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Lebanese Bread Chips

These are a healthier and cheaper option to corn chips you would buy in the shops. I can’t remember where I got this idea from but I think it may have been from Weight Watchers many years ago. You can use them for dips or for Nachos or even just eat them as is. All you need is Lebanese Bread (I usually use wholemeal) and some cooking spray oil.

Leb Bread cut into strips

Cut the bread into strips. Up to you on the size. Will depend how small or large you want your chips.

Leb bread cut strips into triangles

Cut the strips diagonally, then straight to make triangles.

Leb bread triangles on baking tray

Place on a lined baking tray and spray with a little oil. Then bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for about 5 mins or until crisp.

Lebanese Bread Chips

Serve as you like.

TIP: You can put Lebanese Bread in the freezer for when you need it. 

 

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My Skincare routine and tips for great looking skin

My skincare products, cleanser, exfoliant, night cream, BB cream and hat
My skincare products, cleanser, exfoliant, night cream, BB cream and hat

Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been cleansing, toning and moisturising my face religiously every morning and night. I guess always wanted beautiful skin and I thought I would try to keep the wrinkles at bay from the very start. A bit vain of me I know but I girl likes to look her best right?

My friends will probably tell you I harp on a lot about this but you really should be looking after your skin. Not only to keep the wrinkles at bay and age gracefully but to protect it from the sun as well during the day. I am still horrified to learn that some of you are not taking care of your skin. I know life can be hectic but I always make time for my skincare routine. It only takes a few minutes and my skin feels a lot better for it and yours will too. You don’t have to buy expensive products. The cheaper ones are just as good and you can even make your own. So no excuses!

I’ve tried many skincare products myself over the years from the very cheap supermarket and drugstore brands to the very expensive salon ones. But then I discovered Avon. I’ve been using Avon products for years now and it’s great for my skin and is reasonably priced too. Yes, I am an Avon representative but I wouldn’t be selling it if I didn’t love their products. At the moment I am using their Anew Reversalist range and it really works for me.

I am certainly no expert but I have done a lot of research and read many books and magazines etc over the years along with a Facial and Make-up course too. I’ve also tried and tested many different products so take from this advice what you will.

1. Take care of your skin from the inside 

This goes without saying, ‘beauty comes from within’. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet to keep your skin clear and hydrated.

2. Cleanse

Cleanse your skin morning and night. There are many different cleansers out there but find one that is right for your skin type and your skin will thank you for it. Cleansing your skin helps to remove make-up and dissolves dirt and sebum.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliate at least twice a week or every other day. The purpose of exfoliating is to exfoliate the dead surface layers of the skin, remove follicle blockages, reduce pore size and eliminate possible areas of bacterial growth (thereby reducing pustule formation), improve skins appearance and improves the effectiveness of other products. I use Avon Anew Clinical Micro-exfoliant. I’ve been using this for years now and I love it. It is pretty heavy duty though so if you have sensitive skin I would probably advise using a gentle scrub instead.

4. Toning

Toning is not really necessary these days. I know Avon do not have it in their skincare regime’s anymore but this doesn’t mean you have to skip this step if you don’t want to.

5. Moisturise

This is the most important part. The outer layers of the skin need to maintain adequate moisture levels if they are to remain smooth and supple. You really need to be moisturising morning and night to prevent the skin drying out.

Morning – Use a moisturiser that has an SPF in it to protect your face from the sun. I discovered BB Creams last year so I have been using them ever since. They are like a tinted moisturiser usually with an SPF as well. It helps to even out skin tone and can be worn alone or under your make-up.

Night – Use a night cream to penetrate more deeply into the skins layers and/or a serum. If you like you can apply an eye cream as well. Sometimes I do sometimes I don’t. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary so up to the individual I think on this one.

6. Mask 

Apply a mask once a week. There are many different types of masks out there so find one that is right for you and your skin type. Put your mask on while you take a bath or when the kids are in bed put your mask on, have a wine or read a book for 10 – 15 mins and RELAX! Hard to do sometimes I know but it’s nice to give your skin a treat sometimes and you get to have a little relax too.

One more tip – wear a hat! When you’re out in the sun wear a hat and sunscreen. Sun damage can cause uneven skin tone, wrinkles and skin cancer! Wear a bronzer for a beautiful glow instead of getting a tan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buttercream Frosting

This is the buttercream frosting I use. I got it from a book called http:/Fairy Cakes

Ingredients

150g unsalted butter

250g icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons of hot water

1. Put the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and beat well until smooth and creamy. Tip: Beat the butter for a few minutes first and then add the icing sugar gradually so it doesn’t puff out everywhere.

2. Add the vanilla and hot water and beat again until smooth.