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Get the Luk Look with Makeup artist Carla Jones

Lip Nourish is designed to give your lips natural lasting nourishment with just a hint of colour that is so sheer it will complement any style and skin tone.  

We know how hard it can be to know what look suits you and how to nail it, so we’ve called in our resident green beauty makeup artist Carla Jones to do the work for us. Carla has expertly created the 7 Luk looks, designed to give you the how-to on creating the look you want using our 7 shades of lip nourish.

Nude Cinnamon – Natural Glow

Nude Cinnamon creates your go to-everyday look. Combine this creamy natural lip tint with soft vanilla eyeshadow, subtle peach cheeks, strong brows and a dewy complexion for a natural glow, perfect for everyday wear.  Suits all skin tones and complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Vanilla & Cinnamon

Chai Shimmer – Bondi Beach Babe

Use this subtle beige gold lip tint, Chai Shimmer, to create the ultimate natural beach-look for long lunches, warm nights and lazy days by the water. Think sparkling champagne tones on the eyes with a dark brown eyeliner on the top lash-line that is smudged to soften the look combined with bronzed cheeks, brown brows and lightly shimmered lips. Suits all skin tones and complexions.

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Tea Rose – Neutral Beauty 

Tea Rose Lip Nourish creates the perfect  springtime look. Combine pink taupe lips with warm glowing cheeks, lemon eye shadow on the eyelids and soft lilac eyeshadow on the corners of the eyes for a beautiful day time style for all occasions. Suits all skin tones especially fair complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Lemon & Mint

Pink Juniper – Effortless Chic

Pink Juniper creates the most lovely soft pink lip for a classic feminine look. Combine with long lashes, a black feline cat eye, soft vanilla eyeshadow,  strong brows, and contoured, peachy cheek bones for the perfect go-to look that is oh-so effortless yet visually stunning. Best suits fair complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Orange & Juniper

 Rose Lime – Ethereal Goddess

Rose Lime gives the most gorgeous rose, taupe coloured lips that look perfect with a light grey smokey eye, dark grey eyeliner, soft brows and heavenly pink cheeks, creating a divine daytime ‘goddess like’ look. Take this look to night time by adding a little lip liner to intensify the lips and darken the eyes with a darker grey or black liner. Suits fair and medium to olive complexions.

Get the Luk Look withLime & Ginger

 Mandarin Spice – Earthy Neutral 

A gorgeous neutral look is made with Mandarin Spice’s warm coco, tan colour. Teamed with a golden sparkly party eye, strong brown brow, gold sparkling eyeshadow with gold eyeliner underneath on the lower lash line and bronzer on the cheeks  to create the perfect day to night look for any occasion or season. Suits medium to dark complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Mandarin & Cinnamon

Vanilla Chocolate -Glamour

Vanilla Chocolate gives a unique mahogany chocolate coloured lip to create a glamorous modern look. Work with a Bordeaux coloured lipliner, long lashes, strong brows, a subtle smokey eye with vanilla eyeshadow on the eyelid and mid grey eyeshadow in the crease, black medium winged eye liner and a pink brown cheek colour to complete the look. Suits medium to dark complexions.

Get the Luk Look withTangerine & Vanilla

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What is a Natural Beauty

NATURAL BEAUTY


Do you admire those women that glow inside and out, who ooze vitality and are happy?

Someone whose beauty does not the fit traditional convention of a glossy magazine. They don’t have perfect features but vitality and well being and a sense of confidence exudes from every blemish-free pore.

Look closer, at their beautiful smile, clear bright eyes, thick glossy hair and soft smooth skin not made over or covered up. Not only do they look good, they feel good too.  With a sense of commitment and contentment they pursue what they love – in business, pleasure and family. This is natural beauty – a women who is beautiful inside and out – physically, mentally, emotionally.

The first step in learning how to reach this state is to take care of your body with clean food – nutritious every day superfoods that feed your skin, active natural and organic beauty products without additives, fillers and toxic ingredients, and a nourished life filled with outdoor activities, relaxation and mindful experiences.

So, does a natural woman wear make up – of course she does. But for much of the time her foundation is clear and well moisturised skin, understated she knows she need only enhance her best features …with a touch of natural lipstick and flick of mascara. Going barefaced and letting people see the real you – sun spots, freckles and all is liberating & time saving…. for doing better things in life that return real pleasure and beauty.

All over the world women are embracing a more natural, toxin free life from catwalks to school yards, wellness warriors to mature mama’s and now a vast array of  eco chic quality products are available. And we have personally interviewed some of these extraordinaire and inspirational women in our She’s Delicious’ posts.

At luk we innovate. We take beautiful natural foods – pure oils, waxes and butters, add nothing we shouldn’t (like nasty synthetic preservatives and fragrances) and make a delicious menu of sheer natural lipsticks flavoured from real citrus fruit and culinary herbs and spices to nourish, hydrate and illuminate your lips.

We talk food actives – what beauty nutrients your hair and nails need, how to beat dry skin and slow down ageing and we look inside natural body care. We also help you brave a face and feel comfortable in your own skin empowered to live the life you love.

In our beauty kitchen you’ll learn about beauty foods and what skin loving vitamins, minerals and antioxidants do and where to find them plus learn how to eat yourself beautiful with clean eating recipes you can sort via beauty benefit, dish or key ingredient.

So if you’re ready to be a ‘natural beauty’, ditch the toxins and be conscious of what goes on your skin start by treating your lips in our online store. Here you can buy luk beautifood natural lipstick with confidence knowing it will not only enhance your natural beauty, but will be much better for your body inside and out. And, oh ….we post our orders for free and guarantee 100%.

5 Beauty tips for women over 40 you might have never heard of

I think I can speak for the majority of wonderful over forty beauties when I say, most of us would like to age gracefully and still feel as stunning and as radiant as we were in our youthful hey days as we live out our 40s and cross our 50’s and beyond. Here are 5 beauty tips for women over 40.

I’ve never look at updating or enhancing my appearance as a bad thing! Makeup and a healthy routine makes me feel younger, energised and alive, and I have fun experimenting and changing my routine as I age to ensure my face gets a little tune-up and complements my best assets not to mention enhances my inner beauty. And trust me when I say, it all comes down to finding the right cosmetics, lifestyle and skincare routine that fits your age group.

When the products of your past are no longer working, all you need to do is make a few tweaks to ensure you remain a fresh-faced beauty, and today I’m dishing out all of my 5 best beauty tips for women over 40  that I’ve picked up along the way to help you do just that!

100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation

RADIANT SKIN

I’ve never been one for caking on makeup (in fact, I love wearing a lick of my Lip Nourish lipstick on its own!) but I do love the look of skin that exudes dewy freshness. Sometimes a bit of cosmetics magic can assist this process.

After the age of 40, skin becomes thinner, making the complexion a bit duller and paler. That’s because as we start to approach menopause, oestrogen levels drop, which makes skin drier, so hydrating liquid formulas are best.

Yellows and golden undertones are the foundation of youth, so foundation formulas which contain warming colours and nourishing ingredients will help lift the complexion and balance out redness and broken capillaries, not to mention add back colour and depth to the face.

A few finishing sweeps of the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation is perfect for achieving a healthy glow. If you notice any shine, a swish of 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder Creme on the nose, forehead and cheeks should do the trick, but it’s best to avoid under the eyes and cheeks as powders have a tendency to cake and settle into fine lines especially around these areas. You might also want to apply the stunning 100% Pure

TIP: Blot powder build up or greasy areas with a tissue after foundation application.

100% Pure Brow Powder Gel

BEAUTIFUL BROWS

Full, defined brows make the face appear younger and more youthful. But eyebrows have a tendency to get sparser and can fade over time. Thankfully, a bit of brow powder should fix this. Fill in thin areas and pump up fading colour with the 100% Pure Brow Powder Gel. If you have bald spots in your brows, use a pencil first, then apply powder on top for more coverage.

TIP: Never over-pluck your brow hairs or pluck out the grey hairs (although it is very tempting!), as this can destroy the follicle, which in turn creates a gap where hair will no longer grow.

100% PURE LUMINESCENT POWDER

LUMINOUS CHEEKS

When you were a kid, your cheeks had a permanent rosy glow. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get that same flush back?

As we age, the cheeks begin to lose their rosiness because blood circulation to the skin becomes less active. Whenever I’m adding any pigment to my skin, I opt for warm, bright tones like peaches and pinks (like the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Luminizer – new instore today) which are flattering tones for mature skin.

TIP: Play up your cheekbones by applying blush along the tops of the cheekbones instead of just on the apples of your cheeks. Add a sweep of cream bronzer just underneath to make them stand out.

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LUSCIOUS LIPS

Ah, youthful lips – my specialty. Sun rays, unhealthy lifestyle habits, along with natural ageing, cause the collagen in lips to break down, which is why they tend to shrink and get dry with age.

My luk beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks have been formulated to provide the pout with a kiss of anti-ageing goodness, via the plethora of healthy ingredeints jam-packed with youth-inducing nutrients, omega 3’s, antioxidants and superfoods. Apply each day and night for a plumped-up, nourished, healthy looking set of kissers and never experience dry lips again.

TIP: For younger-looking lips, opt for lighter, sheer shades such as light pinks, brown and corals.

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PEPPED UP PEEPERS

As you get older, the eyelid skin has a tendency to shrink because the skin above the eyes starts to droop. That’s why it’s important to keep your make up refined and not loud with cream-based formulas and subtle hues. Avoid glitter and shimmery shades and opt for the 100% Pure Natural Fruit Pigmented Eyeshadow or 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette in neutral colours which will universally complement any eye colour or you might want to opt for the do-it-all 100% Pure

As for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes? The 100% Pure Brightening Concealer is your star product! It masks imperfections like veins and age spots (which become more obvious as eyelid skin thins) and conceals blue-based dark under eye circles.

TIP: Place concealer on the inner corners of the eyes to counteract darkness and drag it out to the end of the eye where it could settle into laugh lines, making fine lines more pronounced. You might also want to use a good under eye gel or an under eye cream beneath the concealer that will nourish your eyes and get rid of the fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

HEALTHY FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I’ve always had a minimalist approach to beauty, because I think the secret to looking naturally healthy and polished, resides in a good diet and weekly exercise. When you’re eating foods that help keep your digestive system in optimal shape and when you keep active, this promotes circulation as well as supple skin and therefore an unrivaled glow. To access the fountain of youth, you don’t have to live at the gym or go on juice cleanses every single day. Go for walks in a nearby park or try some stretches at your desk. Eat plenty of fruit, colourful vegetables and lean meats, and limit dairy, carbs and sugar.

TIP: Don’t forget to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night and drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day. Your body needs this time to rest and recover and requires ample hydration, so you don’t look older than you are.

Black Tea Mascara

LUSTROUS LASHES

Just like brow hair thins and fades, so too can lashes. Thickening, volumising mascara formulas sound good in theory, but on older lashes, which tend to be thinner and lighter, they’re just adding weight. Worst yet, if your mascara is formulated with toxins, this can also cause thinning and lash degeneration. So make sure you’re applying only healthy ingredients to your eye curtains like the 100% Pure 100% Pure Black Tea Ultra Lengthening Mascara. The dark brown shade is most complementing for older peepers as it’s not too bold, yet creates a nice impact around the eyes and conditions the lashes so they remain lustrous, glossy, lifted and strong.

TIP: Start by using an eyelash curler and then apply your mascara. Wiggle the wand at the base and push up as you apply for even more lift.

BE HAPPY

Keeping happy is one of the most important factors to looking beautiful and glowy over the age of 40. Stress, a busy lifestyle and everything else that goes with it can make being perpetually cheerful difficult, but it does make all the difference. Aim to try to have happy and exude positive thoughts even when the going gets tough. It gets reflected in your personality and even your skin! What is more important is that you, no matter at what age you are, should love yourself and your appearance and feel delicious from the inside out!

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What are your beauty tips for fabulous over forty beauties? Leave a comment x

Natural Beauty Q&A: Emmily Banks from Depths of Wellness

Introducing a very notable natural beauty, Emmily Banks, natural makeup artist, blogger and green beauty guru who headlines www.depthsofbeauty.com.au. With 8 years of experience servicing the beauty and fashion industry, Emmily truly lives and breathes a holistic lifestyle and is passionate about encouraging wellbeing-conscious beauty regimes and awareness around the sustainability of our Earth not to mention natural, organic, nourishing and eco friendly cosmetics that WORK. What a woman! It’s so refreshing to encounter an absolutely authentic soul and because we’re such huge fans of her work, we consider it a very big deal that Emmily has taken the time to participate in a little Q&A with us. Read on!

Describe a day in the life of you!

My days vary – a lot! As a freelancer, I often work from home in my studio/office on my website, testing, trialling and reviewing natural beauty products and keeping on top of emails to clients, brands and online stores. Makeup Artistry also takes me all over Sydney for editorial photo shoots and events, from studio’s in Alexandria to location shoots on the beach in Northern Beaches, to Sydney Olympic Park! My days also involve meetings with like-minded business and I often pop in to some of my favourite natural brands offices to say hello! I’m also working on launching my Youtube channel soon so I’ve been spending a decent amount of time filming †˜how to’s’ and reviews! Aside from work, I ALWAYS find time in my day for exercise and a swim in the ocean or bake on the beach (in summer)!

Describe a day on your plate (what you eat, any particular ‘healthy food faves’ if any)?

My morning ritual involves a run along the beach as soon as I rise, then I stop by my local organic store for a coconut or almond milk piccolo and a cold pressed green juice on my way home. I then, fairly religiously, have lunch at home – organic poached eggs, half an avo with garlic mushrooms and spinach.. yum! I usually pick on nuts, popcorn and dips (hummus, baba ghanoush, avo) in the afternoon, then dinner often consists of plenty of vege and occasionally fish and meat. I LOVE cooking anything from broth, green soups, curries, spinach pie with sweet potato chips, fish and vege.. the list goes on! I also drink allll dayyy longgg… tea’s, water, acv and coconut oil with a dash of turmeric in hot water (its SO delicious) and im totally obsessed with juices and kombucha. I’m lucky not to have a sweet tooth, lots of bitter flavours or salt for me please! I’m fortunately to naturally love healthy food – it’s just normal for me to eat well.

Why do you think toxin-free beauty is the way to go? Oh there are SO many reasons!

Your Body & Mind’s Health – Between 60-90% of the ingredients in products we put onto our skin are absorbed straight through our blood stream. Absorbing toxic ingredients leads to a multitude of health issues, from hormone disruption to skin irritations and even cancer, tumors and neurotoxicity.

The Planet’s Health – Our environment is so precious and we need to do the best we can to look after our ecosystem. Using natural beauty lessens the demand for production of toxic chemicals that harm our environment and end up in our sewers and landfills. Toxin-free brands usually have a higher regard for the planet and often use recyclable packaging, etc too.

Animal Welfare – Disturbingly, almost all mainstream brands still test of animals and also use their fur for brushes. It’s horrific how they are treated and we need to be aware that we vote with our dollar.. we need to stop voting for brands who are still testing on animals and start supporting brands who don’t!

Who do you look to for inspiration? Everyone and everything! I am inspired by anyone who is driven, passionate, kind and is making a difference in this world for the better. These people are my friends, family, colleagues and clients. I am also highly inspired by successful, thriving entrepreneurs in the health and wellness sector – game changers who are living by their own rules and making a positive impact in other people’s lives!

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How did you fall into your role as a ‘natural’ makeup artist?

I started out as a mainstream makeup artist for several years before transitioning to all-natural and organic Beauty. I have always had a passion for health and wellness so it just made sense to start practicing with products I feel passionate about using and supporting. Plus there are so many beautiful natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free beauty and skincare products available these days! I am SO excited to be able to share my findings and encourage people to support healthier brands for their wellbeing. I guess the real turning point was when I was still a mainstream MUA and began receiving (toxic) beauty products to trial, review and promote. I just didn’t feel passionate or comfortable about doing it.. that’s when I knew I had to change direction and go all natural!

What do you think makes a woman a natural beauty?

First and foremost, a kind and happy spirit – I believe people radiate beauty with a big open heart! Secondly, a radiant, natural glow that comes from living and eating well; flawless skin, bright white teeth and clear eyes are all a sign of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

What is your mantra when it comes to feeling happy and successful? You can either think you can, or think you can’t… either way, you are right! I’ve always believed this and try to remember it’s all in my head, so I may as well think everything is awesome, right?

What is one beauty product you never leave the house without?

Lipstick/balm (usually tinted as I have quite pale lips and they’re often a bit dry)! It’s the one item I will always put in my beach bag, purse or pocket!

What are your tips for healthy, radiant skin? As mentioned above, it;s all about exercise to maintain healthy blood flow that gives you radiant skin as well as diet and lifestyle. Also, be sure to keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids – especially green juice and kombucha… they’re full of minerals and antioxidants that keep your skin glowing!

Which products from our range do you think are the perfect tools for glowing makeup?

Luk Lip Nourishes are really beautiful – creamy texture, nourishing ingredients and gorgeous packaging!

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR NATURAL BEAUTIES

Emmily would like to offer Luk Beautifood Tribe a 30% discount for a one on one client consultation/make-over:

CONSULTATION & MAKEOVER – Original Value $160

– A professional Makeover using only Natural & Organic Products

– An introduction to a wide range of Natural Products plus the chance to test and trial colours and consistency

– Product recommendations for your skins needs and your preferred style of makeup

– Brush/Tools recommendations for you to create Pro Makeup looks at home

– Professional MUA Hot Tips, i.e application techniques & tricks of the trade

– Q&A on natural products, their ingredients and why its so important to use natural ingredients on your skin!

Duration – 2hrs total.

Location – Makeup Studio/ Office, Bondi, Sydney.

Mobile Option – Emmily can also come to you for a small travel fee.

Click here for more details (and don’t forget to mention you saw the promo here!).

Got a question for Emmily? Leave a comment below!

Natural Beauty Interview with Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au

Meet low tox beauty LEGEND and close friend of lük beautifood –  Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au. Irene’s enthusiasm, ruthless determination and passion for toxic free living has made her online shop and blog the number one place for organic and natural beauty and healthy home products.

After leaving her job in marketing, Irene came to the realisation of what was really in our home and beauty products and the damaging effects they have on our bodies. Now, it’s her mission to provide Australia with 100% safe, clean products.

Between taking care of her gorgeous kids, running the shop, researching and writing for the blog, Irene takes some time to chat to us about business, natural beauty, food and reaching her dreams.

IRENE’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Irene, tell us about your life and career before †˜Nourished Life’ and why the change of direction?

Before Nourished Life I was marketing big brand beauty products, I was unknowingly smothering myself with a cocktail of toxic chemicals everyday. Then as Advertising Manager for Universal Studio I was putting in really long hours at the office and attending functions every other night. As a mum of 2 young children, any time I had left was spent looking after them rather than myself. Eventually I was so fatigued I couldn’t walk the flight of stairs to my office. It was that moment I decided to take control of my life and pay attention to what I was putting in and on my body.

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Irene’s last day at Universal Studios

How did †˜Nourished Life’ begin and how has it evolved since 2010?

That evening, after the †œstair awakening† I did something I’d never done before – I looked at the label on the back of my beauty products to understand what I was actually using, from there I moved to my pantry and laundry. By the end of that night I had thrown away every product in my entire house!

With an empty house, I needed to replace everything with safer toxin-free alternatives. Nourished Life was a simple blog I started to share my story and reviews on the best natural alternatives I could find. The Nourished Life Blog gained a lot of momentum really fast with many other women also wanting to use safer, products in their lives.

The task of finding safe, natural products was very overwhelming, there was nowhere to go where we could just replace everything in our homes and feel confident they were completely natural and safe. So I decided to set up my own shop based around this need!

What is your business philosophy?

I believe that anything the mind can dream, we can achieve. I believe building a business is as much about the creative energy and focus we put into our vision as the physical work we do.

What is a typical work day for you?  How do you juggle a family, a business and keep that life balance?

I’m still trying to achieve the balance I want, but my goals are to wake up earlier, fit in some Yoga, skip to the office after the school drop off and get through my to-do-list before pick up time! Then spend the evening nourishing the family. I’m not there yet… but I believe I can do it so I will. 

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Find your passion and focus on that, when you do what you love, you can’t go wrong!

BEAUTY

What is your daily †˜beauty regime’ ?

 These days my beauty regime is really simple, I use a basic organic cleanser, toner, day cream, eye cream and tinted moisturiser with natural sunscreen . Then at night a concentrated Rosehip oil!

What is your best kept beauty secret?

Laughter!

What is your favourite product from †˜Nourished Life’ and why?

This changes every day as I discover new toxin-free goodies for the store. At the moment it’s the Eco Tan organic deodorant.  It’s hot outside and I’m racing around a lot and IT WORKS! If all women knew this existed, every mainstream deodorant brand would go out of business.

Tell us about the difference using natural, toxin free products have on your skin and body?

Energy!!!! I have energy to bounce out of bed every day, and physically my skin has gone from dull to glowing. The dark circles under my eyes have brightened, my hair has gone from straw-like to shiny and the biggest difference is the disappearing of cellulite that I believe is due to having less toxins in my body!

What are your top tips for those wanting to detox their beauty kit and home?

 My best tip is to simply replace each item as you need it. For example, once your old mascara runs out, simply replace it with an organic one and before you know it your entire home will be transformed!

†˜Nourished Life’ makes it so easy for anyone in Australia to have access to safe, toxin free products- what products would you recommend for the busy mums who want to look and feel gorgeous the natural way?

The best thing is for busy mums to send me a quick email with their skin type and the products they currently use. I then send back a simple list of beautiful replacements options together with some samples so they can get started.

FOOD

How do you fuel your body to ensure you have the energy you need to keep you going throughout the day?

 I avoid as much sugar & gluten as possible and replace those foods with greens and healthy fats instead.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Breakfast – Organic espresso with a big teaspoon of organic coconut oil, smoothie with coconut water and as many superfoods I can find!

Lunch – Massive salad with organic corn chips.

Dinner – Stir Fry vegies or home made fried rice.

Dessert – frozen berries.

What are your top three †˜can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?

Coconut oil  (you can cook anything in it and it keeps us energies all day), Sea Salt (brings out the flavour in everything without the need to add any sauces), Passion (every meal taste better when love and passion is added)

LIFE

How do you live the life you love every day?

Everyday I feel so incredibly grateful for being able to work full time on Nourished Life and not be back in the 9-5 grind of corporate life.

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

Follow your gut and not your head. Every day I have to make decisions and choices about the next steps in my business. My head and my gut are always at war so I have had to learn to trust my gut instinct.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra?

 I can change the world one day at a time.

What’s next for †˜Nourished Life’?

In 2014 I’m focusing on the health and fitness side of living a nourished life. This combined with the Beauty & Lifestyle focus I had this year should really round out the business to cover all areas of living a Nourished Life.

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Want to meet Irene and learn more about natural beauty products? Come to Irene & Cindy’s ‘Detox your Beauty Kit’ class in February. Click here for details.

Be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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How to get glowing skin – the fast and easy way

I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.

Below, I’ve thrown together all of my best tips and tricks to help you supercharge your skin to optimum health and keep it glowy and gorg, without the need for pricey facials or dermal fillers. These quick steps are easy to squeeze into your daily routine and require minimal effort (amen). Read on natural beauties!

1. Always, ALWAYS wash your face at night – even if you’ve worn no makeup.

Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin with an all-natural, nourishing formula part of your bedtime routine so you can clean and prep your canvas for lotions and potions that go on top. You might also want to apply a toner (free of alcohol, astringents and fragrances) which removes any product residue and will also help close your pores. Make your own healthy DIY concoction with 2 Tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 Tbs. of distilled water. Combine in a bottle and shake well before each use. Apply using a cotton ball, being careful around the delicate eye area. Voila! Easy.

3. Smooth on some moisturiser and serum.

Moisturising your face morning and night with either either a lotion or serum (or both!) helps your skin repair itself and wards off wrinkles. Reach for natural, organic formulas that contain fortifying vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that feed your skin at a cellular level and are free of any chemical baddies that could potentially strip the skin and absorb into the pores. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage! These areas can get super dry and irritated not to mention wrinkly if you never moisturise them. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin to lock in hydration.

4. Get your sleep.

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep deprivation lowers circulation and can make your skin look lacklustre and dull. Amp up your body’s cellular renewal system by getting a minimum of 8 hours per night (7, if you’re super time poor, should do the trick!).

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5. Snack on nuts.

Healthy foods like Brazil Nuts and Walnuts are rich in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts. Macadamias are similarly full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation, so don’t be afraid to keep a handful somewhere close by for when it’s snack time.

6. Keep hydrated.

Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, and is fab at transporting nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells which helps deliver elasticity, softness and smoothness. Aim for 2 litres per day, and if you struggle with this, set a reminder on your phone to drink every hour. You might also want to squeeze a bit of citrus in with your h20 which is a great little skin detoxifier. For a bit of flavour, try sipping on skin-soothing teas like chamomile or mint.

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6. Exfoliate once a week.
If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. That’s because your complexion looks radiant when it’s smooth enough to reflect light. Find a natural exfoliant that has super fine grains, and use light pressure and gentle motions. To make your own, combine  yoghurt, organic coconut oil and natural oats. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual. You’ll be luminous in no time!
7. Clean your makeup brushes and your pillow cases.
Our makeup brushes and pillows tend to collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts so make sure you’re giving your brushes and bed linen a good wash at least once per week.

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9. Have a healthy, balanced diet.

A diet high in fats and carbohydrates can actually cause more wrinkles.  To keep your cells revved up and rejuvenated, stick to plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans and lentils etc. Here’s a list of more skin foods and their awesome nutritional benefits.

10. Enhance your glow with makeup.

One you’ve gone a healthy skincare routine downpat, what better way to add that little bit of pizzazz to your beautiful features than with skin-enhancing makeup that won’t clog your pores. If your skin is normal or dry, apply 100% Pure’s Tinted Moisturiser Creme which is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable pigments instead of synthetic dyes and features a hydrating formula to even out skin tone and gently blur imperfections. Using your fingertips, tap up and down your cheekbones, and dab whatever is left over on your brow bones, the center of your chin, and the tip of your nose. If your complexion is oily, dust a powder formula over the same areas with a small fluffy brush using 100% Pure Flawless Skin Powder Foundation. For a healthy, fresh-faced flush, dab the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge into the cheekbones until fully blended. You’ll appear lit-from-within in no time!
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Tell me natural beauties, what are your tips & tricks to keep your skin aglow? Leave a comment x
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6 Cold Pressed Juices for Super Skin Nourishment

Our  juices are deliciously flavoured, nutritionally designed and cold pressed to retain their active nutrients and enzymes. Beauty-boosting juices are a fast track to clear, glowing skin, more energy and a lighter, brighter feeling from the inside out.

Great along side our famous Breakfast Beauty Bar, here are our 5 signature cold pressed beauty juices you can try at home:

 Antioxidant boost

The Antioxidant Boost juice is an age defying super juice! Its ingredients will provide you the antioxidant boost your skins needs to brighten complexion and help improve wrinkles and fine lines. Raspberries are one of the top foods to help to fight blemishes and breakouts.  This provides an additional benefits to ensure your natural beauty shines throughout the day!

Orange – Vitamin C improves skin texture, tightening your complexion

Pomegranate – Ellagic acid to help repair skin and reduce wrinkles

Raspberry – Rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals

Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory, brightens and calms skin by decreasing skin puffiness and redness

Detox

Give your body a mini detox with this delicious rich juice filled with detoxifying ingredients like beetroot and lemon.  Helping to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, our Detox juice will give you the perfect start to your day.  The inclusion of apple also helps to protect your skin throughout the day from the suns damaging UV rays, keeping it smooth and bright while antioxidants in beetroot decrease redness and puffiness within your complexion.

Apple – High fibre aids digestion and removal of toxins

Beetroot – Detoxifies the skin by eliminating impurities via the liver

Ginger – Antioxidants neutralise damaging free radicals

Lemon – Strengthens skin cells, smoothing your complexion

Immunity kick

If you’re feeling exhausted and lethargic at the end of a working day, the Immunity Kick may be just what you need. When your body becomes run down it is more susceptible to getting sick – it is even more important if you are getting sick to stop the illness before it progresses…  This Immunity Kick will not only boost your immune system, it will also help to boost energy levels to keep you feeling your best inside and out.  The presence of ginger is the perfect touch with its high anti inflammatory properties.  Inflammation can increase when our body focuses on fighting off bacteria or viruses, ginger helps to protect your body and keep inflammation within you complexion at a minimum.

Apple –  You know what they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’  plus gives a great vitamin C boost

Lemon – Antioxidant Vitamin C protects the bodys cells

Ginger – Eases headaches and sore throats

Cayenne – Immediate metabolism booster, also great for sore throats and irritating coughs

 Glow and go Green Smoothie

Our Glow + Go smoothie is most loved and best-selling juice.  Not only will give you a natural boost in energy to kick start your day, this smoothie also works to give you a healthy natural glow on the outside.  This juice is the perfect option for a busy morning when both you and your skin need a little pick-me-up.  The presence of chlorophyll helps to neutralise acids in your body and bring it back alkaline, helping to maintain balance.  It also boosts oxygen levels in your blood ensuring all your cells are nourished, while creating an energised and fresh feeling within.

Avocado – Luscious lipids with vitamin E to replenish moisture

Banana – Sustained energy boost

Coconut water – Natural electrolytes for a day on the go

Kale – Vitamin A to enhance skin tone and smoothness

Cucumber – Helps eliminate toxins for a radiant complexion

Lime – Vitamin C makes collagen and elastin

Mesclun – Chlorophyll to oxygenate and energise the body

Pineapple – Enzyme bromelain keeps the immune system in top shape

Super skin milk

This Super Skin Milk does exactly as the name suggests.  Delicious and moisturising, this pressed almond milk is the perfect addition to any breakfast and will help your skin maintain moisture and elasticity as well as reduce fine lines leaving it feeling smooth and soft for a flawless complexion.  The presence of vitamin E in almonds helps to promote tissue rejuvenation and healthy repair, creating a fresh and bright complexion.  It also helps to heal cracked lips or dry spots within your appearance.

Almonds – Maintain skin elasticity for smooth, soft dewy skin

Cardamom – Eliminates wastes which can cause dryness

Cinnamon – Encourages tight and smooth skin for a youthful complexion

Dates – Iron helps to provide oxygen to our cells creating a radiant complexion

Water – Hydrates and plumps skin cells

Nutmeg – Reduces acne for clear skin

Sea salt – Aids the removal of toxins from cells for fresh, bright skin

Vanilla bean – Helps smooth fine lines for a youthful appearance

 

Which one will be your favourite!?

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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

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.

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.   

Get the Luk Look with Lip Nourish

Get the Luk Look with Makeup artist Carla Jones

Lip Nourish is designed to give your lips natural lasting nourishment with just a hint of colour that is so sheer it will complement any style and skin tone.  

We know how hard it can be to know what look suits you and how to nail it, so we’ve called in our resident green beauty makeup artist Carla Jones to do the work for us. Carla has expertly created the 7 Luk looks, designed to give you the how-to on creating the look you want using our 7 shades of lip nourish.

Nude Cinnamon – Natural Glow

Nude Cinnamon creates your go to-everyday look. Combine this creamy natural lip tint with soft vanilla eyeshadow, subtle peach cheeks, strong brows and a dewy complexion for a natural glow, perfect for everyday wear.  Suits all skin tones and complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Vanilla & Cinnamon

Chai Shimmer – Bondi Beach Babe

Use this subtle beige gold lip tint, Chai Shimmer, to create the ultimate natural beach-look for long lunches, warm nights and lazy days by the water. Think sparkling champagne tones on the eyes with a dark brown eyeliner on the top lash-line that is smudged to soften the look combined with bronzed cheeks, brown brows and lightly shimmered lips. Suits all skin tones and complexions.

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Tea Rose – Neutral Beauty 

Tea Rose Lip Nourish creates the perfect  springtime look. Combine pink taupe lips with warm glowing cheeks, lemon eye shadow on the eyelids and soft lilac eyeshadow on the corners of the eyes for a beautiful day time style for all occasions. Suits all skin tones especially fair complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Lemon & Mint

Pink Juniper – Effortless Chic

Pink Juniper creates the most lovely soft pink lip for a classic feminine look. Combine with long lashes, a black feline cat eye, soft vanilla eyeshadow,  strong brows, and contoured, peachy cheek bones for the perfect go-to look that is oh-so effortless yet visually stunning. Best suits fair complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Orange & Juniper

 Rose Lime – Ethereal Goddess

Rose Lime gives the most gorgeous rose, taupe coloured lips that look perfect with a light grey smokey eye, dark grey eyeliner, soft brows and heavenly pink cheeks, creating a divine daytime ‘goddess like’ look. Take this look to night time by adding a little lip liner to intensify the lips and darken the eyes with a darker grey or black liner. Suits fair and medium to olive complexions.

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 Mandarin Spice – Earthy Neutral 

A gorgeous neutral look is made with Mandarin Spice’s warm coco, tan colour. Teamed with a golden sparkly party eye, strong brown brow, gold sparkling eyeshadow with gold eyeliner underneath on the lower lash line and bronzer on the cheeks  to create the perfect day to night look for any occasion or season. Suits medium to dark complexions.

Get the Luk Look with Mandarin & Cinnamon

Vanilla Chocolate -Glamour

Vanilla Chocolate gives a unique mahogany chocolate coloured lip to create a glamorous modern look. Work with a Bordeaux coloured lipliner, long lashes, strong brows, a subtle smokey eye with vanilla eyeshadow on the eyelid and mid grey eyeshadow in the crease, black medium winged eye liner and a pink brown cheek colour to complete the look. Suits medium to dark complexions.

Get the Luk Look withTangerine & Vanilla

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What is a Natural Beauty

NATURAL BEAUTY


Do you admire those women that glow inside and out, who ooze vitality and are happy?

Someone whose beauty does not the fit traditional convention of a glossy magazine. They don’t have perfect features but vitality and well being and a sense of confidence exudes from every blemish-free pore.

Look closer, at their beautiful smile, clear bright eyes, thick glossy hair and soft smooth skin not made over or covered up. Not only do they look good, they feel good too.  With a sense of commitment and contentment they pursue what they love – in business, pleasure and family. This is natural beauty – a women who is beautiful inside and out – physically, mentally, emotionally.

The first step in learning how to reach this state is to take care of your body with clean food – nutritious every day superfoods that feed your skin, active natural and organic beauty products without additives, fillers and toxic ingredients, and a nourished life filled with outdoor activities, relaxation and mindful experiences.

So, does a natural woman wear make up – of course she does. But for much of the time her foundation is clear and well moisturised skin, understated she knows she need only enhance her best features …with a touch of natural lipstick and flick of mascara. Going barefaced and letting people see the real you – sun spots, freckles and all is liberating & time saving…. for doing better things in life that return real pleasure and beauty.

All over the world women are embracing a more natural, toxin free life from catwalks to school yards, wellness warriors to mature mama’s and now a vast array of  eco chic quality products are available. And we have personally interviewed some of these extraordinaire and inspirational women in our She’s Delicious’ posts.

At luk we innovate. We take beautiful natural foods – pure oils, waxes and butters, add nothing we shouldn’t (like nasty synthetic preservatives and fragrances) and make a delicious menu of sheer natural lipsticks flavoured from real citrus fruit and culinary herbs and spices to nourish, hydrate and illuminate your lips.

We talk food actives – what beauty nutrients your hair and nails need, how to beat dry skin and slow down ageing and we look inside natural body care. We also help you brave a face and feel comfortable in your own skin empowered to live the life you love.

In our beauty kitchen you’ll learn about beauty foods and what skin loving vitamins, minerals and antioxidants do and where to find them plus learn how to eat yourself beautiful with clean eating recipes you can sort via beauty benefit, dish or key ingredient.

So if you’re ready to be a ‘natural beauty’, ditch the toxins and be conscious of what goes on your skin start by treating your lips in our online store. Here you can buy luk beautifood natural lipstick with confidence knowing it will not only enhance your natural beauty, but will be much better for your body inside and out. And, oh ….we post our orders for free and guarantee 100%.

5 Beauty tips for women over 40 you might have never heard of

I think I can speak for the majority of wonderful over forty beauties when I say, most of us would like to age gracefully and still feel as stunning and as radiant as we were in our youthful hey days as we live out our 40s and cross our 50’s and beyond. Here are 5 beauty tips for women over 40.

I’ve never look at updating or enhancing my appearance as a bad thing! Makeup and a healthy routine makes me feel younger, energised and alive, and I have fun experimenting and changing my routine as I age to ensure my face gets a little tune-up and complements my best assets not to mention enhances my inner beauty. And trust me when I say, it all comes down to finding the right cosmetics, lifestyle and skincare routine that fits your age group.

When the products of your past are no longer working, all you need to do is make a few tweaks to ensure you remain a fresh-faced beauty, and today I’m dishing out all of my 5 best beauty tips for women over 40  that I’ve picked up along the way to help you do just that!

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RADIANT SKIN

I’ve never been one for caking on makeup (in fact, I love wearing a lick of my Lip Nourish lipstick on its own!) but I do love the look of skin that exudes dewy freshness. Sometimes a bit of cosmetics magic can assist this process.

After the age of 40, skin becomes thinner, making the complexion a bit duller and paler. That’s because as we start to approach menopause, oestrogen levels drop, which makes skin drier, so hydrating liquid formulas are best.

Yellows and golden undertones are the foundation of youth, so foundation formulas which contain warming colours and nourishing ingredients will help lift the complexion and balance out redness and broken capillaries, not to mention add back colour and depth to the face.

A few finishing sweeps of the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation is perfect for achieving a healthy glow. If you notice any shine, a swish of 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder Creme on the nose, forehead and cheeks should do the trick, but it’s best to avoid under the eyes and cheeks as powders have a tendency to cake and settle into fine lines especially around these areas. You might also want to apply the stunning 100% Pure

TIP: Blot powder build up or greasy areas with a tissue after foundation application.

100% Pure Brow Powder Gel

BEAUTIFUL BROWS

Full, defined brows make the face appear younger and more youthful. But eyebrows have a tendency to get sparser and can fade over time. Thankfully, a bit of brow powder should fix this. Fill in thin areas and pump up fading colour with the 100% Pure Brow Powder Gel. If you have bald spots in your brows, use a pencil first, then apply powder on top for more coverage.

TIP: Never over-pluck your brow hairs or pluck out the grey hairs (although it is very tempting!), as this can destroy the follicle, which in turn creates a gap where hair will no longer grow.

100% PURE LUMINESCENT POWDER

LUMINOUS CHEEKS

When you were a kid, your cheeks had a permanent rosy glow. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get that same flush back?

As we age, the cheeks begin to lose their rosiness because blood circulation to the skin becomes less active. Whenever I’m adding any pigment to my skin, I opt for warm, bright tones like peaches and pinks (like the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Luminizer – new instore today) which are flattering tones for mature skin.

TIP: Play up your cheekbones by applying blush along the tops of the cheekbones instead of just on the apples of your cheeks. Add a sweep of cream bronzer just underneath to make them stand out.

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LUSCIOUS LIPS

Ah, youthful lips – my specialty. Sun rays, unhealthy lifestyle habits, along with natural ageing, cause the collagen in lips to break down, which is why they tend to shrink and get dry with age.

My luk beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks have been formulated to provide the pout with a kiss of anti-ageing goodness, via the plethora of healthy ingredeints jam-packed with youth-inducing nutrients, omega 3’s, antioxidants and superfoods. Apply each day and night for a plumped-up, nourished, healthy looking set of kissers and never experience dry lips again.

TIP: For younger-looking lips, opt for lighter, sheer shades such as light pinks, brown and corals.

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PEPPED UP PEEPERS

As you get older, the eyelid skin has a tendency to shrink because the skin above the eyes starts to droop. That’s why it’s important to keep your make up refined and not loud with cream-based formulas and subtle hues. Avoid glitter and shimmery shades and opt for the 100% Pure Natural Fruit Pigmented Eyeshadow or 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette in neutral colours which will universally complement any eye colour or you might want to opt for the do-it-all 100% Pure

As for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes? The 100% Pure Brightening Concealer is your star product! It masks imperfections like veins and age spots (which become more obvious as eyelid skin thins) and conceals blue-based dark under eye circles.

TIP: Place concealer on the inner corners of the eyes to counteract darkness and drag it out to the end of the eye where it could settle into laugh lines, making fine lines more pronounced. You might also want to use a good under eye gel or an under eye cream beneath the concealer that will nourish your eyes and get rid of the fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

HEALTHY FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I’ve always had a minimalist approach to beauty, because I think the secret to looking naturally healthy and polished, resides in a good diet and weekly exercise. When you’re eating foods that help keep your digestive system in optimal shape and when you keep active, this promotes circulation as well as supple skin and therefore an unrivaled glow. To access the fountain of youth, you don’t have to live at the gym or go on juice cleanses every single day. Go for walks in a nearby park or try some stretches at your desk. Eat plenty of fruit, colourful vegetables and lean meats, and limit dairy, carbs and sugar.

TIP: Don’t forget to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night and drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day. Your body needs this time to rest and recover and requires ample hydration, so you don’t look older than you are.

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LUSTROUS LASHES

Just like brow hair thins and fades, so too can lashes. Thickening, volumising mascara formulas sound good in theory, but on older lashes, which tend to be thinner and lighter, they’re just adding weight. Worst yet, if your mascara is formulated with toxins, this can also cause thinning and lash degeneration. So make sure you’re applying only healthy ingredients to your eye curtains like the 100% Pure 100% Pure Black Tea Ultra Lengthening Mascara. The dark brown shade is most complementing for older peepers as it’s not too bold, yet creates a nice impact around the eyes and conditions the lashes so they remain lustrous, glossy, lifted and strong.

TIP: Start by using an eyelash curler and then apply your mascara. Wiggle the wand at the base and push up as you apply for even more lift.

BE HAPPY

Keeping happy is one of the most important factors to looking beautiful and glowy over the age of 40. Stress, a busy lifestyle and everything else that goes with it can make being perpetually cheerful difficult, but it does make all the difference. Aim to try to have happy and exude positive thoughts even when the going gets tough. It gets reflected in your personality and even your skin! What is more important is that you, no matter at what age you are, should love yourself and your appearance and feel delicious from the inside out!

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What are your beauty tips for fabulous over forty beauties? Leave a comment x

Natural Beauty Q&A: Emmily Banks from Depths of Wellness

Introducing a very notable natural beauty, Emmily Banks, natural makeup artist, blogger and green beauty guru who headlines www.depthsofbeauty.com.au. With 8 years of experience servicing the beauty and fashion industry, Emmily truly lives and breathes a holistic lifestyle and is passionate about encouraging wellbeing-conscious beauty regimes and awareness around the sustainability of our Earth not to mention natural, organic, nourishing and eco friendly cosmetics that WORK. What a woman! It’s so refreshing to encounter an absolutely authentic soul and because we’re such huge fans of her work, we consider it a very big deal that Emmily has taken the time to participate in a little Q&A with us. Read on!

Describe a day in the life of you!

My days vary – a lot! As a freelancer, I often work from home in my studio/office on my website, testing, trialling and reviewing natural beauty products and keeping on top of emails to clients, brands and online stores. Makeup Artistry also takes me all over Sydney for editorial photo shoots and events, from studio’s in Alexandria to location shoots on the beach in Northern Beaches, to Sydney Olympic Park! My days also involve meetings with like-minded business and I often pop in to some of my favourite natural brands offices to say hello! I’m also working on launching my Youtube channel soon so I’ve been spending a decent amount of time filming †˜how to’s’ and reviews! Aside from work, I ALWAYS find time in my day for exercise and a swim in the ocean or bake on the beach (in summer)!

Describe a day on your plate (what you eat, any particular ‘healthy food faves’ if any)?

My morning ritual involves a run along the beach as soon as I rise, then I stop by my local organic store for a coconut or almond milk piccolo and a cold pressed green juice on my way home. I then, fairly religiously, have lunch at home – organic poached eggs, half an avo with garlic mushrooms and spinach.. yum! I usually pick on nuts, popcorn and dips (hummus, baba ghanoush, avo) in the afternoon, then dinner often consists of plenty of vege and occasionally fish and meat. I LOVE cooking anything from broth, green soups, curries, spinach pie with sweet potato chips, fish and vege.. the list goes on! I also drink allll dayyy longgg… tea’s, water, acv and coconut oil with a dash of turmeric in hot water (its SO delicious) and im totally obsessed with juices and kombucha. I’m lucky not to have a sweet tooth, lots of bitter flavours or salt for me please! I’m fortunately to naturally love healthy food – it’s just normal for me to eat well.

Why do you think toxin-free beauty is the way to go? Oh there are SO many reasons!

Your Body & Mind’s Health – Between 60-90% of the ingredients in products we put onto our skin are absorbed straight through our blood stream. Absorbing toxic ingredients leads to a multitude of health issues, from hormone disruption to skin irritations and even cancer, tumors and neurotoxicity.

The Planet’s Health – Our environment is so precious and we need to do the best we can to look after our ecosystem. Using natural beauty lessens the demand for production of toxic chemicals that harm our environment and end up in our sewers and landfills. Toxin-free brands usually have a higher regard for the planet and often use recyclable packaging, etc too.

Animal Welfare – Disturbingly, almost all mainstream brands still test of animals and also use their fur for brushes. It’s horrific how they are treated and we need to be aware that we vote with our dollar.. we need to stop voting for brands who are still testing on animals and start supporting brands who don’t!

Who do you look to for inspiration? Everyone and everything! I am inspired by anyone who is driven, passionate, kind and is making a difference in this world for the better. These people are my friends, family, colleagues and clients. I am also highly inspired by successful, thriving entrepreneurs in the health and wellness sector – game changers who are living by their own rules and making a positive impact in other people’s lives!

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How did you fall into your role as a ‘natural’ makeup artist?

I started out as a mainstream makeup artist for several years before transitioning to all-natural and organic Beauty. I have always had a passion for health and wellness so it just made sense to start practicing with products I feel passionate about using and supporting. Plus there are so many beautiful natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free beauty and skincare products available these days! I am SO excited to be able to share my findings and encourage people to support healthier brands for their wellbeing. I guess the real turning point was when I was still a mainstream MUA and began receiving (toxic) beauty products to trial, review and promote. I just didn’t feel passionate or comfortable about doing it.. that’s when I knew I had to change direction and go all natural!

What do you think makes a woman a natural beauty?

First and foremost, a kind and happy spirit – I believe people radiate beauty with a big open heart! Secondly, a radiant, natural glow that comes from living and eating well; flawless skin, bright white teeth and clear eyes are all a sign of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

What is your mantra when it comes to feeling happy and successful? You can either think you can, or think you can’t… either way, you are right! I’ve always believed this and try to remember it’s all in my head, so I may as well think everything is awesome, right?

What is one beauty product you never leave the house without?

Lipstick/balm (usually tinted as I have quite pale lips and they’re often a bit dry)! It’s the one item I will always put in my beach bag, purse or pocket!

What are your tips for healthy, radiant skin? As mentioned above, it;s all about exercise to maintain healthy blood flow that gives you radiant skin as well as diet and lifestyle. Also, be sure to keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids – especially green juice and kombucha… they’re full of minerals and antioxidants that keep your skin glowing!

Which products from our range do you think are the perfect tools for glowing makeup?

Luk Lip Nourishes are really beautiful – creamy texture, nourishing ingredients and gorgeous packaging!

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR NATURAL BEAUTIES

Emmily would like to offer Luk Beautifood Tribe a 30% discount for a one on one client consultation/make-over:

CONSULTATION & MAKEOVER – Original Value $160

– A professional Makeover using only Natural & Organic Products

– An introduction to a wide range of Natural Products plus the chance to test and trial colours and consistency

– Product recommendations for your skins needs and your preferred style of makeup

– Brush/Tools recommendations for you to create Pro Makeup looks at home

– Professional MUA Hot Tips, i.e application techniques & tricks of the trade

– Q&A on natural products, their ingredients and why its so important to use natural ingredients on your skin!

Duration – 2hrs total.

Location – Makeup Studio/ Office, Bondi, Sydney.

Mobile Option – Emmily can also come to you for a small travel fee.

Click here for more details (and don’t forget to mention you saw the promo here!).

Got a question for Emmily? Leave a comment below!

Natural Beauty Interview with Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au

Meet low tox beauty LEGEND and close friend of lük beautifood –  Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au. Irene’s enthusiasm, ruthless determination and passion for toxic free living has made her online shop and blog the number one place for organic and natural beauty and healthy home products.

After leaving her job in marketing, Irene came to the realisation of what was really in our home and beauty products and the damaging effects they have on our bodies. Now, it’s her mission to provide Australia with 100% safe, clean products.

Between taking care of her gorgeous kids, running the shop, researching and writing for the blog, Irene takes some time to chat to us about business, natural beauty, food and reaching her dreams.

IRENE’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Irene, tell us about your life and career before †˜Nourished Life’ and why the change of direction?

Before Nourished Life I was marketing big brand beauty products, I was unknowingly smothering myself with a cocktail of toxic chemicals everyday. Then as Advertising Manager for Universal Studio I was putting in really long hours at the office and attending functions every other night. As a mum of 2 young children, any time I had left was spent looking after them rather than myself. Eventually I was so fatigued I couldn’t walk the flight of stairs to my office. It was that moment I decided to take control of my life and pay attention to what I was putting in and on my body.

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Irene’s last day at Universal Studios

How did †˜Nourished Life’ begin and how has it evolved since 2010?

That evening, after the †œstair awakening† I did something I’d never done before – I looked at the label on the back of my beauty products to understand what I was actually using, from there I moved to my pantry and laundry. By the end of that night I had thrown away every product in my entire house!

With an empty house, I needed to replace everything with safer toxin-free alternatives. Nourished Life was a simple blog I started to share my story and reviews on the best natural alternatives I could find. The Nourished Life Blog gained a lot of momentum really fast with many other women also wanting to use safer, products in their lives.

The task of finding safe, natural products was very overwhelming, there was nowhere to go where we could just replace everything in our homes and feel confident they were completely natural and safe. So I decided to set up my own shop based around this need!

What is your business philosophy?

I believe that anything the mind can dream, we can achieve. I believe building a business is as much about the creative energy and focus we put into our vision as the physical work we do.

What is a typical work day for you?  How do you juggle a family, a business and keep that life balance?

I’m still trying to achieve the balance I want, but my goals are to wake up earlier, fit in some Yoga, skip to the office after the school drop off and get through my to-do-list before pick up time! Then spend the evening nourishing the family. I’m not there yet… but I believe I can do it so I will. 

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Find your passion and focus on that, when you do what you love, you can’t go wrong!

BEAUTY

What is your daily †˜beauty regime’ ?

 These days my beauty regime is really simple, I use a basic organic cleanser, toner, day cream, eye cream and tinted moisturiser with natural sunscreen . Then at night a concentrated Rosehip oil!

What is your best kept beauty secret?

Laughter!

What is your favourite product from †˜Nourished Life’ and why?

This changes every day as I discover new toxin-free goodies for the store. At the moment it’s the Eco Tan organic deodorant.  It’s hot outside and I’m racing around a lot and IT WORKS! If all women knew this existed, every mainstream deodorant brand would go out of business.

Tell us about the difference using natural, toxin free products have on your skin and body?

Energy!!!! I have energy to bounce out of bed every day, and physically my skin has gone from dull to glowing. The dark circles under my eyes have brightened, my hair has gone from straw-like to shiny and the biggest difference is the disappearing of cellulite that I believe is due to having less toxins in my body!

What are your top tips for those wanting to detox their beauty kit and home?

 My best tip is to simply replace each item as you need it. For example, once your old mascara runs out, simply replace it with an organic one and before you know it your entire home will be transformed!

†˜Nourished Life’ makes it so easy for anyone in Australia to have access to safe, toxin free products- what products would you recommend for the busy mums who want to look and feel gorgeous the natural way?

The best thing is for busy mums to send me a quick email with their skin type and the products they currently use. I then send back a simple list of beautiful replacements options together with some samples so they can get started.

FOOD

How do you fuel your body to ensure you have the energy you need to keep you going throughout the day?

 I avoid as much sugar & gluten as possible and replace those foods with greens and healthy fats instead.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Breakfast – Organic espresso with a big teaspoon of organic coconut oil, smoothie with coconut water and as many superfoods I can find!

Lunch – Massive salad with organic corn chips.

Dinner – Stir Fry vegies or home made fried rice.

Dessert – frozen berries.

What are your top three †˜can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?

Coconut oil  (you can cook anything in it and it keeps us energies all day), Sea Salt (brings out the flavour in everything without the need to add any sauces), Passion (every meal taste better when love and passion is added)

LIFE

How do you live the life you love every day?

Everyday I feel so incredibly grateful for being able to work full time on Nourished Life and not be back in the 9-5 grind of corporate life.

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

Follow your gut and not your head. Every day I have to make decisions and choices about the next steps in my business. My head and my gut are always at war so I have had to learn to trust my gut instinct.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra?

 I can change the world one day at a time.

What’s next for †˜Nourished Life’?

In 2014 I’m focusing on the health and fitness side of living a nourished life. This combined with the Beauty & Lifestyle focus I had this year should really round out the business to cover all areas of living a Nourished Life.

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Want to meet Irene and learn more about natural beauty products? Come to Irene & Cindy’s ‘Detox your Beauty Kit’ class in February. Click here for details.

Be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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How to get glowing skin – the fast and easy way

I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.

Below, I’ve thrown together all of my best tips and tricks to help you supercharge your skin to optimum health and keep it glowy and gorg, without the need for pricey facials or dermal fillers. These quick steps are easy to squeeze into your daily routine and require minimal effort (amen). Read on natural beauties!

1. Always, ALWAYS wash your face at night – even if you’ve worn no makeup.

Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin with an all-natural, nourishing formula part of your bedtime routine so you can clean and prep your canvas for lotions and potions that go on top. You might also want to apply a toner (free of alcohol, astringents and fragrances) which removes any product residue and will also help close your pores. Make your own healthy DIY concoction with 2 Tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 Tbs. of distilled water. Combine in a bottle and shake well before each use. Apply using a cotton ball, being careful around the delicate eye area. Voila! Easy.

3. Smooth on some moisturiser and serum.

Moisturising your face morning and night with either either a lotion or serum (or both!) helps your skin repair itself and wards off wrinkles. Reach for natural, organic formulas that contain fortifying vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that feed your skin at a cellular level and are free of any chemical baddies that could potentially strip the skin and absorb into the pores. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage! These areas can get super dry and irritated not to mention wrinkly if you never moisturise them. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin to lock in hydration.

4. Get your sleep.

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep deprivation lowers circulation and can make your skin look lacklustre and dull. Amp up your body’s cellular renewal system by getting a minimum of 8 hours per night (7, if you’re super time poor, should do the trick!).

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5. Snack on nuts.

Healthy foods like Brazil Nuts and Walnuts are rich in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts. Macadamias are similarly full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation, so don’t be afraid to keep a handful somewhere close by for when it’s snack time.

6. Keep hydrated.

Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, and is fab at transporting nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells which helps deliver elasticity, softness and smoothness. Aim for 2 litres per day, and if you struggle with this, set a reminder on your phone to drink every hour. You might also want to squeeze a bit of citrus in with your h20 which is a great little skin detoxifier. For a bit of flavour, try sipping on skin-soothing teas like chamomile or mint.

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6. Exfoliate once a week.
If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. That’s because your complexion looks radiant when it’s smooth enough to reflect light. Find a natural exfoliant that has super fine grains, and use light pressure and gentle motions. To make your own, combine  yoghurt, organic coconut oil and natural oats. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual. You’ll be luminous in no time!
7. Clean your makeup brushes and your pillow cases.
Our makeup brushes and pillows tend to collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts so make sure you’re giving your brushes and bed linen a good wash at least once per week.

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9. Have a healthy, balanced diet.

A diet high in fats and carbohydrates can actually cause more wrinkles.  To keep your cells revved up and rejuvenated, stick to plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans and lentils etc. Here’s a list of more skin foods and their awesome nutritional benefits.

10. Enhance your glow with makeup.

One you’ve gone a healthy skincare routine downpat, what better way to add that little bit of pizzazz to your beautiful features than with skin-enhancing makeup that won’t clog your pores. If your skin is normal or dry, apply 100% Pure’s Tinted Moisturiser Creme which is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable pigments instead of synthetic dyes and features a hydrating formula to even out skin tone and gently blur imperfections. Using your fingertips, tap up and down your cheekbones, and dab whatever is left over on your brow bones, the center of your chin, and the tip of your nose. If your complexion is oily, dust a powder formula over the same areas with a small fluffy brush using 100% Pure Flawless Skin Powder Foundation. For a healthy, fresh-faced flush, dab the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge into the cheekbones until fully blended. You’ll appear lit-from-within in no time!
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Tell me natural beauties, what are your tips & tricks to keep your skin aglow? Leave a comment x
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6 Cold Pressed Juices for Super Skin Nourishment

Our  juices are deliciously flavoured, nutritionally designed and cold pressed to retain their active nutrients and enzymes. Beauty-boosting juices are a fast track to clear, glowing skin, more energy and a lighter, brighter feeling from the inside out.

Great along side our famous Breakfast Beauty Bar, here are our 5 signature cold pressed beauty juices you can try at home:

 Antioxidant boost

The Antioxidant Boost juice is an age defying super juice! Its ingredients will provide you the antioxidant boost your skins needs to brighten complexion and help improve wrinkles and fine lines. Raspberries are one of the top foods to help to fight blemishes and breakouts.  This provides an additional benefits to ensure your natural beauty shines throughout the day!

Orange – Vitamin C improves skin texture, tightening your complexion

Pomegranate – Ellagic acid to help repair skin and reduce wrinkles

Raspberry – Rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals

Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory, brightens and calms skin by decreasing skin puffiness and redness

Detox

Give your body a mini detox with this delicious rich juice filled with detoxifying ingredients like beetroot and lemon.  Helping to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, our Detox juice will give you the perfect start to your day.  The inclusion of apple also helps to protect your skin throughout the day from the suns damaging UV rays, keeping it smooth and bright while antioxidants in beetroot decrease redness and puffiness within your complexion.

Apple – High fibre aids digestion and removal of toxins

Beetroot – Detoxifies the skin by eliminating impurities via the liver

Ginger – Antioxidants neutralise damaging free radicals

Lemon – Strengthens skin cells, smoothing your complexion

Immunity kick

If you’re feeling exhausted and lethargic at the end of a working day, the Immunity Kick may be just what you need. When your body becomes run down it is more susceptible to getting sick – it is even more important if you are getting sick to stop the illness before it progresses…  This Immunity Kick will not only boost your immune system, it will also help to boost energy levels to keep you feeling your best inside and out.  The presence of ginger is the perfect touch with its high anti inflammatory properties.  Inflammation can increase when our body focuses on fighting off bacteria or viruses, ginger helps to protect your body and keep inflammation within you complexion at a minimum.

Apple –  You know what they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’  plus gives a great vitamin C boost

Lemon – Antioxidant Vitamin C protects the bodys cells

Ginger – Eases headaches and sore throats

Cayenne – Immediate metabolism booster, also great for sore throats and irritating coughs

 Glow and go Green Smoothie

Our Glow + Go smoothie is most loved and best-selling juice.  Not only will give you a natural boost in energy to kick start your day, this smoothie also works to give you a healthy natural glow on the outside.  This juice is the perfect option for a busy morning when both you and your skin need a little pick-me-up.  The presence of chlorophyll helps to neutralise acids in your body and bring it back alkaline, helping to maintain balance.  It also boosts oxygen levels in your blood ensuring all your cells are nourished, while creating an energised and fresh feeling within.

Avocado – Luscious lipids with vitamin E to replenish moisture

Banana – Sustained energy boost

Coconut water – Natural electrolytes for a day on the go

Kale – Vitamin A to enhance skin tone and smoothness

Cucumber – Helps eliminate toxins for a radiant complexion

Lime – Vitamin C makes collagen and elastin

Mesclun – Chlorophyll to oxygenate and energise the body

Pineapple – Enzyme bromelain keeps the immune system in top shape

Super skin milk

This Super Skin Milk does exactly as the name suggests.  Delicious and moisturising, this pressed almond milk is the perfect addition to any breakfast and will help your skin maintain moisture and elasticity as well as reduce fine lines leaving it feeling smooth and soft for a flawless complexion.  The presence of vitamin E in almonds helps to promote tissue rejuvenation and healthy repair, creating a fresh and bright complexion.  It also helps to heal cracked lips or dry spots within your appearance.

Almonds – Maintain skin elasticity for smooth, soft dewy skin

Cardamom – Eliminates wastes which can cause dryness

Cinnamon – Encourages tight and smooth skin for a youthful complexion

Dates – Iron helps to provide oxygen to our cells creating a radiant complexion

Water – Hydrates and plumps skin cells

Nutmeg – Reduces acne for clear skin

Sea salt – Aids the removal of toxins from cells for fresh, bright skin

Vanilla bean – Helps smooth fine lines for a youthful appearance

 

Which one will be your favourite!?

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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

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.

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.   

What's in your Beauty Bag - Nat Kringoudis

What’s in your beauty bag – Nat Kringoudis, Founder of The Pagoda Tree

Bio:

Nat Kringoudis is a bona fide women’s health revolutionist and fertility fixer with a big heart for natural healthcare.  She is a Dr of Chinese Medicine, an author, speaker and the founder and owner of The Pagoda Tree.  Nat has stepped up to champion fertility BEFORE it becomes an issue. With the belief of †˜Why wait until it’s broken?’ Nat is helping women in their twenties to lay a gangbuster †˜healthy hormone’ foundation, knowing that this is the way forward in the world of women’s health.

Through her blog, she educates women on the benefits of alternative therapies and nutrition for happy hormones.  Nat is also the producer and co-host of the online web series HealthTalks and from time to time you’ve seen her in your favourite glossy mag or appearing as a health expert on your telly.

Nat has penned three books Well & Good, Eat Fat, Be Thin and Eat Fat, Be Lean.

And she tours Australia regularly, holding workshops and speaking at other events to help women get clued up on their bodies and take control of their hormone health.

You can drop by and say hi to Nat on Facebook, Twitter or her favourite way – via Instagram.

www.natkringoudis.com

 

Nat’s Beauty Bag:

Nat Kringoudis

Nat Kringoudis

My beauty bag is a constantly changing situation.  I’m currently obsessed with red lipstick and as a red head, I would have never thought that possible!  Here’s what is in my bag currently:

From top right hand side , clockwise.

  • Pure Papaya Care is my go-to fix for dry skin, lip care and all things in-between.
  • Ere Perez Blush in †˜my blush’
  • Very well used eye pencils!  Black is Inika & the brown is Ere Perez.
  • RMS Beauty living luminizer
  • W3ll People Narcissit Foundation – medium neutral
  • Innika Mineral Foundation  – nurture 04
  • Black mascara
  • Mineral shaddows
  • Luk Lip Nourish in Cranberry Citrus – Fave Red Lippy.

 

*NB: lük beautifood supports our natural beauty community to genuinely share ‘what’s in their beauty bag’ – we don’t endorse products or contents or gain financially or otherwise from this series.