A really Honest review of Whish Beauty Natural Skin Care

This post is sponsored by Whish Beauty, all the opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Color Palette possible.





Natural or Clean beauty products have been super popular for a while. I think at this point we all know what they are (products free parabens, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, TEA, and "harsh chemicals") and all of the reasons why we should consider going "Clean".

However it has taken me a while to warm up to the idea to "cheat on" my favorite (not clean) brands and beauty products to try a new brand that I've never heard about before. Slowly but surely I'm getting there because of a variety of reasons, maybe a friend recommended me a product SHE LOVES, or my favorite blogger doesn't stop talking about X brand, or even better the bran itself gifts me some products so I get to try them.... that's exactly what happened this time! After diving into Whish beauty website and reading some reviews about the brand I jumped on the opportunity to try some of their products. F

irst of all let me tell you, they have EVERYTHING from skin care products like moisturizers and masks to body care products like self tanners and hair inhibitors. I'm definitely curious to try those but for the moment I decided to stick with skin care and incorporate some of their products on my nighttime beauty routine. It's been a few weeks since I started using all the products I received so here are my thoughts


Revitalizing Cleansing Oil

Cleansing is my favorite step on my skin care routine. There's something super satisfying about seeing my makeup melt away and feeling my face extra clean. I swear by double cleansing and cleansing oils so I was super excited about this Cleansing Oil, sadly I didn't love it. Let's talk about the pros: It smells delicious , the scent is refreshing and sweet, the perfect start for a mini spa session at home. It definitely makes me look forward to getting home after work to use it! BUT is not as good as other cleansing oils I've used. It removes most of the makeup off but I still have to go in with another makeup remover right after. I need to say that I typically wear a full face of long-lasting waterproof/sweat proof, everything proof makeup and that may be the reason why this is not working 100% for me. If you usually wear less makeup or lighter foundation this will totally work for you.



Repairing Eye Serum
 
What caught my eye about this eye serum is that it contains BAKUCHIOL which is an edible 100% natural substitute for retinol without the redness, dryness or UV sensibility issues. This serum claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and firming the skin. Luckily for me I still don't have fine lines. I do occasionally get puffy eyes after a long night or when I don't  get a good night sleep, both of those things had happened a lot lately and I'm happy to report that I haven't woken up with puffy eyes once. Other than that I also noticed that my under eye area looks much more brighter. I didn't have bad dark circles to begin with but the little bit of darkness I had is totally gone. I haven't wear concealer in a while!!



I'm a fan of lip balms.  I have one in my purse, in my car, at my desk, etc. I like to keep them handy and reapply during the day as needed.  This one is probably my current favorite, the vanilla scent is delicious. I currently have it on my nightstand because I like to apply it before I go to sleep. Although I like it I probably won't get this in the future because just because I think the price point is way more than what I like to pay for a lip balm.



Restoring Face Oil 

A face oil is totally a must for me. I always use one at night after my moisturizer. It gives me that extra boost of hydration and makes my skin glow the next morning. When I chose a face oil, I prefer the ones made mostly of natural oils. This one is a blend of everything : coconut, sesame, avocado, pomegranate, jojoba .... and the list goes on. Like the Repairing Eye Serum it also has Bakuchiol which is a nice bonus. We gotta keep those fine lines away! Compared with other face oils this one feels much more rich and silky but it doesn't feel greasy on the skin. The only thing I don't like about this oil is the smell, it's a little bit too sweet for my liking, nothing too bad that stops me from using it in the future, the price point however may make me think twice before getting it again. At $60 per bottle I'm not a big fan of the price.



I read once that a face oil should be the last step on your skin care routine since it pretty much will create a barrier on your skin that locks in the moisture but also if you use something else right after it probably won't work for the same reason. My nighttime skin care routine will typically end here , but these last couple weeks I've been adding an extra step (I saved the best for last)


Rose Hip + Lotus Firming Sleep Mask

Before using this I was dealing with a serious case of dryness and flaking skin on my chin, corners of my mouth and sides of the nose. It looked and feel terrible. I tried different products (mostly hydrating masks and a different day moisturizer) but nothing changed. One single night using this Rose Hip + Lotus Mask and my skin was already feeling and looking much better the next day. This product is truly a miracle in a jar and I'm obsessed.  I have it on my nightstand and I use it 2 or 3 times a week right before I go to sleep which typically is 1 or 2 hours after I applied my face oil. Sometimes I just skip the face oil and apply the mask right after my moisturizer. The days I use it my skin looks amazing the next morning, the glow is real. This face mask is here to stay !


Compared with some high-end brands and other natural brands I do think the price point is just a little bit higher, and in my opinion the packaging doesn't look or feel expensive but the worth is on the results. My skin feels and looks really good. Besides repairing the dry areas on my face, some stubborn dark spots I have are finally fading out. I'm definitely purchasing the Sleep mask and the eye serum again!

Have you tried Whish Beauty before?


Smokey Habanero Skewers with El Yucateco

This is an sponsored post by El Yucateco. All the opinions are 100% my own . Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe

A little bit over a year ago I partnered with El Yucateco on this post showing you my recipe to make Corn in a cup or Esquite. You guys loved it and it seems like the people over "El Yucateco" did too because they recently reached me out and asked me to write another recipe for them. Lucky me !

 One of the things I love about this little blog of mine is having the opportunity to work with brands that I 100% love and support. El Yucateco is one of them! I always have a few of their Habanero Sauces on my pantry and I use them almost every day adding a few drops on my favorite dishes for a kick of spiciness, Its habanero sauce is also a main ingredient in a bunch of my recipes like my Smokey Habanero Skewers.

 If you've been around for a while you probably know that I don't like to spend that much time in kitchen and honestly I'm not the best cook either. So I like to keep my recipes super simple and easy to make. This one is not the exception. All I did was getting a few pre-made skewers from my local grocery store, coat them with a mix of El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce, garlic and butter, and then I grilled them! I know the word "habanero" can be intimidating for some but honestly the added butter reduces the spiciness of the Salsa and once they Skewers are cooked, you get more like a Smokey taste with a hint of spiciness rather than the kick you'll get using the salsa on it's own. If you're still unsure about it , substitute the Red Habanero for Green Habanero for a milder flavor or the Black if you want more of a kick. Sometimes I mix both!

 I typically make these Skewers when we're having cookouts with friends. Grilling is always easier when you cook for a lot of people but don't worry if you don't own a grill, you can bake your Skewers in the over or cook the on the stove top on medium heat (it may take a little bit longer this way). Also This time I use pork skewers but you can also use this same recipe to make Chicken or beef Skewers. You can buy them pre-made like me or if you're a little bit more hands-on in the kitchen and make your own combo of meat and veggies. They're delicious either way. 

el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe
el-yucateco-grilling-skewers-recipe

 Ingredients: 

 8 Pork Skewers
1/2 cup (or a full bottle) of El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce
 1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of butter
 2 cloves or garlic
a dash of Oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
 olive oil
 Directions:

 Mince the garlic and roast it on the stove top with a litte bit of olive oil for a few minutes. Then add El Yucateco red sauce, butter, oregano, salt, pepper & water.

 Let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Coat the Skewers with the Sauce mix and throw them on the grill for 10 minutes. Flip the skewers until they're completely cooked. You'd do the same thing cooking them on the stove top. If baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake them for 5 minutes , turn the skewers over and bake for 10 more minutes. 

 Serve them with fresh squeezed lime and pair them with roasted corn in a cob to create the perfect summer cookout meal!

el-yucateco-grilling-recipe
<

Exploring Indiana Dunes National Park with Chevrolet


A few weeks ago, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the guys at Chevrolet let me borrow their All- New Chevy Blazer 2019. I decided to take advantage of this sporty crossover so I packed my things and drove it to Indiana Dunes National Park to enjoy their over 50 miles of rugged dunes, hiking trails, peaceful forest and sunny beach!

Indiana Dunes National Park is located in Northwestern Indiana only an hour and a half from Chicago! It definitely didn't feel we were on the car for that much. The Chevy Blazer really is a smooth ride and its interiors have a lot of extra legroom which is super important when you want to be comfy during long (and short) trips. We loved the ride so much that instead of jumping out of the car as soon as we got to the park, we decided to drive around to explore everything Indiana Dunes National Park had to offer.

First thing I noticed is that it's HUGE!!! Seriously, they gave us a map at the front entrance and it took me a minute to figure out where everything was. The park has 10 hiking trails, designated areas for biking, fishing & boating, 8 beaches, 5 locations with lots of picnic shelters and 2 camping sites, all right next to Lake Michigan. We definitely didn't expect to find that many things to do there, we were just planing to go hiking and spend some time laying down on the beach.

 Had we decided to go camping, biking or kayaking the Chevy Blazer was the perfect car to take on this trip. It's cargo room (with the back seats folded) is roomy enough to fit our bikes or camping essentials, and if it wasn't enough, this crossover also has towing capacity of 4500 pounts! Do I need to say more?

 I can keep talking about Indiana Dunes National park (or this truck) forever, but ill let the photos speak by themselves. I'm already planing my next visit there!



















photography: Eric Alanis



SPONSORS

NETWORKS

AFFILIATES