Empties: December 2012

Monday, January 21, 2013

Another month, another empties video. Because of the move and the traveling over the holidays, December was full of finishing sample and travel sizes. I found a few new interesting products and also finished up some old favorites.


In the video I make three mistakes that I would like to mention. The first is the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water. I say that the size I have finished up is the biggest available, but that is not the case. A very large size is available at sephora.com (which I will soon be picking up). The second, is that the Nivea deodorant that I used up is not available in the US. However, as you can see in the link below, it is available online. I would not however recommend it. Finally, I said that The Enchanter Bath Bomb is limited edition, wrong again (see the link below).


As far as the discontinued Kiehl's scrub, I was able to go around to a few Kiehl's locations and ask if they had any leftover in the back (I was able to get one more backup). I suggest doing that if that is also one of your favorite products. Even with all the addendums to the video, I hope you guys still enjoyed!


Products Mentioned:

Keihl's Milk Honey & Almond Scrub*

Sample/Travel Sizes


* = I would repurchase

Thanks for watching/reading!
Love, Claire

Favorites: December 2012

Monday, January 21, 2013

The month of December was hectic to say the least. Not only are the holidays usually a fun but overwhelming experience, but I also decided to move 1,000 miles only a mere 4 days after graduating from my masters program. As far as products went, I used very little makeup and stuck to my skincare routine. Falling back in love with some of my regular products while being able to really focus on a few new ones (my blushes) actually produced a few favorites form to talk about. Watch the video to see my full explanations on the products.


Products Mentioned:

Kryolan for Glossybox Glossy Rosewood Blush
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fantastic
Kat Von D Little Sinners Eyeshadow Palette

Thanks for watching!
Love, Claire

Tutorial: Holiday Party Fun

Monday, January 7, 2013

This makeup look was for a holiday party. It can also be great for a date date this winter season. I personally can't get enough of a nice classic red lip. Hope you guys enjoy.



Love, 
Claire

Holiday Gift Guide: Anything & Everything

Monday, January 7, 2013

The last installment in the three-part holiday gift guide series. Hope you guys enjoyed. I loved making these and I definitely will be doing them in the future. This specific one features gifts for him and her and for any age group. From coffee sets to cookbooks, I hope this video can inspire you this holiday season. 


Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 
Claire

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Fashion

Monday, January 7, 2013

The 2nd installment in my three-part holiday gift guide. These ideas are all fashion based and will hopefully inspire you for this holiday season! Hope you enjoy!


Love, Claire

Recipe: Grilled Sesame Eggplant

Monday, January 7, 2013

I thought I would share one of my favorite, go-to, healthy ways to prepare eggplant. This recipe has a little of an asian flare. When I want a really light and healthy meal,I will make these alongside a salad (either lettuce-based, or quinoa). 


Ingredients

1 large eggplant or 2 small eggplants (cut into thin wedges)
2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil + extra for brushing eggplant
2 large 
garlic cloves (minced)
1 green onion (minced) + more for garnish
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbs tamari
2 top rice vinegar
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)

1. Brush the eggplant with olive oil and grill until lightly charred and tender. Set aside and loosely cover with foil to keep warm
2. In a small sauce pan heat the 2 tsp of olive oil
3. Add the garlic, green onion, and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant
4. Turn off the heat and add the tamari, rice vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil. 
5. Mix until combined and pour over the eggplant
6. Garnish with the rest of the scallions and the sesame seeds

Hope you enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Beauty

Monday, January 7, 2013

I thought I would share some ideas for gifts this holiday season. I've split up the videos into categories: beauty, fashion, and everything else. In each category I try to have a range of costs and types of items for an assortment of people. The first installment is beauty, from perfume to prepackaged holiday kits. Hopefully you find the video has an inspiration and idea generator for what to buy this holiday season. 


Products Mentioned:


Hope you enjoy!

Love,
Claire

My Week in Instagram # 4

Monday, January 7, 2013

These last couple weeks have been filled with a visit from my parents, a visit from Nate, good food, my overwhelming nail polish addiction and midterms. 


Top to Bottom/Left to Right:

NOTD: OPI - Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
Delicious food at The Kitchen, Denver
Mom & Dad at The Kitchen, Denver
OOTD - Still Love Mickey
Getting work done with Starbucks & my new lap top cover
NOTD: H&M - Wildflower
Tools for Halloween Nail Art
NOTD: Rescue Beauty Lounge - Moulin Rouge
Memories from Chouquet Restaurant, San Francisco
NOTD: Wet n Wild - Haze of Love
NOTD: Nails Inc. - Baker Street
Lunch with Nate at HBurger, Denver

Hope you enjoyed!
Love, Claire 

Empties: November 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

The ridiculous amount of products that I went through this month was overwhelming. I am moving in the middle of December so I made it my life goal to finish as many half-used product as I could find in my beauty cabinet. In the process of doing this I found some new loves and remembered why I stopped using some products the first time around. 



Product Mentioned:

H&M Coconut Lime Body Lotion
Target Up & Up Adult Gummy Vitamins*
MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Sundipped (Hey Sailor! Collection)*

Samples/Travel Size:



* = I would repurchase

Hope you enjoyed!

Recipe: Nutella Banana Muffins

Monday, January 7, 2013

These delicious muffins are definitely an indulgence. Now that the holiday season is upon us I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a decadent recipe. Truthfully, as delicious as they are, they aren't THAT bad; they do have banana in them. Can you tell that I'm in denial about the fact that I ate three in a row right when they came out of the oven?


Ingredients:
1& 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Really Ripe Bananas (mashed)
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
10 tsp Nutella

1. Preheat the over to 375 degrees & line a ten pan muffin tin with muffin liners.
2. In a large bowl combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.
3. In another bowl beat: bananas, sugar, egg, and vegetable oil.
4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
5. Using an ice-cream scoop, distribute batter into muffin tin.
6. Drop a tsp (or more) of Nutella on the top of each muffin.
7. Use a butter knife to swirl the Nutella with the batter.
8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick is clean after inserted in the center of a muffin.
9. Cool on a rack, or dig right in!

Hope you enjoy!
Love,
Claire

Favorites: November 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

Another month, another favorites video. A little skin care and a few makeup products. These videos are great opportunity for me to share my favorite products of the moment. Hope you enjoy!




Products Mentioned:

Julep Demi (I said the wrong name in the video)

Hope you enjoy!

Love, 

Claire

Recipe: Ma Poh Tofu

Monday, January 7, 2013

I thought I would share with you one of my favorites recipes. Ma Poh Tofu is a classic Chinese dish, but here I have added a Japanese kick. Hope you guys enjoy!


Ingredients

1/3 Cup Sake
2 Tbs Oyster Sauce
1 Tbs Light Yellow Miso
1tsp Tamari
1 tsp + 1Tbs Sesame Oil
1 tsp Chili Black Bean Sauce
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Corn Starch
3 Scallions (chopped, white & green parts separated)
1/2 lb Ground Pork
1 clove of Garlic (minced)
1 Tbs Minced Ginger
14 oz. pack of Silken Tofu (cubed)


Whisk the sake, oyster sauce, miso paste, tamari, 1 tsp sesame oil, chili black bean sauce, sugar, and corn starch in a bowl. Set aside.

Heat your frying pan or wok on medium heat and add the 2 Tbs of sesame oil. Once the oil is heated add the white parts of the scallions, ginger, and garlic. Stir-fry one to two minutes until aromatic. 

Add the ground pork and stir-fry until the pork is cooked through. Add the sauce and stir continuously until the sauce has thickened.

Fold in the tofu gently. Lower the heat and continue cooking until the tofu is heated through. 

Serve your delicious dish over steamed rice and garnish with the green parts of the scallions. 

Hope you find it as delicious as I do. 

Love, 
Claire

Restaurant: Uncle

Monday, January 7, 2013

There are no words to describe how excited I am that a delicious ramen restaurant is finally here in Denver. I've been already twice and absolutely love it. Inspired by David Chang's famed Momofoku and Milk Bar in New York, this noodle bar is a great addition to Denver's restaurant repertoire.


I met up with my friend Leila and we ordered two pork belly steamed buns which were delicious but a little pricey at $7 each. We each got our own ramens, Chasu and Kim Chee. I felt like the Kim Chee was a little overpowered with the pickled cabbage flavor. My recommendation is the Chasu with a side of Kim Chee. If you love that sour flavor, ask for the more fermented one, the one they automatically serve is made that day. 


As we bellied up to to the bar on a cold winter night, a giant bowl of cozy noodle soup was exactly what we needed. If you are ever in the Denver area, check out this amazing noodle bar where the service is great, the food delicious, and the ambiance modern and cozy at the same time.

Hope you enjoyed!

Love, 
Claire

Recipe: Quinoa Salad

Monday, January 7, 2013

This lovely fresh and delicious salad is perfect all year round. It's my go to side dish for when company is over or when I want to have a healthy meal. There are so many different ways to make this salad, you can be as creative as you like and incorporate whatever veggies you are in the mood for, or even change up the dressing (i.e. lemon juice instead of vinegar, walnut oil instead of extra virgin).


This salad can be made really quickly and is wonderfully light and refreshing. Combining fresh herbs and veggies with the quinoa makes a healthy protein-rich lunch. This salad also goes well with a handful of feta cheese, chopped granny smith apples, and any fresh herbs you have sitting in your fridge.

Serves 4 as a side dish
Ingredients:

1 cup of Dry Quinoa (rinsed and drained)
2 cups Chicken Stock 
1 Tbs Butter or Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 Roma Tomatoes (chopped)
2 Persian Cucumbers (chopped)
2 Stalks of Celery (chopped)
2 Tbs Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
2 Tbs Chopped Fresh Basil (chopped)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbs Rice Wine Vinegar

1. Add the quinoa, butter, and chicken stock, and salt & pepper to taste in a rice cooker. (the quinoa can also be cooked on the stove-top in the same manner. Cover the lid and cook until all the stock is absorbed but the quinoa.
2. Fluff the quinoa with the fork and let cool completely. 
3. After the quinoa has cooled completely combine all remaining ingredients with cooked quinoa in a large bowl. 
4. Stir well and serve immediately

Serve with whole wheat pita bread, as a side dish to grilled chicken or veggies, or even alongside another salad. 

Hope you enjoy and make sure to leave a comment below if you try it out!

Review: LUSH Hair Doctor

Monday, January 7, 2013

This my first experience with LUSH's fresh masks. Everyone talks about their face masks, but I decided to try out this hair mask. My scalp get irritated very easily. About once a month, it becomes dry and flaky and action must be taken. I've used oils, masks, dandruff shampoos, and even medicated treatments from my doctor. Each product has its own purpose and LUSH's Hair Doctor is the newest addition to my arsenal. 


The minty paste is incredibly cooling and soothing to an irritate scalp. I use the end of a rattail comb to part my hair, then apply a generous amount of the product directly to my scalp. I then clip that section of hair back and continue parting the hair and applying product. Once my scalp is covered and saturated, I let the product sit for at least 20 minutes. 


Either in the bathtub, packing for my move, or washing dishes, I can be productive while Hair Doctor soothes my scalp. My only complaint is that it takes a little while to wash out in the shower. It takes a couple washes but the product comes out, leaving no residue and only a lovely cooling sensation and intensely herbal scent. 

I definitely suggest trying out this product if you are suffering from an irritated scalp these colder and drier months. Do note that it needs to be stored in the fridge and has about a 2 week shelf life. 

Hope you enjoy and let me know if you have tried any other of LUSH's fresh masks. 

Love, 
Claire

Empties: October 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

I absolutely can't get enough of these posts and videos. Over the month of October I finished quite a few of my favorite products. The big move is exactly 5 weeks away and I'm doing my best to get through the products that are more than halfway done. The truth is that my car will be full of makeup and beauty products regardless, but I try. 


Products Mentioned:

H&M Coconut Lime Body Scrub*
Samples:
* = I would repurchase

Don't forget to check out the accompanying video!

My Week in Instagram # 3

Monday, January 7, 2013

My mom was still in town, so this week was full of taking her around, eating out and a little relaxing and self-pampering at home.


Top to Bottom/Left to Right

Sushi Sasa Dinner
Coral Fall OOTD
Dinner at Colt & Gray
Lush Bath with Oliver
New Love: Amy & Brian Coconut Juice WITH Pulp
NOTD: OPI Germany Collection - Schnapps Out of It!
Lush Hair Doctor Fresh Scalp Mask
Majestic Oliver
Frozen Passion Fruit Soufflet at Crave Dessert Bar

Hope you enjoyed!
Love, Claire

Favorites: October 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

Colder weather, paler skin, and nights spent doing face masks while staying in to study sums up my October. I had to change my foundation and adjust my skincare for the new climate. Cold nights in Colorado means blasting the heater and trying to manage dry patches. I sound so exciting.


Recipe: Dense, Healthy, & Delicious Muffins

Monday, January 7, 2013

After restarting a healthier lifestyle this past Monday, I was inspired to come up with some equally healthy recipes. This muffin recipe is perfect for the fall and contains no sugar or fat! They are not sweet, but perfect little treats for breakfast or a midday snack. The bran is great for digestion, the flaxseed contains protein and is great for your nails and hair, while the cranberries and bananas add the slightest sweetness. This recipe is so easy and so amazing, I hope you try it out! 


Ingredients

1/2 Cup Oat Bran
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats + Some for Sprinkling
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon 
1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp Salt
3 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Maple Syrup 
1/2 Cup Walnuts (chopped)
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries



Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and spray inside of liners with vegetable cooking spray (recipe makes 12 muffins)
Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl (banana, eggs, vanilla extract, maple syrup). 
Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl (bran, oats, flour, flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder, spices, salt). 
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine. 
Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
Use ice cream scoop to even distribute batter into cupcake liners. 
Sprinkle each cupcake with rolled oats.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a wooden skewer is inserted in the middle and comes out clean. 
Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.
Cook completely on cooking racks. 
Or,you can put a little butter and watch it melt into delicious goodness!

Hope you enjoy!
Claire

Get Ready with Me #1: Night Out

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sometimes getting ready for an event or a night out is more fun than wherever you are going. This night however I was excited for my date and the last few warm nights of the season. 


My outfit, as per usual, is mostly comprised of Forever 21 goodies. 

Outfit: 
Vest - Forever 21
Lace Tank Top - Forever 21
High Waisted Pants - Madewell
Necklace - Jewelmint
Heels - Forever 21
Rings - Nordstrom

Review: Korres Wild Rose 24-Hr Moisterizing & Brightening Cream

Monday, January 7, 2013

For the last 2 months I have been using this wonderful moisturizer regularly. Not only is the packaging luxe and wonderful, but the product itself has been the perfect solution to the change in climate. When it was still warm out and my skin wasn't as dry, I only used it in the evening. But now that my skin is drier and in desperate need of nourishment, I use it morning and evening. But be warned, it is a heavier moisturizer and I do not recommend it for the oily skin types. 


Korres is a brand that I have not once been disappointed with (I'm not the biggest fan of their guava body scrub scent, but the formula is great). As far as their skincare goes I have used their face wipes and now the moisturizer. I love their pencil eyeliners, lip butters, body butters, body scrubs, and shower gels. This is a brand that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to trying more products.


Back to the moisturizer, it really only takes the slightest amount to cover my entire face, neck and décolleté  area. I still have a quite a bit left and haven't even hit the bottom after 2 months! The scent is lightly floral but not overpowering at all. 

I tried out this moisturizer via a Sephora sample and fell in love. I eventually saw it discounted on asos.com and finally made the purchase. 

If you have normal to dry, or dry skin and in the market for a new moisturizer I recommend going to Sephora and getting a sample and seeing if the price is worth it for you. 

Hope you enjoyed!

Love, Claire
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