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Amazing almond blossom of the Lecrin Valley

The Lecrin Valley

No matter how many years you spend living in or visiting the Lecrin Valley, you will never tire of the amazing spectacle every January and February when the almond blossom is in full bloom.

The new blossom heralds the spring, bringing the Lecrin Valley and surrounding hills to life at the end of the winter. It’s so incredibly beautiful with the soft pink flowers contrasted against the rugged rockiness of the Andalucian landscape.

Photos by Danielle Gouwens @ At Home in Andalusia 

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NATURAL-FRAGANCES

Create Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils

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Perfumes can be expensive and difficult to find the one you like. Sometimes all you want is one key fragrance that you love that suits the occasion, day or night time or just makes you feel great.  Essential oils don’t just smell good, they also have the benefit of healing or mood enhancing qualities and they’re great as all-natural perfume.

Perfumes are blends of oils and alcohol – some are up to 95% alcohol, but if you want to skip the alcohol part, then using Essential Oils on their own can be a great and inexpensive way to have a collection of different fragrances for different occasions.

Some pure, undiluted essential oils shouldn’t be used direct to the skin, and never on broken skin, because they may cause irritation or de-sensitisation.

The easiest way to use them is to get a little spray bottle and dilute them with water – Add 10-15 drops of essential oil (either a single oil or a blend) per fluid ounce/30ml of water.  If you want you can also make up balms and oil blends using carrier oils like jojoba, coconut, avocado and other vegetable oils or butters. The general rule is a 2% essential oil to carrier oil.

Here are some of the best oils for perfume that are are fine to dab onto your pulse points;)

  1. Bergamot – extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange. It is cooling, refreshing and has a sweet, citrus smell. Its fragrance helps reduce stress and tension. Bergamot is used in Earl Grey tea to give it its familiar smell.
  2. Geranium – a balancing oil that cools and moistens. It is also strengthening and uplifting for the emotions. It has a strong, sweet, floral smell.
  3. Jasmine – a sweet, delicate aroma that blends well with most oils. It is balancing, with both refreshing and rejuvenating qualities.
  4. Lavender – a distinctive fresh, floral aroma that works well in combination with other oils. It is useful for relieving stress and tension.
  5. Mandarin has a sweet, floral, citrus scent. It is very detoxifying, helping to reduce cellulite and water retention. It also helps to prevent or reduce stretch marks, and to tone loose skin. Its aroma helps to calm the mind.
  6. Neroli – extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is excellent for improving skin tone, especially in mature skin. It is also beneficial for reducing and preventing stretch marks. The aroma is both uplifting and calming and acts as a great antidepressant.
  7. Patchouli – Patchouli oil has a dry, woody, musky aroma that is strengthening and stimulating. It is an antiviral and antibacterial oil, with skin-regenerating actions such as improving scar tissue and stretch marks or reducing oily skin.
  8. Rose – is derived from the steam distillation of rose petals and is very expensive. It is a deeply nurturing, feminine oil, which helps to reduce anxiety as well as balance the emotions.
  9. Verbena – zesty and uplifting, with antiseptic and toning properties. Lemon is particularly good to repair and cleanse ageing or oily skin.
  10. Ylang Ylang – has an intensely sweet scent. It is a soothing oil that helps to create a sense of wellbeing. Its application in skin care is to balance both dry and oily skin.

ADVICE

  • If you are pregnant, you should always take advice from a GP before using essential oils.
  • Buy your oils from an aromatherapist or reputable retailer, and make sure that the essential oils you buy are organic or naturally derived, rather than synthetic.
  • Remember some essential oils are toxic and should never be inhaled or put on the skin (these include strong spicy oils like cinnamon and clove). Always check before using any you are unsure of. They should always contain a warning on the label.

Originally written for and published on Naturally Beautiful blog – www.erepereznaturallybeautiful.com

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Find the best eyeshadow palette for your eye colour

We all want to look naturally beautiful and find the best colours that suit our skin tone. While you probably know the best foundation colour, blush colour or lipstick for your skin tone, do you know the best eyeshadow palette for your eyes?

You may be forgiven for thinking that you should chose eyeshadow tones similar to your eye colour, e.g. brown eyeshadow tones for brown eyes, greens for green etc., but actually it can sometimes have the opposite effect: Just like wearing similar colours to your skin tone, which can make you look washed out; wearing similar eyeshadow tones to your eye colour can dull down eyes, sending them into the background instead of making them pop.

Actually the best colours for your eye colours are the ones you least expect, the opposite to your eye colour.

BROWN: Avoid dark browns if you want your eyes to stand out.  Choose purples/lilacs, bright greens, peaches and copper or rusty browns.

Best Ere Perez creative eye shadow duos: Green & Grin, Better Than Smokey, Without Clothes, From Beginning To End, That’s Hot. 

BLUE:  As with brown eyes, avoid the blues if you want your eyes to pop. Choose greens, khaki, browns, yellowy beiges, oranges and peach.

Best Ere Perez creative eye shadow duos: Green & Grin, Very Important, It’s a Girl, From Beginning to End. 

GREEN: Don’t go with the green if you want your cats eyes to shine. Greens can take purples, lilacs and pinks; lavender blues; reds and coral tones.

Best Ere Perez creative eye shadow duos: I love Vintage, It’s a Girl, That’s Hot, Better than Smokey.

HOT TIPS

 

  1. Use Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star as an eyeshadow primer to give colours extra brightness.Vanilla-Highlighter
  1. Use Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip balm or Rich Olive Oil Lipsticks as cream eye shadows.
  1. Mix your colours to get the exact one you want: All our creative Chamomile Eye Shadow Duos are designed to be used wet or dry and to be blended. Have fun with a palette and mix them as you would watercolours to greatly increase your range of eye colours and create your perfect blend.

 

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Get cosy with new Noozie electric hot water bottle!

When’s a hot water bottle not a hot water bottle? When it’s a Noozie!

There’s nothing as lovely as snoozing in your bed or in front of the TV with a hot water bottle.  But sometimes hot water bottles can be a bit of a hassle to make and how many times have you over-filled your bottle with overly hot water and burnt yourself?

Great news! For all you lazy/clumsy hot water bottle lovers out there, or for those who just want to have warmth and comfort on the go, Noozie™ is  the most exciting thing to hit the shops this winter and a great Christmas gift idea too.

Noozie is an ingenious little Electric Hot Water Bottle that’s the safest and fastest way to enjoy cosy heat with no need for boiling water or kettles. So it’s perfect for all ages to enjoy without hassle or risk of scalding.

No more hassle or burns for you… in fact, no fuss, no kettles, just snuggly, cosy, fleecy warmth whenever you want it.

All you do is place it under the charger for 10-12 minutes, once charged, unplug and hey presto, up to 8 hours of cosy warmth!

NoozieTM Electric Hot Water Bottle is a pre-filled cuddly fleece heat pad. that, once charged, can stay warm for 3 – 6 hours*. Its gentle heat and soft fleecy feel soothes aches and pains, relieves stress and encourages a good night’s sleep.

What’s so great about Noozie?

  • It’s quick and easy,  charges in 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Currently available in 3 colours – vibrant red, pretty purple and calming blue.
  • Stays warm for up to 8 hours when used inside a bed.
  • It’s rechargeable – so you can warm it again and again without having to leave the comfort of your bedroom.
  • No risk of burns and scalds.
  • Great for heat therapy for soothing aches and pains.
  • Cordless, so can be used at home, in bed and on-the-go.

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Anjali Shah, creator and director of Noozie said: “While we think everyone should have a Noozie at home for quick and easy warmth, there are also some great benefits for those with specific needs, such as people with chronic pain or those less able to handle kettles due to disability, age or arthritis. Noozie is an easy way to help relieve pain and give back a little independence. It also has huge time-saving benefits for people like new mums and there’s currently nothing like it on the UK high street.”

Dimensions: 28cm x 18cm, Weight: 1.1kg

RRP: £44.95 (Online price: £39.95). Currently only available in the UK.

Available to order from: www.nooziecomfort.com

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The winners of the MyFaceMyBody Awards 2015 are…

The MyFaceMyBody Awards was held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday night  (November 28th) to celebrate the best of the Australian and New Zealand aesthetics industry.

The awards are the only consumer event for this particularly industry and have been run to great success in the UK for many years. This was the first year they’ve been held in Australia.

Hosted and founded by  Stephen Handisides – grooming expert and owner of the beauty and cosmeceuticals web community, MyFaceMyBody.com, and staged by The Production House Events, the event was attended by over 250 of the top aesthetics industry  consultants and beauty media and saw 21 awards for best products and practices in Australia & New Zealand.

PHOTOS!

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A special thank you to Gold Sponsor Syneron Candela and also to Silver Sponsors, Advanced Cosmeceuticals, Advanced Skin Technology, Alphaeon, and Direct Hair Implantation. 

Thank you to all MyFaceMyBody Awards entrants and congratulations to the many winners and highly commended entries.

THE WINNERS:

 
Cosmeceutical Range of the Year

Winner: Ultraceuticals


Joint Highly Commended: Advanced Skin Technology – ASPECT, and Jan Marini – Distributed by JMSR Australia

Best Anti Ageing Product or Treatment

Winner: Advanced Skin Technology – SOCIETE TRIPLE C


Highly Commended: Syneron Candela – Complete Facial Rejuvenation using the eTwo

Best Skin Tightening Product or Treatment

Winner: Advanced Skin Technology – ASPECT Retinol Brulee

 

Highly Commended: Advanced Cosmeceuticals – LUTRONIC ® INFINI™

Best Body Reshaping Treatment

  
Winner: Lumenis Australia – CoolSculpting®
 


Highly Commended: Cutera – truSculpt

Best Plastic Surgery Product or Device

 
Winner: Advanced Cosmeceuticals – LUTRONIC® HEALITE II™
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Allergan – NATRELLE®

Most Innovative Product or Service

 
Winner: High Tech Laser – MonaLisa Touch


 

Highly Commended: Dermocosmetica – Retriderm® Vitamin A Serums
 
Best Customer Service by a Manufacturer or Supplier

Winner: Syneron Candela


Highly Commended: Ultraceuticals Pty LTD

 

Best Aesthetic Blogger

Winner: Plastic Surgery Hub
 
 
Highly Commended: Dr Naomi

Best Practice Website

Winner: Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinic
 
 
Highly Commended: Dr Naomi

Best Plastic Surgery PracticeWinner: Dr Michael Miroshnik – Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon

Highly Commended: Hunter Plastic Surgery
Best Aesthetic Practice – VIC

 
Winner: Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinic
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Australian Skin Face Body

Best Aesthetic Practice – NSW

Winner: Dr Michael Miroshnik – Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon
 
 
Highly Commended: Austin Clinic

Best Aesthetic Practice – QLD

Winner: Esteem Medi Spa
 
Highly Commended: The Layt Clinic
Best Aesthetic Practice – ACT
Winner: The CAPS Clinic
 
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Dr Tony Tonks

Best Aesthetic Practice – SA / WA / NT

Winner: The Skin Clinic Fremantle
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Advanced Body Image & Spa Lotus

Best Aesthetic Practice – TAS

Winner: Launceston Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Unit
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Sanctum Medical Aesthetics

Best Aesthetic Practice – NZ

Winner: The Face Place MedSpa
 
 
 
Highly Commended: Caci

Best Aesthetic Practice Overall

Winner: Dr Michael Miroshnik
 
 
Highly Commended: Flawless Rejuvenation Skin Clinic

Best Customer Service

Winner: Dr Michael Miroshnik
 
 
Highly Commended: Hunter Plastic Surgery

Best Practice Team

Winner: Hunter Plastic Surgery
 
Highly Commended: Dr Michael Miroshnik – Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon

Best Practice Manager

Winner: Dr Naomi
 
 
 
Highly Commended: The CAPS Clinic

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

 

 

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

 

Thank you to our Media Partners

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Keeping the ‘tache? Here’s how to nurture it…

We’re almost at the end of Movember, so how many of you newly hirsute men have grown accustomed to your moustaches and want to carry on nurturing them?

Moustaches are IN in a big way, but if you’re not confident in your moustache-wearing or moustache-grooming ability, then Stephen Handisides, male grooming expert and founder of MyFaceMyBody.com has some tips on how to grow the perfect ‘tache.

If, like many men, you find it hard to actually grow a decent moustache, here are some tips that may (or may not) help!

  1. Daily massage of the moustache area – helps blood flow to those all-important follicles
  2. Allegedly eggs, sardines, liver and onions and chili con carne apparently contain nutrients to make your hair grow…no harm in trying
  3. Use a good moustache oil or even just olive or jojoba oil to ensure both your hair and skin is moisturized
  4. Style with a beard trimmer – don’t try with a normal shaver… you’ll regret it!
  5. Use moustache wax to keep your ‘tache tidy all day long!
  6. Use toothbrush and boot polish or your girlfriend’s mascara or black eyebrow pencil to lightly brush some tiny lines. This gives your ‘tache the appearance of being more bushy and fills in any gaps!
  7. Hair transplant surgery… yes, it’s a thing and yes you can! If your moustache just doesn’t want to grow, have a look at the options at https://www.dhiaustralia.com.au

 

Official Moustache styles

While there are many more types than these, the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007 had six sub-categories for moustaches. Which is the best for you?

  1. Dalí – narrow, long points bent or curved steeply upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Artificial styling aids needed. Named after Salvador Dalí.
  2. English moustache – narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward; areas past the corner of the mouth usually shaved. Artificial styling may be needed.
  3. Freestyle – All moustaches that do not match other classes. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. Aids are allowed.
  4. Hungarian – Big and bushy, beginning from the middle of the upper lip and pulled to the side. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip.
  5. Imperial – whiskers growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, curled upward (distinct from the royale, or impériale)
  6. Natural – Moustache may be styled without aids.

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www.stephenhandisides.com Male Grooming Blog

www.myfacemybody.com/au/awards/ for MyFaceMyBody Awards

 

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Colours for a healthy glow: Nourish your skin from the inside out!

Naturally Beautiful

Did you know that the colours in fruit and veggies represent different antioxidants?

Antioxidants can be identified in food by their colour and these colourful molecules work to protect your body from the chemicals produced during oxidation, lifting the colour of your skin and giving a beautiful glow! So try eating a variety of colours in each meal – the more antioxidants you have in your body, the more your skin will glow!

  • Red in foods may help keep skin firm, bringing that glow within you

Don’t you just love the bright red colour in tomatoes and red peppers? Lycopene is responsible for making food this colour! This antioxidant helps with your skin`s circulation, giving it a refreshing boost, while keeping your skin firm and glowing. Next time you’re in the fruit and veggie aisle, be sure to pick up some strawberries and tomatoes!

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Get the look: Natural Beach Glamour with Mimi Elashiry

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Step 1. THE BASE

  • Massage a very small drop (pea size) of Jojoba oil onto the skin to moisturise and prep for makeup. Allow oil to sink in for 5-10 minutes.
  • Apply Ere Perez Natural Oatmilk foundation over the entire face, buff in circular motions using Ere Perez foundation brush for flawless application.

Hot Tip – focus on putting foundation on central areas of the face and blend out towards the sides of face where less coverage is needed.

Step 2. THE CHEEKS

  • Apply Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Bronzer, using the darker shade to contour underneath the cheekbone.

Hot Tip – Apply contour shading finger width size for the most natural effect.

  • Use fingers to apply and blend Versatile Vanilla Sun Halo Highlighter on upper cheekbones, down the centre of nose, cupid’s bow and brow bone for that extra dewy glow.

Step 3. THE EYES

  • Apply a light layer…

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Carly Schroeder’s health & beauty secrets

Naturally Beautiful

Actress Carly Schroeder (25) has been in the spotlight since the age of 3, starring in advertising roles as well as in TV shows, such as Port Charles and General Hospital, Dawson’s Creek and Lizzie McGuire and several films.  She’s a vegan, animal activist and extreme sports advocate, who spends much of her time climbing mountains as a free solo climber, when she’s not running marathons or in the water surfing or paddle boarding.  Here she shares her health and beauty secrets.

What does being naturally beautiful mean to you?

I’m an actress/model and I’m a free solo climber (no ropes) so, I’ve learned that “actress/model pretty” is never natural!  Natural is when I’m rock climbing. You can’t have a ton of makeup on with all the sweat and dirt and rocks falling at you. Natural beauty is the color of your eyes, the sun-kissed glow of your skin, the flushed lip…

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Bronzed Earth-Goddess shoot with Melinda Walters

Naturally Beautiful

Our beautiful earth provides all the colours we could possibly want in nature. From the rich warm browns and reds of the earth, to greens of the trees and plants, blues, greens and greys of the sky and water and a multitude of colours of flowers and insects, there is so much natural colour to choose from.

Recently the hugely talented husband and wife team, Marcus and Melinda Walters,  shot this amazing bronzed goddess/earth-inspired shoot in a secret Sydney location, using our nature-inspired colour palette.

What was the idea behind the look/shoot?

We wanted to create a bronzed goddess, almost tribal look and chose a model accordingly who had a natural, earthy look with beautiful olive skin. I wanted her to radiate natural beauty and the Ere Perez collection accentuated that perfectly.

The clothing was from my own wardrobe and the jewellery was bits and bobs of vintage pieces that…

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