Month: February 2015

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Magical Marsala: a full bodied earthy red – perfect for makeup

In case you missed it, this year’s Pantone® colour of the year is Marsala, which we absolutely love for its beautifully rich and natural tone. Marsala is actually the name of a fortified wine and as such, Pantone says “this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness”. Mmmmm sounds delicious! Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle, Marsala is a great go-to colour for beauty. The trick is to use different tones of the colour to give a beautiful, yet subtle palette. For the cheeks: Use our Clever Carrot Balm in either Holy or Happy for a beautiful natural glow. For the eyes: Creative Chamomile Eye Colour in I Love Vintage or That’s Hot, teamed with lashings of Almond Oil Mascara and Dark Brown Organic Jojoba Oil Eyeliner) for stunning eyes with dark outlines and a dusky, more subtle shade on the eyelids. For the lips: Apply our full-bodied Rich Olive Oil Lipstick in Cocktail to the lips for amazing colour …

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Five easy activities to keep you fit, healthy and in shape

Not a fan of the gym? You’re not alone, but suffering from “Gymphobia” doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit and in great shape! Harvard Medical School’s special health report says the following five easy (and economical) activities can help you get and stay in shape and lower your risk for disease. They’re suitable for any age or fitness ability, you can do them anywhere and they don’t cost a fortune in monthly gym membership or personal trainers. Swimming. This is known as “the perfect workout” and if you live near the sea, pool or sports centre, then it’s an easy one to do. Why is it so good: According to Dr. I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them more fluidly. Research finds that swimming can improve your mental state and put you in a better mood. Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art incorporates movement and relaxation and is good for both body and mind …

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All hail the sunflower, king of the good oils

Sunflowers are grown all over the world and are a hugely important and valuable agricultural commodity. They are incredibly beautiful and there’s nothing like driving through the country when it’s sunflower season, with fields as far as the eye can see of these gorgeous yellow flowers that give the impression they’re turning their heads to the sun – hence their name in French (tournesols) and Spanish (girasoles). Although it was commonly accepted that the sunflower was first domesticated in what is now the southeastern USA (the Sunflower is the official flower of Kansas), roughly 5000 years ago, there is archaeological evidence that it was actually first domesticated in Mexico around 2600 BC. In fact many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of the sun and sun gods, including the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico and the Incas in South America. It’s still used for its many health benefits and even used as a poultice to treat rattlesnake bite – just in case you ever find yourself bitten by one when you’re …

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Rejuvenate your skin with avocados

I LOVE avocados! They’re one of nature’s most powerful fruits. And because I love them, I’ll never waste one!  So when you have an avocado that’s gone a bit too soft to eat in your salad, either make it into guacamole or alternatively use it as a face mask! Rejuvenating skin masks are one of the oldest forms of beauty treatments. In ancient times, across many lands and cultures, women have applied many simple and exotic substances on their faces in order to keep the skin smooth, silky, beautiful and protected from the elements. The delicate skin of the face is particularly affected by the elements – both in winter and summer and a good face mask can work wonders to replenish vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. So if you’ve got some mushy avocados left then here’s what to do with them! Avocado Mask There’s more to avocado than guacamole! Avocados are Mother Nature’s skin moisturizer. With their healthy fats and phytonutrients, they offer remarkable benefits to human skin – both when eaten and when …