Magnetic Eyelashes Review

So I did it. I got those crazy magnetic eye lashes that I know you have heard about! I ordered my pair through Groupon for 9.99 plus shipping making them a little over $14 and only took a week to receive. I will tell you, it took me an hour playing around with these lashes trying to get them just where I wanted them and to master taking them off and on (mainly because I put masacara on and they kept getting stuck on my lashes)!

When I first put them on, my intial reaction was “oh no, these are a not good. They are way too long.” They reminded me of Daisy Duck! I went ahead and trimmed them because I was definetly not going out like that! In the end, I think I ended up cutting the right pair a little too much, however I made sure the left pair was also cut the same. 


When I finally put them on, I decided that they didn’t look bad! Of course they are nothing like real lashes, but for on occasions, why not! I took a few pictures and sent them to my sisters and they thought they looked good. I also showed them to the hubby and he approved too!

I had to go all the way in on my make up for my speaking engagement this past Friday and I just had to include my lashes! As far as I can tell, they worked out well (I mean no one said “hey it looks like you have something hanging off your eye.” Lol). 


Overall, I would definetly wear these on occasion for those days I want to get all dolled up! I think they are a great alternative if you are someone who doesn’t care for glue and having to peel them off. Once you master putting them on, it will literally take you about a few seconds. 

Tips: 

-Be sure to use hair scissors to get a good cut. Keep in mind this is to accentuate the outer lid so you will be positioning the lashes from the middle of the eye and out. 

-Be sure to trim following the angle already established. I actually allowed the top and bottom pieces to clip together before trimming. 

-Since the lashes are synthetic and they are connected to a thin plastic, you can take your eye lash curler (if you have one) and put a little bend in the eye lash so it doesn’t appear too straight when on the eye. 

-The instructions say you can place mascara on the magnetic lashes, once applied, but I didn’t care to. I used a primer on my lashes and double coated before applying a double coat of mascara and then the lashes (allow your lashes to dry so they don’t get stuck to magnetic lashes particularly helpful if you have to reposition them). Also, I chose to put black liner on my lids prior to help camouflage. 

– Once you place the top lash on the base of your lash line (as close as possible) you add the bottom lash and it will attract to the top in a snap! Press them down into your own lash and viola! That’s it! 

So now I want to know, have you ever tried the magnetic lashes? If so what are your thoughts? Yay or nay?

P.S. The first picture of the eye lashes in their case was after I trimmed them. I forgot to take it prior to the “big chop” lol. 

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Vegan Cauliflower Fried “Chicken”

Now I have to admit, my recipe is not actually “Vegan” because I did use an egg and milk wash before frying. However, to make it “Vegan,” the original recipe I studied called for 1 1/2 tbsp. of grounded flaxseed mixed with 1/4 of water set for 3 min. then 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper was added with 1 tbsp. of Dijon mustard. The rest of my recipe is below. 
Ingredients: 

1 head of cauliflower 

1 cup of flour

1 tsp of season salt

1/2 tsp. of garlic salt

1 tsp. of oregano

1/2 tsp. of Cayenne pepper 

4-5 cups of extra virgin olive oil

1 bottle of your favorite buffalo or wing sauce 

2 eggs 

1 tbsp. of milk

Cut cauliflower into chicken like pieces. 

Beat eggs in a separate bowl with milk or use flaxseed alternative (you can also just coat in plain soy milk).

Lightly season chopped Cauliflower (with seasoning salt). 

Dip seasoned cauliflower one at a time in your egg and milk wash evenly coating them and then dip in flour mixture which includes all dry ingredients listed above (repeat for extra crispiness before frying). 

Fry and turn over after a few min. or until golden brown on each side like chicken.

Drain on a napkin and eat as is (kid friendly) or add a mild wing sauce to dip or coat. 

I used Walmart’s brand:


Enjoy!

Quinoa Crusted Spinach Pizza


To make the crust I used a 12 oz box of Quinoa 10 min. rice cooled, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tsp. of baking powder 2/3 cups of water, 3 tsp. of Flax seeds and 1 tsp. of kosher salt. You basically blend it all together in a food processor. 

Once done, it will be gummy and you will press it out on parchment paper over a pan and brush that with olive oil. I cooked it for nearly 40-45 min. to get it like crust. I did flip it over about 25 min. in. 

For the sauce I used a 8 oz can of tomato sauce and half of a small can of tomato paste along with a few dashes of oregano, Italian seasoning a pinch of salt and garlic powder to taste. 
Once crust is ready add sauce, about 2 ounces of cheese of your choice and toppings (I did fresh Spinach and a all white cheese mix), put your pizza back in oven for about 10 min. and enjoy!

Now if you don’t get the 10 min. cooked box of Quinoa, you will have to soak the regular for 8 hours in an inch of water in refrigerator and drain. The store I went to only had the tri-color in a box so I had to alter the original recipe. 😉



Enjoy!

Naturalista 

I decided to bless y’all with some more of my favorite earth tone colors! Keeping it sophisticated and chíc, I decided to pair my new off the shoulder top from H&M with my favorite boyfriend jean. I added my signature lip color and few coordinating pieces and voila! I’m ready to start my day off…fashionably! 😂




Top-H&M/Boyfriend Jeans & Jewelry –Nordstrom/Sandals-Walmart/Sunglasses-Coach/Handbag-Francisco Biasia/Photo Credit: My momma! 😉

What’s Your Colors?

Every since my hair has been natural, I have loved how earth toned colors have complimented my look! I believe that anyone can wear any color, it’s just a matter of shade and placement. I have personally found colors like bronze, forest green, cream, burgundy, mustard yellow and burnt orange have been my best colors to wear. 

Finding the right shades of color is definetly key. For example if you are pale in color, you would not wear a beige dress that would wash you out, but instead opt for colors that would give you more life. Such would be a soft pink, navy or a dark red.  If you really wanted to wear beige, you wouldn’t want to have it near your face, but have the color either mixed with other vibrant colors in a skirt, shoe or other accessory.  

Now if finding the right shade is not your strong suit, linking up with someone who knows about fashion such as a personal stylist would be beneficial. Knowing your “go to” colors is just the beginning of owning your style!

Top-BCBG/Denim Shorts-!iT Jeans/ Earrings-Nordstrom/Pumps-Alfani

Broccoli & Quinoa Medley  


Here is another one!!! Super easy, fun and healthy (in moderation lol). I found this broccoli casserole recipe on http://www.eatgood4life.com and decided to make it my own. I was truly amazed at how good and tasty this was and new you would love it! You know it’s also a plus when your toddler loves it! 👌🏾

Ingredients:

9-12 oz of broccoli (I used frozen)

2 1/2 cups of uncooked Quinoa
2 cups of Mozerella cheese

1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

14 oz can of Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth

14 oz of water (I used the Swanson’s can)

3 stalks of green onions

2 cups of spinach (Again, I used frozen)

1 tsp. of oregano 

1 tsp. of garlic powder

Put frozen broccoli in a bowl and cook for about 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

Put Quinoa and chopped green onions in a 9×13 baking dish. 

Chicken broth and water mixed in bowl for taste testing (I did not add salt because the broth has enough, however you can add salt to your liking).  

Chicken broth, 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, spinach, garlic and oregano added to the dish and ready to bake at 350 degrees in the oven for about 30 minutes. After 30 min. You will notice the Quinoa is fully cooked and you can now stir in the broccoli and add the remainder of cheese to cover the top (I sprinkled additional Parmesan too)! Broil for about 3 minutes and voilà! 

Good to the last drop!😜

 

Makes 5-6 servings. 

Refocus

Sometimes we get caught up with all the challenges of life and it’s not until either something drastic happens or we have had enough, that we ask ourselves, “How did I get here?” When you examine your life, you are where you are based off of the choices you’ve made whether good or bad. However, when you have made the wrong decisions, it’s about how you respond that will determine what happens next. 

 I used to tell my team, “control your controllables.” Meaning, you decide where your next move will be. Don’t get down and dishearten about what happen or could have been, but focus on what can be. Redirect your way of thinking and find out what your true purpose is. Do what makes sense and most importantly, do what makes you happy. #purposefilled 

Skirt, Tank & Neckalace H&M/3/4 sleeve Cardigan-Nordstrom/ Sandals-Walmart

Photo credit: My Boobikins 😉