Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m giving you my secret family recipe for the best cookie of all time. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t enjoy this cookie.

The original recipe doesn’t include any salt, but over the years of making these cookies I’ve found that salt (both in the dough and as a subtle topping) makes a really nice addition to all the chocolate!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees


2 1/4 C flour

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. kosher salt

1 C butter

1/4 C sugar

3/4 C brown sugar

1 t. vanilla

2 eggs

1 3.9oz package of instant chocolate pudding (or chocolate fudge)

1 6oz package chocolate chips (semi-sweet)


1. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

2. Combine butter (softened, not melted), sugars, pudding mix, vanilla. Beat. Add eggs. Beat again.

3. Gradually add flour mixture.

4. Stir in chips

5. Drop by spoonfulls on ungreased cookie sheet. I usually sprinkle some kosher or sea salt on top. Yum. 

6. Bake for 8-10 mins. Usually, they are ready right at 8 mins! These are soft cookies so don’t try to bake ’em to long!



My go-to lip color lately


I shared a quick video on IGTV today demonstrating how I use Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk to reshape my upper lip a bit! You can watch the video HERE!

If you are able or interested, I use the lip liner to add a little more color to the outer part of my top and bottom lip. My mouth is sort of a bell shape so to balance it out I fill in the lighter pigmented corners.

This is NOT something I do every day, but when I’m sitting at my vanity and have the lip liner right in front of me, I’ll do it.

My lipstick is Morning After by Urban Decay. It’s one of my favorite pink lipsticks of all time. It’s cool in tone, sheer, and very comfortable to wear.

I know this is a short post but I wanted to share here to point out that I’m posting a few videos on IGTV. Typically I publish videos on my YouTube channel and link to them here, but IGTV is a great spot for really short (typically under 10 minutes) videos that cut right to the point.

My tank top is “A New Day” brand but I cannot find it online, earrings are old from Madewell (these are similar!) and my necklace is from Rocksbox.


Makeup Capsule: Stay All Day


Whether you are trying to combat the heat and humidity of summer, or you simply need a makeup look that will last from morning to night, these are some of my top products that will stay all day.

I wore the NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil for my sister’s wedding day and only needed to reapply once in the evening because it felt a bit dry. It truly lasted all day!

One. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder. This is my favorite setting powder, whether I’m using a full coverage foundation or not! It will help your makeup last so much longer when you dust a bit of this on top of foundation.

Two. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation. I love this foundation for a full-coverage long-wear option. If applied with a brush, you’ll get the fullest coverage. If you want to thin out the coverage a bit, use a damp beauty blender.

Three. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara. The non-waterproof version is a fantastic mascara for thickening and volumizing. The waterproof version is the best for lasting all day and holding a curl in the lashes for a bit longer too!

Four. NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil. If they came out with a soft nude pink shade of this pencil, it would be all I wear. This pencil is long-lasting without being overly dry and I love that it doesn’t fade from the center of the lips even after hours of wear.

Five. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. It’s hard to beat Anastasia brow products and the Dipbrow pomade is going to give you the cleanest, longest-lasting brow. Use a small angled brush to apply!

Six. NARS Liquid Blush. A liquid blush looks natural on the skin, blends beautifully into foundation, and gives you the control to choose how intense the finish is. I love working this product into my cheeks with a flat top brush.

Seven. Covergirl Outlast All Day Lip Color. I was so impressed by this drugstore lip product. If you follow the directions on how to apply, it will last for hours and hours! I love that the gloss/top coat is clear so it’s all you need to add a burst of hydration to your lips if they start to feel dry.

Eight. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo. I use this product almost every time I do my makeup. It may be the most flattering contour and glow product I’ve ever used! A tiny bit will add the softest, most natural looking finish to the skin but it can easily be built up for a more dramatic contour and glow!

Nine. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer. This concealer will not budge after you apply it. A little goes a long way and it adds brightness and covers even the darkest under eye circles.

Ten. Tarte Tartelette Tease. This is a tiny palette but it packs a lot of power. The shadows are pigmented and the color options are all you need to create a simple daytime eye or glam it up with some more intense, darker shades.

Eleven. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This liquid liner is easy to use and will not smear. I like using it right at the base of my lashes or if I’m ever tempted to do a proper cat eye with liquid liner. The felt tip is flexible enough to feel comfortable and deposits an even amount of liner when you use it.

Twelve. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot. This is a fool-proof way to make sure your eyeshadow doesn’t budge. I like using Soft Ochre or Painterly for a neutral shade or some of the shimmery shades as a one & done eyeshadow look.

p.s. Did you catch my travel-friendly makeup capsule?

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