Vegan Cuts Beauty Box – January 2017

capture_2017-01-30-23-22-24.png.pngOut of curiosity, since La Ritzy changed up their subscription box, I thought that I would try out the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box since I have been eyeing them for a while. They looked like they were ordinary everyday things I would use and can re-purchase and not lose an arm and a leg over. I just got my first box at the end of January and I was so excited about everything I got. There’s only one thing I haven’t tried out yet. But so far I am really happy with the box and I am already anticipating the next one.  So here is what’s in the January box:

Stinkbug Naturals’ Tangerine Spice Deodorant Cream – this product smells sooo good! I love that it’s not overpowering but it also doesn’t not smell like anything.  I can’t say how well it protects you from wetness, but from stink, this totally works! I also really liked that it didn’t feel gritty when you applied the product.capture_2017-01-30-23-23-41.png.png

Jersy Shore’s Cosmetics’ Lip & Cheek Rouge in Baccara Rose – this colour is so pretty, though I don’t normally wear anything this dark. I probably won’t wear this often, but I definitely interested in some of their other colours available. I still have a hard time using a cream for a blush cause I feel like I always end up looking like a clown, even if I blend it really well with my Beauty Blender. So I haven’t tried to use this as a blush yet. I have a list of things I want to try out when I actually have a day to play around with all my makeup.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave in Conditioning Spray  – I love hair conditioning sprays. This one I really love because it doesn’t have an overwhelming smell like a few other conditioners that I have gotten in the past. I need scent-free products since I work in health care and some scented products gives me really bad migraines so, this conditioner is amazing 🙂 plus it leaves my hair super soft, so doubly amazing!capture_2017-01-30-23-29-17.png.png

Goddess Garden’s Bright Eyes Firming Cream – I just discovered Goddess Garden over the summer when I was looking for a new sunscreen and the bff recommended this brand to me. So I was really excited to see this in my box plus the fact that it’s an eye firming cream, is always welcomed.
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Enfusia – Muscle Bomb – I don’t do baths…so I am planning on giving this away to one of my coworkers. But when I opened it, it smelled all pepperminty and good, so it’s a bummer that I’m giving it away. I would like someone to do a shower bomb. I think Lush did something like that awhile ago, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere!

Clarisea – Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask – This I have yet to try, though it is my favourite product out of everything because I LOOOVE masks so much and seeing one in my box is always a happy dance thing. I can’t see how a mask can be bad though, I’ve never had a bad experience with masks so getting masks will always be a good thing to me!capture_2017-01-30-23-24-48.png.png

So that’s it for this box. If you’ve gotten the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, let me know how you’re liking the products in the comments!

Petit Vour – November 2016

Hello! Today I have for you a little review of the November Petit Vour box. I get so excited to see what’s in each box and what new products I get to try out. So let’s take a peek inside! capture_2016-11-26-15-27-39.png.png

First item is this universal creme for cheeks and lips by Elate Cosmetics in Love. It is such a beautiful pink colour, but I prefer it as a blush as opposed to a lipstick. Something about the colouring didn’t look right on my lips. This product did glide on so smoothly though. I love it!!

Next is this Ellovi scrub in Blossom, it says you can use it as a bath soak or a scrub. It smells so freaking good and citrus-y and I absolutely adore all things citrus! Plus I love that the salt scrub is so gentle and leaves my hands so smooth. Especially now in winter season here and my hands are all rough and dry. I don’t really get how you would use this as a bath soak though. It seems like you would have to empty the entire jar into the bath to make it work for you? I tried to Google this but I think this is a new product and I don’t see any information on this!
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The next item is this Tea Tree Eyelid and Eyelash Makeup Remover Oil by We Love Eyes. I haven’t used this yet since I normally just wash off everything in the shower, or I use the Makeup Eraser cloth. It just seems like a lot of work. I will get to it eventually I suppose. capture_2016-11-26-15-38-31.png.png

The final product is this Realist Invisible Setting Powder by W3ll People. So the product description says you can either use this to minimize pores and control shine or to set your foundation, which I love! I also enjoy that in the “tips” tab, it says you can also use it as an eyelid primer or to dab a small amount at the base of your lower lid lashes to prevent mascara from smudging. I just hate that it’s a loose powder and in such a tiny jar. I feel like the product is just going to end up everywhere. I am super shiny and have a powder that I love right now that helps to control shine. I’m just waiting on a day when I don’t have to go out to test this product to see if it actually works! capture_2016-11-26-15-36-21.png.png

I like this box, I’m excited to try the eyelid/eye lash oil to see if it will make taking off my waterproof mascara off more easily and I’m always excited about new mattifying products. So that’s it for this month. can’t wait for the December box 🙂

La Ritzy – November 2016

capture_2016-11-26-15-19-23.png.png So this month’s LaRitzy bag came with just one product, which was highly disappointing to me. I think that I am going to end up cancelling this subscription for next month.

But this month’s bag came with a full sized bronzer. I love the packaging and the case it comes in. Unfortunately the colour is a little too dark on me. I have been mixing it with another bronzer that I have that is too light and you can’t really see it. Together, they are kind of perfect. But too much work especially on days where I have to get to work by 7am, which means I am up at 5am. I’ll have to see if they have another shade that isn’t quite so dark for me.

So that’s it for this month’s LaRitzy!

Acorn Squash with Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa

The other day at work, one of the ladies staying here, who has a beautiful garden where she grows her own stuff, brought in bags of acorn squash. I didn’t used to love squash. I didn’t grow up eating squash or even thinking that squash was a food; squash was a part of the decorations during Thanksgiving. But since I started getting organic produce delivered to me by Mama Earth, I (finally) gave it a try, I have really gotten into squash over the last year. All kinds of squash. So I was really excited about getting bags full of them. I’m always on the look out for different ways to make squash. I saw two recipes that I really liked and mashed them together 🙂 and here was the result!

capture_2016-11-01-19-17-22.png.pngIngredients:
1 acorn squash
1/2 cups quinoa
2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced*
1 bunch broccolini, cut into bite sized pieces
handful of shiitake mushrooms, cut into quarters
1 small cucumber, cut into quarters
2 stalks of green onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
salt
garlic powder

*I was lazy and nuked the sweet potatoes and cut them into rounds.

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400ºF and line a tray with foil or parchment paper. Cut the acorn squash width wise so you get the nice flower pattern. Place on tray and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and garlic powder and roast in the oven for about 20-30 min or until tender.

While that is happening, cook your quinoa according to package instructions.

In a frying pan, add the sweet potato rounds and let it sear a little on both sides so they don’t fall apart on you as easily. Set aside.
In the same pan, add a bit of oil and when ready, add in garlic and cook until fragrant. Toss in the broccolini and mushrooms. Cook until tender then add in the quinoa and cucumber. **I also added 6 tablespoons of hemp seed to add some protein here, optional.

On a plate, add a slice or two of the acorn squash. Top with the quinoa, then the sweet potatoes. Finally, garnish with the green onions. Enjoy!

2-4 servings

La Ritzy – October 2016

capture_2016-10-27-16-57-34.png.pngHello guys! I have another La Ritzy bag to show off to you guys today! I don’t really understand what is going on with their subscription service, which is probably my fault for skimming through their emails instead of actually reading it through. After a survey with their costumers, they decided that going forward, everyone only gets one product at a lowered price and anyone who was on a subscription ended up getting a gift card for use in their store. I was fully prepared to be disappointed and only recieving one item but then I opened the package and there were three lovely things in here waiting for me! I really liked this month’s picks, they’re all everything that I would use on a daily basis.

capture_2016-10-27-16-55-59.png.pngOn top of that, they might have changed up their product packaging and it is much more fun and colourful as opposed to the all black packaging from the last bag – not that there is anything wrong with the all black packaging, but I just really enjoyed their use of colours in this month’s packaging. They’re just these beautiful, soft, pastel-y colours and I don’t know. Maybe I’m obsessed with the soft pastel like colours. And maybe I am the only one who is excited about packaging that’s going to end up in recycling anyway, but regardless, I loved it. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look into this month’s October bag!

My favourite in this bag is the gorgeous blush in Surrender, I love that it is so soft looking on me cheeks. I always feel like a clown when I’m wearing blush even though I don’t have a lot of it on and maybe because I’ve never found the right colour for me, but this one just looks so gorgeous! I tried to do a swab for you guys, but the colour was too light and I couldn’t get it to show through in the camera lens!capture_2016-10-27-17-07-45.png.png

The next item is the Long Lash mascara, which I love because my eye lashes are super short and anything that helps make them not stubbly is a plus. I had to use a few coats to help it out, but it was fine. The only thing that bothered me was that it is not waterproof and I wore this yesterday when it was super rainy and gross and i had mascara smudged on my face 😦 But that would have happened with any non-waterproof mascara that I  own!capture_2016-10-27-17-09-09.png.png

The final product is this fun Metallic Mauve Lip Gloss. So I did not love this colour on its own, BUT when I used it on top of the Red Apple Lipstick from the Petit Vour box, I really enjoyed liked how it looked. So I might start wearing it on top of some of my other colours too see what happens.
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So that’s it for this box! We will see what happens next moth if I end up getting a full three product bag or just a one product bag! If you liked any of these items, you can always get them online in the LaRitzy store!

Petit Vour – October 2016

My October box is here and I am pretty excited about this box, partly because it got here before the end of the month, which often happens since I’m from Canada!! But also because there are so many fun goodies in this month’s box, which seems to focus a lot around rejuvenation. So let’s take a peek inside!

First up, we have The Red Apple Lipstick in Rebel!. This is a brilliant red shade and I normally do not wear red this bright. But this colour is just so gorgeous and moisturizing, I just need an occasion to wear it!

capture_2016-10-27-17-22-02.png.pngNext item is the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil by Pai. According to the website, it’s supposed to help restore the balance and confidence to unpredictable skin and the omegas in the product helps to regenerate skin without irritating it. I already love this product and I haven’t even tried it out yet. Is that even possible?

capture_2016-10-27-17-30-30.png.pngAnother rejuvenating oil, this Tulsi Rejuvenating Oil with Lavender and Evening Primrose is by Apoterra Skincare. This essentially helps to replenish and rejuvenate your skin. I tried this out after my shower last night and I don’t know how well it’s working, but it sure smells good. If this works, then this product is perfect for winter time since my arms and legs always end up getting very dry and my skin cracking on me. Though I’m sure that the fact that I always forget to lotion is a contributing factor :/

capture_2016-10-27-17-32-25.png.pngThe final product in the box is the Moroccan Beldi Soap by Kahina Giving Beauty. This is the one that I am most excited to try out, but my weekend is going to be hectic and crazy so it may have to wait until next week when I have time to linger in the shower! I just don’t really understand how such a small pouch is supposed to be enough for use on your entire body should you choose to use it as a cleanser and softening product vs as just a soap. But I guess I will discover that when I try it!

Pasta in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I just stumbled upon minimalistbaker.com last week and I am in love with all the recipes on there. Everything is simple and almost all the recipes are vegan, plant-based, and gluten free. The photography is beautiful. Plus I love that the nutritional content is included which makes it perfect for me since I’ve been counting protein to make sure that I am getting enough (even though I have heard many times that I don’t need to count it as long as you’re getting in lots of healthy fruits and veggies, but I know I don’t so I need to make sure I am meeting the target amount of proteins. Anyway…) I tried out her Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and it was DELICIOUS!!! and I was pretty impressed with myself for how it turned out since I was sure I would make a mess of things.

I threw in a bunch of veggies into this and changed a few things based on what I had in stock, but I don’t think my changes drastically changed it, but if you prefer the original recipe, click on the link above. Otherwise, check out the recipe below and happy cooking 🙂

capture_2016-09-30-13-15-16.png.pngIngredients:
4 small peppers
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 onion, minced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cashew milk
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
noodles of your choice (I used the GoGo Quinoa Macaroni)
1 bunch small carrots
1 head of broccoli
1 delicata squash

Directions:
Heat your oven to 500°F. Put red peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until charred (about half an hour). When done, cover in foil for 10 minutes to steam, then peel away the charred skin, seeds, and stem. Set aside in a medium stainless steel bowl.

While the red peppers are roasting:
Cut up your carrots, broccoli, and squash. Line another baking tray and toss the veggies into the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the squash is easily pierced with a fork. Set aside.

Cook your pasta according to instructions. Drain and set aside.

In a large non-stick pan on medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic in coconut oil until golden brown. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if you want, then transfer into the bowl with the roasted red peppers.
Add to the same bowl the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and corn starch.
Using an immersion blender (or a regular blender – I was just too lazy to hunt and assemble everything cause I don’t use mine often), blend everything until smooth. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or nutritional yeast if desired.
Once blended, place sauce back in your non-stick pan and allow to simmer to let the sauce thicken. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer until your desired consistency.
Toss in your veggies and noodles and coat in sauce. Enjoy!