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Rose Hip Oil – The hippest new thing?

26 Apr

With my fair and sensitive skin, I really require super gentle products. Otherwise, I tend to get eczema and irritations which are the last things I want on my face!

About four years ago, I discovered rose hip oil (RHO) after trialling a variety of skin moisturisers. It was love at first contact and I haven’t been a day without it.

Here’s what I have learnt about rose hip oil that makes it so wonderful:

* great for dry, sensitive and, believe it or not, oily skin (apparently, the RHO does not cause your face to be more oily)
* great for treating scars, stretch marks and wrinkles
* full of fatty acids
* regenerates and repairs damaged tissue

How I use RHO:
* I cleanse my face morning and night. Then, leaving my skin just a little damp, I add 3-4 drops of RHO to my palm and apply gently to my face, neck and the backs of my hands.

* In the middle of winter, sometimes RHO isn’t quite enough moisture for me. So, I do need to add a very gentle moisturiser over the top. The thing about RHO is that it seems to provide a barrier between the other moisturiser and my skin. If I just wear the RHO in winter, my skin’s too dry. If I just wear the moisturiser, it’s still too dry. So in the winter, this combo works for me.

* My husby also uses it after shaving as he has very heavy beard growth but extremely sensitive skin. He loves it!

Why do I personally use RHO?
* I love organic products and try to avoid putting too many chemicals on my face (where possible)
* calms my skin, making it less likely to become irritated
* excellent hydration for my skin
* at 27, I’m trying to look after my skin to avoid too many wrinkles when I get older!
* functions as my moisturiser and under-eye treatment
* gives me a ‘dewy’ look (some may not like this, but I think it makes me look a bit fresher!)

Be careful:
* due to its beautiful golden colour, it can stain light coloured pillow cases
* only buy certified organic pure RHO – you don’t want added nasties on your face!
* don’t spill it! It’s not cheap and it’s really easy to knock over!

Where to buy RHO:
* pharmacies
* beauty & health shops, such as Boots
* some department stores
* online
(I’ve used both the A’kin and Trilogy brands and like them equally)

Have you ever tried rose hip oil? What have your experiences been with this liquid gold? 🙂

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Spag Bol Recipe (Spaghetti Bolognese)

20 Apr

I think I was Italian in my past life. I have an obsession with anything Italian and that includes the food!

Last night, I thought I would step into my Italian mama persona and cook my husband and me some Spag Bol (to those of you who aren’t Aussie and don’t feel the need to abbreviate EVERYTHING, it is short for Spaghetti Bolognese).

I’ll confess, in the past, after work, late at night, couldn’t be bothered, (and rightly so) I would turn to my beloved jar of Dolmio to do the job for me….. but it’s just not the same.

This recipe is relatively simple to prepare. The only thing that takes time is the simmering, which is why I prefer to whip up a batch on the weekend and refrigerate/freeze for mid-week consumption (and it always seems to taste better the next day!) Alternatively, you can use the bolognese to make a delicious lasagne. Just add a béchamel sauce and some lasagne sheets and you’re good to go! I also like to use as many organic products in my meals as I can, so I try to buy organic variations of the mince and vegetables.

Now, I’m sure this recipe is probably far removed from the traditional Italian dish, but it’s what really makes my husband’s and my taste buds go wild! You can experiment with different amounts and flavours to suit your own tastes.

Bon apetito!

SPAG BOL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1.4kg lean beef mince

1 cup red wine

2 onions, chopped

3 medium carrots, grated

5 cloves garlic

1 kg tomatoes, chopped

1 large tin (800g) chopped tomatoes

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves & dried oregano to taste

METHOD:

1. Add a little olive oil to a large saucepan and cook mince over med-high heat until browned.

2. Stir in wine and cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add onion, carrots and garlic and stir for 4-5 minutes.

4. Stir in the fresh tomatoes and tinned tomatoes, along with the tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.

5. Add salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves and dried oregano to taste.

6. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour. Two hours would be even better if you have time!

7. Serve with pasta, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Get as many vegies into you as you can!!!!