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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Makeup removal

This is actually a pretty highly requested post! I'm going to be up front though - I edited some of these pictures for lighting, but I didn't take out a single dark mark or zit. My skin is so far from perfect, but keeping it clean and makeup free at the end of the day is the best thing I can do for it.

First up, I start with a makeup wipe. I just use the generic ones, and these serve to just get the majority of the makeup off my face.

 See, a lot comes off!
But, that isn't everything. Next I use Simple Micellar Water and it might as well be a makeup magnet because it pulls tons more impurities out of my skin.

See, lots of stuff! The micellar water is great for the eye area - it dissolves waterproof mascara and stubborn eyeliner really well.

The next thing I use is Neutrogena cleanser. It's both cleanser and makeup remover, and is super gentle and effective.

I use my Clarisonic about every other day, and the other days I just use my hands.

 Dry off, slather on some moisturizer, and then, you've got...

A completely makeup free Vic.

xx, Victoria

Photos by Emily You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Morning Routine

Here's the thing about mornings - I hate waking up. It just might be the worst thing. But mornings? Those I like.

Quite the conundrum, huh?

One of the nice (?) things about being home is going to bed early. Like...ridiculously early. I don't hate it. The main benefit is that I wake up on my own (!!!) a little before 7 AM. That never happened when I was at school.

But just because I wake up then doesn't mean I get up then... ;)

6:45 - wake up, roll over, and back to bed

7:15 - first alarm goes off, take medicine, hit snooze...again

7:17 - second alarm goes off

7:23 - third alarm goes off

7:30 - fourth alarm goes off, actually wake up, check phone for missed messages, social media, & morning blog posts

7:40 - get out of bed, put back all the covers I threw off my bed (I'm a weirdly violent sleeper), stumble into my bathroom

7:42 - wash face, put in contacts (this literally takes FOREVER), figure out something to do with my hair

7:50 - head downstairs, make breakfast (usually scrambled eggs), drink coffee, make my lunch if I'm going to be gone for the day, watch a few minutes of the news

8:03 - head back upstairs whilst inhaling breakfast, get dressed, get my things together for the day

8:10 - leave the house for either Pure Barre, the gym, or work, and probably craving iced coffee!

xx, Victoria

Photos by Emily You

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baked Zucchini Fries

Adapted from this recipe.

Fries are good. Great. Ok, who am I kidding - fries are awesome. But they're awful for you! I mean, we all know that. When one of my babysitting gigs got cancelled, I decided I'd whip up a little something that I found on Pinterest - zucchini fries!

2 zucchinis
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp pepper
1/2 tbsp garlic powder

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Start with 2 zucchinis and slice them into chips. I left the skins on.

Then, put them into a bag and add the flour in. Shake it up to get all the zucchini chips evenly coated in flour.

 I used a quart bag in the above picture, started shaking the zucchinis and flour, exploded the flour all over my kitchen, then switched to a gallon bag. Trust me, use the gallon bag...

Then, whisk your eggs together in a bowl. The recipe I used called for 2, but I ended up running out and using 4.

The recipe also calls for only 1 cup of breadcrumbs, but I also ran out of those and ended up needing more like 1 1/4 cups.

I put the breadcrumbs, the eggs, and the seasoning in all different bowls. Just pour the salt, pepper, and garlic powder into a bowl and mix them together.

Then, take your flour-coated zucchinis and dip them in the eggs, making sure that they're evenly coated on both sides.

Take the egg-washed zucchini chips into the breadcrumbs and coat them evenly. Then, put them back into the egg wash and coat them in the crumbs again.

Place the chip on a cookie sheet and repeat until all your zucchini chips are on the pan. Sprinkle half of your seasoning all over the sheet.

Then, bake at 450. The recipe said to leave them in for 4-6 minutes, but they weren't quite browned enough at 6 minutes, so I left them in for 10 before taking them out to flip.

Once they're browned a little, flip all the chips over and use the rest of your seasoning on the other sides of the chips. Pop them back in the oven until they're browned.

Then, take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

The recipe called for some chipotle mayo, and somehow we had leftover chipotle ranch in the fridge from a takeout salad. I used that to dip the chips in and it was so good!

xx, Victoria