Category: Product Reviews

Red Apple Lipstick Review + Discount!

I am a Red Apple girl.

You can’t expect any less from this lipstick lover who found a brand of cosmetics that are 100% gluten free, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, and you name it. That is simply the Red Apple Lipstick guarantee.

With company head shots on my calendar, I pulled out the New York lipstick — this perfectly soft, creamy last-all-afternoon color is a new favorite from RAL. However, I do also consistently buy their Vogue color for a popping evening look! {Try it with your hair tied up/back–it’s a show-stopper!}

While I could speak all day about their sweet team of people, high-quality products, entertaining Twitter parties, dedication to using real women in their branding, and more–just take a look at the photo below for yourself. Now that’s make-up I’ll always wear, no matter the occasion.

I have a few more colors to try as we get into spring, along with their brand new bronzer! No sparkles! Hallelujah!

And what’s even better? A permanent ADSG reader discount of $5 off your order, anytime you place one. Just use the code ADSGLovesRAL on their web shop and you’re all set. Lipsticks, minty glosses, mascara, bronzer, blush– a sensitive-skin makeup lovers dream!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*I received products from RAL in exchange for an honest review.*

Rickaroons Review + GIVEAWAY!

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Taste. Nutrition. Sustainability.

These three pillars drive Rickaroons founders and team to create their many flavors of macaroons.

But, wait!–you may be thinking–don’t macaroons have eggs?!

Upon discovering my severe intolerance of eggs {though not an official anaphalactic allergy, I cannot tolerate one trace without violent illness}, I was saddened to recall that, among many other things, I could not longer have macaroons! A tasty snack and staple around Passover.

Luckily for me, Rickaroons found me and told me about their macaroons that are:

  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Certified Vegan
  • Certified Paleo Friendly
  • Certified Non-GMO

Their current flavors {which usually also include another seasonal flavor and rotating flavors} are:

  • Chocolate Blonde {coconut dark chocolate}
  • Megaroon {chia seeds and cacao nibs}
  • Mint to Be {mint double chocoalte}
  • Peanut Butter Protein {peanut butter, pumpkin seed protein, dark chocolate}
  • Mocha {dark chocolate espresso}

When I received my package to taste {thanks, Rickaroons!}, I tried a chocolate chip roon that I really enjoyed. Also, seaosnal flavor was pumpkin spice at the time–which was a very strong flavor, much like a pumpkin spice latte!

If you or a loved one enjoys coconut, macaroons, and just a great little pick-me-up, now’s your chance to WIN ONE OF EVERY FLAVOR!

Enter via the Rafflecopter by clicking here.

But guess what? All ADSG readers can get 15% off now through the end of March with code SURVIVAL on their website shop.

Take it easy but take it.

Brianna

 

Migraine Relief Plan Review + GIVEAWAY!

Stephanie Weaver’s latest creation, the Migraine Relief Plan, is truly stunning.

As someone who recently determined that migraines were the cause of my plaguing near lifelong lightheadedness, I’ve been working to determine the most effective treatment plan–unfortunately, my physician didn’t even begin to discuss the role food could play in a full recovery.

Stephanie is an MPH, CWHC, and food blogger at Recipe Renovator.

The book outlines an 8 week transition including over 75 migraine-trigger-free recipes {all are gluten free and come with substitutions for those of you like me with additional food allergy concerns!} that I’ve been diving into– most recently, the Spicy Kale and Swiss Chard Saute. The recipe for this delicious, easy to make dish is reprinted below with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan, copyright 2016 Stephanie Weaver. Published by Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing, Inc.

Spicy Kale and Swiss Chard Saute
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 bunch green onions*, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic*, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 bunch (500g) Swiss chard, stems removed, thinly sliced, and reserved and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch (500g) kale, stems and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan or sauté pan set over medium–high heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions, garlic, and jalapeño, if using, and sauté for 5 minutes, or until golden.
  2. Add the chard stems and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rest of the chard and the kale. Cover the pan with a lid to help the greens wilt, about 5 minutes. Once they have wilted a bit, add the hot and dark toasted sesame oils, stirring to coat.
  3. Add the sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds and continue to sauté, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

I greatly look forward to continuing on her expertly outlined plan and will of course post photos of the recreations I make over on my Instagram.

To order the Migraine Relief Plan for yourself, visit Amazon {non-affiliate} and grab a copy!

However, if you want to WIN A COPY, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me: how has food impacted your health? 

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*I was provided a copy of Weaver’s Migraine Relief Plan in exchange for an honest review. Giveaway only open to US residents and closes Saturday, February 25th at 11:59pm CST.*

Lauren’s Hope Medical IDs: Review + GIVEAWAY!

Everyone fears the moment– you’re alone, there’s a personal medical emergency, and someone doesn’t know you + your needs.

While decades ago, wearing a medical bracelet every day meant a simple {read: ugly} silver chain and a tag with the red emergency logo, Lauren’s Hope has created an expansive line of medical bracelets, necklaces, and more with hundreds of gorgeous styles. Gone are the days of dreading the silver links.

This Valentine’s Day, as you think of the people you love, I wanted to partner with Lauren’s Hope who has provided me with my medical jewelry since I was 4 years old to give all ADSG readers the opportunity to win a gift certificate for their website–so you can find something that makes you {or your valentine} feel beautiful and safe this year.

I remember wearing everything from rainbow glass beads to a black dog tag {my “I think I’m really cool” days} to a velcro butterfly band with a sparkle tag that was waterproof for the summer. Lately, I’ve been wearing black paracord for my more casual days, plain silver beads for business meetings, and was more than excited to expand my little collection to include the new Kaye bracelet — a rose gold, show-stopping piece that could not make me feel more beautiful for a reason that most try to hide.

For your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to use on anything at Lauren’s Hope, click here to head to my Instagram where you simply need to follow me + them and tag one of your valentines/galentines whom you love and want to see protected and safe this year.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Product Review: An Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites Taste Test

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but–as always– opinions are my own.

Everyone in the gluten free/free from community knows ELF does an incredible job marketing and branding. How? Well, the moment I tell you that a box from them arrived at my doorstep a couple weeks ago, I can bet that you know generally what that box looked like.

And for me, as someone who loves marketing and appreciates attention to detail, that’s highly impressive. For the new ProBurst Bites, a rectangular box arrived at my door chock full of the four flavors + a fun additional item {which tends to make an appearance in new product release boxes: think of the to-go cup for the chocolate chip small packs or the lunch box & t-shirt with the mini cookies}…a flip book! While this was a fun inclusion, I do wish it were something a bit more multi-use, as I keep reusing the other ELF items I’ve received in previous releases.

The four flavors that were released {who knows if more are planned!}, all chocolate-based, are:

  • Mango Habañero
  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter

Notable product features:

  • 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving {rice protein}
  • Resealable pouch {think: gym bag, purse, car, you name it!}
  • The gold-standard at ELF: free-from top 8 allergens, certified GF/kosher/halal, and even verified non-GMO

As some of you may have noticed via Twitter {@breezygfreezy}, my boyfriend is beginning to learn the life of a food blogger. He spotted the ELF box and knew that some type of tasting had to occur in the near future. So, I promised he could take part in the fun–and turned the whole thing into a ProBurst Bites Taste Test! Here are the main takeaways:

  • My favorite flavor was Cranberry Orange–which speaks to my general go-to in chocolate truffles!
  • His favorite was the SunSeed butter; however, he said he would like a stronger SunSeed taste and that he “got mostly chocolate with a little nutty in the background” 😉
  • We both agreed they taste much more like chocolate truffles than other protein bars/bites available–he noted specifically that they were like a serious dark chocolate truffle, even the aftertaste was a good chocolate one!
  • However, the one thing that neither of us could quite get on board with was the look of them–just not all that pretty and appealing to take a bite into. We’re hoping they may morph into something a bit more eye-catching someday!

In the meantime, we’re both more than happy to stick these delectable ProBurst bites in our work and gym bags–one of us with allergy concerns, the other with none at all.

Now, they don’t hit retailer shelves {suggested price $6.99/pouch} until at least March 1st. But how about 10% off the Enjoy Life Foods online shop to go get some + more goodies? You all know I love those Seed + Fruit Mixes in the to-go pouches!

Visit the shop and use code PROBURST101 by March 31st, 2017!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna