Watch the lovely Megan as she shows us how to create a beautiful flirty complete eye look with only one shade of eye shadow. This is so easy even I can do it :)
Today I am sharing one of my beauty secret with you from MG Naturals
I have been wanting to find the perfect foundation for my sensitive skin and I always was disappointed to get tons of pimples after just wearing makeup for few hours.
So here is the perfect and natural formula for a soft foundation. I usually wear it when I want a natural finish.
So if you want to take care of you; say goodbye to chemicals on your skin and go fully natural!
This foundation and concealer are 100% titanium dioxide free.
They will make your face look flawless with its hydrating texture and will let your skin breathe.
Plus your skin will feel so soft after apply it and it will protect it from the sun.
They both are cruelty free, organic and 100% vegan!
You can get them at www.mgnaturals.com they have a lot of wonderful makeup products!
Check them out, you can also buy samples before if you're not completely sure about the color or the products you want.
To read the gorgeous Marions full review go here
Every where you turn at the moment people are discussing Titanium Dioxide.
Newspapers, News reports & articles aplenty are all surfacing about the dangers of Titanium Dioxide. Our local radio station even included the issue in their news bulletin this morning when I was dropping the kidlets to school.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a great article on the dangers & a video of Professor Thomas Faunce speaking about nano particles in our foods & the effects they may be having on our children - high incidences of Auto-immune diseases & the rise in childhood autism.
Why all of a sudden is there so much interest in the safety of Titanium Dioxide?
Researchers from France and Luxembourg gave E171 (the much more food friendly name for Titanium Dioxide) in Europe and the United States, to lab rats in their drinking water for 100 days.
Of those rats, 40 per cent of the exposed rodents developed “preneoplastic lesions” or precancerous growths. The Titanium Dioxide also inhibited the immune systems of the rats and “accelerated” the growth of the lesions. France’s INRA agricultural research institute, which took part in the study, said in a statement.“These results demonstrate a role in initiating and promoting the early stages of colorectal cancer formation,” though it said no conclusion could be drawn about later phases of cancer, or of any danger to humans..........(not till they test it on us!!)
The results of the study were published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.
Reacting to the report, France’s ministers of health, agriculture and economy instructed the country’s food health and safety agency, Anses, to investigate whether the additive poses a risk for human health.The agency has till the end of March to release its findings.
The study was said to be prompted by “growing concerns that daily oral… Intake is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and carcinogenesis”, or cancer formation".
So what does this have to do with you?
Well asides from making you re-think that M & M addiction (chocolate coated in Titanium Dioxide.....anyone?!)
Titanium dioxide is found in pretty much all makeup & sunscreen.
And studies have long shown that products applied to the skin end up in the bloodstream within half an hour. With penetration rates depending on where they are applied. Absorption rates for your face & scalp are 5-10 times higher than on other parts of our body (Hotchkiss 1994).
Not to mention that in 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns. Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects.
So, it comes down to whether you want to take the risk of having Titanium Dioxide in your blood stream?
We have long been passionate about avoiding exposure to Titanium Dioxide & are proud that our products offer a safe alternative to Women everywhere. We strongly urge you to ditch your toxic, unsafe makeup & find a safer alternative like our brand MG Naturals. Where your beauty does not have to come at the price of your health.
It's summer here in Australia & you can't leave the house without some form of Sun Protection on, or you will be fryed to a crisp within minutes.
But what sun protection is safe?
It's not always possible or practical to wear a hat & protective clothing so finding safe ways to protect your skin from the sun is important.
Zinc Oxide is oftentimes referred to as the only safe sun protection available in a tube.
It protects your skin from the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays making it the most comprehensive natural sunscreen ingredient currently available. It provides the best UVA ray protection of all current sunscreen chemicals.
But what makes Zinc Oxide truly safe is that it’s a barrier sun protectant and sits on top of your skin forming a shield between you and the rays of the sun. As long as non-nano particle zinc is used the zinc will not be absorbed by your body & remains on the surface of the skin.
The sun protection occurs through the Zinc Oxide sunscreen particles sitting on the outermost layer of your skin where they reflect and scatter the ultraviolet rays, protecting the living skin layers below. Zinc Oxide is really the broadest of all the sunscreen ingredients. It protects against UVA and UVB radiation up to wavelengths of 380mm.
In addition, it is the only active sunscreen ingredient approved by the FDA for babies under six months, making it without a doubt the best and gentlest, natural sun protectant available. Zinc oxide is widely known for its skin benefits and is used as a skin protectant in many different applications because of its soothing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient in many nappy rash creams, which is pretty clear evidence that it is gentle and safe for even the most sensitive of skins.
Zinc oxide occurs in nature as the mineral zincite. The Zinc Oxide we use in our range is mined from the ground and then purified via steam distillation to pharmaceutical grade, which means you could eat it if you wanted to?.
Because of a special manufacturing process, our Zinc Oxide is pH neutral and does not alter the pH of our products, ensuring it is gentle on the skin.
In addition to its sun protection properties, zinc as a trace mineral in itself, helps maintain collagen and elastin fibres which provide the skin with its firmness, helping in the prevention of sagging skin and wrinkles. It also links together amino acids that are needed for the formation of collagen which helps to keep our skin's youthful appearance.
We use Zinc Oxide in our MG Naturals makeup line because it is not only gentle, safe & natural but has the added benefit of soothing anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties that help to heal your skin whilst providing complete broad spectrum sun protection from SPF 25 in our BB Creams to SPF 50+ in our Mineral Silk Foundation.
In our opinion you can't do any better than Zinc Oxide.
We are a little in love with scrubs around here, we seem to come up with a new one each week.
But this one had to go on the blog because it's made from pantry ingredients, is super easy to make, is hydrating, soothing, ultra moisturising & smells so good on the skin, all warm, sweet & fresh, who doesn't want that?
Scrubs are a nice, cheap way to turn an ordinary shower into an act of self care, as you slough away the dirt & dry skin to reveal hydrated, glowing skin.
You can make this scrub with whatever sugar you choose depending on how you intend to use your scrub, we recommend brown sugar for the face, white sugar for the body & raw sugar for the feet & for some serious scrubbing power.
Sweet Citrus Sugar Scrub
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl, then spoon into a jar with an airtight lid.
Slather it on in the shower & Enjoy
This is my first time playing around with exfoliating grains & I have to say I love them. They are so quick & easy to make & can be used as a cleanser, mask & skin treatment.
Blend with a little water to make a great scrub cleanser to use as your daily cleanser. Add a little yoghurt, honey or an oil of your choice & you have a great treatment or mask to give your skin an anti-oxidant burst.
I like to use it each morning to wake up my skin, I leave it on while I brush my teeth, for a mini treatment - the kids call it my shrek face!!
I have chosen the ingredients of these exfoliating grains so that they not only cleanse & exfoliate but they also have great anti-oxidant & anti-ageing properties.
The kaolin clay cleanses & soothes your skin, the ground oats exfoliate & soften, the almonds create a lovely soft exfoliation, the milk powder moisturises, the brown sugar & bicarb soda polish your skin giving you a healthy glow.
The spirulina is our secret super ingredient, its full of anti-oxidants & chlorophyll which cleanses the skin, strengthens tissues, helps skin to store moisture, improves elasticity & diminishes fine lines. Its soothing & hydrating & will assist in healing up any blemishes or skin conditions you may have.
Exfoliating Grains a'la MG Natural's
How to Use:
Always pour your grains out onto your hand & then add your liquid medium, so that no moisture can get into your exfoliating grains jar.
This dry scrub can be used with what ever liquid you feel will best serve your skin, I have to admit to just using plain old tap water, but I'd love to try using it with witch hazel or rose water for additional skin loving benefits.
If your skin is dry you can even use an oil of your choice to make your scrub, just be sure to wipe off all traces with a wet cloth or you may have a little green sheen going on.
To make your exfoliating grains into a mask, simply mix with plain yoghurt, honey, aloe vera or some coconut oil, smear on your face & relax, add some water & scrub off to gain the full benefits of your grains.
This baby bum cream is fantastic, it can be used with cloth nappies or disposables & can be used as a soothing all over balm for your baby’s skin. It works wonders on that dry skin babies often get behind their ears & can even be used to gently lift cradle cap.
With the addition of lavender essential oil its great to use as an all-over massage balm, perfect for naturally soothing your little one off to sleep after bath time.
This Baby bum cream is full of a host of goodies that will protect & soothe your babies skin, like coconut oil which is anti-bacterial & anti-fungal as well as being highly moisturising. The shea butter is full of fat soluble vitamin A & E for a soothing, emollient base. The beeswax creates a protective layer on the skin to keep moisture at bay. The chamomile is soothing, anti-infalamtory, anti-bacterial & helps to keep fungal rashes at bay.
But best of all its really quick & easy to make, this is a melt & stir recipe.
Baby Bum Cream a’la Mama Going Natural
Measure out all of your ingredients except the essential oils. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Put a pot of water on the stove to simmer & place your jar in the pot of water to melt & combine all the ingredients. Once it has all melted, gently stir to combine. Let your cream cool to just above room temperature, add in your essential oils & stir well. Leave to cool in the jar if your going to keep it in the jar or pour it into your chosen containers.
Store in a cool, dark place preferably. You can always split your cream into several small bottles so that you can keep a couple in the fridge so that they don’t spoil as this recipe contains no preservatives.
When using make sure that you don’t double dip as you can contaminate the balm with fungus cells if your baby has a fungal based rash.
Eating Organic isn’t cheap, but we feel like it’s worth it for our families health.
Organic chickens are quite expensive here in Australia, so when I buy one I need to get the most out of it, this recipe allows our family to get two meals out of the one Roast Chicken.
This soup is perfect to make the day after having a roast chicken dinner, any chicken that has been left over can be turned into a healthy & hearty soup, ensuring zero waste & helping to stretch the family budget.
This soup can be made using just about any vegetables that you have lying around in the crisper, it’s perfect for cleaning out the fridge!
It is simple, hearty & tasty as its not a broth style soup, but more a cream of chicken soup.
It makes a great, cheap end of the week meal, you can use up any leftover vegetables & get the most out of your roast chicken left overs, instead of leaving them to spoil in the fridge (like I used to do!).
Our kids love it & I am sure it’s helping us to keep the winter flu germs at bay.
Left Over Roast Chicken Soup
Place your olive oil in a large heavy based pot to warm (I like to add a few shakes of himalayan salt & pepper to the oil to season it). Place in your cubed vegetables, onions, thyme & garlic. Cook gently over a low to medium heat to sweat out the vegetables for approximately 10 minutes.
Once the vegetables start to look cooked, add in your chicken stock & let it simmer gently for 10 minutes.
While your soup is simmering away begin to pull apart your chicken. I pull all the meat off the bones, even off the neck (waste not, want not!). I roughly chop this chicken into large pieces about 4cm’s cubed. I then place half of it in the soup pot to simmer away. I place the chicken skin in as well (if there is any left) but you don’t have to, I just feel it adds to the flavour.
Let your soup cook for another five minutes then pour half of it into a bowl or blender & puree till smooth & creamy. Pour this back into your soup pot & add the rest of your chopped chicken. Taste & season with salt & pepper accordingly.
Add your frozen pea’s (if you too have pea-loving kids) & let your soup simmer for another five minutes.
When you are ready to eat your soup ladle it into bowls & top with your choice of yoghurt or cream for an extra indulgent soup experience.
This soup is super easy & although it seems simple on the flavours it tastes great, but best of all the kids will scoff this without complaining!! That makes for a win around here!!
My kids will eat anything if you smother it in Butter Cream. I am not such a fan, I find it sickly sweet & can’t see the point of baking them healthy treats if we are going to smother them with that much icing sugar.
So I have been on the hunt for a compromise & I am happy to tell you I have found it!!
This icing contains no refined sugar, I sweetened mine with Maple syrup, but I have tried it with pureed dates (its just best in a caramel or cacao version as it comes out quite caramel coloured), I have also used pureed banana’s, honey & coconut sugar & they all worked great. So feel free to substitute with your preferred sweetener.
I sweetened this batch with maple syrup & then added a few frozen raspberries to give it a natural slight pink colour which my girls went crazy for.
If your kids are used to traditional butter cream icing I would double the maple syrup & then slowly start reducing it batch by batch, otherwise they may decide they don’t like it straight off the bat & you could have a mutiny on your hands.
I like this icing better than butter cream, because its light & fluffy. I find traditional buttercream to be quite dense & heavy, this has a lighter consistency more like whipped cream, but it’s not prone to melting & curdling like cream can do.
This icing is a little more complicated to make than my usual recipes, but its well worth the effort & it isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it.
The first time I made this, I was sure it was going to be a massive fail, but it does actually work, so persevere with it.
I know you, like me, have probably tried hundreds of healthy substitute recipes where it says it tastes as good as the real thing. Only to make it & wonder what the hell the writer is used to eating, because it is nothing like what it’s supposed to be. This is not one of those recipes, I promise.
Once you make it this will become your standard go-to icing recipe.
Refined Sugar Free Buttercream Icing a’la Mama Going Natural
Once your mix resembles thick pudding (this should take 5-7 minutes worth of cooking time) scoop it into a bowl & top with cling wrap. Push the plastic wrap down onto the pudding so a skin can not form as the pudding mix cools.
I am always in a hurry, so I place my pudding mix into the freezer to cool, but you can always refrigerate it & use it later if you have the time.
Once your pudding mix is cold, put the butter & vanilla essence into a stand mixer & beat till the butter is soft & creamy. Add the cold pudding mixture & continue beating on a high setting. It may look like a curdled mess, but just keep beating it. It will eventually start to come together & look like whipped cream, but don’t be shocked if it needs to be whipped for 5 or more minutes for this to happen.
Once it has come together you can add additional flavourings like cacao powder, or tint it with hopper food colourings. I like to add dried beetroot powder or a few frozen raspberries to mine to make a pink toned cream, but you can add blueberries or a hint of turmeric to create other shades without the nasties.
It can be used straight away or kept in the fridge to be used later (it may just need re-whipping for a minute or two so it comes back light & fluffy). It pipes well & spreads just like butter cream just without all that sugar
I am in love with this butter, its so great to soothe those cracked sore nipples, but it also works great on chapped lips & any dry cracked skin. It has been a great addition to our nappy bag as our go anywhere, fix anything balm.
With my first daughter I used a popular lanolin ointment, but since then I have learnt lanolin contains a heavy load of pesticides as the wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out if it. Not something I want my little baby ingesting.
So after researching other brands of nipple butters I decided to give the DIY option a go as I got to be in charge of the quality of the ingredients. My baby is ingesting this so I want to make sure its made on the best quality, organic, edible ingredients.
This recipe is so simple it’s made from all pure, organic ingredients that can be consumed. I recommend using cocoa butter from your local health food or bulk food store that is used to make chocolate – that way you know it’s 100% safe for your baby to consume, I don’t recommend using cosmetic grade ingredients as our babies tummies are so new that we want to be sure we are giving them pure, natural ingredients that won’t effect their gut flora.
Although this recipe is simple, it has some great ingredients that will soothe & reduce inflammation.The chamomile reduces redness & irritation all while calming your baby. The Coconut oil protects against thrush & has the same medium chain fatty acids that are naturally present in breast milk. The Cocoa butter is super hydrating, protective & moisturising & the beeswax creates a protective layer.
Our nipple butter doesn’t use shea butter although its a super ingredient for soothing balms, its not so good for your babies tummy as it can cause diarrhoea when consumed so we have stayed well away from it.
Nipple Butter a’la MG Natural's
Once the wax & butter has melted, take your jar off the heat & let it cool for a few minutes then add your chamomile essential oil & stir well.
Pour into containers & let set, this recipe made two 20gm round containers full, which are perfect for carrying in your baby bag.
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My name is Kailah & I am the Mama Going Natural & founder of MG Naturals