Product-reviews

How To Make the Switch to Natural Skincare

Thinking of ditching the nasties and switching to natural skincare? There are so many natural beauty products out there, it can often be intimidating finding the right natural and organic products for you. Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty site Nourished Life, shares her 5 natural beauty tips to have you glowing in no time.

 1. Start multi-tasking
Find one great, all natural multi-tasking product to replace 3-4 of your old products. I love the Egyptian Magic all-purpose skin cream, the 100% Pure Lip & Cheek tints and La Mav Organic SPF 15 BB Cream.  This is a great way to not only update your skincare routine, but it will also de-clutter your beauty drawer.

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2. Choose products that keep working throughout the day
Look for skincare and makeup packed with natural antioxidants to help continually fight the free radicals we’re all constantly exposed to. The Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish range is packed with powerful antioxidants derived straight from fruit and vegetables (and is completely edible!).

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3. Simplify your nighttime skincare routine
Switching to a potent natural facial oil. Pure but simple organic face oils such as Rosehip and Argan can literally transform your skin while you sleep. Good quality, natural rose hip oils contain a multitude of fatty acids and anti-oxidants which can improve the appearance of everything from wrinkles through to pigmentation (another great multi-tasking product) The Pai Organic Rosehip oil is like pure liquid gold.

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4. Look for “100% Natural” or an Organic Certification logo
The great news here is that if a product carries an official certification logo, you know that it has been developed under strict guidelines and has undergone a high level of third party testing to ensure these guidelines are met. This is one of the easiest ways to filter out all those brands claiming to be natural with hidden nasties!

5. Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water
We hear it all the time, but this is one of the most cost-effective, simple ways to remove toxins, keep your complexion glowing and your body healthy.  If you find this hard to like me, invest in a beautiful glass water bottle with a built-in lemon reamer. The lemon juice makes the water easier to drink and adds an extra burst of real vitamin C.

Are you a fan of organic or natural skincare? Which products do you use? Tell us in the comments!

January 14, 2014

You by Sia Skin Care Review

When it comes to having flawless skin, we’s always in search of products that really give us results. From facials and peels, to  cleansers and creams, let’s face it – unless you’re blessed with great genes, it’s often hard to find something that actually works.

So we were excited to trial the new You by Sia skin care range by Sia Hendry, and our glowing skin is proof we are definitely impressed with the results. Even in the heat of summer, our skin has never looked better.

These are products that actually do what they say they will – unlike many other skin care regimes that just don’t seem to hit the mark. Each product has been carefully designed to address even the most difficult to treat skin conditions by combining natural ingredients with high-powered vitamins, peptides and amino acids.

Sia Hendry is the founder and philosophical mind behind Sydney’s Skin and Laser Clinic, You by Sia. The popularity of her clinics (located in Bondi Junction, Sydney CBD and Castle Hill) has skyrocketed, and now, after more than 10 years in the industry, Sia has launched her own premier clinical skin care range – proving incredible results in as little as two weeks. The secret behind the success of the range is that it delivers a skin care maintenance program that works from the inside out. Rather than working on the epidermal layer of the skin, these products reach the deeper layers in the skin through active ingredients and silicone-emulsion technologies.

Let’s go over the range:

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You by Sia Delicate Clenz Gentle Cleansing Foam, $89

The Delicate Clenz is a gentle foaming cleanser that foams beautifully, and all you need is one tiny pump. It’s great for all skin types as it doesn’t strip away your skin’s natural protective layer and so it doesn’t feel harsh on the skin, but you still see results. Vitamin E is one of the key ingredients, which works towards nourishing and repairing damage to the skin. It also easily removes makeup and build-up, leaving your skin feeling very refreshed.

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You by Sia Intense Clenz Deep Cleansing Foam, $89

Similar to the Delicate Clenz in that one pump is all you need, the Intense Clenz is great for removing any dirt, makeup or skin build-up, and is especially great for the whole body (perfect for traveling). It’s a deeper cleanser than the Delicate Clenz so is recommended for more oily to acne prone skin types, whereas the Delicate Clenz is more suitable for sensitive skin.

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You by Sia Release Growth Factor and Peptide Anti-Aging Serum, $225 

This was a dream to use, and I actually looked forward to applying it in the mornings and again before bed. It’s a potent cocktail which revives lacklustre skin and plumped out lines, especially on the forehead, laugh lines and around the eyes. Forget hyperbole: this really is better than Botox.

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You by Sia  Revive Advanced Therapeutic Balm, $205

I’ve spent years wishing I could wave a magic wand and erase my dark circles for good. Long days and party season don’t help, so you can imagine how excited I was to try a balm that bills itself as a treatment for dark circles. After just a few days, my under eye area looked lightened and fresher. I wasn’t even using concealer on the area, which is unheard of for me. It’s my new beauty BFF.

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You by Sia Minc Natural Moisturising Zinc 20%, $80

This product is so light and nourishing on the skin, it’s my new summer must-have. Minc is great because it’s actually a sunscreen, so your skin is protected from  harsh UV rays all day, without feeling like you’re wearing anything too thick or heavy, and  is especially great for under your makeup.

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You by Sia Enhance Luxurious Body Enhancing Lotion, $89

After just one night of using the body lotion, the results were incredible. Your skin will just soaked up the moisture, especially on these harsh summer days. It works the deeper layers of the skin, but also leaves the top layer of the skin feeling rejuvenated, firmer and less dehydrated. Hello silky and smooth summer skin!

You by Sia is available exclusively at You by Sia clinics and online at youbysia.com.au.

December 27, 2013

Loving Right Now

This week the SheSaid team is loving a new range of yummy dressings (and share a recipe for a gorgeous tuna Caesar salad), a never-leave-home-without-it travel hairdryer, and share details of a new Instagram competition where you can win a cruise!

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Editor Julia Blanter reviews the new VS Sassoon Go Travel Dryer

I used to be the kind of gal who preferred to fit another pair of shoes in my luggage rather than a hairdryer, using the logic that ‘I’ll just use the  hairdryer in the hotel.’ Only to arrive and discover the sad little dryer pinned to the wall could barely warm up let alone dry my hair (and those pathetic little cords are so awkward!).

So I was thrilled to try the VS Sassoon Travel Size Hairdryer with a whopping 2000 Watts – that’s some serious drying power! On a recent work trip and running to a meeting one morning it had my hair dried and styled in record time, and now I won’t travel without it. An absolute steal at $22.95. Visit www.vssassoon.com.au.

PR and Marketing Manager Louise Crowe tries Zoosh Dressings and Mayos

I recently had the opportunity to trial Zoosh – a new range of dressings and mayos designed to ‘put the fun back in your food’. The salads arrived on a lovely spring afternoon – roast beetroot, Ceasar, orange, spinach and feta and lastly a poached chicken salad.

The dressings were provided separately to zoosh up the salads. The Just Got Laid Free Range Egg Mayonnaise (love the name!) was delicious, thick and creamy – just the way a mayonnaise should be, not like one of those thin, overly-sweet excuses you get at the supermarket.

The rest of the names are equally cheeky and fun – including All Hail The Great Caesar With A Parmesan Punch. This dressing was garlicky and full of flavour – get the seared tuna Caesar salad recipe here.

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My personal favourite was the Kung Pow Sweet Chilli With A Hint Of Garlic, not only because it had a lovely, refreshing zing, but also because it was matched with my favourite salad. The poached chicken was combined with pineapple, bacon, coriander and capsicum, and when matched with the sweet chilli dressing it was a total knock out.

It took me back to a delicious meal I enjoyed at one of Neil Perry’s restaurants almost 10 years ago. I have three lovely sisters, we lead busy lives and we don’t all live in the same city. So whenever we have an occasion to get together we carve out some time to enjoy each others company.

We zoosh ourselves up too – replacing our corporate clothing and put on our loveliest outfits. We pick a great restaurant to eat at, a different one every time. The food, and a glass or two of wine, becomes the starting point. We talk about the menu and as the meal unfolds we move from light banter onto the deeper issues keeping us up at night or causing us wrinkles.We’ve had a number of lovely dinners since then, yet that salad still lingers in my memory as the greatest meal of them all.

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Intern Brittany Kerin gives us the scoop on the Royal Caribbean #InstaFilmFest

Royal Caribbean is hosting the first ever International Instagram film festival. Using Instagram, people can upload a 15-second video of their very own WOW moment, using the hashtag #InstaFilmFest. The winner will win a free cruise! It can be a video of any WOW moment (not just a video taken on one of their cruises),

I chatted with Royal Caribbean’s #1 Facebook fan, Magdolna Ori, who – by the end of the year – will have been on 5 cruises in a year! Now that’s some serious cruising!

Have you been on a cruise? What was your favourite part of the cruise?

October 3, 2013

10 Tips For Looking After Your Bras

Nearly every woman has a favourite bra and wearing it can make you feel fabulous, sexy and ready to take on any challenge the day brings. Whether it only comes out for special occasions, like that hot date, or you wear it to make yourself feel and look good, it can be devastating when that favourite becomes damaged or loses its shape.

Bras can quickly become damaged by incorrect washing, wearing them too often or storing them in a tangled mess. So to save money and help care for your favourite lingerie, Helena Crumpton, inventor of bra storage solution Bra-Voe, shares her top 10 ways to care for your bras.

1. When washing your bras in the washing machine, always put them into a wash bag and take out any removable pads. This will help the bra to maintain its shape and elasticity longer. It will also prevent the straps from catching on other clothing or being wrapped around the washing machine’s agitator.

2. When washing your bra ensure to use a delicate cycle with cool water to prevent the bra from losing its shape. It’s also a good idea to use a mild detergent to prevent the delicate fabric from being stained or damaged. Mild detergents will also cause less irritation on your skin while wearing the bra.

3. After taking your bras out of a washing machine, re-shape them as soon as possible. This will help the bra to dry in the correct shape and prevent the fabric from dimpling.

4. When hand washing your bras make sure you carefully remove the excess water without wringing them out. Wringing or scrunching the cups can ruin their shape and cause the padding to dimple.

5. Never put your bras in the dryer because it can cause them to shrink, loose their shape or damage the delicate fabric. Always hang your bras by the straps and let them drip dry on a clothes rack.

6. Don’t wash your bras too often as it can damage the fabric and cause them to lose their shape quicker. Bras can be washed after every two or three wears, unless it’s a sport bra which needs to be washed more often. It’s a good idea to wait a day before wearing a bra again to help it regain its elasticity

7. When storing bras never invert the cups because it can lead to lumps and dimples in the fabric. These dimples and lumps can show through clothing, like shirts and close fitting dresses and ruin your outfit and sometimes even your whole day.

8. To keep your bras smelling fresh, place your favourite fragrance sachet into your lingerie drawer.

9. Never squash your bras into a drawer because the straps can become tangled and stretched. It will also distort their shape and the hooks will catch on other bras damaging the fabric or causing holes.

10. Treasure your bras by storing them carefully. You can store bras on a Bra-Voe, an innovative way to store, organise and show off your bras in a drawer, on a shelf or on a wall to prevent them from being damaged or tangled.

Bra-Voe is a clever and stylish solution for bra storage. It organises your bra collection and also prevents them from being damaged. Founder Helena Crumpton, spent five years perfecting the innovative concept, which uses specially designed moulded cups to maintain the shape and contour of bras. The perfect gift for any women, Bra-Voe can be mounted on a wall, in a drawer or on a shelf and is available in three sizes. Visit www.bra-voe.com for more information.

September 18, 2013

10 Expert-Favourite Beauty Products

We all have our favourite beauty brands, but what do the experts use? Ry.com.au, Australia’s leading online hair care and beauty retailer, asked their leading hairdressers, beauty therapists and makeup artists to uncover the best beauty products that the rest of us don’t know about – yet!

1. Davines NOUNOU Nourishing Illuminating Shampoo & Conditioner
The Davines Haircare range has been around in salons for quite a few years, used predominantly by industry professionals. The NOUNOU Nourishing Illuminating range, in particular, is up there with many of the best ranges in the hair care industry and is now available from Ry.com.au.

2. L’Oreal Professional Pro Keratin Masque
This is a new product in the L’Oreal Professional range and we’re suckers for anything with keratin in it. We think this will be a cult product very soon, so get it quick!

3. ASAP Super A+ Serum
ASAP pride themselves on their continued research and ingredient updates in both their skincare and mineral makeup products. With popular cleansers and exfoliators, this little miracle product is a genius product to try out.

4. Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense
There are a few industry leaders when it comes to oil treatments but this diamond is yet to get the ‘hero product’ status it deserves within the Redken range.

5. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%
With 14% glycolic acid, this scrub is one of the most active cleansers in the skin care market, a must-try for any skincare fanatic.

6. NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer
Over-shadowed by its big brother, the famous Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer, this little tube works wonders and is also paraben-free.

7. Medik8 Retinol 3 Tr
The Medik8 range is used by beauty therapists in day spas throughout Australia. Their Retinol 3 Tr is a treatment that can be used at home to combat skin-ageing concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and a loss of firmness.

8. Cloud Nine Hair Straightener
Like the pros, we love Cloud Nine hair products and their hair straightener is no different. We’ve gone through a lot of straighteners and this gets the job done beautifully.

9. VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Professional Dryer
This baby is hard to beat. One of the most popular hair dryers on the market and for good reason. We’ve been using VS Sassoon dryers for years and they really are the best.

10 L’Oreal Professional SteamPod Hair Treatment And Straightening System
Let’s not confuse this with just a straightener, this styler also treats your hair while styling. It is bulkier and a little bit awkward but the results are better than any other at-home styling product.

What are your favourite underrated beauty products?

August 28, 2013