All posts tagged: natural

secret garden

Enjoy our collaboration with makeup artist Liv Lundelius. Liv only uses natural makeup, and the results are stunning! “Working on Editorials is always so much fun, especially if you have a great team! This shoot was for Issue 29 of White Magazine. As usual, I only used natural/ organic/ cruelty-free makeup on set. While I always use a huge variety of different products & brands in my kit, the key beauty products I used here were by Ere Perez.

look fresh & sultry

Life is busy these days and we know what it’s like to be running to a schedule, coming and going, making a quick dress change before you are due at the next place. When you are time-poor but still want to look like your best, we have created two easy looks for any occasion. You don’t need to apply a full face of makeup, just a few quick steps can make a big difference. For makeup on the go, here’s how to build up your look in just 10 minutes. We are all about eyes in autumn and you can highlight yours in a few easy steps:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Why recycling is a last resort

May 17th is the International Day for Recycling. It’s an important day to be environmentally aware and recall the strategy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It’s amazing that some people still can’t be bothered to recycle or don’t believe it’s worth doing. It’s also ridiculous that we produce so much that can’t be recycled, or that plastic bags are still even made at all! Forget 5p/5c a bag, why can’t we just stop making them? Recycling, as in the vast amounts of plastic, paper and other material that gets shipped to recycling plants has come under intense scrutiny over the last few years, due to the amount of energy it takes to recycle.  Yes, there are downsides, but surely it’s better to recycle than to simply shove it all in landfill or dump it out in the ocean somewhere? Reduce, reuse and recycle Ultimately we should be looking for ways to create less recycling in the first place – by reducing the amount of plastic and other solid materials we buy and consume; and by …

Inspirational woman: Sarah Wilson

The lovely Sarah Wilson is one of Australia’s best-known media commentators in the health, health living and beauty fields; as well as being a journalist, author and magazine editor. In her twenties, Sarah was a restaurant reviewer and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She was also the host of the hugely successful first series of MasterChef Australia and face of Lifestyle You. Following her diagnosis with autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, Sarah began to look at different ways to manage her illness. These ways included following a toxin free, sugar free diet as well as reviewing her attitude to health and exercise. Sarah’s books, IQuitSugar and I Quit Sugar For Life have been a huge success and spawned a successful business,  including a series of cookbooks, which she manages with her Sarah Wilson blog and media work, while cycling and hiking in her spare time. You have a pretty crazy schedule with IQuitSugar.com and your media work; how do you keep up your energy levels, especially when you’re travelling? Meditating once or twice a day and doing exercise every morning, even …

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 …

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. …

Ten easy steps to better health in 2015

You don’t have to be a total health nut, suddenly go vegan or vow to run 10 kms a day. You just have to make some minor adjustments and be good to yourself. Being healthy is actually EASY… Getting healthy and changing to a healthier regime can be quite daunting. That’s why our New Year’s Resolutions so often fail. We simply ask too much of ourselves and end up giving up and going back to our old ways. The trick is to try not to overcomplicate your new year’s health regime. Don’t set unachievable goals. Just aim to make some easy adjustments. Here are some of the easiest ways to get healthy for 2015. Water – there’s no real minimum or maximum you have to drink every day. Everyone is different. But as long as your pee is clear and light in colour, you’re drinking enough!! Juice – we don’t mean cartons of concentrated juice that’s full of sugar, we’re talking good old-fashioned home-juiced raw veggies! A juice every morning will set you up for …

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 …

What is Organic?

It’s complicated, that’s what it is! And no, that’s not just an excuse for not being able to call all our products or ingredients organic. Fact is that the standard is defined differently in different jurisdictions and countries, so what is certified organic in the USA for example, may not be organic in Australia. So, like us, if you get your ingredients and formulate your products in a different country, then they may not be called organic in Australia… In general, organic products are those (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market products as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic products are those produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Trouble is, each of those countries has a different set of standards to the …

Choose Cruelty Free: Say “No” to animal testing

We would like all Australians to get behind the campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics and to ban the sale of products whose ingredients have been tested on animals. Animal testing for cosmetics has now been banned in the EU for almost two years. Now it’s time for Australia to get on board too. You may not know it but animal testing for cosmetics is still legal in Australia. Although assumed to occur infrequently, there are no official statistics to show how often testing is conducted or how many animals are subjected to suffering. Additionally, many of the cosmetics on sale in Australia’s shops will have been tested on animals in another country and while the actual end product may not have been tested on animals, individual ingredients may have been. There are a great many ways of getting around it and many of the world’s largest cosmetics brands have been tested on animals at some point in the manufacture process. The End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014 seeks to ban both cosmetics animal testing …