Beauty Empties #3


It's that time again, time to go through my beauty trash and see what I've used up completely. These posts/videos are my way of giving a final review for each item and explaining wether or not I think I'd repurchase. It's apparent that I do actually use the products I show in my countless hauls. Indeed it's oddly satisfying to name them off making these posts some of my favorite to write!  This weeks video details each and every item, so watch it here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual!


Here's The Round Up:


Will Repurchase 


Won't Repurchase this Specific one, Will Purchase other Lush Masks

Sleek Wet Wipes

Will Repurchase


Might Repurchase, Not in this Shade


Will Not Repurchase



Loved But Won't Run Out To Repurchase


Will Repurchase


Want to Repurchase  


Won't Repurchase


Already Repurchased


Have Repurchased in the Kiss of Shimmer version


Won't Necessarily Repurchase


Will Repurchase


Will Repurchase


Already Repurchased


Already Repurchased

 

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Makeup Tip of The Week: Keeping Eyeliner From Smudging in The Waterline


Something many individuals struggle with in regards to makeup application is ensuring their eyeliner stays put on the waterline without smudging or moving around at all throughout the day. I for one am not ashamed to say that it took me time to figure out. I only really did after going through proper makeup artistry instruction. After testing several different eyeliners and techniques not only on myself but while working with clients as well, I can finally say I have it down pat. Today I am going to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with you all so that you will no longer have trouble with it, if you have in the past. If you love wearing eyeliner on a day to day basis like I do, you are surely going to find these tips useful in keeping it in place for hours on end. 


Tip #1: Pick your eyeliner. (Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliners, Rimmel Scandal Eye Pencils and Anastasia Covet Liners are shown here) Smudgy pencils are great for the upper lash line because they don't tug or pull and they glide right on. They also are great for creating the smudged out smokey effect sort of look. They are the last thing you'll want to use on your waterline though. If a pencil is too soft it won't take long before it's moving around and sliding right off. You'll also need to choose one that isn't too harsh or dry. One like that will only irritate your eyes. A waterproof or water resistant version is also a great choice as it will add on a few more hours of wear. The perfect balance is key with regards to eyeliners used on the waterline. There are several great options both drugstore and high end to choose from too. 

Tip #2 Many of the "eyeliner not lasting on the waterline" situations are due solely to the body chemistry of the person. Sweat, oil and tears are all components most commonly related to eyeliner moving about, only moments after being applied. The good news here is that there is an easy fix. A q-tip will be the best way to go. Swab the waterline from side to side to soak up anything that needs removing. A q-tip is small and easy to work with and is also sure to treat the waterline gently. 


Tip #3 An excellent product for keeping shadows on is an eyelid primer or cream shadow. I use one every day all over my entire lid to keep my eyeshadows from creasing or fading and to optimize the pigmentation. While doing that, it's easy to get another job done too and use it below the lower lash line. The trick is to keep it as close to the waterline as possible so that if any of the liner product were to crease at all, it won't get passed this barrier you've created. 


Tip #4 Always set with a powder. After applying eyeliner to the waterline, go in with a very small extremely precise brush of your choice. Pick up some shadow most similar in color to the eyeliner you've applied. Then tap it off to avoid any of the extra bits of shadow ending up in your eye and irritating. Try to use a product that isn't too famous for fallout and doesn't contain too much glitter if you have overly sensitive eyes. Gently press press the powder into and over top of the liner. This will set it in place and truly ensure that it doesn't budge for a long while. Think of it in the same sense as adding a loose setting powder over a liquid or cream face product to set in place. It works just the same. You can also add a little bit of the same shadow just under the lower lash line and this will catch eyeliner if it does for some reason move around at all. 


Those are some of the tricks I utilize daily to keep the dreaded raccoon eyes away as the day wears on. They work very well for me and so I thought it would be nice to share them with the rest of you. If you've been having difficulty at all with keeping your eyeliner in the waterline, perhaps giving these a try will help. 


Do you have some tips and tricks of your own that aid you in keeping your eyeliner in place? Leave them in the comments for below! They will surely be useful for us all and I absolutely love hearing from you!


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Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe


My husband LOVES my sesame chicken recipe and it's a dinner he often requests for that reason. If you have ever cooked it up in your home, you will surely know why. At the same time, it's one of those recipes that takes a bit more time to prepare due to the whole breading and frying ordeal involved. That is why I was on the hunt for a new Chinese themed chicken I could prepare that would be easier to put together yet make everyone happy taste wise. My husband has claimed this as a new favorite, so I'm pretty sure it's a good one. 

Due to my lack of a gall bladder since I was 18 years old, fatty meat and chicken are not a food that is super agreeable with my stomach. When out to eat I usually skip it and opt for salads and pastas for that reason. There is one dish I cannot avoid picking at if someone orders it, and that is the sweet and sour chicken. I personally love Chinese food in general which you may have noticed throughout my recipe posts, but that one will always be amazing by me. I've tried to figure out the ingredients many times, but until now, I could not. That is why this is an exciting day for me, I am finally going to share my perfected sweet and sour chicken recipe with you. Give it a try, and let me know if it is anything like the one you buy in the restaurants. I've found the one in restaurants to give me a headache maybe due to the probable ingredient of msg. The good news- this recipe has all the good stuff, minus the headache inducing msg! 

 As with all deep fried Chinese themed food, this is not the most health conscious meal choice. For that reason, here are some alternatives for the recipe to customize it for those of you who want to cut down on the calories: 1) Bake the pieces of chicken instead of frying them. 20 minutes on 350 will do the trick. 2) Use less sugar or a healthy sugar substitute in preparation of the sauce. 3) Serve brown rice instead of white on the side.  

Sweet & Sour Chicken 

Ingredients:

1 lb. Dark Meat Chicken, Cut into pieces
Salt & Pepper to taste 
1/3 Cup of Flour + 1/3 Cup Corn Starch
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

 Vegetable Oil for frying

Sauce:

1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic 
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsps. Soy Sauce 

Method:

1. Combine the flour, corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Place the pieces of cut up chicken in a large resealable bag and then pour the flour mixture over them. Seal the bag and shake until all of the pieces are coated. 

2. Heat a frying pan with an inch of vegetable oil in it over low-medium heat so that it's hot enough to fry but not splattering everywhere. 

3. Depending on the size of your frying pan, fry the pieces 5-15 pieces at a time for about 2-3 minutes or until they are completely cooked through on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Remove them from the pan onto a paper towel lined plate to remove some of that excess grease. 

4. Combine the sauce ingredients- ketchup, garlic, sugar, rice vinegar and soy sauce,  in a sauce pan over a medium flame. Allow it to come together and begin to simmer and then remove from the heat. 

5. Serve the  prepared sauce to the side of the chicken to dip in or pour over the pieces if you prefer. Serve immediately so they won't begin to get soggy at all while sitting. Stir fried vegetables and rice are great choices to accompany this chicken as a side dish. 

Enjoy!

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Step by Step Rose Gold Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial


I hope that all of you that celebrated the Purim holiday this weekend, had a really wonderful one! I sure did. 

Up until now, I have always shared eye makeup tutorials for the bolder more glamorous looks, each of which has been super fun to create. Today, I am offering something a bit different with some neutral rose gold shades all over the lid and a slightly smoked out liner just for definition purposes. I thought this would be perfect for those of you who don't always have a lot of time to fiddle around with your makeup looks from day to day. This eye makeup takes no time at all to accomplish and just a few shadows and tools are all you'll need to recreate it on your own. Lately, when I've been in a rush this has been my go-to look as it needs no major thought and can be easily thrown on. The good news is that this tutorial was uploaded today as this weeks YouTube video installment. So if your keen on knowing exactly how it's done, have a look here or read till the end of the post where it will be inserted as usual. 

Here is how I got the look:


Products Used: 

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette- Left Column second shadow in rose gold and Right Column 3rd shadow from the top in brown with gold glitter overlay. 


1. Apply a rose gold cream shadow all over the lid from the lashline to crease. Bring some of it onto the lower lashline as well. 

2. Let the cream shadow set in and then, using the rose gold shadow pat it all over the area where the cream shadow was applied.   

3. Blend a light gold shadow through the crease and just above it. 

4. Now blend a brown-gold shade through the crease, sandwiching it between the original lid shade and the shade that was blended through crease in step 3. Focus the most color on the outer corner. 

5. Use a pencil brush to blend that same brown-gold shade right below the lower lash line. Blend well. Bring the color just to the center and blend well. 

6. Line the lower waterline with a nude eyeliner. 

7. Line the upper lashline with a smudgy black liner keeping close to the lashline and then smudge it with a small pencil brush.

8. Place some of the light ivory shade from the bare minerals duo on the brow bone and inner corner to highlight. 

9. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes.  


I think this will be a great look for the Spring months ahead and I hope you will give it a try! 

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Friday Fashion: End Of Winter Outfit Of The Day: Red Plaid, Leather Vest


It's time for some Friday Fashion again. I'm back with another outfit post this week, if you've seen the video I put up last week at this time, you will know what this look is all about already. If not you can go have a look here.


 It's critical to have a few key pieces in my closet that I can wear throughout that awkward transition period between seasons. Especially since I live somewhere where the weather seems to vary greatly from day to day. This week we had 60 degree weather for 2 days and then 20 degree weather on 2 more. So I'm not quite ready to pack away my boots for that reason.


I chose this black leather zip up vest which is surprisingly warm for what it is. This makes it the perfect transitional piece. I picked it out at Forever 21 at the beginning of this season and it's been excellent ever since. This red tartan plaid pencil skirt was another great find from Forever 21 . They have some really great quality skirts for decent prices and when I spotted it I knew I had to have it. 


The necklace is from Charlotte Russe and the shoes are holding up great still though I purchased them about 2 years ago at Rainbow. I love the sweater top on them which holds tight against my legs and doesn't fall down. I also like the chunky but nice heel which gives me height without sacrificing comfort.  This look isn't very inexpensive but it sure is comfy and put together. I plan to invest more into my wardrobe this year but I will always love scoring bargains at Forever 21 and Target since  the quality is usually pretty great! 


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Mary Kay Cream Eye Colors in Glacier Grey and Meadow Grass Review



A few months ago I hosted a little charity makeup party in my house with the proceeds going to two little boys who had just become orphans. They attend my sons school and the cause felt really important to me so I was glad to do whatever little things I could to help. The makeup party consisted of a Mary Kay rep coming down and talking to the group I'd pulled together. She also had products out for everyone to sample.  It was a fun night, but best of all of the proceeds of purchases made went to those sweet boys! Long story short, I ended up coming across these cream shadows and after swatching them, I immediately chose these two colors which seemed unique to my collection. I've since used them quite a bit and I'm finally going to tell you what I think of them.  

What Mary Kay has to say about them: "This soft, creamy, long wearing formula glides on easily, lasts for 10 hours and can be applied in multiple layers to deliver more noticeable color while retaining a lightweight feel."


Consistency: These cream shadows are thinner in consistency then others I've tried like the Maybelline, Mac and Smashbox ones. They are still quite creamy and easy to blend out. I have used brushes and my fingers both to apply and they go on easily both ways. 

Quality & Lasting Power: These seem to be of very good quality since they set pretty quickly after being blended out and stay put without fading or creasing at all throughout the day. They don't last as long as my favorite Smashbox ones, but they still have some pretty great staying power!


Variety: These are available in 9 different beautiful shades and I am really thrilled with the green and silvery grey ones I chose. 

Packaging: These are so lightweight feeling and the product comes in a much smaller, slimmer container making it easy to pack in a makeup bag to take on the go. As always when dipping your fingers into a makeup product that comes in a pot, there is going to be that not too sanitary issue but using a spatula can avoid that problem easily. 


Pigmentation: They are sheer-medium when applied at first but they build up beautifully. These specific colors called glacier grey and meadow grass are from their shimmer collection so they do have the slightest sparkle to them but it isn't overdone so I find it pretty. 

Price: These cream shadows go for $14 a piece. With 15 oz of product I don't think that is too bad since I have had them for a while and haven't even begun to make a dent!


Glacier Grey 

 Watch the eye makeup video tutorial I did using this cream shadow here.


Meadow Grass

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My March 2014 Wishlist



Spring has sprung! At least it has on my blog. The weather reached up to the high 60's today though, so I'm really hoping we're on the right track. I want to feel the sunshine and hear the birds chirp, but most of all the aroma of fresh flowers is what I need in my life right now. Wether or not it gets cold again, get ready for some fun Spring posts and videos because I am in the mood! I'm thinking of sandals and floral skater skirts. What are you excited for in the arrival of Spring?  Here are some of the things that have made it to the top of my wishlist lately other then the obvious- SUN. 

1. This beautiful pink velvet chair from World Market is going to be in my beauty room one day. It is my next big project since I now have a couch and bedroom furniture and only little decor pieces are needed.  

2. This blush by two faced is just simply adorable. I would buy it simply for the packaging!

3. It cosmetics has been a brand I've heard quite a bit about lately and since I own just one item from them (that I absolutely love), I think it's time I dappled in their products just a little bit more. This cc cream is intriguing! 

4. Every time I see pink Valentinos with stud detailing my heart skips a beat. I am so in love!

5. Jaclyn Hill is one of my favorite youtubers of all time and for good reason, she is ultra talented and gorgeous and offers the most honest opinions on beauty products. She recently partnered with Sigma to bring out a brush kit with all of her favorites and I must have it! I'll get in line, since it's sold out for now. 

6. A ring light would give me alot less time constraints in filming my videos. Although daylight is my favorite, this would be amazing to have on hand. 

7. Another blogging must have! I want to get even more creative with my food blogging presentation and photography this year and these vinyl backgrounds are super cool!

8. Leaf Plates. Perfect for salads! These just make me smile. 

9. Immediately after seeing Sarah Jessica Parkers new shoe collection debut, I have been scanning the web for my favorites. These coraly red ones are them. 

10. Purim hasn't passed yet but I seriously need to start preparing for Pesach asap. A new cookbook seems appropriate! 

11. Another piece I've been on the search for in decorating my beauty room/office is a beautiful white desk. I came across this one on the Z Gallerie site and besides for the price tag, it is perfection!

12. I love big sunglasses, especially round framed ones. As the sun starts to show it's face more often, I've been deciding what my big eye wear splurge will be for the warmer season. These may just be them.  

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How to: The Perfect Hamantashen + My Very Basic No Fail Recipe


The Jewish holiday of Purim is fast approaching. With less then a week to it's arrival, there is hustling and busting of preparations all around me. My sense of relief for having finished with all of the details of my own arrangements as of yesterday, is great. One of the biggest hurtles to get through for most women is the vast amount of baking to be done. A classic confection is the hamantash, a triangle shaped cookie with sweet filling at it's center. It sounds quite simple, right? It can be, but there is real technique involved to getting them just perfect. It can be extremely stressful when all of the hard work is put into them only to have them open up in the oven with the filling spreading everywhere. Today I am here to share my tips and tricks for baking the ultimate hamantashen with you. I've also included a really basic recipe that is fuss free and takes no time at all to throw together. ANYONE can do this. The biggest tip I can give you is to start simple and try a test run now, in ahead of time. Every food blogger has shared their fancier version of the simple hamantashen at this point, but what you need now is to try the classic. Once you have gotten that right, you'll be ready to move on to the more complicated stuff. Trying to tackle the most difficult ones the night before Purim will most likely be a setup for disappointment, unless you are an expert baker.


Tip #1 Prepare your liquid ingredients and dry ingredients in separate mixing bowls, it really makes a difference! Sift your dry ingredients before mixing them in with your liquids, this will ensure the smoothest most easy to work with dough.


 Tip #2 Roll your dough out pretty thin using a rolling pin. If you prefer a less crisp cookie, the dough can be rolled just a bit thicker. Use a glass that cuts about 3 inch circles, or a round cookie cutter to shape the cookies.

 Tip #3 Have your filling prepared in ahead of time so that your dough doesn't dry out while you are preparing it. 

Also, do NOT overfill your hamantashen. Just less then a teaspoon will be just enough. I used a plastic spoon to show how much of the filling I put in mine.


Tip #4 Do NOT pinch your corners to seal your triangles! I know, I know who am I to defy the tradition your bubbys have passed to you? But pinching is not the way to go! Instead, fold. Start with the left side, folding half way across the circle to cover some of the filling and then press it down into the dough it meets. Then do the same on the right side, overlapping the two to form the top tip of the triangle. Press that down as well. 


And finally, fold up the bottom flap, finishing off the triangle.


Tip #5 Grease your baking sheet or lay your hamantashen down on parchment paper and then make sure they far enough apart that they wont stick to each other while baking. 


Very Basic Hamantashen Recipe:

Yields: About 30 Medium Hamantashen

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 
1/4 Cup Oil
2 Teaspoons Orange Juice
2 Teaspoons Water
2 Cups Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Powder 
1 Pinch of Salt

Method:

1. Combine the liquid ingredients in one mixing bowl.

2. Sift the dry ingredients into another. 

3.Then combine the two. 

4. Use your hands to get the dough together into one large ball. If it seems too dry add a tablespoon of water.

5. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.  

6. Cut circles out.

7. Fill them with less then a teaspoon or so of prepared filling of choice. 

8. Place them in the oven on 350 for 20 minutes. 

I hope my tips and recipe will be very useful to you! Wishing you all the easiest of preparations for this holiday of Purim 2014!

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Friday Fashion: Leather & Animal Print Warmer Winter Outfit of The Day

This winter has been so cold, so when there were a few warmer days recently,  I was excited to take a couple of layers off and wear less of a bundled up outfit. My coat, hat, scarf and gloves stayed in the closet, and I ran outside to enjoy it while it lasted. Here is the look I wore that day. I also uploaded the video to go along with this post earlier today and it includes two more outfits so go watch it here if you'd like or read till the end where it will be inserted as usual.


I've been loving faux leather ever since the trend blew up last winter and so I chose a top in that material which I got in Zara a while back, and added some Karms for sleeves. I won these animal print Karms in a giveaway I entered by Sharon over at Fashion-Isha.com. Go see how she styled them, here. I think they are a truly innovative new way of keeping modest without overheating and I can't wait to see how else I can wear them in the next months. 


Pencil skirts fit my shape best and this time I went for one in a purple shade that I got from Target, it really contrasts well with the brown and gold tones of this look, in my opinion.  


From there I chose my jewelry and I have always been into gold tones and delicate charms. Both the earrings and necklace are geometric themed with those upside down triangles. To finish it off I zipped up my black wedge booties that are Christian Siriano for Payless. 


On my nails, I laid down a coat of Opi's golden eye, a gorgeous metallic sparkly gold color that I cannot get enough of ever since purchasing it last winter. I kept my makeup pretty simple since the outfit had so much going on and slightly winged out my eyeliner, using a black powder shadow. I went for a matte peachy nude lip to balance it all. 



My hair/wig is a different one that you'll be used to seeing here on the blog and look out for some changes hair/wig wise in the next weeks since a new ombre' number has been added to my collection and I can't get enough of it. I had fun and braided a plait which I then wrapped up behind my bangs as a fun headband of sort. I'd be glad to do a tutorial at some point too because it is simple and pretty looking!  Leave me a comment below this post, letting me know if that is something you'd be interested in! 

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