Friday, June 29, 2012

Brush Giveaway Winner & Thank you!

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who entered my brush giveaway! A winner has been chosen and contacted. If I could give everyone a prize, I would.

I appreciate each and every one of you! Please stay tuned for more giveaways. I enjoy doing them and it's my way of saying "thank you" and being able to give back. :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cheesy Zucchini Bake

I know, I know, I've not had many food posts lately. Whenever it gets warmer out, my Hubby and I just don't feel like cooking. We usually grill a lot and it's just simple things like meat, veggies and salads. This post is more of the same but wanted to share the easy Cheesy Zucchini side dish I made that we both loved!

The Hubby brought home a zucchini that came from a co-workers garden. I loved grilled veggies but they can be boring and not very filling. So I got a little creative and here's what I whipped up. Basically a cheesy zucchini bake and I actually just put in the toaster oven so I didn't have to heat up the house.

I've also made this in a cast iron skillet on the grill. Everything's better with cheese, right?

Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Ingredients: 
1 medium-large zucchini chopped
chopped onion & green pepper
Parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
pepper
garlic salt
red pepper flakes
fat free sour cream
low fat mayo

Directions:
I just eyeballed all the ingredients and mixed in a bowl. Sprayed an oven safe casserole dish and poured it in. I baked it at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. Put some extra cheese on top and broiled it til bubbly.

We had a small salad while this was baking and grilled some mahi that we marinated with bourbon peppercorn marinade.

Bourbon Peppercorn marinated Mahi Mahi

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Hair Color + tips for at home coloring

Many of you already know that I color my own hair. I have for many, many years. There have been times in between that I've gone to the salon to have it done - working 50 hrs per week, complicated color, etc. {My hair grows fast. I need it colored every 3-4 weeks.} I always seem to go back to doing it myself though. I've picked up some tips over the years that make the process easier. I've also tried 99% of all the hair color brands out there. This is a run down of what I've been using for quite a while and my process.

A little history first. I'm not a Cosmetologist. I have been to Cosmetology school though. I went for Aesthetics and Makeup. I did sit in on some hair classes. I ask questions at the salon. My Sister-in-Law has been a hair stylist for 20+ years.  I've always just had knack for hair. So, I've talked about and learned a lot about hair in my lifetime.

What I use: Garnier Color Cream in #51 Medium Ash Brown  I've used light brown before but it gets too brassy on me in the sun. I  used to use Natural instead of Ash. I think Natural covers gray better but I started to need the Ash for warmer months because my hair tends to get brassy in the sun really easy. I have to say that this brand covers gray the best IMO and has the most true color range.



 Tips:
~When using a bowl instead of the bottle applicator, mix everything in the bottle first and then pour into the bowl. I find this mixes the color better. {no need to break off the bottle tip with this method}

~I prefer using a bowl and brush. I find it covers better, is less messy and is quicker.

~When using brown shades, always go for a shade lighter than you think you want. Browns almost always tend to turn out dark at first. They will fade after a few washes. You can't go by the shades on the side of the box. You have to consider your current hair color and level.

~If you don't want any red tones, stay away from anything that says "golden" or "warm" on the box.

My Set Up: Bowl and brush from Sally's. A dry paper towel to sit the bowl on. A wet paper towel for cleaning up any messes {drops on counter, color on ears, forehead, etc}. A timer.  An old towel and a clip to hold it closed. You can also use a hair cape. I just find those hot and too much to mess with. I also wear an old tank top that I won't mind if color gets on it. I can also wear it around the house while the color sets.

Friday, June 15, 2012

How-To: re-purpose a bookcase

I've been wanting something for our garage entry way for a while now. Since that's the door we come in all the time, it needs to be a drop zone sort of space. Since our home was already in the process of being built when we bought it, we didn't get the option of adding one like most of the homes in our neighborhood. So I had to use my imagination and the small space to figure out what would work.

First, is the space issue. Because there is an outlet and door stop, I only had a little over two feet to work work with. Second is the width. We didn't want anything sticking out too far intruding on the space. I looked for quite some time but just couldn't find anything to fit the space just right. That's where an old bookcase comes in. I just got to thinking that the size would be perfect since it wasn't that deep. I did some quick measurements and found it would work perfect! Next was to clean it out, which meant donating some books and moving the others to another bookcase in the office. I then bought two baskets to dress it up a little and to be used for storage. Whola! This has been the perfect place to set my purse down when I walk in, hold my sunglasses collection, store coupons, etc., you get the idea.

What are some ways you've re-purposed furniture?

Before...




After...




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{CLOSED} Brush Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I had an extra Sigma Brush Set and I thought I'd do a giveaway for you. All the rules are listed in the info box of this video. Thanks so much to all of you who follow me here on the Blog and YouTube!


How~To: De-pot Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

This is by far my favorite palette I own. However, it doesn't get much love because of the bulky packaging. I store it in a separate drawer in my vanity and because of that, it's out of site - out of mind. I would also like to take this on trips but again, the packaging prevents me from doing so...until now!

I thought about actually de-potting each individual eye shadow {I still might} and putting it in my Z-palette. Then I thought, wouldn't it be great to store it "as is" so I could still see the colors and how they are paired up?! Here's how I did it and what I used.

Items Needed:
1. A small knife with a thin blade {be extra careful with it of course}
2. A palette of some kind to transfer the shadows to {I used my Z-palette. I think these will work best}



Steps:
1. Wedge the knife between the outside edge of the box and the cardboard holding the shadows...



2. Move the knife up and down the edge while gently prying up the cardboard holding the shadows. It should pop out fairly easily since it's only held in with glue.

3. At this point you have all the shadows out in one piece still in the cardboard. Since it's a magnetic back, you can now place the whole thing into your Z-palette or you could take out the individual shadows using the same method of prying them up. They will then be in their individual pans ready to place into your palette.



It's just that easy {my favorite saying from infomercials}! It really was. Depending on your actual palette, they may or may not fit with the cardboard still attached like mine. However, the new "dome" Z-palette will be out June 25th and these are supposed to hold domed shaped items better. From what I can tell, it's just a deeper well. I actually just received a small palette and I think it's already the new one. It holds larger shadows more easily.

*FTC disclaimer ~ I am not affiliated with Z-palette in any way. I paid for all products mentioned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Milani Pink Hottie

Nail of the Day ~ Pink Hottie by Milani




This is my first neon polish. I'm really liking it, too! I thought I'd first try it out on my toes. I've seen tons of neon pedicures lately. The oranges and pinks catch my eye the most. I found this one at Target. This brand had about 4-5 neon's I think. Unlike most neon polishes, this one isn't too matte. I will put a topcoat on but wanted to show you two coats without first. The formula is nice but goes on a tad sheer with the first coat. I hope no one is too weirded out by feet. {I know I sort of am} The camera doesn't want to pick up the true color in natural light. It's much brighter in person.


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Review: The Balm Nude Tude Palette

After seeing tons of fellow YouTubers rave about this product, I knew I had to get it. Let me just say, I need another eye shadow palette like I need a hole in the head. Seriously. Let alone another "nude" palette. I know, I know, they're all the rave these days and who doesn't need/want more nude eye shadows?! I purchased mine from Hautelook {if anyone needs an invite to Hautelook, email me}when The Balm products were recently featured. I only paid $19, which saved me $17 off the regular price. You can purchase this palette from The Balm website though. The palette comes in "Naughty" or "Nice". Hautelook usually only offers the "Naughty" palette, so that's what I have. They are the exact same colors, one just has pin-up style girls and one is plain.

The palette comes with a double-ended brush, 12 shadows and a large mirror. Four are matte shades and the others are shimmer and slight frost. I really appreciate that it has a matte black and matte dark brown. Two colors I really like to see in any palette. I've only used this palette a few times but so far I'm really enjoying it. Even at the regular price, this is a great value and great shades.








Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sally Hansen Orange Impulse

Nail of the Day ~ Orange Impulse, Sally Hansen



I bought three Sally Hansen polishes on the same day and so far, 2 out of the 3 are not great. I usually have such good luck with this brand no matter the formula. It's become a go-to over the years for the fact that it's so reliable in the great color, wear time and ease of application. Not sure if I just got dud bottles or what. The Orange Impulse is part of the spring collection out in stores now. It's on the display with other brights such as green, yellow, blue, etc. I've been looking for a cream orange since last year without luck. The color of this is great, the application wasn't so great. It was very thick. Almost like it was old, although I don't see how that's possible with this particular color. Two coats felt like five on my nails no matter how thinly I tried to apply it. Of course that ended up with chipping the next day. This is usually a no-fail formula for me but not this time. If anyone knows of a great cream, true orange, please pass it along. I can't recommend this one.

Orange Impulse by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Monday, June 04, 2012

L'Oreal Club Prive

Nail of the Day ~ Club Prive, L'Oreal Paris



What a great polish! This is my first from the new L'Oreal line. I can't say enough good things. First, the colors are amazing. They seem very unique, even if it's just a bit. I was completely drawn to this color. Even my Husband agreed that it was different. It's like a mint but better. It has more of a blue undertone than just mint. It's very close to a Tiffany blue in my opinion. Now of course y'all know I have a love/hate with green and blue nail polish. Some look good, some just don't. I was on the fence with this one. You can tell me what you think. Bottom line, I'm glad I picked it up for the color and to see how I liked the formula. It lasts several days. Matter of fact, I only took it off because I was leaving for vacation and didn't want to wear this color any longer. The first coat was very sheer but covered well. You could get away with two coats but I did three.

natural light, two coats {looks better with three}

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Great Etsy finds!

Lately I've been somewhat of an Etsy stalker buyer. It's become my go-to when I want or need something. I'm amazed how big this site has grown in the past few years. I wanted to share a few of my latest cool gets with you. I have a few other pieces saved to my favorites. I tell ya, I'm addicted! Definitely let me know if you've come across something you think I might like. :)

Kindle Cover ~ I recently bought a Kindle and wanted a cover but didn't care for any in the stores. Immediately fell in love with these. {I'll show mine in a video soon} She has a great selection here.

via Linas Stitch


Business Card Holder ~ This is something I've been meaning to get but have put off until now. I just ordered this cute case {with my own initials of course}. Great colors and styles to choose from here. I like that the background design matches my blog. :)

via MonogramPOP


Gold Bar Necklace ~ I had seen this necklace in a few magazines. I thought it was cute and dainty and I don't own a ton of gold pieces. I wear this with a gold evil eye necklace I bought from Target a while ago.  She has a lot of cute things here.

via JewelryMadeByMaggie

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