Monday, July 6, 2015

NYX Liquid Crystal Liners in "Crystal Gold" & "Crystal Aqua" Review



I have a glitter obsession. There I said it. Special occasion or every day, it doesn't really matter to me! From eye shadow to eye liner in every shade of the rainbow, I love discovering new creative ways to wear it. It adds that special something every time! That brings me to these NYX Liquid Crystal Liners which I later found out are "not intended to be used around the eye area." But don't expect me to listen to those instructions when we're talking about glitter! Where were they intended to be used anyways? They are marketed as liners are they not? It doesn't seem like NYX sells it on their site anymore but Ulta describes them as "high impact liquid liners that provide the eye with color that sparkles" Hence my confusion. Regardless let me tell you what I think of these "not to be used as liners" glitter liners:


There are about 9 different shades available from blues to green, silver and purple. The price is right at just under $6 and Ulta is always offering good deals on NYX so you can often get them for buy one get one 50% off. The colors are vibrant and beautiful with one swipe and they actually last on my eyes for more then 24 hours at a time. The applicator is thin and precise making them very user friendly and the packaging although very basic is lightweight and easy to travel with. After using these each on my eyes a couple of times I can understand why they aren't that great in the area. My eyes definitely feel uncomfortable as I first apply them (for the first 60 seconds), but as I wear them throughout the day it is just fine. They look just as good in person as they do in photographs too. 
  

Overall: I absolutely adore these for their opaque bold color and lasting power and I truly wish they were intended for use around the eyes! I will be heeding this warning from now on though as I do not know enough about the ingredients and their long term effects. I recommend those of you looking into purchasing these to really take that into consideration before doing so. Now to find some glitter liners that perform the same way but are intended to be used around the eyes- leave your recommendations in the comments form, I will be forever grateful ;) 


Have you given any of these liners a try? If you have, what did you think of them? If you haven't do you want to?

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Fashion: Chambray Stars & Orange Flare Outfit of The Day


Happy Independence day weekend everyone! Whenever the 4th of July rolls around it reminds me of some really wonderful childhood summer memories. Sparklers on the porch with my moms art camp. Long drives to my grandparents cottage where we'd roast marshmallows over a fire pit and swing in the hammock with our Bubby.  Fire works at the local college. My older sisters birthday- at the end of July (Happy Birthday, Rae!) The smell of fresh mowed grass and sunscreen always pungent in the air. And swimming, I was in the pool more then I was on dry land, I love swimming! There are too many great memories to name. 


Summer time has always been my happiest time. While many people find it overbearing and humid, I am thrilled to spend as many of my waking hours outside. It's just so invigorating. When the weather is warm, my mood is that much more cheerful. Is it just me? Or are there other people like that as well?



I have a fashion haul video and post coming, planned for next weeks Friday Fashion in fact. It will most likely seem a little backward and confusing when you see it as alot of the pieces shown here and in my last outfit post are talked about there as though I just bought them. They are indeed all brand new, I just couldn't hold back my excitement for wearing them. Of course the white stars are all too apropriate for the 4th of July too, so that is how that happened


Just as with the outfit post before this one, I am wearing a flared skirt which is something very new to me since I always go for the more straight pencil skirt styles. I've found that I actually quite like this style on me lately though and I am on the hunt for a sophisticated floral printed one at the moment. 


This coral orange shade is one of my favorites this summer! What color are you loving this season? Let me know in the comments form, I love hearing from you!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Poached Eggs with "Bacon" Hash Browns and Chive Hollandaise Recipe



My husband and I are constantly comparing my cooking in terms of famous people like Rachel Rae and Gordon Ramsey. I'll explain. You know how Rachel Rae takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that and throws it in a bowl explaining as she goes that it's a half a teaspoon or a half a cup? Some chefs are actually able to measure items that way. Well I often just throw things in without measuring, not because I am some fancy person who actually knows measurements by eyeballing it, but because I am that lazy cook. So anyways anytime my husband would see me doing the whole toss for measuring thing, he'd say something like "oh rachel raeing it I see?" or something along those lines. That was before he realized I was actually a decent cook who was developing some of my own recipes. As for Gordon Ramsey, he's the worlds best and might I add scariest food critic. So anyways, in a situation when I've done a really classic recipe justice, my husband will say "Gordon Ramsey would be proud" and that is when I know it is really good! And that leads me to these poached eggs. I rarely cook for breakfast, partially because is a fancy plate of eggs really worth an hours time including the prep and clean up involved? But this right here is a dish I think Gordon Ramsey wouldn't yell at me for, and that is saying a lot! The thought of him breathing down my neck in a hot kitchen makes my stomach queezy, for real though it does!


Inspiration for recipes comes in the funniest way sometimes. While in Miami back in February, I ripped out a paper from a magazine that had been sitting in my in laws condo since the April before it seems. I only really needed the piece of paper to quickly jot down an address or phone number or something of that sorts and I didn't realize what was on the other side until I was finally home. On the other side was a picture of the most tantalizing poached eggs with hash browns and I haven't been able to get them out of my head since. So this past weekend I actually had to cook breakfast just so I could see what the dish was like, and it was great! Worth the prep, clean up and the cooking time as well. Timing is key with this dish and there is alot of standing over and stirring involved. Now that you've seen this dish, I know you feel the need to cook some for your family one morning as well, so here is the recipe!

Poached Eggs with "Bacon" Hash Browns and Chive Hollandaise

Yields: Two Adult Sized Portions

Ingredients:

Hash Browns:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes, Skin left on, Scrubbed well and Cubed
6 oz. Beef Fry or Veggie Bacon, diced
1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste

Poached Eggs:
4 Eggs
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Salt
Chopped Chives for Garnish

Hollandaise Sauce:
8 Egg Yolks
1 Stick Margarine
1 1/2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
3 Chives, Chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat and saute' the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy on the outside. When the potatoes have 7 minutes left, add the onion into the same skillet to saute' until just translucent and 2 minutes later add the beef fry to get crisped up for 5 minutes. Stir constantly to get an even cook. Move to a plate and reserve for later.

2. Poach the eggs. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way with water and bring to a simmer over high heat. Add the vinegar and salt. Lower heat to medium once the waters come to a boil and crack each egg into a cup before pouring them into the pot, cooking one at a time. Allow to cook for 3 minutes or until the egg white has filmed over the yolk and firmed somewhat. Remove each one to a plate with a slotted spoon as it's ready.

3. For the hollandaise sauce-whisk 8 egg yolks and add 1 tablespoon of water to the mixture and whisk again. Place the mixture into a medium pot and cook for about 2 minutes over medium heat, whisking all along until the yolks thicken slightly. Remove from the heat and add the stick of just melted margarine, chives, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Mix well to combine.

4. Assemble on plates by dividing the hash browns, topping them each with two poached eggs and drizzling with hollandaise sauce. Scatter some chopped chives over the top to garnish, and serve.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent Beauty Favorites (May, June & July 2015)


Favorites videos and blog posts get me every time! I mean how could something not be excellent when your favorite internet personality says it is? It's how wishlists filled with overpriced night oils and yet another red lipstick looking entirely better then the entire drawer of red lipsticks happens. It's why hauls were created and should I be ashamed to admit I have one of those coming too? Regardless, get out your pens and papers because these favorites are worthy of being added to a list! With this post comes a video describing these items in better detail, so go that watch that here or read till the end of the post where it will be inserted as usual. Here's the round up:


Stainless Steel Tweezers from the Nail Supply Store



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Fashion: Styling with Color For Summer 2015

 I feel like wherever I go I'm that women who stands out in a bright shade amongst a sea of black. I'm so glad to see ladies finally embracing color a bit more. We all love black, it's easy to wear and slimming too, but color is more exciting and gives us individuality so why not embrace it? The main thing is to have fun and most of all love how it looks on you. Truly do not worry about what others might be thinking, be yourself and that's all that matters! There's a lesson on individuality. Now back to the fashion. I've made it my mission to scour the web for all sorts of bright beautiful shades and have found the best outfit possibilities utilizing them to keep your summer wardrobe really fresh and fun. 

 I personally will be looking out for lots of color while shopping for the rest of my summer wardrobe in the next weeks. I can't wait to rock these beautiful shades of the rainbow and if you want to do the same, you can! Today, I am going to give you a couple of ideas of how I would style different colors without looking a little crazy. It's all about the balance. Here is how I would wear some of them:



Tenacious Teal-
 It's that perfect crossover of blue and green, reminiscent of ocean waters and it's always been one of my favorite colors to wear. I like to pair it with dark accessories to keep with it's mood and throw in a pop of bright coral or peach to contrast here and there. 


Radiant Orchid-
 This color is a hybrid between pepto pink, fuschia and vibrant purple and is alot easier to wear then it sounds. Now you can sport this candy colored shade with a dress, a top and skirt or even a bold accessory.


Sunshine Yellow -
 There is nothing that says summer better then this bright color. Pair it with some denim or fun fringe to stay on trend.

Those are some of the ways I would style these different bright shades for Summer. I hope I've inspired you to add a bit of spunk to your looks this season, even if it's just with an accessory or beauty product. You will see how great it makes you feel! 

What color do you plan on incorporating into this seasons wardrobe? Let me know in the comments form below, I love hearing from you!

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