Muir Woods and Muir Woods National Monument

You can’t go to Northern California and not take time out to checkout Redwoods and Sequoias some of Earth’s oldest and tallest trees! On holiday vaccay easier this year to San Francisco, Hawaii and the Big Sur, we wanted to see for ourselves these amazing trees. 

Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks were under snow and when P looked to see how far Hawaii was from California, Hawaii won. Luckily just north of San Francisco is Muir Woods and Muir Woods National Monument, a National Park filled with Coast Redwoods and Giant Sequoias. 

Most of the photos are noisy with ISO as it was my first time shooting in such light. I wasn’t sure of the levels shutter speed or aperture so please excuse the noise and look of some photos.  As usual I’m a bad editor cutting down photos.

If driving there you have to book up in advance the parking ticket. No advance ticket, no entry. About 1-2km from the park are signs reminding you last chance to book up before as there’s no mobile or wifi coverage once in the park. Parking is $8.50, entrance $15 per person. Under 15’s free. A shuttle bus is available from near by towns.

The main show is the monument, a mostly boarded loop trail in the thickest darkest part of the forest. Redwoods are the stars here. I wanted to do the Panoramic Trail (once the ocean view walk before the trees grew blocking the vista) however time was an issue before the park closed. A ranger recommend the Canopy trail, a 4.8km/3mi approx 2 hours hike that connects with Lost Trail and and part of Fern Creek trail looping back to the entrance. He mentioned it’s great for lefties. Being mixed handed I loved the trial until it looped back in favour of righties. The path flowed. We got there around midday on a Sunday with the trial already getting busy. If you want peace and quiet, no human voices go early. It was so obvious we were the tourists in our winter coats while the locals were in t-shirts and tank tops. No way was it warm enough! It was the same temps as back in Barcelona and everybody there was in winter coats.

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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”

Beauty Finds: The Cleansing Trio

Today I’m sharing my current go to cleansing products. All are cruelty free, vegan and natural ingredients!

My love for Korean skincare products might be waning. Gasp! There are some Aussie products that have caught my eye that I might prefer. However when it comes to cleansing, removing makeup, making my face feel clean Korean products win. All products reviewed are cruelty free, contain no nasty ingredients, vegan, mostly palm oil free as I prefer orangutans (1 ingredient is a derivative). While my skin type is combination to oily all products are aimed for all skin types. It took a few frogs over the past 1.5 years to find this trio. And yes I know. All plastic packaging while I’m wanting to reduce my plastic. Skincare and beauty are one of the areas I’m finding this hardest.

When it comes to cleansing my face, I follow the double cleansing routine. Firstly an oil cleanser to remove excess sebum, sunscreen, silicones and oil based makeup makeup followed by a foam cleanser Continue reading “Beauty Finds: The Cleansing Trio”