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Amy Lakes

Baker. Blogger. But mostly, eater. Amy has had a long-standing love affair with food, due in part to her Southern upbringing, and in part to her natural eagerness to both enjoy it and study it at the same time. Her exposure to a wide variety of cuisines, coupled with almost twenty years in the restaurant business has resulted in some pretty strong opinions about food and cooking, and she definitely doesn’t mind sharing them!

Found Beauty

Reviews By January 13, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Although it has been on the market for quite some time, I hadn’t yet tried Found, a beauty and skincare line that has grown a large fan base and introduces new products on a fairly continual basis. So I was pretty eager to check them out and see what they had to offer.

Found Beauty Hibiscus Cream Cleanser.

The primary focus of Found is bringing natural ingredients to skincare, hair care and cosmetics. Not all that different from several other lines on the market, but unlike others, they want accessibility and affordability for their customers. Found is sold on its own eponymous website, but are also commercially available at select WalMart stores. I picked mine up off the website and will continue re-visit and re-purchase other items in the future to test out, the results of which will be comin’ at ya!!

I’m always on the lookout for new eyebrow products, because my brows don’t need enough “assistance” to require threading or tatooing ( which I fully support!) Their Shape & Define Brow Pencil ($9.99) is great if you already have great brows that maybe just need a little boost or more of a polished look. The built-in brush on the other end of the pencil is very handy for helping to shape things up when you’re done putting everything together. Again, not my favorite eyebrow pencil, but for the price and the job it does, I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

I really enjoy trying out new facial cleansers. Oils, creams, balms, bring ’em to me. But since I’m trying to clean things up a bit, Found was a good place to turn. I went for the Hibiscus Cream Facial Cleanser ($11.99 for 5.7 oz.), which is focused on hydration. Lucky me, being both an older woman and ongoing cancer patient, hydrating my skin, especially my face, is right up my alley. I certainly don’t use it everyday, as I frequently switch up my cleansers, but I really enjoyed this one. You don’t need a major water source, like most cream cleansers, but I usually take it off with one of my Halos (but that is a whole other story!), laced only with water and apparently, magic. It never strips my skin, smells great and takes my makeup off with ease. Long story short, I give the Hibiscus Cleanser two clean thumbs up!

My last purchase from Found Beauty was the Moor Mud Face Mask ($12.99 for 6 oz.). For all my experienced maskers out there I’ll say this: it’s a great mask. And it is thick. Like, thicc. Like thicker than the world-famous Aztec Mud Powder. And you do have to be diligent about taking it off. And for everyone else: this is not a peel-off mask, it’s a slap-it-on, rinse-it-off-when-its-dry kind of deal. But here’s the happy news; your skin feels uh-mazing once you take it off, like its sole purpose is to set your skin up for the rest of your skin care routine. If you haven’t tried it already, don’t let it pass you by!

So needless to say, it’s a given that overall I’d rate these products an A- – or a B++ on my A to D scale. They’re affordable, effective, and the packaging is downright awesome without being, “too much.” I’ll be back pretty soon to let you know about any new Found Beauty products I use!


Sukin Clean Skincare

Reviews By April 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Spring has come around again, and I am continuing on my clean skincare journey. Most recently I tried a few items from Sukin skincare, a line produced in Australia, that has a laundry list of items their products aren’t made with, like pthalates and parabens, but also without propylene glycol or mineral oils. And they’re cruelty-free, too. Sold!


Covergirl Cosmetics – now cruelty-free

Reviews By March 4, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

I don’t need to tell any of you what a classic brand Covergirl is – it was around before I was born, and was very consistent about producing new and innovative products. But most recently they took a step that (imho) is the smartest move they’ve ever made: they went cruelty-free. Although I’m not perfect, as no one is, knowing that a makeup brand is cruelty-free is pretty much an instant sell. And knowing that CG has been coming out with some great products lately – at least according to all my favorite beauty gurus – I was even more eager to go forth and explore what I will be able to enjoy from now on with a clear conscience.


Top 5 Foods for Heart Health

Top 5 By February 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

It’s February, and this month is all about hearts. Nope, I don’t mean the ones you see for Valentine’s Day. I mean your heart, and my heart, and everyone else’s, too. The heart is one of our most crucial pieces of biology, and as many people can attest, it is nothing to be messed around with. Taking care of your heart should be part of your everyday routine, quite a bit of which can be done through your diet. So here are five foods that are sure to make your heart happy.


Olay Cleansing Infusion

lifestyle & beauty, Reviews By January 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This is an older post that I was going to put up earlier, but was a bit sidetracked by personal issues. My feelings about the product haven’t changed, however, and I still feel that it’s relevant, so I decided to go ahead and post it. — 5FG

Winter weather has returned to wreak havoc on our skin. Life at this time of year (the holidays) can be hectic enough without also having to deal with tight, dry or even flaky skin on our faces. While making a recent drugstore run, I came across a couple of new cleansers from Olay. I picked one up to give it a try and see if I would add it to my regular winter skin routine. 


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