Showing posts from August, 2012

Me, the cupcake baker?

I admit, I have a new obsession...

You know that cupcakes are a food group all their own in my world, right?

I not only have become obsessed with watching the show D.C. Cupcakes, but I am obsessed with making cupcakes. I wish I had the knowledge they do to be able to create my own flavors and designs. I would love to intern at a bakery, or volunteer in exchange for lessons (You hear this Louisville?).

Today was a baby step into experimentation with chocolate cupcakes (from a box) and homemade peanut butter frosting. My goal was a taste similar to a Nutty Bar and it was close. These are the most delicious cupcakes! I don't even like peanut butter much, but these were good!

Recipe for frosting: 4 cups confectioners sugar 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup 2% milk Mix all in a bowl starting with wet ingredients. If mixture is too wet, add more sugar, too dry, add more milk.
I can't wait to start experimenting with fondants and flowers and piping. I…

Why is moving so stressful?

You may have noticed my lack of posts this month.

There is a very good reason for this, as I sold my house and thought I had a new one bought, but had complication after complication with the house, (structure problems), and ended up getting out of the contract.

We are now staying with my husband's parents after failed attempt number two at buying another house (also structure damage found, as well as termites, roof damage, etc) and getting out of that contract.

Attempt number three is underway and we were actually supposed to close on this house today, but the bank found out that the guy selling it isn't on the deed of the house (he inherited from his dead mother), so we have to wait another week for him to get that resolved.

So, hopefully this time next week, I have a home again!

I am trying to blog as much as possible, but all of my belongings are divided up into three storage buildings, so getting to anything to photograph, or even finding a place to work from, is ver…

Six Months After Accutane- Update

Six Months After Accutane:

I have to say, the last six months have been rough. While on Accutane, my skin was smooth and flawless, but dry. It stayed that way for about two months after I stopped taking the pills. Then my pores started clogging and I had major breakouts. I had a lot of trial and error before I found products that were effective on my new skin. It turned out that the products that didn't work for me before, work great now. I also realize that less is more as far as my skincare is concerned. My skin is still really dry vs. the oily skin I had before. The oil has not come back. My skin is also not as sensitive as it used to be. Blackheads are really my only concern other than hydration.

The products that work now:

Panoxyl- Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser: This is a must for keeping blackheads at bay. It is found in drugstores/Wal-Mart. The price seems to stay around $10 and the tube is a nice size that lasts several months. I like to use this at night before I go to bed. (

MUA Undressed palette

MUA or Makeup Academy is a UK brand of cosmetics. They offer highly pigmented products very affordably. I compare the price to E.L.F. cosmetics, with much better quality.

The products are available in the US by ordering from their website HERE.

This newest palette is the Undressed palette. Here are the swatches:

The shades are all smooth and creamy without being powdery. The pigmentation is nice. The palette is a good size for the price. I would say it is a nice, cheap alternative to the infamous Naked palettes.

They do have a 25% code right now and free shipping to the US with code MUA25.

Check them out!

Mac Electric Cool- Superwatt

I have been obsessed with anything cream in the shadow department this year. When I saw the new Mac Electric Cool shadows on Nordstrom's website when shopping, I had to order one. I chose Superwatt because it looked like the perfect neutral that would go with anything.

The texture of this shadow is really smooth and creamy, and it does feel cool to the touch. Temptalia compared this to the Bare Escentuals Buxom formula, and I agree, though this one feels a lot slippier (if that is a word?) and more pigmented.

This color is a very wearable neutral- I'd describe it as a golden taupe. It appears very metallic in sunlight and has a beautiful sheen. I will update later, after testing, with how well this wore on my eyes.

There are many other colors in this collection. Which one(s) will you be picking up?

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Julep August 2012 box

Yay!! My August box is here!!!

This month is Julep's Birthday of one year. To celebrate, they sent a cute, black tote in everyone's box instead of the usual paper filler.

I am "Classic with a Twist." My box this month is all about metallics and chromes.

The box consisted of:

Felicity- a very yellow metallic gold

Alfrie- metallic lavender/purple, similar to Mac Extra Dimension eyeshadow in Grand Galaxy.

Acetone Free conditioning nail polish remover with pump

Black bag

I also had the chance to pick a free add-on. I picked Stefani, which is a metallic charcoal.

Add-ons ship separately

The colors:

L to R: Felicity, Alfre, Stefani
Still growing out damaged nails from acrylics

I love metallic anything, so it was a no-brainer for me to stick to my "category" this month. I also love the fact that Julep chose complimentary colors that work well together and alone. I am still in the process of repairing my nails enough to grow them out, but you can still tell how the sha…