Saturday, December 31, 2011

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac Review

"Your face looks very refreshed and wonderful" - My hubby's first words to me post mud face. Not sure if he could actually see the difference, but it was still a nice gesture!


     


In my Influenster Holiday VoxBox, I received a sample of Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac in Kelp & Seaweed. Montagne Jeunesse masques are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. Their claim is to "hydrate, nourish and leave the skin feeling cleansed, smooth and glowing". My first impression once I opened the pack was not the best. I didn't exactly care for the scent. It almost reminded me of a men's product but I guess that's what happens when you mix seaweed & kelp. I then followed the directions on the back of the package, cleansed my face, applied the mask anyway and let it sit for about 15 minutes. While it was drying, what I noticed the most was that my skin didn't feel as tight as it has while using other mud masks. When I smiled, I didn't feel like my face was going to crack and fall to pieces.

After rinsing everything off, my face looked and felt refreshed...maybe it was just my imagination but it seemed to be a tad bit brighter. My skin also felt smooth/silky and not nearly as dry as it has felt in the past with other face masks. Overall, I was very pleased with the product and I'm eager to purchase more (in a better scent obviously)! They can be found at many retailers across the US, including Walgreens, Ulta & Walmart to name a few.

Check out their website to learn more about this product:
http://www.montagnejeunesseusa.com

You can even follow them on Twitter to find out their latest news:
https://twitter.com/MontagneJeuness

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Wedding - 8.20.11

I could watch this everyday!! Our wedding was perfect...we couldn't have asked for more ;-)


Chad + Gabrielle Oakhill Mansion Music Video Wedding Montage from XoomworX on Vimeo.

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Here are a couple slideshows I put together of our wedding & honeymoon...




XOXO,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

This year my only job was to provide dessert for Christmas dinner. I searched high and low for the perfect recipe to show off my skills. When I came across this, I knew I found the one! I was a little nervous about how these brownies would be but to my surprise, they came out very moist with just the right amount of sweetness.


Brownie Ingredients
* 1 Stick Unsalted Butter * 1 Cup Sugar * 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour 
* 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder * 2 Eggs * 2 tsp Red Food Coloring * 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
 * 1 tsp Vinegar (I used apple cider) * Pinch of Salt
* 40 white chocolate chips (This was my addition to the recipe)

Cream Cheese Ingredients
* 8 oz Cream Cheese (softened) * 1 Egg * 1/4 Cup Sugar * 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease/flour a 8 x 8 baking dish
Mix together melted butter, sugar, vanilla, red food coloring, vinegar and eggs in a bowl
Add in cocoa powder, flour and salt
Toss in the white chocolate chips and stir until the batter is smooth

In a separate bowl combine cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla
Mix until smooth

Pour about 3/4 of the brownie batter into the baking dish (making sure to even out)
Top the batter with the cream cheese mix
Add the remaining brownie batter on top
Swirl the layers using a knife or spatula

Bake for 30 minutes or so (toothpick test to make sure they're finished)
Cool on a rack for another 30 minutes or just put them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes


Enjoy ;-)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Manicure Mondays - Christmas Red

Yep, I was very predictable with my choice of nail color last week. I don't do red polish very often but it was Christmas...so why not.

Nicole by OPI OMB! 

Finding the perfect red is sometimes a challenge but this shade was on point! The hint of sparkle was just an added bonus! Check out my No-Chip Manicure post to see how I make my polish last.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend ;-)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What's In My Bag??

I love YouTube tag videos! I've only done a few but they're so much fun. Check out my latest one...


XOXO, 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Party Hotness

Last Friday I had the opportunity to pull out the best and get dolled up for my husband's company Christmas Party...boy was I excited!! We don't really have much going on to dress up for (aside from church), so it felt great do something different ;-)


We tried to do a little coordinating and I think it turned out pretty well...        
  
           


    

Now that's a good looking couple if I do say so myself, LOL!





Monday, December 19, 2011

Manicure Mondays - Holiday Sparkle

This past weekend was filled with lots of holiday fun, so I decided to make my No-Chip Manicure a bit more festive



Wet n' Wild Shine 460D Kaleidoscope
NYX Girls NGP 172 Dark Gray

I originally had black polish underneath but decided to go with gray instead for a softer look. I'm pretty pleased with the results. What do you think?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree!



We finally got our 1st Christmas Tree!!! As a holiday fanatic, I was ecstatic ;-) I was most grateful that my hubby gave me full control of the decorating...he's the best. We didn't buy enough garland and had to make our own ornament hangers out of paper clips but it all came together nicely.

Of course we can't do anything without a production, so check out our experience below





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Purple Manicure

Still experimenting with the No-Chip Manicure formula, but I just had to show you the favorite from my recent nail polish haul.

Wet 'n Wild 231C Buffy the Violet Slayer

You can't tell me that isn't the prettiest purple you've ever seen?! Yes, purple is my favorite color so I may be just a tad bit bias and that's okay. I absolutely love it ;-) What I didn't love was the fact that I wasn't able to keep it on longer than 2 days. Normally, I wait to do my nails until after I've done my hair for the week, but I completely forgot about that detail during my impromptu (emergency) hair session last Thursday.

No worries though, it will be back soon!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Influenster Holiday VoxBox

Many of you may remember my post last month about the Influenster Fall Cosmo VoxBox that was sent to me for review. If you aren't familiar with that post, check it out. Well, a couple weeks ago I was informed that I was selected to receive their new box for the holiday season...yay me!! It came in the mail yesterday and I couldn't wait to break open the goodies.


Impress press-on manicure by Broadway nails * Softsoap Coconut Scrub Bar Soap *Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask * New York Color Liquid Lip Shine * Mentos Pure Fresh Gum * Larabar

Very excited to try out all the wonderful products included. More in depth product reviews will be posted after further use. In the meantime, check out my opening video



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Juicing on Weight Watchers

On October 4th,  I took the plunge and started up the only weight loss program out of hundreds that seemed to work for me the best...Weight Watchers. I had my goal in mind, my gym membership lined up, did my research on the new Points Plus Program, I was ready.

Fast forward 2 months and the number on the scale being than desirable. Only 5lbs...can't be right?! I've followed all the guidelines, stayed within my daily/weekly points (with a little Thanksgiving cheating) and even worked out 4-5 times a week. What gives?? I was so super frustrated that I was on the verge of giving up and trying some new.

Then there was Google. Something told me to do a little research before throwing in the towel and I'm so glad I did. Turns out that I wasn't the only one having issues with the new Points Plus system. I found forums after forums of people complaining that the new program wasn't giving them the same results as before. I felt a little better but continued to dig deeper. That's when I discovered the issue...of course fruits and vegetables are 0 point items but not free for all. What exactly does that mean? Depending on the amount of servings and method of consumption, the point value of your item just might increase. It was my beloved green juice that was causing my demise. The easiest way to explain this is that when you take a 0 point orange and decide to juice it, you're changing the nutritional value (particularly losing the fiber content). If you go to plug in an orange on your tracker, it will read 0 points. Now if you go to plug in that same orange as 'fresh juice', your tracker will read 3 points. Big difference!

After discovering that gem I decided to plug my green juice into the recipe builder (instead of listing each item individually) and it came up to a whopping 15 points!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? No wonder I wasn't making much progress! I drink this concoction at least 3 times a week and always assumed it was 0 points because it was only fruits and veggies. I've been going over my points tremendously for the past two months and didn't even know it...what a mess!

I've now made the decision to take a break from my wonderful Breville. I can no longer continue to sabotage my weight loss efforts. Don't get me wrong, juicing is very healthy and can still be done on WW. Just realize that it also means you will have to sacrifice eating food for those points in the process. Call me crazy but I'd rather have the food!

30 Before 30...here I come ;-)


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fried Zucchini

I stumbled upon this recipe that I couldn't wait to try. Being on Weight Watchers definitely has me thinking out the box, discovering new ways to enjoy my veggies.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/8 tsp Black Pepper (you can also add extra seasoning such as garlic and/or onion powder)
1/2 cup Milk
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 eggs (I used 1 egg and 1 egg white)
2.5 cups of sliced zucchini (about 2 medium zucchinis) 


*Preheat oven to 425 degrees
*Combine breadcrumbs, cheese and black pepper in a bowl
*Combine milk, vinegar and egg in a separate bowl
*Dip zucchini slices in egg mixture and then coat with breadcrumbs
*Place coated zucchini slices on a baking sheet 

Overall, I was very pleased with they way they turned out. Next time I may add a bit more seasoning to the mix though. The recipe makes 2 servings with each one equaling only a 5 points plus value. Can't beat that! Hope you enjoy ;-)



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Straight Hair Don't Care

As of July '11, I have been natural for a whole year...yay me!! Every now and then I decide to blowout my hair for something different. I've been wanting to trim my ends and experiment with some different styles so what better time than the present?! My last blowout was sometime in late July - early August and I can definitely see the growth.


After blowing it out, I decided to straighten with my flat iron in order to really see the split ends...


The plan was then to trim it for the first time myself but I chickened out. I went to Walmart to get it done instead.



Overall, I was very pleased with the results ;-)  What do you think??

Check out the video of my straightening experience...