September Skin Essentials

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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

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Swisse Micellar Make Up Remover

A fragrance free make up remover with a hint of cucumber. This product is Soap and irritant free, contains no harsh chemicals and is not tested on animals. I love that it is affordable as some micellar waters can be quite pricey. You can pick Swisse products up from the supermarket. AUD $6.99 | Swisse.com

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Verite Kiwifruit Seed & Baobab Probiotic Eye Serum

Looking after the skin around my eyes and keeping it hydrated is something I see as being important, especially when flying. This eye and lip serum from Verite is super hydrating and makes such a difference! Verite products are special as they are hand blended in New Zealand in small batches in order to maintain their potency and effectiveness. NZD $56.00 | Veritespa.co.nz

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Keune Curl Enhancer

If you have naturally wave or curly hair this product is for you. During summer months it is nice to let hair air dry to give it a break from heat stylers – I put this product through my ends and it enhances my hairs natural wave without weighing it down. Keune products are not tested on animals, bonus! AUD $27.99 | Keune.com

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Ethique Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

Ethique is SUCH a cool brand, I love everything that they stand for and what they are trying (and doing a really good job of) to achieve. Ethique products were introduced to me when they were featured in goodie bags of Women’s Wellness events I took part in, from there I was hooked. Their conditioner bar contains Cupuacu Butter, Coconut Oil, Vitamin B5, Wheat Protein and zesty Mandarin oil and is also a heat protectant, containing an ingredient that binds to your hair when used in the shower and won't wash off until you wash with shampoo next. Pretty cool! All of their bars smell beautiful, are super concentrated (so you only need to use a tiny bit and they last forever)! And you don’t use any plastic. If you have not heard about this brand visit their website to read more. NZD $15.00 - $28.00 for hair products | Ethique.co.nz

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Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum

I credit this product (along with photo rejuvenation treatments) to clearing up my skin, getting rid of pigmentation and redness. It has been 4 months since I started using Ultraceuticals products and I will continue using them. The brand is a salon-grade skin care line that’s only available in select salons/spas, cruelty free which is not common amongst Cosmeceutical brands and Australian made and owned. Even Skintone Serum contains AHAs - they work best for refining skin texture and skin tone while BHAs work best for exfoliating pores. Ultraceuticals is not cheap, however you only need to use a tiny amount (I use 3 drops of this serum every second day) so the product does last a long time and results are visible in such a short time. AUD $99 | ultraceuticals.com.au

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Skinfood Coco & Nut Oil

When flying it is always a good idea to keep skin hydrated. I love Skinfood’s Coco & Nut Oil as it contains organic cold pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E – all ingredients that are nourishing. The bottle is 30ml’s so under the required size of liquids to be able to carry in hand luggage. You only need a few drops of the product so it lasts a long time. NZ made, not tested on animals and available from the supermarket. NZD $23.99 | www.skinfood.co.nz