De-toxicated: Katy is trying a low-carb Detox!

You guys, out of the BLUE I decided I wanted to challenge myself by having a very low-carb detox week. That’s right, I’m eating basically zero carbohydrates this week. I already have to be Gluten Free due to medical reasons but, that doesn’t mean I don’t stuff my face with carbs CONSTANTLY. Potato Chips and French Fries are my EVERYTHING. I love them. But I’ve been REALLY wanting to focus on my health. Not just beauty, my health. Healthy skin, bones, hair, muscles, heart, self. So, I saw this low-carb detox plan on Pinterest and something just snapped inside my head… Can I DO it? I think I can but, we’re going to find out together! It’s only a week right?

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This is Day 1. So far. It’s been ok.

  • Breakfast
    • Lemon Water w/Honey
    • 2 Fried Eggs
    • 1/2 a GrapeFruit
    • Coffee
  • Mid Morning Snack
    • A sad little plum (BRINGING MORE TOMORROW, I WAS STARVING)
      • seriously rip someone’s face off starving – not good, not good for the body or my co-workers.
  • Lunch
    • Blueberry and Orange Smoothie
    • Kale
    • Tuna
    • String Cheese

Mid Day Check in – I felt pretty good. Once I finally fed my body after my ridiculously stupid and small mid-day snack idea, I felt great. Not tired, energized and satisfied.

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  • Dinner – I got home and saw a bag of chips on the counter, you know the delicious kettle kind?  I fought the urge and I fought it off. HAaaaaaaaRD.  movies_jlaw-starving-gif-resized
    • I DID make this BOMB Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
      • steamed cauliflower I mashed up.
      • mozzarella cheese (a lot to be honest)
      • Seasonings: salt/pepper/everyday seasoning blend.

I usually go to the gym after work but it was advised to reduce your aerobic activity while detoxing. I did yoga for the first the first time in forever and it felt like it.

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Night time Check in: So it’s around 8:45 PM PST and currently…I’m really hungry and having a SERIOUS sweet tooth craving. I think I’ll pop downstairs and make myself a protein shake, it’s nice and chocolatey and will have low carbohydrates. I may ALSO have some pretty killer peanut butter, that’s low-carb esque right? I’m not really sure. I’m eating it anyway. Let’s see if I can make it an entire week … on this low carb life before I break down and just eat some delicious potato chips. God, I love me some Carbs. This might be harder than I thought!

x0x0 Katy

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Fishtail Friday

Hello, My name is Vanessa and I have severe braid envy. I never really learned to “do” my hair, anything beyond putting it up into a ponytail is beyond my skill set. My hair (which I named Bianca years ago, long story) is long, straight, and pretty thick, Bianca doesn’t like to do anything but remain long, straight, and pretty thick. Bianca takes about five minutes to tame every morning, requiring little more than a good brushing and a light spritzing of hairspray. She doesn’t like change. Once, years ago, I decided to get a spiral perm (’twas the 90s), Bianca said, “hell to the no”, and the curls just refused to take. Just like that, hours of marinating my hair in toxic chemicals washed down the drain.

So when my beautiful friend Dana started talking about wanting to try some braid tutorials, I felt that all too familiar pang… it just won’t work, Bianca won’t allow it. Armed with a brush, some hair ties, and unbridled enthusiasm, Dana decided to take on the challenge. We turned to one of the braid tutorial queens, Lauren Conrad, for guidance.

 

We watched the video a couple of times and dove in…

She made it seem so easy in the video, I thought – there’s no way. But after just a few minutes of practice Dana had the hang of the fishtail back and forth!

We even stopped for some Snapchat filter antics. Sidebar: aren’t we just about done with the dog filter? You guys know how crazy I am about dogs, but come onnnn.

I asked Dana to do a half up, half down brain because I have severe hair up anxiety. If I don’t feel hair covering my neck or down my back I get a little nervous.

Color me shocked, Bianca let herself be tamed! Truth be told, I’ve been using a sub-par shampoo and it’s left the old girl a little weighed down, that made her a little more docile and open to being braided. Once I get a good dose of clarifying shampoo in her and take her in for a trim, she’ll be meaner than ever.

But let’s hear it for trying new things, even something as simple as a braid! Follow a tutorial, or just make it up as you go along – if it doesn’t work, no biggie. Don’t be afraid to refresh your hair/makeup/clothing routine once in a while.

Beauty School DropOut: May Birch Box Review

Ok my little Birchbox beauties. It’s June 3rd, which means it’s time for me to review my MAY Birchbox for you all.

I have to say this was probably my most underwhelming box yet. The packaging was stunning as per uuuuuusual but, it seemed to lack the normal “OOOO!” excitement for me. It might have something to do with the double dose of sun screen/skin care products found in the box. That being said, the items I did love, I really loved!.




Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle. – This is one of those “OOO” items for me this  month. A general rule of them, anything hair care related, I will be excited. Be on my side oh mighty Hair Gods, for once in my adult life please. 

COOLA – Classic Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea – Intrigued by the “white tea” but, underwhelmed because it’s sunscreen.

 Eyeko – Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – Excited. It’s black eyeliner. My heart that longs for the 60’s fashion will always love black eyeliner. Also, I can’t stop singing “Eyeko, Eyeko, All Day”…You know the one “My grandma said to your grandma, sittin’ by the fire…” etc.

Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy – Whenever I think of Juicy Couture, I automatically think of seeing the word “JUICY” plastered on ladies behinds, walking through the mall. Way to go Juicy Marketing Department, successful branding. This does smell really good though. Perfect sweet summery scent.

Vita Liberata – Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion – I have never been one for self tanners so I’m wondering if I’ll use this. I’ll probably try it out at least once. I just can never get over the fear of having streaks on my skin or recreating the infamous Christina Aguilara “drip” incident. *barf*.

Till next time you angels. (I’m getting more and more excited about my end of the year recap for Birchbox! So many products I loved and many that I will purchase in full size!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test Kitchen: Sephora Hand & Lip Masks

What’s cooking, good looking? I saw these new masks at Sephora and couldn’t resist, because Sephora knows the way to my heart and wallet. The lip mask ($3) is available in Rose and Shea Butter, I went with rose (obvi). And the hand mask ($6) is available in Argan, Aloe, and Avocado. I went with aloe, because I’m an idiot and didn’t notice avocado was an option until just now. So let’s open  up the Fleek Week Test Kitchen and see what we’ve got, shall we?

 

Lip Mask – $3

Hand Mask – $6

 

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Above is my before lip pic, no major chapping or dryness, just kind of lackluster.

Total disclosure, I got confused and almost applied the paper cover instead of the actual mask. But I figured it out, the mask was tucked between two sheets of paper. I was afraid of a weird smell or taste, but it was totally fine. The roughest part is having to shut up while you leave it on for 15 minutes.

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The hand masks come labeled separately and are much neater than I expected. There are two layers of glove, so the gel doesn’t spill out and your hands stay nice and clean/dry while you have them on.

I happily discovered that you can still use your phone/touch screen while wearing the gloves. So that made my silent 15 minutes go by that much faster.

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There was even enough time to do some interpretive dance and mime.

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… Fast forward 15 minutes and I removed the gloves, like with regular sheet masks, rubbed in the leftover product. My hands definitely felt much softer and more moisturized. Some of that smoothness wore off as I went about my day and washed my hands, but the did stay noticeably softer even with the day’s wear.

It’s a little hard to notice in the photo, but my lips were also softer and not as dry.

Here I am, wondering when Sephora will come up with a full body mask suit.

Viva México! 


Yesterday was Cindo de Mayo, but we’re still in full celebration of México mode here at Fleek Week headquarters. We just want to share some of our favorite inspirations from the world art, beauty, food, and culture from Mexico.


Frida Kahlo

Going beyond the strong brow game, Frida is a vision of color and a celebration of individuality. She was girl power before there was girl power! An artist in her own right, she remains an inspiration to this day. When you feel like coloring outside the lines (in terms of life, fashion, art, etc.) channel your inner Frida and let your beautiful freak flag fly.


Tostilocos

This is nacho basic Mexican snack. (I couldn’t resist) You may not be as familiar with this snack as other treats from Mexico, but tostilocos are amazing. They come to us from the imaginative mind of street vendors and are tortilla or corn chips on Mexican steroids. You take your plain old chips and add: cueritos (pickled pig rinds), cucumbers, jicama, Japanese peanuts, lime juice, Valentina hot sauce, Chamoy, and Tajín chile powder. Mix in as much of each ingredient as you can handle and enjoy.


Dia de los Muertos

Day of the dead imagery is really popular, pretty much everyone is familiar with the colorful sugar skulls that symbolize the holiday. Dia de los muertos begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd, and it’s not “Mexican Halloween”. Yes, there are costumes, skeletons, and graveyards, but it’s a celebration of loved ones who have passed away. Friends and family build altars (ofrendas) filled with sugar skulls, marigolds, photos, and the favorite food of loved ones. It’s a holiday that expresses the unique outlook on death of the Mexican culture.


Color

Colorful food, clothes, personalities… even as a sullen goth teen in black, I couldn’t deny my love for the vibrant color that permeates Mexican culture. You see it everywhere – art, beauty products, clothing, home decor, food, etc.

There’s so much beauty and inspiration found in all cultures, thanks for indulging me in celebrating mine this week, Fleekers.

Hey, Cheapskate! – Beauty products under $10 that are actually worth your money!

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The statement “you get what you pay for” usually does ring true. Sometimes, when you’re trying to save money, you’ll buy cheap product after cheap product in desperation to find something that actually works. Only to find you’ve spent MORE money than if you had simple purchased a $50 dollar contour pallet at Sephora, that’s far too stressful.

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Do not fear my babies, there is hope. There are products out there for the frugal and fabulous. Inexpensive doesn’t always mean sacrificing on quality. Here are few Drugstore beauty items that are as kind to your look as they are to your wallet.

NYXX Wonder Pencil (and oh what a wonder it is!)

I purchased this on a whim when I was walking through Target and unhappy with the concealer I was currently using. I had the BEST kind of reverse sticker shock ya’ll, it’s $4.50….you heard me. $4.50 cents. I use this to cover blemishes, highlight under my eyebrows, line my lips and or brighten along my waterline. It blends beautifully, goes on smoothly, it’s soft and gentle on your face. I can’t overhype this enough. Plus it’s lasting a long time!

E.L.F. High Definition Finish Powder

11588_83331_900px_NEW_deptImg.jpg._deptImg.pngThis is an everyday for me. It really does hide wrinkles and imperfections for a flawless finish. I’ve been complimented on having “amazing skin” with FULL blown major hormonal, lady time break outs happening on my skin. It’s only 6.00 guys. 6 dollars! Plus, they just came out with color correcting and shimmer versions too!

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

Beauty really does start with skin. This face wash has been the only face wash that doesn’t dry out my skin, break me out or irritate my face. I’ve tried to switch it up countless times but, I have been consistently coming back to this product for a fresh face with less break outs AND it doesn’t break my bank. 6.49 roughly.

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 Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil

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This was another product I picked up on a whim. I was looking for a pencil to better define my eyebrow game and stumbled on this 1.99 pencil at the end of the beauty aisle. This works beautifully, lasts a long time and the brush on the end of the pencil is compact and seriously useful.

Hask Hair Oils

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These are liquid gold. I know Vanessa has posted about these hair oils already but I can’t help but chime in as well! I use these on days when I haven’t washed my hair but, have applied dry shampoo. They work wonders on the dry ends, giving the ends of my hair moisture and life. I also apply a bit of oil after I have straightened my hair to help nourish the ends. They are only about 3.00 and they last FOREVER.

There you have it!

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As I wrap things up I’m starting to feel as if I just took you down a very specific episode of the Price is Right. I wish I could have given you a list of 50 products but, I only wanted to share products I could confidently stand behind. I’ve used each of these products myself, in fact most are staples in my daily regime. I hope you find as much success with them as I have and that your bank accounts thanks you for it!

 

Kimmy & The Gang Are Baaaaack!

The wait is finally over, at loooooong last we finally have a new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! Let’s crack open a bottle of Pinot by Tituss and have a gif partaay!

All those months of uncertainty, when no one would confirm the date for season two, we tried to console ourselves as best we could.

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We distracted ourselves with travel and culture.

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We kept our eyes and ears open for any bit of information.

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We were at our wit’s end!

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Netflix finally announced that April 15th would be THE DAY…

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OUR TITUS IS BACK!

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Omg we missed you too, Lillian!

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If you need to reach us this weekend, we’ll be binge watching Kimmy & Co. and drinking ourselves into a pinot noir oblivion.

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Netflix and take a chill pill, we’ll see you next week!