Beauty Week Sale at Whole Foods!

In honor of beauty week, Whole Foods (at least in the ny/ct/nj region) is having a sale! And of course I participated 😀 The sale covered face care/make up and lasts from March 22 through March 28. Hello 25% off! I have dry skin with sensitive tendencies, so these are products that I feel work best for me. I didn’t realize until I made this list…but all of these products except for one are things I bought to try! I like switching up my skin care and learning about different brands. Enjoy my beauty haul post 🙂

I stopped wearing eye make up for a while (years) on a regular basis because it was just so much effort. Recently I decided that I wanted to go back. I love make up and it felt as if I wasn’t being myself. I had only been wearing it when I went out to meet people. And then it dwindled even further to only special occasions. Especially since I am not in food service anymore, I just decided to wear it again! I got a lot of positive reaction form regular people in my life and it was great!! So that brings me to the only repurchase in this list (there are a lot of beauty products I repurchase regularly, but not necessarily this day):

Zuzu Liquid Liner! Now that I’ve been doing this for over a month, I’ve mastered liquid eye liner all over again. I set my lids and all around my eyes (I do a winged liner) with foundation powder first and there is very minimal smudging through out the day!

Here are the ones that I bought to try. I will be posting on my instagram as I try these out!


Note: I wish I shopped in a store that carried the W3ll People line! I have some samples of their products! I have to go back to get the beauty bags they started selling today anyway..$90 valued bag for $18.99!



My Top 3 Beauty Companies of 2016!

I am very passionate about skin and body care. As a celiac, I don’t just have to worry about gluten in my body, but on it! In 2016 I made the full transition to healthy beauty products. This was was very exciting to me, as I had trouble with this in the past (mainly a deodorant that worked and a good toothpaste). I have found some products and companies that are now my holy grails, so I thought I’d share with you all 🙂


These are all vegan and cruelty free!


Honorable Mention:

Acure Organics

First off, this would have been my number 1 top brand for 2016. I absolutely fell in love with them. But then they……changed their formulas 😦 If you aren’t gluten free, this doesn’t affect you as much, so feel free to check them out! They no longer label all their products gluten free (or any body care ones for that matter). Which is alarming for us celiacs because that parallels with the addition of oat related ingredients. They are also no longer 100% vegan! I’ve noticed a lot of other changes to their ingredient lists (both what’s in them down to the actual styling). Any products I’ve found where the list is still bolded, has the old formula. All of the products I loved worked so well and I will miss those very much!

Some positives thoughts about them: they are organic,  lots of expansion this past year/new products, the night cream is AMAZING, so is the brightening facial scrub, the sensitive/dry facial cleanser was my go to, the leave in conditioning spray is great for curls, and the new greens and power meal products are gluten free!


Onto the top 3! (in no particular order because I couldn’t choose!!)



Overview: A very passionate women turned her love of healthy foods for your skin into this wonderful line. The tag line is “the beauty of the Adriatic”. They are a little pricey which is probably due to the fine ingredients and purity, but it’s worth it! I am absolutely obsessed with everything I’ve tried from them so far! Plus they have travel sizes of some of the line, so you can try it out more easily.

Values: No parabens, no chemical preservatives, no artificial fragrances, no SLS, no mineral oils, no silicones, no soy, gluten free, hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic, organic, and made in the US.

My Top Picks: the mineral face mask is one of my holy grail products, the brightening body wash, the daytime vitality serum, the midnight repair oil, and the deep conditioner.


Mineral Fusion

Overview: “Minerals on a mission” The site says they not only want the products to have “real world performance”, but multi-task as well! I love how much they cover. They do all kinds of make up, skin care, hair care, and even nail polish. My nails are so much healthier after using their polish instead of regular ones.

Values: Free of parabens, glutens, artificial colors, and phthalates, as well as giving back to the community and to women who have faced violence!

My Top Picks: The curly hair shampoo/conditioner/cream is the best I’ve ever found natural or otherwise, the nail polishes, the gel top coat, the pressed powder, and the lipstick butters.


EO / Everyone by EO

Overview: Eo is a great premium brand. They make a “budget friendly” version of their brand called Everyone by EO. They make things for body, hair, face, and essential oils to name a few! I actually went to a hotel during a wedding this past year and they stocked EO soap in every bathroom. They also left little EO soaps on the pillows!

Values: Certified GF!!, family owned, plant-based, non-gmo, certified organic, and environmentally conscious (both processing and packaging).

My Top Picks: For EO: lavender hand sanitizer and any of the hand soaps. For Everyone: 3-in-1 body, face, and hand lotions.

Pie Season!

Fall in general starts pie season, but I really start to get into it around Thanksgiving! Now that the holiday pies are all gone, I found another recipe I’d like to try!

The original recipe for this Avocado Key Lime Pie isn’t gluten free or dairy free, but here is my version of the ingredients I want to use when I make this:



  • 1 1/2 cups of GF graham cracker crumbs (kinnikinnick brand)
  • 1/2 softened coconut oil


  • 8 oz cream cheese alternative (either daiya or homemade cashew based)
  • 1 avocado
  • 3/4-1 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 TBS key lime (if you can find it) juice
  • 3/4 DF whipping cream alternative (preferably chilled canned coconut cream separated from the water)
  • 1/2 TBS lime zest

And maybe some extra “whipped cream” for garnish 😀

Also this recipe is already vegan!

BBQ Cauliflower Wings


  • small to medium size head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 gluten free flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 vegetable broth (I used imagine brand no chicken broth)
  • your favorite vegan bbq sauce (i used annie’s)
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing baking sheet (grapeseed is good here)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite size florets.
  3. Mix the flour, spices, salt in a small bowl. Then mix in the broth.
  4. Dip the florets in the batter, evenly coating them, and place on greased baking sheet.
  5. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown.
  6. Brush the cauliflower with bbq sauce. You can also use a fork to dip them if you don’t have a cooking brush.
  7. Return to the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. For extra crispy “wings”, turn on the broiler for a minute or two.
  9. Enjoy! 🙂

Vegan BBQ Sandwiches!



This was inspired by one of the HotForFood “RECIPE?!”s on their YouTube channel 🙂 I was improvising and eyeballing as I went along, so this recipe is the approximate measurements of what I used. Sometimes I like a lot of filling on my sandwiches, so you can definitely make a little more than what’s listed if you do too!

Servings 2 (aka 4 small roll sandwiches)


  • 6-8 medium sized sliced baby bella/cremini/mushrooms
  • optional: 1/4 diced small yellow onion
  • 3/4-1 cup cooked bean of choice
  • oil for the pan
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste (maybe about a tsp each?)
  • smoked paprika!! (this will not be the same if you use regular #smokedpaprikaornopaprika)
  • 4 tbs of bbq sauce of choice
  • bread of choice (optional: toast the bread!)
  • side dish of choice


  1. First, make sure the vegetables are cut up. For fun, I also rough chopped the beans a little bit.
  2. Heat a saucepan with some oil to medium heat. Add the mushrooms and onions. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir to combine.
  3. Once the mushrooms and onions are about halfway cooked, push them too one side of the pan. Put a little oil down on the exposed part of the pan. Put the beans onto the oiled part of the pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir everything in the pan to combine. If you aren’t using canned beans and you freshly cooked them (aka they’re still hot), you can add the beans after the mushrooms and onions are cooked.
  4. Once the mushrooms and onions are cooked and the beans are warm, add the bbq sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Let this cook down and absorb a little bit into the food (for me, about 2 minutes).
  5. Plate the delicious bbq food on the bread and eat! 😀 You can also drizzle a little extra sauce on top!


What I Used:

  • for the beans I used equal parts canned chickpeas and black beans (not bpa lined)
  • for the bbq sauce I used Annie’s! this is one of my favorites and is vegan!
  • for the rolls I used BFree rolls
  • I served my sandwiches with salad

What I Wish I Had In My Fridge That Really Would’ve Been Delicious:

  • Daiya cheese! Either the cheddar shreds or the pepper jack!

New blender!

I finally got a nice blender 🙂

Today I celebrated by making cashew milk!

  • 1 cup soaked raw cashews (3/4 cup before soaking)
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • soaked (like 10 minutes) dates (to taste, i used 4)
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • optional: extra sweetener such as maple syrup or agave

Blend, blend blend! Enjoy 😀 optional:strain through a nut bag, but it usually blends pretty smooth


And I had a green smoothie too! Mmmm 🙂 Greens, frozen fruit, banana, coconut water!