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Our favourite Auckland Spas

From facials and waxing to pregnancy massages, we’ve selected seven of our top spas in Auckland for the ultimate pampering session as we are often asked where our favourite places are to get beauty treatments To read our full list of Auckland Spa’s, visit Expedia. L x

Slip Slop Slap – Protect your skin!

We all know it, there are advertisements everywhere telling us to do so, our parents told us, teachers, doctors… yet SO many of us fail to protect our skin from the sun. 2,162 Australian’s lost their lives from skin cancer in 2015. That is on average 6 people per day! Heartbreaking! I was one of those (idiots) people who thought it was a better idea to sunbathe sans sunscreen in order to achieve a darker tan. I never thought twice as to how bad it was when I got sunburnt. “Oh at least my tan will be darker” I would say to myself. Looking back I deeply regret not listing to my Mum telling me to wear sunscreen each time I decided to bask in the sun. It came as no surprise when I had my skin checked under UV lights that the damage I had inflicted on my skin…

Aussie Beauty – The Best Of Down Under

Not long ago natural and organic beauty products used to be very hard to find and when you could find them they were darn expensive. With consumers paying more attention to what they are putting onto their skin that has changed and now there is a natural alternative to every single beauty product on the market and a lot of them are at a bargain price. It could be as simple as changing a few key ingredients to make the product less toxic, or having testing performed on humans, not animals (as it should be!), or adding in botanical ingredients. Australia is known for some of the best brands that are loved all over the world when it comes to natural beauty, from multi million dollar brands to boutique, they have it all. I have lived in Australian for nearly 4 years and love to support home grown companies big…

Shop My Stash

Do you sometimes get overwhelmed with the amount of beauty prodcuts on the market? Trying to figure out what is best for you, what fits into your budget and what actually works?  As always with beauty posts I only write about products I have actually tried so you can be sure that my feedback is genuine. It’s been another busy few weeks trying out beauty products to share with you and of course I couldn’t write a post without including some of my favourites.  None of these brands test on animals so if you are looking to fill your bathroom cupboard with cruelty free products, read on. Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence Lightweight, silky, smooth and luxurious sums up this quenching essence. A product to be used before serums, moisturiser or sunscreen is applied. It will leave your skin hydrated and feeling as smooth as anything – the perfect product…

September Skin Essentials

It’s been a busy few month for Lib and I – lots of travelling for our Takes A Village events, working on our new brand (hopefully we will be able to tell you all about it soon) and recipe testing in Sydney for the past few weeks.  One thing we have been doing is trailing a lot of beauty brands so that we can share with you.  As always I review brands that are cruelty free and use ingredients that are as natural as possible. If there is the option of choosing products that are gentler not only on our skin, but the environment also, why wouldn’t you go down that route? Here are my September essentials – if you use any of these products/brands I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Jx Swisse Micellar Make Up Remover A fragrance free make up remover with a hint of…

Beauty | The perfect foundation + everything for your base.

The one beauty question I am asked most across our social channels is “what foundation do you use?” After trying many brands I have finally found what I deem to be the perfect foundations. They both feel beautiful and light on my skin but provide full coverage! Monday to Friday I am generally sans make up, since having photo rejuvenation (for uneven skin tone) I feel a lot more confident out in public without make up on and will stick to serums and sunscreen. On the weekend when I go out with friends or if I have breakouts I will wear make up and the products below are my absolute favourites! One tip I have learnt after having my make up professionally applied many a time is to prime skin before putting foundation on. Why? It will hydrate your skin and help smooth it out. There are 2 primers that…

Skin Confidence

Lets talk about skin! Our skin is our largest organ and is composed of 2 main layers – the epidermis (outer) and dermis (inner). It prevents germs from entering the body and damaging our internal organs and plays a role in maintaining the immune system. It manufactures Vitamin D, can show early warning signs of disease, removes toxins and waste from the body plus a whole list of other amazing things. So while our skin can do a lot for us we also need to give it a bit of love. Not just sometimes, everyday. When I was younger I never wore sunscreen on my face, unless of course my Mum applied it on me herself (thanks Mum!). Wearing sunscreen was not something I thought was important, even though it was something I would always hear needed to be done. In Summer my freckles would appear and when Winter came…

Beauty | May Essentials

Another beauty essentials post for May to show you some of the brands that I am loving at the moment. Most of these are products I have been using for a long time and are staples in my household. It is really nice to see that over half of the products shown are made in either New Zealand or Australia. It is important to me to support local businesses so where possible, choose products made in the country you live in or close by. Savar Conditioner Savar Shampoo was featured in the April Essentials and I thought the conditioner deserved its time to shine, as it is equally as fabulous. Enriched with cucumber, honey, avocado and ginger, it sounds like a delicious meal of sorts rather than a hair product. I have thick knotty hair and after a few pumps of this product my hair is silky smooth. The conditioner…

BEAUTY | April Essentials

It has been a while since I sat down and wrote a beauty post. Why so slack you ask? For the past 6 months I have been trialling and testing many skin care, personal care and cosmetic products. Cleansers, toners, sunscreens, moisturisers, serums, exfoliators, deodorants, nail polish, foundation, mascara, bronzer, blusher… you get the point. Before I go on I want to note that the products shown in beauty posts are products I have purchased myself, products always in my bathroom cupboard and products that have been sent to me. None of my beauty posts are sponsored; therefore you know my opinion is genuine. Some of the products I have used don’t make the cut, in fact some of them I didn’t even bother to try as they do not fit in with our ethics. As I approach 30 (2 months to go!) I am becoming a lot more interested…

December Beauty Essentials

Beauty is my thing – I have always said I would rather spend my money on a blow wave or facial than a pair of shoes.  For me it’s the simple things and having my beauty routine in check makes me feel alive.  I would rather invest my money into beauty products, rather than make up (as I am terribly at applying it and believe less is more!). Of course the most important beauty tip is to nourish your body from the inside out with the foods that you eat! BUT for those times when you have been neglecting your diet, a little bit of tan here, blush there and spritz of perfume here can make you feel a million dollars in a matter of minutes. I am lucky enough to be sent products to trial – a lot of them I will give away as they do not take…

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