How to Choose Makeup Based on Your Skin Tone
and Undertone

In Australia we are quite behind when it comes to makeup and skincare releases. It is great that Instagram keeps us up to date. However; because of this we are now more and more likely to make skincare and makeup purchases online. There are various tools to help you pick the right skincare and makeup online. One of the most difficult things to choose is foundation. Our skin changes in different seasons and some people tan in summer. What is the right process for buying foundation online? First you should find your skin tone and undertone. Read on for a step by step guide on how to choose makeup based on your skin tone and undertone! 

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How Age, Hormones and Pregnancy can Affect your Skin

We hear quite a lot about how stress, medication and coffee in the afternoon affects our hormones. However there a quite a few more things that can affect our balance and how we feel. Losing sleep, crash diets, irregular gym attendance and a workout that misses cardio or is biased towards one exercise all affect our hormones as well. A lot of people don't know how our hormones work even without all these things that can affect them negatively. Read on to find out... 

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The Face Mask Trend: Do You Need to Multi-Mask?

So Instagram has been all buzz about Korean sheet masks and now many companies around the world have started to bring out their own in response to the craze. Another fad is the multi-masking trend which I am totally dubious about myself. Do you seriously need to do this? I attempt to find out a little about sheet masks and multi-masking and I might even try a crazy trend... 

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Hair Care Tips for the Winter Months

Your hair, like your skin, needs some extra love and care during winter. While diet plays a huge role in keeping your hair healthy all year round, it is important to protect our hair from the damage that the winter elements can cause. What are some simple things that you can incorporate into your routine so that your hair stays looking healthy and beautiful in winter?

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Non-Toxic Nail Polish vs My Signature Red OPI

I have been using OPI nail polish for years. Back when I was a teenager I used to buy $2 chemist black nail polish because I was a goth and I was on a budget. Then I think I progressed to Kmart bought brands like Revlon. After that the first designer brand anything that I owned was makeup and nail polish. I tried Chanel nail polish - that was nice. The packaging was lovely but it chipped too easily. I tried YSL too and Christian Louboutin around the same time I got an OPI manicure at a salon somewhere I think. Basically I ended up purchasing OPI because it seemed to last longer in the bottle and chipped less. Fast forward a couple of years to when OPI released Infinite Shine and now that is my favourite.

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Australian Beauty Brands

In the interest of trying to support local Australian businesses I am always on the look out for great Australian skincare and cosmetics brands. While I am totally able to list out quite a few skincare and personal care brands I am in love with, I know less about Australian makeup brands. So we're all in the learning boat together! 

Being a fan of Organic and Natural products I am going to focus on these for this blog post. You may have read the list of natural products that I use in the Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits post. I mainly use natural products everywhere but my face I find natural and essential oils too heavy and clogging for the sensitive skin on my face.

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Interesting Perfume Formats: Options for Sensitive
Skins and Noses

We all know that fragrances (natural or synthetic) are irritating to all skin types; however a lot of skincare products contain them. Since this is the case, quite a lot of people don't really believe they are a problem. How can something which appears in a lot of ingredients lists be an issue for me? The theory behind this is that most fragrance ingredients impart scent is through a volatile reaction. This is a natural reaction and it almost always causes a sensitizing reaction on skin. What is most important here is that this is true for all skin types, not just those with sensitive or redness-prone skin.

Because our physiologies are so complex it is impossible to say that any one perfume can be worn by people with sensitive or easily irritated skin. This is a complex issue.

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Healthy Meal Ideas for Glowing Skin

In a previous post called The Link between Diet and Skin Health I talked about the things that you eat having a direct effect on your skin health and your general wellbeing. I also spoke about the benefits of anti-inflammatory eating. These foods heal your body and they are rich in antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids.

We are so busy with our working and home lives, that sometimes the last thing you want to do in the evening is cook a meal. We all resort to take-away foods sometimes. With the above in mind, I have put together a post with a few recipe suggestions for creating a quick and easy meal.

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What's In My Makeup Bag: The Products I can't do Without

I love reading about other people’s favourite products. Most of the bloggers I follow have posts every month summarising their monthly finds. I learn so much from these posts. Plus I totally want to buy heaps of stuff.

Set to Glow isn’t about promoting new products every month though, I am inspired to review what I use that I have found to work and things I own. In the interest of being completely honest about what is in my makeup bag, I decided to put together a post on the products I can't live without.

So what do I carry around all the time? What are my all time favourite products? Read on to find out…

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What I Learnt Using Natural Deodarant and Toothpaste

You may remember my post What is Perioral Dermatitis? and some of my tips on curing this condition. Switching to fluoride free toothpaste was one of the many things I did to help the skin around my mouth. At first I was horrified at the thought, but then I got real and asked a dentist. Switching to natural toothpaste was easy in the end however finding natural deodorant that works was slightly harder. What did I learn during this process? That research counts, amongst other things.

My dermatologist suggested that I change my routine in the bathroom in order to help my perioral dermatitis. The same could be said of other conditions too. Got eczema? Maybe you need to look at everything you use? Do you brush with fluoride toothpaste? Do you use products that contain SLS? Do you wash your hair with something that triggers it? Do you brush your teeth before you wash your face? My dermatologist said that I should brush my teeth before I washed my face. Well I took that one step further. I wondered if I could change my toothpaste altogether and whether that would have an impact?

 

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Do You Really Need a Toner?

I have been looking after my skin, at my mothers suggestion, since before I hit puberty. Our family was never really into the beach; my hat obsession started when I was a goth during my teenage years. I wanted to look as pale as I could so I looked my gothic best. That mentality paid off - I always wear a hat everywhere now and I think my skin looks pretty good for it. Australian sun is pretty harsh and during summer I often carry an umbrella as well.

There are lots of different opinions on this topic. Paula of Paula's Choice says that a beautifully formulated toner, loaded with beneficial ingredients, can transform the way your skin looks and feels after cleansing. Her site suggests that a toner can quickly and fundamentally provide skin with generous amounts of antioxidants, soothing agents, and vital hydrating ingredients.

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Your Pedi Health Guide: Dry, Cracked Feet

No matter what I do sometimes my feet are just super dry. We're coming into winter too now, so this is the time to up your pedi care routine. If you have dry, cracked soles read on for my tips to happy feet!

Your feet cop a lot since you walk around on them every day. They support your whole body and I know mine do a lot of extra little tasks that not everyone does. I play a bit of soccer now and again, go to the gym regularly and like to go to kickboxing a couple of times a month... Add the dry weather to this and you have a recipe for dry, cracked feet. I get a pedicure once a month; I do my own manicure to save some money. Sometimes when I go to get my pedicure done I ask my pedicurist to give me a pedi-peel. She uses Pedi-Peel Professional which you can actually buy online - I am not sure what is in this however it peels skin off the bottom of your feet immediately. Coupled with a nice moisturiser, this is a great addition to a spa pedicure.

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How to Keep Your Hair Healthy When
You Have a Hair Dye Obsession

So I think I can be a little bit of an authority when it comes to dying my hair. I have been dying my hair black for over 20 years - let's not go into working out exactly how long since I may get a bit of a fright! How can you keep your hair happy and healthy when you dye it so often? Are natural hair dyes any good? And what do I do between colouring? Read on to find out..

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Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits

I am eager to get behind as many natural Australian brands as I can. So when I was given the full range of Clean & Pure Lip Balms to try that feature Olive Oil, I jumped at the chance. My favourite Clean & Pure Lip Balm is the Manuka Honey variant. This got me interested in Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey benefits.

I am pretty obsessed with lip balm. I mentioned in my last post Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub that I have far too many to count. I feel like I can never have enough though, because I love that I can reach into any jacket, coat or bag and find the perfect lip balm. I am not alone in my lip balm obsession, when Lip Smacker announced that a fan could submit their dream lip balm flavour including the hashtag #LStastemaker and become the #1 Tastemaker, there were a number of suggestions. My favourite flavour suggested so far is unicorn flavour - and the lip balm would look like one of those marshmallow swirl lollies. Like the unicorn toast that has been on Instagram lately!!

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Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub

If I am really honest, I have far too many lip balms and not enough lipstick. That is because I probably don't wear lipstick very often. However, I do exfoliate my lips quite a bit. Lip exfoliation is the perfect way to prepare a good base for your favourite lipstick. What is my routine for prepping my lips? I have a few tricks to share of course!

I have been trying a lot of new Korean products lately and I recently spotted a cool little product called Collagen Nourish Lips Membrane on another blog that I wanted to incorporate into my lip prep routine. This blog post will be the perfect time to try it. I will be writing a blog post on some other Korean beauty products too soon. I often order from amazon.com and use hopshopgo to deliver the packages to Australia. The prices are just so much cheaper on amazon and they also stock a lot more things that other websites - which is very convenient.

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Winding Down: Stress and Your Skin

I have been a bit down lately as well as worried because my cat is still unwell. We all go through tough periods in our lives which cause stress and anxiety. I know when I go through extended periods of stress, my skin starts misbehaving. I get a few extra pimples, and I am more prone to my eczema flaring up. The best thing I found I can do for myself is to try to wind down and relax.

Unfortunately for us, there is a clear link between stress and acne. Acne severity correlates highly with increasing stress and the cells that produce sebum have receptors for stress hormones. We all know that sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple or acne cyst. I don't know about you, but rather than wait for stress pimples to rear their ugly heads, I try to prevent stress from taking over. I make sure I do a few good things for myself each day in order to promote good mental health all the time.

 

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Skincare Review: Facial Cleansers - the Unsung Heroes

I have tried a lot of facial cleaners at different stages of my life and around different periods in my skin health journey. It is important to find the best facial cleanser for your particular skin type. However a lot of people focus more on the more sexy parts of their skin care routine, like serums and luxurious creams. A good facial cleanser is one the key elements for happy skin. You need it as a good base, a stepping stone to all those lovely treatment products that will change your skin for good!

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Tips and Tricks: Clarisonics are too Harsh for Me!

I am a sucker for new things, I have a Scholl Pedi Electronic Foot File plus I also have a Parlux hair dryer. So when 2004 came along and the Clarisonic face brush was introduced, I wanted to try one. I did lots of research online and in stores when they hit Australia and I finally decided to get one at David Jones since they have a great return policy. I love the feeling you get when you pull something out of the box that you feel will change your life. It doesn't happen often, let's face it, we don't really NEED much to get by day to day. It also seems to happy less, because some products don't live up to the hype.

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Cosmetics Review: Burt's Bees Lipsticks and Lip Crayons

I am really interested in using natural products where I can. So far; because of my sensitive skin and perioral dermatitis, I use natural shampoo & conditioner, natural lip balm, natural hand wash & hand cream, natural pedicure products and as much natural household cleaning products that I can. You may say, when you read this, I use more organic and natural skincare and cosmetics. And you're right. However because I have sensitive skin, a lot of products with natural oils and ingredients are too heavy for me and break me out.

I do love my Burt's Bees Pear & Coconut Lip Balm to bits! It doesn't flare up my perioral dermatitis and it includes a whole heap of moisturising ingredients that last! So of course I wanted to try Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks and Lip Crayons.

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