This is not goodbye…

Dear Friends,

If you’re reading this, then thank you for taking the time out of your busy days to come and see what I have to say.

Looking at the tag line of my blog, “Love Your Health” got me thinking. The whole reason I started was because of my health. But I don’t feel like I’ve been loving myself or my health as of late.

This morning as I sat down drinking my morning coffee, I began to notice something I’d been ignoring. Me, myself and I.

Taking a step back from it all…

My mental space has been somewhat off kilter for the past few days and I have become increasingly less and less present with the world around me.

At some point, we all realise we need a time out. This time for me, has come.

Over the next coming weeks, I will be taking a break from the Blogging and Instagram world to prioritise my career, my e-commerce business, my home and effectively deal with life’s little unexpected stressors.

Essentially I will be following this mantra;

Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for taking care of

The Future

If it wasn’t for the wonderful group of people I’ve met online, I probably wouldn’t come back. This is not goodbye but at this point, I realise I need to re-focus on other things.

I’m so grateful for the friendships I have formed on both the blogging and IG platforms.

I will be around, just not as present as usual.

Remember to take some time for yourself, your mental and physical health, remember healthy boundaries and stay humble and kind.

I’ll leave you with this quote;

Just because I forgot to water the plant doesn’t mean I don’t care, I just forgot to water the plant.

Remember to love your health.

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Cool Vibes – 4 Simple Makeup Looks for the cooler weather, or not

All of these looks were created with the following staple products and tools. All the brands will have external links to prices and where to purchase for your convenience below (just highlight the word and go):

Small note, all of the xoBeauty products I received in a giveaway package I won from Glam Raider recently (yay!) but the rest was purchased by myself.

Products

  • Nars, All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, Light 2 Mont Blanc
  • Tarte, Shape Tape concealer, 20B Light
  • Rimmel, loose powder, Transparent
  • MAC, Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Soft Ochre Paint Pot eye base
  • Physician’s Formula, Butter Bronzer, Light
  • Maybelline, Hypersharp Wing liquid liner, black
  • Too Faced, Chocolate Bar Palette Fudge and Milk Chocolate shadows, brows
  • Ardell, Duo lash glue, white/clear
  • xoBeauty, lip balm, Fejioa
  • Urban Decay, Troublemaker mascara, black
  • MAC, Prep + Prime, Fix +, to wet eye shadows
  • Urban Decay, All Nighter setting spray

Note *I’ve forgotten some of the highlighters I used (oops) but I will mention them where I remember. Most blushes are either by Milani or Tarte.

Tools

Look 1 – “The Toasty Halo”

  • Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette, s’more, cashmere, warmth, cozy, fireside
  • Laura Mercier, Lip Glace, Black Cherry
  • Hourglass, Ambient Lighting Bronzer, Luminous Bronze Light
  • Nikkia Joy Cosmetics, unknown lashes from ‘The Petite Set’ 3rd set from the top

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I love a warm eye. Would you believe I had to hide the Tarte Toasted palette so I didn’t grab for it so often? I admit, I’m quite neglectful of some of my other palettes. This was a first I’d used it in a long while, much to my other eye shadow palettes delight.

I created the ‘halo effect’ with a bit of Tarte Shape Tape on the centre of my lid and applied. It took a bit to pack on but I like the effect.

I kind of wished I bronzed a bit more around my temples and forehead. Sometimes, makeup can look so different until you photograph it.

Look 2 – “The Berry Nice”

  • MAC, Wedge and Cork shadows
  • Tarte, Tartelette Toasted Palette, candle, fireside
  • Essence, Kajal Eye Pencil, white
  • xoBeauty The Gold Digger lashes, from ‘The Dramatics’ set
  • xoBeauty Lucent, highlight
  • xoBeauty, Wabi Sabi matte lipstick

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I won this lipstick (among so many other fabulous goodies) in a giveaway I mentioned earlier.

The universe brought to me such a fun berry shade, something so perfect for what I wanted these upcoming months.

Sadly, I don’t own a lip liner to match this, I used Kylie Cosmetics lip kit liner in Wicked but it was a little too purple but I kind of liked the effect. I would suggest using a balm underneath and then lining your lips as this is a bit patchy. Still beautiful though!

Can I quickly mention, The Gold Digger lashes by xoBeauty are one of my favs!! I love the lashes the taper from short in the inner corner to longer on the outer corner. Strip lashes can tend to look very heavy on my eyes if I’m not careful with my choice in lashes.

Look 3 – “The Stormy”

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It’s me and my garden leaf, again!

The last two looks being this one above and below have very minimal eye makeup but it’s all about playing up the lips.

This shade by Flower Beauty looks a lot more darker in person than the picture shows. Very opaque and even colour.

I love how lipsticks can turn around a look in an instant and automatically amp up your look.

Look 4 – “The Moody”

 

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The first of my greige toned lipsticks. Some may say muddy, some gothic, I personally love how it makes my eyes look more blue. Again, more so in person than showing up in this picture (they look a little green?)

Did you know grey is made up of the primary colours yellow, red and blue? I suppose that’s why I find it brings out the blueness but I digress, this isn’t a basic colour theory blog post.

Guys this was pretty long but I hope you stayed with me until the end and enjoyed seeing some of my makeup creations 😀

I will be posting another important blog post later today (2 blogs in one day??) be sure to read it when you get the chance.

Love your health.

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Relaxing Night Time Routine

So it may be the end of a long week and you’re looking for a little me time?

Here’s my rendition of a relaxing evening routine that will have you ready for the land of relaxation and slumber.

Unwind

  • Pour yourself a mug or glass of your favourite drink and head on over to the ‘spa’ *ahem* your bathroom
  • Remove all your jewellery and accessories and put your hair up into a bun so it’s out of the way. I love using a fuzzy hair turban too 🙂
  • Fill up your bath tub and add your favourite bath bomb, bath salts or bubble bath product and as you wait,
  • Complete your skincare routine to remove sunscreen/and or makeup
  • Apply a sheet mask or any mask of your choice to your face, you could even use this as an opportunity to use some nose strips (the pain of ripping it off after kind of puts me off adding this to a relaxing night time routine, but the option is there)
  • Take a long soak in the bath
  • Take advantage of the bath water and use an exfoliating mitt/glove or body scrub to get rid of all your dead skin cells, something I neglect to do when taking a quick shower!
  • Moisturise your body with your fav body lotion and don’t forget to apply serums, lotions and moisturisers to your face as well
  • Get into your PJ’s
  • Make yourself a warm drink such as decaf coffee, hot tea or a hot chocolate
  • Eat an indulgent snack
  • Moisturise your hands and apply your favourite lip balm/mask to hydrate your lips
  • I like to read a magazine or book, sometimes watch IG stories and I do catch up with some of my YouTube subscriptions. All of the latter make me somewhat tired although I know the screens aren’t the best *cringes*
  • Write down your to do list for the next day or week
  • Reflect on goals, past achievements buy writing them down in a journal or you could put a little mediation music on and visualise

Do you have a relaxing technique you’d like to share? Or maybe you could use a few of these for your next at home spa session. I hope it gave you some relatively easy ideas.

Remember to always take a little time out of your day for ‘me time’.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash

Skincare and Polished Makeup Routine

Here’s a current look at my skincare routine, forever changing or being tweaked, only for the best reasons of course hehe. For days I want to look put together and fresh, I decided to show you my simplistic makeup routine as a small bonus.

AM Skincare Routine

  1. Splash with lukewarm water
  2. Simple Skincare Micellar Water, only if I feel super greasy, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, 1 pump to damp face
  4. Sunscreen*

*I’m looking to purchase a new sunscreen (Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk) that won’t irritate my facial dermatitis and rosacea but it’s currently out of stock online 🙂

Makeup – Polished Face Routine

*Asterisk denotes non-specific product. I rotate them weekly to get more use out of my collection as I have quite a few of these to use.

  • Concealer – Maybelline Fit Me and/or Tarte Shape Tape as eye shadow base, under eyes and any blemishes
  • Foundation – Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation SPF 15 or Nars Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation
  • Set – Rimmel Translucent Loose Powder, stamped on face
  • Bronze/Contour/Sculpt – Physician’s Formula ‘Butter Bronzer’ (matte) – contour face, dust in the crease as an eye shadow and buffed into the lower lash line
  • Eye Shadow – MAC, ‘Cork’ to deepen the crease
  • Eye Shadow -Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (if I feel like something else)
  • LineMaybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid
  • Mascara*
  • Lashes – only if I feel up to it
  • Highlight*
  • Blush*
  • Brows – Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette shadow in ‘Milk Chocolate’ & ‘Fudge’
  • Lips*
  • Set – Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
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Neutral eye, pops of pink highlighter and a bold lip make for a fresh, put together look. Highlighter by Makeup Revolution London in ‘Bloom’
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Another angle featuring xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick, ‘Ineffable’ (one lash seems to want to pop off) they’re also by xoBeauty ‘The Glamourista’ 

Now after the day is through, what’s next? Well my evening skincare routine of course!

PM Skincare Routine

  1. Simple Skincare, Micellar Water (almost out and soon to be replacing with (Bioderma Sensibio H2O Sensitive, pink cap). I then continue the rest in the shower
  2. Simple Skincare Water Boost, Micellar Gel Cleanser, 30 seconds of finger tip massaging, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM to damp face, straight out of the shower
  4. CeraVe in the tub Moisturising Lotion on body
  5. Spot treat blemishes with Tea Tree Oil

I can’t help but thinking of that recent meme that I can’t find or was it a tweet about influencers talking about their skincare routines. In no way do I think I am an influencer but it gave me a giggle. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Remember to love your health.

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Centre Stage: Niacinamide

Today’s ingredient we are exploring in, ‘Centre Stage’ is Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3. Taken by mouth, vitamin B3 it is said to alleviate acne vulgaris, help stop memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, lessen the disconcerting symptoms of schizophrenia and even help ADHD.

Currently, there is not enough substantial evidence to determine its full effectiveness in the treatment of the above ailments. But there is another area it is more commonly used for which we will discuss today.

Skincare Benefits

Niacinamide is more commonly known for its use in skincare products. Proven effective in the treatment of eczema, it is also beneficial in maintaining overall skin tone, reduction of pore size, and reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

The reasons why I choose to incorporate niacinamide in my skincare routine are; reducing my redness (rosacea), soothing my blemishes and dermatitis (seb derm) and creating an overall even skin tone.

Here are a few select products containing Niacinamide (Vitamin B3):

Top Recommendations

TO Niacinamide
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, AUD $9.90, available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies here
CeraVe PM
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, AUD $21.99, available at Chemist Warehouse here
Niacinamide Vitamin
Niacinamide vitamin B3 capsules, AUD $7.66, available on iHerb here
Simple Mask
Simple Skincare 5 minute hydrogel mask available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy’s here, AUD $5.00 and select Woolworths stores

So I’d love to know, do you use a product with niacinamide in your skincare or daily health routine?

I hope to purchase TO product above soon as I hear people rave about it! (such an affordable price too!) Let me know your niacinamide recommendations below.

Love your health.

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Featured photo provided by Amplitude Magazin on Unsplash

Healthy Snacks that won’t make you feel guilty

Did you know that thirst can actually make you feel hungry? Try drinking one glass of water before you reach for that Snickers bar. If after 30 min you still aren’t satisfied, then you may eat something. So what to choose? You’ll want to find something that will satisfy your hunger but also be nutritious.

A healthy selection of delicious snacks include;

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter, smooth or crunchy or something in between, whatever you fancy really
  • Apple quarters topped with about 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter dusted with a sprinkling of cinnamon
  • Yoghurt and berry bowl (I love strawberries but you can mix any in really like blueberries or raspberries) You could even top this with a sprinkling of protein mix
  • Carrot or celery sticks, tricks my mind into thinking I’m eating chips
  • Hommus and brown crackers
  • Popcorn, homemade with kernels is best with a sprinkling of salt or cinnamon
  • Fruit. Yes too much fructose is not a good thing but I ate all the fruit I wanted for dessert most nights and still lost weight however, I advise you proceed with caution

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Remember; munching on sweet and salty snacks occasionally is okay. Treat yourself! But also be honest with yourself. If you’re putting in more than you exert in physical activity then maybe it’s time for a change.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Casual Friday’s – Easter 2019 – Easy, No Bake Easter Egg Slice Recipe

I try to bake something at least once a week.  For the most part I try to do clean eating Monday through Friday and once we hit the end of the week, I’m ready for a little sweet.

As it’s the Easter long weekend, I thought I’d do a bit of themed/festive baking. Well technically refrigerating in this case!

Easter Egg Slice (1)

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That’s it folks! Enjoy this slice all at once or store it up to 1 week in a container in your fridge.

Have a Happy Easter!

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