Monday, February 16, 2015

Another Beauty Haul - Ulta, Drugstore & Velour Lashes


Yes, you read right! I've been shopping again. Alot of these goodies are from Ulta, although there are quite a few things from the drugstore too. The real treat is obviously the velour lashes I've been eyeing for months, before finding them on a good deal and making them my own. There are some repurchases here, but it's mostly all brand new things I've never tried before, so expect in depth reviews once I have. New brushes, lashes and nail polishes all warrant a detailed blog post and video, don't you think? Watch the video here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. 


Here is what I purchased:

Ulta:



Drugstore:


Extras:



The things I love most and am most excited about are the velour lashes (obviously), mac pigment, loreal silkissime liner and those super soft real techniques brushes! Keep any eye out for them in future posts and videos because I will most certainly have alot more to say about them. Let me know if there is anything you would specifically like a full review on and I will get working on it right away.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquers Review



I play with alot of lip products all the time! I'm persistently and eternally searching for one that will stick around on my lips from the early morning hours when it's thrown on, until I arrive home after a long day of coffee drinking, careless noshing and whatever else may occur. I know I am not alone in this quest, a long lasting lipstick is a makeup wearers dream! When I come across a lip product that promises super staying power, my heart beats a little faster and my self control goes out the window, another lipstick goes in the cart. It's a true mission guys, not kidding! When I came across these Smashbox Lip Lacquers, I wondered if they would tick all of the boxes on my strict lippie criteria.

Did they impress? Keep reading and find out! 


Pigmentation: The color payoff on these is ridiculous, with one swipe you get full on color!

Formulation and Consistency: I find it varies between colors. Amongst the ones you see here, 2 out of 4 (Pink Social & Firecracker) were creamy and went on smoothly and beautifully. The other ones (Bordeaux & Ultraviolet) went a bit patchy on me and were a little more difficult to build up. Your best bet with these will be to test them in store and see which you like for this reason. 

Lasting Power: The longevity is there with these but once again I found it varies amongst the shades. The red shade and the coral pink one both stay put for 8 hours while the other two seem to feather off within 4-5 hours. They all do leave behind a stain though and wear super comfortably without going dry and flakey at all like some lipstains can. 


Finish: These go on really glossy and then as that wears off throughout the day, the color sets in as a stain but still doesn't end up looking matte or flat. 

Scent: The only thing that comes to mind is sweet candy when I think of how these smell. It's nothing overly offensive or strong but it's definitely there if you give it a sniff as your applying. 

Packaging: I'm often quite bored when it comes to the Smashbox packaging, but how cute is this? I love the geometric looking print as well as the black twist off lid with a clear tube so you can see exactly what you'll be getting color wise. The applicator is also fabulous, it's shaped like an 8 and although is quite a typical douffet material, it gets the job done easily.


Variations: There are 20 shades available on the Smashbox website, all of which have really adorable clever names. Because I found that the formulation seems to vary amongst the different colors, I am very intrigued to see which others will be truly fabulous. Next on the list to try is Calypso, Keepsake and Knockout.

Price: For a lipstick these are definitely up there in price at $24.00. The ones that last all day and go on beautifully are worth every penny in my opinion.

Overall: As you may be able to guess, Firecracker and Pink Social are my favorites. I have worn that pink shade almost every day since it arrived because it's so effortless, maintains itself and looks great with any makeup look! The other two left much to be desired to be honest, so I look forward to trying other shades from this line to see what they will be like.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower & Red Pepper Soup Recipe


February has begun and with it we seem to have welcomed more snow, ice, sleet and slush. The first few storms were delightful and I embraced them with open arms and a pot of Mexican hot chocolate. I mean keeping cozy indoors beneath a couch throw, reading food magazines and giving myself a much needed manicure isn't the worst thing to happen...but here I am again wishing the cold weather would just disappear. The slippery ice is simply kicking my butt and even a mini weekend hiatus in Miami was unable to distract me for very long.


There is something positively fabulous that happens in the wintertime though, and that my friends is a whole lot of comfort food. Mugs upon mugs of steaming hot chocolate, heart warming baked goods straight from the oven and bowls of savory soup are the ultimate way to fight the frost.   

This thick and creamy cauliflower red pepper soup really hit the spot and so I am going to share the recipe with you all today. You really must cook some up some time this winter, it will warm your body and soul, I promise!


Roasted Cauliflower & Red Pepper Soup

Yields: About 5 Adult Sized Portions

Ingredients:

1 Head Fresh Cauliflower
2 Large Red Peppers
2 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic, Chopped Very Small
1 Large Handful Fresh Cilantro
 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sweet Paprika
4 Cups Chicken Stock

Method:

1. Chop the florets of cauliflower off of the head of cauliflower in sections. Then slice each red pepper in half and remove veins and seeds. Chop up the cauliflower into medium sized chunks that will roast easily but leave the red peppers as they are so that you can pull the skin off once they are done roasting.

2. Preheat the oven to broil or a very high temperature.

3.  Place the cauliflower florets, red peppers (skin side up) and chopped garlic into a 9x13 roasting pan and drizzle generously with the olive oil. Then sprinkle with the paprika and black pepper. 

4. Put the pan in the oven and allow these vegetables to roast for about 30 minutes or until they seem well cooked and nicely browned.

5. Allow the red peppers to cool before removing their skin. This should be easy to do after they have roasted.

6.  Put the contents of the roasting pan into a large soup put and add the 4 cups of chicken stock and the cilantro, reserving 2-3 sprigs for garnish later on. Bring the soup to a boil and allow it to cook for 15 minutes or until the veggies have softened up quite a bit.
  
7. At this point it comes down to preference, if you like a chunky soup serve it as is. If you like a pureed soup put it through a blender for 2-3 minutes until nice and smooth, reserving a few pieces of cauliflower to garnish the bowl before serving.

8. Serve warm or hot and garnish with a few sprigs of cilantro.

What is your favorite soup to cook up in the winter time? Let me know in the comments form below, I love hearing from you!

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 I really hope you will try this recipe! 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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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners in Nude, Black & Taupe Review



Eyeliner, it hasn't been discussed here in a while. Likely due to the lack of anything remotely impressive since the Anastasia Covet ones. When I discover a nude waterline pencil that beats the rest, I need to tell the world about it. From the drugstore no less. It has been repurchased by me too many times to count and I now own 2 other shades from this Rimmel Scandal Eyes line, so I believe that undoubtedly warrants a full review, don't you?  Now lets see what Rimmel has to say about these.

Here's how they  are described: "Long lasting, high intensity color. Ultra smooth, creamy formula that glides on easily." They also make big claims stating that these liners are "waterproof, smudge proof sweat proof, heat proof and humidity proof".

Do I agree with all of that? Keep reading to find out!


Formulation: These eyeliners are super smooth and creamy, so they go on really easily without irritating the eyes at all. The can be sharpened with any typical eye pencil sharpener and do not dry out at all even without their caps on for months at a time. 

The Price: I can get these for less then $4 at many drugstores and online shops so obviously the cost is fantastic! They do need to be sharpened fairly often and run out quickly, but regardless it still won't cost you what a high end liner would.


Color Variations: These are available in 10 different shades on the Rimmel website but I honestly never see a huge selection of colors when I'm at the drugstore. Whether that is because they are so popular that they sell out or because the drugstores don't get a Rimmel shipment very often, I do not know. Either way, the teal blue and peacock purple shades are ones I'd love to get my hands on.

The Packaging: Typical. There isn't anything special about the way these look in comparison to other liners. I do like the silver writing clearly stating the brands name and color, but otherwise really nothing special there. 


Color Payoff & Lasting Power: With just one swipe you get a perfectly lined eye and will not find it patching off in certain areas like many eyeliners do as they are applied. This means application is totally fuss free and as simple as it gets. I find that the longevity of these liners once applied to the eye really depends on where it is being put on from color to color. The nude one is the one I've been most impressed with on the waterline as it can give me 6-8 hours easily without moving around at all. The black one on the other hand does not last well at all on the waterline but does stay put nicely on the upper lid. As for the taupe one, it isn't a good eyeliner shade at all so I use it on my brows and it stays put there all day long.


Overall: I really love the Nude shade and have purchased it several times since discovering it. It gives the eye a wide awake look without being too dramatic like a white pencil can be at times. The other two are just okay in comparison to other liners I already own. What really sets these pencils apart is how creamy they are, which has them gliding on really easily and makes them great for smudging out for a smokey eye as well. I think that for just under $4 you cannot go wrong trying these.  


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mint Cookies & Cream Hot Chocolate & Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipes + Video


We are being promised a very serious blizzard-like snowstorm within the next 24 hours and aside from the typical necessities like water, bread, eggs and milk, I made certain to stock up on several ingredients for most essential hot chocolate. No pun intended here. Because what is better after a few hours of hard shoveling work then a nice warm chocolaty beverage, am I right? And now I feel well prepared to get stuck inside for the next few days, if need be. The grand news for all of you is I have not one, but two spectacular hot chocolate recipes today to keep you nice and cozy this winter. On top of that, this weeks Youtube video installment walks you through the raspberry white chocolate version in perfect detail. Feel free to watch that here if you'd like or read till the end of the post where it will be inserted as usual. 

And now for my recipes. 


Mint Cookies & Cream Hot Chocolate:
Yields: About 5 Adult Sized Drinks

Ingredients:

4 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Ghiradeli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
1 Splash of Peppermint Extract
2 Scoops of Haagen Daaz Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
10 Oreo Sandwich Cookies + 1 More Oreo Crushed one for Garnish

Method:

1. Heat the milk and milk chocolate chips in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat on the stove top for 5 minutes, stirring constantly as the chocolate melts down. Once the milk has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low. 

2. Grind 10 oreos up very finely, using a food processor or by hand. Then add the ground up oreos to the warm milk and chocolate mixture in the pot. Allow that to cook up and come together for one more minute. Then add the splash of peppermint extract and stir it in before removing the pot from the heat. 

3. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and add 2 scoops of vanilla flavored ice cream. Crush up 1 more oreo and sprinkle the pieces over the top. Serve immediately.


How adorable are these chalkboard stickers? I discovered them in the dollar bins at CVS a couple of weeks ago and have been finding loads of awesome uses for them ever since! It's such an easy way to to turn a plain container, mug or really any old thing into something exciting and new. 


Raspberry White Hot Chocolate
Yields: About 3 Adult Sized Drinks

Ingredients:

2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Ghiradelli White Baking Chocolate Chips
12 Oz. Defrosted Dole Frozen Raspberries
Whipped Cream for Garnish
6 Fresh Raspberries for Garnish

Method:

1. Place the two cups of milk, baking chips and defrosted raspberries in a pot and stir over medium-high heat on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate has melted down and the raspberries have broken up and fallen apart. Stir constantly as it cooks. 

2. Once it has all come together, put the entire mixture through a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is completely smoothed out. 

3. Reheat the hot chocolate mixture if it has cooled off at all during the time it was transferred to the blender and blended. Pour it into your cups and top each one with a generous amount of whipped cream and some fresh raspberries as well. Shave some white chocolate over it all if you'd like as well. 


Both of these drinks will certainly be prepared in my home several times before this long winter finally leaves us. Try them for yourself, they are sure to become staples for you as well! If you do give them an attempt, please do share your pictures and feedback on my facebook page or by tagging me on instagram, I truly do love getting to see them! Look out for more cold weather appropriate recipes coming very soon as well, I've been incredibly busy in the kitchen lately.  


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