I’m pretty sure that in my late teens, and twenties, I tried as many different beauty products on my skin that I could afford. I learnt that my skin was oily and also sensitive. In my later twenties after seeing a dermatologist it was suggested I stay away from any fragrance in my beauty products and make up, and to maybe just go more simple. At the time I was using alot of MAC, and Dermalogica, out they went, and from then on I made sure my face products had no fragrance, and it has really made a difference. A few years on a few more skin problems, another dermatologist, and I decided to break it down even more, I had the kids, and my routines kept getting simpler, and then in the past year I have gradually been switching to as natural as I can, but within reason. So I thought I would share what I use and why I love them. A few of the brands are handmade here in Australia, which also a massive bonus!
I started using Wild Healing a few years back, back when they were Kaffe Organic. I used the cold pressed face oil on my face (and I also used it on my C-section scar, I have a keloid scar, and even though my first was cut out and re-done the second time, it was again keloid, and for me this oil, made a huge difference to it healing compared to my first scar), and I also used the pink clay mask a few times a week, which exfoliates and cleanses my face. I now use their raw moisturiser on my face, it does come in natural fragrances, but they have customised it for me to have no fragrance. I use their mint body butter on my terribly dry hands, and heels, and just recently I’ve been using their ‘Stick It’ face soap with activated charcoal, eucalyptus and coconut oil, and my face has been great. Everything is all natural and hand made, and the shipping has been really fast, and their prices are exceptionally reasonable. I also purchase alot of these products for gifts, you can find them here.
I am a HUGE coffee lover, dont even get me started. So of course Frank Body had me intrigued, so did the thousands of social media posts I kept seeing in my feed (sorry you won’t see one of me, I hate selfies of myself haha) so I gave it a try and yep hooked. I’ve tried the coconut coffee scrub, but I have to say the original is my fav, and oh my gosh! My skin feels so awesomely silky smooth after. I started using their body cream too, and Is seriously want to eat myself I smell and feel so good! Lil M is obviously watching me more (I’ll get to that more in this post) and want to moisturise too. So I’m more than happy for her to share my cocoa body cream, with all its natural goodness! Find the deliciousness here.
Now onto the make up! So I’m pretty simple when it comes to make up, and I’m done in less than 5 minutes. Now not all of this products are 100% natural, but definitely have less of the nasties, and have been great for my sensitive skin, and are all non fuss, and more good for the skin, and are non irritating. I’ll go through them! I always like to wear lightweight foundation, and for me it is a must to have SPF, I use the Bare Minerals Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, little really goes a long way and it is so lightweight, and has a really nice light cover, it covers what I want covered, and yet my little freckles and moles are still apparent. I also use their All Over Face cover in a light blush colour when I want a bit of pink on my cheeks, again, nice and lightweight and free from parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and fragrance.
Now lipstick has not always been in my makeup bag, I found it hard to find ones I liked, the Moxie Bare Minerals lipsticks are what actually got me onto the rest of their range, again free of all the parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and fragrance, with Abyssinian Oil to hydrate, (and a handy click lid so it doesn’t go AWOL in your purse). I buy all of my bare minerals from Mecca Mexima online or instore.
Another brand I use is Shanghai Suzy, which was recommended to me by a fab make up artist when I was after something with less of the nasties in it. They have seasonal collections, and smell like bubblegum, and at $14.95 a pop (or less if you buy more), you are winning! There are a few local store in the Illawarra that sell these, but you can buy online, or find a stockist near you.
Another fav brand of mine is Korres from Greece, alot of natural skincare. I used to use their rose body lotion before it was discontinued. I use their tinted lip butter for everyday use in Quince (or a subtle pink) and Wild Rose (for a darker red tone), it uses shea butter and rice wax, so helps my lips and adds a hit of colour. Again at $16 a pot, you cant loose, I also buy these from Mecca Maxima. They smell amazing too! I kiss my kids ALOT (even so much that Lil M asked Daddy why I do so much), and I dont mind if I have all this stuff all over my lips! hahaha!
I also use Korres Volcanic Minerals Voluminizing Mascara, again lots of natural goodies in it, and it really makes my non existent lashes that bit fuller, and doesn’t irritate. This one though I buy online, usually from Strawberrynet.
Now I snuck that NARS stick in, it isn’t known for all its natural ingredients, but it is enriched with Vitamin E and Acai Oil for antioxidant benefits, doesn’t have fragrance, and is my go to everyday – in under 5 mins, I have my light coverage of foundation, eyebrows defined, a bit of this on my cheeks (these multiple sticks you can use on your face, lips and body), a lick of mascara, and some lip butter and I’m good to go! (the only thing I haven’t replaced yet is my eyebrow pencil – you know its hard to find a good colour). I ADORE this! I have the Malaysia colour, and I’ve used it through summer and winter, I have more of an olive tone skin, but there is an abundance of colour choices. Again Mecca is my big go to!
Now Lil M is at the age as I mentioned before that she is very observant at the moment, she watches my mum do her make up when she is over, and she watches me get ready. We bought her a brilliant wooden make up case and set for Christmas for pretend play. It’s funny as I guess sometimes no matter the influence, girls like what they like. She has asked to use my make up, and I tell her its just for mummy, but then I came across this brilliant company No Nasties. They create 100% natural, play make up and hair chalk that also become face paint. This I am totally into. The kids love face paint and again I’m very sure to buy non toxic, water based crayons and paints, but this take sit even a step further, and with that cute packaging!?!!? We received a small play make up set and a hair chalk set, they come in various colour combos and are coded via these cleverly cute face icons. Again this is an Australian handmade company and actually based close to where I grew up, so big win here! I think the kids and I are going to have a ton of fun on the weekend!
This post was not sponsored or paid for in any way, just a post sharing what products I love right now, and what works for me, especially when looking for something that is so simple for the busy lady and good for your skin :) x