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5 Teas for Beauty, Skin & Health

Saturday, March 25, 2017



It's no secret that I love tea. I've never been a coffee drinker (can hardly stand the stuff the majority of the time) and there is nothing more soothing than a hot cup of tea in a favourite mug. Aside from regular black tea, I also have a few blends and flavours that I drink for skin, beauty & health. Whilst good skincare can do a world of good for the complexion, beauty really does start from within. The skin is our largest organ, and often referred to as the window to the gut, because what we put inside our bodies, shows on our skin.

Nettle Tea

I drink nettle tea daily - sometimes twice or more.
Stinging nettles are high in silica - which is vital for good hair, skin and nails - protein, magnesium and calcium. It also contains iron, potassium, phosphorous, vitamins A, C, K & B. 

I find the flavour pretty subtle, but I don't really like very herbal teas, so I always brew mine with an organic chai tea. The chai I brew it with is a pretty intense chai, so it softens the chai flavour and cuts the nettle completely. I find a notice quite a difference in how my skin looks when I'm not drinking nettle tea - my eyes are clearer and brighter, complexion is clearer and more radiant, and my nails are stronger and healthier. I also find I feel generally better when drinking nettle tea.

You can brew it for several hours if you want a very nutrient-dense tea, but I just give mine 5-6mins.

Available from
Dried stinging nettles are available from health food shops, or as a Nettle Tea from health food stores and some supermarkets.


Edible Beauty Teas

Energise Me Tea: I find this tea perfect for if I'm having a foggy day, feeling under the weather or experiencing PMS-related exhaustion or brain fuzziness. It really helps my mental clarity and energy levels. I mentioned above I'm not really into herbal teas, but I have found all of the Edible Beauty teas to be very pleasantly flavoured and quite yum!

Slim Me Tea: This is another tea I like to drink if I'm suffering from any PMS-related bloating or discomfort. It helps reduce bloating and my tummy always feels much more comfortable! It contains Puerrh Tea - which has been used for more than 1,700 years by the Chinese as a digsetif after a heavy meal. In recent years, studies investigating the health benefits of Puerrh tea have shown that it has antioxidant effects and may assist in reducing weight loss.

Available from:
Edible Beauty - code LIBERTYGREEN20 will save you 20% off your 1st order sitewide




Ginger Tea

Fresh grated ginger root steeped in hot water for 10mins or so makes an excellent tea for a number of complaints. I can't tolerate any heat in foods, so I drink this cold, and with a little water added, and it cuts the spice. Ginger tea is excellent for helping with nausea, cramps, colds & flu, period pain and nausea. You can also add turmeric powder if you wish for added anti-inflammatory benefits and to help fight off colds and flu.

Available from:
Fresh ginger root is available in the fresh produce section of the supermarket.


Lemon Tea

Whilst not technically a tea, I find lemon juice, with a teaspoon of raw honey in a glass of hot water very soothing if I have a sore throat, cold or flu (especially the type that affect your sinuses and give you that stuffy head feeling). Drinking lemon juice in hot or warm water first thing in the morning can also help kick-start your body for the morning, help your body flush out toxins and increase absorption of nutrients. 

I use about a quarter to half a lemon's juice in a large glass at a time - but this will obviously depend on your lemon size. I use lemons from our own tree and they are about the size of a large orange - not the tiny sort you get in the supermarket!


Do you have any favourite teas or recipes for skin, health or beauty? Share them with me in the comments below or over on Instagram!



Note: The information in this post is intended for your educational use only; it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
Kelsey xx

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Earthwise Beauty Australian Launch

Wednesday, March 22, 2017



Small-batch, handcrafted skincare brand Earthwise Beauty has just launched at EVE ORGANICS!!
I have spoken about this brand many times on the blog, and I seriously cannot emphasise how incredible, high quality and well formulated this brand is. Every product I've ever tried has delivered the results promised and I have some long-standing favourites.

If you want to know more about this brand and why I love it so much, you can read my posts here.
My favourite product from the line, a can't-live-without-desert-island product is the Green Leaves & Co Facial Oil. I use this for keeping my skin clear and free of breakouts (although they occasionally still happen, it's rare and most times never anything to worry about). I saw a difference in my skin with this almost overnight. Not kidding.

Another product that I love and shared on Instagram yesterday is the Carrot-A-Day Serum (Classic).
I use it as a spot-treatment on any blemishes that do pop up (sometimes due to stress or if I've had a something with refined sugar), fading scars or pigmentation and as an eye serum. Its brilliant for dark circles and de-puffing in the mornings because it's so cooling!



And lucky number three, (although I'd happily choose the whole line) is the Passion Flower Eye Serum. (mine shown is a sample size, but I've been using it daily for months). At first, I wasn't that fussed on this product, but knowing Earthwise Beauty, I continued to use it every evening. I'm more used to a cream or thicker gel/serum type consistency for eye products, so it was also a textural thing for me. This is a rich, oil type product. I only need a tiny drop per eye, and I also dab a little on my lips. 

At first I didn't think it was doing anything for me, because I'm used to that instant firming from a lot of eye products. But after a few weeks, I noticed how smooth, fresh and stronger the skin around my eye area looked! Because I feel that my skin doesn't feel or look as thin also, this has also helped with dark circles. Fine smile lines are diminished, and the texture of my skin is greatly improved. That is also the reason I've been massaging a little onto my lips, too. It really helps with fine lines and also keeps my eternally-parched lips more supple. I just pat a little (and I mean TINY) under my eyes and on my lids up to the brow bone each night before bed, and voila!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products or anything at all, I'm happy to answer them xx

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Australia
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Kelsey xx
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How to make friends with and nurture sensitive & reactive skin

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


We generally take our skin for granted, slapping whatever products we like onto it at will, and most of the time, it won't complain. Then there are other skins that will react to anything and everything, and Eve from Eve Organics is sharing her knowledge on how to nurture and protect sensitive skin.

If you'd like to see more from Eve and other guest authors, you can find those posts here.


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If your skin is super-sensitive or reacts to even the slightest change in temperature/diet/routine, you probably don’t have the best relationship with it or feel much like treating it kindly. Sensitive skin can be hugely frustrating! But, there are things you can do to placate reactive skin and prevent it from acting up. Here are some easy ways to love your sensitive skin (and have it love you back!):


Wash your face with warm water (not cold, not hot)

The theory that hot water opens pores and cold water closes them is something of a myth – pores aren’t muscles that can expand and contract – and extreme temperatures can irritate sensitive skin. So, be gentle with your complexion and use warm water instead.


Avoid harsh exfoliants

This can be roughly translated as ‘avoid exfoliants’ – as most facial scrubs are too harsh for very sensitive skin. But, it’s not a good idea to skip exfoliation altogether – sensitive skin benefits from the removal of dead skin cells just as much as other skin types. Luckily, gentle alternatives do exist – Mokosh’s Face Cleansing Powder contains a combination of soothing and gently antiseptic ingredients, including calendula, aloe vera, oat and neem powders.


Keep your routine as consistent as possible

More than any other skin type, sensitive and reactive skin benefits greatly from consistency. Try not to skip washing your face at night, and if you try a new product, stick with it for at least 1-2 months to give your skin time to adjust to the change in routine.


Use products with soothing & anti-inflammatory ingredients

One of the major issues responsible for many skin disorders (including acne and rosacea) is inflammation. Treating inflammation internally can be helpful (see your Doctor about this), but you can also choose skin care products that contain a large proportion of anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients, such as oat milk, plantain, calendula and chamomile. My go-to products for skin that needs some quick soothing relief are Blissoma’s Lavish Mask & Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex, Captain Blankenship’s Blue Chamomile & Lemon Cleanser, and Leahlani’s Bohemian Ruby Toner.


And above all – be kind to your skin! 

Don’t pick at it, don’t rub it vigorously and do everything with care. Sensitive skin needs a lot more patience and TLC than other skin types – but it can be calm and beautiful if you put the time into understanding it and working out what it needs.






Kelsey xx
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Toss It Tuesday | Eye Shadow Palettes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This week's Toss It Tuesday is all about eye shadow palettes.
They're convenient, space-saving, and usually budget-saving when you compare the price of individual eye shadows. But, have you ever considered what exactly goes into your favourite eye palettes? From Urban Decay's popular Naked Palettes, to Too Faced, Tarte (often touted as natural by certain retailers when in reality, it's not) and Anastasia Beverly Hills to Dior, Lancome, and Hourglass, here's what you'll find - 
  • Phenoxyethanol - a common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies. 

  • Parabens - one of the most common cosmetic preservatives. Strong evidence of endocrine (hormone) disruption. Carcinogen concerns. Found in breast tumours in some studies.

  • Talc - Possible carcinogen. Respiratory and skin irritation. 

  • Aluminium Powder - colourant. Neurotoxin. Possible organ system toxicity.

  • Parfum/Fragrance - Synthetic fragrances can contain up to 3000 different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been proven to cause endocrine disruption, whilst many others contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.

  • FD&C and D&C dyes - synthetic dyes and colorants believed to be carcinogens. Many have been banned or restricted by the FDA in the USA. FD&C dyes are approved for food, drug and cosmetic use. D&C dyes are approved for drug and cosmetic use. I avoid these wherever possible.

The good news is, the synthetic toxin-filled palettes are not your only option. There are dozens of amazing eye shadow palettes available that are natural, organic and safe - that still perform equally as well. 




100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette 2
Vegan, 100% Natural (using only fruit & vegetable-based dyes)

If you're a fan of the natural look, or have been an UD-Naked devotee, the 100% Pure Palettes are a beautiful alternative. Silky, soft and lighter than air, each palette contains 5 complimentary lightly pressed powders - three eye shadows plus a highlighter and blush. 

The Naked Palettes aren't your only option, either. If you prefer more colour, there are several other options to choose from. 

Available from:
Australia / ships worldwide



Lily Lolo Eye Shadow Palettes
Vegan friendly, natural

Want all your bases covered? From nude and natural to a smokey or glamorous, metallic eye, the Lily Lolo eyeshadow palettes cover it all. Highly pigmented, yet ultra smooth, these pressed powders are silky, smooth and glide effortlessly onto the lid. All of the palettes include a mix of matte, demi matte and shimmer shadows (with the exception of the Pedal to the Metal Palette which is primarily metallic) in a sleek, mirrored compact.
You'll be recreating your favourite looks in no time. 
Available from:
Australia / Use discount code: LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order.
USA / International shipping available

Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Palettes / Kits
Natural, Vegan (may contain carmine)

For glitz & glam, the Jane Iredale Eyeshadow palettes are another of my absolute favourites. All packaged in beautiful rose-gold mirrored compacts, the Jane Iredale shadows are highly pigmented, incredibly smooth and blend effortlessly. The Naturally Matte palette is an everyday part of my routine, but there is a wide range of options, with new palettes being released yearly. 

Available from:


ILIA Beauty Essentials Eyeshadow Palette

Their first foray into powder products, ILIA Beauty's newly launched Essentials palettes are the perfect size for those who like to keep a minimalist kit. 

Both colours include four complementing shades, that can be used to create the most basic of looks, or a more dramatic evening eye. 

Available from:
For those of us in AU, I always order from here (it's a very new release so they will have stock soon!) as it's cheaper than in Australia.





Natural, Certified Organic, Vegan friendly

For those who like to keep it simple, the Antonym Cosmetics palettes are a good little option. With just four shades and a dual ended applicator, packaged in a mirrored bamboo compact, they are perfect for travel and excellent for a compact/minimal make-up kit. 


Natural, Vegan Friendly

Whilst not really in the eye palette category, I thought these worth a mention. If you like to keep things unfussy and streamlined, the Fitglow Beauty Mineral Eye Trio offer a selection of shades, whilst keeping things down to a minimum in the make-up bag.

Silky, pressed powders, in one gorgeous compact.

With so many beautiful, natural and healthy options available, there's no need (or excuse!) to continue to use toxic palettes. Make the switch - and let me know which you choose!
Kelsey xx
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Lily Lolo Mascara vs Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

Tuesday, March 07, 2017



I know mascara is one of the items that you struggle with most when ditching all of the toxic synthetic products you own. The Lily Lolo Mascara is possibly the most recommended and popular green mascara on the market. 

My long-time favourite mascara has been the Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara, and as an Australian brand, it doesn't get quite as much as love it should internationally (I'm starting to see more International stockists pop up though!). So, in order to make your purchasing decisions easier, I've compared both mascaras for you below. I've also written a complete review on the Ere Perez Mascara, which you can find here. (I haven't gotten around to the Lily Lolo yet)

To shop:
Lily Lolo: 20% off until March 12th, use code GUTHEALTH
Ere Perez: 10% off your 1st order, use code LIBERTYGREEN


The Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

This mascara is truly, 100% waterproof. I've worked out (sweaty!), been in the rain, and cried (thoroughly) whilst wearing it. About the only thing I haven't tested it on is swimming. Because I don't have a pool and live away from the coast, and I don't wear make-up when I do plan to take a trip somewhere to swim. But I'm pretty certain it would handle that, too. 

My lashes are very long, so I need something that isn't going to smudge or flake - and no one wants racoon eyes. It also adds serious volume, layers well and also lengthens. (you can see a photo of it in action here

It also holds a curl. Yep, that's right. A lot of mascaras I've used take a curl right out, but not (either of) the Ere Perez Mascara. 


The Lily Lolo Mascara

This mascara adds length and definition, separating the lashes well. 
It also doesn't smudge or flake or give me those racoon eyes underneath the lower lash (note: I never wear mascara on my lower lash line, so any smudging I get is from the upper lashes, onto the under eye)

The Lily Lolo Mascara also holds a curl well, but not to the extent that the Ere Perez does. I do notice a slight drop in the 'lift' with the Lily Lolo Mascara. This is also a very soft mascara - meaning my lashes feel soft and flexible still. A light coat is all that is required for good length and definition, and even volume. More does not necessarily equal better. If I apply this with a heavy hand, it does take the curl out, and I don't really notice much difference in the overall effect. If you want to layer, let it dry then go back in. Because it is a softer mascara, I can curl again after application if necessary (once dry) with no issues. 

The overall effect/result is gorgeous soft, fluttery lashes with length and definition. 



My overall thoughts on the two

Ere Perez: I really, really love my Ere Perez Waterproof Mascara.
It gives my lashes amazing volume and is 100% waterproof. It never clumps, but if I need to layer, I will have to use a lash comb to separate my lashes back out again.

Lily Lolo: I also adore this for a softer look (the Waterproof mascara is much more intense on the volume), but it definitely isn't a super 'natural' look. I love how fluttery and soft my lashes look (almost like a light set of faux lashes) and defined, yet full this mascara leaves them.

The Verdict:

I'm going to be keeping both in my repertoire for different looks/occasions, and think I will probably be reaching for the Lily Lolo mascara for everyday from now on.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a favourite out of these two, or one you plan to try?


To shop:
Lily Lolo: 20% off until March 12th, use code GUTHEALTH
Ere Perez: 10% off your 1st order, use code LIBERTYGREEN



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I like my products like I like my people. Non-toxic. — Shop Follain

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I like my products like I like my people. Non-toxic.
— Shop Follain
I like my products like I like my people. Non-toxic.
— Shop Follain

The Sale You Don't Want to Miss - EXTENDED

Saturday, March 04, 2017

To celebrate the launch of their sparkling new website, Emporio Organico have 20% off sitewide until March 12th extended to March 31st

Based in Crows Nest, Sydney (yep, you can also pop in store as well as shop online - say hi for me!) Emporio Organico carries an amazing range of fermented foods, products for gut health, GAPS and Paleo friendly products, along with some of my most favourite organic beauty & skincare, including - Vapour Beauty, Kjaer Weis, W3LL People, Alima Pure, Lily Lolo, Rahua and more!
Head here to shop and enter code GUTHEALTH at checkout.


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Vapour Beauty Elixir Lip Gloss, Siren Lipstick, Solar Translucent Bronzer & Aura Multi-Use Blush Review (and swatches)

Thursday, February 23, 2017




Vapour Organic Beauty is an amazing brand in my opinion, and one of the best organic lines available. With ultra-chic, fashion-forward packaging, and every product containing at least 70% Certified Organic ingredients - the other 30% comprising of natural mineral pigment (no carcinogenic synthetic colours here, thank you very much!), Vapour Beauty is a clean, high-performance line.

They are also of course Cruelty Free, but not vegan due to some shades (not all) containing Carmine, and also some products contain beeswax. 

Vapour Beauty is available in Australia from Emporio Organico, and you can shop online or at their flagship store in Sydney (tell them I said hi if you pop in!). 

The first product I tried from Vapour was the Soft Focus Foundation (liquid), and the Soft Focus Primer. I still love both, but I'm going to be reviewing the Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Honor & Beguile, Solar Translucent Bronzer in Spicy, Siren Lipstick in Chere & the Aura Classic Multi-Use Blush in Spark.


Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Honor Beguile

Both shades are absolutely beautiful layered over lipstick, or worn on their own. 
I love anything in the range of mid-tone rose pinks, berries and mauves, to peachy-pinks (as long as they aren't too peachy), and these shades fit perfectly within that spectrum. 

The Vapour Elixir Glosses are high-shine, but completely non-sticky. 
They go on smooth and slick - liquid hydration. They keep my lips moisturised all day long, and the colour is translucent, and can be layered for more intense pigment, or worn sheer. I also love to layer these over lipstick, as mentioned, as a no-fuss touch-up throughout the day.

The packaging is just beautiful. 
It feels high-quality (as with all Vapour products) and looks chic. Instead of the usual sponge-type doe-foot applicator, these glosses have a very small brush tip. This surprised me at first but I actually really like it. It is smaller than most applicators, which makes precise application a breeze.

I'm absolutely loving these and have been reaching for them daily.  

Honor is the prettiest peachy-pink shade, with a very fine shimmer throughout. This isn't the chunky, glittery or frosted lip of your teens; rather, a fine particle that adds higher shine and added dimension to the lips - giving the appearance of a fuller pout. 

Beguile is a warm, clear berry mauve. It is a my-lips-but-better shade, creme and high gloss. 



Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Chere

I have mentioned on Instagram in the past how much I love the Vapour Lipsticks. 
They have an amazing range of modern shades, a creamy formula that is very hydrating to the lips (but not too creamy) and good pigment. The super slim tube is also a huge bonus for me - it takes up virtually no room in my bag, and because the bullet it so slim, it also makes application easy without a mirror. 

The shade Chere is a really pretty colour, and one I fell in love with the instant I opened the tube. 
It is described as a soft, mauve nude. 

Applied lightly, this is an accurate description. But, when you layer it or apply more heavily, the colour is the most unique, gorgeous plummy-mauve-nude, with the slightest silvery, grey undertone. 
The shade is quite complex and fascinating to me - don't freak out about that greyish undertone mention - you won't look dead. If I'm wearing this lipstick applied lightly, I'm fine with whatever shade blush in the light to mid tone peaches, pinks and blue-based pinks. 

However, if I'm layering it up, I opt for a more plum-toned or deeper rose, mauve toned blush. The effect is absolutely beautiful. This shade would also work really well for more tanned, olive or dark complexions. It is a very flattering, wearable nude that won't make you look washed out, and I love throwing it on if I'm wearing very little other make-up, as it just pulls everything together effortlessly.


Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Spicy

This is the darkest Vapour Bronzer shade. Now, if you have a much darker skin tone than mine (light to medium), don't dismiss this product just because I can make it work for me. It is absolutely a rich enough shade for more tanned skin tones, but it blends so beautifully that even those with lighter skin tones are able to wear it. Blending is key, and using a light hand.

I don't wear a heavily bronzed look, it isn't the most flattering with my colouring, but to bring warmth and definition into my face, I do like to use a darker, warm bronzer like this for a subtle contour. I tend to just place a little underneath the cheekbones (only at the sides, not bringing it around further forward onto the face), and also underneath the jawline. 

There is no shimmer present in the shade Spicy whatsoever (the other options have shimmer), it has a matte, but dewy finish. The colour is a rich, warm deep bronze tone - no orange, or redness, and not at all fake looking. As mentioned above, it blends out beautifully. The Vapour Bronzer is also quite pigmented, so a little goes a long way, but you can definitely layer it up for more intense colour. 

I love the stick packaging of Vapour. Not only are the products ultra-sleek in my make-up bag (or handbag), but it is also a really quick, no-mess, no-fuss application method. You can draw the bronzer directly onto the skin for precise application, use a brush or fingertips - whichever you prefer. I personally love drawing it directly onto the skin, then blending out with a brush or my fingertips. It makes it SO quick and easy, and also makes placement a breeze. 



Vapour Beauty Aura Classic Multi-Use Blush in Spark

Soft, creamy and with a dewy finish, this blush is fast becoming another favourite. 
The shade Spark is the perfect match to the Honor Lip Gloss - a really pretty peachy-pink. 
It looks super fresh and natural on the cheeks, and is also creamy enough to be comfortable and last on the lips, but dry enough to be long lasting and not fade on the cheeks. The colour is quite pigmented, blends easily and also builds well. I like to apply cream blush by warming with my fingertips, tapping into the skin then blending with a brush if required.

You can also of course apply it to the skin direct from the stick, if you prefer. I've been wearing this on my lips and cheeks together, for an effortlessly fresh-faced, put-together look, and again the sleek packaging makes it convenient to slide into my bag for touch-ups on the go. 

If you want to look fresh-faced, and achieve a glowing 'I woke up like this' look - Spark is your shade.



You can see swatches of all the shades here.

Above, I'm wearing:

Overall

I absolutely LOVE all of these products. They perform beautifully, the shades are so beautiful and flattering - and the ingredients are about as clean and safe as you could possibly get!

Vapour Beauty is available in Australia from Emporio Organico
Shop online or at the flagship store in Crows Nest, Sydney.


Kelsey xx
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ModiBodi Underwear Review (the underwear every woman needs)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I recently wrote a post on what is really in your tampons & pads (why you need to switch, and my Eco-friendly recommendations). In that post, I mentioned Modi Bodi.

Modi Bodi is an Australian underwear brand, revolutionising feminine hygiene. With underwear that looks, feels and wears just like regular underwear - with one big difference. The ModiBodi underwear feature a built-in liner - able to be used as a back-up with a tampon, cup or liner (leak-proof), or even in place of, depending on the absorbency option selected and your flow. They are available in Air (moisture-wicking), Super Light Absorbency, Light and Medium absorbency, with a Heavy option coming later this year.

When ModiBodi reached out to me, I was instantly hooked by the idea behind the product (what woman or girl doesn't want a more practical, fail-safe - not to mention pretty - solution to periods, LBL or moisture?) While I'm mostly speaking about these as use for your period, ModiBodi underwear is also perfect for keeping you fresh and comfortable through sweat, odour, discharge, light bladder spots/leaks, menstrual onset/spotting, menstrual flow, or breast milk leaks.

Available in a range of styles and sizes - which start from girls size 10 and go up to a women's size 22.

I received the Classic Boyleg (Light Absorbency), Sensual Boyleg in Rose Pink (Light Absorbency) & Sensual High-Waist Bikini in Black (Moderate Absorbency).

You can shop ModiBodi here and here (ships worldwide).


My Thoughts

My first impression of the ModiBodi knickers was how soft they were. They feel SO soft and lovely.
The main fabric is a bamboo and spandex blend, with the liner being Merino and Microfibre, with a waterproof lining. (you can read more about the technology here).

The lace on the Sensual styles is also a really lovely soft lace, and feels really good quality. 
I've also found all of the styles to be very comfortable and the fit good - there's no riding up, tight spots etc. These are actually so comfortable, I can see why some reviewers are saying they've replaced ALL of their underwear to ModiBodi's. The lining is also very thin and extremely comfortable. 

I also love how pretty the Sensual styles are - you can still feel sexy and have something a bit chic without compromising on comfort or practicality. My only negative - I wish that there was more options in the Moderate Absorbency, because I love the Rose Pink (isn't it pretty?).

Sizing: I was recommended to select a size up from my regular dress size, and found this to be a good fit.



Performance

This will obviously depend on your individual flow, as to how you can use / wear the ModiBodi underwear. 

I tested these out without a pad, liner or tampon in the Moderate Absorbency, and I had no issues whatsoever. I can wear them all day or night without having to worry about leaks etc, and they are super comfortable. I think unless you have a heavy flow, you will be able to replace all other products with these. I wore them alone with no problems at all.

I do hear, however, that the Heavy Absorbency option will be better suited to those with a heavier flow, or overnight use, so stay tuned for release details!

Due to the position of the lining in the Light Absorbency (it sits quite low at the front), they would be good for using with a liner, cup or tampon as a back-up, or for light spotting etc. They wouldn't be good on their own during your period because of the lining placement.

Washing is super easy, just rinse or soak over night in cold water, then cold wash as per usual (I use a lingerie bag to protect anything delicate or with lace or trims) and line dry. 

Overall

I think ModiBodi is a great brand with a brilliant product. Anything that can make that time of the month not only healthier for your body and the environment, but also more convenient, comfortable and stress-free is a winner in my opinion. I know I'm going to be ordering more of these very soon! 

I also love that they offer girls sizes - because they DO look and feel just like regular underwear, but with the protection of a pad or tampon, it is going to make a time that is awkward for most young girls less so!


Leave any questions you have in the comments below or over on instagram!

The Organified Beauty Box - A Certified Organic Subscription Box

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Going organic and/or natural can be tricky. How do you know which brands are 'safe', and which brands aren't? It can also be difficult finding brands and products that work for you - all over again. 
Enter: The Organified Beauty Box.

A quarterly subscription box (Australian - YIPEE!!), that contains only certified organic products, so you need not worry about whether or not the ingredients are truly clean!  Each box comprises of 1-3 full size beauty products + 3-5 deluxe sample sizes, depending on the option you choose.

Each box is also a complete surprise - so apart from knowing that the box is 100% Certified Organic, until it arrives on your doorstep, you won't know what it contains. Which is like a fun surprise gift-to-yourself arriving each season! 

I love the idea of subscription boxes, but more often than not find them a little disappointing and over-priced - the more 'affordable' options usually only contain very small (1-2 use) sample sizes, and if lucky, one full-size or travel-sized product - which isn't really enough to test out a product and a get a feel for the brand. 

With the Organified Beauty Box, everything is very generously sized. I received the Luxury Box, said to contain 1-3 full sized products, and 3-5 samples. 

My box contained 3, technically 4 (if you count the toothbrush) full-sized products, plus a number of sample sizes.


What's in the box:

I received a full-sized Vanessa Megan Lemon & Eucalyptus Foaming Handwash
A full-sized Divine Company Certified Organic Tooth Mousse
A full-sized Zuii Organic Certified Organic Eyeshadow in Black
An Eco Bamboo Toothbrush

And sample sizes of - 
Dr Bronner's Castille Soap
Dr Bronner's Certified Organic Hair Creme
Ausganica Certified Organic Lavender Shampoo (deluxe sample size)
Ausganica Certified Organic Lavender Conditioner

My thoughts

I love that the Organified Beauty Box is not solely cosmetics or skincare. 
This not only makes it much more useful, but includes items for all the family, and makes the box more suited to anyone looking to go organic - not just those interested in beauty products. 

I was also impressed by how well thought-out the box is - some boxes are just a random mish-mash, but these products feel like they are going with a theme. I also love the quality of all the products included and I've been really enjoying everything so far (the tooth mousse and handwash are stand-outs!). 

Overall, I'm really impressed by the Organified Beauty Box and think it's great value, and a brilliant way to discover new Certified Organic products, without all the hassle of hunting them down yourself!

You can find out more, or sign up here


Kelsey xx
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What's Really in your Tampons & Pads (and the eco-friendly options you need to know about)

Friday, February 17, 2017

This is a topic a little different than the usual cosmetic & skincare, and one I've been planning to write for a while (I always have a backlog of posts just waiting to be written/published!). This is also one area few women stop to consider when switching over all other products - from household cleaners, to food, make-up and skincare - somehow, we completely forget about the products we use every month, and will continue to use every month, for almost half of our lives. 

Considering that your period is something that occurs every month for most women, and the products you use are in contact with the most absorbent area of a woman's body for that entire time, it is pretty scary what most tampons and pads contain. 

The materials used in most feminine hygiene products are synthetics like rayon and polyester and non-organic cotton. Cotton is one of the world's most highly sprayed crops, and may also be genetically modified. According the USDA, 94 percent of all the cotton planted in the US is genetically engineered. The cotton and rayon is also then bleached with chlorine, and treated with more synthetic chemicals during processing. The chlorine bleaching creates dioxin, which research suggests can cause endocrine and hormone disruption. The cotton can also contain pesticide residue, which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream.  
For so-called hygiene products, they aren't so very clean.
And that is without even pausing to consider the waste disposable feminine hygiene products create each year. The average woman will use up to 16,000 tampons in her lifetime (or equivalent of pads), more if she goes through hormone-replacement therapy - none of which are biodegradable. 
Never fear, there are plenty of not only eco-friendly options available, but also health-friendly options that won't expose you to harmful synthetic chemicals, and contributing to landfill once discarded.
TOM Organic Tampons
SHOP: Australia (ships worldwide)

Just like regular tampons, sans the toxic chemicals. TOM Organic offers a range of 100% Certified Organic Cotton pads and tampons. The will biodegrade, making them much more eco-friendly, and the Certified Organic cotton ensures your skin is only coming in contact with pure, natural fibres.
Juju Menstrual Cup
SHOP: Australia (ships worldwide - free shipping within AU)

Made from medical-grade silicone, this cup is reusable, meaning you'll not only save thousands of dollars over your lifetime, but also thousands of products going into landfill. These cups are available in two sizes (based on childbearing history) and can be used by women of all ages. They can also be worn for up to 12hrs and don't leak when inserted correctly - even during vigorous exercise. 
Tip: There's some great videos on youtube that can help with insertion, use and removal of menstrual cups. The links below are for a different brand, but they can be applied to any cup:

Sarah Tran's Diva Cup Series:
Inserting the Cup: http://bit.ly/1mRa4dY
Removing the Cup: http://bit.ly/1QTl1nn
Tips for Using the Cup: http://bit.ly/1QaaGqN


ModiBodi Underwear

With a look and feel just like regular underwear, ModiBodi revolutionise feminine hygiene. 
ModiBodi have a built-in liner, available in two absorbency options (Light and Moderate - a Heavy option is coming soon!), and also with maternity options. You can wear these in conjunction with other products, or wear alone in place of pads or tampons. 

They not only save landfill, but you as well! Washing is also easy - just rinse, then cold wash and line dry with the rest of the laundry!

I'm actually going to be posting a review on these very shortly - but I will say, I'm very, very impressed. ModiBodi also offer girls sizes, which I think is brilliant for making a time that is already awkward for most young girls easier!

Tip: Sizing works best if you purchase one size up from your regular dress size.



Reusable Organic Cloth Pad

There are several brands available, including Juju and Hannah Pad, and they are available in a range of sizes. Featuring organic cotton, with a waterproof lining, reusable pads work just like the disposable options - except you rinse/soak in cold water overnight before washing (in cold water) and leave to line dry, ready for re-use!

Reusable Organic Cloth Pads are not only a much healthier option for you, but will also save money and landfill from disposable products.


There are of course many other brands and options available - just make sure to look for 100% Certified Organic Cotton if you're purchasing disposable products, and natural and/or organic materials if opting for reusable products. If you have any questions or thoughts to share, you can leave them in the comments below or over on Instagram.


Kelsey xx
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