WHY GOLD IS BECOMING THE NEXT BIG BEAUTY TREND 0F 2018

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The latest trend to take over the beauty world has been gold facials. It might seem like a bit of a stretch from wearing your favourite pair of gold earrings - but the gold-infused skincare trend is being talked up for good reason. Gold is actually an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties to lessen swelling and puffiness, and preserve the integrity of essential elastin and collagen. 

At MISS FOX we have created the Divine Rose Gold facial using real 24K gold leaf and rare 100% organic rose oil - one of the most expensive essential oils in the world - complemented by potent, botanically-based cosmeceuticals for an even more radiant complexion. 

Are you ready to experience first hand what all the hype is about? Visit the salon and try the most luxurious facial that we offer, and its radiant results. 

From our Director

SELF CARE IN THE WINTER

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There's plenty of things to love about Winter -- cozying up by the heater or fire, roasted goods (potatoes, marshmallows and everything in between), listening to the calming sound of the rain and channelling your inner-Russian spy with luxe long coats and boots.

Grey, cold, wet and dark days can also be trying at times. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition of having less energy and motivation, sleeping more, eating more (especially carbs..) and ultimately feeling depressed each year during the same season, affects 6% of the population, while another 14% of people experience a milder form of SAD, the “winter blues.” Even if you don’t fall into those categories, right about this time of year most of us can’t wait for Spring to arrive as we deal with colds and just feeling, well, cold.

So, how do we navigate this terrain? Eating a packet of Timtams or binging on online shopping might make you feel better in the moment, but can result in a deeper mood-slump later.

Winter is a season for solitude, hibernating, self-care, rest, healing and hot chocolate. How do we nurture ourselves to prepare for change? How do we prepare ourselves to welcome the new? These are the spiritual questions of winter. ‘Getting ready’ is Winter’s work. I’ve found that embracing a slower, sleepier pace can reveal and rejuvenate in ways we might not expect. Give yourself some grace, and permission to do less. Take time to take notes and prepare. Instead of chastising yourself for not getting everything done on your list, be kind to yourself. What you’re experiencing is normal and understandable for the season. In fact, it's essential.

This is where self-care comes in. I've found that treating myself kindly tends to get better results in the long run, rather than trying to work against nature by keeping up my normal pace. I made a list of ways to be kinder to myself in Winter, so if you struggle with this like I do, I hope you’ll find at least a few things that you can partake in:

  1. Pour a cup of tea, get cozy, and sip it in silence. Put your phone on airplane mode, and just be still.

  2. Make a Vision Board. Start to dream up what your best life looks like for you and create a visual reminder to keep you on track and in an inspired, positive frame of mind.

  3. Read a book. Put aside the laptop and turn off the TV, and just unplug with a good old fashioned book of your choice, whether thats a romance novel, or sci-fi. What did you enjoy reading as a kid? Read that.

  4. Make art or a craft project. Painting, drawing, knitting (yes, its cool again, but even if it wasn't, who cares!), sewing, or any type of DIY project for a few hours is so refreshing for your creativity and state of mind.

  5. Take a nap. This is one of my favorite ways to recharge :)

  6. Get your nails done. New nails make me feel like a new woman. A bright, springy colour might inspire, but I like to luxuriate in the dark greens, blues, plums and reds of Winter.

  7. Take a bubble bath. It always feels like a lot of effort, and yet I always love it when I do.

  8. Watch a movie by yourself. "The Last Unicorn" is a childhood fave that my partner wont watch with me, and even though I’ve seen it so many times it never gets old. I love the documentaries on gaia.com too for something more spiritual. Don't forget the popcorn.

  9. Go for a walk. If the weather isn’t too wild, some fresh air will do wonders for your mood.

  10. Clean, or de-clutter something small. Outer order equals inner calm. Tackle a shelf or a drawer, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. This really works.

  11. Light Therapy. I love our LightStim LED treatment as it mimics the sun's rays indoors (with no UV). We even have handheld versions you can purchase for home!

  12. Have a Play date. Some human interaction will boost your mood, and lift both of your spirits. Perhaps do something active together like trampolining or a salsa class. Whaaat? Yes!

  13. Get some fresh flowers or a plant. Adding some greenery and life to your environment in the winter will do wonders.

  14. Dance. Put on some music and groove yourself to a new mood.

I encourage you to embrace the Winter and be your own healer during this special time of the year. What are your favorite ways to give yourself some care during these Winter days? Share your ideas with us in the comments below

With love,

Victoria Fox

DRY BODY BRUSHING

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You exfoliate your face, so why not exfoliate your body? We know the concept might be hard to comprehend, a brush for your body - but this is a miracle worker and we guarantee you're going to love how silky and smooth your skin feels after using one.

Dry body brushing is a manual way of exfoliation and detoxification. It helps shed dead skin cells, helps with removing and preventing ingrown hairs, improves circulation and increases collagen all whilst keeping your body soft and smooth.

The number one rule for dry body brushing is to work in sweeping motions towards your heart. This ensures your blood is properly being circulated so that you can get maximum benefits. 

Have you tried dry body brushing before? At MISS FOX we have created a certified organic Detox Massage with Body Brushing to help detoxify your body and improve circulation and lymphatic drainage all in the one treatment. Soft bristles from our special German made Forest Conservation Certified brushes will stimulate your blood from head to toe which is then followed by a signature MISS FOX massage that uses selected essential oil blends to detoxify, purify and relax your whole body.

 

MORNING RITUALS FOR A BETTER START TO YOUR DAY

Having a morning routine for those in a rush seems almost impossible sometimes, but we are here to share you how you might change that in 6 ways. 

 

1) Setting Goals

This may seem obvious but setting your intentions and goals for the day when you wake makes the day productive and focused. Choose 3 key goals for the day and slot in around your schedule in order to keep on track. This way you can come home and have a well rested night's sleep knowing that everything important has been completed. 

2) Journalling

Writing your thoughts down as soon as you wake up is a simple way to de-stress, take the chatter out of your head and leave them there in your journal. Anything necessary can be scheduled into your daily planner, but everything else can be left behind. It's a brilliant decluttering system for your brain. 

3) Get Moving

Whether it's waking up earlier and attending a class, taking your pets for a walk or even stretching whilst your in bed - get your body moving. Not only is this going to help you start your day feeling more refreshed but it also brings more oxygen to your brain, allowing you to think more clearly. 

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4) Mindful Eating

Actually sitting down to eat something nourishing at home instead of getting a bagel and coffee on the run will make such a difference to your morning. You're taking time out of your day to prepare something healthy whilst letting your digestive system wake up, and letting your mind take a break before you embark on a busy day. 

5) Hydration

Hydrated bodies are happy bodies. By drinking a glass of warm water in the morning you're helping your body to not only wake up properly but also kick your digestive system into gear before you eat your first meal for the day. Water also helps your skin become more clear, plump and radiant (bonus).

 

Combining all of the above into a more structured routine to fit your lifestyle will be your key to success in the morning. You'll not only be more organised but you'll also be spending the time to take care of yourself, and put yourself at the very top of your to-do list. And there's nothing more important than that.

Remember to always plan your life around your wellbeing, not your wellbeing around your life.

 

DRINK YOUR WAY TO EVEN BETTER SKIN

The last two years has seen a rise in ingestible beauty supplements. So, what are beauty ingestaibles? Ingestible beauty products nourish your body from the inside out. The skin is the largest organ of the body and a direct reflection of our inner health. When we are stressed, tired or nutrient depleted we can see this start to reflect through our skin. The skin is the last organ of the body to receive nutrients and often the first place to show signs of nutritional deficiencies. Taking supplements and ingestibles along with your topical beauty products can help create beautiful skin and a healthy body all at once.

Ingestibles are nutritional supplements and functional foods that treat the skin from within. For our skin to be clear and glowing we need a diet high in antioxidants, minerals, fibre, prebiotics and good quality protein to support collagen and elastin production.

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At MISS FOX we work with VitaSol whole food powders, and love adding them to a drink of your choice in the morning or as a snack. VitaSol products are vegan and gluten free and aid in healthy liver support, gut support, cell support, healthy joints, bones, skin, hair, nails and healthy ageing. 

Shop VitaSol in our boutique here.

STAYING CALM DURING A BUSY WORK WEEK WITH THE POWER OF AROMATHERAPY

For those of you who work in stuffy offices, take the 9-5 peak hour train home or even get stuck on the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic, we feel you. In these stressful moments it's really hard to remember to breathe and remain calm. We want to remind you about the power of Aromatherapy and that it can help you in these moments of distress.

Aromatherapy is known for its ability to relieve anxiety and depression, its ability to boost energy levels, speed up healing processes (when oils are applied topically), cure headaches, boost cognition, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system and the list goes on. We suggest carrying a blend of your favourite oils with you and applying it to your wrist and temples and taking three deep breaths when you're feeling stressed throughout the day. 

MISS FOX offers a Luxury Aromatherapy Massage, Facial and Bath to really help you enter that deep state of relaxation when you have an hour to spare for yourself. Let us help you drift off into the ultimate aromatherapy haven.

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