Monthly Beauty Buys

Monthly Beauty Buys

Sometimes I feel like I create a need for a beauty product, even though deep down inside I know that I really don’t need anything. And that’s precisely what happened this month. But you know what, sometimes you realize that you really did need these things in your beauty arsenal. And so without further ado, here are my new favourite beauty products from this month.

Philosophy Coconut Frosting Body Wash – It’s no secret that I’ve been OB-SESSED with coconut every since I went to Maui. No really, I think the majority of the coconut I’ve consumed in my life has been in the last few months. I somehow decided one day that I needed a new body wash (even though I had another coconut body wash sitting in my shower). This one from Philosophy smells AHHHH-MAZING. And the cool thing is that you can use it as a body wash, bubble bath and shampoo. So far I’ve only used it as a body wash but I can say that my skin was so soft when I stepped out of the shower that I didn’t need to apply body lotion.

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit – I have about a million lip balms, butI can honestly say that none compare to this one. I love the refreshing and energizing scent of pink grapefruit and the formula is super comfortable and not the least bit sticky. It contains pink grapefruit seed oil and really hydrates dry lips quickly. What I love most about this one is that it seems to stay on your lips for so much longer than all the other balms that I’ve tried. I seriously don’t leave home without it.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk – This has been on my list of products to try for the longest time. NYX has such a good reputation in the beauty world and this pencil is no exception. The Milk shade is perfect to highlight the inner corners of the eye and the brow bone. The formula is creamy, super pigmented and glides on so effortlessly. A few dabs with your ring finger blends any harsh edges out easily. This might very well be my favourite beauty product right now.

Have a favourite beauty product? Leave it in the comments below so I can give it a try too!

Pineapple Coconut Frozen Yogurt

Pineapple coconut frozen yogurt

Ok, so clearly there’s a bit of a theme happening in the food section of my blog. What can I say, I’m obsessed with pineapple and coconut! Last week it was all about the cookies with that amazing pineapple coconut jam. This week it’s all about fro yo! And in any case, what the heck is better in the summer than (insert favourite treat here) with pineapple and coconut? #nothing

Pineapple coconut frozen yogurt

This all came about one evening when I was slightly bored and therefore a little hungry. Coincidentally, it was also a great way to use up the frozen pineapple in my freezer. It’s dangerously simple to make but more or less guilt free since it doesn’t contain any added sugar or other yuckies. Add a sprinkle of coconut and give it all a whirl in the food processor and voilà! A healthy frozen treat that you can enjoy for breakfast dessert (don’t judge!).

Pineapple coconut frozen yogurt

Pineapple coconut frozen yogurt

Pineapple Coconut Frozen Yogurt

3 cups frozen or fresh pineapple
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes (or more if you LOVE coconut)
1/2 tsp vanilla

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1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up the pineapple, then just let it run until the mixture is smooth.

2. If you are using fresh pineapple, you will need to transfer to a container and set in the freezer for at least 4 hour. If you used frozen pineapple, grab a spoon and dig in!

Bon appétit!

Beautiful Mornings With Oatbox

Oatbox review

I’m a breakfast person. I look forward to it every morning and sometimes even dream about it the night before (I know that’s kind of weird, but what can I say, I love food). It’s the best way to get your morning off on the right foot and set the nutritional tone for the day. I wasn’t always a breakfast person, but it turns out all it take is a little planning to make it a regular part of your day.

I’ve been curious about Oatbox for a quite a while, the monthly box subscription service that delivers homemade granola to your house each month. One visit to their website was all it took before I started seeing them everywhere (hello ad retargeting). But it’s not until I came a across their pop-up shop in Westmount and tried one bite of their matcha granola that was hooked. I signed up the next day and received my first box 3 days later.

Oatbox review recipe cards

The beauty of Oatbox
There are so many reasons to love what the folks at Oatbox are doing. First and foremost, I love that the company is based in Montreal (gotta give some love to my hometown). Second, they use the most natural ingredients like whole grain cereals like rolled oats, puffed quinoa, nuts and fresh fruits, and omit all of the yucckies like artifical sweetners, flavours and preservatives. Seriously, one look at the back of the bag and you’ll notice just a few ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Just good stuff that your body will love you for. Finally, they’ve partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to provide breakfast for one child with each box sold. That’s what I call goodness all around!

Oatbox review

Inspired mixes
Each month, the chefs at Oatbox create new mixes inspired by the season. This month, it’s 100% pure chocolate, and pears and pine nuts.

Oatbox review - 100% pure chocolate

The 100% pure chocolate mix speaks to the chocoholic in me. I don’t like overly sweet chocolate. Instead, I usually go for dark chocolate where you can really taste the cocoa. Consider this the granola equivalent. It’s crunchy and rich without being too sweet. Despite having sweetened coconut flakes and a little brown sugar, there is still only 3 grams of sugar in one serving.

Oatbox review - Pears and pine nuts

No, pears and pine nuts is not a mix I would have thought of. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds! Rich in flavours and nutrition, this granola marries the seasonal fruit with carefully selected AA pine nuts from Pakistan. Sweetened with a touch of honey, this mix only has 5 grams of sugar per serving.

Oatbox review - jar

The Oatbox box
The doorbell rang and I was so excited to receive my first Oatbox. The box was beautifully packaged. I teared that sucker open to find the two bags of granola and a cute jar that I can use to bring my breakfast or snack along with me, which I must say is a very nice touch by the company. You also get a few recipe cards to give you new ideas on how to use your granola besides the usual yogurt parfait, another very nice touch by the company. I already tried the asparagus radish salad with pear and pine nut granola and it’s absolutely delish.

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Want to make your mornings brighter? (And I think you should!)
Sign up for Oatbox here and you’ll get two delicious and healthy mixes delivered to your door each month for $20 (shipping is free, another bonus!). If you decide that the mixes created that month just aren’t your cup of tea, you can just skip the month. It’s that easy!

What are you having for breakfast tomorrow morning?

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Ok, let’s get real. Cookies time is pretty much any time, am I right? Sure cake is yummy and I love me a good muffin, but there’s just something about cookies that makes you feel like everything will be alright. Since I have a rather interesting obsession with peanut butter (who am I kidding, all nut butters really),I decided to try my hand at a variation of the classic peanut butter cookie. Since peanut butter and jelly are also on my list of faves, I thought why not make a peanut butter jelly cookie?! Genius! Then came the best variation by swapping peanut butter for tropical nut butter with coconut and topping each with pineapple coconut jam. Even more genius!

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Now I have to take a moment to talk about this jam. It’s pineapple, it’s coconut, it’s honey, and that’s it. It doesn’t contain anything else. And it’s sooooo good!!! It was the first thing I had when I landed in Maui back in March and I seriously couldn’t get enough. I brought a jar back with me (and I’m now wondering why I didn’t bring more) and have been wanting to save it for some reason, I guess thinking that as long as I have that jar of jam in the fridge I also have a piece of Hawaii still with me. Today I sacrificed the jam and opened the jar. I whipped out a spoon, took a bite and closed my eyes. I was seriously having a moment like in one of those cheesy commercials where I was transported back to the beautiful island. Ahhhhhh! Ok, let’s get down to business. I realize that most of you won’t have this flavour of jam just lying around and it may be hard to find, so feel free to substitute another flavour. As for the nut butter, this flavour is found in most health food stores with all the other natural nut butters.

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Tropical Nut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 15 cookies

1/2 cup tropical nut butter with coconut sweetened
1/3 cup coconut sugar
2 egg whites
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pineapple coconut jam (or strawberry or other jam of your choice)

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1. Start by preheating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream the nut butter and coconut sugar together until light and fluffy.

3. Next, add the egg whites, quick oats, vanilla extract and salt, and mix until just combined.

4. Use a tablespoon to shape the batter into a ball, flatten a little and use your finger to create a tiny well in the centre of the cookie. Make sure you don’t go right through, no donut cookies here!

4. Pop these babies in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and transfer each cookie to a wire rack. Normally you would let these cool, but if you’re like me you’ll immediately begin adding 1 teaspoon of jam to the centre of each cookie.

Bon appétit!

Lovely Links

Lovely Links

I don’t think there is any better way to get a good healthy dose of vitamins and minerals into your diet than with a good salad. But turns out that there are many many ways to turn your salad into a crime. I’m not talking about creamy, fatty dressings and an extra tossing of croutons. I’m talking about these 10 totally heinous crimes against salads (get ready for some LOLs) (via thekitchn.com).

Everyone wants to be smarter. I know I definitely know a few people you should be smarter. If you know who you are, then take a look at this super interesting list of 25 daily habits that will make you smarter. Forward this to a friend and do your part to make the world a better place (via businessinsider.com).

It’s a beautifully warm day and all you want to do is kick back with a cool glass of rosé. But as quirky as you are, you forgot to place your bottle in the fridge! What’s a girl to do? First of all, you need to chill the f*&k out, then follow this super simple way to chill your wine quickly. It’s the easiest way to enjoy to enjoy your vino pronto (via epicurious.com).

My recent decision to chop my hair off was by no means a well thought out, let’s-weigh-the-pros-and-cons type of thing. The loads of bob-inspired hairstyles peppered throughout my Pinterest feed, along with this article about whether I can pull off the style both played a huge role in planting the short-hair seed in my mind. At the end of the day, I left the decision entirely up to my stylist and she opted for the bob and did an amazingly beautiful job. Is it wrong to be in love with myself now?! (via instyle.com).

For the most part, I’m a nude or red nail (or very close variation of those hues) kind of gal. But every once in a while, I get kind of adventurous and think of switching up my shades (I get crazy like that!). I loved the creative ideas of these pretty mani/pedi colour combos for the summer, don’t you? (via realsimple.com).