The making of this sorbet was a process. However, don’t be scared off from making it; everything that happened was completely on my end. First off, when thinking of a recipe I could make using Bramble Ramble from Bluebird Tea Co., I had the brilliant idea of making ice cream! What’s better than homemade ice cream? Only problem was that I don’t actually own an ice cream maker. A quick text to my mom and I found out that my aunt has one I could borrow. Okay great, I got past the first hurdle.

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Summer Makeup Look

Summer is upon us once again. The flip flops are out, days are spent by the pool, and ice cream becomes an acceptable food to eat for dinner. People also work on their tans and the makeup looks become simpler and focused around lots of highlight. With that in mind, I wanted to create a look that didn’t take long to do and yet was still beautiful and fit for the summer time.

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Nude Lipstick Affordable Makeup

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on a 90º plus summer day is cake my face with makeup. No one I know enjoys the feeling of thick makeup melting off their face as it approaches happy hour. Oil and sweat is not equivalent to dewy skin, so less is more when it comes to summer time makeup. With my less is more approach, I like the look of a comfortable, nude lipstick. Bright lipstick is also fun for summer, but for an everyday basis, a nude lip is pretty and close to maintenance free.

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Bluebird tea pineapple coconut cocktail

Summer is here, and so are the ice cold cocktails. While I’m not a huge drinker, I definitely enjoy a nice cocktail every once and awhile, especially when I’m hanging out with some friends. There’s nothing like relaxing on a lounge chair after a long day and enjoying a drink. By a pool would be even better, however I don’t have one of those. Maybe one day…

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NYX has become one of my favorite makeup brands recently. They’re affordable and easily accessible but still feel and look high end. One of my favorite products from them is their soft matte lip creams. This matte liquid lipstick is so comfortable on the lips and lasts a long time. I could eat a bagel and then look in the mirror to see that the lipstick is still on my lips. The formula is creamy and velvety and they go on so smoothly. The one thing I will say about these lipsticks is that they take about 5-10 minutes to completely dry. Once they’re dry though, they’re not going anywhere. I also tend to forget I’m wearing lipstick when I have one of these on as they’re that natural feeling.

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From left to right: Istanbul, Prague, Antwerp, and Sydney

I love that every shade is named after a different city; I think it’s a cute touch. I really want to purchase the shades London and Paris as both of those cities hold a special place in my heart. The lip creams can be purchased from Ulta, Target, and CVS for $6-7 or from nyxcosmetics.com for $6.

What shades of the lip creams do you love, or want to purchase?

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey

I hope you have a sweet tooth, because today on the blog is the gooiest, most delicious s’mores bars you ever did eat. I love a good s’more as it’s a reminder of summer and such a staple for when you’re gathered around the campfire with friends and family. I found this recipe while searching through Pinterest and I thought I would give them a go! The original recipe is here, and you can follow me on Pinterest to see what other recipes I’ve saved right here. Now, let’s get baking! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 cup (100g) graham cracker crumbs (9 graham crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme, or enough to have a thick layer on top of the dough

How To:

  • Preheat your oven to 350° F and then line an 8×8 pan with tin foil or parchment paper. This recipe doesn’t make a lot of dough so don’t use a pan any bigger than 8×8. 
  • In a mixer or with an electric whisk, combine the butter and sugar until creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla. 
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, graham crackers, and baking powder
  • Slowly add the flour combination into the wet ingredients, keeping the mixer on a low speed
  • Spread about 2/3 of the dough into pan. After trial and error I found it’s best to just spread the dough with your clean hands (emphasis on the clean!) 
  • Layer the fluff on top of the dough, spreading with the back of a spoon or spatula. Then add your chocolate chips before spreading the remainder of the dough on top 
  • Pop your bars into the oven for 25-27 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • They will not be hard when you take them out of the oven, but that’s okay because they’re meant to be gooey just like a campfire s’more!

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Look how gooey they are! That melted marshmallow and chocolate chips! I may have to go eat one now…

Happy baking, and thanks for reading!

XoXo, 

Audrey