Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Most Listened To #7:

There is a lot from one person and that is because I just discovered who he was this month.  Actually I've heard one of his mixes before, but I didn't know who it was by, and now that I do, I basically downloaded every song that I could by him.  He goes by Dr. Brixx and here is a link to his soundcloud.  Seriously amazing work.  (I'm not going to lie, I wanted to fill this who post with him, but I narrowed it down.  But he'll be back.)

Stars by t.A.T.u
Crying by Sugarcult
Hell Break Loose by Eminem 
Curvy Doctor by Dr. Brixx 
Baby Boy by Dr. Brixx
Duet by Dr. Brixx
Gone by Dr. Brixx 
Love On Top by Beyonce 
This Is The Day by Finn Roberts 
Charts by Finn Roberts ft. Georgia Barrow 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Where has the year gone?


Can you believe it's almost October?!  I know I can't.  Here is what's been happening to me for the past two weeks. 

Not really much has been happening to me personally.  I was home alone (well, not alone, my sister was here) for five days.  My mom went up to New York to look after my Great Aunt who has fallen ill.  She's 93 years old, so it was a little bit serious.  She went to the hospital, but now she's fine.  Getting stronger every day.  I've never met her, but she sounds really funny.  She's your typical New Yorker.  Sassy and sarcastic.  Sounds perfect for me!  I hope to meet her, but it's a little hard for us to take a family trip up because of all of our animals.  We used to get our neighbor to take care of them, but the last time he did that one of our cats got locked into my sisters old room for a whole week.  I don't know how, but whatever.  We would need some one to come stay at the house for a week or so, but we don't really know who to trust with that task.  I don't know.  Hopefully we can figure something out, because I would love to meet her.  

Other than being with out my mom for five days, I haven't done much.  I cleaned the kitchen, but what I really need to do is clean my room.  My sleeping schedule is getting bad again, but it's nothing I can't fix.  I really want to go sweater shopping.  I actually sort of kind of want to knit my own sweater, like how cool would that be?  I've never been good at knitting, but I know how.  I made a cat sized blanket before, and I currently have a want to be blanket on needles right now, but I've also been working on that since high school.   I've never gone by the rules either, So who really knows how it will turn out once I actually finish it.    I just think it would be really cool to wear something that I have personally made...I don't know.  

I watched Les Mis√©rables for the first time yesterday.  Loved it.  Knew I would.  I've just never sat down and watched it.  Musicals are my favorite everything.  If you haven't seen it, then I suggest it.  

Oh, I'm also having computer issues again.  Actually I should say still.  The water damage is nothing.  Perfectly fine from that area, but I dropped my laptop a few months back and of course it hit the side with the charger in it and blah blah blah, now I have to willy nilly shake and move my laptop for it to charge.  Sometimes I go through Twitter sideways.  It sucks, and I'm looking into replacements.  I really want to get a tablet with a keyboard attachment, and I've seen one that seems alright and is in my budget, but I just don't know yet.  I'm very hesitant when spending more than $50.  

Hope you've enjoyed today's post!  Hope you're well! 
xx 

Friday, September 26, 2014

FOTD #13







Today I’m wearing a white shirt with little details on the front that I got from TJ Maxx for $20.  I tried my best to get a picture of the detail, but I don’t think I quite got it.



On my face I used my two primers Rimmel London  Fix & Perfect 002 and Hard Candy eye shadow primer.  I didn’t feel like doing much, so I just went with Flower Powder Foundation in PP1. 
Then on my eyes I went with Estee Lauder 13 Ivy Envy and lined my bottom lashes with 09 Moons.
My mascara is L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.
And my lips are my favorite pink, Revlon 080 Strawberry Shortcake.

Enjoy your weekend!
xx


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Currently I am...#10

This series is coming to an end.  This will be my last Currently I am...post and I have a new series that I will be starting in October.  (Ooo, how exciting!)

Currently I am...Sitting in my bed with my window open listening to the light traffic and the cool breeze.  Autumn is officially here and I'm so happy.  

Currently I am...Watching one of my favorite actors, Lucas Black, on NCIS: New Orleans.

Currently I am...Hoping everything is alright.

Currently I am...Trying to figure out why my cat is being naughty.

Currently I am...Thinking about reorganizing my make-up area.

Currently I am...So tired.

xx


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recipe: Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake



I found this recipe on Pinterest and I just had to make it.  I love anything with pasta and cheese, and this dish did not disappoint! 
Originally the recipe said to only use 10 oz of dry pasta, but I decided to double it after cooking the 10 oz and feeling like it wasn’t enough.  I left everything the same and it worked out perfectly.  
I will definitely be making this again. 

Ingredients:
2 cups of Dry Farfalle Pasta
2 tbsp Butter
½ Onion, chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
4 oz of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
1 cup of Sour Cream
1 cup Whole Milk
½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
1-1 ½ cups Chopped Fresh Spinach
2 cups Cooked Chicken, cubed or shredded
½ cup Fresh Grape Tomatoes, chopped in half
Fresh Parsley


Directions:
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cook the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in a medium saut√© pan.  Add in the onion and garlic.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes but do NOT brown them.


Add in the cream cheese and stir to melt it. 


Reduce the heat to low, and add in the sour cream.



Add the milk, salt, and pepper.


Add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.


Add the parmesan cheese.


Make sure everything is well combined and melted.  Turn off the heat.



Combine the pasta, chicken, spinach, and tomatoes to a large bowl. 



Add the sauce and gently stir.


Coat a baking dish with cooking spray, and pour in the pasta mix.  If it looks a little dry, add a little bit more milk. 
Top the dish with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and beginning to brown.
Top with parsley and serve!

Enjoy!

xx

**I don't have a completed picture because I was just so hungry after it was done, I forgot.  But I can tell you this dish was AMAZING! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Garnier Fructis Clean and Nourishing Oil & Clean and Balancing Gel Exfoliator:




Garnier Fructis Clean and Nourishing Oil:

After receiving an oil face wash I decided that I wanted to try a few others.  I chose Garnier Fructis because it's one that I see often.  It was the first I saw on the shelf, so I figured it would be the best match.
According to their website, this bottle cost $7.99.  
Garnier Fructis says this oil "instantly dissolves impurities, and long wear make-up with no greasy residue," and as long as you use a washcloth while washing the oil off, there will be no residue.  If you just use your hands (as suggested), then there will be some left over.  I had the same results with the other oil I tried. 
When up against make-up, this oil works greats.  It doesn't get into my eyes as much as the other oil did.  This oil dissolved my hardest make-up like it's nothing.  I really like that. 
It smells great and makes my skin feel so soft! 
My only problem so far with this oil is the pump.  If you're not careful and you squeeze too fast then the oil will splash up out of your hand and could potentially stain your clothing.  (I'm just assuming that, since it is an oil.) 
Even though I've only used it a few times so far, I really like this face cleanser, and I would recommend it if your were looking for a cleansing oil.  


Garnier Fructis Clean and Balancing Gel Exfoliator:
I got this cleanser because I've been getting little flaky spots on my face recently, mostly my nose, so I decided an exfoliator is what I needed.
This costs around $7.99 also.
It's a very light exfoliator.  I can't even feel the beads when I use it.  It is very bubbly though, so it takes a bit for it to feel like the water is washing anything off.
Garnier Frucits say that it "targets T-Zone to deeply cleanse away oil and impurities."
Since this is a different cleanser from the oil, there is no instant result.  It will take a little bit for this one to show the effects.  So I'll get back to you with the results.
I'm not the biggest fan of the smell, but it's nothing I can't ignore.  It's not so strong it knocks me out, and it's not a scent that sticks around.

xx


Friday, September 19, 2014

FOTD #12


Hello!  Today I am wearing a pinkish-orange shirt from Khols.  I got this shirt last year during one of their sales.  I paid around $10-15 for it.  It's a 3/4 sleeve, and I rarely wear it, but I love it. 



On my face I used  my two primers Rimmel London  Fix & Perfect 002 and Hard Candy eye shadow primer.
I decided to try a cat eye (Which I'm horrible at) so for my eye shadow I've got  Maybelline’s “The Nudes” matte brown (first quad) and on my brow bone the shimmery white. ( Last quad) and for the cat eye I used eye 2 eye liquid eyeliner (and mascara but I didn't use the mascara) from Drew Barrymore's Flower line. 
My mascara is L'Oreal voluminous carbon black mascara. 
On my lips I decided to go with a light red from Revlon lip butter wild watermelon 063. 


Hope you enjoy your weekend! 
xx 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Currently I am...#9

Currently I am...Waiting for a plumber to come to the house, because my water heater decided to break.

Currently I am...In dire need for a hair cut. 

Currently I am...In dire need for a color.  My roots are terribly long.

Currently I am...Learning the Presidents.  I don't know why, but I figured why not?

Currently I am...Trying to decide on what to learn next...I'm leaning towards a language.

Currently I am...Hoping my toothache goes away by itself.  I have a dentist appointment coming up soon, and I hope they don't have any bad news for me.  (I tend to get cavities easily.)

xx

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Pasta Dish



Ingredients:
8 oz Fresh Mushrooms
1 (14oz) can of Artichoke Hearts
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Medium Yellow Onion 
5 cups Vegetable Broth
2 tbsp Olive Oil
12 oz Fettuccine
1 tsp Dried Oregano
½ tsp Dried Thyme
Freshly Cracked Pepper
4 oz Frozen Spinach 



Directions:



Rinse the mushrooms and thinly slice them.
Drain the artichoke hearts and cut them into bite sized pieces.
Thinly slice the onion and mince the garlic.


Place the vegetable broth, olive oil, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, onions, and garlic in a large pot.
Break the fettuccine in half and add it to the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Push the fettuccine under the broth as much as you can.
Then cover the pot.
Bring it up to a rolling boil on high heat.
As soon as it reaches a boil, stir the pot to distribute the ingredients evenly.
Turn the heat down to low and allow simmering with the lid on for 10-15 minutes or until most of the broth has been absorbed.
Stir every few minutes.


Once the pasta is cooked, add in the spinach.
Serve hot.


Enjoy!
xx



** I had frozen spinach and frozen artichoke hearts in the freezer already so that's why I they're not fresh. Also, since I’m not a fan of garlic, I halved the amount. 







Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Empties #4:


I feel like it has been way to long since the last time I made an empties post...Yeah, I just checked, my last post was in June.  Three months.  Oops.  
I just really haven't finished much.  But now I have a few things.  So exciting! 



Sensodyne Toothpaste, Flavor Fresh Impact:
I got this after I went to the dentist and I decided to use it because my mouth is very sensitive and I figured why not?  Usually the toothpaste I get from the dentist goes to waste, just sitting in my cabinet forever, but I’m glad that I decided to try this one.  I liked that it didn’t hurt my mouth at all, and it did seem like my teeth were feeling (is that the right word?) better.  I went to the store after I had finished this tube, but I forgot the flavor and I ended up with a different flavor that does sort of hurt.  But I’ll remember for next time. 


Crest Be Creative Toothpaste, Flavors Vanilla Mint Spark and Lime Spearmint Zest:
I received these for free from Bzzagent, and I did a whole review on them here.  I got three of them and I finally finished these two, but not the other.  (Find out why in the other post.)  I really liked that these aren’t your everyday toothpaste flavors.  I like that I could choose between minty, limey, and vanilla-y.  My favorite in the end is the Lime Spearmint Zest. 


Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Face Cream:
I am in love with this face cream.  I love the way it feels, the way it smells and the way it works.  I was so sad when it ran out because Estee Lauder is a bit out of my price range, but luckily my mom has a smaller pot that she’s going to give to me.  Her face didn’t like it as much as mine.  It made her all red for a week.  This moisturizer absorbs really quickly and it’s so smooth.  It made my face feel so soft, and even though I didn’t use it every day, I could feel that it had worked when I touched my skin.  I love it, and I suggest that you go buy if you have the budget for it and like Estee Lauder. 


Neutrogena Make-up Remover Wipes, Night calming scent:
I used to buy these face wipes every time I ran out.  I’ve tried all three scents, and the teal colored one is my favorite, but all they had was the night calming scent, which I also really enjoy.  But now that I’ve gotten into creams and oils, face wipes aren’t on the top of my list anymore.  Don’t get me wrong because I obviously buy face wipes still (see below), but not ones specifically for make-up.   But if you're shopping around for good make-up remover wipes and you’re on a budget, I do suggest these.  They remove make-up really well and you’re left with a clean feeling after you're done. 


Puffs Fresh Faces, Fresh scent:
I’ve talked about Puffs Fresh Faces before, and I’ve tried both scents.  My favorite is the yellow box, which is called fresh scent.  This works amazing on removing mascara, but for some reason not so great at removing eye shadow?  I don’t really get that.  But it’s cool.  I like it for many different other reasons.  It’s sort of a big box, but I like to take it on the go with me for the after shopping I go out to dinner and my hands feel gross wipes. (I don’t go into public bathrooms.)  It’s also great for sweaty days where you just want to freshen up a little bit in between stores or whatever.   Great for summer.  I am now on my third box, but I did notice that they were really hard to find the third time around.  Don’t know why, maybe they’re just popular?


Herbal Essence Naked Dry Shampoo:
I got this dry shampoo as a sample on my shampoo and I was expecting it to smell like the shampoo that it came with, well I was wrong.   It smells a little bit like their shampoo line, but it also smells a little bit like rubbing alcohol.   Unfortunately, this dry shampoo doesn’t work for me.  I felt like my hair looked exactly the same after I used it.  So, I used it to texturize my hair on the days I actually washed my hair.  It worked fine then, but the day after shower hair, not so much.   I won’t be purchasing this one.  

There you have it, and I'll be making another empties post sooner than 3 month from now.  I promise!
xx 


Monday, September 15, 2014

It's starting to feel like Autumn...

And I love it!  

It is currently 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and it feels AMAZING.  It's perfect weather for a light sweater.  I'm actually currently wearing my Camp Takota sweatshirt.  My sister would tell me I'm crazy, but her and I have very different temperatures.  While I'm bundled up in the winter, she can wear shorts and a t-shirt.  

I hope that Autumn feels like this all season, but knowing where I live the weather will change drastically.  Where I live, Spring lasts about a month and then it's instantly humid hot Summer.  But also a lot of the time, Autumn will fall back into Summer feelings.  And if you've read any of my other posts that talk about the weather, then you would know that I HATE humidity.  

Ah, anyways,  my weekend was full of all the same things, grocery shopping, wal*mart shopping, and a Philly cheese steak from IHOP.  

We've also been letting the kittens go outside more, and they have been getting into everything.  Then when we have to bring them in they cry at the door.  I feel bad, but we can't trust them outside alone yet.  We have a big yard, and are surrounded by big dogs.  But Pandora did climb a tree.  I'll try to get pictures of them outside for next week!  

Hope you have a great week! 
xx 

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOTD #11:


Hello! Today I've got on a gray shirt from Target.  It has little studs on the shoulders, but you can't really see them in the picture.  
I think I got the shirt two years ago, I'm not really sure though. 



On my face I have two different primers Rimmel London  Fix & Perfect 002 and Hard Candy eyeshadow primer.
Rimmel London Concealer 125 fair.
I filled in my eyebrows with what I always use. 
I decided to go lighter with my eyes so I went with Maybelline Crown Jewels without the crease and then I used the black eyes hadow from “The Nudes” palette to line my eyes. (Top and bottom.)
The mascara that I decided to use today was  Physicians Formula Curl & Care. 
On my cheeks I stuck with the theme and used  Maybelline mineral powder in Soft mauve.
On my lips I used Revlon 657 Fuchsia Fusion.  I haven't worn it much, but I love it. 

Hope your weekend is good. 
xx 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Currently I am...#8

Currently I am...Trying to catch up on a show that I've been ignoring for a while, but the website is crap.  

Currently I am...Procrastinating.

Currently I am...Thinking about buying a tablet, so I've been reading up on which one would be best for me.

Currently I am...Craving some really good seafood.

Currently I am...On the lookout for a nice red lipstick.

Currently I am...Really worried that my computer is on its last hurrah.  Which makes me really sad because I don't know if I can afford a new one at the moment.

xx 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recipe: Sesame Noodles




I decided to try something that I have never cooked before, and I’ve decided that this dish is not for me.  I don’t know if it’s because I made it or what, but all I could smell was the vinegar.  It tasted fine, but you know smell has a big play in eating.  I also added in some leftover chicken and pork into the dish.  I encourage you to do the same.  I also did not include the hot chili oil because we're not big on spice in this house. (And I used a different kind of onion.) 

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup pasta (I used angel hair, but you can use Japanese noodles or linguine.) 
¼ cup Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Sugar 
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar 
3 tbsp Pure Sesame Oil
½ tsp Hot Chili Oil 
4 tbsp Canola Oil
4 whole green onions, sliced thin


Directions:


Cook the noodles and then set them aside for later. 


Whisk all ingredients except for the noodles and onions in a bowl.


Pour sauce over the noodles and add the onions.  


Toss it all together until everything is mixed.

Enjoy!

xx


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Instanatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil Review:




A little under a month ago, I received an oil face wash from Instanatural to review.  I had never used an oil face wash before but I’ve heard many stories about how great they are. 


  What I really like about this one was that it was all natural, I know what everything is on the label, and also, that it covers a few different things.  This face cleanser removes make-up, cleanses your face, and you can use it on your make-up brushes. 



There are a few different ways you can apply the oil to your face; by hand, cotton pad, or cotton ball.  I prefer to use my hands if I’m going all over my face, but if I want to just target my eye make-up I feel like the cotton pad works best.  I wasn’t a big fan of the cotton ball application. 
I’ve tried a few different make-up removers from creams, to wipes, to liquids, to (now) oil, and I would have to say oil is my favorite way of removal.   I favored cream for a while, but the cream that I have doesn’t remove my mascara unless I try really hard, and with the oil, it’s almost instant.  The only thing that I’ve had a hard time removing with the oil is the eyeliner from Flower. 
I’ve used this face oil with two different mascaras, make-up with primers, make-up without primers, and even foundation, just to make sure I covered all of the bases.  It works really well with everything.  Some face wipes will leave a little bit of mascara and foundation behind, but this stuff didn’t.  I was ecstatic.

After I wipe it off with a washcloth, my face is left feeling so soft and clean.  My skin type is a combination of both oily and dry, but mostly oily, and there does seem to be a little bit of residue later on in the day, but it’s not so much that I can’t work with it. 

I also used it on my make-up brushes, and it works really well.  I used it on a few brushes that I haven’t used since the last time I washed my brushes, and some make-up still came off.  The only thing I have to warn you about is don’t use this on really cheap brushes.  By really cheap I mean the kind that leave behind bristles after you use it, the kind that you get with cheaper make-up, the kind that are in those Christmas brush packs.  All of mine fell apart.  It could have been just their time to fall apart, or the oil could have made them loose.  Who knows, I’m not really careful while washing my brushes. 

Currently looking on Amazon, this face oil is $19.95, and I feel it’s worth it. 


xx 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Updates:


Over the weekend I finally corrected my sleeping schedule so that means that I got to go weekend shopping.  I didn’t get anything fun, just essentials, but it was still better than waking up so late in the day. I never used to be a morning person, but now I love it.  Waking up at 530 am and actually doing things that I want to all day, just makes me happy.  When I was school I hated getting up so early.  But I’m assuming that’s because I was going to school, and I hated school.  I’ve talked about that before.
Also since I was awake I got to go out to dinner.  I love going out to dinner.  I think it’s because there’s no clean up, plus there are many different options.  (Not that I choose them.)  I’m kind of a picky eater.  I eat pretty much the same thing where ever I go.  Chicken.  If it’s not chicken, it’s a turkey burger.  I also really love seafood.  But I don’t often go to a seafood restaurant.   
I went to Sakura, and I got the Sakura Delight, which is Chicken and shrimp with vegetables rice and a sauce.  I don’t remember what kind of sauce it is, but I love it.  It also comes with soup and salad, which I also love.  My mom got a bento box that had tofu in it, so I decided to try it…Let’s just say it’s not for me.  At least not just straight up tofu.  I like tofu chicken nuggets last I checked, but I don’t know, I thought it tasted like hot unflavored Jell-O.  If you have a Sakura near you, and you haven’t gone, I suggest you go.  It’s great.
Another thing that I tried over the weekend was Dannon Oikos Caramel macchiato yogurt because I kept seeing commercials for it, so I decided why not?  Surprisingly I liked it.  I don’t know if I would eat it every day, but it’s a nice snack. 

I hope your weekend was full of great food like mine!
xx


Friday, September 5, 2014

FOTD #10:



Hello!  Today I am wearing a purple shirt that I got around four years ago from Alloy.  I can't exactly remember how much it cost, but I'm sure they don't even have it anymore.  


I decided to try something a little bit different with my make-up.  I used to do a smoky eye all the time, but I'm currently out of practice, so it need a little work, but I tried.  

On my face is Rimmel London Concealer in 125 fair. 
I filled in my eyebrows with the unknown palette. 
I did use two different primers Rimmel London  Fix & Perfect 002 and Hard Candy eyes hadow primer. 
On my eyes I have Estee Lauder's 66 Candy Crave, 09 Amethyst Spark, and 10 Ivory Slipper. 
My mascara is  L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. 
On my cheeks I have Estee Lauder's  08 Peach Passion. 
And on my lips I decided to stay with the pink theme and went with  Rimmel London Show off Lip Laquer in 300 out of this world. 

Hope you had a great week and your weekend is filled with happy times. 
xx