Holy Whole Foods!

I remember when getting healthier options wasn’t “a thing.”  It wasn’t trendy to seek out specialty grains, certain types of algae for energy, probiotics, less-ingredient-foods…(though in figure skating and dancing, many top athletes were promoting them, so I learned early!)  But somewhere along the line (within the last decade), the notion hit the mainstream.

I don’t much care for being trendy and honestly, I’m not about to go pick up some herbal cleanse concoction or extreme take on a protein shake just because the larger population (at least the larger, health-conscious population) says it’s the “it” item of the moment.  But what I am incredibly thankful for is that the level of trendiness has prompted countless retail establishments to open their doors and cater to those of us looking for healthy options

The other day I happened upon a MASSIVE Whole Foods – one that, quite possibly – dwarfed two or three normal ones.  I was in heaven!  The prepared section is one I don’t tend to purchase a lot from, however, as I find many things are overcooked (no doubt over concern regarding internal temperatures, the feeding of the general public, and the potential for suits!)  BUT…everything else?  I was thrilled!

I don’t use cow’s milk for one – milk and I don’t much care for one another.  The sheer number of choices of almond, coconut, hemp, cashew, and other nut milks was (albeit overwhelming) astounding!  I was also able to find my crunchy seaweed snacks in spades…IN the flavor I prefer. 😀

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Oils…another wonderful example.  The “personal care” area was enormous – I had a pick of countless essential oils, herbal supplements, body lotions, whatever…  The seafood looked amazing… The pick of nut butters, produce, soups…even olives! (healthy fats)…was phenomenal.

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Oh, and then there was the coffee.  I personally use Maple Syrup in my coffee – why?  It’s one of the healthiest sweetener options out there.  Agave actually IS more like sugar BUT…I’d SO much rather use a drop of honey than use sucralose, aspartame, nutrasweet etc.!  And of course, they had almond AND soy milk over on the fixing station – at Starbucks, you have to ask for (and sometimes PAY for) that option.

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So for me…the trendiness is something I embrace, because then I have the wonderful luxury of finding stores with monstrous footprints, filled to the brim with healthy meal choices.  Definitely not complaining about that!  (More like stuffing my face! 😉 ) 

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Spring 2016 – L’oreal

BudgetBeautyBlog posted some great info and images of the up-and-coming L’oreal goodies, all of which appear to be launching in February 2016.

You can find my post about the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion here, which will be launching in 12 shades, and you can see more images and notes from the link above… 

The Infallible Pro-Contour Contour & Highlight Palette is next up, coming in three shades.  I’ll be honest, the image doesn’t wow me too much…I feel like they are late to the contour party.  There, I said it!  Anyway…  The compact appears to have a contour shade, and highlight shade…and a likely a sponge or brush for application (as many other compacts of this ilk from L’Oreal.)

There will be 15 shades of ColourRiche eyeshadows…and they look like they are pigment dense, based on one of the blogger’s swatches… As well as 10 Pro Matte Infallible Glosses (which may, or may not be, a re-promote from 2015’s Spring lineup.)

And there will even be new haircare…which, despite the ARSENAL of products I own, I am excited for!  The one shown in her post is an Oil Shampoo for dry and lifeless hair in need of nourishment – it’s loaded with some powerhouse ingredients (curious to see where they fall on the actual ingredient list, of course!)  I am betting there will be a few more items in the haircare division, as they never really launch just one… But then, perhaps it is just an extension of the Extraordinary Oil series for now.

Lots of newness, which is always exciting each season… I promise myself I won’t get anything else because WHY do I need it?! (I DON’T!)…  But it is such fun!!!