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Friday, January 20, 2017

January Ipsy Glam Bag.


Its here guys! The ipsy glam bag came a few days early and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you. For some time now I wanted to do an ipsy glam bag series, weather it be via youtube or blog. But since I don't like the sound of my voice, blog it is. Now lets talk a little bit about the bag itself before we get into the products shall we.

So in the description of the bag it says "this silver stunner was inspired by skyskrapers! Wear it uptown, downtown, or wherever you'll be slaying this month." For me personally I don't like the bag and that happens sometimes. No biggie. Its just not really my taste. I thought from the preview they send you via e-mail looked like gold embellishments. When I got the bag today and got to view it up close and personal, its like fishnet almost. I know that's not the word I'm looking for But that's all that comes to mind right this second.

Moving on to the goodies in the bag and the descriptions...

Manna Kadar Cosmetics
Paradise Blush
"The warm pink with apricot undertones brightens up pale complexions, but also pops on darker skin…no small feat in the blush world. But even more so than the color, we can’t get enough of the radiant finish that’s just shimmery enough without looking crazy glittery."

My thoughts: I thought from first glance that it was hella dark for my skin tone. But it does look very pretty. I'll still have to test it out to see how I really feel about it.

Rimmel London conditioning lip balm by Kate Moss.
As if we needed more reasons to heart Kate Moss, her partnership with Rimmel just seals the deal, especially when it comes to this delightful lip balm. Scrumptiously creamy, it leaves your pucker moisturized and looking fresh and healthy—and stays that way, all day. Still, it feels and smells so good (just the tiniest bit sweet), that you won’t be able to stop yourself from applying it every two minutes

My thoughts: I like it a lot. I won't say I absolutely love it and would go out and purchase it again and again. I will say the claims are a bit off. There's not really a taste or a smell to it. Other than that I really enjoy it.

Thebalm cosmetics
Bahama mama.
When you get back from a beach vaycay, your skin looks sun-kissed, not orange, right? Point being, any natural-looking bronzer is going to have brown undertones, and this one nails it. And since it’s matte, you can also use it to contour, as shadow, or to fill in brows.

My thoughts:
Honestly I thought it was an eye shadow. When I realized it was a bronzer I got a little bummed. Its not that I don't like bronzer, its just the sample they gave you is really small. But I can't complain. I'll have to fiddle more with it to see how I feel about it more.

Naked cosmetics
Mica pigment in desert sunset #02

Made with the most vivid pigments, so we get more color on our lids. And the gorgeous shimmery champagne shade is still giving us a buzz.

My thoughts:
OMG OMG OMG!!!! I remember seeing these come out way back in the day....well 2007-2008. And I remember thinking I have to have them! But of course being a kid in highschool at the time, just a stack of pigments was pretty expensive. Now that I've received this I will say I do love it for that quick swipe of color when you're o. The run does wonders. And it stays put!

And last but not least...

Ciaté London
GELOLOGY top coat.
Yah, gel manis are fab, but the removal process can be a total pain (does anyone have time for a soak off, really?). Paint on this top coat and you’ll get the same salon-worthy shine, long-lasting wear, and that plump and full look that you just can’t get from plain polish


My thoughts: I haven't tried it but if it can prove to me that its better than seche veite than I'll be one happy girl! Seche hasn't been working at all and I need another top coat so we will see how this goes!

Thank you for sticking around and reading today, I hope you enjoyed yourself and I will see you next time!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Makeup and Skincare Truths.

So I've come across all types of make up and skincare that were either amazing or just did not work for me. That wasn't a problem, it just means it didn't work for me. It does not mean that its a horrible product. Same goes for high end makeup vs drugstore makeup.

Now with that being said this may be a lengthy post. It all started with a text message I had received this morning. I was asked if I could help by donating a bit of makeup to her because she had lost her makeup bag. No problem there, I was absolutely willing to help. But the next message got me a bit worked up....she said I know I can trust you because you have that good name brand stuff and not that cheap stuff that's bad for my skin.

First off I was a little shocked. Not by the statement she thought I had nothing but name brands, but the fact she thought "cheap" makeup was bad. I am flattered she thought I was about the nothing but high end life, but I'm not. I am a budget girl. Like tight budget. If you're a mom you'll understand what I mean.

But back to my point. Drugstore makeup is not cheap. At least not now. From the many years of being drugstore brand girl I can tell you once quality started getting better, the prices started rising. Take Maybelline for example, I remember their products being less that $10. Once they started coming out with their nude palettes, primers, setting powder, and setting spray they started getting pricy. Another brand that I think doesn't get a lot of credit is elf cosmetics. When I was in high school  I would always snub this section because I thought it was poor quality.

I finally bit the bullet and bought a few things and I have to say they're really good. Like really good. Over the years they have stepped their game up! They have what seems like everything now, including their own skincare line.

Speaking of skincare...you have to take care of your skin people. If you struggle with acne or anything like that, chances are you're touching your face too much and not deep cleaning. If you have naturally struggled with acne and every product on the market hasn't seem to be working, you might have to see a dermatologist. My brother had to so there's no embarrassment to be there if you're afraid to go see a dermatologist.

But any who...when it came to skincare a few years back I thought I had to have name brand this that and the other. Hell I even went on an "organic only" trend. Which turns out it wasn't 100% organic and I'm ok with that it happened and I wound up spending money on it anyway. Now those of you wondering, they weren't bad products, some of them just didn't work for me. I like the whole idea of the brand itself ( http://yesto.com/ ) and what they're trying to do but like most things its a to each is their own thing.

Moving on to about last year, watching YouTube tutorials and reviews on some of these bomb products, I felt that I just oh so needed them. They were name brand I won't even lie. Clinique to be exact. That brand is just a bit out of budget for me so I started looking for alternatives and I found them! Right in my local Walmart and they were affordable. By half the price too! The product I had wanted from Clinique was the "take the day away" beauty balm, which ran a good $35 and that was a bit much for me. But I found this...

From what all the reviews have said, its exactly the same. Same goes for all the other equate beauty products. The ones in this line are supposed to be dupes for  products in the Clinique brand. And I feel better about paying half the price for my generic brands. If they work they work and I don't complain. If you're wanting to give them a try they have a travel set for less than $20. And you get three decent sized travel sizes.

My point of this is to say that just because its name brand doesn't mean its good. Hell it could be amazing, but if you just can't fit it into you budget there are alternatives. Same goes for makeup. Hop on pinterest, YouTube, or even blogs. There are tons of makeup dupes out there. You just have to find them.

Thank you for taking the time to come visit me here at Ms.Maker Clam and Cupcakes, and I'll see you next time!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Getting Carried Away!

So for the past few days I've been getting into baking more and more. And well...it may have got out of hand. I say that because as of this weekend I did some damage at JoAnn's in the Wilton baking section.

What can I say? I get really excited about all the pretty things they have. So much that I wanted to buy just about everything I could fit into those tiny carts JoAnn's have. Especially those storage containers for decorating tools. The purple and white just look so nice.
Instead of doing what I should have done I went completely out of order. I just grabbed whatever I thought looked cool at the time and ran with it...thus resulting in a weird haul. Which includes...

101 cookie cutters
2 sets of 150 cupcake liners
1 Cake icer tip (you know the big jumbo one)
1 Basic set of cake icing tips
1 Basic set of cookie icing tips
Another set of cookie icing tips (the screw on caps for the premade icing)
1 9in. Spatula
1 Cupcake pan
1 12 count icing colors
1 spoonula
1 set of perfect cupcake scoops
1 set 12in. Piping bags
1 set of couplers
1 rolling pin
1 set of piping bag ties
1 tub of meringue powder
1 tub of buttercream icing.
And last but not least a ton of sprinkles.

So I indeed went a little wild. But I have no regrets because my kids sure loved the cookies I made, plus the rest of the family think I have a talent for my cupcakes. So maybe this is my new thing? I don't know yet but that's why I am here. To tell y'all about my baking adventures and such.
Oh! Before I forget, I finally found a semi decent storage for all my baking tools and its ok for now but it needs a little work.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffee Cupcake fail!

Good evening! I hope everyone is doing well and is in the mood for a coffee related treat! So earlier tonight I was telling my step father about this blog and once he hear the name he said, "You need to have the word cupcake in your title! Oooh, I know you should make coffee cupcakes!"  I thought to myself  that would be cool, but I don't think coffee cupcakes is a thing....is it?

well low and behold ladies and gentlemen it sure does. I took some time to look for the perfect recipe and I found one that was pretty simple. I will link that recipe here ( http://www.familycircle.com/recipe/cupcakes/coffee-cupcakes/ ) because I had to improvise my batch due to following the directions wrong. They still came out pretty decent, from what my fiancĂ© says. I'm not too sure if he is saying they were good to make me happy or if they genuinely
were good.

So the recipe goes like this.....

1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup of brewed coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of prepared white frosting
24 chocolate covered coffee beans

I however didn't follow it all correctly....I just happened to put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl (excluding the last four ingredients listed) and hoped for the best. here is what I did...


It doesn't look too pretty but it smelled really good. I forgot to let the butter sit out to soften so I had a rough time getting mixed. So...beginners mistake. Luckily it all worked out and they came out fine. My only issue was that once they cooled, the tops got really stiff. I could thump it and it wouldn't budge. However the inside was nice and moist. so it was kind of a win/lose moment.
 I am not going to post how much of a mess attempting to make the icing was. That was a whole different kind of mess and I'm a little embarrassed. lets just say you can not make coffee flavored icing with only confectioners sugar, coffee, and meringue powder. My kitchen island hates me for it but lesson learned. I hope you enjoyed my coffee cupcakes and have a wonderful night, I will see you next time!

 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy 2017!

Hello lovelies! First off, Happy new year. I know I'm a few days late, but that's usually how things go for me.

So this year I plan on running a smooth blog and sticking to it. I tried blogging a few years back and it didn't quite work out because I wasn't consistent enough. That's all about to change. I have a game plan and that is to give you some amazing content!