Crying is GOOD!? 😢 

Hey everyone, this has to be one of the most interesting things I have read recently even though I kind of knew already, it was still very useful to understand why and how. 

A professor of pharmaceuticals in the 1970s named Dr. William Frey discovered that the main function of emotional tears (when you feel sad) 😔 is to help the body to recover from a stressful situation by releasing lots of hormones and other proteins. Dr. William found out that tears form to rid the body of excess hormones (stress hormones) this is why after we cry, we usually feel much better like a weight has been lifted. Tears = less stress 

If you are interested be sure to research and find out more… 

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Have a fantastic weekend!! 

Products for women of colour!!

I saw this on a website the other day and I thought why not share it with you guys they’re all a mixture of British and American brands so accessible for most. 

Kahmune a British brand giving a true definition of a nude shoe/heel for all skin tones http://www.kahmune.com 

HuesBox is a monthly beauty subscription box costing $12 for women of colour http://www.huesbox.com


Shea Moisture they are so popular and becoming well known in the UK…yes!! Their products range from hair, skin and other beauty essentials https://www.sheamoisture.com

My Curls Understood provide products specifically for your curl type which is amazing http://curlsunderstood.com

UNSUN launched by Frank Oceans mum, a natural sun cream range which is slightly tinted to suit people if colour https://www.unsuncosmetics.com

KoyVoca have 21 amazing shades of foundation specifically for women of colour at a great price http://www.koyvoca.com

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Hopefully you have found something useful xx

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VEGAN Chocolate Cake 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some baking but here is the best vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tasted. At university we’ve been working on recipes suitable for different dietary groups so here goes… 

Makes 9

Dry Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

2 2/3 non dairy milk
2/3 cups oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°c and prepare mini cake loafs for baking.

2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Then whisk together the wet ingredients in a hug and slowly pour into the bowl whisking constantly.

4. Whisk until you get a smooth runny mixture, evenly pour into the mini loaf cases about 3/4 and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and fully cooked.

5. I like to use a cocktail stick to check if the cake is fully cooked right through. Leave to cool down completely and enjoy 😊😊

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Thoughts Become Things 

This is literally the best motto, mantra or saying you can live by. I’ve been recently trying to improve myself overall and practice being the best version possible and these words ‘thoughts become things’are really helping 😊 it is actually scientifically proven that having a positive attitude and mindset can improve your wellbeing and life because you are surrounding your mind with good thoughts and not allowing negativity to get to you. Many well known people actually lived by this and they are well known and famous today for there success. Throughout your day I challenge you to always remember ‘thoughts become things’ and see the amazing changes that take place in your life!! 

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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Hey guys, another great chocolate post for you all!! These cupcakes are so cool because you’ve got the candied chocolate on top and in the middle with a super delicious frosting 😋 perfect for birthday celebrations 🎊🎊

Use a small knife to cut a hole in the top and add the candied chocolate

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3 Ways to Naturally Detox Your Body 

Hi everyone, these following tips will help to strengthen your digestive system and boost your immune system which is definitely ideal for this super cold wintery season.

1. Drink warm lemon water in the morning and throughout the day because it will help to flush out the toxins. Add cinnamon or cayenne pepper for added flavour.

2. Try dry skin brushing to support your lymphatic system (the bodies sewage system)

– use a dry brush before you have a wash
– always brush towards the heart
– begin at the feet and work your way upwards brushing in circular motions
– using circular motions over the stomach respects the direction of digestion and encourages detoxification
– afterwards have a bath or shower

3. Drinking herbal tea 🍵 (without sugar) be sure to let the tea steep for at least 5 minutes then consume hot or cold

Some teas to try:
– nettle or chamomile for inflammation
– senna, flaxseed or aloe Vera for constipation
– burdock or red clover to cleanse the blood
– milk thistle or dandelion for liver support

It’s so great to have a detox schedule that is natural and beneficial to the body, do it 4 times per year for each season to help boost the immune system 😀👍

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Quick Couscous 

This is a great idea for work lunches because it’s really easy to make and so filling!! 

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The couscous recipe is really delicious 😋 and actually quite healthy because I don’t use a dressing either I just add vegetables or salad:
– 35g couscous
– red cabbage
– grated carrot
– grated radish
– finely sliced spring onion
– chopped parsley
– pine nuts

The juice from the ingredients helps to keep it moist and you can add salt and pepper to taste ☺

Victoria Sponge Cake 🎂 

Hi everyone, today’s baking has been something I’ve wanted to bake for ages…. Victoria Sponge Cake!! I’ve put a hearty layer of buttercream and some strawberry jam for the filling. 

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This cake was delicious!!

Marshmallow Chocolate Brownies 

Hi everyone 😀 so I haven’t made brownies for a long while and decided it was time!! 

Makes 25 small squares

Ingredients 
100g dark chocolate
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
125g butter
50g soft brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 yep vanilla extract
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
Pinch of salt

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 and line a shallow baking tin with parchment paper.

2. In a heat proof bowl melt the chocolate, butter and 2 tbsp water over a pan of simmering water.

3. Remove the bowl from the pan of water and leave to cool down slightly before adding the sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Then fold in the flour and salt and pour into the baking tin.

4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until risen but the centre should still be a little gooey. Once baked leave to cool down and cut into squares.

I even added some sprinkles on top for extra decoration.

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Inversion Method For Hair Growth

Hey everyone, so this method is known to increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles which results in faster hair growth!! I would recommend using this method for no more than 2 weeks at a time to see results 😊

What to do? 

– rub oil onto your scalp
– invert your head (I hung my head between my knees)
– stay in this position for 4 minutes before slowly rising
– results should show unto 1 inch of growth after the week

*Obviously be careful when tipping your head upside down and if you begin to feel dizzy slowly rise and reduce the time.

Remember to measure your hair length before starting and don’t overuse the method because it won’t be as effective.

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