cocokind

Attention: I have found another organic skincare line that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! 

With the seasonal changes, general changes in my skin, and also running out of many of my regular skincare products,  I decided to try a new skin care line, and I am so happy I was drawn to this one. I have nothing but good things to say about these products so far.

I was a little weary about using an oil to cleanse my face but I was already using oils as a serum and moisturizer so I decided to take the plunge! The cocokind organic facial cleansing oil doubles as a makeup remover and facial cleanser for me. First I take a pump of the product in my hand, warm it up and then massage it around my eyes and face. On the website and box it says to not use water right away so I do it on my dry skin and it does a great job at removing my waterproof mascara! After I get most of my makeup off, I rinse off some of the oil then I take another pump of the oil and massage the rest of my face. Finally I use a warm wet towel to wipe it all off and afterwards my face seriously feels so incredibly soft and clean! I felt like it helped restore some balance to my skin since I’ve been having a lot of trouble with it recently. 

After I wash my face, I spray the cocokind organic rosewater facial toner directly on my face or a I use a cotton pad to apply it on my skin. The rosewater toner smells so heavenly and feels great on the skin.

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Just a few more things I love about this brand… all of their products are certified organic and way more affordable than the previous skincare line I was using. Most products are less than $20! The facial cleansing oil was $13.99 and the rosewater toner was $16.99. I bought my products at Whole Foods (if you can’t tell thats my favorite store!) but you can also find their entire line at their website. I honestly cannot wait to try more of their products!!

GreeNoodle

One of my favorite things to do is try Asian Snacks so when I got to check out a new Asian market I had to pick a few things up to try. My favorite items from this haul are definitely the corn flavored tortilla chips and the GreeNoodle!

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Not gonna lie, I love ramen… its horrible for you but I can’t help it, it’s just so tasty! I saw the GreeNoodle brand a few times and I’ve finally decided to give it a try. According to the packaging the noodles are made out of organic Moroheiya – “a super vegetable,” along with a bunch of other ingredients. I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing to eat after looking at the ingredients list BUT I do think it is a tad bit better than traditional packaged ramen. [Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist!]

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My final thoughts: the noodles are tasty, there is a very distinct taste that lingers a little bit but its not bad at all and didn’t bother me. The flavoring was also pretty good, more on the salty side but I love salt! I definitely enjoyed these noodles and would purchase it again to have on those days I’m just too lazy to make real food.

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Makeup Swap: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade & Ecobrow Defining Wax

Today I am super excited to be writing this post, anyone who knows me knows I love love love trying products that do not contain harmful chemicals and are safer for our bodies. You’d also know that I am not blessed in the eyebrow department and therefore eyebrow products have become a staple in my makeup routine. For a few years I was using Anastasia eyebrow products (the brow wiz and dipbrow pomade) but after lots of research I have discovered Ecobrow and I am definitely a fan!

The Ecobrow defining wax is the perfect alternative for the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. I love both products but am making the switch to cleaner products. I definitely recommend Ecobrow for anyone that’s looking for an amazing long-lasting and easy to apply eyebrow product. I was really impressed that it comes in a variety of shades/colors and a little bit really does go a long way. I have the shades dark brown (Anastasia) and Penelope (Ecobrow) to compliment my dark brown/black hair.

Prices: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade $18 (0.14 oz) vs. Ecobrow Defining Wax $26 (0.121 oz)

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (left) and Ecobrow Defining Wax (right)

 

Rainy days are for eating

Did I ever mention I love rainy days? Today was the perfect rainy day, we went out for food and enjoyed some light window shopping… it was just perfect! 
First stop: Diablo JJ’s Taqueria followed by some boba at tpumps in Burlingame. These are by far the best tacos I’ve had in the bay area! The most flavorful carne asade, carnitas and al pastor with the most amazing sauces. 
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When the rain picked up, we headed to New England Lobster Market and Eatery for some Lobster Corn Chowder and we also picked up some oysters to-go! It was my first time shucking oysters (well…the boyfriend didn’t let me shuck them so I just watched). 
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The best lobster corn chowder!
Types of oysters: Kumamoto, Fanny Bay, Hammersley and Kusshi. My favorites as always are the Kumamoto and Hammersley.
Finally for a late night bite at Slurp Noodle Bar in the Castro (SF). A bowl of spicy ramen – the perfect way to end a foodie adventure. 
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Zoya – Avril

My favorite fall color – it is the perfect pink mauve and has been my go to color this season! I also love that these polishes are 5-free; they do not contain toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP. Hooray for natural beauty! I bought this polish at Whole Foods for $10. 
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Zoya Avril