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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Inglot Palette (+ Swatches)


Hey everyone! I know my posting has been a little strange lately but with medical school and finals coming up everything has been super crazy in my life (excuses, excuses, I know). Recently I reached 600 followers on bloglovin and I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. My medical school class is only 100 people so imagining 6 times that many reading my blog is just insane!!!

If you don't know, Inglot is a Polish brand, so what better place to buy it than Poland!! (If you guys ever take a vacation here, which I would highly recommend because it is very cheap...buy your Inglot products here. I bought a loose powder and looked on the US website and it was $22, I paid 36PLN which is less than $10...so less than 8 british pounds?)

I've been experimenting with a lot of their products (and I love them ALL) and wanted to share today my eyeshadow palette with you guys and swatches. Longest intro in the history of intros out of the way....let's get into it!


When you go to an Inglot store (or booth...they have them all over Poland.) they have the Freedom System. So you build your own palette and can have even one single eyeshadow, or as many as up to 50 I think it was. You also pick between these larger square eyeshadows or smaller round ones that are about the same size as a MAC eyeshadow. A MAC eyeshadow is 1.5g, a round Inglot eyeshadow is 1.8g, and the square eyeshadows that I chose are 2.7g

*As a side note they also have the Freedom System for face, lips, and even brow products but I haven't tried those yet

I decided to go with a 10 pan eyeshadow palette and have written the colors on the eyeshadows (I use Picmonkey). I did the top row as a warm neutral brown toned row, and the bottom row as a grey.black smokier row. I know the first four colors look almost exactly the same in the top row but I can assure you they couldn't be more different. (you'll see in the swatches below)



This is the palette in different lighting to try and show the true colors of it (I also realizex as I uploaded this I took the picture of it upside down from the first one but I'm sure you already figured that out. Oops!)


The swatches are as true to color as I could get in my lighting, I either have bright white light from reflection off the snow outside of yellow lights from the artificial lighting in my room. But there is no way to show the true beauty of these shadows. I would say these are just as good if not better than MAC eyeshadows. They sure are a better price (each one worked out to be around $4 with the currency exchange) and you get almost twice the amount of product.

There is a little fallout from them if you don't tap your brush off but the shadows themselves are almost more dusty(?) The texture to me is more similar to the L'Oreal Infallible shadows which are pressed pigments and you have to go in with a lighter hand or a packing brush; lately I have been the BIGGEST fan of using one color with a fluffy brush all across the lid for a sheerer wash of color and it gives you almost that glossy look (no eyeliner, and mascara: BEAUTIFUL)

Almost all of these shadows I can wear by themselves on the lid and lower lash line and they all look GORGEOUS (if you wanted to know how I do my shadow...and so I don't have to say I like wearing this color by itself in every description) The first two swatches in this picture above were so hard to get true to color but the last three swatches are almost dead on (except the very last but I'll explain in a second)

111- this is a light golden champagne with shimmer, I would compare it to something like a light MAC Patina (but I don't own Patina so I can't show you a side by side comparison)

118- is a more amber toned version of the previous shadow. Even though it is shimmery it works as a nice shade to blend things together or put in your crease.

154- this is a cooler toned brown similiar to YDK by Urban Decay (if you have any of the Naked palettes you've seen it) but is just one of the best colors. I prefer this to YDK since it has less chunky glitter and fallout (this swatch is pretty accurate to the actual color)

114- if you're a fan of Amber Lights by MAC then this shadow is one for you. It's like Amber Lights's cousin. Slightly more orange toned but just as beautiful (and more pigmented)

421- no swatch can show the true beauty of this little baby. This is the best red-brown toned eyeshadow I have ever seen. Oh lordy. I know now in the winter everyone is a fan of cranberry eyeshadows (including me) and this is the perfect pairing for them. It is this satin smooth red brown color that blends so easily and wonderfully there aren't words to describe (even though that's what I'm supposed to be doing). It's safe to say this is my favorite darker brown shadow

Here is the bottom row of the palette. I know cooler toned shadows aren't everyones cup of tea and most people think that these shadows would be only used for straight up smokey eyes or nights out but that is definitely not the case at all. I know I don't do face of the day posts really but I am using a Nikon coolpix camera.........Not the best for FOTD posts. I took pictures of my makeup for an upcoming post and it took FOREVER to get two good ones. 
I am saving up for a new camera though so tell me what kinds of cameras you guys use. My two criteria are that it has to have a flip out screen (the kind you turn around so you can see yourself) and I have to be able to have either a setting or be able to use a lens that blurs the background with it.
On to the swatches! Man I am rambly in today's post. I think I go into withdrawals and have so much to tell you guys when I don't post for a while that it's pent up and coming out now (I think of you all as my friends, I hope the feeling is mutual or this just got really awkward)

453- I needed a white eyeshadow. I had a horrible awful chalky one from Wet N Wild and it wasn't cutting it. But I didn't want a stark matte whiteout shade white so I went with this beauty. It has got a little sheen to it and isn't SO PIGMENTED that you get a white line (although it is pretty pigmented) it blends out like a dream and is just what I was in the market for.

152- I love silver shadows. I have grey eyes and for some reason I think grey+grey=pretty. I also love shimmer and shine. (but I can't do gold. I have cooler toned skin and blonde hair and think it looks horrible on me). This shadow ALMOST has a SLIGHT purple undertone to it. I know most silvers have blue undertones but this one is different. I know no one (usually) wears straight up silver eyeshadow but this one is great for when you're doing darker or just cooler toned looks to pat a little in the center of your eyelid, it just looks so amazing.

444- I almost keeled over and died when I saw this shadow. The first shadow palette I ever got was the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II. The shades I used entirely were Sin, Mushroom, and a white one I can't remember the name of. This is a perfect dupe of Mushroom. I know that shade has been in a few other palettes (Alice in Wonderland) so you may be familiar but it is the most perfect shadow ever. You can either apply it all over the lid and underneath for the perfect smoky sultry sexy (but even daytime appropriate) look. Or you can use it in the crease with so many looks. This was definitely my favorite find. (I think when UD reformulated all their shadows they kept this shade but the Inglot one is so much more buttery and blendable I'm in love)

363- This is one of those basic workhorse shades. It's a completely matte grey, purple, taupey color and will blend out anything you want or will look perfect on your lower lid or you can even sweep some close to the lash line and almost line your eyes with it. It looks so uninteresting and boring but it is one of those must have shades

62- This shadow no matter what I did (I could have stood on my head or done cartwheels) I couldn't photograph it to show what it actually looks like. It's a black with red shimmer running through it and also if you look closely it looks to have some gold and silver shimmer too. I remember when I was in 8th grade (2008) NARS had a shade exactly like it and every time I went into Sephora with my best friend Danielle I used to swatch it and ALMOST bought it but never did. (I also think there is a similar color in the Naked 3 palette?) But this black is so beautiful and so blendable. You can even use it to darken just a tad the lightest of looks. Yesterday I did a light pink neutral eye and used a light tap of this to darken the crease and didn't end up with a sever smokey eye. But I also used this for a smokey eye and it was the most beautiful smokey eye I've ever done

If you made it to the end bless your soul. I meant for this to be shorter but I am so impressed and in love with these Inglot shadows I had to share my infatuation with you all haha. There wasn't a shadow I didn't like and since trying other products I'm so in love with the brand already. (More reviews to come)

Which shades do you guys prefer? What are your favorite shades out of the ones I got? The browns or the greys?

The reason I am asking is because I am so happy and amazed and astounded that I've reached 600 followers on bloglovin and 214 on GFC (that's over 800 total!!!! The next time I get to the mall (which may or may not be soon it is snowing so freaking hard and I have med school finals now) I am going to buy a quad and giveaway to one of you guys that read my blog.

You have all been so understanding that I can't post as often as other bloggers because I am in medical school and always tweet me such nice things and wish me luck on tests etc. I honestly have the nicest best followers and I want to thank you all. I think since Inglot is less common (and way more expensive) and I'm pretty sure I like these better than my Urban Decay eyeshadows (I haven't touched a Naked palette since) I want to give away to you something that I truly love.

Again if you made it to the end you deserve a medal! But hey at least there was some good news at the end haha. I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know what you think of the shadows, giveaway, etc
I love you all.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Skin Survival 101: Winter Edition


1. Buff away dry winter skin

Buff away your dry winter skin and reveal a glowing complexion with a luxe body scrub. I look for a combination of sloughers (exfoliating granules) and softeners (natural oils) to leave my skin soft and hydrated. Something like AHAVA's Softening Butter Salt Scrub($25) is the perfect solution.

2. Seal in moisture

Once out of the shower, seal in moisture from head to toe. On my face, I like to amp up the hydration with the addition of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, while I opt for something lightweight and easy to apply from the neck down.

3. Ease up on cleanser

Colder weather means that it's time to lighten up your cleanser, because over cleansing can strip and irritate skin. I love Trish McEvoy's Gentle Cleansing Wash because it's creamy and soap-free. It's safe enough to be used on my eye area and easily rids my face of the day's makeup, without scrubbing.

4. Use non-drying products

If you use a facial serum or toner, make sure that it's extra gentle and nondrying. Skin tends to lose moisture in the winter, which can result in rebound oil production and more breakouts than usual.

5. Double down on hydration

If you find your skin to be extra dry, invest in a hydrating facial mask that doesn't need to be washed off and can be worn overnight.

Perlier's White Almond Hand Cream

6. Protect your hands and nails

Probably the most exposed to the elements, your hands and nails need extra protection this time of year. When it comes to a hand cream, the richer the better and a sweet scent doesn't hurt. Perlier's White Almond Hand Cream ($15), which sinks right in and soothes on contact.

I think a couldn't have said this better myself and thank you to the lovely people from the blog at HSN for contacting me to feature their post on my blog! They have some great tips over on their blog and I would love for you to go check them out!

Again I am in the midst of finals and therefore am posting less frequently and love to feature wonderful posts like this on my blog.

I hope you all found this helpful! What are your winter skin tips?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Prom Night ft. Dress First


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Hey everyone! Sorry for the erratic posting but hey at least I'm still posting with my crazy schedule right?

Today I wanted to talk about everyone's favorite time of their high school year: PROM! I know a lot of my readers are in high school and even my best friends little sister is around that age.

I remember how early people started looking for their prom dresses and some of the prettiest dresses I saw were ordered online! I think buying prom dresses online is the new way to go since you can find a dress in your exact size, color, cut and don't have to go throught the "If only they had this dress in blue" or "Dangit they don't have my size and can't order it!"

I was contacted by DressFirst and was browsing their website looking at BEAUTIFUL dresses and thought I would share a few with you all. All of their prom dresses are really cheap...I didn't see one over $200. And believe me when I was looking at prom dresses in high school ones that looked like these were $300+ 

On this website you can order any of the prom dresses in practically any color (all of the ones I've shown above come in any color you can imagine) and they come from (US) size 2-26

There are also beautiful dresses you could wear for homecoming dances too. There's such a wide variety to choose from it would be hard NOT to find a dress you love.

This is definitely the most versatile and best website I have seen for prom dresses that don't break the bank and they also have Evening dresses, Bridesmaids dresses, Wedding dresses, Party dresses....
Basically any occasion that you would need a beautiful dress for you can find here.

If I spend too long on this site my wallet is going to start hurting so I'll quit now :)
Are you guys going to prom? Homecoming? Or have any special events coming up?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Easy (and Delicious!) Apple Crumble (or Pie)


Hey everyone! Today I thought I'd post about how to make apple crumbles (or apple pies...the recipe is barely different, but I'll get to that in a bit). A lot of people I think are scared by apple pies or think they are way more difficult to make than they actually are. Even some online recipes require so many unnecessary steps so I wanted to give you all a recipe that my 15 year old brother who knows nothing about baking could do and get it perfect.

What you'll need:

Filling
Apples (I used about 4 but still had some filling left over at the end)
         -the best kinds of apples are granny smith. (or really crunchy/tart apples)
Brown & White Sugar (although if you only have one kind that's okay just double the amount)
Butter
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
(You can also add Gingerbread Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice if you have it)
(if you have some lemon juice add that too....if not that's okay)

Crust
   Crumb/Cookie Crust- Graham Crackers or Nilla Wafers & 1 Stick Butter
   Pie Crust: Ready Made Pie Crust (NOT PUFF PASTRY)

Topping (Apple Crumble)
Package of Instant Oats (I used the brown sugar and cinnamon instant oatmeal kind)
Brown Sugar ~1/2 cup
1 Stick Butter
Flour ~ 1 cup
Cinnamon

So I made an Apple Crumble but I'll walk you through the steps of making a pie too

Crust

For a Crumb Crust the KEY to a good one is you have to bake it before adding any filling on top, so make this firstand let it bake while making the filling.

Crumb Crusts are hard to give a recipe but you can use either Nilla Wafers or Graham Crackers or anything similar and butter.

Smash the cookies into a fine powder (I put them into a ziplock bag and then have someone who likes smashin things have a go at it...this would be good for a little one to do just double bag it and squeeze all the air out)

Then add butter that's at room temperature and mix (with your hands) until the consistency is that the cookie crumbs JUST stick together.

Spread into the bottom of either a pie pan, tart pan, springform pan (i only had a springform pan...for like cheesecakes... since I moved and had to leave my baking stuff in California)

Bake (~200 C) until it is golden on top like in my picture. It took around 10-15 minutes for me.

if you're using pie crust just spread it in the bottom of the pan (you can use pie crust for the apple crumble or just a regular pie

Filling

Ah filling...the part that seems so difficult but is really so easy.

Peel and cut all of your apples (about 4) into either slices like I have or cubes (slices works the same and is easier/faster...it doesn't make a difference like in my Easy Apple Turnover recipe)

Add like around a few tablespoons of melted butter to your bowl

Then add brown sugar, white sugar, and your spices to your own taste until all of the apples are coated with a layer of sugar butnot so that the sugar starts to form like a gel and coats the sides and bottoms of the bowl. (I use equal parts of white and brown sugar)


The apples will start to look like this ^ (but the picture was taken before I had mixed the brown sugar in). Once your filling is all mixed up spoon it into your pan with the crust and now move on to the topping for apple crumble.

 if you're just making a pie you can either put a layer of pasty crust over the top and cut a few slices               in the middle to allow it to air out or you can cut your pastry into strips and put it in a checkerboard pattern and it will look super fancy..then stick it in the oven at around 200C and bake until crust is golden brown

Crumble/Topping

The fun part that everyone also thinks is super difficult but really isn't.

Dump about a cup of flour, half a cup of brown sugar, some cinnamon, and about half the package of oats into a mixing bowl. (mix a little because it will just make your life easier for the next part)

Then grab a COLD stick of butter and cut the butter in (cut little pieces off of the stick into the bowl) and then get your hands in there again and mix it together. The consistency should look like it does above (if it's too sticky/buttery just add more dry ingredients and vice versa) it shouldn't really stick together...just form little clumps basically.

Then just spread the mixture over the top of your masterpiece and stick it in the oven



I think I started baking mine at 200C but it was browning too fast (if you see some parts of the crumble get dark really fast turn the heat down) and I think I ended up turning it down to about 180/170C

(my oven only has 150,200,250 and so on so I can't tell you exactly)



Bake until golden and crunchy on top and when you stick a fork in it glides through the apples (there's nothing worse than a half baked apple pie/crumble!) It usually takes anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on the strength of your oven (a.k.a. I've done it the same way with different ovens and the time has ranged that much)



Cut yourself off a slice, top with vanilla ice cream if you have it and enjoy your delicious pie!


I hope this has clarified questions or made you see how easy this is to make and let me know if you guys make it or plan on making it!

I'm sorry I can't give exact measurements...but I don't use exact measurements myself and so many things vary...even what kind/ size of the apples you use. Also sorry if the picture quality sucks but you know kitchen lighting isn't the best at night which is usually when I do all of my baking :)

If you got to the end of this post give yourself a pat on the back because it was a long one!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fashion on a Budget

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Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I hope your year is starting off well inlcuding lots of relaxing, time with family and friends, and good food.

Ever since ordering from inlovewithfashion.com I've been stalking their sale (no that isn't dramatic...it's the truth!) So I thought I'd put together a little outfit post using items strictly from their sale. 
I'm in love with this outfit and if you pair it with some black tights it makes the perfect shopping outfit. I'd wear this to go out shopping since I like to be cute and comfy, and that bag is perfect for throwing in all of your necessities. Most importantly this outfit won't leave your wallet crying so you'll still have money left over to hit up all those great after Christmas sales.

I also really love all of these pieces because they are all super versatile and can be worn with almost anything. My biggest tip to people shopping on a budget for ANYTHING is to buy versatile things. Whether that be a dress or a pair of shoes that can be worn with every outfit or an expensive blush that you can pair with most lipsticks or eye looks. These pieces definitely fit with that mantra and it is taking all of my poor student willpower not to buy everything in their sale section.

if you guys want to see more of their sale section (which I highly recommend) you can find it here http://www.inlovewithfashion.com/categories/Clothing/Sale/