Friday, 14 October 2016

3 Smoothies To Drink This Winter

Well hello there!

I hope you're all as excited for the weekend as I am (well, not Saturday because I'll be doing uni work all day - but on Sunday I turn 21!). The weather has definitely taken a turn this past week in London, RIP to my light jackets, it's far too chilly to go out now without a proper winter coat *cries single tear*

Chill aside, don't you just love this time of year? The crunch of leaves under your feet, the sun setting on your way home from work or school, and that warming feeling of the holiday season.

But one thing that I definitely don't look forward to is getting ill. If you're smart like my younger brother, you'll have already started taking your multivitamin tablets - but here are 3 slightly more fun (and definitely tasty!) ways to get your vitamin boost.

Green quencher

- Half a cup of spinach
- Handful of frozen pineapple chunks
- Water (or for something a bit sweeter, opt for apple juice)
- Some chopped ginger

This one is by far my favourite - if you're not a fan of bananas (I have days where I'm just not feeling it in a smoothie) then this is the one for you. Ginger is a proven anti-inflammatory & help fight off infections, spinach is high in vitamins A, C, K & more - who says you need multivitamins?

Cinnamon warmer

- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 apple
- Frozen banana
- 1/2 cup milk (regular or almond/soya)
- 1 teaspoon honey

Cinnamon and honey are proven to promote a stronger immune system & eliminating chronic fatigue, especially when paired with honey. My mum makes cinnamon tea when we're ill and it definitely does work! Plus who doesn't love a bit of warming cinnamon on a cold day?

Berry smoothie

- Handful of frozen blueberries
- Frozen banana
- 1/2 cup fat free greek yoghurt
- 1/2 apple
- 1 tsp honey

I absolutely love blueberries, and I always have some on hand in the freezer for baking, but I also love using it in smoothies. Often labelled a superfood, blueberries have the highest level of antioxidants of any known fruit, just a few in the morning can give you the best chance of avoiding that awful winter cold. This smoothie is slightly thicker than the others, definitely a filling breakfast and my God it just tastes incredible.

What are your favourite healthy smoothies?

Zahra D x

Monday, 3 October 2016

September Favourites

Can you believe the year is nearly out? Well I'm not complaining, I love the holiday season as much as anyone else - London just feels like a better place to be in during Autumn, it's hard to describe but I suppose there's nothing like that crisp morning air in Autumn, right?

As we transition into the colders months (or if you're in the UK, get used to the colder months, haha(!) ), here are a few things which made my September all the more autumnal:

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Spice Girl|

I cannot tell you how much I love this. I definitely bought it on a whim when I got an email from Cult Beauty telling me they're back in stock. I've never tried Huda's beauty products before but I saw this gorgeous purple toned brown matte liquid lipstick and I knew I had to have it - it definitely suits both light and darker skintones so well, I've been wearing this non-stop since I bought it (also features in my Auutmn makeup look post here!).

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn|

I know, as a book lover I really should have have read this earlier than I had, but I've been playing catch-up with reading this summer and WOW. It was gritty, horrifying, twisted - unlike anything I've picked up. If you've yet to give in - do it now!

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer|

I gained a newfound love for this product. I didn't wear it as much in July when I bought it but I've reached for it so much in September, even a small amount gives the most gorgeous glow, especially on my cupids bow and down the centre of my nose.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil|

My skin became incredibly dry because of some medicine I've been taking for my acne - this became my little saviour. It just feels so soothing when I wash my face, it just feels instantly hydrated - a definite must for the winter months too if you suffer with dry patches.

Little Mix Gold Magic au de parfum|

I've always loved this perfume from the moment I bought it about a year ago, but I've definitely reached towards it more throughout September on the colder/rainy days. Something about a musky scent always reminds me about winter, and while this is slightly floral it has really gorgeous musky undertones, making it the perfect transition scent for the season.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in 'Give Me Sun'|

It seems like this month has been all about going back to products I love, and this one is no exception. I love using this as a subtle blush and a pairing it with a nice neutral matte eye, I'm not really into pink blushes but this gorgeous orange hue is one I am always going back to without fail!

ITV drama Victoria|

All the best shows start this season, and there's nothing like a good period drama to start it off. I've loved Victoria week on week, it's just the kind of show that keeps getting better. If you haven't caught it yet it follows the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria - I especially love the sub-plots with the downstairs staff (shipping Miss Skerrett and Mr Frangatelli so hard!)

What are your favourite transition/Autumn beauty products?

Zahra x
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