How to get a salon facial at home

How to get a salon facial at home

When I turned 50 I treated myself to a series of facials over a few months. One was a microdermabrasion facial.

If you haven’t heard of microdermabrasion facials, they’re advertised as ‘non-invasive resurfacing of the skin that exfoliates, reduces congestion and improves texture to leave your skin looking more supple and refreshed.’

Compared to the previous facials, which admittedly didn’t have all the benefits of a microdermabrasion facial, it was a little uncomfortable and not quite the ‘lie back and relax time’ I was expecting.

Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals that are blown onto the skin under pressure and immediately suctioned off. They minutely scratch the surface of the skin removing the layer of dead cells that causes dullness.

In you want to know why we get duller, less radiant skin as we age, it’s because cellular turnover decreases which means the top layer of dead cells is shed less frequently.

So, back to my story. My skin felt great after the facial but that was the last one in my facial series. I can’t remember if it was because of how it felt or because I was busy and having a regular facial was a luxury that I didn’t have time for.

Fast forward a few years and I found an alternative that gave similar results to the microdermabrasion facial without the discomfort, in a fraction of the time (less than five minutes), and I could do it at home.

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How to get better quality beauty products

If you’re like me, you want to look your best and you want value for the money you spend on beauty items. It can be a minefield navigating all the marketing hype and these tips will guide you to making choices that give you more quality for your dollar (or pound). 

Always buy the best quality skincare you can afford. I could tell you that your skin is the largest organ of your body so it deserves to be looked after but you know that. 

More importantly, the choices you make now, whatever your age, will impact how you look in 10 and 20 years from now. And it would be naive to think that how you’ll look won’t matter to you. You can ensure you always look your best you by investing in the best skincare you can afford now.

And let’s not forget the subtle message you’re giving your body when you use quality - you’re saying that you deserve the best and this is one important step in self love.

So here are my 3 tips to get the most value from your beauty items and to get better quality beauty products.


    Reducing waste is not just advice about using every last drop of your lotions and potions, which is important.  

    If you buy products that give you results which you love, of course, then you’ll be motivated to use every last drop and not be seduced by the next ‘big thing’

    Know what your skin issues are before you go to buy so you don’t get seduced or bamboozled by clever marketing and a persuasive salesperson and end up buying products that you don’t need. 

    Finally, if you’re starting a new regime KISS (keep it simple, sweetheart). If you don’t do anything but ‘shower and go’ now, don’t buy a 5 step morning regime because chances are you won’t stick to it. Better to add one highly effective step to your regime and make that a habit. Then you can add another step if you want.

    And back to the initial point, look for packaging that allows you to get every last drop. If it’s a product in a jar, it’s not too difficult to get it all out. If the product is in a tube, consider cutting the top off when the level gets low.


    It’s easy to think the big name brands are the best, but when you factor in the cost of advertising and store mark ups, you have to acknowledge that the quality you get will be less than a similarly priced item where there are no advertising or store mark up costs.

    Admittedly, many small companies will not be able to compete with the big names for research and development, but there are some direct sales companies where the research and development teams are superior. The company I’m partnered with has the most impressive scientific advisory board and research and development team I’ve seen in any company.

    For that reason, to get the most value for your money and the best quality skincare you can, my advice is definitely to buy directly from a direct sales company. Yes, direct sales companies are not all created equally, so do a little homework. Or ask me. This is the most effective way of getting better quality beauty products without having to increase your budget.


Are you someone who uses the fuel discount voucher you get at the supermarket? I am. Why wouldn’t I?

And similarly, why wouldn’t I buy products from a company  that rewards my loyalty. And not just a token reward but a reward that can be redeemed for more quality products.

The company I’m partnered with is very generous in its rewards program. In the first year, the reward is 20% of the product value and after a year, a whopping 30% of the product value. That’s nearly ‘buy three, get one’. And it’s not just for a limited time or a special promotion, it’s for every time I buy as part of that program.

If you are using a particular brand and doing so on a regular basis, if you’re not getting rewarded for that loyalty you are not optimizing value for your money.

I hope these tips have been useful. If you want to schedule a SKINCARE CONSULTATION for a personalized recommendation that will fit effortlessly into your life and give you real results, message me.

3 Reasons I don't look for organic or natural in my skincare products

3 Reasons I don't look for organic or natural in my skincare products

You’re probably wondering right now if there was a typo in the title.

I mean doesn’t everyone want organic and natural?

We are marketed to relentlessly about how natural a product is in a way that assumes that’s a good thing. Marketing implies that organic means premium which is why we are prepared to pay more for organic items.

So, why wouldn’t I choose skincare products that are described as organic or natural?

Let me give you three reasons and see if you change your mind about organic and natural once you’ve read them.

1. There is no commonly agreed definition of what organic means

Most of us think that organic, when on a product, means that the product is free from toxins, like those used in pesticides etc.

But the truth is that there is no internationally agreed definition so organic means different things in different countries and to different people.

Some countries have standards but there is no obligation for product makers in those countries to even follow the recommendations before they put the word organic on their products.

Even products that are ‘certified organic’, which means they are adhering to a guideline by a certifying body, are not 100% organic.

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How to make your skincare regime easy

How to make your skincare regime easy

If you are someone who doesn’t have a regime then this post is for you.

You want something easy so you can get started and make it a habit. Then you can add to the regime as you see fit.

If you have a regime and it’s working for and you’re happy, then these tips are probably not for you, but maybe there is something you could tweak to make it even easier.

Revamp123 Rules of Effortless Beauty

I’m going to break it down what I call the Rules of Effortless Beauty into 3 main areas.

1. Choose products that give results

Ok, this may seem like a no-brainer but I know many people who are using products and when I ask what has it done for you, they’re not sure.

They may know the marketing spiel that goes with the product but they can’t say for sure what benefits they get from it.

If you see results, then you are more likely to be motivated to keep using the product. It becomes an easy decision.

So, the first rule of effortless beauty is choose products that show results.

I recommend trying a product on one side of your face and then comparing how that side looks and feels compared to the other side.

It’s a personal experiment that will guide you in making better choices for yourself.

I love that products I use give an immediate result and when I just apply on one side of my face, that side feels softer, smoother, more radiant etc.

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Getting the right recipe for your skin

Getting the right recipe for your skin

I likened skincare to baking a cake in the last blog. And certainly you need to get the basics right before you start adding the specifics that make the cake stand out.

And the basics for skincare are

  • using a pH balanced moisturiser

  • using moisturisers that have humectants

  • having anti-oxidants in your skincare products

When you’re young, you really only need to get the basics right.

But as you age, you will have other issues and you’ll need to add ‘flavours’ to your basic regime to address your specific problems.

What happens to the skin as we age?

The genetic blueprint we are born with is constant throughout our life, but how the actual genes express themselves changes with time.

Think of the firmness of a baby’s skin and compare to someone in their late 40’s on and it’s obvious something has changed - and what has changed is that collagen and elastin production have downgraded their expression (downsized, if you will) so the underlying structure of the skin loses some of its support and that shows with fie lines, wrinkles and sagging.

And while some genes downgrade their expression, some upgrade like melanin production which is why sun spots (which some people call age spots) appear.

Not only do those changes occur but cell turnover slows down so you don’t shed your dead cell layer as quickly and that causes dullness.

So, common skin issues are:

  • fine lines and wrinkles

  • sagging

  • dullness

  • uneven tone

  • sun spots

Do young people have skin issues?

Teenagers and young adults will be only too aware of skin issues that they feel plagued with.

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Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Have you ever baked a cake? If so, you’ll realise that most cake-making starts with the basics like

  • cream butter and sugar

  • add flour

  • add eggs

Then you get to add the other stuff that makes this particular cake what it is - maybe the zest of a lemon, or carrots or maybe bananas or maybe my favourite -cocoa.

But you have to start with the basics before you can add the special touches. Otherwise it just doesn’t work.

Skincare - like baking a cake?

I believe that skincare is a bit the same as baking a cake - you need to get the basics right first. But that’s not where most people start and actually there are a couple of basic skincare mistakes that are quite common.

Navigating the marketing hype

I used to get caught up in trying to sort out my skin issues before I had the basics sorted. And honestly, I was most often totally confused and unsure of what I needed.

We’re fed so much hype and marketing on what we have to do for this or that problem. And every season, if not more often, there’s a certain flavour that we need to be incorporating into our regime. Just when we’d got used to the last ‘big thing’

Do you ever feel so confused that you don’t even bother any more?

I mean, how do you navigate the information overload ?

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7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

Marula Oil - the new beauty oil on the block

There are so many great beauty oils, you may wonder why you’ve never heard of Marula Oil before. Well, I can guarantee that is going to change as Marula Oil knocks the others off the shelves because of it’s extraordinary properties

Loved and used for centuries by the indigenous women of South Africa

This rare oil is no Johnny-come-lately by any means. For centuries, indigenous women in South Africa have eaten the fruit and used the oil from the nut of the Marula tree for soothing and moisturising their skin and protecting it from the harsh environment.

Rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids

Marula oil has the highest concentration of omega 9 oil (oleic acid) in any plant as well as having omega 6 oil (linoleic acid), anti-oxidants like Vit E, Vit C and flavonoids. It is one of the most stable of topical oils used in skincare.

What this means is that it’s high in anti-oxidants and is excellent at combating free radical damage that causes premature ageing.

Compared to argan oil, marula oil has 60% more anti-oxidants and is much more skin friendly

7 benefits you won’t want to miss out on

  1. Anti-ageing properties - Marula Oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by protecting against environmental damage. The anti-oxidants fight free radical damage caused by sun, pollution, stress, illness, smoking etc and so help repair and restore the skin

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How to get the best beauty products for you

How to get the best beauty products for you

In this week's blog, I'm going to explain how you can become your own research assistant to ensure you get the best products for you. If you're wondering why you would need to become your own expert, I would suggest that if you are paying money for products that you put on your skin, you want to be pretty sure they're working and worth what you're paying.


Before I explain how you can become your own research assistant, let me briefly explain, in everyday language, how research works because that's the basis of how your beauty products make it to the shelves in the first place. Once you have an understanding of that, you can find out how you can become your own researcher so you get the best products for YOU. 

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How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

Are you making a key mistake with your skincare?

Most of us want to maintain youthful, radiant, clear skin and we use beauty and skincare products to do that. A survey of over 2000 Americans found that on average, women use 12 products (168 separate ingredients) in their beauty and skincare regime every day. Men use less but still average 6 products (85 separate ingredients) daily.

So clearly, we invest a lot in maintaining our skin. But are you making a fundamental mistake when you choose your ingredients (or the products that contain them)?

Are you confusing a common skin condition with your skin type?

A common mistake is that people confuse dehydrated skin which is a skin condition that anyone can have with dry skin which is a particular skin type.

Let's quickly recap - what's a condition and what's a type?

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How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

The point of framing your face is to help highlight your eyes and give your face some definition. Andhelp to highlight and compliment your bone structure.

Eyebrows have been in the spotlight for a wee while now. There is a real trend for the super dark, highly shaped and defined eyebrow. That may or may not be the look your going for – that’s ok.

I am going to show you the basics and possibly the most understated look – you can go ahead and add more colour and definition if that’s what you are after.

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A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

I know I don't have to tell you about protecting yourself from the sun. Slip, Slap, Slop. The messages about using topical skin protection, wearing a hat, covering up your palest bits are well ingrained, especially for those of us in New Zealand and Australia where melanoma rates are particularly high.

But then there's the Vitamin D debate - you have to have some sunshine for adequate Vitamin D and bone protection because none of us want fractures as we get older.

So, here you are once again, balancing on the tight-rope of life. This time, enough sun to give you adequate Vitamin D levels balanced by enough protection to prevent skin cancers.

Well, interestingly there is a new weapon you can add to your sun protection armament

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8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

A 'brow to collar' guide to staying beautiful naturally because we all have those days we just want to get up and go.  These tips will help you go out without make-up and feel confident you look radiant and fresh-faced.

And even if you do wear make-up, and let's face it, makeup is a great way to highlight your best features, wearing it does not mean that you should neglect properly caring for your skin. Your skin is not only your first line of defense against the outside world, but it is also the first area that the effects of aging begin to show. In fact, the best way to allow cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty is to give your facial features the best chance to shine on their own—starting with the right skin care routine.

Each part of your face is unique and should be treated as such.

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