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Hey beauties! Recently, Anastasia Beverly Hills launched their Fall 2017 collection which included the sister palette to Modern Renaissance - Subculture, 4 liquid glow shades, as well as 30 matte lipsticks. Subculture is an edgy palette with 14 softly pressed, highly pigmented shades retailing for $42. The liquid glow tubes are pigmented, creamy and retail for $25/each. The matte lipsticks retail for $18/each on ABH, Macy's, Dillard's, and Sephora. The entire collection is online at partnered retailers as of August 1st but will be in stores on Tuesday, August 15th if you want to check it out in person.

#SubcultureGate began the weekend after it launched on Anastasia's website when everyone started getting their palette's in the mail and began to swatch and test out the shadows for quality, pigmentation, belndability and let's not forget - fall out. The makeup world went nuts with the mixed reviews - everyone was comparing batch #'s and all kinds of things to see why someone's palette had normal fallout while others were extremely powdery. Since the palette is softly pressed to provide higher pigmentation - the fallout will be a bit more than Modern Renaissance however batch inconsistencies are the reason why not everyone received "normal" palettes. I definitely wouldn't recommend this palette to someone starting out in makeup - eyeshadow in particular - because it can be a little difficult to work with. I've been doing makeup for years and even I had to get used to it. I never do my eyes first - I like doing my brows, face, then eyes however with this palette you must do your eyes first because yes there is fallout. All in all, if you love the colors/pigmentation but are still unsure if you want to purchase - I would wait it out because Anastasia Beverly Hills is planning on pressing the shadows a bit harder to prevent fallout and quality testing the palettes over again. It is not limited edition so don't feel rushed/pressured to get it.

Pigmentation is pretty incredible with this palette - Adorn is probably my favorite shade because when applied with the fingers straight to the lid it's pigmented and the reflects are beautiful. Electric was another shade I was drawn to because it's unique and when used with Mac Fix+ it was beautiful. I've been on the hunt for a yellow so Edge is another very well pigmented shade, as is Axis and Untamed. I found Axis to have a bit more fallout than the others and am guessing it's because of how pigmented it is - I think it's the shade with the most pigment if I'm not mistaken. Allstar blends beautifully and New Wave is a nice soft toned orange unlike anything I own.

I did a makeup look using Edge, Roxy, Fudge & Electric and thought they all blended easily together. There have been some shades such as Destiny and Rowdy that others have claimed of becoming muddy when trying to blend with other shades - however I have not tried those colors yet so I can't say for sure. Again - because of batch inconsistencies it's hard to tell what your palette with be like unfortunately. Mine had a bit more fallout than my Modern Renaissance palette - but because of the pigmentation and unique colors - I'm okay with working with them because Subculture has inspired me to step out of my warm tone addiction when it comes to eye makeup.
Peach Fizz (left), Perla (right)
Quick review: I also purchased 1 of their matte lipstick's in the shade Peachy and it's surprisingly creamy - yet matte and very pigmented. Once they launch in stores on Tuesday I plan on swatching some more in person and picking up some shades I don't have yet. I also got 2 of the 4 liquid glows in the shades Peach Fizz and Perla. Peach Fizz has a more golden undertone that would work well with medium to deeper skin tones. Perla is a lighter undertone that will work with all skin tones. The liquid glows are beautifully pigmented and easy to blend into the skin and build the product up as needed.
If you have any questions - leave the below! I hope this helped :) What would you like to see next?
Hey guys! As many of you know, I've had glasses since I was probably 6 or 7 years old - the result of sitting wayyy too close to the TV. I was picked on as a kid in elementary-middle school, called four-eyes etc. but I loved my glasses regardless (I personally thought they looked cool).

Note: *I monitored my vision with yearly eye exams and my vision hadn't fluctuated for a few years and my doctor said I could go ahead which is why I researched Lasik places to begin with - definitely ask your doctor! I'm just giving you guys my experience so if you are looking into it - you have a better idea of the process/procedure than I did when I got it done.

Background: In high school (10th grade) I entertained the idea of contacts, paid about $500+ dollars and thought maybe I can try a new look and get rid of my frames once and for all. Wrong. Not only did I have myopia (nearsightedness) and very high astigmatism, but if the contact moved even a little I had blurred vision. I tried different brands and my doctor couldn't figure out why I was having this problem - maybe the contact didn't even move - but after 30ish minutes of inserting my contacts, I couldn't see. That's why I gave up on the idea of contacts, it just wasn't worth the hassle or the price. My doctor told me about Lasik at the time but advised to wait till I was 21 or older so that my vision could stabalize. If you have astigmatism, I'm sure your doctor has told you that your vision will get worse as you get older before it just stops. I don't quite remember the exact number in each eye but it was about -3.75 for a long time.

Fast forward 7 years and I was considering getting Lasik - mainly because my sister was getting married and I was over my frames at this point so it seemed like the perfect time. I started researching different areas in Atlanta and found Thomas Eye Group. They were running a summer special at the time where I got 40% off ($2,156 to be exact) but that's not 100% why I chose them even though the discount did play a factor. So, I made an appointment for a consultation just to see if I was even eligible.

Lasik Consultation: They did a series of tests, including your basic eye exam that includes dilating your eyes but also used a machine in another room to measure the thickness of your cornea which determines if you're eligible for Lasik or PRK. The staff was super nice and had no problem answering my endless questions. If you wear contacts when making your appointment you will be told to stop wearing them and switch to glasses a certain # of days before your consultation. If you decide to go ahead with the procedure you have to drop your contacts 14 days prior to your surgery.

Did you get Lasik and PRK? What's the difference?: I had a thinner cornea so I was recommended to do the PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) procedure. If you have a normal-thick cornea you will be advised to get Lasik. I asked how/why my cornea was thinner and was told your cornea thickness never changes - your either born with a normal, thin, or thick cornea. Both procedures are extremely safe but PRK is considered to be safer because the corrective surgery is done on the surface of the eye whereas in Lasik they create a flap, correct your vision, and seal the flap.

Pre-Op: The office called in my post-op meds to a pharmacy where I picked them up a few days before my surgery. My dad drove me to my appointment where they did another eye exam in the room and put a number of drops in my eyes. They also gave me some sort of medication to help calm me down - except that medicine had literally 0 effect on me lol. I was sitting outside the surgical room with my dad and caught a glimpse through the door of someone getting their procedure done....  my dad was like "oh look how simple it is!" I started crying because I was terrified and of course the lady comes to get me at the same time and was like "come on your turn! you'll be great!" In my head I'm thinking "should I make a run for it?" as the lady guided me to the table and as soon as I laid down on the table - I knew I should've ran. They told me to stop crying because they had to put in 1 more set of eye drops (how embarrassing am I haha). Once I calmed down, they covered me with a blanket and handed me a Winnie the Pooh bear. They said I should use it to squeeze as hard as I want, to stare at the red light but do not move.

Surgery: Given the stakes if I moved even the slightest - I heeded the warning and stay put, clinging to Winnie the Pooh with ZERO shame. The clamp they use to keep your eye open was probably the scariest but after the doctor finished the first eye I calmed down completely because it was painless. I stared at the red light religiously and when he was done and cleaning the eye you lose your vision for a second (scariest second ever but they warn you before it happens and it's fine). He did the same for the other eye and that was it. It probably took 15 minutes, with set up being the longest. The actual procedure was probably 5?

Post-Op/Recovery: After surgery you're told to go home and go straight to sleep. Avoiding all forms of electronics is highly encouraged and of course you don't want to mess up your eyes right after surgery. With PRK you have to use certain eye drops for a number of things and your vision won't be clear immediately. In fact, it will be blurry and it gets better as the days go by - I spent about 7 days in bed. (With Lasik, you have a 24 hr recovery time and can drive yourself to the next day post-op appointment - with PRK I had to have a driver). The pain medication they gave me - Tramadol - I took one dose and man it made me sick. I couldn't handle it and after it was out of my system, I never took another dose again. Recovery wasn't physically painful so I didn't need the pain medication but with days of just laying in bed with blurred vision - I resorted to Netflix. I didn't watch it, I had my brother turn on a series and had the laptop on my side table turned around so I only listened but it helped me get through my recovery lol.

All in all, the $3.2K investment is totally worth it! Since I had PRK I had to go back for monthly checkups for 3 months and on the 3rd month I had 20/20 vision! In the time span of the 3 months I could see fine but like I said, with PRK your vision gets better and better over time rather than immediately (like Lasik).

I hope this answers all you guys' questions! If you have anything else you'd like to ask leave a comment down below! I'll be happy to answer them :)

Rasmin

I am sharing a basic green pressed juice recipe that I really enjoy and think that it is perfect for beginners who are not used to these type of juice. This green juice has a lemony, sweet, and refreshing taste to it. I hope you give it a try!

If you are new to drinking the common "healthy" vegetable and fruit blend pressed juice, you may notice that sometimes your taste buds find fresh mix juices to be slightly "earthy". This is because of the blend of vegetables in these juices that give off a strong earth type of flavor and if your taste buds are not used to this type of flavor, it may take a few juices to get used to it. But sometimes, an easy fix to this is to add an extra sweet source fruit such as an apple. But be careful not to turn your healthy juice into a high sugar blend in a glass by using too many fruits!






I finally pulled out my juicer after shoving it in my cabinet for more than a year after moving into our new apartment. When my husband and I first got married, we juiced and made smoothies often. Then, as both of our jobs became more hectic and lifestyles became consumed in other needs, making fresh vegetable and fruit juice blends became a bit of a tedious project every week. Like anything, a habit takes a bit of consistent work. We built a habit by consistently making sure we had something healthy and natural to sip on in our refrigerator but after a few moves, relocations, and new jobs, a new (bad) habit formed, which was to stop making our delicious fresh juices. I truly regret getting out of the habit of making these juices as they used to make both of us feel so refreshed daily. So to start off fresh with the new Spring season, I made the decision to start juicing again.
Now, when I say I "juice", I want to clarify that I do not use juices as a meal replacement or a detox. To have a healthy and fit body, I highly recommend a well-balanced meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add a vegetable and fruit blend juice as a post-workout recovery drink or just a little "pick me up" refreshment throughout your day.



Ingredients: 
2 medium green apples (cut in halves)
3 large stalk of celery
1 large cucumber
1/2 thumb ginger root (peel off skin or leave it on)
1 whole lemon (use half if you want a less tangy flavor)-Peel off the skin
3-4 cups of fresh spinach
Cold-Press or Centrifugal Juicer (I used Breville Juice Fountain Duo HERE)
Large airtight mason jar for storage (in case you don't drink it all right away)

Directions:
Start out by putting in the tough fruits or vegetables first such as the apples, celery, cucumber. I also like to throw in the ginger in between other vegetables to assure it gets juiced. After I have shoved and juiced all of my vegetables and fruits, I like to go back into my jar that collected the "pulp", form into large balls and put it through the juicer again at a very low speed. You'd be surprised how much more juice you can get out of that pulp/fiber! Enjoy cold. Store in an airtight mason jar, refrigerated.




Happy Saturday!

It has defiantly been quiet around the blog lately and Rasmin and I apologize for our lack (of) social interactions. Sometimes life takes over and it becomes difficult to find the time to take authentic photos and blog about what we love sharing!

But I am on Winter Break for a few days (yay to being a teacher!) so in between the long list of things I have to do this week, I hope to whip up some delicious recipes, take some badass photos and share it with you guys!

Anyhow, this morning I woke up early (unintentionally). I didn't even set my alarm last night because I thought "heck! I'm on break now...no need to wake up early this Saturday...plus it's a much needed REST DAY from the gym for me today too". BUT...the hubs was working his night call and came home early this morning...which of course woke me up. Owell.

I usually love making [protein] pancakes on the weekends or sticking to my usual breakfast but today I wasn't craving either. I wanted something...savory yet not over filling. Then I realized I have like 6 zucchinis in my refrigerator (don'y ask why lol) and I really need to use em' up soon AND some ciabatta bread that also needs to be eaten before the end of the weekend so I decided to incorporate both into my breakfast.


Here is a simple recipe breakfast/brunch Ciabatta with Poached Egg + Coconut Oil Sautéed Zucchini:

Ingredients:
-1 whole egg
-1 egg white
-Deep wide pan
-1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
-1/4 zucchini (100g)
-Ciabatta Bread (I used a loaf and cut off about 1/4 [31g] of a piece)
-1/2 teaspoon (about 2g) coconut oil
-One medium sized baby bella mushroom
-Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese (10g)
-Sweet Potato Fries (I used frozen Alexia Brand) OR you can make your own following one of my older recipes HERE.
-Chives

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 400 to bake the fries for about 20 minutes
2) 15 minutes in, place your ciabatta toast in the oven to slightly toast
3) In a pan, sauté chopped zucchini in coconut oil for about 3-5 minutes. DO NOT overcook the zucchini as it will lose it's crunch and get soggy. Turn off stove and throw in sliced mushroom to sauté on off heat with the remaining coconut that is already in the pan.

*At this point, go ahead and take out your ciabatta toast from the oven (if it looks lightly toasted).

4) Now EGG TIME: Bring a generous amount of water to a low simmer in a large sauté pan and then add about 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar to help egg whites coagulate.
5) In a small dish/bowl, carefully crack one whole egg, making sure the egg yolk does not spread. Pour one egg white into same bowl.
6) As the water simmers, starting at the edge of the pan, gently ease the egg into simmering water. Let the eggs simmer for about 3 minutes (5-7 if you don't like your eggs too runny).
7) Using a slotting spoon, remove the egg from the water and place it on a paper towel to blot away excess water. Trim the edges of the egg if you'd like (for appearance purpose).
8) Spread goat cheese on toast, top off with poached egg, sauteed mushroom and chives
9) Serve with a side of the sauteed zucchini and sweet potato fries.

EASY PEASY!

Nutritional Info: (approx.)- 314 cal, Protein: 18g, Fats: 12g, Carbs: 32g Fiber: 5g
Lately my hormonal cycle has been on a roller coaster and my tastebuds for sweet cravings are insane. I normally don't fancy sweet things as much but these days, I am craving it. Maybe it's the weather? Maybe it's the political stress? I don't know. But I made these healthy butterscotch chip muffins that are SUPER macro friendly if you #iifym and even if you don't log your macros, you can STILL enjoy these without having any feelings of guilt...because let's be real, food should NEVER make you feel "guilty"...only HAPPY :)

Enjoy and tag me if you create this recipe #thelipstickpantry #amlin_
xo- Nil


Ingredients:
-1 whole egg
-1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
-2-3 ripe bananas (I used 3 but I think 2 would have been perfect)
-5 teaspoon Coconut Palm Sugar (use Stevia if you want to cut out more carbs...or use regular sugar if you want higher carbs)
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup (72g) Whole wheat flour (use regular flour if you'd like)
-2-3 tablespoon butterscotch chips (I used 2 tablespoons and then threw on a few on top right before baking the muffins---also use can use chocolate chip...peanut butter chips...whatever your heart desires chips instead...butterscotch chips didn't seem to MELT as nice as I thought they would so just a heads up!)
-Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven 375 (baking time 18-20 minutes)

In a blender, blend egg, apple sauce, bananas, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Fold in the butterscotch chips. Pour about 1/4 cup (or slightly less) of batter into lined muffin tins. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top as well as some chips. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy. Be HEALTHY + HAPPY :)

Serves: 12
Calories for 1 muffin: 75
Fat: 1.4g
Carbs: 14g
Protein: 1.7g

Hi beauties! HAPPY (almost) HALLOWEEN


I am so excited to finally show off this fun & exciting collaboration with my blogger babe Maryam Ishtiaq from Pizza and Perrier. Neither of us have ever attempted Halloween makeup but when our girl crush Desi Perkins posted a tutorial on the melting skull- we had to at least try it. It is an inexpensive costume that is relatively easy and perfect for throwing something cool together last minute!

HOW-TO

1) We started doing the glam on half of our face first, created the hallows using a liquid liner pen and shaded out the top part. The key is to have the top part of your hallow the darkest and fading it downwards. 
2) Then we took Crayola black paint & shadow to create our nose and moved onto giving ourselves the black eye. (Be careful doing this as eyes are sensitive. Start with layering Maybelline black eyeliner, gel liner & then paint Set with Urban Decay/Colourpop black shadow - we used both)  

3) Afterwards, we used a NYX white eyeliner to outline the areas for our skull. Then taking a paint brush + Crayola white paint we started filling in the other side of our face.

4) Then pain over your lips with the NYX white liner, paint and add in the details with gel liner from Maybelline using a detailer eyeliner brush.

5) Last step! Place the Mehron 3D gel in fleshtone (bought from Amazon) in a cup of hot water and let sit for 2-3 mins. Be careful placing this on your face if it is too hot- it cannot be too cold either otherwise the drips won't fall naturally. Over a sink, we did not squeeze the bottle but simply guided it in the areas we wanted our face to be melted and let the bottle drip by itself. (Sometimes the gel would harden again and we would place the bottle back in the warm water and repeat).

RASMIN – THE LIPSTICK PANTRY 


My glam side was done with the following products: 

Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli 
Concealer - Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight stick in Banana
Highlight - Dripping in Gold from That Glow Kit (ABH)
Eyes - Modern Renaissance Palette (ABH). I used Burnt Orange, Cyprus Umbar, Venetian Red in the crease blending each out. Finished the cut crease off with black market shadow from Urban Decay Smokey palette 
Brows - Dipbrow Pomade (Ebony) - ABH
Mascara & Eyeliner - Maybelline Spide Effect / Liquid & Gel liner were used
Shading - To add more depth to the skin melting, I blended in Venetian Red and Red Ochre from the Modern Renaissance Palette. Be sure to blend into the white paint so it creates a gradient. 

I paired my black H&M jeans/tee with a biker leather jacket from Armani and Guess boots. To add some more edge/glam I added a gold/silver necklace. 

Maryam – PIZZA & PERRIER 

 Maryam's glam side was done using the following products: 

Foundation - Revlon PhotoReady 008 (Golden Beige)
Bronzer - Baked Matte Satin Bronzer by Lorac
Highlight - Light Beam from Sephora
Brows - Dipbrow Pomade (Dark Brown) - Anastasia Beverly Hills
Mascara & Eyeliner - Maybelline 
She paired her black boots with leggings and a a knit grey sweater dress from Altr'd State.  To tie the look together for some edge, she added a leather jacket from Wet Seal.  








Growing up in a Pakistani/Indian household, I have always known the importance of seasonings and spices when it came to cooking. My mother often used many of the basic Indian spices in most of the meals she'd make. I often tried to do the same when I cooked at home. One of my favorite "non-Indian" meals to make was "taco night"...mainly because it was so easy, filling and delicious. Easy because of the prepackaged taco seasoning that pretty much all grocery stores sell.

Once I started my new healthy lifestyle journey, I began to pay more attention to the ingredients label on foods that were prepackaged...yes, even some spices. What I learned by doing this was that so many prepackaged "ready to use" spices contained many ingredients that seemed extremely unnecessary to put in my body. This is what one of the taco seasoning packages read: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites). Whaaaat? WHY does my taco seasoning need corn starch, sugar and caramael color anyway? 

Aside from the long list of ingredients, my real concern was the amount of sodium that was in them. 430-600 mg of sodium per serving (about 1/6 of the package). No thanks. I used to have the biggest problem feeling bloated due to a high intake of sodium in my daily foods (which most of the time I didn't even realize it) and once I became more cautious of how much salt I was putting in my body, I am not caring that extra water weight!  

Give this low-sodium seasoning a try for your next taco or fajita night! 
-2 tablespoon Peprika 
-1/4 cup Red Chili Powder 
-1/2 tablespoon Crushed red chili flakes (optional)
-1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper Powder 
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder 
1 tablespoon Cumin Powder 
1 tablespoon dry oregano
-Pinch of Crushed black pepper 
-1.5-2 tablespoon Sea Salt 

Mix everything and store in a air-tight jar & use when needed

xo-nilma