{Makeup} The Perfect NON Lipstick

I am a makeup girl.  I love dressing up.  That doesn't mean I like to cake on the makeup though; and let's face it, my daily life really isn't glamorous.  A typical day for me consists of playing with my boys, running errands and hopefully hitting the gym.  But even though I wear minimal makeup on these days, I still like to wear a little color.  This summer, I found the perfect lipstick combination!  It's just enough to give my face a lift without looking like I tried too hard.  You know what I mean?


The Rouge Coco Shine in "Boy" is my new best friend!  I'm certain the color will look good on any skin tone and it is the perfect hint of color for the gym or just running errands in exercise clothes.


If you want to add just a little more color, layer Laura Mercier's "Blush" lip gloss on top of "Boy"!


And if you want even more of a defined look, I love to pair either of these lipliners with the combo {these are my go to lip liners for most lipsticks!} Laura Mercier "Hazelnut Tea" or Trish McEvoy "Barely There".


You really can't go wrong with any lip glosses from Laura Mercier or Chanel.  I think I own them all!  It's an addiction.


{Recipes} Baked Apples

{image via Real Simple}

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a serious sweet tooth; like ginormous sweet tooth.  When I am trying to eat "good", I almost crave sweets more since I am not supposed to be indulging in them.  One of my go-to healthy desserts are baked apples.  The recipe calls for the obvious, apples and a little bit of butter, cinnamon and brown sugar (ok, I'll admit it, I add a lot of brown sugar).  Not only are these delicious, they are SO easy to make...10 minutes TOTAL. 


Brown Sugar


*Wash apples
* With a paring knife, trim about an inch off the top of the apple around the stem.

* With a melon baller or spoon, dig out the core.

* Set apple(s) in a pie plate. 1-4 apples work best per pie plate.

* Fill hole half way with brown sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon, then fill the hole with brown sugar, pushing down wit your finger.  Sprinkle more cinnamon.  Slice a little butter and place on top.  
* With a sharp knife, punch a hole on each side of the apple to prevent them from exploding in the microwave.

* Cover top off apples with waxed paper.

* Cook in microwave for 7 minutes.  Test to see if apples are tender

Sugar will have melted into the pie plate and created a sauce.

You can serve the apples whole in a bowl or slice them for a smaller presentation.  Be sure to drizzle the sugar sauce on top!  These are also a great breakfast treat!