This skinny strawberry shortcake smoothie is pure indulgence!

This delicious smoothie is thick, creamy, and full of sweet fruit flavour. The recipe is easily doubled or tripled to serve more, too! I hope you enjoy it.

 

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Skinny strawberry smoothie recipe

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (almond milk or cashew milk works well)
  • 1 tsp butter extract (you can substitute vanilla extract instead)
  • Stevia to taste

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to your blender and pulse on high-speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and drink up.
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Combat acne with this honey and cinnamon face mask

Raw honey – ah, how sweet it is! Use it to sweeten a cup of tea, to bake sweet treats, or to enhance the nutty flavour of a pecan pie – it’s pretty versatile. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means it’s a fantastic moisturiser, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help you spot-treat acne.

 

The honey and cinnamon face mask recipe I’m about to share with you is amazing. It will brighten your complexion, soothe any irritations, and clear up acne. Please just note that cinnamon can irritate very sensitive skin, so do a patch test before applying the mask to your entire face if your skin is sensitive.

 

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Honey and cinnamon acne face mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 3 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse your face with warm water and finish off with your daily moisturiser.

Six beauty buys with SPF in them for summer

Repeat after me: “I will apply sunscreen every single day, just like my mom taught me.” Okay, now here’s how you follow through and actually do it! These fabulous beauty products make sun protection way easier because there’s killer SPF right there in the formula. Even better, they do it without compromising effectiveness, texture or scent. Now go forth and add them to your beauty routine right away!

 

#1: Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50

This luxurious lotion provides your face with serious sun protection as well as intense hydration. The formula is surprisingly very lightweight, and feels comfortable on your skin. Botanicals like red and brown algae work to limit your skin’s own melanin production, which helps fight hyperpigmentation and improve an uneven complexion. Go here to locate a Dermalogica stockist near you.

 

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#2: Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30

This ultra-fine pressed mineral powder can be worn alone or over your liquid foundation for a flawless finish. The hypoallergenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula is suitable for all skins types – even the most sensitive skin. The powder helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores and sun damage. You can purchase Physician’s Formula cosmetics at your nearest Dis-Chem Pharmacy.

 

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#3: MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15

If you want to avoid sunburned, chapped or flaky lips this summer, this protective lip balm is your best friend! It comes in three different shades – Petting Pink, Fuschia Fix and Soothing Beige – all of which offer an all-natural sheen with a sheer wash of colour. Ingredients like almond oil, shea butter, avocado extract, wheat germ oil, and vitamins A and E help condition your lips by locking in moisture. Go here to find your nearest MAC store or counter.

 

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#4: Bobbi Brown Protective Face Base SPF 50

This multi-beneficial daytime moisturiser provides a high level of sun protection and creates the perfect canvas for make-up, too! The light formula is loaded with antioxidants and stabilised avobenzone to protect you against the signs of ageing, and works best on normal to dry skin types. Ingredients like geranium and lavender oils give the product the most divine fragrance! Locate your nearest Bobbi Brown store or counter here.

 

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#5: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

If you have dry, oily or acne-prone skin, you need to give this product a try. It’s a fabulous alternative to heavy coverage foundation for the summer. The thick yet creamy-soft formula blends easily and meshes well with skin. It provides a light to medium coverage and a gorgeous natural-looking satin finish that keeps excess shine in check for a good few hours. The range offers eight different shades, so you’re bound to find your perfect match. You can pick up Smashbox products at your local Woolworths, Foschini, Edgars or Red Square store.

 

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#6: Clarins Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact SPF 15

Looking for the sun in powder form? Then look no further! This pressed powder product is the only one you’ll need to fake glowing, sun-kissed skin this summer. The mineral-enriched bronzer is perfect for adding instant radiance to your complexion. It’s also fabulous for enhancing and contouring features like your cheekbones and collarbones. Click here to shop Clarins products online now.

 

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Do you own any of these fantastic sun-protective products?

Four watermelon smoothies that taste like summer

If there were a scale for thirst-quenching fruits, watermelon would be off the charts. The summer fruit consists of more than 90% water – did you know that?

 

Want to make the most of this juicy pink fruit while it’s in season? Then blend up one of these tasty and ever-so-refreshing smoothies. Enjoy!

 

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Four watermelon smoothie recipes to try

#1: Watermelon, strawberry and chia

  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

#2: Watermelon, mango and goji berry

  • 4 cups watermelon
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

#3: Watermelon, blueberry and coconut

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 3 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tbsp coconut chips

#4: Watermelon, spinach and cucumber

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp chlorella powder

Which of these fabulous smoothies is your favourite?

Try this tasty breakfast bowl with frozen berries and granola

I love granola. I love it especially because granola sneaks things like coconut flakes, sugared pecans and chocolate chunks into my bowl, and yet still passes the breakfast-appropriate test.

 

On summer mornings, granola and milk is my go-to, but sometimes I want something tastier that is sure to keep me satisfied until lunch. Enter this breakfast bowl creation of mine! Enjoy this fabulous recipe.

 

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How to make my favourite breakfast bowl with frozen berries and granola

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango, peaches or pineapple
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granola

Method:

  1. In a blender, combine the almond milk, coconut milk, frozen berries and fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds and vanilla extract. Puree until smooth (takes about one minute).
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with granola, pecan nuts, cacao nibs and an additional cup of frozen mixed berries if desired.
  3. Eat immediately. Enjoy immensely!

Unwind at the gorgeous Blue Bay Lodge

Weekends were totally made for travel! I recently took a drive up the West Coast with my mom and dad for a late Saturday lunch, and we came across the hidden gem that is Blue Bay Lodge.

Only 130 km out of Cape Town, this veritable oasis of tropical greens, azure blues and swaying palm trees exudes nothing but relaxation and luxury – it’s simply the perfect place for a lunch right on the oceanfront or a tranquil weekend away!

 

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Built above the wide-stretched beaches of Saldanha Bay, the elegant lodge offers a haven of unassuming style, warm West Coast hospitality, and all that one could look for in a relaxing retreat. From the moment I arrived, I could feel both my mind and body start to relax. Before sitting down for lunch, I asked to have a look at the accommodation, and I was just delighted!

All of the three-star suites are very private and comfortable. Each of is furnished and fully equipped, making them ideal for when you just want to put your feet up and relax. The views from the rooms are untouchable – think lush green plants and warm, inviting hues and spaces. It’s simply divine! Just one glance out the window is sure to have you feeling like the outside world is quite literally a million miles away.

 

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I then took a seat in the lodge’s charming a la carte restaurant, Blue Bay Café. The interior of the restaurant is chic and sophisticated with a comfortable feel. My family and I opted for a table right in front of the dining room so we could relax and enjoy the views of the sparkling bay and the long, sandy beaches as well as listen to the soft murmur of the waves while indulging in some fine wine and seafood.

Our warm and welcoming waiter quickly brought a basket of fresh seeded rolls over to our table and took our drinks order. My dad and myself both went for a glass of white wine, and my mom ordered a pina colada. Then, to start, we all ordered the soup of the day, which was a creamy mussel soup with finely-chopped zucchini. It was glorious! Ever-so-fresh and wonderfully tasty.

 

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For mains, I ordered the pan of butter-friend prawn tails, while my parents ordered both the pan-fried hake fillet and grilled rump steak to share. Our food arrived promptly, and everything was cooked to perfection! Yes, I had a little taste of everything. My prawn tails in particular very enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like fresh West Coast prawns, right? I’m in fact craving a plate of them right now.

Although we were all completely stuffed by the time our waiter had cleared our table, we agreed that we just had to try something off the dessert menu, and so we ordered the frosted strawberry cheesecake to share. Served nice and chilled, the cheesecake was the perfect sweet ending to our outstanding meal.

 

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Overall, I just loved my short time at Blue Bay Lodge, and so did my mom and dad. We were all equally impressed! We even got to see a few whales and porpoises glide by during our meal. I can’t wait to return! However, next time it will definitely be for a weekend away in their stunning little lodge.

Whether your idea of relaxation is having a glass of wine while overlooking the ocean, reading your book while listening to the sound of the crashing waves, or taking a long walk on the beach, you can be sure that Blue Bay Lodge offers some kind of relaxation for everyone. Go and experience it for yourselves!

 

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Blouse from Zara, watch from YDE

 

DETAILS:

Address: Henry Wicht Avenue, Blouwaterbaai, Saldanha Bay

Phone number: 022 714 1177

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/bluebaylodge

Website: www.bluebaylodge.co.za

Ten haircare essentials that every girl needs

When it comes to make-up, it can pay to be a hoarder… Trust me on that one! After all, it helps to have a variety of different products to achieve different looks. Haircare products, however, are another story. Most hair products provide multiple benefits, so you obviously don’t need hundreds on hand. To weed through the superfluous and pull out the essentials, I’ve put together this complete list of the only hair products every girl needs to own!

 

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#1: A boar bristle brush

A boar bristle brush is fabulous for creating a perfect, sleek ponytail or a full, voluminous wave. Sadly, a 100% boar bristle brush can come with a price tag hefty enough to make baldness appealing, so if you don’t have much cash to splash, try the affordable alternative that is TRESemme Protect Oval Porcupine Cushion Brush All Hair Lengths. This essential brush is made with 50% nylon and 50% boar bristles, and goes for only R110 at Clicks.

#2: Hair oil

Yes, everyone needs hair oil – even those with baby fine hair! A quality oil will help keep your mid-lengths to ends looking frizz-free and polished. It will also promote incredibly shiny, healthy-looking locks. For a luxurious, moisturising oil that won’t weigh your hair down, try OGX Nourishing Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist, available at Foschini. Bonus: It smells like pina coladas! Yum!

#3: Leave-in conditioner

This may seem like an unnecessary step in your haircare routine if you condition your hair in the shower, but trust me – it’s crucial! Leave-in conditioner helps you detangle and comb through your hair more easily, which saves time. It also helps keep strands hydrated and acts like a primer before applying styling products. My go-to leave-in conditioner is Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, available at most top hair salons.

#4: A salon-quality blow dryer

A salon-quality blow dryer may seem like a splurge, but it’s sure worth the investment. Your hair won’t look like you just got a professional blowout without one! Plus, a well-made, powerful dryer cuts your drying time in half. You can’t go wrong with the TRESemme Lightweight Compact Hair Dryer 1800W or the Carmen Ehc Pro Dryer 220W, both of which are available at Dis-Chem Pharmacies.

#5: Heat protectant spray

If you use hot tools on your hair, a heat protectant spray is a must. With the power in modern blow dryers and the high heat of hair straighteners and curling tongs, it’s essential to make sure your hair stays healthy to look its best! My pick is the Lee Stafford Miracle Heat Defence Spray, which is made with rich and nourishing argan oil for maximum protection. You can pick up a bottle at Clicks.

#6: Dry shampoo

Most of us don’t wash our hair every day because our hairdressers tell us not to, right? But while fewer washes may mean a healthier scalp and softer ends, it can also been greasy roots! And that’s exactly why I call dry shampoo a girl’s best friend. It will mop up oily roots in seconds while freshening up and adding volume to your hair at the same time. My all-time favourite is Batiste Dry Shampoo from Clicks. You can choose from a number of fragrances, including Floral & Flirty Blush, Fruity & Cheeky Cherry and Coconut & Exotic Tropical.

#7: A multiuse flat iron

Even if you aren’t a fan of straightening your hair, a flat iron is a handy tool to have around. Opt for a multipurpose one that you can use to smooth out frizz around your hairline, add volume and waves, as well as create a pin straight look. Shop the latest GHD range of flat irons at your nearest professional hair salon.

#8: Flexible-hold hairspray

Hairspray adds the finishing touch to any hairstyle. I recommend buying a travel-sized hairspray that you can slip into your handbag for when you travel or are out and about. If you’re only going to buy one hairspray, make it a lightweight, flexible-hold formula, like Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray from Clicks. The delightfully fruity-smelling spray is perfect for spritzing onto both down- and up-styles.

#9: A curling iron

If you don’t have natural ringlets or waves and ever want to wear your hair in curls, this tool is what you’ll need. Go for a curling iron in a versatile size if you’re only going to have one. The BaByliss Nano Curling Tong 25 mm 2325E from Clicks is a great buy! It’s ideal for creating tight curls, loose curls as well as natural-looking waves.

#10: A ceramic round brush

Just like the blow dryer, a good round brush will speed your drying time and give you a better final look. Using a quality ceramic round brush like the Clicks Professionals Nano Titanium Ceramic Radial Brush Medium while blow drying can even make it so that you don’t need to use a flat iron or curling iron. Curl your hair around the brush for bouncy waves, or let it roll off the brush for sleek, straight hair!

In addition to the above, it’s obviously also important to always have a quality shampoo and conditioner combo that suits your hair type (dull, fine, damaged, dry and so on), especially if you colour your hair. Have you got everything that I recommend? What are your go-to haircare products?