What is Retinol?
Retinol is a vitamin A-derivative that is commonly used for its acne fighting and anti-aging properties. It is available in many forms, with stronger concentrations requiring a prescription. There is a good reason why retinol is touted as a miracle product for numerous skin ailments: it works. Retinol is widely regarded by dermatologists as the most effective tool for clearing pores, preventing acne and diminishing the signs of aging. Retinol works by boosting cellular turnover in the epidermis, effectively creating bright, smooth, and glowing skin.
I found this old mirrored bathroom cabinet, intended to hang on the wall above a bathroom sink, for $30 at a local thrift store. The backside is meant to go up against a wall (so it isn’t mirrored) but when placed on the floor it works perfectly as a cool mirrored chest for my art supplies!
Soft, gooey cinnamon buns are one of my absolute favorite sweet treats! Usually, I indulge in them infrequently due to the incredibly high fat and sugar content of bakery and store bought rolls. I have tried countless low fat cinnamon roll recipes only to find that they are too dense, tough and healthy tasting. After much experimentation, I finally found a recipe for the perfect sweet, fluffy, and healthy-ish cinnamon rolls!
Our passion fruit harvest has been overwhelming this year! This sweet and highly aromatic fruit is one of my absolute favorites and I’ve been enjoying experimenting with incorporating it into smoothies, ice creams and other desserts. This 5-minute passion fruit pudding recipe knocked my socks off! It’s perfectly sweet and incredibly flavorful. On top of that, it’s ridiculously simple! With only 5 ingredients, this pudding is incredibly quick and easy to make. I recommend doubling the recipe because I can guarantee you are going to want seconds!
Numerous harsh chemicals are lurking in the ingredients lists of the most popular nail polish brands. Not only are many of these ingredients potentially harmful to our health, they also cause brittle, dry nails that are highly prone to splitting and breaking. Additionally, common nail polishes are rarely cruelty-free. Popular brands are routinely tested on animals and animal-derived ingredients are frequently used to provide pigment and shine.
Unfortunately, many natural nail polishes are low quality, difficult to apply, and poorly pigmented. We tested over 20 non-toxic brands, and found 5 excellent polishes that are as beautiful and long lasting as their harsh chemical-laden counterparts. These polishes give gorgeous manicures with ease, while nurturing your nails back to their healthiest state.
Hot chocolate is usually thought of as treat rather than a healthy drink. It’s commonly filled with sugar, cream, and processed chocolate. I have found that you can achieve the same rich texture and heavenly flavor without using any sugar or processed ingredients. This good-for-you hot chocolate recipe is sugar-free, whole food plant based, low fat, and incredibly delicious!
I was craving a simple and easy hearty meal of spaghetti (well, it ended up being linguini) and meatballs, and decided to see what I could do with the Beyond Burger. The Beyond Burger patties are the most convincing meat substitute I’ve had yet—in the past they’ve completely fooled even the most carnivorous of my friends, and my omnivore boyfriend loved how these meatballs turned out! The patties are pretty fatty, so they work well for meatballs. Here’s what you’ll need:
You don’t have to miss out on delicious creamy recipes when you go dairy-free! From freshly whipped cream to rich Fettuccine Alfredo, you can recreate all of your favorite heavy cream-based recipes with numerous vegan alternatives. Read on to find out our 6 favorite substitutes for heavy cream!
If you’ve experimented with vegan cooking for some time, you’ve probably tried your fair share of vegan mac and cheese recipes. You’ve likely tried the standard cashew and nutritional yeast based sauce, the blended potato and carrot combo, and the fatty Earth Balance and processed cheese versions. I’ve tried them all! While some are tasty in their own way, none ever live up to the sharp, delicious, cheesy flavor of the versions I grew up eating. Also, being that I am usually cooking for a family of dairy eaters, I have the added challenge of creating recipes that will impress non-vegans.
After taking up painting (see my "getting started with painting" post for tips on how to do this!), I learned that, as an amateur, framing my canvases could make my pieces look more polished and better than they actually are. But framing paintings can be really expensive if you don’t DIY, so I quickly got to work learning how to do it myself. There are many different levels of framing, and here I’ll show you the very easiest one. Anyone can do it, it requires no power tools or specialized supplies, and it costs about $5 in materials! This method works for any canvases that are stretched on wood frames. The method I’ll show you how to do is called a “flush mount,” but you can easily adapt it to make it look more like a floating mount (like with the blue painting to the left).