Sparkly Christmas makeup

Makeup idea inspired by the new sparkly L’Oréal mascara that came out for the holiday season!

 

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Brighten your face with this usual Christmas makeup in just a few seconds!

I just added a gold eyeliner on top of my usual mascara, on the outer lashes.

If you don’t have gold or silver eyeliner here’s a trick for you: It works just fine if you brush loose glitter or eyeshadow on your mascara while it’s still wet.

 

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Four of my colleagues have adopted this look since they’ve seen me with it a few days back. I may have created a new trend! Haha

-Elodie

Christmassy nails

It’s my day off, taking advantage of my free time to get into the Christmas spirit, and that starts with a manicure.
I thought I’d try out something new, red and silver together. I’m pretty happy with the result it is fairly christmassy don’t you think?

The instructions if you wanna try it too are quite straight forward:

-A clear base coat

-Then one or two coats of bright red.

-Dab some glitter on the nails while the polish is still a bit sticky. I’ve used one of my sparkly eyeshadows here but you can try normal glitter.

-Finish with a top coat to hold the glitter in place. TADAAaaa Christmas is at your fingertips!
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-Elodie

Dips! Dips! Dips! My Hommus love story!

Hommus and I were not friends, oh no! I had very few encounters with the dreadful dip during my childhood but they left me puzzled of why anyone would subject themselves to eating such a thing.. Until one day I came to the realisation that my aversion for hommus was simply because I never tried an homemade one! The store bought kind we could find in New Caledonia was imported from Australia tasted quite horrid, it had nothing to do with the actual taste that hommus should have.

We each have our own recipe for it, my mum puts curry in hers. There is a trilion recipes out there for the hommus lovers and I’m sure I’ll publish other posts to share some of those with you but for now here’s is my recipe for traditional hommus!

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Ingredients:

– 1 can of chickpeas

-1 clove of garlic, crushed

-3 tablespoons of tahini

-3 tablespoons of your very best extra virgin olive oil

-3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice

-1 teaspoon of ground cumin

-1/4 teaspoon of salt

Instructions:

Rinse the chickpeas under the tap in a strainer. For a really smooth hommus you will have to remove skins from the chickpeas by lightly squeezing them one by one between your fingers, skins should come off easily. This is the somewhat annoying part in the preparation of this dip but believe me it will be worth it! Once you’ve done this recipe a few times it will become less and less time consuming.

Transfer your skinless chickpeas to a food processor, adding the garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin and salt. Blend until smooth then give it a try and add extra salt if needed.

Serve in a fancy bowl or plate, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lightly dust with paprika. You can also make a hole in your hommus and pour olive oil in the center, put a few olives or some flat italian parsley to decorate.

Serve with pita, the lebanese flatbread or maybe just a few sticks of celery and carrots!

Enjoy!

-Maelle

Black rice, mango & avocado salad with coriander & lime dressing

A wonderfully fresh and flavourful salad, with nutrient packed black rice, mango and avocado. Served with the most incredible coriander & lime vinaigrette. Vegan and gluten free!

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Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups organic black rice

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1 large ripe mango, diced

-1 small ripe avocado, diced or sliced
-1/4 cup roasted almonds
-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
-1/2 cup diced red onion

For the Vinaigrette:

-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
-1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 teaspoon honey (agave nectar if vegan)
-1/4 teaspoon of salt
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
-salt and pepper to taste
-lime wedges, to garnish

Rinse the rice and put it in a saucepan with 2 3/4 cups water and a pinch of salt, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a low simmer, and cook until rice is tender and water is absorbed (30-40 minutes). When rice is cooked, transfer to a bowl & let it cool before adding the dressing.

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While rice is cooking prepare the vinaigrette:

Combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, honey (or agave), coriander, salt & pepper. Once rice has cooled a bit, stir in dressing and cover bowl and place in fridge for an hour or until cool and you are ready to add in the rest of the salad ingredients.

Before serving, toss salad again with dressing and fold in coriander, mango, and red onion. Pour into cold salad bowls and top with roasted almonds and avocado. Garnish with a lime wedge or extra coriander if desired. Enjoy!

-Maelle

Forget Rice! Eat Cauliflower!!

Since starting a bootcamp a few months back I have tried to avoid certain types of food. Dairy, bread,  pasta and of course my beloved rice were on the list. What is a girl to do in these conditions? I was in such despair I had to find a way.. my trainer told me grated cauliflower would do the trick and I have to admit it is pretty yummy!

Just like quinoa and millet, rice is a gluten free grain and it is quite healthy for you. However it contains a lot of carbohydrates! So if you are aiming to reduce your daily carb intake this is the way to do it. Some of you may argue that vegetables too are rich in carbohydrates, but they are complex which don’t break down as quickly as simple carbohydrates like sugars, rice and pasta.

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I don’t really have a recipe for it but here are a few options:

After you’ve grated it, lightly steam it, or panfry it with a bit of coconut oil or olive oil. It will replace plain steamed rice in any dishes.

Use it instead of rice in asian stir fries, in salad with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, herbs and roasted pine nuts or maybe if you have a good fried rice recipe give cauliflower a try!

Here’s a few facts about cauliflower that will convince you once and for all!

– Helps to keep your immune system strong
– Has anti inflammatory properties
– Aids in lowering risk of cancer
– Provides the body with cardiovascular support
– Can help increase blood flow

-Maelle

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn