Eyelash Extensions

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I’ve tried 3 different brands of eyelash extensions Novalash, Extreme Lash, and Blink Lashes. Extensions really work wonders on your overall look, however they do require attention. When I was pregnant I loved them because I never had to do my makeup to look “awake”. But this time I find that they are annoying the heck out of me. They look good, but I feel like they are more work than they are worth. This last time I got the Extreme Lash brand and they are pretty exteme. I have pretty nice lashes naturally, so I find myself getting more and more annoyed with the extensions. They are really crunchy because they are plastic basically. Sometimes I really REALLY want to itch my eyes but I can’t because the extensions. In a week I am going to someone in my town to get a new MINK extension done and I am SO SO excited. She said they were much much lighter and softer than the traditional lash extensions. So far my experience has been LOVE/HATE. A full set is anywhere from $150 – $300 and every 2-3 weeks you must pay $40 – $80 for a fill. The Extreme lash brand tends to be a little more expensive. I paid $200 for my full set and the Extreme Lash fills are $60 – $100. Now if you consider that you would spend MAYBE $50 – $200/ year on mascara (depending on brand) extensions are pretty costly. After about a week they become harder to control and they tend to criss cross because your natural lash has grown out. I’ve also had really bad allergic reactions to the NovaLash glue. I think NovaLash is a brand you have to be cautious about. The person who applies the extension needs to be really good or it could be a disaster. So far it seems like anyone can apply NovaLash with little to NO expertise. So I find that word of mouth is the best way to find someone trustworthy. Like anything in the makeup/beauty world you have to find someone who knows what they are doing. I’m going to try these mink ones in a week and I will update with the results.

Cons:
They criss cross when your lashes start to grow out
They feel heavy on my eyelids
They are crunchy/pokey
You can never get your makeup 100% off
You have to be careful with them
They did effect the length of my natural lashes (used Latisse for a while and they grew back)
Very expensive vs. annual mascara costs

Pros:
Who doesn’t want movie star lashes?
Don’t have to bother with mascara
They are always curled

Get ready quicker

Weekend Ski Trip

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This weekend we booked a last minute room up in Beaver Creek. We stayed in a pretty unique hotel called Christie Lodge. It was one of the weirdest hotels because there were doors to nowhere, indoor/outdoor pools, weird railing, and all kinds of weird seating areas. Our room was backwards too. The bedroom was the first room you walked into, the living room was after that. We were pleased though because we weren’t expecting a 1 bedroom. Audrey sleeps pretty bad when we have to share a room with her, so we put her crib in the living room. THE BEST part about this hotel was the Vietnamese restaurant inside of it. YUM. They actually served me the best Pho I’ve tried in Colorado. The broth was perfect, and I’ve tried a lot of Pho! The pictures above are of Audrey playing peek a boo with Tom.

Saturday we went up to ski at Beaver Creek, which we had never been to before. Our initial plan was to drive to Vail (10 miles south) and ski there, but when we arrived at the hotel the front desk kept telling me how Beaver Creek is really a hidden gem. She also said that the weekend before was so busy in Vail and the slopes were really congested. I hate going down a mountain with dozens of other people. You are always dodging and hoping that people dodge you on their way down. A shuttle from the hotel went up to the slopes in Beaver Creek so that was also convenient. We ended up having a really good day there. It wasn’t crowded and the mountain was really easy to maneuver. Beaver Creek is nestled up in the mountains so it’s a lot more intimate than Vail. Vail is right off the highway so that takes away from the beauty a little bit. I enjoy both places but it was nice to go some place new.

 

Fashion Friday: Channeling Hepburn

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Today I wore my very comfy striped pants from Forever 21 and a beaded black top. I paired it with my new Ugg boots from Nordstrom Rack. I was trying to decided if I should keep the Ugg boots but I am very happy I did keep them. They are so comfy and warm. We walked over a couple patches of ice and there was NO slippage at all. I was pretty impressed. I have been on the look for a good pair of snow boots for a while and I found them with these.They are also cute!

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I got this necklace from Charming Charlie. This whole outfit is kind of Audrey Hepburn-ish, especially when my hair is up. I love it!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

 

 

You’ll Need:

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
Cupcake liners
Chopped Pecans
Butter
Cream Cheese 8 oz.
14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Can Blueberry Pie Filling|
Frozen Whipped Topping
Cupcake pans

To Make The Graham Cracker Crust:

Mix 1 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs, 4 TBSP melted butter, 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped pecans (depending on how many you like in there). Take spoon and smash the crust mixture in the bottom of your cupcake liners. If your mixture is too dry you can add more melted butter to it.

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To Make Filling:

Mix 8 oz packet of cream cheese and 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk. Once they are blended together add half the can of blueberry pie filling. Fold in 1 cup of frozen whipped topping.

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Spoon the filling into the cupcake pans and cover with foil. Freeze for 3 hours before serving. I like to take them out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving so they are soft.

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Sesame Chicken Recipe

When I was in college there was a Chinese restaurant called Old Peking. They had THE BEST sesame chicken. I used to order take out from them at least once a week. A lot of places have a really sweet sesame sauce and I prefer the more vinegar tasting sauces. After trying many recipes I decided to make my own and I’ve used this recipe for 6 years now.

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You’ll Need:

Green Onions
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
A Chicken Breast per person
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce
Chicken Broth
Water
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Corn Starch
Flour
Rice Vinegar
Baking Powder

Start by chopping your green onions. Chop your chicken breasts into little cubes.

To make the batter get a medium size bowl and mix – 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp baking powder, add water until its a batter consistency. Coat the chicken in the batter and cook in a pot of hot vegetable oil. I like my oil to be 375 degrees.

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Cook the chicken until the pieces are a nice crispy brown.

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While the chicken is cooking you can start the sauce. In a medium sauce pan add 1 – 2 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 cup chicken broth mixed with 1 Tbsp corn starch. Bring the sauce to a boil for 1 minute and then let it cool. The last step is to add a handful of shopped green onion. *******THIS SAUCE WILL BE NOT BE SWEET, IT WILL TASTE MORE LIKE VINEGAR. IF YOU WANT IT SWEET ADD EXTRA SUGAR*******

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I always serve my sesame chicken with brown rice. Top the chicken with sesame sauce and green onions. ENJOY!

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