Brand Focus: Antipodes

Hey guys & gals! I hope you have had a great week so far! Today I wanted to share with you a brand focus video on a lesser-known brand called Antipodes. Originating from New Zealand, this eco-friendly company uses natural and organic products to formulate what I’ve found to be really nice skincare that helps the skin. And smells delicious.

Fellow Houstonians: I’d love to meet you! Come to my meet-and-greet Friday, April 18th (that’s Good Friday so you might be off work!) between 2pm and 6pm at Walmart in the Health & Beauty section located at 111 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007. There will be prizes and goodie bags as well as pampering refreshments and photo opportunities for you and your friends. I hope you can make it! When Texans do meet-and-greets, we go big or we go home. Am I right? Hope to see you there!

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Empties #1 – Products I’ve Used Up!

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This is my first time ever doing an “Empties” video – also known as a video about the products I’ve used up and what I thought about them. I laughingly call these videos “What’s In My Trash?” videos because really…that’s what it is. If you were wondering, yes, I did keep a Neiman Marcus shopping bag next to the trash can in my bathroom to toss my empty products into. Yes, my husband was bewildered. It’s okay if you are too.

Let’s get on with the video! (Also, if you want to see my videos before anyone else, make sure you’re subscribed! New videos out usually every Monday, Wednesday, Friday!)Please Click To View The Full Post →

Houston Meetup April 18th!

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I hope you get as excited as I am right now because finally we can do something we’ve been wanting to do for ages — a HOUSTON meet-up! It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know many of y’all living in Houston (or heck, Texas). So much of the time I’m talking to you but rarely do we get the opportunity to meet face to face. And Dove and I are partnering up for a fabulous event with refreshments, in the style of pampering (would we have it any other way?) with prizes for everyone who comes, plus extra goodies during a live Tweet Q-&-A session! It will be so fun and I hope you can make it! The Walmart hosting it is off of I-10 in the Heights area (on Yale street) if you’re familiar. Hope you can come!!

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Bare Minerals “The Top Shelf”

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Ever since hearing Estée profess her love for this eyeshadow duo, I decided to finally check out Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadow duo in “The Top Shelf” in person at my local Ulta store. Immediately after swatching, I knew that it would be an easy go-to, everyday eye look for me. With one downside (which I will explain later). On to the pictures!

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I absolutely love the pigmentation of these two shadows – they’re almost metallic when they swatch! But they layer so very smoothly and I will say that my only gripe about this duo is that the darker color is so shimmery – theoretically a crease color like the darker shade should be matte, not metallic, since you want to avoid reflecting light and actually recess the appearance of your socket.

On the other hand, it does give you two very nice shimmery colors, and who says the darker one has to be in the crease? Sometimes I just wash it all over my lid and use the lighter color as a  brow bone highlight.  

I’m much more interested now in checking out the other Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadows after being so pleasantly surprised with this lovely “Top Shelf” number. Bonus points for all of the shadow duos being preceded with “The”, just like my category titles on PSS!

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Non-Makeup Favorites

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Hello lovelies! Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorites of the past month–those that aren’t makeup or fashion, that is.

Click here to watch those favorites! Lately I’ve been loving charcoal, so I’ve been obsessed with finding anything and everything charcoal-related. It does wonders for my skin without drying it out. Like nature’s little vacuum cleaner for pores! Daily I’ve been using the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser to wash my face in the morning, and on a weekly basis I’ve been using the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask – which is a lifesaver for those of us without a lot of pampering time (or if you just don’t like the feeling of face masks for more than a minute).

I’ve also got a few other random favorites thrown in there so be sure and click on to watch the video below to see everything!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Ask PSS: Episode 1

Hey guys! First of all I want to thank each and every one of you who sent kind thoughts and prayers and comments my way on Friday and continually throughout the weekend. On Friday I was on my way to the hospital for a usual 16-hour call shift, when a cement truck ran a two-way stop sign (I had the right-of-way) and out of nowhere he collided with my passenger side, straight on. My car was slammed into a light pole and I managed to swerve myself out of a ditch. Thankfully I managed to get out safely with just a few bruises on my left arm and left hip where my body must have slammed into the side of the car on impact. I feel very fortunate and very blessed. Sadly, I’m carless now but it’s a small price to pay for my car taking the brunt of the impact. Bravo, 2011 Toyota Camry! You have a special place in my heart, that’s for sure.

So! Here’s my first episode of #AskPSS – you guys use the hashtag to ask me questions and get featured in my video! If you weren’t featured and you asked a question, never fear – you can always ask again!

Thanks so much to those of you who did write in their questions! I had fun answering them!

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite recipes that I have concocted lately. It may seem a bit weird, but trust me, this is so cozy and delicious and relatively healthy. (No added sugars – unless you’re like me and add brown sugar or honey at the end – haha.) It started when I purchased two jars of PB2 – one of original peanut butter and one of the chocolate peanut butter variation. I wanted to try using it in different ways other than just reconstituting it and using it as actual peanut butter in a sandwich or with fruit. So I was making oatmeal one day, and I usually place a half banana in my oatmeal to sweeten it up and add some interest, but I decided to throw in some chocolate PB2 and it was absolutely delicious. It tastes like oatmeal that has bananas and Reese’s peanut butter cups in it. Delicious. I like to add cinnamon on top sometimes for an extra special bit of “wow”.

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal
Serves 1
A healthy and delicious, simple oatmeal recipe perfect for cozy mornings. Bananas add sweetness, while powdered chocolate peanut butter adds an indulgent richness without all of the calories.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  2. ½ cup water
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1-2 tbs chocolate PB-2 (powdered peanut butter) alternatively just use peanut butter or nutella to taste
  5. ½ medium banana, very ripe
Optional Toppings
  1. Truvia or Splenda sweeteners
  2. handful of nuts
  3. ground cinnamon
  4. brown sugar or honey
Instructions
  1. Add water to saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Add oats, stir, and bring heat down to low-medium (enough to keep a slow boil).
  3. Add banana, mash and stir into the cooking oats.
  4. Add PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or traditional peanut butter/hazelnut spread.
  5. Optionally, add honey or brown sugar if you desire a sweeter oatmeal.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you are going to multiply this recipe for more than one person, everything will translate equally, however follow your oats' instructions for multiple servings, and don't use quite as much banana as the multiplier would suggest.
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Feel free to pin this recipe to your Pinterest boards for yummy snacking later! Happy cooking and I’ll see you guys in my next post! Check out my other food-related posts!