Thursday, October 23, 2014

Favorite Fall Beauty Products

For those of you who know me, I am a woman of many interests.

Group text messages.
Screen shots of online dating messages.
Trashy TV.
Celebrity Gossip.
Commercials that make me cry.
My hair.
Social justice.
Pope Francis.
Hunky British Actors.
Love Languages.

You get the point. I get sucked in by many things.

I previously shared my favorite beauty products for the Summer Season.  Since Fall has certainly arrived {Portland is set to get A FOOT of rain this week} I thought it was high time I share my favorite beauty products for the season.

I first learned about the Aussie 3-Minute Deep Conditioner on Kate's Blog and immediately put it on my must find list.  You see, Kate is the queen of hair blogging and always makes really great suggestions.  It just so happens that her suggestions are usually salon-only products.  So, when she recommended a drug store find that comes in under $4, is super moisturizing and beat out all of the fancy brands, I knew I had to have it.  I have been swimming a lot recently and it has been drying my hair out. So much so that I actually cut off a few inches of hair.  This drug store deep conditioner has been keeping my hair super shiny, healthy and protected!

While I have some really exciting things to share about Okamura Farmacopia and Urbaca salon, I can't wait another moment tell you about Supreme Creme!!!  This is, without a doubt, the best face cream I have ever used.  You see, I have extremely dry skin and am always struggling to find a moisturizer that 1} is like a tall drink of water for my skin 2} is kind and doesn't attack my contact wearing eyes, and, 3} doesn't smell like a flower shop, or, pharmacy.  The Supreme Creme is extremely nourishing and blends into the skin really well.  It also smells amazing--light and slightly masculine.  Best part, it is made less than 1/4 mile from my house!!  Talk about farm-to-face!!

Dark Lipsticks
Hikari: Cabernet Revlon Colorburst: Crush 
Truth Time.  Until recent years, I never really liked my hair color.  I know, that is insulting to say!  I always wanted it to be lighter or redder.  Thankfully, my mom wasn't on board with streaky highlights, and, so, raven I stayed.  While it took quite a few years to fall in love with my locks I now understand the perks.  One of which is the ability to pull off many lipstick shades!  From movie star red to bright tangerine, I wear them all!  This Fall, I am absolutely loving oxblood, mulberry and shades of wine.  This beautiful and sophisticated look is not only stylish, but, it conceals red wine mouth!  The key to pulling this off is a well exfoliated and moisturized lip.  I am still on the hunt for a great liner, any suggestions?? 

Without getting into too much detail, but still keeping it real, I am always looking for an ingrown hair solution.  So, when I was gifted the Serious Serum at a recent event, I couldn't wait to see how it works.  After several weeks of daily use, the difference is undeniable.  In case you suffer from keratosis pilaris {those pesky red, dry bumps on your upper arms} this is a great treatment option!  This product also comes from a local beauty staple, Urban Waxx

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage {All of my love languages!!!}

In case you haven't picked up on it before, I am a big believer in love languages.  My Instagram bio is actually dedicated to my love languages.  

Some of my favorite LL's are 
friends + dance parties + local magic.

So, when Rachel asked if I would be interested in attending Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage, I made sure my calender was clear!! 

Obviously, the evening was going to be filled with some of my favorite people, great music and local artists.

I am a big fan of musicals and really loved all of the songs from Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson's film version.  Since B&J weren't headlining this production I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I knew it was going to be great but wasn't anticipating Oscar-worthy performances.  
I was w-r-o-n-g!

Everything about this performance was top notch!

The sets were beautiful, the costumes were inspiring and the artists were so talented!!

Seriously, I have decided I need a chiffon and feather poncho, a geometric turban and an ice blue wrap dress.

The singing was what really stood out to me.  I may or may not have danced in my seat and lip synced along.  My favorite songs were When I First Saw You, And I am Telling You I'm Not Going, One Night Only, and, Hard To Say Goodbye.

Dreamgirls runs through November 2nd.  As a special treat for Martha Chartreuse readers, use the code PDXBLOGS to get $20 tickets on Tuesdays and Halloween.  If you can't make it on those days, use the code for $5 off any other ticket.    


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When a Craving Strikes {Chocolate Chip Cookies}

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, last week I had a serious craving for Chocolate Chip Cookies.  A nearly 24-hour craving.  And, I finally caved at 10pm on a Tuesday night.  When I realized that I was without pecans my go-to recipe was out.  I quickly popped over to Joy the Baker and searched her CCC archives.  All of which were impressive but the Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Smoked Sea Salt really stood out to me.  Not only because it called for sea salt, but, because it uses less flour than most recipes.  Something I am always drawn to.  Since I was fresh out of pistachios and my sea salt wasn't smoked  --Portlander FAIL-- I decided to play with the recipe.  Why didn't I just save some time and do this with my go-to recipe??  Because, I love that recipe and would never make it without toasted pecans.

Wait... M.... didn't you notice that Joy's recipe is just an adaptation of Deb's recipe?? The recipe you love and would never alter!!  Yes, I noticed this AFTER I ate so many cookies.  I think it is safe to say I have a cookie type.

And, that Joy and Deb are amazing!!!

I did make a few modifications.  I increased the amount of chocolate.  Took out the pistachios.  Used standard sea salt.  Less fancy with my baking instructions.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes 10 large cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick)  unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups dark chocolate chunks
Sea Salt for Topping
1.  Preheat oven to 300 Degrees.  Spray or butter cookie sheets.
2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars for 4-5 minutes.  Add egg and extract.  Beat for another 4 minutes.
3.  In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Add in half of flour mixture to butter mixture.  Incorporate with the mixer on low.  Add remaining flour.  Mix until incorporated.  Add chocolate and beat until just incorporated.
4.  Using a large ice cream scoop, space dough 2 inches apart.  Sprinkle sea salt on each cookie.
5.  Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes, or, until just golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack or platter.