Top 5 under $5!

Finding a diamond in the drugstore is no easy task. Finding a diamond under 5 dollars seems nearly impossible. Luckily for you, I have put together a top 5 of my fave products when you're ballin' on a budget ;)

                   1. WET N' WILD MEGAGLOW CONTOUR PALETTE  

                   1. WET N' WILD MEGAGLOW CONTOUR PALETTE
 

This little palette packs a punch by providing a smooth and creamy matte highlight shade that is great for under the eyes, right alongside a beautiful and ultra-blendable contour shade. This product comes in two different shades, "Dulce de Leche" for fairer skin tones and "Caramel Toffee" for medium to medium deep skin tones. This palette can be found at most drugstores for a whopping $4.99....quite a steal. 

      2. ELF STUDIO BLUSH BRUSH

      2. ELF STUDIO BLUSH BRUSH

Elf brushes are a staple in my collection. They are inexpensive, yet soft and durable. This one in particular has been blessed upon me by the Makeup Brush Gods (thank you) because I would be a lost soul without this blush brush. It is small and precise, yet fluffy. This lets me control where I apply blush on my cheeks, but also disperses product and a very even and blended manner. That's not easy to find in a blush brush, especially for only $2.99! 

                3. JORDANA ROCK N' ROSE LIPLINER

                3. JORDANA ROCK N' ROSE LIPLINER

Anyone who knows me, or has even watched my videos knows that this is an absolute NO BRAINER. Hands down one of my favorite lip colors of all time. It is such an effortless mauvy pink color that goes with just about any nude lipstick you can think of. Not to mention it is beautiful and creamy on its own! I've gone though at least a dozen of these, but being only $2.99 I don't feel as guilty ;)

                                                   4. ELF CLEAR BROW GEL

                                                   4. ELF CLEAR BROW GEL

I've been using this product for about 6 years (no joke). I love love love this brow gel. It is like hairspray for my brows...they ain't goin' NO WHERE when I have them locked in with this product.  You can find this hidden gem in any store, so definitely invest the $2 and pick this bad boy up. 

                 5. ESSENCE LONGLASTING LIPSTICK IN BARELY THERE

                 5. ESSENCE LONGLASTING LIPSTICK IN BARELY THERE

This lipstick is a relatively new find for me but I'm already obsessed. This lipstick is not only longer lasting than some of my more expensive lipsticks, it's more hydrating too. Especially in these dry winter months, I'm not trynna have my lips all dry and flaky. This lipstick provides beautiful mauvy pink (my favorite lip color if you didn't notice) color payoff, while also having that nice sticky feeling to the lips to keep it lasting long. The hydration in this lipstick gives it a nice shine, which will make your lips look healthy and plump! Nothing bad to say about this product and at $2.99, there isn't any reason to not have every single color! 

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EASY VEGAN BLACK BEAN BURGERS

     These black bean burgers are 100% vegan and filling! My favorite go-to dinner for when I'm looking for something hearty, yet not full of guilt. Most black bean burgers are not vegan, and if they are...mostly likely they are full of unnecessary preservatives and sodium. These are great for meal prep as well. So easy to pop left over burgers in the fridge or freezer! This recipe makes about 4 large size patties, but can easily be doubled if needed! 

   

To start off, I take one can of organic black beans and put them in a rice strainer to rinse them VERY well. Then I pop them in a medium sized bowl and mash them. Take the extra time and make sure they are mashed well, because the burger will hold together better. 

     

 

 

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From there, I add any veggies I want (I used onion, yellow squash, and peppers), then I use a vegan egg replacement to hold it all together. I used "Neat Egg", which is just ground chickpeas and chia seeds. I take two servings (two "eggs") of the egg replacement and mix it with the amount of water listed on the package. There are many egg replacements available for vegans! So just find what is easiest for you and use that. But I find that "Neat Egg" is great! 

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I added a splash of almond milk and the spices and kept mixing until I felt like it could hold together easily! It looks hella gross, but if it looks like this...then it's right! 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 I formed them into patties and cupped my hands around the edges to prevent them from falling apart...topped it with some garlic powder and paired it with some seasoned golden potato fries because yumm

   

 

 

I put the burger over a bed of lettuce and BOOM! That easy! Dress it up with some avocado and you've got yourself a delish burger and fries!

Here's my recipe......

1 can of black beans
2 "eggs" (any vegan egg replacement)
1/4 medium yellow squash
1/4 medium red onion
1/4 red bell pepper
1/4 green bell pepper
splash of almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp seasoned salt
1 tbsp black pepper

1) Rinse and drain the can of black beans very well
2) Place in a medium sized bowl, and mash black beans completely (using a fork should do the job)
3) Chop up your veggies (you can use whatever veggies you want) into fairly small pieces. Chopping them up too big will make it harder for your burger to stick together. Throw them into the bowl with your mashed up beans.
4) Add 2 "eggs". I used "Neat Egg", which is a mixture of ground chia seeds and garbanzo beans. You could even use a "flax egg" buy combining 1 tbsp of flax seeds with tbsp of water and letting it sit for 10 minutes. There are MANY vegan egg substitutes that you can search for online! 
5) Add your seasonings and combine VERY well until you feel as though it could stick together in a patty! 
6) Begin grabbing the mixture and forming it into patties in your hands. This recipe makes about 4 or 5 patties, depending on how big you make them. Sealing off the round edges of your patties with your hands will prevent them from falling apart while cooking. 
7) You can pan fry these in a little bit of olive oil on medium heat for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown on each side....or you can bake them on 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (flipping them half way through VERY carefully). You can brush them with some olive oil or use parchment paper. 

     There you guys have it! Be sure to let me know if you try out this recipe and click the little heart at the bottom of the page to let me know if you "liked" this post! Luv y'all <3 


 

 

 

WHY CRUELTY FREE?

I know it is SUCH a stereotype for a vegan to be "uptight" and "stuck up" about their beliefs. Some vegans only have other vegan friends, and some vegans have non-vegan friends and just bitch at them for not being vegan. I am actually not one of those vegans. Yes I believe in my vegan lifestyle, but obviously I'm completely self-aware in the sense that this isn't mainstream. Most people don't even know what a vegan lifestyle really entails. Whether you are vegan or not, there is something that I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY believe in...and that's buying cosmetics and toiletries completely cruelty free. For those who haven't been educated on this subject (which is completely fine because I mean it's not broadcasted for the world to know), so many animals die and contract illnesses and diseases from animal testing. This to me is SOOOO fucked up. Like beyond fucked up. Why should an animal have to die for me to wear my favorite concealer or wash my hair with my favorite shampoo? These are just cosmetic material items?! I don't understand why animal testing is still a thing, I haven't researched that. But many brands, even cheap brands such as wet n' wild and E.L.F. do not test on animals. Then I see brands charging 80 dollars for one single foundation who test their products on animals. Just a waste. Next time you are browsing through the makeup aisle, I encourage you to just put the world into prospective for just one moment. Vegans, vegetarians, or people who only eat meat (is that a thing?)...it doesn't matter. It's something we can all be aware of and be more conscious about. 

Here is a 2016 list of beauty brands/companies who do not animal test.