November 2014 Ipsy Unbagging

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I can’t believe it’s already time for November subscriptions to arrive.  I also can’t believe that this is my 8th Ipsy bag, because it really feels like I just signed up for this subscription.  I am still on the fence about keeping this subscription because I just feel like there hasn’t been much variety to the bags, in terms of the types of products I am getting every month.  Sure, I get different brands every month, but I’m getting similar products like nude lip glosses, black eyeliners, and moisturizers.  So November’s bag may or may not be my last bag.  As I said, I’m undecided, so I may just wait until the end of the year to cancel.  We will see.  Before we get into November’s bag, let’s take a look at how I ended up faring with October’s products.

The two products that I wound up liking from October were the Starlooks lip gloss and the H2O Plus Hydrating Treatment.  The lip gloss is such a beautiful “your-lips-but-better” color.  It is very tacky in feeling, but it’s not sticky, if that makes sense.  It’s very thick.  I was surprised that I wound up liking the H20 Plus Hydrating Treatment.  The smell is not the best, but the gel formula just feels so good on my skin.  I’ve been using it at night before bed and my skin feels so hydrated and refreshed when I wake up.  As for the rest, the Jesse’s Girl Baked Mineral Eyeshadow went straight to the trash.  Dark blue is just not a color I’m interested in for eyeshadow.  I did use the Skyn Face Wipes and they were okay, but nothing special.  I threw out the Ayres Body Butter.  It just stank and I couldn’t get past the chemical smell that mine had.  So overall, October was just okay and followed the trend that my Ipsy bags have been following where there are really only 1 or 2 items that I keep.

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The theme for November’s bag is Girl Meets Glitter.  It’s a cute theme, and the bag is a really sparkly silver glitter with a pink zipper.  It’s very cute, and definitely on point heading into the glitzy holiday season.  I was a little hesitant about a glitter bag because I could just imagine glitter everywhere, but this one has a plastic coating over it, so no mess.  I think the bag is actually really cute this month.  It’s made by Forever 21 cosmetics for Ipsy, and it does look and feel cheap, but it’s super sparkly and fun.  Also, did anyone else’s bag come in a different mailer this month? The one in the picture above is from a past month because this months was not photo worthy.  I got a very flimsy, thin bubble gum pink mailer, which was kind of shocking when I opened my mailbox.  Not a big deal, just kind of odd.

My first product this month is a Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray.  It is supposed to give strong hold, while adding volume and shine.  It smells pretty good, but I’m not sure I’ll use this.  I’m not much a hairspray person, to be honest.

Up next is a Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive.  This strikes me as being similar to a Maybelline Color Tattoo type product, or a MAC Paint Pot. Submissive is a dark brown, metallic color, but it goes on pretty sheer.  It’s really pretty, and I could see it being a great all over color.  This seems like a full size, but there is hardly any product in the pot itself, so I’m unsure if it’s actually full size, or just trying to look like it’s full size.

My next product is a TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl.  I actually received this sample from Birchbox in September in a pink color.  This is really pretty for a highlight.  It’s pearly and opalescent, and just makes your skin glow.  Also, how cute are these little bottles? So adorable, and because it’s a highlighter, you don’t need much.  This tiny bottle will last a long time.

The next item I received is a J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion. Not gonna lie, I’m a little afraid of this product.  It is so dark!  This product is clearly meant to be like an OCC Lip Tar, but the formula is really runny and hard to apply.  The color isn’t that dark when you put it on; it’s more of a purple berry color than a red.  It’s pretty and I like the color on me, but applying it is a pain, so I’m not sure it’s worth keeping.

My last product this month is an Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Liquid Eyeliner in Glitterati. This is a black liquid liner with glitter in it.  Nothing really special about it.  The applicator is nice, but once again I am over getting black eyeliner.  Plus, I don’t like using glitter products around my eyes. My contacts are just a glitter magnet, and there is nothing more uncomfortable than glitter in your eyes.  Also, this is not waterproof, as I put it on and was able to wash it off with just water.  This is probably headed for the trash.

So that is my November Ipsy bag.  Overall, I’m just not that impressed.  I’m most excited for the eye base and the highlighter this month.  I think that December will be my last month with Ipsy.  I do think that this is a great subscription service for people who just want to accumulate a lot of different makeup products and collect them, but I’m not really one of those people.  I’m looking to try out products and find some gems that will become staples in my beauty routine.  For that reason, I think Ipsy just isn’t for me.  I haven’t had a bad experience with the company or any real issues, so I don’t want anyone to think that this is a bad company.  It’s definitely not, I just feel like my $10 could be better spent each month on something more tailored to my tastes.   If you are interested in an Ipsy subscription, you should check out Ipsy.com or their Facebook page for more info.

November 2014 Birchbox Unboxing

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Holy moly, it’s already time for November subscriptions, and a post! I’ve been a little MIA around here.  Things with school have just gotten crazy overwhelming, so I’ve had to step back on some things.  I love doing these unboxing posts, so I had to pop in for this.  It really does feel like this year has flown by so fast.  I guess that is good and bad, and of course now that Halloween has passed, we are getting into my favorite time of year.  November and December are just such festive, fun months, and I love the little bit of extra flare that comes along with the holiday season.  As usual, before we get into November’s goodies, let’s take a look at how I fared with October’s products.

My favorite products from October’s box were the Mally Liquid Lipstick and the Essential Elements Shower Gel.  The liquid lipstick combines the pigment of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss, and the nude pink color is right up my alley.  It also lasts a while once you put it on, which is nice.  The shower gel is like Christmas is a bottle.  It’s a great way to wake up when you’re feeling sluggish, and I really loved it for the couple of mornings that I woke up congested.  The full-size is pricey for shower gel, but I may break down and buy it.  As for the other products, the Harvey Prince Petaly Noir was not my cup of tea.  The scent is a bit too dark for me.  I liked the idea of the dr. brandt pores no more vacuum mask, but I could barely get enough product out of the tube for one use.  I can’t really speak to it’s effectiveness.  And the ModelCo mascara was a total bust.  It was so wet, clumpy, and goopy that it was unusable and went right to the trash.  Over all though, I was pretty satisfied with October’s box.

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The theme for November is Giving, which is perfect since November is all about Thanksgiving.  Birchbox partnered with the nonprofit group (red) this month and is doing something really cool.  If you share a picture of the red mailer (the outer box that your Birchbox comes in) on social media with the hashtag #shaRED, they’ll donate $1 to AIDS research.  Pretty awesome, right?  Once again this month, I didn’t participate in sample choice, even though it was available.  I don’t even remember what the options were this month, but I know that I didn’t see anything I was absolutely dying to try, so I opted for complete surprise.  My box shipped super early again this month (November 7th), and I did have an issue with the shipping.  This was the first time in a year and a half of subscribing that I’ve had a problem with a box, but Birchbox has fantastic customer service, and after a quick e-mail exchange they resolved the problem and got my box to me quickly.  This month’s box also included the holiday gift guide, which is a cute little magazine Birchbox puts out each holiday season with cute ideas and products you can give as gifts, which is nice to have on hand.

My first product this month is Curl Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions.  This is their gel.  It is supposed to add hold and definition to curls, and the formula is water activated, so you could sleep on your curls, then dampen your hair a bit and the gel would bring your curls back to life.  I sampled another Curl Keeper product when I first signed up for Birchbox and wasn’t that impressed, so I’ll be interested to see if this gel is any better than what I normally buy at the drugstore.

The next product is Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Dahlia.  I have been dying to try a Cynthia Rowley creamy lip stain.  I’ve seen so many Birchboxers talking about how great they are.  Dahlia is a new shade, I believe, and it is a deep purple berry color.  It goes on very sheer though, and is complimentary on a lot of different skin tones.  I also like that this stain isn’t runny and isn’t drying.  Plus, how cute is the little sample? So precious, and honestly it’s the perfect size since this is really a fall and winter color.

Next is a Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash.  This is a fantastically generous sample size for a body wash.  I love how chic the packaging is.  It looks like something I would expect to find in a spa or luxury hotel.  The formula is infused with marine extracts and is supposed to leave skin refreshed and hydrated.  This also smells very nice.  It’s hard for me to pinpoint the exact smell, but it’s very clean and fresh, with a bit of cucumber.

My next product is one I was super excited to get.  It is Ruffian Nail Laquer in Naked.  I love Ruffian nail polishes.  They are super high quality and they are all true one coat polishes.   I also love that Birchbox always sends a full-size polish, which pays for the box.  Naked is just a nude nail polish, which isn’t very exciting, but I have been really wanting this color.  It’s the perfect nude; it’s creamy and warm, but still neutral and perfect for the fall.

Up next is a sample of Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Cream.  I kind of hope I don’t like this product, as a full size is nearly $70.  This is a truffle infused moisturizing cream for the face that is supposed to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.  During the winter, you really can’t have too many face creams.  This cream is very light weight, but feels so velvety and lovely on the skin.  It’s got a very pleasant smell, almost like a cocoa butter, but a little more subtle.  I will definitely be saving this as a little treat for my face as we move into the really harsh weather months.

It’s not in the picture above, but I also received a Chuao ChocoPod in Honeycomb.  It’s not pictured because it was eaten roughly two minutes after opening my box, and it was wonderful.

So that is my November box.  This seems like another great month of products for Birchbox, and I am really excited that I  received a product that I’ve had my eye on for a while now, and in full size no less.  If you are interested in signing up for Birchbox, it is a $10/month subscription service.  You can pay monthly or pay for a full year up front.  Everyone gets 4-6 different samples each month, tailored to the beauty profile you fill out and you can review your samples to earn Birchbox points.  Birchbox has the best points system, hands down.  You get 10 points per review and 100 points  = $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop on full size products they sample.  It’s like they pay you $4-6 every month just for taking your box.  If you’re interested in learning more or signing up, you can click here for more details.

Happy November!

What I Liked in October

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Yes, it is that time again – time for another monthly favorites!  Time feels like it is going by super fast, which is how time tends to go when you want it to slow down a little.  October has been good month, with a lot going on, so here are a few of my favorite things from the month. As usual, I am linking up with Leigh Kramer for What I’m Into.

fall colors // The leaves have been such gorgeous colors this year, and October is the best time to catch them.  Soon enough they’ll be completely gone.  I love seeing the streets lined with yellow, and orange, and my dog has been thoroughly enjoying picking a fallen leaf souvenir to bring home after every walk.  Looking back on living in Atlanta, I’m not sure we really got fall, or at least fall colors.  Some trees turn nicely, but for the most part the temperatures make it so the leaves essentially go from green to brown sometime in late November / early December.

books // Oh yes, my monthly favorites will always be full of books.  This month I’ve enjoyed The Empathy Exams (essays / memoir) by Leslie Jamison, Men we Reaped (memoir) by Jesmyn Ward, Neck Deep and Other Predicaments (essays) by Ander Monson, Leaving Time (fiction) by Jodi Picoult, and I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You (fiction) by Courtney Maum.  I highly recommend all of these books.  I’m also currently on the hunt for some good reads for November.  Already on my must-get list are On Immunity: An Inoculation (essays/memoir) by Eula Biss and Being Mortal (essays) by Atul Gawande.  What have you enjoyed reading?

1989 // I am a Taylor Swift fan.  There.  I said it.  In all seriousness, I do like T-Swifts tunes.  Her albums are always catchy and fun to sing along with.  Her latest dropped at the end of the month and it has been on repeat pretty much ever since.

Halloween // For the first time since starting graduate school, I don’t have a class on Halloween.  Now, in my late (gulp) 20s, I am not one for dressing up and partying.  Instead, Mr. Man and I decided to have a scary movie marathon at home.  We watched Sinister, the original Halloween, and a couple of others.  Halloween is also a great excuse to carve up some pumpkins, which is a Halloween tradition I can get behind 100%.

family FaceTime // One of the awesome things about technology is video chatting, and my parents have recently upgraded their iMac so they can FaceTime with me.  I haven’t been home since April, so it is awesome to be able to see them every now and then, even when I can’t physically be in the same room with them.  This month, my younger cousin got home from being deployed with the US Army in Afghanistan for the second time, and I was able to FaceTime with him, which was an awesome treat.

best fiends // Stop what you’re doing, and, if you own an iPhone, go to the App Store and download a game called Best Fiends.  I have been absolutely addicted to this game all month.  It’s kind of like Bejeweled or Candy Crush, but with evolving bugs and evil slugs.  It’s equally fun and infuriating, and the best part is, it’s free.  You will not be sorry if you download this.

the grind // and no, not the daily grind.  The Grind is a coffee shop in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.  My thesis advisor introduced me to it, and we’ve been having our weekly meetings there.  It’s such a fun, relaxing space.  Everyone there has been so friendly, the coffee is ridiculously good, and the environment is very chill.  Finding The Grind makes me want to hunt down some more independent coffee shops in the area.

Those were just a few of my favorite things this month.  What did you like in October?

Three Things

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 10.21.44 PM1 // We have been having such lovely autumn weather.  Fall is a short season in Chicago, so I have been taking advantage of the crisp afternoons, and walking around my neighborhood close to dusk.  This is a picture of the trees on the University of Chicago quad.  Aren’t they just gorgeous colors?

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2 // A good walk  is nothing without a good book.  On my walks, I’ve been enjoying finding a cozy bench to relax on for a few minutes and read a couple of essays from Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams.  This book was recommended to me as a source of inspiration as I write my thesis, and I am loving it.  The writing is funny, poignant, at times sad, and always probing deeper into the question of why and how we as human beings learn to empathize.

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3 // It’s Halloween this week! I really do love Halloween, though I’ve never been much for dressing up in costumes and the like.  I love carving pumpkins, and have since I was about 2 years old.  One year, I carved 6 pumpkins.  Yes, 6. We won’t get any trick-or-treaters this year, since we live in a mostly childless condo building, but I can’t resist buying and carving a pumpkin.  It’s something of a tradition of mine to carve a pumpkin while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I kept that up this year.  Who knows, maybe between now and Friday I will buy and carve another.

And finally, so sorry about the radio silence around here lately.  I’ve been a bad blogger, bad at keeping up with the schedule I laid out for myself.  I feel like I have been buried under work this quarter, and even though I enjoy my work, it’s taken a toll and certain things, like this blog, have had to take a backseat.  I’m not sure I’ll stick to my original schedule for the blog 100%, but I am going to make an effort to post more.  Hope everyone has a fantastic last week of October!

October 2014 Ipsy Unbagging

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It’s time for another Ipsy unbagging.  This month it feels like it took a long time for it to get here, but maybe I’m just imagining things.   As per usual, before we get into October’s bag, I like to take a look back at the previous month, since I unbag these items, but I don’t necessarily review the product.  Here is how I fared with September’s bag:

Briogeo hair mask: I really like this. I’ve used it a few times on the ends of my hair and have noticed a definite difference in how dry it is.  This was also a great sample size, and I still have probably 3-5 more uses.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Gloss: Eh.  This is an OK product, nothing special.  It also has an odd smell, so I’m going to get rid of it.

Crown Dual-Ended Brush: I like this brush.  It’s soft, and applies the product well.  There is a bit of fallout though, which I’m not a big fan of, but it does the trick.

Pacifica Eyeliner: I love the brown color, and this goes on really smoothly.  Not sure it is truly waterproof though.  It does smudge quite a bit, but I like this.

NYX Eye Shadow: This is a beautiful, very usable color, and I’ve been enjoying it.  It is very soft and crumbly though, but it’s a great all-over color.

All in all, September’s bag was a good one.  On to October!

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The theme of this month’s bag is Beauty Candy, which is kind of an odd theme for fall, I think.  I suppose candy could be a nod towards Halloween, but as you can see from the color of the bag, which is much more to the green side of teal in person, and if you’ve looked at any of the promotional materials Ipsy put out for this bag, you’ll see that everything is pastel colors.  It honestly reminds me of Easter or spring, but the idea is little makeup treats.  Seeing the contents of this bag, I definitely feel like they missed the “treat” part.  The bag is OK – it’s a plasticky, vinyl bag.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s not awful by any means.

My first product is Ayres Patagonia Body Butter.  This is a body butter that is supposed to nourish and protect skin.  It feels good on the skin, and a little goes a long way, but wow does this smell bad.  It smells like a mixture of sunscreen and lemon bathroom cleaner.  Definitely not a scent I want on my body, no matter how amazing the cream itself feels.  This is a 1 oz sample, worth around $4.15.  The full-size is 6.75 oz and retails for $28.

The next product is H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. This is a facial moisturizer that is supposed to minimize the appearance of fine lines.  I haven’t had the best luck getting moisturizers from Ipsy.  This one is a light weight blue gel, and unfortunately, it smells a lot like the body butter.  It’s definitely more on the citrus side and less on the chemical side, but it does smell like alcohol.  The gel itself feels nice and is cooling on the skin, but again – do I really want to smell like a citrus scented bathroom cleaner?This is a .33 oz sample worth about $7.20.  The full-size is 1.7 oz and retails for $36.

My next product is Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder. I got the color Ocean Breeze.  This looks really cool in the packaging.  It’s very celestial looking.  It’s a dark blue shadow, with silver and light blue shimmery undertone.  I’m unsure of this color on me, but I’ll see if I can make it work.  I’ve never tried any Jesse’s Girl products, but I know they are supposed to be decent drugstore products. This feels really creamy on my skin when I swatch it, and just swatching it doesn’t produce any fallout, so this could be a winner. This is a full-size product and retails for $3.99.

Next is Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths.  These are just face wipes that are supposed to foam and be a great alternative to washing your face when you’re in a rush.  They are also supposed to remove makeup.  I’ll see how these go.  I haven’t had the best luck with face wipes (most are too rough on my skin). These also have a bit of an off-putting chemical citrus smell, so I’m not too keen on them already.  This is a 10 cloth sample size, worth about $5.00.  The full-size is 30 cloths and retails for $15.

My final product for October is Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure.  I’ve never heard of this brand, but the color is a nude pink. It smells like vanilla cupcakes, but this is a heavy sticky gloss, which I’m not a fan of.  I’ll probably toss this because I have other lip glosses in this color that aren’t sticky.  This is a .03 oz sample, worth about $2.57.  The full-size is .14 oz and retails for $12.

So that is my Ipsy bag for October. Overall, this bag is just okay. It contains some “staple” skin care products, and the makeup products aren’t very exciting to me, considering that I got an eyeshadow and lip gloss last month. Frankly, I’m really not that satisfied with my Ipsy subscription.  The products themselves are mediocre at best in terms of quality, brand appeal, and size, and I’m just not keeping or using a lot of the stuff I get from Ipsy.  This bag also illustrates a trend I’ve been noticing.  Overall, if you look on the Ipsy site at all the products they sample any given month, there is a good mixture of products.  There are makeup samples, hair care, skin care, body care, fragrance, nail polish, tools.  But, their algorithm for putting the bags together is terrible, because I feel like there is no variety here.  I got 3 skincare products that all smell extremely similar (in a bad way), and two drugstore makeup items.  The total value of the bag this month is around $23, which is good for a $10/month bag, but this one leaves me seriously contemplating canceling Ipsy.  Is anyone else feeling disappointed by their Ipsy lately?

The spiel:
Ipsy is a $10/month subscription service, and you get 4-5 beauty products ranging in size from deluxe sample, to travel size, to full-size.  You can go to Ipsy.com for more details and to sign up (that is not a referral link – it just goes to the Ipsy homepage).  Be forewarned that there is a waiting list at the moment, and I’ve heard that you can be on the wait list for up to two months now.

That is it for this month’s unbagging.  I am going to leave coupon codes from the brands I received this month down below, so if you see anything you want you can snatch it up for a discount.  If you also got an Ipsy bag, or have used any of these products, or are also feeling pretty meh about Ipsy lately, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

October 2014 “Beauty Candy” Coupon Codes:

AYRESIPSY at ayresbeauty.com for 25% off + free shipping on any purchase of $40 or more.  Valid until 10/31/14

IPSYGCC at skyniceland.com for 50% off one item + 20% off all additional products.  Valid until 11/21/14

IPSY at starlooks.com for 20% off cosmetic orders.  Valid until 11/30/14

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1 — I have so been enjoying walking around my neighborhood.  The hallmark of Hyde Park is the University of Chicago, and even though I’ve been in Hyde Park for around two years now, I’d never really explored campus.  These beautiful fall evenings Chicago has been having are great for walks, and campus is quite the bustling place now that classes are back in session.  This is a picture of the newly opened and renovated Saieh Hall for Economics, which used to be the Chicago Theological Seminary when it was built in the 1920s, and I just think it is a gorgeous building.  Plus, the benches outside of it are a great place to sit and listen to one of the university’s carillon concerts on a Sunday afternoon.

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2 — I have recently become pretty obsessed with YouTube and watching videos.  One of my favorite channels is essiebuttonvlogs.  I just love watching her weekly (and now every-other-day) vlogs.  I hadn’t watched in a while, so this week I played catch up and loved every minute of it.  I think I like these vlogs so much because they are just depictions of normal, everyday life.  Nothing fancy here, and that is the beauty.  If you find yourself with 20 or 30 spare minutes, head over and check them out.  You won’t be sorry.

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3 — Changing seasons means that I like to change up my music and my playlists.  I was putzing around on my Spotify account, looking for new stuff, and stumbled across this album, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, by M83.  It came out in 2011 and I was obsessed with it.  It’s one of the few albums out there that I like every single song on.  I’ve been listening to this album on repeat pretty much exclusively this week.  Sometimes there is not much better than rediscovering an old favorite.

Feast Friday: Pumpkin Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sauce, with Lemon Parmesan Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes

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I have been a little remiss with my cooking lately.  I don’t know what it is, but I have just not been in the mood to cook, so I’ve been relying on old boring standbys and meals quickly grabbed from the grocery store each day.  This week however, I found myself in the mood to do up a whole meal.  I built this meal around a pack of honey roasted pumpkin ravioli from Trader Joe’s, that I had in my fridge and needed to use up.  I decided to use it up and make this perfect fall meal of pumpkin ravioli with a brown butter sauce, paired with lemon parmesan roasted broccoli and garlic roasted potatoes.  I already did a post on the potatoes here, so this post is going to primarily focus on how to make the brown butter sauce and the roasted broccoli.

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Ingredients for the brown butter sauce:
1 stick of (unsalted) butter
2 1/2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Ingredients for the lemon parmesan roasted broccoli:
1 large head of broccoli
5 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 cloves of garlic -OR- 1 tsp garlic powder
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

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To make the roasted broccoli:
Begin by heating your oven to 425 degrees.  Cut your broccoli into florets.  You can see I even cut some of those florets into smaller pieces.  The smaller your broccoli pieces, the crispier they will come out.  I also did not wash my broccoli.  If you do wash it, dry it thoroughly.  If the broccoli is not dry, it will not get crispy.

In a bowl, combine your broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic (or garlic powder).  Stir together until the florets are coated, then transfer to a foil lined baking sheet.  Make sure the broccoli is laid out in a single layer, so all the pieces get crispy.

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Bake the broccoli in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the broccoli begins to brown.

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Remove the broccoli from the oven.  Sprinkle it with your lemon juice and top with the parmesan cheese while it is still hot.

To make the brown butter sauce:
Melt your butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Once it is melted, continue to let the butter cook until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes.  Do not walk away from your cooking butter.  It can burn really quickly, so keep an eye on it.  Once the butter has browned, remove it from the heat.  Stir in the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar until combined.  Toss your cooked ravioli with the brown butter sauce and garnish with your chopped pecans.

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Then just serve it all up, along side the roasted potatoes and you have a really delicious, filling fall meal.  This is a great vegetarian option, but I could also see pairing the broccoli and ravioli with a roasted pork tenderloin instead.

Happy feasting!