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Beauty & Wellness Routine with Rebecca Marsh, Perth Presenter & Influencer.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hi! I’m Bec Marsh, a wife, mum-of-two, Emcee and presenter with a passion for fitness, fashion and sustainable living. Prior to having kids I worked as a TV news reporter for Channel Seven. My family has spent a lot of time overseas following my husband’s international cricket career. With travel winding down now I’m enjoying spending more time at home in Perth and laying down our family’s roots.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I’m a bit of a night owl so find it very hard to go to bed any earlier than 10:30pm. At the moment I’m trying to get up around 6 o’clock and do a 30-minute home workout in our garage gym before the kids wake up. For the garage workout I try to alternate cardio and weights each day. I’ve actually been riding a stationary bike for cardio too. I use the iFit trainer which came with the bike and I also pay for a Bike Bar at home subscription which gives me access to their daily playlists and workouts. For weights I make it up as I go along.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

We are about three weeks into isolation now and as a family we are really starting to love the morning ritual of going for a walk or bike ride along the river and stopping to dip our toes in the water. My husband and I have also been trying to keep fit by running intervals at the park while the kids sit on a rug or try join in.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

My day usually starts with a double-shot Almond milk coffee and avocado on toast. For lunch my favourite dish to make is a nourish bowl with brown rice, tofu and whatever vegetables I have lying around. Having an almost four-year-old son means I’m constantly preparing snacks all day! I end up grazing on whatever I’m cutting up or preparing for him. My favourite 3pm pick-me-up is a homemade protein ball. I always try make a big batch and freeze them.

For dinner I love making pumpkin and chickpea curry, vegetarian lasagne or a stir fry. I cut out meat and dairy from my diet in October last year for a number of reasons and I’m really enjoying how it makes me feel.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

My non-negotiable would definitely be my skincare rituals. In the morning I apply “The Secret” eye serum, ZO Skincare Daily Power Defence, Medik8 C-Tetra+ Intense Serum and Jan Marini Sunscreen. Before bed I cleanse, tone and apply the same eye serum and Daily Power Defence followed by Medik8 Vitamin A serum. Another non-negotiable for me is fake tanning. I’m naturally quite fair skinned (thanks to my wonderful Irish parents) so I always have a stock of St Tropez tanning foam in my bathroom.

For a nice healthy looking tan on my face I’ve recently started using MineTan Illuminating Face Water Mist. Just a few sprays after my shower in the morning on clean dry skin and by the afternoon I’m glowing.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Once the kids are in bed I’ll always put on the kettle and make a lemon and ginger tea to help me relax. My husband and I always put on a TV series and watch a couple of episodes of something before bed. At the moment we are watching Ray Donovan.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Apply SPF 40+ or higher on my face every day.
2. Stay hydrated
3. Take at least 10,000 steps each day

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

My number one cafe in Perth would have to be Cheeky Boy Espresso in Applecross. It’s our local and we absolutely love heading there for breakfast or lunch. Their food is unbelievably good. My go-to would be the Avocado Toast with Chilli Jam or the Nourish bowl washed down with a cold-pressed detox juice.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

My absolute favourite way to get sweaty is to train at the Applecross Bike Bar. It’s my way of releasing tension and letting my hair down. I can’t wait to get back there when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted. We recently bought an exercise bike for our garage and I’m really enjoying put on a pair of headphones and playing the Bike Bar playlists while I train. It’s not as good as the real thing but it comes a close second!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

My favourite beauty treatment is a Revive Facial from Assure Cosmetic Centre. It’s a three in one facial with a chemical peel, facial masque and Healite II LED therapy session. I find it brightens and hydrates my skin. It also reduces some of the fine lines around my eyes for a few days afterwards.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

To prepare for a big event I always try stay hydrated and cut out as much sugar as I can in the days leading up to it. I’ll always get my nails done and have a spray tan the day before. Then if I’m really prepared I like to apply a hydrating face mask and a hair mask the night prior.

Thank you for sharing your routine with us Bec! Follow her on Instagram to keep up to date with her life in Perth. <3

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Sarah Hamilton, Founder of Sand & Sky + Bellabox.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m Sarah, I grew up in Geelong with 4 siblings (including a twin sister) and have 2 kids of my own – 3 if you include our dog Gilchrist.

My background in beauty started with Bellabox, Australia’s leading beauty box. Like most people my sister, Emily, and I were obsessed with discovering new products. Testing and retesting products to find what we loved and what genuinely worked became our passion, so we founded a business where we able to bring this to all the beauty junkies out there.

Not long after, Emily and I created Sand & Sky, and the iconic Australian Pink Clay mask was born. We knew we wanted to showcase Australia to the rest of the world and highlight our incredible botanical ingredients. Oh, and I’m the co-founder and Managing Director of both brands!

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Most days I’m up at 6am and I aim for 8 hours sleep. Although I’ll settle for a solid 6!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Banana and latte, pre exercise, then fruit and toast with avocado and vegemite for breakfast. Salad and a protein for lunch, and whatever I am given for dinner as I don’t cook! Finally, at least one bottle of kombucha!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

Definitely Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops, a good coat of mascara, Olaplex for my hair and then Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask as an overnight spot treatment to wake up blemish-less.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I try to have WelleCo Super Greens every day and anything by The Beauty Chef. I get hay fever and I think garlic is the answer to all ills, so I take horseradish and garlic tablets daily.

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in Melbourne?

Laneway Greens.

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

I’m still a sucker for Whole Foods Market.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Nimble Activewear.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

Well being activity that I can’t make happen is a monthly body massage and exfoliation.

Thanks to Sarah for taking the time to share her routine!

Be well,


Beauty & Wellness Routine with Lisa Raciti, Founder of KIND-LY Natural Deodorant & Armpit Detox!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hi, I’m Lisa, founder of KIND-LY. We’re a natural deodorant brand that is vegan, cruelty-free, Aussie made and uses only natural and organic ingredients. Our award-winning range of natural deodorants are enriched with probiotics and magnesium and we also have a fabulous product called The Armpit Detox, which is similar to a mud mask for your face, but goes on your pits! It’s a great companion to assist in the transition to natural deodorant.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Business start up life means on a typical morning I’m awake at 6:00am. Over breakfast I usually start responding to emails, checking overnight orders through the website and plan out some social media posts for the week. I find it’s easiest to get through quite a bit of work early in the day before the official workday starts which allows for a less stressful day.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

The major non-negotiable when it comes to my daily beauty routine, is of course natural deodorant! My KIND-LY 100% Natural Deodorant is the first thing applied every morning after a shower. I keep the rest of my routine quite simple with natural skincare products for my face and body. It can be overwhelming (and expensive) trying to switch every product you use to an all-natural option, however, I’ve found it easiest to begin with the products you use the most on the daily or applied to your body and then work outwards.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

A good cup of tea and an Epsom salts bath is a great way to wind-down of an evening.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

♥ Natural/organic food and products for body and home;
♥ A positive mindset;
♥ Relaxation and disconnecting from the digital world for some regular down time.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I don’t have a fixed fitness routine as such and it really does vary depending on my schedule, mood and weather! Yoga and a simple walk around my neighbourhood will do just fine for me most of the time! Any activity that I can incorporate into my normal day is much more appealing to me, rather than a fixed routine or having to go to the gym.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

I’ve recently started my crystal collection and have been enjoying gradually adding new pieces to my home and learning about the benefits of each stone. Not only do crystals look beautiful as a décor item, but they also bring a lovely positivity and energy into your space.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Looking and feeling great really does start from within and a positive mindset and inner belief in yourself can have an impact on all areas of your life. When you’re feeling confident and happy within yourself you will also be more inclined to want to make positive changes in other aspects of your life as well.

Thank you so much, Lisa, for taking part in our wellbeing routine series! If you have any questions for Lisa, please leave them below and make sure you check them out on Instagram here: @kind_ly

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Distance Running Olympian Eloise Wellings!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I am a two time Olympian. My sport is distance running- 5,000m and 10,000m on the track. I am Co-Founder of the Love Mercy Foundation which I started with fellow Olympic runner Julius Achon from Uganda. We seek to empower the poor in Northern Uganda through sustainable projects, allowing families and communities to create their own livelihood through farming, education and access to health care. I am a wife to Jonathan and a mum to 6 year old India with another baby on the way – due in November!

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

When I’m in full training and racing mode, I wake up at around 6am and I aim for at least 8 hours sleep a night. I always try and have a nap between hard workouts when I’m training up to three times a day, I find just 20 mins of just putting my feet up even if I can’t sleep, helps a lot with energy levels for my evening training session. Now that I’m heavily pregnant and not training hard I’m still aiming for a similar amount of sleep but this can be tricky when it gets uncomfortable towards the end of pregnancy. To compensate for this, I try and not make my days so full so that if I don’t sleep much the night before, I can at least try and get some rest during the day.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

♥ Breakfast – porridge with honey and a banana, or if I’m about to go for a run I have two boiled eggs on sourdough with a cup of tea

♥ Morning tea – a handful of raw almonds and another piece of fruit and a plain Greek yoghurt

♥ Lunch – A sandwich with chicken and salad or a salad with rice, chicken and veggies

♥ Afternoon tea – A piece of toast with peanut butter or avocado or another banana cut up and dipped in cashew nut butter

♥ Dinner – Lean meat (steak or fish) with veggies and rice or potatoes. Or lately in this last trimester I’ve really been craving pasta and my husband makes a really good pesto pappadelle!

♥ Dessert – if I can fit it in is another plain Greek yogurt or some dark chocolate with a peppermint tea.

Lately I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep unless I have something to eat (common in the third trimester of pregnancy) so I’ll have a banana which usually does the trick.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

When I’m not pregnant and I’m in full training I will supplement my diet on a daily basis with energy booster Ubiquinol – it’s the active form of co-enzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant, vital for healthy cells and responsible for the energy production of cells in our body. It helps my recovery and fights feelings of fatigue. Magnesium is also a great option for inflammation and achy muscles when you start getting back into exercise.

Another favourite supplement is Revvies energy strips for a fast, convenient and effective energy hit before hard workouts and races. Always trial new caffeine or nutritional products in training before using them in a race.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

For relaxation at the end of the day my husband and I will binge on an easy watching Netflix series or read a good book. Right now on Netflix we’re watching The Letdown and Money Heist, and I’m reading ‘The Moment of Lift’ by Melinda Gates – an inspiring book about her journey of empowering women out of poverty in developing countries through her foundation. 

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables

♥ Eat mostly unprocessed foods

♥ Supplement diet with things I know will help my energy levels – Ubiquinol and magnesium. 

♥ Spend lots of time with people I love 💕 

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in NSW is?

I love Buck Hamblin cafe in Thirroul, a coastal town about 30 mins drive from where I live. Bucks have the best coffee on the south coast of Sydney and the most amazing menu – my favourite in the winter is the porridge with poached fruit and cinnamon and then in the summer-time I love the poached chicken salad with nuts, greens and grains for a healthy lunch.

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

So Fresh Cronulla make the best fresh juices in Sydney. They also do antioxidant shots with turmeric and ginger to help reduce inflammation in the body.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Obviously running! It’s so energising for me. I feel free when I run. I love running with a group of running mates and I love an occasional run on my own just to clear my head. The best thing I love about running is that you can run literally anywhere and it’s so time efficient for getting fit and feeling healthy in your body and your mind.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Adidas is my go-to brand for active wear. I’ve worn a lot of different brands Over the last 20 years of my running career and Adidas’ quality is second to none. I still have my fave Adidas kits that I was wearing 10 years ago! I love the street wear vibes in their originals range too and for running and workout shoes the boost technology makes you feel like you are running on clouds!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I love a facial from my friends at our local skin care spa called Beauty and Balance in Cronulla. I feel like a new woman when I leave and my skin looks and feels super refreshed and revitalised.

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

I love Fiji for a revitalising holiday. There’s just something about the people, the culture and the slower pace of life that makes you feel immediately relaxed, even from the moment you land at the airport. No one ever seems hurried in Fiji and it’s so refreshing. We love to spend a week just in Denarau, I run on the golf course every morning and then come home for fresh coconuts and we’ll hit the pool or take a chartered boat out to cloudbreak where my husband likes to surf. Indi and I swim around jumping off the boat and have a picnic lunch whilst we watch ‘Daddy surf’. We’ll get back in time for a mid afternoon nap and then head to one of the amazing resort restaurants for dinner. There’s also the mud baths at the foot of one of the mountains that we like to frequent each time we go, you rub the volcanic mud all over your skin and then wash it off in the bath and it has an incredible cleansing affect, then you’ll be treated to a massage under the mango tree by the local massage therapists. Fiji is my all time most relaxing holiday!

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Maha Corbett, Co-Founder & Director of SWIISH!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m Maha Corbett and I am the Co-Founder and Director of SWIISH, the number one destination for women to supercharge both their wellness and style. On top of that, I am a published author, wellness coach and a huge supporter of several charities, in particular the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I do my very best to go to bed at a reasonable hour and am usually up around 6.15am. I am a big believer in beauty sleep. Quality sleep is so critical for our ongoing health and general well-being. Our bodies need rest and repair so that we can function at our best, and obviously a good night’s sleep also makes us feel better. Deep down at a cellular level, sleeping helps regulate hormones and therefore ensures the body is functioning healthily. I aim for about 7 hours, as I find that works well for me.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I start my day with a simple routine so I kick off my day with energy. I mix together a SWIISH WELLNESS dynamic duo – it’s our GLOW Marine Collagen with our SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder. I do this every single morning because I know I’m going to be under the pump all day, so I nurture the inside in a very fast and simple way. Our SUPERGREENS has over 40 ingredients including veggies, superfoods, prebiotics and probiotics. As well as the additional benefit of helping to improve digestion and de-bloating, it also helps increase energy levels – which let’s face it, we all need!!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

After my dynamic duo blend, I have an egg and tomato wrap (I have a tomato addiction!), followed by a long black. Lunch is usually a big leafy salad with tomato, capsicum, cucumber and chilli tuna. To curb my 3.00pm cravings I have GLOW Hot Chocolate Hydrolysed Collagen Ppwder with coconut milk. At the moment my husband and I are loving either Salmon or Chicken with the Three Cheers Mexican Corn Salad from Super Easy. We called this our Three Cheers Mexican Corn Salad because every time we make it, it gets devoured and then we all say ‘Three cheers to the cook!’ Hence the name – it’s so yummy!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

For me it’s all about minimal effort for maximum results, and it all starts with my skin. I have my GLOW Collagen every day, to look after my skin from the inside out. I also always moisturise with both a face oil and a cream – I love how hydrating the combo is. I switch up my face creams as I love to try different ones, but the face oil I am using is the Superfood Face Oil by Juice Beauty. It has 21 ingredients and I love applying it at night time and letting it all absorb into my skin while I sleep.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

Our SLEEP Superfood Powder, GLOW Marine Collagen Hydrolysed Powder and SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder are my 3 wellness non negotiables – it’s wellness made easy to ensure my body functions at its best. At SWIISH we have created these products because we firmly believe that feeling and looking amazing really does start on the inside.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

I can’t go a night without our SLEEP Superfood Powder! As with all SWIISH Wellness products, we’ve used only natural ingredients in creating it. What’s important though is getting the right combination of ingredients. We included tart cherry, banana and cacao. Each of these ingredients contain melatonin or assist the body in creating melatonin, which is the vital hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Sally and I created our brand/business as a way to share our belief that small actions can make a big difference – it’s literally just a scoop in warm milk – ALMO unsweetened almond milk is my favourite. A simple self-care action like this can help enormously with wellbeing and health.

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

Sally recently moved back to Bondi and it’s a little ritual for us both to head down to the Bondi Markets each Saturday morning with Annabelle and Elyssa (Sally’s daughters). I always come home with fresh flowers, and the organic produce available (at such a low cost) is just phenomenal. They have a stall down there that makes this delicious falafel and egg wrap – I literally cannot get enough of them! It really is so good that Sally and I both live in Bondi and can do things like this together.

What’s your fitness routine and favourite way to get sweaty, and where’s your go-to?

I’m loving pilates at the moment, I find it’s the best way to start my day – it makes me feel fresh mentally and physically. A few times a week, Sally and I go for a walk ahead of going into SWIISH HQ. It’s again one of the many bonuses of us both living in Bondi!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

VAIA Beauty in Darlinghurst – it’s an absolute Zen like experience and the epitome of self-care to me. Vaia is super lovely and provides the most luxurious and relaxing treatments. I get the Brightening Mask and it features high strength BHA’s and AHA’s to rapidly exfoliate surface congestion whilst diminishing the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation and blotchiness to reveal a bright and clear complexion. My skin feels so fresh and glowing!

Thanks for taking the time to complete our interview, Maha! If you have any questions for her, please leave them below 🙂

Be well,