Saturday, 6 August 2016

STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE BOWL


Smoothie bowls have quickly become a morning staple for me! They are such a great way to get a variety of nutrients in one simple blend. I especially love how quick and effortless they are...and filling!

I've been finding some really nice, beautifully ripe strawberries at the grocery store lately so I really wanted to use them in a smoothie bowl. I topped this luscious pink blend with some sliced kiwi, shredded unsweetened coconut, chia seeds and cacao nibs for a little crunch.

Friday, 5 August 2016

ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH AVOCADO CREAM



When I want something light but satisfying for supper I'll make zucchini noodles or "zoodles"! They're fun to eat and you can have them raw with a sauce or cook them...they are great either way. 

Here I'm having them raw with a creamy, garlic-y, avocado sauce that adds some richness and allot of flavor.

To make the noodles a Spirilizer is really handy to have but if you don't have one you can still make this dish. Before I got mine I used to just use a vegetable peeler and take long strips off of the zucchini which gave me long flat linguine style noodles instead of spaghetti style.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

BLUEBERRY MACA SMOOTHIE BOWL



I love having smoothies for breakfast. Until recently I always drank them in a tall glass. When I saw my first smoothie bowl I had to give it a try and now I'm hooked! It's such a great idea and it's a really great way to pack more nutrients into your blend. I also love the contrast between textures, depending on what you've topped your smoothie bowl with.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

RASPBERRY NICE CREAM




I have become slightly obsessed with nice cream lately. Maybe it's the warm weather but I crave this creamy, refreshing delight almost everyday. The great thing about nice cream is that you CAN have it everyday because it's a sweet treat that's good for you!

Nice cream is quick and simple to make and requires minimal ingredients. All you need is some frozen fruit and a blender.

CHUNKY GAZPACHO & POTATO WEDGES



Potato wedges are my favorite way to eat spuds! They are extremely satisfying and filling and of course they compliment most dishes. For this meal I had leftover Gazpacho so I paired it with some golden wedges for a delicious supper.

POTATOES are nutritious and delicious! They are high in potassium, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, fiber, vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid. Potatoes are easy to digest, have anti inflammatory properties and because of their high potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc content they are beneficial for good skin health.

Friday, 29 July 2016

SPIRULINA CHIA SEED PUDDING



Chia seeds are a staple in my kitchen. I throw them on salads, oatmeal, in smoothies and make a super simple and delicious pudding with them. Chia pudding is such a versatile dish. You can eat it with fruit, nuts, seeds, top it with granola, coconut yogurt or layer it "parfait style" with berries or fruit purees just to name a few of it's endless possibilities.

For this recipe I topped it with a chia, hemp and buckwheat cereal, some fresh berries and added some Spirulina powder to the basic chia pudding recipe to get this beautiful turquoise color.

PINEAPPLE MANGO MACA SMOOTHIE BOWL



Hello everyone! I love starting my day with a nutrient dense smoothie. It so much fun to experiment with different flavor combinations and textures. Having your smoothie in a bowl is a great opportunity to get even more healthy ingredients into your blend. 

This smoothie bowl has a nice contrast of flavors. The pineapple and mango give it a tropical vibe with toasted, sweet & sour toppings and a slightly nutty flavor from the Maca.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

CHUNKY GAZPACHO



Hello everyone! Gazpacho is the perfect dish on a hot summers day. It's light and refreshing, savory and satisfying. It's the kind of dish that gets better the longer it sits, so any leftovers will be super flavorful. I like my Gazpacho on the chunky side but you can make it smoother if you prefer that consistency.

I usually serve Gazpacho with some toasted bread brushed with extra virgin olive oil and cut up avocado. The crunchiness of the bread dipped into the savory Gazpacho and the smooth and creamy avocado is the perfect combination of flavors and textures.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY NICE CREAM




Hello everyone! Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite combinations. They compliment each other beautifully! This chocolate cherry nice cream is luscious, decadent, extremely satisfying and very easy to make. It's a perfect "guilty free" dessert or snack option.

CHERRIES contain powerful antioxidant properties. They are high in fiber and vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

RAW CACAO is considered a superfood that is high in magnesium, zinc, calcium, sulfur, copper, iron, potassium and manganese. It has powerful antioxidant properties and contains some B vitamins, protein and fiber.

Friday, 20 May 2016

FACE OF THE DAY ~ Using RMS Beauty, Tarte & Burt's Bees

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great day! Today's post is a FOTD featuring some natural products from RMS Beauty, Tarte and Burt's Bees. I don't have a whole lot of time to get ready in the morning so I like to keep things simple. As you may know I've been trying to use more natural products that deliver results and that are easy to use. I think (for now) I've found a good line up of things that are working well and that are giving me the look(s) I'm going for.


My "everyday" face is pretty basic. I try to keep my make up as natural looking as possible enhancing my features rather than masking them.

So let's take a look at the products I used!

For a more in depth review/swatches of the RMS products used in today's post click here!


LEFT BOTTOM: RMS "UN" COVER UP 22 & TOP: RMS "TINTED "UN" POWDER" 2-3

RIGHT TOP: RMS BURITI BRONZER & BOTTOM: RMS MASTER MIXER

"UN" COVER UP 22: I use this amazing little product as my foundation & concealer. I apply it with my fingers concentrating on the areas that I need coverage. Usually around my eyes, nose, mouth and on some old acne scars and hyper pigmentation that I have on my cheeks. 

TINTED "UN" POWDER 2-3: I typically use this powder at the end of my make up routine after I've applied all the cream based products to set everything in place. It has a slight tint that adds just a touch of coverage and it blurs out pores & imperfections and keeps the skin matte without making it look dull or flat. I apply this powder all over my face with a big fluffy brush.

BURITI BRONZER: Once I've applied my base (the "Un Cover Up") and evened out my skin tone I add a little bronzer to my forehead and cheeks...basically anywhere the sun would naturally hit my face. I use my fingers to apply this and to blend it into my skin.

MASTER MIXER: Now for the highlight. Again I use my fingers and apply this soft rose/gold luminizer to the high points of my face...like my cheekbones, the inner corners of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow and brow bones.


LEFT: RMS BEAUTY LIP 2 CHEEK IN "Promise" 

RIGHT: RMS LIP SHINE IN "Bloom" & BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMER IN "Caramel"

Now onto my favorites...cheeks & lips!

RMS LIP 2 CHEEK IN "PROMISE": For a pop of color and a youthful flush I used "Promise" which is a peachy/apricot/salmon shade with a touch of gold to the apples of my cheeks and I also added a bit of it to my lips. I applied and blended this in with my fingers.

RMS LIP SHINE IN "BLOOM" & BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMER IN "CARAMEL": I then added a bit of the sheer peachy pink lip shine to my lips and finished with a touch of the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in "Caramel" to add some depth & sheen.


For swatches & a more in depth look at the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers click here!


TARTE ENERGY NOIR PALETTE

Last but not least I used this beautiful palette from Tarte to finish up my look. For my eyes I used the 3 shades from the top row of shadows and the 1st shade from the second row of shadows. 

1. For a base I used the the 1st shade top row all over my lids.

2. For my crease I used the 1st shade 2nd row to add some depth and dimension to my eyes.

3. I then added a bit of the middle shade 1st row to the outer lid areas of my eyes and blended it out softly & into the crease color.

4. I used the 3rd matte dark brown shade in the 1st row as a liner on my top and bottom lash lines and then blended it out softly with a Q-tip to create soft and natural looking definition. I finished the eyes with some dark brown liner on my water line and a few coats of black mascara.

To complete the look I dusted a touch of the blush color on the apples of my cheeks to make them pop a bit more. I then set everything with the RMS Tinted "Un" Powder and that's it! A quick & easy daytime look that enhances your features without being too much or overdone.

For a more detailed review & swatches of the Tarte Energy Noir Palette click here!

You really can achieve any look...get the coverage and finish you like using products that are free from harsh chemicals (RMS in particular). I also love that the make up I'm now using is beneficial and healthy for my skin and is actually improving it's condition!

I hope you enjoyed today's post & thanks so much for reading!

CHELSEA XO

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMERS ~ Review & Swatches

Hello everyone! Hope all is well! Today I'll be talking about the fantastic Lip Shimmers from Burt's Bees. These little gems have been around awhile but I have just recently given them a good try and I absolutely love them! I have 5 shades that I will be reviewing today ranging from an everyday nude to a rich, deep and dramatic plum.

I was really surprised to see how pigmented these Lip Shimmers are...especially the deeper shades. They glide on easily and are somewhat build-able. They have a slight peppermint scent and flavor and provide a cooling sensation on the lips. I find them to be quite moisturizing and very comfortable to wear. Some of these Shimmers are more "shimmery" than others. We'll look at them individually in the pictures that follow. 

The wear time on these differs. The lighter shades tend to fade on me after a few hours but the deeper/darker shades tend to stick around a bit longer. 

So let's take a closer look!


BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMER IN PLUM

Okay...I'm starting with this deep, dark and vamp-y one because it's my favorite! I was really shocked at how pigmented this one was. It goes on smoothly and can be worn as a light stain for a softer look or built up for a more dramatic look. 

"Plum" is one of the Lip Shimmers that isn't overly shimmery or frosty looking...which I love. It has the perfect amount of shine/shimmer to give your lips some dimension.  Love it!



LEFT TO RIGHT: BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMERS IN "CHERRY" & "FIG"

Cherry is a gorgeous bright red that tends to pull more like a red/coral on my lips. It's very moisturizing, applies smoothly and evenly to the lips and is build-able. This one, like "Plum" isn't overly shimmery. It has just enough to add some depth to the lips and make them pop. It's really pretty!

Now for "Fig" which I would describe as a "your lips but better" shade. It's really natural looking and can be worn as a sheer wash of color or built up for a deeper look. This shade is a very wearable pink/brown/mauve-y tone that looks quite natural and I think would be very flattering for most skin tones. I tend to grab for this one allot because it slightly enhances my natural lip color and it's a great color for everyday wear!


LEFT TO RIGHT: BURT'S BEES LIP SHIMMERS IN "CARAMEL" & "WATERMELON"

So now for the lighter shades...which you may be able to tell from the photos above that they are both VERY shimmery...borderline frosty. The shimmer in these two tends to look a little dry on the lips and unfortunately accentuates lines.

Regardless, I do still like them but prefer to use them as a "topper" to other lipsticks to add some shine or I pop a gloss over top of them to tone down the frosty look a bit.

"Caramel" is a beige/caramel/nude color & "Watermelon" is a dusty/pink/mauve shade.


SWATCHES LEFT TO RIGHT: CARAMEL, WATERMELON, CHERRY, FIG & PLUM

Overall I'm a huge fan of these Lip Shimmers. They all glide on smoothly and evenly and the color payoff is pretty great. The minty flavor/smell is pleasant and they are all natural which is a bonus! My only gripe is the overly frosty finish of the last two shown..."Caramel" & "Watermelon". But like I mentioned before layering them with other products corrects that. 

I hope you enjoyed & thanks so much for reading!

CHELSEA 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

COCONUT OIL Saved My Hair!

Hello everyone! Hope you're well! So today I wanted to talk about the amazing Coconut Oil and how it's pretty much transformed the condition of my hair. Before I started my journey to using more natural beauty products I had an army of hair lotions and potions stationed in my bathroom. There was a bottle for all my hair ailments...one to tame frizz, one to repair split ends, add shine, add volume etc. etc.

These products worked fine for awhile but "underneath it all" my hair was not in very good shape. It was dry, brittle, coarse, unruly, dull and lifeless. Every morning I would pile on product after product not even thinking that maybe all those chemicals, fragrances & dyes were actually the culprits!

So I started using more natural shampoos and conditioners which helped but I really needed something ultra nourishing, repairing and healing for my hair. That's when I started using Coconut Oil routinely and I saw amazing changes in the overall health and condition of my hair.


I have been using Coconut Oil routinely once per week (usually on a Sunday) for about 3 months now. I put on an old shirt and saturate my scalp and hair with the oil. I really take some time and give myself a good head massage really stimulating my scalp with the pads of my fingers and getting the blood flowing. I also make sure to work the oil into every strand from root to tip.

I then put my hair up with a hair claw/clip and take a plastic grocery bag and put that over my hair (so attractive!) and secure it so that the heat from my head is trapped in the bag and warms the oil helping it penetrate more deeply. I leave this on for at least 2 hours or more (if possible) before washing. (overnight is great if you can)


I swear after 3 months of doing this weekly my hair is thicker, definitely shinier, softer and not as frizzy, it has more volume and my ends are no longer split and ratty looking. My scalp is also healthier. It's no longer dry and tight or itchy. Before I started doing this treatment every time I would wash my hair quite a bit of it would fall out which always freaked me out. Hair oiling with coconut Oil has diminished that as well!


ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL

Coconut Oil is loaded with nourishing vitamins and minerals and it also has natural antimicrobial properties. It's rich in lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid that can strengthen hair structure and moisturizes dry, tight, itchy scalps.

It's important to use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil because it hasn't been refined or stripped of all it's valuable nutrients and it smells amazing as well!

Coconut Oil is probably the most used and most versatile "beauty/health product" that I have in my house. I not only use it for my hair but it's also great as a body moisturizer, shaving "cream" substitute, a facial cleanser/make up remover and also a frizz tamer for fly away hairs.

I also use it to cook and spread it on my toast instead of butter. The list goes on and on of all the amazing ways you can use this incredible oil!

I hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for reading!

CHELSEA XO

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

SIGMA E39 BUFF & BLEND BRUSH REVIEW

Hello everyone! Hope you are well! Today I have a review for you on the Sigma E39 Buff & Blend BrushBelieve it or not this is my first time using a Sigma brush! I have always been curious about the brand but have never tried them. So when I was contacted by nailpolishcanada.com to try one out I was very excited!

I'm not a pro when it comes to eye shadow application so I really like to use good quality brushes to help me achieve my look. We all know that blending is super important and good tools really do make all the difference!

I've been using this brush every morning for about a week now and these are my thoughts!


SIGMA E39 BUFF & BLEND BRUSH

I really like the design of this brush. It's lightweight and feels like it's well made. The smooth wooden handle is comfortable to hold and is durable and scratch resistant due to multiple layers of paint applied. The metal ferrule feels like it's attached very securely to the wooden handle. 

Overall this brush has a nice sleek minimal look and a very nice quality feel.


I really like how the name of the brush is clearly written on the handle.


The bristles of this brush are very soft and gentle on the skin. They are packed quite densely and are rounded which allows the brush to perform in multiples ways. The densely packed fibers make this brush great for precise application and packing on color. The rounded top blends eye shadows out softly and diffuses any harsh lines.


This brush is made with synthetic fibers and can be used with powders or cream products. The fibers are antibacterial and hypoallergenic and they feel like they will maintain their shape and structure over time and multiple washing.

I really enjoyed how soft the bristles felt on my eyes and how easy it was to apply and blend out my shadows.



The E39 is a great brush if you are looking for a good quality multitasking tool that is affordable. It can be used for precise application of color or used to apply & blend color to the crease and outer lid areas. It's great for blending out harsh lines, adding highlight to specific areas or just deepening up the crease. Very versatile!

Overall I really enjoy using this brush. It feels well made, it's affordable and can be used to achieve a variety of looks. I love how soft the bristles are and how great this brush performs. I will definitely be checking out more from this brand!

You can find a full selection of Sigma Beauty at Nail Polish Canada.

I hope you enjoyed & thanks for reading!

CHELSEA XO

Thursday, 21 April 2016

TARTE COSMETICS ~ Review & Swatches

Hello everyone! Hope you're well! I have a review for you today on some Tarte Cosmetics that I picked up the other day and have been obsessed with ever since! This is (believe it or not) my first time using anything from Tarte. Why? I have no idea! The products are so lovely I can't believe it took me this long to try something! 

Tarte Cosmetics is a brand that focuses on keeping allot of those nasty chemicals out of their products. They are paraben, mineral oil, phthalate, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate & gluten free as well as cruelty free & vegan friendly! Now that I'm on a mission to use cleaner & greener products this line is a perfect fit!

So let's take a closer look!


Tarte offers a wide range of skincare & make up products that are infused with healthy skin invigorating ingredients like vitamins, minerals, essential oils and antioxidants that are derived from superfruits and botanicals. They are also formulated without the use of harsh chemicals, they don't test on animals and from what I can tell most of the products offered are vegan friendly. 

The products come in beautiful quality packaging that looks chic and feels a little luxe. The price point is decent as well...you tend to get a fair amount of product for your money which is nice.


I have become completely obsessed with Tarte palettes. You get so many fun things to play with! Beautifully coordinated shadows, flattering cheek color, natural looking bronzer, gorgeous highlight...almost everything you need to create a look. So great for travel!


TARTE COSMETICS SHOWSTOPPER CLAY PALETTE

This palette is amazing! The packaging is really nice and feels very substantial. The colors are soft & pretty and perfect for everyday wear. The powders are formulated with Amazonian clay and are long wearing. This palette contains 6 eye shadows/liner, 1 blush, 1 bronzer and a highlight. 


The eye shadows in this palette have a smooth buttery feel, good pigmentation and they blend easily. From my experience they don't seem to fade or crease throughout the day. The colors are build-able as well so you can either go for a soft daytime look or for something with a bit more drama. 

SHADOWS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Showstopper Copper (bronze copper), Go For The Gold (gold), You're A Natural (nude/matte), Steel The Scene (steel taupe), Rose To The Top (rose gold) & Dim The Lights (black brown/matte)

AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSH IN "FAME": The Amazonian clay blush in the center of the palette is a very flattering warm peach color. It brightens up the face and gives you a healthy looking flush of color. This blush has great pigmentation, blends easily and lasts all day. 

AMAZONIAN CLAY MATTE WATERPROOF BRONZER IN "PARK AVENUE PRINCESS": This is a very natural looking bronzer that warms up the face and adds a sun kissed glow without any shimmer. It has a velvety texture and blends beautifully into the skin. The pigmentation is great and it doesn't look orange or streaky/dirty on the skin.

AMAZONIAN CLAY HIGHLIGHTER IN "CHAMPAGNE PINK": This is such a pretty highlighter. It's quite pigmented...a little goes a long way! It has a nice smooth texture (no glitter or chunky shimmers) and it adds the perfect amount of luminosity to your looks whether you wear it as a highlighter on the high points of your face or as an eye shadow or inner corner brightener.


BOTTOM SHADOW SWATCHES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Showstopper Copper (bronze copper), Go For The Gold (gold), You're A Natural (nude/matte), Steel The Scene (steel taupe), Rose To The Top (rose gold) & Dim The Lights (black brown/matte)

TOP SWATCHES: LEFT: Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer In "Park Avenue Princess" & RIGHT: Amazonian Clay Blush In "Fame"

LARGE SWATCH ON THE RIGHT: Amazonian Clay Highlighter In "Champagne Pink"


TARTE ENERGY NOIR CLAY PALETTE

This palette is lovely. The packaging is very attractive and sturdy. The colors have a purple-y/taupe vibe that look great either worn softly for daytime or layered up and smoked out for a sultry evening look. This palette contains 8 eye shadows/liner, a blush and a highlight. 


There are 6 matte shadows in this palette (the darker shades can double as liners) and 2 shimmer/satin shades.
The pigmentation of these shadows over all were good...but there were a few of the mattes that felt a bit chalky and were a little patchy when applied. (you will see that in the swatches below)

EYE SHADOWS TOP ROW: Full Moon (matte beige), Charged Up (silvery taupe), Dark Drive (matte dark chocolate)
MIDDLE ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Stone Unturned (matte taupe), Up Too Slate (smokey plum), Misty Mauve (matte mauve)
BOTTOM ROW: Power Plum (matte dark plum) & Lunar Eclipse (matte black)

AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSH IN "UNEARTHED": This is a beautiful pink-y/nude shade that looks very natural on the skin. It isn't the most pigmented blush I've ever used but it does add a soft wash of really natural looking color. It blends nicely, goes on smoothly and it doesn't seem to fade much throughout the day. Even though it's not highly pigmented it is build-able.

HIGHLIGHTER IN "CRYSTAL SPARK": This highlighter is a champagne shade and is quite "frosty". Because of that I tend to use it more as an inner corner highlight or eye shadow instead of a highlighter for the face. It's quite pigmented and doesn't have any chunky glitter or sparkle it's just very frosty/shimmery but very pretty!


BOTTOM EYE SHADOW SWATCHES LEFT TO RIGHT: Full Moon (matte beige), Charged Up (silvery taupe), Dark Drive (matte dark chocolate), Stone Unturned (matte taupe), Up Too Slate (smokey plum), Misty Mauve (matte mauve), Power Plum (matte dark plum) & Lunar Eclipse (matte black)

You can see that some of the darker matte shades went on a little patchy. They felt a touch dry and chalky but were still build-able and had a decent amount of pigmentation. All the other shades were creamy and smooth.

TOP SWATCHES LEFT: Amazonian Clay Blush In "Unearthed"
RIGHT: Highlighter In "Crystal Spark"


TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSH IN "EXPOSED" & LIP SURGENCE LIP GLOSS IN "PARK AVENUE PRINCESS"

Last but not least...the blush & lip gloss. We'll start with the blush. It kind of looks similar to the one included in the Energy Noir palette but this one is more of a plummy/pink/nude as opposed to the pink/nude in the palette. Again it's not super pigmented but it does deliver a nice soft wash of natural looking color that is build-able and blend-able. It's long wearing and is perfect for those days that you want just a hint of color that won't compete with a dramatic eye or you just want a more neutral look overall.

Now for the gloss. The smell of this is so nice...it smells of vanilla cupcakes! The color is pretty sheer and has fine gold shimmer in it. I would describe it as a soft sheer nude with a golden sheen. The only down side of this gloss is that it is quite sticky but I will say that the stickiness (although annoying) really makes this gloss stay put.


LEFT TO RIGHT: AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSH IN "EXPOSED" & LIP SURGENCE LIP GLOSS IN "PARK AVENUE PRINCESS"

You can see in this swatch picture above that the blush is pretty soft when it comes to pigmentation but like I said earlier it can be built up for more color. The gloss has a nice high shine finish and a lovely golden nude tone.

Overall I'm so glad I finally tried a few things from this brand! I could very easily become a Tarte addict! Everything I've tried so far has been very nice quality for the price and really easy to work with. The colors are wearable and easy to use and the palettes are fabulous and so great for travel. I also love that this brand strives to make cleaner and greener products that don't contain all those scary chemicals. Really great!

Whew! This was a long one! I hope you enjoyed & thanks for reading!

CHELSEA 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

BURT'S BEES LIPSTICKS ~ Review & Swatches

Hello everyone! Hope you're well! Today I wanted to share with you a couple of lipsticks that I picked up not too long ago and that I am really enjoying. They are from Burt's Bees which is a nice quality, very accessible and affordable natural line. I have always been a fan of their Tinted Lip Balms and Lip Shimmers so when I saw these at my local Walmart I couldn't resist giving them a try!

So let's take a closer look at these little beauties!


BOTTOM TO TOP: #500 NILE NUDE & #501 BLUSH BASIN

These lipsticks come in a pretty good range of shades. I believe there are 14 colors available...from soft wearable nudes to bold and vamp-y reds & berries. They are 100% natural and contain ingredients like Beeswax, Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Vitamin E.


I am a lover of nudes so I chose the two lightest shades that were in stock. Both of these shades have a decent amount of pigmentation and provide a smooth satin finish. They have an interesting texture...almost a waxy/gel like feel that I wasn't too sure about at first but now I love. I find them very comfortable to wear and they provide a nice amount of moisture. I almost forget that I'm wearing them...that's how nice they feel!


LEFT TO RIGHT: #500 NILE NUDE & #501 BLUSH BASIN

You can see from the swatches above that these shades have a nice amount of color. With 2 swipes you get pretty good coverage. Both of these shades are cream formulas and they have a satin almost matte finish. They do have a slight scent to them. I would describe it as a "fruity" smell. It's very slight and not overpowering.

The lasting power of these lipsticks is decent. I can get about 3-4 hours of wear (without eating) before they fade.


LEFT: #500 NILE NUDE is a lovely light beige/pink-y nude.
RIGHT: #501 BLUSH BASIN is a pretty medium toned soft pink-y/rose shade.



BLUSH BASIN is the perfect "throw on and go" lipstick. It adds a nice soft wearable wash of pink color that brightens up the face.


NILE NUDE is a great nude but it can wash you out a bit depending on your skin tone. In the picture above I'm wearing it alone but I usually wear it with a little medium toned nude lip liner just to add a touch of dimension to my lips. I also love mixing Nile Nude with other lipsticks to soften & lighten them.


Overall I really like these lipsticks and think I will venture outside my comfort zone and pick up some of the deeper shades. I love that they are natural and contain healthy ingredients. They are moisturizing and deliver a nice amount of pigmentation.

Thanks for reading!

CHELSEA 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

MILLET TUNA & VEGGIE SALAD ~ High Protein, Colorful & Delish!

Hello lovelies! Hope you're having a wonderful day! Today's post is all about a big healthy and hearty salad. This colorful bowl of goodness is full of protein, fiber, healthy fats and nutrients. It's easy to make and you can use whatever you have on hand. I like to call this a "clean out your fridge" salad because you can pretty much use whatever you have hanging around in the veggie drawer. It's also a great way to use up leftover grains you may have from the night before.

So let's take a look!


I typically eat salads like this for lunch because they are so nutrient dense and fill me up until supper. I usually workout around 10:30 in the morning so when I'm finished with my workout I'm pretty hungry and looking for a good dose of protein. This kind of salad is loaded with clean/lean protein and feels very refreshing and replenishing.


I had some left over millet from the night before so I tossed some of it with some cucumbers, red peppers, yellow grape tomatoes and some finely chopped shallots. I also added a can of drained chunk white low sodium tuna packed in water to this mixer.


On a plate I made a bed of some organic arugula...approximately 2 large handfuls.

Arugula is a good source of folic acid, Vitamins C, K and A as well as minerals like potassium, iron, calcium and manganese.


Tuna is a great source of lean protein. One can has approximately 30 grams! It also contains high amounts of selenium and potassium as well as omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins.


I topped the bed of arugula with the millet/tuna/veggie mixture and then dressed the salad with some Raw Avocado Oil...approximately 2 tbsps. drizzled over the top. I then squeezed some fresh lemon juice over the salad and sprinkled it with salt & pepper to taste.


I used avocado oil today but you could use any good quality oil you like. Raw Avocado Oil is a rich source of Oleic acid...a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E. It has a somewhat strong flavor so if you like something a little lighter tasting a good quality olive oil, walnut oil or grapeseed oil would be delish!


Millet is an amazing grain! It's gluten free and high in protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and fiber. This grain is so versatile. I love eating it for breakfast topped with fresh fruit, nuts or seeds...drizzled with honey and a splash of almond milk or for lunch like today or as a side dish with sauteed veggies for supper. Quick, easy & satisfying!

I hope you enjoyed today's post & thanks so much for reading!

CHELSEA XO