Aug 23, 2011

Orly Mineral FX

Whoa.... so much shimmer.... I love it! These all applied really well, and were glossy without topcoat. I love them all! No dupes in this collex either, all are originals. All swatches are two coats.

Orly Rock It!
Rock it!
Orly Rococo a-go-go
Rococo a-go-go
Stone Cold
Rock the World on index and ring, OPI It's My Year middle and pinky
Emberstone Index and Ring, Hard Candy Lava Middle and Pinky.

I still need to swatch Rock solid and do full manis of the others. :) See you soon!

OPI It's My Year vs Orly Rock the World

Photobucket Photobucket Orly on index and ring, OPI on middle and pinky. Same color family, not the same though. The OPI is more purple, the Orly leans more taupe. Love them both.

Orly Emberstone vs Hard Candy Lava

Photobucket Two coats of each. Orly is on index and ring, HC is on middle and pinky. Definitely not dupes. HC is red orange with gold flash, Orly is a bit more coral. I like them both, they are different though.

Beef Stew

Olive Oil
2 Tbsp butter
2-3 lbs beef chuck roast cut into chunks, OR pre-cut stew meat
1 box beef stock
3-5 potatoes diced, I used Yukon Gold
4-5 medium-large carrots, diced
2 c sliced mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 large onion, diced
pinch dried thyme
pinch dried marjoram
Salt and Pepper
Dash of Worcestershire
2 bay leaves
1-2 Tbsp cornstarch

Beef Stew
Assemble the troops.
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Prep your veg.
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Over medium heat melt your butter and olive oil.
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Season your meat, salt and pepper. We're starting the flavor build here. Sear your beef. Caramelize all sides of your cubes. You're locking in flavor, make sure you don't omit this step. You do not need to cook the meat all the way through at this point. Caramelize and keep it medium rare or so. Don't move the meat around once you get it in. Let it bond to the pot, that's what creates the beautiful brown color. :) Leave it until you turn it. Make sure you leave all the stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan... that's important.
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Add your onions, and garlic to the pot. Saute gently until the onions are turning translucent.
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Add in your beef stock, gently scrape the bottom of your pot to release the wonderful browned bits of flavor. Then add in the rest of your ingredients excluding mushrooms and cornstarch. Potatoes, carrots, thyme, marjoram, bay leaves, & Worcestershire.Simmer about an hour and a half, stirring occasionally.
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Pull about a cup of your liquid out of the pot and add in your cornstarch. Mix very well, you don't want any lumps! Then add back into your stew to thicken it.
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Add in your mushrooms, and bring to a boil.Remove your bay leaves, and enjoy!
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Aug 5, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean

Gorgeous collection. I love the dustiness of all these colors. Very good application, all are two coats.

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama
OPI Sparrow Me The Drama
Sparrow Me The Drama.

OPI Steady As She Rose
OPI Steady as She Rose
Steady as She Rose.

OPI Planks a Lot
OPI Planks a Lot
Planks a Lot

OPI Skull and Glossbones
Skull and Glossbones

OPI Mermaid Tears
Mermaid Tears

OPI Stranger Tides
OPI Stranger Tides
OPI Stranger Tides
Stranger Tides