Food: Chip of the Month: Ruffles Loaded Bacon & Cheddar

This begins a new series of posts: Chip of the Month. I love chips and chicken wings. Even when I lose weight, I keep eating my chips and chicken wings. And interestingly, where my preference in chicken wing flavours does not change much, my preference in chips, however, seems to change with the seasons. So, this month, I'd like to pay homage to...
Ruffles Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins Flavored Chips!

These chips bring a smile to my face with its rich flavour that endures from the first chip to the last. They're not spicy nor tangy at all. They are just rich and well-balanced with a bacony and cheesy flavour. Another thing that's great about these chips is that after a handful of chips, they don't end up too salty nor does the flavour wear off. Wear off?! That's right, some chips have flavours that wear off as you eat through the bag. For example, we recently tried Lay's Garden Tomato & Basil chips. Although, they were surprisingly good at first, a couple hours later, when I finished the bag, they just seemed a bit bland and we weren't enticed to buy them again. These Ruffles LB&CPSF chips, however, stay yummy all the way through the bag. Could they be improved? Yes, they could be "bursting with flavor" with a "bold" punch-you-in-the-face bacon flavour and they're not but, compared to what else is available right now, they've made the grade to Chip of the Month! I love 'em! I'm hoping to find them at Costco because I'm getting tired of having to go to the grocery store to get another bag. LOL


Inexpensive Cosmetics

I'm no longer single with zero dependents. I have properties, a husband, a kitty, a son, I want to continue with my passion for flying, and it takes a lot to afford to feed me as it is. So, with my financial priorities not being around make-up, I want to be responsible with how much I am spending on it all. And, fortunately, there are inexpensive make-up products that are as good in quality as the most expensive cosmetics; the packaging and reputation may suffer but, once it's on your face and you're out the door, it doesn't matter anyway, right? Lately, I've been watching $20 Makeup Challenges on YouTube and I was inspired to make a useful list to remind myself that I can doll-up with confidence and still spend bare minimums:

· Foundation: Okay, this is a category that I'm still working on. For good coverage, feel, consistency, ingredients, I haven't found anything I love. I'm currently trying the Rachel K CC Cream in Sunkissed ($32), Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup in Natural Beige ($7.97) based on great YouTube reviews. I haven't tried cheaper products in this category (such as e.l.f.'s spf 20 tinted moisturizer for $3).  But, don't judge this list by this first fail -- I have other products to list that are amazing and super cheap; so I encourage you to keep reading!

· Concealer/Brightener: For concealers, I love the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser Treatment + Concealer in 225 Light/Medium ($9.99). For brighteners, the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude and Radiant ($7.99) is THE BEST.

· Eyebrows: My fave for years has been the e.l.f. eyebrow kit ($3 from  If you prefer eyebrow pencils, I've heard good things about the NYX Automatic Eyebrow Pencil ($3.99), Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel ($6.40) and Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow & Eye Pencil in Taupe ($1).  The cheapest alternative is to use my black/brown mascara on my brows after I am done with my lashes.

· Eyeshadow and Primer: I've loved Too Faced Shadow Insurance but it's $18 so I just use foundation on my lids! e.l.f. has eye shadow quads for $1. NYX, Wet 'n Wild, and Milani have great quality shadows and it's easy to google MAC dupes for any shadow you love! NYX has single eyeshadows for $3. Wet 'n Wild has single eyeshadows for $2, and 3- to 8-color eyeshadow palettes for $3-$5. Milani has single eyeshadows for $6-$7.
NYX dupes for MAC eyeshadows
Wet 'n Wild dupes for MAC eyeshadows
BeautyBroadcast's MAC Dupe list (lots of Milani eyeshadows listed here).

· Eyeliner: I love Milani liquid-like eye liner in black ($5-8 each); it has incredible stay-on power, great pigment, and is super creamy. Milani makes a retractable liner that's awesome and a felt-tip pen liner that's amazing too. For liquid eyeliner, I use and love the e.l.f liquid liner ($1) -- my fave color has been the ash gray.

· Mascara: e.l.f. has THE BEST mascara primer for $3 -- highly recommend before shelling out beaucoup bucks for a mascara primer. The current mascara I use is Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara in black/brown with the brush head that is straighter and more cone shaped (no curves in it). It's $8. The best waterproof mascara is Cover Girl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara (the orange tube with the metallic blue band) in Black Brown ($8.99) -- it's been tested in Hawaii and Maui to look great and hold up.

· Blush: Just as with their eyeshadows, NYX, Wet 'n Wild, and Milani are known for their great quality blushes. In particular, NYX pinched and NYX peach are potential faves ($4.79 each). Wet 'n Wild blushes are $3. Milani blushes (like luminoso and berry amore) are $7.49 each. e.l.f. had a radiance blush in glow and flushed ($1 each) that I liked (I even liked the packaging) but, they changed it and I don't think I'd recommend it now. Nevertheless, I highly recommend e.l.f.'s "All Over Color Stick" in Pink Lemonade ($1) -- it's a great cream blush!
BeautyBroadcast's Blush Dupes

· Bronzer/Highlight: Physician's Formula shimmer strip bronzer compact in "Waikiki Strip/Peachy Glow Bronzer" ($9.59) which I've found is a perfect dupe for Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick in bronze is my fave way to give me a metallic sun-kissed look on my cheekbones, nosetip, décolleté, even legs!

· Lips: softlips in vanilla is the "balm dot com" ($2.70/2-pack). e.l.f.'s mineral lip gloss in fierce is another fave ($1). Maybelline's Baby Lips SPF 20 Lip Balm in Peach Kiss ($2.97) are just as good as Fresh Sugar Rose lip balms ($22!) if you ask me.

If I skip the bronzer/highlight/primer (which I usually do), I now do a face of makeup for the cost of foundation + $20. It's not under $20, but I'm pretty pleased. ♥