Saturday, 16 April 2016

Recipe: Vegan Pancakes


I've recently been trying to eat a plant based diet and it has been wonderful. I enjoy food shopping much more, I feel much better and it challenges me to make new recipes with no animal products. I simply love it! Today, I had a craving for some pancakes, so I just customised my usual pancake recipe, so that it would be vegan.  And they turned out great. Creamy, sweet, satisfying and very healthy.

Here is the recipe:


- 2 cups of flour (I used whole wheat)
- 2 cups of any plant based milk (I used oat milk)
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- pinch of salt

- sunflower oil (or whatever type of oil you want; for cooking the pancakes)

- 2 tbsp blackberry jam
- 3 tbsp frozen blackberries, thawed (or fresh of course)
- rice syrup
- cocoa powder
(just make sure everything's vegan)

1. Firstly, put the jam and blackberries into a small pot, turn the heat to medium and cook it for 10 minutes, until it turns sticky.
2. Meanwhile, mix all of the ingredients for the pancakes (flour, milk, banana, baking powder, salt) thoroughly.
3. Put a little bit of sunflower oil into a pan and heat it to a medium. Start making the pancakes - you'll know when they're ready when they start to be really bubbly and puffy (it took me about 1 or 2 minutes), just turn them and cook for another minute or two (it depends on the type of your pan, stove and the thickness of the pancakes)
4. I stacked them like a pancake cake, in between each layer I put a bit of rice syrup and the mulled blackberry mixture we made earlier. I topped it with banana chunks and some cocoa powder.

I hope you enjoy them! You can of course customise it by using whatever toppings you prefer, for example peanut butter, dairy-free yogurt, coconut, chocolate spread, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, raisins, dates, etc.

If you try the recipe, please let me know how it went!
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day ♡

Friday, 10 April 2015

Recipe: Hummus

Hello everyone!

Today I'm bringing you my favourite hummus recipe that I came up with. It's very simple, very healthy and very versatile - I usually eat it as a dip - I cut up a carrot and celery and eat it together, it's delicious! Or you can of course use it instead of butter or any kind of bread spread, use it in pasta, instead of pomodoro on pizza, in salad dressings etc. The options are endless.

For this recipe, you will need:

250 g of chickpeas (approx. 1 cup) - either cook it yourself or buy in a can - if you use a can, make sure it's the steamed kind with as little salt as possible!
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 lemon, squeezed juice out of it
3 teaspoons of sesame seeds (it's better to soak them beforehand in just a little bit of water)
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

You're going to need any kind of blender or food processor. I either use the standing little food processor or a hand blender, I find either works just well. Dump all of the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. This recipe makes quite a thick hummus, if you'd like a thinner consistency, just add more lemon juice or cold water (or oil, if you'd like it creamier) I also don't like for it to be completely smooth, so I don't mix it for too long. But that's basically it! It's very simple, very healthy, very delicious and it will stay fresh in your fridge in an air-tight container for at least 2-3 days.
Happy snacking! What is your favourite snack?

Thank you very much for reading and have a great day!


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Review: Dermacol Make-up Cover

Hi hi! 
Today I will be reviewing the Dermacol Make-up Cover. Most of you have probably heard of it, it's pretty renowned in the beauty world. I will firstly put together what is said about this product on Dermacol's website, all of its claims and then I will disclose my opinion about this product. 

The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The formula was developed in the Filmstudio Barrandov in Prague for professional make-up artists. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. 

It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. 

It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions.

Its long lasting effect is ideal for covering minor flaws or extensive skin defects, such as dark circles under the eyes, scars, spots, loss of pigment, and blemishes. It improves the appearence of tired, pale skin, giving it a refreshing look and revitalised complexion. Applied to a base cream it can be combined with other make-up products from the Dermacol range.


water-resistant (water-proof), dermatologically tested, suitable for all skin types, hypoallergenic, SPF 30, preservative free, full (extreme) coverage, velvety matt look, long-lasting, not tested on animals

DIRECTIONS FOR USE (they were part of the packaging)

1. apply Dermacol Satin Make-up Base to clean skin treated with day hydration face cream. (the skin will become beautifully matte, completely smooth, it will prevent make-up collecting or pooling)
2. tap the make-up onto the skin gently with fingers or with a make-up sponge, start the application on the forehead and continue towards the hairline and then downward along the cheeks to the chin line, finish the application on your nose, cheeks and chin, tone out the edges to eliminate any sharp colour transitions, don't forget the neck
3. fix the make-up with Dermacol Invisible Fixing Powder increasing the protection of the make-up against abrasion while giving the skin a velvety, supple appearance, the powder is transparent and does not affect the colour of the selected foundation
4. use a make-up remover for complete removal of the make-up according to your skin type, it is important to remove make-up and dirt from the skin as deep cleansing aids skin regeneration. 

Cl 77891, Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Petrolatum, Alumina, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica Silylate, Parfum, +/-: Cl 77492, Cl 77491, Cl 77499

Okay, so I hopefully provided you with all the information you would ever need to know about this, if you want to know something else, ask me in the comments! 

I've owned this foundation before, but then I threw it away, because it was past its expiration date, and I didn't buy it again. Today, I visited the Dermacol shop and they had -25% on everything and I remembered how much I've enjoyed using this, so I bought it again. I got the shade 210, which was I think the fourth lightest one and the only one from the light ones (except the very lightest one - 207) which didn't have a pink undertone, but a beige-yellowy one. I have a warm, yellow undertone in my skin, so that's why I chose it. 
At home I immediately tested it on my skin and it was exactly the same, as I remembered. 

You get 30 g of product in the packaging, which you might think is not that much, but with this foundation, you can't possibly run out of this! You need such a small amount, that even if you used it everyday (and I did use it everyday) it would last you for years, but then of course you'd have to throw it out. You seriously need just the tiniest bit. 

It is used as a foundation on movie sets, photoshoots etc., because it does cover everything. Every spot, every freckle, your skin will look like a blank canvas. That is perhaps not a good look for everyday, so I used this either as a concealer - only for spots, I found that for the undereyes, it is a bit heavy, or I mixed a drop of it with a normal foundation for a better coverage, or I used only this with a bit of moisturiser or a primer for a heavy-duty full coverage look for special occasions. 

Their website says that it's a matt look, I would tend to disagree, I think it's more of a satin matt, it's not shiny or anything, but not matt either. With powder, it lasts all day, it doesn't disappear anywhere. Due to it being so full coverage, you can certainly feel it on the skin, the removal is also harder, because it is also waterproof, so I always use some sort of a face sponge or face cleansing brush to really get into the pores to get it out. Surprisingly, it's not noticeable on the skin - like of course, you can see it - but then, I feel like I can see any foundation on my skin, even BB creams. When I use only this as my foundation, I make sure I powder and contour really well - then it looks perfect, just like I really have this flawless skin naturally. If you don't contour and don't put blush on, your face would be one tone ALL OVER - and I don't think that's a good look. 

Here are some photos to show the covering ability of this foundation - I made a red and a blue dot on my hand and then put on the thinnest layer I could - and this is the result. Pretty good, huh? (sorry for my disgusting veins!)

Here is the shade of the foundation - I got 210, but I reckon the photo doesn't really do it justice, here it looks really orange, but it really is not, I promise.

Here are all the links you are ever going to need: 

Have you ever tried this foundation? If you did, what do you think about it? 
Thank you very much for reading, have a great day!