Thursday, October 27, 2011

3 Beauty Products I Am Loving

I have never been one to spend much money on beauty products but I love to try new products. At the beginning of May I went to the QVC Beauty Bash. I had never gone to this event before and didn't know what to expect but it was AMAZING!!! Women come from all over the country to go to this event and now I understand why. There were rows of beauty vendors set up ready to do your hair, give you a facial, or do your makeup.  The best part of the event was leaving with the huge box of beauty products.  There were items from all the vendors that were featured at the bash. Right now I am loving the following three products from the box.

Josie Maran's Organic Argan Oil

When I first saw this product I was a little skeptical. I don't like how some lotions can make your skin feel greasy after using them but this oil makes your skin feel great. It also has multiple uses which makes it all the more appealing. I have used it on my face and hands when my skin was looking a little dull and I have used it on my hair when my hair looked dry. This bottle also lasts... a little goes a long way!

Nick Chavez Conditioning Spray

I do not know what I did before this product! It is the perfect spray to use after blow drying my hair. It takes care of all the pesky fly aways (and in my case gray hairs that are sprouting). I recommend it to everyone!!!

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Conditioning Shampoo

Like everyone else, I have seen the Wen infomercials and thought..Could that really work? In short, it does! It is a really great product and everyone I know that has used it agrees. My hair feels so soft and silky after I use the Wen shampoos. I am especially loving the Sweet Almond Mint, the scent is amazing.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Deliciousness!

Who doesn't love the fall?  Beautiful scenery, your favorite sweater and boots and of course pumpkin and apple picking!  What is better than a fresh picked apple?  A dessert made from fresh picked apples!

After going to a local orchard on Saturday, I decided to make apple crisp for dessert.  I know how to make a basic apple crisp but decided to look up some recipes online to see if I wanted to try something a little different.  I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try.

It was amazing!!  The cake mix was such a great idea.  I read a lot of the comments and from the comments came up with my own variation.  After the apples were cut up I squeezed lemon juice on top and sprinkled some cinnamon on them.   I also added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the water.  

As for the topping, I added a 3/4 cup of oats and added about 5 tablespoons of melted butter.  When I make the dessert again I will probably use half of the cake mix, a full cup of oats and 6 tablespoons of butter.  The topping was more of a soft topping than a crunchy topping most crisps have.  

What is so great about an apple crisp is there is almost no way to mess up.  Add the basic ingredients and you are going to have a delicious dessert.  Make it a la mode for an extra special treat!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY Anthropologie Earrings

I am always looking for new jewelry/ jewelry inspiration.  While browsing Anthropologie's site I came across the Cassiopeia Danglers.  I thought they were really cute but I don't have $100 to spend on a pair of earrings right now.  Then I realized I had all the materials to give these earrings a try.

 My first attempt came out cute but did not fall straight like the originals.  I tried to simply wrap the suede around a rhinestone chain which caused the earrings to curve.  This was actually a happy mistake because the curve gave the earrings movement and looks really nice while being worn.  (I have worn them a few times and  have gotten a lot of compliments.)

I decided to try again and with a few adjustments I think they came out pretty close to the originals.

I think I found my new favorite earrings for the fall!!!  

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