Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Love ♥: Food for Thought - Banana Bread Muffins

Recipe makes 24-30 muffins. Cooking time ~45 minutes. 

So I did a little baking over the weekend and decided to share another recipe with you guys since my last foodie post seemed pretty popular based off of my blog stats. This time I made banana bread muffins with walnuts, and I think they're delicious.  A perfect breakfast muffin with your coffee or tea, and a much healthier alternative to anything store bought. It's also super easy to make (no really, it's probably the easiest recipe ever)!! So if you're interested, just keep on reading for the ingredients and directions below:

3 cups of brown sugar
4 eggs
1 cup of oil
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 cup (8oz) of sour cream
3 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 cups of crushed walnuts (optional)
2 cups of sliced bananas

Step 1: Take all the above ingredients in their specific measurements and place into one large mixing bowl
Step 2: Preheat oven to 350℉
Step 3: Using a masher (I use one meant for making mashed potatoes), mash all ingredients together. The purpose of this is primarily to make sure the slices of bananas get completely mashed up. If there are some larger chunks, that is okay!
Step 4: Keep mixing your batter until all the ingredients are well blended together 
Step 5: Using a spoon, ladle your batter into muffin pans. I like to use cupcake cups because it's easier to clean and also less messy when you're eating, but if you don't have any then make sure to grease your pan first! Make sure to leave a little room and don't fill your cups all the way to the top!
Step 6: Set your timer for 45 minutes and pop your muffin pans into the oven!!

If you're a fan of banana bread, give this recipe a try! If you do, let me know what you think!! Happy baking :)

E ♥

Friday, September 21, 2012

Beauty Diaries Vol. III - Autumn Eyes

Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow primer all over lids - I'm using Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Step 2: Apply a skin-toned matte shadow all over lids
(Lancome Color Design in Positive matte)

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Sin

Step 3: Take an eyeshadow brush (mine is Sonia Kashuk) and apply a champagne pink shadow over the entire lid. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Half Baked)

Step 4: Using the same brush, apply a gold shadow over the outer half of your lid

MAC "Call Me Bubbles" Limited Edition Quad (Brash)

Step 5: Using the same brush or a dome shaped pencil brush, take a copper colored shadow and apply it in a wide "V" shape on the outer half of your lid

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Eye Shadow (Pomegranate Punk)

Step 6: Using the same brush from step 5, deepen the "V" shape you created by applying a burgundy colored shadow  over the copper shadow in a slightly smaller/narrower "V" shape.

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Toasted)

Inglot (#337)

Step 7: Set the burgundy shadow (if yours wasn't a cream shadow, you can skip this) with a pressed shadow in a similar shade. Then take a neutral and matte light brown and blend out any harsh lines with a dense blending brush

MAC "Call Me Bubbles" Limited Edition Quad (Call Me Bubbles)

Step 8: Use a highlighting shadow to highlight your brow bone and the inner corner of your eyes

Inglot (#360)

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Toasted)

Milani (Brow Kit)

Ulta Automatic Eye Liner (Chocolate)

Integrate Liquid Eyeliner (Brown)

Step 9: Using the darker shadows from this look, line your bottom lash line. Using a pencil liner, tight  line your water line and your bottom lash line. With a liquid liner in a dark brown color, line your eyes as close to the lashes as possible and slightly wing it out.

Step 10: Fill in any sparseness in your brows. If you have dark hair like me, do not use a color the same shade as your hair - go for something lighter.

Step 11: Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara
(Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On & Shu Uemura Curler)

Tada!! :) 

A better look at all the products I used. I didn't mention it above, but all my shadow brushes are Sonia Kashuk, and the brush I used to fill in my brows is the brush that came with the Naked palette. 

I'm super excited that it's finally fall, and one of my favorite things about fall is all the colors that start appearing when the leaves begin to change. I tried to pull those colors and incorporate them into this look while still keeping it natural enough for everyday wear, especially since I'm not personally a dramatic eyes kinda girl.
I hope my directions were easy enough to follow, and hopefully the pictures gave you a better idea of what it should look like as you progress from step to step! I talked about most of the shadows used in this look in my last beauty diaries post: Beauty Diaries Vol. II - Go-To Eyeshadows, so check it out if you're interested! Thanks for reading, and swing by throughout the weekend to check for new posts!! :)

E ♥

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Love ♥: Dipped in Gold (Nail Tutorial)

Base Coat (Revlon Quick Dry) | Nail Color (Butter London - "La Moss") | Loose Pigment (L'Oreal) | Top Coat (Seche Vite)

I've always wanted to try using loose pigment eyeshadow as a substitute for a glitter when doing my nails. The past Monday, Ulta was having their Buy One Get One Free sale for Butter London polishes, so I picked up 4 shades (or more like, my mom picked them up since I had class!) and one of them was "La Moss", which is a deep burgundy red color - perfect for fall!! Instead of keeping it simple, I wanted to add a little bit of gold accents to brighten up the dark color and try something different.

So if you're interested in trying this, keep reading!!

Step 1: Paint on a thin layer of base coat. I chose the Revlon one I've been using, but anything of your choice should be fine!
Step 2: Put on two coats of Butter London's "La Moss". I would suggest doing one hand at a time so the pigment can be applied while the nail polish is still damp.
Step 3: Use a sponge applicator (I took one out of an E.L.F. eyeshadow palette I have - I never use the applicators that come with the palettes) and pat the pigment onto the tips of your nails. I would also suggest dispensing the pigment onto another plastic surface for hygiene purposes.
Step 4: Place a layer of top coat only over the pigment. Make sure you wipe your brush clean before re-dipping!
Step 5: Cover your entire nail with a top coat - my favorite by far is Seche Vite. I've tried many others, and nothing else compares to this one.
Step 6: Repeat on other hand!

It's actually pretty simple and a lot easier to create a neat tip with the loose pigment and sponge applicator than it is with a gold polish. I was able to get both hands to look identical (usually with polish my right hand ends up looking like a disaster in comparison with my left). 

And if you've never used a Butter London polish before, it is probably my favorite brand of nail lacquer that I own. They're pretty pricey - $14 a bottle. But that's why I usually wait for the Ulta BOGO deal during their 21 Days of Beauty event. Unfortunately, I think the Butter London event only happens once a year :( However, the formula is great and they have a lot of shades that are unique to it's brand. Yes, you can probably find something somewhat similar, but I haven't seen or tried many dupes that have satisfied my want for the Butter London version. 

Hope you liked this, and just wanted to say a big thank you to all my followers! I've surpassed the 7,000 pageview mark!! :)

E ♥ 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mustard Polka Dots + Everyday Crochet

Top (Madewell) | Shorts (Old Navy) | Earrings (Aldo) | Necklace (Dogeared) | Watch (MK) | Heart Ring (Target) | Love Ring (Ariella Collection)| | Shoes (Vintage)

I haven't posted an outfit of mine since I was in California, so I figured it was about time for that :) It's finally starting to get a bit cooler outside, but it's at that perfect medium where the weather is absolutely gorgeous out. I love this kind of weather for mixing different season pieces from my wardrobe to create a truly transitional outfit between the seasons.

I chose two things that are huge this fall in everyday fashion - mustard and pullover knit/crochet sweaters. I love love love polka dots, so when my mom came home with these shorts I was thrilled and immediately had to wear them while I still had the chance :) I think the mustard with the polka dots is super cute and very preppy (I also know for a fact that Madewell was selling a pair nearly identical to these!). I paired it with a slouchy crochet sweater in a cream color to match the polka dots while keeping it casual and laid back. When you have fluctuating temperatures throughout the day, you want to make sure you're not too hot or too cold, so shorts with a sweater is the perfect combo! And this is just one way you can do that combo without sacrificing your fashion dignity. 

I kept my accessories minimal except for my earrings, which was to add to the vintage feel with my shoes and also for another small pop of color (I love the turquoise with the mustard!). And I just have to mention, I am currently LOVING my two rings from Target and Nordstrom's Ariella Collection. My sister and I got the same ones and we wear it as a pair together. I saw the "love" ring on my friend and I thought it was so pretty and dainty I had to have it :)

I think that's it for today's post! If you like my nails, check back tomorrow for a Sunday Love post where I'll do a mini step-by-step tutorial of how I accomplished the look! Thanks for all the continued support and please share my page if you like it!!

E ♥

Friday, September 14, 2012

Beauty Diaries Vol. II - Go-To Eyeshadows

1) Inglot Freedom Palette

2) Urban Decay Naked Palette (original)

3) Lancome Color Design Single Shadow in Positive (Matte)

For all my girls who are makeup lovers, here's another makeup post for you! I didn't realize how few of these I've done until I went back into my archive and realized I only had a Volume I to my Beauty Diaries series...! These three shadows/palettes are probably my most-used, most loved and most highly recommended. 

1) Inglot Freedom Palette with matte shades #360, #335, #337 (left to right) - I am a HUGE fan of matte shadows, and I think Inglot does them best. I love their freedom palette system, where you can buy an empty palette (they have duos, trios, quads, and even larger palettes), and fill it with single shadows of your choice. The formula is extremely pigmented and smooth and are comparable to high end shadows but at a cheaper price. The palette I created is perfect for an everyday look, and I usually wear it with the Lancome shadow as a base. 

2) Urban Decay Naked Palette (original) - I don't know what I could say about this palette that hasn't been said already. It's pricey but so worth it, and it's the perfect palette for achieving any kind of look - day to night for those who love their neutral colors. The formula on these vary, depending on the shade you are using. I would say that the ones with larger grains of sparkle are harder to apply than the ones with finer shimmer. I personally don't touch the gray/black shades, but I've used every other color in the palette. The only downside to this palette is the lack of matte colors (I think there's only two that are truly matte - Naked and Buck). 

3) Lancome Color Design Single Shadow in Positive (Matte) - I searched for a long time for a perfect skin-tone matte shadow and I found this one for a steal at a beauty store at the outlets near. I use this nearly every time I apply eyeshadow, and it works perfectly as a neutralizing color to give you a clean base to apply color onto (getting rid of any visible veins or redness). 

Hope this review/post was helpful and useful!! Catch you all soon :)

E ♥

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cali Haul! - Thrifting Obsessed

1) Destroyed high-waisted shorts (originally Levi's) - Thrifted @ Melrose Trading Post for $10

2) Oversized sheer Leopard print button-up blouse - Thrifted @ Goodwill $5

3) Printed crop skinny pants by Insight - Thrifted @ Melrose Trading Post $5

4) Chambray oversized button up - Thrifted @ Goodwill $6

5) Watercolor-patterned button up originally from UO - Thrifted @ Goodwill $6

The long awaited Cali haul has arrived!! Sorry for the major delays, but my schedule is a lot busier than anticipated and by the time I do have time to take photos, it's dark out and all you photo geeks out there know that artificial lightings sucks! :( 

But here we go. So I was originally planning on posting everything I bought in California, including little random things here and there, but it's been too long since I came back and I can't remember everything I bought and it's all been scattered around my room. So since this is a fashion blog for the most part, I figured clothes were the most important :) I will say, some of the things I bought were not so cheap for being thrifted, but they were either in like new condition or I just really couldn't leave without it...!

Most of you are probably wondering how I style these pieces. Well, I considered explaining it, but I figured it's better to show than tell. Therefore, keep your eyes peeled because I will be posting outfits incorporating all my thrifts! If you do follow, you'll recognize the last one from a post I already did. But if you haven't, check it out - End of Summer Hues (and Blues!)

E ♥

P.S. Check back at midnight for a new post!! :)