Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Vegan Banana Bread Cupcakes Recipe

Here's a simple recipe to make banana bread cupcakes. After finding an overipened banana, the plan was to make banana bread, but I changed my mind. You can make this in one bowl, and either put it into a bread tin, or make cupcakes like I did. This isn't as healthy as my last recipe, but it still tastes amazing and fills the house with that warm banana and vanilla aroma. Perfect for winter!

This recipe makes for 12 cupcakes or 1 loaf of banana bread. The pictures below are of me making this recipe with half the ingredients because I just had one banana left!

You can use one bowl, or a measuring jug like I did...



Vegan Banana Bread Cupcakes

PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 50 mins
SERVES: 12

INGREDIENTS
2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy milk or any other milk of choice
2 cups unbleached plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Nails | Red, Gold and Glitter

Here's a short post of my Christmas nails. I usually wear one festive colour during the holiday season, maybe do an accent nail, but I decided to drink a little too much mulled wine and this is what happened. Ok, being serious now, I really thought mulled wine would have very little to no alcohol. I was very wrong. But really really happy, so it's okay. I don't think my friend made it properly, but it was amazing. 

So, I used:
  • the gold shimmer nail is a really old gold polish that I had forgotten about: China Glaze Gold Fusion
  • over the gold on some nails is W7 nail polish in bronze debris, which is similar to OPI Holiday Nail in The Living Daylights. It's pretty sheer so I packed it on instead of 'gliding' the brush and applied about 2-3 coats
  • the red is Australis in Fresh Pepper For Ya

The photo below was taken with the flash on, and actually dulls down the polish. The glitter applied to the top is actually way more reflective and not as flat as in the picture.


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Is Mineral Oil Bad for your Skin? What Science Says

I feel like a lot of people are confused about mineral oil and whether it is actually bad for your skin. I don't use skincare face products with mineral oil as it's main ingredient, but I don't avoid it completely. I use Lucas' Papaw Ointment as a 'lip balm' with 'petroleum jelly', and I use plenty of hand creams, body lotions that contain mineral oil. Here is what I found out after a LOT of research and reading and sorting through the 'sponsored by famous mineral oil using skincare line' articles.

Mineral Oil is also know as:
  • liquid paraffin
  • pariffinum liquidum
  • white oil
  • baby oil (which is mineral oil + fragrance)



Reasons to keep calm and carry on with your mineral oil-based FACE moisturisers
  • It is used in moisturisers as a semi-occlusive ingredient- they physically block water loss from the skin (stratum corneum) by forming a hydrophobic film (Leena C., Papapit T. et al. 2014)
  • cosmetic grade mineral oil, which is heavily refined, was found to be non-comedogenic (DiNardo, 2005)
  • It's cheap - usually mineral oil based skincare is affordable because it is a very inexpensive ingredient
  • Because you DGAF

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Sunday, 13 December 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation Review

Here's another foundation review. I reviewed Studio Fix Fluid earlier, and I bought Pro Longwear a couple of months ago and I feel like I've used it enough to now write up a review.

Claims
  • a long-wear foundation, giving up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition
  • lightweight and creamy
  • applies smoothly 
  • sheer to medium coverage
  • controls oil, keeping skin fresh, natural and flawless, even in hot and humid conditions
  • provides an SPF of 10


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

My Morning Skincare Routine

I switch up my skincare routine pretty frequently depending on the season and what products I happen to be trying out. It's pretty warm now, but not yet humid. My skin is normal to slightly oily, with drier cheeks when it is not humid. The dry skin is a relatively new thing for me. I'm still not completely sure what's causing it. But this cleanser and toner combo is definitely helping.

Cleanser
Goodness Everyday Cream Cleanser. Great for a gentle cleanse that doesn't strip the natural oils from your skin. In the morning, there is not much to wash off, and this does a great job. Here is the review.


Saturday, 5 December 2015

7 DIY sheet masks for your skin type

So, sheet masks: the latest trend in the skincare world. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but they are hard to come by whenever I head to the pharmacy. So, I decided to make my own. Here's a few recipes that you can try at home.

You will need: cotton rounds, or squares that you can separate into halves/quarters so they are thinner. Soak them in the the concotions listed below. For ten minutes or overnight. Your choice.


For Dry Skin

Grate a potato and squeeze juice from flesh. Add mashed cucumber (optional). Soak cotton rounds. Apply to cleansed skin for 10-15 minutes or until dry.
Note: Potatoes contain hyaluronic acid. See why HA is the bomb for dry skin HERE.


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