Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I chose not to do my makeup today because I woke up with intense pain and I had to make a market run today so I just new I would be completely out of sorts if I tried to take the time to do my makeup on top of running to the produce store, the Spanish supermarket, and the discount store to get cleaning supplies … Plus it’s the time of the month when I make our homemade Latin condiment called Sofrito (more on that in the next blog).
So I just wanted to pop in and apologize for not getting a Face of the Day done… I just need the day to rest after shopping and meal prep.
But I wanted to show you the face spa masks I did this week and let you know what I think about them.
Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces of product at Ulta.
How to use : Apply 1-2 times a week. Allow to work for 10 – 15 minutes. Massage into skin for 30 seconds then rinse well.
I would give this face mask a grade of A++. It smells just like a fresh avocado! There are chunks in it that seem like they might be actual avocado but they felt hard (not like a ripe avocado that the pieces would be creamy and squishy). There is also micro granules of oat for exfoliating. This mask felt cooling and soothing. It left my face feeling so soft and hydrated. I thoroughly enjoyed spa day with this mask.
Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces at Ulta.
This one is meant to be a night mask, however I love my sin care routine too much to skip my night skin care in place of an overnight mask so I just use this one as a 30 minute mask treatment.
How to use: Apply to cleansed skin to soak in overnight, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse any residue or massage in upon waking. Use 1-2 times a week.
This is a super thick mask that just melts nicely into your skin. It tingles a little when you first put it on but that sensation goes away after a few minutes. It’s another mask that’s very cooling.
I left it on for 30 minutes and than washed it away with warm water. It took a bit of fussing to get the mask off since it’s such a thick mask, but when I did my face felt so soft and so hydrated. It made my face so smooth and supple.
I plan to do these 2 masks twice a month, along with my homemade honey and rice powder mask that I already do twice a month.
Now … on to a quick mention about a dish I learned how to do yesterday….
I learned how to make Cuban Ropa Vieja!!
My husband made a mistake a few days ago when I sent him to the food market to get steaks… He came back with flank steaks (which is used to make ropa vieja but I’ve never worked with flank steak so I sent him back to the store to get regular steaks for dinner for that night’s meal and I set out to research how to make this delicious Cuban dish.
The recipe called for 2 pounds flank steak, 1 large red and 1 large green bell pepper, 1 large Spanish onion, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, 1 can of tomato sauce, olive oil and oregano. I used 2 tablespoons of the Cumin, 3 bay leaves, a tablespoon of salt 1/2 a tablespoon of pepper, 3 tablespoons of garlic powder (and I threw in 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic), and 1 tablespoon of oregano. I used about the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
In a preheated skillet I put the olive oil, peppers, and onion. I let that hang out on medium high heat for about 5 minutes and popped in all the condiments and the fresh garlic and cooked for an additional 5 minutes.
I then added the flank steak and the tomato sauce and simmered the whole think for 45 minutes (the Cuban recipe says to simmer for 2 hours, but I just didn’t have the time to wait so I cooked it for 45 minutes). I then turned it over and let it simmer for an additional 15 minutes. I then shredded the steak (this is when I realized why you should let it simmer for 2 hours…. it was very tough to shred. I ended up having to pop the steak into a Nutribullet, this made the steak a lot finer than if I had shredded it by hand , but it still came out very tasty.
Well that’s all for now dolls…. Stay tuned for my next post when I teach you how to make homemade Sofrito (a classic Latin staple).
Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.