July favorites

Hi everyone,

Today as it is the last day of the month, I thought it would be the perfect time to do my July favorites. I have a pretty good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my July Sephora Play Box and I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. The first thing we have is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. You put this on before you do your serum and moisturizer and it removes the dead skin so the serum and moisturizer can really sink in and do what they’re supposed to do. I’ve been using this since I got it and I really like it. I knew it was going to be a great product because it’s Caudalie and they make some of  my favorite skincare products, which you’ll see in an upcoming post. But I would definitely recommend this.

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Next up we have the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Paaarty. This is a really pretty nudey pink and it looks great on. I’ve mentioned that I have another one of these, it’s in the shade Feisty, and they are some of my favorite blushes.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Natural. I absolutely love this product. I have one that I’ve been using for I don’t know how many months, but it is truly fantastic. I put it on before I go to bed and it leaves my lips feeling really moisturized and smooth. 100% would recommend.

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Moving on, I have a stationery favorite. I love all things stationery and I’m always looking for a cute new pen and I found one that I absolutely love. This one is marble and rose gold, which is always a great combination. It writes smooth, it’s ball point and it goes with my other stationery bits and pieces. If I can find a link for it I’ll put it down below.

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My next favorite is kind of a random one, but it’s a variety puzzle book. I used to do these books all the time and I really liked it. I bought this at the grocery store a few weeks ago and I was reminded of why I liked these so much. This is basically one giant contradiction, because I find these to be very relaxing but at the same time I like that they make you think a little and work your brain. But either way, when I’ve had free time lately I’ve been doing this.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite. It’s actually two favorites and they’re both concerts. The first one is The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon. This concert took place in Cuba on March 25, 2016 and it was huge. It was a free concert and it was estimated that 500,000 people attended. Admittedly I’m haven’t been the biggest Rolling Stones fan, I do have a couple songs of theirs that I like. But there’s something about this concert, I don’t know what, that changed what I thought. And if they were going to be in town tomorrow I would definitely go and see them.

My second music favorite is Paul McCartney and Wings Rockshow. This isn’t like a regular concert DVD because this one features segments from different shows on the Wings Over the World tour, New York, Seattle and two shows in Los Angeles. The thing that pushed this over the top for me was the fact that there was footage from the Seattle show, which was played in the Kingdome, and my dad was at that concert. He had always told me how great it was, but to actually be able to see it was so cool. And to hear what they were playing back then was great, there were songs I hadn’t heard before. If you haven’t seen either of these concerts before I would highly recommend giving them a watch or listen to the album versions.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what your July favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you all had a great July :).

-K

July Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/july-sephora-play-unboxing/

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Mother’s Day cocktails

Hi everyone,

As Mother’s Day is Sunday and brunch is a very popular option, I thought I would give you guys some drink recipes that I love. They’re super easy and guaranteed to be a hit, so let’s get into it.

First up we have Moscato Wine Punch.

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of your mom’s favorite wine. My mom, like myself is a white wine person
  • Simply Lemonade, regular lemonade or one of the flavors. That is totally up to you
  • Half a liter of Sprite
  • Various fruits, I like blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

What you do:

  • Get a punchbowl and fill it with the wine, lemonade and the Sprite.
  • You can put it in the fridge to chill, then add the fruit. Or you can put the fruit in the freezer and use that to chill the punch
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have Peach Sangria, this is great for any summer party and this recipe makes four to six drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 3 ounces of peach brandy
  • 2 ounces of triple sec
  • 2 ounces of simple syrup
  • 2 to 4 ounces of peach puree
  • 1 Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apple. Cored and sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 peaches, pitted and sliced

What you do:

  • Place all the ingredients in a large pitcher and put in the fridge to chill for at least eight hours, or overnight depending on when you’re going to serve it.
  • Fill your glasses with ice and pour the sangria over top.
  • Add fresh cut fruit on top to garnish.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Our second to last cocktail is Strawberry Bellinis and this recipe makes four drinks.

What you need:

  • 3 cups of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry Moscato
  • 2 cups of rose champagne or prosecco
  • Strawberries to garnish

What you do:

  • Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor and strain through a sieve.
  • In a blender combine the strained strawberry juice, powdered sugar and strawberry Moscato and blend until smooth.
  • Put in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Evenly distribute the strawberry mixture among four champagne flutes and top each with 1/2 cup of champagne or prosecco.
  • Garnish with a strawberry, serve and enjoy!

And finally we have Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade. This one is non-alcoholic but you can add champagne to it.

What you need:

  • 6 medium lemons
  • 3/4 cups of sugar, divided
  • 2 cups of thawed frozen raspberries
  • 2 liters of Sprite

What you do:

  • Add 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of raspberries and gently mash. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Juice all of the lemons and pour through a strainer. Add that to a pitcher with the remaining sugar.
  • Add the Sprite and stir to combine. Put in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to serve.
  • Garnish with the remaining frozen raspberries, if you want to add the champagne now would be the time to do it.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these drinks let me know how they turn out.

Until next time, enjoy your drinks and have a happy Mother’s Day :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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March favorites

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing my March favorites. It’s crazy how fast March went by but here we are and I think I have a good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my March Sephora Play Box, which I will link below if you haven’t read yet. The first is the bag itself, It’s blue tie dye and it says ‘Beauty Is My Spirit Animal’ in white lettering and it has dark blue drawstrings. The theme for this month was Festival of Beauty and it really came through with both the design and the products.

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My next beauty favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. This eye liner is absolutely fantastic and I can 100% understand why so many people love it. This is definitely going to be staple in my makeup bag.

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My second to last beauty favorite is the Amika Nourishing Mask. I used this in my hair two days ago and I’m really happy with it. Not only does it smell amazing, but it has made my hair extra soft. Definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a good hair mask.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm. You put this on before you put your makeup on and it gives your skin a little extra oomph and brightness. I didn’t know if I would like this, but I really do.

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Moving on, I have a couple of food favorites, the first is Tim’s Cascade Chips. I’m not someone who eats chips a lot but if I’m craving them Tim’s is what I go for.  The flavor that’s in my pantry right now is the Original Lightly Salted, but all the flavors are great.

My next food favorite is Kinder Joy. I watch a lot of British YouTubers and I always see them eating Kinder Eggs and Kinder chocolate and I’ve always wanted to try it but I knew the eggs were banned in America. So when I saw Kinder Joy in Albertsons I was really surprised but I picked one up and the chocolate was really good. And in Kinder Eggs you get a little toy, so they would make a great addition to Easter baskets.

And my last food favorite is actually a drink and it’s Sprite Cranberry. Sprite is my favorite soda and I do really like cranberries and the cranberry flavor and this didn’t disappoint. It was refreshing and the cranberry was just right.

My next favorite is Major League Baseball. Yesterday was Opening Day for baseball and I could not be happier that it’s back. It’s my favorite sport and I’m excited to cheer on my Mariners. Game 1 certainly was exciting and I can’t wait for the rest of the remaining 161 games. I think they’re going to have a great season.

I have a TV show favorite this month and it’s The Curse of Civil War Gold on History Channel. It’s along the same vein as The Curse of Oak Island, which is one of my top five favorite shows, but this one is about possible Civil War gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan. I personally do believe that there is gold at the bottom of the lake and I hope Kevin Dykstra and his team are able to find it.

And my last couple of favorites are music favorites. The first is Take Me To The Pilot by Elton John. I came across this song in a very random way, I was on YouTube watching an old episode of the Graham Norton Show, which I love, and Elton was a guest along with Jack Black and they got talking about the song and I knew I had heard the title before but couldn’t remember the song itself. So I looked it up and it’s great, a really fun song.

My next song favorite is Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. I’ve loved this song for a long time, but have come back to it recently because it’s a fantastic spring and summer song. It’s one that you want to play with the windows down.

My last music favorite is Jeff Lynne’s ELO Wembley Or Bust album from their concert at Wembley Stadium in 2017. Top to bottom it’s a fantastic album full of amazing songs, I don’t know that I could pick one favorite but I love All Over The World, Rockaria, Shine A Little Love and When I Was A Boy, that one reminds me of my dad and if I keep listing songs I’ll end up listing the whole album. It’s on iTunes and YouTube so definitely go and give it a listen along with the other songs I mentioned.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did love during March.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great March :).

-K

March Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/march-sephora-play-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

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St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

Hi everyone,

Today, as St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, I thought it would be the perfect day to talk about some cocktails for the holiday. I’m also going to be putting up a St. Patrick’s Day treats post in a couple of days so look out for that. I’m going to be having a little party, so these will be perfect for that. I personally don’t like Guinness, so I’m always looking for a non Guinness drink for St. Patrick’s Day. And with that said, let’s get into it.

The first cocktail we have is an Apple Martini and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of sour apple liqueur
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Green apple slice to garnish, optional

What you do:

  • Take a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 of the way with ice cubes then add the vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice.
  • Cover and shake for about 10-15 second and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have a Lime Margarita, always a favorite, and this recipe makes six drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of gold tequila
  • 3/4 cup of triple sec
  • 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 8 cups of crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 6 lime wedges

What you do:

  • In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Finally add in the crushed ice.
  • In a shallow bowl mix the 2 remaining tablespoons of sugar and the salt.
  • Moisten the rim of the six margarita glasses with a lime wedge and dip them in the salt-sugar mixture.
  • Pour the margaritas into the glasses and garnish with the lime wedges.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Our second to last cocktail is the Irish Mule and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup of ginger ale
  • Ice

What you do:

  • Fill a glass or Moscow Mule mug if you have one, with ice and add in the whiskey and lime juice and stir.
  • Top with the ginger ale and a lime wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And our last cocktail is a Bailey’s Martini and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 3/4 ounce of chocolate vodka
  • 3/4 ounce of caramel vodka
  • Cocoa powder and mint leaves for garnish, optional

What you do:

  • Put the Bailey’s and two vodkas in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  • Pour into a martini glass and garnish with the cocoa powder and mint leaves.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any drinks/cocktails that you love for St. Patrick’s Day let me know.

Until next time, enjoy your drinks and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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January favorites

Hi everyone,

As today is January 30th, I thought it would be the perfect time to do my January favorites. I have a pretty good range of items so lets get into it.

Starting with beauty, I didn’t really try out a whole lot of new products this month so I only have two things, one actual product and one honorable mention. The actual item is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I ordered two of these, one in Champagne and the other in Natural, and the one I’m using right now is Champagne. But these are probably one of my favorite lip products I’ve ever used. Not only do they smell good, but they are incredibly moisturizing and they make my lips so soft. I highly recommend them. And my honorable mention is the Bite Beauty Sephora Insider birthday gift. I talked about that recently so I’ll leave a link to that post down below.

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Moving on to fashion, we have a pair of Fabletics leggings. I bought these recently and have since worn them a couple of times and I really like them. The fit is great and I love the pattern.

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Next up I have an app favorite and it’s Homescapes. I’ve been seeing this app everywhere for a while and a few of my friends have it so the other night when I couldn’t fall asleep I downloaded it and I love it. It didn’t help me with falling asleep because I was hooked and now I understand why it’s so popular.

Since I’m on the subject of apps, I know I mentioned Poshmark a little while ago, still loving it, and yesterday I added a bunch of new items to my closet. I’m KyraSage18 for anyone interested :).

From apps we go to TV shows, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV but this month I’ve really been loving season two of Better Late Than Never. If you’ve never watched it stars William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye and they go on adventures all over the world. In my opinion it’s one of the funniest shows, nothing makes me cry laugh like this show but there are also some really endearing moments. And I definitely recommend checking it out.

My second to last favorite is IMSA. Their season just started with the 24 of Daytona, one of my favorite races, and it was a great race. Besides drag racing, IMSA is my favorite series so I’m happy it’s back.

And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s the song The Core by Eric Clapton. You guys know how much I love EC, he’s one of my favorites. This song is one that I heard a long time ago, really liked and then never really did anything about, didn’t buy it from iTunes or anything like that. Then last week I saw a video of Clapton playing it during a concert and it reminded me just how much I love it. It’s from the Slowhand album, which is an album I think people tend to forget about because it’s an earlier album but it has some of my favorite songs on it. Definitely check out the song and the album if you haven’t listened to either.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what you guys loved this month.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great January :).

-K

Bite Beauty post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/mini-haul/

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Blogmas Day 8: Holiday cocktails

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 8! Today I’m going to be talking about some holiday cocktails. These are simple enough and quite good. Large party or small night in with friends, these will be a hit.

The first is an incredibly simple Christmas Sangria.

What you need:

  • 2 bottles of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio
  • 3/4 cup of sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of halved cranberries
  • 3/4 cup of whole cranberries
  • 1 chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

What you do:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir with a wooden spoon, it helps the sugar dissolve
  • Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have easy Cranberry Mimosas. The perfect holiday drink.

What you need:

  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Orange Liqueur, Triple Sec
  • Champagne, whichever is your favorite
  • Fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary for garnish, this optional

What you do:

  • Fill your champagne flutes 1/3 of the way full with the cranberry juice cocktail and add in a splash of the orange liqueur. Then fill the remaining 2/3 of your glass with champagne.
  • To finish it off garnish with the fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs
  • Serve and enjoy!

Moving on we have a drink with an adorably kitsch name, that I love, and they are Santa Claus-Mopolitans. There are two versions of this recipe, one for a party and one for a single drink, and I’m going to put them both in because this drink is that good.

What you need:

Party

  • 64 ounces of Cranberry Juice, one bottle
  • 64 ounces of White Cranberry-Peach Juice, one bottle
  • 16 ounces of Triple Sec
  • 8 ounces of Vodka

What you do:

  • Combine ingredients and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours
  • Pour into rimmed glass and garnish with fresh cranberries
  • Serve and enjoy!

What you need:

Single drink

  • 1/2 cup of Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup of White Cranberry-Peach Juice
  • 1 ounce of Triple Sec
  • 1/2 ounce of Vodka

What you do:

  • Combine ingredients and shake with ice
  • Pour into rimmed glass and garnish with fresh cranberries
  • Serve and enjoy!

To rim the glasses

  • Put lime juice and clear corn syrup around the outside of the glasses
  • Dip glasses in a mixture of white sanding sugar and sweetened flake coconut

And lastly we have Apple Cider Moscow Mules.

What you need:

  • 4 ounces of Hard Apple Cider
  • 4 ounces of Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 ounce of Absolut Citron Vodka
  • The juice of half a lime
  • A dash of ground cinnamon

What you do:

  • In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and combine the hard cider, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice and cinnamon and shake
  • Pour the mixture into a copper Moscow mule mug filled with crushed ice
  • For the garnish top with a lime wedge, an apple slice and a cinnamon stick
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these drinks tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And if there are any cocktails that you guys like to make during the holidays let me know, I’d love to try them.

Until next time, have fun at your holiday parties and happy drinking :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Blogmas Day 2: Christmas favorites, YouTube edition

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 2! Today I wanted to talk about a favorite of mine and that’s Vlogmas, if I ever start a YouTube channel it’s definitely something that I would do, but until then there a few peoples that I really enjoy watching.  I will leave the links to all the channels I mention below.

So the first is Zoe Sugg, she does Vlogmas on her second channel MoreZoella. Zoe is one of the first people I subscribed to when I started watching YouTube and she is basically the queen of Christmas so I always look forward to seeing the content on her channel during December.

Next up is Joe Sugg, Zoe’s brother. Every year Joe does an attempt to do Vlogmas, but I think this year he might actually do it. In my opinion Joe is one of the funniest people on YouTube. The content on each of his channels and ideas he has are incredible and he never fails to make me laugh. The way he is with his friends reminds me of how some of my friend groups are and that makes me laugh even more. The Suggs are very relatable and down to earth and I think that’s why they have so much success and so many subscribers. They do it right.

Second to last we have Dan and Phil Games. They don’t do the traditional Vlogmas, they do Gamingmas on their gaming channel and it’s up there with one of the funniest things on the Internet. These days it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t watch or at least know who Dan and Phil are and it’s so easy to see why.

And lastly we have the SacconeJolys. They don’t do traditional Vlogmas either because they are daily volggers, but they are my favorite family to watch on YouTube. This year they are doing #SJXMAS which is a really cool idea. Basically you have the opportunity each day to win a prize by using the hashtag and tweeting the company or brand involved with that day.

That about wraps it up for this post, I watch these channels all year, along with many others, and besides the fact that I think they all do Christmas time really well they all make me laugh a lot and I think that’s so important. If you guys like watching any of these YouTubers during December let me know and if not let me know who you do like to watch.

Until next time, have fun watching YouTube and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).

-K

Zoe Sugg, MoreZoella:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrUbqTCagwsaP2Fmr0p1TsA

Joe Sugg, ThatcherJoeVlogs:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzE4rHZD7TdxGqfMzVT_p2w

Dan and Phil, DanAndPhilGames:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhwvTYFvVZjyBVXc9T7CrA

SacconeJolys:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxJrnvfqSSvly5hiq2Fe68g

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