Organic Beauty with a Real Difference is Here

Organic Beauty with a Real Difference is Here

World Organics have just launched in Australia and they have skincare and makeup products with ingredients sourced from all over the World. Most of the organic ingredients come from India – making it more sustainable and supporting a lot of the organic farmers, creating better opportunities for the local people and building harmonious communities.

Originating in New Zealand, this organics brand will stun you with an array of makeup and skincare products. The pigments of the lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes are soft but at the same time radiant. The skincare products are incredibly fragrant and you can soak up the goodness of all the oils, serums and moisturisers with no worries that the ingredients could be harmful as they are 99-100% natural.

World Organics Skincare

World Organics Skincare ReplenishOrganic Skin and Co and River Veda Skincare

World Organics Skincare Packaging

It was an eventful day at the World Organics launch as I got a facial and then makeup done by celebrity makeup artist, Noni Smith. Noni was using all World Organics cosmetics on me and I noticed that the range of the colours and products available is more extensive than any other organic makeup brand.

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River Veda Skincare Range

I was most impressed with the concealer and foundations – both were extremely velvety with great coverage. The blush and the lipgloss had natural pigment and the lipgloss was 95.5% organic and 100% natural ingredients. It’s important to have natural ingredients, especially in our lipsticks and glosses because we ingest more of this product than any others, but all skincare and makeup gets absorbed by our skin so ends up in our organism anyway, making it that much more important to use natural and organic products.

You’ll be mesmerised by the packaging of the makeup – aesthetic, light and beautiful, with bamboo lids and compacts. Most of the skincare comes in aluminium tubes – recyclable but also protects the creams against light exposure.

World Organics Makeup Layout

 World Organics Makeup 

World Organics Sun Kissed Bronzer

World Organics Sun Kissed Bronzer with 71.45% Organic Ingredients

World Organics Eyeshadow Palette

Mineral Eyeshadow Palette – Twilight Star

I also had the pleasure of meeting the World Organics founder Megan Douglas. Megan is not just a lovely person to have a chat with, but she is also a qualified Herbal Practitioner and Naturopath. We talked about the origins of World Organics, Megan explained to me a lot of the processes that go into getting an Organic Certification, starting from the ingredients down to the certification of the plant and process. We also had a look at some photos of the staff at World Organics visiting the farmers in India – there were so many smiles and so much colour in those photos and what a great way to introduce all employees to all stages of the product production + meeting the people who grow the organic ingredients; plants, flowers for these beautiful products.

World Organics Launch Australia

Meeting Megan Douglas and Noni Smith at the World Organics Launch Australia in Sydney

I learned that World Organics use Supercritical extracts as the main ingredient in their products. This technology is a breakthrough in herbal extraction; the cleanest, purest way to extract a plant’s value with maximum nutritional benefits. These extracts are extremely concentrated, wonderfully pure and super potent (more than 50 times stronger than conventional extracts.) Megan showed me some of the extracts and I had a smell of some of the oils – they smelled phenomenal – like being immersed in a field of flowers. Nothing synthetic or artificial about them. I couldn’t believe the difference this Supercritical Extracts makes to retaining all the natural fragrances + nutrients.

World Organics Calendula Cream

Calendula Cream – all natural pigment and calming properties

World Organics Makeup SwatchesColour swatch: Lipstick (Sahara), Lipgloss (Iris), Sun Kissed Bronzer, Eyeshadow Palette (Twilight Star)

 

You can purchase World Organics skincare and makeup from the online store

Some more facts about World Organics:

They do not test on animals. A lot of the products are certified vegan which requires that no testing on animals occurs.
The vegan products:
The Organic Skin Co. – Lipstick
The Organic Skin Co. – Lip Gloss
The Organic Skin Co. – Blush
The Organic Skin Co. – Mascara
River Veda – Nurture SPF 30+
River Veda – Rejuvenate – Heavenly Words Lip Balm

Over 90% of all World Organics products are certified ‘organic’ or ‘made with organic’ (70%+ organic). They can be identified by the BioGro logo stamped on their packaging.

State of the Art Manufacturing Plant:
Some of the World Organics products are manufactured in a purpose-built, state of the art industrial plant in India. The plant is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, and one of the few facilities in the world that is mainly solar-powered.

How to check if a products is organic?
Beware Greenwashing:
- Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated claim about the environmental or natural benefits of a product. It happens often because much of the cosmetics industry remains unregulated.

- A product which claims to be natural might only contain 1% natural ingredients. Customers can protect themselves by reading the ingredients listed on the packaging and by looking for certification stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Looking White

6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Looking White

There is no better accessory than a smile and if you’re wondering on the best way to keep your teeth dazzling white, below are my recommended tips on maintaining a healthy, bright white smile.

1. Watch what you eat and drink

Try to keep staining foods and drinks such as coffees, teas and red wine to a minimum. All the darker liquids that you drink will stain your teeth as over time the top layer of your teeth the enamel will absorb the colour. Beetroot, berries, balsamic vinegar, soya sauce,amongst others can cause staining to your enamel. The solution, keep the hard staining foods and drinks to a minimum. Too much coffee and too many glasses of red wine are not great for you anyway, so keep to a reasonable daily dose. We still want to enjoy life so regular rinsing and brushing after consuming these are a great way of keeping the stains at bay!

Smoking is definitely something that’s not great for your health in general, and just another reason to quit – keeping that white smile bright!

TIP: Drink your coffee at cooler temperatures. Apparently the hotter your coffee, the higher the chance of staining due to little fractions in your teeth that are formed by hot drinks – these then attract staining components.

2. Brush, Floss, Rinse

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, not forgetting to also floss. Flossing really helps prevent stains and keep your teeth whiter so if you get into a habit of flossing and brushing after drinking coffee, you may just see positive results.If you don’t have a toothbrush on hand give your mouth a good rinse with warm water. There are many mouthwash alternatives now on the market with whitening properties. Finding a toothpaste which has whitening benefits may also help in combination with brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and using a good mouth wash.

3. Try alternative methods

There are so many other methods of whitening teeth out there if you're into trying alternative new things: Coconut oil, salt, baking soda, you name it. Remember these items will not dramatically whiten your teeth but can help get rid of built up stains from beverages and food. There are many pros and cons on using yet another social media elevated beauty method, but I will leave it up to you to judge. Personally have not tried any of the things listed except for baking soda. Baking soda is already an active ingredient in many whitening toothpastes, so it's something that has proven to work. (or at least not cause harm).

4. Whitening strips

Whitening strips were always dominant in the US while the market in Australia hadn’t really seen these properly until a few years back. Now brands like Oral B and Colgate have all sorts of weird and wonderful whitening products, including strips. I used Crest whitening strips when I returned from my Canada trip and found them ok, but I never got into the habit of using them regularly, which is what you need to do to get the claimed results. They cannot provide exact all over coverage and therefore not all teeth are whitened evenly.

5. Bi-annual dental check ups

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and no better way to do that than go in for a dental check up at least every 6 months. I am going to be honest and say that I probably miss the bi- annual check up on a regular basis and make it a more annual frequency instead. That I am getting better at, promise! When I am in the dentist’s chair, I opt in for a full check up and a clean.

There is nothing like a professional dental clean with an extra dose of fluoride to keep your teeth squeaky clean and with an added bonus of shine. Most importantly, your dentist will be able to see if you need any dental work or if you're in need of any treatment, which like any medical issue is best treated early. Having regular examinations and cleaning appointments make sure you dont have big dental problems and contributes to you having overall great health.

6. Professional teeth whitening

The quickest and most foolproof method is always going to be professional teeth whitening at the dentist. Only a dentist can get your teeth their whitest. I’ve tried take home treatment with trays before and that can be quite costly but worth the investment if you’ve got a big life occasion such as a wedding or a big birthday or just want to look your best. The down side of the professional take home kits are you must use them daily for 14 days or more to get a noticeable result.

Recently I’ve tried the brand new Philips Zoom Quick Pro Whitening, which takes 30 minutes and whitens teeth up to 4 shades whiter the first time. A repeat treatment (recommended within a few days) can whiten teeth up to 6 shades.

If you’re interested try Pitt Street Dental Centre  one of the leading and most experienced dental practices in Sydney.

Additionally to get the ‘Wow’ Factor and 8-15 shades whiter teeth in 90 minutes try the World’s most requested professional in-chair whitening system, Philips Zoom White Speed. The results are instant, fast , safe and very dramatic. Look years younger instantly. These two professional systems work on everyone provided you have your own natural teeth. NB: Teeth whitening products cannot change the colour of porcelain crowns or veneers.

If you’re located anywhere else, ask your local dentist about options for quick whitening solutions.

TIP: If you have sensitive teeth, tell your dentist and they will find a more tailored solution. My teeth are generally very sensitive but I didn’t feel any discomfort with the new Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment.

OFFER:

Pitt Street Dental Centre are giving my readers a special offer – Call and mention this article to get the Philips Zoom White Speed at $595 including a free dental check up and dental show bag with some great sample products to try!

or

Philips Zoom Quick Pro Booster Treatment at a special price of $220 – Call and mention this article. (“LIVESHOPTRAVEL BLOG”)

Philips Zoom whitening

 

Vaniday Beauty App to Book a Facial in Sydney + Get $20 Off Your Booking

Vaniday Beauty App to Book a Facial in Sydney + Get $20 Off Your Booking

I used the Vaniday Beauty App to book a facial recently. It’s a new beauty booking app and site with a variety of salons and wellness centres under Australia’s biggest, booking platform. Bookings can be made, paid for and completed within 2 hours of the desired appointment time.
There are over 500 salons throughout Sydney on Vaniday!
I quickly found a salon I wanted to go to near me and booked a Classic 75 minute facial. The services span across all beauty requests you might have – including spray tans, hairdressing, manicures, masages.
I was happy to see that so many spas and salons were able to book me in on the weekend and at such short notice. I booked only a couple of days in advance for a midday Saturday. Initially I thought all those would be booked out.
The Vaniday app is kind of like an Uber. When you think it’s too hard to book appointments, it is now at your fingertips and can be done at the click of a mouse.
Here are my booking details:

Salon:  Alysium Spa by the Hilton
Appointment Time: 12pm
Day: Saturday
Spa duration: 75 minutes
Cost: $175
There are a couple of bad reviews for Alysium Spa at the Hilton hotel. I googled them again before I went in for my appointment. I have tried a massage there a couple of years ago and must say I wasn’t that impressed. Not with the quality of the service, but the ambience and the location of the spa itself. I believe the negative reviews also came through around the same time I went to Alysium Spa for the first time. My first impression, like other reviewers as well, was that the entry to the spa via a health/fitness club where you had to sign yourself in and walk through the gym was a bit un-spa like. It started the experience off on a wrong note. There is no entrance to the spa off the street so you have to get led in via a scan pass only lift. This creates a bit of confusion. After reading those reviews, I wasn’t sure what to expect any more, but it seemed no one was really complaining about the quality of service but rather other aspects of the spa such as the entrance, not being offered a drink on arrival and not being served quick enough in some instances.
When I arrived for my facial, I approached the concierge at the Hilton and he called the spa so that someone could come up and collect me from the lobby. The lady that came up to take me through was very nice and friendly. This time we didn’t go through the gym and I didn’t have to sign in as there was a separate entrance to the spa by-passing the fitness club. This is a much better outcome and I was offered a tea on arrival. (It is my understanding that before, there was some issue with the separate entrance and therefore people had to use the gym entrance temporarily).

 

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The facial was incredibly relaxing. The products used were Payot skincare. I enjoyed the full 75 minute facial with a neck and head massage included. My skin felt amazing afterwards and I really recommend booking yourself in for regular facials. It can be a bit costly but it is an investment into your skincare regimen. I have started thinking a lot about skincare recently and for me the most important thing is that my skin stays well-hydrated and preferably out of the sun. After the facial I was asked to take my time getting dressed and ready to go out again. I was offered water or tea at the end of my treatment and I left with glowing skin and beaming , feeling very relaxed and happy after my facial.
I would recommend the Classic Facial Treatment at Alysium Spa – the price is actually quite reasonable for 75 minutes and I would go back again.
If you’re interested in booking, please Download the Vaniday app – or visit www.vaniday.com.au today. Use the special code I received below to try whatever treatment you fancy with $20 off.

 

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Let me know what you think of the app and your beauty appointment :)

 

 

 

 

What Beauty Products are in Your Gym Bag?

What Beauty Products are in Your Gym Bag?

Going to the gym is a good exercise (pun intended). I’ve recently started at least attempting to make a regular appearance at mine and spend most of the time I am there on a treadmill for cardio and later in the showers grooming myself back to a normal non-red-faced-puffy-state.

All of those minutes spent sweating do great things for your body and mind. Endorphin release is one of the key benefits for me as I feel like nothing can phase me after my workout – I am a stress fighting fortress! For the skin however, the extra sweat means more breakouts. At least that is what I’ve observed in my recent post-gym observations of the face.

Why? Why can’t we just have it all on a silver platter? The more I ask myself that question the more I realise how life can be unfair. (1st world problems) Can I please not breakout after my gym workout?

It is not all lost, some of it is in your control. I realised that by taking the right beauty products to the gym with me I could avoid the breakouts and other skin issues like dryness.

So here are some of the products which are in my gym bag now:
Gym beauty products
Gym Bag Beauties

Yes it may seem like a lot at first glance, but I can assure you I can fit all of these into my free David Jones, bag illustrated by Megan Hess. I’ve had this bag for a number of years and will be deeply disappointed when it starts to approach retirement. I should really buy a proper gym bag!

In order to avoid breakouts, you need to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Preferably with products containing salicylic acid or other breakthrough and oil fighting ingredients.

1. I first use Johnson’s Face Care Make Up Remover Wipes to remove ALL makeup.

2.Then The Biore Charcoal Pore Minimiser Cleanser , which comes in a pump bottle and has activated charcoal. Charcoal has a number of benefits, but the one we are after is its absorbing property with all the dirt and gunk being sucked out via magnetic power(!) and helps achieve a deep clean.

While taking a shower at the gym, just put a small amount of cleanser on your palm and massage gently around your face. I sometimes use this cleanser on the back and chest as well, just to prevent any breakouts in those areas too.

3. For all hair needs, I use Scunci hair accessories. Their hairties without the metal clamp are genius and super comfortable and recently I’ve discovered this Bendy headband that you can just shape yourself to the outline of your head. Gold! I believe that my head is shaped in it’s own unique way so when I can customise a headband, it’s always a bonus.

Scunci hair ties and comfy headband blogger

Scunci is a super fun hair brand and now they have a Comfy range

4. One of the best shavers I’ve used is the Schick Intuition with coconut milk and almond oil.Schick intuition razor blogger review

New Schick Intuition with ‘Ribbons’ of moisture

Schick Intuition Razor Packaging Blogger

5. The Hair Care Products I use are by two different brands. One might argue that it should be the same brand of shampoo and conditioner but I like to mix it up. My hair is colour treated so I use the Color WoW Shampoo and Frizz Ease Conditioner by John Frieda. I’ve also got a sample of Moroccan Oil to use on hair ends to avoid dryness and frizz.

John Frieda Frizz Conditioner and WOW hair
6. After you’ve cleansed your face, it’s important to add moisture to the skin because it’s been dehydrated while exercising. I use Weleda Hydrating Day Cream. I have dehydrated skin in the best of times so this moisturiser suits me. It’s very creamy and hydrates skin for hours. If you have very oily skin, best to use an oil free moisturiser or a gel base moisturiser.

7. I also usually keep a travel size body wash and body lotion in my bag as essentials when going to the gym.

What beauty products do you take to the gym?

Disclaimer: I have been gifted some of these products for a potential review. All opinions are my honest, personal opinions and have in no way been endorsed or sponsored by the respective brands. I did not get sponsored to write this review.

 

Scholl Pack Giveaway to Give Your Feet A Makeover

Scholl Pack Giveaway to Give Your Feet A Makeover

It’s been boot weather for a few weeks and this is when your feet will probably need TLC most. I know I am notoriously bad at doing pedicures when it’s cold and feet are not as exposed.

For some this post is probably not as Beauty related, but for me it’s important to look after all parts of my body from head to toes.

That is why I’ve teamed up with Scholl foot care to Giveaway a Velvet Smooth Express Pedi and a Heel Balm to give your feet some love and care this winter.

( I apologise in advance to those who do not want to see feet on the internet – Sorry, this is the internet. If you don’t want to see, scroll all the way to the bottom and enter to win the prize :))

Scholl Pedicure

Again, to enter this comp, scroll to the bottom and there are lots of ways to enter!

I have been using the heel balm and the Velvet Express Pedi products from Scholl and here is my foot before. The heel especially is quite dry and not attractive :/

Heel of a foot before Velvet smooth finish pedi

With the balm, I’ve been getting softer feet and the Express Pedi device is amazing – all you need to do is OPEN the bottom bit once out of the plastic pack:

Velvet Smooth Diamond Express Pedi Scholl

Take Out the Plastic red bit preventing the battery from connecting.

Velvet smooth diamond pedi Scholl On

Switch it on – SEE IT WORKING!

Scholl Pedicure Device Velvet

Express pedi will do it’s business on all of your dry skin. ( Just don’t use anywhere else except feet!)

Heel Scholl Balm Feet

Et voila! I can rest with my feet on the table and even take photos – I think this Express home pedi is just what I needed!

Feet Up On The Table with Scholl Products

NOW FOR THE COMPETITION: (See below)

Starts Midnight 27 May 2015

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prizepack includes:

 

1. Scholl Velvet Diamond Smooth Express Pedi RRP $50

 

 2. Scholl Eulactol Heel Balm RRP $14

 

Total Prize Value Approx $64

Competition runs for 2 weeks. Winner will receive an email from Liveshoptravel directly. 

 

Good luck!

 

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Creme Simon and Creme Universelle Now Available in Australia

Creme Simon and Creme Universelle Now Available in Australia

Creme Simon Box of ProductsCreme Simon is such a beautiful brand, with rich history and origins. The brand was born in France and I was amazed to learn a lot about the heritage of this truly international brand even in mid 20th century.

Women all over the world were using the famous Creme Simon for all types of skin and different needs – be it suncare or protection from the cold weather.

It was a real pleasure to meet some of the people behind the brand, they were here in Sydney personally meeting bloggers like myself and explaining about the brand and products.

Creme Simon Brand Book

The brand book we were given summarises the history of this brand and the significance of the products throughout the years.

Here you can see very old advertisements with Creme Simon products. I also saw ads in different languages.

Creme Simon Old Ads

The products from Creme Simon focus on beautiful skin. Thus the box of goodness contained moisturiser, mask, eye cream and cleanser.

I received a box of these products just before jetting off to North America and desperately needed some great skincare goods for the long haul flight to LA.

My hero trio were these:

Creme Simon Top Products

Creme Universelle, Brightening Detox Eye Treatment and the magical Brightening Detox Restorative Sleeping Mask. I think this mask saved my skin! Who experiences extreme dryness when they’re on the airplane? (Hand goes flying up in the air vigorously!) MEEEE! I must have applied this mask on my face 5-6 times throughout the flight and within minutes it would all be absorbed without any residue. The moisture I received was on another level and my skin stayed soft and supple even after finally getting off a 22 hour journey (Sydney>LA>Seattle) in Seattle.

Creme Simon Leave On Mask

Consistency wise this mask is quite gel-like on application. Very light, pleasant smelling.

Creme Simon Leave On Mask Consistency

Layers beautifully onto the skin and gets absorbed immediately.

I wouldn’t leave the earth’s surface without this mask, guaranteed!

Another lifesaver is this Brightening Detox Multi Benefits Eye Treatment. Acts as an under eye roll on, with a click system that dispenses the right amount of product, so later you can massage your eye area as long as you like. Brilliant!

Creme Simon Eye Brightening

Creme Simon Eye Brightening Roll OnI quite enjoy massaging under my eyes with the metal roll on ball. It’s very soothing and helps relieve any puffiness. Again good thing to do when you’re on a long haul flight.

Creme Simon Eye Roll On Application

Finally the Creme Simon Original, Creme Universelle. Since the 19th century this cream has been used by countless women from Paris to Tokyo. You can use this cream on your lips, your face, hands, body, elbows, knees – please name a body part that you can’t moisturise with this product? Great moisturisation, really nice fragrance and not super greasy.

Creme Simon Creme Universal Consistency

Creme Simon Universal lips 2

Comes in a small, pocket sized, flat tube as well so you can carry this in any handbag or clutch. Universal use! Do I need to say any more? That’s why it’s called Creme Universelle! :)

Creme Simon Creme Universal Lips

Creme Simon in Australia is now available exclusively at Sephora!

Creme Simon website also ships internationally and it takes 2-4 days to ship to Australia. Big win!

Prices:

Creme Universelle is at USD 51, approx AUD 63

Restorative Sleeping Mask USD 51, approx AUD 63

Multi Benefits Eye Treatment Gel USD 18.50, approx AUD 23

 

If you’ve had any experience with the Creme Simon brand I’d love to hear :) So far I’ve loved the products because they’re so well designed. On the website you can also request samples and indicate whether the climate you need these products for is cold/humid/sunny etc. There are different benefits with each one.

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