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My Dr. Lanzer Experience and Taboo Beauty Treatments…

I recently visited Dr Lanzer’s clinic in Malvern for some pre-races pampering! With four races days, jam packed into just on week, all the drinking, makeup, fake tan and late nights really take their toll on the skin. So it was very important to get treatments done in the lead up, to ensure my skin stayed hydrated and clear. Dr Lanzer sparked my interest when he featured in a television series ‘Cosmetic Coffee’, where he takes patients through different treatments in each episode. I’m a massive fan on the popular US TV show ‘Botched’, so naturally, I got into Dr Lanzer’s ‘Cosmetic Coffee’ pretty quickly. You can watch all the episodes online here, and get to know Dr Lanzer as well as his lovely nurses on staff.

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My skin, unedited, for Derby Day.

Dr Lanzer is very well known in Australia as a leading Cosmetic Surgeon, but also offers a range of beauty treatments. He also recently released his very own skin care range, D’Lumiere Esthetique <insert link>, specialising in anti-aging – something we can all relate to striving for! If you’re on the hunt for a new line of skin care, I highly recommend checking out the D’Lumiere Esthetique range. With a special formula that uses DNA enzymes to aid repair, I am pretty excited by the science and research that has gone into developing this range.

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So what did Dr Lanzer do for me? Aside from the great range of microderms (I get these every four weeks, just an FYI), face peels and dermasweeps, Dr Lanzer also offers a range of cosmetic injectables. A very controversial subject for many. I know that many people will feel strong adverse to this subject, but I also know that there will be many people reading this that have either used anti-wrinkle products before, or who have seriously considered it.

The truth is, all those celebrities and icons that are revered by us all, for their ‘natural beauty’ and perfect complexions, all use these products. You’d probably be shocked to learn that more women AND men are using these products than you’d possibly ever imagine.

Products, such as botox and dysport, are quite frequently portrayed in society as products that severely alter appearances, are dangerous and emotion stripping. All of which I would argue portray extremely negative connotations and are based purely on the hyperbole of the misinformed.

In actual fact, anti-wrinkle injections don’t ‘alter’ appearances in the way you might think. Those awful before and after images of celebs and plastic surgeries gone wrong, regularly blame it on the botox. These portrayals of anti-wrinkle products are far from the truth.

So what DO anti-wrinkle products do, and how do they work? I’m going to break it down in a totally non-scientific way:

Anti-wrinkle products are essentially comprised of a poison that inhibits neurotransmitters. In other words, it stops the signal that tells your muscles to move. But don’t let the word ‘poison’ scare you off just yet. If you think about it, most products that we put into our bodies are poisonous if you have too much, and it’s exactly the same as products like botox. In fact, botox is one of the safest products on the market, due to the minimal levels of active substance within each dose.

Botox, and similar products, have been used in modern medicine to treat an array of ailments including; uncontrollable blinking, lazy eyes, profuse sweating, acne, migraines and of course, to relax wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles that cause key wrinkles areas – crows feet, forehead and jowls – we not only see the effects of smooth skin (and obviously prevents new wrinkles forming – yay!), but an added benefit is that the skin cells in the treated areas, are not being destroyed due to the presence of wrinkles (or consistent creasing of the skin). This in turn, allows skin cells to be constantly rejuvenated. In other words, clearer, healthier looking skin.

And whilst I agree, that using botox from a drastically early age is definitely questionable, I am a firm believer that using botox in specific areas when the need arises, can actually form part of a normal skin care routine. Ultimately, we live in a world that obsesses over skin care (and for good reason), with the primary concern being ageing. So why are anti-wrinkle injections treated as taboo, but it is totally acceptable to spend upward of $300 on the most technologically advanced skin cream? Both products are there to serve the same purpose.

Now that I’ve delved into the facts a little more closely, I wanted to share my experience with you, and hopefully answer some burning questions you may now have in relation to anti-wrinkle injections with a Q and A. I recently visited Dr. Lanzer’s clinic to receive anti-wrinkle injections. Here’s a breakdown on what happened…

Why did I want them?

I’ve read a lot about these treatments and to be honest, I’m curious to see the difference. If I told you I had deep lines on my face I’d be lying. I don’t. I have a few, very faint lines across my forehead, that would be unnoticeable to most, but to me, they’re the worst! I notice them in photos, and when I do my makeup, I notice them even more so. There’s one really stubborn line above my left eyebrow as well – that’s probably the one that bothers me most of all.

Where did I get them?

When I went to Dr Lanzer’s office, the nurse had a look at my areas of ‘concern’. The good thing about getting it done at my age, is that I can be proactive in having a preventative effect – rather than trying to fix something. So my forehead was the key area. I also told the nurse that I hated the dimples I get in my chin when I smile – I liken it to chin cellulite…lol. Anyway, apparently, you can use anti-wrinkle injections for that too. So we gave I also treated my chin, which would stop the chin cellulite!

How long did it take?

Not long at all! The nurse will place little white marks to help guide the needle spots, and then you are ready for action! I’d say all up it takes 15 minutes.

Does it hurt?

The needles used are tiny. Whilst I do have a good tolerance for pain, I can honestly say that it is not painful. The worst part was the chin area. If you are really worried about the pain, you can ask to be numbed with ice before hand.

How long does it take to recover?

Almost no time at all! There is no reaction or swelling involved with getting anti-wrinkle injections. Some people may experience slight redness or bruising but I did not experience either. I happily got on with my day. Unlike fillers, anti-wrinkle injections do not cause swelling or puffiness. You definitely cannot sneak off for a lunch break lip filling session with it going unnoticed, but with anti-wrinkle injections you’d be fine!

Are the results instantaneous?

Surprisingly not. I was under the impression that as soon as the product was administered, I’d be smooth as a baby’s bum. It actually took about 7 days before I noticed that I could no longer raise my eyebrows to create wrinkles in my forehead. After about 7-10 days, my skin was extremely smooth, looking refreshed.

Can I move my face?

Yes, obviously! The idea that botox makes your face stiff is silly. I’m sure that if you were to overdo it, then yes, you’d probably be unable to show emotion, but for subtle treatments, your face remains your face.  My face looks exactly the same as usual, just a little smoother, and I have definitely noticed the difference when putting makeup on.

The end result?

I am super, super happy with the end result. My skin is looking extremely flawless and fresh. 3.

There’s no right or wrong decision to be made when it comes to dabbling in anti-wrinkle injections. It’s a decision that should be made by the individual. But both women and men, should not have to fear the societal rejection that is often associated with using products like botox. With further information on the topic, and the more research I have done, it appears that using these products is actually quite innocent, and extremely common!

So I hope you can take away, from this, a better understanding, even appreciation, for these common, yet taboo treatments. It’s definitely not a treatment that I would suggest every man and their dog go out and invest in, but if there’s something that causes you worry or you are self conscious about – why is it a negative thing if you can reduce that? Maybe I’ve even convinced you to give them a go?

You can catch up on Cosmetic Coffee episodes here.

 

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I feel like as with most special holidays (or Birthdays), Mother’s Day always creeps up on us and all of a sudden we need to pull together our funds so we can spoil out Mum’s – which is exactly what they deserve!

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Influencer Marketing: Understanding Two Worlds

Influencer Marketing is one of the most highly used marketing strategies within the current marketing landscape. With the likes of Instagram and Snapchat taking off, it’s no surprise that brands are capitalising on popular online celebrities and influencers to help reach new audiences and build brand awareness. From popular clothing labels to car insurance companies, brands are following their customers to social platforms and using profiles with high traffic to speak to the market.

The concept of Influencer Marketing is so abundant, that there has even been an influx of bespoke agencies and talent management companies that specialise in connecting brands with influencers. So for the time being, Influencer Marketing is real, and we’d be silly to ignore it. But, as someone who works in Marketing by day and is an influencer by night (or simply when I have time), I feel that both parties have things to learn when it comes to working together harmoniously. Here’s my insight and observations into both sides of Influencer Marketing:

To the Marketers:

So you want to work with an influencer? You have a few things to think about. Firstly, who is your target market and therefore, who has the right personal brand and following to represent your brand correctly and genuinely? It’s no use picking individuals because a) they have the highest following or b) because they will post about absolutely anything as long as it’s free, if they won’t connect you to the right potential customers.

I’ve found that some companies will send generic emails (with no personalisation) to large lists of influencers, in the hope that someone will respond and promote their products or services (usually for free). Firstly, if you can’t take the time to understand my brand (and send me a personalised email) then how do you even know we’re the right fit? Take the time to select influencers who will genuinely represent your brand, otherwise, a sponsored post by an influencer could be more detrimental than good.

So onto my BIGGEST pain point for Marketers – INFLUENCER MARKETING IS LITERALLY DIRT CHEAP COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL FORMS OF DIGITAL OR MASS MARKETING. I know this for a FACT. I work in Marketing. I KNOW that digital marketing campaigns can cost anywhere between 10K to 100K. Nothing annoys me more than companies expecting me to share posts with my followers (which is over 100K) for free. Most influencers whose followers exceed 100,000 will charge anywhere between $300 to $3,000 for a single Instagram post.

Now, let’s work with a number down the conservative end of the spectrum. Let’s say I have 150,000 followers and I expect to be paid $500 for a post whereby I clearly advertise a product. Firstly, that’s $500 for permanent real estate on a channel that probably has a daily reach of about 20,000 people (and growing). So let’s compare that to an add on the inside cover of a magazine. Firstly, that’s going to cost you about $15,000, and secondly, that ad is good for about 28 days. Secondly, all good influencers will work under an ABN, which means, yep, we pay TAX. We pay tax on every single job we do, whether that’s $100 or $1,000. So if, I am receiving $500 for a post, I’m actually only receiving about $335 for my work. If you’re a start up, generally we get it – your marketing budget is probably non-existent. And if a brand aligns well to an influencer brand, and they like your product, chances are they will do it for free. BUT, if you’re an established brand, do NOT expect to get this for free. It just isn’t fair.

My last point (so I can keep this short and sweet), is that organisations should give more credit to influencers for knowing their audiences better than the brands do. There’s been so many instances where I’ve been briefed to post a certain message at a certain time on a certain day. But the undeniable truth is, whenever I post a photo, I want the best engagement each and every time. So I’m always going to do what’s best for me, even if the post is sponsored. So sometimes, ask us. When’s the best time to post for you? What content/messaging styles do your followers engage well with? A good influencers monitors these things and acknowledges/understands trends. After all, we are running a business too.

To the Influencers:

So I have worked in Marketing for over 5 years now, and more recently, have used Influencer Marketing to help with overall integrated campaigns. There are a few things that have stood out to me, and even frustrated with me at time – hopefully helping me understand things from the client side more clearly and ultimately making me a more empathetic influencer.

The biggest thing that I’ve noticed is that many ‘influencers’ are (for lack of a better term) unprofessional. Now, I’ve worked in large corporates for most of my working life, so I’m pretty savvy when it comes to email and phone etiquette. But for those budding influencers who maybe haven’t had that experience in the past, understand right now, that companies are used to dealing with other professionals and we like to expect the same from anyone whom we interact with.

Now, even I have neglected to get back to emails in my time – I’m only human. But if I get a follow up, I feel guilty and respond immediately with my apologies. Why? Because I know how damn frustrating it is when you reach out to someone on a whim and they don’t reply. It’s rude. And, the thing is, if you’re NOT interested – that’s actually fine! In fact, that kind of rejection is actually HELPFUL to companies because it gives them guidance that they need to tweak something about their approx or strategy. It’s not rude to say thanks but no thanks with a respectful decline. What is rude, is not replying to emails, especially if there was a follow up.

Being flexible is another massive factor in building a good relationship with a client that I feel influencers often neglect to understand. If you’re working with a start up, you’ll often find they can’t meet you usual fees, but hey, that doesn’t mean a big fat NO. Be flexible. Can you drop your rates slightly? Or perhaps create the content in a different way. Add the offer/promotion into your Snapchat or Instagram stories instead. I think this point just goes back to my previous example about being professional. If you want to be a highly sought after influencer that brands want to work with time and time again, do your due diligence and treat every outreach with the respect it deserves.

Lastly, if you’ve been given a brief, please stick to it, OR if you’re not sure or uncomfortable about something, discuss this with your client. Remember, this is a working relationship, and it is absolutely unacceptable to disregard the point of the post. I have experienced this with Influencers in the past, whereby they have disregarded the previous conversations and just chucked any old image online. Here’s a hint – it’s a waste of time, energy and money for both parties.

So in summary, Influencer Marketing is still very much a grey area. Who knows how long this phenomenon will last. But for the time being, it is very much apparent, and if you’re looking to be successful in this area (whether you’re a marketer or an influencer) it’s important to see things from the other side.

We out ✌🏼

The best sneakers for your all year round wardrobe

Recently, out of the woodwork’s, somewhere deep inside of me, it has become abundantly clear that I have a genuine love for casual footwear. I’m not necessarily referring to running shoes (that obsession emerged years ago and I’m now the proud owner of about 50 pairs of Nikes), I’m talking about casual shoes that are acceptable to be worn with jeans. I guess you would call this genre of shoe, sneakers.

I’ve also enlisted my mate Dan (self proclaimed shoe expert, who’s uni job was working at Windsor Smith) to give you his manly options for the men reading this. But we’ll get to Dan later…

So here’s a couple of my favourite options for sneakers for this season, to fit any budget.

Stylish sneakers on a budget

For the everyday sneaker, you definitely don’t want to be spending a great deal on shoes that will end up 50 shades of dirty. I absolutely love the Amber sneakers by Seed, that come in about 10 different colours and a range of textures. Amber Seed

 

They’re extremely comfortable, and slip on, which gives you back on average about 30 seconds back in your day – #winning. These babies will only set you back $59.95, and I may or may not have 3 pairs. I do.

Sport luxe sneakers

These are those great shoes that kind of look like you attempted to exercise, but you would never dare wearing these shoes because then they might get dirty! They’re the perfect shoe for when you’re doing absolutely nothing in your active wear on the weekend. You know, to brunch and other activities involving coffee.Nike Flyknits

I fell head over heels in love with the Nike Air Presto Flyknit ($240) range and bought myself these guys in bright orange, but truth be told I prefer them in white (I just owned too many white shoes already to justify buying another pair). Oh and these are unisex.

 

 

High tops: wardrobe winners

A trendy pair of high tops are always great to have in your wardrobe because you can tuck your jeans into them and look really great with high waisted jeans, long jumpers or coats. Sarcon Witchery

High tops kind of just give you that extra cool factor to your outfit and I think these grey Witchery Saxon high tops ($149.95) are very special – I am loving the colour for your winter wardrobe.

 

 

 

Metallics are trending hard

Metallics have had their time in the limelight for a couple of seasons, but the trend is definitely in the shoe department this season.

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You’ll be able to find a range a great metallic shades, namely silver, gold and rose gold, throughout the department stores this year. Kurt Geiger have a great range of metallic sneakers but my favorite are definitely the Lantern style ($200), because the laser cut detailing makes them feminine and a little bit more dressy so they are great one to add to your work wardrobe so you can feel comfy both physically and mentally for those that fear being under-dressed in the office!

 

The treat yo self sneakers

Last but certainly not least, the treat yo self sneaker. Sometimes, you see something that is really beautiful and pretty and it might be way out of your budget, but every now and then, it’s totally okay to splurge on nice things (internal justification for my excessive spending habits, check!).
Tom Ford High Toos

If you’re like me, and end up perusing online designer stores like Net-A-Porter, you’ll probably end up falling in love with similar items like these amazing Tom Ford high tops ($1,336). Definitely not a throw away purchase at that price, you’ll have these in your wardrobe for years.

 


What’s on my feet right now?

I recently bought these Saint Laurent high top sneakers and I love them because they’re really classic, and so easy to wear with all of my jeans. They’re strictly indoor shoes only though! I purchased these off Net-A-Porter.

Now…meet Dan

I’ve seen my fair share of skin cracking off heels, overgrown toenails and the varying degrees of foot odour that only those in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne would understand. Through it all, my passion for shoes never wavered. Here’s my top picks for men’s shoes; and which occasions they are good for.

The ‘can’t be bothered’

ConverseNo Northcote, Brunswick, Fitzroy or Thornbury look is complete without these staple shoes.
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Comfortable, durable and available in a range of colours to suit your unique quirks, there is no easier shoe to pop on and get from A to B without getting your socks wet. Just don’t get me started on how to keep the white tips on the front clean.

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Clue: Anything Suede

Remember when people invite you over to their house and tell you ‘not to bring a thing’ but in your head you’re going, ‘crap now I need to get something’ and you walk in with a box of Roses chocolates.
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Well the suede shoe is for those occasions where the dress code is unclear and you don’t want to be the odd one out or seem like a fool. When the lovely sales lady or man offers you water protector spray with your suede, purchase it! A $10 investment to ensure your shoes aren’t ruined after their first wear. I really like the Columbus style ($79.99) from Betts.

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Leather Shoes – Matthew Hayden & Justin Langer, Turk & JD, Batman & Robin. What do they all have in common? They are all great partners that compliment each other, just like a great pair of shoes compliment an impeccably balanced suit. Your traditional business shoes used to be lace-ups, we then went through the slip on phase and now we’re back to boots (reminiscent of primary school days).

windor smithWhatever leather style you chose make sure they are tightly polished and sport an undamaged, even heel. These Windsor Smith shoes are a great price ($169.95). Oh and in case you’re wondering, Matthew Hayden & Justin Langer are Australian cricketers.

I’m so active…Jokes

Nike Free Runs – There has been much debate over the reinstatement of capital punishment. What crimes is it acceptable for? Is it a solution? Does it stop certain behaviours? Well, in my mind it should be bought back for one crime, one crime only – wearing sports shoes with a suit. ReebokYou corporate people make me sick, wearing  a diligent tie, exquisite suit and then complementing them with a pair of Asics that belong on the tan running track. FFS, if you’re working in the CBD your office should be no more than 500m away given all the public transport around. You can survive a 500m walk in your finest leather shoes. And if you still have the nerve to make yourself look like a fool, wear something cool like black Nike free runs or Reebok pumps. Save yourself the embarrassment!

Until next time…

So there you have it everyone! The latest on sneakers for the women, and a simple guide to shoes for the men reading this. Hope you enjoyed it. I think I might have to collaborate with Dan again in the future. Stay tuned!

 

Why Sunescape is my MVP tanning product this winter…

I’ve basically tried every single fake tanning product out there, so you can really take my word for it when I say that Sunescape is a fantastic product. I’m such a fake tan connoisseur that I even compartmentalise my tanning products into subcategories – because you know…some are better depending on the circumstances…it’s a thing okay.

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Anyway, Sunescape is truly my favourite for winter because:

– It’s not too dark. Sunescape offers two shades in their mousse range; a Week in Fiji and Month in Maui. Even their darkest shade promises a natural looking tan. Now I am all for a dark tan, but definitely not in winter. I steer clear of many of my favourite brands in winter because it looks so unnatural.

– It works quickly. Whilst I will often sleep in my tan to let it develop overnight, I have used Sunescape in the morning and washed it off 4-5 hours later, to still find I have a really decent colour. It’s perfect for when I have events on in the evening, because sleeping in tan is never ideal. I mean, I do it all the time but it’s definitely not ideal.

– It fades nicely. Now this one is a biggie for me, and probably the biggest factor in converting me to a full time Sunescape user. The Sunescape mousse does not come off patchy and fades a lot better than any other product I have used. Probably due to the fact that it’s not a super dark product, but again, ideal for the cooler months. Even though I get a good 3-4 days out of a full body tan (given I’m moisturizing everyday), I can still reapply a new tan within 7 days. Woo!

So now I’ve told you why it’s so great. Here are some tips for applying:

1. Exfoliate the night before

2. Use a tanning mitt – always!

3. Moisturise your ankles, knees, elbows and hands just before applying your tan

4. After your first shower, moisturise 1-2 times a day to keep your tan looking great for up to 5

days before you’ll probably want to go back to step 1 and repeat.

You can check out their range and shop online here.

Listen Up: A Bit About Me

 

Recently I caught up with James O’Connor who created the podcast series JocX. Each episode (and there are now over 50 eps!), James chats to individuals about their areas of expertise, personal achievements and beliefs around success and life in general.

In my interview with James, we talk about my professional career, blogging and everything else in between. I also talk about what I do each day to make sure I’m always on top of things (not really, but I try!) and give some further insight into my life, both professional and personal.

Give it a listen! I hope you enjoy it!

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Get Healthy Hair with Davroe for Summer

So I’m a firm believer that maintaining healthy hair makes you feel and look better. Naturally, my hair is a rare colour of auburn – so basically a shade of red. Yes I’m a red head! I love my natural hair colour because it suits my complexion, and it’s very unique. However I’ve also experimented with countless shades; black, blonde, dark brown, red-red, deep purple (yeah don’t ask…). Anyway, recently, I made the decision to give blonde another go.

My previous experience with becoming a blonde was a disaster, so I was very nervous about it. This time round, I LOVE my colour, and intend on staying this way for a while, so it’s been really important for me to look after the health of my hair with the help of quality products.  I’m finding that using the Davroe range has helped my blonde colour stay nice and ashy (rather than becoming yellow) and the conditioning treatments help my hair to stay sleek and soft. Here’s a breakdown on what I’ve been using and why I love the Davroe range.

Shampoo: For my shampoo, I have been using the Blonde Senses Shampoo. It’s a purple base, which alleviates the tendency for coloured hair to turn brassy or yellow. Because I am naturally quite red, my roots can go quite orange, which doesn’t look great with blonde colour treatments! This baby also contains UV protect complex, to reduce fade and protect your hair during these warm summer months.

Treatment/Mask (wash out): I’ll usually use a wash out treatment once a week. I will most often wash my hair at work/gym and don’t have much time to wait 10-15 minutes to allow the treatment to work properly, so once a week (when I’ve got some time) is perfect and adequate to treat hair. My go to has been the Rebuilder protein based rinse out treatment. I leave it in a lot longer than it says on the tube, because my hair is quite damaged, and I find that if I’ve got the time, my hair will be super soft afterwards.

Conditioner: To compliment my shampoo routine, I also use the Blonde Senses Conditioner. Again, this product is purple, to assist in removing unwanted brassy tones, but with the added benefit of conditioning dry ends, which is a huge concern for my hair, which does split quite easily and goes a bit frizzy too.

Leave in conditioner: I HAVE to blow dry my hair, unless I intend on having an afro! Actually, my hair isn’t that bad, but I do find that my hair is ridiculously frizzy and super tricky to style, straighten and so on, if I don’t blow dry with a leave in conditioner or treatment. Ladies, if you’re blow drying your hair without product, I guarantee you will see much better results and sleeker hair if you start RIGHT NOW. I’ve been using the Davroe Luxe Leave in Masque to help me get that sleek and soft, frizz free blow wave at home.

The Davroe range is vegan friendly too, so if you are an avid vegan, I highly recommend you try the Davroe products for yourself. Oh and they also make a range for men, which my housemates tell me is the best hair products (moulds and wax) they have ever tried!

There’s something for everyone in the Davroe range, so check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Spring Racing 101

It’s finally that time of year again…Spring Racing carnival. My absolute favourite time of year, that combines fashion with socialising and of course a very historical sporting event!

This year I teamed up with Oscar Oscar to prepare my race day hair looks for each event, and here I speak to the team about my hints and tips if you’re planning to hit the track this coming week. Check it out now!

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Super Quick, Super Delicious White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

These muffins are first and foremost, SO delicious. But second to that, they are so easy to cook – prep time is genuinely under 5 minutes unless you are seriously challenged when it comes to baking.

Please note, they only make about 8 decent sized servings, so if you’re planning to bake for your a group I would double the recipe.

Muffins

So here you go…

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups self raising flour
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 200g white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree (fan forced, slightly higher if not). Line an 8-cup muffin pan with large paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar and chopped chocolate.
  3. Whisk together egg, sour cream, milk and melted butter. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined (make sure you don’t go over the top with the mixing or they won’t be fluffy!). Gently fold in the berries.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes or until just golden, keep an eye on these as they tend to burn easily.

Enjoy! They are seriously delicious and best served warm. Thank me later.

Kelapa Skincare

So I know I’ve written a post previously about a good routine skin care regime, but I acknowledge that the products were very expensive. Obviously that lifestyle is not maintainable for everyone (including myself at times) so I wanted to share a new range that has kept my skin clear and soft and won’t break the bank.

Again, I want to reiterate how important skin care is for women (and men). Why? Our face is the most exposed part of our bodies, exposed to wind, sun, dust and dirt; all day, every day. The facial visage is where you’ll first start to notice signs of aging. Wrinkles anyone? I’ve been brought up by a mother and grandmother, who have indoctrinated good skin care into my mind from a young age, and I’m so grateful for that – god bless those who genuinely mistake me for being ‘around’ 20 years old! I’ve also been blessed with naturally clear skin, so please don’t think that starting a skin care regime will transform you overnight. It won’t. And clear, healthy skin also has a lot to do with diet and water intake…A LOT. So if you have serious skin issues, I would assess this area first.

Okay, so let’s get into it. Right now, I am using the Kelapa range. It’s a certified organic skin care brand that incorporates the benefits of organic coconut oil and other natural wonders. They also offer hair and body products but for now let’s focus on the skin care. So, this is my current skin care routine:

  1. I will start the day using my Kelapa Face Moisturiser with SPF 15+ ($29.95); it’s a great product that goes on underneath makeup.
  2. After a day of makeup, sweat and tears (just kidding no tears, but it sounded better), I will always cleanse my face using the Cream Face Cleaner ($29.95). It’s also great for removing eye makeup and doesn’t sting the eyes.
  3. Once a week, I’ll follow the cleansing with the Kelapa Gentle Facial Exfoliant ($29.95), making sure I use small circular movements and don’t rub too hard! You always need to be gentle with your facial skin.
  4. Before bed, I will use the Night Cream ($39.95). It’s an extra creamy lotion and feels so nice on the skin and I wake up with soft, silky skin ready to start the day again.

I can’t stress enough, how important it is to clean, hydrate and protect your skin. If you’re also interested in organic and Australian made products I would definitely check out the Kelapa range.

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Follow Kelapa on Instagram @kelapaorganics or visit their website here