Summer Chicken Salad

May 16, 2016

Summer means picnics. Picnics mean yummy chicken salad! I feel like there are two kinds of people when it comes to chicken salad: those that like it with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in (you know what I'm talking about...grapes, pecans, apples, almonds, celery, onion, everything else) and those that don't.

I personally like it with everything thrown in; it gives so much more flavor to plain old chicken salad! The problem is that most of those around me don't. I decided to make a yummy flavorful chicken salad without all the extras, and it is finger lickin' good!

Summer Chicken Salad

2 Tbsp chicken broth (I like this one
1 tsp sea salt
1 to 1.5 lbs chicken breast
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp ground pepper

1. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the chicken, add in chicken broth mix and sea salt. Boil until chicken is fully cooked. The broth helps add a little extra flavor to the chicken while it cooks.
2. In a separate bowl, combine dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; stir until blended. 
3. Shred chicken (I recently discovered the easiest way is in a stand-up mixer).
4. Add to bowl remaining seasonings and mix well. Gently stir in shredded chicken and chill. 

I love it on a pretzel bun with sliced tomatoes and some almond slices, but if that's too much "extra stuff" it's just as good on sliced bread or a cracker.

If you try it for your next picnic or cookout let me know how it goes! 

Golden Bronze Eye

May 11, 2016

For summer I love a bronzy eye look. The Lorac Unzipped palette is perfect for this. There is a mix of both golden and rosy bronze colors that create a beautiful look.

For a step by step, keep reading!

Golden Bronze Eye
1. Apply Unattainable all over the lower lid.
2. Apply Undiscovered on the inner corner, and blend to the crease.
3. Apply Uncensored on the outer "v" of the lid and blend to just below the crease. Using a crease brush, go over the area to softly blend out. 
4. Apply eyeliner (see this post for my current favorite).
5. Apply Uncensored on a small pencil brush to the lower lid blending lightly toward the inner corner.
6. Add mascara to the upper and lower lashes to complete the look.

Birchbox: March 2016

April 16, 2016

April is already half way over. Summer is just around the corner! Ah!

I've had a full month to test out my last let's dive in and review.

I'm always hesitant with shadow crayons - they have a tendency to crease on me or lack in staying power, but this is one of the exceptions! I also love the ease of application. It can be used as a thick liner or a full shadow. The color is called "Aspen Pine" and is a beautiful deep green. 

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
Okay...I'm still on the fence about these eye pads. The concept is great - apply, let it sit, then peel off to reveal hydrated skin. There was only one use in my birchbox, so it's a far cry to say that it worked. It felt nice, but I just don't think I would purchase due to price and the fact that I could just use a thick eye cream.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
This is one product I was really happy to see in the box. I haven't tried many Kiehl's products before, but after using this cleanser for a few weeks I would definitely try others from this line. It only takes a little, but works great!

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil
Not for oily skin. No! I also don't understand the difference in a "primer oil" and a "face oil" that moisturizes. I gave it a go, despite my better judgement, and mid-day was an oily mess. If you have dry skin this could be great. If you're like me with combo/oily skin I don't recommend.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
I feel like sea salt sprays are full of empty promises most of the time. There have been very few to work on my fine hair. Add this to the list. It just didn't work for me.

Two good products out of five is still a win! Want to get your own Birchbox each month? Sign up here!