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January 2016 Favorites

January flew by for me this year, it seemed to go in the blink of an eye.  That said, here are some favorites of mine from January.  I’ve found that I want to break out of the stuff I’ve been using over and over again since around mid year last year – I’ve been feeling a little stuck so I started looking through and pulling out some old (but not forgotten) makeup. Too Faced Cocoa Contour:  I’ve had this since summer 2015 and used it a little bit but then put it away.  Lately, I’ve been into a more subtle contour; I really love this palette because it not only has a cool toned contour shade that isn’t too dark, it also has a warm toned bronzer, and a brightening yellow powder for under the eyes or to chisel out your contour.  It has a highlighter but I’m not too crazy about it – it’s got chunky glitters; so while I don’t use it much, the other three shades make this palette definitely worth getting or, in my case, pulling out of the archives. MAC Prep & Prime Fix +:  I’ve had this forever but only recently started using it regularly.  This is a great spray prior to makeup application but my preference is to use Fix + after I’m done with my makeup.  It’s really outstanding in melding all the powders on the face and finishing things off.  It can also be used to moisten an eyeshadow brush to help shimmery eyeshadows stick and intensify their shine. Dior Airflash Spray foundation:  I bought this foundation for my wedding and haven’t used it since; until recently.  Dior Airflash is a bit tricky but I really love the way my…

Nature Republic Snail Solution 1000 Hydrogel Sheet Mask

I like snails.  I think they’re cute; when I was a kid I enjoyed watching them crawl around, and was fascinated when I would find snail trails all over the place in our yard.  I never thought I’d put that stuff on my face, though.  Yet here I am, trying out the Nature Republic Snail Solution 1000 Hydrogel sheet mask.  The 1000 comes from the fact that the mask contains 1000mg of snail mucus, along with other botanical ingredients.  With Korean skin care exploding onto the scene, and all the good things I hear about it, I thought I’d give it a shot.  It helps that I received this mask as a Christmas gift from a co-worker, lol.  You can purchase these on Amazon (5 for $38).   To start, the mask is wet, like all sheet masks but not a drippy wet like the Sephora Pearl sheet mask I wrote about.  Instead, the mask is gel formula, which actually helped it to adhere better once the gel had a chance to set a bit (although it was a little messy getting it on due to it was very slippery).  The mask came in two parts, the top half of the face that covers up to the nose, then the lower half; they ended up overlapping on my face (also, I figured out after I took pictures I could fold the flap up on my nose, lol).   Shortly after applying the mask, it became a bit tingly and cold, like when you have something minty on – although I didn’t smell any mint.  It wasn’t unpleasant, it was quite refreshing, actually, which leads me to think it would be an ideal mask to use during the warmer months.  The instructions stated to let…

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon’s Eyeshadow Palette

I am in love.  And I’m not talking about just love, I’m talking about love, love.  What has me so enamored?  The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon’s eyeshadow palette!  A part of me wishes I had waited to post my Must Have Eyeshadow Palettes to include this one, but the other part of me realizes that waiting would have been futile for a makeup junkie like me – it’s like not wanting to write about the latest Apple gadget because you just know Next is right around the corner.  But enough with the lamenting and let’s talk about this palette.   Let me begin by saying this palette provides the best of most of those in my previous post, with the exception of the Kat Von D Shade + Light eyeshadow palette.  Chocolate Bon Bon’s has the same characteristics as the UD x Gwen Stefani palette in that you get a few pops of color, amidst neutral shades.  The shadows are highly pigmented and they blend like a dream (akin to the Lorac pro palettes).  You get the same warm-ish neutrals as in the UD Naked palette.  The possible looks are endless with the Bon Bon’s palette, there are all sorts of lovely colors from purple, to pinks, it even has a grayed down teal; there are 16 colors to be exact.  Bonus:  Like most Too Faced powder products, they smell deliciously like chocolate. As for the packaging, while I consider myself a girly girl, I’m not about hearts – actually, when I first saw the palette I scoffed at the hearts; if hearts are your sort of thing, then it’s very pretty and screams “Girl!”.  I’m glad I ignored my first impression because after having tried the palette for the…

Beauty Hack:  Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a Primer? 

Yep, you read the title right – a men’s shave balm as a foundation primer.  I first saw the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm being used by NikkiTutorials on You Tube; she’s raved about this product for the last year.  I finally decided to give it a shot and I have to say, I’m impressed.  The balm contains glycerin which is an ingredient that causes makeup to stick.  And stick it does. I’ve tried it for the last month, with 2 different foundations and, I have to say, my makeup stays very much in place, even through a grueling workout with the personal trainer.  It doesn’t just help your foundation to stay put, all of your face makeup will stay put, including contour, blush, and highlighting products.  Another benefit of the Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm is the price – ranging anywhere from $5 to $8 dollars, depending on where you buy it; it puts most high end primers to shame.   The Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm does smell like men’s cologne when you first apply it (which I don’t mind); the smell goes away as you rub it in.  The trick to get the balm to work is to take a small amount and massage it into the skin until it becomes tacky and difficult to move around.  Then apply foundation as normal and voilà!, instant all day staying power. I will say I think it may work differently with different foundations, or at least it did with me.  It’s not that I’ve done an extensive amount of testing, I’ve only tried two.  With the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, it seems to change the finish just a tad; it’s not as lightweight.  When I…

Sunday Brunch: Smoked Cheese & Bacon Frittata

I love making frittata’s.  They’re easy, are great for serving a crowd, and you can pretty much use any kind of ingredients you like.  Frittata’s are essentially the Italian version of an omelette, made for many at once, which makes them super convenient for entertaining.  They’re extremely versatile, you can serve them warm or at room temperature, as breakfast, dinner, or appetizers for a party.  This particular recipe mixes smokey bacon with smoked cheese; combined with cooked onions and makes for some really good eating.  Coincidentally, the frittata tastes great with my Spicy Bloody Mary. Ingredients: 4 egg whites 4 eggs 2 oz grated smoked cheddar or gouda 1 1/2 cups frozen shredded potatoes 1 cup diced onion 6 oz bacon, diced Salt & pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a non-stick pan, cook the bacon until almost done, add the onions and continue cooking until they’re translucent.  Add the shredded potatoes and cook until heated through, set aside to cool.   In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs and egg whites, season with salt & pepper.  Add the grated cheese and the bacon mixture, mix to combine.  Heat the pan on medium low heat, add the egg mixture.  Run a spatula along the outer edge, pulling the eggs in to the center, this will help the eggs to set.  Once set, place the pan into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.  Set the oven to broil, and keep eggs in the oven until the top is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.  Once the frittata has cooled slightly, cut into wedges and serve…