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A little list of my favorite beauty stuff

1 Apr

I have to confess that I am obsessed with everything beauty: make-up, cosmetics, parfum, lotions, shampoos, hair care, nail polish…the list is endless.

I am always reading, researching and requesting samples of the newest stuff out there, so my friends always come to me for advice on what they should buy. This is why I decided to post a small list of my favorite everyday products. Here it goes:

1. Vichy Pureté Thermale Puryfing Foam

I love this facial cleanser! It is foamy, and leaves my skin so clean and soft. It has mineral spa water, shea plant and vitamin E on its formula, which makes my skin feel very hydrated after washed. I use it in the morning and at night, with my Mia Sonic, to remove all make-up and impurities of the day.

The price is excellent, around $18 dollars, and it can be found in most drugstores.

2. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleaning System

This is the best new gadget I have acquired in years! I love it so much, I give it as gift and I tell everyone about it, because I think everyone should own one. My life (and face) has changed after this. I kept reading about the Clarisonic Classic on different magazines and websites, and dermatologists raving about its benefits, so I was curious to try it. The price was not friendly at all, so, after some consideration I decided to buy the baby one, which is half the price($150) and came with some extra lotions and creams at Sephora.

So I wet the brush with running water, put some facial cleanser on it, wet it again, and started cleaning my wet face holding the Mia in circular motion. I could not believe my eyes, what came out of my skin, even after I had used Eye Make-up Remover, and Make-up Remover Wipes. The brush, my face and the water were full of make-up residues that would not have been removed. I was immediately converted!

It is so worth it! My skin has never been so soft and free of blemishes!

3. Dr. Brandt Lineless Eye Cream

I like to change and use different eye creams, so my skin does not get used to the same one, however this is my favorite of them all. Its formula has vitamins E and C, and it is packed with antioxidants such as Green Tea, which reduces inflammation, and therefore, puffy eyes! It combines anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles and also puffy eyes! For me, this is perfect, since my eyes are so puffy in the morning,I use it after I apply some Clinique All About Eyes Serum Roll On (which is kept on my fridge).

4. Caudalie VinoPerfect Day Perfection Cream SPF 15

Brightened my face, makes my face look so fresh and dewy, quick drying, lightweight and fast absorbing. In the winter I like to put it on my face before my tinted moisturizer.

5. Premier Cru La Creme


Pure Awesomeness! That is all I have to say to define this cream. So I will just copy what is on sephora.com’s website so you understand what I am talking about:
” three signature patents: titrated Resveratrol and Viniferine from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte grapevines, and grape-seed polyphenols combine to create unparalleled age-fighting power. This exclusive formula’s rich texture leaves skin velvety-soft. It regenerates and redensifies skin, filling wrinkles, firming and lifting, and minimizing dark spots for an evenly luminous look.”
That’s all folks!

6. Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20


Smooth Operator has been around way before this craziness about “BB creams” started! BB stands for beauty balm, which means that is an all-in-one multipurpose cream that is a tinted moisturizer , sunblock, foundation and treatment. So you can skip all the steps and layering stuff in the mornings.
I am in love with this because it is all natural, without any chemicals. It is packed with fruit acid, green tea, chamomile, Amazonian clay, vitamins, all kinds of awesome ingredients that make my skin looks healthy and free of blemishes!
I guess this is my number one favorite! Can’t live the house without it.

7. La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15

According to La Mer’s website, this lightweight powder is infused with gemstones that capture light to reveal a naturally flawless complexion. I just know that I love the way my skin looks when I use my brush to put the powder in strategic spots such as my forehead, tip of nose, and under the eyes. It hides away imperfections and blemishes. I use it on top of my tinted moisturizer, so it doesn’t look chalky or too matte.

8. Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder

Aiaiai…I can almost feel the wind and smell the coconut tan lotion every time I wear this bronzing powder. It makes my face look just like I spent the whole day soaking in the sun at a beautiful beach somewhere bellow the Equator line!

It looks so natural, as if I were not wearing any make up at all. Just make sure you get a shade that is not so different than the color you would look if you spent the day at the beach. I have two different shades that I alternate and use one in the winter and the other in the summer, since I wear sunblock all the time.

9. Channel Joues Contraste Powder Blush


This color is beautiful and it illuminates the skin.

10.C.O.Bigelow No 12 Rose Salve Balm

This balm is always on my purse, in my car and I use it in my lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs moisture. And I love the smell!

Let me know what YOUR favorites are!

Disclaimer: all pictures posted here were obtained from sephora.com or the product company’s website.

Super Easy Beurre Blanc

18 Oct lagoustinepasta

Beurre Blanc literally means “white butter” in French. It is basically an emulsified sauce made by combining white wine, vinegar and cold butter. Vinegar is sometimes substituted for lemon. It is perfect for fish, or any seafood.

Classis French Beurre Blanc does not have cream, however many chefs prefer to add cream in order to “stabilize” the sauce, so it makes it last longer when serving it at a restaurant Just like any protein emulsion, it will quickly separate and break if overheated or solidify if too cold. So, it is always better to serve it immediately after preparing.

It can be modified by adding flavored vinegar to it. This is what I did. I had some Tahitian Vanilla Bean Vinegar home, and I decided to make a Vanilla Beurre Blanc to compliment the beautiful Langoustine tail I had. Vanilla blends perfectly with lobster, it is a marriage from heaven!

I bought some fresh Spaguettini from the pasta restaurant by my house (actually cheaper than buying Barilla!) and made a wonderful Spaguettini with Langoustine Tails in a Tahitian Bean Vanilla Beurre Blanc.You can find very affordable frozen Langoustine tails at your local Costco or Trader Joes. I know it sounds so fancy and elaborate, but it is not! It is a super easy recipe to impress your friends next time you cook them dinner ! Enjoy!

Tahitian Vanilla Bean Beurre Blanc

Ingredients

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup white-wine vinegar (or any other vinegar you have, flavored or seasoned is better)

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot ( or any type of sweet onions)

1/3 cup heavy cream; salt and pepper to taste

1 sprig of thyme

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces and chilled

Instructions

1) In a small sautee pan, boil the wine, vinegar, and shallot(or onions) over medium heat until liquid is reduced to 2 to 3 tablespoons, for about 5 minutes.

2) Add cream, salt, and white pepper and boil for about 1 minute.

3) Reduce heat to medium low, lift the pan from heat, and add one to two tablespoons butter, whisking constantly. Add remaining butter one piece at a time, whisking constantly and adding new pieces before the others on the pan have completely liquefied (the sauce should have a consistency of hollandaise), lifting pan from heat occasionally to cool mixture.
Remove the pan from heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4) Pour sauce through a cheesecloth on top of a strainer into a serving container, pressing on and then discarding shallot and thyme. Serve immediately.

Langoustine

I bought one pound of frozen Langoustine Tails and let it thaw on my fridge for a day. The next day I patted the dry with a paper towel, and quickly sauteed them with some butter and salt. No extra seasoning required, because you don’t want any other flavors clashing with your wonderful Beurre Blanc.

Cook the pasta according to directions but turn the oven off one minute before ready so it is al dente(to the teeth). Scoop the pasta out of its water and place it on the Beurre Blanc Sauce so it finishes cooking on it for about one or two minutes.

Add the sauteed Langoustine, some grated Parmesan, and Bon Appetite.

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