Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Review: Gosh Bronzing Powder 02 Natrual Glow


To me this is the best bronzer I have ever used, it is perfect if you are pale because it is lighter compared to most bronzers on the market and has no orange effect, I have used it on a medium tone skin and it looks just as lovely. If you like the tone of Benefit Hoola but find it a bit too dark this is literally the next shade down. It has this pretty glow to it but zero shimmer or sparkle so great for contouring. Below I swatched it next to a popular higher end bronzer Benefit Hoola and a drugstore favorite Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 22.

Left: Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 22, Benefit Hoola, Gosh Bronzing Powder 02 Natural Glow

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Oatmeal Banana Bread ( Wheat, Dairy, Sugar Free)

This banana bread is guilt free you can eat it for breakfast, as a snack or desert. There is no added sugar, oil or flour. It is supper easy to make everything is whizzed up in a blender so no need for bowls or mashers.


  • 6 Bananas (Very Ripe Bananas they should have spots on them)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Regular Oatmeal
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder ( preferably aluminum free)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 Cup Finely chopped walnuts (optional)



Preheat your oven to 350F/175C and grease your pan around an 9" cake pan. Square or circular

Place your oats in a blender and give them a good whizz grind them so there looking more like flour you still want them to be a bit coarse

Place the rest of your ingredients ( except the walnuts) in the blender and blend, you may need to add your banana in batches depending on your blender, you don't want the banana at the bottom to get to over blended this will make the cake gummy.  Blend just until the mixture is incorporated around 15 seconds.

                                            Stir in your Walnuts with a spoon

Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the cake out of the oven and let cool at LEAST an hour, if you cut it or eat it before it will be wet and gummy. Slice how you like it and enjoy!

Monday, 29 April 2013

How To Lighten Your Eyebrows Naturally

Hydrogen Peroxide Solution 3%

Lightening your eyebrows can make a world of difference, I have been doing it with boxed bleach for years now but recently I have discovered a new easier, cheaper, safer and more natural way to do it.  By using  the regular Hydrogen Peroxide that you find at the drugstore for cuts and insect bites.

A few reasons I found lightning with Hydrogen Peroxide better then with Boxed Bleach.

  •  Less irritation especially if you use a retinoids or glycolic acids your skin is sensitive and the bleach burns the skin around the brow.

  •  Less Brass! Because it is more gradual then boxed bleach you have better control of the colour outcome, especially if you have red pigment in your hair you will have it in your eyebrows as well and the boxed bleach can make them brassy.

  •  More natural color

  • No mess! All you do is rinse it off your eyebrows, nothing to mix or measure.

  • Super inexpensive, I got a whole bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide for a $1.99

Supplies Needed.

+ 3% Hydrogen Peroxide ( found at any drugstore , grocery store, pharmacy)
+ Q-tips
+ Cotton Pads


1. Saturate your q-tip in the Hydrogen peroxide ( make sure none is dripping off so you don't get it into your eye)

2. Gently go over our eye brows combing then in the direction they normally sit

3. Leave on anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, If you have light fine and/or sparce eyebrows you will need to leave it on for a very short amount of time, the darker and thicker your eyebrows the more time is needed. You may need to reapply the hydrogen peroxide if you have darker eyebrows as it will dry. Because the hydrogen peroxide is clear you will see what colour your eyebrows are and when you have achived your desired shade.

4. When you have achieved your desired shade, wet a cotton pad in cold water and wipe the eyebrows

5. Follow with a cold water rinse of your brows.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Sugar Free Granola



This granola really satisfies my need for crunchy cereals with out the added extra sugar, it is easily made gluten free, just make sure your oats are labeled gluten free.  There are no syrups or a lot of oils in it I added applesauce to add natural sweetness and eliminate the need for more oil just a bit healthy coconut oil. It is a basic recipes so you can add and subtract from it according to your likes and dislikes.


1 Cup Oatmeal
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 Apple chopped
1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon coconut flakes (optional)
11/2 teaspoon Cinnamon


  • Set oven to 300 F (150 C) 
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine oatmeal, walnuts, chopped apple, coconut flakes and cinnamon stir to combine.
  • Add Apple sauce and oil and stir till well combined.
  • Space out the mixture on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for an Hour and 10 minutes
  • Stir with a fork every 15 -20 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the sheet

Substitutes and Additions

  • If you are watching your calories, you could substitute almonds for the walnuts
  • Omit the apple all together to get just a basic granola with out apples
  • If you would like it sweeter add a couple teaspoons of brown sugar
  • Add sunflower seeds
  • Add a little spice with a some ground ginger
  • Add some dried fruits, cherries, cranberries, dates, figs


Monday, 25 February 2013

Always On Point

    Olivia Palermo

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer Review

I am not one for product loyalty, sure there are things I have remained true too, but by the time you use  a product up something  shiny and brand new and full of promises has come out  and it’s on to the next one ( yes I quoted a Jay-z song in a concealer review) that is until what I consider the ultimate under eye concealer swept under my eyes, and into my heart.

 This is an under eye concealer and just that, don’t try to fit it into the box of highlighting or covering redness around your nose or a blemish. It has a thin consistency yet covers wonderfully and is apt for layering if you need to, it is very easy to work with which makes it ideal when you are running low on time and aren’t really up for blending with a concealer brush .  This is concealer you can literally pat on with your fingers and it will look great.  It is non-creasing,  if you are prone to creasing  setting this with a powder provides the ultimate budge proof coverage.  Another plus is that it photographs nicely, it doesn’t contain a SPF so  it won’t give a flash back in photos and you won’t look like a reverse panda bear.

 I realize the product name  promises it is going to help with dark circles, hence "the dark circle corrector" I can’t say it will or wont I don’t know if I have noticed a difference, at the end of the day it is a good under eye concealer and those are hard to find.
All in all this is my favorite under eye concealer I have found high end or drugstore, and it doesn't hurt one bit that is under $10.00 dollars. Light consistency, great coverage, non messy application and a price point that cant be beat, also it has helped me with my loyalty issues I am on my second tube. The only glitch Maybelline discontinues it's products often I hope this wont be on the chopping block soon.

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