Happy Friday, friends! I'm back with another round of Friday Favorites, and I think you're really going to like this one :) At least I hope so! First off, I've been trying to fix up this apartment. The "office" is still filled with boxes, but I did make some progress in decorating the bathroom this week.
The hardest decision was picking out the shower curtain, haha! The one that I really want is going to take a few weeks to ship, so I went ahead and ordered this shower curtain for only $12.50 online (check out this similar one if you want a more reputable website). I picked up all of the shelf decor from both Bed, Bath & Beyond and Homegoods. My favorite item on the shelf is this gold polka dot cup filled with white and gold brushes! I wanted the shelf to be both decorative and functional since I don't have a lot of storage space in the bathroom, which is why I have towels and toilet paper sitting out. It has been driving me crazy having a completely empty bathroom, and just these small decorations make it feel much more like "home." :)
Next, I found a new makeup product that I'm head over heels for! I have been using the this primer for the past year and really liked it, and honestly thought it was the best primer out there. This week I tested out this new veil mineral primer, and WOW. It's ten times better than my old primer! It seriously feels like you're applying silk to your face. Not only does it feel good, but it also minimizes redness and extends the durability of your makeup. The old primer was really good, but my makeup goes on smoother now and lasts for much longer now. If you're in the market for a new primer you have to try this one. I honestly never believed in the power of a good primer until about a year ago when I started using one - they really do make a difference!
I also though I'd show you a few more products I picked up from Ulta this week: another tube of my favorite foundation (in the shade medium), and two tubes of mascara since my Dior one is close to empty. I have used this mascara (on the left) for a couple of years and keep going back to it - it's hands down one of the best out there. I included a picture of the brush so you can see how fluffy it is! (I think the brush really makes a difference in the application.) I also picked up this new mascara to test it out. The verdict? I probably won't buy it again - it's hard to build up enough volume using just this mascara. Instead of throwing it away, I found that I like using a combination of both - the mascara on the right adds a finishing touch since the brush is firm and gets all the clumps out of your lashes.
Next up, I wanted to include a recipe that I am really loving this week (I've made it twice!). I ordered this spiralizer off the internet before I moved, but hadn't had the chance to use it until now. If you haven't heard of them, a spiralizer is really awesome because you can turn vegetables (zucchini, squash, carrots, etc.) into "pasta." You simply put the vegetable into the machine and it cuts it into spirals that look just like noodles. My machine came with three different attachments for different kinds of vegetables. I wrote out my recipe for Pesto Chicken Zoodles below - it is really delicious and so healthy!
Pesto Chicken Zoodles (serves two)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut vertically in half
- 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles
- 1/4 cup basil pesto (I buy this in the grocery store on the pasta aisle)
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes start to caramelize.
2. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook all the way through (I have a small George Foreman that I use to grill the chicken). Once it's done, slice the chicken and set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook the zucchini noodles over medium heat for about three minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes, chicken and 1/4 cup basil pesto to the dish and continue to cook for two minutes. You want the zoodles to be tender!
4. Toss the pasta to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Enjoy!
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Next, remember these tortoise earrings from last year? They are one of my very favorite pairs of earrings. Well, a new version is in stores this year and they are CUTE! They are currently 30% off with code SCORE.
That's all I have for you this week, friends! I'd love to hear what you're loving this Friday :)
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