My Honest Review of Curology

If you watch countless Youtube beauty videos or scroll through Instagram on the daily, I’m sure you have heard of this company, Curology. Curology is custom skincare that’s available online. In other words, you can get a prescription cream catered just for you, based on what your needs are and what you’re looking for. So without going to the dermatologist, you can get this custom skincare within a matter of weeks.

Dealing with adult acne I’m always looking for the next best thing and what can help. Some weeks are better than others (as far as pimples) but I also have scars that I desperately would like to be faded. So when Curology kept popping up (thanks to their abundance of ads) I was intrigued.  Since they have a 30 day money back guarantee (just pay $5 shipping), I figured I’d give it a shot.

Cleanser – They suggest using this morning and night. Honestly? There is nothing special with this cleanser. Nothing that made me go “WOW” but yet nothing that was wrong. Just your basic cleanser. With that being said, I would pass on getting this and just go for something at the drugstore (CeraVe is my fav).

Rich Moisturizer – The suggestion is to use this at night because of how thick it is. Having dry skin, I did enjoy using this. But yet again, I feel like there are better options out there.

Now to the custom part… On the Curology website, you take a short quiz about your skin. You also send pictures (yep, up close and personal) of your skin (obviously without makeup) to see what your problem areas are. Then a dermatologist will come up with a formula tailored to you. Here’s the formula I received: Niacinamide 4%, Clindamycin 1%, Azelaic Acid 2%. Honestly? I’m not really sure what these “ingredients” are but I gave it a go anyways. I applied this nightly for about a month and unfortunately didn’t see any results. Luckily it didn’t make things worse, but didn’t improve anything either.

With all that being said, I would not recommend Curology. I think it’s a interesting concept, but I ultimately think you need to physically go to a dermatologist to get examined and better results. Another turnoff is that there are so many ads for this company. I understand you have to have marketing, especially with an online company, but with so many ads and reviews crammed in your face, it’s a major turnoff for me.

As far as my skincare goes, it’s always an on-going process. Lately I have been keeping it simple and trying not to stress out my skin with new products. I will do an updated routine in the near future once I feel comfortable with the progress – fingers crossed!

Healthy Baked Chicken Fajitas

Now doesn’t that look scrumptious?! This is an easy and healthy chicken fajita recipe that can be altered so many ways. You can throw in a tortilla, add rice and beans, top with all the fixin’s, the options are limitless!

ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS! 

  • Chicken Breasts or Thighs (I prefer breasts but only had thighs this time – no biggie)
  • One Pepper (I used green, but any will do)
  • Yellow Onion (I actually used 1/2 of one)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Taco Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put the chicken in a single layer at the bottom of a baking dish
  2. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken
  3. Layer the onions and bell peppers on top of the chicken
  4. Drizzle a little olive oil over the onions and peppers
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked)

It’s that easy! I added my mixture to a flour tortilla and added some salsa and sour cream on top. SO GOOD. And like I said, you really can add/do anything with this base recipe.

Enjoy!

 

Easy Sheet Pan Recipe

This is a great weeknight meal when you don’t really feel like cooking. Few ingredients, easy to throw together, and cooks quickly. Sounds like a perfect combo to me!

Here’s what I used:

  • Buffalo chicken sausage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Little Baby Potatoes

Directions:

  • First I boiled the potatoes for about 20 mins
  • Half the sprouts and sprinkle with olive oil and whatever seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic/onion powder)
  • Chop up the chicken sausage
  • Once the potatoes are tender, smash them and cover with a little butter and minced garlic
  • Cook for about 20 mins in a 375 degree oven

And there you have it; So simple yet so delicious.

Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday

We’re halfway through the week guys! I thought today I could share what I ate yesterday just to give other ideas and also hold myself accountable. Why is it that when you write down/take pictures of what you eat you suddenly feel self conscious? Not that I ate terribly but I guess there’s always room for improvement.

A couple months back I had what some might call a “revelation” regarding my diet. Instead of trying these fads like paleo, keto, IF, (I’ve done them all), I’m simply going to be mindful and eat what I want in moderation. This way I’m not depriving myself yet still have control.

With that being said, here’s a peak into what I had yesterday.

Quaker Oats Overnight Oats (Blueberry Banana & Vanilla) – I picked this up on a whim and I’m so glad I did! I’m a big fan of cold overnight oats but sometimes it’s a hassle to put it together or you run out of ideas on what to put in the bowl. This was super simple to prepare; you just add milk (in this case, I used vanilla almond) and then literally OVERNIGHT, it’s ready.

Small apple with peanut butter & snack-size Lara bar – This is a go-to mid-morning snack that I always fall back on. I mean who doesn’t love peanut butter and apple slices?? I added in a Lara snack size peanut butter cookie bar and that was delish too.

Little cheddar and chicken sandwich, Ritz Thins, Grapes – Since the grocery stores are a little flaky these days, I ended up with a few random picks in my cart. Included were these little “lunchable” type sandwiches. I got the cheddar/chicken and pepperoni/jack cheese combos. And surprisingly, these hit the spot! I just wanted to try some variety to my lunches and this did the trick. I added some Ritz thin crackers (the salt & vinegar flavor) and grapes.

Beachbody Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar – I know Beachbody can get a bad rep, but the workouts and products are pretty darn good. These bars are fairly new to the brand so I wanted to try them out. What peaked my interest with these bars is that they are low in calories and high in protein which can be rare when trying to find a good protein/granola bar. This was great and I highly recommend!

Chicken cutlet topped with mozzarella cheese/roasted red peppers with cold pasta salad – I had these Perdue chicken cutlets in the fridge so I decided to have that with the cold pasta salad I made earlier this week. Yummy!

Not pictured is the little dessert I had – Breyers Carb Smart Peanut Butter Ice Cream 🙂

PS. I’m just now realizing how much I love peanut butter, lol.

 

Easy Cold Pasta Salad Recipe

Hello Monday! I don’t know about everyone else but my days are morphing into each other. As this quarantine life continues, it’s hard not to eat everything in fridge. I also probably haven’t ate a vegetable in 3 weeks, lol. So now that this has become our new normal (for now), I’m going to make a conscious effort for better food choices.

Today I’m bringing to you a super simple cold pasta salad recipe that can basically be made however you want and with whatever you got in the fridge.

Here’s what I used:

  • Whole Wheat Penne
  • Yellow Bell Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Light Italian Dressing

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package
  2. Chop veggies while the pasta is cooking
  3. When ready, drain pasta and let it cool completely
  4. Once the pasta is cooled off, combine everything (including the cheese, which I also cut into pieces)
  5. Add the dressing to the pasta mixture – I didn’t measure a thing, I just eye-balled

Now doesn’t that look scrumptious?! I like to have this on hand for an easy snack or lunch. And like I said, what’s great about this is that you can throw anything in there and my guess it will taste just as good. You could also add in a protein (like chicken) if you wanted too.

Have a great week!

New Balance Workout Wear

Don’t we ladies love a good pair of leggings? And I’m talking about the real deal, no see-through kind.

Needless to say that I live in workout clothes. I like to be active/workout everyday and the fact that I work from home is also an easy excuse. Lately I have been going through my closet and getting rid of the really old and really crappy workout stuff. You know what I’m talking about too; the shirts with the sweat stains, the leggings that are stretched out, etc. And now that I cleaned it out, I decided to check out my favorite website and grab a few things.

I’m not sure when New Balance totally re-branded but boy have they come a long way from those white sneakers. I have a few pairs of their sneakers which I love. The other day I purchased a couple items from Joe’s New Balance Outlet, an online retail spot that sells clothes and sneakers on major discount. They have daily deals (hard to resistant) and the clearance section is always on point.

NB Dry Tanks – Reversible, Relaxed Fit – I picked up these three tanks for less than $10 each and I’m so glad I did. I definitely could of sized down though. But I’ll still wear these a ton and just knot them. They are reversible so you could wear the v-neck in the front or back.

NB Dry Sports Bra – I’ve been in desperate need for new sports bras so I was happy to grab these when I saw them. They are medium impact so perfect for my at-home workouts.

NB Dry Mid Rise Speed Crop / Mid Rise Impact Capri – These leggings will suck you right in! I got these leggings because the length appealed to me. I have such short legs, so I’m always on the hunt for capri/crop length. These also have reflective strips on the bottom which is a nice touch for running in the morning or at night.

If you’re in the market for some new workout gear I would highly suggest checking out Joe’s New Balance Outlet and browsing the site for some deals.

Meal Prep Monday – Burrito Bowls

And just like that…it’s Monday again. I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend! The weather here in NC was beautiful so David and I took advantage. We went for a nice long walk around the neighborhood and I managed to get a wicked sunburn. Sometimes I forget how quickly and easily I burn! It was also nice to cook at home (David made a delicious meatloaf) and just lay low.

Yesterday I managed to whip up these burrito bowls for the week. I like to have either lunch or dinner prepped for the week that way it’s one less thing to worry about. This is a super easy recipe and came together really quickly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown Rice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Yellow Onion
  • Red Enchilada Sauce
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Sour Cream (topping)
  • Fiesta Shredded Cheese (topping)

Directions:

  1. Cut the onion and throw them in the hot pan with a little olive oil
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until brown
  3. Add spices of your choice (I used salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder)
  4. Start cooking the brown rice (I used the pre-cooked, boil in a bag, 10 min kind to make it super easy)
  5. Add the jar of enchilada sauce, black beans, and corn to the beef and let that simmer for a bit

Once everything is done, then combine the rice and beef mixture into your containers. Remember, let it cool before putting them into the fridge. When ready to eat, heat up in the microwave and add some cheese and sour cream. You could also add some lettuce if you had that too.

Now let’s tackle this Monday and have a great week y’all!