Friday, 31 July 2015

July Favourites

I can't believe that it's already July, and that summer is halfway over! I've barely even done half of the things that I've wanted to do. I better pick up the pace!
 Some of my favourite posts I made this month were: Cherry Crumble Pie (Dairy, Gluten + Grain Free)Earl Grey MeringuesHow To Make A Simple Braided BunBlue DaysPamper EveningPolka Dots On ParadeHow Bloggers Seem To Measure Success and Summer Wishlist.
Beauty Favourites:
1. Pantene Repair & Protect shampoo + conditioner
I saw a sample of this in a magazine, so of course I had to try it. I'm a total sucker for those kinds of things! Anyways, I've been loving this shampoo as I'm often a little rougher on my hair than I mean to be. It also smells amazing!
2. Physicians Formula Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Powder
This has been my go-to powder this month. It's not that heavy, and it sets my foundation nicely while giving a kind of matte look.
3. Avon Energizing Green Tea & Verbena Body Lotion
This is the perfect lotion for summer. It's light in both texture and smell. I don't have a lot of summer scents, so this was a nice one to add to my collection.
4. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
I haven't been using a lot of eyeliner this summer, but when I have, it's been this one. It has a really fine tip which makes drawing a precise line easier for me.
5. Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Loose Powder Shadow in Breaking Bronze
When I saw this on a sale table, I knew I had to try it, because I don't really have any other colours like it. It's a really pigmented bronze, but it can also look like a burnt orange.

If you would like a full review on any of these, please let me know!
Other Favourites:
1. Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
I've also been watching Laura Osnes' Broadway.com vlog for Cinderella a lot this moth, so it inspired me to get this soundtrack. I really like it, and think that it's perfect for a calm day.
2. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea
This tea is a life saver! I've finally started fixing my singing technique so that I'm not really singing from my throat anymore, and this has been really helpful for that process. I'm sure that I'll be buying this tea again and again and again!
3. My Herbs
I know that this is a kind of weird thing to include, but I've been loving them. I'm trying to start a herb garden, and so far I only have lavender and mint, but it's a work in progress.

Have you tried any of these things before? What have you been loving this month?
~Amy~ 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Earl Grey Meringues

Earl grey has been such a comfort tea to me. It reminds me of a cloudy day spent curled up in your favourite chair with a good book. Earl grey is like that ratty old blanket that you keep because of those good memories, a cozy sweater that you can sink into, a bed filled to the top with pillows.
So what could be better than combining earl grey with meringues, another of my comfort foods? What could be better than a cloud cookie filled with a classic tea? In my opinion, nothing could beat that.

You Will Need:
3 egg whites at room temperature
A pinch of salt
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp loose earl grey tea

1. Grind up the tea so that it's quite fine, almost a powder

2. Whisk the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer until frothy

3. Add the sugar gradually as you continue whisking

4. When the egg whites form stiff glossy peaks, you can fold in the vanilla. This will take about 10 minutes

5. Spoon the meringues onto a lined baking sheet, twirling the top

6. Bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit

7. After 10 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack 

8. Enjoy with your favourite book or movie, or eat with your friends!

If you try this recipe, please let me know! I would love to know how it worked for you. You can email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com or leave a comment below.

What is your comfort tea?
~Amy~

Friday, 24 July 2015

How Bloggers Seem To Measure Success

Nowadays, there seems to be such a set definition of "success" in the blogging world. In all fairness, though, I am fairly new to the blogging world. I've only been blogging two years. But I don't really count the first year and much of the second, as I had no clue what blogging was.

Many people in the blogging world seem to measure success in followers and PR samples. They think that to be a truly great blogger, you must have thousands upon thousands of followers and constantly get offers for product reviews.
I see a lot of young bloggers imitating people who have been blogging for many years. Please don't think that I'm referring to all young bloggers out there. There are many young bloggers out there coming up with original and interesting content, and they have a great deal of my respect. I am also not trying to say to not take inspiration from other blogs.

What I am trying to say is it makes me sad to see people blogging about things that they're not really interested in and being disappointed when followers and brands don't come running. It takes time to build a large and steady audience, and many professional bloggers have been blogging for over 5 years.

I'm not trying to say that I'm immune to the lure of followers and PR samples. Quite honestly, I would love more of both. But I'm trying to tell myself that that's just not realistic. They may come one day in the future, but not now. And I'm ok with that.

I know that this is a more rant-styled post and different than my usual content, and I hope that you enjoy it! 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Polka Dots On Parade

I've never particularly liked summer. Maybe it's because I'm horrible with heat, a fact I accredit to me being Canadian. Which may not be fully truthful, either, because I'm fairly sensitive to cold. At least, I think I am.
 Anyways, enough about me, onto the outfit! When I found this dress at a thrift store, I knew I had to get it. I'm partial to anything that looks even remotely vintage inspired, and I love the shape of this dress. You can find so many wonderful things at thrift stores! 
 All truth be told, these sandals aren't the best ever, but they look so cute! I also got them at a thrift store a few years ago, and I always wear them in the summer. 
 I saw this ring in a sale pile, so of course I had to get it! It's really cute, and I love the geometric design.
This is kind of a blurry shot, but it;s the perfect dress for spinning! Don't you just love when dresses puff out and make you feel pretty?
~Amy~

Outfit Details:
Dress: Thrifted similar//similar//simialr
Ring: American Eagle
Sandals: Thrifted similar

Friday, 17 July 2015

Pamper Evening

The best kind of evenings are the ones where you can come home and relax, knowing that you didn't have to do anything. The ones where you can take time to take care of yourself and just de-stress.
Hair:
The night that I know I'll be taking a shower the next morning, I like to massage a little coconut oil into my hair. I find that it really helps my hair to stay moisturized and healthy.
Nails:
What's more relaxing than painted nails? I've been loving the Essie Cocktails & Coconuts polish at the moment.
Body:
Body butters are the ultimate pamper. I've been using The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter and it sinks into your skin, leaving it soft and wonderfully scented.
Again, I think that a body scrub is perfect for a relaxing evening.  At the moment I've been loving The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub. It sloughs off dead skin cells and leaves you feeling refreshed.
Atmosphere:
Nothing's more relaxing and refreshing then a scented candle. The Ashland Rose-Peony Scented Tin Candle has been one of my favourites at the moment, as it's so light and refreshing for summer.
Yes, I still use bubble bath. It may seem childish, but nothing can beat sinking into a bath filled with wonderfully scented bubbles.

What are some of your favourite ways to relax? I would love to know!
~Amy~

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Cherry Crumble Pie (Dairy, Gluten, and Grain Free)

Cherry  pies have always seemed like such a summer food to me. Not that I've had many, though. They just seem like the kind of thing that you'd bring along on a picnic, a dessert you'd eat in the shade on a red gingham blanket. Is it just me? 
Anyways, I thought that I'd share the recipe for you. I got the cherries for it at a farmer's market, as it seemed to fit perfectly with the summer theme. Also, sorry for all the photos! I couldn't pick the ones I liked best.
 For the crust, you will need:
2 cups of almond flour
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt

For the filling, you will need:
2 1/2 cups cherries, sliced and pitted
1 tbsp maple syrup
 1. Mix together all of the crust ingredients. Separate evenly into two bowls and chill for at least half an hour.
2. While your crust is chilling, slice and pit the cherries. After this, your cherries will be a little mangled and your hands will look like they're covered in blood. That's fine! The cherries that I cut first looked awful, but at the end they looked a lot better. Anyways, it doesn't matter, as it's all going in a pie.

 3. Preheat the oven to 375. Use one of the parts of the crust to cover the bottom of a little cast iron pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

4. Put the maple syrup and cherries into a small saucepan and bring to medium heat with a lid on. Stir occasionally. When your mixture is boiling, bring to low and then slowly turn it off.

5. While your filling is cooling, roll out the other part of your crust between 2 sheets of parchment paper. It should be about a quarter of a centimeter, but don't worry about it being perfect.

6. Now it's time to assemble your pie! Pour the filling on top of the bottom crust and spread it out evenly. Add the crust on top. It will probably fall apart, but that's fine! Just patch it together, and remember, it's supposed to be a crumble pie. Lastly, poke a few holes in the top so that stem can escape.

7. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!

If you try this recipe, I would love to know! You can email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com or comment down below ♥

~Amy~

Friday, 10 July 2015

Blue Days

I love blue. It's the colour of summer skies, calm water, and faded bluejeans. Blue has always been a nostalgic colour, even when I was little. I used to lie on my back in the dry fall grass and look up at the sky. Cloudless, and a brilliant blue. That blue sky transfixed me. I could have lied there for hours if it wasn't for my mom calling me inside.
With my love of blue, it's no surprise that I've made a post full of blue beauty products that I love. Here are some of my current favourites! And if you would like a review of any of these, just let me know. I would be more then happy to make one!

1. Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Lagoon
This is such a pretty blue polish! I love it's sky-like shade, as well as the subtle shimmer it gives.
2. Eos Vanilla Mint Lip Balm
I love the scent of this lip balm, and I use it all the time! It keeps my lips nice and moisturized.
3. Benefit the Porefessional
I was a little skeptical when this said non-greasy, but it definitely isn't! Even though my pores aren't that bad, it feels really nice on my skin. If I don't have any problems with it when I'm done this little one, I'll probably get the full size.
4. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original
I've been trying not to wash my hair every day, and this dry shampoo has been a life saver! It also adds some extra volume to my hair.
5. Eos Fresh Flowers Hand Lotion
This is the perfect hand cream to take on the go. It has cute but usable packaging, and a fresh and relaxing scent.

Have you tried any of these? What are some of your favourite blue products?
~Amy~

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

How To: Simple Braided Bun

I've been trying a lot of new things out with my hair lately. It seems that with hair as long as mine, I may as well take advantage of it!
This has been one of my favourite hairstyles lately. It seems to hold up quite well, if I do it well! I have no doubt that this will be a lifesaver as soon as I'm in another show. It can be difficult to find a hairstyle that hold up with a lot of dancing but still looks cute!
Along with this tutorial, I have some step-by-step photos so that you can follow along. It always works for me, but it may not for you! Just remember that I'm no hair expert by any stretch of the imagination. Feel free to alter these steps so that they work for you!
Before you start, I'd like to say that I prefer to do this on two-day-old hair. I find that it holds better that way!

1. Brush out your hair and use whatever products you would like. I usually use a little dry shampoo and smoothing cream if my hair has been frizzy.
2. Braid your hair. If you have little pieces that you'd like to keep back, pin them back before. I also like to do a little bit of a French braid so it keeps my growing-out bangs out of my face. Also, remember that your braid doesn't have to be neat! Mine certainly isn't.
3. Twist your braid into a bun and fasten with bobby pins. You do this in the way that you would normally do a bun.
4. Add a little hairspray, and you're done! You can also use cute pins or bows if you would like.

If you try this I would love to know! You can leave a comment down below or email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com.
Do you have any other hairstyles that you would like a tutorial for? If you do, please let me know! I would love to try it out.

~Amy~

Friday, 3 July 2015

Summer Wishlist

To me, summer is finally here! I love the bright sunny days and all of the freedom that it brings. Something about summer just makes it seem so carefree, so ready for adventures or just staying home and doing nothing. It seems like a perfect time to make all of your dreams come true and to take control of your life!
That being said, I thought I'd share with you a few things I've been wanting for the summer. You'll notice a running theme in these, everything's so cute ♥

1. I Love Crafty Daisy Chain Kitty Necklace in Lilac
Who doesn't love a kitten in a flower crown? This little necklace makes me smile whenever I look at it.
I know, I know, another piece of cat jewelery. But how could I resist? It's just so cute!
3. Le Bomb Shop Fold Over Bust Sun Dress- Boston Terrier Puppies in Pink
I love the vintage inspired silhouette of this dress! And what could be better than a pink, puppy-printed dress?
I've been wanting a pair of cute oxfords for ages. And pastel colours make them oh-so cute!
Have I mentioned how much I love vintage inspired clothes? It's so hard to find shirts like this anywhere but online, and I absolutely adore them!
I've been trying really hard to stay more hydrated lately, and a cute waterbottle can make all the difference.
I'm in desperate need of some more brushes, and these ones seem wonderful! They're so cute, too.

What have you been wanting this summer?
~Amy~