Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tip Tuesday: Long Wear Foundation

Sorry for the lack of posts-- I am SWAMPED. I hope to be more consistent with posting in the next few weeks. It's been difficult to fit blogging into my schedule with work. Thank you for your understanding.

Anyway, I am always in search of foundation that not only feels good on my skin (so I don't feel like I have a pound of make up on) but also evens out my skin tone. I also happen to have more oily skin so by the end of the day, my face is extremely shiny and usually I don't have time to blot so I walk around all day looking like an oil slick.

I was intrigued by MAC's new Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer. I love MAC's Face and Body foundation because it is so buildable and doesn't look caked on. It also doesn't oxodize or change color (turn orange) on me unlike some foundations. I went to my local MAC counter and decided to check out the Pro Longwear Foundation.

What they claim:
A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection. (Source)

The makeup artist matched me as NC30 although my regular foundation match is NC25. They say the Pro Longwear runs light. I tried some of it at the store and then got some to try out later on in the week.

You know how it's been horribly hot the past couple of days in LA? Well, usually my face is a puddle of oil, sweat, makeup, and basically a "hot mess." (not the good kind). But with the Pro Longwear foundation, my face had a slight sheen to it by the end of the day. It lasted for over 10 hours with minimal shine!! I set it with a translucent powder in the morning and I was amazed at how well it lasted!!

I will try it out for the rest of this week but so far--- SO GOOD!! If you have not tried this foundation out, I highly recommend it. Go to the MAC counter to get matched and ask for a sample so you can try it out for a few days. This foundation could reach "HG" (holy grail) status if it continues to hold up like it has the past couple of days!

Would you try this foundation out? What is your favorite or HG foundation?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu Monday: Pizza Pizza

I'm back to blogging! This past week our school district reorganized (basically figured out the number of students) and realized that they needed to add more classes. SO I was called back to my previous school to teach 3rd grade. It is MUCH more manageable so now I can get back to having a life and also blogging! :)

Anyway a couple of months ago, hubby and I were in the mood for some pizza so we decided to go to this italian market by our house (claro's) to buy all the necessary ingredients. this place has all the stuff you'd ever need... authentic italian EVERYTHING... and a great deli with scrumptious selections of various meats, cheeses...

and of course... tons of desserts-- tiramisu, cookies... everything..

we came home and rolled out the dough... (we bought pre-made dough)

flattened it...

used their special pizza sauce...

spread it all around....

and made three different pizzas... here's pizza #1-- freshly sliced mozzarella cheese and spicy italian sausage...

the second one was with pineapple chunks and honey baked ham

the last one was all veggies---bell peppers, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, 2 layers of cheese, and the honey baked ham...

You will need pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese, veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms, roma tomatoes), and meats-- like ham or italian sausage.

Have you ever tried making pizza on your own? It's easy and delicious!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Away: Be back shortly

Hi everyone,

I'll be taking a break from blogging for a week or two due to work starting up. (Teaching 6th grade). I have a lot of work to do so I can't focus on this blog. But I hope to get back to blogging next week or the following week. Have a lovely week~!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fab Finds Friday: Shoes

Can a girl every have too many shoes? I say NO! Look at these adorable shoes from Anthropologie. I love the neutral shoe with a pop of color. The stitching is to die for!

What I love most is the price-- on sale for only $69.95. What a steal!!

Do you love shoes as much as I do? Do you have any fab finds this Friday on adorable shoes?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tasty Thursday: Boulette's Larder

Whenever we go to the Bay area, we make it a point to stop by the Ferry Building to eat brunch at Boulette's Larder.
  • Boulettes Larder was opened in 2004 by Chef Amaryll Schwertner and business partner, Lori Regis, as a restaurant that also sells its ingredients for use in the home kitchen. Throughout her 30-year career, Chef Schwertner has authored the cuisine in seminal restaurants in the bay area. The daily changing menus at Boulettes Larder reflect her commitment to using conscientiously produced farmstead ingredients and applying her research and curiosity in pursuit of spices and artisan oils, vinegars and grains. (from Boulettes Larder website)

It's a great place to go for breakfast, brunch or lunch. They close the restaurant for private parties in the evenings.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednespiration: Pros Make it Look Easy

For my birthday present last year, one of my dearest friends, Yuree, got me a makeup session with an Emmy Award winning makeup artist named Linda Rondinella-Osgood. I was beyond thrilled for the opportunity to not only meet her but to have a makeup/hair lesson from her!! You can only imagine my excitement being the makeup junkie that I am!! She is the makeup artist for the soap opera General Hospital and also does makeup for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe Pageants. Check out her website-- The Pursuit of the Crown. She's created a palette that includes all you need for beautiful looks whether you are pursuing a crown or just want to look HOT! She also has great tips for a flawless face.

Here is a picture of the palette-- only $30! It includes everything you need-- 4 different eyeshadows (black, brown, gold/bronze, and white), 2 blushes (light pink, darker pink), and 2 glosses (a clear one and a really pretty reddish brown one.)
(photo source here)
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