Set to Glow is all about being honest and only promoting things that actually work. My Instagram followers really love my honest reviews. Just recently I wrote about the Korean Skincare products I know and love in Dr Jart+ and Korean Skincare. The post was mainly about the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine and what products you can use to achieve it. A normal routine in a western country involves a cleanser, exfoliator, hydrating serum, moisturiser and sunscreen. We're not really big on toners. You can see this if you search on google trends in Australia for example. Korean skincare focuses on one issue per step. It's a different approach; however most of the people that commented on my post said they don't really need so many steps and find using too many products annoying. Although; like me, lots of people had favourite Korean products...Read More
I have a red nail polish obsession; it's not a secret. Over the years I have changed the colour a few times but I really love my polished nails. I feel more together with them painted. When I used to pole dance in competitions, I used to break my thumbnails quite far up the nail. So I had to get two acrylic nails to strengthen my thumbnails. I decided to learn how to do acrylics myself to save some cash. Now it's just me and my red polished nails. But how do I look after them? Read on to find out...Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
It's that time of year again - winter in Australia. While it doesn't get super cold here, I still feel like my skin is more dry during our winters. I have to apply my lip balm more often in winter and I am obsessed with re-applying hand cream after every hand wash. Read on for my favourite hand creams, some Australian and some International!Read More
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?
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!!Read More
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.
It seems pretty obvious - what you put in your body has a direct effect on your skin health and your general wellbeing. However, unless you have been really sick, you can't measure the changes easily that can occur when you stick to a healthy routine. You need to stick to it in order to get better. We make healthy choices every day. From not having that third cup of coffee to eating chicken and vegetables instead of takeaway food. All these things contribute to how we feel physically and emotionally. Plus the way you look can directly effect your mental health as well.
Karen Fischer has another book called The Eczema Diet which was very helpful too. I went to a dermatologist and did lots of research to work out what I could do to help my condition. I gave up coffee. Yes! I did. My hip pocket isn't missing it and it has helped my skin no end. Another tip that I have for any perioral dermatitis sufferers is to avoid fluoride toothpaste as well as making sure you wash your face AFTER you have cleaned your teeth. But more on that later!Read More