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Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens Review

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I'm a huge believer in that beauty starts from within. What we consume directly affects our health, and how our skin looks on the outside. I adore make-up and skincare, but I also make sure to take care of my health, and my skin, from the inside. Skincare is about so much more than topical application of a fancy cream or luxurious mask (although I may have a slight mask addiction..sshh!!)

Within weeks of consuming something I don't usually eat - white sugar, for example - I can see the affects in my skin. Breakouts. They're inescapable, and inevitable. If I eat more than about a teaspoon (about what I might put in a cup of tea or two if I'm out) in a period of a few months, I will see the results in about 4-6 weeks. 
The same happens with good-for-your-body food and supplements. Whatever we consume makes a difference to our skin and it's appearance.
The Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens:

...promote a beautiful natural glow that begins from within. This nourishing elixir is a combination of marine collagen peptides, raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid and probiotics to help prevent the signs of ageing, improve skin moisture, smoothness and tone.

With an antioxidant rich blend of super greens including Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Spinach, Organic Alfalfa Leaf, Organic Kale & Organic Barley Grass, marine-based collagen and hyaluronic acid, the Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens promote natural collagen formation, strengthens hair and nails, improves skins overall appearance and helps prevent the signs of ageing.



You can blend the Beauty Greens into your regular morning smoothie (fruit, yogurt or greens based), or just drink mixed with water. I take mine just mixed with water. I'm usually pretty terrible with any kind of supplement that has to be taken mixed in water because of the flavour, but I don't find this too bad. It has a coconut flavour, so it tastes kind of like coconut water to me, which is a bit weird when it looks like a green smoothie.

Jarring sight-to-taste difference aside, the Beauty Greens aren't at all unpleasant (at least, to me), but I also wouldn't drink it for fun. Mixed into a smoothie or glass of juice and you don't even notice it. So if you're weird about flavours, you'll be fine with it blended with anything else.

I take it in the morning after breakfast, and I also have found they keep me feeling fuller for longer.

As for the results, I've seen a big difference in my nails already - I've always had trouble with the strength of my nails (which aren't terribly brittle or weak but they do tend to break quite easily sometimes). They are feeling much stronger already.

In regards to my skin, I do think with a supplement like this there are obviously going to be some long-term benefits if taken over several months or years, which I can't attest to at this point.

For what I've seen already - the main difference I've noticed is I'm looking less tired, and dark circles are less apparent. We could all do with some of that, couldn't we?
I also think my skin is feeling firmer and more supple.


The Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty are also excellent for gut health, with probiotics to help promote a glowing complexion. They are also Gluten Free, Whole30 Approved, Non GMO and Kosher.



I've also found the Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens to help me feel brighter when I was a bit under the weather a few weeks ago. I dosed up on the Beauty Greens and also the Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin in a herbal tea which was very soothing and helped speed up recovery!

Maybe this should be filed under TMI, but it's something we all deal with, so I've included it anyway.
Something else I also noticed a difference with was PMS symptoms. I haven't changed anything else and my symptoms this month were vastly reduced - the pain was much less acute and I didn't find I needed to rely on pain killers so much. Because I've only been taking it for around 4-5wks I can't be certain that this was because of the Collagen Beauty Greens, but I'll be interested to see how it goes long term!


Overall

The Vital Proteins Beauty Greens are a brilliant way to get an extra dose of greens - and all of the accompanying vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - and collagen into your diet. All of these are essential for good gut health, good skin and overall good health.

They are available in both the 294g size (pictured) and 586g size.

You can also shop at with 20% off all Vital Proteins until the end of April with code EOVITAL
There is also 20% off site wide* with code EOEASTER until April 30th: Shop Now

*some exclusions apply. Includes ALL BEAUTY though!






Kelsey xx
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Spelt Chocolate Fudge Brownies Recipe

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Just in time for Easter, this recipe is rich, chocolatey heaven. Each little brownie is a delicious burst of nutty, fudgy, chocolate biscuit-brownie hybrid. As with most of the recipes I share on my blog, it is SO easy to make, and they take just 10-12mins to bake!

This is a chocolate-heavy recipe - requiring 290g - so choosing a good quality chocolate that you enjoy is paramount. I have used Pana Chocolate in this recipe. Pana Chocolate is raw, organic, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free and handmade. 

And despite the whack of chocolate in this recipe, it is still a healthier treat (I say healthier because really, we don't need treats every day or week!) - with 100% wholegrain spelt flour and raw honey to sweeten. 

Wholegrain flours (purely the grains stone-ground and unprocessed beyond that) leave all of the 27 vitamins and minerals intact in the flour - processed white, unbleached or wholemeal (note the difference between wholemeal and wholegrain) flours have all been highly processed - with the majority of the vitamins and minerals destroyed or removed, the gluten removed then artificially replaced later on. They are a nutritionally devoid product, vs wholegrain flours which are still a natural product with some nutritional value!

The same goes for refined sugars - if you'd like a post on the differences between refined sugars and unrefined (and what's what) let me know in the comments below and I'll put one together for you along with some really great books!



I used half Pana Chocolate in the Eighty Bar and half of the Raw Cacao bars. The Raw Cacao is still a dark chocolate, (in my opinion) with a minimum 60% cacao content. If you want a very dark, slightly bitter chocolate, then I recommend going with the Eighty. Otherwise, if you prefer a slightly sweeter flavour, opt for the Raw Cacao bars or one of the many flavours. I would leave out the Eighty next time around, because when I've made this recipe before, I prefer the sweeter finish (but it's still very rich and dark chocolatey)


Spelt Chocolate Fudge Brownies Recipe (refined sugar free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup of organic 100% spelt wholegrain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 290g of Pana Chocolate Bars of your choice
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 2 large eggs

Method:

Chop two of the chocolate bars (or 90g of chocolate) into small chunks / chips. 

Place the flour, cream of tartar, bicarb soda, chopped walnuts and chopped chocolate into a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined, and make a well in the centre.

Combine the butter and remaining 200g of chocolate in a small saucepan. 
Set over a low heat and stir until melted and smooth. 
Remove from the heat, and add the honey. 

Beats the eggs well with a fork, then add to the chocolate mixture.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour, and stir until just combined. 

Cover and refrigerate for 1hr.

Preheat the oven to 180℃. Line two baking trays with grease-proof paper.

Use a tablespoon of mixture, rolling each into balls and placing on the prepared tray. 
You can space them about 5cm apart - they only spread very slightly.

Bake for 10-12mins - they will still be soft when you remove them from the over but will harden as they cool. 

Enjoy them warm or cool - I love them with tea!



Kelsey xx
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Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin Review & Marshmallow Passionfruit Slice Recipe (refined sugar free)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017



It's been years since I've eaten marshmallow - possibly almost a decade. I've been intending to look up a recipe for homemade marshmallow that doesn't require white sugar for a few recipes, so when Kitsa from Emporio Organico recently shared her refined-sugar free marshmallow recipe on Instagram, I was very excited to test it out!

I've made it into a Marshmallow & Passionfruit Slice, using Kitsa's Marshmallow recipe, my own base and the optional addition of the passion fruit. I had no idea how much FUN it would be to make my own marshmallow, and want to make another batch just for the sake of it. The perfect treat for Easter, you can also skip the base and make just the marshmallow on it's own. I had some left over so set it in a glass container - and it's delicious (without the passion fruit) on top of hot cacao or coffee!


Made with Vital Proteins grass-fed beef gelatin, this recipe is also good for your gut health! 

The Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin is flavourless, and can be used in cooking to thicken sauces or setting jellies or slices as per the recipe below, but you can also take it daily, mixed with water, as a healthy probiotic, gut-healing tonic. I find it very soothing and calming as a drink, even though there is very little flavour.


The Vital Proteins Collagen Protein is a pure gelatin powder. The amino acids in this gelatin are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage and joints, making it an incredibly therapeutic substance to consume daily.

This versatile ingredient is perfect for thickening sauces and casseroles and adding to smoothies, soups, custards or making jellies. It can also be used to make marshmallows or as a substitute for eggs in baking. The amino acids found in gelatin calm and relax the brain and can act as a youth serum as we get older. Gelatin is also a less inflammatory source of protein supporting the thyroid and metabolism as well as helping to heal the gut lining when consumed before meals.

I've also used this to make a strawberry & berry jelly, which is a refreshing treat that also has some actual nutritional value to it, instead of a big sugar hit! I'm also planning to make a version of Lemon Meringue Pie, but with this marshmallow on top instead of the meringue (try as I might, I've never succeeded in creating a white-sugar free meringue. If you've cracked the secret, PLEASE let me know. I love and miss pavlova, haha!) and caramelising the outside with a blow torch...which if you're lucky will end up on the blog sooner rather than later.

I'm really impressed with how the gelatin performs - it is super easy to work with and I'm going to be purchasing more for any future baking!

Anyway, on to the recipe!

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The marshmallow is soft and fluffy, delightfully springy and not too sweet. 

The original recipe stated to heat it to 240 degrees, which after burning the first batch at 150 degrees celsius, I'm assuming is in farenheit. (I was also cooking on a gas stove which decided to run out half way through, so could have contributed to the issue). The second batch, only reached about 130-140 degrees celsius after 5-8mins, and made up beautifully anyway!

This base reminds me of Arnott's Scotch Finger biscuits. Mind you, it's been many years since I've had one of those, too. It is is soft and crumbling, but crisp enough to have the perfect texture. I'm already planning to make it up as biscuits, as well as a slice base. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask below! Enjoy xx

Marshmallow & Passionfruit Slice

For the base:
  • 150g butter
  • ¼ cup of organic rapadura sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of wholegrain organic spelt flour
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1-2 tsp of milk

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Line an 18 x 28cm slice tin with baking paper, overhanging two opposite sides.

Using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. 
Stir in the vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and one teaspoon of milk. Mix into a soft dough. Knead gently to bring together, adding the extra teaspoon of milk if required. 
The dough should be soft and firm - only just moist enough to bring everything together. 

Press into the lined slice tin. Lightly prick with a fork and bake for 20-25mins, until golden and come away from the edges.

Set aside to cool.


For the marshmallow topping:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of Vital Proteins grass-fed beef gelatin
  • 1 cup of raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp of celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • (Optional) Pulp of 2-3 passion fruit

Method:

Toast the coconut in a dry pan, then set aside.

In a large mix master bowl, place 1/2 a cup of water and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. 
Stir until mixed with no lumps, then set aside.

In a small saucepan (one that pours easily) combine the honey, remaining 1/2 cup of water, vanilla and salt over a medium to high heat. Stir occasionally, and bring to a boil.

Check the temperature of the mixture with a food thermometer and remove from the heat once it reaches approx 130°C - this takes about 8 mins. Be careful not to burn the mixture. 

With the mix master set on a low speed, slowly pour the hot honey mixture into the gelatin. 
Increase speed to high and continue beating for up to 15 minutes or until the mixture becomes pale, thick and fluffy and doubled in size. 

If topping a slice:

Optional: Empty the passion fruit pulp into a bowl, and beat with a fork to separate the seeds from the flesh. Beat into the marshmallow until combined.

Spread the marshmallow over the cooled slice base, sprinkle with toasted coconut and refrigerate until set.

If serving marshmallow alone:

Line a rectangular glass storage container 24cm x 19cm with baking paper, as you would a cake tin. 
Sprinkle the base with toasted coconut.

Fill with marshmallow, then sprinkle the top with more coconut.
Cover and leave to set at room temperature, or refrigerate.

Once set, slice the marshmallow into squares, rolling the cut edges in toasted coconut, and serve.

You can also leave the coconut off and use your marshmallow on top of hot cocoa or coffee!

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Fresh Strawberry & Berry Jelly Recipe (refined sugar free)

Sunday, April 02, 2017


Jelly is a childhood favourite, and this fresh fruit jelly, made from scratch, is a refreshing treat that can be enjoyed by all ages. It's super easy to make, and you can serve it as-is, or use in a slice, trifle or other desserts!

This recipe uses frozen fruit - but you could use fresh if available - and Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin available from Emporio Organico, which is 100% natural and brilliant for gut health!

For this week only, you can save 20% off all Vital Proteins with code EOVITAL.


Homemade Strawberry or Mixed Berry Jelly

You will need:

600ml jelly mould 
OR half a dozen small glasses and bowls to set

Ingredients:
  • 325ml of water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup of organic rapadura sugar
  • 500g frozen strawberries or mixed berries
  • Juice of one lemon

Notes: 

Before beginning, set some of the fruit aside for decorating the set jellies. 
If using a jelly mould, lightly grease it with a flavourless oil. 
I set mine in a half dozen various sized glasses and bowls, in which case, you won't need to grease them - and they not only look pretty but they are ready to serve! 

You can also set the jelly in a glass storage container and scoop out with a spoon to serve.

Method: 

Place 1/2 cup of water in a bowl or jug, sprinkle with gelatin, and mix thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps. Set aside.

Pour 200ml of water into a saucepan, and add the sugar. 
Heat gently over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved, then add the fruit.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-10mins, until the fruit has completely softened. Break up any remaining pieces of fruit with the back of a spoon, and cook for a few more minutes.

Pour the fruit mixture through a sieve into a heat-proof jug.
Add the lemon juice and stir. 
Add the gelatin mixture, stirring well, then pour into the moulds.

Leave in the refrigerator to set for 2-3 hours, then top with reserved fruit & mint leaves and serve.

Enjoy! 



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Toss It Tuesday / Deodorant & Antiperspirant

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Deodorant. It's something we apply every day without much thought to it - other than to check if it actually prevents body odour and won't stain clothes. Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain a cocktail of synthetic chemicals with serious, adverse health effects. 

There are many 100% natural options available - but even from those who are using 100% natural products everywhere else, I get the same question over and again - does natural deodorant really work? I say yes. *Cue skeptical expressions*

I'm not sure what it is that makes us think natural deodorant just isn't going to be effective at killing BO. Maybe it's the advertising, all the new technology making deodorants more "effective than ever".  WHat I do know, is, natural deodorant DOES work. But before I get into the who, what and why of my favourite natural deodorants, I'm going to tell you what's in your current deodorant and why you need to ditch toxic, conventional deo's ASAP.


What you'll find in regular deodorant

Aluminium

This is the main ingredient in any antiperspirant and many deodorants. The aluminium works by plugging the sweat glands, preventing the body from doing something entirely natural and necessary to not only cool the body, but flush out toxins from the system - sweat. 

Aluminium is a neurotoxin, and has concerns with organ system toxicity. There is evidence now showing a link between aluminium and Alzheimer's disease. 


Parfum / Fragrance

Synthetic fragrance can contain any number of around 3000 ingredients, usually about a few hundred. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients in fragrance because it is considered trade secret. Many of the components of synthetic fragrance contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. They also contain endocrine-disruptors and xenoestrogens (which mimic estrogen activity), and can cause headaches, nausea, skin irritation, dermatitis and trigger asthma.


BHT

Preservative. Allergen and and immuno-toxicity concerns. BHT is a toluene-based ingredient. There is strong evidence toluene is a human developmental toxin, is a suspected environmental toxin and known human respiratory toxin.


Parabens

Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies.


Steareth-100 / AKA: Polyoxyethylene, PEG-100

There are very high contamination concerns with this ingredient. 
The two notable contaminants are Ethylene Oxide, a known human carcinogen, human respiratory toxin, and organ system toxicity. The other is 1,4 Dioxane, a highly toxic substance that is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen", known human respiratory toxin, concerns regarding organ system toxicity.

These two substances have also been shown to contaminate up to 40% of cosmetic and personal care products. As a by-product of processing, you won't find them listed on the ingredient label. The adverse health effects of these substances and their contamination of many ingredients has been known for decades. 


 
Still convinced conventional deo's are the best option?
Check out my 100% non-toxic and natural recommendations below!


Woohoo! Body Deodorant Paste / SHOP

This is my favourite deodorant for a number of reasons. 
For a start, the scent is very subtle and doesn't linger, so won't clash with any perfume or fragrance you've chosen to wear. Secondly, I've been using this for months and never had any issues with it staining clothing - including whites. Thirdly, (and most importantly) - it completely kills BO. I live in tropical North Queensland, and used it all through our hot and humid Summer with no issues whatsoever. 

It also comes with a small spatula to scoop out the product  - and the gigantic tub lasts months. 

Also don't fear the bi-carb soda aspect. According to Woohoo! the irritation commonly experienced from bicarbonate soda-containing deo's is all to do with incorrect pH balance. I'm not super-sensitive, but I do consider my skin sensitive- and I've never had a problem with this deo - even on freshly shaved skin.


Black Chicken Axilla Paste / SHOP

This is another highly popular option (actually, it's become a bit of a cult-favourite) - particularly for the hot Australian weather! 100% natural, this does contain bicarb soda, but is known to be suitable for sensitive skin. You won't miss your toxic roll-on one bit. I promise.



Erica Brooke Skincare Deodorant Creme / SHOP

Available in a number of different scents (including the feminine Wildflowers, Unisex, Unscented AND a double strength option!!), Erica Brooke is another popular choice. Neutralises odour, lasts all day (including through a workout), and is very moisturising and smooth on the skin!




Mukti Botanique Deodorant / SHOP

If you're after a spray-on with a more unisex or masculine scent, then the Mukti Botanique is a brilliant option. Certified Organic and 100% natural, and won't stain your clothes!


Schmidts Deodorant / SHOP 

Schmidts deo's are available in both a cream paste and stick formula (easy application!), and a number of different scents, including a fragrance free and sensitive skin bi-carb free option
There are both feminine, masculine and unisex scents available. 100% natural, effective and won't break the bank!



If you'd like further recommendations, don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment below!


Kelsey xx
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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:
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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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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



Kelsey xx
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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.
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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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