Healthy Christmas Choc-Chip Cookies!

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Give this a thought for a moment- how sick do you think Santa must be of those ‘mainstream’ cookies full of unhealthy and just plain nasty ingredients? Don’t you think he’d appreciate a change for once?

Well I guarantee that Santa and anyone who gets these cookies will be super impressed to discover that they are dairy and gluten-free, healthy and FREAKING DELICIOUS!

The secret ingredient here is macadamia nuts, which give these cookies a beautiful buttery taste and crunchy texture 😉

What you will need:

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  • 2 cups of gluten-free plain flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (I bought this awesome variety from iherb that also has stevia!)
  • 100 grams macadamia nuts
  • 50 grams coconut butter (I haven’t tried but I’m sure coconut oil could be used as a replacement)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I LOVE the Enjoy Life Foods mini-chips which you can get from iherb)
  • 2 eggs (yes I know there are 3 in the picture, but you will only need 2 :-P)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch himalayan or celtic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

First of all, preheat the oven to 180°C or approx. 356°F

Next up, line a baking tray with baking paper

Grind the macadamia nuts using a blender or grinder or food processor (anything that works basically). I actually think it’s nice if there are a few chunky bits left over, but you want the majority of it to be finely ground, as this will give a lovely buttery texture.

Combine all the ingredients together and mix well with a spoon or fork (or even your fingers, providing they are clean of course!)

separate the mixture into little balls and press down onto the baking tray. Mine looked a little like this before they went in:

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Then, put them in the oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden-brown and the smell is making you salivate!

Leave to cool and then ENJOY!! 😀

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Summer Makeup (using natural & organic products)

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Products:

  • Jurlique  Love Balm in Rose
  • Honeybee Gardens Pressed Powder in ‘Supernatural’
  • Terre d’Oc BB cream in ‘Petale Rose’
  • RMS Uncoverup in 11 and 22
  • RMS Living Luminizer
  • RMS Lip2Cheek in ‘Smile’
  • Silk Naturals Sheer Bronzer in ‘Beach Bunny’
  • Zuii Organic pressed blush in ‘Melon’
  • Zuii Organic Lipstick in ‘Pink Flesh’
  • Ere Perez Natural Waterproof mascara in Black
  • Dr. Hauschka Kajal Eyeliner 04

Hello there! Recently I have been experimenting to find a look that will last all through those hot summer days when your face feels like its about to melt off! This makeup is bright and natural-looking, and perfect for summer!

I didn’t use all these products for my look, what I have done is included a few different ones which you can choose between depending on your skin type and whether you prefer to use cream or powder products.

So let’s get into it then 🙂

First off, I applied rosehip Oil as a moisturiser which my skin has really been loving.

Then, after I had given it enough time to sink in I used my RMS lip2cheek in smile and placed it along the tops of my cheekbones. I was rather heavy-handed with this product because, I discovered this super awesome tip which I am really diggin’ right now: all you do is go over the top of the blush with your powder foundation to get a look that’s natural and ‘glowing from within’.

If you prefer powder blushes, or just want to try out an awesome natural blush, I HIGHLY recommend the Zuii Organic blush in ‘Melon’- a gorgeous coral-pink shade with just a hint of gold shimmer. Seriously I have been loving this blush for Spring and Summer, and I believe it has been touted as the natural dupe for the NARS Orgasm blush.

Next I went over my face with the Honeybee Gardens pressed powder in ‘Supernatural’. This colour is now perfect for my slightly tanned Summer skin, however in the Winter-time I use ‘Geisha’. Lemme just say- I freaking LOVE this powder!! It is so dense, gives AMAZING coverage, and yet still looks natural and slightly dewy, especially with well-moisturised skin underneath.

If you have really dry skin or prefer liquid foundation, I would recommend using RMS uncoverup along with the Terre d’Oc BB cream. I find that this BB cream is initially difficult to work into the skin, but as long as my face has been sufficiently moisturised, after an hour or two it ends up looking quite lovely, plus the colour is a perfect match at the moment. If you have really pale skin you probably won’t be able to use this, as Rose Petale is the lightest shade and it’s still rather dark 😦

Next up I lined the top and bottom of my eyes with my Dr. Hauschka eyeliner in 04. I find this preferable to a black eyeliner during the day as it looks more soft and natural to tie in with the rest of the makeup. Then I applied lashings of the Ere Perez Natural Waterproof Mascara, which I am STILL loving, especially in Summer when mascara is more likely to melt and transfer onto yo’ under-eye area (really not a good thing).

I used RMS uncoverup as an under-eye concealer with a small brush and also applied a bit of Living Luminizer to the inner corner of my eyes to make them pop. This product also works well when applied to the tops of the cheekbones and under the brow-bone.

After moisturising my lips with the Jurlique Lip Balm I went over it with my Zuii Organic lipstick in Pink Flesh, which is a beautiful nude-ish colour with just a hint of pink (hence the name lol). I find that this lipstick really compliments either blush and is also super moisturising. No dry lips here, girl!

Finally, if you wish to apply a bronzer, I have been loving Beach Bunny from Silk Naturals. The colour is definitely not orange and it has just a hint of shimmer to get you all in that fun Summer mood

Hope you like my go-to Summer makeup look! If you have any questions or would like me to review individual products, please feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

Have a lovely day, wherever you are!

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Swatches (from left to right):

Zuii Organic Lipstick in ‘Pink Flesh‘, RMS lip2cheek in Smile, Zuii Organic blush in Melon, Silk Natural Beach Bunny bronzer, RMS Living Luminizer and Dr. Hauschka Kajal Eyeliner in 04

Summer Juice Recipe

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While our friends over on the opposite side of the globe are trying to get all warm and cozy as the cold winter weather hits on, folks in Australia are sweltering in the heat!

During the warmer weather, juices are perfect option to hydrate and give the body the nutrients it needs to get through the day. This particular juice is PACKED full of awesome ingredients that are sure to give you a lift any time you need it.

What you will need:

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  • 1 medium sized beetroot
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 apple (I personally prefer Granny Smith variety)
  • 1-2 Kale leaves

Chop these ingredients up and add them to the juicer.

  • 1-2 bananas (depending on how you like it. I used 1 and a half)
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoons of any nice-tasting superfood mix (I used both Amazing Grass Goji & Acai and Vital Greens. I highly recommend them both)

Mix these ingredients together with the juice in a blender. Pour in a glass and add ice if you wish.

Health benefits: this juice contains potassium, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and K. It may assist in preventing cancer and detoxifying the body’s organs

Super refreshing, delicious and filling- this juice is perfect for those hot summer days when you’re craving a slushie but don’t want to cave in to temptation! Give it a go and let me know what you think 😉