A big thank you to you

Authentic self

Hey guys. How you doing? I’m just here on hols, almost the final day. I wanted to to say a big thank you to all of you, who watched and commented on the video I did, about worrying what other people thought about you. Then, the post, also, on being your authentic self.

Amazing messages

I had some amazing DMs and messages about some people that worried about changing jobs, changing careers, becoming entrepreneurs. People worried about what to do after they graduated … from some people that were really concerned even, about changing their look, to the lipstick they wore, to the clothes they wore … worried about what other people think. Obviously, it resonated with a lot of people.

Here to help

Anyway, I want to make sure that I do content that you enjoy. At the end of this article f you could just comment on the kind of videos you’d like to see me make, subject, matters etc please. I’m talking from my experience, my life experience, and sharing that with you. I just want to be here to help.

Let me know. Have a wonderful day. I’ll speak to you soon. Thank you. Big love x

Why we should care less about the opinions of others

Confused on the career path

If there’s something you want to do, if there’s a career path you want to take, and you’re a bit confused because everyone’s telling you not to do it, or just something you want to change in your life, as long as you’re being kind, and as long as you’re not hurting anyone, it’s really … I mean, as long as you’re not being mean on purpose, I think it’s really important to do what you want to do, and not worry about what people think because they don’t actually care as much as we think they do.

Spreading positivity

And when I’m doing my cheffing, I do lots of cooking, and I do shows in America, and things like that. And then if I do positive quotes, you know, I want to spread positivity. I think we should all spread positivity and how there’s so much negativity out there that I like putting positivity on my social media. And then you get some numptie saying, “Why are you putting positivity, positive quotes, on your social media?” Where’s the cake? And I don’t really care what that person thinks because I’m trying to do a good thing.

Struggling is not an option

So my point is, if there’s something that you really want to do, but the only reason you’re not doing it is because you’re scared of what people think, or something you want to be, really consider that it’s important to be you because we’re here to be happy. We’re not here to struggle, and only survive. We’re here to thrive, we’re here to love, we’re here to give, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, and at least find a job or a career that we love. And it takes time, it takes work to find that career, that partner, that we really bond with.

Listen to Steve jobs

So don’t settle. I love Steve Jobs, what he said about don’t settle in work or in relationships. Don’t settle, and please, if you’re going to worry about what people think, you’ll never get anywhere. Because if there’s 100 people in a room, each person is thinking a different thing. So if you’re worried about doing something, of all the people you know, everyone’s going to think something different.

Be authentic

It’s just important to do you. Be you. Be authentic. Find what makes your heart sing, and go for it. That’s what we’re here for, to be happy, and then when we’re happy, we can make other people happy too. Anyway, big love.

Interviewing ‘People who inspire me’

Disappearing Act

Long time no see. I hope you are doing well. I have been in New Orleans filming for much of the Summer. Those of you who come here often will see that I have not updated my website in a couple of months. As well as filming for the Baking Championship competitions for Food Network USA, being a contributing Editor to British Vogue and doing social media bits and pieces I have started something new.

People who Inspire me

There is an interview series on my IGTV (the new instagram video channel). I am interviewing ‘people who inspire me’. They are short 10 minute interviews. I have been asking these inspirational people about one of the challenges they have faced in life and how they overcame it. The guests’ responses are funny, sad and motivating all the same. Please do go and have a look. And let me know of anyone who you think I should interview, whose story will inspire others.

Random Acts of Kindness

We all have a platform with social media and as well as doing the other stuff, let’s all try and use it for the good. To make people feel better. Pop something encouraging, enlightening or entertaining for others on your feed today. You never know who you words may help. Big love! Lorraine xx

Omorovicza skin care review

O-more-o-veet-saa is an easier way of pronouncing the name of this magical Hungarian brand. Cleaner beauty products come in at different ends of the cost scale and this one is at the higher end of the spectrum. I have been road testing these for a while and  coincidentally experienced then during a recent facial too. Omorovicza prides itself on the use of Hungarian Thermal water which has curative powers for the skin. Their patented Healing concentrate, which is in all of the products below is said to deliver minerals deep into the skins layers for a more radiant, firmer and smoother complexion. Lofty claim or right on target?

Acid Fix 30ml, £85

Why I like it: It made my face tingle at first which means that the product is working. After the first use, my skin felt tighter in the morning, felt smoother and looked brighter than it had been in a while. Unless my skin is in the sun a lot, I can get a grey pallor to it which this product reduced. Although my skin is dry and this is better for normal-oily skins, I will be using this once a month. Particularly in the Summer months before a big red carpet event as I like the way it makes my skin look and it will stop any shiny foreheads in pictures!

Free from: Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which smooth skin texture,  improve wrinkles, exfoliating and rejuvenate the skin such as Glycolic Acid found in Sugar cane which brightens and smooths the skin. Lactic acid found in tomato juice and sour milk; and Australian Caviar lime which contains a good source of Citric Acid. Sodium Hyaluronate which moisturises.

skin type/concern: Combination, oily or Normal.

Application: Rub 2-3 drops in your face and gently rub in, after cleansing and before your moisturiser at night. Use two to three times a week

Smell: Lightly perfumed, fresh almost citrus

Texture and look: light, almost clear quickly absorbed gel.

Bottle/container: Glass bottle with a pipette

Packaging: Cardboard box

Vegan/Vegetarian: Yes

All ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Propanediol, Yeast Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Parfum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Phospholipids, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate

Magic Moisture Mist 50ml, £65

Why I like it/Don’t like it: It is packed full of different oils from avocado to Sunflower which smooth, soften and hydrate the skin. When I was pregnant, I rubbed sunflower oil and olive oil on my tummy every day and did not get any stretch marks. I am a big believer in combining oils for getting the skin you want. When I am working on set with lots of powder on, this is great to spray over my face to make the skin look more radiant and dewey. Magic Moisture mist will be my travel companion on flights too, for hydrating spritze throughout. You can put it on before and or after make-up which is  a touch of genius. New best handbag friend.

Free from:Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: Macadamia seed oil, which helps prevent moisture loss and keep the skin supple and feeling soft, Borage seed oil, sunflower and safflower to soften and soothe the skin.

skin type/concern: sensitive, normal, dry, oily, Combination

Application:  Shake the bottle to mix the oil on top and the liquid on the bottom and then spray over the face.

Texture: Goes on like water, feels like silk on the face

Bottle/container: Glass bottle with, removable cap and a spray

Packaging: Cardboard box

Vegan: Yes

All ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Levulinate, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Anisate, Linalool, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Geraniol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Phospholipids, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Citral, Farnesol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, 4-Terpineol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Cleansing Foam, 50ml, £49

Why I like it/don’t like it: I absolutely love it. I am a sucker for a cleansing foam and I cannot get enough this one. Due to pigment discolouration on my face, I do wear quite a bit of concealer. The make I use was formulated for women who live in hot countries and consequently it does not come off easily. This cleansing foam seems to gently and easily dissolve the make up off my face. It foams up a little and has the most divine fresh smell. Then a couple of rinses and most of the make up is off my face. I still needed to use a little eye make up remover for the mascara but other than that my face is clean as a whistle. Highly recommend.

Free from: Parabens, polyethylene Glycol, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads, nanoparticles, gluten and phthalates.

Key ingredients: Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, foaming, conditioning, cleansing and emulsifying  agent;  Saccharomyces, a yeast extract with skin conditioning potential anti-oxidant properites;
skin type/concern: Dry, oily, sensitive, normal, combination.
Application: Massage a pea size amount in to damp skin and rub in, then rinse off.  It says to use morning or night but I have been using it for both.
Texture: Like a thick blue conditioner
Bottle/container: Easy squeeze tube with a small nozzle so just the right amount of product comes out.
Packaging: Cardboard box
Vegan: Yes
All ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sorbitol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Fragrance), Copper Gluconate, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin

Omorovicza skin care verdict?  9/10

Skin friendly stuffed pepper boats with feta and chilli

It’s always sunny somewhere….

Today the sun is shining in London Town! I am Inspired by the warmth and the bright clothes that people are wearing today. And I had to get in that kitchen. I bring you Skin friend stuffed pepper boats. The recipe is full of ingredients that will have you glowing from the inside out. And it contains a good amount of low histamine foods. If you are  susceptible high histamine foods can cause havoc with the skin. If you think you may suffer from this there is some great reading here. 

Why I like them: Beauty products are a growing passion of mine and essential for good skin. Eating Skin Friendly foods will also help you get the skin you want.
What’s not in it: Soy, gluten, Coconut
Key Ingredients: Broccoli for Vitamin C to help with Collagen production: Spring onions for prebiotics which give an excellent environment for probiotics. Healthy stomach means healthy skin. Mushrooms containing Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for skin regeneration. Mushrooms also include things like zinc which helps the skin against acne and Quinoa and watermelon which are low histamine foods. Some foods  are  rich in histamine or can block the process that breaks down histamine or can actively cause histamine to be released. If you do have a histamine intolerance then it is best to eat products which are low in histamine. Other Low histamine foods in this recipe include peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, beetroot and extra-virgin olive oil.
Skin type: Good for all skins
Vegan: No but Vegetarian

Skin Friendly Pepper Boats with feta and chilli

I bought the pepppers and then went to a salad bar and got all the veggie ingredients already prepared. This is an awesome shortcut when you want to throw this together. The important thing is to make it your own. Do use the veg that you and yours love to eat and then pull it all together with some olive oil. Ordinarily I would add some balsamic or citrus but in the interest of low histamine skin friend foods I am using just olive oil. However I have also included my recipe for a simple flavoursome dressing below if you are not bothered about the whole histamine thing. Almonds are both good and bad for your skin depending on who you are. Good as they contain Vitamin E which protects against environmental nasties like UV rays and oxidative stress. But if  according to the Whole30 diet, you have a histamine intolerance, then they are best avoided.

Ingredients

4 pointy red peppers, sliced in half from top to tail and seeds discarded

1 handful of cooked beetroot finely chopper or 1/2 a raw beetroot spiralised

1/2 tin of black beans, drained (not blacked eyed beans. Black beans have much more protein in)

100g of quinoa (cooked)

1 large handful of frozen peas, cooked

1 handful of sweetcorn

100g of shiitake (or any) mushrooms, cooked

1/2 broccoli floret, cooked

100g of feta crumbled (you can replace with Tofu or Seitan for your Veganista guests)

1/2 mango finely choppped (optional)

2 handfuls of watermelon finely chopped

3 spring onions finely chopped

1 handful of almonds

salt and pepper

Chilli flakes

Dressing

6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp of of sherry vinegar

1 tsp of honey

1 tsp of mustard

salt and pepper

The peppers are great served raw if you like. If you fancy cooking them pop them in preheat oven at 200c and cook them for 5-10 minutes. Then leave them to cool. As they cook prepare the rest of your ingredients. Buy them ready prepared as much as possible. This way you can spend more time in the sun topping up that tan. And hanging out with guests. Scatter all of the ingredients on to the peppers. Then season with salt and pepper. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Or you can put all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Then whisk everything up and serve with your peppers that way.

Do you follow a skin friendly diet? Or are you more focused on what you put on your face? Comment below or contact me on instagram @lorrainepascale.  And if you spot any typos let me know and I will correct them.

Lorraine x