Monday, December 31, 2012

New at the Drugstore 2

It's safe to say that the past few months new items have been flooding the drugstore. I picked up quite a few items while on my Christmas vacation {reviews coming soon}. You can check out those photos on my Instagram here. Over the weekend I found a new display of Maybelline products at my local Target. It also included the new The Rocket Mascara but I had already picked that up in my previous haul so I didn't take a pic. I also ran across a new huge hair care display by L'Oreal with some pretty great prices to boot.
*All photos were taken with my cell phone camera.

Instant Age Rewind The Lifter
~ Lifting Foundation + Smoothing Primer
~ 12 shades
~ Claims: Get firmer, lifted skin instantly
~ $11.99 at Target

My Thoughts: This isn't the first time I've seen a foundation with primer and it won't be the last. Immediately, the swirled design reminds me of the Stila primers. I think Almay may have something like this as well. I passed on this because I don't usually love Maybelline foundations. However, I may still give it a try at some point.

Instant Age Rewind The Perfector
~ Concealer + Vitamin C Treatment
~ 5 shades
~ Claims: Fights dark spots over time {4 weeks}
~ $8.49 at Target

~ Powder with Smoothing Primer
~ 6 shades
~ Claims: No caking
~ $8.49 at Target

My Thoughts: The "eraser" is the same concept as the one currently out. I have it but don't love it. Might be due to the shade. Who knows? I don't buy the claims of getting rid of dark spots. Most things on the market can't do that unless your issue is very minor. I passed on this as well. The powder looks promising though and at some point I'm sure I'll try it out. Anything that claims "no caking" is a bonus in my book.

Eye Studio Master Duo
~ First 2 in 1 glossy liquid liner
~ Thin or Thick Glossy Liquid Liner
~ Glossy Formula
~ 6 shades
~ Claims: Duel tip creates a thin precise line or use the flat side for a bold thick line
~ $6.99 at Target

My Thoughts: While I think the concept is unique and might actually work, I passed on this for one reason - glossy eye liner is a big fat no in my opinion. Enough said about this one.

Color Whisper by Color Sensational
~ Pure color pigments suspend in a weightless gel
~ No heavy waxes or oils
~ 20 shades
~ Claims: Sexy soft, see through color
~ $5.99 at Target

My Thoughts: Big surprise, another brand hopping on the lip butter/glossy balm craze. From looking at the website, these seem more like the L'Oreal Caresse line and will not have much pigment. I think I opened each one to look at the texture and shade. Each one looked very matte in the tube. This scared me off. Now I know a lot of lip products look this way when in fact they are quite the opposite. However, the few shades I thought about trying were out as you can see from the picture, so I passed. I did notice that the packaging is thinner than the regular Color Sensational lipsticks {those, I love}. It felt sorta cheap in my opinion.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Packing Tips and Organization

Hello there! I'm back from my Christmas trip to visit the In-Laws and wanted to share my packing tips and organization video with you. This video was supposed to be up before but I had a poor internet connection while away. Regardless, you can use these tips for any trip, any time of year.

I hope you all had an amazing holiday! I'm looking forward to what 2013 brings me both personally and for my Blog and YouTube Channel.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram {links on my home page} for daily posts and pictures. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

This is by far the most requested, best loved appetizer at my parties! Whether it be Christmas or tailgating, these Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies will be a hit and usually the first to go. I've been making them for years and actually got the original recipe out of a holiday appetizer magazine but I've made some changes.  I'll also give you my tips and tricks that I've learned over the years.

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

What you'll need:

1 package of Bacon (I recommend Center Cut)
1 package of Lil Smokies (I use all Beef)
1/2 cup (approx) light brown sugar (be sure it's fresh)

How To:

1.  Line a large cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray (spraying is very important or they will stick)
2.  Cut each piece of bacon into three even pieces. *I like using Center Cut and have found this works best. It's leaner and the pieces are more even.
3.  Pour the brown sugar into a bowl to dredge each of the wrapped smokies. *I say to use fresh brown sugar because I find it sticks best and is less clumpy than sugar that's old.
4.  Next, wrap each smokie with bacon. I find if I slightly stretch each piece of bacon around the smokie, it holds better.
5.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.

I serve these on a plate or in a bowl with decorative toothpicks for easy access and eating.

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

Monday, December 17, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Link Up

Thanks to Stacie at Makeup Obsessed Mom for tagging me!

Favorite Winter Nail Polish?
Anything red, sparkly or metallic. It used to be OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress.
Favorite Winter Lip Product?
Lip Balm. Period. This time of year it's all about keeping those lips hydrated. My current fave of the moment is Nivea Kiss of Honey
Most Worn Winter Clothing Item?
Long sleeve t-shirts from Target. They are great on their own or layering under blazers or sweaters.
Most Worn Winter Accessory?
Boots and scarves.
Favorite Winter Candle?
Leaves from BBW or the Cider candle from Walmart
Favorite Winter Beverage?
Hot Apple Cider K-Cups
Favorite Christmas Movie?
1. Christmas Vacation
2. Elf
3. A Christmas Story
Favorite Christmas Song?
Holly Jolly Christmas
Favorite Holiday Food?
Iced Sugar Cookies
Favorite Christmas Decoration?
I have many so I can't pick just one. I also really love old fashioned Santas and have several around my house at Christmas. So I'd say Santas. :)
What is at the top of your Christmas list?
I got my present early this year - a LV Neverfull. It's shown up in some Instagram and Blog pics. ;)
What are your plans for the Holiday this year?
We're not quite sure. We're thinking of going to my in-law's house. Most of my Husband's family lives around the same area so it's nice to be able to see so many at one time.
I'm doing a Christmas tag on my YouTube channel if you'd like to watch that here.
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

Nail of the Day ~ The Spy Who Loved Me - OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection 2012

Long time, no polish posts! I've been wearing some of the shades I've already posted on here and we went to Florida and then on a cruise for Thanksgiving. Thought I'd come back with a pop of red!

When I bought the mini pack, this shade didn't really jump out at me. Maybe I just wasn't ready for red yet. The more I look at it in the bottle, the more I like it. I don't think it transfers the same to the nails though. It appears to have gold and red fine glitter in the bottle but you only see red on the nails. I did two coats but you could get it a tad more opaque with three.  It's a really pretty shade though and perfect for festive Holiday parties this time of year.

with flash
outside, sunlight

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crockpot Chicken n' Dumplings

I first heard about this Crockpot Chicken n' Dumplings recipe from fellow Blogger and YouTuber, TiffanyD. I thought it looked easy and interesting so I immediately did a search for other recipes like this. While there are tons of them with a few alterations, they are basically the same. I took the basics from a few different recipes. I've since made this a handful of times and passed it along to friends and family. It's been a big hit. Anything in the crockpot is good with me. I have to say that I'm normally not a big fan of this dish, but I really love it this way!

Crockpot Chicken n Dumplings


2 Tb butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I use fat free)
1  1/2 14oz cans chicken broth OR 2 1/2 Cups approx. (I use low sodium)

½ small onion diced

1/2 Tb poultry seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 grand’s buttermilk biscuits (not flaky)

Total Cooking Time: 6 Hours on High
Put everything except biscuits into crockpot and cook on high for 5 hours. 

Using two forks, shred the chicken while it’s still in the crockpot. Cut each biscuit into 4- 5 pieces and add to crockpot. Cook for additional hour or until they are cooked through. Stir a few times to mix all together and break up the biscuit layer.
*You may need to add more broth if it looks too thin after you shred the chicken. I use all 8 biscuits. You can use less if you want.

Crockpot Chicken n Dumplings

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Product Updates: Makeup, Skincare, Hair, Nail Polish

Hi everyone! I'm back from vacation with a new type of video. I wanted to start updating you on products that I've shown. These will be things that don't make the monthly favorites list. Products that I may or may not care for.

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