Let me start off saying I absolutely love Starbuck’s green tea frappuccino, so much that I wanted to learn how to make them at home. This recipe is a more healthier version. I thought this would be the perfect way to start my days before heading to class. When I found green tea matcha powder in Marshalls I was so inspired, hopefully I can create even more delicious snacks with it! Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. I have found some interesting things about the effects green tea has on your body.

  1. Skincare. Green tea can apparently help with signs of aging! The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities is the reason for this. Studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can also reduce sun damage.
  2. Weight Loss. Studies have shown, people who drink green tea, burn up to an extra 100 calories per day due to the antioxidants called catechins (ECGC and polyphenols) in the tea.
  3. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes for diabetics which could potentially cause fat storage.

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1 cup of milk (I used almond milk as a healthier alternative, feel free to try whichever milk you prefer!)
  • 3 TBSP of organic cane sugar
  • 3 TSP of green tea matcha powder
  • 1/4 TSP of vanilla extract

Instructions: Simply put all ingredients into the blender and blend well.  Pour into a glass and enjoy! You could even add some whip cream on top.

 

I cannot remember the last time I did not use most (if not all) of these products in my daily makeup routine. I love incorporating new products in my routine but I always come back to these few!

I always find myself coming back to the neutral colors of this Too Faced chocolate bar palette. If I had to pick one color to use on my eyes for the rest of my life it would be a brown shade, no doubt about it. Which pretty much goes to show why I love this palette so much. The color shades, pigmentation, and formula is by far my favorite. The palette also smells like chocolate, which just might be my favorite part.

Speaking of eyeshadow, these brushes from Sephora are my favorite brushes to apply eyeshadow. I could do my entire eyeshadow look with just these 3 brushes.

If I need my eyeshadow to stay on all night, I would recommend the Urban Decay eyeshadow potion. I have been using this for years and cannot seem to find anything I like better. Not only does it keep your makeup on all night but it makes applying eyeshadow easier. The formula under your eyeshadow gives the shades so much pigmentation!

Now if you have heard anyone say the best drugstore eyeliner is the NYC black liquid eyeliner, they were not lying! This eyeliner is so black and glides on so perfectly with the brush it comes with. Even better, it is less than 3 bucks! If you come across it you have to try it.

As for my favorite drugstore foundation Maybelline Fit Me foundation is my go-to. Something about it just leaves my skin looking flawless!

I use the Elf daily hydrating moisturizer to skin prep. It gives my face this hydrated glow before I apply my foundation. Finding a moisturizer to use under your foundation is the key to having your skin look flawless, it’s the little things!

Whenever I want the false lash look without actually putting on lashes I use Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. This mascara does magic to your lashes, literally.

I always get so many compliments when I wear this Laura Geller Baked Blush. I have the color pink grapefruit. It can be hard to find a blush that looks good with my skin complexion but this color makes me glow!

 

When I decided to spend the summer in Puerto Rico I promised myself to take advantage of opportunity that comes along with living on a island. Growing up in a city has made it hard for me to go on the adventures that make my heart full. Today I headed for the mountains, finding a beautiful river and swimming pool. Todays adventure was full of swimming, dominoes, and food from the island. A day well spent.

Finally, finally, finally! I have always wanted to jet-ski but being from Philadelphia makes it hard. The water of the Delaware River is not very tempting and not the prettiest ocean water I want to fall in. I got the opportunity to jet-ski from Puerto Rico to Gilligan’s island and it was amazing! Made a few stops along the way to look at corals, fishes, and some luxury beach homes. There is nothing like being on the water on one of these bad boys. This experience encouraged me to go get my license one day and own a jet-ski. Isn’t that the dream? Tying a jet-ski to the back of the jeep and heading to the ocean. Maybe now that my parents live in Puerto Rico I can spend my summers on the water.