Sunday, May 24, 2015

Life: Questions Nobody Asks Tag

I was browsing through YouTube for tags and I found this one created by Meredith Foster. I thought it sounded interesting so I picked 10 of my favorite questions out of the 40 that she listed. I hope you enjoy!

1. Do you go by a nickname?
Ayre is actually my nickname and it is pronounced like AIR. It boggles my mind that rarely anyone can pronounce my real name which is Arianne. I'm not ArianA Grande!!

2. How do you relieve stress?
Nice segue, since people mispronouncing my name sometimes stress me out! I meditate or listen to my new favorite app called Relax. My favorite sound combo from that app is Ocean and Campire, or a combination of Rain, Thunder, and Storm.

3. If you could play any instrument, what would you play?
I want to play the piano. Pianists seem quite powerful when they play. Guitar isn't bad either; it's actually quite romantic. As for drums, I just like seeing guys play it because it looks sexy ;)

4. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
I sleep with it closed. The only time I leave it open is if I'm on my way out the door and I forget or I can't be bothered.

5. Do you take shampoo/conditioner bottles from hotels?
No. My hair is very particular and truly hates those ones they give at hotels.

6. Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes. I don't like silly faces --_--

7. What size is your bed?
Queen. I have to make room for my massive dog (stuffed, of course).

8. What is the best concert you've ever attended?
I've not attended one yet, but I will be seeing Ed Sheeran next month!!!

9. How many languages can you speak?
Two: English and Tagalog.

10. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?
I've never hard snickerdoodles so I would choose sugar cookies. I love that they're soft and yummy and nicely decorated.

Check out my YouTube channel if you'd like to see a video for this tag! Thanks for reading!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Food: Hash Brown Cups

Me + Breakfast = :)

I was browsing Pinterest and saw a recipe for hash brown cups. When I finally made them, however, I just put in whatever I wanted. If you'd like to recreate this yummy delight, keep on reading!

3 egg whites
1 egg yolk
frozen hash browns
cheese of choice (I used Cheddar and Colby Jack)
bacon bits
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit (I think that's about 180 celsius)
2. Fill each cup 3/4 full with hash browns. If hash browns were previously thawed, press them down so you can fit more in the pan. They will shrink when they cook.
3. Distribute the egg mixture over the hash browns.
4. Sprinkle as much or as little cheese as you desire.
5. Sprinkle bacon bits to finish.
6. Bake for 25 minutes or until completely brown.
7. Serve with your favorite condiment or eat by itself!

I hope you enjoyed this post! This is a great way to use your eggs if they're about to expire. You're welcome to use full eggs (whites and yolks) if you'd like. I just wanted to try and be a little healthy, that's why I only used one yolk.

If you create this on your own, please post it on Instagram and don't forget to tag me @ariannecruz07 and use the hashtag #CookingWithAyre.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beauty: How Much Is My Face Worth?

A month ago, I was reading The Birds and the Butterflies when I saw this blog post. I thought it was a good idea, so I noted it in my planner. I did have quite the trouble taking photos of the products since I still have not learned composition. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this post!

Please note that the prices below are the product's retail price, not how much I actually paid for them. For example, the NARS palette was a gift, so I paid $0 for it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (travel size): $15


Tarte Clean Slate Creaseless Eye Primer: $20 (check out my review here)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: $21 (check out my review here)


Using Rimmel Foundation, my face is worth $191.63.
Using Laura Mercier Foundation, my face is worth $231.64.

Conclusion: My face might be worth quite a bit more than most people, even though I didn't think it would be since I use a combination of drugstore and high end. Ah well, this was fun :)

Let me know in the comments if you've used any of these products!