Sweet Potato Brownies

I love brownies. It’s one of my favourite desserts! Sadly, the ones that you can usually find at the supermarkets are hyper caloric and contain lots of sugar, preservatives and colourants.

I recently found a recipe from Ella Woodward on the BBC food website that looked so yummy but I modified it a bit to my liking. They are delicious!

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Ingredients:

2 medium-large sweet potatoes (600 grams)

14 Medjool dates, pitted

40 grams of milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds & goji berries mixture (you can get this from Holland & Barrett in the UK. I have seen it in supermarkets too!)

40 grams of shelled hemp

1/2 mug buckwheat flour (100 grams)

4 tablespoons raw cacao powder

3 tablespoons agave syrup

pinch of salt

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and wash the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and steam them until they become really soft.

Once they are soft and beginning to fall apart, remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms.

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato and date combination. Stir well.

Place the mix into a lined baking dish and cook for about 20 or 30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork.

Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together!

That’s it! As you can see, these brownies are incredibly easy to make, they won’t take you long and are a real healthy treat.

R x

 

 

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Nut-free Granola Cookies

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since the last time that I posted something. I have been so immersed in writing my dissertation that I had kind of forgotten that I have a life!

Whenever I am feeling very stressed, I tend to follow a “ritual” to keep myself sane. In the mornings I like to drink a warm cup of water with natural lemon juice just after waking up. You need to think that you have been sleeping for at least 8 hours so your body is feeling pretty dehydrated at this point. Lemon also contains vitamin C so it’s a great way to start your day!

After this, I try to do at least an hour of exercise in the morning before I start doing any kind of work. It helps me to clear my mind, relaxes my muscles, gets rid of any tensions that I might have and makes me feel so much better for the rest of the day.

At the moment, I am really enjoying doing some workout videos by Keaira Lashae, The Fitness Marshall and Rebecca-Louise. If you haven’t heard of them, I recommend that you go and check them out. They are so much fun, they will get you fit and you’ll sweat like nothing else! Another alternative is to go for a walk, do Pilates, running or swimming. They are some of my favourite sports anyway!

When you have so much work to do, it is also important to eat a balance and healthy diet. If you tend to nibble a lot when you get stressed, try to have healthy snacks nearby. I made these cookies for breakfast the other day and they were a huge success! You can have one accompanied by a glass of soya milk for breakfast. They are so yummy! These cookies are also nut free so if anyone in your family is allergic to nuts, then this is a great option. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • 50 grams of low-fat margarine or butter
  • 50 grams of caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Manuka honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 50 grams of wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 80 grams of porridge oats
  • 25 grams of dried cranberries
  • 25 grams of raisins
  • 20 grams of sesame seeds
  • 20 grams of pumpkin seeds

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C (fan assisted – if not make it 180 C) / gas mark 4.
  2. Grab a bowl and use it to mix the margarine, sugar and honey together. I used an electric whisk but if you don’t own one, a big wooden spoon will work too. It’ll just take a bit longer!
  3. Add the egg and ground cinnamon. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  4. Grab another bowl and mix together the flour, baking powder, oats, raisins, cranberries, sesame & pumpkin seeds. Once you are done, add this mix to the margarine and sugar mixture and stir to form the cookie dough.
  5. Grease a large baking tray. Drop heaped dessertspoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the baking tray. They will approximately doubly in size, so leave enough space between them. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden.  Don’t overcook or the cookies will become dark brown and very tough.
  6. Remove the cookies from the oven. They should still be a tiny bit soft to the touch. Leave them on the tray for a minute to settle, then transfer them to a wire cooling tray until completely cooled down.
  7. Enjoy!  But remember to keep any left over in an air-tight container so they stay fresh.

I would like to find a substitute for the sugar in this recipe to make it even healthier so if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment on this post. I’d love to hear from you!

R x

Salmorejo cordobés garnished with egg and Ibérico ham

This is a traditional Spanish dish from Córdoba (Andalucía). It’s similar to gazpacho and so is normally served in the summer as a refreshing way to keep cool. I like to serve it with egg and Ibérico ham – that’s a cured ham typical of Spain. The difference between gazpacho and salmorejo is that gazpacho normally has sweet peppers and vinegar, plus the additional bread in salmorejo makes it a thicker mixture. Both are normally served as a starter; you could try serving in shot glasses as part of series of little tapas! Traditionally it was made using a pestle and mortar – but modern technology makes it much easier!

The tomatoes mean that this soup is rich in vitamin C and also has lots of antioxidants, including lycopene. Fresh tomatoes have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Garlic is also beneficial for our health. You can read about it here.

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Salmorejo cordobés
Ingredients (for 4 people):

1 kilo of tomatoes
200 gr. of breadcrumbs (best if it’s one or two days old)
1 garlic clove (you can add more, depending how strong you like it!)
100ml extra virgin olive oil
100 gr. of Ibérico ham
2 eggs
375 ml of still water
salt
parsley

Instructions:

  1. Boil the eggs in a saucepan for 10 minutes, afterwards run under cold water and leave to cool.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, chop and put into a bowl or food processor.
  3. Blend the tomatoes until fully chopped.
  4. Sieve the tomatoes (I use something called a pasapurés) to remove the skin.
  5. Return to the bowl and add the breadcrumbs, water, chopped garlic and oil.
  6. Blend the mixture until a smooth cream.  Add salt to taste.
  7. Place in the fridge to cool.
  8. Peel and dice the eggs, along with the ham.
  9. Serve in a bowl, with the egg and ham sprinkled over the top and decorated with a sprig of parsley.

That’s it! Simple and tasty. ¡Buen provecho! 🙂

R x

 

Kiwi, coconut and chia popsicles

IMG_20160701_211306Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since the last time I posted an article on my blog. I have been feeling very demotivated with this horrible weather. I mean, seriously… IT’S JULY!!! When on earth is it going to stop raining!?!?

Fortunately I will be going on some very well deserved holidays soon so in order to get me into the summer mood I decided to make some popsicles. The recipe is not mine (I found it in “The Little Epicurean blog” which, by the way, is AWESOME!) but I thought that it was so delicious that it deserved being shared with everyone else! I will be making some more in the next few weeks so keep an eye on my food section 🙂

The reason why I like this recipe so much is that it contains ingredients that I love. I introduced kiwis into my diet about a year ago or so and it’s been a great discovery for me as it helps with my digestion. It also has coconut milk, soya milk, chia seeds (a great source of Omega 3) and agave syrup. The recipe is pretty simple, it makes about 10 popsicles and it will only take you about 15 minutes to prepare so this is the perfect alternative to those cheeky hyper caloric ice-creams!

I modified the amounts a bit so these are the ingredients that I used:

  • 240 ml of canned coconut milk. I used the brand Blue Dragon but you can get any that you like.
  • 240 ml of soya milk. I love ALPRO soya milk. This brand is simply amazing! You can check their products by clicking here.
  • 5 tsp of chia seeds. On this occasion I used milled ones but, if you prefer, you can use whole ones. I bought them in Holland and Barrett.
  • 3 tsp of agave syrup. Add more if you want your popsicles to taste sweeter.
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced.

Instructions:

  1. Stir together the coconut milk, soya milk, chia seeds and agave syrup.
  2. Place the sliced kiwis into the popsicle moulds. Use chopsticks or the back of a spoon to press the kiwis to the sides of the mould.
  3. Gently pour the liquid mixture into the popsicle moulds. Insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours until the popsicles are solid.
  4. Enjoy!

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I can’t tell you how delicious these little gems are! I hope you like them too and I look forward to hearing about the ones that you have made.

Have a lovely evening!

R x

Buddy scrub: your friend with benefits

Hi everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. To celebrate two days off from work, I have decided to treat myself with a very special product from Australia called Buddy Scrub. You can choose from three different options: raw cacao, green tea and charcoal. I decided to buy the first two in order to find out what benefits they could have on my skin.

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Since I was a kid I’ve always had dermatological issues. I suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema), a type of inflammation of the skin which involved having dry, itchy, red, swollen and cracked skin. Moreover, those who go through this tend to scratch so much that they can end up with other skin problems. Luckily, I’ve got better as I’ve got older but I still get it quite bad in my hands and arms, especially under extreme temperatures.

One of the reasons why I like this product is the fact that it is made with vegan ingredients and has no harsh chemicals. They recommend customers to test it first on a patch of skin and to check that they don’t have any allergies to their ingredients. Each bag contains 200 grams. The packaging is extremely cute and funny! Once it’s open it can last up to six months. It is also important that you don’t get any water inside the bag so they recommend that you keep it in a dry, cool place.

When you rip off the top of the cacao flavoured scrub, you are hit with this astonishing smell. It’s like smelling a big chocolate cake! The Raw Cacao scrub contains coconut oil (which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, sagging and clears away the dead skin cells), sweet almond oil, rich in vitamin E and reduces the appearance of acne and blemishes and grape seed oil with antiseptic qualities that helps to keep your skin glowing and moisturised. They do warn you not to eat it, even though it seems quite tempting!

The Green Tea scrub has a very calming aroma. Like the Raw Cacao, it also contains sea salt, sugar, coconut oil and grape seed oil. However, this also has jojoba oil which restores the natural oil balance of your skin. It is also rich in vitamins A, D and E, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

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The Raw Cacao and the Charcoal scrubs cost $15.95 or you can purchase the Green Tea scrub for $14.95. I got mine from TK Maxx in the UK, although there weren’t many on display. Sadly, at the moment they only seem to sell these products online in Australia and in the USA. However, they do international deliveries and accept Paypal payments, which I think is great! I calculated the delivery charges to the UK and they cost $11.90 AUD (around £6.13). I think I’m definitely going to order more!

I’m following their Twitter account from @researchb4spend, in case you want to find them. These scrubs are lovely so I encourage you to give them a go. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

R x

 

✶✶ Swarovski’s Enlace Set ✶✶

I had to attend a work colleague’s wedding recently and got myself this little treat. I am so pleased with it! Whenever I have to attend a special occasion, I take a look in Swarovski. I love how elegant and shinny their accessories are. I usually tend to use discreet jewellery but, at the same time, I also want it to make me look special, distinctive and glamorous.

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This combination is simply gorgeous. It contains a pair of earrings (bear in mind that you need to have your ears pierced in order to be able to wear these!) and a necklace. They have a round white Crystal Pearl with sparkling clear crystal pavé and rhodium-plated metal that will match any outfit of your choice. Also, neither the necklace nor the earrings are very long.

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Me wearing the Enlace necklace

The necklace’s length is 38cm and the earrings’ is 2cm. This Enlace set costs £119.00 and is still being sold on the Swarovski’s website. You can find it by clicking here. I have to attend another wedding soon so I am keeping my eyes open for their new collection! 😀

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Me wearing the Enlace jewellery set

And remember, as Sophia Loren said: “nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful“.

Have a lovely evening!

R x

 

☼ Madrid, Spain ☼

I love Madrid. Every time I go there I discover a new cafe, a new shop, a new monument, a new corner. It is full of beauty and charm. During my last stay, the weather was sunny and hot; it was around 40ºC but it was lovely to be able to sit outside.

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Me enjoying a cocktail in a terrace!

This last time I stayed at the AC Santo Mauro hotel, which is situated in the famous area of Chamberí. I highly recommend this accommodation. The staff are very helpful and friendly, plus the architecture of the building is breathtaking! The location is also fantastic because it is right in the centre of the city and close to the shopping and financial districts. If you are a shopaholic like me, trust me, this is a win-win! The Alonso Martínez metro station is only a 5 minutes walk away. This makes it very easy to move around Madrid, especially if you are enjoying a short stay there.

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AC Santo Mauro Hotel. Photo from http://www.hotelsearch.com

If you want to visit the main museums, you can take the metro from here to the stop Banco de España and walk to la Plaza Cibeles, one of the main symbols of the city and where Real Madrid celebrates their sport triumphs. Something that you can’t miss is the Golden Triangle of Art formed by el Museo del Prado (where you can admire the paintings of Goya, Velázquez, Tiziano, Rubens or Rafael amongst many other renown artists), el Museo Thyssen Bornemisza (it has the second largest art private collection after the British Royal Collection) and el Museo Reina Sofía (Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art, with masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí).

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Museo del Prado

Next to the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza you will find la Casa de Lope de Vega (Lope de Vega’s house), one of the most important poets, novelists and playwrights of the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque literature.

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Casa de Lope de Vega. Photo from casamuseolopedevega.org

Another place that you must visit if you go to Madrid is El Parque del Retiro. It is surrounded by lots of monuments, galleries, sculptures, ponds, flowers… it’s simply stunning! You can rent a rowboat and paddle in the Estanque, hire a bicycle or travel in a horse-drawn carriage. From May until October you can also enjoy free concerts performed by the Banda Sinfónica de Madrid or witness some hilarious puppet shows.

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Parque del Retiro

You can take the metro from Atocha (near the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) to Gran Vía, where you will find lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. If you go to Plaza de Oriente, you can contemplate the Teatro Real. If you like opera, then this a must-see. This theatre is considered one of the most important of Spain and Europe. Here you could take pleasure in listening to Madame Butterfly, Otello, Macbeth or La Clemenza di Tito to name a few. Tickets usually sell very quickly and can be expensive so I recommend that you plan your visit in advance.

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Me in front of el Teatro Real

From Plaza de Oriente you can walk to el Palacio Real and see la Catedral de la Almudena, where the present King of Spain Felipe VI married Letizia Ortiz in 2004. The cathedral is surrounded by some beautiful gardens. If you go north through Calle Bailén, you will find la Plaza de España. If you decide to go east instead through Calle Mayor, you will end up in la Plaza Mayor.

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Once you get there, you could visit  el Palacio de Santa Cruz or el Mercado de San Miguel. This last place is not your typical grocery market. To give you an idea, it reminds me a bit of Borough Market near London Bridge (London, UK). Here you can enjoy a big range of tapas, cold meats, cakes, cheese, beer, wine, etc. It is a great place to go if you are feeling peckish!

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Mercado de San Miguel

There are three restaurants that are worth visiting if you go to Madrid. The first one is the Restaurante Santceloni. It is located in el Paseo de la Castellana. It is important to check the opening hours and the dress code as wearing trainers or sport clothes might not be allowed. This elegant restaurant is not cheap but oh god… THE FOOD IS SUBLIME! Their chia soup is amazing, the fennel panna cotta is to die for and the flambé mackerel will take you straight to heaven! These are only some of the dishes that you could enjoy in this incredible place but they have many, many more delicacies. Take a look at their menu here.

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Santceloni. Photo from ViaMichelín.

The other restaurant that I would like to recommend is La Cabra situated in the area of Chamberí. This one is very close to the hotel where I was staying. They serve some exquisite dishes, such as pigeon parfait and caramel-coasted for €12.00, flaméed crayfish, tapioca, comté and tamarillo tree for €16.00 or white asparagus, cocochas and oyster leaf. If you want to celebrate a special occasion, they have private rooms available for rent where you could enjoy a personalised menu created by the renown chef Javier Aranda.

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Restaurante La Cabra. Photo: Belén Díaz. From http://www.abc.es

The last restaurant that I wanted to suggest is DiverXO located in the street Padre Damián (in the area Paseo de la Castellana). His chef David Muñoz is one of the most experimental cooks that I have ever seen. His work is simply amazing. If you want to live a completely different gastronomic experience, then this is the place to be! The menu offers three different options that vary in the quantity of food and number of dishes. They range from €165.00 to €225.00.

If you are on a limited budget then don’t panic. One of the best things about Spain is that you can eat some lovely tapas sat in a terrace while enjoying a long glass of sangría for only a few pounds! La Bodega La Ardosa in Calle Colón 13 serves one of the best Spanish omelettes in Madrid. There’s also La Casa del Abuelo in Calle de la Victoria 12, where you can taste some lovely gambas al ajillo (prawns with garlic). Finally, you cannot miss the famous bocadillo de calamares (calamari baguette). A lot of people find this a bit weird but it’s a very famous dish. One of the best places to order it is the bar El Brillante, located in la Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, near Atocha.

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Bocata de calamares. Photo from http://www.elcocinerofiel.com

I hope that this information has given you an idea of how amazing Madrid is. I could go on forever but I think it’ll be better if you just go and discover the city by yourself. I promise you won’t feel disappointed.

R x

 

Get your mani & pedi ready for the summer!

 

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The weather was glorious today. The sun was shining, girls were wearing skater dresses, others had sandals on, guys were looking cool with their sunglasses… which means that Summer is officially here! YAY!

I can’t wait to go on holiday so I can use all the new nail polish that I have bought recently. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites.

My first choice is the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora. I chose the shade 878 Roll in the grass. It is simply stunning! It has a green/turquoise tone that is perfect for the day. You can find this one in Superdrug for only £2.99. Besides, it dries so quickly that you’ll be able to apply it even if you are considering spending your day in the swimming pool.

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The second one that I have chosen is Orly Color Blast Aqua Neon. Unlike the first one, this has a more blueish tone. It is so beautiful and stylish that you’ll be wanting to wear it all the time! I simply adore this one. You can find it at Boots for £6.33.

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The next nail varnish that I have selected is My Pal Joey by O.P.I from the Hello Kitty nail polish collection. This is a medium/dark blue tone that is ideal for going out at night. It’s RRP was £11.50 but you can get it from Nail Polish Direct for just £5.95. They have some amazing deals on there!

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I am also in love with the shade My Twin Mimmy (this one is part of the O.P.I Hello Kitty collection too). It has a shiny yellow colour that is chip resistant, long lasting and perfect for the music festivals season! You can purchase it for £8.95.

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I had to include an orangey tone in my list so I chose the Do me a flavour nail varnish by Leighton Denny. I got myself this one when I spent a weekend at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa. You can find it here as part of a 12 set collection. It is a lovely tangerine colour perfect for those sunny days sunbathing on the beach!

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I tend to wear a lot of red polish. It just looks so sexy and goes well with lots of different colours. My selection here is the Rimmel Kate Salon Pro 317 Hip Hop. I found it at Lloyds Pharmacy for £4.49.

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If you don’t fancy colours that are too bright and prefer a more subtle look, then the 72 pink’ed Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish might be suitable. It is very easy to apply and dries pretty much instantly. There is a wide range of colours at Boots and it only costs £5.99.

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Last summer I started to use the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine 560 Lovey Dovey. You can buy it from Superdrug for £2.99. The quality is fantastic (as is the price!). It can last for up to a week and looks very shiny. All my friends kept making compliments about how beautiful it looked. It made me so happy!

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If you like white tones, then you will love the Kitty White by O.P.I. It has a pearl finish that will make your nails look strikingly beautiful. If you want to obtain a more opaque effect, then all you need to do is apply two or three layers. You can purchase this one for just £5.55!

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My last recommendation is the Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora  558 Go Wild-Er-Ness. This is a mauve tone that looks a bit lighter than the 560 Lovey Dovey. The price is very affordable (only costs £2.99) and it will match those summer holiday outfits. Boots now has an offer that says that you can buy one Rimmel product and get a second one half price. I am definitely getting more of these!

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. I’d love to hear which are your favourite colours for this summer!

R x

♥ My favourite foundations ♥

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I love Saturday mornings. I really like being woken up by the rays of sunlight (though most of the time is by my cat licking my face demanding food!), having a warm cup of green tea while still in bed and shopping on-line on my iPad. Ahhh, the little joys of life!

I know a lot of you will be out partying tonight, so I thought that I’d write a post about some of my favourite foundations. I have always preferred liquid ones because I have oily skin and I am extremely picky with what I apply on my face.

For those of you who tend to suffer with breakouts regularly, I highly recommend the brand Clinique. I began to use it when I was in high school and have been a fan ever since! One of my favourite products is Clinique’s Even Better Makeup. It has an oil free formula and SPF 15, which prevents hyper-pigmentation. It is very light, covers all imperfections and looks so natural that no one would think that you have any make-up on! I know it’s a bit pricey for every day use (costs £25.00) but the good news is that you don’t need to apply tons of it to look great. If you use a small amount and blend it properly, this little gem will last you a long time. I use the 05 Neutral shade with a Natural finish because I am quite pale and this gives me a instant suntanned look. 

Another foundation that I use very often, especially when I go to work, is the Lasting Performance foundation from Max Factor. For this one, I usually go for the 105 soft beige as it gives me a very fresh look but, of course, you need to choose a tone that is right for your skin colour. This product costs £9.99 in Boots and here in the UK they have an offer at the moment that says that you get a free gift when you spend £14.99 or more on selected Max Factor products. 

For a night out or special occasions I usually go for the MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 foundation. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS! A bottle of 30 ml costs £25.50 but it can last you months. It creates a flawless matte finish that is durable and will leave your skin feeling extremely silky. This foundation also resists the heat, sweat and controls oil. It is one of my favourite acquisitions of all times! I got myself the NW18 shade. I suggest that you go into a store like Selfridges and check the shades that they have available so you can choose one that is suitable for you. 

One alternative product that I also like very much and that is great value for money is the L’OREAL Paris Lumi Magique foundation, which costs £10.99 in Boots. I like using it during the day when I’m out and about. Its liquid light technology will make your face feel soft and hydrated. In all honesty, I don’t think the coverage of imperfections is as mint as what you get with the MAC or the Max Factor foundations. However, if you add a bit of concealer, you’ll look great!

Finally, when I go to the beach I usually apply my EAU Thermale Avène tinted cream with SPF 50. It’s paraben-free, protects you against sun radiation and it’s also water resistant. The 50 ml tube comes with a pump that makes it very easy to apply, especially if you are already on the beach! I normally buy this product in a pharmacy when I go to Spain. Here in the UK you can get it from Boots, Lloys Pharmacylookfantastic.com, Escentual or LandysChemist. This is definitely the perfect way of looking great and protecting your skin while you sunbathe at the same time!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

R x

Om SHE Aromatherapy: make your problems go away!

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Hi all!

It’s been a while since the last time that I posted an article. These last few days have been a bit of a nightmare for me. Every now and then I go through these migraine episodes that leave me with blurry vision and nasty earaches so I have been feeling a bit under the weather  😦

Something that I find very relaxing and that helps me when I get my terrible headaches is aromatherapy. Whenever I have a massage done, I tend to choose this option because it releases the tension in my muscles and also helps me to switch off completely from the worries and the stress of every day life.

There is a brand that I really like and that I discovered in TK Maxx about a year ago. It is called Om SHE Aromatherapy. This brand was launched in Melbourne, Australia in 1996. One thing that I value a lot about them is the fact that they don’t test their products on animals… well done! As well as this, these aromatherapy-based products are sulphate and paraben free, their smell is absolutely gorgeous and they feel so nice on your skin.

Om She Aromatherapy sells a wide range of cosmetics, oils, skin and hair products. I recently purchased the milk & honey body soufflé and the honey & peach body butter at TK Maxx. Honestly, the smell is sublime! Each pot contains 250 g and costs around £4.00.

Another product that I truly love and that I normally use when I am having a relaxing bath is the ocean mist moisturising body wash. This is currently being sold on their Australian website for A$12.95 but cost me around £4.00 in TK Maxx. They have a huge range of lovely fragrances (mango & orange, lime & coconut, blueberry & strawberry, white tea & bergamot, etc.).

If you are lucky to have a partner, relative or friend who enjoys giving massages, then I recommend the pure botanicals miracle body oil. Play some meditation music in the background and you will instantly feel your problems fade away. This oil contains Rosewood, Neroli, Rose Otto, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, anti-oxidant Rosehip and Vitamin E. If you cannot afford going to a Spa, this is the way to transport yourself there for a fraction of the price!

Apart from TK Maxx, I am not quite sure about where else you could get these products from here in the UK. However, you could always visit their website and keep in touch with them. A lot of their products sell very quickly due to the high demand so, if you really fancy one of their goodies, you can always contact them and I’m sure that they will try to have it back in stock as soon as possible.

I saw on their website that they do international deliveries. The postage to the UK costs A$21.50 (around £10.86). Receiving your items could take up to ten days and you’d also need to bear in mind that you have to cover all duties and taxes of your country.

Enjoy your evening!