frizzy hair

If you thought your hair only got frizzy in the heat – you thought wrong. The joys of frizz can strike you at any season and even in the Winter. Why? Because the air is so dry and cold in […]

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Beat the Frizz this Winter

If you thought your hair only got frizzy in the heat – you thought wrong. The joys of frizz can strike you at any season and even in the Winter.

Why?

Because the air is so dry and cold in the Winter – it actually pulls moisture away from the hair, leaving hair dry and brittle and more prone to puffing out. If you work in an office you’re even more prone to frizz as you move from the harsh, cold air outside to the more-than-likely over heated indoor air that is moisture less, wreaking havoc on your hair.

You can beat the frizz this winter with a few simple steps. Keep reading to find out how!

Beat the Frizz this Winter:

1. Lock moisture into your hair with a silicone based hair treatment. The silicone helps to seal hair cuticles, keeping moisture in and stopping dry air from pulling it back out. Try a serum like the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum that smoothes, conditions and seals strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather or a treatment that prevents frizz damage.

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2. Apply a deep conditioning treatment 1-2 times per week. A moisturising one such as Davines MOMO Hair Potion is great as it is really hydrating but won’t weight your hair down – and it’s all natural!

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3. Quit drying towel drying your hair. You heard. Your towel can be super rough in the winter, making your hair frizz up. Try a softer material like the cotton jersey of a t-shirt.

4. Sleep on a beautiful silk pillowcase. Slip pillowcases are designed to eliminate frizz that occurs from tossing and turning through the night – and as a bonus these pillowcases also reduce your wrinkles!

Slip

5. If all else fails – a messy bun has never been so fashionable. Learn how to do a quick messy bun here and never see frizz again!

 

Do you experience frizzy hair in the winter?

How do you combat hair frizz?

Let me know below…

keratin

We’ve heard celebs raving over Keratin treatments, and how straight and smooth they can make your hair. But do Keratin treatments actually live up to the hype? And what is Keratin anyway. Is this the new Kale of haircare? What […]

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Keratin – What is it and Why is it Good for Your Hair?

We’ve heard celebs raving over Keratin treatments, and how straight and smooth they can make your hair. But do Keratin treatments actually live up to the hype? And what is Keratin anyway. Is this the new Kale of haircare?

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What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein and major component in skin, hair and nails. Hair is mainly made up of keratin-associated proteins. The Keratin acts both as an external protective protein in the cuticle (outer layers of hair) and as an internal structural protein in the cortex (inner core of hair).

Why Does Your Hair Need Keratin?

Keratin in hair is depleted when the hair is damaged physically, chemically or from external factors such as the sun or salt water. Keratin loss exposes the hair’s cortex and makes hair more susceptible to damage like dead and split ends and frizzing. Replenishing this lost keratin helps to restore the hair strands, making them smooth and whole again.

Keratin Treatments:

You can restore keratin in your hair by receive a keratin smoothing treatment at a salon. The hair smoothing treatment works by binding a liquid version of keratin combined with a chemical preservative to the hair, blow drying it into the hair, and then flat ironing the strand straight into position. This process helps prevent humidity from penetrating the hair and therefore locking out frizz. If your hair is super curly please be aware that a keratin smoothing treatment won’t completely straighten your hair but it will soften the curls and make your hair easier to style and work with. Keratin smoothing is a semi-permanent solution that will keep your hair smooth and sleek for up to four months.

If you weren’t after such a permanent (or expensive) solution – you can use hair care products that contain keratin such as the Keratin Earth Hair Straightening and Smoothing System. This system does not contain any formaldehyde which makes it safer for your hair. Some hair straightening systems can be highly damaging to the hair and very irritating to the skin, but Keratin Earth provides all the straightening effects without these disadvantages.

OR you could try the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin range which contains a KeraTriplex blend that helps repair every hair strand and protects against damage. Shop the full range here.

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Have you tired a Keratin Smoothing Treatment before?

Let me know below if you loved it!

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Paul Mitchell is an amazing hair care range known around the world for it’s innovative products and use of unique ingredients including Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger. But there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about the man behind Paul Mitchell; The […]

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Paul Mitchell – Behind The Brand

Paul Mitchell is an amazing hair care range known around the world for it’s innovative products and use of unique ingredients including Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger.

But there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about the man behind Paul Mitchell; The first being that his name is not even Paul!

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell – Behind the Brand

Cyril Mitchell was born in Carnwarth, Scotland in 1936. Hairdressing was obviously in his blood with his mother being the first ever hairdresser in Carnwarth. Soon after he was born, the Mitchell family packed up and moved to London where Cyril spend most of his childhood. Originally interested in silversmithing, it was only a matter of time before Mitchell followed his true passion, enrolling in Morris School of Hairdressing in London’s West End in 1952.

By the time he was 18, Cyril had started winning not just British but International Hairdressing competitions. In 1954 Cyril joins a Mayfair hair salon and decides to start going by the name Paul, a name which one of his bosses used to call him. Paul takes his talent to the Vidal Sassoon Salon that were making history at the time, where he is then invited to New York City. Once he arrived, Paul decided to make America his new home.

In the US Paul helps launch Crimpers Salon in Bendel’s Department Store. This is where he starts introducing the world to his wash and wear hairstyles. During his time in America Paul Mitchell opens SuperHair Salon, creates Hair Cutting clubs, works in Fashion Shows and hair shows in Hawaii. After visiting Hawaii, Paul decides to move there and begins hosting week-long Paul Mitchell in Hawaii Seminars that hair dressers from all over the world fly in to.

In 1980 Paul teams up with long-term friend and hairdresser John Paul DeJoria to create their very own hair care system on the back of $700. The hair care system contains the now famous Hawaiin Awapuhi Ginger created on their very own self-sustaining, solar powered farm. The awapuhi used in Paul Mitchell products today are still harvested there.

In 1989 at only 53 years of age Paul Mitchell died from Pancreatic Cancer. Luckily his legacy and vision lives on through his son Angus.

Interesting Facts

Paul Mitchell was a true performer on stage during his hair shows. He had a stage partner Jeanne Braa and together the iconic duo would wear outfits like the ones below during his seminars.

Paul Mitchell Stage Partner

In 1987 Paul and his business partner John Paul DeJoria created one of the world’s first solar and wind-powered race cars and entered it in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

paul mitchell solar powered

Paul featured in a national campaign in 1987 for the Paul Mitchell sculpting foam which is still a Paul Mitchell favourite.

Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam

The last ad featuring Paul Mitchell himself appeared in 1989.

Paul Mitchell Ad

Paul Mitchell are also dedicated to making the world a more beautiful place by planting trees, protecting animals and preserving native resources. All Paul Mitchell products are not tested on animals.

Shop the whole range here.

effortless waves

This week we were lucky enough to have founder of fashion and fitness blog Substance; Ally Hayward teach us how to create Perfect Effortless Waves with the ghdCurve Wave Wand. Keep reading below for her step by step tutorial so you too can […]

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Effortless Waves ft ghdCurve Wave Wand with Ally Hayward from Substance

This week we were lucky enough to have founder of fashion and fitness blog Substance; Ally Hayward teach us how to create Perfect Effortless Waves with the ghdCurve Wave Wand.

Keep reading below for her step by step tutorial so you too can create Effortless Curls.

How to get Effortless Waves – Ally Hayward:

The thing I have to keep in mind when I buy hair product or new hair tools online is that the model’s hair isn’t included in purchase…

So this tutorial is basically the next best thing.
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photo credit: Ally Hayward

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  1. Curling iron or something similar to the GHD Curve Wave Wand
  2. Styling powder
  3. Dry Shampoo
  4. Hairspray
  5. Brush
  6. Hairdryer

 

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 HOW TO DO YOUR HAIR

(OR ATTEMPT TO DO IT, IF YOU’RE ME)

I am by no means a professional when it comes to styling my hair. If I ever receive a comment on “how nice my hair looks“, it generally means I have either freshly washed it, or I have brushed the knots out. I am very effortless when it comes to hair, as I like a messy,  tousled look, over curls that fall perfectly into one another.

See below for my tutorial!

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 1: Clean your hair. I am 100% sure you would know how to shampoo and conditioner your hair by now, if not Billy Madison explains it pretty well, so maybe spend 21 seconds watching this YouTube video.

STEP 2: Towel dry and then roughly dry with a hairdryer. If like me, you end up looking like Cowardly Lion after using a hairdryer, it’s all good, I promise you’ll look amazing by the end.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 3: Brush it out, we want the natural texture of your hair. This will make the waves stay in and it will give the look dimension.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 4: Second off your hair into three sections, like so.

effortless waves

Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 5. Turn on curler – like this isn’t obvious – but I have been known to wait and wait and then realise I haven’t even plugged it in yet. I blame early mornings.

effortless waves

Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 6: Taking small sections wrap your hair around the barrel of your curler or GHD wave wand. I tend to start at the front and make my way backwards because then I can see how the waves are looking and how big I want to create them.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 7:  Spray with hairspray and texture spray or dry shampoo.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 8: Let your next section down and repeat step 6.

STEP 9: Repeat step 7.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 10: Mess it up with fingers and brush lightly, then add in a hair powder to create volume and texture.

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Photo Credit: Ally Hayward

 

STEP 11: Voila! You’re now looking less Cowardly Lion, more like Dorothy. If it didn’t turn out how you like, then call me, we can emotionally eat through a packet of donuts or something.

I really like the size wave the GHD wave creates – it’s undone which is what I really like! You don’t have to spend too long brushing out the curls afterwards.

Thanks Ally!

Have you tried any of the curlers from ghdCurve range?

Check them out here today…

skin glowing

The air drops 2 degrees cooler and my skin is already freaking out! Flakiness across my cheeks and foreheads, my lips are chapped and my makeup is sitting on top of my skin. Longing for the days of dewy, sun kissed […]

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How to Keep Skin Glowing as the Temperature Cools

The air drops 2 degrees cooler and my skin is already freaking out! Flakiness across my cheeks and foreheads, my lips are chapped and my makeup is sitting on top of my skin.

Longing for the days of dewy, sun kissed faces have begun. But you can keep your skin glowing naturally as the temperature cools with some simple steps.

And if that doesn’t work – you can definitely fake glowing skin using some clever makeup tricks.

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Keep reading for your most beautiful skin yet.

Keep Skin Glowing

  1. Stay Hydrated. This means outside as well as inside. It can be hard to remember to drink the recommended 8 cups per day when it’s not as hot – but it’s just as important in the cooler months! Plus your skin needs extra moisturising so load up! If you don’t like the sticky, gooey feeling moisturiser can sometimes leave try a lightweight solution like Coast to Coast Lightweight Moisture Lotion.
  2. Keep a balanced diet. It can be easy to load up on carb-heavy, warm, fatty foods as it cools down. But keeping a balanced diet with healthy servings of fruit and vegetables will keep your skin looking it’s best.
  3. Exercise! Don’t fall off the wagon in winter. Pumping some cardio keeps your blood circulating and in turn, your skin looking in prime shape.
  4. Wash your face every night. If your summer cleanser seems to be stripping away the natural oils your skin desperately craves in the cold, switch to a more gentle option like Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser.

Fake Glowing Skin with Makeup

  1. Use a primer underneath your makeup. Try a one that promotes skin brightening and steer clear of any “mattifying” products. A good one to try is the new Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Brightening Skin Primer.
  2. A soft blush is your new best friend. Blush brings life, and glow to your face. Don’t go overboard – try Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light #20 Pink Rose 9g that is a light-boosting blush and bronzer palette with an expert balance of 4 shades + shimmer for a natural glow.
  3. If soft blush is your best friend, highlighter is your lover. There’s never NOT a good time to overdose on highlighter – but winter is your time to shine (literally). For the extra dewy look hit the cheekbones, but also don’t forget the inner corner of the eyes, the tip of your nose and chin. Our favourite is The Balms Cindy-Lou
  4. The perfect finish to any dewy look is a slick, reflective shine on the lips. ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease is a great reflective, shimmering gloss.

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Now you’ve got your skin glowing, you’re ready to conquer winter.

Brrrr.. who else’s skin is experiencing the effects of the cool weather?

Let me know below how you combat it!

strange ingredients for haircare - ginger

In trying to wage the war on healthy hair you might have tried everything from hair masks that you sleep in, coconut oil on everything; all the time, or even a DIY Mayonnaise Hair Treatment. I don’t think I’m alone […]

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Strange Ingredients that are Surprisingly Good for Your Hair

In trying to wage the war on healthy hair you might have tried everything from hair masks that you sleep in, coconut oil on everything; all the time, or even a DIY Mayonnaise Hair Treatment. I don’t think I’m alone in saying all I want is my hair to grow faster, be healthier and look shinier. You don’t want the ends frizzing and snapping off all the time as so often happens once your hair gets to a certain length. If your current shampoo, conditioner, treatment, mayonnaise system isn’t working, there are a few other strange ingredients that you could try using on your hair that are surprisingly effective and encourage hair growth.

Check them out below – I bet you’ll learn something.

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Thick, long, healthy hair coming right up. 

Strange Ingredients for Haircare:

1. Onion Juice –

Sounds pretty gross (and stinky!) but the juice of an onion actually works to regenerate hair follicles and treat fungal infections that cause hair loss.

2. Tea Tree –

Tea tree oil contains many natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-infection properties which effectively deal with certain hair-related problems. It works to remove dead cells from the scalp, unblocks hair follicles, and boosts the immune system which is then able to fight against infections that lead to hair loss, also preventing head lice and dandruff.

Shop the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree range for haircare that invigorates and stimulates the skin and scalp and cleanses the hair and scalp of impurities.

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3. Beer –

I can’t stomach beer at the best of times, and dosing my hair in it is way down on my list of priorities but apparently beer contains protein that coats damaged hair, helping to seal and protect it. 

4. Ginger –

Mostly used as a delicious spice in your dinner, I’ll bet you didn’t know that ginger’s strong and stimulating properties also make it an excellent remedy for hair growth.  It’s loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that help promote hair growth naturally.

Check out the Awapuhi Wild Ginger range from Paul Mitchell containing MirrorSmooth – a revolutionary smoothing system that tames frizz and creates brilliant shine.

5. Molasses –

This rich, sticky, sweet syrup actually hydrates hair like a conditioner.

6. Tea –

Depending on the colour of tea you use, you can either deepen or brighten your colour. Plus tea also helps to soften curls.

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Did you learn something new today?

Which of these would you be game enough to try?

Let me know below..

natural face primer

It can be difficult to choose from the vast array of cosmetics on the market. All the products claim to improve your skins condition in various ways, change your skins appearance and treat various skin concerns. It can be hard to narrow […]

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The 5 Best Natural Face Primers You Should Try

It can be difficult to choose from the vast array of cosmetics on the market. All the products claim to improve your skins condition in various ways, change your skins appearance and treat various skin concerns. It can be hard to narrow down the choices and find the best product for you.

When it comes to a face primer, you’re more than likely looking for something that evens out skin tone and texture, makes your make-up apply more easily and helps it stay on longer. As a face primer is really crucial to ace your base, you want to avoid using anything that’s going to irritate the skin. This is where natural make-up comes in. There’s a huge range of natural and organic make-up on the market now that not only protects and nurtures your skin, but also contain none of the nasties that can cause break outs and skin irritation. These primers are the cream of the crop – with cutting edge formulas that nourish and protect the skin while respecting the environment around us. You can experience professional quality make-up without harsh chemicals and toxins.

But which are the best natural foundation primers to use?

5 Best Natural Face Primers

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair $63.97

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Use Smooth Affair as a primer before your makeup application and after you wash your face at night for healthy, radiant, moisturised skin. This primer is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested.

Zuii Certified Organic Foundation Primer $34.95

natural face primer

This primer from Zuii contains a certified organic blend of nourishing ingredients that offer enhanced protection and hydration for the skin.

Inika Certified Organic Pure Primer $60.00

natural face primer

This is great hydrating primer, it creates an even canvas, and helps with long-lasting foundation coverage. Inika is Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified Cruelty-Free and Certified Halal.

Youngblood Mineral Primer $65.56

natural face primer

The perfect all-over primer for flawless make-up application and skin rejuvenation. Youngblood Mineral Primer is also free from talc, perfumes and chemical dyes while being non-comedogenic and cruelty free.

GloMinerals Face Primer $35.10

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Create your own perfect canvas with the GloMinerals face primer. Made of the finest sourced minerals and no added nasties!

Have you tired a natural or organic primer before?

Did I miss your favourite?

Please let me know below!

ghd azores collection with bags

Escape to the beautiful Azores Islands with the new limited edition straighteners from ghd. Arriving just in time for Mother’s Day (hint hint) your favourite ghd straighteners have been given a holiday make-over! Think palm trees, think mojitos, think lying […]

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NEW ghd LIMITED EDITION AZORES COLLECTION

Escape to the beautiful Azores Islands with the new limited edition straighteners from ghd. Arriving just in time for Mother’s Day (hint hint) your favourite ghd straighteners have been given a holiday make-over! Think palm trees, think mojitos, think lying in a hammock, think about NOT thinking! That’s because these ghd’s take the hard work out of hair styling. They glide through your hair effortlessly, while not damaging your hair but making your hair sleek and shiny all day long!

ghd azores

The Azores are a group of 9 picturesque islands just off the coast of Portugal. The ghd Azores collections straighteners really are paradise in the palm of your hand – create effortless beachy waves, sleek straight hair or anything in between!

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Can someone take me to The Azores please?

Choose from:

ghd NEW Azores Collection V Gold Classic in gorgeous Atlantic Jade $270.00

ghd atlantic jade limited edition azores collection styler

 

ghd NEW Azores Collection V Gold Classic in breathtaking Marine Allure $270.00

ghd limited edition azores collection marine allure straightener

 

ghd NEW Azores Collection Platinum Styler in stunning Serene Pearl $315.00

ghd limited edition azores collection serene pearl

 

All the stylers in the range come with matching heat resistant bags which makes them the perfect gift for your loved ones…. Or yourself.

Be swept away to picture perfect white sands and shimmering seas with the brand new limited edition Azores Collection from ghd.

Shop the whole range here now!

The Azores Collection are only available while stocks last so get in quick…

What’s your favourite shade?

Applying Primer

I feel I’ve spoken about multi-masking umpteen times – as it was the hottest trend of last year. I understand why, and I still multi-mask twice a week to sort out my oily chin/ t-zone and dry cheeks. It’s the perfect […]

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Multi-Priming – The Next Big Trend?

I feel I’ve spoken about multi-masking umpteen times – as it was the hottest trend of last year. I understand why, and I still multi-mask twice a week to sort out my oily chin/ t-zone and dry cheeks. It’s the perfect solution for those that have multiple skin concerns (because who only has one?). And a great reason to stock up on awesome skincare.

But multi-masking started us thinking, how many other products can we could use in multiples to counter act different issues?

Multi-Priming

The benefits of using a primer before your make-up are numerous. It helps your make-up go on smoother, stay on longer and look nicer. Primers can boost your skin radiance, hide redness and reduce the size of your pores. However not all primers contain every single benefit – which brings us to multi-priming. You can use a few different primers on different areas of your face to combat different issues.

Redness –

Experiencing redness and uneven pigmentation on your skin is not uncommon. Try a green tinted primer like the Napoleon Perdis Calming Skin Primer to counteract redness. The most common areas redness appears is on the cheeks and chin so focus your green primer there.

Dullness –

The perfect skin pick me up is another tinted primer – but for dull skin purple is your friend. It might sound strange but violet pigments work to mask yellowish tones that make your skin appear dull. Most yellow tones appear under the eyes so concentrate your purple primer in this area.

Dry Skin –

When your skin is dry or flaking, your make-up tends to stick to these dry patches, emphasising them. A primer works to smooth dry skin and help your make-up apply evenly. The Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer does exactly this, creating a flawless canvas to apply makeup on. Dry skin can be on your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead, focus your hydrating primer on your dry areas for best results.

Oily Skin –

Excess oil on the skin can cause your make-up to slip and slide around or sweat off completely – which I doubt is the look you’re going for. Try a mattifying primer in the areas you get the most oily such as t-zone and chin.

Large Pores –

Large pores are usually most obvious on the nose and under your eyes. Try a pore filling primer in this area such as the Dermalogica Hydra Blur Primer that helps to blur all visible lines and pores for naturally flawless skin.

Sensitive Skin –

If your skin is easily irritated or sensitised try a calming primer on areas where you easily flare up. The Dermalogica Ultracalming Redness Relief Primer contains natural green botanical extracts that soothe the skin and act as a barrier protection to keep external nasties away.

Eye Lids –

Your eyelids tend to get oily quickly. Use a eye specific primer to prevent your eyeshadow from moving around. The Jane Iredale Lid Primer contains silica to control oil so perfectly, you’ll never see a creased shadow again.

 

PRIMER

Now that you’ve got all the information you shouldn’t have any problems choosing the best face primer for your skin type. Sorry I meant primers! Let’s sit back and watch Multi-Priming take off.

Check out this handy little infographic to help you remember which primer where!

Have you tried Multi-Priming?

What’s the best primer you’ve used?

salt skincare

It’s always exciting when a new brand joins our vast range – but we’re extra excited to welcome SALT skincare! Exclusively available in Australia online to RY – SALT draws inspiration from SEA AIR LIGHT & THERAPY. This beautiful range […]

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RY Welcomes EXCLUSIVE New Cult Organic Brand + WIN

It’s always exciting when a new brand joins our vast range – but we’re extra excited to welcome SALT skincare!

Exclusively available in Australia online to RY – SALT draws inspiration from SEA AIR LIGHT & THERAPY. This beautiful range is 100% natural and organic as well as vegan. All the products are made in Australia and draw inspiration from the gifts of mother nature including salty water, sandy skin and the warmth of the sun.

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Salt Skincare

The products in the range include:

White Willow Bark + Papaya Gel Cleanser $45

salt cleanser

Papaya + Lime Purifying Toner $39

salt toner

White Willow Bark + Lime Hydrating Facial Cream $49

salt moisturiser

Pomegranate + Lime Body Cream $35

salt body cream

Papaya + Lime Body Wash $30
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How delicious do they sound? Plus all Salt products are free from all nasties including: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petro Chemicals, Glycols, Silicones, Artificial Fragrances, Artificial Colours & Palm Oil.

WIN:

RY are celebrating the exclusive launch of Salt Skincare with an awesome giveaway. You could win the whole Salt range.

To enter, all you need to do is:

1. Follow us on instagram @ry.com.au and find the below image

2. Screenshot and repost the image with the #RY4SALTSKINCARE

Salt Skincare launch image

Competition is open worldwide and drawn April 13th at 3pm via our Instagram page.

Happy entering!

Let me know if you’ve tried Salt Skincare below…

Natural super ingredients feat

It can be quite difficult to determine the difference between what’s good and what’s bad in beauty products. Sure they slather “natural” or “organic” on the label, or hero ingredients that SOUND great – but you might still find yourself having […]

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Natural Super Ingredients VS Ingredients You Should Avoid

It can be quite difficult to determine the difference between what’s good and what’s bad in beauty products. Sure they slather “natural” or “organic” on the label, or hero ingredients that SOUND great – but you might still find yourself having an adverse reaction to a product.

The best thing to do is check the ingredient list on the back of the product – but what exactly are you looking for? Some of the words are really long and won’t make sense to the average human, and some of them would seem fine to the naked eye. So I’ve created a handy list so you know exactly which ingredients are super – and which ones you should avoid.

NATURAL SUPER INGREDIENTS:

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is an easy one – Apple Cider Vinegar is sold in a liquid form at most grocery stores and is the juice of fermented apples.  What you probably didn’t know is that ACV can be used to boost shine in hair, balance out skin pH levels and is actually an antibacterial. I could go on and on about the number of uses for Apple Cider Vinegar and that is why it’s our number one natural super ingredient.

Clay

Not the kind you’d use to make a vase or anything like that, but skincare that contains certain types of clay like Kaolin or Bentonite are great for toning and drawing impurities out of the skin.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is the lotion made from the bark and leaves of an ornamental shrub. The lotion is an astringent so it basically works to remove excess oil from the skin and reduce pores. But more excitingly it actually reduces swelling which means it’s great around the eye area for minimising bags and puffiness. Look wide awake instantly by incorporating a toner or face cream that contains Witch Hazel.

Essential Oils

This includes natural oils such as lavender, tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. They work to soothe and firm skin and rosemary oil has actually been proven to stimulate hair growth. Plus it’s just super relaxing to rub these all over your body (or get someone else to).

Jojoba Oil

These little drops are actually liquid gold. Jojoba contain so many benefits but I particularly love it for balancing sebum levels in skin, leaving your skin glowing more then ever before.

Chamomile

You can drink Chamomile to help you fall asleep but you can also use it as a wash or compress for skin problems and inflammations, including inflammations of mucous tissue.

Vitamin E

Other Vitamins (eg. A) are good to incorporate into your skincare routine, but I love Vitamin E for it’s anti-oxidant properties that reduce skin inflammation and irritation.

Now onto the nasties….

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID:

Alcohol

Alcohol is found in more products then you think, and is very drying and irritating to the skin as it strips skin’s moisture barriers away.

DEA, MEA & TEA

They don’t look so intimidating there but what to diethanolamine, monoethanolamine and triethanolamine sound like to you? Pretty horrible, right? They’re actually hormone disrupting chemicals that increase your risk of disease so if you see these on the ingredient list of your skincare, steer clear.

FD & C

These are colour pigments that contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin causing sensitivity and irritation.

Synthetic Fragrances 

Fragrance on the back of the bottle is never a good thing. In fact the more terrible your skincare/ haircare smells the better it is for you. Fragrances can lead to skin irritation and rashes.

Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil is a petroleum by product that coats the skin and clogs the pores.

PEG 

PEG stands for Polythylene Glycol and does nasty things like reduces your skins moisture levels which in turn speeds up skin ageing.

SLS – 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate eats away at your skins immune system

Troclosan –

This is a synthetic anti-bacterial ingredient that interferes with your hormones, causing break outs and other skin issues.
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I’ve created a handy graphic below to help you remember what ingredients are good and what are nasty.

 

If you liked the image don’t forget to share on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram!

 

sunscreen

Sunscreen You’ve once, you’ve heard it twice and I’m going to tell you a third time – there is nothing better for your skin than to apply sunscreen EVERYDAY. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re only going to be […]

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The Most Important Step of Your Skincare Routine

Sunscreen

You’ve once, you’ve heard it twice and I’m going to tell you a third time – there is nothing better for your skin than to apply sunscreen EVERYDAY. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re only going to be inside or any other excuse you can come up with – incorporating SPF into your skincare routine is one of the best ways to slow down skin ageing.

What is the best type of sunscreen to use?

Ideally you’ll want a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA & UVB rays. UVB are commonly referred to as burning rays as they are the most common cause of sun burn and skin cancer. UVB rays are strongest in summer and then not as strong throughout the other seasons in the year. But UVA rays are just as concerning – sometimes referred to as ‘ageing rays’ UVA rays are the cause of long term skin damage, sun spots & wrinkles. And UVA rays are just as strong all year round, even when it’s cloudy or raining. Which is why you should be wearing sunscreen everyday.

You’ll need something with at least SPF 15 or higher. The SPF factor is what determines how effective the sunscreen will be in protecting you from UVB rays. So if you’ve got skin that tends to burn after 10 minutes in the sun SPF15 will protect you for 15×10= 150 minutes. SPF15 is fine for most people, but you might want to step up your SPF protection if you’re very pale, have a history of skin cancer in your family or suffer from skin conditions such as lupus. It’s important to keep in mind that SPF30 isn’t double as strong as SPF 15 – it only blocks out about 10% more UVB rays then SPF15 – you just have to apply it less frequently.

Try: Pelactiv Skin Defense Spf 30+ Face Lotion 100ml. $26.20

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Depending on where you’re going you might want to also try something thats sweat and water resistant (if you’re exercising or swimming etc). Find something that defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Be careful though – water resistant doesn’t mean water resistant all day. Your sunscreen will still wear off after you’ve been in the water for a while so it’s recommended you reapply every hour.

Try: Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 156ml. $37.20

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Trying to apply slimy, greasy sunscreen onto children is what nightmares are made of. There is a whole range of kid friendly sunscreen that makes applying sunscreen fun, helps children form good sun protection habits early and doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin of children or babies.

Try: Sunsense Junior SPF50

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If you’re worried about chemicals and other nasties in your suncare – you could always try an all natural option.

Try: Eco Tan Natural Coconut Sunscreen SPF 30 Face & Body Duo Pack. $29.95

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When should you apply sunscreen?

When incorporating sunscreen into your skincare routine you should still follow your routine as normal – so serum, eye cream, day cream then apply sunscreen over your day cream. If you’ve got oilier skin you might want to skip your serum as the sunscreen can make your face a little bit more oily than usual. Don’t be afraid to layer your products; layering does not make the sunscreen any less effective. You can go ahead and put your make-up on top of your sunscreen and you will be covered! It’s probably not best to mix your sunscreen in with another product such as your face moisturiser as you’d probably end up with a smaller amount of product and protection.

Make sure your sunscreen is applied at least 20 minutes before you head outside to allow for skin absorption and best protection.

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Now you’ve got all the facts you’ll never leave home without a solid layer of SPF on….

Right?

Let me know your best sun protection tips below.

Different Oils

There are a variety of different oils on the market now for so many different uses on your hair and skin! You’ve probably heard of Coconut Oil and Argan Oil but there are a lot of other great oils that […]

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Different Oils and How to Use Them

There are a variety of different oils on the market now for so many different uses on your hair and skin! You’ve probably heard of Coconut Oil and Argan Oil but there are a lot of other great oils that have so many benefits that you could be missing out on!

The benefits of incorporating oil into your haircare or skincare routine include:

Hydration – Oil is the perfect antidote to dry, flaky or rough feeling skin. Oils can be even more beneficial than your normal moisturiser – and you only need the smallest amount to feel instant hydration.

Balancing skins moisture levels -Like dissolves like, so even if you’ve got really oily skin, incorporating a face oil into your skincare routine can actually counteract excess sebum and help clear impurities.

Fight visible signs of ageing – Most face oils are packed with antioxidants that help to protect from radical damage such as UV rays. If your skin is affected by sun damage or damage, oil is your friend.

A great primer under make-up – Oil will settle into your skin in the areas where you need it the most, creating a plumping effect and a smooth, even base for make-up to go on to.

Reduces frizz and detangles hair – Oil is a great all round hair health booster. It acts as a heat protectant, works to seal hair cuticles and makes your hair even more shiny.

And the benefits go on!

The Best Oils for Skin & Hair:

Grapeseed Oil – it’s packed with antioxidants to regulate natural oil production

Chamomile Oil – Calms and soothes redness and irritation on skin including rosacea

Rosehip Oil – Contains Vitamin A to protect your skin while increasing cell turnover

Jojoba Oil – heals cuts and sores to replenish skin moisture levels and keeps skin hydrated

Monoi Oil – contains soothing and purifying properties for all skin types

Coconut Oil – packed with essential nutrients, proteins and Vitamin E that is absorbed into the hair & skin easily to replenish moisture levels

Macadamia Oil – Highly moisturising and soothes itches and inflammation

Jasmine Oil – helps fade scars left by acne or stretch marks

Calendula Oil – A great healer of skin conditions

Tea Tree Oil – Use as a spot treatment on acne or blemishes and can also be used on hair to accelerate growth

Argan Oil – With a high concentration of Vitamin E and fatty acids to give hair and skin a natural boost

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RY is pleased to announce the launch of our Natural & Organic Section! You can now shop the RY Natural and Organic section curated by Nutritionist and best selling Author of The Healthy Life Jessica Sepel . This new section on […]

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RY Launches Natural & Organic Section Curated by JS Health

RY is pleased to announce the launch of our Natural & Organic Section! You can now shop the RY Natural and Organic section curated by Nutritionist and best selling Author of The Healthy Life Jessica Sepel . This new section on our website means you can shop a wide range of newly added natural brands without the guilt.

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Jessica Sepel offers nutritional advice, and guides people to create healthy lifestyle habits and achieve physical and psychological balance. Jessica will examine your lifestyle, not just your diet, and treat you as a whole person, not just ‘parts’ as she is a firm believer in seeing clients as individuals, and customising plans to suit them. And she has knowledge from her personal experience – as someone who struggled with her own body image for most of my teenage years and early 20s – Jessica made the change to natural skin and household items and has never looked back. Once she started listening to her body, it responded in the best way. It healed itself. Jessica freed herself from the all-consuming obsession with food, and finally found balance. And she can help you do the same.

Here we were lucky enough to speak with Jessica and find out what natural & organic mean to her, and some of her top picks from our range.

RY: Jessica, it is such an honour to have you as the face of our organic and natural section launch. Can you please introduce yourself to our followers, in one sentence sum yourself up…

Jessica: Hi, I am so excited to be working with you! I am a clinical nutritionist, health blogger and best selling author of The Healthy Life. I am a self-confessed health nut.

RY: You are a huge advocate of clean living for a healthy body and mind.  Can you please tell us about your journey describing how your attitude towards clean living has changed over the years?

Jessica: I used to be ‘weight conscious’ not ‘health conscious’. I never really viewed food in terms of how it would nourish and take care of my body from the inside out. After years of studying nutrition, I had a new-found respect for food and how healing it is for the body. Now I take a very gentle approach with food and my body. It is a simple formula – I eat foods that make me feel good. I care too much about my body to do otherwise. I eat clean foods, but I also allow for indulgence. I tune into my body and eat, move, rest according to that. I listen to my body – not my Instagram feed or the latest diet trend.

RY: Now, let’s talk beauty. One of your favourite quotes is ‘When it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside counts’. What staples are included in your diet to ensure you look your very best?

Jessica: When it comes to beauty foods, again it’s about eating clean foods that your body knows how to process. Processed and packaged foods are hard for the body to breakdown; which can cause an array of health issues and really stops you from glowing. I avoid anything processed and packaged. I also don’t eat gluten or refined sugar. I eat limited amounts of dairy, as it can be problematic for the skin, but I love to enjoy some organic versions of dairy. I make a real effort to enjoy greens with every meal. I eat protein with every meal – our body’s cells need the amino acids to repair –including skin and hair cells. I ensure I have lots of antioxidant rich foods in my diet to protect my cells e.g.: berries, greens, nuts, seeds etc. I drink loads of water with lemon.

RY: And do you have a daily skincare regime?

Hardly. I keep things really simple! I wash my face with some natural soap (RY loves Cedar + Stone Ylang Ylang & Rose Geranium Bar), and then I use a moisturizer from Trilogy. I love to do DYI facemasks on the weekend – I have yummy recipes for these in my book. Rest, water and clean foods are my regime. Taking good care of your digestion is a very important part of my beauty regime – I avoid gluten, take probiotics and ensure my stress levels are under control. When I have a blemish, I pour some apple cider vinegar onto cotton wool and dab it onto the blemish.

RY: Part of your clean living lifestyle involved being educated and vigilant about the products you use on your body. What ingredients do you avoid in your beauty and skincare products?

Jessica: I just avoid any ingredients that I cannot read or understand! I only buy products that contain wholefoods and ingredients which I know are natural.

RY: And how important is it to you that the products you use are organic or natural?

Jessica: Natural is what I go for. I prefer the products to be certified organic but I know sometimes that is an expensive process. There are a few brands I know I can trust and I stick to them.

RY: What about any favourite beauty rituals that you indulge in such as dry body brushing, masks, etc?

Jessica: As mentioned, I do DYI facemasks on the weekends that use yummy wholefoods such as avocado, coconut oil and natural yoghurt. I love to soak in Epsom salts in a bath to relax my body because I believe stress is the number one beauty killer. Also, I do love to dry body brush 2-3x/week and I moisturise my body with rosehip oil. I love to use vitamin E cream on my face and neck. Yoga is an amazing part of my beauty regime – less stress = better glow.

RY: We know you are a minimalist when it comes to beauty and skincare products but do you have any favourite natural ingredients that you look for when purchasing products?

Jessica: I love rosehip oil – such a goodie. Trilogy has a beautiful product (Trilogy Rosehip Oil). Coconut oil is another product which I love to use as a body moisturizer and also as a hair treatment.

RY: Tell us about your relationship with makeup. Do you wear makeup daily and if so what is your go-to look?

Jessica: I love to keep it simple. I use mascara, a highlighter powder and some natural lip balm. At night, I use a little black eyeliner.

RY: What are your favourite products in your beauty case?

Jessica: I love anything from The Jojoba Company, KORA and Trilogy.

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Check out our Natural & Organic section today, proudly curated by Jessica Sepel here.

What’s your favourite natural product?

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You’ve probably seen serums popping up everywhere over the last couple of years – all promising to deliver amazing results to your skin. It’s surprising then that many people don’t know where they should be using a serum, when to apply […]

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The What, When & Why of Face Serum

You’ve probably seen serums popping up everywhere over the last couple of years – all promising to deliver amazing results to your skin. It’s surprising then that many people don’t know where they should be using a serum, when to apply it in your skincare routine and what the actual benefits of a serum are. Keep reading below to find out all the information you need on face serums.

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What is a Face Serum?

You know that it’s good for your skin, you know you can apply it on your face but what is the actual definition of a “face serum”? It’s skincare that’s packed with goodness, basically. This goodness can include powerful active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid,  vitamin C, glycolic acid, Idebenone & coq10 that help to replenish moisture levels, plump skin and reverse the visible signs of ageing. You’re probably thinking your moisturiser would have you covered in regards to skin hydration – but serums and moisturisers work in different ways. A moisturiser keeps skin hydrated by creating a barrier between your skin and external elements that could dry your skin out. But serums go deeper, they really penetrate the skin to deliver those key ingredients directly into the skin. Serums also don’t have thickening ingredients or emollients in them that most moisturisers have, as they are a thinner consistency. This means no extra nasties, and more room for only the best active ingredients. That’s why for best results for fighting dehydration and visible signs of ageing you should use a moisturiser AND a serum.

When Should You Use a Face Serum?

You can incorporate a serum into either your morning and nighttime skincare routine – or both! You can never have too many anti-oxidants in your skincare routine. Apply a thin layer of your serum under your sunscreen but after your exfoliator (especially if your exfoliator contains AHA’s). This will help protect your skin from environmental elements (UV rays, air pollution) throughout the day. At night, apply your serum before your night time moisturiser for glowing, hydrated skin when you wake.

Why Should You Use a Face Serum?

Now you know what a face serum is and when you can use it – but do you know the full list of benefits? While a serum shouldn’t completely replace your night time moisturiser – you can boost your skin health and anti-ageing results dramatically by incorporating a serum into your day and night routine. If you have oily skin – don’t shy away from a serum. You can swap out your night time moisturiser if you’re finding you don’t need that added hydration of both. You might be thinking serums are for more mature skin or for the older demographic but that’s not true. Just like you wouldn’t wait until you were 50 to start a healthier lifestyle of diet and exercise – the same should go for your skincare. Start incorporating a serum in your 20’s to help fight visible signs of ageing. You can also get serums that target specific conditions including brown spots, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, skin sagging and more.

If you feel like your skincare routine is just not cutting it and there’s something lacking – try incorporating a serum.

If you don’t know where to start try:

Recommended Serums

Priori Cellular Recovery Serum 50ml $101.15 – Cellular Recovery Serum delivers powerful DNA repair enzymes (ultrasomes,roxisomes and photosomes) and Vitamins C and E to the skin.

Musq Replenish Serum 50ml $59.00 – Infused with Jojoba and Rosehip oil to nourish and soften skin to boost and rejuvenate skins complexion.

Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening Serum 30ml $59.00 – A water-based serum to help target pigmentation, brighten your skin and restore even tone.

The Jojoba Company CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum 30ml $49.95 – This naturally potent CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum works to energise and revitalise the appearance of skin.

SkinCeuticals Serum 15 AOX 30ml $112.23 – Serum 15 AOX+ neutralises free radicals, defends against environmental damage, and helps prevent the appearance of accelerated ageing.

So if you’ve been thinking “Do I really need to use a face serum?” it might be time to embrace the benefits and try one today. Start experiencing the most beautiful skin today and realise the full truth and potential behind face serums.

Have you tried a serum before? What’s your favourite?

Let me know below.

natural and organic

Natural and organic beauty products seem to be very popular at the moment, which is great to see. There is an increasing demand for products that don’t just make us look beautiful, but help keep our environment and the world around […]

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Celebs are Loving…. Natural and Organic!

Natural and organic beauty products seem to be very popular at the moment, which is great to see. There is an increasing demand for products that don’t just make us look beautiful, but help keep our environment and the world around us beautiful too. Which is why at RY we listen to our customers and have brought some of the best natural and organic beauty brands straight to you!

Celebs are Loving Natural and Organic:

Some of our favourite celebrities also love using natural and organic products in their routine. Check out what your top celebs are loving – have you tried these goodies yet?

Natalie Gruzlewski swears by EcoTan and we can’t get enough of the EcoTan Face Tan Water.

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We’ve seen so many celebs giving Lavanila Instalove including Vanessa Williams, Mary J Blige, Tina Fey, Aisha Tyler, Hayden Panettiere & Brittany Snow and it’s easy to see why with their range of amazing smelling, natural, healthy deodorants.

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Emily Blunt loves her some Pureology shampoo – this range is 100% vegan. Try the Hydrate Shampoo for a fresh, minty, tingle on your scalp.

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The only face wipes Erika Heynatz uses are the eco-friendly, all natural WotNot wipes for sensitive skin. Anything you do for that skin, we we will gladly do Erika….

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Roz Purcell uses TanOrganic for that beautiful, bronzed skin.

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Our very own royalty Kate Middleton gives thanks to a little New Zealand natural skincare range called Trilogy for her beautiful complexion. Try the cult favourite Rosehip Oil.

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Jennifer Hawkins loves the no-make-up make-up look and prefers natural, mineral makeup like Youngblood Liquid Foundation.

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Alison Brie also likes to keep it simple, but says she never leaves the house without some Burt’s Bees Lip Balm!

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That’s what celebs are loving in the Natural & Organic range.

Now over to you! What’s your favourite natural or organic beauty product?

Let me know below.