Brazilian

Brazilian

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Brazilian

Brazilian

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (pronounced boom-boom) has easily become our new Summer Fave! The beachy scent of caramel and pistachio is simply AMAZING! It absorbs quickly and leaves our skin very soft and smooth.  After one application, we noticed a slight shimmer effect for that beautiful Brazilian Summer glow!  Now for the best part. It FIRMS and TIGHTENS skin due to its secret ingredient, Guaraná extract. Hello, Brazilian Beauty! Guaraná is a native Amazonian fruit that has five times the caffeine than coffee.  Not to mention, this cream has a few other key ingredients such as Cupuacu Butter,  Acaí, and Coconut oil.  These nutrient-rich ingredients of the Amazon help to moisturize and restore the elasticity of our skin making it look and feel younger too!  We massage it in a circular motion on our bums, thighs, arms, and our tummies.  Heck, apply it everywhere! We dare you to play up your best assets and indulge yourself in this luxurious cream. Getting beach ready has never been so easy!

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Peach

Peach

Peach Caprese Salad

Recipe obtained from:
(Magnolia Table, a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 white peaches, chilled
2 yellow peaches, chilled
Two 4-ounce fresh mozzarella balls, preferably water-packed
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
1 teaspoon flaky salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In an 8-ounce screw-top jar, combine the vinegar and oil. Screw on the lid and shake well. Refrigerate until well chilled. The dressing can be made ahead and stored in the jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Remove the pits from the peaches and cut them into 1/2-inch-thick slices or wedges. Drain the mozzarella if necessary and pat it dry. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

On a serving platter, decoratively arrange slices of the white peaches, yellow peaches, and mozzarella. Scatter the basil leaves on top, drizzle over the dressing, and sprinkle the flaky salt and pepper on top. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings

Peach

Peach

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The ripe and sweet peaches from our local farmers market make Peach Caprese Salad perfect to enjoy all Summer long! These peaches are fragrant, juicy, and full of color.  The fresh mozzarella cheese has a soft, moist texture with a milky flavor.  To add seasoning, we sprinkle fresh basil leaves, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper.  You’ll definitely want to try this simple and delicious salad for your next Summer party!

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Sandwich

Sandwich

Turkey, Brie, & Apple Sandwich with Hot Mustard Sauce

Recipe obtained from: What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell
(Southern Living: Southern Food For Any Occasion Life Serves Up)

Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) French baguette
1/4 cup Hot Mustard Sauce (recipe follows)
6 ounces thinly sliced deli smoked turkey
4 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 cup loosely packed arugula
1/2 cup thinly sliced Granny Smith Apple(from 1 medium apple)
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise. Place both halves on a baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoons of the Hot Mustard Sauce on the bottom half of the baguette; top with the turkey and Brie. Bake in the preheated oven until the Brie melts and the baguette halves are lightly toasted about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven; top the Brie with the arugula and apple slices; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of Hot Mustard Sauce on the cut side of the top half of the baguette, and place on the apple slices. Cut into 4 pieces.  The recipe serves 4.

Hot Mustard Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup tarragon vinegar
1/2 cup dry mustard (such as Colman’s)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs

Directions:

Combine vinegar and dry mustard in a small bowl; cover and let stand at room temperature 8 hours or overnight.

Whisk together the sugar and eggs in the top of a double boiler until well blended; whisk in mustard mixture. Cook, whisking constantly, over gently simmering water until mixture coats the back of a spoon, 6 to 7 minutes. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Refrigerate sauce in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. The recipe makes 2 cups. 

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This is what we call a tasty and tantalizing Summer sandwich!   The combination of melted Brie, along with the crisp tartness of Granny Smith Apples layered on top of our favorite turkey, is simply delicious! Brie, otherwise known as the “Queen of Cheeses”, is full of buttery flavor and creamy texture.  Our French baguette bread and its crispy crust bring a fancy flair to our sandwich.  We then top with a pile of fresh arugula, which is full of spice and flavor, plus it adds beautiful color.  For the final touch, we add the homemade hot mustard, a versatile condiment  that tastes so good on any sandwich it’s spread on! 

Becca

Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer

Becca

Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer transforms our complexion from dull to a brighter, more refreshed look!  Our skin stays hydrated all day due to a few key ingredients like prickly pear and energizing ginger.  Not to mention, it has a lovely scent of fresh lemon. We like to apply this lightweight primer after our morning skincare routine and before our foundation.   The primer has a violet hue but applies sheer to the skin.  The lavender pearl complex and cool light technology blends out any redness and blurs imperfections.  It can be used with all skin tones and skin types. You can even wear this primer by itself for a healthy, and natural look.  This everyday primer preps our skin perfectly, giving our complexion a brighter more luminous glow! 

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Bye

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer

Shades:

Fair– ultra porcelain skin, fairest of fair skin, with a warm yellow undertone
Fair Light– fair skin, if you burn easily in the sun, with cool pink undertone)
Light– light skin with more warmth yellow to your skin
Light Medium– a light to medium skin with cool pink undertones
Medium– medium skin with warm yellow undertones
Neutral Medium– medium skin with neutral undertone 
Medium Tan– medium to tan skin with a warm yellow undertone
Neutral Tan– tan skin with neutral undertone
Tan– tan skin with a warm yellow undertone 
Rich– tan to rich skin with a warm yellow undertone 
Rich Honey– deep skin with a warm yellow undertone
Deep– deep skin with neutral undertone

Bye

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer is designed to help cover and improve problem skin, all while protecting it with SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen. A lightweight moisturizer-foundation combination that acts as a double whammy! The foundation covers imperfections and offers more of a medium long-lasting coverage. The moisturizer in the color neutral-medium makes Lauren’s skin smooth and soft.  It’s a great time saver to skip the additional step of adding moisturizer. The product does help with skin concerns such as redness, dark spots, pores, breakouts, lines, and wrinkles.  The foundation does not crease or crack once applied and is very hydrating.  

Lauren particularly likes using this on the days she will be out in the sun or off to the gym and running errands.  Because her T-zone tends to produce more oil she applies a loose powder on top of the Bye Bye Foundation to set.  In our opinion, we feel this product is best suitable for those with a normal to dry skin type.   The difference between this and the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is the 3D Skin Flex Technology in the Bye Bye Foundation.  Both products offer very similar ingredients and are great multitaskers! 

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