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DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser Product Review

I know it has been quite some time since I have written a product review. To be honest I made two purchases over a month ago that I was dying to share with you – DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. I’ll focus on the facial cleanser first but expect another review soon on the serum.

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser – pardon my awful photography.

When I purchased the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser, I was at my wits end. My skin has been time traveling back to my teenage days – I was having a really tough time controlling my breakouts. I had been using Clinque Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam pretty religiously over the past year and I think my skin was getting used to the formula. Now, I should mention that when I refer to my skin as being broken out… it really isn’t that bad, a few spots here and there [thank goodness], however, I was not so fortunate in my high school years so the thought of any imperfections stresses me out.

After explaining this to the “beauty expert” at Sephora, they recommended a few different options to try [including the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser], however, I had already sampled the majority of them and was looking for something new. If you know me, you know that I do my research before making any beauty product purchases, so I already knew that the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser was what I wanted. The salesperson raved about the product, to the point where she told me “DDF says that if this face wash does not clear up your skin, there is no point in using face wash at all”. That is a pretty confident statement. Between her comment and the hundreds of positive reviews I was sold.

I had planned to use the cleanser for two weeks before making any conclusions, but at the end of week two my skin was worse than ever. I wanted to believe the reviews I had read and tried to convince myself that I was getting rid of the impurities in my skin and it was normal for things to get worse before they got better… So I waited another two weeks – no change… and two more – no change. I didn’t have much choice but to stop using it. After a few days my blemishes began to fade (during this time I was wearing minimal make up and using a gentle hand soap to wash my face – yes I know, hand soap). Once my skin had calmed down a bit I went back for more. This time I started using DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser just once a day and hand soap in the morning. It has been two weeks since I have been following this routine and my skin is virtually blemish free. I do not have any flaking or dryness [like I used to have with my Clinque Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam] and the skin on my face does not feel tight after washing. Perhaps using the cleanser twice a day was too harsh for my sensitive skin… or maybe the cleanser really was drawing out the impurities, I will never know. What I do know is that this cleanser is not the be all end all of face wash for me.

In terms of product properties, the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser has a light inoffensive scent and foams up nicely. I am not sure why the solution is blue but when you pump it into your hand it turns white. Putting something blue on my skin isn’t really up my alley. Using just one pump of the foam does go a long way and thus this bottle will definitely last me a while.

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser turns into a light white foam when pumped.

Will I buy it again… probably not – I am still hoping to find cleanser that suits me just right. I must have strange skin, this is the second highly rated product I have purchased that I have not been overly pleased with [remember my Hope in a Jar review].

Now a question for you, what is your go to facial cleanser and how often do you switch things up?

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The Best Ginger Cookies [and they are easy to make]

My office is having a cookie swap next week! I am so excited, I love to bake cookies. I figured I should test out a few recipes before making my decision on what to bring in to share. And yes, I know this is a complete contradiction to my healthy recipe earlier this week.

Last night I made the easiest ginger cookies. They are big and soft and taste great, but the best part is that you can literally make them in 10 minutes [plus 10 minutes of baking] – now that is my kind of cookie!

I promise you can’t go wrong with this recipe, so here it is:

Big, Soft, Delicious Ginger Cookies

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/big-soft-ginger-cookies/

What you will need:

I like recipes with fewer than 15 ingredients. Anything more than that and I am starting to worry.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Cream together the margarine and sugar. I use a mixer to do this. It should look like the picture below – you can see the mixer attachment in the left corner.

The first step to making a perfect cookie!

Step 3

Add the egg and beat it into the creamed margarine and sugar. Next add the molasses. This is my favourite part because it looks cool – I’m easy to please.

So pretty! Hahaha!

Step 4

Add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the last 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix well. It should look something like this. Don’t worry if the consistency is a bit runny, you want it to stick together enough to form some resemblance of balls on the baking sheet but you shouldn’t be able to roll them in your hands. I usually just use my hands to plop the mixture on the baking sheet.

Ready to be made into delicious cookies!

Step 5

Separate the mixture into 24 blobs on your cookie sheet. It will look like this. Then add the left over sugar on top of the uncooked cookies. Don’t make the cookies too big because they will grow when you bake them.

Waiting to be put in the oven!

Step 6

Bake for 8 – 11 minutes of until the edges become slightly darker. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes… if you are able to wait that long – they smell amazing!

The cooling period.

And there you have it, delicious easy ginger cookies… and did I mention they are dairy free! Store the cookies in an air tight container, although they will probably get eaten very quickly!

Enjoy!

Big, Soft, Delicious Ginger Cookies


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Protein Peanut Butter Cup Recipe

I’m still here – not to worry! I have been really busy lately, planning for an upcoming trip of a lifetime. It seems like as soon as I get busy my blog suffers. I am sorry for that!

Anyways, over the past two weeks –  when I have not been planning my trip – I have been working my butt off at the gym. I have been following a new strength training routine and am really excited about the results. With this being said I am trying to work on improving my diet to get optimal results – which means a new recipe!

Through research [blogs, forums, websites, etc] I have been learning about different supplements to enhance my work outs. One supplement in particular has peaked my interest –  Casein. Casein is a protein commonly found in milk that is hydrophobic [not very soluble in water] which means that it forms a gel or clot in your stomach that will slowly release amino acids. Now, I am not chemist or nutritionist, but from my research casein is ideal to have before bed as it slowly releases the protein into your system and keeps your metabolism running. Another positive for me is that casein protein powders do not impact my lactose intolerance.

Enough [pseudo] science… here is the recipe for Protein Peanut Butter Cups, which you can eat any time but I like to have mine as dessert! This is the easiest recipe ever… I promise.

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

4 scoops of Allmax Chocolate Casein FX (you can use another chocolate protein powder if you don’t care about the casein)

4 tbsp of Raw Almond Butter ( I didn’t have peanut butter on hand, so I used almond but you can use any nut butter)

water

What to do:

1. Mix 4 scoops of Casein FX with about 3 – 3 1/2 cups of water. You want it to be liquid enough that you can pour it, but not too running.

2. Mix almond butter with water to make it a bit more running. I honestly have no idea how much water I used, probably 3 or 4 tbsp.

3. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners ( I made 12 with this recipe).

4. Using the Casein FX mixture fill the muffin liners 1/4 full.

5. Add the almond butter on top of the Casein FX. Split it evenly between the 12.

6. Use the rest of the Casein FX to cover the almond butter.

7. Put in the freezer.

They should look like oversized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Once the peanut butter cups have frozen they are ready to be eaten! I removed mine from the muffin tin and stored them in a plastic bag in the freezer [I would have used a container but I ran out]. Do not store them in the fridge or leave them out for too long because they will melt and they will be messy.

I like having something sweet after dinner and this is fairly healthy and satisfies my sweet tooth. Just make sure you have a napkin on hand because they do get pretty messy.

Here is the nutritional information:

Calories: 68

Carbs: 2

Fat: 3

Protein: 9