Confessions of a Makeup Addict

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

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Green smoothies are an awesome way to start off your day. And no, I'm not making green juice. I'm not "juicing" anything. Some people may choose to do this, I personally find it wasteful. 
So today I'm going to take you into my kitchen & show you how I make smoothies. I can't take any super awesome pictures in my kitchen because it's tiny and there's no room. It's literally like 6x6 ft. I don't like it, but that's what I'm working with for now. So, you'll notice Craig my Keurig in the back along with some dish soap. And yes, I did name my Keurig. I name inanimate objects.
Moving along. Here are the ingredients I used today:
Today, I've partnered with Daily Burn to bring you my favorite green protein smoothie recipe. #ShowUsYourSmoothie
*I'm not being compensated for this in any way. I just thought it would be fun to join in & share my recipe with you.*

A few things you'll need:
  • Blender. This is a smoothie-must have, obviously. I got a Nutri-Bullet last December just for making smoothies. Btw, Nutri Bullets are awesome in case you're comparing options.
  • Spinach or Kale. This depends on the taste you like. I personally cannot stand Kale, so I use Spinach. I find that it doesn't have a taste once blended with everything else.
  • Whey Protein Powder. I use the Strawberry kind from GNC, as it seems to blend in the best. Protein is important, especially if you're working out because it helps to repair muscle faster, which cuts down on muscle soreness. Even if you're not working out, it's great to add protein to it as protein helps to fill you up and keep you full longer.
  • Fruit. Not only is fruit good for you, but it adds a nice flavor to your smoothie. You'll see below that I use a nice variety of fruit in my smoothie.
  • Flax seed. This is optional, but I always add Flaxseed to my smoothies. You can't taste it and these are super healthy for you. Not only do they aid in weight loss and are packed with protein, they're also full of omega-3's and other vitamins. They're seriously great for you.
  • Ice is optional. I personally use frozen fruit so I don't have to use ice. Plus, frozen fruit is super cheap. 
So, now that we know what we need, let's discuss exactly what I use & how I get this thing together.
Pull out your blenders and let's go!

  • Put in the Spinach. I fill my cup for my Nutribullet up half way with Spinach.

  • Add 1-2 Tbsp of Flax Seed.

  • Add 1 scoop of Protein Powder(you won't see me do this as I ran out)
  • Fill the rest up with fruit if you're using frozen fruit, which I do recommend. I used 1 banana, and about a cup of mixed frozen fruit which contains strawberries, mangoes, pineapple and peaches. I also tend to add blueberries, but I'm out right now.


  • Add water. I fill it up to the fill line on my Nutri Bullet cup.


  • Blend away! It takes around 30 seconds.


So, that's my go-to smoothie recipe. 

I was going to post this Friday since that's the day I typically post "lifestyle" posts like my Fitness posts, but I was sick & somehow the post was deleted so I just posted Saturday's giveaway on Friday.
So here's the missing post. 

I hope this is helpful for some of you! These smoothies are really awesome, promise!

Thanks for reading!
xx

Made from the Earth Aloe & Jojoba Lotion Giveaway

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*This made from the earth aloe & jojoba oil lotion was sent to me free of charge for review*


The Made from the Earth Aloe & Jojoba Creme Therapy lotion is organic and cruelty free.
This contains aloe, jojoba oil, and rooibos tea leaves.
These ingredients help to prevent stretch marks, and helps to reduce the inflammation and flaking of sunburns. 
 
I actually managed to get sunburned a couple of weeks ago. As you know, I tan in a tanning bed every spring because I just cannot embrace my pale skin. So, I was tanning in a place I've never been before, and I ended up getting a pretty bad burn on my back, to the point of sun poisoning. This really did help my back. It helped to ease the pain, it didn't peel as much, only in one little area and the redness went away fairly quickly.
I really love that this lotion has such good ingredients, and I think it would be an awesome thing to keep around during the summer in case of sunburns, if for no other reason. 
You can find this lotion & purchase it here.

And there's a giveaway for one bottle of this lotion! 
Leave a comment letting me know anything you'd like me to write about, a product to review or just anything you'd like to see on my blog along with your e-mail address & your comment will enter you to win! 
This is open to US residents & ends on 4-20-15 at 8 PM. EST.

This giveaway is sponsored by the company. When a winner is chosen, I will contact the winner & collect the name & shipping info & forward it to the company. They will fulfill the prize. I am not responsible for it if it is lost, stolen or damaged.
Thanks & good luck!
xx

*This bottle of lotion was sent for review.  I was not compensated for the review. My opinion is 100% honest. The giveaway is sponsored by the company; I am in no way affiliated with this company*

#Wipe For Water Movement

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*The Neutrogena Natural Wipes were sent to me by Influenster for consideration*
I was invited by Influenster to join the Wipe for Water* movement. 
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Here's the breakdown on this:
This is Earth Month, Earth day is next week and in honor of this, Neutrogena Naturals has partnered with the Nature Conservancy to save water. The #WipeforWater Challenge is to only use Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing wipes for three days, and then share your experience. If nothing else, this is saving so much water. In addition, for each pledge, Neutogena Naturals will donate $1 to the Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000.
So, I took the pledge and I did the #WipeforWater challenge for the past 3 days. I was wearing makeup 2 of 3 days.
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So, how did my face feel?
Day 1(Sunday): I used this wipe when I woke up in the morning, instead of washing my face. It felt really refreshing and surprisingly cleansing. It has no offensive scent and no sticky or oily residue. It also dried fairly quickly. I'd also like to say that these wipes are pretty wet, which is awesome. I applied my serum, eye cream and moisturizer as usual and everything felt great.
I went to the gym and after my workout I used another to clean my face before I applied my makeup. Before I went to bed, I used another to remove my makeup, which it did a great job of removing everything quickly. 
Day 2: I used another wipe as soon as I woke up, applied my skincare products and makeup, then I went to work & classes. After I left class, I used a wipe to remove my makeup before heading into the gym. I used another when I was finished at the gym, then one more before bed. My face still looked and felt great.
Day 3: As usual, I used another wipe when I woke up in the morning, another after the gym and one before bed. I didn't wear any makeup this day. 
So, how do I feel after the 3 days? Fine. Everything is the same. No weird skin issues, no issues, no dryness, redness, acne, nothing. 
I'm a huge fan of these makeup wipes, and I really love & recommend them.
Am I going to stop washing my face forever and just use these? Of course not! I feel like in the long run, it may cause some acne issues, and I'm too scared to put away my cleansers and Clarisonic forever. 
So, join me on the #WipeforWater movement! Do the challenge! Tweet about it & share it, because 3 days won't kill you, but it can make a difference for the environment, and that's important.
Thanks so much for reading & thank you Influenster for giving me the opportunity to share & participate!
If you decide to take part in the challenge, let me know in the comments or tweet me!
xx
**I received the Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Wipes from Influenster free of charge for consideration. I was not compensated for this review & my opinions are 100% honest.**

FOTD: Weekend Edition #3

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I typically try to get these up early in the week, but circumstances were out of my control as I didn't have internet Monday or Tuesday until late Tuesday afternoon, so sorry! But here it is!

This was the first time I've actually bothered to put on makeup in almost a month. I've been at the gym pretty much everyday, so I just don't bother putting on makeup that often anymore. I was happy about that, as I felt like I needed a little break from it, but now I miss it so I'll be playing with makeup a lot more now. Sometimes all you need is a little time away.

Okay, here we go!
I'll post the pictures first, then the products I used underneath!

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More Colourpop Colors!

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Why yes, I did buy more Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows. I can't help it. I love them too much. Of course, I am on a spending ban atm, so you probably won't see anymore until at least June.

This time, I bought 6. Some of these are from the newer Spring Collection.

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