I’m an amateur when it comes to makeup, so to be honest, I was a little nervous about trying this brow kit (sold exclusively at Kohls). I can say that I’ve been blessed with brows that aren’t too thin, so I don’t normally draw them in on a daily basis. Therefore, I’ve never actually owned a full brow kit in my life! I’m also always afraid that I’ll make my brows too thick, causing them to overpower my other features. However, I was happy to find out that the kit had clear instructions for every tool and was simple to use. Everything blended easily to match my skin tone.
Step 1) Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil
Step 2) Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Highlighter
Step 3) Billion Dollar Brows Smudge Brush
Step 4) Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel Clear
Girls, nowadays, are speedy learners and becoming make-up gurus at an early age. I remember I wasn’t comfortable using eye-liner until early university – hell, I still struggle with it now sometimes. I also only discovered my love for blush last year. And now, thanks to Kohls, I no longer fear brow tools! Lesson of the day: Don’t be afraid to try new things. You might never know what you’ll end up loving. Quite a deep message for a make-up kit eh? Things they should really teach you in school. Anyway, so if you’re like me and aren’t fussy when it comes to beauty tools, I would recommend you to try this set to start out. Go here to get your own!
Halloween is just around the corner and I know it can be challenging to refuse all the sweets. Just try your best to remember portion control! It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. Here are some healthy recipes you can try if you’re hosting a party.
2 small apples
Date Caramel Sauce (recipe below)
Raw Chocolate Recipe (1/2 batch)
1/3 c. chopped nuts
2 lollipop sticks
Date Caramel Sauce:
5 dates, depitted and chopped
1 Tb water
1 Tb coconut oil
1 heaping tsp nut butter of choice
1 tsp raw honey
In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth (~5 mins). Add more water if needed.
Gently remove the core from the apple with a knife. Insert stick into apple.
Using a knife, cover the apples evenly with the caramel date sauce.
Roll around in chopped nuts.
Drizzle with raw chocolate.
Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes until the apples set.
1 cup dried shredded coconut
12 dark chocolate chips
1.5 cups of orange juice (I prefer homemade, freshly made in a juicer)
6 Popsicle sticks
Cut the banana in half width-wise and insert a popsicle stick into the flat end. Freeze for a few hours, then dip in orange juice, followed by shredded coconut. Place two chocolate chips for eyes and a raisin for the mouth.
If you guys follow me on instagram, you’ll know that I’m a huge breakfast junkie and I looove oatmeal. So I was super stoked to try out some oats from myoatmeal.com. You can create your own custom blend and choose exactly what goes into it! They use non-GMO oats which earns major bonus points in my books. Moreover, all their flavours are natural, vegan and gluten-free. I customized a ‘pumpkin pie’ blend with quick rolled instant oats, cinnamon roll, graham cracker crust, pumpkin spice flavours and rice protein.
I’m always a bit iffy about ‘natural flavours’ and also obsessed with reading labels, so that’s the first thing I did when I received my package. The ingredient list was short, which is good, as I like to stick to whole foods as much as possible. My general rule is: if I don’t know that ingredient, then I try my best to stay away from it.
Two ingredients stuck out to me from my package: ‘natural flavours‘ and ‘maltodextrin.’ First of all, I don’t really like seeing ‘natural flavours’ on my foods as it is a bit ambiguous. The definition of ‘natural flavour’ under the FDA is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”Dang, that’s a lot of words I don’t know. Well to me, that sounds like ‘natural flavours’ could mean anything extracted from an animal or plant. One scary thing is that MSG can also be legally labelled as a ‘natural flavour.’ So it ultimately depends on the company to choose what types of ‘natural flavours’ they want to use in their products and how ethical they want to be.
I did some research on maltodextrin and what I found, in short, is that, it’s not horrible for you, but it’s also not the best. What is it? It’s an additive made from starch (corn, rice, etc.) used as a thickener. I won’t go into too much detail, but you can read more about it here, here and here.
Anyway, let’s get back to the oats and what I thought about them. I cooked my oats with almond milk and topped them with banana, organic honey, chia seeds and cinnamon. To be honest, they were delicious! The aroma of cinnamon-y pumpkin spice filled my kitchen and it certainly smelled like a cosy fall day. The oats tasted natural and my stomach didn’t feel upset afterwards. I’ve learned to be aware of how my body responds to certain foods and I can usually tell if a food contains an ingredient that isn’t good for me. After eating my oats, I didn’t get super thirsty, light-headed or nauseous so that’s a good sign!
My final thoughts on myoatmeal.com – I love how you can customize your own oats so you don’t have to include any flavours if you don’t want to! Other options include different types of protein, nuts, seeds, fruits and more. Flavoured oats are awesome for a treat, but I, personally, wouldn’t eat them every day. I would rate myoatmeal.com a 9/10 overall. I’d give them 10/10 if they removed maltodextrin and told us what ‘natural flavors’ they use. If you want to give them a try, go to myoatmeal.com and use code JacS15 for 15% off!
I also received a bag of PB Lean (dehydrated peanut butter powder) and will be posting a review about it soon!