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And Why I Bake A Lot Less…

I like baking and I LOVE desserts! =)

I used to bake often but in the last five years, I hardly bake for 2 reasons.

1. I hate cleaning up the slick, buttery mixing bowls, whisks, and tools
2. Reading the recipe and seeing the mountains of butter, sugar and cream in it makes me lose my appetite

So, I like Sticky Toffee pudding but I’ve never made it. Having had a Sticky Toffee Cupcake, I contemplated baking a Sticky Toffee pudding for Thanksgiving in addition to my pie.

I googled the recipe and the pudding and sauce had A LOT of butter sugar and cream and made me go Ewwww

I try to regulate the amount of sugar, butter and cream I take given that my metabolism is slowing down with each passing year and my body seems to think I need to store more fat. =P

When I think of how much sugar is in a brownie or cake, I just can’t eat it.
However the value of denial is that I’ll eat some other dessert that I’ve bought outside because I did not have to see the bowls of sugar that went into the dessert.

Yes. Total denial.

Sugar is bad. Sugar  aggravates acne, causes your skin to age faster by breaking down your collagen and elastin fast. Collagen and elastin makes your skin firm and taut.So more rapid degeneration of collagen and elastin will make your skin drier and lines and wrinkles appear faster and deeper. Sugar also increases the likelihood of cellulite.

So not a good thing AT ALL if you’re concerned about your skin and preserving your youth.

The process of sugar breaking down your connective tissue is called Gylcation and forms AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) if you want to research this further.

When I was younger, I was NOT aware of the negative impact of sugar on my skin and aging  and I ate a lot of sugary foods including desserts, ice cream, boxes of Oreos (OMG!!!) and too much sweet food and junk food in general. I wish I ate less of all that crap!

Additionally, sugar can also cause inflammation in your body (which you may not know about), lead to medical problems and most obviously, diabetes.

So yup. That’s why I bake less these days (although I still eat a lot of dessert!) and a good note to watch your sugar intake =)

Wishing you youthful skin always =)

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A Secret… Shhhh

Hi, My name is B and I’m an addict — a beauty addict.
There, I said it.

I love skin care and make up. As the years go by, I’m getting freaked out about the possibility of wrinkles and the slight fine lines that send me into overdrive when I think of how they could develop into wrinkles. A cup of tea or a drink helps calm me down but that’s another story. (ps: alcochol is not good for your skin. dammit!)

I had my first lipgloss at 14, my first eye gel at 15 and have since tried to smother my beauty addict self into the cupboard. Recently, that hasn’t worked out very well. It’s unleashed itself.

It’s Sephora’s VIB 20% weekend. Well almost over in 2 days…

I’ve frantically trying to think of the things I need.*nervous laugh*.
I had to take stock to figure out what I needed – i mean literally take stock.
As in go through my basket of facial products and drawer of skin care and makeup waiting to be used and beauty box of make up and bathroom shelf of skin care items.

A sign you’re a beauty nut? When you think about setting up an excel spreadsheet to keep track of the skincare items you have in the 5 categories… It sounds like I’m announcing an Oscar.
The 5 categories: Breakout Busting, Hydrating, Anti-Aging, Brightening/Eveness, Eyecare
So multiply 5 categories by 2 product types (usually serums or moisturizers) and I have to keep track of 10 sub-categories!!!  That’s a lot!  and you wonder why i needed a spreadsheet.

Anyway I decided I’m good at starting things like Skin Care Spreadsheet but not so good at keeping them updated. So I nixed the idea and I”ll use my trusty mental brain system. gotta love that.

I think I have enough skincare hanging around to be used.
Well I guess I don’t really need anything…

But what if I miss something!!!

If you have a favorite skincare product let me know! =)

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