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CARROTS – NOT JUST RABBIT FOOD

Okay, so here’s the thing. Not only is this raw carrot salad brimming with antioxidant substances and omega-3s, but it’s oh-so-yummy!

Why are we suggesting you eat some bunny food? Well, carrots are high in lutein, a carotenoid that is important for eye health, while Vitamin A is essential for clear vision and supports the cornea. When combined with other vitamins, it has also been shown to play a role in the prevention of macular degeneration. These bright veggies are also useful in preventing and treating glaucoma and the development of cataracts, according to a number of studies.

And then there’s the rest of the ingredients and their groovy benefits: Flaxseed oil helps boost your daily intake of omega-3, without over-loading on omega-6. Increasing your fibre intake by keeping the skins on the carrots will steady blood-sugar levels in diabetes, and help you feel fuller for longer.

Now if this isn’t a reason to grab some sunny food this winter, we don’t know what is!

Let’s get right to it shall we:

Ingredients:

  • 500g carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh green chilies 

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots. Served chilled or at room temperature.

Tips: 

  • Buy locally grown carrots when they are in season- this way they are the freshest and most flavourful.
  • Use the entire carrot, including the tops and skin to boost fibre intake and reduce wastage.

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LOOK MARVELLOUS IN MAKE-UP AND WEAR YOUR GROOVY GLASSES TOO!

Makeup application can be quite a handful for most women. Add a pair of glasses into the equation (especially if it’s your first pair of glasses), and applying and maintaining makeup becomes rather tricky… and a bit of a balancing act! 

On the other hand, if you’ve worn glasses for decades, you might just consider your glasses a part of you—something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Glasses can be a fun way to show off your personality and uniqueness – and we have the grooviest in town! Because yes, bold frames, bright colours or jewelled details tell the world something about your style. But, wearing glasses does not mean that you should avoid wearing makeup altogether, or suddenly struggle with adding that extra special touch.

As with all new things, it just takes a little practice (and some extra time in front of the mirror) to get used to wearing makeup with glasses. We’ve put together some tips to help ensure your make-up routine is in tip-top-shape, helping you find the right balance between your fabulous frames and your fabulous self.

Our groovy ADVICE…

Groovy Tip 1: Clean your glasses regularly

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually really important to clean your glasses regularly if you want to avoid smudging your makeup. Use a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth to wipe down your lenses and frame—just be careful not to scratch them!

Groovy Tip 2: For those far-sighted Groovers

If you’re far-sighted, you might find that your glasses tend to magnify your features—including any imperfections. In this case, it’s important to focus on creating a smooth base for your makeup.  Start with a good primer, and use a foundation or concealer to even out your skin tone. Our top tip? Get an amplification mirror that swivels from supersized to normal. It will improve your makeup skills, and keep application precise. No more smears, smudges, messy liner and gloppy lashes.

Groovy Tip 3: For our near-sighted Groovers

If you’re near-sighted, your glasses might make your features appear smaller. In this case, you might want to focus on creating definition and contouring with makeup. Use a bronzer or blush to add some colour to your cheeks, and use a darker eyeshadow to create depth around your eyes. Our top tip? No matter how luminous and large your real-life eyes are, behind your glasses, they look smaller. Try lining your lower waterline with nude or ivory to open up your eyes even more.

FRAMING your assets…

Groovy Tip 4: Frame colour is quite important

It doesn’t matter if your frame is classic or trendy, choose a colour that looks great on you. Darker colours define and strengthen ageing eyes like instant eyeliner. Softer, lighter colours have a gentle effect and can chisel cheekbones or slim faces, kind of like contour makeup. Sheer or opaque frames can brighten complexions like instant blush. The choices could be overwhelming… No worries – we are here to help.

Groovy Tip 5. It’s a balancing act

If you have thick or heavy frames, you might want to focus on keeping the rest of your makeup fairly light. This will help to avoid overwhelming your features. On the other hand, if you have delicate frames, you can afford to be a little more generous with your makeup.

It’s all in the TECHNIQUE…

Groovy Tip 6. Separate your lashes

One of the keys to successful makeup application with glasses is to make sure your lashes are well-separated. This will help to avoid smudging your lenses, and also give you a more polished look. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes before applying mascara, and be careful not to get any product on your lenses. This is especially flattering if you’re near-sighted. Rather than mascaras that lengthen your lashes too much, look for one that separates and defines your lashes instead.

Groovy Tip 7: Brush those brows

If you wear glasses, it’s especially important to make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed. This will help to frame your face and ensure that your features are visible. Use a brow brush or pencil to fill in any sparse areas, and be sure to follow the natural shape of your brows. Brushing your brows upwards helps ensure they show above your glasses.

TOOLS of the trade…

Groovy Tip 8: Use Short-Handled Brushes

Long-handled brushes are great for applying makeup without glasses, but they can be tricky to use when you’re wearing them. Opt for shorter-handled brushes instead, which will give you more control and precision.

Groovy Tip 9: Setting Spray

If you’re worried about your makeup smudging or rubbing off on your glasses, setting spray is your best friend. This will help to keep your makeup in place, and also make it easier to remove at the end of the day.

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DON’T ‘RISK’ YOUR EYES WHILE YOU DIY

With the long weekend fast approaching, we’re sure you have some groovy renovation plans. After all, there’s nothing quite like sipping a cup of tea, and catching up on the latest Renovate. Yep – you’ve got it all planned out…a little “do-it-yourself” day to make the most of some extra time off. 

But living out our home reno dreams come with risks. Whether it be a speck of fly-away dust in the eye, a wayward drop of paint causing a stumble, or that pesky ladder losing its balance…

It’s also not always the obvious cuts and bruises that we have to worry about. Major eye injuries can happen at any given time. That speck of dust – huge inconvenience! Luckily, most eye injuries are preventable if we follow eye safety instructions and use eye protection.

Fairly sure you’re safe, because you’ll just be pottering around at home?

You might think to yourself “but I’m not planning any risky activities” – but we say, think again! Even cleaning can put your eyes at risk – chemicals like bleach in household cleaning products cause up to 125 000 eye injuries in a year.

Gardening might sound like a safer bet, but we often assist gardeners (or those aspiring to have green fingers) with eye injuries. Trimming hedges, snapping branches and twigs or walking into thorns can cause serious injury while lawnmowers, and even shovels can throw dirt and debris in the air.

And then there is home improvement. Yep – the DIY we started with. Most home improvement projects, from painting the kitchen to building a deck, involve materials or tools that can be harmful to the eyes. Screws, nails and hand tools can launch into the air and into your eyes, and power tools can send wood chips or other substances flying in the air.

The best thing to do?

Take precautions with these projects.

  1. We usually associate safety goggles with construction workers, but if you think about it, building a birdhouse to hang in your garden is a construction project too, and while it may feel small scale, it shares some of the risks with larger scale projects. Safe to say our first recommendation – wear safety goggles.
  2. Don’t ‘do it by yourself’ – always have someone else available to help nearby.
  3. Keep a first aid kit and phone handy. You never know. 
  4. Keep it clean. Remember to wash your hands after you have completed any work, before you touch your face or eyes to eliminate the possibility of any debris or chemicals contacting your eyes.
  5. Keep an eye on children. Keep children at a safe distance from flying debris. This includes mowing the lawn and making use of power tools. Make sure fertilisers, pesticides and pool chemicals are stored out of reach of children at all times.

What are the signs and symptoms of an eye injury?

Eye injuries tend to fall into two major categories: foreign body in the eye, and foreign penetration of the eye. But it’s not always easy to identify an eye injury — especially in children. Seek medical care immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Obvious pain, trouble opening the eye or trouble seeing
  • A cut or torn eyelid
  • One eye not moving as well as the other eye
  • One eye sticking out further or seeming more prominent than the other
  • An unusual pupil size or shape
  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • An object on the eye or under the eyelid that can’t easily be removed

What can you do if an eye injury occurs?

When an eye injury occurs, seek medical help from an optometrist, ophthalmologist or another doctor as soon as possible — even if the injury seems minor. Delaying care could lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

In addition, take simple steps to prevent further damage. For example:

  • Don’t touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • Don’t try to remove an object that appears stuck on the surface of the eye or an object that appears to have penetrated the eye
  • Don’t apply ointment or medication to the eye
  • Flush out any chemicals the eye has been exposed to with plenty of clean water
  • Gently place a shield or gauze patch over the eye until you can get medical attention

There you have it Groovers: an accident can happen in the blink of an eye. By all means, tackle that home project, redo the garden and live out your Kiwi Dream (pun intended). But remember that being prepared — both through prevention and quick action in case of an emergency — can help keep you and your loved ones seeing clearly.