Two types of cookies

I made two different types of cookies this weekend for two different people. One friend is low carb/sugar and the other friend has nut allergies and wanted a sweet treat! The almond cookies looked burnt but it’s that’s just the result of the monk sweetener. They are pretty chewy and because almonds are filling, and I used 70% dark chocolate, one cookie is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. The real cookie.. on the right.. are a really yummy treat if you’re not following a special diet, but.. because of the sugar content.. you’ll end up eating a few or more in one sitting. Both the re

Homemade guacamole and tortilla chips

It’s avocado season here in California and if your patient enough, you can get a pretty good deal on them. I had four laying around the house that were fully ripe and all the ingredients so it was super to put together. I had low carb tortillas in the fridge so I cut those up and fried them to make tortilla chips. Yummy and quick snack!

Guacamole is super easy to make and really healthy snack or side. All you need is ripe avocados, ROMA tomatoes, cilantro, white onion, limes, and garlic powder. Chop it all up and measure to your liking. I did two avocados, four tomatoes, 1/2 an onion, a handful of cilantro and one lime. Also garlic powder and pink salt.

NGTeco Baby Monitor

First of f I would like to state thank I purchased these at a discount for an honest review. I have been looking for a different security cameras for a while now and haven’t been able to find the right one. I needed one for both the outside of the house and inside my room where I keep my German shepherd puppy. I came across this brand and purchased a small security camera and an outdoor camera right away. Installation was easy for both of them. The only difficult part was getting the camera connected to the phone via Bluetooth in the very beginning. The company has its own app and you were able to see and speak in real time. It also has night vision so I can properly see what my dog is doing in the dark. When I am able to speak, there is no static and is very clear. You were able to have full conversations through the microphone. The outdoor camera is also waterproof and works perfectly fine after a heavy storm that we had a few weeks ago. Not only is the quality of the app and the picture very good but it is less than half the price of its well-known competitors.

To purchase one for your own, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE

NGTeco security Camera – Outdoors

First of f I would like to state thank I purchased these at a discount for an honest review. I have been looking for a different security cameras for a while now and haven’t been able to find the right one. I needed one for both the outside of the house and inside my room where I keep my German shepherd puppy. I came across this brand and purchased a small security camera and an outdoor camera right away. Installation was easy for both of them. The only difficult part was getting the camera connected to the phone via Bluetooth in the very beginning. The company has its own app and you were able to see and speak in real time. It also has night vision so I can properly see what my dog is doing in the dark. When I am able to speak, there is no static and is very clear. You were able to have full conversations through the microphone. The outdoor camera is also waterproof and works perfectly fine after a heavy storm that we had a few weeks ago. Not only is the quality of the app and the picture very good but it is less than half the price of its well-known competitors.

To purchase one for your own, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE

Fiddle Tree

So I got this fiddle tree a few months ago and once i brought it home, it was shedding leaves one one by one. Eventually all the leaves fell off. I tried putting it in different parts of the house and still no luck. I didn’t want to throw it away, but I also didn’t want it inside, so I just put it in a shady part outside and watered it every few days. A couple weeks ago I started to notice new growth. Here is how the tree currently looks.

New Puppy

A new buddy will be joining the family next week and I can’t wait to document his growth and development.

Firmoo Eyewear

 

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Since I’ve joined the eyewear club a couple years ago (no more bragging about having 20/20 vision), I’ve been on the search for cute frames that would fit my lifestyle and my face shape. Recently I came across a website called Firmoo that offers eyewear in unique and traditional styles that are affordable and I’ve been lucky enough to partner with them. They not only offer eyeglasses, but you’re able to customize the lenses, which means you have the option to get your prescription, tinted and even blue light blocking lenses.

I picked up a basic pair of eyeglasses with normal lenses to test the shape out. I have a slightly rounded face so I was looking for a smaller pair that would not emphasize that. As for the lenses, I decided to just stick with the basic ones for now. When I’m ready to get lenses with my prescription, I can easily do so on their website, which is great since I’m trying to stay away from the hospital during the pandemic.  I get my vision checked at Kaiser and they were helpful enough to send me the prescription so I can have them for future reference.

The eyewear themselves are pretty durable. They don’t feel like those cheap glasses you can get as a grocery or department store. They also come with the carrying bag that doubles as a cleansing cloth, which comes in handy now since my glasses always fog up and get dirty from wearing a mask all day.

If you’re not sure where to start when you’re shopping for eyewear, Firmoo has you covered. On their website they have a lot of resources on how to find the right pair, including finding your face shape and how to measure for the right fit. They have also a page that helps you read your prescription.

My favorite part of partnering when them is that they are offering my readers a free pair of frames for first time shoppers! Click URL https://bit.ly/2U80c3x  and use code “AUFFF” to get one right now!  Shipping fee is not included but I received my glasses in a couple days after purchase so even during the pandemic, they work fast to get your order out.  

https://www.firmoo.com

 

2019 Summer & Fall Makeup Staples

My current Summer/Fall makeup staples:
Purlisse BB Creme in Light – This foundation has the perfect amount of coverage for a natural finish while evening out skin tone. It’s been my go to foundation for over two years now and I purchase them two at a time. I love that it has SPF in it which makes it the perfect foundation for everyday wear. The light shade is the perfect neutral tone and doesn’t add any unnecessary extra warmth to my skin (that’s what bronzers are for). It applies great with either my favorite BB/CC cream brush from Japonesque or the Dose Of Colors beauty sponge.

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer in 21. This lightweight concealer gives a very skin like finish. I don’t use a lot of product in either the day time or night time look. Three dots per under eye and a swipe on the lid is all I need. I use shade 21 which has a peach undertone. That means its perfect for neutralizing the blue tones on your under eye area. It’s best feature is that its self setting, so I don’t have to reapply it in the middle of the day.

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CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in Light. Self explanatory. I used to never powder my makeup because I didn’t think I needed it, but I would always wonder why my foundation was creasing. Setting powders play a big role in your makeup routine. It finishes off the look and locks everything in place. With this powder, I can set my makeup and not look cakey or too matte and flat afterwards. Added bonus, CoverFX in general is a very clean brand, so there’s no talc or mineral oils in this.

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Persona Color Theory Eye Kit in Cooper –  The perfect eyeshadow kit that was made specifically for Brown Eyes. I love how pigmented and blend-able the shadows are without causing any fallout. It comes with five complimentary colors: a warm highlight; a neutral base; a shimmery gold; a rusty red; and a dark brown shade. During the day I use the neutral and dark brown colors and at night I incorporate all five. The kit comes with a brush that I primarily use for the crease and under eye. The eyeliner it comes with is a super creamy dark brown pencil and is ultimately the best eyeliner I’ve ever owned. It’s waterline safe.. long wearing, and doesn’t cause raccoon eyes. It sets within a minute so you do have to work fast with it. I recommend doing one section at a time and smuding out as soon as you apply.  The only negative thing I have with this is that I can’t get just buy the eyeliner (I’m almost out) because it’s only sold in the kit.

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Lise Watier Perfect Eyebrow Pencil. This brand has the perfect neutral color in all their formulas. This pencil fills in my brows without looking overdone. Perfect for daily natural makeup.

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The BrowGal Clear Brow Gel. The one product you think you don’t need but actually do. I’ve tried a few brow gels and this is the one I fell in love with. It offers an all day (hair) gel like hold without flaking.

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Hydropeptide 2 Step Peel and Glycelene Beauty Serum

Have you noticed your skin looking a little dull or dehydrated lately? Mine does when the weather is constantly changing, and Los Angeles is a little confused right now. It will go from pouring rain to bright and sunny within a few minutes. The back and forth in the air has been sucking out all the moisture in my skin, leaving my face a little lifeless, which is not the greatest considering I don’t wear makeup during the day.  When I need my skin to look awake (especially when I don’t),  I do a quick at home facial with the Hydropeptide 2 step peel that takes at most five minutes, and finish off with my favorite serum from Glycelene.

The Hydropeptide 2 Step Polish & Plump Peel was designed for at home use to give you instant results in a short amount of time, perfect for big events or just a quick pick me up once a week.

Before you start, make sure to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and leave your skin damp. Apply the polishing crystals which contain vitamin and scrub all over for about a minute. This will help to resurface your top layer of skin, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

DO NOT RINSE OFF

Step two is your activating serum which contain peptides which will plump and firm your skin. 3-4 pumps should be enough for your entire face and apply directly onto the crystals, you will notice a little bit of foaming action while it does its magic. Massage for about 2-3 minutes and rinse off.

After I’ve done the 2 step peel I like to apply my Glycelene Beauty Serum, which contains peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, with my jade roller to hydrate, plump, protect against environmental damage (such as pollution), and create the perfect canvas for either makeup application or the rest of your skin care routine. Make sure to wear sunscreen during the day and use a heavy moisturizer at night time before bed. I recommend the serum for every day use and the Peel once a week for best results.

 

Natura Bisse Diamond Instant Glow

What’s more luxurious than an instant at home peel and face lift. This 3 set of ampules includes a peel, radiance and lifting serum, perfect for a special event or an instant pick me up from daily fatigue.

Benefits
• Exfoliates, provides luminosity and tightens.
• Minimizes wrinkles and signs of fatigue.
• Instant micro-lifting and firming effect.

Step 1) massage the peel serum all over face and leave on for 8 minutes. I didn’t feel any tingling and I have pretty sensitive skin. I left it on for around 15 minutes and wiped it off with my Makeup Eraser ( a makeup removing cloth you can purchase at Hue At Dusk). My skin instantly looked brighter and less tired.

Step 2) Massage the Radiance serum all over face and wait one minute to dry. Do not rinse off. My skin instantly looked like it was glowing from within. The product dries down and doesn’t leave any surface residue.

Step 3) Apply the lifting serum and let dry completely before applying makeup. Skin looks radiant, lifted and awake. I used this right before bed but this would be great in the morning or special night out.

Is it worth the splurge? I would say yes.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask

Self care can include many things.. like a weekly face mask. One of my favorites is the Honey Potion from @farmacybeauty that self heats (fun!), nourishes, and revitalizes your skin for a glowing complexion. Honey is a natural humectant, which helps to lock in moisture, and the propolis is a natural healing antiseptic that’s found in beehives and helps heals the skin and create a natural barrier. I love using this mask right before I shower because the steams helps to intensify the heating effect.

https://www.farmacybeauty.com/

Glossier no Makeup look 

Really impressed with the quality of the @glossier products. The foundation and concealer stayed put all night without needing a powder and the light shade isn’t a warm tone 🙌🏼. Plus the skincare didn’t irritate my skin. Now I understand the hype..
Products used:

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Priming Moisturizer

Skin Tint in light

Stretch Concealer in Light

Boy Brow in blonde

Haloscope in Moonstone (gives a dewy highlight effect)

Birthday Balm dotcom

@nudestix All Over Face color in Bare Back (cheeks and lips)

@milkmakeup Kush Mascara

@lisewatierus Havana Light bronzer

Greek Business Spotlight : Voula Beauty

I just so happened to have come across this brand by chance. I was at work looking through a beauty business magazine when I noticed them on the brand spotlight page. What really caught my eye was that they use an ingredient called Mastica, which is a tree sap found primarily on the island of Chios in Greece, Read More

Beautycon Los Angeles 2017 haul

I know this post is really late but I went to Beautycon in Los Angeles for the first time this year. I ended up buying a bunch of products and getting some stuff for free. I’ll try and update this at a later time with some more products I got but here are a few.

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Flwrfood CBD infused oils

These CBD infused oils from FLWRFOOD have been life changing. I was lucky enough to have gotten Carpel Tunnel in my early 20’s thanks to constant overuse of my wrist vein a hair stylist and typing a lot. My hands start to hurt when they are in constant use and go numb at night. I came across @flwrfood recently and was able to get a couples to try out. I took up crocheting (painful!) at the same time I received these so what better way to test out a product! I started applying the oil when I was working and found it to be very helpful! My hands didn’t feel so stiff and the pain starting numbing itself out. I would reapply every couple hours and now I take it with me to work where I am typing all day. The rosemary oil I add to my salad dressings to help with my anxiety and stress. I’m so happy I found this company and look forward to trying more of their products.

Here is a break of each product.

CBD INFUSED COCONUT OIL

CBD Infused Coconut Oil! Cannabis gets a bad rep and Coconut Oil doesn’t get enough credit! So many benefits packed into this 1oz tincture of glory. This little gal can go with you everywhere. She’s great to simply add a dropper in your morning coffee or tea, soothing in a b

ath or when added to other natural moisturizers, and an incredible quick pick me up by administering a few droppers under your tongue. She’s been known to kick anxiety within minutes, ease pains and sooth skin disorders, and even fight cancer! She won’t let you down.

Coco Loco(1oz-250mg CBD) – $30

Ingredients: Raw Organic Coconut Oil, CBD Flower Extract, Chamomile, Spearmint

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CBD INFUSED OLIVE OIL

This little guy will blow your socks off! We took some of the most incredibly savory flavors in the food spectrum and of course infused them with our favorite thing .. CBD! Rosemary, garlic & olive oil are probably three of the most commonly used ingredients used in todays kitchen. Our CBD Infused Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil is now your new sous chef! Who knew garlic and rosemary were packed with so much power?! Not to mention everything CBD has to offer. You can add this to almost every dish you create at home, or any dish you order out! Get into it .. you’ll thank us later!

Rosemary Garlic(1oz-250mg CBD) – $30

Ingredients: Organic Olive Oil, CBD Flower Extract, Rosemary, Garlic

 

There also have a variety of other products that contain CBD oil

PURCHASE HERE