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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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! 

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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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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 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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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe


I know this recipe would have been far more appropriate and useful in mid may when all we did was scour the web for new ways to make dairy food interesting. Being that I was only 2 weeks post partum at that time and put up a family of four for the Shavuos holiday (my bestie Temi from high school with her hubby and 2 gorgeous girls), I'm pretty certain I get a pass. 

Let's talk about this fettuccine though. Ever since The Purple Pear ( a dairy restaurant who really get comfort food) opened up in the town I grew up in, we've been trying to replicate their side sticking pasta recipe at home. It sounds like a pretty simple task, especially when you take a look at that short list of ingredients, but it took me years to get it to an acceptable state. I'll tell you why too. The pasta needs to be cooked for a precise amount of time (particularly if you are married to Mr. Al Dente, as I am ;)). The heavy cream needs to be measured perfectly because with just a couple of spoonfuls you end up with too watery a texture or an overly thick one. The same goes for the parmesan cheese. And without the perfect balance of herbs and spices, it's just bland. I know I sound like the fettuccine expert here, and that I am not. That said, I have learnt a whole lot as I spent time cooking it and experimenting with the recipe over the years. What it's boiled down to as of now, is this:  


Fettucine Alfredo

Yields 2-3 Adult Sized Portions

Ingredients:

1 16 Oz Box Fettuccine Alfredo
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 1/2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley
1 Cube Frozen Crushed Garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling over top, and a few sprigs of fresh parsley for garnish

Method:

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once it has come to a rolling boil, add the pasta and allow it to cook until al dente. Strain the pasta and put it in a large bowl to the side while preparing the sauce. 

2. In the meantime, measure out the heavy cream, fresh parsley, salt and pepper into a sauce pan. Bring that to a boil and then add the parmesan cheese 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly to incorporate. Once it has thickened, add the fresh chopped parsley, stir it in and remove the pot from the flame. 

3. Pour the Alfredo sauce over the fettuccine and mix well. Divide evenly onto plates or into bowls and toss some parmesan cheese over the top of each one, along with a few sprigs of fresh chopped parsley to garnish.  

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L'oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation Review



I have an astounding great appreciation for drugstore foundations. I say this because my skin hasn't always taken kindly to them. Yet my all time favorite, first ever foundation tried (Revlon Colorstay) came from those same shelves. When I first laid eyes on this tube of foundation it was in the section with all of the brand new, just released makeup. This was back when I was vacationing in Florida for a couple of days so I've clearly been testing this one for a long while. 

Anything that says it will blur out imperfections gains immediate interest,  that is the goal right?  At the time I was in my 7th month of pregnancy and wanted to get some nice pictures with the beach so readily available. What compelled me to test a brand new foundation with no knowledge of how it would interact with my skin or wether it would look good in pictures or hold up in the wind and spray of salty ocean water, is just beyond me. This time though, I was really lucky! I will insert a picture somewhere below, and you can judge for yourselves. Regardless, I am here to pick this foundation apart and tell you it's good and bad attributes, so here you are:


Consistency: This foundation has the oddest consistency. To me, it seems to have that slightly silicone slidey feel to it, alot like what Benefit the Professional feels like for reference. It's a thick mousse like product so the more you use, the less natural it looks. The good, I've found I can skip the priming step since it's built in here. The bad, use a bit too much and it begins to ball up and slide around.  

Coverage: Because of it's consistency, I can only use a tiny bit. I find that I am still able to get a really nice amount of coverage. I'd say it's a sheer to almost medium coverage.  It covers the hyper pigmentation in my cheeks with just one thin layer but still lets some of my natural skin and summer time freckles show through. Paired with a good concealer if necessary under the eyes and for spots, it is flawless. 


Finish: The finish is certainly towards the matte side but at the same time, if applied correctly this foundation never looks flat and appears very skin-like. It doesn't have any dewey characteristics, so I'd it's just imbetween. Just as it's marketed, I feel that it does blur out fine lines and pores giving an airbrushed look to the skin.  It does need to be set with a powder in order for it to stick around longest.   

Lasting Power: 6 hours is about what I can get wear wise in the hot humid weather, but it doesn't look bad as it wears down throughout the day either. I also find that my powder products- contour, highlight and blush blend over the product nicely and wear well over top of it. 


Color Variations: As with most L'oreal foundations, this ones got a great selection of shades to choose from (at least 12). This means no one should have any trouble finding one to suit them. Mixing two to get the correct color match can be done too. I chose the shade "light ivory" and it's worked perfectly. Now that I am a bit more tan, I'd have to go darker. 

Packaging: My favorite detail with this one is the thin squeeze tube it comes in. It dispenses the perfect amount of product each time and I've been able to use every last drop. It's also transparent, so you can see how much product is left. The actual tube is very light and thin so it's very compact for traveling with. 

Scent: None that I've noticed. 


Amount of Product: This product comes with just over one ounce and considering how little needs to be used with each application, the tube has lasted me months. 

Price: In comparison to other drugstore foundations, this is a pricey one at $14.99 in most places. 

Photographs Well? Judging from photos I'd say absolutely! I also haven't noticed any weird flashback with this product even though it has SPF 18 which in itself is fairly decent. 

the image referred to above, taken outdoors without a flash. 

Recommended Skin Types: I'd say this would probably work for any skin type since it's not overly matte or overly dewey. Sensitive skin types should always be wary of drugstore face products but I'd recommend giving it a try to see how it works for you.

Application Tips: The best way to apply this I've found is with fingertips or a beauty blender. Using a brush for this seems to just cause streaking and doesn't blend it into the skin well enough since it's on the slightly thicker mousse like side.  

without lipstick

Overall: 
I've been using this foundation daily for months now and have only just run out. I will purchase it again in the future since I've been really happy with it, but for now I am on to testing others. The consistency is a bit odd, the coverage and finish work well for me and the lasting power is fairly decent. I love how it photographs and I'm glad it has SPF in it as well. I think the price is a bit much for just 1 ounce of product on a drugstore product. I'd recommend this product to you if you are looking for a foundation that evens out skin tone but still looks natural on the skin. If you are looking for full coverage, this won't be for you!   

with lipstick

 Have you tried this foundation? If you have, what did you think of it. If you haven't do you want to? 

I would be happy to demo this in a future video, so let me know if you'd be interested in that at all.

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Basil Pizza Kosher Restaurant Review


I really appreciate a good restaurant review. I rarely go out to eat and much prefer a home cooked meal personally. Nonetheless it is always nice to celebrate for a special occasion at a brand new restaurant you've never stepped into before. Maybe it's the secret restaurant recipes book or a few days of vacation time I had over in Miami not too long ago that have me all keyed up, but I plan to make this a good year for the restaurant reviews. If I had to pick my favorite place to eat dinner in New York City it would be Abigails with no doubt (restaurant review here). I have been in search of my perfect ones for breakfast, brunch, lunch etc. too and I have to say I think I have found my spot for breakfast! The cute little place I'm talking about is Basil Pizza. It's easy to find at the center of crown heights in Brooklyn. 


My husband and I had the opportunity to hop over there one morning for some breakfast. It is rare that he is available in the mornings so I wanted it to be relaxing and enjoyable. Walking into Basil I really have to admit I felt like I had stepped right out of Brooklyn. The decor, music and general atmosphere were so tranquil yet proffessional which truly sets it apart from all of the New York hustle and bustle. The wall of wine certainly had me impressed and the industrial feel of the exposed brick, small hanging lights, stacked dishes and bar stools were also a nice touch.   


Now lets talk about the menu. The breakfast menu at Basil isn't massive, but it does offer their take on all of the classics. I proffered the smaller menu because too many options tends to overwhelm me. The last thing you want to be doing when your hungry first thing in the morning is pore over a menu and take ages to decide on something.  

Because we are two small people, we either order with our eyes and end up with way too much food and doggy bags for days or we are smart and order two decent sized dishes and share a bit of both. That is what we did that morning. Here is what we ordered:


The Classic Pancakes with strawberry butter, fruit and house made grape sauce.
We finished every last bite of these fluffy pancakes and doused them in that amazing syrupy sauce of course. 


The Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Hollondaise and Home Fries. 
My husband likes his eggs done just right and these were absolutely perfect. Everything else offered on the plate really complimented this dish as well.  


The Pink Lady Smoothie and Berry Meltdown Smoothie 
These were made fresh right before our eyes and they were really good but were somehow lacking in sweetness. I had to ask for some sugar packets to mix in because with smoothies you can't taste the flavors if the sweetness isn't balanced. I would say that was the only downside for me with regards to any of the food we ordered. 


Our waitress was super friendly and the service was very prompt. The prices are pretty average. So our overall experience was pleasant to say the least. 

We most certainly look forward to visiting again for lunch and in the evening for dinner at some point! I've heard fantastic things about their lunch and dinner menu which includes some pretty unique pizzas. Their bar offers alcoholic drinks in the evenings too. 

Have you been out to eat at Basil? What did you think of it if you have? What was your favorite dish?

If you have not been? Do you want to?


Basil is located at 270 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213. Phone number- 718-285-8777. 

Have a kosher restaurant you love or are curious about? Let me know which it is in the comments form below as I always enjoy eating in new places!  

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Copper Eye Makeup Look + Video Tutorial


Remember way back in January when I shared an outfit post complete with a nails of the day and copper eye makeup look? I teased saying I was considering doing a tutorial for the look. Soon after I got a whole lot of great feedback on my social media platforms. After wearing the look several more times to different special events and getting plenty of compliments I decided to sit down and record a similar eye look step by step. This weeks youtube video is where you can see me applying this look from start to finish. Watch it here, or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. 


This whole look was inspired by Mac's copper sparkle pigment. I only discovered the beauty of these loose pigments this year and now I can't believe they were missing from my life all this time! When combined with some charged water, they go all foiled and metallic and there is nothing like it. I plan to do more tutorials making use of mac pigments in all shades, so look out for those in the future.


Here is the list of products I used to get this look:

Wet N Wild Color Icon Comfort Zone Pallete - Bottom most purple shade on left


Brushes Used:

Urban Decay Synthetic Flat Shader Brush 



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