(Repair)ologie Infusium 23 Leave-in Hair Treatment [REVIEW]




What it is: A leave-in treatment for your hair. It's supposed to help enhance the overrall condition and health of your hair.

The Bottle Says: "Infuses the hair cuticle to help nourish and restore healthy texture and strengthens against damage... Instantly detangles wet or dry hair and is light enough to provide everyday manageability...Massage (repair)ologie leave-in treatement throughout clean hair, wet or dry. Can be used throughout the day as often as needed. Comb through, making sure ends are treated. Do not rinse out. Style as usual."

My Review: I used it after I showered and towel dried my hair. The cap makes it easy to dispense right into your palm or directly onto your hair.



But the product is really liquidy and runny, not thick like shampoo or conditioner. I put some on my hand and when I massaged it into my hair - it would run down my arms and drip onto the floor.

After I worked it into my hair, I combed it through. It DETANGLED my hair well and made it smell REALLY NICE! :D My hair felt smoother and looked shinier when it dried.

The next day, I used it again but this time on DRY hair. It made it smooth and shiny, and I noticed my hair was thicker after using this product for a while. Usually during the winter time. my hair is flat and dry. The leave-in treatment seemed to give it more volume and moisture. I would recommend it! :]

Where to buy:
I bought mine at Walgreens.
Most major retail stores, groceries, and drug stores carry the Infusium 23 collections.
They also have a website: www.infusium23.com

Price: About $9.00

The Original Mint Julep Masque [REVIEW]



What is is: Facial Mask. On their website it says, "America's #1 Facial Masque!"

The Bottle Says: "Helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads & shrink enlarged pores. Directions: Cleanse face and neck thoroughly. Apply Mint Julep Masque generously and allow to dry for about 15 minutes. Remove with warm water and a washcloth." More details HERE.

My Review: It took a lot of steps to use this mask. First, you have to clean your face. Then, you apply the mask. The bottle's cap is a twist cap so it's a little much to screw on and off. The product is very thick and creamy and avocado green. Kind of reminds me of guacamole lol. It smells like toothpaste, which might be bad for some people but I like the smell. I applied it to my face and at first it burned a little, so if you have sensitive skin, be prepared for that. Then, after the inital burning sensation, it felt cool and minty.

Left it on for 15 minutes and during those 15 minutes you can see and feel the mask hardening up. Your face kinda feels funny, like it's frozen. lol When you smile or talk, the mask cracks. After about 10 minutes, you can see ALL of your pores under the mask!

Washing it off is a bit difficult. You NEED a washcloth or a face scrubber to properly clean the mask off!

I USE this Elizabeth-Spa Natural Facial Loofa.




Which I bought at Wal*Mart for $2.00 !! And I love it! Whenever I wash my face/use a mask/exfoliate/remove make-up, I use it!

THE VERDICT: Anyways :D I would recommend it. It's cheap, it really cleaned up my skin and it really did dry out any pimples like it promised. Unfortunately, I don't think it could really remove blackheads without the use of the facial loofa. When I used it without the facial loofa, the masque wasn't really effective all by itself. So make sure you buy the facial loofa for best results! As for shrinking enlarged pores, it didn't really make a difference.




Where to Buy: I bought mine at Walgreen's. You could also order from their website.

Price: About $4.00 - $19.00

Homemade Orange Chicken!

I've been experimenting with this recipe for a long time! The first time i made it, it was too orangey. Second time, there was too much soy sauceness. Third time, very vinegar-y.




I hope this one turns out well for you guys, should you try to make it! The measurements are accurate to the best of my knowledge. If not feel free to let me know what went wrong and I can help! And YES, this counts as sugarjunkie food because it does contain SUGAR!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into 1inch chunks.



SAUCE:
  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup oj
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest plus 2 two inch strips of orange peel
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar [ or less for a simpler, less powerful flavor ]
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • half inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes or 1-2 whole dried chilis (optional)

1. Combine broth, oj, orange zest, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper in medium saucepan. whisk until sugar is fully dissolved.
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
3. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water. Whisk cornstarch mixture into sauce. Simmer sauce until thick and translucent, stirring occasionally. About 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat, stir in orange peels and chili flakes. Set aside.

COATING:
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
oil for pan frying

1. Stir cornstarch and cayenne together and coat the chicken thoroughly.



2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over med-high heat, rotating skillet until oil covers the bottom.

3. Carefully add chicken to hot oil, cook about 7-8 minutes until it is fully cooked and is no longer pink. The chicken should be golden brown.


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4. Stir in whole dried chilis (optional)

5. When chicken is fully cooked, reduce heat to medium and add the sauce. Gently toss so the chicken is evenly coated and remove the orange peels.




Serve over white rice and vegetables.

But, if you want HOMEMADE orange chicken without all of the work and having to get all of the ingredients - i definitely recommend trying Wanchai Ferry's Orange Chicken Dinner Kit. All of the ingredients are in this box, including the rice and chilis, for only $5.00 at your local grocery store!!



IronCupcake Pro & Christmas Cookies

On December 18th, Chhally and I [along with my aunt and her daughter, Saria] attended the IronCupcake Pro Event at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It was my first IronCupcake event but I've been wanting to go to one all year! Hosted by Milwaukee's Cupcake Queen, the event featured numerous Milwaukee bakeries competing for the #1 title. We sampled every cupcake they had to offer and even some of the Cafe Calatrava's Mac N' Cheese!








Peppermint & Chocolate cupcakes - sooo GOOD!


these were my second favorite!


these were the chocolate peanut butter cup ones, i think..


flourless chocolate cupcakes.




i voted for these! Champagne & Pear cupcakes!



There were arts & crafts; Chhally and I got to make our own snow globes!



& I hit 3 birds with one stone when we were able to view the Andy Warhol Exhibit AND the art galleries! Which I've SO been wanting to see but haven't had time for! It was saweeeet!





For Christmas, we baked Chhally's family and my closest friends holiday cookies. I found some of these cute cookie tins at Walgreen's and Michael's Arts & Crafts for really cheap.



We made peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cookies shaped like gingerbread people.



The kids ate them all the same day they got them!

I also sent a special box of homemade cookies to my best friend, CHRIS, in Iraq! He's been stationed there for a while and comes back to visit in February. =]

Happy New Year!




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