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Beauty and Wellbeing Routine: Lisa Scaffidi, Lord Mayor – City of Perth.

Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi.

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

I am Perth born and bred. Happily married to Joe, I have many wonderful friends and a great role so my life is very fulfilled. I live in East Perth and think we are so lucky to live in Perth and WA.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I always cleanse and tone my skin as best I can and use a variety of products. I am not a slave to any particular product, but do always use moisturiser and try to keep to a regular routine. I use Apricot Scrub every two weeks.

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

Probably a massage and I have a lady Heather who comes to my house. I occasionally have a foot massage at Chi Body Spirit in Carillon.

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

My hair is done at Head Studio in King Street by Marie and Shane.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

A sleep in or a quiet pot of herbal tea while sitting in the sunshine on my balcony!

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Probably Johnson and Johnson Cleansing wipes, Natio Toner and Clarins Moisturiser.

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

Attitude – I tell myself I am not tired when I am and aim to drink more fluids each day.


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

Time is against me, but I am keen to start Yoga (Ashtanga) classes soon.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Erratic. I always have muesli and coffee at home but given I attend so many events I do too often rely on the canapé diet as I refer to it and really look forward to my days off to eat food I choose for myself rather than what is served to me at the many events I go to….although it can be lovely, choosing what you want to eat is too!

Describe your fitness routine.

Not as I would like it – but I do get in quite a bit of walking.

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

No

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

I relax by having a massage or watching TV or simply cooking a meal at home and sometimes if I am really lucky a little afternoon nap! (only occasionally on weekends)

Thanks so much to our Lord Mayor for taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to take part in our interview! I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂

Be well,

xoxo

X-Press Winter Fashion Magazine 2011 – Warm n Toasty Beauty!

Hi everyone, I thought I would share with you my first foray into the world of print-based beauty writing, in case you are interested in checking it out! It’s all about warming beauty and wellbeing treatments that are perfect for winter! 🙂

The article can be found here: X-Press Winter Fashion Magazine 2011 – Warm n Toasty Beauty.

It was really exciting to have my article published “in the real world” and I will be doing more writing for X-Press in the future, as I’ve been chosen as their Beauty Writer for the seasonal fashion mags! Yay!

Hope you are well, and I would love to hear any of your thoughts on the article:)

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Product Reviews: Intraceuticals Range!

Intraceuticals Lover, Miranda Kerr!

Well, I’ll say this…Intraceuticals have no need to want for celebrity endorsement. They’ve got it in droves. Madonna, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Campbell…some heavy hitters. Specifically, our well-known friends talk about the Infusion Oxygen Facial: a procedure using hyperbaric oxygen technology combining pressure and hydration to achieve increased firmness and reduced fine lines. It’s popular to have before a big event (the next time you walk the red carpet perhaps?) because it’s non-invasive and you can put makeup on straight afterwards without ruining the results of the facial.

Oxygen facial!

The Intraceuticals line of products, therefore, is inspired by this jazzy little procedure (you can read barrels of oh-my-god-I-cant-believe-it-worked reviews online) but today we are talking about the products.

Intraceuticals products are formulated with a number of key ingredients- Hyaluronic acid (a nifty little component that can hold over 1000 times its own weight in water – very helpful indeed in keeping the skin hydrated), green tea, vitamins A, C and E and Squalene. It’s worth mentioning that Squalene is a natural oil that all plants and animals produce, no big deal there, BUT you may want to check the source of Squalene in your beauty prods, because it is most commonly taken from sharks’ livers OR olives. And maybe you don’t want Jaws being responsible for your complexion, but maybe you do want a tasty olive being responsible. We’re in the process of finding out.

Hoping for olive based squalene, fingers crossed!

Intraceuticals offer four different, very comprehensive lines in their skincare range- you have the choice of Rejuvenate to treat fine lines and wrinkles, Atoxelene – something stronger – a ‘Botox’ alternative if you will, Opulence for pigmentation and scars and Clarity to treat acne and enlarged pores.

Take away the celebrity hype for a moment and what you have is a focus on hydration and oxygen that seems to be what keeps most people coming back (apparently these products are great to use during and after flying) and I would have to agree that the Moisture Binding Cream and the Hydration Gel from the Rejuvenate range were my definite favourites. I liked using them in the morning because they were both very easily absorbed into my skin and I can see how makeup just glides over the top without a care in the world.

I am particularly interested in using these products in conjunction with the well-lauded facial to see what the true potential of these products really is. I’m going to have a search around to see where I can get one in Perth- I’m looking forward to seeing how they go, stay tuned!

Review by Adriane Daff, beauty lioness. 😉

Be well,

xoxo

Xpress Winter Fashion Mag…!

Is out today, doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Make sure you go out and find yourself a copy at places where Xpress is usually stocked (cafes/record stores/fashion stores)… as an extra incentive you MAY just see something written by me in there. It’s the first time I have been published in print, so I’m feeling a little shy.

Check it out if you like!

I will see if I can re-post the article here for those who may not be able to get their hands on a copy 🙂

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Beauty and Wellbeing Crushes: 7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, Natural Epsom Salts and Weekend Yoga.

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1. 7 day green smoothie challenge

This past week I undertook a challenge to see what difference (if any) drinking a green smoothie each day for one week would make to my life. UNFORTUNATELY! I fell off the wagon a few days in, I’m definitely not perfect and nor do I claim to be 🙂 I did however drink a lot more of them than I usually would (4-5) in one week, and I have to be honest I’m feeling pretty darn good. I recently found out about the necessity of rotating your greens when making these type of smoothies, and I have to say I am amazed that nature is so clever. Click that link and read all about why it’s best to rotate… I’m sure it will amaze you as it did me!

In light of that I’ve been flirting with cos (romaine) lettuce in lieu of spinach and kale this week, and LOVING it!

Cos lettuce, blueberry & cashew smoothie.

1 x cup of frozen blueberries
4-6 x medium sized washed cos lettuce leaves
1/2 x cup of raw cashews
2 x cups of water
Optional: 1 x banana

Blend for 1-2 minutes. Will make enough for 2-3 big cups. I find this smoothie incredibly refreshing and it’s absolutely my new favourite, mmmm! Recommended!

2. Echolife Clay Cleansers

I lurrrrve the way this clay makes my face feel. It’s very different to cleansers I’ve gotten used to, being that it’s a lump of wiggly clay in a glass jar, but I take a 10c piece sized amount, rub it into my hands with water and then massage all over my face. It’s perfect for my skin type which is combination – few dry bits, few oily bits, few pimply bits – I’m certainly not blessed in that department. After only a few days of using this I’m already addicted and I love that it’s so natural, I’m really getting back to basics with skincare at the moment, so after cleansing I press a few drops of rosehip or jojoba oil into my face while it’s still damp, for a double hit of natural goodness!

There is also another version I like to use, that contains castor oil, for when my skin is feeling a bit drier (hello winter!).

3. Toasted cereal topping

This stuff. What can I say? It has transformed my breakfasts in the morning. I put a teaspoon of this wonder-mix, which contains organic raw linseed, sesame seeds, buckwheat, sunflower kernels, almonds and cinnamon. It’s gluten free, no added oils, sugar or salt, GMO free.

I stumbled across it one day at Farmer Jacks, Subiaco and haven’t looked back since. It gives an awesome nutty crunch and texture to my porridge in the morning and it just feels so -good- knowing that I’m getting that extra bit of easy nutrition to start my morning off the right way. I also sprinkle it into my smoothies and it gives it a really interesting flavour kick.

There are heaps of other rad products by the brand, Real Good Food, such as mixes with goji and blueberries, rice porridges, delicious looking trail mixes and MORE! Ps. I’m not getting paid to promote these! I just found them randomly and LOVE the prods, so want to share my joy!

Me at yoga… hah! Nah, it’s number one yogini babe, Kathryn Budig. Crushin’.

4. Sunday Yoga

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a generally unheard of activity… exercise, on a Sunday.

It was amazing! Admittedly, I felt a little smug as I was doing sun salutation after sun salutation when many people would still be in bed nursing a hangover from the night before. I quickly got over that and realised I was doing it for ME, not trying to be better than anyone else. It was a great note to end the week on, and I’m looking forward to it again soon.

The Yoga Company near the Subi train station (across from the road from Wagamama) do Sunday classes, if anyone knows anywhere else that does Sunday yoga, please leave a comment!

Just a couple of links for you this week… we’ve been too busy organising some excellent new competitions to browse too many other websites, but do let us know if you’ve come across anything interesting on your travels! 😉

Linkies:

Foods that promote collagen production
Foods that can help relieve stress

Past week n a bit:

We checked out some superfoods that go ON your body, not just in!
Green Smoothies: A new kind of beauty therapy – one of our most popular articles of all time!
Beauty and wellbeing routine: Ashlea Ingham, Model & Miss Universe Australia Contestant!
Planet Eve Organics – another ab-fab Aussie organic brand, LOVE!
Say bye bye to cranky winter skin!
♥ We reviewed Bikram Yoga in Scarborough to see if we’d survive…
Beauty and wellbeing routine: Lauren, Beauty on the Grove this lass is only 26 and already owns her own salon. What a go getter!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo