Monday, March 30, 2015

Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin 1-2-3 Acne Solution System Kit

As an adult with occasional breakouts, most acne treatments are too harsh for my face. Olay is a brand I've been using for years, so was excited to try their acne kit as I trust them to be gentle.

Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin 1-2-3 Acne Solution System Kit

Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin 1-2-3 Acne Solution System instantly reduces the look of acne better than the Proactiv* so you never have to let acne put you on the sidelines. And, the entire kit is dermatologically tested, oil-free, and non-comedogenic (so it won’t clog your pores!). Plus, infused with the scent of citrus and mint, it leaves your skin looking energized. 

 The Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin 1-2-3 Acne Solution System is a three part system that cleanses, moisturizes, and treats acne at the source. (Amazon website)

Acne Hater Deep Scrub

Step 1: Cleanse Acne Hater Deep Scrub is formulated with 2% salicylic acid to penetrate pores and eliminate most blemishes and blackheads while reducing excess oil.

A little goes a long way and I could feel the cleanser exfoliating while it lathers, but it's not too harsh like some scrubs. I really like the citrus scent, as it's not overpowering. A little on the messy side, I preferred using it in the shower so I didn't splash water all over my counter.

Treat Spot Zinger

Step 2: Treat Spot Zinger is formulated with 2% salicylic acid and beautifiers to instantly improve the look of blemishes in just 10 minutes. And, it allows you to target blemishes individually to instantly battle and blur!

Used as a spot treatment for problem areas, I didn't experience any dryness or tingling like I've gotten from other treatments. Not sure if this quickened healing, but it certainly didn't hurt.

Mattify Swirled Mattifier

Step 3: Mattify Swirled Mattifier is a swirled moisturizer that mattifies skin to instantly reduce the look of shine and redness. Plus, it’s formulated with 10 complexion benefits in one bottle to leave your skin instantly looking beautiful and shine-free.

Still not 100% sure what the purpose of this was, but I used it before applying my makeup instead of my normal moisturizer. I didn't notice any difference.

Since I've never used Proactiv, I can't compare the two. This didn't aggravate my skin and my face seemed calmer than usual after using this for several days, so think I might continue using. Once the mattifier runs out, doubt that I'll replace it but do like the first two steps.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sesame Chicken Recipe

Sesame Chicken recipe | aka Terri

Sesame Chicken

This is a recipe I found via Pinterest and I tweaked it a little. You can find the original recipe at Rainstorms and Love Notes. I didn't have any brown rice, so used white Minute Rice. I also reduced the garlic powder from 1 tbsp to 1 tsp, as my family doesn't like the taste. I ran out of sesame seeds, so left those out and it still tasted fine. I know, silly to make sesame chicken without sesame seeds. That'll teach me to check ingredients before starting a new recipe!


  • 4 chicken tenderloins, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • sesame seeds, to taste
  • 1 cup Minute Rice


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a small bowl, combine the honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder.
  • Whisk until well combined, then stir in the chicken pieces.
  • Pour into a shallow baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover and sprinkle the chicken with sesame seeds.
  • Bake, uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Prepare the rice, then top immediately with the chicken.

Serves 2

While not our favorite new recipe, will definitely add this to our rotation! A little sweet tasting, but good overall!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sephora by OPI Set The Mood nail polish

Set The Mood nail polish by Sephora by OPI
with flash
Two coats of Set The Mood nail polish by Sephora by OPI, with a top coat.
A pretty color, but started to shrink away from my nail tips within 24 hours.

Set The Mood nail polish by Sephora by OPI
without flash