Friday, January 10, 2014

Eggplant Sandwiches


Hello, lovelies! Today I want to share with you a recipe of a delicious meal that is easy to make. This is actually one of the first meals I learned to make in the beginning of my "cooking adventures". I named it "Eggplant Sandwiches". These sandwiches can be served as an appetizer, side dish or even the main course. Hope you enjoy!
The main ingredients for this meal are: eggplant, eggs, tomato and salt. The rest is up to you, you can always improvise what you want to add as a layer of your eggplant sandwich. Let's get it started!


Cut the eggplants into circles (around 5-8 mm wide), as shown in the picture. Slightly beat eggs in a bowl and add some salt (and pepper or your favorite spice, if you wish). Now, dip the eggplant pieces in the eggs and start frying them on the pan on a medium heat. Turn the eggplant once one side becomes slightly orange, i.e. the egg is completely cooked. Cook all of the eggplant pieces the same way. Now cut the tomato as a circle and create a sandwich using two eggplant pieces and tomato in between. You can go ahead and serve the meal, but if you want to add extra flavor, you can place some chopped cilantro or small amount of chopped garlic over the tomato. My husband loves meat and I love garlic. Unfortunately, my husband does not like to eat raw garlic, so I sauteed some ground meat and chopped garlic together on olive oil (the meat looks dark, because I added some red paprika for the flavor when sauteing). Then I spread the mix on top of tomato and placed the second piece of an eggplant to complete the sandwich. And voila! It's ready to serve! 


Hope you liked today's recipe. I have many recipes I want to share with you in the future! Until then, stay blessed!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Frizzy Hair Remedy - Agave Oil Healing Treatment Review

Hello my beautiful blog readers! Today I'd like to talk about hair. I'm planning to do more hair posts in the future (sharing my favorite natural hair masks, easy hair-do's and more), let this one be the first one. Few months ago I received Agave Smoothing Trio for the review. Trio includes Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Agave oil healing treatment. As I've mentioned before, I don't recommend products that I don't personally like or believe in them, moreover, i don't bother writing a review about them on my blog. Therefore I decided to use this product for longer time to see its actual effect and then decide whether it is worth posting on my blog. Guess what, this product has made to my favorites list! Let me share my thought and review on it with you all.


My hair is dry and naturally wavy. Lucky you, one might think... Not when the waves are in all different directions though. That makes my hair super frizzy! I almost always air dry my hair, because using a blow dryer makes my hair unmanageable. First product I used from this Trio set was Agave oil healing treatment. I used many anti-frizz products on my hair, but none of them were oil. I was very skeptical about using oil on my hair, since when I tried using coconut oil my hair looked flat and greasy. However, notes on Agave Oil treatment indicate that it could be used on all hair types, both wet or dry. In the picture below, top picture is my hair after the shower, air dried. The bottom one is Agave oil healing treatment applied to it. I used few drops on my fingers and went through my hair. The result amazed me in many ways. Not only my hair became smooth and silky, but also the product added a beautiful healthy glow to my hair. The oil is lightweight, my hair did not feel greasy at all and it did not become oily over time either. So far this is the better than any other anti-frizz products I have used before. I totally recommend it. 


As for smoothing shampoo and conditioner, I also loved using them. Shampoo is creamy, lathers wonderfully (not too much bubbles, but cleans hair well) and smells so good!!! I can feel my hair smoothing out right after washing it with the shampoo. The same applies to conditioner: lightweight, smells heavenly and leaves hair moisturized, smooth and silky. I loved how the conditioner did not weigh my hair down as most other moisturizing conditioners do. After washing hair with both shampoo and conditioner, I apply Agave Oil treatment on my wet hair, let it air dry and use my hair straightener to style it. My hair feels great and looks just like the hair in shampoo ads :). 

You can read more about Agave Oil Products on www.agaveoil.com . These products can be purchased in Sephora. I understand that Shampoo and Conditioner might be expensive to buy on a regular basis, however I would totally recommend purchasing Agave Oil treatment. Small amount goes a long way and the product lasts long. Give it a try and see if it works for you as it did for me.

Hope this review was helpful for you. Until the next time, Stay Blessed!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Shimmery Turquoise and Gold Holiday Makeup Tutorial


Hello, my beautiful readers! Today I am back with pretty holiday look pictorial incorporating gold and shimmery turquoise shades. I used all Motives Cosmetics to create the eye makeup look and Anastasia Beverly Hills Products on my brows. 


I have been using Motives Cosmetics products on a daily basis now. I personally love their color perfection quad, eyeshadow base, eyeshadows, lipstick and lipglosses, makeup setting spray... I could go on and on. These products are very great quality!
Let's go back to the look, shall we? This sultry look has just enough color and drama, that makes it perfect for the upcoming holidays. However, this makeup look could be worn on any other occasion as well as nights out. 


Here are the simple four steps to create this look on your own (All the products listed below are by Motives):
1. Apply eye shadow base and draw outer "V" using black eyeliner. I used black pencil in Onyx.
2. Blend the lines using matte black shadow and light brown shadow as you move along the crease towards the browbone. I used eyeshadows in Onyx and In the Buff.
3. Apply shimmery turquoise shade in the center of the lids. Here I am using In Style eyeshadow pigment.
4. Apply gold shadow on tear ducts. I used Goddess. Blend all the harsh edges. Apply eyeliner, mascara and lashes, if desired. (I used black liner in Onyx, lashes #109). I also applied the same eyeliner on the waterline and smudged it using a slight touch of black shadow. 
That's it! Here is a close up view of the look:


I decided to match this look with bold glossy lip using Bordeaux liner, Berry Sexy Lipstick and Ambrosia lip plumper by Motives. If you want to purchase any of Motives Cosmetics, use referral code "BEAUTIFYANDCREATIFY" and get a FREE shipping on all of your orders. 


Hope this post was helpful and useful. Until next time, Stay Blessed!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Never be Afraid of Color featuring BH cosmetics 120 color palette 2nd edition

When I first started building my professional makeup kit, the most important criteria for my makeup purchases were quality and affordability. One of my very first purchases was BH cosmetics 120 color palette of 2nd edition. I got this palette, because it had variety of colors, as well as some neutral and earth tone shades. Moreover, it was very affordable. My first impression of the eyeshadow colors was their great pigmentation and easy application. However, looking at some colors, like vivid yellow or bright orange, I had no idea what they could be used for. I would always think that bright colors would make one look ridiculous. I was so wrong.


I started practicing my editorial makeup looks using bright shades from the palette, so I would not use up the ones that I use on my subtle everyday looks. However, while exploring the world of colors I was amazed by how the harmony of few shades can bring the makeup to totally another level. I started looking for inspiration in the nature, combining the colors and falling in love with them over and over. The following look was created being inspired by a peacock feather.



Once I became comfortable with using color, I created some looks that could be worn to special occasions or be matched with the outfits of the day. Here are many shades of blue and green using BH cosmetics color palette eyeshadows. To make the color pop, apply white eyeshadow base on the lids prior to eyeshadow application. I used NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk. 

Lipstick: MAC in Vegas Volt





Pretty dramatic, huh? Despite the vividness, colors can be subtle too! Don't believe me? Here is an example. Creative eyeliner look using bright red eye shadow. To create this look I sprayed my brush with MAC fix+ spray and then picked up some shadow, by creating gel like consistency. Once applied as a liner, shadows dry and stay put for long time. 



Another fun way to wear colors is by incorporating some bling-bling! In the following look I used orange eye shadows from the palette and added some orange glitter to the lid for glamorous eye look. 



You might have seen me already using my BH cosmetics 120 color palette in this blog before. I like this palette a lot and recommend it if you want to experiment with fun looks using all kinds of colors (you can find these at www.bhcosmetics.com). I also wanted to advice those who are building their makeup kits for the first time and pursuing their dreams: you don't have to buy all expensive high end makeup products. However, you would not want to use low quality products on your clients either, since it will ruin your work. Find affordable, good quality products, read reviews on them and start with them. 
Beauties, if you have any questions or requests, do not hesitate to leave a comment, email me or reach me from other social media. Hope this post was helpful. 
Until next time, Stay Blessed!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Creative Cut Crease Look: Tarte Cosmetics Review


Hello my beautiful readers! I am back today with another review and pretty look that you could wear to a special occasion. If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that Tarte Cosmetics were so kind to send me their products for the review. Everything pictured above was selected according to my skin tone/type and preferences, and today I will be reviewing all of them.
These are the very first Tarte products in my makeup collection and I was so excited to receive them! The first thing that caught my attention was packaging: it is so unique, cool and beautiful. I also loved that Tarte products are all natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free. All of their products formulated without parabens, mineral oil, gluten and many other chemicals that are hard to write and pronunciate. I went right into swatching and creating looks. 

I created the following cut crease look with a twist and I added some rhinestones to make it look more glamorous. 


Let's start with the face: 
1. Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer in Light all over the face. 
2. Maracuja creaseless concealer in Fair.
3. Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Blissful.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess.

My skin type is dry to normal (gets especially dry when it is cold) and super sensitive. I had acne problem for years and my skin breaks out easily if it dislikes the product. I was sticking into the same foundation routine for 3-4 years, which consists of all Clinique products and also added a Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a year ago. I loved using BB cream instead of foundation, because it is all in one (primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation) and the coverage is not as heavy as foundation's. So I decided to try Tarte BB cream, that is oil-free and has antioxidant rich formula. I have been using it daily for a week now and I love it! It is lightweight, more sheer than Smashbox BB cream, but can be built up. It gives face a dewiness, that instantly brightens up the face and doesn't make it look oily. My skin did not break out at all and it looks great towards the end of the day as well! So, i would totally recommend this product. 
As for the concealer, it is full coverage, waterproof and lasts all day. It is perfect to combine with BB cream, since BB creams do not have enough coverage to hide some minor blemishes and acne scars. Half pea size of a concealer was enough to cover my dark circles and give a soft highlight to my face. Indeed, it lasts all day and stays put. 
As for the blush and bronzer, I loved the matte formula, easy application and very natural looking result. I really cannot name any shortcomings of the products. 

Let's zoom in the eyes and lips. Here are the close up shots:  



For Lips I used Lip Surgence Lip Tint in Enchanted. 
For Brows: EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Bronze.
For Eyes: 
1. Clean Slate 360 creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer
2. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Deep Sage to green cut crease. 
3. EmphasEYES Waterproof clay shadow/liner in Black to line the lashline.
4. Amazonian Clay Matte waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess on the crease.
5. Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.
6. I also used light gold shadow from ELF 100 color palette on the lid, false lashes and rhinestones from craft store.

Clean Slate Primer is colorless, soft, feels velvety and does its job well. It is a shadow primer and under eye base all in one. 
Their EmphasEYES shadow/liners don't dry too fast as many other gel liners and can be easily smudged out to create smokey liner effect. Liners go on smoothly and do not smudge once they are dry. As you see, I also used it to fill in my brows and waterproof them. 
Let's talk about Mascara, shall we? Well, all I can say is "Bye, bye, Dior Show!!" I love this mascara so much, it tops up my list. Makes my lashes look beautiful and stays put all day. Love it and totally recommend it!
Tarte lip surgence is tint+gloss+lip balm all in one. Once applied the color does not wear off fast and lips stay hydrated for hours. It lives in my purse now and I am planning on getting some other colors as well. 

Last product that I'd like to review is Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick. Here is a color swatch of the lipstick in Foxy.


The lipstick goes on very smoothly, lasts long, has creamy formula with very rich and vivid color. It does not dry out the lips and feels great!

I rarely liked every product from particular brand. I usually love different products from different brands and my makeup collection is very diverse. However, I really liked all of the products that Tarte Cosmetics had sent me and planning on adding some more of Tarte goodies to my makeup collection. I wonder why I never tried this line before... If you are planning on trying Tarte, go for it. I totally recommend.

Hope my reviews are helpful and useful for all of you. I usually review and recommend those products that I believe are great and work well. Therefore all of my reviews here on the blog are mainly positive, because I don't want to bother writing about something I don't like. 

Until the next post, Stay blessed!


Friday, November 15, 2013

First Impression: Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger and Lala + Free Shipping Code


Hello, beauties! It has been so long again since we last talked through this blog. I promise to update more frequently, since i have so much to share with you all! Today, I'd like to start with an awesome story. 
One beautiful sunny Texas day, someone knocked on my door. I opened and saw a postal service with two big boxes waiting for me to sign and accept. I carried heavy boxes into the house, opened them and almost fainted! They were filled with all kinds of makeup goodies! Well, to someone who is so passionate about makeup this was like a dream!! I was shocked, surprised and so excited to see all of the eye shadows, lipsticks, palettes, liners, mascaras, brushes and many many more!
These beautiful products were sent to me from Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger and Lala. I feel so blessed to be able to try out these amazing products and share my thoughts and reviews with you all!
So far, I was not able to try much of the products yet, but i am getting there ;). I will be posting looks and tutorials and reviewing the products in my future posts. 
My first impression of Motives Cosmetics was my amazement at their beautiful packaging. It looks and feels great! Swatching some products, I loved how pigmented shadows were, how soft and silky their lipsticks were and how easy was the application process. So far so good! So I went ahead and tried to create some looks using these products and here are my first looks I came up with. 



Now, let's go through steps and products used to create these looks.


To create this Blue Look:
1. I filled out my brows using Waterproof automatic eyebrow pencil in dark brown and Brow perfecting gel in dark brown.
2. Then I primed my lids using Eye shadow base. 
3. I applied Glamour pigment the lid, defined my crease with eye shadow in Twilight, and applied Onyx shade on the outer V area.
4. Next I applied Eye shadow in Lust Dust on the entire lower lashline by winging it outwards. I also brightened my tear duct area by applying shade in Liquid. 
5. I used Kohl Eyeliner in Angel to color my waterline and winged it out right above the blue wing I made earlier. 
6. Last, but not least, I applied Luxe Precision Eyeliner in Jet Black on my lashline and glued false lashes #109. I also added some mascara in black to blend my natural lashes with falsies. Done!


For this Purple Look:
1. I filled out my brows using Waterproof automatic eyebrow pencil in dark brown and Brow perfecting gel in dark brown.
2. I used Eye shadow base to prime my lids. Then I used light purple from Baked mineral eyeshadow trio in impatient on the center of my  upper and lower lids. 
3. Then I started to create gradient purple accent from the center towards the inner and outer corners of the eyes using dark purple from the baked mineral eyeshadow trio in impatient, as well as eyeshadows in ecstasy and breaking dawn.
4. I used eyeliner in onyx to line my waterline and liquid liner in noir to create winged liner. 
5. Finished off by applying mascara on the lashes and #109 false eyelashes. That's it!

I know many beauty bloggers who would write nice things about the products that they were sent, even if they didn't like them. However, I want this review to be helpful to others, so when you purchase the products, you won't be disappointed. While creating these looks I liked the quality of the products and easy application process. I want to point out on some of the products that I instantly fell in love with. First, Motives Eye Shadow Base - perfect base to make the colors pop. When using the colored shades I always used NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk even after priming the eyes, so that colored shadows would pop. Well, now I have a replacement for it, that would replace two step application of primer and NYX jep. Second, their kohl eyeliners, especially in angel. It feels like butter, goes on very smoothly and doesn't smudge. The next product I loved using is Luxe Precision Eyeliner - it took me less time to create perfect winged liner on my hooded lids and stayed put for couple of hours (well, i could not test it for longer, since it was late and I washed my makeup off). 
Besides creating eye looks, I also tried their face products and liked them all! My skin is very sensitive, therefore not every product works for me. However, my skin did not break out and I am using some of their face products regularly now. One of those products is Motives Color Perfection Quad - this is perfect to contour the face: use lightest color to highlight and darkest to contour the face. The product is very easy to apply and blend, it is also very lightweight. 

Beauties, that's it for today's blog post about my first impressions of Motives Cosmetics Line. If you want to purchase the products you can do so by going to their website: www.motivescosmetics.com (for US and Canada) and global.shop.com (International purchases). Enter code : BEAUTIFYANDCREATIFY and get a FREE shipping!

I will talk to you in my next post. Stay blessed!



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pin Up Makeup Look

Hello, my beautiful readers! Today I want to share with you this classic makeup look that I created a while ago. Unfortunately I don't have a pictorial of the process of creation, but I'll describe the steps for you, so you can recreate it by yourself. This makeup look is called differently: pin up look, rockabilly, Merilyn Monroe's look and etc. However, for me this will always be a classic winged liner and perfect red lip combination.  Let's get started!


1. Make sure that your brows are filled in accurately and tweezed/groomed nicely. 
2. Once the eyelids are primed, apply matte white shade all over the lid.
3.  Now using small pencil brush apply matte dark brown shade on the crease line. 
4. Using lighter brown shade, blend the dark brown crease line upwards, towards the browbone area. 
5. Highlight the brow bone area, apply white eyeliner on the waterline and draw a cat eye winged liner on the lash line using liquid liner. 
6. Apply mascara and false lashes, if you desire.
That's it! Elegant and classic winged eyeliner look that is perfect for any occasion is done! Hope you enjoy recreating it!


Products used:
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil in brunette and Brow Powder duo in dark brown for brows, and Brow Duality Highlighting pencil to highlight the browbone
2. NYX jumbo eye pencil in white
3. BH cosmetics 120 palette and H&M palette
4. MAC sketch eyeshadow
5. Cherry Blossom lashes #15
6. Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner 
7. NYC lipstick in Ruby