Friday, February 26, 2010

What's in my beauty stash?

Sometimes people ask me what kind of makeup I use.  Truth is, I use all kinds and some things I only use on certain occasions.  I was getting ready to go out to a casual dinner yesterday, so I thought I would take a picture and write down what I used.  This is a daytime look/basic look for me because I was trying to hurry up and get ready.


What I'm Wearing:
After cleaning and moisturizing my skin, I applied Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer.  I love this stuff.  I used to use Philosophy The Present but it was thicker and not helpful to my oily skin.  Next, I applied BareMinerals Foundation with SPF 15 in Medium Beige all over my face.  I followed that with MAC Select Cover-Up in NW20 to conceal the things that need concealing! lol  For my brows, I use BareMinerals Brow Color in Brunette and the BareMinerals Brow Finishing Gel.  Lorac Loose Face Powder in P4 goes over everything to keep it on.

For the eyes:
I prime with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original. Once that dries, I apply Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Platinum all over the lid and up to the brow.  I use MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type to highlight the brow and line the upper lash line with MAC Techakohl Liner in Graphblack. 
I wanted to line my eyes a little bit more last night so I lined the lid close to the lash line with Lorac Front of the Line Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black.  Once I got through smudging and blending to soften the line, it didn't look like I did that much. lol I didn't have enough time to go back over it too much.  I reapplied a little bit of the Metallic Eye Cream back over the lid and swept the lid with Urban Decay Loose Pigments in Shag.  Then I curled my lashes and applied a couple coats of MAC Splashproof Lash Mascara in Black.

For the rest of the face:
I highlighted the upper cheekbone area with Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener and Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon.  I contoured my cheekbones with Cargo Bronzer in Medium and applied MAC Beauty Powder Blush in True Romantic on the apples of my cheeks.  CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Teasing Blush/ 415 went on my lips.  After it dried and set, I used my Cool Effects Mandarin Chapstick.

Then I went out for a tasty dinner of Pumpkin Curry at a local Thai restaurant!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Diva In The Kitchen: Homemade Samoa Bars

It is Girl Scout Cookie season again!  Damn those Girl Scouts and their delicious cookies!!!


I happened upon this recipe for Samoa Bars, based on the tasty caramel, coconuty cookie.  Samoas are my most favorite Girl Scout cookie, so I decided to give them a try.


The results are pretty darn tasty! I do, however, have a few tweaks to make to the recipe.
  • I didn't like the thickness of the base.  It is a yummy shortbread, but when I spread it evenly in a 9x13 pan it still ended up being about half an inch thick.  I think 1/4 inch would be better.  So larger pan to spread dough on.
  • With a larger base, I need more topping as I would prefer the topping of caramel and coconut to be thicker.  So next time, I'm going to double the topping recipe.
  • Because the shortbread base is more crumbly, dipping the bottom of the bars into the melted chocolate did not work well.  The chocolate was just too thick and the crumbs fell into the chocolate.  When you melt the chocolate, add a spoonful of shortening and stir it in to make a smoother and thinner chocolate ideal for dipping.
  • I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for this recipe, but next time I will try dark chocolate.
So overall, this was a good recipe.  I will definitely try it again.  Let me know if you make it or any of the other tasty Girl Scout cookie recipes on that site!  Happy baking!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Diva In The Kitchen: Chicken Tortilla Corn Chowder

One of my sisters made this recipe not too long ago and passed it on to me last week.  I was very excited to try it because I love using my Crock Pot.  It is SUCH a time saver for cooking one pot meals!

I made this chowder last night and added a few things of my own.  I will post the main ingredients and follow that with my additions.  This is such a tasty soup!


Chicken Tortilla Corn Chowder
Ingredients

  • 2 cans Cream of Potato Soup
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 cups milk
  • About a cup of chicken broth
  • 1 can of mexicorn, drained
  • 10 oz chicken, cooked and diced into chunks
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • Flour tortillas, cut into 2 inch strips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
I added the following to the above basic recipe:
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • Half a jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • A very large spoonful of salsa (about 1/3 cup)
  • A small (travel-sized/sample size) bottle of tequila
  • Ground Cumin, Oregano, Ground Coriander, Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Sour cream


Directions
(Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Cook chicken in a medium pan until cooked through.  Alternately, you can use 2 cans of already cooked chicken.)

Turn your Crock Pot on Low.  Add the 4 cans of soup, milk, and broth.  Whisk together until combined and smooth.  Add corn, green chilies, black beans, red peppers, garlic, salsa, and tequila (I only used about half the bottle, but next time I'll dump the whole thing in).  Stir well.

In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat and melt butter together.  Add chopped onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add 2 cans of chicken (drained) or your already cooked and diced chicken.  Mix together.  Add 2 tsp to 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce to taste.  Season onion and chicken mixture with 2 tsp each of cumin, coriander, and oregano.  Add cayenne to taste.  (I like my food spicy, so I added a little over a tsp of cayenne.)  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir and let cook for about 5 minutes.

Add same spices, minus the cayenne, to the soup as well.  Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to soup.  Stir well.  Add onion and chicken mixture, stir, and let simmer in Crock Pot on low for three to four hours.

Ladle soup into a bowl, sprinkle with cheese, top with tortilla strips and sour cream.  Devour with happiness!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I've got The Right Stuff!

Sorry for my lack of posting lately.  I am trying my hardest to organize at least a decade's worth of saved documents and photos and videos and music on my hard drive.  My husband bought a home server for us to use to store media files and such.  It has been quite the ordeal to get things moved around.



As you may or may not be aware, I am a HUGE New Kids On The Block fan.  I've loved them since 1988/1989 and have never stopped.  I was never allowed to go to a concert as a child, so since their reunion in 2008 I have tried to do as many NKOTB things as monetarily possible.

The New Kids new DVD "Coming Home" was released on February 2nd.  Prior to the release, Eventful.com held a contest for fans to vote for their city in an effort to get the NKOTB to come out and hold a screening of the new DVD.

Seattle, Washington was one of the winning cities!  Before I even had a chance to think about it, I sent in my email information to try to be one of the chosen fans to get to go.  I won a ticket, along with 350 to 400, other fans, for the screening on January 28th.  It all happened pretty fast.  We were the first of three fan screenings and the first to see the DVD.  I highly recommend you purchase one if you have yet to do so.  Amazon has it on sale for $9.99.

Anyway, I had no idea any of this would make it to television.  I usually hide from the cameras at events...This time though, I made it to a clip on E! News.  I'm the big girl in the turquoise jacket at 0:51!

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