Month: April 2015

Video: Looking for the perfect natural mascara

We love mascaras that give our eyelashes volume and lengthen them, giving eyes a wide-open effect. But switching it to a natural one can be a challenge. One of us has already embarked on this journey and told the other one off for still using her full of nasty ingredients mascaras!! If, like us, you want to protect your precious eyes, but not compromise on the performance, check out our video in which we talk about 4 natural alternatives. See for yourself how this one turns out 🙂 Have you already tried any natural mascaras? We would love to hear from you!

6 things to know when drinking green smoothies

Getting into the habit of drinking green smoothies regularly is so good for you and your body will be grateful for this! There are so many greens and fruits that you can put in your blender and make drinking veg as yummy as possible. It also is the best way to include superfoods in your diet. By blending the vegetables into a smoothie you increase your daily vitamin, minerals and antioxidants intake. After all, it is so much easier than eating a bowl of raw kale! However, there are a few things you should know when you decide to make drinking green smoothies a habit in order to make the most of it!     Chew your smoothie I know this may sound strange to you! Chewing your smoothie ensures that your body receives the right signals to start the digestive process. This starts in your mouth, once the saliva starts to produce, and continues in your stomach. In this way your body is ready to receive the densely packed with vitamins and minerals liquid and …

Video: Girls just wanna…compete! Avocado speed challenge

This is what happens when two girls spend too much time in the kitchen together – they compete! Preparing avocado for smoothies, salads and other recipes was the first thing we noticed we do differently and we just needed to establish who does it faster and better. To see who won by speed, watch our video! It’s up to you to judge whose ‘technique’ and presentation style was better.  

6 reasons to drink lemon water every morning

Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and cayenne is one of those quick and easy habits that can make a really big impact on your health and well-being. Before I developed this daily routine, I used to crave coffee and sugary foods, like granola or pastries right after I woke up. These foods would satisfy my taste buds but soon after I would be feeling sluggish, bloated and hungry. Since I started drinking the lemon water after waking up, I crave more satisfying foods in the mornings, which set me up for a healthier and more energetic day. One of the main reasons I started this habit was the fact that lemon stimulates the liver, an important detoxing organ that is most active in the mornings. Why is it important to help your liver detox? One of many of the liver’s vital functions is to support healthy and clear skin, and balanced weight, which was what I was after when I started this habit about a year ago. In order for the liver …

Video: Think Dirty app – how clean are your cosmetics?

Think Dirty is a name of an application we have recently downloaded and wanted to share our insights on it with you. Using this app, you can quickly scan cosmetics you currently have on your bathroom shelf; personally, we ended up being pretty shocked by the nasty ingredients hiding in some of our everyday beauty products. In the video you will be able to see which brands surprised us the most and how you can look for alternative products. We found this app to be an amazing tool to help us while shopping for cosmetics and we hope you will find it handy too. It’s currently available to download from App Store for free. Let us know in the comments if you checked the app yet and what cosmetics you currently have that shocked you the most.  

Easy coconut flour pancakes – ideal for breakfast!

I can’t even tell you how much I love pancakes! But going grain free, and especially avoiding white flour, meant that I didn’t have any for the past few months. When I heard about coconut flour and that it can be used for baking, I decided to search ideas and decided to make pancakes as a first recipe. Amazing! Coconut flour is actually a finely grained dried coconut that remains after coconut oil is extracted from the flesh. Coconut flour is naturally high in fiber and protein, low in carbohydrates and is gluten free – this means it has the opposite effect on us compared to any grain flour. Main coconut flour benefits are: It makes you feel full for longer and cleans other residue before leaving our body. It absorbs moisture very easily, helping to clean our digestive system, which also means that staying hydrated is an important thing to remember when having a treat made from coconut flour. A little bit of this flour goes a long way and it is never a …

Antipodes – the natural way to treat your skin

I tested quite a few natural beauty products over the past few months and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. First of all, I wanted to talk about face creams and I will start with one of my favourite brands, Antipodes. The brand is from New Zealand and their products are made of sustainable and traceable ingredients, which are free from parabens, silicones, petrochemicals, sulphates and many more toxic ingredients, which can be found in conventional creams. The packaging they use are made of recyclable materials and their products are not tested on animals. Products I tried so far: Antipodes Rejoice Light Day Cream This cream’s key ingredients are Manuka flower and avocado oil, which heal, are anti wrinkle and provide moisturizing nutrients for the skin naturally. I find this cream perfect for the day. It feels rich but is well absorbed by my skin, even when I started using an oily foundation on top of it. I always worry whether a new face cream will sting my skin and feel uncomfortable, …

Our picks – Top 10 designer bags

I have to confess one thing to you guys – I’m a handbag freak. Unfortunately a very picky one, which appreciates only these beautifully designed bags, made of leather or any other proper material and which come from a brand with a story. That of course limits my shopping a lot, because I am absolutely crazy for designer bags and I can’t seem to appreciate any other ones and in effect I follow the rule ‘Buy less, choose well and make it last’. I prepared a list of my top 10 favourites designer bags, which was a hard thing to do – I am pretty sure I will write a part 2 soon! LADY DIOR My absolute favourite – I instantly fell in love with it. When I moved to London I finally had the chance to try it on and since then I knew it’s the perfect bag. I heard a lot of opinions how difficult it is to wear – that you have to be dressy to wear Lady Dior and that it …

Blueberry muffins with coconut flour

Have you tried using coconut flour yet, following my last recipe for grain free pancakes? I hope you had the chance because I have another grain free recipe for you! If not, you can read more about the benefits of using coconut flour instead of wheat here. This time I’m sharing a recipe for blueberry muffins. I spent a while trying to create this recipe and I must say that they came out delicious! Ingredients (about 6-8 muffins) 50 g coconut flour ¼ tablespoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 4 eggs 75 g unsalted butter (melted) or coconut oil 80 – 100 g honey 30 ml coconut milk or other milk Handful of blueberries (fresh, frozen or dried, depending on the season) Preparation: Preheat oven to 180 degree C. In a bowl, blend together coconut flour, baking soda and salt, and then transfer to a blender. Add the eggs, melted butter, honey and milk to the dry ingredients and blend well. Once you achieved a consistent mixture, gently stir in the blueberries. Line muffin tins …

Effortless look – French je ne sais quoi

What is an effortless look in my definition? Can only French women achieve it? To me effortless is looking effective by being natural and selective when it comes to clothes and accessories. It’s the confidence of wearing something simple and making it a statement. It’s the courage to feel sexy in your own skin, without much make up and other improvements. French icons mastered the effortless look, called ‘je ne sais quoi’ – a quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot are women who I always look up to and they never fail to inspire me. Thankfully, such look is not exclusive for the French. If we carefully select our clothes and listen to ourselves instead of following the trends, I believe we can capture this spirit. Last years, celebrities such as Kim Kardashian influence people with their style – it’s nothing weird considering the fact that even Vogue featured her on their cover. Not because of her fashion taste, but to make better magazine sales. Vogue succeded, Kim as well, …