Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!




Happy Halloween everyone! 

 I love this holiday so much, it is so much fun and creative.  Of course I'm going to keep up with my tradition of learning about holidays.  But also I have see and heard the question "What even is Halloween?"  So, I decided to answer! 

Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a holiday that is celebrated in many different countries all over the world. Halloween is on the same day every year, October 31st.  
Halloween is the start of the triduum of allhallowtide.  And if you're like me then you don't know what a triduum is or allhallowtide, so, a triduum is a 3 day religious observation, and Allhallowtide is a time to rember the dead including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.  
Some believe that Halloween has pagan roots and some don't.  But just to keep everything informative, Halloween has been influenced by Celtic Harvest Festivals, pagan roots, Christian roots, and Gaelic Samhain roots. 
There are a few traditions during Halloween.  For example jack-o'lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating, and pranks.  
Another question commonly asked during Halloween is "Where do jack-o'lanterns come from?"  The short answer to that question is that jack-o'lanterns are supposed to be carried around while trick-or-treating to ward off evil spirits.  There is also an Irish folktale that says jack-o'lanterns is supposed to represent a "soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell."  In America the carving of pumpkins wasn't really associated with Halloween until the late 19th century.  Dressing up didn't become popular in the U.S. until the early 20th century.  

Halloween is a great time to have a party, hand out some candy to adorable kids, and play harmless pranks on friends.  

What are you doing for Halloween? Let me know!
xx 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Most Listened To #8:

Centuries (Cover) by Beccar and Refraze 
Dysentery Gary By Blink-182
Every Time You Go by Hoodie Allen 
Grow by Holly Henry 
Hypnotic by Zella Day 
Stay The Night (Remix) by Dotcom  
Steal My Girl (Cover) by Ricky Ficarelli and Amasic 
Take Me Under by Three Days Grace 
Varðeldur by Sigur Rós
Watch the World by Boxcar Racer 

xx

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe: Canoli Poke Cake


I have never made a poke cake, much less even heard of one until pinterest.  I decided to make this one because my sister loves Canoli.  I'm not a big fan, but this cake was delicious!  I didn't really expect it.  The topping has a little bit of an odd texture because of the ricotta, but it's not so bad it keeps me away from eating it.  

Ingredients: 
1 box of White Cake Mix, and all of the ingredients on the box (Oil, Eggs, Water) 
1 14 oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese 
1 1/2 cup Mascapone Cheese 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, Optional
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips 
Powdered Sugar for Dusting 


Directions: 

Bake the Cake according to the instructions on the box in a 9x13 inch pan. 

Cover the WHOLE cake with half of the condensed milk, this picture is just showing the holes and some of the condensed milk. 

Allow the cake to cool, and then poke straw sized holes all over the cake. 
Pour half of the condensed milk all over the cake. 
Put the cake in the fridge. 



Combine the ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese, and the vanilla extract into a mixing bowl, beat until smooth.  



Add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, mix until combined. 


Add the rest of the condensed milk and mix until combined.  



Once the cake has absorbed all of the milk, spread the topping evenly over cake, top with mini chocolate chips and then dust.  

Allow the cake to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours.  

Enjoy! 
xx

*Note: I combined all of my topping ingredients at once, but my sister was string them while I measured them out and added them.  I'm pretty sure the mixing is in steps because the cheese is kind of firm and for it to combine better, it should be softer.  
I also forgot to dust with more powdered sugar. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adovia Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream:




A few weeks ago I recieved Adovia Anti-Wrinkle Cream in the mail, and I know what you're thinking, "But Ann, you're only 22 years old, what do you need an anti-wrinkle cream for?" And to be honest, I guess I don't really need an anti-wrinkle cream, but I want one.  Besides 1, it's never too early to use anti-wrinkle creams, and 2, I have baby wrinkles under my eyes that I wouldn't miss if they were to leave.  Haha.  



Adovia is a skin care line to that combines minerals with herbal extracts to create the perfect combination that will help your skin.  All of the minerals that they put into their anti-wrinkle face cream come from The Dead Sea.  


This anti-wrinkle cream is for all skin types, reduces wrinkles, fine lines, and it firms.  

I've been using this moisturizer for two weeks now, and I can definitely see and feel a difference in my skin.  I have wrinkles under my eyes and when I use Adovia's anti-wrinkle cream, I can see them less and less.  


The cream is very thick and feels a little sticky going on at first, but after a minute the stickiness is gone.  With other moisturizer I've used, if I used too much my face felt gross and I never wanted to use the product again, but with this cream it sort of seems like I can't use too much...I mean obviously you CAN use too much, but I feel this cream absorbs more into your skin then others that I have used.  

The smell, not going to lie, was a little off putting at first because it smells like baby powder and a light hint of roses.  I've stated before that I can't stand baby powder, but I tried it anyways, and the smell fades so fast I don't even think about it anymore.  That was a total plus for me.  

I really like this face cream, and I'll be really sad when it runs out. 

I definitely recommend this product!  
xx

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOTD #17: Linda Belcher!



I can't really call this a FOTD because it's actually from last week, but this is what I looked like as Linda Belcher from Bob's Bugers.  




 I am wearing a red long sleeved sweater from Khols.  I got it last year around this time, and I think it was a little bit pricier than I usually buy...Maybe around $30.  


On my face I have my usual Rimmel London Primer and Hard Candy Eye shadow Primer.   
My concealer is Rimmel London #125 fair. 
I filled in my eyebrows with the same shadow I use every time.  
On my eyelids I have the lightest color in "The Nudes" palette from Maybelline, and then I used my gel liner to line my eyes.  But it was old and a little clumpy so I went over it with my eyeliner marker from Flower Beauty.  
My blush is Estee Lauder in 08 Peach Passion.  
On my lips I went pretty bold, and I'm not really sure if it matched my red sweater, but I really wanted to wear it.  It's called Embrace 335 by Covergirl.  It fades to a lighter pinky color, but it was still fresh in these pictures.  


This is also when I did the day old hair, with dry shampoo, and the L'Oreal Boost it High Lift Creation Spray, with backcombing.  
I think it turned out well.  

And if you were wondering how I did the glasses, I popped out the lenses from an old pair of 3-D glasses then wrapped them in duct tape.  

I know Halloween is next week, but I have something else for that day! 
Hope you're well! 
xx  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Favorite words #4:

Absurd 
adj. (of an idea or suggestion)  wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate. 
(of a person or a person's behavior or actions) foolish, unreasonable. 
(of and object or situation) arousing amusement or derision; ridiculous. 

Breathtaking
adj. Astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away. 

Solitude 
noun.  The state or situation of being alone. 
A Lonely or uninhabited place. 

Thankful 
adj.  Pleased and relieved. 
Expressing gratitude and relief.  


xx 

Just a side note, I'm getting all of these definitions from Google.  Word for word. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recipe: One Pan Beans and Rice



I've been making a lot of food recently and when I stumbled upon this recipe, and it said that it only needed one pan I instantly jumped on it.  I used to love doing the dishes, but now that I'm the one cooking the meal and then I have to clean up, it's just so annoying.
I love, love, love that this only took one pan!  It was amazing.

I wasn't so sure about this dish, but I actually really enjoyed it.  The only thing I would add is a pinch of salt.

Ingredients: 
1 tbsp Oil 
3-4 boneless Chicken Breasts
3/4 cup Rice
2 cup Water 
1 can of Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed 
1 can of Whole Kernel Corn
1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
Sour Cream. 

Directions:


Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. 
Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes on each side.  I cut mine up just to have it spread more in the dish.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients minus the cheese.
(There is chicken, but I just didn't get a picture.)


Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. 
Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.  I then took it off of the burner and covered for 10 minutes just to let some of the juice to absorb.



Top with cheese, let melt, and then add the sour cream. 

Enjoy!
xx 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray:


I'm always looking for something to give my hair a little extra oomph.  I have super straight, super flat, hair.  While looking through the hair section at walmart, I saw this spray and decided "why not?" 



I've used this hairspray a few different times and in different combinations.  The first way  was on clean hair without teasing.  Just clean hair and the spray.  It worked for a little bit, but a few hours later, and you couldn't really see a difference.  

The second time I used it on day old hair with dry shampoo, the lift creation spray, and teasing.  It worked really great.   It kept as much volume as my hair could.  I'm not the best at teasing my hair, so obviously someone who is better could have better results, but what I did tease, stayed.  

The third time I used it on clean hair, lift creation spray, and without teasing.  It's definitely a product that if you want to keep the volume, you've got to tease it.   I mean it gives you some oomph, but nothing worth talking about.  

I'll keep doing different combinations and keep you as updated as I can, but for now this is what I have done with it.   Overall it's a nice product, and  it works if you know what you're doing.   I'm sure I'll play around with it in the future, meaning lots of teasing when I don't really have to go anywhere, and see where it takes me.  

The smell is an interesting one.  It's a mixture between floral and citrus for me.  It also has a hint of alcohol to it, but it's a hairspray so of course it does.  It's not offensive or anything, just interesting.  A youtuber who I watch described it as a baby powder/ bubblegum scent.  I don't smell either, and I really hate the smell of baby powder so I'm pretty sure I would be able to sniff that out.  I don't know.  Everyone has different noses, and they even could have changed their formula.  

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The first time I used it, I used A LOT of it so it got stuck in the back of my throat for hours!  I was tasting this spray for I don't even know how long.  It was intense.  It's not an awful taste, it's actually sweet, but not something I really want at the back of my throat.  Just a small warning.   

The other few times it wasn't as bad.  Maybe only for an hour.  It also wasn't as annoying as it was the first time.  
I would recommend this to someone who likes volume in their hair and doesn't mind a little stickiness.  

xx 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Parties and Netflix:

It's  been so long since I've done a Monday update, that I don't even remember when the last one was.  So here is what I have been up to for the past three weeks!

On the 11th and 12th I spent time with my friends and my sister for her birthday.  I have a few picture from that night, but the only one I really want to post is a little lost at this moment.  (It's on a flash drive that I cannot find right now.)  But no worries, I think I'll do a random post on it because, to me, it's really cool.   

Later on during the week, on the 17th actually, I went into town and hung out at a place I used to hang out at a lot when I was 18/19.  It was fun.  I had to stay awake all day to socialize, so  because of that day, I have a really nice sleeping schedule that I really hope to keep longer than a month.  =) 

Other than that I've been on Netflix.  I've watched Carrie with Chloe Grace Moretz, I've watched Silver Linings Playbook, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, The Carrie Diaries, and Freaks and Geeks.  
The Carrie Diaries and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 really made me want to live in a city.  I just really love night life to be honest.  Unfortunately for me, I don't think I'm a city girl.  I want to be so badly, but I don't think I'm tough enough.  I'm kind of wimpy.  Haha.  
I'm also kind of sad that they canceled The Carrie Diaries and Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, because I really like them.  (I haven't gotten to see season two of The Carrie Diaries, Netflix gets it in a few days though!)  I wanted to watch The Carrie Diaries when it was live, but I think either something got in the way or I just couldn't remember because it was on a channel I didn't frequent.  I don't know.  But, so far, I love it.  Same goes with Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, but I can also see why they canceled it.  But whatever, I can't change anything.  
Odd opinion though, I really liked Carrie.  I've seen the original, and the sequel, and now this one, but I've never read the book.  I'm not 100% sure why no one liked it.  I guess I really have to read the book to find out.  But, personally, without comparing the movies to each other, I think that the original and the remake were pretty good.  (Sequel not so much.)  
Now on to Freaks and Geeks!  I LOVE this show, and if it were live now, I think that it would have been more successful.  But, it came out in 1999, and you can't freeze actors.  (The show wouldn't be the same with a different cast.)  I find the show to be really funny, and actually relatable.  If only I were 22 in 1999! (Of course, I don't know what I would do if I were 37 right now!)   

Have you watched any of theses? Let me know!! 
xx 

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOTD #16:


Today I am wearing my favorite shirt from Khols.  It's 3/4 sleeve and I've worn it before in previous FOTD.  


On my face I have the usual Rimmel London Primer 002 Fix & Perfect and Hard Candy Eye shadow primer.  With Rimmel London Concealer in #125 Fair.  And the unknown eye shadow that I always use to fill in my eyebrows.  
On my eyes I have the shimmery golden and the shimmery dark brown eye shadows from Maybelline's "The Nudes" Palette.  And my usual L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. 
I decided to go with a naked cheek, and on my lips I have Wet n' Wild Wine Room.

Hope your week went well!
xx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Favorite Words #3:

Hello!  I hope you're week has been going according to plan!  Mine's been a little rocky. 

Mangata (Swedish)
The roadlike reflection of the moon on the water. 

Peckish (English)
adj.  Hungry.

Audacity (English)
noun.  Willing to take bold risks. 
Or 
Rude or disrespectful behavior, impudence. 

Purpose (English)
noun.  The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. 
Or
verb. Have as one's intention or objective.  


xx 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recipe: Penne Meatball Casserole

Another casserole recipe that I found on Pinterest!  It was good, but I would tweak if I make it again. 
More sauce and more cheese.  


Ingredients:
1 Pound Frozen Mini Meatballs, Thawed 
1 Box of Penne Pasta
1 cup Marinara Sauce 
1 cup Ricotta 
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 
Salt and Pepper 
Basil 

Directions: 
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. 
Cook the pasta, then drain. 
Combine the meatballs and the marinara sauce. Season with salt an pepper to taste. 



Toss the mix with the pasta and then transfer it all to a casserole dish. 


Top with dollops of ricotta and then cover with tin foil. 
Bake for 30 minutes. 


Uncover, top with parmesan cheese, and bake for another 10 minutes. 
Garnish with basil. 

Enjoy! 
xx 

 Notes:
 I would personally add more sauce. Maybe two cups. I used the whole 14 oz jar and it still want enough. 

I'm also not the biggest fan of ricotta so I used it sparingly. 

If you cant find mini meatballs get regular ones, like I did, but maybe cut them in half or in quarters.  It might be a little easier to serve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Real Technique Make-up Brushes:



For a while now I've been wanting to get new make-up brushes, but whenever I've looked, none of them really suited my fancy.   But reading more and more blogs, I decided to give the Real Technique brushes a try.  I went with the standard starter kit and then a random brush that I feel will do the best in my collection.  
These brushes are super soft, and I was kind of sad to use them since they were so fresh and clean.  

In the first box came four brushes.  

Brush 1 
This brush is the brow brush.  I've used it a few times instead of the brush that I have been using and I can tell you, since it's bigger, it works a lot better.  it covers more, and I feel like I have more control with this bigger brush than the smaller brush I have been using.  I think this one is my favorite out of the set. 

Brush 2
This brush is called a fine liner brush.   I didn't think that I was going to like this brush.   When I do eyeliner on my top lid I use an angled brush, but I decided to try something new.   I used this brush before my sister's birthday party, but unfortunately my gel liner has dried up a bit and it was a little hard to get a smooth line.  When I buy more, I'll try again.  Other than that little hiccup, I really liked the brush.  

Brush 3 
This brush is called the base shadow brush.  It says that it "applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color" and it does.  I like this on compared to the other brush that I was using before.  It's fluffier, so I feel that it covers my eyelid better.  I'm really happy that this brush does what I wanted it for.  

Brush 4 
This brush is the deluxe crease brush.  It says "soft, oversized design for effortless contouring" and I agree that it's soft, but I think since I'm not used to it, it hasn't been working out in my favor.  I find it a bit to big for my eye, and I feel like I can't control where it's going.  On the box it says that Sam and Nic have step by step tutorials, so I'm planning on going over there to see if maybe I'm using the brush wrong, or if there are any tips that the videos will give me.  

The next brush is called The Expert Face Brush.  It says it's for liquid or cream foundation, but I'm basically just using it to blend everything out and together.  I like that it's a smaller brush so I can blend every little section of my face.  The first time I used this brush I fell in love, and eventually I will be back looking at their others. 

Do you use the Real Technique brushes?  Which one is your favorite?  
Let me know! 
xx 

Friday, October 10, 2014

FOTD #15:


Today I'm wearing a Navy, what do you call a sweater that isn't a sweater but it's like a cover up...?, I don't really know what to call it. It's 3/4 sleeves with two pockets but it doesn't button up.  It's a cotton cover up from Khols and even though you can't see it I'm also wearing a tank top from Walmart.  I think the cover up from Khols cost around $15 and the tank from Walmart was probably around $8.


On my face I have the usual Rimmel London Primer 002 Fix & Perfect and Hard Candy Eye shadow primer.  With Rimmel London Concealer in #125 Fair.  And the unknown eyshadow that I always use to fill in my eyebrows. 
On my eyes I have a mixture of an unknown brand eyeshadow and the shimmery gold from Maybellines "The Nudes" Palette.   For my mascara I went with Maybelline's The Colossal Volum' Express.  
On my cheeks I have Estee Lauder 08 Peach Passion.
And finally on my lips I have Rimmel London 080 Strawberry Shortcake.

Hope you have a great weekend! 
xx 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Favorite Words #2:

Hello!  This weeks words are from Tumblr again.  The source on the post is here.  I will reference this post again.  
This weeks post told me exactly where the word is from, so I have included that. 


Iktsuarpok (Inuit) 
The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming. 

Pochemuchka (Russian)
A person who asks a lot of questions. 

Sobremesa (Spanish)
The time spent after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you spent the meal with. 

Jayus (Indonesian)
A joke told so poorly and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh. 

xx 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recipe: Apple Brownies



This is another recipe that I found on Pinterest, and they call it brownies, I call it Apple Crisp-ish Brownies.  It's really good, and really easy to make.  It was eaten within two days of being made, and if that doesn't say a lot, then I don't know what would.  It was great.  I loved it.  It's best warm and you can even top it off with some vanilla ice-cream with caramel sauce.  

Ingredients: 
½ cup Butter, melted 
1 cup White Sugar
1 Egg 
3 Medium Apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
½ cup Chopped Walnuts
1 cup All Purpose Flour
¼ tsp Salt 
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 

Directions:
Pre-heat your over to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 inch pan.


Beat together the melted butter, sugar, and egg, until fluffy.


Fold in the apples and walnuts.


In a seperate bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.



Mix the flour mix and the apple mix together and then place in the greased pan.



Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy! 
xx 

** I didn't add the walnuts because my sister doesn't like nuts.