Recipes That Work: Vegan Gluten Free Bread

I haven’t written up one of these posts in a long time but I was excited to share this one.  The big reason I hit the brakes on recipe posts was that just over a year ago I found out I had quite a few food allergies.  After getting blood work done and testing for celiac’s disease, I found out I was allergic to cow’s milk, wheat, egg whites, peanuts, and corn.  Ouch!  So as I learned to eat differently, I became very discouraged when it came to trying other people’s recipes.

Well one day recently one of my favorite Youtube channels, Mind Over Munch posted a bread recipe that I could actually try.

The recipe was really easy to follow and I felt like my bread turned out great.  It is a very dense loaf, at least mine was.  It went bad in a few days so next time I will try storing it in the fridge.  Once it was baked the bread was much darker in person, like a brown bread, but the lighting in my kitchen isn’t the best, so I wasn’t able to get it color true.  The coloring in the Mind over Munch video is accurate from what I experienced.

vegan gluten free bread

If you are interested in the original recipe, I’ve linked the video both above and below.




Shop My Stash – Urban Decay Naked Cherry alternatives

Ever since Urban Decay released the Naked Cherry palette I have been trying to talk myself out of it.  I can’t even tell you how many times I was tempted to purchase it during a sale.  So with the current 15% off beauty sale that is now going on at Macy’s, I thought once again, I should give it a try.  One problem is, I only ever seem to want to actually make the purchase when it is discounted.  The bigger problem with buying it is that for my skin tone, it leans very pink for my preferences.  So each time it goes on sale, I have to remind myself that yes it is pretty, and yes I do like Urban Decay, but I still should not buy this particular palette.  So I thought that if I wrote a blog post sharing all this, that it would finally talk me out of this palette and keep me from revisiting the decision.  Only time will tell.

Makeup Geek Swatches grandstand anarchy tuscan sun bitten americano

So I pulled up temptalia’s website and looked at what dupes she had listed for the palette and sure enough, I actually own some of the dupes.  As I suspected, three of the dupes I own also happen to be some of my least favorite shades (makeup geek grandstand, Tuscan sun, and Americano).  While Makeup geek grandstand is a beautiful color and I like it swatched, I don’t like how light it appears when it is applied to my eyes.  I have not been able to find a way to use Tuscan sun that I like.  When I purchased it, I was hoping it would be a dupe for coastal scents petal peach, but it appears much pinker when I apply it to my skin than that shade.  You’ll notice in the swatches below that Tuscan sun doesn’t appear extremely pink, but when I apply it to my eyes it leans much more pink than the swatch.  Lastly, Americano is a very dark shade and I just don’t use shades like this when I do eyeshadow anymore.  The two shades that are listed as dupes that I do actually like are makeup geek’s anarchy and bitten.  These shades are not very pink in tone and I enjoy them both.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows grandstand anarchy tuscan sun bitten americano

If you’re not familiar with how I approach shop my stash, you can check out one of my previous posts where I came up with alternatives to the Tartelette Toasted Palette.  Basically, I aim for replicating the overall color scheme and feeling of the item I am looking for an alternative to, rather than trying to get exact dupes.  In this case, I am glad I put this grouping together because it reminded me that I can pretty much steer clear of pink shades.

Did you purchase the Naked Cherry palette or was it a pass for you too?


MAC Monday, Vol. 4

Mac recently released three new palettes as part of their Art Library Collection and I purchased the warm version called Flame-Boyant.  These are just some quick finger swatches to show you what the palette colors are like.

MAC Art Library Flame-boyant palette swatches on dark skin

I like to feature Mac Cosmetics because it is one of my favorites brands and I feel like it is getting harder to find swatches of their products on people similar to my skin tone.  If you are on Instagram and are a MAC Cosmetics lover, I encourage you to check out #MACMONDAY if you haven’t already.

MAC art library flame-boyant palette swatches on dark skin