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First Impression: Two Faced Melted Lipsticks

As you all know, I love playing with color…especially in the Spring and Summer. So when I saw that Two Faced came out with a new line of Melted Liquified Lipsticks, I had to pick up a few to try out. And since it’s been FOREVER since I have done a first impression beauty video on my YouTube channel, I decided this would be a great product to cover. Check out the video below to get my initial thoughts on the lipsticks and let me know in the comments if you’ve tried these out and what you think! As always, if you love these beauty videos be sure to like this one on YouTube and subscribe to the Apartment 402 Beauty Channel for weekly beauty updates!

Spoiler Alert: I AM KIND OF OBSESSED WITH THESE LIPSTICKS! I want every color, but the fuschia one swatched on my lips below is my absolute fave!

Happy Monday, beauties!

xx, MM

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LUSH Beauty Haul | Spring 2014

I did a little damage at LUSH recently, and decided to share my haul with all of you beauties! Picked up some amazing new hair and skin products that I have since tried out and absolutely LOVE. See below for a list of everything mentioned in the video— items definitely worth trying out or grabbing a sample of the next time you are in LUSH, because they have seriously made a positive impact on my shower/shampoo routine!


PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO:

Tea Tree Toner Water
Herbalism Face Cleanser
Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie
Ocean Salt Skin Exfoliator
Ro’s Argan Oil Skin Conditioner
Roots Hair/Scalp Treatment
American Cream Hair Conditioner
R&B Hair Moisturizer (sample- hair treatment for your ends)
Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion (sample)

And if you want a double dose of skin care mayhem, check out my last video, My Day Time and Nighttime Skin Care Routine!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD1E2lVwMdI

Happy Wednesday, Lushies!

xx, MM

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Skinny Girl Mozzarella Sticks

When I am craving junk food, for whatever reason, mozzarella sticks always come top of mind. And because deep fried cheese is truly a heart attack waiting to happen, I very rarely allow myself to indulge. So when I saw this recipe for baked, panko-crusted mozzarella sticks on Pinterest, I simply had to give it a try. The result was amazing! A non-fried alternative to the traditional mozzarella sticks, these babies satisfied my junk food craving at only a fraction of the calories. This recipe is also super easy to make, since it uses string cheese, so this is a great appetizer to whip up for last minute get togethers or tailgating parties. (they freeze well, too!)

BAKED MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS RECIPE

(adapted from TheGunnysack.com, original recipe here.)

Ingredients:
1 package string cheese
1 cup panko
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons butter
marinara or pizza sauce
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to  400°F 
2. Unwrap string cheese and cut in half.
3. Put equal amounts of panko and Italian bread crumbs to a bowl and mix together.
4. Beat together 2 eggs and a little milk with a fork.
5. Put flour in a third bowl and roll each piece of cheese in the flour. Dip the flour coated cheese in the egg mixture and then coat with the bread crumb mixture.
5. Place mozzarella sticks in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove the mozzarella sticks from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet. Melt butter and drizzle it over the mozzarella sticks.
6. Bake at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes.
Serve with marinara or pizza sauce. Enjoy!
Here’s a really quick and easy photo guide from The Gunny Sack for how to make this fun recipe:

Happy cheese stick Tuesday!

xx, MM

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Fab Four: Summer Glow Beauty Essentials

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With summer rapidly approaching, I find myself changing up my face beauty routine from a full coverage, mattified look, to a light, glowy, bronzed look. My skin tends to behave better in the summertime, probably because of all the sunshine and salt water exposure it gets. And with healthier skin, a more subdued daily face makeup regiment usually will suffice. The only thing I truly find myself craving in summer, as opposed to wintertime, is an illuminated, bronzy, glow. I feel that  with a solid suntan, a dewy, natural face always highlights my best features. With this in mind, I have compiled a few of my favorite “summer glow” enhancing beauty products and tips for Fab Four this week— so you too can achieve that natural-looking radiance throughout the warmest time of the year.

1. Million Dollar Tan Self Tanning Kit

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For those who don’t live in So Cal or Florida or Hawaii, sometimes achieving a perfectly bronzed tan can prove to be difficult. With a great self tanner though, you can achieve a radiant glow all year long, even if you live in the frozen tundra. Admittedly, finding a good self tanner is no easy task— but Million Dollar Tan is by far my favorite. The light to medium shade is so natural-looking. It honestly looks like a real tan (which is saying a lot in the self tanning world). And luckily, this great Million Dollar Tan Discovery Starter set is on SUPER SALE on Hautelook right now for only $32! 

2. Nars Illuminator in Orgasm

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To add a quick and easy glow to your face on the daily, I recommend any of the Nars Illuminators. These creamy face highlights mix in well with foundation, can be applied under foundation or just by themselves on your face. I particularly love the tones of the Orgasm shade, as it has orange/bronze undertones with a gold-flecked after glow so the illumination is very natural-looking. I would say a great face illuminator is the fastest, easiest way to get a summer glow all over your face without too much fuss.

3. Two-Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter

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Renowned in the beauty world as one of the best face highlighters ever, I discovered this highlight on Pinterest a while back and feel like I have heard every beauty blogger on the planet talk about it since. With a pink/gold undertone, this highlight works wonders on all skin types and shades. For those who don’t like a cream highlight, I would say this has the finish of a cream one, but without all the mess. A great powder highlight like this is the number one best way to get a beautiful sheen across your cheeks and sits nicely over any shade of bronzer.

4. Master the Contour and Highlight 

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A great way to fake a summer glow is by creating one with bronzer and highlighters— the trick is to make sure you use the right techniques so you don’t look like a glittery Oompa Loompa face. This quick and easy guide from Hairspray and High Heels on how to highlight your face is the best one I have found. I like it because the techniques mentioned work well with any type of highlighter or illiminator, whether it’s cream or powder based. Also, you don’t have to be a makeup guru to follow the steps, PLUS she included a great shopping guide on the best drugstore and high end highlighting products.

For even more tips on the freshest summertime face looks, check out my Summertime Skin tutorial: 

http://apartment402.tumblr.com/post/52063193264/summer-beauty-skin

Happy Fab Four Friday! Get glowing this weekend!

xx, MM

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Margarita Cupcakes

I tell myself every Cinco de Mayo, that my next cupcake endeavor will be margarita cupcakes. This Cinco, I finally achieved my goal. After happening upon this recipe from my girl Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere, I had to pull the trigger and try it myself. Since the recipe is rather involved, I added a few semi-homemade twists to it to take down the prep time. The results were beyond amazing. If you need a sweet treat to ring in Mexican Independence day, do yourself a favor and save a shot or two of your tequila tonight and add it to these bad boys. You will ring in Cinco in the best possible way, with alcohol in your sweets. Ole!

Lime Cupcakes

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lime zest

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 small limes)

1 box white cake mix

1 box vanilla pudding mix

4 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 1/4 cup water

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

2. Zest the limes and set zest aside. Juice 1/4 cup lime juice and set aside. In a small bowl, add zest, juice and oil and mix. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix white cake mix and vanilla pudding mix together, add water and eggs. Mix well and add lime/oil mixture. Mix well until batter is mostly smooth with only a few lumps in it.

7. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full and bake until the tops of the cupcakes are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center of a middle cupcake comes out with just a few crumbs, about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes in the pans before removing to a rack to cool completely. 

Tequila Lime Buttercream

Makes about 7 cups

INGREDIENTS

3 teaspoons of lime zest (about 2 medium limes)

6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 medium limes)

2 1/2 cups (5 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2 shots of white tequila 

½ cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

For buttercream:

1. Zest the limes and set zest aside. Juice limes and set aside.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Start with the mixer at the lowest speed, then gradually increase the speed, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl as needed, until the butter is light in color, perfectly smooth, and makes a slapping sound as it hits the sides of the bowl. If the butter is soft, this should only take 30 seconds, but if the butter is cool, it can take a couple of minutes. Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.

3. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix at the lowest speed until it’s fully incorporated before adding the next cup. When all the sugar has been added, scrape the paddle and the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the tequila, lime juice and zest, and lime oil, and beat them at low speed for 15 seconds. Increase the speed to as high as you can without making a mess and whip the buttercream until the mixture is perfectly smooth, creamy, and light, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer once or twice to scrape the bowl and paddle, then continue beating. At first the buttercream will appear to soften, then it will stiffen and increase in volume.

4. Pipe onto cupcakes immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

OPTIONAL:

- Add a small lime wedge to the cupcakes as an adornment. 

- Add a straw to the cupcakes, to make it look like a margarita glass.

- Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of cupcakes to add a kick

Happy Cinco de DRINKO!

xx, MM

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Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad

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Sometimes I look through my blog archive and I am surprised at all the recipes I still haven’t shared with you. This recipe for my ‘famous’ Waldorf Salad with grilled chicken breast, is no exception. I make this salad a few times a month because it’s tasty, healthy and satisfying. Whenever I make it for a friend or family member, I always get requests for the recipe— so obviously it was about time to share. 

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With a few basic ingredients that make this salad both sweet and crisp, it’s definitely reminiscent of a traditional Waldorf Salad, but with an Apartment 402 twist (obviously). The thing that makes this salad truly complete is the addition of Granny Smith apples and my own homemade fat free honey-balsamic vinaigrette. Check out the recipe below, and as per usual, thank me later!

Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast

1 bag mixed greens salad

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese

1 green apple, cubed

1/2 cup nonfat balsamic vinaigrette

1  tsp honey

1 wedge of lemon

Lawry’s Seasoning salt to taste

Cracked black pepper to taste

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Directions:

1) Chicken: Grill chicken on stove top or BBQ. I like to season my chicken breast with a little lemon, Lawry’s seasoning salt and black pepper. After grilling, chop grilled chicken in to bite sized cubes and set aside.

2) Salad: In a large salad bowl add entire bag of mixed greens, layer in pecans, dried cranberries, apple and griled chicken. Mix well. Sprinkle in cheese and mix again.

3) Dressing: In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of your favorite fat free balsamic dressing (ensure it’s at room temperature) and add 1 tsp honey. Mix well with a whisk. Once ready, dress your salad.

4) Wine Pairing (optional): I suggest pairing this salad with either a light red wine blend (I especially enjoy Chariot from Gypsy Wines— sold at Trader Joe’s for just $4.99!) or a crisp Pinot Grigio is also great with this salad in the summer months.

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Makes approximately 4 servings. Feel free to add extra nuts, berries, apple or cheese to taste— this salad is best when you have the right balance of ingredients for your palette.

Enjoy!

xx, MM

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Spring Bath & Body Works Haul

I did some major springtime damage over at Bath & Body Works for the past few months. Between all of the amazing new collections and awesome promotions they have running all season, I couldn’t help but stock up on a few essentials. Watch my haul video below to see all the goodies I picked up and leave a comment letting me know which B&BW spring collections are your faves!

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Happy Tuesday!

xx, MM

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Fab Four: Spring Shopping Wish List

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(photo courtesy of showmeyourmumu.com)

With all the fun spring updates I’ve made this week, I figured it would be fun to make myself a little wish list of some key spring fashion items I have been lusting over. Since the season is upon us, it’s finally okay for me to consider adding one or two of these pieces to my wardrobe and accessory closet. Below are my top four must-have spring fashion and accessories of the season. I am particularly partial to the soft pastel color palettes, the sweet floral patterns and the unique shoe silhouettes that are popping up all over the fashion scene this year. I can’t wait to wear some of these pretty, feminine, boho-chic looks through the summer.

1. Statement Sunglasses

Wildfox ‘Kitten’ Sunglasses in Pink (available at Nordstrom)

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I already have this exact style in black, and there hasn’t been a day this past fall/winter that I have gone without wearing them. I adore this light pink shade for the warmer months of the year. 

2. Boho-Inspired Wedges

Michael by Michael Kors Gabriella Wedges in Luggage (available at Bloomingdales)

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I absolutely adore platform wedges. And while I am not usually a fan of the branded initial accessories that so many designers include in their collection (ie: Louis Vuitton), I think the understated way that these shoes include the MK initial detail is actually really pretty. Plus, these wedges have a boho flair, but still a classic feel that you can totally dress up or down.

3. Floral Jumpsuit

Mickey’s Girl Floral Romper (available at MickeysGirl.com)

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I love the mix of rose colors and the oversized floral print on this flowy romper. I think a romper is such a versatile piece for spring, that can easily be dressed up and worn to events, as an alternative to the staple floral dress. Also, a great item to throw on for a music festival or outdoor event!

4. Midi Skirt

Nasty Gal Collection Tempted Heart Lace Skirt (available at NastyGal.com

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I struggle with the idea of a midi skirt most of the time, but in a soft pastel shade, I think this silhouette is so pretty and feminine. Of course— this look has to be worn with heels, so that’s always a great reason to get yourself a new pair of wedges or sandals ;)

Happy fashion Friday, lovers!

xx, MM

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insta-March

Picked some fresh new spring colors from Essie to rock this season, from left: Mod Square, Resort Fling, Bikini so Teenie.

I love March because it’s when the world starts peeking out of winter hibernation. It’s the time of year when everything truly feels new. The air is fresh, the grass starts to fill in, and tiny flowers pop up everywhere. Spring is easily my favorite time of the year, partly because I feel like it’s so short-lived, but filled with so much beauty and happiness. The gap between summer and winter might be small, but it’s definitely a time worth enjoying. And with all this in mind, I figured it was about time for me to give you beauties an Apartment 402 Instagram update with what I’ve been up to this past month as Springtime has been blooming.

Sunday brunch outside— another great benefit of spring, restaurant patios open up again! This little spot in LA called The Village Bakery & Cafe in Los Feliz, easily became one of my new favorite places to brunch.

Breaking out the floral print tops and pastel dresses is probably my favorite part about the season— in March my legs can finally get their tan on again!

Light pink lips are a Springtime staple— this month I mixed and match some of my favorites, including this combo of MAC’s Angel Lustre Lipstick and NYX’s Butter Gloss in Eclair.

Spring is when wedding season starts to get into full swing, and with my sister’s wedding just around the corner this fall, I was able to help with a few of the wedding planning trips— including attending her appetizer tasting and venue open house where I found these adorable mini grilled cheeses with tomato bisque in tea cups! Obviously, she has to add these to her menu!

This is a photo I snapped at sunrise on the first day of Spring— California is beautiful all year round, but the sunrises and sunsets in the warmer months are truly breathtaking!

I am so obsessed with the spring scents from Bath and Body Works— and I love to decorate my vanity with their goodies and add touches of pink to my room. Here, I have my all-time spring fave scent Peach Raspberry Marcaron mini candle, mini cake stand candle holder, Sweet Pea body lotion and Pink Party hand sanitizer.

And of course, spring wouldn’t be spring without my annual treat to purchase a new handbag! This MAB Tote from Rebecca Minkoff was an amazing find at Nordstrom. While I was there, I got a new spring outfit for my phone, The Hello Blossom iphone5 case from Kate Spade. And I also picked up these super comfortable and VERY affordable espedrille flats from the new Kendall and Kylie Madden Girl collection.

Of course, my fave Spring cupcake flavor are these fluffy lemon + sweet cream cupcakes I posted about on Monday (see recipe here). The ultimate warm weather baked good!

I also adore the warmer months of the year because it’s when my makeup routine changes to a more neutral palette. I always break out my Two Faced Natural Eye palette and pair it with Naked Basics, for a fresh, clean, illuminated daily face look.

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Happy March, beautifuls!

xx, MM

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Festival Season Hair & Makeup + a Flower Crown GIVEAWAY!

If you liked yesterday’s post on Reign Crowns, then boy do I have a surprise for you today! Not only did I pull together a Festival season hair and makeup tutorial video, with tips and tricks for easy, but still very pretty, festival-ready looks. But I also will be giving away THREE Reign Crowns flower crowns to THREE WINNERS on my YouTube Channel! I KNOW, RIGHT!? Check out the video for the details and see below for the giveaway rules. And as per usual, thank me later!

REIGN CROWNS FLOWER CROWN GIVEAWAY RULES and ENTRY:

1. Leave a comment in the bottom bar below the video on YouTube and tell me what event you would wear a flower crown to this season AND tell me which style flower crown in the Reign Crowns collection is your favorite.

2. Entry period ends on April 4, 2014 at midnight.

3. Only one entry per person will qualify.

4. I will pick 3 winners and each winner will win one of the following 3 flower crowns (winners and flower crown styles will be chosen at random)


- Winner 1 will receive the Rosebud Side Crown in magenta (aka: Kissed by Marisa style. View crown here: http://instagram.com/p/l8qTELQo3l/


- Winner 2 will receive the Sunny White Daisy Flower crown. View Crown here: http://instagram.com/p/l8uAqIQo8m/


- Winner 3 will receive the Mini Pack-a-Punch Purple Peony Flower Crown. View Crown here: http://instagram.com/p/l2dMN0wo1p/

5. ALL 3 Winners will be announced in a video post to the Apartment 402 YouTube Channel on Saturday April 5th.

6. I will let winners know they have won by replying to their comment on this video. Winners will then have 24 hours to email me with their shipping information to claim their crown!

CONNECT + LEARN MORE ABOUT REIGN CROWNS!

Instagram: @reign_crowns
Email to place an order for crowns: reign.inquiry@gmail.com

Also, per my video— here’s the hair tutorial I referenced:

BEACHY WAVES HAIR TUTORIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ0a8w_wGHQ&list=UUnTfNBfxCIEvwAQt5Vqyz5w

BEACHY WAVES HAIR TUTORIAL BLOG POST: 

http://apartment402.tumblr.com/post/78557491112/how-to-get-beachy-hair-waves

PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO:

HAIR:
Bumble and Bumble BB Hairspray
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Tony&Guy Sea Salt Spray
NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand

MAKEUP:
e.l.f Tinted Moisturizer
Clarins Beauty Balm
Two Faced Chocolate Soilel Travel Bronzer
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer Crayon
Milani Baked Blush in #05 Luminoso
Bombshell “The One Stick”
Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Mascara
Stila Stay All Day 24 Hour Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Nars Travel Blush Brush
Anastasia Brow Wiz

Remember to enter the giveaway by April 4th! And there will be 3 winners, so tell your friends!

Happy Wednesday, flower children!

xx, MM

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