Bite Obsession

Every year probably every other person in his new year resolutions says that he/she will eat healthier, drink more water and so on.

I’m actually good at my ‘diet’ – I don’t eat junk food, I hate soda and I love my veggies. I’m not saying it  to brag or say ‘look at me I eat healthy’ I’m saying it to inspire other people cause you definitely feel different when you eat better. I’m fond of snacking – there are so many healthy options – veggies, dips, dried foods and energy bars…my favs. They are easy and fast on the go. If you don’t have time for a proper meal it doesn’t mean to cannot eat healthy.

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Treat For Cuticles

The best thing you can do for your manicure to look nice (even without a nail polish) is moisturize your cuticle. And there is nothing bad than the look of untidy nails – I don’t know about you but I also pay attentions on peoples’ nails whether it is male or female.

I’m obsessed with moisturizing my nails cause I have a crazy cuticle – it grows very fast, it gets dry very fast (even if I apply oil 24/7) and I constantly have to message something into the cuticle. So I’ve accumulated a ridiculous small amount of care products. Let’s see what I have… (from top moving clockwise)

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DIY: Hummus

It’s been a while since my last food related post so I though it’s about time to make another one. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get that hungry during the summer, I mean I do it, but all that heat just makes me more thirsty, than hungry. So I prefer something light and easy to make and to it and what can be more easier that a simple dip?

I love dips – it can spice up any veggie, simple toasted piece of bred, you can use some as a side dish or even a sauce for meat or fish.

On today’s menu is hummus.

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Ginger Yummy

You cannot tell it’s Christmas in your house until you bake something (or decorate a tree, or wrap up the presents…who knows…). Today is a recipe post. I’m so excited. I’ve already posted one cookie recipe here. But for Christmas I have something cuter and more festive – gingerbread men! I’ve been on a hunt for good and easy recipe for quite sometime. Finally the day has come and I’m here to reveal the secret.

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So you will need:

for dough:
3 cups (390 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup (160 ml) unsulphured molasses
 
for frosting:
2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk or light cream
 

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In a large bowl mix dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.

In other bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – you may do it with stand or hand mixer or like I did it – by hand.

Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined then gradually add the flour mixture beating until uniform. Dough is done – divide it in half, wrap in a plastic wrap separately and refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours or I left it overnight).

Preheat oven to 177 degrees C and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 0.5 cm. Use a gingerbread cutter (or any Christmas themed – trees, bells) to cut out the cookies.  Place them about 3 cm apart. Put them for about 1- minutes  in the fridge to prevent the cookies from losing their shape.

Bake for about 8 -12 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. They are done when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.

You may eat them the way they are, but I want to decorate then with frosting – the look prettier and… frosting is yummy after all.

For frosting beat the butter until smooth, add vanilla extract (you may skip on that one if you want)  and beat in powered sugar. Add milk or cream and beat until it is fluffy and airy. Place the frosting in   a pastry bag and decorate the gingerbread men as desired.

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The cookies are delicious. Great with coffee or milk or even on its own. They are really really good.

Send me the pictures on Twitter if you try out this recipe. Okay, I’m off to eat some cookies and I’ll see you tomorrow with another Christmas post!

-S

WEEK HEROES #11

Yay, yay. Happy December everyone. It’s cold, it’s snowy – welcome to winter.

Apparently I was a fan of beauty bits during this week – there is a lot and some of them are first-timers. Interesting? Let’s dig in.

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MAC blush in Eversun. I’m so sorry, but it’s a limited addition – it’s peachy brown shade, very warm, there is a slight shimmer going on, but it doesn’t transfer on the skin at all. I use as blushing bronzer – 2 in 1 product – brings warmth to the face and structure the face with one swipe. Pretty pigmented so be careful. I may of went a bit crazy once twice.

No nail polish this time, but more skincare. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. I use it as my day moisturizer. During the summer I found it to be too heavy, but now it’s just perfect. Plus makes it easier to remover the makeup at night. All the girls want after busy day.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. I love to use it on its own pre night moisturizer to mixing up with some oil for more intense hydration and plumping. I really see the difference after using this own, my skin does look and feel fresher and renewed the morning after. Plus I’ve picked this up on sale after the Synchronised Recovery Complex II launch. Pleasant bonus.

Can I speak even more about it? Diptyque ‘Volutes’. I’ve wrote the whole review, but I cannot help myself. I adore this perfume, never had something alike before and seems that it’s a long-term relationship.

Enough beauty, let’s move to randoms. My DIY notebook. The post that went live yesterday, this looks so sleek on my table and so unique. It makes me wanna use it more and since it’s a spanish vocabulary I makes eduction process muuuuch easier.

Want more DIYs, well those bracelets are also made by me. I bought some beads onine, some charms, elastics and here you are. I’ve made that long time ago but recently pulled them out the drawer and been enjoying using them since then. Stackable, sparkling, colorful, bring summer spirits. Thumbs up!

Do you enjoy those post or should I make a little break with them? Please comment below.

-S

DIY: Fancy-shmancy notebook

Today I have a little and easy DIY for you. I love ones that do not require many tools or effort. Sometimes you in a moment for something, you got inspired, but you don’t want to spend entire day recreating what you have in mind and you don’t want to loose that feeling.

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We all have those old magazines that we do not use, but for any reason you cannot trow them away. We’ve all been there, right? Well, I have a solution for those dust-collectors.

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So for this DIY you will need

  • old magazines
  • scissors
  • glue / or tape
  • simple&ordinary notepad and notebook

I have this old and nooot that pretty notepad the one I use for spanish classes as a vocabulary. But it’s very simple and dull, yes – no sparkle.

Dig through magazines, cut out the pictures you like, some words, phrases, I don’t know, everything that caught your eyes. Be creative. Beauty bobs and bits, some fashion pieces, brand names, whatever inspires you.

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Then comes the fun part. Randomly place you pictures, rotate them, overlap them – the options are numerous. I did it on both sides and the insider cover as well. Doesn’t it look cool and edgy now? This is something that will caught people’s eyes and I can assure you everyone will asdk where you get them or how you did it. I’ve been there as well, most of my collage books or even folders were like that and I got tons of questions.

Hope you love the idea and gonna try it out.

Do you have any interesting DIY ideas I might bring to life?

-S

Cookie cooking

If there is a lover of unsweetened drinks – coffee or tea, that’s definitely me. I prefer more to have something sweet accompanying the drink – cookie, dry fruits, nuts or honey. I’m really concerned about what I drink or eat (but I still cannot give up coffee just yet), so if I’m eating pastry, I make sure it’s wither contains only healthy ingredients or I bake everything myself.IMG_3170

I would like to share with you my favorite oatmeal cookies recipe. Doesn’t matter how many cookies I make, in 2 days there isn’t a crumb left.

So, you will need:

  • 225g of softened butter
  • cup of sugar (~200g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 210g of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tea spoon of baking powder
  • 1 tea spoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea spoon of salt
  • 250g of oatmeals (I put all 300-350g*)
  • handful of desired dry fruit – raisins, cranberries, nuts – but my favorite filling is dry cherries.

Beat the softened butter with the sugar until the mixture gets lighter. Then beat eggs into the the bowl and whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients and sift them into the oil-egg mass. Then add oats and desired berries.

*I prefer to add more oats, so that the cookies are stiffer and will be crunchier

Preheat the oven to 180C and cover the baking sheet with a baking paper. Form even balls either using spoons or by hands slightly flattening them on the top. Spread them on a baking sheet at a distance of 4 cm from each other. It should fit 12-16 cookies. Bake them 10-15 minutes until golden-brown and the toothpick inserted into the center come all clean.

IMG_3240Pour yourself some tea or coffee (or almond milk – my pick), grab a cookie and enjoy the delicious snack!

What are your favorite cookies or you are not a baking person?

-S

DIY Banana Hair Mask

I’m a huge fan of DIY projects and not all of them should be particularly beauty related (and yes, it’s a hint on my next DIY). This one is hair-care related. Have an old banana hanging around? Why not use it with benefits? 

Since banana contains potassium which is perfect for ‘fixing’ thin and damaged hair. Another pro of this mask – it’s incredibly ease to make. 

ImageWhat will you need: banana (the mushier the better), 1 tea spoon of honey, blender (yes, and be sure it’s the only tool to mix the banana), either shower cap to plastic wrap/bag and a towel to keep warmth. 

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Again I want to draw your attention that it should be blender. Cause you should make sure you liquify the mixture, cause you don’t need any clumps when you will rinse the mask. It’s going to be pain in the a$$, trust me, I’ve been there. I thought it’s possible to mash the banana with a folk – not an option!

Apply the mixture to the hair, wrap you hair up, put on a towel and stay relaxed for 15-20minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual. 

I was really impressed with the results, my hair did appear thicker and nourished. I’m sure I will continue this ritual twice a month alternating it with Natura Siberica one, which I reviewed here

Will you give this DIY a go? Do you have any DIY masks that work?

-S

THE WEEK HEROES #5

Once I’ve started that serie on my blog I found how fast the time flies, but this life, just cherish every moment!

Okay let’s roll up one week into five products and one iPhone App.

This post-illness week is more skincared one than makeuped, I found that my skin need more moisture then usual and need a boost the bring it back to fresh and glowy.

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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Sometimes you need to use a mask consistent to see the result, but this is one gives an instant boost – just what my skin needed. I apply it generously for 10-15 minutes and them I take a cotton cloth (that comes with a mask by the way) and my skin is really waken-up and looks brighter and fresh – say goodbye to a grey-ish toned skin.

OPI Nail Envy. This is a hyped product in a beauty community. I use it as a base coat to protect nails for splitting, breaking and to prevent nail polish dyeing the nail bed. Also it seems to help to grow out healthy nails – and I see the difference.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado. Kiehl’s best seller. Again I wanted to bring my skin back to desired condition so I went for a rich cream. This one has a strange consistency, once you pat it onto the area it sucks in and them glides smoothly. Love it.

DIY lip scrub. This week my lips were pretty flakey and needed extra care. This scrub gently exfoliates the lips and once the lip balm is applied your lips are re-newed.

Nars ‘Laguna’. This compact I bought to try out the Nars products and went for best-seller bits. And that’s a winning combo. I’m sure I will repurchase the bronzer as soon as I’m done with this one – so handy for traveling.

iPhone App time. Again. Candy Crush game. I cannot get enough – this game just sucks me in.   Level by level and you barely notice the time. Not such a productive thing to do, but if you are in a queue that’s a good time-killer. I’m on level 45 by the way.

What is your fav product this week? Let’s share!

-S