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The Six Week Bridal Beauty Prep PART ONE

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Real beauty comes from within. Your skin says everything about the kind of lifestyle you lead and most skin problems originate internally – the body is one whole integrated system so what’s going on inside our bodies will show up on our skin as well. That feeling of inner health shows up externally on our face and skin more than the best facial ever could.
All parts of your bridal beauty prep program from nutrition & exercising to meditation are therefore having a huge impact on your skin. Further here are some beauty, tips and tricks that will ensure your skin and hair will be in best condition and excelling natural radiance. Now read on and get that glow!

The earlier you start to create a holistic fitness, nutrition and beauty regime the better.
Besides the 6 week week beauty plan I will go through more general beauty prep, tools, products and techniques and expert Interviews.
I always try to stay on top of the latest products and ingredients and hope to share some insider tips with you, while I prepare myself for my own wedding day.

6 Weeks to go: Exfoliate & Detoxify

BODY BEAUTY PREP

Now it’s time to start your regular exfoliating regime. It’s super easy to get your body glowing.
Try daily Dry Brushing: All you need is a natural bristle brush and a body oil.
Why? I have listed some amazing facts below:

Benefits:
Removes dead layers of skin and other outer impurities.
Stimulates and increases blood circulation.
Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface.
Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs.
Rejuvenates your cells.
Strengthens your immune system.
Increases muscle tone.
Improves skin texture.
Helps prevent premature ageing.

How? Read my Step-by-step guide to dry skin brushing:
1. It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. I do it after my morning run or yoga session. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
2. Use a natural bristled brush. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
3. Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
4. Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
5. Next , brush your back (that’s why it’s good to get a long handle brush).
6. Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
7. Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
8. Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
9. Immediately apply natural body oil onto the wet skin afterwards. You can use a luxurious blend of Oils or simply use organic unrefined Coconut Oil. Read here how to choose the right one.

And last but not least just a few little precautions:
Avoid on sensitive skin, varicose veins, open wounds, inflamed skin or painful rashes, sunburnt areas, breasts and other sensitive areas.
Seek doctor’s advice before brushing if pregnant or if severely/chronically ill.
Stop brushing if an allergic reaction appears.

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If you want to really enhance that new glowing body, and your wedding dress is showing some skin, try a light shimmer lotion on your wedding day to highlight your collarbones and shoulders or legs.
I recently fell in love with the Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Body Tint, which I have used on beauty editorials.
It’s an all mineral and natural product, really fabulous!

Enjoy and keep it up! Keep posted for part 2, which will tell you all about exfoliating the face. :)

Top 5 Summer Skin Favourites

Posted on: Friday, February 27, 2015

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As the hot days are in full swing and we have a few more weeks of Summer left over here in Australia, although, I am pretty optimistic.
Officially Summer will end this week. I am sure the warm weather will continue for a while though, and of course in Europe and many parts of the world,
you will be just preparing yourself for the warm season.
I wanted to share this seasons favourite products with you:

1. After a beach day or day where I have been working on fashion editorial makeup outdoors on location in the sun, nothing repairs and soothes my skin
like Zk’in Hydrating mist, I have even used it on light sunburns on the body. It feels amazing, cools the skin and targets UV-damage, it makes my skin glow instantly.

2. Malin & Goetz Eucalyptus Deodarant, my better half Dave actually got me on to this one, a true unisex product and I am impressed it works throughout the humid days,
without Aluminium, which I have been trying to avoid.

3. La Mav Organic BB Creme, yes I have mentioned this one before. See here for a full review. It’s just been my go-to everyday product.

5. Zk’in Rebalancing Lotion with it’s Matte Effect Active a true saviour on hot days underneath my makeup. Still hydrating enough to keep my skin supple,
it feels light and balancing. (P.S: If this was a top 6 I would totally nominate the Z’kin Brightening & Hydrating Mask an all-rounder mask, that works wonders.
It looks like chocolate and smells like licorice!)

Best BB for Summer and natural goodies

Posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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BB Cremes are the latest thing in beauty, and while I am not really fussed about the names beauty companies come up with each season for foundations,
I am still always interested in the new product itself, no matter if it’s a tinted moisturizer, foundation, bb creme, or another fancy marketing word.
To me as a professional makeup artist and sensitive skin every day makeup wearer it’s all about the quality of a product that determines if it will
secure a spot in my private makeup bag or professional makeup kit.

Today I wanted to introduce another addition to my own skincare/makeup bag.
The BB Creme from La Mav, is my go to staple on days off, when walking the puppy and on holiday or to protect my own face on destination photo shoots and weddings.
It’s also good for early starts, as it’s super easy to apply, just a couple of pumps straight applied to my skin with fingers after my moisturizer takes way less than a minute.
The BB Creme is mattifying, has natural sunscreen, anti-ageing skincare benefits, provides long lasting moisturisation, evens my complexion and the colour adapts really well to my skin.
Flawless in 30 seconds, that deserves a special mention. Like all La Mav products it’s also certified organic, vegan, cruelty free, and certified toxin free, which makes it perfect
for personal every day use. This is a light coverage BB Creme, that evens out little imperfections.

It’s my go to for the no makeup makeup days, and when my skin is good.
For the easy healthy holiday makeup, it comes as a makeup set in a package with a pretty lip gloss which is a real lip treatment in “Berry” , a mineral bronzer in “Sunkissed” (a tad too dark for myself) and a kabuki makeup brush, perfect to buff mineral powders into the skin. If you are a mineral makeup wearer, this is worth checking out.

If you are having problematic skin and are looking for a full cover BB Creme, check out my previous post about the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Creme.

My Bali Boho Summer Makeup

Posted on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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I packed my own makeup bag for my upcoming Bali trip.
The natural mineral products by Ere Perez are especially good for humid weather and the natural mascara is waterproof so I can dip into the pool as well.
Here is my go to, beachy boho makeup look for hot summer days with Ere Perez makeup:

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Start by using a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer with sun protection as a base on freshly moisturised skin, see one of my favourites here.

Next I use Sun Halo it’s a versatile highlighting cream bronzer, (or should I say bronzing cream highlighter?) with the most delicious vanilla smell.
Apply on the high points of the face with fingers or stippling brush to get an instant glow and sunkissed touch.
Use it on the bridge of the nose, cupids bow on the cheek bone and brow bone. It looks great on the eye lid too.
On the cheeks I use Bondi Blush the perfect blush for sunkissed skin. (although it suits pretty much everyone)
Just a hint on the apple of the cheek applied with a blush brush or small powder brush.
A hydrating lipstick Moisturising Macadamia Lip Colour “Me” is the perfect natural lip colour in a caramel brown, which makes my teeth look very white. WIN!
If you have a fair complexion try the colour “YOU”. It also protects my lips from the harsh UV rays.
I use a hint of Sun Halo on the lid and apply volumising waterproof mascara in Black

Done! There you have it a super quick and easy summer holiday look. I hope you enjoyed it.

That golden glow & a smooth affair

Posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2014

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I have lately been thoroughly reviewing Jane Iredale‘s Glow Time Full Coverage BB Creme.

Due to moving house and other stressors my skin has not been at it’s best lately and I was in the market for more coverage in an every day foundation.
I found a good colour match for myself in the line, however there are limited colours available.
I wear BB7, a very yellow toned medium skin colour.

When I used it for the first time people commenting on how great my skin looks and if I was wearing anything and also asking what it was.
I was really surprised that people noticed. So I guess this has a really great finish.
Another big plus is that this product stays on all day, no matter how humid or long the day, it’s perfect for Summer and the beach due to it’s
sunprotection and water resistance.

The packaging is just amazing, a practical squuuueze tube in gold, with is great for travel and every day use while still locking beautiful.
When it comes to application be prepared to only use the smallest possible amount and follow the instruction: Place little dots in different areas of the face
before you warm and work the product with fingers into the skin from the center outwards. It takes some getting used to and if you use too much product it won’t work.
This product is VERY high coverage so you really only need a tiny amount, really great as one tube will last you a long long time.

I tried many different ways of using it and I found it was important to moisturize my skin well before and it works best with the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
(which smells delicious by the way), it makes my skin feel very smooth and supple yet it’s light and quickly absorbed, it also enhances the radiance.

Being a lover of a very dewy finish, I was a little scared how matte the BB Creme went on, how ever it sets very quickly on my skin and transforms into a radiant finish.
On days that I feel dehydrated I was setting it with Pommisst
Which seals it in and gives instantly more glow.

Glow Time covers my breakouts and scarring without the need of additional concealer and I have also worn it here and here, so you can see how it photographs in daylight.

I recommend this for:

Sensitive skin
Oily/Normal/Combination skin types
Summer
Beach
Everyday wear
Acne

The latest in natural high performance zk’in care

Posted on: Sunday, October 12, 2014

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I have a new favourite skin care line!
You can get very excited if you have been looking for an high performance skincare range, that delivers proven results and is yet
absolutely safe, certified organic to the highest international standard and has an incredible honest marketing approach.
It’s called Zk’in (pronounced simply “skin”)

A effective line of 12 products, offers enough selection for different skin concerns and ages.
I have been using the line for a couple of weeks now and was initially planning on writing about my favorite products.
This quickly become impossible as every single product was such a pleasure to use and just kept all the promises it made on the box.
Seriously, this is something I hadn’t experienced with other skincare.

I was lucky enough to meet the very inspiring founder of the line, Grace Culhaci in person and I was blown away; by her knowledge, her passion about the brand but most of all
her honesty. There are so many unique facts about this line, I don’t even know where to start…

If you are not obsessed with beauty and skincare, I recommend to just head out and start using the line, you won’t regret it and I won’t want to bore you with all the details.
All you need to know is: It’s working, it’s clean and it’s honest. All products feel and smell amazing too, some have natural coffee and cacoa extracts and excel gourmet aromas, while
the line overall has very neutral smells that aren’t overpowering. All textures are very fast absorbing, leaving a clean, hydrating and fresh feel to the skin. Wonderful!

In case you are more like me, VERY interested in beauty, please read on and be impressed by the details about this wonderful skin care products:

The products are created to the highest sustainability standards. While the package is well designed, looking all pretty and simple, its’ also completely recyclable.
It’s also food grade packaging, ensuring no toxins will be able to get into your gorgeous skincare through the use of toxic plastics (think BPA)
Zk’in products are not tested on animals and are vegan, CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS. This is very important to me personally as I am a lifelong vegetarian and ANIMAL LOVER.

What impressed me as makeup artist was that Zk’in campaign images are stunning without the use of unrealistic photo-shopping, the model is shown as she really looks, with beautiful fine lines and natural flaws.
Showing real beauty and realistic images of women is another idea I love and would personally like to see more of. Extra brownie points earned here.
The line feels overall very well developed it seems that extensive research has been done to ensure that each product is absolutely safe to use and suitable for genuinely sensitive skin.
Often I hear people say that that they have sensitive skin and therefore stay clear of organic products, as they won’t usually react to conventional chemically loaded skincare,
the reason might be that a lot of the smaller organic ranges don’t invest in research, allergy testing and sensitive skin suitability to the extend that the big name brands too, which I always
thought is a real shame.

When I do pick products to be used in my professional makeup kit the main criteria is always the sensitive skin tolerance, as I don’t want to carry products that a high percentage of people will react too.
The Zk’in line is definitely suitable for professional use in a makeup kit in my personal opinion.
The hygienic pump packaging is another real plus and the most of the products are travel friendly.

Personal miracle experience:
I have lately developed a rash on my fingers, some form of eczema due to the frequent hand washing and sanitizing required in my work as professional makeup artist.
My sensitive skin suffered and started to look terrible. With the help of the Soothing Hand Cream by Zk’in and the relief moisturizer my skin has gone back to normal within a week
and healed completely! No need for any medication or cortisone treatment! If you have problematic skin that is dry, sensitive or even flaking, try this cream!

I will from time to time introduce a single product of the line and will review single products. As the line is too amazing to tell you all about it in one short blog post.
Oh and by the way, it’s affordable too. Moisturizers are about AUD $45.00, cleansers under AUD $30.00, so this won’t break your bank either and is worth every penny.

Summary: Incredible high performance skin care line that is suitable for sensitive skin and 100% ethical and organic! Suitable products for all skin concerns are included in the line,
from anti-ageing to acne or dry skin, the range covers it all!

Sydney Makeup Workshop

Posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Liv Lundelius Worshop 2014 from PebbleCoastFilms on Vimeo.

…and here it is the awesome work of Carla at Pebble Coast Films!
I am so happy and grateful for the wonderful team that helped me to make it all happen.

Mascara for sensitive eyes

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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I had to share my most recent discovery for sensitive eyes & sensitive skin: Ere Perez!
The beautiful, healthy and all natural products are suitable for the most sensitive skins and eyes.
And I am absolutely in LOVE with the mascara, which does not make my eyes itchy after a long day, it’s beautifully BLACK and it strengthens the lashes as well.
Quite something. Their sleek white packaging makes it even more fun to use the products.
Staples in my won makeup bag currently are:

Natural Almond Oil Mascara
Pure Rice Powder Bondi Blush has the most amazing flattering peach tone & amazing longevity
Real Rosehip Lipbar in NUDE, the most amazing nourishing nothing colour! So pretty and always in my handbag.

I can’t wait to try more of these gorgeous products!
Below some of my recent favourites: Clearisonic Brush, Eau Duelle by Diptyque and the pretty minimalistic Ere Perez products.

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eva & violet ~ cruelty free beauty

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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I recently had the chance to meet the amazing Lady behind cruelty free beauty online shop
Eva & Violet Cruelty Free Beauty. Both animal lovers we had a lot to chat about, including our fluffy pooches and our favourite products.
I love her selection of highest quality luxury cosmetics that are all cruelty free.
Toni herself spend a good time testing all this amazing products on herself and handpicked a selection
of her favourites which are now for sale on her website.

I just had the chance to try the incredible O&M hair products, which were just what my dried out winter hair needed.
As well as a wonderful firming eye cream by La Mav.
I just say: Long gone are the times were natural, organic and animal friendly products were the 2nd best option.
These product work, have fantastic textures and smell divine.
Have you tried O&M products yet? My nose and hair are impressed. And La Mav Skincare is a new favourite of mine, with highly potent plant complexes, the products feel good and keep my skin young looking and glowing.
And they even look super pretty in the bathroom.
Win-win-win-win-win-win situation.

Luxury Line Your Eyes!

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Luxury line? Yep, Eyeliner has just gone one step up! It is already a constant on all high fashion catwalks as much as in most of our staple makeup bag,
to sum it up: Eyeliner is amazing!!!

My favourite product form are Gel Liners. They are easy peasy to apply and they last and last and …. yes. You got it. Last.
They can mimic a defined line like a liquid liner or the smudge soft edges of a pencil, they can even be used in the inner rim.

Eyeliner suits any eye shape and colour and transform any look.

In my professional kit I use them A LOT. So I was super excited to hear that Jane Iredale just released a very luxurious version:
The Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner. As usual the ingredients go far beyond makeup, they contain skincare! As they combine new technologies they pair natural coconut oil with silicones.
If you aren’t a beauty geek, never mind, you will love this regardless even if you can’t be impressed with new ingredient combinations and high tech formulas,
in the end what you will notice is a smooth easy application and lasting result.
I was instantly in love with the pretty little glass jar with the golden lid.
It is water resistant which makes it great for humid weather and weddings, or for the movie theater, when you watch one of those films…you know?

PRO TIP: If you always struggle to get a smooth line with your eyeliner, try using an angled brush! It will do the work for you as you just stamp along your lashline! No more excuses :)

Summer Glow for Sensitive Skins

Posted on: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Lately I had clients with extremely sensitive skin, not just the usual sensitive skin, that most Ladies like to claim for themselves, but the kind that actually has severe allergies, redness, dryness, eczema, dermatitis…you name it!
It always a challenge to find products that work for those skin types and while every skin is different and no one (not even a dermatologist) knows what works and what doesn’t it’s a real trial and error for those people.
Generally it’s a good idea to stay away from heavily fragranced products, strong essential oils (although all natural they are usually too potent for sensitive skin) and most very active ingredients.

A lifesaver a thermal water sprays and really basic products. One I have been counting on a lot is the Mineral Primer by Youngblood, which works a treat in nourishing, protecting and preparing the skin for makeup application.
A simple great quality product. As a staple in my kit, I was curious about trying more from this range and to see how these cruelty free, vegan and mineral products are holding up against the other Luxury and professional makeup brands, I usually use.
As a professional makeup artist, I never stick to a single brand, but rather choose and pick the best products of each luxury or professional brands.
Every brand has their strengths and weaknesses and so my kit included a huge variety of great international products from Chanel, over Nars, Hourglass, Laura Mercier, YSL, Urban Decay, Make Up Forever, Chantecaille, By Terry, Shu Uemura, to all natural cosmetics like Jane Irdale and Youngblood to suit all clients different needs and preferences that suit their skin and the occasion.

I created a wearable look for this time of year, when most girls have gotten a nice tan over the Summer months, but the wardrobe will change soon to deeper colours and evening looks will make their come back.
Late Summer is my favourite time of year, and I wish it would last forever. At least this makeup look will last and last and last, while being gentle and kind to your skin.
In fact the makeup products are pretty much perfect for humid weather and hot temperatures.

All products used were supplied by Youngblood and here is how to achieve the look:
SIMPLE STEPS!

SKIN:
Prime with Mineral Primer! Use a lightweight tinted moisturizer or just concealer where needed you want the skin to look as natural as possible
Highlighting bronzer in Mineral Radiance in “SUNDANCE” on the highest points of your face, apply with a big fluffy brush for natural finish
CHEEK: Add cream blush to Cheeks works best with fingers and gently pressed into the skin I used Luminous Creme Blush in Pink Cashmere.
EYES: Use rosegold, as base colour, pale pink as highlight and chocolate to define the eye all in the gorgeous quad “ETERNITY”, super easy to blend.
To add an unexpected edge to all the warm colours use a cool grey liquid liner from the inner corner starting fine and flicking outwards to, which lasts and lasts and lasts, all summer night long!
It’s softer than black yest gives definition and shape while being more natural looking than the usual black vintage flick.
Lips: Cranberry coloured creamy gorgeousness is the lipstick Kranberry which goes on like a lip balm but has lots of pigment for a real red lip look which transforms this summery beachy look into a cocktail time summer night style!
Finish the face for a flawless and lasting look with “Hi-Definition” Hydrating Mineral Powder, which has a cooling effect and is really perfect for hot summer evenings.

My skin loved all this products and didn’t make me break out or cause any reactions. However everyone is different, if you are sensitive Try Before You Buy.
I found the quality and texture of the products outstanding, they feel truly good on the skin and I would recommend them as natural addition to your makeup bag,
you can achieve professional results! Perfect for your day to day makeup.

Be my Valentine…Loving Mauve Glow

Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2014

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After a full on weekend with 2 weddings, 2 day of One Fine Day Wedding Fair and only 2 hours of sleep,
there were 2 little helpers getting me through it with a glow and big smile:
Jane Iredale Pommisst (mentioned here already, I know I know, it’s just tooooo goood!) and a little cream blusher called “In Touch” in “Chemistry“, a mauve that works great on my lips and as radiant contour cheek colour!
Small enough to fit in any clutch or bag, carry it with you it will need to be reapplied, as it’s sheer colour will disappear over time.
It only takes seconds and can be used with fingertips or a foundation brush.
I love the mauve look of Elizabeth Olsen in the above picture, which could be easily achieved with this colour product.
I wore the look the whole weekend and thought it’s perfect for Valentine’s! Don’t you think?
P.S: It smells of Chocolate and is all natural! YUM.

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I though I share this as a mini post, as Valentines day is coming up and this is just the perfect duo to get the glow on.
There is an ever growing demand for natural products in my makeup kit, as clients request it and I love these as they have
a luxurious feel and advanced skincare ingredients. Pommisst is now a staple in my pro kit!

Thanks to Jane Iredale Australia, for sending me these products to try.

Crazy like a Coconut – Comparing Skinbooster & Multitasker Coconut Oil

Posted on: Friday, July 26, 2013

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How to shop for the right quality Coconut Oil:
I really love a no nonsense approach to skin care, having worked in the beauty industry for years I came past quite some seasonal miracle creams, most of which fail to deliver what they promise.
Are you a bit of a beauty geek and always want to know that little bit more about skincare & skin health? Well I certainly fit into that category. Have you tried Coconut oil on your skin before? Chances are you have read about it already as it’s a traditional and wonderfully effective remedy!
I have lately experimented a little further on how to use it correctly and learned how important it is to get the best quality. How wonderful Coconut oil is for your skin was briefly mentioned before in my Get The Glow Series.
In it’s natural raw state it’s full of enzymes and nutrients but it’s also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti fungal. It’s great for all skin types and contains antioxidant s to protect your skin too. Some peole even swear by it as a deodorant.
I like to remove waterproof eye-makeup with it, knowing that it conditions my lashes at the same time. Being great for sensitive skin and a 100% natural product it has quickly become a beauty favorite of women all over the world. Using the average coconut oil from the supermarket, unfortunately doesn’t always cut it. Even buying organic doesn’t insure that you get the right oil for your skin. Cheap refined or under heat produced oils can clog your pores or simply just sit on the skin without getting absorbed properly or even worse can be full of toxins and chemicals. You can go for the best coconut oil hunt online or at your health food store, or even buy one in fancy packing from some skincare brands like RMS, if you like a nice pot in your bathroom. As you my gorgeous readers are all based in different countries around the world I rather give you a shopping checklist than a recommendation for a certain brand, so you can find an equivalent product where ever you are! The quality of a product depends on how it’s made.

Your Checklist:

~The best quality is made from only fresh, not dried coconuts!
~No refining, bleaching, or deodorizing chemicals!
~No heat!…should be involved in the process!
~Centrifuge based extraction is the information you are looking out for!
~Stay away from any inferior oil which also often sells in a health food stores!
~Make sure you use only the best, purest and freshest oil for your skin!

And now: Have fun experimenting!

I am freshly in love…

Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2013


photo taken by the fabulous Lisa Diederich

…with our life over here in Australia and with my job.
With the change of seasons and the crisp cool days. With Sydney and the colours.
I love being a makeup artist, I am in love with teaching people about skin care, I am passionate about nutrition and I rediscovered my love for writing.
I am in love with weddings and everyone I get to work with.

Lately I had the chance to collaborate with the wonderful White Magazine and I am writing a series of guest posts for them as Beauty Expert. Read the first part of my Get The Glow Series here and try my favourite smoothie recipes.
I will share my insider tips on how to achieve a healthy radiant skin step by step.
Thanks White Team, for inviting me as a guest!

Green smoothies, Glowing Skin…

Posted on: Monday, March 25, 2013


Green smoothies, glowing skin and other essential items I couldn’t live without lately, as I have have been busy buzzing it’s all about keeping the right balance.

In January I joined a “green smoothie a day challenge” hosted by Simple Green Smoothies,I loved it so much that I am still going. Not every day maybe, but almost. And they are having another challenge in April, which I will definitely join.
It’s so good for your whole body and it’s super easy. It makes a real difference to your skin, I promise!
If you are a buzzing bee as well, or if you are on a pre-wedding detox this is definitely for you.

I put together a few things for you that really help me when I am flat out with work:

Green Smoothies: Healthy fresh food makes all the difference, and although I don’t have the time to prepare complicated meals right now,
chucking some fruit and veggies into a blender and pressing a button can be done in 5min. I make a different one every day.
My Favourite right now: 1 banana, 1 pear, 1 apple, 1 handful of baby spinach, 1/2 cup of soya or almond milk, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp Supergreens Powder. This recipe makes about 3 sundae glasses of smoothie!

Comfy shoes: I do like to look somewhat professional at work and won’t rock up to a shoot or wedding in flip flops (although I sometimes have to bring them along when shooting on the beach!) So: Comfortable chic shoes, that look like I am happy to work in them all day, but still somewhat stylish.
The ones above are from Geox. There is nothing worse then painful feet, on a long day of work, it’s so distracting, flat shoes are the way to go!

Little Lunch Break Swims: Whenever I can I sneak out for a quick swim in my lunch break, not just a little exercise and movement, but also great relaxation for sore muscles. I also get the best ideas why swimming and find it clears my head.
Love Balm: So small, it fits in every pocket, it keeps my lips nicely moisturized, soothes any dehydrated areas or dry patches and makes a great cuticle balm too. It smells divine of natural rose oil too, the smell that opens the heart chakra. Jurlique Love Balm in Rose, sooo goood!

What keeps you balanced when you are super busy?

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