Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yellow-Gold Metallic Eye & Nude Lip Look + Full Face Video Tutorial


I recently wore this metallic yellow/gold eye look to a family wedding and got loads of compliments on it! Makeup geeks fortune teller is truly one of the best eyeshadows I have ever owned and it is the star of the show for this look! She recently released a bunch of new eyeshadows and I'm hoping I can get my hands on some before they sell out because there are none like them in formulation! After getting several requests for a tutorial of the look I decided to record it. I love how the look turned out, in fact it's probably one of my very favorites. The video will be inserted at the end of this post as always but check it out here if you'd like step by step details on how to achieve it from start to finish. 

And now for a list of every product and brush used: 





Morphe Brushes C205 Red Sable Oval Brush



















Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette- Banana yellow shade, and first two bronze shades. 








   

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Pesach/Passover Cooking and Baking 2016: 11 Recipe Round Up

I  like to share one of these recipe round ups yearly. Although my menu and holiday shopping list gets planned weeks in advance, the actual preparing of the kitchen and cooking happens just before the holiday. Groceries got purchased on Wednesday. My kitchen is now Passover ready as of late Wednesday night and the cooking began yesterday afternoon and will continue throughout the day today. We like our meals to be very fresh and I find this to be far easier for me personally. It's not like I have a separate kitchen after all.  If you are still looking for a great side dish or desert to add to your menu plan etc. you have come to the right place. Here are 10 different recipes I have found around the web + one really great one of my own which comes out to 11 amazing recipes suitable for passover! Enjoy!



Move over potatoes, sweet potatoes coming through to save the day. Just sweet enough and yet perfectly savory as a light delicious side dish. 




 So simple to prepare with excellent flavors to make a fantastic fish appetizer. 



 This can be done without grilling or roasting. Just place it in the oven on 350 for an hour and you will get that same great taste!



If the typical matzoh and cream cheese has your family a bit bored in the morning, whip up some of these for breakfast, they won't fail to impress!



Beets are an excellent choice as a side dish. Add ginger, maple and apples and take it to a whole new level!



 Zoodles are the IT thing this year. Their even more perfect for Passover. Caprese Zoodles? Even better. Skip the dairy ingredients if you will be serving at a meat meal.



If you are a bit bored of your typical potato kugel, this is always an option, great for breakfast or all day long!



 What is Pesach without a great big bowl of Matzoh Ball soup?



 Yet another amazing zucchini option if you don't feel like zoodles is these great zucchini fries! 



Raspberry? Chocolate? Now this is what I call desert! Substitute for strawberries, blueberries or any other fruit you have on hand, it'll be just as tasty.



Saving best for last with this one. Save it, watch it, it's incredible!

There you have it, 11 fantastic recipes that I really think you need to add to your menus if they aren't completed yet! Also, read my review of the A Taste of Pesach cookbook because that is probably my favorite Passover recipe book to date! 

Not enough recipes here? head over to my Pesach recipes board where there are at least another 30 recipes pinned as of now! I will be pinning more of my great finds there throughout the weekend as well, so be sure to follow! 

Wishing you and your families a very Happy and relaxed Passover holiday! 

Some pictures in this post are from google or pinterest all of which have been linked and given credit for. If a photo is yours and you'd like it removed, please contact me by email or in the comments section below and I will gladly comply immediately. 

Little disclaimer: There are many different passover customs. If you are strict or less strict on what you eat, you can adjust these recipes to suit you. Please have in mind to ask you LR before making decisions according to the recipes I've posted. :)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Seared Sesame Tuna Steak with Carrot Ginger Dressing Recipe


Eating healthy is not easy! For one, it's far more expensive then ordering a burger and fries at the local takeout spot. Second, it can sometimes take a whole let of prep- chopping, slicing and dicing etc. This is most likely the greatest reason for a failed diet in many cases. Thankfully, I am still sticking to mine but it is not without a lot of hard work work and dedication. It is paying off in a big way. I haven't been at the weight I'm at now or looked this fit in 7 or 8 years. I've gotten close, but I've never been here. 


I think lunch is my most challenging meal in terms of dieting. Breakfast is usually something like a coffee and yogurt or scrambled eggs which takes minutes to prepare. Dinner being my main meal, I have no problem putting in some extra time getting it together. When lunch comes around I'm usually not home to prepare myself a healthy meal and I get bored with my typical simple to prepare and take along options quite easily. Meal prep and unique salads have been really helpful. If you missed my meal prep blog post a few posts back, read it here for some tips and great recipes! This Sesame crusted tuna steak with carrot ginger dressing recipe is one of I've been really enjoying when I'm a little bored of my usuals. It's also super filling and holds me out until my small snack before dinner. This weeks video takes you through the step by step process of preparing this delicious healthy dish, so watch that here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as always.

This is obviously not kosher for passover, but feel free to customize the recipe a bit and interchange some ingredients if you'd like to serve it over the upcoming holiday. It would certainly make a great appetizer to serve at the start of those day meals and impress your guests with.


Seared Sesame Tuna Steak with Carrot Ginger Dressing Recipe 

Ingredients:

About 1/4 lb. or more ready to cook Pepper Crusted Tuna Steak
1/4 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1-2 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Small Cucumber

Carrot Ginger Dressing:
1 Slice Red Onion
1 Medium Carrot
Small Knob of ginger
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 Teaspoon- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Honey

Method: 

1. Press toasted sesame seeds into the sides and top of the tuna steak. 

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying/saute pan over medium heat. Add tuna steak to pan. Sear for 1/2 minute- a minute depending on thickness so that it's lightly browned on the outside but still slightly pink at center when sliced. 

3. Remove to a tray or plate to cool before slicing. 

4. Combine a peeled carrot, peeled ginger, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce and honey in a food processor with the blade attachment. Turn on the machine and pulse a few times until the dressing is smooth and combined while still having very pureed bits of carrot throughout. 

5. Dice the cucumber and toss it with the baby spinach. 

6. Slice the tuna steak on it's longer side down the length with a very sharp knife. Lay the pieces of tuna steak out neatly but overlapping over top of the spinach mixture. Top with generous amounts of prepared carrot ginger dressing and serve. 

  
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfection Foundation



I have seen the First Impression videos and I have read other reviews for this foundation. They were all pretty positive regarding finish, longevity and shade match. When I walked into Sephora to purchase one, the sales girl warned me against it showing me 5 other foundations she felt performed far better. I took a couple of samples to see how I personally liked it and I took a bottle home anyways. Something about the promise to glow like the moon and have that "I woke up like this" skin-like look had me reeled in. Maybe it was the gorgeous packaging as well with it's glass bottle giving a substantial "fancy" feel along with a cool dropper that releases the product when you unscrew the lid and press the little button indent on top!

 You know when you hear great things about a product and you are sure it will work for you so you try everything and anything to figure out why you are using it wrong so you can love it as much as you thought you would? That's what I tried with this one. I used every primer in my drawer, I tried it for a day with no primer at all. I set it with powder, I went without powder. I sprayed setting sprays. I tested it for 2 whole weeks before I finally gave up all hope. I am so disappointed because I love all other products I've tried from the Becca line so far. At the same time, I'm fairly sure it may perform differently on various skin types.


 The shade "Fair" was actually my perfect match when I'm not self tanning and my bronzer and highlight went on beautifully over top of it. The actual foundation is glowy and soft just as it is described and very little product is needed to create a even layer, but the coverage is surprisingly sheer. The actual product is so lightweight that I barely felt it on my skin as I was applying it or while wearing it, and it blended over my skin perfectly. It looked absolutely amazing when I first applied it in fact. I guess my biggest gripe  was the lasting power. No matter what I did with it- priming, not priming, setting with powder, using no powder and even setting with a setting spray, by about 3 hours of wear it completely moved around and looked balled up and textured. I tried building it up and that was an even bigger fail. When I left it sheer and went over it with some of my concealers in the areas needed, it settled into my fine lines and wore down very quickly! 


Obviously this foundation was not a good match for me. I have normal/combination skin tone and depending on the season I'll sometimes be oily or dry in my nose area, besides for that, the rest of my face is pretty normal all of the time so most foundations tend to work pretty decently with my skin. 

Just after applying. If only it stayed looking like this throughout the day! Photo taken with flash.

When I went back into Sephora to return the unopened bottle as I'd just gotten through the samples given to me, I got a few more samples of other foundations I was interested in and I think I have found a really great one. I will be talking a lot more about that one in future posts. I absolutely love my highlighter powder from Becca and I have yet to give up on the brand, don't worry! I am thinking of trying the Backlight Priming Filter next, but I guess we'll see. 

Have you given this foundation a try? If you have what do you think of it? If you haven't, with 8 shades to choose from you may be able to find a good match, but definitely get a sample from Sephora to try first! 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Brisket Stuffed Wonton Triangles with Mango Salsa Recipe


If your thinking I'm in denial as per which holiday is on our doorsteps, you may just be correct! For convenience purposes, I don't begin my main cleaning and cooking for Pesach until right before the holiday. I am having guests for it's entirety just like many of you, but I prefer to maintain a relaxed environment throughout my preparations! Therefore, I am still in chametz mode and will be right up until Wednesday when I will have my cleaning help. That is when I will turn over my kitchen, get rid of all of the chametz that may  be left and begin spending alot of time in my kitchen. Today I am taking it back to Purim when I made these Brisket stuffed wonton triangles. I didn't get to post them for Purim as I was a little bit preoccupied with face painting my boys to be werewolves. So preoccupied in fact that I forgot them in the freezer, instead of bringing them for the Purim meal at my parents house. We ended up eating them afterwards and they were just as delicious. This is why I still feel the need to share this great and easy recipe with you all, it's still very much appropriate as an appetizer all year round, except for Pesach that is. But hey, if you have extra wonton wraps in your freezer you can thank me for helping you clear them out! Chametz be gone!


This is one of those recipes that I didn't actually make from scratch. I prepare a mean brisket when I need to, but for the purpose of speeding things up on this one, I used the Jack's already packed brisket that only needs to be boiled for about 20 minutes and tastes like it sat in your oven in the best home prepared sauce for hours. The company didn't send it to me to try, I happened upon it in the aisles of my favorite kosher grocery and it is one of the best meat products I have come across in a while. The salsa is all mine though and the wontons were pinched and folded and fried by me as well. Even the jalapeno dip that I carefully dotted onto each one is one of my oldest recipes. Prepare it this week before Pesach arrives, save it for when you can have chametz again, whatever you do prepare this for your family, it will truly be unforgettable!


 Brisket Stuffed Wonton Triangles with Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

20- 25 Large Wonton/Eggroll Wrappers 
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil, for frying
1 Box Jacks Gourmet BBQ Pulled Beef Brisket, or any soft shredded brisket you have on hand

Salsa:
1 Large Mango, chopped small
Large Red Pepper, Diced 
Large  Yellow Pepper Diced
1 Carton Cherry tomatoes, chopped small
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
the juice of 1 fresh lime
1/2 teaspoon honey
small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Method: 

1. Prepare the beef brisket according to package instructions or heat your own already prepared pulled beef brisket.

2. Heat the oil in a wok or deep frying pan over low-medium heat until sizzling.

3. Fold the wonton wrappers to create whatever shape you'd like, using water to seal the edges. I made mine into triangles but it was slightly difficult to get them to stay that way when they were frying up so feel free to wrap them like a burrito/eggroll style or in a square etc. 

4. Place 2-3 pieces of prepared wonton wrappers into the hot oil so that they get crispy, light brown and maintain the shape you've created. Remove them to a paper towel lined plate or pan to cool once done. 

5. Prepare the salsa. Chop the mango, red pepper, yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes and red onion pretty small, or to your liking. Squeeze the fresh lime over the cut salsa ingredients and then add the honey, salt and pepper, mixing well to combine. Add the chopped parsley last and mix in gently. 

6. Assemble your brisket stuffed wontons. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of cooked brisket to each wonton triangle, stuffing the meat into all corners and allowing it to really fill the crispy wonton. Top each one with 2 tablespoons of the mango salsa and dot each one with some jalapeno dip. Serve cold or warm and serve some of that same dip to the side for those who may desire more. 

I really hope you will give my Brisket Stuffed Wonton Triangles with Mango Salsa Recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Pre-Spring Fashion Clothing & Accessories Haul

I've been doing a whole lot of Pre-Spring fashion shopping. I say pre-spring because it seems like winter wants to hang around for as long as it possibly can. This won't stop me from picking out lots of pieces for the upcoming season! This is just the start of it as well, I have yet to visit some of my favorite stores where I will choose some more sandals, flats, a few more skirts, tunics and Spring accessories of course. A wishlist is coming later this week to give you a better idea of how I'm thinking. In the meantime, this weeks video discusses all of these purchases in detail, even showcasing a few fun pieces I wore to my nieces wedding recently, including my gown! Watch that here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as always.


Here is what I picked up:

Rose gold round pair of sunglasses- also from 1 for 12 2 for 20 (similar style in silver)
Asos dot and triangle midi ring (similar style without dot)
Asos gold heart midi ring- (similar style)
JC Penny Katherine H 3 Toned Bodycon Dress worn in this OOTD blog post (no longer available)
Owl earrings- (similar)
Gap denim/jean skirts- (No longer available in that specific style :( )


I truly hope you enjoyed getting to see some of my most recent purchases for upcoming Spring!

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