Coffee Creations with Le Pain Quotidien

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It’s been a while since my lips have touched even a drop of coffee. And when I say “a while” I really mean close to 2 years. I’m a journalist (I do have a job outside of blogging), and there are certain stereotypes that people attach to us – one of those stereotypes is our weird affection with coffee. I won’t go into detail but I used to drink about 25 cups of coffee a week. And on Sundays, I had to drink more than 8 cups just to stay awake between 2 shifts. It got pretty bad so I ultimately stopped cold turkey. Surprisingly, it has actually been pretty easy. No one ever forces me to drink coffee. Alcohol, yes. Coffee? Not so much.

IMG_7501This week, I attended a “Pamper & Pick Me Up” event at Le Pain Quotidien and I can’t say wholeheartedly that I will continue this ban against coffee. Coffee is rich with antioxidants, and studies have shown that people who drink it are:

  • less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
  • have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes

It’s even better for you when it’s organic! So you can see why I couldn’t possibly turn down a cup of freshly IMG_7518brewed coffee from LPQ. That evening, I learned about the many benefits of drinking coffee, made tiramisu (meaning “pick me up” or “lift me up”), and made my own organic coffee masks. I can’t wait to try out this new organic beauty treatment!


 ORGANIC COFFEE MASK RECIPE

1 cup Le Pain Quotidien Organic Ground Coffee
5 tablespoons Organic Yogurt
3 tablespoons Le Pain Quotidien Organic Honey

Photo Credit: Le Pain QuotidienPhoto Credit: Le Pain Quotidien

*Mix all of these ingredients together and then spread evenly over the face. Let it settle for 10-15 minutes, and rinse and massage to exfoliate.

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Oscar Wilde once said “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” I’m still learning how to do that, but what better way to start than with a cup of organic coffee.

International Coffee Day is Monday, September 29, 2015. Le Pain Quotidien will be giving out FREE coffee. Bring your own cup & don’t miss out! Find a location near you.

 PHOTOS COURTESY OF LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN 

Benefit & Birchbox #BeautyBash

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I’ve been waiting around all day today for the UPS guy to come with my #beautybash box, and it has finally arrived! It was so worth the long wait, and now I can’t wait for 5 of my special ladies to join me on National Wing Women Weekend 9/26-9/28!

Here are the complimentary Benefit products I received in my party box:

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  • They’re Real! Mascara
  • They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
  • Gimme Brow
  • The Porefessional
  • Lollitint Lip and Cheek Stain
  • Hoola

Also in the box:

  • Pink Party Balloons
  • Gift Bags
  • Bad Gals Finish First Coasters

I can’t wait to share these goodies with some of my best girlfriends. Game on, gorgeous!

The Boyfriend Look

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My boyfriend hates makeup. He loathes it… especially when I am getting ready in the morning and taking up his mirror space. But I actually don’t think I put on a lot of makeup at all, and on my “lazy days” I’ll just put on my glasses to cover my eyes so I don’t have to wear anything. Yes, I can be that lazy. However, when I do make an effort, I try to go for the all-natural look – which means, no eye shadow, no foundation, and definitely no false lashes. Seriously, it’s just TOO. MUCH. DAMN. WORK. Plus, if you work in a professional environment, I think it’s best to leave the blue eyeshadow and glitter lipstick for a night out with the girls instead. Am I right?

So I created this look that literally takes me less than 10 minutes. It’s fast, easy, and guaranteed to get my boyfriend off my case.

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Here’s what I used:

  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus
  • E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit
  • Measurable Difference Instant Lash Mascara
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer
  • Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Pink Grapefruit Blush

Sometimes, I’ll add eyeliner, but I’m not wearing any in this photo. I think the less I have to do, the better. Facts.

I love love love Laura Geller’s Baked Blushes. The Blush-n-Brighten Pink Grapefruit Blush gives me that warm, dewy look I have been looking for all summer. I’m also really excited about using Measurable Difference’s products. I’m currently using their Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum to get my lashes to grow, and it’s been helping. The mascara is one of my favorite products because I don’t even need to curl my lashes anymore. Again, the less work I have to do in the morning, the better.

My boyfriend still complains about my makeup routine in the morning, but that’s only because he thinks I’m beautiful looking the way I do when I roll out of bed.  And that’s the best compliment any woman can ever receive.