Beauty

December 2018 Empties!

LeahEiden.com | December 2018 Empties

Hey all and Happy New Year’s Eve!  We have all finally got to this day, this point of being the end of 2018 and again, it blows my mind how quickly this year flew by.  I don’t know what my plans are for tonight, but James has decided to make us dinner tonight, so I am definitely looking forward to that.  He’s experimenting with cooking tofu for the first time in his life.  How sweet is that?  Anywho, let’s get onto why we are here.  Today is my empties for the month of December!  I have some very big empties this month, so enough blabbering, let’s get on with it!

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LeahEiden.com | December 2018 Empties

First up, let’s get the samples out of the way.  I finally, FINALLY used up a deluxe sized sample of the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Creme.  It bums me out because I’ve used the Water Creme and absolutely loved that product and I do love this product as well.  Unfortunately, Laneige is not a cruelty-free brand.  Then is a sample of the Kat Von D Sinner Perfume.  Oh my gosh, I remember when she first released this perfume YEARS ago and fell in LOVE.  Unfortunately, that perfume that I purchased, I misplaced, lost, who knows.  Getting this sample has definitely helped me re-fall in love with this scent.  Once I work on some more perfumes, this will definitely be a repurchase for me!

 

LeahEiden.com | Wet N Wild Under the Sheets Makeup Remover Towelettes

This product I have in my empties almost every month.  I love the Wet N Wild Under The Sheets Makeup Remover Towelettes.  The formula is great, works well for me, doesn’t burn my eyes, are inexpensive, and I can usually get them for buy one get one half off, or 40% off fairly regularly so I frequently stock up.

 

LeahEiden.com | Beauty Blender Pro

Never thought I would finally throw my Beauty Blender Pro into an empties but after using it for almost a year and a half now, I thought it is finally time to let it go and use my backup.  Some people don’t feel a BB is worth the splurge, however, I have yet to try a beauty sponge that works as well as the Pro one or last as long.  For that reason, this will always be a repurchase.

 

LeahEiden.com | Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore-Filling Primer

Oh my gosh, the primer that never DIES!  The Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore-Filling Primer took me quite a while to finally use up.  Great bang for your buck.  I have purchased this bad boy twice now.  Currently, I am trying other pore-filling primers, also from the drugstore, and am trying to figure out if this would be a repurchase in the future.  It works fine, reminds me of a good, basic primer.  Nothing spectacular, but not terrible.

 

LeahEiden.com | Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder

This Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder ended up being quite gorgeous on the skin, especially on the undereye.  However, I’m not a fan of loose powders.  Loose powders are one of those products that for some fucking reason, I keep purchasing and never use because I am not a fan.  When I pressed this into a compact, damn, I could not get enough of it!  However, I don’t want to take the time to press it into a compact and for that reason, I would not repurchase.

 

LeahEiden.com | FLOWER Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray

Besides highlighters, I have quite a few setting sprays in my collection.  The positive, I love all of the setting sprays I currently have and I am sad to see this one go.  The FLOWER Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray is a beautiful setting spray and considering the amount of product you get, I truly feel it is a great price point.  I think it’s around $14 for 3.4 fl oz of product, however, it goes on sale often, making the end price much cheaper.  Once I go through more in my collection, I will purchase more of these bad boys… or when I find them on sale, haha!

 

LeahEiden.com | Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fine Fragrance Mist

Yet another Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fine Fragrance Mist.  I am pretty sure this is the second one I have finished for the year.  I also still have one in my backup.  This has been a staple fragrance and body wash for YEARS for me, but then Bath & Body Works had to go and fuck it all up and are no longer cruelty-free.  So, I will definitely be looking for new scents soon.

 

LeahEiden.com | Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume

Good lord, I honestly never thought I would see the day that I would finish a 3.4 fl oz, full-size perfume.  Like, never.  I’ve finished up around 5 or 6 roller balls, several samples, and even a couple of 1 oz perfumes.  So finishing up this 3.4 fl oz Michael Kors Sexy Amber Perfume was such a task!  I had fallen out of love with this fragrance, then putting in into a project pan it helped me re-fall in love with it.  However, not cruelty-free and would not repurchase.

 

Phew, so that’s it!  That’s all the products I finally managed to finish up and work through this month.  I’m so curious as to how many products I have actually managed to use up this year, unfortunately, I never kept up with the numbers throughout the year.  This upcoming year, my goal is to start writing down my empties along with the monetary value and this time next year together we can see what I did!  Well, I hope you all have a fantastic New Year’s and be safe!  Call a cab or Uber if you are going out and have a wonderful night!  See y’all in the New Year!

Beauty, Project Pans

Movie Madness Project Pan – Finale!

LeahEiden.com | Movie Madness Project Pan FINALE!

Hey gang!  And happy Friday!  Hope all is well for you!  Everything is going well on this end!  Today I am here to bring you my Movie Madness Project Pan FINALE!  This project we got to chose between 4-6 items and base them off any movie.  I picked four because 4 is my lucky number.  I swear, it feels like I just started this project and now I am bringing you the finale.  I almost feel like if you want the year to go by faster, do a 3-month project pan and watch the time just fly by!  So before I babble on too much longer, let’s get into the products, shall we?

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Two products do not have updated photos.  The reason for that being I did not touch them ONCE during the last month.  Those products being my OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx (for the wonderful movie Hocus Pocus) and the Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo (for my beloved Dracula).  The nail polish hasn’t moved because I didn’t paint my nails at all the first couple of weeks in December, then I went a got my acrylics put back on (Lord did I miss them) and decided to be festive by putting on a sparkly red (China Glaze Ho! Ho! Ho! in case you are wondering).  The reason I haven’t been wearing the lipstick is the trouble it has caused me.  The couple of times I have worn it, I’ve had trouble with it bleeding out the lip line, fading extremely fast, and transferring everywhere.  I’m honestly coming to the conclusion that most red liquid lipstick shades do this and it is frustrating.

LeahEiden.com | Movie Madness Project Pan FINALE!

Now moving onto products that I have made a dent on!  Here we’ve got the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, which was in reference to the Silence of the Lambs and I’m sure you can guess why if you have seen that movie.  Throwing it into this project, I have made some steady but significant progress.  I feel I used up about 1/3 of the product and have about that remaining!

LeahEiden.com | Movie Madness Project Pan FINALE!

The last product is because I’m a glutton for punishment 😉 which is in reference to my favorite movie of all time, Se7en.  It is the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer.  Here is another product that I made steady progress on and I truly felt added up to great results.  The funny thing is, I don’t use much of this product and I feel I used up quite a bit in 3 months.  Honestly, though, these are all rough estimations.  I was scraping through the bottle trying to see where I possibly was.  This is the oldest concealer in my collection.  It is definitely a good one but I need to work through it before it gets funky!

So there we have it guys, my last project pan for 2018!  Granted, I only did 3 project pans this year, all towards the end, however,  I have done project pans in the past and never stuck with them.  Even though this project was not a complete success, the fact that I stuck with it through the end is huge for me!  I will take small accomplishments such as these!  Anywho, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out my finale and blog, I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I will hopefully see you back here on Monday!  Until then!

Beauty

New Year’s Eve Glam Eye Look

LeahEiden.com | New Year's Eve Glam Eye Look

Hey gang, how’s it going?  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, you spent it either with loved ones or relaxing alone.  As I mentioned previously, I did one Christmas this past Saturday with my boyfriend and his son and then another on actual Christmas day.  Both went wonderfully, spent time with amazing people, ate amazing food, watched amazing movies, haha.  Let me know how your Christmas went!  I’d love to hear about all the yummy food you ate, movies you watched, and if you got anything really special.  Well, today I thought I’d bring you a New Year’s Eve Glam Eye Look.  This was originally supposed to go up yesterday and it is going up later tonight because I’ve been hesitant to post this.  Anytime I do a type of tutorial post I’m always leery.  Mostly because I’m not a makeup artists, I don’t specialize in makeup, and I don’t feel as if it is worthy of sharing, do you know what I mean?  Then I thought, fuck it.  Everyone starts somewhere and not everyone is looking for the same kind of look offered on YouTube.  So here it is, my New Year’s Eve Glam.  So if you are interested, just keep on reading!

 

LeahEiden.com | New Year's Eve Glam Eye Look

For this look, I knew there was going to be fallout so I wanted to do my eyes first.  As you can see, my brows are already done, I used a bit of concealer as my primer and set it with a powder close to my skin tone.

 

The palette I decided to pull out of my collection for this look is the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.  Starting out, I took a bit of this warm camel shade and worked that into the crease with a fluffy brush.

 

Next I took the midtone, almost cool toned brown and worked that into the crease with a fluffy brush.  Don’t mind the skipping on my inner half, that happens with every single shadow, I have a weird inner part on both of my eyes.

 

Taking the darker brown and a smaller crease brush, I focus this shade more on my outer corner and outer half of my crease.

 

Taking the black on a small crease brush, I focus this shade on the outer corner of my eye.

 

Taking the more taupey silver shade, using my finger, I press that shade from the inner corner to the edge of the center of my lid.

 

LeahEiden.com | New Year's Eve Glam Eye Look

Before taking a bit more of the black, I wanted to add a bit more sparkle to my look.  So I grabbed my Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in the shade GLAM ROCK.  I painted that all over my lid and then let it dry for a few minutes. Once dry,  I picked up a bit more of the black and gently dabbed it on the outer corner and blended the edges just a smidge.

 

Then to help blend everything together, I picked up more of that warm camel shade and blended it over everything.

 

After I cleaned up the fallout, did the rest of my face makeup, I went back to finish up the eyes.  On the inner rim of my eyes, I used a black pencil liner and lined both the upper and lower waterline.  Then I took that dark brown out of the palette and smoked that on my lower lash line.

 

To finish up the eyes, I just coated my lashes with a little bit of mascara and called it good.  You can absolutely do a winged liner with this look or even add lashes to enhance this eye look further.  You do you boo!

 

And here is the completed look!  For lips, I decided to throw on my Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade TAR PIT. because if you have read my posts for a while, you know how much I love wearing black lipstick!

 

So that’s it!  That is my New Year’s Eve Glam look that I thought I would share with you!  I actually wore this look to Christmas Eve dinner and plan on wearing it for New Year’s Eve, although I might add lashes, who knows?!  Hopefully this was easy enough to follow, I’m still new to this whole tutorial thing and hopefully, the pics were clean enough.  You just gotta use what you got and try to make the best of it!  I hope you guys have a great night and until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan: FINALE!

Hey gang and Merry Christmas Eve to you all, or to all those who celebrate it.  We are finally here, the finale to my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan.  I can’t believe how quickly we got here.  It feels like just yesterday I was posting the intro and here I am with the finale.  Well, I will try and keep this post short and sweet, unlike my previous novel posts, haha.  So, if you are interested to see how I did, then just keep reading!

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Before we jump into the last few products I was working on, I’m going to go over the products that I finished or hit my goal on.  On the first update I finished the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray, I hit pan in both MERCURY & DAWN in my Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette, and finish my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in GRAPHITE.

For the last update, I finished the shades LYRIC & LUCID from the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette and hit goal of hitting major pan in SOMBRE.  I also managed to accidentally finish off the ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Soft Brown.  Now onto the rest of the products in this project!

LeahEiden.com | Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition in CELEBRITY SKIN

First, let’s talk about my Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition Lipstick in CELEBRITY SKIN.  I am happy to report I have finished it and this is the first lipstick I have EVER panned!  This is a huge accomplishment for me!  As I stated in the last update, I will not repurchase this item.  The shade wasn’t what I was personally looking for in my ideal nude and the formula was a bit drying on me.

LeahEiden.com | Michael Kors Sexy Amber 3.4 FL OZ Perfume

Next is my Michael Kors Sexy Amber 3.4 FL OZ Perfume and this is also completely used up!  This is also another first for me, well, for the size anyway.  I have finished body mists this size before and have finished 1 OZ perfumes in the past, but never a fragrance of this magnitude.  This use to be a holy grail scent for me then I fell out of love with it.  Hence why it was sitting in my collection for so long.  I’ve been trying to make myself use it throughout the year, but putting it in this project has been a tremendous help!  It also helped me fall back in love with the scent.  Sadly, Michael Kors is not cruelty-free therefore I shall not be repurchasing.

LeahEiden.com | Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder

Another finished product off this list is my Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder.  I am not a fan of loose powders.  I have finally, finally learned and realized that about myself.  I was not reaching for this powder until I got the idea to press it into an empty compact, hence the Rimmel compact.  I really ended up enjoying this product to where I might actually repurchase and just press it into a pan.  I’m working on some other powders right now, but if I can’t find anything that is comparable, I will repurchase this product.  It looked beautiful under my eyes and set all over.

LeahEiden.com | C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation & FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

Since we are talking about face products, let’s move onto the two foundations I threw in this project.  The C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Lifeproof Foundation in 101 and the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup in L2.  I’m happy to say I made my goal for the C.Y.O. Foundation, I just wanted to be over halfway done with it.  The FLOWER foundation I came very close to my goal.  I wanted to have about 1/4 of the bottle left but I’m around 1/3.  But hey, I’ll take that as a win because I have managed to use up quite a bit of this foundation!  I also mentioned, even though I love the C.Y.O. foundation, it is holy grail status for me, I wouldn’t be repurchasing until I could verify if it is cruelty-free or not.  Ethical Bunny has them listed as cruelty-free, so unless something says otherwise, I’m going to trust that.

Next up is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Pencil in 005 NUDE.  Seriously, there is a miniscule amount of progress.  Literally, barely any progress.  Here’s the thing, I wear makeup about 6 days week.  I am pretty consistent about that.  I wear this pencil in my waterline 23 out of the 24 times I wear makeup in one month.  I mean, talk about ultimate bang for your buck!  So even though I have made much visible progress, I am happy about it.

Last up is a product that I have not touched.  Well, maybe once.  I’m talking about my Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in LACED.  Just for shit and giggles, I held it up against my paper, low and behold no progress.  As I’m typing up this post, I’m wearing it and here is what I finally learned.  I hate this formula.  The color, love it!  This formula though is so drying on my lips, my lips actually peel and I can wear quite a few drying liquid lip products and not have this happen.  So, I am going to be decluttering this item.  There is going to be an end of the year declutter, refreshing for 2019 so be on the lookout for that and don’t be surprised when you see this product there.

So that’s it gang, my second project pan of the year that I actually stuck with!  I have one more finale coming up at the end of the year, which now that I think of it, I should be posting that on Friday.  Anywho, I want to know if you also participated in the 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan and if you did, what your successes were with the project!  And on a quick side note, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I hope you are spending it with people (or animals) you love.  Sending you all lots of love and joy!  Merry Christmas everyone!!

Beauty, Reviews

REVIEW: Dose of Colors – Lip Products

Hey gang and Happy Friday!  Christmas is right around the corner, only a few more days away, hope you are all ready for it if you celebrate it and I hope you don’t have to do any more shopping!  James and I are celebrating Christmas this weekend because his son is going to be over, so I am definitely looking forward to that!  They’ll be over shortly.  But that’s not what we are here to talk about today.  Today I’m giving some lip swatches and a review of the current lip products in my collection by Dose of Colors.  So if that is something you think you might be interested in, just keep on reading!

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Lip It Up Satin Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in FOREVER
Currently, I only have one in my collection.  It is apart of the Mickey Mouse Collection in the shade FOREVER.  I’ve worn this shade a few times now and overall it is a nice formula, however, I don’t feel it is worth the price.  The outer packaging is beautiful and looking at the other permanent shades that are available, that packaging is also beautiful.  It is just a bit tricky to apply the cap.  The product does not roll down, so if you are not careful you can easily divot into the product and possibly break off the product.  Like I previously mentioned, the formula is nice but nothing revolutionary that I feel can’t be found at the drugstore.

Lip Gloss
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in One & Only
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Mickey Collection Lip Gloss in Rockin' It
Unlike the lipstick, these I feel are absolutely worth the price.  Both shades that I picked up were also from the Mickey Mouse Collection, ROCKIN’ IT and ONE & ONLY, both cool toned nude glosses.  Jessica from JamBeauty89 has raved about these and for good reason!  If you read my post on My Most Loved Products of 2018, you will know that the EM Cosmetics True Gloss changed the game for me in regards to glosses.  Before that gloss, you would not catch gloss in my collection.  This formula reminds me so much of the EM Cosmetics True Gloss, it is a more gel-like consistency, not super heavy on the lips, and NOT STICKY!  Hallelujah!  These two shades are pretty opaque but layer on top of other lip products beautifully!  Did I mention they smell like frosting??  Oh my gosh, it is heavenly!

Matte Liquid Lipsticks
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in DESERT SUEDE
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in CORK
LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in LOS ANJEALOUS
This is where it is going to get tricky.  Dose of Colors makes my favorite liquid lipstick formula, well, on a couple of shades.  I currently own 5 different permanent shades.  DESERT SUEDE, CORK, MERLOT, EXTRA SAUCY, and LOS ANJEALOUS.  Desert Suede and Cork I have had the longest and the formulas are PERFECT!  They are very comfortable on the lips, very long wearing (they last through doggy kisses), are transfer proof, they don’t crumble or flake, and layer on top of themselves beautifully.  The reds are where I have inconsistencies.  Los Anjealous feels and acts like the same formula as Cork and Desert Suede, Extra Saucy and Merlot I strongly feel are different formulas.  Now, I don’t know if that is due to the fact that they are more richer reds, but they are both different formulas, in my opinion.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in EXTRA SAUCY
Extra Saucy is beautiful on the lips, honestly my ideal type of red shade, but it bleeds a little on me and smudges & transfers.  It bums me out so much because I absolutely love this shade.  I purchased it originally for work, I wanted a transfer resistant, long wearing red to wear to work, but sadly I have to fuss with this shade throughout the day, unlike the previous three shades.  I can’t eat with this shade, it collects in the corners of my lips, but I can drink with it, as long as it is through a straw.  It is still comfortable on the lips though.

LeahEiden.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in MERLOT
The last shade is Merlot and I am not a huge fan of this shade, for several different reasons.  For one, in order to get it to that truer blue-toned red, I have to do two layers.  Which fine, no big deal, however, it makes the formula extra drying.  I’ve noticed, even with one layer of this product, it is drying, but two, dear lord.  Again, I can stand a more drying formula so I could get over that.  This shade also stains the crap out of my lips, which is not something I’ve had a problem with, with the other two reds.  It stains my lips bright pink.  What I forgot to mention is with one layer of this product, it looks a lot more pink than red.  The next problem I have is that it collects in the corners of my lips, then bleeds out around it, then stains my skin.  Not a cute look.  I also have a problem of it bleeding out of my lip line, it transfers really easily, and smudges quite a bit.  Which again, is a problem because it stains my skin and takes forever to get off.  I really wished this shade worked for me, because after two layers I love the red, but sadly, it doesn’t.  For those several reasons, I would not recommend this red.  If you want a good red, go with LOS ANJEALOUS.  It is more muted but has an excellent formula!

Overall, I really love Dose of Colors, I will definitely keep purchasing other shades of the glosses and even though there are some consistencies in the formula with the matte liquid lipsticks, I feel the mid-tone shades are the safest bet on a consistent formula.  I would like to try KNOCK ON WOOD, SAND, CAMPFIRE, and OLD FLAME.  And even though there are definite inconsistencies with the red shades, I want to try one more red shade, that being KISS OF FIRE.  I feel with how off the formula was between the red shades, I’m not confident in the formula for the darker shades.  I feel they might be a bit streaky or have the formula similar to MERLOT just because a lot of other brands tend to have that problem.  If you have tried a darker shade of the matte liquid lipsticks and have had success, please let me know in the comments which shade or shades worked for you, because I really do love the brand and I would love to try the darker shades.

Well gang, I know this was yet another long post.  I’m one of those people that really tries to describe and give as much information as I can to be as helpful as I can be.  With that being said, I hope you found this post somewhat helpful or informative, or just fun.  Who knows!  If you have tried several Dose of Color products before, let me know which ones you’ve loved and which ones you hated.  Also, have any of you tried their eyeshadow formula or highlighter formula?  I am intrigued but feel it has been a bit overhyped due to the Desi and Katy collab.  Maybe I’m wrong, but if you’ve tried them, let me know what you thought!  Okay, I think I have blabbered on long enough!  I hope you guys have a great weekend and we’ll chat again soon!  Until next time!

Cooking

Something Different… My Cookbook Collection!

LeahERaven.com | Cookbook Collection - Vegetarian & Vegan

Hey gang, happy Wednesday!  Hope you are all doing well!  It is less than a week away from Christmas and I still cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by.  Today I wanted to bring you guys something different.  My current cookbook collection.  I have some goals and plans for the upcoming year, some of that incorporates cooking, you will see why soon.  So to jump-start that integration, I thought I would share my current cookbooks, most of them being Vegan cookbooks.  I am not vegan, just vegetarian, with my 1 year anniversary just around the corner, but I integrate vegan cooking at home.  So enough blabber, let me share my cookbooks!

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01. Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way To Health by Gene Stone
I’ve actually flipped through this book several times.  It has quite of bit of good information about switching to a plant-based diet and contains over 100 plant-based recipes.  Have yet to try a recipe from this book yet.  The downfall for me is there are no pictures.  Pictures help entice me into trying a new recipe.

 

02. The Conscious Cook by Tal Bonnen
Yet another cookbook that I’ve had for a bit.  This one I’m more excited about cooking from in the future, the recipes look simple yet elegant.  Great for a special date night dinner.  What I’m most interested in trying in this book is the Paella with “Sausage,” Nori-Dusted Oyster Mushrooms, and Wine-Braised Artichoke Hearts (yes that is all one recipe), the Artichoke and Oyster Mushroom Rockefeller, and the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Orange Sauce.

 

03. The Vegetarian Table: Thailand by Jacki Passmore & Steven Rothfeld
The only reason I picked up this book was for the Rice & Noodle’s section.  There are a few curry recipes in here that looked good, but the Pineapple Fried Rice and the Vegetarian Pad Thai Noodles are what really get my mouth salivating!

 

04. Vegetarian: The Best-Ever Recipe Collection by Linda Fraser
Okay, there is clearly a theme with my cookbooks, I haven’t cooked out of many of them.  I have a few, honest, but there is still a load that I haven’t.  I picked up this one a while ago because it was a bit more instructional with how to make the recipes.  Not exactly step by step pictures but pretty darn close.  The pasta salads look amazing, there is a recipe for Hummus with Pan-fried Courgettes that look delicious, and a Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza that literally has my name on it!

 

05. Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon
This is one of the latest additions to my cookbook collection and the one I am most excited to cook from.  Reading the reviews, they honestly went back and forth.  Some people didn’t like the fact that there were so many recipes calling for mock meats, but since I know how to make tons of different mock meats, that didn’t deter me from purchasing this book.  I’m glad that didn’t because every recipe looks easy and delicious!  There are not a ton of pictures in this book, but enough to get your appetite going!  I might pull a Julie of Julie & Julia and try and cook my way through all 500 recipes!  Wouldn’t that be a daunting undertaking?

 

06. Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley
At the same time that I picked up Betty Goes Vegan, I picked up Gaz’s latest cookbook.  Unfortunately, I don’t have his first one, although it is on my list, I snatched up this bad boy solely for his Rosemary, Red Wine, and Garlic “Beef” with Rich Jus recipe.  He posted a video making it a couple of weeks ago and of course, the recipe was in this book.  I just HAD to have this recipe!  Then I realized his Streaky Bacon recipe is also in this book!  I’ve made his Lasagne and it is incredible!  So I know this book, even if the recipes take a little longer, will be absolutely worth it!

 

07. Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne
I have yet to cook from this book and I am extremely disappointed in myself!  I’m from Texas and was raised on Tex-Mex, Southern Food, and BBQ.  Finding a book that contained several classic southern recipes such as Skillet Cornbread, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac & Cheese, Fried Okra, Gumbo, and both Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie, sign me the FUCK up!  This book has it ALL!  And yes, HAVEN’T MADE ANYTHING!  Come on now!  That is definitely going to change this year!!

 

08. Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook by Eddie Garza
Oh, look, another book right up my alley that I have yet to cook from.  Told you there was a theme.  There are tons of familiar recipes such as different variations of Enchiladas, Chimichangas, Tamales, and one of my favorite drinks ever, Horchata!  There is even a recipe for Conchas in here!

 

09. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
I picked up this book based off of several book recommendations from Amazon.  There are a ton of recipes in this book, however, the only ones that really appeal to me are the dessert recipes and some of the cookie recipes.  I’ll have to have James look through this one and just pick a few different recipes for us to try and see if I feel different about this book then.

 

10. Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
I picked up this book at the same time as Veganomicon and out of the two, this is the book I’m most interested to try.  The Mushroom Stroganoff looks delicious, the Belgian Beer & Seitan Stew sounds divine, there are several different stir-fries that are mouthwatering, burgers, everything looks great!  I can’t wait to cook through this one!

 

11. The Edgy Veg Cookbook by Candice Hutchings
Yay!  A cookbook I’ve actually cooked from!  I told you one was coming soon!  I’ve been following The Edgy Veg for a while on YouTube so when she released her cookbook you bet your ass I snatched it up!  Now, I have yet to try every recipe, but the Pancakes are perfect and her Crunchy Taco Wrap Supreme is to die for, the disappointment for me was her chicken Seitan recipe.  However, I haven’t tried making it in a while so I might give it another go again soon since I’ve become a bit more familiar in working with Vital Wheat Gluten.

 

12. Fuss-Free Vegan by Sam Turnbill
When I picked up this book, I had no idea that Sam had a YouTube channel or a BLOG!  Needless to say, I am subscribed and LOVE her channel!  Her book, well, since I subscribed to her channel, it’s safe to say I love her book.  I plan to do a whole review in the future, pancakes, delicious, 15 Minute Peanut Noodles, so much yes, Spicy Braised Tomato Tofu Burrito, holy shitzies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, I mean really, you can’t go wrong with this book.  It is extremely easy to follow, no crazy ingredients, highly recommend!

 

13. Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota
Saved the best for last.  Yes, this is my favorite cookbook.  I fucking love watching Lauren on YouTube, her recipes always make me salivate and she has not steered me wrong yet!  Her Seitan recipe is the best faux meat I’ve ever made, let alone try.  It is actually juicy.  You heard me right, juicy.  I’ve used it to make Gyros, Philly Cheesesteaks, put it on homemade pizzas.  You CANNOT go wrong with her Seitan recipe.  You just can’t.  Her homemade dressings are DISGUSTINGLY GOOD, like, I honestly don’t know how she did it with this book.  There is so much I have made and so much I have yet to make but I am definitely hungry for more!

 

So that’s it, gang!  Like I said, different from what I have been posting lately but like I mentioned at the beginning, I have some plans and goals for this site, I’m switching it up a bit.  I’ll go into more detail in the future but for right now I will leave this as is!  If you have some great vegan cookbook recommendations, I’d love to hear them!  I currently have a huge list saved on Amazon of all the books I plan to get in the future, so I’m always looking to continue to grow that list!  Well, I hope you all have a great night and until next time!

Beauty

Holiday Glam: Affordable & All Available at ULTA – NOT SPONSORED

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Hey gang! Hope all is well and your Monday went or is going smoothly.  It’s been a great weekend for me.  Alexandria, aka Xandria turned 8 on Saturday (my baby is growing up, my dog for those that don’t know) and I just turned 31 yesterday.  Absolutely blows my mind at how quickly my year 30 went.  Plus we are halfway through December now and less than 10 days away from Christmas.  Hope you are all ready for that!  Anyway, what I am bring you today is a fun, affordable Cranberry Holiday Glam look all available at ULTA and using the Makeup Revolution Emily Edit The Wants Palette, which I believe is finally back in stock.  So, if you are interested to see what I came up with, then just keep on reading!

Please Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links but it is NOT sponsored.  Thank you!

 

Since I’m doing a full glam look, well, let’s say a full glam for me, I decided to do my brows first.  If you have read any of my previous posts where I showcase a full look, brows are one of the things I tend to do towards the end.  I was aiming for a more structured, prominent type of brow.  For this, I pulled out the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Black.  If you have tried using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade before and you felt it was a bit too tricky to use, I truly feel you would enjoy this product.  It is less pigmented, so you don’t have to worry about a strong brow quickly which can be hard to blend out, and it is a little less waxy making it a bit easier to maneuver through the brows.  The only downfall I have found is even when using a brow gel, for this look I’m using the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Black, it is not as long wearing as the Anastasia Dip Brow.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

As you can see in the picture above, they are filled in and have a more crisp edge.  I haven’t cleaned them up yet, but I will discuss that later in the post.

 

Moving on to the base, not pictured here is primer.  Currently, I’m trying to use up my Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore Filling Primer.  It’s fine, not the most astounding primer ever, but it does a decent job at filling in my pores and mattifying my oily areas.  For foundation, I mixed two foundations.  Obviously you don’t have to do that, but I do have reason for my madness!  Haha, well it’s reasonable in my mind.  The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation has a wonderful undertone and very matte, too matte for my liking.  The FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup Foundation is absolutely STUNNING, love, love, love this foundation, HOWEVER, it gets too greasy looking on my skin and is too dark (next time I’m going to grab L1).  So, to get a more ideal finish, I drop out what I feel is roughly a pump of the Catrice foundation and a pump of the FLOWER Beauty foundation and mix them on my palette.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

My preferred method of application is to use a damped sponge.  I’m not a fan of apply foundation with a brush, just not my thing.  As you can see from the picture above, the combination gives me a lightly dewy, maybe you could call it Satin finish, and I get a high medium coverage from one layer.  I can’t add more layers of foundation for any brand honestly because then it looks cakey.

 

Onto concealing and powdering.  This is also where I clean up my brows, moreso underneath the brows with concealer.  For this look, I pulled out the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour.  I don’t have any full opinions on this product yet, still have been testing it out.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

As you can see from the picture above, I’m clearly not joking about the full glam look.  With this product, I did the stereotypical “triangle” shape under my eyes to conceal a bit and highlight the area.  I brought a little down the bridge of my nose, a little on top of my cupid’s bow, a touch on my chin, and a bit on my forehead.  Again, to highlight and bring light to those areas on my face.  I also dabbed a bit on my eyelids to use as an eyeshadow base/primer.  I also pulled a bit of the product on my lids to shape underneath my eyes.  I blended out all of it with a dampened sponge.  To set under my eyes, I used my holy grail powder, the Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder (quick edit: Ulta is no longer carrying the Illuminating Powder, WTF?!?!  You can just use the Covergirl Pressed Powder under your eyes and it’ll still look great), then set the rest of my face with the Covergirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder in Fair.

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Moving on to the rest of the face, it’s time to bronze, blush, and highlight this blank canvas!  For bronzer, I pulled out my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer.  With a larger, fluffier brush, I dusted this along the hollows of my cheeks and the perimeter of my face, including my jawline and temples.  Next, I did a touch of blush.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a bit heavy handed with my blush, luckily, the L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush, this one in the shade Just Playful, are pigmented to where you feel you don’t spend too much time building the product but not so pigmented you overdo it and feel a bit clownish.  For me personally, I don’t like the look of blush on the apples of my cheeks, but layering it a bit above where I blend in the bronzer.  To top off the face, what better way then to apply HIGHLIGHT.  Highlight is literally the icing on the cake.  The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 01 Be My Highlight looks beautiful on my skin tone.  I love how this gives a sort of candlelight glow to my skin, as you can probably see from my side smirk, haha.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Up next is the eyes!  Like I mentioned earlier, for this look, I pulled out my The Wants Palette by Makeup Revolution and Emily Noel and was craving a Cranberry eye, which is easily achievable with this palette.  Starting off with setting up my crease I decided to pick up Prayer.  I took my time building and blending until I was satisfied with the intensity.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Up next, I picked up Cheer, a nice rich cranberry red shade and worked that in on top of and a little below.

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Then, on smaller crease brush, I picked up just a smidge of Pi Phi, which runs a bit more plum, but I thought a touch of the plum would bring depth to the look without alternating the overall vibe of the look that I had planned.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Now onto the fun, shiny part.  When looking at the palette, two shades seem like they would be a good fit for this look, Good Vibes and HeartbeatGood Vibes, although beautiful, leans more towards copper.  Heartbeat is a beautiful metallic red shade that I adore and especially adore for this look.  To get the most intensity out of this shade, I first picked it up on a flat shader brush then damped it with a little bit of setting spray, then what works best with these shades is to press and drag the product.  To blend out the edges, I picked up my fluffy brush, the one that I used for Prayer and just blended the edges together.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Now, you could totally leave the look here, but I wanted to amp it up just a touch.  So, using the same technique that I did with Heartbeat, I grabbed a bit of Top Story but just swiped that in the center of the lid on top of Heartbeat.  Then, I did want to intensify the red in the crease again, so I picked up a bit more of cheer on a fluffy crease brush and blended that into the crease.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

To finish up the eyes, I decided to throw on a bit of liner, although if you are not a fan of eye liner, totally skip this step and the look will still turn out nice.  My personal favorite is the NYX Epic Ink Liner in Black.  Then in the water line, I used black waterproof pencil liner, this one is not Cruelty-Free because I am trying to use this up, it is the Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencil in Black.  The one I recommend that I’m going to be using next is the L.A. Girl Gel Glide Pencil in Black, much cheaper and just as creamy!

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Before applying mascara, I wanted to finish up the lower lashline by applying Cheer then smoking that out with a bit of Prayer.  For Mascara, I grabbed out the Covergirl Last Blast Mascara in Black and coated both the top and bottom lashes.

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To be a bit extra, I decided to apply false lashes, the Kiss Blowout Lash in the style Pompadour.  While waiting for the lashes to dry, I tried on two different lip options, both Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuits.  For more of a nude option, I swatched Nudie Patootie, one of my favorite nudes of all time.  As you can see in the picture below, I have one lash on, but to be more cohesive with the look, I put on Give Me Mocha.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

To finish it all off, I sprayed a bit of setting spray, right now I’m trying to finish up my FLOWER Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray and that’s it!  This is the finish look!  I can’t wait till I pick up a ring light, hopefully, it will showcase more of the dimension of the look but I still think it looks pretty nice on camera.  I definitely love how it turned out in person.  The lashes are really nice, not super heavy, easy to apply, and the band was flexible.  They are also really inexpensive and reuseable!

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

So that’s it gang, that is my Affordable Holiday Glam all available at ULTA.  ULTA is my favorite place to shop for makeup, the rewards system is amazing, you can collect points and use them on high-end purchases or drugstore, and it is a one-stop shop for me.  I hope you found this interesting or helpful, or maybe even gave you inspiration to try something new or different.  I hope you have a great rest of your day and until next time!