Mini Taco’s

If you are in need of a yummy but easy appetizer….you’ve come to the right place.  I actually made these Mini Taco for the Superbowl this year and I must say, they were a big hit.   Whats not to love….taco meat…YES….wonton wrappers….YES….cheese….YES!   People love taco’s and this makes it so easy for your guests to enjoy these bite size babies!

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Ingredients:
Won Ton Wrappers  (took me forever to find…they are in the produce area)
1 pound of hamburger or turkey meat
1 package of taco seasoning (preferable Oretega)
1 package of shredded mexican style cheese

Add On’s
olives
diced tomatoes or salsa
lettuce
sour cream
guacamole
onions

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Brown meat in a frying pan
  • Add taco seasoning and cook according to the directions listed on the package
  • Take a muffin tin and spray lightly with cooking oil
  • Add a Won Ton wrapper per muffin tin and press the wrapper down in the center forming a cup
  • Add the taco meat to each wrapper and top with cheese
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the wrapper is golden and crispy
  • Serve with your favorite toppings

I guarantee these will be a hit at your next party.   Enjoy!!!!

MM

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Olay Pro-X Advantage Cleansing System

With the wedding only a few months away….I’ve been pretty diligent with my face routine morning and night.  I finally think I have a regimen that works for me…THANK GOD!  I recently purchased the Olay Pro-X Advantage Cleansing System.  I originally wanted to buy the Clarisonic but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $150 for a face brush.  After searching around, I stumbled across the Olay Pro-X brush and figured the $20 price tag was way more budget friendly (and of course I had a coupon so it really only ended up costing $16…SCORE!)

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The brush  claims it can “cleanse skin 6x better” than basic cleansing using your hands.  It will also help maximize the immediate hydrating effectiveness of your moisturizer when applied right after cleansing.   The rotating system delivers deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation.

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I typically use it at night since that’s when I have the most gunk on my face from the day….makeup, dirt, etc.  And I usually put it on the slower of the 2 speeds.  I like that it’s water resistant for use in the shower!  I can definitely tell the difference since I started using the Pro-X brush.  My face feels cleaner and my breakouts have been minimized!

Now I can’t compare the Clarisonic to the Pro-X since I don’t own the Clarisonic but here is what people are saying who used both…

–          The Pro-X is smaller than the Clarisonic….by about half!  This makes the Pro-X easier to hold and its more lightweight.  Also makes it nice to travel with
–          The Clarisonic has more power (one would expect with it being double the size as the ProX)
–          Pro-X is powered by 2 AA batteries and the Clarisonic has a charging holder that you plug into the wall
–          While the Pro-X rotates with 2 speeds, the Clarisonic has a built in timer that tells you when you are finished and can both oscillate and rotate with a few different motions.
–          Because of the greater power with the Clarisonic, some users have said it gives their skin a polish the Olay brush didn’t

If you need an “umph” to your skincare routine and don’t want to spend a lot, I think the Olay Pro-X brush is a great tool to help you clean and exfoliate your skin beyond regular washing.  I like the fact that it’s small enough to travel with but still gets the job done.  I also feel that when I apply moisturizer or a treatment serum, it’s absorbed better!

If money wasn’t an object, I’m sure I’d buy the Clarisonic but to save $100+, I think the Pro-X brush is a steal!  And I definitely have seen an improvement in my skin.

MM

Minty Fresh

Happy Good Friday everyone!  So glad the weekend is finally here.  I’m looking forward to heading home for Easter weekend and spending some time with the family and relaxing!

And of course, Tis the season for Easter colored hues to start popping up everywhere.   Without a doubt, the “it” spring colors consist of a pretty palette of lovely lavenders, pale blues and of course, my favorite…Mint Green!  Everywhere I look these days, everyone is decked out this “mint” attire…from skinnies to blazers to accessories!  I am totally on the mint train…the color is so feminine and cheerful….perfect for spring & summer (and looks fab with a nice tan!)

Here is some “mint-spiration” courtesy of Pinterest…

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What’s great about this palette is that these colors are popping up in all the stores…from higher end shops to the more affordable places like Forever 21, Target, Express…a perfect piece for everyone’s price range!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!!!

MM

Hot Tools Pink Titanium Curling Iron & Wavy Hair Tutorial

I’m always on a quest for that perfect loose, wavy hair look.  I’ve tried so many tutorials with various curling “wands” or irons and different curl products, but never seem to have perfected it…until recently.

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I purchased the Hot Tools Pink Titanium Curling Iron in a 1 inch barrel.  I LOVE IT!  Now, I have owned other Hot Tool Iron’s before but never the Titanium.  I like how it keeps my hair super smooth and doesn’t give off that “burnt hair” smell that some other irons tend to do.   I love how it heats up quick and can get up to 450 degree in no time.  And it has a swivel cord so you don’t have to worry about the cord tangling and getting all knotted up!

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Moving on to my technique….I found this Tutorial on YouTube and it seems to work great for my hair.  I also think the 1 inch is a perfect size for this look.    Take a peak (it’s much easier to watch her than me trying to explain the process).

Now, in the tutorial, she goes back to those straight pieces that were left out of the iron and adds more texture by taking her hair into the clamp and makes an “S” shape with the iron.   My hair is much thicker so it would take me a lot longer to go through each piece so I tend to leave most of those ends straight…and I’ll maybe go through a few pieces and “S” it out.  I think this also gives a more natural, messy effect anyways so it works for me but you can totally work with your hair and figure out what looks best.

When it’s done, I will finger-comb my hair and add some Moroccan or Argon Oil.  I usually don’t add hairspray (but if I do, I’ll use a comb thru spray so it doesn’t get knotted and tangly).

There you have it….my take on wavy, beachy hair and my fabulous new curling iron purchase!!!  Hope this helps ladies!!!!

MM

Newest Obsession

If you are familiar with my blog, you will know that I’m a huge Benefit cosmetics fan.  I love everything from their packaging to the names of their products to the actual product itself.  My newest obsession from them is their They’re Real! Mascara.  I’ve always been a big fan of Bad Gal lash but when this came out, I was lucky enough to try out a sample and I fell in love!

8798546165790This bad boy lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates.   The brush offers staggered bristles to grab closest to the root for volume and lets you curl even the tiniest of lashes.  The one downsize is that it can get a bit clumpy so a little goes a long way.

Benefits Research Results:
-94% saw dramatic length and volume
-90% saw base-to-tip curl
-94% saw visible lift
-100% saw long-wearing results

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I know several friends have used this and swear by it.  If you haven’t already….TRY IT OUT!   You will be glad you did!

MM

Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad

Happy Friday!  Is it me, or has this been the longest week ever!  Maybe its the never ending snow and rain we’ve been having here in Boston.  I am so ready for Spring…its not even funny.

Anyways…..I found this really yummy Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad on pinterest a while ago.  I like how it uses Greek yogurt for the dressing….guilt free!  This baby definitely will fill you up and satisfies the “Mexican” craving in a healthy way.

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INGREDIENTS
recipe via Greens & Chocolate

2 cups shredded chicken {you could use rotisserie}
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can sweet corn
2 roma tomatoes, diced
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, diced
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 cup crushed tortilla chips

DRESSING:
1/2 cup mayo
2/3 cups Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. ranch seasoning
1 tbsp. taco seasoning

I made some slight adjustments to make it healthier….I didn’t use tortilla chips for the salad and I also omitted the mayo from the dressing.  And I’m telling you, you won’t notice its missing!  The dressing is so tasty….and for those who are wondering..NO, it doesn’t taste like yogurt when you mix in the seasonings.  I also drained my black beans & corn so it didn’t make the salads soggy.

Enjoy!

Jenny Boston Boutique

A friend of mine recently hosted a party at a super cute boutique called Jenny Boston.  They have five locations in MA…Hingham, Belmont, Medfield & Reading and one in Fairfield CT.   They carry TONS of accessories from necklaces to scarves to handbags…and the best part is that everything is very affordable.  What really sparked my interest was the fact that all of the items looked “expensive” and well made!

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They have a website… http://jennyboston.com/shop/ …but the thing is that you can’t shop on the actual website.  You either have to visit one of this 6 locations…OR you can also become a friend on Facebook.  Every Wednesday they have a “flash sale” and you can purchase through their Facebook site and they will shipped within 2-3 business days!  Its definitely worth checking out.

Here are some of their item’s from their Facebook page so you can get an idea of what they carry…

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MM

GlamGlow…

So there have been many requests for me to get back on the bloggin’ train! This year has been filled with lots of wedding planning and preparation and because of this, I haven’t been very dedicated to Mascaras & Martinis.  My goal is try to post at least once a week and see where it takes me!

In the quest for perfect skin for the Big Day, I’ve been trying out different skincare products from cleansers to serums to masks!  I finally think I found a routine that works great for my skin and there is one product in particular that seems to make a huge difference…..GLAMGLOW

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The Super Clearing Mud Mask Treatment from GlamGlow is a clay mask that helps fight all common skin concerns from breakouts to discoloration.  This particular mask target problematic skin.  They also have a Youthmud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment mask which would be ideal for people who don’t tend to have breakouts and have pretty normal skin.

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What its formulated to do…

Super Clearing – “A scientifically advanced SUPER-MUD™ clearing treatment to target, prevent, and heal problem skin..  This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns, including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hair.”

Youth Mud – “This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It activates moisturizing collagen synthesis, provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation, and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.”

It has what they call the “Acnecidic 6” ingredients in the formula. …

Glycolic – Helps Restore Photo Damaged Skin & Improves Skin Texture.
Salicylic – Helps De-clog to Minimize Pores & New Skin Rejuvenation.
Lactic – Helps Pigmentation, Moisture, Stimulation & Skin Collagen.
Mandelic – Helps Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Aging Skin & Skin Elasticity.
Pyruvic – Helps the Effects of Scaring & Clearer Skin.
Azelaic – Helps Fight Follicle Bacteria & Breakouts.

Before I purchased this, I was able to get a sample at my local Sephora .  I like to try things out before I fork over big bucks for skincare products.  Well, this product did not disappoint.  I put it on for about 20 minutes and it definitely did what it claims…pulled out all that excess dirt, oil, makeup, bacterial…..it’s basically like a vacuum for your face!  While its on, you can actually see it working.

GlamGlow NoseThis product really cleaned out my pores, help prevent future breakouts and treated some scarring & redness. And as an added bonus,  I definitely felt like I had a nice glow the next day!  The other great thing about GlamGlow is that it didn’t try me out like some other products tend to do.  Overall, very happy with the results!

The only downside is it can be pricey!  On Sephora’s website, its $69 but 1.2 ounces but I was able to find it on Cleopatra’s Choice for $50.  I find that this product is almost like a facial in a jar…if you think about how much you would spend a month on a professional facial, this product is actually not all that bad!  They say you can get 15-20 applications out of one jar.  From my research on this product, its recommended you use it it 1-3 times a week for best results.  The other option is to use as a spot-treatment.

I’ve only used it a few times so far…and I hear that the more you use it, the better your skin looks so stayed tuned!

MM

Beauty Pit Stops

It seems like these “In & Out” salons are all the rage right now….whether it’s a “ponytail hair bar” like the John Barrett Salon in NYC or a “blow dry bar” like Blo these salon’s are popping up left & right!   I personally have never had the pleasure of enjoying a service at these beauty pit stops but I have to say, I am a bit curious.

Let me explain a little more in detail….

The John Barrett Salon has a bunch of different services…The Pony Tail Bar offers celeb inspired ponytails and top knots.  You basically walk and receive a menu of images with different pony styles to choose from whether it a high sleek pony, a low messy pony or a braided pony…think Blake Lively’s go-to red carpet look!    Which brings me to the next service bar offered at the John Barrette Salon…Barrett’s Braid Bar.  I assume similar to the ponytail, they offer a slew of images (or you can always bring your own) and try to mimic it.  But this also comes with a hefty price tag…$50 for a PONYTAIL!!!!  What???  Then again, it is on the top floor of Bergdorf’s on Fifth Ave so I guess if you are in the area, you have the money to spend.  I like the concept but definitely not the price…maybe one of these days!

The Blo Salon is a little bit more realistic and affordable (and close to me…SCORE!).  They offer a range of blow-dry services on their hair menu….the Signature, the Red Carpet, High Society,  Sex Hugs and Rock & Roll, just to name a few.  The Signature blo starts at $35 which isn’t bad at all….and who doesn’t love a good blow-out???  I just would be a tad nervous they would charge me a lot more than that $35 starting price since my hair can be pretty thick and unruly!  But I do plan visiting the Boston location soon!  And if you can’t make in to the salon, they offer Blo On The Go and will show up right at your doorstep….now that’s convenient.

Lastly….this is such a fabulous concept brought to us by Fix Beauty Bar.  They basically give you a blow out while simultaneously give you a mani!!!! How genius!?!?!   Pricing isn’t all that bad….a Wash. Blow. Style. Any way you like it is $40 plus a luxe mani for $15.  Not bad!!!!  And if you are feeling really crazy…throw in a pedicure too for $35!   A Full-on Fix is $85 which includes all 3 services (and they even throw in a cocktail and snacks).  Unfortunately for me, this salon is in NYC but I suspect there will be more places like Fix Beauty Bar popping up in cities nearby so keep our eye out.

I am loving that these salon’s are working with the modern day “on the go” woman.  Whats better than a blow-out, mani/pedi and a cocktail between work and a dinner date….Genius I tell ya!

Would love to hear of anyone who has visiting one of these salons….

PictSweet Edamame Review!

Happy Hump Day!!!

Yes….I know….Its been a while.  I promise I have some good posts coming down the pipeline.  Patience my dear friends.

Wanted to share a new snack obsession….PictSweet Edamame w/ Sea Salt.  It’s a cute, individual package that you can steam up in the microwave in a matter of minutes and voila…healthy treat to get you through the day!

I know I can make my own “snack packs”….I went through this with the whole 100 calorie pack phase.  They charge you more for basically measuring it out and making cute packaging but you have to admit…these snack packs are so convenient and cute!!!  Same goes for Pictsweet’s Edamame pack.  It’s a great healthy snack with tons of fiber to fill you up and keep you satisfied.  I highly recommend if you are looking for something different to munch on during the day!!!

I am eating these little guys as I type!