I have done a couple of reviews of Treat Beauty Balms. They currently are one of the only lip balms/chapsticks that do not make me break out along my lip line. I put Burt's Bees in that category also, although i still do, very occasionally, break out when i use Burt's Bees as well.
The Treat Beauty balms are huge, which makes it hard to justify buying so many because they last forever, but I seriously just can't help myself.
When i did the first review i think i had 2 and also had the 2 treatment sticks from my second review on order. I now have 12. I didn't even realize i had that many until i gathered them all together to take the picture of them for this post. I keep them everywhere. I have 2 of the color sticks now and while i like the colors, they are a little too shimmery for me and that made me a little sad because the cream soda is delicious and the color without the shimmer would be perfect for everyday. I knew it was a shimmer when i bought it, but i was hoping it would be more subtle than it really is. One of the first ones i bought, confetti cake, i feel like has developed a bit of after smell/taste that i don't like so i do not use that one very often if at all since i have all the others. Birthday cake and marshmallow cream are my favorites. Mocha and caramel apple are also in the top 5. I have not tried their lip scrub yet, but i definitely will. They only have the scrub in a few flavors and i am not crazy about them. Of course i love the marshmallow cream flavor but i already have that in regular balm. I have been holding out for a new scrub flavor. A coffee one with coffee grounds as the scrubbies would be awesome.
I have gotten a hold of my addiction for the moment, until the next new flavor anyway. Or if they bring back peaches and cream, i wanted that one but it sold out and they never re-stocked.
It has been awhile since I posted a recipe. If you have read any of my other "recipes", you know I use the quotations because I don't measure anything when I cook, so i can't give you a formal recipe with measurements of how much of each ingredient to use, just an approximation of what I use when I make it, hence "recipe". So I started making these turkey burgers recently that stemmed from a recipe i found on Pinterest for Greek Turkey Burgers. You can find that actual recipe by clicking on the tiny "P" on the right side of this page that links to my Pinterest page. I very loosely followed this recipe and actually used ground chicken instead of turkey the first time i made them. I did not care for the chicken burgers much, which could have been partly due to the George Foreman grill (I had a weird obsession with infomercials in my early twenties, don't judge) i used to make them, but I switched back to ground turkey anyway. Here is what I use:
- 1 lb. ground turkey (makes about 3 burgers)
- about 1/2 -1 tomato of any kind
- fresh parsley, finely chopped, about a small handful
- about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of red onion, chopped
- Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; season to taste
- about 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- about 1/4 cup finely crushed crackers; i like Ritz the best
- 1 egg
- toppings: sliced tomato, spinach/arugula mix, balsamic dressing, optional: cheese
Mix everything in a bowl, make patties, and cook in a pan on the stove or on the grill. The egg and crackers really helps the patties stay together, a little splash of milk wouldn't hurt either, if you're fine with dairy. I will say, even with that, these patties still do not stick together as well as a beef patty. If you are really healthy you can use a lettuce wrap or just eat them with a fork instead of a bun. I like Oroweat Multi-rain Sandwich Thins as a bun for these.
Ok, so I have another review, but before we get to that, can we just talk about the fact that it is fall? I know, it is not technically fall yet; especially not here is Arizona where it is still 100 degrees during the day- something i'll never get used to having grown up in the Midwest- but i am ready. Pumpkin everything is out and people are ready to get spooky. Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The changing of the leaves on the trees is just the best and something I miss intensely this time of year. I also do love pumpkin everything, cozy clothes, and all the Halloween merch everywhere. If you also love pumpkin everything, check out my pumpkin smoothie recipe and also my Pinterest (tiny "p" link on the right side of this page), where I will be adding more fall inspired everything.
K, back to review mode. A long time ago I reviewed HUM Nutrition's Chocolate Mint Greens Powder, and now i have tried a few of their vitamins/supplements. I have been using the greens powder for a long time but it took me awhile to try the vitamins because they are a little pricey to me. I can't really tell you what made me cave, but i can tell you i am glad i did. I am using: Flatter Me, Gut Instinct, and Daily Cleanse. I'm sure you can see the pattern here, these are all for your digestive health and since i am on my third month of using these I feel like i can give an accurate review.
A little about HUM Nutrition: they sell a pretty wide range of vitamins/supplements/healthy stuff. When i was only buying the greens powder, i was getting it from Birchbox, but HUM is also available at Sephora. I mention this because, if you order directly from HUM, it is a subscription format. So if you don't like the subscription thing you can get the products from one of the other places. I typically don't like when companies do the subscription thing but I am actually liking this one so far. More on that later.
The vitamins. I started out with just Flatter Me and Daily Cleanse. Flatter me is an enzyme blend that is supposed to help aid digestion to decrease bloating, resulting in a flatter looking stomach and it definitely does that for me. I have noticed a huge difference since i started taking these. Daily Cleanse contains "green algae and detox herbs". It is supposed to help not only digestion but also clear skin. This one i was on the fence about initially. Around the same time i started taking these i also started using a new face mist (see my review). I (stupidly) attributed my improved skin solely to the face mist (don't get me wrong, I still love and use the face mist everyday, I just know it wasn't the sole contributor to my clear skin) and i didn't feel like the Daily Cleanse was doing much for my digestive system so i changed it out for something else when the second month came around. Well guess what. That second month my face broke out like crazy and i thought hmm, maybe it did work. So i added it to my order the third month and magically, by breakouts are all clearing up and my skin feels less oily. That second month, when i decided to stop the Daily Cleanse, i switched it out for their probiotic blend, Gut Instinct. I have always taken a probiotic so i decided to give theirs a try. It works, but not any better than any other probiotic i have taken. However, probiotics are expensive to begin with so this one is not any more expensive than the ones i got at Walgreens. They have a newer product that is a little more expensive called Skin Heroes that is prebiotics and probiotics that is also supposed to be skin clearing so i am thinking of seeing if this one can replace the Gut Instinct and Daily Cleanse. Why take 2 vitamins when i can take one right? I have also tried their Collagen Pop collagen product. Collagen pop is a fizzy collagen tablet that dissolves in water. The flavor is described as rose and lemon and I would say that is accurate. It is good to me, but I would say rose is definitely an acquired taste; you're either gonna love it or hate it, there's no in between. This is not my favorite way to take collagen, I prefer unflavored collagen powder, but i will probably order it again at some point.
I mentioned earlier about them being a bit pricey. They are, however, it is quality ingredients and I have not found anything comparable. The subscription service in this instance is actually nice because it is something i need to buy monthly anyway that i don't have to think about anymore. It is easy to cancel so i don't feel like they are scamming me, and it is easy to edit your subscription if you want to change it up or try something new. They send out an email letting you know they will be shipping soon so you can go in and change your order if you need to. They also sometimes include free samples of non-HUM products. Last month i got a watermelon face mask and moisturizer sample. Another feature is that when you sign up on the website, they assign you a nutritionist that helps make recommendations of what may work best for you based on a quick questionnaire you fill out. I will say this part is a little flawed as it is just an algorithm they have developed and the report they gave me was a little contradictory. This is a feature i am not concerned about as I already know what i need. What matters to me is the great quality of the products, which they definitely get an A+ for.
I am part of the generation that made ADD a thing and it shows. My thoughts are random and I am constantly squirreling, but that's what keeps things interesting, right?