Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Recipe | Pork Medallions, Rosemary Fig Cranberry Sauce, Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

I've been doing a monthly meal plan for the last couple months, and some of the new recipes I've tried turned into family favorites. I usually take a recipe, follow it to a T, and then tweak it to my liking - which usually involves much more seasoning. Am I the only one that thinks recipes these days are dramatically under-seasoned?? Anyways, my family quickly fell in love with these Pork Medallions, mainly because of this amazing Cranberry Fig Sauce that I have started making in large batches to share with friends and family. I have also discovered a scrumptious Broccoli Cauliflower Bake, cheesy and creamy goodness, that completes this dishes very well.

If you try these recipes, I'd love to hear what you think and how you make it your own! :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review | Foreo Luna Mini

[complimentary product]

I recently received the Foreo Luna Mini ($139), and since I love the original Luna (here), I figured I would share a little comparison of the two. They both feature the T-Sonic technology and silicone brush for cleansing. The only difference, besides size and price (the Luna is $199), are the design of the back sides of the devices. The Luna Mini doesn't have the rippled anti-aging design on the back like the original Luna - instead there is another full section of silicone bristles that are wider and massaging on the skin. I've been using the Luna Mini for the past 2 weeks and my skin hasn't even noticed a difference from using the original Luna.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review | ELF Lock On Liner and Brow Cream

Preface: I have never used creams in my brows prior to this review, so I won't be comparing these to any other brand, maybe I will in the future if that would be more helpful.

ELF has launched a brand new [amazing] product and concept to their line, the Lock On Liner and Brow Creams ($4 each), available in four shades; Taupe Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Espresso.
"This cream glides on smoothly to sculpt, shade, and define brows. It can also be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner for gorgeous, long-lasting color."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review | ELF Illuminating Palette

Every time I sit down to plan out a full face ELF makeup look, I'm always looking at my extensive collection wishing they would give us a true highlighter line, and now my wishes have been granted! The Illuminating Palette (aka the Ambient Palette that launched and sold out in minutes this Summer) is finally here and widely available for us all to grab one (or two) for ourselves!
"This beautiful illuminating palette holds 4 gorgeous complementary shades to mix and match for a custom blended radiance that captures, diffuses, and softens the way light reflects on the skin. The soft-focus powders are great for highlighting around the eyes and on cheekbones to enhance the skin with a luminous effect. Perfect for all skin tones."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review | Foreo Issa & Hybrid Brush Head

[an iFabbo shop product]

A few months ago I cashed in some coins in the iFabbo shop to try the Foreo Issa Toothbrush ($199) - after I reviewed the Foreo Luna (here), I was definitely on a Foreo hype - unfortunately, I ended up disliking the Foreo Issa because the silicone head just wasn't abrasive enough to actually clean my teeth. I opted to not review the product because I don't enjoy writing negative reviews. Recently iFabbo reached out to offer the new Foreo Hybrid Brush Head ($19.95) for review. Now that we've addressed my previous experience with the Foreo Issa, let's get into my rave review! ;)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review | ELF Mattifying Blotting Papers

Who remembers the $1 blotting sheet packs from ELF? I sure do, I still have a few backups in my stash drawer. Recently ELF has released the new and much improved Mattifying Blotting Papers ($5), which is a plastic compact that includes 25 blotting papers, a full size mirror, and an adhesive sponge applicator that truly makes this product unique from other blotting sheet packs out on the market.
"These innovative blotting papers are infused with translucent powder to help mattify skin and absorb oil without disturbing your makeup. The unique sponge applicator's design makes touch-ups easy and helps leave skin looking refreshed and shine-free. The chic portable case is perfect for all your daily or on-the-go beauty adventures!"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review | Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette

I feel like I should have reviewed this palette much sooner... like when it was still easy to find for purchase. It looks like most websites have it sold out, and since this is a limited edition palette, I'm afraid it won't be restocked. The Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette ($30) is a fantastic palette, so if you do spot it for sale, I absolutely recommend it! It features twelve wearable shadows, a mix of matte, shimmer, and sparkle. The pigmentation is fantastic all across the board, especially the rich black. My favorite quality of the palette is the sparkle shadows, they have a shiny glossy look to them, I'm completely in love with Pink Champagne and Chic!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review | Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

[pr samples]

Who loves brows? I love brows! (let's be honest, what don't I love in the beauty department? LOL!) For the past couple weeks, I've been exclusively using the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils ($32) in Ash and Natural Black. These are a mechanical design, aka twist up, with a handy spooly brush end for grooming. This will sound silly, but I really like the quality of the spooly brush, it is sturdy and soft so it efficiently blends out the pencil application while keeping brow hairs tamed. The pencil tip has a unique triangular shape - takes a little getting used to, but holymoly it is very useful! I use the very tip for my tail ends, creating fine hair-like strokes, the widest angle to fill in the random bare spots inside the body of the brows, and the long edge to straighten the base of my brows and accentuate the top arch.
"Buildable formula combines powder, pencil and wax to create the look of naturally fuller, defined brows in one easy step."

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse (photos)

On Sunday night we took the kids for a little walk around the neighborhood to see the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. The kids had a toy telescope, that you can't really see out of, Michael brought a pair of binoculars, and I brought my DSLR camera. The moon was such a gorgeous deep red, and it shifted to a red-orange right before the eclipse started to show. I took over 100 photos with my stock lenses, and only a few came out clear enough to really see the color and the eclipse. Can you believe the next time we'll see this amazing event will be in 2033 - I'll be 47 when the next one happens! :)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Review | Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit

[press sample]

A few years ago I reviewed the Tatcha Sampler Set, and today I have an updated review to share because the kit has been greatly improved and it is still as amazing as before! This is the Ritual Discovery Kit ($59.00), which you can now custom select for your personal skin type. I chose the Dry kit, because we all know my face has desert dry tendencies (although I believe the sensitive kit would have catered well to me too).

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Recipe | Breaded Chicken Nuggets

4 servings | 1 hr brining, 30 mins cooking

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 cups water
1/8 cup salt
1/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 cup olive oil

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review | Foreo Luna Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device

[an iFabbo member product sample]

Remember a few months ago when I said farewell to my broken Clarisonic Mia 2? And remember when I was on the fence about investing in a new one? Well, the Foreo Luna popped up in the iFabbo shop - right place, right time. I hesitated at first to claim the product to try out, mainly because I'm always cautious of facial devices for my super sensitive skin. To my relief, and surprise, the Luna is the most gentle and stimulating facial cleansing device I have tried thus far! You'd think a plastic/rubbery item couldn't possibly be comfortable on the skin, I thought so too, but this little cutie breaks the mold. (My Skincare Journey)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review | Tatcha Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

A few years ago, San Francisco based company, Tatcha, was one of the first major brands to work with me, in my newbie blogger days. And ever since then I have been a devote consumer, while the items are definitely a splurge for me, they are amazing quality and my sensitive dry skin adores the skincare. In the last couple years I have gone through two of the Ritual Discovery Kits, mainly because of the Tatcha Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder sample packets. They. Are. Amazing! (My Skincare Journey)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recipe | Portuguese Beans

Today's recipe holds a very special spot in my heart. Portuguese Beans was a staple dish from my grandmother's kitchen in my youngster years, a comforting meal that was always paired with steamed rice and fresh french bread. My grandfather always swirled ketchup and Tabasco sauce on top, which is the way I still eat it today, but for someone like my Boyfriend who doesn't care for Tabasco sauce, it tastes just as delicious with Sriracha sauce. This is a slow cooking dish, the longer the better.

1.5 hours | 8 servings

1 lb (or 3 cups) of dry kidney beans
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
1 large onion
2 linguica sausages
1 lb bacon
*optional* cream of tartar for sauce thickening