Awesome vegan potato salad with raw mayo

I made myself this vegan salad today, and wanted to share a beautiful alternative to mayo : I found this recipe on This Rawsomely Vegan Life, it’s not raw per say of course, but the dressing is and it is AMAZING! So shout out to this blog, check it out for more recipes, I know I have my eyes on a few of them myself.

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Here’s my less pretty pic of it. I switch the cashews with raw tahini, because that’s what I had on hand at the time, and it was really amazingly good, vibrant, creamy and as satisfying if not more than classic (and nasty) mayo!

Find the recipe here.

2 months on a strict Oil Cleansing Method

ocmI’ve done it! Two full months of washing my face EXCLUSIVELY with oil. Ok, I lie I’ve washed my face thrice with a traditional foaming cleanser, when I was sleeping at my parents’ boyfriend’s house. (And I didn’t like it).

I want to give you my opinion about it. I read so many tales about this method, and all were either 100% positive : “my skin cleared up for good”, “I cleared up my acne in 2 weeks”, or plain horror stories : “my skin completely freaked out”, “I have the most sever cystic acne now”, “my face hasn’t gotten over it, and it’s been a year…”. I’m firmly in the middle.

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My thoughts/My skin.

Well well. Does my skin look better? Yes and no.

My skin first looked AMAZING : I fell in love first (waiting for my iHerb package) with rosehip oil, thanks to a bottle that was lying randomly in my bathroom stash. I began with that, and my hyperpigmentation disappeared. Vanished. I kept with this routine, refraining myself from posting about it, because of the horror tales found on the internet. And that was a good instinct. 2 weeks after I started, my temples, and chin got super spotty, and these are place I never get acne, NEVER EVER. I never believed the concept of “purging” and still don’t, I still don’t know what happened there. It wasn’t major, just a clear freak out.

I then thought “time to use castor oil!”. I used it in combination with jojoba oil. I started having pimples on my left cheek; wich was clear before. At the same time, my problematic area, my right cheek, started clearing. Weird. I still got a few pimples on my temples, and forehead, again, areas of my face that never were of concern. They didn’t clear up that quickly, which made me realize that the ocm wouldn’t be a proper “acne miracle cure”, at least not for me.

But at the same time, a lot of friends complimented my “glowing skin”, and “amazing complexion”. Sure I still was, and am, wearing a full face of make up, but even I noticed how nice the application felt, and how soft my skin was.

The weird thing is, my face got spots, and I think that as pimples go, the OCM isn’t for me, but the rest of my skin, the “healthy” parts of my skin, felt healthier, plumper… happier? To top that, my very oily skin, became close to normal! Still on the combination side, but really less shiny, more manageable, etc…!

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What to take from the experience?

For me, again, it’s my experience, and I don’t think it can apply to everyone, skin is more complex than that, it really made me understand that gentle was the way to go, but that I had to pair a nice, nourishing and mosturizing method, with something else, glycolic acids, chemical exfoliants etc…. Well, clearly reconsider my whole regimen, and research my skin care better, stop with “easy”, traditional acne-skin targeted products, etc… And that my friends, is already amazing.

I did all that, and NOW, I have a crazy good regimen (next beauty post), that actually cleared up my skin (this, paired with a tad healthier lifestyle). I have found some amazing products, which I can’t wait to share with you!

How can you use my experience?

Keep that in mind if you have very oily skin : oil treatments could be very beneficial for you, even as masks every other day! If you suffer from hyperpigmentation due to acne scars, try rosehip oil, I still swear by it!!

Stop harsh cleanser and anything with synthetic fragrance and artificial foamers in. You should treat acne prone skin as you would sensitive skin… Even essential oils should be used with an extremely light hand.

Using a muslin cloth is the nicest and most effective way to cleanse. If you’re scared of oils, or, like me, tried them but are not 100% down, than maybe a balm could be good. That’s what I did, and I love it. I use oil for masks only now, and I’m glad I discovered this!

Do you have tips and tricks for good skin? Do you know things about oil we don’t? Please do share!

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I thought it’d be nice to further share sources of inspiration, here are the latest screen caps I made while perusing Instagram. You can follow me @alexandraryzow, although it’s not incredibly interesting. If you’re a stalker like I am, than maybe it will be of value…

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Hi kids!

Little warning, Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer is having an online sample sale, and it’s no joke. I’ve been drooling over the rope necklaces for a long time, but they’re so freaking expensive. They’re finally within my financial reach, and I wanted to share the love, if that’s you’re kind of jewellery.

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Good deals. I mean GOOD deals.

Yeah, I’m trying to go greener and healthier, and for the most part, I’m succeeding (no meat, ocm every night, no processed food, sodas, etc.). But my skin, even though it’s getting better, is still pimple central. It feels and looks less congested and mor even, but I can’t just try coconut oil filled foundations, that are all described as sheer and light. I wish I could be on the look out for sheer and skin like products, but I want to look polished and acne free when I face the world. Only a few products tick the skin like box AND the medium coverage box, and they are in my upcoming “Best products of 2013″ blog thingy, but none perfect (too dewy, contains fragrance…)…

So I keep looking even in the classic cosmetics world. Just because I’m not perfect. And look what I found. And bought. I’ll do a full face when my package arrives.

These buys are so luxurious, but so affordable. I’m super excited to try soon things that are completely out of my price range, but that are now, finally, MINE!

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Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation, Becca Cosmetics, 21$KEVY-301109

The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin, 28$BY T-936908

Cover Expert, by Terry, 36,30$ (still pricey, but I’ve heard it’s unbelievable)KEVY-344535

The Matte Lipstick, Kevyn Aucoin, 16,50$BY-T-531283

Touch-Expert Advanced, Multi-Corrective Concealer Brush, by Terry, 25,58$VAPO-917768

Aura Multi-Use Blush-Stain, Vapour Organic Beauty, 8$

Do you know some of these products? Are you tempted? What did you buy on sale lately? Tell me what’s up.

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Shameless Self Promoting

This is my latest job for Kusmi Tea, I did all the styling and created the costumes, mega super challenging since everything was filmed under water, 10 minutes under/10 minutes break, when my team and I had to get everyone out of the water drenched clothes, then put them back in meters and meters of soaking fabrics, without damaging everything!! 3 days of intense labor, thank you everyone that helped me create the vision!

I thought I’d share a little bit of my real life in a more positive note than the usual “my job sucks”, because frankly, when I see the results, it doesn’t!

Lots of love, I’m feeling really proud of this, I hope you like it!