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Golden Bronze Face of the Day

Published April 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I finally slept well!! I got up around 8:30 AM. It’s raining here in Florida so I am in a world of pain today…. because of it I wont be cooking dinner… we are going to have sandwiches and chips instead.

Today I am wearing Michael Kors Sexy Blossom perfume.

I have been hurting so much that instead of going around my makeup collection and picking out products to use for the day I have simply been swapping out my foundation and concealer and just utilizing the products I have been for the past few days … I probably will be swapping out my daily makeup basket tonight as I am running out of looks for the Juvia’s Place palette.

Well … let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day …

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using It Cosmetics Pores No More Primer (discontinued) and I then added a bit of glow to the skin by using BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). My foundation today is Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4 Medium Neutral.  I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand ($38 on the Beautylish website). I concealed my under eyes using 3 dots of  NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the 2nd shade of the 1st row (an orange based tan matte)… I buffed it in from lash line to brow bone. I then used the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (light gold metallic) on the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid. I went in with the 4th shade of the 2nd row (bronze gold metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 and a little into the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then went in with the 3rd shade of the 1st row (nude brown matte) and buffed that into the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I then took a bit more of the bronze gold metallic and tapped that over the middle 1/3 again to blend the inner and outer 1/3 together. I then went in with a combo of the nude brown shade and the 2nd shade of the 3rd row (brown matte) and deepened just the very outer part of the outer v and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then highlighted my brow line using L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyeshadow ($9.47 at CVS) in the shade 899 Endless Pearl (a creamy vanilla matte). I created a subtle drop shadow using more of the orange base tan shade and then I took more of the nude brown and then the brown matte shades and buffed those into the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (icy pink with slight silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using BH Cosmetics Powder Pencil (originally on sale for $8 but on sale for $6 on their website) in the shade Beige Nude. I then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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ooof that nose contour is harsh today I didn’t notice it until just now 

Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude) and then topped that off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) and felt that this was too muted so I tapped a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) and then I felt that this was too dry looking so I topped the whole lip off using NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Stripe Tease  (Sheer champagne nude).

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Final Thoughts:

First I’d like to apologies for my harsh nose contour… boy was I heavy handed today!!

I can’t wait for my brows to full grow in. I want to reshape them so badly so that they at least have the same round about shape to them. I have 1 straight brow and 1 Instagram arched brow. I don’t know how that happened seeing as though I have my brow Micro-bladed but it’s the bane of my existence.

I’ve been collecting a ton of Fibromyalgia memes that I am going to be doing a blog post on shortly… I thought it would be a fun little post.

I’ve also seen a few Instagram makeup looks that I’m keen to try.

Let’s see how I feel tomorrow on whether or not I’ll try one of those looks or not.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and thank you for spending time with me…. Remember ….. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Nominated for Another Sunshine Blogger Award!!

Published April 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.
I woke up this morning and found out BeBeautifuls nominated me for another Sunshine Blogger Award!!! I feel so blessed right now.
When I started this blog I never imagined in a 1,000 years that I would receive such amazing recognition from my peers. Thank you so much BeBeautifuls for thinking of me. It’s amazing to received recognition from such an amazing content creator!!

Seriously dolls … You must check out her blog she does all things beauty but she also does other content … you will never get bored!

The rules
Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions asked of you
List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
Write a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
Nominate 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

My Questions
1. What is your favorite place ?
Disney World is my favorite place… It holds such nostalgic reverie for me. We went every year when I was a child and then my husband and I had our anniversary there and then went back 2 years later. Once we moved to Florida we went several times but haven’t been in sometime. My illness got worse and I just can’t make it around the parks as easily as I once did. Once I purchase a mobility scooter we plan to start going again.

2. What do you love to do in free time?
I research the latest makeup trends and newest makeup products. I also love to read and watch movies in my free time.

3. What are your favorite colors and associated style ?
Colors: Purple, Blue, Pink, and sometimes Green (but it has to be Kelly green).
Style: I love laid back comfy and cozy clothes. I also really love sophisticated chic.

4. What was the biggest surprise of your life?
Falling in love with my husband. It was a world wind right from the start and I met him at the lowest point of my life …. I didn’t expect to fall for him because he is much younger than me but from day 1 he swept me away.

5. If you get to live with one thing what it would be?
If you mean food wise … I would have to say Pasta.

6. What is your dressing preference ?
Because of my auto immune illnesses I chose comfort over style … My go to looks are a pair of yoga pants or a pair of joggers and a comfy tee-shirt or my favorite sweaters.

7. What was your favorite movie in 2019?
Hmmmm this one is tough for me: I’ll break it down into genres

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Horror: Polaroid

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Drama: Just Mercy

 

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Romance: Sunrise in Heaven

 

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Thriller: Fractured

 

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Action: 6 Underground

 

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Fantasy: Avengers End Game

 

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Indie Film: Tony Morrison: The Pieces I Am

 

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Documentaries: Don’t F**k With Cats Hunting an Internet Killer

 

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Comedy: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

8. What you hate the most?
People who are intolerant of other cultures

9. What was the thought behind starting up blogging?
Honestly My hubby created this blog for me as a surprise. I have always loved makeup but felt that I was past my prime for YouTube so I would make little videos just for me and my family to see but he thought I should share my passion of both makeup and helping people understand Fibromyalgia with the world … so here we are several years later.

10. What did you learn on yourself during lock down?
That I can do things out of my comfort zone without fear. For example … I started sharing videos on TIKTOK without fear that someone will be mean …. I also reached out of my comfort zone and started trying new recipes in the kitchen.

11. Who is the pillar of strength in your life?

First and foremost my Lord and savior…. then My husband… he keeps my head above the water even when I don’t think I can go any further.

The 11 questions I would love to ask are:

1. If you could go back in time and visit with 1 pivotal person in history who would it be and why?

2. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

3. Since quarantine what has been your go to show to watch?

4. Have you learned anything new during this quarantine such as a new craft or skill? If so what is it?

5. What is your favorite movie of the past 10 years?

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

7. What is the last book you’ve read?

8. If you could live anywhere else in the world where would you live and why?

9. What are some of your favorite traditions from your country?

10. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? For example : I would love to own my own home within the next 5 years.

11. If you could be any Super Hero which 1 would it be and why?

I nominate the following bloggers

Lynn from Peculiar Blegian

Blanca from Beauty and More

Didi from Didi’s Not So Secret Diary

Pooja from Life’s Fine Whine

Arlene from That Girl Arlene

Mariana from My Cup of Three

Once again I would love to thank BeBeautifuls  for nominating me for this award.
With that said … that’s all dolls … I hope the rest of your day/night is a great one.
Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.
XOXO

Sunshine Blogger Award

Published April 29, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by an awesome lifestyle, beauty, and fashion blogger called Isabelle of Outfit of the Day Blog. She is witty and very fashionable … she does these really cute outfit of the day posts that I simply can’t get enough of.

I feel very honored to be nominated for this award and want to offer a thank you to Isabelle for thinking of me.

The rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the post and link to their blog
2. Answer the 11 questions asked of you
3. List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
4. Write a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
5. Nominate 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

The 11 questions I’m to answer :

1. What’s your favorite food?
This one is a hard one for me… I’m a huge foodie so I love heaps of things … but if I had to whittle it down to 2 things I would have to say gnocchi and chicken bastilla.
2. What type of cuisine do you like the most?

Again super hard to chose since I’m a natural foodie at heart but I would have to say, if I had to choose it would be a toss up between  Italian and Moroccan cuisine are my most favorite …
3. Which is your favorite season?
Spring is my favorite season. I live in Florida and the Summers here are brutally hot and I can’t handle the cold weather because I have Fibromyalgia and it gets exacerbated by cold weather. The Spring in Florida is sublime, just the right temperature and it’s not the rainy season so that’s a plus.

4. What are your daily activities?
I start my day by double cleansing my face (if I haven’t had a shower the night before, which I prefer to showering in the morning since it helps my muscles relax more, then I will do my first face cleanse and complete my second face cleanse in the shower)
I then apply all of my skin care products and whilst they are settling in to the skin I make breakfast for my mother and start to prep dinner for the day.
I then sit down at my makeup vanity and go through Instagram for inspiration for my next makeup look of the day.
Once my makeup is finished I will take the pictures for my blog post and walk out to check the mail and sit down and have a cup of coffee (decaf of course since caffeine triggers my restless leg syndrome).
When that’s done I will normally sit down and do my daily blog post.
I take an hour of devotional time with my Lord and Savior
I then of course check out the newest blog posts of my favorite bloggers and I give myself 1 hour to read whatever book I am currently reading. While I’m reading I will normally will do the laundry. I sometime will work on some sewing projects or knitting projects if I have any going at the time.
* Before the lock-down I would maybe go to one of my favorite makeup stores or the local fabric shop to get some things *
By then it’s time to get dinner started and so I will prep dinner and whilst that is cooking I will do some light exercise … normally I work out on my Elliptical machine. I can’t do it for too long because it takes a lot out of me since I have Fibromyalgia .
After feeding my mother (and husband if he is home early from work) I will check out my social medias (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and TikTok) and then I will settle in and watch some Netflix.
Depending on what time my hubby is working till I will spend some time talking about his day (I don’t have much of a day because I’m a stay at home wife and caregiver for my mother, and I am disabled because of my Fibromyalgia and RA).
By this time it’s normally time for bed so I will do my first face cleanse and then hop in the shower and do my second face cleanse and my hair treatments as well as wash up.
I then do my my night time skin routine and settle in to first give thanks to my Lord and Savior for the day and then I read from my book for a little while until I get sleepy and I might even watch a few more TikTok videos ….
My life is pretty mundane because I can’t really do much with me illnesses

5. What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
Time spent with God, Hearing my hubby say he’s proud of my for trying something new, being able to read a good book, my morning coffee, and spending time with loved ones.

6. Do you have a favorite person, who is it?
I try not to love 1 person more than another so I don’t have a favorite person in my real life (well outside of my husband of course)
7. What series do you binge watch on Netflix?
Currently I am binge watching Forensic Files and Money Heist. I hop around from show to show a lot because I love movies and shows.
8. What do you love the most about blogging?
The ability to share my passion for makeup and my illness and the response from people who read my blog… getting to meet some many new amazing bloggers who give me feed back on my work and getting to see how other bloggers flourish and getting to just shade my truth with as many people that care to stop by and take a look.
9. Which topics are your favorite ones to write about?
My struggle with Fibromyalgia, Ways to help my fellow spoonies cope with this illness, and Makeup of course.
10. What effect does the corona virus have on your life?
Honestly my life hasn’t changed that drastically. With my illness I tend to stay close to home as much as possible to make it easier for me to manage my symptoms.
It has impacted our finances, as I’m sure it has for many people. I don’t impulse buy makeup anymore … I schedule my purchases on a monthly bases and when I see something extra I use to be able to just purchase it , now I’m more careful and only purchase enough to produce some new content for my blog.  I do feel a bit panicky when I go outside now, since I’m auto-immune I have to be super careful to minimize my chances to contract this virus … so I get scared going out, where I use to get excited to leave the house. I worry for our world and those who are sick more … I feel saddened that so many have lost their lives and so many more are suffering without anyone to care for them…. In short … It has cause my anxiety disorder to work overtime.
11. What do you miss the most during these corona times?
I miss having the ability to interact freely with people …. now a days it’s hard to have a conversation with someone else because of social distancing. I miss being able to visit friends. I miss shopping frivolously for beauty products and my crafts.

I nominate the following 8 fellow bloggers: I’ve nominated these individuals because they are simply put amazing! They create amazing content and keep me coming back for more week and week….
1. Bonnie from Queen of the Girl Geeks   because I love her Bath and Body Works hauls and her who could ever resist a geek when you yourself are also a fellow geek?
2. Mimi from Blushy Darling because I simply love her content! I truly do … she does really good Makeup Mondays.
3. Deidre from Retro Dee simply because she is freaking amazing and endearingly quirky.
4. Joanne from Find Away By JWP because she has got amazing taste! I just love her outfit of the day and get the look posts
5. Vivian from V Beauty Talk  because she is my go to for all things K beauty.
6. Orentenimi from Orente Cares because she is classy and stylish and her makeup looks are seriously on point. She has amazing advise and hacks … I look forward to each post she puts out.
7. Diane from In Diane’s Kitchen because her blog posts speak to my foodie sole! She puts out such yummy posts and let me tell you they have single-handedly kept me sane during this lock-down … I have tried many of her posts out for myself.
8. Ernestine from Time With Ernie  because she has amazing content. She has a few blog posts on I believe it’s emotional intelligence that is outstanding. She’s just a lovely person.

Now it’s time for my 11 questions:

1. What is your all time favorite movie and why?

2. What made you decide to start a blog and how have you grown because of starting it?

3. If you could have a 5 course gourmet meal with anyone in the world, past or present who would it be and why?

4. Have you learned anything new or tried something new during this Corona Lock-down? If so what?

5. What is your spirit song? What I mean is … what 1 song when you hear it helps you fight your way through the day and why? (for instance : I have 2 Mine are: Broken and Beautiful by Kelly Clarkson- because it reminds me that with my fight with Fibromyalgia I don’t need anyone to fix me, I’ve got this all by myself …. I can get through it and I will not back down on that…. And my second one is Fight Song by Rachel Platten – because when I feel like I just can’t deal with the pain and the exhaustion, and isolation of this illness, when I’m close to my breaking point… I play this song and it reminds me that I am stronger than I even know I am and it makes me dig deeper inside and pull myself up out of the pit that I’m in.)

6. What is your favorite sweet?

7. If you could have 1 wish to change any 1 thing that has happened in the world what would it be and why?

8. What’s your favorite holiday?

9. What’s your favorite animal?

10. If you could go back in time and give your younger self 1 piece of advise what would it be?

11. What’s the first thing you will do for yourself when this Corona virus lock-down is over?

Well dolls that’s all from me … Once again I would like to thank Isabelle for the nomination.

I hope you all have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

Sunset Inspired Eye Look Face of the Day

Published April 29, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up super late today …. around 10:45 AM. Had a rough go at it trying to stay asleep last night … I just kept waking up and then it would take forever to fall back asleep. I’m in a considerable amount of pain today. Thank goodness I don’t have to cook tonight since we normally eat left overs on Wednesdays to make sure we aren’t wasting food.

Today I am wearing Davidoff Cool Waters perfume. So let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta). My foundation today is NYX Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation ($10 at Ulta) in the shade Nude. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Glodgasm. I then went in with the Charlotte TIlbury Beauty Light Wand ($38 on the Beautylish website) and tapped that over the highest points of my face. I concealed my under eyes using 3 dots of  NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Please ignore the visible lash glue on the right (your left) lash band…. I didn’t notice it until I had already uploaded the pictures. 

Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the 2nd shade of the 3rd row (brown matte) all through the crease. I then took a bit of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) and covered my full mobile lid. I took the 4th shade of the 1st row (champagne shimmer) a patted that over the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid and then went in with the 1st shade of the 2nd row (light Gold with Pink undertones shimmer) and patted that over the outer 1/3 blending it into the middle 1/3 to gradiated the two shades. I then went into the 4th shade of the 3rd row (ebony brown matte) and buffed that into the very outer part of the mobile lid and into the outer v of the crease. I then highlighted my brow line using L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyeshadow ($9.47 at CVS) in the shade 899 Endless Pearl (a creamy vanilla matte). I created a subtle drop shadow using more of the brown shade and then more of the dark ebony shade close to the lash line. I then took the 4th shade of the 2nd row (bronze gold metallic) and tapped that along the lash line and then went back to the dark ebony shade to add a bit of depth to the drop shadow. I highlighted the inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (icy pink with slight silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Eye Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic) and then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta) and popped on a pair of Kiss Looks So Natural Lash ($11.99 at Ulta for a 5 pack) in the style Flirty.

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude) and then topped that off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) and felt that this was too muted so I tapped a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) and then I felt that this was too dry looking so I topped the whole lip off using NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Chihuahua  (Sheer Guava).

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ooof… that lash glue though…

Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                      I really am enjoying this Juvia’s Place palette. It’s simple but beautiful and the eye combinations are truly endless with this palette. I can’t wait for next month so that I pick up a few more of their palettes.

I already made my April beauty buys but I ended up cheating and Ordered Boots #7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation in the shade Calico because I was ordering my face serum and just needed 1 more item for free shipping… I know it doesn’t make sense to spend extra money to get free shipping but I somehow always end up falling for it and purchasing that extra item to get it ….  

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and pray that you have both good spirits and health this day. Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend with me and remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Puerto Rican Sancocho de Pollo

Published April 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. On today’s menu is a staple in the Latino household for cool and rainy days…. Sancocho (pronounced: saan/kow/chow). It’s basically a root vegetable stew that many Latinos add some sort of meat and either rice or vermicelli (a traditional type of pasta round in section similar to spaghetti, but thinner in diameter which in spanish we call fideo). Every family makes this a bit diffrent … just like with any other traditional dish that is handed down from generation to generation, I’ve adapted mine to suit my family’s likes and dislikes. Typically I use fideo in my Sancocho but I ran out and didn’t feel well enough to run out and get some so I used rice this time and my husband also decided he wanted chicken so instead of beef … I made Sacocho de Pollo (pronouced: saan/kow/chow , day, poh/yo). Pollo is chicken in Spanish. I thought it might be fun to throw some Spanish words into this blog to maybe help you learn a few thing in Spanish… Hope you don’t mind.  Also I included a few bonus recipes in this post to try out.  This recipe is for 4 servings plus a bit left over for a thicker stew for tomorrow’s lunch (because of the rice the soup will thicken over night).
So… let’s get started ….

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1. Start by prepping you meat selection … there should be 1 piece of meat per person you are making this dish for. If you are making a Chicken you need to debone and peel off the skin as well (you can leave it on but that results in a very greasy stew). 
2. cut the meat into bite sized pieces
3. set a side while you prep the rest of the pot.
Remember Chicken is Pollo (Poh/Yo)

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You’ll need a 5 quart stock pot (excuse the mess in the background … this picture is recycled from my Homemade Sofrito  blog post because I forgot to take a picture of the pot today and making Sofrito can get very messy).
In Spanish we call this a caldero (Cal/Deh/Row)

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1. To the stock pot add 2 tables spoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you can substitute avocado oil if you don’t have olive oil).  
2. set the heat on high and heat up the oil

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1. Once the oil is hot add a heaping 1/2 cup of Sofrito (remember you can make your own and it will make the soup be so much yummier … see Homemade Sofrito  for a walk-through on how to make it … I’ve even included a recipe on how to make a smaller amount just in case you don’t want to commit to a 1/2 years worth of this delicious base )
2. cook the Sofrito, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

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1. Next add 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce and allow to come to a boil. 
2. Next add your prepared meat that you set aside and cook until the meat is semi cooked through (I typically cook it for around 3 to 4 minutes.)

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1. Next add 4 Tablespoons of Adobo All Purpose Seasoning to the stock pot
NOTE: If you don’t have Adobo on hand it’s OK … here’s how to make some homemade Adobo just mix together equal parts of : Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Salt, Oinion Powder, Oreagano, and if you want to get fancy add an equal part of Tumeric. Store it in a salt or pepper shaker.

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1. Next add 4 Tablespoons Garlic Powder (I actually use 6 tablespoons because we love a really garlicy taste to our Sancocho)

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1. Next add 6 Tablespoons of Tomato Boulinon with Chicken Flavor

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1. Next add 7 Tablesoons of Chicken Flavored Boulinon

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1. Next add 2 teaspoons of Cumin

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1. Next add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Salt (we use 2 Tablespoons because we add extra water to our bowls to cool the stew down some)

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1. Next add 2 Tablespoons of Black Pepper (my husband likes his Sancocho to have a kick so I use 2 Tablespoons…. but really 1 Tablespoon is all you really need)

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1. Next add your viandas … Bi/An/Das (root vegetables )…. for this dish you will need
1 malanga … MA/LAN/GA (toro root)- Peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces PER PERSON
2 cups calabaza … KA/LA/Ba/Za (pumpkin)
1 platano … Plah/Tah/NO (plantain) Peeled and cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces PER PERSON
1 corn on the cob (cut into 1 inch pieces) PER EVERY 2 PEOPLE (I know how to say Corn on the Cob in Spanish it’s maíz en la mazorca but I couldn’t figure out how to anunciate it for you)
1 batata …. Bah/Tah/Tah (sweet potato) Peeled and cut into roughly 2 inch peices PER PERSON
1 Yuca … You/Ka (I think this is called Cassava in English) Peeled and cut into roughly 1 to 2 inch peices (add 1 more Yuca per every 4 people if you are making this for more than 4 people)
*NOTE* I suck at picking viandas so I cheat a little and buy a frozen 4 pound bag of Sancocho mix at my local Spanish supermarket … I’ve also seen this bag sold at Save-A-Lot stores too. It’s not as yummy when you use the bagged mix… as with all dishes fresh root vegtables will always turn your dish up a notch.

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1. Next add 9 cups of water to the stock pot.

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1. Next add 5 full bay leaves (remember to remove these before you serve the Sancocho)

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1. Next add 1 packet of Sazon
*Note if you can’t find Sazon you can make your own by combining 1 Tablespoon of Ground Cilantro (corriander),Ground Cumin, Salt, Garlic Powder, and ground achiote seeds… Ah/Chow/Tay (I grind my own in a small coffee grinder) (I beileve this is called Annatto seeds) and 2 teaspoons of Oregano, black pepper, and oinion powder

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1. Bring the stew to a boil and cook for 1 hour (or until all the root vegetables are fork tender)
2. Add an aditional 3 cups of water and bring once again to a boil
3. Next add 2/3 cup to 1 full cup of white rice and cook on high for an additonal 45 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.

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4. Once the soup is ready add an additional 2 cups of water, remove the bay leaves and serve .
*NOTE* we add about 1/2 cup more water to our bowls so that we can eat straight away without burning our mouths … this is not necisary … just remember if you do not plan to do this then only use 1 Tablespoon of salt so the soup doesn’t come out salty.

*SIDE NOTE*

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I like to serve my Sancochos with a side of Puerto Rican Arepas (Puerto Rican Fried Bread) and this is one thing I never knew how to make on my own… the recipe I use is the Puerto Rican Arepas Recipe by Tablespoon.com. I love to dip the Arepas into the broth… I also love these warm in the morning with eggs and Puerto Rican frying cheese.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you liked this recipe. It was hard to do because I had to measure out the ingredients instead of just pouring them straight away into the stock pot and just eye balling it as I normally do but it was fun to put together this recipe for you and if you do try it … shoot me a message letting me know how you liked it.

I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

 

 

Gold Neutral Eye Face of the Day and Product Review

Published April 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day going? Great I hope. I’m doing OK today. Still in a bit of pain but much better than I have been. I didn’t sleep well last night, was up several times, this happens a lot with people who have Fibromyalgia… we often do not get a restful sleep… So I’m a bit sluggish today.

I’ll be doing another food related post today. I’m making homemade Puerto Rican Chicken Soup. It’s different from American Chicken Soup… it’s heartier and more of a thick stew … it’s a meal all in it’self and is amazing for rainy or chilly days (it’s a bit on the chilly side here in Florida so soup it is).

For today’s perfume I am wearing JLo Love and Glamour. I didn’t really has a dirrection I wanted my makeup to go in today, I just developed the look organically as I went…. Now, let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day …

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta). My foundation today is Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($39 for a full size bottle at Ulta) in the shade 27N Light/Medium Neutral. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Glodgasm. I concealed my under eyes using 3 dots of  NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                           I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the 3rd shade of the 1st row (Nude Brown Matte) from lash line to brow bone. I then deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using the 2nd shade of the 3rd row (Brown matte). I then patted the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (Light Gold metallic) over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid and then I patted the 1st shade of the 1st row (Iridescent Pink metallic) over the inner 1/3 of the mobile lid. I felt that the middle 1/3 needed to have more of a pop so I used a bit of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) and then pat more of the light gold metallic shade over top of that. I then highlighted my brow line using L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyeshadow ($9.47 at CVS) in the shade 899 Endless Pearl (a creamy vanilla matte). I created a subtle drop shadow using more of the Nude Brown shade and then deepened the lash line with more of the Brown shade. I them took more of the Light Gold shade and ran that along the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line and then buffed more of the Brown shade over top of that to add a hint of dimension. I highlighted the inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (icy pink with slight silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Eye Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic) and then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude) and then topped that off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) and felt that this was too muted so I tapped a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) and then I felt that this was too dry looking so I topped the whole lip off using NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Strip Tease (a muted nude).

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Final Thoughts:

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette: Grade A+++: This is the first palette I have ever owned from Juvia’s Place and I’ve gotta say it is DIVINE! The shadows are finely milled and not to creamy (there are somewhere in the middle of creamy and dusty … it’s a perfect blend). The shadows have the perfect pigmentation… not to over powered and definitely not understated. There was just a tad bit of kickback in the pans but there was zero fallout on the face. The shadows blended out perfectly without going patchy or skipping. The shades buffed into one another seamlessly to perfection. I am so in love with this palette! I have already placed several more Juvia’s Place palettes into my cart for next month’s beauty buys.

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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes: Grade A+++!!!: In yesterday’s haul post I said that because this powder is so light that I didn’t think it would set my concealer well. I now take that back. Just the smallest amount of this powder set my under eyes so well that I now understand the hype behind this product. It doesn’t feel like I have powder on and it doesn’t look like I have powder on. There are several key pros for this powder. #1 this powder did not deepen my under eyes (most powders I’ve used to set my under eyes causes my concealers to oxidize). #2 I truly only went in with the smallest of taps of this powder and it set the under eyes beautifully. and #3 This powder brightened the under eyes superbly without giving a white cast to the look. My under eyes have never looked so good before! See…. I knew there was a reason I love Laura Mercier so much… She just does makeup products so well. I already know I will be repurchasing this powder… in fact I have another jar already in my cart for next month.

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VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer: Grade A+: In yesterday’s haul post I said that because of the  slight pink pearlescent sheen that this wouldn’t be the type of primer that can be used on it’s own… I rescind that statement. Once this primer is blended into the skin it just leaves the skin luminous and healthy looking with no pearlescence at all. I’m not sure how well this one will hold the foundation all day, but I don’t even care about that…. this primer just makes the skin look amazing and foundation over top just glows (lit from within, not greasy looking). I’m glad I tried this one…. I purchased it after watching Robert Welsh’s YouTube Video called Zoom Makeup Tutorial | makeup for video calls FaceTime zoom and Skype . I saw how beautiful it looked on his skin and just couldn’t help myself… I purchased it straight away. Dolls …. I am so glad I did. I can already tell I will be repurchasing this one when I run out.

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NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer: Graded A+++!!!!: This concealer deserves 4 billion exclamation points behind it’s grade mark! This is such a pretty concealer and a little went a long way. I added only 3 dots and it completely covered my under eyes. It also completely covered my dark circles. It’s super creamy without being overly emollient. It didn’t sink into my fine lines and it didn’t go cakey or patchy even with using a sponge. I truly like this concealer. It left the under eyes looking fresh and dewy and didn’t look heavy at all. This is 2nd concealer from NYX that I have fallen for and I hope and pray that they do not discontinue this one! I can see that I will be repurchasing this one on repeat.

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Tarte  Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Grade A+++: This foundation left my face looking super supple! It left my skin looking radiant and hydrated. It’s really truly pretty. I only purchased the mini (Tarte foundations are hit or miss for me so I didn’t want to commit to a full sized just yet) and now I’m kicking myself in the behind for it. It leaves the skin looking like skin without looking like a mask or cakey or patchy. The only thing was I had to pumps several pumps… this pump dose not disperse much product at one time. I really love this foundation and will be purchasing the full sized next month.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Stay tuned later when I shade my recipe for homemade Puerto Rican Chicken Soup. In the meantime I pray that you are in good spirits and health and that you enjoy the rest of your day/night. Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

4th Beauty Haul of April 2020 With Swatches

Published April 27, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m dropping by with a mini haul of the remaining thing I purchased from Ulta this month … All swatches are done on bare skin with no primer … so let’s jump into it ….

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VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer $32 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. It’s build as a product that  creates a three-dimensional face through voluminous light and as a smooth, radiant base that atches and reflects light for a natural glow from within effect.

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It’s a white cream product with a pump that dispenses a pea sized amount of product per pump.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. There is a slight pink pearlescent sheen to this primer so this will not be a primer you can get away of wearing on it’s own without it looking a tad odd. But I think this is going to look amazing paired with a BB or CC cream or a tinted moisturizer.

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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes $28 for .14 ounces of product at Ulta. This powder is billed as being a transparent, weightless powder to set under-eye concealer, brightens the look of dark circles, and diminishes signs of visible fine lines. 

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This powder is finely milled and very smooth. There is a slight sheen to this powder as well. There is a slight sheen to this powder once you buff it out. 

The picture on the left is with flash and the one on the right is without flash. This swatch is just me patting it into the skin. I noticed it felt a tiny bit gritty but nothing that should scratch the under  eye area.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is what it looks like once the powder is buffed in … you can see on the picture on the right the slight sheen I was referring to. This is such a light powder that I’m not sure this will set concealer very well … I’ll let you know once I try it out tomorrow.

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette $20 for .63 ounce of total product at Ulta. This palette is billed as featuring the most essential collection of neutral colors. These highly pigmented colors blend flawlessly and deliver incredible staying power. This palette offers a seamless transition from subtle everyday looks to sultry night-time looks. 

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

 

The picture on the left is with flash and the one on the right is without flash.  There are no names to the shades … so from left to right : Iridescent Pink, Matte Tan, Matte Nude Brown, Shimmer Champagne, Shimmer Light Gold with Pink undertone, Metallic Light Gold.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. Again there are no names to the shades … so from left to right : Shimmer Goldish Auburn, Metallic Bronze Gold, Metallic Dark Auburn, Matte Brown, Metallic Dark Brown, Matte Ebony Brown.

The shadows in this palette are finely milled and did not kickback when I swatched them. The last shade of the palette gave me a little trouble swatching… all the other shades are done with 1 pass and 1 swipe … the last shade was just a tiny patchy and I needed to go in with 3 passes and 4 swipes. I am so looking forward to testing this palette out tomorrow.

I do have 1 more eye shadow palette in the mail (it’s an indie brand called Makeup Mafia, they reached out to me on Twitter and asked if they could send me a palette to test out and write a review about) I should be receiving it by the end of the month.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Hope you have a great rest of your day/night. Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick

XOXO

Soft Neutral Face of the Day and Product Review

Published April 27, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up around 9 AM. Slept in to try and help my body heal a bit from market day. I’m hurting still but not as bad as I was yesterday as I am grateful.

For dinner tonight I am making my hubby’s favorite meal… Whole Italian roasted young chicken on a bed of potato medallions and corn on the cob and homemade lemon-aid.

I finally got my last order from Ulta … I’ll be posting a quick beauty haul next.

For today I am wearing YSL Parisian perfume. I will be reviewing a new foundation and lipstick in my Final Thoughts.

My hair isn’t cooperating with me today … I think it’s time for another Olaplex treatment… so please forgive how 80’s puffy my hair looks today …. So, let’s jump into today’s Soft Neutral Face of the Day…

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Base:                                                                                                                                                           I primed my face using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora) and just a tad bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) around the pores of my cheek area. I used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 on the Beautylish website) in the shade #3 Light/Medium to give my skin that lit from within glow. For foundation today I am using Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation ($44 on their website) in the shade 040. I concealed my under eyes using 5 of the tiniest dots of Tarte Creaseless Concealer ($26 at Ulta) in the shade 20N Light. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Glodgasm. I then set my full face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I started with my brows. I’ve been doing this a lot lately and I think it works out the best … I don’t have to touch up my foundation or my eyes doing it this way… and I also haven’t been using my brow highlighter as much … which I miss but this seems to be the routine that has been working out best for me.  I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette (regularly $28 but on sale for $21 on their website). I started by using the 4th shade of the 4th row (a soft camel brown matte) from lash line to brow bone. I then went in with the 4th shade of the 2nd row (a mid-toned orange based tan matte) on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and in the outer v of the crease. I highlighted my brow line using 1st shade of the 1st row (a creamy vanilla matte). I then used a little dab of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) on the remaining 2/3 of my mobile lid and then patted L’Oreal 24-HR Infallible Eye Shadow ($9.49 at CVS) in the shade 892 Amber Rush (a mid-toned rose gold metallic). I then went back into the mid-toned orange based tan and smudged that on my lower lash line. I highlighted my inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (an icy pink with a slight silver flip).  I lined the lower waterlines using L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner ($4.49 at Ulta) in the shade Nude (a creamy flesh tone). I then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                            Once again I opted not to use a powder highlighter. I really have been enjoying this lit from within, skin like glow that I am getting from the Charlotte Tibury Beauty Light Wand. For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude). I then topped my lips off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte).

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Final Thoughts:

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Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation: Grade A+++!!!: This foundation is the first foundation to match my skin tone spot on … where it melts into the skin and you can’t tell I am wearing any foundation! They have a shade finder quiz that you take and it matches your skin tone spot on. This foundation is light weight and I would say medium coverage but you can build it up slightly. It dries down almost all the way so a light layer of setting powder is needed, but this is a healthy, demi-matte, seamless foundation. I am so happy with this purchase. I still have 12 days to try it out to see if I like it before I buy it, but I don’t need the extra time. I can already tell that I am in love with this foundation and most definitely will be repurchasing this one when I run out. 

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in the shade I-Tease: Grade A+++!!!: I so love the formula of this liquid matte stain. It’s light weight, non drying, and has a soft wash of color. I do notice that it’s not the longest wearing formula but when you reapply it doesn’t go cakey or crumbly. This is a very effortless lipstick. I am so glad I purchase multiple shades and I-Tease is the perfect nude shade.  

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health. Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Homemade Puerto Rican Sofrito

Published April 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today was market day and I noticed I was running low on a staple in our house called Sofrito (a sauce used as a base in most Latin American and Spanish cooking). Our style of Sofrito is different from the Italian version of soffritto (which is Onion, Celery, and Carrot and is the base to all the yummy Italian foods you know and love).

Latino Sofrito is more of a highly fragrant herb paste and is typically fried in some olive oil before being added to our savory dishes … Intrigued yet? Then let’s begin ….

This will 1 and 1/4 gallons of Sofrito… Not ready to commit to that much Sofrito yet? No worries at the end of this post I will give you an alternative for making just enough for 12 ounces (enough for 12 meals) …once you try this base you will be hooked and the smell is so amazing too.

*NOTE* My version of Sofrito is missing 1 ingredient than most Puerto Ricans use… I don’t use aji dulce (sweet perennial peppers)…. I don’t like them much and I almost always end up mistaking them for scotch bonnet peppers which causes my Sofrito to come out way too darn spicy… I prefer to add my heat little at a time … and I don’t like spicy for every dish so I just simple omitted that 1 ingredient from my Sofrito and I’ve been making it like this for over 20 years.

So… let’s jump into the how to ….

You will need:

A big container to store the Sofrito while you work and a laddel. I use a 5 Quart sauce pan and my all time favorite Wonder Woman popcorn bucket. *NOTE* You will also need about 10 small to medium sized plastic food-storage containers to store the Sofrito in.

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A blender or a food processor … I prefer the blender because it makes quick work  this process and it makes the paste a lot finer which I like.

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5 Large red bell peppers and 10 medium green bell peppers (or you can use 6 Large green bell peppers) ….. Cut up the red and green peppers into 2 to 4 inch chunks

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2 containers of garlic cloves … it has to be peeled and whole garlic cloves

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4 bundles of Cilantro (Coriander leaves). Make sure to rinse this thoroughly to get all the sand out. Then chop the leaves down (similar size to the peppers and onions)

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4 packs or bundles of Recao (some call this herb Culantro). Make sure to rinse this thoroughly to get all the sand out. Then chop the leaves down (similar size to the peppers and onions)

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4 to 6 large Spanish onions. Cut the onions into similar sized chunks s the peppers.

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5 cups of filtered or bottled water (do not use tap water)

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Into the blender we go …
1. Add a few handfuls of red peppers, green peppers, onions, and garlic into the blender.       
2. Add a small amount of the water (maybe about 1/2 a cup … I just eye ball it) into the blender and puree on high.
3. Add a bit more water (again about 1/2 a cup more or less) and a handful of the Cilantro and Recao and once again into the blender and puree on high.
4. Keep repeating these steps until the blender is full. Dump the mixture into whatever reseptical you chose to use.
5. keep repeating steps 1 through 4 until you have incorporated all your ingredients together. It should look something like the above picture.

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Now all that’s left is to transfer the mixture evenly into your awaiting plastic food-storage containers. Now you can pop one of the containers into the fridge and the remaining containers into the freezer. *NOTE* Fresh Sofrito is good in the fridge for 4 months and 1 year in the freezer. Now, if you are into canning (i am not … I mess it up every time) this sofrito will last 2 years with canning it.

 

Now, what to do with all this yummy base???

In a pan heat up 2 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil (always use olive oil for this never use regular oil … it’s tradition after all … and I think the olive oil gives it a better taste … although I once used avocado oil (I just grabbed the wrong oil one day … and since I was stuck with it I used it) and that was pretty good too. Anyway I digress… heat up 2 to 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil and add 2 to 4 tablespoons of the Sofrito and fry it for a few minutes to get the flavors melding together.

You can use this base in anything… I use it in rice, stews, soups, and of course I marinate my meats with it (if you are going to marinate meat with it do not fry the Sofrito first, you want to make sure it’s raw when you marinate anything in it.)

So what you do is fry the Sofrito and than dump in whatever you are cooking and follow the directions on how to cook whatever it is … for instance If you want to make Spanish rice you fry up the Sofrito and then dump in your rice, beans, and whatever other seasonings you want mix it all together and add the water to this … that Sofrito base will marry into the recipe like a dream. (don’t know how to make Spanish rice? No worries … I’m here for you doll …. I’ll be doing a small series on Spanish meals … Just give me a few days … I learned to cook the old school way … in other words… I do not use measuring cups or spoons … everything is by eyeball .. most Puerto Ricans have a saying …. “Boricuas don’t measure ingredients, we simply sprinkle and add until the spirits of our  ancestors come to us and whisper that’s enough my love”. So for me, I know what I need to put in and how much but I don’t know the measurements … but that’s not that bad … I can simple measure what I normally use and Bob’s Your Uncle … I’ll have a recipe that will be easy to follow.

OK … so still not ready to commit to the full monty? No worries here’s what you need to make 12 ounces……

1 large red bell pepper

3 large green bell peppers

2 big handfuls of garlic cloves

1 large Spanish onion

1 bundle of Recao (some call this herb Culantro)

1 bundle of Cilantro (Coriander leaves)

Enough water to mix everything together … You just add bottled or filtered water to the blend 1/2 cup at a time just enough to get the blender mixing everything well.

Chop up everything the same as above and add it to the blender adding water as needed to keep everything moving in the blender on puree.

and there you go … enough sofrito to last you 12 meals … Just store it in an air tight plastic container in the fridge for up to 4 months.

Keep in mind that if you make the gallon and 1/4 you will need to freeze the remaining containers until you need them …just take a container out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter-top over night and then just pop it into the fridge and enjoy.

Well that’s all for now dolls… I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and great health. Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

 

No Face of the Day Today Because ….

Published April 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I chose not to do my makeup today because I woke up with intense pain and I had to make a market run today so I just new I would be completely out of sorts if I tried to take the time to do my makeup on top of running to the produce store, the Spanish supermarket, and  the discount store to get cleaning supplies … Plus it’s the time of the month when I make our homemade Latin condiment called Sofrito (more on that in the next blog).

So I just wanted to pop in and apologize for not getting a Face of the Day done… I just need the day to rest after shopping and meal prep.

But I wanted to show you the face spa masks I did this week and let you know what I think about them.

Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces of product at Ulta.

How to use : Apply 1-2 times a week. Allow to work for 10 – 15 minutes. Massage into skin for 30 seconds then rinse well.

I would give this face mask a grade of A++. It smells just like a fresh avocado! There are chunks in it that seem like they might be actual avocado but they felt hard (not like a ripe avocado that the pieces would be creamy and squishy). There is also micro granules of oat for exfoliating.  This mask felt cooling and soothing. It left my face feeling so soft and hydrated. I thoroughly enjoyed spa day with this mask.

Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces at Ulta.

This one is meant to be a night mask, however I love my sin care routine too much to skip my night skin care in place of an overnight mask so I just use this one as a 30 minute mask treatment.

How to use: Apply to cleansed skin to soak in overnight, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse any residue or massage in upon waking. Use 1-2 times a week.

This is a super thick mask that just melts nicely into your skin. It tingles a little when you first put it on but that sensation goes away after a few minutes. It’s another mask that’s very cooling.

I left it on for 30 minutes and than washed it away with warm water. It took a bit of fussing to get the mask off since it’s such a thick mask, but when I did my face felt so soft and so hydrated. It made my face so smooth and supple.

 

I plan to do these 2 masks twice a month, along with my homemade honey and rice powder mask that I already do twice a month.

Now … on to a quick mention about a dish I learned how to do yesterday….

 

I learned how to make Cuban Ropa Vieja!!

My husband made a mistake a few days ago when I sent him to the food market to get steaks… He came back with flank steaks (which is used to make ropa vieja but I’ve never worked with flank steak so I sent him back to the store to get regular steaks for dinner  for that night’s meal and I set out to research how to make this delicious Cuban dish.

The recipe called for 2 pounds flank steak, 1 large red and 1 large green bell pepper, 1 large Spanish onion, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, 1 can of tomato sauce, olive oil and oregano.  I used 2 tablespoons of the Cumin, 3 bay leaves, a tablespoon of salt 1/2 a tablespoon of pepper, 3 tablespoons of garlic powder (and I threw in 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic), and 1 tablespoon of oregano.  I used about the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

In a preheated skillet I put the olive oil, peppers, and onion. I let that hang out on medium high heat for about 5 minutes and popped in all the condiments and the fresh garlic and cooked for an additional 5 minutes.

I then added the flank steak and the tomato sauce and simmered the whole think for 45 minutes (the Cuban recipe says to simmer for 2 hours, but I just didn’t have the time to wait so I cooked it for 45 minutes). I then turned it over and let it simmer for an additional 15 minutes. I then shredded the steak (this is when I realized why you should let it simmer for 2 hours…. it was very tough to shred. I ended up having to pop the steak into a Nutribullet, this made the steak a lot finer than if I had shredded it by hand , but it still came out very tasty.

Well that’s all for now dolls…. Stay tuned for my next post when I teach you how to make homemade Sofrito (a classic Latin staple).

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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