Clean Aussie Beauty Brands I’m Using

With K-Beauty established on beauty shelves there’s new player in town. A-Beauty or Aussie beauty. In the past 2 years Australian beauty products have been quietly creeping onto beauty countertops. A-Beauty has a reputation of using high quality natural ingredients, many sourced from and/or indigenous to Australia with a focus on clean natural beauty. Long time readers will know I’m all about natural ingredients and cruelty free brands. Vegan all the better. While A-Beauty doesn’t have the same ring as K-Beauty I’m beginning to appreciate them both without a clear winner. There are some amazing natural ingredients cruelty free K-Beauty brands out there, although A-Beauty might have the edge. Today I’m sharing the A-Beauty brands I’ve tried so far with a few competing if not winning for my love of K-Beauty.

Kora Organics

I have my Aussie friend to thank for introducing me to Kora Organics. Created by supermodel Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics is a natural organic ingredient, no nasty ingredients, cruelty free range with many products using noni fruit. It’s expensive but value for money with products lasting a long time. You only need to use a little! The only downside is most of the tubes and bottles are plastic. Kora Organics ship worldwide with some exceptions, one being Spain. Nooo! Thankfully Douglas last year started selling some of the Kora Oragnics range. Most of the products I’ve used I’ve fallen in love with and have helped improve my skin no end. Ever since I’ve been using the Noni Radiant Eye Oil I haven’t been recommended once any eye creams! It’s small, expensive but lasts about 4 months used about 3 times a day. I even apply it around my mouth to help with the lines around there. Most products I’ve tried are now staples such as the Noni Glow Face Oil (expensive but lasts nearly 5-6 months), Balancing Rose Mist, Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum (again expensive but lasts Continue reading “Clean Aussie Beauty Brands I’m Using”

Bad Beauty Habits I’m Guilty Of

While I’m if I must say so great at remembering each day to apply SPF, deodorant, eat my greens, fruit, berries, take my vitamins and avoid processed sugar (biscuits happen every now and then), not to go against my principles of products being cruelty free or containing nasty ingredients there are some beauty habits I’m guilty of. I thought it’ll be fun to share these bad habits. So without further ado…

Sleeping With My Makeup On 

I do this more times than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too tired to remove my makeup! I’ll just close my eyes for 10 minutes then wash my face. 5 hours later I wash my face. Skin can’t breath if it’s under layers of makeup and cells have a harder time renewing themselves. Not to mention the build up of blackheads and sebum! I think every now and then won’t do much harm, but two or more times a week skin starts to suffer. When I do finally wake up I usually exfoliate, do a clay mask, a combo of both or a charcoal cleanser or maybe even all 3! I also workout in makeup. Not a full face, I’m no way a full face of makeup girl. BB cream, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. To some this might be a bad habit, but to me it’s no different than wearing makeup everyday. Pores will get blocked just as quick. As long as I’m awake to wash it off, it’s all good. 

Leaving Masks On For Longer Than Recommended Time

I read somewhere that clay masks should only be left on for ideally 3 minutes. That’s their ultimate power time. Any longer then start to loose their clay powers. Most clay masks recommended wash off time is 10-15 minutes, 20 minutes max otherwise they can actually start to dry out skin causing more problems than before by upsetting skin’s pH levels. But I can leave them on for Continue reading “Bad Beauty Habits I’m Guilty Of”

Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you’re having a great weekend! If I’m honest my mood this weekend is matching the weather outside. Blah. Life throws curve balls sometimes too many at once. But this is Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile this week or caught my eye!

Scrunchies

Okay, I feel a bit old to be wearing scrunchies as I remember them back in the 90’s. I got some back in 2018 when they first started making their comeback and left them on my dressing table brightening it up. After watching a YouTube video where a hair dermatologist recommended they were the best hairband to avoid hair breakage I was okay, let’s start wearing them again. First at home then I braved wearing them at the gym. The hair dermatologist was right! Less breakage! Now my hair is longer I’d had enough of hair ties tangling up in the ends Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Beauty Finds: Hair Care Bars Part 1

I’ve been reducing or trying to reduce my plastic waste for the past few years. Somethings are easier than others to replace with non plastic. Hair products aren’t going to to be anytime soon unless part 2 of The Hair Care Bars do a miracle on this girl’s fine wavy stubborn hair.

A friend recommended Lush hair bars. She’s also on a plastic freer journey. I should have taken my own advise from my last trip to Lush. Lush is a I like concept brand, the products just don’t do it for me. My hair however wasn’t fairing well from Freshly Cosmetics duo, it was that time of the month making me feeling a little down with I need a boost (with shopping. I always say shopping is modern day hunting. The thrill of the chase hunting down items adrenalin low key pumping) so I was okay lets try Lush hair bars to see if they’ll revitalise my hair. Something I’m working this year is to listen to my intuition more. So many times I’ve gone against that voice, not listened and I should have. That and not buying unwanted things, saving pennies. 

Anyways, my hair time is fine, oily easily damaged. You’d think not colouring it, no heat treatment, eating as healthy as I can, all the hair foods and taking brewers yeast tablets my hair would be in okay condition. Nope. I blame pollution! And the wrong products. Continue reading “Beauty Finds: Hair Care Bars Part 1”

YouTube Favs

Happy New Year! 

Wishing you an amazing, happy 2020!

Last year towards the end I reined in on my YouTube addiction. It was getting bit out of control in the evenings. I actually ended up falling asleep anyway which helped cancel it out. Plus I was conscious of how it affected the cats. She’s on that again.

I lessened up Instagram as well. That I can take or leave. If I’m honest it doesn’t make me feel good. Especially the influencers with constant buy this, buy that! I follow a few but I follow more nature and animal grammers. I actually unfollowed a lot of influencers last year. It got too much, constant promotion adding to plastic already out of control. I mean did you see any unboxing videos? The amount of promotional crap and packaging?! I know when it comes to blogging social media is the guide to traffic to your blog so I’m doing things a bit backward. That’s okay! 

Anyways, my 2019 YouTubers! 

Brad Mondo

Hairdresser reacts videos to DIY hair fails. If I’m feeling down, Continue reading “YouTube Favs”