December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Baby!

Hello Luvahs!
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!

Today is the day we celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior-- Jesus Christ!
Please let the light of the lord shine in You, be grateful for not only the presents a food and family, but also for the wonders the Lord has made...

Merry Christmas, Baby!

 Also...
Here is a potential New Years Look...
Maybe a New Years tut will be up this year...





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December 16, 2010

Happy Holi-daze! Sultry Party Look...


This is a nice, neutral and well balanced look... for a holiday party or dinner...








edited for your viewing pleasure...
and tut!



December 14, 2010

December 12, 2010

Holiday Look

I did a holiday look a few days ago...
Here it is... I'm having trouble editing.publishing the tut so that might be awhile...









edited for you looking pleasure

December 6, 2010

Ugh... I guess I'ma twit...

So...
I joined twitter...

I said I wouldn't...
And I don't know how to feel about it...
Yet...

Anywho...

@VivaLaLuminary

December 2, 2010

Did I Say Love...

I meant it!

I played around in the things I got yesterday in the mail...
Here are a couple of looks... 





I do believe this coppery one will have a tut coming up soon...
For the holidays?




And just for fun...and cause I wanted to play around in my matte shadows...


December 1, 2010

Coastal Scents & Jesse's Girl Haul

I got a few things from Coastal Scents and Jesse's Girl...

I must say I love, Love, LOVE... everything I got...

Like LOVE!

Here are a couple pics...
I'll definitely be working these into my tuts...



This is swatches from the Creative Me #1 palette...
LOVE!

What I got:
Creative Me Palette #1 & #2
Jesse's Girl Eye Lites in Lavender, Sea Green, Salmon Pink, Glitzy and Starburst
Coastal Scents 36 Smokey Palette
Jesse's Girl Mini Cream Shadow Palettes 1 & 2
Jesse's Girl Cream Shadow in After Midnight
Jesse's Girl Eye Dust in Rouge Flambe
and Jesse's Girl sent me a butt load of samples... as they tend to do... as well as a free tube of shadow primer... well I guess it was free...

November 30, 2010

November 10, 2010

Wacky Cake- Lemony-Goodness

If you have heard of a wacky cake, then you know that it is traditionally chocolate...

But one day not too long ago I had run out of cocoa abd still wanted to make the cake...
So instead of the cocoa, I added lemon juice...
And it was great...

So here is the traditional "Wacky Cake" recipe... the red is what I do instead...
WACKY CAKE   

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (1/4 cup lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla & 1/4 tsp lemon extract & 1/4 tsp orange extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable, peanut or light olive oil
1 cup cold water, milk or chocolate milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

This cake is so easy and fun to make that you'll be tempted to save on dishes by preparing it in a disposable 8 or 9 inch square pan.

There are no mixing bowls to worry about, since the cake is mixed directly in the pan so that you can make it more often.

Grease the pan well with Crisco or vegetable shortening.

Measure the flour, sugar, cocoa and salt and baking soda into the pan. Using a fork or whisk, stir all ingredients until no streaks remain and everything is well combined.

Scoop out four holes or valleys in the flour mixture. Pour the vinegar into the first hole; the vanilla, lemon extract, & orange extract into the second hole, lemon juice into the third hole and the oil into the fourth.

Pour the water or milk over everything and stir with a fork or whisk until everything is well blended. Don't forget the corners of the pan and the edges!

Bake 35-40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and cut into squares. Serve while still warm with ice cream or Cool Whip.

This cake is as quick and simple to prepare as a mix, but much more economical and without the long list of chemical ingredients.

I make the cake the exact same way but instead I substitute lemon juice for cocoa powder, and add lemon and orange extract.

Here is a warning tho... this cake doesn't have eggs a traditional leavening agent... So it doesn't have that same fluffy texture that one gets when using eggs...
The cake is a little more fudgey...Which is probably the reason it is traditionally chocolate...

I like this cake tho...
It is especially good in Chocolate...

So I would suggest you try that one first before even beginning to try my adaptation...


I also made some cake gravy... I mean frosting...

Here is how...
I start by melting 2.5 tbsp of magarine (or butter.. butter is better) over low heat setting...


after the margarine is melted, I measured out 1/3 c of evaporated milk and added it to the margarine...

 Wisk it together, the margarine is going to float regardless of what you do... still over a low heat setting...

Turn off flame, briefly...add flavoring, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of lemon extract, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and 1/4 cup of sugar...  

 To bind the frosting.. bring base up to medium heat setting and add 1 tbsp of flour... and let cook for about 3 minutes or until flour taste is gone...

 Add water to create desired thickness...Turn off heat...

 All done...
Tart, Sweet and Smooth frosting/glaze for your cake...


Think I'll start cooking for y'all more often...

November 1, 2010

Hello, Halloween... {PH}

ugh... yes I know it's been so long...

I've been away for a while, mostly because I've been working a lot, and secondly my camera was on life support...
But luckily, I was blessed enough to have a little bit of extra funds in my check to buy a new one...

So yea, yesterday was Halloween...

I went as a Rockstar/Rihanna (if you ask my father...)
but mostly just a rockstar...






Here are pics...

I used my Mehron Pastel Palette for the pink section of my face, covered that with Ben Nye's Azalea, outlined it with my Milani Blackened Teal Double Ended liner.

For the eyes I used Ben Nye's Ice (lid), Amethyst,(crease) Cosmic Blue (crease), Iced Gold (highlight) and Urban Decay's Perversion (cut crease).

Cheeks are BN Azalea (right), and BN Cosmic Blue & Amethyst (left)

My lips were outlined in black and then filled in with Maybelline's Wine and roses... 
but then I ate... and the lips were gone...
meh..
obligatory edited pic...