Sunday, May 31, 2009

BE Nirvana!

I was inspired by punkinwitch at BE Addicts to rename my BE Diet my BE Nirvana! Diets are no fun and this is going to be fun.

I already feel much better about my BE collection. Simply being more aware of what I have and more determined to wear it all lifted a weight off my shoulders. Speaking of a weight off my shoulders, I got a haircut yesterday...finally! Here are some pics of my haircut and some of the colors I have not worn in a long time.


I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • FLMV
  • Queen Phyllis lash to brow
  • Wild Woman Sarah on lid
  • Wild Woman Melissa in crease & V
  • L'oreal Bare Naturale Mascara in brown/black
  • 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Almond Tart



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Chicken Katsu & Baked Fries

Partial Success with this cooking attempt. The baked french fries smelled great but I cut them too thin in hopes of them cooking all the way through and left them in too long. Next time, I will be sure to cute them into larger wedges. The chicken katsu came out great though my boyfriend thought it was a little bland. Last time I cooked he said I used too much pepper so I went light this time and he said it was bland...you just can't win LOL I liked it a lot because it is more about the juicy chicken and crunch of the panko bread crumbs. Both recipes were from Allrecipes.com. Pin It StumbleUpon

The next batch of colors worn - Sweet Decadence

I actually went 2 whole days without an ounce of make up. It felt kind of relaxed and freeing. Then today I broke out the next batch of BE colors to wear and make notes on...Sweet Decadence!

This is a great little kit. When I first saw it coming out, I had no interest, then I saw it on and really liked it so I got the kit. I like the colors though I want to see how close they are to other colors.

Dulce de Leche - Great base color or highlight color, might be similar to other shades

Tiramisu - Nice lid color

Chocolate Fondue - Fabulous crease color, might be my fave in this group

Red Velvet Cake - Very pretty, I wetlined it today, not sure how close it is to other red shades



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Friday, May 29, 2009

Let the BE Diet commence! Tahitian Sunset

Day 1: I was inspired by a fellow BE Addict who mentioned Mai Tai and I thought, I have not worn that kit in a long time and decided to wear it. Tahitian Sunset. Very pretty but honestly, I'm not sure about one of the colors for me so I will test it one more time and see how I feel about it.

The colors:

Coconut Palm - Love this one! Its a keeper

Mai Tai - Not sure about this one for me. I never thought about breaking up the set but this one may go or be 1/2'd

Paradise - Like this one, seems to go well with my coloring




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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Annie's Homegrown!


Annie's Homegrown has come out with some new snack foods and I have to say, they are becoming my favorite go to snacks when I need to nom on a little something. Who knew I would ever want to eat something that is healthy and organic. Another bonus for me is they are often free of my food allergens though not always.

I am loving the Organic Berry Patch Fruit Snacks, at first I wasn't sure about the texture but they grew on me quickly and now I love them.

Honey Bunny Grahams are awesome and dairy free so hooray for honey bunny! The other bunny grahams are good too. I actually got a giant box of various bunny grahams at BJs so I should be well stocked for a while. Pin It StumbleUpon

Happy Birthday Burt's Bees



Burt's Bees has been around for 25 years! A front runner in natural beauty products, they really are one of the best. They are giving away lip balms to celebrate their birthday, 25,000 lip balms to be exact! Check it out! Pin It StumbleUpon

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Wear it or Lost it!

I have been wearing Bare Escentuals for 8 years now and my collection of those lovely little mineral jars has grown and grown. I have gotten to the point where I feel overwhelmed by all my make up and decided it was time for a change. Nothing drastic just yet but I need to wear the colors I already own before I keep adding new colors to my collection.

What I decided to do:

Tonight when I got home, I wrote a list of the color groups that I use to organize my bare escentuals eye colors and blushes. From there, I created a WORD document using those groups as categories with subcategories of Sample, Mini or Full Size to keep track of the size jar I have. I went through every drawer and inventoried all the bare escentuals I own. I did a count of all the colors and it came down to the following:

Bare Escentuals Collection totals as of May 26, 2009

Total Sample Jars: 71
Total Mini Jars: 26
Total Full Size Jars: 246
Overall total of eye colors: 343

The next part of my mission is to use all of these colors or else I have to sell/swap/gift them. No keeping colors that I do not wear or will not wear. I figured that if on average, I wear 4 colors in an eye look, I have enough total colors to wear them with no repeats for about 85 days. We will see how my mission goes and if I am manage to cut way back on my bare escentuals shopping while I start to use the colors I already own.
My collection:
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Lip Glosses

These glosses are my new favorite on the market. Not only are they 100% natural and good for you, they smell great and look gorgeous.

Here are some swatches of the colors I own so far.





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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Aztec Secret Healing Clay


If you want an all natural cleansing, pore purifying mask, this one is for you! This mask was suggested to me once while getting a facial and I have used it ever since. It is generally available online at natural stores like mothernature.com

I always mix the mask with apple cider vinegar, though they have other recipes for mixes. I might try those out now that I have found them on their website. Some information on the clay from their website:

AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees.

When a facial or clay poultice is applied to the skin it forms a negative charge. Poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis have a positive charge - Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay lifts the pimple and blackheads into the clay bed to cause accelerated healing and nourishment to the skin with over 50 minerals.100% NATURAL. Directions for use: Mix AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY with equal parts of apple cider vinegar* or water. It is best to use a glass, pottery, or wooden bowl. Stir the mixture until it is a smooth paste - add more clay or liquid as needed.
Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay to the face or other areas and let it dry. Drying times vary, but times are generally 5 minutes for delicate skin and 15- 20 minutes for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation.
Remove clay by washing with warm water. A slight redness may appear after removing the clay. This is normal and will disappear in approximately 30minutes. AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY helps to remove dirt and impurities from the pores of the skin. The clay is beneficial for deep pore cleansing of the skin.
Now you can enjoy the benefits of clay in your own home. One pound cf AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY makes 10-15 clay packs. Clay can be used by the whole family men and women. Mix some up and FEEL YOUR FACE PULSATE.
NO ADDITIVES, NO FRAGRANCES, NO ANIMAL TEST NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS.



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Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Elusive Starbucks Molasses Cookie

One of my favorite cookies (and frankly the only reason I had to go to Starbucks since I don't drink coffee) the molasses cookie, is no longer being carried at any Starbucks in my area. I am on the hunt for this cookie because not only is it delicious (one of the best molasses cookies around) but it is also it is dairy free. I am trying to cut down on my dairy intake due to a milk protein allergy as well as lactose intolerance. I felt like this was a great treat that I could safely eat without irritating either of these problems. I have collected some recipes online that claim to be clones of Starbucks Molasses Cookies or to be pretty similar. I think this might be the closest I will get to these cookies again. If anyone knows of a place that sells these cookies or a similar cookie, please let me know. Also, feel free to share your molasses cookie recipes.

I have to test these recipes and will report when I finally find my perfect match.

Recipes:

Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies Copycat

Cookies, Coffee & Yarn, Oh My

Recipe Zaar

Big Soft Ginger Cookies at All Recipes

What We Ate Blog

Group Recipes

Digging Out of Debt Blog

See Katie Sew Blog

Molasses Sugar Cookies I at All Recipes Pin It StumbleUpon

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cupcakes!

Yesterday was my birthday and as part of the celebration, I planned a cupcake decorating party. My girlfriends and I got together, chatted, caught up, decorated and ate lots of cupcakes and had lunch. I think this was a great way to get together with my friends who I don't see very often. Jessica has become a Hello Cupcakes fan and one of her fancy cupcakes can be seen in the pics below.

I baked the cupcakes myself. The chocolate cupcakes were a Cake Mix Doctor recipe. The vanilla cupcakes were from Martha Stewart Living, as was the vanilla frosting recipe. The chocolate frosting was from All Recipes.

The baking went well until I made the last batch of frosting. I melted the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl but the chocolate was so hot it cracked the glass. I felt the crack and it was smooth so I thought it should be safe to use the chocolate but I was too cool when mixed with everything else and came out speckled with tiny lumps of unsweetened chocolate. I took that as a sign and after a break, started over. I was 1/2 a square of unsweetended chocolate short for the recipe but threw in a little cocoa powder, it was still a lighter chocolate frosting than the recipe called for but tasty.

Photos and Recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes & White Frosting (very good, recommend both recipes, baked from scratch but easy to do) http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/frosted-vanilla-cupcakes?autonomy_kw=halloween%20cupcakes&rsc=header_4

The Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (yummy, probably even better if you make it correctly)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Butter-Creme-Frosting/Detail.aspx

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?grpId=3659174697238617&articleId=281474977372829




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