Nail polish of the month! September 2013

Nail polish of the month! September 2013

I can’t even do this polish justice with my photos, but here’s an attempt anyway! Zoya Carter is part of the newest wave of PixieDust polishes, textured matte glitters that look unlike anything else I’ve ever seen–they really do come across as sugary frosting for the nails. It’s so pretty, I don’t even mind that it’s purple! (Not usually my favorite color!)

Here is Carter in daylight (overcast skies), no topcoat. The top picture is a little blurry but I think it shows the depth of the purple more. This polish is loaded with pink glitters that give it a very warm, rich finish.

You’ll need two coats for an even swatch, and make sure you use smooth, even, quick strokes–like all mattes, this stuff sets up quickly. (It doesn’t necessarily dry as quickly as a standard matte, though, so don’t rush your mani–give it proper time to dry.) I didn’t find that it was difficult to work with, though, unlike some other mattes that I’ve tried in the past!

Zoya lacquers are vegan and five-free (no nasty chemicals!) and retail for $9 apiece through beauty stores like Ulta or at Zoya.com.

Random Thursday: My fave store to shop at is…

Random Thursday: My fave store to shop at is…

Gosh, do I have to pick just one? I’m not going to say Target, because everyone loves Target so that feels like cheating. I suppose one of my favorite places to shop is Pier 1, even though I can’t afford most of the stuff there–it’s fun just to walk around and look at everything! I also really, really love bookstores. I can stay in there for far too long, just browsing.

Vegan pumpkin cranberry chocolate chip cookies! (recipe)

Vegan pumpkin cranberry chocolate chip cookies! (recipe)

It’s not autumn without a healthy dose of pumpkin recipes! The other day Alyssa (who blogs over here) posted on Facebook that she was whipping up a batch of pumpkin cookies, and of course we all clamored for the recipe! It got me browsing around looking at different pumpkin cookie recipes, pumpkin drink recipes, and all other manner of pumpkin-flavored things in between.

Well, going back to the cookies: after looking at a few different recipes and tinkering with some vegan substitutions, here’s what I baked up today! These cookies are not only vegan, they’re easy to make and super-delicious.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or break up a vegan chocolate bar into small chunks)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the pumpkin and oil together in a mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and other dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and cranberries. Add to the larger bowl and blend well. Add in the chocolate chips and cranberries, using more or less to taste. (I like tons and tons in my cookies, but you might use less or even omit one or the other.)

Drop in even spoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Makes two dozen cookies.

Sunday Confessions: awkward hugs

Sunday Confessions: awkward hugs

I haven’t linked up with Alyx for a while,and to be honest I don’t even have anything in particular to confess that might require this GIF…but it’s so awesomely awkward that I needed to find a use for it. I’m sure you can all understand that!

23 People Who Are Way More Awkward Than You

I mean really now…I totally understand Olivia’s pain here. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that awkward unwanted hug. I just get the impression that Zoe is laughing to herself while she watches and thinking, “Haha, she got you and not me!”