Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation Review

I’m a sucker for a new foundation, especially matte foundations. I have oily skin so anytime I hear that something will give you a matte or soft matte finish I want to try it. I picked up Maybelline’s Dream Velvet Foundation in Coconut, the darkest color. Aside from the lack of range in color, I was pleasantly surprised by this product.

Dream Velvet Foundtion, soft matte, coconut

I did a first impression of the product on my YouTube channel. Check it out below for my full thoughts and opinions!

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Protein Crepes with Blueberry and Strawberry Compote

I follow a lot of “fitspo” on Instagram¬†and that is what led me to try the Kodiak Cakes Protein mix. It has 14g of protein and is only 190 calories per serving. It is a great option for when you need some pancakes in your life, but you are trying to keep a healthy balance.

More recently I decided to try making crepes with the mix. I also decided I’d get a little creative and try a compote for my topping. The first time I made it I had some frozen blueberries on hand and just used those. Today I threw in some fresh strawberries I had as well. The compote is a great alternative to syrup and is super easy to make.

Kodiak Cakes Crepes, blueberry compote. strawberry compote

You can really just use the mix with water and be done, but I like to add a little more flavor to the crepes. I don’t follow the directions on the box for the crepes. I measure out the mix like normal and then add more water than the box recommends. You want the mix to be pretty thin, but not straight water like.

Protein crepes kodiak cakes , blueberry, strawberry, compote

For the compote all you need is:

  1. Blueberries, Strawberries, or in this case both.
  2. Water
  3. Honey (optional)- You could also use a sweetener like stevia.

I put the berries in a sauce pan and then put enough water in the pan to barely cover them. I don’t measure the honey, just squeeze a bit in. Then I bring it to a boil. Once it boils for several minutes, I turn it down to a lower heat and let it cook the rest of the way down until there is little to no water.

Berry, strawberry compote, crepes, protein crepes

Bada-bing-bada-boom! Breakfast is served!

 

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February BirchBox

February 2016 BirchBox

I’m sad to say that this is my last BirchBox, at least for a while. I ended all of my subscription boxes as part of my new budget, but that is for another post.

I’m happy to say I feel like I’m going out with a pretty strong box. I got a clay mask, nail polish, and lipstick. Those are three beauty staples for me, so I’m pretty pleased.

The Run Down:

Malin + Goetz: Clarifying Clay Mask- $48 full price

Neuma Beauty reNeu: Scalp Therapy- $25 full price

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tar in Black Metal Dehlia- $15 full price (I’m already in love with this color!)

Color Club Mini Nail Polish in That’s My Jam- $8.50

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