Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My Favorite Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

A picture of kiwi sorbet

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

A photo of MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick

MAC Velvet Teddy

A picture os swatch of MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick

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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