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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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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.


Overall

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!

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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

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

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

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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