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Q & A: Carmine-Free Pink Blush

Monday, January 30, 2017


I've recently launched a new feature on Liberty Green, a weekly q & a to answer any and all of your questions! This will be happening every Monday on Instagram (make sure you pop over for this week's!) or you can leave your questions below if you're not on Instagram. 

I'm then going to feature one of your questions here on the blog, along with my answer, so everyone can benefit! I'm always getting emails and messages asking about product recommendations, specific brands, if X is clean or Y is safe, so this is a great way for you to ask anything you like, and for everyone else to benefit from the answer!

This week's featured question is from misspinkcoco:
I'm having trouble finding pink blushes that don't contain any carmine and have only found a Lily LoLo one which I'm currently using. If you would be able to recommend some other brands that would be so helpful, many thanks 😊@libertygreenau

Answer:

There are several amazing blushes available - both cream, pressed and loose minerals - that are carmine free and all natural. My top recommendations: (includes ALL shades)

Au Naturale Lip & Cheek Tint use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek (free shipping to AU over $50)


Inika Mineral Powder Blush (loose or puff pot)
Alima Pure Shimmer or Satin Matte Mineral Blush (use code WBM10 to save 10% off until Jan 31st)



Kelsey xx
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Holly's Health Supplements | Natural Pet Care

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Holly
I don't use the 'conventional' tick, flea and parasite control methods with the dogs, as they are just full of harmful synthetic chemicals and insecticides. Because of this, it is vitally important that I maintain their health with a good diet, and supplement that with vitamins and minerals. I also use some natural parasite control methods, which I'll cover in another post. If you'd like to know what/how I feed Holly, you can read that post here.

In addition to the BARF diet, I supplement her with a number of vitamins and minerals. I also don't think I mentioned it in the diet post, but I also feed the dogs fish (pilchards) every week or fortnight or so, when available. These small fish are excellent for them - they get the whole fish, bones, the head, everything - and they love them! (although Max does turn his nose up at them and will only eat the fish I eat! Bit snobbish considering)


I alternate between these supplements, depending on what they need for the week, and don't add them to every meal. 

  • Rosehip Vital Canine (the people version is good too!) / This is pure Rosehip powder, processed using a patented drying and extraction process which activates a compound called GOPO – this is the clinically proven anti-inflammatory. Rose-Hip Vital is backed by over 30 scientific research papers including 9 clinical trials. It is also a powerful antioxidant and rich source of natural vitamin C. This is not only good to keep the immune system boosted, or if they have allergies or a reaction to bites and stings, but it is also anti-inflammatory and good for joint problems and arthritis. I add this at least once a week to their meals, and increase the dosage during times of stress or add lib. if they are unwell. If you are treating arthritis or joint health, a daily dose is recommended.

  • Sulphur / This is a powdered mineral. It is available from any animal (livestock) feed store. If the dogs sulphur levels are maintained in the body, it keeps ticks and fleas at bay. I only give them about 1/4 tsp every so often. I increase the dosage during 'tick season' (hot weather, after rain) or if they've been out in the paddock a lot or picked up a tick, I give them an extra dose.

  • Seaweed Flakes / Contains a rich supply of minerals, most prominently calcium, copper, iodine and iron. They are also rich in protein, fibre and vitamins, specifically vitamin K and folic acid. You can purchase it from the supermarket or health food store, or again from any livestock feed store. Just make sure you buy a high quality. I add a sprinkling to their meals at least once a fortnight. 

  • Salt / It may seem like an odd supplement, but I have a bar of pink Himalayan rock salt that I keep for the dogs. Sometimes when they are licking your skin a lot, they are looking for the salt. I add a pinch of salt (Celtic sea salt - not that iodised table salt) to their food now and then, or get the bar of Himalayan rock salt out for them to lick if they need it. 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar / Make sure it is raw, unfiltered and contains the 'mother' for the full health benefits. Contains potassium. malic acid – gives ACV the properties of being resistant to viruses, bacteria, and fungus - calcium and more. If the weather is especially hot, I'll also add a small amount to their water, to help prevent dehydration and better absorption of their minerals and vitamins.

  • Cod Liver Oil / Rich in vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin A helps to support a healthy immune system, and vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. I add this every so often to their meals. 
If you have any questions about any of these, or natural pet care, pop your questions below or over on Instagram.

Kelsey xx
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My Fave Five Green Concealers

Thursday, January 26, 2017


There are so many great natural concealers available now, it can be tricky finding the one that's right for you. With most promising good coverage and a flawless finish, deciding between them and trialling 300 different concealers can be a tedious, if not expensive, exercise. 

These are my five favourite green concealers, which includes blemish coverage, under eye brightening & correction and (truly) full coverage options. 


RMS Beauty "Un" Coverup
SHOP: Australia / UKUSA (I purchase from the USA as it works out cheaper)

Creamy, colour-correcting and naturally beautiful on the skin, the RMS Beauty "Un" Coverup had me at hello. This little gem melts into the skin, hydrates with a dewy finish and doesn't give you that flaky, cakey look on blemishes or dry spots. The other thing I love about this is the ease of use - it blends so seamlessly with the skin, you can simply use it for spot-coverage, or as a foundation. 

The coverage on this is only medium, although I would say I can build it up to fullish paired with a tinted powder. However, it corrects and balances redness beautifully, and even if you can still see some blemishes through it, it looks so gorgeous on the skin, it will never make your skin look bad. Just youthful, glowing and fresh. 

Coverage: Buildable medium
My Favourite way to use: ALL. Spot-concealing, blemishes, as a foundation, or keeping it in my handbag for touch-ups. 


W3LL People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer
SHOP: Australia use code LIBERTYGREEN / UK / USA 

This has a mousse-like texture, not quite cream, but not quite liquid, either. I love this concealer particularly for under the eyes. It sets like a dream, brightens, corrects darkness, helps to combat puffiness and dark circles and never looks cakey or dry. 

And such a TINY amount is required (talking pin-sized) for both eyes, it isn't creasy, either.
Whilst I mainly keep this for use under the eyes, it also covers redness and blemishes well.

Coverage: Medium to full
My Favourite way to use: Under the eyes.


Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer
SHOP: USA (free international shipping over $99) / USA / CA

The Hynt Beauty DUET Concealer is ultra creamy, insanely concentrated (do not underestimate this), and has a satin finish. It provides full coverage and works beautifully for blemishes, redness, dark eyes, and also as a foundation if you mix with an oil or moisturiser. 

I use a brush to apply this, as it is so, so concentrated, it allows you to remove the excess, and also target blemishes, and then blend lightly area the problem area. Barely tap the brush into the product, then use the underside of the lid to remove almost all of the concealer before applying to the face.
It sits flawlessly on the skin, and doesn't flake or become cakey. I cannot emphasise enough how concentrated this product is. A pea-sized amount is more product than you could possibly need to use as a foundation all over the face. I've actually taken half of my jar out and potted it up for my sister because I won't go through it - even with daily use - before the product expires. 

If you want a good, multi-purpose, full coverage concealer, the Hynt Beauty DUET Concealer will cover everything.

Coverage: Full
My Favourite way to use: ALL. Under eye, blemishes, as a foundation (mix with an oil or moisturiser) 


Alima Pure Cream Concealer
SHOP: Australia / USA

I must admit, it was not love at first sight for me with the Alima Pure Cream Concealer. However, after working with it a few times, I discovered just how much I do love this concealer! It is quite firm and dry for a cream concealer, but not drying, and it never makes blemishes look flakey or dry. The coverage is full.

It brightens, conceals and balances redness and darkness, and has a semi-satin finish. My favourite way to use this is running my finger around the pan in a circle a few times to warm, then using that product under my eyes. As the formula is more on the dry side, it doesn't crease everywhere or settle into fine lines. It is also long-lasting and won't slip around on the skin. I will then use a brush to apply to blemishes, any redness or other imperfections. I also love using this to brighten the face, by applying in the 'triangle' under the eyes, between the nose and apples of cheeks. 

The chic mirrored compact (they feel so beautiful) is also refillable, which means saving $$, waste and the environment. This is another brilliant all-round concealer.

Coverage: Full
My Favourite way to use: Blemishes, redness, under eyes.


Lily Lolo Eye Primer Duo
SHOP: Australia (use code LIBERTYGREEN) / USA

Not technically a concealer, but I wanted to include this because it is good at correcting and brightening the eyes! The Lily Lolo Eye Primer includes two shades - a buff shade to brighten, and a lemon shade to correct/balance darkness. 

Not only does it prime the lid for eyeshadow application and give shadow a smooth, silky base, this creamy primer also brightens the eyes and corrects darkness. The finish is fresh and semi-dewy, and doesn't settle into fine lines or crease. 

Coverage: Medium
My Favourite way to use: Under eyes and lids.



I hope this has helped clarify the differences between some of these concealers, and make deciding a bit easier for you! Of course if you have any questions do ask in the comments below or over on Instagram (check out my new Q&A feature). Do you have any favourites amongst these, or one you've had your eye on?


Kelsey xx
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4 small ways I’m staying healthy & saving money in the new year (that might work for you too!)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Guest Author Eve from Eve Organics is back, and today she is sharing some of the ways she is staying healthy & saving money in the New Year! If you'd like to see more from Eve and other guest authors, you can find those posts here.


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  1. I’m getting to bed earlier

Honestly, I think this is one of the number one things we can do to improve our inner and outer beauty. A lack of sleep shows on the face almost immediately; and it can also affect our moods, our concentration and obviously our productivity. If there’s one thing that’s always worth working on in terms of new year’s resolutions, it’s your sleep patterns. To get you started, here are a few tricks to getting more sleep:

  • Eat dinner earlier. This frees up more time after dinner, so you don’t feel like you need to stay up late to get your daily dose of relaxation/Netflix time in.
  • Prepare your day the night before. This means setting out your clothes, making your breakfast ahead of time (more on that next!), and freeing up more time for sleep in the morning before the alarm needs to go off.
  • Have a cup of herbal tea before bed. Herbs like chamomile, lavender and valerian can all be helpful if you have trouble falling asleep, or ‘turning your mind off’. (Seek a doctor or nutritionist’s advice to make sure these herbs won’t interfere with any allergies or other supplements you might be taking.)


  1. I’m preparing a healthy breakfast the night before

I LOVE overnight oats (more than normal, warmed-up oats actually!). They’re quick (about one minute to prepare), easy, and so tasty – and you can add whatever you want. I make mine with ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ teaspoon of chia seeds, a sprinkling of sunflower/pumpkin/hemp seeds and half a teaspoon of maple syrup. Then I add ½ of milk, stir it all up and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning I wake up and top it with whatever fruit I have around (blueberries, strawberries, banana) and munch away. Nom.

BUT, if you’re not an overnight oats fan, there are still things you can do the night before to make your morning easier. For example, prepare an omelette – beat 2 eggs with 1/3 cup of milk then add salt, pepper and some grated cheese – and leave it in the fridge ready to fry the next morning.


  1. I’m following an ‘every second day’ rule for exercise

I work out fairly regularly – usually three times a week. But some weeks when I have a lot on or I’m not organised enough to check out my class times and make sure I fit them in, this drops to twice a week – or even once a week if I’m really busy. To make sure that can’t happen, I’ve started following an ‘every second day’ policy. Did I exercise yesterday? No? Then I’ll exercise today. This system also makes it really easy to plan at the start of each week – I check out the exercise class/yoga timetables and I can see how to make the week work for me – I’ll do Monday, Wednesday, Friday, for example – then go for a bike ride on Sunday.

  1. I’m making sure I have herbal tea, coffee & sweetener within reach during my work-day.

I love a good café latte – but the café coffee experience is expensive. A coffee every day equates to over $30 a week, or $120 a month – money that could be so much better spent elsewhere. Instead, I’ve started keeping herbal tea bags (much healthier!) and organic ground coffee in the office – so I can reach for a hot drink any time I like. It’s less wastage, much less money spent, and equally satisfying. Of course, I still like the occasional walk to the coffee shop – and I do this now around twice a week.

Small changes add up fast – and it doesn’t take long before you’ll be feeling better about your daily habits – making them easier and easier to stick with. What small changes are you making this January?






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Nudus Australia Lipstick (Swatches + My Thoughts)

Saturday, January 21, 2017


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

I'm excited to share with you the new shades, just released, and have swatched all of them on my lips for you, as well as sharing my thoughts so far...

Packaging

I just wanted to mention how gorgeous the packaging is. The sleek white tube feels so chic and good quality (no flimsy caps here!), and the lipsticks are a dream to apply. 

You can shop the new Nudus  shades here:
Australia (use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order)
USA
Nudus

Amalia / SHOP

"This one is special, named after my beautiful mum. The formula/texture is different to the other lipsticks. It's a subtle pink sheer wash of colour."
Whilst all of the shades are absolutely gorgeous, AMALIA is probably my favourite. It is the prettiest my-lips-but-better shade, and has a slightly sheer, glossy finish. Don't worry, the colour still builds beautifully. Like all Nudus lipsticks, the colour is long lasting and very moisturising on the lips. I really couldn't ask for more.
Viva /  SHOP

"The perfect shade of soft pink, this is my go to everyday lip colour."

This shade is a true matte finish. It is a soft purplish-pink shade.
Applied lightly it was more pink, but as I built the colour up to fully opaque, it has a more purple leaning. I actually quite liked this shade which was really surprising for me, given I don't really like purple - in any shade (unless it's lilac) - and definitely not on the lips. It could also be my skin tone and natural lip colouring, because it looks very similar to Amalia in the tube, but applies quite differently!

Diana - you've sold me on trying more experimental colours!

Also despite the matte finish, this still sits really beautifully on the lips, isn't at all drying (ALL the shades are very moisturising) and long-lasting.
Dreamtime / SHOP

"Inspired by our beautiful Australian outback and a celebration of our Aboriginal heritage. If 27 Kisses had a sister, this would be it... with a hint of red. Perfect as a multi stick on the cheeks."

I also really loved this shade. Dreamtime is a gorgeous earthy red, but not too dark, and not so brown or earthy that it doesn't work for my light - medium skin tone. It actually feels really Autumnal, and will be lovely coming into the cooler months. This is another shade I know I'm going to be reaching for quite often!

Semi-matte to gloss finish.


Ruby Rose / SHOP

"A very wearable pink/red. Perfect for day or night."

Ruby Rose is a super pretty, very wearable pink-based red. This shade actually looked more red on me than what is pulling in the photo above. Ruby Rose is really vibrant, and has a semi-matte finish. 

This shade is actually between ILIA's Crimson & Clover and Wild Child. And considering that this has a 100% natural pigment, and those 2 ILIA shades have some synthetic pigment, I know what I'm switching to. 


Zozo / SHOP

"A fun bright purple pop of colour. It's the showstopper of the new colours."

This is a deep, vibrant purple shade. It is a really fun colour and again I was surprised at how good it looked on. The finish is semi-matte, and deliciously creamy and moisturising. Again a super long-lasting colour!

Overall

There isn't a shade I don't like out of all these colours. They are all SO pretty and feel and look amazing on the lips. With formulas as good as these, there really is no reason for you to continue using toxin-filled lipsticks! What colour is your favourite out of the new shades? Share below or over on instagram!
You can shop the new Nudus  shades here:
Australia (use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your 1st order)
USA
Nudus
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I regret taking such good care of my skin. — Said no-one ever

Friday, January 20, 2017

I regret taking such good care of my skin.
— Said no-one ever

That Red House Organic Soap Berries | Review (a washing detergent alternative!)


I first heard about Soap Berries (AKA as Soap Nuts) about a year ago, and I was immediately intrigued by the notion. Soapberries are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, which grows in several different regions around the world, but is most prevalent in the Himalayas. Naturally high in saponin (nature's soap!), Soapberries are used in place of regular washing/laundry detergent. 

Emporio Organico carries them in two sizes, the 250g & 500g bags, so you can opt for the smaller size first if you want to give them a go!

Not only are Soap Berries a more cost-effective option than traditional detergents on a per-use basis, but they are so much more eco-friendly. For one, they are 100%, completely and utterly natural. That Red House Soapberries are also Certified Organic, so you aren't washing your clothes in harmful, toxic chemicals. Secondly, they are completely compostable, grey water safe and septic safe
Thirdly, because the soapberries leave no residue on fabrics, there is no need for a rinse cycle. Which means saving more water!

Regular laundry detergent contains a host of possibly harmful ingredients - just like cosmetics. Synthetic fragrance is one of the biggest offenders (with possibly over 300+ individual chemicals, synthetic fragrance causes endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity). 1,4 dioxane which is a by-product of detergent manufacturing and can contaminate the finished product, 1,4 dixoane is highly toxic. It is also estimated to contaminate up to 40% of cosmetics and personal care products through other ingredients - mostly petroleum by-products that require high levels of refining.

Other concerns in regular detergent include Phosphates & EDTA. These to make detergents more effective in hard water, and to help prevent dirt from settling back on clothes when they’re washing. These chemicals have long been associated with environmental damage, particularly in our streams and waterways. They cause algae blooms that damage ecosystems. Many detergents have eliminated these, but they’re often using ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in its place, which does not readily biodegrade, and has been found to be toxic in animal studies.


I know what you're thinking, because I wondered the same thing at first.
Do Soapberries really work? 

Using them is as simple as placing 5 of the shells into the drawstring bag provided, and throwing it in the wash with your laundry. They are good for up to 5 washes. 

I've used the Soapberries to wash everything from a regular clothing load, to household linen and sweaty work-out clothes. I wasn't too surprised when a light clothing load came out clean and fresh, but I wasn't too sure whether the Soapberries would handle clothing (work out clothes, socks etc) or linen that required a more thorough wash.

I'm pleased to report that the Soapberries wash everything thoroughly, and leave it all smelling, and feeling fresh, soft and clean!

I should also note that I only use cold water to wash.
The Soapberries release the saponin more readily in hot water, and you can soak them in hot water for 5-10mins prior to washing to help them release the saponin, but I've never bothered doing this as they wash so well as it is. If I was washing a heavily soiled load, I would probably give them a soak first to give the load an extra boost.

I will also mention that I usually have the machine set to 3 rinse cycles due to the water the house is on (we're rural, so no town water), but I've knocked it back to 2 cycles using the Soapberries, and everything is still as fresh as a daisy!


The Soapberries are also multi-purpose, and you can make a multi-purpose liquid from them, that you can use for anything from a shampoo to a household cleaner!
I haven't tried the liquid as a cleaner yet, but I have been using it in the dishwasher. 

To use as a dish-washing liquid

  1. I simply put a heaped tablespoon or two of bicarbonate soda into the dishwasher
  2. Fill the rest of the detergent cavity with the Soapberry liquid and wash!
It cleans everything exceptionally well. If I do have a heavy-duty load (something very greasy or baked-on), I'll either run the dishwasher on an extra hot cycle, or use an eco-friendly dishwasher tablet/detergent instead.

To make the multi-purpose liquid


  1. Simply place 10 whole soapberry shells (or equivalent) per litre of water into a pot
  2. Add water (ratio 10 soap berries per litre)
  3. Boil for 15-20mins
  4. Strain the cooled liquid through a fine sieve, gently pressing the soapberries with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bottle and store!

That Red House recommend preserving the liquid by adding citric acid to the hot liquid after boiling and straining the soapberries. Add 1 tsp citric acid per 500ml liquid and stir until dissolved. Because the soapberries are a natural product, the liquid will need to be preserved, or it will spoil over time. Citric acid is a natural preservative which is edible and available at all supermarkets in the baking section. They recommend making enough to liquid to last you no more than 4 weeks. I've stored mine in the fridge to help preserve the life of it. 

So, what do you think? Are you going to give Soapberries a go?
You can purchase SoapBerries online or in-store at Emporio Organico in Australia, and you can get 10% off with discount code WBM10 until 31 January.

Kelsey xx
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Kjaer Weis Lipstick Swatches (all 5 shades)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Photo Credit I Am Natural Store

Kjaer Weis recently launched a line of lipsticks (in addition to the existing Lip Tints, which are in a pan rather than the bullet), and I've swatched all 5 of the launch shades for you below. Two more shades have been released since the launch - KW Red and Brilliant - which I haven't included below, as they aren't yet available in Australia.

As with all Kjaer Weis products, the Lipsticks are packaged in the most exquisite, refillable & recyclable compact/tube, embossed with the Kjaer Weis logo. Three of the five shades are Certified Organic. The other two shades (which I noted below) are not Certified Organic, due to containing less than 1% synthetic pigment. Other than that, all of the ingredients are exactly the same. 

I've only tried samples of each of these shades so far and don't yet have the full-size product, so I won't be reviewing them in this post. I am happy to say, however, that the formula is exactly what you would expect from Kjaer Weis, or any luxury brand. All of the lipstick shades are incredibly comfortable on the lips, sit beautifully (no feathering, bleeding or settling into fine lines), are relatively long-wearing, fade evenly and have a semi-matte or velvet finish. They are all also quite moisturising (I don't need a lip balm over the top), but I wouldn't say they are super creamy - they are silky, almost buttery. I'm the queen of dry lips (I never leave the house without some kind of lip product), and I haven't felt the need to reapply or reach for the lip balm once. 

I applied all of these with a brush, and the only thing I'm wearing underneath is a plain lip balm, which I'd removed the excess of before applying the colour.
(I removed each shade with a make-up wipe in between, so there was no stain left to affect the next colour. Just my natural lips!)

You can shop Kjaer Weis here:
USA / Beautylish / The Detox Market
Canada / EcoDiva Beauty


Empower

"A bright, richly saturated pink. The perfect pop of colour."
I usually shy away from such bright colours, and Empower has an almost neon-brightness to it once applied to the lips. I was pleasantly surprised by how well this shade worked for me, and it feels super summery and fun!

Empower contains less than 1% synthetic pigment.


Honor

"A sweet, pale nude lip colour with just the right hint of rosy-pink."
This is an ultra pretty, warm, nude baby pink. I usually find shades labelled "nude" just look pretty meh on me, but I'm actually loving how this works.  

I went pretty simple with my make-up for these swatches so it would work well with all of the colours, but if I was purposefully creating a look to pair with Honor, I'd probably play up the colour on the cheeks or eyes a bit more. 

Honor is a Certified Organic shade.



Love

"A fresh, red coral that brightens any complexion."
This was another really surprising shade for me.
It is a super-bright, fun red coral, that is quite flattering and summery!


Love contains less than 1% synthetic pigment.


Believe

"A taupe-y plum that’s polished, understated and sophisticated."
This is a shade I can see would be very flattering on most skin tones. It's a muted plum tone, that would pair equally as well with an almost bare face, or evening look and smokey eye. It is a brilliant everyday, any occasion shade.

Believe is a Certified Organic shade.


Adore

"A deep, warm, Old-Hollywood-glam red."
That perfectly describes this shade. It has a semi-matte finish, and I LOVE the deeper tones to it. I'm actually already thinking of replacing my current red with this. It is an absolutely gorgeous colour, and again, perfect for any occasion.

Adore is a Certified Organic shade.

Kjaer Weis Lipstick Swatches L-R: Honor, Believe, Empower, Love, Adore


Overall

Love, love LOVE these lipsticks. These five shades are also a great range to start with, as there is a shade that is going to suit everyone. I really loved all of these shades once on the lips, but out of the colours I know I'd wear, Adore is a winner. I'm also seriously thinking about Honor - I don't really 'do' nude colours, but I really quite like the baby-pink tone!

What are you favourite shades out of the colours above? And if you have any questions leave them in the comments below or over on instagram.

You can shop Kjaer Weis here:
USA / Beautylish / The Detox Market
Canada / EcoDiva Beauty

Kelsey xx
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Why I don't like negative reviews

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


As a blogger, I'm approached by brands every single day about their products. I have shelves filled with products being trialed, waiting to be reviewed and a never-ending schedule. There is a lot of information to sift through, a lot of products available and many brands to choose from. One of the reasons I began this blog was so that I could help women to sift through all of that information, help choosing a little bit easier, and help show you that organic and natural beauty and skincare really does work - it's just a matter of finding the right products.

If you are a frequent reader, you might have noticed I've yet to publish a negative review. 
There are reasons for that - and it isn't because everything I've ever tried has been wonderful. Most of the products I've trialed are amazing, but some fall short of the bar.

I have never published a negative review for several reasons. 

One - I refuse to promote any product that doesn't meet my standards for performance. Clean ingredients aren't enough. The product itself still has to be enjoyable to use, benefit the skin / last the day, and do what it claims. There have been products I've had to refuse due to the ingredients not being wholly non-toxic (despite what the company claims), and there have been others that have never made it to a review, because it would have to be pretty poor. In these cases I've usually gone back to the company and we've discussed the issues. Sometimes, it can be that the product simply didn't suit me. Other times, I really am struggling to find anything positive.

I want to be honest with you, but I also want to keep this space positive and inspiring, not cluttered with all the products I didn't like.

Secondly - Who wants to read a negative review? I mean, really? Do you really want to read four paragraphs about the icky smell, poor texture, and the way something left my skin feeling squeaky-clean or breaking out? Really?


If you ask me about a product that I have trialed and wasn't up to scratch, I'll gladly give you my honest thoughts. I'm not going to tell you I liked something I didn't. 

I willingly mention any negative points about a product in any of my reviews,  but I also know everyone is different. What works for me, won't necessarily work for you, and vice versa. That is why I try to give as much information as possible in my reviews, so you can make the best judgement you can. 

This brings me to my third point - I will not, and do not ever accept nor promote products that I don't personally enjoy using, meet my standards for ingredients & performance. I always disclose if a product was a PR sample (vs personal purchase) at the end of the post, but the above still stands. You can read more about disclosure here. If I don't think the product will be a good fit for me, or doesn't meet my standards, I won't accept it in the first place.


Please share your thoughts on this with me below. I'd honestly love to know if you really are interested in negative reviews, or you prefer to only read those products I DO recommend, even if I have a couple of negative points? 

Kelsey xx
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Best in (Green) Beauty / 2016

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Sometimes it still surprises me how far green beauty has come in the last few years. The choice now is so great, it can almost be overwhelming, and there really is very few things you can't find a natural, non-toxic alternative to. Just a few years ago (we're talking 4-6yrs), I had to purchase everything I wanted from the USA. There wasn't much choice in Australia yet, and green beauty was just beginning to bloom. 

With that in mind, I think it's only fitting that my first post for 2017 recap on the best in (green) beauty releases for 2016, and also the best new (Australian) launches/releases. 
This was actually a difficult post to put together, narrowing down the selection. Still, I've managed to keep the shortlist under a dozen (I deserve a medal).

Best New (Global) Releases

Kjaer Weis Lipsticks 
This was a highly anticipated release. Launched with 5 classic shades. 
Kjaer Weis is the epitome of eco-luxury. With incredibly high-performance, Eco-Cert formulas and refillable packaging (yes, even the lipsticks and mascara are refillable), you can't get much better than this. 

La Mav BB Cream & Primer
La Mav is Australia's first organic BB Cream, and I love the formula, coverage and finish (it's brilliant!!) The only down side for me was the single shade (medium). Whilst it does adjust to the skin tone somewhat (works well for my sister with medium w/olive undertone skin sister, and for my mum with medium-tan olive skin), it doesn't adjust that much. Late 2016, La Mav released the new LIGHT shade. So exciting!
La Mav also released their new Bio Active Primer, which provides the perfect smooth, silky base for make-up application. There aren't many natural primers on the market, so this was also exciting (I'll be sharing more about this soon!)

W3LL People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer 
I was thrilled with this release. The new W3LL People Concealer is a dream for under the eyes. It also works well for blemish coverage, but in my kit, the main use is eyes. eyes. eyes. Sets like a dream, corrects and balances darkness and brightens. You NEED.


Best New Australian Launches

14e Cosmetics 
This brand launched in Australia just a few months ago. It's an amazing, light weight formula available in both a Sheer Tint and medium-coverage Foundation. 

Leahlani Skincare
This was also a highly anticipated release. Beautiful skincare, 100% natural and so effective. 
I've got a few favourites from this line, and was absolutely thrilled when Eve Organics launched the line in Australia!

Innersense Organic Beauty
Again I jumped for joy at this Australian release. Amazing hair care and styling products. You'll LOVE them, trust me. 


Worthy Mentions & My Personal Favourite New Launches & Product Releases

Just a few other of my favourite things to have been released this year and/or launched in Australia, worthy of a mention!

Kypris Glow Philtre Mask
This mask leaves my skin so plump, hydrated and feeling amazing. I use a weekly detox mask, but this is gorgeous to give my skin some deep hydration, firming and softening. More on this to come!

Nu Evolution
Dubbed the MAC of green beauty, Nu Evolution launched at I Am Natural Store mid-2016. High-performance, 100% non-toxic and natural cosmetics.

Mahalo Skincare
Another amazing luxury brand to launch in Australia last year was Mahalo. The formulas are 100% natural and Certified Organic where available. I've been using the Rare Indigo Balm for some time now - it's divine! More to come on that soon, but if you've been hanging out to get your hands on this brand, you can find it here.

Little Ondine
Last, but certainly not least, Little Ondine is FINALLY available in Australia. 
No more crazy international shipping or having to combine orders. Flora & Fauna is also carrying a brilliant range of shades, and the Twin Sets!


I'd love to know if any of these products were a favourite for you in 2016, and what the standout was for in out of all the incredible new releases? Let me know down below, or over on instagram!


Kelsey xx
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