Sunday, February 28, 2016

(SK-II Dupe) The Revolution First Treatment Essence by MISSHA #30DayProductReview



As I get older(wah), I have been taking more mini steps to care for my skin. I have used SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for the longest time (on and off). During the summer it could get too rich for my skin type. SK-II has a very watery consistency and it contained 90% Pitera which is an ingredient to enhance the skin's renewal process. It is called the miracle water. It also contains other vitamins, minerals to asset with the renewal process. The SK-II no doubtably helped millions of women achieve a glowing no-makeup skin. The downside with the product is that it is $$$$ in the long run. 

I discovered Missha beginning of this year while browsing on Amazon (per usual ha!). This showed up as one of my suggestions to purchase (Thanks Amazon!). Upon some research reading reviews from different sources, I realized how similar the ingredients are yet the Missha is a fraction of the price!!  I got mine for $30 including shipping.

The Missha first treatment essence contains 80% fermented Yeast concentrate which your skin will absorb easily and energize. Yeast helps with rate of metabolism. This also contains Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, DN-Aid. All of these ingredients helps with skin elasticity, skin barrier, skin tone and texture. The DN-Aid is anti-aging. The miracle water hydrates the skin, restores and rejuvenates for a glowing complexion. 

OKAY, enough of my AD. What does all this mean? It means that this stuff will renew your skin just like SK-II and it won't break your piggy bank trying to care for yourself. I am not saving the two are 100% the same. SK-II has more organic ingredients. I am all for saving pennies from the piggy bank.

Next up, I will try their night repair science activator and the First Treatment Essence Mist!! Both sounds amazing!!

*I have implemented the above in my "Korean Beauty" skin care routine which I will describe in details in a future post.

XOXO,

The Beauty Miner

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chocolate Protein "Candy" Bliss Balls & An Easy Weekday Recipe #BMLifestyle

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After



Weekday Healthy Flatbread Recipe (Prep time: <15 minutes)

What you will need:
- Shredded or chopped cooked chicken breast
- Frozen or fresh broccoli 
-  Reduced fat cheddar cheese
- Light tomato sauce
- Whole wheat brick oven crust
-1/2 tsp of Olive oil

Firstly, I purchased all materials except the crust from Wegmans. I got the crust at Aldi. I grilled the chicken in our George Foreman grill with some "Taco Bell" taco seasoning BUT you can use whatever seasoning you like for your chicken! This just happens to be my fiancé's favorite!

Pre-arrangement of flat bread: Set oven at 450 F

1) Lightly brush olive oil on crust.
2) Brush on one thin layer of tomato sauce. You can add more if you want. I wanted to keep this one light and put on more cheddar instead ;).
3) Place broccoli across whole crust evenly.
4) Chop grilled chicken into small pieces and place evenly on crust.
5) POUR THE CHEDDAR CHEESE. Well, if you don't like cheese you can go easy on this one.
6) Lower oven temperature to 425 F and place flat bread directly on rack for 7-10 minutes.
7) Let cool before serving.

How EASY was that?  I also made this with BBQ sauce, grilled chicken and sausage (sprinkle breakfast sausage).
The other version I have tried was pineapple, ham, with mozzarella. The combination is endless!


Sunday meal preparation session victory shot


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Healthy sweet tooth craving snack - Bliss Balls!





When I first saw these on Instagram, I thought that nothing can replace my sweet tooth for chocolate. This is up until I made these guys today. It.was.so.good. If you like sweet things, this is an amazing alternative. I am still trying to make mine prettier. I promise though it tastes good!

You will need:
1) 10-12 pitted dates (Wegmans has them in or near the organic isle)
2) 2 serving of Protein powder ( I used chocolate but vanilla works)
3) a tsp of honey
4) a handful of shredded coconut ( I love coconut so use less if you don't)
5) a tsp or 2 or chia seeds (adds the crunch)
6) 3-4 tsp of water
7) 1/4 cups of cashews or almonds (Not roasted or salted)

Steps:

1) In food processor, pour all amends and process until its in fine crumbs. 
2) Add protein power, chia seeds and shredded coconut and mix well together.
3) Add dates and honey and blend again. This step takes a while because of the dates. 
4) Add water.
5) Take out mixed product and put on plate.
6) Use either a ice cream scoop or your hand and mold it into little balls.
7) Put in fridge for 2-3 hours. Or freeze them for future enjoyment. 

Bon Appetite 

XOXO,

The Beauty Miner






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#BMLifestyle - Snowed in

What's better than a cup of hot invigorating tea in the cold chilly weather? As you know, the 2016 snow apocalypse was brought into the north eastern states, and the arctic breezy made it's way to many eastern states including the sunny Florida! I want to help you feel warmer in today's post, and I will be talking about one of my favorite tea brands as well as my favorite single serving personal brewer.



This is a tea brand that caters to many! If you are just beginning to explore teas (welcome!), this is the best starter loose tea brand for you. It contains many different flavors from caffeinated to non-caffeinated white, black and green teas.

The package contains one of each flavor: African Solstice, Apricot Ameretto, Blood Orange, Bluberry Merlot, Bombay Chai, Caramel Nougat, Chamomile Citron, Cherry Marzipan, Coconut Chocolate Truffle, Coconut Mango Colada, Cucumber Mint, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Ginger Lemongrass, Green Mango Peach, Honey Yuzu, Jasmine Green, Lychee Coconut, Mojito Marmalde, Peach Brûlée, Peach Rhubard Preserve, Sencha, Swiss Apple, Tangerine Rosemary, Tupelo Honey Fig, White Ginger Pear, White Cinnamon Sage and Wild Apple Ginger. 

YUM! As I sip on my coconut chocolate truffle black tea, I feel so much more energized and my sinus allergies have calmed down quite a bit. The soothing steam from the hot water along with the smell of coconut and chocolate is also the best appetite suppressant. 

In order to brew my little pack of loose tea, I always use my favorite tea infuser bottle. Unfortuntely, they are sold out of the "strawberry top" bottles but here is a cute alternative from the same brand. 
Just Life U-01161 Fruit or Tea Infused Glass Water Bottle with Carabiner Clip 16 Oz ,Rose Red
This is a shatterproof glass with a metal infuser inside and a protective sleeve on the outside. It is so easy to clean and refill!

I hope you stay warm in this arctic weather!

- Until next time-

XOXO,

The Beauty Miner






Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Best "natural" falsies #LashesForDays


"Eyes are the window to your soul"

If I were to be stranded on an island and can only take 2 make-up items with me, one of these items for sure would be a pair of false eyelashes. The second would be a damn good concealer. (I can't just pick one thing! That question is too hard!) 

I have tried numerous kinds of falsies throughout the years. Some were from the IPSY glam bags, or the birch boxes. It is HARD to find a pair of falsies that's "one size fits all". Every's eye shape and skin type (yes, this matters here) is different.

I am sure a lot of you have heard of the amazing Demi Wispies. I have seen so much of it on Youtube that I feel like it's a household name. But after using this versus other drugstore/Asian Brands/High Street falsies, I have to say this is my go-to hands down! I will write another post about the Koji eye lashes which is another one of my fav. but a little more expensive and hard to get.


- Cheap ( $7.85 on Amazon for a set of 4)
-Natural (Even though it looks kinda intmedating at first, but they go on your real lashes very naturally)
- Creates volume, adds length (What else can you ask for!)
- These stay on oil skin well! They last a whole night for me ( about 8 hours)
- Easy to put on because of the flexible structure
- Comfortable to wear
-Easy to remove

See for yourself :)




Thank you Snap Chat beauty filter for always make me look good! Haha.


Without Snap Chat beauty filter, but with regular Instagram filter. 





No filter but good lighting :)



-Until Next Time-

The Beauty Miner


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The BEST of 2015


From the vanity:

1)  Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Light-Medium Neutral 0.247 oz (Flawless finish, Non-Cakey, Long-lasting wear, product lasts 6 months in use)
2)  Benefit They're Real Mascara( Separates, water-proof, Lengthen/adds volume, "buildable")
3)  Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara .3 oz FULL SIZE  (No curler needed, Best for asian lashes, volume)
4) Smashbox PHOTO FINISH OIL- FREE FOUNDATION PRIMER 1oz. ( Mattify, long-lasting, poreless)
5) Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, 4 Ounce (Economic, moisturizing, non-oily, sensitive skin's lover)
6) Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfums 75, 2.5 Fluid Ounce ( Mature night scent, long-lasting)
7) ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS - Dipbrow Pomade - Dark Brown (natural brows, easy to use, multi-use as eye liner, waterproof/long-lasting)
8) Too Faced Born This Way Foundation IVORY (Best foundation ever, flawless being cakey, amazing coverage, super light weight)
9) Iope Air Cushion Xp Matte Finish #21 Ice Vanilla Plus Refill 0.53 Oz/15g X 2 (Glows, dewey foundation, dark eye circles' enemy)
10) theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ( summer glow all year, long-lasting, economical, best subtle shimmery bronzer)
11) Etude House Silk Scarf Moist Hair Mist (Hair perfume, moisture for days, detangled, heat-protector) 
12) D & G L'Imperatrice Perfume ( Best Scent EVER! Summery, girly, fresh)





From the powder room:

1) Simple Cleansing Water, Micellar 6.7 oz (economic, dupe of Bioderma cleanser water, remove makeup)
3) Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, 6 Ounce (Pack of 2)  (light, sensitive skin, removes makeup, economic)
4) Jersey Shore SPA Anti-aging Lip and Hand Polish (Natural Vanilla Bean)   (Yummy, removes dead-skin, baby soft skin)
6) It's a 10 miracle leave -in Plus Keratin 10oz (Silky, shiny and manageable hair)
7) Old/forever fav Stila Hair refresher (dry shampoo) (lovely scent, no more oily roots, builds volume for hair). This product is very hard to find now, similar here: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray, 5 oz.

-Until Next Time-

XOXO,

The Beauty Miner


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year Resolution-To take more outfit for posts!

Happy New Year!

Hope you had a good few weeks of 2016 so far! The trick for staying with your new year resolution is to put less pressure on yourself. Remind yourself the reason you are making the resolution(s). Remember what made you want this change and what huddles will be ahead. I believe in you guys :).

Here is a few pictures from the end of 2015/beginning of 2016. Here's to more outfit posts this year! ;)
Sweater and coat : Forever 21
Legging pants: Jcrew's Pixie Pants
Boots: JustFab.com

Venue location: SAX DC
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Boutique in Miami 
Shoes: JustFab.com


You did not live in 2015 unless you had a Moscow Mule! 

Wool Coat: Macy's
Purse: Juicy Couture
Over the knee boots: JustFab.com
Leggings: TopShop fleeced lined leggings (HIGHLY recommended-super warm)

Jacket: ASOS
Sweater: H&M
Leggings: JCrew's Pixie Pants
Boots: JustFab.com






-Until Next Time-

XOXO,

The Beauty Miner



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