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In My Belly in 30: Zippy ChickParm (Chicken Parmesan)

In My Belly in 30: Zippy ChickParm (Chicken Parmesan)

I love chicken parmesan. And as  you’ve probably noticed, I’m  not one of those people that has time to be completely organic, Paleo, gluten-free, etc. Sometimes, I barely have time to sit down to eat at all. That’s real life for me. Maybe your life looks different. Nothing wrong with that. So I’ve been in need of a quick and yummy chicken parmesan recipe.

In fact, I’m always looking for recipes that are delicious, easy, quick, and not completely horrible for my health.

 



 

When I find one, I add it to my monthly rotation, and I share it with everyone!

Hence, the idea for In My Belly in 30. In order for a recipe to qualify for this series, it has to be able to be cooked in 30 minutes or less, be uncomplicated, and fairly inexpensive, and not horribly unhealthy. Most importantly, it has to be delish!

 

The Dish

The first recipe I’ll share in the In My Belly In 30 series is my Zippy ChickParm. This is a super yummy and easy-to-follow recipe that is sure to please anyone you make it for.

 

So, first things first, we need wine. Today our selection comes from the Provence of the Target Clearance section. It was a whopping $2.99!

 

Get your priorities straight and start with a glass of wine

 

I almost always pour myself a glass of wine before I begin cooking because I am an adult and I can drink wine when I cook if I want to. I also feel like it gets my creative juices flowing. And I tend to pour a splash of wine into almost everything I make. Yea, sometimes my life is awesome!

Now that we have wine in hand, let’s do this!

 

 

Zippy ChickParm

Ingredients:

3 or 4 frozen breaded chicken breasts/tenderloins

24 ounce jar of marinara sauce

2 cups finely shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon white sugar

 

Ingredients for Zippy ChickParm

 

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees:

 

Oven to 425 ° F

 

Spray an 8 by 8 inch glass pan with nonstick coating:

 

8 X 8 glass baking pan

 

3. Pour about 1/4 cup (guessing is fine, exact measurements are unnecessary) of marinara sauce into the 8 X 8 inch pan. Spread evenly with rubber spatula to coat whole bottom of pan:

 

 

 

Gather garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and sugar (yea, I use cheap spices, what you gonna do about it??):

 

 

 

Measure each spice right into the jar with remaining marinara sauce:

 

 

 

Put the lid on the jar and shake very well, about two minutes, to thoroughly mix the spices into the sauce:

 

 

 

Side point: The sugar is important, so don’t skip it. It cuts the acidity from the tomatoes. I always put a teaspoon of sugar in red sauces.

Ok, back to the recipe. Next, place three or four frozen breaded chicken breasts or tenderloins into sauced pan arranging evenly.  I use Tyson brand, which you can get a big bag of at Sam’s Club or Costco. I only use three, because there’s only two of us eating during the week (so that leaves an extra for Mr. OG’s lunch the next day), but four will fit fine:

 

 

 

Pour spiced marinara sauce over chicken breasts:

 

 

 

Spread sauce evenly:

 

 

 

Sprinkle about 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese over sauce. Then sprinkle the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over the mozzarella. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over top of Parmesan. Splitting the cheese this way makes sure the Parm doesn’t get really hard on top, and both cheeses melt evenly:

 

 

 

Place dish on center rack of preheated oven:

 

 

 

 

Set timer for 25 minutes:

 

 

At this point, I like to make sure and pour myself a second glass of wine, because it take a lot of sips to get through food prep.

While the timer is going, make your sides. I like to keep it simple. I usually boil some thin spaghetti noodles (use any kind of noodle you like), and simmer some canned or fresh green beans in butter, salt and pepper. Texas toast or garlic bread is a yummy side, too.

After 25 minutes, your ChickParm should look like this:

 

 

 

Yummers!! Serve over the noodles!

 

 

 

There’s your gorgeous Zippy ChickParm! Don’t forget to pour yourself another glass of wine before digging in!

Like I promised, if you followed the instructions correctly, you will have a yummy hot meal in 30 minutes from start to finish! Also, you will likely be a little bit tipsy. What’s bad about that?

Bon Appetit!!

 

 

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Bring It Like a Broad: Grace Garfield Lends a Helping Hand!

Bring It Like a Broad: Grace Garfield Lends a Helping Hand!

Women changing the world. Isn’t that something we should be celebrating? Of course it is! Which is why I am super stoked to introduce a new monthly series here on The Bonafide Broad, called Bring it Like a Broad!

Each month, Bring It Like a Broad will feature a woman who inspires me and those around her. Some months this will take the form of interviews with women changing the world today. Other months, a lady from the past who made her mark on this world may be featured.

 



 

The purpose of this series is to highlight real women who are doing or have done the extraordinary. It is my hope that celebrating these special people and their accomplishments will help each of us to believe in the possibility of our own goals and dreams. I also hope that seeing these women changing the world will blaze paths for all the little girls out there who will grow up someday and want to join their ranks.

Without further adieu, I’d like to introduce our first Broad in this series!

 

The Broad

This is Grace Garfield:

 

Grace Garfield, founder of A Helping Hand Global

 

She is very special, which is why she is the perfect person to be the very first Broad featured in this series. Guess what? She isn’t just beautiful on the outside!

Grace is a twenty-year-old woman who is bound and determined to change the world for the better! In fact, she is helping people in need every single day. I had the privilege of meeting Grace a few months ago, when my sister briefly lived with her, and I can honestly say she has changed my life for the better. She is a person that radiates love and motivation. Her drive is more contagious than a yawn!

Grace is the founder of A Helping Hand Global. What is that, you ask? I’ll let her explain:

Grace: A Helping Hand Global is a 501(c)(3) based in Vancouver, WA. We distribute free “Care Kits” to women through our connections into other nonprofits and programs that serve people in need.  In these Care Kits we provide free and necessary feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads, pain relievers, hand sanitizing wipes, and feminine wipes. We are excited to provide a few women with eco-friendly options such as menstrual cups and reusable pads.

Grace is truly an amazing person, and I want you Broads to know her a little better. She may just change you like she has changed me and so many others! I had a chance to ask her a few questions, and her replies are insightful and super motivating. Enjoy!

 

THE INTERVIEW

ME: What is your background?

GRACE: I was nothing spectacular in school. For example, I wasn’t great at math, or science, or basically anything that didn’t genuinely interest me as a person. While I was an average student, it was probably more toward the lesser than average student. I think I had a C average. I’m not ashamed at all, the school system sucked.

My freshman year I was accidentally placed into an Intro to Marketing class with a Mr. David Johnson. Trust me when I say this, it really did change my life. My teacher pulled me aside and told me I had an actual knack for business and marketing.

[Over] the next 3 years, I qualified for state and went to international competitions twice. It was the only thing I was authentically good at, and it felt awesome. After graduation, I took some classes at Clark College. I didn’t do too well there either.

For anyone who understands this, I’m an INFP in the Myer Briggs scale of personalities. I highly recommend this quiz (https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test). Being an INFP means that my job or what I do with my time has to align with my values, emotions, who I am, and who I want to be. Above all, am I being authentic? So I stopped going to school to figure me out.

 

 

Grace holding one of her feminine care kits

 

 

ME:  How did you come up with the idea for A Helping Hand? What was your motivation for creating a nonprofit?

GRACE: My family went down to Louisiana when they had bad flooding last year. I had to work and didn’t have the funds to go and help, and I was really, really, really disappointed. I am an able-bodied person with first-aid and CPR training, and I wanted to go. But I had to work.

I thought to myself, “What can I do myself, here in Washington?” I thought of sending food and blankets, but a lot of people already had that covered. Over the next few weeks, it was like I was searching for an answer but I didn’t even know where to really start. I mean, a lot of people were helping.

As life happens, I got my period and went about my normal life. I then thought to myself, “I don’t ever hear about people donating feminine supplies to people, ever.” On no occasion, in TV-series, movies, documentaries, nobody talks about women’s menstrual cycles, ESPECIALLY when there is a natural disaster. My creativity stepped in and I started thinking about sending tampons in basically Altoids cans. [They would be] durable enough to last, waterproof while being light, and easy enough to transport to disaster areas.

Through a lot of back and forth with my good friend Sam, I was able to come to our current “Care Kits.” I also didn’t like the idea of waiting for a natural disaster to occur to be able to send help, so I made our mission to provide free Care Kits to any woman, in any situation, for free.

 

 

A feminine care kit created by A Helping Hand Global

 

 

​The actual ideas and prototypes started in late 2016. By January of this year, I was ready to commit my time and money to get this started. I built my website myself. I started my first campaign and received many positive reactions. It was so exciting people liked my idea! [Over] the next few months, I started to become legal and [figure out] why I wanted to do something like this. It was never about the money, so a nonprofit was an obvious choice for me.

I don’t want to toot-my-horn or anything, but I did everything myself. I did press releases, business plans, writing Board Member handbooks, finding board members, etc. The weird thing is the paperwork was the easiest thing to do out of everything. It wasn’t that hard. I had to file with the Secretary of State for an EIN. (employer identification number) so I could then go to the IRS to finish the rest of the paperwork.

 

ME: Can you walk me through step-by-step how you got the ball rolling and got to where you are today?

GRACE: I filed with the Secretary of State to register and get an EIN. I then followed the IRS website word for word, found what paperwork I needed, printed it off at work (lol), and then paid the fees and registered. The legal formalities of Articles of Incorporation and liabilities were a little complicated, but I just dedicated some time to studying, and I figured everything out.

 

 

 

A Helping Hand Global’s logo

 

ME: What obstacles have you faced along your journey, and what have you done to overcome them?

GRACE: Time mostly. I worked as a CNA and an office administrator when I first started getting the ball rolling. It was very difficult [to be] working 40+ hours a week caregiving and not making decent pay and still have energy and motivation to work on my nonprofit. The nonprofit only works when I have time to push it forward; otherwise it stagnates. I wish I could run my non profit full-time, but I have to find a balance.

 

ME: Did you ever feel like giving up? If so, how did you pull through and move forward?

GRACE: I feel like I’m letting everyone down when I don’t have time or energy to put into my nonprofit. I know what steps I need to take, I know my plan, but on the day-to-day it’s difficult to push forward with a few hours here and there. It helps to move forward knowing that Rome wasn’t built in a day; I always get ahead of myself. It’s so easy to be stagnate with seeing how much further you need to go, but I got here, so I will get there eventually.

 

Original artwork on one of A Helping Hand Global’s feminine care kits

 

ME: Do you have a quote or mantra that you tell yourself to keep yourself going?

GRACE: John 15:12- “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

Deuteronomy 15:11- “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”

Acts 20:35-  “I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

ME: You said you have a regular job outside of A Helping Hand, AND you go to school. How do you balance your obligations and find the time to get everything done?

GRACE: It’s very hard. Sometimes I’ll go a few days without focusing on my nonprofit just because of life. I work as a CNA for adults with developmental disabilities. I’m currently working on getting certifications so that I will be qualified to work with children with developmental disabilities.

 

  

Original artwork on one of A Helping Hand Global’s feminine care kits

ME: Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire the most, or who has given you inspiration to accomplish what you have?

GRACE: My grandmother Jean Simmons. She passed away a few years ago and it’s still hard on me. She was a bigger-than-life person and she had an even bigger heart. Everywhere she went, she helped and loved.

She worked closely with Must Ministries down in Marietta, Georgia for years. They are a program that helps people in a few towns with food, job preparations, resume builders, business clothes, elderly help, school programs, holiday programs. They just do everything you can imagine for their people in need. I mean, just the love and sense of service is an amazing thing to behold.

My grandmother was the one who started a backpack program for children so that everyone would have food, new school supplies, new clothes, everything to help them achieve their education. She started it small and it grew to be HUGE. I remember fondly helping her with her annual back-to-school event. She taught me so much and I am blessed to be following in her footsteps.

 

 

Original artwork on one of A Helping Hand Global’s feminine care kits

 

 ME: What are your future goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?

GRACE: I’m not really sure and I don’t really care. As long as my nonprofit is functioning and helping women, then that is my goal. I hope to build my non profit very similarly to Must Ministries. To provide business clothes to women, have volunteers to help build their resumes and find jobs, find affordable houses, and just anything I can do to help someone in need to live their best life.

 

ME: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

GRACE: Take a deep breath.

 

 

Original artwork on one of A Helping Hand Global’s feminine care kits

 

ME: What is your best advice for others who want to achieve a goal similar to what you have achieved?

GRACE: You are here on this earth for a reason. You have unique and beautiful gifts that only you have. Your passion and spark is what makes you POWERFUL. Use that passion and don’t look back. The best things happen when you come out of your comfort zone. Do not be scared of failing. Laugh, and live. You’ll have a blessed life when you follow your soul.

 

 

A final thought from Grace:

GRACE: I will never have any education or requirements to work or volunteer with me and my nonprofit. We are here to help each other through life by showing love and generosity to others. I hope you’ll come with me on this journey. If you would like to be partners, become a donor, or be a sponsor please contact me. I’m excited to start new relationships!

 

 

Original artwork on one of A Helping Hand Global’s feminine care kits

 

My final thoughts:

See what I mean, Broads? It’s impossible to learn about Grace without wanting to change the world yourself! If there’s one thing Grace has taught me, it’s that nothing is too big, and if the motivation behind your actions is truly good, you can be an unstoppable force.

Good luck Grace! We are all rooting for you, and walking behind you, using the footsteps you’ve created to guide us!

 

 

More Information on Grace Garfield and A Helping Hand Global

If you would like more information about A Helping Hand Global, Grace, or anything else in this article, here are some resources for you:

A Helping Hand Global website:
www.ahelpinghandglobal.com

A Helping Hand Global’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ahelpinghandglobal/

Grace’s LinkedIn account:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-garfield-60576754/

Contact Grace:
gracegarfield@ahelpinghandglobal.com

 

Is there a woman you know personally who inspires you and others in some way? There are no guidelines–if a gal you know is one of the women changing thew world everyday, we want to know her!

Please email me if you have a lady you want to see featured in Bring It Like a Broad.

 

You can also email me with any questions or comments you may have: theog@thebonafidebroad.com.

 

Have great day, my pretties!

 

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Six Easy and Creative Ideas For Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

 

Hello Broads! Now that we have all risen from our holiday-induced food comas, we have to address the pounds and pounds of leftovers free-riding in the kitchen.

 



 

What to do? Sure, today you’re eating turkey sammiches with cranberry sauce and cream cheese, but isn’t there more? What else can you concoct with these marvelous heaping piles of left-behinds?

The following are six of my favorite unique ideas for your leftovers that will be as good, if not better, than the original feast!

 

 

Eggnog French Toast Casserole with Cranberry Compote

 

 

 

This works best if bread is slightly dry or stale for maximum absorption. You can leave bread out overnight. If you forget, no biggie.

 

Casserole Ingredients:

4 large eggs

4 cups eggnog

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

8 large slices slightly stale bread

 

Compote Ingredients:

2 cups cranberry sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup wine

 

Instructions:

Grease a 9 by 12 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange 8 pieces of bread in dish, slightly overlapping each other.

Whisk together first six ingredients until well blended. Pour over bread, coating evenly. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Leave dish covered with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

 

For cranberry compote:

In medium saucepan, combine leftover cranberry sauce, vanilla, brown sugar, and wine (red or white, or even the stale champagne leftover from last night). Bring to boil. Turn heat down and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until thickened up.

Serve 2 pieces french toast topped with 1/2 cup cranberry compote. Drizzle with pure maple syrup.

 

 

Breakfast Stuffing Hash

 

 

Breakfast hashes are great ways to use up leftovers from lots of different types of meals. A day-after-thanksgiving hash is one of the best! You will make this part of your yearly tradition after trying it once.

 

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, diced

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced

2 cups frozen diced potatoes

1 cup stuffing

1 cup diced turkey

1 cup shredded cheese

 

Instructions:

In a large heavy cast iron skillet, saute diced bacon over medium heat, until slightly crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.

Melt butter in bacon grease. Toss in diced onions and frozen potatoes, and cook until potatoes are golden brown and onions are translucent, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Return bacon to pan, and mix in stuffing and diced turkey. Cook until everything is heated through. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Serve topped with an over-easy or over-medium fried egg.

 

 

Mashed Potato Bowls:

 

 

I love mashed potato bowls! Something about the layers of amazing leftovers mixing together, so you get a bit of each in every bite, is just perfect and comforting. These one-dish-wonders are easy and forgiving, and you can put pretty much anything you want in them. Here’s my favorite way to have them:

 

Ingredients:

Mashed potatoes

Stuffing

Turkey, shredded or diced

Green beans

Gravy

Shredded cheese

 

Instructions:

Layer ingredients in order in a microwave safe bowl. I usually put about even amounts of each (with extra gravy, of course), but adjust according to your taste. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Bon appetit!

 

 

Turkey Pot Pie:

 

 

Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, taught me how to make fantastic turkey pot pie. I add a few of my own little twists, but credit goes to Ree for the basis of this deliciousness.

 

Ingredients:

2 frozen pie crust sheets

2 cups chopped turkey

3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced carrot

splash of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup frozen peas

salt and pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

I try keep pre-made pie crust sheets and frozen peas in my freezer, which makes this dish a cinch.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Melt a stick of butter in a deep skillet on medium heat. Add diced onion, celery, and carrot. Stir in a splash of Worcestershire sauce and paprika (i like to use Smoked Spanish paprika). Saute until veggies become slightly translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.

While veggies are sauteing, coat your 8 or 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray, and press a pie crust sheet into it.

Add roughly chopped leftover turkey to veggies and let warm up for about a minute. Then mix in flour. You want to get the starchy taste out of the flour, so let mixture simmer for about 4 or 5 minutes. Stir in low sodium chicken broth, heavy cream, and frozen peas. Allow to come to a soft boil, stirring frequently so cream doesn’t scorch. When it has thickened up, season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pour mixture into prepared pie crust. Top with another sheet of pie crust. Trim both about 1/2 inch wider than the pie pan, and crimp bottom and top crusts together by pressing with a fork. Make four small slits in center to allow steam out.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.

 

 

Fancy Turkey Salad

 

 

This is such a versatile salad! You can eat it alone, on bread, in a wrap, or over a couple of cups of greens. The Greek yogurt keeps the base healthier and less fatty, but the mayonnaise retains a needed creaminess. This beats plain old turkey on rye!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups diced leftover turkey

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 sticks celery, diced

1 medium apple, diced

1/2 cup finely sliced green onion

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1/2 cup raisins, lettuce, 1/4 cup cranberry sauce

 

Instructions:

Combine turkey, almonds, celery, apple and green onion in large bowl and stir until combined.

Mix Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, dried mustard, salt and pepper in smaller bowl. Stir very well, then add to larger bowl with turkey. Toss everything together. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to marry, if possible.

I like to spread cranberry sauce over two slices of bread, add a piece of lettuce and about 2/3 cups of turkey salad and enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

 

 

Pie milkshakes are a stroke of genius. Whoever the hell thought of stuffing a piece of pie into a blender with ice cream was a hero. They probably rescued children from burning houses and kittens from trees on the daily.

This milkshake is nothing short of decadent! One piece of pie make 2 milkshakes. Just in case you need another!

 

Ingredients:

1 piece of pumpkin pie (1/8 of the pie)

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Whipped cream and nutmeg for garnish

 

Instructions:

Add all ingredients except whipped cream garnish nutmeg into blender. Cover and blend on medium speed until there are no chunks left. Pour into two glasses. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg and enjoy!

 

 

There you have it! My top favorite recipes to create with the stacks of leftovers from Thanksgiving.

Now you won’t get sick of turkey sammiches and just end up throwing away all those leftovers. Waste not want not, they say!

In fact, after trying each of these, I bet you’ll start looking forward to the days after Thanksgiving just as much as the actual day!

 

Happy Holidays Broads! Now get those Christmas trees up!

 

 

 

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Boxycharm Subscription Box: November 2017 Unboxing!

Boxycharm Subscription Box: November 2017 Unboxing!

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

NOTE: This post may contain referral and/or affiliate links, so I make a commission from some of them. However, I promise I will NEVER recommend a product unless I have personally tried it or have done research and would purchase it myself. I will also remove anything from my blog that is unsatisfactory for any reason, so please contact me if you encounter a problem or issue with any product I recommend.

 

 

THE BOX:

November November I’m ready for what you have to offer me! Let’s do this!

 

 

I just LOVE the moment I open my box, before I can see what’s included. Look how pretty! And it’s all mine!

Boxycharm selected the perfect theme for November. The weather is getting chilly and we’re all pulling out our boots, gloves, scarves, long socks, beanies and coats. Yep, it’s Sweater Weather.

There is always a nice little information card that describes what products you are getting and their retail value. Like so:

 

 

 

Let’s check out the items:

The first thing I notice (maybe cuz it’s giant, white, and on top of everything else) is the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, which I actually saw a spoiler for on My Subscription Addiction.

 

 

It’s so pretty! I’ve really been looking forward to getting this item. The value is great! The info card lists a retail price of $31, which more than covers the cost of the box, and it’s the first item!

The info card explains that this product is meant to be used as a spray to set your makeup for long-wear (all day, in fact). It mentions that this will impart instant, all-over illumination.

Ok, so I sprayed two pumps onto my hand. I don’t know if it was because I sprayed too close or too much, but it was instantly dripping down and off my hand. By rubbing it in, I was able to get a decent picture of what it might be supposed to look like.

I had to blend it A LOT, though. Here it is:

 

 

Broads and Boy-Broads, this is VERY reflective. I mean, it makes it look like I covered my hand with aluminum foil. Whoa!

This result has me wondering about using this as an all-over spray. I’m a little afraid that if I spray it directly onto my face, it will just drip down and cause super reflective tear drops all over my makeup. If I spray it too far away, will it get all over me and my clothes and turn me into a ball of runny light?

I think the way I will try use this is to spray it onto my finger or a beauty blender first, and then rub it into strategic places (cheek bones, brow bones, Cupid’s bow, etc.) on my face to maximize dewiness but minimize me turning completely white when cars drive by me at night (you know, like reflective street signs do).

One thing I’m sure of, I’m not gonna do a whole face worth of makeup and then spray this on top, because I’m lazy and am afraid the result may ruin all my efforts. Did I mention I’m lazy?

What I really need to do is spray this on to my face after I’ve just washed , so I’ll be clean and makeup free. That way, I’ll get a good feel for what it will look like used as a setting spray. I’m still excited about this product, it’s just a little different than I anticipated.

I checked it out online, and the Illuminating Setting Spray retails for $31 on the Cover FX website, just as the info card stated.

 

 

Moving on, the next item that catches my eye is the Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set. I’m a big fan of Luxie, so this is exciting!

 

 

These are nice looking brushes. One thing you can’t tell from the picture is that they are quite a bit shorter than a typical makeup brush. Hence the travel aspect, I assume. This set includes brushes 207T, 213T, 221T, and 227T. According to the info card, these retail for $32.

I visited the Luxie website to compare pricing. Unfortunately, because this is a set created specifically for Boxycharm, it doesn’t sell on the website. I was unable to find a set that has all four of these same brushes. So I priced them out individually.

The 207, 213, and 221 brushes retail for $12 each. The 227 brush is not sold individually. I found similar brushes in a couple of their sets. Bummer, because this happens to be my favorite brush in this set, a blending brush, and I’d like to know the value.

For the sake of this blog post, let’s just say that, like the others, the 227 brush would cost $12. That would be $48 for all four brushes.

I haven’t decided if I’ll keep this set or add them to someone’s Christmas gift, but these are a great addition to the box this month. Good job Boxycharm!

 

 

Next I see the KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks.

 

 

I get a lot of masks in subscription boxes, which suits me fine, but I don’t get a lot of lip masks, so yay! When I realize Boxycharm threw in three of them, I’m stoked man. I can have a couple friends over and we can do lip masks together. Or I can slip these into the stockings of a couple of friends around Christmas time. Perfect!

Either way, I will definitely be using one of these lip masks for myself. Since moving to Flagstaff, I’ve had to carry chap stick everywhere because it’s so dry! My lips need some TLC. I’m excited to see the results!

According to the info card, these masks are $15, so they run about $5 each. This was confirmed when I checked out other sites. Nordstrom sells a set of five for $25, so pretty spot on.

 

 

After using the lip mask, a natural next item to turn to would be the Laqa & CO Cloud Lips. I’m unfamiliar with this brand. I love meeting new makeup and skincare brands, so nice to meet you Laqa & CO (shakes hand).

 

 

This lipstick is very pigmented, which I love. It has a matte finish, but it isn’t heavy. It’s made with avocado oil, so it feels nice and light on your lips (or hand).

I was pleasantly surprised by the shade I received, because I have so many nude lipsticks from subscription boxes. I realize the reason for this–a medium nude color seems to look good on all skin shades and types. But it’s nice to get a lipstick that makes a statement. Check it:

 

 

Isn’t that a fun pop of color? Very feminine. It’s a full-coverage lipstick, so it doesn’t take much to get a nice intense lip. This is definitely not a color I personally would wear during the day. However, it’s perfect for a date, or a girls night out. It just screams FUN to me! This will go into my night out lipstick rotation.

The info card says this item retails for $17. Sure enough, that’s exactly what I see it for on the manufacturer’s website. Not bad!

 

 

 

The final item in this months box was at the very bottom, and it’s GORGEOUS!! It’s the Winky Lux Kitten Pallet.

 

 

When I opened it up, I was super happy. These are great colors! I was even more excited after swatching the colors.

 

 

Very beautiful, and a nice mix of lights, neutrals, and jewel colors. I can’t wait to play around with it!

The info card explains that this palette retails for $25, which is exactly the price you will find it for on Winky Lux’s website.

 

**Side Rant** The other day I saw someone comment in a Boxycharm Facebook group that they were “so over” palettes. It almost broke my ears. I can promise I will never be “over” palettes, ESPECIALLY when they come in a subscription box! For one, when you get a palette in a subscription box, the palette alone is almost always worth more than the cost of the WHOLE BOX! Second, they are always beautiful and have a nice variety of shades and textures. And lastly, if I end up not really wanting the palette, they make excellent gifts for your family or friends. How can any of that be bad? I will always hope for a palette in my box! **Rant Over**

 

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As usual, Boxycharm nailed it this month! They always give such a nice variety of items, and the value is consistently top-notch.

The total value of everything, according to the information card sent with the products is $120. I found all of these items online for $136. So, to buy these same items actually costs more than Boxycharm determined, because of the exclusive Luxie Eye Quad Travel Set.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month. Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Thanks Broads!

 

 

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Ipsy Subscription Box:  November 2017 Unboxing!

Ipsy Subscription Box: November 2017 Unboxing!

Ipsy is a fantastic monthly subscription box, created by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, as well as Marcelo Camberos and Jennifer Goldfarb. It’s been around since 2011, and is the very first subscription box I ever tried back in 2015.

When you sign up, you complete a beauty profile quiz, which determines the products you receive in your bag. Some subscribers don’t think the quiz makes much of a difference, but I have noticed I almost never get hair products, which was what I specifically stated in my beauty quiz that I didn’t want. It seems like they’re listening.

 



 

I stick with Ipsy because it’s only $10 a month, you get 4 or 5 deluxe-sized or full-sized products that always come in a cute little makeup bag, and the company’s website says the value of each bag is around $50.

Another thing I LOVE about Ipsy is that you get points for reviewing the products in the bag, and you get to trade in your points for extra items. I’ve gotten several awesome items from my points, like a full-sized concealer, an eye shadow palette, and a crystal nail file.

It’s also exciting because your bag comes in a bright pink shiny bubble mailer. Every time I see that super shiny pink in my mailbox my heart flutters with happiness!

 

NOTE: This post may contain referral and/or affiliate links, so I make a commission from some of them. However, I promise I will NEVER recommend a product unless I have personally tried it or have done research and would purchase it myself. I will also remove anything from my blog that is unsatisfactory for any reason, so please contact me if you encounter a problem or issue with any product I recommend.

 

Let’s check out this month’s bag:

 

 

I saw a spoiler for this bag on the Ipsy app, and subscribers will receive it in either blue or yellow. I’m so glad I got blue!

First thing, your bag will have a little info card that explains why they chose the specific theme they did, as well as some sort of online promotion-type thing they are featuring for the month.

 

This month’s theme is: All You

 

 

I like that they are featuring real life Ipsters (the company’s nickname for subscribers) this month. They usually feature popular online beauty influencers, so it’s fun to see real life people.

I just wish they would put the approximate value of each product on the card. However, they tailor boxes to each person, so it would probably cost a lot to make different cards with specific products for each subscriber. I get it.

 

 

The first item I’m drawn to is that fantastic colorful box with the tiger on it. It’s the Glamour Dolls Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer. Here’s what the actual item looks like:

 

 

I got instant nostalgia, because it reminded me of the Lisa Frank brand that all of us 90’s ladies loved in grade school. I mean we had Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, pen boxes, peechees, lunch boxes, book covers, etc! And, of course, we put Lisa Frank stickers on everything!

I was delighted to see this is ACTUALLY a Lisa Frank inspired item!

Here’s what it looks like swatched:

 

 

It’s nice and subtle, but definitely buildable. I like that it isn’t super orange-y (although my hand makes me look like an Ooompa-Loompa). This will be used for sure.

This item retails for $4.99 on the Glamour Dolls website.

 

Next up is this gorgeous makeup brush by slmissglam. On the side of the brush, it says it’s the B36 tapered brush.

 

 

What a beautiful color, and the little rhinestones are a nice touch, too!

I couldn’t find this exact brush anywhere. I believe it was made specifically for Ipsy (You, know, cuz it says IPSY right on it).

However, I did find several brush sets on the slmissglam website with tapered highlight brushes in them. By dividing the cost of the brush set by the number of brushes included, I determined that the average individual price for a tapered highlight brush from slmissglam is about $15. We’ll go with that.

 

 

The next item I see is by Too Faced, a brand I love. It’s their Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray.

 

 

Truth be told, I’m disappointed in this item. It’s so tiny that I don’t even want to try it on my hand, for fear I’ll use it all.

I have tried the Too Faced Hangover Replenish Primer (the one in the tube), and it’s a good primer. This is taking that primer a step further and turning it into a multitasking spray that Too Faced claims can work as a primer, moisturizing mist and/or setting spray. It’s packed with fantastic ingredients like coconut oil and probiotics to boot!

Since I can’t try it on, I went online to see what people are saying about it. Apparently it’s a pretty decent product. The general consensus I seemed to find is that it works best as a refreshing spray over your makeup throughout the day. So I’ll try it that way this week at work. We’ll see. I’m a little disappointed though.

This is $32 online at Ulta, for the full-sized version. Since this sample size is so tiny, it comes out to a value of about $1.42

 

 

Now I am turning my focus to the product by Tarte, another brand I love. This is their Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush, which I’ve heard good things about.

 

 

Subscribers received one of three shades: feisty, quirky, or idol. I got feisty. This is a gorgeous shade! Here it is swatched:

 

 

It’s VERY subtle, and I even tried to build it up a little. But I always think subtle is good in blush. It’s so easy to get clownish with too much blush. So I’m good with the subtlety.

This is their mini-travel sized version. At .05 ounces, it’s a quarter of the size of the regular one. I found this size and shade on Amazon for $10.50 with free shipping. The full-sized version is $29.99.

 

 

The last product in this month’s bag is the Touch in Sol Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation. Subscribers will get either Shade #23 Natural Beige or Shade #21 Nude Beige. I got #23 Natural Beige, which looks like this swatched:

 

 

The left picture is after barely rubbing it in, and the right is after blending it well. This is a perfect shade for me, as it disappears completely into my skin color. It felt very light, but with good coverage. It’s buildable, and not even a little cakey. Ipsy recommends on their website that you warm this up in your fingers before applying and it will be much more blendable. It has SPF 30, too, which rocks!

This bottle is 10 ml, which is a third of the size of their full-sized version. The full-sized version can be found on Amazon for $22.98, so I’m gonna divide that by three, making the value of this deluxe sample $7.66.

I will likely use this in the spring and summer, when I switch to a lighter, more dewy foundation. Can’t wait!

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This month’s Ipsy was pretty damn good. The value I calculated came to $39.57, and that doesn’t factor in the makeup bag. So the value is about 400% of the cost. Totally worth $10 in my book.

The real disappointment was the tiny Hangover Spray. I mean, come on, what’s the point of a sample that small, especially when it’s a spray? Just stupid.

Ipsy nailed it with everything else though, so I can’t put too much emphasis on the one disappointment.

 

I am not paid or affiliated with Ipsy in any way. I buy a monthly subscription like everyone else.

I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link, we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

Talk to ya lata Broads!

 

 

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