October 30, 2014

Natural Makeup Haul feat. Alima Pure!

Hello beautiful! I have a new video up today featuring some awesome new goodies from Alima Pure. They were so kind to send me some of their products to try out and they are beautiful. I discovered the brand a few months ago when searching for natural cosmetics and I was really pleased with their formulations. Their Satin Matte Foundation, for instance, only contains 4 ingredients (one of which is Zinc Oxide, which can actually help with calming inflammation so it's great for acne prone skin types). It's been my go-to foundation these last few weeks and I love the feel of it. It's very light but definitely provides buildable coverage. It's the foundation I have on in the video and I think it does a pretty good job concealing the blemishes I have going on at the moment. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, I would definitely recommend looking into natural beauty products. Conventional makeup is unfortunately loaded with harmful ingredients (not only for our skin, but also our bodies - 60% to 70% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our blood stream), and there are lots of great alternatives out there for everything from foundation to lipsticks to mascaras to blushes. You can learn more about this from the book I mention called The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel.

I get asked if I wear makeup everyday and the answer is definitely no :) I love wearing makeup on occasion, but day to day I leave my skin bare and if I feel like it, I glam up my eyes using mascara, liner and some concealer. But it's great having natural mineral products to use when desired, without worrying about the ingredients used :) Hope you enjoy the video! XOXO

Products Mentioned:
  • Lip Tint in Sweet Pea
  • Satin Matte Foundation (Warm 4) 
  • Brushes: Angle Liner Brush (33), Foundation Brush (25), Kitten Brush (23)
  • Natural Definition Eye Pencil: Coffee, Ink
  • Natural Definition Mascara
  • Eyeshadows: Flashback, Silk, Vertigo, Mahogany, Cocoa, Espresso 
  • Blush: Melon, Freja
  • Bronzer in Mauna Loa
  • Contour Powder in Sombra 

Check out Alima Pure here: http://www.alimapure.com/

They also have a great information on application tips on their website under the “LEARN” tab which may be helpful to those new to mineral makeup - like me! :) 

October 26, 2014

Quick DIY Framed Art

Hey guys! Hope you're all doing well :) I just moved into a new apartment here in Dubai (once again lol but very happy with this one), and wanted to have something inspirational on my desk. It's always good to have some positivity around you! I first found these gorgeous gold frames when picking up some necessities from Ikea. I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw these frames, they are really good quality and look beautiful in person (I will probably go back and get a few more this week!). So when thinking of what art to frame, I immediately thought of my Tumblr (which I've been pretty active on recently, you can find it by clicking here). Tumblr is like a giant inspirational vision board :) I love it! So I found two images that I thought would fit the frame nicely, and had them printed on glossy photo paper. Super easy and inexpensive! The first one is this gorgeous colorful print with "Good Vibes" written across it. I love the colors and the design! The second is this really peaceful scene of a beach at sunset (or possibly sunrise) and it has a gorgeous soft pink tint to it. There are so many other images I want printed from my Tumblr so I will probably create a little wall collage soon :) Another nice idea would be to frame some positive affirmations as a nice reminder. What do you guys think of this idea? XOXO

Links to images & frame:
♥  Good Vibes image here
♥  Beach scene here
♥  Gold frames from IKEA here

October 21, 2014

Natural Beauty Products Interview

Hey guys! Part two of my interview with Tino from Bananiac is live on Symposium Films. It was so great speaking with Tino about all different topics regarding this lifestyle. If you missed part 1, you can watch it here. If you are into this plant-based lifestyle or just learning more about it, I definitely recommend checking out Tino's other videos on both his channels. They helped me so much when transitioning and they're great for keeping me inspired and on track. Hope you enjoy the video!

October 16, 2014

Organic Facial in Dubai!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well :) Glad to see so much positive feedback from my last video - happy you guys enjoyed and found it helpful. Yesterday I had the most wonderful (much-needed) facial at Biolite Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai. Thanks so much for having me! We started with a super gentle microdermabrasion (the most delicate I’ve ever had!) followed by their organic facial which featured some wonderful aromatic essential oils and gentle natural formulas. My skin is recovering from a pretty bad detox I had since switching over to this lifestyle, so this was definitely a treat! Do I think skin care treatments are the ultimate solution to problematic skin? Nope! BUT natural / chemical-free treatments can definitely help whilst your body is healing internally! If you live in Dubai or are coming by for a visit, I would definitely recommend checking out this place. The staff are super professional, very sweet and accommodating! Have you guys ever tried microdermabrasions? It's one of my favorite treatments to get every couple of months. It really helps to smoothen out the surface of your skin by polishing away dead skin cells leaving you with baby soft skin ♥ 

 My treatment room :) 

  The clinic also have their own line of mineral makeup. I had a dash of mineral 
foundation applied before heading out. 

  Gorgeous bronzers and highlighters 

October 12, 2014

What I Ate Today! High Carb, Low Fat, Raw Till 4, Vegan

Hello beautiful! I hope you're all having a great weekend. Today I have a new video for you, taking you through what a typical day of food looks like for me on this high carb, low fat, vegan, "Raw Till 4" lifestyle. I love eating this way - so much delicious clean food in abundance! I literally feel like a kid in a candy store the whole day eating all the sweet fruit I want, and sitting down with a big meal of satisfying plant-based carbs for dinner, oh ya! :) Although I follow a raw till 4 way of eating day to day, if I'm not able to get fruit during the day, I just eat the next high carb low fat food available (like vegan sushi, pasta, rice, potatoes...) - never being stupidly strict on myself  :) Always do the best you can! Let me know if you found this video interesting and/or helpful and if you'd like to see more in this style! Lots of love to you XOXO

October 7, 2014

Interview With Bananiac

Hi everyone! Sorry for the technical issue I had with my blog these last few days. I think the server I use was being updated and my site lost connection - but it's back! :) I wanted to share a link to an interview I did with fellow plant-based vegan, Tino from Bananiac on YouTube (he has two channels, Bananiac and Symposium Films). In this first segment we talk about the Raw Till 4 lifestyle and travel tips. All in all, we spoke for about an hour about various topics relating to this lifestyle - he will be uploading the interview in short segments over the next few days. It was so great to speak to someone who shares the same views and values! He's got some really great informative and inspirational videos on both his channels so definitely go check him out if you're into learning about this lifestyle! Hope you enjoy the video! XOXO


October 2, 2014

Three Casual Chic Outfit Ideas!

Hi beautiful! Hope you are all doing great! I am back in Dubai now :) Feels great to be home again after so much traveling! Today I have a new little fashion video up that I shot at a nearby Monastery in Barcelona. It was so beautiful! I show you three casual outfits I've been loving recently - plus my new little faux leather purse which I purchased from Primark a few weeks ago. I was on a hunt for a cute non leather bag and I'm quite happy with this one - except the quality isn't the greatest! I just ordered one from a brand called Matt & Nat which should be arriving soon :) Will let you know what I think of it! Let me know if you guys enjoyed this kind of video and if you'd like to see more in this style. Lots of love to you all  XOXO

September 22, 2014

Cure Eczema & Allergies With Raw Foods

Hello my lovelies  I hope you're all doing great! Today I came across something so beautiful and inspiring (it even brought a few tears to my eyes) and I just had to share this with you all. Below is a picture of Maya, the beautiful daughter of @dehappy5_mama on Instagram. Ullenka (the happy mama!), her husband and their three kids have been following a raw high carb low fat vegan diet for the last 6 months and have experienced some truly remarkable results. Maya had previously suffered from severe eczema as well as leaky gut caused by candida overgrowth. After only a few months, Maya is completely healed and is looking absolutely gorgeous and healthy.

"After struggling with terrible eczema and allergies for most of her life, my 8 year old daughter recovered completely within only 5 months on high carb raw vegan diet. She has a condition called leaky gut caused by candida overgrowth that she had since born. Years of other treatments and diets gave no results and even worsen her eczema till the point shown on left photo. At the beginning there was about three months of hard detox and from then she started to heal beautifully to be a healthy and happy girl today. Her two younger brothers had milder stadium of eczema and all three of them are clear skin today." @dehappy5_mama

I am so happy to see Maya's transformation after only a few months of eating raw - how amazing! It just goes to show the incredible power of raw foods - fruit in particular (which Maya mostly eats). "I know it looks dramatic and I am sorry if anyone of you feels a bit discomforted looking at her. But I want to show this to help many other people, especially children, that suffer through this terrible disease. She had such severe eczema on her body that I am first time publicly sharing her pictures from that period of time. I actually will not say anything anymore, you see the results. For those of you who are interested about more details please go to my blog. There is first part of her story with even more dramatic photos." @dehappy5_mama

This before and after made me somewhat emotional today and really tugged on my heart strings. As you may know, I've had my own on and off struggles with my skin, and I've seen plenty of dermatologists over the years. During every consultation, I'd ask them about diet and if it's related to my skin issues. I'd ask them if there are any foods I should be avoiding, or foods that may be disrupting my hormones (thus causing the acne). I'd ask them if the health of my digestive system could be linked to acne, or if stress / exercise had any impacts. Every doctor looked at me with a smile and said no, acne is caused due to bacterial growth on the skin and diet / lifestyle habits has no impact. Then they were always more than happy to prescribe me an antibacterial cream, face cleansers and medicines. It just never felt right. I was so happy when I discovered this lifestyle and read about all the positive transformations from people healing themselves of all sorts of diseases and health complications. This lifestyle is so empowering and set us free from the never ending cycle of pharmaceuticals and medicated treatments. "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food" - Hippocrates. 

Some of Ullenka's beautiful creations
Follow @dehappy5_mama on Instagram here and check out her blog here!

This information is so important, and should be celebrated :) There are so many of us dealing with health issues which can be totally reversed and cured through a plant based, high raw (or fully raw) high carb, low fat, vegan diet. And most amazingly, the answer is so delicious, colorful and satisfying! I'm so thankful to Ullenka for sharing her truly inspiring journey with us.

I hope this can help others who might be dealing with similar conditions. I have more info in my videos and under the "Health and Diet" category, as well as under the "Vegan Plant Based Lifestyle" page. Never be afraid to follow your instincts and listen to your heart, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. We live in such a crazy (yet beautiful) world - we can't let ourselves fall into the marketing trap of the pharmaceutical industries. It's a never ending cycle of medicines and magic potions. True health and healing starts from within, and mother nature knows just how to do it!  Wishing you all a beautiful day! XOXO