Tuesday, August 28, 2012

FIT FOODS: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bars
  • 2 cups Uncooked Old Fashioned/Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 4 Scoops Protein Powder (I used ON Whey Vanilla Ice Cream)
  • 4 tbls Milled Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup water

I warmed up my PB in the microwave for a few seconds to get it loose but other than that just combine everything in a bowl and mix well. 
Then press it into a baking pan or other square dish and put in the fridge or freezer for about a half hour.  You can put a little water on your fingers before pressing so it doesn’t stick to you.  Take the pan out of the freezer, cut the mixture into 8 or more bars, and wrap each individually or put in snack bags.  Done!
I’m leaving mine in the freezer since they were still a little sticky but the fridge is fine as well.
Next time I may add some dried fruit to change it up some.
This recipe makes about 8 bars
192 Cal | 16g Carbs| 8g Fat| 15g Protein| 3g Fiber

Sunday, August 26, 2012

INK Cosmetics featured in Kara Allan, LLC site!

Check out Style by Kara Allan, a LifeStyle Boutique located in the Washington, DC area that serves clients all over the United States. www.karaallan.com 

We were proud to be a part of this shoot!  We wish Ms. Allan the best with her business! XOXO BESOS 

Anna Castillo

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer 2012 Beauty - Lip Trend Favorite!

Hello beauties! So, this is my first blog post as Ink Cosmetics Summer 2012 social media marketing intern. I could not be more thrilled to be blogging about this summer’s hottest beauty trends, tips, and tricks. Weather you are in the city or at the shore, these tips and tools will ensure you to be as beautiful as the weather!

My first and absolute favorite beauty trend this summer is Coral Lips

Coral lips are a great al.  ternative to classic red lips, which can be harsh in the hot weather. Coral is the perfect way to make a bold statement while staying within the more “natural” summer makeup perimeters.

Try INK Cosmetics lipstick in Surge for the perfect pout!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Light Summer Cooking!

These days I am focused on me primarily my health and body.  I am trying my best to eat right with every meal.   Some days it goes well and some days, ehhh it could be better. I am on always on the search to find foods that taste good.  I love grilled foods and couldn't help but add this one to my recipe arsenal.

Hope you love it!

1/3 lb prosciutto, sliced thinly
1 lb asparagus
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and cut asparagus into 4 inch pieces
Preheat grill
Place pieces of prosciutto on a plate. Lay 4 asparagus spears and a few slices of onion on top.
Roll up the prosciutto around the asparagus and onion
Place rolls on grill across grates.
Grill for 5 minutes, rolling occasionally to cook evenly.
Plate and enjoy!

XOXO Besos,

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fear and Love!

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
— John Lennon 

HOT 2012 Summer Lip Gloss Color Picks!

Beat the heat by keeping your make-up light and wearing your signature lip color. Try our new INK Cosmetics Majesty Lip Gloss ($14). Non-sticky formula that is enriched in vitamin E to keep your lips smooth and nourished all summer long.

If you like this one we know you will love our other formulas!

Bravado by INK Cosmetics

Squirt by INK Cosmetics

Cha Cha Cha by INK Cosmetics

Socialite by INK Cosmetics 

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Homemade Spicy Tortilla Soup

My new family ritual is to make meals ahead to help me during the week.  We pick five meals on Sunday and spend the afternoon cooking.  Today's meal was Homemade Spicy Tortilla Soup.  Per our Facebook friend's request here is the recipe we used.

Makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 2 cups
Prep Time (Start to Finish) 35 minutes\
Calories per serving: 229

Oil Spray
2 med. red and/or green sweet peppers, cut into thin bite-size strips
1 med. onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced, or 1.5 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
.5 teaspoons ground cumin
3.5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 - 2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 14.5 oz. can no-salt diced tomatoes
8 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1/4 cup light sour cream
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 oz. baked tortilla chips, crushed (.5 cup)
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

1.  Coat a 4 qrt pot with oil spray. Heat the pan over med. heat. Add the sweet peppers and onion. Cook for 8 mins. or until veggies are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cumin. Cook and stir for 1 min.

2. Add chicken broth, water, and chipotle pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 mins. Stir in tomatoes and chicken. Cover and cook for 5 mins. more. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper (skip the salt if you have high blood pressure).

3. In a small bowl combine sour cream and 2 tbsp of the cilantro. To serve, divide soup among four serving bowls. Top each serving with one-fourth of the sour cream mixture and sprinkle with one-fourth of the crushed chips. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the soup.

Tortilla Chip Recipe:
Take tortilla's and cut into strips. Place on oven pan and brush on melted butter. Put oven pan in oven on broil for 3 mins or until golden brown.


XOXO Besos,
Anna Castillo

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beauty and Fashion Breakdown at White House Correspondents Dinner 2012

Claire Danes
Photo: Allison Shelley

Oh what a night! The White House Correspondents Dinner included guests like Kim Kardashian, Rosario Dawson, Lindsay Lohan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zooey Deschanel just to name a few. This was definitely a who's who of DC. I attended the after party hosted by Claire Danes and Capitol File Magazine held at the DC Newseum located on 555 Pennsylvania Ave.  It was definitely a night that people will talk about for a while I am sure. We couldn't help but notice the fashion and beauty statements made by our lovely female celebrity guests. Seemed as though red lips and creme colored gowns were the number one picks of the evening. We received requests over the past few days asking for our GET THE LOOK breakdown on beauty.  

Well make-up fans, get your brushes and cosmetics ready!  You will be surprised how carefree this look is.

GET THE LOOK using INK Cosmetics

1. Start with a clean face, moisturize and apply Face Primer.
2. Dab on a little Shadow Primer on the lid.
3. Using Bambi Shadow Trio add the lightest color all over the lid. Then smoke out the outer  
    corners with the medium shade. Line the eyes for a subtle look with a small smudge brush and use the 
    darker brown tone from the trio. Add the color in the outer corner and sweep up towards the crease.
4. Clean any fallen shadow under the eye with a make-up removing pad.
5. Now apply your concealer and foundation. We use our Concealer Duo and Foundation 
    Stick. Trick is to keep it light.  Cover only where you need it.
6. Set foundation with Oil Control Powder.
7. Line outer lips with Bright Eyes Pencil to keep the lip line crisp.
8. Line you lips with Burgundy Lip Liner. Make sure the pencil is sharp for perfect line.
9. Apply Classic Red Lipstick with a lip brush.
10. Finish look with Jet Black Mascara and peachy blush like Captive Glow.

INK Cosmetics Bambi Shadow Trio

INK Cosmetics Classic Red Lipstick

Claire Danes - Dressed in Vivienne Westwood
Photo: Paul Morigi

Ginnifer Goodwin
Photo: Anna Castillo 

GET THE LOOK: Ginnifer Goodwin Navy/Teal Liner and Red Lip using INK Cosmetics

1. Follow steps 1 & 2 from above.
2. Using a wide shadow brush apply Buff Matte Shadow all over your lid.
3. Take an angled liner brush and slide on Impact Eye Dust as a liner.
4. Clean any fallen shadow under the eye with a make-up removing pad.
5. Now apply your concealer and foundation. We use our Concealer Duo and Foundation 
    Stick. Trick is to keep it light.  Cover only where you need it.
6. Set foundation with Oil Control Powder.
7. Using Bright Eyes Pencil line inner rim of your lower eyes for a brighter look.
8. Top lashes with Jet Black Mascara.
9. Apply Paprika Lip Liner and finish with Surge Lipstick.

INK Cosmetics Buff Matte Shadow

INK Cosmetics Impact Eye Dust

INK Cosmetics Paprika Lip Liner

NEW INK Cosmetics Surge Lipstick

Ginnifer Goodwin - Dressed in H&M Conscious Collection
Photo: Paul Morigi

Zooey Deschanel - Dressed in Oscar de la Renta
Photo: Joshua Roberts
(Left) Olivia Allen - Dressed in H&M
(Right) Vanessa Camozzi - Dressed in Zophia by Betsy Garcete
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XOXO Besos,
Anna Castillo

Friday, April 27, 2012

White House Correspondents Dinner 2012 Beauty Must Have!

Tomorrow during our meet and greets/interviews with Celebrity Guests at the White House Correspondents Dinner After Party, I will gift our www.shopinkcosmetics.com FAN PICKS!

About INK Cosmetics Products - The colors at the house of INK... are fashion colors and are made with high pigments to ensure a longer lasting coverage with the staying power from a professional make-up artist's dream.  We have chosen our palettes from the colors found on the runways of New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week as well as those found in editorial photo shoots.  Each element of INK... has been painstakingly done to ensure its perfection and smooth long-lasting application.  It will last and stay fresh well beyond anything you've ever seen.  Our products are cruelty free therefore, never tested on animals.

INK... LIP LUSTERS (tubes) - Super lustrous lips are just a squeeze away!  They are shiny, colorful, sexy and enriched with shea butter so it glides on beautifully smooth!

INK... LIP SHINE (far right) - Rich, sexy lips are what it's all about!  Sparkling pearls precisely blended into a velvety lip gloss to give lips an extra luscious boost of shine.  The built-in brush on applicator is easy for flawless, sensational lips. 

Here is the line-up:

INK COSMETICS PRODUCTS at www.shopinkcosmetics.com

INK Cosmetics Lip Glosses under $12.50 each.  Starting for the left:


"FLIP SIDE" Lip Luster

"HARDCORE" Lip Luster

"WORK IT" Lip Luster

"JAM" Lip Luster

"FANTASY" Lip Gloss

Thank you so much for checking us out and supporting my passion and dreams!  Thank you for loving INK Cosmetics!

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Check out my portfolio at www.inkcosmetics.com

XOXO besos,
Anna Castillo

INK Cosmetics for DC on Heels Celebrity/Guest Interviews for 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner!

We are ecstatic about our first leg of events with our partners at http://www.dconheels.com/.  I had to brush off my interview lashes and I can't wait to get dolled up for tomorrow's White House Correspondents Dinner After Party.  I will be dressing up, glam style for my host debut to help DC on Heels dominate the local entertainment scene.

The two founders  Markette Smith and Vanessa Camozzi are the founders, executive producers and hosts of DC on Heels, a local entertainment program that started out on DCTV and grew to include a multimedia website that showcases the best in food, fashion and fun in the nation’s capital.

These lovely hosts are constantly snagging A-list interviews (including the star of MTV’s “The Hills” Lauren Conrad, legendary recording artist Lionel Richie, the stars of the vampire movies Twilight, BET’s CEO Debra Lee, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke, E! News host Giuliana Rancic and many others.

Excited and honored to be part of the DC on Heels Team!

Stay tuned for Celebrity Make-up Artist Anna Castillo - Interview, fashion and beauty breakdowns on the carpets of DC's most fabulous events!  XOXO besos

April 28, 2012
White House Correspondents Dinner After Party

"Courtesy of http://www.whca.net/"


Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
WASHINGTON - The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA's 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

"Jimmy's humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience," said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents' Association.  "We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner."

The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession."

 XOXO Besos.
Anna Castillo