Biologi Review

Bonjour mes amis, ca va? I hope you’ve all been well, today I wanted to share a post I did last year over at Beyond Your Mirror about one the best organic skincare brands I’ve ever come across. I’m re-sharing this post because I’ll be reviewing a few other products soon and for anyone who hasn’t seen this post or for those that don’t know of Biologi then I thought I’d introduce you to the basics to get you started. Enjoy friends X

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Hi lovelies, it’s so good to be back. I hope you’ve all been having a great week so far and have some nice relaxing plans for the weekend ahead.

Today I wanted to share with you a few new products I’ve been using from Biologi. I first heard about Biologi a few months ago and have to admit I was a little skeptical that three products could replace almost everything in our skin care routine. Now don’t worry I’m not about to tell you to throw out your favourite body mousse or night serum but I am going to share with you the results I have personally experienced using Biologi’s Bf, Bd and Bk serums for the last few months and I’ll explain what makes them work so well all on their own.

So as I said I’d heard of Biologi and their Bf serum and although I was skeptical my curiosity had been pricked enough to buy it and give it a go. After all, it’s what I do for you gals and guys. I research to find the best chemical free products around, try them and let you know what I thought.

Before I get started though here’s a little important information on these products. I must say that each product is plant-based and the fruit enzyme extracted and each product is solely one plant ingredient. I’ll explain. The extraction method captures the plants phyto-active nutrients at their most potent, leaving the concentrated life force straight from the plants cells. There are absolutely no fragrances, harmful chemicals or even water, simply 100% plant serum that is wild harvested and sustainable. The serums are never diluted, altered, synthesized or manipulated in any way. Biologi look after the plant to bottle process entirely themselves. These days most skin care is with 2% active ingredients, however Biologi is 100% active and as the plant works in itself it works on your skin enabling it to penetrate deeper into the epidermis to repair, restore and give your skin a more hydrated glow.

Biologi Bf Serum ~ Biologi’s Bf serum is made with Finger Lime (fruit extract) a unique blend of fruit acids and vitamin C. This is your all over body serum and a great one to start with for your face as well. You might notice a slight sticky feeling the first few times perhaps even for a week or longer but this is completely normal and means the serum is working and doing its job. Start with this serum once a day until you feel the stickiness has gone and then you can use it twice a day if you like. If you’re using this on your face start with once a day in the morning, however keep reading below as I’m about to cover it in more detail as we talk about the Bd serum.

Biologi Bd Serum ~ Biologi’s Bd serum is made from the amazing Davidson Plum (fruit extract). This is your new face ‘moisturizer’. I’m loving this serum and since I’ve been using it I’m amazed at the difference in my skin and sun damage pigmentation. I don’t have a lot of sun damage just one or two small areas from not using sunscreen in my 20’s but man I’m amazed at how much its lightened. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take before and after pictures as I’d already started with the Bf serum before switching to the Bd serum. Now if you’re going to start using either Bf or Bd serum in your skin care routine then don’t do what I did and go straight to using it twice a day lol! Thankfully for me I was already using an organic and chemical free skin care system as well as clean and green makeup…Inika for example. So for me my skin didn’t really purge (break out) at all using the Bf serum but it did a little using the Bd serum but it cleared up very quickly. Ok, so when you start with your new serum you start by using it once a day in the morning for the first week and then use your regular moisturizer in the evening. In the second week you keep using your serum every morning and then alternative nights. So Monday night your serum, Tuesday night your regular nightly moisturizer and so on. Now if you notice some purging don’t freak out and stop using the serum! It means the serum is working and doing it’s job and your skin is going to love you for it. Mine sure does. By week three you can now start using the serum both morning and night and your skin should be glowing like the sun…woohoo.

Biologi Bk Serum ~ Biologi’s Bk serum is made from the popular Kakadu Plum (fruit extract). This is your new eye ‘cream’. Bk is a great serum and really helps minimize fine lines and pigmentation with its high levels of vitmain C. What I love about this oil is you can use it as an all over serum on your face and on the body where you may have sun damage, like the back of your hands. In fact I find Biologi is the only thing that has gotten my hands and cuticles back in great shape. It’s also remarkably improved the fine lines around my eyes and being as I’m turning 44 soon I’m definitely wanting those lines reduced. Now with Bk you only need the slightest amount of serum (a quarter pump) to use around both eyes and yes you can use your Bd serum afterwards but keep reading below because there’s some special points to consider when using the serums.

How to use the serums together?

Now technically you don’t use the serums together in the traditional sense. Being as the serums are 100% active plant cells you don’t overlap the serums. Simply put the serums don’t like each other. They like you and love your skin but their not friends to each other. So if you layer them or mix them together in your hand you can actually destroy and decrease some of the plant actives found in the serums, like vitamin C…..so it’s best to keep the serums separate to get maximum potency and have an AM and a PM serum. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your Bd (eye) serum on your eye area and then use Bk (face) serum on the rest of your face. Simply be mindful of where you’ve placed your Bd serum and try not to go over the area with the Bk serum. It’s really not as daunting as it sounds and you’ll have the knack of it in no time.

How much serum to use?

With the Bf serum you use two pumps per body area or limb if you like. So two pumps for each arm, two pumps for each leg and so on. you may need 2 or three pumps for your back/buttocks and torso/breast area. Yes that’s right lovelies I said breast area!! We need to look after all of our skin and your breasts will love you for it too.

Now with the Bk serum you only need one pump for your face and down your neck. If you’re wanting to include your decolletage (and I highly recommend you do) then you’ll need two pumps of your Bk serum

As we mentioned before with the Bd serum you only need the smallest amount around the eyes and it can be tricky to get that quarter pump but just press gently and you’ll get it. If too much product comes out simply use what you need and use the rest on your cuticles/hands and watch them transform.

Who can use Biologi Serums?

The short answer is…everyone! Yes it’s suitable for everyone in the family to use so if you have family members with eczema, psoriasis, dry/flakey skin, pigmentation, sun damage, sunburn or even nappy rash then get your Biologi out and use the Bf on everyone as it’s the most gentle. It’s extremely good for babies with rashes and because it’s 100% plant-based it’s not going to hurt them and you have peace of mind knowing to chemicals are going into their blood stream via their skin. So Biologi is absolutely great for everyone and every age.

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My thoughts on Biologi.

Well lovelies, you know I only share products with you that are truly amazing, do what they say they do and are good for you. After using Biologi for the last three months (update almost 2yrs now) I have to say I’ve gone from being skeptical to a long life customer because the products work. Who would have guessed just one ingredient could do so much for your skin from head to toe but when your using a plant in its true form with nothing altered then is it really any surprise what nature has given us to use? And doesn’t it explain why in so many other cultures women have amazing skin right into their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s? It’s because they’re using plants in the natural state with absolutely no nasties added….it’s really not rocket science, it’s common sense. You want great skin then stay away from chemicals and toxins and watch your skin improve.

Personally I’m a huge fan of Biologi and will continue to use it and now my daughter is at an age where she’s beginning her own skincare routine I’ll be making sure she only uses the best that Biologi has to offer.

As always lovelies if you have any questions or comments leave them below and I’ll get back to you and if your wanting to check out Biologi then you can find them here….have a great day and take care.

Michelle x

A Bedroom Makeover

Bonjour!! Oh my goodness I’m finally back! I can’t believe it’s been almost three weeks since my last post….I really am terrible at this blogging business these days lol…..In all honesty I get so sidetracked in my day with everything that needs doing and then come the evening my brains on shut down mode and I’m too tired to even think about writing. Tonight however, my brain has woken up a little after being on shut down mode all day.

It has been an extremely busy week ever since last Saturday when I thought it would be smart to try and get a weeks worth of work done in a weekend! Big mistake, huge mistake! While I did manage to revamp and transform Bec’s room it was all redone later in the week when we bought her a double bed. I had planned to get her the bed at the end of the year as her end of year present but I was able to find what I was looking for on a Facebook Buy & Sell page. So instead of trying to hide it for the next six weeks we decided to give it to her early and set it up. Needless to say she’s extremely happy with it and just a tad chuffed she now has a double bed.

So lets have a look how her room looked Saturday afternoon.

I decided to put her single bed on the diagonal which looked really good walking into the room.

Now we picked up her bed Wednesday afternoon and being as it was late in the day I didn’t get it all finished until Thursday morning but it’s come up beautifully and personally I think it’s a great room for Bec heading into her teens. Lets have a look at the end result.

So cute she still has teddies on her bed.
A few new accessories really finished the room.
With her bed back against the wall it really shows off the lovely detail on the head end.
I love this picture I bought from Kmart about two years ago now.
I revamped this bedside table from Kmart earlier in the year.
Her pony pic and accessories here look great. The only change coming soon is a longer bookcase.

All in all I’m really happy with the changes to Bec’s room and I think the decor should last her a few years being as we’ve gone for a more grown up look. And you can believe all the bedding choices were mine because if it was up to Bec it would have been a Dockers quilt cover with matching sheets and footy posters on the walls! So not happening in this house lol…..she’s slowly becoming more girly but we’ve still got a way to go. She is a tomboy after all.

Well that’s it from me tonight mes amis, I’m off to make a cuppa and chill for a while before bed. I hope you’ve all had a great week and have lots planned for the weekend.

Au revoir pour le moment….

Michelle x

Ma Belle Vie Meets Beyond Your Mirror….

Bonjour! Well it sure has been quite some time since I did a post about anything really but life has been busy with it’s ups and downs and twists and turns. And attempting to revive a blog on a Thursday afternoon is probably not the best way to do things but it’s got to start somewhere so why not today. That’s if there’s anyone out there?

As some of you may know I have another blog called Beyond Your Mirror where I write about organic beauty/skincare products, gut health, chemical free living and living as close to a zero waste life as possible. I’ve enjoyed this blog and love all the reviews and how it’s opened my eyes to a new but old way of living life. However having the two blogs has really been stretching me time wise to the point both blogs are being neglected. So after many months of contemplation I’ve decided to simplify life even more and merge Beyond Your Mirror with my original blog here, Ma Belle Vie. I started Ma Belle Vie nine years ago and we’ve had a few name changes over the years which has probably been to the detriment of the blog but I finally feel I’ve found a name that suits and sits well to describe my life’s adventures. When I decided to start reviewing beauty products, gut health, a chemical free way of living as well as a zero waste lifestyle I thought I needed to separate the two and have two separate blogs when in reality everything is intertwined. My life in general with all these extra ideas I incorporate into my life aren’t separate they’re all part of the package that is my life. So to bring all the parts of my life back together, so I’m not being stretched in a million different directions, I’m merging the blogs. However as for Instagram I’m sure most of you are aware it’s not possible to merge accounts so @beyondyourmirror will still be a separate account where I’ll share beauty finds etc.

So soon you will find a heap of beauty and green living posts here on this blog that you can access by going back through the archives at any time. You can always search on the blog too for any beauty product in particular you may be looking for like ‘Biologi’ for example which if you’ve popped over to Beyond Your Mirror at some point you’ll know it’s my all time fave skin care. You’ll also find posts about what chemicals to avoid to help make switching to a non-toxic lifestyle easier. This will all happen in the next few days as I’m giving my readers at Beyond Your Mirror a chance to read why I’m merging blogs and time to jump over here and follow along.

Since my last post lots has been happening and I’ve been quite busy in the garden, you could say I’ve become a very green thumb and a tad obsessed with growing all my veg organically. In fact just before I wrote this post I realized I’d written a post in June about our gardening adventures and forgotten to hit publish so its been sitting idle as a draft. Now that it’s somewhat outdated I’ll do a more up to date post in the next few days. However today I simply wanted to let you know that my blogs are merging, there’s going to be extra content available soon and there’s going to be a very wide variety of posts from now on.

I do hope everyone’s been well and not too affected by Covid-19 though I do think it’s going to be around for quite some time yet but c’est la vie as they say. Take care and I’ll be back with an update very soon.

Au revoir pour le moment….

Michelle x

Keeping Busy In A New Way Of Life…

Bonjour, bonjour ca va? Hello lovely friends how are you all? I know I say this all the time but I can’t believe I’ve been gone so long. As most of you know I’ve contemplated closing the blog because in the past I just felt I haven’t had much to say and honestly I really just have not felt the urge to blog as my mojo seemed to have completely upped and left me. However the universe has gone and made life very interesting of late with the Covid19 virus and by interesting I mean we’re all having to isolate unless it’s to go out for the essentials like food, prescriptions and paint from Bunnings lol.

So I thought what better time to pick up the blog than now. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to rant about with kids home 24/7, school holidays being completely indoors and trying to get as many decor projects done as I can without leaving the house for supplies to keep my sanity.

As of today my kids have been off school for just over a week and as of next Monday the school holidays start a week early. Who knows what will happen next term but it looks like it will be online learning if the kids can’t get back to classrooms. We have done some very basic schooling activities, some gardening, baking, going for a bike ride and we’re doing our meetings (if you’re new here we’re Jehovah’s Witnesses) on Zoom as we can’t go to the Kingdom Hall. The zoom meeting was a lot of fun especially for the kids as they tried to find all their friends and see each other on the computer. We have another meeting tonight we’re looking forward to and Francis and I have made some brownies for supper after the meeting then it’s off to bed for the kids.

For me personally I am keeping everything running to the same routine as if they were still going to school. We might be up a little later in the morning but bed times haven’t changed. Let’s face it, mama needs her peace and quiet after a full day of everybody home all day so when 7:30pm rolls round that’s my time lol.

Now I can’t share our usual ventures and day trips with you at the moment because we’re not allowed to go out just for fun and most places we go to have been closed down any way due to isolation restrictions. So what I’m going to share with you today is a little revamp project I did yesterday as I’m in preparation to revamp the kids bedrooms and yesterday I started with Bec’s bedside table and desk.

I bought Bec’s bedside table and desk early last year from Kmart after we got home from Tassie. They were a simple beachwood look that were nice and light next to her bed I painted a blue/green colour.

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Bec’s room after setting it up last year….

Last week I saw a friend on Instagram had used a beautiful coloured paint on her bedside tables by British Paints called Rose Revival. I immediately fell in love with the colour and knew it would look amazing on Bec’s bedside table and desk. Although I wasn’t sure if Bec would go for it as she’s such a tomboy and has for years said how much she hates pink! Seriously don’t all girls like pink in some way? Well I showed her the colour and she really liked it (shock, horror!) and said she’d be happy for me to paint her furniture in that colour. So I took an ‘essential’ trip to Bunnings (good thing we needed whipper snipper blades any way) and bought a sample pot of paint in Rose Revival.

Not long after getting home Chris and Bec set up Monopoly (I refuse to play with Chris lol) and Francis was playing his Lego game on the PS4 so I set up with the paint and got on with the job of revamping. As soon as I put paint to wood I knew it was the right colour choice and I loved it even more than seeing it on my friends feed on IG.

It literally only took me the afternoon to paint both pieces of furniture and give them a coat of Annie Sloan Lacquer to protect the finish. Everything was left to dry thoroughly overnight and then went back into Bec’s room this morning.

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Bedside table looking fab…

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Desk looking fab and chic….

I decided to leave the legs a light colour as then they still tie in with the Pony picture and her bookcase plus give the illusion of being a floating bedside table and desk. Next in Bec’s room is to repaint her bed in an amazing colour that’s a secret for now, her main drawers and a new carpet rug for the floor as we have the worst carpet I’ve ever had in a rental. But before I continue on with Bec’s room I’ll be tackling Francis’ drawers with some paint as well but I’m really struggling to decide on a colour. I already know I’ll be repainting his bed in a gloss black, however as his room is quite small I don’t want two dark pieces of furniture together in his room. If you’ve got any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Colour suggestions welcome…I plan to keep the original bone handles…

So as you can see I’m definitely keeping busy and have lots to do through this self-isolation period including plenty more gardening and a heap of crocheting. But honestly revamping furniture is my most favourite thing to do as I find it really therapeutic to put some music on (hello blue eyes) and get lost in the painting process. It’s safe to say that nothing will be safe for the next however long we’re in isolation for. If it’s still long enough it’s bound to be painted lol……

Well I’m off for now but it feels so good to be back and sharing my projects with you all. I hope you’re keeping yourself well and somewhat busy while in isolation. I’d love to hear from you and know what you’re doing to keep you and your family busy during isolation so feel free to say hi in the comments and tell me what you’re up to.

Au revoir pour le moment…..Michelle x

Throwback Saturday/Shabby Chic Chalk Paint Chair…..

Bonjour and how are we all going today?? I hope everyone is having a great week and loving the fact the weekend is just around the corner, I know I am.

Well a while ago, (5 and a half months to be exact) I started a little project with chalk paint. At the time Chalk Paint wasn’t available in Australia so I had to make my own after doing some research on how to. (I’ll share with you in a bit how to diy  chalk paint) As I was down to five dining room chairs (as one was broken…oops) I decided to revamp one chair, give it a new lease of life and keep it as a spare chair for whenever we needed one.

I’d been researching Annie Sloans’ Chalk Paint as it’s a wonderful product because there’s no need to sand, prime and undercoat before painting, simply slap on the paint and it adheres to just about any surface. So I armed myself with the knowledge of how to make my own as Annie’s wasn’t available to me and I set to work on my chair.

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My spare chair….

First coat of chalk paint
First coat of chalk paint

I have to admit I was a little worried while waiting for the first coat of paint to dry as it wasn’t what I was expecting and it felt so rough. However I would soon find out all would be well.

Completely finished and shabby chic.....
Completely finished and shabby chic…..

I actually wasn’t going to make it shabby chic but when Chris put the wrought iron back rest back in it chipped some paint and as I was out of paint I thought why not distress it a little and go shabby chic…..and I’m so glad I did.

Just dressing it up....
Just dressing it up….

The secret to chalk painting is the waxing at the end, that’s what takes it from feeling rough to smooth and silky. I thought I’d keep this chair and then I had a niggling feeling to try and sell it, which is an idea I’ve been toying with fora while now. After speaking with very clever chick (she knows who she is 🙂 ) I decided to list it on our local buy, sell and swap page for $35….and what do you know…within two hours it sold to a lovely lady here in town who runs a business I love visiting….who knew my little project which really only cost me the price of a sample pot of paint would generate me some cash….I have to admit I’m pretty chuffed and looking forward to doing the next two chairs.

Chalk Paint Recipe

 Interior satin or wash and wear paint….

Plaster of paris

vaseline

good paint brushes…

Clear furniture finishing wax

2 soft cloths

Take an old ice cream container and fill it with about 1-1 1/2 cups of paint then add about three tablespoons of plaster of paris. Mix until you have a thickish consistency. If it’s too thick add a dash of water and mix again. (I made my first batch too thick but it’s easy enough to fix.) To see if you’ve got the right consistency try painting an area of what your painting in an inconspicuous spot and see how it covers. If it slides off add a little more plaster of paris. You may need to play around a bit until you get it right. Once it’s the right consistency go ahead and paint your heart out.

Now the vaseline is only for if you want to distress the piece. Simply wipe on a very thin layer where you plan to distress and paint straight over the top of it. Don’t worry the paint will stick. When you go to sand those spots back later the paint just falls away and saves alot of time.

You’ll need the wax to give your newly painted item a protective layer from chipping and it takes your paint from feeling rough to smooth. Simply take one cloth (I use microfibre dish washing cloths from the supermarket) and wipe the wax over an area and then wipe it off with the other cloth. Keep doing sections at a time until you’ve finished the whole piece. It’ll need to cure for a few hours once you’re done but after that it’s brand new.

I hope you all have fun with chalk paint and if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you asap.

Well I’m off for now so until next time take care and Au revoir…

Michelle xo

Beyond Your Mirrors Powerhouse Face Masks….

Bonjour mes amis, ca va? Today I wanted to share a blog post from my store Beyond Your Mirror. With summer here and skin needing some extra tlc I thought you’d all like to know about some new products and a special offer. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you asap.
Hi Lovely! I’m so happy to be sharing two brand new products with you. After months of testing and formulating I’m happy to introduce you to our Heavenly Hibiscus and Golden Glow Face Masks. Both masks contain powerhouse ingredients that can work harmoniously together, leaving your skin glowing and feeling amazing.
Heavenly Hibiscus is our ‘Natures Botox’ mask only without all the nasty chemicals. Hibiscus is known for it’s ability to lift and firm skin as well as speeding up skin cell turn over leaving your skin looking fresher, glowing and younger while minimizing fine lines. I have been using hibiscus in face masks for a few years now and every time I do I’m always amazed with how much my skin is glowing afterwards and how much my fine lines are minimized. This is why I knew I had to create a hibiscus mask to share with you all so you could have the same results as I’ve had. The face the mask is a dry mask means you can add your own base of Greek yogurt, honey or goats milk, giving you more choice as the seasons change as to how much hydration and nourishment your skin needs.
Golden Glow is my go to for the days where I need help with inflammation. Together the Turmeric and Cacao work to reduce inflammation in the skin with their anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.Cacao also helps to detox the skin by drawing out any toxins leaving your skin feeling refined, fresh and glowing from both the cacao and turmeric. Golden Glow is great for everyone but especially those with autoimmune conditions that suffer flare ups, in fact this is exactly why I created this mask. As a Hashimotos sufferer myself I wanted something that would reduce the inflammation in my face on a day when I was in flare up mode and after months of research and testing and seeing the results Golden Glow was created. Like Heavenly Hibiscus, Golden Glow is also a dry mask giving you the freedom to choose your base for your skins needs.
The beauty of Heavenly Hibiscus and Golden Glow is they’re fantastic for all ages. Whether your twenty four, forty four or seventy four years old, our skin knows no boundaries and by giving it beautiful, natural, organic ingredients to work with you’ll be able to keep your skin looking it’s best at all ages and stages of life.You’re also able to alternate the masks during the week if you find your skin is needing a little extra care. Both masks will happily nourish and repair your skin on a cellular level, giving your skin what it needs most.
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To celebrate the start of summer I’m offering a special discount until the 20th December of 15% off when you use the code ‘MASK15’ at the checkout. This is my way of saying thank you to all of you for your ongoing support and so you can have beautiful glowing skin all summer long. You can find my store Beyond Your Mirror here!
Au revoir…..Michelle x

Powerhouse Face Masks

Hi Lovely! I’m so happy to be sharing two brand new products with you. After months of testing and formulating I’m happy to introduce you to our Heavenly Hibiscus and Golden Glow Face Masks. Both masks contain powerhouse ingredients that can work harmoniously together, leaving your skin glowing and feeling amazing.
Heavenly Hibiscus is our ‘Natures Botox’ mask only without all the nasty chemicals. Hibiscus is known for it’s ability to lift and firm skin as well as speeding up skin cell turn over leaving your skin looking fresher, glowing and younger while minimizing fine lines. I have been using hibiscus in face masks for a few years now and every time I do I’m always amazed with how much my skin is glowing afterwards and how much my fine lines are minimized. This is why I knew I had to create a hibiscus mask to share with you all so you could have the same results as I’ve had. The face the mask is a dry mask means you can add your own base of Greek yogurt, honey or goats milk, giving you more choice as the seasons change as to how much hydration and nourishment your skin needs.
Golden Glow is my go to for the days where I need help with inflammation. Together the Turmeric and Cacao work to reduce inflammation in the skin with their anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.Cacao also helps to detox the skin by drawing out any toxins leaving your skin feeling refined, fresh and glowing from both the cacao and turmeric. Golden Glow is great for everyone but especially those with autoimmune conditions that suffer flare ups, in fact this is exactly why I created this mask. As a Hashimotos sufferer myself I wanted something that would reduce the inflammation in my face on a day when I was in flare up mode and after months of research and testing and seeing the results Golden Glow was created. Like Heavenly Hibiscus, Golden Glow is also a dry mask giving you the freedom to choose your base for your skins needs.
The beauty of Heavenly Hibiscus and Golden Glow is they’re fantastic for all ages. Whether your twenty four, forty four or seventy four years old, our skin knows no boundaries and by giving it beautiful, natural, organic ingredients to work with you’ll be able to keep your skin looking it’s best at all ages and stages of life.You’re also able to alternate the masks during the week if you find your skin is needing a little extra care. Both masks will happily nourish and repair your skin on a cellular level, giving your skin what it needs most.
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To celebrate the start of summer I’m offering a special discount until the 20th December of 15% off when you use the code ‘MASK15’ at the checkout. This is my way of saying thank you to all of you for your ongoing support and so you can have beautiful glowing skin all summer long. You can find the store Beyond Your Mirror here! Enjoy!

Throwback Saturday/Whatever Happened To Hats…..?

Recently I’ve been doing some research into past fashions including clothes,makeup, hair styles, accessories and how it has all changed. I’m doing this for a few reasons, first of all as someone who suffers from mild alopecia I really should have a hat on my head year round to protect it from the sun and UV rays. Every summer my scalp ends up burnt while at the beach and it’s from not wearing a hat and then it hurts to brush my hair as my head is sore. l used to have very thick hair that was slow growing but easy to get it long. Now my hair is extremely fine, still slow growing and just doesn it look good long any more as it’s got no body left to it. So any way I’ve been trying to find some nice hats and it’s amazing how much of a mission it’s turning out to be. Why is it hats have Lost their place in fashion and society. Many moons ago ladies and gentlemen wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a hat (and usually gloves as well), however according to my research the wearing of hats seems to have declined after both world wars.

I have always loved hats but haven’t always been able to find one to suit me, even though apparently with my oval shaped face I should be able to wear most hats. Perhaps it’s just my own critical judgement on whether or not I think a hat suits me…..I grew up wearing mostly fishing hats or caps, I don’t ever remember owning a dress hat.

This is the first sort of hat I can remember wearing....
This is the first sort of hat I can remember wearing….

me, my sister Charmaine and our dad all wearing fishing hats....we were fishing after all lol
me (on the right), my sister Charmaine and our dad all wearing fishing hats….we were fishing after all lol

I don’t really fish any more and while I don’t mind wearing a cap if I’m out for a walk neither of these really go with a nice summer dress or out on a picnic. These days I’m looking for something a little more fashionable and as I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era I’m going back to when hats were stylish and went with all outfits….such as these beauties…

This is a Cloche hat...Cloche is french for bell....
This is a Cloche hat…Cloche is french for bell….

I love a Cloche hat and will definitely be looking at getting one of these for next winter, I can just imagine how warm my head and ears are going to be on the cold days we have here in Busselton.

I love the way this hat is styled....
I love the way this hat is styled….some hats are like a work of art…

I love the fact that years ago everyone wore a hat despite your social standing….hats are the most simplest accessorie to put with an outfit yet it seems we’ve cast aside what I believe to be an essential item in the climate we live in. Here in Australia the sun is so harsh and bright somedays that you can barely open your eyes unless your wearing sunglasses, which most of us do quite successfully, so why not wear a hat which keeps our heads and face protected from uv rays and also helps cut the glare from our eyes. It seems the most often you’ll see hats these days is when it’s Melbourne Cup Day and then how many are bought for one wear and then discarded??

For me personally I’m making it my mission to bring hats back to my family at least, they really do finish off an outfit, offer protection from the elements and just look good. One thing that always sticks in my mind about hats is that my grandfather always, always wore a hat no matter the weather or where he was going….if we ever lost pop in a crowd we found him by his hat…he was a sharp dresser my pop even in his later days….so this next look is for him, I’m sure he’d appreciate the effort…

I found this lovely hat at my local chemistit has the cancer counsel approval as it has a sun protection of 50+ due to the materials it's made from.....
I found this lovely hat at my local chemist it has the cancer counsel approval as it has a sun protection of 50+ due to the materials it’s made from…..its also quite stylish with my new sunglasses….how very 50’s of me….

So there you have it my take on hats and I hope some of you, like me realize just how important a hat can be for all seasons and maybe make an investment in buying one you absolutely love…..so stay tuned as that look back to past fashions has me making a few other changes to my wardrobe as well…..until next time….Au revoir…xo

Michelle

An Old Soul…

Bonjour mes amis, ca va? I hope your day is proving to be a good one for you. I’ve been busy doing a whole house clean today and finally I’m finished and can sit for a bit. As I’ve been cleaning I’ve had good old Frank Sinatra playing in the background as I love old music, especially the old crooners from the 50’s and when I was a kid there was nothing better than catching a Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis or Elvis Presley Matinee on tv around 2pm…..now I’m really showing my age aren’t I lol.

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Frank Sinatra

For as long as I can remember I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era. Is anyone else out there the same? Growing up I wished I lived in the 50’s with the music, poodle skirts and all that jiving. Don’t get me wrong as a child of the 80’s I think we did pretty well music wise, fashion could be considered questionable but who didn’t love the big hair and bold makeup? We all did I’m sure.

As I’ve been listening to Frank today I realized that this is more my grandparents era of music and while I’ve definitely heard a few song my grandma liked, I realized I never knew what sort of music my pop liked but I’m inclined to think he would’ve like Old Blue Eyes. I’ll have to ask my Dad or Mum as I’m sure they would know.

So anyhow I’ve been listening to a lot of oldies lately including the amazing Edith Piaf!! Don’t get me started on how brilliant she is. In fact I was listening and singing along to La vie en rose a couple of days ago and my husband (charming that he is) asked me how old I was!! Can you believe the nerve of him lol…..I have always listened to classic music and I can tell you it comes from growing up listening to Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, The Supremes, Abba and so many more and that’s just my mum’s taste in music. From my dad came Daddy Cool, The Eagles, CCR (Creedence Clear Water Revival) and Skyhooks! So between this mix, growing up in the 80’s and a grandmother that would sing songs to you from the 40’s that she used to like it’s no wonder my love of music goes so far back and I don’t know what era I belong in lol……In my bones I’ve always felt I’m living in the wrong time and the wrong place but that’s where the beauty of music can transport you to wherever you want to be as long as you tune in with your imagination. Just last week I was in a cafe in Paris with a cafe au lait with Edith Piaf playing in the background.

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Edith Piaf

So am I getting old or just an old soul? I like to think I’m an old soul who appreciates damn good music you can listen to and understand and if I could have that era to live in (especially Paris) with today’s technology I’d be one happy gal.

Before I go I have to mention one thing that’s bothered me for years that past era’s had that we in modern society don’t have and that’s dinner and dancing and I don’t mean the pub and on to  a club! I’m talking about beautiful restaurants that have dance floors so while your waiting for your meal you can have a dance with your partner. And when dinner is finished you can dance again before desert. I’ve been to a few fancy restaurants in my time and not one had a dance floor and I’ve always wondered why this part of going out for an evening seems to have gone by the wayside for so long. If you know the reason please leave a comment below and explain it to me, it’s something I’ve wanted to know for the longest time.

Ok now I’m off to continue listening to my classic music and wish I was being led around a dance floor. Au revoir mes amis.

Michelle x 

H20…Plain Old Water Or Summer Fun….?

Bonjour mes amis….. here’s a question for you all that I’m quite curious about…..Are you a big water drinker?? No, me either….but for those of you who are, well done your body and your skin will love you for it.

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Today as I sit here with a hot from being on my feet all day, I’m drinking down the water to try and cool downhelp and knowing me I’m probably a little dehydrated. We all know we should drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, but why?? What are the benefits of drinking so much water? One thing I know is I spend more time in the loo when I drink a lot hehe.

First of all a good amount of water helps to flush toxins out of the body, it helps keep skin stay hydrated and clear, helps all our organs to function properly and it keeps you full between meals. In fact quite often being thirsty can be mistaken for feeling hungry that’s why personal trainers, doctors and nutritionists recommend having a glass of water before a snack that way it gives your body a chance to see if it’s really hungry or thirsty. So my mission is to try and increase my water intake to keep hydrated inside and out, I find if I keep water near me I’ll drink it, if it’s out of sight then it’s definitely out of mind.

However my most favourite thing to do with water is…….yep you guessed it, swimming!! I’m so glad the warm weather is back so I can head to the beach and jump in that water again. Also I’m really looking forward to spending a lot of time with Francis there over the holidays while Bec is in Broome. He loves busso as much as I do and I’m sure a trip to Kmart afterwards will make his day. (He so takes after his mother….sun, sand, surf and kmart…. that’s all it takes to make him happy lol)

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Our favourite place to be

Bring on summer, sun and swimming…Now this is my idea of water being fun, nothing better than an early morning swim to wake you up and get the day started or a late afternoon swim to cool down and relax (at the best beach ever)…..for as long as I can remember I’ve loved being in the water and I really couldn’t imagine living anywhere there wasn’t access to the beach….Seriously how do people do it…?? Well take care for now and I’ll be back soon….

Au revoir

Michelle x