DIY Spot Treatments

Wonder Years pimple

“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth may have been a bit psycho but I can relate to her hysteria over spots. When a pimple recently surface on my chin I was like, “Cruel world, why hath thou bestowed on me crow’s feet and pimples? Woe is me.”

So I decided to try a couple of DIY recipes based on whatever I had in my pantry.

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Natio Paw Paw Lip Balm

Natio paw paw lipbalm with jojoba, honey and cocoa butter

You may have noticed we’ve gone a bit nuts lately in the lipstick department. Kate and I have leapt from our comfort zones into unknown territory and for the most part we’ve been pretty happy  with our new discoveries. However, with all our lipstick shenanigans we’ve been neglecting the glosses and lip balms of the world.

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DIY: Shampoo

DIY hair shampoo

Update on August 5th, 2014: If you enjoyed making this recipe please donate $5 to help the author cover her costs for Leukemia

Ed’s note: This post was written by contributor, Lu Lyons

Becoming green

Several years ago I became interested in sustainability, and started switching my beauty purchases to products that were not only not tested on animals, but had a minimal impact on the planet. To move toward a more sustainable consumption habit, many sustainable living gurus will tell you, switch one item at a time. I started with shampoo.

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Natio – Moisturising lip balm

Emma Salkild's review of Natio lip balm on My Fair Lipstick

It’s not the most exciting beauty item one can purchase, but lip balm is probably a must-have for the majority of us. The heat and air-conditioning can wreak havoc on our lips in summer, while the winter wind is the arch-nemesis.

I use lip balm – a lot. Reviewing it was harder than I expected because I’ve always had multiple lip balms on the go. You’ll find them scattered around, next to my bed, at my desk, in my handbag … I’ve even found one nestled in the pocket of last year’s winter coat. And usually they’re different types and brands, making it tricky to narrow down the good from the bad.

Not anymore. It’s time to scrutinise …

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