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May 1, 2017

Video! Beautycounter Pinch Cream Blusher Stick Review

Happy Monday! Today I have a video for you. Just a quick review of my #2 favorite Beautycounter product: the Color Pinch Cream Blusher. Watch, learn, and then peek below for a special offer!

Other products I’m wearing in the video:

Beautycounter Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

Beautycounter Rejuvenating Day Cream

Nourishing Eye Cream

Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF20 Tinted Moisturizer

Beautycounter Lip Gloss in Peony

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara

Sephora Pro Foundation Brush

 ***BONUS: If you place an order through me/my link by March 15th, I’ll send you a free sample of the super popular charcoal mask. I’ll see your order go through and send it right away! 🙂

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April 28, 2017

5 Fun Things 4.28.17

1. Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary at BBC. I truly love this company and everything I do. I have learned SO much. Things I never thought I’d be doing. The majority of what I do is photography, videos, web/ad design, social media, and restaurant events. It is a ton of work and sometimes I go a little crazy, but I wouldn’t change it because it has been the most rewarding position I’ve ever had. And not just because I get to take pictures like this….

Boston Burger Company Vietnamese-Coffee-Donut-Frappe Union Square Donuts

Oy.

2. Today is the LAST day of the Beautycounter promo. They switched up the freebies and the mascara is, by far, the best option. You’ll get the best bang for your buck if you buy the charcoal soap and get the mascara. Just $24 + shipping!

beautycounter promo charcoal facial bar mascara

3. I had the tastiest cocktail at Park in Harvard Square. My brother and I went to dinner this week and why yes, I was bold enough to drink tequila on a Monday. This concoction was the Forbidden Root: Tanteo Chipotle Tequila, Beet & Thyme Shrub, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Fresh Lime, Agave Nectar. You know if I see beets on a menu, I order them. And in a cocktail? Sure thing.

And don’t worry, I only had one. For dinner, I had the Cast Iron-Seared Cod with Celeriac Puree, Roasted Red Grapes, Bacon, and Tarrgaon Croutons. Excellent. Everything I’ve had at Park has been great.

park cambridge restaurant menu pan seared cod

4. I put up another cooking video on my insta-stories. If you catch this before 6:30pm today, you can still watch! You’ll see a super easy salmon recipe and me waving around a knife like a maniac. Preview here, watch the rest on my story.

christinaorso instagram

Do not mess with a left-handed woman…

5. GIFs!

how i look at my coworkers on a monday

by wednesday

by friday

 how i feel about my diet every weekend

me, struggling with how casual this city is

when i get new gels put on and the tech asks what the heck happened to my hands

Happy, happy Friday! Own this day.

 

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April 25, 2017

Life Lately – April 2017

Reading: 5 hacks to save you money at the Whole Foods hot bar. I used to go SO much last year. I finally knocked it off, thanks to meal kits and getting more creative in the kitchen, but I still go every now and then. I can’t resist some of their veggie mixes!

Listening: This Spotify playlist I made. Many of the songs are from Barre, and some are tunes I’ve added that are similar energizing for any kind of workout.

Eating: I’ve been a fan of RxBars for a while, and they just came out with three new flavors: Mixed Berry, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Of these three, I liked the Chocolate Chip the best. But my top three flavors are Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Coconut. Use this link for $5 off your order. I highly recommend the sampler box!

Wearing: I don’t wear much perfume because I’m allergic to most, but I brought out an old fave that doesn’t make me sneeze. Fresh Sugar Lychee smells so darn good! It’s well, super fresh and citrusy. Shocking, I know. The name says it all. 

Buying: The best part of being a Beautycounter consultant, in my opinion, is giving people advice on skincare and makeup. I love picking out colors for people! But another awesome part is trying all the products. Thank God for sales bonuses or I’d spend my entire paycheck on trying everything out. My next purchase is another Charcoal Bar because it’s part of the Best of Beautycounter promo going on until 4/28. Do not miss this!! Buy any of these, and get a sample of the lengthening mascara, the peppermint lip conditioner, or the protect lip balm.

Making: instagram cooking videos! I have been doing cooking videos on my stories and have been getting such fun feedback from those of you who are watching! In addition to being educational, they’re pretty hysterical because I always find myself in some kind of mess. I’m cooking tonight, so tune in around 6:30/7ish for a new recipe!!! Follow here.

Bookmarking: Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Creme Fraiche and PistachiosI don’t know anyone who likes beets as much as I do. So I’m going to have to make this salad and tell you all about it. Ya know, attempt you to love the root and all its earthy goodness.

 

Happy, happy Wednesday!

 

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April 24, 2017

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

One of my favorite parts of my job, in both BBC’s marketing and blogging, is recipe development. Whether it’s a simple 5-ingredient energy bite or full entree, I love thinking about flavor combinations and pairings. Testing things out and tweaking them to perfection is all part of that fun. As I mentioned in this post, I helped develop the recipes for the April BurgaBox. One that I came up with all on my own (with some inspiration from my grandmother!) was the pimento cheese for the burger.The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads
My grandmother, born and raised in Atlanta, had a great recipe to start with. I knew I could count on her! My two grandmothers are always the best at giving me quick, solid recipes that always work. Because I like to take things up a notch (or two or three…), I threw in a few extra spices to give it some of my love.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (5 oz.) jar of pimentos with juice
  • 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Place the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos (+ juice!), jalapeno, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, mix until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

Always, always use the juice. It moistens the cheese a bit and give it additional flavor. It also provides that bright orangey-red color you’re looking for. Because you’re using a jalapeno, the cayenne pepper is optional but I do recommend it for a more vibrant flavor.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

Now…how should you eat it!? Well, I’ve shown you how to top a burger with it. But pimento cheese is best as a dip. You need something sturdy. I highly recommend Primizie Crispbreads. They’re a thick-cut specialty chip that’s perfect for cheeses, hearty dips, and spreads. The ingredient list is pretty awesome too. As you see below, the ingredients are “The Best From Everywhere!”

The best part is that they come in a bunch of flavors:

I love the Gouda & Garlic dipped in pimento cheese, but it’s just as good with Simply Salted and Ancient Grains. The Chile & Lime is delicious with guac and the Dolce Caramel is awesome crumbled over Greek yogurt for a late-night snack.

Use the store locator to find Primizie near you (in Boston they’re in Big Y and Stop & Shop’s deli section) then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!”, then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!

What’s your favorite dip? Do you have a favorite for parties?