Monthly Archives: April 2013

Strawberry basil quinoa salad with champagne vinaigrette recipe


This salad is full of fresh spring flavours.

Sweet strawberries, basil and avocado are tossed with cooked quinoa and topped with fresh feta cheese and pine nuts.

The champagne vinaigrette adds a light fruity touch to the already simple yet elegant salad.

This is a must-make for any spring gathering or even as a light meal.

Serves 4


For the champagne vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar (you can substitute balsamic, apple cider or even red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste

For the salad

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (goat cheese is a good substitute)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, finely chopped (you can also use rocket)
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • Pine nuts or sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. In a blender, add all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Blend until thick and creamy and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the quinoa, strawberries, 1/4 cup of the feta cheese, spinach, basil and avocado. Add in 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette and toss well to combine.
  3. Divide the salad between serving bowls. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of feta cheese, pine nuts and extra vinaigrette before serving.

Get Lippy! Layering is a labour of love

Remember that layering works for makeup as well as fashion and hair!

For a really interesting look we have layered MAC lip pencil in Magenta as an outline and then fill in the entire lip area (outlines are outmoded), follow with neon fluro Candy yum yum A13 and use lashings of it!!!!!! Finally finish with a flourish using Girl about town AB2

This is a bang on trend for the summer and is so pretty, remember to blot when done, as teeth blotched with lippy is not an elegant look…

Slim like an Egyptian: Can tying a simple cord around your waist like the ancients help you lose weight for summer?


We are trialling the Malory band as featured in the newspaper.  Follow us on our journey to read all about it.  This blog will be updated with our findings…

Day One:

The Malory turned up today 8th May (two weeks) and was instantly worn.  There are two things to consider here namely being in control of one’s eating and the exterior gastric band sense of control.  Having ordered the item in the correct size, it fits perfectly, and is quite comfortable, however, the wearer is aware of its presence which automatically serves as a reminder to prevent overeating.  There is also the ‘comfort’ factor that having this in place means that one can go about the daily routine without worrying about what and when to eat, it would appear that as hunger creeps in, the band feels less snug and more comfortable across the waistline… keep watching we shall keep this blog rolling.

Day Seven:

The Band is an excellent ‘reminder’ and has been doing a brilliant job of portion control. There is a definite difference today… One tip/hint is that it should not be worn when flying, particularly if you tend to bloat it would be incredibly uncomfortable and probably dangerous.  We have also noticed, that when eating less healthily the band tightens considerably more quickly.

Day Fourteen:

The Band is working remarkably well, and it has to be said, that even two weeks in there is a discernible difference.  Surprisingly, we find that it has served to correct posture, you know … shoulders back, upright, core held in – so this is an unexpected and delightful addition, we feel strong enough that it can be removed now during the day on/off intermittently whilst continuing to eat and behave sensibly.  Keep watching (will it all end in disaster or hugely succesfully?)

Day Twenty Eight:

The Band has worked well, and it was scary having to remove it and rely on judgement! however, it has done its job and fullfilled its purpose, a newer more sensible approach to healthy eating has been learned and still the posture is maintained, sitting up straight and holding in the stomach and breathing correctly.  The band will be kept for occasional use or to get back on track if we fall off the wagon.


Verdict 8/10



Source: tying simple cord waist like ancients help lose weight summer…

Contrary to what we know … exfoliating for summer


If you are stuck for time and need to get your skin ready for summer; then follow our handy tips below:

As we all know the routine to glowing skin is to exfoliate, moisturise and then glow (sometimes using fake or real tans)

For best results, body brushing twice a day just a few strokes before bathing will suffice to give you an instant and radiant all over glow, plenty of water to hydrate and fuel the system, and enough sleep are all the ingredients we need.  However, for a shortcut to getting skin summer ready just use a moisturizer range that contains SPF and will also smoothe out these give away dry patches which also create an aging effect.

We recommend Diamond Blend check our website under the partner link to buy their products.  They have a full range with specific products (all in one so cheaper and quicker to apply) to target these problem areas.  Added benefit is that it leaves a trail of diamond sparkle on the skin so you will literally shine out!

24hour liner and false lashes WOW


To create a throughly dramatic and impressive look, use a 24hour liner we have found a great one at Boots and it does the job proud…


Once you have applied the false lash strips finish off with a thin line inside the eyelid on the top (and bottom if you prefer) so that the lashes ‘blend’ seemingly with your own.


It gives the finished look that WOW factor, do not apply too much make up, stay light and shimmering for a perfect summer feel.

Puffy eyes…a guide how not to

A jargon free easy how to methodology on combatting puffy eyes and bags and all things related…

To actually reduce and work on the problems of eye bags and puffiness we would recommend a healthy nutritious diet with plenty of water, decaf hot drinks (they taste the same) and sleep!

Avoid using greasy, fatty skincare products around the delicate eye area, for once they are absorbed, they collect and store under the eye area (and around it too), and have to be removed surgically.

Products that can be applied topically that are then dissipated work well around the eye area, commonly used are; cold compress of cucumber, ice cubes wrapped in a towel, cooled used teabags or paper masks, eye patches will reduce the swelling in the area and restore circulation and drainage from the site.  We recommend Diamond Blend gel eye patch which work best after 20 mins but can be used as quickly as 5 mins.

To conceal puffy eyes we recommend the following;

1) hemorrhoid cream/gel to be applied gently on the affected areas and leave to dry and tighten

2) use a lightening makeup in liquid form we recommend Lancome Teint Eclat miracle, it works wonders and can be used over the entire face and no other makeup is required (unless you particularly want a more dramatic look)

3) if desired, use a green stick which also eradicated purple/red discolouration from the area

if using all options, please use light tapping motions and in some cases try option 3 prior to option 2 to see if that suits your skin tone better.

We are available to chat on line or skype/facetime with you if necessary …

All things Lashery


We extensively and frequently test products in the Lash market, and we have found that Salon System (Eylure) products are without a doubt one of the best your money can buy.

Not only are the freely available in all major stores including Boots the chemist but they are easy to apply and last for a long time, and that one can even sleep in them, yes you can!

The beauty of these lashes are that they are so well packed, instead of struggling with the strips trying to rip them out of their housing and in the interim, mishaping them with that force, they can literally be applied everywhere, so far, we have tried them, in a moving car, train, airplane and of course in a steamy bathroom.  The temperatures have not fazed these beauties and it is possible to install them without any tweezers.

The only problem we have found thus far with these is that they don’t cope well with getting wet, but we are on the case and watch this space…

Glamolash by Rodial


So here comes the verdict on Glamolash

This is what they say:

As seen in the Daily Mail – ‘Who Needs Fake Eyelashes?’ Article

Introducing the latest innovation from Rodial; GLAMOLASH.

Rodial’s Glamolash is a high performance lash lengthening serum designed to transform eyelashes in just two weeks.

Formulated with a powerful Peptide Complex clinically proven to lengthen lashes, this fabulous serum also contains Protein and Vitamin B5 to thicken and volumise for naturally glamorous lashes.

So ditch the falsies and let your lashes do the talking the natural way. Simply apply glamolash to the upper lash line every evening for two weeks for naturally longer lashes.

Glamolash contains:

•    Vitamin B5– Strengthens hair shafts resulting in thicker hair, moisturising and conditioning the lashes.
•    Wheat Protein– Improves gloss and body of the lashes whilst conditioning and hydrating.

7ml/0.2 fl oz

This is what we say :

Whilst Glamolash does indeed serve to lengthen and strengthen natural eyelashes, without the irritating side effects of some of its rivals (itching, burning, discomfort upon application) it will never give you false looking lashes, what you will get is the best looking lashes your body can offer… Thus if you are looking for a dramatic, intense and full bodied appearance try strip lashes and read our article on the best the market has to offer there.