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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.

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.

 

 

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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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.

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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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Tinted Lip Balm 100% natural

17 Feb

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Our little girls love Lip Balm – the brighter the colour & the more crazy the flavour the more they love it.

But on reading the label of a Lip Balm one of our girls received for her birthday, I knew I had to find an alternative they would like just as much just without the petroleum products, dyes & chemically derived flavours.

After much research I settled on using Organic Hibiscus flower powder & cacao powder to tint our homemade Lip Balm. We made a Hibiscus only balm which produced a nice pink/red colour & then we created a 50:50 mix of hibiscus & cacao powder to make a yummy chocolate nude version.

Instead of using artificial flavours we used sweet orange essential oil & the cacao powder to add a yummy favour to our lip balms, but you could use cinnamon or peppermint essential oils if you are more adventurous (our girls are not!).

The Lip Balms are made on a base of organic coconut, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter & beeswax. You can use candelilla wax for a vegan version but our girls prefer the slight sweetness that the beeswax imparts.

We have poured them into little round pots, but this recipe would work just as well with lip balm tubes.

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Naturally tinted Lip Balm a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 25grams coconut oil
  • 12grams sweet almond oil
  • 5grams cocoa butter
  • 12grams beeswax

Measure out all ingredients into a glass jar, place in a simmering pot of water to gently melt. Once your Lip Balm base has melted & mixed together you can add your tint.

To Make a Pink/Red Tint with Orange flavour

  • 3grams hibiscus powder
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

To Make a Nude Brown Tint with a Chocolate Orange Flavour

  • 3grams cacao powder
  • 3 grams hibiscus powder
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

Enjoy & happy Lip Balm making

 

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Healthy Lemon Yoghurt Pound Cake

2 Feb

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Who doesn’t like a slice of pound cake with a cup of tea in the afternoon?

Heck as a Mum, I am grateful for anytime that I get to sit quietly & savour a cup of tea & a slice of cake!

In our house that usually means after the rugrats have gone to bed. That is if I have enough energy left after the craziness of the day 🙂

So bake this cake & hide it away until you can sit down & savour a bit of me time 🙂

It is lovely & decadent with a rich crumb, but the subtle lemon flavour with the slight tang from the greek yoghurt make this cake much lighter & more delicate than you would expect. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of earl grey tea – just saying 🙂

This cake yet again is super easy to make, do I bake any other way??

Healthy Lemon Pound Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 c greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 3 eggs
  • zest & juice of two lemons
  • 1 1/2 c spelt flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt

Pre-heat your oven to 170degrees.

In a food processor, mixer or thermomix mix the coconut sugar & butter until well creamed. Add in the yoghurt, eggs, lemon juice & zest mixing to combine. Add in the remaining ingredients & blend until just mixed. Pour into a well greased  or lined loaf pan.

Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy

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Make your own decadent eye cream

14 Jan

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My most sincere apologies I have been such a slack blogger of late. I won’t give you my list of excuses – because that’s all they really are, excuses.

But I promise I will be blogging more frequently.

Starting with this (peace offering) eye cream formulation that is heavenly. This eye cream will work just as well as all your fancy store brought ones just without the chemicals & hefty price tag.

I make it in a double batch & use it as a face cream too – just because I can.

It is light, silky & ultra hydrating with Rose hip & jojoba oil & our wrinkle busting, super restorative carrot seed oil. The organic green tea is chock full of antioxidants to start reversing the ageing process & get to work on those wrinkles.

Start using this & watch your wrinkles melt away……….You’re Welcome!!

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Natural Wrinkle busting Eye Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/8 c organic green tea
  • 12gm Rosehip oil
  • 12gm Jojoba oil
  • 12 drops carrot seed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1/2 teaspoon Emulsifying wax
  • scent with your choice of essential oils or leave it plain as it is going around your eyes!

Place your organic tea in a clean, sterile glass bowl or jar & place in a gently simmering pan of water. Measure out the Rosehip & jojoba oil & wax, combine all three items in another sterile glass bowl or jar & place in the simmering pan of water to melt.

When the wax has melted, remove both jars from the simmering water & pour the liquid into your melted oil & wax mix & blend well with a stick blender, whisk or at worst a fork.

Be sure to blend well for a minimum of three minutes to combine your cream, once your cream is well combined add the Vitamin E & carrot seed oil & any essential oils you may want to add – blend well to combine & then let cool.

I preserve mine with .5ml of Leucidal so it keeps for forever, but an un-preserved batch will keep in the fridge for many months & you get the added soothing effect of cool lotion -great for treating puffy eyes.

Enjoy

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