Inside my Winter BeautyCon Box

I was very lucky and won a beautycon box. Check them out on instagram , that is how I came across the giveaway.  I did win this back in January… I know super late sharing! Also considering this is a Winter box and its almost Spring lol

 

I was really excited to see what was inside. I like the packaging, does anyone else hoard boxes like these? Im currently using this one to store beauty samples in. haha

I liked the silver polka dot tissue paper , so cute.

About the BeautyCon Box:  This is a beauty subscription box that sends out a box every season, unlike others that do it monthly.  The box is also mostly filled with full sized high-end beauty brands. It costs $29 per box. The box I received the value is around $139!

 

Inside

Beautyconbox

 

I haven’t tried everything just yet because I have so many products I am trying to use up at the moment I don’t want to add more the the madness. I will try an update in a separate post or add back on here. Also check my instagram , I post a lot on there.

Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Highlighter

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If you want your cheeks to pop, this is the highlighter for you! I never heard of the brand until recently. I saw a video tutorial on instagram and she used this as I was waiting for my box to arrive. I was surprised & happy to see it in this box so I could try it out. Its a nice shimmery gold powder. As I applied it to my cheeks , my eyes got big and started to sparkle.  This is the best highlighter I’ve used. I almost wear this daily. It adds a nice sunkissed glow to my cheeks . I also apply it under my brow.

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush #522 $24

LuxieBrush

I’ve never heard of Luxie beauty before but glad I have now. I’ve been using this to apply the Artist Couture highlighter. iTs soft, feels good in my hand while using it. I really like the pink & rose gold combo.

 

Colourpop x BeautyCon lippie Stix $5

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Have you heard of colourpop? I feel like 2016 I heard about it a lot but I never tried it. Now I’m mad I didn’t try it sooner. This color is a box exclusive. When I saw the shade I was unsure about it. Its definitely not a shade I would have chose for myself. This is one of the reasons I like beauty subscription boxes.  Its a neutral shade that feel nice and creamy/buttery on the lips. It also smells a bit like caramels.  I heard its similar to the shade cookie that colourpop has, if your like the shade.

BioBELLE Botanic Fiber sheet mask #AfterParty $5

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Do you love sheet masks? I cant get enough of them! This one smelled fruity , and not in an artificial way either. The fit was ok, it stayed on for the whole 20 minutes. When I took it off my skin felt soft, smooth, hydrated.

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water

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I haven’t used this yet but have heard good things. It is a multipurpose cleanser that helps take off make up, cleanses the skin, and refreshes without drying out your skin.

 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

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I wasn’t expecting the green formula tube. You wash your face and leave your face damp. Add some of the treatment to your fingertips and for 30 seconds rub onto face in circular motions. It does have a tingling/burn sensation but goes away quickly. My face was left a little pink which went away within 5 minutes. My skin felt really soft & clean. It did feel a little tight and dry so make sure to add your serum & moisturizers right away. I don’t think this is something I would buy in the future. I will continue to use and see if anything changes.

L’oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer & Feline Mascara

 

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I have so much mascara so I haven’t opened these yet. The primer is supposed to help condition lashes over time. It also helps create a boosting effect, building volume & length. I saw it has good reviews and is about $5.99

Masacara- about $7.99 It promises instant volume & fullness.

Rimmel London The only one lipstick in Call Me Crazy

This lipstick is really bright. It feels great on the lips and smells just like candy. It goes on smoothly but with this color one slight move and your lips will look wonky. I’m not sure if Im a huge fan of this color either. It has an orange hue to it. Maybe with the right outfit and other makeup it would look better.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This bronzer maybe to dark for my pale skin tone. Someone mentioned that I could use it as a shadow. I will still try it out eventually. Most likely in the Summer when I am not as pale. Its a deluxe sample so perfect to throw in my bag.

Skinvolve Body Karate Cream retail $40

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I’ve never heard of this brand before. It’s blended with Pure Caffeine and Argan Oil to moisturize, improve skin texture and tone.  I opened it to see how it smelled and wasn’t a fan at all. I put it on after my shower on my legs and it really didn’t do a great job at moisturizing or hydrating my skin. It did absorb quickly and didn’t leave skin greasy but it’s not a product I would recommend or purchase.

 

This box is worth it in my opinion. 11 products high end/ drugstore brands for as little as $2.63 for each product. Have you tried any of these products?

 

Some of my go to quick, easy, delicious meals

Here are some of my go to meals for when I want something good.

Chicken Quesadilla

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Most of the time I have most of these ingredients at home. These are great for lunch or dinner.

  • Chicken
  • Tortillas
  • cheese
  • seasoning ( i used taco but feel free to use  fajita seasoning or even just salt & pepper)
  • veggies on hand . I used an orange & green bell pepper
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • oil

I like chicken tender since they cook faster. I add them to pan with a little oil.  As they are cooking I diced and added the bell peppers.

I then added the taco seasoning. Once the chicken was cooked I diced them up and put them back in the pan.

preheat oven to about 350

Next take a tortilla and place it on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken & veggie mix on top. Sprinkle a little more cheese. Fold over tortilla. If it doesn’t stay put , add a toothpick.

Place in oven and wait until it gets golden brown. I mash up an avocado & salsa to spread on top! Yum!

Roasted tomato soup

Tomatosoup

I shared this long ago when I first started this blog. Its still one of my favorites. Its very easy to make and healthy too!

If your store has a discount shelf for produce check there for the tomatoes. They are the best for this recipe.

  • 6 overripe tomatoes, diced
  • medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme ( if fresh use 2 sprigs)
  • 10 peppercorns ( feel free to use regular pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 up of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( can use dried)
  • 2 cups + of vegetable or chicken broth
  • Optional * add beans at the end white beans are best chickpeas, cannellini , ect
  • Optional * dice a red bell pepper when you roast

Preheat the over to 375. In a large roasting pan add everything but the broth & basil for about 45 minutes until carmelized.

Let it cool down if you are using a blender. I do this different each time sometimes I will add the roasted tomato mixture and little broth to the blender or sometime just add the broth to the mixture then add to the blender. Whichever works for you.

Puree until smooth or your desired consistency. Add beans to make this healthier and even more filling.

Black Bean Burgers

Blackbeanburgers

Black bean burgers are sooo good! I love making them for people who might thin ‘healthy food’ isn’t flavorful , filling, satisfying. These are always a hit.  These do take a bit longer because of the dicing, blending, forming but well worth it.

  • black beans ( 2 x 15oz cans)
  • mushrooms handful
  • red bell pepper 1
  • 1 egg
  • oatmeal 1/2- 3/4 cups
  • cheese
  • spinach
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • onion rolls
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Place about 1- 1.5 cans of beans ( drained) into a blender, mushrooms, oatmeal, seasonings, egg until somewhat smooth. place in a bowl and add the rest of the beans . If the mixture is a little watery, add more oatmeal.

Form into patties and place on a baking sheet, I sprayed some coconut oil  before placing them on the sheet.

In a preheated oven ( 350) place the patties in and cook for about 20-30 minutes , until firm.  If you want cheese the last few minutes add it, place back in oven until its melted.

I toast an onion roll, put down some spinach, add a patty, then make an avocado salsa mash on top.

I usually serve it with broccoli or zucchini ( or any veggie) & then make oven fries. One burger will fill you up. Left overs are the best !

Kale Chips

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I need a huge oven to make these haha I LOVE kale chips. I devour them . Wash and dry kale. Break into pieces. Add a little olive oil to coat the kale. Sprinkle salt.

Place on a baking sheet and into a preheated oven about 350-375 . Keep an eye on them , they cook quickly 5-10 minutes. I once made a batch for a friend to try and she took to long and I ate the whole batch haha I had to make another one.

Tortellini with a ‘rustic’ sauce

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It was late, I was hungry, and there was a deal on Buitoni pasta. I wanted something quick but good..taste and nutrition wise. I saw chicken & prociutto  tortellini . I thought it sounded  interesting.  As I was boiling the tortellini I made a sauce to go with it.

Chopped up 3 plum tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, a little sugar. Cook until your desired consistency. Before adding the sauce I tried a tortellini , it was really good. Added the sauce and it complimented it well.

You don’t always have to cook from scratch to have something good.  A mix of premade and from scratch is always a time saver and one of my favorite things to do when cooking.

What’s your favorite quick or healthy meal?

Ground chicken + veggies = Healthy meals

Spring is almost here , despite the snow we just received here in CT.  That means lighter healthier meals. Load up on veggies!

Zucchini noodles & chicken meatballs

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This is one of my favorite go too meals. Its tasty & you can eat a lot of noodles without feeling guilty or bloated afterwards.

Just get a spiralizer & go to town on zucchini. I usually add a little bit of water or chicken broth plus the zucchini noodles in a pan and warm them up and let them get to my desired firmness.

Next the meatballs. I make them with chicken or turkey and use whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I almost always put spinach.

  • ground chicken or turkey
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion

Mix together , form into balls, & put on a baking sheet and cook until done.

Once they are done I take jarred sauce, place in a pan and add the meatballs to the sauce. Heat until sauce is hot.

Add it to you zucchini noodles and eat it all up!

Chicken & veggie patties

ChickenVeggiePattiesSomething similar just bigger & flatter.

  • Ground chicken or turkey
  • bell peppers ( used yellow this time)
  • spinach
  • garlic
  • onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mushrooms

Mix together, form patties, place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven until done.

I made broccoli and baked fries as sides. Delish!

I don’t eat bread to often so no bun but sometimes do use a romaine lettuce leaf.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Oops should have posted these sooner.

I was going to do 1-2 other designs but I ended up liking these and didn’t want to take them off so quickly.

Polka Dots & Hearts

Hearts & Dots Nail Art

 

Mosaic Hearts

These were a little hard and didn’t come out as clean but I still like them. I also didn’t even attempt my other hand and just did small hearts on my other hand lol. Looks like 2 different peoples hands haha

mosaic nails

 

Did you do any nail art for Valentine’s Day?

 

Grilled lemon chicken with green beans& pesto pasta salad

I got this recipe from Green Chef .

Green Chef is a food subscription box where they send you ingredients to make meals. They are delicious and easy. They have a variety of boxes to choose form based on your diet omnivore, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, ect.  You can use my link  to get 4 free meals or my code m9kpa8

grilledlemonchicken

 

  • Lemon-marinated chicken breasts
  • 3 ½ ounces fusilli pasta
  • 4 ½ ounces green beans
  • Pine nuts & Parmesan cheese
  • Zucchini & yellow squash
  • ½ red onion, ¼-inch julienned
  • Basil vinaigrette
  • 1 cup rainbow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 roasted red pepper

What to do

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees to medium-high heat
  •  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Cut stem ends off green beans. Cut into about 1-inch long pieces.
  • Add fusilli pasta to boiling water; stir. Cook 7 minutes before adding green beans.
  • Remove chicken breasts from marinade ( this was premade so make your own lemon marinade) ; discard excess marinade. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place on hot grill. Grill 3 minutes. Flip. Grill 2 minutes. Alternatively, heat about 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to hot pan. Sear 3 minutes. Flip. Sear 2 minutes.
  • Add green beans to pot with pasta; stir. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until pasta is al dente and green beans are tender. Strain. Rinse with cold water; shake off excess water.
  • Spread red onions out on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place chicken on baking sheet, atop onions. Roast 15-18 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees and it is no longer pink in the center of the thickest part.
  • Trim ends off zucchini and yellow squash. Halve widthwise. Cut lengthwise into about ¼-inch thick planks. Place zucchini and yellow squash in a large bowl. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Season with salt and pepper. Turn to coat.
  • Place squash on hot grill. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side, or until tender. Alternatively, heat about 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil in pan used for chicken over medium-high heat. Add squash to hot pan. Sear 3-4 minutes on each side
  • Place pasta and green beans in bowl used for squash. Halve rainbow cherry tomatoes. Dice roasted red peppers into about ¼-inch pieces. Add tomatoes and peppers to bowl. Add pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with half of the basil vinaigrette. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine.
  • Cut lemon chicken into 6-8 slices each. Divide green bean and pesto pasta salad between plates. Serve grilled squash and roasted onions on the side. Fan chicken over top. Drizzle plate with remaining basil vinaigrette to taste. 
  • Enjoy!

Some meal inspiration

I’ve been slacking on my blog & sharing recipes here. I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of things.

Here are a few dishes I’ve made the past few months that might give you some ideas for lunch/ dinner.

Sweet potato dumplings & kale soup

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I got a great deal on premade mashed potatoes , Simply potatoes ( I ended up getting I believe 8 for free) haha Well the sweet potato one was sort of bland and I did’t really care for them. I was thinking what can I make with them. I decided to make a dumpling/’meat’ball for my soup.

What I used:

  • Pre-made sweet potatoes ( Simply Potatoes)
  • flour
  • egg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • a little flax meal
  1. Mix all ingredients together and form balls.
  2. Boil chicken broth ( use veggie to make this vegetarian) dropped them in until they started to float. About 5 minutes. The broth helps give these more flavor too.
  3. Add kale

I did add carrots the next day . I also separated the dumplings from the broth when I put them in the fridge so they wouldn’t fall apart and turn to mush. I need to make these again but mash my own sweet potatoes.

 

Stuffed Peppers

I remember having this as a kid. Loved it! Its simple & easy to make. I should have taken a phot when I had all the colorful peppers together but we were hungry and there was one lonley one left. My grocery store had peppers on sale for $1 so I bought red, orange, yellow, green! Yum!

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There are so many ways to do this but this is how I did it when I made it.

Ingredients:

  • Peppers ( any color)
  • 1 cup dried rice
  • 1lb ground turkey( feel free to use beef or chicken..even sausage)
  • 2-3garlic
  • salt ( for rice & mixture)
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • tomato juice
  1. Wash peppers,cut off the tops, remove stem/seeds. ( dice the top pieces & set them aside)
  2. Cook rice , I use a cup of dried rice
  3. Brown turkey , add garlic/seasonings, & diced peppers ( from the tops)
  4. Add a little tomato juice and put on low
  5. Once rice cooled down some add it to the turkey. This is up to you if you love rice add it all, if you dont want as much don’t. Mix together
  6. In a deep pan add some tomato juice.
  7. Add turkey/rice mixture into peppers.
  8. Add all of the tomato juice into the pan, I pour a little on top of the peppers too.
  9. Add left over meat/rice mixture and if you didn’t use all of your rice …add it all to the pan into the tomato juice.
  10. In your pre heated oven 350-375F , add you peppers and cook for 30-445 minutes.
  11. The last 5 I put it up to 400.
  12. I use tongs to grabbed peppers into a bowl and add some tomato juice .
  13. Enjoy

You can add whatever you want to these, spinach, onion, mushrooms…whatever you like.

 

Fajita Bowl

 

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I’ve probably shared something similar but this is a favorite go to meal for me.

  • Chicken
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • bell peppers, sliced
  • onions, diced
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • black beans, drained
  • avocado, diced
  • romaine lettuce
  1. Add chicken, fajita seasoning, peppers, onions ,mushrooms. Cook until done.
  2. Add beans, stir . Cook until heated through
  3. Put cut up lettuce in your bowl, top with fajita mixture
  4. Add avocado
  5. feel free to add cheese

Quinoa ‘fried’ rice

This one is tasty! I sometime add diced chicken to this as well.

I found this on Skinny Taste

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You need

  • Quinoa
  • Eggs
  • Scallions
  • garlic
  • tomato
  • red pepper
  • soy sauce
  • salt
  • oil of your choice

 

Have you tried any of these before? What’s a favorite dish of your to make?

 

New Skincare Nip+Fab

Nip + Fab hooked me up with some goodies to try. I have been really enjoying their line of products.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot $24.95

nip + fab hyaluronic shot

 

This intense moisture concentrate works to deeply hydrate thirsty and dry skin for a moisture locked and plumper finish. Dragons Blood is a sap found in the Croton Lechleri tree in the Amazon, it works to protect and heal the skin from all outside aggressions.

dragons blood: preventing environmental damage to the skin and motivating skin cell regeneration, as well as inhibiting inflammation and reducing redness.
hyaluronic acid:
maintain skin plumpness and it’s super-hydrating to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and soften and smooth skin for a radiant and younger-looking complexion.

LOVE this serum. I put it on when I get out of the shower every morning. Then apply my moisturizer and make up. I liked how it made my skin look healthy & plump. Its lightweight and absorbs nicely & quickly into the skin. My skin just looked really good.

You can use this day or night. You can use by itself or mix into your moisturizer. It’s up to you.  All you need is 2 drops. I liked that the applicator was a bit different too. Instead of a dropper where you squeeze to get the liquid, you press the button on the top. I guess sort of like a shot. I highly recommend this serum.

Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing pads $12.99

Nip + Fab Glycolic pads

These are radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin.

  • glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces
  • hyaluronic acid moisturises + refreshes
  • blue daisy soothes + calms

I really enjoyed using these pads. I think my skin looked cleaner & brighter after using them. They didn’t dry out my skin and they were also gentle on my skin. I even washed my face and used one of these after and stuff was on the pad! Though my cleanser is black, so it could have been that but still, extra cleanser shouldn’t be on my skin anyway.  These do a great job at cleaning & gently exfoliating.  Another one you should try. These are also great for travelling since the container is a screw on cap.

Kale Fix Clay Mask $9.95

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A super-charged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel, works to draw away impurities without drying the skin. The addition of an advanced moisture complex helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier function & regulate water loss to increase hydration for the skin to leave it feeling touchably soft with a fresh glow.

Remember when Kale made it into our lives? There is a reason for the hype sinceits packed with vitamins and so is this clay mask. Its rich in vitamins K, A, & C to help reninvigorate your skin.

It also has watcress extract to help retain maximum softness & elasticity.

Its easy to apply and spread to your face.  I applied an even layer to my skin and left it on for 10 minutes. As I wore it , it started to disappear on my skin. Then when I splashed the water on my skin it turned to a creamy milky texture. This left my skin really soft & fresh feeling.

Bust Fix Night $16.25

Bust Fix

A light serum to visibly plump + firm the appearance of skin around the bust + décolleté. Bust Fix is a revolutionary formula packed with fast acting mangosteen extract. With ingredients to reshape and sculpt as well as firm and tone, this serum is perfect for those whose skin has lost elasticity. I’m not sure if it made my breasts more plump , it was really moisturizing. The smell is very nice & relaxing too. It absorbed nicely without leaving skin feeling greasy or sticky.

#RealTalk Applying moisturizer to your breasts is a great way to feel for lumps.

Rodial Liquid Liner $28

Rodial liquid Liner

This felt tipped liner pen , easily glides on smooth. With great color pay off & long wear it will make any look you try do do effortless. It’s water resistant & quick drying. It made applying the liner so easy.

 

 Have you tried any Nip + Fab products or Rodial? Which ones, or what products do you want to try?

I received these products complimentary. All opinions are my own.