Quitting Smoking

Allo Loves!

So today is my second day of quitting smoking.  It has been a struggle I must say, but it is something that is completely necessary. I don’t think I would have done it if it wasn’t for a special someone in my life *shy face* haha. It’s a team effort, and I feel as though that is making all of the difference. I trust that he’s being strong and he’s doing the same for me, and I don’t want to let him down.

The cravings can get pretty bad at times, but I just think about all the money I’m going to be saving and all of the health benefits – the cravings just magically disappear!

If anyone has any advice to help me quit, that would be PRIMO!

A. xox


Product Review – Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

You might have heard about this “BB” cream that seems to be trending right now. No one I know had actually tried it yet, so I did a bit of research and looked for online reviews. Since the feedback seemed to be pretty positive, I decided to give in to my curiosity and give it a try!

I went out to the nearest drugstore and decided to purchase the most inexpensive BB cream I could find. I found Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB cream for about $12, which is perfect for my first trial. I didn’t want to spend too much in case I found this to be unnecessary to my routine.

What is BB cream?
BB stands for “Beauty Balm”, or “Blemish Balm” and it seems to be advertised as a multipurpose cream. It’s almost like a tinted moisturizer, with added benefits. For example, Maybelline claims that this cream will help enhance the look of skin with 8 benefits in 1:

1. With SPF 30 helps prevent sunburn.
2. Helps blur the look of imperfections.
3. Creates a natural looking glow.
4. Skin looks visibly smoother.
5. Compliments skin-tone.
6. Hydrates all day.
7. Feels fresh.
8. Oil free.

My experience with BB cream
My skin is naturally oily and I tend to break out most around the chin and temple areas.  After having used this product for less than 1 week I can say that I actually like this BB cream. The first day, I do remember thinking that the smell was not the most enticing, but I don’t notice it anymore. I picked the shade Light/Medium and I was surprised at how perfect a match the cream was to my skin-tone.

I’ve read that a lot of people felt that this made their skin appear oily, but I haven’t had that problem. It feel light on my skin and gives it a nice glow. I use it after my Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer and I find that I don’t have to use foundation afterwards since it provides sufficient coverage. I do use a bit of concealer to conceal any breakouts, but that’s it. I finish with a blotting powder and I’m all done! I love how much of a difference it makes, and how quickly the effect is apparent. It lasts all day and I never have to reapply.  I’m thinking of replacing foundation altogether and using BB cream instead. I’d like to try a “higher end” brand to see the difference, and if it’s worth the splurge.

Product name:
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream
Price paid: $12
Pros: price, good coverage, feels light, non-oily, instant glow
Cons: smell
Overall review: Good product, non-oily, good quality/price

Comfort Food for a Rainy Day

Hello everyone!

It is very rainy today and I just thought I would share a quick thought with you all. On a cold day like this you need something to make you feel warm, cozy and comforted and what’s my solution? A PB&J sandwich with a large cup of coffee… is that weird? What are some of the weird things that make you feel better on a gloomy day?Image


Kass xox

My Beauty Routine

Hello Lovelies!

So I find this blogging business a very strange concept, but I am going in this with an open mind.

My beauty routine is pretty basic in the morning. I was my face with a brand called Softsoap – it’s an aloe vera based HAND soap but I find it does wonders on my skin.

I use a collagen elastin moisturizer, I find that I have oily skin sometimes so this moisturizer is perfect for me.

Next step is my foundation, I just started using the M.A.C Matchmaster and so far I love it.  It builds up coverage on those problem areas quite nicely.

For the eyes I use a liquid eyeliner called “Titanium” by Annabelle…it NEVER smudges even on the roughest of days!  As for mascara, I use my old faithful Lycra-based mascara from Rimmel.  That pretty much sums up my beauty routine. I like to keep it simple and still look polished.

Toodles! xo

DIY Organic Face Exfoliant

I’m a strong believer that it’s important to monitor what you put in and on your body. I like the idea of natural products, cutting out chemicals and keeping it simple. However, I’m not going to run out and start spending all of my money on the over-priced newest trending “organic” products.

There’s been a lot of hype about organic products lately, and all I have to say is that research is important. Do. Your. Research. There are many companies out there that have found a loophole, changed some wording on their labels and the products they are selling now are really no different nor better than the non-organic version. I have found that in most cases, anyway, though some organic or natural products definitely have added benefits. That’s why I make an effort to buy more produce, eat clean (avoid anything packaged like granola bars and such), and find a creative use for what’s in my kitchen.

This is by far the easiest recipe I’ve used, consisting of only 2 ingredients. I do this about once or twice a week. I have oily skin and I find that if I exfoliate too much, my skin actually increases its oil production and I just end up looking greasier. Not good.

So like I said, I do this about once a week, usually at night so that I can leave my skin be and not put anything on it after I’ve exfoliated and moisturized.

This leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft every time!

What you will need:
1 tbsp refined sugar
1/4 lemon (cut a lemon in 4 and grab a quarter!)
1 cotton face pad (I like the big round ones for this)

You can always switch up the sugar for raw sugar or even brown sugar, if you prefer. I personally use whatever is at my disposal. You can also use lemon juice, but I have tried it, and personally don’t find it to be as effective as the real deal.

1. Wash your face with hot water and soap. (Right now I’m loving the emu neem soap from Earth to Body). Don’t dry your face!

2. Squeeze the lemon onto your face pad and then rub the rest of the lemon onto your face, neck and chest areas.

3. Add the sugar to your face pad.

4. Rub the pad in circular motions all around your face, jawline, neck and any other areas you might want to exfoliate. This should take about 2 minutes.

5. Rinse with warm water, pat skin dry with a clean towel.

Voila! So fresh and so cleaaaaan!

Carine’s Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe

I do my best to eat healthy, but sometimes I find it difficult to take the time to cook something healthy, especially when cooking for one.

Nowadays, it seems that everyone is always rushing off somewhere and that’s why fast food is so tempting. And I’m definitely guilty of succumbing to the convenience of fast food, but since the semester started, I’ve been determined not to let my good eating habits fall by the wayside.

This salmon recipe took me about 25 minutes from prep to serving time. It’s unbelievably easy, healthy, AND I had time to get other things organized while it was in the oven.

Carine’s Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe

Preparation Time: 2 mins.
Cook Time: 18-22 mins.
Total Time: approximately 25 mins.

I based the recipe on one portion to make it easier to multiply if you choose to make additional fillets.
I cheated a little bit by using Clubhouse Salmon Spice, but you can always substitute the store-bought spice for any other spices you like.
All of my measurements are approximate and can be modified to suit your preferences.

1 Salmon Fillet, raw
1/2 tsp Clubhouse Salmon Spice
1/2 tsp butter, softened
1 tbsp lime juice
chili powder

1. Preheat oven at 350°F.
2. Place your salmon in aluminum foil.
3. Add your lime juice, then add your salmon spice, chili powder, and a bit of salt and pepper, ensuring to cover both sides of the fillet.
Finally, sit the butter on top of the fillet
Put in the oven and cook for approximately 18-22 mins.

I usually steam or boil some carrots and asparagus to serve on the side, but you can use whichever vegetables you like.

Based on 1 serving.


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