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One of the most depressing things if you keep fit and healthy and take regular exercise can be having to rest an injury.

Dancing ballet I have had many minor strains or danced safely through a toe fracture, headaches and period pains.

But I am a confessed Bunhead (ballet addict) and dance is a huge part of my life. I even incorporate this in to the spellwork I do for people through Maya Magickal (link below) and I consider my daily barre as essential as my daily meditation and energy healing work (see Mayastar link below) to maintain my health on all levels.

And one of the most depressing experiences I had was tearing a muscle. I couldn’t dance. I could only just walk! But I couldn’t point my foot. I couldn’t jump. I couldn’t stand on demi pointe (tip toes) and I had an exam due later that year. I was determined not to lose fitness during my injury so I worked out variations I could do. And worked on those things throughout (doing literally nothing can leave muscles weak and more prone to injury later – I was determined to avoid that).

But a further consideration was with the hours of dance I did each week (about 2 hours a day), I couldn’t do anything aerobic and my maintenance plan might maintain my muscles but it wouldn’t be burning the same number of calories and I would need to be aware of that because in six weeks I could so easily gain 10 or 15 pounds which could equally wreck my exam performance.

This was some years ago. But I just found out the most amazing life hack! Something that would have made my recovery so much easier and less of a worry!

Hot baths burn calories! Lying in a 40° bath for an hour burns the same calories as a half hour walk. 

I often finish a 3 hour dance class with a long bath and it never occurred to me it was like doing a 4 hour work out!

There will be a number of benefits a hot bath can’t give you that exercise does – development of cardio fitness and muscle, stronger bones, that endorphin rush….but in a pinch, it’s a good option. And a wonderful option for people who can’t exercise or have health complications.

Hot baths also have a beneficial effect on our blood sugar levels in a similar way to physical activity!

A win win situation. And an excuse for a trip to Lush and looooong Bubble Bath!

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No make up selfie of the day – general blog…

Tonight I don’t see my boyfriend as busy night for spells (Saturnian planetary influence) for Maya Magickal Spells & Personalised Initiation Programmes – also he has an early start Sunday morning.

So Saturday is my admin night for Mayastar Academy Online Natural Healing & Spiritual Development Courses but I try to make it a bit of girlie night in – listening to audiobooks about spirituality or mythology…and audio novels – I like thrillers…and gothic styles.  Fantasy novels. Crime novels. I think audiobooks have replaced the TV for me.

As you can see, henna mix with lashings of coconutoil applied. Eyelashes & eyebrows tinted to avoid that enkempt washed out look.

Have to make a bit of effort once you’re over 40 – esp if you’re a hippie & red hair & Lush tinted lipbalm is your only concession to daily “maintenance”! (I’m very sparing when it comes to make up and hairstyling. But like to consider it more a boho chic choice! Important to be proactive about your inactivity…otherwise it is just laziness!)

I maintain my health by my lifestyle choices – daily exercise, daily meditation, stretching etc. Also, I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t sunbathe, don’t stress, don’t eat sugar habitually. But DO use Creme de la Mer & Lush skincare. 

Other natural beauty tips: seven hours sleep a day (I’m nocturnal), drink Apple Cider Vinegar (tastier than it sounds) – and green drink powder to keep a healthy alkaline diet even if you’re busy or your appetite’s low. Keep good habits and it shows in your health on all levels.

My appetite seems non existent this week but that usually happens if I’m getting more exercise or the weather’s changing – Apple Cider Vinegar is my genius back up to normalise my appetite! But so I keep healthy, I always make sure I keep a supply of green drink in…packed with powdered green veggies and grasses and high nutrition.

It’s been a bad month for bad food choices. If like me, you are liable to lose your appetite, I think understanding your body needs a rest from digestion sometimes is important. Otherwise you risk “emergency fast food eating” because you mostly don’t feel hungry and when you do, you want to eat before your appetite wears off. I honestly don’t know how many times me and my Teddy Boy have eaten pizza this month…definitely too many.

Non vegan foods send my digestion whacky. Cheese is just “yellow lard” to me – I don’t seem to enjoy it much…so pizza is silly fast food. I can get spicy rice noodles from my local takeaway if I really fancy being thirsty from the salt overdose. But he currently favours pizza so we’ve both eaten junk :s

Anyway, for lazy but healthy eaters, I recommend keeping a good supply of noodles, shirataki and brown rice with tons of v fast food vegan sauces always in the house. Pistachio nuts too. Healthy snacks. But with good sauces and noodles/rice, I can make a giant and healthy meal far quicker than Dominoes can deliver an unhealthy salty, fatty one!

So, I’m blaming lack of appetite on my naughty boyfriend being a bad influence!

Spider has been a useful test subject for my green drink – he prefers to healthy. Also, he’s used to me smelling of henna…which smells like you’ve lying in the grass on a drizzly day. I like the smell but it’s quite strong and some people try to disguise it with essential oils in their henna mix. Because he likes the smell of my henna, I thought maybe he would enjoy the green drink – lots of people complain it’s like drinking muddy water. Or that it doesn’t really taste of anything but looks like muddy water! Some people actually blanch at the idea of adding vinegar to it (Apple Cider Vinegar doesn’t taste like vinegar). So despite the appearance of it, he tried it, was amazed, and converted. He’s buying green drink powder for himself after I made him up half a dozen bottles with tinctures and drops to fight his cold.

A week or so ago he had a really stinking cold – the kind with a cough that stops you sleeping. So he definitely needed it.

I increased my apple cider vinegar intake because of its alkaline benefits, to prevent me catching it. I also added propolis drops, chlorophyll (no to be confused with chloroform!), echinacea drops & colloidal silver drops. How would that help? How would an alkaline drink stop me getting a cold?

Well, if you stay alkaline, you don’t get colds. The virus can’t live in an alkaline environment. The same goes for many bugs. You also can avoid a lot of serious health problems with an alkaline diet: Higher alkalinity reduces inflammation generally in the body. Which means it can help you to avoid some major diseases that seem to be either caused or exacerbated by our very acidic western diet.

It’s not only diet that creates an excessively acidic system either. Stress and exercise can do that too. I work out a lot (rebounding, ballet,  hiphop & latin) – daily and intensively sometimes (you’d be surprised how intensive ballet is!), so to neutralise acid formation, its important for me to keep alkaline as much as poss if I don’t wanna compromise my immune system function. It’s also great for your complexion. Good health definitely shows in the body…as does bad health.

A vegan diet is usually (as long as it’s essentially a plant based vegan diet, not a vodka and oreos vegan diet!) naturally alkalising. And that carries massive health benefits.

It does mean avoiding fat from animal sources especially though. Animal protein literally decomposes in your digestive system – decomposition isn’t the same as digestion. It means toxic yuckiness can build up. And that applies to white meat meat as well as red. The toxins produced by the decomposition of meat in your body increases the risk of gastrointestinal cancers. On top of the other problems associated with meat – the hormones in it, the acidity of it etc.

Also, avoiding sugar and refined carbs; avoiding alcohol and stimulants like tea or coffee – these are simple ways to make your diet more alkaline. I naturally do these things most of the time, so it’s not a radical diet change for me but for some people it would be and Green Drink may be a very simple way of alkalising or starting to make positive changes.

When the blood is overly acidic we tend to carry fat to store acidic “toxins” in as emergency precaution by the body. But our body has a limited capacity to do this. In addition, the body coats the arteries with plaque deposits to protect them from acidic blood. This is what atherosclerosis is and on a Western diet, it is the root of most death and disability…we consider it an “age related” condition. But it’s actually predominantly a lifestyle consequence that’s totally avoidable! We begin to show damage in our arteries in early childhood.

In the West we also have problems with brittle bones as we age and that’s another consequence of diet…the body leeches minerals from the bones to try to neutralise the acidic state. So we shrink. We get joint pain. Even the bones in our faces shrink by this process, making us age prematurely from the inside out.

I really recommend the work of NutritionFacts.Org to anyone who would like to know more and see the evidence – the clinical trials and the suppression of the problems with certain food groups that have been documented for decades

Naturally, I didn’t catch his cold! But the benefits of keeping your diet and lifestyle healthy could be the key to preserving your looks…as well as your health span and life span ♡

If you think changing your diet is a radical option, think about how radical heart bypass surgery would be…when it comes to weighing up the pros and cons, I don’t personally think any food tastes so good I would risk a stroke or congestive heart failure in order to keep eating it.

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This blog was going to be a review of Mineral Magic mineral foundation. But it ended up with lots of natural beauty tips because though I loved Mineral Magic, as someone who rarely wears make up, I kept feeling I needed to put it in context. So it evolved into a bit of a patchy article about my beauty tips and personal habits! And with a ton pictures too. I hope you enjoy it as an “article” because as a review it’s all over the place! Xx ALM
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Results of my totally unscientific subjective tests of Mineral Magic mineral foundation…and and some natural natural beauty tips!

I’m stunned by this stuff because as foundation goes, it’s very cheap; it lasts well…and basically was just “better” in so many ways than the similar mineral mineral powders I have used before. My entirely personal experiences mean I consider it the best. I consider it the only one that’s passed my tests and also also consider it to be far better than the alternatives I’ve tried in the past.

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I don’t wear make up usually – and on the rare occasions I do, I like to keep it simple.

When it comes to your skin, I think you need to focus on maintenance. Healthy habits. Healthy body. Healthy mind.

I swear by daily meditation (and self healing modalities like Reiki – which I teach through Mayastar Academy Online), Creme de la Mer, Green Drink, plenty of Evian and regular cardio. If you’re not covering the basics it will show in your skin. Your skin is the largest organ that makes up your body. So if you drink, smoke, sunbathe and eat badly…it’s bound to show.

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For the record, the pictures in this blog show me with and without Mineral Magic. And I labelled them accordingly – as I added them after writing the review because Mineral Magic gave such a natural look.

Also, the photos are in different light – so I put in a close up of my skin with no make up on it too – just to give an idea of my normal skin tone. Because although Mineral Magic makes a big difference to me, I am aware most people don’t realise I’m not wearing make up (except tinted lipbalm) in my selfies. And I credit that to my good habits…but especially to Creme de la Mer!

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Also, although I don’t usually wear makup at all; my eyelashes are tinted. My eyebrows are tinted and sometimes enhanced with wunderbrow (goes on like a gel but works a bit like a stain so it looks natural). No eyeliner. No concealer. No blush. Sometimes I use a yellow/gold eyeshadow (usually from Lush but sometimes a touch of “unbranded” glitter).

Usually I wear Lush’s Strawberry Bombshell tinted lipbalm which is highly pigmented for a lipbalm! It’s a nice fresh fuschia pink shade (which makes your teeth look whiter) and leaves a bit of a stain when I wipe it off – leaving a very natural looking pinkness! (I am lazy so always been a fan of lipstains).
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I am 43 this year. I quit drinking and smoking a long time ago. And I keep nocturnal hours so sun damage not a problem for me but for people who do have more damage Mineral Magic alone might not be suitable but I think it would would work well as an addition. It blends so well.

I also make sure I get 7 hours sleep a “day” and I never take naps – people who do nap don’t tend to sleep long enough for their bodies to start its natural “repair process”; with a good long sleep your body makes human growth hormone (HGH) and it has a rejuvenating effect. That’s the reason it’s advisable not to eat close to bed time (digesting food can interrupt the repair cycle). And why, when we talk about “getting our beauty sleep” and it being “the hours before midnight that count”, it’s a sort of tradition of knowing sleeping well and having sufficient sleep is something we have always known as “beauty” tip. 

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Other tips for sleep is to have a silk or satin pillow to prevent friction on your hair and skin. And many also recommmend lying on your back to prevent you scrunching your face against your pillow causing new lines…though I’m not sure how much truth there is in that!

There are things we all know we should do too – avoiding junk food and keeping hydrated are things we should be doing anyway.

I supplement my diet with Green drink, lots of Evian, Apple Cider Vinegar (great for the skin) and collagen powder which are all good for health from the inside out!

Other habits personal to me are that I henna my hair red and don’t use silicone products or conditioners on it. Whenever I henna it, I deep condition with coconut oil: healthy hair does make you look healthier.

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I use Lush bath bombs every day as a “long soak”. It’s sort of like my personal “time out”. And I work out or dance (ballet, latin, hiphop) for 90 mins a day when I first get up. Cardio health is essential for good skin. If you’re not doing it, some cardio and plenty of water would be the things I consider absolutely essential for health…and that health does have a bearing on your appearance.

I consider my habits to be “health choices” but I do think over time it has made massive difference to my skin and aging in general. Daily meditation is also said to be good for your skin but any relaxation habit would be because stress is definitely not good for your skin!

If you really want to look after yourself, I would have to say I am a massive advocate of Creme de la Mer moisturiser too. My skin loves it. And though it’s expensive compared to other moisturisers, a little goes a long way. The Eye Balm Intense from La Mer is also one of my daily essentials.

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An additional contribution to my complexion that I would also recommmend is…wear sunglasses! I need them because I am photosensitive. But they protect the delicate skin around your eyes which often ages before other areas of your face. Again, another positive side effect of a health based habit!

Basically, you can’t expect your skin not to suffer if you don’t look after yourself in other respects. If damaging habits are showing on the outside they are likely having an effect on your health inside. So if you do choose those things you can’t expect your health not to suffer in some ways. It would be logical to conclude that poor health would be reflected in your skin and complexion.

I think Mineral Magic is amazing. But obviously, you can’t expect Mineral Magic to miraculously mask premature aging. It’s not a face lift! And if you have discoloration you may need a bit of concealer for a perfect finish.

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When I tested Mineral Magic, my biggest concern was that it may dry my skin. Other mineral powders I tried over the years gave me dry patches around my nose on my chin. Mineral Magic didn’t dry my skin – even when I tested it day and night for a few days.

Mineral Magic didn’t cause breakouts even when I slept with it on for days in a row.

It stayed on too! I would just blot my face face with a tissue whenever I applied lipbalm and that kept it looking natural.  No need to repowder which means no “caking” effect as time went on.

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Unlike some products, Mineral Magic didn’t cause irritation if applied close to or over my eyes.

So totally subjectively comparing it to the main competitors…my personal experience…

Sheer Cover did give me dry patches and did irritate my eyes. However, Sheer Cover are advertising a new formulation so it may be better. Also, Sheer Cover is a loose powder and bit more messy to apply…as well as being over twice the price of Mineral Magic. That’s such a big difference, I don’t feel tempted to try the “new and improved” Sheer Cover. Mineral Magic trumps it in too many ways.

The other competition would be Bare Escentuals. I never got on with it at all! Compared to Sheer Cover the coverage was no where near as good and being a loose powder it was a bit messy. And again, a far higher price tag.

So Mineral Magic was definitely top in my tests and for the convenience, coverage and price, far surpassed my expectations and far exceeded the alternatives I have used.

I will definitely buy again and would highly recommend Mineral Magic!

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Born This Way | Song of the Day | Lady Gaga Lyrics

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Woke up early & #singing in bed under my #fairylights in my #bohemian #hippie heaven #boudoir…till the alarm goes (and I hit the studio and work everything out while I #workout!)

#SongOfTheDay #lyricsoftheday from #LadyGaga #BornThisWay ♡

“My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”
She said, “‘Cause he made you perfect, babe”
“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,
Listen to me when I say”

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way
Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way”