Monday, April 30, 2012

Essie Chubby Cheeks

Nail of the Day ~ Chubby Cheeks by Essie

This poor polish of mine doesn't get much love. Not sure why. Oh wait, I do. It's because I'm a nail polish hoarder. Anyway, I've had this one in my collection since sometime last year. I don't recall it being part of any particular collection. Just came across it one day in Ulta. I was drawn in by the color and then the name sold me - Chubby Cheeks. How cute is that?!

It's a great coral with a slight orange look on the nail. Nothing too bright like some of the tangerine/oranges that are so popular right now. It also applied really well. Two non-streaky coats. Very un-Essie-like in my opinion. I'm sure by now you've gotten the hint that I have a love/hate with Essie because of this fact. This one is a winner for sure and I say give it a try!

All nail photos are taken in natural light (unless otherwise noted), two coats, no topcoat.



Monday, April 09, 2012

Blog Sale! ~ Fashion Edition

This Blog Sale is a Fashion Edition. I'm offering the items on the Blog first before taking them to eBay. Please message me with any questions you many have regarding an item. Most of the items were for special work events that were only worn one time. Some were never worn. Thanks for visiting and happy shopping!

Rules:
1. Paypal only please
2. S/H flat rate $5.95 US + $3 for each additional item (shoes will be quoted a s/h price)
3. International S/H will be quoted after payment with address is received
4. All Sales are final. Not responsible for damaged items.
5. Sales are first come, first serve.
6. You will have 24hrs to pay or the item(s) will go to the next person.

Purchase Procedure:
Email me at misscrystalmakeup@yahoo.com with your order and Paypal email.
I will send you an invoice via Paypal.
Your item(s) will be held for 24hrs. Once payment goes through, I will send out the package.
UPDATE: Everything from this sale has either been sold or donated. Thank you. 

London Fog Trench Coat
Size xs petite (fits like s or m)
hidden front botton closure, button tab sleeves
used 2-3x
Retail $175 Sale $50

Sangria Sundress
Size 6
side zip, back elastic, tie neck
NEW w/out tags
Retail $45 Sale $20
SOLD
Victoria's Secret Sundress
Size M
shelf bra, dark brown NEW w/out tags
Retail $39 Sale $15
XOXO Sheath Dress w/belt
Size Jr. 9/10
back zip, NEW with tags
Retail $45 Sale $20
INC Shirtdress
Size 4, black, hidden button closure, tie waist, back elastic
used
Retail $55 Sale $20
MSK Blouse & Skirt Set
Size S, side zip, hidden button closure
used 1x
Retail $140 Sale $75
Scarlett Cocktail Dress
Size 6, black, side zip
NEW w/out tags
Retail $50 Sale $30
Mix It Shift Dress
Size S, bubble sleeves, side zip
used 1x
Retail $70 Sale $20
SOLD!
Bisou Bisou One Shoulder Dress
Size 8, side rouching, flutter sleeve
NEW with tags
Retail $70 Sale $30
MSK Blouse
Size S, black
NEW w/out tags
Retail $45 Sale $15
SOLD
ASOS Spike Bracelet
NEW with tags
Retail $30 Sale $20
SOLD
Vera Wang Wedges
Size 7
used 2-3x
Retail $69 Sale $30
Speechless Sundress
Size: Jr. 9, removable halter tie, back elastic
used 1x
Retail $45 Sale $20


SOLD
Coach Purse
flap closure, dust bag
used 2-3x
Retail $148 Sale $40

Monday, April 02, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are probably my favorite cookie. I love them with raisins added or chocolate chips. I've had this recipe for many years but hadn't used it in a while. The other night the Hubby and I had a sweet tooth and so I made up a batch. They are easy to make and you can add a number of ingredients to make them unique. Some of the additions I've made before: dried cranberries with white chocolate chips, walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins.
These make the best tasting, most chewy cookies I've ever had! They were even better the next morning with milk for breakfast. So good!

Oatmeal cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour (I've used wheat before as well)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used Agave)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 
preheat to 350 degrees F.


In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats together with a whisk or spoon.


In a mixer or large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 30 seconds until blended. Beat in the egg until smooth and barely fluffy. With mixer running on medium high, drizzle in the maple syrup, and vanilla until incorporated. Turn the mixer down to its lowest setting and gradually add the flour-oatmeal mixture. Blend just to combine, then mix in the chocolate chips.


Drop walnut-sized balls of dough onto a nonstick or parchment-lined cookie sheet at 3-inch intervals. With moistened fingers, flatten out the cookies a little. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set the cookie sheets on a rack to cool.
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