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  • InBeauty

    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 Gel Cream’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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  • InBeauty, Skin

    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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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    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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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    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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  • InBeauty

    My Laser Clinics Australia Experience

    Every year around October / November I find my skin seems to play up, and acts a little out of sorts. I usually put it down to the weather, you know coming out of the freezing Tasmanian winter to warmer days or even hayfever season, but when Laser Clinics Australia reached out to invite me to experience a treatment in store in September, I jumped at the opportunity. The newest Laser Clinic has just opened in Launceston, which is just an hour or so away from me in northern Tasmania, so it was perfect timing and was something to look forward to during this awkward skin-time-of-year.

    Last Friday, I met with my therapist Bec when I arrived at the clinic, and got to have a little peek around while I filled out the obligatory paperwork. The space in Launceston has such a great location, with big windows filling the clinic with natural light, and was certainly very aesthetically pleasing. Bec and I went into a treatment room and discussed my skin and everything contributing to it at length. Bec had a fantastic knowledge of skin, as well as the Skinstitut skincare range which is used throughout the clinic. Although I had previously organised for the Enzymatic Skin Peel, a gentle micro-exfoliating treatment that’s designed to soothe, hydrate and micro-exfoliate dry, flaking and sensitive skin (perfect for my rosacea-prone skin), Bec confirmed in person that this was the best way forward for visible results.

    The Enzymatic Skin Peel Treatment

    • Bec gave my skin an initial cleanse with the Skinsitutut Gentle Cleanser, and used the Glycolic Cleanser as the second cleanse, both rinsed with cool water.
    • My skin was dried with a tissue, and the Peel Accelator was applied and rubbed into the skin with a piece of gauze.
    • Bec applied Repair Balm over sensitive areas of my face; including eyebrows, lips and around the eyes, prior to the application of the Enzymatic Micro Peel.
    • This was then rinsed off, and my skin was cleansed of all products with the Gentle Cleanser to remove everything, before being popped under the in-salon yellow LED light for 13 minutes.
    • Treatment concluded with a spritz of the Multi-Active Mist, and the application of Rejuvenate 15, Laser Aid and Age Defence SPF 50+.

    I found the treatment completely comfortable and never felt anything above a slight tingle, although my skin was left a little extra and sensitive for a few days. It’s now 6 days post treatment and the minimal peeling I experienced has vanished and I can now see my skins texture has improved, and the redness associated with my rosacea has been reduced significantly. The products I’ve used post treatment feel like they’ve been absorbed quicker than before, and my makeup is gliding on and wearing much better.

    Key ingredients within the Enzymatic Micro Peel include niacinamide for strengthening skin and reducing sensitivity, hydrating hylauronic acid and chamomile, for soothing and calming reactive skin. Speaking of reactive skin, Bec was kind enough to provide some extra information on reducing redness and the symptoms of rosacea for me to use as a reference in the future.

    This was the first time I’d experienced being placed under a LED light, and it was such a relaxing 13 minutes spent. The light has such a calming effect, and almost made me fall asleep but I’ve since read the light also helps aid healing of the skin post professional treatments, and increasing skin hydration and overall health of the skin. Although this was the first time, I suspect it won’t be the last ….

    Laser Clinics Australia offer all customers, new or existing, a free consultation to discuss their skin journey, so pop over to this link if you’re interested, and make sure you squeeze in a little extra LED light time for a cosy cat nap!

     

     

    *While the skin treatment was kindly gifted for review, the thoughts and opinions remains are that of mine. 

    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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  • InBeauty

    Luxurious Beauty

    Growing up, I always felt drawn to the world of beauty and especially loved going to department stores to see all the different brands and products available, while watching the glamorous ladies in white coats working the counters. As I got older, I found myself gravitating to smaller gift shops on lunch breaks to sneak around the beauty corner and play with all the testers of cult products, from brands including Crabtree & Evelyn. If I had a dollar for every time I tested hand creams in these shops, I’d probably be very close to being a millionaire but alas I’m not, but I have carried that love of hand cream through to adulthood.

    While Crabtree & Evelyn still have that classically simple packaging that remains quite similar to how I remember it, the brand have since released many new products to totally transform your mind, body and spirit, by pairing beautiful scents with effective products that I want to share with you all.

    Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn is such a gorgeous range, and my personal favourite – and I have to say, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s bang on trend with its #millennialpink packaging. With products including Hydrating Body Gel, Hydrating Soap and Hydrating Hand Therapy, the delicate scent is intoxicating and the unique formulas leave skin feeling super soft and dewy, without the tackiness or greasiness other products may leave behind.

    For something a little different, the Lavender & Espresso range combines the relaxing qualities of lavender with the glorious scent of coffee beans, and by now we are all well aware of the benefits of coffee when applied to the skin, but if you’re not – coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants and magnesium, and work hard to smooth the appearance of dark spots, blemishes and scars, especially when used over periods of time. Try the Lavender & Espresso Calming Hand Wash and Lavender & Espresso Calming Body Wash to add a little luxury to the small things in life.

    With many more products available – think exfoliators, haircare, candles and fragrances, and even tea – your home can smell as good as you do!

     

     

     

    *This post is sponsored, but all words and opinions remain 100% of Emily Crawford, and Why Hello Beauty.

    *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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  • InBeauty

    Frank Body Anti’s | Review

    New frank body products make me happy, especially when the juice inside is as good as the aesthically pleasing packaging. The self-proclaimed no-bullshit Anti’s are here, and we’re talking three new products, in a Cleansing Oil, Face Mist and Face Mask; which much like Frank itself, are clean, effective and oh-so fun.

    Priced between $14.95 and $23.95, this range is completely affordable and if you sign up to be a frankfurt (a newsletter subscriber) you’ll receive 10% off your first order. Interested? Let’s run through the products!

    Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil

    A natural oil cleanser that removes makeup with a swift swipe or two, and is easily rinsed with water – no cloth required! A typical oil when first applied but once massaged, morphes into a milky liquid, and thanks to the combination of grapeseed oil, coffee seed oil, BHA acid and Vitamin E, my skin is is left completely makeup-free and crystal clean with no additional laundry to boot!

    Anti-Angry Face Mist

    I am absolutely obsessed with the 3PM pep-up face spritz and this little guy freshens me up perfectly, and my makeup. It cools skin down without leaving it parched, and thanks to rose water and aloe, hydration levels are given a boost too. A summer staple, especially for the office desk.

    The lush blend of charcoal, chamomile, honey and lavender removes dirt and detoxifies the skin, while the addition of evening primrose oil maintains hydration and ensures my skin doesn’t become irritated or aggravated. Within 15 minutes and once removed, my skin is left fresher and brighter and ready for ‘beauty’ sleep on my silky soft pillowcase….

    frank is one of my favourite ranges, and voices, in Australian beauty and with a range of hero products – the OG coffee scrub anyone – now available at Mecca, this is a brand that I have no doubt will remain in the forefront and continue to surprise and excite the beauty community in years to come.

    *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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  • InBeauty

    What We’re Using On Our Brows

    Brows are definitely a hot topic right now and are something I think about often throughout the day, as I’m all about creating and maintaining a perfect brow shape. In the past, I’ve spoken with Gabby Sullivan of Brow Hub about brow rehab, Instagram brow guru Charleen Martinez and even the founder of Hello Brows (an oil formulated for encouraging the growth of healthier, fuller-looking brows) but let’s chat about brows in October 2018.

    With the effect of Glossier and its minimalist mantra spoken worldwide; brows are now fuller, less manicured and simply more natural than they have been previously and I for one, am totally here for it. Let’s speak to some pros about what they are currently using:

    @beautybytifini says “I use Kelley Baker brow products and have been obsessing over her tinted brow gel and I feel like that’s where brow trends have started to head. I’m still highlighting underneath the brow but tinted brow gels add volume and create that “fluffy” brow rather than something overly manicured. It’s also great for microbladed brows which a lot of people have – adds the perfect touch if they are starting to fade or want to darken the actual brow hair! Additionally, I’ve been trying to let the tops of the brow hairs grow in naturally to give that fluffy effect and keeping the bottom line cleaned up … but still ensuring my clients do not tweeze between appointments if they want the best for their brows!

    Charleen Martinez: “When it comes to maintaining brows, as a brow artist/ esthetician I recommend an appointment every 4 weeks as a maintenance regiment to ensure that the shape is always well groomed and maintained.”

    @iambethallen: “Castor oil is fantastic for promoting hair growth. It conditions the follicles as well as the existing hair. You can get it from any local drugstore and for best results, use it twice daily by applying a small amount over your whole brow area, focusing on your natural eyebrow bone. Do this for 2 minutes then wash it off completely. I am a HD Brow Stylist in the UK and we actually sell a lash and brow booster which again promotes hair growth and I’ve seen some amazing regrowth from using this product. There are lots of different products on the market for filling in sparse brows and it definitely depends on what you’re comfortable using. I personally prefer to use a pencil but I know a lot of people use pomades and powders. I think a pencil is the most natural as you can create hair strokes with it. My favourite is the Pro Pencil, which you sharpen using a crafting blade and use that to create thin hair-like strokes.”

    What’s your biggest tip for great brows, share below in the comments!

    *featured image via Coveteur

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  • InBeauty

    New and Worthy To Talk About

    Another chatty kind of post today, to mention a few newbies that have arrived at Why Hello Beauty and maybe an oldie-but-a-goodie thrown in for good luck. But do share with me below in the comments, what’s new in your beauty stash and do I too need it?

    1. While it’s not a new product per say, I’ve discovered (through someone else) a new use for the M·A·C False Lashes Maximizer, which is as a brow gel. While it goes on bright white, it dries *almost* clear and gives the fluffiest brows I’ve ever had. Paired with the Eye of Horus brown pencil that was in the August Petit Vour box, these two are my go-to brow prods right now. 
    2. And speaking of Petit Vour, this is a U.S based luxury-curated, cruelty-free beauty box that ships worldwide, and each month customers receive 4 products ($45-$60 value) of non-toxic and plant-based beauty, curated to your beauty profile. The August box was my first box and I’m intrigued to see what arrives each month!
    3. Keeping on the subscription box chain, I have just been introduced to Twelve which is an Australian monthly sheet mask subscription box. Keep an eye on my Instagram stories for my thoughts in the coming weeks!
    4. Because I’m obsessed with all things pink, this week I’ve drinking Rose Lemonade water by popping a Twinning Infuser into my cold drinks and it’s delish. Rose scented water for $5 – bargain.
    5. I’ve been burning a candle with the scent of champagne, and you know I’m a lover of champagne so it’s a match made in heaven. Candle by Noelle Australia
    6. The Nars Climax mascara arrived in my hot little hands Monday afternoon, and I’ve worn it twice since and let me tell you, it’s true love. I was actually complimented on the curl in my lashes on the first wear, and when you combine it with the ability to give serious volume to the lashes – it’s a winner. The packaging itself is also insane, and photographs SO well.
    7. And while this is not new whatsoever, I’ve recently re-discovered my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone and had completely forgotten how beautiful of a highlight it is. A subtle glow with the ability to build if desired, a stunning sheen with the slightest shimmer in a gold tone – perfect.

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  • InBeauty

    My Beauty File

    After recently writing for Top Shelf Beaute and spending far too much time reading everyone’s articles, I felt inspired to share my own beaute file – narcissistic much? Ignore the fact that I’m asking myself these questions, and who knows – you might enjoy learning more about me!

    What is my skin type? On the drier side, with rosecea on my cheeks, nose and chin. My skin loves rich and nourishing creams and oils, and hydrating foundations that give a beautiful sheen.

    My morning routine: Of a morning, I skip cleansing and after I shower, I apply a toner or spritz, then moisturiser with a drop of facial oil- at the moment, I’m using Dermatonics Beauty Elixir and Essano Rosehip Oil– and finish with Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE® City Smart with DNA Repair Complex for my daily suncreen and protectant. Next I apply makeup, and I begin with a variety of BB creams or foundations, but those worthy of a mention include IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Aevitas Active BB Finish and YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation, and I depending how I feel I’ll apply these with either my hands or a buffing brush. I then swipe on my Clarins bronzer and Loreal La Vie En Glow Highlight, fill in my brows with Eye of Horus pencil and Glossier’s Boy Brow and apply eyeshadow (always a dusty neutral shade) and mascara. Right now I’m loving Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara, still, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes. Lips also depend on the day, but generally a dusty pink or for a hot night out, a red lip.

    My evening routine: Cleanse one is usually an oil of sorts, and second cleanse is always with Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap, it’s such a gentle formaula. I spritz with a mist again – at the moment it’s Jurlique’s Limited Edition Rose Water– then apply a serum, then the Dermatonics Beauty Elixir again. Last is either Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator or Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream and I finish with both the rosehip oil and Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème around the eyes.

    What’s on my wish list currently? Umm off the top of my head I’ve got Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm, Glossier’s Lash Slick, and many many Christmas 2018 Beauty Advent calenders. I’m hoping to pick up Jo Malones, Diptyque or Charlotte Tilburys…

    My best skincare tip: Naturally, always drink more H20 but remember that generally speaking, oils are not the enemy. Use an oil morning and night if you suffer from dryness at all, and thank me later.

    My signature scent is: Narciso Eau De Parfum, but I do have a soft spot for Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse

    Face mask or sheet mask? I tend to prefer mud or cream face masks, especially the Generation Clay Urban Defence Purifying Pink Clay Mask, as I don’t feel the majority of sheet masks leave me as hydrated as a night cream and oil do – but maybe if I try the La Mer sheet mask I’ll feel differently! #theluxelife

    What’s on my nails right now? I’ve been wearing O.P.I Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains for the last three weeks constantly, it’s a beautiful sheer yet stunning natural pink/nude.

    Speaking of, if you’re interested, take a peek at some of my contributions to Top Shelf Beaute below;

    THE SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT ALWAYS APPEAR IN YOUR IG FEED

    Tell me about your Top Shelf by commenting below!

     

     

     

    *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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  • InBeauty

    New Obsessions | Cream Eyeshadow Sticks

    I am such an obsessive person and go through fads with products all the time. Once I find a product I love, I will literally wear it everyday until I get bored and then find something new to focus my energy on. So it’s now happened again, and my newest love is cream eyeshadows. I know, they are certainly not a new thing at all but I feel they’ve had a bit of a resurgence lately, and current love is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks – thanks to the uber-gorgeous Allana Davison ….

    I find I really love how buildable cream eyeshadows are, for turning day makeup into night, and above all, I enjoy the texture and sheen they give to the eye area. Right now I’m wearing the shade Heather Steel for the deep purpley/brown colour payoff and the fact it effortlessly glides over my eyes without tugging. Other sticks can often slough along the eye causing uneven pigmentation, but not this little guy – he’s easily blended out with a shadow brush. This one is also water-resistant without feeling sticky and tacky, it’s a rave review all round. 

    With a total of 19 shades available in the range, I’ve got a new mission to swatch ’em all – I might need more than 2 hands!

    Enjoy the week ahead,

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    Dermatonics Review | Part Two

    A beauty elixir sounds magical doesn’t it, like something you just have to have. And have I do, as this little guy and his friend made an appearance at Why Hello Beauty HQ a few weeks back, and I’m so happy I can now share what I think. While the technical description for the Dermatonics’ Beauty Elixir is ‘an advanced, age defying, wrinkle refining and collagen boosting moisturiser that’s infused with native medicinal plant extracts to help promote cellular repair mechanisms’; I simply say it’s just a damn good moisturizer that feels like heaven on the skin.

    The ingredients in Beauty Elixir are scientifically proven to help assist in boosting collagen and elasticity while protecting cellular components, to help skin look younger, and the consistency almost has a pearl-esque shine to it which I’m sure adds an extra little something to the face once applied. It’s has a pump dispenser which is my favourite kind of packaging, as it just makes it easier to control how much you’re using and feels much more hygienic than pots. It glides over damp or dry skin effortlessly, and I actually prefer using it of an evening as it’s a teeny bit thicker than a normal day cream, and when I mix in a touch of rosehip oil, it’s even better.

    RELATED: My Dermatonics Skincare Review

    It’s only been a few weeks but I can see my fine lines around my eye area are diminished when I use this product, and I’m hoping this will only continue over extended use – and maybe a few extra glasses of water!

    Now on to the other product, Dermatonics Hand & Body Nutrition. I’ve been using this on my hands as they’re as dry as the Sahara Desert in this weather, and while it packs a punch of hydration – it’s completely non greasy which I love. The cream is formulated with specially chosen ingredients to assist in the management of dry skin, and to help improve the appearance of ageing skin – which I’ll take all I can with my 30th birthday fast approaching in October …

    I have noticed that my rosecea doesn’t seem to flare up when I use Dermatonics products and not one product has ever given me a reaction or irritation, just the glow of good skin. As I’ve mentioned previously, Dermatonics is completely vegan friendly and proudly Australia made and owned clinical-grade skincare that I recommend you try in 2018.

    *This is a sponsored article, yet all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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    An Update

    Because I really quite enjoyed writing the last chatty post (A Bit of a Ramble) and it was very well received, I’m back with another one today. Here’s what’s new;

    While I’ve long wanted to experience an Aveda hair salon – and I am just really slack to be honest, as there are plenty of spots around in Australia – I’ve not yet tried any Aveda products but thankfully, everything changed recently. I was gifted a sample set of the damage remedy shampoo and conditioner, and if only you could smell these little guys. The scent of these two are next level, and rather than have me try and explain it – Aveda say  ‘our own pure-fume aroma consists of certified organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences.’ YUM. Oh, and of course my hair is left scrumptiously soft but that’s no surprise right?

    Next up is a new product I’ve been enjoying, which is Dr Roebucks Byron is a 2-In-1 cleansing mask and exfoliating scrub that is filled to the brim with extremely gentle biodegradable eco beads to target clogged pores, lift away impurities and remove dead skin cells, which in turns leaves my face feeling like velvet. I also have ordered REN Clean Skincare’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic after seeing it all over Instagram (Emma Hoareau I’m looking at you, you #skincareguru) and the rave reviews of smoother and brighter skin so stayed tuned!

    Speaking ordering, I’m also looking forward to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Contour Wand in Fair/Medium to arrive, and am excited for what I hope is carving the best cheekbones of my life – time will tell but the hype is real. I also grabbed a fresh beautyblender as I think my usual is on it’s way out, it’s almost 10 months old or so, definitely time to upgrade…

    Lastly, a new lipstick has arrived at my desk from Bobbi Brown, in a gorgeous berry shade from the Crushed Lip Colour range, which will be just perfect for the chilly winter days with a scarf and muted makeup at a aesthetically pleasing cafe … *swoon*

    Other than beauty, it’s now Friday and I wish you all a great weekend, wherever in the world you are!

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    From the Bathroom to Poolside

    The bathroom is my favourite room of the house, other than the bedroom thanks to our amazing king bed, and now that renovations have finally finished, I can finally enjoy this special space. I haven’t had a bath in years, so this really is a treat. And speaking of treats, the Louvelle showerwear range is just that.

    I’ve been using my Louvelle shower turban for a few years now, whenever I apply a face mask or don’t want to wash my hair in the shower, but I’m so excited to now be able to slip into in the bath leisurely feeling like an absolute vintage goddess. Louvelle’s luxurious turbans are made from a stretchy quick dry fabric with waterproof lining, that works perfectly for applying facemasks as it does to preserve blowdries, and would not look out of place at an exclusive resort or deserted beach. It was also named one of Oprah’s favourite things just last year – which is quite a coup!

    For a further touch of glamour each and every day, Louvelle are releasing the Riva Hair Towel Wrap on July 18th, which differs from the shower turban in the fact that it actually dries hair gently but quickly, but is as gorgeous as any of the other products available; including eye masks, robes, headbands and hairscarves. The Towel Wrap is made from a lightweight material with button closure that reduces blow dry time and subsequent heat damage. Available in exclusive designer prints inspired by a tropical vacation at Louvelle and MYER stores for $35, I guarantee you need this in your life! #notsponsored #justgood

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    Trinny London | Cute and Practical

    While many may remember Trinny Woodall as one part of Trinny and Susannah from the hit ’00 show What Not to Wear, you may not be aware that she has recently branched out into makeup, creating her own line of cream-based products. But this time it’s a little different, as this range is completely portal and travel friendly, with products clicking together to create the most practical makeup kit ever.

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    Decoding Beauty Masks

    With a multitude of beauty masks available right now, you’ve only got to jump on Instagram to see that everyone is on the masking train. I mean, it’s almost as if you’re not sharing the experience on Instagram, are you really masking? But between sheet masks to hair masks, and peel off masks to mud masks; exactly what do each actaually do, how do we actually use them and how often? Time to break it down..

    Facial Sheet Masks

    • Seals in water, therefore leaving skin intensely hydrated.
    • Practical for everyday use, with fantastic results in 15 mins or less!
    • Apply after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser / night cream.

    TRY: Skinvitals Masks – Select 4 masks and receive 20% off!

    Face Peel Masks

    • Goes deep into the skin to to attract and bind dirt that is clogged deep within your pores.
    • Absorbs impurities and toxins and lightly exfoliates the skin.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask. 

    TRY: Formula 10.0.6

    Face Mud Masks

    • Deeply cleansing and helps to decongest pores, while helping control oillness.
    • Exfoliates for a brightener complexion.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask.

    TRY:  Formula 10.0.6

    Hair Masks

    • Provides detangling and protective benefits while leaving locks smooth and shiny.
    • Cream hair masks to be used in the shower, while oils to be used of an evening and shampooed out the next day!

    TRY: For an intensive treatment, try Lux Aestiva Aphrodite Hair Oil

    My pick of the bunch is a sheet mask, they’re just so quick and really pack quite a punch. As Lynne Meaney, Skinvitals founder says, “sheet masks are particularly beneficial because they can saturate the skin to increase water content. The masks push ingredients into the skin for maximum absorption and then act like a seal to prevent evaporation. Sheet masks don’t dry out the skin like some other types of masks and depending on which one you buy – some are now quite technologically advanced providing some really excellent results. They are extremely practical and easy to use, as they can leave your skin fresh and glowing after just 15 mins and you don’t need to wash your face after using!”

    Yours in masking glory,

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    A Beauty Chat

    Wow, thank goodness EOFY is over – such a crazy time – but I guess that also means the year is half over, we’re in July already! There have been lots of new things arriving on the beauty front lately, and products to share so let’s get into it. First up, I need to mention the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand as it’s the most incredible contouring product I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a looottttt over the years. It’s so creamy and blendable, yet easily buildable, and gives the most natural flawless contour ever, period. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it – it’s worth the splurge. *Cult Beauty gives Australians free shipping on on all orders over £40, which is about $70odd AUD dollars roughly. 

    After recently falling in love with Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, I was reminded how much my skin loves it when I double cleanse of an evening, especially with an oil based product. This little guy dissolves makeup almost instantly upon contact without leaving a sticky residue, and is working an absolute treat alongside my current cleanser in Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Actually this cleanser also deserves a mention, as it’s so light and milky yet really gives the skin a good cleanse – so if you’re slightly sensitive or prone to redness, investigate this one. Ooo, I also want to mention Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Serum + Activator that works to brighten, even and retexturize skin when 2 drops are mixed in with moisturiser morning and night, which I’ve used in the past and also rediscovered its power recently.

    After speaking of my love for Aveda in a recent post, I wanted to give a shoutout to the damage remedy daily hair repair for the protection of my locks it gives from heat styling but also its ability to detangle, therefore reducing further damage to my mop. I’ll ramble on about the Aveda scent all day long, but seriously, try the travel sets and you’ll know what I’m on about.

    Just last night I gave in to all the hype and placed an order at Sephora for the It Cosmetics CC Cream in the shade Light, which I hope matches my skin tone, so do stay tuned for my first impressions and review of that once it arrives. And just because I’m excited, I want to share that Bobbi Brown Australia recently reposted my image of their Hydrating Face Cream, which must mean I’m doing something right – not bad for an iPhone 8!

     

    Do comment below or on Instagram and lemme know what you’re using this week, or what’s new in your makeup bag!

     

     

     

    *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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    Surviving Winter With Skincare

    While I didn’t think we were quite in the midst of Winter in Tasmania yet, the fact that it was 1C degree last week may confirm otherwise. I’ve since pulled out from the cabinet my super rich and creamy hydrating lotions and potions, and thought I’d share what I use to starve off as much dry winter skin that I can!

    SKINCARE

    I have quite dry skin, especially this time of the year, so I always begin with introducing hydration-heavy products into the current mix. During these cooler times, I always stick to creamy or milky cleansers (I like Aqua de Vida’s Milky Shea Cleanser) and hydrating toners or serums (Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is gorgeous and complete #bathroomgoals). I’ll also consider using an oil cleanser, either on it’s own or as a pre-cleanser, for the extraordinary dry days. Currently I’m using Ella Bache’s Eternal+ Very Rich Cream as a night cream (with a facial oil mixed in), and a few nights a week I’ll pop on a sheet mask while I’m scrolling through my phone. Again, if it’s a very dry day, I have been known to apply a moisturising mask as a night cream, shhhh! I find my lips appear to get extra chapped in Winter, so I’ll scrub with Frank Body’s lipscrub every few nights and then apply a thick balm – I especially like Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant.

    *Slightly off topic but I’ve been using the Base. Lip Solve Bullet for the last few months, which claims to assist with a reduced frequency, intensity and duration of cold sores, and I’ve not had one coldsore in this time. I get coldsores from the sun, stress and being rundown, and in the last months I’ve been crazed at work with a week in Bali – i.e lots of sun – and still nada. Nothing.

    BODY

    This time is where it gets quite serious and the game is upped. I use Frank Body’s Peppermint coffee scrub a few times a week in the shower but mix it up scent-wise with MOR Pomegranate Sugar Crystal Body Scrub, which both also have an extra benefit of scenting up the bathroom perfectly and for moistursing, I use either Frank’s Body Balm or Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil. I TRY to religiously use hand cream (right now it’s Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose Hand Cream) and cuticle oil (CND Rescue RXxeach night, as my hands are always the first place I notice visible dryness, and if I’m feeling a little extra – I’ll apply a hand mask before bed and goop even more handcream over the top.

    HAIR

    I have fairly normal hair so I tend to generally use ‘normal’ products, nothing too heavy as I wash my hair daily, but if I notice I need a little something extra, I’ll always go back to Redken All Soft which may just my holygrail haircare prods. Lately, I’ve noticed my hair is benefiting from a hair mist or oil applied daily, before styling products, and right now I’m using Olje Argan Oil Light Treatment Spray. Air-drying my hair is a godsend for me, all year round, but in Winter it’s that much harder – even though my hair is only chin length and dries in an hour or so – so I am known to wash my hair of an evening to work around this dilemma 💁

    Phew – that was a long one, hope I didn’t miss anything out. Lemme know what you’re currently using, and if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere – how I envy you!

     

     

     

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    The Science of Scent

    As we are all well aware, a simple scent can evoke a special memory or feeling within you within seconds, from a teenage love to maybe an overseas holiday. For me, the one scent that can take me back to Hawaii 2012 in an split second is Victoria Secret’s Eau So Sexy that I purchased on the day of that Hawaiian getaway, and even though I don’t wear the scent anymore, I keep it in my cupboard for sentimental reasons.

    I’ve since got to wonder why a scent can remind you a memory, and how this actually happens? Lysn psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada explains, “there has been numerous amount of research into the science behind scent and it is only now that we are just beginning to understand the influence that scent can have on our lives. However, our sense of smell could still be considered one of the most mysterious of our senses and possibly the most underrated due to the fact that there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. There is still so much that we don’t know about scent, however past research has shown some breakthroughs in how smells are interpreted in the brain.”

     

    Let’s break it down and get a little technical, Breanna explains ‘by simply breathing in air begins the process by which the air rushes across the membranes of our nasal cavities and then deposits small molecules (which are the things that make up scents). For molecules to be detected, they find a corresponding olfactory receptor neuron to neurally encode the chemical composition of odours (each receptor only detects one type of smell however humans are thought to have 500-1000 different types of olfactory receptors which are all sensitive to different odour molecules). Simply breathing in air will draw scents over the surfaces inside our noses to which then is interpreted by our brains by capturing the signals sent to it and then synthesising them into an experience”.

    Says Breanna, ”there is a lot of research now that shows that smell is linked to memory which is triggered by odours which can also have an emotional cue for us. Humans can associate scents with memories and then have an emotional attachment to that smell which then can then trigger certain feelings. Linking back to this, various scents have been shown to have a powerful effect on our moods – from the smell of lemons improving efficiency of those performing tasks, through to orange and vanilla scents reducing anxiety and the list goes on!

    And there you have, it actually makes total sense right? And while we’re on the subject, why not take advantage of the wonderful wellbeing properties of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials unisex fragrances, which are designed to influence your mood, by working with experts on the perfect ingredients to make an impact on behaviours and your feelings associated with the scents. With names including I Have Calm, I Have Confidence and I Have Joy – there really is something for everyone.

    What is your favourite or most special scent, please share with me in the comments!

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    My Experience with Jade Face Rolling

    After mentioning a few weeks back that I had been introduced to jade rolling with Lux Aestiva, it’s time to share my thoughts on this relaxing daily ritual. If you’re new to face rolling, take a peek at my earlier blog post for the brief and a list of the benefits.

    Now while it hasn’t changed my life, rolling my face with a jade roller most certainly has added a little extra ‘me time’ into each day and definitely helps to aid skincare penetration thanks to the rolling motions over the face. I’ve find that I much prefer the roller ice cold from the fridge, as generally advised, to help with moving any excess fluid around the face – and the cooling sensation just feels delicious on the skin.

    You definitely need a face oil when face rolling for the slip required to glide effortlessly over the skin, and the Pricky Pear Oil also from Lux Aestiva pairs lovely with the roller, and with my drier skin type, I’ll take any extra hydration I can get. I do find I still need to apply a light layer of night cream after rolling, but if you have a more normal skin type, you may be able to skip this step. I also think it’s of benefit to learn the correct way to face roll, which can be found here, just to ensure the art is executed correctly.

    For complete clarity, I have only tried this one roller from Lux Aestiva, which is quite large and does require a bit of maneuvering around the eye area, which means I cannot compare to other rollers available BUT I also know it’s a genuine jade stone – which may not be the case with el cheapos from Amazon and the like…

    If you are looking for a new beauty ritual to incorporate into each day, similar to maybe dry body brushing – this is for you!

    P.S: Try using this roller over a wet sheet mask applied to the face – heaven!

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