Beauty Blogger VoxBox

This is my second VoxBox from Influenster, a program that sends you free products to review. This one is the Beauty Blogger VoxBox and it’s filled with a bunch of really neat goodies.

In the box:

Bath and Body Works Mini Candle in Black Pepper Bergamot (plus $10 off coupon). I love candles, and I normally stick to soy candles, but this smells amazing. The best way to describe the scent is like  men’s cologne…but not a cheap men’s cologne. They have 48 different scents on their website, I might have to check out Snowed In, or Cinnamon Frosting.

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes. I haven’t used these yet because I haven’t had a special occasion to wear them to. They look very dramatic, so I’m curious to see how they look.

Not Your Mother’s Smooth Move Frizz Control Hair Cream. There is also a curl defining cream which might have worked better for my hair, but a main ingredient in this is coconut oil…and I’m allergic to coconut oil. I did try it out, but I think I prefer my normal jojoba oil.

Goody Spin Pin. I was a little intimidated by these when I was trying to figure out how these two things would hold my hair in place. I was completely wrong though, they are amazing. You twist them into your bun and it just stays. Perfectly, with no elastic or anything. I think this was my favorite out of the box because I’ll use them all the time.

 

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact. I’ve been cutting back on wearing makeup, but my favorite brand is Urban Decay because they don’t use any animal testing and have vegan products. That being said, I really like the smokey look this compact gives. It’s comparable to Urban Decay in quality, but way cheaper.  It’s definitely a great buy at $4.99.

Last but not least is EBOOST. It’s a blend of “vitamins, minerals, and super-nutrients.” I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to.

 

So that’s what is inside my beauty blogger box. My favorite is the Spin Pin, and least favorite is the Not Your Mother’s Hair Cream (purely because of the coconut oil).  Sorry for the crappy photos, I was so excited to try the stuff, I didn’t spend enough time taking good ones. Thanks Influenster for sending me all this great stuff. I’ll be sure to update this post when I test out

Disclaimer: Influenster sent me all of these products for free to test out. If you’re interested in signing up head on over to Influenster.com.

Raw Recipe: Crackers!

Last weekend we went apple picking, and lots of apples means dehydrated cinnamon apple slices. Since I dusted off the dehydrator, and also saw my abundance of flax seed meal, I decided to try my hand at crackers again. Last time I made them (a few years ago), I used peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, flax, etc, but I forgot one major factor…I don’t like the flavor of dried tomatoes. I was also brand spanking new at the whole raw diet thing so, they weren’t terrible, but I definitely didn’t have a desire to make those again.

This time I was nervous because unlike normal baking, raw foods prep is kind of weird…The textures are different, and it’s kind of a ‘learn as you go’ thing. I work well when I have a clear set of instructions to follow…

For this batch I kind of merged these two recipes http://www.therawtarian.com/basic-raw-cracker-recipe and http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/r/rawflaxcrackers.htm (thanks Twitter friends @istabmyself and @donnyspi). I used 2 Tbs sunflower seeds because that’s all I had, they would probably be good with even more. I just kind of threw in some random stuff from the cabinet.

I used:

3/4 cup ground flax meal

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 1/2 cups filtered water

2 Tbs sunflower seeds

1 Tbs liquid smoke

1 Tbs nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Mediterranean seasoning

Directions:

Mix the flax meal, chia seeds, and water together in a bowl. Cover and let sit 1-2 hours.

The best description for this mixture is gelatinous…it’s very gloppy. After the 2 hours, it was a lot thicker, but not dry.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Spread on Teflex sheet/parchment paper/fruit roll sheet.

Dehydrate until hard. I was afraid they were going to be a little too thick because I only have one sheet for my dehydrator, but they came out the perfect thickness. I dehydrated them for about 20 hours on one side, scored them, flipped them, and then finished for another 4 hours. Total dehydrating time was about 24 hours. I like mine crispy.

 

These came out surprisingly well! Right now, I keep grabbing a couple, eating them at my desk, walking back to the dehydrator, back to the desk, etc. This is a great basic recipe. I think next time I will add spicier flavors and pair it with some guacamole.