Getting a Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Today is a great day for a little bit of glamour! Although my day-to-day style involves a ponytail and very light makeup (being a barre teacher does that to you), it makes it even more special when I take a few extra minutes on my day off to put together the perfect look for a night out with my husband, or even just to get together with a friend! It feels great to bump up my look a notch, especially when it’s an easy process with a few simple products! Today I’m showing off a favorite of mine: a bronzed glow makeup look, thanks to Mary Kay® products! Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Mary Kay® was kind enough to provide me with products to try out two stunning looks featured on Project Runway: a Sculpted Look and a Bronzed Glow look. Mary Kay® is the official beauty sponsor of Project Runway. I don’t know about you, but Project Runway is always one of the shows I have set for my DVR! Of course, along with the fantastic fashion, there are head to toe looks (including makeup and hair) that I absolutely want to have for myself. Thankfully, Mary Kay® makes it possible to put together some of the best makeup looks! Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Here’s the sad truth: even though it’s summer, I have had very little sun in my life. Have you seen the news recently about the massive rain and flooding in Florida? Yup, that was in my neck of the woods! For what seemed like the entire month of July and the beginning of August, it has rained almost non-stop! I could really stand to appear sun-kissed, so the Bronze Glow look was right up my alley.

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

The Bronze Glow’s focus is on the eyes and cheeks. There are golden hues paired with pinks that make everything pop and give you that look like you’ve been touched by the sun. Just a few steps are needed to put everything together. Before applying my bronzed looks, I start my makeup routine with a moisturizer, foundation primer, and a light coat of foundation. Then, a few swipes of the Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium with the Powder Brush are applied to the high points of the face that the sun would naturally hit. Next, add the Mineral Cheek Duo in Spiced Poppy over the bronzer with the Cheek Brush. The bright poppy color seems intense at first glance, but using a small amount on the cheek brush is all you need. Then you use the highlighter shade on top of the cheek to give shine.

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

After that, it’s time for the eyes! Using the Mary Kay® Eye Color Brush, apply Amber Blaze and Gold Coast Mineral Eye Colors to the eyelid. I like to use the Amber Blaze on the entire eyelid, and the Gold Coast as a highlight in the inner corners of the eyelid. Then, apply the Precious Pink Mineral Eye Color to the crease of the eyelid to add more warmth and dimension. It takes all of a minute to apply all three colors, and when they are all easily accessible in a single compact, it’s a snap! Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay® Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

Of course, a bit of definition is always a good idea, so the Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black is a must for the base of the upper lashes. I love the eyeliner brush almost as much as the gel eyeliner – this little guy opens up and snaps together to create a longer brush handle! The gel eyeliner glides itself over the eye in such a smooth way – I’m really a big fan of it (and I always have problems applying the perfect line of eyeliner, so any products that help me are fantastic)! Now, it wouldn’t be a complete look without mascara, so a few coats of Lash Love Lengthening Mascara are an order. I think this is one of my all time favorite mascaras (and I’ve tried quite a few in my day). The slightly curved brush helps to curl the lashes up, and even with my thin and short eyelashes I feel like I can get a beautiful look! For the final touch, a quick swipe of NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Beach Bronze adds a metallic hint to the lips. It’s just enough to set everything off, and I like that the formula isn’t sticky or slimy like a lot of lip glosses out there: it’s smooth and light!

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay® Overall, I really like that the products are easy to apply, have thoughtfully designed packaging, and are in shades I know I will use for my everyday life. Having versatility in my makeup routine is a must for me, and I like that I can mix and match the products to either downplay or bump up the look. The final Bronzed Glow look is definitely one that I like to rock for date night. There is certainly a reason that Mary Kay® is a household name and has been loved throughout the years!

Bronzed Glow Makeup Look with Mary Kay®

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Crispy Asian Noodle Salad for #SundaySupper

Crispy Asian Noodle Salad

It’s time to break out some Asian cuisine…because that is what the entire menu consists of this week for Sunday Supper! I have to admit – I’m quite happy about that, as Asian flavors are so diverse, and they are some of my absolute favorites to enjoy! Today I’m bringing a simple yet delicious Crispy Asian Noodle Salad to the table…

Here’s the thing: it’s in the 90s here in Florida. I’m dying of the heat and humidity. Thinking about consuming hot food right now is pretty much a no-go for me. I am alllllll about cold dishes for the next few weeks.

Crispy Asian Noodle Salad

Inevitably, that leads us to quite a few salads for meals. I’m not opposed to it…being a vegetarian, it comes quite naturally to crave a big bowl of vegetable goodness! But of course, I want to keep things interesting and switch up my vegetables, my flavor combinations, my textures, my dressings, and so on and so forth. An Asian style salad like this one is right up my alley and makes for a great change from the more Mediterranean style salads I tend to put together on the fly.

I have to say, my favorite part of this salad is the addition of the cold rice noodles. I love the texture of rice noodles, and they have become a favorite in place of rice for not only salads, but for stir fry dishes too! I REALLY love that they only take 5 minutes to prepare – soaking them in a bowl of warm water does the trick, and that’s it! No boiling necessary…which is definitely a plus in this heat. No need to turn on the stove?!??! Yes please.

Crispy Asian Noodle Salad

Now, technically this salad is vegetarian, but you could oh so easily add a seafood or meat of your choice to take it over to the carnivorous side. Grilled teriyaki chicken or shrimp would probably be a great option! You could even marinate your meat/seafood in some additional salad dressing (just make a double batch and set some aside for the meat) before grilling it. Ideas: I have them!

I love the mixture of texture and flavors in this dish. The cabbage stays super crunchy, there is sweetness from the bell pepper, the rice noodles add a fun texture, and the dressing brings out notes of sesame. So good! I put this salad together in less than 10 minutes, so trust me when I say that it is a simple dish you should add to your repertoire, either as a side dish or a main course!

Crispy Asian Noodle Salad

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Crispy Asian Noodle Salad for #SundaySupper
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This Crispy Asian Noodle Salad is SO easy to put together, but is also packed with amazing flavor and texture!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 5-6 cups warm water
  • 4 ounces thin rice noodles
  • 16 ounces shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Add the rice noodles and allow them to soak for 5 minutes until softened. Drain into a colandar, rinse under cold water, then set aside.
  2. In another bowl, add the shredded cabbage, cilantro, carrots, red bell pepper, and the drained rice noodles. Toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, lime juice, mirin, sesame oil, and sugar until combined. Drizzle over the salad mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Serve the salad in bowls or plates - sprinkle with chopped cashews to garnish. Enjoy!

Make sure you have room in your stomach for all of the awesome Asian dishes on the menu today!

Small Bites

Soupy Goodness

Big Plates

On the Lighter Side


Oodles of Noodles

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Fitness Fashion Friday

Fitness Fashion

So – it’s Friday. And I feel like that gives me an excuse to throw up a themed post. Fitness Fashion Friday, anyone? Here’s the thing: in the past few months my wardrobe situation has changed completely. I went from wearing dresses, pants, and other “regular” attire to donning athletic wear pretty much every single day. First: how freaking great is that? I have the most comfortable work uniform ever. And thankfully nowadays fitness fashion has really stepped up to another level. I can look cute while working out and teaching – I love that! So for today, I am picking out five of my current fitness fashion favorites currently out on the market. Click the name of the item to be taken to the product page!

1. Alo Extreme Racerback Tank – We continue to get this tank in at our Pure Barre studio, and it always sells out as soon as it arrives. It is such a great basic shape, but the hint of sheer mesh detail in the back on the racerback is so fun and shows off some of the fun straps in your bra. It comes in multiple colors, but I tend to love black – you can’t go wrong with a classic!

2. Zella Triple Play Sports Bra – I am officially obsessed with finding fun sports bras with interesting straps. The contrasting colors and the fun straps on this one have definitely caught my eye – I think this will make its way into my wardrobe verrrryyyy soon.

3. Splits 59 Nova Performance Capris – I have these in the full length tights and I LOVE THEM. Splits 59 is one of my favorite brands in general: the material in these pants has great stretch, the thickness is right on point, and they definitely do not look sheer if you bend over. The splatter paint bursts are just fun in general. Love love love!

4. Wrap it Up Tank – This Lululemon tank is currently ON SALE and it comes in an array of color options if black isn’t your thing. I wore this tank for the first time last week and immediately fell in love. It worked hard for me in class, stayed in place, and looked wonderfully feminine. I like the padding in the inner bra as well. The cut is so flattering. Don’t miss out on this one – I’m sure they are going to go fast at only $39….

5. Wunder Under Pants (Roll Down) in Shady Palms – Ohhh boy! I picked these bad boys up two weeks ago and they are definitely a statement! The Wunder Under roll downs are just a great pant in general if you like a high waist on your leggings. I know I do. This pattern is just a lot of fun, but there are solid options and a few other patterns to consider as well. But when you can go crazy with a black and white print – why not????


So – what are you loving to wear to work out in lately? Any favorite places to find fitness fashion?

Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars for #SundaySupper

Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars Can you believe it is time for back to school? It’s crazy to think that the summer is technically drawing to an end. It’s especially difficult for me to believe it when our temperatures are in the 90s and it doesn’t seem like we will get any hint of a cool breeze in the air for quite some time. But I digress…with back to school comes back to school snacks. For me, that always means granola bars are going to be involved! Today I have a super easy, super yummy recipe for chocolate coconut granola bars that you are going to love! Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars Very few days in my life have gone by without a granola bar involved. Whether I packed one in my bag each day during the school year, one in my work back to bring to the office, or toted one with me to the studio to eat before or after a Pure Barre class, my life seemingly can’t continue without a snack like this! I sometimes eat them for breakfast…sometimes they are a mid afternoon snack. It doesn’t matter: I just love them! Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars I’ll admit: I have been so guilty of simply buying prepackaged granola bars to fuel my snacking needs. I have said over and over again how much I needed to break myself of that habit and simply make my own. It didn’t seem very hard to do: I just had to make up my mind to do so. Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars And that is just what I did. The great thing about these chocolate coconut granola bars is that they are so simple to put together. The cooking is minimal, and your yield of granola bars will keep you satisfied throughout the week! All you have to do is take 15-20 minutes of your time once a week to put them together, then grab and go as needed until you’ve finished the batch! It’s easy to cut the bars to the perfect size and for different family members. I even cut some of these down into small squares for little snack bites – just enough to satisfy! You can even mix and match new ingredients to make new flavor combinations. Easy peasy. Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars These granola bars are chewy, crunchy, sweet, and even a little hint of savory. There are fruit bits, nuts, chocolate…and the toasted coconut takes it over the top for me! I am such a sucker for anything with toasted coconut! My personal recommendation is to make a big batch of it when you go to make these granola bars, but then set aside the leftovers that aren’t needed in the recipe to use for other things (sprinkle on ice cream or yogurt…mix into cookie dough…make some grilled pineapple parfaits like I did…etc!). Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars I think it’s safe to say I’m officially on the homemade granola bar bandwagon. The less processed, prepackaged foods I can replace in my house, the better! Have you made your own granola bars before? What are your favorite ingredient/flavor combinations?

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Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars
Chewy, crunchy, and filled with delicious ingredients - these chocolate coconut granola bars are great for back to school, or any day in general!
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I used dates and craisins)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds (unsalted)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut (to toast - place coconut evenly on a baking sheet in an 350 degrees F oven for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. In a sauce pan over medium low heat, add the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, and almond butter. Stir the ingredients until incorporated and slightly bubbly, about 8 minutes.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Next, stir in the oats, quinoa, dried fruit, almonds, half of the toasted coconut, and ½ cup of chocolate chips. Toss until the entire mixture is fully coated.
  4. Press the granola bar mixture into an 8x8 inch pan lined with parchment paper until evenly distributed. Finally, sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and the remaining coconut on top of the bars and press firmly to adhere them to the top of the mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Keep refrigerated throughout the week. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out all of the back to school recipes being shared today!

Getting Started On School Days

Ideas for the Lunchbox

After School Snacks and Beverages

School Night Suppers

Sweets to End the Day

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.