Mascara is not my go to product, as I naturally already have really long, dark eyelashes. However, it has lately become my favorite feature accentuating product, since finding this mascara.
My journey with Physicians Formula mascara did not start out as love at first site relationship. They have several different types of organic mascaras and the one I got did nothing and it took me forever to figure out that it was a poopy mascara. Here’s why.
1.) It defined but could not volumize: My lashes already are pretty defined, so it accentuated the definition of my lashes, which I liked, but however, it could not volumize to save its life. I thought that the amount of volume I got from the mascara was normal, until I started to see in pictures that my lashes looked really no different on camera with mascara on than without mascara. Speaking of that,
2.) It looked weird in pictures: It’s amazing flaws you discover about yourself when you start putting on makeup. Apparently, the eyelashes on my right eye curl more than the left. Yay for uneven eyelashes! The mascara made this 10x more noticeable, especially in pictures. It looked like I put mascara on one eye but forgot the other, yikes!
3.) Everyone else who was wearing mascara’s eyelashes looked better than me: When girls with naturally short lashes who I follow on Instagram, were looking better with mascara than me, I knew I had a problem. Did I have to swipe the wand 100x until I cry to get good lashes?
So yeah, it took me like a year to figure out that this was a crappy product, oh well.
So I found this new updated mascara that claimed that it could volumize and define up to 5x. I don’t know if it’s actually 5x (at least for me) but the results are amazing! I cannot rave enough about it! The wand is very lightweight and applies easily. You get so much volume within the first two swipes and you feel like an eyelash queen afterwards! On me, they are like falsies. I like having the falsie effect without having to buy falsies because I do not trust myself with glue and my eyeballs. Best part is that it’s only $10 and as a poor, soon to be college student, this is great!
Here’s the proof:
Hat from Forever 21, dress from J.C. Penney
Wearing nothing but mascara and some rouge, lip color (Vapour Organic Beauty Lip and Cheek Stain in Lure for those who are interested)
Have you tried this product before? Have you tried it against other Physicians Formula organic wear mascaras? What’s your take on it?
I love chia pudding. It is my belief that the Dairy-Free and Soy-Free Gods and Goddesses came together and concocted this amazing pudding for those who have allergies. It’s genius if you think about it. Seeds chilled overnight and bam, you have something of a pudding like texture! Yup, chia pudding is my jam and I’m not ashamed. However, I do not like mango chia pudding. I enjoy mango just as much as the next person, but pureed mango flavor and chia seeds just don’t mix.
To make a long story short, everyone in my family was really sick and I decided to pick out some chia pudding to soothe everyone’s throat. However, all they had left was the mango flavor, so I picked some up for my mother, who likes the mango. However, once I brought it home, she said it was a big no-no food for digestive tract at the time, so there it sat in the fridge. Fast forward to a week later and the fridge is empty, the only breakfast food there being mango chia pudding. Instead of starving or relying on potato chips to give me energy to start my day, I decided to make it work and turn this food that I didn’t like into some sort of delicacy that would make the French jealous. Okay, maybe we shouldn’t go that far, but you get the point.
Drum roll please…….
I made a fruit and nut filled mango chia pudding instead. Here’s a magazine worthy picture!
Nature’s Candy That I Used: Mango chunks (yes I’m aware that this an ironic ingredient, but it tasted great), cantaloupe, pecans, dried figs, and a handful of golden raisins. I also put about a teaspoon of coconut sugar in (a natural sugar-free substitute that doesn’t give you that crash. It taste a lot like brown sugar and your mind/body will thank you for using it later).
This turned out to be one of the best meals that I had in weeks and I started to not mind the mango flavor at all because it was melded in with other stuff. Sometimes, you just have to take what’s in your kitchen and make something out of nothing, get my drift? A little bit of creativity can go a long way!
How do you get creative in the kitchen? Is there an instance where you took a food you didn’t really like and made it into something delicious or at least palatable?
Clean makeup is awesome. However, it is not awesome when it is unaffordable and/or doesn’t work to save its life. I have been reading green beauty blogs for years now and find a lot of value in learning about the pros and cons of these types of makeup products. Through the green beauty community, I have learned that a.) makeup free of harmful chemicals doesn’t have to stay on for just two minutes., b.) anything that you can find in the drugstore you can almost always find a natural dupe online., and most importantly c.) that green makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. Recently, I found two very affordable products, but whether or not they work you’ll have to read in my review to find out :). Here’s my honest review of an eye shadow palette and lip tint/gloss.
The Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette for only $14 is a true gem amongst natural makeup. 100% vegan and cruelty-free, it is clean, green, pressed, and you can create glowing, brightening looks within minutes on the fly. These shadows are super easy to apply and blend like a charm! I don’t even need a brush to do it, my fingers/an applicator work just as well. The only downside to these shadows is that they are not richly pigmented. Therefore, you will need to apply more than you might usually in order to get color payoff. However, I personally prefer subtle eye looks as apposed to bold ones, so this works okay for me. There are some wonderful ingredients in this palette such as coconut oil, brown kelp extract, and ginseng root. The Pacifica website does a great job describing the colors so I quoted them below:
Urchin- An iridescent jeweled purple with gold tones. Use dry as a shadow, wet as a liner. Perfect for smudging and a great substitute for black.
Golden- A perfect gold with just the right amount of shimmer. Use on the lids or line the eyes.
Coral Sand- A satin lid base or highlighter.
Skinny Dip- Matte nude base, a universal brightener. Perfect for using on the inner eye to add brightness
Urchin, I think, is my most favorite purple eyeshadow ever. A lot of purples make me look like I have a black eye, but not this one. Because the Pacifica eye-shadows aren’t as richly pigmented, it wears more like a neutral brown with purple tones on me. It is thee PERFECT crease color and I especially love combining it with the golden shade. Also, might I add that the coral sand is an awesome coral/peachy color especially for my brown eyes. I learned somewhere along the way that peach is a great color for brown eyes and I totally think it’s true :).
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this eye palette. The shadows stays on all day, doesn’t crease, has little fallout when putting it on, blends well, and the colors are stunning. These are thee best powdered eyeshadows I’ve ever tried next to the Jane Iredale pressed eyeshadow and A LOT less expensive. I cannot stop raving about these eyeshadows and in my opinion, this palette puts a lot of conventional makeup brands to shame!
I’m not as enthusiastic about this product as the last one, but I still really, really like it. The ingredients in this first off, let me say, are SUPERB. The creme de la creme of makeup ingredients and online, it is only $5.99 (I paid $8 in the store I got it). It is packed with some fanfreakingtastic stuff such as argan oil, echinacea, and edelweiss stem cells, and cocoa seed butter. Now wonder this gloss taste like chocolate flowers (literally, I’m not even exaggerating in the slightest)!!!! The color in this tube is very deceptive and goes on a lot lighter than it looks. The true color is a sheer plum that is perfect for everyday wear and that you can even wear without any other makeup. Only downside to this gloss is that it does not last very long on the lips and you have to reapply it constantly like a lip balm. However, this gloss makes my lips feel as moisturized as when I put on a lip balm, so I don’t really mind it. Additionally, when you apply it, the color does get on your teeth, so make sure you have some floss handy. Overall though, would recommend!
Here is a picture of me wearing the makeup:
On the eyes: Urchin on the crease and Golden on the lid. Currently, my new favorite eyeshadow look.
Lip Note: I am wearing this lip lush over a nude-ish colored lipstick, so it’s not an exact representation of the color. But this does show how beautifully it pairs with other colors.
Do you keep feeling tempted to munch on all of the amazing goodness that are cookies, cakes, and other treats, but on the inside it is really processed franken crapola? You say, “This one piece of dessert today won’t hurt me, what’s one day going to do, kill me?!”. But then, one day becomes seven days and one dessert a day becomes five desserts a day and so on and so on. That sh*t is addicting, ha-ha! However, worry no more as I have some salivating alternatives that are so awesome that you won’t even want to eat regular, heavily processed, store bought desserts anymore. These treats will be sure to satisfy any cravings you have during the holidays for years to come.
Trader Joe’s Snickerdoodles:
These cookies are literally to die for. The moment you put one in you mouth, it burst with cinnamon flavor. They are also extremely soft and gooey, almost like eating baked cookie dough if there is such a thing, ha-ha. They are truly the best things ever and even better yet, they are free of of the eight most common allergens, so everyone can enjoy them without feeling icky afterwards. They are so delectable and they don’t even taste eight-allergen free! It’s so hard to restrain myself when it comes to these cookies as I pretty much want to eat the whole box. However, they are fun to have as a ‘healthy’ treat once and awhile and I’m sure that once you taste these, you will never want to eat another heavily processed cookie again.
Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats:
I’ve been having these marshmallow treats for years and they are insanely good. Instead of grabbing a heavily processed, 80% fake rice crispie, go for one of these instead. They have an extremely pleasant taste and are also a convenient snack to take on the go. In addition to being organic, they are also gluten and dairy-free, so those with allergies can enjoy them as well. They are also fairly low in sugar with only 7g per bar instead of a big whopping number like 20! Don’t you just hate that? When a treat the size of your thumb regardless of being ‘healthy’ or not turns out to have a butt-load of cane sugar?! It’s the worst. Okay, maybe not the worst, but it is awfully disappointing. And I can safely say that 1-2 of these should satisfy your rice crispie craving, so you won’t be getting some humongous sugar hit, ha-ha. While they are not as ooey-gooey as rice crispies, they have their own unique taste to them and you and/or your kids will learn to prefer these over the 80% fake rice crispie bar. Try them, you won’t regret it!
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits:
It is is of my belief that chocolate lovers will rejoice once they try these things for the 1st time. It will be like losing your virginity to chocolate all over again, ha-ha! These nutty bits deserve some type of reward, seriously. The combination of the bitter dark chocolate chocolate, pistachio/almonds (as well as one other nut that I’m probably forgetting about, sorry nut), and coating of salt is so heavenly, you will never want to stop chewing on it. Okay, you are going to want to stop eventually as that’s just wicked weird, but it will be difficult, trust me. They are also extremely low in cane sugar (I think that two big pieces are worth 6g of sugar, but I’m not positive), so they are perfect if you are trying to cut back on sugar and are trying to fight those cravings. This treat is life and much better than all the other chocolates out thee. I’m sure you all will love it.
Heavenly Organics Chocolate Patties:
Not my photo, just to let y’all know
These patties are exactly what the product name proclaims…simply heavenly! These chocolate treats are filled with ooey gooey honey and all sorts of amazing flavor combinations; whether you are a honey ginger, honey peppermint, honey pomegranate, or honey almond person you will find your pattie. These chocolates have no cane sugar in them, so they are especially perfect for those who are trying to cut back on sugar. They are super fun to eat and taste best when refrigerated! I can’t think of one person who wouldn’t like this treat, unless you don’t like chocolate or something. I have yet to meet someone though who doesn’t like chocolate, except for me when I was 5-6. For some reason as a little girl, I hated chocolate and I don’t know what was wrong with me back then. My Mom and I actually just talked about this and she said that she was actually grateful because she thought that I wouldn’t be afflicted like her with supreme chocolate love. Well, times have changed, and I wouldn’t quite say that I’m afflicted, but during Halloween I’m just about there.
Have any of you guys tried these healthy holiday treats? If not, which ones would you want to try?