Month: April 2019

celebrating in style

Founders Juan and Ere Perez celebrated 20 years of marriage in Merida, Mexico earlier this month. Merida is one of Mexico’s cultural capitals and is close to Chichen-Itzá famous Mayan ruins and the natural cenotes (underground waterholes) found throughout the stunning Yucatan Peninsula. The colourful commitment ceremony was hosted at the stunning Hacienda Teya, founded in 1683, this cattle ranch turned to cultivating henequen (yellowish fibre from the agave plant) at the beginning of the 20th century. The abandoned hacienda was purchased in 1974 and restored to the classic beauty we see today, known for its traditional Yucatán restaurant, vast green gardens and seventeenth century ballrooms that host weddings like that of Juan and Ere.

fun & joy: colour therapy

What we eat, drink, how we exercise, who we spend time with, the work we do, families we were born into and the ones we create, where we live – contributes to how we feel every day. Even weather can lift or sink our mood! We all know the feeling of a grey day, when its gloomy outside and harder to get out of bed. Or sometimes relationships can make us feel glum. We have a fight with a friend, a partner, or suffer loss in our lives. Or simply – we are too busy or stressed to smile. While there are many ways to help us feel better, COLOUR is a tool that’s always available.

youth in business, meet Ned

Young entrepreneur Ned Heaton is only 11 years old and is already half way through a year-long youth entrepreneur business program. With the company he created, “The Turtle Tribe”, he has just been announced as a 2019 finalist in the International BE THE CHANGE Awards. Why did you go into business in the first place? My parents advised me that being able to run my own business would give me more opportunities to have a positive impact in the world and be in control of my own destiny.

play with pencils!

As adults, our opportunity for creativity and play can feel limited. We work hard, we pick up kids from school, we study, commute, sit at computer screens, shop for food, do laundry… the list is endless. Finding small moments in our daily lives that are playful + fun make a big difference! Any kind of expression – painting, drawing, watercolours, dancing, the clothes we wear, gardening, baking or crochet – can help us find a little joy. Makeup is the same; makeup is all about self-expression. Colour, texture, brushes… it’s a little like painting our faces, right? Our range of pencils for lips and eyes are fun, quirky, and colourful. Drawing lines, blending with fingers, it might be the only bit of creativity we get today – but we’ll take it! Explore for yourself and look out for all the tiny ways you can add ‘play’ into your life! Look#1 – Sesame lip liner, Brow pencil and Eye pencil FOREST

reuse and recycle

Working for a company that is focused on making more ethical & sustainable products has made me aware about issues of recycling, plastic and waste. It’s something I notice in the office, when I am shopping and also – at home.   Ere Perez has inspired me to try to use less plastic on a daily basis, to take my own bags to the shops & be conscious when choosing which brands to support with my money. All of this led to me doing some research about recycling in Australia… Australia’s waste industry is in crisis. China’s sudden decision to stop importing waste material for recycling has changed the economics of recycling markets in Australia. India and Malaysia have followed China’s lead. This means Australia has lost 1/3 of the export for recycling, and the government is trying to figure out what to do with all that rubbish. The Australian Council of Recycling has warned that some councils and recycling firms have been pushed to send their kerbside recycling to landfill; recycling is “greatly under threat”.  

who we are

Our brand was founded by Ere Perez, you probably know that by now. But did you know that her husband, Juan, is a co-founder? Juan has been a vital member of the team since day 1. Juan was recently interviews by Cosmetics Design and we wanted to share his words with you so you could get to know our CEO. We have always been a business of family and friends, and we love introducing our team to you! For us, our brand is about people and love. Here’s some info from Juan from the original interview… “Our brand was born in 2004. Like most family business it started humbly from the sunroom of our apartment in Tamarama, Sydney.” 

urban detox

Two of the biggest stressors for our skin are the sun, and pollution. We can wear hats and apply SPF for sun protection – protecting against pollution is more complicated. The urban areas we live & work in are usually polluted. Smog from cars, congestion, lack of green spaces all contribute to an environment that is not always skin-friendly. Invisible particles in the air can clog pores, affect skin health and contribute to lines developing. You know when you haven’t binged on junk food or alcohol, you’ve exercised nearly every day and still – you wake up on a Sunday morning with redness or a breakout? Sometimes, pollution is the villain… We can’t do much about the pollution that gets on our skin as we wait for the bus, catch the subway or take a stroll to the neighbourhood park, we can do a lot about getting it off. This is our best defence… remove remove remove!

coconut banana bread

Lee Holmes is a Sydney-based Holistic Food and Nutrition Coach, a certified health and wellness coach and a wholefoods chef. She created “Supercharged food” to help you feel amazing and improve your health through diet and nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips. Check here her recipe for Coconut Banana Bread. Ingredients: Makes 8 slices – 119 calories per slice (498kJs) 3 ripe small bananas 3 medium eggs, lightly whisked 90 g (31/4oz/ 1/4cup) rice malt (brown rice) syrup a few drops alcohol-free vanilla extract 30 g (1 oz/1/4cup) coconut flour ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) ½teaspoon salt fruit, to serve (optional)

natural perfumes & your mood

Tonia Walker is a creator of natural fragrances at IME Natural Perfume. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness and as she says, the magic is in the mist! In this article, Tonia explains why perfume has an impact on our mood, and how to choose wisely. “How does your perfume affect your mood? Have you ever walked into a spa and instantly relaxed from the scent of their carefully chosen candle flickering in the corner? This is because the sense of smell is the only sense that has a direct link to the brain, it does not run through any other pathways, therefore, the effect of your sense of smell is instant. And because our memories & emotions are stored in this same part of the brain, the limbic system, you are likely to always attach a memory or emotion to what you smell, which ultimately has the ability to alter your mood.