Organic, Vegan Concealer – you asked, we made it

18 Aug

I know so many of you have been patiently waiting for us to release our concealer & after countless hours of testing & millions of formulation tweaks we have created a concealer we think is worthy of wearing the MG Naturals name.

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It’s lightweight and glides on silky smooth ideal for camouflaging skin imperfections. Our natural minerals light reflecting properties help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and hide dark circles. It provides SPF protection and moisture to your skin while repairing damaged cells. Our formulation is made with premium cosmetic grade, organic ingredients which include Rose hip oil, Carrot seed oil and soothing Aloe Vera.

The soothing aloe vera base will do wonders for healing & soothing any blemishes while hydrating your skin.

Our concealer formulation is great for sensitive skin and sensitive eyes. It is made with pure organic ingredients and does not cause eye irritation’s.

It comes in two great shades perfect for concealing blemishes, dark circles & pigmentation while helping to even out skin tone, creating a flawless base.

So what are you waiting for get your hands on one of these bad boys today, you won’t regret it.

Homemade organic nipple butter

26 Jul

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I am in love with this butter, its so great to soothe those cracked sore nipples, but it also works great on chapped lips & any dry cracked skin. It has been a great addition to our nappy bag as our go anywhere, fix anything balm.

With my first daughter I used a popular lanolin ointment, but since then I have learnt lanolin contains a heavy load of pesticides as the wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out if it. Not something I want my little baby ingesting.

So after researching other brands of nipple butters I decided to give the DIY option a go as I got to be in charge of the quality of the ingredients. My baby is ingesting this so I want to make sure its made on the best quality, organic, edible ingredients.

This recipe is so simple it’s made from all pure, organic ingredients that can be consumed. I recommend using cocoa butter from your local health food or bulk food store that is used to make chocolate – that way you know it’s 100% safe for your baby to consume, I don’t recommend using cosmetic grade ingredients as our babies tummies are so new that we want to be sure we are giving them pure, natural ingredients that won’t effect their gut flora.

Although this recipe is simple, it has some great ingredients that will soothe & reduce inflammation.The chamomile reduces redness & irritation all while calming your baby. The Coconut oil protects against thrush & has the same medium chain fatty acids that are naturally present in breast milk. The Cocoa butter is super hydrating, protective & moisturising & the beeswax creates a protective layer.

Our nipple butter doesn’t use shea butter although its a super ingredient for soothing balms, its not so good for your babies tummy as it can cause diarrhoea when consumed so we have stayed well away from it.

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Nipple Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa butter
  • 2 drops chamomile essential oil

Place your wax, oil & butter into a jar & set it into a simmering pan of water to melt.

Once the wax & butter has melted, take your jar off the heat & let it cool for a few minutes then add your chamomile essential oil & stir well.

Pour into containers & let set, this recipe made two 20gm round containers full, which are perfect for carrying in your baby bag.

Enjoy

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Our first ever eyeshadow tutorial video

7 Jul

The lovely Holly from VIP Bridal Beauty has shared her knowledge with us on how to easily create a beautiful day look with our new range of eyeshadows.

If you need special occasion make up be sure to check her out here

Hibiscus anti-ageing Clay Cleanser Bars

4 Jul

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I love my clay cleanser bars, they are my favourite cleansers for winter as they keep the winter dryness at bay. They keep my skin hydrated, moisturised & super soft throughout winter.

This time we wanted to make an anti-ageing clay cleanser & after some research I decided to make a hibiscus clay cleansing bar.

Why hibiscus? it’s a natural source of aha’s & provides the same benefits without the harsh chemicals. It exfoliates, speeds up cell turnover, increases moisture, improves elasticity & soothes your skin with anti-oxidants.

Who doesn’t want a dose of that each day??

We also decide to mix it up & use castor oil for this bar as it is super cleansing, anti aging, fades scars & age spots. The Geranium essential oil is a collagen stimulant so it will work on minimising any sagging or lines.

I love applying this clay cleanser in the shower & leaving it on while I wash my hair because the ingredients are so good, its like a mini-mask for your skin while you shower. Leaving your face plump & primed ready to apply your MG Naturals BB cream & face the day.

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Hibiscus Clay Cleanser Bar’s a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 30gm cocoa butter
  • 30gm shea butter
  • 30gm castor oil
  • 40gm kaolin clay
  • 30gm full milk powder
  • 30gm almond meal
  • 30gm hibiscus powder
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

Melt the butters & oil in a glass jar in a pan of simmering water. Mix your clay, almond meal & hibiscus powder until well combined. When your oils & butters have melted, mix them into your clay mix & stir well to create a paste, add your geranium essential oil. The mix is best set in silicon bakeware containers in the freezer.

Keep the majority of your cleanser blocks in the freezer & keep one out in the bathroom to stop spoilage.

Simply pinch off a piece add some warm water & rub it into your skin to get your anti-ageing, anti-oxidant morning burst.

Give it a try, what do you have to loose other than wrinkles🙂

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Contour like a celebrity without the chemicals

21 Jun

Introducing our amazing new all Organic, Vegan, No nasties Contour kits, this is natural make up gone serious!!

But it is so simple, even a make up novice like me, can do it……….check out the video below to see my efforts🙂

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Want a beautiful radiant sculpted complexion?

Just without the hassle & fuss of using a million different products & spending hours in front of the mirror.

Well now YOU can create the same look as a professional make up artist with just three products and all in a matter of minutes.

The result is flawlessly shaped features from defined cheekbones to a seemingly perfect nose to the appearance of a sculpted jaw line.

Simply apply your foundation all over then swipe on your contour wand to create shadows, sculpt & define. Apply the illuminator wand to highlight & draw attention to your best features. Blend gently & you are ready to go – it is as easy as that.

You don’t have to be a skilled make up artist to achieve flawless, polished skin our simple instruction chart will walk you through how to identify your face shape & apply your wands to magically transform your features.

Our kits are so much fun, be sure to check them out today.

 

 

Refined Sugar Free Butter Cream Icing

13 Jun

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My kids will eat anything if you smother it in Butter Cream. I am not such a fan, I find it sickly sweet & can’t see the point of baking them healthy treats if we are going to smother them with that much icing sugar.

So I have been on the hunt for a compromise & I am happy to tell you I have found it!!

This icing contains no refined sugar, I sweetened mine with Maple syrup, but I have tried it with pureed dates (its just best in a caramel or cacao version as it comes out quite caramel coloured), I have also used pureed banana’s, honey & coconut sugar & they all worked great. So feel free to substitute with your preferred sweetener.

I sweetened this batch with maple syrup & then added a few frozen raspberries to give it a natural slight pink colour which my girls went crazy for.

If your kids are used to traditional butter cream icing I would double the maple syrup & then slowly start reducing it batch by batch, otherwise they may decide they don’t like it straight off the bat & you could have a mutiny on your hands.

I like this icing better than butter cream, because its light & fluffy. I find traditional buttercream to be quite dense & heavy, this has a lighter consistency more like whipped cream, but it’s not prone to melting & curdling like cream can do.

This icing is a little more complicated to make than my usual recipes, but its well worth the effort & it isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it.

The first time I made this, I was sure it was going to be a massive fail, but it does actually work, so persevere with it.

I know you, like me, have probably tried hundreds of healthy substitute recipes where it says it tastes as good as the real thing. Only to make it & wonder what the hell the writer is used to eating, because it is nothing like what it’s supposed to be. This is not one of those recipes, I promise.

Once you make it this will become your standard go-to icing recipe.

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Refined Sugar Free Buttercream Icing a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 3 T plain spelt flour
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

In a pan cook the spelt, milk & maple syrup over a low heat until it thickens to a thick pudding like consistency. I use a spatula to constantly stir & flatten out any lumps on the bottom of the pan as it thickens.

Once your mix resembles thick pudding (this should take 5-7 minutes worth of cooking time) scoop it into a bowl & top with cling wrap. Push the plastic wrap down onto the pudding so a skin can not form as the pudding mix cools.

I am always in a hurry, so I place my pudding mix into the freezer to cool, but you can always refrigerate it & use it later if you have the time.

Once your pudding mix is cold, put the butter & vanilla essence into a stand mixer & beat till the butter is soft & creamy. Add the cold pudding mixture & continue beating on a high setting. It may look like a curdled mess, but just keep beating it. It will eventually start to come together & look like whipped cream, but don’t be shocked if it needs to be whipped for 5 or more minutes for this to happen.

Once it has come together you can add additional flavourings like cacao powder, or tint it with hopper food colourings. I like to add dried beetroot powder or a few frozen raspberries to mine to make a pink toned cream, but you can add blueberries or a hint of turmeric to create other shades without the nasties.

It can be used straight away or kept in the fridge to be used later (it may just need re-whipping for a minute or two so it comes back light & fluffy). It pipes well & spreads just like butter cream just without all that sugar🙂

Enjoy

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Pregnancy Belly lotion to prevent stretch marks

30 May

Stretch marks………ahhhh…….nobody wants that!

How-to-Get-Rid-of-Stretch-Marks-Naturally-by-Mama-Natural-1024x582I am currently incubating baby number two & have been determined not to add to my  little stretch mark compilation.

Unfortunately with Miss Five I lathered on lotions & potions but just on my belly, I had no concept that you could get stretch marks on your hips or back side, so I was left with a smooth belly but a few faint patches on my hips. Which thankfully with time & this lotion have faded to being barely noticeable.

So with number two I have been sure to lather on this sumptuous tummy lotion all over my growing body🙂

I have made a tummy lotion rather than a butter, just because I don’t have the time to apply a butter after my shower & then stand around waiting for it to soak in before getting dressed.

Come on, I’m a Mum, a shower by yourself is already a luxury (right Mum’s) but standing around waiting for a butter or balm to soak in before getting dressed, well thats just madness.

And so far, as we enter the last few weeks, I am proud to report “no stretchies” so rest assured this lotion does work just as good as a butter, it just won’t make you late for everything and your clothes greasy.

This lotion has been formulated to use every ingredient that is purported to be beneficial in preventing stretch marks, so if you can’t assemble all the ingredients, even making a lotion out of a few of them should still work wonders.

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Here is what is in our tummy lotion & why:

Castor oil, as a poultice has been known to greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, applying castor oil direct to the skin & then wrapping in plastic wrap & leaving on overnight has had dramatic effects in diminishing stretch marks & returning the skin to good condition. It is a well known humectant & helps to re-moisturise the skin.

Sesame seed oil, is super high in vitamin E which helps to prevent & remove scarring, it’s high in antioxidants and slows down the ageing process, making it good for keeping your skin supple during pregnancy so it can expand without breaking collagen fibres.

Cocoa butter, has long been touted as a stretch mark preventative, it is highly emollient & will keep your skin smooth & soft.

Coconut Oil, is high in essential fatty acids that help to keep your skin moisturised & supple. It is also high in antioxidants & strengthens the epidermis.

Shea Butter, is highly emollient, soothing & protecting for your skin

Rosehip oil, contains a high level of Vitamin A which fades scars & boosts cell growth rate & increases collagen production deep under the skins surface. It also helps to improve elasticity.

Frankincense oil, is well renowned for its restorative properties & its ability to reduce scars.

Geranium oil, not only helps to prevent post-partum depression but it is also a collagen stimulant.

So with this host of amazing restorative, moisturising & collagen stimulating ingredients you can see why our tummy lotion is just as good, if not better than any expensive store brought cream. But best of all you can make it with all natural, 100% Organic ingredients & no hidden nasties that could be transferred to your growing babe.

Stretch Mark Belly Lotion a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 50gm glycerine
  • 200gm aloe vera juice
  • 20gm Emulsifying wax
  • 50gm cocoa butter
  • 50gm shea butter
  • 20gm rosehip oil
  • 20gm coconut oil
  • 20gm castor oil
  • 40gm sesame seed oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops rose essential oil (just for fragrance, so use whatever you have on hand)

This lotion does require a little bit of work, but it will make you a tonne of lotion & the results are well worth the work.

In a mason jar combine the glycerine & aloe vera juice (or distilled water if you can’t get aloe juice). In another mason jar combine the E wax, cocoa butter, shea butter, rosehip oil, coconut oil, castor oil & sesame seed oil. Place both jars in a pot of water & let them gently simmer until all your wax & butters have melted into the oils.

Remove from the heat & pour the contents of your aloe vera jar into your oils/butter jar while mixing with a stick blender. Or alternatively, pour your oil mix into a blender on low & then pour in the contents of the liquid jar. Mix well on a low speed for about 5 minutes.

Leave your lotion to cool to just above room temperature & add your essential oils in gently mixing again to combine, pour into jars & set aside to thicken.

I recommend keeping your bulk supply of lotion in the fridge & then keeping a small jar in the bathroom as the lotion has no preservative & will not keep well for weeks in a warm environment.

I have been lathering this on once a day after my shower, but you can put it on as many times as you like, you can even use it to fade & heal previous stretch marks like I have done.

Enjoy

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Cellulite busting Coffee Scrub

6 May

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I am in love with scrubs at the moment, I have no idea why?

But I am.
There are so many reasons why. They are so easy to make, you can make them with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry & they leave you skin so silky smooth.

I have been experimenting with sugar scrubs, but was really keen to make a cellulite busting scrub, so you know it just has to have coffee in it. Coffee is one of the biggest buzz words in the anti-cellulite world.

So we decided to make a coffee scrub & include cellulite busting essential oils for that added detoxification. But you can make this scrub with no essential oils & it will still work a treat.

We added Juniper Berry essential oil for its de-toxifying effect, it’s also renowned for  reducing fluid retention & activating new tissue growth, perfect for giving cellulite the boot. We also added Grapefruit Essential oil for removing toxins & because it’s rich in bromelain a strong anti-inflammatory that will help to melt those fat deposits away. The Sweet Orange oil helps to increase circulation & blood flow to the area. Giving our scrub super anti-cellulite powers🙂

We also added a touch of sugar for the glycol acid thats present in sugar, which will help to detoxify & un-clog pores at a deeper level so you get super silky smooth skin.

 

Cellulite Busting Coffee Scrub a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 cup ground coffee beans
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil

Grind your coffee beans to a medium grind (the coarser they are, the more scrub factor you will get – I prefer mine at a medium plunger style grind).

Add your sugar (I use white sugar as I feel the coffee beans already have enough scrub factor, but if you want a super scrub use Raw Sugar & for a softer scrub use brown sugar).

Stir in your sweet almond oil & your essential oils. Feel free to replace the almond oil with olive oil or coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand.

Place in a pretty jar & get ready to have “wake me up” scented showers.

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TO USE:

Simply grab a handful of your scrub & gently rub it into your backside & legs, leave it on for a few minutes so that the coffee & glycol acid present in the sugar can penetrate your skin & do their job. Rinse off with warm water & enjoy smooth, silky skin that smells so so good🙂

 

DIY Beauty recipes in Healthy Mama Magazine

30 Mar

Visit Healthy Mama Magazine to see our latest DIY beauty recipes each issue. Follow the link to see this months recipe for a soothing, gentle almond cleanser that you can easily make at home.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-mama-magazine/id950266920?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l9J9

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Enjoy

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Overnight Oats – two ways, peanut butter oats & chocolate brownie oats

17 Mar

Does anyone else hate breakfast time?

My family seem to think that I moonlight as a short order cook & no one can ever agree on what we should all eat.

That was, until we started doing overnight oats.

These are perfect for a family breakfast.They are ready to eat straight from the refrigerator, they are healthy & sustaining & best of all you can easily make 100’s of variations so you can please every member of the family.

We make them with a wide variety of fruits & flavours but these two recipes are our family favourites. Who can go past chocolate for breakfast – its a kids dream come true!!

And as for the peanut butter oats, with the addition of chia seeds they are creamy, sweet & salty goodness in a jar – they also make a decadent post work out snack.

Make breakfast the night before & de-crazy your mornings, ok if you have rugrats…..I can’t promise your mornings won’t be crazy but at least breakfast will be taken care of🙂

 

 

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter – I use crunchy because I like the chunks of nuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • Banana to add on top before eating (optional)

Mix all liquids in a bowl, add the oats & chia seeds & immerse them well in the liquid

Spoon into your jars & screw on the lids tightly or cover with cling wrap & leave in the refrigerator overnight. Its as easy as that.

These oats will be ready for a super yummy breakfast & will keep for two days in the refrigerator.

 

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Chocolate Brownie Overnight Oats a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/2 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats

Mix all liquids in a bowl, add the oats, immersing them well in your liquid

Spoon into your jars & screw lids on tightly or cover with cling wrap & leave in the refrigerator overnight

 

 

Enjoy

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