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Part 2 - Life After Acne

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


This is the second part of my new monthly series of guest posts with the gorgeous Eve from Eve Organics. If you'd like to read Part 1 and get to know Eve a little more, you can pop over to my interview with Eve from last month.

This month, Eve is sharing her knowledge on treating acne, and what to do once your acne has begun to heal.

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Acne can be extremely disheartening. If you suffer from acne, it’s likely you’ve had to work hard on your confidence levels, and, if you’re a female, you’ve also probably tried just about every anti-acne product and heavy-duty concealer that exists on the market. Right?

I suffered from persistent acne from around the age of 17 right through to my mid-twenties – and I, too, tried absolutely everything; at least in the early stages.

I was in my early twenties when I started Eve Organics; and it was at this point that I cut everything non-natural out of my skin care routine and started to ‘think long term’ and be a little kinder to my blemished skin. (That is; no more off-the-shelf harsh face washes, no nasty acne medications or creams, and no more ‘stripping’ my skin).

Once my acne healed (more on how this happened in a bit), I moved on to a new stage of acne treatment - I started using natural products to combat the scarring and uneven pigmentation I had left over. Because, as you’ll know if you have acne-prone skin, the journey doesn’t end when the acne goes away!

This blog post is about caring for acne-prone skin, at every stage of treatment.

Preventing acne before it starts – things you can do on the inside

One of the quickest and most effective ways to fight back against acne is to concentrate on balancing hormone production from the inside out. Most acne is caused by hormonal imbalance – generally, an over-production of hormones called ‘androgens’ (both males and females have these).

The contraceptive pill combats this issue – but it’s not suited to all of us. Another way of decreasing androgen production is to reduce your intake of sugar, dairy, and refined (i.e, white) carbohydrates – such as white pasta & bread. All of these foods encourage androgen production. If you simply can’t lay off the chocolate, then at least increase your fibre intake, as fibre helps to control blood sugar.

When acne is active

If you have active acne (i.e, whiteheads, inflammation, soreness), then the number one thing you can do is to not touch your skin whenever possible. This is so hard, but so important. Keep your hands off your face (even resting on your hand while you’re reading a book, for example, is a bad idea when you have acne. Our hands are covered in bacteria even at the cleanest of times – and you don’t need any extra bacteria on your skin.) The same applies to hair. If you have loose hair or a fringe, try to keep it as clean as possible and, if you can, keep it off your face with a pin or band.

Secondly – be very careful with exfoliation. Basically, you don’t want to do anything that’s going to spread the infection – so harsh scrubs should be avoided. That’s not to say that you can’t use a gentle, non-abrasive mask to withdraw impurities from the skin and help with detoxification. Mokosh's Face Cleansing Powder/Mask would be a safe bet.

Another thing you can do that will help, but takes courage, is to let your skin breathe. As tempting as it is to plaster on the makeup, it really doesn’t make your complexion look that much better (does it? Try it out – put a light layer of tinted moisturiser on instead of your usual full face of makeup – chances are it looks a lot fresher, even if there are some blemishes showing through). Avoiding heavy makeup – especially synthetic makeup that contains mineral oil and other nasty, pore-clogging ingredients, isn’t going to help your skin to heal. Give it a break, and if you have to use makeup, use natural makeup instead, and apply it lightly using just-washed fingers.

Finally – avoid harsh, stripping cleansers (hint: most ‘foaming’ cleansers fall into this category) at all costs. If you have oily skin with your acne, then I know that your knee-jerk reaction is to try to get rid of all that oil – quick smart. But that won’t help. For more info on why oil is good for oily skin, take a look at Kelsey’s recent article over on the Eve Organics blog. Instead, the name of the game here is balance. Use a cleanser that’s designed to restore equilibrium to over-active oil glands, and help the skin to balance itself out naturally. Mine (and Kelsey’s!) favourite cleanser for this purpose is the Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser – but, any balancing cream cleanser will help.

After Acne

If your active acne has disappeared, chances are you’re jumping for joy. If you’re anything like me, then you’re so excited about your blemish-free face that you don’t even want to wear makeup anymore – because you don’t feel like you have to anymore. And that’s liberating!

It’s a wonderful relief to have overcome acne – but it usually doesn’t just disappear without a trace. If you had cystic acne, you might have some deep scarring. If your acne wasn’t so severe, you will probably still have some pigmentation and red ‘marks’ in previously affected areas. Luckily, there are natural ways to treat this.

Firstly, take it easy. Acne can ebb and flow – so don’t assume that, because you don’t have any active blemishes right now, you should immediately go out and get a harsh peel to fix the scarring. Take it slow, and continue to use a balancing skin care routine until your skin has been settled and acne-free for some time.

Once that’s happened, you can start to incorporate products that contain naturally brightening ingredients – like willowbark, alma fruit /indian gooseberry extract, citrus extracts, bearberry, and licorice.

You can also start to reintroduce regular exfoliation into your routine, since there should no longer be any danger of spreading infection. Again – take it slow. A gentle scrub once a week should do the trick, helping to slough away dead skin cells and keep skin clear. Try Fable Naturals Quinoa & Almond Fresh Skin Exfoliator.

Finally – love your skin, and treat it with kindness! You’ve heard the saying that acne-prone/oily skin in youth means plump, hydrated skin in old age. That might not be much of a consolation right now – but always keep the future health of your skin in mind, and don’t abuse it out of frustration. Overcoming acne takes a great deal of patience.

And most important of all, try to remember that nobody notices your acne as much as you do. That’s a promise. Concentrate on other areas of your appearance that you love – I used to take really good care of my hair when I had acne, and as long as my hair was shiny, healthy and styled the way I liked it, I felt much more confident; no matter what my skin was doing. Focus on the positive and play up your assets.

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Karen Murrell Lipstick in Racy Rata Review (and a discount!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


There were claims floating around a few years ago about a study that showed women consume something like 3kgs/6lbs of lipstick in their lifetime.

I don't know how accurate that claim was, but considering the amount many women wear, it isn't surprising. You reapply a number of times during the day, and as you are wearing it on your lips, you are far more likely consume lipstick than any other product.

Many lipsticks contain a number of toxic ingredients such as parabens (endrocine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity), FD&C colours (synthetic colours, believed to be carcinogenic), synthetic fragrance, and BHA (Cancer, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, allergies/immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), persistence and bioaccumulation) and heavy metals, just to name a few. 

Karen Murrell lipsticks contain only natural ingredients in rich, creamy formulas that nourish the lips and deliver high-impact colour.  

I don't really experiment much with different eye looks, but I do switch up my lipstick fairly often, so I'm always on the look out for new colours and brands.


Karen Murrell Lipstick in Racy Rata

I'm going to talk about the packaging first. It's always the first impression of a product, and I rate it almost equally with the contents. 

The Karen Murrell Lipsticks each come in a beautifully illustrated box (I almost don't want to throw it away). The lipstick itself is in a sleek, black tube (which I love) and feels of a lovely quality. Some lipstick bullets feel a bit flimsy, but I don't fear the cap coming off by accident in my purse with this at all.

All Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks canisters are made from corn resin, so you can bury your canister in your backyard and it will start biodegrading into Mother Earth after 100 days. How amazing is that?! All packaging is made from 100 percent recyclable and renewable New Zealand and Australian trees, and printed using soya ink.

Formula & Colour

Karen Murrell say:

We’ve perfected a long-lasting lipstick made from natural ingredients that’s delicious to wear. With avocado oil, evening primrose oil, candelilla, carnauba wax, cinnamon and sweet orange your lips are treated with every application and the condition of your lips will improve the longer you wear our lipstick.

The lipstick is incredibly rich and creamy, and feels gorgeously hydrating to the lips. With bold colours I always apply, blot and repeat a few times to set, so I do end up with a matte finish, but the effect isn't at all drying. If I wanted extra moisture after doing this, I would apply a lip balm over the top. 

The colour builds up to opaque in just one layer, so if I don't want really intense colour, I don't need to worry about the extra application and lip balm. The lipstick in itself is nourishing enough even for me (I apply lip balm every couple of hours throughout the day if I'm not wearing another lip product, no matter the weather). 

Racy Rata is a highly pigmented, bright magenta berry hue. 
I was expecting it to be a slightly more muted berry shade - perhaps with more of a wine undertone, but the colour is gorgeous nonetheless. It has a slight blue undertone, but as always, shades reflect differently on different skin tones.


Finish & Wear Time

Racy Rata is a really lovely bold shade, with an almost velvety appearance. You can simply press it into your lips to create an all-day stain, or applied in 2-3 layers it has a beautiful, slightly glossy finish.

It isn't too glossy, as I find the creamier the formula, the more likely it is to slip around. 
If you like a super glossy finish, you will need a lip gloss over the top, but it certainly isn't a matte or satin finish. 

This has a lasting hold that fades evenly - a quick reapplication every 2-3 hours keeps it looking perfect (even around eating and drinking), and if you apply as I do whenever I'm wearing bold lipsticks, or plan on eating (apply, blot, apply, blot and repeat), your lips will remain stained all day long.  

I will also add that it is tasteless. Some lipsticks have an slightly icky flavour, but this doesn't have any. And it smells divine! 

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Isopropyl Jojobate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Limonene, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamal, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) , Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Linalool, Eugenol, Tocopherol 

And may contain:

CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 15850 (Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 45370 (Orange 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77861 (Tin Oxide), Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Corn (Zea Mays) Starch

Karen Murrell Racy Rata Lipstick Swatch - 2 layers. As you can see the colour pigment is incredible.
Overall

As someone that changes up her lipstick colours often, I'm always hunting for new colours and brands, so I was super excited to discover Karen Murrell!

The packaging is chic, the colours and pigment are ah-mazing and the ingredients are about as good as you can get. Yes, I'm already curating a wish-list.

Megsy-Jane readers can receive an exclusive 20% off their entire Karen Murrell order with code megsyjane from now until Sunday April 3rd. Yipeee!

With 20 colours to choose from, deciding is going to be the hardest part. Violet Mousse is said to be the colour that looks good on everyone.

Other Look Details

RMS Beauty Tinted "Un" Powder in 0-1 all over (inc. eye lids) 
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser on cheek bones, inner corner of eyes and brow bone 




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- Erin Hanson

La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I love masks - they aren't just a perfect way to treat your skin, but they also give you the perfect reason to take a few minutes to yourself, recharge and have a mini pamper session at home!
La Mav’s entire Skin Care, Makeup, and Body Care range is certified organic, certified cruelty free, Australian made and guaranteed to be free from harsh chemicals, fillers, talc, sulphates, GM ingredients, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates and artificial colours and fragrances. La Mav skin care is gentle enough to be used on all skin types, even the most sensitive. The richness of the ingredients used, their impeccable quality, and the care with which the Australian laboratories develop the best possible combinations, ensures visible and lasting effectiveness of products for all skin types.

I've tried quite a few different products from La Mav, and I love the entire line. 
I've used both the Pink Clay Mask and the Green Clay Detox Mask before, and my preferred choice of the two is the Green Clay. 
There is nothing wrong with the La Mav DNA Phyto-Guard Pink Clay Mask, but for my skin, I find the Green Clay Detox Mask much more effective. 
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La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask

The La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask is gentle enough to be used every second day, and with regular use I really do notice a difference in my skin. 

Green clay absorbs impurities and controls excess oil, while fruit acids and extracts exfoliate to reveal plump skin and reduce the appearance of pore size. Marula Oil leaves the skin moisturised, radiant and toned.

My skin type is normal, and the Green Clay Detox Mask is formulated for oily to combination skin, whereas the La Mav DNA Phyto-Guard Pink Clay Mask is designed for dry skin types. 

This is a "wet" formula clay mask - meaning that it doesn't dry to that cracked, powdery texture. It is in a cream consistency, and treatment time is 10-15min, although I nearly always wear it for 20-30min. If you have any puffiness around the eyes you want to treat (or just tired eyes), mask time is also a great opportunity to pop cucumber slices over your eyes and reduce any puffiness. 

Being in a cream formula, it is very gentle on the skin, and incredibly soothing. The La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask won't dry you out, instead it leaves my skin feeling radiant, beautifully fresh and smooth. I love using this in the morning after a weekend out, or in the evening before I shower (and then just rinse off in the shower). 

I always follow a mask treatment with a good, lightweight, nourishing oil, like the RMS Beauty Oil, to enhance that glow. 

As it is in a tube (it stands on the cap), I do find that I need to give it a shake before use, as some separation does occur. If I don't, I get just a watery liquid before the product comes out, so always shake before use. 


Ingredients

La Mav is Australia Certified Organic, Cruelty Free, Australian Made and Australian Certified Toxic-Free.

*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice; *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate; *Glycerin (Vegetable); *Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Flower Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate; Polyglyceryl-10 laurate; *Eleutherocous Senticosus (Ginseng-Siberian) Extract; Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Mannitol, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Dextrin, Ferulic Acid; *Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract; *Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract; Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract; Ascophyllum Nodosum; D-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5); *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; Glyceryl Caprylate; Essential Oils of *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit); of *Citrus Sinensis (Orange Sweet) and *Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)

*Australian certified organic ingredient

Overall

Unless you have dry skin, I'd suggest trying the Green Clay Detox Mask first out of La Mav's two masks. I love this for when my skin feels like it needs a more thorough cleanse, or some TLC, and it is at an affordable price.

Using a mask is a great way to cleanse your skin, and will also allow your other products to penetrate more deeply when your skin is less congested. 

I absolutely love this for a soothing treatment that detoxes my skin, and gives it a radiance boost!

La Mav is available in Australia from Beautiful BecauseNourished Life (ships worldwide)  and directly from La Mav


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Edible Beauty No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Tonique Review (and a discount!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


I've mentioned my love of facial mists before, and the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique from Edible Beauty is an absolute dream.
A toner or facial mist is another important step in your skincare ritual, delivering hydration and added antioxidants to the skin. Toners are available in a few different kinds - some are astringents that will tighten the pores, some are designed to balance the pH of the skin and others are more hydrating and nourishing to the skin. 
I prefer the hydrating kind, as it is more gentle on skin, and can be used any time I feel I need that extra boost, on either bare skin or over make-up. 
Toners are used after cleansing, and before moisturising. Damp skin absorbs your facial oils and serums more readily, and deeply into the skin, so spritzing with a facial mist prior to application will mean you need to use less of your other skincare, and it will also be more effective.

Edible Beauty is an Australian skincare brand based on the philosophy that what you put on your skin should be good enough to eat. Edible Beauty products contain only the highest grade plant-based ingredients, both certified organic and from wildcrafted sources. 

Last week I reviewed the Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair, and the Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant. I've been using this trio together for a few weeks, and they have quite transformed my skin. Edible Beauty prove that organic products can be both luxurious and effective, and you don't need to sacrifice your health in order to see results. You can read more about this wonderful brand here.

Edible Beauty No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique

The No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique is a beautifully light mist that floats lightly over the skin, delivering hydration and balancing the skin. May Chang acts to remove excess oil from the skin, whilst Calendula soothes surface irritations and calms unhappy skin. 

I use this in the evening after cleansing, and in the morning on bare skin to refresh the complexion. If I'm bare-faced for the day, I'll use it whenever my skin feels in need of hydration, but it also gives it a gorgeous dewy finish. 

I've also been using this to set my make-up (it works wonderfully), or to refresh throughout the day. 

I was actually quite surprised how hydrating this is, and also how plump my skin feels with regular use. Some facial mists feel a little like unnecessary fluff, but the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique is going to be firmly cemented in my routine. 

The No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique is part of Edible Beauty's Core Four, which is also available as a set and also in a travel set (which would also make a great sample or gift set!).


Ingredients

Edible Beauty is 100% plant-based and natural. Edible Beauty is Vegan and contains Certified Organic and wildcrafted ingredients.

Aqua, Sweet Citrus Aurantium (Floral Water), Glycerin, Desert Lime (Fructus Citri Glaucae)*, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Echinacea Purpurea Extract*, Acronychia Acidula (Lemon Aspen)*, Pyrus Malus Extract (Apple Extract)*, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange), Litsea Cubeba (May Chang), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract,Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone.


*denotes organic ingredient

Overall

This entire line has impressed me so much - all three items will be making a permanent home in my wardrobe. Edible Beauty has transformed my skin from dull and fussy to even, calm and healthy - even on days where I do have a little hormonal breakout, my skin is still radiant. 

Edible Beauty are offering Megsy-Jane readers a massive 20% off all orders with code megsyjane for a limited time - so this is a wonderful chance to experience Edible Beauty, or stock-up on old favourites.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email, leave a comment below or ask over on instagram.


 
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Big Hair, Don't Care

Monday, March 14, 2016

Yes, yes they did.

Hair styling products are one of the easiest to replace with an organic or natural alternative, and also probably one that requires a bigger adjustment. 
Whilst I've found several styling products that perform well and hold my 'do all day long, I did have to un-learn any application and usage techniques I'd previously acquired. 
Pomades, mousses, and cremes have the least difference, and you can generally apply them the same as you would their conventional counterparts. Organic and natural hairsprays, on the other hand, are a different story. Organic hairsprays are non-aerosol based, so you can't just grab the bottle and go spray-crazy. Less is more. Trust me, or you'll end up with a flat hairstyle. 
If you're looking for a hold that will last all day, then I've found my hair styling products work best when paired together - a spray, alongside a crème or mousse to do most of the holding. If you're just wanting to tame fly-aways, a hairspray will be enough on it's own. But for me, I don't bother with hair products unless I'm heat styling - either with a hair dryer or curling/straightening iron. 
I've curated a guide below of my top recommendations for organic and natural hairstyling products, along with a few little tips to help you find the right product for you!

Rahua Voluminous Spray & Hair Refresher
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This is my favourite natural hairspray and it works beautifully with the Rahua Cream Wax (below) for adding volume and giving lasting hold to heat-styled curls, without making hair sticky or heavy.
This also helps keep my hair fresh all day long.


Rahua also have a Defining Hairspray which was launched late last year (that I've yet to try).

Josh Rosebrook Lift Texture & Volume Hairspray
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Josh Rosebrook is another brilliant brand with high performance products and 100% natural ingredients. Like the Rahua spray, there is both a Lift Texture & Volume Hairspray, along with the Firm Hold Hairspray.


Yarok Feed Your Hold Hairspray
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The Yarok Hairspray is a medium-hold spray with a non-sticky formula, again, 100% natural. You can use to refresh during the day, and won't weigh your hair down!


Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray
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More of a sea salt hairspray girl than regular hairspray? The Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hairspray is a cult-favourite, giving your hair texture and a just-left-the-beach 'do, minus the sand! Captain Blankenship also has this in a natural hair lightening spray, and a golden shimmer (!!) sea salt hairspray!


Rahua Cream Wax
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As I mentioned above, this paired with the Rahua Voluminous Hairspray are my favourite natural hairstyling products. Don't let the name put you off - it says wax, but the texture really is more of a tacky cream, and it styles curls or waves beautifully. If I'm blow-drying my hair, adding this to damp hair (paying special attention to the roots) and then spraying with the Voluminous Hairspray will give me beautiful bouncy, voluminous hair all day long.


Yarok Feed Your Do Styling Whip
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This is a softer cream than the Rahua Hair Wax, and can be used to give texture, and it lightweight and versatile. You can use this as you would any styling cream, before or after heat styling and to tame fly-aways or style short hair.



 Remember less is more, and do a bit of experimentation with application techniques and different products for your hair type, and you'll be on your way to perfectly styled hair, naturally!
Many of these are available in travel sizes, so if you're not sure what is going to work for you, you can purchase a smaller size first!
I also have a longer list of products available in my Green Beauty Guide - just scroll down to the Hair Styling category!

And if you have any questions, pop them below or ask away on instagram.



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Edible Beauty Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant Review

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I'm always on the hunt for a good skincare line - one that not only has the strictest, safest ingredients, but is also high quality, and effective. Edible Beauty answers that need, with their line containing only the highest quality certified organic and wild-crafted plant-based ingredients. Edible Beauty skincare has also been extremely effective for my skin, and the price point is achievable, at mid - high range. 

My skin type is normal, with hormonal breakouts, but recently, it had begun to appear dull, and was breaking out more often. The Blissoma cleanser I reviewed recently has made a huge difference to getting my skin back on track, but the other products in my skincare that have made a phenomenal difference are those from Edible Beauty.

I've been using the Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair along with the Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant and the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique (review to come) for a few weeks. 

Don't forget that I will also have a discount code below!


The Edible Beauty & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant 

The Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant is packaged in a Miron Violet Glass jar. Miron Violet Glass, manufactured in Switzerland, blocks all visible light rays, protecting (and even enhancing) the properties of the contents. 

The Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant uses rice grain as a natural exfoliant, and is enriched with Camellia Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. I have never used an exfoliant that has been quite so effective! My skin has always been rather sensitive towards exfoliants - they usually feel like I'm going to scrub my skin off. 

The Edible Beauty Desert Lime is gentle enough for my skin (face and neck), and causes no irritation, yet leaves my skin unbelievably smooth, refreshed and glowing. Since incorporating it into my routine, my skin looks healthy and radiant. 

Edible Beauty say: 

"The radiance boosting property of this polish is enhanced by Strawberry and Lime fruit extracts which work to brighten the skin.The botanical extract of Gingko Biloba works to boost circulation to the skin surface promoting a youthful glow. Lime and Coconut scents complete the fresh and rejuvenating feeling when applying the polish." 

I usually find exfoliants simply do just that (and only that) - exfoliate. But with the Desert Lime, I've found it is also a very effective cleanser. If you want to skip on the cleanser, this will remove all of your make-up (aside from waterproof eye make-up) as well as exfoliating the skin. 

I was using an exfoliant six nights a week, but with the Blissoma Cleanser in my routine, and the effectiveness of this product, I've dropped it to every second night. The Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant prepares the skin beautifully for the Coco Bliss Intensive Repair, and when paired with this, my skin is beautifully hydrated, plump, and glowing. 

Since I began using the Edible Beauty products my skin is brighter, clearer (bye-bye breakouts!) and the condition overall has greatly improved. 


Ingredients 

Aqua, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Exfoliant*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Sorbitan Olivate, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Saponaris Officinalis, Fructus Citri Glaucae (Desert Lime)*, Acacia Victoriae (Wattleseed) Extract*, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil,Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract,Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone. 

You don't need to use much; as with the Coco Bliss a little goes a long way. Edible Beauty is priced at the higher end of mid-range, but as the products are so potent and effective, they actually work out to be more reasonable than a cheaper alternative. The jar is 100ml, and will last me several months. 

The Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant has a light lime and coconut scent, and as with all Edible Beauty products, is a little moment of luxury to experience. I've been so impressed by this entire line, and I'm pretty sure I'll be repurchasing this once I've used it up. I actually plan on trying the Velvet Coffee Body Butter next! 

 For a limited time Edible Beauty are offering Megsy-Jane readers 20% off any order placed via their website with code megsyjane

 If you aren't in Australia, but would like to experience Edible Beauty, Nourished Life ships worldwide (please note that the discount is only valid via the Edible Beauty website) 



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Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Review (and a discount!)

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Being organic or natural isn't enough for me - products also have to perform. 
I live with the philosophy of quality over quantity, and I'd rather have a small handful of effective products than dozens of so-so ones. 

Edible Beauty is an Australian skincare brand based on the philosophy that what you put on your skin should be good enough to eat. Edible Beauty products contain only the highest grade plant-based ingredients, both certified organic and from wildcrafted sources.

The skin is our largest organ, and 70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Edible Beauty was developed by naturopath and nutritionist Anna Mitsios. 

Edible Beauty Australia offer edible skin care products, herbal beauty elixirs and wild-crafted exotic teas containing evidence-based therapeutic botanicals designed to have you glowing both inside and out. Anna is passionate about using nutrition through food and herbs to achieve radiance, vitality and bountiful youth.

Edible Beauty is also both cruelty free and vegan.

I chose the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique, & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant and the & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair. I'll be reviewing each of these separately over the next week. 


I'm going to start off with the packaging. You all know how a product looks is almost as important to me as the ingredients, and how it performs (my "PPP" criteria - purity, performance & packaging)

Edible Beauty uses Miron Violet Glass to package their skincare - this not only protects the contents from harmful UV rays, preventing damage over time, but it also enhances the high energy of the bottles' contents.

Edible Beauty say:

"The secret of Miron Violet Glass packaging is the violet spectral range (720 – 770 Bio herz), which can permanently activate and energise molecular structures, so that the healing energy of substances stored in the glass doesn’t “escape”. In fact, Miron Violet Glass maintains and even enhances the high energy of the bottle or jar’s contents for a long period of time. It also acts to potentise and vitalise water and liquid extracts.

Appreciation for the special protective qualities of violet glass can be traced back to ancient Egyptian civilization, when valuable essences and natural healing products were kept in gold and violet glass containers.

By using Miron Violet Glass, you can feel confident that the energy and vitality of what you are applying on and in your body has been potentised and vitalised, enhancing your beauty and health benefits, inside and out."

The glass appears black, except when held up to the light, you can just see the violet colour coming through the glass. The jar lids and spray nozzle are both made of glossy black plastic, and feel very high quality.  The white labels are waterproof so there is no issue with wet areas (ie bathroom)

I really love the quality of the packaging - it feels absolutely luxurious and looks gorgeous on the shelf. 


Edible Beauty & Coco Bliss Repair 

The Edible Beauty & Coco Bliss Repair is an intense hydrating mask or night cream that deeply nourishes the skin, reduces redness, and boosts plumpness. 

 For the first few weeks I was using the Coco Bliss as a night cream. A little goes a very long way with this, so I'd barely made a dent in it. It absorbs quickly, and feels very light on the skin, leaving not a trace of the greasiness I always fear when it comes to creams. 

 I usually apply it after I've applied a toner and facial oil. I was applying my facial oil after the Coco Bliss, at first, but my skin seemed oily by the next morning, so I switched the order, and it seems to have fixed that. 

 Within the first few days of using the Coco Bliss as a night cream, I noticed my skin was plumper, firmer, more hydrated (and I didn't think it wasn't) and had a beautiful glow, and my skin tone appeared more even in general. 

Then I tried it as a mask. My skin looked even better

 I use it as a mask once a week, and a cream every second night, or when my skin feels like it needs extra TLC. After removing the mask my skin was not only glowing, but any redness was reduced or barely visible (I don't really have any redness to my skin in general, only what occurs around those pesky hormonal blemishes or breakouts), my pores were less visible and my skin overall was smooth, plump and fresh. 

When using as a mask, after cleansing with the & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant, I pat my skin dry, then apply a thick, even layer of the Coco Bliss all over my skin. 

As a mask, the & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair gives a slight tingling sensation when you first apply it, that doesn't happen when using it as a night cream. Also, you don't have to put heaps on, just a nice even layer. As I mentioned earlier, a little goes a long way. It absorbs quickly, so you want it to be thick enough to be visible when using it as a mask, but more than that is unnecessary. 

Edible Beauty recommend leaving it on for 10-15min, but sometimes I go over time and end up with it on for 20mins or so. After treatment time is complete, I rinse off with warm water and a knitted cotton wash cloth. I'll pat dry, then finish with the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique and my current facial oil

 The reason I use a knitted cotton cloth is because it offers a light exfoliation, but it is super soft and not at all abrasive! 


The & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair comes in a 50ml jar - if you are only using it as a night cream, it will last forever. If you're using it as a mask, however, you'll obviously go through it faster, depending on the amount and how often you are using it. I've been using it for several weeks and still have well over three quarters of the product remaining. 

 The Coco Bliss Intensive Repair contains: 

Purified Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitan Olivate, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCL, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Extract (Pomegranate), Acronychia Acidula (Lemon Aspen)*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Leuconostod Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Pelargonium Asperum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth).

*Denotes organic ingredient

Shea and Cocoa Butter are known for their hydrating properties, but they also work to decrease redness and enhance the skin's natural collagen production. B vitamins also work to reduce redness and irritation. Vitamin E oil enhances the skin's natural healing ability (works beautifully on scars, too) and promotes youthful glowing skin. The Coco Bliss is also rich in antioxidants including Pomegranate and Acai, which are rich in Vitamin C and have a brightening action. The Australian Botanical Lemon Aspen is rich in antioxidants and may enhance the appearance of silky smooth skin. 

Overall

This is an absolutely divine little product and a luxury experience - and I never would have dreamed one crème or mask could do so much! The & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair retails for $57.00AUD, which in my opinion is actually excellent value for how effective this product is, and also how little you need. This one is definitely not moving from my skincare ritual. 

Edible Beauty are offering Megsy-Jane readers a massive 20% off all orders with code megsyjane for a limited time - so now is a brilliant time to stock up or try something new! If you haven't yet experienced Edible Beauty, I highly recommend making this your #1 purchase. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 & 3, where I'll review the No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique and the &Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant!



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