12.10.2018

12 Deals of Christmas!

This is the biggest set of deals I've ever had!
Introducing 12 Deals of Christmas....

These deals are good from today December 10th until December 17th
These deals are good for current customers or if you aren't a customer.
You don't have to become a customer to get these deals. 
All deals include tax & free shipping. 
All deals come with a 60 Day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee.


Deal #1
 Redefine Regimen for $160
This is $45 off retail price.
This regimen is good if you are concerned with fine lines, wrinkles & loss of skin firmness. 
Comes with Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner, Triple Defense SPF 30 cream & Overnight Restorative Night Cream.
 

Deal #2
Reverse Lightening Regimen for $150
This is $40 off retail price.
This regimen is good if you have stubborn dark spots, age spots, patches & marks.
Comes with Deep Exfoliating Wash, Skin Lightening Toner, Skin Lightening Lotion & Broad Spectrum SPF 50 lotion.

Deal #3
Reverse Brightening Regimen for $150
This is $40 off retail price.
This regimen is good if you have dullness, discoloration or uneven skin tone.
 Comes with Deep Exfoliating Wash, Skin Brightening Toner, Dual Active Brightening Complex with Vitamin C and Retinol & Broad Spectrum SPF 50 lotion.

Deal #4
Unblemish Regimen for $140
This is $40 off retail price.
This regimen is good if you deal with acne (teen or adult)

Comes with Acne Treatment Sulfur wash, Clarifying Toner, Dual Instensive Acne Treatment & SPF 20 Oil Control Lotion.

Deal #5
Soothe Regimen for $135
This is $35 off retail price,
This regimen is good if you have sensitive skin or facial redness.
Comes with Gentle Cream Wash, Sensitive Skin Treatment, Moisture Replenishing Cream & SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen.

Deal #6 
Buy any Regimen and get Lash Boost for HALF OFF!
 You will save almost $70 on this deal!!!!!

Deal #7
Get our AMP Roller & Intensive Renewing Serum for $175
This is $45 off Retail Price.

Our AMP Roller has micro-exfoliating tips that safely and gently maximize the effectiveness of applied products to amp up your results and visibly firm skin. Intensive Renewing Serum empowers skin’s own renewing process for more refined, firmer-looking, smooth skin with less visible lines and wrinkles.
Comes with our Amp Roller and a 60 day supply of our Intensive Renewing Serum.


Deal #8
Buy Radiant Defense and get FREE make up removing wipes.
You will save $32 on this deal.
 Radiant Defense is a tinted, multitasking liquid formula protects and instantly perfects skin with SPF 30 and comes in SIX shades.

Our Make Up wipes are ultra-soft cloths.
They gently yet effectively dissolve long-wearing makeup, dirt and oil.

Deal #9
Bright Eye Complex & Radiant Defense Gift Set
This comes in a gift box and you will get $16 off retail price and get a FREE mirror ($20 value)

Cost is $120
Boost radiance and perfect your complexion with this illuminating, limited-edition skincare kit.

Deal #10
Lash Boost and Radiant Defense Gift Set and you get a Free Brush ($38 value)
This comes in a gift box and you will save $60 off retail pricing.

Cost is $195
Perfect your party-ready look with our beauty boosting skincare gift set.

Deal #11
Micro Derm Paste & Active Hydration Body Replenish Gift Set and get a FREE Sunless Tanner ($25 value)

This comes in a gift box and you save $40 off retail pricing
Cost is $130
Smooth, soften and get a sun-kissed glow with this body skincare kit. 

Deal #12
Customer favorites at Consultant Pricing!
Get these favorites at my pricing.

Redefine Eye Cream for $48

Firming eye cream improves appearance of crow’s feet, puffiness and fine lines.
One jar will last you 6 months. 

Active Hydration Serum for $85

Oil-free serum delivers all-day hydration and boosts performance of products layered on top.
One container lasts 3-4 months.

Lash Boost for $115
Nightly conditioning eyelash serum gives the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes and fuller-looking brows. 
One tube lasts 3-4 months 

Get 1, 2 or all 3. Your choice! 

So, there you have it! 12 Deals of Christmas.

If you want to know what products are best for your skin, you can take THIS quick questionnaire.

These deals are good for one week and they end on December 17th.
If you have been wanting to try Rodan + Fields this is the perfect time! 
Please email me if you have any questions or if you want to order, I am here to help :)
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
 

12.04.2018

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

I don't know about you, but I LOVE sugar cookies. 
But.....I don't love the hassle of waiting for the dough to chill, then rolling out the dough & dealing with cookie cutters. And, whenever I make sugar cookies, I always want them to be thicker & chewier.
Enter Sugar Cookie Bars.
I've been working on this recipe for a bit with some trial and error and they have finally been perfected....thick, chewy, soft & delicious.
I'm so excited to share this recipe with you guys....especially because today is National Cookie Day!
 Here is what you need:
 For the bars:
  • 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (if you don't like almond extract, leave it out, but the almond extract adds a wonderful touch)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
For the frosting:
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles
Directions:
In a large bowl, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. When it's smooth,  add the sugar on medium speed. Beat in egg, egg yolk, almond & vanilla.  
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder & baking soda. 
Slowly add the dry ingredient & mix until combined:
 Line a 9x9 pan with foli & spray with cooking spray:
 Press the dough evenly into the pan:
 Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes...DO NOT OVERBAKE!
 When the dough is cooled, lift it out of the pan:
 Now it's time to make the frosting.
Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about  1 minute. Add powdered sugar, milk, salt and vanilla extract & mix until combined. Mix in food coloring (I added 2 drops of green)
 *Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more milk if frosting is too thick*
 Then, spread onto cookie:
 Add sprinkles....sprinkles make everything better :)
 Cut into bars. This recipe made 16 bars:
 I made these for our court Holiday Party, so I wanted them to look "pretty".
 I trimmed the edges off the bars & when I cut them, I would wipe my knife with a paper towel between each cut so that the frosting wouldn't get messy.
 These bars could be made anytime of year....Valentine's Day, Easter, Birthdays, Halloween.
 Just change the frosting color & sprinkles to match the holiday/event.
 These are a big hit and SO much easier to make than regular sugar cookies.
Plus, I think they taste better because they are thick & chewy (like brownies) but in sugar cookie form.

If you need more Christmas Cookie or Treat ideas, here are some of our favorites:
Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}


Fudge {Recipe HERE
Ultimate Ginger Cookie {Recipe HERE
Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}

Cranberry Cookie Bars {Recipe HERE
Snickerdoodles {Recipe HERE
 Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}
 Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies {Recipe HERE}

Preztel Hugs {Recipe HERE}
 Ritzies {Recipe HERE
 Christmas Cookies in a Jar (and free printable) 
Get the instructions & printable {HERE}

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
But, I also really love these Sugar Cookie Bars!
Enjoy!

11.30.2018

Homemade Vanilla Extract + Cyber Week Deals

I don't know about you, but I love baking. 
I go through A LOT of vanilla extract each year. 
Real vanilla extract is expensive! Anywhere between $8-$12 a bottle. 
Years ago I heard about making your own vanilla extract, and it is so easy! 
You only need 2 ingredients. 
I thought I would share how to make it and it also makes a great gift idea for this time of year.
Who wouldn’t be happy to receive a bottle of this?  
It makes the perfect hostess gift when you are invited to a Holiday Party, a great gift for your child’s teacher, office staff, neighbors, etc! 
Here is what you need to make 12 (2oz) bottles of Vanilla Extract:
  •  Vodka (use the cheap stuff!!!) Make sure it is at least 80 proof
  •  10 Vanilla Beans (make sure they are B grade) I got mine HERE
  • 12 (2oz) Glass Bottles. I got mine HERE
  • Mini Funnel. I got mine HERE
  • Personalized labels. I got mine HERE (Nancy is amazing to work with!)
  • Bakers Twine
  • Scissors
  • Thin Black Sharpie
 Directions:
Wash & dry your bottles (either in the dishwasher or with soap & water) 
Cut the Vanilla Beans in Half. Then cut them in half again.
(You can split them down the middle if you want, but that isn't necessary)
Place 3 cut pieces of Vanilla Beans into the bottle:
 Get your mini funnel and pour the vodka into the bottle
 I filled them almost to the top.
I like these funnels because they are small & have an overflow section.
 After you have filled up your bottles, put the lids on tightly.
 Now it's time to put on the labels...I can't tell you how wonderful it was working with Nancy. She has TONS of labels & other types of customizable stickers in her shop. I ordered these labels right when the California fires were going on & USPS was delaying a lot of our mail, so the labels I ordered got lost in the mail for awhile. Nancy felt bad and sent me out another batch of labels free of charge. My original order finally showed up yesterday, so now I have 2 sets of labels...that means I will be making more homemade vanilla!
 Her labels can be completely customized. I like how there was a space for the Batch Number (you don't have to have that on there, but I liked it and I put 112818...I made this batch of vanilla on November 28, 2018. It helps me keep track of when I made it, so I know when it's ready.
 I tied some bakers twine on the bottles to make them look more festive :)
 Your homemade Vanilla will be ready to use in 6-8 weeks. Every few days for the first month, give the bottle a shake.
For this batch, I had 1 extra vanilla bean, so I added it to my sugar container. 
 I've been putting a vanilla bean in my sugar for over 10 years..it makes the sugar taste and smell amazing.

 When I give these as gifts in the next few weeks, I will tell them it won't be ready to use until January. I meant to make this homemade Vanilla last month, but never got around to it.
 It’s easy to scale this recipe up or down. 
The proportions are 3 whole vanilla beans per 1 cup (8 oz) vodka OR
1 1/2 vanilla beans per 1/2 cup (4 oz) vodka OR what I used
3/4 vanilla bean per (2oz) vodka.
 The longer the beans stay in the vodka, the better the vanilla flavor (which is why you keep the vanilla beans in the glass jar)
 This homemade vanilla is good for 5-6 years. If you run out, you can keep the same vanilla beans in the bottle, add more vodka and it will be ready in 6-8 weeks. It's the gift that keeps on giving. 
I am keeping one of these bottles for myself because I am sick of buying store bought vanilla extract. 

I have 6 Holiday parties in the next month and I can't wait to give these as a Hostess Gift. 
I'm going to put them in a cute burlap bag and attach a cookie cutter to it. 

Hope this tutorial was helpful and have fun making your own Homemade Vanilla!

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Just a reminder my Rodan + Fields Cyber Week Sales end tonight at midnight!


I have 3 deals going on & these are good for anyone...Current, former or new customers.

Deal #1
 FREE eye cream when you buy a regimen! 
That is a $60 value for FREE! 
Our eye cream is one of our most popular products, helps with crows feet & puffiness. 

We have products for all skin type, Reverse is my personal favorite.
 
 Click HERE to find out what regimen is best for your skin!

Deal #2
 Lash Boost for $30 off retail pricing! $120 & free shipping!
Lash boost is AMAZING and one of my favorite products! 
 
You will notice longer lashes by the New Year!

Deal #3
When you buy our newest product Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, you get a brush for FREE! $35 value!

Radiant Defense is so light weight, has SPF 30, won't clog pores and protects your skin.

These are some AWESOME deals and you don't want to miss out...they end at midnight!
 All deals come with free shipping and a 60 day, 100% money back guarantee.
Message me or Email me to place and order or if you have questions!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com








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