SUPER SMOOTHIE (that tastes amazingly amazing)

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I have been having this smoothie a LOT recently. I just love it. So nutritious and delicious- who could resist? This wonderful lil’ drink can easily take the place of a meal because it is quite filling. It’s also perfect for those moments when you’re craving something a little sweet, but don’t want to resort to junk food.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (mine was slightly sweetened. You could try using coconut milk instead for a different taste)
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 medjool date, squashed (may also be substituted for honey)
  • Heaped tablespoon of LSA or LSC (let me explain- LSA is a popular blend of finely ground linseed, Sunflower seeds and almonds that is available in many health stores. I chanced upon something even better- LSC, which stands for linseed, sunflower and chia seeds. If you are unable to get either, I’m sure ground flaxseed would suffice)
  • Heaped tablespoon of Amazing Grass Green Superfood chocolate flavour (if you don’t have this, you could try a blend of cacao powder, spirulina powder and stevia)

Blend it all together on high for about 30 seconds, or until it’s all well combined.

Pour into a glass and drink up the goodness!

Review: Ere Perez Natural Waterproof Mascara

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Hello mah peeps! 😀

I’ve been buying a lot of new products recently because I have something big planned in about a month’s time, and I want everything to be perfect!

One thing that I’m guessing a lot of girls would miss when making the switch to natural products is waterproof mascara…am I right? Well, I never really missed it because I never really used it, but it certainly has its place- e.g. stinky, sweaty days, wet days, gym days, pool/beach days and special occasion days when you know there’s a strong likelihood of a few tears being shed.

SO with that being said, I set out on a mission!! I was gonna find a waterproof mascara that was as natural as possible! I love making a new discovery, so when I landed on Ere Perez’s ‘natural waterproof’ formula, I knew I had to check it out…and so I did, and here are my first impressions

Description: A superb blend of avocado and mamey oil  that cares for your lashes. Exercise, party and swim-proof, 24-hour wear. A very thick formula that doesn’t smudge. Perfect for sports and parties! For very thick, black lashes.

Ingredients: carnauba (copernicia cerifera) wax , palm (elaeis guineensis) wax, soybean (glycine soja) wax, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, calcium stearate, mamey (pouteria sapota) oil, avocado (persea gratissima) oil, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil, isopropyl palmitate,  palmitic acid, tocopheryl acetate, shellac, orange (citrus aurantium dulcis) oil, lemon (citrus medica limonum) oil, bergamot (citrus aurantium bergamia)oil, CI77499, CI77510

Yeah, k, so it does contain silicones, but you’d have to agree that overall it’s pretty natural. Besides, I don’t think silicones are actually THAT bad (only a 2 and 3 on EWG cosmetic database). I was initially concerned about the presence of shellac, but after a bit of research I couldn’t find any real dirt on it. If you’re a vegan though this is not a good thing for you- shellac comes from a beetle!

Price: $28.95 on the website, but I think there are some places where you can get it a few bucks cheaper http://www.ereperez.com/shop/3/natural-mascaras/natural-waterproof-mascara-black.html

Smell: quite a strong smell- not entirely pleasant, but nothing too offensive. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like exactly, but the closest thing I can think of is a glue stick!

Application: wand is standard, nothing special. Applies like you would expect a mascara to apply, although feels kind of wet and lightweight when you first use it.

Length: I was pleasantly surprised- quite nice definition and lift. It’s nothing terribly dramatic, but I was overall quite pleased. You can see by the photos how well it worked.

Volume: not a GREAT deal of volume, but enough in my opinion. I really like the way it darkens the lashes.

Waterproofiness: I tested this by flicking water in my eye area and running my fingers through the lashes to see if it would leave any residue. DAYUMM IT ACTUALLY WORKS! Nothing on the fingers! It only comes off if I scrape it off with my nails, but I think that’s pretty normal.

Removal: this was actually kind of difficult to remove, and call me crazy, but I think that’s a good thing, because it just shows how effective it is. It did eventually come off, however, with my Rejuva Minerals eye makeup remover.

So far, so good- I am really happy with this product. I suppose I really should be for the money I paid for it 😀 If things change dramatically and I end up hating it, I’ll let you know, but at this stage I’m lovin’ it!

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Before application

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After one coat

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After two coats