MIND & BODY

TOP 5 TIPS FOR RECOVERING FROM A BINGE

Hellooooooo Christmas! (wtf how is 2017 nearly over!!?)
And also a hello to lots of food, lots of drinks and LOTS of fun spent with friends & family!
Now, lets just all take a moment to appreciate all of the delicious food we have eaten over the past few days (or weeks if ya know what I mean…Christmas parties, lunches etc). One of my biggest achievements over the last 12 months has been improving my relationship with food so I want to jump right on in to my very first (and what I would consider most important of all) tip:

1 – APPRECIATE THE FOODS YOU HAVE EATEN. ENJOY THEM!
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INTUITIVE FITNESS

One of the biggest buzz words to come from 2017 (apart from turmeric and anti-inflammatory) is ‘intuitive’. Everything from intuitive living, intuitive fitness and ‘eating intuitively’.

But what does that even mean? (more…)

GRAINS – WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT ORGANIC

Ok, so this might be a little controversial & I know so many people roll their eyes when the health industry pushes eating organic produce…but I want to explain exactly WHY it’s important to eat organic – when you can. And ESPECIALLY with grains.

I’m sure we are all aware of the huge gluten free movement over the last few years. This has reared it’s head due to hundreds of thousands more people showing symptoms of intolerances just in the last 10 years. But why has this happened? (more…)

DRAGON FRUIT

So we all know fruit & vegetables are good for us…but there are some more than others! One that’s been on my radar the last few months is Dragon Fruit (or Pitaya) and I’ve been researching just WHY it’s so good for us and why it’s classified as a Superfood. So, here we go… (more…)

ADAPTOGENS

What are adaptogens? Why are they important? How can we incorporate more herbs and spices in our lives to benefit our bodies?

These days, life can be ‘hard’ and stressful. You may not feel stressed, but is your body telling you otherwise? Are you abnormally snappy, cranky or emotional? Do you suffer from headaches? Do you have skin rashes or itchyness? (more…)

VEGAN VANILLA THICKSHAKE

You may know I have some food intolerances and eczema that flares up from time to time if I’m a bit naughty…well, the last 2 weeks I have been very naughty (hellooooo birthday cake and malteasers!) so, I’ve had a flare up and I’m haaaating it. (more…)

DETOX TIPS

With Spring only 1 day away in Australia, it’s that time of year when we start freaking out about our not-so-healthy diet choices over the Winter months. Well, the warm weather is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it – our hemlines are about to get a lot shorter and our tops a little more cropped.
With this in mind, it’s the prime time for people to jump on the detox/teatox/juice cleanse bandwagon, so let’s just start by saying that your body is a machine that is made to detoxify itself every day. This is exactly what your liver is for!   (more…)

TURMERIC LATTE

Everyone is jumping on the Tumeric Latte or ‘Golden Milk’ health fad, so I’ve done some research as to why, and added in a recipe for you to make your own right at home!

Turmeric benefits:
– Turmeric is great for your skin because it has anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve seen so many people doing turmeric facials that I’m going to research these as well & will keep you updated with another post later in the week. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help with skin redness, but it also has anti-bacterial properties which can reduce blemishes as well   (more…)

COFFEE BODY SCRUB

I’ve been reading a lot about different body scrubs and recently came across the ‘Frank Bod’ caffeine scrub. It claims reduced cellulite, reduced stretch marks and softer, tighter skin.

Well, I thought I might just need to give it a go myself. There’s something so satisfying about DIY. A bag of Frank is only $14, so yeah it would have been easy enough just to buy some, but I love making things (see my candle post!) And I like to personalise things to suit what I like or what my body needs. So I researched a heap of different body scrubs and their ‘effects’ and picked my favourite ingredients from each. Here is my recipe (and the reasoning behind them!) if you love the smell of Jaffas, then get scrubbing girl!

1 cup ground coffee beans – rich in antioxidants, so it’s a great anti-inflammatory. It also increases circulation so is great for the production of collagen and helps to make skin firmer. Also acts as an exfoliant due to its course feel

1/2 cup of oil (I use sweet almond oil or coconut oil) – they are super high in proteins, vitamins and healthy fats, so are amazingly moisturising for the skin

1/3 cup raw sugar – a second exfoliator, for silky smooth skin

1/3 cup sea salt or Epsom salts – another exfoliator and Epsom salts are amazing to soothe sore and tired muscles

3 drops of each essential oil of your choice (do some research to find out what oils your body needs most – there are so many to choose from and their benefits range from helping to firm skin and energising the body to relaxing the mind and helping you sleep!)

Examples:

Geranium Essential Oil – helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions.

Lavender Essential Oil – helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and has great benefits for the skin. It helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring.

Myrrh Essential Oik – has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.

Bergamot Essential Oil – Is uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use in skin care products for oily and troubled skin.

Grapefruit Essential Oil – Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is nourishing for skin. Like many cold-pressed citrus oils, it is a great companion when applied to target areas prior to exercise

Caffine Body Scrub recipe up now www.amirankin.com

EASY BEAUTY TIPS

I came across an article on BuzzFeed with some easy tips on how to look effortlessly polished.

I thought I would add a few of my own in as well.

And you know what they say…if you write it down, you are affirming it to yourself and are more likely to stick to it. So, here’s to smoother skin and easier beauty routines!

Easy, quick beauty tips www.amirankin.com

1. Press a serum onto your face at night before you moisturise
(I am dying to try SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It’s supposed to be the ‘holy grail’ of skin care, but is also quite pricey. It’s on my list of items to buy this  month!)

2. Use a matte primer.
This is a big one for me. I get up at 5am to workout before I have to quickly have a shower and throw on my makeup and outfit for the day and rush for the train. I spend 2 hours a day commuting in the harsh train air-conditioning plus 8 hours working in an office with over-used air conditioning as well. Needless to say, my skin gets a workout and my makeup needs to stay on for at least 11 hours until I’m home! I have rosacea so I have found the NYX matte primer and also NYX matte setting mist awesome!

3. Apply concealer under your eyes and in the creases of your nose.
Like I said, I have rosacea so I need a little bit of concealer sometimes. OVER THE TOP OF YOUR FOUNDATION!

4. Use a translucent powder.
If you really need your makeup to set for the day, sweep over a translucent powder once you have done your foundation and concealer. I use a large Napoleon fluffy brush and Australis translucent powder (which lasts foreverrrr!) I also tap it onto my skin rather than ‘brushing’ so it sets properly.

4. Swap foundation for a CC or BB cream.
When possible, if you don’t need as much coverage (or at least on the weekends so you can let your skin breathe) these creams help to fight against un-even skin tone, blemishes, dry skin and fine lines. I have the Rimmel matte BB cream and I love it! It’s just like a tinted moisturiser, only better! Or, go one better and opt for  an organic & vegan tinted mousturiser.

5. Apply a neutral nail colour.
It makes hands seem ‘daintier’ and finished.

6. Fill in your brows!
I can not stress this enough, it really finishes off your makeup look. I’m lucky and have never really had to even shape my brows, but a thin swipe of colour and a quick brush really can shape your whole face!

7. For a super easy eyeshadow look, use 2-3 natural/taupe shades blended with a tapered blending brush into the crease.
My all-time favourite beauty blogger is Lauren Curtis and she really has this down pat in her ‘Prom Makeup Tutorial‘. I have this down to a minute in my beauty routine (obviously not as precise and detailed as her) but it amps up any makeup look quickly!

8. Continue blending the above makeup look slightly under the bottom lashes for an easy ‘smokey eye’

9. Have a spare 2 minutes? Curl the front 10cm of each side of your hair outwards spray with hair spray and then flip your head upside down and run your fingers through the curls. It literally takes 2 minutes and will shape your face nicely with a soft ‘Victorias Secret’ wave that’s not too over-the-top.

10. Always carry a sheer lipstick in your bag.
It can brighten up ANY outfit. And sheer is more subtle, for those days you want to dress up casual shorts and a loose tee. My favourites are Essence from Priceline (yes, it’s only like $3!) colour 44 ‘Almost Famous’ is my go-to.

– Image from another one of my favourite bloggers, Notes By Nicola 🙂