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.

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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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Photo Shoot with Isabel Vazquez

Last week I had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot with the beautiful Spanish presenter Isabel Vazquez. The portrait photos were for her forthcoming book, the title of which for the moment is still a secret, so I can’t divulge any details as yet!  But here are a couple of photos, the look was to be really natural to let her personality shine and appear neutral for the book. We also shot in natural daylight which was a delight.

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Product of the month – Weleda Skin Food

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This is a wonderful product that I wholeheartedly endorse! Lou Dartford is a fabulous makeup artist in London who supports the use of ecological makeup and beauty products – a passion shared by me! Weleda is widely available in the UK and Spain in many pharmacies.

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I love this. You can use it anywhere. My dry cracked knuckles are particularly liking it at the moment, my cheeks also love a bit to brighten and give them a nice healthy sheen.

Skin Food does exactly what it says on the tin, it feeds the skin. It is a rich cream packed full of nourishing ingredients such as sunflower seed and sweet almond oil, calendula, chamomile and rosemary. The formulation hasn’t changed since 1926 – Weleda knew what they were doing way back then.

I was chuffed to be asked for a quote to be included on the sleeve of the Skin Food Saviour. Another one of the cream’s many uses is as a facial treatment mask, this package includes an organic cotton flannel to help warm up the skin and make it more effective. The perfect aid for winter skin!

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