Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fishtail/Mermaid Braid Pigtails Hair Tutorial (Video)


One of my go-to Spring and Summer hairstyles year after year is the fishtail/mermaid look. Ever since watching a video by Mimi of Luxy Hair who really knows her stuff when it comes to hair, I've been fishtail obsessed. Once I had the actual braiding technique down pat, it was easier and easier for me to achieve time after time. I'm really no expert when it comes to the whole hair subject but I do love playing around with different styles and changing up my look often. This weeks video is a step by step tutorial showing exactly how I get my fishtail mermaid braid pigtails. Watch it here, or read until the end of this post where I will insert it as always.  I put up an image on instagram wearing the style a while back and got some questions on how I do it for a wig, so I thought I'd finally film it for those who were wondering. For more information on the whole wig wearing custom, see this article here by Chabad who explain it far better then I ever could. This specific wig is an Irene. 

The greatest part about throwing together a hairstyle like this is that there is nothing overly time consuming about it and very little tools are really needed aside from your own two hands. If you have wavy hair like mine was, I'd recommend running over it with an iron slightly just to have it a bit more straight to start. Otherwise all you need is a good detangling brush and a couple of clear elastics! The specific brush I used in this video is called the Cala Wet N Dry Detangling Hairbrush. I will be comparing it to my tangle teezer at some point over the next weeks so keep an eye out for that. The Goody elastics are my favorite for tying off a braid and I specifically really like the neon colored ones I've been using most recently. 


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Color Safe Shampoo & Conditioner



The fronts of my hair were beginning to look a bit mousey to me recently and so I did a little coloring when I went in for my usual hair cut. When I arrived home I looked through my hair product stash and realized that I had every thing for nourishing dry hair but nothing for colored hair. While in Target for the usual paper towel and dish washer pod run I came across these Herbal essences products and thought they would do the trick. 

When a lower end/ drugstore hair product surprises me in a good way like these did, I make a note to discuss. 


The actual product is lightweight and easy to wash out without any residue leftover to build up in the hair at all. I feel like my color was indeed protected and didn't disappear as quickly as it might have if I'd used any other hair products for washing. The scent is intoxicating as most herbal essences products are. If you don't like scented products beware of these, they smell very herbal and very floral which is a pro for me but may not be for everyone. I love that the scent lasts in my hair throughout the day as well, I am all for fresh smelling hair. Size wise, these are a great value for money and considering they are from the herbal essences brand available at most drugstores, they aren't all that pricey to begin with. I really like the flip top lid for dispensing the product which keeps everything really clean and is super easy to use when in the shower. 

All in all, these two were exactly as expected and then some. My hair feels really clean and smells really good when I use them, so what more can I ask for?  

When it comes to my nourishing treatments, I will stick with what works and that is usually items from the higher priced brackets with slightly better ingredients. For a shampoo and conditioner like this to be used to daily or even every other day to clarify and clean, I find this to be just the thing for me.  


What shampoo and conditioner are you using currently? Do you have any hair product recommendations to give me? I love trying new beauty products so please do leave them in the comments below! 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yellow-Gold Metallic Eye & Nude Lip Look + Full Face Video Tutorial


I recently wore this metallic yellow/gold eye look to a family wedding and got loads of compliments on it! Makeup geeks fortune teller is truly one of the best eyeshadows I have ever owned and it is the star of the show for this look! She recently released a bunch of new eyeshadows and I'm hoping I can get my hands on some before they sell out because there are none like them in formulation! After getting several requests for a tutorial of the look I decided to record it. I love how the look turned out, in fact it's probably one of my very favorites. The video will be inserted at the end of this post as always but check it out here if you'd like step by step details on how to achieve it from start to finish. 

And now for a list of every product and brush used: 





Morphe Brushes C205 Red Sable Oval Brush



















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








   

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Pesach/Passover Cooking and Baking 2016: 11 Recipe Round Up

I  like to share one of these recipe round ups yearly. Although my menu and holiday shopping list gets planned weeks in advance, the actual preparing of the kitchen and cooking happens just before the holiday. Groceries got purchased on Wednesday. My kitchen is now Passover ready as of late Wednesday night and the cooking began yesterday afternoon and will continue throughout the day today. We like our meals to be very fresh and I find this to be far easier for me personally. It's not like I have a separate kitchen after all.  If you are still looking for a great side dish or desert to add to your menu plan etc. you have come to the right place. Here are 10 different recipes I have found around the web + one really great one of my own which comes out to 11 amazing recipes suitable for passover! Enjoy!



Move over potatoes, sweet potatoes coming through to save the day. Just sweet enough and yet perfectly savory as a light delicious side dish. 




 So simple to prepare with excellent flavors to make a fantastic fish appetizer. 



 This can be done without grilling or roasting. Just place it in the oven on 350 for an hour and you will get that same great taste!



If the typical matzoh and cream cheese has your family a bit bored in the morning, whip up some of these for breakfast, they won't fail to impress!



Beets are an excellent choice as a side dish. Add ginger, maple and apples and take it to a whole new level!



 Zoodles are the IT thing this year. Their even more perfect for Passover. Caprese Zoodles? Even better. Skip the dairy ingredients if you will be serving at a meat meal.



If you are a bit bored of your typical potato kugel, this is always an option, great for breakfast or all day long!



 What is Pesach without a great big bowl of Matzoh Ball soup?



 Yet another amazing zucchini option if you don't feel like zoodles is these great zucchini fries! 



Raspberry? Chocolate? Now this is what I call desert! Substitute for strawberries, blueberries or any other fruit you have on hand, it'll be just as tasty.



Saving best for last with this one. Save it, watch it, it's incredible!

There you have it, 11 fantastic recipes that I really think you need to add to your menus if they aren't completed yet! Also, read my review of the A Taste of Pesach cookbook because that is probably my favorite Passover recipe book to date! 

Not enough recipes here? head over to my Pesach recipes board where there are at least another 30 recipes pinned as of now! I will be pinning more of my great finds there throughout the weekend as well, so be sure to follow! 

Wishing you and your families a very Happy and relaxed Passover holiday! 

Some pictures in this post are from google or pinterest all of which have been linked and given credit for. If a photo is yours and you'd like it removed, please contact me by email or in the comments section below and I will gladly comply immediately. 

Little disclaimer: There are many different passover customs. If you are strict or less strict on what you eat, you can adjust these recipes to suit you. Please have in mind to ask you LR before making decisions according to the recipes I've posted. :)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Seared Sesame Tuna Steak with Carrot Ginger Dressing Recipe


Eating healthy is not easy! For one, it's far more expensive then ordering a burger and fries at the local takeout spot. Second, it can sometimes take a whole let of prep- chopping, slicing and dicing etc. This is most likely the greatest reason for a failed diet in many cases. Thankfully, I am still sticking to mine but it is not without a lot of hard work work and dedication. It is paying off in a big way. I haven't been at the weight I'm at now or looked this fit in 7 or 8 years. I've gotten close, but I've never been here. 


I think lunch is my most challenging meal in terms of dieting. Breakfast is usually something like a coffee and yogurt or scrambled eggs which takes minutes to prepare. Dinner being my main meal, I have no problem putting in some extra time getting it together. When lunch comes around I'm usually not home to prepare myself a healthy meal and I get bored with my typical simple to prepare and take along options quite easily. Meal prep and unique salads have been really helpful. If you missed my meal prep blog post a few posts back, read it here for some tips and great recipes! This Sesame crusted tuna steak with carrot ginger dressing recipe is one of I've been really enjoying when I'm a little bored of my usuals. It's also super filling and holds me out until my small snack before dinner. This weeks video takes you through the step by step process of preparing this delicious healthy dish, so watch that here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as always.

This is obviously not kosher for passover, but feel free to customize the recipe a bit and interchange some ingredients if you'd like to serve it over the upcoming holiday. It would certainly make a great appetizer to serve at the start of those day meals and impress your guests with.


Seared Sesame Tuna Steak with Carrot Ginger Dressing Recipe 

Ingredients:

About 1/4 lb. or more ready to cook Pepper Crusted Tuna Steak
1/4 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1-2 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Small Cucumber

Carrot Ginger Dressing:
1 Slice Red Onion
1 Medium Carrot
Small Knob of ginger
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 Teaspoon- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Honey

Method: 

1. Press toasted sesame seeds into the sides and top of the tuna steak. 

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying/saute pan over medium heat. Add tuna steak to pan. Sear for 1/2 minute- a minute depending on thickness so that it's lightly browned on the outside but still slightly pink at center when sliced. 

3. Remove to a tray or plate to cool before slicing. 

4. Combine a peeled carrot, peeled ginger, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce and honey in a food processor with the blade attachment. Turn on the machine and pulse a few times until the dressing is smooth and combined while still having very pureed bits of carrot throughout. 

5. Dice the cucumber and toss it with the baby spinach. 

6. Slice the tuna steak on it's longer side down the length with a very sharp knife. Lay the pieces of tuna steak out neatly but overlapping over top of the spinach mixture. Top with generous amounts of prepared carrot ginger dressing and serve. 

  
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