The past few days, I spent a lot of time cooking. Taking advantage of the extra day off, I tried to make food that I've been wanting to try out but haven't had the time to. Ever since I moved back home, I haven't felt quite free to cook the things I use to love making when I was living on my own. My mom is the one who cooks all the meals in my house, and it's hard to tell your mother that you would rather eat, say, your own pasta carbonara or roast chicken than her homecooked Vietnamese food. I really miss coming home from classes and just making whatever I feel like eating that day! I'm still adjusting to living with my parents again after living on my own for the past 4 years; hopefully I'll find some sort of balance between their lifestyle and mine soon!
Anyway, this weekend I was at the mall with my bf and as a little treat, he got me Josie Maran's Argan Lip Treatment ($20) from Sephora. I was browsing around and saw this cute little lip balm container. I already love Josie Maran's Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick, but it wasn't emollient enough for me to use on my lips. I figured that the lip treatment would be much better at keeping my lips slick and moisturized. It's supposed to be "a naturally age-defying, Argan-infused lip treatment balm that conditions, repairs, and protects dry, fragile lips."
The lip treatment comes in Josie Maran's signature rose-gold packaging.
Organic, paraban-free, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and recyclable to boot! My sister, who is big on using organic, animal/environmentally-friendly products, approves of my love for Josie Maran :)
Close up of the product description and ingredients.
The first thing that caught my eye was the super cute packaging. I love the lid! It's different from a regular flat-topped lid.
The second thing that had me sold was THE SCENT. Ohhhmyyyygosh it smells SO GOOD. It's infused with this natural green apple flavor that is seriously the best green apple scent I've ever smelled. I almost wanted to eat it, haha.
Product-wise, I feel that it does an excellent job at keeping my lips smooth and soft without being sticky or greasy. I keep this on my nightstand, and it makes me feel a little giddy when I put it on before bedtime. Sounds a little crazy right?? The price is a little steep for what it is, but I believe that every woman deserves a little something something every once in a while that makes you feel happy and beautiful, whether it's a cute lip balm or a favorite perfume, lipstick, or nail polish. Wouldn't you say so? :)
Overall, two thumbs up for Josie Maran's Argan Oil Lip Treatment!
One of the things I made this past weekend was some peach brown butter shortbread (recipe here). Whenever I bake, my little cousins love to come over and help. This time, I enlisted them with the job of tiling the peaches. I've enjoyed eating fresh, in-season peaches all summer. I had 2 that were a bit past perfectly ripe for eating on their own, but just right for baking!
Finished product. What I loved most about this recipe was that the crust wasn't too sweet. This allowed for the flavor of the peaches, the true star of this dish, to really shine. And look at the beautiful red, yellow, and orange colors of the skin peeking through the crumble on top!
The brown butter also added a nutty undertone that made the bars a little different than regular shortbread. I ate mine at room temperature with a cup of green tea, but I imagine these would also be delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side... ;)