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  • InBeauty

    What This Skin Specialist Thinks You Should Be Using Every Day

    Elani Digby is the skin specialist based at boutique space NRG Skin, Ulverstone Tasmania. Elani is highly trained in all areas of beauty, but specializes in brows, makeup and skin treatments. I recently had the chance to experience a facial with Elani and it was simply luxurious, but I was so impressed with the knowledge Elani held on all things skincare and treatments. I of course then invited her to contribute to Why Hello Beauty, sharing just a little of her skin-formation!

    What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? “Some of my favourite products that I believe should be a necessity in everyone’s skincare routine are;

    • Vitamin C serum (to be used in the AM)
    • Sunscreen (at least SPF30+) applied every morning
    • Vitamin A serum (to be used in the PM)
    • A hydrating serum containing Panthenol (B5), Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide (B3)

    At NRG Skin, we stock and use a brand called Medik8. This cosmeceutical goes by a simple philosophy “CSA”, so this means Vitamin C of a morning followed by Sunscreen and then Vitamin A of a night. I really love that about them because it’s easy to remember and honestly the best combination for healthier skin and a more youthful appearance.

    Some key ingredients in skincare that I personally believe you should not skimp on are:

    • B3: This ingredient is beneficial for the immunity of the skin and helps to calm redness. Our skin has its own immune system and can be damaged due to many things including sun damage. B3 has been proven to give skin cells an energy boost, helping them repair damage.
    • B5: This ingredient will deeply moisturise the skin, help with anti-aging, help to reduce scars and has great anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Hyaluronic acid is an absolute must. This ingredient is so beneficial to every single person’s skin. The main function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. This will promote supple skin, speed up wound healing & keep the skin feeling and looking plump and youthful.
    • Vitamin C: This is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged cells. It will also increase collagen and elastin production which will rewind the clock for your skin and keep it plump & firm.
    • Vitamin A: Both upper and lower layers of the skin need Vitamin A. This wonderful antioxidant will provide protection against free radical damage, speed up the cell turn over, help to reduce fine lines & will help with scarring. What more could you want?!”

    “I think these products and ingredients are ones that my clients love just as much as I do. Mostly because when incorporated correctly in a skincare routine this can drastically change the way your skin looks and feels. Remember: don’t buy anything that isn’t proven to be top quality. Your skin needs ingredients that are going to penetrate deep into your skin in a healthy way. Cosmeceuticals (such as Medik8) tend to have an excellent delivery system that will allow these amazing ingredients to be delivered to the cells deep in the skin giving your skin the nutrients they need to look, feel and work its best.”

    What are your favourite beauty treatments? “Out of all the treatments that I have had done or offered myself, I really think that you can’t go wrong with a suitable skin peel. A skin peel is an anti-aging treatment with a host of benefits. Some of those benefits include deep exfoliation, reduction of fine lines & wrinkles, reduced pore size, a radiance boost, it will also help build collagen & will certainly clear the complexion.

    Something I am super passionate about that isn’t skincare is cosmetic tattooing. I’ve always been an artistic person and I think that is what lead me to my passion for beauty, so obviously eyebrows are something I just love to do. I love the way they can transform the face and a person’s confidence. Shortly, I will be offering microblading at NRG Skin. Also known as eyebrow tattooing or brow feathering. I have a large clientele for brows, so I think this will be really beneficial for them, especially those who lack in the brow department and find that tinting and henna doesn’t do enough for them.”

    In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? “When it comes to opinions and knowledge there are a few standout’s that I have really loved learning from. I attended the Melbourne Beauty Expo and whilst I was there I really wanted to learn more about the skin, so I listened to a few of the educational speakers but one that I found so interesting was Chiza Westcarr. Chiza is a university qualified Nutritionist and Dermal Therapist. She explains gut health and acne and how detrimental your gut health is to your skin. I think it’s so important if you are having skin problems to be aware of what may be going on inside our body, the stomach is just like a second brain.”

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube?I am a big fan of Instagram to find tips, tricks and facts in relation to all things beauty. I love @Medik8australia for all things skincare, as they will educate you on how their products & ingredients work and what they do to and for your skin. Some makeup related pages on Instagram that I love are @vergemakeup for some cut-crease goodness and of course @emmachenartistry as she can do full glam, natural and everything in between.”

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Video tutorial: Gua Sha Facial Massage

    I recently wrote about the benefits of gua sha, of which which there are many, but as I wrote that piece I began to wonder where I could find the correct way to physically hold and maneuver the tool for comfort and maximized results, which lead me to Wildling Beauty who have created a culture of self-loving beauty through sophisticated self care rituals.

    They explain that technique is everything, and the most important thing to remember is to keep the gua sha facial massage tool at a 15-30 degree angle to the skin at all times, which maximizes the surface area of contact between your skin and the tool. To explain this better than I can, below I’ve popped a detailed tutorial with Wildling’s co-founder Britta Plug, describing how to use their Empress Stone for lifting, toning and brightening of the face, neck, and decollete. Watch this video first, then follow it with the How to Practice the Empress Ritual.

    As well as Youtube, Wildling Beauty have quite an array of IG videos from improving skin texture with gua sha, to TMJ relief for those suffering from jaw pain or tension. There is even one on softening frown lines with gua sha – which just goes to show a few minutes creating a self care ritual each day can go on to have long term benefits for the mind and body ….

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  • InBeauty

    Achieve Your Best Tan Yet This Summer

    I cannot believe it’s finally S U M M E R, as it’s felt like the longest winter ever down here in Tasmania. But of course, I’m not prepared at all and if you’re anything like me, you’ll take all the at-home tanning advice you can get! I’ve enlisted Lisa Williams, of Sunescape to share her expert advice so we can all achieve the best tan of ours lives this summer.

    The first question I asked naturally was how can we make our tan last as long as possible? As Lisa explains, it comes down to two simple steps, prep and maintenance.

    1. Tan Prep: “You should always exfoliate before tanning. Our Exfoliating Body Polish is a miracle-in-a-bottle formula that works to gently slough away dead layers of skin and boost cell turnover, ensuring your skin is prepped and preened to perfection come time for your next tan (whether it’s a self-tan or a spray). Hair removal should be done a minimum of 24 hours prior to spray tanning, and with waxing we would recommend 48 hours prior so that the skin has had plenty of time to calm and minimise any possible irritation. For best results, it is important that skin is dry and free from any oils, moisturisers, makeup and deodorant. Tans work best on dry, unperfumed skin.”
    2. Tan Maintenance: “Hydration is key! Our Hydrating Shower Gel is jampacked with ingredients that leaves your skin hydrated, refreshed and radiant whilst steering clear of nasty sulphates and parabens that strip away at your tan. This cleansing body wash has been specially formulated maintain your tan and is perfect for all skin types, especially those with dry and sensitive skin. Additionally, try to have short showers wherever possible and pat skin dry rather than rubbing with your towel, and ensure to moisturise skin morning and night.”

    WATCH: HOW TO APPLY SELF TAN MOUSSE: https://youtu.be/9cu9Ynb9bjQ

    What types of at-home tans are available, and do different formulas work better with different skin types?

    Lisa says: The colour one person achieves to another will be different – this all depends on their original skin tone, and the conditions around pre and post spray preparation. Remember that colour is also subjective, what one person thinks is dark may be different from another. One important factor which will impact any fake tan is the pH levels of the skin and formulation. An alkaline pH causes the tan to look orange, whereas a slightly acidic pH reduces this colour problem. A balanced formulation understands the importance of maintaining moisture in the skin, the correct pH balance and the reaction of amino acids and DHA. Other things that can impact how dark a tan will develop include things like hormones – which can impact the pH of the skin, medications, or even humidity. For example, if you have just had a shower and your skin has not yet cooled down, this may impact the DHA’s ability to fully develop.

    So, if it’s an immediate glow-up in a bottle that your heart (or your skin!) desires than look no further than our signature HERO product that is our Instant Self-Tan Mousse. Our Week in Fiji shade is perfect for all skin tones, being our most popular shade to achieve the most perfect golden tan. And for those seeking a more dramatic result that leaves your skin with a deep, dark bronze then our Month in Maui mousse is the perfect choice!

    Key Features:

    • Instant streak-free natural colour
    • Non-sticky and fast-drying (dress after just 10 minutes!)
    • Develops into a deep natural tan within 3-4 hours
    • Helps smooth uneven skin texture, conceal cellulite and stretch marks

    The Gradual Tan Extender (DHA: 12%) is the perfect option for first time tanners as it gives you complete control over the end results and is great for learning what depth of tan suits your skin!

    Key Features:

    • 3-in-1 Formula – acts as a gradual self-tanner, tan extender and moisturiser all in one
    • Perfect for fair-skinned people wanting to build a tan slowly
    • Enables you to control the depth of tan you want to achieve
    • Extends the life of spray tan

    Looking to enhance your tan or craving an instant summer shimmer? Our Illuminating Body Tint (DHA FREE) is a luminous bronzed-kissed lotion that provides your skin with a radiant, sexy wash-off glow.

    Key Features:

    • Non-stick formula and quick drying
    • Evens skin tone and conceals flaws
    • Adds a slight shimmer to the skin
    • Washes off with a little soap and water

    Lisa also advised there were two main ingredients commonly found in tanning products that we should avoid:

    • Brown HT – This synthetic petroleum-derived brown colouring dye has been banned in the USA, Canada, Japan and major European countries like France and Germany for its potentially dangerous health risks. Brown HT can induce hypersensitivity, eczema, dermatitis, itching and rashes, can cause bad reactions in those allergic to aspirin, leading to asthma and has been linked to some cancers.
    • DMDM Hydratoin & Imidazolindinyl Urea – These common formaldehyde releasers break down to form toxic carcinogen, formaldehyde, and act as a preservative in tan to hold product formulas together. Even low levels of formaldehyde are a major health concern, and are known to cause weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, cracked and blistered skin, and even cancer when ingested or absorbed through the skin.

    Here’s to long days by the water and evenings by the bar!

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    New | Customised Solid Fragrances

    For someone who has become quite a fragrance whore lately, it’s no surprise that I’m thrilled to be playing with a newly released solid perfume, in Narrative Lab. For those who aren’t aware, a solid fragrance is just a concentrated version of your usual spray on perfume/aftershave or eau de parfum, but it’s suspended in a natural wax base rather than alcohol which means it provides additional skin nourishing benefits when you apply it to your skin.

    How do you use it? With your fingers, apply as liberally or as little as what suits you. There is no right or wrong way to use solid wax perfume.

    Each solid fragrance palette comes with three fragrances, built upon the same keynotes of the base fragrance. I choose Rose Above, a floral rose, with the scent of wild berries with fresh rose, magnolia and woody patchouli base tones. I find the scent lasts a good couple of hours, and because I’m slightly addicted to the clicking open the case, it’s no hassle to reapply as needed. They also offer the same scents in a roll-on perfume oil, which is just as travel friendly as the pots. It’s worth noting that the pots are comparable to a 50ml perfume spray, which is quite a lot considering the tiny size.

    Narrative ingredients are as natural and organic as possible with no nasties – vegan and not tested on animals. Narrative has worked with industry experts, formulators and product developers over many years to create these scents, but they’re also very selective with the factories and packaging materials they use, ensuring they are trading both to a high-quality manufacturing standards, but also with ethical working conditions. Where possible, Narrative use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified or recycled paper and make sure all other materials used is either reusable or refillable.

    For reference, the Narrative Roll On Oils are $59 AUD and the Solid Fragrances are $99.

    Good for the earth and our noses!

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  • InBeauty

    The Skincare Ingredients This Cosmetic Physician Swears By

    I’ve always wanted to have a real conversation with a skincare expert and ask specific questions but every time I have a facial or skin treatment, I completely forget all my plans and usually end up zoning out in deep relaxation. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr Kate Jameson, and I jumped at the chance. Dr Kate Jameson is the Medical Director of Youth Lab, a doctor led medical aesthetics clinic located in Perth, Western Australia offering a wide range of non-surgical treatments aimed to repair, rejuvenate, enhance and protect the skin.

    For all the skincare junkies out there – this one is for you!

    In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite skincare or beauty ingredients/products, and why?

    My favourite skin care ingredients are those that deliver transformative results in the skin and that have strong evidence to back up their claims. When it comes to “powerhouse” ingredients and products you can’t go past a high potency retinol. Retinol ​and its derivatives are forms of vitamin A, which are essential in healthy cellular function. Incorporating a Retinol into your skin care regime is essential for those who want to preserve their healthy skin and combat the signs of ageing.

    Retinol works to stimulate collagen production, encourages new cell turnover and exfoliation, regulates oil production (so is excellent for acne and congested skins), combats pigmentation as well as working as an anti-oxidant and repairing environmental damage. My favourite retinol currently is Cosmedix Serum 16 which really assists in evening out skin tone, smoothing wrinkles and also boosting moisture in the skin. What I love about it is that it is non-irritating and the skin is not left feeling dry or sensitive which can occur with other retinols.

    Another essential skin care ingredient, and product, is ​Vitamin C,​ also known as L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and works as a potent antioxidant whilst also fighting hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C works to brighten the skin, improve skin texture and firmness as well as protect our skin against harmful UV and environmental damage. My favourite product containing Vitamin C is PCA C and E Advanced which also contains the antioxidant Vitamin E which works synergistically with vitamin C, boosting the effects. This serum feels silky smooth and soft on the skin and contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C available (20%).

    Finally, I also can’t go past a ​Hyaluronic Acid​ serum which works to deliver intense hydration and gives a plumping effect to the skin. My go to Hyaluronic serum is the PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum which delivers hydration on three levels – the skin’s surface, deep within the skin as well as boosting the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production.

    In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite beauty treatments?

    I don’t believe in fluff treatments and always prefer treatments that deliver changes to the skin and treat certain conditions. Results driven treatments are key for me. My favourite treatment for the majority of skin types is ​Broad Band Light (BBL) which is the use of certain wavelengths of light used to target different colours (chromophores) within the skin resulting in the destruction and removal of the target. BBL is phenomenal for treating sun damage and pigmentation, redness and rosacea, visible blood vessels and capillaries as well as active acne. Once a client’s skin has been corrected with BBL, and they are left with an even and smooth skin tone, we step up to our maintenance program called the Forever Young BBL. These BBL treatments can then be done on a quarterly basis to encourage collagen production, maintain the results of the initial treatments and keep the skin looking healthy and young.

    Hydrafacials​ are also very popular among my clients. This is a phenomenal treatment which uses four steps to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, extract and then infuse in a cocktail of antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Hydrafacials are suitable for all skin types and can be done fortnightly to monthly. It can treat active breakouts and congestion, remove blackheads and decrease the appearance of pores, smooth skin texture, improve pigmentation and maintain healthy skin. It is also the perfect pre-event or special occasion treatment as the skin is left glowing and hydrated immediately after.

    In regards to both yourself and/or your clients, what would you like to try next; product, service or treatment?

    The next treatment on my list is the ​Halo laser​ which I plan on having annually to combat sun damage, pigmentation and improve the texture and tone of my skin. Halo is an advanced laser which combines ablative and non-ablative lasers in one to treat the skin at all levels. It is not for the fainthearted and there is about 5 days of “downtime” which includes redness, dryness and flaking but this is significantly less when compared with other lasers available. The Halo results are evident within the first week and continue to improve over many months as deep collagen is stimulated.

    We call the outcome of this treatment the “halo glow” as the skin looks polished, luminous and silky smooth after each treatment. We are trialing a new “chemical free” peel known as the ​Deep Sea Peel ​by beauty brand Cosmedix which is delivering excellent results. I plan on trying this peel myself but also look forward to seeing the results on my clients.

    As more people steer away from chemicals this is a good option for those seeking a natural peel alternative. It uses coral particles which work as a manual exfoliation to resurface the skin, lifting away stubborn pigmentation and softening the look of acne scarring.

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, ​and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube?

    I am a skin care nerd and most of the magazines and publications I read are medical and industry focused so to many can be a bit boring as they often contain research articles and industry updates. I spend much of my spare time researching and developing new treatments and products to introduce to my clinic so I don’t often follow beauty podcasts or watch vloggers on YouTube. An online magazine I just love is Beauticate. I enjoy reading their reviews on clinics, treatments and products. I also subscribe to Spa and Clinic Magazine which is a beauty industry specific magazine focusing on business.

    A podcast I would recommend for anyone interested in medical aesthetics, injectables and laser would be Inside Aesthetics. This is hosted by a Cosmetic Doctor and they regularly interview industry leaders to get the inside scoop on their treatments of choice. It is suitable for not only doctors like myself but anyone interested in the industry and wanting to educate themselves on what treatments are safe and effective.

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  • InBeauty, Hair

    New Year’s Eve Ready with ghd

    It’s not just the end of the year, it’s the end of the decade so this year, I’m going out with a bang and thanks to My Haircare & Beauty X ghd, my hair is going to be flawless. While I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll be wearing just yet, I know I’m going to have smooth slick strands and of course, statement earrings.

    As a proud stockist of ghd in Australia, MyHaircare & Beauty invited me to help share the word of the limited edition rose gold styler, which coincided perfectly with NYE preparation.

    The Dynasty Rose Gold Platinum+ with Vanity Case in the limited edition rose gold comes complete with an exclusive vanity case, for safer storage and travel. For a styling experience personalised to you, the styler features ultra-zone predictive technology, which anticipates the needs of your hair according to thickness and styling speed. Working at an optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees, this tool also features a convenient automatic sleep mode that switches your styler off after 30 minutes of non-use, for peace of mind once out and about.

    I’ve been playing around with the styler over the last few days and was easily able to create sleek locks (albeit with a touch of summer humidity!) that I zhuzhed up with a bit of texture for a more relaxed look. A touch of sea salt spray and my gold sparklies and I’m set.

    Perfect to add to your vanity, this styler looks good and performs even better!

    Bring on NYE!

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  • InBeauty

    Stand Out Beauty Favourites of 2019 + A Discount Code

    Throughout the year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in an ongoing collaboration with U.K based beauty website Calissa, by trying out various new products and brands, some I’m similar with and many I’m not. I thought I would do a roundup of my favourite products so far, which will make a nice segway into my favourite products of 2019.

    Calissa is our doorway to luxury independent beauty. An independent, luxury beauty platform that prides itself on its edited selection of premium and niche brands. As a British brand, they’ve cherry picked the best products from home as well as sourcing favourites from all over the world.

    If you too would like to try some of my favourites found at Calissa, you can score a sneaky little discount with my coupon code 10FRIENDSOFCALISSA at checkout. Free worldwide delivery available, with free samples included with each order. Take a peek also at the Calissa Club, where by joining you can collect points on each order and by writing product reviews to score free cash to buy more products – enjoy!

    Happy holidays x

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  • InBeauty

    Niacinamide? Nia-what?

    Is it just me or are all the new and exciting skincare ingredients worth talking about getting harder and harder to pronounce. For someone who was obsessed with David Boreanaz as a teen – and pronounced his name bor-en-az until my husband taught me the correct way to say it out loud – it’s just another word to add to my commonly mispronounced list.

    Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is one of The Ordinary’s biggest sellers and when you hear the benefits, it’s no surprise. Joanna Fleming, Adore Beauty’s Beauty Editor, explains that niacinamide can help to improve barrier function to reduce water loss, while helping to balance the skin’s sebum production, making it an excellent ingredient for oily and blemish-prone skin types. She also mentions that this particular ingredient can also have a brightening effect on the skin, while help to transform the texture of uneven skin.

    Suitable for all skin types and ages, the unique combination courtesy of The Ordinary uses this potent ingredient plus Zinc helps to battle blemishes by reducing bacteria on the skin, regulating oil production, and minimising the appearance of pores gently and efficiently. Speaking from my own experience, I found that when I using this product regularly (being a beauty editor means I’m always trying new things!) I found that any blemishes I had cleared up significantly faster and arose less frequently, but it’s worth noting that if I skipped a few days – my skin would let me know …

    Before I forget, this year alone Adore Beauty has sold 4180 cups worth of The Ordinary’s Niacinamide? Learn more about some of their important milestones, and enter the competition to win  $100 Adore Beauty Vouchers everyday for 7 days. I’ve already entered, have you?

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  • InBeauty

    The New Natural Deodorant

    While ‘wellness’ is something of a buzz word right now, there’s no denying the benefits of probiotics and their ability to assist in supporting digestive health and immune function. It’s of course no surprise that even skin care brands are adopting this principal to help restore the skin’s natural immunity against irritation and inflammation.

    Merging probiotics with natural ingredients, KIND-LY revolutionises the green hygiene category with Australia’s first and only 100% natural deodorant enriched with probiotics and magnesium. Referred to as resident bacteria, the good microorganisms found in KIND-LY deodorants neutralise the bad, transient bacteria by supporting the skin’s natural microbiome for healthy, smell-free pits.

    “With daily showering and excessive use of soaps, we’re washing away all the good bacteria from under our arms,” says KIND-LY founder, Lisa Raciti. “As a result, we’re unprotected from the bad microorganisms that mix with sweat and produce odour.”

    As sweat itself is odourless, KIND-LY’s aluminium, paraben and alcohol-free formulation allows the underarm area to produce sweat and expel toxins naturally without the associated smell and re-educates the body to correct bacterial imbalances on its own.

    It’s worth noting that when transitioning to a natural deodorant, the body can take several weeks to adjust as sweat ducts become reliant on the chemical’s found in common deodorant and forget how to naturally correct bacterial imbalances on its own. I’m about a month in now and it’s all good news, the fresh scent is uplifting of a morning and keeps me feeling protected all day long – no whiff to smell here! Note: Shake the bottle before using, and always apply to clean dry skin allowing to dry before dressing.

    Available in 5 invigorating scents blended with essential oils and ingredients specially chosen for their antimicrobial benefits including Lavender & Bergamot, Lime & Frankincense, Cypress & Sandalwood, Coconut & Vanilla and Rose & Geranium – without any common irritants like alchohol, parabens or synthetic fragrances.

    Available globally online and in over 200 Australian stockists, as well as Urban Outfitters in the USA, KIND-LY is taking natural deodorant mainstream. No longer just an ‘alternative’ – natural is the new normal!

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  • InBeauty

    What To Pick up During the Black Friday Sales at FeelUnique

    If there is ever a right time to shop, it’s definitely the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale’s and this year is no exception. Score up to 40% off this Black Friday week at FeelUnique on over 350 brands, PLUS free beauty bags and limited time steals!

    While I couldn’t share every single offer available, I have collated the best of the best offers below so keep scrolling.

    * All offers below will be live from 25th November – 2nd December with the exception of 20% off Huda Beauty which will be live from 29th November – 2nd December.

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    *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, Lifestyle

    Conscious Beauty

    While the beauty industry was once prone to excess, and some may say over consumption, recently there has been a change to more sustainable approach to products and tools. Nadia Eizadi, conscious beauty guru and owner of Bat Your Lash, an eco and sustainable beauty salon, has taken her next steps in challenging wastage in today’s beauty industry with the launch of Pandoo, a one-stop-shop for sustainable beauty tools.

    “My inspiration to start the range started when I realised how much waste the beauty industry creates. To be hygienic we had a lot of single use tools such as mascara wands, lip applicators and cotton ear buds. We were using and disposing so much in a day. To know the effects of what plastic does to the environment and our planet was disheartening and worrying. So I made the decision to swap the tools that I could from plastic to bamboo. What I couldn’t buy, I created”, Nadia said.

    Encouraging consumers and professionals alike to replace their plastic tools with a more eco-friendly, sustainable solution, Pandoo provides an alternative to the often-overlooked plastics in our beauty routines. Nadia says: “We chose bamboo because of its many benefits. It is 100% natural, biodegradable, anti fungal and antibacterial. It absorbs greenhouse gases, not to mention it’s amazing growth rate compared to other natural resources. Knowing that plastic takes 1000 years to decompose and bamboo only takes 2-3 months, it makes it the eco-friendliest option. My aim is to try to reduce landfill as much as we can, so switching to bamboo (although it is slightly more expensive) is really a no-brainer.”

    Pandoo is launching with three key products; Ear-Buds, Lip Applicators, and Mascara Wands all made from the super-powered plant, bamboo. Nadia says “Since Pandoo is bamboo based it has many benefits as mentioned previously, additionally we have also made the swap from using plastic to using biodegradable satchels to post our products. Not only are our Pandoo beauty tools promoting and supporting an environmentally conscious way of life, but so is the packaging in which customers are receiving their products. It’s a win/win!”

    Here’s to saving the earth, one beauty product at a time!

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  • InBeauty

    Lets Chat Beauty with Sacha Strebe of @skinlexicon

    As much as some might roll their eyes at what I will say next, I really don’t know what I would do without Instagram. Connecting with amazing like-minded individuals never gets old for me, and when they have a passion for skincare like myself – it’s a match made in heaven. I’m so so excited to feature Sacha Strebe today, who is former Editorial Director for MyDomaine and currently the Editorial Director at Create & Cultivate.

    Based in Los Angeles, Sacha clearly has a passion for skincare which has lead her to recently launch an Instagram account and bi-weekly newsletter titled Skinlexicon, which I’ve already subscribed and of course, read every past issue.

    Without further ado, lets chat beauty with Sacha of @skinlexicon!

    Where did your love of beauty and skincare come from, has it always been there? I grew up in sunny Queensland, Australia and since there is a hole in the ozone layer there it gets incredibly hot (the sun is incredibly harsh) so we are taught about sun protection very early on. My mom was slapping sunscreen on me as a baby and we’d play at the beach almost every day growing up. She also exposed me to skincare early on. At the age of 14 I had a basic cleanse, tone and moisturizer routine and my obsession for skincare and beauty grew from there.

    I have always cared for my skin, but I really ramped it up around age 29/30 after having my son. I developed melasma while pregnant and so began my monthly chemical peels, brightening serums, and I had 3 rounds of IPL (which a lot of esthetician’s wouldn’t recommend now because it can make it worse). I’ve been on a maintenance preventative regime ever since.

    What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? Definitely retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic, all of the acids (lactic, glycolic, aha, bha), vitamin c, and sunscreen—well that’s not an ingredient but it’s definitely part of my daily regime.

    The go-to brands for these ingredients are Cosmedix (swear by this brand! Been using for 10 years or more. I love their peels, cell ID, retinol, and eye doctor), IsClinical (their active serum, pro heal serum, and hydracool are truly gamechanging), DMK seba-e oil, skinmedica lytera and HA5.

    What are your favourite beauty treatments? I love chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, and laser! My favorite lasers are clear & brilliant (for a deeper exfoliation/resurfacing and pigmentation), picot (for pigmentation and melasma), laser genesis (for plumping and producing collagen), forma, and radio frequency (great for tightening/forming), fraxel (resurfacing).

    Read Sacha’s recent articles below:

    https://www.mydomaine.com/what-is-prp

    https://www.mydomaine.com/microfusion-review

    https://www.byrdie.com/what-is-fraxel-4688335

    https://www.mydomaine.com/forma-laser-review

    In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? I have a few! Matthew Miller (@matthewmillerskin), Candace Marino (@thelafacialist), Dr Nancy Samolitis (@drsamolitis of Facile Boutique and Dermatology), Dr Jennifer Herrmann (@dr.jenniferherrmann), Camille Fields (@camillefields.skin), Kerry Benjamin (@stackedskincare), and James Vivian (@jamesvivian_clinic).

    What’s your thoughts on botox and fillers etc? I am a big fan of subtle Botox and fillers. I only started getting them when I was 37 though and I didn’t go overboard. I started small and layered it slowly so it wasn’t a huge change and just made my face appear fresh and healthy. I have a little bump every 6 months but only the smallest amount under the eyes, around the mouth, the nasolabial folds, and I have a smidge of Botox in between my eyes where I frown. I only trust a couple of people to do it too. I highly recommend you do the research and find someone who can do really soft and natural filler. I see Dr Samolitis and Dr Jennifer Herrmann who are both dermatologists and truly understand the biology of the face. Dr Samolitis also used different filler to match the destination on my face—it was really tailored to me and what worked for my unique features. I’m very open about it too. I think it’s so important to let other women know because so much of what we see is filtered and not real, especially on social media.

    Read Sacha’s recent articles for My Domaine below:

    https://www.mydomaine.com/what-are-lip-fillers

    https://www.mydomaine.com/under-eye-fillers

    What would you like to try next; product, service or treatment? I really want to try the new Skinbetter line. They have a new sunscreen mineral makeup compact that Candace (the LA facialist) has been raving about. She also told me about their alphret peel pads so I’m adding them to my next purchase. As for treatments, I have an appointment with Camille Fields next month and I can’t wait. She is a Biologique Recherche certified esthetician and I’ve been wanting to try the range for so long. I’m also intrigued by her holistic approach. My friend TyLynn Nguyen raves about her (and she has beautiful skin) so I really can’t wait.

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, and /or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? I am obsessed with Eleanor Pendleton and Gritty Pretty. I also love what Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan are doing with their Gloss Angeles podcast. They talk through ingredients and science in a very friendly, relatable way. Their last episode features a sleep doctor and I’ve been told he has some game changing advice so I’m excited to listen in. I love following all of the experts I listed above on IG because they really drop a lot of knowledge that isn’t sponsored and very realistic.

    *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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    What is Gua Sha and Why Do You Need it?

    If 2018 was the year of face rolling with a jade roller; well then, 2019 is definitely the year of the gua sha.

    Rachel Roberts, skin specialist based in Hobart, uses gau sha in her signature Beauty of Balance facial at Hobart based natural, non-toxic based beauty salon and clean beauty shop Beauty of Arcadia and was kind enough to share her extensive knowledge of this much-discussed facial treatment.

    As Rachel says, “Gua sha, pronounced gwa sha, is a type of massage used in the world of Chinese medicine. This traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been used for thousands of years, and is often referred to as the “Eastern Facelift’. While being an Eastern technique, there is lots of Western research and evidence to prove this treatment is effective. The massage is performed using a gua sha tool, most commonly of either jade stone or rose quartz.”

    But of course this then poses another question. Well, how do I use this oddly shaped tool?

    Rachel says: “The tool is applied to the skin with a pretty heavy hand and is quite literally scraped across the skin. For facial gua sha, the pressure is much lighter, and scraped in an upwards and outwards motion. The pressure is firm but light enough to not hurt or bruise.”

    When it comes to the benefits of the gua sha facial massage, Rachel explains: “Studies have shown an increase in circulation from the gua sha technique, and better flow to the face not only helps clear up & heal acne, it aids the skin’s ability to purge the dirt, sebum, and general buildup in the pores that can lead to acne. This improved blood flow to the skin’s surface which promotes healing, also breaks up fascia which releases tension. This helps tone your facial muscles, helps improve the contours of your face and encourages collagen production to firm the face up.

    This technique also helps promote lymphatic drainage, and helps your skin retain it’s natural moisture and glow. After regular gua sha facials you’ll begin to notice that your skin is plumper, brighter and with far less visible lines. Think of it like a pilates class, but for your face. The more you do it, the better the results.”

    Lastly, Rachel also mentioned that not only does this facial visibly improve skin quality, it also puts you in a deeply relaxing state. SIGN ME UP!

     

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    Understanding Retinol and What It Does

    As I recently celebrated the big 30, and now just quietly the not-so-big thirty-one (thriving thirties, right), I knew it was time to finally pull out the big guns and begin to introduce retinol into my skincare regime. While once upon a time only something a doctor would prescribe, brands like The Ordinary give everyone everywhere access and more importantly, understanding, to the big wide world of acids and active ingredients.

    Put simply: As we age, the skin’s cell renewal process begins to slow which in turns gives the skin a dull or sallow appearance. Retinols, also known as Vitamin A, ‘switch back on’ the shedding of skin cells at a faster pace which results in a fresh glow to skin. Any products applied penetrate much deeper and work that much harder.

    My retinol experience begins with The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, and as the jar is almost empty, I’m about to introduce Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. If you noticed the slight difference in the names (retinol/retinoid), basically retinol is a weaker form of retinoid, hence the labelling of the products. As it’s widely and very strongly advised by skin experts, any retinol usage must begin at lower levels as the skin build tolerance to the active ingredient. Irritation, redness and peeling are all common side effects, while temporary, and levels can be increased as the skin adjusts.

    Let’s break down the two different products further:

    • Step 1: The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane. This has light oil-like texture and is applied before thicker serums, oils and creams. While the retinol helps to reduce the appearance of photo-damage, skin ageing and fine lines, the addition of Squalane provide hydrating benefits for those on the drier skin side.
    • Step 2: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. This has a creamy texture, and contains a higher level of the star ingredient. The Granactive Retinoid works to enhance the skins elasticity, plumpness and hydration levels for a radiant and fresh glow.

    I plan to update this article once I’ve used the 2% for an extended period, but so far, here’s my thoughts:

    1. When applied to clean dry skin, the 0.2% feels slightly tingly and itchy for a short time (to be expected) but thanks to the Squalane, doesn’t leave me feeling dry or scratchy;
    2. I notice that each night I apply the 0.2%, the next morning I’ve definitely a noticeable glow and softness to the skin;
    3. I started applying the 0.2% of an evening once a week, but can now apply every second or third day without any reaction, giving me confidence for the higher dosage to come;
    4. Sunscreen is a non-negotiable each and every day, as retinols can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation;
    5. Still applying my Vitamin C of a morning with zero dramas, and I’m really starting to feel like a #skincarejunkie with all these exciting lotions and potions!

    While I’ve also enjoyed The Ordinary’s (and NIOD’s) range and accessibility of products, I was reminded last week upon listening to Nicole Kilner’s podcast episode with Gemma Watts (The Glow Journal) why this brand continues to stay at the top of it’s game – its main priority is doing business in a kind way, with exceptional products to boot.

    And finally, Deciem have given us all an early Christmas present as until November 30th, they have 23% off everything on their website – I say run, don’t walk!

    *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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    What I’m Coveting from Cult Beauty Right Now

    As it’s nearing Christmas and I’m still a shocking present organiser, even at thirty-one, I’m starting to get my brain into gear working what to get each of the important people in my life. But of course, somehow, it always come back to me and what I will gift myself. Here’s what I’m coveting:

    Special mention to Roen’s Disco Eye and Summer Disco Eye. Gimme all the glitter for summer please✨

    *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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    Lets Chat Beauty with Bianca Hill of @heartofdvst

    I’ve followed Bianca, or @heartofdvst as you may know her, for what feels like ages. Bianca has grown such an amazing community and shares all of her thoughts, opinions and knowledge so freely. Just recently, Instagram deleted her original account which had grown over 2k+ followers organically and Bianca was left to rebuild her account, which she has done through incredibly curated images by the dozen.

    Lets chat beauty …. with @heartofdvst!

     

    Where did your love of beauty and skincare come from, has it always been there? It definitely hasn’t always been there. I grew up predominately with a very non-feminine, strict mother who refused to let me wear makeup right up until when I left home at 16. And even then, I would wear makeup only because it was something that was “forbidden” prior. Not because I was passionate about it, I was just curious. I only really started getting into makeup seriously 4 years ago when I became friends with a makeup artist. And skincare, only 1-2 years ago? It’s all happened really fast haha but I feel like my creative side has always been there and I’ve just found my niche.

    What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? Vitamin C, Lactic Acid and Ceramides – glow, exfoliating and moisture. The holy trinity.

    What are your favourite beauty treatments? Retinol – does that count? And SPF. I count SPF as a treatment because if you’re using it, you will then avoid a lot of premature ageing! Honestly I have never gotten any invasive facial treatments before because I just don’t really need it! I’m sure that will change when I start getting older though …

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    In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? I don’t know if I’m in a place to say whether or not I trust or believe either, as I’m not an expert personally. What I will say is, I trust Susan Yara (she’s a qualified aesthetician and Youtuber) with my life and I will take any advice she provides. I’ve learnt a lot from her!

    What’s your thoughts on botox and fillers etc? The more, the merrier! I have lip fillers and they’ve changed my life. I want to get cheek fillers next, but they’re a little pricier. I’m not at a point yet where I feel I need botox but I’m tentatively waiting for the first wrinkle to appear …

    What would you like to try next; product, service or treatment? I really want to get a facial at the little company while I’m in Byron!

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? I’m loving All Bases Covered podcast and I watch Susan Yara via Mixed Makeup, Jackie Aina and Mariah Leonard religiously. There’s too many to name on instagram, but right now my faves that come to mind are @skinned_row, @itsalexanohely, @rohinielyse, @rowisingh and @riyahtaylor.

    Thanks lovely one, you’re a dream! By the way – I’m off to pull out my Fenty Lip Stunna in Uncensored for a fun afternoon pep-me-up!

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    Important Space NK Dates to Put In Your Calendar

    If you’re a beauty aficionado, you’ll be well aware that Space NK is the dreamland of beauty. The ultimate curator of over 100 of the most in-demand, highly innovative and boundary-pushing beauty brands, Space NK the go-to destination for worldwide beauty discovery.

    If you want to score a bargain or an extra GWP, or maybe just blow your your savings – these are the dates you’ll need to remember.

    Important Space NK dates:

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday: 29th November to 2nd December 2019

    Double Points: 8th to 14th December 2019 – Receive N.dulge loyalty points for every £1 spent. 100 points = £5 incentive voucher.

    Last Minute Sale: 10th December – Free gift with £100 spend plus free delivery!

    Winter Sale: from 25th December 2019

    As always, Space NK offer worldwide delivery, as well as a bespoke shopping experience in store. Free samples with every order and by joining N.dulge, their loyalty program, and receive a special birthday gift every year.

    Make sure you pop these dates in your diary, ’tis is the best time of the year!

     

     

     

     

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    Hand Care Advice for Summer 2019

    We’re all about skincare, especially of late, but are you one to actually take your care of your hands? I must admit, I strive to be that person but I often fall short. I consider it a good effort if I remember to apply cuticle oil and hand cream before bed, but most notice I admit, I forget.

    With this in mind, I enlisted the knowledge of Enbacci founder and skincare expert, Yong-Li Zhou, to shed some light to how I can adopt a serious #handcare routine, and more importantly – where to even begin.

    As Yong-Li Zhou says “Our hands are constantly exposed to environmental pollutants. They are exposed to harmful UV rays while we are walking down the street, driving the car, talking on a phone, and playing most outdoor sports.”

    This means that as the skin on the hands and wrists are susceptible to photoaging much like the face (crows-feet anyone) they require the same level of care and attention as the skin on our face. Enbacci have a dedicated hand care range, designed for all skin types, ethnicities, genders and ages; and is available nationwide online and via the brand’s flagship store located in Melbourne’s city fringe.

    To cleanse, Yong-Li Zhou suggests Enbaci’s Nourish Hand Wash to effectively clean and disinfect without leaving hands feeling dry, taut, or irritated. This gentle formula repairs damaged skin, restores moisture and offers antimicrobial properties to protect skin from harmful surface bacteria. Once dry, Yong-Li Zhou recommends applying the Brightening Hand & Nail Cream SPF15 to nourish and protect your hands, keeping the skin looking youthful for longer with this Vitamin A and E rich cream.

    It’s worth nothing that while freckles on the hands and fingers are not always a cause for concern, they can be a precursor to certain skin conditions and cancers. “Taking the right skincare precautions and having regular check-up’s with your GP or dermatologist will ensure your hands stay youthful and healthy for as long as possible,” said Yong-Li Zhou.

    Hands up who is ready for summer 👐

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    For The Friend Who is Obsessed with Monogramming

    Monogrammed items are everywhere right now, from iPhone cases to handbags. We all love a personalised piece, especially when it’s a gift so let me introduce you to Beysis, formally known as Say It With Polish. From humble beginnings with the launch of a single customisable nail polish line, the Beysis team has recently expanded into an extensive range of thoughtfully designed beauty and lifestyle essentials, including personalised and refillable perfume atomisers, candles, makeup cases and compact mirrors. They’ve even curated a range of stylish and practical water bottles, while still creating their stand-out nail polish range.

    Name them, monogram them, make them yours!

    Featuring minimalistic, classic designs, Beysis create products that are sustainable and functionable, which you can order in just a few clicks. I remembering gifting my bridesmaids a nail polish each with a personalised message before my wedding in 2016, and it was such a treat for both them and I, creating such a beautiful memory.

    Australian owned & designed, all of Beysis’ beauty products are also certified cruelty free by Australia’s leading body, Cruelty Free Australia, with their polishes also being ‘10 Free‘ which you can learn more about here but basically, this means that their polish is free of all the nasties commonly found in nail-polish, all without compromising on quality or performance.

    For the friend who has everything, or even if you’re in the mood to #treatyoself, make Beysis your first stop. 

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    What I’m Lusting After This Week

    Inspired by the weekly edits published by British Vogue, I thought I’d start to share my week in review as a way to further connect with you, my reader. I also would love to know what you’re doing, listening to and eating this week so please pop a comment below and share!

    LISTEN 

    This last week was spent catching up on episodes from both The High Low with Dolly Alderton and Pandora Skyes, and Glow Journal with Gemma Watts. On Dolly and Pandora’s recommendation, I’m about to start reading Bridget Jones Diary to relive the 90’s once again through Bridget’s hilarious antics. I don’t recall previously reading the book, only watching the movie oh, a million times. I always had such a crush on Daniel Cleaver, or maybe it was just Hugh Grant?

    In the nail studio of a weekend, I’ve playing the Spotify playlist ‘Work Chill’ by Helene Raynor but while I’m tapping away at the computer, I constantly have the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack on repeat during the day while I dream about living life in carefree and fun 60’s…

    PURCHASED

    I recently purchased a fresh supply of Ultra Violette but changed from the Queen Screen to the Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen, and finally bit the bullet and bought The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%), which came highly recommend by the internet.

    LUSTING

    Currently lusting over Estee Lalonde’s newest collection with Daisy London, while daydreaming about my two weeks of leave in late October and wondering if a quick jaunt to NYC or London may be in order? Either way, I am in desperate need of a pedicure as I’ve neglected my totsies for far too long this winter.

    EAT & DRINK

    My husband and I enjoyed the most beautiful brunch on Sunday at Hill Street – I of course chose the smashed avo – but this dish had so much extra flavour in the dukka and pesto, oh and maybe the side of bacon too. I’ve decided I’m over the taste of wine lately, and have deemed my drink of choice to be vodka + cranberry which is going down a treat. Add a slice of lime and it’s almost a cocktail in your kitchen.

    We spent our Sunday wandering the local markets where I picked up a latte and some homemade kombucha, while we debated between a homemade carrot cake and an apple + rubarb cake – the apple won out – and smelt the delicious wafts of french style crepes from the food truck. Speaking of delicious, my husband made the most incredible vegetable lasagne without my favourite part in the cheese sauce and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. We’re always trying to increase our veggie intake, and this is one of the best ways to do in my book!

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