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 " & 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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Antonym Cosmetics Skin Esteem Organic Foundation, Organic Baked Blush & Waterproof Eyeliner Review

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Antonym Cosmetics is a 100% natural makeup line, made only with the finest quality ingredients, natural pigments that flatter most skin tones and beautiful chic packaging. Just look at that bamboo compact!!

Available from Integrity Botanicals, the entire makeup line is Ecocert certified natural as well as cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Integrity Botanicals carries only the highest quality natural beauty and skincare, with a strict vetting process on ingredients. All products are always free of artificial fragrances, artificial colours (except for nail polish), parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, PEG’s, hydroquinone, oxybenzone, sulfates, Triclosan, phenoxyethanol and dimethicone.

I'm excited to share with you my review on the Antonym Cosmetics Skin Esteem Organic Foundation, Natural Waterproof Eyeliner in Brown and the Certified Organic Baked Blush in Peach.

Antonym Skin Esteem Organic Foundation / Buy now
VEGAN | ECOCERT CERTIFIED | 98.9% Natural | 10.9% Organic

I chose the shade Beige Medium Light, but I think I could actually do with mixing it with the shade down, Beige Light. My skin tone is exactly as Antonym describes my chosen shade for - "Light to medium with neutral undertones" - but it's a tad too dark for me. Admittedly, I am on the fairer side of "light to medium" than I am the medium. 

I managed to lighten it up where needed with my Hynt Beauty Concealer Light and blend it out thoroughly, but I need another shade to match my skin tone.

Other than choosing the wrong shade, this foundation is brilliant. 
Medium coverage, with a satin matte finish, I don't look flat or dry but know my makeup will stay put all day. My skin wasn't in the best shape the week I took these photos, but this foundation did a pretty good job at covering most of the problem areas. I did need to go in with a concealer afterwards in a few spots, but overall I really like the coverage and finish this foundation gives.

It blends out really quickly and easily - there's no fuss or tricks to making it 'work' - which I love, because who has time to fuss around for a perfect base? It also lasts all day without breaking down like some liquid foundations can. 

Some of the key ingredients in the Skin Esteem Foundation include Hyaluronic Acid, which keeps skin hydrated and protects against free radicals, Shea Butter to moisturise, smooth and soften Jojoba Oil; a liquid wax that is easily absorbed and provides a silicone effect. Sweet Almond Oil protects the skin with exceptionally elasticizing and emollient properties and Sunflower Oil is rich in Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant; helps improve skin health and regenerate cells.

This foundation is also coconut oil free - which is good news for those who find their skin doesn't work so well with it!

You can read the full list of ingredients here.

Antonym Natural Waterproof Eyeliner in Brown / Buy now
VEGAN | ECOCERT CERTIFIED | 100% Natural | 11.9% Organic

My experience with many eyeliner pencils (green or otherwise) has been a drag. They literally drag across the eye, are difficult to get decent pigment from or a precise line. 

The Antonym Natural Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Brown is the total opposite. Creamy, richly pigmented, it glides onto the skin effortlessly to create a precise wing or tight-line the lashes. 

The pencil has a SUPER handy sharpener on the opposite end, which also has a separate cap - hooray!! I don't know why more pencils don't come with the sharpener like this if they are going to include one.

I tend to only line the top of my lashes or do a small wing. On occasion, I line under the lower lashes just lightly and blend out. This eyeliner blends easily enough with a small brush if I want to soften the line - great for a smokey eye!

It doesn't run if wet, but I wouldn't say it is 'budge-proof' because it will smudge if you touch it, although the colour stays just as intensely pigmented all day as it looks when you first apply it. I set it with a touch of powder and it seems to last well. 

If you wear your eyeliner in the waterline, however, it isn't going to run or fade on you and that is where the waterproof factor really comes into play.

Antonym Certified Organic Baked Blush in Peach / Buy now
VEGAN | ECOCERT CERTIFIED | 99% Natural | 11% Organic

The Antonym Baked Blush is in the most gorgeous mirrored compact. I'm a very tactile person, and I love the feel and look of the bamboo - even if it isn't as slim as my other compacts (it would make it tricky to travel light).

I chose the shade Peach, which is a really beautiful warm true peach shade. It doesn't have the pink undertones many peach shades do. Absolutely gorgeous for Summer! Or if you are more of a bronzer girl, wanting to try blush, this would be a good shade to start with.

The blush is a creme formula that has been baked - so it's quite intensely pigmented, and not drying or flat like mineral blushes can be. 

Aside from looking stunning in the compact, the baked powder is extremely light and silky. It has a satin finish - not flat, but not dewy either. It looks very pretty on the skin!

Above, I'm wearing:
  1. Antonym Skin Esteem Organic Foundation in Beige Medium Light
  2. Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Setting Powder under the eyes, nose chin and t-zone
  3. Hynt Beauty DUET Concealer in Light under the eyes, and to spot conceal
  4. Hynt Beauty Cream to Powder Brow Definer in Taupe
  5. Antonym Organic Baked Blush in Peach, applied to apples of the cheeks & crease of the eye
  6. Lily Lolo Pressed Eyeshadow in Ivory Tower, applied all over the lid
  7. Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Duo Highlighter applied to tops of the cheekbones, brow bone, nose and cupids bow
  8. NUDUS Lipstick in Dreamtime
  9. Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara
All applied using MOTD Cosmetics Brushes.


I'm really impressed with everything from Antonym. The packaging is beautiful and thoughtful, the formulas are very clean and the products feel gorgeous on the skin. The only negative I have is I chose the wrong shade foundation! It is a beautiful product, especially for those that like a satin or matte finish. 

You can explore the full Antonym Cosmetics range at Integrity Botanicals, with free shipping (US) over $50 and 3 free samples of your choice with all purchases.

Kelsey xx
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The Balancing Effect of Adaptogens

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

I'm excited to announce that Eve from Eve Organics is about to launch her own brand new line, The Balanced Pantry. 

Designed to feed your beauty, health and overall wellbeing from the inside out with adaptogenic formulas, Eve is sharing a little more about what adaptogens are and what they can do for your health!

Launching mid-November, go and explore the range now and sign up to be notified when The Balanced Pantry launches!

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

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I recently had a few sessions with a chiropractor for some neck & shoulder tension I was having, and every single time I walked into his office to be treated, he would ask, “How do you feel today? 1 is great, 10 is awful.” He would write my answer down, then he’d monitor how this changed over the weeks. And every time he asked me the question, it really made me think about it after I left the office. How do I feel today? How energetic am I; how calm am I? Do I feel centred and happy and confident? Do I feel tired and fuzzy? 

The truth is that most of us walk around feeling ‘okay’ or ‘good enough’ most of the time. We might not have had quite enough sleep because we stayed up too late and had to get up early to get to work on time. Or maybe we had a particularly busy week at the office and didn’t have time to do much cooking in the evenings – so we relied on processed foods or pre-prepared meals from the supermarket. It’s so easy to fall into these habits, and very difficult to take care of all aspects of our health, all day, every day of our lives.

But, there are ways that we can boost our bodies and minds quickly and easily, to bring ourselves from ‘meh’ to ‘yeah’ without having to undergo a complete lifestyle overhaul. 

If you’re natural-health-savvy, you’ve probably heard of ‘adaptogens’. In case you haven’t; adaptogens are a special class of herbs that exert a normalising effect on the adrenal system, helping to balance our hormones, boost our immune system & energy levels and regulate the body’s stress response. There are lots of adaptogens and they all have slightly different properties; but in order to be classed as an adaptogen, a herb must work in this way, by regulating the adrenal system to increase stress resistance and promote healthy physiological functioning. I take adaptogens daily to help balance my energy and stress levels, and generally, bring more ease and ‘groundedness’ to the way I feel day-to-day. My favourites are:


Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known adaptogens, and it has a plethora of health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, and helps to modulate the body's response to stress by supporting the all-important adrenal system.


Reishi mushroom has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, and with good reason! Reishi is a powerful immune-booster and a source of polysaccharides, balancing beta-glucan, and a host of heart-healthy compounds including ganoderic acids, mannitol and sterols. Reishi is used in tonics both to relieve stress and boost energy levels.


Rhodiola is another popular adaptogen and is known for a number of things; including promoting the production of red blood cells. Like ashwagandha, it works to bring balance to the adrenal system, helping to regulate hormones and support the body’s stress adaptation process.

So where can you find these magical herbs? You might have heard of the U.S brand ‘Moon Juice’, who make a range of adaptogenic formulas that can be added to smoothies or coffee/tea. Fortunately, now there’s an Australian-made version! Balanced Pantry (created by myself and my beautiful Mum) will launch later this month with a range of five carefully-formulated adaptogenic blends (Love, Peace, Sunshine, Sparkle and Smart), each made with a specific purpose in mind. 

Aside from adaptogens, I also take other herbs daily, such as maca and spirulina (not technically a herb but a bacteria..!) for their iron and protein content, respectively. Being a non-meat eater, I’m always looking for different ways to boost my mineral levels and bring balance to my body.

Do you take adaptogens or other herbs for health? What are some ways that you balance your energy and mood through your diet? I’d love to hear about them!

Kelsey xx
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Interview with Sara from Mermaid Cove Organics

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

I'm excited to introduce another beautiful new organic & natural skincare store in Australia, Mermaid Cove Organics. With a focus on small-batch, handcrafted products and brands, and with an overall beachy, mermaid feel to the shop, you'll fall instantly in love. I interviewed Sara, the owner and founder of Mermaid Cove Organics to get to know her, and the brand a little more.

I absolutely love the relaxed, beachy vibe of the branding for Mermaid Cove Organics. Could you tell me a little more about the inspiration behind it?

I have always been in love with the ocean. As a child, I spent lots of time at the sea and even lived on a ship for a few years. For me the ocean is the ultimate place for relaxation & contemplation and I wanted to bring this vibe to our beauty online shop. 

I find skincare is about so much more than simply achieving great-looking skin - it’s about connecting with yourself and taking time out each day to take care of yourself. I feel the beach & ocean prompts you to remember what is most important. 

Have you always been into organic beauty & an organic lifestyle? If not, what prompted the change?

My mum has always been a believer in natural skincare and would often use ingredients she had in her kitchen to care for her skin (e.g. olive oil, castor oil). As a teenager, I was into commercial skincare brands but quickly realised that all that sparkles isn’t gold and started appreciating the beauty that lies in simple, natural ingredients. 

I gradually went organic in all the other areas of my life too. It’s been an ongoing journey learning to navigate around all the “green-marketing” out there, especially when it comes to beauty, but the time spent researching has so been worth it. 

I truly believe that a natural and simple lifestyle is best for our wellbeing and health and with Mermaid Cove Organics we want to inspire others to learn more about natural skincare.

What is your favourite line or product that you carry at Mermaid Cove?

If I had to pick favourites from our brands, I'd say: The Cacao Coffee Scrub and the Pure Love Body Oil from ‘ili skincare - I absolutely LOVE chocolate, so those are products I adore using. 

From the Black Robin skincare range, it would be the Mallow Out Clay Mask - it’s so calming for my skin and smells delicious! I have been especially enjoying mixing my clay mask differently each time depending on what my skin needs. If my skin is in need of some extra hydration, I'll add a few drops of the Oil You Need is Love face oil to the mask mixture. For a boost of freshness, I like to add some of the Whole Lotta Rosie toner - it helps clear my skin and has a cooling effect. 

Another favourite is the Sea Salt Soap in Orange Blossom from the brand Kopa Kauai (launching very soon in our shop!). Kopa Kauai soaps are hand-made in Kauai, my favourite Hawaiian island, and apart from smelling divine they are nourishing and super hydrating for my skin. I replaced my shower gel with the Sea Salt soap and have never looked back since.

What do you look for in the brands/products Mermaid Cove Organics carries?

All the products we stock are 100% natural and sustainably packaged. We look for brands that align with our values: ethical sourcing, organic & natural ingredients, recyclable or compostable packaging and a passion for healthy skin. 

Brands don’t necessarily need to be certified organic as I know that certification can be a pricey process and not affordable for smaller brands. Instead, I focus my attention of understanding the raw ingredients & where these are sourced from. With that in mind, we make informed decisions (to decide) if a brand will fit our store. 

What is your favourite part about owning a green beauty store?

Connecting with others that share the same passion has been amazing! We have met some wonderful people (customers and suppliers alike!) and truly enjoy being able to inspire and learn from each other. 

I’m very passionate about sharing natural, small-batch & lovingly handmade products with our customers and it’s great giving small, niche brands exposure. 

Any plans for the future or exciting news you can share?

We will be launching the wonderful range of Kopa Kauai soaps very soon and I’m very excited about that! We’re sure our customers will love these. 

Also, we got engaged recently and will be getting married late next year. :)

You can explore the full range at Mermaid Cove Organics, with free shipping within Australia on orders over $100.

Kelsey xx
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The Gift Guide: Under $100

Monday, November 06, 2017

1. Vapour Beauty Artist Multi-Use or Eye Palette / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order

Each Artist Palette includes a trio of Vapour's best-selling Multi-Use or Mesmerize Eye Cream products, with a dual-ended brush for handy application. There are several options to choose from, for either eyes or multi-use - perfect for the minimalist, travel or beaut yon the go!

2. Leahlani Skincare Bless Balm / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off

Created by a holistic esthetician on the islands of Hawaii, Leahlani Skincare has something of a cult following. The Bless Balm is silky pink hydration for the skin. A dollop of this balm will leave the skin feeling soft and smooth as silk! Definitely something for any girl's wish-list!

3. Sienna Byron Bay Goddess Trio / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 15% off

Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polishes are the cleanest 'traditional' nail polish I've come across. 7-Free, Cruelty Free & Vegan, they are made in Australia and wear beautifully. The Goddess Trio is perfect for summer and the holidays with it's mix of metallics, but there is a huge variety of shades to choose from.
You can also pick up the individual polishes if you want to create your own set, or pop one or two in as stocking fillers!
4. MOTD Cosmetics Luxe Vegan Makeup Brush Essentials Set / Buy now / use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

These are hands-down my favourite makeup brushes. Especially for those that don't really know what brush does what when it comes to make-up. The fun, witty names tell you exactly what each brush is for (Beauty & the Base, Get Cheeky with It etc). They also DO NOT SHED. I've been using mine for over 18mths, washing them regularly and haven't had an issue. These brushes are also incredibly soft, dense and fluffy, extremely good quality and work with any type of product from cream, to liquid or powder - as a beauty blogger they definitely get a work out in that department!

5. Kjaer Weis Lip Tint / Buy now 

I really can't go past Kjaer Weis when curating a gift guide. Seriously - one of these babies is like receiving a piece of luxurious, vintage jewellery. From the stunning red boxes to the refillable compacts and high-performing formula, there is nothing not to love. She'll feel like a million dollars.

6. Fitglow Beauty Lip Colour Serum / Buy now
More than just a lip gloss, the new Fitglow Beauty Lip Colour Serums are designed to plump, hydrate and diminish fine lines naturally, and without irritation. Available in a range of gorgeous colours and chic packaging, these are definitely worth the splurge.
Kelsey xx
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Fast Five: Interview with Erin Norden, founder of The Clean Beauty Market

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Clean Beauty Market is a new green beauty store located at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. 
I spoke with Erin Norden, the founder of the Clean Beauty Market to find out a little more about the store, her favourite products, and what the future holds for the Clean Beauty Market.

The Clean Beauty Market, an alternative to stores like Mecca or Sephora, is a beauty lover’s heaven with an eco-conscious heart. When did you first know you wanted to open a store?

I have been dreaming about opening the store for the last 3 years or so but made the decision about a year ago to make that dream into a reality. I had lost the thrill of beauty shopping at the big makeup stores and department stores, but missed the experience and was tired of buying healthier options only online and at my local health food shop. I still wanted fresh brands and glam and high performing products - I am a true beauty junkie haha. I think many people are starting to feel the same and want those cleaner options, but they don't know where to find them in a similar retail space and they still want to really enjoy their beauty shopping. 

Have you always been into organic beauty & an organic lifestyle? If not, what prompted the change?

Not always. When I started my freelance makeup career, I had my kit stocked with mainstream products because that was all I knew. Over time with the more I learnt in regards to ingredients and animal testing I made the necessary changes to my beauty products. I was seeing client's with skin and health issues and felt compelled to educate and use products that were safe. I see beauty in a holistic sense, so I definitely do try to eat organic and unprocessed food as much as I can. I am also a big advocate of gut health so I religiously include The Beauty Chef products in my daily routine.

What is your favourite line or product that you carry at The Clean Beauty Market?

Oh, that's hard to pick a favourite! I have many! At the moment, I am loving and am blown away by the Clove + Hallow lip products. They are absolutely some of the best I have tried.

You’ve only just opened your first store. Is there a plan for world domination?

Haha, yes that would be great! We do plan on opening more stores in the future, we have had a really great response so far to our Nobby Beach, Gold Coast location and this is very reassuring to know that people are really starting to become quite savvy and interested in the beauty products they are using, as well as the fact that they are happy with the first range of lines we have chosen for our store.

And finally, what is your favourite part about owning a green beauty store?

I really love gently educating and inspiring our customers to make changes to their beauty products, seeing the results of these changes is even better. I won't lie, the product testing is pretty great too!

Thank you so much, Erin,  for sharing more about The Clean Beauty Market. 
You can explore their range or purchase here, or if you're local, make sure you pop in and say hi for me! You can also use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off when you order before the 30th of November, 2017.

Kelsey xx
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Karen Murrell Lip Pencil in Violet Mousse Review

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

I am so happy that there are finally a great range of 100% natural lip pencils available. Until this year (which saw at least half a dozen brands launch them) the choice was pretty limited. 

Karen Murrell, 100% natural, non-toxic New Zealand owned & Australian made lipstick brand, released a set of Lip Pencils that match perfectly to their most popular lipstick shades.

The packaging with Karen Murrell is always beautiful, and the lip pencils are no exception. The pencil has a small lip brush at one end (black cap) - perfect for blending out the lip liner, blending with your lipstick or touching up to ensure a precise finish. 

The colour of Violet Mousse is a mid-tone rose pink nude, with a slightly peachy undertone.

The texure is very creamy. The pencil is nice and firm to get a good precise outline and really define the lips, but creamy enough that it blends easily, doesn't dry out the lips and can even be worn alone when applied all over for a full, matte lip that will last you HOURS (forget your toxic liquid lipsticks!)

The Lip Pencil is very pigmented, and the shade Violet Mousse works well alone or paired with almost any other lipstick shade, as it isn't that far off my natural lip colour. I think Cordovan Natural would be another great everyday shade, for a more nude, brown tone. 

Scroll down for a swatch + to see the colour on.
You can shop Karen Murrell here in Australia, with FREE SHIPPING over $50 and you can also use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order.

Kelsey xx
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