30 Nov 2012

Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

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I've had lots of questions how I make my Pumpkin Hummus after posting on Instagram, so here's a quick recipe. I love to serve this with pretty much anything! It's filling and makes a good side dish for dipping veggies or bread in.


1 can drained and rinsed chick peas
1-2 cloves garlic
2-3 Tblsp. Sesame Tahini
2 Tblsp. extra virgin Olive oil
Splash of water (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup)
1-2 tsp ground cumin
juice of half a lemon
shot of tabasco sauce if you want a bit of kick
salt & pepper
pumpkin purée (anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cup)

To make the pumpkin purée, you can use a variety of pumpkins or winter squash. If you use a Hokkaido pumpkin you can leave the skin on, so that's the one I normally use because it's so easy. You could also use butternut, Muscat, whatever you have on hand - these varieties you will have to peel. This is what a Hokkaido pumpkin looks like:

Depending on the size of your pumpkin, use a quarter or a half of it. Remove the seeds and peel (if necessary.) Chop up into rough chunks, and steam them for about 15-20 minutes until fully soft. If you don't have a steamer pot, try roasting them in the oven for 20 minutes on 200 degrees C. I wouldn't recommend boiling as that makes them very watery. Then use a handmixer to purée the flesh, or a blender, whatever. Since this is the most time consuming part of the process, I like to make a lot of purée at once, and use the left over for soups or baking. You could even freeze any left over purée.

Easy way out: Use canned pumpkin. Make sure it's not pumpkin pie filling, it should just be 100% pumpkin, no added sugar, nothing.

To make the hummus, put all the ingredients into a bowl and use a handmixer to blend. Or, if you have a blender, dump everything in and blend. Wow, that was hard wasn't it? Now you've got amazing pumpkin hummus!

This hummus will be gone in no time, so I normally double this recipe and keep it in the fridge for snacking. I love dipping veggies in it, or use it as a healthy sandwich spread.

23 Nov 2012

Icy Snowflake Nails

These snowflake nails are perfect for winter and the holiday season. I love snow, and wanted to do a wintery, icy cold blue design for the nails, so I thought this was both festive and appropriate for the season. It's also a very simple design, that even a beginner nail artist could accomplish. You only need a few things! Here's my tutorial...

Products I used:

Models Own Feeling Blue
Essence Fashion Victim
L.A. Colors Art Deco in White
ANNY clear polish
rhinestone nail wheel (from ebay)

Do you like this design? Let me know in the comments!

22 Nov 2012

Lilash Annual Sale & Sigma Free Shipping

It's that time of the year again for major Thanksgiving feasting, and post-feasting shopping! A few people have asked me about the annual Lilash lash enhancement serum sale which happens every year around this time. Here are the details:

From 12:00 a.m., Black Friday, November 23rd through 11:59 p.m., Cyber Monday, November 26th, LiLash and LiBrow products are only $99 each, and the LiLash + LiBrow Combo is only $149.95!

Get Lilash on SALE now!

Lilash and Librow normally retail for $139.97 each when not on sale, so this is a huge discount that they only offer around Thanksgiving.

Here's a picture of my own lashes after using Lilash, and you can read all my experiences with the product on my blog post here, and my video here. I am currently not using the product because I just wanted to take a break for a bit, but I have used it for a long time before and it definitely worked for my lashes! See for yourself below.

Also, Sigma has FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING for two days! Yes, worldwide. Here are the details:

Thursday, November 22 (12:00 AM Central Standard Time) until 12:00 AM CST Friday, November 23.Use code BF2012 at checkout.

If you want my opinion on Sigma brushes, I have several review videos on them. My favorite brushes are from the SIGMAX synthetic series for foundation and concealer brushes (F80, F88, P86, P88). Other individual real-hair brushes I like from them are E55, E40, E35, F35, E25 and F10.

14 Nov 2012

Tutorial: Kristen Stewart Makeup "On the Road" Premiere

I loved Kristen's look at the movie premiere for On The Road. Overall, I love the makeup looks she's been sporting lately, she really has a signature style. Often she wears smokey brown eyes, although this time her makeup artist used a lot of warm red tones which really flatter Kristen's fair complexion and medium brown hair. It's such a beautiful look for autumn and winter.

Here is my take on the look...

For comparison, here are some pictures of Kristen at the premiere which I used as my inspiration.

If you want to recreate this look, watch my video tutorial below:

L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, MAC Blushbaby blush

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MAC Blue Brown pigment, Catrice Heidi Plum, Ben Nye Toast, MAC Woodwinked, Laura Geller eye pencil in Dazzle, Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara

KIKO Nr. 88 lipstick, NARS Lip Lacquer in Diablo

KIKO Nr. 243

Which movie are you more likely to watch? On the Road or Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II? Let me know in the comments!

11 Nov 2012

Recipe: Apple Cranberry Crisp

This is my favorite seasonal crisp or crumble to make in the fall, and beats out plain old apple crisp by a mile, in my humble opinion. Something about the tartness of cranberries mixed with the tenderness of apples makes me excited in my mouth a little bit - actually not just a little bit! It's a party in my mouth, oh yeah!!!

Watch my tutorial for how to make this extremely simple but very delicious dessert. Serve it hot with vanilla ice cream, and I promise you there won't be a bit left over!


4-5 peeled, cored and sliced apples
1 package fresh Cranberries (about 340g or 12oz)
1/2 cup white sugar (100g)
Juice of half a lemon to prevent oxidizing
Ground cloves
Ground nutmeg

Mix everything together in a deep casserole dish. Make sure to use a lot of fruit, your dish should be filled to the top before you spread the crumble on top.


1/2 cup quick oats (65g)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (65g)
3/4 cup brown sugar (160g)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (113g)
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Tblsp. pure vanilla extract

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then drop in chunks of butter and the vanilla. Mix together until it's nice and crumbly. If it's too soft, add a bit more flour and oats.

Crumble the mixture on top of the fruits, then bake at 375 F / 190 C for 55 mins. The crumble mixture should be slightly browned. Serve hot with ice cream or whipping cream.

5 Nov 2012

Tutorial: Carly Rae Jepsen "This Kiss"

This makeup look is inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen from her music video "This Kiss". Her makeup artist Desirae Cherman created two looks for the music video.

Scene 1 — The Rock Star: "The performance scene is an underground-club kind of a vibe: dark, smoky flashes of light," Cherman explained. "It created a lot of cool shadows and highlights. I wanted to do the same with Carly's makeup so her features would really pop." The first look was inspired by Pat Benatar's classic smoky eye, which was paired with a dark red lipstick. Cherman recommends a bold lip color as every woman's go-to for after five events. And you can make the look last all night by adding loose powder after lip liner. Then, apply your bright lipstick, blot once, and clean any smudges with concealer.
Scene 2 — Girls' Night Out: To stage a casual night out with girlfriends, Cherman created a cool cat eye. "One of my favorite looks to do with bangs is a nice, strong winged eyeliner," she explained. "It instantly lifts your eye, defines the shape, and makes them pop out." If you have bangs, Cherman recommends skipping makeup on the forehead altogether. That way, your fringe won't end up greasy after a long night spent on the dance floor.

My look was obviously inspired by the second look, although I thickened up the black eyeliner a bit because I just liked how it looks. Here are some screenshots from the video, although I mainly went off the description from Cherman, as the makeup is a bit hard to see.

Watch my tutorial below for the step-by-step to achieve this fun look:

L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, Ben Nye concealer wheel, Smashbox Passion blush

Kryolan Eyeshadow Base, Smashbox Softbox II palette, Smashbox Smokebox Palette, Smashbox Jetset Waterproof liner in Navy Blue, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash,

Combo 1: MAC Beet lipliner, Smashbox Electric Pink lipstick
Combo 2: Barry M Nr. 146, MAC Show Orchid

KIKO Nr. 288

3 Nov 2012

USA Election Nails Tutorial

Want to wear a patriotic and fun USA inspired manicure on Election night? Try this one on for size. I got inspired by the American Flag, but added a ballot box on the thumb to pay homage to the election. Whether you're voting for Romney, Obama, or someone else - this nail art is sure to fit the bill.

Get these nails with the help of my tutorial below.

Nail polishes used:

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White
KIKO Nr. 336
Anny Woman in Red
China Glaze Shine
Leighton Denny Miracle Mist Speed-Drying Spray

26 Oct 2012

Tutorial: Queen of Hearts

This will my last Halloween video for this year. I hope you enjoyed this year's offering! If you missed any of them, you can see a review of them all here.

This last look is for a Queen of Hearts costume, but that's not a copy of the makeup from the Tim Burton movie, which I personally thought made the character look quite ugly. (I guess that's the point!) I wanted to make a more fun, cartoon-like inspired Queen.

If you want to recreate this look, watch my step-by-step tutorial below.

Maybelline white eyeliner pencil, L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, MAC Airbrush foundation in White, Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation, Illamasqua Intrigue blush (white), Ben Nye blush in Pink Blush

Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer, Kryolan eyeshadows (don't know the numbers), NXY White eyeshadow, Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Noir, Ben Nye cake eyeliner in Black, Ben Nye LiquiSet, Illamasqua Obsidian eyeshadow, Urban Decay Supercurl mascara,

Sleek Eau La La liner in Moulin Rouge, Giorgio Armani Lipstick Nr. 400

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

The costume I'm wearing is available for purchase here

23 Oct 2012

Tutorial: Red Hot Devil!

RAAAWWWWRRRR!!!! Are you ready for Halloween? I am, with this RED HOT DEVIL look! This is a very artistic interpretation of a devil makeup, which is exactly my style. This look is sure to turn heads - trust me! When I was filming the intro and outro to this video, I had a crowd of onlookers, and even random people taking photographs of me. It was hilarious - and slightly unnerving!

What are you dressing up as this year? Please share in the comments. :)

Get the look, plus how I style it with Devil accessories, a red dress and pumps, by watching my tutorial below:

Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation mixed with MAC Airbrush foundation in Pure White,

Maybelline kohl pencil in White, MAC Flammable Paint, Ben Nye Cherry Red eyeshadow, MAC Young Punk Mineralize eyeshadow, Ben Nye cake eyeliner in Black, Ben Nye LiquiSet,

MAC Velvetella lipliner, MAC Media Lipstick, Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Berber

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

Lipsy from Asos.com (last season)

Red pumps are from Deichmann

Devil Accessories kit is from here and costs £7.99

18 Oct 2012

Tutorial: The Crow (Halloween)

I have wanted to do a dark crow look for ages, so when October rolled around, I knew it was finally time for this idea to take fruition. For Halloween, I personally like dark and scary looks that still look beautiful and even delicate. This one I think fits the bill quite well! For costume, I think a long flowing black dress, black wings, and maybe some feathers in your hair would work great.

If you want to recreate this look, watch my video for the step-by-step tutorial below.

All the products I used:

MAC Airbrush foundation in White mixed with Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation

Cheek & Contour
Ben Nye Greystone e/s, Illamasqua Obsidian e/s, Ben Nye black cake eyeliner (for speckling)

Kryolan Cinewax, Ben Nye concealer, Ben Nye Neutral Set powder

Illamasqua Obsidian e/s, NYX White e/s, MAC Plumage e/s, Ben Nye Cosmic Blue e/s, Ben Nye black cake eyeliner, Collection 2000 glitter eyeliner in Hustle, MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara, false lashes (ebay)

White clown face paint, Ben Nye concealer

China Glaze Wagon Trail

Black Feather wings are available for purchase here

12 Oct 2012

Kryolan Re-Launch in London

Last week I attended the Kryolan re-launch event in London. If you've never heard of Kryolan, they are one of the few left remaining brands made specifically for the professional makeup artist. Their products cater to a variety of needs: fashion, beauty, theater, special effects, body painting, and film and TV. They are largely unknown to the end-consumer, as their brand is not marketed as commercially as other brands, which are geared more toward consumers. Hopefully this will change!

The brand has existed for over 65 years, and offers over 16,000 products. Yes, you read that correctly - everything from nailpolish, to fake blood, liquid latex, eyeshadows, lipsticks and more. Their products have now been newly repackaged, their first redesign since 1995, and finally a worldwide online shop and new homepage is set to launch this November.

You can see my video from the event and my escapades in London below.

Some more pictures from the event. Photography credit here goes to David Short and Gary Nunn.

The last picture is of the new packaging, which is honestly not a massive change and I'm not sure if I even like it all that much. The actual products are still packaged the same, I think they changed more the cardboard boxes. So the actual "redesign" was a tad underwhelming, as hyped up as it had been.

At the event we were shown some promotional videos about the brand and it's specialties, and the founding family Langer gave some insight into it's new slogan "Makeup is a Science". The idea behind it is that their makeup is created by scientists, who are always striving to make improvements on a scientific level to the products. Then models circulated the room, each model showcasing one of their strong-points, such as theater, film, etc.

I have to say the event was a tad underwhelming. I like Kryolan products very much, but the actual presentation to the media and press lacked the "wow" factor. As a Blogger I've attended many events like this one, and from a prestigious brand like Kryolan I expected a bit more. It would have been great to see the artists in action on a model, to see how the products actually performed. Maybe a live body painting? (The picture of the body painting was taken before the event was open to the media.) Or a demonstration of some basic steps taken in the lab, something that I've always wanted to know more about - how is a lipstick actually manufactured? Or an eyeshadow? The actual presentation was a bit short, and also no mention was made at all of the launch of their new website. We had to find that out on our own.

However, I do think the products are really good and moderately priced, so hopefully the new website will make them more accessible to the public. Especially to those of you who have always asked me where to buy Kryolan, since I use their products in my videos. Apparently their online shop will offer worldwide shipping of their entire catalogue of products, so it will be a lot easier to get your hands on the products, which used to be a bit hard to find, depending on where you live.

Have you tried any Kryolan products before? Let me know in the comments!

11 Oct 2012

Tutorial: Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries

I've had many requests in the past for Nina Dobrev's signature look from the Vampire Diaries. She's such a beautiful young woman and her makeup is often quite toned down. This is a perfect look to wear when you want to look effortlessly glamorous, and the makeup will also match pretty much any outfit or dress. I think this would also work perfectly for wedding or prom, something like that.

The new season premieres tonight! Are you excited? I'll definitely be watching. Any plot ideas? I'm pretty curious what will happen to Nina's "condition". ;)


Since I can't wear proper eye contacts, I decided to give my eyes a slight digital color alteration to match Nina's brown eyes. ;) Just so you can imagine how this would look if you have brown eyes yourself.

Want to get the look? Watch my step-by-step beauty tutorial below!

L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, Collection 2000 concealer, MAC Fleur Power blush, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne

Kryolan Eyeshadow Base, Ben Nye Cork, Ben Nye Toast, MAC Copperplate, Urban Decay Smog, Lancome Eye Kohl in Brun, Max Factor kohl pencil in Natural Glaze, false lashes (don't know the brand)

Catrice lipliner in Lost in the Rose Wood, Lancome lipgloss (don't know the name)

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

8 Oct 2012

Tutorial: Pirate Halloween Look

Are ye ready fer me swashbuckling Pirate look? Ya scallywag! I be really excited about it and I hope ye be too! So what say ye, ya scurvy dog? Are you ready fer it? An' be quick about it, I be shippin' out soon!

If ye want t' get this look - including me costume - watch me video below! Argh!!

L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation, Sleek Face Form contouring palette in Fair and Medium

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Endless Black, L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Glistening Garnet, Smoldering Plum, and Bottomless Java, MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow, Sleek Face Form contouring palette in Medium, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero, Urban Decay Supercurl mascara, MAC Spiked brow pencil

Catrice lipliner in Very Berry, Sleek lipstick in Cranberry, MAC lipliner in Velvetella, MAC Mattene lipstick in Bing, MAC Red lipsticks

Orly Space Cadet

The costume I'm wearing from Angel's Fancy Dress: Link
The pirate hat I'm wearing: Link

3 Oct 2012

Review: New L'Occitane Products

I've become a little bit of a L'Occitane junkie lately! If you've never heard of or tried this brand, it's a French brand that makes wonderful bath, body and skincare products. Their products are inspired by the southern French Provence region, but are available worldwide. I just love their body and hand creams, and also their shower products are excellent and smell divine. What I love about this brand is that the products not only smell sophisticated and appealing, but they actually do a wonderful job of moisturizing as well.

Left to right: 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream, Bonne Mère Gentle Cream Body Milk, Shea Butter Solidarity Soap, Bonne Mère Honey Body Wash, 25% Shea Butter Rose Petal Ultra Rich Body Cream, 20% Shea Butter Date Bouquet Hand Cream, 10% Shea Butter Mango Flower Lip Butter

One of my new favorites is the Bonne Mère Honey Body Wash. This was designed to be gentle enough to use for babies - although I have to say if I had a baby or young child, I'd definitely pick something non-allergenic and completely fragrance free. However, I absolutely love this for myself. It lathers up perfectly, I love the pump dispenser, and the fragrance smells like Honeysuckle. Even my boyfriend likes this one as he loves honey-scented products too.

Another favorite product is the 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream for dry skin. These are from the Fall Limited Edition line, which was inspired by West Africa, and has a variety of body products in the scents Date, Mango Flower, and Rose Petal. Pictured here is the original hand cream in the Limited Edition packaging (top) and the Date scented hand cream (bottom), both containing 20% Shea Butter. 

These hand creams are rich and luxurious, and smell absolutely wonderful. I love the 30ml Date scented one for my purse, and the large 150ml size is perfect for at home. They moisturize my hands perfectly, and absorb into my hands without leaving a slimy, sticky film. An absolute must-have for dry hands and cuticles!

Also released with this line is a limited edition body cream which comes in a cute metal tin and contains  25% Shea Butter, and 100ml of product. I have the Rose Petal scent, and it smells beautifully like rose, without being too strong and "fake" smelling.

Also released with the limited edition line is a Rose Petal "Solidarity Soap", the profits of which are 100% donated to community projects in Western Africa. I haven't tried this soap yet, but it is very inexpensive (2.50 Swiss Franks here for 50g) so you might as well add it onto your purchase if you buy something, as the money is being donated to a good cause! I have tried another soap by L'Occitane from their Lemon Verveine line and I liked it, so I can't wait to try this one too.

Have you tried any or want to try the L'Occitane products? What are your favorites?

October Giveaway!

October "Thank You" Giveaway 

To say thank you for all your ongoing support of my channel, I'm giving away some prizes for two lucky winners this month. I'm so grateful for all of my subscribers and viewers, and I like to give something back to you whenever I can afford to.

Here's what you can win!

One 5-piece "Smokey Purple" Inglot Eyeshadow Palette 

I bought this palette on my recent shopping trip at the Inglot store in Prague. I fell in love with the quality of these eyeshadows when I first purchased them when I was in New York a year ago. You will receive a magnetized palette with a snap-on lid, containing these five shadows. There's a warm highlighting shade, a medium mauve, a deep burgundy purple, a blue-purple with shimmer, and a sparkly black.

How to enter for the palette:

1. Be subscribed to my Youtube channel: youtube.com/MissChievous
2. Give a Like (Thumbs up) on the video below (Make sure your activity feed is public as I will check!)

3. Leave a comment on the video (on Youtube, not a Blog comment here). You can leave as many comments as you like and enter every day. A winner will be drawn randomly from all the comment entries.

One 50ml Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Eau de Parfum

To enter for the full-size Taylor Swift perfume:

1. LIKE my Facebook Page: facebook.com/MizzChievouz
2. Become an active follower on my Facebook site. That means Liking and Sharing my status updates that I post, leaving comments, and generally being interactive. I'm looking for positive engagement here, not spam - so please don't spam my page with consecutive "enter me" comments. (That's fine for the Youtube giveaway.) Just get active! You can be as active as you like, just no spam. A winner will be drawn randomly from all the activity.

Both Giveaways will end on October 31, 2012.
Open worldwide, all ages.

Good luck!