Back-to-work

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Happy new year everyone! I hope you all are settling well into the daily grind of work?

If you’re looking for a corporate look for the new year, here’s an outfit I put together for my shoot with Scarlett Vegan Bags.

I wore ASOS high waist trousers with a H&M camisole, teamed with a H&M beige blazer and black heels.

The look was finished with two bag options, both from Scarlett Vegan Bags. One was the AOIFE black clutch with long straps attached, and the other was the AOIFE hobo bag with long straps attached.

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Photography by Michael Blamey

My summer bathroom picks

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It’s summer over here in Australia, so my skin is becoming more and more exposed to hot, dry winds; harsh sun; salty beach water and dehydrating air-conditioning.

This is why I have decided to share with you my top bathroom product picks that I use during the warmer seasons, which nourish the skin and keep it fresh and glowing.

Crusoeden Body’s Refreshing Face and Body Wash

I love the citrus zing this wash has to it, and it is gentle enough to use on both the face and body. I use it during a quick shower followed by a burst of cold water to get the blood circulating. Crusoeden only uses natural and organic ingredients, with this wash featuring sweet orange, lavender mailette, marjoram, bergamot, and neroli oils. The company’s products are not tested on animals, and the majority of their products are vegan, with the exception being products containing goats milk (goats milk soap) and beeswax (lip balm and some moisturisers).

Lewin & Reilly’s Zeolite and Elderflower purity face mask

My go-to face mask when my skin needs a little boost! It works both as a gentle, natural exfoliator (I use it as a cleanser sometimes) or as an anti-oxidant packed mask.  The zeolite, a volcanic mineral, helps to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin, while the elderflower helps to fade freckles and skin blemishes. Lewin & Reilly products are vegan with the exception of their Cacao & Kakadu Plum lip salve which contains organic beeswax.

Oh Deer Sugar’s Strawberry and Coconut scrub

Smells as delicious as it sounds! This scrub is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants to help remove dead skin cells and improve toning – especially on the problem areas where there’s cellulite. I always pick up my exfoliation game closer to summer as hot weather always means more skin is on the show, so I don’t want my dry, flaky winter skin to make an appearance. The scrub is also packed with beauty goodies like orange peel, blackberry, dried apple, rosehip peel, liquorice root, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil which leaves my skin glowing (and smelling amazing!). All Oh Deer Sugar products are completely vegan!

Amaris Botanicals’ Cold Pressed Australian Jojoba Oil 

Pretty much the only moisturiser I need! Australian pure, cold-pressed jojoba oOil is a natural, non-greasy oil, renowned for its hydrating and moisturising properties. It is gentle and safe for even highly reactive and sensitive skins. All Amaris Botanicals skin care products are hand-made in Byron Bay using the finest and purest, 100% natural and certified organic ingredients and are packaged in either recyclable glass or PET containers. The entire range is vegan friendly and certified cruelty free by www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au

EverEscents’ Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

December also means the party season, meaning I’ll be straightening and curling my hair more frequently than usual. Team this with the already hot and dry weather, along with the salty water at the beach and my hair is on the road to looking like straw by February. This is why I use argan oil as a heat-protectant and treatment. It’s versatile as I can use a couple of drops before styling, or a few more drops for a more intensive treatment. Argan oil helps to smooth, shine, protect and enhance hair colour, and is also a natural UV protectant. I like EverEscents’ argan oil as it doesn’t have any silicones, artificial colours, perfumes or toxic preservatives, and smells amazing with lavender and rose geranium oil. There’s also jojoba, rosehip and sweet almond essential oil to super-charge your hair with extra nutrients and fatty acids. Most of the EverEscents range is vegan with the exception of products that use silk amino acids.

Ausganica’s Organic Silky Milk Conditioner

During the warmer seasons I usually use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo (though not everyday, as overuse can strip the hair of natural oils) as it gets rid of a lot of product build-up and grime, and makes my hair super soft and shiny. I still like to use some sort of conditioner though, and this silky smooth conditioner does the trick. Despite the name, Ausganica’s ‘milk’ conditioner is vegan and doesn’t contain any dairy or animal-derived ingredients! The plant emollients in the conditioner restores the hair and heals damage, and also replenishes natural hair wax with jojoba oil, strengthens with pantheon, rejuvenates distressed scalps with lavender oil, revitalises with lemon oil, repairs the hair shaft with rice protein, improves micro circulation with geranium, prevents hair loss with fennel and recharges the scalp with burdock root. Ausganic is a certified organic company and many of the products are vegan.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. I received one free product (the Cruesoeden Body Refreshing Body Wash) –  but I am not being paid to write about these products. This was my own decision based on how I favour the products – I only write about brands and products that I personally like. None of the links are commission-based – I do not receive any benefit from you clicking on a link, or buying a product from the site. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 

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