Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GOSH Mineral powder

I received the GOSH mineral powder in 004 Natural to test. I found the colour was a good match for my skin tone. I usually wear Ivory foundation and powder and this shade worked well for me. 

I applied the powder with a flat topped brush and that made application a breeze. The formula is lightweight and blends easily into the skin. I found the coverage to be medium to full as the product promised. It covered up my many acne scars and imperfections without much effort. 

The product claims to have a natural matte finish but within one hour of applying the product, my skin was shiny and oily looking. I do have oily skin but wasn't expecting a "matte" product to make my skin look so shiny in such a short period of time. That being said, I blotted my face and carried on with my day and the makeup stayed put.  The next day I tried applying a primer before the powder and then a setting powder after and it seemed to control the oiliness much better on my face.  Overall, I really liked the coverage this product provided but found it did not work so well with my oily skin to give me the matte look I was looking for.

I received free product from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Christmas must be coming because Oreo has come out with a limited edition Gingerbread cookie!  My mom spotted these in store yesterday and picked up a couple bags.  They really are a nice cookie and the gingerbread flavour is not over powering.  It's actually quite mild.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Essie Nail Polish Find at Dollarama

I found this nail polish at Dollarama for $3.  It was a bargain as Essie normally retails for about $10 per bottle.  The bottle has no name on it so I'm not sure what the colour is called but it is a deep reddish, plum colour.

The polish covered nicely in two coats. I probably could have gotten away with one coat but wanted a second coat for extra durability.


I did some digging on the internet and discovered that this nail colour is actually a magnetic polish called SSSSSexy.  The white cap on the bottle was shorter than the other Essie polishes I have so it would seem that something was to go over the cap.  Sure enough there was suppose to be a square cap with a magnet on the end that went on but was missing.  A lot of the polishes at Dollarama had no name on them and I wonder if they too were part of this magnetic collection.

Anyway, I saw a Youtube video where you can put a magnet right up to the side of the bottle to see what design would come about.  I experimented with the magnets on the fridge and those that were weaker yielded a pattern but those that were very strong yielded no pattern.  I found a magnet that made horizontal lines and below is the sample nail I tried this pattern on:

I'm so excited to discover the polish I purchased is actually a magnetic polish and look forward to experimenting with different magnet patterns!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Nothing better than fresh, homemade, warm from the oven cheese bread to warm you up on a cool, fall day!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Autumn Apple Cake

My sister made an apple cake the other day from a recipe she found on line.  Being fall, there is currently an abundance of apples to bake with.  This cake is light and the topping adds a nice crunch.  The perfect cake to serve for company as it makes a 9" x 13" cake.

  • 2/3 cup butter 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (ie. pecans or walnuts)

  • For cake, cream together butter, sugar. Add eggs, and vanilla and beat till well blended.
  • Stir in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Fold in chopped apples and nuts.
  • Pour into a 9" by 13" greased pan.  Make topping (see below) and sprinkle over cake.
  • Bake in 350 oven for 40 minutes.
  • Cool, serve with whipped topping and a drizzle of caramel sauce if you like

  • Topping:
    • 1 tbsp melted butter
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup rolled oats
    • 2 tsp flour
    • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
    • 1/4 cup coconut
    • 1/4 cup toffee bits
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • Crumble this together and sprinkle over cake batter.