Weekly Reads #180: November 22, 2014

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Ahhh… the perils of real life. I completely intended to have blog posts up this week. In fact, I have 90% completed drafts!


What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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xoxo, K

Review: Reusable Cotton Rounds from Etsy

A year ago or so, I first learned about reusable cotton rounds from the blog Wardrobe Oxygen.  I know I could do better in making my lifestyle more earth-friendly, and this looked like a good way to do so.

Side note: If you are not reading Wardrobe Oxygen yet, I highly recommend it. It is a great fashion blog for REAL women like me, who don’t have unlimited funds to make themselves look business-appropriate.

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Reusable rounds can be used where ever you use disposable cotton rounds, although I don’t recommend you use them for removing nail polish. Many Etsy sellers make them out of flannel or cotton.  I use them for removing my makeup.

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I bought my rounds from the Etsy seller Green Little Nest. She makes them out of leftover pieces of flannel from her other projects, so the patterns are so cute! After using them, I rinse them (although I really don’t think  you need to) and put them in a lingerie bag.  Once a week, I throw the lingerie bag in the wash long with my other laundry.

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Price: $13 for 30, plus shipping. I use about 3 each time I remove my makeup.

Pros:

  • Earth friendly!
  • These are super soft and don’t irritate my skin
  • The patterns are so cute and make me feel a little bit happier when I remove my makeup.
  • These get softer the more you wash them. In fact, I recommend that you wash them a few times before using them for the first time.

Cons:

  • I feel that these absorb more product than my normal cotton rounds.  If I am using Bioderma or other water-based makeup removers, I wet the rounds under the sink first, and squeeze out the excess water before applying the remover.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, and I think these make a great gift!

 

Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

 

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

Beauty blogging introduced me to loose eyeshadows. I love the pigmentation and the colors that I can get from using loose eyeshadows, but they tend to get pretty messy.  When I first heard about the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, it sounded like the best of both worlds – I could get the pigmentation and color I wanted, without the mess.  It has been LOVE every since!

Before my most recent trip to the US, I heard some buzz about the Amber Rush color. A neutral Infallible? Sounds great to me!

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What it does: (from the L’Oreal website)

For the 1st time ever, L’Oréal Paris introduces an ultra intense eye shadow that lasts from day until dawn—a full 24 hours. This revolutionary formula fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream to create a unique hybrid that glides on effortlessly. And with its unique technology, your eyes are enhanced with pure, magnified pigment. Make a lasting impression without batting an eye.

Intense, maximized color. Luxurious powder-cream texture. 24-hour long-lasting hold. Waterproof, crease resistant, fade resistant

Price: L’Oreal lists this product for $7.99.  As with all US drugstore products, the price may vary depending on where you buy it.

Swatch:

This product applies as a very rich coppery color.

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Availability: This and other L’Oreal products are widely available in US drugstores (such as Walgreens, CVS, etc) and supermarkets (Walmart, Target, etc)

Pros:

  • As with most other Infallible eyeshadows, this product has very good pigmentation.  The swatch above is one swipe on my bare skin!
  • I find that this product is best applied with my fingers. That means that with just one finger, I can get a great eye look with this product.
  • This is a great product to bring with me on vacation or when I don’t want to spend too much time getting ready in the morning.

 

Cons:

  • None, really, unless you count the fact that I keep wanting more of these!

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes!  Let me rephrase that – I would repurchase this if I ran out, and I will definitely be buying more of the Infallible eyeshadows.  But these each contain a lot of product, and I’m not even close to hitting pan on the ones that I have had for a long time!

If you would like to see my previous review on the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows, please take  a look at this review from 2012!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #179: November 9, 2014

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Early November is a great time to visit Japan, and I’m off to do some sightseeing with a friend of mine who is visiting from the US. Long time beauty bloggers may know her.  Guess who?


What were your favorite posts this week? 

 

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K’s Kitchen – Macarons

I’ve been making a lot of ice cream this year, and I usually make them with a custard base. My usual ice cream base recipe calls for 3 egg yolks.  What to do with the egg whites?  I decided to try my hand at making macarons!  They are very popular in Japan right now and sold at many “hip” stores, but I wanted to see how they would turn out if I made them myself.

 

Macarons are notoriously hard to make.   This is not a recipe I suggest for beginner bakers, nor for people who are pressed on time.  Google was a great resource while I made this, and I often googled things such as “why do my macarons crack/become lopsided/not rise”  to see what people suggested.

 

Tools necessary for making macarons

  • kitchen scale (this is a must, as egg yolks differ in size)
  • piping bag and nozzle
  • parchment
  • standmixer or hand mixer

 

This recipe is from Cookpad, a popular Japanese recipe site. This recipe also includes many tips on what could happen with your macarons and how to fix them.

 

Ingredients:

Egg whites (Weigh the egg whites. The amount of all other ingredients depend on the weight of the egg whites. I used 2 egg whites which were a total of 70g)

Granulated sugar, 85% of egg white weight (in my case, 60g)

Powdered sugar, 115% of egg white weight (in my case, 80g. Use powdered sugar which does not contain added corn starch)

Powdered almonds, 107% of egg white weight (in my case, 75g)

If using cocoa for chocolate macarons, 5g. (reduce powdered almond weight by 5g)

 

Instructions:

1. Freeze the egg whites overnight, and defrost at room temperature. Apparently this makes the meringue more stable. Weigh the egg whites after defrosting, and use that weight to calculate the rest of the ingredients.

2. Sift together powdered sugar, powdered almonds, and cocoa if using

3. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, adding sugar gradually while doing so.

4. Mix together the dry ingredients with the egg whites.

5. Now you need to continue mixing until it becomes the appropriate texture. Scrape batter from around the bowl, turning it over and over, until the mixture falls continuously from your spatula.  This is the most difficult step, because too much mixing will cause your macarons to not be able to rise, and too little will make the tops crack.

6. Pipe your macarons onto a parchment. Then leave the macarons out to dry for at least 1 hour. This is essential to make the “foot” of the macaron.

7. Bake your macarons in a preheated 160 degree Celsius oven for 1 min, then reduce the temperature to 130 degrees and continue to bake for 18 minutes.

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 Notes:

  • Yes, this is an incredibly labor-intensive recipe!
  • I found that my macarons had lopsided feet.  Apparently this is a sign of uneven drying. Because my apartment has a window only on one side, I found that that side dried faster.  Now I am sure to rotate my macarons half way through the drying process.
  • If you are not familiar with how to use a piping bag and nozzle, be sure to check out some youtube videos before trying.
  • I like to put some sour jam between the macarons, to give the sweet macarons a different flavor profile.

 

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

xoxo, K