For those of you who know me in real life or have been following my blog for a little while you will know about the joys of my skin and the ups and downs it goes through, I’m sure I’m not alone with this, we all have our struggles with skincare. Recently there have been a few products that have been my skins new best friends, so I really wanted to share them with you!
First up, we have good old tea tree oil, this one as shown below, is by Thursday Plantation and is readily available, I got mine from a local supermarket for under AU$10. I apply it to pimples both risen and under the skin and I’ve noticed over night results. I recently spent some spare time picking at my face (don’t judge…I thought there was something under there that needed to come out, but I was wrong) and I was left with a unpleasant open wound, I swear to myself everytime that I’m not going to pick at my face ever again but for some reason I haven’t been able to stick to this. Anyway, I applied a tiny bit of tea tree oil on it before going to bed and when I woke up it hadn’t taken away the wound completely but it definitely closed the wound a little, and made it less visible. Highly recommend keeping a bottle like this in the house at all times.
Next up, we have this essence lotion by Clinique. I have a few different products on rotation that I put on my skin before bed, but I’ve noticed that when I use this one, I wake up with my skin feeling so smooth and it also helps those self inflicted open wounds I mentioned earlier. I purchased this particular one while on holiday in Singapore and I noticed that on the back it says that it’s formulated for Asian skin, so I’m interested to know how it works for those who don’t have Asian skin. Comment below if you’ve tried the non-Asian version!
And last but not least we have; Scytera. So this product was actually sent to me to review, and when they contacted me they mentioned that they have a product for me to try that helps with the treatment of psoriasis, they didn’t know this but coincidentally enough I actually unfortunately do suffer from this condition on my scalp. So I jumped at the offer to try it, I’ve tried so many shampoos, oils etc and nothing has helped.
Firstly, I loved the message behind the product, on the information sheet, they mentioned the connection between such skin conditions and mental health issuse such as depression. Having psoriasis myself, I know the struggle, for me because it’s on my scalp I find that I can hide it by wearing my hair down. But for those people who have it on open areas, I can only imagine how frustrating and damaging it can be. So, Scytera consists of 2% coal tar which is known to be a dermatological treatment in small doses. The product is easy to use with its pump design and the foam that comes out is a pale yellow colour and really easy to apply. I spray a small amount onto my fingers and then massage it into my scalp, it has a slight medicinal scent but nothing major that I would be embarrassed to go out of the house. Just knowing how annoying it is to live with, it’s so nice to have a product that actually works! Thank you Scytera! For those of you interested in trying it out, it looks like it’s available at National Pharmacies.
Thanks for reading, comment below with your current miracle products!
‘GOOD stories get read, then get archived or used once, but more than likely they often get forgotten about…GREAT stories last a lifetime- any story, even an event, no matter how big or small should always take your guests on a journey’.
- What made you decide to start your own business?
I studied a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Human Resources at University for 4 years, and studied an Executive Certificate in Event Management.
I then established myself in the financial industry in a global role for 6 years, which is where I realised my passion and enthusiasm for event management. I have managed complex logistical events spanning both the international and domestic market, across a variety of industries, which have showcased my superior event management skills and professional execution of events.
She Means Business Events (SMBE ~ officially launching in May 2017) was born from my desire to spend more time in South Australia, and my passion and love of bringing people together in the one space and creating memories!
I have a keen eye for detail, complemented with perfectionism, which ensures a uniquely created SMBE event. SMBE adds a modern and trendy spin on events for both our corporate and private clients which are flawlessly executed.
2. What/Who inspires you in life and work?
I have to admit I find it very hard to answer this question. Inspiration is stimulation for the human mind to learn, create, achieve, and to give. I believe that all great accomplishments are a result of motivation, encouragement and are spawned by inspiration.
So, what inspires me to be successful, and why am I inspired? For some time, I’ve been following inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, and business movers-and-shakers, and I’m still awed and amazed at how much there is out in the world to be inspired by! I’m happy to say that I am now constantly inspired by men and women who are 100 steps ahead of me, doing what I long to, in the way I long to do it, with authenticity, clarity, grace and power.
I am fortunate enough that I have been inspired and mentored by some wonderful people both domestically and internationally, the most influential and inspiring motto coming from my Adelaide based mentor which SMBE currently lives by…
“Bite off more than you can chew, and then chew like buggery!”
3. How do you find the work/life balance and your Top 3 tips for balancing life and work?
If you’ve been sitting at your desk reading about SMBE, daydreaming about the glamorous life of owning your own events company, it’s time to wake up! Starting up any business can be brutal in this socioeconomic climate and to be successful you have to face reality – hard work, long days (and nights), and a whole lot of coffee and networking!
It’s not all doom and gloom though, once you’ve taken the leap and decided to start! Here are a few of my tips for managing and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
- Step away from the email
At some point, almost everyone becomes addicted! For me, it started when I starting working for a global company. I wanted to be available 24/7 to my team who were located in multiple locations around the world. My ‘new email’ alert would constantly sound throughout the day/night and my Inbox began to control my life. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine would confiscate my phone during our catch ups, that I truly realised that I was in fact an addict, and how much I was missing out on around me,
Would you believe that scientists have actually established a clear link between spending time on email and stress? In other words, the more frequently we check our email, the more frazzled we feel!
- Just say ‘NO’!
In today’s fast-paced and caffeine-driven world, it seems like the need to say no is absent in most people. You can’t say no because you feel guilty, or people will judge you.
I understand your situation completely. Confession time? I used to say yes, all the time too because the thought of saying no literally crippled me.
Now, though, I regret the times when I failed to say no! Let’s face it saying yes to everyone is stressful, and it’s definitely not good for your mental, physical and spiritual health!
- Work smarter, not harder
There is a body of opinion that you should work more and sleep less. It often takes Margaret Thatcher as a role model: she only needed four hours sleep and look what she did to the country! These days they call it sleep hacking- training your mind and body to need less sleep. But that trend is all wrong!
Essentially, working smart means figuring out what your strengths are and building a network around you to build upon those, in order to reach goals in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
The more self-awareness you gain about your work strengths the more you find ways to work smarter, not harder and finally achieve the work /life balance you desire.
A while ago I was sent a range of skincare products to try out, if you’ve read some of my previous beauty posts, you’ll know how I have struggled with my skin and the up’s and down’s (mostly downs) I’ve gone through with trying to make it better. When I was asked if I would like to try these products I said I would be happy to try them out because I am open to trying anything (well mostly anything).
I’ve been using these products for a couple of months now and I think it’s fair to say that I have been enjoying them and the results they have given my skin. So the products I am talking about are called Tonic, the range includes facial cleansers, exfoliants, moisturisers, night creams, eye creams, serums and more. With a name like Tonic, they are bound to be filled with some ‘good for you’ ingredients right? Yes! They sure are, some of their ingredients include avocado oil, bentonite, macadamia nut oil, witch hazel extract, rosehip oil, lactic acid, ribose and more. Also, all of their ingredients are certified organic and all products are made in Australia.
Since I’ve been using these products I have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of breakouts I get, they have honestly reduced to next to nothing, which is so amazing to me, I actually can’t believe it! In terms of using them on a daily basis, they are easy to use and apply, I use the facial cleanser and moisturiser every day and the exfoliant every couple days, I find the exfoliator quite rough so I mix a little in with the cleanser and then it feels comfortable on my skin. The only downfall for me is that the pump on my moisturiser feel apart, but it’s still useable and if the only problems with a product is the packaging, then it’s still a winner.
I highly recommend that you check out some products from Tonic, if you want to try them out first before buying, Essential Beauty offer facials where they use the Tonic products, so it’s a great opportunity to try the products plus have a nice pamper sesh!
I was recently sent this beautiful box filled with some amazing treats, which I just have to share with you all, and I get to literally share them with you because they have given me one to give-away
(See @thegraciouslife in Instrgram for details).
So firstly what is the box about, well it’s according to Sin-Care “an exclusive, limited edition, Beauty Box. This box brings you only the best of our favourite brands, delivering not only on luxury but also ticking the boxes for being body, mind and soul conscious. Beautifully packaged and in a gorgeous box delivered right to your front door. What makes this box so unique is that it features only full sized products, not a mini or a sample in sight! Hallelujah!
We have selected brands such as, Vegan Luxury a brand for not just our Bunny loving friends, their makeup brushes are absolutely divine and in this box you get 5 of them! They also give you 4 full sized nail polishes and a top coat. The Nail polishes are a 5 free* product, effective and better for us!
One of the most exciting parts of this box is brought to you by Sin-Care. Now the lovely people at Sin-Care’s Headquarters are giving you a personal choice of 1 out of 8 Sin-Care Serums. These gorgeous serums come in an Italian glass bottle that can be recycled when you’re finished. What is unique about the serum is it is targeted at treating our lifestyle aging factors, such as sun, sleep deprivation (try not and yawn at just the thought of all the missed sleep over the years .. eek) smoking, pollution. Have a look at the full selection. Added to this they are also adding in a gorgeous white waffle spa robe with a matching set of waffle slippers (Sin-Care and Conscious Luxury).”
If you like the sound of that feel free to enter the giveaway I’m running on The Gracious Life Instagram and Facebook, otherwise I have a discount code for you so you can get 10% off! Just enter in the code ‘ConsciousBeauty’ when checking out.
How to order:
1. Visit www.sincare.com.au and select SHOP
2. select you Sin-Care Serum
3. Select your Sin-Care Spa Waffle Robe size (M or XL)
4. Checkout using discount code ‘ConsciousBeauty’
I recently got to live the Lush life for one evening at the relaunch of the new Lush store in Rundle Mall…which I must mention is the biggest Lush store in Australia!
Do you want to know where to go, to get a great facial that actually helps the overall health of your skin?
Well the place to go is Essential Beauty.
Essential Beauty recently invited me to try out one or their beauty treatments, when I first received the invitation I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to accept it, because when I think of Essential Beauty, the only thing that came to mind were the pictures of scary piercings I see when walking past their stores. Before accepting, I went on their website and had a look at their menu of treatments available and saw that they offer a range of facials….so I thought I’d try one of them out.
I went for the asap Antioxidant Facial, when you go on their website and click on the facials available they provide an outline of the steps that go into the facial, so you can go in knowing exactly what to expect….which is great, because its important to know what’s going on your skin. The asap Antioxidant Facial follows the following steps:
- Remove any eye make-up with asap gentle eye make-up remover
- Cleanse with asap daily facial cleanser
- Apply asap AHA / BHA exfoliating treatment mask and leave for up to 20 minutes
- Remove your mask using asap daily exfoliating facial scrub
- Lather on asap gentle cleansing gel and rinse it off
- Apply and infuse asap super C serum then massage it in
- Apply and infuse asap super A serum then massage it in
- Apply and infuse asap soothing gel then massage it in
- Apply a thick layer of asap advanced hydrating moisturiser
- After 5 minutes, massage your face with damp hands
- Apply asap advanced eye repair + and lightly massage
It’s no secret that Lush is a favourite amongst many. It’s the perfect place to go when it’s time to pamper yourself because there are so many luxurious treats which are also affordable.
Until a couple of weeks ago, we only had one Adelaide store in Rundle Mall, but I’m so excited to announce that we now have another; located at Westfield Marion. I recently attended a blogger event to check out the store and all the beautiful things inside, they did not disappoint!
We were treated to hand massages using Lush massage bars, product making demonstrations (we were shown the making of the Lush cleanser ‘Angels on bare skin’ and much more.
I love that Lush are completely ethical, all ingredients are sourced ethically, they make sure that no animal testing occurs at any time in the process of making a product and all products are made fresh in Australia. Not only are the products amazing but the staff in store are all very helpful and knowledgeable about the products, so you can walk in there, tell them a bit about what you’re looking for and they will make sure that you leave with the right products for you.
What more could you ask for!
At the event I was treated to a hand massage using one of the very cool massage bars. They come in all different shapes and scents. They would make such a cute gift as well. I was also looking for a face mask so I had two tried on the backs of my hands and after hearing all about them and getting everyone to feel the difference the two had on my hands, I went with ‘Love Lettuce’, which I’m so happy with, and for only $13.95, it’s so affordable for a product that actually works.
Here are some photos from the event, let me know what you end up choosing after your next visit to Lush.