Friday, February 25, 2011

Diva On A Budget: Smashbox Sales

Smashbox is having a Beauty Blowout Sale on their website. They have some great products and gift sets 25% to 50% off.  I don't know how long it lasts, but they are also offering free shipping as well.

I love Smashbox products!  I use the Photo Finish Light Primer religiously.  It goes on so smoothly and helps my makeup last ALL day.  I don't know how I functioned without it.

For Christmas, Mr. Diva gave me the Smashbox Eye Wish Palette.  I LOVE it!  It comes with 12 shadows, 4 cream liners, Lash DNA mascara, Photo Finish Lid Primer, and a Look Book with 10 eyeshadow looks.  The shadow colors are so pretty and very versatile.  The golds and bronze are perfect and the purples and greys I have used a lot too.  I haven't worn the blues much yet, but they are gorgeous. The Eye Wish Palette is on sale for $33.75 from $45 during this Beauty Blowout Sale.

I wish I could have bought ALL of it, but I was able to score the Wish List gift set because I really needed the Soft Lights that is included.  I am really excited about trying the gold O-Gloss.  I was also able to get a sample of the Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer.  I haven't tried that one before, so that is another product I am excited about.

When these get here, I will let you know what I think of them.  Happy shopping!

So sorry for being so absent, my dahlings!  It has been a busy and stressful month.  BUT I have tried some new recipes I look forward to sharing and I have bought some clothes and makeup I want to review for you!  I promise to get to it as soon as I can.

Also, if you haven't yet noticed, I added a page button under the top banner for "Discount and Sale sites".  This includs my referral links to Ebates, Groupon, Ruelala, Hautelook, etc.  So if you want to join any or all of those sites, use my referral links.  It can help me get a credit and it can also help you get an extra credit depending on the site.  Thank you!

HUGS to you all!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Diva In The Kitchen: Toasted Clubs with Dill Mayo

This recipe comes from the February/March 2010 issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine.  I don't do a lot of sandwiches or burgers and wanted to find some really fresh, healthy options in that category.  These are so easy and SO good.  I love the added crunch of the alfalfa sprouts.  The colors are pretty together and the flavor is great!  Enjoy!

Toasted Clubs with Dill Mayo
2 servings

2 tablespoons fat-free mayo
1/4 teaspoon fresh dill weed, chopped
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 slices of whole wheat bread, toasted
4 thin slices of deli roast beef
4 thin slices of deli ham
2 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese
2 Bibb lettuce leaves (I didn't put any lettuce in because I only had my herb lettuce for salad)
2 slices tomato
2 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (I didn't crumble mine. I just broke them in half)
1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/4 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, dill, 1/4 tsp. lemon juice, and pepper; spread over toast.  Layer two slices of beef, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and sprouts.

Drizzle avocado with remaining lemon juice; place over sprouts.  Top with remaining toast.  Secure with toothpicks if need be.

One sandwich is 328 calories!

Diva In The Kitchen: Pork and Vegetable Broth

I am way behind in recipe updates again!  Oh my!  Since the holidays are past us now, I have a renewed excitement in trying new recipes.  This recipe comes from a book called Easy One Pot by Parragon Books.  I received it as a gift on my birthday from my friend Norm.  It has some really yummy recipes in it, but I admit this is the first one I have made so far.

Pork and Vegetable Broth
Serves 4
1 tbsp chili oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 scallions, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely sliced
2 tbsp cornstarch
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
5 1/2 oz or 150 g pork tenderloin, sliced
1 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass
1 small red chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
4 oz/115 g fine egg noodles
7 oz/200 g canned water chestnuts, drained and sliced
salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large pan.  Add the garlic and scallions and cook over medium heat, stirring, for 3 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add the bell pepper and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring.

In a bowl, mix the cornstarch with enough of the stock to make a smooth paste and stir into the pan.  Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.  Stir in the remaining stock with the soy sauce and rice wine, then add the pork, lemongrass, chile, and ginger. Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simer for 25 minutes.  Add the noodles to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the water chestnuts and cook for another 2 minutes.  Ladle into serving bowls and serve.

(The only things I did differently were:
- I used chicken breast instead of pork because I didn't have any pork around.
- I added raw baby spinach at the same time as the water chestnuts.
- I used Udon noodles instead of egg noodles.  The Udon thickened up the soup a LOT .  It became too thick the longer it sat.  Next time I will use fine rice noodles.)

This soup was very tasty and I will definitely make it again!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Diva On A Budget: Online Shopping

My favorite sites have had some pretty awesome sales lately.  I recently told you about what I bought on a trip to Lane Bryant.  So I thought I would update and review a few of the things I bought from Old Navy and Avenue.

Old Navy was/is having a great sale with clearance and new spring stuff.  I saw this Kimono-Sleeve Hoodie on sale for $19.50.
This hoodie is really cute on.  The sleeves are wide and about 3/4 length, maybe a little bit shorter.  It provides coverage while being a less warm version of a typical hoodie.  I bought a size bigger than I normally would because Old Navy seems to be making their clothes a little big smaller in some things.  The fit was almost perfect.  The only complaint I have is that it seems a tad bit long on me (I'm 5'9"), so I need to find a way to take it up a bit and make it a little more fitted through the waist.

The other thing I order was a tank similar to this.  They actually don't have the one I ordered online anymore and I forgot to save a photo of it.  It is a kelly green tank with green fabric flowers across the neckline.  It is very similar to this tank.  Very cute and only $8 on clearance!

From Avenue, I bought:
This skirt is marked down to $14.99 from $39.90.  I also had a code via Ebates for an extra 20% off, so I paid $11.99 for it.  I didn't buy it pre-Christmas because it isn't a practical purchase for me.  But I LOVE sparkles, so when it came on clearance I knew I had to get it! The skirt is a little bit see-through because of the stretchy material, so a slip is in order.  Comfort-wise, it is great! The stretchy material is comfortable and skims my curves.  I haven't worn it out yet, but the only problem I see is that the sequins at the waist are a little bit itchy.  I plan on wearing my Spanx with this anyway, so I don't think that will be an issue. And it is a perfect length for me (right below the knees).

I also bought this Beaded Tank.  Originally $22.90.  It is marked down to $12.99, and with my discount it was $10.39.  This tank is made of a silky, stretchy knit.  I really like it!  Very comfortable, great length, and pretty color.

I hope you all find some great deals while they are still available!  Have fun shopping!!

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