Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekly Fave Five

Since I've been slacking on the blogposts as of late, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly blogpost of my favorite YouTube beauty videos.  Here are this week's faves!

MakeupByTiffanyD reviewed Benefit's newest mascara, They're Real.  I saw this at the checkout counter at Ulta a couple weeks ago (you CAN'T miss it...the model has huge boobs lol) and I was curious about the I really want to try it!

MissChievous posted a great tutorial on how to achieve easy, "sexpot" hair with hot rollers.  As a child, I was OBSESSED with curly hair.  Unfortunately my hair falls somewhere in between curly and straight, so my mom was forced to buy me a set of hot rollers to satisfy my curly hair fetish.  I'm so mad at myself for throwing it out =[ it's definitely time to purchase another set.

Jessica Harlow inarguably has the best hair on YouTube - it's natural, thick, and healthy.  I'm not so skilled in the hair styling department, but this bohemian braid tutorial looks achievable!

It's no secret that Angelina Jolie is absolutely stunning.  About a month ago, I watched "The Tourist" and she looked flawless in every single scene!  Apparently I'm not the only one who admired her style and her beauty in the movie, because Michelle Phan posted a tutorial inspired by her character in "The Tourist".

Chicago native ahanhbarbie (we went to the same college =]) always posts the quickest & easiest makeup tutorials.  I love how she uses both drugstore and higher end products to achieve her looks.

Hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did =] have a great week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

High Quality, HD (Hi Def) Nails

I've always admired the look of bright orange nails since I spotted the color on Kim Kardashian (yes, I'm a Kardashian lover), but quite frankly, I've never had the balls to try it myself.  A couple weeks ago I spotted this Sephora by OPI nail polish in Hi Def on sale for $5 (a steal!), so I knew it was my time.

Is the color "hi def" and true to its name?  Definitely.  I followed up my base coat (Sally Hansen Insta-Grip) with two coats of the varnish, and I was left with a bright, shiny, and opaque orange.  The color looked even more amazing after application of my favorite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

My next venture?  Yellow nails!  Summer is almost over so I'm trying to experiment with as many bright nail colors as possible.

Hope everyone's enjoying the last days of summer <3

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dream Bars!

I apologize for the two month hiatus - I've been playing catch up with life!  And with grad school starting in exactly two weeks, I don't have much time to spare.

During my time off, I've jumped back into one of my favorite hobbies, baking.  For months, my brother has been asking me to try to duplicate Potbelly's infamous Sheila's Dream Bars.  I did some research to find the best recipe, and I modified it to make it my own.

I think they turned out pretty great!  My next batch will probably have a little less butter...I used THREE STICKS!  I'm so happy that my family loved them, especially my brother <3 the whole pan was gone within three days!

Love, love, love my mixer...can't live without it
Forming the bottom cookie layer
Ready for the oven!
Yummi gooeyness
Finished product =]
You have no idea how good this tastes.