Mocktails. Super refreshing and perfect for hot summer days. Here is a simple and easy recipe for one that I make often:
What you need:
Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice
1) Put a few fresh mint leaves along with about half a teaspoon of sugar at the bottom of a glass and crush together with a spoon.
2) Add some frozen berries, followed by one or two slices of lime. At this point you can scatter an extra teaspoon of sugar if you wish to.
3) Add the ice, followed by a few more leaves of fresh mint.
4) Fill the rest of the glass up with lemonade. The berries will naturally give the drink a pinkish colour, but as an alternative you could add pink lemonade instead.
Also: As an extra, especially if you wanted to make them look more presentable for an occasion, you could add honey on the rim of the glass and dip it into sugar, followed by a classic slice of lime on the side!
So breakfast smoothies are a great alternative to something usual like toast or cereal, while boosting your nutrients at the same time! This one’s super refreshing, perfect for summer and so easy to make!
All you need is:
Half a cup of frozen berries
Greek yoghurt (optional)
Toppings (as in the picture; feel free to use your own!): Half a banana chopped into slices, some frozen or fresh berries, granola and coconut flakes
How to make:
- Simply blend the frozen berries, banana and milk, alongside the milk and greek yoghurt. It’s best to put about half a cup of milk as you don’t want the mixture to be too thick. If you wanted it as a smoothie, then simply add double the amount. The greek yoghurt is optional, but gives it a great taste and also helps to thicken the mixture!
- Pour the mixture into a bowl, and add your toppings as you wish! It looks extra aesthetic if you assort them into rows as in the picture, but it’s all up to you. Sometimes I prefer making it look pretty, while sometimes I’ll just throw it all on. Either way it tastes amazing!
For my first post of 2018, and after a while of no posts, I thought I’d post a face mask review! Superdrug has had an ongoing reduction on the L’Oreal Paris Face mask range, including the new sugar scrub masks. With a recent extra 20% off for students, I thought I’d go ahead and buy some! I’ve tried a couple of the sample sized version of the pure clay range which were incredible so I purchased the full size version of the Purity clay mask and the Smooth sugars glow scrub. I did want the detoxifying pure clay mask initially as I felt that was one of the best when I tried the samples, though they were all sold out in my local store! So here’s what I thought:
L’oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Face Mask 50ml – I absolutely love clay masks over peel off’s or any other type of mask, and love the vibrant colours of this range. I bought the full size of this one as it was best suited to my skin’s needs – I wanted a mask that would, as the product claims, purify and mattify my skin without drying it out. This mask was great; it has a really neutral, clay like smell and feels very nourishing and cleansing when put on. I applied it with the Real Techniques prep brush from the Prime and Prep brush set instead of my fingers for a smooth and clean application and then left it on for around 10 minutes. After the clay had hardened, I removed it with water and patted it dry with a towel. The results were instantaneous – my skin felt soft and pampered, and it definitely gave me even more confidence in my skin and appearance. I’ll definitely be trying out the other masks in this range!
L’Oreal Smooth Sugar Glow Grapeseed Face and Lip Scrub 50ml – I had seen the rave over this new range and so bought the grapeseed scrub to ‘polish and boost radiance’ to my skin. I loved the idea of a scrub for both the face and lips especially as lip scrubs alone can usually cost the same amount as this scrub! Surprisingly, I did actually like the smell – it was quite rich and natural. I applied it with a small amount of water, before waiting for the sugars to melt into the skin to wash it off. I was surprised at how quickly it was ready to be taken off, and it did initially feel like simply using a exfoliating face wash. But the effects were incredible – it really did leave your skin feeling polished and glowing, which was commented on by some. It was also very nourishing and gentle on the skin, and I loved the fact that it contained sugar instead of exfoliating beads, which in the past had dried my skin out and so I had switched to cream facial washes and so this provided a great alternative.
Overall, these are pretty good face masks, with a decent amount in nice glass tubs, and simply a nice way to wind down after a long day.
MULTI-MASKING (SAMPLE SIZE) CLAY MASK PLAY KIT: https://www.superdrug.com/L%27Oreal-Paris/L%27Oreal-Paris-Pure-Clay-Multi-Masking-Play-Kit-3x10ml/p/736573
PURITY CLAY MASK: https://www.superdrug.com/L’Oreal-Paris/L’Oreal-Paris-Pure-Clay-Purity-Face-Mask-50ml/p/714245?gclid=CjwKCAiAy4bTBRAvEiwAFtatHCsmDChW5wUwFBMXs74FWge38wtoG4G3TKgmTuKzks1yOl4aV668FBoC5TQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CNufi9Xu5NgCFQhFGwod8gMD7w
GRAPESEED FACE AND LIP SCRUB: https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Scrubs/L%27Oreal-Smooth-Sugar-Glow-Grapeseed-Face-And-Lip-Scrub-50ml/p/750155
Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any face mask recommendations!
A long year has come to an end, with festive vibes everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything due to being caught up with starting university and life in general, and so hopefully will come back to 2018 with fresh and new ideas. Meanwhile, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year! Let 2018 be a year of hope, happiness and all things positive. I pray society comes forward in unity, love and most importantly, peace. Life’s too short to be anything but the best version of yourself, and a positive influence wherever you go. Enjoy the rest of 2017, and go into 2018 with positive vibes only!
Some say petitions are not worth it, though one thing they’re great for is showing solidarity and support for issues and campaigns worldwide. Here are some of my faves currently on change.org:
A full and transparent investigation into the Grenfell tower collapse:
This was a tragic incident in which so many people lost their lives needlessly as a result of pure co-oporate greed and neglect, in one of the wealthiest nations on the planet. Profit was put before people’s lives. It is only fair that the victims are given justice through a transparent investigation which brings those responsible into disrepute:
A petition that follows on from this calls for sprinklers to be fit on all high rise buildings, as this was one of the many neglected steps on Grenfell tower that could’ve prevented such a tragic death toll: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-sprinklers-to-be-fitted-in-to-all-high-rise-buildings
Prohibit the purchase of acid to those without a licence: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-prohibit-the-purchase-of-acid-to-those-without-a-licence This is one that I am especially vocal on, and have written to my local MP about. Check my full post on this issue: https://bushrajalilblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/acid-attacks-in-britain-change-the-law/
Show governments that you stand with refugees: https://www.change.org/p/show-governments-you-stand-withrefugees
Many people stigmatise the intentions of refugees without looking at the inhabitable conditions in which they are leaving. ‘No-one truly wants to put their child on boat unless the water is safer than land’. Their status as a refugee should not be used to degrade them, and in actual fact it is not necessarily about taking as many as you can or even donating as much as you can, but about presenting a human face and demonstrating compassion. They are our fellow humans on one planet, not another species.
Make the cervical screening test (currently offered from the age of 25) available from the age of 18 to high risk groups: https://www.change.org/p/the-government-lower-the-age-of-cervical-cancer-screening-to-18-for-high-risk-groups
So last week I went on a baking craze and thought I’d share the recipe of this pink iced heart shaped cake with multi coloured sprinkles as it came out pretty well:
For the cake, you need:
250g self raising flour
120-175g caster sugar depending on your preference (I put around 150g)
A little bit of milk (1-3 tablespoons)
A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Put the oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4 and grease your baking tin with butter (you will need a heart shaped one to fit this recipe, but it will work well with any other baking tin)
- Using an electric or ordinary hand mixer, mix the sugar and butter together, and then crack the eggs in individually while continuously mixing.
- Sift the flour about 50-100g at a time, and mix thoroughly into the mixture each time. Add the vanilla extract, and a few tablespoons of milk if needed to make the mixture fall off a spoon, but make sure it isn’t too runny.
- Put the mixture into your baking tin, and bake for 30-45 minutes until the cake looks slightly golden, and a knife can come out clean when inserted.
While you leave the cake to cool on a wiring rack, you can make the light pink icing; you’ll simply need:
100g of butter
200g of icing sugar (I personally prefer to use slightly less)
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
One or two drops of red food colouring (the more you use, the stronger the pink will be)
Method: Simply melt the butter and add in all other ingredients, mixing until you form a smooth mixture.
Once the cake is fully cool (allow at least 15 minutes), spread the icing onto the cake, and add on multi coloured sprinkles (you could also use fully chocolate ones, according to your preferences), and voila!
Nothing calls summer relaxation like face masks. I bought quite a few from Boots, Superdrug and Lush but thought I’d share my thoughts on Superdrug’s own brand of face masks (Orange and black lava & sugar and spice) and Love Lettuce by Lush:
Superdrug’s own masks: I tried two of their masks – the orange and black lava mask and the sugar and spice self heating masks. Both left my skin feeling extremely soft even without moisturiser. The first one (orange and black lava) gave me an uncomfortable burning sensation for a few minutes and then stopped, and so I wouldn’t personally use that one again but it did have a great smell and I liked how it hardened into a clay consistency after a few minutes as when washing it off it felt very refreshing and my skin felt exfoliated. I definitely preferred and really loved the sugar and spice self heating mask. It was more of a sticky, jelly like texture with an amazing smell of caramel and Mediterranean clay as well as being of a mild caramel colour. I absolutely love the self heating element; it was one of those masks you could easily fall asleep in. I kept it on comfortably for 15 minutes and to be honest did not want to take it off! It left my skin extremely soft and smooth!
Lush: Love Lettuce – I can never decide which mask to buy from Lush so tried this one after a sales assistant recommended it. It has quite a rough texture with a very earthy smell which I really liked as a change from the more fruity/artificial smelling facial masks out there! I kept it on for 15 minutes without any discomfort and the whole way through it felt highly refreshing and I had that feeling of it really working on my face. After removing it the effects were amazing – it was a strong replacement for an exfoliator and left me with very radiant and healthy looking skin. Can’t go wrong with Lush!
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