Relaxed with Love Beauty and Planet

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I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about the brand Love beauty and planet. Their one goal is to make you more beautiful & give a little back to the planet.

A little about the goals to give back to the planet :

  • Beauty packed in 100% Recycled Bottles
    If you wonder why our bottles aren’t 100% clear, it’s because they’re made with post-consumer recycled plastic. They are 100% recyclable, too! Our use of recycled plastic sometimes gives our bottle a little color, but it’s worth it. Up next on our journey are our caps.
  • Uncompromised beauty for your skin and hair
    Our collections are infused with natural ingredients like organic coconut oil and murumuru butter. We are committed to sourcing high quality ingredients but responsibly. We also make our products vegan and never test on animals. We skip the silicones, parabens and dyes too.
  • Ethically sourced fragrance oils/absolutes
    Each of our fragrances is infused with an ethically-sourced essential oil or absolute, like French heirloom lavender, Moroccan mimosa flower or Bulgarian rose petals. Our fragrance partner, Givaudan carefully crafts every fragrance to delight you in the shower and pamper your senses. We know some of these extracts are rare and fragile, so we source them responsibly.
  • Our Carbon Footprint Efforts
    We’ll always be transparent and open about our carbon footprint. As part of that commitment we will not only disclose our annual carbon emissions created through the production and distribution of our products – and the calculations we take to get there – but also work to reduce that carbon footprint 20% by the year 2020.

I love that not only are they looking out for the consumer but the planet as well. A brand I can get behind !  They also don’t test on animals & their products are vegan.

They have a variety of scents to choose from :

  • murumuru butter & rose
  • shea butter & sandalwood
  • argan oil & lavender
  • coconut water & mimosa flower
  • tea tree oil & vetiver
  • coconut oil & ylang ylang

Influenster sent me 3 products to try from the argan oil & lavender collection….body lotion, bar soap, & deodorant. This scent is definitely what I needed , it helped me feel relaxed & calm.

The lotion didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. My skin felt smooth & soft while looking healthy.

The deodorant went in smoothly and didn’t notice any white marks and I smelled fresh throughout the day……even in the hot humid 90 degree Florida weather.  Its also aluminum free.

I haven’t used the bar soap yet , I’m not really a fan of bar soap but it does smell great.

The scent isn’t overpowering at all which I was a little worried about. I am excited to try other scents from this brand. I also am interested in trying their dry shampoo.

Have you tried Love Beauty & Planet product yet? Which ones and what scent? If you haven’t what scent are you interested in trying ?

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Chicken & Sweet potato meatball poppers

I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes to try.

I really loved this one I found from Unbound Wellness . I brought some for luch to work the next day and everyone who came in the back room said it smelled great and wanted to know what I was eating.

They were filling and tasted great.

  • 1 lb ground chicken (sub turkey)
  • 2 cups sweet potato, shredded (using a grater or food processor)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped  *** ( I used dried)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop the poppers (you should have 20-25) out using a small scoop, or just your hand, and place them evenly spaced on the baking sheet. Slightly flatten them by pushing them down with your hand.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, etc.

I mashed up 2 avocado, added garlic powder, the juice from the other half of lime, pepper.

 

I made some Zucchini Bacon Fritters to go with my meatballs. I found these on PaleoRunningMomma .

You need:

  • Shredded Zucchini
  • salt
  • bacon
  • coconut flour
  • egg
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 black pepper
  • bacon fat or coconut oil

 

 

Lancôme Hydra Zen VoxBox

Lancôme Hydra Zen VoxBox

 

Always a great day when a box full of goodies from Influenster is at your door step.

I was happy to try more Lancome products. Last year Influenster sent me a few make up products which I liked.

 

Lancôme Hydra Zen Gel Cream Anti-Stress Gel Moisturizer

This refreshing, rose-infused gel-cream is formulated with salicylic acid delivers 24-hour hydration for skin that feels smooth, comfortable, and nourished. Its light weight, absorbs nicely into the skin. I wasn’t really a fan of the scent so its not something Im going to run out and buy. I did like that it left my feeling soft and plump.  I used it day and night. My make up went on top with no issues.

 

Lancôme Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner

What it is:
A silky-soft moisturizing toner that gently purifies and immediately rehydrates complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
The instantly soothing formula made with honey and sweet almond extract gives skin a soft, fresh, clean, and incredibly comfortable feeling. Great for all skin types, it deeply hydrates for a healthy-looking complexion.

My Thoughts:

I was really impressed with this toner. I feel like toners usually leave skin feeling a little dry or tight. I liked that this product actually helped hydrate my skin and leave it smooth and hydrated. It also took off residue which was left on after I cleansed my face.  My skin looked and felt great.

 

L’Absolu Lacquer in Be Unique

L'Absolu Lacquer

I remember a time I was scared to wear lipstick.  Now I don’t leave the house without wearing some kind of lip color.  L’Absolu Lacquer has a great smooth formula. It felt great on my lip . I could rub them together so many times and it still would go over smooth. It didn’t get tacky or sticky, even after a few coats.

This picks the great things of all lip products. It has the high shine like a gloss, pigment like a lipstick, and long lasting color like a stain.  The color is buildable so you can go from a sheer color to opaque.  When the shine does wear off  the color still stays on the lips, which I really like.

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

 

The Better Skin Co. : Product review

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I had the chance to use 3 products from The Better Skin Co.  I was drawn to these products because they are vegan, paraben-free, gluten- free & cruelty-free. Each product has good ingredients that are beneficial for your skin.

You can now find these at Ulta in stores & online.

Or get it on their website 

 

Mirakle Cream

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Benefits:

  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • increases radiance & luminosity
  • hydrates skin
  • soothes dry skin
  • may help reduce appearance of sun spots, age spots, & dark spots.

Retail: $34

I really liked this cream. Inside the came there is a little spatula so no need to stick your finger in the tub. It was so hydrating, my skin felt so plump after using it. It absorbed nicely into my skin and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or tacky. Make up went on top smoothly without any issues.  It contains ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize the skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant.

 

 

Lava Magik 

 

Betther Skin Co Lava Magik

Benefits:

  • 3 in 1 a cleanser, scrub , or mask
  • Buffs away dead skin cells creating a more youthful glow
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes appearance in pores

Retails: $32

I love the smell of this multipurpose product. It smells like an orange, the texture is fine, and my face felt great after using it. I preferred to use it as a mask or scrubs, I thought for my skin it would be too much to use it daily as a cleanser. Some of the ingredients are calendula , sweet orange , grapeseed oils , cucumber , parsley, & chamomile.

 

Zit No More

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Benefits:

  • clears up blemishes & pimples and allows skin to heal
  • penetrates pores to clear most blemishes
  • Helps keep skin clear of new pimples

retails: $18

I was surprised with this spot treatment. You think when you leave high school , acne & blemishes would be no more. Not in my case. Usually get them when I go overboard on that good stuff I shouldn’t have like chips, ice cream, candy, etc.. or that time of month.  I like the roller ball applicator . This has helped those pesky blemish/ pimples disappear overnight to a few days . The key ingredients are : salicylic acid to dry up pimples • tea tree oil to help cure the blemish • essential oils to restore skin • The tea tree oil is a bit strong but I like it and it does go away  quickly. Good ingredients, easy to use, and works quickly. My new favorite spot treatment.

 

  • I received these products for free, all opinions are my own.
  • This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

Bare Your Best with Bare by Schick

I was very excited to try this new product. I’ve been hearing about dermaplaning a lot. I actually bought a razor at Ulta but I wasn’t exactly sure if I was doing it correct. I know you have to hold it at a 45 degree angle. Is this 45 degrees? , as I attempted to use it. Well with bare by Schick there is no guess work. Its already designed  at an angle!

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I washed my face & made sure it was completely dry. Then held my skin taught and used small strokes on my face.  I was intrigued with the peach fuzz that came off.  You can hear some scratching noise but it didn’t irritate my skin. Though after I was done my skin did feel very dry. I applied my serum & moisturizer immediately.

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The morning and days after using it for the first time my skin felt plump, smooth, & soft. I feel like using bare with Schick , it helped my skincare products work better.

I’m excited to keep using this in my skincare routine and see how my skin looks overtime.

The design makes this beauty tool easy to use. It has a blade on each side so you can go sideways, down, up. Its also good if you are right and left handed. I felt confident while using it and felt like I had total control.

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You can get salon results for a fraction of the cost.  It cost $30 for 2 dermaplaning wands.

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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation technique that you can now do at home. It removes dead skin and vellus hair (peach fuzz) allowing makeup to go on smoother and other skin care products to penetrate deeper.

Unlike some exfoliation treatments, dermaplaning does not prevent you from going about your day. Sunscreen is still recommended after use.

Main benefits of bare by Schick Dermaplaning Wand:

  • Improves overall appearance of skin quality ( dewy skin,smoother skin)
  • More radiant and smoother looking skin ( provides a faster cell turnover for a nice healthy glow)
  • More even looking skin tone
  • Exfoliates the skin

Other benefits:

 

  • Provides deeper product penetration
  • Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils
  • Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”
  • Reduces the appearance of acne scars
  • Diminishes the look of fine lines
  • Instant results and no downtime
  • Makeup goes on smoothly

 

Vellus hair ( peach fuzz) helps trap oil & bacteria, so removing the hair helps reduce acne.

After you are done using the device, make sure to give you skin some extra TLC. Vitmain E, C, and always wear SPF

 

You want to wait at least 3 weeks between using this product. You want skin to complete its normal rejuvenation cycle.

Have you tried or heard of dermplaning before? What are your thoughts?

 

I received this product for free from Smiley360. All opinions are my own.

Dinner Inspo

I feel like I haven’t shared many recipes on my blog in awhile. I do share on instagram.

I’ve tried a few new dishes and liked them all. I feel like I sometimes get in a rut when it comes to dinners. I end up making the same stuff .

 

Dinner one :  Spinach Chicken Avocado burgers

Ground chicken, avocado cut into chunks, spinach, sliced ( about 1/2 cup) , lemon, 2tbsp  oatmeal, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, salt, pepper,  oil

I mixed the ingredients and formed patties. Cook until done.

Mash avocado , lemon, salt, pepper and make into a spread for the top of your burger.

  • You can also use a lime instead of lemon

 

Dinner 2 : Chicken, Roasted potatoes, & green beans

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This one was very simple.

Chicken, red potatoes (diced) , & green beans ( fresh, frozen , or canned)

Mix in Italian dressing mix. Cover with foil.  Put in over at 350 until done.

 

Dinner 3- Creamy dill chicken

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I received this in my hellofresh box.  < Use my link & get $40 & Ill get $30 🙂

Chicken, Dill, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, chicken stock concentrate, sour cream, salt & pepper.

Dice potatoes, discard dill from stems. Preheat over to 450.

Toss potatoes on baking sheet with oil, salt & pepper. Bake until golden brown.

Heat oil in pan. Pat chicken dry. Season with salt & pepper. Cook until done. Remove and plate to the side.

Add green beans to baking sheet with oil, salt , & pepper. Bake for 15 minutes

In same pan add dill , sour cream, 2 tbsp of water, chicken stock concentrate. Scrap bottom & stir. Add salt & pepper. ( it also called for 1 tsp of mustard but I dont like it)

Slice chicken, add potatoes, green beans. Drizzle sauce over everything. Add dill to taste.

This was flavorful & easy!

Dinner 4- Vegetable Polenta Casserole

I found this recipe on BudgetBytes .   

cornmeal, zucchini, squash, onion, mozzarella, spinach, salt, pepper, paprika, basil, vegetable broth. – Easy simple, delicious. Great vegetarian or vegan meal.

Dinner 5- Quinoa Crusted Chicken

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This was very filling.  Great alone, on salad, cut into bite size pieces for nuggets.

Chicken, cooked quinoa, your favorite spices, egg, salt pepper

. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

cook quinoa, mix in spices

Mix egg, salt , & pepper. Dip chicken in egg then quinoa, place on baking sheet.

Dinner 6 – Chicken , Bacon, & avocado quesadilla

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Dinner 7 – Burrito Bowl

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#EveryDayisaSUNday with Neutrogena

I worked with Neutrogena to bring you this post. So happy with be working with Neutrogena again.  This time for their NEW! Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreens! It comes in SPF 30 & 50.

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When I moved to Florida when I was 14… I did what every teenager and tourist does when they arrive. Go to the beach…. was I worried about sunscreen? Nope. Guess what happened? I got sun poisoning and it was the worst I ever felt. Blisters, hot & cold flashes, shirts rubbing on my skin hurt, air on my skin hurt. Ever since then I make sure I always have SPF , even when I moved back to CT, and definitely make it a point now that I’m back in Florida.

So now I can enjoy any activity, any time and any day.  I love going to the beach & pool and  walk a lot through out the week.  I want to make sure my skin is protected so SPF is a necessity for me.

  • UVA Rays: lead to premature aging & wrinkles
  • UVA Rays: Burn the superficial layers of the skin. Also a key role in the development of cancer.

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About Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreens

These multi-benefit sunscreen lotions feature a weightless, refreshing formula that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and quenches skin with vital hydration.

Infused with Hyaluronic Acid, skin conditioning Vitamin E and glycerin to leave skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
Oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Water resistant (80 minutes).

Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50.

How to Use:
Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.

Reapply:
After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.
Immediately after towel drying.
At least every 2 hours

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Final Thoughts:

Huge fan of this sunscreen. You know when you put some sunscreens on and after you skin feels dried out? Not with this, my skin felt so soft and hydrating it left my skin. I also like that it had a pleasant scent , not like that ‘normal’ sunscreen scent. It also didn’t leave and residue or white marks on my bathing suit or clothing. So whether Im directly in the sun or just running errands I can put this on without worrying on how I smell or if it will leave marks.  It also absorbed quickly into my skin without leaving it feel greasy or tacky.

 

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