March 29, 2016

Patacones - Recipe

While in Panama earlier this year I came across a simple side dish known as Patacones, and my boyfriend whom is Panamanian was able to teach me how to make them.
First of all, you do want green plantains or ones where the peel isn't mostly black in color. If you peel the plantain and the inside has a peachy tint to it rather than a white-yellow color than it is probably too ripe in which case the patacone will be on the mushy side, where as it should be a bit hard and crisp after cooking. My boyfriend recommends using vegetable oil with this recipe, and I like using it with this because it seems to give the patacones a nice buttery flavor. I also like to heavily salt the plantains before cooking because in my opinion it tastes less bland and more appetizing, although in Panama it tends to be more on the bland side but to each their own.

Plantains, green
Vegtable Oil

Cut the ends off the plantain. Cut down into the peel along the center (long ways) of the outer curve of the plantain. Use your fingers to peel back and remove the peel from the plantain (it can be a bit hard but don't be discouraged). Slice the plantain into about 3/4-inch thick cuts. Liberally season the plantain slices on both cut sides with salt according to taste.

Add about a 1/2 inch of the oil in a small pan and heat the oil on a medium-high heat setting. Once the oil is heated place the plantain slices in the pan on the flat cut side of the plantain (you should hear it sizzle when placed into the hot oil). After about 3 minutes flip the slices over and continue cooking another 3 minutes. Remove the slices from the oil and press the slices flat (you can use the bottom of a flat glass/cup, or a tool made for pressing patacones) til they're about a 1/2 inch thick. Once they're all pressed place the flattened plantains back into the hot oil to cook 3 minutes or until golden (you do not need to flip them over). Set the patacones on a paper towel to remove excess oil. These are best served hot.

March 24, 2016

One ‘N Only Argan Oil Hair Color Perfect Intensity - Review

Last summer I started trying out the One ‘N Only Argan Oil Hair Color Perfect Intensity on the ends of my hair. I tried 2 different shades (Pastel Lilac, and Pastel Aqua) and both came out much more intense in color than I was expecting from the shades shown on the box (it says you can leave the product on up to 30 minutes, which I believe that's what I did). Pastel Lilac came out looking like a Barney shade of purple and the color did eventually lighten into a pastel shade after numerous washing's, it also faded into a nice ombre look compared to the other color I tried. Pastel Aqua was also more deep and intense than the box color showed but it faded into a turquoise type shade against my blond hair, and this shade didn't seem as quick to wash out compared to Pastel Lilac nor did it fade into a ombre look like the other shade did.
Pastel Lilac (left), and Pastel Aqua (right)
This hair dye is very drying on my already dry dyed blond hair so I do recommend using a good conditioner with this as this altered my hair texture so much that it looked really fake compared to my natural hair until I washed and deep conditioned it several times to bring it back to life (so to speak). There may actually be a short period of time in which the dye looks the exact shade you may have been hoping for, which you may find disappointing in the long run. I didn't find this dye to come off on clothing or anything once it was washed out. Ultimately I ended up trimming off my colored hair to get rid of the dye completely before last winter rolled around because I just didn't feel it was really going to go away completely on its own so, you may want to be prepared for that hair color dedication if you use this on your entire head or as a highlight color starting at your root. I do find as far as the smell of hair dyes go that I actually enjoy the scent of this dye more than any other hair dye I've tried.

When you apply this dye I do recommend using tight fighting gloves, and a plastic cape. This product can stain your skin and clothing during application, and it takes several washes to remove this from skin (I learned the hard way). When I apply this to the ends of my hair I braid my hair into 2 pigtails and place a thick hair tie right above where I want the dye to go. I then left it on the the allotted amount of time (I think the color may have turned out less intense if I left it on a shorter amount of time than the packaging stated). This dye did not take to my hair when I tried to mute it with a sulfate free conditioner (it wasn't stated on the packaging to do this but it was worth a try to see if it would work) in hopes of getting less intense results.
Pastel Bubblegum
I recently tried their shade in Pastel Bubblegum and got this cute pink color by leaving it on my ends for 15 minutes (5 minutes of that was the application process) although you can leave it on your hair up to 30 minutes according to the packaging. Mom liked the way this shade turned out on me over the other 2 shades I tried last year. I feel like this is the only color in this brand to have turned out the color I wanted, but I also felt a bit more knowledgeable this time around as to how the dye would react on my hair (click here for a picture of my hair inspo).

March 18, 2016

What's in my Aunts makeup bag?

My Aunt use to wear a ton of makeup back in her day so it was interesting to see what she uses today when she does wear makeup in Florida's hot humid weather. In her makeup bag I found what appears to be mostly all drugstore or Dollar Tree beauty products, some of which I believe may be discontinued which perhaps shows how she doesn't wear much makeup if any these days. I was actually surprised to see such a dark lip color in her bag, minimal SPF products used, and that she doesn't seem to wear any eye shadow although I suppose her bronzer could be used as an eye shadow.

Eucerin, Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion, SPF 15

CoverGirl, Clean Oil Control Liquid Makeup in Creamy Natural 520
CoverGirl, Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Pressed Powder in Creamy Natural 110

Cheeks and Contour
Loreal, Feel Natural blush in Pinched Pink 286
LA Colors, Bronzer in Bronze Glow

Rimmel, Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black 061
Revlon, Lash Curler
Maybelline, Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Maybelline, Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Rebel Black

Maybelline, Expertwear brow and eye liner in Light Brown

Loreal, Colour Riche in Rose Taffeta 174
Rimmel, Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer 066