Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cooking with Seeds of Change

I signed up for Influenster because of the beauty perks so I totally forgot I clicked the healthy food option on my profile when signing up.  When I got an email asking if I'd review this simmer sauce, I thought "Heck Yeah I would!"  I love to cook and I am all about some sauce.  It isn't my usual beauty topic videos on Youtube but I loved the idea of cooking with my subscribers and sharing what I made.  Is it weird that I like to know what people eat?  It's probably my favorite part of a vlog, is when someone shares what they made for breakfast.  Perhaps, it's because I like to get inspiration from others.  Hope you guys enjoy this!

My Honest Review

There are a few different sauce flavors but the one I got was the mushroom sauce.  My fiance', Lyle, was actually the one who opened the box and went "Aww man, I was hoping for the Sweet & Sour" ha.  I was secretly hoping for mushroom so yay for me!  I didn't think he'd end up eating this dinner with me since he didn't seem too keen on it.
 I waited to make this video when I knew he'd be home late and I could have it all to myself. 

I made this with some zucchini and chicken then poured the sauce over top and sauteed it up, spooning it over mashed potatoes.  I also made a big healthy salad with roasted beets and a homemade vinegarette.

Lyle ended up coming home right when I was finishing up and started stealing bites.  I ended up having to make him a plate too, he loved it.
I would compare the flavor to a better tasting cream-of-mushroom soup which made me think how delish it would be poured over green beans and topped with some crunchy onions this Thanksgiving.
The fact that it's organic is a big bonus in my book.
I also like the easy open pouch!

My rating on this is 5 stars (comparing it to other products like it).  I would choose these sauces over their competitors.  The others that I've tried make my stomach hurt for some reason, maybe all the MSG or whatever but this was light on my tummy and not too rich and again, probably because it's made with organic ingredients.  I checked out their website and they have a lot of information regarding how their products are made and some mentions of organic farming.  Me likey.

This is available for purchase at Target and they run about $2.59 per pouch.

So thank you to Seeds of Change and Influenster for sending this to me for a review!  I had a lot of fun making the review video on Youtube with my own little comical spin on it.  
You can watch it here!

X'S & O'S

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Craziest Facial EVER?!!

What have I gotten myself into this time??  😂

I was contacted by the owner, Jody, of DermaSpace in downtown Seattle to do a vlog about their strange but beneficial electrotherapy facial and I could have jumped out of my seat when I saw the email.  What an amazing concept and being the adventurous gal that I am, 
I said "OF COURSE I will let you hook me up to an electrical current and attach it to my face." 

This treatment has actually been around for a really long time and is even used with athletes to help work topical aid into their sore muscles.  Makes sense that you could do the same with skincare remedies for your face.  Celebrities have discovered this treatment and it is widely used in major cities like NY, LA, and now Seattle!

Jody started out with a gentle face cleanse and exfoliated then brought this sucker out you see below.  Most people don't watch the process live as they are getting it but since I was balancing my camera on my stomach I could see the viewfinder the whole time and I couldn't help but giggle. 
I looked like a Teddy Bear.
This cone was actually around back in the 1930's.  I relate it to the concept of putting a towel over your head then standing over hot water to steam.  This is great for opening pores and assisting with cleaning them out.  So the cone essentially "steamed my face" and I tell you what, it smelled reaaallly good in there and was quite relaxing!

I was so thankful to be in an environment where my filming not only wasn't awkward but invited so I got to play with different camera angles and such.  What a relief!
After 15 minutes the cone was removed and he used a very small vacuum device as well as a rolling technique on any problem areas I had to extract the dirt below the surface.  I always pack on so much foundation on my nose since that's (unfortunately) the one place I sunburn the most so the skin won't cover with just one layer of foundation.  I feel that I really have to pack it on, hence, more dirt/foundation/product jammed into my pores.  I've noticed little specks on the tip of it and it always bothered me.  This part actually did hurt just a tad because it was my first facial and grrrrl, my skin was capital D-i-r-t-y.

Next, you will see why this process is actually known as
"The Hannibal Lecter Facial"
The machine goes up to a level 10 but newbies start at about a 1 or a 2.
He did try a little tester to see how high it would go before I felt anything and I got to a six before I said, "Oh yeaaah I feel it"  I thought I really was dead inside for a second there. 

Light tingles vibrate throughout the face and I could visually see my heart beat pulsating the ceiling.  That's how I knew the blood was really circulating and made me think, "MAAAN I'm going to come out of this thing like I took that youth serum on Death Becomes Her!!"

I sat for about 20 mns and just relaxed in thought, enjoying the music.
The feel of my skin afterwords was UNREAL.  It's hard to explain but it was like someone else's skin.  I didn't recognize the feeling of it with my fingertips.  It was a little red like Jody said it would be and I had a few spots where there were more focused extractions.  The little brown dots on my nose, all GONE!  I almost don't want to wear makeup at the moment; I just want to enjoy my young looking and feeling skin for awhile before I go slapping on my usual spackle.

So I have an entire video I made of the experience and I would love for you to go watch and give it a big thumbs up.  Giggle along with me.   
Also, Jody has mentioned that he isn't taking any new clients but has three estheticians in his office that would gladly provide this exact same service plus, new clients get $15 off their first visit!  
If you go let them know I sent ya! 

You can get more info on their website here DermaSpace.
The office is located in downtown Seattle next to Nordstrom.

Thanks for visiting! :)
X's & O's

Monday, October 9, 2017

6 Fall Favorites

The past two weeks I've been collecting pics that I absolutely love about this time of year and thought this would be a perfect opportunity for a little weekly round up bloggie Mcgee.

1.  Family Fun Photo Walks

Taking pictures with my fiance' out on a walk with the Booger-dog is probs my favorite thing to do.  When the pines start bombing our heads with giant cones and the neighborhood fireplaces are kicking out burning timber I could just run like a kid and jump in a pile of leaves...aside from my fear of a rake still being inside of it. 
For the longest time I used to think I wanted to live somewhere warm year round and then I realized, I love rain and season changes too much. 
 Going without it would probably lead to a depression spiral.

2.  English Countryside Living

Nearly everything I love comes from the UK.  My family tree strongly stems from England so it's in my blood.  My fav bloggers are all English.  I watch them on Youtube as well and sometimes I notice I'm dreaming with an accent.  A cup of tea with a splash of milk in the morning is the BEST and come on, beans and sausage in a full monty style fry-up is ideal for a wintery warm country breakfast.  
One day I hope to visit and I would love to have a proper English tea with all those sandwiches with the crust cut off.  
How I make my morning sipper is with a splash of flavored creamer and some Constant Comment which is an orange rind spiced black tea, then stirring with my fancy golden glitter spoon I got in a boutique in Upper Queen Anne here in Seattle.  Yes, stirring with this spoon makes it taste better.  I'm always on the hunt for some good caffeinated teas so if you can suggest any, comment below!

3.  Witchy Nails

Sinful Colors had a cute end cap at my local drugstore with Halloweenie looking things.  I snagged this nail polish called "Bite Me" and was quite surprised when I layered it on.  One layer was sheer with just a hint of orangey red color and black flecks.  I couldn't stop building the color on over and over until I got it to be the deepest tone it could go.  It's so perfect for October spooky nails but it's limited edition so if you want one you might wanna jump on that! 👻

4.  Raincoats Raincoats Raiiiincoats

I LOVE raincoats!  The one I have on above with the clear pockets is Betsey Johnson.
Booger in a raincoat is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Another reason to look forward to colder weather every year is so I can bring out his little sweaters and jackets. 
 It's also nice to help keep his fur clean when we go on drizzly walks together.
I'm planning on snagging some nifty clear ones (for both of us) this season.

5.  Cheese Balls

My mom gave me some habanero jam that a friend of hers makes down in Mexico and I have been wanting to get creative with different appetizers to go with it.  I googled, "cheddar and jalapeno recipes" and got this one for these "Jalapeno Balls" but altered it just a bit cause I didn't have mozz.  We don't have sports channels but I would say this would be a perfect snack for a Sunday game with friends.  Two or three of these are filling and they cook in just minutes so making a bunch would be a snap.
They came out SOOOO yummy I was shocked at how easy it was to whip up with just a few things in the fridge that I already had.  A nice cheesy crispy compliment to the sweet jelly.

6.  Halo Smokey Eye & Vampy Lip

I'm really into deep grey hues and burgundy or black lips this month.  Here I used the Halo technique on my lids and if you don't know what that is (to brief you) this is essentially done by the blending of a deeper shade on the inner and outer corners of the eye and something brighter in the middle.   It really gives the illusion of larger lid space and adds drama. 
 I like to dab something with shimmer in it on the lid with my finger and blend that out a bit.  My Morphe Koffee 35K palette is perfect for this.  It has all the mix of autumnal mattes and shimmer shades you could want.   The bottom right row is my current fave to dip into at the moment for smokey looks.

NYX makes some great Autumn toned liquid lipsticks for just $7 and I have been obsessed with this color called Vintage the past couple of weeks.  It's a mauvey burgundy plum (pic doesn't do it justice) and makes your teeth look whiter!

Well that's it.

I love saving up my favorite pics over a couple weeks and sharing them here on my blog so I may do these more often.

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