How To Get Glowing Organic SKIN!

These are a few of my favourite natural beauty products that have helped me clear my skin. All of these products are 100% vegan and not tested on animals, while many are organic.

Daytime Light/Med foundation coverage: La Mav Organic BB CrèmeIMG_6525

I love this product because it contains nourishing organic ingredients like Aloe Vera Leaf juice, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba oil and Rosehip oil. It also minimizes the use of chemical preservatives by using Rosemary extract, while also being petrochemical, paraben and silicone free!

This product has a creamy consistency and a matte finish. It would especially suit those with oily skin types and acne. This BB cream has not made me break out unlike others on the market. I use it during the day as it has light sunscreen properties (SPF 11), and gives a very natural effect on the skin.

http://www.lamav.com/shop/organic-bb-creme

Full Coverage Cream foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hr Foundation

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This is a thick, creamy foundation that really does last on oily skin types. It is much heavier than the La Mav BB crème so I only use this product when going out at night and looking for a flawless finish. It is a matte foundation, so again- normal to oily skin types will love this one. This product has received a lot of hype online, not only from natural makeup enthusiasts, but pretty much everyone else too! Products like this really help to break down the notion that natural, chemical free makeup does not work.

http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-Amazonian-clay-12-hour-full-coverage-foundation

Light/Medium powder coverage: Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder

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Great skin tone selection- I really don’t like foundation with a pink tone base, I prefer neutral or yellow tone bases, but Tarte has a number of undertones to choose from which is quite unusual in natural makeup ranges. I love how this powder foundation gives good coverage without looking cakey; it looks very much like you’re not wearing makeup at all!

While the Tarte range is not as ‘pure’ as other natural makeup brands on the market, it is a great range for people looking to slowly eliminate harmful chemicals from their makeup routine. And the gorgeous packaging is just the cherry on top!

http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-Amazonian-clay-full-coverage-airbrush-foundation

Makeup Remover: Organic Virgin Cold-pressed Coconut Oil

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A great heavy duty, all-natural makeup remover that does not strip your skin, but replenishes it with organic coconutty antioxidants. Scoop a bit into you hands, and glide across your face as it melts. Rub in circular motions to remove makeup, then rinse with warm water and follow by wiping your face with a soft towel.

https://www.melrosehealth.com.au/products/OIL%20077

Cleanser: Nothing at all!

I just use luke warm water to work in coconut oil at night, and splash my face with cool water in the morning, before lightly wiping with a towel. Since I stopped using my Clinique mild liquid facial soap, my skin has been less dry, experienced less breakouts and I have seen healing in old acne scars.

Face Mask: Medicinal Grade Activated Charcoal

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Rather than plastering you face with a thick chemical concoction, why not give your skin a break and draw toxins deep out of your pores with activated charcoal. Many people mix the charcoal with water and drink to absorb stomach toxins and parasites, however I only use the product on my face. It works great at clearing the tiny little bumps on your forehead and minimizing cheek/nose pores. Simply mix a teaspoon with a half a teaspoon of water and apply to face. Warning! Charcoal is veeeerrrrryyyy messy so make sure you wear an old tee-shirt when you do this. The mask can also ben quite difficult to remove so first use warm water to take off as much of the mask as you can, then use coconut oil to massage the charcoal out of your pores. Wipe down the skin with a warm face towel.

http://www.pureeden.com.au/product-list.php?pg1-cid2.html

Blush: Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Bondi Blush

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A gorgeous apricot and shimmery pink powder that both adds colour to your cheeks, and highlights the top of the cheek bone. Apply this you your cheeks after the Tarte powder foundation and your face will be a beautiful iridescent orb. Heheh

http://ereperez.com/product/pure-rice-powder-bondi-blush

 

Bronzer: Ere Perez Natural Tinted Rice Powder in Bronze

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A really glowy bronzer that gives the perfect sun-kissed effect. It is subtle at first, but has serious buildable potential.

http://ereperez.com/product/pure-rice-powder-bronze-tones

Breakout Remedy: 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

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 I know since the dawn of time people have been using tea tree oil as a first aid kit in a bottle. But until recently, I did not buy into the claims. I used to go straight for the benzyl peroxide when a zit appear- now I cringe at the thought of carcinogenic peroxides being absorbed into my sensitive skin! While I love using tea tree oil to help clear my skin, eliminating all dairy from my diet has without doubt been the key in clearing my skin.

 http://fgb.com.au/shop/essential-oils/tea-tree-oil/106/bosisto-s-tea-tree-oil-10ml-detail

Moisturiser: Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser

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This paraben and sulfate free lotion is one of the few face creams that do not burn my face. It contains shea butter and aloe vera, rosehip, sesame and jojoba oils to balance the skin and promote moisture retention. In summer, I spend lots of time at the beach and in the sun which can really dehydrate my skin, especially my nose and cheek areas.

If my skin is not breaking out, but is feeling a bit dry I mix one pump of this lotion with the Sukin Facial Treatment Oil and massage into my face. However, sometimes my skin is dry, but also has a few break outs. In this case, I mix a drop of my little miracle Tea Tree Oil with the lotion and BAM! the next day my skin is perfectly clear.

http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Sensitive/42/Sensitive-Facial-Moisturiser

Deodorant: Biologika Organic Deodorant in ‘Live It Up’

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I cannot rave about this product enough. It is by far the best aluminium free deodorant I have ever used. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it; my friends all ask what perfume I have on. The ingredients include: aloe vera, water, calendula, rosehip, lavender, chamomile, vanilla, almond, olive leaf, rose geranium, jojoba oil, organic avocado oil, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, organic ethanol and Australian bush extract of kakadu Plum. And that’s it! No chemicals, no harsh preservatives, nothing!

http://www.australianbiologika.com.au/shop-online/deodorants/roll-on/live-it-up-organic-deodorant-aco-70ml-detail

Aromatherapy Sleep Balm: Perfect Potions Sweet Dreams Balm

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With chamomile, lavender and sweet orange this oily balm puts me right to sleep. I keep the little pot next to my bed so that when I jump into before I can rub a bit on each temple and the sides of my neck.

http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/shop/Product/9333360021813/sweet-dreams-aromatherapy-balm

Lip Balm: HURRAW! Blue chamomile vanilla lip night treatment

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This lip balm is seriously good. Like seriously. It melts into a luxurious, soothing balm at the touch of your lips. The ingredients are so natural with coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil- you could eat this gloss.

http://www.hurrawbalm.com/moon-balm.html

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse

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Another great Tarte product! It comes with a little angled brush to achieve really defined thick brows. My eyebrows are very light and straight so when I use the Tarte brow mousse it is really transformative! I can extend my brow and it does not look drawn on at all.

http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-Amazonian-clay-waterproof-brow-mousse

I really hope you like my list of natural beauty products. I’m still experimenting and trying to find higher quality products with the least amount of harmful chemicals and preservatives. If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them!

Also, I can’t seem to find a good natural mascara so if anyone knows one- please comment below. x

5 Ways To Stick To Your Vegan Diet

  1. It’s Time To Clear The Fridge:

Unlike almost every other diet out there, a high-carb vegan lifestyle should not be reliant on the willpower of the individual. Remove all temptations from your home (Yes, throw out all the milk, cheese, and that freezer full of frozen sausages!). I understand that those with families who don’t intend to adopt this lifestyle, might not be able to hijack control of the fridge- maybe you could sneak one non-vegan item a day into the trash…I bet they won’t even notice. Trust me when I say this step is a BIG one.

  1. Carbing Up On Fruits:

When you crave food, you should listen to what your body is telling you. The human body has evolved to alert you when it needs energy so your muscles keep moving and your brain keeps ticking. When you deprive yourself of calories, the body will only respond with more intense cravings- in evolutionary terms, caloric deprivation preludes starvation, so the body is only doing what history has taught it to do: seek out food, or die. No wonder it is so difficult to walk past the cinema candy wall on an empty stomach.

  1. Connect With A Vegan Community:

This step can be undertaken in many different ways; I personally have discovered a beautiful community of Youtube bloggers who have inspired my whole vegan journey. I highly recommend watching Freelee’s and Durianrider’s Youtube channels, who promote the ‘Raw Till 4’ high-fruit vegan lifestyle. I also enjoy Megan Elizabeth’s videos. On a different note, there are some great meet-up communities online, however depending on your area, face-to-face meetups might not be possible. If you are at university, definitely sign up for the vegan society! If you have a social support team who eat the same way as you and respect your philosophy on nutrition and health, you should consider yourself the luckiest thing on this planet.

  1. Simplifying Meals:

A lot of the time, newbies to the vegan lifestyle try to substitute every item in their fridge for a vegan alternative. And while the vegan option is certainly a healthier one, they are often highly processed foods, such as Veganaise and Vegan cheese. Rather than spending all your cash-monies on the latest superfood, get back to basics and stock your fridge full of fresh fruit and veggies, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and pasta. Try a big fruit smoothie for breakfast, a big salad and sushi for lunch, and a bowl of corn pasta for dinner. Simplifying your diet and bringing it back to whole, plant-based foods will do incredible things for your digestion.

  1. Pick the ‘Bad Fruit’:

At your local fruit shop or farmers’ market, seek out the discounted fruit that may look off, but do not let your eyes deceive you- spotty bananas, swollen lychees and slightly soft yellow nectarines are PERFECTLY ripe. If the fruit does not look a little spotty or squishy, it’s most likely that all of the natural fruit starches have not yet converted to sugars. If you eat fruit that isn’t ripe, you better prepare yourself for some tummy aches (especially if you eat large portions of fruit/monomeals).

I hope you liked my 5 tips for sticking to a vegan diet!

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Milking the Myth

Milk. It’s the fresh, white, deliciously nutritious product on the shelf of almost everyone’s fridge. It claims to make bones stronger and teeth more cavity resistant. Milk has been linked to everything from preventing colon cancer to curing stomach complications.

But, we have all been deluded by a billion dollar dairy industry.

Before I list some facts on the truth about milk, the idea of milk as a product purchased from the local supermarket needs to be deconstructed a little.

When I write ‘milk’, this is what you envision…

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In the last century, drinking milk has become completely removed from the reality of what we are doing. Perhaps if we all kept a cow in our backyard, and milked it every morning before breakfast we might not be so nonchalant about pouring it over our Weetbix.

Once we stop to think that milk does not come from a supermarket, but is the product of a lactating animal that has passed it through four stomachs, it does not seem like the most natural source of nutrients for adult humans. And yep, that’s right, in case you’d forgotten the cow needs to have a newborn calf to be able to produce milk for us humans. Where do all the newborn calves go? Do they get to stay with their mothers? What happens after the mother cow stops producing milk? These are questions that the dairy industry does not want you to ask because in order to sell their product they must project the notion that cow’s milk is natural and a normal component of the human diet.

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The dairy industry has so much power over consumers; there are countless tv advertisments for milk, cheese and yogurt every night which persuades viewers that dairy is an essential part of a balanced diet. The truth is though, that the most perfect, balanced diet for our species is one that is low in acidity- and therefore does not include dairy, which is acidic. And of course, if God forbid, you eliminate dairy from your diet, you will be faced with the statement: you are not going to get enough calcium.

Calcium is an important mineral that is essential for human development. However, due to the incessant presence of the dairy industry in today’s culture, our knowledge of calcium has been limited. If someone is calcium deficient, or has osteoporosis, a common reaction from friends and family is to drink more milk. While it’s true that the more milk you drink the more calcium you’ll digest, it is not true that this will cure a calcium deficiency or other illnesses. When an acidic product like milk is consumed “our body must neutralize these loads of acids, and the bones are the primary source of buffering materials. Carbonates, citrates, and other alkaline materials are released from the bones to neutralize these acids” [Dr. John McDougall[1]]. So ironically, drinking milk does not build strong bones as television commercials suggest, but weakens them, drawing out the compounds from bones that keep them strong in order to neutralize the acidic milk proteins.

Dairy products such as yogurt and cheese contain even more concentrated levels of dairy and are therefore more acidic, with hard cheeses such as Parmesan being the most acidic product that we can consume.

Knowing that there are alternative, and much healthier ways to reach the recommended amount of calcium can lead you onto the right track towards improving osteoporosis. With just a handful of dark leafy green vegetables you can provide your body not only with a great source of calcium but also with the antioxidants, enzymes, essential vitamins and fiber that milk cannot offer. Did you know that animal products and byproducts are the only foods that contain no fiber…No wonder all these paleo dieters are constipated!

 The hormones found in milk are another point of heated discussion in the health world, but it should also be raised in the family home. The extremely high levels of estrogen in cow’s milk is a result of modern day factory farming practices where cows are continuously milked throughout their pregnancy, which causes the cow to produce 70 times the amount of estrogen typically produced at the start of pregnancy[2]. The soaring level of this hormone has been linked to early on-set puberty in girls and is also linked to hormonal skin conditions, such as acne.

It is tough growing up in a world where your aunts have breast cancer, your uncle has diabetes, your grandma is chronically obese, and your grandpa has suffered three heart attacks. It is really sad. It is sad because I don’t want any of their lives cut short because of lifestyle choices they have made, or from a lack of awareness about the food industry. I don’t want to live in a world where I have a constant fear that goodbye might really be goodbye. But that is my reality. And it is the only world that my generation is going to know. We have been told that we are living longer than ever before, that medicine and technology are extending our lifespan- but while a life on seven different medications is keeping us alive, we are not really living.

Three months ago I lost my Aunty Faye to breast cancer. And all I wanted to do was tell her about eating a plant-based diet and how you can reverse cancer by eliminating high protein animal products. But I didn’t. I did not want to come across as another person preaching the secrets to curing cancer. I thought I would sound naïve and inconsiderate after she had just completed her second round of chemo. Why would she listen to me when she could listen to her doctor with a Phd?

If I could do it again, I would have shown her the research of Dr. John McDougall and Dr. T. Colin Campbell and the correlation between a high animal-based protein diet and cancer cell growth, between casein (the main protein found in milk) and cancer growth. She would see the black and white link between the high levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) found in animal products and accelerated cancer growth. I would show her how people have reversed their terminal illnesses, their hereditary diseases and their cancer through changing their diet and eliminating animal products. I would show her how these claims are not just a passing fad like every other diet, that it is backed up by scientific research. Sure, there are also scientific studies that illustrate a link between dairy consumption and a decreased risk of cancer, but all too often these studies are endorsed directly by the meat and dairy industry.

Since the dairy industry has such a frightening financial and political power, the general public does not question their claims that milk is both nutritious and necessary for human health. The fact is that cow’s milk is intended for baby cows. It is produced so that a newborn calf can build 10 times its body mass in only 8 months. So the next time you go to the supermarket to pick up a carton of milk, try to see past the carefully constructed idea that the milk was made for your nutritional benefit, and instead see a product that is generating billions of dollars not only for the dairy industry but, through a ripple effect, the pharmaceutical corporations, hospitals and cancer treatment clinics.

[1] https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2012nl/jan/fav5.htm

[2] https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/mar/dairy.htm