Friday, March 25, 2011

Foodie Friday

I think Fridays will be about food ... I'll either post recipes I've made, want to try, food my friends and family make, or delicious food in restaurants :-) So today I'm going to post a recipe of a vegetarian lasagna. It's not completely vegan because I used real cheese (there's no way I could ever give up cheese), but I did use faux ground beef by Morning Star. I'm not really a vegetarian, I do like meat, but I just don't eat it very often. My mom has been a vegetarian for a long time now and a lot of what she makes and uses has rubbed off on me, which I don't mind because its actually pretty delicious and it's healthier :-) So here's the recipe and some pics ... and also a link to the recipe from Morningstar Farms ... it has some more information with nutrition facts if you're interested.

Ingredients

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced Italian style tomatoes
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
8 ounces MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters™ Grillers® Recipe Crumbles™
8 ounces lasagna noodles, uncooked
16 ounces fat-free cottage cheese
3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions

1. Combine tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and MORNINGSTAR FARMS Burger Style Recipe Crumbles in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.

2. Spread 1/3 of tomato mixture in bottom of 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce. Spread 1/2 the cottage cheese over the noodles. Top with another 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat using remaining noodles, cottage cheese, and sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.

3. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Return to oven uncovered for 5 minutes to melt cheese. Let stand for 10 minutes, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Oops I posted without the pics ... here they are, my bad!





**Hope you get a chance to try it, Enjoy!**

Monday, March 21, 2011

Model in a Bottle Brow Sealer


I LOVE THIS STUFF! My eyebrow hairs are long and straight so they tend to just look like bushy grandpa eyebrows a few minutes after I brush them. I've tried brow wax and I think even hairspray at one point but seriously nothing would work. I kept hearing good things about Model in a Bottle so I decided to stop by the booth at the Makeup Show and finally purchase some brow sealer. This small bottle was only 8 bucks! It's usually 12, so I saved a couple of bucks :-)


These are my brows without the brow sealer ...
Blah! I went a whole day without it just to take pics, LOL

With the brow sealer they stay nice and shaped all day! Yay!
(Different day as you can see by the eyeliner. You can really see the difference in my brows :-)

I highly recommend this product if you have unruly eyebrows. The price is really affordable because you don't need to use that much of the liquid. A little goes a long way! Hope you guys try it!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I want to go back!!!

Last year I got to go to Ireland, and I really want to go back ... Not just because I love Irish accents :-) For some reason when I think of going on vacation I really don't think of Hawaii and such. I want to go to places like Scotland, England, and Ireland (of course). I really think I must have been British or something in a past life ...

Anyway, I loved the food, the places, and the people are generally nice. Sure it was extra chilly even though the sun was out for most of the week that I was there, but I love chilly weather where I can wear boots and coats. So, I just wanted to share some pics of my trip last year :-)


The Guinness Factory. Not a fan of Guinness but I do love Harp and Smithwicks!

The Clarence Hotel that is owned by Bono and The Edge from U2 (My favorite Irishmen).
One day I'll stay here!

Guinness Factory in Dublin. And also a dorky pic of me and bro-in-law.
Cliffs of Moher. They filmed a scene here from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

A poppin' spot for drinkin' and havin' fun ;-)
St. Patricks Road!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cuticle Care

I'm sure a lot of you beauty gurus already take care of your nails and cuticles a certain way, but I just wanted to recommend this awesome cuticle care product called California Mango Mend.

My friend brought it to work one day and let me try some. It's a little greasy, but you only need a tiny bit. It really helps with dryness. You can also use it for dry hands overall and for cracked heels. I put some on my feet at night after I shower and cover them up with socks. Of course my feet always get hot at night and I end up taking off my socks, but at least for an hour they can hydrate with this stuff. It's under $10 bucks and it lasts forever! I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply, not sure if they sell it anywhere else. However, I'm pretty sure they sell a travel size, so you can buy the smaller version if you want to test it out first :-) Hope some of you give it a try!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Inglot Highlighting Powder

I love this highlighter! It's hard to capture with a camera but it looks great in daylight :-) This is the INGLOT AMC Multicolor System Highlighter in #83. I used the middle three colors for the highlight in the pics below, which are light gold, soft pink and a beige type color. You can definitely mix it up if you want more of a white sheen or light bronze sheen. I can't wait to get more!



In this pic I also used MAC To the Beach Bronzer in Golden




For my lips I used MAC To the Beach Collection in Frost Thrills,
with MAC Costa Chic on top (lately I've been loving Costa Chic)


I love that you can see specs of gold from the Frost Thrills l/s

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

INGLOT swatches ... Finally!

It's been about two weeks since I went to The Makeup Show here in Los Angeles. And I've finally gotten around to swatching my Inglot shadows. I don't know how so many of you keep up with your kids, home life, doing tutorials, blogging and so many other things, I give you ladies props! :-)

Now on to my INGLOT shadows, yay! I was so excited to finally get some because I've seen so many other postings and swatches about how great they are. Unfortunately, I only got one 10-color palette, and three extra that I bought off my cousin/fellow makeup addict @Makeup_Monster :-) because she got extra ones in her bag :-D . I'm trying really hard not to go crazy this year on buying makeup, because last year I went crazy at IMATS, MAC and Sephora. This year I'm learning to budget better and all that jazz. Okay enough talk, and lets get to the swatches!


Shadows with flash

Shadows without flash (not sure why the rest of the pics came out vertical, sorry!)

Right column: AMC Shine 40, DS 494, Matte 379, Pearl 399, Pearl 450 (Top to Bottom)

Left Column: AMC 58, AMC Shine 44, AMC Shine 32, Matte 372, DS 473 (Top to Bottom)

Three colors flying solo: AMC 49, Pearl 426, Pearl 405 (Top to Bottom)

All the colors were swatched without a base. Personally, I think each color is great! The textures of these shadows are velvety, smooth, and easy to blend. I haven't played with them much except with the dark blue color (Pearl 426). I can't wait to get a chance to play with them all! I really think everyone should have some INGLOT in there lives, and just recently they've opened a US online store http://www.inglotusa.com/ Yay!!

Oh and I also purchased some lipsticks, a pigment (yes just one) and a highlighter which I will post swatches of soon, I promise!

Thanks for stopping by my lil' blog ;-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday Night ...

Did this look this past weekend. And I didn't have my regular camera with me so I had to use my camera phone :-/

Eyes
TFSI
All over eye- MAC Rubensque paint pot
Lid - Blue Inglot color
Crease (outer and mid) MAC Ground Brown
Highlight - MAC Malt and a bit of Shroom
Liner - Sephora Long Lasting liner #07 Glitter Brown
Mascara - Maybelline great lash mascara
Brows- Benefit Brow-zings ... Sealed with Model in a Bottle brow sealer (must have!)

Cheeks

MAC's Golden bronzer (To the Beach Collection).
MAC's paint pot in Vintage Selection for highlight on cheeks

Lips
Subculture Lip Liner

MAC Costa Chic
MAC Fast Play (on top)
MAC lipglass in Best of Breed (Fab Feline collection)


My hair stayed wavy/curly for like 10 minutes :-/



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MakeUp Show L.A. - Product Haul

I was so excited to go to the MakeUp show because I had never been. I knew it was going to be smaller than IMATS which was good because I figured it wouldn't be insanely crowded, but at the same time there aren't as many booths, but nonetheless I still had fun! I went with my fellow makeup addict Makeup Monster (check out her blog, she has some good reviews :-)

I promised myself I wouldn't go on a crazy shopping spree as I'm trying to be frugal this year and not spend so much money on makeup. So this is what I got (swatches and reviews coming soon!):

1 Inglot 10 palette
4 Inglot lipsticks (Two fell out in the trunk and Makeup Monster has them ;-)
1 Inglot Highlight compact
1 Inglot pigment

2 Stila Tinted moisturizers (which I love by the way)
1 Stila Kajal liner in topaz
1 Stila #33 brush

4 Crown Brushes

1 Model in a Bottle Brow sealer (which so far has tamed my crazy grandpa brows! LOVE IT)
1 Model in a Bottle Lipstick sealer (haven't tried it yet but I will soon)

Close up of the Inglot shadows, which are SUPER pigmented