Purple & Green "Cut Crease" Eye Look (Video)

Purple & Green are both colors that compliment brown eyes beautifully, so I often wear combinations of the two. I originally started this look with a cut crease in mind but I do really love how it turned out regardless. This weeks video takes you through the look step by step, so watch it here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always.

The list of every product and brush used to achieve this look:

















Morphe Brushes  E18 Round Brush (No longer available)



   

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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil


If you prefer to order beauty products on the Sephora website instead of walking into a store with overwhelming shelves overflowing with amazing beauty products begging to be tested, then you may be a bit like me. I add things to my cart then fold some laundry, wash some dishes, put my kids to sleep and look back at my cart and make adjustments. It helps to take a step back sometimes for as long as a week and ensure I am ordering items I really feel are worth the splurge. That is until the Luna sleeping night oil by Sunday Riley showed up in the sample codes list and I was immediately faced with a huge dilemma. I mean the stuff is pricey and it's gotten so much talk around the web ever since it arrived to the market and obviously a girls going to get curious. So I quickly added the code to my cart and did something I rarely do. I placed the order without looking over my products or taking any time to think on them. All because of a little blue bottle of serum that needed to be tried. 


This all took place months ago and this little bottle has really hung in there. I'm not close to the bottom yet and I've been using it nightly ever since opening tearing the Sephora box open in glee as I do with all of my orders. 

In the Sephora product details this product is described as being good for all skin types and targeted as a solution for wrinkles, firmness and pores, the last being my biggest skin concern. It basically begins to sound like a magic potion! So here are my thoughts:


The actual product is a turquoise blue tinted oil that feels really light and comfortable on the skin. Just a couple of drops are needed on each application. After applying it, I do feel it sits on my skin noticeably where I can actually feel it, but as this is right before going to sleep I don't mind it too much. My skin feels slightly softer in the morning which really was lovely in the winter time. Now that the warmer months are here and I'm combination oily again, I don't have any major dry issues but the product is nice nonetheless and doesn't cause more oil production as far as I've noticed. I have not broken out using it or had any irritation, in fact I find that it calms the redness and hyper pigmentation I tend to have in my cheek area. As for the pore claims, I was hoping it would succeed in minimizing their appearance slightly, but have noticed no such difference. Retinoid oils can never be used too early in hopes of keeping skin looking young once it has aged later in life. I will always have one in my stash but I'm still hoping to find one that works just as well with a less steep price tag. I do think this product is a good one if you are fighting dryness, unevenness of the skin or are faced with hyper pigmentation concerns as I am. I will work on using this product sparingly until it finishes off. As for whether I will then purchase the full size, I am still torn. 


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Cauliflower Crusted Pizza Recipe


It goes without saying I think, that most of the cooking escapades I embark on don't get a spotlight on the blog. Typical day to day meals like fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, omelets- hardly noteworthy stuff. I like to utilize my blog as a place for the things that have mesmerized me for being different, better or maybe easier to cook then I'd ever imagined. That's how this whole thing started anyways. I often tend to stick to the easy to find ingredients that one may easily find in the grocery aisle any time of year as well- mushrooms, peppers, chicken cutlets, you won't find any lack of that here. 

 This is one of those that got cooked up on a rainy day (weeknight) with an hour to dinner time and not much daylight left (hence the poor photography). I'm very hard on myself and so it almost got classified along with those other less noteworthy dishes that never make it here. But then I remembered how similar it tasted to real pizza dough, how easy it was to assemble and how amazing the finished product was, and it just couldn't be avoided. 


Ingredients:

1 Medium Head of Cauliflower
1 Egg
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Teaspoon Olive oil
1 Cup Sliced White Mushrooms
2 Large Yellow Peppers, Sliced
1 Small Red Onion, Sliced
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella and Cheddar Blend
1/2 Cup Jarred Pizza Sauce 

Method:

1. Chop and remove florets from the head of cauliflower. Place florets in food processor and pulse until it resembles a rice consistency. 

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a square/rectangle baking sheet or lay down parchment paper to prepare it. Allow the cauliflower to sit for about 10 minutes and then lay out on a flat dish or tray and press down on the mixture with a thick paper towel to suck up some of the moisture. Do this until it seems alot less moist. 

3. Move the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add the egg, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese to it. Mix well to combine. Then spoon the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet and press it down into a square or circle shape to preference. Bake for 15- 20 minutes depending on thickness of your crust or until it's crispy and browned on the outside. 

4. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet and add the white mushrooms, yellow pepper and red onion. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Also, chop 1 tablespoon fresh parsley into very tiny bits. 

5. Spread pizza sauce, or your own homemade tomato sauce if you prefer, over the baked crust. Top the pizza sauce with the sauteed mushroom-pepper mixture and then sprinkle with the 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese blend. Bake for another 7 minutes on the same temperature as the crust was baked or until the cheese has gone meltey. Finish it with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or any other fresh chopped herbs you may prefer. 

6. Slice and serve. 

I really hope you will give my Cauliflower Crusted Pizza Recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! Criticisms and advice are welcome too! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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How I Shred 20 Pounds + Some Weight Loss Tips (Video)

Back in March I described my Juicing experience in detail. Today, I am going even further to tell my story now that I have reached my 20 pound shred goal. I don't think I ever imagined I would be where I am today and although I still have a lot more toning and maintaining work ahead of me, I am so proud of the stamina that got me here. That is another reason for this weeks video where I am also offering some of my tips to stick to it and get motivated. Watch it here or read till the end of the post where it will be inserted as always. 


Right after beginning juicing                                                            3 Months later

I've already shared the first video in what I hope may become a series of sorts showing what I eat on a typical day. Exercise is also a major component in maintaining my goal weight. I am no expert but I have learnt a thing or two from my exercising endeavors over the years. Maybe a video on that will come too. I know how hard it can be to lose those stubborn pounds, especially after having children. My kids mean the absolute world to me and I am thrilled to have been able to carry them so close to me for 9 long months. Having a fit body means I can be the best mom possible to them and so it is an important task I take very seriously. Some progress photos and clips showing the results from before and after are included in that video and trust me it I feel like it is huge! I hope my tips will be helpful if you are facing a similar struggle. 

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Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in "Park Avenue Princess"



I'm still in search for a cream contour product that works for me. There are so many different ones out there and I have tried several at this point. The Smashbox trio was a real fail for me (read about that in my review of them, here) and I've attempted to use the Bobbi brown cream foundations and concealers but that didn't work out very well either. My most recent try was this Tarte The Sculptor Face Slenderizer in the shade "Park Avenue Princess". The name sounds super promising, I know. 

Of the bunch I have tried thus far, this one actually had the easiest formulation to work with. It wasn't overly creamy or greasy but it still blended out so quickly and simply. It's downfall for me was the color. I thought it would be the perfect choice for my fair skin when looking at the choices on Sephoras website but it turned out to be far too orange. I tend to lean towards a cool toned bronzer especially when using it to chisel cheek bones and jaw line and such. Interestingly enough, this looks exceptionally good in photos and not as orange as well. For every day wear, I just couldn't make it work. 


I also would have preferred for it to be slightly slimmer, not quite to the size of a thin eyeliner but not as chubby as a balm stain style stick. That is the part that Smashbox actually got right with theirs I would say. As for wearability, I noticed that once set into my skin and topped with a light layer of powder bronzer, the product actually stuck around all day long which is impressive for a cream product. That said, I didn't put it to the test in heat or humidity and I would be curious to see how it would hold up in that kind of atmosphere.


 I tend to favor Tarte products in general just for the natural ingredient base the brand sticks to so I was a bit disappointed that this just didn't work for me. At some point I may give a deeper shade a go because the actual product is pretty easy to use and blends out beautifully as well.  I feel the price is fairly reasonable at $24 for 0.09 oz. of product too.

Next up on the cream contour list is those LA girl pro concealers everyone seems to be using, those look to be right up my alley! Please do leave your recommendations in the comments below as well, I love hearing from you all!


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Chicken Schnitzel with Smashed Purple Potatoes Recipe


Weeknight cooking. Where do I begin? 8 years of marriage, two kids and I still have yet to master it. Women of this time have learnt to create routines to make this game easier- using crockpots, pressure cookers, stockpiling the freezer, meal prep Sundays. I am not one of those women. Granted, I have gotten better at it, but I am far from perfecting it. 


Shnitzel is one of the few things all three of my boys will eat with no complaints. And so it's the obvious choice on a lazy afternoon in June when temperatures are scorching, taking record breaking Spring weather to all new levels. 

The little ones eat their shnitzel as plain as possible, cut into tiny pieces so as to conceal it's true form as much as possible. "Chicken. again?"  For the husband it gets served with a dipping sauce, some salad, mashed potatoes or rice. And tada, just like that, everyone's bellys are full! 

Want to keep it healthy? Some of your options- bake the breaded cutlets instead of frying them, replace the eggs with egg whites only, use whole wheat breadcrumbs in the place of the panko and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Sweet potatoes can be used instead of those purple ones as well. 

Chicken Schnitzel with Smashed Purple Potatoes  

Ingredients:

3 (6 Ounce) Thinned Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
Spice Mix- 1/4 Tsp. Salt and Black Pepper, 1 Tsp. Garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and parsley
1/3 Cup Panko
1/3 Cup all purpose Flour
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Olive oil for frying

10-15  Small Purple Potatoes
Spring Salad Greens Mix from the bag
1/4 Cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Create a breading station. In one dish place the eggs and then whisk them together. In the second, combine panko and spices and mix well.  In the third, place the flour.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Place chicken breasts in a sealable plastic bag and pound to 1/2 inch in thickness with a meat mallet or rolling pin. 

4. Heat oil for frying in a deep saute pan over medium heat. Prepare a paper towel lined plate for the finished cutlets to be layed on once done frying.

5. Working with one piece of chicken breast at a time, dredge the piece in flour, turning to coat both sides completely. Shake off excess flour and then dip the floured piece of chicken breast into the egg mixture. Finally dredge in panko-spice mixture. 

6. Add chicken pieces directly to heated frying pan once breaded, cooking 1-2 pieces at a time at most. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes per side or until browned and crispy on the outside, then remove to prepared lined plate. 

7. Once all pieces are ready, place in oven safe pan and bake on 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through. 

8. Bake small purple potatoes still in their skins on 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until completely cooked through. Smash them with a fork while still warm. 

9. Plate the dish, first by laying the breaded shnitzel down and slicing length wise. Then spoon out some smashed purple potatoes to one side and add some spring greens to the plate. Sprinkle the potatoes and greens with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. 

9. Combine dijon mustard and a little bit of honey and pour down the center of the split shnitzel or serve to the side as a dipping sauce. 

I really hope you will give my Chicken Schnitzel with Smashed Purple Potatoes recipe  a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! Criticisms and advice are welcome too! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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