Monday, April 29, 2013

Neutral Spring Look with Pop of Color

Hello my beautiful readers! In today's blog post I want to show you how to create one of my favorite looks - neutral makeup with pop of color. This look is perfect for spring. It is subtle, elegant and beautiful.

This look can be worn on a daily basis. You can customize the look using different color as a pop color. It can be purple, green or any color that matches your outfit. I would suggest pairing this look with peachy or pink colored lipstick. But you can go with nude lip colors or just a lipgloss as well.
Let's get started!

1. As usual, priming the eyelids are essential. Apply eye shadow base all over the lids, both upper and lower lids. 
2. Apply beige/champagne color on your lid using eyeshadow brush. It can be either shimmery color or matte. I chose shimmery color, since it instantly brightens up the look.
3. Apply matte bronze color on your crease and using blending brush, blend it out well. 
4. Take a pop color of your choice and apply it on the entire lower lid of the eye. I picked bright turquoise color and used pencil brush to apply on my lower lid. Also apply highlight to the browbone area and inner corner of the eye. 
5. You can apply the same colored eyeliner or the white eyeliner on the waterline of the eye. Finish by applying your favorite eyeliner and mascara. 

That's it! Simple and pretty spring makeup look is complete. Enjoy recreating it! Good luck!

Products used:
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
2. NYC Sparkle Eye Dust in color 893 - Champagne
3. H&M color palette
4. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner - Extra black
5. Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Radium
6. Diorshow mascara in black
7. H&M False Eyelashes - Medium

Monday, April 22, 2013

Vegetable Casserole Recipe

Homemade meals are always more delicious and most important, very healthy. Don't look at cooking as a chore, make it fun! Involve other family members and play games while cooking yumminess. You may have already noticed that I love cooking. For me cooking is one of the ways to use my passion for creativity in the kitchen. Today I want to share with you another creation I recently did in the kitchen - Vegetable Casserole. Let's get started!

For this recipe you can always choose different vegetables that you prefer. I will show you what I used for this meal. So, here are the ingredients: 
4-5 mushrooms
1 medium sized broccoli crown
3-4 leaves of kale (a.k.a. "queen of the greens", it is very beneficial for our body)
1 medium sized onion
1/2 lb of grated/shredded cheese
5-6 medium sized potatoes - mashed. You can boil or bake them, and then mash. Here is the recipe of my version of mashed potatoes. 
Salt and pepper, spices of your choice.

Chop and slice all the vegetables. On the baking dish, take half of the mashed potatoes and cover the bottom of the dish. Put sliced mushrooms on top, then add sliced onions and top it with chopped kale. Add the spices and salt. I used 1 teaspoon of salt, pinch of paprika and pepper. Now take the second half of mashed potatoes and spread it over the vegetables. Then put broccoli pieces on mashed potatoes and sprinkle cheese on top of everything. 

Preheat the oven to 375 F and cook the casserole until cheese is nicely browned (around 40 minutes). That's it! Once the vegetable casserole is ready, cut it and serve. Enjoy this super healthy and delicious meal!!! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Inverse Cut Crease Eye Look

I'm sure many of you have heard about beautiful cut crease technique of eye makeup application. If not, in simple words, cut crease make up is the way of applying eyeshadow by accentuating and defining the crease line of an eye. In today's tutorial I decided to do a cut crease makeup look with a little twist. Hope you enjoy it!

I named this look Inverse Cut Crease Eye look. In regular cut crease technique the line which defines crease is usually dark and distinct. As opposed to typical cut crease look in this tutorial the crease line is light and defined by dark bordering lines on the lid. Let's get started!

1. Once your eyelids are primed using eyeshadow base/primer, draw two lines bordering your crease line using eye pencil.
2. Using angled brush, smudge upper line upwards and soften the line. 
3. Apply eyeshadow of your choice on the upper line and blend out the line. For this look I would recommend mid-toned shadows, I went with purple.
4. Take your eye pencil and fill the outer half of your lid as shown in the picture. 
5. Apply the same shadow on your entire lid and blend nicely the liner. You can also use some black eyeshadow to blend the outer half of the lid. 
6. Apply white eyeshadow on your crease line, between the border lines. Before applying white shadow I used white eyeliner in order to make the white shadow pop. Also blend the white shadow to the inner corner of the eye. Apply white eyeliner on your waterline and highlight your browbone area.
7. Bring down some purple shadow to the outer 1/3 of your lower lid, draw a winged line along your lash line, apply your favorite mascara and false lashes, if desired. 

That's it! Look is complete! I really liked how it turned out! I think this look is wearable, beautiful, yet different. Enjoy recreating it!

Products used:
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
2. Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in color Zero
3. BH cosmetics 120 palette eyeshadows
4. Rimmel Soft Kohl kajal eye liner pencil in color 071-Pure White
5. Clinique high impact mascara
6. Marbella permanent eyeliner pen 
7. H&M false lashes - medium.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Plum Glitter Smokey Eyes

In my glitter collection there is such a beautiful plum-burgundy colored glitter, that I always wanted to put in use. So I did! I created dramatic smokey eye look which is perfect for special occasions, weddings, dinners, nights out and etc. With this look I suggest to keep your lip color light or nude. 

1. First step is priming your lids. Apply your eyeshadow base/primer.
2. Using eyeshadow brush apply a purple eyeshadow all over the lid and bring down to the bottom lid as well. 
3. Using blending brush, start blending upwards towards the crease and extend the shadow towards outer part of your lid. 
4. Apply glitter adhesive/glue on your lids and pack the glitter on. Glitter glue helps glitter to apply easily without a mess and stay on all day long. 
To make the color transformation of glitter and shadow smoother, I applied black eyeshadow on my crease, right above the glitter. I used pencil brush for it. 
Highlight your browbone area and inner corner of your eyes. This will brighten up the look. 
5. Draw a winged cat-eye and apply your favorite mascara on the lashes. I also applied black eyeliner on my waterline. 

That's it! Dramatic, evening plum glitter smokey eye look is complete! You can always recreate this look using the same technique with different shades of glitter. Good luck!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Easy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! Today I would like to share with you a recipe of stuffed peppers. This recipe can be modified in any way you want by adding more things into stuffing, such as greens and other veggies. Let's get started!
You'll need: 
4-5 bell peppers (color of your choice)
1/4 lb beef
1 medium sized onion
2 medium sized potatoes
1 1/2 cup rice
3-4 tbsp of cooking oil
1 teaspoon of salt and some spices
Optional: 2 carrots and an onion

Soak rice in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Remove seeds and membranes out of the peppers. Cut into small cubes onion, potatoes and beef (you can use ground beef if you want). 

Add rice to vegetables and meat. Add salt, spices and cooking oil (I used olive oil). Now mix everything and stuff peppers with the ready mixture. 

Once peppers are ready, it's time to cook! There are many ways to cook stuffed peppers.
Way 1: Just put your ready stuffed peppers in the pot and add water (water should be covering at least half of the pepper, as shown in the picture below). Wait till water boils, then lower the heat and put the lid on. 45-50 minutes and peppers are done!
Way 2: Chop some onions and carrots (or any vegetables of your choice), stir fry lightly in cooking oil and place stuffed peppers on top. Pour water right away, add pinch of a salt to the water and wait until it boils. Then lower the heat and put the lid on. Peppers will be ready in 45-50 minutes. In this way of cooking you will have a vegetable soup on the side. 
Another way of cooking will be just using a steamer pot to cook the peppers. 

That's it! Enjoy cooking this delicious meal for your family and friends!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gradient Blue Glitter Makeup Look

Today's beauty post will show you how to create Gradient Glitter Makeup Look. All you need is white glitter and some color matching lighter and darker glitters, for example: light blue and darker blue glitter, as I picked for this look. You can wear this look to any special occasions, nights out and other events. Let's get started!

1. As usual, prime your lids. 
2. Apply dark blue eyeshadow on your crease and blend it out nicely.
3. Now it's glitter time! Glitter is messy, it can get all over your face, therefore first you'll need to apply glitter adhesive/glue on your lids and then pack glitter on. That way glitter won't fall off and will stay on all day long. Apply white glitter in the first 1/3 of your lid starting from the inner corner. Then follow by packing light blue glitter on the center of your lid.
4. Pack dark blue glitter on the outer 1/3 of your lid. 
5. Draw a line using blue eyeliner on your crease, right above the glitter. This will give some additional depth to the eye, as well as even out the glitter sections. Continue by drawing a cat eyed wing on the outer corner of the lid and bring it down towards lower lid. 
6. Apply same eyeliner on your upper lash line and lower waterline. This picture was taken without a flash, in order to show the gradient transition of glitters better. 
7. Apply a highlight on your browbone area. Apply your favorite mascara and fake lashes if desired. 

That's it! The look is complete! Hope you enjoyed this pictorial-tutorial! See you next time!