Sunday, March 9, 2014

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants


The Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask was one of the excellent items I received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  

It is different from any clay mask I've used in the past for a couple of reasons:

  • It is thinner in consistency than most masks so it spreads easily and dries quickly
  • Since it is thinner, a little goes a long way so you will get MANY uses out of the tube
  • It smells really nice and doesn't have a chemical smell that other masks tend to have
  • It washed off really easily without scrubbing my skin raw
  • I felt it tightening up my skin within the first minute of having it on
  • My pores looked and felt smaller after the first use
  • It did not dry my skin out the way clay masks often do

I was skeptical when trying this that it would be just like any other clay mask - gloppy, thick, and hard to remove.  I was pleasantly surprised that this mask really was different. 

I started out by washing my face like I normally would, then applying this mask all over.  I worked quickly since it was drying almost immediately as I put it on.  I was concerned that it would drip or run since it was so thin, but it dried too fast for that.  I let it sit and do it's magic for about 10 minutes.  I then rinsed it off with just a wet washcloth.  It came off really easy, but did tint my washcloth a lovely shade of brownish green, so don't use anything light in color that you don't mind getting messed up.  After removing it, I just moisturized as usual and was all done.  My skin felt refreshed, tightened, and amazing!!

My personal recommendation is to not use this mask on super dry skin since it is designed to reduce oil.  However, I have combination skin and masks like this work really well when applied only on my oily areas (T-zone) or if I have a breakout.  I used it all over the first time and it did not dry out my non-oily areas of my face, but I don't need to use this regularly all over.

I'm excited to add this to my weekly face routine to keep my pores small and happy.  Give it at try and let me know how you like it.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Beef Noodle Skillet

A couple years ago I had a vision of a dish that combined the flavors of our typical meatloaf dinner into one meal.  Growing up, we usually had meatloaf, fried noodles, and corn.  These flavors went so well to me that I couldn't understand why we hadn't thought to make it into one dish.  While visiting my parent's house, I decided to try it out.  While describing it to my mom, she said that she was pretty sure she once had a recipe for something similar.  I dug through her recipe box and found this:

This is a really old recipe off a can of Del Monte tomatoes.  My mom had apparently made it at some point and I guess took it to an office party.  She said she was pretty sure this was before I was even born or when I was very young.  I guess I wasn't the only person with the vision of this delicious combination.

By accident, this recipe is adapted from Del Monte's Macaroni Beef Supper.

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 can corn, drained or 1 cup of frozen corn, thawed
1 can tomatoes (whole, diced, whatever you've got)
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 package egg noodles, boiled and drained

This one is super easy, and the order of operations doesn't matter much.

Put your water on to boil for the egg noodles.  Brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink.  Drain off the fat.  

P.S.  It's really hard to take a good photo of meat browning because of all the steam!

Add the tomatoes (break them up if whole), corn, and ketchup.  Mix to combine.

When the noodles are cooked, drain and add to the beef, corn, tomato mixture.

Stir to combine and add more ketchup if desired.  You want the noodles to be pretty moist, so you may need more ketchup if they look dry.

Scoop it right out of the skillet and serve with biscuits for a delicious meal.

The Verdict: 
I don't have a Mr. Picky Pants review for this recipe since he wasn't there to try it.  However, my parents and I both thought it tasted really delicious.  It was so easy to make, it's definitely one to keep on hand for those hectic evenings.  It's a complete meal all in one and is filling.  Give this one a shot when you just have no idea what to make.  I'll bet you have everything in your pantry.