No-Bake Blueberry Bars

The advent of blazing southwestern Ontario summer heat means that it’s time to enjoy refrigerated treats and the refreshing taste of summer berries … or better yet, refrigerated berry treats! I’m especially partial to blueberries and wholesome and nourishing raw treats, so these two-layer no-bake raw blueberry bars combine the best of both worlds. Chewy, cool and refreshing, these are perfect bars to keep on hand in the refrigerator or to pack into a picnic cooler on hot days. No-Bake Raw Blueberry Bars – Vegan Recipe by Lisa TurnerPublished on June 17, 2017 Cool and refreshing refrigerated blueberry bars — perfect for the summer heat Print this recipe Bottom layer: ...

Nars Sheer Glow

I’ve had this foundation for a couple of years now and though I did a review about it, it was based on a sample and I just included it in another foundation review, which actually turned to be one of the most read posts. I’ve got a proper bottle since then and this foundation has been in several of mine favourites, so it’s high time I dedicated a proper post to it. I call it my princess foundation because it covers a lot and doesn’t look too heavy, but it’s not the most natural looking foundation as it’s wearing off if your skin isn’t in the best condition (though that ...

AliExpress Bargains #3

Not surprising in the past months I found and bought more AliExpress bargains (eBay has the same things, you know that, but Ali has better organisation of the website and is often cheaper), so here’s more bits I’m sharing with you. Previous posts are here: link 1, link 2 & link 3, plus a wishlist. Prices are the ones I paid, so they might be different of the link. Some links will eventually stop working, so just put the name/description of the product in the AliExpress search engine. Clutch Wallet and a Cellphone Case with a Bow By now I’m used to getting actual quality goods from AliExpress and this ...

BeYu Matt Color Nail Lacquer 145 Smokey Red

I’m not sure how big the range of BeYu matte nail polishes is, but I’ve seen a few different shades at my fellow bloggers. These come in the same bottle as the regular ones, the main difference being the cap which informs you it’s matte. I don’t own many matte nail polishes, I’m more a traditionalist when it comes to nail colours, but I’m liking this one. My shade 145 Smokey Red is a matte cool toned red. It’s opaque in one coat and dries fast as is usual for a matte nail polish, but it has the same fault as all the rest and that is that it can ...

May Favourites

SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash off  It’s been close to a decade, since I actually owned a mechanical exfoliator that did something. Everything I’ve tried since has been a massive disappointment and then this one came along. It really is everything people say and it makes your skin feel incredibly smooth. But if you have sensitive skin and are in general a super nervous person who thinks their face will fall off if an occasional good manual scrub touches their face, just don’t even consider this one because this is a very harsh sugar scrub. Yes, like those for the body, but my skin is so hardy, only heavy-duty stuff ...

Swatching my Lipstick Collection

There are a few shades in my collection that never got to be properly swatched on the blog because for years I was using only my phone camera and for a long time I didn’t even venture into doing full face swatches. I had a plan to revamp some of my old reviews as soon as I get a proper camera and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past months. These first four lipsticks were bought in my bright coral phase – I wasn’t the only one who had it – but now I just can’t really find myself liking these shades on me, apart from the red ...

How to Freeze Grapes

For those who adore fruit, frozen grapes are quite a treat. Slightly firmer on the outside than the flesh beneath the skin, the grapes maintain a crunchy texture with the added bonus of an extra burst of sweetness and chill — snacking on a few of these is like having a couple of bites of refreshing sorbet on a warm summer day. A snap to prepare, frozen grapes keep well for a good few months in a sealed bag. Not only are frozen grapes a sweet standalone snack or feature on an appetizer plate, they also happen to be a delicious addition to smoothies. Be sure to serve some up ...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Many of us might feel the need for a protein boost from time to time to boost our strength or reserves. Protein bars are an easy and efficient way to get this boost, but if you’re like me you might find not only that store-bought protein bars are expensive but that most of them don’t really taste all that great — kinda funny, in fact, even if the strange taste is tolerable. So I decided that there was nothing stopping me from making my own protein bars, with the help of an idea from my copy of Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook by Camilla V. Saulsbury. Like a ...

Tonymoly Pikachu Mini Cover Cushion

First of, this is a limited edition item and stock is getting lower and lower in all shops that sell these, so I hurried with the review for all that are interested, but I would have published it months ago, except that I had to wait three months instead the usual three weeks for it to arrive, which is just insane. I’m not sure if Tonymoly just used one of their existing permanent formulas for these, but at least BCdation Moisture Cover Cushion SPF50+ PA+++  and Mini Cover Cushion have a shade called 01 Skin Beige (some others have 02 Skin Beige), so this still might be helpful to you ...

No Croutons Required – Spring Soups and Salads

It is my turn to host NCR. As the weather heats up, I expect we will see more salads than soups, but salads and soups are enjoyed year round. To participate, all you need to do is make a soup or salad that is suitable for vegetarians. Add your recipe using the linky tool at the end of this post and make sure to link back to Jac’s blog and mine as well as this announcement post. The roundup will be posted soon after the deadline for entries.
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