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My Skin and Hair Routine Exposed

I should probably start by telling you about my skin type. I have freckly, sensitive, prone to breakout skin, which used to be quite oily but since switching to natural products leans toward the dry side. My hair is long (long long long), brunette and is fairly healthy but I still suffer from dryness on the ends.

In the morning in the shower, I simply splash my face with some water. I never cleanse as I find my face gets too dry doing it twice daily. I hop out and apply my Lily Loves Pearl Hyper Hydrate moisturiser and most days, John Masters SPF30 sunscreen. On the rest of my body I rub Moogoo full cream moisturiser. I’m excited because I have recently discovered this and it has been the only moisturiser able to get rid of my keratosis pilaris completely! I use Harmonis Kiss deodorant on days when I am home, but I’m still not confident enough to use it going into town or at work, so I still use a toxic supermarket brand.

For makeup, I keep it simple. I use Bare Escentuals powder (not totally clean, I’m aware), Physicians Formula Mascara and a cheap eyeliner I picked up from a cosmetics store.

I usually wash my hair of a night time and sleep on it slightly damp, so it isn’t as frizzy and unmanageable the next day. I’ve found when I wash it in the morning it frizzes up and becomes knotty and unruly. I have to confess, I am still using a toxic conditioner. I’ve found it really hard to find an affordable toxic-free one that moisturises as well as this one. I also use Thursday Plantation’s shampoo but it seems they have had a recent reformulation and some of the ingredients now look suspect. So I fail. Anyone have some suggestions? I use coconut oil as a leave in conditioner for the ends of my hair, and sometimes as a mask.

Of a night, I use Kora’s foaming cleanser; the skincare brand of the famous Miranda Kerr, and it does a great job removing every last trace of makeup, sunscreen and pollutants on my face at the end of the day. When I have time, I apply a manuka honey mask to my face and relax. This has really helped with the dryness and has reduced my acne by 50%. I massage a few drops of Trilogy’s rosehip oil into my face, concentrating on the areas that are scarred and dry such as my chin, temples and forehead. I then rub my Lily Loves Pearl Hyper Hydrate moisturiser in.

Tada! xx

Review: Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser

I first found Kora Organics a few years ago when I heard Miranda Kerr had created it, and I quickly became engrossed with natural and organic skincare. I loved that the Kora Organics website listed every single ingredient, had positive reviews and videos showing you how to use each product. The foaming cleanser was the first product I ever bought.

Kora Organics’ products are proudly Australian Made and Owned, not tested on animals, and are vegan, which I love. They are also free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and colours, T.E.A, D.E.A.,Glycols, Silicones, PEGS, Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde.

Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser

Description: KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser is a gentle, soap free, foaming cleanser formulated for oily to combination skin. It naturally and gently rids the skin of impurities. The Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Sandalwood protect the skin from free radical damage while leaving the skin feeling fresh, invigorated and clean.

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green Tea)*, Rosa centifolia (Rose)Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Coco-glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Oleate, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*,Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Dicaprylyl Ether, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt) Aqua (Water). **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. 99.35% of the total ingredients are from natural origin, and 51.81% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. Certified by ECOCERT.

My thoughts: I have been using this cleanser for over six months now and still loving it. It lasts a long time (the first bottle lasted me 4 months used once daily, and the second bottle is still going..), and removes every trace of my makeup and zinc sunscreen, leaving my skin feeling soft and silky. It is gentle on the skin and feels like you are treating yourself to a facial every time! I never used to look forward to washing my face before this product. I recommend this.
To purchase this cleanser, head to RY.com.au

What to do when a product sucks (how to reuse half-empty bottles you have sitting around)

Maybe you impulse bought something and it's still sitting there, useless, or you brought something that you just didn't like. Do you feel too guilty to just throw it out? You can reuse products in different ways so you don't have to feel bad about making a bad purchase. Here are a few of my tips for reusing:
1. Is it used? Brand new products can be gifted to family and friends, and half-used products can be given away too.
2. Unwanted moisturiser could be used as a body wash or something to shave your legs with
3. You can shave your legs with body gel, shampoo, conditioner or leftover cleanser
4. Got a face scrub that your face doesn't agree with? Use it as an effective gentle body scrub!
5. Facial moisturisers and oils can be reused as a body moisturiser
6. Shampoo, cleanser and body wash can be used as a hand wash
7. Perfume can be used as a room freshener
8. Toners can be used to hydrate face masks, or freshen bed linen.

Hope these tips help! I personally have so many products lurking around that I don't use, and I know many beauty junkies do too!


Coconut oil; the best undiscovered and underrated hair product?

I haven’t felt the need to use any leave in conditioners or hair masks since I discovered coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing for you internally as well as externally, and when a product is safe enough to eat, you feel confident putting it on your body. Coconut oil is only one of the only substances able to penetrate the hair shaft and moisturise deeply to repair. Whenever the ends of my hair feel dry I use a tiny amount of oil to make my hair feel bearable again. If I have time of a night and I need to wash my hair, I apply Melrose raw virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil to the ends of my hair and pop on a hair cap for at least twenty minutes. Then I rinse it out in the shower, making sure I shampoo down to my ends so when my hair dries it wont look heavy and instead is light, soft and shiny! I also think that it is so cheap for a jar considering how long it lasts for.
Try it out!

*All of my reviews are based on my own personal experiences with the brand/products. I am never paid to give my honest opinions and will only recommend products that I love and use myself!*

My first post!

I am so excited to finally be blogging. I have had a tumblr for years and have always had that *itch* to connect with people and share what I know. Natural and organic skincare has been a passion of mine for a few years now so I am excited to have a blogging platform upon which I can share products I am excited about. Well here I am, feels good.