Spring clean your make up!

Spring clean your make up!

As with everything, make up too can expire! Yes, as strange as it sounds, it is important to keep checks on make up and how long you’ve had it for. Using make up that may have expired can affect our skin as the chemicals in the products tend to change over a period of time as they have been exposed to oxygen, and microbes from the air around us. These are some of my top tips to keep your make up in check, and how often you should keep certain products. Eye and lip make up particularly is prone to contamination if you have shared it or let some one borrow it.

Start off by gathering all make up products, and arrange everything such that you have all lipsticks in one pile; eyeshadows in another, foundations in another… I’m sure you have got the hang of it now! 😉

Any opened products that you have had for over two years – chuck them straight into the bin!

Make up that has any musky or weird smells, that goes straight to the bin too.

Make up application tools such as brushes that may be falling apart; sponges and puff that are broken, throw them out too.

Liquid products that are runny or separated need to be tossed away. Liquid make up such as foundations tend to separate over time as the chemical compositions change, in oil based foundation, the oil separates into a separate layer from the other liquid.

For those colours that you may have purchased to match with certain outfits, but haven’t worn in over 6 months, dispose them. You haven’t used them and it is very unlikely that you will wear them again.

Avoid storing any make up or beauty products on the window sill or in the bathroom as the heat of the steam ruins make up.

Bobbi Brown suggests the following life spans for products that have been opened:

Cream cleanser – 1 year

Gel cleanser – 1 year

Cream moisturisers – 1 year

Oil-based foundations – 1.5 years

Water-based foundations – 1 year

Lipstick – 1-2 years

Mascara – 3-4 months

Powder – 2 years

Shadows – 2 years

Brushes – wash every fortnight if your using it on yourself. Make up artists need to wash/clean after every client.

Sponges – same rule as the brushes, but wash weekly if its personal use.

Having clean make up applicators prevents all those nasty break outs, and you will also notice that it will be a lot easier to apply the make up.

Get in there and spring clean your beauty products!

What are your make up/ applicator cleaning tips?

🌸Happy Spring Cleaning 🌸

Love

Akruti

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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? 😀

Why not, and leave your comments below…

Bon Appétit 🍴!

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.
The final product
Happy Juicing!

Try it out and leave a comment below 🙂

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Review: Wahaca Great Portland Street

Review: Wahaca Great Portland Street

Hi guys,

Nibbles: Guacamole with tortilla chips
Nibbles: Guacamole with tortilla chips

 

For those that know, I really enjoy Mexican cuisine as its refreshingly simple and spicy. I have grown to enjoy eating at this amazing Mexican restaurant in London, Wahaca. Co-founded by Thomasina Myers, an English cook, Writer, as well as TV food presenter, hosting her own show: Mexican Food Made Simple. Wahaca promotes healthy eating, as well as freshly preparing meals as they are ordered. As you walk in to the restaurant you can feel the vibrant atmosphere with a hint of fresh guacamole and salsa. The food is freshly made and can be seen in the finely selected leaves of the salad tortilla bowl. The use of fresh fruits and vegetables in their dishes stands out to the palette as every ingredient is carefully selected. Each dish is brought out as it is prepared, and they cater for people with dietary needs such as gluten free tortillas. I have always enjoyed going to this restaurant in London, it is fairly affordable, and I think you get a great value for money because of the fresh and simple ingredients used to create exciting food. The menu is somewhat like a tapas, where you order dishes that cost from ÂŁ3.70- ÂŁ5.25 from their ‘Street food’ selection. Their salads are one of my personals favourites from the ‘Platos fuertes’ section in the menu, where I order their Sonora salad with black bean & corn salsa, costing ÂŁ7.50, which is perfect for sharing. It is a wholesome salad with lots of goodness found in the quinoa grains, pumpkin seeds, tossed in the black bean, that are filled in a fried tortilla bowl (the not so healthy part!). The flavours in this salad are tangy, and sweet, and just burst when u take a bite.

 

Cactus Taco
The Sonora Salad with black bean & corn salsa
The Sonora Salad with black bean & corn salsa

 

Their cocktails as well as non alcoholic ‘mocktails’ are reasonably priced, and pair well with all the dishes.

Hibiscus Mojito

 

Desserts… Ahhh my favourite part… it has to be Churros y chocolate: hot Spanish/Latin American dessert, made from a donut-like batter, sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon, which you dip in a hot cup of chocolate… Heavenly!

 

Churros y chocolate

 

The staff have always been friendly and helpful, and I would recommend everyone to check it out. They have many chains across London!

 

These prices are based on my visit in September 2014.

Check out the website for more details   http://www.wahaca.co.uk

This is based on my personal experience, comment below and let me know yours…

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Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

Home Made Tabbouleh Salad

 Tabbouleh is a quick and easy lunchtime meal I usually have, especially when I’m on the go. Tabbouleh is a staple food  in a number of Middle Eastern and Northern African countries. It consists of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, bulgur (cracked wheat), spring onions and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. The strong flavours of parsley are complemented by the lemony citrus tang. It is normally served with pitta bread and hummus, or wrapped in a romaine lettuce (the healthier option!). Tabbouleh has become a popular dish.

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Not only is it healthy, but it is very filling and tasty too, in addition is considered as a good detox because of the parsley. As introduced to me by a friend; Mariana, this is how I make Tabbouleh salad, as a side with pitta and hummus, the perfect lunchtime meal.

  • Wash and finely chop one bunch of parsley.
  • Finely chop one tomato.
  • Soak 2 tablespoon bulgur in half a cup of boiling water, for 15 minutes, or until the bulgur is softened.
  • Finely chop spring onion (optional)

Mix the parsley, tomatoes, bulgur and spring onion (optional).

Now add:

  • The juice of half an lemon/lime.
  • One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Enjoy your home made tabbouleh 🙂

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