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Part 1 - Interview with Eve of Eve Organics

Saturday, February 27, 2016



I would like to introduce you all to the lovely Eve from Eve Organics. Eve Organics is an Australian-based website, with a carefully curated collection of only the most natural and organic products in skincare and beauty. This is the first post in a series, where Eve will be joining Megsy-Jane as a monthly Guest Author, to chat about organic skincare, beauty, and share her skincare tips! Today I'm chatting to Eve about the inspiration behind Eve Organics, her skincare must-haves and when you should start incorporating anti-ageing products into your skincare ritual. So, make yourself a cup of tea, and join me as I get to know a little more about Eve!


Q: Tell me a little about Eve Organics - why did you start?

It's a funny time to be answering this question because just the other day I was clearing out a section of my office & I found my notebook from when I very first started the business. Notes on which exotic ingredients were best for acne; what the research said, how they could be combined – etcetera!

I started Eve Organics when I was a university student in my early 20's, with persistent hormonal acne. I had tried everything (everything!) to clear my skin and I was at a real low point with it - nothing was working. So, I figured that if the commercial, anti-acne brands weren't fixing my skin anyway; then I should be a bit kinder to it, and think of the long-term - and I made the switch to natural skin care.

Once I did that, I fell in love a little bit and began a lengthy learning process. I spent my time researching the industry and discovering what was available, and I found myself increasingly drawn to the niche, handmade brands. I also love to travel and did a lot of this in university, so I was trying quirky products and ingredients from all over the place. I learnt a great deal (and my skin started to improve.)

At the time there was no green beauty store online in Australia (imagine that!), and I had some web design experience from university - so I built my own website, starting with the brands I'd tried and loved. It's come a long way since then, but the philosophy remains the same - 100% natural, effective skin care by niche, handmade brands from across the globe.


Q: If you were to recommend one skincare product women should switch out to an organic or natural option today, what would it be, and why?


Wow, that's such a tough one. Two products immediately come to mind - deodorant, and moisturiser. Deodorant, because our underarms are such an important area (they contain a collection of lymph nodes, which are part of our immune system and carry nutrients and waste material between tissues and the bloodstream), and the jury is still out as to just how much influence synthetic deodorants have in terms of toxicity levels - so it's a good idea to be on the safe side and go natural here. 

Moisturiser, because it stays on our skin all - day (and night!), and using the right one can quite literally transform the complexion.

That said, I think it's different for everyone - and depending on what your skin care concerns are, there will be a perfect match for you. It might be a cleanser, a mask or a healing body scrub - I think the "perfect natural product" would be different for different people according to their needs. So this is a tough question! But overall - deodorant and moisturiser would be my picks.


Q: What mistake do you think many women are making when it comes to skincare?

Not using a mask or scrub regularly. The skin benefits so much from having some help renewing itself and getting rid of impurities - and dead skin is one of the number one culprits that clogs pores and causes congestion; so no matter what your skin type, a weekly mask or scrub is a must in my opinion. Even if you have dry skin, there's one for you (in fact, using a gentle scrub if you have dry skin is one of the best things you can do - as long as you're moisturising properly afterwards.)

Another thing I would say is that skin care should be a ritual. This is especially hard if you're not happy with your skin (believe me, I've been there!), and it takes effort to relax into it and not 'rush through' your routine - but it's so rare that as women we get a chance to have even 15 or 20 minutes just doing something for ourselves, with ourselves. If you're anything like me then every day is a race to get things done - so let your morning and night-time skin care regimes be a time to unwind, relax, and treat yourself lovingly.

Take a bath once a week with a deep-cleansing mask. When you cleanse your face, do it gently and consciously. Take your time. When you use a body scrub, do it all over, properly - and be aware of your body and all of the bits that make up you. Have some ‘me time’ and enjoy yourself!


Q: I dislike the industry term anti-ageing, as we all age, it is a natural process and not something you can technically reverse. I prefer to think of "anti-ageing" products as skin maintenance. However, at what age do you recommend women begin incorporating a preventive skincare routine?

"Skin maintenance". I really like that!

This is also a timely question, because I just started using an anti-aging regime (literally a few weeks ago..!), and I'm in my late 20's. In the late 20’s to early 30’s, our skin enters what dermatologists call a ‘pre-aging’ phase – in other words, fine lines and other signs of aging begin to appear. It’s also around the time that, for most of us, younger-skin issues (such as oiliness or acne) tend to drop away, and skin becomes a bit more balanced. So, it’s the perfect time to start using richer, age-corrective skin care. The ingredients that help to promote collagen and reduce the signs of damage are, essentially, antioxidants. This includes antioxidant-rich Vitamins like A, E and C, as well as ingredients like resveratrol (from grape skin) and green tea. Antioxidants combat the free-radical damage responsible for the signs of aging, and promote cellular repair.

It’s also worth mentioning that, whilst anti-aging creams are most definitely beneficial, the number one thing you can do to protect your skin from the signs of aging (preferably before you enter the ‘pre-aging’ phase!) is to shield your skin from the sun. It’s so important! This doesn’t mean never going in the sun – but be sensible, and protect areas such as the hands, face and decolletage in particular (these are usually the first areas to show visible signs of aging.)

So, my answer to this is: start using sunscreen (natural sunscreen!) now; no matter what age you are – and start thinking about switching to anti-aging products in your mid-to-late twenties or whenever you feel that your skin needs some extra nourishment and protection.


Q: What are your top five shipwrecked-on-a-desert-island items, and why?

Oooh. Great question!!

If we're talking about beauty products, then I would say, sunscreen (for the aforementioned reasons!), a comb to prevent my hair from going too wild and to keep me occupied (I find combing my hair really therapeutic!), lip balm, toothpaste and a toothbrush. (It's important to look after your teeth, for overall health - and I might be able to use the toothbrush for catching fish or prying open coconuts. ☺)



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Friday, February 26, 2016

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- Coco Chanel

Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish Review (and a discount!)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

You might recall my post from back in January about 3-Free/Non-Toxic Nail Polish. In the post, I explained why many nail polishes commonly marketed as "non-toxic" really aren't (due to an ingredient that has been linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, reproductive toxicity and more), and curated a list of brands that are truly the safer options. 

I've previously shared and reviewed a water-based nail polish brand, however, I know many of you want look for a traditional formula nail polish replacement. In my hunt, I discovered Sienna Byron Bay, a beautiful brand created right here in Australia! Sienna Byron Bay nail polish is 7-Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan and free of that aforementioned nasty little ingredient*. 

Sienna have a beautiful spectrum of colours, that includes crème, shimmer, sheer and glitter finishes. I will wear almost anything pink or pastel (throw in gold or copper and I'm SOLD), so I was delighted to receive the colours Ambrosia and Stone, both from the crème finish range. 


Wearing Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish in the colour Ambrosia 
Colour and Packaging 

Can we just take a moment to adore the bottles? They are so sweet and I just love the timber cap (locally milled in Byron Bay and sustainably sourced). It feels really lovely in my hand! I think I actually prefer squared bottles - they take up less room, making them easy to store/stack and look so much more chic. 

Ambrosia is described as an English Rose - although I have found this to be a very adaptive/reflective colour, in the sense that it appears more pink, or more peach, depending on what shades you pair with it. I think it would be very flattering on most skin tones due to this. 

I would call it a dusky apricot-rose hue. A very pretty, grown-up pink, that makes a beautiful alternative to a nude. Paired with strong colours (such as navy), it reflects more apricot/peach. Paired with pastels (lemon, baby pink), it looks much more pink.

Stone is described as a Stony Mauve - which I think is a very accurate description. It is a lovely colour, that you could almost call a neutral. I actually have a strong dislike for purple, but weirdly, love shades of lilac or mauve. Definitely another favourite. 

I'll be reviewing the colour Stone and the Soy Nail Polish Remover in Part 2 of this post (stay tuned!)

Sienna Byron Bay Lightening Top Coat, Stone Creme Colour and Ambrosia Creme Colour
Application and Drying Time 

Both colours translate very accurately from the bottle onto the nail, and are opaque in just two (2) coats. I applied three (3) coats, but only because I've been so used to water-based nail polish, that I made a bit of a mess on the second coat, haha! 

(water-based nail polish dries faster, but it doesn't go tacky as quickly as traditional formulas, and doesn't self-level in the same way, so I usually go back over the same part twice) 

The Sienna Byron Bay nail polish dries very quickly, so you'll only need to go over each layer once per coat. It is also fairly self-levelling, so don't worry too much about perfection on each coat. By the time you get back round to the next hand, it will look almost perfect. 

After prepping my nails (buffing, shaping and then thoroughly washing hands), I applied a single coat of the Sticky Base Coat ,followed by 2-3 colour coats. I finished with a single coat of the Lightening Top Coat, which gives a beautifully glassy finish, adding extra gloss, and helping to extend the wear time by protecting the colour. It also speeds up the drying/curing time. My nails were touch-dry in around 2-3 minutes, but I was careful with my hands for around 30 minutes after, as you can still imprint into or mark the polish in this time. After that, though, they've been flawless.

The timber caps make a lovely (comfortable) handle, and the brush is a great quality, making application smooth and swift. There is no streaking from the brush fibres, and certainly no shedding (annoying enough if it happens to your make-up brushes, it drives me crazy if it happens to my nail polish brushes) 

Wear Time 

When I wore "conventional" nail polish (ie Maybelline) I would get 3-4 days before chipping around the tips, and I've found this to be the same. The index and middle fingers on my left hand (I'm left-handed) have one or two chips around the tips at this stage (four days). My right hand, however, is still practically flawless. Personally, I'll either remove or touch-up my nail polish once it starts to chip badly, but overall, this wears just as well as any other brand and I get a good week out of it.
Wearing Sienna Byron Bay Ambrosia Creme Colour Nail Polish
Ingredients

Each ingredient scored a 1-2 on EWG Skindeep. Sienna Byron Bay say:

"All of our Nail Polishes are ‘7 free’ meaning they contain No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor , No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide. We do not contain Benzophenone-1. We aim to keep our products as clean as possible and so we use the cleanest nail polish formula on offer."

Butyl acetate, ethyl acetate,nitrocellulose,acetyl tributyl citrate, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolymer, isopropyl alcohol adipic acid/fumaric acid/phthalic acid/tricyclodecane dimethanol copolymer, stearalkonium hectorite,silica, citric acid.

And may also contain:


Adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, acrylate copolymer, n butyl alcohol, silica, alumina, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, polyvinyl butyral, acetone, ci15850, ci15880, ci19140, ci42090, ci47005, ci60725, ci77266,ci77267, ci77000, ci77163, ci77510, ci77891, ci77489, ci77491, ci77492, ci77499, mica

*The lovely Danielle from Sienna Byron Bay has informed me that the ingredient label on the bottles are a generic list provided by a supplier. Benzophenone-1 is under the "may contain" on the label, however, the product does not contain this ingredient. 

Overall 

I absolutely love Sienna Byron Bay's colour range, (and absolutely everything about the brand) and the fact that they are offering a traditional formula, without any toxic ingredients! For special occasions or holidays where I want something more durable than water-based nail polish, I'll be reaching for Sienna Byron Bay

You can get an exclusive 15% off your Sienna Byron Bay order with code megsyjane (and don't forget to let me know what colours you choose over on instagram

Sienna Byron Bay also have free shipping for all orders over $50 within Australia

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I'll review the Soy Nail Polish Remover and have more photos of the Stone crème colour.


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Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion Review

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Finding a good, natural and organic body moisturiser has been one of the trickier items for me to replace. Many still contain a few iffy ingredients that I'd prefer to avoid, and those that don't, are usually in a price bracket that I can't justify spending every month or so. 

I've been using the Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion, alongside the Weleda Skin Food (read my review here) for over a month now. 

Weleda was founded by humanitarian and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. He also developed the principles of biodynamic farming and anthroposophical medicine, and today many of these principles are still used to create Weleda products.

Alongside sourcing biodynamic, organic and wildcrafted ingredients, Weleda products are certified by NATRUE, which has the highest international criteria for natural and organic finished products, not just the ingredients, and sources only ethically, environmentally and socially responsible ingredients.

You can read more about Weleda, or read my previous reviews of the Weleda Skin Food and Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion.

You can purchase Weleda online from Nourished Life (ships world wide), Beautiful Because or direct from Weleda.


Packaging and Formula

Like the entire Almond Sensitive Skin range, the Almond Body Lotion features a gorgeous pink label and almond flowers, which resemble cherry blossoms (if you know me, products have to look beautiful on the shelf, as well as performing well). The Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion is packaged in a recyclable plastic pump bottle. The dispenser is designed to be used upside-down, so there is no product wastage.

The Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion, that sinks into the skin quickly. The texture reminds me somewhat of sunscreen, although it has none of the greasiness and is extremely hydrating. One thing I usually struggle with when it comes to body moisturisers is that they appear to sink into my skin, but then within 10mins, I feel like I have to massage the product in again, as it feels like it is still sitting on top of my skin.

There is none of that with the Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion, and once I've massaged it into my skin, all I'm left with is beautifully soft, hydrated, soothed skin.

I've mentioned before that my skin is ultra(crazy)-sensitive to shaving. I also live in an area that is really windy in Winter, and my skin gets so dry, I feel like it takes all Spring, Summer and Autumn for it to recover. When my skin needs the extra TLC, I'll opt for the Skin Food, otherwise, Almond Body Lotion is hydrating enough to keep my skin happy and soothed. I've also been using this on my arms and hands when they're feeling dry.

The Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion is so effective that my skin remains hydrated all day, without having to reapply.


The Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion is very reasonably priced at around $26AUD for 200ml. A little of this also goes quite a long way, and as mentioned above, I've been using this daily for over a month. I still don't feel like I've made a dint in it! 

Ingredients

Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Alcohol, Glycerin, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Fragrance*

*from natural essential oils
note: Weleda only uses organic grain alcohol in their formulas. See more about their ingredients here

Overall

Between this and the Weleda Skin Food, my skin has not felt dry, even once! Most of the irritation I usually experience has also gone. I'm so pleased to have found a product that not only performs beautifully, but is also very reasonably priced, and contains only the most natural ingredients. 
I'll certainly be repurchasing once this has been used up, and plan to try more of the Weleda range. 

If you haven't discovered Weleda yet, I highly recommend that you do. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a more natural or effective brand. 

You can purchase Weleda online from Nourished Life (ships world wide), Beautiful Because or direct from Weleda.

Kelsey xx
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Hello, I'm Roar Review (and a discount!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Hello, I'm Roar is an up-and-coming Australian skincare brand. 
Their products contain only the purest plant-based ingredients and are 100% Certified Organic, Cruelty Free and are also vegan.
 
I recently received the Roar Cherry Blossom & Rose Fragrance Mist, Rosehip Oil Age Repair Serum and the Cucumber & Plum Eye Make-Up Remover. I also received a sample of the Goji Berry & Vanilla Bean Mini Scented Spray (available in the February Vegan Beauty Box).
 
A little bit about Hello, I'm Roar:

"We are committed to providing the best natural skincare remedies that will make you look younger, feel smoother, and glow naturally. All of our organic beauty products are hand made with natural ingredients, no parabens, no petrochemicals and no artificial ingredients. With a wide range of natural remedies, our products are all designed to provide you with the best natural skin care alternatives you can trust, we are sure you will love them as much as we do."

The packaging looks like glass, but its actually plastic, which is great as I prefer not to have glass bottles in tiled and slippery areas (hello, bathrooms!). One slip and your favourite product is a shattered mess on the floor. No thanks.

I also really love the chic, minimalist labels. The design feels a tad vintage, and includes instructions on use/application. They also tell you a little more about each product, and its benefits. Pretty labels are a must for me, and these definitely meet the mark!



It was love at first spritz.

I'm slightly obsessed with facial mists and sprays - they are so refreshing and hydrating to the skin, even over make-up! This fragrance mist also does double-duty as a make-up setting/refreshing spray and a light toner. 

This summer, the heat in tropical north Queensland has been killer.

Thirty-five degree days and no air-con wreaks havoc on my skin and any make-up is sure to slide. 
This beautiful fragrance mist works wonders at keeping my make-up (and skin!) fresh. It also has a slight tightening sensation - which feels wonderful. I've been spritzing morning and night, and when I wake up my skin feels lovely and hydrated, refreshed and plump!

Don't be put off by the name - fragrance mist - especially if planning on using this to refresh or set your make-up. It is not a perfume. The scent doesn't linger, rather giving you a lovely fresh, cherry blossom & rose scent, before dissipating.

I already want this in a travel/purse size to keep in my handbag so I can touch-up on the go.

Hello, I'm Roar recommend it for Normal to Oily, Combination skin. They also suggest it helps to regulate oily skin and breakouts. My skin type is normal (with hormonal breakouts), so I can't account for keeping oiliness at bay, however, I will update whether or not it helps with the breakouts. 

Either way, I love this mist and definitely want to repurchase (it's a whopping 250ml - affordably priced at $20 - so it might be a while!)

Ingredients

Micro clustered Ionized Water, Organic coconut water, organic aloe vera juice, olive chamomile extract, Ionic mineral complex, vitamin E, Essential oils of Rose Otto, Cherry Blossom, Rose Absolute, Rose Geranium, Rosewood Ylang – Ylang



I usually use an oil to remove my eye make-up, which works well, but I can have blurry eyes for a few minutes after due to the oil on my lash line. 

This Cucumber & Plum Eye Make-Up Remover from Hello, I'm Roar conditions as it effortlessly removes all traces of make-up - including my waterproof mascara!

I put this on a cotton pad after I've showered and cleansed, and simply wipe away what's left of my eye make-up. There is no tugging or pulling on my eyelashes or the delicate skin around the eye, and absolutely no irritation or blurry eyes whatsoever (even for butter fingers who got it in her eye!)

The consistency feels just like water, only it doesn't have the drying effect water has to the skin and eyes, and it feels super fresh and clean. 

I've also used it to remove all of my other make-up, which it does very effectively. I don't even need to repeat the same area twice. A little tip - if you're doing a dramatic eye look or mess up with your eye-liner, pop a bit of the Cucumber & Plum Eye Make-Up Remover on a cotton-bud and wipe away any fall out/mistakes!

Another brilliant product that is totally going to replace my oil-removal method. 

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside (sugar derived), organic cucumber water, organic chamomile extract ( plant derived), organic cucumber extract, organic aloe vera extract, vanilla oil, lavender oil, sodium benzoate ( naturally derived) glycerin ( plant derived.)


This serum would probably be more accurately described as a facial oil, since it is a blend of pure oils, all beautifully suited to the skin. 

The only oil I will note that some may have an issue with is Coconut Oil. 
Some people love it for everything and others find it clogs their pores or causes breakouts. So, if you're sensitive to coconut oil, you might want to test this out before covering your whole face in it.

That said, I personally don't have any sensitivities to coconut oil (my love of RMS Beauty is evidence of that) despite never having got the "hype" around it's use, and found it too greasy on my skin, and it never seemed to properly sink in (yes, I was using virgin, cold pressed, certified organic coconut oil).

I was pleasantly surprised by how light this oil was - it sinks into the skin very quickly, leaving it soft and supple. Unless your skin is very dry, you'll only need 2-3 drops to cover your entire face. There was none of the greasiness I typically associate with coconut oil.

I've also noticed my skin is feeling more hydrated next morning, so I'm not having to apply as much oil in my morning routine. I don't really have any fine lines, other than the usual smile lines under and around my eyes (I'm more prevention-age than treatment), but I've been loving this serum so far!
It is keeping my skin hydrated, without becoming oily, and performs beautifully under make-up.

Ingredients

Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Oil, Bergamot Calabrian Oil, Basil Sweet Linalool Oil, Grapeseed Oil

Rosehip Oil is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, Lecithin, Squalene and skin loving Fatty Acids. Studies have found that the oil can mobilise and increase collagen in connective tissue, helping to keep skin soft and mobile. 

Argan Oil is another wonderful little ingredient that is packed with vitamin E and high in fatty acids. Argan Oil is an effective anti-aging oil due to the high levels of vitamin E (anti-oxidants help neutralise free radical damage, which is important for skin exposed to polluted Western environments) and saponins (skin-softening agents). Besides cooling and soothing inflammation, it is also reputed to help reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin`s hydro-lipid layer.


Goji Berry &Vanilla Bean Mini Scented Spray Sample - available in the February Vegan Beauty Box (not pictured)

This blush-coloured spray has a lovely, light, sweet vanilla scent, but it isn't overpowering in any way.
The scent lingers on the skin all day, without the need to reapply, and does not transform into an unpleasant scent when mingled with the skin, as some synthetic scents are prone to doing.

The sample size is really great way for you to try it out, before purchasing a full size.

Overall

Hello, I'm Roar is a really great, affordable skincare line, with products that perform.
I'm eyeing off their Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub!

If you want to treat yourself to a few new goodies and discover this beautiful brand, or re-stock on your favourites, Hello I'm Roar are offering Megsy-Jane readers 30% off all orders with code megsyjane.
Expires midnight Friday 19/02/16

Don't forget to let me know what you choose!

Kelsey xx 
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RMS Beauty Demure Lip2Cheek Review

Monday, February 15, 2016


A cult favourite amongst beauty lovers, models and make-up artists - green or not - RMS Beauty is one of my favourite organic make-up brands. RMS Beauty make-up does double-duty as skincare, and when my skin is acting up, wearing RMS make-up actually helps it heal faster, due to the purity and quality of the ingredients. Cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter work to nourish your skin, all whilst delivering high-performance, highly pigmented, beautiful make-up.

There are many different formulas you can choose from when it comes to blush, but creams would have to be my product of choice. They give a beautiful, dewy finish, and can be paired with powders, liquids or creams. Another thing I love about cream products, whether or not they've been designed to do so, is that you can wear them in place of a lipstick, instantly and effortlessly pulling your entire look together.

You can also blend creams with other shades to create your own, fully customisable colour.


Colour and Formula

The RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure is a pretty, blue-based rosy pink shade. 
This colour works many on different skin tones, from very fair, to more golden, tanned complexions. 

I love a fresh, natural flush of colour and this is my go-to everyday shade.

It appears more of a rosy baby pink on the skin. Surprisingly, it is quite a light baby pink on the lips (it is actually lighter than my natural lip colour) - so don't be fooled by the darker hue in the pot (or the stock photo colours). 

I personally don't wear this shade alone as a lip colour, as it is too light for my taste, however, it looks lovely layered beneath the RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred, or any other lip product. 

The Lip2Cheek is quite pigmented, but as always with lighter colours, it isn't as noticeable as with the darker shades. As a product designed for both cheek and lip application, it is quite creamy - but not overly so. If I were wearing this on my lips, I'd apply a balm over the top for added moisture (that said - my lips are always dry. I need to carry lip balm with me everywhere)

Application

You can simply apply the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek with your fingertips, or a brush. I use both application methods, depending on my overall look or how much of a hurry I'm in. 

If I want to touch-up, or add just a touch more colour, I'll always use my fingers, as I'm less likely to overdo it. Otherwise, for my day-to-day routine, I use a blush brush to apply to the apples of my cheeks - right from the pot.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure Swatch and blended out

Finish and Wear-time

As aforementioned, whether you're wearing it with powders, creams or liquids, this blush gives a beautiful, radiant, dewy finish. On the lips it is an almost matte finish, but with enough gloss to not look dry.

I always apply my powder immediately after I've applied my foundation, and then blush over the top. The reason for this is so that I don't detract from the dewiness of the blush, but I've also found it gives me longer lasting colour. I can wear this all day (8hrs+) without the colour diminishing - unless I've touched-up with a tinted powder during the day. That said, all RMS Beauty products are so compact they easily fit inside your handbag.

You can see photos of me wearing this shade here

Overall

RMS Beauty's Lip2Cheek in Demure is my go-to shade and a staple in my make-up bag. 
The pot is .15oz/4.25g and will not need replacing for at least a year.

I plan on getting my hands on a few more shades as these really are just versatile little colours!

You can purchase RMS Beauty from Mecca in Australia, or I usually purchase mine from Spirit Beauty Lounge or Citrine Beauty (both USA).


Kelsey xx
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Weleda Skin Food Review

Thursday, February 11, 2016

recently wrote about the Weleda goodies I received, and today I'm reviewing the Weleda Skin Food.
 
If you missed the first post, you can read more about Weleda here.
The Weleda Skin Food is deeply nourishing and hydrating all-over body cream that protects and restores your skin. The award-winning formula has remained unchanged since it was first created in 1926!
With ingredients such as  Sunflower Oil, Chamomile Extract, Calendula Extract, Sweet Almond Oil and Beeswax, the Weleda Skin Food is one skin-loving formula, that combats rough and dry skin. 
The consistency is slightly sticky, and its almost between a cream and a wax - but rest assured, if you don't over-do it, the stickiness dissipates very quickly.


Application

I'm not usually one for heavier style creams, but I've been using this on my legs post-shave and my crazy-sensitive skin has been loving it. 
As someone who previously has barely been able to shave without extreme irritation, this has been a godsend. I haven't need to re-apply the next morning, either, which I usually have to with other moisturisers. My skin still feels hydrated next day!
The temperatures here have been reaching 35 degrees (Celsius) and above this Summer (and no air-con, either), and it's been both extremely humid and very dry. If I'm not wearing make-up, my skin tends to feel dehydrated, so I've even been using the Weleda Skin Food on my face
I initially used it on my face solely for the hydrating properties, 
 but this has given my skin a beautiful even tone - reducing redness and healing any blemishes much faster. Who knew?! At a time when my skin has been acting up and feeling stressed, this has been such a relief. 
I haven't tried it, and wouldn't recommend it under make-up - for that I prefer something like the RMS Beauty Oil or Rosehip Oil, that is going to hydrate, whilst providing your skin with a lovely slip. 
So definitely keep the facial application to make-up free days, or overnight.
Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.

*Natural essential oils

100% Natural. NATRUE Certified Natural Skincare. Cruelty Free.

Overall

This is a brilliant balm for any skin troubles, and has been so soothing and healing. 
If you struggle to keep your skin hydrated, I highly recommend the Weleda Skin Food. 
Pure, powerful ingredients, and the price isn't bad.
Will I re-purchase? Definitely - but you need so little, and it's so effective, that I can't see myself having to replace for a few months yet. 

You can purchase Weleda online from Nourished Life (ships world wide), Beautiful Because or Weleda.

Kelsey xx
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
- Maya Angelou

Ere Perez Waterproof Mascara Review

Friday, February 05, 2016

I've tried a few different non-toxic mascaras over the years, and I've finally found one that I don't want to replace with another brand. 

Mascara is one of those products that many women find tricky to replace with an organic or natural formula. Many natural mascaras are very wet, prone to smudging and don't offer much in the way of length or volume. 

I have the Ere Perez Mascara in both the Natural Almond Oil Mascara and the Volumising Waterproof Mascara.

You can purchase Ere Perez from Beautiful Because and Nourished Life (ships worldwide) in Australia.
Ere Perez is also available from Naturisimo in the UK.


Formula

My lashes are naturally very long, so a smudge-proof formula is a must for me - otherwise I end up with mascara dotted along my brow bone, and underneath my eyes - no matter how much I set it with a powder.

I also live in climate that is fairly humid in Summer, and can get windy/drizzly in Winter, so I want need something that isn't going to smudge/run everywhere at the first sign of moisture. 

The Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara lives up to the name.

The formula isn't overly wet (without being dry), and is quite thick compared to some mascaras. 
I can apply several coats, without smudging, clumping,  flaking or the dreaded panda eyes, and it never transfers to my brow bone or under eye area (unless I smudge it there when I'm applying it) on its own. 

Mascara can also get too stiff, dry and begin to crumble when you apply several layers - the Ere Perez Mascara does not. Even when wearing several coats I don't get the irritation or heaviness of wearing a lot of eye make-up, which I find bothers me with some formulas. 

Application and Removal

The wand is a volumising-style brush (see here) that coats each lash well on the first swipe. 

The tube opening is firm enough that the right amount of product is dispensed onto the wand without a lot of effort.

If I want really defined, fluffy lashes, I curl my lashes with the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler, then apply the Natural Almond Oil Mascara first. I let that dry, curl my lashes again, before applying 2 coats of the Waterproof Mascara (allowing to dry in between coats) 

I posted a photo (a selfie!) on instagram to give you a good idea of what the mascara looks like, and you can see more photos here and here.

As this is a waterproof mascara, you will need an oil to remove all traces.
My cleanser takes off most of it, but I remove the remaining mascara with Sweet Almond Oil and a cotton pad.

Certification and Ingredients

Mascara is another of those products that whilst we can get more natural, non-toxic versions, they are never going to be 100% organic.

The Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara is accredited by cruelty-free Australia and PETA USA. It is also vegan and fragrance free.

Ingredients: 
Carnauba wax (copernicia cerifera), Palm Kernel (elaeis guineensis), wax, Soybean (gyicine soja) seed oil, dimethicone, calcium stearate, mamey oil (pouteria sapota), Sweet almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), Avocado oil (persea gratissima), Isopropyl plmitate, palmitic acid, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Orange oil (citrus aurantium dulcis) oil, Lemon oil (citrus medica limonum), Bergamot oil (citrus bergamia). 
May contain: Iron oxides

The Ere Perez website also has excellent information on what each ingredient is and does. 


Look Details
 
RMS Beauty Tinted "Un" Powder in 0-1 all over (inc. eye lids) 
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming on cheeks & lips (which is lighter than my natural lip colour, for reference)
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser on cheek bones, brow bone and cupids bow


Overall

This is my favourite, non-toxic, all-natural mascara that I've tried so far, and I definitely will continue to re-purchase. 
If you are looking for a waterproof, natural mascara, I highly recommend giving this one a go. 

You can purchase Ere Perez from Beautiful Because and Nourished Life (ships worldwide) in Australia. Ere Perez is also available from Naturisimo in the UK.

If you've got another recommendation for me, share below! (have you tried Ere Perez Mascara? I'd like to know if you've found something even better - although I doubt much can tear me away!)

Kelsey xx
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Cleaning Make-Up Brushes with Prism Brush Bar

Monday, February 01, 2016


Cleaning your make-up brushes should be a regular part of your beauty ritual. 

Over time, not only does the make-up build up and dry out in the bristles, but your skins' natural oils, and dead skin cells can gather on your brushes, increasing the chances of bacterial growth, alongside decreasing the quality of your make-up application and lifespan of your brushes.

What you use to clean your brushes with is as equally as important as what you are putting on your skin, so you want to make sure it is natural, non-toxic or organic. 

You also need to make sure that your make-up brush cleanser is going to condition the brushes - not strip them squeaky-clean. 

I used to use my regular shampoo on my make-up brushes. It was a long, messy process that I dreaded - and I always seemed to use so much shampoo. 

Enter: The Prism Brush Bar.

These gorgeous little hexagons are your make-up brushes' new best friend. Shimmering, beautiful, solid bars that make cleaning your brushes pretty and fun! 

I received the Prism Brush Bar in both Aqua Aura and Opal, each packaged in a beautiful, recyclable box. 


How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes with the Prism Brush Bar

I recommend cleaning your brushes once a week.
- I simply started by dampening my brush with (cold) water
-  Wet the Prism Brush Bar
- Swirl your make-up brush over the surface of the bar until it is thoroughly coated throughout the bristles
- I then massaged the lather throughout the bristles
- Rinse and repeat 
(until clean - which was only 2-3 times for the fullest kabuki-style brushes)
- Brush a few times back and forth on a clean, dry towel, then leave flat to air dry fully before use/storing

Prism also have quick how-to video on YouTube.

When finished, I dried the bars and am currently storing them in the fridge, due to the hot, humid days we experience in Queensland in summer, and the coconut oil base of the bars.
 
Those that use cream cosmetics with a coconut oil base will know how it can soften in hot weather!

Each brush was cleaned far more quickly and thoroughly than with anything I've ever used before, and my brushes feel like new!

Overall

This is a wonderful product that exceeded my expectations, and made the process so much easier and faster. 
I didn't think cleaning my brushes could be so simple (and pretty!)

Will I re-purchase?

Prism has only just launched, and is based in Canada, so they don't yet have any Australian stockists, however, once international shipping or stockists become available, yes, I will be purchasing!
They are affordable (plus I think the bars will last ages), all-natural, and my brushes feel great!

Check them out, and don't forget to give Prism some love on instagram and facebook to stay up-to-date with their news!

Kelsey xx
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