Thursday, February 4, 2016

Low Carb No Dough Pizza Recipe

This has been a great treat, while eating low carb.  Everyone really enjoys it and we don't feel deprived!


For Crust:  1 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs, large
black pepper, 1/4 tsp
garlic powder, 1 tsp
grated parmesan cheese

Toppings: 1/2 cup pizza sauce, as few carbs and sugars as possible
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

any toppings of your choice:  we did pepperoni, ham, onion, bacon, and mushroom

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese until combined.

Spread mixture into the baking dish.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust.  Add cheese and toppings.  Bake 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

This makes one pizza.  For my family, we always make 2 and have some left overs.  I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Low Carb, Low Sugar Lemon Mousse Recipe!

I am excited to do this post, because this is my favorite new recipe!  I don't like anything too sweet, but I do like to be able to have a little treat in the evenings with my tea.  This is super easy and quick. It is smooth, creamy, and a bit tangy.  If you like lemon, you will love it!  I haven't made this with any other flavors yet, but I'm sure those would taste great also!


1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 cup cool whip
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box sugar free lemon jello
blueberries (optional)

I like to take the cream cheese out of the fridge 30 mins or so before starting, but it isn't necessary.  Put the jello mix in a mixing bowl and add boiling water.  Stir or whisk until the jello dissolves.
Add the cream cheese and cool whip.  Mix with a handheld blender until smooth and most of the bubbles are out.

Scoop into a dessert bowl.  Refrigerate for 45 minutes before serving.  Garnish with blueberries or any other fruit of your choice.

It doesn't get any easier than that!  I hope you enjoy it :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January Beauty & Lifestyle Favorites!

I have a few favorites this month.  A lot of what I have been wearing, I was wearing at the end of last year.  A couple things are new, and a few things are repeats from earlier last year that I am once again getting use out of.  I love it when I rediscover old favorites months later!

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - I got this awhile ago as a sample and I am not even sure when or where I got it from, because I just tried it for the first time this month.  I am faithful to my Better Than Sex and Lights, Camera, Lashes, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one!  It has a large wand that is made up of your traditional type bristles (not the plastic bristles).  It does a great job of lengthening and volumizing, without clumps, flakes, or smudging on me.  It also helped to keep a nice curl in my lashes.  I don't have straight lashes at all, but I do usually curl them just for a little extra.  I haven't been curling mine when using this mascara, but it looks like I did.  I think it is a great all around mascara that does a super job with only two coats!  It is easy and long lasting for everyday, but it also gives the kind of look you would want for an evening look.  I would definitely purchase and recommend this mascara to anyone.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation - 30 Warm Nude -  I bought this foundation quite some time ago.  I really liked it, but started trying some new ones and got away from it.  I remember why I liked it so much now.  It is a medium buildable coverage, with a natural finish.  It lasts well and blends beautifully.  It is easy to find and reasonably priced.  I wear this foundation on a daily basis for simple looks, but also on weekends when I have a more dramatic look.  I think it is just as good as many high end foundations, and I love that it has a pump.   I have nothing negative to say about it at all.  They also have a coordinating concealer that I have heard is good, but I have yet to try it.

Too Faced Beauty Balm - Nude Glow - I bought this awhile back also, and got away from wearing it.  Sometimes, I wear it as a primer, and sometimes I wear it alone.  It gives a fresh luminosity to the skin with light coverage that just evens out the skin and makes it look like your natural skin, but better.  I wear this on light makeup days when I am just running errands, but don't wanna look a mess.   This also has SPF 20, so you don't need to add a moisturizer to it.

Harney & Sons Paris Tea - I bought this tea after first trying paris tea at one of my favorite tea houses in the city.  It is a black tea with a twist.  It is described as a fruity, black tea with vanilla, fruit, and citrus flavors, with a hint of lemony bergamot.  I would say this is an accurate description.  I add cream and cinnamon to mine, and love to drink it in the afternoon.  It has a great aroma, while being full of flavor.  You can find the Harney & Sons brand at many locations, as well as and

Stash Mango & Coconut Tea - Stash had an online sale a few weeks ago, so I picked up some teas for myself, my mom, husband and best friend.  I had tried this brand before, but I picked up some different flavors that I had not seen in store.  Mango & Coconut was the flavor I bought for myself.  I love it!  I love coconut anything, and add mango to it.....well, it has to be delicious!  I love this as an afternoon or early evening tea.  I also purchased red velvet, white chocolate mocha, chocolate mint oolong, and salted caramel mate.  Everyone has been enjoying the flavors I picked for them as well.  You can find all these and more at

OPI Polish - Thank Glogg It's Friday - I received this polish as a gift from a from a close friend of mine for Christmas.  I love the color and think it is a great one for fall and winter.  I have more O.P.I. polishes than any other brand, and I really do love the formula. I always top mine with vinylux, and my manicure will last for a week.

If you have any questions about these products, please leave a comment below.  I hope everyone is having a good week!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beauty Trends For 2016!

Before I get into the trends of the new year, I want to make a bit of a disclaimer.  These are the trends that you will see more of this year.  I am not saying that you have to do this and stop doing the bigger trends of years past.  I feel that makeup, fashion, hair, etc. is just a creative way to express yourself and how you feel that day.  It shouldn't be taken so serious.  I don't care if something has been "out" for 20 years, if you love it and you feel good wearing it, then do it!  I know that I wear what I want, when I want, and how I want, because that is what I like.  This is just a guide of a few things you could try if you want to update your look and try out some current trends.

-  Glowing Skin:  I am so glad this is a huge trend for the year!!  As I have said before, I am NOT a matte kinda girl.  Not a fan of the matte lips and skin, and we saw so much of that in 2015.  It was like every foundation and lipstick that came out during the year, was matte!  I love the J. Lo glow, and think it makes the skin look healthy and youthful.  I have some glowy foundations like L'Oreal True Match Lumi, and I also like Maybelline's Super Stay Better Skin Foundation.  It has a fresh looking luminosity that isn't too much.  If you need to use up your more matte foundations, try adding a liquid highlight to it, like NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator or L'Oreal Lumi True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator .  Looking for a good powder highlight?  Try Mac Soft and Gentle for a more natural look, while Becca highlighter in Opal and The Balm's Mary Lou Minizer is great for a more dramatic glow.

*I did this look almost 2 years ago.  I used NYX Born To Glow mixed in with my foundation.

-  Bangs or Fringe:  I did not realize that this was going to be a 2016 trend when I cut my bangs in December, but I can see why it is!  I think that bangs can give a more youthful appearance, but are also very versatile.  You can push them back with a headband, twist and pin them to the side, wear them straight across or part them to the side.  I love having options with my hair and looks, and that's exactly what bangs provide.

-  Vibrant Lips:  The past several years, nudes have really been the go to color for lips, but this year the trend is a little more daring.  Vibrant lips, especially reds, are making a statement.  Pair them with a neutral eye look for an updated, yet not overstated look.

-  Bronzer:  Bronzing isn't a new trend, but I think you will see more bronzing than some of the harsh contour that we have seen.  When deciding on a bronzer, pick a shade that is close to what your natural tan color looks like.  Sweep it across the high points of your face, where the sun would naturally hit your face.....forehead, cheeks, and a little across the nose.  You will instantly look  healthier and like you just returned from vacation.

-  Blue Eye Makeup:  Yes, blue eye makeup!  I picture a bad 80's look with big, bleached blonde hair, hot pink cheeks, and electric blue eye makeup as far as the eye can see!!  That is not the look that was hitting runways for this year.  Cobalt blue is the blue of choice.  It has been used to create a smokey eye or to just add a pop of color on the lower lash line.  For a long time now, if I want to add color to an eye look, but not feel overpowered by the color, I do a neutral eye with brown or black liner on the top lash line.  Then, I throw a liner of color on the bottom lash line.  It is just a fun little update you can do that is quick and easy, and great for a night out!

*Another look from awhile back.  I have black liner on the top lash line and turquoise blue on the bottom.

Pink & Peach Eye Makeup:  I love this trend as much as glowing skin!  Pink and peach eye makeup really gives a soft, natural, feminine, pretty, youthful look.  No matter your age or skin tone, this look can work for you.  Just try to choose a color with the same undertone as you.  For example, if you are a warm undertone, pick a pink that leans a little towards coral.  If you are a cool undertone, pick one that leans more purple.  I love using pink and peach in a monochromatic makeup look.  Beauty and fashion is all about knowing what works for you....your skin tone, body, hair type, face shape, and bone structure.

*I did this look over the summer.  I not only did all pink eye makeup, but I did a full face monochromatic look.  I used the UD Naked 3 palette, which is a beautiful rosy pink palette.

Hair Accessories:  I love hair accessories!  I think that add so much to a look without being overdone.  The 1940's is my favorite era for many reasons, but I really love the makeup and fashion of the time.  It was feminine, simple, and not overdone.  Women of that time did not wear a lot of makeup, but they did spend a lot of time creating more intricate hair styles, and they were not afraid of a little embellishment with their hair looks to really pull an outfit together.  From a pretty head band to a hair clip or a flower, you can really create a pretty look that stands out in a crowd.  I especially love fancier hair accessories for a wedding, prom, or special occasion.

I enjoy doing these posts, because I think that everyone needs a little update sometimes or just a few ideas of something fun to try.  Have fun with it and don't take it too seriously.  Wear what you like, and don't be afraid to try something new!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Recipe: Lower Carb Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Last night, I made this for dinner and it was my first time ever making or having a soup like this.  It was really good and took on a similar taste to a loaded baked potato soup (but without the potatoes)!


-  1 8oz package of cream cheese
-  1/2 cup heavy cream
-  1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
-  3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tsp minced garlic
3 tsp chicken bouillon
- minced onion to taste
-  garlic powder to taste
- salt pepper to taste
1 cup sliced carrots
2 1/2 lb head of cauliflower, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
4-5 bacon slices
2 green onions chopped
cheddar cheese, shredded

First let me say that I am not the kind of cook who follows recipes or measures most things.  If I am baking I do, but not cooking.  I have been cooking for a long time now, so I know what to add and omit in a way that we like.  I use recipes just as an outline or guide.   I love to use lots of different seasonings also, which I never measure.  If I were a betting gal, I would say I used a teaspoon of the ones above.

First, chop up the cauliflower, carrots, onion and green onions.  Set green onions aside, these are for topping.  Melt the butter in a large pot on medium heat.  Add cauliflower, carrots, onion, and salt & pepper.  Saute until veggies start to become tender, stirring occasionally.

Add flour and garlic to veggies, mix completely.

Add chicken broth and 2 bay leaves.  Bring heat to medium-high.  Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer adding a lid.  Let cook for 15-20 minutes, until veggies are tender.

Add milk, cream, chicken bouillon, and seasonings to taste.

  Cook until thoroughly heated.  Remove bay leaves.  Serve and top with cheddar, bacon crumbles, and green onions.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Low Carb Taco Meatballs

These were very easy to make, and very good also.  I do not follow a low carb diet, but I do follow a lower carb diet.  I have always said that sugar is what makes you fat, not fat itself.  So, I have been making up some things to have on hand, because if I get too hungry I will eat anything, which just ruins my progress.  So, I like to make sure I have plenty of things on hand at home and also to pack lunches for my husband.  


-  2 lbs of Laura's Lean Ground Beef (93-7)
1 block of sharp cheddar cut into about 25 chunks
2 green onions, cleaned and ends cut off
1 tsp minced garlic
1 packet of taco seasoning
2 eggs

Put all ingredients in a bowl.

  Using your hands, mix all ingredients together.

  Roll the meat into medium balls.  Stuff the cheese into the center of the ball, and work the meat around it.  Place them in a baking dish.

Preheat oven to 425 and bake for 10 - 12 minutes.  Cooking time can vary depending on your oven and size of meat balls.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My January Boxycharm Review!

This is my 13th Boxycharm, and I have to say, this is my favorite beauty subscription that I have had.  It is $21 a month, and my boxes have retailed from a little over $100 to around $160.  This month's total came to $108.92.  You get 4 - 5 products.  Most, if not all, are full size.  The rest are deluxe sample sizes.

This month was a great box!  It included 4 full size products.  I got the Revealed Smoky Palette.  Since I became a subscriber of Boxycharm, I have received Revealed 1, Revealed 2, Revealed 3, and Revealed Smoky.  Each palette is very similar to the UD Naked Palettes of the same number.  I have been happy with all of them and think they are of great quality.  One difference is that the Revealed palettes actually have 20 shadows, instead of 12.  Rounding out the box, was everything you need to finish an eye look.....mascara, eye liner, and eye brushes.  All full size products!!

20 shades from light to medium to dark, gives you a lot of variety in one palette.  You can do a natural daytime look or a smoky evening look.   Looking through the palette, there are 4 matte shades, 3 satin, and the rest go from shimmery to very shimmery.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette $39.95

This mascara claims to be lengthening and volumizing.  It applies like a traditional mascara, but forms water resistant tubes around the lashes, keeping the mascara from smudging or flaking during wear.

Blinc Mascara Amplified $26

This black liner has a felt tip pen to make application easier.

Starlooks Lux Longwear Eye Liner Pen $19

You get 3 brushes in this set....a detail brush, crease brush, and smudge brush.  These brushes have synthetic vegan fibers that feel like natural brushes.  They can also be purchased individually for $7.99.  These brushes are very soft and are substantial.  They definitely feel more high end.

Royal & Langnickel Brush Set Revolution $23.97

Boxycharm comes once a month.  I get mine mid month.  Your payment automatically comes out at the beginning of the month.  The monthly charge also includes shipping.  You will receive an email when your box ships, along with a tracking code.  This box fits inside a standard mailbox, so you don't have to worry about it being left outside on your step.  If you are interested in subscribing or getting more information, Click Here!  Boxycharm also offers a great program, so you can earn more product.  Once you use the products in your box, simply log on to their site and give a quick review.  You will earn charms that you can use to get free product.  I recently picked a pretty blush that I got for free, including shipping!  

If you are interested in trying out a new beauty box, I highly recommend this one.  It think it is an outstanding value that will introduce you to new brands and also send products from well known brands.  If you have any questions, please leave them below and I will respond as quickly as possible :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Drugstore Beauty Deals: 01/17/16 - 01/25/16

Rite-Aid has the best ad this week, but if you are in need of some Maybelline products, they are on sale at all 3 major drugstores.


-  All Maybelline Cosmetics:  Spend $15 get $5 Reward Bucks


-  Cover Girl Face, Lip & Nail Cosmetics:  Buy One Get One 50% Off

-  All Maybelline Eye Shadows:  Buy One Get One 50% Off

-  Revlon Nail Enamel:  Buy One Get One 50% Off


-  Maybelline Face & Eye Products:  Buy One Get One 50% Off

-  Revlon Eye Shadow:  40% Off

-  Rimmel Cosmetics:  Spend $12 Get $5 Plenti Points

-  Almay Softies Eye Shadow: Buy One Get One 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Infinite Eye Shadow:  Buy One Get One 50% Off

*These are national deals and can vary from state to state.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Face Of The Day: Using Mostly ELF Products!

I first started wearing ELF several years ago, and I was more than skeptical.  I though surely these were crappy, powdery, kiddie type makeup, because they were so inexpensive.  I am an avid youtube watcher, and saw quite a few girls talking up the brand.  I was still skeptical, but decided to try it for myself.  I was so surprised!!  I truly could not believe the quality, because the price was so low.  As the years have passed, they have released many new and even better products to their line.  I am always excited when they launch a new product, and am very rarely disappointed!

So, for those of you who may still be skeptical, I wanted to do a FOTD using mostly ELF products.  Below are the products I chose to use, along with the look.

Products from Left to Right:  Perfect Finish HD Powder, Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Smoked To Perfection, Blush Palette in Light, Illuminating Palette, 3-in-1 Mascara, High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder, and Extra Thick Ink Eyeliner in Blackest Black.

This was just an everyday look....a typical Wednesday for me running errands and doing my stay at home mom duties.  Nothing fancy :)

Some of these products were new to me, and some I have been wearing for a long time.  Some were purchased in store, some were bought online, and some were sent to me from ELF.  If I had to choose my favorites from what I used, I would pick the blush and illuminating palette.  You get larger size pots that are interchangeable, so you can customize your palette, and they have large, full size mirrors.  They also are pigmented, blend well, and have little to no fall out.  

I have lots of drugstore makeup and lots of high end makeup.  I think they both have their place.  I think there are excellent products from both.  I don't, however, think you have to spend a fortune to get a great, long lasting, look!  If you are budgeting or just looking to try some new things, try ELF.  They have a lot of great products and are always having great sales on

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My Top Beauty Products Of 2015!

Some of my favorites are products that I just found this year, while others have been staples for me for years.  I put a lot of thought into what I have loved the most over the past year, and here is my list!

Olay X Pro Face Brush

I bought this brush back in May.  I had been wanting a brush like this, but wasn't willing to pay the price of the Clarisonic.  I thought why not try this one first to see how I like it?  I instantly loved this brush!  I used it as soon as I got home and immediately noticed a difference!  My skin looked smoother and brighter.  After a week or so, I noticed that my pores had become smaller.  After I wash off my makeup, I put my face wash on the brush and get a deeper clean.  You will notice even more makeup coming off that you didn't even know was there!  When I first bought this I used it day and night.  Now, I usually use it once a day.  I like to do it before bed to make sure that my face is really clean and exfoliated so my serums, moisturizers, masks, etc. can really penetrate my skin.  My mom also bought one for herself on the same shopping trip.  She is 55 and noticed the same things that I did.  We are so happy that we spent $40 instead of $150-$200.  Plus, the replacement brushes for these are much cheaper and easier to find.  I buy mine on Amazon.  I get 2 for $8.  The brush is battery powered and I have not had to replace mine yet.  This brush did not come with a storage or travel bag, but I use an Ipsy bag for mine and it fits perfectly.  As far as brush maintenance, I rinse it really well after each use and clean with bacterial soap.  I then let it air dry.  Make sure you keep your brush really clean, so you don't cause any unnecessary breakouts or irritation.

Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Alpha Hydroxy Peel

This is a more recent skincare find for me.  I started using these in November.  I received 3 samples from Sephora with an online purchase.  I had never heard of them before, nor had I ever tried an at home chemical peel.  I had no expectations, but when it comes to skincare I am happy to try it all!  All I can say is WOW!!  These things made a noticeable difference INSTANTLY!  It was unbelievable!  My face was brighter, smoother and softer after the first use.  After a few more treatments, my freckles and brown spots are lighter, my skin is tighter and lifted, my texture is so soft and smooth, and fine lines are far less noticeable.  I knew that I could not ever be without these, so I immediately placed an order.  At first I used the peels 3 or 4 times a week.  Now I use them twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday.  These can be used twice a day, but after some time using them I think you can back off a bit.  It's all in the results that you see and how fast your skin reacts to the treatments.  Mine reacted very quickly.....immediately!

 L'Oreal True Match Lumi

This foundation was on my best of list last year.  If you like a light to medium buildable, luminous finish,with a great color selection, that has the look and feel of high end packaging at a drugstore price.....this is for you!  It lasts well on me and doesn't make me oily or breakdown.  I do always set my foundations with powder and often use a setting spray, so that will also help with longevity.

 Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

This was in my December favorites, and even though it is new to me, I don't have anything quite like it.  I know I will be wearing this foundation for a long time.  This is the first product that I have ever tried from the Kat Von D line.  I am excited to try more to see if I like the line as a whole.  As I mentioned in my favorites, this is most comparable to the Estee Lauder Double Wear.  For me, I like the finish and coverage better though.  The finish isn't quite as matte as Estee Lauder.  It is more of a natural or satin finish, and I think the coverage is a little better.  I think the longevity is the same, and the price is the same as well.  I do like the Kat Von D packaging much better though.  The bottle is a lot prettier, plus it has a nice pump, where the Estee Lauder doesn't.  I really couldn't be happier with this foundation!

Too Faced Amazing Face Foundation Powder

I started wearing this powder over a year ago.  It is still my favorite face powder.  It gives extra coverage, doesn't cake up or look dry, and has a satin to matte finish.  I use this twice when applying my makeup.  First, I apply it after applying foundation.  Then, I apply it once all of my face makeup is done by lightly buffing it over everything just to give a smoother, flawless, blended finish.  I do not apply this under my eyes.  I have had some trouble finding it, but can still find it from time to time on

 Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten

This year was the first year that I had ever tried anything from the Laura Geller line.  I bought a box set of 5 items or so around my birthday, because I really wanted to try the brand.  Two products really stood out to me.....this blush and their Baked Balance N Brighten Foundation Powder.  This blush is just gorgeous and long wearing, but what makes this one a little different is that it is a two-in-one product.  It is a marbleized blush as well as a highlighter.  Because it is marbleized, you get that dimension on your cheeks that I really like (I mentioned using several cheek products to achieve this look in my last post).  Therefore, I think this blush is great for everyday, when you don't have a bunch of time to get ready and are heading to work or school  You just take a few second to blend this on your cheeks and you have everything you need for cheek products!  We are all looking for simple, quick, and easy with great results!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

For the second year in a row this mascara along with the Better Than Sex mascara has been my favorites.  I sometimes wear them separate, but really think I get the best results when wearing them together.  Lights, Camera, Lashes has more of a gel consistency with a slightly smaller yet traditional type of brush.  It really separates and lengthens, which is why I like to apply it after the Better Than Sex.  It is also great for the bottom lashes.  It does not transfer or flake on me at all.  When I am going for a quick, more natural look, I wear this on it's own and looks great also!

Too Faced Better Than Sex

This mascara is equally as good, but different.  It is very much a volumizing/thickening mascara.  It really gives you the thick lash look.  It isn't so much separating, which is why I like to use the Tarte mascara afterwards.  The only potential problem that I could see with this mascara is in the brush size.  It is extra large, so if you have small eyes application may be difficult and messy.  If they are average size or bigger, I think you will be just fine.  I do not recommend using this on the bottom lashes though, because of the size.  The Tarte and the Too Faced mascaras together are just an excellent combo.  They give you the false lash look without the false lashes, which is why I rarely ever wear them anymore!

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

I have been using Wen for 31/2 years now, and I love it!  I grew my hair out from a very short pixie, and now it is in the middle of my back.  I really attribute Wen for making my hair so healthy during the growing out process.  It doesn't break.  I don't have a single split end, and I color treat my hair often and the color lasts and lasts!  I use Wen once a week, and just recently added the 6 13 Wen product to it.  I also do a Wen hair mask once a week and leave it in overnight.  Every few days, I use dry shampoo instead of washing, and that's it!  I know that some people do not like Wen, but I think that depends on your hair type and I do think there is a descent amount of user error with it, because it is so different from regular shampoo.  I have medium hair that is silky soft, much like Asian hair, but is also naturally wavy.  I typically get mine from QVC and they have a 30 day money back guarantee if you are unhappy with any product, so I think it is definitely worth trying.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush

These just came out this year, and I instantly fell in love with them!  I bought hangover and your love is king.  Then, they came out with a limited edition blush palette and I just felt like I had to have it!  It is so beautiful!  The line has a great shade range, adorable packaging, adorable names, and the colors are so pretty, pigmented, and last all day!  I love blush and I love the Too Faced brand.  The entire palette is $36, which if you know what one full size blush costs, you know this is a good deal!  If you are interested in the palette, don't wait too long because it is limited edition.  FYI:  This is not sold in Ulta stores, but on  You can also purchase on

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

This product was on last years favorites list as well.  I like this one so much, because I think it works well as a contour or bronzer.  It isn't too cool or too warm.  It is matte, so not sparkles, which you wouldn't want that to contour.  This product has lasted me so long that it's ridiculous.  I haven't had to purchase it alone.  I keep getting it as a deluxe sample with points or in a Too Faced kit.  It is so pigmented yet blends so nicely.  I have no complaints.  I would recommend this to everyone.  If you are very fair to light, they have the milk chocolate bronzer.  If you are darker than medium, they have dark chocolate, so all the shades are covered.

*This is a deluxe sample that I have been using for over a year!  Obviously, a little goes a long way.  I love that this shade is neither too warm or too cool, so it works for contouring and bronzing.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I'm not sure when I first tried this.  It had to be at least a year or so ago.  I just impulsively picked it up in that "we'll getcha before you leave" section at Sephora.  I grabbed it because it claimed to be good for eczema.  My psoriasis shows up first on my hands and feet, so I like to put this on regularly. I keep one in my purse and one on my nightstand and use it daily, especially in the winter.  One day during the summer, I got a real bad patch not the side of my foot by my big toe.  You could see it because I was wearing sandals.  I was at Easton with my family, and when I got in the car I applied the lotion.  A few days later my mom was over and I was bear foot and she checked to see how my psoriasis was doing, and the patch was almost gone!  I told her that I hadn't applied the lotion since that day in the car and she couldn't believe it!!  I have also recently started using tea tree oil on my psoriasis spots and it really helps as well.  If you suffer from dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema or any other skin condition, gives this cream and tea tree oil a try!

Coconut Oil

If you want one product that is inexpensive, natural, good for you, and is an all in one for a variety of NEED coconut oil!  We have all heard a lot of hype about coconut oil in the past few years and for good reason.  It's benefits are enormous!  When it comes to beauty, I use it as a makeup remover, eye makeup remover, hair mask, face moisturizer, and all over body moisturizer.  I can spend anywhere from $8-$15 for a jar and ir will last me forever!  I do buy the virgin, organic, cold pressed.  For as cheap and long lasting as it is, I figure I should get the best I can find.  Your skin absorbs 99% of what touches it, so it's basically like drinking whatever products you use.  Think about that!!  Another reason why I love coconut oil is that it is antimicrobial, antibacterial and has a natural SPF in it.  It can also help aid in weight loss!  Many years ago, farmers started giving their cows coconut oil in an attempt to fatten them up even quicker., but what happened was just the opposite.  They actually lost weight!  So whenever I make a smoothie, I like to add in a tablespoon.  It is also great to use in baking to replace your traditional oil.  Quite some time ago I did a post on coconut oil.  If you would like to learn more, Click Here!

So, that's my list!  Of course, I found many, many great products this year.  Probably more this year than in any previous year.  If you are watching your budget and only want to invest in a few things, I suggest investing in skincare.  No matter your age or condition of your skin.  Your face is the first thing that people see, the first thing that you see, and the first thing that ages.  Take care of it.  It deserves the extra time and attention.  I don't care how much makeup you have or how expensive and wonderful it is, if you have bad skin that you don't take care of, the makeup won't do much to help you.  If you are young and think that skincare is unnecessary for you at this point, I promise you that you couldn't be more wrong!  The neglect may not show up on your face today or tomorrow, but I promise that it will and it will show up quicker than it should.  Take care of every aspect of your body.....EVERY ASPECT!  That is the best advice that I can give you, because if you don't, one day it will be too late and you will be stuck with the result of years and years of neglect.  Life is too short to be unhealthy, unhappy, in pain, insecure, and living a life that is less than who you are.