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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Inglot Goodies!

Hey everyone! I was lucky enough for Christmas to get to go to Inglot and pick out a few things (thank you daddy!) and so I thought I'd share with you! Don't worry I'll have in depth reviews of everything up within the next month :) I'm already typing them out and have the pictures taken!

I thought it was really cute that instead of putting in tissue paper to the bag they put in pink makeup sponges! It's the little things guys.

So after much deliberation I ended up getting a ten pan eyeshadow palette, a highliter (sparkling dust) in the shade 2, and a nailpolish in shade 364 which is basically a purple toned grey.

I wanted to show how nicely (and sturdily!) packed their eyeshadows are after you take them out of the box. But they were so difficult to get open!

And here's my beauty of a palette! I tried to pick out shadows that I didn't have (very very difficult) and ones I could use by themselves or with other shadows. Lately I've been really into just using one shade across my whole lid and gives a really really nice smokey effect!

I know the first three in the top row look almost exactly the same but I promise it's just the lighting (oldest excuse in the blogger book I know....) but in my next post with the swatches you'll see they are all completely different)

So far so good as I have been testing out all of the products!

Have you guys tried any Inglot products? I'm in the market for a new face powder (preferably a loose one with coverage.) If anyone has any suggestions....Inglot or not (but hopefully one that won't break the bank!) let me know! :)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Best in Beauty: 2013

Hey everyone! Now I don't think any of these will come as a shock to you but since I don't do favorites posts (I just don't try enough new beauty products every month or have the money to) some of these may be a surprise! But these are my favorites of all favorites that I have been loving all year! So I hope you enjoy :)

I'm not going to go into detail about these products since I would be here until 2015 but if you would like an in depth review on ANYTHING let me know and I'll do it :)

Tinted Moisturizer: Origins Vita Zing
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
(Drugstore favorite: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer)
Liquid Highliter: Benefit High Beam
Cheek Stain: Tarte Awakening Cheek Stain (favorite of ALL TIME **desert island product**)
Powder Blush: Milani - Luminoso
                                             Tarte Amazonian Clay - Flush
                          Benefit Sugarbomb
Brow Product: ELF Brow Kit - Ash (it somehow snuck out of the picture)
Foundation Applicator: Beauty Blender

Favorite Makeup Brush Find: Coastal Scents Brushes
                                                  (the one shown is the shade Liquid Diamond)
Cream Eyeshadows: Maybelline Color Tattoos 
(Barely Branded, Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Waves of White)
Eyeshadow Stick/Crayon: Rimmel Scandaleyes (shown: Witness White)
Pencil Eyeliners: NYX Slide on Pencils (these are better than Urban Decay!)
Liquid Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto 
(not pictured because I'm literally going to the store to buy a new one tomorrow)

 (L to R)

Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Glosses (shown: Merengue)
Fun Lip Product: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (shown L: Tokyo, R: Stockholm)
Lipstick/Balm Hybrid: Maybelline Color Whispers (shown L: Orange Attitude, R: Lust for Blush)
                                              MAC - See Sheer, Russian Red, Costa Chic
 Best Balms: MAC Tendertones (come out with collection
 Korres Lip Butter - Jasmine
Nivea Lip Butters
Lip Liners: NYX Lipliners (any of them, I've tried them all)
(shown: Plush Red, Pale Pink, Deep Red)

I think the lip products were the hardest to narrow down since they change with the seasons so I trie to pick some from each season that are my favorites. Also with eyeshadows I am so fickle...the ones I talk about here are just my all time favorites...the rest I can interchange regularly and be just fine

if you made it to the end and actually read everything I applaud you and would love if you could like my facebook page to keep updated on everything!

I also reached 500 bloglovin followers and can't thank you all enough! It really means a lot to me especially since I started out the year with less than 100 :D

I've also added sponsorships to my blog as an option if any of you are interested click the tab at the top :)

Thank you for reading and again if there is anything you want an in depth review on just let me know!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Easiest Apple Turnover Recipe Ever!

Hey everyone! If there's one thing I really enjoy doing it's case you haven't noticed. This recipe is definitely a big hit with my family and is soooo simple to make. I think apple turnovers are a firm favorite of most but they seem pretty daunting to hopefully now you'll see how easy they are!

What you'll need:
Puff Pastry (French Pastry)
Brown Sugar
White Sugar
(&if you want to add any other spices feel free to!)

First preheat your oven....I heat mine in between 175-200 C (different ovens cook differently so heat yours where it works the best)

Depending on how many of these pastries you want to make determines how many apples to peel and cut. Basically my rule of thumb is you need two apples for one roll of puff pastry. I used four apples and two rolls. To be honest although homemade puff pastry is wonderful it takes a lot of skill and time and frankly I'm too lazy to do that all the time so I think the premade puff pastry works best 
**Puff pastry is not the same as pie crust...make sure it says puff pasty/french pastry/ flaky pastry**

1. Peel and cut your apples into small cubes 
(I find small cubes works the best to fill the pastry)

2. Add brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
I never really measure how much I use...but basically you want the apples to be coated well in the mixture and feel pretty grainy from the sugar but not so much that the sugar is forming a gel in the bottom of your bowl. I use equal parts white and brown sugar but if you only have one type I'm sure they'll turn out delicious still. Basically the mixture will end up looking like the picture above

(Ciasto francuskie = french pastry/puff pastry in polish)

3. You can oil your pan or if you have a nonstick pan you can leave it. You can use any type of oil, I used sunflower because it was just what I had in my house.
I would recommend baking these directly onto your pan, and not on foil...One time I made them on foil and some of the mix drained out of the turnover and caramelized on the foil which stuck the foil to the pan and was horrible to get off...but that was the only time I ever had a problem cleaning the pan

4. Cut the puff pastry into squares.
I just use my kitchen scissors and haven't had a problem yet.
**After you cut a few squares off of the pastry roll stick the rest of the pastry back into the fridge. Pastry dough of any kind works best when it's cold**

5. Scoop some of your apple mixture onto your pastry squares leaving room around the edges 
The shape I show above is the one that works the best

6. Then fold over the pastry and press the edges with a fork to seal. 
I fold the corners in too because that's the place where the filling will leak out first when baking if you don't

Optional: You can brush the tops of the pastries with egg and sprinkle some brown sugar on top if you really want to get fancy and it adds a nice crunch but is by no means necessary.
I've done it in the past, but didn't do it this time and it didn't change the flavor or anything it just looks super fancy (but also takes longer)

Then stick these babies in the oven to bake!

You can also make the rest of your pastries while the first round is baking (just make sure to stick them back in the  fridge after you prepare them!)

When you get to the end of the roll of pastry, there is always a little piece that you can't use as a square so all I did in the top two of the picture was use the extra and made a roll and then just pinched the ends. After baking they just look like a the long donuts (they have that shape)

Bake until golden brown on the top 
but make sure you check the bottoms the first round. When you bake them the first time you don't want them to burn so people often take them out too soon but then the pastry on the bottom is still raw so make sure you just take a quick look

Four apples and two rolls of pastry made about fifteen of these. They lasted in my house around three days....haha. To me these taste even better the next day for breakfast. 

I like them even more after they cool off so these are a great treat to bake the night before a party or event. But if you eat them while they're hot they taste like apple pie.

I can crank out these bad boys in less than half an hour. The longest part of the whole process is peeling and cutting up the apples (so if you have a few boys in the house you can sucker them in and get them to peel and cut the apples for you and then it looks like you did a ridiculous amount of baking...when really it's the simplest pastry ever to make)

Let me know if you try this recipe and you can tweet me pictures 

Or post them on my facebook page!
(also I would LOVE if you could like my facebook page!)

And I will leave you with this gem of a picture
excuse any mess!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Besame Noir Red Lipstick Review


Hey everyone! Today I'm going to be reviewing one of my recent favorite lipsticks for the colder months, Besame Noir Red* I'm in love with the packaging of this lipstick, it comes in a little velvet pouch and makes me feel so classy carrying it around with me.

What Besame says:
 "A modern classic and the perfect 1920s shade. One coat of this high-pigment lip color provides full coverage for a weightless, long-lasting finish. The featherproof, semi-matte formula is enriched with vitamin C, aloe and green tea for comfortable, all-day wear."

it can be applied darker than this if you like, I applied it with a lip brush but the previous time I had worn it straight from the tube and it came off a lot darker. Did I mention it makes my teeth look super white!
 I received this in my Wantable Subscription Box (see my review on that) and tried it out for the first time when I went on a night out with my friends. I thought being out all night and drinking and talking a lot would give it a run for its money to see how well it performed and it lasted all night!! ALL NIGHT. No bleeding, no feathering, and it only faded a little but it faded evenly, not just in the center of my lips. May I also add I forgot a lip liner that day so I just put it on straight from the tube.

The formula is semi-matte but leans more matte, but isn't drying at all. The lipstick is so pigmented that you wear such a thin layer on your lips it feels extremely comfortable. It didn't cling to dry patches and didn't require a balm over it at any point during the 10 hours I wore it yesterday.

I was literally shocked at how well this lipstick performed the first time so I thought I'd try it out again on another long day. Yesterday I applied this at noon, went to the mall for some Christmas shopping  (and INGLOT post soon to come omg it was amazing) and after the mall at 5 I went for coffee with two of my friends. I didn't touch this lipstick up once throughout the day and it still looked perfect when I got to the coffee shop.

Then after talking with my friends for around 2-3 hours and drinking a coffee and a tea (not with a straw or anything) I looked at my lipstick and it had faded evenly to a nice lighter berry stain. 

me at 11pm without trying to remove show how the lipstick faded, and I didn't even apply a chapstick and my lips didn't feel dry
My biggest hate with darker lipsticks is that they fade in the middle and leave an extremely noticeable lip liner like ring around your mouth. Or i hate when you get that line in the middle of your lips where they touch that almost flakes off from talking too much. Neither of these happened with this and I'm so happy and amazed!

I really want to try more products from this brand and even on their website they show their lipsticks on cool and warm skin tones so you can know if they will work for you.

Have any of you tried this brand? This lipstick is definitely my favorite winter dark red at the moment.

also I created a facebook page for my blog and would love if you could like it!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Empties #3

Hey everyone! I know it's been a long time since my last empties post but since I moved to Europe I didn't take many products with me and just purchased full sized ones here so it has taken me some time to get through a decent enough amount to do an empties post!

Venus Cranberry Shaving Cream: exciting I know. But it did smell really nice and it is an empty beauty product so I figured I'd put it in. I'm an avid user of soap or products I don't like to shave my legs with but then when you shave with an actually shaving cream your legs feel so much softer and nice I always forget how great they feel until I use the product you're meant to shave with....

Green Style Pineapple Mint Shampoo: So I put this in here for fun's a shampoo my dad and brother had from when they were in Russia. When I first got here they didn't have any conditioner so I was forced to wash my hair with just shampoo since it was disgusting after getting off the plane and road tripping..and my hair actually felt really nice and not like straw! So hey if you ever happen to find this strange shampoo while you're in Russia I would highly recommend it

Cien Conditioner: this came from Lidl because I was desperately in need of conditioner and didn't have time to make it to my usual place before class and this one was disgusting. It smelled like burning plastic, and was really thick. Even my little brother showered and came over and told me "I really hate that new conditioner you bought" That's when you know it's bad. So if you're in a pinch and are in Lidl DON'T BUY THIS ONE

L'oreal Elseve Total Repair Extreme Mask: Oh. My. God. Best drugstore hair mask award goes to..... This stuff is freaking amazing. It literally makes my hair feel like silk and smells like that wonderful hairdresser shampoo they all seem to use that leaves your hair smelling wonderful for days (how does that hair never smells like my shampoo but when I go to the salon it smells delicious for days...any hair stylists out there have an opinion? what shampoo/conditioner do you guys use?). This is basically that scent and is hands down the best hair mask I've bought from the drugstore. 
Repurchase? I've already repurchased this 3 times.......

L'oreal Elseve Total Repair Extreme Shampoo: I liked this shampoo although it is a really moisturizing shampoo so that and conditioning all of my hair made my roots greasier quicker so it wasn't the best for me...but for people that don't condition all of their hair or have dry scalps/roots I think this would be great
Repurchase? No, I have other shampoos I prefer to this one

Syoss Silicone Free Repair and Fullness Conditioner (Green Bottle): This is my favorite drugstore conditioner brand so I thought I would try a different one from my usual (the white one) but I really was not a fan of this one. I know it's better for your hair but I really don't care whether a product has silicone in it (unpopular beauty blogger opinion....) and this one left my hair kind of frizzy (more frizzy than normal) and dry...and when I let it dry to it's natural curly state the curls looked strange....Not a fan
Repurchase? NO

Syoss Glossing Shine Sealing Conditioner (White Bottle): FAVORITE CONDITIONER. This is the best stuff ever and it's from the drugstore. It leaves your hair super shiny and soft and not fizzy and my hair even looks okay when it air dries (which is not the norm for most conditioners. Even my dad and brother say it's their favorite conditioner and won't change to anything else.
Repurchase? I think we're on our third bottle.....

Original Source Mango & Macadamia Body Wash: What is there really to say on this? Everyone knows and loves these shower gels and I agree. This smell was like a tropical smoothie on the beach somewhere and I adored it
Repurchase? Totally

Original Source Chocolate Orange Body Wash: This one smelled like an orange tootsie pop and I loved bathing with it although it did make me crave chocolate it just smelled so good!
Repurchase? Totally

I finished off a package of large cotton pads...I love these because I can take off all of my makeup with one pad.
Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser: If you have read ANY of my empties posts (and we're on number 7 now) you know how much I love this stuff. I think I had like five tubes in my last post.....So I won't bore you to death but I think I've used almost ten tubes of this now?
Repurchase? Do I even have to answer that...
Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Night Cream: To be honest I wasn't the biggest fan...I hated the smell (to me it smelled like those orange vitamins...that are for like little kids but not as sweet) And it left me with a weird oil layer on my skin when I woke up which I hated. I like some of the other origins  night creams far more than this
Repurchase? No I'll go with the other ones..
Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara: If you read my starting off posts I mentioned this there. This is the best mascara for a no makeup- makeup day as it makes you lashes look like you naturally have a million thick dark full lashes
Repurchase? Yes
Lirene Micellar Water: This was the first micellar water I've tried since they're all the craze over here but not in the states at all...and it was nice but a little too heavily fragranced...and since trying the L'Oreal one and the Bioderma  one I like those far better
Repurchase? No
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2: This bottle literally lasted me almost a year and a half...which I'd say is pretty good especially since it was only $11. I really liked this one, it didn't harm my skin, was tingly and refreshing, and toned my pores like it should without drying my skin out
Repurchase? Maybe...but I find it similar to the Clean and Clear Deep Action toner so I'm still testing more of a beauty blogger...
Well I hoped you liked my empties! Especially since it's been a while..

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The "Christmas Time is Here!" Tag

Hey everyone! Today I/m doing a tag that the lovely Hope from beautyandbliss created and di on her youtube channel!

1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Definitely the smell of Christmas trees and all the Christmas lights everyone puts up. They just make everything so beautiful...especially when it snows :)

2. When you were a kid, what did you leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?
Sugar cookies and milk that we made and decorated the night before with a big giant note to Santa Claus that my brother and I made up (and I wrote) the night before

3. Do you and/or your family have any Christmas traditions?
I don't think we have any special traditions that are different from anyone else's....we always have a tree and always make the Christmas dinner from scratch. Usually I volunteer at the homeless shelters or food shelters in December and donate to the companies that wrap and give Christmas presents to little kids either in hospitals or shelters to make sure they all have a good Christmas :)

4. When decorating, do you go all out or just do a small amount of decorating? 
It really depends on the year and how much time we have haha I love putting all the Christmas decorations up though if I have the time

5. What is your favorite Christmas dinner food? 
 dessert :)

6. What is your favorite Christmas movie? 
Alvin and the Chipmunks!

7. What is your favorite Christmas song? 
Honestly...I don't know. There are so many how could you pick one? But probably Frosty the Snowman because that was one of my favorite movies as a kid and it reminds me of it...or the Peanuts song that Schroeder plays in the background on the Christmas movie.

8. What was your favorite gift you've ever received?
I honestly don't know...but the best gifts were always the most thoughtful ones...especially the homemade one. ACTUALLY this little kid I used to babysit made me an ornament with us on it...definitely the best one

9. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Decorating the Christmas tree when my parents were still together and setting up the trains under it with my dad

10. Does it snow where you live?
When I was in California (aka the past 18 years) hell no. But here it does! We've actually just gotten the first snowfall recently

11. Do you own an "ugly holiday sweater"? 
Of course...isn't that like a prerequisite of Christmas?

12. Hot chocolate or eggnog? 
One question...does the eggnog have rum in it?

13. Have you ever been kissed under a mistletoe? #forever alone

So I tag....anyone reading this
and especially:
LoveLaceyBeauty/Lacey Keith
Eilidh from maisymeow
Hannah from cosmeticcrave
Nicole from sleekchic
Linda from loveforbeauty
Megan from littlemissaverage
Katie from katiesworldofbeauty
I hope you all do this tag! And leave the link in the comments below if you do or have already done it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Making Homemade Pumpkin Mash!

Hey everyone! Hopefully you have all seen my What to Do With Your Pumpkins post from earlier this week which is all about how to use up those pumpkins you've had around your house this fall or for thanksgiving decorations :)

So today I'm going to tell you how to make your own homemade pumpkin mash (like the kind you buy in a can at the supermarket).

It's surprisingly the easiest thing ever to make and tastes SO MUCH BETTER than buying the canned kind. When you make your pies or cupcakes you can really tell the difference :)

So after you cook your pumpkin like I explained in my previous post you can go about this two ways

1. If you don't have an electric mixer use a grater (like for cheese) to grate the peeled pumpkin because it basically mashes it for you. Then take something heavy...I took that wooden masher that we have for making jams (we do it every year from the fruit trees at our cabin) and then mash the pumpkin until it is relatively smooth

2. If you have an electric mixer use it to blend the pumpkin until smooth (this way is far easier haha but we didn't have one)

I like to spice my pumpkin mash because the flavors really come out since the spices have time to really soak in. I added Cinnamon and Gingerbread Spice which is the same thing as pumpkin pie spice (in Europe pumpkin pie spice doesn't exist but you can buy packets of spice to make gingerbread and it's basically the same ingredients)

Then bake away!

(if you don't use all of the pumpkin mash stick it in the freezer and thaw it out the next time you want to bake!)