Favourite Diva Smoothie Recipes

Favourite Diva Smoothie Recipes

Hi Divas

Welcome back to my blog! This week I have something very different from all my beauty reviews. I am bringing to you recipes packed with healthy benefits. I am seriously known as the smoothie queen. I make smoothies all day everyday as they are a great way to get your 5 fruits into your system. I have been especially on a smoothie craze in the last four weeks as I have been very busy. I hardly have the time to sit down at a table and eat a healthy breakfast. Smoothies are a wonderful option as a healthy on the go meal. The best thing about creating your own smoothies at home is that you can control the ingredients and make it according to your taste. There are seriously no rules. Buying smoothies at a cafe are very over priced. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost. I have rounded up three of my favourite smoothies which I have been enjoying. Here are the recipes:

Banana And Date Smoothie
Ingredients: Two Bananas, 4 to 6 Pitted Dates, Cup of Oats, Two Cups of Water/Milk/Almond Milk, Cinnamon, Pinch of Nutmeg. Blend everything in a blender.

This is my favourite smoothie of life! Not only are bananas high in potassium but one date is filled with twice as much. Dates are a great source of fibre too. Oats and cinnamon will make your blood pressure remain stable throughout the day. This is one drink that will keep you full and your blood stabilised until lunch time. You can add water or almond milk instead of cow's milk if you are lactose intolerant. The pinch of nutmeg gives a lovely woody spicy flavour to the smoothie. This recipe makes two servings and clocks in around 250 calories per serving. Yummy!!!

Banana And Peanut Butter Smoothie
Ingredients: Two bananas, a Tablespoon Peanut butter, a Cup of Oats, a Teaspoon of Honey/ Golden Syrup, Milk/ Almond milk, Cinnamon. Blend everything in a blender.

This is one power packed smoothie. If you are looking for a high energy drink that is packed with nutrients to help your muscles work at its optimum, then this is an excellent option. The bananas give an awesome source of potassium, oats are amazing for fibre and glucose while the peanut butter serves as your protein option which contains magnesium, antioxidants and good fats. People love to drink this smoothie before or after a high intensity workout. I love this in the mornings when I have to perform on stage and need lots of high energy. Plus, did I mention this smoothie tastes just like a milkshake? It's so darn good!!!

Oranges And Oats Smoothie
Ingredients: Two Oranges, 4 Strawberries, A cup of oats, One Banana or Apple(optional), Honey or 4 Dates, Milk/ Almond Milk, a Half Teaspoon Turmeric, a Pinch of Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon. Blend everything in a blender.

This smoothie is a bit of a weird one and has an acquired taste. I kind of made it up myself because I was suffering from very bad sinusitis and needed some extra nutrients. I was performing last week and I needed my congestion to clear quickly so that I could sing my lungs out on stage. Oranges and strawberries are of cause great citrus fruits which are packed with Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamins B1 and are high in antioxidants. Mixing the citrus fruits with milk and oats creates a lovely creamy paste that tastes so lovely. The added turmeric and cayenne pepper are of cause optional. If you have no problems eating Cape Malay samoosas and Indian Butter chicken curry then you won't have a problem with these spices. Turmeric is known as a super spice because it contains high antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. It helps clear congestion in a jiffy. Cayenne pepper is famous for relieving allergies, cold and flu fevers and sore throats. I swear this smoothie helped me pack in all these power punching nutrients to give me a speedy recovery. It works!!!

Hope you enjoyed my recipes. Let me know any of your favourite smoothie recipes below. 
Lots of Divalicious Kisses.

My 10 Beauty Mistakes: Lived And Learned!

My 10 Beauty Mistakes: 
Lived And Learned!

Hi Divas!

Since I started my blog back in 2012 I have learned so much about beauty. I feel that I have come a long way regarding cosmetics. I have learned by trial and error what works for me and what does not. Just because a makeup trend looks amazing on a model in Cosmopolitan magazine, does not mean it would look great on me. Beauty products are not only meant to enhance your natural beauty, but they are also a fun way to express your personality and your creativity. Looking back at some old photos I have made a lot of mistakes along the way. Let me share some with you.
P.s. Don't judge me! Hahaha

 1. Wearing Toasty Foundations: Back in high school I was not too concerned about foundations and BB creams did not hit the western market yet. There were no Youtube tutorials to show me what to do or give advice on choosing the right base for my face. If I saw a foundation shade that looked brown enough for me to wear to an event, I would buy it. Whether it was too toasty brown for my skin tone, too oily or too dry I didn't care because I had no clue. I just wanted to slap some stuff on my face because that's what you were suppose to do when you wear makeup. Of cause today teenage girls everywhere have tutorials and how to magazine spreads for days on choosing the right foundation for your skin tone and skin type in 2016. We have come a long way, people ;-)

2.  Matching My Eyeshadow, To My Lipstick, To My Top: So the logical explanation to this makeup monstrosity is the age old rule that everything must match. I blame my mom for matching everything when I was three from my dress to my bag to my shoes! Only joking, love you mom! ;-). Back in the day if I was wearing a mauve pink top, I obviously had to wear mauve pink eyeshadow and a mauve pink lipstick to match and make everything flow into one big pink horror story. I thought I was cool and looked amazing but in reality I looked like a hot mess. Never again! LOL.

3. Wearing A Thick White Pencil Line Across My Top Eyelids: Why was this trend a thing back in the early 2000's? I remember my aunt coming to visit us at our house for the holidays and she was wearing a crisp white pencil line across the top of her eyes where you would place your black winged liner. She recommended the white pencil to me and I of cause went out and got a white and silver pencil too. I would wear this look to church sometimes. God was probably smiling down on me saying '' No Desle, No!''

4. Not Cleaning Up My Eyebrows: For a long time I never gave a second thought to my eyebrows. I always had thick eyebrows so I never thought about filling them in or touching them up. My mom plucked my eyebrows for the first time when I was 17 for my high school matric dance. I nearly cried my eyes out from pain and vowed to never do that again. Well, I'm still sticking to that promise. Any way, I look back at photos now and I could have at least brushed my eyebrows and made them a little neater when I would go out. Thank goodness, that I discovered eyebrow gel, because those suckers keep your brows neat and tidy all day.
5. Not blending my eyeshadows: By now everyone knows that the secret to great eyeshadow looks are all in the blending. Blend till you can't blend no more. Since I didn't invest in makeup brushes back in the day I would use my fingers and those retro eyeshadow sponge applicators to apply all my eyeshadows. The result were harsh eyeshadow lines and angles that would not look flattering on any body. Hell No!

6. Not Wearing Concealer: Why didn't I know that concealer is the magic wand in your makeup bag? I swear my under eye bags and dark circles were crying out for cover.

7. Not Using A Night Cream: Night creams are important! At night your skin rejuvenates itself. You are not in the sun, so your skin can absorb all the nutrients from your nightly skincare routine. You will wake up with a more moisturised and youthful face if you use a good night cream. This would have helped me a lot back at university when I was out late at night partying. Uhmm... for the record mom I was in the library all night studying. Hehe ;-)

8. Licking My Lips: I used to lick my lips a lot when I was younger. It would cause rings around my mouth. It would look really sore and red. I'm talking to you LL Cool J, licking lips is bad for you! Invest in a good moisturising lip balm. You can use a sugar scrub or toothbrush to exfoliate your lips too and get rid of crusty skin.

9. Leave The Hair Gel Alone: Do you guys remember when hair gels and using normal conditioners as leave in conditioners were a thing? Well all that created was product build up and dandruff galore. A big fat NO! I learned to thoroughly wash and rinse out product build up not only on my hair, but brushes too. You scalp will thank you for it.

10. Lastly Don't Forget To Love Yourself: Beauty products are meant to enhance your natural beauty. Not change who you are and make you super insecure about yourself. It's important to take pride in the way you look and look after yourself but not to the extent of trying to erase who you really are. Accept your little imperfections and don't beat yourself down about them. Those things make us unique. 

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Let me know any beauty mistakes you might have committed back in the day. 
We can laugh together ;-)
 Lots of Divalicious Kisses.

The Body Shop Reed Diffuser: Vanilla & Tonka Bean And Jasmine & White Frangipani Review

The Body Shop Reed Diffuser:
 Vanilla & Tonka Bean
Jasmine & White Frangipani

Hi Divas!

This is possibly the longest blog post name I have ever had in all my life, Lol! I never blog about decor or items for the home except on the odd candle review. This week I have something very different and out of my comfort zone. I will be attempting to review some lovely decor and fragrance products for the home. I received two lovely reed diffusers by The Body Shop quite a long time ago. I personally love home fragrance diffusers as they keep your rooms smelling fresh and beautiful throughout the day. I love a good smelling home, so I always have scented candles and room sprays on hand to keep the house fragrant. The great thing about reed diffusers are that they give a subtle scent that lingers throughout the house. They last a really long time and you don't have to worry about sprays that may possibly damage fabrics. Reed Diffusers are a great way to set a gorgeous ambiance in your home depending on the fragrance you choose. The Body Shop offers up to 7 different fragrances in their reed diffuser range. I shall be reviewing two of them on the blog today. 

Each diffuser is packaged in a tall rectangular box with a pretty water painting representing the scent it holds. There are 10 reed sticks in each pack along with a vase filled with the fragrance which is held tightly closed by a rubber top. The fragrances are filled with essential oils and Community Fair Trade organically grown soya oil. This is a low maintenance diffuser that is meant to give off an ultra fine fragrance in the room. For best results, remove the rubber stopper from the vase, place all 10 reeds in the essential oils and let it soak. I like to turn the reeds around and place the dry side into the oils, so that the wet side of the reeds can work its magic in the air. The reeds then disperse a soft and beautiful scent. What I like most about The Body Shop diffusers are that the fragrances are not overpowering at all. Some household scents are too strong and can cause headaches or nausea while eating. This one is so light it's comforting and alluring at the same time.

Vanilla & Tonka Bean Reed Diffuser
 The star note in this diffuser is of cause the exotic tonka bean. Tonka Bean is well known for its aromatic fragrances. It smells similar to vanilla but with a hint of spice. This scent is very oriental and leans towards a cinnamon and amber scent with sweet vanilla. In this particular diffuser the mixing of vanilla with the spicy tonka bean gives a gorgeous sweet vanilla with a hint of spice fragrance. It's very unique and so inviting. It is a warm and welcoming scent. This would work great for a living room and bedroom. If you love vanilla scents like I do, then you will definitely love this one. I love it so much that I sometimes pick up the diffuser just to get a good whiff of the reeds. I swear it puts me in a trance. ;-)

Jasmine & White Frangipani Reed Diffuser
Jasmine is one of the most well known scents in aromatherapy and perfumery. It comes all the way from Asia and is a bright and happy fragrance. White Frangipani is a sweet and fruity scent almost tropical like. Mixing these two notes together you get a sweet, fun and feminine fragrance. To me the diffuser smells like an island and reminds me of summer. It is very lady like and might not work for a guy's bachelor flat. It would be perfect in your room or living room during hot summer days. It's stronger than the vanilla and tonka bean diffuser. It definitely gives a lot more punch. 


In conclusion...
The Body Shop Reed Diffusers are a great investment for your home. They are sold at a great price and last for almost half a year. One the box it says that the fragrance lasts only for 8 weeks but my diffusers definitely lasted up to 6 months. They are a great way to keep the home smelling good and they have a classic stylish look that would look good in any decorated room. The best thing about these diffusers are that they are totally recyclable. You could fill your vase up with a new essential oil fragrance or use the vase to display flowers or anything you like. I recommend these to anyone who is looking for a budget friendly diffuser. Have you tried any of these? Let me know below!

Hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious kisses.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder Review

Hi Divas

This week we will be flying all the way to Korea again for another K-Beauty product review. Innisfree as I mentioned before is a very popular Korean cosmetic brand that offers skincare and makeup. I love this brand too bits as they mainly use natural ingredients, are paraben free, do not test on animals and they use recycled packaging for their products. The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is known among K-Beauty fanatics as their holy grail setting powder of life! I wanted to know what the fuss was all about too and decided to purchase one. I am now on my second tub of this and I love it so much. It definitely deserves holy grail status. Here is why....

Firstly, the product is made up of Jeju natural minerals which control sebum production and absorbs any excess oils. Since this is a mineral based makeup product the powder does not absorb into the skin or creep into your pores. Instead it protects the skin from free radicals and acts as a barrier locking in your makeup from outside environment factors. Mineral powders do not smother your face either. It allows the skin to breath, thus giving it a natural non cakey look while eliminating sebum from the skin. The texture of the product is a soft white loose powder. It is very finely milled and if you shake the tub a little too hard the particles can float off into the air. This is strictly a finishing powder and not a foundation powder. It is translucent on your skin and does not interfere with your foundation or blush shades.

 So how does this perform throughout the day you may ask? Well excellently, let me tell you! I have combination skin and can get quite oily in my t-zone during the Summer months. When I use this powder, I first apply all my makeup products then lightly sweep this all over my face with my larger powder brush. The powder gives a smooth finish on your skin almost like a porcelain doll. It blends all your blush, highlight and cream contours effortlessly together. Your skin looks matte but not flat. During the day your makeup stays locked on your face. Usually my blush and foundation around my nose would wear off because of oils, but this product keeps your makeup from fading and melting off your face. Sometimes if it is a very hot day I have to do touch ups but this rarely happens to me. If you set your makeup with a setting spray then you definitely won't have this problem.

The product comes packaged in a 5g mint green tub with a screw on lid. It has a built in sifter and an application puff. I prefer to use my powder brush to apply the product but if you are travelling and limited to makeup brushes, you could totally use the soft fluffy puff to tap on the powder. I love travelling with this when I am overseas because it is so small and fits into the tiniest makeup bag. You can even keep it in your clutch bag for touch ups later on in the day. The best thing about this product is that it only costs $6/R70. How amazing is that? Usually makeup powders are expensive and don't even do what you want it to do. This is so affordable and easy on the pocket. You can purchase it on Ebay and Amazon. You surely won't be disappointed.

Hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious kisses.

Ride or Die Makeup Tag

Ride or Die Makeup Tag

 Hi Divas!

Recently everybody and their dog was doing the Ride or Die makeup tag on YouTube and I decided to be annoying and do it too, Hahaha. ;-D It was created by the very famous beauty Youtuber Jaclyn Hill. The tag is all about your holy grail products. Cosmetics that have never let you down and makeup that has been with you through thick and thin and will always be your number one. I have included Korean brands as well as Western brands because you know I am about that ''Cosmetics around the World'' Life! This is quite a long tag so hope you enjoy reading it and find some mini reviews helpful.

1. Ride or Die Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This is a skincare and makeup product in one. I love that it brightens and lifts my face while creating a smooth and even canvas to apply my foundation.

2. Ride or Die Foundation: Peripera BB cream. This Korean product comes in the cutest packaging you will ever see. I am already on my second bottle. The BB cream gives me the coverage that I need while still looking natural on my face.

3.  Ride or Die Concealer: Rimmel Stay Matte Stick Concealer. This concealer is so creamy and blends like a dream! Unfortunately I have not seen it in stores for a while. Someone please tell me that this is not discontinued. *Crying face*.

4.  Ride or Die Powder: Innisfree No Sebum Powder. Another holy grail Korean product is this very famous Innisfree powder. It's similar to an HD powder which smooths the face and eliminates all traces of oil. It blends makeup well and has a super fine texture.

5.  Ride or Die Contour: NYX Contour Stick. I am not much of a contour girl, but I do enjoy a light application of it on special occasions. I use the nifty NYX contour stick as it is easy to travel with and to apply on the face. You can read my review on it here.

6.  Ride or Die Bronzer: Sephora Collection Shimmering Bronzer on Seychelles Cruise. I love that it contains three shades of colour and can be used as a bronzer or dark blush as well as an eyeshadow. Yay! ;-)

7.  Ride or Die Blush: Too Faced Sweethearts blush in Peach Beach. I feel like my cheeks were kissed by unicorns when I use this blush. Not only is the packaging gorgeous but the blush can be used as a eyeshadow and highlighter too. Read my full review here.

8.  Ride or Die Highlighter: The Balm Mary LouManizer. This is a great universal highlighter and perfect for travel. Read my review on it here.

9. Ride or Die Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have used many eyeshadow primers but nothing has ever come close to Urban Decay. It is seriously holy grail material.

10.  Ride or Die Eyeshadow Palette: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. This palette has a lot of sentimental value to me as it is the first Sephora product and Too Faced product I ever bought. I love it so much and we will never ever part! Review here.

11. Ride or Die Single Eyeshadow: Essence Single Eyeshadows. I am not much of a single eyeshadow person, but I do enjoy the Essence single eyeshadows. They are super affordable and some of the shades can double up as a highlighter and bronzer.

12.  Ride or Die Eye Liner: Essence Super Fine Liner. No product can create a wing that can cut my worst enemies like this liner. Plus it  retails for under R50/ $5. Hello!!! Review here!

13.  Ride or Die Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. I love this mascara as it gives bold dramatic lashes which stays put all day. I will buy this mascara over and over again.

14.  Ride or Die Lip Liner: NYX Lip Liner in Pinky. I only use on lip liner and this one by NYX is my holy grail product. It remains in my cosmetics purse and compliments all my lipsticks.

15.  Ride or Die Lipstick: Wet n' Wild Bare It All and Mauve Outta Here Lipsticks. I cheated and chose two lipsticks. These are my favourite as they are light on the wallet and give a beautiful semi matte finish on my lips. They also work with any makeup look. LOVE!!! Review on them here.

16. Ride or Die Lipgloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches And Cream. I am not much of a lip gloss wearer but these glosses smell so good and give a beautiful sheen on my lips.

Thank you for reading!
Divalicious Kisses

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture Review

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture Review

Hi Divas!

I hardly ever do fragrance reviews on my blog. If I do, it has to be something worth mentioning about or something that is very special to me. In last week's post I mentioned one of my favourite Winter fragrances for 2016. I thought I would do a thorough review on the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture as it is quite a beautiful perfume. Guerlain is a brand known for its absolute luxury and elegance. From their packaging down to the actual quality of the product, their brand is worth every penny. Yes, their products do sometimes break the bank and have your wallet crying out for mercy but if you love beautiful things like me, you won't mind saving up and splurging on the finer things in life.

I am not much of a perfume collector. I only own two perfumes right now. This beauty happens to be one of them. The packaging of the Guerlain fragrance is so exquisite. When choosing a perfume, the bottle as to be aesthetically pleasing to me. For me a perfume has to look good on the outside as well as smell great on the inside. When I splurge on something expensive the whole package needs to be appealing to me. The Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture does just that. It comes in a pink and white box with the stylish black evening dress printed on it. Inside the bottle design is a mix of classic and glamour all rolled into one. It has ornate curves on the top of the bottle as well as the cap. There is a pretty pink ribbon attached to it with the Guerlain logo. The black evening dress and perfume name is printed on the bottle too. Everything about this packaging is stunning, sophisticated and graceful.

The charm of the perfume is of cause in its fragrance. The main notes of this Guerlain scent is Bergamot, Rose and Raspberry. The base notes consist of  Patchouli, Tonka Bean and Vetiver. The mix of the citrusy Bergamot, fruity Raspberry, spicy Tonka Bean and woody Patchouli gives this perfume a sexy, fun yet classy tone. It strikes a wonderful balance between sweet, fruity and woody. The fragrance for me is best worn during cold months or on evenings out to complete your glamorous look while not being over the top. Once sprayed it starts out fruity but overtime softens to a sweet smell and fades into a woody scent. I love that it is not overpowering but gives enough punch to make a statement. It lasts well throughout the day and I only need to touch up at the end of the night. I adore this graceful and stylish fragrance. It really is something to cherish and behold.

If you love fruity and sweet scents then do look out for this lovely bottle in a department store near you. Definitely write it down on your birthday and Christmas wish list. Elegance will never go out of style and this 50ml pretty bottle embodies all the charm and elegance that is Guerlain. Have you tried this lovely scent? Let me know below.

Divalicious Kisses

Winter 2016 Favourites

Winter 2016 Favourites

Hi Divas!

So Winter is almost coming to a close in the Southern Hemisphere. I feel like Cape Town could not decide whether she wanted to be fully committed to Winter or not. There were many bitterly cold stormy days but there were also gorgeous hot sunny days too. Nevertheless I am happy that Summer is on its way because South Africans don't do Winter well. We love our sunshine! To end off the season, I thought I would do a ''things I loved'' kind of post. If you remember I usually do a ''things I have been loving this month'' blog post but I think I will wrap three months into one this time round. 

1. To start off I have to mention my favourite Winter perfume for 2016. It has to go to Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, Eau De Parfum Couture. Long name, I know! The bottle design is absolutely stunning. The scent has floral and fruity notes with just the right amount of warmth for a lovely Winter fragrance. It is sweet and woody at the same time, giving it a sense of elegance about it.

2. Who said you cannot eat ice cream in Winter? Ice cream on cold Winter days are such a treat. I honestly feel like a rebel when I indulge in it. I recently discovered a quaint ice cream cafe right next to a hotdog stand at the Waterfront in Cape Town. They sell the most delicious toppings. So yum!

3. To keep my skin from being dull and losing that inner glow, I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I would mix a pump of it into my daily moisturiser and apply it all over my face. The results of this combo are amazing. My skin looks so radiant and youthful. When you apply your foundation over the moisturizer and highlighting combination, you literally get a lit from within look.  Read my review on the Becca product here.

4. I feel like I have drunk more Bubble tea during Winter than I have ever drunk in the Summer time. My favourite go to flavours are Rooibos tea with cranberries and blueberries, along with Rooibos tea with lemon and passion fruit. Bubble tea is refreshing and delicious. Plus it is so much fun to drink. If you haven't tried it yet, then do yourself a favour and get to a cafe now.

5. Sheet masks have been such a special treat to use during Winter. It kept my face moisturised and nourished. I love to use it at night and wake up to gorgeous flawless skin in the morning. I am seriously addicted to sheet masks. I even got my mom hooked!  Follow me on Snapchat @divadesle, to see more of my sheet mask madness and the different brands I use. You can also read my sheet mask post here.

6. The Too Faced Peach Palette was basically the only palette I wore these past months. I love it sooooo much. There are many varieties of eyeshadows to choose from. This is a warm palette that can be worn all year round. I have been wearing a lot of the rustic brown shades during the cold months. Plus the palette smells amazing and puts me in a good mood when I use it. Favourite palette of life right now!!! Read my review on it here.

7. My favourite Winter lipstick for 2016 has to be Sephora Rouge R17 in Mmmm. I bought this lipstick at Sephora in Qatar. I love the formula of this lipstick as it is hydrating and has a semi matte finish, though it glides on like a cream. The colour is a mix between a sandy pink and lavender shade. I wear it almost everyday and it never leaves my handbag.

8. I got back into the nail art groove again, which is quite surprising since it is Winter. I usually don't do nail art in Winter because my hands are always dry and my nails go brittle and break easily. I started nourishing my hands with The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil (review here) to save my hands from becoming crusty. It did wonders and my nails grew strong and healthy. My creative juices started to flow again and I managed to paint some fun designs. Follow me on Instagram to see more @divadesle ;-)

9. The beach or anywhere near the sea are my favourite places to hang out and enjoy life. Taking long walks on the beach or going for a run along the promenade on a sunny Winter's day is especially enjoyable for me. I swear, you could take a thousand pictures of the sea and not one will be exactly the same. There is so much beauty in the ocean and the horizon. It is just breathtaking and warms my soul! 

Let me know what you loved these past few months below!
Divalicious Kisses