Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Beyonce of Eye Makeup Removers

I have the most sensitive eyes of all time, and I got it from my mama. They are constantly watery. It's so bad that I'm almost [dramatically] legally blind and refuse to get contacts.  I used to be mortified, yet prepared, to walk into a classroom late and somebody ask "are you good?" because my eyes are tearing trying to adjust to the light.  If a fuzz or dust gets stuck in my eye, my face is actually worse than Kim K's crying face.  AND, if something goes wrong while I'm doing my eye make up, you guessed it, I need to remove the entire work of art and start over.  Unfortunately this is not a drill.

My mother is a huge fan of Lancôme and gets hooked on their deluxe sample bags. She let me have her full sized (4.2 oz) Lancôme Bi-Facial Eye Makeup Remover. I liked it, it worked well, and I totally ignored the fact that this was a $28 bottle. Turns out, you don't really know what you've got till its gone. I left it home and suffered half a semester at college without it. I tried 5 other brands including makeup remover pads and wipes that either didn't get the job done or stung so bad that I became more chinky-eyed than I already am. NWTS.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

My Better-Than-Chipotle Guacamole Recipe


It's not up for debate.  My guacamole is the best guac in the game.  You'll want to eat it by the spoonful, lick the bowl, and then never try any other guacamole ever again.  I can't even ask for guacamole at Chipotle anymore, and you'll have to see why.

My 4 secrets for making the most mouth watering guacamole are using ripe, but NOT overripe avocados, a lot of sea salt and garlic powder, adding salsa, and saving at least one left over avocado pit.

Ingredients


  • 2 (or more) ripe avocados
  • 1/2 lime OR lime juice
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced onions
  • 1/3 cup salsa of choice
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper



Friday, November 28, 2014

My Black Friday Find

Holiday shopping.  Here's how it goes: 1 for you, 2 for me.  I'm a sucker for funky looking things, even if its something I don't need right away or its not the right season.  I'm buying it anyway because nothing gets stuck in your head worse than the things we put down at the store.  Not even a Taylor Swift song.

I'm holiday shopping and came across this bad boy literally blinding me.  I picked it up, and put it down.  Picked it up, then put it back down again.  Walked away, then came back and said "I need to have you".  I don't care how ugly my futuristic clutch is, if it stands out, it's for me.  I'm obsessed with the iridescent-holograph trend, especially to dress up that all-black wardrobe we all possess.  I've said it once and I'll say it again: UK does it best.

Happy & safe shopping :)


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Betchgiving

Wearing all black because what other color exists?
Happy Thanksgiving from my beetique to yours :)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Block-Heel Cut Out Booties


PSA:  If we're going to bring back 90's fashion, it is evident that UGLY IS IN for fall, so F what your friends say.  I've been searching for the perfect block-heel cut out booties and came across these fabulously ugly booties.  They're versatile for all-year-round as you can rock them with black ankle socks or even knee-highs.  Plus, how can you go wrong with the ultimate diva color combo:  black & gold.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY Desktop Dry Erase Board


I've been slowly glamming out my cubicle at work (coming soon!) and ran to the dollar store on my lunch break.  I swear I can walk into the dollar store without a sole purpose and out of no where I am hit with a wave of DIY ideas.

I decided to go with a blue, silver, and grey theme for my work space to go with my grey and white chevron border.  I checked out the picture frames at the dollar store since I have absolutely no photos up, and grabbed a few silver ones.

I walked past the office supply section and found packaged blue glitter paper staring at me.  One of the frames in my hand was a little bigger than your average 4 x 6 photo paper, and from there on out I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I grabbed a 3 pack of dry erase markers and checked out.

When I got back to work, my project obviously could not wait.  It took me under 5 minutes to make this fab Dry Erase Board, and the best part is that I spent $3 total.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Many of you can agree that sitting through an entire Sunday with your significant other during football season can feel like the longest day of your life... especially when you're in a long distance relationship with no where to run off to. Except the grocery store - where I escaped last Sunday. I completely winged a Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe which happened to turn out AMAZING.  This Sunday, my boyfriend suggested we wing Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese.  Needless to say, we killed it once again and I highly recommend you try it too!


Prep time:  20 min
Cook time:  35 min
Serving size:  5-8







Ingredients
  • 1 box noodles or pasta of choice, cooked al dente
  • 1 large white chunk chicken breast canned, drained
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese blend of your choice
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce of choice
  • 1 cup milk
  • Desired amount of breadcrumbs for topping
  • Desired amount of shredded cheese for topping

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#TBT: DIY College Kitchen Collage Wall

Since my freshman year of college, I've had (and still have) the greatest group of 11 friends known to mankind.  You're probably thinking, LOL "no, I do...",  But I beg to differ.

Towards the end of our freshman year, 8 of us signed a lease for a gorgeous 3-story Victorian home that wouldn't be ours until junior year.  Well worth the wait considering we planted ourselves in that bad boy until we graduated even after destroying it worse than a bunch of degenerate frat boys would.

Our living room, which in any house is "the spot", had this heinous baby blue and brown Victorian paisley wallpaper.  The worst part is that even the molding was baby blue, so any decoration we thought about putting up on the walls would probably make a blind person dizzy.

We all had our own humongous stack of photos with all of us in it that went back all the way to freshman year.  They were probably left over from decorating our rooms and realistically just collecting dust, so I had this bright idea of covering the top half of the entire kitchen wall with pictures of us.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNY Cortland Diva Problems

Since graduating 6 months ago, I’m the typical Cortland-obsessed post grad in complete denial that it’s not still August and I won’t be packing up all my stuff to move back into my three-story Victorian home on Tompkins with my 7 best friends. Whether you’re a student at SUNY Cortland or alumni of, you know Cortland is the epitome of “from the outside looking in you can never understand it, but from the inside looking out, you can never explain it”.

You know the slot in your wallet that everyone has and is filled with shit you never use but you always keep on you anyway because, well, what if I need it? It’s like the junk drawer of your wallet. And every time you take a peek, you think, “WOW I forgot I had this…..", until you realize IT. IS. USELESS. Unless I decide to go back to Cortland and get my masters. But no thanks, I’m in enough student loan debt.


I laid out my expired possessions and remembered how I earned bragging rights for never once losing my student ID in all 4 years of college, which explains why I look like a completely different person in my photo. I remembered taking that picture at the second session summer orientation and the people I met there who share a special place in my heart still to this day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel: Actually a Miracle

I have the most uncooperative nails on earth…  I’m not sure if it’s my nail beds or the base/top coat I use, but 75% of the time the ENTIRE layer of polish on some nails will peel off in one piece.  By no means am I talking about just a chip, I won't even be picking at them, but I will actually paint my nails, shower, dry off, and two finger’s polishes will literally be M.I.A as if I forgot to paint them.  Later found on the floor of the shower.  So sketchy.  Gel manicures are the only thing my nails won’t reject.  I could go 3-4 weeks with the same gel mani as long as a good job was done and I’m able to beat the temptation of picking at them.  Understandably, gels are definitely not something I can afford to do all the time so I've been taking a break.

I was curious about Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel nail polish.  It had to be too good to be true – with only 2 coats of your preferred color, 1 coat of the top coat, and no UV lights, you’re good to go.  Lasts up to 14 days.  Plus, the polish comes off just like normal nail polish, apparently no soak-off required.  LOL HOW?  I went to Harmon Discount to check it out and there were over 50 colors to choose from.  After staring for 5 minutes I realized they were all sold out of the top coat - go figure.  Went to Ulta, top coat sold out as well.  Not meant to be maybe?

Thursday night I ran to Target to get a few last minute things before I left town for the weekend.  It’s obviously impossible to go to Target without checking out the cosmetics department.  There were Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel top coats for days, but the color selection was wiped out.  This had to mean it’s worth it.  I picked out a neutral called Twiggy and tried it the second I got home (totally ignoring the fact that it was late, I still needed to pack and do a million other things).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Relax & Take Notes..

You have now entered the most extraordinary, yet eclectic, place on the world wide web. I'm the Jane-of-all-Trades that will never leave you with anything short of fabulous. As a gifted beauty queen with a doctorate in DIY, I could plan a soiree like no other, and craft like it’s my 9-5. I could turn a piece of fabric into couture, master any makeup tutorial, and leave you feeling more confident about your life than Dr. Phil could. Creative people see the world from a completely different perspective and the decisions they make never fail to stand out from the rest. My goal is to share that with you. 

A good friend of mine once told me, “you have 500 followers on Pinterest… how do you NOT have a blog?” I grew up with the nickname “Bee” in a suburban town of Central New Jersey and migrated myself to a historic town of Central New York where my college bedroom was nicknamed “The Boutique”. There, you could find good beats, impeccable lighting, and the holy grail of any product a diva would desire. I’m an imperfect perfectionist trying to make the best out of the adjustment to post-grad life. With that being said, welcome to The Beetique.