Recipe: Fruity Green Smoothie

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a health nerd, and have been trying to add more and more vegetables into my diet lately. I could eat fruit and drink smoothies until the cows come home (at which point, being vegetarian, I would give them a pat on the head and assure them they weren’t my next meal) but vegetables have always been more of an obstacle for me. I’m much, much better than I was (I actually eat brocolli these days!) but any way to eat more greens is a bonus.

I decided to make a green smoothie as part of my lunch today, but wanted to give it a bit of a fruity twist. Here’s what I did!

Ingredients 

Fruity Green Smoothie recipe easy

  • Large handful of spinach
  • Large handful of curly kale
  • Small carrot (chopped up)
  • 7/8 chunks of watermelon
  • Water/pure fruit juice/almond milk

How it’s done…

Pop all of the ingredients into your blender. I recently bought the Nutribullet and it is beyond AMAZING! In less powerful blenders you may struggle to blend things like the carrot, so if you’re serious about smoothies it’s definitely worth investing in something like a Nutribullet.

I also added some Innocent fruit juice – I would normally never add fruit juice into a smoothie (I just use water, or occasionally unsweetened almond milk) but I wanted to add an extra element of fruity sweetness to this concoction. I trust Innocent as it is 100% pure juice, not from concentrate.

Fruity Green Smoothie easy

I then gave it a good whizz and made sure all of the large chunks of carrot were totally blended. It took no time at all, and was ready to serve out! I bought this adorable little jam jar at a household store at the weekend, and my smoothie mixture fit perfectly into it – meant to be!

As for the taste? It was seriously delicious – if you’re a bit wary of green smoothies, adding a little fruit into the mix definitely helps them to go down easier. I’ve got such a sweet tooth that a bit of natural sugar improves pretty much anything for me, and it was certainly the case for this recipe. I loved it!

Fruity Green Smoothie easy

By the way – I will be posting a full Nutribullet review soon, and will also be reviewing a book I’m currently reading. It’s Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and has already hugely changed my attitude towards food. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all!

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Chyaz xox

Review: Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum

As much as I love lip products like lipstick and gloss, I really struggle to use them on a frequent basis as my lips are SO dry. No matter what I do, they are still as sore as ever, and I have to shy away from the majority of the lip products in my stash for day-to-day wear. However, when I picked up the Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum I felt optimistic that it might be more of a wearable product for me…

Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum review

The product contains not only SPF 15, but nourishing ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil. I love lip gloss-style products that actually do your lips some good whilst looking gorgeous, and I really wanted to put it to the test. Normally, I wouldn’t dream of applying any lip product without letting a balm sink in for a good hour beforehand, but I popped this straight on to my lips (talk about living on the edge, hey?!). How did it fare?

Surprisingly well, actually! The first thing that hit me about the Pout Polish was the gorgeous scent – it’s right in the middle of that powdery cosmetics smells (you know what I mean!) and something a bit more natural and sweet. It’s not at all sticky, which is a bonus as you have to apply it with your fingers, and the overall look is super nude and wonderfully moisturising. It hasn’t cured my dry lips (I’d never expect any product to do that, anyway!) but it allows me to rock nice, shiny lips without worrying that it’s totally drying them out.

Sleek Pout Polish in Bare Minimum review

I think I received this in a Glossybox (I am the worst for remembering where samples came from! Bad blogger!) but after a quick search I found that the Sleek Pout Polish retails for £4.49, which is definitely reasonable in my book. I have already put this in my handbag ready for applying when I’m out and about – I can’t wait!

Which products do you love for your dry lips? Please do let me know!

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Chyaz xox

Avril Lavigne Hello Kitty Official Video Make Up Tutorial

Hello Kitty was one of my favourite songs from Avril Lavigne‘s fifth album, and I was so excited to hear the official music video had been released! It is totally Japan-inspired and super kawaii, which is exactly what I expected from the video. I decided to recreate Avril‘s make up look for my brand new make up tutorial video!

There are a couple of variations of the look throughout the video – at the very beginning it is super similar to this, gets a little darker when she is outside and is a bit more subtle when she’s wearing the blue-rimmed glasses. The great thing about make up is that you can tweak little sections to totally change it up, depending on your personal preference and what looks best for your eye shape!

Within the tutorial, I also explain how to craft a pair of false eyelashes similar to the ones Avril has on in the video – it’s a little bit makeshift, but does the job! I’ll include the necessary bits and pieces in the full list of products I used just below…

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (I totally forgot to show this step in the video!)
  • Jemma Kidd Stay Put Define Eyeliner
  • Emite Eyeshadow in Dams
  • 120 Pro Palette – Dark Grey & Purple Shadows
  • False Eyelashes (mine were the Girls Aloud Kimberly ones)
  • Mascara
  • Smashbox Brow Tech Kit
  • Natural Collection Green Concealer
  • Foundation of choice
  • Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder
  • Beauty UK Lipgloss

What do you think of the Hello Kitty music video, and my make up tutorial? I’d love to know! Leave me a little comment below, or on the video – I read each and every one, and try to reply to them all too!

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Chyaz xox

My Hair Care Routine: Long Hair (& Demo!)

I have done a few hair care routine-style videos in the past, but today I decided to put a little twist on the old format. Instead of just talking through what I do, I decided to do a step-by-step look at my routine from dirty to wet to dry hair. That meant I spent most of the video totally bare-faced, but I’m cool with that! I did give in at the end and pop some make up on, but lasted a pretty long time without ;)

There’s also an incredibly dorky moment in the video…who spotted it?

So let’s run through the products I mentioned. The shampoo and conditioner I used in the video were the KeraStraight Straight Maintain Shampoo (as I recently had the KeraStraight treatment) and the Ojon Color Sustain Pro Conditioner. I tend to rotate all of the shampoos and conditioners I use, meaning I end up using different combinations all the time.

Once I’d washed my hair, the brush I use is the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush. I then use the Schwarzkopf Heat Angel Heat Protection Spray as I always blow-dry. This is the only styling product I use on a regular basis as I don’t like to overload my hair with products, but I consider this one an essential!

I then dry my hair with my Mark Hill leopard print hairdryer – it’s been a great one for me, and still works just as well as when I bought it. I do use the highest heat setting as my hair is so long, and it really does the job well!

I always get lots of questions about my hair, so may do a separate Q&A video after this! If you have any questions, please do leave them below or on the video page and I’ll answer them fully in another video :)

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Chyaz xox

 

Review: DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple

The original DKNY Be Delicious Apple perfume is one of my all-time favourites, and a total summer essential of mine. I was so excited when the lovely DKNY PR team sent me one of the brand new Be Delicious offerings to try out – introducing the DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple!

The idea of this limited edition City Blossom perfume is to be a twist on the original. It is still very much an apple fragrance, but there are certain differences between the two which are only to be celebrated, in my book! For a little background – the perfumes are inspired by dreamy rooftop gardens in the hear of New York City, and (in my mind) gorgeous, lazy summer days.

DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple review

The outer packaging has a limited edition design too, though the shape of the bottle itself is the same as the original. The top notes of the perfume include American Apple Extract and Cucumber, middle notes include Rose and White Muget and the base notes (which match the original) include Sandalwood and White Amber.

As a huge fan of the original, Empire Apple had its work cut out not only to impress me, but to make me see the difference between the two. I’m happy to report that it’s a tick in both boxes! Empire Apple retains the unique apple-ness of the original whilst having a distinctly fresher edge, rather than its sweetness. Don’t get me wrong, it is still beautifully sweet, but whereas the sweetness of the original lingers for a long time this one is much more fresh. I love both of them equally, and would struggle to pick a favourite!

DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple review

It’s a bit impossible to photograph the bottle without uber-reflections, so my apologies! You do get a bonus upside down panorama of my living room though ;)

The 50ml bottle retails for £37, and I would personally be more than happily pay that. It’s the kind of fragrance that I would wear on the warmest of summer days, when I want to be smelling fresh and crisp – I’d probably opt for the original on the slightly cooler days to perk myself up a little. Nonetheless, they are both stunning products and I was so excited to try it out!

Which of the Be Delicious perfumes do you love?

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Chyaz xox