The Perfect Frozen Hot Chocolate: Featuring NibMor

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It has been forever since I have done a recipe on A Sparkle of Grace. I think the last one I did was in March, and that is simply ridiculous.

I am super blessed to have the chance to work with NibMor on this post. NibMor is Maine based company which makes it really special to me. I am a huge fan of local businesses and have been wanting to work with more of them.

”  At NibMor we have a deep commitment to providing better-for-you chocolate including natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and fair trade products so that you can indulge mindfully every day.”

Quick confession, I am a massive Starbucks fan. From they’re black coffee to they’re strawberry acai refresher, but my guilty pleasure is the frappuccino. This recipe is inspired by said delicious beverage.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Ice Cubes
  • 4 Scopes Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 3 Packets of NibMor Drinking Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Caramel Sauce

What To Do:

Using a food processor or a blender finely chop the ice cubes and add the ice cream blend until the ice cream is just combined.

Add in the drinking chocolate. I used two of their 6 spice and one of their traditional. Blend until the chocolate is combined.

Pour the frozen hot chocolate into your favorite glasses, (I use mason jars) and decorate as desired.

I swirled a generous amount of whipped cream and drizzled caramel sauce on top and finished it off with shaving some of my NibMor dark chocolate sea salt bar, and sprinkling it on top.

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I had so much fun making this recipe and I think it came out amazing and I’m sure I will be making it a lot this summer. It was SO YUMMY!  This could easily be doubled to make up enough for six people.

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Thanks so much to NibMor for sending me their lovely products and making this post possible. I had so much fun creating this recipe, and I have already had requests to make it again.

 

Anna.

 

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The Natural Beauty Tag:With Beauty From Katie

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I have been reading Katie’s blog since 2015, so when I started to think about collabing with another blogger She was the obvious first choice and I was so excited to collab with her on this tag.

What is this tag all about?

Well instead of chatting about makeup and how to make ourselves look even more fabulous, we thought it would be fun to talk a little about how we care for the beauty we were born with.

Thus The Natural Beauty Tag was born!

What do you love most about your skin?
It isn’t very sensitive! A lot of my friends and relatives have sensitive skin and are very careful about the products that they use, but luckily there aren’t many products that cause me to have a breakout. I haven’t found many that actually do something, but at least they don’t cause harm.
What is your biggest skin concern?
It can be dry, especially in the winter. I have had eczema in the past so I’m constantly trying to prevent it again. 
Do you tend to use skincare/haircare products from one brand or do you switch them up?
With skincare I use a variety of products, but with haircare I at least like to use a shampoo and conditioner from the same line. I’m currently using the Redken Allsoft range, which I love, but I’m going to switch it up when those run out.
How does your skincare routine change throughout the seasons?
I use a gel, charcoal-based cleanser in the summer when my skin isn’t very dry, and use a cream cleanser in the winter because it’s less stripping. My moisturizers are also a lot stronger in the winter. 
At what age did you start or will you start using anti-aging products?
I’ve been using an eye cream for about a year (I’m twenty now), sunscreens, and I just started using an anti-aging bee venom serum. I’ve heard it’s much easier to prevent wrinkles than getting rid of them, so I’m trying to start as early as I can! 
What do you do to rescue your skin when it feels tired and gross?
Exfoliate! I’m obsessed with scrubs and it seems like I have a different one for each body part. Currently I’m using the Alba Botanic pineapple enzyme exfoliator the face, Tocca’s Cleopatra scrub on my chest and arms, and the Lush Ocean Salt scrub on my legs.  I highly recommend the first two, but I don’t like the scent of the Lush one and it isn’t gritty enough for my preference! I recently picked up the Soap and Glory Sugarcrush scrub, which smells amazing and I hope I will like much more.
What are your go-to skincare products?
The only ones I’ve found that I will repurchase are the Alba Botanical scrub that I just mentioned and the Ordinary Moisturizing Factors + HA moisturizer. I really want to try more from the Ordinary, I have a feeling they could be a holy grail skincare line, but other than those two I haven’t found any that I want to stick with.
Do you think that organic or all-natural ingredients truly make a difference in skincare or haircare?
Depending on the ingredient and the brand, yes! Oils are especially beneficial to my skin and hair. I try to look for products that have high-quality ingredients listed close to the top of the list. I’m also trying to be more aware of what I’m washing down the drain, so the more natural a product is the better I feel about it.
What type of hair do you have?
My hair is dark brown (I’ve never dyed it) and is somewhat long, it’s well past my shoulders. It’s very damaged from years of competitive swimming and heat styling without a heat protectant, but I really don’t want to cut it! I think it’s on the thicker side and it’s naturally wavy.  
Do you like to wear your hair naturally or do you usually style it?
I straighten it most of the time or wear it in a ponytail or bun. I very rarely wear it down naturally because I can never depend on it to look nice. I’m testing out sea salt sprays as well because I love the tousled wave look. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
How do you keep your hair healthy?
Whether or not I have “healthy” hair is debatable, but my hair has definitely improved in the past few years! I wash it around three times a week, focusing shampoo only on the scalp where the oils are produced and putting conditioner only on the ends, where the oils never reach. I use dry shampoo (like the Batiste cherry kind) as many times as I can get away with. I always let my hair dry naturally and use a heat protectant before straightening it. I’ve also started using a hair mask around once a week (I’m using the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque) and I let that sit in my hair for around ten minutes. I do still swim occasionally so before I go in the water I put oil or conditioner on the ends. Oh, and I use a lot of leave-in conditioner! The one from It’s a 10 is my go-to, it’s recommended by a ton of swimmers and surfers who probably have damaged hair like me.
Do you feel like there is a misconception about beauty bloggers being dependent on makeup?
Absolutely! With women in general I think there is this idea that we wear makeup out of insecurity. Maybe some people do, and I don’t judge them for it, but I doubt so many people would dedicate much of their time and money buying, watching, writing about, and practicing their makeup skills if they didn’t love it. Personally, I love switching up my makeup routine and learning new techniques! It makes me really happy, and I’m guessing other beauty bloggers feel the same way. If I “depend” on makeup it’s only because I find it a hobby and get joy from it, the same way I “depend” on books or music.
Thank you so much to Katie for working with me to create this tag.
I answered the same questions over on her blog so be sure to head over to Beauty From Katie to read my answers and give her a follow while you’re there.
I wouldn’t know where to start with tagging bloggers, so if you’re reading this, tag your it!
Anna.
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Glass Files From Aveniro

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I was first introduced to glass nail files a couple of months ago, and there has been no going back. Forget those cheap little cardboard ones and even the metal ones, these unassuming little glass files are a game changer.

I am super excited to have the chance to try out these great products from (Aveiro), and have been testing them out for the last few weeks.

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Medium & Small Nail Duo Files

These files have a double roughness (thus making them duo). The rougher side of the file is more abrasive but still gentle on the nails, making for a fast and easy shaping of the nails. The smoother side is for the final smoothening and shaping of the nail.

My favorite of the two is the medium because I find the size easier to handle, but the small is great for keeping in my bag.

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Foot File

This foot scraper has an abrasive surface that covers the whole area of the foot scraper. With two sides, both different roughnesses, the rougher side is made to remove dirt and old skin, the smoother side for a final clean and smooth of the skin.

I’m not one hundred percent sure whether I’m supposed to use this wet or dry, but I have been using dry.

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Final Thoughts

I am super impressed with the quality of these files, they are quite weighty and I can tell that they are going to last me for a good long while. One of my favorite things about these is how easy they are to clean, just a few drops of soap and some warm water and you’re on your way.

Overall, I would highly recommend these lovely files. Seriously glass files are the best.

Anna

 

*These products were sent to me for review but all thoughts are my own.

 

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Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

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I have mentioned this palette in a couple of my previous posts and kept promising to do a review with swatches, and have been procrastinating dreadfully.

So here it finally is!

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This palette includes six shadows and three wet or dry eyeliner powders.

The packaging it what I think makes this palette unique, it’s an adorable leopard print tin. The size is another plus, it’s about four inches long, so it would be perfect for travel.

The lightest or base shadows are in bigger tins that are about twice the size of the other color shadows.

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Purr/Tiger’s Eye/ Leopard

Day Look

Purr A beautiful pearly cream shade with a hint of sparkle.

Tiger’s Eye A lovely semi-metallic bronze shadow

Leopard A dark brown shade with gold glitter

The shadows that are considered the day look are the ones that I use most often, it makes a beautiful natural bronze eye look.

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Meow/Pussy Cat/ Jungle Love

Classic

Meow A soft off white matte shadow.

Pussy Cat A glowy pinky purple shadow

Jungle Love Black with dark purple and silver glitter

Classic makes for a light purple slightly pink look. I haven’t used this one as much, but Pussy Cat is stunning.

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Kitten/Kitty Glitter/Panther

Fashion

Kitten A glowy creamy pink matte shadow

Kitty Glitter A silver-blue semi-metallic shadow

Panther Matte Black

When I bought this palette I thought that Kitty Glitter would be the only shade I wouldn’t use, but as it turns out it’s one of my favorites. I love to use it just on the lid, the cool silver blue really makes other colors pop as well as brighten the eyes.

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Left-Right Panther/Jungle Love/ Leopard

With the right brush, all three of the liners can look great. but it’s tricky to get just the right amount of water on the brush to get it to look right.

I have been using Leopard in the crease with a thin brush to completely trace to shape of my lid, and once it’s well blended it makes my eyes look bigger and more awake.

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The pigmentation on all of the shadows it really nice, it gives a very subtle and delicate color pay off. I also love how all of the looks are interchangeable, you can use any one shadow with any other and it will look just as amazing.

Overall I think this is a great little palette, and would highly recommend keeping an eye out for it at your local TJ/TK Maxx, if only because it’s so cute. I found this for $14.99.

Have you tried this palette? or would you in the future?

Anna.

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Glass Files Fit For a Princess

DSC_0045Have you ever had your breath taken way by a nail file? Well, I haven’t either, that is until one day last week a little package arrived from Mont Bleu.

The first thing I noticed about these products it how well they were packaged, the box didn’t rattle and they were individually bubble wrapped as well as being in their on little compartments

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Three Piece Glass Nail File Set with Crystallized Swarovski Elements

Oh my goodness are these gorgeous!

This set includes three files, a small, medium and a large, each in their own protective case. These are a smooth dark purple glass with blue, pink and clear Swarovski crystals arranged on one end. The purple gradually goes to pink ending in a colorless glass file. The largest file has a rounded end, and both the smaller ones come to point at the end.

These are a smooth dark purple glass with blue, pink and clear Swarovski crystals arranged on one end. The purple gradually goes to pink ending in a colorless glass file. The largest file has a rounded end, and both the smaller ones come to point at the end.

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Glass Cuticle Stick 

I don’t usually use a cuticle stick, I have always use a trimmer, so I don’t know how much use I will get out of this.

This is also purple, but a slightly different shade. It has a clear smooth glass middle and both ends are made of a purple filing glass. One end is rounded and flat on one side to push the cuticles back, and the other it’s shaped a bit like a pen, coming to a very sharp point.

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Glass Foot File 

Foot files (or foot scrapers) have always been something I’ve loved using, they are a staple in my foot care routine.

This one is of exceptional quality, it has a nice weight to it.  The handle end is an orangy red and gold snakeskin patterned metallic painted glass. One side is a smooth snakeskin indicating that that side a finer grit and the other its smaller textured snakeskin indicating and rougher grit.

I feel like this is going to be great for a touch-up tool, for when your feet are already in fairly good shape.

Final Thoughts

These are all great quality as well as eye-catching, I feel like a princess every time I use one of nail files, which is the best thing about them in my opinion.

They look and feel completely luxe, and I would highly recommend them to anyone whether as a gift or just as a self-indulgence.

You can find more from Mont Bleu below, and use the code BLOG at checkout to get 20% off your order.

Design Glassware 

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Wholesale 

 

What are your thoughts on these tools?

Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow A Sparkle Of Grace for updates.

Anna.

 

*These products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

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