Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent Beauty Favorites (May, June & July 2015)


Favorites videos and blog posts get me every time! I mean how could something not be excellent when your favorite internet personality says it is? It's how wishlists filled with overpriced night oils and yet another red lipstick looking entirely better then the entire drawer of red lipsticks happens. It's why hauls were created and should I be ashamed to admit I have one of those coming too? Regardless, get out your pens and papers because these favorites are worthy of being added to a list! With this post comes a video describing these items in better detail, so go that watch that here or read till the end of the post where it will be inserted as usual. Here's the round up:


Stainless Steel Tweezers from the Nail Supply Store



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Have you tried any of these products? What are your most recent beauty favorites? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I love hearing from you!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Fashion: Styling with Color For Summer 2015

 I feel like wherever I go I'm that women who stands out in a bright shade amongst a sea of black. I'm so glad to see ladies finally embracing color a bit more. We all love black, it's easy to wear and slimming too, but color is more exciting and gives us individuality so why not embrace it? The main thing is to have fun and most of all love how it looks on you. Truly do not worry about what others might be thinking, be yourself and that's all that matters! There's a lesson on individuality. Now back to the fashion. I've made it my mission to scour the web for all sorts of bright beautiful shades and have found the best outfit possibilities utilizing them to keep your summer wardrobe really fresh and fun. 

 I personally will be looking out for lots of color while shopping for the rest of my summer wardrobe in the next weeks. I can't wait to rock these beautiful shades of the rainbow and if you want to do the same, you can! Today, I am going to give you a couple of ideas of how I would style different colors without looking a little crazy. It's all about the balance. Here is how I would wear some of them:



Tenacious Teal-
 It's that perfect crossover of blue and green, reminiscent of ocean waters and it's always been one of my favorite colors to wear. I like to pair it with dark accessories to keep with it's mood and throw in a pop of bright coral or peach to contrast here and there. 


Radiant Orchid-
 This color is a hybrid between pepto pink, fuschia and vibrant purple and is alot easier to wear then it sounds. Now you can sport this candy colored shade with a dress, a top and skirt or even a bold accessory.


Sunshine Yellow -
 There is nothing that says summer better then this bright color. Pair it with some denim or fun fringe to stay on trend.

Those are some of the ways I would style these different bright shades for Summer. I hope I've inspired you to add a bit of spunk to your looks this season, even if it's just with an accessory or beauty product. You will see how great it makes you feel! 

What color do you plan on incorporating into this seasons wardrobe? Let me know in the comments form below, I love hearing from you!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sea Bass in a Red Pepper Puree with Grilled Asparagus and Corn Salsa Recipe


Gorgeous orange, pink and purple sunsets around the time we're getting our children to sleep, mosquitoes that somehow make it into my house and eat me alive and glittering fireflys lighting up the night sky, all suggest we get out our grilling utensils. I will not be joining that party. All because back when there was still snow on the ground, a certain someone and by someone I mean myself, decided to organize anything related to grilling and pretty much everything else in sight. Nesting during pregnancy (as they call the crazy organization mania pregnant women endure towards the end there somewhere) could have been a myth until now, but I am certain I was bitten by that bug and I honestly just couldn't help myself! They may be in a box at the back of the shed somewhere. I've looked in every typical place. Regardless, the grilling tools are nowhere in site. We've been grilling anyways of course, as you may have guessed from the title on this recipe, but folks when you are using tongs from the ice bucket and a spatula intended for flipping french fries or omelettes, it is bad.
The husband and those rib steaks both are begging for their fancy grilling tools purchased with our grill out back to finally be found. Lets just hope I remember what I did with them as mommy brain is another bug that seems to have bitten and bitten hard!


When we speak of grilling it's usually a juicy piece of meat that comes to mind. Did you know that the grill does something spectacular for fish as well? You don't realize until you give it a try! A whole sea bass or bronzini with some slices of lime and a generous amount of salt and pepper are really where it's at. I was in the mood of taking it to the next level this time and so I grilled some red pepper and pureed that into a sauce, then grilled some asparagus and corn to serve alongside these beautiful pieces of sea bass as a salsa of sorts. I am offering the recipe today, the only thing I can't tell you is related to the grilling process. This is because I am lucky enough to be married to one of those guys who will stand over the grill for hours with no complaint, and he certainly knows what he's doing. Keep in mind that if you find grilling a challenge like I do, you can always roast or pan fry the fish and roast the veggies as well.


Sea Bass in a Red Pepper Puree with Grilled Asparagus and Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

4 medium pieces of Sea bass, grilled to your liking

Grilled Asparagus & Corn Salsa:

1 large bunch of Asparagus 
2 Ears of Sweet Corn on the Cob
1 Bag Frozen Edamame
1/3 Cup Chopped Scallions
Juice of half a fresh lime
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for grilling 

Roasted Red Pepper Puree:

1 Red Pepper
Olive oil for roasting
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Non Dairy Chicken Stock

Method:

1. Prepare the salsa. Trim the asparagus but don't chop it up since it adds a nice look to the plate as longer spears. Rub the asparagus & ears of corn with some olive oil, salt and pepper and place onto grill, rotate every couple of minutes until nicely charred. Then, remove them from the grill and allow to cool. Cut the corn kernels off and set them aside. Reserve the asparagus on another tray to cool as well. Cook the edamame according to package instructions- for a couple of moments on a stove top in a pot of simmering water. Drain it, allow it to cool slightly and add it to the corn along with the chopped scallions, salt and pepper. Squeeze the lime over the top of it all and then mix everything, (besides for the asparagus) to combine.    

2. Prepare the red pepper puree. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Cut open the pepper, remove veins and seeds and brush with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place it skin side up on a baking sheet or such and place in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven once the skin is browned and crispy and the flesh is soft and set it aside to sweat for 10-20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel the skin right off and discard it, roughly chop the leftover flesh and add it to a sauce pan along with the chicken stock and white wine vinegar. Bring it to a boil on the stove top and then allow to cool before putting it into the food processor. Season with some salt and pepper if needed and then pulse until smooth and completely pureed. 

3. Lay down the grilled asparagus onto a plate, top it with some of the salsa and then the pieces of the fish. Spoon out the red pepper puree over the fish and vegetables too. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner Review



Hair. You might think I'd know all about it considering I'm a makeup artist. Nope. I know the difference between a good hair day and a bad one and I can follow hair tutorials on youtube more or less, but apart from being able to stick a couple of bobby pins in, when it comes to hair I'm pretty useless. Because I have really thick hair with a slight amount of frizz that becomes a whole lot of frizz in humidity, I vary between using really moisturizing hair products to those that purify and keep the hair from getting weighed down. I feel like the difference between a high end hair styling product and one from the drugstore category is often huge. In regards to shampoos and conditioners though, to me they all seem pretty similar in what they do. At the same time I haven't really tested enough high end hair cleansing products to say for sure.

This was my first time giving any of the Living Proof products a try. I won't be sharing a before and after of my hair here, partially for the reason that I cover it most of the time and because I don't necessarily use it on my wigs (read about jewish hair covering customs here.) and also because the results are just not that dramatic. There are some really noticeable attributes nonetheless and here they are:


Size: 236 ml, 8 Fl Oz - a decent size but not that great price wise. 

Price: $24.00 each. I think this is a bit much for a shampoo and conditioner but I had to try and see if it was better then the $3 ones available at the drugstore. 

Hydrates? It does an excellent job of hydrating and tames frizz nicely too for the first 24 hours.

Packaging: The bottles this product comes in is attractive in light grey with white lettering. The shampoo is a pearly white product typical in consistency for shampoos. The conditioner is a thick white consistency also similar to other conditioners. It comes in a squeeze bottle. For some reason my conditioner bottle malfunctioned and doesn't squeeze out any product so I have to pull of the cap every time and hope to squeeze out the right amount and it's slightly annoying.  

Hair Types: It's color safe and sulfate free which is great. I would say it'd be better for those with hair types like mine- thick and slightly unmanageable. For those with thin hair, this may overwhelm it and cause quicker oil production since it's thick and hydrating. 

Scent: The scent on this is amazing. I can't describe it but it it's that fresh and clean scent for sure. It's not overwhelming so it most likely wouldn't bother those with sensitive noses. It doesn't last in the hair for more then an hour either. Some may like that, I usually prefer that it does. 

Cleans Well? I think it does it's job, it leaves my hair feeling fresh and clean and easy to brush through. 


Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner or any other products from it's line? If you did, did you like them? If you didn't, do you want to? Did I leave something out? Feel free to inquire with any other product details below! And don't forget to leave your hair product recommendations as well!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Fashion: Fun Colorful Summer Outfit of The Day & My Love for Owls


As with everything else that's gotten pushed off a bit in the past few months, outfit of the days and fashion related things have been few and far between! I'm excited to bring some back to the blog today with this summer look. 

I'm not completely back to my pre-baby shape as you can probably see but I am happy to be back in my size and at my pre-pregnancy weight! I've been holding off on making any major clothing purchases for that reason, sticking to my last summers wardrobe in the meantime. So when I was in Target for a diaper pail, pacifiers, and the likes this week and came across this colorful printed skirt, I knew it had to be mine. Not only for its comfy elastic waste but because it isn't a pencil skirt which is my typical. My goal with shopping for some summer staples is to indulge in lots of color, try not to wear so much black and buy pieces that are light and cool but basic.  


My nails are are the CND 7 day polish that I actually managed to get around to do in a salon. I love the OPI version as well and I don't think I'll ever wear another kind of polish ever again. It has the shine of gel and even lasts on my nails better then gel without damaging them! I have been giving baths, scrubbing dishes and washing bottles and still they haven't chipped or budged. They look exactly as they did when I first got them done! I chose a mint shade and asked them to paint some silver stars on three nails of each hand. I love how it turned out!


If you don't know this about me already, I am obsessed with owls. They are my favorite animal and I have them spread throughout my house and closet, printed on pillows, framed and now as stud earrings. I paired this one with a feather earring that came with it amongst several other cool studs when I purchased it. And that beautiful ring...it's from Michaels crafts store, I find such great stuff there!! 


I don't claim to be any expert in fashion but I do love dressing up like anyone else. I can't wait to share more of my fun summer style purchases as well as other outfits I throw together! 


Have you purchased something exciting for summer? Please do share, I'd love to hear about it!

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