Misogi Naturals Lather Master Soap Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hello Lovelies!
I have just posted a new video on my YouTube Channel reviewing the bath and body products from Misogi Naturals. This company is all natural, vegan, and eco-friendly. My husband and I have been using the Silk Kimono Lather Master soap for about a month and we are in love. It comes with a special exfoliating pad attached to the soap so you can exfoliate your skin, cleanse your skin, and then create a rich later to shave your legs. (or face, or wherever…) It also leaves a lasting fresh scent that is not too overpowering. The photos below are the 6 available scents. The 4.5 oz soaps retail for $12 each and the accompanying body butters are $18 each. I am doing a giveaway on my YouTube channel where you can enter to win of the the gift sets which includes both the body butter and soap. If you would like to enter head on over to the video HERE
Also I have a coupon code for you all to use to receive %15 off your order. Use code LatherMaster
**Giveaway rules at the bottom of this page**

GIVEAWAY RULES:
~ Must be 18+ or have permission from guardian to give out shipping address.
~Must like Misogi Naturals Facebook page HERE
~Be a subscriber to my YouTube channel. Subscribe HERE
~Give my review video a thumbs-up 
~Share the review video on any social media site and then leave a comment on the video with the link to where you shared the video and also say “enter me”.  You can enter once a day for 2 weeks. 
**You can also enter by leaving your link to where you shared the video on this blog post with the link to the shared video and state “enter me”. 
~Giveaway will run from 11/17/14 until 11/30/14 at 11:59 EST. 
~Once the winner is announced they will be contacted and have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. 
Thanks for joining me and good luck!
Other places to find me:
Email: courtneywval@gmail.com
Instagram: @courtney.val
Twitter: @courtneywval
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Date & Coconut Treats

Aloha!

Today I have a quick treat recipe to share. I was inspired to make these after I saw some delicious looking coconut macaroons in the bakery case of a local coffee shop. These are my version of those macaroons.

What You Need:

  • A food chopper or processor
  • 3 Dates with the seed removed
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tsp of sweetened coconut. Alternatively you could add in 1tsp more of unsweetened coconut along with a little sugar or stevia.
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Add in ingredients 
  • Pulse the food chopper in slow bursts at first to break up the dates and then let it blend until you reach a consistency that looks like this:
  •   Then spoon out a little of the mixture and roll it into a ball or form into a cookie shape, depending on what you prefer. 
  •  Place the finished treats into cupcake liners and enjoy immediately or place in the fridge to enjoy later. 
Here are what my finished treats look like:



Close up:

These are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it. They are vegan, gluten-free, and all natural. You can’t get much better than that!

Have a date day…I mean great day! 🙂

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DIY: Make Your Own Vegetable Make-up!

Hola!

A few days ago I posted a video on my YouTube channel demonstrating how I made some all natural, allergen-free veggie make-up. You can check it out HERE or watch below.

If you want to follow along with the video here are ingredients you will need:
~ 1-2 slices of beet
~Food processor or food chopper.** I got my little food chopper at Walmart for about $8.
~2 tbsp of water
~A small mixing bowl and spoon
~1 tsp of coconut oil heated to a liquid
~Small container to store your product
~Freezer

**You could also juice some beet if you prefer.

This product gives your lips a really nice rosy tint similar to the Benefit Bene-tint. I love it! It is also really moisturizing. It works best on your cheeks if you dab it in the area you want and blend QUICKLY. As is the case with most liquid/cream blush products you don’t have a lot of time to work. If you get a too much on or the color spreads where you didn’t want it, you can always go over that area with your foundation or powder brush.

Ok, and now for the final test….before and after!

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After:

 

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Ta-da!  I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you try this yourself.

Have a great weekend!

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Quick and Easy Vegan Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Hey there!
I want to share a recipe I made today for lunch. I don’t know about you but I love mac and cheese so anytime I can figure out a way to make it a teeny bit healthier I will.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
~1/2 cup of quinoa pasta noodles. I get mine from Trader Joe’s. You could also use brown rice pasta if you like
~1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk. The amount really depends on how thick you want the sauce.
~1 tsp ground mustard powder
~1 tsp chili powder
~1/2 tsp turmeric
~ 1 tsp sea salt
~4 tbsp nutritional yeast. I would add in 2 tbsp and then give it a quick taste. If you want it to be cheesier then add in the other 1-2 tbsp. You could also add more than 4 tbsp. It really depends on your personal preference.
~Dried parsley for garnish (optional)

What to do:
1. Cook and drain pasta.
2. In a sauce pan add in almond milk and warm it on low-medium heat.
3. Add in mustard powder, chili powder, and turmeric first, stirring the mixture well.
4. Then add in nutritional yeast.
5. Add the salt in last because depending on your brand of chili powder and nutritional yeast the sauce might already be salty enough.
6. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle on the parsley.
7. Enjoy and share with others!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you know any other healthy spins on the traditional Mac and Cheese please let me know in the comments section!


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Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” Recipe

Good Evening! Or Morning, or afternoon….depending on where you live. 

I just got done eating dinner and taste testing a new recipe I tried out today. Like always I cant’t just keep these things to my self. Oh no. They must be shared! 🙂
This is a recipe where you take a head of cauliflower and make a substitute for mashed potatoes. This recipe is 100% gluten-free, vegan, and delicious. 
 It still has the same texture as mashed potatoes and basically the same taste but with more nutritional value. Cauliflower is a great source of protein, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, K, and B6.   
Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
1 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp garlic salt or just plain salt depending on what you prefer
A pinch of black pepper
2 Tbsp of unsweetened almond milk. You could also use unsweetened soy milk. 
Directions:
1. Chop up your head of cauliflower and add all pieces to a large pot of slow boiling water. You can use every bit of the cauliflower except for the leaves so don’t be afraid to add both the florets and stems. 
2. Once your cauliflower bits are tender drain the water and add the cauliflower to your blender along with the almond milk. 
3. Blend on lowest setting until the mixture is well blended but a few lumps remain. If your blender has a pulse setting, use that. 
4. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on low heat. 
5. Slowly mix in the salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast one at a time. 
6. Remove the pot from the stove and serve!
While the recipe itself is vegan I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top and it was quite tasty. 😉
This was my first time making this recipe and I was pleasantly surprised. It really does taste just like mashed potatoes! 
I hope you enjoy this dish and have a great day!
Courtney
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Protein Brownie Bites

Nom, nom, nom….

Here is my recipe for some delicious little brownie bite treats.
What You Need:
  •  3/4-1 cup of chocolate protein powder. Mix in 3/4 cup first and if the mixture is too water add in the rest.  I use the Nutribiotic Brown Rice Protein Powder.
  •  1/4- cup of stevia or 1/3 cup of regular sugar.
  •  1/4 cup of  soy milk creamer.
  •  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  •  1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • 1/2 cup of egg replacer or 1/2 cup of egg whites.
  •  1/2 teaspoon of raw cacao powder.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of nut butter (I used almond but you can use whatever kind you like)

To Prepare:

  • Mix the egg/egg substitute, soy milk creamer, and protein powder together first.
  • Then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended.
  • Bake on 350 for 20-26 degrees, keeping an eye on them until a toothpick comes out clean.
NOTE: You could substitute the soy milk creamer for any type you like (coconut milk, almond milk,etc)

I think these treats are best served warm. They are also delicious with a little nut butter spread on top.

Buen Provecho!

Courtney

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Review: Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Cream

Hello Lovelies!

I am back today with a review of the Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. I bought this product at Target about a month ago, kind of on a whim.

 I needed a new night cream and I wanted something that was cruelty-free and all natural. I was REALLY impressed with the ingredients so I decided to give it a go. Ever since then I have been using it day and night after I cleanse my face and I am absolutely loving it! After 30 days not only did I see a difference but I’ve had strangers comment on how nice my skin looks.
Also, I have combination/dry skin that can be sensitive at times so I needed a face cream that would work with all those issues. That being said, I think this product would also work well for normal to oily skin types. 
Here’s a breakdown of why I love this product:
1. The ingredients. One glance and you will fall in love. It has Sweet Iris Leaf, Damascus Rose Leaf, Kelp, Coconut water, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea butter, Grape seed Oil, Cucumber extract, and many more wonderful things.
2. It’s vegan and cruelty-free so you can rest peacefully at night knowing that no precious animals suffered for your beauty. 
3. It smells great but the scent isn’t overpowering. 
4. It’s a cream but it feels very gel-like and soaks into the skin quickly. 
5. It’s non-irritating and it didn’t make me break out.
6. It really helped hydrate my skin in these dry winter months but it didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. 
7. I saw improvement in those little “parentheses” lines around my mouth and in the fine lines on my forehead.
8. It made my skin look more radiant and hydrated. 
 9. It comes in a slim 1.7 oz container so it’s very travel friendly. 
I bought mine at Target for $20 and I know to some that may be a bit pricey but I think it is well worth it. Some of the super high-end moisturizers cost way more and aren’t all natural or cruelty-free. So it makes me wonder why they are even so high priced!? 
If you don’t have a Target nearby you can order directly from Pacifica at www.pacificaperfume.com or I found it on www.beauty.com. 
If you have any comments or questions you can leave them down below or tweet me @imperfectperla. 
Also, let me know if there are any other cruelty-free skincare or beauty products I should try. 
Paz, 
Courtney
***These opinions are all my own and I was not paid for this review. I purchased this product myself.***
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