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Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

5 Rules to Spring Clean Your Makeup

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

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

1. When in doubt, throw it out!

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

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

2. Less is more

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

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

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 3. Rethink Your Lip Colour

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

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

4. Keep it clean

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

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

5. Go natural

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

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

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

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

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

5 Rules to Spring Clean Your Makeup

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

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

1. When in doubt, throw it out!

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

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

2. Less is more

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

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

spring clean your makeup bag

 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.   

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

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

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

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

You can find Brigid at:

W: www.createloveheal.com

IG: @create.love.heal

FB: createloveheal

YT: createloveheal

 

 

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

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

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

*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. 

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cosmetics: Behind the brand

There’s no doubt 100% Pure has taken the green beauty world by storm. You may have heard the buzz about this brand from makeup artists, natural cosmetic lovers or green beauty websites, or perhaps you’re beginning the transition to an all-natural makeup routine and want to find out more. That’s why today I thought I’d give you a bit of background information about 100% Pure, and also walk you through some of the star products from the range.

THE BRAND

100% Pure is free of any harmful toxins that are common in other cosmetics – because our skin absorbs what we put on it – it offers a range of fruit pigmented, high quality cosmetics that blend skin-healing food grade ingredients together with essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants for skin that positively glows and a makeup look that enhances your natural beauty.

The company not only creates healthy products for our body but also for the environment. Their American corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy,the company is 100% electric and their pure, biodegradable formulas are packaged with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. Pretty impressive, right? They also just so happen to loves animals as much as we do and are completely cruelty free and charitable towards animal welfare.

From eco-friendly, organic & safe mascaras to tinted moisturisers, lipsticks and everything in between not to mention an impressive, transparent company ethos, this is pretty much a beauty brand you want to get behind.

THE INGREDIENTS

One thing that stood out for me when I first discovered 100% Pure is that their products were formulated from fruit pigments in place of artificial colouring. For example, they use fruits and foods like blueberries, blackberries, dark chocolate, and black tea to create shades like blue, purple, brown, and black, respectively. The best part? They smell really darn good!

Since 100% Pure products do not contain any synthetic chemicals, parabens, sulfates or harsh detergents, artificial fragrances or colours, phthalates, the products are even safe for kids to use!

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What they’re formulated WITH:

– Antioxidants which protect us by fighting off the damaging free radicals.

– Natural preservatives and anti-bacterial herbs to stabilise active ingredients from oxidising. Their 100% natural preservative system uses Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, to preserve all products.

– Fruit and vegetable pigments meaning you get to apply all the healthy fruit antioxidants and fruit vitamins directly onto your skin and reap the benefits.

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What they’re formulated WITHOUT:

– NO perfumes and fragrances which are synthetic chemicals that do not have any medicinal or aroma therapeutic value. 100% Pure products smell delicious because what you smell is real. The wonderful aromas in 100% Pure products are from real fruits, pure essential oils, and pure absolutes. You will never find anything artificial.

– NO thickeners and emulsifiers which are considered to be cheap fillers. 100% Pure products are never diluted with water, alcohol, or any other baddies and are instead totally concentrated and perform at optimal level.

– NO harsh chemicals or toxins. This is pretty self-explanatory. No matter how hard the beauty business proclaims innocence, the undeniable truth is that many of the ingredients in makeup and skin care are toxic to our bodies and are known to disrupt the hormone system, and can be a factor in reproductive diseases and breast cancer. You’ll never find any of these harsh toxins in 100% Pureproducts. Every beneficial enzyme, vitamin and antioxidant remains intact in these luscious, healthy formulas because they do not undergo the usual procedure when it comes to producing cosmetics (e.g. saponified, clarified, deodorised, fractionated and heated to high temperatures).

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WHY WE LOVE IT

Because I actually formulate my own natural lipstick, I’m pretty well-versed on what works and what doesn’t live up to its promises. I can safely say for me personally – and on behalf of my happy customers – that 100% Pure isn’t just hearsay. It’s the real deal!

With just a few products from the 100% Pure range you can achieve radiant beauty that normally comes from eating organic food and living a nourished life.

Because 100% Pure does not contain harsh detergents, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin, they are also perfect for sensitive skin and ideal for busy mums, young active girls and those of us that don’t want spend more than few minutes each morning applying makeup.

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THE STAR PRODUCTS

While making the choice to ditch harsh chemicals from your beauty routine is great, it can be a rough transition if you’re not sure what you’re getting into. Many people wind up getting frustrated with green products, claiming they don’t work as well as chemical ones, and ultimately just give up on them. Because I consider a natural beauty shift like this to be such a worthwhile endeavour and because I am adamant that each carefully curated product from the 100% Pure range DOES work, I have laid out 6 core products that I know you’ll love and adore:

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FACE: 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation – full coverage & absolutely nourishing! Provides perfect coverage without looking or feeling heavy. You might also want to check out… Sheer water Foundation & Tinted Moisturiser for a soft dewy complexion.

CHEEKS: 100% Pure Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain – ‘Stains’ your skin for a gorgeous, ‘just pinched’ healthy natural glow. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Luminizer.

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BLEMISHES: 100% Pure Brightening Concealer Corrector – coloured with healthy yellow fruit pigments including anti-inflammatory turmeric to mask skin imperfections and banish dark circles. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder.

EYES: 100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette – Neutral barely-there shades for the eyes and illuminating the face. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Eyeliner Pencil in Champagne & Chocolate.100pureborw

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EYEBROWS: 100% Pure Eyebrow Powder Gel – Eyebrow powder for every day and night use without smudging or creasing. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Eyeliner.

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LIPS: 100% Pure Lip Glaze Lipstick – A creamy, semi shiny lipstick made from a base of lip softening avocado and cocoa butters and coloured from antioxidant rich fruit dyes. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Lip Creamstick in Naked (tip: Line and fill lips before applying one of 7 sheer neutral shades of luk beautifood Lip Nourish lipstick).100puremascara

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LASHES: 100% Pure Maracuja Black Tea Mascara – Vegan mascara enriched with nutrient-rich Maracuja (passionfruit) oil that holds curls, lengthens and separates while creating luscious volume. You might also want to check out… 100% Pure Black Tea Liquid Eyeliner.

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The simple truth – what’s in Lip Nourish natural lipstick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS LIP NOURISH?

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

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THE LOOK

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

THE FEEL

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

THE INGREDIENTS

The Lip Nourish recipe is unique as it’s made from healthy and nourishing foods you would normally pop on your plate like avocado, sesame, citrus, spices and herbs. The nutrient-rich base recipe found is the same in all 12 varieties.

Specifically, the nutrient active ingredients in Lip Nourish contain:

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

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

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

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

THE SCIENCE

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

    1. ANTIOXIDANTS

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

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

Sesamin/sesamolin – boosts vitamin antioxidant activity for greater effect

    1. WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMINS

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

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

    1. FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS

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

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

    1. TRACE MINERALS

Zinc – accelerates repair, giving smooth softness

Potassium – hydrating and moisturising preventing dry and cracked lips

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

    1. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS | ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

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

THE FLAVOURS

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

    • Nude Cinnamon is completely nude, universally flattering and is suitable as a rich creamy balm for everyone including men.
    • Chai Shimmer is the perfect nude with a golden undertone to suit nearly every girl or woman
    • Peach Melon  sheer coverage in a pretty soft coral shade
    • Pink Juniper features a light pinkish tone suitable for blonde hair & fair skin.
    • Rose Lime gently evens out the lip tone and is a rosy taupe hue
    • Tea Rose is very similar to the natural colour of your lips and suits most people.
    • Mandarin Spice is suitable for medium to dark skin tones and hair colour.
    • Vanilla Chocolate stains lips with spiced chocolate and is suitable for brunettes and olive or darker skin tones
    • Ruby Grapefruit sheer to medium coverage in a pretty, peach pink shade
    • Cranberry Citrus  sheer to medium coverage in a sheer rusty red shade with a slight golden hue
    • Cherry Plum sheer to medium coverage in a deep, berry red

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

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

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

Cindy

8 ways to detox

8 Easy Ways to Detox Your Body

Detox your body the natural way with these 8 easy steps that will have you glowing from the inside out.

1. Juice cleanse

Did you know that for most people, it takes almost 18 hours for your body to digest and eliminate one meal?! Give your body a break and naturally flush out toxins whilst also keeping your body energised and satisfied a 3 day pressed juice cleanse to feel lighter, brighter and GLOW today.

2. Sleep more

Sleep is when your body rebuilds and regenerates itself. Without adequate sleep, your immune system is compromised, it’s easier to gain weight and you lack energy.  Not getting the rest you need and taking care of yourself doesn’t allow your body to function optimally, which includes its ability to naturally cleanse itself.

3. Take a tech-tox

Did you know that Harvard Medical School scientists found that being on your laptop or mobile before bed can actually disrupt the body’s production of melatonin ? This  in turn negatively effects our quality of sleep. Try a technology detox to improve your sleep patterns and be more present in your day-to-day life. Start by turning off your phone and TV every night after 8pm and not turning it on until after your morning routine.

4. Sweat it out

We all know that regular exercise is essential to maintain a healthy body but it is also an effective way of naturally cleansing the body through sweating.  Not only that, it also aids with blood circulation and digestion.

5. Drink up!

Increase your intake of detoxifying, antioxidant rich drinks like lemon water, green tea and green juices to hydrate, nourish and protect the body whilst promoting its natural detoxification methods.

6. Eat more fibre

Fibre is an essential nutrient for the digestive system to function properly.  Not eating enough fibre can result in bloating and sluggishness. When your digestive tract is working properly, toxins, waste, and anything else that has built up in within the tract will move through quickly helping you to feel lighter and more energised.

7. Reduce sugar

By reducing refined sugar in your diet, you’ll not only naturally improve your physical appearance (think glowing skin and unwanted weight) but you’ll also have improved  immune system, brain function and serotonin levels (happy hormones).

8. Clean out your makeup bag

We cannot stress how important this is! It is well known that your skin is your largest organ and it is said that “60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body” so it only makes sense that you nourish your skin the same way you do with your body with toxin free, natural makeup and skin care. Not only is this better for your health and the environment, but an Australian report published in the International Journal of Chemistry proved that natural products are better for your skin!
 

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How To Choose 100% Pure Foundation Online

Discover your perfect shade in your perfect formula of 100% Pure products  to further reveal your natural beauty rather than covering it up. By matching your skin tone, you can create your perfect looking skin while highlighting your best features such as making your eyes pop or your lips luscious…or both!  100% Pure natural foundations  are filled with skin-loving ingredients and can do everything from hiding ‘imperfections’ (pimples, sunspots, dark patches) to evening out and enhancing your skin tone.

Depending on your skin type and the occasion, your foundation base and how you apply it (brush or fingers) and the finish you prefer (matt or dewy, full or sheer coverage) what you choose will vary so we have made sure we have the basics to help you create the perfect base for a flawless, natural glow.

And the icing on the cake is the entire range is pigmented with skin-healthy fruits and vegetables instead of synthetics dyes, not to mention chemical preservative and synthetic fragrance free, cruelty free, vegan and zero petroleum derived ingredients.

Type of Products
1. Healthy Skin Foundation with super fruits

A full coverage natural foundation are for those days or occasions when you want more!  A lot of traditional foundations leave your face looking and feeling caked, heavy and unnatural. But the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation gives you a full coverage that you want whilst looking natural. It is also made with superfruits and antioxidants – yes there is a reason why it’s called the ‘healthy skin foundation’! This richly pigmented creamy formula will also conceal imperfections, but also even out and perfect skin tone without damaging your skin or clogging your pores, leaving you with a flawless, matt finish.

#tip for normal to dry skin moisturise or use a facial oil before applying as it dries quickly.

2. Sheer Water Foundation – with vitamins and antioxidants

Yes you read correctly! A must-have for all seasons when your skin needs a little extra moisture and you want that ‘dewy’ look,  this is the perfect foundation for everyday wear. The 100% Pure Water Foundation gives sheer, natural coverage to blur imperfections and even skin tone whilst giving you lasting hydration. It is quite sheer compared to the tinted moisturiser and foundation, so if you want to hide any imperfections, best to use a concealer underneath or some light powder of the top. It has the most ‘natural skin’ and dewy finish of all.

3. Tinted Moisturiser – with antioxidants

A tinted moisturiser is a great all rounder for anyone and is perfect for just about any occasion. It is almost a combination of the above 2 styles.  100% Pure tinted moisturiser is all natural and will help conceal imperfections and even skin tone without that cakey foundation feel, but is also buildable for when you want little bit of extra coverage.  Coloured with antioxidant rich, fruit and vegetable pigments it will also nourish your skin whilst you wear and give you an even natural glow. It is suitable for all skin types. This product is very popular.

4. Brightening Concealer
The 100% Pure Brightening concealer not only hides dark circles around the eyes but is made with antioxidant rich green tea and raw coffee beans to reduce puffiness and brighten the skin! It can also be used to conceal blemishes and pigmentation. It is made with rosehip oil to nourish delication skin around the eyes and prevent dryness. It is highly pigmented / dense.

5. Flawless Foundation Powder – with ground rice

If you prefer a powder foundation or you have particularly oily skin, the 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder is the perfect choice. It is a super lightweight face powder that gives you a beautiful flawless poreless complexion. With oil absorbing rice powders and a talc free base, this powder even out and purifies skin. It can be used alone but works even better over a tinted moisturiser for a matte finish.

It is packed with anti-ageing vitamins: antioxidants, purifying eucalyptus and soothing rose, calendula and camomile petals. The rice powder absorbs oil to keep your face fresh. Use as is or over the top of any of the above for more coverage.

100% Pure foundations

L to R – Coverage Heaviest to lightest:  Brightening Concealer, Healthy Skin Foundation, Tinted Moisturiser, Sheer Water Foundation

How to match foundation – colour selection

When you sample a foundation, the ideal place for shade matching is natural daylight, inside near a window. On clean facial skin, test three foundation shades closest to your skin tone in vertical lines near the jawbone. Blend each shade in and look for the shade that blends the most naturally with your skin.

100% Pure foundation shades
For light SKIN TONES select Creme.

For light medium SKIN TONES select WhitePeach .

For medium SKIN TONES select Peach Bisque.

For tanned SKIN TONES select Golden Peach.

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Top 3 tips for creating the perfect base:

1. On clean skin, apply concealer under eyes and over any spots you wish to cover. Be sure to choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin and blend it well. If you have fine lines, particularly around the eyes, apply the conceal after your foundation to prevent it from creasing.

2. Choose the most suitable foundation for your skin type.  For dry skin, try the tinted moisturiser or healthy skin foundation, and for oily skin, try powder on its own or over the water foundation. If you have particularly dry or dull skin, apply a dry oil or beauty balm first to achieve a more dewy, fresh finish.

3. The best way to apply any foundation is with a clean, vegan foundation brush, starting from the middle of your face and buffing the foundation outwards and blend past your jaw line.  To make sure your foundation isn’t patchy or cakey, apply it in the brightest area of your room near natural light.

To purchase 100% Pure foundation, visit Nourished Life.

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Learn how to create the perfect base for a natural glow with this post.

Beautiful skin starts within by eating clean, healthy foods. Have a look in our beauty foods  glossary  on what to eat for clear, toned and radiant skin.  Or read these posts

Top Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin. Click Here

How to be barefaced and beautiful.  Click Here

Skin Detox – Click Here

Or try one of our super quick, easy and tasty natural beauty recipes!  Like our anti-inflammatory super skin milk, alkalising go + glow smoothie or antioxidant rich pomegranate salad.

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Growers Market Beauty Bar

6 Reasons to Shop at the Farmers’ Markets

We all know farmers’ markets are a great place to find your organic fruits and vege but that’s just the start of it. Did you know that a study released by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) actually proved that farmers’ markets provide a number of benefits to farmers, consumers and communities.

The study found that farmers’ markets provide people with alternative access to fresh, local, seasonal and often-organic food sourced directly from the food producer or farmer. It is this exposure to a variety of foods that gives people the opportunity to learn about new foods, how they were produced and how to create beautiful new healthy dishes, all whilst providing farmers with an economically viable distribution option.

And it doesn’t stop there! Here are our top 6 reasons you should take a visit to farmers’ markets when you can (we are all for the late Sunday emergency supermarket run!)

  1. You can support local farmers

By doing a shop at the farmers’ markets you are supporting the local farmers and small business owners who are often using the markets to get their start and who need it the most. You’re also putting money back into the local economy and assisting local growers in their ability to continue providing their products to you.

  1. Builds community and neighbourhood spirit

Instead of just scanning your items at the self serve checkout, the farmers markets actually allows you to talk to the farmers who grow your food as well as other like-minded, health-conscious people in your community. Plus the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful outdoor setting of a market is a far more inviting place to have conversations and form new friendships than in aisle 5.

  1. The Food is fresher (and tastes better!)

Ever heard of food miles? This refers to the distance your food has travelled to get from where it was picked to your plate and you will certainly not find any signs advertising the food miles at your local supermarket. While a number of the big supermarket chains do try and support aussie farmers as much as possible, a lot of produce is still flown in from half way across the world (that’s how we can still get cherries in winter time!) and so are obviously not fresh.

  1. Huge variety

If you think all you’ll find at the markets is fruit and vege, you are very wrong! At markets at like the Pyrmont Growers Markets you’ll find artisan breads, preserves, cold pressed juices, sweet treats, meats, cheese and hand made pasta, just to name a few!

  1. Creates a relationship between the farmer and consumer

Shopping at the farmer’s markets creates an excellent opportunity to communicate with those who grow or create the foods that you eat. It’s important to know what you’re eating and how it was grown and what better way to find out what’s in your food then being able to talk to the person who grows it and sells it to you? You’ll be surprised at how much you learn from different farmers.

  1. It’s better for the environment

It’s healthier and more sustainable to eat food that is locally grownEating food grown in the local area cuts down on the money, energy, and resources needed to ship the food to you and by cutting down on the natural resources used to transport your food to you, you’re doing your part to help the environment.

Convinced yet?  Join us at the SMH Pyrmont Growers Market on the first Saturday of each month for fresh cold pressed juices, our famous beauty breakfast bars and natural makeup.

This Saturday will be extra special as it will first event of the SMH Good Food Month! So come down and grab a go+glow green smoothie while you browse the beautiful stalls, events and demonstrations in the sunshine.

Our famous beauty juices

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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.

Get the Luk Look withChai Shimmer

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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Stress and your skin

Improve Your 3 Top Skin Concerns naturally

If you are reading this, chances are you wish you could change or improve something about your skin. Whether it’s the occasional breakout, crows feet, pigmentation or sun damage – it’s unlikely that there are any women out there who feel like they have the perfect complexion. But having healthy, naturally glowing skin is not out of reach.

Find out here what is causing your most common skin concerns and how to improve them the natural way. 

1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

wrinkles | creases | sagging

Wrinkles are creases or folds in the skin that increase over time,  predominately as a result of the natural ageing process but also  through free radical damage from things such as smoking,  pollution and sun exposure. Free radical damages decrease the skin’s elasticity resulting in sagging and wrinkles.

To decrease the appearance of wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming, the most important (and obvious) step to take is to protect your skin from the sun and stay hydrated. Second to that is to eat whole, clean foods – those that are free of additives and are rich in healthy fats, fibre and beauty nutrients.  And it goes without say that eating a diet rich in antioxidants will fight those free radicals that cause collagen and elastin fibres in the skin to break down.

5 Favourite antioxidant rich foods:

1. Blueberries

2. Papaya

3. Green Tea

4. Leafy green vegetables

5. Tomatoes

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2. Pigmentation

Dark spots | light spots | uneven skin tone | dull skin | sun spots

Thought wrinkles were your skin’s worst enemy when it comes to ageing? Studies have shown that discolouration and pigmentation of the skin can visually add up to 12 years to your perceived age! And yes you guessed it, pigmentation is predominately caused by UV exposure as this increases the melanin (what gives our skin colour) production in our body. The two most common types of pigmentation are:

Hyper-pigmentation: where the melanin production is elevated leading to brown or tan spots on the skin.

Hypo-pigmentation: where the melanin production is lowered and patches of lighter skin appear.

To help fade imperfections, improve skin tone and brighten dull skin, Vitamin C is your best weapon. Vitamin C can accelerate the skin’s cell turnover mechanism, breaking up dark spots and dull skin tone as a result. It also helps to prevent new dark spots from appearing by fighting the formation of concentrated melanin patches (dark spots).

5 Favourite Vitamin C rich foods:

1. Citrus – Lemons, limes and oranges

2. Camu Camu

3. Capsicum

4. Broccoli

5. Berries

Raspberries

3. Acne

white heads | blackheads | hormonal breakouts | adult acne

There are countless reasons why people, of all ages get acne. Although acne occurs predominately in adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults (and mostly in women!).

Basically pimples occur when the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) clog the pores or openings for hair follicles. If the openings are large, the clogs take the form of blackheads and if the openings stay small, the clogs take the form of whiteheads. The most common causes of acne and breakouts are:

Hormones: This is the most common cause of acne in adolescents as they experience an increase in hormone production. Both boys and girls during puberty produce high levels of androgens, hormones that include testosterone. Testosterone tells the body to make more sebum i.e. skin oil causing more pimples.

Bacteria:  Bacteria exists in all skin types. It grows in the pores or ‘openings’ as a result of excess sebum (skin oil) which has clogged them and can cause the follicle wall to break under the pressure of this buildup. When this happens, sebum leaks and forms more pimples.

Gut Health and diet: If you’re not getting enough nutrients or digesting food properly due to poor gut health, your skin will start to starve which can results in breakouts, dull skin and reduced skin elasticity. A diet high in sugar, processed foods and alcohol can result in low levels of good gut bacteria that help to maintain good digestion and keep our skin clear and glowing.

Sometimes the cause of acne can just be genetic and may needed to be treated by a doctor or dermatologist. However, you can greatly improve your skin’s health through applying gentle, natural skincare and makeup that is suited to your skin’s needs as well as eating a diet high in probiotics, fibre, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

5 Favourite acne fighting foods:

1. Unrefined or fermented grains for fibre and improved digestion/detoxification

2. Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut to improve gut health

3. Bone broth for gut health

4. Sunflower seeds and other foods rich in zinc for skin health

5. Flaxseed oil and other foods/oils rich in omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation

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How to be Barefaced and Beautiful

As you know, at Luk Beautifood we’re about enhancing your natural beauty not just through what you put on your skin but what you feed your body and how ‘well’ you live your life, so this month we focusing on being BAREFACED and BEAUTIFUL….. and LOVING it!

It’s about nurturing your skin from the inside to get that healthy glow, rocking the natural look and learning to love the skin you’re in.

Lets start from the inside;

CLEAN FOOD

Food can do more for our natural beauty than any expensive creams, serums or potions will ever do. When eaten and applied, you are giving your skin the recipe to look its best. And when your skin looks its best, you feel your best and you don’t feel the need to completely hide it behind thick makeup!

The active nutrients in foods, from Vitamin A, C and E to minerals like iron and zinc are powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals that form in your skin due to the stresses of poor diet, toxins, smoking and exposure to the sun. Your body needs these nutrients (as well as enzymes, proteins, carbs, fat) to work at its optimum and give you healthy skin, strong nails and a lustrous hair.

Learn about the Top Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin here. 

NOURISHED LIFE

Not only is eating the right foods essential for your skin’s health, they give you the energy to live the life you love, because when you’re living the life you love, happiness oozes from your smile, your skin glows and you feel beautiful.

Why? Because you’re not stressed. Stress is extremely detrimental to how beautiful you look and feel. Over exposing yourself to environmental or emotional stresses results in a short supply of essential nutrients to what you body thinks are ‘unessential’ processes like the growth of hair, skin and nails which in turn leads to premature ageing, dull skin, dry hair etc.

Dr.Libby Weaver goes into depth about how stress affects your appearance in our interview with her, which you can read here.  

NATURAL BEAUTY

It’s not just food and lifestyle that affect our skin’s health, it is what we put on it. People are now realising that our skin absorbs what we put on it, in fact 60% is absorbed into the bloodstream within 26 seconds of applying*. Most mainstream cosmetics and skin care products contain numerous toxins, preservatives, thickeners, and artificial colours and synthetic fragrances that are not only harmful to your body but they are not doing any favours for your skin. Mineral oil for example, yes it is effective in moisturising, but it also suffocates the skin, not allowing it to go through its natural cell rejuvenation process. Look after your skin with natural makeup and skincare that is going to nourish and subtly enhance your features without harming your skin, body or the environment.  Our range of 100% Pure, all natural makeup is perfect to help you create that gorgeous barely-there look.

So luk lovelies, eat your beauty foods, live the life you love, enhance your natural beauty with pure, subtle makeup and LOVE the skin you’re in!

Natural beauty

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