All posts tagged: antioxidant

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Pro pick: Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint

Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint is a natural stain for long-lasting cherry red colour. With rosehip oil and organic beetroot pigments, it doesn’t get much better than this for an all-year-round perfect flush of colour! CHEEK + LIP TINT “JOY” PROS The beautiful tint is made with rosehip oil and organic beetroot pigments It naturally sinks in to the skin and stains with a flush of colour as opposed sitting on top of skin like other products The colour stays vibrant for longer due to the strong pigments The tint looks like a natural flush of your own skin as opposed to “makeup” It’s the perfect multi-tasker for both cheeks and lips The package has an easy roll on applicator, so you don’t need to use a brush to apply! APPLICATION TIPS Apply to cheeks, straight from bottle to skin in small circular movements Use fingers to lightly pat over colour applied – this helps product to blend more evenly Apply to dried lips straight from bottle to lips Reapply to lips …

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Get glowing skin with fruity goodness

Fruits are hugely beneficial to our bodies. They are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants and have many health benefits. Don’t just think that it’s the exotic fruits like guavas and gojis that are the fruit powerhouses. Everyday fruit such as grapefruit, apples, blueberries, avocados, kiwis and tangerines have proven powers, such as limiting fat production, boosting metabolism, reducing cholesterol and even fighting cancer. Below are some of our favourite fruits and some tips of things you can do with them for great skin benefits, other than eat them, obviously! Banana: This is one fruit that’s abundantly available all through the year. We know it’s a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium and helps reduce menstrual cramps. The effect of banana on skin too is not something that can be ignored. Bananas are rich in vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent. A fresh mashed banana facial can do wonders for your skin. Lemon: Lemon juice is an important ingredient in most recipes. It’s a fruit for all seasons and should always …

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Versatile Vanilla – yet another Mexican miracle plant!

The Totonac people, who inhabit the East Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz, were the first to actually cultivate vanilla. According to Totonac mythology, this beautiful native Mexican tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded and where their blood touched the ground, the vine of the tropical orchid grew. In the 15th century named the fruit tlilxochitl, or “black flower”, after the matured fruit that shrivels and turns black shortly after it’s picked. Vanilla got its modern name from Spanish explorers who arrived at the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the early 16th century. They called it vainilla, or “little pod” and until the mid-19th century, when French entrepreneurs shipped it to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius in hopes of producing vanilla, Mexico was the chief producer of vanilla. Now Vanilla is cultivated in most tropical corners of the world. Versatile Vanilla It has the most enticing, beautiful, intoxicating aroma. …

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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 …

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New year detox – get juicing!

Even the healthiest of us overdo it over the holiday season, and that’s totally fine. It’s the season to eat drink and be merry after all and there’s nothing wrong with letting your hair down and enjoying yourself! After New Year celebrations are over, start the year afresh and cleanse all the naughtiness out of your body, while giving yourself a bit of a vitamin and mineral boost. Homemade juices are the best and tastiest way to get in your daily vitamins, so if Santa didn’t get you a juicer for Christmas, then maybe use your Christmas money to go to the sales and get yourself one. A good quality, easy-clean (there are many that are NOT easy!) juicer is one of the best investments you’ll make when it comes to feeding yourself with healthy goodness. Our all time favourite New Year pick-me-up juice is the fabulous Beetroot, Apple, Carrot and Ginger juice. As you know beetroot is one of our key ingredients and we LOVE it. Pickled, raw, roasted, blended with lemon and horseradish …

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Love tomatoes: nature’s anti-ageing weapons

Tomatoes are grown and eaten throughout the world and are believed to be great for the heart . They contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been linked to the prevention of prostate cancer and may help with decreased risk of breast cancer, head and neck cancers. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and so for this reason the tomato is a great weapon against ageing. But also don’t forget to use sun protection (for UVA and UVB) and anti-ageing oils for your lips. As well as eating tomatoes for their benefits, if you’ve got some that are a bit squishy and not at their best for salads or cooking, then whizz them up in the blender with some lemon juice, a pinch of salt, pepper and a sprig of parsley for a lovely refreshing juice. Alternatively, twice a week at bedtime, cut a tomato in half and rub it over your face …

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Mythical Corn – not just good on the cob!

Corn is a huge part of Mexican life. It’s an absolute staple food and has even had a mythical status in Mexico. Being an ancient and nutritious crop full of vital vitamins and minerals (including pantothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B6), the Mexican ruler, Moctezuma, made it a symbol of life and fertility and offered it to the Gods as sacrifice. We don’t sacrifice it as such, but we do offer it up to the makeup gods and use it in our GMO-free Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder! As well as corn starch and corn powder, we also use corn resin (which as PLA is what makes the body of our fabulous new Eco Sharpener!). Corn Resin is made by isolating the starch stored in the corn kernels and converting it into sugars.  During a process of fermentation and separation the sugars become lactic acid, which is used to create the plastic called polylactide. Corn Resin requires about 20% to 30% less energy to produce and contributes only half the carbon dioxide than plastics …