Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's not Thanksgiving until.........

Do you have a Thanksgiving dish that everyone one requests?  Maybe it's your stuffing or green bean casserole....maybe it's even the turkey itself!  I know for my family there are three things I HAVE to make.  One year I didn't and I never heard the end of it.....and really, it just didn't seem like Thanksgiving without them.

The dishes I am REQUIRED to make are: my stuffing, Yorkshire Pudding and blueberry cheesecake.   The funny thing is they aren't even my recipes, but over the years I've perfected them or at least I like to think I have.   Well, to be honest I never make them the same way twice, but they are all still delicious.

I can't really share my recipes for stuffing or Yorkshire Pudding, because well those all come from memory and don't really use measurement......you just have to know how to make them. LOL  However, the blueberry cheesecake I can, so I wanted to share it with you.  It's actually a well known recipe, so you may even know it already.





Doesn't that look good!!!  Of course it got eaten before I could get a good picture of it.  I'm stuffed, but I'm thinking I might want another piece.














As you can see my family can't keep their hands off of it either!!

My son took his bite of pie this evening and promptly said, "My Thanksgiving is now complete"....this was after a piece of 2 other pies!






So here's the recipe....enjoy!

No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

1 Extra Large Graham Cracker Pie Crust ( the one that has 2 extra servings )
1 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 8oz Sour Cream
2tsp Vanilla
1 8oz Cool Whip thawed
1 can Blueberry Pie Filling

In large bowl beat cream cheese until smooth, gradually add sugar, mix well.  Blend in sour cream and vanilla.  Mix well.  Fold in whip cream and BLEND WELL!!

Pour into pie shell and let set in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours.  Top with blueberries and serve.



I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do!  You could also try cherry pie filling if you are so inclined, but my family prefers the blueberry.


What's your requested item???




Monday, November 19, 2012

Mothra Attacks!!!



So I'm laying in bed, just about to doze off when it feels like a moth dive bombs the side of my head near my ear.  So I swat it away from ear and out of my hair, but it puts up a good fight.  Finally, I think I've won, so I turn on my bedside lamp to make sure it's nowhere around.  I don't see it and the coast looks clear, so I turn the light off and lay back down.

SUDDENLY, I hear this frantic fluttering sound in my ear and I realized the reason I couldn't find the little flying critter was because it took refuge INSIDE my ear!  Yes, you read that right, inside my ear.  Of course I immediately jumped up, screaming, "It's in my ear!! The moth is in my ear!!"  Needless to say the whole house was awake at this point and I was trying not to panic too bad.

We turned on all the lights in the bedroom.   I was pulling on my earlobe trying to make a nice easy path for the moth to get out, but by the sound of the fluttering in my ear I thought for sure it was never getting out and was only fluttering it's way deeper into my ear.  Finally, my knight in shining armor husband got a flashlight hoping he would be able to see down in the ear better so he could use the tweezers to get it out.  He turned on the flashlight, poked once with the tweezers and Mothra was set free!

Now, I thought for sure that this moth in my ear was HUGE, it sure sounded like it.  I was envisioning something at least about the size of my ear canal, but no, it was this teeny-tiny little thing, something similar to this:






So, what do I take away from this experience?  Nothing, other than I'm going to have a hard time falling asleep for the next few nights or anytime a I see a moth flying around my room.  Seriously, though, it wasn't painful and I can laugh about it now.  Also, I'll make sure my bedside lamp is not the last light turned out too!

Sweet dreams everybody!!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Review

My final review from the Influenster Beauty Blogger Voxbox is for the Kiss Ever Pro Lashes:

I should say that I've never, ever worn false eyelashes.  I'm a less-is-more kind of gal, whose never worn a-lot of makeup.  So when I saw a box of false eyelashes I was a little leery, if not unsure I was going to be able to review them.  I'll be honest I've never even been intrigued to try false eyelashes, ever.  When I grew up, false eyelashes looked more like clown makeup and didn't look real, you could tell when people were wearing them, of course looking back I realize that probably had more to do with how they wore their makeup, but I didn't know that! 

Anyway, I know that they have changed and gotten more realistic looking, but let's face it, now I'm a stay-at-home mom, and I don't really have a lot of opportunity to wear them.  Needless to say I saved these for last to review, mostly because I didn't want to look like a clown or a fool who couldn't do it.  So, wait no more,  I dived in.

There were some directions on the back:


These were the only instructions to be found and for a beginner like myself, however, I didn't find them much help.  Since this was a "Starter Kit", I did expect to have a little more instruction than this.  So, off to YouTube I went, because YouTube has a video for everything, even things you didn't know you wanted to know.  I proceeded to watch a couple videos, which really only gave me a little bit more information than the box did, but at least I could watch a demonstration and THAT was extremely helpful.  So, I was ready to try my first set of false eyelashes, the videos sure made it seem easy and of course they did say that it does take practice to get good at applying them, but I felt I was ready to at least try.

The starter kit comes with one set of eyeslashes, a "Pro Lash" applicator and some adhesive:








-Long, thick eyelashes, and yes there is a right and a left.



-"Pro Lash" Applicator


-Adhesive



If you look closely at the lashes you can see that one end of the lash is shorter than the other, that is how you tell which eye they go on.  The shorter end goes on the inside, again no instructions to tell you this, you just have to "know".  Luckily the videos were helpful with that.  You also want to make sure the lashes fit your eye, if they are too long you want to trim from the long lash end.  Now the box does tell you to trim the lashes to fit, but not which end.  The reason you want to trim from the longer end is so that the cut end isn't poking into the corner of your eye as this can be very uncomfortable.....something I learned from the videos, NOT the box.  Also, another tip from the videos was to apply eyeliner BEFORE attaching the lashes, as this gives you a better view of where to place the lashes.  So after applying my eyeliner I proceeded to try my hand at attaching the first one:





 I did my right eye first(your left) and then added makeup to both eyes as I wanted to see if there was difference in doing so.











The token eyes closed shot.  I do have mascara on both eyes at this point.  I think I need better mascara! LOL

You can definitely see a difference in the closed eye shot and I think, you can tell they aren't real, but in the open eye shot, it's not too bad.  I was pleasantly surprised, so I was emboldened at this point to attempt the left eye:





Not bad!















I prefer the eyes open shot myself, but this gives a nice look at what they look like on.








I did find that I preferred putting my eyeliner and mascara on before the eyelashes followed by the eyeshadow.  I felt I could blend the eyeshadow into the lash to help hide the line of the lash from showing so much.  Also, I found that I wasn't as coordinated in putting on the left lash and I ended up putting it too close to the corner of my eye and it was uncomfortable.   But I think with practice I could fix that problem.  Since I wear glasses I wanted to show what they look like with those on as well:









You can tell in this shot that I didn't get the placement correct on the left eye(your right) on the inside corner, but I don't think it's too noticeable.







So you can see they still stand out, even with glasses on.  Definitely give a fuller look to the lashes.  Finally, my 14year old son walked in the room after I had finished and I asked him what he thought.....he said I was too old for these and as a mom I shouldn't wear them.  LOL  Of course he said the same thing when I curled my hair........I guess he expects me to be frumpy all the time.

You do get used to the feeling of the lashes, if you place them correctly and I could see wearing these for a night on the town or a special night out.  For me the only time I would probably wear them is at my husband's Christmas party, but if you are young or have occasion to get all dolled up these would definetly be a nice addition.    Oh, I forgot to mention that the adhesive had an applicator inside so it made applying the glue very easy, so that is definitely a plus!


Out of 4 stars I give them a 3(better instructions would have raised that rating)


*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Reviewing the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

I have to start this review by saying that I have long, very thick straight hair and I am extremely hairstyle challenged.  Until recently I have had the same hairstyle since the early 90's....I'll let you do the math.........

Now, on with the review for the Goody Simply Styles Spin Pin:


I'll be honest, I saw these and had no idea how these were going to work or if they would even work for my hair because I have SO MUCH hair.  All I can say is WOW, these little pins are awesome!  As you can see the package comes with two of the pins, but also included are instructions, which if you are hairstyle challenged like me, are a great addition.  They show you three different styles you can try: The Soft Spin, the Side Soft Spin and the Double Spin:


The instructions are pretty straightforward once your realize that one end of the pin is open and the other is closed like so:



Which I'm embarrassed to admit, I didn't.  Oh sure, it seems obvious to you doesn't it?  I guess I just didn't pay that much attention and the first couple of times I attempted I was just spinning the thing in my hair and not paying attention to how it went in.  It would hold the hair at first, but would quickly begin to lose hold with any movement.  Once I realized the correct end to start with, that made all the difference!  I read the instructions, which by the way don't mention the open end(again obvious once you realize...DUH),  and gave it a shot.  Now, mind you, I have very fine hair as well as thick hair, so most things don't hold my hair very well, for very long.   The first thing you do is gather your hair into a ponytail, without using a ponytail holder, and twist your hair into a bun, tucking in the loose ends when you are done.  As you hold your bun with one hand, you take the other, grab a pin and "spin" it clockwise into the top of the bun, then grab the other pin and "spin" it clockwise into the bottom of the bun, careful not to entangle the two pins and if done correctly it will hold your bun in place like so:
 


This is the back view and I did this without a mirror and no prior experience in making buns!  As you can tell I have a lot of hair, but it is holding.




This is the side view, looks alot nicer from this view and not near as big, but it's the same bun.  Now I've had the bun in my hair now for about 30 minutes and it's still holding, although I can tell some of it is starting to come loose and it wouldn't stand up to a lot of movement.  I don't blame the pins though, I blame my lack of experience and the amount of hair I have.  I will say that even with all my hair pulled back it doesn't feel heavy like it would if I had used a ponytail holder and bobby pins.  There's no tugging or pulling that would cause a headache either.  I don't know if I'll ever be able to do a full bun like this with just the two pins and have it stay, I would definitely have to practice more, but I might need a third or possibly a bobby pin or two.  But I'm not a fan of buns anyways, so I don't count this against it.....at least for me.  To remove the pins you just spin the pins counterclockwise, that's it.

I didn't try the Double Spin look, but I did try a Single Spin look with just the top part of my hair and the pins worked fantastic and held all day long!  Definitely something I will continue to do:


I'm curious to try these with slightly damp hair to see if you can get a slight wave in your hair from wearing them all day.  I really do love these pins.  Easy to put in and easy to take out.....clockwise in, counterclockwise out. They don't get tangled in your hair, at least not for me.  I definitely recommend these to anyone who pulls their hair back.


Out of 4 stars I give the pins 4 (I would give more if I could!)



*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Not Your Mother's Hair Cream Review

Today's review is for Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defying hair cream:



According the product it is supposed to "encourage natural curls by giving them that extra oomph they so desperately need".   I should probably start this review off by saying I have straight hair.....dead, straight hair.....but I figured I would still five this product a try.   I thought, hey maybe it could find the curl in my hair that I so desperately want.  Yeah not so much.

I will say though that it smells wonderful and it did make my hair nice and soft.  I couldn't stop smelling my hair, it had that fresh from the hairdresser smell that you can only get after getting your hair done.  Even the next day, I can still smell it in my hair, albeit not as strong, but I can smell it.....and I LIKE IT!!  It definitely made me wish I had curly hair that this would work on, because I really don't doubt that it would.  Too bad I don't have a perm right now, because I bet it would work really well then!


Out of a possible 4 stars I give it a 3. (It's hard to give it all 4 since I don't have curly hair and can't really use this product as it's intended)



*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*




Thursday, November 8, 2012

NYC New York Color Individual Eyes Review

Today I'll be reviewing the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact limited edition Dark Shadows:



According to their website, newyorkcolor.com, this is "the all-in-one compact with everything you need for a complete eye look".  It includes a primer you apply before applying the color, an illuminator to help add another dimension to the colors, an applicator and 4 complimenting colors.    I have to admit I'm more of a browns and tans in eyeshadows kind of girl, so I wasn't sure if I was going to like these colors.  I'll be honest, I thought they might be a little more darker than I'm used to, but I also thought they would be good for doing a smokey eye, so I was cautiously excited.

Not being an expert in the makeup field, I was pleasantly surprised to find application instructions on the back of the compact, under the label:


There was also a little plastic cover over the shadows that labeled the colors, so that you would know which was which, but that was too hard to get a picture of.  So, I followed the instructions on the back and set about hopefully making my eyes pretty! LOL  The instructions did help, but there was a little confusion with one of the steps as two of the colors are listed as Contour/Crease, so you have to guess which one they mean for which part.  I did like that fact that it had a primer as that helps the eyeshadow to stay put, thus lasting longer.  The eyeshadow itself has a very "silky" appearance and isn't as hard as some other eyeshadows, so it's easy to get a fair amount on the applicator without trying to hard........especially the darker colors.  I also found that the primer and illuminator are not powder, but more like a foundation consistency and applies better with your finger or a makeup sponge(I didn't have any) and like the dark shadow.....a little goes a long way!  I followed the instructions as best as I could and here is what it looks like:


One eye done
Both eyes done



Don't mind the blood shot eyes, I got some of the powder in my eyes.....don't ask! LOL So, what do you think?  I'm not so sure I like the colors, but again, it's a big departure from my normal color palette and looking up close seems to emphasize the grey hair that is trying to take over my head.  I'll probably still play around with the compact some more and use this for a night out or date night with the hubby.  I don't know this palette is a good one for day wear, but definitely is for night wear.  

Overall I do like the compact itself.  I love that they included directions for makeup impaired wearers like myself.  I would definitely try one of the other palettes that they have.


Out of a possible of 4 stars I would give this a 3.5 (the instructions could have been a little clearer)



*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*
 
 
Bonus bathroom shot of one eye done, just for fun!
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vitabath Fragrance Mist Review

Today's review is for the Vitabath Fragance Mist I received in my Influenster VoxBox.  The scent was green tea and sage:






I have to be honest I don't like this one at all.  Also, the bottle leaked slightly in the box, thankfully it has aired out now.  I don't know why someone thought smelling like green tea and sage would be a good thing, but maybe that is just me.  I think it is the sage part that I don't like, it just doesn't mix well with the green tea in my opinion. When you first spray it you can definitely smell the green tea, but then the sage seems to take over and just makes the scent unenjoyable.  My family doesn't enjoy the scent either.

According to the product page this scent is supposed to help you "Get your zen on with the relaxing aroma of green tea and the soul cleansing power of sage."  I'm not so sure about that as I'm not into the whole "zen" experience, but maybe that is your thing, if so, you might enjoy this.

There were a couple of positives about it though. The scent does seem to linger and you don't need to spray alot on yourself, meaning the product should last for quite awhile. 

Vitabath fragrance mist is currently available in 16 scents at their site: www.vitabath.com.  Perhaps you could find one that you like, I know I saw a couple that sounded good.


Out of a possible 4 stars  I give it a 1.5 (only because of the scent, could be higher with a different scent)


*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood Candle Review

The first product I'll be reviewing from my Influenster VoxBox is the Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood candle:




I have to admit, this is probably NOT a candle scent I would normally purchase.  When I think of candles I think vanilla, cherry blossoms and apple cinnamon....not leather and/or wood.   When I first smelled the candle I didn't like it, mostly because I wasn't expecting such a manly scent.   Candles are usually bought by females for females.  But as time wore on and I smelled it again, it did begin to grow on me a bit.  This may sound funny, but it reminds me of my husbands deodorant: Old Spice Sport.  In fact when he smelled it he said the exact same thing!  Now some people may not like that smell, but the fact that my husband does travel occasionally made the likeability factor of the candle go up.  I don't know that I will ever actually light the candle, but I do know on those nights when my husband is traveling and I'm missing him, he'll only be a sniff away. 


So out of a possible 4 stars I give it 3.


*DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT RECEIVED FOR FREE FROM INFLUENSTER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW*

Monday, November 5, 2012

Influenster Beauty Blogger '12 VoxBox has arrived

I posted awhile back about how I got picked from Influenster to get one of their Voxboxes and it finally arrived!!!  Okay, really it arrived a over a week ago, but I had company come and didn't get a chance to really do anything with it.  Being my first Voxbox I was definitely excited when it came and had no idea what was going to be in it.  I guess they usually give you a list of what to expect, but they didn't for this one.  So, here it is:


The box included a Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood candle along with a coupon for $10 off on in the store,  eBoostGoody Spin Pin, Kiss Ever Pro Lashes starter kit,  New York Color limited edition dark shadows eye shadow, Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves curl defying hair cream,  and finally Vitabath's Green Tea & Sage fragrance mist.

The only product I have any idea how to use would be the coupon, so it will be fun experimenting with everything this week.....especially the false eyelashes!  So keep an eye out for updates on all the products as I will be reviewing them all along with pictures and maybe even a video....maybe not!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

More Klout Perks!!

As I've mentioned before I love getting perks from Klout.  Now, they have changed their site and made some updates that have made getting some of the perks more difficult, but I still like the site and enjoy qualifying.....just wish I qualified for more!  (Don't we all!)

 The first perk I got was one called "The Fair Trade" Perk and had lots of little goodies in it as you can see in the picture. 


It included a bag of Allegro coffee beans, a box of Stash chai tea, a box of Choice herbal tea, a bottle of Honest honey green tea, a box of Near East Quinoa, a container of Coco Cafe coconut water espresso latte, a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar, a bar of Noir dark chocolate and a coupon for a pint of Three Twins ice cream!!  This was by far one of the best perks given!


A couple of days later I received this perk:

 Restorsea revitalizing day cream and revitalizing eye cream.  These aren't the usual "sample" sizes you get either.  These are the same sizes that they sell on their webpage and their not cheap!  ($150/$85).  They were even delivered with an ice pack to keep them cool.  I'll be honest, I don't normally use this type of product and I definitely wouldn't spend that much on it if I did!  But I'm willing to give them a go and try them out....I don't even know how to use them. LOL Hmmm, that may end up being another blog post!


Next up was another Chili's gift card.  Before I had gotten the $10 one on the right, but then I qualified for another one for $20! SCORE!!!!


Which turned out being a good thing as I recently had a birthday(another reason I may need to use that day and eye cream!) and my parents were in town.  So we used these gift cards to cover some of the cost! I  had the Quesadilla Explosion Salad in case you were wondering and it was really good! Oh and I got a free dessert as well....the lave cake with a scoop of ice cream on top.....perfect ending to the meal.

Finally, I got another perk in today's mail from Carol's Daughter:


It's Monoi split end sealer.  This is something I could have used a couple of months ago and will definitely start using!  I've been growing my hair out and this will definitely help.  It will be interesting to see if it works!


So that's the latest stuff I've gotten from Klout......all for FREE!  All for my social interactions on Facebook and Twitter!  So, if you post alot and have people commenting, liking and sharing your posts, you should look into joining if you haven't already.