Monthly Archives: May 2014

Double Chocolate Mini Brownies that are good for you

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Double Chocolate Mini Brownies that are good for you
Makes: 24 brownies
Ingredients:
3.5 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3-1/2 cup raw honey
2 organic, free-range eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
3/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Extra 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) . Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil.
2. In a bain marie (saucepan of water with pyrex or similar bowl atop), gently melt the 3.5
ounces of chocolate, coconut oil and raw honey. Remove from heat, allow to cool, then add the
eggs, vanilla and almond extract.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour and salt. Add the wet ingredients and mix well.
Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate pieces. Fill the mini muffin tin nearly to the top. Bake
for 15-25 minutes until golden and set.
4. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan – if you don’t wait then they’ll fall apart!
Source: Isabel De Los Rios at Beyond Diet

Cult Beauty Products Worth Every Penny (That Aren’t)

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Cult Beauty Products Worth Every Penny (That Aren’t)

Not Worth It: Crème de La Mer
Ageless celebrities like Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez (who reportedly slathers her body in the stuff) swear by Crème de La Mer, but if your life dream is to invest $150+ on that all-too-familiar jar, you may want to think again. La Mer skin care products have famous fans, a high price tag, and instant name recognition, but they also have highly comedogenic ingredients  (Bad ingredients are pretty much classified as eithercomedogenic or irritating. Comedogenic means it causes acne) like mineral oil, multiple silicones, and lanolin alcohol. Lessons to be learned: Get a good look at the ingredients list before you spend your hard-earned cash on something that may not be worth the hype, and next time you’re feeling tempted at the La Mer counter, pick up their excellent Cleansing Foam or Lip Balm instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Makeover

Superfood Healthy Salad Recipe #TheSecretIsOut Miranda Kerr

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Did you know that the more you crunch and munch the more satisfied the brain and therefore the body becomes, the action of crunching has scientifically been proven to relieve stress (this is part of the reason why when we are aggravated we turn to crisps or salty crunchy snacks is a trigger action/food).  Miranda Kerr has advised that she cuts her leaves/spinach into very small slices before chewing…

 

 

 

Superfood Healthy Salad Recipe #TheSecretIsOut Miranda Kerr

 

INGREDIENTS

Packet of Organic rocket/cress/spinach or lettuce (preferred choice)

Flaxseed, chiaseed, any seeds 1 tbsp or generous sprinkling

Tomatoes, fresh and or sundried tomatoes

Avocado ½ chopped or stripped

Organic cottage cheese low fat or feta cubes

Pomegranate seeds (2 tbsp)

Blueberries (8 or 9)

Cucumber strips

Celery strips

Alfalfa sprouts

Organic Olive oil

Organic Manuka honey and apple cider vinegar

 

Generously spread out the contents of the leaves, top with celery and cucumber strips in a criss cross pattern (the crunchiness will relieve your brain of stress).  Cover with avocado and alfalfa, then top with cottage cheese, fruit, and seeds.  Drizzle approx 1 tbsp of olive oil and as much manuka honey cider vinegar to taste.  Eat and Enjoy!

Lily Allen Dances in SPANX

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Well, we’ve got to be honest, we LOVE Lily Allen and her AMAZING body confidence. But we also love that – just like us – she wears SPANX!

Lily Allen shared her love for SPANX with the world by posting a video on Instagram of her dancing in her dressing room in a pair of SPANX. Later that evening she stunned the crowd in Brussels in a metallic cut out dress, proving that SPANX is the not-so-secret wardrobe essential for women.

Lily is wearing the Trust Your Thinstincts High Waisted Mid-Thigh Shaper, available from www.spanx.co.uk or www.net-a-porter.com for £74.

 

Wellness Wednesday: 3 Simple Tips On How To Create Your Best Life

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Welcome to my first column here on MaisonDuVann.com – I’m so thrilled to be writing about wellness, sharing my healthy living tips each Wednesday and being part of this brilliant community.

Living a healthy lifestyle should never be about giving up things that you love – after all what is life without a glass of bubbly?  This weekly column will share with you some top tips on staying healthy as well as sharing any products that will help you live your best life (which, lets face it, is what this site is all about!).

So in honour of this first column I want to talk to you about how you go about creating your best life. We live in a world that’s extremely fast paced (and busy) and it can be so easy to be swept along with the crowd and forget to carve out a bit of you time. Eventually that starts to take its toll and before you know it, you’re feeling unhappy and living a life that makes you miserable.

But by following three simple steps you can live a life that you love

  1. Know what you want. In order to live a life of your dreams, you have to know what that consists of. We all can pinpoint what is wrong with our lives, the key is knowing how to improve upon it. If you can focus in on what you want then you’ll find the change easier to handle.
  2. Exercise every day. I’m not talking about sweating it out in the gym but instead practice daily movements. A brisk walk or some yoga – anything that makes you move but also makes you happy will give you head space to feel your most authentic self.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people. If you surround yourself with negativity then eventually that’s going to be ingrained in your system. As Oprah (< my hero) say: “Surround yourself only with people who will lift you higher”. Judgement, negativity and gossip will suck your energy and leave you feeling deflated – cut it out and save your energy for good deeds.

Must have of the week: 10001023-1Treat yourself to a bit of a bank holiday splurge with this Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle from Cowshed. It’s perfect for when you’re burnt out, struggling to concentrate and longing for that extra hour in bed. Featuring a herbaceous blend of Lavender to calm and Eucalyptus to clarify and uplift. £30

Sheer Cover Tan Kit … The results

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Sheer Cover Tan Kit has yielded magnificent results…

We have tested its endurance and most remarkable staying power, with and without primer obviously with the latter it looked professionally applied, through a heavy exercise routine, in the sun and in and out of air conditioned places.  Yet through it all the Sheer Cover Tan kit stayed in place, blotting out pigmentation and not giving in to temptation and settling into natural creases.  Whilst all the time it feels like you are not wearing any makeup.  Incredible! It would have to score 10/10 for its cover, endurance, flawless finish and most notably its easy application…

Step One

 

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Prime (using Sheer Cover or your own favoured product) Conceal and brighten.  This can be applied using fingers and light tapping motions, or on a brush it is down to your individual taste to decide and choose your preference, or try both methods to see which is better suited to you. Mixing the two light and dark shades of concealer tends to give the best results as the colours blend and seamlessly disappear into the surrounding skin to give a natural look.  Conceal the usual suspects (generally eye circles, around the nose and any blemishes/pigmentation).   Next apply the highlighter around the tear ducts, a v shape under the eye area, gently fan out over the ridge of the cheekbones, over and under the brow line, a dab in between the brows at the top or bridge of the nose, down the centre of the nose, on the tip of the nose and on the cupids bow (lip).  Remember this is a subtle touch, if you need more, you can build it up as you go, but start with light, gentle layers.

 

Step Two

Mineral Foundation

You are now ready to gently apply the foundation layer/s by swirling your brush into the mineral powder and tapping the excess, gently apply using circular motions onto the face, build up the layers as you go, the product gives extreme coverage, so take care not to over apply and go very lightly indeed under the eyes which only need a small amount over the concealer anyway.  A good tip is to push the product onto the skin and then blend using the circular motions.

Step Three

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You are now ready to apply the bronzer which actually does Illuminate your best assets with the sun-kissed glow of light-reflective natural minerals! One feather-light dusting instantly imparts a hint of shimmering colour and flattering contour to cheeks, forehead, nose, jaw line, eyelids, neck, shoulders, décolleté … Additional subtle radiance can be applied using just the highlighter part of the bronzer as a finishing touch.

You are now ready to apply some mascara and you are done! This whole routine takes approx 5-10mins and we like to finish with a spray of water or hyaluronic acid or whatever you have to hand, it just gives a final glow and sets everything in place.

This is a go-to makeup that works wonders.

Why the face gym works … facial workouts

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Having read many reports on how to do facial exercises, it appears, that over working the various muscles causes saggy skin to become more prone to sagging and creates more bagginess which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve, it is for this reason, that the face gym works, because you are in the hands of a ‘professional’ who is working and specifically targeting the exact precise spots that require the toning up.

It is possible to do some gently exercises at home in front of the mirror, or when driving (or just to fit around your chores), but in the main, for that real impact and difference to be made it is better to visit a therapist and let them work their magic on you.

Some of the muscles to be worked on can be intensified by approaching them from inside the mouth and this, I would imagine is only a job that a therapist could do (or even want to!)

In the same way that we perform our exercise routines for our bodies, and the results that are yielded from that, is the same way we should approach the facial exercising.

To begin with, it may be wise to undertake the job gently, but for my part, I think a visit to the face gym and a trip round Selfridges is well worth the bother!

 

 

The Gold shoe edit…

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Bang on Trend the gold shoe edit…

Dolce Gabbana lace slingback court £475

1.  D&G lace slingback 4inch heel £475.00, very ladylike, good fit, comfortable and with a solid heel score 5/5
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2.  Dolcis Kourtney heart cut out  mid heel (under 4inch) £40.00 nice fit, good looking shoe  score 4/5
dune gold heel £79
3.  Dune gold heel £79 good heel size and height, well appointed  score 4/5
Dune Penny two part £39
4.  Dune Penny two part £39 love this shoe love it’s classic uber look score 5/5
Flax 22 at Nine West £95
5.  Flax 22 at Nine West £95 nicely made, elegant look score 4/5
Karen Millen Glitter Metallic Court £110
6.  Karen Millen Glitter metallic £110 Lowish heel built for comfort score 3/5
KG Kurt Geiger Bea Suede Court Gold £59
7.  KG Kurt Geiger Bea Suede Court Gold £59 I am a fan of KG shoes score 4/5
LENONA Steve Madden at Dune £89
8.  LENONA Steve Madden at Dune £89 Great design and comfort mid heel score 3/5
Sledge Glitter Platform Court Shoe LK Bennet £115
9.  Sledge Glitter Platform Court Shoe LK Bennet £115 Well made and demure score 3/5
Vanity 420 Gold Mid Heel Court shoes £39.60
10. Vanity 420 Gold Mid Heel Court shoes £39.60 Excellent price classic look 3/5
Score based on price first, on trend look, built for comfort, longevity.

 

Vashi Diamonds and Rubies SS14 inspired trends

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As we all know ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend…’ and who knows this better than the grand master himself Vashi.  Diamonds and Rubies SS14 range.

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Pendant in 18k White Gold - £699

With spring rearing to a close and summer around the corner, pastel shades are definitely fitting before we transition into a burst of deep and rich summertime colours.

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Inspired by Burberry’s S/S 2014 British Rose collection, Vashi.com has picked out some of our most exquisite shades of pink diamonds and gemstone pieces from £299.

Diamond and Ruby Hoop Earrings in 18k White Gold - £699

These stunning accessories are being offered at reasonable prices for such high value gems and it is without a doubt worth more than a cursory glance at their offering.

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We, at the ‘house’ here are salivating over each piece, just imagine these dazzling pieces to enhance your outfit and your wellbeing!

Diamond and Ruby Stud Earrings in 18k White Gold - £299

It is not often that we will discover such beautifully crafted items at these prices, and it would be well worth the investment for a long term purchase.

Diamond and Ruby Stud Earrings in 18k White Gold - £599

Diamonds and gemstones have been used in our skin care products and makeup most notably the Estee Lauder re-Nutriv foundation which quotes ‘Precious gems in every drop, for radiance in every light’, if this is what is imparted on the skin in small amounts imagine the dancing illumination you will get sparkling and dancing from your investment pieces.

We say:  At 71% cheaper than the high street, it has to be worth it!