Sunday, November 9, 2014

Finally, The Lashes I've Dreamed Of - 3D Fiberlash Mascara Review

So first let me say, I am a lashes girl. My lashes are fairly long, but without any mascara, you can’t even tell I have lashes. I want my lashes to pop, because it then accents my eyes. My makeup box holds six different types mascaras, and when I put makeup on, I will probably have at least four of them on at one time to achieve my desired look. Trouble is this takes FOREVER!

I even started wearing false lashes if I were going to perform, because mascara just didn’t give me the thickness I was looking for. I want a thick lash, but I can not stand the clumpy look. False lashes are a messy hit or miss process. Don’t get me wrong I have mastered it, but ugh the work involved. 

For quite some time I had been stalking the 3D Fiberlashes. I mean seriously stalking. I had spoken to several representatives about them. I just couldn’t quite believe it would solve my issues, so I never “jumped.”

Let me tell you about this product first. Then I will tell you about my experience with it.

About Younique:

Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012 with a mission to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe. Derek and Melanie firmly believe that all women should feel valued, smart, and empowered through opportunities of personal growth and financial reward!

Younique’s cosmetics development processes utilize scientific research to ensure that their products contain high quality ingredients without unnecessary fillers. The result is a beautifully efficacious product that is safely compatible with virtually every skin type.

Younique begins by looking to Mother Nature for the inspiration behind their cosmetics. Their in-house scientific team then formulates a product that honors that inspiration while delivering cutting-edge cosmetics. Younique’s goal is to use science to help nature provide healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics, without fillers or junk.

About 3D Fiberlash Mascara:

The 3D Fiberlash Mascara is just a simple three-step process that combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. They are NOT false lashes. They are your own! The fibers are natural…made from Green Tea Leaves, hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers.

Younique has lots of other great products, but we’re focusing on the mascara for this review. All Younique products are natural based and a mineral makeup. There’s no testing ever done on animals.

About My Experience:

Like I said earlier it sounded too good to be true, which made it super hard for me to take the plunge. I have seen just about every mascara commercial, and I would rush out to try them. Most of the time they wouldn’t give me the amazing look I was looking for without the help of several other mascaras. I would use this one to make them longer, that one to make them thicker….etc. It was awful time consuming, and I spent way more time than I wanted to to do my makeup.

Then came the opportunity to review this product. Sure! I’m in!

With 3D Fiberlash, I only spend 10 minutes on my make up. (It could probably take even less time, but I am a perfectionist.) 

Here is what I do:

Step one:  Brush on a light coat of my favorite mascara. (This step is optional, but I find it to be best. I’ve tried it both ways.)

Step two:  Apply a coat of the transplanting gel. (This allows the natural fibers to adhere to your lashes.)

Step three:  Apply a coat of the natural fibers and wait a second or two to allow the gel to dry. (This will adhere the fibers to the lashes.)

Step four:  I then take a lash comb and comb through my lashes to make sure they look just as I want them. (This is purely an optional step. Remember I’m weird like that.)

Step five:  After I’ve gotten the fibers exactly as I want them, I apply another coat of the gel to seal the fibers.

You can repeat steps two through five if you would like to get your desired look. I do sometimes for additional length, but it just depends on how bold I want my lashes to be.

Take a look at my results!

I have to tell you guys this cute little story, about the first time I used my 3D Fiberlash Mascara. 

My sweet hubby always notices when I wear makeup and says, “You look nice, baby!” However, the first time I used this new mascara, I was heading out to run some errands. As I was leaving, I leaned into him to snag a kiss. He stopped me and said, “Your eyes look so sexy!” Now, I must add, this day my hair was pulled up in a ponytail, I was wearing just-around-the-house clothes, and I was NOT looking extra special. Sure did make my day!

This product is $29, and is worth every penny. I spent way more than that on the many mascaras I had in my makeup box. (I'm actually considering becoming a consultant myself!)

Now, if you would like to learn more about this product, please take a few minutes and visit the website.

Read more reviews of this amazing mascara, at Home & School Mosaics

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Spiced Peach Butter

8 pounds very ripe peaches
1 cup of water
8 cups sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

Peel, remove pits and bad spots, and crush peaches into a heavy bottom dutch oven. Add sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the temperature to medium, and simmer until thick stirring frequently making sure it doesn't stick.

Put in sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace, place lids and rings on only tightening until they stop turning. Do not over tighten. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes.

Remove from water bath and allow to rest on a towel overnight to completely cool. You will probably hear popping. This is the lids sealing.

This is great fresh, but after about a week of sitting in the jars, it is even better!

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Best Ever Skillet Peach Cobbler

12 large fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
the juice and zest of one lemon
4 teaspoons cornstarch

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, vanilla, milk, and margarine in a bowl. Mix the fresh peaches, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and juice, and cornstarch together in a bowl.  Pour the flour mixer into a 18" cast iron skillet. Spoon the peach mixer over the top of the flour mixer. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

3 large sweet potatoes
4 cups milk
1 cup old fashion oats
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 T pure maple syrup 
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t salt

On a sheet pan roast the sweet potatoes at 400° F for 1 hour. (I do this the night before so they have cooled and are easy to handle in the morning.)

In the morning, whisk together the milk and oats in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 7 minutes stirring occasionally.

Peel the sweet potatoes and mash the flesh into the oat/milk mixture. Mix in vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt

Serve warm!

You can also make this into a baked oatmeal by adding the following crunchy topping and baking in the oven.

Crunchy Topping Ingredients
2/3 cup chopped pecans
4 T butter or margarine
4 T flour
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together the pecans, flour, butter, and brown sugar until crumbly. Pour oatmeal into a casserole dish spreading out evenly. Sprinkle the pecan mixture on top. Baker for 25 - 30 minutes.


Let me know what you guys think!

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Apple Cider Pound Cake with Apple Cider Caramel Drizzle

Boy things have been crazy busy lately! I've been working on holiday projects for some clients, and boy it has been time consuming. I am making a commitment to take an hour a day and focus on me and that will include my blog, because it is almost therapeutic writing and sharing!

I've promised several friends that I would share my Apple Cider Pound Cake recipe, and FINALLY here it is. It is so yummy!!

Cake Ingredients
 2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
6 eggs
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Cider Caramel Drizzle
1 cup apple cider
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup cool water
2 tablespoons of cornstarch

In mixer, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each egg. Stir together all dry ingredients with a whisk (This step replaces sifting, but you could sift them together instead if you like.) then set aside. Combine cider and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and cider mixer alternating between the two. Mix until well blended. Spoon into a buttered and sugared tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 70 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

While cake is baking, combine the first three ingredients of the carmel drizzle together in a sauce pan, cook over low heat to dissolve and reduce slightly, and remove from the heat. It will still be thin in consistency.

Once the cake is out of the oven, cool for 10 minutes in the pan. After 10 minutes remove from the pan and cool for 20 minutes longer. Then prick the top of the cake with a fork, and drizzle half of the thin drizzle over the top of the cake to slightly glaze.

Return the apple cider drizzle mixer to the heat and warm it up. When the cider drizzle is warmed through, add a slurry made with the cool water and cornstarch, whisking until thickened. It will now be a thicker caramel consistency. Drizzle over the individual slices.

Let me know what you guys think!

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Monday, November 7, 2011

I've Been Nominated for Best New Blog!

Join Me at The Homeschool Post!

Oh my goodness! Sweet Tea and Sandy Beaches has been nominated for "Best New Blog" at The Homeschool Post! I'm so excited! Isn't that neat?! And as icing on the top of the cake, the blog design I did for Heidi at Heidi's Head was nominated for "Best Blog Design!"

I would like to thank the one who nominated my blog! That is so exciting and such an honor!

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Blog Header Giveaway Winner!

I am happy to announce that the winner of the blog header is . . .

The Bertones @! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to work with you!! I will send you an email with contact information, so we can get to work on your new blog header design!!

Thank you all for your entries. I am sure there will be many more giveaways like this one in the future!

Remember, sip a little sweet tea,