Review of Ammiy Makeup Brushes with wood handle, white case 12 pcs.

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Other Brushes: Fan shaped, Spoolie, liners, sponge eye shadow
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Another view of Glue on handle
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Excess glue on Brush handle
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Crooked Brush handle
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Eye shadow and liner brushes
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Protective Sleeve for bigger brushes
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Soft, Fluffy Bristles
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Full set of Makeup Brushes
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Beautiful off white soft roll up leather case

I received these brushes at a discounted price for review.  Click the link here for the brushes

Pros: This has a beautiful off-white soft roll up leather case. The bigger brushes have their own nice sleeves to protect the brushes.  These are soft and fluffy synthetic, pony hair bristles.  The big fluffy brush is better for powders.  I liked the flat brush for concealer blending, though I had to use more concealer than usual to get the coverage as the concealer got into the brush more than on the skin. The angled contour brush is nicely angled, great for contouring. I liked the fan shaped brush for highlighting. This brush set comes with other brushes not normally found in the brush sets like the spoolie brush for eyebrows or to brush eyelashes, and the finer brush for liquid liners, and the sponge eye shadow brush, great for adding the darker eye shadow on the crease.  The silver colored wood handles are good and sturdy and love the color combination of silver and gold aluminum ferrule.

Cons:  The brushes and case emits a very strong chemical smell.  Definitely had to wash them before using.  The blusher/powder brushes while soft and fluffy are not as dense.  They are good for powders, blushes and bronzers, but not really good for liquid foundation.  It took a lot of work to blend liquid foundation.  The eye shadow brushes sheds a lot.  Way too much for blending, which I was disappointed in because it was really good for blending.  The brush handle for the sponge eye shadow brush is slightly crooked.  There was also excess glue on the handle of one of the brushes.

Based on the quality of the brushes and some of the defects on the handles, overall, I’m rating this brush set 3 out of 5 stars.

Review of Ammiy 10 pcs. Professional Premium Kabuki Brush Set Foundation Blending Brush Eyeshadow Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit Pink Golden Kit

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Beautiful Black vinyl case and brushes

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Bigger Brushes for Foundation and Powders
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Top view of Foundation Brush
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Eye Shadow Brushes
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Close up of Foundation Brush with loose bristles
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Edge of Foundation brush with dried up glue

I received these brushes at a discounted price for review.

Pros:  These brushes comes in a handy black vinyl case, perfect for traveling or makeup artist on the go.  The bristles are super soft, dense, fluffy and nice to the touch. Fair brush quality.  Blending concealers was fair.  The eye shadow brushes were pretty good to use to apply and blending.  Foundation brushes and bigger brushes are better for powders, blushes, and bronzers.

Cons:  There is a strong chemical/leather scent coming off the case and the brushes.  Definitely, had to wash the brushes before using. Brushes have loose bristles and one of the bigger foundation brushes had dried up glue on the side near the handle.  These brushes were not as good in blending liquid foundation, possibly perfect for mineral powders.   After washing and a few times of use, the bristles are not maintaining their shape, and are straying.

I would rate these brushes 2.5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the brushes here

Review on Sesha Skin Therapy Maxi Plump Lip Enhancer

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Photos are not altered

I received this Sesha Skin Therapy Maxi Plump Lip Enhancer as part of a giveaway win.  This is not a sponsored review.

I cannot believe that this actually works!  I knew that my lip products were going on smoother, but I just didn’t realize that my lips actually looked plumper until I saw the pictures I took.  Sesha’s PET delivery technology system is amazing!  On their website these cutting-edge peptides claims to increase the volume and plumpness by 40%.  I would say, from my personal result, it looks like 40%, if not 50%. Check out my personal photo results!

I used this as directed, 2-3 times a day for 31 days. Upon application, my lips had a tingly sensation, and yet felt hydrated. The product goes on clear and has a slight methol or minty fragrance.

Review on Artis dupe oval makeup brushes.

photogrid_1484003818894I received these oval makeup brushes at a discounted price for review.
Pros: they are the soft, fluffy bristles that feel like kittens caressing your face. The brush I used for liquid foundation provided a flawless appearance. These brushes are pretty good with powders & cream too. I really liked the tiniest long, thin brush, I used as liner with eye shadows. The smaller circle brushes I used for eye shadows worked great.
Cons: as you can see from the bottom photo, there are stray bristles or loose materials on the bigger oval brush. This didn’t affect the feel of the brush, but it does say something for the quality. Although, the handles were a beautiful rose-colored, the plastic handle felt flimsy, especially the larger ones when swiping, and sliding. Definitely, need to support it with index finger. They are not labeled, and there are no guidelines on the box, so we are left to figure out which brush should be used for what products.

Overall, I liked that I got to play with these. These have a learning curve as to how to properly use. Research on YouTube. These are one of the many Artis oval makeup brushes dupes. I would keep using some of the brushes from this 10-piece kit.

Here is the link on these particular oval makeup brushes
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M265CPK?m=A24NL8QD8TS8RF&ref_=v_sp_detail_page

Food for the gods recipe

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Ingredients for Food for the gods

My Mom used to make this dessert occasionally during the Christmas season and I was craving them this year and it’s been a long time since my Mom made it so I asked my Mom for the recipe. This is a very rich dessert, so take note if you plan to make this.

There have been may requests for me to put up this recipe, and so here it is. And I had some gluten free flour, so I wanted to test it out in this recipe

Ingredients:

1 c. All purpose flour (used Cup4cup Gluten-free flour)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

1 c. unsalted butter, melted

1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts

1 c. coarsely chopped Medjool dates

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 F. Grease a 13 x 9x 2 inch pan and set aside.  In this case, I used silicone molds.  I did not have to grease them.

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Coarsely chop dates

Coarsely chop the walnuts, and dates.

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Used a food processor. Be careful to only pulse the as to not grind them too much. You want them to look like the far right. Coarsely chopped.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

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Beat eggs lightly in a separate bowl.

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Add sugar, butter, nuts, and dates.

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Fold in flour.

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Spread mixture on the greased pan (silicone molds).

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If using silicone molds, use a baking sheet tray underneath.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (If baked in a greased baking dish).  Using smaller silicone molds, I baked them for approximately 20 minutes, until I saw that the center was dry and toothpick inserted in the center came out clean.  Unmold them from their respective mold/pan and then cut into bars (if using a pan).

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These hold up pretty long in the refrigerator, but they are so good, they probably won’t last long. Especially, in my “sweet-toothed” family.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

** I received the Cup4cup gluten free flour as a sample for my honest review from Social Nature and I got to say, I was impressed with it.  I don’t think anyone noticed that it was gluten free.  I would definitely purchase this in the future if I need a gluten free flour for my baking.