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!

Summer Blue

I’ve been loving this chic little dress for the warmer months. The blue tones are perfect for summer!

This is a fun, feminine dress with gorgeous detailing and frills on the sleeves. It’s a great transitional piece for your wardrobe, and I love how you can easily dress it up or down with some heels or sneakers. A versatile dress thats is also perfect for in between seasons – a great style for spring as well.

Dress

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Denim

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What better way to kick off the New Year – than with a brand new fashion post for 2019! HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

It’s summer here in Sydney but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your wardrobe to dresses and skirts, you can definitely wear jeans too! There are always those in between (cooler) days when it’s not super humid, scorching hot and the weather is the perfect temp to rock a summer denim look.

I personally love wearing jeans all year round even in summer. How cute is it to wear jeans with summery style tops (my fav look)?! I love this casual, fun and feminine look for the warmer months – a dressy cami top paired with denim jeans. This style is a great day to night look and you can add different accessories to dress it up or down.

 

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Summer Skin Hydration

 

With the transition of spring to summer it’s a great time to incorporate hydrating products that aren’t too heavy or rich on your skin. It’s the perfect season to change up your daily skincare and start adding new products into your regimen that are going to provide hydration for the warmer months ahead.

With the constant heat and humidity of the warmer months the skin on our face and neck tends to be neglected and often dehydrated. Our skin still needs hydration during this season and we can definitely swap the heavier creams to more lightweight gels and skin balancing moisturisers.

I have incorporated two new products for my summer skin hydration. The Goldfaden MD – Detox Hydrating Gel and the Kat Burki – Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream. Both products are phenomenal in their own way and each serves its role in providing skin with moisture, hydration as well as an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins.

If you’re skin tends to get oily or congested in summer you definelty need to try the Goldfaden MD – Detox Hydrating Gel. I’m obsessed with this product, it’s light, fresh and as the name suggests provides skin with detoxing effects. Making it a great product for problematic skin, dullness as well as brightening the complexion. The gel is formulated with a detoxing herbal blend of  White Horehound, Acai Palm Extract, Date Palm, Gotu Kola, Mallow Extract and Salicylic Acid that help to gently exfoliate, soothe, heal and repair your skin as well as preventing (future) breakouts. When using this lightweight gel your skin will feel balanced and hydrated without any heaviness or oil residue (perfect for summer). I also noticed after a few days that most of my congestion had started to clear up. It also works well under makeup and sunscreen and a little goes a long way. It’s a great product that can be can be used all over the face or as serum/treatment on the more problematic areas of your skin. Say goodbye to excess oil, congestion and breakouts – a fantastic hydrating gel that helps  helps to revive and rejuvenate the skin.

The Kat Burki – Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream is another product I’m absolutely obsessed with. This moisturiser is quite special and is such an amazing product! It’s brimming with pure plant botanical goodness – a great lightweight moisturiser that does so much more than simply hydrate the skin. One of the main ingredients is Arnica a skin calmer, soother and has the ability to reduce swelling, bruising and inflammation (perfect for the summer swelling). Alongside Arnica this cream contains Vitamin C, (15% of the formula and activated until your skin absorbs it) MSM, Reishi, Dandelion, Colloidal Silver, Calendula, Green Tea as well as other skin boosting ingredients that help regenerate, hydrate, provide antioxidants, vitamins, tone and firm your skin.  Think of this face cream as cocktail of essential herbs and vitamins that gently moisturises your skin without clogging pores or leaving a heavy feel or reside behind – the perfect lightweight formula for summer. I love how the cream makes my skin look and feel, the results speak for themselves. Kat Burki’s formulations are truly magnificent and I’m in awe of how these nutrient dense botanicals help to transform your skin. I personally love this as a day cream for summer and night cream for the cooler months.

Both products work well on all skin types and are available from Mecca Cosmetica.

 

 

ISUN BALANCING ROUTINE

ISUN Skincare need no introduction, this artisanal, wildcrafted and organic line have definitely made an impact on my skin in a positive manner. I have been lucky enough to incorporate more of the products in my routines and have thoroughly enjoyed the results as well.

The brands ethos is all about pure and pristine ingredients which have a direct correlation when using the products and getting the results you’re after for healthy skin. There are many organic or “natural” products on the market but there is definitely something unique and special about ISUN.

This three step trio has been conscientiously tested for over a period of time to see how it  would work with my skin as well as other products in my am and pm routines. What I love about the products is that they work well layered with each other or when used alone. They perform effectively as a trio and can also be used with other skincare or makeup.

First Step – Cleanse with the Lavender Sage Facial Cleansing Gele. The combination of aloe vera, green tea, sage, goji berry, lavender and other purifying herbs allows oily/combination skin to be thoroughly cleansed without being stripped of your skins natural oils. A great gentle yet soothing cleanser that works well in the am or pm to help calm inflamed, congested and acne prone skin types.

Second Step – Moisturise and treat with the Sunstone Facial Oil. This face oil is the perfect synergy of herbs and botanical ingredients that help hydrate and balance oily skin. It contains the queen of herbs – Holy Basil also know as Tulsi, Hibiscus, Sandalwood, Echinacea, Barberry and Milk Thistle as well as other purifying plant based botanicals to aid and assist your skins ability to purify and repair itself. In my opinion this is one of the best facial oils made specifically for oily/combination skin types that addresses the main concern. The ingredients chosen are highly beneficial for the (oily/combo) skin to help revitalise, repair and restore your complexion. It also makes for the perfect dewy glow when mixed with a little foundation or tinted moisturiser.

Third step – Treat eyes with the Revive Eye Gel. It’s definitely not easy finding an eye treatment or cream that works or delivers the results you’re after. The eye area is a very delicate and sensitive part of the face and requires gentle and effective care. The first time I applied the revive Eye Gel, I noticed a reduction in the puffiness around my eyes. Which is why I love using this in my morning routine. I find it particularly helpful to ease swelling and soothe the eye area leaving a light, refreshing texture on the skin. It contains an abundance of vital ingredients and herbs like caffeine, cucumber, hyaluronic acid that help to minimise dark circles, puffiness and hydrate the eye area.

ISUN products are truly eco and organic. The skincare is made with care, active ingredients, healing herbs and integrity. It’s more than just a routine, it’s a daily reminder to care of your health, yourself and your skin.

 

 

 

Meet the Maker: Holistic Green Beauty

 

 

Meet Holistic Green Beauty, a luxurious, organic and natural skincare brand founded by Danny Stokes and Scott Bentley. The two London-based founders created the line to help with health and skin issues they were suffering from. I have been using Holistic Green Beauty for a few years and fell in love with the products straight away. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of  interviewing Danny and Scott, to find out about their inspirations, motivations and their latest addition to their product line Mångata (The Road to organic beauty). They really have a unique and fascinating story to tell… enjoy the read:

1. What inspired you to create your own line of skincare?

Danny had a wealth of knowledge and an interest in skincare from a young age, due to his Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Danny graduated in Environmental Science at Bournemouth University in 2007.  He started a natural skincare blog in 2012 as a hobby. The blog featured everything from natural ingredients, health tips to mainly organic and natural skincare reviews. Each product review that Danny would create, went into detail and focused on the ingredients and their effectiveness. Over time Danny built his knowledge and together, with his partner Scott, started to experiment with creating their own range. Scott had suffered skin concerns throughout his teenage and young adult years, which, naturally gave him an interest in skincare and wellbeing.

At the time of creating and researching the new line, the market was saturated and we really wanted to create something special that was pure, personal, effective and unique. Holistic Green Beauty skincare was born and launched in 2015.

2.  What is your philosophy on Skincare?  

At Holistic Green Beauty skincare, we are great believers that skincare should be a lot like food, it should feed the skin. Products should be fresh, synthetic free, environmentally friendly and use organic and natural actives to deliver potent skin benefits. You should always protect your skin a with a high SPF but ensure you are maintaining those Vitamin D levels! We believe your skin gets the very best from organic skincare, we love to look out for up and coming natural ingredients and we search the globe for some of the highest quality botanicals to use in our formulations. We try to support local communities where we can and work to build trusting relationships with our suppliers to maintain quality.


3. How is the Mångata line different from your Holistic Green Beauty range? 

Mångata is a 100% organic line that is also as raw as possible. Every single ingredient is certified organic. It is for those that want ultimate pure skincare. The line also contains a cleaning oil, moisturising face balm and body serum, which, the Holistic Green Beauty line does not.

Our Holistic Green Beauty line is for those that are concerned with the signs of ageing. We incorporate some really exotic ingredients such as Pink Lotus, Orchid, Mafura Butter and Ximenia Oil. We use ingredients that are always 100% natural and as organic as possible. Not all of the ingredients contained in our HGB line are organic, this is due to them being unobtainable certified organic, however, many of these ingredients are wild crafted.

4. What are your favourite products from your line?

From Holistic Green Beauty our favourite product is the Pink Lotus Cellular Repair Oil. We adore its exquisite scent, the incredible array of antioxidant rich oils and the healthy results it gives our skin. We really notice a difference in our skin when we stop using this product. It is a real pleasure to use and exceptionally versatile.

From Mångata it would have to be the star of the line, Baume de la Rose. Danny is a huge fan of rose and it’s his favourite of all time. We spent many years searching for a rose extract to create the ultimate rose product and finally we found an Organic White Rose CO2 extract, which, is incredibly rare and unique. Being CO2 extracted, this White Rose extract is raw and you get all of the powerful skincare benefits of rose in its raw form. When rose lovers first smell Baume de la Rose they are blown away by its euphoric scent. The texture of the balm is lovely and we really enjoy massaging it into our skin.

5. What are your tips to stay healthy and glowing from within?

We believe in living an organic plant-based lifestyle. Eat the colour of the rainbow with fresh organic vegetables, fruits, healing spices and raw superfoods. Cook meals from scratch and eat food that has had minimal processing. Hydrate your body with matcha tea and the cleanest water available to you. It is very important to have a positive outlook on life and take time out for yourself to reduce stress. Selfcare of both the mind and body are ultra-important. Take care of your skin, protect it in the sun and use the most nourishing pure skincare products to feed it and destress your mind.

 

Under The Skin

 

When it comes to choosing skincare and makeup products that are clean, sustainable and high performing there are so many options available. However there are some products that are under the radar and definitely worth knowing about. I have come across three new and notable brands that are definitely worth trying – Kjaer Weis, Inlight Beauty and By Sarah London. All three brands share a common ethos and that is to create beauty products that are natural, ethical, sustainable, good for your skin/body and are high performing.

You may already be familiar with the luxury makeup brand Kjaer Weis. Their makeup is certified organic, has unique sustainable packaging and is formulated without parabens, silicones, petrochemical emulsifiers and synthetic fragrances. Most conventional makeup brands contain a lot of the fillers and ingredients that Kjaer simply will not formulate their makeup with. When it comes to lipsticks, it is actually very important to choose a brand that won’t comprise on ingredients – because conventional lipsticks contain some toxic and nasty ingredients like lead, carmine (crushed up beetles) as well as other heavy metals that are quite detrimental to your health. Which is why I love Kjaer Weis makeup, it’s luxurious, high performing, sustainable and most importanlty formulated without harmful ingredients. Their innovative and intelligent packaging is an important aspect of the brands ethos to be a sustainable brand. All products can be refilled, so wastage is minimised. It’s very clever if you ask me! Their creamy, dreamy lipsticks are not only nourishing on your lips, they also come in a variety of stunning shades. “Good for the world. Great for your skin”.

As I mentioned above conventional lipsticks contain undesirable ingredients and so do most lip balms/glosses. If you look at most lip balms they either contain petroleum jelly (petroleum jelly does include carcinogenic compounds), mineral oil and synthetic fragrances – ingredients that should defineately be avoided. Personally these are ingredients I avoid and don’t want to use on my skin. Instead you should opt for lip balms that are plant-based and formulated with skin loving oils that help to soothe and protect your lips. By Sarah London has a wonderful multitasking and organic lip balm. It’s made with three ingredients, coconut oil, apricot oil and beeswax. It’s a smooth, moisturising balm that also doubles as a lovely hydrating and protecting balm for cuticles, hands, elbows and other dry areas on your body. The brand is a transparent and pride themselves on being honest and open about all their organic ingredients and never testing on animals.

When it comes to taking care of the skin on our body we often neglect it as we focus solely on our face. It is important to direct attention and some tender loving care to the rest of the skin on our bodies, to help repair and restore our skin especially in areas we don’t often pay attention to. I recently switched to using a body oil because of the benefits and ability to deeply moisturise and nourish my skin. As well as having the benefits of firming and toning the skin as well. Which is why I love using Inlight Beauty, this barnd has been on my radar to try and I have always been intruiged by their natural meets scinec formulations. This award-winning beauty brand have a beautiful body oil, Firm and Tone. As the name suggests it is ideal to help tighten, tone and ease water retention. Made with an abundance of powerful plant actives and herbs this body oil is brimming with natural goodness for your skin. This silky smooth oil is fabulous for post travel swelling, swelling in general and also a great detoxifying treatment for cellulite. It contains some notable and detoxing herbs that stimulate circulation and are also effective at cellulite prevention. Oil-based formula means a high concentration of active ingredients – no fillers just pure organic, cold pressed oils and Inlight’s Bio Lipophilic Matrix®. Founder and formulator Dr. Spiezia comes from a background in medicine, medical herbalist and is a renowned skin expert. Inlight beauty combines ancient alchemy and modern science techniques to maximise the energy and beauty of each ingredient, bringing beauty to life.

These three products are from Rêve En Vert Rêve En Vert (REV), an eco sustainable company that is passion about bettering the world through the medium of beauty, fashion and lifestyle.