NYX Stone Fox Swatch Brown Skin

Morphe Eyeshadow Tutorial

NYX Stone Fox Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is one of my favorite lip products ever, but I hardly ever wear it because of the unconventional color. I’ve had it for months and have only worn it out in public twice. To my surprise, both times people complimented me on the color and asked me what it was. I really should muster up the courage to wear it more often!

I paired NYX’s Stone Fox with a metallic blue-grey eyeshadow look, which is a combination of the shimmery blue eyeshadow in the Morphe 12S South of Summer Palette and Gunmetal from Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette. To make the look slightly softer and more wearable, I blended out the edges with a brown transitional shade and skipped eyeliner to make this eye look less dramatic. I dabbed extra Gunmetal in the inner corners to make the eyes pop and smoked a bit of black eyeshadow in the outer corner, too.

I personally love the way this eyeshadow turned out and can’t wait to do something similar again! Maybe with a peach eyeshadow next time?

StrawberryPancakesRecipe

StrawberryHealthyPancakes

I visited the Oxnard Strawberry Festival over the weekend and walked away with a belly filled with strawberry shortcake and delicious fried festival food. And of course, a nice pint of fresh, organic California-grown strawberries.

Being the wannabe chef I am, I knew right away that I wanted to cook with the strawberries, so I whipped up some Strawberry Greek Yogurt pancakes the next day.

These pancakes are nice and thick and fluffy, just how I like them. The secret to fluffy pancakes is to not overstir the batter. Use a whisk to incorporate everything just until all the ingredients come together, then put your whisk down and walk away. It’s okay if there are a few lumps left in the batter.

These pancakes are the perfect treat to add to your summer breakfast or brunch menu. I hope you get to try them!

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more butter for greasing)
  2. 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup sliced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Melt the 6 Tablespoons of butter first. Microwave or stovetop - either is fine. Set aside to slightly cool. You don't want it piping hot.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract together until combined. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is thick and a few lumps may remain. Very gently, fold in the strawberries.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
  5. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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ColorfulSpringEyeshadowBrownSkin

I was feeling especially colorful over the weekend and pulled together this bright, fresh spring look.

I’ve always loved wearing bright eyeshadow colors, and I think the combination of colors in the look come together really well. The nude lip also doesn’t distract from the colorful eyeshadow.

Products used: ELF Pearls of Wisdom eyeshadow base, Revlon Brazen eyeshadow palette, Rue 21 Electric Eye Palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, ELF Matte Lip Color in Praline.

I also have some great news to announce…I decided to start a new Instagram account that will be completely dedicated to makeup, beauty, and hair! Follow along here.

Painted Rug DIY

Today you learned you can paint a rug. 

For the record, even if I was told that I cannot paint a rug I probably would have embarked on this project anyway, simply because the grey rug I had plopped in the middle of my room for six months looked so boring it made my eyes hurt.

Painting a rug is a cost-efficient, labor-intensive, but ultimately rewarding DIY project for anyone who has a plain rug that they want to jazz up. And trust me, nice rugs are expensive. Why not buy a cheaper rug and paint it to look exactly how you want?

Paint A Rug DIY

I started with a 9×6 rug that I bought at Big Lots for I believe around $30. Then I bought a quart of Behr matte white latex paint for about $12, and some cheap paint brushes and palette for about $3 more. So in all this project cost me about $45, way less than what you would expect to pay for a rug at West Elm.

I used this stencil that I printed on 11×17 paper. 

So here’s how to paint your own rug:

Start out by cutting out your stencil and lining it up on the top corner of the rug. Trace the outline of the stencil with a permanent marker. Repeat this process all over the rug. This took me about 6 hours total. 

Paint Rug Tutorial

Next, paint your rug. I used a small, flat round brush and filled in the stencil with stippling motions. I found that trying to brush the rug didn’t work. This process isn’t fast, but try to be patient and thorough. You can go back with a second coat if the first isn’t as opaque as you’d like.

Painted Rug DIY

Pinterest Paint Rug DIY

Whew! Eight hours of painting later, and my rug is completed! I plan to go back in and do another coat soon to make the paint darker. But overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. It was a fun DIY project and my most intense to date. I look forward to more DIY-ing in the future.

Hope you found this painted rug tutorial helpful! Go ahead and share with someone who might be interested in doing this.

BS Mall Brushes Review

When I first spotted these $10 BS-Mall brushes on Amazon a few months ago, I thought I was being punk’d. $10 for 10 makeup brushes?! Was that price adjusted for inflation?

Sure, these brushes have a 5-star review and (I learned later) are apparently one of the best-selling makeup items on Amazon, but $10 for a pack of makeup brushes couldn’t be that great. I bought them fully expecting to perhaps throw them in the trash within the week. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I was so, so wrong. 

These brushes are very soft and look much more expensive than they are. They have a nice weight and a wooden, not plastic-y feel. I’ve been using these brushes for a few months now and have experienced zero shedding or noticeable wear. Some reviews claim that the brushes have a chemical smell when you first open them, but I didn’t experience that at all. These are the best synthetic brushes on the market for the price, and you can’t live without them.

So, your priority this week is to buy BS-Mall brushes. And check out my previous post on the 5 Makeup Brushes Every Beauty Beginner Needs while you’re at it!