Beauty and Wellbeing Routine: Lisa Gawned, Yoga Teacher and Owner of Mukha Yoga Mats.


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

My name is Lisa Gawned Founder/Owner Sevenergy Yoga Centre and Mukha natural yoga mats.

Being a fourth generation Western Australian woman, I know how harsh the Australian environment can be on our skin. So over the years I’ve learnt that we actually have products in our household that are just as, if not better, than what we pay top dollar for in retail stores.

Olive oil.


Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I have very sensitive skin and find natural products mainly out of my kitchen work best for me, with exception to a good sun block…

Mornings start with a good splash of cold water, adding a tiny bit of olive oil (avoiding eyes) massaged in, followed with my favourite sunblock Rationale face SPF 30+, it’s the best! I never get burnt and my skin loves it!!

In the evening I cleanse with Almond meal and enough water to make a creamy paste to gently massage the day away, followed by a good rinse and a dab of witch hazel all over my face. I finish with a drop of olive oil into the palm of my hands rubbed together to create heat before massaging in an upward direction…bliss!


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

This treatment I have used for years and find it leaves my skin feeling as soft as baby’s, fresh and with a beautiful glow for a few days.

I wash my face with almond meal and water. Dab on milk of magnesia with a cotton bud (only available on eBay UK) over my face and neck, leave to dry for few minutes, rinse off. Warm a generous amount of olive oil and massage into face and neck with upward strokes. Allow the oil to stay on for five minutes. Then remove excess oil with ice cold witch hazel on a cotton bud. Great treatment also for the top of dry hands.

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

I’m a qualified Hairdresser so I cut and colour my own hair, how? Easy for a hairdresser, except the back, so I just get who ever is around to check the back and snip any stray bits off for me… the colour I use is Henna Moon from (Manna Wholefoods South Fremantle) for my greys!! Weekly treatment to soften and add shine is Coconut Oil left on for about an hour, then shampooed out.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment.

I have noticed as I’m getting older I’m getting larger pores on my face, so I’ve found using egg whites and honey once a week really helps..

I use one egg white beaten until stiff and add one tsp of honey and continue to beat until stiff . I then smother the mixture all over my face and neck. Sit back for about five minutes then rinse off. Finish with witch hazel lotion and olive oil.


Your Three absolutely cannot live without, favourite products.

1. Red Island Australian cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2. Bartholomews Meadery Honey, Denmark WA
3. Food Source Organic virgin coconut oil (treatment for the hair)

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

Regular yoga classes, even one class a week for me is like an internal massage and a spring clean for my whole being. Followed with a little meditation. Even five minutes a day if I’m time poor. I close my eyes and observe my breath at the entrance of my nostrils. I find this most beneficial if I need to offload a stressful day.

Peninsula Hot Springs… bliss!


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

I would love to experience a few days at the Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria that would be the ultimate! Ahhh… even one day there!

Loving Earth Coconut Chocolate Butter (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) starting at $8.95


Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Well I’m not a brekky person, but I understand it’s the most important meal of the day, so I start with Isowhey complete powder my favourite (vanilla) mixed with the beautiful WA farmed fresh milk to make a frothy milkshake, followed with a big tablespoon of Loving Earth raw organic coconut chocolate butter. Yummy!!

I am a pescetarian so lunch varies depending where I am, but generally sushi if I’m out and about or a home made wrap with salad and tuna when I’m home

Depending on the season from a salad and fish to curry veg, beans and legumes or pot of in season veggie soup.

Before bed I have an herb tea with a tsp of Black Chia (Nature First). These little black seeds are rich in protein and fibre and work wonders on the bowels and seem to settle my tummy!


Describe your fitness routine.

Daily yoga practice from around fifteen minutes and up depending on my other commitments. Also attending one yoga class a week is important and beneficial for me. Gym once or twice a week and kayaking once a week pending weather.


Do you take part in any alternate therapy or supplement? If so, discuss.

Favourite all rounder is Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar a tablespoon daily mixed with water. Bragg I find is the best brand as I believe it’s unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurized. I have read that we are meant to be 80% alkaline and 20% acidic, so this is suggested to be the winning formula to achieve this. My colleague who is a naturopath is always impressed with how alkalized I am when she does my PH test.

Also, one of my favourite people to visit regularly is Acupuncturist Dr Zhou Mi in Canning Vale. I always leave feeling good; he has amazing energy and knowledge.


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

Burn three drops of lavender, sweet orange and marjoram oil in a burner, run a bath adding Epsom salts with tea candles all around while listening to some beautiful soft chanting music as I gaze into the flame of one of the candles becoming aware of my breath. Being completely present until I retreat straight to bed.

Thanks Lisa! I hope you enjoyed reading about her unique routine, please leave any questions and comments below 🙂

Be well,


Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Jacqui, Perth Fashion Blogger from Don’t You Know April Rose.

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

Hello! I run a blog called April Rose. It started as a space for me to ramble and upload inspiration, but its slowly morphing into a fashion blog.

I currently post about my life and my outfits, but next year when I am studying my Diploma of Specialised Makeup Services I’m hoping to also use my blog as a portfolio of my makeup work.

Jurlique Soothing Day Care Lotion from $48 RRP.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

Ever since I was a teenager I have cleansed toned and moisturised morning and night.

Cleanser – Clean and Clear Cream Cleanser, the classic old school one, I’ve been using it since I was 14. In Winter time I like to use something from Aesop , as my skin gets very dry.
Toner – Witch Hazel.
MoisturiserJurlique Soothing Day Care Lotion (this stuff is AMAZING).
Scrub – At the moment its just the St Ives one, I’m not too fussy about scrubs as I don’t use them that often.
Mask – I love the Skinvitals range from Priceline, they are cloth face masks and they are so so good when you are flying or just need a pick-me-up!

I have very sensitive skin, prone to eczema and my face can also get swollen and inflamed from certain products, so I don’t really stray off what I’m used to (that’s why I’ve been using C&C since i was 14!) I’ve tried so many different products and had to throw them out after a few weeks.

Sounds like a lot but its habit for me.

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

I love getting my nails done. Love it. I feel like a lady when I get them done, and my nails grow better once they are filed professionally.

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

I used to be solely committed to Hall and Jones in the city and when they closed down I cried a little.
Now I go see Bee at Peggy Sues. I did a post about her skillz once. Check it out.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

Umm I don’t really have many at home treatments I do but I do like to have a long hot shower after a bad day, put a treatment in my hair, shave my legs, and take off all my makeup and wear track pants. Instant mood lifter for me.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Witch Hazel – I use this as a toner, I use it after waxing, and I use it on my face when I have allergies or my eczema is playing up…

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate – Its thick so oily skinned gals may not like it too much but I use it as a primer/moisturiser.

It’s hard to get in Aus but you can track it down online for around 40 dollars. Its becoming one of my Makeup Kit essentials.

Illuminator – my favourite is MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush. This shade works for so many skin tones and I put it EVERY WHERE with a foundation brush.

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

Prep your skin by washing, toning and moisturising before whacking on foundation, the foundation will last longer and you won’t have to put as much on!

Sheer dusting of translucent powder to set foundation and prevent shine yet still let the glow through.

Use a bold lip colour and a bare eye if you are feeling tired or run down. It will bring the attention away from the tired eye area.

Retreat-y Bliss!

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

A yoga retreat! I would have to learn how to do yoga first though..

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I don’t eat red meat so that limits a lot for me. I eat heaps of nuts, fruit, salads, and pasta.
As a treat I love a good comfort meal like creamy pasta or Thai.

Moi, cycling by the river.

Describe your fitness routine.

Haha zilch. I ride my bike for fun but that’s about it!

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

I take a Women’s multivitamin and Vitamin B12. I don’t eat meat so these things give me a bit of a boost.

Thanks Jacqui!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments 🙂

Be well,