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HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

starbucks 5It’s no secret that Fall is my absolute favorite season of a time & October is my most favorite month. The colors are perfect, it’s finally time to bust out those adorable sweaters and boots you’ve been coveting all year, and the flavors of this season are amazing. You’ve probably also gathered that we here at LK HQ are coffee hounds. We devised a test to see what type of coffee drinker we are & we are obsessed with mastering the perfect pour over.

 

Indulging in the celebrated Pumpkin Spice Latte during fall may be cliche, but it’s delicious so I don’t care. But lines get manic and October seems to be a bit of a hectic month all around. Thankfully, the fabulous folks at Starbucks understood our time vs line dilemma and sent over the most fabulous Fall goodies for us to sample. The most surprising of which was the Via Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte mix.

 

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Absolutely doubting that it wouldn’t be even close to the real thing, we whipped up a cup almost immediately and I was totally amazed. It’s amazing! It’s less sweet than the drink is in stores, it takes about 2 seconds to make, and not only is it a time saver, you save a bunch of money as well! For $8 you get 6 packets, which is basically the cost of a Venti in stores.

starbucks4I know, I didn’t believe it either, but the same sweet and spicy flavors are all there and the rich and creamy taste hasn’t left. Take a little taste test of your own! Run to your local grocery store (yes, grocery store) and grab a box of the Via Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and see for yourself!
image1 (1)Add some cinnamon & nutmeg for some extra spice, put a dollop of whipped cream if you are feeling especially decadent, or sneak a shot of whiskey or bourbon for a fancy gal Hot Toddie. Either way, you are going to be singing this instant PSL’s praises & we don’t blame you!

Want to try a taste test? Let us join in! Tag #LKMakes or @laurenkelp on Instagram or Twitter – we would love to hear what you think!

What are your favorite PSL hacks? Got any tips, let me know down in the comments section.starbucks 1


lauren kelp author buttonBELEN BUTTONThis post is sponsored by Starbucks but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.

PSL BODY SCRUB

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Well, if you can’t drink it, use it as a scrub? Just kidding, but seriously – we might have just completed the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte circle with this new DIY body scrub. It’s amazing, it does an amazing job, and you basically smell like Autumn all the time. Don’t hate the PSL until you’ve tried it 😉 – xoxo, LK


Hooray! Yesterday was the first official day of Fall! I couldn’t be more excited for the season of changing leaves, sweaters, and of course hot Starbucks! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is surely the biggest hit once September arrives. It’s warm flavor mixed with just the right amount of spice is the perfect addition to the changing season. While I myself am not a coffee drinker, whenever a friend orders a PSL I can’t help but want to bury my nose in their cup and keep the scent with me all day. Of course as a beauty junkie, I had to figure out how to replicate the scent in some sort of skin product. I am a huge advocate for scrubs, and making homemade ones is one of my favorite things to do! So after a bit of experimenting in the kitchen, I finally found the perfect balance to making your very own PSL Body Scrub!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 cup ground coffee beans

– 2 tbs coconut oil

– 1 tsp pumpkin spice

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

*Makes enough for one full body scrub use.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

2. Make sure your coconut oil is room temperature. It may not look all that appealing, but it smells like heaven!

3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until use

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO USE:

1. For best results, take a hot shower so that your pores can open up and be ready for cleansing.

2. I recommend stepping out of the water or turning it off to apply the scrub. Apply in circular motions all over your body, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes so it can soak up all the goodness from the coffee and coconut oil.

3. Rinse off and pat dry.

4. There will likely be some oil on the bottom of your shower, so take caution while stepping out not to slip!

5. Feel how amazing & soft your new PSL kissed skin feels!

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The other great thing about this scrub is because of the amount of coconut oil, it isn’t dry, and can be easily be applied to dry skin as well! Just be sure you do it in the shower to avoid coffee grounds all over your floor. Again, apply in circular motions, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off.

After my initial use of the PSL Body Scrub, I found myself back in the kitchen making more. Not only does it smell divine, your skin will fill silky smooth afterward. I am so excited to use this throughout the dry fall and winter seasons – I may even make some as little gifts for my girlfriends!


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BLUSH IS HERE TO STAY

jami0067Hello, hello! Breann here and it’s time to talk beauty transition! It seems like the transition from summer to fall is always finicky. While most of us are still experiencing warmer temperatures, there are moments of reprieve that leave us hungering for the changing of leaves and PSL’s. Typically, Fall is host to berry lips and smokey eyes.

While some might consider blush to be a member of the spring/ summer palette, I believe it’s a color for all seasons. There’s nothing like a pretty blush cheek mimicking what it’s like to take an evening walk in chilly breezes. On the same note, a nude or pink lip is the perfect companion to a darker eye-shadow.I recommend this e.l.f. blush and bronzer duo palette. Sweep the bronzer from the temple in towards the cheekbones. Then add a touch of blush to the apples of your cheeks, and maybe the tip of your nose for a flushed look.

My favorite blush lip color is the e.l.f. matte lip shade in Natural. It is my go-to lip color and wear it daily!

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How do you plan on incorporating blush into your fall palette?


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