Friday, 30 August 2013

Part Fourteen

Hello beauties!

As promised, Roxanne's story continues on the blog today. 

Part Fourteen

As the rock Samir had thrown touched the surface of the water, it started to sizzle and disintegrate immediately. It was completely gone before any part of it had submerged. "You see, the liquid is acidic. In all the centuries my people have lived in the caverns, we have never found a substance strong enough to resist it. Which is a problem, because Amberiolus grows exclusively in places where the acid flows." the guide explained.

"Do you have some more of the crystals somewhere else?" Roxanne asked.

Samir nodded. "Only the richest of my people own Amberiolus crystals, and then only small ones. For the most part, they are used in our healing houses, when there is no other way to save a patient's life. But I am told our supplies dwindle. They're kept in vaults in the Central Cavern and only the Chief Healer has access to the key."

"How does the Amberiolus aid the people?" Oliver wondered.

"It is ground to a fine powder and then mixed with water to make a paste. It can be ingested in acute cases and is applied to the skin as a remedy for all manner of surface wounds. It heals almost instantly. We have found that the healers who handle the crystal have prolonged lives and are almost immune to illnesses or other ailments." Samir answered.

Roxanne heard herself speak in a low voice. "I need one."

Samir laughed. "We all do, my dear, but there is no way..."

She looked him straight in the eyes and cut him off. "I need one to save the Trickster."

The men were both stunned at this. Roxanne had no idea what made her so sure, but she was absolutely convinced that she couldn't face her enemy without one of these magical crystals in her hands. It was almost as if something had clicked in her mind, as if a piece of the bigger picture had finally fallen into place.

"To save all of Araheim, I need to save the Trickster. If he is healed, everyone else will be too. And you'll have peace once again." she said in a hollow voice.

"Roxanne, how do you know?" Oliver asked intently.

She couldn't answer him, so she shook her head. "All I know is I need one."

Samir looked dubious. "It is true that the Storyteller asked us to give you any aid we possibly could, but this thing cannot be."

"You must help me, Samir." Roxanne pleaded. "It's the only way."

Their host searched her face and sighed. "I see no untruth in what you say. I can also see you are committed to this. But I cannot guarantee that I can give you what you ask. I'll have to call the Chiefs together and we'll have to debate this. It can take days at the shortest and years at the longest. It may be weeks before you have what you ask!"

But Roxanne was adamant. "I must have it, and I must have it soon. Time is running out and the Trickster must be stopped before more books are damaged. You must get me an Aberiolus crystal if you want your world to survive. It's the only way."

Samir had no more to say to that. "Come."

They silently followed their host out of the cavern and back to his home, where he left them and shut them inside. He went off to gather the Chiefs, promising he would do his best to fulfil Roxanne's request before he left, grave faced.

The party looked at Oliver and Roxanne expectantly, and Oliver told them what had happened. Madra's face blanched at the tale. "This is an impossible thing you ask, girl."

"It's also the most important thing in the world." Roxanne insisted. The old woman left them, shaking her head.

"If Roxanne needs it, she'll have it. One way or another." Rocket mumbled darkly, with the other companions agreeing quietly.

They waited silently for hours before Samir returned, sighing. "It has never been done before, but the Chiefs have reached consensus this day." he said tiredly.

"Well?" Dusk demanded. "What did they decide?"

And that's all for today! Now you need to vote on what happens next.

What happens next?

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals, 


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Weekly favourites

Hello beauties!

Well, it's that time of the week again where we take a look at my favourites of the week from my beauty board on Pinterest. Here's what drew my eye this week!

I especially liked the acid green eye makeup look. Wow, that's a stunner. Would look amazing with fluorescent lights!!

Tune in tomorrow for part fourteen of Roxanne's story. It's nearing the end now and shouldn't go on for too much longer (as far as I can say at this stage in time.).

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Juice Cleanse - Healthy or Not?

Hi beauties!

We have Chef Shants from The Chef Mother back on the blog today with an interesting topic. Check it out!

Hi peeps!
And I'm BACK! Thanks for having me back again and without further much of muchness let's get going on today's topic. To juice cleanse or not to juice cleanse. Let's take a look-see and what the experts have to say about this very controversial topic.

The YAY-sayers:
By Cristina Goyanes
Detoxes and extreme diets like the Master Cleanse can be controversial, but advocates say juice cleanses made from raw fruits and veggies are safe as long as you check in with your doctor first and keep it to three days at a time.

“Many people turn to cleanses because they feel off—they’re bloated and sluggish, dependent on caffeine and junk food cravings, breaking out,” says Stephanie Middleberg, a New York City-based registered dietitian. “When you eliminate toxins from your system, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally.”

The Skeptics say:
Glenn Braunstein, MD, professor and chairman, department of medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and other experts say our bodies have built-in detoxifiers and don’t require “cleansing.” Most also warn that no one should expect lasting weight loss.
But detoxes may shift you away from bad habits (like too much coffee, alcohol, and fatty foods) and help foster healthier habits after you're done, says Cathy Wong, naturopathic doctor and an American College of Nutrition–certified nutrition specialist.
Your move: Try your own home-grown cleanse using juices and smoothies. Or spend more for the convenience of some of the country’s most popular brands.

BUT! Before you do that, here's some info I'd like to add to that:

Juice cleansers are definitely the rage at the moment but is it a dangerous fad? Yes, it can be because after a week of having nothing but juice and water; you have literally starved your body of necessary nutrients and fiber and the only thing that juice cleanse has done for you in a week; is make you loose some water you were retaining! A flatter stomach? Of course! That's because it hasn't seen FOOD! So now, when you resume your normal mealtimes your body will be scared it won't see food again and it will store the food instead of burning it as energy. This is not a permanent weight loss solution so do not be fooled.
Even though juicing gives your tum a break from digesting big meals; it also slows down your metabolism and if you juice too much, you could actually permanently slow your metabolism. The body NEEDS a fully balanced diet in order to function optimally and eating five smaller and more nutritious meals, coupled with water and exercise will help you loose that unwanted pudge (and help KEEP IT OFF); the correct way! 

Most people who juice have explained how its left them moody and depressed and even messed with menstrual cycles and sleep patterns because your blood sugar is too low at night causing you to wake up in the middle of the night and leaves you feeling crabby in the morning.

Besides all of this; we naturally expel toxins when we go to the toilet and pee. Drinking more water is a better detox solution than drinking juices and this is a fact. Drinking at least 2 liters of water a day can clean those kidneys and your liver in no time and the benefits to drinking more water are endless. (Yes, I am aware of the chlorine and chemicals in our water too; but even then; its safer and healthier than to starve yourself in the name of weight loss). To add; the juice has to be prepared fresh each time to avoid any bacteria because the juice is unprocessed and unpasteurized.
Health Fads are just money making schemes and be careful that you are not duped into thinking that there is a quick weight loss solution. The only correct weight loss solution is to actually put in the effort to change what you put into your body with a proper diet and exercise. I am sorry to tell you, but there is no such thing as a quick fix peeps!

In its defense; juicing can help to get you started on the right path, provided you don't do it longer than three days. - this is what some "experts" are telling you; but honestly, prolonged juicing is equal to slow starvation and can possibly open doors to dangerous sicknesses and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow; swear by juicing and she is rarely seen without her bottle of juice. Salma Hayek has been so devoted that she even made her own juice cleanser called Cool Cleanse.
With A-list celebrities backing up this juicing fad so determinedly; its hard to open the eyes of people to some of the dangers that lurk behind the perfectly veneered claims.

Ultimately; it is your decision but take it from this Chef Mother, who speaks from experience; juicing is not all its squeezed out to be. Before putting such immediate and severe stress on your body in the name of weight loss; make sure you do your research and gather as much information as possible.

And with this; I leave it in your hands. Till next time....keep yourself informed and stay healthy lovely people!
Chef Shants xxxxx

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Realism with pastels

Hello beauties!

You all know I love art, and especially photorealism. This is a topic I've blogged about before, and is one you'll probably hear me babble about for a long time to come. I've never found an artist who works in pastel though, which brings us to today's featured artist.

Ruben Belloso Adorna, aka Benbe on Deviant Art, is an artist from Seville, Spain. He draws with pastel and usually works on a pretty large scale. He specializes in photo realistic portraits, and his work is truly inspiring. Check this out.

Don't you just think this is awesome? I need to go draw something and practice...

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Monday, 26 August 2013

Costume makeup

Hello beauties!

I hope you had a great weekend. We got to spend some time with great friends and family, continue the renovations in the nursery, manage some shopping and just kick back and relax.

Just a quick reminder to read and vote if you haven't yet. The poll closes on Wednesday and the story must go on on Friday. Some of you have been asking me where I'm planning on going with Roxanne's story. Well, initially it just started out as an idea to get writing by myself out there, to spread my name for when my novel came out. It's grown into something I love over time, so I think I might throw it all together and publish it as an ebook when it's done. It'll probably be free to download, and I'll let you know when I get that far.

On a related note, don't forget about my novel!! The Rise of the Exile Queen has done a lot better than I thought it would by this point and I feel really proud of it. If you're unsure about buying it, you can always go and read some of the reviews I've gotten on Amazon. I've dropped the price a bit too, so you can get your hands on a copy for a little less now. You can also like my novel page on Facebook, where you can see exclusive content, like rejected cover art, sneak peeks from The Song of War (which is the sequel I'm working on) and other content you won't see anywhere else. I really appreciate the support.

OK. On to today's post. I know it's only the end of August, but I know Halloween is coming up in a couple of months and I thought I'd share some costume makeup looks with you for inspiration. We don't celebrate Halloween in South Africa, but I absolutely love the creativity of costume makeup, so it's something I tend to google often. Also, we can use looks like these when we go to makeup school, or costume parties or just for the heck of it too! So enjoy, even if you're not going to some Halloween event!!

I love the simplicity of some of these, because it means you can use them even as last minute costume ideas. But then, some of them are pretty involved and generally kick ass. I wish I could do costume looks every day!! I especially loved the pixelated look and the Picasso painting!

Have a great week!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,