Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

30 Mar

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Who doesn’t love a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie fresh out of the Oven.
Irresistible 🙂
These cookies have the added advantage of being slightly chewy with a nutty chocolate flavour thanks to the almond milk, which makes them even yummier!
Make a batch today – you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients

2/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup vegan granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed vegan brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag (10 oz) vegan semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups)
Steps

1. Heat oven to 350°C. In large bowl, mix coconut oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well mixed. Stir in almond milk and vanilla.
2. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are light brown and tops look set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely & Enjoy 🙂

Vegan Shaving Cream Recipe

22 Mar

This Shaving Cream is so luxurious & soothing for your skin, but the best part is that the smell is simply divine.

The whipped consistency is so fluffy & gentle & makes shaving a breeze. While the nourishing oils ensure your skin is left silky smooth & hydrated with no need to moisturise – dry, scaley legs be gone.

The only downside to using this Shaving Cream is that it melts in Summer, so you have to keep it in the fridge so that it keeps its whipped consistency. But with no preservative the fridge will keep it from spoiling so its still a win/win.

Try making your own today.

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Ingredients

1 TBSP Macadamia Nut Oil
1 Cup Coconut Oil
10 drops of Geranium Oil
15 drops of Palmerosa Oil
3 TBSP Castile Soap
Steps

1. Add all ingredients to a cold bowl.

2. Using a hand mixer or table mixer, whip ingredients for about 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.

3. Transfer your shaving cream to a container.

A little bit of advice

We are not using a preservative in this recipe so you must be careful to not allow water to get into your shaving cream. Water will cause bacteria and your shaving cream will spoil. Only use enough to coat the area you are shaving as otherwise it just becomes a messy, waste 🙂 The shaving cream will melt quite quickly once making contact with your skin, its supposed to & your skin will still get all the nourishing benefits of the oils.

The shelf life of this shaving cream should be about 3 months if kept in a cool dark place. Depending on the temperature of your bathroom, the cream could melt or harden. That’s okay, the fluffiness is only to imitate the texture of a store bought shaving cream. Texture will not effect the benefits. You can re-whip it if you like.

Vegan Shaving Cream Recipe

Oil Cleansing Method & Recipe

21 Feb

Oil cleansing is something I resisted, it seemed really weird to me to wash your skin with oil, especially because I did suffer from oily skin & the odd pimple. It seemed counterintuitive to douse my skin in oil each night.

But oil cleansing is the bomb!!

You have to try it, my skin is softer, more supple, has no breakouts & doesn’t dry out in winter now or get too oily in summer. It has really helped to balance my skin out.

I am a convert.

And the best part about Oil Cleansing is that you can custom create your own oil blend to address your skins issues.

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So how does it work?

It works on the like dissolves like theory. Your cleansing oil soaks deep into your pores to naturally & gently dissolve bacteria & dirt that is clogging up your pores. It then replaces this clogged up sebum with natural, soothing & healing plant oils that help to replenish your skin & natural radiance.

It really is magic in a bottle. Best thing of all is that after several weeks of using this method you will notice any blackheads disappearing & your pores diminishing. It is truly that magic if you consistently use the method each evening.

To make the oil cleansing method even more effective I also use our Konjac sponge to remove the oil. It adds a gentle exfoliation factor that helps to take the method to the next level.

 

So how do you oil cleanse?

Every evening rinse your face with warm water to begin opening your pores, take a small amount of oil (about a 5 cents piece worth) into your palm & gently massage it into your skin.

I like to do this in the shower as it helps to steam open your pores ( & multi-tasking :).

Massage the oil in for several minutes so it has time to deeply penetrate your pores & dissolve all the gunk from the day.

Then I simply wet my Konjac sponge with warm water & begin the process of removing the oil. The bubbly surface of the Konjac sponge will not only exfoliate your skin it will also trap any dirt or makeup on the sponge.

I rinse & gently squeeze out the sponge between each wipe until the sponge comes off clean & oil free.

There should still be some oil residue on your skin – you want this, it will go to work replenishing & restoring your skin while you sleep & if you have oily skin like me you won’t need to moisturise the oil will do it for you.

Once Im out of the shower & have dried my face, I simply spritz with some Organic Witchhazel water to tone my skin & close my pores.

 

The below recipe is the recipe I am using at the moment & this is why?

Castor oil is naturally astringent & will pull impurities from the skin – this is why you find it in almost all Cleansing oils.

Jojoba oil is great for balancing oily, acne prone skin & is also very nourishing for your skin.

Camellia oil is a little different it is actually green tea oil, its super high in antioxidants & reduces the appearance of ageing while also being anti-inflammatory & mildly astringent.

Frankincense is great for oily skin, diminishing wrinkles & dark spots or pigmentation.

But you can make your own Cleansing Oil from just about any Organic Oils you can get your hands on. Just ensure that you don’t go above 50% castor oil & that you also include oils that your skin finds nourishing like apricot or almond or even olive oil. The addition of essential oil is completely up to you, it just adds a few extra healing properties that I find my skin likes.

Skin Balancing, Anti-ageing Oil Cleanser Recipe
3 teaspoons castor oil
5 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 teaspoons camelila oil
3 drops francincense essential oil
Instructions

Measure your oils into an opaque or brown bottle (to stop the sun light making the oil rancid) mix together & viola you will have several weeks worth of cleansing oil.

NOTE – in the first week of using this method I did get a few breakouts, this is just your pores getting de-congested. By week 2 or 3 you should be seeing clearer more radiant skin & you will notice that your blackheads are disappearing.

Hibiscus & Rose Anti-aging Body Firming Scrub

7 Feb

This is a scrub that we have been very excited to play with (and test).

Hibiscus flowers have so many great anti-aging, firming, skin lifting benefits that we couldn’t wait to slough it all over our bodies.

This scrubs secret weapon is the skin power house Hibiscus which is filled with natural AHA’s to slough away old skin cells & anti oxidants called anthocyanocides that fight free radicals & keep your skin youthful. It also inhibits the activity of the enzyme elastase which breaks down the elastin in our skin which leads to premature ageing & sagging skin.

Hibiscus increases your skins elasticity, firms & actively lifts the skin to leave you with tighter, firmer, more youthful skin – who doesn’t want that??

The addition of the Rose Geranium oil not only gives this scrub a beautiful floral scent it also has the added benefits of being anti-ageing with its muscle tissue tightening abilities that stop sagging skin. But best of all its knows as a mood enhancer & hormone balancer which is bound to have you bouncing from your bathroom, clean, fresh, tight & youthful.

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Hibiscus & Rose Firming & Lifting Body Scrub

  • 3/4c of Raw Sugar
  • 1/2c of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 15 drops of Rose Geranium
  • 2t of Hibiscus Powder

To make simply measure the ingredients out into a bowl. Mix well together until well combined. Pour into a jar or container that is airtight & get ready to have the shower experience of your life.

To use – slough all over your body, gently rubbing in a circular motion, then rinse & enjoy firm, hydrated skin.

P.S – If you want to try this same scrub for your face (& enjoy the anti-ageing benefits) we recommend changing the sugar used to brown sugar as this will give a much gentler scrub action for the sensitive skin of the face or you could even try a bicarb soda & brown sugar mix to create more of a micro-dermabrasion feel.

Enjoy

Quick & easy Eyeshadow Tutorial only using one shade.

19 Jun

This Tutorial by the lovely Megan shows how you can create a beautiful, flirty everyday eye makeup look with only one shade of eyeshadow.

This look seriously only takes minutes to create & looks so pretty. Try it today with your favourite eyeshadow.

And if you need some safe, vegan, non toxic eyeshadows that are 100% Titanium Dioxide Free & formulated without any known irritants for sensitive eyes, then be sure to check out our range of eyeshadows at MG Naturals.

 

 

Marion Lemnos Review of MG Naturals Foundation

8 Mar

Wasting time on instagram (I call it market research – so I don’t feel guilty) I found the lovely Marions post on our makeup & wanted to share it with you all.

Today I am sharing one of my beauty secret with you from MG Naturals

I have been wanting to find the perfect foundation for my sensitive skin and I always was disappointed to get tons of pimples after just wearing makeup for few hours.

So here is the perfect and natural formula for a soft foundation. I usually wear it when I want a natural finish.
So if you want to take care of you; say goodbye to chemicals on your skin and go fully natural!

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This foundation and concealer are 100% titanium dioxide free.
They will make your face look flawless with its hydrating texture and will let your skin breathe.
Plus your skin will feel so soft after apply it and it will protect it from the sun.

Awesome right?
They both are cruelty free, organic and 100% vegan!
You can get them at http://www.mgnaturals.com they have a lot of wonderful makeup products!

Check them out, you can also buy samples before if you’re not completely sure about the color or the products you want.

To read Marions Full review visit Chaotic Trends

Titanium Dioxide Unsafe – Causes Cancer in Studies

30 Jan

The world is a buzz with news of the dangers of Titanium Dioxide.

 

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Newspapers, News reports & articles aplenty are all surfacing about the dangers of Titanium Dioxide. Our local radio station even included the issue in their news bulletin this morning when I was dropping the kidlets to school.

The Sydney Morning Herald has a great article on the dangers & a video of Professor Thomas Faunce speaking about nano particles in our foods & the effects they may be having on our children – high incidences of Auto-immune diseases & the rise in childhood autism.

Why all of a sudden is there so much interest in the safety of Titanium Dioxide?

Researchers from France and Luxembourg gave E171 (the much more food friendly name for Titanium Dioxide) in Europe and the United States, to lab rats in their drinking water for 100 days.

Of those rats, 40 per cent of the exposed rodents developed “preneoplastic lesions” or precancerous growths. The Titanium Dioxide also inhibited the immune systems of the rats and “accelerated” the growth of the lesions. France’s INRA agricultural research institute, which took part in the study, said in a statement.“These results demonstrate a role in initiating and promoting the early stages of colorectal cancer formation,” though it said no conclusion could be drawn about later phases of cancer, or of any danger to humans……….(not till they test it on us!!)

The results of the study were published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Reacting to the report, France’s ministers of health, agriculture and economy instructed the country’s food health and safety agency, Anses, to investigate whether the additive poses a risk for human health.The agency has till the end of March to release its findings.

 

The study was said to be prompted by “growing concerns that daily oral… Intake is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and carcinogenesis”, or cancer formation”.

So what does this have to do with you?

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Well asides from making you re-think that M & M addiction (chocolate coated in Titanium Dioxide…..anyone?!)

Titanium dioxide is found in pretty much all makeup & sunscreen.

And studies have long shown that products applied to the skin end up in the bloodstream within half an hour. With penetration rates depending on  where they are applied. Absorption rates for your face & scalp are 5-10 times higher than on other parts of our body (Hotchkiss 1994).

Not to mention that in 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns. Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects.

So, it comes down to whether you want to take the risk of having Titanium Dioxide in your blood stream?

We have long been passionate about avoiding exposure to Titanium Dioxide & are proud that our products offer a safe alternative to Women everywhere. We strongly urge you to ditch your toxic, unsafe makeup & find a safer alternative like our brand MG Naturals. Where your beauty does not have to come at the price of your health.

 

 

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Why Zinc Oxide is the Best Natural Sunscreen?

21 Jan

It’s summer here in Australia & you can’t leave the house without some form of Sun Protection on, or you will be fryed to a crisp within minutes.

But what sun protection is safe?,

It’s not always possible or practical to wear a hat & protective clothing so finding safe ways to protect your skin from the sun is important.

Zinc Oxide is oftentimes referred to as the only safe sun protection available in a tube.

It protects your skin from the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays making it the most comprehensive natural sunscreen ingredient currently available. It provides the best UVA ray protection of all current sunscreen chemicals.

But what makes Zinc Oxide truly safe is that it’s a barrier sun protectant and sits on top of your skin forming a shield between you and the rays of the sun. As long as non-nano particle zinc is used  the zinc will not be absorbed by your body & remains on the surface of the skin.

The sun protection occurs through the Zinc Oxide sunscreen particles sitting on the outermost layer of your skin where they reflect and scatter the ultraviolet rays, protecting the living skin layers below. Zinc Oxide is really the broadest of all the sunscreen ingredients. It protects against UVA and UVB radiation up to wavelengths of 380mm.

In addition, it is the only active sunscreen ingredient approved by the FDA for babies under six months, making it without a doubt the best and gentlest, natural sun protectant available. Zinc oxide is widely known for its skin benefits and is used as a skin protectant in many different applications because of its soothing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient in many nappy rash creams, which is pretty clear evidence that it is gentle and safe for even the most sensitive of skins.

Zinc oxide occurs in nature as the mineral zincite. The Zinc Oxide we use in our range is mined from the ground and then purified via steam distillation to pharmaceutical grade, which means you could eat it if you wanted to?.

Because of a special manufacturing process, our Zinc Oxide is pH neutral and does not alter the pH of our products, ensuring it is gentle on the skin.

In addition to its sun protection properties, zinc as a trace mineral in itself, helps maintain collagen and elastin fibres which provide the skin with its firmness, helping in the prevention of sagging skin and wrinkles. It also links together amino acids that are needed for the formation of collagen which helps to keep our skin’s youthful appearance.

We use Zinc Oxide in our MG Naturals makeup line because it is not only gentle, safe & natural but has the added benefit of soothing anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties that help to heal your skin whilst providing complete broad spectrum sun protection from SPF 25 in our BB Creams to SPF 50+ in our Mineral Silk Foundation.

In our opinion you can’t do any better than Zinc Oxide.

Our Mineral Silk Foundation Powder is made on a base of Zinc Oxide

Our Mineral Silk Powder is made on a base of Zinc Oxide

Pink Lip Balm with beetroot powder

4 Jan

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What little girl, or big girl for that matter doesn’t like pink lip balm?

Nothing makes you feel better & prettier than applying slick, shiny pink chap stick to your lips.

My girls love chap stick, but I’m not keen on them licking petrochemicals & dyes off their lips all day long. So we decided to get in the kitchen & make our own from all natural, organic, edible ingredients that I am completely happy with my girls eating & licking off their lips all day long.

This chap stick is so great because it’s pink hue comes from organic beetroot that has been dehydrated & powdered, there are no foreign dyes or colours.

We have flavoured our chap sticks with sweet orange essential oil, but you could also use peppermint oil for a fresh flavour & extra lip plumping properties, my girls just won’t have a bar of it.

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Pink Lip Balm a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 tablespoon’s beeswax
  • 2 tablespoon’s cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoon’s oil of your choice (I used coconut oil)
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic beetroot powder
  • dash of honey to taste.

Place wax, butter, oil & beetroot powder in a jar & melt in a simmering pan of water. Stir well to mix your beetroot powder in well.

Once melted take off the heat & let it cool a little, add your honey & essential oil & stir well to combine.

Pour into chapstick tubes & let it cool & viola you have your own natural, safe, chap stick.

This recipe made 8 chap stick tubes, so you will have plenty to share around.

Enjoy

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2017 Planners for your Life & Business

24 Nov

I am so excited to have my new 2017 planners in my hot little hands.

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I have been using these planners for three years now & I love them. They help me to get clarity & focus which is in short supply when your a Mama of little people.

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Me using my planners at the beach to ensure I am achieving my goals!!

They really get me thinking about what I want to do in the next year & help me to stick to it. They are fantastic for my business but also just for everyday life. When you have little people the thought of doing things  (i.e. holidaying, eating out, attending festivals etc) can be daunting &  if your like me you can get into groundhog day – stay at home mode & forget that there is a whole world out there.

These planners are fantastic because your goals & dreams are right there every month in your face (taunting you), which makes you pack the bags (we have 2 kids & a baby – we practically need a convoy to leave the house these days) suck up the dreaded kid whining, pack ye olde swimsuit & go enjoy your life 🙂

But by far one of the greatest things they do for me, is show me how far I have come & all I have achieved. With the day to day drudgery of life (cook, clean, break up fights, rinse & repeat) I feel like I achieve very little & life is passing me by! FOMO (fear of missing out) is real people, but going through my planners helps me to see all that I have achieved in the year & how far I have come – with little people in tow 🙂

I really notice when I fall off the planner bandwagon, I start to procrastinate, loose motivation, generally slack off & give up on ever leaving the house, things become too hard!

These books help to keep me inspired & on-track, which is no easy task.

They are worth their weight in gold & this years daily diary is so amazing & lightweight, I am going to have a tonne of fun using it to keep me on track with all that I want to achieve each month.

I can’t recommend these planners highly enough & if you read my blog you know I don’t really recommend things – but these are great. Even if all you use is the daily diary you will notice a difference!

Check them out here

Go get yours XOXO & have the best 2017 ever

Kailah

 

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I make makeup for a living, I am not an internet marketer & I wouldn’t recommend these planners if I didn’t love & use them myself. But in the interest of honesty I may earn a commission if you purchase one, but it won’t cost you a cent 🙂


 

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