Wilton Cake Decorating Course Update III: Flowers & Borders

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Rather than focusing on how to decorate a particular baked good, this week’s class taught techniques that’ll be useful for virtually every baked good, really: flowers and borders.

For that reason, we were allowed to bring in pretty much whatever treats we wanted, so long as they had about 3 inches of decorating surface. I chose butterscotch brownies, because yum. Read more!

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Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

A Storm of Swords Audiobook on iPhone 5 read by Roy Dotrice

There’s a joke on the interwebs that goes like this: George R.R. Martin, Joss Whedon, and Stephen Moffat walk into a bar. Every character you ever loved dies.

After reading A Storm of Swords, I can confirm this to be true; however, some characters that you absolutely despise also die. It’s a storm of double-edged swords, one might say. Ha. Ha.

I can honestly say that I found this book to be the most exciting and interesting one so far simply because of the body count. It sounds morbid, but so many characters are dead, which really adds excitement and tragedy and satisfaction (in some cases) to the book. I seriously couldn’t put this book down…figuratively speaking.

I say figuratively because I didn’t read a physical copy of this book; rather, Roy Dotrice read it to me. I got into audiobooks about a year ago after lamenting that I never feel like sitting down to read a for-fun book because I do so much reading for school. My solution was to start downloading audiobooks and listen to them whenever I got the chance: on the bus, while walking to class, while painting my nails, on the way to get groceries, anywhere.

The result has been highly entertaining. I’ve found myself with my mouth open in shock at the grocery store, crying on the bus, laughing to myself while trying to push through a crowd on the way to class. I’m sure people think I’m crazy, but this system works for me and I’ve probably consumed 5+ books this way, so I don’t care.

That being said, thar be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read A Storm of Swords or you’re currently watching the Game of Thrones TV series, you’re going to not want to read on. If you’ve read it or don’t intend to, read on!

Review: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins Drink Up Intensive

It’s around this time of year that my skin starts to get the dry flakies.

I’ve got combination skin, but I tend to get dry around my mouth and nose, while my forehead remains an oilslick (less of an oilslick right now, but as a general rule, yeah). Read more!

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in “Stellar (501)”

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I bought this product because of the name. I’m a sucker for a good pun. (But then when they released these in the US they called them Rimmel Show-Offs? They’re still Apocalips in Canada, though.)

I also bought this because it was touted as a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains; however, since biting the bullet a few months ago and actually buying a glossy stain, I can safely say that they are completely different products.

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Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light (+ where the bleep did I go?!)

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

After a brief hiatus (during which I worked the retail pre-holiday rush — it was cray, but that’s another story), we’re now back to our regularly-scheduled programming. Over the next two weeks, posts will come about every other day, just because I don’t have access to my regular equipment and backdrops.

Anyhoo, you may recognize the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light* from my DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray post. I got it as a 100 point perk because I’m a Sephora VIB. I have to say, this is one of the better perks I’ve gotten from this program.

Anyhow, everybody and their cat knows that argan oil is a bit of a hot ingredient when it comes to skin and hair care these days. You find it in skin and body products, hair products, lip balms, cuticle oils, and even makeup. Josie Maran has made herself synonymous with it, along with MoroccanOil. I love MoroccanOil for my hair, but I’m a bit hesitant to put such a fragrant oil on my skin (I have a thing about scents in skincare products — don’t judge). The argan light is supposed to be a lighter version of argan oil that is perfect for oilier or combination skin and for very thin or fine hair. I got it for my skin, and I’ve tried it on my hair and it’s lovely! What I love about argan oil — especially this light one — is that it sinks right in and doesn’t leave my skin greasy.

Now, the full size of this is in the $50 range, so I don’t know if I’d go out and buy it right away once this one is done. I might price out regular, non-Josie-Maran pure argan oil at the health food store, because I’ve a suspicion that when it comes to Josie’s, you’re paying for the name and prestige more than the product itself.

Although I have to say, overpriced or not, the little pipette/eyedropper is awesome and I’ll probably keep the bottle to refill with whatever argan oil I do buy. It makes me feel like a scientist.

Review: Marc Jacobs Dot & Travalo Atomizer

Marc Jacobs Dot

I love Marc Jacobs fragrances. They’re youthful but sophisticated, unique but trendy. I have quite a few of them, although that’s a tale for another time.

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