Friday, November 14, 2014

Hi everyone! I've been back from Poland for about two weeks now and honestly it's been so hard for me to adjust to being back home. I was super stressed this entire week trying to catch up on all of the school work that I'd missed while I was away. I've also been pretty bummed because it was such a hard trip for me. It was very bittersweet; I was happy to see all of my family but it was under such unfortunate circumstances. I enjoyed spending time with my grandma and I miss her tremendously. I'm happy that I did get to go even if it wasn't the ideal trip because I know that with nursing school starting in January I definitely won't have another chance to visit for quite a while. I hope to be back to regular posting now. I know I haven't posted much lately but it's been a hard time for me these past few weeks as I'm sure you guys can understand. But, I'm glad to be back home and I'm glad that I got the chance to see my family!

Happy Friday!

October Favorites!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Maybelline has some of my favorite drugstore lipsticks. I've tried many of them in the past and I was really excited to try the new matte line! The formula of these lipsticks is really nice and creamy and as most Maybelline lipsticks it's really pigmented. It's not too drying either, which is great for a matte lipstick. This is a really pretty pinky-mauve color that's right on trend with the 90's lip. I love using it over the NYX lip pencil in Mauve and underneath the NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake. The combination of the three creates a really pretty fall color that's not too dark.

I've been on the hunt for the perfect fall blush and I finally found it! This blush is very soft and glides on really smoothly. It's buildable so it can be used to create a nice natural look or a darker more dramatic one as well. As for the color it's one of my all time favorites! It's a really nice natural blush that gives a really healthy flush to the cheeks.

I've only recently started using lip pencils but ever since I can't wear lipstick without them. I use them to line my lips and to fill them in as well. They glide really nicely onto the lips and have really great pigmentation. They're great for filling in my lips because they're very long lasting and so even if my lipstick comes off I still have the liner underneath.

I know everyone has talked about this palette already, but I just picked it up recently and it's become my go to palette. It's full of warm toned neutrals which is right up my alley. It has a nice range of light and dark colors as well as a mix of shimmery and matte shades. This makes it a really versatile palette that can be used to create a ton of different looks. The shadows themselves are very smooth and blendable. They are also buildable and have very good color payoff. The shimmer shades can have a little bit of fallout, but it's nothing that can't be easily wiped away. 

I've been really loving this duo this month, it's literally all I've worn on my lashes! I've been using the sample size that I received from Sephora, but I'm tempted to purchase the full size of these once my minis run out. The serum is really nice to use underneath any mascara. It separates and lengthens the lashes and helps to prevent clumping. The mascara itself is phenomenal! It creates amazing volume, thickness, and length. It's also really great to use on bottom lashes because it separates them really well and doesn't create any clumps. I literally can't say enough good things about these two products!

The last two swatches are of my two favorite shades from the Naked 3 palette. I love to use Dust on the lid and Nooner in the crease.

What are some of your October favorites?
Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hi everyone! Yesterday I found out that my grandpa in Poland has passed away. Today my family and I are leaving for Poland for the next two weeks, until November 3rd. I most likely won't be able to update my blog until I return but I'll be posting photos on Instagram and updating Twitter if you would like to follow me there. I'm sorry I don't have time for a more in depth update, but as you can imagine planning a trip for 7 people literally overnight hasn't been easy especially under these circumstances! I'm going to try and enjoy spending time with my family in my childhood home and keeping all of the happy memories of my grandma in my heart.

See you in two weeks!
Happy Tuesday!

October Loving!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hi everyone! Can any of you believe that we're nearly through October?! It makes me a little sad because this is my absolute favorite month of the year and I've been enjoying it tremendously! I love all of the fall colors, wearing rain boots, drinking hot chocolate and chi tea lattes, Halloween decorations, pumpkin flavored everything, and of course Marc and I celebrate our 4 year anniversary! If I had it my way it would be October all year round! Although I have been pretty busy this month with school and work I've been trying to find time anywhere I can to enjoy this beautiful season!
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face. - John Donne
How have you been enjoying the season?
Happy Sunday!

Halloween Tea Light Holder DIY!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foam brush
Black permanent marker
Glass tea light holder
White/orange glitter
Mod Podge

1. Cover the inside of the tea light holder with a thick coat of Mod Podge. 
2. Sprinkle the glitter into the tea light holder. Make sure it coats the entire surface of the container.
3. Using the permanent marker draw a face on the outside of the container.
4. Let the Mod Podge dry for a few hours until it turns clear.

Tip: After the Mod Podge dries you can spray the inside of the tea light holder with hair spray to keep the glitter in place. You can also coat it in another layer of Mod Podge but I found that that can take off some of the glitter so I find the hair spray option a little easier.

I hope you guys enjoyed this cute little DIY! I'm obsessed with these little guys I think they're adorable and SO easy to make! I'm actually working on a part 2 to this DIY in which I'll show you how to make a spider and a bat tea light holder so keep an eye out for that!

Have you tried any fun Halloween DIYs yet?
Happy Wednesday! 

Gobbert's Pumpkin Farm!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi everyone! This weekend Marc and I spent a sunny Saturday morning at Gobbert's Pumpkin Farm. I'm so glad we got a chance to go this year because I absolutely loved it! When we first got there we stopped by the bakery and stocked up on pumpkin cider donuts and lots of hot chocolate. I love everything about this time of year and eating pumpkin donuts outside in the fresh fall air was the highlight so far! We then spent quite some time picking out the perfect pumpkin to take home with us: big, round, with a long stem. We were able to find the perfect one and it's sitting on our front porch right now because it's way to big to keep inside, I love it! We also picked up a few mini pumpkins and some "we-be-littles!" How adorable is that name?! They're just the really round little pumpkins but I had to bring at least one home with me! We also picked up some really amazing apple cider and ghost cake pops. It was a really fun and festive way to spend the morning just hanging out together and enjoying the fall weather! 

How did you spend your weekend?
Happy Monday!

Lemon Plum Cake Recipe!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hi everyone! Today I bring to you my very first recipe! I got this one from my mom and I've been dying to try it out myself! This is such a fluffy and lemony cake and the plums give it a really great pop of flavor! I was seriously shocked at how simple this cake was to bake so I encourage all of you to give it a try!

In order to determine how much flour, sugar, and butter we will need we first weight the 6 eggs. So this will be different for everyone depending on how large of eggs you are using.

My eggs weigh 356g therefore I need 356g of flour, 356g of sugar, and 356g of butter. 

To make the lemon zest all we need to do is to grate the skin of a lemon. I recommend using half a lemon and of course the more lemon zest you add the more lemon flavored your cake will be.

1. Using your mixer (I used the KitchenAid mixer) combine the sugar and butter until well blended.
2. Add lemon zest and baking powder and blend.
3.While continuing to blend alternate between adding 2 eggs and adding 1/3 flour (so add 2 eggs then 1/3 flour, then 2 more eggs then 1/3 flour, then your last 2 eggs and then your last third of flour). 
4. Blend until everything is mixed together well. This will create a very nice thick batter. You may need to scrape the sides in order to make sure everything is blending well and nothing is sticking to the sides.
5. Cover your baking dish with butter.
6. Optionally you may sprinkle a small layer of breadcrumbs which will also help to prevent the cake from sticking to the dish.
6. Fill your baking dish with the batter. Make sure it's spread evenly to ensure everything bakes uniformly.
7. Cover the entire surface of the cake batter with plums cut into quarters. 
8. Bake for 45 minutes at 300°F. 

Tip: If the top of your cake is baking quicker than the inside, you can cover the cake with a piece of aluminium foil. This will shield the top from burning while helping to bake the inside.

I absolutely love this cake! It's so easy to make and the outcome is delicious! It's also very pretty and smells incredible! The plums release their juices while baking and they become really juicy and mix so well with the lemon flavor of the cake! I love having this with a nice glass of cold milk, it's the perfect combination! Let me know if you try this recipe yourself or if you have any questions!

Happy Saturday!