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    A New Generation of Beauty Salons

    When I read a recent press release with the heading ‘Vegan, Eco-Friendly Beauty Salon‘, I gotta say I was intrigued. The next line I read was ‘it’s also dog-friendly‘ and that was it, I had to know more. Introducing Bat Your Lash, a beauty salon tucked away on Melbourne’s famous Greville Street that is challenging the salon industry’s wastage problem with its eco-approach to beauty. The urban oasis, owned by Nadia Eizadi, has an ethos of beauty with intent and has transformed over the past two years to become waste-free, eco-friendly, vegan and toxic-free.

    I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nadia about her vision for Bat Your Lash, and why this is a salon we should be aware of. Warning – complete #decorgoals ahead ……

    Hi Nadia, your ethos is ‘beauty with intent’, what does this mean to you specifically?

    Beauty with intent has so much meaning to us! So much thought and research has gone into creating Bat Your Lash to create a space for beauty treatments that are not harmful to us, to the environment nor our four-legged friends. Every single service we offer has been carefully curated making sure there is no chemicals going on our clients skin, that it’s vegan and cruelty-free, that it’s got holistic and healing ingredients and no toxins are put down the drain. We replace plastic with bamboo and biodegradables and aim to buy local Australian products to support our economy and reduce C02 emission impact. When it comes to our furniture and décor we use natural materials from wood, marble, brass, copper, silk etc.

    To top it off we are also a zero-waste salon which means all our rubbish gets collected by Sustainable Salons and not through council. We have several recycle bins throughout the salon in which this amazing company reduces our landfill by giving them a second life. Reusing our waste to build parks, outdoor furniture for our community, art, research, etc. the best part is that 50% of their workforce have disabilities which are so beautiful to hear and a pleasure to support. One will truly appreciate our ethos of beauty with intent when they receive the Bat Your lash experience.

    So tell me more, what does a waste-free, eco-friendly, vegan and toxic-free beauty salon look like?

    As you walk in you will find a lot of natural materials from copper, brass, marble, wood and greenery. We have 3-4 recycle bins in each room and sections of the salon, paper, plastic, metal and general. We avoid plastic as much as we can so most of our packaging is either glass, bamboo, recycled paper and pest wood (fallen wood) even when you shop on our online store you will receive a unique compostable and reusable bag, all packaged without any tape or plastic – yes we’ve gone that far! You will get a sense of an earthy, grounded feel as you walk into Bat Your Lash. Most people say it feels playful yet very fresh.

    How can you make your space animal-friendly – not that I’m against it whatsoever – it’s just a new concept!
    Being based on Greville St, our furry friends become like our little family. Our team are slightly obsessed so we either attract them or chase them down, but yes clients are used to bringing their pets and having them sit on their laps whilst getting treatments done. It definitely puts a smile on everyones faces.

    What are the small touches that you offer, that give you that point of difference in beauty salons?

    We aim to have a point in difference with everything we do. Being a green salon is the first thing as I have yet not seen one in the beauty industry. We have swapped plastic with bamboo and biodegradables which is rewarding for us and our clients have appreciated too. We have super comfy custom made pillows and lash beds that are heated so great for cold winter days as our clients purr to sleep. All our mani and pedi products are vegan, cruelty-free and toxic-free including all our polishes, shellacs and gels. Say goodbye to damaged nails as most of these products not only don’t damage them but are actually made to strengthen.

    Our signature copper pedicure’s I would say is a MUST and an experience that can’t compare. It’s a custom made station of two, making it very exclusive, intimate, cosy and best of all tucked away from watching eyes of the street. Our copper bowls are unique to Melbourne and have many health benefits such as great for arthritis, skin conditions, low immunity, muscle and joint pain and most importantly anti fungal. With our signature copper pedicure our clients get to choose their own foot soak, scrub and oils to be used on them, which is quite fun.

    Besides using the best local products we could find, our décor is one to brag about. It’s definitely no usual beauty salon. Let’s just say it’s a ‘new age’ beauty boutique. As you enter we have a beautiful green flower wall with neon lighting, to marble and wood mani tables, custom made burnt orange pedicure chairs made from silk. A Velvet green and brass reception.

    Each room has a quirky name matched with its quirky wall art… pink flamingo, hairy canary and golden eagle. Theres so much to see but my favourite has to be our unique lash basin that is a vintage mid century brass champagne bucket with ram head handles… for those who know me, lets just say I like to be a little extra sometimes!

    What service is your most popular?

    I would say lashes and brow, and our signature copper pedicures are not far off.

    Bat Your Lash has a professional, qualified team offering a range of services including; eyelash extensions, henna brows, manicures & pedicures, waxing & threading, and makeup, and can be found at https://www.batyourlash.com/.

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle, Travel

    Celebrating Bastille Day with Katrina Lawrence

    If you’ve followed my blog from the start, you will be well aware of my quite obvious girl crush I have on Katrina Lawrence, the former beauty writer and now author and travel consultant at Paris for Dreamers. After the book launch of her first book Paris Dreaming: What the City of Light Taught Me About Life, Love & Lipstick., Katrina realised she had much more to say on the subject of Paris, and was happiest when advising others on how to get the most out of their next Parisian jaunt. Which is why she wrote a book on walking tours with a difference — Paris for Dreamers: Whimsical Walks Through the City of Light’s Delights — as well as launching the website, to give other Paris dreamers the inspiration they need to have their dream Parisian experience.

    With Bastille Day coming up on Sunday, I couldn’t not speak with Katrina about everything Parisian, and of course her covetable french beauty staples!

    What does Bastille Day mean to you?

    On a personal level, I’ve been in Paris for Bastille Day numerous times: with my grandfather when I was young, with girlfriends when we were all footloose and fancy-free, and a couple of times with my young sons. So I have a variety of memories of this fun and festive day.

    But from the point of view of a Francophile — a lover of French culture, history, food, everything! — Bastille Day represents a celebration of the human right to a good life.

    Bastille Day might not at first seem like it should be a happy event. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, a bloody siege that led to the Revolution and the so-called Terreur, a time of such frightening and indiscriminate violence that it gave the world the word ‘terrorism.’ But although the French Revolution saw some truly evil men commit atrocious acts, it was above all a fight by the people for equality.

    What I love about the legacy of the revolution is that it wasn’t about dragging everything down so much as elevating everyone up to a better life. Old aristocratic habits weren’t killed off by the guillotine. Restaurants boomed after the revolution. Opera kept playing. The fashion industry kept spinning. People continued to drink champagne. I adore that about the French, their firm belief that everyone has the right to drink champagne, that we should all be able to have a life worth celebrating.

    So Bastille Day is about saluting the freedoms and the rights that allow the French to live well. In France there is free education and healthcare. People are highly taxed for it, of course, and income is not particularly huge in France. But most people get by, and have the time and money to enjoy picnics with friends, long family lunches, holidays here and there, those seemingly small pleasures that end up being the big things in life. And when you’re in France on Bastille Day you see this, everyone out enjoying life’s little joys — the picnics, the pétanque, the macarons, the rosé!

    You were a beauty journalist for many years — what did the French teach you about beauty?

    Oh, so much. I loved interviewing the perfume ‘noses’ in particular. They’re such artists and I now really appreciate a beautifully crafted fragrance, especially one that leaves a lasting sillage — that scent trail that Parisiennes love to wear like an olfactory scarf!

    I also interviewed many beautiful French women, from skincare formulators to actresses and models, and what I soon came to realise is that the effortlessly chic look they do so well actually does require a certain amount of effort! But they know when to draw the line, so to speak — they’re not chained to their bathrooms. They know which beauty tasks require the most attention. So, for example, they’re ultra-diligent with their skincare, and regular facials, which means they can get away with a quick daily makeup routine of minimal foundation (if any), followed by a smudge of liner or swipe of red lipstick. Similarly, they use good-quality haircare, so that if they air-dry their hair, it will still look healthy even if messy. It’s like carrying around an old Birkin bag — it might be battered but, hey, it’s Hermès!

    A Parisienne once told me that she can’t spend too long on her beauty regimen as she would miss out on too many other things that are important to her, such as reading the newspaper or catching up with friends. The key for her was in knowing how to do the minimum work for maximum results.

    For most Parisians, looking groomed is a social duty — they like to live up to the gorgeousness of Paris. I love this about them, the pride they take in themselves as much as their city. Grooming is also a form of self-care here. After all, it was a French brand that came up with the tagline ‘Because you’re worth it’!

    What are your favourite French beauty products?

    • Anything from the wonderful Bioderma. Especially their cult cleansing water, of course, but also their anti-redness skincare, which I find soothing for my rosacea.
    • An Embryolisse moisturiser followed by Embryolisse Secret de Maquilleurs — I usually need coverage on my cheeks for my aforementioned redness, and these two products combine for a great base.
    • Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. I am nothing short of obsessed with this shampoo. I love the exfoliating action and how it makes your scalp feel so fresh, but also that at the same time it’s super-gentle on hair, especially of the highlighted variety. Also, the lather is exceptional for a sulphate-free product.
    • Suncare by La Roche-Posay. The formulations are as lightweight as they are high-coverage.
    • Guerlain L’Heure Bleue. I adore a thematic perfume, a fragrance with a beautiful back-story, and this is the ultimate for me. It was inspired by Paris’s famous blue light, that vaporous, violet-tinged twilight. Cue a powdery sparkle that dissolves into a seductive muskiness, with a potent sillage that takes you well into the after dark.

    Finally, can you share any Paris travel tips?

    Of course! It’s my favourite thing to do! I have thousands of them but if I had to pick out a few tops, they would be …

    • Just go. Whenever you can. Don’t think you must sync your holiday to a particular season if you have limited timing options. Of course, Paris is sublime in April, when the pink cherry blossoms are in full bloom. But it’s a city that is exquisite in every season. You just need to make sure you’re fully equipped for that season (say, pack Uniqlo thermals for winter), and tailor your itinerary to suit the conditions. In other words, don’t plan for late-night picnics by the Seine if you’re going to be there in December!
    • Pack walking shoes. Or a few pairs. Paris is for wanderers. It’s relatively flat in surface, it’s doesn’t take too long to criss-cross, and there are so many picturesque ways to get from A to B — there’s always something to swoon over, such as a pretty flower-laden balcony. This is how you find a Paris of your own. I always recommend leaving one day on the itinerary completely blank — this is the day for just walking wherever your fancy takes you. And in Paris, a city of so many portals to a past time and of so much beauty, that fancy will always take you somewhere amazing. Oh also, all the walking works off all the macarons and cheese!
    • If you’re heading to Paris in peak season, consider pre-purchasing tickets for the larger museums and more popular monuments. Just be aware that, with most of these, you’ll need to commit to a specific date, possibly even a particular time slot, too. That might be tricky at first, but you’ll be thankful for the forward thinking once you’re breezing through the fast lane.

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  • InBeauty

    Now Is the Time to Shop Charlotte Tilbury

    One of my most favourite makeup and skincare brands is the ever covetable Charlotte Tilbury, which will be hardly a surprise to anyone. With 20+ years as a makeup artist surrounded by some of the most incredible of people, Charlotte Tilbury knows what works and every tip and trick she’s learned along the way has shaped her makeup and skin care line. Now is the time to shop hard as the Australian and UK websites are having a very limited time sale – scroll down for the information you need to know.

    Glowgasm Magic Duo – Save $18 on the exclusive makeup kit, which includes a Face Pallete and a Beauty Light Wand (in your chosen shade).

    Glowgasm Wand Trio – Save $12 On the iconic Beauty Light Wand highlight & blush trio!

    Dreamgasm Eye & Lip Kit – Save $19 on a mega-watt face glow kit, including a Luxury Pallete Dreamgasm, Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Black Vinyl and Collagen Lip Bath in your chosen shade.

    Gorgeous Glowing Eye Kit – Save 5% on this glowing eye look in an exclusive makeup kit that includes The Feline Flick Panther, Full Fat Lashes Glossy Black and an Eyes to Mesmerize in one of two shades.

    And can we just take a moment appreciate the beauty that is the Hot Lips 2 packaging, oh my ….. <3

    Credit card limit, what credit limit?

    If you get a chance, do try the Magic Cream – I promise you it lives up to the title.

    *Sale ends 14th July, 2019

     

     

     

     

     

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  • InBeauty

    Brow Rehab with Suzie from Flybrow

    I’ve been growing out my eyebrows for years now, thanks those teenage days plucking what hairs I did have into that super thin tadpole shape that literally defined the 90’s, but we’ve come a long way since then. Brow experts such as Suzie Moldavon, founder of Flybrow make the grow out process so much easier, and it’s more bearable than ever. I never tire of seeing brow transformations, and Suzie and her team do some of the best. I recently caught up with Suzie to learn more about Flybrow and the experience that is brow rehab!

    The first of its kind mobile brow service, FLYBROW was created to serve you, today’s modern woman, everywhere you already are. We go to your office and plan pop-ups at your favorite hair and skin salons making self-care easy and your best brows possible. At FLYBROW we start with brows, but end up reshaping your self-image, your confidence and how you show up in the world.

    Hi Suzie, without giving away all your secrets, what advice can you give to those who are beginning the brow rehab process? I’m never worried about giving away secrets. Truth is I can’t be everywhere and I only have 2 hands, so I’d rather teach other artists my tricks and tips and empower them to run their own successful brow businesses. I’m teaching a Flybrow Academy on July 15th and we will be streaming it to anyone not in CA! The link to sign up is here and the streaming ticket is really affordable! Not sure what time of the day in AU it will be, but will be everything I know about brows and the beauty industry!

    But brow rehab, you ask. We love it when we meet a client who came in for a clean up and we realize that she could be in for more of an eyebrow journey. Clean up after clean up is what lands most women at brows that are uneven or too thin. So it’s our job as artists, to pause and think, can this client achieve a better brow for her face than she currently has? Might more hair grow? How long has it been between brow services? And once you get all the information you need, you set her off on a journey, that is painful at first and liberating in the end. It’s so hard for an everyday tweezer to put down her tweezers, but once she gets out of the habit of pulling hairs daily, she’ll feel so free from the chore of it. But the best advice I can give, is get your brows shaped WHILE you’re on the rehab journey. Artist consistency is key and so is staying committed to the cause. But as long as the artist who holds your vision for a thicker fuller brow is guiding you and shaping your brows WHILE you’re rehabbing, you don’t have to live with giant messy brows all over your face for the 3-12 months rehab can take (each person is different depending on age and what their original natural brow looked like). Nobody needs an eyebrow on the middle of their eyelid. Clean up the excess and get them shaped while leaving space for the miracles to happen!

    Listen to Suzie on the living skin by dermalogica podcast ‘Building Your Business Series: The Business of Brows’

    What can we expect when we are going through brow rehab, and can the experience be made any easier at all? Yes, shape them while rehabbing! BUT make sure that the SAME artist is on the journey with you. If you’re someone who gets a ‘clean up’ at a nail salon or at a waxing salon that has a roster of artists, request the artist that noticed that you might be a good candidate for a rehab in the first place. That artist holds the vision of a fuller brow and they can make sure to not just clean up old lines and leave you with the same over-tweezed shape you had before. Tinting is something we love to use while rehabbing brows as well – it picks up the light hairs and helps to make what do you have look thicker. I always say “twins, not sisters” because to me, you should always aim for the top! So many artists settle at ‘sisters’, but between nature, professional brow artists and product, brows that are twins is definitely a possibility.

    Do you recommend we use any specific eyebrow tools or products at home, i.e pencils, pomades, or gels? Yes, nature doesn’t always bless us with symmetry, so during rehab at home, product is your friend. Find a pencil, powder, pomade or gel that can help you fill in the spaces where your brows aren’t yet grown in. Product is used for ‘editing’ what nature didn’t make perfect so find a product that you’re comfortable using that leaves color on the skin. The product itself is up to you, the market is so over saturated, I’d find something that is comfortable in your hand, and responds well with your skin whether it’s oily or dry and looks the most natural! Always remember to spoolie the product after applying, this seems to be a commonly missed step. And, don’t use a tinted gel or ‘boy brow’ during rehab unless you’re a blonde – you’ll need product that leaves color on the skin and not just in the hairs that you don’t yet have.

    And lastly, where can those in the US find you? They can find us all over! We pop up several times a month in LA, SF and NY and to see where we’ll be next, follow our Instagram and book here! Our vision is to empower women on both sides of the chair. We teach the Flybrow method so they can learn our techniques, and maybe run their own Flybrow in their city one day. Our mission is to spread the love and the magic of Flybrow far and wide to more clients than we could ever touch with just our two hands … so contact us if you’re interested in joining the team, or want to bring Flybrow to your city or company, and stay tuned for more from Flybrow as we continue to spread our wings!

    – If you need me,  I’ll no doubt be on Instagram stalking all the amazing before and afters – here’s to better brow days!

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  • InBeauty

    Sunscreen or Skinscreen?

    I’ve always been passionate about sunscreen after my mothers melanoma experience a few years back, and am thrilled that sunscreen is finally cool, thanks to important initatives like #CallTimeonMelanoma and beauty gurus  such as Hannah English keeping sunscreen relevant. With brands now offering SPF50+ in Australia, which was almost unheard of previously, and new kids on the block Ultra Violette offering a wide variety of textures for all skin types – now is the perfect time to find your ideal sunscreen or skinscreen for LIFE.

    Ultra Violette: ‘A skinscreen is the perfect combination of skincare and sunscreen – with hydrating ingredients that are just as potent as their SPF counterparts. You can use them solo, or layered with your other skin staples like serums, moisturiser and foundation for an extra punch of hydration. All of our products are purposely designed to work for the good of your skin, both in the short and long term.’

    Ultra Violette are currently the following three options:

    1. Queen ScreenA lightweight, invisible broad spectrum SPF50+ serum with a luminising finish. For normal to dry skin, including sensitive.
    2. Clean Screen SPF 30 Mattifying Mineral SkinscreenA mattifying broad spectrum SPF30 mineral sunscreen, for all skin types including combination to oily, sensitive, and inflamed.
    3. Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial SunscreenA broad spectrum SPF50+ three in one: moisturiser, SPF and primer. For all skin types that need a hydration boost.

    I’ve just re-purchased my second bottle of Queen Screen, as I’m obsessed with its milky light serum-like texture, that absorbs into my skin perfectly post-moisturizer and pre-makeup application. I will say though, that it did take some time for me to get used to the sheen the product gives off, and some days I do find I need to pop a primer on over the top of Queen Screen, just to reduce some of that shine #oilygalforlife. The price you pay for sun protection, right? It’s also very important to note I’ve experienced ZERO white cast wearing this skinscreen, and my husband has been known to “borrow” this little bottle often.

    Adore Beauty have recently come on board with Ultra Violette as an official retailer, offering free express delivery and two free samples on orders over $50, with my goodies only taking two or three business days to arrive in Tassie – no mean feat!

    If you’re a little unsure of when to apply sunscreen in your skincare routine, and the dosage required for adequate sun protection, peep this page and maybe add it your favourites for future reference. Interestingly, Australia has the most rigorous testing standards for sunscreen, so you’re definitely in the best of hands.

    Related imagesunscreen -one less thing to worry about!

     

     

     

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  • InBeauty

    Review | Eve Lom Cleanser

    If there is a product that I hear about more than any, it’s the cult favourite Eve Lom’s Cleanser. If it’s not being reviewed by beauty editors in a magazine (Vogue, anyone), you will see it in store or read a rave review online by a blogger or five – it’s just that type of product. Its ability to remove makeup and dirt from the skin with a spa-like experience is second to none, and it’s a product that I would recommend everyone would try, at least once in their life. For me, double cleansing was a game changer in skincare and I’ve never looked back since. It will never cease to amaze me how much is left behind after the first cleanse, no wonder my skin has improved in the last few years! For those with blemish-prone skin, this is definitely something to consider.

    READ THE EVE LOM FACIAL TECHNIQUE

    But back to the spa-like experience, it’s as simple as warming up this balm in your hands and massaging in, and enjoying the aroma released from the balm from its unique set of ingredients. And speaking of the ingredients, we’re talking about:

    • Clove oil for clearer, less red skin;
    • Eucalyptus oil to drain away toxins, while hops oil tones,
    • Egyptian chamomile works to soften and soothe; 
    • While the luxurious cocoa butter conditions the skin.

    Once you’ve massaged til your hearts content, everything can be swiftly removed with a warm wet muslin cloth, which is included with the purchase. The muslin cloth also provides a gentle exfoliation for the skin, which will save you time and extra dollars – it’s one less step to include in your routine. On that note, a little pot of this cleanser will last you months, even if used daily – just a drop or two is more than sufficient and this is not juice to be wasted.

    Eve Lom is sharing the love this month by running a sale, offering £25 off £100 or £50 off £200 and the usual two free samples with every order, and free gift wrapping.

    I read somewhere that Kris Jenner uses a hot face towel every night to remove her makeup, so really I’m one step closer to being a Kardashian/Jenner, right?

     

     

     

     

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  • InBeauty

    Dealing with Rosacea

    I’ve suffered from rosacea ever since I can remember, and have noticed a marked increase in redness since I’ve gotten older. The constant flushing of my cheeks or chin have always plagued me, and I often over-apply my foundation as I’m always trying to conceal this. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cosmetic Physician, Dr. Phoebe Jones, trusted cosmetic doctor practicing a at Concept Cosmetic Medicine. Below she shares some of her expert advice on living with skin conditions such as rosacea.

    “When I first started working in the industry, anti-wrinkle injections were by far the most popular treatment clients were requesting but now we’re starting to see that change. Skincare conditions like rosacea and pigmentation were often left untreated but with technological advances and scientific research we now not only have a much greater understanding of what causes these skincare conditions but how to treat them,” says Dr. Jones.

    RELATED: What You Need to Know about Skin Health

    What are the tell-tale signs on our face that we are suffering from rosacea, as opposed to a similar skin condition?

    Rosacea is normally clinically diagnosed based on a few characteristic symptoms. The most common ones include: frequent facial flushing; a persistent red rash across the cheeks, nose and chin; prominent blood vessels (telangiectasia); red applies and pustules in the rash affected areas; sensitive, dry and flaky skin; red, sore and gritty eyes; an enlarged and unshapely nose (rhinophyma).
     
    Are there any specific ingredients we should look for in skincare, or specific products we can use for relief?
    UV protection, niacinamide, and azaelic acids can help improve general redness and prevent triggers and are good over the counter options. Salicylic acid (BHA) is also great if you encounter clogged pores and pustules. For more severe forms, go to your doctor for some prescription topicals as Dr. Jones says, “Diagnosis is important to determine what treatment plan is suitable.”
    Are there any in-salon treatments that reduce redness or inflammation?
    Yes, vascular lasers can help improve redness and telangiectasia (spider veins). Other lasers and LED lights can also help to reduce inflammation and pustule causing bacterial load in the skin. Gentle topical peels can also help to unclog pores. Rhinophyma can also be surgically treated.
    Is there anything we can change in our diet to avoid a flare up of rosacea, and reduce redness?
    Rosacea can flare up or be triggered by anything that can dilate the blood vessels (vasodilation), which includes alcohol and spicy foods. It is also triggered by extremes of temperature and UV exposure. In skincare, it can be useful to avoid (if possible) steroid creams, very oily creams and fragrance. “Also, if you suffer from acne rosacea, I’d suggest using a non-comedogenic sunscreen”, advises Dr. Jones.

    Personally speaking, I’ve experienced a huge reduction in redness when using the AMPERNA® skincare range which has helped heal my skin through their unique ingredients, and The Ordinary’s Niacinamide definitely helped the bumpiness of my cheeks and chin. Simplicite Skin has also produced great results for me, and I also recall an amazing LED light session at a local salon, which decreased the redness for days.

    I’d love to know, what’s your secret weapon in concealing redness on the face, or even the arms ala pilaris keratosis? Let me know!

     

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  • InBeauty

    How to Master the Bold Lip

    You’ve all seen one before – the perfect bold lip. It’s mesmerising, alluring and with just a pop of colour, it can create an effortless statement in a flash. Step out in confidence this season with our guide to mastering the bold lip.

    Preparation is key

    Before you can attempt this assignment, you need to prepare your lips for duty. A sugar scrub is the best way to exfoliate your lips, leaving you with a soft and smooth surface for flawless application. Scrub your lips in a circular motion to remove dry and dead skin cells and to remove makeup residue. Once you’ve buffed away the bad stuff, be sure to hydrate those lips for an ultra supple surface with a treatment or an ointment. You can also prolong the wear of your lip colour, by sealing off the lips with a heavy balm, to prevent the colour from bleeding. Then, lightly apply a translucent powder or a lip primer to absorb any additional moisture. This will keep your colour locked in for longer.

    A bold statement needs a natural base.

    Whether you apply your bold lip first or last, you need to make sure that your base is complementary to your lip colour. Choose a foundation colour that is the most natural for your skin tone, taking notice of whether your skin has yellow, pink or purple undertones. Before applying your foundation, add a pop to your natural look by using an illuminating primer to liven up a relatively natural look. Apply your chosen foundation to your face, using a dampened sponge for a more even application, Taking particular notice to blend your foundation properly around the lips and nose, as well as along the jawline. Regardless of whether you normally bronze, blush, shade or highlight, we recommend leaving your eyeshadow and contour until after you have applied your bold lip, just to ensure that your palette matches the lip.

    Pick the right shade.

    Picking the right lipstick shade is essential, because believe it or not, red is not always just red. You need to pick a colour that will suit your complexion to pull off such a statement lip. For example, if your skin has pink undertones, a shade which has a blue tones will match your look more naturally, whereas if you have yellow undertones, a warmer shade with vibrant orange tones will suit your bold lip to perfection. Once you’ve chosen the shade, pick the right finish for your look. Matte lips are usually a winner for the winter months, but take the opportunity to mix it up with an ultra high shine or even a metallic finish.

    Create the right shape

    Now is the time to create the framework for your look. Take a lip liner which can either match the colour of your bold lip shade or it can match your natural lip colour. Bulk up the shape and fullness of your lips by lining your cupid’s bow and your vermillion border. You can overdraw the shape of your lips, but be sure not to skew from the natural contour of your lips.

    Apply your statement colour.

    Get ready to bring the glam. Take your lipstick of choice and apply it to your upper lip in sweeping motions, moving from the inner edge of your cupid’s bow to the outer corners of your lips. Then apply it to your lower lip, applying layers until you reach your desired level of coverage.  Once you have achieved your desired colour, feel free to add a lip gloss finish to enhance your look. Finally, clean up any uneven edges or lines with a flat concealer brush, to create a razor sharp look.

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  • InBeauty

    My lookfantastic AU Experience

    You might not be aware that SkincareStore Australia recently rebranded to lookfantastic, Europe’s number one online premium beauty retailer, giving us Aussie’s access to more than 250 international and local brands. We’re talking brands such as Dermalogica, The Ordinary, Christophe Robin, amika, Alpha H and many many more, but just recently Clinique has joined the crew as a new brand available for purchase!

    I was recently given the opportunity to experience the lookfantastic service and their sparkly new website, and now I get to share my experience with you all! For transparency, I was provided a voucher to purchase some goodies but I also picked up a few extra things that weren’t covered.

    After a long debate with myself, I ended up ordering the following:

    I cannot rave enough about the service provided by lookfantastic. Once the order was confirmed via email, it arrived just a week after it was placed which is normal for delivery to Tassie – it’s a little slower down this way. Also kudos to LF for not including any unnecessary packaging within the box, gotta help out the environment where we can!

    Regarding the products, if only you could smell the amika signature vanilla, citrus and clover fragrance – it’s a spa in my shower every day. These two will be a definite repurchase, as well the Kora Noni Glow sachets. This potent, nutrient-dense blend of superfoods in powder form is non-GMO, gluten & dairy-free, vegan and cruelty-free, boosting the skin’s health and wellness from the inside out. I think it also tastes a bit chocolate-y which I’m not complaining about! The Clinique highlighter has the prettiest sheen with a sheer pink undertone, and has been working perfectly as an alternative to a powder highlight.

    lookfantastic offers free tracked delivery to Australia on orders over $50, and always have a coupon or two available for a sneaky GWP. The site is also offering a free makeup bag when you spend $120 with the code LFAUS – so run, don’t walk!

    Have you tried our Aussie version of lookfantastic, and what was your experience like?

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    Links I Love

    It’s time for another edition of Links I Love, which I’ve come to realise gives my endless scroll through the interwebs a purpose – it’s for my blog, right? Grab a glass of preference, and take a read!

    Teresa X TOMBOY

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    A Guide to Exfoliation for Smoother, Brighter & Glowier Skin

    *Originally published at The Sheet Mask Shop by Jess

    “I’ve been noticing an increasing interest in exfoliating acids lately, and a lot of lovely ladies asking for advice about them and exfoliation in general. As someone who loves exfoliation and how it makes my skin feel, I certainly understand the excitement! I also, however, have skin that can easily become over-exfoliated. I am also very aware that exfoliation products can be confusing – there are many different types to choose from, and some may suit certain skin types better than others. So today I thought I’d help try to explain some of the ins and outs of exfoliation for you, with some specific recommendations included for different needs and skin types. If you’d like a more detailed post on any of the specifics, or simply want to ask a question or 5 – please don’t hesitate to say hi via my blog or Instagram“.

    Why is exfoliation great? I love exfoliation for the same reason I love sheet masking – it has an immediate effect! Exfoliators help remove the dead skin cells (and debris) that build up on the skin’s surface, and removing dead skin cells has a lot of benefits for all skin types. A build-up of dead skin cells can make the skin’s texture rough, dry and uneven. Dead skin cells that build up in pores can clog them, making pores appear larger and causing breakouts and bumps that can become acne. Dead skin cells also tend to dull the skin and can make fine lines and wrinkles more obvious.

    Using the right exfoliators to remove these dead skin cells reveals younger skin cells and assists the skin to look and feel smoother, softer and glowier. It can keep pores clear, reduce acne discolouration and uneven skin tone, and even help fade sun spots and pigmentation. Exfoliation also helps your other products (sheet masks, serums, essences and creams) work better as those dead skin cells can act as a barrier reducing the ability of your skin care from penetrating your skin, so removing them helps your other products get to work in your skin more easily.

    What are the different types of exfoliation? There are a few different types of exfoliants used in skin care, with the most common being acids, enzymes and manual exfoliators (i.e. scrubs/granules). Let’s break them down:

    ACIDS

    There are a few different types of acids generally used to aid exfoliation, in AHAs, BHAs and (the newer) PHAs. All of them work by lowering the skin’s pH and dissolving the bonds, or “glue”, that holds the cells of dead skin together – making them easier to remove or shed naturally more quickly. These acids can be used in different types of skin care products – including cleansers, toners, essences, serums and creams (and some sheet masks!). I like to use acids as early in my skin care routine as possible, when the skin’s pH is lower, as it helps them work more effectively. I also tend to prefer acids in cleansers, toners, peeling masks and essences that can be used during, or immediately after cleansing. But what acid is right for you?

    • AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids and include lactic, glycolic and malic acids. These acids are water soluble and great for breaking down dry, dull, surface dead skin cells. They are particularly good for helping reduce pigmentation, rough skin and uneven skin tone.
    • BHAs are beta hydroxy acids, and include salicylic acid and betaine salicylate. These acids are oil-based and can penetrate into pores to break down dead cells that clog them – leading to blackheads and acne, and larger-looking pores. These are particularly good for oily, acne-prone and congested skin types.
    • PHAs are poly hydroxy acids (a new forms of alpha hydroxy acids with a larger molecular size), and they include lactobionic acid and gluconolactone. Because PHAs are larger molecules than the traditional AHAs, they can’t penetrate into the skin very far and work towards the skin’s surface, whilst also being natural humectants that draw water to the skin, increasing its hydration. They are a great alternative to AHAs for sensitive skin types and many people can use them more often.

    When might acids not be right for you? Because acids chemically dissolve cell bonds, and penetrate the skin to varying degrees, you can easily overdo their use. It is important that you start slow, and pay attention to your skin to determine how often you can use these products. If you are pregnant, you may be advised not to use BHAs (or retinol) during your pregnancy but most importantly, acids (and retinoid products) can make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to sun damage. While you really should use a sunscreen every day anyway, it is really imperative that you actially make it a daily part of your routine when using acids. If you can’t trust yourself to do this, it may be better to start with one of the other exfoliants below. Personally, I don’t like using acids for body exfoliation – because while I wear sunscreen on my face religiously, I am less trustworthy with other parts of my body!

    ENZYMES

    Enzyme exfoliators work slightly differently to acids. These products break down the proteins in dead skin cells to help them shed more easily. Enzyme exfoliators are generally fruit derived, especially from pineapple and pawpaw. They are good for more sensitive skin types, and very unlikely to irritate, as they work only on the skin’s surface. They are usually water-activated (eg. an enzyme wash), and can help all skin types, being a great option for those whose skin cannot tolerate acids (or can’t be trusted to wear sunscreen every day).

    MANUAL EXFOLIATORS

    While acids and enzymes break down the structure of dead skin cells, manual exfoliators actually work to lift off and remove them. A scrub with a face cloth or brush (eg. a Clarisonic Mia or Foreo Luna) can act as a manual exfoliation. But personally I love well formulated, very gentle scrubs for manual exfoliation, to ensure I am actually removing the skin cells that are being broken down by my acid or enzyme exfoliants. It is also by far my preferred body exfoliation method. The important thing to remember with scrubs is very gentle pressure only. You don’t want to overly tug or rub at your skin. Very fine particle peeling masks can be excellent for sensitive skin, or those already using acids. Scrubs are also a great option for younger skin, sensitive skin or those that cannot tolerate acids, or regularly apply sunscreen.

    How often should you exfoliate? All skin is different. Gentle acid toners may be able to be used daily, or every second day. However, peeling masks, scrubs and stronger acids are ideal to be used once or twice a per week within your established skincare routine. My advice is to start slow and see what your skin likes best. Most of all, if you can, exfoliate early in your skin care routine to ensure that the product can work as effectively as possible – and help prepare your skin for your treatment skin care products so they absorb as effectively as possible. I personally love to time my exfoliation days with treatment sheet mask nights!

    K Beauty, K Beautiful: The Sheet Mask Shop was born of our desire to introduce Australians to the fabulous, great-value skincare products and effective self-care routines we ‘discovered’ during our travels to Korea and Japan. Our whole philosophy is to make it as easy as possible for Australians to try the very best of these products and help guide you as you explore the wealth of wonderful options to find what is best for your skin.

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    The 2019 Home Grown Beauty Edit

    With Australia Day quickly approaching on the calendar, I wanted to highlight a handful of incredible home grown brands that you need to know about in 2019. Here’s my edit, and remember that Adore Beauty currently have a 10% off skincare sale, for any sneaky belated Christmas presents from you to you…

     

    Biologi Hydration Body Serum

    Lux Aestiva Gypsy Oil

    Simplicite Skin Antioxidant Plant Serum

    Skinvitals Glow 2–Step Brightening Cloth Mask Treatment

    Dermatonics Beauty Elixir

    Frank Body Shimmer Scrub

    Lanolips Banana Balm Lip Sheen

    Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Cleanser

    Natio Nail Colour

    Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment

    Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask 

    Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+

    Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub

     

    Here’s to Aussie brands kickin’ it worldwide!

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    The Power of Botanical Skincare

    After my recent Skinstitut facial treatment at Laser Clinics Australia (LCA) I wanted to learn more about the products my therapist used that day that left me and my skin literally glowing. LCA exclusively use and stock instore the Skinstitut skincare product range, which is Australia’s most cost-effective, cosmedical range designed to correct skin and return the skin to optimum skin health. This is achieved by using cosmedical ingredients – the newest and the most effective category of skin products that can be purchased without prescription – that not only aid in skin correction, but also will assist with healthy maintenance of the skin and prevention of premature ageing and sun damage. I was recently put in contact with Skinstitut Expert, Zoe Devine, to learn about the power of botanical skincare in the Skinstitut range.

    Hi Zoe, what are the benefits of botanically derived ingredients? A major benefit of harnessing the power of nature using botanically derived ingredient means we can generate greater nutrient diversity and stability. Using a botanically sourced ingredient allows us to obtain not only a single vitamin or mineral for the skin but in fact a plethora of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and organic compounds that work in synergy with one another for improved efficacy. Plants contain compounds known as phytonutrients; there are over 4000 phytonutrients found in nature, each working in different ways. Some of the best known phytonutrients are the carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, indoles, lignans and isoflavones.

    Why is it important to use botanically derived ingredients within skincare products? Nature provides us with some potent sources of nutrients that can benefit the skin. Where possible we try to utilise these botanically derived ingredients due to their rich nutrient profile. This helps us to create a more multi-faceted and dynamic skincare product. We’re always continuing to strive to maintain and improve our ethical stance. Skinstitut are proud to be a vegan skincare range that does not test on animals.

    How does Skintitut, as a cosmedical brand, harness botanical elements within its products? Being a cosmedical skincare brand has many advantages; not only do we ensure that all ingredients are used within their therapeutic threshold to guarantee a change within the skin but some of our favourite attributes (and often less talked about) are our ethical and botanical elements. We’re happy to boast about our results-orientated skin care solutions that utilise innovative and powerful ingredients; both cosmedical and botanical. When formulating, we always consider how we can deliver a wide array of naturally occurring nutrients for the skin is the most condensed fashion. We seek out the most appropriate and multifunctional ingredients that are sourced globally for their phytonutrient profile. Many of these ingredients are derived from nature and exert a multitude of actions for the skin.

    Which key botanical ingredients can be found in Skinstitut products and what do they do for the skin? Skinstitut use a myriad of botanical ingredients, a couple of our favourites include:

    • Goji Berry Extract – a super food in its own right this humble berry offers a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is used in skincare products for its effective anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm redness and strengthen capillaries (you can find goji in Gentle Cleanser and L-Lactic Cleanser).
    • Green tea – we are all drinking it but why are we now putting it on our skin? These delicate leaves have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to skincare, green tea has the ability to protect skin cells from free radical damage that would ultimately lead to cell damage and premature ageing. Green tea is within Gentle Cleanser, Multi-Active Mist and Moisture Defence Ultra Dry.
    • Papaya extract (papain enzymes) – these enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they digest protein (aka dead skin cells). Papain is gentle enough to digest old, dead skin cells, without dissolving or digesting new, healthy skin cells, thereby protecting the skin. This improves the texture and tone and delivers ultra-gentle exfoliation for even the most sensitive skin. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties also make this form of ingredient extremely useful for acne prone skin. Papain enzymes can be found in Enzymatic Micro Peel and Moisture Defence Oily Skin.
    • Kakadu plum – an Australian native fruit known as a superfood; acting as one of the richest sources of vitamin C plus delivering powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties. This helps to offset the damaging effect from daily exposure and pollution offering anti-ageing and complexion strengthening properties. You can find kakadu plum in Moisture Defence Normal Skin and Repair Balm. Some of our other cherished botanical ingredients include aloe vera, avocado oil, olive leaf, rosehip and pomegranate oil. Some of our other cherished botanical ingredients include aloe vera, avocado oil, olive leaf, rosehip and pomegranate oil.

    For more information on Laser Clinics Australia or the Skinstitut product range, visit the LCA website and take a peek at official stockist Adore Beauty who are currently having a 10% skincare sale!

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    Protect your Eyes This Summer

    In the spirit of the warmer weather finally reaching us here in Tasmania, I’ve partnered up with Quay Australia to share some timely advice to protect your precious peepers in the summer time.

    • First things first, applying an eye cream day and night is essential but because you already know that, consider mixing it up between morning and evening, as personally I like a brightening eye cream in the morning (Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème) and a richer cream in the Ella Baché Eternal Restructuring Eye Cream for the evening. I apply this after serum but before night cream and oil, as I find it ‘locks’ in better.
    • Wear a hat whenever you’re outside, and use it to add to your outfit as opposed to just wearing a hat. ASOS have a great selection of hats, and my personal favourite is the Felt Boater Hat in Light Camel.
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and keep eye drops on hand if you find your eyes are feeling tight and dry, especially if you wear contact lenses. I recommend popping Systane Gel Lubricating Drops in your handbag for these moments.
    • A fabulous pair of sunglasses are also a non-negotiable, but with so many styles available at Quay Australia – you’ll want more than one pair! The bigger the shades, the more protection the delicate skin around the eyes receive and can also hide tired eyes on a rusty Sunday morning even better. For days at the beach, Quay have a huge range of mirrored sunglasses, like HIGH KEY which was designed in collaboration with Desi Perkins. Local babe Elle Ferguson has also created a collection, so have a peek at her range here and while you’re at, use my 20% discount code ‘EMILY20’ for a little treat!
    • And lastly, if you’re stuck at work and not out enjoying the sunshine like the lucky buggers, follow this link to ease tired weary eyes from excessive computer use – you’ll thank me later!

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    Am I a Beauty Vlogger Yet?

    It’s been a minute or two since I’ve put pen to paper (so to say) and written about what’s new at Why Hello Beauty HQ, and when I do jot my thoughts down I tend to write in the voice of a beauty vlogger sharing a video about about a new range of makeup,  say Allana Davison (@allanaramaa) or Alix (icovetthee), so in the spirits of this as they would say – “let’s just get into it!”

    While it’s been slightly frantic with everything that comes with this time of year, I’ve actually spent a lot of my down time sampling new products, but mostly I’ve been nailing the at-home gel manicure and I’ve gotta say – I’m really getting good now! Opallac is the gel polish of choice after a handful of new shades arrived including the lovely High Tea, which is beautifully milky pink shade that feels very right for Spring / Summer 2019. I must admit that I’m still working on my cuticles and applying my CND Solar Oil each and every night…

    I’ve had a few empties in the last few weeks, including Amperna’s Pro+ Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serum + Ultra Gentle Soothing CleanserGoldwell’s Just Smooth duo and my MOR Pomegranate Sugar Crystal Body Scrub which just quietly, also doubles as a yummy hand and foot scrub. I’ve rediscovered a few gems lately, namely the good ol’ beautyblender and my Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Contour Wand (THE best natural yet buildable contour ever) and have also found myself completely avoiding powder highlighter, it’s been looking cakey and just ‘obvious’ on my skin for some reason, so I’ve been opting for my creamy Nude by Nature Touch of Glow Highlighter in Champagne and it’s perfect.

    During December, I was excitingly counting down the days til Christmas with Clarin’s 12 Days of Clarins Advent Calendar and I was so bloody impressed with the contents. Between the full size products and super cute mini’s, it was such a treat and completely affordable considering what was packaged up inside. Ooo that reminds me, I have almost finished my IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and as it’s always out of stock in Sephora, I’m wondering if it’s time to try something different now? Let me know if you have any great recs! Maybe the Dior Face and Body Foundation that I’ve seen all over the ‘gram?

    Make like a beauty vlogger and share with me in the comments what you’re currently using, I’m always up to chat about beau-tay!

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    All That Parisian Beauty….

    I recently re-read for the third time Katrina Lawrence’s dreamy book Paris Dreaming and now I’m back to spending my evenings scrolling through all the #parisianinspiration on Pinterest and Instagram, dreaming that I’m Jeanne Damas standing on a balcony filled with fresh flowers overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and maybe even a glass of rosé in one hand with the other reapplying my own brand of lipstick like a supermodel, laughing with friends aplenty. Regular Tuesday nights of course …

    But getting back to reality, I am on a mission to make like a Parisian beauty junkie and stock my beauty cabinet with more luxuriously cult French beauty brands, including those of Bioderma, Caudalie, Christophe Robin and Embryolisse. I’ve previously written about my love for Christophe Robin and especially his Volumising range with rose extracts, which looked perfectly at home in our bathroom and are completely #packaginggoals. I also love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which I first tried in New York – so as well as hydrating the skin just so, it now also reminds me of NY with each spritz.

    Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn

    I actually purchased the Embryollise Lait-Creme Concentre whilst I was in Japan last month, so that’s one off my list straight away. This cream has so much slip and glides over the skin so easily, and I’m told can do doubleduty as a neck cream, makeup remover and/or a makeup primer! As well as locals Sephora and Adore Beauty stocking French beauty brands, I’ve also discovered a dedicated French beauty website, in the French Beauty Co., which I’ve now added to my Favourites list for future reference. My apologies to my husband for our credit card statement in advance…

    While I try to rein in my spending, I like to keep an eye on Emma Hoareau, of Lolita Says So, who is another #frenchbeauty icon who always has her finger on the beauty pulse. Violette Fr is another beauty making waves in the makeup industry, and has recently collaborated with Estee Lauder creating an iconic collection in Poppy Sauvage. 

    I’d love to know, what’s your favourite Parisian beauty tip or trick?  

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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    Links I Love

    Grab a coffee and take five to scroll through this short list of great reads, for all the inspiration you’ll need today. But if you only read one, make sure it’s either Gelcream’s article with Vogue UK or our own Australian powerhouse Gritty Pretty‘s Summer 2019 online magazine, it’s a cracker!

    Zoe Foster Blake _ Grittt Pretty Summer 2019 Magazine

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    Review | Twelve’s Sheet Mask Monthly Subscription Box

    A handful of sheet masks delivered right to your door sounds blissful doesn’t it? I find I never have enough masks stashed away and always find myself running low – especially when I’m about to pour a glass of wine and slip into the bath! Enter Twelve, the monthly Australian sheet mask subscription box service. With two different plans available at present, with either four or eight hand-picked premium Korean sheet masks included, this service begins at $14.99 per month. Twelve also pop into each box a brief guide on each of the masks included for you to get masking straight away and to help you understand exactly when and how to use your sheet masks to achieve their best results.

    ‘Sheet masks should be included as an addition to your beauty routine and treated as a boost to help you target your skin problems. Imagine that you are baking a delicious cake, sheet masks would be the yummy icing that you spread on top to make your cake perfect!’

    Included within the November box with a total dollar value of $39.50, was:

    1. Adaline Keep Cool and Drink Ocean
    2. Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack
    3. Mizon Enjoy Vital Up Time – Hydration
    4. Noh:j Deep Cleansing Bubble Mask
    5. Annie’s way Lavender & Chamomile Soothing Mask
    6. Lululun Weekly Face Mask Homeo Age
    7. JayJun Baby Pure Shining Mask
    8. Skin’s Boni Yogurt Bonimini Mud Pack

    This box is full of cute and colourful sheet masks that are very different to what you would generally find in Australian stores. My pick of the bunch was Skin’s Boni Yogurt Bonimini Mud Pack, and half the fun was opening the packaging – so cute! I applied these masks while I was in bath, before work on a Friday (my skin rejoiced!) and nearly every night since the box arrived while I was working in the office or simply just watching tv. With Twelve including both the shipping and the physical masks within the total price of $27.99 for the 8 piece box, it’s completely affordable for yourself and maybe even your best friend!

    Just an FYI – Twelve recommends that when storing sheet masks to ensure they’re kept at/in a cool place (less than 30 degrees) and out of direct sunlight but for something a little extra special, try popping the mask into the fridge for an hour or so prior to use for a sublime cooling touch.

    If you’re interested in trying out this subscription, make sure you enter your email address on the Twelve website pop-up and you’ll receive $5 off your first order, with a minimum $20 spend!

    *This subscription box was gifted for the purpose of review, but all thoughts, words and opinion are of my own.

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    What You Need to Know about Skin Health

    Probiotic skincare, well this is new. I know all about taking a supplement including a pro or prebiotic orally, but using a skincare with a similar concept, this was new and exciting territory. As you probably know if you’re a regular reader, I suffer from rosacea on my cheeks, chin and nose and have done since I can remember. What I don’t mention as much, is I also have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, which is similar to rosacea in the idea it’s a bumpy red rash but even though I’ve tried fantastic skincare over the years, I’ve never used anything that has actively assisted in either of these issues. The redness on my cheeks especially is visible 24/7 and a personal insecurity of mine, and when I noticed after the first cleanse with a new product that landed on my desk that my redness was dramatically reduced, I was in shock. This never happens, and even the burning sensation from the redness had also subsided – the heat was gone.

    Each time I used either a product from the AMPERNA® range the same thing occurred, in less redness and also a less visible texture to my cheeks and chin areas. It occurred to me the other day while I was applying the cleanser to my skin that maybe the reason this product was working for me was due to the fact AMPERNA® is actually an active probiotic skincare range, and then I realised it was high time I learnt what this actually meant. I now want to share this with you.

    Put simply, probiotics in skincare act as a protective layer on the skin, boosting healthy looking skin by fighting bad bacteria with ‘good bacteria’. Skincare products with probiotics can help to:

    • Calm and soothe inflamed, irritated skin
    • Improve your skin’s appearance by reducing redness and locking in moisture
    • Reduce the signs of ageing
    • Help to reduce the symptoms and appearance of acne and other inflammatory skin conditions

    AMPERNA® is an Australian skincare brand committed to creating simple, active products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. This means the range is non-comedogenic, contains no sulfates, parabens, aluminium, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours or bleaches, and their unique probiotic complex is shelf stable for up to 12 months. The brand was created after Kiri Yanchenko, founder & holistic skin health advocate, found herself struggling with acne for the first time in her adult life. So began Kiri’s search for a solution that worked. She sought an ultra gentle skincare range that contained key active ingredients; however, the brand she was seeking didn’t exist. So she created it, driven by a deep understanding of what women really need from their skincare range, based on a holistic approach.

    Inspired by the AMPERNA® philosophy and the results I was seeing first hand on my skin, I reached out to Kiri to share my experience but in turn, realised this was something I needed to share with everyone. I wanted to share the importance of quality skincare of course, but also stress why we should be focused on skin health first and foremost. I asked Kiri to explain why skin health is so important and she said,Skin health is so important to your overall wellbeing. When my skin is happy, healthy and pimple & rash free (as I am sensitive to many things) I am much more confident and able to face the day; so we are in business to help people feel comfortable. I feel much more comfortable now than when I did when I suffered from pustular acne and perioral dermatitis. Using the wrong products with nasties in them, too many products and inferior formulations without good ingredients can really make matters worse. You can actually be doing your skin more harm than good and can also make yourself sensitized. People can be sensitive to certain things, like me; I am allergic to latex, fluoride, shea butter and plane trees for example. They can also become sensitized. Sensitized skin is a skin condition brought on by certain environmental, biological and physiological stressors; including excessive sun exposure, dry cold weather, alcohol and cigarette smoking, diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, a hormonal imbalance or thinning of the skin’s lipid layer due to normal aging, and the ongoing use of aggressive skin care products.”

    AMPERNA’s LIGHTWEIGHT SOOTHING+ EMULSION has been awarded Best Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin in the Byrdie Curated Beauty Awards 2018

    She also explains the much-discussed ‘holistic approach to skincare’ is based on treating your whole body well – including your mind. “Our skin is our bodies largest organ and it is often the first thing to show when we are not quite right/when our bodies aren’t at their best. It keeps our body temperature regulated, helps to prevent dehydration and infections and protects us from the elements. It’s so important to our wellbeing, yet sometimes we forget to give it the respect it deserves. Our skin is deeply connected to the rest of our body. So, it makes sense that it will be affected by what’s happening throughout our bodies, not just on the surface”, says Kiri. Some of the ways that you can take a holistic approach to your skincare (and overall wellbeing) include regular exercise, practicing mindfulness, keeping up your h20 levels, as well as ensuring a good diet, combined with the right regime of skincare products with the right ingredients.

    I asked Kiri, with skin health a priority, can you advise which foods we should be consuming and those we should avoid? Do you also suggest individuals take an oral supplements, in conjunction with their skincare? For diet; I found lots of water and green tea helped my skin (and still does) as well as really limiting the bad fats and sugars. I still use an anti-inflammatory diet to this day and I don’t drink coffee. Sure, I fall off the wagon to celebrate a business milestone with a gin and tonic but even that is a smart clean spirit choice. I find trying to make smart choices every day and turning it into a lifestyle is what helps me stay focused diet wise. An anti-inflammatory diet includes foods like green leafy vegies including bok choy, celery and brocolli, fruits including blueberries and pineapple, salmon, bone broth, walnuts, coconut oil, chair seed, flaxseeds, tumeric and ginger. There is also a long list of things to avoid which include alcohol, saturated and trans fatty acids. Simple, refined sugars and carbohydrates are more inflammation-causing culprits. Limiting refined grains is an important factor in an anti-inflammatory diet as well. Whole grains should replace the refined carbohydrates, as truly whole grains are important sources of nutrition. If you’re interested in embracing this lifestyle, I would really recommend examining your diet and employing a lifestyle diet change to include good skin foods, and then maybe going to see a specialist and looking at the things your body lacks.”

    Here’s to better skin days, and embracing a lifestyle that supports you inside and out!

     

     

     

     

     

    * This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. If symptoms persist, we recommend that you see your GP or dermatologist. *

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    The Benefits of Vegan Beauty

    With World Vegan Day coming up on the 1st November 2018, I wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of vegan beauty products as this is certainly a hot topic right now within the #beautycommunity. I was lucky enough to speak with the founder Lux Aestiva in Katie Blyth, who is wealth of knowledge in this very subject.

    Lux Aestiva creates 100% vegan, natural and highly effective artisan skin and hair care products from original formulations that are bursting with omega fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, proteins and minerals. Lux Aestiva’s botanical, hand made, small batch products are created using only the finest, ethically sourced raw ingredients which means there will never be any nasties in any Lux Aestiva products.

    What does the term vegan beauty actually refer to, is it simply that no animals were harmed in the making of this product? Yes, vegan beauty is definitely about not harming animals, but it’s also about not using any animal derived ingredients. So that’s avoiding animal products all together, including things like honey (which sometimes people forget comes from an animal)! I think today vegan beauty encapsulates a whole lot more than only being about the animals, it’s also about sustainability and being kinder to ourselves and the environment.

    Which vegan ingredients are the most effective for skin and haircare? A great one is nature’s own ‘Botox plant’ – the Hibiscus Flower, which combats ageing by limiting the activity of elastase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down the elastin that keeps our skin firm and healthy. It’s also a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which which is effective for it’s ability to not only unclog pores and treat oily skin, but the malic acid and citric acid found in AHAs, gently exfoliate and brighten the skin. Lux Aestiva’s Wild At Heart Scrub contains the Hibiscus Flower, along with a host of other beneficial vegan ingredients. There’s also Prickly Pear Oil, the hero ingredient in our luxe oil of the same name, which comes from the plant of a cactus and is used for its hydrating and anti-ageing products. Then there’s a host of other great oils, such as Grape Seed Oil in our Wildflower Oil, which is packed full of antioxidants and linoleic acid, which helps reduce clogged pores. Or Hazelnut Oil which naturally helps to reduce oil production and strengthens skins elasticity. Or Marigold Flower, known for its antibacterial and immunostimulant properties, which also helps stimulate the production of collagen. The list is seemingly endless and when combined together, some of these ingredients are incredibly powerful!

    Which ingredients should we be especially mindful of to avoid when selecting skincare or haircare? Well for starters, always avoid skincare that has been tested on animals (that’s rule number one)! Then look out for ingredients that contain animal derivatives, such as animal fats like Squalene which is derived from shark liver. Or ‘Tallow’ which is an animal fat used to make soaps. Then there’s emu oil, mink oil and musk oil, all animal fats typically used in beauty. Then there’s bee products such as waxes and honey, and hyaluronic acid which can be derived from rooster combs (the red crown that mounts the head of a rooster). However, not all hyaluronic acid is animal-derived and safer versions can be manufactured via biofermentation. Keratin is another ingredient that is often found in a lot of haircare products, and mostly derived from the hooves, quills, and hair of animals (eek). If you’re in doubt, be sure to do your research and google the ingredients!

    Can becoming a vegan, or using solely vegan products, positively impact the community and/or the environment? Yes, I believe so. Whilst a vegan lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, it is important to try and do your bit wherever possible. If the idea of going completely vegan is just not possible, try to just cut back when you can. If it’s just choosing some days of the week to go animal product free or making the switch to vegan beauty, you are at least contributing in some way. The cosmetics and skincare industries have a dramatic impact on our environment, particularly affecting the hormone systems of animals who are agitated by personal care products that rinse down our drains and into our natural waterways. Then of course there’s the impact of the cosmetic and beauty industry’s heavy use of plastics in their packaging, which can of course affect our wildlife in numerous ways. So try to choose natural, vegan and sustainable brands whenever you can.

    If people are interested in learning more about vegan beauty, where should they begin? Start by familiarizing yourself with the vegan beauty brands that are available and try to make a switch (even if only slowly)! The term ‘vegan’ sometimes gets a bad rap but there are so many incredible vegan brands out there that often have great websites full of information for anyone looking to learn more. Also try to familiarize yourself with the ingredients that are definitely not vegan, and avoid them wherever possible!

    Are you a vegan, or is this something you’ve been considering? I’d love to know, so share your thoughts below!

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