MATCHA WHITE CHOC CHIP COOKIES

Cookies are the cure all, fix all for any situation. Feeling sad because you spilled your freshly brewed coffee down your favourite sweater first thing on a Monday morning? Cookie. Starving, but there’s nothing in the fridge to eat but mouldy old cheese leftover from girls night 4 weeks ago? Cookie(s). You forgot that it’s your friend’s birthday today? Shit… have a cookie! Or, give one to them (seriously, try this, it’s foolproof). And friends, do I have a cookie recipe to share with you today.

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Matcha White Choc Chip Cookies with Macadamia Nuts. Holy yumballs! Prepare your tastebuds now – these are crispy, sweet, and dare I say, good for you? Okay, that last part may be a bit of a stretch. But honestly, matcha can do some amazing things for you and your bod. If you haven’t heard of this supercharged green powder, let me give you a brief rundown: matcha is the powdered down version of green tea, so instead of just the infused water, you’re consuming the entire green tea leaf. Think of the benefits of green tea, and times it by 100. Boom! Clearer skin, boosted metabolism, increased stamina and mental clarity… the list goes on.

On its own, matcha can be quite bitter and grassy. But, infused with other sweeter things, for example in a latte or as a cookie, it’s absolutely delicious.

Here’s recipe to make these neon bikkies:

Makes: approximately 36 cookies (or 18 GIANT cookies *finger guns*)
Prep: ~15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Matcha Powder (less if you want a lighter matcha taste!)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 Cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1 Cup Raw Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups White Choc Chunks
2 1/4 Cups of Plain Flour
85g Macadamia Nuts (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift & mix dry ingredients together in a big bowl (flour, baking soda & matcha). Mix until well combined.

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  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light.
  4. Mix the eggs, vanilla extract and salt into your wet mixture.
  5. Pour in the flour mixture, adding a bit at a time, folding just until the flour has been properly incorporated.
  6. Time to add in your white choc chunks and macadamia nuts (permission to steal a few of your white choc bits).
  7. With a spoon, scoop out the mixture and place onto a tray lined with baking paper. Space the cookie dough blobs about an inch apart from each other, as they’ll expand in the oven!

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  8. Press lightly on each blob with a fork – don’t worry about making them look pretty! We’re going for a nice rustic look here.

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  9. Pop in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes, or until they begin to go slightly golden in colour. If you want the cookies even greener, you could sacrifice a minute or two off the overall bake time!
  10. Kitchen dance break. Time to finally lick the spoon!
  11. Once done, place your cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.
  12. Enjoy!

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Fun Fact: the first time I made these, I didn’t realise my kitchen was sans egg beaters and a cooling rack. It took hours and literal sweat and tears to whisk that butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Totally worth it. Oh, and turns out an oven rack can absolutely double as a cooling rack. Nifty.

Let me know if you give these a go!

Alix xx

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MILK_SHAKE SENSORIAL MINT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

My hair: an ongoing, uphill battle to de-slick, de-frizz and de-tangle. The top half of my head is prone to grease, and my dyed ends are inclined to become scraggly and dry. To my delight, I have two completely different problems on one noggin! I felt compelled to write this blog post today, as I bared witness to the full power of these two bottles of magic. Upfront I just want to say, THANK YOU MILK_SHAKE. Thank you for being the best and just an all-round good reliable pal!

Okay, taking a step back, let me tell you a tale: a vibrantly red, sweaty girl (me) waddles home post-workout, 4 days into not washing her locks (cute). A shower! Yes. That’s what she needs. She proceeds to the bathroom, excited to feel so fresh and so clean (clean). She takes out her hair lacky and… her eyes widen in horror. Her jaw drops in disbelief. Her hair hasn’t budged. It stayed slick in the same pony-tail shape! Yikes.

In case I wasn’t clear enough, this story is about yours truly. And so, to kick this grease in the butt, I definitely needed something heavy duty! Enter: Milk_Shake’s Sensorial Mint Shampoo & Conditioner.

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I stumbled across this dynamic duo about 1.5 months ago, and at the time there wasn’t much online to tattle on how good (or bad) they were. However, I’m familiar with the brand and absolutely adore their Whipped Cream Leave-In Conditioner (seriously, if you haven’t heard of this stuff, I 2000% encourage you to do a swift google or give it a try. It’s pure heaven!), so I took a leap of faith and chucked them in my lil basket.

I was eager to try something new, something earth-friendly. The bottles are not only eye-catching and calming to look at, but they are also biodegradable. Win. The organic minty-ness is there not only to make your nostrils happy, but to help stimulate hair growth and revitalise your hair and scalp. Double win. Also containing sage and fruit extracts of papaya, raspberry, mango and blackberry your hair will be boosted with extra shine and vitality. Triple win?!

I think minty shampoos are divine! The only taste I’d had were from testers, but I definitely enjoyed what they were bringing to the table. Maybe it’s just me, but using this scent in the shower makes me feel invigorated and fresh and revived. Some may think that’s a bit much for a shampoo and conditioner to achieve, but I stand my ground! So I was very excited to give these a whirl.

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Made for using after an intense gym sesh or sweaty summer’s day, the shampoo comes out as a clear gel, while the conditioner comes out a smooth white cream. I shampoo twice in my hair-washing routine, and I love to really work and massage this shampoo into my hair and scalp. The first round doesn’t work up too much of a lather, but the second round is definitely nice and foamy. The mint is cooling and really very lovely! The conditioner I slather all over my ends and I leave it there for about 5 minutes before rinsing.

It’s baffling that my mane was able to change from a mouldable, greasy, wiry mess to lusciously light, lustrous, soft, and flowy hair. It actually moves in the wind!! My hair is also thicker and more easily managed. A truly heart-warming tale.

The only downside I find is that the smell isn’t pure minty goodness. Because there’s added other bits, the smell is transformed into what I pick up as freshly mowed grass. While I do enjoy this smell, I prefer it when I’m wandering around outdoors on a sweet day in spring, and not particularly when I’m rubbing it all over my head. But hey, a small price to pay for an effective result!

At around $26 per 300ml bottle, it’s not exactly the cheapest option out there, but I personally think for the finish you get, it’s worth it! I’m more than happy to keep these in my life, however I will continue my hunt for the perfect pure minty shampoo and conditioner.

Alix xx

KORA ORGANICS NONI GLOW FACE OIL

It’s only recently that face oils have come into my life; I was always led to believe, as a naturally oily-skinned gal, I should avoid oils at all costs. The general code I followed was: find oil-free products, and products that would strip my skin of the oil to achieve supple, mind-bogglingly dreamy skin. Did this work? For the most part, but if I didn’t stick to my skincare regime, my skin would be glistening and pooling with oil. Lovely. It’s like my skin went into oil-making overdrive!

I’ve come to learn that there’s a reason for that. Stripping your skin of its natural oils can result in your skin freaking out that it has no more oil left (understandable), so it thinks it needs to make more! I initially, reluctantly, introduced face oils into my regime, but consider me a convert. Face oils have completely changed my skin. I can’t believe I went so long without them in my life! All those years wasted… ah well, better late than never.

Fast-forward to now, and the newest addition to my face oil collection is the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil. This is a collection front-lined and curated by Miranda Kerr, so you can imagine my expectations going into this one. Supermodel skin with just a few drops of this elixir everyday? Sign me up!

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In addition to certified organic noni oil, this little bottle is supercharged with pomegranate oil, rosehip oil, rose quartz (!!!) and buckthorn oil so it is packed to the brim with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to keep your skin smooth, hydrated and protected against those nasty free radicals. Every ingredient is natural and organic, and there are no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. It claims to help with dullness and uneven skin tone, also boasting to help balance your skin’s pH levels.

I use about 4-5 drops morning and night, warming the oil first between my fingers before massaging it into my face, neck and chest. One of the first things I noticed was the smell – while not overpowering, my nose picks up both a floral yet earthy scent which is pleasant to use. Although, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not my favourite smell in the whole world, but it’s definitely not intrusive or offensive at all.

IMG_0442The oil itself is quite light and thin, and sinks into my skin straight away, leaving a nice dewy finish which isn’t greasy at all. Not bad! After several uses, I can definitely vouch for its hydration – my skin is left smooth as a baby’s bum with not a patch of dryness to be seen. Additionally, if used just before foundation, you will be left with a lovely healthy glow!

In comparison to where my skin was before, I haven’t noticed too much of a difference in terms of skin tone, but I was using another face oil right up until I made the switch, which may be why. If you are going from being starkers to using this, I have no doubt you will see a beneficial change.

I will note that I have broken out just a little since switching to this face oil, and I’ve found my skin has been speckled with a few more mysterious red marks where I previously had none. This could be attributed to different factors of course, but it’s something I’m keeping an eye on! My skin’s pH levels have been slightly altered too – I’ve noticed my skin is producing more natural oil than it was before, so it’s not quite as successful as I’d hoped with that in mind.

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At $80AUD per 30ml bottle, this little guy isn’t cheap. If you’re using it morning and night everyday, I’d say it’ll last you around the 2-3 month mark.

While this oil is nice to use, it’s not quite enough to overtake my all-time favourite Face Hero from Go-To Skincare, which I find is far more decadent and effective, and more me, and about half the price.

However, if you’re looking for a light face oil that will leave your skin silky soft and have the money to do so, give this oil a go and see what you think. I have heard people absolutely adoring this oil, but for me it fell just a little short, especially for the price!

Alix xx

AESOP’S GERANIUM LEAF BODY SCRUB

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re showering in a rainforest, with birds faintly chirping and a creek bubbling and trickling in the background? With air so crisp and clean, you feel totally calm and at peace? When you step away from your little showery bliss, you feel free and soft and pampered and ready to take on the world and become who you’re really meant to be??

No? Just me? (That may have escalated a little quickly)

Well, if you’re like me and live in the city far away from any of that, Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Scrub is pretty damn close to achieving that sensation.

Heaven. In. A. Tube.

I’ll begin by expressing my fondness of Aesop as a brand in general – can they do any wrong? The products I’ve tried from them in the past have been the epitome of luxury, and make me feel so fresh. And clean. And like a brand new human. A brand new human that smells like a freshly cut orange or freshly mowed lawn (in the fanciest way possible).

Let me tell you, this scrub did not disappoint.

The packaging itself is just lovely. That gorgeous green colour is superb! It feels sturdy and is definitely something I wouldn’t want to hide from visitors. In fact, I display it out in the open, quite proudly.

 

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The product itself smells gorgeously (as the name suggests) like geranium and (as subtly hinted earlier) makes me feel like I’ve taken a step away from city living and transcended time and space to a little forest-y heavenly bubble.

The granules are made of bamboo stem and pumice so +1 for nature friendliness and also, as it’s not a sugar scrub, you can really work that exfoliation! Nothing to dissolve here, folks.

There’s a bit of foaming action too, so if you feel so inclined you don’t even need to follow with your usual soap/shower gel routine (I KNOW!). Except in your armpits, which I would recommend giving a bit of a rinse. Or do people exfoliate their armpits?

*crickets*

Anyhoo, I also love that the metal tube is topped off with a clicky-cap (this is, of course, its official technical name). This makes sure no water goes in to cause total chaos, death and destruction of the product. Yay!

What else is there to say really, other than “buy it” (ya know, if you feel so inclined). It may be on the pricey side retailing at around $40 AUD, but I do feel you get a lot of bang for your buck as it lasts a fair while. Plus it makes you feel like a nature princess. A little bit goes a long way, and you only need to use it 1-2 times per week. Zzzziiinngg!

Have you tried this scrub before? If so, let me know in the comments what you think!

Alix xx