12 February, 2015

The Best Highlighters || Mac Soft and Gentle + More

As many women are, I'm a little highlight-obsessed.  No matter what look I'm wearing, I always enjoy a little bit of glow on the cheekbones.  I used to exclusively use liquid illuminators, but I've found myself using a powder highlight almost every day.

My all-time favorite illuminators are

I've used Soft and Gentle for years, but I've been loving Cover FX Illuminator in Sunlight.  It looks slightly darker in the pan than when you apply it to the skin, and on the skin it gives the most perfect, luminous dewy finish.  A little bit goes a long way.  Even when I'm wearing no makeup, I'll sometimes put on a little bit of highlighter, and voila, you look like you've had a hydrating facial (not really, but close enough).

I constantly alternate which highlight I use, and I like to show love to all of them.  I'll be doing an in-depth highlight post comparing some of my favorites soon!
CoverFX Sunlight
Wearing Cover FX Illuminator in Sunlight

If you have more fair skin, try Moonlight from Cover FX.  I have this one as well, and it's GORGEOUS.  Gives more of a platinum-toned glow, where sunlight is more golden.

11 February, 2015

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

I love carbs...carbs make me happy.  I've been on a toast kick, and I've gained inspiration from my binge watching of cooking videos.  One of my favorite channels to watch is Ayesha Curry's Little Lights of Mine.  She's adorable, has a gorgeous baby girl, and makes cooking easy.  And she makes me really, really want the mint-greenKitchenAid mixer...

whole wheat bread

I decided to try her recipe for home made bread but with my own tweak.  I try to eat whole wheat when I can, and I ended up only having whole wheat flour in my pantry.

whole wheat breadThis recipe is so simple -- It only requires a few ingredients, and you probably have most of these at home already.  If you're not a whole wheat fan, you can use All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, you pick.

Ingredients you'll need:
3 cups whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
3 tsp sugar
3 tsp dry active yeast
1 tsp salt
1 cup of warm water
1 tsp canola oil (you can use butter if you prefer, but I didn't have any, and canola oil is lower in cholesterol)
1 egg (optional)

  • Combine all of your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and give them a good stir
  • Add in your warm water slowly, and make sure you stir while adding
  • Add your canola oil (or butter, or applesauce) and mix well
  • Remove your dough from the bowl onto your counter top - Coat it with some flour so it doesn't stick
  • Knead the dough lightly, cover it with a cloth, and let it rise for 15 minutes
  • Place your dough into your pan (I cut my dough into 2 pieces and braided them -- Ayesha made it look fancy, so I thought I'd try it)
  • Optional: Crack an egg in a separate bowl, whisk, and lightly paint this on the top layer of your bread to create a glazed, crispy top
  • Place your bread into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes


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