Mecca has teamed up with 7 Australian artists to celebrate beauty as an art form. They've been invited to interpret different aspects of colour, such as nails, bronzer or lipstick using their own unique style. Considering that vibrant hues are such a focus for Spring/Summer, both in fashion and beauty, the timing is perfect. I loved the window displays in Myer Melbourne and Sydney, so bright and gorgeous. I am completely in love with Rowena Martinich’s piece; I want this for my office wall!
Wei and Emma Hardy products
A friend of mine works for Space NK in London and whenever I visit, I stay with him and his partner - together they are affectionately known as ‘My London Husbands’. When I do, my friend leaves a whole heap of goodies on my bed, kind of like the mint you get in a hotel, but it's beauty products that are placed gently on to my pillow. Instead of enjoying a pre-sleep mint, I enjoy an eye cream and drift off knowing that this little wonder is working on my crow’s feet! Said friend is about leave London to live in Australia, and while I’m thrilled to have him here, I'll miss all of the amazing products he was so kind to share with me over there.
Mikele (that’s his name) introduced me to so many wonderful brands. Clarisonic, (God, how I love my Clarisonic), Elemental Herbology, Chantecaille (they harvest their own roses to scent their products), Emma Hardy and Wei. Wei have these amazing little eye masks that have been a must for me this week. It seems that all of my gallivanting around in the past few weeks has caught up to me and I have a bit of a cold, so I’m not looking so fab. My Emma Hardy Natural Lift Moringa Cleansing Balm has been a saviour for my skin; you massage in the balm and employ her massage technique to help lift and firm the skin.
This is why I dedicate my life to the beauty industry. I can wake up feeling like death is knocking at my door, and looking as if I have been dragged backwards through a hedge, but with a little skincare, BB cream, mascara and lip gloss, I look human again.
Football (No, seriously).
You wouldn’t think that ladies who work for a beauty company would be that interested in football, but today we had a 20 minute conversation about football and the grand final over our weekly lunch date. I know, I’m as shocked as you! Turns out Lauren loves a grand final, and is dreaming up salad recipes to serve to her guests tomorrow, Bridget can quote footie statistics and Maddie knows the goss on what the players get up to at the end of season. Hugh, our token bloke, is not the slightest bit interested in footie so was the only one with nothing to add! The only reason I will be watching is I’m going to a lunch hosted by 6 gay men, so it will be more about drinking wine and looking at men in shorts than any interest in the actual sport!
Genevieve Vivi O’Cleary has rosacea and asked for some suggestions to manage it.
Genevieve, the skin is the largest organ in the body and as such reflects what is going on inside. More often than not, skin problems are a reflection of the body not being in balance. For Rosacea, it is a case not having the right alkaline/acidic balance, so eating the right foods and avoiding those that are too acidic, along with looking after your skin can help you manage your Rosacea.
A good place to start is by increasing the amount of alkaline foods you eat and reducing the amount of acidic foods you eat. For example, did you know that dairy foods are on the acidic food list and Apple Cider Vinegar is on the alkaline list? There are lots of resources on the internet that will give you a chart showing what is alkaline and what is acidic, look them up, you will be surprised. I would also suggest keeping a diary, this way you can see if things such as spicy foods, alcohol, or exposure to sunlight trigger your Rosacea; as it differs for everyone, it is about finding what triggers yours. An ex boyfriend of mine suffered from it and couldn’t eat tomatoes, lemon or eggplant, nor dink wine as this triggered his rosacea (it played havoc with my dinner menus!)
Keep your skincare simple; use a gentle cleanser and a light soothing moisturiser, look out for products with rosehip oil, as it has been shown to help improve the appearance of rosacea. If you do want to wear makeup, use a mineral foundation as it is non irritating.
Do you love Mecca Cosmetics brands? Which one is your fave? Will you be watching the AFL grand final tomorrow? And don't forget - ask Sam you beauty question, and the knowledge you need could be posted right here next week!