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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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Scrub Wars for the Body

There is no more satisfying act, when showering, than to be giving yourself a good scrub. Exfoliation literally scrubs off all your dead skin cells, making your skin look fresher, less dry and more radiant. It’ll improve your circulation too, so many women swear by it as a cellulite treatment. It’s also a non-negotiable before applying fake tan (or ridding yourself of an old patchy-looking one). You should aim to exfoliate once a week. It comes down to your preferred method as to how often you should do it – gentle exfoliates can be used up to 3 times a […]


Hangover Cure for Your Skin

Over my past 10 years of drinking (my mum reads this blog so I’m only going to admit to 10), I’ve learned a trick or two about hangover survival. I’m not going to bother with the whole “eat this or that”, everyone has their own thing here, but I want to focus on saving your skin post-binge. Your skin bears the brunt of your lifestyle choices so consider this is as a way to make amends. I woke up Sunday morning with raging headache, a gurgling stomach and a mouth that felt like sandpaper. The dreaded hangover had struck! Quit […]

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How ‘safe’ is your beauty regime?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs 60-80% of all chemicals applied to it. That’s not a made up figure, it’s backed up by science. How do you think nicotine or birth control patches work? Cosmetics are tested (to an extent) before they can be released for sale. So technically, all products are ‘safe’ by government standards. But it’s how they’re testing that’s the problem and the standards they’re required to meet. When determining the safety of a chemical in skin absorption it’s all about risk assessment. What determines the toxicity of […]


The Best Natural Sunscreen’s

Sun exposure is a good thing. That’s how our body’s receive Vitamin D which is super important to our overall health (see my earlier post for more info). However, too much of a good thing can be bad and sun exposure is no exception. I generally recommend 15 minutes of sunshine a day, but if you’re going to be outside for longer than this, the old Aussie adage “Slip, Slop, Slap” is a must. My most recent job required me to spend every second day outside on a boat. Because I worked on water, I doubled my sun exposure from the […]

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Be a bronzed goddess (the natural & sunless way)

I was more than happy to switch to organic make-up and bath products but I could not give up my fake tan. I’m pale and freckly, I need fake tan! For years there was no safe alternative for me to try, so I ignored my wiser-self and kept on slathering that St Tropez. But recently there have been a growth in the natural fake tan market so finally I have natural alternatives. As the demand for the stuff grows the market will keep on delivering. So far they’ve delivered pretty well! In the interest of safe beauty, I’ve kindly volunteered […]


Better skin in 28 days

The epidermis or surface layer of the skin is renewed every 28 days. Unfortunately that means patience is required when trialling any new product! But with this 28 day window, it gives us the opportunity to look better in only a month or so. So how is this achieved?

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The best of mineral foundations

Mainstream foundations can carry a range of nasty ingredients, like parabens, petroleum by-products, fragrance, PEG’s, phthalates and even heavy metals. Yuck! Rather than ask you to give them up (I’m not that sadistic) I would invite you all to give mineral foundations a try. Mineral foundations are natures alternative to your standard toxic foundations. But how do you choose what sort of foundation is best for you? Especially when shopping online it feels like you’re entering a mine field of choice!  I consider myself quite the make-up expert. Given my long love affair with the stuff, beginning in my early teens when […]

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Top 10 nasty chemicals to avoid in your beauty regime

The cosmetics industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, in everything from lipstick and lotion to shampoo and shaving cream. I’ve previously written about toxic chemicals hiding in your beauty products. What are these chemicals hiding in your beauty products? Chemicals in beauty products to avoid Many of these substances are also used in industrial manufacturing processes to clean industrial equipment, stabilise pesticides and grease gears. I think common sense can tell us a product that de-greases floors shouldnt be used on our faces! Here’s some of the worst 10 common chemicals you’ll find in your beauty cabinet […]