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Classic Barbecue Sauce | Low Carb | Sugar Free

A quick and simple homemade barbecue sauce with 1g of carbs per serving!

I was on the hunt for a low carb barbecue sauce and almost every recipe had a base of sugar free ketchup – something I don’t have access too! As a general rule, I prefer to make my food as simply as possible, with minimal processed foods – since I couldn’t find a recipe or product that fitted my needs, I created one!

This barbecue sauce tastes just like a classic sweet and tangy sauce. As prepared, the barbecue sauce has 1 gram of carbs per every 2 tablespoons! This sauce is a solid, simple base, but the sky is the limit depending on your tastes. – you could add red pepper flakes for heat, or some maple extract and more stevia for extra sweetness, or even some chipotle sauce for a richer smoky flavor!

Low Carb Classic Barbecue Sauce

1 cup water
35g tomato paste
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbp garlic powder
1 tbp onion powder
1 tbp mustard powder
1/2 tsp stevia (3-4 drops liquid stevia)
Salt
1/4 tsp xanthan gum

In a small saucepan, combine water, tomato paste, and seasonings and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the tomato paste and water are fully combined. Sprinkle the xanthan gum over the sauce and stir in quickly to avoid clumps. Continue simmering on low for 10-60 minutes, the sauces flavors will develop more the longer it simmers.

I store my sauce in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutritional Info
Serving 2 tbsp – 8 servings total
(though it depends on how long you let it simmer/how far it reduces – you should make at least 7 servings out of your total to get the below nutrition)
Calories 5
Fat 0g
Carbs 1g
Protein <0.5g

 

Raw Honey in Skincare

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Recently, I watched May Lindstrom and Caroline Hirons interview on YouTube and I was really inspired by Lindstrom’s ingredient philosophy.

It dawned on me “I have raw honey!” We keep bees and just harvested 12 pints of honey – way more that I could ever eat. Propolis and honey are common skincare ingredients and even Dr Alktilas suggests mixing his Organic Universal Mask mask with honey so I decided to do some research and experiments.

Raw, organic honey is fantastic for the skin! (I wouldn’t recommend using conventional, massed produced honey). It’s antibacterial and contains zinc so it can treat and prevent breakouts. It’s very high in antioxidants so it can prevent signs of aging. It’s also nourishing and hydrating. Honey can be used alone as a cleanser or a mask. I used it as a mixer for powdered masked: Dr Alkaitis’s Organic Universal Mask and May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.

I absolutely loved mixing the Organic Universal Mask mask with honey – it made my skin feel very hydrated.

I didn’t 100% love honey with The Problem Solver. I will probably continue to do it periodically because it offers some great benefits but it damped the sensory experience of the mask. Mixing the powder with honey + water took away the tingling feeling I usually get with the mask and it lessened the wonderful molasses cookie scent it normally has. So, if you have sensitive skin, adding honey to The Problem Solver might make it less harsh on your skin.

I’m really excited to keep looking for places to use raw honey in my skincare routine! Have you bought raw honey at the story to use for skincare? How did you use it? Let me know!

Detox Box | April 2018 | Review Video

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Shop Green Beauty At The Detox Market

APRIL DETOX THUMB

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Velour – Create Your Own Lashes | REVIEW

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I’ve had my eye on Velour’s Create Your Own Lash options for a long time, but last month I finally decided to give it a try and I am in love! I honestly do not understand why no one talks about this. The biggest problem I have with finding false lashes is finding a pair that is a right in the sweet spot between natural and DRAMA.  Velour gave me the ability to create my perfect, everyday lash (flared, criss crossed, whispie, 9mm)!

The two downsides that I have with this feature is that the lash you will create is going to be very basic and nothing crazy – which is fine by me because you can find crazy lashes everywhere. The other bad thing is that you cannot chose the material your lash is made of – they only come in mink.

 

GRWM | Desert Dusk | Full Coverage | Cream Bronzer Blush Highlight

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Trinny London | Brand Review VIDEO

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Best Amazon Beauty Dupes | Foreo, Slip, Dr Dennis Gross, Aquis

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I am not opposed to spending some serious money on beauty products, but sometimes budget buys are just as good as the luxury items!

Foreo

I love my Clarisonic, but sometimes it does seem a little unsanitary because most days it doesn’t dry out completely, but I could never spend another 100.00 a face brush. Enter – knockoff Foreo for only 20.00! The Ms. Dear Cleansing Brush is just a base model – it only has an on/off button – but it is well worth the money. This silicone is more hygienic than the Clarisonic – it dries out completely, can be washed in the dishwasher, and can be sanitized with alcohol. It holds a charge FOREVER – I use it everyday in the evening and charge it every 2/3 months. I 100% would recommend this to someone – granted, I have never used the real Foreo so I can’t really speak to how it compares.

Slip

Silk pillowcase are fantastic for your skin and hair – traditional pillowcases can tug on you skin and hair increasing signs of aging and damaging your hair. Changing to a silk pillowcase keeps my hair smoother, extends my style, and protects my hair from damage. Slip pillow cases sell for almost 100.00 but, the bottom line is that they are just “100% Pure Mulberry Silk (22 Momme).” There are several options on Amazon for a fraction of the price!

Dr Dennis Gross

Adding facial steaming into your routine hydrates the skin, helps clear pores, and can make your following products more effective! But, the Gross Pro Facial Steamer is 150.00!! I found one on Amazon for 35.00. I scoured Sephora and Dr Dennis Gross’s sites to try to find out what was unique about Gross’s steamer and literally the only thing the only info provided was that their steamer shuts off automatically after 9 minutes. I love facial steaming, but I truly feel like for 150.00 you’re just paying for the name. Side note: the steamer I bought on Amazon comes with extraction tools… I don’t use them.

Aquis

Traditional towels have a lot of texture that can snag your hair and cause it to break,  microfiber hair towels can help prevent unnecessary damage to your hair and they decrease drying time. I actually have both the Aquis turban and the knockoff and they are 100% they are the same – the Aquis is a little more attractive color, but that’s not really important when Amazon’s is a quarter of the price.

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Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations

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