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I Am Natural Store Luxe Green Beauty Masterclass

Friday, May 27, 2016

I'm excited to share with you a Luxe Green Beauty Masterclass presented by I Am Natural Store, one of Australia's best luxury green beauty online boutiques. 

If you're in Sydney (or even if you're not - make a girls weekend of it!), this event is not to be missed! Treat yourself to a morning of green beauty and walk away with new skills (and some goodies!)

The Luxe Green Beauty Masterclass will be a fun morning of lavish pampering, makeup tutorials and natural skincare advice while sipping organic champagne, nibbling on delicious canapés and experiencing the best in luxury organic makeup and skincare.

WHERE: The Art Gallery of NSW
 / Sydney
WHEN: Saturday, 25 June 2016 

TIME: 10am - 12:30pm
GET YOUR TICKETS: I Am Natural Store

Be inspired to make the switch to green beauty as organic makeup artist Cathy Tolpigin walks you through a live masterclass to achieving flawless, glowing skin using leading organic products that fuse together opulence, lasting results and impeccable quality. 

Natural beauty expert Belinda Hughes will be sharing her in-depth knowledge of natural active ingredients in skincare products, how to recognise your own skin type, and which natural ingredients are most effective for your skin type and how to apply them.

PRODUCT TESTING

There will be tables filled with product testers and samplers so you can personally see, touch, feel, smell and test the world's finest luxurious organic and natural make up and skin care products. Australian brands INIKA and The Little Alchemist will have representatives there to meet you and personally present their products.

GIFT BOX

As a guest, you will receive a curated beauty gift box brimming with stunning samples and an exclusive VIP discount on makeup to start your glorious journey to green beauty. 

Luxury brands featuring products and samples to support this event include: 

· May Lindstrom 
· Odacite 
· Kjaer Weis
· Tata Harper
· Kypris
· Suti 
· Vapour 
· Lily Lolo 
· Yarok 
· Bottega Organica 
and many more... 


Kelsey xx
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My Tips for Cleaning Up your Make-up Kit

Monday, May 23, 2016



Making the switch to an organic beauty, skincare and personal care routine can be an overwhelming - not to mention expensive - task. You've probably already spent years growing your collection of items, products you love, brands you're familiar with and know what does and doesn't work for your skin and body. 

Green or organic products are a different ball game. You need to think about them differently than you previously have, and it will take a little more effort in learning what does and doesn't work for you. Whilst you might be tempted to toss everything you own after discovering just how toxic most mainstream make-up, skincare and personal care products are, I'd actually advise you not to. (want to know what's lurking in your bathroom cupboard? Download the ThinkDirty App and start scanning!)
Apart from being a mammoth task to replace everything you own all at once, you'd also probably cause your skin to freak out. The skin is our largest organ and while we throw a lot at it, it's a sensitive, delicate creature and likes to be treated with care. 

Unless you've been advised by your healthcare or skincare professional in special circumstances, changing your entire make-up and skincare routine overnight is never a good idea. Even as a beauty blogger, where I'm trialling many different products frequently, I never introduce too many new products at once, and give my skin time to adjust each time.



So, you've decided to switch everything to organic, natural and non-toxic alternatives. What's next? 

Sort and Prioritise 

Pull out your make-up bag and begin by tossing anything past its' expiry date, or products you're just never going to use. Make a list of what needs replacing now or soon (ie nearly empty). Do the same for your skincare, hair care and body care. 

Products like soap, handwash, shampoo etc we tend to use up and go through much faster, so those are some of the first items you can replace.

I've also curated shopping guides to help make finding specific products easier, or check out my shop by product recommendations.

Research 

Now you've got your list of items that need replacing now or soon, you can begin hunting for what you'd like to replace those products with.

I find the easiest place to start is with a shop that carries only the highest quality, most non-toxic and natural products available. It narrows your search and makes the task that bit less overwhelming, and so much more fun! I have a full list of shops I love here, which includes both Australia, USA and Canada. 
 
Nourished Life is one of the best places in Australia for everything from fake tans to cleaning products, soap and pet shampoo! They also carry a great range of make-up and skincare. 

For make-up, hair styling and skincare, Beautiful Because and I Am Natural Store carry my most favourite brands and have everything you could possibly want. 
 
For skincare, I adore Eve Organics. I personally find skincare one of the trickier products to find (there seems to be so many different options!), so I love that Eve Organics focusses mainly on skincare, which makes the experience much easier! Eve also carries Captain Blankenship - I love their sea salt hair spray! 

I also love Beautylish in the US for brands like RMS Beauty and ILIA Beauty. Mecca Cosmetica is the exclusive stockist of both these in Australia, however new releases take months, and even with the exchange rate, it works out more cost-effective to buy from the US. 

Replace as you go 

To save yourself a whole lot of stress and make it easier on the budget, my number 1 tip when going green is to simply replace as you finish each product. It's also much easier on your skin by making the change gradual. 

If you've been using conventional make-up or skincare - particularly those with silicones - be aware that when you stop and change to organic make-up, your skin may go through a purge period. Going cold-turkey on your beauty routine is a bit like suddenly altering your diet drastically. In the same way that your body might have withdrawals, your skin will go through an adjustment period. 

Try samples in the mean time, so you're prepared and know what you want when it does come time to buy, but take things slowly. 

Samples 

Make-up and skincare can be more difficult to purchase sight-unseen and without at least trialling a product for texture or colour matching, you can end up with a disaster. That's where sample programs will become your new best friend! I've ordered a lot of samples over the years - and unless I'm ordering a new foundation, I generally can make a purchase now with confidence. 
 
They might cost you $15 - $25 for half a dozen samples but it can save you a lot of cash in the long run, and you might even discover a new can't-live-without product. Just make sure you order well ahead of (replacement) time, so you can trial and compare different products before you need to order a full-size. 

Most websites offer samples, and I have a list of those that do here. EcoDiva Beauty (CA) and Spirit Beauty Lounge (USA) are two of the best sample programs available. 

Know Your Ingredients 

I say this often - not all products are created equal

I recommend avoiding having too many products that contain essential oils - even if they are certified organic. Essential Oils can be harsh on the skin, and if they are in 80% of the products you are using, that small amount builds up pretty quickly and becomes a much larger application. Guest author Eve of Eve Organics touched on Essential Oils and using them safely in her April post.

Quality matters - particularly with oils and botanicals. Always ensure any oils are cold-pressed, have been stored correctly, and are preferably certified organic. When it comes to botanical ingredients you want to ensure they haven't been heat-treated or processed, as this destroys much of the natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants so beneficial to the skin.


Do you have any tips for switching to organic beauty? Share them below or join the conversation over on instagram. If you've got any questions feel free to email me!

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Sienna Byron Bay in Promise Review

Friday, May 20, 2016



I adore deep, moody colours for Autumn and Winter, and Promise from Sienna Byron Bay is the perfect hue. A rich, berry/plum red that is sleek and sophisticated. I also used a stylus tool and Peace to create a dot on each nail. I really love the rich hue and adding a single dot in a contrasting colour is a simple yet effective way to add a little interest to your manicure without having to be an experienced nail artist.

I've previously reviewed Peace, Bliss, Ambrosia, Stone, Lightening Top Coat, Sticky Base Coat and the Soy Nail Polish Remover.

I've talked about the difference between Sienna Byron Bay and other 3-5-7-10-Free nail polishes before, and Sienna Byron Bay is the only traditional-formula nail polish I will use due to this.


If you want to apply your nail polish in a hurry, a dark colour is the way to go. Dark shades are so much more forgiving than light colours, and Promise from Sienna Byron Bay can be worn with just one coat (it's a lighter berry hue) or to fully opaque in just 2 coats (shown above).

As always I apply a Sticky Base Coat, and finish with a Lightening Top Coat for an extra glossy finish and longer wear time.

I always get 4-5 days to a weeks' wear from all the shades, but whilst dark colours can be applied faster, in the same way a bold lipstick is more maintenance than a natural shade, they'll also show up signs of wear much quicker due to the contrast between the colour and your natural nail. Even though Peace still wore the same as all the other shades, I had to really look closely to see the tip-wear as the colour is so light and translucent, so I could get away with not removing it as soon.


Sienna Byron Bay have also just released these stunning gift boxes - all purchases of three or more nail polishes will include a gorgeous, embossed gift-box! Shown above is Peace, Promise and Bliss, three of my favourite shades!

Don't forget to save 15% off your entire Sienna Byron Bay order with my exclusive discount code megsyjane. Sienna Byron Bay also have free shipping over $50 in Australia! If you're looking for a healthier alternative for your nails, look no further than Sienna Byron Bay. Cruelty free, 7-free, vegan, Australian made, and non-toxic, this is the only brand I will use that isn't water-based.
Kelsey xx
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Soft Glam #FOTD

Thursday, May 19, 2016


I've been sharing my #FOTD (otherwise known as "face of the day" or #MOTD "make-up of the day") on instagram recently and decided I would curate the products into a blog post with links for all of you! 

These are just fun little vignettes of what I'm wearing for the day, products that pair really well together, I wear frequently, are favourites or something new I'm experimenting with. 

Today's FOTD - 

Base / Lily Lolo BB Cream in Light
Blush / 100% Pure Sex Kitten Palette Allure Blush
Bronzer / Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer
Highlighter / 100% Pure Sex Kitten Palette Sexy Highlighter
Eyes / 100% Pure Sex Kitten Palette (all three shades)
Mascara / (not shown) W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extremist Mascara Mini Size / Full Size
Nails / Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish in Peace

Applied using MOTD Cosmetics Brushes

Foundation / Beauty & The Base
Cheeks / Get Cheeky With It
Highlight / Supermodel Sculpt
Eyes / Miss Shady Lady & Eye Catching Crease

Discounts - 

MEGSY10 - save 10% off your first order at Beautiful Because
MEGSYJANE - save 15% off any order at Sienna Byron Bay and 10% off all brushes at MOTD Cosmetics
Kelsey xx
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Rosehip Plus Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Rosehip oil is one of my favourite oils for skin - high in antioxidants, vitamin C and essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9), rosehip oil helps combat fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and inflammation, and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Rosehip oil is also ultra-lightweight, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling petal-soft. The RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil is 100% pure, cold-pressed and Australian Certified Organic. It is also PETA approved.

The RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil comes in a 30ml and 50ml size, both in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. I love that this has the glass dropper - other rosehip oils I've used previously have only had the plastic stopper/dropper in the mouth of the bottle (which works well for high potency oils such as essential oils), and it can make it difficult to get the product out. I love applying this in the morning, as rosehip oil works so well under make-up and with other products.

Apart from being just a good oil for a simplified skincare routine, I also love to use this to remove eye make-up, mix with a dry powder mask or with my other skincare. Rosehip Oil is also wonderful for nails and cuticles - simply massage in a few drops each night for smooth, shiny nails and healthy cuticles.

I also received the RosehipPLUS Hydrating Day Cream and the RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser.


RosehipPLUS Hydrating Day Cream

I've been using this after applying the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil to damp skin in the morning, and let me start off by saying - you only need the tiniest amount. Pea-sized. It will do your entire face, unless you have very dry skin, you won't need more than that.

I'm also going to mention that I usually detest creams - I find them heavy, greasy and suffocating on the skin. The RosehipPLUS Hydrating Day Cream is quite the opposite - it sinks in quickly, absorbs well and feels very light on the skin. It is almost more of a lotion in texture than a cream, as it's a bit thin, but nevertheless it feels great on the skin.

It gets very windy where I live in winter and need to apply something more than just a light oil in order to keep my (normal, neither oily nor dry) skin hydrated throughout the day. This works wonders and also works really well under make-up. It leaves my skin feeling soothed (especially if it's having a fussy day), hydrated and due to the rosehip seed oil, aids in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I also love applying this after a mask due to it's soothing properties!

The RosehipPLUS Hydrating Day Cream is also Australian Certified Organic and PETA approved.

The Hydrating Day Cream comes packaged in a biodegradable tube (the cap too) - I really love the fact that it is in a tube, as -
#1 it's not breakable. You could toss it in your gym bag, beach bag or travel without worrying about spills or breakages.
#2 there's no mess to apply! I don't have to put my fingers into a jar (which is not only more hygienic) and I can squeeze out as much as I need.
#3 it looks gorgeous and feels lovely to hold!

Ingredients

Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita matricaria) Flower Extract*, Glycerin*, Rosehip (Rosa eglenteria) Seed Oil*, Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Seed Butter*, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil*, Macadamia integrifolia Seed Oil*, Ceteary Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Decyl Olivate, Squalane, Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Flower Extract, Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Citronellol, Geraniol

*Certified Organic Ingredients


RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser

I've been using this cleanser for a number of weeks and I've loved it from the first use. The RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser is a really gentle, rich cream cleanser. The oils included make it gentle and hydrating to the skin, withdrawing dirt and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. 

The texture is thick and glossy - it's probably the richest cream cleanser I've come across, yet it doesn't leave a film on the skin and is extremely gentle on the skin. Some cream cleansers feel like you are just massaging something around and rinsing it off with no real effect - the RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser removes all of my make-up with ease, and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh and beautifully cleansed. The Organic Daily Cream Cleanser is also Australian Certified Organic and PETA approved.

The cleanser is also packaged in a biodegradable tube that makes it super easy to dispense the preferred amount and is non-breakable, so perfect for in the shower!

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil*, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerine*, Decyl Glucoside, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil*, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Kaolin, Citrus Nobilis (Clementine) Oil*, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil*, Citronellol

*Certified Organic

Overall

If you haven't tried rosehip oil for your skin yet (or you have and love it too!), this is a really great range of natural, certified organic and high quality products (that won't break the budget). The RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil is a high quality rosehip oil and probably the best I've tried. 

The cleanser is a wonderful gentle cleanser and make-up remover, and I think the Hydrating Day Cream has converted me to using creams! 

Have you  experienced RosehipPLUS products? Do you have a favourite oil? Let me know in the comments below!


Kelsey xx
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Is Natural Enough?

Monday, May 16, 2016

In the green beauty community we spend so much time focused on the term "natural", it can be easy to slip back into old habits of taking what we see on the label at face-value. 
It can be exhausting always reading labels, double-checking ingredients and deciphering terms - believe me, I've stood in the shop more than once or twice squinting at the small print on the back of the box, wondering what an ingredient is and what it really does. 
What does "natural" really mean, anyway? 

Well, when it comes to labels, not a whole lot. Marketing terms aren't regulated and companies - green or otherwise - can make whatever claims they like on cosmetic (or food) products with no legal ramifications. 
Often when we make the change to organic beauty we begin to associate or equal natural with safe. In regards to actual ingredients, natural in itself isn't enough. Lead is natural, but it certainly isn't safe to ingest or apply to the skin. Apple seeds are also completely natural, but are an accumulative poison, so you wouldn't want to eat them. 


Another term I've seen a lot of confusion and deception around recently is the term "naturally derived". This term does not mean that an ingredient is organic, natural or safe. In a sense, every substance in existence is naturally-derived. Petrol is naturally-derived. Paint is naturally-derived. Parabens (a preservative, with studies showing strong links to endrocrine disruption and possible links to breast cancer) also make the claim of being naturally-derived, with a natural version found in minute amounts in certain fruits. 
We are incapable of creating something from nothing and so everything we have - organic or synthetic - originated from the earth and from an organic source, therefore, is derived from nature. An ingredient may have been altered numerous times, processed, the chemical structure changed but it can still claim to be naturally-derived. 

The problem with naturally derived ingredients is they are no longer in their natural state, and may not be in a state safe for use, or applied in the same manner if it were in it's natural form. Take the berries and parabens, for example. Whilst there have been many claims that parabens are natural and found in "many fruit and vegetables", the truth is quite a different story. A tiny percentage of naturally-occurring parabens were found in organic acids of Cloudberries in one study. I also doubt anyone would consume the amount of cloudberries daily to equal the amount of synthetic parabens applied/consumed in cosmetics, personal care products, food and household cleaning products. 


Yes, there are plants in nature that will alter hormone levels - I recall a story from a chicken-rearing book of a rooster that began nesting and behaving like a hen after consuming too much of a high-estrogen plant.

The difference is that we don't then take that plant and use it as a preservative in many, many products that we use, consume and are exposed to daily. 

You'd be considered quite mad. Yet, it's "safe" if the endrocrine-disrupting substance was created in a lab by scientists (and not nature) and approved by the regulating body? Yeah, I think I'll pass.

So, what can you do? 

Sorry to tell you this, but research is always going to be key, so that you can make informed decisions about what you are and aren't comfortable with, without having to rely on brands or yes, even bloggers, to tell you what is "safe". 

My biggest tip is to find brands that meet your standards. Once you've checked up on them, you'll be confident in the knowledge that what you are purchasing is safe, and you can relax a little on that label-reading. 

You can find a list of MJ-approved brands here

Look for organic certification, wild-crafted ingredients or ingredients in their whole and wholly natural form. If you don't know what an ingredient is, or it's purpose, ask! Good brands will be more than willing to explain to you their ingredient sources, purposes and safety. 

Other Tips

I keep a basic list on hand for what I avoid. You can download a handy quick-reference here to print and keep in your purse for when shopping. Alcohol is included on the list, as a general rule of thumb, however, not all alcohols are bad (drying, ageing) for the skin. Organic grain alcohols are fine, as are long-chain fatty acids alcohols which dry/evaporate at a much slower rate. These are usually included as preservatives. I've also included Fragrance/Parfum on the list - avoid all unless denoted as organic or natural. 

You can also check out my quick-reference list of ingredients to avoid (and bookmark for online shopping). For research, start with the websites I love and go from there. 

Do you have any tips to share? If you've got any questions leave them below or pop on over to instagram and we can chat!

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Current Skincare Ritual

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Want to see what's in my current skincare ritual?
I'm sharing everything below, from the new additions to old favourites - the products that have taken my normal skin type (with hormonal breakouts) from dull, congested and stressed-out, to evenly toned, clear and glowing (most days, haha!).

My skin is by no means perfect, and I still get those pesky hormonal breakouts, although considerably lessened (or environmental - I react awfully to mosquito bites and they seem to love me!) but it looks pretty great most days and I'm quite pleased with how healthy it is now.

I haven't included body-care in this post, because it would be too long, and I've decided to include my other skincare tips and tricks, along with my favourite masks, in a separate post.

So, what am I using?



Cleansers

Rosehip Plus Organic Daily Cream Cleanser (review coming soon)

This rich, creamy cleanser is luscious in texture and gentle on the skin. Removes all of my make-up with ease and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. This one is also Australian Certified Organic, PETA Approved, and pretty easy on the budget at just $14.95 for 150ml!

I've only started using this a few weeks ago, and my review will be live soon!

Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser (read review)

I began using this a few months ago and love it. It's quite nicely priced at a mid-range $43.95 for 118ml, and is so effective. Based on oil-cleansing, this light, creamy formula also provides a light exfoliant from the brown rice, drawing out dirt, oil and impurities, leaving my skin feeling unbelievably fresh and cleansed. This cleanser is my absolute favourite and made such a difference to my skin! My skin looks so much 'cleaner' and more evenly toned since I began using this. A must-have.

Edible Beauty &Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant (read review)

This exfoliant leaves my skin unbelievably smooth and glowing - removing any dead skin and I also find blemishes heal faster when I'm using this! Gentle enough to use every night, this is one effective exfoliant. It can also double as a cleanser on lazy nights and removes all of my make-up. This is my favourite exfoliant and keeps my skin so healthy!

Edible Beauty is certified organic, plant-based and only includes ingredients safe enough to EAT.



After cleansing in the evening, it is on to treatment and moisturising!

Edible Beauty Citrus Rhapsody No.2 Tonique (read review)

This facial mist/toner is beautifully hydrating, and I apply this after a shower and before applying any other product. I also use this to set/refresh my make-up or bare skin throughout the day. It is also wonderful to cool and calm the skin after a mask treatment!

Earthwise Beauty Green Leaves & Co Facial Oil (read review)

This oil is one of the items that has made the biggest differences to my skin. Overnight, I saw my skin transform into a clear, radiant complexion. The Earthwise oil has also really helped lessen the severity of any hormonal breakouts and my skin looks so much healthier since I began using this.

Edible Beauty &Coco Bliss Intensive Repair (read review)

I didn't expect a cream to make such a difference to my skin, but I noticed my skin was immediately more plump, firm and hydrated when I began using this. The Coco Bliss is super lightweight, sinks in quickly and does not have any of that heavy, suffocating feeling creams usually have. A little also goes a very long way, and this jar has lasted my a few months will nightly use.

Weleda Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Concentrate (review coming soon)

I don't really have any fine lines or wrinkles yet, but I've been using this light serum under my eyes to help combat dark circles from tired eyes, and it does firm and plump the delicate skin and my smile lines are visibly reduced. Used every night, I've noticed my dark circles are reduced and my skin is firmer and my eyes appear more 'awake'.


Morning 

In the mornings I keep things simple with a light oil that works under make-up, or just keeps my bare skin hydrated.


Whilst at the higher end of the price scale, this oil has been a staple for a few years for good reason. Ultra lightweight, this gives my skin a petal-soft feel and gives a lovely glow alone or under make-up. used regularly, my skin is calmer, more even and radiant. I alternate between this and pure rosehip oil. 


Cold-pressed, 100% pure and certified organic, the Rosehip Plus oil is lightweight, nourishing and helps fight fine lines and wrinkles, combat blemishes and calm my skin. This also gives my skin a lovely glow, and I use it alone or under make-up, after a mask or to remove eye make-up!


I have a few other items I've recently begun using or I'm trialling, but I'll be talking about those later, and I'll also follow this post up with my favourite masks and what I do internally for skincare!

Would you like this to become a regular feature? (updated about every 3-4mths) Let me know your thoughts! What's in your current skincare rotation? Share below or tag me (@megsyjaneau) in your post on instagram so I can see!


Kelsey xx
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Choosing the Right Brushes

Sunday, May 08, 2016


Ask any make-up artist, and they'll tell you that what tools and techniques you use will make all the difference to your make-up application.

Depending on the tool and application method, you can apply the same foundation with a sheer coverage (a damp sponge will do the trick!), or build it up to full coverage with the right brush.

Until I discovered M.O.T.D Cosmetics Brushes, I was never full "sold" on any one brand of brushes and hesitated to spend more on a set, as I'd tried several brands and none had really 'wowed' me. Yes, they worked, and they worked well. But were they great? Not really. 

I'm all about quality over quantity. So I was intrigued when I found M.O.T.D Cosmetics
With their clever names (that tell you precisely what each brush is for - no silly numbers here!) and sleek, luxe rose-gold finish, these brushes are not only practical, yet beautiful, they are also wonderfully affordable. 

Individual brushes start at a sweet $9 (USD) and sets are $50 - $120 (the entire kit).

Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, M.O.T.D Cosmetics Brushes are Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Certified by PETA and made in the USA. They are also incredibly dense, baby soft, non-shedding and crafted from the highest quality synthetic fibres. Synthetic fibres are not only cruelty free, but last longer as they do not break down like natural hair, and also will not trap and harbour bacteria in the same way natural hair brushes can, giving you a smoother, more hygienic application and longer-lasting brush.  
Keep reading for my exclusive discount code!


I haven't actually purchased a set of brushes since my first set - I've just picked up random brushes as I've needed them (either through replacement or needing a new brush for a different product type), so apart from having the nice look of a matching set, these brushes are actually saving me space (and cash!)

How? Well, the main reason I've had to purchase new brushes over the years is due to one thing - I've switched product formula. From powder to liquid to cream, back to powder and around again. Not only has that meant switching brush each time, but it also means I have duplicates, when I'd rather not. The M.O.T.D Cosmetics brushes can be used to apply any product - cream, powder or liquid, they flawlessly apply them all. I'm in brush heaven!

I was a bit sceptical of that claim, so I was seriously surprised to see how beautifully the Beauty & The Base (Foundation) Brush applied all formulas. When I first tried it with my beloved Kjaer Weis Foundation, I may have gushed a bit about it on instagram

These brushes have taken my foundation application time alone from 10mins to under 2mins

The Beauty & The Base Brush is my new best friend (she'll be yours too!) and it seriously does provide the best finish I've ever had with all of my products. It blends all products flawlessly and for such a large, dense (but oh-so soft) brush, it manages all the contours of the face remarkably well (inc. tricky areas like under the eyes and around the nose).

Miss Shady Lady is not only the perfect eye shadow blender, but she also works really well for applying powder highlight to the cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupids bow. And there is none of that prickliness I usually experience (even with super-soft brushes)!

Eye Catching Crease is just as the name suggests - created for the crease of the eye! This dense little number sweeps colour into the crease beautifully, and due to the density, I also use this to apply cream highlighters and my cream eye shadows when I want a more intense pigment (than applying with my fingertips delivers)



These brushes are a must for any woman or girl - whether you're just starting out with make-up or a pro. The quality alone is unbelievably and I can't believe how well they work with all products! 

I have more on their way to me, so I'll be reviewing them soon! In the mean time, if you have any questions, pop them below or ask me on instagram

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You can shop M.O.T.D Cosmetics Brushes with my exclusive discount code megsyjane and save 10% off your entire order, any time!

Kelsey xx
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Earthwise Beauty Green Leaves & Co Oil Review

Saturday, May 07, 2016

I very rarely see - and never expect - overnight or instant results from a skincare product. The "miracle in a jar" mentality is an idea sold to us(consumers) by marketers, with the sole purpose of shifting product. 
However, when the lovely Brigid from Create Love Heal sent me a sample of the Earthwise Beauty Green Leaves & Co Oil, it was love at first try.  After applying just a few drops before bed, I awoke to radiant, clear skin that was noticeably more even and had a dewy glow. I was stunned! 
The Green Leaves & Co Oil has a light herbal scent, and contains on the highest quality of ingredients. Ava does not compromise on quality, nor do her products contain any fillers (even 'good' oils) whatsoever. Just pure, raw ingredients beneficial for the skin. 
I cannot stress it enough - quality makes such a difference to the results you will see with skincare and make-up, especially when it comes to oils and botanicals. 
The Green Leaves & Co Facial Oil is cruelty free, vegan, cold-process, handcrafted, 100% natural and preservative-free, as well as delivering amazing results.
In warmer weather this will be liquid due to the coconut oil in the formula, but in colder temperatures (generally below 25° Celsius) it will set and become firm. The glass jar has a screw top lid and is absolutely filled to the brim - so you will need a small spatula or spoon to scoop out the oil. 

Earthwise Beauty conveniently offers sample sizes for all of their products, so you can try before you buy, and the international shipping isn't bad, either!

Formula and Results

I really was so surprised by the overnight difference this one little oil made to my skin - those pesky hormonal breakouts are lessened considerably (yay for that!) and if I skip on this my skin just does not look the same. If your skin is a little lack-lustre or you have breakouts, I highly recommend you get yourself a sample (or full size!) of this oil. 

I don't usually like coconut oil, but in this it doesn't feel greasy. 

The Green Leaves & Co Oil is quite lightweight and after massaging a 3-4 drops into my skin, I allow it to sink in for 2-3mins before applying my other skincare. Sometimes less is more (and yes, a little does go a long way with this), but I find if I don't apply enough I don't see the same results. So experiment with the amount that is right for you. With other oils I use, they sink in almost immediately, but I do need to let this saturate and sink in for a minute or so. 

Ingredients

Virgin cold-press unrefined Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*†, virgin cold-press unrefined Simmondsia chinensis (golden jojoba) oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone (rosemary) oil*, Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool (thyme) oil*, Viola odorata leaves absolute*, wildcrafted Lavandula angustifolia (high-altitude French lavender, from Haute Provence) oil, Citrus clementine leaves oil* (from Corsica), Ocimum sanctum (holy basil) oil* (from India, of course), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

*Certified organic. †Certified Fair Trade.

Overall

All I can say is....skin problems? Head to Earthwise Beauty and find something suited to your skin type STAT. Honestly, I can't believe the difference this oil has made and I can't wait to try some other products from the line! (I've also been trying a sample of the Tangerine Skies oil and Carrot-A-Day Cream, both amazing too!)
Kelsey xx
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Kahlil Gibran

Friday, May 06, 2016

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
- Kahlil Gibran
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
- Kahlil Gibran

EcoBrow in Marilyn Review

Thursday, May 05, 2016

A defined brow can transform your look, frames the face and is usually key to a dramatic eye. 

The EcoBrow wax is quite raved about, and whilst it isn't 100% organic, it is natural and naturally-derived, non toxic, paraben free, mineral-based and Cruelty Free.  You can find the ingredients here.

I'd been using the W3LL People Capitalist Brow Powder in 911 Matte Taupe prior to this, but I wanted something more precise and faster to apply. 

I also picked up the EcoBrow Defining Brush, which has a fine, angled tip and a spoolie on the opposite end. 

Shade

I opted for the shade Marilyn which is described as a true, fleshy taupe with a hint of gold will not turn red or orange and provides soft, natural definition for fair-skinned brunettes and women with all shades of blonde hair. 

Quite simply, Marilyn is a blonde’s best friend. Great for the fairest to medium blondes of all tones.
I was considering the shade Sharon (dark blonde, light brunette), as my brows are darker than my hair, but after looking at different photos, decided Marilyn would be a better fit. I experimented with a light brown eye pencil on my brows before purchasing and let's just say I definitely need a blonde pigment ;) You can also go 1-2 shades lighter with your brow pigment than the natural hair (brow) colour for a more natural look, and I'm glad I opted for this shade.

Packaging

The EcoBrow comes in a glass, screw top jar. It is very compact in my make-up bag and the perfect little size - it is roughly around the size of standard sample pots, just a little taller. 

Application

The Defining Brush is absolutely perfect for shaping the brows with the spoolie prior to application, and blending the product through afterwards. You only need the tiniest amount of product to fill, shape and define, so go lightly and build up as needed. The angled brush makes application precise, and I can have my brows shaped and defined in under a minute if I need to. This jar will last at least a year. 

The product is buildable and you can easily create a fuller, more defined brow, whilst maintaining a natural finish.

EcoBrow in Marilyn Colour Swatch
Wearing

The product is really lightweight and for a wax has no tackiness or stiffness whatsoever. It keeps my brows in place, and doesn't smudge and is fairly water-resistant, so you don't need to fear your brows moving around or running down your face! 

Overall

I wish I'd picked this up sooner! My brows look so much more naturally defined than with a powder. The EcoBrow makes it super easy to apply and the brush is a dream! What's your current brow product?

I get my EcoBrow from Beautiful Because.

You can also find EcoBrow -
Australia / Beautiful Because / I Am Natural Store
Canada / EcoDiva Beauty
USA / Citrine Beauty / Safe & Chic

Kelsey xx
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Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish in Bliss (and a discount!)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


A few months ago I started doing further research into 3-5-7-10+ Free nail polish, and wrote a blog post on the topic. I was disappointed - and somewhat surprised - to find that even some of my favourite green beauty brand's nail polish still contained some iffy ingredients.

Now, I always say that natural/organic nail polish does not exist, and the only truly "safe" option is to go naked. I've been wearing water-based nail polish for years, since my initial research when I ditched 'normal' nail polish, but in my hunt for a traditional (non water-based) formula that did not contain any toxic ingredients, I discovered Sienna Byron Bay.

With each ingredient scoring a 1-2 on EWG SkindeepSienna Byron Bay is a great non-toxic traditional option for when you still want a little colour on your nails! Australian made and owned, I fell in love with the entire Sienna Byron Bay brand at first sight.

From the sustainably sourced, beautifully chic timber caps, to the gorgeous colour range and non-toxic formula, Sienna Byron Bay is the only traditional-formula nail polish I wear. Sienna Byron Bay is also 7-free, Cruelty Free and Vegan.

You can see my other reviews here: Peace (my new favourite colour!!) / Ambrosia / Stone


Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish in Bliss

Bliss is described as a light orchid purple with a crème finish. It is a very pretty blue-based pink that does blur the line between pink and orchid purple - a really gorgeous modern colour! It pops against my skin tone beautifully and looks more pink in daylight, but reflects more purple under artificial lighting or in the evening.

I need just two coats of this colour for an opaque crème finish, and I always apply a Sticky Base Coat and finish with 1-2 Lightening Top Coats.

As with all Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes, Bliss lasts a good 4-5 days to a week before obvious signs of wear/chipping occurs, and at which point I will remove it with the Soy Based Remover (see my review of the nail polish remover here).

You can find the ingredients at the bottom of this post.

Sienna Byron Bay 3-Piece Boxed Gift Set L-R: Peace, Promise & Bliss
I absolutely adore this brand - Danielle (co-founder) is an absolute delight and her products never disappoint! With 50 colours to choose from you're spoilt for choice!

Don't forget you can always shop Sienna Byron Bay with my exclusive 15% off discount code megsyjane - and you can get free shipping for orders over $50 in Australia! Yipee!

If you get your hands on some SBB, don't forget to let me know which shades you choose over on instagram.
Kelsey xx
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Kjaer Weis Glow Kit

Monday, May 02, 2016



I've been eyeing the Kjaer Weis Glow Kit since it was first released, and finally splurged and picked it up with a recent order. The Glow Kit includes the Dazzling Bronzer and Radiance Highlighter, which are both available separately, but you make a small saving if you purchase the kit. 

Anyone that ever said "green" couldn't be glamorous never met Kjaer Weis. With their mirrored, heavy metal compacts and high-performance, organic formulas, Kjaer Weis is eco-luxe beauty at its' finest. 

My go-to look is fresh, dewy skin, a nude eye (layers of mascara, though) and rose-pink lips, although sometimes I want a little bronzer or subtle contour. This is where the Kjaer Weis Glow Kit suits me perfectly. Kjaer Weis product's melt beautifully into the skin, don't give you a heavily "made-up" look (despite the foundation being full coverage) and still provides me with that fresh, dewy skin look I love. 

As always, the packaging never disappoints. The Kjaer Weis Glow Kit comes beautifully boxed in a sleek, red leatherette finish box. I always keep these as they are so sturdy, and the red boxes are so useful for protecting the compacts during travel! 

The metal compacts are stunning, jewels in any make-up collection.

Shop Kjaer Weis
Australia / I Am Natural Store
Canada / EcoDiva Beauty


Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer

Despite the high performance of the products, Kjaer Weis really is all about less-is-more, and allowing your own natural beauty to shine through. I dislike a heavily made up face, so these products suit me perfectly. 

Dazzling is a rich, golden bronzer that I can apply and blend with my fingertips for a subtle, beautifully bronzed finish. You can easily build it up, so just start with a light touch.

I simply warm the product by swirling my finger tips lightly in the pan, then starting from the hairline, sweep the bronzer toward the apple of my cheek (not onto, just toward). Blend upwards with your finger tips, and apply more as necessary. I also just use my fingertips to apply this along my nose, blending upwards. I also use this very lightly along the jawline for a subtle contour, again with the fingertips, and blending out.

I've paired this with a blush in this look, but you could also skip the blush as the colour is very flattering and just warms up the skin. 

In the pan, the bronzer has a light shimmer to it, but it just provides a pretty golden bronze, dewy finish once on the skin. It blends very easily with the warm of the skin, and it lasts all day without fading.

Ingredients

95% organic ingredients Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Cera Alba*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Dextrin, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide).

* certified organic ingredient
Certified Organic by CCPB, Italy (95% of the raw materials in this Highlighter are ORGANIC)

Swatches from L-R: Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter, Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer and RMS Beauty Master Mixer

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter

I absolutely love highlighters for their ability to instantly lift your entire look and add a gorgeous luminosity to the face. The Kjaer Weis Radiance is a pretty, almost lilac shade in the pan, but it blends very well with the skin and the tone is very flattering. 

It is probably the most glamorous cream highlighter I've come across in organic/green beauty, with the shimmer particles more obvious than that of something like the RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, but it certainly does not look glittery on the skin, and it blends beautifully. I really love this for the cupids bow, and it gives a very pretty cheek bone highlight.

You can see from the swatch above just how build-able these products are, and the gorgeous sheen they give to the skin. Again, Radiance is very easy to blend into the skin and applies beautifully with the fingertips right from the pan. 

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Cera Alba*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*.

May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).

* organically grown
Certified Organic by CCPB, Italy (95% of the raw materials in this Highlighter are ORGANIC)


Look Details

Foundation / Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken
Blush / Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming
Brows / EcoBrow in Marilyn
Lips / RMS Beauty Master Mixer, topped with ILIA Beauty Lipgloss in White Rabbit

Applied with MOTD Cosmetics Brushes (review of these coming soon, but seriously, they are the best EVER) - use discount code megsyjane to save 10% off your order.

Overall

The Dazzling Bronzer is a great option for bronzing-newbies, as it is so simple to apply and blends easily, and also perfect for those with more experience due to the high-performance formulas. 

Radiance is also a stunning highlighter, beautiful for both everyday or more glamorous looks - and as with everything Kjaer Weis, it photographs beautifully. 

Do you have either of these? If you've got any questions, or want more info application pop them below or over on instagram.

Shop Kjaer Weis
Australia / I Am Natural Store
Canada / EcoDiva Beauty
Kelsey xx
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