Monday, November 28, 2016

Yet Another Collective Beauty Haul



This is the last beauty haul you'll be seeing from me in a little while. Seriously! I feel like I'm actually at a point where I have enough to play with for some time. I'm not on a self imposed shopping ban or anything but with some new brushes coming and an additional lash order to arrive next week after Black Friday sales, I feel content.

 My first time ever in an actual Ulta store while in Florida as well as Sephoras huge once a year beauty vib sale certainly required some shopping and I think I did really well all in all. There's a little something from every category here. There's skin care, hair care and perfume but mostly makeup. Every item is described in further detail in this weeks video which you can watch here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always!



And now here's what I purchased:




House of Lashes "Budoir", "Temptress Whispy", "Siren", "Iconic" Lashes



Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eye Shadow- "Zodiac", "Recharged", "Magnetic" and "Spacetime"

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners- "Junk Show" and "Glam Rock"





Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario- limited edition, similar 




            

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Maple Ginger Green Beans with Facon & Brussel Sprouts Recipe




I may have mentioned this but I allow myself one or two really special treats over the weekend which really helps with my motivation in eating well throughout the week. To keep things balanced I make sure to prepare one huge veggie side dish for when I feel like munching on something. This specific one feels so appropriate with Thanksgiving capping this week. Do you have your menus sorted? I do thanks to Pinterest! I have a board called Thanksgiving recipes with several great ideas if you are looking for some still. And now that that's all set, time for some good old Black Friday shopping. I'm looking out for a Bosch mixer and new vacuum cleaner, what's on your list? 


Maple Ginger Green Beans with Facon & Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients: 

1 lb. Green Beans, ends removed 
10 Medium Brussel Sprouts, halved
3 oz. Jacks Gourmet Facon Cured Beef Bacon
2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic Sliced Thin
1 Medium Zucchini, Cubed
1 Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Maple Ginger Stir Fry Sauce: 
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce 
5 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice  
1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
Salt & Pepper to taste
Add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like some heat

Method: 

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the bottom of a wok or deep non stick frying pan. Toss fresh green beans, brussel sprouts, garlic, zuchinni and ginger into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat or until veggies have slightly softened. Then, slice the facon into bite sized bits and add to the veggies. Allow to cook another 2-3 minutes, mixing every minute or so to evenly cook through.  

2. Pour soy sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, salt and pepper and corn starch (and red pepper flakes if your using them) into a sauce pan and allow to simmer over low heat until a thicker sauce is formed, mixing often to combine and keep it nice and smooth. 

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degress. Transfer the vegetables from the wok to a baking sheet or 9X13 pan.  Pour the prepared maple ginger stir fry sauce over the top of the veggies and place the baking sheet in the oven preferably on the middle rack. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until everything is a bit caramelized and cooked through completely.  Serve warm. 

I really hope you will give my Maple Ginger Green Beans with Facon & Brussel Sprouts  recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! Criticisms and advice are welcome too! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

What's Inside My Z Palette; My Favorite Eye Shadows (Video)


It took me some time to get here but I finally am at a point where I can actually say I like everything about my z palettes, well almost everything. After picking out shadows of all shades, textures and finishes and organizing them over and over again I finally feel they are just about right.

I reserved one for my basic shadows. The neutrals, light shimmers and simple mattes. The other is for my foiled shadows, high shimmers and more bold shadows. This way whenever I reach into my makeup drawer I know what I am pulling out especially when I am in a hurry. 

In this weeks video, I went through each and every shadow describing each one as best as I could along with close ups and swatches. Watch it here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always.  


Here is the list of what is in each palette. Click on each shadow name to be rerouted to the website to purchase if there any you find your interested in.




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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation



When I purchase a summer shade and a winter shade of my foundation you know things are getting serious! Finding a foundation should be easy since I have pretty normal/ combination fair skin with neutral undertones. It isn't. Because I am combination skin I have strict criteria for how a foundation interacts with my skin. In the summer and early fall my t-zone is still oily and I need my foundation to play that down as well as not attach itself to any dry parts in the late fall and winter time. Also, I have very decent skin most of the time aside from a hormonal spot or two from time to time so although I like a medium coverage to cover the redness and slight hyper pigmentation in my cheeks, I don't need anything more then that. So, you see I have to be very picky in my foundation selection. I  tested at least 10 different foundations very seriously before coming across this gem.  


So let me tell you what I adore about this foundation. It has a slightly runny consistency when it's first pumped out and you do get some play time to blend it nicely and evenly into the skin before it sets in place. It has a medium but buildable coverage so it almost completely covers any problem areas but sometimes does need to be combined with a concealer to get things 100% flawless looking which I do anyways most of the time. It sets to a really pretty finish, not too matte and also not too glowey.  The actual product lasts on my skin for hours at a time without moving around at all or needing to be touched up whatsoever. I get a full days wear and then some every time. I do like to use it atop primed skin of course which certainly does help with wear time. I need two pumps for my entire face with bringing it down onto my neck as well which means the foundation itself with 1 oz. of product lasts me months.  I did purchase a second shade now that we're heading into the cooler months when my natural golden summer color is beginning to fade. In the summer I go for "light medium beige" and lately I've been wearing my new shade "light medium neutral". 


The packaging is beautiful and very substantial with it's light glass bottle, gold writing and purple dispenser screw on lid.  The thing I most despise about this foundation would have to be that dropper though. I think it was totally unnecessary. It's messy and builds product up in the bottle entrance and it is annoying to use. It does allow the perfect amount of product to be dispensed but it still isn't a great idea otherwise. I find that the dropper doesn't reach the bottom of the bottle either so when you think the product is finished there really is at least 15-20 more wears of product in the bottom of the bottle that you then have to figure out how to get out for use. 



The detail that brings this foundation to top foundation status for me is the way it photographs.  It just looks like really perfect skin in person but it looks like airbrushed perfect skin when photographed and it has therefore become the product I turn to when heading to an event in the evening when I know I'll be in photographs or even to record videos and take blog photos. It does not fail to please time and time again! 

Also it's scented not in a bothersome way but in a very lovely way that you get a whiff of something nice only as you apply. To sweeten the deal, Tarte is well known for their natural ingredients and I think that plays well into the fact that this foundation doesn't clog my pores and has never given me any breakouts or reactions whatsoever. 

I know $39.00 may sound like a lot of money for a foundation but I would pay it every time for the perfect face it promises. I have mentioned this product in favorites videos and played with it on camera in makeup tutorials before and no matter what face products I test in the future this one will always hold a special place. I know that no matter what I can always turn to this one in a pinch.


Have you given any of this foundation a try? What did you think of it if you have? Let me know in the comments form if you'd like, I absolutely love hearing from you!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Orange Poppyseed Muffins Recipe


On the weekends I like to treat myself to a little desert or something special. Dieting all week long can be tough and without a treat there is no real release on the other side. This is a routine I've kept to in my dieting over the years and it really motivates me to keep at it throughout the week. Sometimes it's a hot chocolate from 7/11 on Friday, others its a chocolate cheese danish from the grocery or a twix chocolate bar I've been thinking about all week. Since it's not that long since I juiced I still wanted to keep it slightly healthy this past weekend and whipped up some muffins for shabbos desert. These orange poppy seed muffins were a real hit for me and my family both. Even my picky 6 year old managed to scarf one down without gagging. Only kidding, he really did seem to love them.


Poppy seeds are very much a matter of taste. It seems that there are people that love foods with them in it, while others completely hate anything remotely poppy seed related. I found these to be perfectly balanced with a just right amount of seeds throughout.

Orange Poppyseed Muffins

Yields: About 8 Muffins

Ingredients:

1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Poppy Seeds
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Cup Oats
1/2 Cup White Flour
A pinch of Baking Powder

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Combine liquid ingredients- egg, vegetable oil and orange juice in a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the sugar and mix that in as well. 

3. Add powder ingredients to the liquid ingredients in the mixing bowl- poppy seeds, salt, oats, white flour and baking powder and mix well to combine.

4. Grease a muffin pan and add muffin tins to each slot. Spoon 2 tablespoons of orange poppy seed batter into each muffin tin.

5. Place muffin pan in oven for about 14 minutes or until lightly browned on top and baked through.

6. Serve warm or room temperate.

I really hope you will give my Orange Poppyseed Muffins recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! Criticisms and advice are welcome too! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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