Monday, October 31, 2016

Bronze and Glistening Gold Eye Makeup Look Tutorial (Video)


Truffle Glitter by Anastasia Beverly Hills is the shadow that inspired this look in the first place. It's a beautiful bronze like no other with metallic shimmering and even multi dimensional characteristics. When I wear a look dozens of times in a row I know it needs a makeup tutorial video. This weeks video takes you step by step through this look if you want to recreate it. Watch it here if you'd like or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always. And now for a full list of products used.


Products Used: (Each one is linked to where it can be purchased from, just click on the title!) 












Brushes Used:





   

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Fashion: Emerald Green Fit & Flare Dress & Leather Peplum Jacket Autumn Look

 

In last weeks mini stylebook youtube video I featured two budget friendly Autumn looks I put together. I described the first one in great detail in last weeks Friday fashion post. Today I want to talk about the second one. I really like jewel toned colors this season which I incorporated with this emerald green fit and flare dress. I often pair soft feminine dresses with something a little more harsh and masculine like a leather jacket. This year I found my ultimate leather jacket from forever 21 and I really like the peplum bit which keeps it a bit soft and adds a little something unexpected. I kept the look fairly simple incorporating a pair of spiky green and gold earrings, oversized squared glasses and a pair of black booties I've made incredible use of for years now!


The dress was an awesome Danny & Nicole from JCPenny find! The black swirls of pattern are velvety and soft to the touch. Jewel toned purple nails really popped against that emerald turquoise shade. The sunglasses were from Target a while back and the Jem & Jules Persephone Drop Earrings which aren't clearly shown here were from DSW. My wig is from Irene Wigs and I love the ombre highlights look against this shade of green!


I've held onto these boots because I have yet to find a pair in black like these that I like as much. The gold zipper in the back and comfortable wedge make these ideal for many occasions. They are Christian Siriano and I purchased them at Payless a few years ago.


This dress and leather jacket both are going to get a whole lot of wear by me in the colder months, I can't wait to see all of the looks I can create with them both!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Battle of The Brushes: Tangle Teezer Vs. The Wet Brush By Cala


My natural hair is long, thick and often tangled and knotty. It is very necessary for me to have a great detangling brush around and on hand at all times for this reason. I've had several decent ones over the years but nothing that quite trumped these latests ones. I've actually loved each of these for a time but recently decided that of the two there was one I could live without while the other needed a few backups in the hair drawer in case I ever lost it. I've decided to compare the two in a little battle of the brushes if you will. 


The major difference between the two would have to be the fact that the Wet Brush has a handle while the Tangle Teezer does not. Both are easy to hold and fit nicely into the palm of my hand but the classic handle is a much better fit for me. 

The Tangle Teezer is wider and does not have tiny balls at the ends of it's bristles of which it has a lot more then the wet brush which means it actually does a slightly quicker job of detangling but is also just a bit more rough on the hair. I will add that when paired with a good conditioning spray these don't tug on my ends or irritate my scalp as I'm running through my hair. This is the entire purpose of my using a wet brush in the first place. 

Both of these work well on wet or dry hair. And I love the bright colors chosen for each as well. 

A small rather insignificant detail still worth a mention is the wording. The tangle teezer name is actually inscribed into the brush while the wording for the Wet Brush is just printed on. Since I use it on wet hair often I can imagine the wording of the second to wear off slowly. It hasn't budged yet. 

When it came down to it The Wet Brush by Cala won for me. I just find the handle to be much easier to maneuver when brushing my long, thick and knotty hair. I also feel more comfortable with the balls on the end of those bristles protecting my hair a bit as they run through while doing an excellent job of detangling and brushing through my hair. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My Mini Scalloped Potatoes Recipe


I remember the first time I ever cooked this dish. It was somewhere around 2012. I've served it several times since tweaking the recipe and playing with it a bit each time. My husband isn't huge on dairy meals but he appreciates when I keep the weeks menu to a variety between meat dishes, dairy dishes, fish etc. So I like to get creative with these ones rather then feeding him the typical penne with vodka sauce or baked ziti all the time. As a lover of all things potatoes I have to say this recipe is a great one no matter how it's done and it's about time I finally share my latest version with you. 


Mini Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients:

6 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly up to about 2 inches around and 1/8 inch thick. 
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Cup White or Yellow Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated up small
1 Tablespoon Scallions, Chopped Very tiny
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, if you like heat
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Flour 

Method:

1. Melt the butter down in the microwave for a 1/2 minute. Then brush the butter inside 6 ramekins on the sides and bottoms.

2. Preheat the oven to 400.

3.  Peal the potatoes and slice each one into thin rounds. 

4. Combine the cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, scallion heavy cream, cayenne pepper, salt and flour. 

5. Spoon out 1 dollop of the cheese mixture into the bottom of each ramekin then layer 3 potatoes over the bottom and add another tablespoon of the cheese mixture over top of the potatoes. Continue layering potatoes then cheese until you've reached the top. Add 1/2 Tablespoon of the cheese mixture to the top. I tend to use 1 potato per ramekin. 

6. Cover each ramekin with a piece of foil and bake for 35 minutes or until are golden but soft. 

7. Serve warm.


I really hope you will give Mini Scalloped Potatoes 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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Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Fashion: An Autumn Copper & Olive Outfit of The Day + Mini Fall Stylebook Video


As much as I find summer fashion effortless, I love fall fashion for it's deeper warmer tones and layering ability to easily take a look to the next level. Todays look is the epitome of my every day autumn style. When the weather is just starting to get a bit breezy with a chill but not yet cold enough for a coat I like to keep cool with light t-shirts layered up with lightweight scarves and thin outerwear. I often keep my day to day style shopping pretty budget happy so that I can splurge on accessories and occasion wear. This look very much embodies that with no piece above $50. This look along with a second one are shown in greater detail in a little mini style book video added to my youtube channel this week. Both are very budget friendly and easy to to recreate with pieces from your own closet. Some of these items are quite new while others have been mine for a little while. I will therefore try to link whatever I can find or similar items.  Watch this weeks fall fashion video here, or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always.


Here's what I'm wearing in this look:

H&M Rust Parka with Hood- This comes in black and Dark Green and as this is my new all time favorite autumn jacket I think I may order it in one more color!

Fergie Blue Python Print Booties- (Similar)- I purchased these about 2 years ago from DSW so I can't find the exact pair online anymore. There are hundreds of similar styles available on Fergies site though.


Owl Necklace- This was a gift from my younger sister Chanie. She knows how much I love owls and often brings me little trinkets with owls on them. I don't know where she got it exactly but I do love the long chain and wear it often! 

These Brown animal print round plastic sunglasses were from Target. I've had them for a very long time so this is linked to something similar.


Leaf Accent Earrings- I thought these were from Forever 21 when I was editing the video but then remembered they were from asos and linked a similar asos pair.

Wig- Ireneswigs with my hair pulled back in twists and pinned to the sides.




Chanel Look Clutch- I purchased this a long while back from a shop called Be Fabulous on Facebook but I'm unsure if they are still in business. 


I will get into more details on that second look in next weeks Friday Fashion blog post so look out for it next week folks!
 
   

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Two Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Fair



Concealers are a tricky one for me. I have a lot of boxes that need to be ticked is all.

Number 1:  The two sunspots under my right eye, one of which is red need to be completely covered and undetectable.

Number 2: I like for my undereye area to be lighter and brighter after applying my concealer.

Number 3: No creasing or settling of product should occur at least for several hours after application.

I know, I know I'm super picky.

I had very high hopes for this Two Faced Born This Way Concealer. But it just didn't tick every box.


This concealer reminds me in so many ways of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in consistency, price and even the final result. It is very thick in consistency but easy to blend out. It lightens and brightens as expected and it also doesn't set too fast so there's time to really work it into the skin. It's the creasing under my eye that I just cannot contend with. To be fair, my undereyes are really product picky. It's strange because I have normal skin and no dryness under my eyes!  It has good coverage but it's not full coverage enough to conceal my red sun spot, another detail I'm none too thrilled about. Oh and I gave it every chance I possibly could. I used my fingers to blend, a damp beauty blender, a concealer brush etc. I tried applying eye cream in ahead of time, I set it with my Anastasia Banana powder and a loose translucent one but it just didn't stop the creasing. The main thing that really made up my mind was the wear time. I apply my makeup sometimes as early as 8 am. I like for it to stay put until 4 in the afternoon without touchups. This concealer just did not stick around for more then a few hours. It slowly seemed to wear down and just disappear which is really just a shame because I was preparing to really like it.


There are a couple of upsides I found while testing this concealer out so don't outrule it yet. Two Faced knows a thing or two about their packaging and they sure got that one down. The tube is luxurious looking with it's black cover and gold lettering. It's slim enough and easy to use with it's medium length wand and doe foot applicator. On a very positive note, 10 different shades varying from very light to very dark and everything between are available and I'd assume they would be great for highlight and contour as well for that reason. And when they said "naturally" I think they got that just right because besides for the creasing problem, it looks very natural after being applied as though your skin is already bright. "I Woke Up Like This" would be an appropriate way to describe it. I'd say even though it didn't end up working out for me $28.00 is a fair price for a high end concealer like this one with a nice amount of product to work with at 7ml as well. I liked how it photographed on  my skin as well.


My final word, I'd highly recommend this concealer to someone who doesn't generally find creasing to be a problem with concealers. If you like a very natural medium coverage concealer and don't mind touching up throughout the day you will probably get on really well with it.


Excuse the brows, I am in the process of growing them out to get my best shape again.

Have you given this concealer a try? What did you think of it if you have? If you haven't, do you think you would be interested in doing so?

Please feel free to recommend me your favorite concealers in the comments form, I always love trying new makeup products as you already know!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My Imitation Crab Spaghetti Recipe


When I think of Kani I immediately think of the typical sushi roll available in many kosher restaurants. There are actually other fantastic uses of these sticks of fish normally located in the frozen aisle of most kosher groceries. I've most recently utilized them ground up with a bunch of other ingredients, flattened into patties and fried into crab cakes which I served with a delicious red pepper aioli. Another was this tasty crab sphagetti. It's super simple to cook up and won't cost you too many calories as a dinner meal. Here is my recipe:


 Imitation Crab Spaghetti 

Ingredients:

6-10 Sticks of Kosher Imitation Crab
1 Pound Sphagetti
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
2 Fresh Cloves of Garlic, chopped small
1/2 Cup White Wine
1 Tablespoon Each Parsley, Dill and Mint fresh or dry
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Zest

Method:

1. Heat a large saute' pan over medium heat and add the butter. Add the garlic and allow to golden for a couple of minutes.  Add the sticks of imitation crab to the pan and allow to cook through completely getting slightly crispy on it's outside. Add the wine and allow it to simmer on high heat for about 4 minutes or until it's reduced by half and the alcohol has cooked out somewhat. Break up the crab with a fork or knife if you like it more precisely done. 

2. Bring a medium pot filled 3/4 of the way with salter water to a simmer and add the sphagetti. Allow it to cook for 8 minutes or until al dente' this dish is better when the pasta is cooked through but still has a good bite to it. Drain the pasta and then add it to the imitation crab mixture. 

3.  Add the parsley, dill and mint to the pasta along with the lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Mix well to combine it all and then serve cold or warm. 

I really hope you will give my Imitation Crab Spaghetti Recipe ! 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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