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16.4.18

Natura Products

I was first introduced to Natura products back in 2012 and fell completely in love with them. For those of you that are not familiar with this brand, it's a Brazilian beauty company that offers a variety of products such as, skin care, hair products, fragrances and make-up. I'm completely obsessed with them, no joke!- it's that amazing! Let me just start by saying for those of you who are new to my blog, first of all welcome! lol and second of all, I'm a complete skin care junkie as everyone knows. You know that friend that tries out all the creams possible at a store that once you guys leave she smells like a bowl of sugar candy?- yup I'm that girl, but that's me everywhere even at home when I just bought a bag of new goodies lol. I love trying new products that will help my skin feel smooth and make it look as radiant and healthy as possible. So I'm constantly trying new things and this is one that I will forever love.


Make sure to check out their website to check out the products they offer.- www.naturabrasil.com 
Disclaimer- packaging may be different since I buy mine when I'm in South America


All of the scents that they carry are completely amazing but, I have to say that my all time favourite scent is the "Acai" collection. The whole collection is fantastic especially the hand cream, which leaves my hands feeling moisture all day long. The smell is incredible and not too over powering which is perfect. This hand cream has a very nice consistency that don't leave your hand feeling sticky.


Acai Hand Cream

Official product details from Natura Brazil website:

Ingredient: Açaí is one of the greatest strengths of the Amazon. Energizing and richly nutritious, the Açaí berry boasts a potent blend of antioxidants and vitamins. Its oil helps revitalize skin, leaving it soft and healthy. 

Other Key Ingredients: 


Olive Oil: One of the healthiest vegetable oils, it is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. Potent moisture booster for a nurtured, smooth and vigorous skin.

  • Murumuru Butter: Rich in essential fats that moisturizes and softens skin. 
  • Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5): Deeply moisturizes and revitalizes skin due to its ability to attract and hold moisture




                                                                                                       
Castanha Feet Exfoliate


Official product details from Natura Brazil website:

Star Ingredient: Known and revered as the Queen of the Forest, the Castanha (or Brazil nut) is found deep in the forests of the Amazon. Endlessly rich in benefits, both medicinal and beautifying, the castanha produces an oil that deeply nourishes and “feeds” skin for intense moisturization.  


Other Key Ingredients: 


Cupuaca Butter: a nourishing emollient that protects and moisturizes skin.


Formulated without: paragons, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, triclosan, DEA and animal ingredients




                                                                      




This foot exfoliator is great to use at home. It's super easy to apply and once you wash it off, it leaves your feet feeling super smooth.

   
 Body Creams




I've never had any complaints when I try something new from this brand, everything smells fantastic  and once I apply it, my skin instantly feels smoother. I'm very particular when it comes to the lotions that I apply on my legs especially after shaving. The reason being is because I feel that scented creams sometimes make my legs get a rash after I apply it on right away. I didn't understand if it was the ingredients that was in a scented lotions that would cause this or it simply happened because I have really sensitive skin. But to be quite honest I haven't had that problem with these lotions at all! I use it all the time and guess what?- no rash! I'm seriously obsessed with these body lotions and they come in a variety of scents. The body lotions have light weight consistency that absorbs quickly into your skin. It's a product that has got some very good reviews and is highly recommended.


Official product details from Natura Brazil website:

This silky body lotion provides nutrition & radiance to the skin. Its formula enriched with shea butter and Long Term Nutrition Complex moisturizes the skin for 36 hours, strengthens its natural shine, for a beautifully radiant skin. Its sensual and bewitching fragrance is inspired by raspberry and cherry blossom, with luscious and fruity notes, delightfully feminines.


                               


Hope you ladies enjoy!


xoxo,

10.4.18

Skin Care I'm Currently Loving


Hello ladies! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday morning. As I have mentioned before on my blog, I'm a huge fan of skin care products. I love trying out new things that will help keep my skin looking flawless, young and healthy looking. I know I'm not the only one, but who doesn't love removing their make-up after a long day?- I know I do! There's something about washing your face and having that fresh clean feeling that is just amazing. I love everything that will help moisture my skin, and make it look healthier giving me that nice natural glow. Here are a few product that I'm currently loving, some are old favourites that I just had to add in and some are new things that I currently discovered. Hopefully you ladies will find this helpful if you are in the market to try something new.






Mario Badescu Facial Spray



I don't know what to say, but I love it! This rose water facial spray makes my face feel hydrated and fresh. Before I put on my make-up I spray this all over my face and let it sit for a good few minutes. You can also spray this throughout the day to give your skin some hydration. I also love applying this after my nightly routine before I go to bed. It literally makes me feel like I came out of a spa treatment. 




L'oreal Day and Night Cream


I tried this cream out when I was back in Canada just before I traveled and I loved it, and I was so disappointed when I realized I didn't pack it in my luggage. One day when I was out and passed by a local drug store and to my surprise I found it! I was a bit hesitant at first because I didn't know if it was going to be the exact same one. Luckily it was.




Aveeno Positively Radiant Cream


I absolutely love this facial cream! I have said it many times before. If you are in the market for a facial cream that will make your skin feel healthy giving you a nice glow-Stop looking!!!- this is it! I've used this facial cream for years and once you try it you'll know why. It also has SPF 15 which is always a bonus.




Sheet Masks




I love a good old mask. Whether it is a homemade mask or a sheet mask that I loved and had bought from a store. Every few days I like to put on a mask while I watch some netfliks (which by the way-is a perfect combo lol). I have tried many sheet masks and I can point out a few of my favourites, such as the ones sold at Sephora, and The Face Shop. Depending on my mood I would either use a hydrating sheet mask, or if it's late and I'm at home I would put on a full mud mask and walk around the house looking like a total zombie lol.





Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Cleaning Towelettes



When it comes to removing my makeup, I tend to be very picky on the wipes I use. The reason being is that my skin is very sensitive and I only like to use it on my face- I like to remove my eye makeup with something else, but I'll get to that later.
The best wipes I have found that works wonders are the ones sold at costco-yup I said costco!
I have tried other brands aswell but, I feel like I need to use more wipes than usual, but with these ones I only need one, which is amazing.




Neutrogena Purifying Facial Cleanser




You know when you go to the store to buy something and then come out with something totally different? Well that's what happened to me! lol. Like most people I'm a sucker for packaging and this caught my eye which made me want to try it- I'm so happy I did! The smell is very pleasant (which I obviously smelled at the store -opps!) but once I washed my face with it, it instantly gave me that fresh clean feeling which I love! 




Josie Maran Argan Oil




I have always recommend removing eye makeup with an oil because the skin around your eyes are the most delicate on your whole face due to the fact that we have a very thin layer of skin in that area. It's very important to take good care of this area especially because it's the first places to show signs of aging.Whenever I use the Josie Maran Argan oil, it makes me feel like I'm not being too harsh on my skin- which is always a good thing. It's very gentle and best of all, it's a product that is multi-purpose. 




The Body Shop- Born Lippy (Watermelon)



Once I'm done with my nightly skin care routine I like to put on a lip balm that will help me avoid having cracked lips. This one is perfect-it's not thick or sticky and leaves my lips feeling super smooth. It also smells like watermelon- which I can't complain about. This is also a nice lip balm to use during the day before heading out. Comes in 4 different flavours.




Hope you ladies enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

xoxo,

3.4.18

How To: Charquican (Beef Stew)

Hey guys! So I was in the middle of making dinner and said to myself, "why not share this?" Since I was very little my mom has always been the type of mother who loves to cook and incorporate a lot of vegetables in her dishes. I remember always being in the kitchen, pulling out a chair and sitting at the table and just watching her. Everything she made fascinated me, and how a few ingredients made such a delicious dinner. She carried herself with such elegance in the kitchen in how she cut, sliced and tossed her ingredients around, coming up with amazing home made dinners. Thanks to my mom I'm a young women who absolutely loves being in the kitchen cooking and baking and also really enjoy pushing myself into trying new things. I hope that one day I can share my love for food with my kids as my mom shared it with me. One of my favourite dishes that my mom used to make for us is a traditional Chilean dish called Charquican. There are many ways to make this dish but I like my mom's version as she gave it her own special touch. It's super quick and easy to make and is absolutely delicious. I really hope you guys try this out, because you are going to love it!


Ingredients:
1/2 Butternut Squash
2-3 large Potatoes
2 large Zucchinis 
1 Carrot
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup of Green Beans (fresh or frozen)
2 Steaks
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
salt and cumin

Cut potatoes and zucchinis into medium size squares and carrots and squash into smaller size pieces.

Finely dice onions. If your green beans are too big then cut them in half.




      
Boil veggies until they are soft (approximately 20 minutes). Cook meat with onions adding oil, cumin and salt to taste. Once vegetables are ready rinse water leaving less than a 1/3 of a cup in the pot. Mash the vegetables together and add your cooked meat. 



I recommend adding a fried egg on top. It will change your life!


Ta-daaaaa! Hope you ladies enjoyed this post!


xoxo,



23.2.18

Life Lately // Via the Camera Roll

HAPPY Friday everyone!!!! Today I wanted to share some random camera roll and show you guys what I have been currently up to. Like I mentioned before I've been enjoying some nice weather in South America-Chile and have discovering lots of beautiful places this country has to offer. I only have a few weeks left so I'm soaking every last bit of it.
Hope you guys enjoy!



Obsessing over how beautiful the architecture of this place is- can you believe it's a bank?!



Like wow!


Being that I'm on vacation and its superrrrr hot here, I don't see why I can buy myself some cute sandals. Gotta look cute even at the beach, right? :)




Over the weekend we went to a place called Zapallar. It was so beautiful and calm I didn't want to leave! Lol 


I could sit here forever... so peaceful


what a beautiful place. 



I've always told my boyfriend how talented he is and that he should pick up drawing again. This Christmas I took it upon myself and got him a sketch book- I think he still got it.


Can't get over this gorgeous sunset!




xoxo,

11.2.18

Valentine's Day Gifts Your Man Will Love (Under $200)


Ok guys, Valentine's Day is just 4 days away!!! I feel like I was just getting ready for Christmas not to long ago. Is that weird? We are almost 2 months into 2018, how crazy is that?!
Anyways, I know that people get super hyped up about what to get for their man for Valentine's Day, as guy can sometimes be a little hard to shop for. Like I mentioned last year, I have always been the type of girl who would bake something along side as I think it gives it a special touch, which I'm going to do this year as well. I also prefer to stay in and have a homemade dinner, I find that it's more romantic and special as you both can cook together and enjoy each other company.

My guy is the type who is a nerd in disguise no joke, you would never take him for the type who likes video games and movies but he totally is. He loves playing PS4 and who am I kidding so do I, so when ever he wants to stay in and play, I'm not complaining. While he getting ready for game night I'm in the kitchen getting us something to eat like a sandwich or pancakes. Yes I said pancakes- which I think can be eaten at any time of the day not only at breakfast lol (we usually eat them at night). I've put together a few ideas that I think would be perfect and think your guys would really enjoy. Best part is, everything is under $200.





Hope you guys enjoyed,

xoxo



10.1.18

How to: Quinoa Salad

Hello everyone!

First of all I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Years! I can't believe we are already in the first week of January! how crazy is that?! 
This year I have made it my plan to try new things, step outside my comfort zone, and put myself out there. Like for real.... I have always been a little camera shy (believe it or not) or have in some sort of way always been a little intimidated about what people may say. I know that's weird coming from a blogger but hey, I'm only human.
I'm currently in South America- sunny Chile, I figured what a great way to start the year then in another country and with good weather. It's currently 34 degrees outside and I'm loving every single bit of it. 

During the summer I am a big fan of eating a lot of fresh salads and light meals. With that said, one of the things that I love to make which is super easy and under budget is quinoa. You can add a chicken breast or a few veggies on the side or make it into a salad just by adding a few ingredients.  There are so many ways to make quinoa. You can have served hot or cold- play along with ingredients and I promise you won't be disappointed.


Quinoa is a an ancient power food other wise known as a "super grain". Its a great source of protein and its a a health gluten free carbohydrate. 



I always like to make extra so I can keep in the fridge for a couple of days so I can have. It's super easy to make and with the veggies added its healthy to snack on. 




I like to cook my quinoa with chicken stock or water for about 15-20 minutes. 
(1 cup of quinoa= 2 cups of liquid). Add in your diced green peppers, green onions, corn, salt, pepper, chilli powder (that's if you like that little kick) and the juice of a whole lemon.


Hope you guys enjoy
xoxo,

17.10.17

Make-up Brushes!

Hello my loves! I hope everyone is doing great! I'm sorry I have been M.I.A, but I have been working on a few projects that I hope to share with you guys very soon, so stay posted!

Now we all love make-up, don't we? The freedom of creating a look with a stroke of a brush is amazing. In my opinion you don't have to be a professional make-up artist to do make-up, if you take the time to learn and practice, you'd be surprised how good you could be. Now a days, you just pop online and search "Make-up Tutorials" on Youtube and bam! You got a lesson on how to do a specific look in the comfort of your own home. I for one, am not a professional make-up artist but, I am a make-up enthusiast. I love make-up. With that said, I do believe that having the proper tools is a must. When applying certain make-up products, sometimes your finger tips just aren't enough.



I was contacted by Jessica from Reviews.com who was lovely enough to share some research, testing make-up brushes, in which she shares people's current favourite brushes.
I felt that the information gathered was quite helpful and interesting, some which could be of great use for anyone who loves make-up and wants to try some new brushes that can per-fect their look. I have yet to try all the brushes that were listed but I do own Real Techniques, e.l.f, and Sephora brushes and I think they are awesome, and work really well.



I really enjoyed reading this article, as I found it quite interesting. I appreciated that it was written with such detail, capturing what people really look for in a brush. Does it work? Can it apply my make-up evenly and easily? How much is it? These questions sometimes we feel shy to ask a sales rep; but with this review I found that my questions were answered. If you are interested in reading this article- click here! This team of researchers tested out a list of popular brands out there that we all love, everything from Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Tom Ford and even lower priced brushes from Real Techniques, Sonia Kashuk and even e.l.f.

Note: This information is based on a recent research that was done, some may have a different opinion which is also respected. 

Jessica once again thank you for contacting me, as I personally found it very helpful.

Hope you ladies enjoyed, until next time...

Stephannie

xoxo,
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