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Check out my 2015 December favorites video!

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December 2015 favorites

December 2015 favorites

★ Products mentioned (my affiliate links) ★

**Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette — http://amzn.to/1P7krkQ

**Bare Minerals Perfecting Veil in a compact — http://amzn.to/1JPQ4Ok

**Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (in Moonstone) — http://amzn.to/22DdZw7

**Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Defining Pencil (in Earl Grey) — http://amzn.to/1O0FQwd

**Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick (in Perfect Peony) — http://amzn.to/1IJaOMF

**Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo (Rose scent) — http://amzn.to/1ZFz7iS

**L’Oreal Paris Advance Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray — http://amzn.to/1VvIqQ0

This is my first time to ever make a monthly favorites video. I hope you like it! Please be sure to LIKE the video with a thumbs up if you do enjoy it. SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss any of my upcoming video– my New Year’s resolution is to post at least two videos a week on my channel! Thanks for the love and support… here’s to a great 2016!

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Green smoothies: the ultimate health drink!

Want to make a quick, easy meal that’s the most healthful, nutritious and delicious drink ever? Try making a green smoothie! 
Check out my CruzTube video that shows you how I make one.
I’ve been making green smoothies for probably about a decade, ever since I read the book Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. In the book, she talks about how the best way for your body to absorb nutrients from fresh, leafy green vegetables is to blend them into a smoothie. The first time she tried it, she said it smelled awful, really strong like wheatgrass. Although I grow my own wheatgrass and juice it daily, I’m not a huge fan of the smell. As you can see in this video, I just use my special method of drinking it down like medicine, LOL!
But the magic happened when Boutenko added bananas. She said that one simple act transformed the smoothie into something delicious. I always put a banana in my green smoothie, although there are many recipes that don’t call for it.
I used my Magic Bullet blender to make my green smoothies for a really long time, but I’m so glad that they came out with the Nutribullet. It’s just bigger, and I needed that! I recommend using a 20% off coupon (you know you always get them in the mail) and getting yours from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Organic dandelion greens, banana and a mango from Haiti
You could also use a regular blender, but be prepared that it won’t work as well and you will have to blend it longer. Try adding some ice to make the consistency creamier and smoother. Ice also thickens it up without adding any calories. The book The Abs Diet said in a blind study, people who drank smoothies with ice felt fuller longer than those who had the same exact smoothie, but blended without the ice.
If you’re brand-new to green smoothies, try organic baby spinach as your leafy green. It’s a great “starter” since it tastes so smooth! Another tip is to seek out fresh fruits that are in season for extra nutrients and flavor.
There are a million green smoothie recipes out there, but here is my basic formula:
1.  A handful of fresh greens, approximately 1 cup
2.  One banana, fresh or frozen
3.  A handful of berries or fruit like mango, about ½ to 1 cup – frozen bags of fruit are quick because they’re pre-chopped
4.  1 cup of water
5.  Optional—protein powder or Greek yogurt (I add a pinch of stevia if I use yogurt), or even some nuts/seeds if you want the protein and fat while remaining vegan
I typically put all the ingredients into my Nutribullet tall cup at night, and then just blend it in the morning. Then I pour it into a Tervis cup and head to work.
My vessel of choice: it prevents spills and “sweating” plus it keeps the smoothie chilled
It’s nice to use a Tervis with a pattern on it that kind of masks the fact that you’re drinking a green smoothie. Although they are becoming more mainstream now, green smoothies are still not as widely recognized as I wish they were—and I STILL receive comments that make me feel like someone’s judging my healthful drink (don’t hate on my green smoothies, y’all).  😉
Have you ever tried making a green smoothie? If so, what’s your recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

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Dupe or Dud? Maybelline The Blushed Nudes vs. Urban Decay Naked 3 – swatches/comparison/review/demo

Just how much does Maybelline’s new eyeshadow palette, The Blushed Nudes, compare to Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette? Watch my comparison review to find out!

I did my right eye with Naked 3 and my left eye with The Blushed Nudes, so you be the judge of how well they compare. I show swatches of both palettes near the end.

The Blushed Nudes:

Pros–
*Super-affordable!!!
*Pretty range of colors
*Pinks and rose-toned shadows are stylish right now

Cons–
*Way more powdery, so there was more fallout than the Naked 3 palette
*You have to use more pressure when digging in to these shadows and applying them to achieve a similar look as Naked 3

Naked 3:

Pros–
*Legendary for the texture and consistency of the shadows– creamy and highly blendable
*Excellent color payoff
*Will last a long time (I suspect, based on my experience with my Naked 2 palette– still haven’t hit pan although I use it regularly)

Cons–
*High-end price tag may not be worth it for some people
*Many of the shades are remarkably similar, like, why even bother having two of these shadows? I would have preferred a wider range of colors

Wrap-up:
My preference is for Naked 3 for the quality, but The Blushed Nudes for the price. My wallet just can’t justify the higher price tag, even for the better Naked 3 shadows. I personally think my eyes looked nearly identical at the end, so what’s the point of paying more?! Save the extra $44, people!!! Just go with The Blushed Nudes, LOL. 🙂

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Pretty NEW Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette

Check out my latest CruzTube video by CLICKING HERE! It showcases the latest eyeshadow palette from Maybelline.

New Eyeshadow Palette Review/Demo/First Impressions/Tutorial

Pros:
–Unbeatable price! 
–Small, slim, lightweight size is good for traveling
–Shades in this palette seem to be universally flattering
–Rose-toned shadows are very trendy and on-point for Spring!
Cons:
–Low color payoff (I had to apply over and over to get some of the shades to even show up)
–A bit chalky texture
–Some of the shades had a lot of fallout
Final assessment: Worth the low cost if you are looking for a trendy palette that’s pretty fool-proof. This is a great beginner palette because the shadows are so easily blended and non-intimidating.
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CruzTube video: Review & swatches of Maybelline’s “The Nudes” eyeshadow palette


Hey there, beauty junkies! I review and swatch Maybelline’s The Nudes palette in this new CruzTube video. The website dares you to go nude, with this reason:

Why You’ll Love It

Our first 12 shade collection curated to create infinite looks with bold beiges, sultry sands, brazen bronzes, and over the top taupes.

I purchased my palette for only $9.98 (not including tax) at Walmart, and I think that’s a STEAL! Watch the video for my full review.

PROS:
I heart this palette for the price and compact size! The shades are buttery smooth, buildable and blendable. 🙂 There’s also brilliance in the way the back of the packaging lists ways you can combine the shadows, so it’s great for beginners who are looking for easy eye combos and simple methods (the back also shows where to place the shadows on your eye).

CONS:
It lacks a good champage-colored inner-eye highlighter color, in my opinion. The two lightest shimmery shades don’t show up enough on their own in my inner eye corner. That’s a minor flaw, one that I’m willing to give it a freebie pass on, since this palette gives you so much bang for your buck, it can’t be beat!

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