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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Healthy Nachos?!

Think Nachos are bad for you? Think again!
I'm a sucker for a Mexican feast but those fried corn chips do nothing good to my body. So instead I've come up with a delicious alternative without sacrificing flavour.

You'll need:
Corn Thins, I like the original ones but they have multi-grain, soy linseed, all sorts. Pick whatever you like.
Tomato Salsa, I'm using Doritos mild salsa because it's the most natural at the supermarket and has very little calories and fat
Light Cheese, I'm using Coon. Vegetarian cheeses are very limited in supermarkets, Coon and Devondale are the only two I've found.
Guacamole or Avocado. I've bought a fresh guacamole, you can make your own or just use avocado if you'd prefer. Or you can leave it out all together, it's up to you!

The rest is pretty self explanatory  Spread your corn thins with the salsa, sprinkle on a little cheese and place under the grill (US: broiler) until the cheese has melted and the corn thins are crispy around the edges (roughly 3-5 minutes).

I'm using Fressure Guacamole. It's a great alternative to making your own if you're short on time (or just can't be bothered). It contains no preservatives or sugar, just the all natural ingredients you'd find in your own home made guacamole. It comes in two air tight pouches, massage them a little to combine the ingredients again before you open it. Because there are no preservatives, it will start to brown after about 6 hours if it's not used, I recommend only opening one side at a time.

Serve with a dollop of guacamole or a slice of avocado. If you like sour cream on your nachos, a small amount of light sour cream won't hurt (or alternatively, try plan Greek yogurt).

Corn Thins contains far less fat and calories than regular corn chips, sure, they don't look like your regular nachos but they still taste awesome.

If we quickly compare the calorie and fat content of Nachos made with Corn Chips and Nachos made with Corn Thins, you'll see that Corn Chips are evil little tasty morsels of crunch, while corn thins are much more polite and still have a great flavour.

Voila! Nachos for everyone!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why I use and love the Clé de Peau Concealer (but haven't written a review on it)

The Clé de Peau Concealer must have had a bit of publicity recently because about 5 different people have asked me about it and whether or not it's worth the money.

I've tried to write a review so many times because it's a product I've used every day for about 11 months and think it's a wonderful product.

But, like many beauty bloggers, I find it hard to pin point exactly why it's so great and worth the hefty price tag. This review is going to be odd but it's the only way I can properly explain the product and all its positives.

It costs a small fortune, but it lasts a long time.

I've just reached the bottom of my concealer stick, but there's about 2-3 months worth still sitting in the tube, I just have to use a concealer brush to dig into it. I've been using it since last April so the stick so it took a year to work through the stick, adding on the 2-3 months worth still left in the bottom of the tube this concealer is going to last me well into June-July. Sure, it's a lot to pay up front but it works out cheaper in the long run because it's the only concealer I have needed to buy for over a year.

It's full coverage, lasts all day and doesn't crease.

The coverage is opaque but you can sheer it down a little if you want too (this comes in handy if it doesn't exactly match your skin tone). It’s not going to move on your skin or fade throughout the day and it doesn’t crease. The main reason it doesn’t crease is because you need to use such a small amount of the product that there’s simply not enough on the skin for it to sink into lines.

It doesn’t oxidise, even on my combination/oily skin.

Oxidisation happens when the natural oils from your skin don’t mix well with a tinted product like foundation and concealer. Oxidisation causes the product to turn orange. I haven’t had any problems with oxidisation from this concealer.

It’s a multi-tasker, great for under eyes and on the face.

I use it under my eyes as my primary concealer and on my face for any blemishes or red spots. It’s quite a thick concealer so it’s best applied with finger tips. The warmth of your finger helps the concealer blend easily on the face. I use my fingers to pat it out and blend the edges.

It looks natural.

This is the really draw card for the concealer, it doesn’t cover so much that your skin is washed out and it’s obvious that you’re wearing excess make up on certain areas. It covers just enough to give a really natural finish while still letting your skin glow through the product. This fact is what will make you either love or hate the concealer. The natural look is why it’s been a favourite among make up artists for so long and why it continues to win awards year after year.

The reason the product is so hard to review is because I’m sure you can find other products that do all of the above things but Clé de Peau is different and it’s really hard to pin point exactly why.

Okay, now for the cons.

Limited shades.

The Clé de Peau concealer comes in only 4 shades and considering the fact that skin doesn’t come in only 4 shades this can be annoying. I have very light skin (MAC NW10-15) and the lightest shade (Ivory) is just probably just slightly too dark for me but it still works fine as long as it’s blended.

That’s all, that’s the only con I can throw at it. I’m not counting the price as a con because it lasts for such a long time.

It’s important to remember that this is a concealer, not a corrector. It wonderfully conceals imperfections and slight dark spots on the skin such as under eye circles but if you have very dark circles under your eyes, you need to use a corrector as well as a concealer. My under eye circles are quite dark, it’s one of the many joys associated with fair skin, so I need to use a pink toned corrector before I use concealer. I use Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque before I apply the Clé de Peau concealer and the final look is heavenly.

The bottom line is that yes, the Clé de Peau concealer is wonderful and I do recommend it. I will be repurchasing it when I eventually make my way down to the bottom of the tube. 

The Clé de Peau Concealer costs $70 from Nordstrom in the US or $90-$112 in Australia (depending on your state and where you purchase it)

(I'm posting this review early for a friend and will post a swatch picture as soon as possible)

Animal Testing - Clé de Peau does not test on animals

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Moroccan Lentils and Stir-Fried Vegetables!

Just like every one else, I don't have time every night to cook a gourmet dinner with a complex recipe. Some nights I just want to have a nice dinner on the table as soon as possible so I can get onto important things such as watching Friends re-runs and making wish lists at Sephora. 

On these nights I reach for my newly discovered (and well loved) lentils, quinoa, sauces and more from Celebrate Health. 

You'll need:

1 packet of Celebrate Health Moroccan Lentils
1 packet of Celebrate Health Teriyaki Sauce
A good amount of your chosen vegetables, I'm using butternut pumpkin, broccoli and spinach for my vegetable stir-fry. 
1 cup of water

First, chop your vegetables into good sized pieces. We're going to stir-fry them but I'm going to steam them first to get a head start in the cooking process. This will cut your total cooking time down also, great when you're in a rush. 

Microwave the vegetables in a microwave safe container with a little bit of water for about 8 minutes (until roughly half way cooked through), now they're ready to stir-fry. I'm leaving the spinach out of the steaming process because it won't take long cook when it's stir-fried.

If you'd like to skip this step and just stir-fry them, stir-fry for about 10 minutes with a little bit of water before cooking the lentils.

To prepare the lentils, pour the package into a saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring the lentils to boil over medium-high heat, then cover and simmer on low-medium heat for 15 minutes. 

While the lentils are cooking, add your stir-fry sauce (and Spinach, in my case) to the vegetables and let simmer on medium heat until cooked through. Give it a good stir and you're done!

This dish is bursting with flavour and will satisfy any hunger. It's incredibly easy to prepare and 100% natural, gluten free, dairy free, nut free and vegan. This meal is the epitome of healthy eating, well done Celebrate Health. 

Why is it good for me?

Lentils are packed with fibre, protein and iron (which makes them perfect for vegetarians). They're rich in folic acid and potassium which are essential in a healthy diet. They have no cholesterol and very little fat. They also make you feel full for a long period of time.

The Celebrate Health stir-fry sauces are completely natural (which isn't easy to find) and taste amazing. They add wonderful flavours to your meals and liven up vegetables so you can put more into your diet.

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me, this post is not sponsored.