Soft Bronze Smokey Eye- Keeping Things Neutral

I own wayyyyy too many bronzey eye products. I have blue eyes, so I tend to hoard anything bronze, as it tends to be a flattering shade on us blue eyed gals. If I wear a smokey eye, I try to do it as soft and neutral as possible, because it’s the most flattering for me at this stage in my life. This look is perfectly acceptable for work, and could easily be intensified for an event.

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Changing Up My Skincare Routine (and a new lipstick!)

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about what products I use to prep my skin for makeup. Many of those products are tried-and-tested great, but I’m still battling some skin issues that I hope a few of these swaps will help me resolve. I did some research, read lots of reviews, and after lots of careful consideration, I placed a skincare order…

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Birthday Dinner- Cooking for my family

Is it odd that for my birthday, I asked if I could cook for my family? Maybe a bit, but it didn’t stop me. I love to cook, and I don’t have an excuse to do it for my parents and sister and brother-in-law often enough. I wanted everyone gathered around my table, eating good food, and spending quality time. The cooking happened to be a bonus.

For the menu, I needed it to be manageable, and easily stretched to feed 7 people (mom, dad, me, Ross, Mags, Zack, and my Grandma). In the end, I decided to make fresh pasta and bolognese, knowing I could do the bolognese ahead of time, and fresh pasta is always delicious and a special treat. For dessert, I made a cake from chocolate chip cookies (and vanilla ice cream too.) Disclaimer- there are a TON of photos to follow- sorry not sorry)

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Let’s See What Happens- Lorac Pro Palette 2

My day to day makeup is pretty non-descript: neutral eyes, mascara, and lipstick when I can be bothered. I own some beautiful eyeshadows that I’ve never used because they are outside my comfort zone. I sat down with one of my recent purchases, the Lorac Pro Palette 2, which has quickly become a favorite, and forced myself to use colors that I’d normally leave untouched. I didn’t have a plan, and I didn’t know if I’d like the outcome.

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Weekly Obsessions #4

My birthday is this weekend, and as such I use it as an occasion to abuse my husband’s goodwill by indulging in all the things I love the most this week. People in my life know that I don’t just celebrate a birthday. It’s a birth event. A week-long excuse for me to do as I please. Re-reading this, I know it sounds a little bit diva, but all it really means is that I get to watch a few extra episodes of TV I love, or get to pick our weekend movie without hearing sighs or complaints about the fact it probably stars Katherine Heigl.

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Chicken Dumpling Soup- Best dumplings ever

For us, there’s no such thing as too much soup. This time of year, we make chicken dumpling soup as often as humanly possible. Our go-to recipe is in Live to Cook by Michael Symon. The soup is straight forward and flavorful. Years of making this soup under my belt, I’ve perfected a dumpling making system that’s too good not to share. Continue reading

Skincare Wish List

If I have a New Year’s resolution (which I try to avoid), it’s to take great care of my skin. I’m still learning how to treat my skin properly, and a big part of that learning curve is finding products that work for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I had acne as a teenager., and I still suffer from the occasional breakouts now. Large pores and uneven texture are still ongoing issues. I’ve touched on this before in a previous post, but last year, I really started taking skincare seriously. Once I made the change to double-cleansing with an oil based cleanser, my skin and life have changed dramatically. I no longer have constantly irritated, erupting and unhappy skin. Turns out, this is just the beginning.

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Curry Quest- Chicken Tikka Masala

We are always on a quest to find delicious homemade curry. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every recipe variation out there, and I have a few I really love, but I’m still on a mission to try and replicate restaurant quality curry at home. (Imposs, I know)

Nevertheless, we decided to try the Chicken Tikka Masala from the Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries book. Pretty sure no one can mess up a tikka masala.

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

It’s sooooooooo preeeeeetttttyyyyyy. Sorry, I had to get that out of the way. Whew. I feel better. I think I can try to be coherent now. Ok- I’ve always had a passion for makeup. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy the process of putting my makeup on in the morning. I’m not particularly skilled at it, I just absolutely love doing it. Over the past year, I’ve started taking an interest in the skill of makeup application, and one glaring hole in my makeup collection (and use) is matte eyeshadows. In the past, I’d slap on one shade on my eyelids and call it done. Or (and even to more mixed result) I’d layer on lots of shimmery eyeshadows, never quite achieving the look I thought I was. So when I saw tarte’s latest palette- the tartelette Amazonian clay matte palette– a 12-shadow palette, I knew I had to have it. My first thought was “Ooohhhh, it’s so pretty.” Seriously, it’s soooooo pretty. On top of being one of the best packaged palettes I own, it’s also incredibly practical (if practicality floats your boat).

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