Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection Review

I picked these up back when they first launched (July 2017) and was really excited to give them a try.  This line is exclusive to the Real Techniques website and ranges in price from $10-$25.  There are only 6 items in this collection and it was created specifically to be used with powder products.  I decided to pass on the powder puff and the large kabuki brush and get the four other brushes.  I think the design is really beautiful and the brushes are extremely soft.  Aesthetically, I can see why they’d be more expensive than other brushes the brand has released.  Since the bristles are a new type of technology that they created for powders, that is also going to play into that higher price tag.

Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection Review (B01, B02, B03, B04)

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Shop My Stash: Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Palette

As soon as this palette came out I was very close to purchasing it from the Kat Von D website.  Previously I had two of her metal crush eyeshadows (Doce and Raw Power) on my makeup wishlist.  I initially thought that the price of $21.00 per shadow was the thing keeping me from actually making the purchase.  This palette being $39.00 and having both of my wishlist shades plus more, really made it seem like a good buy.  I also admit the packaging was part of what I wanted.  I missed out on the full sized version of this palette previously and I always thought the original artwork that Kat Von D did for this palette was amazing.  So after looking at the brand’s promo images, it got me thinking that the colors were looking like those same types of colors I often purchase.  I also started to realize that price wasn’t the only reason I didn’t purchase Doce and Raw Power in the past.  I actually don’t prefer myself in metallic eyeshadows.  So while I did really love the colors, I just don’t gravitate to super metallic finishes when it comes time to actually apply it to the eyes.

Shop my Stash: Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Palette

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Recipes That Work: Granola

I like granola on my yogurt but have been wanting a healthier version than my store-bought variety.  I came across a recipe on the Mind Over Munch Youtube channel recently and decided to give it a try.  At first, I didn’t have all of the same ingredients so I used what I had and will be sharing that version with you.  I also tried again with a couple of different ingredients and which I’ll also share.

If you are interested in the original recipe, I’ve linked the video both above and below.

 

FIRST TRY (ok this was actually my second try, I guess my oven runs hot or something because using the recipe’s guidance of 20-25 minutes I burned the first batch)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cups almond and cashew mix
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Baked in a preheated 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.  Let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

My ingredient substituations worked out well for me and I did enjoy the granola.

Recipes that Work: Granola

 

SECOND TRY (ok, actually the third)

I was interested to know if the cococnut oil would make a difference, so I decided to give that a try.  I also swapped in sunflower seeds instead of the ground flaxseed.

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond and cashew mix
  • 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

These swaps made the granola taste incredible.

Recipes that Work: Granola

After a while of eating this granola, it occured to me that I should break down the nutrition for this recipe and wasn’t happy.  For me personally, taking into consideration what else I eat, this granola had more fat and sugar than my store-bought granola.  It is important to note that while healthy, nuts and seeds are high in fat.  So adding them to my granola wasn’t the best call for my particular diet.  Most days I have a handful of nuts as a snack or sometimes with a meal.  So adding more of them wasn’t the best move on my part.  Luckily I only ate it for about a week before realizing this and rethinking my approach.  Although the Mind over Munch recipe was delicious and I would consider this a Recipe that works, it did not end up being healthier than what I was eating previously.

The upside, is that now I know the method for making granola and can experiment with the base recipe to find a version that works for me.