April 8, 2014

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal

Good Afternoon,

I haven't posted anything on my blog in a long time...I've been super busy with school!!! It's finally feeling like spring here in Sonoma County! I love this weather it's so perfect (75 degrees). I recently went to Walgreens and seen this lovely facial mask that I've been eyeing since forever.



From Walgreens website:

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask Purifying
    Made with natural botanical ingredients to help you look and feel your best. This rich clay mask, with added oatmeal and Vitamin E draw out excess oils and dirt, purging clogged pores, leaving your skin clean and soft.
    Made in USA

    Apply mask to face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes.  Let dry and rinse with warm water.

    ©Freeman Beauty Labs/pH Beauty Labs, Inc.

PROS
Inexpensive
Cleans pores/pimples
No thick consistency
Soothing
Leaves face soft and smooth

CONS
Product comes out fast

I have sensitive skin and this product didn't make me have any sudden breakouts. I definitely recommend this product!

XoXo,

Alaina

February 21, 2014

R.I.P. Minney (February 12, 2014)

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This month has been HELL. Aside from school being a pain in the ass, an unfortunate event happened last (Wednesday, February 12th) week. My beloved baby (dog) girl Minney passed away. She was only 5 years old, gone way too soon. I swear, my dog Minney, was a baby! She was a young child trapped in a dog's body. I know that sounds insane, probably not even possible, but she didn't act like any dog I've ever known. I've had dogs all of my life. It's so heartbreaking what happened to her but I know she is in a lovely place, I just keep remembering... All Dogs Go To Heaven. I miss her so much and will never ever forget her! It's surprising to think that such a small, precious, dog could make a huge impact in my life. Today, I went to the Veterinary Hospital to pick up her cremation. I received her ashes in a beautiful cedar wood box, a stone with her paw print and a quote I chose, and a card with her paw print on the back from the sweet staff. I did shed many tears, but I know my Minney wouldn't want me upset. Minney you were the best dog I've ever had (Biddy too), you were just an innocent baby that loved us so much. Minney, thank you for all the memories, hugs, kisses, and laughs you shared with my family and I. You'll always be in my heart my Nin. Rest in peace our little baby/family member, we love you so much and will forever miss you :')

Minney & I
 
 Taffy (Her Mom) & Minney (Daughter)
R.I.P. Minney

February 1, 2014

Udon Recipe

Hello everyone,

This morning I created a quick, delicious Japanese Udon soup. I've been making several soups this winter and I loved this soup the most! Usually, I'm very organized. However, today I was sort of in a hurry to eat lol. Next time my ingredients will be more organized ;)






Serving Size: 2-3 people

1 packet of Udon noodles

Vegetables
Half of a Daikon (White Radish)
2 Baby Bok Choys
4 Spring Onions/Green Onions/Scallions
2 Shallots (chopped finely)
Handful of Enoki Mushrooms

Broth
4 cups of water
1/4 Tsp of Hondashi (Set your preference) I prefer more flavor
1 Tsp Mirin
1 Tsp Soy Sauce
Pinch of Sea Salt

Garnish
Knob of fresh grated Ginger (optional)

In a pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. While water is boiling, start chopping up the vegetables on a separate plate. Once all chopped, leave vegetables on the plate. (Instead of chopping the daikon, I grated it with a potato peeler, just an option:) Once the water is to a boil, add 1 tbsp of hondashi, let it boil for 2 minutes, (stir around), add 1 tsp of mirin, 1 tsp of soy sauce, and a pinch of sea salt. Grab plate of vegetables and pour them into the pot. Stir around. Add udon noodles into pot and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Finally...Slurp and Enjoy!



January 1, 2014

Vital Care Herbal Organics Conditioner

Hi Everyone!!!

I went to Grocery Outlet a couple of weeks ago and went to the organic body/hair care section. I came across this gem, Vital Care Plus Herbal Organics Conditioner. I believe it was priced for only $3.99! I think it is one of the best hair conditioners I've used, and I've used high end to low end conditioners. 



This conditioner made my hair completely soft and it smells so good. After my hair dried, it felt so silky and incredibly smooth. I recommend to buy it or just try it out!


Xoxo,


Alaina

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!





Xoxo,



 Alaina

November 24, 2013

Queen Helene Refining Pomegranate & Raspberry Natural Facial Scrub Review

Hi everyone!

I have an overdue review lol. I bought this lovely Queen Helene exfoliant from Sally's Beauty Supply about a month ago. I've been using it once a week. I love the smell of pomegranate and raspberry together, such a great combination (I love anything pomegranate lol).   

 


Pomegranate and Raspberry Natural Facial Scrub
From the website: This delicately-fragrant scrub combines Raspberry Seeds with other natural exfoliates to wash away lifeless surface cells and impurities that dull your skin. Pomegranate Oil adds antioxidant protection against the environment's skin-aging effects, as the seeds work to gently expose fresher, more vibrant skin with renewed radiance. This lush, Paraben-free scrub effectively refines skin's texture and conditions it to maintain a vital moisture balance, which leaves your face feeling wonderfully soft and smooth. Use once a week or more often if your skin is oily. Ideal for use in the shower too.


I absolutely love this product! I read other reviews online about it and nobody seems to care for it. It smells so GOOD. It works great for exfoliating my face. I've noticed it doesn't dry out my face like most exfoliators do, it leaves a soft feeling after washing it off. The fall weather has been causing my face to dry easily, so I use this once a week. To add a more moisturizing effect, I just dab some almond oil on my face. I also love how it is cruelty free and paraben free.

XoXo,


Alaina 

September 13, 2013

Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, and Pomegranate Smoothie

Good Morning!

The name of the post might scare you because of all the ingredients in this smoothie! I assure you, there is nothing to fear, it is actually really delicious! It tastes like a banana, berry, pomegranate explosion, lol! I love anar, granada, melagrana or better known in English as pomegranates! I received two pomegranates this week, I almost cried! Just kidding, but I was so happy because that means it is time for pomegranate season! Expect to see tons of pomegranate recipes in the coming months.






Ingredients
8-10 Ice Cubes (Thickens smoothie)
1 cup of Blueberries
1 cup of Blackberries
1 Banana (Diced)
1 cup of Pomegranate Arils


Place ice cubes into blender. Proceed placing 1 cup of blueberries, diced banana, 1 cup of blackberries, and pomegranate arils into blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy! P.S. This smoothie has seeds from the berries and arils, if you don't like a super seedy smoothie, don't add pomegranate arils.



XoXo,

Alaina