Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows


It was in Miami in October that I walked into my first Ulta ever. It was absolutely epic since I'd been shopping on their website for years and had heard amazing things about their actual store. The high end and drugstore/less expensive mix of products in there is just right on. My sister and I were in there together so I helped her choose some Tarte shadows and an eyeliner and then wandered over to the Urban Decay section. I'd been specifically looking for a very metallic bold green shadow with very particular emerald, blue and gold tones. And that's when I spotted the liquid moondust shadows. After swatching up both my arms with products I decided to walk out with just one of these since it fit my original criteria perfectly. 

Soon after getting back and wearing that shade "Zodiac" to no end I knew I had to get some more because the liquid shadow idea is like nothing I've ever experienced before. So into my Sephora cart went Recharged- a peachy pink shade, Spacetime- a deep coppery bronze and Magnetic- an iridescent purple. I now own 4 out of the 8 shades available and will most likely end up with the ones I'm missing at some time or another. I feel like Urban Decay could have expanded beyond these colors but I'll take what I can get. Makeup Forever and Stila have since released similar versions as well so I'm sure I'll fill the gap.



I think even before writing this review you probably know how I feel about these for the most part because I've gone on and on about them whenever I got the chance in both blog posts and videos. In fact I've done 2 eye makeup tutorial videos featuring 2 of these shades already and I'm currently planning my third. I just think the idea of liquid shadows is so genius. I'd choose them any day over those loose pigment style shadows for sure. Thee's no spraying or mixing of products necessary with these. The packaging is really nice with the silver twist up wand caps and metallic silver writing and there's a pretty good amount of product in there for the $22.00 you'll spend on one of the tubes. It's the actual product that really wows though, it's is so creamy and easy to apply with the tiny little wand (or a brush if you choose). I like to let one layer set and then top with a second one a minute later most of the time because some of these can be a bit sheer or patchy otherwise. I also tend to put some powders on before and some after it sets into place because otherwise they do transfer and move around making it harder to get that nice blend on the outer edges. Once layered they stay put on my lids all day and don't move around at all or wear down in color. The glitter particles are smooth and comfortable and I don't feel these on my eyes at all when I'm wearing them as you sometimes do with heavier products such as creams, glitters or layered products. Their foiled, metallic finish with tiny bits of iridescent glitters sparkling at different angles are absolutely unmatched (for me, as of yet). I can't find anything that I personally don't like about these, although if you go for a more neutral shadow look all of the time you most likely won't be into these. 

I took two sets of swatches in different lighting so you could really get an idea of how they really look. 

So, which one do you think I should go for next? I think it'll be Vega. Even though I don't wear blue shadows that often anymore, this one looks so unique! Decisions, decisions! 

Do you already have some of these Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Shadows of your own? I think they are worth every cent! Urban Decay has them on their website as do Ulta and Sephora of course if your still curious about them at all. If you've tried other liquid formulas and love them, please do recommend them to me in the comments form, I love hearing from you!

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A Fun Spin on My Basic Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls Recipe (Video)


I've done so many different variations on my basic chicken soup recipe over the years. I think it only gets better and better as I go along! Adding spiralized zucchini noodles and changing it up from chicken drumbs to chicken breasts this time really put a fun spin on things. I posted my original recipe back in 2013 and it was a good base for this updated version. Plus I recorded my whole process so watch this weeks video here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always. 

And now for the full recipe:



Ingredients:

1 Cup Cubed Chicken Breasts
3 Tablespoons Chicken Consomme 
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Cube Frozen Ginger 
1 Cube Frozen Dill
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Large Zucchini, Sliced
1 Large Carrot, Sliced
10-15 Whole Cloves Garlic
1 Cup Spiralized Zucchini Noodles/ Zoodles 
About 11 Cups Filtered/Bottled Water

Matzoh Balls/Kneidlach:
Yields about 12 Large Matzoh balls
1 1/4 Cups Matzoh Meal
1/2 Cup Seltzer
4 Eggs
1/2 Cup Oil

Method:

1. Add cubed chicken breasts to large soup pot. Then add the salt, frozen cube of ginger and frozen cube of dill. Add garlic, sliced zucchini, sliced carrots and chopped onion in as well.

2. Fill your pot to about 3/4 of the way full with water (about 11 cups). The water does boil but I prefer to use bottled or filtered water.

3. Bring the water in pot to a boil over hight heat on the stove top. 

4. In the meantime start on your matzoh balls. Combine matzoh meal and seltzer then add in eggs and oil and mix well to combine it all. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

5. Once soup has come to a boil, add chicken consommé and stir it in.

6. Lower the flame a bit and allow the soup to cook for about 1 1/2 hours- 2 hours or until it's reduced quite a bit.  

7. Remove the matzoh ball mixture from refrigerator and with damp hands, roll the mixture into medium sized balls, dropping them into the pot one by one. Do this in the last 15 minutes of cooking the soup and add the spiralized zucchini noodles once the matzoh balls float to the top and have begun cooking through. 

8. Serve warm.

9. This recipe can be frozen and served at a later date. I separate it into 4 containers, freeze and reheat for several weeks as I'd like to use it. 


I really hope you will give my Chicken zoodle 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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Friday Fashion: Athleisure Wear

February may be coming to a close but don't forget about those good old resolutions you made back when the year began! I find that part of the motivation for me involves getting to wear fun workout pieces that I feel great in. The interesting thing is that there is a whole new category in fashion now called Athleisure. I'm a big fan let me tell you. This means you get to wear your workout gear to run errands, shop for groceries, hang out in the park with the kids and even to work maybe (depending on what your job is like of course!) Just don't go to any special events wearing these pieces and you'll be all good. I am the queen of casual with my every day looks as you may already know, so getting to wear workout gear when I'm not actually actively working out makes me incredibly happy obviously. If you are unsure how to pull this athleisure look off, here are 11 great pieces I think anyone can totally rock any day of the week. 













I think any one of these pieces can be layered with sweaters, skirts and socks to make them appropriate for the weather and for daily wear.  

Are you a fan of the athleisure style or do you prefer to reserve workout wear for working out. Leave my your opinion in the comments, I love hearing from you!

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My Recipe Binder + My Tips on How to Keep Your Recipes Organized


As a mom, wife and food blogger, keeping my life and things around me organized helps me get things done quicker and more efficiently. Methods like this recipe binder are just a small part of what keeps things running smoothly around me. I wasn't always this organized and I'm sure I still have alot more to learn but ever since starting systems like these, I find I can think clearer and get so much more done in a day. I keep it up on the shelf where my cookbooks are in my kitchen. Whenever I want to add a few sheets or write a little something in, all I have to do is pull it down and flip through it. I also like to keep pages I'm using during that specific week in the front. Pulling the pages out and moving them around is easy with a binder system like this one.  If you find your recipe tear outs and ideas becoming a hot mess, try this binder idea, all you need is a basic plastic binder and a couple of packs of plastic sheet protectors to get started. You can get fancy and decorative or keep it simple if you like, but wait and see how much easier menu planning and shopping list writting becomes when everything is one place.

I've had this recipe binder system for as long as I can remember, I think just as soon as I started cooking even. When you develop and post your recipes online as I do, you need to keep a neat organized system. But this is not just for food bloggers, it's beneficial for any home cook or chef alike. So what exactly do I keep in this binder? Any cooking related papers really. But lets get specific. Who else gets all sorts of magazines and tears a recipe out only to misplace the page after putting the dish on the menu for Tuesday nights dinner and shopping for all of the ingredients? I can't be the only one this has happened to, I'm sure! To avoid this from reoccurring, all magazine tear outs go into a folder in my desk organizer titled RECIPES on the front. Then, once a week or month or whenever it gets close to overflowing I go through them and select the ones I'll definitely gain inspiration from or plan to try and toss anything I've changed my mind about. I load them into this very basic binder I purchased from an office supply store many years ago, (it's held up well) cutting them down to size if needed and sliding them into clear plastic sheet protectors (also from any office supply store) I pre-fill my binder with. The only real specification I had when choosing this binder originally was that it have rings large enough to fit a whole lot of paper I planned to pack into it. 

Sometimes I'll be doing random things throughout my day like eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast or sitting in my car at carpool time and a brilliant recipe idea comes to me. Since I'm not around my main notebook where all my ideas and thoughts usually get jotted down, I resort to clips of papers of all sizes to scribble quick notes which end up going in the folder and then into the binder as well. Another thing I do often is photocopy some of my favorites from cookbooks I own on my shelf and put them in my binder to avoid spilling sauces and breading all over the beautiful cookbook pages and make them easy to find when I need them on short notice. And lets not forget the internet, the main hub for recipe inspiration what with Pinterest food boards, Facebook cooking groups and Whatsapp neighborhood and family groups. Any recipes I've taken the time to print from all around the place end up going into this binder as well for safe keeping. Another scenario that sometimes takes place is where I haven't planned a dinner or I make changes to my dinner plans and I just start going wherever my pantry, fridge, freezer and mind takes me. This is where my whole process of recipe development begins. Halfway through stirring a little something I realize this is a recipe I've just made up and can absolutely share with my blog reader friends. Every ingredient gets measured out and written down so that my recipes will be absolutely accurate when posted. I'll often pull those very sheets out of my binder while further developing and cooking recipes up a second or third time and make little notes of what I did or something I changed to reference later when writing them up, finally resulting in those recipes you find on my blog.  

I'm sure you get the gist. This recipe binder is one great hub of recipe inspiration, gathering, developing and protecting recipes I come across. 

I also do a recipe binder clean out every few months, tossing any pages I've decided I'm not actually interested in or ones I feel I've gotten enough inspiration from already. Sometimes they are recipes of my own I've decided I'm not happy enough with after all to actually go ahead and publish them. I actually have some recipes I wrote down in there dating back to 2008 when I first started my binder but I like to keep it to the minimum so it doesn't end up overstuffed which just becomes overwhelming, defeating the whole purpose. 

If you've decided to keep a similar binder for yourself here are some my tips:


Tip #1 Start today. Don't push it off because the pile of paper only grows with so many incredible recipes out there. Get yourself a binder and sheet protecters, and then sit down to watch your favorite youtube channel while slipping those pages into place. 

Tip #2 Be very selective on which pages you are keeping. Having too many recipes overwhelming you in there may dissuade you from opening it up at all. I like to flip through and move recipes I want to cook in the coming weeks to the front. The ones I consistently don't find myself getting to, get tossed. You may think you have time to make that dough recipe from scratch but find that you end up buying some frozen dough at your grocery that's just as good.

Tip #3 Keep a clipboard standing in a corner on your counter. When your ready to cook a recipe all you need to do is clip a sheet protector into place and you have your recipe right in front of you without having a whole book full of recipes taking up much needed space. 

Tip #4 Keep your options open. If a recipe binder isn't the thing for you, consider a box or photo album filled with index cards or a pretty notebook with pages taped in. If it keeps your recipes all in one place then it does the trick. If you prefer paperless organization, consider scanning your papers into your computer, organizing them there all in one folder and accessing them from your computer, phone or iPad when you need them. You'll be surprised at how much easier the cooking process will become with a more organized recipe system to turn to, no matter which you choose.


Do you have a system of your own for keeping your recipes organized all in one place? Please give me your tips, I would love to incorporate some into my own! I'm sure we can all benefit!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone


I didn't realize until recently how much my highlight section of the beauty drawer had filled up. Until last year I wasn't that excited about this step in my makeup routine all that much and basically used one specific one consistently- The Balm's Mary Loumanizer- a great one actually. I feel like 2016 is the year I really did my research on everything highlight related and then finally felt comfortable expanding my shades and textures. This Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Moonstone" was Mary Loumanizers predecessor (although I still pull that one out from time to time) being the next thing I tried. The thing is like this, there is a huge selection of highlighting powders to choose from now but I try to go for ones that aren't similar to those I already own when I purchase a new one. Some are very bold, some are glittery and sparkly, some yellow toned, some purple and so on. When actually selecting one from my collection to apply, I choose based on what makeup look I'm wearing and how tan my skin is at the time. This specific one is kind of my "all makeup looks highlight" because it's not overdone and works with almost anything. Sephora describes it as a pale gold but to me it appears to be a light beige with some white tones in it and once applied it looks like a natural healthy shine and glow on the cheeks. It's extremely finely milled and so soft to touch with no large chunks of glitter through it. I love that Becca includes mirrors in their compact for on the go touch ups but I'm not a fan of the rubberized feel to the packaging which seems to attract dirt and powder from all sides of my makeup collection somehow.  It's a bit up there in price at $38.00 but the pan size is very decent. It's has lasted me months and months at a time. At the moment I like to apply all of my powder highlights with the Morphe M558 Mini Detail Fan Brush for a precise application and I would say it pairs really well with this specific powder. The reason I reach for this one on more of a day to day basis then for a special evening out is because it doesn't last on my skin for more then about 4-5 hours or so before needing to be reapplied. I believe this is due to how soft the powder is but I'm not totally sure on that.  

If your after that "I woke up like this" natural glow from a highlight, I think you will absolutely love this for an every day look. I would say of all Becca's highlighters this one is the most subtle and the most suitable in regards to varying skin tones. 







Have you given any of this highlighting powder a try? What did you think of it if you have? If you haven't do you plan to? 

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Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe


My husband isn't the biggest fan of chicken for dinner. He'll eat any kind of chicken breasts but chicken on the bone isn't his favorite. So I don't prepare it very often but when I do I attempt to be very creative. He was impressed with these chicken wings so I'm certain you and yours will like them as well. It makes for a great choice to to serve the guys alongside those franks n blanks, beer battered onion rings and thick cut fries when their watching sports on the couch, or any other occasion really. Prepare them well in advance, then freeze and reheat them or start fresh and throw them in the oven a couple of hours to when your company arrives, same great results either way! Fry them up, or bake them as I've done for a healthier version. Also, if you really like to amp up the heat add a couple of dashes of red chili pepper flakes to the sauce mixture. And now, here's my recipe.


Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings


Ingredients:

Spice Mixture/Rub- 2 Tablespoons each- Garlic powder,  Sweet Paprika, Onion Powder and Chili Powder and a little black pepper
1-2 lb. Chicken Wings
1/4 Cup Honey 
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 
1/4 Cup Sriracha
1 Tablespoon Duck Sauce
1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Corn Starch

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 450. Lightly grease a parchment paper lined/rimmed baking sheet/tray.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, sweet paprika, onion powder, chili powder and a bit of black pepper as a rub. Sprinkle the mixture generously on both sides of every chicken wing and lay out on baking tray, keeping each piece separated a bit. Place in oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove tray from oven and flip each piece of chicken, then place back in oven for another 15 minutes or until baked through and crispy on the outside. .

3. In a medium sauce pan, combine honey, soy sauce, sriracha, duck sauce and orange juice. Mix to combine. Heat over a medium flame until it simmers, then lower the flame and add the corn starch. Stir for a few minutes until the sauce is thicker and sticky. 

4. Coat each wing with a generous amount of the sauce  you've prepared and place back in the oven for 20 minutes. Feel free to add more sauce once removed from the oven if you feel it isn't covered in enough. 

5. Serve warm with any extra sauce to the side if you'd like. 

I really hope you will give my Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings 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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Glitter Metallic Purple Eye Look + Full Face Makeup Tutorial


I've already professed my love for these Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Shadows and I haven't even done my full review post on them. This is my second tutorial putting one to use on camera and if you weren't sure what all the fuss was about before I'm sure you can see now! Another exciting detail is that I've included my whole face look, not only focusing on the eyes this time around. Watch this weeks video here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always.  



Here are the details of what I used to get this look:



 

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