Print Your Instagram Photos With Us!

A Beautiful Mess photo challenge! (click through to join!)Today, with our good friends at Canon USA, we're excited to issue you a challenge!

It's something we've all been meaning to do but have put off for way too long. We're printing our Instagram photos and making albums. 

Everyone here at ABM is joining in as well!

We challenge you to print your Instagram photos. (Start small or print them all. It's up to you!) Then make a photo album and share it with us on Instagram using #mybeautifulmess. We'll be commenting on your photos and sharing a few of our favorites on the ABM instagram account.

We're excited to see what you create! 

To kick off our challenge, we got together, brought snacks, and made our first albums together. We each printed about 20 photos and filled 4x4 inch mini albums with them. At the office here, we used our Canon PIXMA MG7120 to print our photos on their semi-gloss photo paper. We added a few titles with stickers and handwritten notes, but for the most, part we kept it pretty simple. We were all able to complete our albums within an hour (and that includes time for chatting and snacking!). High fives! 

The best part, we all finished our albums motivated and inspired to make more. 

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A Beautiful Mess photo challenge! (click through to join!)      Our finished albums are the happiest sight to see. 

A Beautiful Mess photo challenge! (click through to join!)      Supplies needed: Canon PIXMA MG7120, 4x4 mini albums (they come in Gray, Mint, Coral and Gold), and extra 4x4 pages (We all used one extra pack, but two extra packs would totally fit.)

Can't wait to see your albums popping up on Instagram! xo. Elsie + the team 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Sarah Rhodes, Videography and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with Jean and Piper from The Signature Collection.


Portobello Beer Burgers

Portobello beer burger (click through for recipe)It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I began to appreciate beer. I was always a mixed drink or cocktail kind of gal. But these days, I'm as likely to order a beer as I am a cocktail.  And this year I am determined to have a successful at-home-brewing experience. About a year and a half ago I had an EPIC fail. And I've been nervous to try again ever since. But I'm thinking this autumn might be the time to try again.

Portobello beer burger (click through for recipe)  But this post isn't about home brewed beer. It's about burgers. Portobello mushroom burgers that get soaked in beer before cooking. If you enjoy making burgers at home, you're gonna love this recipe because it really could not be easier. Also, it's a good excuse to stock up on your current favorite brew... if you need an excuse, that is.

Beer soaked mushroom burgersPortobello Beer Burgers, serves 2-3.

2-3 portobello mushrooms
1 bottle of your favorite beer (darker beers do well in this recipe, but use any kind you like)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2-3 slices of cheese (optional)
burger buns
onion rings or potato chips

First, remove the stems from the mushrooms and give them a good rinse/scrub. Often times mushroom will have just a little dirt or soil on them. So be sure to wash them well before using.

In a bowl, combine the beer, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes. Soak the mushrooms in the liquid for 20-30 minutes.

How to make portobello burgersBefore cooking the mushrooms, I'll use my hot pan to toast the burger buns. This is not essential but an easy step to take to elevate your burger experience. :)

In a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat, cook the mushrooms for 6-8 minutes. Flipping once in the middle of cooking. If you find your mushrooms are sticking to the pan, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil.

As the mushrooms cook, they will release liquid. This is mostly water from the mushrooms. Use a spoon to remove excess liquid from the pan as these cook.

Best vegetarian burger recipeIf you are using cheese, place a slice on top of the mushroom during the last minute or two of cooking. When you remove the mushroom from the pan, first place them on a plate lined with paper towels. This will help to soak up any additional moisture released during cooking. I've heard people say they don't enjoy mushrooms because they are too slimy, and one of the reasons mushrooms sometimes feel slimy is because care wasn't taken to remove excess moisture released during cooking.

So, I guess it's really on you if these turn out slimy or not. No pressure.

Portobello beer burger (click through for recipe) Place the cooked portobello on top of the burger bun. Then top it with lettuce, tomato, any favorite sauces, and either onion rings or potato chips. The onion rings (or potato chips if you're lazy) really help to add a delicious crunch to this burger, so don't skip them. Serve alongside your favorite beer. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Pro Tips For Creating The Perfect Cat Eye

Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricksOne of the most common questions I get asked is how to do "cat eyeliner" and how to get eyeliner to stay. Winged liner is actually pretty easy once you've got the right product. My absolute favorite product is the tattoo liner by Kat Von D. It's available at Sephora. It's designed after a Japanese calligraphy brush, so it has long tapered bristles instead of a typical felt tip. It's so easy to get a sharp, crisp line, and the formula is super black and long lasting.

Best eyelinersI'll show you my winged liner trick below along with a little extra tip to help liner stay on the bottom inner rim (makeup artists call it the waterline).

Get perfect cat eye eyelinerStep One: Liner should go on after eyeshadow but before mascara.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner.  Step Two: Sort of like in my false lash video, you want to look down but not close your eye. If you close your eye, it changes the shape of the lid and you'll end up with some weird looking liner once you open. Start by lining from the inner corner to about 3/4 of the way to the end. I like to hold the liner pen parallel to my lash line and gently pull it across.

Get perfect cat eye eyeliner   Step Three: Instead of trying to flick the wing up, you're actually going to draw it from the top down. Create a little triangle that lines up with the outer corner of the brow, and then fill it in. You might need to slightly lift your brow to pull up on the skin, but don't pull too hard. That skin is delicate! 

Perfect cat eye eyelinerStep Four: For bottom liner, you'll want to use a waterproof gel liner. You can also use a pencil as long as the formula isn't too dry. You don't want to irritate the eye. Use a little brush to apply. 

Perfect cat eye eyeliner  Perfect cat eye eyeliner tricksStep Five: Here's the trick for making the bottom liner stay. You're going to take a matching or similar shadow and a small eyeshadow brush with short bristles and gently press the eyeshadow into the liner. This might feel a little bit weird, but just blink a few times and any shadow particles will clear away. Setting creams with powders is the oldest trick in the Hollywood book and will help any makeup last longer (I love layering cream blush with powder blush for this exact reason!).

Easiest ever cat eye eyeliner tricks  I love this look with neutral eyes and lips, but you can also pair it with red lipstick for a super vintage feel! xo. AnnaRose

Credits // Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

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