coconut or almond milk) in place of your normal sweetener. You can even replace the coffee with a neutral tea if you prefer.

I’m so excited for your all to try this recipe! What are most excited for this fall?

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Evolution Fresh: Sweet Greens and Lemon

Alright,  guys. I know I’ve been so MIA as of late. Soooo this is my formal apology… again! hahaha.

In other news.. I’m here to talk about another Starbucks find. If you’ve noticed, Starbucks has been offering Evolution juices in the refrigerated section near the food. Are they expensive? Yes. Are they worth it? Yes..er? More yes? I don’t know. But moral of the story, they’re worth the money. There were so many to try but my friend recommended this one.

It is packed with tons of greens which means tons of nutrients. Yay for nutrients! And it’s also very low calorie. A nice switch up from your normal sugary Starbs concoctions.

However, do not be fooled by the “sweet” part of the name. This is not a sweet fruity drink. It tastes vegetably. This tastes nothing like a green monster or green superfoods that we, or at least I, would think. If you’ve ever had fresh juices, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say you can really taste the cucumber and celery. Don’t be discouraged though, it is extremely light and refreshing and perfect to for natural energy and a simple way to get more greens in. Best part? They’re always fresh so you know you’re getting quality ingredients!

Okay, that’s it for this random post. What are your favorites? I can’t wait to try the rest of them. Have a great week you guys!

Starbucks Chicken and Hummus Bistro Box

I’m always on the search for a healthy option while eating on the go. As most of you know, a majority of my time last school year was spent at none other than Starbucks. Surprisingly, Starbucks has some awesome food items on their menu. Some healthy, some not so healthy. And the best part is, since there’s a Starbucks at what seems to be every corner these days (yay for me because I am an addict), so once you find a good option, you’ll know where to get it.

I tried this chicken and hummus bistro box and it was amazing. The hummus is really great! It’s smooth, creamy, and flavorful. It comes with two pieces of chicken, lettuce, whole wheat pita, and a few strips of cucumber, and cherry tomatoes. This box is really filling and packed with nutrition. Best part? You can eat the whole box for only 270 calories AND 20 g of protein and 4 g of fiber.

Make sure you grab this box on your next mid-trip Starbucks run and you won’t be without a healthy option on hand when everyone is grabbing chips and candy bars. Your taste buds and waistline will thank you!

Lush Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser

I was wandering through Lush…. THE MOST AMAZING STORE EVER…. and decided I wanted to try one of their facial cleansers. First off, for those of you who don’t know, Lush creates really unique beauty products that are all natural and free of parabens and other gross stuff you don’t want going on your skin. Most of their products are vegan and they absolutely do not test on animals. Not only that, they actual donate a fraction of their proceeds to fight against animal testing.

One of the employees was really nice and helped me pick out the perfect cleanser to make my face glow. I decided on Let the Good Times Roll. Now some of your might be thinking, “What theeee?! This cleanser looks like playdough!!” Yes it does! Why is this? It’s because water, which would make this a liquid, is what causes products to spoil. To prevent this, many companies add preservatives. Lush doesn’t add water, thus eliminating the need for any preservatives! Genius? I think yes.

The claim: “Gently exfoliating maize and polenta cleanser with an absolutely scrumptious sweet and salty popcorn scent for soft, smooth skin.”

This product has an almost crumbly-clay like consistency. The smell….THE SMELL. It’s amazing. It has a buttery vanilla popcorn like scent. I could seriously sit and smell this sucker all day long, but then I would be whisked away to an asylum. So we’ll just skip that this time around. 😛

So many of you may be wondering how to use this concoction. It’s quite simple really. Just pinch off a pea sized amount, mix it with a little water in your hand, and rub it into your skin. Like the description states, this is an exfoliating cleanser. However, it is true that it is gentle. The maize and polenta are really finely milled making it gentle enough for every day use. It also lessens the need for moisturizer after because the natural oils in the cleanser stay on your face.

This cleanser does not remove makeup nor does it act as a deep cleanser. It its more of an exfoliating treatment for your skin. That being said, I personally think that this product is AMAZING. I will definitely repurchase. It leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. If I’m wearing makeup, I usually just take a makeup removing wipe to it quickly beforehand. It makes my skin feel  and look amazing afterwards, and gives me a healthy glow.

Anyone else in love with Lush products?!