January 30, 2015

5 For Friday: $250 Sephora Giveaway


TGIF! We're heading into the big game day weekend but as usual I would rather be talking makeup. Here's a few newer products available at Sephora that I've had my eye on and would love to try out:

1. Smashbox Double Exposure Palette: Hopefully you caught my review on the Full Exposure Travel Palette, now feast your eyes on this 14-shadow palette-- swoon!

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream: Even in SoCal my skin gets so dry in the winter, like parched. I love the Intense Therapy hand cream so I would love to try this out.

3, Josie Maran Argan Color Stick: I have totally jumped on the argan oil bandwagon and have been trying out new argan-infused color cosmetics. This one is definitely on my must-try list!

4. Dior House Of Pinks 5-Colour Eyeshadow: If you've been reading along the past few weeks then you know about my obsession with dusty, pinks. How gorgeous are the colors in this palette?

5. tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner: This squeezable cream liner just looks so cool and just screams "TRY ME!" The liner packaging is so different from anything else on the market that I'm totally running out and getting it this weekend!

Now, it's your turn...what are some of your must-haves or new items you want to check out from Sephora? Keep that wishlist handy because this week I've teamed up with some awesome bloggers to give away a $250 Sephora gift card! Check out the details below on how to enter:


GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $250 Sephora Gift Card
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 2/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!
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Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

January 29, 2015

Got the Blues



Dress: Sherry Lou Studio | Crossbody Bag: Sherry Lou Studio | Booties: Steve Madden (similar) | Necklace: Sole Society | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Rings: Forever21

Happy Thursday! I need to get some new outfit photos taken and almost wasn’t going to post this week until I remembered I had these shift dress images from the Sherry Lou Studio photo shoot from a couple months back. I rarely wear bright colors but there’s just something about this gorgeous cobalt shade and I love the brown color-blocking and exposed zipper on the back side—gives the dress a little something unexpected— very mod, very cool.


Exciting news, we just adopted a new kitty! He’s such a cutie and such a little lover—he’s white with orange tabby markings on his tail, face and ears. He had been hanging around one of the truck yards where Steve works  and needed a home—how could we say no to this lil face? Hopefully our other cat will adjust quickly! Oh, and we decided on a name-- Scooter!

Linking up with: Thursday Favorites,  Throwback ThursdayWhat I Wore To Work#WIWTSpotlight Weekly,  Little FridayFavorite Fashion FridayFriday's Fab FavoritesCasual FridayConfessional Friday, Let It ShineStyle To InspireManic MondayWatch What I'm Wearing Mix It MondayStyle Sessions, Trend SpinConfident TwosdayTremendous Tuesday,  Random Wednesday,  Tucker Up I Feel Pretty,  What I Wore


January 28, 2015

#MadeWithChobani: Grilled Lemon Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce



To me, grilling reminds me of summer even through here in California it's grilling weather pretty much all the time. If your'e stuck in the snow and cold, bring a little summer into your home with this meal. The lemon and tzatziki sauce made with Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt bring such a fresh, cool taste that takes you to the shores of the Mediterranean. Not able to grill on the BBQ outside? Get a grill pan and grill over the stove!


Lemon Grilled Chicken
Ingredients:
~1 lb. Chicken Breast
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 Lemon,  juiced and zested
1 tbso. Garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
Salt & Pepper
1 Red Onion, cut into chunks


Cut chicken breast into skewerable (is that a word? I just made it one!) chunks (or leave whole) and place into a zip-close bag. Whisk marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Marinade 6-8 hours or overnight. After marinading, put chicken onto skewers with red onion, I added lemon wedges to the skewers for extra flavor. Cook on grill until done. Serve with below tzatziki sauce, rice and pita or flatbread.


Tzatziki Sauce
Ingredients:
1 cup Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt- Plain
1 tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1 tbsp Dill, finely chopped
1/4 cup of chopped cucumber
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate several hours to allow flavors to blend together. Serve with lemon grilled chicken, falafel or as a veggie dip!


This post was not sponsored by Chobani, no monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.


January 27, 2015

January 26, 2015

Rockin' Out: Rocksbox Review

House of Harlow 1960 Teepee Triangle Necklace in White via Rocksbox
I’m not going to lie, creating an outfit to post without using the same pieces over and over can be a struggle. Sometimes I’ll look at a blog and can’t help but wonder, “How much clothes/shoes/accessories does this girl have??” First world problems, right? While I’m always trying out new combos with pieces I already own, I do try to incorporate new items so I’m not always wearing the same top, shoes, or even jewelry. For the last couple months however, you may have noticed that I’ve had a good rotation of accessories and it’s all thanks to Rocksbox.

Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service with an “ever-rotating selection of jewelry” chosen by stylists and sent directly to you. When you sign up, you are asked to fill out a style profile which will help the stylists figure out your style so they can curate your box. Think of it as, designer jewelry on loan.

When I first heard of Rocksbox, back in 2013 I believe, I had seen it mentioned on another blog and wasn't impressed with the selection of jewelry that I saw. Since then the company has grown so much and has added so many fantastic and popular designers to their roster. I have been receiving jewelry from favorites such as House of Harlow 1960, Gorjana, and CC Skye as well as discovering new companies and designers such as Wanderlust + Co., Slate, Margaret Elizabeth (OBSESSED!) and more. I love how personalized the boxes and picks are, here’s a few other I have received:
Wanderlust + Co. Baguette Crystal Necklace
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle in White | Gorjana Roya Shimmer Ring | Wanderlust + Co. Baguette Crystal Necklace
CC Skye Nail Bangle in Gold  | Gorjana Vista Cuff Ring  | SLATE Spectrum Necklace

SLATE Spectrum Necklace via Rocksbox

Each month is $19 (or 6 months for $99), and they will send you a box filled with three items based on your style. For me, it’s a ring, bracelet and necklace because I don’t wear earrings. I can keep the box and wear my stylist-picked jewels for as long as I want and when I want a new box, I keep the ones I want and ship back the ones I don’t. There is no limit on the amount of boxes you can get and jewelry to try in a month and shipping is free both ways (YES!). You can purchase the pieces you fall absolutely in love with at a discounted 20% member pricing. Icing on the cake.  Am I keeping my subscription? Definitely!

 Margaret Elizabeth Ten Stone Bangle | Wanderlus + Co. X Double Crystal Gold Ring | House of Harlow 1960 Teepee Triangle Necklace

Margaret Elizabeth Ten Stone Bangle via Rocksbox

If you’re an accessory addict like me, start rocking Rocksbox today! Sign up using my code amandaxoxo1 and you’ll receive your first month FREE! Hurry and sign up now here because this this promotion ends 1/31. 

Have you heard of Rocksbox? Are you a member?

Linking Up With:  Thursday Favorites,  Throwback Thursday,  Look What I GotWhat I Wore To Work#WIWTTreat Yo Self Thursday

This post is not sponsored by Rocksbox but I did receive a complimentary 3-month membership; this post does contain referral links. No monetary compensation was provided; all opinions expressed are my own. Any jewelry I have kept was paid for at the member pricing by myself.

January 25, 2015

Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

A Good Hue Smashbox Review

If you've been following along the past couple of weeks then you probably will have noticed that I've mentioned the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette a bazillion times, including in my brown smoky eye tutorial. I know, I know, I already have several nude/neutral shaded palettes but I couldn't help myself when I saw this one. I had put it on my Christmas wish list and Santa made sure it ended up under the tree. Not only is it's size super convenient, but the neutral, warm shades are perfect. There's a mix of both shimmery and matte shades-- 4 of each to be precise-- and all pair together in perfect harmony.

Smashbox Full Exposure Review

Smashbox Full Exposure Review

A mini version of the Full Exposure Palette, which has 14 shades for $49, this lil guy packs a lot of punch. The pigmentation of the shadows is fantastic and just what I would expect from Smashbox. The shadows are soft, applying and blending easily. While the top shadows appear super glittery, they're actually not too crazy on. I've also been having fun trying different looks by layering the shimmers over mattes, and make the shimmer shadows pop even more by using a more shimmery base. 

At a slightly larger size than the palm of my hand, this mini palette is especially great for on-the-go and for travel. There's so many different looks you can get from this one palette and at just $22 it is so worth it. Thanks, Santa!

Have you tried this mini palette, or maybe thinking of getting it? Let me know what you think!


January 24, 2015

Saturday Style: Winter Brown Smoky Eye


I've been a fan of the smoky eye since basically forever, it's always been one of my go-to looks. Instead of a smoked-out black eye, I like to change it up with different colors and one of my all-time favorites is a brown smoky eye. It's a lot softer, a little more romantic than it's darker counterpart and perfect for work, dates, weekend, whenever! 

Since receiving the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette, I haven't been able to stop using it! This look is super easy-- check out the super simple steps below to get this look:


Here's what you need:

Brushes: Shadow brush, blending brush, liner brush



Step 1: Apply brown eyeliner to eye lid and smear. I love using eyeliner, especially the kajal liners from Physicians Formula, as a base for my smoky eyes because it helps to add depth and keeps the look lasting longer. Line along bottom lashline.

Step 2: Apply the matte chocolate brown shade (M6) in the Full Exposure Travel Palette on the eyelid blending up into the into crease. Using a smaller brush, line the lower lashline with the same dark brown. Next, using a blending brush, apply the beige matte shade (M3) into the crease bringing up towards the brow bone. Finally, apply the lightest shade (M4) to brow bone and inner corners of eyes to help open the eyes.

Step 3: Using Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner, line your upper lash line-- it's totally fine if its not perfect. Line your lower lash line as well as your waterlines. To soften and create the smoky effect, use a q-tip or a liner brush and blend over the liner. To keep the look super soft, use a darker brown eye liner in place of the black liner.

Step 4: Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara.

Step 5: Finish the look with a soft, pretty plum shade such as NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum. Selfie time! 

I hope you liked this quick tutorial, sorry for the bad lighting photos, next one will be better, promise! 

*I received the NYC Expert Last Lip Color and Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner from Influenster, however I would not use any product I do not approve of. All opinions expressed are my own. 


January 23, 2015

5 For Friday: $500 Nordstrom GIVEAWAY


When I have a free day for some window shopping, Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to browse around. With so many goodies in pretty much every corner of the store and in between, it's easy to to put together a wishlist. Above are some Nordstrom finds that I've been loving (1, 3, 4 & 5) and a few others that are totally on my wish list!

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Have you been keeping a Nordstrom wish list? Good, because I teamed up with some amazing bloggers to give you a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Giveaway details and entry form are below-- good luck!!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $500 Nordstrom Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 2/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

January 21, 2015

Overnight Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

During the week I always eat my breakfast on-the-go. With the mornings being so chilly, I’ve foregone my a.m. smoothies for a warmer, hearty option- oatmeal! Growing up I loved oatmeal…of the pre-packaged dump-in-a-bowl-with-water-super-sweet variety… but now I’m going for a grown-up healthy version using steel-cut oats. The best part? I can make it ahead the night before so it's ready to go in the morning!

Steel-cut oats are different from rolled oats in that they are whole grain oats that have been cut into small pieces on a steel mill. There’s not too much of a health difference between the two, (as long as the oats don’t have added sugars, flavors and preservatives) but I like how the steel-cut oats hold up when cooked, not so pastey, and taste.  

This recipe is so, so easy! I suggest using a crock pot liner to make cleaning even easier. This is great for on-the-go (I take mine to work and eat it at my desk) and especially great to get the kids fed during the morning rush. I usually make the banana-nut version below but feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits and nuts! Here’s a few other flavor suggestions:

Apple-Cinnamon: Use the below recipe substituting chopped apple in place of the mashed banana.
Blueberry-Almond: Use chopped almonds (or slivers) and top your bowl with fresh blueberries.
Strawberry-Banana: Use below base recipe (minus cinnamon & nutmeg) and add fresh strawberries to your bowl.

Have another amazing flavor combination? Share in the comments below!

Overnight Slow-Cooker Banana-Nut Steel-Cut Oats
Ingredients:
1 cup Steel-Cut Oats
2 cups Water
2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 tbsp. Honey
1 Ripe Banana (2 if bananas are small)
½ cup Chopped Walnuts
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Banana slices and chopped walnuts to add to top

Peel banana(s) and place in a bowl, mashing with a fork until smooth. Add all ingredients (except the banana slices and reserved walnuts for garnish) to crock pot; stir to combine. Set crock-pot on low for up 8 hours overnight. In the morning, stir to make sure everything is combined and you are ready to serve. Spoon into a bowl, top with sliced bananas and chopped walnuts… maybe an extra drizzle of honey for added sweetness… and you are good to go!

Makes about 4-5 servings, leftovers should be refrigerated. To heat, put in microwave safe bowl and nuke for about a 1:30 minutes, adding more almond milk or water to reconstitute. Eat up!


January 19, 2015

Bloggers Who Budget: Winter For Less




Striped Sweater: Forever 21 | Jeans: DKNY via Century21 | Floppy Hat: H&M | Booties: Steve Madden (similar style) | Watch: La Mer

There's nothing like finding the perfect item at an even more perfect price. To help stay on budget, there's a few stores I frequent to search for deals-- TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and Century 21 in New York. If I'm on the hunt for brand names and designers for less, you can usually find me shopping at these places. Where are your favorite places to shop for deals?


January 17, 2015

Saturday Style: Lighten Up

Button Down: Gap | Light Distressed Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Booties: ShoeDazzle | Sunglasses: Target

A couple weeks ago I put on my favorite light denim jeans, bent over and RRrrrriiiIIiPPpp! It was definitely time to get new ones so today I stopped by American Eagle Outfitters and bought not, but two light pairs (one distressed, one not). Better to be prepared.

Happy Saturday!

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