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Friday, August 16, 2013

Throwback Thursday: California Gurl FOTD


A few months back, I finally lived out my dream of being a California Gurl, well in terms of the makeup and the wig. I still don't have a costume yet. And it's apparent from the photo that I do not live in a cotton candy wonderland.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Leopard Nails

I think it is already clear by now that I'm addicted to nail stamping. And that I love leopard nails. The base I used is Etude House's lovely golden nail polish, topped off with the usual Konad nail polish for the stamping art.


What can you say? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lace Nails



Hee hee. I just wanted to post a photo of lace nails I did. I used caronia as a base, and then the stamp is Konad's stamps and nail polish. Tee hee. 


Monday, August 12, 2013

My Tacky Nails

I was initially planning to do a french manicure on my nails, but by some weird thought, I thought of adding ribbons and lace and what have you. I used my Sephora nail poish as the sheer base, then used my Konad stamps for the stamp art. The top coat is also Sephora's.

And this is the tacky result.



Forgive my tackyness and have a good day. Ha ha.  

Friday, August 09, 2013

Lemon Bars

I just had to chronicle the first time I made lemon bars. For a long time lover of lemon flavored desserts, I too, am wondering as to why this is the first time I have ever made a lemon flavored dessert. 

But of course there has to be a first time, eh? 

So I whip up this batch of lemon bars, and I uploaded a photo of it on Facebook, such that any person who likes the photo shall get a share. Within an hour or so the number of likes already exceeded the bars I had. 

I was shocked because I was always under the impression that very few people like lemon flavored desserts. XD 



These bars are surely good, and the raves other people gave on the website of the recipe were correct. I'll be sure to make this again when we have lemons and flour again (because I used it all up in these baking escapades.)


Recipe: 
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bake-sale-lemon-bars/

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cookie Butter Cookies

So I was reading this blog when I saw a post regarding cookie butter cookies. I know it's ro redundant, but such a thing exists!

And so I whip up a batch and see for myself. To be honest, the recipe called for 1/2 cup of cookie butter but I was only able to use about 1/4 cup because our resources were so scarce! The other 1/4 cup was peanut butter, so the cookies kinda taste more peanut-ey than cookie-ish.

And this is a photo of the finished product! Yipee!


The recipe is great and I'll definitely try this again next time with purely peanut butter or nutella :) 

Recipe:
http://willowbirdbaking.com/2013/05/13/cookie-butter-cookies/

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

My Recent Beer-Brined Chicken


So this is my chicken, ready to go in the oven! I had marinaded it in a mixture of beer-salt-sugar-water for about 20 hours then let it 'dry' a bit without the beer for an hour. Then it went in for about 1.5 hours.

This is the chicken before adding the beer! I bet the chicken must be happy to be bathing in beer, I mean who wouldn't be?  


And this is the finished product! Ta da! At first I was not sure if what Betty Crocker's recipe was asserting that the beer makes the chicken more tender than the usual. But now I'm sure! Sure of the tenderness and whatnot. The chicken meat literally falls of the bone, and even the usually tougher parts like the breast were unbelievably soft! WOW is all I can say. 


And yes to those who want to try this: 
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/beer-brined-chicken/71b6d4a3-1608-48dc-b6b1-c625cc6b3947





Monday, August 05, 2013

My Favorite Roux Blocks



So I recently made sweet corn stew. All because 1.) I missed cooking 2.) I missed cooking. 3-100.) I missed cooking. 

So what is that giant block that you see above?  That my friend, is a stew roux. If we have our soup mixes and magic viand seasonings, the Japanese have roux. It works such that when you sautee vegetables and meat, add water to a boil and put those roux blocks in, they will dissolve and the sauce of what you're cooking will thicken like a cream based soup, or of course, like a stew. 

Roux blocks come in many flavors, kinds, and brands. There are roux blocks available curry stew, cream stew, pumpkin stew, beef stew, and so many other stews. And that they also come in many brands. 

And this brand is just too cute they even have the mascot in the wrapper! 






Saturday, August 03, 2013

Oriental Nails


So I recently did an oriental manicure on myself using one of my nail stamps! Yaaaay! Haha. Enjoy the photos :P 



Saturday, August 03, 2013

So Much for Benevolence


 It's hard to make students understand the value of the services of a makeup artist. It truly is. It's hard to make them realize that a person who has gone to makeup school will charge 1000 or more for one session, and will even charge additional for add on crystals/stick ons and false eyelashes.


I don't charge, despite having gone to makeup school and having knowledge of professional makeup artistry, and all I want is respect for what I do. I just want to be informed of things concretely and allowed to exercise my creative freedom as an artist when left without concrete comments. 



It is just hard to work with people who simply do not know how hard it is to do makeup on a lot of people.

This is most definitely a rant post in how I was treated.

I wake up at 5:30 and get to the school gym at 6:30. As it is I was already given an early call time but was made to wait until 8 in the morning because of a lot of other things like fear of sweating off the makeup and rehearsals. I could have also just been told to come at 7:30 to 8 ish, instead of sitting like a fool for almost 2 hours. 

I didn't mind the wait so much because I was really excited to execute my vision. 

UNTIL I was already halfway and the cheerdancers were ordered to remove their crystals and false eyelashes. The crystals I would have understood, but the false eyelashes? What's with them? WHAT?

It was just extremely frustrating to just hear concrete comments when I was already halfway through everything. If I was with the first girl, or if I still hadn't stuck anything, I would have gladly obliged to it. But to order the removal of something I had so painstakingly applied, how disrespectful can it get? 

I could have been told all these things waaaaay before the event!!! It was very easy to directly tell me that falsies and crystals were not allowed or wanted, instead of very vague comments that made me think that the peg was already generally fine.

I regret having used my expensive spirit gum for sticking the crystals (crystals whose reflective backings are bound to dissolve because of the glue and be ugly the next time), and that I had already cut the eyelashes to the cheerdancers' sizes!!! And though it was probably an innocent mistake, some of the girls didn't even give back the falsies! 

Even if the girls themselves were thankful, I definitely could not feel any bit of glee about all this-- me coming so early only to be waiting like a fool, not getting concrete comments then having to deal with such disrespect to my work, and all the time and effort I wasted on this. 

 I definitely could have just used the morning to get some beauty sleep, or do makeup for other people instead. People who can appreciate my creative direction, people who know how hard it is when you are dolling up 10 people in an hour. 


This is why, folks, today, I dealt with an ingrate.