Lake Life

Happy Monday! This weekend flew by and I’m sad it’s over. We spent the weekend on Lake Livingston at my best friend’s parent’s house. We had the best time! It was HOT HOT HOT but we surprisingly survived haha. The house is right on the lake, and there’s also a boat dock that we relax on for a good portion of the weekend. The pics below show the back area of the house, so you can see how easily accessible the lake and dock are. I LOVE the backyard. When we are there in the cooler months, we spend a lot of time playing games in the yard and hanging out on the porch. Even though I’ve been many times, I never get over the view walking out onto the porch every morning.

In the summer, the dock is our favorite place to be because there’s a nice breeze and we can just relax, lay out, listen to music, and of course, drink. We can also jump into the lake whenever we want! The views of the sunset are also pretty incredible.

On Friday, we took a boat ride to a nearby lakeside restaurant called Farmhouse on the Lake. It was so cool to travel by boat rather than by car. We had some amazing desserts there, that I’m drooling thinking about! It was such a cute place with some really nice views of the lake. I would love to go back again when it’s not so hot and sit out on the dock and eat. Judging by their dessert, their food is probably just as good!

We had such a great weekend, and I can’t wait to go back. We are thinking of going in December so that we can hang out on the porch (without melting), play yard games, make fires, and eat s’mores. Weekends like this make me feel so lucky to have such great friends and an amazing husband who I can make these memories with. Life is good!

xoxo Kristle

**Floral Cover-up and hat are from Jane. Black floral dress linked below!

 

DIY: Daily Lip Scrub

Happy Friday Eve! Today, we’re leaving for our yearly lake trip. My best friend’s parents have a lake house in Livingston (outside of Houston), and we make a trip out there every summer. I think this is the 5th year we’ve gone. It’s definitely something I look forward to every year. I’ll be sure to post pics next week!

Today I’m sharing my DIY recipe for daily lip scrub! I think one of the things that people neglect the most is their lips – from sun protection to just overall daily care. This lip scrub will help to heal dry lips and make them super soft! This is a lip scrub that you can use daily, since the ingredients are natural and not harsh on the skin. You can even use this on your face if you want.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon
  • Small bowl
  • Small jar
  • Raw honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Brown sugar

How to make it:

  • Add 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of coconut oil into a small bowl. Make sure the coconut oil is solidified enough to scoop. If it is liquified, put the coconut oil in the fridge until it has hardened up a bit and you are able to scoop it out.

  • Mix the coconut oil and the honey until it is completely combined.

  • Add in the brown sugar and mix until combined.

  • Add mixture to small jar and put in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to allow it to harden a bit.

When you’re ready to use, gently massage the scrub into lips for 1-2 minutes. This is key. Then rinse off with warm water or a damp wash cloth. 

That’s it! This recipe is super easy and it works soo well. I was thinking of keeping the scrub in the fridge at all times, but I found that this makes it too hard, so I’ve just been leaving it at my bedside. My house is pretty cold, so it stays at the perfect consistency.

Why this works:

Honey: loaded with antioxidants and healing properties, which helps with dry skin and aging.

Coconut Oil: anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which helps to heal the skin. It’s also one of the best natural moisturizers out there.

Brown Sugar: a very gentle exfoliator because of the soft, small particles. It scrubs away dead skin cells, making your lips (and skin) super soft and healthy.

I hope you guys like this easy recipe! Let me know in the comments if you try it and how you like it!

xoxo Kristle

Weekend Fun

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Friday night, we went to see Anjelah Johnson’s comedy show. If y’all haven’t seen her stand-up, you have to watch! She has a few shows on Netflix right now. We got the VIP tickets so that we could sit front row and we were able to meet her after the show! It was such a great night. My top is from Maurice’s, but I got it a while back, so they probably don’t have it anymore. The bralette I’m wearing underneath is from Aerie. It’s soo comfy. I will link it at the end of the post, along with dress, hair, and makeup details from Saturday!

 

Saturday, my hubby and I got up early and headed to The Pearl Brewery. It’s a really trendy area in San Antonio that’s filled with cool restaurants, bars, and shops. On the weekends, they have a Farmer’s Market where they sell tons of local food and handmade items. We had been wanting to go for a while, so we finally got up early enough to make it haha. Since we went early, it wasn’t as scorching….but it was still pretty deathly (I can’t wait for summer to be over).

 

Cured Restaurant

One of the best bakeries in town!

 

For brunch we went to Southerleigh, which is probably my favorite restaurant at The Pearl. The building was originally a brewhouse, and you can tell that a lot of the structural details are still intact. They still brew their own beer today, and their food and drinks are out of this world!

 

I opted for this super comfy Chambray dress that I got from Target for only $28. The dress is linked at the end of this post if you want to shop it. It’s probably my favorite dress right now. The straps are adjustable so you can make the top go up as high or low as you want. And I just wore my Aerie bralette underneath!

 

My hair was already straightened from the night before, so I just put it in pigtails to hold it back. I use argan oil on my damp hair before I blow dry it to keep it soft and shiny, and I just run the Chi straightener through it to get it super straight.

All of the makeup I’m wearing is linked below! You can scroll through and click on any picture to shop that specific item. The only thing I’m wearing that is not linked is the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette for my eyeshadow. The lip color I’m wearing is linked below in the color Plum. It looks a lot more purple on the website, but in person it’s more of a deep hot pink. I love it for summer!

I hope everyone has a great week!

xoxo Kristle

 

My Favorite Morphe Brushes

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m really excited to be writing this post because I am a die hard Morphe lover. Their products are great quality and they are super affordable. I think it’s an amazing brand and they just continue to get better. If I had to choose one thing I love the most, it’s their brushes.

I will list out my favorites for you in the order that I use them, and if you click on the name of the brush, it will take you directly to the Morphe site. When I purchase from Morphe, I always use Jaclyn Hill’s discount code (JACATTACK) at check out. She is my favorite Beauty YouTuber who does amazing makeup tutorials. This code will get you 10% off.

FACE:

**Listed in order of the picture above.

M439 (foundation): This is the best foundation brush I’ve ever used. When I’m being lazy and don’t want to use my Beauty Blender, I use this to buff out my foundation. It makes your skin look flawless with barely any work. This brush is also perfect for stick foundation. I prefer to use a brush for stick foundation rather than a Beauty Blender.

Pointed Contour (concealer): This specific brush is part of a 6 piece set and isn’t sold individually, but I will link a similar one here that I have heard is great. I use this type of brush for my concealer (again, when I’m too lazy to use the Beauty Blender). I love the shape of it because it fits perfectly underneath the eye and blends out concealer flawlessly.

E20 (to buff concealer): I use this brush to buff out and perfect my concealer before I set it. My concealer tends to settle in my laugh lines beneath my eyes, so this brush is great to buff that out because of it’s small size and tapered shape. Foundation also has a tendency to settle in the creases around my nose, so I use this brush to smooth that area out as well. Getting this brush might be a little “extra” for some people, but it’s a necessity for me.

E3 (to set concealer): Setting concealer is a MUST. For me, it doesn’t matter if I’m using the best concealer on the planet, it will still crease and settle into the lines under my eyes. This is true for most people. I use this brush to set my concealer with translucent powder. I really love the pointed shape and it’s sooo soft.

E41 (powder): This is one of my newer Morphe brushes and I’m obsessed! Since the foundations I usually wear are pretty dewy, I almost always set my cheek area with a light powder so that my bronzer blends smoothly on top. This brush would be perfect for those of you that set your whole face with powder or just want to throw on powder foundation very quickly. It’s so big and fluffy, so you can set your whole face in a few seconds.

M527 (bronzer): This brush is the best bronzing brush! It blends perfectly and provides a really natural finish. It’s really easy to use because it’s big and fluffy, but it also has a tapered shape, so it fits perfectly in the areas where your bronzer should go (on your cheekbones, and around the edges of your face.

E4 (blush): This is technically a contour brush, but I use this for blush because of how it fits on the apples of your cheeks. It also distributes the perfect wash of color because of how soft the bristles are.

M510 (highlight): The the most amazing highlighting brush! It has longer bristles and is slightly pointed, so it applies a precise highlight to the cheeks so easily.

 

EYES: 

**Listed in order of the picture above.

Mini Angled Buffer (eye primer): I use this brush to apply eye primer to my eyelids before I put on eye shadow. Eye primer is a must so that your shadow doesn’t crease and it lasts all day. I prefer to use a brush for this because if you use your fingers, the oils in your skin will mix with the primer, making it counterproductive. This brush is also sold in a 6 piece set, however I will link a similar one here.

E21 (to set eye primer): Just as you would your concealer, you should always set your eye shadow primer with a translucent powder or bone colored shadow. Setting the primer will allow your shadows to blend more easily. If you don’t set your primer, the shadows could apply very patchy and not blend well. I love this brush for that because the shape fits perfectly on your eye lid so it’s super easy to use.

G14 (eye shadow – lid): This brush is great for packing shadow onto your lid. If I use a shimmery shadow, I will dampen the brush first and then apply the color. This will intensify the color of the shadow.

M441 (eye shadow – high crease): I use this brush to sweep the transition color all over the crease, including the high crease (the space from the crease up to where your brow bone begins). This brush is nice and fluffy, so it’s perfect for applying that first transition shade.

M433 (eye shadow – low crease): This brush is awesome for blending shadow into the crease and the low crease (right below the brow bone). It’s a smaller brush compared to the M441, so with this one, you’ll want to keep it in the low crease and not go very high.

R37 (eye shadow – deep crease): This brush is similar to the M441 in size, except this one is pointed. I love the point on this brush because it allows you to blend shadows into the deep crease of your eye.

M506 (eye shadow – deep crease or outer V): I loooove this brush. I use this for packing deeper shades onto the outer V of my eye or blending out the shadow in the deep crease. I have small eyes and not a ton of lid space, so this brush is essential for people with hooded/small eyes.

E18 (lower lash line): When I do my makeup, it’s a must for me to blend shadow on my lower lash line. It really makes your eyes pop and just gives your face life. It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes. It’s one of my favorite parts of putting on my makeup! This brush is perfect for it.

E36 (inner corner highlight): I use this brush to highlight the inner corner of my eyes, and I also use it when I add highlight to my brow bone (which is 90% of the time). This is a great precision brush!

I hope this post was helpful for those of you who need really good brushes but aren’t sure what to buy. If you have a question about any of them or about any other types of brushes I recommend, just leave me a comment! Again, if you want to purchase any of these brushes, you can use code JACATTACK to get 10% off!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great Monday!

xoxo Kristle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Cheers to another Friday! Today I made this awesome dairy-free pudding that I just had to share with you guys. I know it sounds questionable as a dessert, being that it has avocado in it, but I promise you it’s really good! And it’s super easy to make. Finding desserts that are dairy-free are very few and far between, so I’m happy that this one satisfies my sweet tooth and it’s still really healthy.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 large avocados (soft and ripe)
  • 7 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (you can add a little more if you want it to have more chocolate flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and that’s it!!

Thanks for visiting and I hope y’all have a great weekend!

xoxo Kristle