New Years Solutions

by Olivia Cartwright,

It’s that time of year again. The dreaded “ New Year’s Resolutions” have come around again!  Most of us start with eager enthusiasm, only to experience a bit of a wobble towards the end of January. Sound familiar?. So why not make this the year you make new habits and set yourself up for success rather than failure. Trust me, it’s easier than you think!

Historically, my January cleanse is my always favourite. You have that boost of motivation which makes you approach it with excitement and exhilaration (like starting a brand new notebook with a pristine page). January is also perfectly set up for cleansing. It’s an indoor month which means you can really ease yourself into the process and truly relax and reset without the guilt. There are far less social engagements and so many people are doing Dry January that you don’ have to miss out on much at all. You can really forge out a proper amount of time to dedicate to your pre and post-cleanse eating. 

I truly believe the success of a cleanse is in the pre and post-cleanse eating. It’s all about taking your time before and after your cleanse to slowly reintroduce foods and caffeine and treat yourself gently and with lots of kindness. I like to allocate at least 5 days on either side of a cleanse to prepare my body for the detox and bring food groups back in. 

While we are on the subject of motivation, my hot tip is to pre-book! I urge you to harness this tool and schedule your cleanses for the year. If you book them in now, you are less likely to make excuses down the line. We recommend cleansing with the seasons, so with all 4 seasonal cleanses in the diary, you’ve already on the road to success! There is no need to overhaul your whole life but these small tricks can really big change. After all, the futures looking healthy and bright. Happy New Year!


Christmas truffle recipe

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

 

Christmas is a time of indulgence, filled with food, fun and of course lots of chocolate. We love to make our own treats so we know exactly what's gone into them without compromising on taste. This is a great, simple recipe for the whole family to enjoy. They also make great treats. 

  • 240 ml light coconut milk
  • 300 g dairy-free dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of desiccated coconut
  • 1 handful of mixed nuts , such as pecans, hazelnuts, macadamias
  • 2 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  1. Pour the coconut milk into a small pan over a low heat and heat through.
  2. Snap the chocolate into a bowl, add the coconut oil, then pour over the coconut milk and stir gently to combine – it’s important not to mix too quickly.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, then cover the bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.
  4. When the truffle mixture is almost set, toast the desiccated coconut in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly golden, then tip onto a plate.
  5. Return the pan to the heat, scatter in the nuts and toast for 2 minutes, or until golden. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then finely chop and place onto a second plate.
  6. Spread the cocoa powder over a third plate.
  7. Using a teaspoon, scoop out little balls of the truffle mixture and roll in the palm of your hands, placing them onto a tray
 

Radiance Recommends - Beauty Edition

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

Radiance Recommends - Hero Natural Beauty Products 

Skincare is confusing territory, and I for one have been sold more than my fair share of expensive products that have stripped and damaged my skin in the long term. Then on the flip side there is the massive industry of beautifully package but ineffective natural products that might as well be facial olive oil. Here are our round-up of our hero products, made from natural, ethical brands that not only WORK but have changed my skin for the better. 

 

  1. Esse Probiotic Serum - Having suffered from dermatitis and sensitised skin that was triggered by years of playing with products filled with harsh chemicals, this product single-handedly restored my skin to it’s former glory. Esse is one 3 companies that work with topical live probiotics, repairing your skin's microbiome and strengthening your dermis. It is also quite thick and rich, making it perfect for this time of year when your skin craves a little extra moisture.
  2. Pai Oil Cleanser - I like to use an oil cleanser as my first cleanse and remove all the makeup and dirt. This is not too harsh and removes every scrap of mascara without the need to rub!
  3. Botane Whipped Cleanser - The refreshing cucumber scent and gorgeous milky texture makes this perfect for your second cleanse. The formula leaves your skin feeling really clean whilst not being too ‘stripping’.
  4. Synergie Vitamin B - Skincare is all about the A, B, C’s. A for anti-aging, B to boost strength and C to clear & brighten. I personally think Vitamin B is the unsung hero of the three and is perfect for any skin type. I love this one from Synergie, it’s a ‘clean’ brand from Australia and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  5. Odacite sculpting tool - You will of seen these Gua sha tools all over and it might seem like a fad but if you can commit to using it regularly you will see great results. It lifts, tightens and reduces puffiness.
  6. Sodashi rejuvenating moisturiser - For some reason, I find moisturisers I like incredibly difficult to find. Enter Sodashi, hailed as being the purest skincare range in the world. This is the perfect consistency, leaves your skin baby soft, makeup goes on flawlessly and keeps dryness at bay.


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