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Super Skin Food: Turmeric

Why are we so addicted to earthy, aromatic, pungent Turmeric? Not only have I noticed there’s been an influx of talk surrounding this orange spice of late, but people are starting to use it not only in their drinks, but in their skincare routines too! Why, you ask? Well natural beauties, Turmeric is a surefire beautifier and organ cleanser, in that it has the ability to:

  • Reduce inflammation internally and externally and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Balance oil production
  • Lighten and brighten pigmentation
  • Deliver antioxidants to all areas of the body
  • Cleanse the liver
  • Inhibit the production of melanin in human skin cells
  • Help prevent wrinkles, skin sagging and age spots

That’s because it contains naturally antibacterial qualities combined with oil balancing properties as well as food actives curcumin, manganese, iron, vitamin B6, copper and potassium for healthy insides. Better yet, the phytochemicals found in turmeric provide potent healing agents – the same kind found in plants. Interesting, eh? Sip on hot lemon water with ginger, cayenne, tumeric and honey, add to almond milk or mix with brown rice or lentils, egg salad or even sautéed apples and poached pears. And of course – add to curries!

Just as a little refresher, here is an oldie but a goodie: one of my favourite DIY Enzyme & Turmeric Masks which is excellent for reducing acne, evening out skin tone, calming redness and banishing skin woes.

YOU’LL NEED

– Greek Yoghurt (contains enzymes in the probiotic bacteria that work to hydrate and soften the skin)

– Turmeric (contains anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to help fight free radicals and allow new cell growth and keep the skin’s elasticity intact)

DIRECTIONS

1. Scoop two tablespoons of organic Greek yoghurt into a small bowl

2. Grate roughly one teaspoon worth of fresh turmeric root into the bowl, or you can use 2 teaspoons of store-bought turmeric powder

3. Stir well to combine the two

4. Spread an even layer over your [clean] face

5. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, though the longer you leave it, the more chance the yoghurt’s enzymes get to work their magic on your skin!

6. Wash off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.

You can keep any left overs in an air tight glass jar in your fridge but it should not be kept longer than two days.

Say hello to your new found radiance and baby-soft skin!

Cindy xx
Natural beauties, do you eat/drink/apply Turmeric? x
lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo  | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins.  I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door.  They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin  moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars  in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
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fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

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pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Natural Beauty Traveller

Top 5 Glowing Skin Essentials for Travelling

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

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

WotNot Makeup Remover Wipes

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

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

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

Travel Beauty Tip

Trefiel Moisturising Mask

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

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

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

Beauty Travel Kit

The Divine Company Mini Travel Kit

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

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

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

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish

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

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

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

Drink herbal tea and still water (avoid alcohol) 

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

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

Bon voyage and happy travels

Cindy

 

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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:

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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.

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DIY beauty tips to nourish yourself this Valentine’s Day

February is the ideal time to invest in nourishing yourself…inside and out. To make it easy, and fun, we’ve gathered our top 5 DIY beauty tips to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, especially for summer whipped lips or winter weary skin.

  1. Nourish your lips

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, kissable lips all year round (the natural way!), these handy tips and our very special chapped lips home remedy luscious lip scrub will keep your pout in tip top form!

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  1. Get your skin glowing – 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.

  1. Supercharged Food Earth Mask & Scrub

Supercharged Food, Earth Mask & Scrub is a unique combination of the highest grade Diatomaceous Earth from the USA and Volcamin from the iconic outback town of Lightning Ridge in Australia. It works as both a face mask and an oh-so-gentle yet effective exfoliating scrub and provides superb results to leave the skin instantly nourished, feeling softer, smoother and looking more radiant.

  1. DIY Refreshing Green Tea Face Mist

With the days still hot and humid, sometimes you need that little ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Try our DIY green tea face mist made from skin-loving ingredients to cool down you down on the go.

  1. Deep conditioning hair mask

With the heavenly combination of coconut oil, banana and honey, you can get healthy, luscious locks with our DIY Nourishing Hair Mask that takes just minutes to make.

Enjoy nourishing yourself inside and out.

 

Follow these DIY natural beauty tips with your favourite lip nourish 100% natural lipstick made from food. Try our bestseller Tea Rose for a universally flattering sheer shade or Chai Shimmer for a nude look – they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

 

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Chapped Lips Homemade Cure

Why we love Cocoa Butter and Omega 3+6 essential fatty acids

Cocoa Butter and Omega 3+6 essential fatty acids are resplendent with so many incredible regenerative health and beauty benefits, which is why they’re some of our favourite skin food actives. We love them so much that we use them in our Lip Nourish products to salvage dry, cracked lips and nourish the skin deeply. You’ve probably heard of these ingredients in food before but do you know why our bodies need them? Read on to find out more…

What are Omega 3+6 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3+6 essential fatty acids support the reproductive, immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems but our bodies can’t produce them naturally. They’re found in foods such as fish (especially salmon), walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds and other natural oils. These skin food actives are known mainly for their anti-inflammatory properties so you can reap the benefits by eating them as well applying them on your beautiful skin and lips.

Chia contains the richest natural plant source of omega-3 fatty acids while salmon is a potent source of skin food and its Omega-3s will work to keep skin inflammation at bay. Don’t be afraid to eat salmon at least three times per week – try scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, a Nourish Bowl topped with canned salmon for lunch and/or Crisp Skin Salmon with Asian vegetables for dinner.

Why your skin loves omega 3+6

          • Helps regulate cell turnover to keep the skin moist and beautiful
          • Reduces inflammation that can lead to puffy, red and wrinkled skin
          • Creates a barrier allowing the skin to hold on to water
          • Protects against sun damage

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What’s the deal with Cocoa Butter?

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ve probably heard of Cocoa Butter. It’s what gives chocolate its beautiful creamy texture (yummo) and smells delicious. Cocoa Butter is also one of nature’s best moisturisers as it’s a source of omega 3+6 fatty acids and rich in antioxidants.

How is Cocoa Butter made?

Cocoa Butter is also called theobroma oil and is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans, which are fermented, roasted, and then separated from their hulls. What remains is a cocoa liquor which is then pressed to separate the fat while protecting the antioxidants. This results in that smooth, creamy, whipped texture that everybody loves to apply straight to the skin or can be found in beauty products to keep them creme-soft (like our lipsticks).

FUN FACT: It is the Cocoa Butter in chocolate that is responsible for the mouthwatering effect that keeps you coming back for more.

Why your skin loves Cocoa Butter

          • Antioxidants helps to protect against skin cell damaging free radicals and fight the signs of ageing.
          • It contains cocoa mass polyphenol which inhibits the production of a substance that can aggravate symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.
          • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E help to repair skin cells, moisturise and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
          • Omega fatty acids provide a barrier and seep deep down into the skin to hydrate, prevent inflammation and fight the everyday toxins you encounter.

So aside from being anti-ageing, perfect for sensitive skin and an all-rounder for the immune system, Cocoa Butter and omega 3+6 fatty acids contain a natural nutrient composition that makes them really nourishing and incredibly hydrating for the skin, which is why it’s important to integrate them into your beauty and personal care regime every single day.

Why are these ingredients so good for your lips?

While Cocoa Butter give lips a smooth, silky texture, omega 3+6 essential fatty acids (found in key foods like cold pressed avocado oil)  boost the lips’ natural process of moisture regulation, helping to sooth and restore suppleness.

Sometimes the elements can play a bad trick on our lips, making them dried-up and chapped so using good quality hydrators like Cocoa Butter and omega 3+6’s which do more than just moisturiser, is a great way to protect your pout against wear and tear.

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Beauty Food Recipes

You know they’re great for achieving glowing, softer, smoother skin, but they’re great as skin food too!

Here are some signature recipes you can whip up utilising these nutrient-rich delicacies:

SOY AND SESAME SALMON | OMEGA 3 HERO

DARK COCOA + WHITE CHOC HEALTHY COOKIES

VANILLA CINNAMON CHIA PUDDING BREAKFAST BOWL

GLOW BALL PROTEIN BITES

BANANA, COCONUT AND CHIA SEED BREAD

Image 1 courtesy of Dollar Photo Club, Image 2 courtesy of @taste_team

How do you like to integrate these food actives into your lifestyle?   Download a copy of our free Beauty Nutrition Handbook which explains the active nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatories that are essential for our skin, body and mind to operate at optimum levels.

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DIY face mask for salty summer skin

DIY Face Mask for Salty, Summer Skin

A full day of sun, sand and sea water, though incredibly nourishing for the soul, can be taxing on your skin and hair. Feed your dry skin with our moisturising, antioxidant packed pomegranate, yoghurt and honey face mask and follow with your favourite luk beautifood clean eating recipe to glow from the inside out.

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slows down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid which helps to prevent wrinkles.

Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin – perfect if you’ve been in the sun and surf all day. Combined with the cleansing, moisturising properties of honey, this mask will have your skin looking radiant, soft and hydrated by dinner time, particularly if you have some organic rosehip oil on hand to add to follow after you’ve rinsed the mask off.

HOW TO

1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of honey

2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought organic pomegranate juice and stir well

[TIP: for extra aroma and antioxidants you can add zest of a lime]

3. Stir well

4. Apply to face and leave for 10-15 minutes

5. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry. Follow with some organic rose hip oil or your favourite natural moisturiser

Relax and Enjoy

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days

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Barely There Makeup

Spring Makeup Tutorial: how to get the healthy naked glow

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

THE LOOK THIS SEASON

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

Foundation

FOR YOUR SKIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

eyeshadow

FOR YOUR EYES

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lip Nourish

FOR YOUR LIPS

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

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

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

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

Lip Nourish

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

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

Skin Food Series: Chia seeds

Great looking skin and healthy insides starts with the food we eat, so each fortnight I’ll be bringing you a Skin Food Series blog post (a bit like our Beautifood Bites) which will profile all of the wondrous superfoods and healthy ingredients that contribute to a unstoppable glow on the inside out and outside in.

To  kick things off, today I’m talking about all things chia seeds! This splendid little superfood has been especially popular these past few years, peppering everything from juices to muesli to fish, and it’s no wonder why.

Chia contains the richest natural plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. On the protein front, they have approximately two times the protein of other grains, even more so than flaxseeds. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. They also provie calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc to the body and have the ability to restore vital moisture, diminish redness and inhibit wrinkles to the skin. Talk about being a total miracle food!

The tiny, tasteless seeds can be added to just about anything for a healthy boost.  Blend them in juice, grind them into a flour, or just sprinkle them into your yoghurt; you’ll get the same nutritional benefits than if you were to eat them alone. Amazing!

But wait… there’s more!

Click here to print out our Infobite card which details the beautiful benefits of Chia Seeds

Click here for a delicious Vanilla and Cinnamon Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl recipe

Click here to learn how to create your own Banana, Coconut and Chia Seed Bread

Image via My New Roots

Are you a fan of the humble chia seed? How do you like to eat them? Leave a comment natural beauties x

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The Best Foods for Dry Skin

Winters mark the advent of cold air, early sundowns, hot tea, big blankets and dry skin.

Almost everyone’s skin suffers in some way during winter with cool, dry air causing complexions to appear dull, flaky, parched and pale. Not only that, but severe dryness can also lead to uncomfortable irritation and itchiness, that not even the best moisturisers, serums, balms, lotions or potions will fix, no, this is an inside job. Help your skin to retain moisture from the inside out by eating the right foods so you can have glowing, dewy skin all year round.

SLIDESHOW - best foods for dry skin

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds for dry winter skin

Spinach

Spinach for healthy, glowing skin

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil - the ultimate skin food inside and out

Fish

Salmon is one of the few sources of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for glowing skin

Celery

Silica rich celery for healthy skin and nails

Eggs

Eggs are the perfect all-rounder for inside and out

And if you’re thinking how on earth am I going to get my dose of all these foods?! Try our Go and Glow Green Smoothie (with spinach, avocado, celery and flaxseed oil) or have a crack at one of our delicious skin loving recipes!

(…or as we say,  if you can’t eat it, wear it with our 100% natural makeup – that not only looks amazing but nourishes your skin, lashes and lips!)

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