Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My Favorite Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Ever since visiting Dubai in October I’ve been waiting for the sun to come out, so that I can start indulging in kiwi sorbets. I ate shameful amounts when in Dubai and it was my savior from the heat. Not only that but it has since become me favorite post-workout snack. It’s so refreshing and picks me up instantly. And the best part is that it’s actually healthy and so much better for you than ice cream. Hello new favorite Summer treat!

Over the past few weeks there haven’t been a day without me having at least one kiwi sorbet and since posting about it on social media I’ve had a few people asking me how I do it. It’s actually the easiest thing and I even feel silly calling this a recipe. It literally takes ten minutes to make and for 4 servings this is what you need:

Ingredients:
6 large kiwis
2 tbsp. honey
lime

Basically all you need to do is peel and chop the kiwis and then just blend them until smooth. Then add some honey and obviously you can add as much as you fancy but since I like my sorbet more tart I usually opt for around two tablespoons. After that just give the lime a little squeeze and stir everything well. Voila! It’s a child’s play and now all you need to do is put the mixture in plastic cups (or in one of those cool ice lolly moulds but I couldn’t find one unfortunately) and put them in the freezer. Wait for a couple of hours and enjoy!

I know this was probably the most random post I’ve done but I hope you liked it and let me know if you give the sorbet a try! It’s divine – I promise you!

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

MAC Velvet Teddy / Review


MAC Velvet Teddy

MAC Velvet Teddy

MAC Velvet Teddy

MAC Velvet Teddy

MAC Velvet Teddy Swatches

After months and months of me trying to get my mitts on one of MAC’s best selling lippies it finally landed in my basket and oh boy am I excited! Meet MAC Velvet Teddy (here)! A.k.a one of the prettiest nudes I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Now normally I am not the biggest nude lipstick wearer – the struggles of being pale as a ghost, you know? Velvet Teddy, however, converted me. Here is why:

Velvet Teddy is one of those ‘my lips but better’ kinda shades and it is a beautiful brownish nude with ever so slightly reddish undertone. It definitely leans towards the warmer spectrum of things and I love its ability to draw the attention to the lips. This beauty has that 90s vibe written all over and it just adds a little something-something to any look I’m sporting. Velvet Teddy looks beautiful on its own but if you want to pair it with a lip liner I’d say go for MAC Soar (here / review) – the two compliment each other beautifully and the combo makes your lips look somewhat plumped and the look more sopthisticated. Amazing!

The formula of Velvet Teddy is on point as well. It has matte finish, even though at first it has slight sheen to it but that’s gone after about an hour. The lippy is not drying or heavy on the lips and it glides on like a dream. Its creamy texture applies evenly without streaks or settling into fine lines. Pigmentation wise, Velvet Teddy ticks all the boxes and you need just one layer to get full-blown color. And the best part? This beauty stays on for about four hours, which to me is a lot. What can I say – I’m in love and I’d say Velvet Teddy is a brilliant option for those who are lusting after the perfect everyday nude with matte finish.

Have you tried MAC Velvet Teddy before? Do you love it as much as I do?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving / Review

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving

If you are a regular down these parts, you would know that I am a massive fan of Lush skincare. Cleaners, moisturizers, toners – you name it. The latest addition to my stash, however, comes in the form of a mask. Meet Lush Mask of Magnaminty (here). By the time I got it I had no idea there are two versions of the mask, so without much thought I grabbed the Self-Preserving formula and without a doubt - I bloomin’ love it!

Both Mask of Magnaminty masks are basically deep cleansing clay masks that are supposed to work wonders on problematic skin. Even though my skin is not particularly problematic and I rarely breakout, I decided to give it a go. I mean everything that says ‘deep clean’ and ‘pore purifying’ on it I want in my life. The main difference between the regular and the Self-Preserving mask is obviously the fact that the latter is self-preserving. In our case that means that Lush use honey as the preservative, instead of parabens, which is fab.

I’ve done my research though and I found people saying that if you have oily, acne-prone skin you may want to opt for the original formula because it does a better job at dealing with breakouts. It has thicker formula that dries out the spots better and extracts the dirt from the pores better that the self-preserving one. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t comment on it but I thought this is worth mentioning.

As for my experience with the self-preserving formula of Mask of Magnaminty – I absolutely love it and it’s actually supposed to be better with people with sensitive skin. It has lots of honey in it, which helps soothe and soften the skin and my skin feels like baby’s bottom after I use it. The mask also has some peppermint oil in it, which I was scared might irritate my skin but it’s actually fine and it gives a lovely fresh, tingly sensation. The thing I also love about Mask of Magnaminty is the fact that it has finely milled ‘aduki beans’ (whatever these are hah) in it and it actually doubles as exfoliant.

I use the mask twice a week and leave it on for about 15 minutes. After I rinse it off my skin feels super soft and smooth, any redness I have is majorly reduced, my skin tone is even and my pores are clean and appear smaller. I’ve found that Mask of Magnaminty also helps with blackheads and since using it I break out even more rarely. It is so calming and hydrating and it balances out my skin beautifully and my T-zone is a bit less shiny. I’m in love!

The only down side to this mask is that it a bit messy to use. Because of the honey in it, it is rather sticky and it never dries out completely, so keep your hair away ladies! I use it in the shower and it’s all good. Apart from that though I have zero complaints and I would recommend it to anyone who fancies getting clearer, more even complexion. Mask of Magnaminty is a total winner in my books!

Have you tried Mask of Magnaminty? Which is your favorite Lush Mask?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Monday, 9 May 2016

Four Things I’ve Learned About Applying Foundation

tips for foundation application

1. Concealer Goes On Top
This is a bit of a controversial one and I know that some of you probably won’t agree but I am a firm believer that concealer should always go on top of the foundation. Sure it’s nice to cover all spots and redness first and then just even everything out with foundation but in reality I find that does not happen. No matter how hard I try not to budge the concealer I always fail. Regardless of what brushes / sponges I use the foundation layer is thinning out the concealer, so I end up reapplying it, which only cakes the face. Instead, I like to use color-correcting primer, which not only counteracts any redness and discoloration but it also primes the skin, which leads me to my next point:

2. Always Moisturize and Prime
I cannot stress that enough! Slapping some moisturizer on and applying primer prior to foundation makes the biggest difference. These are the two steps I never skip and I suggest you don’t too. By prepping the skin you actually help the foundation adhere to the skin properly and create a smooth and even canvas for it to go on top. What I like to do is always pat some lightweight moisturizer and then wait for about 5-10 minutes for it to absorb. You need to wait because if the moisturizer is not absorbed properly your foundation will just sit on top and will slide off your face a lot faster, plus it might end up looking patchy. Now I’ve found that you always need to pat, rather then rub both the cream and the primer, as otherwise you cause micro exfoliation, which lifts the dry flakey patches of skin and the foundation ends up looking a lot more cakey that it normally would.

3. Less Is More
A lot of people seem to think that they need to slap a lot of foundation in order to get fuller coverage but this is not always the case. Some foundations just won’t give you full coverage no matter how much you put on because the amount of pigment there is in them is simply not enough. If you are after fuller coverage invest in foundation specifically made for that. I suggest you work in thin layers, rather that applying a huge blob all at once. Otherwise chances are you will end up looking cakey as hell. Also, always try to keep things as minimal as possible around the eyes and your mouth. The skin is thinnest there and too much foundation results in accentuated wrinkles and fine lines. Not a cute look.

4. The Sponge & Tissue Trick
This is my all time favorite beauty trick and oh boy does it work! It’s a tip I learned from Wayne Goss and something I do daily. All you need to have is a disposable makeup sponge and a tissue. Basically you wrap the sponge with the tissue and start pressing it gently onto your skin before setting everything with powder. This technique helps absorb the excess oils, as well as all silicones and waxes from your primer, foundation and concealer. I find that this not only helps your base look a lot more natural and cake-free but it also makes the foundation hang around for longer. This little blotting technique prevents your foundation from oxidizing throughout the day as well, which is just brilliant! Hello flawless, non-orange skin!

What have you learned about the foundation application? Have you got any tips?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February Beauty Favorites

Makeup

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls

H&M Eyeshadow in Sahara Dawn

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amethyst Aphrodisiac

Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Primer


How is it March already? Seriously though, time seems to be just flying by and I cannot believe we’re almost three months into 2016! Crazy! I am feeling super spring-y and I am really looking forward to some sunshine! Having said that, next week I’m off to a little ski trip with the boy and my family and I am really hoping that there will be some snow left so I can hit the slopes! The weather forecast is not very promising but we’ll see. Fingers crossed! Anyway, today we talk beauty favorites and let’s just say that February was a good’un makeup wise! Here is why:

Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar (here)
So is you’re following me on Instagram (here) you may know that I got really into fitness recently and I am absolutely loving it! Three times a week, my personal trainer and I is brilliant but let me tell you – he does push me to my limits. And you know what this means? Yep, sore muscles. #auch! To help me soothe those aching muscles I’ve been using the Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar from Lush. It is specifically targeted towards sore muscles and I love it! It warms up my whole body and really helps me relax and soothe the pain. It is my fave post-workout treat and I adore its spicy, therapeutic scent. Wiccy Magic Muscles also hydrates the skin beautifully without being too greasy. The scent lingers and adds to the whole spa-like experience and you will be left feeling warmed up, less ache-y and super relaxed! In my ski trip bag it goes!

H&M High Impact Eye Colour Eyeshadow in Sahara Dawn
H&M have really impressed me with their new range and their single eyeshadows are the bomb! I picked up the shade Sahara Dawn and it’s been practically living on my eyelids for the past month. It was a real struggle to capture its true color but it is a stunning cranberry share with slight purple undertones – perfect for all fellow green-eyed gals! It has some fine shimmer running through, which captures the light in all the light places and just adds a touch of sheen. I was seriously impressed by the formula as I usually find it difficult to find good, affordable, non-chalky eyeshadows. This one ticks all the boxes though. It’s blendable, has incredible color pay-off and hangs around for ages without creasing. Love!

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameloen in Amethyst Aphrodisiac (here)
So Charlotte Tilbury did it again! It made me completely fall in love with a products and this one has been swiped on quite regularly recently! It’s my first product from the Colour Chameleon range and I will be definitely getting my mitts on some of the other shades. Amethyst Aphrodisiac is made specifically for green eyes and oh boy – does it make them seriously pop! The shade is very similar to H&M Sahara Dawn but in cream form and I love it for nights out – it is the most beautiful swift smokey eye. Amethyst Aphrodisiac really enhances the color of my eyes and I love the small glitter particles that run through the color. I find that the eyeshadow pencil works best ran all over the lid and worn on its own. The formula is lovely even though in all honesty I expected more. The pencil glides on easily but I find it a tad drying and difficult to blend. It does set to a nice smooth finish though, so it’s nothing too bad. What I love about the formula though is the longevity – this baby stays put until you say so and doesn’t crease. Review coming up soon.

Guerlain Meteorites Pearles in 02 Clair (here)
Guerlain have been taking the beauty world by storm recently, which reminded me to dig out my Meteorites and have a play with them. The result? I have fallen back in love with them and I’ve been using them daily throughout the month of February. They are basically finishing powder (not a setting one as many seem to think), which you dust all over your face and you end up with beautiful airbrushed skin. What is the secret behind the technology I don’t know but I do know that the pearls are basically like a Photoshop for your face. They minimize the size of my pores, even out the skin tone, reduce redness, matte thing down and on top of that somehow manage to add gorgeous healthy glow. I love how the Meteorites blur everything and how natural my skin looks when I apply them. No cakey, powdery finish, just natural and radiant glow. I am smitten!

Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer* (here)
I’ve been looking for a good color correcting primer for ages, so when this beauty hit my doorstep I was beyond excited and a love affair has started. Now I don’t have a lot of redness or discoloration on my face (thank God!) but sometimes when things get spotty or extra red I like to slap this on and leave it work its magic. Prime Time Neutralizing primer, as the name would suggest, is a silicone-based neutralizing primer, which combats redness and hyper pigmentation. It goes on yellow but blends with the skin beautifully reducing the appearance of all imperfections. It evens out the skintone and just brightens up the skin thanks to the light-reflective pigments in the primer. I find that Prime Time does add a touch of moisture into the skin and preps it for the foundation application. If you’re struggling with redness / discoloration look this way ladies!

Have you tried any of these products before? Which was your fave product in February?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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