How to: Contour, Highlight & Conceal | Kat Von D: Shade Light Palette

Hey hey heeyyy,

Since about last year, the hype of contouring has gone up a few million notches! Although the concept has been used for many years by professional makeup artists, many cosmetic brands have been making contour kits as apart of their branding technique. We started with Anastasia, then we had Makeup Forever (and many others in between) and now we have Kat Von D’s, Shade Light Palette.

Each contour kit has about 6 shades, some have 2-4. There are lighter shades to emphasis the highlighted areas and carve out your contour and there are darker shades to create the illusion of a slimmer face, cheekbones, and even creating abs or cleavage.

In today’s video, I’ve used the Shade Light Palette by Kat Von D to emphasize and carve out my features. For a list of the products, see below:

1. Bobbi Brown – Illuminating Treatment Foundation

2. Nars – Radiant Concealer in Vanilla

3. Kat Von D – The Shade Light Palette

4. Nars – Translucent Powder

5. Banana Powder

6. Nars – Albatross Highlighter

Remember to use a sponge or a beauty blender to blend everything together, if you do not have either, try a stippling brush and very lightly blend everything together in circular motions.

I hope this helped everyone who needs help with contouring!
Thanks for stopping by and please subscribe to my channel if you like what you see.

xoxo
Anisa

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Macaroning with Hafsa

Hi dolls!

Hope everyone is doing fabulous on this rainy wednesday night. A few weekends ago, my girl Hafsa and I decided to get together to make Macaron’s! Now I did it once before and it worked out perfectly.. this time we had a few bumps along the road but thats mostly because we were goofing off the whole time. We used ‘Beth’s fool proof recipe’ that my cousin sent to me and it’s the only video that is very detailed in terms of making the perfect Macaron! Now without further ado, let’s get started!

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You will need:
3 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup of White Sugar
2 Cups of Icing Sugar
1 Cup of Almond Flour
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
Buttercream (Chocolate or Vanilla – your choice)
Your choice of food coloring (if any)
A mixer
A sift
A spatula
A couple bowls
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet
Piping Bag

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Step 1: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Sift your almond flour and icing sugar into a bowl. During this time, you also want to make sure your eggs are at room temperature. If they are not, throw them in a bowl of luke warm water for about 3 minutes and they will be ready to go!
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Step 2: Prepare your egg whites (make sure to not get any yolk inside) and turn on your mixer to a medium speed.
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Step 3: Add a pinch of salt and your cream of tarter.
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Step 4: Mix on medium-high speed until you reach stiff peaks. You should be able to put the bowl over your head without the mixture falling! At this point, you should add a drop of your favorite food coloring. We unfortunately forgot and had to mix it by hand later which was also okay!
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Step 5: It’s time to mix your dry and wet mixture together. Make sure you fold slowly and do not over mix with your spatula! Once everything is well incorporated and is a thick consistency, pour it into a piping bag and get ready to make little circles!
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Step 6: On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, pipe out 1 inch rounds! Then, tap the cookie sheet 3 times and let the macaron’s sit out for 30 minutes.
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Step 7: Bake your macaron’s for 20 minutes and let them cool before you start assembling them with your butter cream mixture.
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Step 8: VOILA! The macaron’s are complete! Bon Appetite!
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I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy Macaron recipe. Check out the youtube video for more details on the baking process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ636Y8N6E8

Below, you will also find some more pictures of macaron’s I made a few months ago, dusted with icing sugar and made with chocolate ganache!

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Also, check out my girl Hafsa on her blog: http://www.hafsapathan.com/

Thanks guys!
Xo!

 

Soft Pretzels … From Scratch!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Every year I visit my best friend & cousin in Florida and since we were little we made a little tradition of going to “Pretzel Time” and grabbing a delicious warm salted pretzel with a cold lemonade in the local Ocala Mall. It’s just one of those things that we both get excited about and enjoy watching through the window as the employees make the soft pretzels right in front of your very eyes. Unfortunately Pretzel Time was taken out of the mall and Auntie Anne’s was added in. Of course we tried it! With cheese, mustard and even a hot dog right in the middle but I have to say, nothing beats the soft pretzels from Pretzel Time.

With that being said, this weekend I decided to tackle something I’ve always wanted to try. While watching endless youtube videos of ‘how to make soft pretzels’ I kept assuming that the process was just long, frustrating and tedious. I then decided to at least give it a try and combine a few youtube videos together to make my own home made soft pretzel from scratch!

Though the process was not fast and easy (and believe me when I say I am the most impatient person EVER!) the end result was perfection which made it worth the wait. Crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside! I would recommend trying this recipe on a saturday or sunday when you have time to yourself and don’t have many errands to run as the process requires tender loving attention and care! The best part about this recipe is that you probably have all of these ingredients, if not most at home. Now enough pep talk, lets get this recipe started!

Ingredients:

a) 1.5 cups of warm water (make sure the water is not hot or your yeast will not activate)
b) 1 Tbsp of Sugar
c) 1 tsp of Salt
d) 1 package of Dry Yeast
e) 2 Tbsp of melted Butter
f) 4 ½ cups of All Purpose Flour
g) 5 cups of HOT water
h) 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
i) Egg Wash (1 Egg beaten)
j) Kosher Salt or Cinnamon + Sugar for seasoning
k) Vegetable Oil (As needed)
l) Pam or Cooking Oil Spray

Step 1: Prep all of your items, this makes the process much faster as you aren’t running around your kitchen looking for the necessary ingredients/items. I do not have all of my pictures here but you get the idea ;). Also, preheat your oven at 420 degrees.

Step 2: In your mixer, or a bowl, combine your Sugar, Salt, Warm Water and Yeast (do not mix).  The yeast will start activating when it forms a foam like texture – this should take about 5 minutes. Once the yeast is activated, put your mixer on low to combine all of the ingredients together. The picture below is an example of what the yeast should look like when it is activated, you will notice that it is a little foamy, dissolved and separated.

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Step 2: After measuring out EXACTLY 4.5 cups of flour and keeping your mixer at a low speed, start adding in your flour very slowly. If you go too fast, your flour can spill everywhere and make a big mess.

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Step 3: After your flour has been incorporated, add in your melted butter very slowly.

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Step 4: When your yeast mixture, flour and butter are incorporated, turn your mixer up to a medium speed and let it go for about 7-10 minutes. You are looking to make sure that your dough mixture becomes well incorporated and soft.

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Step 5: Take your dough out of the mixer and gently pull it together. Put your dough in a lightly oiled bowl and tightly seal it with saran wrap. Make sure you do not let any air out.

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Step 6: Next, put your bowl in a closed space, this could be your microwave or stove (don’t turn ON the microwave/stove obvs). This is just so that you can let your dough rest and rise. Leave it in the closed space for 2 hours for best results. 1 hour will do if you really are that impatient. #dontbeimpatient

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Step 7: This is the best part. I love the difference in the dough size and the dough texture – its so soft! On your counter, sprinkle some flour and take your dough out of the bowl.

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Step 7: Grab a knife and cut your dough into 2 pieces. Then, taking one side you want to cut 6 equal pieces.

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Step 8: Working quickly one by one (so your dough doesn’t become crusty), roll out a portion you originally cut and make it into a “U” shape.

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Step 9: Take the right side of your “U” and bring it over to the bottom left side. Do the same with the left side of the “U” and bring it over to the bottom right. Since this was a horrible explanation, refer to the pictures below. LOL

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Step 10: After you have successfully made the perfect pretzel shape, put your pretzels on a tray topped with parchment paper that has previously been sprayed  heavily with cooking oil.

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Step 11: While your pretzels are resting, grab a bowl and add your water and baking soda mixture. You want to submerge each pretzel into the mixture for 30 seconds, dry the pretzel on a towel and put it back onto the tray.

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Step 12: You then want to take your egg wash mixture and brush each pretzel. Once each pretzel is brushed, sprinkle some sea salt on top!

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Step 13: Throw your pretzels into the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure to turn your tray around half way through the baking process, this will help evenly bake the pretzels. This recipe will make 12 pretzels, I did not put both trays into the oven at the same time. When the pretzels are out, they should be golden brown, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.. and yes I am drinking coke in a cup.

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And there you go my friends! 13 easy steps to making fabulous delicious pretzels! It may be a long process but it really is simple and easy. Do not rush and follow each step thoroughly. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section and I will answer them to the best of my ability!

Happy Pretzel-ing & Good Luck!

Recipe: Home Made Scones

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Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week. Last weekend I decided to make some yummy scones for a little tea party that I had with my girlfriends. I was inspired by the fun afternoon tea sessions I had with my husband on our recent trip to the Bahamas. This recipe was very simple, easy and hardly a mess… in fact you probably have all the ingredients sitting at home right now! I kept them fresh by placing them on top of a piece of parchment paper in a cute little jar that I bought from Pier1! A lot of you have been asking for the recipe so I figured I would make a blog post about it. Remember, that you can always alternate the recipe by adding items you like such as dried fruits, chocolate chips or even cheese! I wanted a semi sweet scone to compliment the other desserts we were going to have so I only added sugar. Check out the recipe below and let me know how your scones turn out!

You will need:

1. 1 cup of sour cream
2. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
3. 4 cups of all-purpose flour
4. 1 cup of white sugar
5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
6. 1 teaspoon of salt
7. 1 cup of butter (cold)
8. 1 egg

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet
2. In a bowl, pour in your sour cream and baking soda then set it aside until later
3. Grab a large bowl and add in your: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in your cold butter (which you should have previously cut up into little cubes)
4. Add in your sour cream mixture and egg
5. Start mixing and kneading with your hands (remember not to over mix – once it is mixed just stop)
6. Roll out your dough and grab a cookie cutter (I used a basic circle) and cut into pieces
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the tray around half way through the baking process and keep checking up on it
8. Let it cool on a cooling rack and then put them in a tight container or jar that keeps them fresh
9. Serve with a side of whipped cream or jam and voila!

Enjoy!

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