Thursday, March 27, 2014

REVIEW: Sonia Kashuk Radiant+ Tinted Moisturizer

Another product review!!

I received this complimentary product In the Influenster Target VoxBox to it was amazing.  eview and share with you lovely people!

I agreed to receive another VoxBox from Influenster to review an item that would be unveiled and sold at Target stores come spring.  I was given the Sonia Kashuk Radiant+ tinted moisturizer.  I was super jazzed about getting this item because 1. I'm lreallyon my tinted moisturizer and was looking to try new brands and 2. I am a huge fan of Sonia Kashuk's brushes and lipsticks.  I got the tinted moisturizer in beige,  which was ALMOST the perfect shade.  I usually have to mix two shades together to get the right skin tone.  This was a bit too light.

I love me some tinted moisturizer, let me tell you.  I just really like the lightness it gives.  Usually foundation is just to heavy and thick and even when I set it with powder I feel like its just begging to stick to clothes and seatbelts,  and my hair...ugh.  I use them but man do I bitch about it.  Anyway, for this to be a tinted moisturizer it was heavy.  It also provided a lot of coverage.   My freckles were damn near gone.  For those of you who don't,  I LOVE my freckles and that's another reason why I'm such a fan of tinted moisturizers and BB creams.  They don't hide my oh so cute frecks.  

I can say I'm not a fan.  Maybe it it was sold as a foundation,  sure.  As a tinted  I'll explain.   

Before shot :/


I had made the HUGE mistake of using a face wash without reading the ingredients and used one that had pineapple extract in it.  I'm ridiculously allergic to pineapple.   Because I made the dumb mistake of not checking,  I had small blisters on my cheeks and nose.  I had already used my own blend of tinted moisturizer and they weren't noticeable.   When I used this one....yuck city.

I was really looking forward to this product because I had heard from a couple beauty bloggers that I

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AT LONG LAST! My Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe!


After several requests to post my recipe, here it is!  I apologize for how long it took me to post this.  I had made a batch and taken step by step photos, and then my phone crashed.  The crash claimed the lives of all my photos, contacts and all rough drafts.  Dumb smart phone.  So if you don't mind it being photo-free, read on my friends.  Make, enjoy and let me know how it turned out!

Hugs til later,

Shopping List:
  • 1 stick sweet unsalted butter *you'll have leftover butter
  • medium sweet onion
  • 16oz carton half & half
  • 16oz chicken STOCK *broth is higher in fat and sodium and I think it gives a weird flavor to the soup
  • 1/2 a pound diced, frozen broccoli  *the frozen is easier and I don't drain it either but do allow it to defrost
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • nutmeg
  • 8oz sharp cheddar
  1. Sautee onions in 1 tablespoon of sweet unsalted butter in a separate pan.
  2. Melt 1/4 of a cup of butter on medium heat and then add 1/4 of a cup of flour.  Using a whisk, stir constantly until it becomes a golden brown.
  3. Slowly add 16oz of half & half, while continuing to stir.  Allow to warm (let it start to steam, but not boil).
  4. Add 16 oz of chicken stock.  Mix well, add sauteed onions and allow to simmer for 20 minutes on medium low heat.
  5. Add defrosted broccoli, nutmeg, carrots, salt and pepper, stir and cover for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Add cheese while stirring, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes.
Serve with a crusty bread and enjoy!

I should mention that first, if you were to let it set for a day, it will be EXCELLENT.  I promise.  The nutmeg has a chance to soak and leave its flavor all over the place.  Now, some recipes call for the nutmeg to be added earlier on in the recipe but I have found that the nutmeg will be WAY overbearing or will leave a slightly burnt taste.  I think when added towards the end with minimal exposure to heat, you get the spot on taste of nutmeg.  Second, this soup freezes so well Walt Disney would be impressed!  Hubster heated up a bag that was frozen almost 5 months ago and he said it was as good as the day I made it.  The only trick is having enough left over to actually save!

Again, I'm so sorry I don't have photos to attach but those are the woes of relying on a phone.  Since the last batch of freezer soup is gone, I'll be making more very soon and I pinky promise to do an update and add pictures.  If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or twitter I'll post alerts there.  Be sure to comment and let me know how it turned out and feel free to add pictures of your own!

Hugs til later!