Friday, February 21, 2014

body butter bar project

Project- Body Butter Bars

I really like making my own bath products.  After making scrub successfully, I wanted to try body butter.  Several recipes piqued my interest for bars, as well as body butter, but simply melting and molding cocoa butter seemed like a foolproof place to start.
I found the cocoa butter at a great little local shop, but several Etsy sellers carry it, as well.

Put chunks of cocoa butter in a heat -proof bowl over low boiling water.
Melted cocoa butter in a glass bowl over boiling water.
Once melted, pour into desired mold.
Melted cocoa butter poured into mini tart tins.
Place the molds in the refrigerator to set (they set pretty quickly).  To turn them out of a metal mold, you can run warm water over the back of the tin.
Solid butter bars
Ta da!   Per these instructions, I like using it alone before a shower, and over lotion after a shower to sort of seal in the lotion.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

kitchen revelry

Kitchen Revelry is a beautifully photographed cook book, and I've already made a few recipes from it.

This is the Carrot Ginger Soup, which calls for lemon and orange.  The oranges were just perfect!

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Putting in long days at work (and staying up to watch Olympic events!) has me reaching for twice as much coffee as usual on the week days, so this weekend, I'm going to try not to drink any. We shall see how that plays out. Until Monday, good friend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

my snow

The fruit trees are blossoming here!

                                                        This is what my snow looks like...

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Jewelry keeping

How I'm organizing my jewelry- vintage tart tins.
The little cups work for everything except chunky statement pieces and watches.

My mom bought me a little pack of jewelry cleaning wipes, and they are excellent at keeping a necklace, or even a vintage brooch, looking shiny and new.

I wonder how many people still use jewelry boxes. They have the idea of preciousness, that you only own just so many pieces.

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm sorry for the awful weather people are experiencing elsewhere.  Pretend you went to the camellia nursery with me?

My favorite

lil friends

like brushstrokes!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

beauty products

I don't put on makeup every day, but I think it is nice to have a routine for special occasions.  Putting on a little 'lippie' and going out was prescribed as a pick-me-up by a fab lady, and anything to get a homebody excited about going back out into the world is useful.  I'm also trying to use products that are cruelty free, and here is what I've been using lately:

From Drew Barrymore's 'Flower' line (cruelty free and made in USA):

Lip Goss inWhat a Dai-sy, Lovely Lotus, and Hibis-Kiss
Rose Bud and Black Rose lippies
To round out my routine on fancy nights, I also use pore filler first and setting spray last, both just NYX:
They really do give a gal that poreless, finished look.

For looking fancy, I'll also add eye makeup.  I like Drew's easy liner technique, here. Squishing my eyes shut is my maximum skill level.

Stila compact with Organza shimmer, Soft Clay bronzer, and eye shadows: pure, linen, innocent, element, demure, and silk.

I did love the splurgy Dandelion blush from Benefit (I've cross checked multiple sites for info on different brands, and they seem to give a non-answer in terms of cruelty free-ness).  
Flower's 'Forget-me-not' is my new favorite peachy-pink blush, but NYX Dusty Rose is a decent dupe for Dandelion (and Pinched looks good, too!).

And onto nails... I keep reaching for that deep brown/red Oxblood. 

Flower 'Venus Flytrap'

And something that I did awhile ago, inspired by nail art in 'Nails, Nails, Nails!'

A tip I've learned for doing your own nails is to keep a small eyeliner brush in your kit.  After you've applied your polish, take the brush and dip into nail polish remover, and then lightly brush away any polish from around your nail bed.  This will allow for more precision than cotton.