Dinner with Barilla ProtienPLUS penne- Ssausage & Tomato Veggie Pasta

I’ve been loving this Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta BzzAgent sent me to try out.   I already made a yummy shrimp dinner with the spaghetti and knew I wanted to do something with sausage with the penne.

Barilla ProteinPLUS sausage & tomato veggie sauce

If you missed my Shrimp & Broccoli dish with Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta here is some info on this pasta.

according to the front of the box:

  • Its loaded with 17 grams of protein in a 3.5 oz portion.
  • Crafted with simple ingredients, like flaxseed, barley and oats
  • Made with protein-rich chickpeas, lentils and egg whites
  • Great source of fiber ( 7 grams)  and ALA omega-3

It tastes great & is filling.

Though I did look at the label and this is not for a serving size but I never have a serving size when it comes to pasta but just wanted to throw that out there.

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS  2 oz serving size , 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 190 calories
  • Barilla Whole grain : 2oz serving size, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber , 180 calories
  • Heartland Whote Wheat : 1cup dry serving size, 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber 220 calories

Ingredients  used:

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS penne pasta
  • Sausage
  • diced tomatoes ( with olive oil & garlic)
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • chicken broth
  • onion powder
  • garlic & pepper seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

Barilla Protein Plus sausage & tomato veggie sauce

 

First add water to a pot to boil , add salt.

Next brown the sausage in a pan in med-high . Halfway through I added the diced red bell pepper.

I then added the sliced mushrooms. Stir

Next add a 15oz can of diced tomatoes . Stir

Add some chicken broth.

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My water was boiling at the point so I added the pasta to the water.  I cooked for about 11 minutes.

I wanted some green and had some a little spinach so I rough chopped it…. also meaning I already washed my cutting board so I tore it into pieces with my hands haha.

If you want it a little saucier , you can add more broth.

Next add some parmesan cheese. Stir.

Drain pasta.

For the most part I always keep the sauce & pasta separate because sometimes I like more sauce than pasta or like to evenly coat the pasta. Depends on my mood 🙂

Add pasta to a bowl ( or plate) top with the tomato veggie sauce and mix.

Top with parmesan cheese & ENJOY!

 

I received this product for free from BzzAgent. All opinions are my own.

 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face SPF

When I used to think of Hawaiian Tropic brand, I would think of products to help get you tan or after care products.  My mom would always use them and remember using the products in my teens as well.  So its nice to finally think of them as a brand that also has product to protect you from the sun.

Last year  I tried their Silk Hydration body SPF & this month I was able to try their NEW Silk Hydration weightless face SPF.

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One of the things I love about Hawaiian Tropic is the scent. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen , it has a nice tropical scent that isn’t overpowering. The scent just puts me in a good mood. I hate smelling like sunscreen.

The bottle is small,  so its easy to throw in a purse or beach bag.  The pump makes it easy to get the perfect amount of lotion. Also less likely to have it leak in your bag.

I wish I received this before my extended vacation in Florida. It would have been perfect. The weather this week here in CT, was nice and we even had some hot weather ( almost in the 90’s)  I headed to the beach and put this SPF to the test.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • smells great
  • Left skin soft & moisturized
  • Didn’t leave skin feel tight after drying/ applying
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • left my skin looking a greasy

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I was a little sad that it left my skin looking greasy because I didn’t have that issue with the Silk Hydration body SPF. I’ll still continue to use this when I go to the beach or maybe do any outdoor activities but it’s not an SPF I would wear daily.

What are your favorite Hawaiian Tropic products? or What is your favorite face SPF?

 

I received this product for free from Crowdtap for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Revlon Colorstay brow , liner, & mascara review

Hello. I’m Carra and I’m a beauty addict! lol I love trying out new make up & beauty products. When I had the chance to try some newer products from Revlon, I was very excited.  Crowdtap sent me 5 products to try.  A brow pencil, brow crayon, mascara, eye shadow, & eyeliner.

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Super-length mascara #101 Blackest black

Makes lashes look lush & full. I really liked this mascara. I don’t know why I never really thought about trying Revlon mascara but I’ve been missing out. It made my lashes more lush and long. It enhanced them in a natural way but still gave my lashes some oomph.

Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow #730

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This shadow is a cream that goes on smoothly and stays on . Its creamy and buttery and feels great on.  It’s also waterproof.  It has a built in brush which is a nice touch & comes in handy. I received the color praline which is a great neutral shade. It has a nice shimmer to it. I’ve actually been using my finger and in one swipe , my eyes look great. Its neutral but adds a little something to my look. I love it because I can wear it daily since its so easy to apply.  You can wear it alone , to your brow bone, use in the center of your eye to give dimension with other colors.

 

Colorstay Brown Pencil  dark brown #220

Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil

This pencil is waterproof, has an angled tip point, & on the other side has a blending brush on the other side. It helps define brows.  It wears up to 24 hours. I like this pencil because the angled tip gives small lines which look like hair so you can’t tell you filled in your brows. I also like the brush on the other end to help blend . It also stays put and doesn’t smudge. I only did a little but toward my arch / end of brow where my brows get a little sparse.

Colorstay 2 in 1 angled kajal eyeliner #101 Onyx

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This liner has an angled tip with a angled brush on the other side to help achieve a smokey eye look with one pencil.  This is perfect for a makeup bag when you take it on the go since its a 2 in 1. I like this eyeliner because its pigmented and easy to blend which makes doing a smokey eye simple.

ColorStay brow crayon dark brown #315

Revlon Brow Crayon

I realized crayon makeup are becoming more popular. I like them because I feel like I have more control when using them  This brow crayon has a wax to powder finish which is buildable & blendable . Its also waterproof . It wears up to 24 hours.

I liked all of these products. The mascara was my favorite. I even did a photoshoot and wore it because it made my lashes so pretty. ( I also used the brow pencil) Next up was the creme shadow. I love that its so simple to apply , I sometimes don’t have time to do eye shadow so now if I wanted to add a little more something to my look I just swipe some on my lid and im done.

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I didn’t get too much use out of the other products. The eyeliner is going to perfect for when I go out and want to do a smokey look. The brow crayon didn’t do too much for me. I did use the pencil and really like that it looked natural and was easy to blend. It also wasn’t to dark.

Have you tried any of these products? Which do you want to try? DO you have a favorite Revlon product?

I received these products for free from Crowdtap for being part of the Revlon Crowd. All opinions are my own.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra VoxBox

Influenster hooked me up with a great box filled with Lancome makeup. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Lancome makeup so I was happy to try it out. When I first got an email saying I was getting this , I thought it was just a foundation. Then clicked the video and saw I was getting 3 more products.  I was super excited … and sort of stalked my mailman waiting for it to come. ( One day I ran after him! haha)

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I was sent a foundation, concealer, lip lacquer, & highlighter. You can find these products at Sephora as well as other stores that carry Lancome.

 

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation SPF 15 $47

This foundation is like liquid photoshop.  My skin looked flawless all day. It evened out my skin tone and I didn’t need to use a lot of the product. I would go by the mirror and get a glance and be like “Oh ..hey girl!” haha

There are 35 shades to choose from. Its oil-free, gives a medium to full coverage (buildable) , gives your skin a matte finish, & stays on all day. I am a little bummed because when I received it I think I could have went up a shade it was a little light. Then  I went on vacation & now the color doesn’t match. I will have to wait until next Winter or find a pale friend to give it to.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer $31

I wasn’t a huge fan of this concealer because it was on the thicker side but it did a nice job. This is really pigmented and is gives full coverage. A little product goes a long way.  It was so so with blending into the skin and it also got a little tacky. If I were to buy this I think this would be good for special occasions or if you have dark circles.  I prefer a concealer with light-medium coverage.

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Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid $23

This was my favorite of the products I received because the coloring was perfect & it gave me a natural glow.  I received Lumieres De Bronze which is an amber bronze color. Its a creme highlighter that blends into the skin nicely and gives your skin a nice shimmer in just one click. The only thing I didn’t like it that with a click a lot of product came out , so click lightly .  I liked the doe foot applicator and light weight formula. I used this mostly on my cheekbones.  The small size makes ideal for travelling ( whether you are going on vacation or just to have in a make up bag)

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Le Métallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Mirrored Nude $22

I didn’t care for this color on my lips alone. It looked like I hate a glazed powdered donut. I ended up applying it on top on my lipstick on the middle of my lips for dimension. The lacquer is infused with exclusive plexi-gloss polymers and metallic pearls which gives a 3D shine . I liked it much better that way. While wearing alone I noticed it felt a little tacky but it was also moisturizing.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Inside my #RosyVoxBox

I’ve been using 6 products that Influenster sent me in this Rosy VoxBox for free.

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Not Your Mother’s Beach babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray

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You can put this on wet or dry hair. I liked putting in on my hair when damp. I sprayed it on my tresses and scrunched my hair. Let it air dry or use a difuser and ta*da nice health natural waves. My hair is already wavy but this just helped enhance them. When my hair gets long , like it is now sometimes my hair gets weighed down. The spray is infused with sea salt, alie, & sea kelp. The formula is free of sulfate, paraben, phthalate, & dye.  The smell is amazing. It just makes you wish you were on the beach.

Purell Naturals

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This is made with 93% naturally derived ingredients and naturally fragrance using essential oils. It eliminates 99.99% illness-causing germs. I always carry hand sanitizer . I liked that this bottle has a twist lock top so if the cap comes off Im still safe. This smelled nice & didn’t dry out my hands.

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant

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Don’t worry about pit stains on your favorite clothes. It provides 2x sweat protection so you can worry about other things. It smells amazing & fresh & keeps you that way all day long.

Fancy Feet Ball of Foot Cushionsfancy feet

 

This will give you balls of your feet a break. These add stability & shock absorption to you’re strut, while keeping your feet from sliding. They are breathable & formulated with antimicrobial technology, keeping feet cool & dry. Wear these with heels, flats, wedges, boots, & sandals.

Vera Wang Embrace fragrance

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You can find these fragrances at places like Walgreens & Walmart.

The Periwinkle & Iris  reminds me a of a clean fresh scent.. a little like baby powder in a way.  I think of going out for a casual lunch , a day in the park, maybe a picnic.

The Green Tea & Pear Blossom is fresh , flirty. It was my favorite of the 2 scents. I see myself in a sundress walking through central park, maybe on a date or with friends.  It was crisp & floral.

Have you tried any of these products? If not which ones would you want to try?

* I received these product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.. All opinions are my own.

If you would like to join sign up here … it’s FREE!

 

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

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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

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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?

 

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

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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.