Inspired by a winter wonderland theme, we created our own hot cocoa bar. It’s simple, fun, and yummy! After all, a delicious cup of hot cocoa is the best recipe for cold winter days!
Setting up and hosting our DIY Hot Cocoa Bar is ideal for winter parties, holiday parties, or family gatherings. It also works for cookie exchange parties and a baby shower – just take notice the napkins.
First, you will need hot cocoa mugs. Anything goes with the mugs: matchy-matchy, different styles, holiday-themed mugs. This part is up to you.
You will also need hot cocoa mix and a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can get creative. Go for decorative stirrers instead of spoons, it adds a nice touch. We used candy canes, sprinkles, and marshmallows to follow our theme. Cinnamon sticks, caramel bits, and whipped cream toppings are great too.
Now the pro advice: give your chocolate bar a little something extra special by adding cute chalkboard jars to place and label all your toppings. Spray mason jars to display decorative florals and add pictures frames, glass trays, ornaments, and twinkle lights.
You can find a lot of these items at the Dollar Store, the options are endless, keep it simple or go all out! And yes, with so many flavored vodkas or liqueurs available it’s easy to make your hot cocoa bar adult- friendly. Go ahead and warm up these cold winter months!
Lauren’s Top Beauty Favorites of 2017:
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette HERE
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil HERE
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel HERE
Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat HERE
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet HERE
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Set HERE
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette HERE
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition HERE
Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette HERE
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara HERE
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick HERE
Karen’s Top Beauty Favorites of 2017:
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches HERE
Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System HERE
Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial HERE
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 +HERE
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Illumination CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ HERE
Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Multi-Perfecting Spray HERE
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter & Contour HERE
Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm HERE
Stila Star Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick HERE
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation HERE
Best of Beauty 2017! We share our 17 top beauty products of 2017. You will find a mix of drugstore and high-end products. Although it was hard to narrow down, we fell in love with each of these beauty products and used them repeatedly throughout the year. Cheers to another great year in beauty!
Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter Here
Amazing Concealer Illuminate Here
Our climate consists of season changes which can sometimes wreak havoc on our skin. Now that colder temperatures are upon us, it dries out our complexion leaving it looking dull. Today we tackle a product that does a great job providing that instant natural glow to our skin.
Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter is the kind of “pick me up” we all need this time of year. With a lightweight and hydrating water-based formula, this duo evens out skin-tone and fades dark spots as it conceals flaws to instantly brighten your skin.
Karen uses Glow (Sheer Hue) under her foundation above her cupid’s bow and Lauren uses Rose (Rose Hue). We both like to dab a small amount above our cheekbones for an instant highlight. We love that this product does both prime and highlight which is a real time-saver.
We feel the Amazing Concealer Illuminate provides a bit too much shine under our eyes, but we do love to dab a small amount on in the inner corner of our eye. So we call this a triple threat: wear alone for a sheer glow, use as a base to extend your concealer and foundation or as a highlighter for extra definition. Time to shine!
Japonesque Conditioning Makeup Brush & Sponge Shampoo with Argan Oil HERE
We like to keep our makeup brushes in tip top shape just like the pros do! Luckily, Japonesque’s brush shampoo will cleanse both makeup brushes and beauty blenders too. It works on all types of brush hair, including synthetic while helping to extend the longevity of your tools. You can use this freshly scented foaming formula once a week or as needed to remove makeup remains on brush hairs and sponges.
With a formula rich in conditioning ingredients such as Again oil your brushes and sponges will be revived and conditioned without any trace of oily residues. The product is quite gentle, but it does its job well and has a great scent. Your tools will be squeaky clean!
This affordable drugstore brush cleaner is also easy to use: simply dampen your brush or sponge with warm water and squeeze a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Using circular motions, swirl each brush or sponge onto the palm of your hand, creating a light lather. Continue until the foam has lifted away makeup and brush or sponge appears clean.
To finish, rinse and mildly squeeze out any excess water. Dry with the help of Terry cloth or paper towel, reshape the bristles and lay it flat to dry. Drying time will vary depending on the brush type and thickness or size of sponge, it will dry soon enough.
Please be sure that you brush or sponge is completely dry before using it again. You see how well it performs after all build up is removed and cleaned. Do this routine weekly for healthy, long-lasting, and happy tools!
Let us take you on an Arabian journey! With Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette, everyone can get the Arabian looks (several looks, actually) without the jet-lag!
This eyeshadow palette comes with 18 shades in four unique textures: one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.
To get you started with possible combinations, the brand suggests that you use Duo Chrome Topper eyeshadows with a brush to blend the light into the base shadow, or dab onto the lid to maximize shine. You can also, use the glitter eyeshadow all over the eye using a flat brush with stiff bristles, or use as a glitter liner with a liner brush.
We found the colors in this new palette stunning beyond words. The texture of the eyeshadows makes this easy to work with and easy to create numerous looks. Shout out for the Duo Chrome and Glitter shadow that makes this palette a stand-out!
The overall packaging is sleek and sturdy. Honestly, it’s even better than what we expected. It’s always impressive to realize that brands develop their products by paying attention to detail and listening to customer feedback. You see, unlike the first palette, Rose Gold Edition, a mirror is now included on the packaging.
This richly toned palette is worth the money because of two factors: quality and versatility. Keep in mind that it comes in shades that can be layered in countless ways so you can create a wide range of looks with a single palette.
Whether you like subtle or statement eyeshadow applications, this set by Huda Beauty will be a reliable ally!
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Here