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Why we all need to facial…

You know your list… we all have it… the “one day I will…” list? Well on my list somewhere between catch up on Game of Thrones so I can join in on conversations in society and learn how to make Jerk Chicken the authentic way, it said, “get a facial”.  Why? Because I never do. Not because I don’t believe in them, on the contrary I have seen first hand the difference they can make (I’ll get to that part later). But because I used to think I would just manage with skincare and a balanced diet.  But my clients are always asking me to recommend facialists in Sydney and so I thought I better try for myself first. And then I had a facial. The MOTHER of all facials. Like your best friend who can’t keep a secret, let me fill you in on why I gave it a million out of ten and like your other best friend who talks to everybody, enjoy my chat with skincare gurus behind the facial and the products, Natasha and Jess from Vigour Skin Therapy.

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Graphic courtesy of fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro as commissioned for Vigour Skin Therapy.

I booked for my facial with Natasha Duarte Skin at her beautiful Gladesville treatment room. I was treated to tea and a full skin consultation before we commenced treatment. As someone who used to work in hospitals in the medical health industry, I was very impressed by the level of detail in the consultation and by Natasha’s knowledge of skin health and body wellbeing. I immediately knew I was in good hands and couldn’t wait to try her signature facial using products from her organic skincare Vigour Skin Therapy range.

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Images courtesy of Vigour Skin Therapy

My facial was SO relaxing I didn’t want it to end. Not the kind of relaxing that only lasts for 5 minutes until you get up and life slaps you back in the face. The kind of relaxing where you are floating on air for days afterwards. Really. I never expected the stress relief and relaxation component of the facial to be as powerful as it was. After my treatment not only did my skin glow (literally, I went to an event that night… sans foundation!) but I felt like I had just discarded excess tension and nervous energy I didn’t even know I was carrying around… oh and my skin glowed and it looked really amazing… did I mention that part?

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Who else used to watch this show? I do love Lucy!

A veteran of 15 years in the beauty scene, it was inspiring and refreshing to learn from Natasha.  I learned things about my own skin and how to better take care of it and so I decided to feature Jess and Natasha in this post because I think what they do is wonderful and we could all do with a dose of wonderful in our lives.

Also I ask some pretty honest questions in the interview- the stuff we all want to know but may get overwhelmed by all the misinformation out there. Makeup artists, brides-to-be, models, awesome friends who read my blog and everyone else- listen and learn!

 

Why do you think it is important to have regular facials?

In healthy skin, cells turnover roughly every 28 days. So approximately after one month, the cells that have been treated and improved by the professional applications and processes during the facial and are able to come to the surface where the nucleus dies. 

Treating the skin to monthly exposure of a professional service creates a permanent maintenance that doesn’t allow the cells to regress and slows down future damage. It also teaches the skin how to fire at all cylinders, igniting the functions within the skin to work at their optimum. Basically, home care is your diet and we are your skin’s personal trainer!

“Home care is your diet and we are your skin’s personal trainer…”  Brilliant!  Wish someone had told me this years ago.

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What is the one key skin myth you wish people didn’t believe?  How do we set them straight?

TASH: One of the biggest myths is that the more expensive or the more notoriety a product has the better it is. Not true! It’s all about the ingredient content and the percentage of those ingredients. You want a high amount of good quality content that is specific to your skin type and conditions with minimal chemicals. There is no one wonder in a jar. What’s good for one skin can actually be a hindrance to another. So get a consultation if you’re unsure!

JESS: A lot of people ask why they need a serum if they are already using a moisturiser? My easiest explanation to help people understand what the difference is: serum is like fertilising the garden implanting deep slow release nutrients and moisturiser is like watering the garden quenching the soil with hydration.

So the take home messages:

  • Know your ingredients and which ones your skin needs/doesn’t need… Big budgets don’t necessarily equal big results; and
  • Use a serum. It’s like fertiliser for your skin while moisturiser is your hydration.

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What is your favourite product from your Vigour Skin Therapy range and why?  

This is a hard one because we love them all but the Organic Jojoba Oil Cleanser really deserves a special mention.

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It is the first step within the vigour rituals, removing the day, rebalancing the skin and allowing you to take a moment whist you massage it in and warm compress it off. Jojoba oil is the closest to our skin’s own natural oil (sebum) which means it is able to regulate a breakout prone skin, protect and strengthen a sensitive skin and/or nourish a dry skin. It will give you the deepest clean you’ve ever experienced as its emulsifying properties are second to none, being able to even remove water proof mascara.

It can also be used for purposes other than cleansing…. Including as a oil press in the evening (especially in the winter), a cuticle oil, as a nourishing weekly oil application for the scalp prior to washing and to apply before body brushing to name a few. We love it so much it is an ingredient showcased throughout our range of products.

The jojoba cleanser was used in my facial and I luuuuurved it! A nicer alternative to over-priced mineral oil cleansers and I love the fact that it’s multi-use.

 

FOR PRO MAKEUP ARTISTS, which product do you think is key for us to carry in our kits and why?

The Repair Conditioner

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This product is an all-in-one for both skin prep and setting and refreshing makeup. 

It can be used to on-the-spot to cleanse the skin by spraying onto cotton disks and wiping across the face. Repeated, this step really helps to minimise the pores, wipe away grime, excess oil and surface dead skin whilst boosting the skin’s hydration and antioxidant levels. It leaves the skin really clean and hydrated. Due to it being laced with chamomile it is extremely calming and anti-redness. Once makeup is applied, it can be lightly spritzed over the top to set powder. It’s also great for the artist to spray over their own face during long days on set and onto their brushes.

I bought this Skin Conditioner after my facial as I was looking for a great setting spray (that wasn’t just water in a can!). I used it on myself then it went straight into my pro kit (then back into my bathroom then back into my pro kit!). I now have ONE product that I can use to cleanse and hydrate skin during skin prep and to refresh and set makeup with. It smells amazing and I also love the fact that it works on even the most sensitive of skins. WINNING.

I also love the Organic Lip Slather as it is multiuse- a lip balm (non-sticky!), highlighter, skin sheen where needed.

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FOR BRIDES, which product do you think is key to invest in and why?

Renewal Mask & Exfoliation Hybrid

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Prepping for any special occasion can be a busy time let alone the “big day”. The exfoliating hybrid is a bit of a multitasking superhero and that’s just what you are after when in the midst of organising a wedding. This product instantly brightens, exfoliates, hydrates and deep cleanses all in one. It’s a perfect twice weekly pick me up to keep the skin healthy and in check as well as quickening the cell renewal cycle to create that beautiful bridal glow. This product creates an instant result after just one application but with regular use it will chip away at the conditions of the skin that are trying to be eradicated, creating the perfect canvas especially for makeup application on your day.

Brides- get on it!!!

 

FOR MODELS (who regularly have makeup applied and removed and re-applied throughout the course of one day), which product do you think is key to invest in and why?

A triple answer is required here…

1) Revive Treatment Cleanser
2) Renewal Mask & Exfoliation Hybrid

3) Radiance Elixir Marine Collagen and Seaweed Extract Complex

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They definitely should invest in a good cleansing routine. The Revive Treatment Cleanser will remove day-to-day build up quickly and can be used conveniently in the shower or in between looks if a sink is available. Exfoliating is paramount for keeping the skin smooth and ready for makeup application to provide the perfect canvas. Just prior to a shoot our radiance serum will brighten and hydrate the skin and can be used around the eyes to dissipate puffiness and dark circles as well as naturally plump up the lips with its star ingredient collagen.

And finally the question I like to ask everyone who appears on this blog…

What is your favourite part of your job?

Unlocking someone’s knowledge of their own skin so they can then continue on the path to ultimate skin health long term. It is not just the on the spot result but healing the skin from within. We are all about creating escapism and wellbeing. Each facet of the facial is a sensory journey making sure mind body and spirit (and skin!) all leave feeling rejuvenated.

Mission accomplished ladies!  Thank you so much for sharing your products and knowledge with me.  I can’t wait to see you for my next facial!

Vigour Skin Therapy products can be purchased online at the website.

To book a facial with Natasha in Gladesville, you can contact her via:

Mobile: 0410 378 070
Email: hello@ndskin.com.au

And to book a facial with Jess in Balmain, you can contact her via:

Mobile: 0411 357 162
Email: hello@vigourskintherapy.com.au

If you wish to know any more about the products, treatments or facials offered by Natasha and Jess, please leave your questions or comments below.  Also feel free to let me know your best facial experience and we can compare notes.  Now I’m off to watch that last GoT episode!

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Ceramides in Skincare

If you read this blog or know I that I come from a scientific background, you’ll know I don’t buy into fads or marketing jargon when it comes to skincare. However sometimes just sometimes, companies get it right. Recently I discovered the Beauty Aid Cream by Korean brand Touch in Sol. I was intrigued by the molecule which appeared on the packaging and asked my chemistry PhD friend to tell me what it was. Turns out it’s ceramide-3 and it’s the good type of ceramide. Not sure what ceramides are or what makes this one so good (or frankly, how it’s relevant to life)?  Winter is coming, you’re going to want to know. Keep reading!

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Where the idea for this post all started! Image courtesy of Priceline.

The science of ceramides in a lovely infographic I prepared earlier:

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With winter approaching, most people suffer more with dehydrated skin and dry skin lacking moisture. A good time to invest in a moisturiser to address these needs and ceramides can help.

So how do we know if the ceramides found in our skincare are indeed mixed in the correct ratio in order to be effective in skincare?

Short answer- you can’t really.

Say What

Ceramides are good moisturisers but may not be any better than regular lotions (including the less expensive petrolatum!) unless correctly formulated and the way ceramides are listed in ingredient list still won’t tell you.

Loosely speaking, ceramides can appear in ingredient lists as:

Ceramide 1, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 4, Ceramide 5, Ceramide 6, Ceramide 7, Ceramide 8, Ceramide 9, Ceramide E

Or in much more complicated nomenclature ie- moCETYL-PG HYDROXYETHYL PALMITAMIDE (cuz we’d all know what that was!)

More helpful answer- trial and error!

Trialling is the only way you will know whether the ceramide-containing-moisturiser is making a difference to your skin or whether the product is unfortunately just a marketing con.

Here are my top three tried-and-tested picks.

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1) TOUCH IN SOL BEAUTY AID CREAM

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Image courtesy of Priceline.

Why I like it:

  • Been using this one in my kit quite a lot lately. It’s been a big hit because of its texture, divine smell and for the immediate relief it provides for those with drier or dehydrated skin types.
  • Also a fabulous base for makeup no matter which complexion product you layer over the top.
  • Suitable for those with sensitive skin.
  • Oh and I like the packaging- gym bag, travel bag, kit bag and airplane friendly yeehaa!

Key Ingredients:

Ceramide 3 (skin enhancer) / Bifida ferment lysate (antioxidant) / Portulaca oleracea extract (skin calming) / Biosaccharide gum-1(moisturiser) / 5 types of vegetable extract / Shea butter (hydrating)

Availability:

$49.99 from Priceline

2) AVÈNE EAU THERMALE RICH COMPENSATING CREAM

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Image courtesy of Avène.

Why I like it:

  • Because it’s rich in texture but not greasy and is able to be easily absorbed by the skin.
  • Beautiful subtle fragrance.
  • Great option for skiing, sitting in aircon/central heating, air travel.
  • Great for mature skin also.

Key Ingredients:

Biocymentine (ceramides+plant sterols+fatty acids = winning combo!) / Pre-tocopheryl (Vit E a powerful antioxidant) / Glycerin (hydrating)

Availability:

$62.99 from Priceline

$46.39 from Chemist Warehouse

3) FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM

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Image courtesy of Sephora.

 

Why I like it:

  • I probably prefer this one more for the body rather than for the face (although it can be used for the face also)
  • Soothing and calming for itchy skin or skin that suffers eczema
  • Not tested on animals

Key Ingredients:

Ceramide 3 (in this case teamed with the fatty acid stearic acid) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Colloidal Oatmeal (calming and soothing) / Shea Butter (hydrating) / Green Tea extract (antioxidant)

Availability:

$58 from Sephora

Hope this article helped dispel some myths and you’ve now got your eye on a new winter moisturiser. If you want to know more about the use of ceramides in skincare or about the products mentioned in this post, please feel free to leave me any questions below.

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Adam Dixon: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

In this post I will talk through how I created the hair and makeup for Tanja, our model when I profiled Adam Dixon for The Bridal Series Sydney.

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A modern contemporary upstyle with a sleek finish was the vision I had when creating the hair for this shoot. Think Kate Middleton crossed with Emma Watson…

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Which looked a little something like this…

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And like this from the side…

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The key to achieving this style was building the volume while keeping the hair looking glossy and neat. To do this I worked the Label M Sleek Blow Out Cream into Tanja’s damp hair (works as a lightweight heat protector while sealing in moisture) and blowdried in the volume. I then tonged the hair into loose waves and applied the Soufflé to help define the curls once I brushed them out.

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In action!

Before constructing the shape of the upstyle, I backcombed the crown section for some extra height and sprinkled on the Resurrection Style Dust for maximum root lift- the ultimate styling product for building and maintaining volume and texture!

Once I finished pinning the style into place I set it with the Hairspray and finished with a light spray of Shine Mist.

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Tanja had oily combination skin and so I had to be careful not to use products that were too rich in texture for her skin. I used the Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum on the T-Zone in place of a moisturiser and then followed with the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly for the rest of the face.

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Skincare by Indeed Labs.

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I wanted to create a timeless makeup look to work alongside Adam Dixon’s gowns and I drew inspiration from the 1950s, in my opinion one of the most beautiful eras of makeup! Glowing skin, soft diffused shades of bronze and taupes on the eyes, lots of lashes and a bold lip. This look would be perfect for those who aren’t afraid of colour yet want a romantic look.

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I used the Make Up Forever Mattifying Primer along the T-Zone to prevent excess shine and then stippled the Face & Body Foundation, building in areas where Tanja needed more coverage. Imperfections were corrected using the Full Cover Concealer and then I set everything with the Super Matte Loose Powder (great for mattifying without losing the “creaminess” of the skin texture).

I highlighted cheekbones with the Star Powder (in 943 “with pink highlights”) and used the Sculpting Blush in “Orange Coral”.

For the eyes I used the Aqua Cream in “Taupe” as an eyeshadow base and set with powder eyeshadows in similar tones. I drew the winged liner with the Graphic Liner Pen and finished with generous lashings of the Aqua Smoky Lash mascara.

I took Tanja’s lips from matte berry (Lip Liner Pencil in “26 Dusty Pink” with Rouge Artist Intense “34 Matte Light Raspberry” over the top) to glossy berry (by adding the Glossy Full Couleur gloss in “7 Fresh Rose”) then to a matte red for the finale (Aqua Lip liner in “08C Red” with Rouge Artist Intense in “M8 Matte Bright Red” over the top).

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Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

For Tanja’s lashes, I used the Ardell Natural 117 black lashes to lengthen and thicken her natural lashes and bring balance to the overall look.

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Et voila!

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Hair and makeup by Sonia Allen using Make Up Forever, Indeed Labs and Label M.

I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new!  You might like to see which other products and techniques I used for the other the models in The Bridal Series Sydney:

Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Rhonda Hemmingway: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Jennifer Regan: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Mira Mandic: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

And that officially wraps The Bridal Series Sydney.  Thank you everyone who collaborated on this project.  I will forever be proud of what we created and hope it was enjoyed by all.

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I Showered With Santa’s Belly

Yep I did.  I showered with Santa’s Belly and it was great.  It was slippery and fun and just a little bit silly and I loved every minute of it.  I am of course referring to Lush’s latest invention to get us through the Christmas season, their shower jelly appropriately named “Santa’s Belly“.

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Santa’s Belly is a shower jelly inspired by mulled wine and filled with star anise infusion, fresh apple juice, red wine and a crisp apple fragrance.

Turns out I’m better at hanging onto this jelly in the shower than Mr Allen, who dropped it five times when I gave it to him to try compared to my one dignified shower slip.  He said it is because I have smaller hands and can therefore grip the jelly better, but I am sure it is because I am a better athlete.

It really surprised me how something so small and novel managed to brighten my mood every time I used it.  The endless jokes about how I was off to shower with Santa (a bit wrong now when I think about it!), singing “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly” while using the jelly, the laughs every time I dropped or almost dropped it, the pleasant fragrance that filled my bathroom along with how soft my skin felt after showering- made this jelly so delightful to use.  Bringing joy back to showering is my mission for the coming months as we descend into Silly Season.

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So ’90s I couldn’t help myself!

A little while ago I was invited to preview what Christmas at Lush is going to look like.

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There were acrobats…

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Tables abound with wonders to try…

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And demonstrations too (that’s Santa’s Belly in her hands!)…

The other shower jelly which took my fancy was the Batman inspired “Nightwing“.  I know a certain four-year-old-Batman-obsessed nephew of mine who will be getting one of these for Christmas!

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“Nightwing” shower jelly is made with fresh lime juice, aloe vera and carob syrup. It is also fragranced with distilled lime for Silly Season induced “headaches”.

A sucker for all things cinnamon, I also liked the “Cinders Bath Ballistic” bath bomb with it’s popping candy and sea salt exfoliation.  Smooth skin here I come!

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The “Cinders” bath bomb is made with cinnamon leaf oil and scented like hot fruit punch.  It contains popping candy and sea salt for a good ol’ scrubbin!

Like a Hennessy Cocktail, the “Celebrate” body lotion has the most intoxicating scent of citrus and cognac and leaves skin feeling sumptuous, not greasy.

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Celebrate Body Lotion is predominantly citrus scented (limes & oranges) with splashes of cognac, while cocoa butter and almond oil will give skin the best sheen this festive season.

And last but by no means least, the festively coloured “Santa Baby Lip Tint” with its cherry flavour is hard to go past!  It also doubles up as a beautiful creme cheek colour if buffed in lightly with a brush or dabbed onto the skin and blended with fingers.

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Shea butter, carrot oil and cinnamon do the nourishing in the cherry flavoured Santa Baby Lip Tint.

And that’s my roundup from the Lush Bizarre Christmas Collection Showcase!

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Off to shower with Santa’s Belly

For other product reviews, you might like to read:

Hunterlab- an Aussie skincare brand for the modern Australian Hunter

Wedding Day Lipsticks (that won’t ruin your first kiss)

Indeed Laboratories (indeed good skincare!)

The Laura Mercier make-up range

Please leave me any messages or comments if you’d like to know more about the Lush products mentioned here.  Definitely let me know if you also plan to shower with Santa’s Belly!

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indeed LABORATORIES… Indeed it’s Good!

Discoveries are the best. You either learn never to go near/eat/touch/experience again (and put it down to life experience!) OR you can discover something that is great. I recently discovered Canadian skincare brand indeed LABORATORIES and couldn’t wait to share.

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Some products from the Indeed Laboratories brand

Those that know me or have worked with me know how passionate I am about skincare and looking after your skin.  This doesn’t mean you need a million products to do so and a higher price point doesn’t necessarily mean better quality or better results. It took me a long time to believe the latter but five years of being in the industry and I can assure you I have learned the hard way!

I also don’t pay any attention to “anti-ageing” claims. They’re always aimed at women (not ok!) and I believe ageing is a privilege. So you’ll never hear me talk about “diminished lines” or “collagen boosting”-blah blah. I look for simple products that are easy and enjoyable to use that really nourish and support skin (and they’re the only ones I’ll be sharing on this blog!).

So lately, I have been testing out the indeed LABORATORIES products on models, actors and brides as well as on myself. Certainly a wide demographic of people and I continue to be impressed.

Why?

Simple products that do what they say?  Check.

Attractive yet recyclable packaging that look chic in my kit/bathroom?  Check.

Reasonable price point?  Check.

No animal testing, cruelty free and animal derivative free ingredients?  Check.

Fragrance free?  Check.

Hi-tech ingredients and modern technology?  Check.

Great textures?  Check.

Here are a couple of my favourites from the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron range.

Indeed Laboratories: Facial Powdered Exfoliator

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What is it?

An exfoliator in powder form where you add as little or as much water (or get fancy and use a toning mist) as you want to achieve the desired strength.

What’s in it?

  • Bamboo extract- in fine form that won’t cause microtears to the skin
  • Rice bran powder- great ingredient for softening skin (the Japanese have been using it for centuries!)
  • Pineapple enzymes- natural exfoliator and is anti-inflammatory
  • Okinawa red algae- renowned for moisture-retaining properties (algae at the beach = gross.  Algae in skincare = soooo wonderful for you)
  • Hyaluronic acid- adds hydration which is a nice extra property you don’t normally find in exfoliators

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- once/twice a week after cleansing and before moisturising
  • On clients- whenever I feel uneven skin texture before make-up application

Why do I like it?

Easy & fun to use
You hydrate your skin as you exfoliate
Can customise how much exfoliation you need
Can use in the shower (=time saving)
Skin feels so smooth afterwards and you consequently need less serum/moisturiser

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Booster

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What is it?

Hyaluronic acid that is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants that can be used as a serum.

Hyaluronic acid is an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 10000 times its weight in water, meaning anything you layer over the top will take longer to evaporate off the surface of the skin. Ie- the water in your moisturiser will take longer to evaporate. Hooray for dehydrated skin.

When I use this product I feel so wonderfully hydrated and then I remember this:

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What’s in it?

Water, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ahnfeltia Concinna extract, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- massaging all over my face every morning and night after cleansing/exfoliating and before my moisturiser
  • On clients- on anyone with dehydrated skin after cleansing and before moisturising (been using this on pretty much everyone, the packaging is extremely kit-friendly)

Why do I like it?

Ingredients are great (not full of low-grade “filler” ingredients)
Makes skin really soft
Gives skin a beautiful glow
No outrageous claims on the packaging
Easy to use and integrate with other brands and products
Works on all skin types
Increases healing time for acne scarring with prolonged use
Easily-absorbed texture (if it’s sticky, you’re using too much!)

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

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What is it?

4 sheet masks per pack, each mask soaked in a hyaluronic acid solution

What’s in it?

Lots and lots of hyaluronic acid

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- after cleansing and drying my face I unfold the mask and place over my face. I press in place (I want all the goodness!) and leave it for 15minutes while I relax (do dishes/answer emails/chat on the phone). Once I remove the mask I massage in the remaining serum (no need to wash off) and follow with a moisturiser.
  • On clients- never have the luxury of time to use this on clients but I always recommend them to brides for the night before their wedding.

Why do I like it?

Soooooo relaxing & cooling
Sorts out skin from any over-indulgence
You can skip serum and go straight to moisturiser
Great for dehydration (and long haul flights if you don’t mind the stares)
Great pick-me-up

In Australia, Indeed Laboratories is available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

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Science says NO! Part One.

I often get told that I have an expressive face. My friends and family can read me like a book because nothing hides on my face. I have perfected my “you do WHAT!?” face when clients or friends tell me things like “I don’t need sunscreen in winter”, or my favourite…  “I put butter on my sunburn”…  I love butter like the next person but putting it on sunburn?  Really?….

Home Alone Shocked Face

Why? Whhhhhyyyyyyy!?

I decided to start a series of blog posts called “Science says NO!” in the hope to clear up some confusion on the topics I know I are hard to find a straight answer to.

You say: “I use coconut oil to help my eyebrows grow back”

Coconut Oil

It’s good, but not that good!

Science Says: The only things that affect hair growth are HORMONES and MEDICATION.

Fact: Coconut and almond oil will simply nourish existing hair and skin, which in turn will assist in healthy brow growth. Oils will not make hair grow.

The team at Get Threaded have developed a treatment called Brow Nourish that helps nourish the area of the skin surrounding the brow. It contains a combination of oils that are known to promote healthy brows by stimulating blood flow to the brow hair root, nourishing the skin and brows and protecting against dryness and breakage (which is a challenging environment for hair to grow).   If you try it be sure to comment below with your findings.

Browmazing

Certified Organic Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Seabuckthorn Oil, Vitamin B, Wheat Protein Extract, Rosemary Extract, Carrageenan Extract, Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin and Bergamot essential oils.

You Say: “You shouldn’t moisturize sunburn as it will trap the burn”

Science Says: You can moisturize sunburn but not as a first response.

Facts:

  • Sunburn is damage to the epidermis caused from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • Blisters occur when damage has also occurred to the dermal layers.
  • Redness is part of the inflammation that occurs when you get sunburnt.

In the initial phase of sunburn (when you might feel the tingling of a burn or see some skin reddening) you should GET OUT OF THE SUN, get hydrated and use cool packs and cooling gel or aloe vera gel/spray.

Banana Boat Aftersun Spray

Banana Boat Aloe Vera Spray…

Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel 2

or Aloe Vera Gel. Both are great options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is redness and no blisters– you can moisturise using a water-based moisturiser, like Sorbolene Cream. This won’t stop the burnt skin from peeling off, but it will help boost the moisture content of the skin beneath and make peeling and flaking (so sexy!) less noticeable. Do not scrub, pick or peel flaking skin.

Does the job.

Does the job.

If there is redness and blisters- see a doctor immediately. Especially if there is severe sunburn with extensive blistering and pain, sunburn over a large area of skin, headache, nausea and vomiting, fever or dizziness or altered states of consciousness.

Fess up, were you guilty of any of the above? Did you learn something new? Are there any other beauty/skincare/make-up related myths you would like me to help clarify?

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