30 March 2011

Vlog #4: Asians in the Library - UCLA Girl (Alexandra Wallace) going wil...

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Fat Ho Burgers

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15 March 2011

Lupe Fiasco- L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto

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Lupe Fiasco- LASERS

Pin It It's been a while since Lupe Fiasco's last album release, but the wait is over. I can't wait to purchase LASERS (an acronym for "Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile"), hopefully soon. I've heard a sample of some of his tracks, and I can say that I am impressed.

Here is a video for "The Show Goes On."



Lupe Fiasco "The Show Goes On" from hmurai on Vimeo.

Visit http://lupefiasco-lupend.blogspot.com.

Have a Margarita Moment

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When I saw this beverage, I immediately thought of crisp, dreamy, blue waves cascading along the sands in the Caribbean. It makes me want to book a flight now!

This is another video from Jason Bacon on how2heroes.com that looks absolutely refreshing. I think I may give it a try.

Cancun Blue Margarita...


Margarita Cupcakes

Pin It If you are looking to try something fun, then making some delicious margarita cupcakes will do the trick.

I enjoy baking as much as possible, even though it definitely takes time, effort, and persistence. I wanted to try something festive, and voila!

Rest assured, you will not get drunk from eating a few; you barely taste the tequila, which is an essential ingredient in this recipe. The cheaper the tequila, the better.

These cupcakes have a nice lemon-lime taste, with a tequila frosting, sprinkled with coarse sea salt. Basically, you will have a very refreshing balance of sweetness with a hint of salty flavor.

I've included a video showing how to make these, which helped me tremendously. The chef -Alina Eisenhauser of Sweet (an upscale pastry shop and dessert bar located in Worcestor, MA) - is great at making this recipe easy to follow.

02 March 2011

Favorite Inexpensive Makeup Brushes

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I often comparison shop; this is essential when living within a budget. I ask myself- "Should I buy this item for $50.00, or can I get those two (less expensive) items for the same price?"- this is a constant question.


Makeup can be pretty expensive, but regardless it is essential to have the right tools. Cosmetic brushes are pretty pricey; name brand makeup artistry brushes can range from $15.00 per brush to over $40.00. When needing a full arsenal, or basic set- you do the math.

In the process of building my makeup kit, I've learned to be practical. It's always great to find items that can be used for multiple purposes.

It isn't always necessary to spend so much money on one particular item, unless it's that good. I've heard that MAC brushes are terrific. Personally, I wouldn't dare spend $28.00 for one brush- it would have to be pretty miraculous. I've learned that it is possible to find quality brushes- you just have to know where to look.

I have read of people using basic paint brushes from Michael's arts and crafts store as makeup brushes.

I have been fortunate to use brushes from Bare Minerals, Smashbox, Benefit Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and Too Faced- which are all great. I do have my favorites, which are mainly from Smashbox. Below are some inexpensive alternatives.


Favorite Brushes...

1.) e.l.f. 11 Piece Brush Collection (shown above)
     Price: $30.00
     Available at http://www.eyeslipsface.com

These brushes are soft, yet durable. They are synthetic, so they won't hold a considerable amount of bacteria compared to animal hair bristles- just as long as the brushes are cleaned regularly.
I LOVE the price. You can purchase this set for $30.00 or purchase separately for $3.00 each.



The regular e.l.f. brushes are good, but their Studio brushes are better.



Fancy Lady

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Fancy Lady
Fancy Lady by ivolvebeauty featuring leather clutches
This look is contemporary, yet ultra feminine. The pieces can be used separately or combined to achieve a uniquely chic image.


Ode to Yellow

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Red Moment

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