Another iHerb Haul!

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Recently I decided to go all out on my iHerb purchases- it was pretty epic, as you can see!

Though I have not had sufficient time to properly test out all the products, I do have a general idea of how they perform. Here goes…

Earth Circle Organics Raw Maca Powder

I think maca powder is absolutely fabulous. Not only does it provide energy and help regulate hormones, it also has a unique, delicious malt flavour. Since using it I have noticed a small difference in my energy levels and the appearance of my skin, which is clearing itself after a bout of bad breakouts. Whether this is directly related to the inclusion of maca in my morning smoothie is hard to say, but I’m liking it anyway! Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder

Despite the good reviews, I was a little doubtful of whether I would enjoy the taste and texture of this powder, probably because I thought nothing could even get close to the amazingness of the Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion blend. I was proven wrong, however, upon trying it the first time. It was absolutely deeeeeelicious! What I love about this particular brand are the clean ingredients, lack of sugar, and high percentage of protein. It really helps keep my hunger at bay when included in my morning smoothie. Overall, big thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Proprietary protein blend (raw organic pea protein, raw cranberry protein, raw organic hemp seed protein), organic dutch cocoa, organic chocolate extract, organic vanilla extract, stevia, natural cherry extract, medium chain triglycerides, ancient sea salt, herbal (tea leaf) extract, natural fibers (fenugreek, konjac), natural citrus extract.

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Chocolate Drink Powder

I could rave on about this product for days. But I think you get the jist if I just tell you I love it and can’t go without it and have it every single day in my morning smoothie πŸ˜›. Not only is it packed full of nutrients, it tastes freakin’ amazing! I have already done a full review of this product on my blog, so if you want any more info, go ahead and check it out! Massive thumbs up! πŸ‘

Earth Circles Organics, Organic Ecuadorian Cacao Powder

I use cacao powder in many things, from smoothies to cookies and avacado chocolate mousse. I couldn’t be without it really! This particular product is organic, good-quality and also decent value. I have already purchased it several times. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Spry Sugar-free Peppermints

After being introduced to this product by a friend, I was keen to get a hold of it. Although I like Spry chewing gum, mints have several advantages in that they dont upset the stomach (and possibly even lead to ulceration) or have to be spat out afterwards. These mints taste deliciously sweet and are very effective at freshening breath. The ingredients are also nice and clean in comparison to the majority of mints on the market. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Xylitol, calcium lactate, magnesium stearate, gum Arabic, natural peppermint oil, & beeswax (glazing agent).

Now Foods Organic Maple Syrup, Grade B

Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to test out this product (I blame all the Easter chocolate). Going by the reviews, however, I’d say it sounds very promising! Pure maple syrup is a healthier choice of sweetner compared to regular sugar as it goes through less processing, contains many more minerals and nutrients, and is lower on the Glycemic Index. πŸ‘

Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee Chocolate

If you hadn’t guessed by now, I kind of have a thing for chocolate! I think I pretty much knocked this off in one sitting! Shameful, I know 😭 But let me tell you, it was so freakin’ scrumptious I could hardly resist! The crunchy toffee pieces and smoothness of the chocolate make it an absolute winner, plus I could feelΒ slightly less guilty knowing it’s made from organic ingredients. Big thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients: Raw cane sugar**, cocoa liquor**, coconut toffee (sugar**, desiccated coconut**, butter*, sea salt), cocoa butter**, whole milk powder*, butterfat*.

*Organic **Organic and Fair Trade

Cocoa: 47% minimum

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Capsules

I bought these looking for a way to get my greens in on days when I don’t have my Amazing Grass powder. Turns I pretty much STILL have it every morning, even though I’m trying desperately to conserve it πŸ˜›. In spite of that, I do enjoy having these little capsules on-hand in case I want to up my greens intake. They’re easy to swallow and are packed full of nutrients, just like the powder. They also happen to be very reasonably-priced. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Sweet Leaf Liquid Stevia, Chocolate

While I haven’t tested this out in anything I’ve made, I did put a little drop on my finger to have a taste. It’s very sweet (as you’d expect) and has a pleasant but mild chocolate flavour. I’m looking forward to using this in drinks and raw desserts. I find that when used in baking, the taste and flavour of stevia tends to disappear, so I now save it for non-baked goods where it works very effectively. Thumbs up! πŸ‘

Ingredients:Β Purified water, organic stevia leaf extract, natural flavors, cocoa extract.

IHerb were also kind enough to throw in a complimentary pencil with my order- cheers! πŸ˜„

So there you go, these are my thoughts on the products so far. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. Overall, I highly recommend iHerb for online shopping as the range is enormous, the customer service is great and the prices are reasonable, even when converted from the US to the Aussie dollar!

‘No makeup’ makeup using natural products

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Swatches (left to right): 100% Pure Foundation ‘White Peach’, Aubrey Organics Translucent base ‘Beige’ (barely visible), Lavera mineral rouge powder ‘Lovely Peach 03’, Zuzu Luxe cream brow pencil ‘Russet’, Silk Naturals brow cream ‘Medium Ash’, Nude by Nature lipliner ‘Chique’

Hey! Oh my gosh, Im finally back after yet another hiatus! πŸ˜ƒ

After a lot of experimentation with natural makeup products, I’ve finally come up with a routine that is quick, easy, and looks flawlessly natural.

So without further ado, here it is: my go-to ‘no makeup’ makeup routine

  • 100% Pure super-fruits healthy foundation ‘white peach’
  • Aubrey Organics silken Earth translucent base ‘beige’
  • Lavera ‘lovely peach 03’ mineral rouge powder
  • Zuzu Luxe ‘russet’ cream brow pencil
  • Silk Naturals ‘medium ash’ brow cream
  • Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
  • Nude by Nature natural ‘chique’ mineral lipliner
  • Hurraw chai spice lip balm
  • Real Techniques blending sponge for a flawless application

Application:

  1. The 100% Pure Foundation has a rather drying, matte finish, so I find it best applied straight after moisturising. I find that it sits very well under the Pai Rosehip Oil. Simply squirt a few pumps and blend onto the face with fingers. Use a damp sponge to go over everything and ensure it is well blended. The 100% Pure Foundation is now my HG natural foundation. It is fantastic for oily skin, never breaks me out and has great coverage but somehow still looks so natural.
  2. Apply a small amount of the Aubrey Organics Translucent Powder over the top to set the foundation with a large powder brush. I forgot how good this stuff is!! Although it doesnt act well as a foundation alone due to lack of coverage, it is amazing as a setting powder, and will keep makeup in place all day long
  3. Using a smaller brush, apply the Lavera peach blush to the cheeks. Everyone has their own way of applying blush based on their face shape and bone structure. I find I like it best right on top of my cheekbones, swept away towards my temples. This particular blush might look scarily orange in the pan (and I stayed away from it for a long time because of that), but it seriously just adds the most gorgeous bronzey natural flush of colour when on the face
  4. Give the lashes a couple of generous coats of the Lily Lolo mascara. Make sure you get right at the roots! This particular mascara gives the most amazing combination of length and volume, without being overly clumpy. Thinking of doing a full-review soon to show what a difference it makes to the overall look of the lashes
  5. Use the Zuzu Luxe brow pencil to define the base of the brows with light, feathery strokes. Then go over and blend in slightly with the fingers to avoid it looking harsh. I love this pencil, but find it can be a little stiff, so I like to run the tip of it between my fingers first to warm up the waxes before using it
  6. Using a brow brush, apply the Silk Natural brow powder in any sparse areas, just to give the brows a more full look. This product is my absolute hands-down favourite for the brows. The colour is a PERFECT cool-toned taupe, and it blends in so nicely with my natural brows
  7. Apply the Nude By Nature lipliner just underneath the natural line of the bottom lips. This works an absolute treat for giving the lips a natural fuller-looking appearance.
  8. Smack some Hurraw lipbalm (or any lipbalm of choice) on your lips for some moisture and you are good to go!

As you can see this is a rather minimal approach to everyday makeup, but it is so quick and easy to do when you just want a look that is fresh and natural yet flawless. I find myself going for this look almost every day at the moment.

I hope you guys enjoyed it. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments about absolutely anything in this post, and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Have a great day! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š

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 πŸ˜‰

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: Amazing Grass Green Superfood Chocolate Drink

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A few weeks ago I made a massive purchase on iHerb that included natural makeup, perfume, and…you guessed it- a massive tub of Amazing Grass, green superfood chocolate drink powder!

Let me just start by saying this was recommended to me by a friend who had been taking it for some time already. I was a bit skeptical…not because I didn’t believe my friend, of course, but because my sister and I had already tried several ‘superfood’ supplements, only to find that they tasted dreadful. Seriously, we were adding everything under the sun to try and make these things taste mildly palatable! So when this baby came into my life, I didn’t expect a heck of a lot…But boy was I in for a shock! THIS THING TASTES AMAZING!!! Almost like a chocolate milkshake. I can’t get over how good it is. I have it every day after I get home from school, and it’s actually something I look forward to! Amazing Grass challenges the widely-held belief that healthy food tastes bad. Not quite sold on it yet? Let me list some of the ingredients here for you:

Organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella, organic broccoli, organic cocoa blend, organic acai, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, organic rosehips, organic pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flaxseed powder, organic oat Fiber, apple pectin fibre, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, sea salt, natural flavors, silica, peppermint, Siberian eleuthero root

Ah…yeah. Kind of long, but you can see that there are some real beauties in there. Not exactly sure what it is that makes it taste so good, as it is sugar-free, but with an all-natural guarantee, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say there are no nasties whatsoever.

I usually make it by adding a small bit of water to the bottom of the jar, mixing in some of the powder (there is a spoon included inside the tub that I only discovered about 1/4 of the way in!) and then adding milk (if you are avoiding dairy you can add rice milk, almond milk, oat milk etc. You can even have it with just water, but it doesn’t taste nearly so good). And then voila! You have a nutritious energy-filled drink!

Perhaps if you are used to having a coffee in the morning or afternoon, you could swap it for a glass of Amazing Grass green superfood drink powder. It’s a heck of a lot better for you, and tastes incredible! if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them down below πŸ™‚

Things to note:

  • Tastes amazing
  • Nutrient rich
  • Organic ingredients
  • Gluten-free and vegan
  • 800g= 100 servings (also comes in smaller sizes)
  • $55 from iHerb -good value
  • Comes in other flavours including berry