Yoga for the Warrior Goddess in you #BeBrave

Braless pantless yoga? yes, please!

But, Oh wait! no! cover yourself, girl! pfff… what’s the big deal? If I was wearing a swimming suit twice as small as my underpants and a bikini top covering just my nipples you’ll have less of a problem than you do with a top and knickers? Grow up!

We are body and soul, we are skin and bones and perfectly imperfect curves.

My body is not perfect, but it is mine to love. 

I do yoga for me, not for others. I do yoga because it makes me feel free and in touch with myself from within. Yoga makes me feel in tune with my own awesome badass energy, and at peace. So the question I get: “if it’s for yourself, why do you have t post a picture on social media?” *rolling eyes*

We are in the 21st century and skin is still an issue. We see semi-naked breasts feeding a child and Oh the horror! Go cover yourself girl (what? that is what boobs are for, have you seen other mammals?) To society and all it’s dated conservative views I say “Wake up!” Women, your curves, your skin, your birth marks, your extra rolls, your stretch marks are yours and you do whatever it is you want to do with all that.

The Power of YOU

I am not saying get naked and post it to the world. What I am saying is, let’s try to move away from the preconceptions imposed by society and beauty standards. Let’s allow ourselves to be happy with who we are, inside and out. Trust me this is not easy coming from an introvert but I have learned that I am the only one who has the power to make me happy, and other people’s opinions of me are not my problem. Be the best version of you. Be compassionate, be honest, be transparent (with a hint of mystery) but don’t let anyone tell you that you are not worth it.

Oh, that Hippie Millennial Feminist thing? 
Stop right there and go back to your corner of the world, behind your computer screen and control your trolling impulses. If believing in radical self-love and body positivism makes me a hippie millennial feminist, so be it. Not a fan of labels myself but, hey! Embrace your inner goddess, shine like a star, be your own magical rainbow unicorn under the storm.

Oh! and flaunt those curves!

Namaste!

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OnixJ

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Rethinking Healthy: Your Body, Your Temple, Your Self-Love​ Journey

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU, everyone! for all the support, messages and feedback sent after my last blog post “Unapologetically: Embrace Your Inner Goddess” Your beautiful words made me shine from within.

That post also opened a forum for discussion to introduce my next topic: Positive body image. As women, we are constantly bombarded with messages and propaganda of what our bodies are supposed to look like. We are subject to socially imposed standards of so-called beauty and femininity. Messages of unattainable perfection that are often reinforced by tv, the internet and print media.

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Rethinking healthy: Healthy doesn’t mean skinny. Healthy means you nurture your body with the right foods, you exercise and you connect with yourself spiritually. Healthy means you love and accept your body. Healthy is the balance. Healthy is to be happy inside and out.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So please understand one thing: You are beautiful.
If you are athletic, if you are tall, or short. If you are skinny, or fully curved. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Yes, you have flaws, we all have flaws. Healthy living bloggers like me have flaws. I try to live my life to the best of my intentions, evading chemicals, evading animal cruelty, evading GMOs, and embracing a natural way of living. THAT doesn’t make me perfect either. Because perfection is boring and the last thing I want to be is boring. I am to be ME. Unapologetically and frenetically me. And to me, there isn’t anything healthier in this world than being yourself.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

― Amy Bloom

As women we doubt ourselves too often: Am I pretty enough? Am I skinny enough? am I cute enough? Guess what? You are always enough. And whoever thinks you aren’t enough is not worthy of you, because for those who truly love you love every single part of you, flaws and all.

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It seems to be “trend” for men (boys more likely) nowadays to go into body shaming their ex-partners after separation happens. I have been “victim” of this, and I have heard and seen so many beautiful women out there being shamed for their curves. Please know one thing my warrior goddesses, this is not your fault, this is their bruised male ego showing through. Awaken your inner Goddess and let her break through the fragile male ego. Their issues are not your problem. Be juicy, connect with mamma earth, embrace your voluptuous curves and embrace of your feminine essence, sensuality, and vulnerability.

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

You are more than a physical body

A beautiful way to honor your inner goddess and harness her divine feminine energy is to “feel” her beauty.

While lying in bed on your side, run your hands over the curves of your bare skin. Close your eyes and let your other senses awaken as you focus on the beauty that is your gorgeous female body—your hips, your lips, your collar bone, the fullness of your breasts. Feel all of the parts of you that make you a woman.

Fall in love with yourself. Fall in love with all of it and feel the intensity of your goddess energy. You are magic, and you are spirit you are more than just a body. But it is your body your greatest manifestation of femininity. Now take this feeling of “falling in love with yourself” and carry it with you everywhere you go. Anytime you feel like criticizing yourself for not being what a woman “should be” remember you are everything a woman should be.

xoxo

Jihane


Also, I want to thank my Tribe of amazing women for supporting me and for always being there for me. YOU guys rock my world. My anchor, my light. I write this posts for me, but also for you, and for every woman out there. Supporting sisterhood makes us stronger, wiser and hotter. Thanks for the Love. 

Unapologetically: Embrace your Inner Goddess

“Who is She? She is your power, your Feminine source. Big Mama. The Goddess. The Great Mystery. The web-weaver. The life force. The first time, the twentieth time you may not recognize her. Or pretend not to hear. As she fills your body with ripples of terror and delight.But when she calls you will know you’ve been called. Then it is up to you to decide if you will answer.”  ― Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

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Feminine power comes from within. Your inner Goddess is alive and kicking, but everyday life silences her. Don’t forget to be you, unique, unapologetic, crazy, alive.

Unsatisfactory relationships sometimes leave us feeling like we are not enough. Like somehow we couldn’t fulfill someone’s expectations and we are at fault. We do that, us women, we tend to think every failure is our fault. Don’t. Stop the blaming and embrace yourself. Self-love is not selfish, it is necessary. Set an example for others to know the right way to treat you. Grow and let your inner light ignite.

Divine Feminine energy, or Goddess energy, is a subtle yet immensely powerful source of energy in our lives. Without it, we are out of touch with our bodies, our emotions, our dreams, and our mother earth. Without it, we live lives on the surface, pursuing empty goals, ego-centered ambitions and desolate values that are disconnected from the mystery, wonder, and magic of life.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Live with intensity. Feel the intensity of your own emotions, for they are Yours. Blocking emotions doesn’t make you stronger, accepting them and dealing with the pain does. Accept and embrace your emotional body, for she is your inner goddess – she is the Source of your Love and your Power. Have you ever been in a situation when someone (Usually a male, usually a partner) tells you that “You are too sensitive”? don’t be ashamed of it, accept it with pride because it’s your inner Goddess showing through. Their “emotional constipation” is not your problem, is theirs.

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Without honoring and cultivating the divine feminine in our lives, we feel incomplete and eternally dissatisfied, pursuing paths that are destructive to the planet and toxic to those we love. Without acknowledging and nurturing the feminine energy within us, we are incomplete and our lives feel superficial. And it is then when we come up with ridiculous phrases such as “finding your other half”. We are born whole, we are whole and complete, we don’t need to find our other halves.

Sexual Energy and the Feminine Power

Our sexual energy is our life force – it is the pulse of ecstatic energy moving through our bodies throughout our lives, supporting our health, creativity, and longevity. Don’t ever be afraid to embrace your sexuality, never be ashamed of admitting what you want and what you need.

“Nurturing our bodies through Sacred Sensual Self-Care is a priority for empowered health.”

Honoring who you are on a deep sexual level can be extremely difficult. Even more so when we carry social taboos embedded in us by centuries of ancestral guilt, depravity, and repression. But the truth is that you are a sexual being, and being a sexual being is not “wrong,” “dirty,” or “immoral” as we have been so often taught. Instead, our sexuality carries an immense source of creativity, power, and energy which is a potent force of nature, and literally motivates the majority of life on earth.

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“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.” ― Josephine Angelini, Goddess

Let your inner goddess warrior free to roam. Be kind, be the rainbow, be the God damn light.

Xoxo

Jihane

Dealing with Anxiety, And How to Work with it Naturally

2017 is here!

And I am back to blogging! Hello, World!
I took a break from blogging, I was burnt out with all the writing, hectic social media, networking and was dealing with some personal issues. I needed time to find peace and balance within myself.

Anxiety is a horrible thing. I needed some time to decompress and deal with the anxiety I was feeling. Funny thing for the longest time I never knew that feeling on my chest, that constant worry and lack of appetite were anxiety. It wasn’t until I was talking with my mother one day, and I mentioned it, that she finally gave me a name for it.

2017 to me represents to me a whole lot of changes, and that can be overwhelming and scary. However, I believe that whenever something feels scary is when I have to do it the most! So ready or not the time is NOW. I have lived in Houston, Texas for 6 years now. I got married earlier 2016 and thought my life was taking a turn – and it did – but in a different direction. Life doesn’t often go the way we plan, and that is ok. I am now once again ready to embark on a new journey, alone with my son, back into the unexpected just like we did when we moved from the UK to the USA in 2010.
I am excited, I am scared but more than anything I am determined.

Back to the Anxiety:
So, I decided to take a natural route to solve my problem. I threw myself into daily yoga and meditation, and I tried to understand the root of my feelings. And I found myself, and the core of my peace. Happiness is a personal choice, and it is dependent only on us and no one else. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the daily routines of our life and we forget about that inner fire that makes us who we are. Don’t let life dull your light. We can be mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives. We can be entrepreneurs, writers, lovers. We can be so many things but don’t forget to above all be YOU.

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Deal with it, Don’t Ignore it!

Whatever it is that is bothering you, deal with it. Feelings don’t go away they only get more intense. Understand what you are feeling and allow yourself to break apart – and then build yourself back up from the ashes.

Some natural “remedies” to help you ease the anxiety:

– Yoga: I cannot stress enough how important Yoga can be for you if you are feeling anxious, or nervous. Learning how to breathe and how to understand your body can help you regulate your moods, and it also leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

– Chamomile Tea: Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

– Green Tea: Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.

– Exercise: sounds cliche, but yes! a simple 2mile run or walk outdoors can do wonders for your body and mind. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at http://www.DrewRamseyMD.com.

– Lavander essential oils: with an oil diffuser, infuse your room with some lavender. Lavender has been also used internally for mood imbalances such as anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress.

– Writing, painting, drawing: all these activities can release stress, and can also make you forget about your problems for a while, giving you some much needed relieve.

Check out this video with a simple Yoga session to relieve stress and anxiety

If you are suffering from anxiety, consider natural ways to take control. Speak to a friend (I am SO grateful for the network of amazing friends I have and are always there for me) Or take time out, whatever works for you. I had to do both.

Just remember anxiety is nothing but fear of the unknown. Embrace the future with all its challenges, I promise you, I’ll be alright.

xoxo
Jihane

From Superhero to Supervillain: When Hormonal Imbalances Affect your Life

 I have always considered myself a very positive, glass-half-full kind of person. I don’t like drama and I certainly don’t like negativity. I wouldn’t be the person I am today If I was a negative person clinging to the past. So when one, two or more people tell me “you are being negative” my first reaction is denial.

But, I am nearly 34 years old. I am mature enough to think things through. I am impulsive ( I am an Aries) and I have a strong character. I am aware of who I am, and  sometimes I do act in the heat of the moment. However I don’t consider myself negative, but blunt and to the point.

The Pill, Aunt Flo and Hormones:

I never had bad PMS. Never. I have always been very calm and zen when it comes to pre, during and post period days. I have been on the contraceptive pill for about 10 years, plus a year and a half with the contraceptive implant. The implant didn’t work for me. It made me gain lots of weight and made me suffer from headaches, so I quickly got rid of that and went on the pill again. Microgynon 30 was my pill for about 6 years, then I changed to Levora. Both of them are the combined mini pill (containing two hormones: ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel or a progestin and an estrogen respectively). I had no weight gain, no mood swings, no PMS, and very light periods.

Background history: when I was 18 years old,  I had three cysts removed from my ovaries by surgery. They were big enough to cause concern. You see although cysts tend to be   benign, they can grow, burst and twist your fallopian tubes, resulting not only excruciating pain but also infertility.

Now at 32-years-old (last year) once again, a 5cm cyst was found in my left ovary.

I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid — called follicles — located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.

According to the Mayo Clinic “Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In adolescents, infrequent or absent menstruation may raise suspicion for the condition.” I have and have had  in the past, all of these symptoms.

About a year ago when I was diagnosed with another cyst the doctor just decided to change my contraceptive pill (started with Levora). He said these cysts come and go and it wasn’t worth doing anything else. They are benign. However 6 months after the “treatment” my prescription for Levora  (contraceptive pill) ran out, and my doctor left the clinic. Since then I have been without the pill (about  6 months). During this time I have noticed some changes in me, some changes I cannot explain.

Hormonal Imbalance:

The cause of PCOS is unknown. But most experts think that several factors, including genetics, could play a role. Women with PCOS are more likely to have a mother or sister with PCOS.

A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation. To me, ovulation hurts. I always without a doubt know when I am ovulating, not only because of the physical changes but because of the 3-day dull pain.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is not a disorder of the ovaries primarily, but rather, in essence, a disorder of the hormones. – PCOS.COM

According to  many online sources, hormonal imbalance symptoms in women can include (but not limited to) mood swings.”Women can be, and many are, greatly affected by hormone fluctuations. Sometimes it gets to the point of feeling totally overwhelmed – as if for a time they have lost control of their life,” says Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. 

I think the key word here is “Overwhelmed”. We all manage our feelings in different ways, some great, some bad. But from a person who usually has everything in place, feeling overwhelmed with emotion and stress is not something I am familiar with. It is also affecting my relationships with close friends and family. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, some people close to me, have told me I am being (too) negative at times – I have noticed this usually happens during “that time of the month” and since my cycles are shorter and I have breakthrough bleeding that time of the month happens more often than once every month.

I don’t want to be that person; I am not that person. I debated for a long time whether to write about this topic or not. It is a very private topic and I usually don’t blog about these things. But today I write this post because I am sure there are other women out there like me who at one point or another in their life have been affected by hormonal imbalances. I write this post because I want to find natural non-invasive ways to help with my PCOS and Hormonal issues.

I am starting this series called “From Superhero to Supervillian”  in the search for answers, suggestions, questions, and natural options to deal with PCOS and Hormonal Imbalances. I start this series not just for me, but for my friends to understand my sudden bursts of Super Villian anger *insert buahahaha here* please bear with me! I promise I am not an ogre!

Jihane


Please note I am not a doctor, nor an expert or physician. If you think you have PCOS or a hormonal imbalance please consult your doctor. Opinions are my own. 

 

Apoterra Skincare a Natural Way to Look After your Skin

I have been looking everywhere for organic, chemical-free oils, serums and masks for my skin. Skin care is something I take very seriously, even more now that I am thirty (cough) three years old. I came across Apoterra Skincare who caught my attention with their uber feminine and delicate brand image. I did some research and I feel in love even more!

Previously known as Caru Skincare Co, Apoterra Skincare is small apothecary based in NYC devoted to providing all natural, sustainable, good for you and the planet, effective skincare products produced in a truly sustainable and transparent way. Their products are handcrafted with care (something you don’t get from mass-produced industrialised big brands) They claim to use only “the freshest and sustainably sourced ingredients”.

All our formulations are based in a blend of herbalism, aromatherapy, and scientific research to provide you with the highest quality plant + mineral based skincare.  Apoterra.com

I love that their connection with the environment is embedded not only in their organizational culture but in their name.

Apoterra, means “derived from the earth”

Apo = derived from

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On their page there is a full description of all the natural ingredients they use, which range from aloe vera extract to cornflowers and coffee beans. [for full list click here] No harsh chemicals, which makes Apoterra Skincare a good alternative not only for the eco-friendly green consumer but also for those with delicate skin or skin sensitivities.

We source our ingredients from sustainable sources and buy certified organic when possible.  We like working directly with small farms/distilleries and plan to expand the number of small business and cooperatives we work with as we grow.

All of their products are formulated by combining the arts of scientific research, aromatherapy, and herbalism combined with years of experience in skin care products. Also, something that I really like is that they never test on animals, which makes them 100% cruelty-free. They test on willing humans such as myself. Which is why they have provided me with a sample of their Rose Nourishing Serum with Rosehip + CoQ10. 

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The Rose Nourishing Serum is certified organic. It is formulated for mature or dry skin, with rose extract, and vitamin-rich oils such as rosehip, pomegranate, and evening primrose for deep cellular nourishment, stimulate collagen production and promote a youthful glow.

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil* infused with Matricaria recutita (chamomile)*, Calendula officinalis*, and Symphytum officinale (comfrey)*, Rosa canina (rosehip) oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, tocopherols (non-GMO vitamin E)*, Rose damascena (rose) extract, Daucus carota (carrot seed) oil, nourishing essential oil blend*

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The Verdict: The Rose Nourishing Serum has a very delicate rose fragrance. It reminds me of my grandma’s rose gardens. The fragrance is not too strong, but if you are looking for a fragrance-free serum you might want to try something else. Very easy to apply, runs smoothly over your skin. I first tried it on my face and it was too greasy for me, however, I don’t have “mature or dry skin” I have a combination of dry and oily facial skin.

So I decided to use it on my hands, arms, legs and feet (which get super dry during the winter, because of the use of extra hot water, and the lack of sun/humidity) and it worked wonders! I applied a few drops all over my arms and legs straight out of the shower. My thirsty skin absorbed the oils pretty fast, leaving my skin soft and non-greasy. In a few days, my skin regained elasticity and had a natural glow! I will definitely keep using it as a body oil/serum.

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Apoterra Skincare has a range of products for all types of skin. From Activated Charcoal + Dead Sea Salt Complexion Soap to Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud with Rosehip + Açaí. Apoterra Skincare is definitely worth your time and money if you appreciate natural, chemical-free skin products.

xoxo

Jihane

 

I Don’t Have a Problem with Love…

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2012 has been a very good year. I had amazing professional opportunities and I meet so many wonderful people that I couldn’t really ask for more. And I don’t. I don’t ask for more. What comes into your life comes into your life mostly when you are not planning it. Life often surprises you with its spontaneity and “hits” you – sometimes good, sometimes bad – when you less expect it.

Some people ask me. Do you still believe in love? … And why shouldn’t I?

Love is so many things. Love is here, and love is now. Love is yesterday and love is tomorrow. I have no issues with love nor do I have any impediments or psychological traumas regarding the subject. I am perfectly capable of loving. Now, neither is to say that I don’t take precautions in the love department. Why shouldn’t I take precautions? We learn from our mistakes, and I like to think that now with a “more mature” and wise heart I can make better decisions.

That is not to say that I don’t believe in Love. Yet perhaps my definition of love transcends the social parameters of what many think of this precious feeling. Love is eternal, and once you love someone a piece of you will always remain “loving” – rather than “in love”. I love my first boyfriend, my sweetheart from high school, I do. We both learnt the true meaning of love when we were just 16 years old, oh and how did we love each other!. A pure, emotion filled, innocent kind of love. I love him. Yet I am not IN LOVE with him. I love the father of my child regardless of the mistakes, regardless of the nasty words,  and even regardless of the hell-on-hearth that he made me live. I do. He is the father of my child, I love him. Yet I am not IN LOVE with him.

There is a difference…

My heart knows the differences now, and so do I. We communicate with each other rather than it making all the decisions (I am still referring to my heart, yes) we know what we want, and we fill ourselves with happiness and joy every day. I am happy and I am complete… because being on your own doesn’t mean you are lonely.

And being with someone doesn’t always make you whole.

Today we live in constant hurry; we live rushing things up as if the world will end before we can finish the day. We confuse ourselves with the chemical reactions that love and lust bring into our bodies – yet not our souls. We go from one relationship to another trying to fill the gaps, without realizing that the gaps must be filled from within. We rush from screen to screen, from call to call, from voice to voice and yet we never have it all. We aim for the chaos of despair, and we reach out for the cheesy drama of life. We look, we want, we search… we fail. And we start all over again.

So exhausting…. (And when I say “we”, I mean you… not me) I am in no hurry. There is no rush, no search, no cheesy lines, no storms; and that doesn’t mean I cannot love. It means I have grown… In the words of Stephen Chbosky, “we accept the love we think we deserve.” ― The Perks of Being a Wallflower

OnixJ.

Smoothie Mania! Detox

Its summer!!

Bikini, sun, margaritas, BBQ’s and trips over to water parks (if you have kids) time!!  Oh yes summers can be fun and relaxing but also stressful depending on your lifestyle. Nowadays we live in such a fast paced world that we hardly have any time at all to eat properly. Junk food, hectic life and overworking can lead us not only looking tired by also full of toxins. Yes, toxins accumulate in your body over time and can cause a series of things as small as acne and as bad as stress, far accumulation and cardiac diseases.

So… the solution?  Watch what you eat! And give your body a boost with some delish and healthy smoothies.

Green Smoothie

My favourite right now is from @iowagirleats (check her out on twitter, lots of fantastic healthy eating ideas)… the “Not-healthy tasting” Healthy Green Monster Spinach Smoothie. Its silky smooth, sweet (without adding any sugar or honey) and marvellous! It tastes like a none healthy milkshake but is packed with protein and vitamins…

Ingredients:  makes 1 large glass

Half a banana

Small pot of greek yogurt (plain or with honey)

A handful of baby spinach

A small spoonful of peanut butter

And milk – you can use skimmed, almond milk, soy milk…

She recommends on her blog to use frozen banana slices, i used a fresh room temperature banana but i added a few ice cubes. Blend it all together and get ready to have a party in your tummy!

This little baby has 10g of fibre and 21g of protein. It is for me the perfect on the go power breakfast!

Other smoothies I have been enjoying are for detox such as the Green Apple, Celery Smoothie. It is very fresh for a hot summer afternoon and it’s full of antioxidants and vitamins. It also helps your body to get rid of toxins.

Ingredients:  makes 1 large glass

Half a green apple

Half a cucumber (I don’t peel it but is up to you)

A celery stick

Some people add some cilantro or coriander too, but the taste can be powerful so just add a little bit and stick to the fresh stuff.

Add water and ice and blend well until smooth. Serve on a glass and give it a few minutes to rest. I take mine with a strawberry to eat and the end, helps especially if you don’t like your greens. This smoothie is practically calorie free as the celery and the cucumber have virtually no cals.

And last but not least, to change the colour of things I have the Blackberry Cress Smoothie. Its a mix of fresh blackberries, watercress and lemon. Again good for detox and an excellent source of antioxidants.

Ingredients

A handful of blackberries ( I use fresh but you can use frozen too)

A handful of fresh watercress

A tiny spoonful of honey

Half a lemon

Add water and blend well… I added the honey just because watercress can be a little strong and peppery in taste, and i didn’t want the smoothie to be bitter. The ingredients work really well together.

So there you have it a few healthy smoothies to detox and pack proteins on the go! Questions, suggestions let me know!

And have a happy summer!!!

Xoxo

OnixJ

Twitter @Onixjihane

Foundation me Perfect

It’s been a long time since I have reviewed a product on my blog but this one really impressed me and I feel compelled to share it with everyone else. As we know (or not) I have reached the age of 30! i am middle aged-ish (ish because I intend to live beyond 60 lol) anyway taking this into account I was looking for a new foundation to meet my “aging” skin needs. The foundation I had before in liquid version was way too greasy and was blocking my pores, and slipping away after just a few hours. The effect on pictures was horrible, was making me look older and greasy.  The one before that was too pasty and cakey, and although it provided great cover I always ended up looking doll like and not natural at all.

So it was time to find something new.

And there I was, wondering through vast the aisles of makeup at my local store which we all know can be rather distracting, with so many products competing for our attention. Anyway there I was when I saw this new – or at least new to me – concept of air foam foundation. Interesting I thought, and very appropriate for the hot summer days coming ahead, soI gave it a go; I bought Mabelline Dream Nude Air Foam. Tip: shake the little can before you apply, my first attempt without shaking gave me a handful of colourless foam.  Also you must apply to your hand a small amount of the product and work it from there. It is super light but has excellent cover, unlike some other mousses I had tried before. Mabelline Dream Nude Air Foam runs smoothly over your skin concealing all imperfections. I love it! I wasn’t expecting much from it at first as I have been disappointed by so many foundations over the last months but this one is a keeper. Perfect natural finish and impeccable cover.  I also purchased the Dream LUMI Touch Highlighting Concealer to go with it and boy they make a great duo.

The Dream LUMI Touch Highlighting Concealer does exactly what it says on the label. It illuminates your skin on those darker areas that might need an extra boost. I used it under my eyes and on the corner of my eyelids, as well as on the corners on my lips. It comes with a handy little brush – very much alike those that come with some lip-glosses – allowing you to spread the right amount on the right place. You can also use your fingers to diffuse the effect. It runs smoothly, fragrance free and it’s non greasy. Overall this two products will give you very good coverage without cake-ing your face; you get a very natural look and radiant complexion. They come in a range of different tones to accommodate your skin colour and are very affordable. I say give it a go!

Tip: when looking for foundation always try to get a yellowish tint in it. It makes your face look warmer and gives it a little glow, which you can also improve by using a little bronzer. But go easy on the bronzer!

Happy Summer Skin!

Keep an eye open for more summer skin tips coming soon.

Xoxo.

OnixJ