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Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have been lauded by health specialists for decades and it's been on the trendy food list for a few years now. 

A member of the ginger family, the yellow spice is high in antioxidants. Used as a staple spice and medicinal herb in India for centuries, its benefits include mood balancing and boosting your body's ability to heal, as well as stabilising blood sugar, preventing ulcers, and optimising good and bad cholesterol. 

Thankfully, you can easily introduce this superfood into your diet (even if you are not ready to drop that morning coffee for an Instagram-friendly golden milk!). 

1. Curry

Let’s start with the more obvious. Turmeric is the spice that gives the deep yellow colour to Indian curries. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to some fresh ginger, garlic, onion, mustard seeds, and cumin and you have a nice spice base to make the most delicious fish, meat, or vegetarian curries. 

2. Porridge

Don’t be scared, you morning brekkie won’t end up tasting like the curry you had for dinner. Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric to 3 heaped tablespoons of oats, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, a few raisins and a cup of almond milk for the most delicious and healthiest porridge ever. Top with a dollop of almond butter and you are in heaven.

3. Soup

Turmeric goes particularly well with pumpkin, butternut squash, carrot, potato, and/or courgette soups, giving them an extra depth of flavour. 

4. Smoothie

Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric into your morning smoothie or juice to get a healthy dose of antioxidant. Our favourite recipe? 1 banana, ½ a pineapple, a big handful of spinach, a cup of almond milk and a few ice cubes. Add some cayenne pepper, turmeric and cinnamon to boost your metabolism and please your taste buds.  

5. Avocado toast

Unless you have been hiding in a cave since 2014, you are now well aware of the benefits of avocado. But maybe you didn’t know that combining turmeric with healthy fats – i.e. avocado or olive oil – improves the bioavailability of curcumin, the active ingredient in the yellow spice.

6. Roasted veggies

Add some turmeric to your veggie seasoning – salt, pepper, paprika, olive or coconut oil, oregano, mixed herbs, cayenne pepper… – for a nice eastern twist on the Sunday roast.

7. Hummus

Make hummus even healthier by adding a pinch of turmeric to a can of chickpea, one tablespoon of tahini, a garlic clove, the juice of one lemon, a pinch of cumin, olive oil, salt and pepper. Properly addictive. 

Plus a bonus No.8… a cake!

The perfect answer to anyone who dares telling you that cake isn’t good for you. 
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Sorry MAC fans, but if you have been lusting after their oh-so popular Spice liner and were expecting Santa to pop one under the tree for you, think again.

The favourite of make-up addicts everywhere because of its universally flattering appeal, Spice lip liner has become the brand’s most-wanted product ever. The massive increase in the pencil’s popularity is a result of the queen of the Instagram pout herself: Kylie Jenner. 

The 18-year old reality TV star has revealed that she counts on the liner to help her perfect that famous pout.

Before Kylie confessed to using lip fillers to obtain her famous pout, she was attributing it to her makeup artist’s serious skill with a lip pencil. Big sister Kim has also revealed that she still relies on the famous brand despite having an enhanced smile.

She is known to blend a number of shades together when contouring her lips, but her favourite is Spice though, just FYI. 

So much so that MAC shops around the world have were experiencing something of a supply crisis earlier this year.

While you can find it online, it may not be available for very long. With Christmas just around the corner, people are planning on stocking up. So if you know someone in your life that is expecting a beauty haul for Christmas, then you better order one now. 

However, if you are one of the unlucky beauty addicts who can’t get their hands on the liner of the moment, have no fear. 

NYX have a liner that is supposedly the closest thing to the MAC original. The Peekaboo Neutral lip pencil is available online for just €5. 

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1. Salt
Salt enhances the flavour of food. Choose salt that is not white if you can as it contains more minerals. Salts such as Celtic sea salt or Himalyan pink salt are much healthier than regular white table salt.

2. Black Pepper
Black pepper promotes intestinal health.

3. Cinnamon
Not only is cinnamon the perfect addition in curries and sweet desserts, it also stabilises blood sugar levels, reducing sugar cravings.

4. Cumin
A curry wouldn’t be the same without cumin.

5. Cayenne
Cayenne adds strong heat to your food and boosts the metabolism.

6. Tumeric
Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and provides a bright colour for your food.

7. Ginger
Ginger is really versatile and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. It also relieves headaches and queasy stomachs.

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