L’oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mud Mask review

Lately I’ve been becoming more aware of L’oreal skincare products.  One of their newest products is their Pure-Clay Masks. I love mud masks , it’s like a spa day at home. Transform you skin in 10 minutes.

LorealClayMasks

Each mask has 3 mineral clays and an enhanced- sourced ingredient tailored for ideal absorption time. They are sourced from Mountains in Morocco, the South of England, and the USA.

Mineral Clays: 

  • Kaolinite is a soft mineral which absorbs unwanted impurities to remove excess shine without stripping away natural oils
  • Montmorillonite comes from igneous rocks, is soft to the touch, swells when it comes into contact with water and is renowned for its purifying and rebalancing properties
  • Ghassoul is gathered from volcanic regions of Morroco where it’s been used by women in face masks and compresses for years

Added ingredient

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  • Eucalyptus known for possessing purifying and soothing actions beneficial for women with oily skin
  • Charcoal acts like a magnet on the skin to draw out impurities
  • Red Algae nutritious in sugars that help to strengthen the skin. Extraordinarily fine natural volcanic particles act as a naturally effective exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells

 

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The texture of the clay is creamy and goes on smoothly. There is no overpowering scent & they dry pretty evenly. Some are more “perfumey” than others. These were also easy to take off with warm water.

These retail for about $9.99 each which is pretty good. I’ve even heard a few people saw these are as good as glam glow . I’ve only used samples of that brand so  I can’t really compare in my own experience. For best results use these 2-3 times a week.

P.S Don’t want to get your fingers all dirty witd the clay. You can do this with any mask. Get a fan art brush ( Walmart/Target/Craft store) and use it just for your masks. Make sure to clean them after each use.

Detox & Brighten

Skin concern: Dull & Tired skin

Charcoal

Went on smoothly and easy to apply over my face. This one was my favorite. As it dries you can see where you are oily . It is sucking all the impurities out of you skin.  I took warm water and took off the mud mask. My face looked clean , refreshed, & did look a little bright. This one is my favorite out of the 3 I tried.

 

Exfoliate & Refine

Skin concern: Rough & Clogged skin

This one is my next favorite. It looks like the  mud you see people applying to themselves when they go to one of those exotic locations. This clay does have small particles which help exfoliate. This one is sort of like a 2-in-1 mask. This one also doesn’t dry completely. I like rubbing it on in circular motion to exfoliate. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash it off.  I rub it off in circular motions are well to exfoliate. The particles in the clay weren’t harsh on the skin and very gentle. My skin felt great afterwards.

 

 

Mattify & Purify

Skin concern: Oily & Shiny skin

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This one for me is best when I multi-mask or area/spot treatment. This one dried really hard and made my skin feel tight while it was on.  It also stung a little bit when I first put it on for 10-20 seconds but not enough for me to wash it off.  When I took it off it did have a cooling sensation and my skin looked  & felt really clean. My skin did feel a little dry . I will use this for a spot treatment instead of my whole face ( t-zone, cheeks, chin, nose) This would probably be better for someone who has an oilier complexion and someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin.

 

Multi-masking :

 

Multimask Loreal

Do you or have you done a multi mask? It’s applying a few different products to your face to help your problem areas. Your skin might be oily in your T zone but have dry cheeks.

 

 

Loreal Multimask

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

Chicken , Rice, & Veggies one pot meal

This was a comfort meal for me. When I was younger , my mom would make chicken, rice, veggies. I topped my chicken with gravy but then I would just mix it up after I cut my chicken into bite size pieces.

So my then my mom started making it just like that. This meal sort of reminds me of that.

This hit the spot and with only a few ingredients dinner will be done in no time. Feel free to add more veggies

chicken & rice

Ingredients:

  • 1lb chicken ( I used boneless skinless tenders) cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • medium head of broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of chicken stock ( makes this very flavorful) or water
  • salt
  • pepper

 

Heat oil in pan . Once hot, add chicken . Add salt & pepper.

Sautee for about 7-8 minutes

Add onion to put, sautee for 3 minutes

Add carrots to put, turn heat to low.

Add garlic ,& broth ( or water)

Add rice to the pot, no need to stir it in just make sure its covered by the liquid.

Add broccoli on top

Cover the pot for 30 minutes & let it simmer. Check on it , add more liquid if needed.

When there is no more liquid ( rice is cooked) Its done.

Serve in a bowl & enjoy.

*For mine I used Zatarain’s broccoli rice mix and forgot to measure it. I realized it was a little short so I added quinoa to the pot.

** Tip: Want a quick soup?  This is perfect. Add the olive oil, then chicken ( salt & pepper). Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, & chicken broth.Add egg noodles and you have a quick yummy soup.

 

 

 

What’s For Dinner: Tuscan Chicken

Here is another one pot meal for you. This meal takes about 30-45 minutes including prep time. I know school is in or almost back in session and this meal would be perfect to fit in while getting back in the groove of things.

This was delicious , healthy, & filling.

I found this recipe on The Wanderlust Kitchen

Tuscan Chicken

What you need:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2/3 c. sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can Cannelini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parsley for garnish

 

I didn’t have sundried tomatoes but I did use Amore Sundried tomato paste because I had a coupon for a free product. I found  it by the tomato sauce. They have different kinds os pastes( garlic, tomato, ect)

I didn’t add parsley & I also made mini bow tie pasta and topped this mix on top. I cooked the pasta first then cooked the chicken ( still one pot meal for me!)

 

Directions:

Brown the chicken. Add some olive oil to the pan. Season the chicken with salt & pepper. Add chicken to pan for about 3 minutes each side.

Remove chicken and put on plate, put to the side. Add olive oil to the pan. Add sliced mushrooms in a single layer until golden brown on each side. Do multiple batches if needed.

Add onion , sautee for a few minutes. Add garlic ( & sundried tomatoes if you are using them) , sautee for 2 minutes.  (before I added the other ingredients I add the sundried tomato paste and stirred together for 1 minute)

Add fire roasted tomatoes, beans, seasonings , & sugar. Stir together

Add chicken, spoon the sauce mixture on top. Cover for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and serve.

I topped the mixture over the bow tie pasta & sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

 

 

 

What’s for Dinner- Chili Mac & Cheese

Two comfort food brought together in a quick & delicious meal.

I love one pot meals easy for those lazy days with an easy clean up. This one is perfect because a lot of these ingredients,  I have on hand already.

 

Chili Mac & Cheese

 

I came across this recipe on Damn Delicious . Make sure to check out her other recipes. They all look so good.

Chili Mac & Cheese

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces elbows pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

My swaps:

Ground chicken, 15oz fire roasted tomatoes & 15oz Bush’s best white chili beans(rinsed). I think the Bush’s beans also gave it more flavor since its in a mild chili sauce. I also skipped the parsley.

-You just put olive oil in a pan. Sautee onion & garlic. Add your choice of ground meat.

-Stir in broth, seasoning, beans, tomatoes, pasta. Bring to boil & cover.

-Turn off, remove from heat. Add cheese on top.

This is great for dinner, lunch, & tastes even better the next day. I think I might add mushrooms next time.

What is your favorite one pot meal?

 

#BeautyAttitudes with The Estee Edit

Estee Lauder built her empire by preaching “Beauty is an Attitude”

The brand  launched The Estee Edit this year to attract a younger base.

There are categories to shop in based on beauty attitudes

The Edgiest – which is high pigment high impact items

The Barest – sheer washes of color infused with skin-care benefits

Go Glow- products that give your skin a gorgeous glow

I was lucky enough to try 4 of their products. The first thing I noticed was the pretty white & cobalt blue with splatter packaging. It was also on the products themselves. I couldn’t wait to try them all. Here is what I tried ….

Flash Illuminator- Day Light

Retail $28

Find it at Sephora here

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A complexion hybrid that pairs skincare & illumination.

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Day light is a rosy hue which I used as a blush and to add some color to my chest when  I wore shirts or dresses that showed off my chest. It provides a healthy glow provided by micro fine pearls in the formula. The formula is light weight, not sticky, & blends and applies nicely onto the skin.  There is also hyaluronic acid which is a moisture magnet for the skin. You can hydrate & illuminate at the same time. A little goes a goes a long way you can build up. Its a very pretty rose gold glow.

There are 5 shades to choose from:

-Spot Light: a pearly white that adds a soft-focus highlight
-Morning Light: for golden glowing highlights
-Sun Light: for a warm terracotta glow
-Day Light: a rosy hue that doubles as a cream blush
-Night Light: a bronzy glow that doubles as a shading cream

How can you use them ?

-Use Spotlight for the ultimate strobing.
-Use Morning Light for a gorgeous golden glow.
-Use Day Light as a cream blush or add on top of your favorite blush to create a rosy glow.
-Use Night Light for subtle shading and a bronzy glow.
-To get a natural-looking, all-over glow, mix with foundation or tinted moisturizer.
-For a subtle, dewy glow, mix a pump or two with your tinted moisturizer or foundation.
-For the ultimate glow, use brush, sponge or fingertips to highlight cheekbones, bridge of nose, brow bone, and Cupid’s bow.
-For strobing, apply with a brush and buff into skin.

 

Pore Vanishing Stick

Retail: $28

Find it at Sephora here

The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

This glide on stick helps blur the look of pores while minimizing oil shine. You can use this alone, as a primer, or on top of make up.

I’ve been using this under my makeup on my T-zone where I can get a little shine and also my nose where my pores are more noticeable. It really does great at blurring your pores making them look small. When you put foundation on top you have a natural flawless looking skin all in a swipe.

It’s easy to throw in your purse because of its smaller size. Perfect for touch ups.

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

Retail: $42

Find it at Sephora here

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow Estee Edit

This is a 2-in-1 creme for a healthy JLo glow while also hydrating your skin. Look how pretty!

Estee Edit Hydrate + Glow

It has hyaluronic acid which helps moisturize & shimmering pearls that give that all over sun kissed glow. You can use this alone, under make up, mixed into your foundation, or over make up.

What is also cool about this is that under the cap is a shimmer highlighter.

The Barest Lipcolor- Rouge Nude

Retail: $22

Find it at Sephora here 

estee edit lipcolor

A lipstick/lip balm hybrid with muru muru butter and real flower petal waxes for a baby-soft nude lip look.

For me this was the only ‘dud’ for me that I received, only because the color didn’t look great on me. It looked like I ate chocolate and didn’t wipe my lips. haha They have a pink petal color that I probably would have liked better.

The formula however was felt fantastic on my lips. It was creamy, hydrating , & went on so smooth.

Have you tried any of these products?

Which would you want to try?

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I received the product complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

3Csmart Octopus style tripod review

Landscapes, selfies, time lapse, group shots & more should require a steady hand or something stable to help you get that shot without looking blurry.

I received this 3Csmart Octopus Style Tripod to review which came at a great time. I had another tripod and the leg broke off.

3Csmart Tripod

What I like about it:

The flexible legs allow you to wrap the legs around things or even move them in different ways so you can put it on uneven surfaces.

It’s compact & lightweight, perfect for travelling. You can easily put it in your suitcase or backpack without weighing it down or taking up a lot of space.

One thing I was annoyed with about my other tripod it that it didn’t come with a clip for my phone. That is not the issue with this one. It comes with a universal phone & camera clip. Which can be place horizontal or vertical.

It comes with a bluetooth remote which has a range of 30 feet! No more leaving people out of group shots or take your own selfie.

The best part it is under $15.

It’s $12.98 on Amazon right now

I took it to the beach and it was pretty windy. I wrapped it around a tree and it stayed put.

 

I received this product complimentary for review . All opinions are my own.

Hill’s Science Healthy Cuisine cat food Review

My cats are always excited when they get something in the mail.

One they get a box to play in for a bit and then the actual product they get to play with or eat. This time around they got Hill’s Science Healthy Cuisine wet food.

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I brought Gizmo & D-O-G together and told them the flavors of wet cat food that Crowdtap & Hill’s sent them to try.

  • Seared Tuna & Carrot Medley
  • Roasted Chicken & Rice Medley
  • Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley

Gizmo licked his lips & D-O-G listened carefully.

Food

Healthy cuisines combines delicious flavors in a mouthwatering sauce. They have a perfect balance of taste & nutrition. There is no artificial flavors or preservatives & a great source of protein. They have good chunks & morsels and then mixed in a sauce. Its perfect for my my cats because they love sauce and prefer chunks/ morsels that they can chew.

When you read the ingredient list you can see why your cat will love this food. Real ingredients like : Chicken broth, tuna, pork liver, carrots, chicken, spinach, rice. Nope I’m not listing a recipe for me.

You can even see ,it looks kind tasty. If I put that over rice and said it was a stew … you probably would think it was.

Chowing On Hill's Healthy Cuisine

Gizmo & D-O-G loved all the flavors. They licked their bowls clean & took a nap.

They both give 2 paws up🙂

 

I received this product complimentary from Crowdtap for review purposes. All opinions are my own.