Last Minute Christmas Gift IdeasūüéĀ!

Last Minute Christmas Gift IdeasūüéĀ!

As we all get in the festive mood closer to Christmas Day, putting up the trees and decorations, we¬†often struggle¬†to find stocking fillers or gifts to put under the tree. So here is a little bit of inspiration to put a smile on those you love ūüėÉ

 

Bobble Drinks BottleFiltered water bottle. 

Also available in the UK at House of Fraser

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This crinkle free unisex sports bottle filters water at the mouthpiece as you drink. The filter at the mouthpiece can be replaced after 2-3 months of usage, and is the equivalent of 300 plastic bottles. Not only does it save money, but it also helps protect the environment as it is reusable and recyclableūüėÉ. The carbon filter removes chlorine and other contaminants from tap water. There are two available sizes: 550ml (¬£10 at Debenhams) and 1 litre (¬£13 at Debenhams). The filters come in various colours, so adds a bit of brightness to the season.

 

Essential Burt’s Bees – loving essentials for any season.

Available at Burt’s Bees for ¬£12.99. Also Available at John Lewis¬†and Waitrose.

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This set includes mini trial sizes of the¬†Beeswax Lipbalm, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, Mini Hand Salve, and¬†Soap Bark¬†& Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. As mentioned in my previous post¬†‘My top 5 winter Essentials‘, I love Burt’s Bees products as they are natural and extremely moisturising especially in the wintery months. These mini sizes are great if your loved one is new to these products as it gives them a sample of a variety of items.

Their packaging is ideal as a Christmas Gift or even a stocking filler.

 

John Lewis Aroma Click & Heat Gel Hand Warmers

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Adorable knitted, animal print hand warmers, with gel warmer pads inside each warmer. Ideal for the winter, to keep in pockets, or to simply hold in your hands. The heat is activated by clicking the metal disc inside each of the gel pads. The activated pads last for 45 minutes, and can be reactivated by placing in boiling hot water for 15 minutes.

They come in many different animal prints: Polar bear, Deer, Owl and Fox (just to mention a few!) and are reusable making it a warm Christmas.

Also available at John Lewis for £14!

 

Yankee CandleScented Candles

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These household candles are perfect for the holiday season. Yankee Candles have over 70 scents and sizes. They are perfect gifts for the home. My favourite all time scents are the Christmas Cookie, Black Cherry, French Vanilla and Cupcake Jar. Prices range from  £1.80 Р£19.99. They are surprisingly long lasting, and dispenses a subtle scent that usually covers the whole room. Check out their website for more options on their scents.

 

Molton BrownBath & Body Gifts

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You might think that it may be too much to pay for a shower gel or shampoo, but why not treat your loved ones with something special for the season. Whether buying individual bottles, or gift sets, there are a variety of options. Prices commonly start from £13- £80 for mens gifts. Women gift sets start at £20 up to £74 for gift sets. My personal favourite is the Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, retailing at £18. If your looking for that perfect pamper gift, this is definitely the one to get to treat your loved one, or even spoil yourself over the holidays.

 

Hair Straightener

GHD IV Stylerr
GHD IV Styler

 

GHD IV Salon Styler
GHD IV Salon Styler

 

 

 

My never ending love for GHD straighteners¬†(Good Hair Day). Yes,¬†we do need an amazing pair¬†of¬†hair tools as these can be used to straighten and curl hair.¬†The joys of winter are the frizzy hair that we get when it rains, or is damp outside. ¬†Having owned two different types of GHD’s: ghd IV salon styler with larger plates, and the styler for straightening, curls and waves. ¬†I definately think this product is a must have for every girl. They tame frizzy hair down. GHD straighteners are great as they have ceramic plates, swivel cords and long lasting curls. I have owned my GHD Salon Styler for over 3 years and they are still in perfect working condition.¬†The Salon Styler however, does not give long lasting and tight curls, compared to the IV Styler (left picture).¬†¬†Salon Styler is perfect for straightening thick long hair, as it gets the job done fast!

ūüéÖHappy ShoppingūüéĀ

ūüéĄMerry ChristmasūüéĄ

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The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

The Scrumptious ‘3 F’ Pancake!

Don’t we all just love pancakes? They can be quite unhealthy, especially when made with plain flour. I have recreated the pancake recipe- scrumptious yet¬†healthier version. I like to call it the ‘3 F Pancake’ – It is fluffy, fibrous and filling! So, I thought of sharing this recipe with those of you who are avoiding piling on the pounds this winter, with a guilt free pancake! Its perfect for a healthy, filling¬†and nutritional breakfast.


Here are the ingredients (makes around 3 pancakes):

100% Organic Oat Flakes:

1 tablespoon whole wheat flour/spelt (optional)

A Pinch of Sea Salt

3/4 cup Milk

1 Egg


Take the oat flakes, grind them into a powder in a grinder, I use the Braun Multiquick MR 430 HC Hand Blender Chopper. Now use 4 tablespoons of the ground oats in the mixture. This hand blender has been reviewed on the following BLOG Photo 03-11-2014 09 45 53

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Mix 4 tablespoons of ground oats, 1 tablespoon of whole wheat/spelt flour (optional) and the pinch of salt.

Create a well in the middle of the flours, adding the egg whites (or can add the whole egg, I prefer to use the Egg whites, as the yolk is high in fat and cholesterol).

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To this, add the 3/4 cup of milk.

Whisk the above into a batter, add more milk if you prefer the pancakes more runny.Photo 03-11-2014 11 47 27

Add 2 spoonfuls of this batter onto a hot/preheated pan to get the perfect size.¬†Don’t forget to flip the pancake over to cook the other side. I like to have mine with honey, or home made strawberry jam (sometimes even mushed up strawberries)!

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Tempted to try this recipe out? ūüėÄ

Why not, and leave your comments below…

Bon App√©tit¬†ūüćī!

‚ĚĄMy Top 5 Winter Essentials‚ĚĄ

‚ĚĄMy Top 5 Winter Essentials‚ĚĄ

We’re almost half way into November, and its finally getting cold (yes after the exceptionally warm October we had in England!). This isn’t the best season¬†for our skin, as well as hair. With the festive season it is not always easy to stay on top of a well balanced diet. Therefore it is important to keep our bodies hydrated and nourished with the vital nutrients and vitamins. Our skin, nails and hair also tend to dry out and get damaged.

These are my top 5 essentials to survive through the cold winter months. I am not a health expert, but these essentials may prove useful to you as they have to me.

 

1) Coconut oil hair mask: It is a white solid in the jar, but melts quickly in the palm of our hands. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil, or vegetable oil, as well as a great skin moisturiser. I have recently purchased the cold pressed Chi ¬†100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil, retailing at ¬£9.44. Personally I am not too fond of the smell on my skin, so I prefer to use it as a conditioning hair mask, to prevent my hair drying out in the winter. I try to use this hair oil mask once a week on dry hair, applying it the night before I wash my hair. Take some in your fingers and gently massage it through the whole scalp, making sure the whole head is covered with some oil. Whatever you have remaining in your hands, run it through the length of your hair, comb it through using a wide toothed comb and tie a loose braid. Keeping it on overnight helps to condition and soften your hair. Use a shower cap or a towel on the pillow if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase, and pillow! don’t drench the hair with the oil, excess oil will just run down your face as it melts! Make sure you wash it out thoroughly with shampoo, it takes a few goes to remove all the oil. It cannot, however, be used as an alternative to a conditioner because it doesn’t rinse out well with water alone. If you do have extremely frizzy or heat damaged hair, take a small pinch (smaller than the size of a pea), rub between your palms, and pull it through the length of your dry hair (remember to use a small amount or you will end up with a greasy mess).

Chi coconut oil

 

2) Aloe Vera Gel: Click here for my post on Benefits of Aloe Vera. You can also use this as a full body moisturiser.

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

 

3) Lip Balm: My favourite is the one with Burts Bees Beeswax Vitamin E¬†& Peppermint for ¬£3.69. Having used Vaseline and other lip moisturisers in the past, discovering Burts Bees was the best thing the could happen. It stays on for long, you do not need to keep reapplying it the way you would with Vaseline, it is super moisturising,¬†the Vitamin E soothes dry chapped lips, and the Peppermint oil refreshes the lips. The fact that the product is made from a natural ingredient, bees wax made it even more attractive.¬†The tube is more hygienic than using a lip balm from a tub, and it also fits easily into your small clutch bags or¬†pocket. Its good value for money as you don’t need to keep re-applying it and it softens and conditions the lips, especially in the winter. I also apply it before I do my make up, and keeps my lipstick from cracking.

Burts Bees

 

4) Green Juice: Check out my Greeeench Juice recipe. I like to have this every morning for breakfast, as I get my 5 a day as well as a good intake of water to kick start my day.

Green Juice

 

5)Lip Scrub: Mint Julips by Lush Handmade Cosmetics for £5.50. I try to use this once every fortnight (frequent use can have negative effects). This lip scrub tastes like mint chocolate chips, and also acts as a moisturiser. It eliminates all those cracks, rough bits and bleeding of the lips. You only need a minimal amount of the scrub, rub it gently on your chapped and cracked lips, and you can lick it off after using it. The small pot lasts a long time, I have had mine for 2 months, and its not even near the half way mark.

It contains:

Caster Sugar (coarse): helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin

Peppermint Oil: Cools the skin by stimulating nerves and dilating blood vessels

Organic Jojoba Oil (from the jojoba seeds): Readily absorbed by our skin epidermis is the nourishing and softening

Vanilla extract: For flavour

Tagetes Oil (from the marigold flower): Contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties keeping the skin clear.

Mint Julips Lush

 


¬†‚ĚĄComment with your views¬†or any suggestions of your Top 5 Winter Essentials‚ĚĄ

Share the goodness with friends and family¬†ūüėä

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Greeeench juice

Greeeench juice

My go-to healthy smoothie, a great detox drink that keeps me filled up. Rich in antioxidants, its a good smoothie to kick start the day. The best bit is that it does not taste bitter, infact it tastes like regular juice out of a carton, just that its freshly made and the healthier option.

These are the key ingredients I choose to use, the base of greens is parsley(can also use spinach or kale), followed by cucumber, apple, grapes, freshly squeezed orange and/or lemon juice, and a small slice of ginger gives a nice kick to the drink. Add 1-2 cups of water, or enough water to help blend the ingredients. I tend to add ice at the top, or even use frozen grapes instead. It tastes best when its consumed immediately after blending. I use the Moulinex Optiblend 2000 (AAW945) blender to make this refreshing smoothie.

Available at: http://www.moulinex.co.uk/pages/food_AAW945.htm?OnpageA=1

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Handful of grapes
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Organic apples. If is difficult to source organic apples, peel off the waxy skin.
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Lime, apple, ginger, grapes, cucumber and parsley
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Add the leafy greens first, followed by the remaining ingredients in which ever order. Don’t forget to add around 1-2 cups of water, depending on how thick you want it.
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Happy Juicing!

Try it out and leave a comment below ūüôā

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Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Everyday eyeshadows by MAC

Having recently started up a new collection of make up, I decided to invest in MAC, after getting rid of my old make up palettes. When I was looking to buy the starter eye shadows, I tried to search whether anyone had made up a good collection that can be used especially for Indian skin. I love MAC eye shadows, they have minimal fall out, their pigment is true to the colour, easy to use and blend. Indian make up normally has a very bold eye, which can be paired with either a bright lip, or a nude lip; my personal favourite. The gold’s, antiques and browns are perfect for a natural look that can be worn either everyday or even special occasions.

MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns
MAC Golds, Antiques and Browns

I normally use a lighter shade on the inner corner of the eye, such as Ricepaper or Retrospeck. For the centre of the eye I would generally use one or two shades darker, such as Amber Lights. If using frosty, shimmery colours on the inner corner, use a matte colour for the outer corner such as Embark or Blackberry, which gives a good balance. Using an applicator brush, pick up a tiny amount of any brown shade eyeshadow, gradually building until you achieve the look or intensity wanted. If using matte shades on the inner and middle of the eyelid, then you can use a shimmery shade for the outer corner. Blending is key to achieving a natural flawless look.

L-R: Retrospeck,  Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold,  Goldmine, Amberlights
L-R: Retrospeck, Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold, Goldmine, Amber lights
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch
L-R: Blackberry, Embark, Sketch

These are just a few of my tips and tricks using these basic neutral colours for eyeshadow. Different intensities and depths of the eyeshadows can be achieved by building up the eyeshadow, for a bolder look. The products mentioned above have been listed below.

Golds

MAC Goldmine Frost

MAC Gorgeous Gold

MAC Retrospeck

MAC Ricepaper

MAC Amberlights

Antiques

MAC Antiqued velvex pearl

MAC Woodwinked

MAC Bronze Frost

Browns

MAC Embark

MAC Blackberry Matte

MAC Sketch