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Beyond Natural - Earthwise Beauty Skincare

Friday, October 28, 2016

Something interesting I've found about green beauty, is the general perception that because it's natural or even Certified Organic, that it is or should be good for your skin. Whilst 'in general' this is true, the matter isn't quite so black and white. Natural and Certified Organic are the safer, healthier option, and unless someone is putting arsenic in their formulas, they are generally 100% non-toxic. 

But that doesn't mean that every product labelled natural or organic is going to work for you.
Sorry, that part doesn't change. 

The point of all this is - quality still matters, and more than ever when it comes to plant-based formulas. There are products labelled natural or certified organic that well and truly are, and I would consider 'safe'. But on closer inspection, I might find that the product has been poorly formulated, or the ingredients highly-processed in order to create a cheaper product. 



Our perception around beauty and skincare and those products needs to change
The whole industry has been transformed by a thing called marketing - which very cleverly tells you everything and nothing about the product at the same time (with fluffy words and phrases like "inspired by jojoba beads"), convincing us (or allowing us to hope) that it will magically erase wrinkles or blemishes and give you the skin of your dreams. 

I go over this quite frequently, and I can't emphasise it enough. Quality matters.
One example is oils. A cheap, highly-processed oil will most likely make your skin breakout, clog your pores, or cause your skin to become further imbalanced. But take a raw, unrefined, cold-pressed oil and it could transform your skin. 

One woman that articulates this so well, is Ava of Earthwise Beauty. She recently published a blog post on Problem Skin, and her thoughts on the vast differences between the quality of a product, and importance of proper formulation. I highly recommend you give that post a read, before continuing here.

Green Beauty is regulated by the same laws as 'mainstream' beauty products, so don't be deceived into thinking that a product is going to be good, just because it's green. Once you've got your head around the fact what's safe and what's not, it is time to start looking for good quality, well-formulated products. 

I'm not saying all of this to frighten you off green beauty, or overwhelm you. 
I want you to know that if you've had skin issues before, or after "going green", that is very well COULD be the natural products you are using - but going back to mainstream products is not the answer.

There are many, many brands committed to creating effective, 100% natural and non-toxic products, without irritating your skin or exacerbating issues. If you are overwhelmed for choice, try starting with my Shop by Brand pages. I cover a good selection of brands at all price points and all product types.

Today, however, I'm going to be sharing my thoughts a little further on Earthwise Beauty skincare.
I also have a discount code, so make sure you scroll to the bottom for that!



Pumpkin & Papaya Seed Face Mask & Scrub (sample size shown) Shop here

This product is one of the newer ones (to me), and I've only used it a handful of times so far. I've been using it as a scrub, by scooping out a small amount and applying to dry skin. I then splash enough water on my hands to moisten and massage the product into the skin. It leaves my skin really soft and smooth, and the exfoliant isn't at all too harsh, but it is fine enough to do a thorough job. 

The scrub/mask, contains: firming, detoxifying, glow-inducing wildcrafted Rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, triple milled papaya seeds, and a handful of finely ground pumpkin seeds are mixed into a base of highest quality raw organic honey. Healing pracaxi oil from Brazil has been added for skin tissue reparative benefits, including acne reduction, wrinkle reduction, and scar healing.

I really love how it feels on the skin, and how it leaves my skin afterwards. 
I'm going to try it as a mask soon, and will post more about the results and my thoughts once I've had a chance to thoroughly test it out. (It is hard NOT to love everything Earthwise Beauty creates)

I love how Ava goes into detail of where the star ingredients for each product comes from, and you can read more about it here


Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask (sample size shown) Shop here

I really regret not having ordered a full size of this with my last order, and I'm going to pick it up next time I order. This mask is pre-mixed - a 'wet' mask - that dries during the treatment time. 

The Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask is really cooling to apply, and I love the fact that it is pre-mixed. I can just open the jar, scoop out what I need and apply with very little mess! I find this mask SO good for keeping my skin clear, zapping blemishes and helping to reduce redness. It leaves my complexion glowing, and whilst not a concern for me at this stage, I love that it contains anti-wrinkle, ant-ageing Carrot Seed Oil. Carrot Seed Oil also helps to fight acne and brown spots, so it also helps to keep the skin clear and reduce/heal pigmentation. 

Surprisingly, I find this mask gentle enough to use up to twice a week if my skin is having a particularly blah phase. I say surprising, because it is really quite effective. I'll usually only mask once a week, but the Blackstrap Molasses Mask will make an extra appearance if I need it!
I always notice before anything else - if I'm coming down with a bug, my skin and eyes give it away before I actually feel any signs of it. There's something about feeling unwell that always makes my skin feel incredibly dull, and this mask is really soothing to apply in those times, and get my skin back on track!

This one is up there with the Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Glow for me, and I want to make it a regular in my skincare.



Nap in the Meadow Face Serum (sample size shown) Shop here

This is another fairly new launch, and new-to-me product. 

Again, I've only just begun using this, so I will share more on this product once I've had a good chance to test it out, but these are my brief, initial impressions.

The texture is almost a gel, and it is incredibly lightweight. It sinks in really quickly and thoroughly into the skin. I do find it to leave a kind of lightly tacky touch to the skin, before I follow with an oil. (Similar to the Kypris Moonlight Catalyst) I've also found it has a really lovely cooling sensation (beautiful for these warm Spring-heading-into-Summer months). I've been using it in the morning underneath an oil.

It is described as being deeply hydrating, and anti-inflammatory. I have found Nap in the Meadow to be wonderful for reducing any redness and helping to reduce inflammation. I haven't tried it enough yet to comment on the deep hydration benefits, but I will mention that this is not a moisturiser. At least, not for me. It really is a serum, and most will probably still require a moisturiser or oil to follow. It is: recommended to use this serum to be used as the first moisturizing step, before facial oil or oil-based serum.

The days are getting warmer, and drier, so I'm really looking forward to incorporating this into every morning to see how it performs! Stay tuned!


Green Leaves & Co Facial Oil (1.2oz size) Shop here

I've reviewed this oil before, so head here to check that out.

This oil is on my must-have list, and is probably #1 in my skincare routine. It is SO well formulated, and keeps my skin clear 90% of the time. My skin was looking dull, and breaking out more frequently when I first started using this, but now it is clear, smooth, healthy and radiant. A little goes a LONG way, and I'm on my second (or maybe third?) jar. I've been using it for months, and never skip it in my routine - even if it is all I apply. 

If your skin is congested or acne-prone, I strongly recommend getting yourself a sample size of this oil.


Ferns & Moss Face Serum (sample size shown) Shop here

This is my second bottle of the 0.25fl oz 'sample' size of this serum, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the size up next time. The only reason I haven't gone for the biggest size is because I don't use much of this serum at a time, and I don't use it every night. 

The main benefits of the Ferns & Moss Serum are - nourishing, repair, restructuring, moisture retention, healing, cell regeneration, detoxing (a need for detoxing is evident as recurring dark spots or overall unhealthily dark or dull facial appearance, or as water retention and puffy appearance) as well as damage and wrinkle reversal.

The first bottle I was using on a cluster of bumps (flesh-coloured) that had popped up on one side of my jawline. There was no swelling, no redness or inflammation. There was no sign of infection, and it looked/felt like scar tissue, despite there never having been anything there to scar in the first place! It was most peculiar. They were there for several months, and it wasn't until I began using the Ferns & Moss Serum every night that they began to diminish/heal and disappear completely.

This serum is a decadent, rich oil that is surprisinly light and soft on the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any greasy residue. If I have any pigmentation, I will apply this to the problem area before my other skincare. I also really like using just 1-2 drops of this around the eye area. It is incredibly light, and I find my skin is so much more hydrated and more refreshed in appearance when applied. 

If fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots were a concern or my skin was drier (it is normal/balanced, for the record), I think I would be reaching for this more frequently. As it is, I only need it maybe 1-2 times a week, or to treat any scars or marks from blemishes etc. and to keep any blemishes that do look like popping up at bay.

This is definitely another must-have.



Marigold Fields Moisturiser (0.95fl oz size) Shop here

This one is a really lightweight, silky cream. Deeply hydrating, it absorbs quickly and leaves no heavy or greasy residue. I usually prefer oils for my face, but I actually don't mind this on my face, although I still prefer (and use) it on my neck and décolletage.

It keeps my skin smooth, hydrated and supple. I find if don't keep my neck and décolletage properly moisturised, my skin can become very dry, and lines show very easily. I really love how lightweight this is on the skin, so there is no residue to interfere with hair or clothing. As with all of Earthwise Beauty products, a little goes a long way. I'm going to be getting my hands on a full size of this soon too!


Other Products Not Shown

I've also sampled several other products from the line, which I have enjoyed equally as much. The Carrot-A-Day Serum is incredible for spot-treating blemishes, and for use under the eyes. Under the eyes, it is firming, hydrating and refreshing. The Tangerine Skies Oil is also AMAZING for any dryness whatsoever. Any flakiness or dry patches? A tiny drop of this massaged into the area will have your skin silky-smooth and soft in no time. If I've got any dry patches at all, this is also a MUST underneath make-up.

The Frightening Green Mask is another brilliant mask, and I plan to get a larger size soon. So good for cleansing the skin without leaving it dry or tight.


Overall & Discount

I cannot impress upon you enough how good Earthwise Beauty skincare truly is. Whether you're "into" green beauty or not, Earthwise is the cream of the crop in my eyes. Each product is SO incredibly effective and potent, and Ava's honesty and knowledge ensures you know precisely what you're getting (which makes selecting the right products for you so much easier).

If you would like to explore the range further, code LIBERTYGREEN will save 15% off your entire order. Enjoy beauties!


Kelsey xx
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14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation SPF23 in Sand | Review (+ swatches)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



In the cooler months, I will gladly wear a full-face of make-up, but come Summer, I want everything as minimal as possible. The 14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation meets that need. It offers medium to full coverage (not really full, but buildable), but feels incredibly light on the skin. In the past, I've found most liquid foundations to be oil-based. These are fine, and there are some really beautiful ones available that I've tried, but I can find them too creamy for the hot, humid weather we experience during the North QLD Summer. 

The 14e Cosmetics Foundation SPF23 is aloe-based. It does still contain Certified Organic Argan and Jojoba Oils, but these are further down the list. The entire formula is 100% natural, with Certified Organic Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, Bamboo Extract to nourish the skin, helping to improve breakouts and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This foundation also has an SPF23 - not something often found in a natural foundation.


Packaging

As you can see, it is absolutely beautiful. I love the slightly frosted look of the packaging, and the fact that it is transparent, so I know precisely how much product is left. 

Both the Foundation and Sheer Tint have the same pump-dispenser, with a protective cap. This has an airless pump (where the base rises as the product content lessens), helping to extend the shelf-life of the product and also keeping it sanitary.


Application

I've been experimenting with a few different techniques with this foundation, and I've found the following to work best - 

I dispense the product directly onto my face, and use my fingertips to blend it out (a bit like you would a BB Cream). Once pretty much fully blended and set, I finish blending with the MOTD Cosmetics Foundation Brush to flawlessly blend the product with my skin. 

I have also tried this with a damp Beauty Blender (sponge), but I find I end up with much lighter coverage, and I wasn't a fan of the finish. Fingertips + finishing with a brush is the way to go.

Wearing 14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation in Sand for I Am Natural Store

 Coverage, Consistency & Finish

As I mentioned above, the Aloe Nourish Foundation is a buildable medium coverage. My skin is pretty good these days, and I scarcely ever need to use a concealer with this foundation. It covers redness and imperfections well. This also sits so beautifully on the skin, almost like a second skin. It never looks cake-y or even like I'm wearing foundation.

The finish is semi-satin.
I say 'semi', because I do end up with a more dewy finish by the end of the day, as it kind of settles with my skin, but it isn't full-on dewy. I always set with a powder, so a little touch-up later in the day will take away any extra shine if you are especially oily. I also always prime my skin with an oil.

Now, you might be surprised to find the consistency slightly grainy on first contact. You can see that a little bit in the swatch photo below. I found it very unusual when I first received it, but don't worry, it dissipates as soon as you blend the product out.

It is a thinner liquid foundation, and I use about 1-2 pumps for my whole face.
I also mentioned earlier that this foundation is light on the skin - almost weightless. I easily forget that I'm wearing it and it is SO breathable.

14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation SPF23 Swatches, L-R: Seashell, Sand, Bamboo, Sunkissed, Coconut
Shades

I wear the shade SAND.

Initially, I thought there may not actually be a shade for me. The lightest three shades all seemed to have a very...ashy base. It doesn't show in the product photos above, but you can see it in the swatches above. More on that in a moment.

The shades are described as follows:
  • Seashell 01 - Fair with pink undertones
  • Sand 02 - Fair/ medium with yellow undertones
  • Bamboo 03 - Medium with neutral undertones 
  • Sunkissed 04 - Medium/ tan with subtle warm undertones
  • Coconut 05 - Deep with golden, caramel undertones

My skin tone is light - medium (on the fairer side), with neutral undertones.

SAND appeared very ashy-toned when I first looked at it, and then began applying it to my skin. I even thought it may be a tad too dark for me. But after applying it all over, it seemed to settle into my skin and the shade adjusted to flawlessly melt with my skin tone. 

BAMBOO also looked the same, and I feared it would be too ashy when I tested it out on my sister (who has medium skin, olive undertones), but again it adjusted to her own skin tone. 

The shades are the same for the Sheer Tint (which is equally as incredible and lightweight on the skin)

If you don't see a shade here that suits you, don't be disappointed. New shades are being released soon! (I'm actually thinking the half-shade, Birch 1.5 would be good for me in the cooler months!)

14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Sheer Tint SPF10 Swatches, L-R: Coconut, Sunkissed, Sand, Seashell
Overall

Both the foundation and sheer tint are beautiful on the skin, and I really love how lightweight and breathable they both are. The Foundation is long-lasting and provides amazing coverage - and only takes me about 2mins to apply for an easy, fresh-faced look!
You can find 14e Cosmetics at I Am Natural Store in Australia.
Kelsey xx
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Au Naturale Creme Blush in Sweetheart + Creme Eyeshadows in Ivory, Bliss & Saddle | Swatches & Review

Monday, October 24, 2016


Au Naturale Cosmetics is high-performance make-up, without compromising on safety. The products are 100% natural, non-toxic, Cruelty Free and also Vegan. The brand has recently launched in Australia, and is available exclusively at Beautiful Because.

Au Naturale have a stunning range of cream cosmetics, and I'm featuring the Creme Eye Shadows in Ivory, Bliss and Saddle, alongside the Creme Blusher in Sweetheart.



Au Naturale Organic Creme Blusher Sweetheart

First of all, all of the Au Naturale packaging is 100% recyclable. The Creme Blusher is packaged in a twist-up tube, similar to a multi-stick or (really chubby) lipstick. I really like this type of packaging, as it makes it easy to access the product, or you can apply it directly to the skin. 

The shade Sweetheart is a blue-based pink, a very flattering cool-toned mauve. The odd thing I've found with cool-toned colours - they look very flattering and natural on the cheek, but I'm not a fan of blue-based pinks on the lips. Sweetheart is a really pretty shade, not too cool, and looks natural on a variety of skin tones. 

For a creme blush, the formula is on the drier side and gives a satin finish. 
I don't mind the dryness one bit (it's not dry on the skin), as it is still creamy enough to blend easily, but dry enough that it doesn't give any added shine or dewiness, and the colour lasts all day. If you have an oily skin type, or prefer a more satin - matte finish, then these blushes would be a good choice! 

I've been applying this by warming with my fingertips, then patting the colour out onto the apples of my cheeks, before blending with a brush. You could also apply directly from the stick to the skin, and then blend. The sleek packaging also makes it a handy size to carry with you for touch-ups.

Au Naturale Organic Creme Blusher in Sweetheart + Creme Eye Shadow in Bliss
Au Naturale Creme Eyeshadow in Saddle
Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Saddle

Creme eye shadows are a quick, effortless multi-tasking product to have in your make-up kit. The shade Saddle is rich, matte, coco brown. The lighter shades are much more sheer, where Saddle is intensely pigmented. I've applied it rather lightly in the swatches above and below (one tap with a brush into the pot and blended all over). This shade is so intense, it also doubles as an eyeliner! The rich matte shade is softer than black, so I love it for tight-lining (drawing the line as close as possible to the lash line) my upper lashes for day wear. I simply use an eyeliner or angled brush.
Again I find the formula quite firm and dry for a cream eye shadow. If you're familiar with something like the RMS Beauty Creme Eye Shadows, the Au Naturale shadows are not at all the same soft creaminess. As they are drier and firmer, the Au Naturale Eye Shadows are not nearly as prone to creasing. 
To apply, I've used a brush below, but the fingertips work equally as well, and make for a quick, effortless look. The other thing I love about cream eyeshadows is that they give the lid a more youthful appearance, as they are also really moisturising to the skin, rather than looking dry. A dewy, matte (versus a shimmer) finish is also more flattering than shimmery shadows, that can enhance fine lines. 

On the matter of creasing
My lids are slightly hooded (not sure you can see it in any of these photos as I'm looking slightly downward), so even powders end up creasing on me. The Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadows have minimal creasing. You can also set any cream eye shadow with a translucent powder to set and help prevent creasing. If my eye shadow does crease or settle during the day, I simply pat it out with my fingertip and it's as good as new!

I really love the packaging of the creme eye shadows too - a frosted glass pot and screw-top lid. They are nice and compact in my make-up bag, and are also easy to access and apply. Plus, they look gorgeous!

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Saddle
Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Ivory
Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Ivory

Ivory is a gorgeous ivory shade with an almost frosted, champagne finish. It provides a sheer wash of colour and a glossy finish to the lid. Effortless, and youthful. This shade can also be used as a highlighter (which I also love it for), or mixed with any other product for a luminous glowing finish.

If I want to intensify the colour, I'll use a brush, but otherwise, this shade is gorgeous for a quick, fresh 5-minute look. I simply swirl my fingertip in the product to warm, then wash over the lid.

This shade would also be gorgeous as a highlighting shade on darker skin tones.

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Ivory
Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Bliss
Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow in Bliss

This shade is probably my favourite of the trio. It is a really pretty soft, warm pink with a luminous finish. For a Spring or Summer-fresh look, Bliss washed over the lid completes a glowing, blushing look. It is also really pretty swept through the crease with Ivory all over the lid.

The shade Bliss can also be layered over a lip colour or blush for a pretty luminous finish and to pull your whole look together.

Au Naturale Organic Creme Blusher in Sweetheart Swatch

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow Saddle Swatch

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow Bliss Swatch
Overall (+ discount)

Creme Eye Shadows are such an effortless, multi-tasking product, and an essential for a youthful, 5-minute face. I really love the entire Au Naturale range. The eye shadows are stunning and the creme blush is absolutely beautiful. I've been reaching for these frequently. 

You can save 10% off your first order with code LIBERTYGREEN at Beautiful Because.


Kelsey xx
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Liberty Green Birthday SALE | My Faves

Friday, October 21, 2016


With just under 48hrs left of the Liberty Green 1st Birthday Sale, I wanted to share with you my faves/top picks from the sale! If you haven't already shopped the sale and snapped up some amazing offers, this list might get you started. 

To see the full list of sales and GWP, see here.


For an incredibly lightweight foundation that looks like perfected skin (but with great coverage!), look no further. I'm going to be reviewing this shortly, but first impressions - LOVE. I'd also snap up some of the Loose Eye Shadows. Pigment is insane and they are SO silky.
Free GWP: Receive a free gift with any purchase over $50 on Alima Pure at Emporio Organico

Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Hair Spray (review)
I can't go past this sea salt spray for full, bouncy waves and lasting hold. It's one of the most simple products I own, and SO effective. Opt for the Golden Waves option for some fun and shimmer (that isn't OTT in the slightest) and enjoy!
20% off at Eve Organics valid until Oct. 22nd 


Edible Beauty Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Creme (review)
This is one of my favourite moisturisers - rich, silky and oh-so delicate on the skin. Can't stand creams? Neither can I, but this is heaven.
20% off Edible Beauty valid until Oct. 22nd


Say hello to smooth, glowing skin. With all Edible Beauty products, a little goes a long way. This exfoliant buffs away dead skin and build-up whilst being so gentle on the skin, to reveal a smooth, glowing complexion. This is by far one of my favourite exfoliants, and one jar lasts MONTHS.
20% off Edible Beauty valid until Oct. 22nd


Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette
Need some essentials? This palette covers everything you need, from mattes to shimmers. This palette includes everything for the most simple of nude eyes, to a dramatic evening look or sultry smokey eye.
Free GWP: Madara SOS Moisture Mask with orders over $50 at Beautiful Because
Enter code LIBERTYGREEN at the Gift Code section at checkout.


LUK Beautifood Lip Nourish
The Lip Nourish Lipsticks offer a sheer wash of colour, whilst hydrating and keeping my lips soft and smooth! With only ingredients that are safe enough to EAT, you can't get much better the LUK. Two NEW shades have also been released - Pink Melon and Grapefruit. Make sure you snap them up!!
20% off valid until Oct. 22nd. 


Masks
A staple in skincare if you ask me, and my current two favourites are the The Little Alchemist (review) Cacao & Banana Face Glow, and the Today Is Ours (review) Super Greens Face Mask. Get 20% of The Little Alchemist, and 25% off Today is Ours. See here for codes.



RosehipPLUS Skincare (review)
Suited to all skin types, the RosehipPLUS range makes organic skincare simple and affordable, without compromising on performance. The range is absolutely beautiful, and the cleanser is SO rich and creamy. Definitely get this and the organic Rosehip Oil if you can't decide!
20% off valid until Oct. 22nd. Spend $75 and get free shipping too!



Kelsey xx
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Wildcrafted Organics Skincare & Tea | Review (and a discount)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Wildcrafted Organics is a small-batch, delightfully crafted line of skincare and teas, created by herbalist and nutritionist Nicole O'Sullivan. The products are carefully formulated, only 100% natural, and using Certified Organic ingredients where available. The skincare is packaged in Miron Violet Glass, which blocks all visible UV light, not only preserving the product within, but continuing to enhance the properties of the product it contains.

I've been using the Wild Rose Botanical Mist (travel size), Neroli Cleansing Oil (travel size) and Wildflowers Rejuvenating Serum (full size). I also received the Wild Hibiscus Beauty Tea.


Neroli Cleansing Oil (travel size)

I know the benefits of oil-cleansing, and I've been using an oil-based cleanser for sometime, but I was yet to use an entirely oil cleanser on my skin, and I must admit, I wasn't too thrilled at the prospect (I recently wrote about double-cleansing here).

The Neroli Cleansing Oil is a light golden liquid, light and rich, with the heavenly scent of orange blossoms. I used the recommended 6-8 pumps, and applying to dry skin, massage the oil all over the face to dislodge and dissolve make-up and other impurities on the skin. The oil cleanser dissolves make-up effortlessly, and after massaging for a few minutes, add a splash of water to transform the oil into a milky liquid, before removing with a warm wash-cloth.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually feels to use an oil cleanser (prior to finishing with another cleanser), as it is the most effective at removing all traces of make-up, and left my skin feeling SO soft, cleansed and refreshed. The Neroli Cleansing Oil contains Camellia Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang to rejuvenate the skin, help reduce the appearance of scars, balance sebum (oil) production, prevent premature ageing and improve the skin's elasticity.

Used as a single cleanse on bare skin, the Neroli Cleansing Oil still does not leave my skin feeling greasy, and I don't require a second cleanse to remove any residue, but rather to properly cleanse the skin.

I've been using it for a number of weeks now, and the travel size is 30ml, the full size 100ml. Based on how much product I have left, I think the full size would certainly last 4-6mths.

I'm really loving this cleansing oil, and it is such a wonderful experience to use each evening.



Wild Rose Botanical Mist (travel size pictured)

If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I adore facial mists.
They enhance the penetration of your other skincare, keep the skin hydrated throughout the day, and can also be used pre and post-makeup application.

The Wild Rose Botanical Mist gently envelopes the skin in a beautifully hydrating mist, and the scent of roses. Some mists are just so-so, but this one is an absolute treat to use!

The mist falls gently over the skin (no squirting you in the face as some can do!), and deeply hydrates my skin. After generously misting the skin, I've been finding I need to use less of my other products. As this mist is so gentle, I also love to use it to set and refresh my make-up, or simply to refresh my complexion throughout the day (especially now we're heading into the warmer months!)

Wildflowers Rejuvenating Serum (full size)

I've fallen absolutely in love with everything I've tried from Wildcrafted Organics, but this would have to be one of the loveliest serums I've used. It is rich, and deeply hydrating, yet incredibly lightweight, and so potent I only need two pumps (which are small) to apply to my entire face. The Wildflowers Rejuvenating Serum absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no trace of oiliness or greasiness, leaving my skin soft and supple.

Some serums or oils can tend to be a bit heavy, or leave my skin feeling like I have product on, but not with this. It absorbs fully and quickly. When I massage in my morning skincare, I have noticed that my skin has been much firmer since I've been using the Wildflowers Rejuvenating Serum - and I don't even have any loss of firmness or suppleness to be concerned about yet.

The Wildflowers Rejuvenating Serum contains CoQ10 and lipid squalane, both anti-ageing and necessary to keep the skin radiant and youthful.

The scent of this is slightly pungent, not as sweet as the other two products, but that is the nature of using 100% unadulterated botanical ingredients that have not been highly processed and destroyed.



Wild Hibiscus Beauty Tea

This is a delicious hand-blended tea that I've been enjoying simply sweetened with a little honey. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C - perfect for enhancing that glow from the inside-out, and delicious to drink!

I often find herbal teas can be a bit bitter, and too 'leafy' in flavour (if that makes any sense at all, haha!), but this tea is very enjoyable, and the gorgeous pink colour doesn't hurt either!


Overall (and discount)

I've been really impressed with everything I've tried from Wildcrafted Organics, and if you are looking for effective skincare with a touch of luxury, I highly recommend checking out the brand. 

Wildcrafted Organics is also helping to celebrate the 1st Birthday of Liberty Green with 20% off sitewide. Grab the code + details here - it expires soon! 


Kelsey xx
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Liberty Green Birthday Celebration SALE

Saturday, October 15, 2016


I wrote the very first blog post for Liberty Green / Megsy-Jane just one year ago today. I began with an aim to educate more women on what exactly is in conventional cosmetics, and the natural, non-toxic and organic high-performing alternatives. I've 'met' and helped SO MANY of you in that short time, and I look forward to being able to continue to do so.

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of Liberty Green, I have some AMAZING sales from some of my very favourite green beauty brands! This is a way to say THANK YOU to everyone that has supported Liberty Green so far, and to give you the opportunity to get your hands on some green goodness!

Code LIBERTYBIRTHDAY is all you need, and see below for more details of these incredible offers!


Madara SOS Moisture Mask with orders over $50.
Enter code LIBERTYGREEN at the Gift Code section at checkout. 
Valid until Oct. 22nd
While stocks last. 
20% off valid until Oct. 22nd

Alima Pure: Receive a free gift with any purchase over $50.
Kypris: Purchase any Kypris product and receive a 3-5ml sample of your choice while stocks last.
Pai Skincare: Spend over $58 on Pai and receive a free full size product of either the Kukui & Jojoba Skin Brightening Exfoliator or an Echium & Argan Eye Cream.

20% off valid 24hrs only 

20% off valid until Oct. 22nd 

20% off all Make-Up.
Valid until Oct. 16th

20% off valid until Oct. 22nd. 
30% off orders over $60. Vaild until Oct. 18th.
20% off valid until Oct. 17th 
20% off valid until Oct. 22nd.
Spend $75 and get free shipping too!
Once per customer only. 

20% off valid until Oct. 22nd 
Not valid on sample sizes. Not valid with any other offer

Today Is Ours
25% off storewide, valid until Oct. 22nd
Code: LIBERTYGREEN
20% off valid until Oct. 22nd.
Spend $29.95 and get free shipping too! 

20% off sitewide valid until Oct. 22nd




Kelsey xx
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RosehipPLUS Giveaway

Thursday, October 13, 2016



RosehipPLUS is an incredible Australian skincare brand, 100% natural, with Certified Organic ingredients and effective yet affordable products. The Organic Daily Cream Cleanser is one of my favourite products in the line (I’ve reviewed it here), and the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil is the only rosehip oil I use (my tips for different ways to use it here)

I’m so excited to be GIVING AWAY an entire pack of RosehipPLUS products, worth over $110AUD! The prize includes - 

  • Australian Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (50ml)
  • Organic Daily Cream Cleanser
  • Rosehip Oil Roll-On 
  • Hydrating Day Cream
  • Nourishing Night Cream


To Enter You Will Need To:

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW NOW CLOSED

- Sign up for the RosehipPLUS + Liberty Green mailing list
- Follow both @rosehipplus + @libertygreenau on instagram
- (Optional) Share the giveaway post (find it here) publicly on instagram, tagging both @libertygreenau + @rosehipPLUS in the photo (so I can find your bonus entry)



Good luck!


T&C’s: Entry open to Australian residents. Giveaway closes Thursday Oct. 27th. Winner will be drawn at random and announced within 3 days of giveaway closing. If the winner cannot be contacted, the winner will be redrawn. Drawing is final. 


Kelsey xx
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Maya Angelou

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

People may not remember what exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

― Maya Angelou

Feeding Your Dog Naturally | Natural Pet Care

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



When I first brought Holly (the Liberty Green Natural Pet Care Ambassador) home, I remember being concerned about her diet. My own diet at that time was already pretty much what it is today - free of processed foods, refined sugars and refined grains, almost everything made from scratch - pretty much whole food in their most natural, unadulterated state. I dubiously eyed the high salt-content "specially formulated" puppy food and purchased what seemed best. 

After transitioning her from the puppy food she'd been fed since weaning, I began making up my own diet for her, based on what was "supposed" to be good. It consisted mostly of rice (as all the most expensive canned dog food was), and whatever veggies I had on hand at the time. 

A few months later I was recommended the book Give Your Dog a Bone by Dr Ian Billinghurst. (you can find it here or on Amazon) It follows the principals of a BARF diet - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. I'm not going to go into huge detail here, as the books (I own both the Puppy and Dog versions) cover everything you really need to know, but I am going to give you a quick run-down of the diet, and what/how I feed Holly.

Holly & Max (another family pet)

The BARF diet is based on the natural feeding habits of wild dogs and wolves. Domestic dogs are biologically no different than their wild counterparts, so why should their diet be? In the wild, dogs are omnivores, eating both meat, bones and offal, along with whatever fruit they can find. The BARF diet follows these principals in creating a well-balanced diet for optimum health. 

Holly's health was actually what made me switch her diet in the first place - at around just 3-4mths, she began (for no apparent reason) losing all of her hair from the waist down, and losing weight. She was also getting covered in a type of flea (not dog fleas, but a wild flea she was picking up in the backyard), that despite washing and combing her everyday with a flea wash, and disinfecting bedding, she still continued to gather. 

After beginning the BARF diet, she began to regain her weight and hair, and the fleas stopped. Holly is five and half years old now, and hasn't had a single health issue since. Living in North Queensland, we have a number of ticks (including Paralysis Tick) to deal with, but since having Holly on the BARF diet, she hasn't picked up a single one. I'm just going to cover her diet here, but if you'd like to know more about what I do for (pesticide free) flea & tick control, let me know in the comments below or on instagram and I'll put together a post!

The BARF diet focuses on balance over a week, not a day. It's also good for your pet to have a "starve day" once in a while, where they skip a meal. This would usually occur in a dog's natural habitat and they perform better if given a fast every once in a while. 



A rough guide to Holly's diet

If you're interested in the BARF diet, I strongly recommend purchasing (or try and get it from the library) the Give Your Dog a Bone Book, for more specific details on what to feed your pet, but this is a rough guide to what I feed Holly, to give you an idea.

- Holly is fed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, except on "fast days" or "bone days", where she'll only get one meal. If she's been given a huge meaty bone, she'll spend all day gnawing on it, and won't need dinner that evening. Bone days are usually 1-2 times a week

- She is fed around 60% raw bones and meat. This includes the carcass, marrow, cartilage, and also includes offal. We have our own home-grown beef and lamb, so after the butcher comes, we always have plenty of bones and the offal for the dogs - hearts, liver and kidneys. They would naturally consume this in the wild, and the offal contains highly beneficial fatty acids and nutrients. Offal is a smaller percentage of her bone/meat consumption, as it is very rich for them. Most of her meat is chicken (from the supermarket, unfortunately) - wings, drumsticks or chicken carcass (broken down into meal portions)

- The other portion of her diet consists of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. Prior to the Give Your Dog a Bone book, I thought it was enough to cut the vegetables or fruit up into bite-sized pieces, or blitz it in a food processor. Dogs naturally go for the internal organs (and therefore the stomach contents) on a carcass, and consume whatever the rabbit, sheep, bird etc has eaten. The vegetable/fruit portion of the diet should resemble this, making the vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the fruit and vegetables most available to the body.
- I then freeze the vegies in batches, so I only have to make up a batch once every few weeks. I make them using a regular juicer, mixing the juice back into the pulp before freezing. I then get them out the night before to defrost (don't reheat, it destroys the enzymes)
- Her diet varies from week to week, depending on what is in-season or available at the time - fruits such as apples, banana, melons, mangoes, papaya, pears - nearly anything.
- Vegetables and greens include pumpkin, sweet potato, tomatoes, chard, bok choy, pak choy, lettuce, kale, cabbage (not too much of this, it can disrupt healthy thyroid function), carrots, cucumber, zucchini, squash  - again almost anything. If I have fruit or vegetables on hand that have gone a bit over-ripe, but aren't so far gone they're destined for the chicken scraps, they get thrown in too!
- I'll add "extras" to the vegies come serving, depending on what she's had for the week. Plain greek-style yogurt, milk (she also sometimes has a plain meal of milk when I have raw milk on hand), olive oil, chia seeds, egg or left over gravy (which is purely juices from the roasting pan, reduced), homemade beef or chicken stock etc
- I will also add any extra vitamins or minerals she needs prior to serving
- Sometimes, she also gets a regular "left overs" meal, made up of the tid-bits of left over meals from the fridge, or I'll make rolled oats in the cooler months in place of the vegies and add the "extras" to that.

If you've got any questions at all, feel free to ask me below, or over on instagram, and of course also let me know if you'd like to see a post on what I do for (natural) tick and flea control!
Kelsey xx
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Double Cleansing with Rosehip Plus

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Double-cleansing is a term splashed about a lot these days, often touted as a golden rule of skincare - but what does it really mean? I've been double-cleansing since before I even knew there was a name for it; and quite simply, double-cleansing is cleansing the skin first with an oil or oil-based cleanser, then cleansing again with your usual cleanser. You can of course just cleanse twice with the same product, but to really give your skin a thorough cleanse, you need to be using an oil-based cleanser. 

Before you freak out - oil will not make your skin more oily, breakout or clog your pores. The right oils can actually be SO beneficial to the skin, especially oily and breakout-prone types! One of my favourite pure oils, that is beneficial to all skin types, is rosehip oil. I've tried a few different brands over the years, and by far my favourite is the RosehipPLUS Australian Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. High in vitamin C, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, Rosehip Oil can help reduce free radical damage in the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is also very soothing on inflamed or irritated skin. I have also found regular use of rosehip oil helps fade scars, heal any blemishes or broken skin, and give my skin that healthy glow! 

The essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9) keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and more youthful in appearance. The Rosehip PLUS oil is not only certified organic, high quality and certified by PETA, but also cold-pressed - an important factor when it comes to selecting oils. Many oils are heat-treated during processing, altering the chemical structure and damaging (often destroying) the beneficial properties. In some cases, processed oils can even cause breakouts or clogged pores, so always ensure you choose an unrefined, cold-pressed oil.

When I first heard of oil-cleansing, I was not at all enthused. Cleansing my skin, with an oil? I imagined it would do the very opposite of cleansing the skin. If you use an oil to remove your eye-makeup or mascara, you'll already know how easily it melts away even the most stubborn make-up, and the same goes for the rest of your face. 

However, I was pleasantly surprised, and I'm well and truly converted! Using an oil such as Rosehip Oil to cleanse the skin not only draws out dirt and impurities and dissolves make-up, but it is also nourishing your skin as you cleanse. The glass dropper of the RosehipPLUS Oil makes it super easy to dispense the correct amount and cleanse the skin. After oil-cleansing, you should then follow up with a cream cleanser. The first cleanse removes the day's make-up, and any environmental impurities that may have gathered on the skin over the course of the day. The second cleanse actually cleanses the skin, withdrawing impurities and dirt to leave your skin soft, supple and refreshed, without being stripped of it's natural oils. 

My favourite cream cleanser for double-cleansing is the RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser. It is incredibly rich and glossy, feels beautifully moisturising on the skin and helps to calm breakouts and inflammation, as well as removes make-up and impurities from the skin. This is a must-have I think for all ages!

I've shared a quick how-to for you below, and I've also shared my favourite ways to use rosehip oil in my skincare - it's quite the multi-tasker!

How to Double-Cleanse

  1. Place 5-8 drops of Rosehip Oil into the palm of your hands 
  2. Massage the oil between your palms, then apply to dry skin
  3. Apply the oil to the skin, massaging in circular motions over your face, eyes and lips to dislodge make-up and dirt
  4. Rub in a small amount of water (just enough to wet your hands) onto the skin, transforming the oil to a milk-like substance
  5. Using a warm wash-cloth, gently remove the Rosehip oil
  6. You can now move onto the second cleanse, my favourite being the RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser
  7. Using a pea-sized amount, apply the Daily Cream Cleanser to your face and neck, using gentle circular motions. 
  8. Rinse with warm water or a wash-cloth and voila! Enjoy your freshly cleansed, supple and hydrated skin!


Some of my other favourite ways to use Rosehip Oil

  1. For added nutrients and supple skin, mix a few drops with a clay/dry mask as the activator in place of water.
  2. Or, apply to clean, damp skin prior to applying a mask for ultra-soft, glowing skin!
  3. Run out of your exfoliant? In a pinch, I'll mix a few drops of Rosehip Oil, RosehipPLUS Daily Cream Cleanser and a tsp of ground nutmeg (anti-inflammatory, helps fade blemishes and scars) for a DIY exfoliant that leaves my skin so smooth and refreshed! This is my favourite skincare trick, and you can add as little or as much exfoliant as your skin requires!
  4. Rosehip Oil also makes an amazing beauty oil pre-makeup. Apply 2-3 drops to damp skin and glowwww.
  5. For strong, shiny nails and healthy cuticles, I massage a few drops of rosehip oil into my nail beds each night or after removing nail polish.
  6. Eye make-up remover - a few drops on a cotton pad removes waterproof mascara effortlessly. Bye-bye panda eyes!

Do you have any tips or tricks for using Rosehip Oil? Share yours below or over on instagram, and let me know which you'll be using from my list!


Kelsey xx
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