Liebster Award!

I just noticed earlier today that I was nominated for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much Beauty and a Little Extra! I love her site- I especially love her post about a gold daytime eye look.

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  • 1) Thank and link the person that nominated you.
  • 2) Answer the 11 questions asked by the person that nominated you.
  • 3) Nominate 5-10 blogs with under 200 followers and link them.
  • 4) Create 11 new questions for the people you nominate to answer
  • 5) Notify your nominees via social media.

My Questions:

  1. If you had to choose one meal for the rest of your life, what would it consist of? It would probably be a salad with gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette with crusty french bread to soak up the vinaigrette- yum!! 

    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
  2. Blush or Bronzer? In the winter blush is a must for me- it gives me that pop of color. In the summer I like bronzer because it looks more like I’ve had sun. 

    I love bareMinerals!!
    I love bareMinerals!!
  3. What is your favorite all-time lipstick? There are so many MAC and bareMinerals colors I like- I can’t pick one! I also love Bite Beauty’s violet lipstick. The color is so bright and pretty! 

    Love this color- Violet.
    Love this color- Violet.
  4. Have you ever been outside of the country, if yes, where? I lived in Canada when I was a lot younger and also I got the opportunity to study abroad in England when I was in college. I loved the experience and want to go back! 
  5. Who is your current role model? My mom is my role model. She was such a sweet, patient mother- it is the way I want to be with my two sons! 
  6. If you had the chance to raid a celeb’s closet, who would it be? I love the classy style of Katie Holmes- classic style. 
  7. Heels or flats? I always wear flats- heels unfortunately kill my feet! 
  8. What is your favorite show right now? My husband and I love Madmen and are in withdrawals now that it is over! 
  9. What is your staple piece of jewelry? I love just a pretty stud earring. I have some turquoise blue and silver ones that I love right now. 
  10. What is your favorite make-up brand? There are so many but right now I am very into bareMinerals. I love the lipsticks- the colors are all so great and they feel good on your lips- they are moisturizing and good for your lips. And I love all of their blushes and cheek colors. 
  11. Finally, If you had to be an animal, what animal would you choose? I would be a dog because they provide so much joy to people!  

The questions for my nominees are:

1. What is your favorite foundation?

2. What do you apply your foundation with?

3. What is your skin care regimen?

4. What makeup brands do you love?

5. What makeup products do you splurge on?

6. What do you love so much about makeup?

7. What are your favorite eye shadow colors?

8. What is your favorite mascara?

9. Pressed or loose powder?

10. What brand brushes do you like?

11. What concealer can you not live without?

Everyone have a good week- thanks =)

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It’s that time of the year…Bronzer Time

I am pale. Very pale. All through the year I use blush and bronzer- but during the summer I amp up the bronzer. I don’t get tan- I use SPF 85! So I fake it with bronzer.

One of my favorite ones is a bareMinerals product. Not surprising- I love their products. Warmth is one of my favorites. One of the best things about it is it is layerable. You can wear it lightly to just provide a little sun to your face. Or you can amp it up. It is great for my sensitive skin. Also one $20 container lasts forever.  I love, love, love this product.

I also love their cheek colors. I have Giddy Pink, Laughter and Aubergine and they are all great. They provide beautiful color without irritation. I can’t rave enough about them. Also, as I talked about in my post Breaking the bareMinerals rules, you can mix and match them with any foundation!

The beautiful Bare Minerals I have- Warmth,  Laughter, Aubergine and Giddy Pink. I recommend them all for a touch of color or more intense if you layer them.
The beautiful bareMinerals I have- Warmth, Laughter, Aubergine and Giddy Pink. I recommend them all for a touch of color or more intense if you layer them.

Another bronzer that I just found that doesn’t bother my skin is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Natural Radiance Bronzer. It provides a pretty light color- it is subtle. But if you are looking for a more natural hint of color- this is what you need. It is great no matter how sensitive your skin in. And for around $11- it is a great price.

The Neutrogena bronzer. I swirl my BareMinerals brush around all of the colors and apply.
The Neutrogena bronzer. I swirl my bareMinerals brush around all of the colors and apply.
Me with the Neutrogena bronzer- subtle but I love the color.
Me with the Neutrogena bronzer- subtle but I love the color.

Some bronzers I would love to get are:

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in milk chocolate.  So pretty - I love so I like that this bronzer doesn't look too sparkly. Just Matte- need it!
Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in milk chocolate. So pretty – I love so I like that this bronzer doesn’t look too sparkly. Just Matte- need it!
I want this so badly! Urban Decay Naked Flushed. The combination of three colors- all that are so pretty. And for $32 not too expensive.
I want this so badly! Urban Decay Naked Flushed. The combination of three colors- all that are so pretty. And for $32 not too expensive.
This Laura Mercier Primer  looks really interesting. It goes on under your foundation and provides color. Would love to try it.
This Laura Mercier Primer looks really interesting. It goes on under your foundation and provides color. Would love to try it.
Lancome Star Bronzer- how convenient! The bronzer and brush in one. Great to just take in your purse and go!
Lancome Star Bronzer Magic Bronzing Brush– how convenient! The bronzer and brush in one. Great to just take in your purse and go!

What’s your favorite bronzer? I am always looking for a good one- and I am telling your bareMinerals Warmth is one of them!

Makeup- When to Splurge and When to Save

Buying makeup can get expensive so when I was shopping with my sister and sweet nieces a couple days ago- I decided to go cheap. I have the belief that certain items you can go cheap on. Mainly lips and eyes. I don’t like too many inexpensive face products because my skin is sensitive and many make my skin break out. I stick to Clinique, MAC, Makeupforever, Lancome, etc. and I am okay with spending the money for these good quality products.  I would love to hear of any face product suggestions for sensitive skin that are cheaper?

Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact  lasts me months. Love it!
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact lasts me months. Love it!

For eyeshadow I often buy more expensive brands too because I feel like they stay on longer.  That is true for eyeliner too. I do like to buy some cheap eye shadows and eye liners to try out colors.

I would love this Laura Mercier palette. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.
I would love this Laura Mercier palette in Summer in St. Tropez. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.

One of my favorite mascaras is Maybelline great lash in blackest black.  Stays on and gives a full lash. Love.

Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!
Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!

Lipsticks I buy cheap sometimes. I find that some of the cheaper brands you have to apply more often- but reapplying lipstick doesn’t bother me too much!  So this weekend I spent 25 dollars at Forever 21 and got a whole lot of stuff. Most of it lip items with a few eye liners and brushes.  The lip crayon was great. Stays on for quite a while and the color is so vibrant.

I also got a lip pigment I love it. Great color and it stays on for a long time. Only problem is it is drying for the lips- so I put a moisturizing lipstick in a neutral color on top. I was surprised with the Forever 21 makeup– try it out!  

The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.
The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.

The next time you just want to play around with different lip and eye colors go cheap! You can get a lot for not that much money- and some of the products will surprise you!

Make Up Forever Foundation Is As Good As They Say

Ever since high school- which was a long time ago for me! I have heard about how great Make Up Forever makeup was. I remember hearing it was what all of the make up artists used and I dreamed about using all of the products.

Fast forward many years and now I am a wife and mommy- my life is so different- and I am still dreaming of a Make Up Forever! Through the years I have tried a couple items and loved them.

Their concealer is great- covers well. My sister loved it so much she took it from me!

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I LOVE using their star powder. The light colors are so good for highlighting. I put it in the inner and out corners of my eyes and below the eye brow. It is great and there are so many pretty colors to chose from.

The gorgeous powder in Iridescent pale peach.
The gorgeous powder in Iridescent pale peach.

Up until now somehow I had never tried the Make Up Forever foundation! It seems impossible but I haven’t! I got it a couple days ago and am loving the coverage. I got the Mat Velvet foundation– and it really goes on like velvet! So smooth it blends in. You get full amazing coverage- put it on when you wake up and set with your favorite powder. It will be on and look great at the end of the day! It also doesn’t feel too heavy. I think it would be great for people who don’t like the feel of wearing make up.

The foundation I got in No. 25
The foundation I got in No. 25
My face- half with just the Mat Velvet foundation and half with nothing. GREAT coverage!
My face- half with just the Mat Velvet foundation and half with nothing. GREAT coverage!

Next time I want to treat myself I am getting two more Make Up Forever products:

I want this so much! 5 different shades- for different imperfections! Want to try it!
5 Camouflage Cream Palette– I want this so much! Different shades- for different imperfections! Want to try it!
Super matte loose powder!  With how good the foundation is- the powder has got to be great too!
Super matte loose powder! With how good the foundation is- the powder has got to be great too!

What Make Up Forever products do you love? I for one am so impressed with the brand quality and can’t wait to get more goodies =)

Pretty Pink Eyeshadows

I have always used lots of purples on my eyes. I thought the purples were great for my hazel/ brown eyes. I still use beautiful purples- but another color I have learned to love on my eyes is pink.

It is an easy look you can pick a pretty pink and use it by itself if you are in a hurry.

My eyes- just with a pink color.
My eyes- just with a pink color.

The Too Faced Bonjour Summer palette has a beautiful pink- Plumeria. It looks more intense but goes on pretty light and it is beautiful. This is one of favorite pinks to use.

The pretty pink- Plumeria comes in the Bonjour Summer palette. If you can't find this palette- the sugar pop eye palette has a color- bubble gum in it which is very similar.
The pretty pink- Plumeria comes in the Bonjour Summer palette. If you can’t find this palette- the Too Faced Sugar Pop eye palette has a color- Bubble Gum in it which is very similar.

You can add to the look by lining with brown and putting a light brown or copper in the crease.

The pink really makes brown/ hazel eyes pop.  I put it all over my lid and then line with a brown on top and black underneath. I also have a copper color in the crease.
The pink is really great for brown/ hazel eyes pop. 

Some pinks I would love to try are-

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Make Up For Ever artist eye shadow in Baby Pink.
Benefit longwear powder shasow in soft matte pink.
Benefit longwear powder shadow in Soft Matte Pink.
Nars duo eyeshadow in Bouthan.
Nars duo eyeshadow in Bouthan.

You can get all of these shadows at one of my favorite places ever- Sephora. I am going there later today with my sister and nieces! A great mother’s day gift- a shopping trip with people I love! And maybe it will include buying more pink eye shadow!

Easy spaghetti bologonese

Pasta- the ultimate comfort food. We make it alot at my house. Normally with Barilla plus pasta. Yummy and has extra protein.  I can throw the sauce together in 15 minutes and then it cooks for 30. I also love that my kids enjoy this meal too. Great family meal!

Easy Spaghetti Bologonese
1 14.5 ounce thin spaghetti or other pasta box of your choice cooked according to directions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large carrot grated
1 small sweet onion grated
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 pound lean group beef
1/2 cup red wine- we use Shiraz- just use whatever red wine you like
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1  jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

– In a large skillet add the carrots and onions to the olive oil. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook 3 minutes or until browned. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
– Add the ground beef. Add remaining salt and peppper. Break up ground beef and cook till browned. Drain any grease.
– Add the red wine and cook 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle in the herbs and add the sauce and sugar. Let simmer at least 30 minutes. Salt to taste.
– Add the butter and parmesan cheese to the pasta and stir. Mix in all of the sauce or serve it on top of the pasta. Top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!
This dish serves 4-6. I always use traditional Prego in the sauce but any would work! Also you can add other veggies to the sauce.  Celery,  bell peppers or zucchini would all be great in the sauce. I hope you love it!

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Chopped salad with avocado and gorgonzola

The second meal of this week is an easy salad. You can put it together in 15 minutes and it is so yummy! It doesn’t seem like avocado and gorgonzola go together- but they do! They are so delicious together in this salad. It makes my mouth water just thinking about the creamy, tangy gorgonzola with the yummy balsamic vinaigrette. Make this salad- you won’t regret it =)

Chopped salad with avocado and gorgonzola

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar                                                                                               1 tablespoon red wine vinegar                                                                                           1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil                                                                                                   2 teaspoons honey                                                                                                                 1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                       1/4 teaspoon pepper                                                                                                                 1 avacado, cut into bite sized pieces                                                                               Juice of 1/4 of a lemon                                                                                                            1 bag romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces                                                              1/4 of a red onion, chopped                                                                                                   5 slices bacon, cooked till crisp and chopped-microwavable bacon works fine if you are in a hurry!                                                                                                                           3 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese                                                                                 1/3 cup crumbled tortilla chips

– Wisk together the first 6 ingredients for the vinaigrette- set aside.

– Sprinkle the lemon juice over the avocado and add to a large salad bowl.

– Add the remaining ingredients. Pour the vinaigrette over and toss.

Serve for crusty bread to soup up the delicious vinaigrette. Serves 4.

The yummy crispy bacon
The yummy crispy bacon
Perfectly ripe avocado with the onions
Perfectly ripe avocado with the onions
Sprinkling on the cheese
Sprinkling on the cheese
All done!
All done!