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Play! by Sephora | January Box

February 10, 2016

You may or may not have noticed that I didn't mention my Sephora Play! Box in December...that's because my box never came! I was a little disappointed because the samples were ones that I was excited to try, but reaching out to Sephora's customer service was a breeze and they refunded me the $10 cost of the box and I was all set with getting my January box! The theme of January's box was "No Appointment Necessary" - meaning these were all things that would help your skin look fresh without having to visit the doctor!!
Sephora Subscription Box

Most excited for:

Sephora Subscription Box
I was most excited to try the eye mask. I really liked that I didn't have to sleep with the mask on - I had tried other under eye masks and you had to wear them overnight and they ended up everywhere except for my eyes! These stayed put and after only 15 minutes in the morning I noticed a difference. Very rarely do I notice a difference with masks, but my eyes felt less puffy and the dark circles were minimized. What I don't like is that it's $5 for only one mask, but I am keeping about two sets on hand to use before special events to be refreshed! 

Most skeptical of:

I really didn't know what to expect from the alpha beta peel, but when I heard the word peel I instantly got nervous. I was worried that my skin was going to have an adverse reaction and end up blotchy and red like when Samantha had a peel on Sex and the City. I'm happy to report that I didn't have any mishaps and actually got to use this for three consecutive days. My skin did in fact glow after this and I noticed how much tighter it felt - probably because it reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. It does tingle, but no more than any other masks I've used. 
Sephora Subscription Box
Along the same lines I was pretty weary of the Dr. Brandt Needles No More cream. This is crazy expensive for a small bottle, but it's supposedly botox in a bottle without the needles (hence the name) and the pain! I sadly can't report that I saw a huge improvement in my forehead, which was the only place I applied it to and on top of that it takes about 4 weeks using the cream twice a day to truly see results and with the small sample in the box it's impossible to get those results. I'd be interested to try the filler mask which has better reviews. 


Most used products:

Sephora Subscription Box
I have been into applying my eye makeup with sticks recently so I was exciting to try Clinque's chubby highlighting stick. This is super easy to use for adding that little bit of highlight on your cheeks and right on your brow bone! I keep it with me in my purse. Another product I keep in my gym bag is the style extender from Living Proof. I spritz a little after I'm done with my workout and my hair looks the same as it did before I worked out - I don't like to wash my hair at the gym, so this helps me get through the day! A sort of throw away product was the Tocca (Isabel) perfume. They always have one fragrance in each box and I don't really mind it because it's one of those things I keep in my desk at work and sort of forget about until I need to use it! 
Sephora Subscription Box
Was this my most favorite box? No, but it was the box that I used the products almost immediately so I was happy to get to try them out and toss the ones that I finished like the cream, peel and mask! 

How do you feel about subscription boxes? Have you tried any of these products yet?

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi

Tasty Eats | Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

February 09, 2016

It's been a while since I've done an actual recipe post and I'm excited to be sharing this one from my newest cookbook find- Happy Cooking. I skipped a few of the ingredients that I didn't think were pertinent to the recipe and it was just as tasty as the picture in the book! A couple reasons you need to try this. The first, it's a pretty impressive recipe just based on the prep alone (a little tough, but not impossible) - whoever you make it for will be mighty impressed! The second it's a great recipe to make with your significant other or a friend! Sure you could make it on your own, but it was a lot more fun prepping everything with Gary! 
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

What you'll need

  1. 4 boneless chicken breasts - cut horizontally into 2 cutlets (yields 8)
  2. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  3. ½ grated Parmesan cheese - plus 1/4 for garnish
  4. 24 whole basil leaves
  5. 1 cup all purpose flour
  6. 3 large eggs
  7. 2 cups bread crumbs
  8. 1 cup grapeseed oil (I did not use this)
  9. 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  10. 2 cups marinara sauce
  11. ¼ cup chopped parsley (I did not use this)
  12. Kosher Salt & Pepper 

Instructions

Place the chicken cutlets on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Using a meat millet, pound until it's about ¼ inch thick. 
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
This is where you are going to start to have a lot of plates - at least I did. Remove the plastic wrap and evenly season the cutlets with salt and pepper. Take 2 tablespoons of mozzarella & Parmesan and sprinkle on one side. Then you want to add basil leaves - depending on size about 2-3 on one side of the chicken. 
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
Roll the chicken up and secure with a toothpick. I'll admit this is probably the toughest part because the chicken is a bit slippery and all the cutlets are different sizes, so just take your time here! Once those are all set, place flour, eggs and bread crumbs into 3 shallow bowls - you can add a little salt and pepper to the bread crumbs and flour. This is the order you'll want to dip:
  1. flour
  2. egg
  3. breadcrumbs
  4. egg
  5. breadcrumbs
Once you've done all the dipping - in a pan over medium heat add the oils. Like I mentioned, I only used EVOO. Carefully place 4 rolls at a time in the oil and fry on each side for about 3 minutes - then repeat with the other 4. 
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
After you've fried the 8 pieces transfer them over to a baking sheet until they register to be at least 160° - the book says 5 minutes, that was a little too short for me so I actually kept them in there for 20 minutes and they were cooked to perfection. If you're super weird about your meat - I highly suggest this digital thermometer fork - I use it all the time because I'm incredibly weary about how well done my meat is. Meaning I want to be 100% positive it's cooked! 
Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
Once removed from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes and warm the marinara sauce. Add the sauce and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. I served it with a side of green beans, but you can choose anything you'd like - maybe even add some garlic bread as well! All that's left is to enjoy - oh and this meal is everyone approved and makes for great leftovers! 

Are you a fan of chicken parm? 

Weekending | Snow Storms & Birthdays

February 08, 2016

Hello there friends and happy Monday!! This weekend packed a punch in the best way possible - it came in three parts: relaxation, productivity & fun times!! Here's what we got up to! 
Friday, snow storm Lexi decided to dump a little bit of snow on the city and it made for a seriously gorgeous sunset and I stopped every chance I could to take pictures around the city! Not wanting to brave the colder temps at night we decided to stay in and watched a so-so movie that passed the time just fine - All Roads Lead to Rome  - cute and light! 
Saturday we celebrated my friend and business partner Jackie's birthday!! We took to her favorite restaurant and bar in Boston, Scampo & Alibi both at Liberty Hotel
They just switched over to their Winter menu and I feasted on the large and in charge brown butter crab cake with English mustard & pomelo aioli while Gary had the pasta carbonara - both were insanely good! I always recommend Scampo to people visiting because they are very accommodating with dietary restrictions, not that I have any, but other people in our party did! 
After dinner we made our way to Alibi! The bubbles were flowing & even though the DJ took a little while to get warmed up - I can assure you I danced so much that my feet were paying for it the next day!! 
Speaking of the next day - Sunday I woke up to breakfast in bed! Oh and remember that great DIY I mentioned with the marble tray, well my mom & dad surprised me with an early birthday present and had this bad boy sent to me! 
I spent a good part of Sunday cleaning and getting ready for the week to come!! One thing that did come was my new phone case from CaseApp. I've been wanting a new phone case and a marble colored one at that, so when the people from CaseApp reached out to design my custom iPhone case, I couldn't wait to take them up on it!! I decided to go with their clipart options and couldn't be happier with how it turned out! It's so easy to use and even easier to design! If you're in the market for a new iPhone case or custom laptop skin you can get 20% off your order with the code "BOSTONLOVE20"
Monday's can be hard - so pick the pencil that makes you feel the most in charge!! Hope you all have a great start to the week and link up below to share your weekend with us! 

*I was given a free case in exchange for an honest review - as always all opinions are my own*
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