Sunday, 30 December 2012

NYE Options

NYE Options

If you are hitting the mall at the last minute for something to wear for tomorrow night, here are some cute (and affordable!) options for ya... all from Zara and Forever 21.

Zara dress

Zara dress

Circle dress

Forever 21 skirt


Forever 21 skirt

Forever 21 skirt

Forever 21 slit skirt

Saturday, 29 December 2012

warm-bronze makeup look


Lately I've been into bronzey eyes, but in very rich, almost reddish browns instead of the usual taupes. If you have blue or green eyes, this colour will really make your peepers stand out. It's also so pretty for brown eyes, since it's so neutral (which means you can wear it with pretty much any outfit too).

- Start with my fave look, which is super-fresh skin. Exfolliate, moisturize and apply a tinted moisturizer like this one from Josie Maran. Conceal where needed and powder slightly on forhead, under eyes, around the nose and chin only.
- Use a bronzer on all the high points of your face (forehead, nose, cheeks, chin and sides of neck). Try this mosaic bronzer from Physician's formula.
- For eyes, start with a bronze-toned base or paint on the eyelid and blend into your crease until the edges are soft. Try Maybelline Colour Tattoo (or a Paint Pot from MAC).
- Then tap an extra shimmery, bronze across your lid. Try the Shimmer Cubes from The Body Shop (I love the top-right colour) or the Autumn Leaves Quad from Loreal (#3 colour). Add a lighter shimmer tone to the tear duct areas of your eyes and under your eyebrows.
- My favourite eyeliner for this look is Teddy from MAC, applied along the waterline and into the lashline. Blend slightly with a brush or q-tip. For something slightly darker, I would use Coffee from MAC or a similar very dark brown.
- I recently tried the MAC Studiofix Boldblack Lash, and I have to say that I LOVE IT! It lengthens and separates so well, so I highly recommend it (or my other faves, Haute & Naughty from MAC or try Voluminous in Black-Brown).
- For NYE, I would add a few individual or an outer corner lashes for a little drama.
- The great thing about this eye look is that it's also neutral enough to go with any lip colour you want to try. Keep it soft with a nude pinkish-beige, a light shimmery gold tone gloss, or go glam with a red or deep plum lip.

Mac cosmetic

Face powder

Maybelline makeup

Matte lipstick
15 CAD -

Mac cosmetic
15 CAD -

Thursday, 20 December 2012

healthy cookie

Okay, so I can't really say that these are 100% healthy, but much better than most of the festive alternatives. All of them are grain/gluten-free, have some protein/fibre and are vegan.

I was on Pinterest and came across this "Grain-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites" (wow, that's a mouthful). I found the recipe on tried them out and man, they are amazing. Everyone I gave them to did agree, including my 6-year old who couldn't get enough!

I did try the first batch with just agave, and the second batch with 1/2 agave and 1/2 honey, both were good. Agave on it's own won't spike your blood sugar as much as honey and is the vegan option, so keep that in mind. Another adjustment was that I actually prefer to flatten these a bit into a cookie shape... just a personal preference.

Grain-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Recipe by:  | Texanerin Baking
Category: Cookies
Yields: fourteen 1 1/2" cookie dough balls
Prep Time: 8 min • Cook Time: 10 min • Total Time: 18 min

  • 1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter 2
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey (commenters have used agave with success!) 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 3
  • a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn't have salt in it
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they're combined.
  2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2" balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don't do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  1. My can of chickpeas was 400 grams, 240 grams without the water, and I used all but a few tablespoons.
  2. Don't even try with regular peanut butter! They'll come out oily. You MUST use natural peanut butter. :)
  3. If you need grain-free baking powder, you can use 1 part cream of tartar + 1 part baking soda + 2 parts arrowroot.

The next recipe I used is an oldie, but goodie, that my Sister-in-law started making years ago from a jar of Skippy peanut butter. I make them every year, and although they are grain-free, these aren't the healthiest cookies for sure. This time tried a couple of variations for the white sugar, one with coconut sugar, and I made a lower-sugar batch with 1/2 Splenda and 1/2 coconut sugar (a different sweetener would probably be better, this was all I had on-hand at the time).  

This recipe is from Skippy's site, and is soooo good!

Skippy Quick Cookies


  • 1 cup Skippy® Creamy or Super Chunk® Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange cookies on ungreased baking sheets 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each cookie and press crisscross pattern into top with fork.
  2. Bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly puffed. Immediately top, if desired, with sprinkles, chocolate chips or chocolate candies. Cool completely on wire rack before removing from baking sheets.

This is another new recipe I found, this time on (thank goodness for blogs) and is what I'm going to make next! Sounds delish and they are so darn cute!

Raw Gingerbread Men

raw gingerbread men vegan
Raw Gingerbread Men (and Ladies)
Word of warning: This dough is so good that you might just want to eat it all out of the food processor/Magic Bullet and save yourself the trouble of forming handsome ginger guys.
  • 120g dates (packed 3/4c) If unsure what dates to use, see Fudge Baby FAQ.
  • 38 g raw almonds (about 3T) 
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/16th tsp cloves
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions: Blend, baby, blend.  Then form into people.  Or Christmas trees, reindeer, angels… Heck, why not go crazy making yourself a little Gingerbread World?

Other than these recipes, Rice Krispie squares are always a favourite (I use the gluten-free Brown Rice option these days, thanks Kelloggs). My sister made lemon squares with a brown rice/tapioca starch/icing sugar base that she found online. There are tons of great recipes to try online these days, please share any links in the comments to those you have tried and enjoyed.

Hope you have a Happy Holiday Season, filled with lots of semi-guilt-free treats ;)
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