January Favorites

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Well hello there, and welcome back to xtrafrosting.com! I wanted to share with you some of the beauty products i have been loving this month, mainly makeup products. These items are some of my holy grail go to items that i can not live without!

january Fav .jpg1. Mac Cosmetics custom eye shadow pallet in shades-cork, vanilla, carbon and mystery

2. Maybelline Stylish Smokes eye shadow in shade nutmeg

3. Aquaphor- THE ABSOLUTE BEST MOISTURIZER FOR CHAPPED LIPS

4. Elf Cosmetics lip exfoliator

5. Loreal Infallible eye shadow in shade- endless pearl

6. Loreal infallible eye shadow in shade- iced latte

7. Elf Cosmetics brow kit

8. Elf Cosmetics tone correcting concealer

9. Elf Cosmetics eyelid primer

10. Elf Cosmetics blush in shade-glow

11. Elf Cosmetics baked eye shadow in shade- burnt plum

Well there you have it ladies! These products are my monthly favorites for January, items i have really been putting to the test and enjoying! I hope this gives you some inspiration to look back and see all of the things you have been using a lot this month or not, get rid of what you have not and pick up some of these great products in replace! You cant go wrong.

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha

 

Repurposed Canvas

DIY

Hi There!

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This week i was determined to get our wedding pics up! Its been almost a year and we didn’t have one picture presented, totally unacceptable!  Its been on my to do list now for far too long. After accomplishing that goal, i felt so inspired.

When first moving to Nashville i was super eager to decorate our new space. A lot of our home decor consist of things from our travels and hand me down decor from along the way.  I also really enjoy thrift store shopping and garage selling, taking old things and making them new!

A few years ago i picked up this decent looking canvas painting for around $2. I didn’t really match our stuff and over time i thought it was ugly, but i new it was a nice canvas that could be covered in fabric or repurposed in some way.

old canvas .jpgAfter a lot of thinking and endless pictures of the cutest family ever, i decided i wanted to use the canvas as a bulletin board for the hallway.

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Red Wine Winter Spritzer

Thirsty Thursday

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One more day people! Did you start your week waiting for friday? I am hoping this little pick me up drink will be just what you need to get through the next few days, until the weekend! Maybe this week is going super slow, or maybe not, say your crazy busy and overwhelmed and you could really use a break, or maybe you are having quests over and need inspiration for a beverage to serve. Whatever the reason may be, todays post is a very simple cocktail that will hit the spot!

This drink in very versatile and can also be served none alcoholic, simply by leaving it out. I like to consider this beverage a night time mimosa.

Here is what you need:

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Ice is optional,  I prefer to have everything chilled, except the red wine. It is also important to add the wine first, so that it can breath in the glass as you prep for the next step. Having the wine aerate allows the flavors to be fully released.final how too redwine drink.jpg First goes the wine, in goes the seltzer, then goes the juice. I used lime seltzer, its what came in the Costco pack. The juice is a buy one get one free from Publix. As for the red wine, this particular kind was recommended to me through Instagram. Any red wine, juice or seltzer will work, use what flavors you enjoy!final List of liquids .jpgIts not only easy to make, but its easy to drink, because the wine is diluted with deliciousness, its surprisingly light. Final Garnished look red wine .jpgI thought a raspberry garnish would be pretty.

I wish everyone a happy Thirsty Thursday and happy weekend! Do something fun, get something checked off your to do list, send a thank you card! Look forward to next weeks posts.

Cheers Readers!

xoxo Alisha

Fool Proof French Mani

Manicure Monday

Final french mani pictoral .jpg.jpg.jpgphoto (1)I hope you enjoyed my pictorials today, and that you learned something new! Thanks for popping by, i hope you have a positive week and i will see you for Thirsty Thursday!

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha

Crafty Coffee Mug

Happy Friday Friends!

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Todays post is a simple and quick craft. It makes for a perfect and affordable gift and the best part is that it is totally customizable! Keep reading for the three easy steps it takes to create this cleaver project.

materials coffee mug.jpgI picked up the mugs at the dollar store, for yes, $1 each! Im telling you its tots affordable!step one.jpgTake the acetone on to the cotton pad and clean the surface, this also takes off the shiny glaze on the mug, helping in the longevity of your creation!step 2.jpgNow for the fun part! Get creative and have fun with this step, using a permanent marker, write or draw your creation on the mug. Draw a doodle or write your favorite quote. Customize it making it a perfect gift or just another addition to your coffee mug collection. bake .jpgFor the final step, just like the picture says, pop those babies in the oven!  After about 30 min in the oven, turn off the oven, and let mugs cool. After they cool, wash them, you will be amazed that your customized creations are permanent! finished cup.jpg

Well, thats that! I hope you enjoyed this quick little craft, also hoping you all have a great weekend! See ya monday for another Manicure Monday!!!

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha

What’s In My Bag?

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 Welcome back readers!

Today I thought I would share with you what is in my bag! I have always said the best way to get to know someone, is having them share with you what is in their purse.  We as ladies carry our whole life in our purse!  Well at least I do.  My bag weighs a whopping 4lbs!

I must say I am quite the bag lady, and I get it from my mom! She used to switch bags just about every month. I change bags every season.  I go from a spring bag to summer bag, fall bag to a winter bag.

The purse you carry is such a unlimited way to express your self and your particular style. Your bag can really make a statement!

If you are Kylie Jenner, your bag says, Hi there! Im RICH! My bag costs more than your car, I have three and I haven’t even hit puberty! kourt-kylie-82711-3 copy

Got love those Kardashians!

No, but seriously I love them!

We are all influenced by what we see, and fashion is everywhere! Our bag is just one place we can make a statement. When it comes to my everyday fashion and clothes I’m a bargain shopper and I pride my self on that.  Although I think your purse is a great place to make an investment; you will use it everyday and have it forever.

I am always on the hunt for the perfect bag! I find myself saying this one is too small, this one is too big, I have yet been able to find that perfect size! I think that’s why I have so many! There are many things a girl cannot have too many of, bags being one of them!

So enough rambling, lets get into it!

Bag-I am so in love with this purse! I got it online at charmingcharlies.com, which is typically a jewelry store but they also carry all things accessories.

Charming Charlie’s has really great prices and trends, its one of my favorite places to shop! Give them your email and address and you will receive all sorts for great coupons and specials, maximizing your buck!

I typically never settle for any bag these days unless it’s by Michael Kors, given I have a few of his designs already, I felt like I needed to branch out this season.

I got this bag 75% off! Got love that! On top of the price, I absolutely loved the color and stud details, it was just what I was looking for.

I like to be prepared for anything.  Below is what I carry in my bag on the daily.

allI like to carry bags within my bag, it helps me keep organized and eliminates the problem we have, where our purse turns into a big black hole, where we know items are there but we cant find them!

DSC_0017Now days everything revolves around electronics, I always try to carry all chargers to things that will eventually need a charge.

DSC_0019I also carry a little pouch filled with Tylenol, Midol and any other meds I have.

I carry two types of wallets; one is for all my important necessities the other one I use only when I travel or go out. I transfer the absolute necessities to the smaller travel wallet, leaving out all my business cards, gift cards, receipts and memberships, simply allowing easer access.

DSC_0012I like to be the girl that when some one says hey do you have any (fill in the blank) I got you covered. Lotions and potions galore!

DSC_0014I carry regular hand lotion, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and of course a mini brush with an extra hair tie and bobby pin (not pictured)

I am not one to carry my entire makeup bag with me.  Two items I do take, make up related are black eye liner and lip-gloss, these two beauty products are small, light weight and can refresh your look completely!

DSC_0015Okay so I like variety when it comes to my lip-gloss, I like to have a clear, pink and shimmer gloss, be prepared for every look! If I wear lipstick that day, I throw that in there too.

And don’t forget the medicated lip products! Lots of gloss and lipstick can leave your lips feeling dry through out the day.  Having medicated lip products on hand insure in maximum moisture!  The hubby always appreciates it too.

DSC_0021These are a few miscellaneous items I like to have around, Band-Aids, lighter, matches, and a nail file.  These can be survival tools that I highly recommend having in your bag.

DSC_0023Well there you have it! What’s in my bag!

I thought this post would be helpful, fun and most of all a good way to get to know me!   I hope you all have a productive and positive week! See ya on Friday!

Stay Tasty Ladies

Xoxo Alisha

Detox Water

Thirsty Thursday

 New Year Detox

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Thirsty Thursday will typically consist of an alcohol beverage recipe, but this week I thought since we are all starting fresh with the New Year; why not start with detox water. Trust me your liver will thank you!

Detox water is delicious, simple to make and has a lot health benefits. I recommend drinking it the moment you start your day, even before your coffee!

Hydration is a main component to good health. I never drink water, but this year I am determined to change that!

Detox water is mainly used to flush your system from toxins.   Detox water recipes can vary, customizing to ones particular needs and taste. I went with the easier and less complicated version, that is still very beneficial, it also happens to be the one they serve at most day spas and salons.

Ingredients:

½ Cucumber

1 Lemons

1 Limes

Water

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It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Slice ingredients

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Place them in a pitcher

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And Add water!

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For best results, place in refrigerator over night and have the first the glass in the morning.

When empty, replenish pitcher with more water, I don’t recommend doing this more than three times.  Three refills is about all you can do, without the ingredients going bad, you can taste the difference between each pitcher refill and can use your best judgment.

Health Benefits-

Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin B. Cucumbers rehydrate your body and replenish daily vitamins. These veggies are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C.  Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.  The phytochemcials in cucumbers will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangovers and headaches.

Cucumbers are great for digestion; the high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system.

They are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, foliate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Lemons and Limes:

Lemons and limes contain compounds called limonins, which research shows can help to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lungs, breast and stomach. They have antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Both contain vitamin C.

Lemons and limes contain no fat and no cholesterol.  They are very high in vitamin C which helps to strengthen your immune system. These sour fruits are alkalizing for the body, helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

These are just a few benefits. I recommend researching more in depth.

None the less, drinking water is sometimes hard and it is so easily forgotten how important it is. Two tips i can share with you to make it easier, flavor your water naturally, like above, and find something really cute to drink out of!

I hope you found this inspiring and I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

Cheers!

xoxo Alisha

Long Lasting Manicure

Welcome to Manicure Monday!

 I wanted my first post to represent me in the most perfect way. What better way to represent myself than by what I am most known for, my manicures!

I want to share with you the steps you can take to achieve a long lasting manicure.

First things first – preparation,

Listed below are the materials you will need:

Towel

Paper Towel

100% Acetone

Cotton Rounds

Small bowl

Warm Water

Anti Bacterial Soup

Nail File

Cuticle Remover Solution

Cuticle Pusher

Cuticle Nippers

Nail Buffer

Nail Dehydrator

Polish (color of choice)

Orange Wood Stick

Top Coat

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You can find these materials or equivalent materials at any drug store, grocery store and or beauty supply, nail supply store.

Lets Get Started!

Step 1:  By using acetone and a cotton round, remove previous polish.  I like to use 100% acetone due to the fact that is works extremely well, and saves you a lot of time and fuss, especially if your previous polish choice consisted of glitter or a color like red, or black. Another reason I like to use 100% acetone is that it is super drying. Using anything that dehydrates your nail plate during the manicuring process will help with the longevity of your next polish application.

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Step 2:  Trim and shape your nail with a nail file of small to medium grit. The smaller the grit the less abrasive it will be to your free edge, the larger the grit the harsher and more rough the file will be. If you have a lot of length and would like to go shorter, I recommend using nail clippers first. Its also important to soak your nails first if you plan to use nail clippers, this will make your nail plates soft and easier to clip, also preventing splitting past the desired length. There are many shapes you can create.

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I prefer a more natural shape by going with what I like to call SQUOVAL, straight across and square tip, but round on the edges.

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Step 3:  Apply cuticle remover to your cuticles.  Cuticle remover is a chemical solution that softens your cuticles making them easier to push up while also eating away any dead skin stuck to your nail plate.  You can always use a bit of lotion if you prefer a more natural and budget friendly approach.

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After applying the cuticle remover or lotion to your cuticles, place your hands in a bowl with warm water and a little bit of soap, for approximately 30 seconds, this also helps in softening your cuticles making them easier to push back.

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As my hands are soaking, this is where I take the time to decide on a polish color if I haven’t already decided. Sometimes my options are endless…

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Step 4:  After drying off your hands and wiping away cuticle softener and remover, take your cuticle pusher and gently push them them up.

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Step 5:  Now the next step is probably the most dreaded step of all manicure procedures. Clipping your cuticles!

Its scary yes, if you don’t know what you are doing. I am the queen of cuticle clipping.  The key to clipping your cuticles is clipping only what is dead! Some easy ways to know if the skin is dead are; if the skin is hanging off, white, hard or thick; If the skin or cuticle appears to be red, pink or soft, its live tissue and should be avoided when clipping.

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Step 6:  Time to buff your nails! Use a fine grit buffer. When buffing your nail beds you are taking off any dead layers and stained layers of nail.  Buffing your nails also creates a clean and smooth surface for polish application and eliminates any sharp edges. The smaller the grit the more smooth they will be. I prefer small or fine grit, which allows for a smooth and clean surface but still leaves them a little rough for the polish to adhere too.  You don’t want your nails to appear shiny in this stage.  A none grit buffer will make your nails shiny and slick, leaving nothing for the polish to adhere to.

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Step 7:   The next two steps are taken to help with the longevity of your polish.  The best way to prevent polish from chipping or peeling is creating a DRY and CLEAN surface.  After buffing your nails you will have nail powder residue, this needs to be washed off.

Step 8:  Now that your nails are clean, they need to be dehydrated.  Using a cotton round and more acetone, wipe your nail plates.  You will know they are dehydrated when they turn white and have no shine! To take the dehydration to the next level and aid in a long lasting polish application, I recommend using a nail dehydrator, known as nail prep or bonder.  Nail dehydrators are a chemical solution that is used as a drying agent.

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Step 9:  Now in the next step, most would use a base coat, but not me! Base coats are primarily used as a protective barrier between your nail plate and polish, essentially helping to prevent the polish from staining your nail plate.   I find that when I use base coat, my polish doesn’t last nearly as long as when I skip it.

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Step 10:  Polish Time!!! After you choose your polish color, its time for the 1st application.

The best polish applications consist of 2 color coats and a topcoat.  The thinner the color coats are the better! It will dry faster and last longer.

Keeping away from your cuticles and edges, apply your 1st coat to one hand and then the other.  After you are finished with your second hand, apply the 2nd coat to your first hand and then move on to the other. If you have a bit of length, don’t forget to polish the tips of your free edge. By doing this it caps the layers and prevents chipping and peeling, along with the fact that when the polish starts to wear off it will wear off on the tip first.

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If you get polish anywhere you don’t want it, use an orange wood stick to clean up.  Even the professionals make mistakes!

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Step 11:  Time for topcoat! After your polish applications have air dried for about 30 seconds, apply one layer of topcoat, and also sealing your nail tips. I recommend using an extreme shine topcoat.

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Step 12:  Along with Step 7 and 8, Step 12 is very crucial for a long lasting manicure!

Through this whole manicure process it has been very important and our main focus to dehydrate the heck out of your nails!  Although it’s important for dry nail plates, it is even more important for conditioned cuticles.

Leaving moisturizing your cuticles, as the last step will insure in a long lasting manicure.

Moisturizing your cuticles at the end is KEY, but not to be forgotten! I suggest waiting until the topcoat air-dries for about one minute before applying cuticle oil or lotion.

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Moisturizing your cuticles will prevent hangnails and skin around the nails from peeling, along with adding shine to your manicure.

Keeping your cuticles moisturized all week is a great and easy way to maintain your beautiful manicure.  As the days go by the more dry and brittle your nails and polish become, inevitably causing nail breaks and polish chipping.

Keeping cuticle oil at your nightstand or by your toothbrush will help you remember to moisturize them on the daily!

Mainly my point is that once your polish is dry, it is very important to put back as much hydration as you took out.  All in all, creating a beautiful, healthy, and long lasting manicure!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and found the information helpful and inspirational.

Looking forward to the next Manicure Monday!

Stay Tasty Ladies!

Xoxo Alisha

 

 

 

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