Tarte Cosmetics Create Your Own Beauty Kit for $59.00, free shipping, valid 04/26

Hi there!

I thought I would let anybody who cares know that tartecosmetics.com is having a pretty awesome sale today! You get a make-up bag (you can pick from several springy colors), a full sized foundation ( with the option of choosing an airbrush, powder, gel, or clay primer formula), a blush (various formulas as well), a lip product (select a  tint, ,a stick, a glosses or a creme), an eyeliner (waterpoof pencil, liquid, or gel), a mascara ( there are several formulas with names that sound cool but don’t really tell you much about the product, so I dunno), and a make-up brush (( choose between blushing, bronzing, contouring, or eye-lining)-all for just 59.00, shipping included!

No, I’m not being paid by Tarte to tell you about this promo, which is called the “Create Your Own Beauty Kit” special. As always, I freaking wish someone would pay me. Or maybe just send me a free lipgloss, or something. I would literally be the happiest girl ever. My beautiful friend Diane, who loves make-up as much as I do, posted about this deal on social media. I really really really wish I could personally take advantage of it, but I just spent a crap ton of money on make-up last week. I’m trying to be a responsible adult and exercise some self restraint. It’s not easy, and so I was hoping that by blogging about this insanely awesome deal that I’m missing out on, I could at least give myself the satisfaction of having helped another fellow make-up enthusiast to scratch the compulsive, ever present itch to buy more pretty shit they don’t need.

You’re welcome. Be sure to check out tartecosmetics.com. Let me know in the comments below what products you decided on.  I would love to hear, as long as you don’t rub it in my face too much. 🙂 If you enjoyed this post, please comment, like, and follow!

The Juiciest Baked Chicken You’ve Ever Tasted: My No-Longer-a-Secret Recipe

I discovered the culinary secret I’m about to share with you guys  while I was preparing chicken breasts for dinner one night. Chicken breast is commonly hailed  in the healthy eating world for being both  both low fat and full of protein. In the  world of what tastes good, it’s sometimes avoided  for it’s tendency to be a bit dry. Being the type A perfectionist that I am, I was determined to make my chicken breast as juicy and delicious as possible. So, I decided to play around and try something different. I washed my chicken, drizzled it with olive oil, and rubbed my favorite seasonings (a dash of salt and pepper, as well as  a few shakes of garlic powder, cilantro, and a few garlic cloves) into it. I then threw it in a gallon sized ziplock bag and proceeded to make a marinade out of…

BEER! For a pound of chicken, you can use one 12 oz. can or bottle of beer. I made two lbs, and so I used Coronas. You can use whatever type of beer you have hanging around in the refrigerator. I chose to add about three squeezes of lime juice to the mix, which is completely optional. I suggest double or triple bagging your beer soaked chicken so that it won’t leak all over the inside of your fridge.

I let my chicken marinate for an hour. If you have more time, that would probably make it taste even better. When I was ready to cook, I set my oven to 375 degrees and greased my baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil. I then placed the chicken in the dish, and poured the beer marinade over it. I chose to poke holes in the chicken with a fork, to give the beer the opportunity to seep into the meat even more.

So, I have great news and I have crappy news. The crappy news is that  making your chicken this way means it is  probably going to take longer than it  usually does to cook. I’m not entirely sure, but I think this has something to do with baking it in the alcohol. The amount of time it will take depends on how thick the cut of chicken is. I wish I could tell you a specific number of minutes, but unfortunately you’ll just have to keep an eye on it. If you’re really unsure, figure anywhere from forty minutes to an hour.  I always flip my chicken over when it looks like it’s at the halfway point. I also cut into it when it looks done, to ensure that there is no pink in the middle.

The great news is you’re going to have chicken that’s so amazing, you’ll forget about the extra time it took. I now make all of my chicken this way, regardless of whether it’s breasts, or thighs, or whatever. I have included a picture of chicken drumsticks I made recently 🙂 As you can see,  I chose to top them with extra cilantro.  FYI, these were still very slightly pink in the middle, I threw them  back in the oven for five more minutes after taking this picture.

So there you have it, my secret for making juicy, delicious baked chicken. What are some of your chicken making secrets? I would love to hear them. Kindly share them  with me know in the comments below 🙂

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Self-Made Manicure: My Favorite Nail Products

Disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way to recommend the products mentioned in this blog entry. With that being said, if there is a company in existence that would like to give me free stuff and/or pay me to provide an honest  review of their product, I would definitely love that. Let me know, ok?

Hi!

So I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite some time now. I’m a huge girly girl, and so naturally I like to keep my nails painted as much as possible. I used to have a gel overlay on top of them, which meant I had to haul my ass to the salon to get them filled every three or four weeks. My gel nails were ridiculously glamorous, but also ridiculously expensive. I’m a poor  graduate student, and so I typically try to keep my beauty routine as low maintenance (meaning cheap, lol) as I possibly can. I’ll be honest, painting my own nails isn’t the most relaxing activity in the world. It also doesn’t last nearly as long as a gel manicure from the  salon would. I usually get about 3 days of wear from each manicure. Still, the products I use allow for a smooth application. My nails always dry quickly, which is super convenient.  Painting them at home is  an easy process, and I like that it saves me money. Read on for my favorite self-made manicure products  🙂 I have included links to purchase each of them down below.

Base Coat:

I always use OPI Natural Nail base coat. I love how thin it is-I often look twice at my nails after I’ve applied it and go, “huh, did I space out and forget to use a base coat?” It looks like normal nail protector going on, and then seems to evaporate within seconds. Pretty neat.

Nail Color:

I use whatever, honestly. I have a few of the expensive polishes by Essie and OPI.  I recently  bought a Sephora for OPI 10 piece collection from amazon.com. You get ten beautiful, high quality colors for only 24.99!  (Reminder- I’ve included a link act the bottom of this entry!)  I’m also not afraid of the cheaper brands. I have polish from N.Y.C and Revlon. When I was in Mexico, I purchased this beautiful pink color from a brand I’ve never heard of for less than 100 pesos (about $6.00 in the United States). I’ll try anything that looks pretty.

Top Coat:

I will only use HK Girl  Glisten and Glow Fast Drying & Super Shiny topcoat. My friend Deana recommended it to me a couple of months ago. She is a  fellow girly-girl/nail polish addict, and so I tend to trust her product recommendations. This topcoat is phenomenal. True to it’s name, it is super glossy, and dries within minutes. It will not  cause your color to flake off sooner, the way that a lot of fast-drying formulas will.

Easy Removal:

I’m the type of girl who removes her nail polish thirty seconds after it begins to chip… I have a Type A personality, we’ve been through this before… I’m sure you could’ve guessed that chipped nails absolutely-positively irk me to my core. When the moment I’ve been dreading  inevitably happens, I break out my Cutex Twister nail polish remover. I use the one that is labelled “for hard to remove nail polish.” I insert each of my fingers  into the container  (one at a time) and gently rub my nail beds against the  sponge inside. There is also a scrub brush, but I have found that  it is not as effective as the soft sponge. My nail polish always comes off very easily. If I have  glitter  on my nails, I may need to dip them another time or two, which isn’t half bad. For me, removal takes about two minutes-tops!

You can purchase my nail favorites by clicking on the links below!

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat

10 pce Sephora by OPI

Hk Girl Glisten and Glow topcoat

Cutex Twister Nail Polish Remover

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