Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Review




Here we are again talking about a product that has a whole lot of hype surrounding it ever since it first released. I recently talked about Two Faced Better then Sex Mascara and explained that I rarely purchase products during that hype period. So is this one worth the hype? 


My first ever contour kit style product was the Smashbox one which they then discontinued and then brought back, I have no idea why they would ever stop selling that amazingness in the first place, but I digress. Every time I try a new bronzer or contouring product, I now have something to compare to. 

Now before I get into my review I want to take a poll of sorts on my reviewing style. Please do weigh in, every opinion means so much to me!

So here's the dillema-

When I began beauty blogging I went into every detail of the product from scent to how it looks when photographed, even offering tips for application. I felt like that was a good way to really explain why I like a product or why it really didn't work for me and I've been doing that up until recently. Lately though I've begun making my reviews more concise and to the point and it's just easier for me to get them out to you as quick as possible this way while still explaining some basics. I don't want to be leaving out any important points, but please do help me in deciding which is the better option when reviewing beauty products. These reviews are for my readers and those looking into purchasing new beauty products so I really would like them to be optimized to that benefit! Leave a comment down below letting me know what you think, I really do want to hear from you!


 Now let's talk about this contour kit, 
The consistency and blend-ability of these powders are really the best thing this product has going for it in my opinion. Also the lasting power which is really incredible even in the heat and humidity. I easily get a full days wear on these and then some. The packaging is simple and user friendly, but very easy to dirty up in material (and I don't even store it with other makeup). I do like the fact that these can be removed and changed up with other powder product pans in her line to customize to individual needs. Although these look very similar in shade to the Smashbox ones right off the bat, they come off looking completely different on my skin. Less so in person then in photographs (they can be pulled off in person), which is most important to me since I am on camera alot. The two shades I use are the middle ones both on top and bottom. I use the top one to set my under eye concealer and the bottom to contour a bit but mostly bronze up my face because none of the shades really are ashy and dark brown enough to contour on my complexion, oddly enough. I've also found that the "banana" shade everyone so highly recommends can go very strange on camera unless I use a very light hand and a precise brush to apply. The highlight shades do absolutely nothing for me at all and hardly show up for me in comparison to my favorites- The Balm "Mary Lou Manizer" and Becca "Moonstone".  I was super excited to get my hands on this because of all of the amazing reviews and swatches but for some reason it just doesn't translate all that well on me. So all in all, I'm a little disappointed to say the least. I've loved every Anastasia product I've tried so far and this one just is not worth the $40 I forked over for it. 


Have you given any of this contour kit a try? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven't do you want to?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Fashion: Cobalt Blue and Bright Pink Outfit of the Day



I find it interesting to look back on my old outfit posts and videos and see how much my style has evolved and yet stayed so much the same in many ways. It is clear that I love my basics, rarely shy away from playing with color and keep it casual most of the time (the heels only really come out for special occasions and I go for skirts and tops over dresses on most days). I also always add new pieces to my wardrobe each season but still hold onto items I know I can go back to time and time again. 


 I've been promising to share a fishtail braid/ mermaid braid hair tutorial since last year when I pretty much wore one in daily. I hope I get around to recording that some time really soon because it is such an easy, fun way to keep cool and still have styled hair on a daily basis. 


Several of the items that make up this look are actually from last year. I wore alot of cap sleeves last year. This year I've chosen to skip layering as much and go for basic t-shirts and such in this heat. Regardless, I always like to share when I put an actual outfit together for some time away from the home base.  


All of the items in this look are pretty budget friendly which seems to be my style theme lately. Here's the breakdown:

Blue cap sleeve top, statement gold and hot pink chain necklace and hot pink leapord print shoes- Forever 21, from past seasons

3/4 sleeve white shell- Kiki Riki, double header.

White denim skirt- also Kiki Riki, purchased at Elzee

Aviator Sunglasses and Earrings- Target


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Honeyed Cashew Cilantro Pesto Gnocchi Recipe+ Video


With little time in the evenings to cook up dinners that require long preparation, I turn to dishes like this one which take less then 20 minutes to throw together from start to finish. The great thing is that it tastes like a lot more effort went into it and there's enough sauce to refrigerate some and use it at the end of the week. This recipe post comes along with a video where I walk through the step by step process of the preparation, so watch that here, or read till the end, where it will be inserted as usual. 


I wasn't a huge fan of pesto sauces until I realized what it was that bothered me about them. It was the basil and the often utilized pine nuts or walnuts. I've since begun trying different combinations of herbs and nuts to get one that's just right for my taste. You can truly do the same! 

Honeyed Cashew Cilantro Pesto Gnocchi 

Ingredients:

1 Lime, Zested
Juice of half a lime
1 Clove Fresh Garlic
1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro
1/2 Cup Honey Roasted Cashews
1/2 Cup Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb. Package already prepared Gnocchi (potato dumplings)
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Method:

1. Place the lime zest, juice of half a lime, clove of garlic, cilantro, cashews and olive oil into a food processor with the blade attachment. Turn the machine on for a few minutes or until it is completely combined and broken down into a slightly chunky, thick sauce. 

2. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi. Cook for 3 minutes and then strain. 

3. Mix the parmesan cheese into the prepared pesto sauce. 

4. Pour 1/3 cup of the pesto sauce over the cooked gnocchi. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top, and add a few sprigs of cilantro.

5. Serve cold or warm and reserve any leftover pesto sauce in a container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 



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Monday, July 20, 2015

OPI's "Big Apple Red" Nails of The Day



  Sometimes when you just aren't feeling it, a fresh coat of polish is all you need to appear put together. Especially in a bright red shade. So if you haven't gotten much sleep or it's a gloomy rainy day, taking the time to paint your nails may be just the thing to pick you up. It sure works for me. No one has to know that you literally just rolled out of bed and threw on the easiest outfit and a pair of sunglasses. Immediately your look will have an air of sophistication to it. And that brings me to the nail polish currently on my nails in this vibrant shade of red. It's by OPI and it's called "Big Apple Red."



I used to appreciate the OPI nail polishes in terms of wear. The last few I've acquired haven't been all that great in that aspect though. I believe that may be due to trying to their newer 7 day formulation and these just don't come close. I get a couple days wear with this one at the very most.

 It's interesting how this specific shade changes in different lighting as you can see in the photos. OPI nail polishes are priced at somewhere around $8 in most places, not terrible for a decent nail polish. 1 coat doesn't quite do it with this nail polish, 2 coats gets you to a satisfying opaque finish. 

Aside from that, it is not often I come across a red that I like on my skin tone and this one is a beauty. I sure hope this gets added to their 7 day collection.   


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tomatillo Guacamole Recipe


Food photography has never been my claim to fame. I've learnt a whole lot on the matter since starting this blog 6 or so years ago but I am aware of how much I still lack. I am also conscious of how beneficial good quality photos are when it comes to recipe posts. One of these days I will update my camera and lens, purchase proper studio lights and start collecting more props to up the appeal. In the meantime, this is going to have to do. I know the bowl of green staring at you looks to be just that, but let me tell you I have made all kinds of guacamoles and there has never been one to rival it. You just don't wait for daylight when it comes to photographing food this good. Regardless, I will share the recipe with you. My recommendation: throw it together for you next summer barbecue or football party and you can thank me later! 


Tomatillo Guacamole

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Avocado, Pitted and Sliced in half. 
4 Tomatillos, Husked and Halved. 
2 Fresh Cloves of Garlic
1/4 Cup Fresh or bottled Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt 
1/2 Sweet Yellow Onion
1/3 Cup Each Fresh Parsley and Cilantro 

Method:

1. Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse on a low setting if you'd like it chunky. (Add a teaspoon of mayonnaise and blend it on a higher setting for a creamier version- shown in pictures above, I prefer the chunky version after testing both.) 

2. Serve with chips or crackers to dip. 

I really hope you will give my Tomatillo Guacamole recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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