{The mama life} Here’s a Guide to Better Skincare

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Giving and caring so much for others makes mamas forget that they have to first take care of themselves. When was the last time you pampered yourself with some spa time or a night out with the girlfriends? Chipped fingernails, frizzy lifeless hair and dried out skin shouldn’t be your daily pesky Good Morning! Even with little time and no budget you should be able to afford the beauty care which you deserve. Here are some no-fooling tips to look flawless and with the slightest effort.

No more bad hair days

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It is astonishing how mamas manage to hocus-pocus tasty snacks with basically nothing left in the fridge. They tend to forget though that some very basic beauty care ingredients are right in front of their noses. If your hair is too oily, apply on dry hair a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and grated peel of one lemon. Allow it to set for some 15 minutes and rinse with plenty of water. This hair mask will remove any buildup from hair products and excess oil from your scalp, balance hair´s natural pH levels and even cure dandruff.

In case your hair is frizzy and ruptured go for this moisturising mask. Mix together 1 whole ripe avocado (or banana), 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Apply it on dry hair starting from the hair ends. Let it set for about half an hour and then rinse in the shower.

For extremely damaged hair, try this creamy leave-in conditioner. 2 tsp slightly melted coconut oil, 4 tsp aloe vera gel, and 1 tsp avocado oil mix well together and apply on hair.

To achieve a popular sun-kissed wavy effect, you can also opt for clip in hair extensions.

The second baby face

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Mamas are always there to remind us to put on sunscreen, wash our face and leave that pimples be. But when it comes to looking after their own skin, they are a lot more neglectful. This is especially true of new moms who barely get a shuteye. Still, try to follow a basic skincare routine. Always remove your makeup and clean your face the moment you’re behind the house door. To avoid dark pigmentation spots, wear a sunscreen or stick to an SPF moisturiser. And we can’t stress enough the importance of being moderate. Before going to bed apply a retinol serum on the problematic areas only and leave the rest of your skin to breathe and rejuvenate during sleep. Our skin can endure only so many products. It is best if these are light concoctions made of organic ingredients. For this reason, and to effectively beat tiredness and waning youth, go for natural and nutritious products. You’ll never go back to your old skin care routine.

Warrior pose

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Just like with using only selected quality products which will repair rather than leave more damage, you should also care more for your whole body and well being. So, no smoking, moderate drinking, and if possible, avoid eating fast food on the go. Most of these are coping mechanisms for the times we are fighting stress and anxiety. Include daily workouts in your routine and remember to stay hydrated. There are many apps to help you stay on track with this. Register for a yoga and meditation class. This way you’ll relax, tone your body and meet new friends.

Where is your lunch box?

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Your body cannot function properly without a healthy and balanced diet. This is what kids hear on a daily basis, but parents forget to take proper care of their own well being. How often did you hear yourself say, I’ll eat later or what’s left, Don’t worry about me, I’ll get something outside. Even if your family is devoted wholeheartedly to a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

One excellent cheat sheet is to cook a couple of days ahead. Make some yummy quinoa salad with vegetables or dried fruits and nuts. It’s packed with protein, fibres and vitamins. Check store-bought food for too much added sugar. Keep your plate jazzy and colourful.

Day in day out, try to kick out one bad habit and embrace positive change.

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{Locally Found} Lip Lab Lovin’

Without a doubt the best thing about living in the country is the fresh air, the worse thing is the fact that we don’t always get to experience exciting, new innovations like those that live in the big smoke.

Thank goodness the team at Macquarie Medi Spa has now answered our prayers and bought out west The Lip Lab. makeup

The Lip Lab is an exciting innovation that lets you customise your very own lipstick. That’s right, you choose the exact personalised colour that you like.

You meet with one of your colour consultants (I was lucky enough to meet the gorgeous Andrea) and she helps you choose your colour, mix the necessary ingredients and voilà you have your very own lippy.

I love the fact that you even get to name it yourself, let me introduce you to Sloane – my very own lipstick. sloane

Now, take my word for it when I say this lippy lasts! I applied it at 9am and it was still going great guns after lunch and onto dinner. I hate lipsticks that need to be applied every 20 minutes and these do not need to be! WINNING!

Plus, I can ring Macquarie Medi Spa and ask them to whip me up another ‘Sloane’ at anytime, which is entirely fantastic considering I can never remember the type of lippy I like!

The great idea behind the launch of The Lip Lab in Orange is that it is a great solution for girly catch ups, bridal showers or hen’s nights. I really recommend grabbing a group of gal pals and contacting Karla and the team on 02 6324 5552 today group

CONTACT | The Lip Lab – Macquarie Medi Spa | 102 Byng Street, Orange | 02 6324 5552 |

p.s If you pop over to our Facebook page you can see a video of me making ‘Sloane’. Enjoy x

 

{Life Hack Friday} Dutch Braid Ponytail

I LOVE good hair. Especially good hair that looks complicated, but in reality isn’t too much harder than identifying which Kardashian likes a good camera angle.

We stumbled across this fabulous little how-to from the gorgeous team at Barefoot Blonde dutch11

Twist. Plait. Tie. Done!

You can find details here -> Dutch Braid Ponytail How-to

Happy hair days Nesters x

{The Nest How-To) Beautify yourself DIY style

In an absolutely perfect world I would have unlimited money, endless sleep and infinite beauty supplies.

In reality, I have like 14 bucks, perhaps two hours sleep last night and a mascara that I am pretty sure expired in 2013.

So when I stumble across something almost luxurious that is relaxing, doesn’t cost a maserati and does not take a brain surgeon degree to create then I jump for joy.

Here we have discovered a DIY Homemade Rose Body Scrub Recipe WOO! scrub

This is perfect to make this weekend.

Plus, what a fantastic gift idea!

Happy creating (and ultimate relaxing) Nesters!

 

{Life Hack Friday} Quick hair to get you there..

Some days I manage to have the luxury of time and can have a shower, blow dry my hair, put in a treatment and then utilise the full abilities of the GHD.

Then there are other days…

Days where I have exactly 1 minute 42 seconds to get my hair looking, meh, well, presentable.

Enter 10 Hair Styles You Can Literally Create in 10 Seconds.

Thanks Marie Claire you rock!quick hair guide

They are swift, manageable and totally doable.

Happy hair days Nesters x

{The Nest Beauty} New hair do care

Is your head itching for a change (and no babe, we ain’t talkin nit itchy!)

Sometimes you just need a new look. Something a bit different.

Here The Zoe Report has complied the best hair looks for 2015. hair

You’re welcome.

Happy hair days nesters x

 

 

{The Nest Beauty} Short hair don’t care.. well, actually it does..

Are you thinking about getting the chop?

Here is the wonderfully stylish Lauren Conrad’s take on short hair (including her favourite tools) for Cupcakes and Cashmerelaurenconrad

Trust me, from someone with short(ish) hair, her tool tips are the bomb!

Happy hair days Nesters x