Can’t live without! Makeup & Beauty Essentials. Are they yours?

We all have our favourite products, magic little items that we couldn’t do without. I’ve listed my top ‘if-this-stops-being-produced-I’ll-never-survive’ products below. All products I use are cruelty-free, non-animal tested and sourced from ethical companies. Are any of my essentials the same as yours?

1. Lucas Papaw Ointment 

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Such a simple little product but it’s the rock in my day to day routine. I use it on my lips every morning before I do my makeup, it creates the perfect smooth lip base whilst hydrating and nourishing. I haven’t had a single chap, crack or dry lip experience in more than 8 years and it’s all thanks to this wonderful ointment. I first got acquainted with this product when I was a little kid. I got stung by a hornet dozens of times because I was trying to rescue the spider it was attacking (FYI: I love spiders!) and my beautiful Nanna got out her tub of Lucas’ Papaw ointment and smothered me in it. All the swelling and pain went away within hours. Ever since then I’ve used it for everything. Got a cut? I’ll get the papaw. Grazed yourself? Have some papaw. Burnt your face with your hair straightener? Better slap some papaw on it. I use it everyday for my lips, and sometimes I mix a bit of pinkish colour pigment with it turn it into a soft lip-gloss. If you get flakey skin rub some of this in before you do your foundation. If your boyfriend cuts himself shaving, put a dollop of this on the cut to stop bleeding AND stop a great big scab from forming.

2. Body Spritz International Crystal Wash

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Here I am rubbing the product against my face,  that’s how much I love it. Ever since purchasing this at the end of last year I have had, hands-down, the BEST skin. The sort of skin I would dream of. I use a teeny drop of this to wash my face, it removes every last trace of makeup and never leaves my skin feeling tight, dry or uncomfortable. *Click Here* to watch my skincare products video and read my recipe for the perfect face scrub you can make at home (out of 2 ingredients!, no mess, no fuss, just amazing skin). This crystal wash is soap-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which makes it amazing for those of you who are blemish prone, this bad boy is perfect for all skin types and conditions (even utlra-sensitive, or super dry and red). Get your mitts on some! I use it all over my body, not just my face for glowing, even toned skin from head to toe.

 

 

3. Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

Image taken from Eye of Horus, click to be taken through to their website

Image taken from Eye of Horus, click to be taken through to their website

Do you hate mascara shopping? Sick of searching for the ultimate mascara? Does your mascara flake? Run Smudge? Leave little black specks under your eyes? Rip your eyelashes off when you try to remove it? Clump? Leave your lashes brittle? Well, let me introduce you to the holy-grail of mascaras! I’d heard a lot about Eye of Horus, I thought the reviews were too good to be true. Aside from being touted as one of the best mascara’s in existence, all Eye of Horus products are paraben-free, cruelty-free and non-animal tested. After using this mascara for one week my lashes were thicker than they’ve ever been. I’ve been using this mascara everyday for at least 2 months now and I’m never touching another mascara again… Unless it’s made by Eye of Horus. Click *here* and *here* to see my reviews on their gorgeous products and have a little look at the mascara in action. Try Eye of Horus out for yourself and receive 15% off your total order when you use the code “Review” at checkout *click here to be taken to their online store with FREE shipping*

Can’t half tell I’m head over heels for this product, it’s not remotely obvious… The Eye of Horus pencil sharpener is a bit of a star too, you know how some makeup pencils are just that bit too big, or bit too small to be sharpened properly? Well this sharpener is magic because there’s not a pencil too large, or too thin, it can’t sharpen to perfection.

4. Daddy O Shampoo by Lush

Image taken from Lush website, click to be taken through to their store

Image taken from Lush website, click to be taken through to their store

If you have blonde hair, whether it’s natural, highlighted or bleached all over, you might want to give Lush’s Daddy O shampoo a whirl. I decided to try this on a whim, I was in the market for a new shampoo for blondes (that met my cruelty-free, ethical criteria) and Lush was having a sale so I bought a bottle. This tones your hair, won’t leave it blue and, unlike most silver shampoos, doesn’t dry your hair out! It’s also called ‘Daddy O’, I mean, the name alone is a good enough reason to try it. I won’t be without this shampoo now, it’s the holy grail of blonde shampoos and will leave your mane beautifully toned. Say good-bye to brassy, dull blonde tones and hello to white, glossy, glorious hair!

5. Sukin Organic Pure Cold-Pressed Rose-hip Oil

Image from Sukin Organics site. Click to be taken through to their online store

Image from Sukin Organics site. Click to be taken through to their online store

Every night I wash my face, dry face brush then apply a layer of Sukin’s Rose-hip oil all over my face, neck and chest. It doesn’t matter if you’re extremely oily or extremely dry, this oil is going to do wonders for your skin. Any pure, organic rose-hip oil will do, I use Sukin because it’s the most readily available where I live. Make sure you check the ingredients list when you’re buying rose-hip oil, the only ingredient you want to see is pure organic cold-pressed rose-hip oil. If you see jojoba or any other oils in there, don’t buy it! I’d be bummed out of existence if I couldn’t get my hands on pure rose-hip oil. Not only is this stuff affordable but it gives skin the most amazing glow. Try it for yourself and let me know how you go!

6. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Image taken from Illamasqua. Click to go to their website

Image taken from Illamasqua. Click to go to their website

How many ways can one little human love a foundation? A zillion. That’s how many. It’s hard to explain just how amazing this foundation is. You really need to try it, so if you’re near an Illamasqua counter go and get yourself a sample! It imparts a medium coverage that can be blended out to sheer or built up to full, whichever way you choose to wear it, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve never achieved such a flawless finish with no effort until I started using this foundation. I’m a bit of a shocker when it comes to foundation, I’ll buys something, like it for a few days, realise I don’t like it, buy something else, and the cycle continues. I bought this, I haven’t bought anything else for months and months, I’ll repurchase this when I run out! Perfect for all skin types and conditions, I was most impressed with the vast array of different shades this foundation comes in, there is definately a match for everyone. To see this foundation in action (along with Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil) in my ‘How I apply foundation’ tutorial, *click here*.

7. Pilates by Lisa Online Studio

Click to go straight to Pilates by Lisa's website

Click to go straight to Pilates by Lisa’s website

Where do I start? I’ve been DREAMING of the day Lisa would start her online studio! She’s my dearest friend and the sweetest of all sweethearts. This online studio is something else, it’s only just started and she’s got 40 workouts up with 2 new workouts released each week. It ranges from classic Pilates all the way to Pilates with weights, resistance bands and magic circles. Each exercise can be adjusted to suit your individual fitness level and physical ability so there are no excuses not to try! Seriously, she’s only charging $25 a month for full access, that’s less than the cost of one Pilates class! I’m addicted, I’ve got a whole new wave of motivation and my obliques are starting to look pretty nice. Looking after yourself and moving is the most essential aspect to beauty, there’s no better way to do it than with Lisa, just look at the girl!

Do you have any of the products I mentioned? Let me know if you give any of these a try and what you think. Join me on Facebook and YouTube for more cruelty-free makeup and beauty goodness, I would love that!

Peace & Love

Veruska xox

Skincare Routine. Banish your Skin Problems for Good!

I’ve just released this skincare routine video on my YouTube channel. I like to use natural, toxin-free skin care as much as possible. The products featured in this video are perfect for all skin types and conditions as they help to normalise and restore balance and harmony to all complexions. Whether you’re worried about fine lines, extremely oily or blemish prone, sensitive or dry and flakey, these products will suit you and help you achieve a radiant, glowing, even complexion.

I talk about a bicarb scrub in this video, it’s a gem of a scrub and I’ve never used anything quite as effective. Perfect for all skin types, here’s how you make it:

Equal parts Bicarb & Crystal wash for the ultimate face & body scrub!

Equal parts Bicarb & Crystal wash for the ultimate face & body scrub!

Mix equal parts bicarb soda and Crystal wash (or any water-based wash). Say 1/2 teaspoon of each. Done! Use it once or twice a week for clear, even skin. Perfect for all over your body as well.

Products featured in this video are:

Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip-Oil and Facial Moisturiser.

Body Spritz International Crystal Wash.

Illamasqua‘s Hydra-Veil Rehydrating Gel.

Invsible Zinc ESP Environmental Skin Protector.

AJ’s Body Care body cream in ‘Happy Hippy’. I love their products, they smell amazing and are all natural and handmade.

Thank you for watching! Remember to keep in touch with me on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.

Peace & Love

Veruska

xox

Delinquent beauty blogger come nurse

Dearest everybody, I apologise for the lack of posts (other than my tutorials) of late, I’m in the middle of my very last and fairly intense hospital placement (I’m almost finished studying nursing, I can’t believe how fast the time flew), I also work on weekends. Alas, the next 4 weeks will be quiet on all but the beauty front, I promise at least 3 beauty videos a week and once my placement is done and dusted I’ll get back into the exercise and sugar-free side of things. Now, I’m about to post another video tutorial!

Peace & Love

Veruska

xox

One Man Beauty Band

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

One man band. Blue Mountains. NSW. Australia.

I dig this photo and wanted to share it with you. Camcorder and ipad, all the fancy gadgets atop an ancient and beautiful cliff-face looking out across the Blue Mountains.

I’ll be releasing an exciting makeup tutorial next week, I can’t wait to share it! Click *here* to stay tuned.

Peace & Love to all of you gorgeous creatures.

xox

 

Tighten up Tuesday… Or Pilates obsessed Tuesday, you decide!

Hello! It’s Tuesday, which means I post something exercise, health and movement related. It’s important to really  look at the reasons behind why we actively seek out and perform exercises. If we understand why we do it, we can make sure we only do what we love. Does that make sense? For me it’s purely the joy of moving, I don’t like impact or any jolting so I never run other than the occasional sprint. Think of why you exercise, is it because you feel refreshed afterwards? Do you like the time to yourself? I am terribly in love with Pilates, aside from giving you beautiful posture, an awareness of how your body moves and glowing skin, Pilates is an excellent stress reliever. You feel nourished after you do Pilates, not exhausted. Here are two videos demonstrating some very effective moves by my gorgeous friend Lisa, an amazing Pilates instructor and a top human being! These moves can be adjusted to suit your individual level of fitness and flexibility so there’s no excuse not to give them a try! Lisa also has full-length downloadable workouts and DVDs that you can purchase as well as gorgeous Pilates accessories, click *here* to have a peek!

Let me know if you give these videos a try!

xoxox

Why Tuesdays are the most toned day of the week.

Every Tuesday on this blog will be dedicated to all things health and exercise! Today I’m keeping it simple and sharing two of my favourite Pilates moves. The gorgeous Lisa from ‘Pilates by Lisa’ has an excellent range of short YouTube workouts as well as full length downloadables and DVD’s that you can purchase from her site by clicking *here*. All her exercises can be adjusted to suit your individual level of fitness so there is absolutely no excuse not to give them a whirl! I’m a big fan of Pilates, aside from being one of the quickest ways to build strength and tone your entire body it’s also a sure-fire way to get your skin glowing and radiant. Pilates get’s your lymphatic system moving and helps flush skin-dulling toxins out of your body. Let me know if you tried these exercises and what you think!

 

 

Peace & Love

Veruska

xox

Why I don’t eat sugar, an interview with Lisa

http://www.pilatesbylisa.com.au/sugar-free-eating-interview-why-life-is-so-much-sweeter/

Click the above link to read an interview I did on why I don’t eat sugar and have never been happier! The absolutely gorgeous Lisa, from Pilates By Lisa, interviewed me. Lisa is unbelievably talented and her pilates are amazing! I’ve never been so toned in my life and I owe it all to her. Below is a link to her page. She has brilliant downloadable workouts and DVDs for those of you who aren’t in the Gold Coast area and can’t physically make it to a class.

http://www.pilatesbylisa.com.au/

I hope you enjoy the interview!
Peace & Love
xox