Happy Friday, everybody!

Happy Friday to all of my fab subscribers!

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What are you getting up to this weekend?

Today’s been such a great Friday for me! I can’t believe it’s the end of July. Seriously, I can’t wrap my head around this! It’s crazy how quickly this year is flying by. I hope all of you had a positive and productive month of July. For me, July was a fantastic month this year! I reached all of the personal targets I set for myself at work, and also ended up getting a freelance job as a writer for one of Joburg’s biggest publications, http://www.joburg.co.za.

So far, I’ve written three features for their women’s blog, Joburg’s Darling (go here to check the blog out). I hope I don’t sound biased, but gosh, Joburg’s Darling is such an awesome blog! It was voted the best blog of 2013 and 2014 by Best of Joburg for a reason. It’s super handy for finding out where’s best for us ladies to eat, drink, shop and so on in Jozi. I’ve really enjoyed writing for them so far and look forward to producing content for them more frequently from August onward. Yay!

Apart from achieving all of my work goals, I’ve had a great month in terms of achieving all my personal goals too. But those are a little too personal to share on a public platform like this 🙂

This weekend, I plan to celebrate – that’s for sure! Tonight I’m going to spend time catching up with a girlfriend at one of my favourite Jozi restaurants, Foundry. I love this trendy little spot situated in Parktown North. They make the most delicious mushroom ravioli! Gosh, my mouth’s watering just thinking of it. They also have a nice, big wine list and are also one of the few restaurants in this city that serves champagne by the glass. Looking forward to enjoying some vino and a good meal at this vibey little restaurant tonight!

Tomorrow I’ll be writing blog content and I also need to do a monthly toiletry shop. I’m looking forward to purchasing some cool new products and updating my make-up kit! I have so many empty MAC make-up containers. Did you know that if you take six empties into any MAC store or counter you’ll get a free lipstick? Yup! It’s a little-known secret. I have 13 or 14 empties now so I’ll need to have a think on which lipsticks to get. Any suggestions? I’m also looking forward to making the most of the last few days of all the huge sales at Sandton City tomorrow and on Sunday!

Sundays in Joburg are for going to organic or farmer’s markets and relaxing. I really love the Fourways Farmer’s Market but I’ve been going there so often lately that I think I’ll go to Market on Main this Sunday! Those are about my only plans for the weekend. I’ll let you know what I ended up doing when I return back to my blog on Monday! 🙂

Until then, I wish you all a super weekend. Be safe, drink lots of wine, eat good food and laugh lots!

Lots of love,

Cands

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My favourite concealer, foundation and powder for pale skin

Good afternoon and a happy Friday once again to you all!

Also, thank you so much to all of you who’ve been liking, sharing and commenting on my posts this week. I love feeling the love! It’s also great to know that you’re enjoying my posts and finding them useful.

Today, I’m going to let you in on a little secret… So, I know I don’t share many pictures of myself on my blog. But there are a few up on here. And if you see any of them, you’ll probably think to yourself wow, she’s so tanned! So here’s my little-known secret: I’m actually not!

That’s right – I have really pale skin. I just use a number of different tanning products (oils, sprays and lotions) to keep my skin bronzed. During winter, though, spray tan maintenance becomes one huge schlep. It’s cold this time of year to spend time in my cold bathroom self-tanning myself! So just before winter, I mentally brace myself for pale skin.

Now, pale skin is pretty, don’t get me wrong. Seriously – I don’t mean to offend any of you who have pale skin here! I just personally feel that I look better with a bit of colour on my skin. But I must admit, I’m starting to love my natural pale complexion more and more. This winter I’ve really started embracing it! And that’s what brought me to write this post…

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting with my lighter shades of concealer, foundation and powder. Today, I’m going to review the ones that have worked best for my natural pale skin. They’re really great! I’m also going to let you in on which products I don’t like for pale skin, and why. Read on…

Concealer: MAC Moisturecover Concealer

I use this in NW15

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This concealer is really great! Up until the beginning of July I always used MAC’s Mineralize concealer, and then I decided to change things up a bit and buy this one. My skin is dry, so this is awesome. It’s very moisturising.

I find that this concealer covers really well. Also, it doesn’t have a strong pink undertone like most warm shades of concealers do. The wand is the same as a lipgloss wand, which makes applying this product very quick and easy. I dot it under my eyes, above my brows and above my cheekbone and then blend it in using my fingertip.

I also love wearing this concealer on its own to work or during the day. It’s not often that I’m seen without a full face of foundation, but this concealer covers up spots and blemishes so well that I feel confident wearing it on its own!

Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup

I use this in 22 Beige Rose

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This is one of my HG foundations. I mean, it’s Chanel, so obviously! I’d had this stashed away at the bottom of my make-up kit for months. I never used it because it’s really light. And last week, I decided to try it out properly.

I used a stipple foundation brush to apply this. I found that when I tried layering it on with a flat foundation brush, it made me look awfully caked up! It’s very light, as I’ve mentioned, but this specific shade has a pink undertone which suits my skin well and prevents me from looking like a full-on ghost.

I’ve noticed that the trick to using this foundation is using it sparingly. Don’t layer it on. Use just a little and you’ll achieve a really lovely radiant look! This foundation is super glowy and illuminating. I adore that about it! It really brightens up a pale complexion.

Powder: MAC Studio Fix Powder

I use this in NW20

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My all-time favourite powder! You can use it on its own (because it provides a full coverage), or dust it on lightly over a liquid foundation. I use this same powder in NW22 for when I’m tanned. It’s amazing! Hands down the best powder you’ll ever get your hands on.

If you use too much of this over the Chanel, it can look chalky, which isn’t nice. So I use a large powder brush and dust a very slight amount on areas that need more coverage or are prone to get shiny. For example: My nose, forehead and chin.

I also carry this in my bag with me when I’m out and about because it’s great for touch ups!

What are your favourite foundations for pale skin? I’d love to hear about them!

A big breakfast and small dinner is the simple secret to holding your blood sugar steady

Changing blood sugar is a fact of life. Each time you eat something, your body absorbs the sugars in the food and they go into your bloodstream. From there, they circulate until your body removes them for use or for storage.

 

But for people with diabetes, this second step isn’t so easy. Their body doesn’t remove sugar effectively from their blood because it has trouble recognising there’s even sugar there to remove. And when it does, it responds sluggishly.

 

Fortunately, a new study conducted by a Tel Aviv University researchers has found that the amount you eat at different meals can change how well your body respond to sugar. This can help diabetics and non-diabetics control their blood sugar. Read on for more.

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University of Tel Aviv Research team set out to find how what you eat at different meals affects your blood sugar levels

The researchers behind the new study observed that blood sugar in someone’s blood varied over the course of the day, even if the meal they had was the same. A big breakfast resulted in a smaller blood sugar spike than the same meal eaten at dinner.

According to well-known author and surgeon Dr Mehmet Oz, this is because meal times help set your body’s “circadian rhythm”, which is basically your internal clock. This clock uses daylight as well as mealtimes to decide when you should be awake and asleep. It also controls a number of other processes in your body, including insulin release.

The researchers behind the study wondered if they could use meal times to help diabetes control their blood sugar better.

The team found that eating a big breakfast and a small dinner is key to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels

The research team split participants into two groups. One group ate a large breakfast (around 700 calories), a medium lunch (around 600 calories), and a small dinner (around 200 calories). The other group ate the reverse. The team measured blood glucose and the body’s response to increased blood sugar both before and after each meal.

They found that those on the large breakfast and small dinner diet had higher levels of insulin and lower spikes in blood sugar than those on the opposite diet. Overall, blood-sugar control was better in diabetics who ate a large breakfast and kept their meals small in the evening.

How you can use this information to better control your blood sugar

These findings go hand-in-hand with a number of other studies that show the same thing: That a high-energy breakfast and a light dinner can improve insulin sensitivity and lower body weight.

If you regularly skip breakfast, expect to be at risk of unhealthy blood sugar levels, increased body fat and higher blood pressure. The message is clear: If you have diabetes or a strong family history of diabetes, eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper.

The superfood that can help control and stabilise your weight: Bee pollen!

If you’re a superfood fanatic like me, you probably know what bee pollen is. Let’s recap…

 

Bee pollen is the food of young bees. Approximately 40% of the substance is protein. That’s why we consider it a superfood! It’s super nourishing and contains nearly all the nutrients the human body requires.

 

When I found out that it’s great for controlling and stabilising my weight, I was thrilled! Read on to find out more…

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Bee pollen works wonders in a weight-control or weight-stabilisation regimen

How does it do this, you ask? The answer’s simple: Bee pollen can help control and stabilise your weight by correcting a possible chemical imbalance in your body’s metabolism that might be involved in either abnormal weight gain or loss.

When you eat bee pollen, you’ll also eliminate cravings. This is because the superfood boosts the value of every nutrient present in the food you eat and in turn makes you feel fuller for longer. It’s pretty much a natural appetite suppressant. And it really works!

So how can you eat this perfect food from the bees?

How to eat bee pollen

I love bee pollen in smoothies and smoothie bowls. But you can also take it in the form of a supplement.

Bee pollen supplements are as effective as the real deal in terms of depressing your appetite. But beware: It’s addictive. And if you have high blood pressure or thyroid problems, you shouldn’t take it.

Combat anaemia and get your skin glowing by eating more raisins

You might already know that eating raisins can help relieve acidosis and a high fever. But you might not have known that they can also help combat anaemia.

 

Raisins are irreplaceable as a healthy member of the dried fruits family. Whether you go for green, golden or black, they’ll help get your skin glowing and treat anaemia thanks to their wonderful nutritional value! Read on to learn more…

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How raisins can help fight anaemia

Raisins are an excellent source of iron. Iron, for if you didn’t know, is the nutrient your body needs to produce red blood cells. A lack of iron is what can lead to anaemia.

By eating more raisins, you’ll help your body produce the blood cells that transport oxygen and nutrients around your system and, in turn, prevent or treat anaemia.

Five ways to eat raisins

#1: Plain and simple

Raisins are a great snack when you’re on-the-go. What’s not to love about their sweetness?! They’re also a quick pick-me-up after a strenuous exercise.

#2: In oatmeal

A handful of raisins in a bowl of hot steel-cut oatmeal is a morning classic. It’s heaven on a cold morning.

#3: In baked things

I love raisins in cookies and English muffins.

#4: In salads

Raisins can give your salad a great sweetness and a little chew. Pair a bitter green with crunchy nuts and sweet raisins for a delightful lunch!

#5: Plumped up in booze

Regardless of how you use raisins in cooking and baking, don’t forget to give them a little boost of extra moisture by plumping them up in alcohol (like wine) or even juice.

Here’s the deal with smoothie bowls

As I’ve shared before, I love smoothies. But lately I’ve been more into smoothie bowls – and for good reason!

 

Smoothie bowls are a delicious, satisfying, nutritious twist on cereal. They’re a great breakfast, lunch or post-workout meal. You can even mix up a smoothie bowl for dessert depending on what ingredients you use.

 

Let me explain what a smoothie bowl is, and what the deal is behind them…

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What is a smoothie bowl?

In short, a smoothie bowl is a way to enjoy smoothies with a spoon instead of with a straw. But there’s more to it than just a change in utensil…

I like to think of smoothie bowls as being cereal 2.0, a complete nutrient-dense makeover of boring old cardboard cereal and milk. The smoothie is thicker in consistency, and is usually mixed with granola or muesli for crunch.

View the base of a smoothie bowl as the “milk”, and the toppings as the cereal; or like granola on a yoghurt parfait.

How to make your own smoothie bowl

The best thing about smoothie bowls is that you’re the master of your own destiny! The combinations you create are limited only by your imagination. Well, that and whatever happens to be in your fridge and pantry.

Let every morning be a unique and exciting adventure – banish boring breakfasts forever! Here’s what you’ll need to get started…

  • Greens and other veggies: Kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber
  • Frozen fruits: Bananas, pears, pineapple, kiwis, peaches, mango, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, figs, dates, plums, acai
  • Proteins: Plant-based protein powders (pea, brown rice, organic grass-fed whey protein), hemp seeds, chia seeds, nut butters
  • Healthy fats: Coconut oil, hemp oil, nuts, seeds, avocados
  • Superfoods: Maca powder, lucuma, cacao nibs, spirulina, chlorella, cinnamon, cayenne, coconut meat, shredded coconut, coconut water, bee pollen, gluten-free oats
  • Liquid: Nut milk (almond or cashew milk), coconut water, filtered water
  • Ice: For thickening
  • Optional sweetener: Stevia, honey

Choose your own ingredients and enjoy experimenting. What you choose will affect the consistency of your smoothie bowl, so you’ll first need to try different combinations and ratios before you end up with your ideal bowl of goodness.

I like my smoothie bowl really thick, so I like adding vegan protein powders (they’re great for adding thickness and creaminess!) and loads of ice in a high-speed blender. Avocado and nut butters are also a great way to increase the creaminess of your smoothie bowl.

Four tips to help you drink more water

I’ll admit it to you: I really struggle with drinking enough water. I forget to toss back the recommend eight glasses a day, and end up super thirsty at night. I need to not only drink more, but all throughout the day. Can you relate?

 

Not drinking enough water is associated with all sort of health issues, including dehydration, exhaustion, achy joints, kidney problems, stomach problems, and dry, aged skin. Yikes!

 

Here are some things to try out to get yourself to drink more water.

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Four ways to increase the amount of water you drink

#1: Get yourself a water bottle… Or three!

Either carry a water bottle around with you or (if you’re like me and forget to grab it as you leave home in the morning) set a few around in the different areas you spend the most time. For example, your car and your desk at work.

#2: Set yourself reminders

Whether you do it on your phone, computer or another device, set reminders to go off throughout the day. My iPhone is my brain, so I have reminders that go off hourly on it to remind me to fill my glass. I’m also pretty sure there are apps out there to help you keep track of your water intake. There’s an app for everything nowadays!

#3: Drink water when you’re hungry

This might sound like a no-brainer, but seriously, drink a glass of water every time you eat. Sometimes your body is telling you that you need more water, not more food. Yes, it’s possible for those signals to sometimes get messed up…

#4: Add some flavour to your water

I love the taste of plain cold water, but sometimes I like changing it up a bit. I sometimes add lemon essential oil to my water. Other times I add fruit.

PS: I’ve you’ve got any tips that have worked for you, let me know in the comments below!