Meet the Maker: Indie Lee

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Indie Lee, the founder of Indie Lee & Co. a clean and eco luxe line of skincare, formulated with efficacious ingredients that combine science + plant botanicals enhancing the health of your body or skin. We sat down and talked about clean beauty, wellness and her launch in Sephora Australia.

Indie’s story is unique and a heart warming. She started the line over ten years ago when she was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour that doctors felt could be environmentally derived and attributed to something as simple as what she was putting on her skin. After learning that up to 60% of what we apply to our skin, including toxic ingredients in conventional skincare, may be absorbed in as little as 26 seconds, Indie had her awakening. After surviving a successful surgery on Earth Day 2009, she embarked upon a wellness journey to create a clean beauty collection dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to be mindful about what they put on their skin as well as into their body.

“When I was given a finite amount of time to live, the world became technicolor – I now appreciate every moment and I feel very fortunate to be creating a platform that will allow others to do the same. Education and empowerment are my driving forces and this line is the medium enabling me to pay my knowledge forward.” – Indie

The clean and luxurious collection of skin and beauty products will be launching in Sephora, Australian on March 20th, 2019. Indie is a kind, genuine and positive person who started her line purely out of her passion to live and literally to beat the odds of a life threatening disease. It was fascinating and inspiring to meet Indie and to learn more about her story and products. Enjoy the interview below.

How does a typical day start for you?

Every morning starts the same for me. I begin the day by mediating and taking that time for myself to get centred, I then pick up my phone to text my business partner and best friend GMS, which stands for ‘Good Morning Sunshine’. I then go look after my daughters, puppies and make myself a smoothie.

What is your morning beauty routine like?

My morning beauty routine is quite simple, as I don’t always cleanse in the morning. I do my thorough cleanse in the evening, but if I wake up and feel like my skin needs a good cleanse then I use the Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash. I typically start my morning routine with the COQ-10 Toner (this is my a.m. cleanser), it really helps to fight free radical damage and is a preventive to environmental pollution and living in an urban setting. I then follow this by using the Stem Cell Serum, because I’m 47! I follow this with the Daily Vitamin Infusion, (which has plant ceramides in it) followed by the Daily Skin Nutrition and the I-Waken Eye Cream and I’m good to GO!

What was the first skincare product you developed?

The first product I developed is not in the line anymore, but it was a moisturising oil. It had jojoba, apricot kernel, lavender and chamomile oils, a really lovely and gentle all over body oil. The other product developed first was the Coconut Citrus Scrub, it exfoliates whilst hydrating the skin so after you’ve used it you don’t need to follow with a body lotion or moisturiser. I developed this body scrub as I suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis and one of the side effects from the therapy was very dry skin – this scrub helped keep my skin super soft and hydrated!

What are your hero products from your line?

I would have to say the hero products from the line are the COQ-10 Toner, The Awaken Eye Serum, the Purifying Face Wash (this is very popular for oilier skin types) and the Radiance Renewal Pads.

What’s on your bedside stand?

It’s my phone, a noise cancelling machine (so I can really go to sleep), books as I am forever reading. I love reading and the current book I’m reading is: While You Sleep, it’s  about Auto Immune Diseases and I just finished reading Crazy Rich Girlfriends, it’s a great light hearted book that’s absolutely hilarious.

What are your tips to keeping skin healthy?

I believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. It’s wonderful if you’re going to use clean skincare but you have to match that with healthy eating. Don’t over-cleanse – work with your skin type and use a cleanser that won’t strip your skins natural oils. I don’t think we are getting enough hydration and we need to think about what we are drinking to make sure we are staying hydrated. My most important tip is BE KIND to yourself – we are living in a Instagram-selfie generated world and we are really hard on ourselves! We need to start loving ourselves more and believing in ourselves! Have more confidence in yourself, self confidence is one of the best beauty tips I could ever give someone – LOVE yourself!

Five Beauty Products You Need To Try In 2019

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Hello 2019 – wow that came around so quick! A new year means sharing some new beauty products and skincare that I have discovered in the last year. In 2018 a few of my favourite brands launched innovative and noteworthy beauty products that are definitely worth knowing about. These new product launches range from skincare to makeup – with unique formulations and intelligent ingredients that really impressed me and my skin!

After trying and loving these new launches, I have 5 new products that are a MUST to try in 2019!

Sleeping Masks have got to be my favourite new discovery in 2018. You sleep – they work it is that simple. Last year Trilogy Skincare launched their Age-Proof Overnight Mask. This overnight (sleeping mask) is like no other, formulated with Glycablend, L22, Vitamin C as well as other brightening and nourishing botanical ingredients, it helps to mimic the skin lipids of a 22 year old – yes you read right a 22 year old! The results I experienced from this mask were absolutely IMPRESSIVE! I woke up to a dewy and luminous complexion the next day, this is such a great hydrating mask and glow getter. The Glycablend and L22 are the start ingredients in this mask that help deliver those luminous and youthful skin results – I can honestly say that this is a miracle in a jar!

If you love face mists you are going to love the new botanical face mist from Max and Me. It’s called The Intuitive – because this delicate floral mist is perceptive, holistic and like many of the Max and Me products it provides a feeling and sensation of higher vibrations. Formulated with a beautiful combination of healing Palo Santo (that is ethically sourced) and calming floral waters, this mist helps soothe and rejuvenate your skin, surroundings and sacred space. The soft woody aroma creates a purifying and relaxing feel. I love spraying it before I sleep to create a peaceful and cleansed space. The carefully selected essential oils and botanical ingredients help treat and soften your complexion. This unique mist provides me with a healing experience, with each spray I feel like I am purifying my skin and personal space. A beautiful new addition to the Max and me line.

Breast health is a subject familiar to most people but an area of the body that is often quite neglected. This topic is near and dear to my heart as I experienced my mother undergo breast cancer and saw first hand how devastating the effects are. There has been a gap in the wellness and beauty sector in relation to products that are beneficial for breast health. Last year 5Yina created and launched GUIYING: a décolletage treatment balm designed to help heal and nourish the delicate area around the breasts, chest and neck. The formulation is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine that is efficacious, anti-inflammatory, help to dissipate lumps and harmonise the Qi in the chest area. This pink silky smooth balm aids lymphatic circulation, provides nourishment as well as revitalising the delicate skin around the chest, neck, underarms and breasts –  very beneficial and important step in breast health. I love this balm, it glides on the skin like a dream and has such an appeasing aroma – I know with every use I am helping to regenerate this tender area of the body.

One of my favourite standout launches from last year is the Infusion – a Micro Liquid Serum from African Botanics. It has a light liquid consistency and is a floral concentrate of active medicinal botanicals, phytonutrients and antioxidants specially formulated to help protect skin from High Energy Visible Light (think computers & phones) as well as oxidative stress and pollution. We spend so much time looking at the screens of our phones and computers that only now information has come out revealing the degeneration and negative effects of this on our skin. HEVL (High Energy Visible Light) has been compared to the damaging effects of UV rays from sunlight. Which is why I love, love, love this product- as it aims to protect skin from this adverse light! The Infusion is an innovative and highly effective (liquid) serum that is a must for your skincare routine, it performs exceptionally on all skin types and you will notice the hydrating, repairing and plumping benefits from this serum after a few uses. I personally think that this product is a vital and imperative step in maintaining the health of your skin especially in this day and age.

If you’re a lipstick lover like me then you are going to love the Olive Oil Lipsticks from Ere Perez. These gorgeous lipsticks are formulated with Olive oil and have a subtle matte finish on the lips. The Olive Oil helps to provide your lips with a hydrating feel and has a lovely smooth feel to it. They are the perfect matte lipstick that don’t dry your lips or create a cracked look. With a variety of colourful and bright shades there are so many gorgeous colours to choose from – I’m obsessed with the coral red and orange tones and I’m a big fan of these beautiful natural lipsticks. Ere Perez has such a great range of  natural, vegan, cruelty free makeup that is actually beneficial for your skin. Makeup that acts like skincare, a gorgeous Australian brand.

 

 

 

 

 

Bondi Chic – Clean Beauty Skincare

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A few months ago Bondi Chic launched their new line of clean, biocompatible and natural skincare. This innovative Australian brand has created a range of beauty products that are based on science, natural ingredients, technology and delivering results without comprising your health. Bondi Chic harnesses the goodness of local Australian spring water, native botanicals and plant extracts that have many beneficial vitamins and nutrients that help to strengthen, nourish and repair the skin.

I love a new skincare launch and was super excited to try the products. I’ve had the chance to test and use the products for a sufficient period of time and have fallen in love with the Zinc Ionised Blue Mountains Natural Spring Water Toner as well as the Four Seasons Envi Hydrating Moisturiser-Night. Both these products are formulated with natural Spring water from the Blue Mountains in Sydney – the water has an abundance of vital minerals that are highly beneficial for healthy and soothed looking skin.

The Bondi Chic Zinc Ionised Toner – is an absolute skin beauty regimen must have! It’s a multitasking product that does so much for your complexion as well as the health of your skin. This mineral rich toner is not your average “toner” it’s a moisturising mist and toner in one; that helps to provide hydration without disrupting the natural pH of your skin. The Zinc, Aloe Leaf, Sugar free Lemon Enzyme and Witch hazel have profound benefits and effects on the skin. This careful formulation of antioxidants, astringents and minerals help to promote the healing and rejuvenation of skin as well as providing protection from environmental and urban city damage. I love spraying this on my face and neck as my am routine it’s the perfect step to help renew and protect my skin whilst also providing a brightening effect.

If you love gel (creams) or sleeping masks you are definitely going to love the Four Seasons Envi Hydrating Moisturiser – this is the perfect product for your pm skin routine. This Hydrating Moisturiser has really impressed me – because it’s quite difficult to find hydrating gel products that are formulated with clean, botanical ingredients that work for my (oily/combo) skin type. It doesn’t clog my pores or leave an excess of product behind – it’s actually well suited for all skin types especially those prone to congestion and breakouts. The Envi Hydrating Moisturiser has the perfect lightweight gel consistency that glides onto your skin like a dream, providing an instant tightening and hydrating effect. Your skin instantly looks brighter and even more luminous upon rising the next day. I love how the product works its magic whilst you sleep and with continued use you can really start to see the remarkable results for yourself. Formulated with potent botanicals, native extracts and vitamins like: Vitamin C, Noni, Trehalose, Manuka Honey, Finger Lime as well as Spring water from the Blue Mountains. These healing and natural ingredients assist the skin whilst delivering minerals and antioxidants; that are imperative to the regeneration of skin.

If you’re after products that deliver results and are conscious of the ingredients that they are formulated with – I highly recommend trying Bondi Chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIKA WELLNESS

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Aika Wellness launched late 2017, Aika is the world’s first 100% certified organic Ayurvedic inspired range of skincare for purists. As the winner of Australian Organic’s (ACO) Cosmetic of the Year award in its launch year, Aika sets a new standard in luxury certified organic skincare.

Created in a wellness spa environment over fourteen years of concentrated research and hands on spa therapy, Aika skincare draws on its founder Eranthi Bonney’s Sri Lankan heritage steeped in Ayurveda and her extensive background in owning and running wellness spas.

Uniquely formulated with spa grade high performance results, Aika sources only the most premium certified organic ingredients available worldwide for the ultimate spa at home sensory ritual. All products are lovingly hand made in small batches in Melbourne, at Aika’s own certified organic studio ‘The Lighthouse’.

More than functional skincare, Aika’s philosophy is about the whole person where the goal is to awaken the healing power of the skin, body, emotions and mind so that true healing and rejuvenation can take place.

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Daily Rituals for lasting wellbeing

A key concept in Aika’s skincare is the Ayurvedic practice of dinacharya, meaning the ‘daily routine’ to support your body’s natural energy and daily rhythmic cycle. Aika’s products empower you to set aside precious time each day to take care of yourself, to love and honour the skin and body you’re in.

This daily regimen of caring for ourselves through adequate rest, healthy eating, movement and spiritual practice has a cumulative affect that is quite powerful and results in a greatly improved sense of wellbeing in a very short period of time.

Here are three simple steps for your morning and evening rituals to help support your wellbeing and get glowing skin with Aika skincare.

AM – ARISE

  1. Rise and Shine. Ideally wake up with the sun. After a refreshing shower smooth over Aika’s Body Anoint to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and silken. Cleansing your face is an important morning step and Aika’s Pure Polishes are a luxurious treat to help gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells that have been shed overnight to reveal a glowing face.
  2. Get Moving. A walk, run, yoga or stretching can help you get your mind and body ready for the day. Aika’s Tonics help this awakening process by infusing your skin with herbal extracts and essences to refresh, remineralise and increase your skin’s circulation for a new day.
  3. Nourish yourself. Eat a breakfast packed with whole fruit and vegetables to give you the energy to perform at your peak. For your face, Aika’s Balms are concentrated skin food that melt into your skin to lock in hydration, providing essential nutrients your skin needs during the day while strengthening its barrier function from environmental damage.

 

PM – RETREAT

  1. Remove the day. De-stress by having a warm bath or shower with Aika’s herbal salt Body Polishes. Thoroughly cleanse your face with Aika’s Deep Cleansers which contain clay for drawing out toxins and pollution from the day and removing makeup.
  2. Restore your mojo. Replenish your prana or energy with a mindful activity such as meditation, breathing exercises or visualisation to move from the external focus of the day to an internal one of connecting to your essence. Aika’s Ayuressences are created to balance your energy and calm the emotions while promoting your skin’s overnight cellular turnover.
  3. Increase the peace. Dim the lights or light a candle to help your mind adjust to slowing down. Aika’s Elixirs facilitates your skin’s overnight renewal process with a boost of anti-oxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids for ultimate rejuvenation. Finally massage your head with Aika’s Hair and Scalp elixir which helps slow down the mind and soothe the emotions preparing you for a restful sleep.

 

 

Nimbus & Co. Infrared Sauna Studio

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Nimbus & Co. – DETOX + SWEAT

If you’re into your health and wellness, or looking for a great way to detox,  you are going to love Nimbus & Co.

Nimbus & Co. is Sydney’s first exclusive infrared sauna and wellness studio. They also offer various alternative therapies to help keep you healthy and relaxed. Located in Bondi Beach, this tranquil studio is one of my favourite ways to relax and get my sweat on!

I have always been interested in the benefits of infrared light, so I didn’t hesitate to try the infrared sauna for myself. Infrared saunas are not like traditional saunas (often quite unbearable) they work quite differently and offer better benefits for your body.

Infrared saunas operate with infrared heat, the heat (bearable and comfortable) raises your bodies core temperature and aids in the release of toxins and chemicals. This is why we literally sweat it all out! The heat also penetrates deep into soft tissue and muscles, allowing the body to heal and repair more effectively. The more you sweat the more you allow your body to detoxify and heal.

The benefits of infrared saunas include:

•boosting your immune system

•weight loss, you can burn up to 600 calories in a session

•relaxation and stress reduction

•aches and pains

•skin health

•detoxifying

This is one of the best sweat sessions you can have (without exercising), all whilst in the comfort of your own private room. The saunas at Nimbus & Co. offer you privacy (you don’t have to sweat in a communal sauna) you can unwind in your own little room, each sauna helps you track your (sweat) session, you can also watch Netflix or listen to music. An easy and comfortable way to help rejuvenate your mind and body.