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Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Yasemin Trollope (nee Turker), Beauty Editor @ Good Health Magazine, PRIMPED Contributor.

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

My bio reads something like this: Freelance beauty editor in charge of the beauty pages of Good Health magazine; contributor; proud creator of The Happiness Cocktail; health and wellness whiz; incessant tweeter; lover of pinning. My real life reads something like this: All of the above plus a loving wife to the world’s most amazing man; international happiness seeker; adorer of family, friends and all things furry; mad cook.

♥ Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation available on StrawberryNET

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I do try as many beauty products as possible so that I can honestly talk to my readers and share my opinion, rather than play make-believe. But right now I start the day with shu uemura mamachiyo skin purifier cleansing oil, Dr. Spiller Aloe Sensitive Cleansing Milk and QV Daily Moisturiser. I then apply sunscreen (I like Invisible Zinc), a mixture of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundations, creme blush, mascara, and eye shadow (my current obsession is Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Tortoise Shell Palette. It’s amazing!). At night I remove all my makeup with the shu cleansing oil and Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, before cleansing again, and popping on Dr. Spiller Sensitive Beauty Night Cream and an eye cream. Phew! It never seems that much when I’m doing it, but looking back…

♥ Siam Cabana

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

It’s a toss up between a facial and a massage. I love the Omnilux Light Therapy Treatments that come with the Priori Facials I get done at the Spa Universe headquarters in Sydney. If you want to try one, give them a call and they’ll let you know where the nearest salon to you is. For a quick weekend unwind, my husband and I go to Siam Cabana in Bondi for Thai Massages. If I’m really suffering from stiff neck syndrome, I head to Glenn Walmsley in Double Bay for some myotherapy – he is a magician.

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

Unfortunately I’ve never been to Perth, but in Sydney I’ve been blessed with some great hairdressers. Brad Ngata and Barney Martin are both wonderful, as well as Hamish Glianos from PEOPLE Hairdresser in Surry Hills. If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend Suzie from Sudu Hair in Sydney. Super high quality without the price tag. WIN!

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

You really can’t beat a strawberry, honey and oat mask made in your kitchen and slapped on your skin. It’s a super quick way to temporarily add zing to your skin, and best of all, it’s chemical-free.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

My electric toothbrush – dental hygiene is so important. My eve lom lip balm. Bronzer. Of any variety.

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking/feeling great?

It’s not all that secret now that I blog on The Happiness Cocktail, but I am a firm believer in feeding your skin from the inside out. So, I follow a wholefood diet with lots of fruit and veggies (plus whole grains and high quality meat), try to eat a large amount of raw as well as cooked food, and keep my system alkaline by drinking barley grass and wheat grass everyday. I also love liquid chlorophyll and young baby coconut juice. YUM!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Ha! This is a tough one because I have tried so many of them. Oh wait, I’d love to dive into a freezing pool in the Swiss Alps like they did on The Biggest Loser. That looked so, erm, refreshing. No seriously, it looked kind of wild.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Wake up to a glass of wheat grass powder and water before sitting down to green tea. I then have a bowl of fruit with nuts. About an hour or two later I’ll have a small bowl of muesli, then have lunch (lots of greens), snack if I’m hungry, then dinner (more greens, and protein, and yumminess), elegantly finished off with couple of pieces of dark chocolate (for being so good).

♥ Beautiful Centennial Park

Describe your fitness routine.

It varies. Constantly. I live in a suburb called Centennial Park which, as the name suggests, is a giant park in the middle of Sydney. It would be sacrilege to live so close and not utilise it, so I’m often seen walking or running around there. I also do boxing with my best mate, yoga, and keep my mind fit through meditation.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

I know it’s super controversial but I get colonic hydrotherapy every now and then. I’ve done my research and I go to an amazing place with well-trained staff who know exactly what they’re doing, and it makes me spring out of bed and have whiter-than-white eyes. It works for me. I also do a 3-day juice cleanse maybe twice a year, and meditate as much as I possibly can. On top of that I take Omega 3 supplements and a probiotic.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

Meditation is an obvious one for me, but I’m also blessed with a husband who is incredibly calm and lovely, so just being around him instantly makes me feel like everything is going to be OK. I love catching up with friends over a few glasses of red, playing with my 3 month old niece, laughing LOTS and planning holidays – because what’s life without an adventure in the pipeline?

A million and one thanks to Yaz for sharing her beauty & wellbeing routine with us today! I feel super privileged as she has been one of my ‘blogging idols’ for some time. If you have any questions for her please leave them below and make sure you check out The Happiness Cocktail for lots of yummy inspiration!

Be well,


NEW Perth Wellness Event – ‘Food, Stress and You’ 24 May!

If you’re anything like me, the idea of heading to a spa retreat to completely renew and refresh yourself is high on the wish list. Personally, I’ve never been able to afford the blissful few days of complete relaxation and healthy, gourmet food & technology switch off (I don’t know if I could handle the last part!), but it is a dream of mine to one day be able to go to a health retreat a few times a year to reboot myself.

Which is why I’m so excited that Gwinganna, the holy grail of health retreats in Australia, have decided to come say hi to us WA folk for the first time and present a special wellness event in May – ‘Food, Stress and You‘!

This inspiring wellness seminar will help you understand more about real food, the way we eat, stress and the factors that really affect your ability to maintain or to lose body fat. Featuring Gwinganna’s nutritionist Caroline Scott, you will leave with invaluable information, tips and the latest research on healthy eating.

When: Thursday 24 May, 6.00-7.45pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Perth
How much: $40 per person and includes: a Gwinganna organic snack plus a selection of herbal and black teas. Book online

The lifestyle seminars are a key component of the retreat’s innovative programs. “Guests constantly tell us the information provided in the seminars is invaluable. Part of our mission is to provide relevant take-home content that helps balance out a busy lifestyle” said General Manager, Sharon Kolkka.

This will be a really special event and tickets are selling fast! I’ve heard rumours of a goodie bag too, which can only be a positive thing 🙂

If you need some help coping with stress, and want to take a look at how food can help you get there, then this event is unmissable.

Let me know if you’re thinking of coming in the comments below!

Be well,



This is a sponsored post, but my passion for Gwinganna is 100% non-sponsored! :).

Health Food Focus: Coconut Sugar!

My once loved white sugar substitute agave has been receiving quite a bit of negative press recently (mostly because of its 90% fructose level). Confused and left doubting agaves’ previously praised heath benefits, I embarked on a mission to find a healthier and less controversial sweetener alternative. The search led me to the discovery of my ‘sweet’ little new friend, coconut sugar!

What it is:

Coconut sugar is drawn from the sap of the coconut
 palm tree buds. It is similar in taste and color to brown sugar, with a slight caramel flavor.

Health Benefits:

Coconut sugar contains less than 9 percent fructose. It has a considerably lower glycemic index (35) than agave (42), honey (55), and cane sugar (68), thus helping to stabilize glucose levels. Coconut sugar can also do a lot more than just add sweetness to your morning coffee! It’s loaded with minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

Ways to Incorporate into Your Diet:

Coconut sugar can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking or dessert recipes or anything else you’d use sugar for!

Where to Find it & Cost:

Coconut sugar can be found at most health food shops. I use the Loving Earth brand, which costs around $7.50 for 300g.

Recipe Idea:

These cookies are to die for! They are quick, easy to make and require minimal cleaning (just what I like!). They are perfect for a picnic or to accompany a cup of tea. Just try not to eat all the mixture before the cookies make it to the oven 😛

Coconut Date Cookies

Makes 6-8 cookies


♥ 1 cup pitted dates (soaked for approx 5 mins to soften then drain)
♥ 1/3 cup rolled oats
♥ 1/2 cup shredded coconut
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 TBS vanilla
♥ 1-3 TBS coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
♥ 1 TBS coconut oil
♥ 1/4 cup coconut milk or choice of milk (use nut milk for vegan cookies!)


♥ Preheat oven to 170*C (fan forced).

♥ Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend well until there are no large date pieces.

♥ Portion mixture into equal sized balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon/spatula.

♥ Bake for 12-15 minutes on 170 degrees.

♥ Remove from oven and cool on cookie rack.

♥ Store cookies in the refrigerator.

YUM! Do you like the sound of these healthy cookies?! Let us know 🙂

Article by Kavisha, self confessed ‘health foodie’ who believes a little dessert is good for the soul. She is currently studying for her Master of Wellness at RMIT University and blogs at Style My Coconut.

Be well,


DOs and DON’Ts: Trends For The Fall

If you are constantly interested to keep in touch with the latest fashion trends for the upcoming seasons, this blog here should help you figure out what sort of lines should you be following. First off, trendsetters recommend you invest in outfits that are able to draw all the attention when walking into a room. Oversized parkas and attractive leathers or furs that are bold are some of the main highlight of the fall. Make sure the rest of your outfit is simple and also keep in mind that experimenting tons of colors and textures or various lengths is highly recommended. This fall is all about making a bold fashion statement. Floppy knits, fedoras, or beanies are some of the stars of this fall also. Moreover, as a nice change to the colorful patterns you are probably used to by now, this fall fashion designers recommend you wear classic prints. We could mention houndstooth, for starters. And going to the office dressed in such a pattern is definitely going to be the new IT thing, especially if you are already a huge fan of menswear and you like to always add a professional touch to your outfits. Think of houndstooth as a natural and wear it with pretty much everything. And if you need some help with building your budget for your brand new outfits, these next few lines should help you make some simple earnings while doing some of the things you enjoy doing most online: gambling or betting on your favorite sports or sportsmen.

Try Your Luck

The Internet is full of many gambling sites. If you ever tried to choose one company, you probably know that it is not an easy task, especially if you are a novice. So, if you are looking for a good online bookmakers, poker room or a casino, you should do some research before you make your decision. You can look for some information on the Internet or ask your friends for advice. It is also advisable to read users’ reviews and opinions, but keep in mind sme fo these reviews and forum views might be biased.

However, remember that not all of them are objective and reliable. A good option is to choose one of the leading companies on the market, since they are trustworthy and professional partners. For instance, Australia online casino venues are some of the best alternatives at the moment, in terms of casino gambling over the web, of course. If you are searching or experienced sports betting venues, there are plenty of fine brands to choose from, so you should not worry too much about it. There are dozens of web site that are happily opening their arms to receive you, no matter where you might be coming from. They are definitely worth recommending, since they provide professional service and high level of security. What is more, they care for their customers’ satisfaction and are constantly developing their products and services.

Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Kitty Campion, Renowned Medical Herbalist / Naturopath.

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

35 years ago I embarked on a life long journey of being a medical herbalist, initially diagnosing with iridology and over the years to the extensive training in six different styles of bodywork as well as training in further diagnostic methods using bio-resonance in Germany. During that time I have had the privilege of working with more than 30,000 patients and it was 20 years into this journey when I began further training in emotional intelligence and metaphysical law. I came to Australia 2 years ago on a permanent Distinguished Talent Visa in order to teach Emotional Intelligence, a 28 module course which is filling up quickly. My next class starts on 9th June. I’ve also just submitted my 10th book ‘The Handbook of Mind/Body Healing’ to a publisher in Sydney and am embarked on my 11th ‘A Revolutionary Guide to Healing Depression’.

Kitty works at Perth Natural Medical Clinic (PNMC).

Tell us about your daily beauty routine. (please include specifics about brands/products used)

Five minutes dry skin brushing followed by a brief hot then icy cold shower. Ren moisturiser (Ren products available on Strawberry NET) and Green People deodorant, together with Dr Organic aloe vera moisturiser.

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

I attend mi:skn salon in Lord Street, Mt Lawley for weekly facial acupuncture. Francesca Perino is a fantastic therapist trained in five element acupuncture so the treatment is holistic and she only uses natural products on the skin.

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

To date I have not yet found a hairdresser to suit me and I am still searching.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

I use a Korean Chi machine which increases oxygen throughout the body and aids in relaxation.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Ecover shower gel
• Ren Global Protection Moisturiser (available on Strawberry NET)
• Yves St Laurent Fuchsia lipstick

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Daily meditation, a guaranteed way of emptying out all stress in the body and mind.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Eco friendly spa retreat for weekend

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Morning liver flush – consisting of freshly pressed carrot, celery, lemon and ginger juiced with a couple of tablespoons of hempseed oil blended in.

Lunch – Fish/Meat and mixed green salad with balsamic dressing.

Afternoon Tea – Goji berries and nuts

Dinner – Meat/Fish and six seasonal vegetables plus 2 squares of Green & Black 85% organic chocolate. Sometimes half a bar! Lots of filtered water,the odd soy late or Rooibos tea.

Describe your fitness routine.

About to embark on a recently purchased aero pilates reformer bench. Hoping to do 3-4 times a week.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

I am a natural therapist and therefore take full advantage of weekly treatments of acupuncture and various bodywork.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

Art House Movies, British Detective Series, eating out with friends and enjoying fine wines.

Thanks so much to Kitty for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to participate in our wellbeing routine! If you’re interested in reading more about her, I found this great article on the Perth Natural Medical Clinic website.

Be well,