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Spotlight on: Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has only recently entered my sphere of beauty ingredients, after seeing it popping up all over the place as a star ingredient in so many natural skincare products and makeup. It’s hailed as a skin saviour like no other, plumping & hydrating skin, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. So what is Hyaluronic Acid and do you need it? What is Hyaluronic Acid? Hyaluronic acid isn’t actually an acid. It’s a sugary molecule that occurs naturally in skin’s structure and connective tissue throughout the body. It helps lubricate your joints and keep things full of moisture so they stay in […]

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Tried & Tested: Inika’s BB Cream

With 80% organic ingredients (the highest percentage of any BB Cream), Inika Certified Organic BB Cream is a three-in-one formula to simplify your mornings, naturally. This BB Cream combines a silky primer, moisturiser, and foundation all in one convenient pump pack. Inika Certified Organic BB Cream contains natural Prickly Pear, Pomegranate Oil, Avocado and Jojoba Oils to keep the skin hydrated and plump all day. This formula works wonderfully with the warmth of the fingertips, blending into a seamless finish. Prickly Pear Oil moisturises and softens the skin, intensely hydrating the skin. It is deeply penetrating – helping create soft, younger […]


Tried & Tested: The Beauty Chef BODY Powder

I love a good protein shake. I bought this one in my 1st trimester of pregnancy, a time when I could not stop eating. Baby needs food! I bought it with the hope that instead of reaching for an afternoon snack, second breakfast, or post dinner snack I could just quickly whip-up a protein shake that I knew would hit the spot and support me & the growing life inside of me. Most protein shakes are full of gross stuff, like artificial flavours and sweeteners, and can be pretty hard to digest. The BODY is designed to be different. About The […]

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Spotlight on: Collagen

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and it makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. It’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye. What is Collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells. Collagen & gelatin often get used interchangeably, but they are […]


Spotlight on: Burt’s Bees

Many years ago, long before I got onto the natural bandwagon, I was in search of a good body moisturiser. I was already pretty clued up on mineral oil and knew to avoid products that contained it (other than being a dirty petrochemical by-product, it actually dehydrates your skin) so scanned the ingredients lists to find quality products. I came across a product by Burt’s Bees and was instantly sold by what I read. I fell in love after trying it. This was by far one of the most effective moisterisers I had used! Since then, I’ve always had a […]

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The correct way to apply your skincare

You’ve just forked out for some seriously amazing & potent skincare products; you should want to make sure you get the most out of your spend. Most of us just wing it, based on information gathered in our younger years from Dolly or Cosmopolitan magazines. Even less of us will read the product instructions. Fortunately, correct application is pretty easy and quite fast; but a lot of it simply come down to correct technique and timing. The motto, “less is more” also applies. Cleanser   Most cleansers are designed to be used with a wet face. Squirt on the required amount […]


Natural Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

I know a thing or two about acne. Since my early teen years to now I’ve been figuring out a few things about dreaded pimples. I can’t say I’ve solved the pimple problem entirely, but I’ve given it a good crack. These are my tips to assist on your path to healthy skin. 1. Keep it clean This one is a no brainer really, as everyone should be washing their face each day! I love oil cleansing. It’s so good at removing making, regulating oil production and keeping my skin hydrated. I’ve written about it previously, here, if you’re keen […]

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The brand that won me back to natural skincare

You may remember me not long ago lamenting the effectiveness of natural skincare. At the time I was feeling pretty down and out about natural skincare. Despite diligently trialing numerous brands and products, I didn’t really find any to be anything special. That was, until I came across this brand: Zk’in (pronounced “skin”). Here’s a little about the brand, directly from their website: zk’in certified organic skincare looks after, repairs and beautifies your skin with zero tolerance to anything less than the best. There are no parabens, no sulphates, no petrochemicals and no unnatural ingredients in any zk’in certified organic […]


5 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making (and how to fix them)

You might be thinking I’m being a little harsh on why these mistakes are all so horrendous, or even soapboxing. But believe me, I know all these mistakes because I am the number 1 culprit of committing all these for a number of years! Years of trial and error (oh so much error) has led me to figure out what you really can’t get away with. If my advice can help save you from a lifetime of embarrassing makeup then I’ve done my bit for humanity. 1. Mascara transferring to your eyelids Around 3pm you go to the loo and […]

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I’m back from Japan, with a major beauty observation

So you may have noticed I got a little slack there on posting, but I’ve got a good excuse. I was in Japan skiing the slopes and touring Tokyo. Plus there was also an engagement thrown in and that was super distracting. Even now I’m struggling to type with the sparkler almost blinding me with every key stroke 😉 Ok, I’m just gloating now. While I was skiing the slopes of Hakuba I noticed an interesting phenomena. At lunch time, when everyone pulled off their face masks, helmets and goggles for a much needed meal break, the white women were […]