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Pretty Shady 2014

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Did you know 2 in 3 of your friends will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives? I may count as one of those but who will the other be? With some easy precautions you can reduce the likelihood of it happening to you and your friends.

I’m always telling you about the importance of using sunscreen but today I’m sharing with you why I’m so passionate about sun protection. I was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 22 years old, and I hope that my story of skin cancer can help you prevent having one of your own.  Continue Reading

Lip Beauty Spot Pre-Op 4

Since I was a child I’ve had a beauty spot on my lip. Some call it a freckle, some a sun spot, some people (a lot of people!) even thought I just liked to chew on pens …. whatever you call it doesn’t matter, the fact is it was growing and spreading. It had been monitored all my life by dentists, GP’s and dermatologists and even though all of them said I had nothing to be concerned about, it still worried me about how often it was changing. From past experience I had learnt that just because a doctor says something doesn’t look like cancer doesn’t make it so. I didn’t want to run that risk any longer.

On Thursday I had my wisdom teeth out and I decided at the same time I would like my beauty spot removed. If you follow me on social media you probably would have seen some before shots but I wanted to update you quickly on how it’s going. The surgeon underestimated how big and deep the spot was. Not to be a pessimist but I always knew this spot was more trouble than it looked.  Continue Reading

MoleMap Dice

Did you know that I’ve previously had skin cancer? It’s a story I have spoken about on a few occasions so catch up here if you haven’t read it. It’s one of the key reasons I write about sun protection as much as I do (the other being it helps prevent aging). The thing is, even though I’m very strict about protecting my skin I’m rather lazy when it comes to checking my skin. The truth is … I actually haven’t had a skin check since the cancer was removed. Bad, I know!

Until Friday 31 January 2014, leading Australian sunscreen company Invisible Zinc are giving away 400 full body skin checks with MoleMap by Dermatologists, the world’s most thorough and trusted spot detection program. I was invited along to try the service and having done so I now regret not having my skin checked sooner. 

I’m going to share with you my experience with MoleMap by Dermatologists and why I feel it’s an incredible service, but before I do, go register to win your own at Invisible Zinc. Continue Reading

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the globe. It almost seems silly that it still includes the word “Awareness” because I don’t think there is any other cancer more publicised, more known to people, than breast cancer. I can’t speak for every nation but in Australia we have year round campaigns for breast cancer. Our radio stations go so far as to remind us to check for lumps on the first day of each month. Frankly, you can’t escape being aware of Breast Cancer. I have been a long-time supporter of all BCA/Pink Ribbon efforts but this year I have been starting to really look into where the money goes and I have to say, I have a bone to pick.

Have you heard of pink-washing? I had only just heard this term within the past few months but it has been something that has been present for many years. A Girl’s Gotta Spa wrote this compelling post back in 2009 and it really set a lightbulb off for me when I read it recently. Before we get into it, let’s understand what pink-washing is.  Continue Reading

Look Good Feel Better Social Post

Next week, September 8 to 14, is officially Dream Week. Sounds like a good week to me. Sleep in, lovely dreams …. well, it isn’t quite that. Dream Week is an initiative run by Look Good Feel Better to help raise awareness for the work they do to help people fighting cancer to look and feel their best. It is obvious why this is a cause close to my heart; my own personal motto is that looking and feeling good go hand-in-hand, one is achieved easily with the other. Supporting Dream Week is something I am only too happy to do.

My mother has been going through the ups and downs (mostly downs) of cancer for 5+years. She was lucky to attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop during one of her rounds of treatment and it really helped her in a time of need. I witnessed first hand how Look Good Feel Better brightened up a cancer patient, and since that experience I have been privileged to witness their work on other occasions. Despite the best attempts of everyone at LGFB, they are unable to run their free workshops in every hospital for every patient. However, this year they have a brilliant plan to reach the needy who can’t make it to a workshop and I am calling on all of you to help get it off the ground.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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