Summer Beauty Favourites

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It’s officially summer here in Australia and what better way to kick off my favourite season with some Summer Beauty Favourites! With the extreme heat and humidity we face here, we definitely need beauty products and skincare that are going be “melt proof” as well as provide us with soothing and beneficial hydration during the warmer months.

Lets start with haircare: summer sun can definitely damage your locks, cause frizz and dry out hair cuticles. The Evolv h Smart Color Shampoo and Conditioner are the perfect duo to help look after your hair all summer long. Both products contain rich nourishing and organic ingredients that provide the right amount of hydration to your hair without weighing it down. As the name suggests it is designed for colour treated hair, however it works effectively on non colour treated hair as well.  The Kuki Seed oil, Cupacu Seed Butter, Kiwi Seed Oil and Almond Oil are just a few of the key ingredients that help nourish hair. This new eco-lux line form Evolv h is absolutely BRILLIANT – clean and efficacious haircare that works well on all hair types.

Body Care: we all want to be bikini ready for summer and fit into our swimsuits overnight. Biotyspa have the perfect summer protocol for you! By no means is this a quick fix or going to make you slim overnight – it’s a structured slimming system to help fight cellulite, drain and smooth skin around common problem areas. The Slimming Oil is my favourite – the rich coffee and coconut aroma is so invigorating on the skin and it helps to detox and improve skin tone (yes to smoother thighs). It works best with the Slimming Cup – a great tool and a must-have for getting your body ready for summer! It breaks fat cells and cellulite through the massaging movements. It imitates lymphatic drainage and the famous French “palpate roll” massage, boosting circulation, removing toxins and reducing water retention. Get yourself the Slimming Starter pack and get your body summer ready!

Lets talk Summer skincare and hydration: two important topics that are often neglected during the warmer months. Our skin loses quite a lot of moisture during summer and it’s important to protect it. 5Yina is a line of skincare that is based on Traditional Chinese medicine. Their approach to skin and beauty is intelligent: the products are designed to address skins needs depending on the seasons. As seasons change so do the requirements of our skin. The 5Yina beauty products utilise the efficacy of adaptogenic plants and botanicals to enhance your skin’s resilience to seasonal change. The Lucent Beauty (Summer Beauty Oil and Summer Hydrolat) range is specifically designed for Summer and have become my favourite duo this season. It is lightweight, rebalancing and brimming with pure and potent plant goodness. Further it provides hydration with soothing and calming properties, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and an abundance of micronutrients. If you’re looking for a face oil that’s not too heavy and extremely effective for summer, you need to try The Lucent Beauty Oil (I’m officially obsessed with this)!

One of the best ways to get that GLOW for summer is through inner beauty products. The Beauty Chef has a line of inner beauty powders and beauty boosters that are designed to help you achieve that glow from the inside out! Founder Carla Oates believes that beauty begins in the belly – healthy gut equals healthy skin. The Glow Inner Beauty Powder is an effective product that I have incorporated in my beauty regimen for many years. This powder is a pheneonmel product that does so much for your body – it aids and supports gut health, boosts skin health, promotes the synthesis of collagen and is absolutely delicious as well! When taken regular you can see the benefits and yes, you will literally glow! With certified organic, bio fermented superfoods, pre and probiotics it is bursting with nutritious superfoods that help to benefit your wellbeing, skin, hair and nails. This product helps give you a luminous glow that no skincare or makeup can – it should be part of everyones beauty and wellbeing routine.

Last but not least lets talk about plump, youthful and strong skin all summer long. One of the best ways to achieve these results is through collagen derived skincare. Collagen is an essential protein that provides structure to the connective tissue in our skin. It also aids the skins ability to glow, appear more youthful and hydrated. Earlier this year Vida Glow launched a line of skincare that incorporated collagen and red algae. The beauty products will help you achieve dewy, plump and healthy skin as well as provide skin with rich hydration all summer long. One of my favourites is the Active Vitamin C Serum with the added benefits of collagen and red algae this product is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help protect skin cells as well as treating ultraviolet heat damage (sunburn and pigmentation). Think of this product as preventative – whilst it’s hydrating your skin and providing an abundance of vitamins, it’s also protecting you from the harmful effects of the sun and the damage we may not see. What better way to prepare for your skin for summer than by helping boost your own skins collagen.

Happy Summer everyone! xxx

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

BOXWALLA + MODERN ORGANIC SACRED SKINCARE

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The theme for the June Boxwalla Beauty Box is MOSSAIC and features two full size products from MOSS (Modern Organic Sacred Skincare). Relatively new to the brand I was so excited when I found out The Boxwalla was featuring MOSS. I have always wanted to try the MOSS products and I’ve been really drawn to the formulations of the products. The products showcased are the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm and the Illumina Vitamin C Treatment Serum. Founder and formulator Celestyna Higgins comes from an interesting background in astrophysics, fashion and yoga. Her diversity and worldly knowledge have allowed her to create some of the most pure, powerful and active skincare that helps treat a mosaic of skin issues and types especially adult acne as well as mature and sensitive skin types. A natural skincare brand that is effective and performs.

MOSS’s mission is to deliver truly effective, luxurious skincare that doesn’t contain “fairy dust,” toxins or fillers of any kind. A synergy of natural ingredients mixed with skincare actives like ceramides, peptides that are effective and non-toxic.

After my first cleanse using the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm, I was immediately impressed and in awe of the results. I’m not usually drawn to cleansing balms but this exceeded all my expectations and actually “wowed” me! This honey infused rinsable cleansing balm is like no other and does not require you to follow with a washcloth. It is specially formulated with raw neem honey, macadamia nut oil, sunflower seed oil, kokum butter, lemon myrtle, seabuckthorn pulp extract and without the use of any preservatives. The ingredients have been carefully selected to allow the cleanser to permeate and aid in the reconstruction of the skin’s barrier. Never stripping your skin or leaving any residue behind. It also doubles as a nourishing mask and gives skin a brightening glow. I love using this in the evening as a cleanser and as a mask in the mornings, a truly impressive and unique cleansing balm.

The Illumina Decongesting Radiance Concentrate is another impressive product. As someone who has quite congested skin and is prone to breakouts this multitasking serum is absolute perfection for my skin. It’s a gentle (retinol free) yet high performing serum that has a high concentration of Vitamin C (4 x the usual amount of Vitamin C) derived from Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate – which means it’s a stable form of Vitamin C and will not oxidise.

Formulated with pumpkin enzyme, moth bean (a natural retinol alternative), plant ceramides, Vitamin C and a selection of other beautiful botanical extracts that allow skin to be gently exfoliated, promoting collagen as well as providing skin with anti inflammatory and antibacterial relief. The benefits don’t stop there, it also aids in the soothing and purification of the skin, making it a great treatment for skin that is inflamed (perfect for breakouts and acne). I’m excited to add this to my evening routine and see the benefits. I am so impressed with how Celestyna has created such an innovative and natural product that delivers results. It is recommended that you start using the serum once a day to once a week. Then proceed to using it every two to three days for glow skin.

The date for the this box has been extended to June 5th, a great Beauty box with some seriously impressive products! Head to the Boxwalla site to grab your box!

ISUN SKINCARE

 

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Isun Skincare is an artisanal and natural brand that is formulated with wildcrafted and organic ingredients. It’s also an award winning brand and a cult favourite amongst celebrities and makeup artists. Kate Bosworth is a fan of the wonderful Isun Skincare creations, in particular the Sapphire Facial Oil, calling it ” A bottle of Love”.

Each ingredient is carefully grown to create products that are pure and skin transforming. Isun Skincare believe in the power of nature and grow their plants (ingredients) so that they are not compromised with toxins or chemicals. As this allows them to grow in a happy state, therefore creating a euphoric feeling when the products are applied to the skin – Living light, living skin. “Alive and ageless skincare handmade with loving care”. The brand is truly committed in creating  products that are infused with healing vibrations of light and energy.

I have fallen in love with the Isun Skincare products as they have treated and addressed my skin concerns instantly. They are truly potent, pure and allow skin to feel rejuvenated and nourished. For the last four to five months I have used the Clarity Facial Serum and the Rhassoul Crystal Exfoliant. These two products are wonderful for normal/oily skin types and help keep breakouts, inflammation and congestion at bay.

The Rhassoul Crystal Exfoliant is a mineral rich product and a great multitasker. Containing only two ingredients; Rhassoul Clay and Siliceous Earth (Ocean floor earth) this exfoliant helps skin look radiant and super smooth. I use it as the first step in my morning routine and if time permits, I also use it as face mask. You can also cleanse with it, exfoliate and use it as a refining face mask that helps eliminate impurities from the skin.

The Clarity Facial Serum is my HOLY GRAIL product and a necessity for any one with oily skin, blemishes, large pores and congestion. The soothing herbal and floral formula comfort skin and aid in the balance of excess oils. As well as calming redness and inflammation. I love how this serum is antibacterial, balancing and softening on the skin. This product also treats blackheads and congestion around the nose/chin. Especially when used  in the evening. It is great at eliminating a shiny t-zone when used in the morning.

If you haven’t tried Isun Skincare or you’re after a truly pristine and organic skincare brand, I highly recommend trying this line. You won’t be disappointed.

WILDCRAFTED ORGANICS

 

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Wildcrafted Organics is an Australian skincare line that is inspired by the healing power of plants. Nicole, the founder has a background in nutrition, botanical medicine and extensive experience in the area of herbalism. Her broad knowledge and practice in this field led her to create clean and pure skincare products that incorporate Australian botanicals that are unique and wild crafted. Read about the importance of wildcrafting in the interview with Nicole below.

What is wildcrafting?

Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting certain plants from their natural or wild environment to use for food or medicinal purposes. Its something that has to be done sustainably and with considerable respect for the environment and in some cases would involve only removing a certain part of the plant so as not to endanger the species.

Why are wildcrafted ingredients so important to your line of products?

Wild Plants have grown without any interference, they develop differently as they must survive in the harshest of environments and it is here that they don’t just survive – they thrive where other plants could not exist. Incredibly high levels of antioxidants are produced to enable their survival and it is these bio active antioxidants that are so beneficial for our skin. The essence of all things “Wild” – Strength, Wisdom and Beauty.

Can you tell us more about where your ingredients come from?

I use only the purist organic or wildcrafted ingredients in my products and they come from all over the world but it is Australia’s unique botanicals that excite me the most. As an Island Australia is a sanctuary where nature evolves and flourishes in a pure environment, sheltered from the influence of the rest of the world. Australia has an abundance of unique botanicals that the Aboriginal people have been Wildcrafting for thousands of years and as these plants are studied using advanced extraction methods we are seeing incredibly high levels of bioactive ingredients. An example of this is Kakadu Plum which has the world s highest Vitamin C concentration, equivalent to 100x that of an orange. The Kakadu Plum powder I use  comes from the Dampier Peninsula just north of Broome in Australia and it is here that Bruno Dann is bringing back to his community the traditional ways of taking care of the land and the Kakadu Plum or Gumbinge trees, which is helping restore the amazing bush in this region. All profits from this product are sent back to the Nyui Nyui people who wild harvist it. Other native botanicals I use are found in pristine parts of  North/ North East Australia and are now being organically grown so as to ensure the sustainability and survival of the plant.

What are your favourite ingredients to work with?

I use a bioactive complex of three indigenous Australian plums Kakadu Plum, Illawarra Plum and Burdekin Plum. The research on this particular extract is compelling showing it to to contain incredibly high levels of antioxidants, stimulate Hyaluronic acid, pro-collagen 1and fibronectin synthesis in the skin reducing fine lines and wrinkles and increases hydration while strengthening the skins barrier.

What was the first product your created for Wildcrafted Organics?

The first product in the collection was my Wildflowers Rejuvinating Serum, from the beginnning it was so important to me that all of  the products were concentrated in skin loving ingredients, nutrients and bioactive botanicals – no ingredient is added to reduce cost or fill and all bioactives are used at the required level for efficacy. This product is used instead of a moisturiser and is basically a daily multi vitamin for your skin with a scent of wild jasmine and cacao.

What is your hero product from the line?

The Everlasting Beauty Balm Concentrate with 24 kt gold. So concentrated in skin regenerating / collagen promoting / healing butters and precious oils. It absorbs effortlessly into the skin leaving no trace but providing a level of nourishment that moisturisers just can’t compete with. Multi tasking it transforms into a luminous, skin loving foundation when mixed with your dry mineral make up and can be used anywhere that needs extra nourishment. Is suitable for all skin types but especially dry, stressed, scarred or sun damaged skin. Massage into the skin with a Gua Sha for an incredibly indulgent treat.