Saturday, January 30, 2016
Jen Joi Cometics is a wonderful company I found on Etsy. Jennifer is the owner and she makes beautiful makeup that is all natural and mostly vegan. I think a few colors may not be vegan. I made sure that my choices were vegan. When I received my package, I was so surprised how big these samples are. Blushes and foundation samples are $4 and eyeshadow samples are $3. What a steal!
So this is what I got to try out. Morning Rose blush, Apricot and Peach blush, Olive 3 foundation shade, Queen Elizabeth eyeshadow and a free sample she included, Honey eyeshadow.
Beautiful pigments! And look how generous these samples are. The eyeshadows are packed into a 3 gram jar. I have no idea how many grams of blush/foundation are here but it's a lot.
Morning Rose blush is a beautiful red-pink blush, the color of pretty rose petals. It has some shimmer in it but if you use a light hand, it looks very natural.
Apricot and Peach blush is a kind of cinnamon neutral color. On my skin it's only slightly darker so it shows up on my face as very natural and slightly shimmery, kind of like a highlight or illumination powder.
Olive 3 foundation is offered as a neutral foundation for olive skin tones or deep beige skin tones. There are a lot of shades offered and I tried to pick the closest to what I wear now which is a medium tan neutral. Works great with my skintone. I used it this morning mixed a little into my moisturizer.
Queen Elizabeth gold eyeshadow is lovely, an antiqued gold with some grey and silver in it.
Honey shadow is wonderful. This works as a highlight powder for me too.
Morning Rose blush and Apricot and Peach blush swatched on my inner arm. Gorgeous colors.
And the eyeshadows swatched with bare skin on left, primer on the right. You'll notice the gold is darker on primed skin and the honey goes more ivory. Completely happy with my purchase. The quality is wonderful and the colors are very pigmented. If you are interested in trying mineral makeup but don't want to make too big of an investment, I suggest you take a look at this great little shop! JEN JOI COSMETICS
Came out great! I made my own addition of pureeing red new mexico chilies that were dried and soaked in hot water for about 15 minutes. It really gave it a good flavor.
JOE'S RED NECK CHILI, VEGANIZED
2 TB oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 (6 oz can) of tomato paste
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp sugar
1 TB lime juice
1 1/2 cups or so of gardein ground veggie crumbles (I eyeballed it.)
2 cans pinto beans, drained
1/2 bottle of mexican beer
1 cup water or more as needed
For chili mixture:
3-4 dried new mexico chilis
1 TB masa harina
Soak chilis in hot water for 15 minutes. Pluck chilis out and blend with a little bit of the soaking water until pureed. Pour out into a bowl and mix in 1 TB masa harina.
Heat oil in a pot and sautee onion, green pepper and celery until translucent. Add the rest of ingredients plus the chili mixture. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, covered for an hour or so. Season with salt and pepper.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Dinner a movie. A brand of fake chicken I found at Target. I think it was called Simply Balanced or something. The frozen chicken strips looked weird but once you cook it up and add the teriyaki sauce, it looked nice and tasted nice too!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
These are the items I got. 10 eyeshadows and a lip gloss. They also included 3 free samples in little baggies.
These are full size shadows in 5 gram jars which range from $5 to $6 each and include artwork on the lids. From L to R: Diggy Diggy Hole (brown with green duochrome shimmer), What's This Lever Do? (red-orange shimmer), Ziggy (marsala red/pink shimmer with blue sparkles), Krampus Schnapps (goldy yellow), Midnight (navy).
These are the "mini jars" which are $3.50 each. From L to R: A Free Elf (mustardy brown), If You've Got Enough Nerve (metallic copper), It's Mine, I Licked It (dark green shimmer with blue sparkles), Women's Weapons (dark red), Grow Home Douglas, You're Trunk (mustard/green).
And the funniest lip gloss theme ever: Nic Cage Nibbling Petit Fours in A Posh Victorian Tearoom. So funny! This one is a beautiful dusty rose color. There are other Nic Cage glosses! And I'm not even a fan of Nic Cage!
Swatches on my arm on top of bare skin on left and primer on the right. From top to bottom: Violence Solves Everything (sample), Women's Weapons, If You've Got Enough Nerve, What's This Lever Do?, Ziggy, Ha Ha Ha Ha (sample).
Top to bottom: Ziggy, Ha Ha Ha Ha, Krampus Schnapps, A Free Elf, Grow Home Douglas, You're Trunk, It's Mine, I Licked It, Diggy Diggy Hole.
Grow Home Douglas, It's Mine, I Licked It, Diggy Diggy Hole, Demaciaaah, Midnight.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Counter-clockwise: Inheritance blush (Downton Abbey), Good Vibes only eyeshadow (free gift with purchase), Adhesive eye wax (used on your lids to make eyeshadow colors pop and stay on longer), Shouldn't Have Said That eyeshadow (Harry Potter/Hagrid), Are They Made from Real Girl Scouts eyeshadow (Wednesday Addams), Transfiguration eyeshadow (Harry Potter/Professor McGonnagall). The two baggies in the middle are samples of ESPN Highlight (highlight powder) and Page 394 eyeshadow (Harry Potter/Professor Snape).
Monday, January 25, 2016
Gardein mandarin chicken with asian coleslaw, rice and broccoli.