2 green smoothie recipes

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Hey! I love making green smoothies, they taste good, and they are really healthy. I usually have them for breakfast and they are great to take with if you are in a hurry. Here are two recipes that I like to make, I got inspired by the lovely Fullyrawkristina on the first recipe, be sure to check her out! She makes great videos.

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First recipe: 

2 Oranges

1 Apple

1/2 Pineapple (more if you want to)

2 leaves of Kale

1 tbsp Baobab powder

Put everything in a blender and blend! (I recommend that the oranges are first, it’s easier to blend that way)

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Second recipe:

3/4 Cucumber

1/2 Pineapple

Spinach (you can see the amount on the pic 🙂 )

1 tbsp Baobab powder

Just put everything in the blender and blend. Feel free to skip the Baobab powder if you don’t have any.

Oh, and btw! I just made an instagram account; @alicesvoice , check it out 🙂

Sophie

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Liebstar Award

Hey there! For a couple of days ago I got a comment from Alex, http://believeinyou24.wordpress.com/ telling me that she nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m happy that I got nominated 🙂 This is a tag for new bloggers or for bloggers with less than 200 followers. I’m going to answer some questions, post 11 facts about me and then ask 11 questions.. This is my first tag ever so let’s get started!

 

1. What/Who inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve had two blogs before this one, where I wrote about my life. It felt like it wasn’t enough, I hadn’t any great pics to post of my outfit or any stories I could share. I liked to blog, but didn’t have a subject. When I got into green beauty I immediately began to think about starting a blog, I wanted to share my experience and just get into the green community because I feel like we can all help each other and everybody is so kind and helpful here. 

2. If you could use only one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would you use (blush, eyeliner, foundation, etc.)?

Mascara! My eyelashes are not so black and thick as I would want them to be. I feel like I can live without a foundation, because my skin is getting clearer now when I use natural skin care. I would have answered foundation two years ago, because I had a lot of acne and I used foundation pretty much everyday. Now I only need mascara to darken my eyelashes. (and if this is not cheating, I could use it as an eyeliner by dipping an eyeliner brush in the mascara :D)

3. What is your favorite book from childhood? 

 When I was 7 I loved to read the Sweet Valley High novels! They were my favourite books and I think I’ve read almost everyone of them. (I used to hope that I had a secret twin that looked just like me and we would somehow have been seperated when we were young) You can say that I was kind of obsessed. 

4. Have you watched any of the Oscar movie winners and/or nominees from this past year and what is your verdict? If not, what Oscar movie and/or nominee movies from this past year do you want to see?

Yes I think I have. I’ve watched Django Unchained, Skyfall and Les misérables. I liked Django Unchained and Skyfall. I haven’t watched the whole Les misérables. I liked the actors but I think I wasn’t used to the singing in Les Misérables. Maybe I will like it more if I watch it again. I liked Skyfall because of all the action and the plot. I’ve always been a fan of James Bond moives. The movie Django Unchained was one of my favorites, because of the heartbreaking plot, the great actors and the movie in general.  

5.  What word makes it the most into your personal vocab?  

Well this has to be a swedish word, since I speak swedish everyday. I would have to say Alltså or typ. I use it to much and my teacher would always make fun of me (not in a bad way). Typ means kind of but also so much more. (when I use it) and alltså means so. It’s hard to explain because it means so many things. 

6. What are your top five favorite clothing stores to shop at? 

There aren’t many stores where I live, and some of you have probably never heard of some of these clothing stores. I like Zara, Mango, Ginatricot, Bikbok and H&M. I try to stay away from H&M because of their nasty background. It just doesn’t feel right to buy their clothes when I know that some of are made in terrible conditions. 

7. What is your most loved health food and green beauty product?

It’s hard to pic one when it comes to food. I love fruit and I eat soo much fruit everyday (compared to the rest of my family, but probably not compared to a fruitarian) I like pomegranate, pineapple, oranges, water melon, cantaloupe.. and the list goes on! 

When it comes to green beauty product I’ll have to say… oils. Not surprised? You can use oils to so many things! For instance: as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, a sunscreen or a hair mask. My favorite oils are coconut oil, argan oil and avocado oil. 

8. The Voice or American Idol?

Never seen any of them so I can’t answer this question. :/

9. Where do you want your next vacation spot to be?

There are so many places I want to visit; the maldives, dubai, South Asia, Japan, Australia, Italy… But I would really love some sunshine right now so I woud probably choose the maldives. It looks so nice there, with the bangalows, the turquoise water and the white sand. 

10. When was your first concert?

2011. I went to an Enrique Iglesias consert with my friend. 

11. What accent can do you the best besides your own?

A swedish accent here in Finland called Högsvenska. 🙂

 

11 Facts about me:

1. I speak swedish, but my dialect is so difficult so other people from Sweden don’t understand me at all. They think that I speak norwegian.

2. I played soccer for 10 years, but I quit two years ago.

3. I’m a parfume addict. 

4. I am also addicted to chocolate….

5. …. and tv shows.

7. I live in Finland.

8. I’ve had two surgeries. One heart surgery and one to remove my tonsills. 

9. I’m really terrified of bears. When I was in northern Finland, a place that was known for having a lot of bears,  I couldn’t even go outside alone. Still, I like adrenalin kicks so I went in the woods with my brother and my cousin on a quad bike and just drove around. Scariest thing I’ve ever done.

10. My biggest dream is to live abroad.

11.  I am very spontaneous and I love to try new things. 

Here are my nominations: 

Julia – Sundvardag www.sundvardag.blogg.se

Naomi – Beyoutify – http://beyoutify.wordpress.com/

M – msgreenbeauty – http://msgreenbeauty.wordpress.com/

… and everyone else who wants to do this! 🙂

 

My questions: 

1. What is your holy grail product? 

2. Sweet or salty food? 

3. If you had to live abroad, where would you want to live? 

4. What is your favorite makeup brand?

5. In your opinion, what celebrity has the most beautiful hair?  

6.  How often do you blog? 

7. If you could only bring 3 makeup items with you, which 3 would you choose?

8. How did you choose the name for your blog?

9. What is your favorite quote? 

10. Favorite trend? 

11. Do you like to read? If so, what is your favorite book? 

 

Rules:

Link back to the person who nominated you.
State 11 facts about yourself
Answer the questions given to you.
Pick 11 nominees and create a set of 11 questions that they must answer.

 

 

Zuii Organic Certified Organic Flora Lipstick

So I decided to take some pictures while wearing the lipsticks I wrote about here. Just a little reminder, the pigment are not as strong because I used a lip pencil. Also, you can see that the three nudes Brown Sugar, Natural and Nude looks very similar.

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1. Brown Sugar

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2. Natural

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3. Nude.

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4. Clay

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5. Sheer peach

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6. Mandarin

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7. Pink flesh

I hope these pictures helped you. I am still not sure which color I should buy! I love all the colors! I can only buy one because they are pretty expensive (29.95 dollars) Which one do you think I should buy? 🙂

Finding the perfect nude

Hi there! Today I will write about the Zuii Organic’s Certified Organic Flora lipsticks, as I promised. There are many different shades to choose. I purchased seven samples, four of the shades are nude, and 3 are peach/pink. I’m searching for the perfect nude lipstick, and I think that I might have found it. 🙂 The texture is creamy, but I still like to put a lipbalm underneath. I have to exfoliate before I put the lipstick on, otherwise if I have some dry skin it can show up. I used a lip pencil, and the pigment was pretty good, and I’m sure if you put the lipstick on directly from the tube, the pigment will be stronger. These green lipsticks are certified organic and all the shades are really beautiful. The finish is matte and that’s what I’m looking for when it comes to nude shades. The ingridient are also very good, for instance sunflower oil, castor oil and jojoba oil! The lipsticks smell good, just like flowers.

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So this is what the samples look like. The amount is different in all the samples, some of them had a lot of the product and some had really little.

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These are the peachy / pinky shades.

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And these are the nudes.

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So here are the swatches!

1. Brown Sugar is a lovely nude and the shade suits me well. It’s a pinky- nude shade but has a brown hint to it. I am very pale right now so it will suit you if you have pale skin like me, and it will also look good on faire to medium skin tones. It might be a little bit pale for darker skin tones. It has more of a cool undertone but it doesn’t make me look sick, and believe me, I have a problem when it comes to finding a nude that doesn’t make me look ill. I think this will look good for an everyday look or a night time look (like a smokey eye)

2. Natural. This one is very similar to the brown sugar, but it’s a little bit darker, more brown-ish and has a warmer undertone. I think this will look good in the summer when I’m tanned. It also looks good right now when I’m pale but it’s a liiiittle bit too dark for being a nude. Still, I would use it in an everyday look because it’s a beatiful shade.

3. Nude is more pink than the other nudes and the color is very pretty. It reminds me a little bit of the shade that Lana del Ray often uses.

 

4. Clay is a peachy nude shade with an orange tint. I think it will look good in summer, but it doesn’t suit me now when I’m pale. Of all the nude shades this one was my least favorite. I would probably call this one a peachy-orangey color over a nude, but that is my personal opinion. Some people might disagree.

5. Sheer peach is a beautiful pinky-peach shade. It’s looks a little bit darker in the sample but when I apply it it looks lighter and more girly.

6. Mandarin. This one is the perfect lipstick if you’re looking for a pop of color on your lips but don’t want it to be a red or a bright pink. It’s a bright peachy shade with a warm undertone. Even though it’s very bright it still looks somehow natural. I really liked this one and it will look great with tanned skin and a winged eyeliner! I want subtle lipsticks but somehow this one just makes me want to buy it immediatly. It has a slightly orange tint to it but it doesn’t look too ‘orangey’ if you know what I mean 🙂

7. Pink flesh. Last one! Because of the name (pink flesh) I was expecting a pink shade. This one is more of a peachy-nude pink shade! Hard to describe, but the best way is a mixture of dusty pink and peach, and then they have added some nude color into it.

Well, describing these colors was harder then I had expected! All the colors are very similar, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. It was my first time, I hope I did okay. 🙂 If you want, I could take some pictures while I’m wearing them, so it’s easier to see what the colors look like. Do you think I should do that?

Let me know what you think, and which color you think is the prettiest. I have to say my favorites are Brown Sugar, Nude and Mandarin.

Sophie

How to: Lighten your hair naturally!

Hey there! Today’s post is going to be about how to lighten your hair naturally. Some of you might already know this, because many people use these methods, but I’m going to tell you people who don’t know!

1. Lemon and sun 

This is pretty simple actually, you only need a lemon and sunlight. I only do this in the summer, because here in Finland the sun doesn’t always shine. It’s really dark here in the winter, and even in spring and fall. But if you live somewhere where it’s warmer, then this should work all year around.

How to do it: Just take the juice from the lemon and put it in your hair, make sure it’s even and enough of it. Then just sit in the sun for a couple of hours. This method is not the kindest to your hair, it can actually be a little bit harsh and you may not see drastic results after the first time but it I think it works! I can already see that my hair looks lighter after the first time, even though it’s not so drastic.

Then just remove the lemon with water. I always shampoo and condition my hair afterwards.

2. Chamomile tea rinse

This is also pretty simple. Just warm up water to 90-95° C (this amount depends on how much hair you have, but I like to use 1,5 litre) and then add 4-6 bags chamomile tea. You want the tea to be strong, otherwise it won’t work as good. I like to rinse my hair with this after I’ve shampooed and conditioned my hair. Remember to not wash your hair with water afterwards! This one is not harsh at all as the lemon method, it’s actually good for your hair! So you get a 2 in 1 here. 🙂

3. Honey

Now there is two recipes for this one. One is more simple.

First recipe: Just mix honey with your conditioner! Apply to your hair after you’ve used your shampoo, and let it be in as long as you want to, but 20 minutes should be enough. (The longer the better) Then just rinse with water!

Second recipe:

You will need:

Honey (1/2 dl)

Water (1/2 dl)

Olive Oil (1-2 tbsps)

Cinnamon (1 tbsp)

This recipe will work better than the one with only honey and conditioner because this one also contains olive oil and cinnamon, which  also lightens your hair. Just mix all the ingridients and apply to your hair. Remember: It can be a little bit messy. You want to let it sit for at least one hour, maybe two. As I said with the other honey recipe; the longer the better, so even over night if possible. Then just wash your hair as you would normally. (I like to shampoo twice, because my shampoo is very gentle and the olive oil can be hard to get out!)

I hope this post hepled you!

I have actually got some samples from Zuii Organics, so stay tuned for swatches later! 🙂

Imagejust a weird pic from summer when I lightened my hair w/ lemon 🙂

Sophie

One Love Organics Sample Pack

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Yesterday I got my package from One Love Organics! 🙂 I wanted to try their products so I purchased their Sample Pack, it’s only £2.95, and it includes Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, and Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum.

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It says that you can use each product 1-2 times, but I’ve already used everything twice and I’ve only used half of the product! The shipping was really fast, and it also came a paper with directions on how you can use it.

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I’m so happy with all of the products! I must say; I want to buy the full-size of all of the products! I’m in love. Now I finally understand what all the fuzz was about and why everybody likes them so much.

Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser – I removed my makeup with this cleanser, and it was really good. (not my eyemakeup) At first it was a little bit sticky but then later it lathered up a little. It removed all of my makeup and didn’t leave my skin feeling dry, it just felt smooth and clean. You can also use it as a shampoo or a body wash. I thought thas was pretty cool. All in all, a really good cleanser!

Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque – This is a gentle exfoliator that you can use in the morning or evening. It can also be made as a masque; you just mix it with raw honey or greek yoghurt. I used it in the evening as a masque, and I mixed one tsp of the Brand New day with two tsps honey. I then massaged it into my skin and left it on for 15 mins and then rinsed it off. It was very soothing and moisturizing, I didn’t even have to apply any moisturizer afterwards. If you want to use it as a scrub you can just mix it with warm water. I usually don’t like exfoliators or masques, because they just irritate my skin or cause breakouts, but I really liked this one! Thumbs up.

Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm – You can use this products for many things; makeup remover, moisturizer, hair tamer and even to make your own cream foundation (just mix it with some mineral foundation) I used it as a lipbalm and an eye balm and a little goes a long way. It was really moisturizing so I couldn’t use it on my whole face, but it would probably work with those who has dry to really dry skin. I would purchase this product since it’s a multiple balm – it’s great for many things. I’m especially interested in the idea of making your own foundation, I will probably try it tomorrow. 🙂

Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster – This product was the reason why I even thought about One Love Organics in the first place so of course I was most excited to try this product. The only issue I had with this one, is that I usually don’t moisturize my face in the morning (when I use makeup I like to put aloe vera gel as a moisturizer). And of course you are supposed to use this product in the morning, they named it Morning Glory for a reason 🙂 (I believe you can use it in the evening if you want to) But I think this will be a new chance for me to start a new morning routine, because I loved this product. It made my skin soft and I got a nice glow. It also toned and tightened. The ingridients are great and it contains a lot of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. It is also good if you have acne scars that you’d like to go away or want an anti-aging serum. I highly recommend this product!

Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum – This one was a positive surprise. I don’t know if it was all of the product I used before I went to bed or just this one, but my skin was sooo soft and all the extra bumps were gone when I woke up and my skin looked even and brightened. This product is a toner, serum and a moisturizer all in one! It will protect your skin from aging and wrinkling (Yes, even though I’m only seventeen I have started to use anti-aging products, because it’s how you treat your skin now that will later show up on your skin when you’re older, so preventing is the key!) It contains for instance Bulgarian Rose Oil and watermelon seed oil and other good stuff and I think I will start using this as a moisturizer instead of coconut oil. Yes, I liked it that much. 🙂 BIG thumbs up!

All in all – I loved all the products and I think I will buy the full-size of Easy Does it Foaming Cleanser, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster and Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum. I don’t think I will buy the Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and masque just because I don’t like scrubs and masques in general, I’ve had a really ugly past with them and I just think I wouldn’t use it, even though the product was good.

Have you tried any of the One Love Organics products? Please let me know if you like them, it’s fun to see what others think about these products 🙂

Sophie

What’s in my makeup bag?

I thought it would be fun to show you what I like to bring with me when I go out, I use these products when I want to touch up my makeup. These products are all natural. The pictures can be a little bit blurry, because it was so dark when I took them. I tried to make them lighter, I hope they are not too bad. 🙂

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Tikei’s mineral foundation in the colour P2. If you’re searching for a good mineral foundation then this is it. The cover is great and the foundation comes in 40 (!) different shades, and you can by samples first to see which colour suits you best. I like to use it when my face is oily. Over all a good product! The kabuki brush comes in 3 different sizes and is also really good, it’s sooo soft!

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Dr. Hauschka’s mascara in black. I have to admit, I was a little bit scared when I ordered this because I’ve read in reviews that it smudges and I already had problem with that with drugstore mascaras. I still ordered it and I’m happy I did! It does not smudge at all, at least not for me. Some people also think that it doesn’t give enough volume but I thought my lashes looked just the same as they would do with a drugstore mascara. I like it so much, I doubt I will ever buy any other mascara then Dr. Hauschka’s,  but who knows, I might get tired of it in the future.

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This is a lip balm that I use when my lips get dry, unfortunately it contains petrolatum and other chemicals, but I did not know that when I bought it. It makes me sad that they claim it’s good and natural product when it’s not. But I’ve learned to look in the ingridient list now. Some people who is into natural products still uses things like petrolatum, but I like to avoid it.

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First of all – sorry for the blurry picture!! Now on to the product; This is a lip liner from Dr Hauschka in Warm Rose. (nr 03) I like to line and fill in my lips with the liner, because when it works as both a lip liner and a lip stick, why purchase the lip stick? 🙂 It has a good pigment and the colour is very beautiful, but it’s a slightly darker colour then I’m used to, so I prefer to use it in the fall and winter time and now when spring is here I like to choose more light colours.

I also have some eyeshadows in my makeup bag but I thought I’d do swatches instead.

Thanks for reading!

Sophie