2013 Fall Makeup Trends and Chocolate Orange Cake

Smokey Eyes are in the air. Summer is coming to an end fast and my favorite season will be here before we know it! As the weather cools down it is a lot easier to where a smokey eye since we do not have to worry about everything smearing around in the humidity. 

Thick lashes and smokey lower lash lines have been appearing everywhere. I can see why! One of my favorite trends so far. I have been buying two sets of Ardell demi wispies and gluing them together for a full natural look. Super cheap and easy way to try out one of the hottest looks of the season! 

Now lets talk cake. My two favorite flavor combos have always been oranges and chocolate. I made a simple chocolate cake and added a little fresh orange juice, but the real star is the icing. Orange. Butter. Cream. Recipe follows, 5 lbs may also. Sorry! 

Orange Buttercream

1 Cup Softened Butter
1 Cup Shortening
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
1 Tsp Orange Extract
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Orange Food Coloring  if desired.

Cream together butter and shortening. Add juice and extracts. Slowing add in the powdered sugar. If it is too thick you can add a little milk, cream or water. Tada! You have an amazing creamy orange frosting!

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Channeling Clarissa Fray

Hello! With all the excitement around the new movie Mortal Instruments I decided to replicate Clary’s sultry shadow hunter look. 

What I used:
Loreal Semi Permanent Gloss In Light Auburn
Loreal True Match Lumi W3
Rimmel Bronzer Sun Dance
Rimmel Black Eye Liner
The Balm Nude Tude Palette 
Loreal Volumize Mascara Blackest Black
Rimmel Lipstick 104
EOS Lip Balm
Mac Blush Style
Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket 
Forever 21 Gold Necklace
China Glaze Seduce Me

First off, my hair is already brown and blonde ombre. I used  the red gloss over my blonde to create a red ombre effect similar to the color Lily Collins has in the movie.

After applying my foundation I used sultry in the nude tude palette and a fluffy blending brush for a natural smokey eye. I also smoked out my lower lash line. I tight lined and lined my water line with the Rimmel eyeliner. Lily has very thick eye lashes so I used two coats of mascara. With all the fighting and love scenes her cheeks are often blushed so I bronzed liberally over my hair light and cheeks. Using my blush I touched the apples of my cheeks and the top of my nose. I finished up the look by applying the lipstick and balm with my fingers for a very natural wine stained lip.

Definitely try this look! I am loving it for fall not to mention for my inner badass 😉

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Summer Favorites & Apple Pie

It has been one rainy summer! This doesn’t stop me from finding ways to enjoy it though 🙂 I went through some of the products I have been using the past few weeks and came up with my favorite summer combos.

(all items listed below with prices)
Since I was working all week we waited until today for our mini 4th of July celebration. Nothing says AMERICA like homemade apple pie. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Recipe

1/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 heaping tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tbsp water
2 cans of sliced apples drained
2 sheets of prepared pastry dough

Preheat the oven to 375. Pour apples into a large mixing bowl with flour, sugar, flour and vanilla. Stir until apples are coated. Spray a pie dish with nonstick spray and lay the first sheet of pastry dough down and use a fork to make holes throughout the bottom. Pour in the filling pressing down lightly. Next I cut strips from the 2nd sheet of dough. Half I laid across the pie horizontally and the other half I laid across vertically making a lattice pattern. Using a spoon I crimped the dough around the dish. Mix together the egg and water to make an egg wash. Brush across the top of the pie. Sprinkle raw sugar on the top (optional) Bake for 40 minutes until crust is brown and the apple mixture is peaking through the holes bubbling. Let cool for at least 1 hour. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Happy belated 4th of July!

1. Loreal Lumi Primer $11

2. Loreal Made For You Pinks $6

Colors I showed are ” I Pink You’re Cute” and “Fresh As A Rose”, but I love them all!

3. Palladio Baked Bronzer $9

4. Victorias Secret Bronzer and Body Sprays $12

5. Bath and Body Works Summer Boardwalk $20

6. Nordstrom Juniors Oversized Sunglasses $12

7. Loreal Sublime Bronzing Towelettes $9

8. Neutrogena Deep Wave Cleanser $8
9. Purity Face Wash $8 

10. Rimmel Lip Color #110 and #90

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Butter Cream Frosting

Lets talk butter cream! 

I’ve been looking all over for a really good butter cream recipe. This one not only tasted great, but stayed put without melting all over!

Classic Vanilla Butter Cream

2 sticks of softened butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 Tbsp clear vanilla extract
food coloring of choice
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream


Whip butter until very smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and food coloring. Slowing mix in sugar 1 cup at a time. Add whipping cream as needed for a smooth consistency and that is it! If you think it is too sweet you can add a little bit of salt.  

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