Saturday, 28 September 2013

Mini German Pancakes with Almonds Recipe

Mini German Pancakes with Almonds Recipe

  •          1 cup flour
  •          1 cup milk
  •          6 eggs
  •          ¼ cup melt butter
  •          ¼ teaspoon salt
  •          1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •          2 tablespoon pancake syrup
  •          ½ cup Almond or however much you desire

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cupcake pan with some of the melted butter to be used in the mixture. 
Mix all the ingredients except the Almonds in a bowl until all are combined in a creamy mixture. Then add the Almonds mixing them in with a spatula to evenly distribute the nuts. A ladle or a small cup can be used to pour batter in the cupcake pan. 
Sprinkle some finely chopped Almonds on top if desired or any other condiments to your liking. 
Bake for 17-25 minutes until puffy and golden on top. Makes about 10 cupcakes. 
Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Real Techniques Core Collection

Hey Sweeties!

I recently gave in to the compulsion to get some Real Techniques brushes. I have been eyeing the Core Collection for a while but as usual everything in Jamaica is so overpriced so I skipped on it. Instead I started hunting it online but with the shipping costs I might as well purchase it on the Rock. So I gave in and bought the set in a quaint little boutique downtown.

I got it for twice the American retail price of course but that’s just the nature of things out here, sadly. At first viewing it in person I was disappointed at how small they looked compared to the many YouTube videos and blogs I have watch and read. Only one other reviewer I heard with the complaint and I thought she was mistaken as I never heard anyone mentioned that issue (except for the foundation brush).

It was only on the second visit to the store that I succumbed to the temptation, my blogger side wanted it for review purposes mainly lol. However, after reaching home and started playing around a bit with the brushes, checking the softness and density and if there is any shedding. I washed them before trying them on my face testing them for proportions. In actuality they are not small, they are perfectly sized for their intended purpose or at least my intended purposes for them.

The Real Techniques Core Collection includes 4 full-size brushes + case:
    • detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
    • pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
    • buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
    • contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
    • panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand

My plans for using them:
    • detailer brush: applying lipsticks
    • pointed foundation brush: applying and setting under eye concealer
    • buffing brush: application of powder
    • contour brush: application of blush or bronzer if I should ever decide to wear any J
Contour Brush

Approximately 1.5 inches in bristle length

Pointed Foundation brush, about an inch in bristle  length

Detailer Brush

Buffing Brush about 1.5 inches in bristle length

Approx. 2 inches across
Densely packed bristles

The case I love because I can put an eye shadow brush or 2 and a liner brush and I am good for travel.

I love the fact that these brushes are so soft yet dense especially for the buffing brush. I like my face brushes to feel densely packed so I can get the product on in one go, so this is right up my alley. 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Cherry Culture Haul 2

Sharing with you guys yet another haul from Cherry Culture inclusive of swatches.

The stash in the box after taking them out of the wrapping 

Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Orange Gina and Flamingo Pose

Milani Liquid Eye in Black (got 2 of these)

Jordana Fabuliner

Jordana Twist and Shine in Terra Crave

NYX Slim Lip Pencils

From top-bottom: Nude Pink, Bloom, Ever, Rose, Citrine

NYX Eyeshadow in Walnut

Free lip balm from Cherry Culture in Watermelon (feels like Vaseline on the lips)

Lip Swatch of  Jordana's Terra Crave

Lip Swatch of Milani's Flamingo Pose

Lip Swatch of Milani's Orange Gina (not a fan of this because of the gold flicks in it that makes it shimmery)

Comparing NYX Walnut to ELF's Moondust

Walnut swatched on the lid as an all over colour (it would be amazing as a crease colour)

Everything swatched