Wedding Bells

So the BFF got married!!!!!  I tried to talk her out of it but she insisted so I said F.I.N.E!!! I’m joking!! I’m so extremely happy for her and her new hubby!  Love them both to pieces…well her more than him OBVI!! I kid, kid!! 🙂  Without getting too much into it, this girl has been my ROCK for the past six years so sharing this day with her brought me so much joy. I wish her nothing but absolute happiness and a lifelong marriage.  She deserves that and much more.

Being the best friend that she is, she trusted me enough to do her hair and makeup for the big day and I was more than happy to oblige…whatever the bride wants huh!! LOL

I wanted to share the makeup details because I think this is a great bridal look, simple yet enough. I’ll also share my makeup details as well because I mean why not.  Two for one!

Face

 

Foundation: Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector mixed with Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Tan

Bronzer/Contour: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Blush: BH Cosmetics Blush Palette in Nude Blush

Brows: Mac Cosmetic Brow Pencil in Lingering

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette & Maybelline Gel Liner in Black

Lashes: Ardell Wispies

Lips: Nyx Butter Lipstick in Boardwalk and Rimmel Lipstick in 104

Hair was curled with Bed Head 1’ curling wand – hair piece from Amazon

 

 

MY LOOK

 

Face

Foundation: MakeupForever Ultra HD Foundation Stick mixed with L’Oréal True Match

Bronzer/Contour: Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Eyes: Colourpop Cosmetics Yes Please! Eyeshadow Palette and Morphe 35W Palette

Lashes: Ardell Studio Effects Demi Wispies

Lips: Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip in Strip

 

Overall, the day was beautiful and you couldn’t have made me be anywhere else but by her side!

Her Dress: Asos – My Dress: Misguided

 

Real love is amazing to see!

Veggie Crumble and Avocado Egg Roll Wrappers

Hey ya’ll…yes the southern in me comes out from time to time!

So about three months ago I decided to become vegan…literally overnight!  Considering I was never a huge fan of red meat or pork, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad.  My diet mainy consisted of chicken and seafood (shrimp, tilapia, salmon) and I stayed pretty healthy for the most part besides the occasional cheat meal.  The hardest part for me to give up was going to be the cheese…OHHHH how I love cheese! I mean who doesn’t…it’s so creamy and melty…daydreaming of mac –n-cheese! LOL Ok enough! I actually don’t miss it as much as I thought considering all the alternatives out there.

With all this being said, I’ve been doing lots of research and have been trying to find new recipes online and of course one of my favorite places…PINTEREST! (Go Follow Me…link on sidebar) Ive been exploring with my own recipes and trying to find things beyond salads and what people presume vegans eat! I think I’ve been pretty successful so far in most of my cooking experiments. What can I say I’m a good cook…my mother taught me very well! (Thanks momma!)

So with multiple site visits of Pinterest for ideas, I came up with a Veggie Crumble and Avocado stuffed wrapper…baked of course because I don’t fry much of anything. The best thing about this is you only need about 6 ingredients which makes this an inexpensive healthyish meal.  If you aren’t vegan then you can definitely use ground beef and other ingredients to your liking. I don’t discriminate on people’s food choices. This has been working for me…so do what works for you!

This is technically my very first food post so don’t hate on my poor picture taking and presentation. I’m learning! 🙂

Ingredients

1 Bag of Boca Veggie Crumbles

4 Medium avocados

½ medium onion (optional)

1 pk of your favorite taco seasoning

1 Tbsp of chopped garlic

1 pk of Frieda’s Egg Roll Wrappers

S&P to taste

 

Directions

Chop up onion and garlic and sautee with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil until slightly tender.

Add frozen Boca Veggie Crumbles and cover with lid for a few minutes to let the crumbles “defrost”.  Stir the crumbles, onion and garlic periodically until it is all combined.

Add the taco seasoning packet to a 1/2 cup of hot water to dissolve – this step is optional because if you like you can pour the powder straight onto the crumble mixture.

Let cook for about 10 minutes uncovered and remove from heat to slightly cool.

In the meantime cut up and smash the four avocados and season with salt and pepper. (Add lime if you want an extra kick)

Then set up your assembly line.

 

Lightly wet all sides of the egg roll wrapper with water and add about 1 tbsp. of the veggie crumbles followed by some avocado.

 

Once the filling is complete, fold in the left and right side of the wrapper to slightly cover each side of the filling. Add more water to flaps and roll.

Place completed wrapper on a baking sheet topped with a baking rack. The baking rack will ensure the wrapper gets nice and crispy all around.

Brush wrappers with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil to keep them from drying out too much in the oven.

Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy!!

You can also pair this with your favorite dipping sauce as well for added flavor!

I hope you enjoy this super easy and simple dinner or lunch idea! If you try them out, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought! Or what changes you made to improve the flavor.

Happy Eating!!!

**Food feeds the Soul**

Halloween 2016

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? Whether it be for the obscene amount of chocolate (my choice 🙂 ) or because you love to get your creative juices flowing and get a costume together.  I don’t typically dress up for Halloween but when I did; it was a generic costume from the party store and nothing authentic or homemade.  This year, totally on a whim, I decided to sit down and try to come up with something myself.  Keep in mind I’ve never done a Halloween makeup look before so online for inspiration I go.  Whoa was that overwhelming!!!  There are thousands upon thousands of pictures, costumes, themes, and makeup looks to choose from.  I thought I’d start my first year off slow and easy.  I’m hoping to learn and grow from what I did this year and do better next year.  It’s always a work in progress.  Any who, enough rambling!

I came up with three or four; however you want to look at it, makeup looks!

My looks:

  1. Cat
  2. Gypsy skull
  3. Gangster skull, and
  4. Bloody Vampire

**I used all makeup products for these looks, no body or face paint to be found**

CAT

Products used:

Shadows: Nyx cosmetics & Ipsy Eyeshadow trio & BH cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: Maybelline Brow precise pencil & BH cosmetics Ultimate Brow Palette

Liners: Nyx cosmetics pencil liner in 901 black & Jumbo pencil in Dark Brown & NYC cosmetics liquid liner in black

Lips: Nyx cosmetics pencil line in 901 black Maybelline Vivid matte liquid lipstick in Vivid Violet and Colourpop cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

Lashes: Koko Lashes in Godess

 

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GYPSY SKULL & GANGSTER SKULL

Products used:

Shadows: Colourpop cosmetics Super Shock shadow in Shark Attack & BH cosmetics Smokey Eyes 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette & Foil Eyes 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: Maybelline Brow precise pencil & BH cosmetics Ultimate Brow palette

Liners: Nyx cosmetics liquid and pencil liner in black

Lips: Nyx cosmetics pencil and liquid liner

Lashes: Koko lashes in Goddess

Brushes: Morphe & BH cosmetics

 

gypsy

 

BLOODY VAMPIRE

Products used:

Shadows: Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette & BH cosmetics Smokey Eyes 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette & Foil Eyes 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brown in Dark Brown & BH cosmetics Ultimate Brow Palette

Liners: Nyx cosmetics matte liquid liner in black and Maybelline Gel liner in Black

Lips: Colourpop cosmetics in Lax and Avenue

Lashes: Koko lashes in Goddess

Brushes: Morphe & BH cosmetics

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vampire

I hope you guys enjoyed these looks! I actually fell in love with the process of creating them.  I can see why so many artists and beauty vloggers love Halloween.  You don’t need face paint or special effects makeup to create any looks and you don’t need the best of the best.  As I mentioned before, all the products I used is actual makeup and super affordable.

Hope you guys have a fun and safe Halloween!!! (Stay away from the clowns!!)