Can you believe that August is almost over? Luckily, that means summer is just around the corner and it's officially Spring next week! Spring has to be one of my favourite times of year. All those beautiful blossoms appearing everywhere. Well anyway, back to the present, it's Friday and we all know what that means.
We’ve all made beauty
mistakes, most of the time we’ve even made these mistakes without
even knowing about it. I mean least be honest, we’ve all had those
nights where you’re so tired that you end up sleeping in your
makeup or that time you tried to run a flat iron your damp
hair. Although we’d all like to believe we’ve perfected our
regimen over the years, we’re probably still making the most common (and
not even thought of) blunders. I know I’m guilty of one committing
one or two of these.
Blunder #1: Washing
your hair too much. Shampooing daily is okay if you use gentle
products and have fine hair. However if you lather more than that and
have thick/coarse hair, you're stripping away essential oils your
hair produces, leaving it dry and dull.
Blinder #2: Applying
conditioner all over. Hair closest to the roots is healthy new growth
and the damaged ends are what you should actually be paying attention
to. Conditioner can also weigh your hair down and make it look
greasy. So instead apply conditioner where you would gather your hair
to put in a ponytail and at the tips.
Blunder #3: Not using a
heat protectant before styling your hair. If you blow dry your hair
and use other heat styling products every day with no protectants,
you're causing your hair to become frizzy, dry, and damaged.
Blunder #4: Ignoring
your neck. You should take care of your neck as much as you do your
face. Use moisturiser all the way down, and make sure to blend your
foundation into your neck so you avoid that infamous foundation line.
Blunder #5: Not washing
your makeup brushes. I know I’ve been there, I get lazy and
postpone and postpone washing my brushes. See the problem with not
washing your brushes, is not only will you end up with mixed shades,
but you're allowing bacteria to build up. You should ideally be
cleaning your brushes about once a week.
Blunder #6: Picking at
a pimple: Not only will this compound the infection causing it to
spread under the skin but it will also cause scaring.
What's one beauty blunder that you know you're guilty of committing every now and again?
This past Sunday, we
got together at my parent’s house for a very relaxed and impromptu
family get together. Now what usually happens at these get togethers
of ours, is my sister and I always end up in the kitchen baking
(planned or not). So as you can guess, yesterday was no different. We
made the cutest cookies using my Cookie Message Set, bought from Clicks.
These particular cookies were inspired by one of
our all time favourite childhood sweets.
Happy Friday everyone!
Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week, for me there is nothing like
the anticipation of a weekend full of friends, fun, and relaxation.
And for me, each weekend officially starts when I post my Friday
Funnies posts. So leave the workweek behind and take a peek at what’s
been keeping me entertained this week.
It's been about seven months since I stopped eating carbs at night and I must say it's been one of the best and healthiest choices I've made. Now a lot of you may be thinking, but if you don't eat carbs with your dinner, what do you eat? Well mainly it's either a side salad, steamed/roasted vegetables, cauliflower mash/rice or sometimes I have just a cauliflower base pizza. On Monday night I made yet another carb free meal; meatballs and pasta. So right about now, after reading pasta you may be going, "Uhm Mel, I hate to break it to you but that's a carb." Well think again because I made zucchini pasta, and it was so scrumptious. What's even better about this meal whole, is it took less than an hour to prepare and cook (combined)!
500g ground beef
2 Tbls fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup almond flour
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 can whole tomatoes
1 tsp mixed herbs
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
¼ cup water
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Combine all of the meatball ingredients in
a large bowl and mix well. Form into golf ball sized meatballs and bake for 20 minutes.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together
the tomatoes; mixed herbs and pepper.
Once the meatballs have baked for 20
minutes, baste them with the sauce and cook for a further 20 minutes.
Cut the zucchinis lengthwise using a vegetable
peeler, and then slice into thinner strips resembling spaghetti.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium
heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for about a minute. Add the water and
cook until softened.
Remove the zucchini from the heat and take
the meatballs out the oven
Plate up the zucchini, pasta, meatballs and
Do you have any carb free recipes you'd like to share?