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National Lipstick Day Sales

Friday, July 29, 2016

These days there seems to be a day for everything, and yes, as the title suggests, we even have a National Lipstick Day. So, in honour of lipstick and National Lipstick Day, I've rounded up some fabulous (organic and natural, of course!) lipstick sales. 

 - LUK Beautifood 
Simply purchase any 2 lip products from LUK Beautifood (either Luk Beautifood or 100% Pure brands) and receive a NUDE lip nourish balm for FREE. Use coupon NUDENLD 
Valid until midnight July 29th AEST

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer on the entire range of Karen Murrell natural lipsticks through their online shop. This is a perfect chance to share the goodness of natural lipsticks with your friends/family, or simply stock up on some favourites.
No promo code required.
Offer ends NZST Sunday 31 July 2016

Enjoy 20% off Lipsticks & Tinted Lip Conditioners on ILIAbeauty.com!
Use code EVERYDAY.
Offer ends Sunday, 31 July, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
Kelsey xx
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Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadow Review


I don't often wear eye shadow (other than a nude); for one reason or another, it's just not a step I usually bother with in my make-up application. I think it might be due to the fact that I favour a fresh, natural look, and so I often opt to play up my cheeks or lips instead (or it could be the brightly-coloured phase I went through as a teenager has put me off it for a while), but on occasion, when I have extra time, I'm not adverse to creating some definition or a dramatic look. 

Finding silky, smooth pressed (and pigmented) powders is a must for me. My old eye shadows used to become crumbly or crease if I applied them too heavily. The matte shades felt chalky and had very little pigment. 

I'd been eyeing off the Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadows for a while, and decided to start with just one shade, before committing to a full range of colours or one of the palettes. I chose the shade Ivory Tower, since I wear a nude, matte (non shimmery) shade most often. 

Pigment & Consistency

Now, I know pigment and consistency are the two most important factors when it comes to eyeshadow - particularly natural shadows. They often receive a bad rap for not being pigmented or smooth enough. 

One swipe of the Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadows will prove that's not always the case. The Pressed Eye Shadows are so smooth, silky (almost buttery), and glide onto the skin. They are also pretty pigmented - I would say medium to high (lighter shades always appear to be less pigmented, but they build well) - and blend and layer nicely. 

I sweep this shade all over my entire lid for an eye-brightening effect, or to highlight the brow bone. (I've also been sweeping the Contour shade from the Sculpt & Glow Duo through the crease for some warmth and definition) Ivory Tower makes for a great base shade, and is demi-matte. 


Packaging & Ingredients

Packaged in Lily Lolo's signature sleek black-and-white compacts, the pressed shadow also includes a mirror. The compact closure is nice and snug, and there is nothing flimsy about the packaging (as I've found with some compact eye shadows) It feels beautiful to use and looks chic in my make-up bag. 

As far as ingredients go, they're as clean as you could wish, and contain nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Argan and Pomegranate Oils - see the full list here. Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadows are also Vegan Friendly. 

Wear 

I've been really impressed by how well the Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadow lasts. It wears all day without fading, creasing or crumbling. I also find it very comfortable to wear - it isn't at all drying (which is also ageing), as some shadows can be. I also love that I can apply eyeliner over the top of this without shifting the eye shadow underneath. 



Overall (and discount)

I adore the entire Lily Lolo range, and am definitely sold on their eyeshadows. Now all I have to decide is which palette to get!

I purchase all Lily Lolo from Beautiful Because in Australia, and you can get 10% off your first order with discount code MEGSY10.

If you're in the USA, you can find Lily Lolo here and here.

Kelsey xx
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La Mav Organic BB Cream Review + Discount

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


For easy days, when I want something light and quick to apply, that will give me enough coverage to look pulled-together, I love using a BB Cream. They can generally be applied with just the fingertips, even the skin tone and provide some coverage, whilst also hydrating the skin. 

The award-winning range of skincare and cosmetics is Australian made & owned, Australian Certified Organic, Cruelty Free, and is free of harsh chemicals, fillers, talc, sulphates, GM ingredients, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, artificial colours and fragrances.

I've been using the La Mav Organic BB Creme for a few weeks now, and I must say I love it each time. 

Benefits & Ingredients

The La Mav Organic BB Creme doubles as a foundation and moisturiser, plus offers natural UV protection. It also works well as a primer underneath a powder foundation for extra smooth application and extra coverage. 

Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil help treat inflammation, deliver antioxidants, as well as offer anti-ageing benefits and nourish the skin. The BB Creme also contains Aloe Vera, which is anti-inflammatory, healing and hydrating. 

Ingredients - 

*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Titanium Dioxide, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Iron Oxides (CI77492), Tocopherol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI77491), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI77499), Sodium Anisate, *Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, *Rosa Eglentaria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Alcohol, Ubiquinone, Ascorbic Acid, Aqua, Cucumis Sativus [Cucumber] Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra [Acerola] Fruit Extract, Tin Oxide, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

* designates an Australian Certified Organic Ingredient

Consistency & Application 

The Organic BB Creme is quite a thick cream, but it spreads very quickly and easily with the fingertips, a brush or sponge. I simply dispense 1-2 pumps, dot around the face and spread with my fingers. I've also used a brush to apply, but I find it can soak up the product too much, so I prefer my fingertips. It also makes it super quick for lazy days!


Coverage & Shade

The La Mav Organic BB Creme is available in one shade only (a medium tone), so keep that in mind. The limitation of one shade is the only negative I have with this BB Creme. My skin tone is light - medium, with neutral undertones. The La Mav Organic BB Creme does work for my skin tone, as it does adjust slightly to your own skin tone once set, but not enough for fairer skin (I tried this on my sister, who is much fairer than I am, and she can't wear it). 

I really love the coverage this provides - it is medium coverage, and could be built up with additional layers. The finish is satin, neither dewy nor matte, and it feels so weightless on the skin once set. If I'm after more coverage, or a more polished look, I use the La Mav Organic BB Creme as a base underneath the Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation (with SPF15) (which I'll be reviewing soon!). 

The BB Creme stays put all day, doesn't separate or fade, and isn't oily or greasy. Paired with a little cheek + lip tint and I'm set. 

Packaging

The BB Creme is packaged in a sleek pump dispenser, with a protective cap. It fits nicely into my make-up bag, and it would be so convenient to toss into a beach or gym bag for application on the go. 

Overall & Discount

I really love the La Mav Organic BB Creme, for its multi-purpose applications, and how easy it is to use and wear. If I could change one thing, it would be to have additional shades in the line. Other than that, it is absolutely perfect. I also love that it doubles as skincare, and has proven anti-ageing benefits. 


You can shop the entire La Mav Organic range and receive $5 off with code loveyourskin.

For international beauties, you can also purchase La Mav Organic from Nourished Life, which ships worldwide. Code SHOP will also save you 10% off sitewide, or checkout the shop pages.

Kelsey xx
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Toss it Tuesday | Brow Pencils, Gels and Powders

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Brows have become somewhat of a beauty trend in the last year or so - and while brows have gone through many different styles over time as beauty looks have changed, big, bold brows are today's "it" look. They frame the face and the eyes, and can alter your look dramatically, depending on how you shape and fill them in. But, have you ever stopped to consider what you are actually putting onto your skin when you reach for your favourite brow pencil? 

Let's take a look at some popular brands, and find out exactly what those ingredients mean. Anastasia is one of the most popular brands for brow products, others include Stila, Urban Decay, MAC, Bobbi Brown and NARS. Here's what you'll commonly find in your favourite brow products - 

- Parabens
Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies. 

- Phenoxyenthanol
A common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies.

- BHT
Another preservative, this chemical is an endocrine disruptor and carcinogen. 

- Cyclomethicone
A synthetic silicone. Silicones cover the skin like plastic wrap, leaving it unable to breathe and blocks pores. Cycolmethicone is also non-biodegradable and has bio-accumulation, environmental and organ toxicity concerns. 

- Parrafin
Derived from petroleum, parafins may be contaminated with xenoestrogenic (false estrogens) polycystic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). They are known to activate estrogen receptors and stimulate MCF-7 breast cancer cell proliferation and are therefore carcinogenic (known to be cancer-causing.)

- Polyethylene
This is the most common form of industrial polymer, used in plastic shopping bags, children's toys, water bottles. Has contamination concerns including heavy metals, 1,4-dioxane (toxic, carcinogenic) and Ethylene oxide (highly toxic). 

Want to know what's in your bathroom cupboard? Download the ThinkDirty App and start scanning!

So before you panic about having to go brow-less if you aren't into subjecting yourself to harmful chemicals, let me share my favourite alternatives - and yes, they do work!


EcoBrow Defining Wax

Whilst not certified organic, EcoBrow is all-natural (the ingredients list might not look it, but do some quick research and you'll find it 100% non-toxic) and my current favourite. Effortlessly fills in, shapes and defines the brow, to your desired fullness. This is often likened to (or called a "dupe" for) the Anastasia Brow Dip Pomade. 

You can find my review here
In Australia, code MEGSY10 will save 10% off your first order at Beautiful Because.


W3LL People Capitalist Brow Powder
Australia / USA

I was using this prior to the EcoBrow, and it's an effective, all-mineral product. It is easy to shape and fill the brow with an angled brush, and create the volume you desire. I switched to the EcoBrow over this because I wanted to try something new. This is a great product, and served me well when I was using it.


Lily Lolo Eyebrow Duo

Lily Lolo is one of those brands that I could easily own everything in the line. Their eyebrow duo contains a pressed powder for pigment, and a wax to set, shape and hold the brow. The sleek compact fits easily into your make-up bag, and is perfect for on-the-go travel or touch-ups. 

This brow duo is also vegan-friendly. 
Code MEGSY10 will save 10% off your first order at Beautiful Because.




100% Pure Eyebrow Gel

You can't get any more pure than 100% Pure. This gel comes packaged in a lightweight compact and is easily applied with an angled brush for natural definition and shape. Pigmented with only natural fruits and vegetables, the 100% Pure Eyebrow Gel is also vegan. 




Inika Brow Pencil
Australia /

For those that prefer a pencil, Inika Organic is a great option. With a built-in sharpener and a truly blonde shade (natural blondes know the struggle!), you won't miss your old pencils one bit.

Inika is also Certified Organic, Vegan and Cruelty Free.



Ere Perez Natural Almond Eyebrow Pencil

Easy, breezy, one-shade-fits-most, the Ere Perez Eyebrow Pencil is all-natural, PETA Certified and comes with a handy brow brush! Dries to a natural finish to allow you to create naturally defined and shaped brows. 

Code MEGSY10 will save 10% off your first order at Beautiful Because.
Kelsey xx
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ILIA Beauty Lipstick + Lip Conditioner Swatches

Thursday, July 14, 2016


ILIA Beauty would have to be my favourite brand when it comes to lipsticks. Not only are the formulas up to 85% organic and many are made with 100% natural dyes (check each lipstick on the ILIA Beauty website), they are also beautifully creamy, moisturising and have great staying power. The colours are also all very flattering, have a beautiful range of pinks (my favourite, of course!), and the shades all pack the pigment. 

I've swatched my own (current!) personal collection of shades below, although there are a few I've had before, but don't currently own. 

I purchase all ILIA Beauty from Beautylish (USA), as they have the most current range, free shipping to Australia over $50USD, and even with the exchange rate, it works out better than purchasing from Mecca in Australia. 

You can also find ILIA Beauty here - 

Citrine Natural Skin (samples available)
Eco Diva Beauty (samples available)
Follain
(The) Detox Market (samples available)
Spirit Beauty Lounge (samples available)




White Rabbit is a gorgeous clear gloss, with fine shimmer particles. I love layering this over any colour or using it to 'top up' my lipstick throughout the day and keep my lips moisturised. I've tried a couple of the shades, and all are non-sticky and beautifully smooth on the lips. With White Rabbit, you can feel some of the shimmer particles when you press your lips together, but it isn't uncomfortable. 

And never fear, the shimmer is quite fine, so you don't look like you're wearing glitter, or make the lips too shimmery or metallic. It just adds a flattering light-reflective quality to the lips.  



This colour is another I love to toss in my bag to apply over my lipstick throughout the day. It's no-fuss and I can reapply without a mirror. The shade Blossom Lady is super creamy and hydrating, yet still provides a pretty wash of colour. Unlike the bolder shades, it doesn't stain my lips. 

Blossom Lady is a muted rose, my-lips-but-better shade. 
I love this for fairly light make-up days, as it keeps everything light and natural. 



This colour is my everyday, every occasion shade. A warm, muted almost burnt rose shade with a semi-matte finish. It's the absolute perfect rose shade, and I love pairing this with Blossom Lady (above) for a lighter tone. 

As with all ILIA Lipsticks, it is ultra-creamy and not at all drying on the lips. I press this onto the lips for a lighter stain, or apply as per usual when I want the full pigment. 



Whilst it looks almost plum-rose in the stick and swatched, At Last is a muted, dusty rose, with plum undertones. It gives a gorgeous sophisticated flush of colour on the cheeks, and is so, so hydrating and creamy on the lips. This has more of a balmy texture, even creamier than the Tinted Lip Conditioners. 

Even though the stick is quite large, I have no problem applying this to my lips right from the stick, as it is so creamy it spreads easily. I also do the same for my cheeks, then simply pat out the colour with my fingertips. 



This was a limited edition shade (I'm not sure if it's staying for good) created in a collaboration between ILIA & Design Sponge. This colour is my perfect berry shade, and next to In My Room it's become my go-to. 

Pink Moon is a true berry - not at all purple or magenta, and not too bright, but not at all dark and vampy. 

Don't be fooled by the name Tinted Lip Conditioner. This shade packs the pigment as good as any lipstick. I can press this into my lips for a gorgeous long-lasting stain, or if I want a full, bold lip and all the moisturising properties, I swipe it on as per usual. I can even get away with pressing this onto my lips very lightly for a darker my-lips-but-better look, and keep it hydrated with a gloss or one of the lighter shades. 



This was the shade that first drew me to the ILIA brand. I was on the hunt for that perfect red, and at the time, there were very few brands to choose from. ILIA had a small range of six lipstick shades, and this was one of them. 

Wild Child is a warm, fiery red, with an orange undertone. 
Depending on your skin tone and your own undertones, this shade can pull almost a true, bright red, or very orange-red, 40's style. 

On my skin tone, Wild Child is the former, a stunning bright red. This shade is highly pigmented and long-lasting, and provides a great stain. 



Again, don't let the name fool you! Crimson & Clover is a long-lasting, highly pigmented stain, that is creamy and moisturising to boot. 

Whilst in the bullet it looks very close to Wild Child, Crimson & Clover is a much more pink-based red. I can use this throughout the day to top-up Wild Child, or if I want a bold, red lip, with a softer edge, Crimson & Clover is what I reach for. 

It also creates a beautiful, soft stain on the lips, and can look quite natural, depending on how heavily I apply it. 

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Do you have any favourite ILIA shades? If you've got any questions pop them below or over on instagram!


You can also find ILIA Beauty here - 

Citrine Natural Skin (samples available)
Eco Diva Beauty (samples available)
Follain
(The) Detox Market (samples available)
Spirit Beauty Lounge (samples available)


Kelsey xx
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World's Best Chocolate Cake | Recipe


This recipe has made it's way out at every birthday and special occasion since I can remember. It was a cake my grandmother made when my mum was a little girl, and it would have to be at least 50 years old. Ridiculously simple, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between rich, chocolatey goodness and sweetness, is lovely and moist and just the right amount of fluffy.

Apart from being the most delicious chocolate cake, this recipe is also incredibly easy. Your most basic melt-and-mix. It's very child and beginner-friendly! 

This recipe is also firm enough (it won't fall apart on you) to use to create fancy cakes, cut into shapes or layer. As a little girl, this cake was served topped with pastel-coloured Vienna Cream (similar to Butter Cream), and made into all kinds of wonderful cakes, ala the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book. You can also bake it as cupcakes, and it freezes un-iced exceptionally well. 

These days, I usually serve it naked with pure whipped cream, but on occasions I also top it with my preferred flavour of Loving Earth Raw Chocolate. 

Below, I've listed the ingredients in the form I use (you'll notice the flours and sugar are not your standard), but this recipe still works perfectly fine (was originally baked with) white flour and white sugar. 


All measurements used are Australian metric measurements. 

1 cup = 250ml
1tsp = 5ml

I use organic whole-grain flours (either wheat, spelt or a combination), freshly ground. This ensures the entire vitamin and mineral content is retained, and as I use a grain mill and grind the grain myself (similar to having a coffee grinder!), there is no bleaching or refining process to destroy the nutrients and alter the nutrient content of the grain.

To make the whole-grain flour self-raising, simply add -
1tsp of Cream of Tartar and 1/2tsp of Bicarbonate Soda per 1cup of flour. 

The sugar used is organic rapadura - the most unrefined cane sugar available. All of the vitamins and minerals are retained, as it is quite simply the cane sugar juice, dehydrated at a low temperature. No bleaching or chemical processes. 

If you're baking this cake on white flour and white sugar, you will probably want a butter cream or chocolate icing, as white flour tends to be drier than the fresh whole-grain flours. 


Ingredients

- 1 ¾ cup Self-Raising Flour
- 1 ¼ cup Organic Rapadura 
- 1/2 cup Organic Raw Fair-trade Cacao Powder (I use Loving Earth)
- Pinch of Bicarbonate Soda

- 1 cup milk
- 125g butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract*

- Whipped Cream to serve


Optional

- 1 x 80g bar of Loving Earth Raw Chocolate in flavour of choice (I love Mylk, Hazelnut or Dark)
- Roses, or other edible flowers to decorate


Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C. 
Line the base of a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper, and grease the sides with a stick of butter. 

Place the self-raising flour, sugar, cacao powder and pinch of bicarb soda in a mixing bowl.
Combine, and make a well in the centre. 

Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat well. 
Once combined, add the eggs one at a time, beating each for 2mins. 

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40mins, or until the cake has just come away from the sides of the tin. 

Allow to cool in the tin for 10mins, then turn onto a wire rack to cool. 

If topping with chocolate, break the bar into squares and place on top of the hot cake. Leave them sit for a few minutes until they begin to melt, then spread evenly across the top of the cake. 

Allow to set and finish cooling, then decorate with edible flowers, and serve with whipped cream.

You can download a printable version of this recipe here.

*Don't use vanilla essence. It isn't pure vanilla, often includes a sweetener and will give an inferior flavour.  I make my own vanilla extract by placing 3-4 Loving Earth Whole Vanilla Beans (split length-ways, seeds scraped into the jar) into a small jar (approx 300ml) of alcohol of choice (I use good quality vodka so as not to effect the flavour), and leave sit for around 3-4 weeks, inverting every 2-3 days. You can then top-up the jar with alcohol and another vanilla bean every now and again. 

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Let me know if you make this cake, and pop any questions below or over on instagram!

Kelsey xx
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La Mav Organic Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme | Review + Discount

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


I've loved La Mav Skincare ever since first discovering the brand a few years ago. The award-winning range is Australian made & owned, Australian Certified Organic, Cruelty Free, and is free of harsh chemicals, fillers, talc, sulphates, GM ingredients, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, artificial colours and fragrances. 


I have a tendency towards oils over creams, as they can feel suffocating and greasy on the skin. The La Mav Organic Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme is also included in the Complete Collection, so I was interested to see how went. 

Consistency & Application

Despite being on the thicker side, the La Mav Organic Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme is incredibly lightweight on the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves a non-greasy finish. Once absorbed, aside from the softness of my skin, I wouldn't know I had anything on. There is no residue left whatsoever. 

One pump is well and truly sufficient to moisturise my face, neck and décolletage. I concentrate the cream more on the neck and décolletage, spreading the remainder lightly over my face. 

Results

I've been using the Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme for a few weeks now. It instantly makes my skin feel smoother, softer and more hydrated. I find my skin looks fresher, and my décolletage particularly is smoother. I have also noticed a significant decrease (they weren't obvious to begin with, but barely, if at all, visible now) in the lines I could get on my neck and décolletage if my skin was dehydrated. 
Packaging & Ingredients

The Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme comes with a large pump dispenser, and cap to keep from accidental spills/dispensing. Due to the size of the pump, you only need around a quarter of a pump for the face, or half to a full pump for the entire face, neck and décolletage. 
Ingredients
*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice; *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate; *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate; Sodium Levulinate; Sodium Anisate; Hyaluronic Acid; *Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil; Commiphora Mukul Extract; Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Sodium Citrate; Chlorella Vulgaris Extract; Aschophyllum Nodosum Extract; *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter; *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil; *Glycerin (Vegetable); Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E – plant derived); *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil; *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil; Glyceryl Caprylate; *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; *Ginkgo Biloba Extract; *Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract; D-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5); Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender); *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit), *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) and *Citrus Sinensis (Orange Sweet).

* designates an Australian Certified Organic ingredient

Overall + Discount

I absolutely love the difference this has made to my skin, and how much smoother and more hydrated it has become. This is also wonderful for fine lines; I'll be interested to see how it goes over the long-term of months/years. I also love that it is completely lightweight on the skin, and still allows my skin to breathe. No suffocating, greasy, heavy creams here!

You can shop the entire La Mav Organic range and receive $5 off with code loveyourskin.

For international beauties, you can also purchase La Mav Organic from Nourished Life, which ships worldwide. Code SHOP will also save you 10% off sitewide, or checkout the shop pages.
Kelsey xx
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5 Natural Ways to Relieve Stress

Saturday, July 09, 2016


This month's post from guest author Eve focuses on something I'm sure we're all familiar with - stress! She shares some brilliant tips on ways to keep stress and pressure at a minimum - all naturally, of course!

You can catch up on the rest of the series here.

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It’s here – we’re officially into the 7th month of the year, and over half way! Is your wellbeing in check? This time of year is fraught with stressful triggers (tax returns being just one of them!), combined with the cooler weather which can often dampen our mood.

This month I’m talking about some easy, natural ways to keep your stress levels in check and ensure you enter the second half of 2016 feeling calm and contented. Read on for my tips!

Get enough sleep

If you’re like 90% of the rest of the population, you’re probably up late on Tuesday nights watching the latest Game of Thrones episode – and that’s okay – but for the rest of the week, make sure you’re getting enough rest. Sleep is absolutely crucial to our health, and even one night of sleep deprivation can negatively impact our memory, judgement and mood. To help you feel more relaxed and ready to hit the sheets, try not to eat heavily after 7pm, and reduce cell-phone and laptop usage in the hour or so before bed-time.

Stay active

Exercise is just about the quickest and easiest way to relieve stress and lift mood – studies have shown that even 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can deliver anti-anxiety effects. Exercise improves mood via the release of endorphins; neurotransmitters that act as the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Certain forms of exercise can also be meditative – swimming laps, for example, can distract you from worrying thoughts in that it’s repetitive and requires focus. And, of course, working out between the sheets also has extensive health benefits via the same endorphin-release mechanism – in fact, regular orgasms can lower blood pressure, relieve headaches and improve sleep patterns. And you thought it was just for fun!

Cut out the caffeine

One of the effects of caffeine on the body is that it stimulates the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing cortisol. Cortisol is the body’s ‘stress hormone’, and it activates our fight-or-flight response when we’re confronted with a dangerous situation. In Ancient times, this was adaptive and an important survival mechanism – but nowadays, cortisol levels increase in response to everyday-stressors, and elevated levels in the bloodstream can interfere with immune system function. So, anything we can do to reduce it is a good thing.

If you can’t go cold-turkey on coffee, then try switching to decaf or even part-decaf (most cafes will do one shot of each, for example, if you ask). Or, swap coffee for herbal tea – lavender, chamomile and valerian root all have calming properties. Be warned, though – these relaxing herbs can also cause drowsiness if you overdo it; so read the labels carefully!

Carry some ‘emergency stress relief’ with you


Sometimes things just come up during the day that throw us off-course – we can wake up feeling completely zen and then end the day feeling like we just don’t have our sh*t together. Everyone has those days, and some stressful triggers are unavoidable. For those unexpected anxiety-provoking moments, carry a stress-relieving formula like Blissoma’s Stress Relief Serum. I have one in my handbag and carry it everywhere; and I can honestly say that it does bring me relief when I’m in a hurry or ‘wound up’ and just feel like I need to pause breathe a little bit deeper. A calming concoction of chamomile, peppermint, lavender and lemon balm, it’s also wonderful at soothing headaches and relieving insomnia. And it smells beautiful! When I use it, I apply it under my nose (so I can breathe it in), and on my pulse-points (temples and wrists). The rollerball applicator makes it easy and mess-free to use, and it’s tiny enough to carry with you or keep next to your bed.

Find a stress-relieving activity that you enjoy

For me, it’s yoga. For others, it’s meditation (and the two can have a lot in common). For some people, reading really relaxes them – or even something as simple & easy as taking a bath with a muscle-soothing bath soak. Whatever your ‘relaxation activity’, make sure you find time for it every week – and make it a priority. Taking a bath might seem like a trivial exercise when you have a million and one more important things to do; but that’s just the thing. It is important, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t relax at all during the week unless you specifically make a point to do so. So plan for it and follow it through – again and again. Your body and mind will thank you for it in the long-term!


Kelsey xx
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Toss It Tuesday | Eye Shadow Palettes

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This week's Toss It Tuesday is all about eye palettes. 
They're convenient, space-saving, and usually budget-saving when you compare the price of individual eye shadows. But, have you ever considered what exactly goes into your favourite eye palettes? 
From Urban Decay's popular Naked Palettes, to Too Faced, Tarte and Anastasia Beverly Hills to Dior, Lancome, and Hourglass, here's what you'll find - 
  • Phenoxyenthanol - a common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies. 

  • Parabens - one of the most common cosmetic preservatives. Strong evidence of endocrine (hormone) disruption. Carcinogen concerns. Found in breast tumours in some studies.

  • Talc - Possible carcinogen. Respiratory and skin irritation. 

  • Aluminium Powder - colourant. Neurotoxin. Possible organ system toxicity.

  • Parfum/Fragrance - Synthetic fragrances can contain up to 3000 different synthetic chemicals

  • FD&C dyes - colourants. Carcinogen concerns. 
The good news is, the synthetic toxin-filled palettes are not your only option. There are dozens of amazing eye shadow palettes available that are natural, organic and safe - that still perform equally as well. 

Vegan, 100% Natural (using only fruit & vegetable-based dyes)

If you're a fan of the natural look, or have been an UD-Naked devotee, the 100% Pure Palettes are a beautiful alternative. Silky, soft and lighter than air, each palette contains 5 complimentary lightly pressed powders - three eye shadows plus a highlighter and blush. 

The Naked Palettes aren't your only option, either. If you prefer more colour, there is Mermaid, Punk Princess and Sex Kitten to choose from - plus they're on sale at the moment for just $15.00. Crazy!

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Lily Lolo Eye Palette Laid Bare
Vegan friendly, natural

Want all your bases covered? From nude and natural to a smokey eye, the Lily Lolo Laid Bare palette covers it all (colour lovers never fear, you can also get your hands on the Smoke & Mirrors Palette). Highly pigmented, yet ultra smooth, these pressed powders are silky, smooth and glide effortlessly onto the lid. You'll be recreating your favourite looks in no time.
Use discount code: MEGSY10 to save 10% off your 1st order.
USA: You can purchase Lily Lolo here and here (4th of July sale currently on!)

Natural, Vegan (may contain carmine)

For glitz and glam, the Jane Iredale Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Palette is perfection. With 5 beautifully complimenting colours + a brush all packaged in a tidy compact, this is all you need to create the ultimate smokey eye. 


Natural, Certified Organic, Vegan friendly

For those who like to keep it simple, the Antonym Cosmetics palettes are a good little option. With just four shades and a dual ended applicator, packaged in a mirrored bamboo compact, they are perfect for travel and excellent for a compact/minimal make-up kit. 


Natural, Vegan Friendly

Whilst not really in the eye palette category, I thought these worth a mention. If you like to keep things unfussy and streamlined, the Fitglow Beauty Mineral Eye Trio offer a selection of shades, whilst keeping things down to a minimum in the make-up bag.

Silky, pressed powders, in one gorgeous compact.


With so many beautiful, natural and healthy options available, there's no need (or excuse!) to continue to use toxic palettes. Make the switch - and let me know which you choose!
Kelsey xx
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