Thursday, May 26, 2016

Caudelie Instant Detox Mask



A good face mask is a must for any skin care routine no matter what skin type you are. There is something for everyone nowadays. If you have dry skin you can find a nourishing mask, for oily skin one that tones and strips the bad oils. For aging skin, something to firm and plump is ideal.

I have combination/normal skin that has some dry spots, mostly around my nose in the winter time but goes all kinds of oily in the t-zone during the warmer months. Other then that my skin is pretty basic with the rare hormonal breakout on my chin from time to time. 

That is why this Caudelie Instant Detox Mask has been my mask of choice for the past few months as you would have seen in my Skin Care Routine video and post.


I wanted to continue using it for a long while as I tend to do with my skin care products. This way I would be sure how I felt about it before giving my full opinion. I like a mask that tightens, doesn't take too long to set and gets deep into my pores. A clay mask is usually the way I'll go for this result. I love the color, the smell and the texture on this one! It sets in within a couple of minutes of slathering a thin layer over my face. Not much is needed for each use which makes it a great value for money especially as this stuff is not cheap at $39. It's also not too thick in consistency so it's easy to squeeze out of the tube as well as spread evenly over the skin. The packaging is useful in this way with it's screw off bamboo looking lid and a dispenser hole that allots a perfect amount with each squeeze. 


Using this once a week has really kept my skin looking nice throughout all seasons. It seems to help tone my skin without stripping it when certain areas still need moisture. It even feels as though it hydrates a bit without overdoing that either. A mask like this is a really nice luxurious treat after a long week of workouts, traveling around the city and full face makeup days. It feels super nice to take off my makeup and give my skin a good pamper once a week and this really does take that up a notch. If you are looking for a new face mask to try, I highly recommend this one!


Have you given this mask or any other Caudelie skin care products a try? Although this is the first of their line I've tried, I would love to give some others a go as they are said to have a really solid line! Are there any you'd recommend to me? If you haven't tried any yet, do you want to? Leave me a comment in the form below to let me know, I love hearing from you!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe


My husband and I really have a soft spot for Tiramisu. It's a special treat that we both enjoy and yet in  the 8 years of us being married this was the first occasion that I baked something at home with those tiramisu flavors. I think I did it an even better service by turning it into a cheesecake. I won't take the credit for the actual idea as I saw it in a magazine somewhere around 6 years ago only to come across the torn out page with just the image visible left for inspiration a few weeks ago. With a box of baby fingers left from Pesach and the next holiday heading in, I was gearing up for something good. 

I  know this is far from the dietic vibe I've been surrounded by over the past few weeks. I promise to get back to that all very soon. Shavuous is coming and after weeks of dieting and exercising hardcore and a terrible rain day to boot, I deserved a few bites of something dangerously high in calories.


Just in case you were coming here for a thick and fluffy cheese cake I'm warning you now, this is not the one. This one is light and airy with just the right amount of hold so that it doesn't slip right off your fork when you dig in. With that out of the way, here is the recipe.








Tiramisu Cheesecake 


Yields: 1 Square Pan (Half of a 9X13 pan) Cheesecake 

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Baby Fingers crumbs, about 20 baby fingers smashed almost to dust
About 15 Whole Baby Finger Cookies with large rounded sides
A little bit of vegetable oil to grease pan
One and a half 8 oz. Packages Whipped Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
3/4 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs 
1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee, already cooled 
1/4 Cup Rum or Coffee Liquor or equal parts of both
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Confectioners Sugar

Method:

1. Start by greasing a square pan (about half of a 9X13 in size) with a little vegetable oil. A springform pan would be best but a disposable foil pan with parchment paper is fine too. Press broken up baby fingers into the bottom of the pan as you would graham crackers for a graham cracker crust. (I used a cooking mallet to pound the baby fingers into dust while sealed tightly with all air removed from a large sealable ziploc plastic bag.) Bake on 300 degrees for 2-3 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool then remove and set aside. 

2. In a medium mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar together with a hand mixer. Add the sour cream and mix again. Then heavy cream and mix. Then add eggs and mix again. Lastly add the coffee and mix until completely smooth and combined. 

3. Preheat the oven to 325. In the meantime carefully wrap your pan with it's baby finger crust with silver foil. Prepare a oven safe at least 9X1 3 in size pan filled 3/4 of the way with water.     

4. Brush each of the whole baby fingers with a nice amount of rum or coffee liquor or if you have both, mix equal parts of the two and brush those on. Arrange them all along the sides of the pan, standing up with the rounded sides on top and skinnier bits on bottom sitting atop the prepared baby finger crust. Try to press the sides of the baby fingers up against each other all the way around so that there is no space between each one, as these will stand against the cheesecake as a outside crust once done. 

5. Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture into the pan with the lady fingers. Start at the center and allow it to slowly spread so as not to knock over any of the standing lady fingers. The cream cheese batter should come up to about 3/4 of the way with just about 1/4 of an inch of baby finger sticking up all along the sides. 

6. Put the square pan into the water filled pan (this will help to keep the cheesecake from cracking at it's surface while baking- it really works!)  and then place in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once that time has passed, shut the heat and leave the cheese cake inside. Remove after about 20 minutes and allow it to cool. Cool for at least an hour before cutting into it. 

7. Combine cocoa powder and confectioners sugar and put through a sift to remove any lumps. Then dust over the top of the cheesecake lightly and slice immediately before serving.  (If using disposable pan, use a scizzor to cut the sides down once ready to slice and serve.)


I really hope you will give my Tiramisu Cheesecake 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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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mint Chocolate Brown Eye Makeup Look Tutorial (Video)


There is absolutely nothing at the moment that rivals these amazing makeup geek foiled shadows. They are so beautiful on the lid, inner corner, water line, wherever! This weeks makeup tutorial video certainly proves that. Watch it here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as always.

Makeup Geek recently a released a whole slew of stunning new eyeshadows which definitely calls for some shopping. Once I have my entire Z palette set I will certainly review them in full with swatches and what not. 


Here is the list of every product used. I also added in some of the products on my face and lips as this was tutorial was solely on the eyes.




















Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette- Banana yellow shade, and first two bronze shades. 






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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Zucchini Noodle Marinara Recipe


I've begun to notice my recent affection for foods that I refused to touch as a kid. Perhaps it's just something that happens as you get older. Bananas and kasha still won't get past me. Zucchini was on the top of that list of things my mother said I should eat because they were good for me and that I just could not stand. Moms are always right. I should have known. Suddenly, I turn 26 and I cannot get enough of the green squash. And do you know it makes the perfect replacement for your favorite pasta? 

When I begin heathy eating in hopes of shredding some hard to move pounds, the first thing to get cut down is sugar. The second is pasta. And I love pasta! I no longer suffer through that cut with delicious zucchini pasta to the rescue. I welcomed a fantastic new gadget this week that makes the dish that much easier to prepare and it is The Mueller spiralizer, my new favorite tool. I busted it out for the first time to cook up this Zucchini noodle marinara recipe. You may have seen the process in my most recent youtube video- What I eat in a day~A Healthy Food Diary. And today as promised, the easy recipe. 

I often make time to mix up some of my own homemade healthy marinara sauce or vodka sauce, but when I am trying to get it done quickly, a low fat version of the stuff jarred is good enough for me. 

Zucchini Noodle Marinara

Ingredients:

1 Large Zucchini or 2 Small Zucchinis, Spiralized
1/2 Jar Low fat Marinara Sauce or Vodka sauce
1/4 Cup Shredded Low fat White Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Low fat Shredded Mozzarella and Yellow Cheddar Mix
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh or dry parsley, to garnish.

Method:

1. Cut of the ends of your zucchinis before spiralizing them into thin sphagetti like strands. 

2. Put the zucchini pasta into a non stick pot or pan and add the marinara or vodka sauce in with it. Heat over high heat on the stove top. Allow to come to a simmer, then lower to medium heat and allow to bubble and cook about 15-20 minutes, mixing every couple of minutes. They will be softened but still have a slight crunch to them once ready. 

3. Lower the fire to very low heat and add shredded white cheddar,  shredded mozzarella and yellow cheddar mix and garlic powder in with the cooked zucchini. Mix just to melt in and then shut the fire.   

4. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top and remove the zucchini mixture to a plate, bowl or serving dish of choice. Add some fresh or dry parsley one the top to garnish. Serve immediately.

I really hope you will give my Zucchini Noodle Marinara 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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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

E.L.F. Eyes Lips Face Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, St. Lucia




Good quality drugstore bronzers are a rare find. The NYC bronzer in "Sunny" is one I've talked about in the past for it's unique qualities. This E.L.F. one is another I have come to really enjoy.  I've heard it said that it reminds people of the Nars "Laguna and Orgasm powders duo. Aside from the obvious packaging similarity, I do not think the two are quite the same. 

For it's low cost I think it makes an amazing product for those just starting with makeup and looking for an inexpensive way to learn contouring and bronzing. The black compact these powders come in is pretty sturdy and not too bad looking with the classic white lettering and nice sized mirror inside.  

When you look closely at these powders they appear to have some shimmer through them, but on the skin this is not something noticeable at all. In fact they appear completely matte on, so no worries about chunky glitter! 


They blend pretty nicely and are nice and soft but do need a little more work then some of my favorite high end bronzers like Anastasias contour kit powders and Kat Von D's Shade+ Light Contour Kit powders. This is where the main difference is, where Nars Laguna is concerned. Because the bronze shade is quite cool toned it makes the perfect contouring color, but also needs to be blended out really well to avoid that "dirty" look. The blush is a beautiful light coral pink with a slight gold shimmer running through it. I think it is a pretty universal shade that would suit loads of skin tones and undertones. E.L.F has 2 other combinations available on their website as well in case this specific one isn't the right tone for you.   

The bronzer tends to stick around for up to 8 hours on my combination/normal skin if I set it with the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray. Otherwise it does move around and break up in humidity as I learnt the hard way. For oily skinned individuals I feel this may pose a problem. 

Blush never lasts very long on me and this one specifically is no different, fading just around the hour mark no matter what I do. Not great!  I'm not so big on blush anyways, so it doesn't bother me much. 


All in all, the 3 main reasons you should buy this if you are looking for a new bronzer/ contour powder and blush duo are these: a) The packaging is not bad on the eyes and easy to travel with. b) These specific shades would suit almost anyone and are super soft in texture too. Plus E.L.F has two other color choices in the same duo style on their site. c) The bronzer sticks around on the skin for ages when set with a setting spray and is just cool toned enough to double as a powder to contour with on light skin tones.


This product (specifically the bronzer side) does look a bit harsh in photographs. It does look very soft and blended in person though. This is an important detail to have in mind if you are often in pictures and are looking for one that photographs well.  On the day these images were taken, I used the bronzer to contour my cheeks and nose and also used the blush to give my cheeks a nice rosey sheen.


Have you given this E.L.F contouring blush and bronzing powder a try? If you have what do you think of it? If you haven't, do you think you will?

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