Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: Paula's Choice Conditioner

I've been looking for a conditioner to replace Pureology for literally years. Pureology does amazing things to my hair but it 1. smells weird and 2. is ridiculously expensive. My latest attempt has been Paula's Choice. I loved her skincare line, especially the moisturizer which is really light, and has sunscreen but doesn't dry out my skin. So when I had to order some more moisturizer, I decided to get the conditioner to qualify for free shipping as well.Well, I wasn't as happy.

First of all, even though it says unscented, it still kind of smells and feels like sunscreen. I've been using it for about three weeks. The first week it left my hair feeling dry and crunchy. The second and third week it wasn't as bad, but still not great. The formula is very light, probably better for someone with thin hair.

Also (and I know that you aren't supposed to do this anyway, but some of us live busy lives) do NOT brush your hair when it is wet using this conditioner. It makes a terrible sound and makes the hair extra tangled. The price is more than drugstore brands, and I feel like it did a worse job than some of those.

Overall, I would not recommend this product if you have straight, dry hair, and if you have another kind of hair, I would proceed with caution.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sitaw: Filipino String Beans in Coconut Milk

I'm not a casual string bean eater, but this recipe from the Philippines was delicious and something people from around the world can enjoy, vegans, vegetarians, and eatetarians alike. My husband, who was a missionary there for two years, made it for us, and I thought others might enjoy the technique. 


string beans: 1 bunch
red onion: half, diced
garlic: 4 cloves
ground ginger: 1 tablespoon
coconut cream: 1 can 
water: as needed 
soy sauce: to taste

Optional: add ground pork, Thai chili, or acorn squash 


Dice the onion. Saute it until it is translucent. Add the crushed garlic and ginger, cook until fragrant. Add green beans, stir. Add enough water to cover the string beans. Boil until green beans are al dente. Add coconut cream. Cook until thickened.  Season with soy sauce. Serve over rice. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIY Wedding Pumps

Wedding shoes are ridiculously expensive considering they're covered by a long dress most of the night. But most brides want those cute photos of their first step on the dance floor, etc. etc. etc.

I wanted an elegant, vintage look. So, I made my own. And they only costed me $2.00. Those are some pretty inexpensive wedding shoes.

First, find some silver or gold shoes that are pretty and comfortable (enough). The material doesn't really matter. Mine were vegan leather, but plastic or suede are both good. There's some pretty inexpensive ones here. I found mine a Ross years ago.

Then find a pretty applique and glue it on. I found mine at a yard sale for $2.00. They were actually the kind that is supposed to go around the neckline, but they worked perfectly on my shoes.

Here are the results: