Sunday, October 28, 2018

Colorful 6 Piece Dry Measuring Cups: Architec Purelast Ecosmart Measuring Cups Review

My little baker has been very busy in the kitchen now that the weather has gotten cooler. The aroma of homemade cinnamon rolls, pumpkin scones and cookies floods our home with warm sweetness. 
pumpkin cutout cookies


Sally's Baking Addiction Sugar Cookie Recipe

There is always some little yummy goody to tempt me into eating too much sugar. Sure sugar tastes good, but it has been a mission of mine to reduce my sugar intake since I found out it can cause inflammation. Don't get me wrong, I still eat sugar especially when my daughter creates an irresistible confection. I just try to eat less of it!

Read: Does sugar age you and cause wrinkles?

Lately, my girl has had a problem with my 35 year old vintage set of 6 orange Tupperware dry measuring cups.  
vintage orange Tupperware 6 measuring cup set
Or shall I say 2 problems. She doesn't like the orange color. It's not cute. She likes cute. Orange is not one of her favorite colors and it doesn't really match our kitchen. She's not wrong. I never liked the orange myself. The measuring cups were a wedding shower gift I received along with a set of matching measuring spoons. She doesn't like the spoons either! She also doesn't like the lingering food odors the plastic has retained over the years. Again, she's not wrong. Those cups have held many, many chopped onions! 

My daughter has had a problem with her hunt for new measuring cups in our local stores, though. Many sets of dry measuring cups only include four measuring cups, a 1/4 cup, a 1/3 cup, a 1/2 cup and a 1 cup. The vintage Tupperware set of 6 cups is much more convenient. She also found that many sets of dry measuring cups are stainless steel which she doesn't find to be very fun.
multi colored Arcitec Purelast Ecosmart Measuring Cups
Cute, fun, colorful measuring cups are what she's after. Architec Purelast Measuring Cups seem to measure up to her standards. They are cute and colorful. They come in a set of 6 cups. They coordinate beautifully with her set of measuring spoons. They are beauty for your kitchen!
colorful measuring cups and spoons
Plus, they are made of durable, earth friendly bamboo and rice fibers! 
Architec measuring cups
She found them online at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $12.99 and on Amazon Prime for $9.29. Amazon Prime had them to her with free shipping in two days. So are they worth it?

Our Review:
The Architec Purelast Measuring Cups are super cute and the colors are bright and happy. They have a nice, solid, heavy feel to them and are easy to clean. You can put them in the dishwasher but we hand wash them. The cup measurements are embossed onto the handles of the six cups. The handles are long and easy to hold. The cups are made of plant fibers and a food safe non plastic binder but they feel like a smooth hard plastic.
architec purelast measuring cup sizes
You can easily open the metal ring and remove all the cups. 
measuring cups metal ring
The one issue these measuring cups have is they tip easily. My daughter says this is a non issue for her since she measures and pours her ingredients right away. She doesn't fill her measuring cup ahead and let it sit on the baking island before adding the contents to the mixing bowl. This could be an issue for you if you like to set out all your ingredients in the measuring cups before your start mixing. 

I like to set out all my ingredients before I mix but I add the ingredients to small bowls. It never fails that I have the 1 cup measuring cup full of sugar but then I need it for 1 cup of flour. That's why I measure then pour the ingredient into a small bowl. So the tipsiness of these cups is not an issue for me either. I found my favorite colorful multi patterned porcelain bowls ⬇ for holding ingredients, cereal and pasta on Amazon!  Check them out. You'll love them!
The manufacturer says these cups should not be put in the microwave or be used with colored gelatin. I assume the gelatin will stain them.

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Arcitec Purelast Ecosmart Measuring Cups tag
We think these pretty Architec Purelast Ecosmart Measuring Cups would be a much nicer bridal shower gift than orange plastic measuring cups! They are food safe and earth friendly. We recommend them as long as you know they don't stand up well. Can you tell we love color at our house?

Have a Colorful Baking Day!


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Monday, October 22, 2018

Holiday Nail Colors 2018: Zoya Jubilee Collection Swatches

The recent Zoya nail polish colors have been pretty, but there haven't been any unusual colors. The out of the ordinary always excites me, so when our beauty supply rep showed me the brochure for the Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Nail Polish Collection, I got excited. In fact, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this collection! There are some great fun and funky colors in this holiday collection!
Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection
The Jubliee Collection is full of jewel tone color and fun textures: foil, iredescent shimmer, pixie dust and even, leopard spots. There are 7 creams, 2 metallics, 2 PixieDust glitters, and 1 special effects topper. This collection is perfect for the upcoming holiday parties or to brighten up a cold, gray winter day. How fabulous would any of these colors look on your fingers and toes?


The Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection


Astrid
Zoya Astrid Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection
Astrid is a bright metallic gold foil finish. It's shiny and gorgeous!


Leigh
Zoya Leigh Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection
Leigh is a sophisticated warm cream nude with a hint of peachy pink. 

Carson
Zoya Carson Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection
Carson is an elegant soft pink cream.


Taryn
Zoya Taryn Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection
Taryn is a bright iridescent fuchsia with blue undertones. I'm in with love this happy jewel tone shade!

Maxine
Zoya Maxine Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Maxine is a bright red cream. A perfect cheery Christmas red.


Allison
Zoya Allison Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Allison is a beautiful red plum cream. This one went right on my toes!
Cookie

Zoya Cookie Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection

Cookie is a fabulous purple PixieDust glitter polish! PixieDust, if you aren't familiar, is sparkling glitter in a matte finish polish. No top coat is used with PixieDust.


Chiara
Zoya Chiara Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Chiara is a rich grape cream. A delicious jewel tone!

Danica 
Zoya Danica Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Danica is a deep teal cream. A modern take on Christmas green!

Juniper
Zoya Juniper Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Juniper is another PixieDust finish polish in a sparkling teal.

Attention Philadelphia Eagles Fans!Zoya Danica Zoya Juniper
Philadelphia Eagles green Nail Polish
Danica and Juniper are the perfect Eagles green colors! Use Danica for a creamy finish. Use Juniper for a glitzy finish. Use them both for texture and shine! Go Eagles!


Kateri
Zoya Kateri Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
Kateri is a yummy dark, chocolate brown cream!


Leopard Spots Topper
Zoya Leopard Spots Topper Jubilee 2018 Holiday Collection
The Leopard Spots Topper is a matte black special effects topper to create the look of leopard spots. It's designed to be applied over any PixieDust shade, but I find you can get cool effects over any polish. Leopard Spots has a new wide brush that makes it easy to get perfect coverage.
Zoya Danica, Zoya Juniper, Zoya Leopard Spots Topper
How to Apply Zoya Leopard Spots

Step 1: Apply one coat of Zoya PixieDust to clean dry nails and allow it to dry completely.

Step 2: Apply a second coat of PixieDust and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of Leopard Spots over the PixieDust.

As it dries, the polish breaks up creating an animal print look. 

As always, Zoya is 10 free and not tested on animals. Zoya professional nail lacquer wears quite well on natural nails. It's our clients' favorite nail polish at the salon. Zoya is free of the harmful ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.


I just love this collection of fun colors and I know you will too!

You can find Zoya at salons, spas, zoya.com and on my favorite Amazon. See me at Styling Point in Media, Pa. for a Natural Nail Zoya Manicure!

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Have a Beautiful & Colorful Day! 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Champagne Pop Swatch: Perfect for Bridal Makeup in Lancaster County, Pa!

I had the pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for one of my sweet, amazing clients! I did the makeup for her sister's wedding 10 years ago so I was excited to do her makeup for her special day. Here's a pic of the bride's mother and sister 10 years ago. How time flies!
The wedding was to take place in Lititz Park in Lancaster County, Pa. Lancaster is a beautiful place full of farms and horse & buggies. Mother Nature had other plans, however. The park was a muddy mess from flooding rains. The wedding and reception took place in a beautiful church instead which turned out to be perfect!

The makeup application took place at a charming hotel in Lititz called the General Sutter Inn. I'd love to go back there for a weekend get away. There are cute shops and great places to eat. If you have recently moved to the Lancaster County area, you must visit Lancaster Transplant. It's an awesome way to get to know Lancaster and feel welcome as a new resident!

I applied makeup to the bride as well as the maid honor and the mother of the bride. 
general sutter inn
The wedding was planned to be a picnic in the park so the theme of the wedding was a casual country barbecue. The bride did not want to look heavily made up. In fact, all three of the lovely ladies did not want heavy makeup but they did want the redness in their skin hidden. That's no problem for me!
natural bridal makeup
I wanted the bride's skin to look creamy and flawless with a natural glow. I started with Mario Bedescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater to calm her sensitive skin which had a bit of redness. Next, I applied Yonka Sensitive Creme as a moisturizer. A little concealer with a green tint hid the redness, followed by one of my go to products, Youngblood CC Primer to do more color correction and priming.  All that prepping created a nice canvas for the creamy beige foundation. A luminizing powder added a hint of bronze color and pink blush gave her cheeks a rosy glow. 
Then, my favorite product, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. I used the color Champagne Pop to highlight her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid adds the perfect amount of moisturizing highlight without being too shiny or shimmery. She looked spectacular! 
natural bride makeup
I love this shot of the bridesmaids helping the bride get dressed. The navy blue dresses in different styles looked beautiful! 
bridesmaids dressing bride
I also gave the bride a manicure using Zoya Erika, a pretty peachy pink with gold shimmer. The color was just perfect for her. 
The bride wore her hair in a loosely braided up style with small flowers throughout the braid. You can see how pretty Zoya Erika looks on her nails in the pic!
bride and maid of honor
The bouquets of sunflowers and wildflowers were colorful, bright and simple. 
bride with parents
I love when both parents walk the bride down the aisle. I will be doing the same when my daughters get married. There were happy tears all around at this beautiful 
country wedding!
Lots of Love and Happiness for this Sweet Couple!
summer country wedding flowers
Let me show more on the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. 
I happen to love the color Champagne Pop because it looks great on every skin color. It's a pinky peachy beige gold gorgeous glowy color. There are 7 colors available, Pale, Moonstone, Opal, Topaz, Rose Gold, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. Really, it's hard to choose just one because all of the colors are beautiful!
Here is the Champagne Pop on my arm. Beautiful.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid can be used in a number of ways. It can be used as a highlighter, as I used it on the bride. A drop can be added to a moisturizer, primer or foundation for an all over glow. It can also be used by it's self all over the face.  

I find it to be a subtle shimmer which works well for bridal makeup or any other makeup that will photographed. Products with too much shimmer don't photograph well. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid feels dewy on the skin and for me, it has the subtle fragrance of sunscreen. There is also Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed if you prefer a powder highlighter. Powder highlighter tends to be better for those with oily skin. Becca products are not tested on animals. If they were, I wouldn't be using them!!!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Dextrin, Sucrose, Urea, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fructose, Glucose, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, BHT, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid sells for $41.00 at Ulta and Sephora. I saw it for less on Amazon, my favorite, find just about anything, shopping place!

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill


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country wedding flowers