Tomato Cabbage Soup

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Very easy and tasteful, this soup is an excellent source of  vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Tomate and cabbage are two vegetables really high in nutrients that help detoxify the body, bringing many benefits to your body as weight loss. Despite being rich in nutrients, this two vegetables are also really easy to cook, follow the instructions to achieve the same soup or even tastier.

Ingredients:

8 red tomatos
Half Cabbage
1/2 Olive Oil
1/2 Chives
Garlic Salt

Instructions:

1. Wash the tomatoes and the cabbage 2. Cut the 8 tomatoes in half, cute the cabbage in half and dice one of the halts 3. Place the tomatoes into a large pan, put the diced cabbage above and put water until cover all the vegetables. 4. Get the vegetables to steam for 20 minutes, add chives and garlic salt according to taste 5. After 20 min, turn of the heat and blend all the vegetables, including the water, in a blender (Add only 1/2 of the tomato to prevent the soup from run out) 6. After blending everything prepare a pan with olive oil and heat it on 200 degrees 7. Add broth, 8oz of water and garlic salt to taste. 8. Switch the heat to medium, let it boil for 10 minutes, to mix all the ingriends together, and voilá. Don’t forget to taste the food before it is served.

Thanks,

Xx

New In

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Sowing new products is always exciting, I love trying new things because is the best ways to know what is best for me. I buy things meaningfully, every product that I own has a specific and special role in my life, I don’t want to have things that I am not gonna use or even gonna like, so here it is, I bought them thinking about fall that is approaching. Hope you enjoy and if you want the same results like me, also hope you give them a try.

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1. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ‘Dark 4‘ – This is the best foundation I have ever try. My sister always used this foundation but in a different tone, I always loved it the finish is awesome, is matte, soft and still have a lot of glow. So, I bought the newest foundation from Nars. Right now it makes me a lit bit orange because I am darker than usual but probably is going to match my skin tone better after fall. It leaves my skin a little bit oily so is perfect for fall/winter time, I would recommend to dry, normal-to-dry, normal skin types, if you are oily or combination I don’t recommend  that to you. The foundation also hydrates skin leaving it softer and smoother, and contains powerful anti-oxidants to protect against damaging free radicals and turmeric extract to improve skin’s radiance and tone.

2. Brazilian Keratin Straigtening Shampoo – Before buying this I read a lot of reviews, actually bought this because of the rate and the feedback, there is a lot of Brazilian Keratin products out there so making a choice is a lit hard. I am currently using a brazilian body wave extension, and keratin is excellent to soften, silk the hair. Also attached me because countain coconut oil and shea butter, too ingredients that I’m really passionate about, check Healthy Summer Skin post to read my insights about the two. Keratin leaves shine in your hair, high recommend to dry, thick, and damaged hair, another good option for fall/winter time.

3. Deep from the Dead Sea Salt Scrub – I love scrubs any opportunity that I have to buy I new scrub, I try a new one. Different than then other scrubs it contains argan oil which is  product I love. The procedures are pretty much the same I use will use it 3 times a week, I have only used it once and the  product is excellent.

4. Sephora Coconut Hand Wash – Even my hand wash has to be one I like, I can’t deal with the idea of only having a soap at the restroom, my guests need a high qualified hand wash. What I like the most on the hand washes is the scent, this one smells coconut, of course,  I thought it would be a good idea to give a try.

5. The Original Makeup Eraser – With only20 bucks I got a towel, that is known to easily remove makeup just with warm water. This makeup eraser is  ultrasoft, reusable and machine washable, for a person like me that is always lazy to remove makeup I most of the time, and has stain all over her towels for been lazy, this one is a great purchase. I love the color, I love the softness, came wait to try it because I really know I am gonna love it.

6. Photo Finish Primer Water – This is the holy grail primer, great for  dewy look, so please consider on using it windy so you don’t look dry. Smashbox really nailed on this on, males your makeup last longer and leaves a luminous radiant and healthy finish to the skin. Today I’ve tried it without wearing makeup and gives the same glow to my skin. I am completely in love with products that not only make my skin look good but also helps the skin become healthier.

7. Elf Cosmetics Stipple Brush– Elf brushes are the cheapest yet the softs brushes in the entire whole, I mean, which makeup brush has this type of quality and is just so affordable? Elf does. I like stipple brushes, they work really good for translucent powders ‘cuz they pick up the right amount of product. Mostly for light weight looks and light coverage products.

Thanks,

Xx

Tuna Pastel

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These are one of my favorite munchies, they are easy, quick yet delicious. I learned to them back home, we call it “Pasteis de Massa Tenra” or “Pasteis de Atum”, you can also stuff then with ground beef (was actually the way I’ve learned) or any other type of protein as you prefer. In my opinion, the dough is the most crucial part of the recipe, if you nail on the dough the pastel is gonna be amazing, it must be soft but crunchy; the quantities below yields approximately 35 servings.

Dough:

2 cups of flour
1 cups of water
5 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 Pinch of Salt

Directions: 1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of flour , baking powder, butter, olive oil and a bit of salt 2. Heat the water and add slowly to the bowl, beat and add the water at the same time, until create an homogeneous mixture 3. Add the remaining flour slowly until the dough gain consistency 4. After gain consistency, let the dough rest for 30 min to an hour.

Tuna:

Canned Tuna (12oz)
Garlic Salt
White Pepper
Black Pepper
Parsley (1/2 cup; Chopped)
Half Chopped Onion
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil (To deep-fry)
1/2 cup whip cream
2 cloves of garlic

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Directions: 1. Stir olive oil with the chopped onion, garlic 2. After removing the tuna from the water, add the tuna to the stir 3. Season the tuna with black pepper, white pepper, garlic salt and parsley  4. Mix everything, after 5 min add the whip cream 5. Taste the tuna, and adjust the seasonings. 6. When ready the tuna is gonna be creamy, let it cool for about 20 min while you get ready to start the pastels 7. Divide the dough into four parts, shape all the parts into balls. 8.  Spread flour on the counter before hand stretch the first ball, use a rolling pin to stretch it until it becomes about 1mm thin. 9. Put  tuna on the edge of the dough, close slowly and with the help of a rounded cup cut the pastel. 10. Use  a fork to tighten the pastel 11. Hit oil in a pan, when about 250 degrees hot, deep fry the pastel 3 minutes on each side 12. Use paper towel to dry the oil and the pastels are ready to be served.

Don’t forget to taste everything.

Thanks,

Xx

Healthy Summer Skin

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For some reason summer is the season that I can best take care of my skin, my skin type is Combination/ Oily at the T-Zone,  I tend to find products that work at the summer time. Two months ago I started a new routine that has been working perfectly, no “cons”,  “not reallys”, “Unfortunatelys” are going to be applied to these products; I must confess that right now I have the best skin of my entire life. What people don’t know is, despite of all the great products you use there are also other facts that contribute for a great skin: what you drink and eat. Your intake has as much importance as any beauty product you use, an even though I am going to talk about the products pictured above, I just want to remind I didn’t achieve my goal as result of cosmetics itself. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods are part of the job, too. Actually, every healthy habit will led you to your healthiest self, and it’ll be shown right in the mirror when you look at your skin.

I am flattered by compliments like “Your skin is amazing” “I want to have a skin like this” or questions like “What do you use?” or “What do you do” “You must spend lotta money to have a skin like this, right?” , guess what? I froze. Most of the times I don’t know what to answer because I don’t use only one product, sometimes I am only on an experimental phase and I don’t want to suggest anyone something I am not sure if it truly works.

Well, something that you should keep in mind: Skins are differents! Like bodies, like minds like everyone. Personally, my skin is already blemish-free, rarely breaks out, I don’t have many pimples, but I have many bad habits like drinking alcohol and smoking, because of that I have a daily skin care that helps me get rid of all the impurities.

1. Organic Coconut Oil – My life has changed completely since I began to use coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the most powerful organic products you could ever have, there are a variety of uses for this oil but my favorite is on my skin. I have been using coconut oil 8 months now, everyday; I don’t regret a minute. After shower, or right after I wash my face I moisturize my skin with coconut oil, your skin is going to show silkiness immediately but for best results use everyday for 15 days.

2. Vegetable Glycerin – This was a choice I didn’t know would have much impact, guess what? It did. Vegetable glycerin is thick (Viscous) and sweet which becomes sticky when in touch with skin, so I decided to use it only poolside or at the beach that I could rinse it right after, or whenever I wanted. I started using it 2 months ago, what would you expect from a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, you can also use as sunscreen, for dry skin, treats wrinkles, scar removal, skin lighting, and cures oily skin. I started using it because I had some sort of irritation on my legs, I was always scratching, the bubbles were very red, I started bleeding, then I was scaring, after using Vegetable glycerin I noticed reduction on the size of the bubbles about 4 hours later, I WAS REALLY SURPRISED. I had it for 2 days and seemed like anything was working, after 3 days my skin was luxurious, radiant, smooth, silky and healthy. The combination of this and the coconut oil is one of the best discoveries of my entire life, it definitely changed my life for the better.

3. Cetaphil Facial Cleanser – Another wonderful discovery, this is a cleanser that can effectively remove all the excess with a soft clog. it does not irritate your skin and surely leaves it moisturized, smooth and soft. What I like the most about this product is the fact that the skin is going to be completely residue-free, there will be no residue clogging your pores. Since is summer I tend to absorb more impurities and dust. It also does a pretty good job removing and the makeup and oils and creams that I have on my face; perfect for extra makeup removal. Consequently, during the night the skin breaths out more becoming healthier.

4. Organic Argan Oil Exfoliating Scrub – Want be healthy? Inside and Out? Scrub! Scrubbing are often underrated but for me is one of the most effective yet very simple way to achieve the perfect skin. I scrub my skin 2-3 times a week and I’ve been doing this for 2 years, I don’t really care about the brand, and there are a lot of great body scrubs out there but this scrub is from the brand Asquith & Somerset Toiletry Co. it is wonderful,I feel good about this, not only on the outside but inside of me too. It does help with blood circulation and nerve relaxation. Eliminates scars, dead skin, skin becomes healthier and softer. Use coconut oil right after for extra moisture or let the argan oil do the job itself.

5. Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash – This one seem odd for Healthy Summer Skin guideline but no it’s not! Baby products have the most gentle formula ever, they are pretty harmless to the skin this cleanser helps protect skin against dryness and provides a clean, soft feeling all over when used every day. Even though this  is a baby product it works great for adults too, very much recommended to adults with dry skin. I love how it not only moisturizes skin but how it cleans very well and the scent it leaves afterwards is heavenly.

6. Now Foods Shea Butter – Another product for extra moisture,  highly recommend to be used on winter but I wanted to give it a try this time. Even though my skin has been smooth there’s something I love a lot: GLOW! I like to glow all over my body, thats exactly what extra moisture gives, too. Additionaly, Shea butter is a superb moisturizer the type of moisturizer that goes skin deep; started using after liposuction in order to heal better. I was looking for oils and creams I could use to massage the “liposuced” areas and this one had the best reviews about healing wounds, scars, and itching skin which is exactly what I needed.

  • All the mentioned products are available online
  • Also available at stores at supermakets like Whole Foods Market, Walmart, etc
  • For all types of skin
  • Most of them are organic/natural/no chemicals (They are 1, 2, 4, 6)
  • Recommened for all seasons
  • All completely inexpensive

Thanks for reading,

Xoxo

The Reason I Decided to Care About Nutrition

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Lifestyle changing goes way behind the decision to change your life itself.  While growing up I’ve always ate foods with a high amount of fats, I was never concerned about veggies, fruits or drinking water, I used to eat the sweetest things lot of processed foods at any time of the day, this year I became wiser  and decided to make changes. I’ve changed my diet 4 months now, it is hard its challenging but it is also worth it. I grew up in a country which most of the traditional foods have high amounts of calories, then it is even harder to get completely rid of my old habits but I wasn’t happy with what I was seeing in the mirror and it was definitely affecting my outlook on life, the way I was carrying and many other aspects.

FACT: I love food. I love healthy food, unhealthy food, but right now I say that my eating habits are 65% healthy 25% unhealthy, which is good, not excellent but as far as I see progress myself, is one good thing. Process itself is not in a due time, progress comes from different sources and people also progress in differently because bodies are different, organisms are different and metabolisms work in different ways.

I am 23 years old now, I’ve been trying diets since I was 15, almost 10 years later and only in 2015 I figures out one important thing that changed the way I see food, and my diet is working now, and I’m really glad about the results I am making. I’ve had liposuction this year on March 18th, it was expensive, a painful experience for the first 2 weeks but I loved the job the doctor did to my body, for that reason I didnt want to spoil all the beautiful curves I have now, so I’ve made the decision to change my game. After lipo he gave me a lot of insight about my eating habits, one thing that he said was to eat a lot of protein, I didnt know exactly what protein was but I googled it… that is where the game change.

Reasearching about the proprieties of foods, get know which proprieties foods have and knowing their benefits will give you a whole different view about what you have to eat. Want to know how became more careful about what I eat? Simple, I started paying attention to the nutrition facts. The nutrition facts is the label that comes on every packaged product you buy at the supermarket, on that panel you find facts about the product as calories, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, sugar, fiber, and protein levels, with this is easier for me to track what I am putting inside of my body. Today I am more mindful about what I eat, I make sure that everything I eat or drink has nutrients that are going to benefit my body somehow. For example, after having liposuction my doctor suggested me to eat lots of protein, I researched about protein and found a list of protein food, from that moment every time I go to the supermarket I make sure that everything that goes to my fridge and pantry is the healthiest possible. as I said before, I still eat plastic foods, mostly to satisfy cravings but my nutrition improved a lot.

It was hard to change my mindset, I am still struggling with my  food choices but I am glad I am making progress and many times I curb my cravings for carbohydrates, sugar, trans fats over fruits or a salad. That means a lot to me, cause even though I am still overweight I feel healthier now.

 

Thanks for reading,

Xx

Lip Colors For Spring

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Spring is here!!! Sunny, windy, perfect time to have that colorful lippie slaying. Like the post I did last year “Lip Colors for Spring” this time I am coming with similar shades but different brands. I wish I could do more lip swatches for all the brands and all the colors that I have on my makeup collection, but I also have to work with my time frame and 9 shades was the furthest I could go.

All of this shades below are perfect for any time of day, they are simple, very vivid, You could just use it during the day or night, night out, date, I have a shade for any occasion, you just pick the color. I also want to suggest to check other shades from the same type of product, you might not find what you want here, but I will link down below the website where you can buy it, feel free to look up for other options.

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1. YSL #6

2. RK by Kiss “Peach Loo” Matte Lipstick

3. NYX Cosmetics “Zurich”

4. Stila “Melon” Lip Glaze

5. NYX Cosmetics “Hunk”

6. LA Girl “Blushing” Lip Glaze

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills “American Doll”

8. LA Girl “Seduce” Lip Glaze

9. Mac “Heroine”

Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Quinoa Salad or Quinoa Tabbouleh, is a very fresh salad perfect for spring and summer time. It has a lot of vegetables in it, which makes it very healthy and high in nutrients. I ran out of a lot of vegetables that are part of the salad, but I wanted to try it for the first time anyways. So, I used the ones I had on my fridge, and it was delicious.

Ingredients

Quinoa
European Parsley
Half Onion
Half Cucumber
Yellow Pepper
Lemon/ Vinager
Olive Oil
Salt

First of all, prep the quinoa. Quinoa is really easy to prep, there is no secret about it, I prepped  1/2 cups of quinoa by frying it in a pan with olive oil, added 2 cups of water and let it boil for about 20 minutes. Then, took 1/2 cup of prepped quinoa and put into a large bowl.

PS. The parsley does not have an specific amount, I was adding it the bowl like I wanted it to taste, but it wasn’t neither too little or too much because I didn’t want it to overwhelm the taste of the other ingredients.

1. Start by dicing the vegetables 2. Add vegetables to the bowl as you chop them up 3. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, squeezed half lemon, a little bit of vinegar, salt and mixed everything.

The recipe is basically this, effortless and very yummy.

Thanks for reading,

Xx

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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Perfect for romantic dinners, chill saturdays or that family sunday lunch. Roasted pork tenderloin is  very homemade yet flavorful. To add a little more finesse, I roasted with rosemary and added a lot of lemon juice, the perfect ingredient for pork. I added the lemon while it was inside of the oven, and added more when removed it. Lets move on…

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 Ingredients:

Pork Tenderloin
Garlic Powder/ Fresh Garlic
Creole Seasoning Original
Beer
Olive Oil/ Butter
Rosemary

1. Season the pork with garlic, creole seasoning, beer and let it marinate for a couple of minutes. 2. Place a large pan on the stove, put a tiny bit of olive oil, butter, fresh garlic and rosemary. 3. When everything is melted, remove the rosemary, add the pork tenderloin inside of the pan. 4. Allow each side to fry for about 4 minutes, add beer and lemon juice if necessary (in case it gets dry) then use a spoon to soak the sauce in the pan on the tenderloin. 5. After 8 minutes remove from the pan, and put inside of the stove. 6. Let each side roast for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and add back the rosemary and some more lemon juice.

Enjoy your meal,

Xx

Home Decor: Room Desk

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My desk is everything to me I just can’t live without it, I don’t work there that often but when I do, it feels like I really get the job done. Sitting there is inspiring, calming, conforting, it gives my room an amazing look making it “My Happy Place”. I love changing my decor from times to times, otherwise it becomes boring – personal opinion, so even though I’m always changing it, today I wanted to show how does it look like right now.

I’ve wanted to do a post about interior design for so long, it took about a year to do this, but today I finally made it. This is not the first time I show off my desk, yes show off, because I loveee it so much. The first time I posted a picture of my desk on instagram, I got a lot of question, on where did I buy, where I can find something similar, how much it cost, etc, etc. Well, I am going to mention every single item I have on the desk and where can you find similar stuff in case you miss it.

Desk: White, clean, very affordle, just a little complicated to set up. I will be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with white fornture, just because I have to clean that all the time, but the good thing is, it is not hard to clean, you can just pass some wipes and you are good to go. The  desk is from Ikea, it cost $69.99, name : MICKE Desk.

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The two items besides de vase are from Zara, I bought them separately. The perfume I bought in Brazil at the main store and the candle I bought online at the official Zara website, I put both of them together because I wanted to fill out the empty spaces on top of the desk. This desk is quite big, and even though it has space for many things, I wanted to keep things simple. Check out  ZaraHome to find candles and fragrances for your bedroom too.

The chopper vase isn’t actually a vase, it is a candle holder from Bath and Body Works, but my creative side didn’t allow me to only using it as a simple candle holder, so I turned into a vase, I have another cup inside of it, thats why the flowers are standing. it was only sale when I bought it but I guess it cost $9.99, definitely worth the price, simple, classy, it seems like a luxury item.

The Buddha… The buddha is my favorite thing about the desk, just because my bedroom is a peaceful place I bought a Buddha statue for the final touch. I was looking for a buddha statue fir decades, but they were so expensive, I was always giving up, one day I went to Ross and I found this one for only $6.99, isn’t that amazing?

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The brushes containers and the acrylic diamonds are from Michaels, do not recall the price I have them for so long but I am pretty sure it wasn’t more then $35, everything. The lamp is also from Zara Home, I loved it because it is like moroccan style, which I’m obsessed about,  I am so obsessed that I have this pink/blue/white pillow in morrocan style too. the pillow was $40 and the lamp around $150.

Last, is this chair. THIS CHAIR. I am gonna take it everywhere I go to live, like the simplicity is awesome. simple, clean, what else do you want. It is also from Ikea, the chair called TOBIAS  costs $79.

Hope you enjoyed my first post on this category.

Thank you for reading!

 

Zucchini Sandwich

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I have been preparing this post for days, so here it is. I was on my way to school and wanted to do a quick sandwich which only take me less than 20 minutes, this is what I came up with.

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It tastes amazing, it is low calorie, easy to do, fresh, flavorful, perfect if you are running out of time. To prep this sandwich all you gonna need is:

Italian Wheat Bread
Zucchini
Egg
Onion Sprouts
Turkey Bacon
Colombier Cheese

1. Toast the bread on the oven for 2 minutes each side. 2. Fry the egg (over easy or over hard depending on your preference), I went for over easy to give juiciness to the sandwich. 3. Fry the bacon until it gets crispy. 4. Cute the zucchini in slices, 5-6 slices are enough 5. Remove the bread from the oven, and spread the cheese all over the toasts 6. After this, start putting together all other ingredients. 7. I started with onion sprouts, then the fried egg, the zucchini and the bacon on top. 8. Cute the bread in half, and enjoy it.