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SS14 is upon us and a key trend for the world of beauty is a natural glow to your complexion. Here’s our inexpensive way of achieving a youthful base without the need for makeup trickery… avocado and honey face mask.
After being told as children not to play with our food or smoosh it all over our faces, it felt somewhat unnatural plastering our faces with avocado in the name of beauty but it really does work. Avocados aren’t just there for your side order of guacamole – they are packed with vitamin A, which clears off any dead skin cells and cleanses your skin, as well as vitamin E, which improves your skin’s health and gives you that ‘my skin is always like this’ glow. The added honey helps for an extra dose of hydration and to lock down moisture.
You will need
1/2 ripe avocado
Generous dollop of runny honey
1 Avocado in hand – carefully halve and de-pip.
Carve out one half of the avocado into a bowl.
3 Mash with a fork.
4 Add a dollop of honey – don’t be shy!
5 Whisk a little more. Try to get a smooth consistency as lumps can be harder to apply onto your face. The honey will stop the mask slipping off.
Scoop into a container so you can keep hold of any extra.
7 Slather generously onto your face and leave to ‘set’ for 10 minutes.
8 Remove with a warm, damp cloth and see the results for yourself!
Words And Photography by Emily Smith
You’d be right in thinking that apple pie is not the most original dessert out there but we think it’s one of the most homely for a January treat, come rain or wind or flood (oh Britain how we love her erratic weather dearly).
If you don’t make your own pastry it’s surprisingly straight forward and won’t cost you too many pennies, plus we’ve put our own twist on it it with honey, orange and spice.
500g buy ready-made (or if you’d prefer make your own!)
2 large cooking apples
1 tsp cinnamon
125g soft light brown sugar
Juice of tangerine
2-3 tbsp honey
* Heat the oven to 220C
* Roll out 2/3 of the pastry to fit a pie plate of 23cm
* Peel and core the apples and cut into thin slices
* Gently heat the orange juice, cinnamon and honey in a heavy based pan until the mixture starts to caramelise, then put in the apple slices until they are caramelised on both sides
* Tip the mixture into a bowl and stir in the brown sugar and then pack it in the pastry case
* With a little warm water dampen the edges and of the pie rim and roll out a lid for the pie, press it on top and trim any excess edge
* Use a fork to press down the edge and prick the top of the pie
* Sprinkle Demerara sugar on top of the lid evenly
* Bake for 20mins and then reduce the heat to 180C and bake for a further 30mins
* Serve hot with cream
By Melodie Walter