Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 42: Paleo Peach Ice Cream


Here is a quick and easy ice cream recipe for all my Paleo lovers!

Paleo Peach Ice Cream

1 can of coconut milk
3 sliced and peeled peaches
or
1 large can of pre-sliced peaches (syrup removed)
1 tbsp of raw organic honey
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Easy steps...
Blend the peaches in a blender or food processor. I used canned peaches because it was too late to run out and buy fresh peaches. Next time I will!


Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend until well mixed.

Then pour your ingredients into an ice cream maker and let it run for about 25 to 30 min.




Last step: Enjoy!!!


Thanks for reading!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Product Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET SMOOTH-EFFECT MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 SUNSCREEN (12 BEIGE ROSÉ)

I was so excited when I stopped by the Chanel counter today and saw them putting out this new foundation! I've used Perfection Lumiere in the past and I am a huge fan so I just knew this foundation had to be good.

First thing, like all of Chanel's products, this foundation has an incredible fragrance. If you're not a fan of scents then you might not like it but I absolutely love it! It's fresh and clean and has just a hint of perfume. Perfect!

Before the Chanel makeup artist applied it, she checked the color against my jaw line to make sure it was a perfect match, and turns out my color is 30. It matched PERFECTLY, as if this shade was made for me! How awesome is that?! Picking out foundations is always a battle for me so it was nice to find one that matched so well. She then removed all of my old makeup and toned my skin with Lotion Douceur which balanced my skin. Then she applied a moisturizer, which I didn't happen to catch the name of, as well as an under eye cream. 

Using a foundation brush, she applied the Perfection Lumiere Velvet all over my skin. It's surprisingly very liquidy but it went on smoothly and it evened out my complexion quite nicely. One layer gave me medium coverage, which is what I like, but if you're looking for full coverage, I believe two layers will do that for you. 

The best part about it, besides the fragrance, and the coverage, and the fact that it's oil free and has an SPF of 15 is the velvety/matte finish! It looks and feels so soft, as if it was just set with a powder, which is exactly what I need for my oily/combination skin. It's lightweight and feels like you're not wearing any makeup at all!

She rang me up, handed me a bag of samples, and I was out the door. When I got to my car I took a picture so I could see what it looked like in natural light...


This may not be the best picture but you can at least see here that the color matches my skin... my neck and my face are even and that's what we want! Yay!

Look at these goodies...


I've been wearing it for about 4 hours now and I don't look or feel oily at all. It still has that powdery finish too! 

Now, I almost ended this blog by saying this was the best foundation I had ever tried and I recommend it to everyone in the whole UNIVERSE! Okay, maybe that would have been a bit too extreme, but you get the picture! Anyway... then I thought I should take a picture using the flash and see how that looks. Well ladies, you know that white cast that we all hate?! Here it is...

*this picture was taken 4 hours after application*

Oh Lawwwd!! That is not good. Remember how I said the shade matched my skin perfectly?? Well, apparently it doesn't in flash pictures. The coverage is excellent as you can see, but the white cast is a no-no! So sad!!! The Chanel makeup artist did give me some samples of a darker shade (to use when I get nice and tan on my trip to Costa Rica, baby!!) so I am going to try that out tomorrow and see if that makes a difference. I will let you know how that goes!

Day 2! So I have returned with an update on shade 40. 

I applied shade 40 this morning at around 5:30 am. Here is a selfie I took at work to show you the color match...


Looks pretty good, eh?


And here's another photo, this time using flash. NO WHITE CAST! YAY! I guess going up a shade was the solution to my problem.

Did I mention that this picture was taken 17 hours later?!! After a long day at work and then a few hours at play practice, my girlfriend and I went out for a night on the town. Look at how this foundation held up all day! (This picture has no filter, btw) Talk about long lasting!!

My final thoughts: I love this foundation! It's definitely the best foundation I have ever used and I recommend it to all my girlfriends with oily/combination skin! The price tag is $45 but sometimes a girl needs to splurge! Trust me, you'll like it!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Biosilk Review


Over the last few years I've heard a bunch of makeup gurus boast about Biosilk and I could never justify spending over $25 for shampoo and conditioner! Okay, call me cheap, but I'd way rather find a cute top or some new sandals for $25 bucks instead. Anyway, I was out shopping at Target a couple weeks ago and as I was browsing the "high end" shampoos and conditioners, I saw a bonus pack containing one Biosilk Shampoo AND a Biosilk Silk Therapy Oil for only $13! GANGA!!! I couldn't pass it up! Even my husband encouraged me to buy it... my man knows a good buy when he sees one!

Well... I've been using the shampoo and oil for about a week now and although I haven't noticed much difference with the shampoo, I have fallen in love with the oil! I love, love LOVE the way it smells! If you've read my blogs before you know that I am huge on scents. If something smells funky, I will not buy it, no matter how expensive it is or the quality of it... I just don't like stank!

The best part about the oil is how soft and shiny it makes my hair, without weighing it down. A little goes a long way with this stuff too. After I style my hair, I put about a dime sized amount of oil on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then run my fingers through my hair. Here is the result...


I like to add a little extra to the hair underneath, right above my neck, because it gets pretty tangled throughout the day. Since I've been doing this, I've noticed my hair doesn't get as tangled! 

I also like to use it on my body right after I get out of the shower. Yes, this stuff has even replaced my lotion!! I've noticed my hands are a lot softer and my skin doesn't feel as itchy anymore. 

I know the oil can be pricey, but now I know what those beauty gurus were always talking about! The oil is good stuff and definitely worth the splurge! 

Happy Friday!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Bridal Shower Gift: Date Night Box


So recently I attended a bridal shower for my dear friend Shanna and instead of getting her the same ol' same ol' bridal shower gift, I decided I wanted to be a little more creative. So I got to thinkin' and put together a little thing I'd like to call the "Date Night Box". It was super easy and super fun to make so if you're looking to give a future bride a "not so typical" shower gift, keep reading!

Supplies you'll need are:
Any size box with a lid (make sure it's a material that stickers can stick to). The one I used was card storage box and I bought it at Target for $6
Tissue paper

 Popsicle sticks to write date night ideas on and a jar (One Stop $1 section at Target) to put those popsicle sticks in

 Letter stickers (One Stop $1 section at Target)

Gift tags (One Stop $1 section at Target)

On the inside of the lid, use the stickers to spell out "Date Night Box" and "xo" or "love" or "ooh la la"...

Next, place a couple pieces of tissue paper on the inside of the box.

Now fill the box with whatever date night stuff you think they might like. For example, I put the jar of "Date Night Ideas", a container of Sprinkles Cupcakes Mix, some lingerie, and some Altoids (for the "morning after", ya know, to get rid of that STANK breath!) Haha!

And here is the final result...




Stay tuned for more DIY gift ideas!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Day 33: Paleo Grocery List

Yes you read the title correctly! I have surpassed Day 30 and I have decided to stick to my Paleo Challenge until we leave for Costa Rica in T-minus 20 days!

A lot of people have been asking me, "what do you eat on Paleo" or "what do you buy when you go grocery shopping" and so I decided to put together a grocery list for those who are thinking about starting Paleo. I know you can find a ton of general lists online so this will be a list of stuff I like to buy and I'll also add where I've found these items for the best price!

  
  

 

Fruits and Veggies
Strawberries -- Sprouts/Best price and best taste! (Sometimes Fry's too)
Blueberries -- Sprouts/Safeway
Raspberries -- Sprouts/Safeway
Bananas
Avocados -- Sprouts/Trader Joe's (they also have these great guacamole kits with everything you need for only $4)
Asparagus -- Sprouts
Sweet Mini Peppers -- Walmart/Sprouts 
Bell Peppers -- Sprouts
Green Zucchini Squash -- Sprouts
Yellow Zucchini Squash -- Sprouts
Spaghetti Squash -- Sprouts/Safeway
Butternut Squash -- Costco
Pumpkin
Spinach
Kale -- Fry's
Mixed Baby Greens
Jalapenos
Garlic

 


Meats and Seafood
Lean Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast -- Sprouts
Chicken Wings -- Target
Turkey Sausage -- Sprouts
Chicken Sausage -- Sprouts
Pork Roast
Bacon
Chorizo -- Sprouts
Steak
Carne Asada -- El Super/Carnecerias
Tilapia -- Costco
Shrimp -- Target/Costco
Scallops
Eggs -- Costco





Other Stuff...
Almonds -- Sprouts
Almond Flour -- Trader Joe's
Coconut Flour -- Sprouts
Almond Butter  -- Walmart
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk -- Costco
Unsweetened Coconut Milk -- Trader Joe's
Honey -- Costco
Raw Cocoa Powder
Coconut Sugar -- Sprouts
Coconut Oil -- Walmart


I've probably missed some stuff but nevertheless it's still a pretty good list and a great start if you're looking to change your eating habits.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 29: Paleo Smoothies!!!!!!!

A smoothie a day keeps the snacking away... Okay, I know that's not how the saying goes, but that's really what works for me! I blend up a smoothie in the morning, toss it in the fridge when I get to work and in the middle of the day, when I get that urge to snack, I whip out my healthy and delicious smoothie!

Here are two of my favorite "paleo" friendly recipes!

Oooooh chocolate!!!!!!!!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 bananas
1 tbsp of raw cocoa powder
2 tbsp of almond butter
2 cups of almond milk
1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1 cup of ice (add more if needed)

Berry Berry Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 2)
1/2 banana
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of frozen strawberries
2 cups of almond milk
1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1 cup of ice (add more if needed)

Blend blend blend and sip sip sip!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for reading! 

xoxo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Day 26: Parmesan Asparagus and Paleo Update!

So as you can see it has been 26 days since I started the Paleo diet and I can honestly say that it is a life changer! After the first week or so I noticed a boost in my energy levels and I also noticed that I was waking up with a flat tummy! I've had this pooch for the last few years and I never understood why it was there! But nooooow, I know! All that delicious bread, pasta, and cake was taking shelter in my gut! Haha!! And now that I've been eating clean, I have this nice flat tummy!

I've only lost around 5lbs but that's because I didn't have that much weight to lose. If you're looking to lose more than 5lbs and you're sticking to this diet, I can guarantee that you WILL lose way more than just 5lbs in one month! I've seen it happen more than a handful of times!

I will admit that I do have "bonus nights" where my husband and I will go out for pizza or we'll have a bit of ice cream as a treat or something of that sort, but we're always right back on the diet.

Now on to recipes!

One of my favorite side dishes is asparagus! Grilled, sauteed, roasted, any way, I like it!

Here is my favorite way to make it!



Ingredients:
Garlic Salt
Pepper
Coconut Oil
Finely grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Clean the asparagus and lightly coat it with melted coconut oil.
Season with garlic salt and pepper.
Lastly, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and bake for 15 minutes. 

Remember, cheese isn't Paleo, but eaten "sparingly", it's ok.

Enjoy!