November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as it’s getting towards the end of the month. I’m going to be doing my November favorites. I have a fun mix of things this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my November Sephora Play Box and I’ll link that post below if you haven’t read it. The first is the Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner. This is a product that I was initially excited about because I had never used a dry conditioner before and I really like this. When I originally talked about this I used it on second day hair, just to see and it made my hair look fresher than it normally would on the second day. I usually go three or four days between hair washing, that’s what my hair likes, and I used this last week when I was sick and it really helped put some life back into my hair. So I highly recommend not only this product but Amika as a brand, they’re great.

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Next we have the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I have a couple different powders that I switch between and this had made itself a spot in the rotation. It’s really silky, weightless and gives you a nice matte finish.

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This next favorite I talked a lot about in my Sephora Play unboxing, so I won’t ramble on too much. But it’s the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 40 Pink Tea. I will say that I really like the color, it’s a nudey pink, and it’s really long lasting. I definitely recommend it.

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My last Sephora Play favorite is Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. This is like the perfect scent, it’s a very fresh with citrus, floral notes and some underlying woody hints. If you get the chance to smell it I would say do it. It’s really nice.

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My last beauty favorite is something I just bought, but already really like and it’s the e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose. It’s a dusty rose shade and it feels really nice on the lips, not drying at all. And the colored bit on the end pops off and it’s a built in sharpener, which is super handy and I appreciate.

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Moving on, my next favorite is Thanksgiving. This year for Thanksgiving I had a cold, which I’m still getting over, so I wasn’t feeling super festive. But it was a really chill day and I did still make apple pie. And I’m really happy with how it came out.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s the new Take That album Odyssey. I’ve been giving my reaction as some songs off the album as they were being released, but now that the album’s out, just wow. It’s incredible. The new songs are fantastic, and the Odyssey version of the classic songs is so well done, very well mixed. I love everything, but if I had to pick a favorite or favorites, I haven’t stopped listening to Everlasting, Spin and How Deep Is Your Love featuring Barry Gibb. How Deep Is Your Love is one of my favorite Bee Gees songs and when I originally heard the Take That cover I wanted them to collaborate with Barry and I’m not disappointed in it whatsoever. It’s a beautiful song. I would one million percent recommend listening to this album.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you all had a great November :).

-K

November Sephora Play Post:

November Sephora Play unboxing

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November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as November is nearly over, I thought that I would do my November favorites. But before I get into that I want to mention something exciting, this year I’m doing Blogmas. So every day up until Christmas, starting December 1st, there will be a new Christmassy blog post, this is something I’ve wanted to do since I started blogging and I’m excited about it. But back to this month, starting with beauty I have a couple of favorites from my November Glam Bag from Ipsy and as always I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. First we have the ColourPop Pressed Shadow in Come And Get It. I’ve worn this a couple of times since talking about it and I bloody love it. It’s a gorgeous shade, very versatile and the color payoff is fantastic. ColourPop eyeshadows are where it’s at.

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Next up we have the Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is Feisty. There are a couple of things I love about this blush, first being the color. It’s a dusty rose and that’s a shade that I think is great all year round. The formulation is really nice and it’s very blendable/buildable. All good things if you ask me.

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Continuing with the beauty favorites we have the EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in Rose Nude. I highly recommend EM Cosmetics lipsticks. The formulation is really nice, they’re long lasting, feel great and light on the lips, and it smells really good.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the SKYN ICELAND Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae. I put this in my skincare routine after I got it just to see and I can honestly tell you that I love it. It’s always been part of my routine to put something on my lips right before I go to bed, I wear a lot of lipsticks and different products and want to keep my lips healthy and soft. I normally use the Vanilla Softlips, and I love it, but I started alternating between that and this and my lips have never been softer. And if that wasn’t enough for you, it smells incredible. I will definitely be delving more into SKYN ICELAND.

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Moving right along, I have a couple of app favorites. The first is Poshmark. I was going through my closet recently and found some pieces that I either hadn’t worn, don’t know why I bought them to begin with, or had worn once or twice but didn’t have a real place in my wardrobe anymore and I wanted to do something with them and found that Poshmark was the best app for the job. I made my first sale a couple of weeks ago and it was a really easy process. I highly recommend it and I have a couple of really cute shirts in my Posh closet right now, @kyrasage18 if you guys are interested. Let’s do some business :).

My second app favorite is the Design Home app. I’m one of those people that quite likes interior design and I have a couple of house flipping shows that I absolutely love. I will admit that when I first saw the ad for this app I was skeptical, but I downloaded it and I love it, it’s a lot of fun.

Next up I have a website favorite and that’s Etsy. I recently started my Christmas shopping and was looking for something specific for a friend of mine, I won’t say what on the off chance she reads this, but I found it, beautifully made and reasonably priced and I’m really happy with it.

My next favorite is something I discovered randomly, the other week I was scrolling through YouTube late at night looking for something to watch and I came across this segment from Michael McIntyre’s Big Show called Send To All. Basically what he does is takes the phone of a celebrity guest on the show, sends out a crazy text to all the contacts in that persons phone and reads out the replies. It is one of the funniest things and I think that Michael McIntyre is one of the funniest people, really makes me laugh.

My second to last favorite is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, the food, the fun and the ridiculous amount of laughter that comes with my family getting together. I made apple pie like always do and I was really pleased with the way it turned out, it was delicious. I really should make this pie more throughout the year.

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And my last favorite is a song and it’s Hard To Say Sorry by Chicago. I listened to Chicago growing up, thanks Dad, and they have a ton of great songs, but this is probably my favorite song of theirs. It’s just one of those songs that I will belt out and I have no shame. If you haven’t heard it definitely  give it a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you loved during November.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great November :).

-K

Glam Bag post:

November Glam Bag unboxing

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Pie? Yes please

Hi everyone,

This week as Thanksgiving is coming up I wanted to share a couple of pie recipes. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, these pies are great for anything this time of year. In my house we always do apple and pumpkin pie, so those are the recipes I’m going to share. I’ll put a link to my apple pie post from last year too, if you haven’t read it :). So starting off, I’m going to talk about the pumpkin pie. This is a pie my mom makes every year, but I’m not sure where she originally got the recipe from.

What you need:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

4 large eggs

1 can (29 ounces) of 100% pure pumpkin

2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) evaporated milk

Crust:

For the crust you can use whichever you prefer.

What you do:

Step 1: In a small bowl mix the sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

Step 2: In a large bowl beat the eggs

Step 3: Stir pumpkin and spice mixture into beaten eggs

Step 4: Gradually stir the evaporated milk into other mixture

Step 5: Pour mixture into pie shell

Step 6: Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes or until you can stick a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Step 7: Once the pie comes out of the oven, put it on a cooling rack for about 2 hours. And either serve right away or put into the refrigerator.

I should say that this recipe will make two pies, so if you prefer, you could probably cut it in half.

And it is absolutely delicious. I like to top it with homemade whipped cream and it’s always a hit.

The next pie is an apple pie. And it’s not your typical apple pie by a long shot. But my sister made this recently and I thought it was too good not to include. And it’s Carla Hall’s Apple Snickerdoodle Pie. It sounds a bit weird, but trust me it’s so good.

What you need:

Snickerdoodles:

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup softened unsalted butter

1/3 cup sugar (plus an additional 1/2 cup)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling:

6 Granny Smith apples (cored and sliced)

2/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 of a lemon (juiced)

Crust:

Again, for the crust you can use whatever you prefer, but this says to use Carla Hall’s Perfect Pie Crust, which I will also leave a link for below.

What you do:

Snickerdoodles:

Step 1: In a small bowl add the cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, flour and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, whisk to combine. In another bowl, you can do this with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. To the butter mixture add the vanilla and the egg and mix until well combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Step 2: In another small bowl add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, stir to combine. Take the snickerdoodle dough and form 1 inch balls. Take those balls and roll them in the sugar mixture. Put back in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Crust:

Step 1: Roll out your pie crust, if you’re using Carla’s recipe, 1 circle of dough, to about an 11 inch circle and place in a 9 inch pie plate, folding the edges under and crimping. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling. And any additional pie dough you have you can freeze if you feel the need. It’s also important to make sure you flour the surface you are going to roll your dough on so it doesn’t stick.

Filling:

Step 1: In a large bowl add the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Mix to combine. Pour the filling mixture into the chilled pie crust. Then put the coated snickerdoodle balls on top of the filling, pressing down lightly to flatten.

Step 2: Put pie into the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then cover the pie with foil and bake for another 45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the snickerdoodles are a nice golden brown. And you can top this with whatever you like.

Like I said, this pie is really good and is sure to be a hit at any party.

I think that about wraps it up for this post. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday, it seems like it came out of nowhere. And if you were looking for a good pie recipe, I hope I was able to help you out :). If I decide to do another post like this it will probably be in December with some Christmas cookies or something like that.

Until next time, have fun baking and I hope everyone who celebrates has a happy Thanksgiving :).

-K

2015 Apple Pie post:

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Carla Hall Pie Crust:

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/carla-hall-pie-crust

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