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March 15, 2017

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Skin Care (with Kelsey)

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I have two sisters, and out of the three of us, I’m the only one with much (any) interest in skincare. They both want it to be as simple, quick and no-fuss as possible, where I will spend hours researching products to ensure that I will get the results I’m after (whether it’s a moisturiser or a mask). My sister’s no-fuss approach made me realise how many other women are out there, also wanting good skin (because who has time to deal with breakouts or irritation?), but without any hassle or fuss or more than three steps.
With that in mind, I’ve created the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Skincare.

Now, most of what goes into good skin begins in the gut, and is affected by diet & lifestyle, but speaking from personal experience with my own skin and what I’ve witnessed with others, what you apply topically can and does make a massive difference. These three simple steps take little to no effort, can easily be incorporated into something you do every single day (shower and dress), and you will thank yourself for the difference it will make to your skin not only now, but years down the track.

 

Cleanse & Exfoliate

This is the foundation to any skincare, and can easily be incorporated into your evening or morning routine (whenever you shower). Whether or not you wear makeup, it is important to wash away to day’s environmental build-up, pollutants, dirt and excess oil and dead skin cells for healthy, radiant skin.


You should cleanse once a day, and gently exfoliate every 2-3 days or at least once a week, depending on your skin type (you’ll be able to play this by ear and figure out what suits you best).


My favourite cleansers that are brilliant for clean, clear skin, but super gentle (and will also remove makeup) are the Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser (if you have any congestion or acne this a great cleanser) which also offers a very mild exfoliant, so if your skin is super sensitive or break-out prone, this will be perfect for you paired with a weekly exfoliation. Another great option is The Little Alchemist Papaya, Geranium & Lime Cleansing Milk. It will give your skin a deep cleanse with very little effort!


This will of course vary from person to person, but you only need to wash your skin once a day. Any more, and in most cases it’s too much. I remove all makeup in the evening, cleanse and shower, and in the mornings, just lightly rinse my skin by applying a damp wash cloth, before moving onto skincare. Perfect for a lazy routine!


When it comes to exfoliation, I find my skin does best with a 2-3 times a week exfoliation.

You should exfoliate at least once per week. If you find it difficult to keep track of, choose a day (say, Sunday nights) that you exfoliate, and stick to it.


Perfect for anyone that wants glowing skin, but multi-tasking at the same time, I have been loving the Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cream Cleansing Powder. You just mix a tsp with water and exfoliate, then let sit for 2-3mins whilst you shower before rinsing off. You can of course also rinse it off immediately, but allowing it to sit gives your skin a boost of Vit C, antioxidants and allows all of those magical botanicals to do their work.  


If you prefer a pre-mixed option, the Little Alchemist Pineapple & Zeolite Micro Polish is a beautiful option. Just pump, exfoliate and rinse!

 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

No matter your skin type (see my post on Oils for Oily Skin here) moisturising is the simplest and easiest way to keep it in tip-top condition - and also one of the most necessary! Not only will keeping your skin properly hydrated prevent early ageing, but also help to maintain correct sebum levels (the oil your skin naturally produces, which can also help prevent a whole slew of other issues like dryness, breakouts from excessive oil production, dullness and more).


I recommend moisturising twice a day - after cleansing/showering in the evening, and after a quick water-wash with a dampened cloth in the morning. Applying your moisturiser to damp skin enables deeper penetration and better absorption which means all of the good-for-skin ingredients are better able to do their job!


I’m a huge fan of oils, but I highly recommend using a cream moisturiser at least once per day, as they provide better hydration. If you want to keep it really lazy, just opt for a cream, or something like the Leahlani Bless Balm which has a number of butters along with oils to really hydrate the skin.


The Blissoma Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex is a very lightweight, silky yet rich cream, that absorbs fully and never feels greasy. If you have any irritation, redness or breakouts, this cream is super soothing and hydrating all at once. If your skin is in need of deep hydration (showing in dryness, dull or lacklustre complexion, uneven texture), then the Blissoma Deep Moisture Restore Serum is a good option, with anti-ageing benefits! I also love the Leahlani Champagne Serum for glowing skin or pre-makeup.

 

A weekly mask

This is an optional step but I highly recommend masking weekly - even for the laziest of lazy skincare routines. Set yourself a #SelfCareSunday or #MaskingMonday goal (easy to remember), and apply for the specified treatment time (usually 10-45 mins depending on the mask) before showering - so you can just let the steam from the shower soften the mask then rinse!


If breakouts and congestion are your problem, a weekly detox mask will really help to clear and cleanse your skin of any deep-seated impurities. Some of my favourites for a good detox are The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow, Romeo + Madden Detox Face Mask & The Captain Blankenship Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask.


For dullness, dryness, lack-lustre skin or uneven texture, a hydrating and even an enzyme-exfoliating mask are good options. The Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask, Meli Glow & Honey Love will all help to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin, and if your skin is particularly fussy, the Blissoma Lavish Loving Recovery Beta-glucan Mask will soothe, calm and deeply treat your skin. I’d also recommend the Leahlani Meli Glow or Mermaid Mask to anyone that can’t stand the feeling of a clay mask on the skin - these will both still gently cleanse the skin, but without ever setting or becoming uncomfortable on the skin.  


Using a weekly mask, the condition of your skin will also improve over time - you’ll thank yourself for the extra effort! And if you’re still not convinced, read my post on everything you need to know about masking here.

 

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Eve Organics green beauty blogPassionate about health and beauty, I began the Liberty-Green blog to prove that green CAN be glam. My aim is to educate women on the safer, healthier alternatives to the mainstream – that work. You needn’t sacrifice your health for beauty, and you don’t have to sacrifice performance for health. 

Organic beauty has come a long way in the last few years, and I know fromMegsy Jane green beauty blog personal experience how overwhelming making “the switch” can be. Along with product reviews and brand spotlights, I share useful tools and handy resources that help make the switch to organic that much easier. Your skin will thank you.

I also have a handcrafted Flower Crown & Accessories label by the same name, so when I’m not writing on organic beauty and skincare, you’ll most likely find me in the studio up to my elbows in flowery goodness.

 

March 01, 2017

5 skin care products I use differently (& why it’s good to break the rules!)

I’ve been through quite a journey with my skin in my life so far – and one thing I’ve learnt is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to skin care. Not only do I think it’s a good idea to try products from different brands and tailor your skin care regime to your specific needs; but I also know that skin changes – and what we need this month might not be the same as what we needed last month (or week, or year). It pays to listen to your skin & hear what it’s telling you.

And, the same goes for the way we use our products. Some of the most effective & successful beauty products were mistakes - formulated for something else entirely, until a new unanticipated benefit was discovered. I remember a few years ago I was having some issues with ingrown hairs & irritation post-waxing – and at the time I was using a de-puffing eye cream on my eyes (I use an anti-ageing one now!). One day after a particularly painful wax and without anything on hand to soothe it, I reached for my eye cream and applied some. Within a few hours the area had completely calmed – it was better than any ingrown hair cream I’d ever tried. So, I kept using it this way.

Nobody knows what’s best for your skin like you do – so experiment, and when you hit on something that works, stick at it! I regularly use the same products in different ways and for different purposes – and luckily, with all-natural skin care we’re safe to do this. Here are a few product substitutions I use which you might not have thought of.

 

Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliant Glove as a dry body brush

Dry body brushing is one of the best things you can do for your health. It’s quick, easy and a fantastic way to boost your body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems. Eco Tan’s Exfoliating Glove is extremely scrubby (without using any product) and so simple to use. Just pop it on and massage all over in firm strokes, always towards the heart.

 

Blissoma Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex as a post-wax cream

Few formulas are as soothing, de-puffing & all-round calming as Blissoma’s Pure. It’s a life-saver for all kinds of skin issues, from dryness to eczema to acne. If your skin is unhappy for any reason, Pure is probably the answer! One of my all-time favourites. Applied after waxing, it will soothe, reduce inflammation and redness and help skin to heal itself.

 

Innersense Harmonic Healing Oil as a cuticle oil

My nails grow extremely fast, so I have to keep on top of them and maintain them regularly. One thing I regularly do is to push down my cuticles and apply a softening oil to them to keep them supple & prevent them from hardening. The Harmonic Healing Oil is perfect for this purpose – and it gives my nails and hands a dose of hydration & nutrition at the same time.

 

Blissoma Bright Eye-vitalizing Nutrient Complex as a pigmentation spot treatment

Blissoma Bright is specifically formulated to firm, brighten and de-puff the eye area – and it will have the same effect wherever you apply it. I have some pigmentation spots around my lips, so I apply Bright to both my eyes and lip area nightly to help even out my skin tone in these areas.

 

Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil as a massage oil

Using the same oil as both a body oil & a massage oil doesn’t seem to make sense on the face of it – you want a body oil to sink in, and you want a massage oil to stay fluid and spread easily. By some miracle, the Revitalising Body Oil achieves both. It makes a luxurious, deeply-hydrating body oil (and it smells absolutely gorgeous), but it also works brilliantly for massaging, and you only need the tiniest bit. Don’t ask me how it works – but it does. I use this one regularly for both purposes!

tata harper all natural skin care

Do you have any alternative uses for your favourite products? I'd love to hear them! 
Until next time...

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February 21, 2017

Cyber Crushing: Etsy Stores

As an online store owner, I spend a lot of my time on the internet – whether it’s doing research, reading up about potential ranges, writing blog posts or interacting on social media (yes, that’s me writing our Instagram & Facebook posts – come and say hello!). So, on my cyber travels, I regularly stumble across online gems - from healthy eating blogs to quirky online stores.

Recently I had the very-overdue idea of sharing these internet gems on the Eve Organics blog. After all, what’s the point in garnering all of this online insight if I don’t share it..? And so, ‘Cyber Crushing’ was born.

This week, I’m sharing with you the latest Etsy stores I’m crushing on. I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

Collected Edition

Based in Brooklyn, New York but shipping worldwide, Collected Edition offer one-of-a-kind, botanical inspired jewellery pieces made from brass, bronze, silver and gold – like this elegant little succulent ring.

 Succulent jewellery

 

Om Nom Cheesemaking

Like the name suggests, Sydney-based Om Nom Cheesemaking make kits for making cheese at home – from mozzarella to middle-Eastern haloumi (one of my favourite cheeses!). The kits come with everything you need to make the cheese of your choice – and it all arrives in a cute little box ready to go. Great as gifts!

Home cheese making kit

 

Sunny Dove Studio

If you’re a sucker for cute animal puns like I am, you’ll love Sunny Dove Studio! This LA-based printing shop makes the sweetest cards – as well as mugs, totes and phone cases.

                        Cute valentines card        cute bridesmaid gift

 

Carmen Hui Art

Sydney-based Carmen Hui draws detailed pencil drawings in soft hues, and turns them into prints, invitations and greeting cards. Her animal & floral drawings are beautiful – but my favourites are her Nutella & Vegemite-themed prints!

Vegemite art print

 

Do you have any favourite Etsy stores? What are they? (I'd love to hear about them!). Leave me a comment below or send me an email.

Until next time….
all natural beauty

 

February 12, 2017

Healthy Recipe: Banana, Blueberry & Greek Yoghurt Muffins

I LOVE to bake, but I’m often short on time or fancying a sweet treat at the last minute – so any recipe that’s quick and with a simple ingredients list is right up my alley. I adapted this one from the Taste website, but I cut back on the refined sugar and added some protein & omega-3s from flax seeds. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Ingredients

2 cups of self raising flour (wholemeal if you have it)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 heaped Tbsp flax seed meal

1 large banana, mashed

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsps milk (more if needed)

1/3 cup greek yoghurt

Large handful of fresh or frozen blueberries (if they’re frozen, let them thaw for 30 minutes or pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds, so they’re not cold when you put the muffins in the oven).

1 Tbsp each of oats, sunflower seeds & brown sugar (for topping individual muffins).

 

Directions

Combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients, stirring as you go to combine. Finally, add fruit.

Spoon a (very) heaped Tablespoon into muffin tins (should make around 6-8 muffins). Top each muffin with a sprinkle of oats, sunflower seeds & brown sugar.

Bake at 180C for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

 

Enjoy!

 

healthy muffin recipe

February 07, 2017

Edgy makeup look using Vapour products

I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup - my every-day products are moisturiser, under-eye concealer & mascara; sometimes a bit of eyeliner. But, I do love to experiment - and when I'm going out or it's a special occasion (or when I know I'm going somewhere there will be photos taken), I amp it up and add other products for impact.

With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought it'd be fun to create a look that's simple and not too over-done, but a little bit sexy. The great thing about the colours I used in this look is that they will suit all eye colours and skin tones - the neutral, earthy shades will compliment brown, green and blue eyes alike.

And best of all, it was created using only 100% natural products by Vapour.
Yes, you can wear a full face of makeup & still look after your skin at the same time! Enjoy. 😊

Vapour makeup look

Face

Vapour Stratus Luminous Skin Perfector in '904'
Vapour Soft Focus Foundation in '125'
(I mix them together before applying)

Eyes

Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Sugar' (in inner corners)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Nightfall' (on the lid)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeshadow in 'Firefly' (lower lashline)
Vapour Mesmerize Eyeliner in 'Truffle' (on upper lashline)

Cheeks

Vapour Aura Multi-use in 'Virtue' (dotted very lightly on cheekbones)

Lips

Vapour Siren Lipstick in 'Madam' (with clear balm applied on top).

Vapour makeup look

 

 

February 03, 2017

Creating a skin care ritual: One-brand vs an eclectic collection (with Kelsey)

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When it comes to skin care, how do you know what’s best? A one-brand routine, or a skincare ritual that encompasses different products from different brands? Many brands will recommend selecting your skin care from a sole brand, and although there might be some sound points behind that advice, it mostly sounds like a brand trying to sell you more products. So, to help you decipher all the do’s and don’ts, advice and recommendations, here are some things to think about when choosing your skin care, and my personal thoughts on the matter.

 

The advantages of a one-brand skin care ritual:

  • The scents across the range will complement, not clash. This can be especially true for natural brands, where no synthetic scents are used, but common ingredients may be present throughout the line.
  • The range is completely and fully designed to complement each product, so each step will be treating your skin’s concerns, without overdoing it.
  • Often you can purchase skin care in sets, so being able to buy the whole range of products you need in a complete set, not only makes it easier for you, but will usually save you at least 10%.

 

The advantages of a fully personalised skin care ritual (using different brands):

  • Most brands have a singular focus. While many skin care brands do at least have a small variation or selection outside of that focus, our skin isn’t quite so simple. By singular focus, I’m talking about problem areas/skin concerns. Anti-ageing, acne, sensitivity, dryness or oiliness. More often than not, you’re looking at choosing from the first three options as the main concern. This is GREAT, if you only have one issue. However, you can be looking to treat a number of issues, so one brand solely focused on anti-ageing may not be dealing too well with your acne (it sucks, but it’s not just for teenagers), or sensitive skin. This is where being able to select products that best suit your skin across different brands is a huge bonus. I’m always looking for a cleanser that will remove make-up, but also keep my skin clear (Blissoma’s Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser is a god-send, by the way), but that isn’t my sole focus across the rest of my skin care, so this allows flexibility.
  • It can also be money-saving. Yes, I mentioned this as a ‘pro’ for a one-brand ritual, but the same is true if you’re selecting products from different brands. Whilst you might splurge on an expensive eye cream because that is your main concern, the rest of your skin may not actually require such potent, or luxury skin care.
  • You can mix it up, depending on the season, or your changing skin. Our skin is not a simple, black-and-white issue, and will never be constant. The weather, stress, and environmental, diet or hormone changes can all be responsible for changes in the skin. If you find a particular night cream is no longer working quite so well for you, or you need a lighter routine come summer, you can change it out for a more suited product.

Personally, whilst I understand the pro’s of a one-brand ritual, I don’t believe it is at all necessary for healthy skin, and actually think it is a bit of a myth. Several formulators will tell you as much. If it works for you, that is brilliant! But if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to trial different products and brands until you find what works for you and your skin. My own personal collection consists of several different brands, usually the creme-de-la-creme (for my skin) from that particular range, so I have the most effective, personalised skincare ritual possible.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic, what you use and have found most effective for your skin - one brand, or an eclectic collection?  Share below!

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Eve Organics green beauty blogPassionate about health and beauty, I began the Liberty-Green blog to prove that green CAN be glam. My aim is to educate women on the safer, healthier alternatives to the mainstream – that work. You needn’t sacrifice your health for beauty, and you don’t have to sacrifice performance for health. 

Organic beauty has come a long way in the last few years, and I know fromMegsy Jane green beauty blog personal experience how overwhelming making “the switch” can be. Along with product reviews and brand spotlights, I share useful tools and handy resources that help make the switch to organic that much easier. Your skin will thank you.

I also have a handcrafted Flower Crown & Accessories label by the same name, so when I’m not writing on organic beauty and skincare, you’ll most likely find me in the studio up to my elbows in flowery goodness.

 

January 17, 2017

How to build an inspiration board

Inspiration boards are more than just pretty 'fluff’ – they can be excellent tools for improving organisation, collecting ideas and of course, providing inspiration. How we feel – whether it’s positive or negative, excited or bored, inspired or completely unmotivated – depends on a number of factors; but our physical environment is one of them.

When you think about it (and I know we all try not to think about it too much!); we spend almost 50% of our waking hours at work every week – so the experience we have day-in, day-out in the workplace has a huge potential to affect our emotional experience. Are you spending your days in a drab, grey office cubicle which has nothing of ‘you’ in it? How does it feel walking into work every day? My guess is, not all that great. So improve it! And YES, the things you look at while you’re working can have a huge effect on how you feel – different words and images trigger different synaptic responses in our brains; so the things we see around us are incredibly impactful.

 Eve working - Eve Organics - inspiration boardMe working on my own inspiration board!

So, how can you get started and make your work space brighter, more beautiful & most importantly, more ‘you’? Here are my tips on building your very own inspiration board.

 

Create a Pinterest account

If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet, I highly recommend starting right now! (You should also follow Eve Organics once you’re on there!) Pinterest is essentially a virtual version of a pin board – you can have several boards under different categories (e.g ‘beauty ideas’, ‘recipes’, ‘travel info’, ‘craft how-to’s’, etc.) You can make your Pinterest profile totally private if you like, so nobody can see your virtual pin boards or the things you pin on them. And every day, Pinterest will offer you a huge list of pins, based on your interests and the boards you follow. It’s a treasure trove of inspiring and beautiful images, as well as quotes, lists, printable planners, and everything else you can possibly think of.

Once you’ve pinned a few pins, you’ll start to see how a virtual board can help you to create your real one. Pinterest is just such a great search tool – you’ll find images you love, pretty prints, beautiful quotes & typography… and you can print out your favourites to pin on your real inspiration board. It’s a brilliant way to get started.

 

When you see something beautiful, pick it up

My inspiration board contains a whole host of postcards, pretty business cards, flyers and other paper goods that I saw, loved, and collected. Keep your eyes peeled for pretty things that inspire you – whether they be free cards floating around at cafes, beautiful floral business cards, or even cards in a newsagency – if you love it, buy it!

 

Include your favourite photos (the ones that make you feel good!)

This is the third thing I have pinned on my inspiration board. These can include photos with loved ones, family & friends – or just travel photos you’ve taken that remind you of a happy time and place. If it makes you smile, pin it on there!

 

Once you have some artwork/printed things, some cards, quotes, and happy snaps on your board – it will start to look beautiful, and take on its own personality. And before you know it, it will start to change your mood for the better – especially if you remember to include a good dose of uplifting, motivational or calming quotes on there (whatever you feel you need during the work day!). To give you an example and help to get you started, here are a few snaps from mine:

 How to build an inspiration board - Eve Organics

 

Do you have an inspiration board? What kind of things do you pin on it? I'd love to hear!
Until next time..

Eve from Eve Organics