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Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

5 Rules to Spring Clean Your Makeup

Spring is here and it’s a natural time to de-clutter, de-stress and detox. You’ve got plans to clean out the house, or maybe do a juice cleanse, and now the perfect time to do the same with your makeup bag.

You take care of what goes in your body and what goes on your skin (because what goes on, goes in!), so it only makes sense to take care of the products you’re using too.  Here’s our 5 rules to spring clean your makeup bag the natural way.

1. When in doubt, throw it out!

It may sound crazy, but it’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Yes, makeup does actually have an expiry date, sometimes we don’t see it because there are no regulations forcing brands to put an expiration date on their products in Australia.  Mascara, foundation and concealer all have about a 4-12 month expiration.

TIP: Can’t remember when you opened a product? Try writing the month you bought it in with a magic marker on the product so you can keep track, and if you’re in doubt or the texture of the product has started to change, throw it out!

2. Less is more

Revamp and simplify your makeup routine at the same time. When replacing old products look for multi-purpose products like a Lip to Cheek Tint, Tinted Moisturiser or pot rouge that can double as an eye shadow, not only will you reduce the load of products you’re putting on your skin, you’ll also save money and free up some space in your makeup bag.

TIP: Some Lip Nourish shades double perfectly as the most dewy and natural feeling cheek tint! Try Pink Juniper or and dash of Ruby Grapefruit next time you’re heading out and about.

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 3. Rethink Your Lip Colour

Sometimes it only takes a new lip colour to totally change your look and improve your makeup bag.  Springtime is perfect for trying something with a subtle shimmer or with a peachy, pink or coral tones. And remember that less is more rule?

TIP: Lip Nourish not only doubles as a lip balm, you can layer shades to create a whole new look! Try Cranberry Citrus over Tea Rose or finish Mandarin Spice off with a lick of Peach Melon for the ‘IT’ Spring combo.

4. Keep it clean

Makeup brushes and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria from old makeup, oils on your skin, dirt from your bathroom counter, sweat….just think about everything that goes on them!

TIP: Use a natural soap (I sometimes use my organic shampoo and or make my own brush cleanser with lemon, lavender oil and bergamot oil) to wash them and let them air dry completely on a towel before using them again. Try to wash your brushes, sponges and even your actual makeup bag about once a week, or once every two weeks to keep them clean and bacteria free.

5. Go natural

Spring is the perfect time to make the change and stop feeding your skin with toxins and chemicals like parabens, mineral oil, formaldehyde etc and starting nourishing it with fruit and vegetable pigmented makeup rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Not only is natural makeup better for your skin, it’s better for your health and better for the environment.

TIP: As you run out or throw out one product, simply replace with a natural alternative. Think of it like a skin detox!

Need a little help or advice? email me and I’d be more than happy to help you to spring clean your makeup bag the most natural, inexpensive and stylish way possible.

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At lük beautifood our purpose is to provide you with the recipe for natural beauty. We help you to create a healthy glow to feed your confidence and inner beauty. A luminous clear complexion provides the best foundation for the makeup we make and sell.   

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

5 Rules to Spring Clean Your Makeup

Spring is here and it’s a natural time to de-clutter, de-stress and detox. You’ve got plans to clean out the house, or maybe do a juice cleanse, and now the perfect time to do the same with your makeup bag.

You take care of what goes in your body and what goes on your skin (because what goes on, goes in!), so it only makes sense to take care of the products you’re using too.  Here’s our 5 rules to spring clean your makeup bag the natural way.

1. When in doubt, throw it out!

It may sound crazy, but it’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Yes, makeup does actually have an expiry date, sometimes we don’t see it because there are no regulations forcing brands to put an expiration date on their products in Australia.  Mascara, foundation and concealer all have about a 4-12 month expiration.

TIP: Can’t remember when you opened a product? Try writing the month you bought it in with a magic marker on the product so you can keep track, and if you’re in doubt or the texture of the product has started to change, throw it out!

2. Less is more

Revamp and simplify your makeup routine at the same time. When replacing old products look for multi-purpose products like a Lip to Cheek Tint, Tinted Moisturiser or pot rouge that can double as an eye shadow, not only will you reduce the load of products you’re putting on your skin, you’ll also save money and free up some space in your makeup bag.

TIP: Some Lip Nourish shades double perfectly as the most dewy and natural feeling cheek tint! Try Pink Juniper or and dash of Ruby Grapefruit next time you’re heading out and about.

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 3. Rethink Your Lip Colour

Sometimes it only takes a new lip colour to totally change your look and improve your makeup bag.  Springtime is perfect for trying something with a subtle shimmer or with a peachy, pink or coral tones. And remember that less is more rule?

TIP: Lip Nourish not only doubles as a lip balm, you can layer shades to create a whole new look! Try Cranberry Citrus over Tea Rose or finish Mandarin Spice off with a lick of Peach Melon for the ‘IT’ Spring combo.

4. Keep it clean

Makeup brushes and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria from old makeup, oils on your skin, dirt from your bathroom counter, sweat….just think about everything that goes on them!

TIP: Use a natural soap (I sometimes use my organic shampoo and or make my own brush cleanser with lemon, lavender oil and bergamot oil) to wash them and let them air dry completely on a towel before using them again. Try to wash your brushes, sponges and even your actual makeup bag about once a week, or once every two weeks to keep them clean and bacteria free.

5. Go natural

Spring is the perfect time to make the change and stop feeding your skin with toxins and chemicals like parabens, mineral oil, formaldehyde etc and starting nourishing it with fruit and vegetable pigmented makeup rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Not only is natural makeup better for your skin, it’s better for your health and better for the environment.

TIP: As you run out or throw out one product, simply replace with a natural alternative. Think of it like a skin detox!

Need a little help or advice? email me and I’d be more than happy to help you to spring clean your makeup bag the most natural, inexpensive and stylish way possible.

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At lük beautifood our purpose is to provide you with the recipe for natural beauty. We help you to create a healthy glow to feed your confidence and inner beauty. A luminous clear complexion provides the best foundation for the makeup we make and sell.   

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Top 5 Glowing Skin Essentials for Travelling

It’s that time of the year when many of us are travelling to a warmer climate. We know too well the damage long haul flights can do to our bodies inside and out. Aside from lack of sleep and minimal movement, dry cabin air and altitude will put strain on the skin, regardless if you are flying first or not. Common symptoms include parched skin, puffy eyes, irritation and an overall feeling of dullness. Not the ideal way to start a holiday!

Touch down at your destination feeling fresh and ready for adventure with these glow-enhancing products and skin-salving tips.

WotNot Makeup Remover Wipes

First thing’s first – it is important to remove all makeup as soon as you board the plane to avoid clogged pores and skin breakouts. Makeup wipes are essential for a quick hassle free way to deeply cleanse skin for the flight ahead.

Removing any make-up will also reduce the risk of any other skin irritation that might back fire on your delicate dermal layers. WotNot’s gentle remover wipes will slough away dirt and grime, thanks to a nourishing formula that’s enriched with all-natural ingredients including Australian certified organic aloe vera to lubricate and repair, organic sweet almond and rosehip oil to restore lost moisture and calm itch and inflammation as well as regenerate skin and rebalance moisture.

Quick Tip: Skin may tend to over compensate when it is in a state of dehydration, leading to oily skin, just another reason to ensure you keep hydrating make up wipes close by to wipe away any residue.

Travel Beauty Tip

Trefiel Moisturising Mask

Dry air and humidity has a way of zapping the moisture out of our skin, leaving it drier than the Sahara Desert not to mention lacklustre. Slipping on a thirst-quenching face mask may just be the TLC your complexion has been craving – and it’s the perfect way to relax while in transit.

Our go-to is plant-based Trefiel Moisturing Face Mask, the perfect hydration quick fix your skin is craving. Leave on for 30 minutes, remove, and say hello to unstoppable radiance. This relaxing hydro mask offers intense hydration and minimises fine lines and wrinkles to soothe and leave skin glowing by the time you step off the plane.

Quick Tip: Double up with a couple of layers of Lip Nourish for an added lip mask bonus.

Beauty Travel Kit

The Divine Company Mini Travel Kit

As altitude increases, blood flow to the skin decreases, which makes for a dull appearance. The obvious solution is to layer up with plenty of skincare essentials but TSA standards mean you can’t sadly pack all of your grooming faves.

The Divine Company Mini Travel Kit solves this issue in a flash, thanks to perfect skincare miniatures, catered to provide enough goodness to enrich the skin for up to one week after use. The miniature series includes a hydrating cream cleanser, the Daily renewal lactic gel cleanser, Soothing Rose Toner which prepares the skin for maximum moisture retention, and finally, the Illuminating Day Cream which deeply moisturises the epidermis resulting in a dewy, youthful complexion. They’re perfect to lug around with you while you vacation too!

Quick Tip: If your favourite beauty products are not offered in travel-friendly varieties, then transfer liquids into mini travel containers.

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish

Dry lips are never fun to deal with, especially when you are 13 hours and several time zones away from reaching your make-up bag. But rather than whack on a lip balm filled with toxins that cause lips to flake, or worse – a dehydrating lipstick – Lip Nourish will nourish and hydrate for hours on end.

Harnessing the goodness of active foods, the pigmented and neutral shades are perfect for colour touch up’s and a hit of hydration before, during and after your flight.

Quick Tip: Ensure to reapply Lip Nourish every couple of hours to safeguard your lips.Lipstick Shades

Drink herbal tea and still water (avoid alcohol) 

Remember to keep up with fluid intake and avoid salty airplane food that causes water retention and shows up as facial puffiness and bloating. As much as jet setting calls for celebration, swapping alcohol for herbal tea or still water, will assist with blood circulation and warding away dry, flaky skin. 

Quick Tip: Once you land, try and get a bit of exercise in, even if it’s just a brisk walk to mobilise extra fluid.

Bon voyage and happy travels

Cindy

 

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Top 6 Winter Warmer Beautifood Recipes

Pair your Winter Warmer Recipe with your Lipstick.

The chilly weather can only mean one thing: it’s time to get out that recipe book full of those age old hearty recipes. Indeed, turning up the heat in the kitchen with the ultimate winter warmer meals is sure to keep those mid-year blues at bay. After all, nothing beats being rugged up on the couch with a big bowl, cup or plate of heart-warming goodness. Most importantly, clean, healthy food is a natural immunity boost that your body needs to stay strong and energised warding off irritating coughs and colds.

Even better, we’ve paired a Lip Nourish that features some of the ingredients in each delicious recipe for a much-needed antioxidant boost for your lips and to add winter nourishment and hydration.

CHAI TEA

With its exotic taste and nourishing benefits, chai is a power spice during the chillier months. A traditional chai spice mixture usually contains cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper and black tea. This combination is incredibly nourishing from the inside out encouraging and facilitating balanced energy production within the body. Featuring antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and theobromine, chai spices are perfect at preventing free radical damage. The mixture of ginger and cardamom will undoubtedly keep the sniffles at bay while warming the insides.

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Time to chai this RECIPE

Lipstick Pairing: Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish

 

RAW CACAO & MINT SMOOTHIE BOWL

No need to pack away the blender this winter, smoothies are the easiest and quickest way to sneak an extra serving of greens into your day. Try adding raw cacao to the mix – it has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and is a natural mood elevator. This smoothie from the inspiring Jessica Sepel (who counts Lip Nourish as a ‘Top Favourite’ on her website) is also full of satisfying heart- healthy fats from avocado and almonds. This is what healthy indulgence is all about!

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Lipstick Pairing: Vanilla Chocolate Lip Nourish

 

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE

This healthy pear and berry crumble is the perfect way to end a cool winters day. Strawberries and blueberries work to neutralise free radical damage to tissues in the skin, and the high count of antioxidants help prevent disease and promote good health. Pears also pack a vitamin C punch to cure the common cold and boost the immune system

Experience the goodness with this signature RECIPE

Lipstick Pairing: Tangerine Pomegranate Lip Nourish

 

CRANBERRY CITRUS TEA

For an antioxidant burst, this gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is the perfect winter warmer. Cranberry and citrus are anti-inflammatory powerhouses, and help boost immunity to protect against a wide range of winter ailments. The ingredients also have stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

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Lipstick Pairing: Cranberry Citrus Lip Nourish

 

POACHED MANDARIN PORRIDGE

A warm bowl of porridge is the perfect way to start a chilly morning. Poached mandarins are a zesty way to pimp out your oats! Simply heat your peeled mandarins with water, honey, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise until the honey melts and mandarins are tender. Mandarins are a winter classic and in season throughout the colder months and their high vitamin C properties help with skin health and promote a healthy immune system.

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Lipstick Pairing: Mandarin Spice Lip Nourish

 

ANTIOXIDANT PLUM CAKE

The Antioxidant Plum Cake is the perfect guilt-free dessert. Plums are in season and are a great way to fuel up on vitamin C and are jam-packed with potassium helping high blood pressure. The deep rich Queen Garnet plum found in this warming dish is certain to help fight free radicals caused by the elements as well as minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

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Lipstick Pairing: Cherry Plum Lip Nourish

 

What are some of your go-to Winter Warmer recipes natural beauties? Which Lip Nourish will you be reaching for this season? Tell us in the comments!


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What’s in your beauty bag – Alison Morgan, founder of Relauncher

Bio:

Alison Morgan, founder of Relauncher, is a specialist Private Business Coach. Alison works closely with clients to grow and market their businesses to become thriving entities within their Industry.

Alison is also the creator of the Australian Business Coaching & Networking Events, the Mindfulbiz Podcast and a respected Blogger.

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Product List:

  • Synergy Skin Vitamin B Serum – This is a fabulous serum suited to all skin types. It has high levels of Vitamin B3 and rejuvenates the skin, enhancing skin clarity and luminosity.
  • Dr Bronners Hamd Sanitiser – This is a versatile product which I use as a room spray, hand sanitiser and can also be applied to the face. It’s natural and certified fair trade. The beautiful lavender scent is also stunning. I use this daily and always have one at home and one in my handbag.
  • Luk – A stunning lipstick which is 100% natural. I have a few of these lipsticks in a variety of shades – all of which stay on all day and are extremely moisturising to the lips.
  • World Organics Creme Blush – This is one of my favourite products. This creme blush is ultra-smooth and has peachy-pink undertones. It’s natural and is easily applied to the cheeks. It’s made with pressed oils and nourishing extracts. It’s almost 100% organic (although not quite). LOVE this product!
  • World Organics Eyeshadow – This is a natural eyeshadow which comes in a variety of palette colours. I have quite a few palette options in this brand and love them all. They are easy to apply, lasts all day (or night) and is made with pure minerals & extracts.
  • Ere Perez Mascara – Natural Mascara which is smudge-proof, water resistant and made with organic almond oil. The almond oil strengthens and lengthens the lashes – such a great product to use on a daily basis.

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Beauty Bag

What’s in your beauty bag – Rebecca Wilkinson, Bondi Beauty

Rebecca is a writer for Bondi Beauty, who loves all things beauty, health, travel and wellness with a weakness for great coffee. With a particular passion for organic skincare and beauty products, she is a pescatarian, who may yet one day become a vegan and is often found scouring the city for the latest tastes in breakfast smoothie bowls and creative coffee inspirations when she isn’t busy attending her favourite yoga studios.

Rebecca Wilkinson Bondi BeautyBB Social Media links:
Website: bondibeauty.com.au/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bondibeauty/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bondibeautyaustralia/
Twitter: @BondiBeautyAus

  • Nude by Nature: Natural Illusion Eyeshadow Trio in Rose – This eyeshadow is my new obsession, and not just because of the rose gold packaging The colour palette is perfect for wearing in the day and night, as the tones can be used to create a soft feminine light touch for the day, or deepen for a rich smoky rose colour eye for the night.
  • Revlon: Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation in Neutral Beige – This foundation will be available to the public very soon and I must say they won’t be disappointed. It’s very lightweight on the skin and super hydrating. I love it, as it fills in any fine lines and wrinkles I have, but also provides a colour correcting pigment which helps cover any red or dark spots and looks great in selfies.
  • Australis: Black Eyeliner Pencil – I really hope Australis never stop creating this magic eyeliner, as I have been using it now for at least 10 years. The formula has never changed (as far as I know)n and has been a favourite for makeup artists for many years also. So obsessed with this eyeliner, I have actually never ever tried any other product. Why would you, when you already have the perfect one – right? It glides on, stays on and is easy to blend depending on your look.
  • Laura Geller: DramaLash Maximum Volumizing Mascara – I don’t wear Mascara that often, mostly due to me having long thick black lashes (sorry to gloat). But when I do, I love the dramatic volumizing mascara by Laura Geller. This product is fairly new to the Geller collection, and I started using it last year when it became available. I do have a few mixed brands of mascara, however, I always tend to grab this one more than any other of my mascaras. It’s full of vitamin B% too, so doesn’t try your lashes.
  • Endota Spa: Complete Coverage Concealer – Like my mascara, I have 3 favourite concealers and again I always seem to grab this one more regularly than the others. Unlike other concealers, which I feel can either be too oily on your skin, or too cakey – this concealer has the texture of a powder foundation, except with optimal coverage – which is great for those days when I feel like my skin is my worst enemy.
  • Lük Beautifood: Cranberry Citrus Lip Nourish Lipstick – WOW! Just WOW. This is my newest obsession when it comes to lipstick. With an ingredient base which can be pretty much eaten, this lipstick didn’t last very long on my lips. And not because it doesn’t have staying power, it does. It tasted so good, I keep licking my lips Good thing the ingredients are safe for me to eat. This shade is a rusty red, which is my favourite type of red lipstick. As it’s also filled with delicious nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and cocoa butter it also works a hydrating lip balm. So no caking lips whatsoever.
  • L’Occitane: Almond Delicious Hand Cream – Who doesn’t love L’Occitane, especially when it comes to their travel sized products which you can take anywhere. In general, I always have very dry skin; particularly my hands. So, I am very fussy when it comes to hand products, as they don’t always work (or last that long). This hand cream fits into my beauty bag easily and thanks to the nourishing almond milk ingredient, keeps my hands super soft until I next wash them.


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What’s in your Beauty Bag – Brigid Sandell Create Love Heal

Brigid Sandell is the founder of Create Love Heal, an online portal for natural health, beauty and soulful living including her empowering online workshop; ‘Learning To Be Me’.

Brigid is passionate about helping women to embrace exactly who they are, without validation, judgement or justification; assisting in their choices in life with health, beauty, relationships, motherhood and self-awareness. Encouraging women to adorn the world with their gentle fierce self is exactly what we all need.

She shares her journey in spiritual and personal awakening while relishing in all thing non-toxic, pretty and good for the soul.

You can find Brigid at:

W: www.createloveheal.com

IG: @create.love.heal

FB: createloveheal

YT: createloveheal

 

 

We asked Brigid to share with us what’s in her beauty bag.

  • Lily Lolo mascara ALWAYS! This mascara is everything! It is one of the cleanest formulations and best performing mascaras on the market, for both natural and mainstream beauty. This boost, lengthens and adds volume to the lashes and I am ALLLLL about the lashes!
  • Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer – I love a good glow, so for me there are only a few bronzers which fit the natural bill for me and Lily Lolo is a favourite of mine. It is subtle, yet buildable with a matte finish yet doesn’t cake on the skin. It’s pigmentation ensures it last months and never fails to last the entire day!
  • Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter – this is favourite of mine! I have this stock piled in my cupboard because as I said, it’s all about the glow. This highlighter is subtle and offers a truly natural irridenscent glow without looking like you’ve actually applied highlighter. I use this for the no make up days, going to gym and want to appear alive first thing in the morning as well as for those full make up days. It is incredibly versatile, natural and of course beautifully Australian!
  • Ecobrow Defining Wax – everyone needs brows and unfortunately mine are fair and sparse thank to hormones, children and the regrettable 90’s thin eyebrows. So for me, I need to draw mine on. This is a very natural filler for the brows with a wide range of shades and works well to not budge all day. Plus it lasts a lifetime!
  • Luk Beautifood in Chai Shimmer or Tangerine Pomegranate – I actually couldn’t live without my luk lip balms. These are ever moisturising, subtle yet beautifully tinted with 100% natural ingredients and the creamiest long lasting lip balm available. It is pocket size which is incredibly handy as a mother who’s bag is now dedicated to nappies and snacks so this is the whole package for me. I always have these two shades on hand for a natural or slightly fancier (aka deter from my tired eyes) look.
  • Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer – I am a concealer junkie and have tried the ALL. The Hynt Beauty concealer is the most pigmented and highest performer for me. The smallest amount is required and often this is all I use to cover any redness or darkness on my face, no foundation required. It is truly beautiful, lightweight and full coverage.
  • Be Genki Serene Face Mist – this mist is such a refreshing and calming mist. I adore this for its hydration, toning and freshening effects. I use this prior to applying any skincare morning and night as well as throughout the day to freshen a tired face or if my make up needs a spritz! Such a beautiful and therapeutic remedy for the face and mind.
  • Earthwise Beauty Tangerine Skies – another essential is this beautiful facial oil. Earthwise Beauty truly craft the most spectacular skincare and this works so well as an intense hydrator and a primer for make up. By far one of the best products I’ve used and definitely miss it when it is absent from my routine.

Thanks for letting us peak into your beauty bag Brigid – there’s some great natural products there!

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How to: the best lipstick shades for skin tones

How to choose your ideal lipstick shade

Want a simple solution to finding the best lipstick shades for skin tones?

Well here it is.

In just a few easy steps you can achieve the effortless, natural allure of actresses like Emma Watson who nails it every time.

Whether it’s speaking up for gender diversity or donning designer outfits on the red carpet, the Harry Potter heroine is just as flawless wearing a bold, matte lip as she is flaunting the ultimate ‘bare-faced’ chic.

Not surprisingly, she prefers a downplayed, ‘no makeup’ look.

“When I get a chance not to worry about it, I don’t wear very much make-up at all. Sometimes I just get my eyelashes tinted and wear moisturiser,” she told UK magazine Glamour.

There’s no magic involved in her choice of lipstick shades though. It’s down to the science of what suits her fair complexion.

So regardless of your skin tone here’s some easy steps to steal her faultless style and pair the perfect lipstick to your pout.

Selecting the best lipstick shades for skin tones

First identify whether you have fair, olive or dark skin.

Then, decide if your face emits ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ undertones. It can combine both which is referred to as neutral.

  • You can do this by looking at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue or purple you’ve got cool-toned skin. If they’re green you’re warm-toned.
  • If you are still unsure, try on gold and silver jewellery and see which looks better on your skin. Cooler (pink) tones complement silver trinkets whereas warm (yellow) skin tones work well with gold.
  • Do you burn or tan? Those of us who burn easily or turn pink tend to be cool-toned. If you tan you’re likely to be warm-toned.

Celebrity makeup artist and author of Treating Diverse Pigmentation, Aliesh Pierce explains the colours of our skin are made from our unique levels of melanin, haemoglobin, dietary carotene and collagens.

Our undertone is influenced by diet and overall health,” she says.

And finally, if in doubt, get some expert advice from a makeup artist. Sometimes it is hard to look at yourself objectively. A makeup artist will be able to take one look at your skin and know, from experience, what will work best for you.

Celebrity makeup artist Kindra Mann, who has worked with US actress Rosario Dawson, says:

“For yellow undertones, stick to warmer colours and for pink undertones, look for shades with blue or purple tones in them.”

With this in mind, here’s a quick ‘do’s and don’ts for choosing the best lipstick shades for skin tones.

Choose lipstick for your skin tone

Fair skin

Lipstick shades that work:

Pink-based beiges for a natural glow. Bold reds and deep plums for dramatic contrast. Reds with blue undertones can make teeth appear brighter.

Fair skin with cool undertones:  Opt for a nude lipstick with pink undertones to help bring out the delicate pinks in your skin for a fresh, healthy look.

Pink_Juniper_Lip NourishPink Juniper Lip Nourish has a subtle warmth and its sheerness gives you a soft, elegant, beautiful, subtle look that brings life to your face, instead of washing you out.

Fair skin with warm undertones: If you have light skin with slightly yellow undertones, select a warmer nude shade with a rosy-pink finish. You’ll need a little more pigment in your nude lipstick than someone who is alabaster or fair with pink undertones.

Rose_Lime_Open_SmudgesRose Lime Lip Nourish is the perfect rosy nude and the colour is just right—not too pale, and good for day or night, especially those times when you’re rocking a dramatic eye or wanting to go slap-free during the day. Your lips won’t steal the show, but they definitely won’t be overlooked.

What not to wear:

Orangey nudes or pale browns. “Avoid anything too light or with too much of a yellow undertone so you don’t look washed out,” says Kindra Mann.

Medium or Olive skin

Lipstick shades that work:

Salmon pinks, peachy nudes and golden tones. A taupe nude makes the skin glow and the whites of the eyes shine,” says makeup artist Marni Burton.

Medium Skin with warm undertones:  You look best with sandy beige lipsticks that contain rosy undertones.

Tea Rose Lip Nourish

Tea Rose Lip Nourish has the perfect amount and tone of beige and rose to even out your lips and add a touch of healthy pizazz to any beauty look.

Olive skin: Reach for a sheer browny nude with a slightly shimmery or glossy finish to play up the golden tones and warmth in your skin.

Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish lipstickTry Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish which looks perfect paired with sun-kissed skin. The smooth texture brightens up the natural pigment in your lips so they’re not completely bare and imparts just enough colour to keep lips from looking washed out. It also has a lip balm texture so you can easily apply it without a mirror.

What not to wear:

Peachy nudes with hints of yellow will clash with green undertones.

Dark skin

Lipstick shades that work:

Lucky you! Most shades will work for you. For nudes, go with bronze, dark tan or sandy hues, or for ‘look-at-me’ moments, bright pinks or purples. Peach-toned brown shades also work.

Don’t look past chocolate colours to play up the highlights and shadows in your gorgeous pout and build definition. Avoid colours that are too light — you want to choose shades that are close to your lip tone for a more natural-looking effect.

Vanilla Chocolate Lip Nourish LipstickVanilla Chocolate Lip Nourish is the ideal balance between beige and caramel to perfectly complement your darker skin tone.

What not to wear:

With nudes, experts say don’t choose anything more than two shades deeper or lighter than the inside of your lower lip.

5 top tips to make the most of your lippy

  • Buff the lips prior to lippy application with a clean, soft, slightly dampened tooth brush to slough away any dead skin and create a smooth canvas.
  • For a bit more depth and pigment, apply one layer of lippy, blot with a tissue, and then apply another layer. Repeat. Feel ready for battle.
  • Apply the pigment straight from the bullet rather than using a brush for bolder colour that still has a soft definition.
  • To make your lippy last longer dab on some concealer to the lips which will also help give lipstick a base to grip to and allow for a creamier finish.
  • Apply the colour with your index finger and tap into the lip to blend for a soft, natural-looking pout.

Always remember the best nude lip colour is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone and contrary to popular belief, nude colours feature different variations of tones (brown, rosy, caramel etc).

Nude Cinnamon Lip Nourish LipstickIf you’re still not sure which are the perfect lipstick shades for your skin tone you could have some fun trying them all with a tasting plate of all our Lip Nourish lipsticks!

Or go for the Nude Cinnamon Lip Nourish – universally flattering and will suit every single type of skin tone and occasion because it is almost bare!!

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The simple truth – what’s in lipstick made from food.

We kiss with them, we eat with them, we sip with them and we smile with them – and paired with the right balm, gloss or stain, they can transform our entire face. Indeed our lips are one of our most important facial features, so doesn’t it make complete sense to take gentle care of them as we would our bodies?

Aside from keeping them luscious and hydrated with plenty of water and exfoliating them with gentle concoctions (like coconut oil and brown sugar), isn’t it incredible that one single product can cater to our pout’s every need and make them chap-free, pigmented, sumptuous and pillowy soft – lipstick is the miracle product found in many-a makeup bag.

Lipstick can be traced back to ancient civilisations where the Syrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks would colour their lips and cheeks with red stains from plants and other interesting materials. Ancient Egyptians even used fish scales to make lips appear more pearlescent. So how far have we come in the development of age-old rouge? Quite far, but not necessarily in the best way.

Our modern day conventional lipsticks can be a source of harmful chemicals, which is worrying, since it’s used near the mouth and these chemicals are easily absorbed.

Years ago, I was shocked to discover just how many toxins consumers were ingesting by way of lipstick. Surely there was a better alternative… a safer solution? How could we be okay with allowing endocrine-disrupting mineral oils, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, petrochemicals, dyes and fragrances to enter our bloodstream?

After much ‘trial and error’ in my test beauty kitchen and lots of experimenting with lipstick formulations, with my food science background, I created the natural solution with Lip Nourish Lipstick. Made from ingredients that if they were put in front of you, you could eat them and not worry, it was a ‘no-brainer’. Lipstick could be made from healthy foods. The product was scoped out, packaging sourced, an eco designer and world class manufacturer found all in 4+ years from concept to launch!

We’re thriving today sharing the importance of feeding’ your skin from the outside in. I’d love to walk you through exactly what goes into each nourishing 100% natural lipstick – because you, as a consumer, deserve to know exactly what you are applying to your skin.

WHAT IS LIP NOURISH?

Lip Nourish is a luxe, sheer, balm-meets-lipstick made from real food ingredients that nourish and fortify the delicate skin on the lips. It comes in 8 shades and is a 100% natural and brimming with skin food actives your lips crave. It’s so safe, even your kids can wear it! Comfy and easy to wear all day every day, it’s your go-to lip treat for a pretty, naked glow!

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THE LOOK

Each Lip Nourish kisses the pout in sheer colour and lustre that’s not too shiny or pigmented. The lipsticks are housed in a chic tube that’s small enough to stow away in your purse or handbag and whip out at a moment’s notice and they’re wrapped in a beautiful piece of fabric to protect it during postage and as a keepsake to polish glasses and screens.

THE FEEL

The consistency of Lip Nourish is positively divine. It’s an experience. It goes on with an incredibly crème soft soothing texture as it nourishes, hydrates and protects lips. The cocktail of superfoods keeps your pout healthy, moist and nourished and oh-so-kissable.

THE INGREDIENTS

The Lip Nourish recipe is unique as it’s made from healthy and nourishing foods you would normally pop on your plate like avocado, sesame, citrus, spices and herbs. The nutrient-rich base recipe found is the same in all 8 varieties.

Specifically, the food active ingredients in Lip Nourish contain:

– age fighting antioxidants
– natural anti-inflammatories
– essential fatty acids (omega 3+6)
– healthy oils (avocado, sesame, castor seed)
– natural flavour oils (citrus + herbs + spices)
– Mineral pigments

These are all foods you eat for beautiful skin so you never have to experience dry, unhealthy lips again.

You won’t find any synthetic dyes. No artificial flavours. No synthetic fragrances. No parabens. No phthalates. No mineral or nut oils. No synthetic emollients or silicone or lanolin.

Just clean food, pure plant oils, mineral pigments and food active ingredients for a nourished pout.

THE SCIENCE

Here is a little bit of scientific background info about what each essential ingredient does for your lip and skin health:

    1. ANTIOXIDANTS

Carotenoids – help protect skin cells from free radical damage and stimulate immunity

Glutathione –potent detoxifier, helps in the formation of all other anti-oxidants in body

Sesamin/sesamolin – boosts vitamin antioxidant activity for greater effect

    1. WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6: metabolise energy to maintain renewal and repair of lip cells

Vitamin C – major antioxidant, key in the production of collagen and delicate skin repair giving youthful, firm lips.

    1. FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamin A – essential for the growth of healthy cells and generation of a barrier to toxins

Vitamin E – minimises lines and wrinkles while neutralising damaging free radicals

    1. TRACE MINERALS

Zinc – accelerates repair, giving smooth softness

Potassium – hydrating and moisturising preventing dry and cracked lips

Magnesium – soothes calms and heals, while providing immunity from allergens.

    1. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS | ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

Omega 3, 6 and 9 – hydrating, excellent emollients and form an effective barrier, preventing inflammation and fight the everyday toxins you encounter.

THE FLAVOURS

The Lip Nourish menu is made up of zesty citruses and warming spices as well as subtle flavours made from cold pressed plant oils that offer a unique taste. These shades gently colour lips with sheer, soft, natural pigment in nudes, pinks and taupes.

    • Nude Cinnamon is completely nude, universally flattering and is suitable as a rich creamy balm for everyone including men.
    • Chai Shimmer is the perfect nude with a golden undertone to suit nearly every girl or woman.
    • Pink Juniper features a light pinkish tone suitable for blonde hair & fair skin.
    • Rose Lime gently evens out the lip tone and is a rosy taupe hue
    • Tea Rose is very similar to the natural colour of your lips and suits most people.
    • Mandarin Spice is suitable for medium to dark skin tones and hair colour.
    • Vanilla Chocolate stains lips with spiced chocolate and is suitable for brunettes and olive or darker skin tones.

As much of the lipstick you put on your lips is digested or absorbed, it’s  important the ingredients can be ingested.

Many women get the connection between eating for health and beauty, and the next step is making the connection with ‘feeding’ our skin from the outside in.

In our innovative times, we’re given more choice in applying healthy products to the skin without the fear of harming our insides with toxins.  After all, the right natural lipsticks do more than make you look amazing – they moisturise and nourish using wholesome ingredients that give you that healthy, beautiful colour and make you feel like glow from the inside out and be the best version of yourself possible. And that’s what true beauty is all about.

Cindy

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Perfect Holiday Accessory

The Perfect Holiday Accessory – Do You Have It?

The end of the year is almost here. YAY!

Gift buying is (almost) done. YAY!

School’s out for a break. YAY! oh wait…

Your thoughts might be turning to rest, beach or skiing holidays, relaxation and some down time.

ahhhhhh…..

Are you about to go on holidays or even take a holiday at home? We want to share with you the perfect holiday accessory.  What is it?

Here are some clues:

  • You can leave it locked in the car in the hot sun and it won’t melt.
  • It fits in your pocket so you can take it everywhere.
  • It gives you an instant pep up when you need it.
  • It smells and tastes divine.
  • You’ll feel a little bit glamorous…but not like you’re trying too hard

Have you guessed what it is yet?

Here are a few more clues:

  • It’s healthy and made with lots of goodies and zero baddies.
  • It’s a guilt-free, calorie-free little treat.
  • There’s one for every day of the week…and a spare.
  • It’s luscious and a little self-indulgent.

I’m sure you’ve guessed what it is by now!

Yes, it’s Lip Nourish, 100% natural, toxin-free, food active, perfect nude, sheer lipsticks!

luk lip nourish 8 nude and neutral shades

Of course we think it’s the perfect holiday accessory and so do our customers who leave us the most amazing reviews.

I wish I could give this 10 out of 5. The smell of this lip nourish makes me feel like I just finished a piece of a delicious cake (minus the calories) and my lips feel so soft and smooth

AlbinaMandarin Spice

Love it, love it, love it. From the beautiful packaging to the soft, luscious feel on my lips. I use it every day.

SuzanneChai Shimmer

Leaves my lips very hydrated and even slightly plumped, and feels so wonderful, I sometimes even wear it to bed (and wake up in the morning looking great).

MaggieVanilla Chocolate

Love it. Love how it moisturises my lips. Love how it gives a healthy tinge to my lips. I wear it all the time, at work, on my days off, before I go to bed. It’s food for my lips!

SuenRose Lime

Am in love with this lipstick, tastes yummy and feels great on your lips.
Now will have to collect them all.
Thank you for making such wonderful products and gluten free.

CheriePink Juniper

My absolute fave lippie! The colour is amazing! I find it goes everything, it’s not overpowering just beautifully natural and makes my lips pop! I don’t feel complete until I have it on!

JazTea Rose

I’ve had the driest lips all day. You know when you have the redness round your lips and it’s just sore? I had changed my bag and didn’t have any of my four lip nourishes in it! How foolish of me. I put all sorts of balms on my lips all day and nothing made a difference. I came home and got my nude cinnamon and my skin ‘drank’ it up! I knew they were amazing, but if there was ever any doubt this is proof these are the best lip product ever. My lips are soothed and my redness has calmed so quickly.

ElaineNude Cinnamon

Be the first to review!

What do you think of our newest shade?

We’d love to know.

TBATangerine Pomegranate

The only complaint we ever get is that it’s too hard to decide on a shade!

So, don’t!  Choose a few!

Go on.  Isn’t it time you thought about yourself and gave yourself a little reward for all of the fabulous things you’ve achieved this year?

Lip Nourish Shades

Try before you buy.

Our Lip Nourish Tasting Plate lets you sample all 8 shades. As a special limited time offer, we will send you one completely free of charge.  All we ask is that you write us a review of your favourite shade on our website or share on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or the social network of your choice!  Limited to the first 100 people.

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Barely There Makeup

Spring Makeup Tutorial: how to get the healthy naked glow

Presenting your Spring makeup tutorial! Now that the sunshine is peeking out from behind the clouds, it’s time to switch up your old routine with a range of skin loving natural makeup from 100% Pure [pigmented with real fruits and vegetables!]  plus our Lip Nourish Lipstick. Right in time for the fresh-faced season, we’re going to show you how to achieve that perfect naked glow using several simple techniques. Remember, less is more!

THE LOOK THIS SEASON

This Spring, barely-there makeup is more radiant than ever, giving the face dewy freshness and vibrancy. It’s out with matte skin and lips and in with an illuminated base with a touch of natural pigment fortified with super skin foods: think luminescent skin, luscious lips, earthy lids and va-va-voom lashes. The main focus is on healthy, nourished skin and makeup that wakes up. Darker shades are being replaced with a more seasonally appropriate colour palette (think pinks, peaches, and nudes—like our Lip Nourish in Rose Lime and Lip Nourish in Chai Shimmer) and these same soft and pretty hues will let your natural beauty radiate. Here’s what green makeup artist, Carla Jones, had to say about mastering a naked glow in less than 5 minutes with the bare (faced) basics Spring makeup tutorial.

Foundation

FOR YOUR SKIN

STEP ONE: For full coverage that’s not too heavy on the skin, apply 100% Pure Tinter Moisturiser [which is not only moisturising but is packed full of skin loving antioxidants and vitamins!] by starting at the centre of your face and blending outwards. I recommend using a good quality vegan makeup brush, then use your fingers to smudge any brush lines. If you’re pressed for time, fingers can work just as well – just be sure to make sure they’re clean! This super light and nourishing tinted moisturiser gives great buildable coverage and a gorgeous fresh, dewy finish.

TIP: If you’re worried about your makeup sweating off when it’s sunny off, try adding a primer underneath your base. 100% Pure Luminous Face Primer (due back in stock soon!) is a luxurious and illuminating organic formula packed with superfruits that will brighten your complexion while laying down the perfect canvas for makeup application.

STEP TWO: If you have dark circles, pigmentation or spots you want to hide, apply a little 100% Pure Brightening Concealer in White Peach beforehand or simply build the tinted moisturiser a little more in those areas.Your essential for the perfect naked glow

TIP: Courtesy of the strobe trend, skin that looks lit by a pearlised glow from within is definitely trending right now. Get the look by adding 100% Pure Luminous Creme in Starlight along the along the top of the cheekbones, nose bridge and on the cupids bow – so all the places where the sun would naturally hit. This cream highlighter gives natural light-reflecting coverage to let the light shine through, offering an incredible candlelit glow to your facial features.

STEP THREE: To give your face an instant lift , apply a little 100% Pure Cherry Lip and Cheek Stain by smiling in the mirror to find the apples of cheeks and apply it in an upwards motion with one finger, using the other clean fingers to blend. 

TIP: Contouring, or sculpting, adds shadows to enhance bone structure and give the appearance of depth so if you want a bit of a sunkissed glow, swish on some 100% Pure Cocoa Glow Bronzer to the underside of the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, along your hairline and jawline, and in the depth of the temples.

eyeshadow

FOR YOUR EYES

STEP FOUR: To shape the face, apply the 100% Pure Eyebrow Gel (I love the shade ‘Brunette’) using an angular brush and simply fill in any gaps or blonde patches in your brow hairs – do not colour in the whole eyebrow!

STEP FIVE: Then, using a brush, apply a light layer of  100% Pure Eye shadow in Vanilla Sugar all over the eyelids.

TIP: If you want a do-it-all eyeshadow palette, you can’t look past 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette which contains universally flattering soft, neutral tones for every day use.

STEP SIX: Apply a subtle line of dark eye shadow ( Cashmere for a greeny/brown eye) to the top corner of the eyelid so you get that definition around the top of the eyes without the dramatic ‘cat eye’ look. Do not apply any eyeshadow/eyeliner to the bottom eyelids as this will make your eyes appear smaller.

TIP: To wake up your eyes and give off the appearance of 8 hours of sleep, apply 100% Pure Bright Eyes Creamy White Liner to the lower waterline to really make your eyes pop.

STEP SEVEN: Apply a coat of 100% Pure Black Tea Pigmented Mascara onto curled lashes to enhance your eyes even further.

Lip Nourish

FOR YOUR LIPS

STEP EIGHT: Finish off your barely-there look with your favourite Lip Nourish Lipstick! Try Tea Rose for a my-lips-but-better appeal, or any of the other universally flattering shades to keep your pout nourished and protected, and looking their kissable best. You can even add a dab of 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Shimmery Lip Gloss White Peach in the centre of your kissers to make them look plumped up, luscious and bursting with Spring-appropriate ripeness.

TIP: Spritz on a refreshing skin tonic over your breathable makeup to set it all into place, and hydrate your skin endlessly.

STEP NINE: Finish off your look with a pop of chic floral pink on the nails a la 100% Pure 10 Free Nail Polish in 12:51. The toxin-free formula features a subtle, natural and sophisticated finish perfect for your Spring repertoire.

TIP: Don’t forget to thoroughly cleanse your face every night to remove the day’s face.

Lip Nourish

Take it one step further and spring into the season by collecting all seven of our eco-chic, colour fabric wraps that encase our signature seven Lip Nourish shades by clicking here!

Let us know if you’ll be sporting this fresh-faced look this season in the comments!