Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Songs of the Month Vol.1

Hey guys! Now, I'm a huge music lover. I can't go a day without listening to my mp3 player, and I've never driven a car with the radio off since I first got behind the wheel. The other day, while listening to my favorite song of the moment, I thought why don't I blog about these? So, I've decided to start sharing my favorite songs, hopefully on a monthly basis.

1. "Hey Na Na" by Katie Herzig
This is my all-time favorite song of the moment--I've probably listened to it 2-4 times everyday for the past two weeks! The first time I saw/heard it was on Dianna Agron's Tumblr and I instantly fell in love with it. From the first beat, all you want to do is sort of bounce up-and-down in place, an urge that continues throughout the entire song. The lyrics are sweet and slightly whimsical, and Katie is unbelievably easy to sing along with. The video is kooky, funny, and eccentric,  but surprisingly simple.


2. "Secret" by the Pierces
Sister duo Catherine and Allison Pierce bring the next song on my list. "Secret" has a definite 60s vibe with its soft, echoing vocal sound, accordion accompaniment, and mod styling. Catherine has a great Bridget Bardot look going on while Allison's back-up vocals are slightly haunting. The chorus is unbelievably catchy, and I just can't stop listening to it!
(Any Pretty Little Liars fans out there? This song was featured on the show!)


3. "Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy" by Tata Young
Every party girl's new anthem! The first time I saw/heard this, I'd been watching a bunch of Disney mash-ups on YouTube. This song came up and I instantly loved it. I love how the lyrics convey a confident girl who doesn't give a rip about what others think about her. Slightly inappropriate, I'll admit, but it's definitely become my go-to confidence booster. (I think the video here is funny too; it really captures some aspects of Disney's heroines!)



4. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson/Glee
Ok, I'm kind of cheating on this one since it's two different artists, but oh well. I'm obsessed with this song! I love it the first time I heard it during that car commercial Kelly was in, and then I loved it even more when Glee performed it. It's the perfect song for the single-and-loving-it crowd or just to fist pump to with your girls.

And the Glee version:


And that's all for February! Let me know in the comments what YOU've been listening to all month!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

MySpace Questionnaire Tag

Hey guys! So I admit, I never had a MySpace page. I didn't really see the appeal when it first came about, and then I thought that Facebook was just so much better. I think I made the right choice :) Anyways, I was going through my "Watch Later" list on YouTube since I had completely filled it (200 vids max!) and found that I'd added this tag video back in August. Yes, August! Since tags are so fun and easy, I thought I'd quickly fill this one out for you guys!

1) Are you a gullible person? Not really. I actually tend to be rather cynical :/

2) Are you left handed or right handed? Right handed
3) What are 3 items you will always find in your refrigerator? Coke Zero (completely addicted), leftovers (whenever I cook, I make extras so I have something for lunch the next day), and eggs!

4) What is your favorite planet? I've always been partial to Jupiter and Neptune. I think it's because I associate them with the Sailor Moon series--Sailor Neptune had the most gorgeous teal hair!!

5) Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell? My friend Mary
6) What is your favorite ringtone on your phone? Starstrukk by 3OH!3. Makes me wanna dance everytime my phone rings

7) If you could kiss anyone, who would it be? Hugh Jackman. Or Johnny Depp. :D

8) Have you ever had detention? My school actually didn't have detention; we just had in-school suspension (ISS). And no, I never had it.

9) What is your favorite type of pizza? Barbeque Chicken Pineapple

10) Do you like super spicy food? Not really

11) What is the last concert you went to? Foo Fighters (Rise Against was their opener!)

12) What were you doing at midnight last night? Surfing Amazon for free Kindle books. I'm completely obssessed with my Kindle for PC app!

13) What did your last text message you received say? "I'm watching ricky martin sing go the distance with mi madre" Haha I love my friends!
Here's the vid--greatest thing ever! ;)


14) Do you use a calendar? No, but I have a pocket planner
15) What is a word you say a lot? Legit, as in "It's totally legit" or "That's legit" I use it sooo much, I'm sure I annoy people
16) Do you sing in the shower? I used to, but sharing one bathroom with 3 other girls (and the fact that I only shower at night) makes it très awks.

17) What do you do when you can't fall asleep? Read a bit of whatever book I'm reading at the moment

18) Who was your first crush? Zachary in Kindergarten. He was the cutest boy in our class :)

19) Do you play any instruments? Flute
20) What was your worst injury ever? Just before the end of sophomore year of high school, I tore my ACL playing softball. I ended up having surgery that June (my first, ever!) and spent the rest of the summer rehabing. I was unable to play volleyball the next year and had to give up catching in softball.

21) What is your current desktop picture? An owl made out of coffee beans and cups of coffee

So cute!

22) What is the last song you listened to? Stonger by Kelly Clarkson. I'm obssessed!



And that's it! I hope you guys enjoyed this tag, and I will see in later posts!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Michelle Trachtenberg's Flirty Eye Look

Being on Glamour's email list has given me quite a bit of beauty inspiration these past few weeks. A week or two ago, they did a feature on Michelle Trachtenberg's black and purple eye look. I thought it was so pretty and flirty, that I decided to try it out.

Here's the original look

Now for the close up

and closer...

In the original look, Michelle wore winged out liquid liner on top with a bright purple pencil liner on bottom.

Great contact shot, sheesh!

On the upper lid I used my ELF cream eyeliner in Black. I didn't wing it out since my hooded eyes don't carry a wing well.

Underneath I used Wet n Wild Idol Eyes creme eyeshadow pencil in Techno. Its a gorgeous purple with a blue tint to it. So pretty!

To top off the look, I used two coats of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on top and one coat on bottom. Done!


I love this look, and I've been sporting variations of it all week. Using a peacock green color looks absolutely fabulous too!


Top three images from Glamour.com

Sunday, February 12, 2012

NOTD: Glammy Pink & Gold

Hey guys! Long time no blog! Sorry about that. I've got a new nails of the day post for you guys: Pink and Gold!! I absolutely love this color combo; its so glam and I just can't stop staring at it!

with flash

no flash

To get this nail look I used two different polishes: L'Oreal Amazon's Flash and China Glaze Crackle in Broken Hearted. After putting on a base coat, I applied three coats of the L'Oreal. It's a very sheer shade since it's a clear base with very finely-milled glitter, but it sparkles like no other! The photos really don't do it justice.

How gorgeous is that pink?!


I was so excited to use Broken Hearted. I had gotten the complete China Glaze Original Crackle collection for Christmas and was dying to try them out! After everything dried completely, I applied a coat of Broken Hearted, which crackled very nicely and was quite opaque so the gold didn't shine completely through.

...pretty...

I topped everything off with two coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Invisible, and my mani has lasted for 6 days now with minimal chipping. Win!


Monday, February 6, 2012

A Must-Try Recipe: Ratatouille!!

Who doesn't like French food? I started taking French this past fall, and an assignment in the class was to write a one-page paper about a French cultural experience we had. My mom was making this vegetable dish, and I thought it seemed really similar to Ratatouille. I compared the recipes and they were exactly the same!

I decided to share this recipe with you guys today. It's delicious and incredibly healthy. And let me tell you, I hate vegetables with a passion, but I ate a lot of this!


Ingredients:
• 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
• 1 c. chopped shallots
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 eggplant
• 1 zucchini
• 1 yellow squash
• 3 large Roma tomatoes
• ½ cup grated Permesan cheese
• Salt and black pepper, to taste

(Weary of some of the ingredients? Don't worry! Cooked eggplant doesn't really have a strong flavor to it, and can be replaced with sliced potatoes if you want. With the other ingredients, the dish tastes a lot like spaghetti sauce.)

Instructions:
• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
• Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
• Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the shallots and sauté until translucent (about 8 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook for another minute. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
• Slice the eggplant, zucchini, squash and tomatoes into ¼ inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the shallots, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
• Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.


The results are delicious--it tastes almost exactly like spaghetti sauce, and is traditionally served with grilled chicken. Yum!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow

I'm sure you've already seen these new Maybelline shadows all over Youtube and in your local drugsotres. I thought I'd post some pictures, swatches, and a little bit of a first impression.


I got two shades: Fierce & Tangy (matte orange) and Too Cool (a shimmery white).


These are nicely creamy cream shadows that have been likened to MAC Paint Pots, though I haven't found any dupes yet. Hopefully, Maybelline will put out a bunch more colors!

Fierce & Tangy

Too Cool

Swatched, the orange wasn't as bright as it was in the pot, but it was still nicely pigmented. I've already thought up a tutorial or two using it. The white was also nicely pigmented, but I think an even application is going to be a bit tricky.

Fierce & Tangy, Too Cool
And once these things set, they are on! I scrubbed at my hand with soap and hot water for a good 10 minutes, and the swatches were still there! I'm definitely going to have to put these to the 24hr test!
After being scrubbed with soap and hot water