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May 2011 Favorites!

Here are all the products that tickled my fancy in May…

Products Mentioned

  • OPI Cajun Shrimp
  • OPI San Tan Tonio
  • Zoya Elodie
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • EOS Lip Balm
  • OCC Lip Tar in Beta
  • MAC Lipglass in Strange Potion
  • MAC Lipglass in Dolcile
  • MAC Lip Gelee in Budding Beauty
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer Lusher
  • MAC Blush in Coppertone
  • MAC Blusch in Gingerly
  • NARS Blush in Torrid
  • R&R Cashmere Powder
  • MAC e/s in Surf USA
  • Maybelline Great Lash in Teal Appeal and Green Envy
Beauty, Tip & Tricks

Top 10 Beauty Products of 2010!

I put together a list of my top 10 products that I just couldn’t live without in 2010!

Products mentioned:

  • Shea Moisture Black Soap
  • Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion
  • Mary Kay Oil Free Makeup Remover
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Clarisonic Plus (Available on EasyPay at QVC)
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond
  • Urban Decay palettes (Black, Naked, and Book of Shadows III)
  • Duo Fiber Brush
  • Make Up For Ever HD Translucent Powder

A few products get honorable mention as well!

  • NYX Lipliners – They have a huge variety of colors and are very affordable at only about $4 each.
  • Sigma Brushes – Great quality brushes, comparable to MAC but half the price!
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – Great coverage, long lasting.
  • Korress Lip Butters – Like it sounds, it leaves your lips soft like BUTTAH!
  • MAC Venomous Villains Collection, especially Dark Deed Lipstick – I get the most compliments on this lipstick!
Tip & Tricks

Try This :: Tilapia Scampi

So after having my wisdom teeth pulled – all 4 – I was obviously on a soft food diet! After healing some, I was able to move on to more solid foods, but finding somewhat soft food proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought. I went to lunch with my parents and there was catfish which I was able to eat, so the light bulb went off… Tilapia! I love tilapia, its a great fish, that’s not too fishy.

So looked for a simple baked recipe and found a nice and easy one that I make quickly. Tilapi Scampi, just what it sounds like, it’s tilapia baked in a scampi sauce. It’s very yummy!

I was also very tired of mash potatoes and decided to go with mashed yams! I’ll add the super simple recipe for that too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tilapia fillets (I used just 2, however the recipe is enough for about 4)
  • 3/4 cups Butter or Margarine
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Herb Marinade (Optional)
  • Lemon Slices


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the butter, lemon juice, marinade, and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave in 30-second increments until the butter is completely melted, stirring between each session, about 1 minute total.
  3. Arrange the tilapia in the bottom of the prepared baking dish; pour the butter mixture over the fillets assuring they are all evenly covered.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, turning the fillets after about 15 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes total. When turning add lemon slices on top.

For the yams:

Take 2 15 oz. cans of Bruce’s Yams and mash them in a microwavable dish with about 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Microwave for 3 minutes until all heated.

I like marshmallows on mine, so add a layer of marshmallows on top and bake for about 5 minutes until melted.

Tip & Tricks

Try This :: Six Cheese Manicotti

Remember the manicotti trays that I used to store my pigments in the new storage cart? Here’s what I did with the actual pasta!


1 (8 ounce) package manicotti pasta
1 tub (16 ounces) ricotta cheese (Sargento)
1 bag (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella & parmesan cheese (Target’s Market Pantry)
1 bag (6 ounces) shredded Italian Six Cheese Blend (Target’s Market Pantry)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup Italian Seasoning
Pinch of Garlic Powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente, drain.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, about 4 ounces six cheese blend, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, sour cream, seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.
In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, spray dish with non-stick cooking spray and cover bottom of dish with a thin film of spaghetti sauce.
Fill each manicotti with cheese mixture and place in dish; cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of sauce.
Bake in preheated oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

A quick tip on filling the manicotti, fill a ziplock back with the filling, cut a small hole in one corner and pipe in the mixture. If it gets stuck, fill one end and fill the rest on the other end.

With Garlic & Herb Chicken Breasts and French Cut Green Beans, it was a hit!