Thistle Review

Thistle Review

Okay, I’m going to be straight up with you. When it comes to dieting, I suck at meal prep. I love to cook, but for some reason I have an aversion to cooking healthy meals all week long. So since I’m going to Hawaii for a wedding in a few days I decided to try two weeks of Thistle. Thistle is a meal delivery service based out of San Francisco. They provide healthy plant-based meals delivered straight to your door. For my first week I decided to get the lunch and dinner option + a latte and snack each day. The reason I didn’t get the breakfast is I normally don’t eat breakfast and I usually try to intermittent fast until lunch. (But question ya’ll: I recently heard intermittent fasting isn’t good for girls to do every day because of our hormones, anyone have any more info on this? Let me know in the comments below!)

Vegan meals are priced at $11.99 each if you get 5 delivery days. If you want meat in your meals it’s a couple dollars extra. Snacks and lattes were $6 each. Now onto the meal reviews.

The lattes each morning was really just a cold brew with their homemade almond milk. Okay, I’m going to be honest here; I didn’t love this. It didn’t taste as fresh to me. But I’m also not the biggest fan of cold brew. When they said it was a latte I was expecting an actual iced latte with espresso. So after my first week of lattes, I decided to take this off my meal plan for the next week.

The lunches were all salads, which I think is great. I love bringing a salad to work because it’s easy and you don’t have to heat it up. The salad options they have were all very unique and not the typical salads you would make at home. This made me feel a lot better about paying the $11.99 for the salad. It was basically like getting a salad from someplace like Sweetgreen. Overall, they were very tasty. My favorite salad that I got was Waldorf Salad with Tarragon Navy Beans – it was delish!

The dinners were all so unique. They were not just like your typical healthy salad meals. All of them required some heating up in a pan before eating. Some of the types of meals I got were Charred Scallion Sesame Veg and Bean Thread Noodle Bowl with Garlic Marinated Tofu and also the Sweet Potato and Lentil Bowl with Sweet Pepper Relish and Lemon-Herb Avocado Sauce. They were all pretty tasty and so unique in flavors.

The snacks varied each day as well. One day I got an almond hemp bar, another day I got hummus and veggies. The snacks were all tasty, but they were also similar to snacks I could put together myself. That is why for week 2 I decided to omit the snacks.

Overall, I really enjoyed the two weeks I used Thistle. Sadly, I only lost 1 pound using the meal service. But I did feel great eating healthy meals all week. I think this meal service is great for busy people who don’t have time to cook during the week or for those of you who just don’t like to cook. The meals itself were very unique and tasty and I would definitely get it again especially for lunch!

If you guys want to try Thistle and get 2 meals for free, use code: ESTHER180.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight Review + Swatch

Highlighters are all the rage, and I have definitely jumped on that train. I picked up the Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight at Sephora (so happy Sephora now carries Kevyn Aucoin!). Now this highlighter is not cheap. It’s $44 for .11oz. But, this has been a highlighter I have been wanting to try for a while. I absolutely love this highlighter. It’s perfect for everyday wear. Now if you are looking for a highlighter that’s super shimmery or really pops, this is not the highlighter for you. This highlighter is the type that gives you a glow from within look. It’s very subtle and you can only really tell you are wearing it when the light hits it.

This powder is extremely finely milled. It’s super buttery and melts onto the skin. It’s super easy to blend and looks very natural. The only downside I have to this product is since it is such a fine powder, if you blend too much it almost disappears. But on the upside you can definitely layer this without it looking overly powdery or cakey. Color wise this has a slight yellow/golden undertone which I think would go great with just about any skin type.

If you are looking for a very natural highlight, I think this would be the perfect fit. If you are looking for that BAM in your face highlight, this is not the one for you. Overall rating: A-

Kylie Cosmetics – KyShadow Review

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In the second launch of Kyshadows, I was able to snag my hands on one of Kylie’s brand new eye shadow palettes. I don’t know what it is about Kylie Cosmetics but I get suckered into it every time. It’s almost like a game to me to try to get my hands on a new item before it sells out, a very expensive game. So since this is a new palette that has yet to be restocked, I wanted to do a review for you guys so you can decide whether or not you should get it the next time it goes live (I believe sometime next week!).

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Packaging: The packaging is a nice glossy white cardboard square. I love the size of it. It’s smaller than the Naked Palette which is always my go-to. This will be perfect for traveling because it’s so thin and lightweight. Also, the eyes with the drops of color is Kylie’s signature design which I love.

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Colors: The colors are great. I love a more natural look, especially in the bronze family. The colors range from light to dark so you can use the first couple of colors to make a very subtle daytime look, or amp it up and use the darker colors for night. The most unique color in the palette is Citrine. It’s a lot more orange than any other eye shadow I have. My favorites are Quartz, Topaz and Goldstone.

Quality: The quality on these shadows are good. The pigmentation as you can see above is great. They’re also very velvety soft and blend really nicely. Hematite is the only one that comes off a little patchy. The powders do fall out of the pan in the palette a lot, but I find this happens with a lot of eye shadows so it does not bother me. Just be sure to tap out any excess powder on your brush before applying to reduce fallout.

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Kylie posted a snapchat video of her using her new palette so I decided to recreate her look. I snapped some quick photos outside so you can see what they look like in natural lighting.

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Overall Thoughts: I really like this palette. It reminds me a lot of the original Naked Palette by Urban Decay. If you have the Naked Palettes already you can probably pass on getting this because they have a lot of similar shades. However, if you are looking for a new bronze palette I highly recommend this one. This palette racks in at $42, which is pricey for makeup. However if you break down the cost, you’re really get 9 shadows for under $5 per shadow. There are definitely lower end alternatives to this palette, but if you’re okay with the price it’s a pretty palette to have. I will definitely be taking this on my vacations over the Naked Palette now since it is less bulky. Also, if you’re obsessed with Kylie and her makeup line (like me) definitely get it.

Have you guys tried Kyshadows yet? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Plated Review

FullSizeRenderA new years resolution for myself this year was to learn to cook. I’m not the best when it comes to cooking, but I’m pretty good at following a recipe. Plated makes cooking easy. It’s is a delivery service that provides fresh ingredients to your door, proportioned out to make an easy and delicious meal. After finding a coupon code online, I decided to give Plated a try. I was able to pick 3 dishes, with 2 servings per dish for $24. The meals I decided to try out were Chicken with Miso Soba, Beef and Butternut Squash Tagine, and Szechuan Pork with Green Beans and Rice.

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The Chicken with Miso Soba was definitely my favorite dish out of the three. I never realized how easy it was to make soba noodles, definitely something I will be making more of in the future. The only thing I would have changed about this recipe was the amount of ginger that it used. I like ginger but it was a little overpowering at times. However, this dish was very fresh and light, but also very filling.

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Tagine. When I first heard the title of this dish Beef and Butternut Squash Tagine, I thought…’What the heck is tagine????’ Apparently it’s a stew with spiced meat and vegetables. I’m a huge proponent of butternut squash, so I was immediately intrigued. Making this dish was great because my apartment filled up with this gorgeous aroma of exotic spices. The potatoes and butternut squash took a little longer to fully cook than the recipe said, so just keep your eye on it. The beef was also slightly tough. If I was to remake this dish, I might try a different type of beef,  a ground beef could even be good. Overall, I enjoyed this dish and it’s definitely simple enough to make again.

FullSizeRender (1)The last meal I made was the Szechuan Pork with Green Beans and Rice. This was by far the easiest to make. I really enjoyed this dish because of the simplicity of the ingredients. It’s something that can easily be recreated, and still managed to taste good. This was especially good with extra Sriracha!

Overall, I really enjoyed Plated. The meals were fairly easy to create for someone who isn’t a pro at cooking. Everything tasted great, and it was a good way to try out recipes that I normally never would have thought to make on my own. I also was surprised that although it says there are only two servings per recipe, I was able to portion it out to about 3 different meals (perfect for leftover lunch!). Pricing-wise, each dish comes out to $12, however you need to order two plates per meal so it comes out to being $24 per recipe. I don’t think I would continue to have a monthly subscription with Plated, just because if I’m going to spend $24 on one meal, I might as well go out to eat. However, I do think that this would be fun to try every once in a while to get used to cooking new recipes.

If you want more information on Plated, or want a discount on your first try check out this referral link https://www.plated.com/invites/942de4.

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