Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Gluten And Dairy Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies



These are the easiest quickest cookies to make, the worst part of  getting this post up was taking the pictures and not being able to eat the cookies until I had a few good shots, the first mediocre picture and I was diving in.

Just a note you can easily use less maple syrup or honey, this is just a guide it's best to add a tablespoon and a time and give it a taste if you don't like it too sweet. Also it is preferable to use organic peanut butter.

For 12 Cookies
 
3/4 Cup Peanut Butter (Natural, No Sugar or Oil Added)
1 Egg
4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup ( you could also use honey)
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/3 Cup Dark Mini Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper


In a bowl combine all your ingredients except the chocolate chips and whisk till well combined

                                                        Fold in the chocolate chips

Scoop out a tablespoon of batter and roll into balls

With the back of a spoon or spachler press the cookies down around and Inch and half

Pop into the oven for 10 min , take them out on a wire rack to cool slightly.



Saturday, 29 March 2014

What I Am Loving This Week: Take 1



Deep Clean

Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil from Una Brennan, I think if this was available in Canada it would replace my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Sadly it's not but I will savor every drop of the 2 bottles of it that I have. It smells beyond and is great for a facial massage which I am trying to incorporate on a regular basis. .
 
Avocado Frenzy

Lisa Eldridge came out with a  new skincare film and of coarse I was all over that, she talked about a new eye cream she was using from Kiehl's with avocado oil so I went online found the ingredients and it seemed that really avocado oil was the star ingredient, I went to the health food store and picked some up have been using it this past week at night. If it pans out I will do a post on it.
 
NYX Xtreme Shine Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz and NYX Butter Gloss in Éclair, I have had these two for a for a while but I was way into lipsticks, the stickiness and overall feel of lip gloss on my lips drove me away but I have found my self using these two all week and keep going back to them,  no stickiness, well pigmented in my opinion overall winners.
 
Avocado Frenzy Take 2
 
Avocado spaghetti, addicted is understatement I have seen recipes floating around on the web for a while, and even though I am a huge avocado fan combining it pasta just didn't seem to fit... BUT IT DOES! oh does it ever, favorite new food. I used the recipe from Oh she glows.
 
A serious test for your hair heat protectant
 
An amazing post on Refinery29. about how to test if your hair protectant is doing it's job it involves spraying the protectant on your hand and letting it dry followed by well you guessed it basically blow-drying your hand. Read all about it here.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Spring Picks


These are some of the items I have my eye on for Spring, starting off with something I was sure I would never want are white shoes but never say never, these Topshop ones I think are just the perfect cut, and the heel right is reasonable for tall girls like myself. An item I am always lusting after is a trench coat and this one from Zara might just fit the bill, a classic trench with a  twist it's made of light flowing fabric making it more versatile it would be great wrapped up over simple cami dress with a good heel for a night out, or over jeans and a basic top. Spreaking of a night out you cant go wrong with a black dress this one from ASOS seems really fresh, the cut is really modern and I like that it's not form fitted.  For the accessories I wasn't into the mirrored sunglasses trend but after seeing a few pictures of Olivia Palermo sporting them it's safe to say I am on board, these classic Ray Bans with the mirrored lenses are a safe bet, a classic style with a twist. And finally my number one item is the boyfriend jean, these ones from The Gap have the right amount of distress and the wash is just great.
 
Leave a comment below and tell me what is on your spring wish list!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Get your Glow On: How To Make Any Foundation Have a Dewy Natrual Finish

 
 I was on YouTube the other night watching old footage of Kevyn Aucoin, I just find he was such an intriguing soul with immense talent . In one video they were talking about when he won the first CFDA award for best makeup for the Richard Tyler Spring/Summer 1996 collection. He was giving a breakdown of what he did on the models and for the skin he said he mixed glycerin with foundation, this of course intrigued me so I immediately mixed some glycerin and foundation ( I used Bourjois Happy Light Foundation and NOW Vegetable Glycerin) on the back of my hand and buffed it onto my face using a buffing brush and Viola a  finish that rival NARS Sheer Glow.

For the ratio of glycerin to foundation it really depends on what foundation you are using,  I used a drop or two of glycerin to two to three pumps of foundation, If you have the right among your foundation should be smooth and super bendable if you have added to much glycerin your foundation will separate and it will be though to blend. That's why I think it is best to mix it on the back of your hand so you can quickly make adjustments. I think this is such and easy, natural and affordable way to transform any foundation.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Nightime Skincare

 

My theory when it comes to nighttime skincare is don't do or use anything you're not prepared to do for the long term. I think what you do to your skin and how you treat it not only shows in the present but guarantees what kind of skin you will be waking up to years from now.
With that in mind, I try to keep it simple so it is doable every single day and as natural as possible, I know it is hard to go 100% natural but where I can I do so.
For starters I like a good cleanse by implementing this cleansing routine  which consists of a double cleanse I have noticed the biggest change, a greater change that any product has delivered thus far. I start with a cleansing balm I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm really massage it in,  melts away any make up and has diminished the need for a separate eye makeup remover. I then remove the balm with a wet washcloth and give my face a rinse, I follow up with a gentle cleanse to remove anything that might be left over, for this step I use Purlisse Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser. For toners I honestly haven't found something I have fallen in love with I just use a good rosewater it smells refreshing and it calms my skin.
Moisturising is and has always been a challenge with dry acne prone skin but for me the ultimate moisturiser for whatever ever skin type you are is Rosehip oil I use a different brand every time I run out. With rosehip oil you notice a definite difference in your skin texture and moisture but  I see the biggest difference  when I stop using it for a couple weeks its seriously like my skin is falling apart. Under eye cream is a recent addition I always believed  it was not a needed step thanks to Paula Begoun ( she came out with those  "Don't go the cosmetic counter without me" books) her theory that you are basically buying face cream in a smaller bottle and paying more. But regular eyecream gave me milia (bumps underneath my eyes) and they constantly felt dry. Since starting to use Sibu Seabuctorn Age Defying Eye Cream, I have definitely noticed a big change and kind of feel foolish for not jumping on the eye cream band waggon sooner.
 
For the final bits, I really like using an eyelash growth serum I have been using Rapid Lash and I definitely noticed that my lashes were thicker and long. I used to use it every nigh but now I have cut down to couple times a week just to maintain the results.

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