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  • Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

    Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
    These pumpkin waffles are the perfect Halloween and Fall recipe for all of you in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment! The best thing is they aren’t loaded with refined sugars and other naughty ingredients, you can eat these without feeling guilty.

    (Serves 4)

    Ingredients

    2 1/2 cups coconut flour
    1/3 cup raw honey
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsps ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    2 cups rice or almond milk
    4 eggs, organic free range
    1 can pumpkin puree
    A few pecans for topping

     Directions:

    1. Turn on waffle iron and allow time to heat up.

    2. Combine coconut flour, eggs, pumpkin puree and honey until well combined.

    3. Add cinnamon, salt, cloves and almond milk and mix until well combined.

    4. Spray waffle iron with coconut oil non-stick cooking spray.

    5. Carefully pour batter onto waffle iron using a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

    6. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. Be careful not to overcook.

    7. Remove waffle from iron carefully and top with honey or pure maple syrup and pecans.

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

    DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
    It’s really important to clean your make-up brushes regularly. When you use the same brushes daily, you risk spreading oil and dirt to other areas of your face which can potentially cause your acne to worsen. Use this easy DIY cleaner at home to give your brushes a good clean. Do this in the morning before you leave for work or school, letting them dry during the day.

    Ingredients:

    • 250mL hot water
    • 2 tsp distilled white vinegar

    Method:

    1. Heat water and pour into a mug or heat proof container

    2. Stir in the vinegar carefully. Allow to cool until hot to touch but not boiling.

    3. Dip the brush in the solution and swirl gently against the bottom of the cup or container.

    4. Rinse under hot running water.

    5. Follow with a cold rinse.

    6. Dry flat so the water doesn’t seep inside and break down the glue.

    Olivia x

     

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  • How To Apply Concealer Correctly

    How To Apply Concealer Correctly
    Concealer should be one holy grail product in every woman’s beauty bag – especially if you suffer from acne and breakouts. Used correctly, concealer can cover up blemishes, under eye circles and any other beauty imperfections.

    It’s easy to be daunted by the idea of using concealer. Especially when there are so many shades and types to choose from. Once you learn the basics and how to apply, it’s the best beauty investment you will ever make.

    Concealer is the perfect product to compliment your makeup regime as it means you don’t have to over-apply your base or foundation. You can be quite light on your base and then cover blemishes as you need to with concealer. This is really important because you don’t want to suffocate your skin with a heavy  base or thick foundation – it can actually make your skin worse!

    How to Apply Concealer

    Before you apply concealer, ensure that you have cleansed, moisturised and applied eye cream. This will guarantee that your concealer looks smooth, natural and blends easily.

    1. Apply several dots.  Applying concealer is very similar to applying eye cream. You want to apply several dots of concealer under the eyes but this time you want to apply close to the lashes and inside corners of the eyes.

    2. Tap in the product. Gently tap in the product using your ring fingers. Always tap, don’t rub. Gently blend out.

    3. Apply concealer to blemishes. Go ahead and apply a dot of concealer to any blemishes or imperfections that require some extra coverage. It may be uneven patches or redness you are covering, not necessarily blemishes.

    4. Apply a second layer. Apply a second layer, ONLY if you need more coverage.

    5. Set with powder. Once you have finished your application steps, you will need to set the concealer with a high quality setting powder. You can either use translucent setting powder or some mineral makeup powder. The key is in the brush so make sure you are armed with a high quality powder brush. I like the VANI-T vegan brushes.

    Olivia x

     

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  • Clear Skin Citrus Juice

    Clear Skin Citrus Juice
    This is one of my favourite juices to drink in the morning! I love adding a bit of ginger to mine for an added kick. All of these ingredients promote healthy glowing skin, and don’t cause inflammation.

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:

    • 2 apples
    • 2 pears
    • 2 oranges, peeled
    • 2 lemons, juiced

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
    2. Enjoy!

    TIP: Go ahead – add some Ginger if you like the taste! It adds a powerhouse of nutrients to your juice!

    Olivia x

     

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  • Banana Bread Recipe

    Banana Bread Recipe
    It is no secret that banana bread is deeelish! However most of the time it is filled with refined sugars and other ingredients that can inflame our skin and worsen blemishes and breakouts. This is my version of a “healthier” banana bread which also happens to be gluten-free, the perfect after school or office treat!

    (Serves 12)

    Ingredients:

    • 4 bananas, ripe
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 cup grated coconut
    • 3 eggs, organic free range
    • 2 tbsp raw honey
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup chia seeds
    • Rice or almond milk to tweak consistency

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 180° or 356°F.

    2. Peel bananas and place in a large mixing bowl. Gently mash the bananas up with a large mixing spoon.

    3. Add flour, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, eggs to the bowl. Combine with a mixing spoon or in a food processor until mixture is cake consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add rice or almond milk until desired cake consistency is reached.

    4. Lightly oil the loaf tin and then coat the tin with desiccated coconut to prevent the cake from sticking.

    5. Spoon the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once a skewer can be inserted into the centre and come out dry, it is ready.

    6. Remove the cake from oven and allow to cool before turning it onto a tray or plate.

    TIP: Feeling creative? Top with sliced banana or chopped walnuts and cinnamon before placing in the oven. Voila!

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes!

    Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes
    Snacking is an effective way to include extra nutrients into your diet and prevent hunger cravings between meals. Most of us tend to be unprepared when it comes to meals and will often grab meals on the go, which are usually processed and packaged. If you aim to add snacks in between breakfast, lunch and dinner you will find yourself less hungry and this also helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady so you don’t binge or overeat.

    If you’re looking for healthy snack options that are good for both your body and your skin, look no further. Here are my top five healthy snacks that can be made in less than 5 minutes!

    Raw Brownie Ball

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    I was introduced to Brownie Balls on a recent detox holiday in Bali and have never looked back! This is one of my all-time favourite healthy snacks and satisfies any chocolate craving! In a food processor, combine 1 ½ cups walnuts until blended fine. Add in 1 cup dates, ¼ cup cacao, 1 tbsp coconut oil and blend until well combined in a dough consistency. Roll the mixture between your hands and form balls, dust with cacao or shredded coconut and store on a tray lined with baking paper in the fridge.

    Fruit Skewers

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    Eat the rainbow with this fun and quick fruit recipe! Simply chop all your favourite seasonal fruit and thread onto a skewer. You can swap fruit for veggies too and include carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber and tomato!

    Veggie Dippers

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    Do you have a jar that you can make use of? Put 2 tablespoons of your favourite hummus or greek yogurt tzatziki in the bottom of your jar, stick a handful of carrot and celery sticks into the hummus. Screw on the lid and voila!

    Banana-Cakes

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    One of my all time favourite pairings – banana and peanut butter. Simply top a gluten-free rice cake with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter (could be cashew, almond or another fave) and half a sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon for extra health properties!

    Energy Bars

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    One of my favourite go-to snack options when I’m on the go! In a food processor combine 1 cup dates and blend until a thick paste forms. Add 1/3 cup cacao, 1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almonds and/or pistachios and blend until well combined. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down well until a ½ inch thick rectangle forms. Wrap tightly and chill overnight in the fridge. Unwrap the block and cut into 8 bars, dust with coconut for extra brownie points!

    For a full 14 Day Meal Plan with yummy skin loving recipes, check out my top selling eBook Clear Skin Project which includes everything you need to know to clear your skin in 30 days or less!

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Exfoliator

    DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Exfoliator
    This DIY Vanilla lip exfoliator is a great natural and cheap alternative to store bought exfoliators which usually contain chemicals and additives. The best thing is, it really is good enough to eat!

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    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
    • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until it forms a pasty consistency.

    2. Gently massage mixture onto lips and lip lines in a circular motion.

    3. Rinse well with warm water.

    4. Use remaining product on hands or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks. Follow with a lip balm or a little coconut oil over lips.

    If you love making your own skincare products, you will LOVE my Clear Skin DIY Face Mask eBook!

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Rice Paper Rolls

    Clear Skin Rice Paper Rolls
    I love rice paper rolls, especially during the warmer months as they are light, tasty and easy on the stomach. There are soo many variations you can try, however these ingredients are my favourites as they are all great for your skin!

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    Ingredients

    • 60g rice noodles or rice vermicelli
    • 8 rice paper sheets
    • 8 cooked prawns, peeled
    • 2 lettuce leaves, chopped
    • 1/2 avocado sliced
    • 1 carrot, grated
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tsp roasted peanuts
    • Fresh mint, chopped
    • Fresh coriander, chopped

    Directions

    1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan and add rice noodles. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes or until al dente, and drain. Rinse thoroughly so the noodles don’t stick together.

    2. Fill a large, shallow bowl with warm water. Dip one wrapper in the warm water for a few seconds to soften. The wrapper does not need to be immersed in the water for too long as it will become too soft and it will be more difficult to roll.

    3. Lay the dipped wrapper on a clean surface and place 2 prawn halves, a small handful of noodles, mint coriander, sliced avocado, carrot and lettuce across the centre. Leaving around 5cm uncovered on each side.

    4. Fold in uncovered sides and tightly roll. Repeat steps for remaining rolls.

    5. Enjoy!

    You can even make your own dipping sauce using finely chopped garlic, soy sauce, peanuts and some fresh lime juice!

    Olivia x

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