Tried the bettycrocker gluten free golden cake mix. Turned out pretty good but i did add vanilla bean paste. I suggest it for times when you lack time. These will become strawberry shortcakes thanks to my new cupcake corer!

Tried the bettycrocker gluten free golden cake mix. Turned out pretty good but i did add vanilla bean paste. I suggest it for times when you lack time. These will become strawberry shortcakes thanks to my new cupcake corer!

My little secret:

And favorite highlighter!

I put this on AFTER foundation on the tops of my cheekbones, sides and above my brow and on the browbone. The leftover i rub on my cupids bow. Then i do my undereye concealer. Perfect for fair girls who find shimmer in the daytime a bit… much. Just the right amount of glow in theright spots!

My little secret:

And favorite highlighter!

I put this on AFTER foundation on the tops of my cheekbones, sides and above my brow and on the browbone. The leftover i rub on my cupids bow. Then i do my undereye concealer. Perfect for fair girls who find shimmer in the daytime a bit… much. Just the right amount of glow in theright spots!

Gluten free dark chocolate brownies:

(adapted from a david lebovitz)

Melt 3/4 c butter and 8 oz dark choc on low heat in a medium pot. Once melted add 3/4 c sugar and mix with wooden spoon. Add two eggs (room temp) one at a time.

In a small bowl combine 1 tbsp cocoa and 3 tbsp corn starch and 3 pinches xantham gum.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir vigorously with wooden spoon for 2 min. Stir in one c of chopped walnuts or sliced almonds. Pour into greased metal 8 inch pan. 

Bake at 350 for 30 min.

Gluten free dark chocolate brownies:

(adapted from a david lebovitz)

Melt 3/4 c butter and 8 oz dark choc on low heat in a medium pot. Once melted add 3/4 c sugar and mix with wooden spoon. Add two eggs (room temp) one at a time.

In a small bowl combine 1 tbsp cocoa and 3 tbsp corn starch and 3 pinches xantham gum.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir vigorously with wooden spoon for 2 min. Stir in one c of chopped walnuts or sliced almonds. Pour into greased metal 8 inch pan.

Bake at 350 for 30 min.

My latest obsession. 

In may i cancelled my gym membership. I just wasn’t using itenough to get the valueout of it. In June I began Ballet Beautiful. This is the first time since I was 19 and living at home that i have been able to consistently work out 6 days a week. I have been doing BB for 5 weeks now and i am pretty impressed with myself for keeping it up! Mind you, i dont do the 60 min work out every day. In june it was more like once a week. BUT i’d do a half hours worth of BB blasts online at my place of work. The 15 min streaming videos from www.balletbeautiful.com made it easy to squeeze in a workout. I’d do it in my moccasins in my work space. All you need is a little bit of space and maybe a yoga mat (though i never use one). For a hefty fee you can take live classes online, but that would cost me like 5 times what my gym membership was. So i’ll stick to the blasts and the classic workout. Besides, i can barely make it through some of the sessions as is!

My latest obsession.

In may i cancelled my gym membership. I just wasn’t using itenough to get the valueout of it. In June I began Ballet Beautiful. This is the first time since I was 19 and living at home that i have been able to consistently work out 6 days a week. I have been doing BB for 5 weeks now and i am pretty impressed with myself for keeping it up! Mind you, i dont do the 60 min work out every day. In june it was more like once a week. BUT i’d do a half hours worth of BB blasts online at my place of work. The 15 min streaming videos from www.balletbeautiful.com made it easy to squeeze in a workout. I’d do it in my moccasins in my work space. All you need is a little bit of space and maybe a yoga mat (though i never use one). For a hefty fee you can take live classes online, but that would cost me like 5 times what my gym membership was. So i’ll stick to the blasts and the classic workout. Besides, i can barely make it through some of the sessions as is!

Nightime lip love!!

At night i either use good ol aquaphor or nuxe reve de miel.

Honestly, i cant decide which i love more… The aquaphor is tre cheap and a great humectant, but is a petrol product and can sometimes clog pores. 

The Nuxe product is very expensive (under 30$ from Shopper’s) and the texture is crazy. Its gritty and matte and in the morning after I shower, sometimes dry skin flakes off and im left with baby lips! Lisa Eldridge says she uses this to prime for matte lipstick, but i can’t imagine using anything over top. 

Neither of these products really sink into your skin. Rather, they trap moisture in. Both products, however are wonderful as intensive treatments. 

By the way— i still have a little bit of Elizabeth Arden 8 hr lip chap stick left and i use it to prime after i’ve showered and before lipstick.

Nightime lip love!!

At night i either use good ol aquaphor or nuxe reve de miel.

Honestly, i cant decide which i love more… The aquaphor is tre cheap and a great humectant, but is a petrol product and can sometimes clog pores.

The Nuxe product is very expensive (under 30$ from Shopper’s) and the texture is crazy. Its gritty and matte and in the morning after I shower, sometimes dry skin flakes off and im left with baby lips! Lisa Eldridge says she uses this to prime for matte lipstick, but i can’t imagine using anything over top.

Neither of these products really sink into your skin. Rather, they trap moisture in. Both products, however are wonderful as intensive treatments.

By the way— i still have a little bit of Elizabeth Arden 8 hr lip chap stick left and i use it to prime after i’ve showered and before lipstick.

Clarin’s body favorite:
During May i used clarin’s extra firming body lotion on my notoriously itchy legs every morning. This lotion makes your legs feel AMAZING! Seriously! Even my soon to be sister in law who grabbed my leg at her bridal shower commented on how baby soft it was. As for the firming — no miracles. I felt my skin was tighter, more toned, more elastic at the two week point and then my thighs and buttocks skin kinda went back to normal. I wondered if I somehow got used to it. I just finished the tube (lasted 6 weeks :( ), so I changed to the cellulite lotion. No news on the effects yet, but it feels light and soft. That being said i prefer the scent (shower fresh and floral) and softness the extra-firming offered. I am happy with both of these purchases and, if you are willing to shell out on Clarin’s, suggest either as great summer leg lotion options!

Clarin’s body favorite:
During May i used clarin’s extra firming body lotion on my notoriously itchy legs every morning. This lotion makes your legs feel AMAZING! Seriously! Even my soon to be sister in law who grabbed my leg at her bridal shower commented on how baby soft it was. As for the firming — no miracles. I felt my skin was tighter, more toned, more elastic at the two week point and then my thighs and buttocks skin kinda went back to normal. I wondered if I somehow got used to it. I just finished the tube (lasted 6 weeks :( ), so I changed to the cellulite lotion. No news on the effects yet, but it feels light and soft. That being said i prefer the scent (shower fresh and floral) and softness the extra-firming offered. I am happy with both of these purchases and, if you are willing to shell out on Clarin’s, suggest either as great summer leg lotion options!

Today i am getting on my sassy horse! I puchased the ole henriksen truth serum on feb to help my irritated skin. While it helped the mildly irtitated areas, it straight up burned my peely nose. It smells orange— so fake orange it is pointless! This little baby cost $50 dollars, so since my face has healed i’ve reincorporated it into my nught routine (when antioxidants should be used) just to feel like i’ve got my money’s worth. Then i go and watch the blushing foreigner’s youtube video on paula’s choice products, only to find out that vitamin c is unstable and should never be stored where light can hit it! So why did ole put his vit c in a clear glass container - with a faulty pump, i should mention! Don’t waste your money on this like I did, okay? Sassing is complete.

Today i am getting on my sassy horse! I puchased the ole henriksen truth serum on feb to help my irritated skin. While it helped the mildly irtitated areas, it straight up burned my peely nose. It smells orange— so fake orange it is pointless! This little baby cost $50 dollars, so since my face has healed i’ve reincorporated it into my nught routine (when antioxidants should be used) just to feel like i’ve got my money’s worth. Then i go and watch the blushing foreigner’s youtube video on paula’s choice products, only to find out that vitamin c is unstable and should never be stored where light can hit it! So why did ole put his vit c in a clear glass container - with a faulty pump, i should mention! Don’t waste your money on this like I did, okay? Sassing is complete.

I haven’t posted for some time, but have felt it necessary to do a little product review on this little number (actually i’ve decided i should really start reviewing all the beauty goop i own).

As i’ve written before, i use Differin,which is a retin a product, for acne. I had never had any issues with irritation until February where, after two years my skin finally got a little worn down and began to get flakey. All beauty products used were futile! Many were, lovely but just couldn’t heal the peel. The avene moisture mask was helpful, but a very temporary fix. Last week i saw my doc who said it was time to cut back to two times a week with the ol’ retin A. My skin was able to not look completely ravaged and i could start rocking my Diorskin nude foundation again, but by the end of the day i was flakey. Then it was suggested I try Cerave. I was impressed by its ability to improve my skin’s texture in one use! Ot contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides which help to maintain moisture as the day continues. Now, it is a bit heavy for me during the day as my flakey skin still gets oily after a couple hours. So this, along with the fact that Canada doesnt sell the spf version, makes it a night product for me. Skin expert Paula Begoun likes it too, but says it lacks antioxidents, so she suggests putting a  vitamin c serum underneath for well rounded success. This bottle contains 355 ml and runs for $15, but right now it’s on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. One last note, sadly it does contain parabens: methyl and propyl, so you can decide how you feel about that.

I haven’t posted for some time, but have felt it necessary to do a little product review on this little number (actually i’ve decided i should really start reviewing all the beauty goop i own).

As i’ve written before, i use Differin,which is a retin a product, for acne. I had never had any issues with irritation until February where, after two years my skin finally got a little worn down and began to get flakey. All beauty products used were futile! Many were, lovely but just couldn’t heal the peel. The avene moisture mask was helpful, but a very temporary fix. Last week i saw my doc who said it was time to cut back to two times a week with the ol’ retin A. My skin was able to not look completely ravaged and i could start rocking my Diorskin nude foundation again, but by the end of the day i was flakey. Then it was suggested I try Cerave. I was impressed by its ability to improve my skin’s texture in one use! Ot contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides which help to maintain moisture as the day continues. Now, it is a bit heavy for me during the day as my flakey skin still gets oily after a couple hours. So this, along with the fact that Canada doesnt sell the spf version, makes it a night product for me. Skin expert Paula Begoun likes it too, but says it lacks antioxidents, so she suggests putting a vitamin c serum underneath for well rounded success. This bottle contains 355 ml and runs for $15, but right now it’s on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart. One last note, sadly it does contain parabens: methyl and propyl, so you can decide how you feel about that.

Homemade lip scrub:

In a small cup,
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey

Stir it up with a fork. Slather it all over your lips!

This has helped my peely spring lips as they adjust from winter. Very usable as the recipe kind of turns into a ball of scrub. And yummy!

Homemade lip scrub:

In a small cup,
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey

Stir it up with a fork. Slather it all over your lips!

This has helped my peely spring lips as they adjust from winter. Very usable as the recipe kind of turns into a ball of scrub. And yummy!

My vignette is finally done!

Old sewing machine from my late babba.
Stacked teacup plates from a thrift shop, kitty plate on top from a christmas craft sale.
Angelfood cake candle from anthropologie.
Pot warmer is by gold canyon (my roomie’s).
Rose picture frame from urban outfutters.
Vintage books from charity booksale.
Fleur from tourist shop in french quarter new orleans.
Hanging pics were done using painters gel and pics that were scanned on to photocopy paper. Ink gets transferred to canvas via the gel. Tutorial can be found at deliacreates.blogspot.ca march 15, 2010: distressed picture canvasses

My vignette is finally done!

Old sewing machine from my late babba.
Stacked teacup plates from a thrift shop, kitty plate on top from a christmas craft sale.
Angelfood cake candle from anthropologie.
Pot warmer is by gold canyon (my roomie’s).
Rose picture frame from urban outfutters.
Vintage books from charity booksale.
Fleur from tourist shop in french quarter new orleans.
Hanging pics were done using painters gel and pics that were scanned on to photocopy paper. Ink gets transferred to canvas via the gel. Tutorial can be found at deliacreates.blogspot.ca march 15, 2010: distressed picture canvasses