Beauty/Treatments, Health, Recipes

guest post: homemade coffee and vanilla body scrub

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Contributed by Kirstie Muttitt

As I’m trying to make my diet simpler, less processed foods, less chemicals, more cooking from scratch, I am wanting to make other areas in my life simpler too – including skin and haircare. This is an area that I’ve always loved spending money on! Seriously, leave me in a chemist or department store and I was happy for hours. But I gave no thought to what chemicals I might be putting onto my body and what effect this might have on me.

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Beauty/Treatments, Reviews

spa review: the ‘cocoon’ at endota spa, crows nest

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I was kindly given an Endota Spa voucher for a treatment aptly named the ‘cocoon’ as it perfectly describes the transition phase I’m going through right now.

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Alternative Therapies, Beauty/Treatments, Health, Healthy holidays/destinations, Reviews

the farm at san benito, philippines

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

The Farm is like one big nursery for adults: you’re nourished with good food, nurtured and pampered like a baby, massaged in coconut oil from head to toe, and by the end of it, you feel as if you’ve just had five days’ worth of Sundays.

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Beauty/Treatments

my natural beauty essentials

Image via Rena Phuah

Image via Rena Phuah

Contributed by Rena Phuah

Ever since I was a teenager, I have been obsessed with makeup and beauty. Partly because of my acne-ridden teenage years, I’ve been on a quest for products to attain the flawless and airbrushed look of the girls in magazines. I have spent countless hours in drugstores trying out different foundations and lip-glosses (late 90s and early 2000s are all about lip-glosses) and splurged on MAC products every time I received pocket money from my parents or from cash earned from part-time jobs in college.

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Beauty/Treatments, Health, Healthy holidays/destinations

i’m off on a wellness holiday!

Image via The Farm

Image via The Farm

I’m going back to the Philippines (my birth country and second home) for two weeks. I’m staying at a holistic spa resort called The Farm and then making the most of the summer for the rest of the time I’ll be there.

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Beauty/Treatments, Nutrition

foods for gorgeous skin: lee holmes’ top picks

Picture of health: Wholefoods chef and author of Eat Yourself Beautiful, Lee Holmes

Picture of health: Wholefoods chef and author of Eat Yourself Beautiful, Lee Holmes

For the longest time I had cystic acne. To paint a bit of a picture, my face had large inflamed red bumps that you couldn’t just squeeze like a pimple. They ran deep into the skin and were extremely painful.

Like many acne sufferers, it was a socially crippling experience and I took extreme measures to try and fix it. I spent a lot of money on cleansers, facial scrubs and oil-free moisturisers that claimed to clear up my skin. I also endured regular facials that involved tear-jerking extractions.

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