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Axiology Beauty Organic Lipsticks in Noble, Elusive & Vibration Review

Sunday, August 20, 2017




I fell in love with Axiology Beauty the moment I laid eyes on it. The beautiful matte gold tubes (which feature a fun push-button closure), rich and unique colours paired with 100% natural ingredients (many are Certified Organic). There are no synthetic pigments used - all are entirely naturally sourced. The entire line is Vegan as well as Cruelty Free. 

And the chic boxes are sustainably made from recycled paper. Axiology Beauty offer solely lip products - initially just lipsticks, they've recently launched a range of lip crayons too. 


Ingredients:

Organic Candelilla Wax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Avocado Butter, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Elderberry Extract, Sweet Orange Oil; May Contain: Iron Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet.

Organic Ingredients, Cruelty-Free.



The lipsticks themselves are smooth and buttery. They glide onto the lips like silk, and are all quite intensely pigmented. 

I've tried a lot of lipsticks, and none have quite the same buttery, silkiness that Axiology's lipsticks do. The colour builds well, applies evenly and lasts well. The three colours I've tried all leave behind a stain on the lips too. Because they are so buttery, the only thing I have found is that on first application, if you don't press the colour into the lips or blot the excess off, the lipstick does settle around the edges of the lips. The colour doesn't bleed onto the skin, but to ensure even application blotting or pressing the colour into the lips with a finger is required. 

Once you've blotted, the colour does last hours without needing to be touched up, and is very moisturising. 




Axiology Lipstick in Elusive / SHOP use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your first order

Elusive is my favourite of all the shades. 
It's described as a burgundy-drenched tone. 

To me, I would describe it as an earthy, rusty orange-red. It has quite a rusty brown undertone, so it's more muted and warmer than your classic red. I think it would work for almost any skin tone. 

I love it and think it always looks very chic and effortless, especially paired with little else (I've just done a wingled liner here) and it works well for all seasons. Elusive also works equally as well for a night out as it does a morning spent running errands.

The creamiest of all three shades, it is also the most opaque and has a semi-matte cream finish. 
It stains very well and if you blot after application, you can touch up just by patting the lipstick onto your lips if needed, but otherwise it stays pretty put. 




Axiology Lipstick in Noble / SHOP use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your first order

Noble is a semi-sheer lipstick with a glossy finish. 
It is described as a succulent, hybrid peach-pink tone.

This is definitely a very peachy, almost coral shade of lipstick. The colour remains semi sheer even if you build it up. It's very fresh and fun, again a colour that would look good on a variety of skin tones.



Axiology Lipstick in Vibration / SHOP use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your first order

Vibration is a matte cream lipstick, with a pearly finish.
Described as a scarlet wash with a glint of pink.

It's quite a deep, reddish-pink. Vibration is a pretty alternative to bold, bright shades. The pearlescent finish is subtle, not over-the-top metallic, adding a beautiful sheen and dimension to the lips. This colour is also gorgeous applied just lightly to the lips. 

Like Elusive, Vibration is also a fully opaque, creamy lipstick. 


Axiology Beauty is available in Australia from Beautiful Because.
Shipping is free in Australia over $50 and you can save 10% off your 1st order with code libertygreen.



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Sienna Byron Bay A/W 17 Collection (and a discount!)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Sienna Byron Bay "Courage"


I've talked about nail polish often on the blog, and there are only two brands I use. Nail polish is never going to be organic or even natural. I wrote a post a while back about nail polish, the ingredients you need to be avoiding and included a fairly comprehensive list of the main "non toxic" brands out there, along with why I do only use water-based brand Little Ondine, and Sienna Byron Bay for 'regular' nail polish. 


I've also written numerous reviews on Sienna Byron Bay, so if you'd like to have a read (and see some other shades in action), pop over here.

The A/W17 Collection features warm, autumnal tones, muted neutrals, and their most recent charity collaboration, which is a vibrant, glittering pink/red (Dorothy-shoes style).

You can shop Sienna Byron Bay with code LIBERTYGREEN to save 15% off your order any time.


My favourite shade from the collection is undoubtedly 'Courage' (pictured wearing it in both photographs in this post). It's the prettiest paprika / terracotta / orange / red shade that has a retro vibe and look amazing with anything. I do like wearing different colours, but more often than not I end up going for a classic red, or a mid - light shade of pink. Courage is a really lovely option for something different than your classic red and I'm quite obsessed with it. 

The other shades from the collection are:

  • Shadow a deep, muted blue with slight purple undertones
  • Artisan a rich golden mustard yellow
  • Calm a stoney clay tone, works beautifully as an alternative nude
  • Nurture more richly pigmented than Stone, and with less grey, this is a soft, dusty mauve tone




There is then also Sienna Byron Bay's Charity Collaborations.

This stunning raspberry red glitter-bomb polish is for Heartfelt Homes, with 100% of proceeds going to the charity.

Heartfelt Homes is an Australian charity providing support to families in need, while their loved ones are in hospital undergoing medical treatment. Heartfelt Homes provides accommodation close by to hospitals, so family members can properly rest after long days spent in the hospital. All the funds raised by Heartfelt Homes goes directly into providing rooms for as many nights as possible for families. Read more about Heartfelt Homes here.


You can shop Sienna Byron Bay with code LIBERTYGREEN to save 15% off your order any time.



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Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara Review

Thursday, July 27, 2017



Mascaras are one of the trickiest things to make the switch over to in green beauty. I think it's such a personal thing, and different mascaras work differently on different faces. I know some who swear by certain brands, that were just "meh" for me, and vice versa. 

I have my favourite, but I'll never say no to trying something new. Hynt Beauty has finally launched in Australia, and I was very excited to try out their Nocturne Mascara.

If you're not familiar, Hynt Beauty is a beautiful natural cosmetic line from the USA (formerly known as Christopher Drummond Beauty).
Hynt was born through Co-Founder Meryl Marshall's need and passion to find makeup and skincare products that offered her the assurance and confidence that whatever she was putting on her skin was safe, non-irritable and carcinogen-free. Having recently conquered breast cancer, she took great care in educating herself on the product labels and on each of the ingredients formulated into her everyday beauty products. Quickly, her search for skin-healthy but still luxurious beauty essentials turned into an elusive hunt.
The entire line is free of anything: questioned or known to be harmful to the skin or to our environment. Hynt is FREE of Parabens, Nano Particles, Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, and all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified).

As a matter of fact, their DUET Perfecting Concealer is probably the best I've ever tried.




Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara / Use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off your order


This mascara is 100% natural & non-toxic, Cruelty Free but not vegan due to the beeswax. 
It claims to be a: multi-tasking true-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes and lifts lashes to bring eyes center stage! 


Packaging: I love all of the Hynt Beauty packaging. Pink boxes, and gold and black tubes/containers for the product. It feels very glamorous, and has a vintage vibe. The mascara tube is longer than any of the others I have, which I quite like as it means the handle is also slightly longer. The brush is big and fluffy (a volumising brush) which applies easily. I also find the neck the perfect firmness - I don't have to worry about scraping off excess product before application.


My first impression when trying this mascara was WOW. The length it gives to my lashes is crazy.  It also does quite a good job at defining the eyelashes, and you can build the volume with multiple layers.

The texture is quite a soft, flexible feel. Some mascaras make my eyelashes feel stiff and crunchy, but they stay soft with the Nocturne Mascara. Because of the softness, it also make it easy to run a spoolie through my lashes to separate them or layer without it becoming heavy and clumpy. This does also make it great for that more feathery lash effect!

Some mascaras completely take any curl out of my eyelashes. The Hynt Beauty Mascara doesn't kill a curl (yay!!).

Application: I can apply this lightly if I just want to darken my lashes a touch, or go all-out with the length and build up the volume if I want a more dramatic look. To really build volume, apply a couple of coats, letting it dry for 30-45secs between each layer. It doesn't clump or become flaky with multiple layers. 

Wear: This mascara actually takes a bit of time to dry completely. Not long, but a few minutes. It's not overly "wet" or thin, it just seems to take time to "set" as in the colour won't transfer to your skin if you touch the lashes. I haven't had any issues with it running or flaking as yet. I did get a tiny bit of smudging under my eyes (just at the outer corners) when I wore it during a workout after having it on all day. It isn't waterproof, but so far I've been pretty pleased with how it wears. 

Removal: Removal is super easy. The majority of it actually comes off with just water and a gentle massage, but I always use an oil cleanser or at least cleanse twice if I'm wearing makeup. I don't find I ever have to break out the cotton pads and cotton buds after cleansing though, to remove any leftover bits. A cleanser gets it all off. 

Something else also worth mentioning is I haven't experienced any stinging from this mascara (when trying to remove or if I slip etc)



Overall & Discount

I really like this mascara. I love the effect it gives my eyelashes, and the fact that I can apply it lightly or more dramatically, depending on the look I'm after. I think it would suit most needs, but especially if you want length, it's amazing. My tip for length and volume is to actually mix your mascaras - choose one for length and another for volume. It gives better results! 

You can shop Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara and use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off your order.



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Toss It Tuesday / Primers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


The main ingredient in most primers is silicone. It's the thing that gives your skin that silky feel, helps smooth uneven or rough texture, reduce the appearance of pores and texture on the skin. A lot of makeup products now days also contains silicone - pretty much anything that is very silky or easy to blend, silicone is your answer. 

Silicone itself isn't necessarily a harmful ingredient - there are clean, naturally derived options available. That said, the majority of the silicones used in beauty products do have harmful health and environmental effects, and many are a form of plastic rather than sourced from sand or quartz. 
Aside from silicones, most primers contain an array of other ingredients, each with their own list of adverse effects. 

This is what you'll find in most primers, from brands including Hourglass Cosmetics, Too Faced, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent. 


BHT

BHT, also called Butylated hydroxytoluene, is another preservative. This chemical is an endocrine disruptor, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and some studies have shown it to be a carcinogen. It is toluene based which is another ingredient with carcinogen concerns, developmental concerns, organ system toxicity, irritation and more. 


Because there lies a significant amount of conflicting research regarding the carcinogenic effects of BHT, it remains a controversial ingredient around the world. The US has banned it from being used in baby food because of its potential association with hyperactivity in children. It's also banned from food in Japan. When it comes to cosmetics, however, it is generally regarded as safe to use in low concentrations ranging from .01-.1%.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone and/or Dimethicone Crosspolymer 

Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound; may be associated with environmental toxicity. It's a synthetic silicone, has shown endocrine (hormone) disruption in moderate doses in animal studies and is non-biodegradable, suspected to be bioaccumulative and is a suspected environmental toxin. 

Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. It can be naturally derived, but is more often than not from a synthetic source. Dimethicone is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful to the organ system. It is also non-biodegradable, bioaccumulative and is a suspected environmental toxin. 

The other issues with silicone concern the skin. Some people can wear it with no issues, whilst for others, it can lead to clogged pores and acne. This is due to the fact that silicone covers the skin a bit like plastic wrap - preventing the skin from being able to function as it normally would, preventing anything from getting in or out. 


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. Synthetic fragrance can also cause or aggravate respiratory disorders, cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and contact dermatitis. 


Phenoxyethanol

A common cosmetic preservative. Phenoxyethanol is becoming more prevalent since consumers are looking for "Paraben Free" products. It's also quite a common preservative for many more natural or green beauty products. Phenoxyethanol is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system effects in animal studies.


Tetrasodium EDTA

A "penetration enhancer", Tetrasodium EDTA allows other ingredients in a product to be more easily absorbed into the body. This ingredient is also classified as expected to be toxic or harmful to the organ system. It is also made from Formaldehyde. 



My favourite 100% natural, non-toxic and organic primers are listed below, along with links to purchase + discount codes.



Hynt Beauty SPF30 Primer 
Best For: All Skin Types
SHOP: AU / USA / CA
Use code libertygreen15 to save 15% off in AU

With a mineral SPF30, this primer doubles as sun protection and can be worn alone or under makeup. It moisturises the skin, providing a smooth, light base perfect for makeup. I also love to mix this with the Hynt Beauty DUET Concealer to create a custom liquid foundation with SPF. 



Alima Pure Primer Powder
Best For: Oily Skin
SHOP: AU 
Use code libertygreen to save 10% off in AU

The Alima Pure Balancing Primer Powder is designed for oily skin, to be worn underneath a pressed or loose powder foundation. Silky and light, it helps absorb excess oil, helping to keep your complexion shine-free and ensure your makeup lasts.



La Mav Organic Bio Active Primer
Best For: Rough, Uneven Texture, All Skin Types
SHOP: AU 
Use code libertygreen to save 10% off your first order in AU

This primer has quickly become my all-time favourite. It is infused with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, plump and protect the skin. It moisturises and smoothes the skin to perfection - even if the skin has rough or uneven texture. 2-3 pumps is sufficient, and it absorbs quickly without leaving the skin feeling overly moisturised. I've even taken to massaging a small amount into my lips - it plumps and smoothes them out beautifully, perfectly prepped for lipstick or just a touch of lip balm. 


Vapour Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector
Best For: Normal + Dry Skin
SHOP: AU / USA
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off

This primer moisturises, blurs pores and imperfections, balances redness or sallow skin (depending on the shade you choose) and leaves skin soft and silky, perfect for drier or thicker foundations (such as a powder, or dry or thick cream foundation). I also love wearing this alone, to give the skin a luminous glow and satin finish. If your skin doesn't have a lot of texture you need help with, or dryness is a bigger concern, the Vapour primer is my recommendation. 


Inika Organic Pure Primer
Best For: Normal + Dry Skin
SHOP: AU / USA
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off your first order

The Inika Organic Pure Primer creates an even base for foundation and improves the staying power of your makeup. The Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut and Jojoba Oils plumps and hydrates the skin for smooth, supple skin. Perfect for normal - dry skin!




La Mav Organic Wrinkle-Defence & Skin-Brightening Day Fluid
Best For: Oily Skin 
SHOP: AU 
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off your first order

Whilst not technically a primer, I wanted to mention this product as it's great under makeup - especially for those with oily skin that have difficulty with makeup doing a slide! It's a super lightweight serum that mattifies the skin and with continued use, it helps prevent the visible signs of ageing, fine lines, and wrinkles. I actually use this on my forehead in summer, as in the tropical QLD heat that is where I get oily. 

If you have trouble with your makeup staying put because your skin is oily, I highly recommend giving this serum a go. It mattifies without drying out the skin, and actually helps to hydrate and balance the skin. 

Kelsey xx
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Brrr Beauty - Transitioning your hair & skin into the cooler weather

Saturday, July 01, 2017


Surviving the cold winter months without your skin drying out, or your hair turning to frizz from all the heating and dry weather can seem an impossible feat at times. Eve from Eve Organics shares her tried-and-tested methods below to transitioning into the cold winter weather.

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

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The cooler months are definitely setting in here in Australia – and is it just me, or did the weather get cold all of a sudden?! It seemed to creep up without warning this year.

Sudden changes in temperature like these can wreak havoc on our hair and skin – but there are things you can do to ease the transition. Here are my top tips for easing your body into the woolly weather!


1. Oil up!

Our skin, particularly the skin on our face, can get particularly dry in winter – and there’s a reason for this. There is less moisture in the air when the weather is colder, and our hands and faces are the parts of our bodies that are exposed the most during the colder months.

You can prepare for this by upping your moisturising routine, particularly at night. If you’re not a fan of oils or serums during the day (some people find them too greasy or don’t like to switch up their daily moisturiser because it fits in with their makeup routine), consider keeping a moisture-rich serum next to your bed and applying it before you go to sleep.


2. Get your sunshine in capsule-form

One of the best things about living in a warm climate like Australia is that there’s no shortage of vitamin D. While it is important to be sun-safe, it’s also important to make sure you work some sun exposure into your days to top up your vitamin D levels. This can be a challenge in winter, so consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your health & wellness routine. Vitamin D deficiency causes a plethora of issues, both inside and out (for example, it’s one of the leading causes of dandruff.) Keep your skin, hair and body healthy by making sure you get enough of this all-important vitamin year-round.


3. Boost your circulation

Have you ever noticed that the skin on your body tends to become ‘flaky’ and lose tone in winter? This is for a few reasons – firstly, it’s not seeing the sun (or getting fresh air) nearly as much as it does in the summer – but we also tend to cover our legs and arms with tight clothing; which can restrict circulation and cause a number of secondary issues, both inside and out (think lower energy levels and cellulite). Not good news!

To help your body’s natural detoxification process and encourage healthy circulation, make a habit of dry body brushing every day. It has a huge number of benefits (read more about them here!) and is such a quick and easy thing to do. My favourite body brush (and the one I use) is this one by Eco Max.


4. Keep your summer glow


Few things look healthier and can accentuate your features more than a (safe) golden tan. Get your glow on naturally with Eco Tan’s Firming Cacao Mousse. It contains coffee extract to help boost circulation and orange peel to combat cellulite – so it’s a win-win!





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Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.
― Unknown
Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.
― Unknown

EOFY & 4th of July Green Beauty Sales

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's that time of year for all the mid-year sales, and one of the few times in the year you might score yourself a discount off some of your favourite products! I've rounded up the best of the best for you below, including the end of financial year sales for Australia, and 4th of July sales for the USA. Happy shopping!

 Australia / EOFY Sales 


Beautiful Because / SHOP
Up to 25% off all SALE products. Includes Au Naturale, Ere Perez, La Mav Organic, Eco Tan, Acorelle, W3LL People, Gressa, Inika Organic & more.
While stocks last.

Emporio Organico / SHOP

Up to 75% off. Includes a wide range of items, limited stock.
Beauty includes: Salt by Hendrix, Lily Lolo (25%-50% off), Alima Pure (30% - 50% off), W3ll People, Vapour Beauty, Karen Murrell, Kjaer Weis Gift Set (50% off), John Masters Organics & more. 

A wide range of jewellery, stationary, teas & food is also discounted.
Until June 30th. Ends July 5th.

Flora & Fauna / SHOP

Up to 50% off. Includes select Little Ondine nail polishes, Weleda, Urban Originals (vegan leather bags, wallets & accessories), Mukti, Zuii Organic & more.
While stocks last.
Shop Naturally / SHOP

$50,000 stocktake clearance. Includes Ere Perez Cosmetics, Hurraw, DnA Elements, La Mav  Eco Tan and a wide range of food and health items from Loving Earth, Matcha Maiden, Comvita & more.
While stocks last.


 USA / 4th of July Sales 

Citrine Beauty / SHOP

Spend $100+ and receive a FREE Glam Bag with over $100 worth of products. While stocks last (and limited supply left!)


Eco Diva Beauty / SHOP

Spend $150 and receive a $50 voucher, FREE. 
Now through to July 7th.


The Detox Market / SHOP

Spend & Save. Up to 15% off + free gift with purchase valued at $64. (click through for discount codes + details)

Now through to July 7th.


Safe & Chic / SHOP

15% off site wide (some exclusions apply). 



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6 Natural Skincare Products to Combat Pigmentation

Wednesday, June 21, 2017



Whether i'ts hyper pigmentation, sun spots, ago spots or post-acne pigmentation, most of us will deal with some type of pigmentation at one point or another. Even if you don't have any particular spots you're dealing with and want to be gone, all of these products will help promote a more evenly toned complexion overall, and many have added benefits such as anti-ageing, anti-acne or plumping the skin!

I've listed 6 of my personal favourite products for a more even complexion, all 100% natural of course, and included a little more about each below. 




Earthwise Beauty Ferns & Moss Serum 
SHOP: AU / USA (use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 15% off)

This serum is more of an oil than your typical water-based serum. It's very rich, and quite thick in consistency for an oil/serum. The Ferns & Moss Serum is very concentrated - I only need 2-3 tiny drops to apply to skin, or spot-treat the areas of concern.

I use this on any stubborn (or bigger) blemishes or pigmentation to heal faster, and also help stop the dryness that can occur around blemishes. If my skin is having a bit of a moment, I'll apply a few drops all over to promote a more evenly toned complexion and clear any pigmentation. It's one of my favourite products to keep on hand should any troublesome areas arise.

This deeply nurturing, concentrated treatment product in the form of a thick, substantial facial oil was created especially for the skin that needs serious nourishing, repair, restructuring, moisture retention, healing, cell regeneration, or detoxing (a need for detoxing is evident as recurring dark spots or an overall unhealthily dark or dull facial appearance, or as water retention and a puffy appearance), as well as damage and wrinkle reversal.


Edible Beauty No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum
SHOP: AU + International (use code LIBERTYGREEN20 to save 20% off every order)

I've only recently begun using this (around 2mths, whereas I've used all of the other products mentioned longer-term), but as with all Edible Beauty skincare, I've seen a difference pretty quickly in my skin. The No.3 Exotic Goddess Serum not just helps fight pigmentation, sun spots & age spots, but it also plumps the skin thanks to the Hyalouronic Acid and Beta Glucan, helps prevent acne and provides antioxidant protection with vitamin-C rich Acerola & Kakadu Plum, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and combats the signs of ageing overall. 

In the time I've been using this serum, my skin is feeling more plump and hydrated (in a subtle way, I think if my skin were older I'd see a bigger difference, as there isn't too much to plump up at my age), which is in turn making my skin look healthier overall. It also helps fade post-acne pigmentation and my skin is looking bright and radiant again after it went through a pretty dull patch for a few months. I'm actually happy with my foundation-free skin again, and most days only use a little concealer where necessary. 



Erica Brooke Skincare Emerald Elixir
SHOP: AU (use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order)

This light, silky serum is a great anti-ageing serum, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, prevent acne, provide antioxidant protection, even the skin tone and help with acne scarring & hyper pigmentation. When I was using this, my skin felt smoother, I noticed the fine lines under my eyes were less visible and it really helped to keep my complexion even and radiant!
As it's so light and fast absorbing, the Emerald Elixir is brilliant to layer with other products, and especially good if you don't like your products to leave any feeling of residue on the skin. 



Kypris Beauty Moonlight Catalyst Serum
SHOP: AU  (use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off any order) / USA / UK
I've been using the Moonlight Catalyst Serum for a little over a year now. It is a herbal alternative to retinoid treatments, it helps the skin shed dead skin cells, helps keeps pores clear, helps fade post-acne marks and evens the skin tone. It also has long-term anti-ageing benefits. 
I don't rely on this alone to help fade pigmentation, as that isn't one of the primary functions of the Moonlight Catalyst, however paired with one of the other products mentioned here, it definitely helps speed up the process. 

The herbal alternative to retinoid formulas employs a balance of renewing fermented pumpkin enzymes, biomimetic EGF, and hydrating botanical extracts to improve and revive your complexion without irritation or peeling.
Enhances cellular renewal, Refines texture, Helps keep pores clear, Evens skin tone, Diminishes evidence of previous blemishes, Free from essential oils to accommodate reactive skin, Calms, soothes, and plumps to a radiant, creamy, glow.


La Belle Lune Organic Skin Oil
SHOP: AU / UK + rest of world 

If you prefer an oil (which my skin absolutely loves!), La Belle Lune's Organic Skin is one of the loveliest I've ever had the pleasure of using. It's silky silky soft, very light yet rich and fast absorbing. 
It also has a heavenly scent. This oil helped even my skin tone, completely reduced a bit of redness I had on my chin and nose, promotes hydration and prevents and reduces fine lines, while working to reduce scars and sun damage. It also left my skin feeling super soft!

With a wonderful aroma, these oils also protect skin from pollutants and free radicals, stimulate cell regeneration, tighten, tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines whilst moisturising and protecting at a cellular level.


May Lindstrom Skin The Clean Dirt
SHOP: AU / USA / UK

The Clean Dirt is a powder-to-mousse exfoliant, and not something one would typically think of when searching for products to combat pigmentation. It's rich in vitamin C and warming spices, clay & minerals, that gets the circulation going in the skin, and always leaves my skin feeling silky-smooth. Since it's not technically designed to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, I'm recommending this only for post-acne marks and scarring only. It does wonders for helping clear congestion, which in turn equals a clearer, more radiant complexion, and I also find it really helpful to prevent blemishes as well as fade pigmentation much more quickly with regular use.
I also sometimes mix a bit into my masks!



I hope you find something that suits your skin, needs and preferences, and if you have any questions, leave a comment below, on Instagram or email me! 


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Organic Island Skincare Review

Thursday, June 08, 2017



I'm continually surprised by amount of beautiful, 100% natural brands that are on the market these days. We have so much choice now, and with brands, formulas and packaging becoming more sophisticated, it can get a little tricky telling them apart. The Organic Island is an Australian organic skincare and baby care range. Every product contains Certified Organic ingredients, and is 100% natural and/or naturally derived, as well as being Australian made and Cruelty Free. 

I've been trialling the Paw Paw Lip Salve, Nourishing Hand Creme, Active Antioxidant Day Creme, Deep Nourishing Night Creme and Restructuring Eye Creme for several weeks. 

I live in a climate that is extremely windy for most of the year, and especially so once Autumn and Winter arrive. My hands, lips and skin in general always ends up really dry, so I have to apply something daily to prevent my skin from becoming uncomfortable, irritated and chapped. 

I love the packaging for this brand - airless pumps are my favourite dispenser for face and eye creams, because it not only protects the product from air exposure, but it also means every last drop is used up. I also like the squeeze tube for the hand cream and lip balm - they're easy to dispense and you can get out the very last drop. 

You can shop Organic Island here: Shop online


Paw Paw Lip Salve 25ml / SHOP

I remember the big fuss a few years ago when people realised that a certain popular papaya lip salve was basically just vaseline, with a minuscule percentage of actual papaya extract in the formula. 

Well, the good news is, this lip salve is so much more than petroleum jelly and a drop of papaya- it's completely petrochemical free (of course), and is rich in healing, nourishing ingredients. Cocoa butter, Organic Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil, Vitamin E and of course Papaya, all work to heal, hydrate and keep lips smooth sand soft. 
This lip salve has become my hero product. I received it during a week when I had the flu, and my lips were raw, swollen, peeling and very very sore. Nothing was really helping, except a calendula and vitamin e cream. I put a generous layer of the Organic Island Paw Paw Lip Salve on and my lips felt instantly soothed. Within a few days they were healed up completely. 

In my opinion, this is much better than a lip balm. The texture is slightly sticky and thick - almost like a gel, but it thins and warms with touch. It also feels really soothing on the lips, stays on and hydrates (unlike some balms which I feel just stay on top without actually doing anything) and looks like a clear gloss. 

Aside from repairing and preventing chapped, peeling lips, I actually like using this to really plump my lips prior to applying lipstick. It also works well over colour and looks quite pretty (because it does have a really glossy finish) on it's own. 

LOVE IT. 

It's also nicely priced at under $10 and in a generously sized tube (most lip balms are around 10ml-15ml), so you can have one for home, your bag, the kids, office etc.


Nourishing Hand Creme 100ml / SHOP

It's PINK. I don't know why more brands don't embrace that oh-so feminine, gorgeous colour. Give me pink and I'm sold. 

Aside from the colour, I actually do love this hand creme. It isn't greasy like a LOT of creams are, and absorbs really nicely into the skin. I also find a little goes a really long way. One 20c-sized piece will do both hands and arms up past my elbows. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and hydrated, and I noticed a difference pretty quickly in the softness of my skin. 

The texture is tricky to describe - it's definitely cream-like, but there's also something about all of the products that feels a little bit gel-like. As I said, it's tricky to describe, but you'll know what I mean when you try them. Regardless, it's a really lovely product, and I never feel like I have to wash any residue off afterwards.

It is contains NOP Organic Lycii Berry, Olive Leaf, Rosehip, Avocado, Vitamin E and Macadamia, as well as Aloe Vera, Sunflower Oil and Beeswax. 

I've also been using this anywhere else on my body that feels in need of nourishment - arms, legs, elbows - wherever. Very hydrating and very light!


Restructuring Eye Cream 30ml / SHOP

The eye cream has a similar texture to the hand cream - very much a cream, but a hint of a gel to it. A creamy texture, but with a little bit of "stiffness" so it holds itself in a peak if you put your finger into it. 

I find this really hydrating, and it's definitely helped with fine lines and dehydration. A tiny bit goes a long way - I used about a half pea sized amount for both eyes and all round the orbital bone. My skin feels softer and more moisturised, but I haven't noticed a difference in dark circles from this cream. If lines are your issue, however, it's definitely good for those!


This formula uses powerful active antioxidants including NOP Organic Eye Bright Extract™, Rosehip, Sea Kelp, Green Tea and Olive Leaf.

Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

I've been using it both day and night and it also works well under makeup - it doesn't pill/ball up at all, and keeps my skin looking fresh. If you struggle with dryness under makeup, I'd also recommend using this creme first. Let it absorb for 10mins or so before makeup. When I use it in the evening, I wakeup to my skin still feeling really hydrated, which I also think is why it's so good for reducing lines and wrinkles.


Active Antioxidant Day Creme 100ml / SHOP

This creme is again very similar in texture to the hand and eye creme. 
I personally find it a bit heavy for my face, but I've mentioned many times in the past that I'm very fussy with face creams, and I usually prefer oils and balms. 

I do really like this for my décolleté, however (which I can't stand using oils on, haha). It's very hydrating and has helped with the appearance of fine lines, which I seem to get easily when my skin is lacking moisture. 


Created with powerful antioxidants including Rosehip, Olive Leaf, Sea Kelp, Green Tea and Vitamin E. Delivered using Si02 Matrix, OliveM 1000 and Lexfeel Natural.
Scientifically formulated to effectively protect your skin against everyday elements that cause dry and uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles.

Overall, I think it's a great all-rounder, especially if dehydration and fine lines/wrinkles are what you are looking to combat, and you want soft, smooth skin. 


Deep Nourishing Repair Night Creme 50ml / SHOP

Like the Day Creme, I found this a little heavy for my face, but I love it for my neck and décolleté. It's very moisturising, without being heavy or tacky or leaving a residue behind. It absorbs quickly and like all of the other Organic Island products, a little goes a long way. 

Active antioxidants - Rosehip, Green Tea, Olive Leaf, Macadamia and Vitamin E plus our advanced breakthrough formulas are combined to create a luxurious crème. Your skin is intensely nourished overnight to reveal a dramatically improved, replenished and re-energised complexion.

Clinically proven to increase skin hydration, reduce fine lines and reduce pore size.

I've also found it to help with my skin tone - it's more even and supple after a few weeks of regular use. Again it's brilliant for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and keeping the skin hydrated and smooth.


My thoughts overall


I LOVE the Paw Paw Lip Salve and think it's a MUST-HAVE for Winter, or anyone with dry or chapped lips. I also really like the hand creme.

The eye, day and night cremes are all really good products, especially for those with dry, dehydrated or mature skin, and if you want an easy, simple to use routine.

You can view and purchase Organic Island hereShop online


Kelsey xx
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The Best Organic & Natural Lipsticks

Monday, June 05, 2017



Lipstick is my main "thing" (very technical, aren't I?) when it comes to makeup. Some people rock a smokey eye, but I just tend to look more grunge than glam, and like I haven't slept in 36hrs. I also like to be able to put a look together quickly, and love clean, dewy skin more than anything else. 
And I really love the combination of a nude eye with a bold lip. Instant, effortless glamour.

So naturally, over the years, I've collected and trialled quite a number of lipsticks. Below is a list of all the organic and natural lipsticks I own and have tried over time, what I love about them and why.
I've also put a rating out of 10 on each, based on performance, colour range, packaging, formula and how organic/natural the range is. Please see the end of each description for my scoring reasoning.
Click through any for more info and photos. 

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Axiology Lipsticks / Rating: 10/10 
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The Axiology lipsticks glide onto my lips like butter. They also have a really unusual range of colours (including black!) which I love for those that like to get a little daring! The packaging is also STUNNING in metallic gold (and even the pair for the boxes is recycled). All of the colours I've tried so far are very flattering and long-wearing. The pigment depends on the shade, some are more sheer/subtle colours, and others are completely opaque. The ingredients are 100% natural, and 100% naturally pigmented. They are also Vegan. 


Ere Perez Rich Olive Oil Lipsticks / Rating: 8/10
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These are another brilliant product from a wonderful Australian brand. Their Olive Oil Lipsticks are really long lasting, very pigmented and have good staying power. They are 100% natural or naturally derived, and free from synthetic pigments. 
8/10 because of the plastic packaging and non-organic ingredients. 


Hynt Beauty ARIA Pure Lipstick / Rating: 9/10

Hynt Beauty's Lipsticks not only look super pretty, come with a handy mirror hidden in the lid (and a lip balm), but they're also very moisturising and feel super comfortable on the lips. The colour is very concentrated, not at all sheer, and doesn't feather or bleed. 

Free of Petrochemicals, Parabens, Nano-particles, Bismuth Oxychloride, Talc, Silicones, Mineral Oil, GMO’s, FD&C dyes, Carmine and Phthalates.

UPDATE: Turns out this is a packaging issue, but it is going to be updated and fixed soon! Yay! The only issue I had with these lipsticks - which could have been due to the hot summer weather - was that the bullet shifted in the tube, so it scraped against the side of the tube every time it was wound up and down, unless I shifted it back to centre first. This could have been an issue with my particular lipstick, or maybe it softened in the heat (it did take weeks to arrive in the post). I haven't had enough experience with their lipsticks to know if it's a common problem. That said, I LOVE the creaminess of Hynt's lipsticks, and because they are so moisturising I definitely didn't need a lip balm and sometimes used it instead of!!

Points deducted for the bullet/tube issue, and plastic packaging. Otherwise, it's a brilliant product. 


ILIA Beauty Lipsticks / Rating: 9/10
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Everything you want in a lipstick. The packaging is chic and recyclable.
All of the lipsticks are creamy, and hydrating, but don't slip around, feather or bleed. The colour is also long lasting. Whilst all of the lipsticks are at least 72% Certified Organic, some contain a small amount of synthetic pigment, where others are 100% natural pigment. 
I've deducted a point because of this only. 


Karen Murrell Lipsticks / Rating: 7/10

If you want highly pigmented, long lasting colour, Karen Murrell delivers. I find these lipsticks creamy, but I do prefer to prep my lips with a balm first as they are on the drier side than many of my other lipsticks, and my lips are always REALLY dry. It isn't a dry or drying lipstick, though. The tube feels really lovely, chic and solid (not at all flimsy)

The ingredients are also all natural or naturally derived. The pigments are a mix of natural and synthetic pigment, depending on the shade. Based on performance and colour range, I'd give Karen Murrell Lipsticks a 10/10, but have come back to a 7/10 taking into consideration the pigment, and plastic packaging. They are a still a brilliant option - especially if you're hunting for a lipstick under $30!


Kjaer Weis Lipsticks / Rating: 9/10 - 10/10
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Ok, so the rating on this depends on the shade. Whilst most of the shades are 100% natural, certified organic and Eco-Cert, two shades, Love & Empower, have 1% synthetic pigment to give that ultra, almost neon-bright colour. That's the only reason for a 9/10.
These lipsticks are also completely refillable and the packaging is recyclable. The lipsticks are also probably the loveliest I've ever used. They feel velvety and smooth on the lips, and the colour is really long wearing, and extremely comfortable to wear. I'm also in love with the shade ADORE, an old-Hollywood-glam style red. (It's my birthday soon...anyone want to send one my way? No?)


Lily Lolo Lipsticks / Rating: 7/10
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The Lily Lolo lipsticks are a great option for those looking for a more budget friendly choice. The colours are all very pigmented, and very creamy. I found I had the same issue as I did with the Hynt lipsticks with these - after a time, the bullet shifts in the tube to scrape against the side. It's not a huge issue, but it does destroy the bullet a bit if you aren't careful, or use a lip brush. 
That said, their Rose Gold Lipstick is actually one of my favourites, and the creaminess means my lips are always kept smooth and hydrated, and it's really easy to reapply and touch up. The colour range is also really pretty. They are however 100% natural and free from synthetic dyes.
Plastic packaging and the bullet/movement issue have made it a 7/10. 


LUK Beautifood Lip Nourish / Rating: 9/10
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Lipstick meet lip balm. These are very moisturising for the lips, lightly tinted (the colour is sheer with   the exception of a few more pigmented shades) and made with ingredients only safe enough to EAT. Yep, you can't get much cleaner than that. 
I really wanted to give these a 10/10, because the majority of the packaging is very thoughtful - the outer wrapping is a reusable microfibre cloth you can clean glasses or screens with, but part of the tube itself is plastic, so I've gone 9/10. 


NUDUS Lipsticks / Rating: 9/10
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Nudus Australia Lipsticks are 100% natural, Certified Organic richly pigmented lipsticks blended with nourishing ingredients. The colours are formulated from bioactive extracts of flowers, fruits, herbs and minerals. 27 active ingredients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K and antioxidants such as pomegranate, raspberry and kiwi cold pressed oils protect against environmental stress. Shea butter and avocado, coconut and argan oils leave lips soft, hydrated and moisturized. Free from parabens, petro-chemicals, lanolin, hydrogenated oils, fd&c and lake dyes, nano-particles, gmo, pesticides and fungicides, these are some of the best formulas you can get!

All of the colours glide onto the lips effortlessly, and are really intensely pigmented. These are probably some of the longest-lasting lipsticks I've found. The collection currently has fifteen shades - but each of these is incredible versatile, well-thought out and universally flattering. There's no doubling-up within the shades, and there's something for everyone. 

The only reason I've docked a point is for the plastic in the packaging - which is beautiful, but judging on an overall eco-friendly perspective, it is one area that could be improved. 


RMS Beauty Lip Shine / Rating: 8/10
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I like this product, but I'm not in love with it. It's partly the shade I chose (Sacred, a bight poppy red which I don't often wear) and partly the gloss factor. I'm more of a semi-matte than a glossy lip person. These are a kind of gloss-meets-lipstick. I find I have to be careful with application to not have it bleed. They are SUPER pigmented, however, and really moisturising, and look very youthful and pretty on the lips. There is a slight stickiness. 
All of the ingredients are 100% natural and some Certified Organic, however some of the shades (not all) contain 1% synthetic pigment. 


Tata Harper Volumising Lip & Cheek Tint / Rating: 9/10
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Whilst not technically a lipstick, I've included this any way. Please keep in mind these are "tints" - so not as fully opaque as a lipstick. On the lips they are super hydrating, and keep the lips looking plump and glossy. I love them for a more relaxed look, or if I just want to be apply to reapply without the need for a mirror. 
They are also 100% natural, with Certified Organic ingredients and glass packaging (with a metal lid) - 100% recyclable. I've gone 9/10 because they aren't technically a lipstick..


Vapour Beauty Siren Lipsticks / Rating: 10/10
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These lipsticks are ultra-sleek, available in a huge range of colours, and all are moisturising, long-lasting and with high pigment. They're also really easy to reapply without a mirror (providing you aren't wearing something super fussy like bright red). Each is also 70% Certified Organic, and 30% mineral pigments - no synthetic dyes in sight. I also love their Multi-Use Lip & Cheek colours. 



Have you tried any of these lipsticks, or eyeing any off? I hope this blog has been useful! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, email me, or ask via Instagram. And don't forget to always check my discount codes before shopping to save $$! Many of them can be used every order. 


Kelsey xx
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