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Ready For Spring: Jane Iredale ‘s Latest

Posted on: Friday, July 31, 2015

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The temperatures in Sydney have been rising and with so many sunny days over 20 degrees lately,
I am beyond excited about Spring. The nights and mornings are still very crisp and I am sitting next to my heater,
sipping on herbal tea as I type this.

There are more good news: Jane Iredale is launching some beautiful new products in August and I was lucky enough to have a little play and preview!

PoreAway Technology in Smooth Affair
With the warmer weather around the corner, our skins will get often more oily and the humid weather will melt makeup off our skins much faster.
You know I am a bit of a fan of the Smooth Affair Primer already, which is excellent for dehydrated, dry and mature skins.
Now it has a little Sister: Smooth Affair For Oily Skin ! It’s just as lightweight and hydrating as the original formular,
yet it smooths out open pores and makes your makeup stay on longer even on oily skin.
They have even named and registered the Pore Away Technology. I like how the formula absorbs quickly and feels like nothing is on the skin! Many primers that claim to do the same thing leave that typical silicone primer residue behind, yet this one is undetectable. The last thing you want on an already oily skin, is another heavy layer on top.
It creates a soft focus effect due to minerals which colour adjust to your skin. The product looks milky translucent and goes on clear. The pretty golden tube is travel friendly and perfect for my kit. The finish is smooth and matte and keeps shine away.

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PlayOn Lip Crayons!
I am a bit of a fan of these already and have recently used them behind the scenes on some photo shoots, with amazing results.
They glide on so easily, are very moisturizing, yet the finish is not too glossy, rather satin.
And the colours? O M G . Just perfection. Really on trend and including the prettiest neutrals that look somewhat hip and fun
and never boring or old fashioned. I have also been blending different lip colours together to customize them.
I don’t even have a favourite as all seven shades are all so pretty. That’s why I gave you some swatches on paper…
Yet on the lips they are way more vibrant and lucious. I liked them so much that I actually got worried they might be a limited edtion…
I immediately asked the Jane Iredale team if the PlayOn Lip Crayons are here to stay.
Thankfully they did confirm quickly that these amazing crayons will become part of their permanent range!
Phew. I am relieved. And I can play on :) These beauties will launch real soon here, keep your eyes peeled!
For absolute makeup minimalists: You would like the Lip Drinks in Buff (nude) and Crush (berry) they are lovely sheer tinted lip balms.

Pure Lash – Lashes Lashes Lashes
Lashes (along with brows) are possibly the biggest ongoing beauty trend of the last few years, with women using growth serums, permanent eyelash extensions and falsies have become a staple for evening makeup.
Personally I love my mascara and wear it daily. I like long, full lashes, yet I like them to look natural and I have used organic or natural mascaras for some time.
It’s important to keep in mind how important your eye sight is and sensitive eyes are not to be messed with in my opinion.
Jane Iredale has released another great mascara, free of nasty preservatives or petroleum based ingredients.
Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara, actually conditions and protects your lashes with Panthenol and Wheat Protein.
I like the effect and texture it gives, not too gluggy, it manages to separate the lashes very well.
As will all mascaras I always find the application is most important.

Pure Pressed Eye Shadows
These are not new but rather a staple within the eye makeup range.
I like them in my pro kit because they are so gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.
They can also be used wet or dry and are super versatile. Due to the pure pigment
they can be used on brows, cheeks or lips, depending on the shade.
These are the shades being promoted for the new season:
There is “Forest” which is the most wearable, richest shade of a deep matte green. I have recently used it to create a dramatic smokey eye on dark hazel eyes.
“Iris” is a rich matte purple, great for stronger looks or to be used as eyeliner to make green eyes pop.
“Steamy” is a warm peachy soft red, pretty on blue eyes and also on cheeks. “Mermaid” is a soft shimmery pearly green, good as a highlighter with very little colour pay off. They all come as individual compacts which is perfect for a personal beauty bag,
however it is a little more tricky to use in my pro kit. As most artists would agree: We love palettes, as they are easier and quicker to set up.
I hope Jane Iredale will eventually design a system to create custom palettes for these great quality shadows.

All these products will launch on the 10th of August 2015

All Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty free, free of Paraben and Phenoxyethanol preservatives and all minerals are purest quality and tested for
purity and never contaminated with heavy metals, all products are suitable for sensitive skin and have been tested to be Hypo Allergenic.

Holistic Bridal Beauty Prep : Beauty Boosting Nutrition

Posted on: Monday, July 27, 2015

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Everyone that knows me how much I love healthy food and nutrition,
I might sometimes annoy my friends with my words of wisdom and also always healthy food choices.
So why would I take supplements?

Why Supplements?
I believe that if you work in a demanding job or go through periods of stress or high workloads,
sometimes your food intake just can’t offer enough nutrients. There are so many different situations
in life, where your body can do with a little help including for us women pregnancy, conceiving and menopause.
Just to maintain a healthy regular cycle and balanced hormones it’s important to look after your nutrition.
Our skin, hair and nails also shows us pretty quickly if we are lacking something. Pay attention and listen to your body.
Even though I am overall healthy and free of any serious illness, I take little warning signs of my body very seriously.
If my digestion is not as usual, if I get breakouts and pimples, dry skin, mood swings or simply feel tired, I know it’s time
to change something.
It’s a great idea to give the body a little boost and help it out with some supplements and I have always seen great results.
Sleep, good nutrition, enough fresh water and regular exercise are all important and supplements can only work as part of a healthy lifestyle.
There is no shortcut to good health!
I recommend seeing a Nutritionist or seeking advice in your local health food store, they can often be very knowledgeable.

My Beauty Boosters:
Right now I am doing a detox with HUM Daily Cleanse & HUM Runway Ready.
It is a four week course and I will make sure to continue until I run out.
HUM actually offers an online consultation and a professional Nutritionist will contact you to recommend products.
I thought the consultation was pretty fun and the Daily Cleanse sounded like something that could do me good.
All their products are sustainably sourced, premium quality, non GMO, pure and also clinically proven to work!

Isle Ready
The Runway Ready is a fun beauty supplement for everyone, it will help with healthy nails, shiny hair and glowing skin
and is also vegetarian and vegan. Which is great as many supplements contain animal products, and are not suitable for everyone.
It comes in a pretty dispenser box with daily packs which contain 3 capsules. Super easy peasy! The whole box is a one month course.
I just throw one sachet into my handbag in the morning and then take them with my lunch.
Each sachet contains 2 “Red Carpet” Pills and 1 “Killer Nails” Pill. They contain Black Currant Seed Oil: Perfect Source of ALA & GLA
Sunflower Seed Oil: Great Source of Vitamin E and Vegan Biotin which Strengthens the nails.
I thought this could be an excellent idea to get ready for the wedding.

Skin Cleanse
Within a week of the Daily Cleanse I saw my skin being more clear and I also felt I had great energy throughout the day.
I take 2 capsules per day without food, it’s super quick and easy even if my schedule is packed.
These are meant to cleanse your skin, liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs with Organic Algae, Cleansing Minerals and a unique blend of 15 Detox Herbs.
I will complete the course and possibly do a second one closer to the wedding.

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Glow
I have also been trying The Beauty Chef Inner Glow Powder, which is from a different brand.
Inner Glow has really helped my skin and digestion. It’s a delicious natural berry flavoured powder to be taken with water and it’s basically made from fermented super foods.
They help making your gut happy by providing pre- and probiotics, but it’s also naturally packed with vitamins, minerals and vegetable proteins.
Did I mention, it tastes delicious? I first thought it’s a little pricey but it seems to last a while, as you only need to take a teaspoon per day.
I am planning on keep on going with this one until the big day.

Before I started the Hum Daily Cleanse I just started taking a Magnesium Supplement for better sleep and less stress as well as a Super Green Powder, which is very powerful and was recommended
to my by a independent Nutritionist. I loved both and will probably use it again if needed.
As always do your research and ask a professional before buying supplements.
It’s important to make sure your supplements are free from cheap fillers or nasty ingredients, there are big differences in quality, many of the cheap vitamins from the supermarket won’t cut it!

Have you tried supplements? What are your experiences? Feel free to share.

Thoughts On Wedding Planning for White Magazine

Posted on: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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For the latest issue of White Magazine I got asked to share my thoughts on wedding planning,
as an insider in the wedding world. It was really fun sitting down, pondering about it all and writing down my thoughts. You can read my final article below: And don’t forget to buy the issue
with many more amazing articles and beautiful imgages, as always completely honest and inspiring!

How did we handle the flood of over-inspiration that blogs, pinterest & co deliver?

Planning a wedding in the age of Pinterest & CO

Have you set a date yet? What is your dress going to look like? What sort of flowers were you thinking of getting? – Immediately after getting engaged well meaning friends and family bombarded us with questions, even before we had a chance to decide if we wanted a wedding or simply elope.
We just wanted to be married and live happily ever after, we hadn’t thought about a wedding.It seemed like everyone around us had pretty high expectations of what our wedding day would look like, maybe because we are both working in creative jobs and are surrounded by wonderful vendors all the time.
We dived right into the abundance of inspiration, hoping to feel the same excitement about this event than everyone around us. Looking at beautiful blogs, magazines and of course Instagram and
Pinterest, there was all this deliciousness from amazing fellow vendors, beautifully photographed.Lost in a picture perfect Pinterest wedding world filled with DIY projects, services and products we felt that most of it was meaningless and irrelevant to us personally. Were we over-inspired? Was all the goodness just too much to take and overwhelming? Ok, back to the drawing board…we took a deep breath, pen and paper and made notes about the
things that really mattered to us. We focused on why we wanted a wedding in the first place and who we really wanted to share this special day with. We made a must-have and nice-to-have list to
keep us on track and stick to our own ideas. The outcome was a clear feeling and a blurry vision of a small, intimate wedding, with our nearest and dearest including our puppy Dalston, a “on-holiday-
feel” with lot’s of fun, eating and dancing. We wanted it to be low key and high fun. We strongly felt less is more. No need for a theme or a colour scheme. What we DID need was a place that made us and our guests feel welcome, plenty of food, good music, drinks and some simple off-the-rack outfits. Easier said than done… Many of the “alternative” venues we contacted seemed to be colder than expected and replied with way too many rules, regulations and restrictions than my free spirited self could digest. Our must have list quickly ruled out pretty much any venue within NSW and it seemed like the only option left was camping- no wait, even the campsite did not allow dogs. (Besides that my lovely future mother in law would possibly be mad at me forever if I make her camp on our wedding.) While we really stuck to our guns with the venue and overall feel, we gave in at other points of planning. The “don’t-care-ready-to-wear” dress idea turned into a custom design couture gown (whoops…). As my former fashion designer self took over and I rediscovered how much fun the process of creating it from scratch would be, there was no turning back from the quality fabrics and great craftsmanship.
Turned out that overall trying to keeping it simple and real is sometimes harder than just going with a more traditional option. Letting the magic of wedding planning take over from time to time actually feels good. Now we can’t wait.

… if you are planning a wedding too: Grab yourself an issue of White Magazine!

Vapour Organic: Luxury Makeup

Posted on: Monday, July 20, 2015

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You might have noticed a few raving reviews on here lately!
As I like to feature brands that I personally like to use, I usually feature only my very fav’s up here on the blog.
Just in case you were wondering… it’s not that I am not critical enough!
It’s rather that every product that makes it on here, has already been carefully selected :)
I like to keep things positive and all the products or brands featured are the ones that I really like and that stand out to me.
As Organic Makeup Artist I am so passionate about companies that get it all right.

I have recently already talked a little about Vapour over here and named a few faves.
This brand has previously already received tremendous love from Vogue beauty editors, so I am certainly not the first to discover this
outstanding organic luxury makeup brand.
Well deserved. The textures and finishes are simply beautiful and up to the highest luxury makeup standards and yet they manage to stay clear from harmful toxins.
If you didn’t believe that organic makeup works until now (which is of course sooooo wrong!!!) this brand will instantly change your mind:
Trust me! Besides that they just got the whole sustainable thing right, the products are produced with windpower and of course they are certified crueltyfree. These guys just got it all.
Okay, before I keep raving I better give you some more details about the products:

And now a little more detail about the products:
Atmosphere Luminous Foundation
If you like dewy skin you will love Atmosphere Luminous Foundation.
It comes in a stick, which is a little different, especially if you are used to liquid foundations.
It super handy though, doesn’t take up much space in your cosmetic bag and it travels so well, without the danger of spilling and leaking.
The packaging is beautiful and the twist mechanism is properly worked out and easy to use.
I warm the end of the stick on the back of my hand, before apply a few streaks across my face. Paying the most attention to areas with redness.
Next I use my fingers to blend the product. It moves very smoothly on the skin.
The scent is fresh and barely noticeable. The finish is what it promises: Luminous!
You won’t need much product: If used correctly, your skin will glow, but not shine; if there is shine, you have over-applied.
Try to use concealer where you are seeking extra coverage, rather than overusing the foundation of problem areas.
Of course if you are after a matte finish, have oily skin or want and all day lasting finish: This is not the foundation for you!
About the colour and shades: They got the shades spot on with a variety of natural and yellow toned foundations from very fair skin to very dark skin,
with 12 shades to choose from Vapour covers a way larger range than most other organic ranges, which is fabulous.
On normal to dry skin, this wears beautifully and it’s very silky. My skin still feels moisturized after the end of a long day in this Winter weather.
The current Sydney Winter feels pretty cold and endless to me and my skin has become a lot drier. My summer go-to foundations
simply don’t do the trick in this weather and with all the heating. Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation keeps my skin hydrated and doesn’t show up dry areas unlike most other foundations.
It’s a dry skin saviour! I also combine it with Stratus for some extra glow and smooth the skin.

I have heard only the best about the liquid sister Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation , which is supposed to be better suited for combination skin.
I can’t wait to order myself this one as well, so far I have not yet used it professionally.

Stratus Instant Skin Perfector
Again this product comes in stick form or as liquid, depending on skin type.
The stick is best to be used with the stick foundation on drier skin, the liquid goes with the liquid foundation on combination to oilier skin types.
I used the stick and again think that’s so practical and easy to use.
It’s a colour correcting makeup primer with the same silky texture as found in the foundation.
It comes in 3 different shades to balance different skin tones, but the product itself has no colour.
I warm the stick on the back of my hand and then apply were extra glow is desired and on areas that need smoothing, due to larger pores or fine lines.
This magical stick perfects the skin and can be used on it’s own, if you are after a very natural look and if you have already even beautiful skin.
It’s very moisturizing and has light reflecting properties which help to blur any imperfections.

Mesmerize Eye Colours
Smolder & Embrace make the perfect soft smokey eye on the go, super fast blended with fingers, the Mesmerize Cream Eye Colours are very beautiful.
Best suited for people with dry eyelids or can also be used as base with your favourite mineral eye shadow powder over the top for extra longevity.
On myself they won’t last on their own due to my oily eyelids, but I still like to use a light colour to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.

Aura Multi Use Blush
The Aura Multi Use Blush is an easy to blend blush stick,
that can also be used on eyes and lips. I love it the most as blush. My eyelids can be to oily for the product to stay put, on my cheeks however it lasts and lasts and lasts…
On shoots it’s brilliant and very pretty on eyes.
The perfect bridal blush or every day work day blush! No brushes needed, it transforms into a silky texture that goes on easily with fingers.
I love the colour “Spark” which is a very healthy warm tone. Of course you can blend it with a brush as well. Hooked!

I am currently using Vapour on set a lot, so I will also update you with some professional photos of makeup looks I have created with these products.

The Lane Makeup Artist Natural Wedding Makeup

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015

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All wedding photos by : A Bear A Dear And A Fox Beauty Photo by Stephanie Alcaino for White Magazine

Yesterday I received an email letting me know that one of the wonderful weddings I created the natural bridal hair & makeup for has been featured over at The Lane.
The bride Jenna was one of the most fun ones I have ever worked with and check out all her beyond talented friends creating beautiful details for her wedding.
She is also founder of the boutique natural soap business Maple Soaps, which are the most gorgeous handcrafted vegan soaps, which smell delicous and are free
of any synthetic fragrance.

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I was also interviewed and asked about my tips on how to create my signature natural makeup look, as seen above.
I thought I share it here with you, along with with best products to achieve this look:

One of our enduringly favourite looks for bridal beauty is this supernatural face you created…how did you do it?
The right prep and base is key for this minimally beautiful look. Spritz you face with a hydrating mist, I currently love Gressa Purifying Mist. Then apply a high quality skin serum oil, for example Gressa Purifying Oil for radiant, well prepped skin. A cream highlighter applied to cheekbones enhances the bone structure. A sheer foundation like Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation or tinted moisturizer buffed into the skin with a soft foundation brush evens out skin without masking it. For extra radiance & colour corrections try using Stratus another great product by luxury organic brand Vapour. Use a high coverage concealer like Au Naturale Creme Concealer only to cover redness or blemishes for an invisible flawless finish. Use a completely translucent powder only through the t-zone to keep excess shine at bay.

And the eyes, they’re ‘enhanced’ but not heavily made up…whats the secret to achieving that?
Start with hydrating the eye area. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème is a real winner. Evening out the eyelid with a hint of a tinted eye-primer or foundation. Apply a dab of clear gloss as highlight in the inner corners or alternatively a shimmery light eyeshadow like Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow. A nude eyeliner on the inner rim creates an open eyed fresh look. Enhance your eyelashes by curling them and coating them with a natural effect Mascara like 100% Pure Black Tea Mascara. It’s important to make sure you apply the mascara right on the roots of the lashes to give that framing effect and a luscious thick lash line.

What about colour, what should brides keep in mind for a natural look but drawing on hints of colour like this?
The only colour I used on this look focusses on the lips and cheeks. This is very soft matte peach tone, which will enhance the skin tone. To create the soft focus hint of colour, I recommend using the same product for lips & cheeks. RMS lip2cheek in demure is a great sublte colour. Dabbing it on with fingers will create that subtle effortless chic. It’s best to carry the colour with you for touch-up’s of the lips on your wedding day.

And any final, expert tips?
Create a beauty ritual that you and your skin love as far out from the wedding as possible. I recommend keeping a routine that works for you and to avoid skincare changes closer to the day. Always choose quality products over quantity. I also believe that the actual beauty ritual is important: Take time to massage your skin daily or fit in the occasional professional spa facial massage, both will increase circulation and nutrition for the skin, delivering that glow from within and relax your facial muscles as well. Get used to keeping an hydrating spray on your desk and a multi tasking skin balm in your handbag to hydrate lips, cuticles and any dry areas in your face. This way your skin will be at it’s best in time for your wedding or any occasion you might have coming up.

Intense Creme Eye Shadows By Au Naturale

Posted on: Monday, July 13, 2015

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What could be a better start to the week than dipping my brushes into some beautiful new makeup products by Au Naturale?
They seem to be the expert when it comes to natural creme makeup products.

I had an extensive play and have been wearing their organic creme eye shadows and creme concealer quite a few times now, so it’s about time
to tell you how great they are. Intense pigments and beautiful colours make these a perfect addition to my green luxury makeup kit.
They blend very easily, you can also mix different tones together to create unique shades.
Another plus is that they multitask: the matte shades double as eyebrow colour or you can use any shade as eyeliner, used with an angle brush.

The creme concealer is a little miracle worker, hiding imperfections before you can count to three…
And super easy to apply! I love it for redness and blemishes, some people do however successfully use for the under-eye area as well.
It surely is creamy and has full coverage.
The little pots with window are great to use in my kit, as I can easily see the colour, without having to open each and every one.

Although I mainly use pressed eye shadows in my kit, the little loose pigment shadows of Au Naturale apply with ease: wet or dry and come in rich shades.
Really great for editorial makeup artists that are looking for some colour and also for sensitive eyes, these vegan eyeshadows are free of any nasty byproducts.
Simply 100% quality pigment. I played with the Glam Eye Palette, which also included two eye brushes. With their simple and sleek design, durable quality and super soft cruelty free bristles, these brushes are very nice to use and blend those creme products to a real seamless airbrushed finish.

The lip gloss in a very humble packaging really surprised me: The colour was intense and almost opague, very long wearing (for a gloss!) and without any annoying smell or taste. Formulated without bee’s wax, preservatives, parabens, fragrances, additives, bismuth oxychloride and nano-particles these suit the most sensitive flowers.
Lip gloss is such a simple product, yet I find that many brands don’t get it right. Most are too goopy, with strange flavours that remind me of kindergarten (not in a good way)
These glosses however are pro quality. A powerful gloss in simple sturdy packaging.

All Au naturale products are professional grade, made in USA by the very inspiring founder Ashley Prange.
All products are made fresh and without preservative. It’s amazing to yet discover yet another 100% natural, green and toxin-free brand that really delivers professional results.

A Simple Green Beauty Routine For Everyone

Posted on: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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I feel super honored to be featured over at the wonderful Nourish Every Day blog.
You recently met the inspiring and smart Monique from Nourish Every Day already here on my blog.
She asked me to share a simple routine that is suitable for everyone along with some product recommendations with her readers.

I connected instantly with Monique when she booked me to create her wedding makeup, and while I took away some awesome nutrition advice and health food shopping lists,
she was really interested about my move to a toxin free makeup kit and working as a green makeup artist.

It’s all about Cleanse, Hydrate, Moisturize & Exfoliate. You might know some of this already and also might already know a few of my current favourite brands.
Check it out and also browse all of Monique’s healthy recipes, they are amazing!

NŪDUS Lip Euphoria

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Are your lips ready for the ultimate treat?
NŪDUS is the clever lipstick range that I have been waiting for.
Creamy, luxurious, rich pigments beautifully packaged and certified organic.
This range of high-end lipsticks was over two years in the making and contains a superior blend of 27 active naturals.
A specially designed tasteful formula incorporating super foods, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, essential fatty acids and high-end anti-aging ingredients to keep your lips soft and help protect them from environmental stress. WOW! You can tell that the beautiful founder Diana Saltoun Goltsman has done her researched and developed a wonderful range for intelligent, forward thinking women, like herself.

If you are a bit of a beauty nerd like I am, read on for even more amazing information about this unique luxury range:
All NŪDUS lipsticks are handcrafted. What this means for you is that they are carefully made in small batches in a certified organic environment in Sydney Australia.
The colours are very different from anything else on the market: NŪDUS pigments are a special mix of ancient Ayurvedic pure bioactive colour extracts from flowers, fruits, herbs and minerals. Each colour extract has a dual purpose of bioactivity and therapeutic function. These color extracts have been chosen on the basis of their properties promoting preventative healthcare. The extracts not only provide longer lasting colours, but safer active moisturising properties, based on the technology of an ancient progressively vibrant traditional medicinal system.

Ayurveda means ‘ life-wisdom’. Pronounced (aa-yer-vay-da) it is believed to be one the oldest healing systems originating from India over 5,000 years ago.
Ayurveda revels the wisdom of life ‘ the whole of life’, by unveiling secrets of nature that helps keep a person healthy and in harmony with their soul.

All the colours apply true to the colour they show as stick, and I can’t even decide which one my favourite is.
I have tried 6 shades and they are all great. (which rarely ever happens!)
I am in LOVE.

Tips for beautifully lasting bridal lips

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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One: It’s important to prep your lips and make sure they are smooth and hydrated. Besides drinking enough water in the lead up of your wedding, it’s a good idea to exfoliate your lips with a special lip scrub or with a soft toothbrush and some lip balm.

Two: Apply a generous layer of lip balm while you get your makeup done.

Three: When you are ready for lipstick, blot off excess balm and use a creamy lip liner in your lip colour or the colour of your choice to apply all over the lips. This will improve the staying power of your lipstick immensely.

Four: Stay with your natural lip shape and don’t draw outside of your lip line. If your lips are uneven you can balance them with lip liner to make them appear more symmetric. Once the colour fades it disappears evenly and you won’t be left with a scary outline of lip liner, which is never a good look.

Five: If you choose to wear a bright or deep lipstick shade keep in mind that it will transfer and stain your future husband. When kissing, many brides wear a lighter more neutral lip colour for the ceremony and a more colourful one for the reception.

Six: If you choose to wear red or bold lips, blot the lips with a tissue and apply another layer, you can repeat this step to achieve more staying power and a deeper colour.

Seven: Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for a professional finish, you will be much more precise.

Eight: Have your lipstick with you for touch-up’s after drinks, food and kisses.

Nine: Have fun and get married!

Ten: Live Happily Ever After.

Smart Beauty By Intelligent Nutrients

Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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“Everything be put on our bodies should be nutritious and safe.”
This was the inspiration and mission statement of Horst Rachelbacher the founder of Intelligent Nutrients.
He stayed true to his vision and today the brand has created a beautiful wide range of cosmetics for body, hair and also
a fabulous skincare & fragrance range.

I am very impressed with their Aromatics; a range of natural fragrance that can be used all over the body and hair.
With Aromatherapy benefits these fragrance can help your emotions and wellbeing throughout a day.
On the hunt for a wedding fragrance for myself I am currently wearing 2 Seductive Spirit Essence.
This scent really grew on me. While it’s very spicy at first and I am not a fan of the clove oil which is very prominent at first, it quickly settles into a very warm skin like spicy fragrance with a beautiful complex heart and after a little wear the fruity notes really come through. Such a unique fragrance combining spices and fruit scents, but it really works. I also find it very long wearing, which is a plus.
Although it has strong spicy notes, it’s in no way offensive, it smells very smooth overall.
Designed to create balance between mind and body, this elegant mist uses no petrochemically derived ingredients – just the plants themselves.
Right now in the colder months Seductive is perfect, I am not sure if I would like it in Summer, so I might try another aromatic for the warmer months.

I have already mentioned the beautiful skin care Renewing Oil Serum here, and have been using it as serum whenever my skin feels dehydrated. Truly a light oil, this glides over skin and immediately sinks in for the kind of results promised by more aggressive regimens. Super certified organic antioxidant Intellimune help cells live longer, healthier lives while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production.
I also think it’s perfect for plane travel, (if you decant it into a smaller container) and the smell is just heavenly.
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Last but not least I am a huge fan of their Antioxidant Lip Delivery lip gloss. It’s actually packed with healthy natural antioxidants, protecting and a powerful anti aging treatment for your lips.
And then it has just enough of the prettiest pop of colour. I have the Pink Hibiscus always in my handbag.

Of course all their products are cruelty free and certified organic!

5 Tips For Healthy Shiny HAIR The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Do you want shiny locks and healthy hair for your wedding day (or just in general?) ?
Here are my top tips on how to keep your scalp and hair naturally beautiful, enhance hair growth and prevent damage.

1. Deep Condition
Once a week apply a deep hair conditioning treatment. You can use pure Coconut Oil if you are a purist or on a budget or you can use a luxurious store bought hair treatment.
Always go for a toxin free hair product range!
If you use coconut oil do this on a day off and sit in the sun, which will activate and heat up the oil.
Protect your gorgeous skin in the sun though (with a natural zinc sunscreen) and be careful not to get burned before your wedding day.
The trick with washing out oil treatments is to apply shampoo before wetting your hair then rinsing with water and then using a 2nd shampoo. Lather and rinse well.
The use your regular conditioner.

2. Nourish from the inside
Hair is protein discharge, and adding good quality protein to your diet will help encourage growth.
Consuming enough healthy fat can aid in improving overall shine and texture. Eating more kale (vitamin C and Silica) berries (more C), onions, leeks, garlic or scallions (sulfur), mushrooms (zinc), almonds, brown rice (vitamin E), sunflower seeds (pantothenic acid – B5), and shitake mushrooms (copper) and a wide variety of antioxidant herbs like ginger, rosemary, and turmeric root, could benefit hair growth and make hair even more gorgeous!
Eat WHOLE eggs (ALWAYS ORGANIC & FREE RANGE) . They contain biotin, folate, silica, and B-5, which are all universally known for helping promote lustrous hair.

3. Keep it natural
Certain products can clog the hair shaft, and that will impede new growth. Many products contain alcohol, which will strip your hair.
Choose natural, green products instead. I am a big fan of the John Masters Organics line because he uses a lot of essential oils and plant-based ingredients.
I also love the Yarok Styling Products. If you are after a real super luxurious treat you can’t go past Rahua products.

4. Be Gentle
Many people break their hair when it is wet and most delicate by brushing to hard. Buy a high-quality professional hair dryer and use it at the medium setting, or don’t blow dry your hair at all.
Use a wide comb or detangling brush and slowly work your way up, start at the ends.
When using heating tools like a dryer, flat iron, curling iron, or hot rollers, be sure to use natural products for heat protection. Stay away from damaging heat tools if you can.

5. Protect!
Braid your hair loosely or tie with soft ties to avoid any breakage,
especially if you have dry or chemically treated hair.
If you color your hair it’s a good idea to wear a hat in the sun.
It will protect your hair colour from fading or changing colour.

Liv’s Holiday Edit & Inflight Beauty Essentials

Posted on: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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When you read this I am holidays!
We are on a three week Europe trip, on the hunt for the latest in design, organic luxury makeup & skin care we are in Copenhagen & Stockholm
to discover the beauty secrets of Scandinavia while enjoying plenty of fikas (the swedish culture of coffee breaks throughout the day!)
And also to catch up with family and to spend precious time together.

Here are some of the items I packed in my personal beauty bag for the holidays:
Intelligent Nutrients Lip Care – Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss in Pink Hibiscus so yummy, healthy, hydrating and just enough colour.
Eco Minerals Coco Eyeshadow – the perfect brown shade to be used as eyeliner, brow powder or eyeshadow.
LiliLolo Eyeshadow Palette– a beautiful palette of neutrals in a very travel friendly small compact
Carol’s Beauty Tanning Oil – An all organic oil for a beautiful natural tan, the sunny days in Europe are far and few between, so I can do with a little help.
Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, very hydrating but also pretty, it contains a little bit of Mica for a healthy sheen, very lovely for the legs.
W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick
concealer & foundation in one in a stick, perfect for travel!
Ere Perez Almond Oil Mascara in black- My go to Mascara.
Zuii Organics Eyebrow pencil – This one is new for me, it has a great shade and is precise to apply, without the need of a sharpener.

the list goes on…. I am not the best in traveling light, ooooops!

Long flights are pretty though on the skin, mine gets very dehydrated, red and dry, sometimes even flakey.
It’s important to drink enough water when flying, and to stay away from alcohol and caffeine if possible.
In addition have established an in flight beauty routine a few years ago.
While the products I use change the ritual stays the same. Look out for products designed for dry and deydrated skin,
night cremes, oils and hydrating masks. Collect samples or see if your favourite brands sells travel size products.
Many brands to offer little sample sizes which are perfect for your inflight beauty routine.
Otherwise you can always get small plastic containers and fill up your own.
I just did a MUJI run and stocked up on some more. Of course please make sure all your products are under 100ml each and will not exceed
1liter in total, so they fit into a clear plastic bag.

After Take Off
1. Tie your hair back, apply a little natural oil into the ends to lock in moisture. I use Miskin Organics Silk Oil.
2. Remove any traces of makeup with gentle cleansing water with cotton buds.
3. Spritzing with a hydrating face mist I use La Mav Rose Hydrating Mist, spray into hands and pat into the skin.
4. Applying a layer of night time moisturizer or a clear hydrating creme mask & eye cream and let it sink in. Use a second layer and let it dry.
You can leave this on during the whole duration of the flight. May Lindstrom’s famous The Blue Cocoon is perfect
5. Apply hand balm (the Z’kin One has saved my hands many many times!) & lip-balm and enjoy your flight!

If you are on a very long flight, feel free to repeat the procedure, when you wake up.

One hour before landing:
1.Refresh the skin with a gentle wipe of cleansing water again. You can do this in the bathroom.
2. Use hydrating face mist as above. Apply day cream of choice.
3. Use a concealer where needed. I use W3LL people concealer stick.
4. Apply a tinted lipbalm or gloss and you are ready to roll.

The Truth In Anti Aging: My Top Natural Miracle Workers

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Changing Skin: We all want to look our best at any age and are dreaming of healthy happy skin, it’s all about ageing gracefully and feeling comfortable in your skin.
Our skin changes with age in many ways, it becomes thinner, we loose voloume and and lines&wrinkles will start to show up.
It’s important to support and love your skin, so it can look it’s best and stay young.
Our body is quite a miracle worker. Every organ has multiple functions and if you are in good health they will all work together.
It’s a perfect yet delicate system. I think it’s most important to love the skin you are in.
It sounds like a cliche that confident happy women are always the most beautiful, I however believe this.
There is nothing more stunning and captivating as someone living their purpose, laughing from the heart and radiating that glow from within.
Don’t we all know someone like that?

Detox To Retox: It’s easy to get carried away with anti-aging treatments and procedures as well as cosmetics. The myth is that all this will make your
skin look young forever while natural products don’t work. The truth is quite the opposite.
This can easily backfire. Regular chemical peels or invasive aggressive procedure will actually cause to age the skin pre-maturely.
Just as too much sun does. No one really knows the long term effects of injectible cosmetics yet, so proceed with caution.
Take it this way: If you stress your skin out and are constantly attacking it with harsh products, it will actually get upset with you.
Not the right way to get that youthful glow you were after in the first place! It’s time to detox your beauty bag and retox it with truly valuable
powerful and healthy that beauty products.

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Skin Support: So how do you support your 30+ skin to keep it youthful? The answer is to work with your body and not against it.
One key ingredient are anti oxidants, they protect your skin from all sorts of stress so that it can function properly and won’t age prematurely.
It’s important to include super-foods which are high in antioxidants in your diet, but they are also a very powerful and natural anti-aging skin care ingredient.

And stay clear of refined sugar! Consuming sugary foods will damage the collagen in your skin, causing it to age prematurely.
Your skin will look it’s best when your body is healthy, that is a fact. Yet we always try and cheat our way around it with new technologies and synthetics.
The other important idea to keep in mind is to stay clear of ingredients that are harmful or potentially harmful to your body. Quick fixes won’t cut it for your skin long term.
Start with makeing better choices and establish a simple routine to get that youthful glow.
I could write a book about this (note to self: maybe I should?) but won’t bore you with more facts for now.
Instead I picked some favourite non toxic anti ageing products for you:

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Natural Non-Toxic Miracle Workers For Youthful Skin:
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème hands down THE eyecream of luxurious eye creams.
Just the right texture it absorbs quickly and it does what it says on the bottle: This 360° eye treatment fights the eye area’s five most common signs of aging in one complete daily crème!
It Minimizes expression lines and deep wrinkles, helps to firm appearance of the eyelid, and reduces signs of fatigue and stress. You can’t ask for more.

Intelligent Nutrients Renewing Oil Serum, a beautiful oil containing a unique Intellimune Super Seed Oil Complex that smells delicious and renews the skin and helps cells live longer, healthier lives while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production.
It can be used as serum underneath your moisturiser am/pm or both and it’s great for all skin types.

Z’kin Line Smoothing Serum I know I keep mentioning this one, but it’s just a great product.
Lightweight, potent, it travels well and it is an eye cream as well as anti-ageing serum. No Botox required!

Z’kin Rejuvenating Moisturizer, just as great as the serum, just as a moisturizer. Best suited to normal to dry skins, this
is a nourishing anti-ageing moisturizer based on the latest research. Natural and high performance. This is great for all skin types and it absorbs quickly.

La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar
Visibly smooths fine lines, wrinkles and improves uneven skin tone with a magical cocktail of natural ingredients. As the name suggests: This is a night time treatment which is nourishing and it delivers fast results.
La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème. One great night time moisturiser for dry skin, if your skin is very dry and combine it with the Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar and your skin will be soft and supple in no time.
La Mav Bio VA5 Wrinkle Smoothing Day Crème: A crème that delivers a long-lasting moisture barrier, leaving skin soft and radiant. Great for daily use to help prevent the visible signs of aging. It also contains Hibiscus esculentus extract which is a natural peptide that has a BOTOX® like effect that gently relaxes skin to smooth expression lines and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It tones, firms and rest facial muscles.

The Foundation Hunt: A dewy finish with Inika Liquid Foundation

Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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When I received my Inika products I was beyond impressed with how beautiful and luxurious they looked.
The Truly Organic Liquid Foundation impressed me that much, I have used it straight away on a beauty editorial for White Magazine here. Amazing finish right? This foundation has been winning beauty awards for years so I was excited to finally give it a go.
It is very lightweight and sheer and feels softening to the skin. It is not oily at all, nor does it sit on the skin.
It feels more as if it becomes one with the skin and is undetectable. It’s truly an HD finish in my opinion.
The most impressive fact for me was that it achieves all these results without the use of silicone.

The coverage is light to medium when built up, so it won’t cover blemishes etc. but that’s what a concealer is for anyways!
It can be mixed with the liquid highlighter Light Reflect for a super dewy finish, but I used it on it’s own and the highlighter only on cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.
It works well with fingers or any foundation brush. The smell is beautiful, sublte maybe a little floral, but there is no synthetic fragrance in this, the scent simply stems from all the high quality natural ingredients.
If you are hypersensitve to essential oils I suggest trying out a sample first, just in case.
The super chic bottle comes with a hygienic pump.
The colour range is unfortunately limited to only 4 colours at the moment, I can only cross all my fingers they will expand the range, as I would happily include this into my pro kit. The existing colours do seem to adjust very well to a variety of skin tones, due to the sheer finish.

This is a great foundation for all skin types, (maybe not for very oily due to the radiant finish)
And as I mentioned before: It is sheer, so if you are after a full coverage product this is not for you.
I have been wearing this a lot lately and really enjoy it!
My skin felt calm and clear after removing it at night, as it is packed with skin care benefits.
Inika says on their website this product blurs the lines between moisturiser and foundation- well put!
I couldn’t agree more.

This foundation is certified Organic, not tested on animals and vegan.

Expert Advice: Best Beauty Foods For Healthy Skin

Posted on: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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I am very excited to have health food expert, nutritionist and food blogger Monique Cormack, sharing er expertise.
I met Monique a little over a year ago when she booked me as makeup artist for her wedding.
Her knowledge blew my mind, so I feel grateful that she took my invitation to write a guest post for my blog.

Having radiant, clear skin makes you feel great and is really a beauty feature in itself.  While I take care of my skin externally by using simple, natural skin care products, I also make sure to nourish my skin from within by eating an abundance of foods that support skin health and regeneration.

So, what foods are good for healthy skin? A fun and helpful way to look at this answer is to think of the qualities we would like in our skin, and see them reflected in what we choose to consume.

Clear. This one is a bit of a no-brainer; I am talking about water! It is so important to stay hydrated, this will keep your skin looking brighter and fuller. Dehydration will be reflected in sallow, dry skin and tired-looking eyes. You can help to hydrate with liquids such as water, coconut water, herbal tea and vegetable juices. Also try to consume water-rich, hydrating whole fruits and vegetables e.g. watermelon, grapefruit, oranges, berries, cucumber, tomatoes, celery and lettuce varieties.

Clean.  It’s a bit of an overused term at the moment, but by eating “clean” I simply mean to cut back on processed foods and focus on eating as many foods as close to nature as possible. Fresh produce, lean meat, fish, eggs, raw nuts and seeds, smart carbs like sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat can be flavoured with herbs, spices, homemade sauces and dips without any chemical additives.  By removing processed foods you will also eliminate a lot of excess sugar from your diet, which can be a key trigger for bad skin.

Fresh. Making sure that the majority of the food you eat is actually fresh food, as opposed to pre-packaged convenience food, will help you on your way to having great skin.  Add a handful of fresh spinach to your scrambled eggs or breakfast smoothie.  Enjoy an orange or an apple together with a handful of raw nuts for afternoon tea.  Make sure that your lunch and dinner includes your favourite veggies, trying to include 2-3 different varieties (aim for 2 cups of veg) for a colourful plate; by eating the rainbow, you canvass a larger number of nutrients.

Vibrant.  Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables contain various micro nutrients which help to support healthy skin. Citrus, kiwi and berries are rich in Vitamin C, essential for collagen production (collagen is a major structural protein of the skin). Dark leafy greens are packed with fibre, minerals and antioxidant compounds which will improve digestion and help eliminate toxins from the body. Orange foods like carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, an antioxidant which is also essential for skin health.

Glowing.  What helps you glisten and glow? Healthy, shiny FATS. I cannot stress enough the importance of including good quality fats if you want great skin. A number of nutrients needed for skin health, including Vitamins A, E and K, are all “fat-soluble”. This means that our digestive system absorbs them via a molecule of fat.  Include quality fats such as a few tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and/or organic butter. Chia seeds, raw nuts and seeds, oily fish, whole eggs, avocado and tahini are also excellent healthy-fat items to regularly include in your meals.

Toned. Protein! This is used in the construction of every tissue in your body. Skin cells are constantly regenerating, so we need to make sure we regularly consume adequate protein. This might be 2 whole eggs or approximately a 150 gram serve of meat or fish; plant-based sources include nuts and seeds, legumes and protein-rich “grains” such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth.  If you wish to use a protein powder, choose an additive-free one (I like Sunwarrior for a vegan protein, and the Bare Blends range is also very good).

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Nourish Everyday Recipe: Skin Food Smoothie Bowl

This meal is so easy to throw together very quickly and makes a great breakfast, lunch or even a light dinner if you get home late and want to eat something that’s not too heavy before you go to sleep. I have chosen to blend together a selection of ingredients that are especially great for skin health. Avocado and chia seeds for essential healthy fats and a little protein boost.  Hydrating cucumber.  Cleansing, antioxidant-rich spinach for some essential leafy greens.  Pear for sweetness and an excellent fibre hit.  Top it with berries for your Vitamin C and also a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, which are rich in zinc (great for skin and nails) and also magnesium (great for stress management – brides-to-be this is an important mineral for you!)

You need:
1 small pear (ripe or even overripe will work best)
¾ cup cucumber chunks
1 big handful baby spinach
½ avocado
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 scoop vanilla protein (I use Sunwarrior Vanilla in this)
½ cup almond/rice/coconut/oat milk
½ cup coconut water or water
½ cup berries (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

What to do:
Core and chop the pear up into chunks. Place the pear chunks and all the other ingredients, except the berries and pumpkin seeds, into your blender and process until nice and smooth. You can thin it out with a little more liquid if you prefer. Top with berries and pumpkin seeds.  (For a more indulgent smoothie you can also add some coconut flakes and cacao nibs as shown in the picture!)

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