University Crunch Time: Energy Balls of Brain Food

Its that time of year that happens before the most wonderful time of year - crunch time. I have so many essays to do and exams to study for, and quite frankly I need some brain food. Today I made these little energy balls of brain food within 5 minutes. They're delicious, nutritious, and make for a great snack, pick-me-up, or quick breakfast. IMG_3467 You will need:

1/2 cup of dried, pitted dates

1/2 cup of dried cherries (any type of dried fruit can work)

1/2 cup of pistachios (any type of nut)

1/4 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter)

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To start, prep all of your ingredients except the nut butter and place them inside your food processor. Whiz it up until everything becomes small bits. Add in the nut butter, and again, whiz it up! The mixture should become one big ball and when that happens, its done! Make smaller balls out of the mixture into whatever size you like. Put them into a container and pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let them chill and come together. You can enjoy them for up to two weeks. IMG_3492

These little balls of nutrition are vegan, gluten free, and so healthy for you. They're all natural and make a great snack between all of the craziness of university crunch time. Try them out and let me know how you like them!

Ps. those lights in the background are from my cute little christmas tree. There will be holiday posts coming soon!

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LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub: An Essential

The other day I purchased the Mint Julips Lip Scrub from LUSH. It was $9.95, and worth every penny. It expires in a years time, and I've deemed it an essential for not only cold weather, but the entire year. It's safe to say that I love this product! I'm a fan of LUSH products, and I will have another post for some other purchased products coming up. I like that everything they use is fresh, natural, is not tested on animals, and mostly everything is vegan. Their products are not toxic and you're really putting your money into good health for yourself. The scrub does exactly what you think it does. It takes off all those nasty chapped pieces and white bits of dry lips. You take a little bit and rub it over your lips. You move it around until all those nasty bits are gone, and you can lick it up! Mint Julips is a nice minty and sugary flavour that slightly pumps up your lips and leaves you with a nice minty taste in your mouth. There are other flavours as well, like Popcorn, and I can't wait to try them. I am completely satisfied with this product, and I can't believe I did without it before!

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This lip scrub is a must have for cold weather, and will make the world of a difference to you (well, your lips)! If you have it, let me know what you think about it. If you have other LUSH products, let me know which ones you love because I'd like to try them!

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Healthy Skin for All

Hello fellow InBetweeners! Although there is so many beautiful products out there for skincare that cost a fortune for their "I really do work" status, don't get fooled. Sometimes, and this is only based on my own opinion, drugstore brands really are the better option. And that's not just based on the price.

I'll admit I have a little bit of weird skin. I'm very fair, and have somewhat acne-prone skin, somewhat excessively dry skin. It's a weird combination that I thought a fantastic higher end skincare brand could help... But I was wrong. I religiously stuck to the Clinique Acne Solutions cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, hoping that one day my skin would be clear and normal again. For all three products, that would only last me about 4 months, it would cost be $80. Yes of course, taking care of your skin is a priority in achieving good health, but it doesn't equal lots of dollars being spent.

One day I stumbled upon good ol' Neutrogena products. I was looking for a more natural (and budget-friendly) alternative to the "not really working" Clinique, and it happened to be the Neutrogena Naturals that was on sale. It honestly was a moment of divine power that made the sale signs jump out at me like they did! Since that moment, I've never looked back. Neutrogena Naturals has saved my skin, and actually made me confident about it once again. One lineup will last me more than six months! (booyeah!)

And this is the lineup...

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1. Acne Cream Cleanser. I start off when this creamy cleanser in my daytime and nighttime regimen. There are no harsh chemicals, sulphates, parabens, or dyes used in all of the Neutrogena Naturals line, which does make me feel better about the products. It literally has saved my skin from acne, and provides the right amount of moisture I need.($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

2. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Facial Toner. Well this isn't a Neutrogena product melody! But it very well should be! I found it at my local Organic Garage, and it fits perfectly with the rest of the lineup. This toner is so gentle, but so effective! It again doesn't leave my skin with a tight feeling that means I need to slather on a moisturizer. It's just perfect. ($5.99 at Organic Garage)Image

3. Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Daily Moisturizer. This is the daytime moisturizer for me. It leaves my skin feeling so lovely and fresh. It also creates the perfect base for makeup on the days that I do wear it. ($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

4. Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream. It's a lot thicker than the daytime cream, which is exactly what I need. I need something to keep my skin from drying out in the night, and again, it's just perfect. ($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

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5. Purifying Pore Scrub. Now I don't use this all the time, but when I do, let's just say it leaves my skin again feeling so refreshed and wonderful. I use it once a week or so. Definitely worth the buy! ($7.97 at Walmart)

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Well that's my little healthy skin for all rant! At the end of the day, you'll know what is best for your skin. This is what works for me, and I'm very happy it does. I get to save quite a bit of money when you add it up, and my skin is so much better. Remember, just because its a "high end" product and is expensive, doesn't necessarily mean it'll work better for you!

Goodnight :)