Banana bread recipe
Bread making is something I admire very deeply - it requires a lot of understanding and knowledge of your ingredients, how they behave and how they react together as well as patience and respect (you can't just beat the dough with a wooden spoon like there's no tomorrow!). On the weekends I enjoy baking the occasional loaf here and there and this weekend was in the name of one very green (and kinda poop looking - but delicious, promise!) loaf. Here's a recipe for a very green and energizing banana bread.

What will you need?
✓ 3 ripe bananas
✓ 4 eggs
✓ 100g ground almonds
✓ 50g hemp protein
✓ 50g ground oats
✓ 1tsp cinnamon
✓ 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
✓ 4 sachets of VITL Greens powder (read on to find out what the alternatives for this are)

Mash the ripe bananas with a fork and add 4 beaten eggs. Mix all your 'dry' ingredients together and add into your banana/egg mash. Work your way into a smooth-ish dough. It will have chunks of banana in it and a strange green colour but don't give up, this is what we are going for! Once you get the kinda smooth texture, pour the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper. Bake at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. 

Now, there's a lot of going on in this recipe. You don't necessarily need to add hemp protein in the dough, it's perfectly fine to add any powder protein you have on hand. You also don't need to add the VITL Greens powder unless you want this banana bread to have the super energy kick to it. VITL Greens (click here to find out more) is a daily superfood supplement which comes conveniently packed in little sachets which you can then add into your smoothies and shakes, or indeed - a banana bread. Each sachets is made up of superfood ingredients including macha powder, kale, spirulina, flax seed, goji berries, green tea.. - basically everything you can find in Holland & Barrett conveniently packed into 6g. If you don't have VITL Greens then simply add some macha powder or spirulina powder or any superfood powder you have on hand. And tadaaah your green banana bread is ready! 

The bread itself is delicious (chef's tip: serve it with some raspberry jam, mmm) and since it's so high in protein and all things muscle building it is perfect as a post workout treat. 

Have you made a banana bread before?
What's your favourite banana bread recipe?

Banana bread recipe

Banana bread recipe

Green banana bread with a superfood kick

Aliexpress cushions
You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a unique cushion cover these days... bloody hard! If you don't want a cushion with a sea shell, a flower or a fox then you're basically chaperoned off your usual home decor website, or even a shop. Why oh why. I like my cushions to have some character to them - a cushion with a strong personality is worth a thousand words, isn't that what they say? Naaah, but a good calligraphic cushion is a damn good statement for your sofa.

When I can't find what I want (or what I want seems to be extortionately overpriced, ehm), I go to the haven of all things.. - everything. There's nothing they don't sell on Aliexpress. FACT. Here's a selection of the prettiest cushions I could find (and each cushion costs less than a fiver!), as a follow up to the two previous cushion posts (here & here). Enjoy!    

Though she be but little she is fierce (black) (buy here)
Something worth fighting for (buy here)
C'est la vie (buy here)
In order o be irreplaceable one must always be different (buy here)
Good vibes (buy here)
Hello beautiful (buy here)
Que sera, sera (gold) (buy here)
The Earth laughs in flowers (buy here)
Life's a garden - dig it. (buy here)
Though she be but little she is fierce (white) (buy here)
Que sera, sera (black pattern) (buy here)
Treat yo self (buy here)
Eat well, travel often (buy here)
Love (buy here)
Killin' it (buy here)
Thug life (buy here)
Hustle (buy here)
You could rattle the stars she said (buy here)

Which one's your favourite?

Say it with a cushion

Sophisticated make-up look for this spring
Although it's meant to be almost summer, the weather hardly looks it. So instead of shopping for peachy sun dresses and off shoulder tops I've gone for a turtle neck and a coat. And with that comes spring make-up adapted to the dark tones of grey clouds and misty mornings. I believe this is a pretty sophisticated and almost Parisian look, what do you think?

For the base I used the Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer (£32, HQ Hair - buy here) which makes any make-up photoshop-smooth - looking at the picture now it looks almost extremely flawless! And instead of foundation I'm wearing Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturiser Tint (£53, John Lewis - buy here) - it's one of my holy grail products and you can read more about it here. I'm always wearing a touch of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (£4.19, Superdrug - buy here) - a very affordable concealer which does the job more than well enough! On my cheeks I'm wearing the EX1 Cosmetics blusher in Pretty in Peach (£9.50, HQ Hair - buy here) which is the prettiest peach shade! My eyebrows are done up with the new L'Oreal Paris Perfection Brow Artists Plumper (£5.99, Boots - buy here) which I've only had for a couple of day but seems to be pretty damn good - although I would not recommend it to anyone with lighter eyebrows than me as it's very very dark! On my eyes I'm wearing The Balm Nudetude palette (£26.50, HQ Hair - buy here) which has some stunning shades in it - it's just as good or maybe even better than my favourite Stila In the Light (yeah, I said it!). On my lash line I have the Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12, HQ Hair - buy here) because it adds thickness to my lashes which are coated by dozens and dozens of coats of Clinique High Impact mascara (£17.50, Boots - buy here). On my lips I'm wearing the ultimate 90's shade - Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Buff (£19.50, HQ Hair - buy here).

What make-up have you been wearing lately?

Sophisticated make-up look for this spring

Two books you have to read!
Whilst searching for the ultimate self-discovery and a healthier, happier me, I have crossed paths with two books that left a lasting impression. And let's be honest here - books about healthy lifestyle rarely leave any kind of impression on me, let alone a positive one. So if you're on a quest for a healthier lifestyle (without throwing out everything in your fridge, your other half and the cat), you have to give these two books a go. Oh, and have I mentioned #notsponsored?

GO WITH YOUR GUT - Robyn Youkilis (£6, E-Bay - buy here)
Go With Your Gut by Robyn Youkilis is such a life-changing read I can't even tell you. I picked it up a while ago in the Works and didn't think too much of it - it just seemed like a good book to read on the train on my way from work to be honest. You know, an easy one which talks about good food and how often one should poop. Well, the truth is that I haven't been pooping the same ever since that train journey. This book if full of tips on how to improve your digestion - which has always been a big troublemaker of mine. It covers everything from how to shop more efficiently, how to chew your food (how did I not know I've been doing it wrong?!), how to avoid bloated belly to how to make your own sauerkraut, nom! I'm not on the hunt for the perfect fermentation crock for some sauerkrauting action, yeh. So if your belly plays up sometimes, if you're feeling heavy and tired and sick of everything, this book will get you back on track!

YOGA GIRL - Rachel Brathen (£9.87, E-Bay - buy here)
Another life changing read is the Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen. I've been following Rachel on Instagram (click here) for a couple of months now - she's such a bubbly inspirational yogi! Putting her work into context with her life, growing up, moving to Aruba and rescuing puppies together with practising some of her sequences makes you realize she's a lot more than just a pretty girl doing headstands on the beach. Such an inspirational read with loads of colourful pictures and guacamole recipes!

What's the most inspiration book you've read this year?

Two books you have to read!

Bubble T bath products review
I remember being obsessed with bubble tea since day one of discovering it. It's such a funny drink, isn't it? It's a tea but not really, it has bubbles but not really. By the way, can I just mention (and I ain't paid for saying this, yer) the best bubbly tea is from Bubbleology. The. Best. Ever. In fact I pretty much despise all the other bubble teas - yes, I'm a bubble tea snob like that! But this Bubble T (notice the trademark capitals there, see I don't wanna get in trouble for stuff like that) ain't nothing like the one you'd get at a stall. It's a bath Bubble T! Imagine Lush & a bubble tea shop having a baby - this would be it.

So far I've tried the Bubble T Bath & Body Pearl Drop in Moroccan Mint Tea (£4.95, HQ Hair) and the Bubble T Bath & Body T-Bags (£5.99, Superdrug). Tea in general is beneficial for your skin's well-being - it can speed up your bloods circulation, calm your flaky nerves and aid your sleep so there are definite benefits in using these bubbles in your bath. That is of course apart from the very obvious - they are pretty damn quirky and they smell like holiday, love and everything beautiful including unicorns floating on mint clouds. Especially the pearl drop does have a kick to it! Now the slight disappointment is that once they're afloat in your bathtub, they somewhat lose the strong scent and become a little weak in their performance. The quirkiness does make up for this though, at least in my books!

What's your favourite bath product at the moment?

Don't drink me!

My current favourite eye products
This week has been a whirl of absolutely bloody brilliant and desperately want to dig up a hole and hide in it. That of course didn't spoil my morning make-up fun, oh no! I've been adding a little spice to my eye make-up with a golden toned eye liner (whuuuut?!) and some serious waterproof smokey eye. True story. Let me take you on a guided walk through my make-up bag - the eye edition.

Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12, Look Fantastic): Okay. you know that my eye loyalty to Eyeko is beyond any relationship I've ever had with any make-up brand but I do have to admit that this eyeliner is special. The tip is ever so thin & precise that it works the best as a lash thickener. Draw a thin line real close to your eyelashes - this will give them a boost and will make them look ten times thicker, take my word for it!
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo (£15, HQ Hair): This is where the wilderness of this month starts. This double ended eye pencil is just beautiful - the dark brown end is nothing special but the golden toned end is just - aaaaaah. I use it - as crazy as it may sound - on the bottom lash line. It really compliments my brown eyes, I think, and adds the slightest touch of playfulness (I ain't one to look overly playful - you know, a resting bitch face doesn't bode well with playful, so this is perfect!).
Gosh Forever Eyeshadow (£6.29, Superdrug): We all own at least one pot of the infamous Maybelline Color Tattoos right? They are fab, they work miraculously well instead of a primer and they are pretty to look at. Now, this Gosh pencil has an actual staying power of a tattoo. It's completely waterproof - I mean, I'd go swimming with this on and I'd have zero fear that I'll look like I've been punched in the face. It does not budge unless you use a make-up remover. It smudges beautifully into a dreamy smokey veil and because it's waterproof, it doesn't crease either.

What are your current favourite eye products? 

My current favourite eye products

I've had my eye on it!

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