Mar 4, 2013
I purchased the product in Navy Gleam; it's a very true Navy, but it has a very unique glossy finish to it, which I find very chic. The colour Navy is always fashionable, it is not THEE pantone colour of the season, but it's classic and elegant, and always accepted as "in-style". if this review was based on colour this product would be getting an A++, Unfortunately it is not.
The neat thing about this product is that It. Has both a fine and chisel tipped brush. The instructions on the back of the package, say that for a thick, dramatic line to use the flat disk side, and for a thinner, sophisticated line to turn the cap 90 degrees. My main issue with this is that every person grips the cap handle a little bit differently, I like the hold the cap so that the taper lies right between my thumb and index and middle fingers, when they tell you to turn the cap 90 degrees, the physical brush never swivels, you need to change the way you hold the cap. So it becomes very awkward to hold the brush, once you manage to change your grip, you need to be extremely light handed because, the fine tip is not very fine at all.
Once you play around with it enough, and you figure it out, you have a neat navy, glossy, thickish liner on, you look so chic! Not for long; the product begins to dry and like cheaper quality liquid liner starts to harden and pull and crack with the opening and closing of your eye. Which just makes the beautiful face of makeup you've applied look cheap and silly.
The nightmarish quality of this product outweighs the Amazing colour and finish of the formula. This formula is so strange, I can speculate that because of the glossy finish, the integrity of the dried product becomes weaker, it cracks, shrinks, and peels off in sheets! Do not even think about attempting to layer this product, it makes your eye skin feel very tight and uncomfortable, and due to the formula, it definitely does not layer well.
I give this product, Maybelline masterduo by eye studio in Navy Gleam a failing grade, as the colour cannot pass an ever failing formula. For the reasons I have described, I give this product a C-, I say just save your money, for a better product. Have any of you tried this product? What do you think of it, I'd love to hear your opinions!
Feb 14, 2013
I've been pretty good this month food wise, I've only eaten take away twice! So I threw caution to the wind, and set about doing these pancakes right! What's valentines day without a little gluttony? I created butterscotch chip pancakes and topped them with grilled strawberries, maple syrup and a generous serving of chocolate sundae syrup. They we're divine!
I used a simple recipe for pancakes, I made a few adjustments to make them healthier, i.e: lactose free 1% instead of whole buttermilk, gluten free flour instead of all purpose, etc. I cited Martha Stewart's simple pancake recipe for reference, added some delicious bacon, grilled up a bunch of strawberry slices, an topped with delicious golden syrup.
Feb 11, 2013
When push comes to shove, eating right just doesn't cut it when you are trying to feel fantastic in that bikini on the beach or even naked in the shower. I hate exercising. Strength training, running, and circuits just seem so impossible to motivate myself for. I've been known to sleep in workout gear, so that I don't have an excuse to go running the next day. Every second of exercising sucks, that is until you are done and feel that surge of endorphins that make all the suck worth it. I can't find the motivation to go for a run every day (not for lack of trying) but I have however,taken up a quick morning yoga routine that helps me stretch out, I've made the effort to walk for about 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, as well, I've decided to do the 30 day ab challenge. Even if I don't get a six pack out of it, what can it hurt?
You guys can find all the info here
30 day/300 ultimate ab and core challenge
I've just completed day 1 and I already feel stronger:)
Feb 8, 2013
Feb 6, 2013
I am a huge lover of Pinterest.com and whilst pinning the other day I stumbled across a recipe that I thought looked delicious but, that needed some nutrition. The recipe was for breakfast bird's nests, made from store bought hashbrown's and had a whole egg in each cup, I decided to healthify the recipe.
I shredded a medium sweet potato, added 1/2 a roughly chopped onion as well as 1 small carrot, shredded. I sprinkled 1-2 tbsp of gluten free all purpose flour and added 1 egg, whisked. I mixed it all together in a medium bowl until it was all coated in a floury, eggy mixture. I then plopped this into a well greased muffin tin, creating little cups with the mixture. Before popping it in the oven, I drizzled vegetable oil over them and lightly sprinkled some sea salt on top thenI put it all in the oven at 425 for about 12-17 minutes.
While my bundles got nice and toasty I made the scramble for the inside of the cups. I cracked 4 eggs in a small bowl added some daiya and shredded ham, some pepper, salt and a little cayenne pepper.
My bundles were toasty after about 15 minutes, I lowered the oven temperature to 350, and poured the scramble into the bundles about 3/4 of the muffin cup full. I then popped them back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes, until the egg whites were solid. Take them out of the oven and let them stand for about 5-10 minutes. Serve with ketchup, tomato sauce, gravy etc. They are super delicious!
I love quick and easy breakfasts