Spiralized – My new favorite kitchen gadget

I recently received a Paderno Spiralizer for my birthday and wanted to experiment with a few recipes from one of my new favorite blogs – Inspiralized. Ali shows you how to use the spiralizer on a variety of vegetables and some fruits. I wanted to try an easier recipe first so I chose a spiralized zucchini recipe to create some Zoodles!

TERIYAKI ZUCCHINI “FRIED” NOODLES WITH SHRIMP, PEPPERS, ONIONS AND BROCCOLI – from Inspiralized

This dish was the first time I made veggies into noodles and I was blown away at how easy it was to create and how good it tasted! The zucchini was the perfect way to learn how to use the spiralizer and the teriyaki stir fry was a great dish to try this unique spin on. I was very impressed with how easy it was to create the noodles and how quickly they cooked with the rest of the veggies. The dish was amazing!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH NOODLES WITH SHREDDED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, WALNUTS AND CARAMELIZED ONIONS

The next dish I tried was a little bit more difficult because of the tough skin on the squash. It was more work to cut, peel, and prep the squash for the spiralizer. Then the process of spiralizing took longer because it was harder to push the squash through the blade. Once the noodles were made, the recipe was a piece of cake! And quite tasty! The butternut squash was savory and a perfect fall dinner now that the weather has cooled.

Have you used a Spiralizer? What recipes have you tried?

xo, Kirsten

Mascara Review: Benefit, Maybelline, and L’ORÉAL

Mascara Review

If I had to live with one make up product for the rest of my life, I would choose mascara. I have blonde hair and light eyelashes, so without it, I look really young and washed out. I prefer a darker eye and I love how mascara brings out a feminine look.

I am always interested in trying new products and comparing them to some oldies but goodies. Here are my thoughts on the mascara’s I have been using lately.

Benefit: They’re Real Mascara 

This mascara is at a higher price point and is sold at Sephora, Ulta, or other make up speciality stores. It comes in jet black and works best on clean lashes. I had heard so much buzz about this mascara and was super excited to try it. Upon the first application, I honestly wasn’t that impressed. It was semi-clumpy, it kind of stung my eyes, and it didn’t apply as smoothly as I would have expected. After reading all the hype about this product, I’m not sure what it is all about. I did repurchase this to see if I would like it later on (and because Ulta had a deal to get the new They’re Real Eyeliner – which I love – with the mascara).

Overall, I give this product a 6/10. It lasted a long time, but it didn’t apply smooth and made my lashes look clumpy.

L’ORÉAL Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

I absolutely LOVE this mascara. It went on super smooth, separated my eyelashes perfectly, and extended them to be long and “fluttery”. It really only takes one coat to get the benefits of this mascara and it applies quickly with ease because of the winged brush. I am obsessed! The only downfall of this mascara is that it has fibers in it to extend lashes, but it takes a strong make up remover to get this off.

I give this a 9/10. It applies beautifully and makes my lashes look full, lengthened, and pretty.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

This is my favorite oldie but goodie. Great Lash was the first mascara my mom bought me when I was in 6th grade. It’s so cute and perfect for everyday use. It doesn’t add a lot of volume or length, but its perfect for me to darken my light lashes and define my eyes ever so slightly for work. And it is super easy to remove. This is the perfect on the go, everyday mascara. I have one in my work bag, one in my purse, and one in my travel toiletries. The best part is that it’s super cheap – you can buy it in two for one packs.

I give this a 7/10 because it is convenient to use and comes off very easily.

What are your favorite mascara’s? Any that you recommend I should try?

xo, KK