Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My September 2014 Wishlist


I've been a real slacker and for that you have my sincerest apologies. I haven't done Friday Fashion in weeks...no more like months. I haven't shared any kitchens of the month and my wishlist posts came to a halt back in June. I'm trying to be a better blogger. Stick with me here. Finally I've got my latest wishlist for you and it is packed with goodies. So what's been on my mind lately? Moisture for the skin. Booties and jackets to keep the chill out and of course darker lips and nails.

Here is what made it to the wish list this month:

1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream- As soon as the weather gets slightly cooler, my skin and lips react. Dry uncomfortable skin is the last thing anyone needs or wants and I've heard fantastic things about this moisturizing cream.

2.  Military Shirt Jacket- I love the military look in the autumn and I really must have one of these!

3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Berry Tinted- Berry lips with a moisturizing factor are just the thing this time of year.

4. Paris Eiffel Tower 18" Square Decorative Printed Pillow- In an attempt to spruce up my living room a but, I have already added 3 decorative pillows to my couch. I am very tempted to purchase this one as well. I am just a sucker for pillows.

5. Aqua Marine 3 Drawer Console Table- I have been in search for the perfect entry way table and I've recently decided I want it to be aqua. That thought may change but in the meantime, I love how this looks!

6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone- If you haven't heard about this highlighter with the power to give you that lit from within look, then I don't know where you've been! All I know is, I want it NOW!   

7. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara- Another cult product in the beauty community, and the fact that I haven't given it a try yet is simply dumbfounding!

8. Butter London Brilliant Bronze Nail Lacquer Trio- The orange and bronze both make me think Autumn and they are two colors I have yet to own so ya know I need these in my life.  

9. Crate & Barrel Vitamix S30 Blender- I mentioned wanting this back when I wrote my smoothie review and recipe post. My old piece of garbage has to go and this is going to be it's replacement.

10. Modcloth Restricted Festival Desert Daybreak Bootie- Classic booties. Need I say more?

What are you wishing for this month? Let me know in the comments form below, I would love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pineapple Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe


Brisker days, the start of the new school year and the job of unpacking the sweaters once again means the ushering in of Fall. These are all things that make this girl very happy. I am not one to rejoice cold weather, but a slight breeze and colorful leaves scattered all around are nothing to complain about. And the food! I'm thinking of everything that equals comfort- soup, root veggies, apple anything! And that brings me to what I am talking about today, this incredible apple pineapple upside down cake that had to be sliced and tasted warm out of the oven with some ooey gooey caramel of course. My 4 year old was not happy with me for making him wait until I could grab a few photos. Try explaining to him, how mommy was going to share this recipe with many other moms in the world so they could enjoy that goodness too.  


There, I said my piece. Now go whip this up and stick it in the oven. 55 minutes later you will have a light, moist sponge topped with sweet fruit! Make it because your kids will love you for it or prepare it for the upcoming Rosh Hashana holiday, but do not leave it off your to do list! 




As I always like to add, don't forget that you can make this your own. So if you don't favor pineapples or apples, change up the fruit for pears or possibly apricots even. I personally really liked how the coconut vanilla dream works with the pineapple flavors but straight up coconut milk or even regular milk will do (if you are willing to make it dairy). Also, serve it with whatever desert sauce you like if you'd prefer to use one at all. You can go for chocolate syrup, raspberry syrup, custard, white chocolate drizzle, seriously have fun with it!

 Pineapple Apple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith Apple, Sliced into thin half moon shaped wedges
1/2 Can Pineapple Rings, each piece sliced in half
7 Tablespoons Margarine, softened
3/4 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs 
3/4 Cup White Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Pinches of Cinnamon Spice
3/4 Cup Coconut Dream Vanilla Flavored Coconut Drink

1 Loaf Pan & Parchment Paper 

Method:

1. Remove the margarine from the refrigerator a little while before starting to bake so that it can soften, or place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that it softens without melting into an oil-like consistency. Add the sugar to it and mix it together with an electric hand mixer or hand whisk. The more you whisk it together the better the actual cake will be since this makes it light, airy and fluffy. 

2. Add the eggs to the sugar and margarine mixture one at a time, whisking them in as you go. 

3. Put the flour and baking powder through a sifter to make sure there are no lumps throughout. Then add it to the rest of the ingredients already whisked together. Mix in the sifted powder ingredients to combine. Then add the cinnamon and mix again. 

4. Lastly, add in the coconut milk which will bring the mixture to more of a liquid like consistency. Stir well so there are no lumps throughout. 

5. Lay the parchment paper out into the bottom of the loaf pan and fold up the edges on the sides to ensure none of the batter slips through. 

6. Preheat the oven to 350.

7. Lay the pineapple and apple slices out in the bottom of the loaf pan one after the other, slightly overlapping their openings. Then pour the already prepared cake batter over the fruits. 

8. Put the cake in the oven and let it cook for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean and the apples have risen to the top of the cake. The top of the cake itself should be light golden brown. 

9. Allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack for about 20-30 minutes. 

10. Turn the cake over onto a plate once it has completely cooled and you will see the pineapple on this side. Flip it back over and you should see the apple slices at the top. 

11. Serve a thick slice of this cake  warm, atop a few dollops of caramel. 




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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Purple Every Day Eye Makeup Look using the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette


I'm back with another tutorial today and this one is a purple eye look that is both suitable for every day and easy to glam up for a special occasion if needed. You may have read my full review of the Smashbox Full Exposure palette here on the blog a while back, but nothing does it better justice then a demo where I actually use the product. This post comes along with a video tutorial, so go check that out here if you'd like, or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. 


I always love playing with purples since they compliment my brown/hazel eye color really nicely. Regardless of what color your eyes are, this will look lovely on you as well I'm sure. So if you are looking for a new eye look to try for every day wear, put this one to the test! 

Please keep in mind that purchasing this palette to recreate this look is completely unnecessary as you can certainly find shadows and products in your collection at home to use. If not, the drugstore is packed with inexpensive options!  


Here is how I got the look:

Products & Brushes Used:



1. Start by placing a eyelid primer all over eyelids from lash line to brow bone. This will help the shadows stay put all day and stay vibrant. 

2. Use a blending brush and blend a medium brown color through the crease. 

3. Lay down a slightly metallic purple/pink shadow over the entire lid for a wash of color. 

4. Using a clean blending brush, place a slightly sparkly darker purple color into the outer corner of the eye and then blend that same color up through the crease slightly. 

5. Use that first medium brown color on a blending brush just above all of the colors you've laid down to smooth out any harsh lines. 


6. Line the lower water lines with a nude eyeliner. 

7. Using a pencil brush, apply that same medium brown shade used through the crease underneath the lower waterline/ lower lash line area and blend it out until smooth. 

8. Using a flat shader brush and a sparkly gold color, go into the inner corner and blend upwards into the rest of the shadows. 

9. Then highlight the brow bone with that same flat shader brush using a matte nude ivory shade. 

10. Last step, apply loads of  mascara to the upper and lower lashes. 


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Monday, September 8, 2014

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in 720A "Sunny", Review



Discovering gems at the drugstore is part of what makes shopping for makeup fun! This was definitely one of those products I was unsure about even though it costed very little and is raved about everywhere. I am so glad I gave it a try though, because it is by far one of the best bronzers I have ever found in it's price category. This may remind you of a bronzer I talked about a whole lot last year at this time known as "Bikini Contest" by Wet N Wild. It does actually have similarities but is quite different in many ways. 

Continue reading to learn more about my experience with this product:  


Texture: This powder has a very soft and smooth texture without the annoying fallout of fine products. This ensures a very easy to blend application. The detail that had me most excited was that it's all matte and that is very rare to find at the drugstore. This means it can be used as a bronzer and even slightly to contour and chisel the cheek bones. 

Color & Payoff: Although this isn't as intense as say, The Balm's  Bahama Mama Matte Bronzer, it is very buildable and gives enough color with just 2-3 swipes. The color itself is far less orange then it looks in it's packaging and in actuality gives the most beautiful sunkissed look without that much loathed "dirty" look or "oompa loompa" orange one either.  

Lasting Power: I find that this lasts between 6-8 hours on my combination skin and that is just what I need. I'm under the impression that it would most likely last a little less long on oily skinned individuals.  


Price:  For $2.99 you just can't go wrong and this has already lasted me months without a dent so thats a pro too. 

Packaging: When the price is as great as it is here, not much can be expected for packaging and it is clear that this is where the cut backs were made. It definitely has that overly plastic feel but it was nice that a nice sized mirror was included along with the tight snap shut closure. 

Photo Friendly? I think this product looks fairly decent in photos, the only problem I've noticed is that it looks slightly more orange when photographed and sometimes slightly washed out under a flash. 


Recommended Skin Type & Tones: I would recommend this for all skin types but oily skinned individuals be aware that it may not have the same lasting time on you. As for the tones, it really is too bad that this is the one shade that exists because it would only suit fair to almost medium skin tones. Completely medium to darker skin toned individuals would want to look for something far darker. 

Scent: I haven't noticed one.

Application Tips: This bronzer comes with a powder puff which is very much disposable in my opinion so my first tip is to toss that immediately upon purchasing. When applying, use a large powder brush to swirl around in the product and then dust it over your face in a 3 shaped motion from your temples to your cheek bones and then over your jawline blending in circles until it is perfectly blended to your liking. I often will also go over any areas I'd like to chisel slightly with a more precise angled brush, packing on a bit more product. 

Overall:

I love that this product is completely matte and easy to blend. The packaging is not quite what I have in mind for my makeup products, but the price makes it all worth it. I enjoy the handy mirror that comes along with it but would recommend getting rid of that nasty powder puff. Lasting power will most likely depend on your skin type and I was happy with how long it lasts on my combination skin from day to day. The real downside to this item is that it isn't offered in any other shades as a darker version would be excellent for those skin tones that need it. 

Have you given this much talked about drugstore bronzer a try? What did you think of it if you have? If you haven't which bronzer is your favorite one at the moment? I would love to get your opinions in the comments form below!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Back To School Hair & Makeup Tutorial


I can't believe I am saying the words "Back to School" out loud. It has been a really wonderful summer and this marks it's end. Falls fruits have been brought out at the supermarkets and school supply lists are getting checked off. My own son will start Kindergarden pretty soon- a fact in it's own that just blows my mind.


 To mark the start of a new school year, I put together a fun makeup and hair tutorial, using my high school sister Chanie as my model. It was a blast to film, as it is whenever we get together. 

Every school has their rules on how much makeup may be worn, if any at all so you'll certainly need to keep that in mind as well. At the same time I think this would suit anyone from Elementary school to College age students. It is also super quick and easy to achieve and I used only drugstore products and no heat tools to make it very cost efficient for the budget. Watch the video here if you'd like or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual.   


Products Used: 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Cream Shadow "Inked in Pink"
Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow Bronzed Taupe 
Mac 217 Blending Brush
Almay Intense Eye Color Eyeliner in Black Pearl
Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara in Black
Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream in Light/Medium 
ELF Powder Brush 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "Fair"
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in "Sunny"
Coastal Scents Contour Brush
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in "Fair"
NYX Megashine Lipgloss in "Smokey Look"
Goody Pin it Up 18 pc. Bobby Pins


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What is your favorite hair and makeup for an effortless "running out the door" kind of look?
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