Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 18, 2016

DIY FRENCH VANILLA COFFEE CREAMER (dairy-free)

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My life is a constant struggle between wanting to eat healthily and loving coffee. While coffee in itself isn’t so bad, I love all the different flavors like French Vanilla and Hazelnut etc. which can rack up the sugars and are filled with so many chemicals. So I wanted to come up with my own healthy version so I can drink my coffee guilt-free. By the way, what makes French Vanilla, french? Oh well..here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS:

1 c Coconut Milk/Almond milk

½ c Coconut sugar

2 tbsp water

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add sugar and water to a pan and stir until all the sugar dissolves.
  2. Whisk in Coconut Milk into the sugar mixture and stir quickly until it turns a light brown/golden color.
  3. Let it come up to a boil for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Set aside and add vanilla.
  5. Allow to cool and then transfer to your mason jar and serve with coffee of your choice.

½ cup of Creamer = 72 calories (avg) using Trader Joes Organic Coconut Sugar

Want more “guilt-free” recipes? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,

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January 16, 2016

My skin care routine: Dry/sensitive skin (night time)

IMG_3647Lately, my skin has been so dry and gross so I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about taking care of your skin; how to take off your makeup properly, exfoliation, at home facials…EVERYTHING basically!

Step 1: Removing makeup/Cleansing

I know that taking off your makeup can be the most tedious chore ever, BUT YOU NEED TO! If you like having blackheads and clogged pores, then okay, but if you want to wake up flawless, girl you better take your makeup off before bed.

Start by removing all the makeup with a makeup wipe and even if you don’t wear makeup, this is for you. There is still dirt and oils on your face that you need to take off. I use the Simple Micellar Make-up wipes along with the Bioderma Crealine TS H2O Micelle Solution with a cotton round, if I’m wearing eye makeup.

Then, I cleanse with either Simple Moisturizing Face wash or Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser which cleanse the skin without over drying. After I follow up with some serums or oils for added moisture.

NB. Exfoliating is also very good for the skin especially if you wear makeup. However, you only need to exfoliate once for the week, twice at most as it can be very drying to the skin. My simple DIY exfoliator is honey and brown sugar. AHMAZING!

Step 2: Moisturize

This is by far one of the most necessary step in your skin care routine whether you have super dry skin or oily/combo skin. Lately, I’ve been using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir which I absolutely LOVE!! It’s seriously a game changer. It adds so much moisture to my skin without extra chemicals and harmful ingredients. It makes the skin appear brighter and firms the skin and is great to add with your foundation for a dewy finish. YOU NEED THIS!!

I also love the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation when my skin is really dry. It really is a miracle product for overall moisture especially in the winter or if you have overly dry skin.

Step 3: Extras 

I call this step extras because you can definitely stop at step 2 but these extra steps sometimes make all the difference. Let’s say your pores or the texture of your skin has been rough and your foundation doesn’t look as smooth as you would like, I use the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment. This helps smoothen the texture of the skin and firms the skin overnight (no gimmicks, I’m not being sponsored…yet).

I absolutely think that the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is by far the best skin care product I’ve used. It so effective its not even funny. The entire orange line from Murad has worked the best for my skin type however, I have issues with hyperpigmentation and occasional pimples leaving behind their ugly faces (I got emo there sorry). I have had this product for some time and I recently broke out on my cheek and it left a scar on my face and now its gone. I have seen results overnight, its amazing.

NB. For my occasional pimples, I’d use GSK Betnovate cream 0.1% which also caused my pimples to disappear. I believe you need a prescription for this cream now, but it has worked for me so please consult your doctor or pharmacist before use. 

Masks: 

I can’t talk about my skin care masks without talking about a stalwart in my skin care routine, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing!!! (Yes, it deserves extra exclamation marks). This stuff speaks for itself, it has a host of benefits and I use it once a week to clean my pores and detox my skin. No wonder its called the worlds most powerful facial 🙂 .

I use GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment once a week to help rejuvenate my skin. Its really expensive but a little goes a long way. This is a skin care staple if you have dry skin.

I also love sheet masks, which are a part of Korean skin care and works really well. I use the My Beauty Diary Whitening Mask. Its basically a mask that fits your face and is filled with the respective serum and you leave it on for a couple minutes, peel it off, and massage the remainder of serum into your skin. There’s different types but My Beauty Diary is my favorite brand.

TIPS:

  1. CHANGE your pillow cases/ bed linen once a week.
  2. ASSIGN one separate wash cloth to drying your face.
  3. DRINK more water.
  4. EAT less dairy and more fruits like berries, oranges, grapefruits etc
  5. LIMIT red meat and try eating more salmon or tuna.
  6. WASH your hair once a week. It can prevent pimples.
  7. USE beauty oils and massage your face regularly.
  8. USE only clean hands when touching your face.
  9. SWEAT more (workout/saunas).
  10. GET regular professional facials. (Favorite Spa: The J Spa- San Fernando Trinidad, 868-221-0695)

WELP! This was a mouthful. If you learned something or have a question, please let me know in the comment section below.

Love,

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