Useful Holiday Giftset Idea

A girl can only have so many Bath & Body Works gift sets. Instead get her (or yourself) something that’s hydrating for the dry/cold winter months and is made from all-natural ingredients. No more dry patches and flakiness. You may be hesitant at first to cleanse and hydrate your skin with an oil, but Josie Maran products are nourishing and not greasy. All products apply well as a night treatment or even in the day under makeup–it won’t budge! For a full Josie Maran Argan oil product review comparison click here.

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Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection found at Sephora $39, $68 value

 Who this is great for: Dry, combination skin, sensitive skin Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Fail & Success

Gluten-free baking from scratch is a beast of it’s own, one that I’ve been avoiding for the longest time. Many attempt, but few succeed. I finally took up the challenge this weekend to make a gluten-free carrot cake, and just for fun I thought it’d be a good idea to try making it vegan as well. It was a terrible idea and I failed miserably. Two days, wasted batter, and a disappointing spirit later I cut my losses. So all my efforts weren’t all for nothing (and because I still wanted carrot cake) I reached for a box of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Cake Mix.

Why I Love It

  • No hassle
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors
  • Tastes like regular cake, you can’t tell the difference
  • Made with Rice Flour

The only down side is it’s made with sugar instead of stevia, which is an ingredient I generally use to sweeten my food with. When I get the courage to try my hand at gluten-free baking again I’ll be sure to sub in the stevia. Stay tuned :)

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again

Coconut flakes, almonds, and raisins

 

 

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A real lady matches her nails to her cupcake

Gluten-Free Crackers Product Review

I love this stuff!! It’s the first thing I grab when I go to the store. Unlike other gluten-free crackers out there that try to imitate regular gluten crackers and can taste quite stale, these don’t try to imitate it at all. They have a crispy light crunch to them and go perfectly with other toppings or you can eat it by itself. Most people who are non-gluten cringe at the idea of eating something gluten-free, but I gave some to a few coworkers to try and they loved that so much that they went out and bought a few boxes for themselves. There’s a variety of different flavors in this line as well, but I just go for the original.

Ingredients:
Rice flour, potato starch, salt, almonds, safflower oil, natural butter

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Product Review: Olay Pro-X

Quick review time! So three months ago I was debating on whether or not to buy the Clarisonic cleansing system or to go for the more affordable drug store brand, Olay Pro-X. Growing up, my mother always bought Olay products, and so naturally I got turned onto them as well. I decided to give the Olay Pro-X cleansing system a go, and if I didn’t like it I could always get my money back. Olay has a 60-day money-back guarantee on this product and so does Ulta Beauty (love that store).

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Price

It is regularly priced at $25-$28. I had a coupon and got it for $20. Can’t complain there.

Features

  • Lightweight
  • Rotating brush head
  • 2 speed controls
  • Water-resistant for easy use in the shower
  • Includes 2AA batteries and a sample size exfoliating cleanser

Results

The Olay Pro-X cleansing system claims to cleanse and gently exfoliate while deep cleaning 6x better than manual cleansing. What did I find? Well, not exactly the results I was hoping for. I have combination-skin. Although the texture of my skin did improve slightly, the cleanser was a little too harsh for my dry patches and brought out more flakiness. I would say using a more gentler cream based cleanser for those areas like Cetaphil would probably be best.

For my forehead, nose, and cheeks, where I’m prone to getting more breakouts and clogged pores I was hoping the brush head would somehow magically suck out the whiteheads and I’d have shrunken pores. The brush was good about cleansing the top surface and removing my makeup, but I didn’t feel like it took out any of the dirt that might have been left under the surface.

After trying this for 2 weeks both on my face and body, I ended up returning it. It did however still clean my face better than regular manual washing. For this system, I think the cleanser is key. If you’re lucky enough to have normal type skin and just want a better alternative to manual washing that’s still affordable, I think this system will work for you as long as you find a cleanser that will still clean the surface but not tear the skin. I also recommend steaming your face or using a hot towel to open your pores to better work in the product. If you’re looking to get a more deep cleaning then try going for a  cleansing system with pulse-sonic vibrations. I’ll be trying the Clarisonic Mia 2 system next which has the pulse-sonic technology and let you know what I think, til then…

Argan Oil Product Review

Argan oil, is an all-natural plant-based oil extracted from the nut kernels of the argan tree in Morocco. It can be used as a moisturizer for the skin and a serum for the hair, and YES you can use argan oil even if you have OILY skin. I have oily-combination and sensitive eczema skin  and have not been faced with any breakouts(no pun intended).

Buyer BEWARE

That being said, because argan oil is imported from Morocco, argan oil in it’s purest form will be a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. However, be careful when buying products that state they have argan oil in them when in fact it’s mixed with mostly fillers and additives with only a little bit of argan oil. So unless it only has 1 ingredient, 100% Organic Argan Oil or Argania Spinosa, you are being duped. Continue reading