A Yogi Bride

My dear friend and yoga teacher got married this summer in the beautiful mountains of Italy and had a ceremony in Holland. I am sure you will agree that she looked stunning on the day! In preparation for her wedding she came to me for some organic makeup advice as she had planned to do her own makeup on both occasions and wanted to know what to do and what natural beauty products she could use.

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A Bohemian Bride – Organic wedding makeup

I have been doing some bridal makeovers recently and I was super happy to be asked to use only organic, eco-friendly makeup and beauty products for Xochi Balfour’s wedding in June. Xochi runs her own blog ‘The Naturalista‘ and is passionate about green-living, sustainability and ethical practices, therefore she wanted her bridal makeup to be in line with her beliefs. Marcus_Dawes_167

For her bridal makeover these are some of the products I used:

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Organic Foot Love

Organic Pedicures

As the summer drifts hotly, sweetly, dreamily by our feet can become somewhat dry, cracked and battered by the daily abuse of ill-fitting sandals, hot sand and dry climates.

Happy Feet

Certainly living here in Spain my feet get super damaged by the heat and I have to be careful not to end up with cracked-heels, not nice!

Here are some lovely, luscious, luxurious organic pedicure tips! Including a corresponding yoga pose to ease tired legs and feet.

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How long should I keep makeup for…?!

…definitely not as long as you think or do!  I admit that I have had things in my bathroom cupboard for longer than I should, and I think many people continue to use products month after month, year after year without thinking.  All cosmetic products and makeup have an expiry date just like food.  They do go off and deteriorate with time due to exposure to air and contamination by micro-organisms and bacterias that come from our fingers and makeup brushes. The compositions may also separate and often products lose their efficacy, especially suncreams for example. For this reason it is imperative that we take care with our products, and become aware of how long we have had them to decrease the risk of infections, what’s more we don’t want to be using a product that is essentially ‘past its use by date’!

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Organic Mascaras

Every girl always says that her most essential makeup item in her makeup bag is mascara…and I have to agree. Although I don’t wear much makeup the one thing I always put on is mascara. It just opens up the eyes, gives some definition and makes one look a little more polished and presentable. There are so many on the market now in varying shapes, sizes and colours and being sold under many different guises. However, most mainstream mascaras contain potential allergens, parabens and irritants and with the eye area being so delicate should we not be more conscious when it comes to what we put on and around them every day?!

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Spring Hair – Long, luscious locks

Ok so it’s not quite spring yet, but here in Madrid the sun is shining and it was 21 degrees today!  I am growing my hair…again, and came across this marvellous hair product thanks to my wonderful hairdresser’s in London, KELL SKÖTT.  The product is Caviar Repair, Lengthening Hair and Scalp Elixir, yes(!!!) a product that helps your hair grow long and beautiful…well maybe not faster but it certainly helps to condition and strengthen the hair to maximise it’s full potential!

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