The Multistick by Bite Beauty

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

If you're familiar with Influenster, then you'll know exactly how I was able to obtain three of these beauties to try out.  If not, I'm here to explain it to you! I recieved my Multistick by Bite Beauty voxbox complimentary thanks to Influenster! Influenster is a FREE word-of-mouth marketing social media site, which means that it relies heavily on its users to promote companies' products by sending them boxes for free. The "catch" is that you must review an honest opinion of whatever they send out to you, on your social medias and/or the companies websites. To help you keep track of how to review, they give you a list of activities to do, and in turn it helps you receive badges that will let you qualify for future boxes. It's honestly one of the bests sites out there.  For awhile, however, I was beginning to feel left out.  I felt as though I was doing a lot of work, reviewing products I've bought on my own, making lists, posting photos, and answering surveys as much as I could, and still never receiving any qualifications for a box... I almost gave up on the site... Until I qualified for this.  THIS right here is what has given me hope again. The Multistick by Bite Beauty!

BiteBeauty is available exclusively at Sephora, so it's a pretty big deal for Influenster to send these out to those who were lucky to qualify.  I am not, by any means, a makeup artist- I hardly know how to do my own make up- and you will see on my Instagram just that. This is an honest opinion in my own words, what I think about this product, in case anyone is on the fence about spending ridiculous amounts of money on makeup.  Here it goes!

 I received my Influenster box about a month or two ago and I was super excited to play with the three shades that were sent to me.

Cocoa - Was too dark of a shade for me, but certainly one I can use as eye shadow, but nothing more, unless I want a 90's goth look on my lips.

Blondie - Was a tan color so I decided that it would be BEST as a contour color, for a nice sun-kissed glow

Macaroon -  is my personal favorite shade, as it was much more versatile for my complexion.  I could use it as an eyeshadow, blush, and lip all in one.

Here, you can see the differences of the shades on my fair complexion. The top photo was without flash and the bottom was done with flash. First time swatcher here, so it got pretty uneven, but the top shade is Cocoa, middle is Blondie, and the bottom shade is Macaroon.

Can you see why I'm a bit hesitant to use Cocoa? I did, however, try it as a contour on my eyelids two weeks ago, and it wasn't bad at all.. The thickness of the stick (that's what she said-- WAHBAM) was hard to apply on the outer lids so I used my finger to smudge it on.  Now, I tend to have oily eyelids and when you use a cream that doesn't always work out, but I never noticed it ever wearing off or creasing, so this formula is already off to a great start!

Now.  If you haven't already guess, the Multistick by Bite Beauty is a silicone-free, pigmented stick that can be used as pretty much anything on your face. It applies like a cream but wears like a powder. It can be worn as a blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, contour-- anything really! The formulas are creamy and smooth, they glide right on, and they don't wear off quickly! Actually it's very hard to wash off:

This was my arm after scrubbing with just soap and warm water. This lets you know how long the product will last on your face for sure!

This breathable, blendable, buildable, formula comes in many universal shades that compliment all skin tones!

In this photo (which you can hardly tell- sorry!) I used Macaroon as a blush and Blondie as a contour.  I avoided Cocoa this time just because I was being lazy.

Overall I think these products are a great idea, especially for traveling purposes.  Did I mention their caps are magnetic, so you don't have to worry about them popping off in your purse and ruining your favorite Michael Kors bag?! It's truly worth the $24, as this company has thought long and hard about this product and how to make it headache-free for everyone! Kudos to them!

~*~Have you tried this product?  What do you think of them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
~*~If you're interested in signing up to Influenster, use my link so we can stay connected <3

S'mores Ice Cream

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hey guys! I'm back with another food post!! In celebration of National S'mores Day (August 10th), I've decided to make another treat for you this year! S'mores Ice Cream!!  I originally found the idea in a Rachel Ray magazine , but I didn't like their way of "toasting" the marshmallows and the fact that there wasn't any chocolate IN the ice cream itself so I changed it up.  Now, I never measured any of my ingredients- I just made everything and eyed out how much based on how delicious the ice cream looked after adding the ingredients.  So if you have any questions please, don't hesitate to ask away! :)

What you'll need:

Vanilla Ice Cream
Graham Crackers
Mini Marshmallows
Hot Fudge - not heated

Step 1: You'll need a lot of Vanilla Ice Cream, you could use your whole carton of Vanilla Ice Cream if you don't want to dirty up a whole pan, but just keep in mind how much marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate you'll need if you do that.  Pull your Ice Cream out of the freezer and let it sit until it softens quite a bit.

Step 2: In RR's recipe they call for toasting the marshmallows at 425 degrees for 1 - 2 minutes.  I found that that did not work...they didn't turn golden until around 15 minutes later and by that time they had puffed up way too large and melted together making one gigantic marshmallow. Don't do that.  Turn on your broiler instead and toast them 1-2 minutes or until their the color you'd like them to be.  Once they're a nice shade of toasty let them cool for a few minutes.

--While everything is softening or cooling, it's a good time to crumble some grahamies. In a large cereal bowl just start crumbling the crackers away with your hand. All shapes and sizes are welcomed for this ice cream!

Step 3: Once your vanilla ice cream is nice and stirrable (is that a word? Hmm..), dump in your marshmallows in and stir! If you were like me and had all of your marshmallows stick together, just break those gooey-deliciousnesses apart and stir in a few at a time so they don't try sticking together in the ice cream.  Once you feel that there is enough toasted marshmallow in your ice cream, add the graham crackers and then see if you need more marshmallow. There is really no wrong way of doing this step. Alternate every so often =) (Just make sure to save some toasted marshmallow and graham crackers to garnish later at the end)

Step 4: After you have your Marshmallows and Graham crackers stirred in. Swirl in the COLD hot fudge. Don't stir too much or it'll just become chocolate ice cream. I added about 3 tablespoons into my ice cream and made a swirl-look.

Step 5: Now that every other step is complete, you're ready to garnish! If you have left over toasted marshmallow, sprinkle them on top with big chunks of Graham Crackers and then drizzle some hot fudge on top. Cover and freeze for 2 hours!

I'd say that this recipe is good in the freezer for about a week until the Marshmallow starts to get super soft from the ice cream and the freezer started to change the taste. But this could be different for everyone considering on how well you cover your carton or pan.

If you're not an Ice Cream fan why not try my other S'more recipe? I make that one for every party we go to because it's quick and delicious! :)

~~*If you make these recipe, I'd love to see how yours turned out! Just tag me on Instagram @sandandcities or use the hashtag #StephsNationalSmoresDay

I hope you enjoyed this and I hope I haven't confused anyone with my crazy directions. AGAIN  If you have ANY questions on either of these recipes, please don't hesitate to ask, I'm here to help :)

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Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Are you seeing a bunch of extravagant desserts on your timeline this fourth of July? As you sit on the couch in your pajamas with your computer on your lap and a drink in one hand wishing you had time to make that? But who wants to mess with three layers of cake, frosting, and fondant on a day you have off work?! If you're just as lazy as me this holiday, why not try your hands at a Strawberry Poke Cake this 4th of July? It's easy, cheap, and super delicious! Plus it gives off a beautiful "I spent hours in my kitchen" look without the hours spent ;D

All you need is:
1 box of white vanilla cake mix (plus box ingreidents)
1 box of Strawberry Jello
1 tub of Cool Whip
and some Bluberries

1.) Make the box of cake mix according to package, and choose what size pan you'd like to make your cake in.( I chose an 8x8 disposable pan, because I was too lazy to want to do dishes later ;P) and bake accordingly.

2.) Once the cake is done, let it cool for about 20-30 minutes, about 5 minutes before the cooling time is up, start making your jello according to it's package. Once the sugar has dissolved all the way, pour some jello liquid into a 1-cup measuring cup.

3.) After your cake has cooled, poke holes into the top of your cake, about 1/2 an inch to about an inch apart from each other, and then slowly pour the jello liquid right on top of the cake. I like to use 1 cup at a time with the jello just so I can eye the cake and make sure its not drowning in the liquid, but that the cake has absorbed the jello just right. It took me almost three cups of jello to make it look like this. Then refrigerate the cake for about 2 hours

4.) Once the jello has set in your cake, you can frost it using Cool Whip and decorate with blueberries (and strawberries if you have time for all that.), then you're ready to eat! Enjoy!

Side notes: You'll probably have left over Jello from this recipe, just add a little vodka to it, chill for two hours in a small baking sheet or loaf pan, cut them out with star-shaped cookie cutters, and Voila! You have yourself some 4th of July jello shots. You're welcome. 

Or if you're not over 21 chill the jello in a pan for two hours, Once ready, scoop it out into a parfait glass and top with whipped cream for a fancy-looking snack!

I'd love to what you come up with! Share your creations in the comments below!

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