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Breakfast & Mask: All Things MANGO!

For the past few months I've been eating healthy like really healthy (some of my friends would consider me as a health freak / hippie), I've probably told ya'll before but I'm too lazy to blog into the whole detail! Haha.. For my daily breakfast I've been making DIY fruity & sometimes fruits + vegetables smoothies or juice. I've incorporated some super foods into my diet: Chia Seeds + Flax Seeds + Virgin Coconut Oil + Probiotics + Almond Milk.. among others. Anyways, I stumble upon this recipe of a smoothie which doubles up as a facial mask by MINIMALISTBAKER and decided to try 'em this morning! 


HOW-TO:
1) One ripe mango, peeled and cut into cubes/slices.
2) A few strawberries, frozen ahead if you want to.
3) Juice of half a lime.
4) One spoon (or more) of raw honey, I used Manuka.
5) I also added Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk that I just bought, to thin out the consistency. You can add filtered water.
6) Ooh, I added peppermint leaves too! Love the cool feeling ♥
6) Blend into a smoothie, but nope.. this is the MASK! Personally I like to put a few more ingredients into my everyday smoothie so actually it's up to you. You can drink as it is :)

BENEFITS:
1) MANGOES are not only delicious, but they are also jam-packed with ANTI-OXIDANTS, that protects us against cancer & various diseases; helps lower cholesterol, and provide 25% of our daily recommended amount of Vitamin A, which is useful for improving eyesight among other things.Their Vitamin A is also an effective acne fighter, and their Vitamin C can help the skin self-repair and keep firm.

2) LIMES are EXCELLENT for the skin and body by not only helping prevent aging and brighten skin when applied topically, but also providing the body with tons of folate and calcium which promote women’s health.

3) STRAWBERRIES contain alpha-hydroxy acid, which is beneficial for sloughing off dead skin? This alone makes them an effective component for a healthy complexion. Plus, they also help boost immunity and eyesight and even prevent certain cancers with their Vitamin C content.

4) HONEY promotes healthy skin tone, act as a natural antibacterial agent to keep skin clean and clear, and even help prevent aging. Did I mention I've also used raw honey as my face cleanser and it made my skin feel hydrated, supple & just so good! I stopped coz I finished the raw honey & Naz bought the Josie Maran skincare set, but once awhile I use honey + olive oil as mask (when skin feels super dry) or for acne problem I use honey + cinnamon powder into paste and spot it on the problematic area.

Before you lather on the yummy mask all over your face, clean up all your makeup with a facial cleanser, boil some water and prepare to do a facial steam like the one I did below ♥
Sit at a table with your face over the bowl and a towel over your head. Keep your face a comfortable distance, not so close you hurt from the heat, but not so far that nothing happens. This should open up your pores.

Do you notice that we have 1 more fat mango and another half of lime? Let's make
MANGO BRULEE!
(via Refinery29)

I always love cracking the top of a freshly torched crème brûlée, but with heaps of egg yolk and cream, it's the kind of indulgence you can only justify once in a blue moon. But this fresh-fruit twist on the classic is a completely healthy option. With mangos in season, grab a bunch and make your own variations. A squeeze of orange, a dash of sea salt, or a sprinkle of coconut all complement this baby beautifully. 

INGREDIENTS
1/2 fresh mango
1 tbsp cane sugar (you can also use plain-old light brown)
1/2 fresh lime
Dash of honey

HOW-TO
1) Pre-heat your broiler and set an oven rack a few inches away from it. 
2) Lay each mango half face up, and score with a sharp knife — basically, make a big hashtag on your mango. 
3) Brush with honey and squeeze lime over the top. Finish by sprinkling sugar on top. Pop it into the broiler and check after five minutes. (If you're a real pro, feel free to whip out your brûlée torch and go to town.) Once it's reached a dark golden-brown, pull 'em out and serve immediately. 


Finally, kick back & relax with a minty fruity mask on your face and mango delights on your taste buds. Once the mask has dried, just use a damp warm towel to lightly scrub it off. Top it off with your usual toner & moisturizer. Personally my skin felt hydrated, and soothed. Love it!

Good luck & let me know if you try these reicipes!
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