Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review Time

Ciao Adventurers!
Welcome back for another review! I know, you must be shocked to be hearing from me twice in one week! I am still apologizing for being gone for so long but I find the best apology is action, so here I am, acting on blogging more!
For my review this week I decided to introduce you to one of my new favorite youtubers: leaf (Living Eating And Fashion).

As previously mentioned the channel features videos about living, eating and fashion. The videos are all under three minutes at the most, although the majority is under two.  As much as I hate to admit it, okay I don’t really hate it (the videos are great!), the night I discovered their channel I stayed up until 2 a.m. watching video after video (oops!).

The photo pictured above is of their tutorial for iced chai, which as you all now is my not so secret addiction! I haven’t tried it yet but I cannot wait to do so! I think the best part of the videos is that they are short and sweet and all of the tutorials are very easy to follow, with great results! I tried the tutorial for ombre cupcakes.

To make these cupcakes I used a boxed cupcake mix and two jars of frosting that I separated into four bowls, using food dye to make four different variations of color from dark to light. I also bought piping bags to make it easier to do the coloring. To use the piping bags I would suggest holding the bag higher up and hold the tip farther away from the cupcake so that the swirls come out more evenly. When I make these again I think I might try making homemade frosting or cupcakes (or both!). 

So adventurers, let me know if you check out leaf or try any of their tutorials!
Until next time have a week filled with adventure and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Manicure Monday

Ciao Adventurers! I realize this post is a day late in regard to the title. But I am going to get back into the swing of things with a new schedule that I have created for posting! First on this list is 'Manicure Monday'. So here we go!

Lately I have been LOVING the Essie nail polish 'Sunday Funday'.

It is such a fun summer color and perfect as summer slips through our fingers. The color is a bright coral pink with a touch of shimmer. When the light hits your nails just right the shimmer really makes them pop!

 I find that the routine I follow for painting my nails makes the polish last for at least a week, granted I do not pick at my nail polish (fingers crossed!). I start off by filing my nails into my desired shape and length. I then apply a base coat, usually Essie Grow Stronger. I then apply two coats of color, although in a quick fix I think that this particular color would be bright and pigmented enough with just one coat. For the final step I apply a top coat, my favorite is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. And voila! You have beautifully painted nails.

So there you have it. My favorite nail polish at the moment. Thanks for stopping by and reading this blog post that was meant for Monday but went live on Tuesday! Subscribe for more and leave any requests or comments below! Until next time adventurers, keep on exploring!