My name is Ashley and I am a wife, mother and lover of all things beauty and food. From a very small age, I would sneak into my mothers makeup and play dressup, and always had to have every flavor of lipgloss known to man. Along with my obsession with makeup, my mom always said that I had a very broad palate for food and always had to have the "wierd" foods in the refridgerator. Little did I know, that love for food would come in handy when I began having food sensitivities to gluten and dairy products. What was once a hard process of trying to figure out what I could eat, I started to realize that there was so much more out there then what I had eaten my whole life. Now, I am on a mission to help other people with their challenges that they may face, whether it comes to what gluten free bread is the best for them or which shade of lipstick they should choose. I only hope that I can reach people far and wide and maybe make a difference in someones life. God Bless- Ashley
Who remembers when the Garnier Skin Active line came out? Or let me say, who could forget? It was in everyone’s beauty routine, and everyone absolutely had to use the tinted roller ball before every concealer application. Then before we knew it, it slowly disappeared! Well, I am bringing it back because I love them!
First off, let me talk about the coverage of the Anti-Dark Circle Roller Ball, it’s great! Sometimes, it’s the only thing I use. I absolutely love using this before my concealer because it softens the eye area, brightens and covers! I love the fact that I am treating at the same time as concealing.
Moving on to the Anti-Puff Roller. It does exactly what the name states. It really helps with my puffiness in the morning. The roller is very cooling and just the act of using it is very calming. After application it leaves a slight sheen and a non greasy moisturization to the under eyes, perfect for makeup application.
These products are reasonably priced at $13.99 a piece and if your lucky, you can catch a sale for by one get one half off. They also have one for wrinkles as well! Seriously, you need these in your life!
I hope you enjoyed this step back in time! Leave me a comment if you liked this post and let me know what makeup or skin care product you would like to see come back!
God Bless- Ashley
All opinions are my own. I bought these products with my own money, not sponsored.
Sometimes I just don’t want to put a lot of effort into my makeup routine. I want something that is going to be quick, easy and as few steps as possible. So, I came up with this:
I absolutely love this look, it only uses one eyeshadow, a bronzer and a highlight. How easy is that? Talk about multipurpose! Here is how I achieved this look.
First, I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
Secondly, I added a transition shade in the crease, this is where your bronzer comes in. It looks so natural in the crease and blends perfectly. I received both of these items in my Ipsy bag and I have been loving both of them!
Thirdly, I added an eyeshadow to my lid. I cannot express to you how beautiful this color is! It is so shimmery on the lid but not all glittery. After applying, I blended it with a fluffy crease brush.
Lastly, I finished off the look with a subtle highlight on the brow bone. It is slightly golden with a peachy undertone. Perfect for a very natural appearance.
To finish off the look, I did a simple winged liner using Wet and Wild h20 liquid liner in black and coat of Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in black.
That’s it! So simple and so beautiful! I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you soon!
I have always had issues with my skin. It is acne prone, super sensitive, dry and oily! Lately, my skin has been super oily! My makeup has literally been sliding off my face half way through the day and greasy like no ones business. So to combat this, I have fallen in love again with one of my old favorites.
This serum is amazing. It is so silky smooth and glides on the skin effortlessly. Instantly, I felt that my skin looked brighter and less oily, almost leaving a powdery like feel behind. All you need is one pump and just place it where you are most oily. Not only will you feel an immediate difference, your skin will naturally become less oily over time!
This serum comes in two sizes:
1oz for $40.00
1.7oz for $54.00
Now, I know that sounds like a lot, but you only have to use one small pump. This bottle will last a long time!
Right now Origins is offering either 15% off your total purchase or a free sheet mask with any $40.00 purchase.
Here is a link to their website if you are interested:
Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal and a hot cup of coffee in the morning? Oatmeal is one of my go to breakfasts because it is filling and nutritious. I decided to change my routine up a bit and go with something a little more decadent. All though this looks totally bad for you, it is actually made with healthy ingredients! Here is how I made it:
First, have all of your ingredients prepped and ready because trust me, this process goes REALLY FAST! Go ahead and have your oatmeal prepared and ready to be topped.
What you need:
~1/2 of a sliced banana
~cinnamon and coconut sugar
~coconut oil ( I used refined coconut oil)
~About a tablespoon of raw walnuts
~pinch of salt
~1/2 Cup of Oats
~Water ( I just fill right above the oats)
Have your bowl of oatmeal ready. I used Quaker Oats and made them in the microwave with water.
Start out by adding about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan. Let your pan get hot, this is important because your bananas will get really soggy if you put them in too early. Cook for about 30-45 seconds, then add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and your coconut sugar last. I like coconut sugar because it brings a “caramel like” taste to the bananas. Once you add the coconut sugar, stir for about 5-10 seconds then take off the heat. Add your walnuts to the mixture and stir gently.
Here is your topping when it is complete! All you have to do now is top your oats. You can add some almond milk and extra walnuts to the oats if you like as well.
Enjoy and God Bless- Ashley
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Going Gluten and Dairy free does not have to be a hard thing, it’s actually quite easy. Now, I’m not saying that it wasnt a learning curve, because it definitely was but with patience and a lot of research I have finally figured it out. I get asked a lot about certain foods that I eat and where to get them, so I compiled a list of my top 5, absolute favorite gluten and dairy free snacks and I found all of them at my local grocery store! So don’t be afraid to take the leap, next time you go grocery shopping look for these items and try them out. I promise you will not be disappointed.
#5. Immaculate Baking Co.
These cookies are so good and so easy to bake. Just take them out of the package and put them in the oven. I guarantee if you made these for a non gluten free eater, they would not be able to tell the difference between these and a regular cookie.
#4. Snyder’s of Hanover
My daughter absolutely loves these pretzels and actually prefers them to regular wheat pretzles. They have that “classic” pretzel taste, which I appreciate and a great, crunchy bite. There are a few different varieties that these come in including Honey Mustard and Onion, Hot Buffalo and Mini pretzles.
#3. Kind Bars
Kind Bars are a new-found love of mine and have quickly become one of my favorite snacks when I am on the go. One thing that I love about them is that they are low on the Glycemic Index. This means I’m not going to have a sugar spike when I eat these and they wont leave me feeling shakey or craving more sugar. I have tried many different varieties of kind bars, but my absolute favorite in the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. They are so good and remind me of a Snickers bar. You can also pop them in the microwave for a gooey treat!
#2. Silk Almond Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative
Words can not describe my love for this yogurt. I have searched far and wide for a dairy free yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt, and this one is it. My absolute favorite flavor is the plain. It is smooth, creamy and has just a hint of sweetness. Now, I can finally make recipes that calls for yogurt and it wont taste terrible! This yogurt comes in many other flavors as well such as strawberry, blueberry, pineapple and mango.
Here it is, my favorite gluten and dairy free snack. The Gratify Gluten Free Everything Thins and Boars Head Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. In my opinion, you can not go wrong with this combo. The thins are almost like a cracker pretzel texture with just the right amount of spices and salt and it pairs perfectly with the red pepper hummus. You could eat this off the bottom of a dirty shoe and it would still taste good. Well, maybe not but you get my point. Just a warning. I ate 3 bags of these crackers in less than 2 weeks! Yes, they are that addicting.
That’s it! My top 5 Gluten and Dairy Free snacks. I know you will enjoy these just as much as I have. I would love to know what you like to snack on as well. Please leave me a comment and don’t forget to sign up for my blog so you will know as soon as I put out a new post. Thank you so much for reading and have a blessed day!
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Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks or “meals”. They are so versatile and can be made with virtually any frozen fruit that you have in the freezer. For me, my favorite is the classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie but I like to “kick it up a notch” (throwback to Emeril Lagasse for all my old school friends) with some healthy add ins such as oatmeal, whole almonds or flax seed. There is not much difference in the flavor of the smoothie but definitely enhances the nutritional value. So, with that being said, here is how I make my delicious smoothie.
Add 1/2 of a frozen banana and 5 to 6 frozen strawberries, depending on size to your blending mug. Make sure your fruit is frozen for more of a smoothie texture.
Like I said earlier, there are multiple things you can add to your smoothie to give it a nutritional boost but my favorite is Ground Flax Seeds. They are full of Omega-3’s and fatty Acids that support heart health, full of fiber and add extra protein to keep you fuller, longer. I use 1 Tablespoon in my smoothie.
Add your flax seeds to your smoothie.
Since I am Dairy Free, I like to use vegan yogurt. Now, I have tried MULTIPLE dairy free yogurt varieties. Some have been good and some have just been plain nasty, but my absolute favorite is Silk Almond in the flavor Plain. It is thick and creamy, perfect for this smoothie.
I have another favorite Silk product and it is Silk Almond Milk. It has a really nice “milk” flavor, once you get used to it. This was the first non dairy milk I started using and even though I have strayed a couple of times from it, I always go back. It’s just the best in my opinion. Add about a 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup to your smoothie.
Screw on the top to your Magic Bullet or blender and blend it up! Top with ground flax seeds for garnish.
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What kind of coverage do you prefer in a foundation? Do you want your natural skin to shine through or do you want to cover everything? My routine varies, but recently I have been reaching for my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I really like the way it blends easily into the skin and covers where my skin is less than perfect. It looks really natural and does not look heavy or cakey. On days when I am wanting the “no makeup” makeup look, I reach for my Estee Lauder Double Wear nude foundation. It is sheer, but I still get a beautiful result. I find that it gives me a glowing, even complexion.
Here are the two foundations side by side:
You can see that the packaging is very different. The nude comes in a “twist tube” like bottle with a sponge applicator which I liked untill my sponge fell off. The concept is good but may need some tweaking. The Double Wear comes in the “old school” bottle and is just the flip and dab technique. It would be nice if it came with a pump, but it still works just the same. So now you know what the bottles look like, what about them on the skin? Here is a comparison of the two.
My ultimate goal was to give you a picture of the two side by side on my face, but my camera did not do the comparison justice so here are two swatches on my hand. You can see on the top, even though they are both the same shade, they look quite different. The nude foundation appears lighter on the skin and more sheer while the original has a more darker tone and has a bit more coverage. Though they look different on my hand, they both blend out nicely on my complexion. If you want to see a side by side comparison on my face, please watch my youtube video here:
At the end of the day, these are both great foundations but my favorite is the original Double Wear because the coverage and staying power that it gives. What kind of coverage do you prefer? I hope that I have given you some insight into these products and you can choose the one that is best for you!
Disclaimer: The opinion expressed is my own. I bought these products with my own money and Estee Lauder did not ask me to do a review.
Finding the right concealer is not an easy task, it’s actually quite difficult. They are either too thin, too thick, too greasy or just don’t give the coverage that I need, until now. I recently purchased Tarte Shape Tape on a whim and I am so glad I did. The first time I used it, I knew it was going to be my “go to” concealer. Let me give you a break down on why I love it so much!
First, let me start out be mentioning how much I love the packaging! It’s very appealing to look at with the cute chevron wand. Plus, it’s a nice large size so it will last quite a while.
Now, check out this doe foot applicator! It’s huge! It’s the perfect size to give a nice smooth application under the eyes. When applying this concealer the first thing I noticed was that it gave a sense of “tightening” underneath my eyes which is great, anything to help with the appearance of wrinkles is a plus in my book. After applying, it was easily blendable either with my finger or a damp sponge. After application my eyes looked awake and brightened.
Look at the difference! On the left I used the shape tape underneath my eyes and on the right I did not. This was just one easy application and blended out with a damp triangle sponge. I’m sorry to say that it didn’t completely erase my fine lines, but I think it did help give them a softer appearance. Needless to say, I am happy with this purchase. Tarte did a great job with this one!
If you are interested in purchasing Tarte Shape Tape it’s a great time! You will receive 30% off almost everything on their site.
I have been searching…searching for something to do with the time that I will have once my 5 year old daughter, Rylie goes to kindergarten. I have been wanting to have a creative outlet, so I thought what a better way than starting a blog. I know, it sounds so cliche’, but it’s something that I have been pondering for a while. So now, I am taking the leap, starting MY blog. So many questions come to mind. What will I write about? Why would anyone even care? Who can I help with my posts? There are so many unanswered questions that I think will be answered in due time. But, in the meantime I will be on the hunt for the next best things to hit the market or become “on trend”. So, you may be thinking what kind of things will be on this said blog? Beauty and food, of course! These two things I am very passionate about. I enjoy browsing the Sephora and Ulta websites for hours looking for the next best face primer, then I will flip a switch and head on over to the Vitacost website and see what newest and best Gluten free cracker hit the shelves. I know, it is totally random, but it is me…it’s who I am. So, now here I am passionate about so many things ready to start hitting the keys. Now, only one question remains. What will I write about tomorrow? I guess you will just have come back to find out. -Ashley