Monday, April 27, 2015

50 Blog Post Ideas For When You're Feeling Uninspired

I know how much you all enjoyed my last post, 150 blog post ideas for when you've hit writers block, soooo I thought it was only right to bring you 50 more! Enjoy xx – Angela

1. Travel bucket list - even start a travel series!
2. Links you're loving
3. Your 'I can't live without' beauty products
4. What's it's like to be (occupation/job)
5. Put together a mood board of photos that inspire you
6. Product use tips (eg how to get the most out of ___)
7. A rant
8. What's your go to breakfast/lunch/dinner?
9. Introduce us to your pets
10. Recreate an outfit
11. Photos of your night out, even if it was just for a meal
12. Girls night in essentials
13. Workout routine
14. Your high school/university experience
15. Weekend recap
16. Beginners guide to ___ (a skill you know well!)
17. Photography tutorials/how you edit your photos
18. Photos from your childhood & growing up
19. Home decor/renovation project
20. Do you make money from blogging? Tell us how!
21. Gift guides (eg for the makeup junkie/traveler/techy)
22. List of online sales
23. Grocery list
24. Favourite podcasts
25. Photography post
26. Advice column - get people to ask you questions
27. Biggest pet peeve
28. Share your blogging resources
29. Seasonal trends
30. Holiday crafts
31. Healthy alternative recipes
32. No-heat hairstyles
33. Lessons learned being (age)
34. Product collages
35. What are your thoughts on blogging/youtube?
36. List your mistakes
37. Favourite playlist
38. Share vacation photos
39. How to style a _____ (eg bar cart, coffee table, desk, etc)
40. What's on your desk
41. Study/revision tips
42. Share your beauty secrets
43. Your 'everyday' jewelry
44. DIY manicure tutorial
45. Daily rituals
46. Haircare tips
47. How to plan the perfect party
48. Small things to appreciate
49. How you find happiness
50. Girl crush

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Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

Just slice apple into pieces, add nut butter or peanut butter and top with your desired toppings! Dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds & walnuts work perfectly.

Combine together 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cucumber diced, garlic (I use a drop of garlic paste), salt, lemon juice & dill. So easy! Works well with carrots or pita bread.

{frozen yogurt covered blueberries}

Grab blueberries with a toothpick, cover it in yogurt (chobani is my fave!) and then pop them in the freezer on a plate until frozen.

{spicy kale chips}

Cut up kale & remove stems. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C. Toss kale in a bowl with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Leave in oven for 10 mins, and then flip over for another 5-10 mins.

Mix together 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg & 2 tbsp sugar in a bowl. Spray skillet with olive oil. Add 2 sliced bananas and cook 2-3 mins. Sprinkle some more cinnamon and cook for another 2-3 mins! You can even serve with some yogurt & crumble for a more filling snack.

Do you have any go-to healthy snacks? Share below!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2-Ingredient Pancakes

These pancakes are that good, I've made them every single day this week.

Honestly, I'd happily pick these over sugar filled, butter pancakes. These are packed with energy and protein so you'll actually feel amazing and nourished after eating them.

They're just insane. And I'm obsessed.

Here's what you'll need:
- 1 Banana
- 2 Eggs

Optional toppings:
- Fruit (raspberries work best in my opinion!)
- Honey, maple syrup etc

Yep. That's it.

I do like to add 1/2 tsp on baking powder as well just so it cooks better, but it's optional really.You can also add 1-2 tbsp chia seeds for some extra fiber, but again, optional.

Throw your ingreds in a blender until smooth. Warm non stick or cast iron pan to medium, spray with oil and cook pancakes. I suggest not doing them too big, as they become a little more difficult to cook. I also keep it on a low heat and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, so they cook all the way through & are easier to flip, making the perfect pancake!
For toppings, I just mash up some raspberries with half a lemon squeezed until they're a jam-like consistency. I use frozen ones, and let them sit out for about 10 minutes then mash them up. I think they work best because they're still really cold and taste amaaazing with the warm pancakes.

& the lemon gives it that extra punch of flavour. Amaze!

Let me know if you guys give this recipe a go! They're perfect for a Sunday morning (guilt-free) treat ;) – Angela xx

Monday, April 20, 2015

15 Beauty Hacks You Have To Try

Beauty Lifestyle blog, Beauty hacks, makeup tricks
Here's a collection of my favourite beauty short-cuts, tips and tricks! Because really, what's better than saving a bit of time and money?

1. Coconut Oil
My new fave thing: coconut oil hair mask. Shampoo your hair then add in coconut oil & leave for about 15-30 mins. Rinse out and then wash your hair as normal. My hair's still on the road to recovery from bleach and this works wonders for adding moisture and shine.

Other uses include:
+ Body moisturiser
+ Shaving cream
+ Removing makeup (esp waterproof eye makeup!)
+ Body scrub, just add brown sugar

2. Pencil to gel liner
Hold a pencil liner under a flame (lighter, candle etc) for a second. Let it cool for 15 seconds before use for an intense gel-like smudge!

3. Baby powder for falsies
Between applying each coat of mascara, dip a Q-tip in baby powder and run across your lashes, focusing on the tips. The second coat will attach to the powder for a longer, fuller look.

4. Shave with conditioner
Ditch the soaps and lather your legs in conditioner instead. It'll make the hairs softer making it easier to shave (also leaves your skin feeling extra silky).

5. Mix in moisturiser with your foundation
If you're in a rush, at the end of your foundation or purchased one that's too dark, adding some moisturiser to it will do the trick! 

6. Double duty mascara
If you've run out of liquid/gel liner, use your mascara with an angled liner brush, and apply as eyeliner. Full instructions here.

7.  Apply vaseline before perfume
Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume to make it last longer.

8.  Prime your eyes with a white eyeliner or eyeshadow
It'll make the colours pop!

9. Set your lipstick with translucent powder
To make your lipstick last all day, hold a tissue over your lips and then dust them with some translucent powder.

10. Easy ombre nail technique
Use a simple sponge method to apply several colors of polish at once!

11. White base coat nails
If your nail polish turns out a little dull, use a white nail polish as a base coat, and then apply your colour.

12. Put eyedrops in your mascara
When your mascara is drying out or dying, add about 4-5 eyedrops to make it last longer.

13. Apply vaseline on your feet overnight
For super soft feet, apply Vaseline to the soles of your feet & put on socks before you sleep.

14. Aloe vera for quicker hair growth
To grow your hair quicker, massage aloe vera into your scalp. Leave in for an hour & rinse wtih warm water.

15. Cornstarch for matte nails
Add a bit of cornstarch to your glossy nail polish to give it a matte finish.

Do you have any beauty hacks?

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recent Things

What. a. freaking. week. & I could not be happier it's come to an end. I've been trying to schedule almost 2 weeks of (DAILY.. might I add) content for when I'm away. I leave on Wednesday (!!!) for Bali and after working like a mad woman this past week, the only thing I want on my mind is which cocktail to order next.

I'm not bringing my laptop, so I'll be in full holiday mode. It's going to be weird not working almost 24/7, because I'm a bit of a workaholic and leaving my macbook is like my leaving my left arm, but you know, alllll up for trying new things.
{kale superfood salad + matcha green tea latte + market flowers}

If you're from Melbourne, you guys need to check out Sardi cafe. Their kale breakfast bowl is insane & I'm working on recreating a recipe, because seriously, it's that good.
{falsies for the weekend}

I hope you all had a great week! – xx Angela

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Japan's Weight Loss Food: No-Carb, 10 Calorie Pastas

Are you guys ready to just die.

Ten. calorie. pastas.

Let me introduce to you: Konjac Vegetable.

I first heard of Konjac a couple years back, but of course, found it difficult to track down in Australia (because naturally, once again, we're late to the party). Two years later, it was there, in the health aisle of Coles (but also available at all other supermarkets now).

So what exactly is konjac vegetable?

Well, firstly, it's from Japan (obvs, they have like, cheat codes to life) & comes from the root of a konjac tree, which is full of fiber and can be used to make konjac foods (pastas, rice, noodles). Konjac foods, also known as shirataki noodles in Asia, are a natural water soluble fiber with no fat, sugar, starch, or protein. They're also vegan, wheat and gluten free.

You guys know I'm all for quick and easy meals, and konjac pastas come pre-cooked and ready in 1 minute! One of my fave combos so far is adding the spaghetti or rice with tuna (currently favouring chilli or paella tuna), onion, diced tomato, soy sauce & lemon.

It also works amaze in a stir-fry, particularly ones with tahini sauce.

P.s: Top 10 recipes using konjac pasta.

Well, I'm off to cook up a storm! – Angela, xx

{I buy all my Konjac pastas from SlenderSlim < not sponsored}

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Weekend Links

So I had my injections today before going overseas, and I'm currently typing this post with one hand because the other ones gone numb. Fun, right? Also, I'm seriously almost convinced I have trypanophobia. But anyway, hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend & enjoy these fun links!

What your sleeping position says about your personality.

What 11 highly successful people were doing in their twenties.

A website full of good news. Also, the last one got me all emosh.

Record your voice and turn it into jewellery.

How to control your dreams, whilst you're sleeping.

Guess where you are in the world.

This is somewhat captivating.

A gif search engine.

An interactive visualisation of stars.

Exercises for toned legs.

& I'll be making one of these 10 skinny cocktails this weekend.

Happy Friday! – xx Angela

{Image via SF Girl}

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Autumn Beauty Essentials With Burts Bees

I am super excited about today's post because it's about two things I love: Burts Bess & Autumn. I absolutely swear by Burts Bees products, especially during the colder months. They're one of my top picks if you're looking for something that will give your skin some much needed TLC.
I have this weakness for facial oils. I just think if you're going to invest in a luxury skincare product, serums are the way to go. I have accumulated a bit of a collection because of my obsession, and Burts Bees radiance serum has made it to the front... which is kind of a big deal. Also the packaging is gorgeous. I love that all the products have a vintage feel to them.
Burts Bees lip products were the first things that got me hooked. Since then, they've expanded their range and I am all for their new additions. These two are hydrating enough to keep your lips moisturised and still provide colour. The rose tinted balm is something I keep in my handbag for a spruce of colour when I'm feeling it.

Ruby moon is probably my fave out of the two. When you first apply it, it's like, insanely pigmented & glossy. The gloss doesn't tend to stay though, it fades on me 15-30 minutes after application but it does leave this AMAZE stain of the colour.
Totally ditching plain towelettes for these from now on. These facial cleansing towelettes feel & smell (the pink grapefruit = love!!) much nicer than any other ones I've ever used. They cleanse and tone your skin one step, which is rather convenient when you're feeling too lazy to properly remove your makeup.
The daily moisturising cream is for you sensitive skin gals. The cotton extract in it stops it from causing any redness or irritation. I don't have sensitive skin myself, so I can't comment on that part, but it absorbs into my skin really easily leaving it silky smooth each time.

For days I'm lacking some serious hydration, the cream cleanser becomes my new BFF. I've also loved using it as a makeup remover. It scrubs & cleans, but also softens the skin for a perfect balance.

The radiance eye cream is a thicker consistency compared to the other products, so it takes a while longer to absorb. I wouldn't expect miracles in terms of reducing lines and all that, but it does add a lot of moisture and hydration keeping under the eyes looking a fuller & healthier.

Have you ever tried Burts Bees products? What are your Autumn beauty essentials?

*Products sent for consideration but all opinions are 100% my own. Honesty as always.

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