Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil and Simple Soothing Toner


One of the new trends in cleansing is the cleaning oil. While they used to only be found when ordered online from prestige brands, some are making their way into the drugstore. When I found out that Simple was selling a cleansing oil for a good price, I had to check it out for myself!
Cleansing oils are supposed to remove makeup by breaking down the particles of the makeup, including water proof formulas, and leave the skin feeling hydrated but not oily. My major concern is whether this would have some type of oily residue after cleansing with it, or that it would not effectively remove my makeup.
According to the package, to use you simply apply 2-3 drops of the oil to your dry hands and then rub into face until the makeup is broken down and then rinse with water. For me, I think the best technique is to apply more oil, about a quarter sized amount and still not a lot, and then rub it into my skin and then rub warm water into my skin until I feel the oil and the makeup have fully separated from my skin and then cleanse with warm water.
I am very pleased with the results I get from this product, it really removes all of my makeup, includes waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and has left my skin feeling really good and not oily at all. I have also not experience an uptick in breakouts after using this product. It is also enforce tally beneficial since you don't have to use a disposable product like a cotton pad or a wipe when using.
While I picked up the cleansing oil, I also decided to try the soothing toner from Simple. It is completely alcohol free and is supposed to have nutrients for healthy skin like vitamins and witch hazel. Since it is alcohol free, it doesn't dry my skin out at all. I find it leaves my skin feeling refreshed when I use it, whether that is after cleansing or in the morning to remove dirt and oil from the night before. While I haven't noticed any great change from using this toner, it is definitely a good product to check out if you are looking at toners.
Overall, I am very happy with these two,products which have now become a permanent part of my cleansing routine. If you are looking for a great cleanser for sensitive skins or just looking for a change, I would recommend the cleansing oil. I really hope more drugstore brands come out with cleansing oils since I really enjoy the format.
What cleansing oils have you tried?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review and Unboxing: Influenster Kat Von D box: lock it concealers, powder, and brushes!


Recently, I was lucky enough to to be chosen to participate in the Kat Von D Influenster Vox box! I was super excited because I love Kat Von D products but an hesitant to buy her face products because I'm so picky about foundation and concealers. I was so pleasantly surprised with these concealers and other products! Below I have included a list of the products and their retail price at Sephora.
The items I received in the box are:
Lock it Concealer cream in L1 neutral and L3 warm ($26 each)
Lock it Setting Powder ($30)
Lock it Setting Powder Brush ($38)
Lock it Edge Concealer Brush ($24)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Healthy Recipe: “Fried Rice” Quinoa



Recently I've been trying to find quick and easy recipes that are also healthy and low on empty carbs and high in vegetables. I've seen various recipes online about making “fried rice” using quinoa which is a very healthy carb and contains a good amount of protein! Below is my recipe and I really encourage you to try it out! It takes less than 30 minutes and is very healthy!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

My Healthy Summer weight loss and diet plan Part Two



As someone who has seen the negative effects of unrealistic diet plans first hand, I knew I didn't want to go on any extreme diet this summer. I vowed instead to make small changes that were doable and healthy. The first thing I did was just to “detox” for the school year. This meant for me no specific diet, but just to go back to my normal way of eating at home. I made sure to eat more vegetables and whole foods and to convince my mom to let me make more decisions about what I wanted to eat. Now, I determine my own lunches but still eat what she makes for dinner. I am though, now able to make substitutions and additions. For example, when the side might be pasta or perogies, I can now make myself a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Just doing this I was able to drop almost ten pounds in two weeks. I could tell my body was ready to get rid of extra weight not just in the form of fat, but also retained water. I felt a lot less bloated than before.
After this initial loss, I realized I had hit a plateau and needed to actually “diet”. I began using myfitnesspal to log my food consumption. This has seriously helped me so much! Not only do I know how many calories I should eat, but also how much protein, fiber, and other minerals I need to eat and what I get from food. My goal came to eating between 1000-1200 calories a day. This is. REALLY low amount for many people! Please go on the app’s suggestion for your weight and activity levels! I am only 5’ 1” and sedentary so I need to eat way less calories than most people.
My other goals have been to cut back on processed foods, sweets, dairy, and sugar in general. This means I have almost completely cut out desserts and candy from my diet. I thought this would be super hard since I love sweets, but have have made healthier substitutions (such as fresh fruit, apples with peanut butter, and no added sugar Greek yogurts). I also allow myself one cheat day a week which is Sunday's when I go to my grandmothers because she makes the best whole made desserts. So, while I am eating dessert, I know no mystery ingredients are involved in the process. I also cut back on dairy since I'm mildly lactose intolerant and shouldn't be eating it any way and cutting dairy is supposed to by good for acne. So I only eat Greek yogurt which is naturally lower in lactose. I've also concentrated it eating a lot more vegetables; my goal is to have them for both lunch and dinner whereas growing up I might only eat a non starchy vegetable a few times a month. I also make sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day and no juice or tea and coffee with added sugar.
I really though it was going to be hard to do this, but after the initial week I have been very able to keep up. By eating 1000-1200 calories a day I have been able to lose one pound a week (or technically 1.25 a week). Dieting isn't fast and healthy dieting shouldn't be! As I write this I am 134 pounds, 21 pounds less than my heaviest weight last semester and only one pound away from my goal and entering the “normal” weight range for my height in terms of BMI. 132 is the lowest I've ever weighted and my ultimate goal would be to weigh less than 130 pounds which is still on the heavier side of an healthy weight for my height.
Now for the problems I have faced…
My main problem or worry is that this is not something I can keep up starting in the fall. I am going back to school for my graduate degree and I'm afraid the stress will be too much and I will eat badly. I will also be going back to the cafeteria instead of buying and making my own meals and the selection, from what I can tell, will be more limited than before. I really don't want to relapse and have to think this much about food continuously. Because it is annoying logging and measuring food every day and just having to choose can be annoying.
Another annoyance I have faced is the lack of noticeable changed in my body. There is a reason why my mother was surprised with my weight; I hadn't gotten any noticeably heavier or bigger! All my clothes still fit; my stomach was just a little bloated! And so my measurements haven't really changed. My stomach is like a half inch smaller than when it was bloated. Not even my breasts have gotten any smaller (which for many women is the first sign of weight loss). Many people would be happy to look the same at a heavier weight, but I'm doing this for health reasons not just appearance. But, seeing a noticeable difference is a lot more motivating than just numbers on a scale.
Regardless of my final number or look, I'm glad about what I've learned about nutrition and how much my body really needs to eat at that I'm capable of weight loss and healthy choices. Loosing weight and trying to be healthy is a really charged issue with many people trying for bad reasons or in bad ways. Even if I haven't lost as much as many people could, I'm just glad I was able to do this is a healthy way. My next goal is to become more active! Hopefully living in the city for school next year will mean more exercise!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

My Healthy Summer and Weight loss Journey Part One



First a little background…
Throughout my entire life, I've always been overweight if not obese. Part of this is definitely genetic; almost every person in my extended family is overweight and most are obese. This has been going on for generations. Another large part is my family’s traditional diet. We all eat the same thing we have always eaten back to when we were farmers and factories workers. This means that my meals growing up have been predominantly home cooked, but also mostly meat, potatoes, and bread. I have very few vegetables and fresh fruit growing up. It just wasn't considered necessary or normal to eat a lot of raw vegetables. The final main part of this issue was my lack of exercise. Not to make too many excuses, but I live in a fairly rural area where there are I side walks or parks so there is no safe places to run or play sports. All exercise has to be done on private property or risk being hit by cars going around blind turns.
I have been dieting since around the age of ten or twelve. My mother has been a serial dieter for as long as I am remember. I didn't make any significant weight loss until I was 18 and went to college. A mixture of being able to choose what I wanted to eat and the portions I wanted (At home not eating what my mother made or eating too little always led to annoying comments) and being forced to walk between my dorms and classes and cafeterias led me to loose almost 20 pounds before Christmas.
I managed to keep this weight off until this past year. My senior year was very stressful and made me both mentally and physically ill. I has to go to the doctor several times for vertigo or almost fainting; to the point that she feared I had developed anemia. This stress meant I wanted to go out less, which meant less activity, and also that I stopped caring what I ate. I just wanted something quick and filling whereas before I would go out of my way for healthy option. I was also told that stress also causes the body to retain weight. I then gained the 20 pounds I has lost my freshman year.
Needless to say this was distressful for me. It also came as a surprise. I has though I gained a bit of weight because I knew I had been eating poorly and had been feeling bloated. But no one commented that I looked bigger; my mother was surprised to learn how much I weighed. This summer I made it my goal to loose those 20 pounds I had gained or possibly more. In my next post I will explain my diet plan and plans for the future!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review and Swatch: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Radish


A recent 100 point perk at Sephora came in the form of a mini Bite Beauty lipstick in the color Radish from the new Amuse Bouche line. Since I had missed out on the previous Bite Beauty perks, I had to pick this up!