Amazon Must Haves 2020

We all love Amazon, and for this video, I bring you 12 of my current favorites. I provided images of what each item looks like on the site, as well at the start rating and the price. You’re welcome!

L I N K S :

1) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – Salicylic Acid Scrub (.5 Fl. Oz.): https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQqY

2) Silicone Face Mask Brush,Mask Beauty Tool Soft Silicone Facial Mud Mask Applicator: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQqT

3) Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Handle + 1 Blade Refill: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQq7

4) Pacific Shaving Company Natural Shave Cream: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsI

5) Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrl

6) NY Threads Luxurious Men’s Shawl Collar Fleece Bathrobe Spa Robe: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsN

7) Topwit Electric Kettle Glass Hot Water Kettle: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQry

8) Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrG

9) skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel, 4 Pair: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsW

10) Stone & Mill Set of 2 Large Double Walled Glass Coffee Cups: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQs0

11) 12 Pack Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws with Case – Regular Size – Long Flexible Straws: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrZ

12) Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Nourishing Creme, 11 Blackest Black: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQs1

must haves from amazon

must haves from amazon

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – Salicylic Acid Scrub (.5 Fl. Oz.): https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQqY
  2. Silicone Face Mask Brush,Mask Beauty Tool Soft Silicone Facial Mud Mask Applicator: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQqT
  3. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Handle + 1 Blade Refill: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQq7
  4. Pacific Shaving Company Natural Shave Cream: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsI
  5. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrl
  6. NY Threads Luxurious Men’s Shawl Collar Fleece Bathrobe Spa Robe: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsN
  7. Topwit Electric Kettle Glass Hot Water Kettle: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQry
  8. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrG
  9. skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel, 4 Pair: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQsW
  10. Stone & Mill Set of 2 Large Double Walled Glass Coffee Cups: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQs0
  11. 12 Pack Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws with Case – Regular Size – Long Flexible Straws: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQrZ
  12. Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Nourishing Creme, 11 Blackest Black: https://shopstyle.it/l/bgQs1

Tomorrow is Monday + Fall Perfume

Tomorrow is Monday + Fall Perfume

 

You may think that when I discuss my morning routine, it would be filled with products, rituals and of course makeup. And although that is part of my day, it’s not what I really rely on to master my morning. If you streamline your day, you streamline your life. What this looks like for me is being able to maximize my time to get dressed while making a few decisions as possible. Keeping my options limited allows for me to pour more energy into what matters. Believe or not, I do a full face of makeup everyday. Although I’m fairly fast at doing my makeup, it’s important to me that I don’t start my day feeling rushed or hurried. When I do feel like I’m lacking control of my time, I become anxious and often forget important things. So I thought it would be fun to share a major tip that I implement so that I can truly dominate my day and still be ultra glam.

I have to thank Marjorie for this hack. I think her maternal instinct was spot on when she helped me feel more prepared for each day. Early on in life, I struggled with anxiety and although I still struggle with bouts from time to time, it’s gotten much better than it used to be. Okay so here’s the tip: lay your entire outfit the night before. If I have my outfit laid out the night before, it helps alleviate so much of the panic I experience in the morning. When I say outfit, I actually mean every last bit of the look. This includes undergarments, accessories, and even perfume. I keep the steamer, lint roller or anything else I might need close by, or just take care of the clothing prep the night before. Eliminating the stress of having to plan a coordinated look has been, hands down the most impactful life hack.

The reason I include fragrance is because I hate having to step away from dressing to go grab and spritz it on. The fragrance I am OBSESSED with right now is kind of a surprise. It’s from Bath and Body Works and it’s called ‘In The Stars‘. I caught whiff of this on a co-worker and I immediately knew it was a scent I would love. The scent has hints of amber and sandalwood musk. It has a but of a spicy flair and it’s perfect for Autumn. I also love that this bottle is tiny so it fits nicely in my bag, and I can take on the go with me. I know when we hear ‘Bath and Body Works‘ we think of candles but I highly encourage you to try out this perfume!

How to be the ultimate host

how to host a guest

With the Summer months upon us, it’s super important to make sure that our house is up to par with the hosting situation. I mean, to be honest, my guests haven’t ever really complained, but it’s a paranoia of mine to be a lackluster host. I take a ton of pride in hosting because I would hate for someone to stay with me, and feel like their needs weren’t met. This is definitely a common trait that my husband and I both have, being that he is exceptionally accommodating as well. We don’t have the largest house, in fact our 2 bedroom town home suits us well. We have made sure that every nook and cranny of this place has a touch of luxury and comfort. Recently, I swapped out a few older decor items from some new goodies, all from Amazon. Since I work full-time as a nurse, I rely on Amazon quite a bit for literally everything. What isn’t shown in the photo up above is my little signage that I keep in the guest bedroom which lists our wi-fi information. I know it’s nothing revolutionary, but it is important to remember that your guests will at some point need to enter it on a few different devices.

Winsome 92436 Luggage Rack with Shelf: A luggage rack is kind of a no-brainer when you think about checking into a hotel, but when you’re at someone’s home, it’s just as helpful. If you think about luggage, it’s drug across the gross airport floor, through a ton of countries and cities. You don’t want your guests to have to set their luggage on the ground and dig through it, nor (eck) set it up on the bed. To avoid this catastrophe, it’s best to have something for them to rest their belongings on. This luggage rack is one the highest rated ones on Amazon, and you can easily paint it to match whatever room you’re placing it in. It just happened to match the room we have, so I left it as is.

Kate and Laurel Sylvie Female Baby Bunny Rabbit Animal Print Portrait Framed Canvas Wall Art by Amy Peterson, 23×33, Gray: For the guest bathroom, I wanted to keep the palette neutral, but still have personal touches. Since the paint is Behr ‘Elephant Skin’, I stuck with a grey theme and snagged this ultra cute framed canvas of a rabbit. T jokes often that I look like a rabbit, so I thought it would be perfect for the space. The same artist has a few different animals done in this format. Her other pieces are super cute and I’ve even seen some similar items like this at Home Goods.

Genteele Non-Slip Memory Foam Shaggy Bathroom Mat, Water Absorbent, Super Plush Bath Mat, Washable Bathroom Rug (17″ X 24″, Gray): Okay, so you’re probably thinking that it’s kind of silly to swap out your bathmats, but hear me out. Bath mats are one of those tactile things that resonate with your guests. It’s one of the first surfaces they feel when they wake up and groom, and it’s important that they feel as plush as possible. I ordered these based on the reviews and I am SO happy with them!  They feel like a cloud and have a luxury look to them as well. It was important that the pile fibers weren’t all the exact length/height. The variety of heights makes them look more expensive and they come in a few different colors.

AmazonBasics Zippered Storage Bag with Window: I know that most linen comes in its own plastic/vinyl bag, but I always throw that out. The plastic isn’t breathable, and it’s kind of tacky to me to keep the bag with the photo of the bedding around after purchase. When preparing linens, I always wash and place bedding into these breathable canvas bags. They come in a few different sizes and colorways, and fit neatly under the bed. It keeps the look cohesive and organized, and not like a department store.

ModLux Spa Slippers – 12 Pairs of Cotton Velvet Closed Toe Slippers with Travel Bags – Thick, Soft, Non-Slip, Disposable Slippers – Fits Most Men and Women – Perfect for Home, Hotel, or Commercial Use: When T and I got married, we knew our guests would dance the night away. We also anticipated that many girls would want to kick off their heels and get comfortable, so we provided slippers in all sizes for the guests. From that point on, I have always purchased a variety pack of unisex white slippers from Amazon and kept them in the guest bathroom/bedroom. It’s just a little touch that the guest can take with them, because honestly, I wouldn’t wash and re-use slippers that have been worn anyway. I can get a little squirmish when I think about hotel amenities and wished that they had more items that can be taken or thrown out like slippers and robes. These slippers come in a variety pack of sizes and always get compliments from guests that stay.

Capri Blue Petite Jar Volcano White Candle, 4 Ounce: Blue Capri candles are kind of a cult favorite, which is no surprise because it smells absolutely heavenly. The fruity, sweet scent is light enough to offer a fragrance, but not too overbearing. The candles comes in a few different colored jars so you can always find one that works for your space. It also comes in a few different sizes, but since I was placing on the sink and I wanted to be conservative, I went with a smaller size. I also find that even though it has a slightly tropical scent, it still burns nicely in Fall and Winter.

Bourina Throw Blanket Textured Solid Soft for Sofa Couch Decorative Knitted Blanket, 50″ x 60″,Off White: Throw blankets are must because they are inviting and make a space more approachable. I feel like you can easily spend a ton on a cute statement blanket, but I came across this super inexpensive blanket and fell in love. Because the weight of the blanket is so light, it drapes nicely and doesn’t take away from the rest of the decor. I don’t personally love the zig-zag pattern, so I just flipped it over and let the plain side show. The part that makes the blanket look a little more luxurious is the fringe detail. The tassels are long which hang beautifully off the sofa. I ordered it in ‘Off White’.

Convenience Kits International Women’s Premium 21-Piece Assembled Necessities Travel Kit, Featuring: Fructis Hair Products: Each time I order something from Sephora, I get a ton of samples. Between trying out new skincare and makeup for the blog, and making sure I tell you guys if I like it, I often don’t get around to all of it. So I decided to set aside my samples and arrange them into a basket with some rolled up towels for my guests. They can choose from a little Tatcha, Ole Henriksen and Dr. Dennis Gross. There are sheet masks, Poo-Pouri, and a jade roller as well. I find that because I love skincare so much, it’s important that guests get to indulge a bit too. If you don’t have an arsenal of product to offer, I highly recommend getting this kit for men or women from Amazon. It has everything a guest could need, and it comes in a toiletry bag. My tip is to ditch the toiletry bag and place it in a basket or cute tray to make it feel a little more personal. These toiletry kits are kind of a one-stop-shop and can even be purchased for yourself if you’re not very product specific.

Summer Makeup + Fashion Must Haves

Summer Makeup + Fashion Must Haves

summer makeup and fashion must haves

Jeans: DL1961 Bella Vintage Crop: https://shopstyle.it/l/4B1j (similar pair https://shopstyle.it/l/4B0p)

Top: Prologue Women’s Long Sleeve V-Neck Essential Popover Blouse – PrologueTM Black https://shopstyle.it/l/4B1m

Headband: H&M Leopard Headband with Knot https://shopstyle.it/l/4B0s

Getting glam for the Summer is a little more difficult than it sounds, simply because it gets to be about 200 degrees here in Texas. Keeping a few items on hand which can be worn with just about anything is super important. For this wild Texas heat, I like to throw on cotton tee shirts to pair with cropped, destroyed denim, or cute little shorts. For accessories, I keep them small to avoid being overwhelmed by the bulk, and I avoid printed or logo bags so that I don’t get tired of them. Jewels are kept to a minimum because nothing is worse that having your necklaces stuck to your sweat (ew). Flatforms are my go-to, rather than wedges because of the casual elevation they offer. And makeup? It’s all about locking in what we put on. Going with waterproof mascara, setting sprays and using a quick dry towel so we don’t break a sweat while grooming is absolute must.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Handbag : This bag has been the of the best purchases I’ve made this season. It’s a neutral color, with a very real look to the ‘leather’, despite it being faux. In the past, when I’ve bought bags in this bucket shape, I found that I needed more interior space. This bag opens up like a more rectangular tote, has the right amount of gold hardware, and can be worn as a crossbody. It comes in white as well!

 

Forever 21 Faux Suede Espadrille Wedges: Flatforms over wedges all day. And don’t get my wrong, I love wedges. They are sexy and definitely elongate the leg. But that’s just it. I don’t always want a ‘sexy’ high heel look. I want more of a summer, beachy, casual glam. When it’s super hot out, and I want a somewhat dressed up touch, I reach for these. The are great for comfort, height and versatility.

Impact Men’s AC DC High Voltage T-Shirt: I love a good band tee shirt. 99.9% of the time, I can honestly say I’ve never even listened to the band, but I have always gravitated to this kind of look. Truly, I think it’s because I’ve always gone so heavy on the hair and makeup, so when it came to my wardrobe, I dress it down a bit. To me, it’s important that the band tee does not look sloppy, nor too tight like a baby tee. I always want a soft cotton blend, with a slightly worn look. Amazon has been quite the hub for cute tees, and this is my second one from there. This is a men’s medium, and fits loosely.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Waterproof Mascara: Some people wear waterproof mascara all year around, but despite having horrendous allergies and watery eyes, I only really choose to wear this formula during the sweaty months of the year. I have already been an avid wearer or the Maybelline Angel Push-Up formula because I am OBSESSED with the brush shape. This mascara wand is magical y’all. It is tiny enough to fit into the corners of the lash line, allowing you to really coat each lash and build up the product. I also love how I can nestle the wand in a zig-zag motion along the lower lash line to really open up my eyes. For Summer, I’m sticking to the same mascara and just reaching for the waterproof version.

ACC PLANET Coin Necklace 18K Gold Plated Vintage Coin Pendant Gold Necklace for Women Girls: So how I got this necklace is actually by total accident. I was browsing on Amazon and instead of clicking ‘Add to Cart’ and contemplating the potential purchase, I accidentally clicked ‘Buy Now with 1-Click Purchase’. After a minor ‘Oh baby Jesus’ moment, I decided it wasn’t a big deal and if I hated it, I could always return it. So when it finally arrived, I actually ended up liking it. It is a bit yellow-ish, but I don’t mind because it pops against my skin. The coin style is really in right now, but this is kind of the ‘faux’ version because the coin doesn’t actually spin. Also, with inexpensive necklaces, I like to make sure that the chain doesn’t look too inexpensive. Overall I’ve been super pleased and often layer this with other necklaces.

Ardell Studio Effects Demi Wispies: Because my eye shape is very almond, it’s hard for me to find lashes that feel comfortable and weightless. False lashes can be slightly itchy, heavy and just plain annoying, so when I find a pair that really works for me, I have to share! I like high end lashes, but find myself only really wearing them on special occasions. For random date nights, dinners, IG videos and brunches, I reach for the KISS lashes and the Ardell lashes. My  criteria for lashes are that the band has to be clear (those are the most flexible and comfortable). The lash cannot be shiny, because those look cheap and not natural. And lastly, I like pairs that have a little flair on the ends to open up my eye shape. These are inexpensive and if you are new to wearing lashes, I recommend practicing with these to get the hang of it!

Urban Decay Cosmetics Travel Size All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray: I recently did a mini-breakdown of setting sprays and how they are not all created equally. With the growing popularity of sprays, i.e. plethora of IG videos, I wanted to clear up how different each type was. I broke them down into ‘blenders’ and ‘sealers’. Blenders really help melt all the superficial powder particles together, to get rid of that ‘freshly powdered’ look. ‘Sealers’ are a more matte formula that lock in your makeup, similar to hairspray. Locking in makeup during a Texas summer heat wave is going to keep you glam and minimize the touchups you have to do. The only downside to the one I’ve been using by Urban Decay is that the spray function sometimes ‘spits’. The spitting can lead to an uneven application, so my recommendation is spray it right in front of your face, rather than directly onto your face, and then walk into like you would a fragrance.

Cinema Secrets – Makeup Brush Cleaner Travel Set: Raise your hand if you could afford to wash your brushes more often. I know I struggle about being diligent with brush cleaning, simply because I have so many and I rotate them often. While we are all planning for vacations and trying to not overpack, I think it’s important to also streamline the makeup/brush situation for our luggage. Keeping a few brushes, but cleaning them so you can use them interchangeably will help minimize the load. The brush cleaner that I reach for the most is this one by Cinema Secrets. I love that it cleans the brushes quickly and dries rapidly! It allows you to multi-task with your brushes without having to buy and pack more! Plus, frequent cleanings will keep down eye infections and breakouts.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick: I love a matte lip, but when it’s blistering hot out, the last thing I want is to slather on a dry lacquer that it going to make my lips look like day old croissants.  This Smashbox liquid lipstick formula is unlike any I’ve tried on. It is still very much a liquid lipstick so you get the longevity from the wear time, but it it super comfortable so it doesn’t totally dry down and chip off. It also moves with your lip so you don’t get that awkward line where the product abruptly stops. I first found out about this because I was freelancing and I had a client tell me that they wanted to use their own lip product. I was happy to accommodate that, and offered to apply it for them. You guys. This formula glides so beautifully onto the lip. It’s creamy enough to blend out the edges of the lip line, but does matte down so it won’t move too much. This color range is also something to acknowledge. There’s such a great assortment of brights and nudes and the one I’ve been loving is ‘Stepping Out’.

Aquis – Original Hair TURBAN, Patented Perfect Hands-Free Microfiber Hair Drying, Dark Grey (10 x 27 Inches): So we’ve all seen a version of this towel somewhere. Whether it was an infomercial or in a random bin at CVS, if you’re anything like me, you probably thought it was gimmicky. My dilemma was that when I am already super hot from this summer heat, and then I go to wash my hair, the last thing that I want to do is reheat myself by using a scorching blow dryer. Sometimes, I feel like it takes away from how fresh I feel after the shower when I start to sweat. To eliminate this icky feeing and cut down on my blow dry time, I bit the bullet and bought a quick-dry hair towel. This specific towel caught my eye because it’s not just the fabric that is absorbent, it’s the shape of the towel that really makes all the difference. It’s shaped similar to a banana so that when you flip your head over to wrap it, all your hair is in contact with the towel. Wearing this for about 15 mins while I do my skincare helps cut my blow dry time in half.

 

 

Nighttime Essentials for The Best Beauty Sleep

anti aging night time routine for best skin

No matter how tired or totally exhausted I am, I always perform my nighttime routine. I know that everyone’s nighttime routine differs and based on your skin type, you may or may not benefit from the products that I suggest. If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, despite the products you use, is that we all have a few things we cannot live without. Some ‘non-negotiables’ if you will. For me, I often find myself picking at my skin after I’ve removed my makeup and washed my face. This habit became problematic when I noticed that this nasty habit was starting to cause scarring. So one thing that I invested in to really soften up the skin, prior to be extracting (fancy word for digging out your pores) is a facial steamer. I then lather up my eyes with almond oil, put on my ‘blue-light’ protection glasses, fill up my thermos and snuggle under my weighted blanket. I know it sounds like a lot, but in true Pameluxe fashion, I breakdown why I swear by these 5 items:

Facial Steamer: Having a facial steamer is super important for really creating that ‘at-home’ spa like experience. It’s calming, opens up the pores and really softens up the skin. When the pores are open, the face begins to sweat and releases built-up, residual makeup, and really helps purge the gunk that burrows deep within our skin. Taking time steam the face is also essential if you like to pick at your blemishes, pop your zits and really just go to town on problem areas. Yeah, I said it, because as much as we all hate to admit it, we’ve all been there. Although we should try to avoid it as much as possible, there is a right way to go about it. First and foremost, make sure your hands are clean because you don’t want to deposit more bacteria into the open pore. Secondly, steam the face because going in on skin that isn’t softened increases your chances are scarring and using unnecessary force can cause bruising. And lastly, while the pores are open, you want to cleanse and then follow up with a splash of cold water. Cold water causes the pores to shrink back up and tighten. There’s a few facial steamers on the market that can be upwards of $120, but the one that I use is from Amazon and it gets the job done just fine.  Facial Steamer Nano Ionic Hot Steam For Face Personal Sauna SPA Quality Moisturizing Pores Cleanse Clear Blackheads Acne Impurities Skin Cares Mini Home Humidifier: https://shopstyle.it/l/0YT7

Cute Water Bottle: What can I say about drinking water that hasn’t already been said? Water is vital for your organs and although we don’t always feel the immediate benefits of that, it definitely shows up in our hair and skin health. Water is super key for skin health because it helps filter out toxins, and keeps the skin vibrant and elastic. It’s super critical for cell growth aka cell turnover, which allows healthy, glowy skin to shine through. Aside from our chapped lips and dry itchy skin, dehydration can also show up in the form of dry cuticles. I notice that when I am slacking on my hydration, my cuticles are dryer and often start to peel. The way I combat this is to always to go bed with a thermos of water. It’s become my nightly ritual and honestly I can’t live without guzzling 20-30 ounces of water each night. I drink quite a bit of water during the day, but I still love to end my day this way. I personally like warm water with lemon and a little dash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. For me, having a cute thermos is important, but not as important the functionality of it. I love the Simple Modern blush pink thermos because it’s super insulated so it retains the heat/cold and doesn’t leak. Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle + Extra Lid – Wide Mouth Vacuum Insulated 18/8 Stainless Steel Powder Coated: https://shopstyle.it/l/00XS 

Weighted Blanket: Sleeping with a weighted blanket has literally ruined all other sleep situations for me! No joke, I loved snuggling in my mom’s bed and what I realized is that it wasn’t her bed that I was obsessed with, it was how heavy her comforter was. So on my quest for a ‘heavy’ bed sheet/comforter set, I found a weighted blanket on Amazon. Weighted blankets and other weighted products have been used in the medical field for things like PTSD, insomnia and *drumroll please* anxiety. I noticed that my anxiety peaks at night when I start to plan/obsesses over future events. Weighted blankets offer deep touch pressure which raise serotonin (happy hormone) and offer a calming effect. Deep touch pressure also triggers melatonin (sleep hormone) release and helps you sleep deeper, longer. Anything that helps me calm down, alleviates my anxiety and gets me better sleep is a must. The weighted blanket I use is by Amy Garden on Amazon. Amy Garden Weighted Blanket (60″x80″,15 lbs for 140-150 lbs Individual, Grey) | 2.0 Adults Heavy Blanket: https://shopstyle.it/l/000B

Blue Light Glasses: Our eyes are super sensitive to different wavelengths of light, and the one that bombards us the most is ‘blue’ light. The blue light emitted from televisions and cell phone screens actually disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm which tricks our brain into thinking it’s day time. So although most of our nighttime routines involve scrolling and swiping away on our phones, blocking your eyes from the blue light is super important at night. One thing I do have to mention is that not all blue light is bad, but if you are going to be working on a screen within 2 hours of the time you want to hit the hay, make sure you are protecting yourself by wearing the proper eyewear. The blue light glasses I have are a super affordable pair from Amazon. A few brands released some really cute styles as well, but since I only wear them at night, I didn’t want to spend a ton. TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses Square Nerd Eyeglasses Frame Anti Blue Ray Computer Game Glasses: https://shopstyle.it/l/003o

Almond Oil: Of all the oils on the market, my absolute favorite on has to be Almond oil. Almond oil is incredible for lightening the under eye area, which is one area of my face that I absolutely obsess over. The eye and under eye area is extremely delicate and it needs to be treated totally different from the rest of the face. One step of my nighttime skincare routine that I cannot skip is hydrating my under eyes. Each night, after I’ve cleansed, scrubbed, steamed, extracted and toned, I take a quarter size amount of almond oil and go to town on my eyes. To be honest, I apply so much that I almost look *insane* but T has just gotten used to my greasy eye region, lol. I buy my Almond Oil from Amazon but I’ve seen the brand that I swear by at Whole Foods as well. Almond oil is packed with essential fatty acids that enhance the protective barriers in our skin, and revitalize dehydrated skin which often has a darker appearance. Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil: https://shopstyle.it/l/01gY

Not Your Aunty’s Chicken

Not Your Aunty’s Chicken

To be honest, it’s really hard for me to run a successful blog and not include recipes. I cook almost every single day. Although I typically like to create meals that are nutritionally dense, every once in a awhile, the southern girl in me comes out. One of my go-to recipes is a low carb, keto fried chicken recipe that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Aside from few simple ingredients, all you really need to get the most ideal crispiness is an air fryer. The air fyer I have been totally obsessed with is the Insginia 3.2 L Air Fryer from Best Buy. I actually like it more than my InstaPot *gasp*.

*If you are an avid Amazon shopper like me, this one has great reviews and of course, on Prime: https://amzn.to/2teeu4B

Also, I should mention that my husband really loves spicy food, so most of my savory recipes have a kick to them. This, of course can be tweaked to fit your palette. If you prefer a milder option, don’t use Tapatio in the egg wash, skip the chili powder and lastly, use the non-spicy version of the fried pork rinds.

easy chicken recipe using air fryer

Easy Keto Fried Chicken

Healthy and easy keto fried chicken that’s crispy and spicy. Low carb and great for entertaining.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 21 minutes

Air Fryer I am OBSESSED with: https://amzn.to/2GmdL97

Ingredients

  • 5 chicken drumsticks

Egg Wash:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of Tapatio hot sauce

Seasoning:

*optional: a dash of chili powder

Crunchy Coating:

5 oz bag of Baken-Ets Spicy Fried Pork Skins or Mission Tortilla Chicharrones

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add eggs and Tapatio sauce, beating until well-mixed. In another bowl, take all seasoning ingredients and evenly distribute onto drumsticks.
  2. In a gallon size zip lock back, empty entire bag of fried pork skins and seal ziplock. Use rolling pin to crush the pork skins into a finely ground crumb texture.
  3. Add seasoned drumsticks to egg wash,coating all sides. Shake off excess and placed drumstick into fried pork skins. Repeat with the other chicken pieces. Only coat 1 piece of chicken at a time to minimize the amount of time chicken is in egg wash. Also, you may want to work in batches to avoid overcrowding in the pot — I usually have 5 chicken pieces frying simultaneously in my 3.2 L Air fryer.
  4. Program air fryer to 360 degrees and cook chicken for 21 mins.
  5. Top with freshly cut cilantro serve immediately while hot and crispy.

*If you do make this recipe in the oven, I would bake the chicken on an elevated/vented rack at 375 for about 30 mins. The internal temp should read 165 degrees when it’s done.