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Monthly Archives: November 2015

ColourPop Creme Gel

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners and Creme Gel Colours, left to right:  Best O (deepened burgundy), No Shame (blackened violet), Get Paid (metallic rose gold), Call Me (deep plummy brown), and Piggy Bank (vivid red violet). Seems I’m always posting about ColourPop but really, I can’t help myself; their products are so amazing and inexpensive.  The latest addition to their product line are Creme Gel Colours and Creme Gel Liners.  I’ve road tested these for the last couple of weeks and I am very impressed, especially with the liners.  The ColourPop Creme Gel Colours are not bad however, they run a bit dry and once they’re set, they’re a bitch to manipulate.  This works for and against them; if you use them as a shadow base, they work extremely well, if you use them as a gel liner, work quickly and expect them to stay on until you take them off. The Creme Gel Liners – yeah, these babies are pretty damned good; the only liner that comes close to being this good are the Marc Jacobs Higliner Gel Eye Crayons, and they’ll run you $25 each.  ColourPop, on the other hand, provides extraordinary value – the Creme Gel Liners are $5 and the Creme Gel Colours are $6.  I really don’t know how they can produce products of such quality at such a great price point, but they do and I’m glad for it.  I also want to call out that, while I’ve only purchased one metallic liner from this line, the color payoff  in the waterline is AMAZING, and it didn’t bother my eyes one bit; metallic liners from other brands bother my eyes terribly when applied to the…

Spicy Bloody Mary

One of my favorite things to do is to have brunch on the weekends or while on vacation, and nothing says brunch like a Bloody Mary.  I personally prefer it to be on the spicy side, so I’ve developed this concoction; it was inspired by a Spicy Bloody Mary that I tried at Lola, in Seattle.  I love the idea of using fresh herbs in this cocktail, and with the minced jalapeño it has a lovely kick.  The addition of lemon and lime juices serve to brighten the tomato; and of course, olives are a must in this recipe, I use jalapeño garlic stuffed olives to amp up the spice.  I opted not to salt the rim of the glass but you can definitely do that.  I find using a chili sea salt to rim with is fantastic with this recipe!  This is a great accompaniment to a smoky frittata or even basic scrambled eggs and bacon. I’d love to know what’s your favorite libation at brunch? 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 1/3 c. fresh lime juice 3 c. tomato juice 1 jalapeño, finely minced 1 large clove of garlic, grated using a microplane 1 tsp. rosemary, finely minced Tabasco (or any hot sauce) to taste 3 shakes Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. prepared horseradish 1 tbs. coarsely ground black pepper Salt to taste Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Using an immersion blender (or you can use a blender or food processor), blend the ingredients until fully combined.  Pour 2 ounces of vodka into a glass filled with ice, top with the Spicy Bloody Mary mix.  Garnish with rosemary and olives and enjoy…