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Maya Chia Beauty Skincare Review & International Giveaway

Friday, December 08, 2017

Maya Chia Beauty is a brand that has been on my radar for a while now. Available from Integrity Botanicals, Maya Chia is 100% natural, with many Certified Organic and Wildcrafted ingredients, each product contains their signature Supercritical Chia Seed Oil -  rich with skin-loving omega fatty acids, antioxidants & minerals. 

Maya Chia uses a patented process to extract their chia oil called supercritical extraction. The gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in an oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. This process results in the best, purest, most stable, effective, and potent chia oil on the market.

Each product in the line contains the highest quality ingredients, each highly targeted to work together synergistically to impart specific benefits for healthy, radiant and young skin.

I'm going to review the Maya Chia Beauty Super Couple, Eye Achiever, Highlight of the Day in Golden Hour and Limited Edition Body Highlight of the Day Serum - and I'm also giving away the same four products to one lucky beauty! Read my reviews, then enter the giveaway - and yes, it is open internationally
Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Golden Hour / Buy now

I've heard so much about this serum, and it is even more stunning in real life that everything you've seen on Instagram. I have swatched it here on a video for you.
Highly pigmented, the Golden Hour is a warm white-based highlight, with a pearlised finish. 100% natural, the serum contains Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, and Calendula Flower Extract to nourish the skin whilst making you look glowy and lit-from-within. 

It is very lightweight and non-oily - something I was concerned about in a serum highlighter with several oils. It absorbs very rapidly, because you need so little, and has a dry finish, without the cakey look a powdered highlighter can give.

It is very pigmented, so you only need a tiny amount. I just put a tiny drop directly onto each cheekbone, patting it out with my fingertips to blend. I then take another tiny drop and apply it to the inner corner of the eye, brow bone, bridge of nose and cupids bow. 

The highlight really is the prettiest glow and beautiful for day or night - I've even been wearing it on foundation-free days with a little blush and concealer to give my complexion a gorgeous glow. I absolutely love it!!

Being a serum, you can even mix a drop with your primer or foundation for a subtle, all-over glow - just be careful not to overdo it. For evening or events, you can also apply it to the collarbone, shoulders and decolletage. 


Maya Chia Limited Edition Highlight of the Day Body Serum / Buy now

Oh my goodness. I fell in love with this body highlight just as much as I did the face highlight the instant I tried it out. A rich rose gold hue, the Highlight of the Day Body Serum gives the skin a luminous finish that sparkles beautifully in sunlight or evening light.

You can see a video swatch here.
You really can't see on camera how stunning it looks in sunlight - you have to see it for yourself.

This serum is perfect for Summer, holidays and the festive season to give the skin an all-over glow. Like the face serum, it is very lightweight and nourishes, hydrates and feeds the skin. 

The body serum has a divine camellia, neroli and sweet orange scent - but it doesn't linger for too long, so won't clash with your perfume or bother you if you get sensitive to smells that linger.

I am in absolute love with this Body Highlight - it looks luminous and radiant in the sunlight and is so fun (but doesn't look like you covered yourself with glitter)!! I was sparkling for days afterwards. 
Maya Chia Eye Achiever Serum / Buy now

This eye serum has been amazing with all the craziness of an interstate move. 

It contains nutrient-dense ingredients including five macro and micro-algae extracts (astaxanthin, sea fennel, sea lavender, wakame, algae extract), as well as the most nutrient dense plant oils, including supercritical chia seed oil, raspberry, black cumin seed oil, rooibos tea extract, pomegranate, and cranberry.

This serum will revitalize, brighten, and restore firmness and resiliency while intensely moisturizing and protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

I LOVE the rollerball application. It is smooth and cooling, helping to depuff and refresh my eyes in the morning, and it feels lovely at night. It also makes it super easy to apply the serum - I can then massage it in gently or leave it to absorb.

The Eye Achiever has been brilliant for hydrating the delicate skin around my eyes, firming and reducing the visibility of fine lines. I haven't noticed too much difference in my dark circles (although I know this is a push to find in ANY eye product, even conventional), but it has kept them from getting very dark or tired looking with lack of sleep I've had during this move.

I think even if you had more fine lines or lack of firmness than I do, this serum would be amazing!

Maya Chia Beauty The Super Couple Face Oil / Buy now

There are so many face oils on the market these days, but few stand apart like Maya Chia's The Super Couple. 
It contains a multi-correctional high-performance ultra luxe face oil serum combining the world’s most powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin, with nature’s #1 superfood, chia. Astaxanthin is an anti-ageing powerhouse (clinically proven to have 65X the strength of Vitamin C to fight free radicals) to combat dull, tired, ageing skin.
A gorgeous pink/red hue, the Super Couple is a soft, lightweight oil rich in antioxidants. It deeply penetrates the skin, absorbing quickly to leave the complexion soft and glowing. 
I've been using this every morning. It is beautiful under makeup or alone. The Super Couple has left my skin feeling firm, plump and refreshed - I've been using it on my neck and decolletage as well as my face, and it has really helped with the evenness of my skin tone and fine lines. 
The Super Couple will also help to prevent & reduce the size of wrinkles & improve skin micro-texture as well as lighten age spots & brighten skin tone by inhibiting overproduction & oxidation of melanin, whilst protecting against free radical damage and deeply moisturising. 
I haven't even been using a cream at night, and my skin still feels and looks smooth, supple and hydrated! 
I read somewhere — Instagram probably — from the Maya Chia founder, "...sometimes you just want your products to do the heavy lifting...". She was talking about relying on one or two good quality skincare items to do the job, rather than needing a multi-step routine. 
The Super Couple is one of those products. I don't feel like I need a dozen different steps and when you are spending in the high-end price bracket, I think it's reasonable to expect those products to do the work for you. This oil really is amazing, and if you only want one high quality face oil to cover a multitude of sins, this is one of the good ones!!
Overall & Giveaway

I absolutely LOVE everything I've tried from this line. The results, feel and formulas of all of the products is beautiful from start to finish. There was nothing to fault. 
It is one of the best skincare lines out there in my opinion, and if you love highlighters, you really need to try their Highlight of the Day Serums. They are SO good!!
To enter my Maya Chia Beauty giveaway, scroll down!
I also have a Maya Chia Beauty Skincare set to giveaway to one lucky beauty!!
Prize: (valued at over $250USD)

  • Highlight of the Day Body
  • The Eye Acheiver
  • The Super Couple
  • Highlight of the Day Golden Hour
To enter, you must complete the following steps:
  1. Follow both Liberty Green & Integrity Botanicals on Instagram
  2. Sign up for the newsletter here.
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know your favourite thing about the holidays (ie tradition, food, activity etc)

Terms: Open to Worldwide. Closes Dec 15th. Winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries and announced within three days of giveaway close.


Kelsey xx
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The Gift Guide: Nice Things & Little Treats

Monday, November 27, 2017

1. Penelope Sach Organic Tea 'Petal' / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

These delicious teas are all organic and made from Australian grown ingredients to support your well-being. In a beautiful reusable tin, and available in a variety of flavours, Penelope Sach Teas are a tea-lovers dream!


2. Golden Grind Tumeric Blend / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Handcrafted in Melbourne - organic, fairtrade and ethically sourced - Golden Grind is a perfectly proportioned blend of 100% natural, unmodified turmeric (with 5% active curcumin), cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. A delicious alternative to regular chai tea, with anti-inflammatory gut healing benefits!


3. Loving Earth Turkishly Delightful / Buy now

A delicious little stocking-stuffer, Loving Earth's chocolate is my all-time favourite brand. Raw, dairy free, refined sugar-free, it is creamy, decadent and luscious. Once you try one you'll never go back.


4. Pana Chocolate Orange Bar / Buy now

Another utterly delicious raw, organic, refined sugar and dairy free chocolate, the Pana Chocolate Bars are like a dessert-meets-chocolate bar. The Strawberry & Pistachio is divine, but so are the other flavours. Perfect little treats for everyone.


5. Soda Press Co Organic & Natural Syrup Concentrate / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Christmas in Australia. Cold drinks are a MUST, but the sugar-filled fizzy drinks from the supermarket aren't the only option. Flavoured with actual fruit, you can mix up your own drinks by mixing with soda water, cold water as an alternative to cordials or search Pinterest for some fun cocktail (or mocktail) recipes!


6. Bee One Third Honey Set with Bambu Dipper / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Edible items are a great product to give to that person who has everything, as a stocking-filler or something to add to the table on the day! The beautiful presentation of the Bee One Third 100% raw honey products make them perfect for gifting, and reusing afterwards! 


Kelsey xx
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Green Beauty Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Part 2

Thursday, November 23, 2017



Edible Beauty Australia 
30% off site wide on Friday, November 24th for 24 hours (USA and Australia). Get a free 30mL No.4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion (while stocks last) with all skincare purchases on Cyber Monday (Australia only).


Eve Organics
Spend & Save Thursday November 23rd through to Cyber Monday.

- 10% off orders over $100 (code: cyber10)
- 15% off orders over $150 (code: cyber15)
- 20% off orders over $200 (code: cyber20).

All Australian orders will ship FREE - no code required Thursday through to Monday.


Emporio Organico
15% off sitewide with code 15OFFLIBG
Valid Friday 24th - 27th.


MOTD Cosmetics
25% off PLUS an additional 10% off when you use code LIBERTYGREEN
There will also be make-up brush bundles available at a special price! (discount code not applicable)
Valid Friday, November 24 5AM PST & ends Monday, November 27 at 8PM PST.

Hynt Beauty will be offering 30% OFF throughout the Hynt Beauty site — except for sets, samples and our ARIA lipsticks (due to their selling out too quickly!). Use code BLACK2017
Valid Thursday 23rd through to November 27th. Free shipping on all international orders over $99 (after discount).


Flora & Fauna
20 hot products at up to 50% off. All details here.




35% off storewide. Use code: 35OFF
Valid from November 23rd (12PM AEST) until November 25th (11:59PM AEST). Min.purchase required $20. The code can be used once per user.




Spend $100, get a $20 gift card and a stocking stuffer from EcoDiva.
Valid Nov 23rd - 27th.




Free Mega Glow Gift Set (Full-size cleanser of choice ($48) + deluxe sample of our NEW Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish) with your purchase of $125 or more!
Valid Thursday, 11/23 1:00pm PST through to Sunday, 11/26 at 11:59pm PST


10% off with code LIBERTYGREEN




Vapour is hosting our annual Holiday Spree sale starting November 23 through November 26.
Customers will receive 30% off full and travel-size products with code: SPREE30



Metta Skincare
Free gift with purchase – buy the two new body butters  (Orange Blossom & Summer Berries!) and get a free Face Balm and free global shipping with code THANKFUL (valid between 24 – 28 November).




Use code SUPERSALE20 20% off Storewide from Friday 24th Nov to Tuesday 28th Nov.




Kelsey xx
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La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate, Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment & Purifying Manuka Mask Review


Sometimes you just come across a brand that instantly wows you; everything from the branding and packaging to the formulas and results. 

La Bella Figura was that brand for me. I tried their products for the first time a few weeks ago, but I am in love with everything and what it has done for my skin. 


Available from Integrity Botanicals, La Bella Figura Beauty is:

The new luxury is global beauty, and nowhere is that more evident than the experience offered by La Bella Figura.
Drawn to the integrity of premium natural ingredients sourced directly from small producers worldwide, La Bella Figura creates products that redefine luxury for every woman. Uniting both traditional and cutting edge ingredients for a timeless experience that delivers results.


I have been using the Modern Radiance Concentrate, Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment and Purifying Manuka Mask for the past several weeks, and my review of each is below.


La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate / Buy now

A gorgeous light gel-like serum, the Modern Radiance Concentrate has no sticky or tacky texture and absorbs fully and weightlessly into the skin.

The Modern Radiance Concentrate is a High-Performance Complete Vitamin C Gel Cream. The Vitamin C is sourced from Australian Kakadu Plums - the highest natural source of vitamin C in the world. This serum is designed to: increase luminosity and refines skin texture for a more even skin tone and a visible reduction in discolouration in 4-6 weeks. Powerful antioxidants help to strengthen the lipid layer and stimulate new collagen growth while also protecting and repairing skin from oxidative damage. Live enzymes from coconut water, antioxidants and vitamins support skin’s natural defence system with ferulic acid delivering these active ingredients deeper into the skin for serious dermis repair. Bioactive ingredients work together to restore volume and increase skin elasticity while also toning and strengthening thinning skin. An overall radiant and glowing appearance is instantly visible with daily use of this concentrated blend of reparative botanical actives.

I never expect immediate results from skincare - you always need to try something for at least 3-4 weeks to really get a feel for the results, but my skin was looking so good within 2 weeks of beginning use of this serum.

I use just 2-3 pumps all over my face, neck and decolletage morning and evening as a first step over damp skin (either from a toner or wash cloth).

My skin tone is even, bright and luminous. My skin looks and feels very plump, clear and hydrated - and I'm even completely foundation free today with just a little blush, highlighter and under eye concealer - and you wouldn't know the difference!

I believe the combination of this with the Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment has really done wonders, but other than that, I've cut almost all other skincare (more details below) - so I know how well La Bella Figura works!!



La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment  / Buy now

Packaged in the same opaque white glass bottle as the Modern Radiance Concentrate, with a sleek silver cap and pump dispenser, I adore the packaging of La Bella Figura as much as I do the product! It feels very luxurious and indulgent. 

The Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment is a rich, light oil. Deep, olive green in colour, this elixir absorbs into the skin to leave it soft and supple. I use just 3 pumps every night for my face, neck and decolletage. 

This oil is designed to be a: regenerative elixir which transforms lacklustre skin while you sleep. The potent blend of exquisite phytonutrients and protein-packed ingredients provides deep cellular recovery to plump up thinning skin for an overall energized, youthful complexion. Aging skin is more vulnerable to skin injury due to the loss of subcutaneous fat in the connective tissue and can appear thin and fragile. Aria provides nutritional support to ageing skin as well as accelerates healthy renewal from unique healing compounds found in saffron, helichrysum and arnica flower oils. Vital antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids in the purest form are highly active in this complex formula to complete a beneficial nutritional boost. Beneficial for strengthening, cellular repair, collagen support, and nourishing mature skin.

I mentioned above how good my skin was looking within just two weeks, and this elixir has also been incredible for that. At the time I began using La Bella Figura, my skin was not having a good time. We are moving interstate this week and with the stress that inevitably comes with moving house (and moving so far!), it was certainly showing in my skin.

I usually cut just about everything when I am trying new skincare anyway, but when I began La Bella Figura I kept my routine almost solely to this plus a cleanser and toner. Some nights I would finish with a hydrating cream, but that's it. 

La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask / Buy Now
I have really been into pre-mixed masks lately. I love how easy they are just to pop on - without any mess or trying to adjust the water-to-powder ratio. I mentioned that I am moving this week, and I'll be travelling for a few weeks, so this is the mask that I have decided will be coming with me. 
A, it's pre-mixed so super convenient, and B, it treats any issue my skin has and leaves it glowing every time!!
This mask contains -

+ Organic Turmeric powder: Aids as a potent anti-inflammatory.
+ Gotu Kola extract: Helps to increase blood supply to affected areas and speed healing time, while also promoting collagen production.
+ Australian Sandalwood: contains beta-santalol, with powerful antimicrobial activity to help clear blackheads and bacteria.
+ Amazonian White Clay, Rhassoul Clay, White Willow Bark powder: A unique blend that helps draw out toxins and impurities while exfoliating dead skin that contributes to buildup and acne.

Because of the Manuka Honey base (which is amazingly powerful at healing the skin and is anti-microbial), this mask is incredibly hydrating as well as detoxing. The honey is also soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. This mask also contains Carrot Seed Oil, which is brilliant for any pigmentation and blemishes!

This mask really helps to clear my skin and leave it glowing whether it is feeling congested and breakout-prone or sensitive and dehydrated or a combination of both! I leave it on for at least 30mins, then use a pat-and-roll motion with my fingertips all over for 2-3mins before removing to exfoliate the skin, give it a thorough massage and really get the circulation going. I also find the tackiness from the honey at this stage really helps to clear out the pores, but gently and kindly to the skin.


Overall

I am utterly in love with this entire line, and can't believe I haven't tried it sooner. 
This is definitely one line that is highly effective, beautiful and worth the price. With the holidays just around the corner, it would also be a beautiful gift for any woman!!

Explore the range or purchase it here.
Kelsey xx
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Green Beauty (Early) Black Friday Sales Part 1

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A few brands are getting in early this year - but keep a close eye out for my full list this Thursday night!
20% off on all purchases over $50  Nov 22nd - Nov 27th.
Use GREENFRIDAY17. All purchases over $100 will receive a pretty cosmetics case made from gorgeous vintage fabrics that supports craftswomen on their path to economic independence.


20% off entire order with promo Code: BlackFriday
Start: Wednesday 11/22 
End: Tuesday 11/28


20% off sitewide. Nov 20 - 23. Sign up for their newsletter to get the exclusive code!

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Introducing The Balanced Pantry

Tuesday, November 21, 2017



I'm a big believer in that beauty begins within, and I have a holistic approach to health and beauty. Organic beauty isn't the only area that I am passionate about. We need to feed our bodies from the inside out with (mostly!) good things - unprocessed, whole foods - to be the healthiest, happiest we can be. I love using herbs to help balance and supplement my diet, depending on my body's needs.

Eve, the founder of Eve Organics has launched her own line,  The Balanced Pantry Adaptogenic Herb formulas. If you are wondering what on earth adaptogenic herbs are, you can read her guest post here where Eve talks a little more about her favourites, or read on below!

Adaptogens are a unique class of herbs used to improve adrenal function. The health of the adrenal system has an enormous effect on stress and energy levels, by controlling the body's hormonal response to environmental triggers. In our caveman days, the adrenal system was responsible for our 'fight or flight' response - that is, it would increase stress levels in response to danger in the environment; so that we could react quickly.


The Balanced Pantry formulas are beautifully packaged and adorably named (A Spoonful of Sunshine, A Spoonful of Smart). Each blend has been created with a specific purpose in mind, to help support your body and energy levels. 


The Glow Milk Turmeric Latte Blend is a delicious alternative to coffee or tea. I mix 1-2 teaspoons into warm milk and sweeten to taste with organic honey. It is a 100% natural blend of organic turmeric, vanilla, spices and honey.

Turmeric is rich in the compound curcumin, which has been found to encourage healthy brain function, protect against inflammation and support the immune system.
It is also good for your gut health!


A Spoonful of Sunshine has been created to support your energy, for a more "...active & energetic you." Again you can blend this into warm milk, your coffee, smoothie or sprinkle it over cereal. It has a subtle, slightly earthy flavour that is quite delicious with a spoon of honey in hot milk.

It contains Maca root, a rich source of energy-boosting iron, B-vitamins, minerals & essential amino acids, for stable energy production throughout the day, Tulsi or 'holy basil', high in vitamin K, which has been found to promote memory performance and assist in healthy eye function. Tulsi is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and can help to support healthy adrenal function, assisting the body to maintain stable blood sugar and energy levels. 


A Spoonful of Love supports sexual energy, passion and vitality from the inside out; for a more loving & sexy you. It contains Cacao Powder which is extremely high in antioxidants, as well as magnesium and iron. It also contains Maca powder, one of the highest plant-based sources of energy-boosting iron (along with cacao), as well as zinc, iodine, selenium, fatty acids and phytonutrients. It has been posited for centuries to be a natural aphrodisiac and has more recently been found effective in helping the body to regulate mood and hormone levels via its effect on the adrenal system.

I'm going to be sharing my thoughts on all of these in a few weeks - stay tuned for the post!
You can explore the full Balanced Pantry range here.



Kelsey xx
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The Gift Guide: Eco-Luxe

Monday, November 20, 2017


1.  Edible Beauty Australia Complete Collection / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN20 to save 20% off

One of my all-time favourite skincare lines, the Edible Beauty Complete Collection is about as luxurious as you can get. Suited to any skin type and any age, any woman would love to receive this set!


2. Liberty Green X Emporio Organico Ultimate Green Beauty Starter Kit / Buy now 

Whether or not she is into green beauty, she will love this kit. With cult beauty brands like Kjaer Weis and Vapour Beauty, you'll never even miss 'mainstream' makeup. Breakup with your toxic makeup and say hello to the Ultimate in green beauty. The stunning gift box and the fact that this kit is fully customisable (if you need help choosing shades for her, do let me know, I'm only too happy to help) make it all the more perfect.


3. Kjaer Weis Glow Kit / Buy now

Kjaer Weis' signature red boxes and stunning metal compacts make the entire range lust-worthy. The Glow Kit includes their Dazzling Bronzer - which looks amazing for both evening and day wear - and the Radiance Highlighter, which is one of my favourite highlighters. Shimmery, beautiful radiance without glitter particles that looks amazing in any light.


1. Karen Murrell Collector's Set / Buy now

This beautifully presented gift box contains all 20 of Karen Murrell's original shades, ranging from nudes, to reds and pinks. There is something for every girl, and endless options to create her own custom colour!  Better than a box of chocolates - this is a lipstick lovers dream.


2. Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 - 1000 Roses / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order

A heavenly beauty oil with the most luscious rose scent from over 1000 organic Bulgarian roses. An absolute treat for the senses and skin, which will be left feeling rose-petal soft thanks to this divine elixir. The beautiful packaging doesn't hurt, either.


3. Lavanila Pure Vanilla EDT / Buy now

Indulge the senses with a 100% natural fragrance from Lavanila. The scent comes from pure botanical extracts, and the Pure Vanilla EDT is as long-lasting as it is heavenly. 


Kelsey xx
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'Ili Rose Coffee Scrub & Cacao Coffee Scrub Review

Friday, November 17, 2017




Available in Australia from Mermaid Cove Organics, 'ili skincare is made on the islands of Hawaii, handmade in small batches using only 100% natural ingredients. 

Mermaid Cove Organics is an Australian online store with a focus on small-batch made, 100% natural skincare and beauty. The entire website and all of the products have a relaxed, beachy vibe to them - perfect for getting your mermaid on! I recently interviewed Sara, the founder and owner of Mermaid Cove Organics, which you can read here.

 'ili skincare Coffee Scrubs are available in a number of different scents, each with their own unique properties designed to improve the skin! I have been using the Rose Coffee Scrub and Cacao Coffee Scrub every week lately - and I adore them both. 


'ili Rose Coffee Scrub & Cacao Coffee Scrub 

100% natural, with organic Hawaiin Coffee, organic coconut oil & organic sugar, this delicious scrub is one of the loveliest I've tried - actually probably the loveliest. 

It is a really good fine exfoliant - coarse enough to give my skin a good exfoliation, but fine enough that it feels really gentle, and I think it actually helps in giving the skin a better scrub. This scrub also comes out of the sachet in little balls/clumps, which I LOVE. I can just tip out a lump or two without it going everywhere in the shower - and I also don't need to worry about a scoop. 

The 'ili scrubs do contain coconut oil and vitamin E to moisturise the skin, but this is one of the least oily body scrubs I've tried - leaving my skin hydrated, soft and supple, sans the slippery bottom of the shower/tub. 




The Rose Coffee Scrub smells beautifully of rose and coffee - a unique, and refreshing scent.

Palmarosa helps to clean and rid skin of blemishes by clearing acne-causing bacteria. Helps the skin retain its water balance, regulate its secretion of sebum, and has a reputation for eliminating wrinkles. Palmarosa is also known to reduce hypo-pigmented skin from scars and stretch marks and helps prevent damage from free radicals while improving beautiful skin elasticity.

I love using this pre and post shave or wax too for maintaining soft, smooth skin and preventing razor burn or bumps!

The Cacao Coffee Scrub is just as divine and gets your chocolate and coffee fix in one! Double-dose on the free-radical fighting antioxidants, skin firming and toning properties from both the Cacao and Coffee!

Cacao is also full of skin-friendly vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, vitamin C and omega 6 fatty acids. These vitamins help to increase blood flow and promote cellular healing. Coconut improves skin barrier functions and is rich in proteins. This is in addition to its excellent moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a beneficial treatment for skin conditions such as eczema.

Overall, I really love both of these scrubs - and I think I've found a new favourite brand!!
I also really like the sachet packaging - it's lightweight, easy to travel with and easy to dispense the scrub with very little mess!

You can purchase 'ili Hawaiian Skincare in Australia from Mermaid Cove Organics + FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 in AU.
Kelsey xx
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Hush & Dotti Liquid Foundation & Gel Eyeliner Review (and a discount)

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Hush & Dotti is a brand I've heard so much about, but never had the opportunity to try until now. A stunning new store on the Gold Coast, the Clean Beauty Market is the first Australian stockist to carry this line.

The Clean Beauty Market is a space to rival Sephora or Mecca Cosmetica - where you can experience leading and cult green beauty brands, many of which have only been available online up until now. A green beauty lover's heaven!

All of the staff at the Clean Beauty Market are Makeup Artists and Skin Specialists, and offer Makeup Application redeemable on your product purchase! And if you are new to clean beauty, you can take in your makeup bag and the gorgeous girls at the CBM will help you swap to cleaner versions of your much-loved products. How fun does that sound?! 

The Clean Beauty Market also holds regular workshops and makeup masterclasses on natural makeup and skincare as well as other health and beauty related topics (i.e. beauty gut health connection.) I interviewed Erin Norden, the founder of the Clean Beauty Market earlier this month if you'd like to have a quick read here.

I have been trialling the Hush & Dotti Liquid Foundation in #2 What the Buff and Black Gel Eyeliner for the last few weeks - read on to find out what I think (and grab yourself a discount code!)



Hush & Dotti Liquid Foundation in #2 What the Buff / Buy now

100% natural, with many Certified Organic ingredients and nothing to clog your pores, this liquid foundation has a delicious soft mousse-like texture. It actually reminds me of the consistency of melted chocolate when I first dispense it out - smooth and thick and luscious. 
It feels very light on the skin - not at all oily or heavy - and has a light dewy finish. 
The coverage is easy to adjust from sheer to medium. I couldn't quite get full coverage with this foundation, but I was pretty impressed by how beautifully it evens out the skin tone, and with very little effort. 
It isn't one of those liquid foundations that takes a lot of blending or tricks to get a smooth, flawless finish. You can just throw it on and you're done!
The Hush & Dotti Liquid Foundation stays put all day - I set it with a little powder, as I do with any liquid or cream because it just ensures everything stays put. 
The shade - This was a little off for me - it is slightly too dark and the undertones are slightly too pink. It isn't off in a really noticeable way, but I would need another shade or mix it for a perfect match. For the record, my skin tone is Light to Medium (on the fair side) with neutral to warm undertones.
You can view the full ingredient list here.
Hush & Dotti Black Gel Eyeliner / Buy now

This impressed me the moment I cracked it open. It is 100% natural with Certified Organic ingredients, and of course, both products are Cruelty-Free.
This eyeliner does not budge. 
I swatched it onto the back of my hand, rubbed it, ran it under the tap, and it still wouldn't move.
It is creamy, richly pigmented and goes on smoothly. 
(I use this brush here to apply it) The black is nice and dark and it is easy to create a crisp, clean wing or tight-line the lashes. 
Even with all day wear, it doesn't fade or move or leave me with 'panda' eyes at the end of the day. I'm in LOVE.
You can view the full ingredient list here.
Overall & a discount

I like the flexibility of the Hush & Dotti Liquid Foundation - anything that can go from sheer to medium to a more medium-full finish is always a great product! The dewy finish also leaves the skin looking fresh and youthful - never flat or dull or like you are wearing a mask! I also really like how light it feels. Often liquids can feel heavy or icky, and this doesn't. The texture is dreamy!
The eyeliner is AMAZING. I have been reaching for it every day. Seriously my new "holy grail" eyeliner!!
You can shop Hush & Dotti in Australia at the Clean Beauty Market, and use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off when you order. Valid until November 30th 2017.
Kelsey xx
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The Gift Guide: Under $50

Monday, November 13, 2017



1. Lily Lolo Cheek Duo / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

I absolutely love Lily Lolo's products. From the chic black & white compacts to the beautiful light formulas. Their Cheek Duo's include a pressed blush and highlight shade, that you can wear alone or layer up - depending on your mood!

2. Rahua Beauty Enchanted Island Sea Salt Spray / Buy now
Sea Salt Hair Sprays are the best thing ever, as far as I am concerned, and if you haven't yet tried one - you don't know what you are missing. Spray, scrunch, style. They give you beachy, bouncy waves and keep hair fresh all day long. The stunning Rahua packaging is the cherry on top!

3. Edible Beauty Beauty Teas / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN20 to save 20% off

Aside from their amazing skincare, I also love Edible Beauty's teas. Created by naturopath Anna Mitsios, they are not only good for you - but taste delicious. There hasn't been a single one I haven't liked - and I don't usually like most herbal teas. In their stunning glass jars, they are also perfect for gifting!



4.  Lux Aevista Gypsy Oil Tigers Eye / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order
Perfect for Summer and the holidays,  the Lux Aevista Gypsy Oil is a shimmering bronze dry body oil - ready to give you some serious glow!! It also smells delicious!

5. ILIA Beauty Lipsticks / Buy now
With a wide range of colours, at least 72% Certified Organic ingredients packed into a hydrating, long-lasting formula, ILIA was the first organic lipstick brand I tried and it's been love ever since. A great holiday-red is Wild Child or Lucy's Party for something more dramatic. My personal go-to for everyday, any-occasion wear? In My Room.

6. Eve Organics Luxe Rose Gold Make-up Brushes / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off 

What girl wouldn't love a set of rose-gold brushes? Individual brushes start at $14.95 or just $99 for a six-piece set!

Kelsey xx
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