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Monday Madness

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Mad About Urban Decay Glide-On Shadow Pencil!

In my quest to make my everyday or morning make-up routine a little faster, I decided to try the Urban’s shadow pencil because of the creamy texture and pencil shape, easy to put on and blend with fingers. The colors are great, pigmented and have shimmer, they blend well and lasts all day. I use Sin for daytime because it matches with my skin so all you see are hints of shimmer and Delinquent for night time, perfect one step smokey eye.

Urban Decay Glide-On set

Thursday Treat

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Last week, we delved into the healthy benefits of Salmon and its Omega-3 goodness. This week, I want to talk about another member of the food fad we see nowadays being touted from the skyscrapers. We all hear that “whole grain does this” and “whole grain does that”, but how much do you have to eat to reap the benefits? The Whole Grains Council (http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/) suggests eating 3-6 servings of whole grain at 16g of whole grain per serving for everyone 9 years and up. Who’s got the time or appetite to eat 3-6 bowls of Cheerios every day? Variety anyone?

Enter Quinoa. Quinoa is a tiny, ancient Peruvian seed, which has a mild, nutty flavor, is related to leafy green vegetables and is often used like a grain. Quinoa is as versatile as rice but it has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains, because it contains all the essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. It’s also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and it has a high iron content. Let’s not forget that quinoa also contains many varieties of Vitamin E, which neutralizes the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, quinoa keeps you fuller vs rice because of the fiber content, which means you would eat less quinoa than rice. Less eating = less calories and coupled wit the high protein content, eating quinoa is a surefire combination for losing weight.

There are 3 common colors of quinoa, white, red and black. White quinoa has a mild flavor and is a great substitute for rice, and also great for breakfast. Red quinoa has a little nuttier flavor and is crunchier, which means it can be put in salads without getting all mushy. Black quinoa has an earthy flavor and is as crunchy as red quinoa. You can also get a tricolor mix at some stores, which combines all of these great flavors.

Here are some of my favorite quinoa dishes for you to try and knock the rice habit!

Cinnamon-Scented Breakfast Quinoa

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Cinnamon-Scented-Breakfast-Quinoa-366130#ixzz253RWwoNl

Quinoa Stir-Fry with Vegetables and Chicken

 

Nutrition data from the Whole Grains Council,  Recipes courtesy of epicurious.com, photo:peanutbutterandjulie.typepad.com

 

 

 

What-To-Do Wednesday: Morning Routine

What are the steps to a fast morning routine?

I always seem to wake up late so my morning routine is super rushed; I stick to my tried and true five minutes skin care routine.  If you are like me, then follow the steps below to make your mornings good and fast ones.

1. Wash face – massage face with cleanser in circular motion.  I use Clarisonic for about a minute.  1:00 (minute marks)

2. Rinse face with cool water and pat dry, takes about 15 seconds.  1:15

3. Apply toner and wait for it to dry and while you wait pat some eye cream on, I would say the whole thing takes about 45 secs.  2:00

4. Apply serum and wait for it to soak in, I give it a minute.  3:00

6. Apply moisturizer on and wait for it to soak in, I give a little more than a minute. 4:30

7.  Apply Sunscreen. It takes 30 secs, make sure it’s at least SPF35, and that’s it for the skin care routine.  5:00

 

Monday Madness

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A couple of weeks ago I was shopping at Sephora when I decided to use my points for a sample of Benefit’s Bella Bamba blush.  It was the best use of my points because ever since I used the sample, I haven’t touched any of my other blushes.  The color is suppose to be watermelon with gold shimmer.  I would say the color is a mix between pink and coral, so pretty.  The shimmer and the color are both very subtle so I can wear it to work but it can also be layered a little more for night time.  I don’t need to use a highlighter with this blush, it’s two in one!!  I am definitely going to get the full size blush when I run out of the sample, which I am sure will be very soon.  So, go get yourself one too and perk up that pretty face with some Bamba!!!

Retailers:

Benefit Cosmetics
Sephora
Ulta

Photo: benefitcosmetics.com

Sunday Recap: OOTW

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OOTW 8/20/12-8/24/12

Recap time!!  I had very hectic week at work.  I was exhausted every night which is why my outfits looks so crapy this week; feel asleep early and woke up late every day.  Rushed out of the house wearing the first thing I saw.

Monday – top Jumpings (old), jeans Target (available now), earrings BaubleBar (available now), sandals Steve Madden (old)
Tuesday – top & jeans Charlotte Russe (old), earrings BaubleBar (available now in rose gold), necklace Gorjana (old) sandals Steve Madden (old), I wore bangles too but forgot them at work =(
Wednesday – shirt & pants H&M (old), earrings Tejani (available now), shoes Steve Madden (old)
Thursday – top H&M (old but they have differnet colors of this same top in store now), jeans & earrings Charlotte Russe (old), bracelet BaubleBar (old), sandals Steve Madden (old, same as Monday)
Friday – top H&M (old), jeans Charlotte Russe (old), earrings BaubleBar (available now), bangles (I think Papaya but I forgot), shoes H&M (available now)

Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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Face Scrub

Few weeks ago I talked about body scrub so this week I am going to talk about face scrub.  It helps exfoliate all the dead, dry skin on the surface to bring out the bright, beautiful skin underneath.  Below are my recommendation of one splurge and one steal scrub.

Steal – Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

For $7 you can find this scrub at any drugstore and good for all skin types.  The tube is medium but holds a lot, it lasts a while.  It’s soap free so won’t dry out skin or feel skin pulling after use.  The beads are small and smooth; you feel it working but they won’t scratch or irritate the skin.  Overall a great product at a fantastic price, recessionista recommended!

Splurge – Origins Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Skin Polisher

It costs $27 for  a 4.2 oz tube but you need very small amount and only use three times a weeks, so it’ll last a while.  It’s good on all skin types and it’s also soap free which means no drying or pulling feeling.  The beads are smooth but not as smooth as Aveeno’s, you can definitely feel it but it won’t hurt or scratch the skin.  After a month of use, I got compliments from my friend about how bright and smooth my face looks.   Even with the hefty price, I keep going back to this one cause it’s so good.  Definitely Splurge Approved!!

Retailers:
Aveeno
Origins

Photo: drugstore.com, origins.com

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