Hi peeps! I’ve been obsessed with this simple, nutrient-rich salad lately. That, and I may have a little avocado addiction (avocados = nature’s butter). It doesn’t take much preparation, just the ability to use a knife and spoon, which is ideal for me because I have the culinary skills of a 9-year-old. At least I can make it look pretty on the plate. I probably don’t need to tell you about the health benefits of avocados, but in case you were wondering, click here. Bon appetit!
Happy weekend all! As you can see, I doodled all over two pairs of old leggings with a Clorox bleach pen, and let me tell you, it is delightfully addicting and super simple. I’m excited to share this tutorial with you, so read on! Continue reading
Psssst! Did you know that you can use a Sharpie permanent marker to jazz up your nails? I love using metallic Sharpies to create different patterns, and they show up against dark polish colors. French tips, chevrons, dots, and hearts just got a whole lot easier. Apply your base coat of polish and let dry. Draw your design using your Sharpie and LET DRY COMPLETELY. Seal with a clear top coat. You’re welcome. Spread the word.
It’s time to get “Red Carpet Ready” with Ipsy’s official February 2013 Glam Bag! Let’s cut to the chase and see what’s inside.
Lash Cards: Pretty much useless for me. They give you 4 individually wrapped cards (2 small and 2 large). I don’t see why you just can’t use a business card or a plastic spoon.
Coastal Scents eyeshadows: I received the “Glitz & Glamour” set which includes the shades Candlelight, Gunmetal, Incognito, and Ashen. Love these! I have the metallic Coast Scents palette already, and these shadows are high quality.
Pop Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara in Smokey Black: Great mascara, but I only wear waterproof. This mascara will smudge and run on me. Going to give away to a friend with non-oily skin.
Micabeauty Gel Eyeliner: You really can’t go wrong with gel liner like this. This is full-sized, and did you know that it retails for $30?
Pixi Flawless and Poreless primer: Not bad. Makeup looks smooth and flawless and lasts all day.
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Hearts are going to be pretty much everywhere this week, and fingernails are no exception. I managed to successfully form tiny red hearts with the help of a dull pencil tip and some patience. I’ll admit, my right hand does not look as good as my left one, and I had to settle for a red blob on my right pinky nail that looks more like a drop of blood than anything else. Oh well, it’s always the non-dominant hand that counts! I used 925 Gold Coin from Revlon and from my January Ipsy glam bag, Nailtini’s Bloody Mary. Wishing you all a wonderful Love Day this week!
Hello! I made this spiked headband today, and it has a little tiara vibe going on, doesn’t it? If I can get away with wearing a tiara all day, albeit made of spikes, I’m going for it! It might even have a hint of Statue of Liberty. I probably won’t sport this head piece at work, but I would definitely rock it for the weekend. I decided to style my hair in soft waves to balance out the edginess of the spikes, and I think it looks pretty sweet. Read on for the tutorial. Continue reading
I posted an elastic hair tie tutorial back in August, but I decided to glam them up a little by adding large hole beads. I found these inexpensive Pandora-like beads at Joann Fabric in the jewelry supply section. The hole is large enough to thread your fold over elastic right on through! Cut your elastic to 9.5 inches long, string the bead on, fold the elastic in half, and knot at the end. This would be really cute for an elastic headband also, no? To see my original DIY elastic hair tie tutorial click here. To purchase elastic by the yard click here.
Introducing Revlon’s newest glittery nail colors, 770 Heavenly and 260 Girly. Aren’t they such pretty little bottles? Revlon nail enamels are affordable with great quality, and best of all, they are coming out with the most creative concoctions! Heavenly is full of tiny opalescent square and hexagonal glitter pieces with a clear jelly-like base. Girly has a sheer pink-purple base with fuschia, indigo, and peachy-pink glitter specks (some big and some tiny).
I used about three coats of polish in both pictures. They are beautiful colors on their own, but I’m sure they would look amazing layered on top of other colors too! Enjoy your Sunday funday, and I’ll see you soon.
These beauties are Blushing Sequin and Sheer Linen from L’oreal’s Colour Caresse lipstick line. They are sheer, buildable lipsticks that are protective and ultra nourishing. I’ve been loving them since I bought them at Ulta last month, so I thought you might like to see some swatch action! Continue reading
Do you guys remember the Friends episode where Monica buys these really expensive, yet fabulous boots, telling Chandler that she is going to wear them all the time, but it turns out she can’t because they are killing her, one toe at a time? She can no longer bear the pain so she takes them off and has Chandler carry her all the way home from an office party. That episode spoke to me and millions of women who suffer from the pain of fabulous shoes. To help avoid this scenario, I’ve compiled a little list of tips and tricks for making your heels more comfortable. Continue reading
I received my very first Glam bag from Ipsy (formerly MyGlam) this month, and pictured above are the products for January 2013. I discontinued my Birchbox subscription over the summer after receiving a few “blah” and “meh” boxes. Being the huge Michelle Phan fan that I am, I finally just bit the bullet and signed up for a little monthly Glam.
The Official January 2013 Ipsy “Super Stars” Glam Bag products:
1.5 oz. Bigsexyhair Spray & Play voluminizing hairspray
.5 fl. oz. Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary
.17fl. oz. Josie Maran 100%Pure Argan Oil
2.5 fl. oz. Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange body butter
SOHO Beauty concealer makeup brush
Can I get a “What, what!” This is an awesome mix of quality products all wrapped up in a sleek black cosmetic bag. I mean, come on, you get a makeup brush! To learn more about Ipsy or to start your official Glam Bag subscription, click here.
So let’s talk about acne, shall we? My friend Acne has seen me through middle school (we met in 6th grade), high school (we were pretty much inseparable), college (we were the on-again off-again couple), and adulthood (yes we are STILL together, although a less volatile relationship). I was given the opportunity to test out Elizabeth Grant’s The Socializer Z.I.T. Zapper, a unique spot treatment that was able to vanish my stubborn blemishes. Continue reading
I’m probably the last blogger on Earth to post about kale chips, but just in case you happened to miss this trending recipe, here it is! I like to add my own little twist, by making them salt and vinegar flavored, but you can keep them plain or make up your own medley of spices. They have a delicious light crunch sure to appease any monstrous potato chip craving.
1 bunch of kale, washed, de-stemmed, and dried (or purchase precut, ready-to-eat in bag)
1 tbsp. olive oil
Sprinkle of salt and pepper
1 tbsp. vinegar if you like them salt & vinegary
Parmesan cheese if you like them cheesy
Mesquite seasoning if you like them BBQ-y
Ketchup or steak sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear big leaves into smaller pieces. Spread leaves in an even layer on cookie sheet. Toss in olive oil and seasonings of choice. Bake until edges are slightly brown, about 15-20 minutes. Keep in mind that the leaves will shrink down quite a bit. Thin, crispy, and addicting!