9 Organic & Natural Face Masks (that really work!)

Monday, April 09, 2018

If you're a regular reader on the blog, then it's no secret that I absolutely face masks. Swear by them. I  believe they are an essential item in a skincare routine, and as such have tried so many different sorts over the years.

There are so many different brands and masks - to suit all budgets and skin types - that I thought I'd round up my tried-and-tested favourites, to help you choose the right one for you!

The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow

This list isn't in any particular order, but the Cacao & Banana Face Glow mask has consistently been my favourite way to detox and clear my skin for a couple of years now. It contains Raw Cacao, Tumeric and Banana, as well as a host of other radiance-boosting ingredients to really get your circulation and glow on. Great for congestion (blackheads), acne, evening the skin tone, dullness.
I leave it on for 45-60mins (until fully dry) once a week for the ultimate smooth, glowing complexion. 

Leahlani Skincare Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Mask / Use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off

Another mask filled with chocolatey-goodness, Leahlani's Kokoleka is a real treat for the skin - and the senses. Although it still stars Cacao as the first ingredient, Kokoleka is quite different to the aforementioned Little Alchemist mask. Kokoleka contains Molokai black sea salt with activated coconut charcoal, to withdraw impurities and detoxify skin whilst replenishing it with the re-mineralization properties of Bohemian black fango clay. Mineral-rich black fango contains humic and fulvic acids, which act as food for the skin. Fulvic acid helps to rejuvenate cellular tissue, slowing down the ageing process. Fulvic acid also helps water to enter the cells, balancing hydration and mineral levels and increasing enzyme activity.

I really love this mask to boost circulation, clear and detox the skin, whilst being more gentle and leaving it silky-smooth.

Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask

Continuing the chocolate theme, Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask would have to be another of my absolute favourites. Pre-mixed, this mask is quick and easy to apply. 
This mask is designed to purify, firm and brighten the skin, and my complexion always looks amazing after using this mask. It's great for acne, congestion, last-lustre skin, firming, evening the skin tone and boosting circulation.

OSEA White Algae Mask

I had actually forgotten about this mask until recently (oops! Easy to do as a blogger though when there's always so many products to try, review etc), but I absolutely LOVED it. My skin looked incredible whilst using this - as in walk past a mirror and think "I don't remember putting makeup on today" - then realise you didn't kind of good. 

This is pre-mixed creamy mask - it doesn't set hard like a clay-based mask, it will dry out and absorb but won't harden. This mask is designed to be anti-ageing, firming and brightening, and I certainly felt my skin was more plumped and firm with this in my routine. I did also find it great for keeping my skin clear. I used it overnight for the best results - and it's well worth it!

Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask / Use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off

Leahlani's Mermaid Mask is something of a cult favourite, and not without good reason. 
This hydrating emerald green goodness nourishes the skin with organic chlorella and organic spirulina and raw Hawaiian honey. It softens, hydrates, plumps and heals the skin. 
I use up to 2-3 times a week, depending on how my skin feels.

Edible Beauty Australia Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse / Use code LIBERTYGREEN20 to save 20% off

Another of my must-have products, this mask firms and plumps the skin overnight, zapping blemishes, reducing redness and giving the skin an overall more healthy glow. 

It will also help balance oil production, purify the skin (buh-bye congestion), deeply hydrate (you can skip moisturiser the nights you use this), accelerate healing and improve collagen and skin elasticity. 
It also smells divine - like roses or turkish delight!

Earthwise Beauty Blackstrap Molasses Mask Use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off

I feel as though I'm saying everything is my favourite, but this mask really is a great all-rounder.
It detoxes, purifies, brightens pigmentation, fights acne and is anti-ageing and firming. 

Again pre-mixed, I love the ease of application. You are supposed to keep it in the fridge for maximum shelf life, and I love applying the cool mask - especially if my skin is acting up! It really does work wonders. 

Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask

Girl Undiscovered is a relatively little-known about brand from New Zealand. It currently has only three products in the line, including this gorgeous mask, and everything comes in the most (really, most stunning ever!) stunning packaging. 

The Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask will exfoliate, hydrate, plump and heal the skin. I love using it as a quick boost 2-3 times a week by applying it 15mins before a shower, then letting it soften in the steam, adding a few drops of water to massage it in and thoroughly exfoliate, before rinsing off at the last minute. It contains Burmese thanaka to boost collagen production and enhance skin elasticity. It is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, able to repair problematic skin, reduce redness and dry skin, as well as draw out impurities.

Pure Kanuka Honey is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and contains antibacterial properties.

A beautiful all-round skin healing, plumping mask & exfoliant.

La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Honey Mask

This mask is brilliant for all skin types (especially oily and acne-prone skin) but also good for drier or skin sensitive to dry clay-based masks. Designed to clear the complexion, congestion and control sebum production, I love using this 1-2 a week for the ultimate glow. The Raw Manuka Honey base hydrates and heals, whilst tumeric, gotu kola, white willow bark powder, Amazonian White clay and Rhassoul Clay withdraw impurities, fight inflammation, speed healing and promote collagen production. 

Let me know what mask/s you've been loving in the comments below (or over on Instagram) and if you have any questions at all you can pop them below.

Kelsey xx
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My tips for travelling with pets & pet-friendly holidays

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Moving interstate is such a huge undertaking. Now I'm out the other side, looking back, I can't believe how much I underestimated it. Those last few weeks were insane - the last few days chaotic. 

Trying to move interstate and plan for a holiday at the same time? Even crazier. 

Holly  tends to be a nervous little dog when it comes to busy places, and she's terrified of loud noises, so flying was ruled out as a travel option pretty quickly. 

3000km+ road trip, here we come.

The Planning & What to Pack

If you aren't trying to plan a holiday when you're in the middle of moving house, chances are you know when you want to take your trip months in advance. 

Pet-friendly holiday homes are extremely popular, and many were already booked out when we needed accomodation (Christmas school holidays!). The best ones also already had advance bookings for next Christmas, so I advise you do your research and book as soon as you have decided on your travel dates (there are heaps in the Noosa/Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay areas!).

I wanted to know that Holly would have somewhere safe & secure to sleep, as well as somewhere to go whenever we went out during the trip. Because of Holly's fear of thunderstorms, I purchased her a hard air-travel crate. The other dogs travelling with us all had these Collapsible Soft Crates.

If your dog isn't a scratcher, chewer or panics in thunderstorms, I highly recommend purchasing a Collapsible Soft Crate to travel with. They are easy to set-up/pack back down, fold flat to travel in the car and very secure for your pet.  

If you do decide to purchase a crate, you will need to have it in advance (a few weeks should do) to crate-train your pet if they are unused to be secured at bedtime. Start off with treats, and a few minutes in the crate at a time, then gradually work up to them being locked in for bedtime.
I also recommend leaving them at home secured in the crate a few times when you go out for short periods of time so they know it's a safe place to be.

I also recommend purchasing a Car Restraint that clicks into the seat belt socket to keep your pet from moving about the car. Holly tends to travel at my feet on the floor if I'm not driving, but when she's up on the seat or I'm getting in and out of the car, it's handy to secure her quickly without worrying about her jumping out etc. I also purchased Holly a new harness as this was more comfortable for car travel (easier for them to lie down) and felt it was more secure than her collar.

Ensure your pets have up-to-date microchip and ID tag details, with your mobile number and their name on the ID tag, just in case. 

Make sure to pack spare dog-only towels, as many properties don't offer these. Essential if you are booking a beach holiday with your pet!

Another travel essential I recommend having is waste bags and a scoop. All properties will require you to clean up after your pets, and if you're on the road for the day it's good to be prepared!

Thankfully Holly travels well and doesn't get carsick, but if your dog does, you can use a homeopathic travel sickness remedy (you + children can use it too), as needed. I've used homeopathic remedy Ipecac 200c for myself when travelling in the past and it works wonders at eradicating travel sickness. Bonus - it also won't interfere with any other medication they are on and can be taken as needed.

Booking your accomodation

Before this move, I'd never travelled with a dog before. I assumed that my only options for pet-friendly accomodation would be caravan parks and maybe the odd farmstay. I couldn't have been more wrong.

It turns out most caravan parks are less dog-friendly than many holiday homes, with a laundry list of rules and the majority don't allow dogs in their cabins, only on van or camping sites. (If you plan to have a van holiday though, most places are OK if you avoid the franchise parks)

There are heaps of pet-friendly holiday homes, and even a few pet-friendly hotels, listed on sites like Stayz AirBnB, to suit every budget, from $100 a night through to $10k a night (no kidding). 

This is personal preference, but as a side note, I found more properties I preferred on Stayz (most are professionally run) than I did on AirBnB, which seemed more casual. 

Here's a few things to check when making a pet-friendly booking:

  1.  Make sure to check the "pet friendly" filters when searching on websites like Stayz & AirBnb to ensure pet-friendly only results.
  2. Not all "pet friendly" accomodation is, well, very pet-friendly, as I quickly discovered.  No-one wants to be stressed out about what their pet is and isn't allowed to do when on holiday, so I discounted any properties that had a long list of pet-related rules. Most people taking their pets on holiday with them have a well-loved, well-behaved and house-trained pet, so it's an added stress you don't need. 
  3. When reading listings, check to make sure that the property is securely dog-fenced, and your pet/s are allowed inside if that is how they live at home. 
  4. Let the property manager know what breed/s of pet/s you have with you at the time of booking. I also let them know that I had a secure crate for Holly to sleep in, and so they knew she wouldn't be left unsecured, unattended at the property.
  5. Know what you want: I looked for properties that had a decent sized yard and were also as private/secluded as possible. Many of the great pet-friendly properties have already taken this into consideration, but it's something to think about. Moving from acreage, Holly was used to a large yard and I also didn't want to have to worry about neighbours dogs etc. 
  6. Make sure to check the reviews. It can give you a good idea of how pet friendly the property & manager actually are. If there aren't any on the website you are looking at, a quick google search of the property title should bring it up on multiple websites for you to check. 

When I found a property that I wanted to book, I found I got better results sending my enquiries (see above) as a booking request rather than just a message. 

While on holiday

When you arrive a pet-friendly property, chances are your dog will want to run around and sniff everywhere other pets have been. Although house-trained and not one to try to escape, I always supervised Holly very closely when first arriving whilst she did the tour, and checked to ensure the fence was properly secure in all areas. One place we booked was supposed to have a secure yard, only to find the fence falling apart on arrival. Luckily we were only there for a few nights, which meant a few days of close supervision in the yard or on-lead time only. 

When you leave your pets unattended at a holiday property, I recommend leaving the TV or radio on for some background noise to help keep them quiet and settled. NB: Holly likes the jazz channel - don't ask me why!

After being on the road for 8wks, I stayed at a few properties and found some really amazing pet-friendly places to stay in the process. I've shared some of my favourites below!

Magnolia Cottage | Cooroy, Sunshine Coast

We stayed here for 2wks, and there was nothing I could fault about the property. It was even more beautiful in real life than the photographs online show. It was fully equipped with everything you could want (including a selection of tea, a spice/herb rack and all essentials). Magnolia Cottage was incredibly peaceful, private, relaxing and had an instant sense of home. I never wanted to leave! 

The property owners Nikki and Noel were also brilliant - they couldn't have been more relaxed, and with a border collie of their own, Magnolia Cottage was the true definition of "pet friendly". They even had water bowls out for the dogs when we arrived, and provided dog treats and towels.

The large yard was very securely fenced for even the little dogs (Holly is quite small, and the mesh was fine enough for her, but if you have a 'teacup' sized dog or puppy you may need to keep an eye on them). 

If you want accommodation on the Sunshine Coast hinterland within a 20min drive to Noosa and the beautiful beaches, I couldn't recommend this property highly enough. 

Bella Vita | Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast

This was another great property if you are after a more "metro" stay. The house was well-equipped (although you'll need to bring essentials with you, most provided were single-use only) and the property manager is there to greet you and show you through. The yard was more of a secure grassed courtyard, so not great for longer stays or bigger dogs, but the property is directly opposite a beautiful dog-friendly beach so there is room to exercise pets.

There were a few great cafes, delicious bakery and other little eateries just down the street from this property too within easy walking distance, and just 10mins from Maroochydore for all major shopping, or again only 30mins from Noosa. 

Zaffiro Beach House | Sapphire Beach, NSW

This property was not at all fenced, but the yard was quite large and private, and with private access to the pet-friendly beach. The verandah overlooking the ocean is also securely (pool) fenced. This was another very relaxing stay in a quiet, private location and the property manager Monique was amazing to deal with - she couldn't have been more accomodating.

The house was well-equipped and only minutes from town, with amazing views and the pool was beautiful!

Do you have any questions or tips for travelling with pets, or any fabulous pet-friendly accomodation I should check out? Please share below!!

Kelsey xx
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Maya Chia Beauty Skincare Review & International Giveaway

Friday, December 08, 2017

Maya Chia Beauty is a brand that has been on my radar for a while now. Available from Integrity Botanicals, Maya Chia is 100% natural, with many Certified Organic and Wildcrafted ingredients, each product contains their signature Supercritical Chia Seed Oil -  rich with skin-loving omega fatty acids, antioxidants & minerals. 

Maya Chia uses a patented process to extract their chia oil called supercritical extraction. The gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in an oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. This process results in the best, purest, most stable, effective, and potent chia oil on the market.

Each product in the line contains the highest quality ingredients, each highly targeted to work together synergistically to impart specific benefits for healthy, radiant and young skin.

I'm going to review the Maya Chia Beauty Super Couple, Eye Achiever, Highlight of the Day in Golden Hour and Limited Edition Body Highlight of the Day Serum - and I'm also giving away the same four products to one lucky beauty! Read my reviews, then enter the giveaway - and yes, it is open internationally
Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Golden Hour / Buy now

I've heard so much about this serum, and it is even more stunning in real life that everything you've seen on Instagram. I have swatched it here on a video for you.
Highly pigmented, the Golden Hour is a warm white-based highlight, with a pearlised finish. 100% natural, the serum contains Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, and Calendula Flower Extract to nourish the skin whilst making you look glowy and lit-from-within. 

It is very lightweight and non-oily - something I was concerned about in a serum highlighter with several oils. It absorbs very rapidly, because you need so little, and has a dry finish, without the cakey look a powdered highlighter can give.

It is very pigmented, so you only need a tiny amount. I just put a tiny drop directly onto each cheekbone, patting it out with my fingertips to blend. I then take another tiny drop and apply it to the inner corner of the eye, brow bone, bridge of nose and cupids bow. 

The highlight really is the prettiest glow and beautiful for day or night - I've even been wearing it on foundation-free days with a little blush and concealer to give my complexion a gorgeous glow. I absolutely love it!!

Being a serum, you can even mix a drop with your primer or foundation for a subtle, all-over glow - just be careful not to overdo it. For evening or events, you can also apply it to the collarbone, shoulders and decolletage. 

Maya Chia Limited Edition Highlight of the Day Body Serum / Buy now

Oh my goodness. I fell in love with this body highlight just as much as I did the face highlight the instant I tried it out. A rich rose gold hue, the Highlight of the Day Body Serum gives the skin a luminous finish that sparkles beautifully in sunlight or evening light.

You can see a video swatch here.
You really can't see on camera how stunning it looks in sunlight - you have to see it for yourself.

This serum is perfect for Summer, holidays and the festive season to give the skin an all-over glow. Like the face serum, it is very lightweight and nourishes, hydrates and feeds the skin. 

The body serum has a divine camellia, neroli and sweet orange scent - but it doesn't linger for too long, so won't clash with your perfume or bother you if you get sensitive to smells that linger.

I am in absolute love with this Body Highlight - it looks luminous and radiant in the sunlight and is so fun (but doesn't look like you covered yourself with glitter)!! I was sparkling for days afterwards. 
Maya Chia Eye Achiever Serum / Buy now

This eye serum has been amazing with all the craziness of an interstate move. 

It contains nutrient-dense ingredients including five macro and micro-algae extracts (astaxanthin, sea fennel, sea lavender, wakame, algae extract), as well as the most nutrient dense plant oils, including supercritical chia seed oil, raspberry, black cumin seed oil, rooibos tea extract, pomegranate, and cranberry.

This serum will revitalize, brighten, and restore firmness and resiliency while intensely moisturizing and protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

I LOVE the rollerball application. It is smooth and cooling, helping to depuff and refresh my eyes in the morning, and it feels lovely at night. It also makes it super easy to apply the serum - I can then massage it in gently or leave it to absorb.

The Eye Achiever has been brilliant for hydrating the delicate skin around my eyes, firming and reducing the visibility of fine lines. I haven't noticed too much difference in my dark circles (although I know this is a push to find in ANY eye product, even conventional), but it has kept them from getting very dark or tired looking with lack of sleep I've had during this move.

I think even if you had more fine lines or lack of firmness than I do, this serum would be amazing!

Maya Chia Beauty The Super Couple Face Oil / Buy now

There are so many face oils on the market these days, but few stand apart like Maya Chia's The Super Couple. 
It contains a multi-correctional high-performance ultra luxe face oil serum combining the world’s most powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin, with nature’s #1 superfood, chia. Astaxanthin is an anti-ageing powerhouse (clinically proven to have 65X the strength of Vitamin C to fight free radicals) to combat dull, tired, ageing skin.
A gorgeous pink/red hue, the Super Couple is a soft, lightweight oil rich in antioxidants. It deeply penetrates the skin, absorbing quickly to leave the complexion soft and glowing. 
I've been using this every morning. It is beautiful under makeup or alone. The Super Couple has left my skin feeling firm, plump and refreshed - I've been using it on my neck and decolletage as well as my face, and it has really helped with the evenness of my skin tone and fine lines. 
The Super Couple will also help to prevent & reduce the size of wrinkles & improve skin micro-texture as well as lighten age spots & brighten skin tone by inhibiting overproduction & oxidation of melanin, whilst protecting against free radical damage and deeply moisturising. 
I haven't even been using a cream at night, and my skin still feels and looks smooth, supple and hydrated! 
I read somewhere — Instagram probably — from the Maya Chia founder, "...sometimes you just want your products to do the heavy lifting...". She was talking about relying on one or two good quality skincare items to do the job, rather than needing a multi-step routine. 
The Super Couple is one of those products. I don't feel like I need a dozen different steps and when you are spending in the high-end price bracket, I think it's reasonable to expect those products to do the work for you. This oil really is amazing, and if you only want one high quality face oil to cover a multitude of sins, this is one of the good ones!!
Overall & Giveaway

I absolutely LOVE everything I've tried from this line. The results, feel and formulas of all of the products is beautiful from start to finish. There was nothing to fault. 
It is one of the best skincare lines out there in my opinion, and if you love highlighters, you really need to try their Highlight of the Day Serums. They are SO good!!
To enter my Maya Chia Beauty giveaway, scroll down!
I also have a Maya Chia Beauty Skincare set to giveaway to one lucky beauty!!
Prize: (valued at over $250USD)

  • Highlight of the Day Body
  • The Eye Acheiver
  • The Super Couple
  • Highlight of the Day Golden Hour
To enter, you must complete the following steps:
  1. Follow both Liberty Green & Integrity Botanicals on Instagram
  2. Sign up for the newsletter here.
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know your favourite thing about the holidays (ie tradition, food, activity etc)

Terms: Open to Worldwide. Closes Dec 15th. Winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries and announced within three days of giveaway close.

Kelsey xx
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Friday, December 01, 2017

Don't forget to check out my exclusive discount codes whenever you shop to save 10% - 20% off!
Don't forget to check out my exclusive discount codes whenever you shop to save 10% - 20% off!

The Gift Guide: Nice Things & Little Treats

Monday, November 27, 2017

1. Penelope Sach Organic Tea 'Petal' / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

These delicious teas are all organic and made from Australian grown ingredients to support your well-being. In a beautiful reusable tin, and available in a variety of flavours, Penelope Sach Teas are a tea-lovers dream!

2. Golden Grind Tumeric Blend / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Handcrafted in Melbourne - organic, fairtrade and ethically sourced - Golden Grind is a perfectly proportioned blend of 100% natural, unmodified turmeric (with 5% active curcumin), cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. A delicious alternative to regular chai tea, with anti-inflammatory gut healing benefits!

3. Loving Earth Turkishly Delightful / Buy now

A delicious little stocking-stuffer, Loving Earth's chocolate is my all-time favourite brand. Raw, dairy free, refined sugar-free, it is creamy, decadent and luscious. Once you try one you'll never go back.

4. Pana Chocolate Orange Bar / Buy now

Another utterly delicious raw, organic, refined sugar and dairy free chocolate, the Pana Chocolate Bars are like a dessert-meets-chocolate bar. The Strawberry & Pistachio is divine, but so are the other flavours. Perfect little treats for everyone.

5. Soda Press Co Organic & Natural Syrup Concentrate / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Christmas in Australia. Cold drinks are a MUST, but the sugar-filled fizzy drinks from the supermarket aren't the only option. Flavoured with actual fruit, you can mix up your own drinks by mixing with soda water, cold water as an alternative to cordials or search Pinterest for some fun cocktail (or mocktail) recipes!

6. Bee One Third Honey Set with Bambu Dipper / Buy now use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off

Edible items are a great product to give to that person who has everything, as a stocking-filler or something to add to the table on the day! The beautiful presentation of the Bee One Third 100% raw honey products make them perfect for gifting, and reusing afterwards! 

Kelsey xx
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Green Beauty Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Part 2

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Edible Beauty Australia 
30% off site wide on Friday, November 24th for 24 hours (USA and Australia). Get a free 30mL No.4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion (while stocks last) with all skincare purchases on Cyber Monday (Australia only).

Eve Organics
Spend & Save Thursday November 23rd through to Cyber Monday.

- 10% off orders over $100 (code: cyber10)
- 15% off orders over $150 (code: cyber15)
- 20% off orders over $200 (code: cyber20).

All Australian orders will ship FREE - no code required Thursday through to Monday.

Emporio Organico
15% off sitewide with code 15OFFLIBG
Valid Friday 24th - 27th.

MOTD Cosmetics
25% off PLUS an additional 10% off when you use code LIBERTYGREEN
There will also be make-up brush bundles available at a special price! (discount code not applicable)
Valid Friday, November 24 5AM PST & ends Monday, November 27 at 8PM PST.

Hynt Beauty will be offering 30% OFF throughout the Hynt Beauty site — except for sets, samples and our ARIA lipsticks (due to their selling out too quickly!). Use code BLACK2017
Valid Thursday 23rd through to November 27th. Free shipping on all international orders over $99 (after discount).

Flora & Fauna
20 hot products at up to 50% off. All details here.

35% off storewide. Use code: 35OFF
Valid from November 23rd (12PM AEST) until November 25th (11:59PM AEST). Min.purchase required $20. The code can be used once per user.

Spend $100, get a $20 gift card and a stocking stuffer from EcoDiva.
Valid Nov 23rd - 27th.

Free Mega Glow Gift Set (Full-size cleanser of choice ($48) + deluxe sample of our NEW Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish) with your purchase of $125 or more!
Valid Thursday, 11/23 1:00pm PST through to Sunday, 11/26 at 11:59pm PST

10% off with code LIBERTYGREEN

Vapour is hosting our annual Holiday Spree sale starting November 23 through November 26.
Customers will receive 30% off full and travel-size products with code: SPREE30

Metta Skincare
Free gift with purchase – buy the two new body butters  (Orange Blossom & Summer Berries!) and get a free Face Balm and free global shipping with code THANKFUL (valid between 24 – 28 November).

Use code SUPERSALE20 20% off Storewide from Friday 24th Nov to Tuesday 28th Nov.

Kelsey xx
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La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate, Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment & Purifying Manuka Mask Review

Sometimes you just come across a brand that instantly wows you; everything from the branding and packaging to the formulas and results. 

La Bella Figura was that brand for me. I tried their products for the first time a few weeks ago, but I am in love with everything and what it has done for my skin. 

Available from Integrity Botanicals, La Bella Figura Beauty is:

The new luxury is global beauty, and nowhere is that more evident than the experience offered by La Bella Figura.
Drawn to the integrity of premium natural ingredients sourced directly from small producers worldwide, La Bella Figura creates products that redefine luxury for every woman. Uniting both traditional and cutting edge ingredients for a timeless experience that delivers results.

I have been using the Modern Radiance Concentrate, Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment and Purifying Manuka Mask for the past several weeks, and my review of each is below.

La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate / Buy now

A gorgeous light gel-like serum, the Modern Radiance Concentrate has no sticky or tacky texture and absorbs fully and weightlessly into the skin.

The Modern Radiance Concentrate is a High-Performance Complete Vitamin C Gel Cream. The Vitamin C is sourced from Australian Kakadu Plums - the highest natural source of vitamin C in the world. This serum is designed to: increase luminosity and refines skin texture for a more even skin tone and a visible reduction in discolouration in 4-6 weeks. Powerful antioxidants help to strengthen the lipid layer and stimulate new collagen growth while also protecting and repairing skin from oxidative damage. Live enzymes from coconut water, antioxidants and vitamins support skin’s natural defence system with ferulic acid delivering these active ingredients deeper into the skin for serious dermis repair. Bioactive ingredients work together to restore volume and increase skin elasticity while also toning and strengthening thinning skin. An overall radiant and glowing appearance is instantly visible with daily use of this concentrated blend of reparative botanical actives.

I never expect immediate results from skincare - you always need to try something for at least 3-4 weeks to really get a feel for the results, but my skin was looking so good within 2 weeks of beginning use of this serum.

I use just 2-3 pumps all over my face, neck and decolletage morning and evening as a first step over damp skin (either from a toner or wash cloth).

My skin tone is even, bright and luminous. My skin looks and feels very plump, clear and hydrated - and I'm even completely foundation free today with just a little blush, highlighter and under eye concealer - and you wouldn't know the difference!

I believe the combination of this with the Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment has really done wonders, but other than that, I've cut almost all other skincare (more details below) - so I know how well La Bella Figura works!!

La Bella Figura Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment  / Buy now

Packaged in the same opaque white glass bottle as the Modern Radiance Concentrate, with a sleek silver cap and pump dispenser, I adore the packaging of La Bella Figura as much as I do the product! It feels very luxurious and indulgent. 

The Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment is a rich, light oil. Deep, olive green in colour, this elixir absorbs into the skin to leave it soft and supple. I use just 3 pumps every night for my face, neck and decolletage. 

This oil is designed to be a: regenerative elixir which transforms lacklustre skin while you sleep. The potent blend of exquisite phytonutrients and protein-packed ingredients provides deep cellular recovery to plump up thinning skin for an overall energized, youthful complexion. Aging skin is more vulnerable to skin injury due to the loss of subcutaneous fat in the connective tissue and can appear thin and fragile. Aria provides nutritional support to ageing skin as well as accelerates healthy renewal from unique healing compounds found in saffron, helichrysum and arnica flower oils. Vital antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids in the purest form are highly active in this complex formula to complete a beneficial nutritional boost. Beneficial for strengthening, cellular repair, collagen support, and nourishing mature skin.

I mentioned above how good my skin was looking within just two weeks, and this elixir has also been incredible for that. At the time I began using La Bella Figura, my skin was not having a good time. We are moving interstate this week and with the stress that inevitably comes with moving house (and moving so far!), it was certainly showing in my skin.

I usually cut just about everything when I am trying new skincare anyway, but when I began La Bella Figura I kept my routine almost solely to this plus a cleanser and toner. Some nights I would finish with a hydrating cream, but that's it. 

La Bella Figura Purifying Manuka Mask / Buy Now
I have really been into pre-mixed masks lately. I love how easy they are just to pop on - without any mess or trying to adjust the water-to-powder ratio. I mentioned that I am moving this week, and I'll be travelling for a few weeks, so this is the mask that I have decided will be coming with me. 
A, it's pre-mixed so super convenient, and B, it treats any issue my skin has and leaves it glowing every time!!
This mask contains -

+ Organic Turmeric powder: Aids as a potent anti-inflammatory.
+ Gotu Kola extract: Helps to increase blood supply to affected areas and speed healing time, while also promoting collagen production.
+ Australian Sandalwood: contains beta-santalol, with powerful antimicrobial activity to help clear blackheads and bacteria.
+ Amazonian White Clay, Rhassoul Clay, White Willow Bark powder: A unique blend that helps draw out toxins and impurities while exfoliating dead skin that contributes to buildup and acne.

Because of the Manuka Honey base (which is amazingly powerful at healing the skin and is anti-microbial), this mask is incredibly hydrating as well as detoxing. The honey is also soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory. This mask also contains Carrot Seed Oil, which is brilliant for any pigmentation and blemishes!

This mask really helps to clear my skin and leave it glowing whether it is feeling congested and breakout-prone or sensitive and dehydrated or a combination of both! I leave it on for at least 30mins, then use a pat-and-roll motion with my fingertips all over for 2-3mins before removing to exfoliate the skin, give it a thorough massage and really get the circulation going. I also find the tackiness from the honey at this stage really helps to clear out the pores, but gently and kindly to the skin.


I am utterly in love with this entire line, and can't believe I haven't tried it sooner. 
This is definitely one line that is highly effective, beautiful and worth the price. With the holidays just around the corner, it would also be a beautiful gift for any woman!!

Explore the range or purchase it here.
Kelsey xx
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Green Beauty (Early) Black Friday Sales Part 1

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A few brands are getting in early this year - but keep a close eye out for my full list this Thursday night!
20% off on all purchases over $50  Nov 22nd - Nov 27th.
Use GREENFRIDAY17. All purchases over $100 will receive a pretty cosmetics case made from gorgeous vintage fabrics that supports craftswomen on their path to economic independence.

20% off entire order with promo Code: BlackFriday
Start: Wednesday 11/22 
End: Tuesday 11/28

20% off sitewide. Nov 20 - 23. Sign up for their newsletter to get the exclusive code!

Kelsey xx
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