Monday, August 31, 2015

L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick in shade 421 Charismatic Coral:



This is my second lipstick from the L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick line. (Here is my first review!)  



I absolutely love this lipstick.  I say this every time, but I really don't know why I don't have the full collection.  I think it's because when I go to the store the L'Oreal lipsticks are all the way at the bottom, and I just don't see them, and I'm one of those people where if the product is not in my face, I'm not going to remember that I love it.  But, I will absolutely get some more the next time I go on a lipstick spree.  



This lipstick is so soft and smooth when it's put on.  Super creamy, and it has a matte finish, but it doesn't feel like a matte lipstick.  Most of my matte lipsticks make my lips feel dry, but these ones don't.  Now, when I was wearing this shade, I noticed that my lips felt a little sticky, and I didn't remember my other shade being as sticky, so the best thing to do was compare them, and I was right, my fuchsia shade isn't sticky at all, but this coral shade is.  The stickiness is only noticeable when you rub your lips together.  So, if you keep your lips resting it should be fine.  (Talking and other normal activities okay too!)  



My favorite thing about this lipstick is the staying power!  Goodness do they stay.  I can eat a full dinner with these lipsticks on, and not necessarily need a touch up.  They fade, but they don't do what other lipsticks do, which is leave just a ring around my lips.  It's amazing!  

Pros: STAYING POWER!, Super creamy, matte 
Cons: A little sticky, a little pricey

Last time I gave this lipstick an 8 out of 10.  Now, I'm more of a 9 out of 10.  Love, love, love! 

Have you tried theses?  Was this shade a little sticky to you too?  Let me know! 
xx 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review: Codename: Zosha




Image from Amazon.com

Almost a month ago, I received this ebook about a girl named Zosha who is trying to figure out how to become the person she wants to be without hurting others around her.  The author has the book set up going back and forth between the present and the past.  At first it was a little hard for me to get into, but once I did, I just couldn't stop! 

Codename: Zosha starts out when Zosha was a young Jewish girl in Poland. Her mother wasn't there, which put a lot of strain on her.  She had her best friend, and even had a boyfriend, and all three of them were apart of the same group who were trying to make things better for the Jewish community.  When she was old enough she traveled to Israel to help build a community.  While building that community, Zosha felt herself drifting.  She didn't agree with what (mostly) everyone was saying, and when she tried to show her point of views, they all shut her down.  All of them, except for one man.  Zosha moved on, she joined a communist movement and from there she was recruited into the Soviet Spy Network. 

Zosha was a very strong woman.  She spoke up when she needed to, and she did what she wanted.  It was hard for me to think of her as a fictional character.  

I always try to learn something from the books I read, and while reading this book, I learned a lot.  It is very obvious that the author took their time researching and it shows that she is very educated about the time period.  

I totally recommend this book! 
xx 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Recipe: Longhorn Steakhouse Bourbon Salmon Dupe


As you know, I absolutely LOVE  Longhorn!  I've found two other dupes from Longhorn, and this is my third.  My mom order the salmon one night, I tried it, and I absolutely love it!!  I'm really thinking about changing my usual to this dish.  It was so sweet and savory I just fell in love after one bite!  It's so good!

I found this dupe on Pinterest

Ingredients:
 2 8oz  Salmon Fillets 
2 tsp Chopped Chives 
1 cup Bourbon 
1/4 cup Pineapple Juice 
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce 
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar 
1/4 tsp Black Pepper 
1/4 tsp Salt 
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder 
1/2 cup Olive Oil 

Directions: 

Combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar,  bourbon, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, into a bowl.  
Stir to dissolve the sugar.



Add the oil.
Remove the skin on the fish.


Put the fillets into a baking dish, and add the marinade on top. 
Let sit for an hour, or longer.  The longer the fillets sit, the more they will absorb the marinade.   


After an hour or so, the fillets are ready for either the grill or stove top.   I decided to use the stove.


 So, over medium heat, cook the fillets for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the fillet is fully cooked.  Brush the marinade over the fillets as they cook.


Then serve. 
Enjoy!!
xx 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Brightener:




I wasn't sure if this was a concealer or if it was just a brightener, and I've settle on that it's both, but it's only for under your eyes.  You wouldn't want to put a brightener on a spot.  Another thing that I wasn't sure about was the shade of this concealer.  It was the lightest one I could fine, and I still felt as if it wasn't exactly light enough.  But, as it turns out, it's perfect for me.  I bought mine from Walmart for about $6.29.  When I looked the concealer up online, I saw that there were four colors: fair, light, medium, and honey.  There is also a brightener and a neutralizer.  According to the bottom of my concealer, I bought the brightener, but on the package it said light, so again, I am confused as to what I exactly bought.  Are they all brightener concealers or was it labeled wrong in the factory.  I don't really know.  



Other than that whole confused mess, this concealer is a pretty nice concealer.  It covers my under eye circles as much as any other concealer I use, but it also brightens my eyes up.  The little sponge is a little annoying, especially since it doesn't work like a brush, and blending is really hard with it alone, so I always go back and use a brush to blend it out.  It blends really well into my skin tone, I was really surprised by that.  


As for age rewinding, I don't know.  I do have creases under my eyes and I can still see then while using this product.  Also, I still have under eye circles. That could be because I don't use the concealer every single day, but I've used it enough that I should be seeing some kind of change, I don't.  

This concealer lasts for around three hours. It will also crease in that time.  


Pros: Brightens, conceals, blends
Cons: Labeling, little sponge 

Do you like this concealer?  Let me know! 

xx 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Recipe: "Fried" Bananas:



I've never been good at frying things, so I think I either need to practice more, or I needed to use a greener banana.  The texture of this dish is...interesting.  It's very mushy.  I also think that I might have sliced the banana pieces too thin.  But other than that, this dish was strangely good.  It was the perfect amount of sweet for me.  Especially since I'm trying to keep my calorie intake down.  

Ingredients: 
1 Banana, sliced 
1 Tbsp Honey 
1 Tbsp Water 
1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Olive Oil 
Cinnamon 

Directions:


Slice the banana. Lightly drizzle the oil in the pan.  Cook the banana slices for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.  


Whisk together the honey and water, and then pour the mixture over the banana. 


Let the banana slices cool and then sprinkle some cinnamon on top and serve! 

Enjoy! 
xx 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wet n' Wild Lipstick:



For a really long time I avoided wearing this lipstick. I bought it on a whim, and when I got home, I felt that it was too bright and I didn't think I knew how to pair it with anything.  Turns out I was wrong.


This shade is called "What's up Doc?" it's a beautiful bright pink.  

Lately my lips haven't been in the best conditions.  They have been a little bit dry and some lipsticks haven't been sitting on them nicely.  But with this one my lips looked fine.  It's staying power is really nice.  Few hours without needing a touch up, but with eating and drinking is not the best idea.  Drinking with a straw is fine, but anything else you'll need a touch up.

The lipstick itself is a very soft formula.  It goes on smoothly and very easily.  It's not drying at all, and as I said before, it doesn't cling to any imperfections.  When it fades, it fades to a soft pink.  


I love Wet n' Wild lipsticks.  They're such great quality for their price!  This line in particular is .99 cents.  My other Wet n' Wild lipsticks are under $3. I haven't really tried anything else from Wet n' Wild, but I 100% recommend their lipsticks.   

Pros: Price, quality, staying power, feel 
Cons: I haven't really found any

What do you think about "What's up Doc?"  Let me know! 
xx

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Recipe: Speedy Paella



I'm always on the look out for a good quick recipe, and this recipe is just that!  This is one from a magazine called Skinny One-Dish by Better Homes and Gardens.  It was really easy to make, and really fast.  I used frozen scallops, and fresh (already cooked) shrimp.  
I didn't know what to expect.  I've never had paella, and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, turns out I do! My only problem with the dish is the rice, I'm not a fan of frozen rice.  So, next time, even though it will take longer, I'll be preparing the rice and vegetables fresh.  


Ingredient: 
8 oz Fresh or Frozen Sea Scallops 
8 oz Fresh or Frozen Cooked Peeled and Deveined Shrimp 
1 10oz Package Froze Long Grain White Rice with Vegetables 
1 tbsp Canola Oil 
1 1/2 cup Coarsely Chopped Roma Tomatoes (4 Medium) 
1/2 to 1 tsp Ground Turmeric 

Directions: 
Thaw scallops and shrimp.  Rinse scallops and shrimp, and pat dry with a paper towel.  
Prepare rice according to the directions on the package. 
Meanwhile, heat up the oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. 


Once the skillet is hot, add the scallops, cook them for about three minutes, or until they're opaque. 

Roughly chop the tomatoes. 


Add the shrimp and tomatoes. Heat through. 


Transfer the hot rice to a bowl, and mix in the turmeric. 


Add the seafood mix, and toss with the rice.  
Season to taste with salt and pepper.  
Serve immediately. 

Enjoy! 
xx 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Maybelline Color Blur by Lipstudio:



When I saw this lipstick in the store I was really interested in it.  It wasn't in your typical lipstick tube and it also came with a little rubber end that I typically only see with eyeliner.  So, I picked up a stick in the shade 25 Cherry, Cherry, Bang, Bang.  




On the end it shows you how to apply the lipstick, and I wasn't exactly sure if I was doing it right, and the first time I didn't, but the second time I think I did pretty well.  I thought it was a little spotty, but after looking up the proper way to use it, the rubber bit is supposed to help with ombre lips, and for full lip coverage, you just use it like any other lipstick.  (Made me feel silly for not knowing that!) 


While applying this lipstick I thought to myself that it had a really smooth feel to it.  It was very, very, velvety.  For a matte lipstick, it was very creamy.  Now, matte lipsticks are a hit or miss with me.  They can either be perfect or they can dry my lips out and cling to every imperfection on my lip.  This lipstick was a little of both. It felt really nice until after about an hour.  Then it started to feel a little dry, and when that happens, I typically, subconsciously, start rubbing my lips together and  licking them. I tried to refrain as much as I could, but it still happened every so often. Even with that feeling, the lipstick still looked really great.  It wasn't creasy or anything like that.  After two hours the lipstick faded to a more pink tone, and it felt a little heavy on my lips. With just minimal lip use, this lipstick lasted around two and half to three hours. After eating, it was pretty much gone. 

The lipstick doesn't have a smell or a taste to it, so that is pretty much a plus with me. This lipstick cost around $7.99, and I plan on going out and buying a few more, even if I don't use the rubber bit, the lipstick itself is still really nice.  

Pros: nice feel, great colors, true matte finish
Cons: the rubber bit, price, feels a little heavy after a few hours

Have you tried the color blur lipsticks yet? 

xx