Let’s talk makeup removal

Cosmetics, Lifestyle

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Aside from being passionate about nutrition, my interest include pure beauty products. I think most of us (girls) are so used to makeup that we never take a step back and question what we’re really putting on our skin. Because that’s what we’re doing. We’re putting stuff on our skin. Our skin being the biggest organ of our body and the stuff being toxins. Yet we wonder why we keep breaking out.

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Instead of curing the problem from it’s origin, we buy another product to help the problem. It’s a bit of an evil downward spiral. When I first started looking at my makeup with a critical eye I was surprised by how much sense it really makes to use natural products. I woke up one morning with a terrible rash. I had borrowed a product from a friend and gone to bed without washing it off. My skin had reached badly. Other than blackheads, varying oiliness and a few pimples now and then, I haven’t had many problems with my skin. But in this situation I got my eyes up. My sensitive and inflamed skin made me hesitate with using any of my product. It didn’t seem right to “intoxicate” my skin like that.

I thought “huh, If I wouldn’t use this on my skin now that it’s vulnerable, why should I every other day?” I looked into it.

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Now I use this lovely thing right here every night. Organic coconut oil. I use this primarily on my eyes, but also on the rest of the face. I rub it carefully on my closed eyes and wipe it off with a cloth soaked in hot water. Easy, natural and super effective! The more you massage it into your skin, for example your forehead, the better. You can combine this with leaving the cloth on your face for one minute for a deeper cleanse. What’s exciting it that my eyelashes feel longer and stronger, and my skin barely breaks out at all anymore. Go nature! IMG_6950

If I want to cleanse my skin a little extra, or if I wake up feeling a little oily, I use this baby. It smells deliciously like almonds and always leaves my skin feeling fresh. I use both coconut oil and this cleansing lotion on my skin, but stick to coconut oil on my eyes.

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If you have any questions, fire away!

Helene Christine

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Thoughts on caffeine

Lifestyle, My thoughts, Tips

IMG_6217 There are a lot of reasons to drink and not to drink caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea. I personally think tea is best out of the two and I’ll write a little about why. I stay away from carbonated and processed drinks and I have for years. I’m happy with water, tea and some coffee. Yes I drink coffee. But I limit it. I don’t drink it for the energy, but because I love the taste. IMG_6230I think that getting my energy from foods and exercise is a healthier solution than “drugging” myself on caffeine. Caffeine will lead to a crash in the end anyway. In short, If i drink coffee I limit it to once or twice a week. IMG_5639 When I drink coffee I like using soy milk, as that works best in my milk steamer. I only use soy milk in my coffee and never otherwise because pure ingredient soy milk is so hard to find. Other types I use in my coffee are almond milk (which makes my coffee sweet and delicious), or oat milk. I like adding in some cinnamon, and if I’m feeling extra cozy I’ll sprinkle on some coconut palm sugar. MmmIMG_6978 Now, over to tea. I don’t think there’s anything bad about tea, as long as it’s pure. A lot of cheap teas have added synthetic flavors (processed bad stuff). Therefore I go for teas with whole ingredients – organic if possible. Then there’s the caffeine. I’m still making up an opinion on how much I should avoid it and haven’t quite reached a conclusion. At the moment, whenever I get the choice I go for herbal teas, rather than normal tea. Herbal teas taste great, do great and won’t give you an energy crash. IMG_6977I recommend pukka herbal teas. They’re pure, organic and have fair trade options. They label teas meant to wake you up in the morning (without caffeine) and ones meant to soothe before bed. The green one in the picture (apple, cinnamon, ginger) tastes d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s and it perfect for your winter cravings. ‘Morning time’ is great if you need a little energy lift, and the detox tea I am currently testing. Just to mention it, I don’t believe in detox teas that are marketed as skinny fixes. Buy normal herbal teas, which are way cheaper anyway, and drink them to feel good – not to fix your problems. There are no shortcuts when it comes to health.  IMG_5006I hope you found this helpful!

Helene Christine

Green apple smoothie

All recipes, Smoothies

Green smoothies are fantastic for you. I’m incorporating smoothies in my daily routines more and more. Smoothies on their own are delicious and super healthy, but adding some greens just adds to the perfection. I often have them for breakfast or take them with me to work in a glass jar as a snack. IMG_6799 IMG_6800

Tip – chew your smoothies. Yup, you read that right. The short explanation is that chewing your smoothies will activate the saliva production in your mouth and help your digestion. Blending the fruits will do some of the digestion job for you, but drinking food without chewing it can be a bit of a shock for your stomach. Most people don’t know this, so it’s a cool thing to pass on.

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Recipe, from this blog:

One green apple
Half a banana, frozen
A good handful spinach
I tbsp hemp seeds
A splash of water
A small piece of celery (optional)

Blend everything together. I like putting the softer (not frozen) ingredients at the bottom to make the job easier for my blender. Start with only a bit of water and add more as you see the consistency coming along.

Helene Christine

Items I love

Insporation, Lifestyle

The holidays are right around the corner and with my new passion for fitness and nutrition my wishlist is a bit longer than usual. I’ve been analyzing what I really need the most, and been looking for inspiration from my current favorites. If you’re looking for a place to spend your holiday money, or you’re looking for some gifts for anyone interested in health – here are are some ideas.
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Glass jars. Haha, if someone told me gass jars would thrill me two years ago I wouldn’t have believed it but now that I spend more time in the kitchen, cute cookware really excites me. Especially things that make my day easier. I keep my nuts, grains and seeds nicely organized in these glass jars that I recently bought loads of at Ikea. You can find them, and the bottles I store my almond milk in, here.

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Teeea. I try to drink my liters of water every day, but in the winter, I like warming it up a little. Herbal tea is my favorite as it’s nutritious, delicious and caffeine-free. Yes, I tray to stay clear of caffeine, but no, I can’t always resist coffee. If you want to learn more about my opinion on coffee and tea, you can read my post here. A lot of my herbal tea is from pukka, which is certified organic, and have fair trade options.

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Simple necklaces. I love these more and more very day. The wishbone is a christmas gift from last year, paired with a chain I got on my trip to Mexico. The shortest one is a plain chain I got recently from a local jewelry store. Now, my favorite one is the “om” necklace. My mom got me this earlier this year in Toronto from the awesome brand Dogeared. Most of their pieces have deeper meanings, and come with a small note explaining your exact peace. Symbolic, personal jewelry is right up my alley. I definitely wouldn’t mind getting another one of these! You can also get these on Amazon here.

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Nike ankle weights. Awesome awesome awesome. Just great for working out at home – especially those glutes!

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Funny jumper. Haha, this one is really exciting to me. I ordered it here only a few days ago and it’s already a favorite. I might be a little lame, but I just had to get it. Love at first sight right here.

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Nike leggings with fun design. My beloved leggings. Without doubt my favorite training wear. I love the mix of white, gray and black on leggings. I don’t think these are in stores anymore, but this website seems to be selling them here.

IMG_5457Las but not least. Chocolate. Every girl needs chocolate. My favorite chocolate brand at the moment is Pana Chocolate. Their chocolate is raw, organic and free of processed bad stuff – they’re also vegan. Out of the ones I’ve tried, I love the ones with nuts, the raw cacao and the cinnamon bar. If you like mint chocolate, that one is killer too.

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations! I’ll probably be posting more of these. Until then, Happy holidays!

Helene Christine

In my jar: Quinoa salad

Food, Lunch, Salads

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Finally some good camera lighting. Winter can be so depressingly dark in Norway. Anyway, cold weather is a good excuse to make nice food. So, good morning from my salad in a jar! Glass jars makes lunch so much cooler. Fill them up with salads, cut veggies or smoothies.

IMG_6344Here I simply used quinoa, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, kale, avocado and onion. Easy, quick but so tasty and nice looking
I created a new tag, “in my jar”, which I’ll tag all my jar recipes with so you easily can find them in one place from now on.

Have a great day!
Helene Christine

Recommendation: The running raw project

Food, Tips

I recently stumbled across the youtube account of Tim Van Orden. He is raw vegan and extremely knowledgable. I stayed up watching video after video, learning so many things! He explains everything in such an understandable, relatable way.
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Really awesome summary of wether vegans are getting their nutrients or not – suuch an important topic

Learn about Iron! Really informative if you’re a runner, a woman, a vegan or just willing to learn about your own body. He also talks about what “NORMAL” eaters actually get their iron from – must watch!

Protein! – Super discussed topic as well

Wow. This one changed my thoughts a lot! So many people are following the superfood trend – adding powders and pills to everything because it’s “amazing for you.” Take a look at this.

I hope you found this interesting!

Helene Christine