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Saturday, 15 July 2017

On My Plate: Oat Bran Pancakes + Berries Chia Jam

I know the Internet is full of pancake recipes and you don’t need another one, but my reason for writing this is purely because I found a way to turn my favourite breakfast porridge (oat bran bircher with berries) into something more indulgent and filling. So here’s presenting the protein-packed buckwheat & oat bran pancakes with berries and coconut chia jam. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Also, it’s refined sugar free, so you can happily eat these with gusto.

Buckwheat & Oat Bran Pancakes

Initially I made the pancakes with just the oat bran and they turned out quite soggy, so I added a cup of buckwheat flour to get the fluffy texture. You can easily substitute it with plain or wholemeal flour. I really like the nuttiness of buckwheat and it amps up the flavour of the pancakes.

Makes about 4 - 6 pancakes // ½ cup of oat bran, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup of soymilk, a pinch of salt and two tbsp of stevia (sugar substitute).

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and combine them together. Heat a pan with a dollop of butter or an oil spray, and scoop out a ladle of batter onto the pan. Cook until browned evenly. 

Berries & Coconut Chia Jam

I stumbled upon this recipe while trawling Ohsheglows’ website for healthy dessert options. I’ve put my own twist to it by including desiccated coconut and stevia to make it slightly more healthy. It’s not cloyingly sweet and has the same consistency of a jam. It stores well and is super delish.

100g of mixed berries (I used blueberries & raspberries), 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut, 4 tbsp of chia seeds and stevia

Place all the berries in a saucepan with the stevia and allow them to cook for about ten minutes until they are nice and soft. Then add in desiccated coconut and chia seeds and cook for another five minutes until all the water is absorbed. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

My Quick 'Going Out' Face

If I'm running out the door and have five minutes for makeup, the first thing I do is to even out my complexion before adding a touch of colour via a blush or a lipstick. Also, I stick to using cream products when I’m in a hurry, as I believe they are considerably more forgiving than powdery textures.

Concealer: The Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer is a re-discovery for me and I can clearly see why I used to be obsessed with it. It’s a combination of my two favourite concealers; it has the coverage of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the dewy finish of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Also, the shade NC35 is slightly lighter than my skin tone, so it has a nice brightening effect.

Eye Shadow: Surprisingly, I’m really into wearing eye shadows at the moment. It takes me less than a minute to do my eyes, I swipe some Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in the shade Mona Lisa across the eyelids and blend it out with my fingers. This bronzey-gold shade is a touch darker than my eyelids so it looks really natural during the day. Another great option for summer is the By Terry Ombré Blackstar in the shade Brown Perfection. This rich, taupe-y bronze shade is the eye shadow equivalent of my very beloved MAC Teddy Eye Kohl. Also, it’s easily the most pigmented and smudge-resistant eye shadow I've ever tried.

Blusher/Bronzer: The Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera is sun-kissed summer skin in a handy, twist-up stick. It’s sheer, blends in beautifully and makes me feel like a bronzed goddess. It’s hard to pin down the texture of this one; it’s velvety but has a slightly dewy (not sticky) finish. Another great multi-tasking wonder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Light. This blusher-highlighter hybrid perks up sallow skin and imparts a healthy glow in one fell swoop.

Highlighter: It’s definitely an unnecessary step but ever since I got my hands on the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, I can’t stop using it. It’s everything I want in a highlighter - it’s dewy with being tacky; imparts a subtle glow without leaving behind any sparkly, shimmery bits and most importantly, it looks almost skin-like. Swipe, blend and *poof* healthy-looking skin unlocked.

Lipstick:  You know me; I like to stick to neutrals when it comes to a lip colour. I either wear Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame or Nars Lip Pencil in Walkyrie, however I’m trying to switch things up for summer. A red lip is by no means a fail-safe option when you’re short on time, but it’s definitely the quickest (and chicest) way to look put-together. I wear it like a stain as opposed to applying it straight from the bullet. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lipstick in 58 is a bright pinky-red that lasts right from my morning tea to after-work drinks.

PS: If you fancy seeing me put on makeup, click on the video below.

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