Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

ENHANCING YOUR INNER BEAUTY BY NEHA HOBSON

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Introducing a dear friend of MISS FOX: Neha Hobson.
Neha is an accomplished industry talent and entrepreneur, she is followed online by hundreds of thousands for her makeup trends, skincare tips, inner beauty routines, business hacks and product reviews. Neha recently hosted our Makeup Masterclass on Day to Night Glam tips and tricks. As beauty truly is from within, Neha shares her insights on how to look beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.

I often get asked why Beauty By Neha is so focused on Inner Beauty and why I’m so passionate about it. In a nutshell, I believe that real beauty is directly linked to real success. It can never be isolated to something as superficial as good looks; it has to be more than skin-deep, and should be cultivated with every passing year of our lives.

Good looks are shallow and lacking if there is nothing else to compliment them and give them substance. So how do we develop and enhance our beauty from within?

Establish a Morning Routine that creates Motivation and Inspiration

When you wake up, your body is dehydrated and your cortisol (i.e. stress level) is at its peak. So what you devote your energy to from the get-go can set the tone for the rest of your day. I like to have 2 glasses of warm water, followed by a glass of warm water that has a pinch of pink salt and fresh lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) in it. This replenishes the minerals in the body and helps with hydration and digestion.

I’m a huge coffee lover, so I then have a cup of bulletproof or freshly brewed coffee with almond milk. I like to make my bed, tidy up my surroundings, grab my coffee, and go into my backyard where I can breathe in the fresh air. I pray and meditate here for a few minutes and think about all the things I’m grateful for. I pray for the people and things that are important to me. Most mornings this is followed by some kind of exercise – either an hour at the gym or a half an hour to an hour walk on the beach near my house with a podcast.

I avoid social media for at least the first hour upon waking up. We all know social media can be toxic, but if you’re like me and your business is heavily linked to your Instagram account for example, then it’s hard not to want to check it upon waking. The way I have shifted my perspective recently on this though, is by asking myself, “will it control me, or will I be in control of what I expose myself to and when?”

This way, I’m not pulled into everyone else’s life and agenda online upon waking up. I choose when to engage and how to engage on my own terms, and choose to prioritise more meaningful and important things beforehand. I found that this habit has benefited my mental and emotional health greatly.

I also love thinking about my targets and goals for the day, how I’m going to achieve them, and set an intention for my day. This includes doing high-value tasks earlier in the day, creating a mental outline of what’s important to me personally and professionally and how I’m going to make sure I get those high priority tasks done ideally before noon.

Whilst multi-tasking is good in some ways (exercising whilst feeding my mind through a podcast or uplifting music), I try to avoid multi-tasking in general, so that I can really be present in the moment and give one task my 100% at a time. This is better for productivity and feeling like you’re achieving things fully as you make your way through the day!

I like to finish off my morning routine with gratitude and affirmations. These can be quietly rehearsed in your mind, prayed or written down. If you’re struggling with something specific, create an affirmation around that topic, and also try journaling your thoughts and ideas to obtain clarity. For example, if you’re out of your comfort zone at work, you could reaffirm: “I know that there is no such things as failure, when all I choose to do is learn and grow.”

Or remind yourself of a time you’ve been out of your depth but still managed to survive and even do well. Then journal some possible solutions.

You’re essentially self-soothing, and rewiring yourself towards healthy and positive beliefs. What we believe, we become. As the famous quote goes, we don’t attract what we want, we attract what we are. So let’s be great.


To read further on enhancing you inner beauty click here

You can find more of Neha on https://www.beautybyneha.com/ and @nehamakeupartist as well as @_beautybyneha_

Beauty Tips

KETOGENIC CHOCOLATE FAT BOMBS

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If you're looking to satiate cravings and also enjoy a luscious keto-friendly treat, these vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free chocolate fat bombs should be your choice of pleasure. And, this ketogenic fat bomb recipe by MISS FOX only takes a few minutes to prepare. The raw cacao will give you a caffeine boost to increase alertness, as well as highly-protective antioxidants for more radiant skin. We’ve also included adaptogens in the form of reishi mushroom for a cognitive boost.

To a saucepan on very low heat, add:

  • Half a cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil (We love “Loving Earth” Coconut Oil)

  • Half a cup of any nut butter or combination of them (We love “Alfies” organic almond butter)

  • 1 tablespoon raw Cacao powder or more/less to taste (We love *Loving Earth” raw cacao)

  • ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp reishi mushroom and anything else you like (nutmeg, pepper, matcha etc)

  • Add a little half pinch of salt if using unsalted nut butter

  • Add approx ½ cup toasted organic hazelnuts, or nuts of choice

  • Add a tablespoon of raw cacao nibs, or less to taste.

  • Add 1-2 heaped teaspoons Xylitol (natural sweetener from Birch Bark)

  • Add 10 drops of Caramel stevia natural sweetner (or plain Stevia)

Melt over low heat until fragrant and combined, taking care not to burn. Pour into ice cube trays or a greaseproof paper lined tin or pyrex. Sprinkle over cacao nibs. Freeze for 4+ hours then pop out and cut into pieces. Store in the freezer or fridge in a container for up to 2 months.
Savour a piece when you need an indulgent treat, and be sure not to eat them at night, or remove the cacao from the recipe altogether if you are sensitive to stimulants.


Beauty Tips

GLOW LIKE THE DUTCHESS OF SUSSEX

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With all eyes on Meghan the Duchess of Sussex while she and Harry tour Australia it’s hard not to notice how incredibly polished she always looks; not just in what she wears, but most importantly (for us beauty enthusiasts) her radiant skin!

Three words that best describe Meghan’s makeup style: Fresh. Effortless. Chic.

If you are currently obsessing over Meghan’s makeup look like we are then you will love these products that will help you recreate Meghan’s gorgeous, natural glow:

Foundation
Meghan loves wearing a foundation that glows and allows her skin and freckles to shine through. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation has a beautiful sheer consistency that when applied with a Foundation Brush evens out the skin tone and creates that healthy lit from within sheen.

Achieving flawless, glowing skin with cream textured products is one thing, but you will also want it to last. Even Meghan herself and her makeup artists most likely use a little powder to set the skin, which in turn helps with the longevity. PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation is the perfect setting agent. Lightly load a Handi Brush with some mineral powder and then gently press it onto the skin in a downward motion.

Concealer
For that perfect combination of light coverage and highlight for under and around the eye area Active Light Under-Eye Concealer is a one-stop shop. It looks like a pen and with a twist or two the product appears, ready to apply and blend; it can double as a creamy highlight for the face as well.

Peaches & Cream Bronzer Refill
The beauty of this product is that it’s made up of three different shimmers and one matte shade that each work as individual colours but also look gorgeous mixed together AND Peaches & Cream has in fact been used on Meghan Markle by her makeup artist!

To create your own naturally sun-kissed look apply the Peaches & Cream Bronzer using the White Fan Brush. Swipe the brush across all four shades and lightly apply to the apples of your cheeks, gently sweeping upwards and out towards the top of your ears. This will create a healthy sheen that will also allow the cheek to stand out when photographed (very important when you are the Duchess of Sussex!)

A great little tip is to then run the brush, without adding any extra product, over the tip of the nose and hairline, this makes the colour on the cheek seem so much more natural and seamless.

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Meghan keeps it quite simple on the eyes, usually opting for a swipe of a natural brown eye shadow. Try the Taupe PurePressed Eye Shadow applied with a Crease Brush for that really elegant, blended look.

Finish off the eyes with a couple of layers of mascara – if you want your lashes to stand out you can’t go past Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara in Black Ice. Don’t forget to prime your lashes with our PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner before applying your mascara to strengthen and help lengthen the lashes.
 
The final step to bring the whole look together is, of course, adding a lip colour! Meghan’s lips are always layered with the perfect shade of natural pink, be it in the form of gloss or a lipstick. We suggest our PureGloss Lip Gloss in Rose Crush if you are gloss kind of girl, or for a more matte finish try the Susan Triple Luxe Naturally Moist Long Lasting Lipstick which is a perfect soft cool pink.

There you have it, in a few simple steps you too can create your own version of the ‘Markle Sparkle’. It only takes a few products to create an effortless beauty look that will have you glowing in all the right places and in under five minutes.

*The jane iredale Peaches & Cream Bronzer Refill was used on Meghan Markle by her makeup artist Min Min Ma – learn more here: bit.ly/AsSeenOnMeghanMarkle 

Beauty Tips, From our Director

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTH

Throughout history, herbal medicine in the form of herbs, plant aromas and essential oils have been revered as sacred — both for treating ailments and disease, as well as providing life-enhancing benefits. In most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, and for thousands of years herbs were used as much for ritual as they were for medicine and food.

Essential oils have an effect that is more than just a pleasant scent. Essential oils have the ability to trigger emotions and memories, and are therefore very powerful when it comes to wellbeing, on a physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual level. Every time that you hold a bottle of essential oil, you are holding the pure “essence” of botanicals (hence the term “essential” oils). It can be said that essential oils are the “soul” of a plant.

Pure essential oils are powerful. They are about 70 times more concentrated than the whole plant, and work more deeply than dry herbs, delivering potentially very fast and effective results for holistic health and wellbeing. From scientific studies, we know that essential oils comprise a powerful blend of antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, just to name a few. But they also vibrate at particular frequencies that may effect energy and activate certain altered states of wellbeing and consciousness.



How Essential Oils work

Whilst an aromatherapy massage or bath can be a beautiful once-off treatment, essential oil “aromatherapy” can be integrated into your daily lifestyle in a holistic way, for ongoing wellbeing of mind, body and soul. 

Oils enter the body via three delivery systems:

1. Through aroma, following the olfactory nerve pathways from the sinuses into the central glands of the brain (the Amygdala and Hippocampus), which control emotional, neurological, hormonal and and immunological functions. Bypassing the reasoning brain altogether, the smell is processed according to emotion, memory and learning.

2. By massaging them into the skin, which allow the oils to become absorbed into the bloodstream dermally via the hair follicles, and to have a systemic effect.

3. Through the respiratory system as you inhale the aroma, which has a direct effect on the sinuses, throat, and lungs. 



Passing the Blood / Brain Barrier

The blood brain barrier — the barrier membrane between the circulating blood and the brain — is very selective as to which substances it allows to pass through it. Essential oil compounds are extraordinarily small, making them uniquely suited to cross the blood brain barrier, and postively impact the brain and overall health. Once crossed, essential oils can rapidly absorb and interact with receptors in the central nervous system to help support healing and normalisation of stressed or dysfunctional cells.



Aromatherapy as Vibrational Medicine

Each essential oil has its own frequency — and since our bodies vibrate at certain frequencies — if our bodies are out of balance, then essential oils are a modality that can help us to regain homeostasis. Some research claims that, of any natural material, essential oils have the highest measurable frequencies —which are measured in Hertz, a measure of cycles per second — creating an environment where disease, bacterial, virus, and fungus cannot live. The average frequency of a human body that is healthy will measure a frequency of 62 to 68 MHz whilst essential oils have been measured at the following high frequencies:

Rose (Rosa damascene).....................320 MHz

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)........118 MHz
Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).....105 MHz
Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)............98 MHz
Peppermint (Mentha peperita)..............78 MHz

The higher ranges are said to affect spirit and emotions while the lower frequencies have more effect on all areas of the physical body. It is theorised that a stronger frequency will entrain a weaker frequency, and this is how essential oils work as vibrational medicine: their harmonious high-frequencies overcome or neutralize imbalances and dis-ease in our beings – physical and otherwise.


Quality & Organics

The quality of your essential oils is important. Oils need to be chosen for being extracted through careful steam distillation and cold pressing, which preserves the integrity and power of the extracts.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and enter the body quickly, therefore look for a trusted producer that makes quality, pure oils without anything added. You’re more likely to have an allergic reaction to oils that are of lower quality or have synthetic enhancement added.

If pesticides have been used in plant production there may be concentrated residue in your product, which will enter the body at the same time. Essential oils — as with other products applied to the skin — are ingested by the body like a food. And like foods, 100% organic certified products or ingredients are worth the higher price if you care about truly safe, natural products.

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How to use Essential Oils safely

For daily use, oils can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically (chakra points, behind the ears, the neck, wrists or directly on to an area of concern) and incorporated into massage. Or you might simply carry them with you as you would a crystal.

Essential oils are usually lipophilic ("oil-loving") compounds that are not miscible with water. The most common way to safely dilute essential oils for topical use is in a carrier oil. This can be a quality vegetable oil such as jojoba, coconut, wheat germ, or olive.

Its important to note that just because it is derived from a plant, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to rub on your skin, or breathe, or drink, even if pure or organic. Natural substances can still be irritating, toxic, or cause allergic reactions. Like anything else you put on your skin, it’s best to test a little bit on a small area and see how your skin responds.

Always use oils on the skin in a dilution of 1-3%, versus applying the neat oil to the skin or hands. That means if you have one teaspoon of carrier, you would add 1 drop of pure essential oil to make a 1% solution. Young children and the elderly may be more sensitive to essential oils, so you may need to dilute them more. Alternatively, find an aromatherapy roll on or body oil that has been pre-blended in the right quantity. In baths, add a little milk to help disperse the oils through the water, otherwise they can end up sticking to your skin.

Taken by mouth, many essential oils can be dangerous so be sure to seek the medical advice of a qualified aromatherapist or integrated medical professional before ingesting oils. Pregnant women should seek specific medical advice before using any oils, topically or internally. Avoid direct sun exposure or use on a non-exposed area with all essential oil concentrates and dilutions as some oils may be photosensitising.



Summary

Aromatherapy is holistic and enjoyable, with benefits for body, mind and soul. It is the art and science of using botanical extracts and their physical, energetic and vibrational properties to create and maintain emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. When used correctly, essential oils are a beautiful addition to daily life and mood.

MISS FOX has created a collection of 7 high vibration, skin-safe oils based on the Chakras that makes working these wellness wonders into our daily routines impossibly easy. Available from November 1 at MISS FOX Melbourne. To pre-order email us at enquiries@missfox.com.au


References:

Battaglia, Salvadore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition, The International Centre for Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003

Lee, Myeong Soo; Choi, Jiae Choi (2012). "Aromatherapy for health care: an overview of systematic reviews". Maturitas. 3 (71): 257–260.

Keville, Kathy, Aromatherapy for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, 1999

Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 1991

Ryman, Daniele (1984). The Aromatherapy Handbook: The Secret Healing Power Of Essential Oils. Century Publishing CO. Ltd. pp. Chapter 3. ISBN 9780852072158.


 


Beauty Tips, Hair Tips

HAIR TREND UPDATE

We spoke to our Principal Stylist and hairdressing guru Chris Gjergjevica about the hair trends for the season, and here’s some super-current hair-gold he had to share: 

“For the rest of Summer and moving in to Autumn, hair styles are very definite. It’s all or nothing for length, colour and styling. 

The length of the moment is short and blunt, so it’s a great time to let go of wispy lengths and even things up. Choppy, shoulder-length styles with little to no layering are very fresh right now. 

The colour of the moment is blocked. Single block colour is favoured over feathered or soft highlights. Choose a colour, like a rich brown or clean blonde, and commit to it fully. Warm colours are winning our over cool, and and beige is in for blondes. Muted tones versus brights give a sophisticated, effortless look for all. If you are wanting to try a new tone or even a creative pastel, speak to your stylist about “colour chemistry” to select a shade that works to complement your natural colouring. Just like a lipstick or blush, not all shades will flatter all complexions. Get professional advice on what kind of colour will enhance your skin, eyes, brows and even teeth.

Deep parting, to the centre or to the side, is a chic and current way to wear your locks, and when it comes to styling, go for dead straight hair or more defined waves - nothing in between! Use a high-quality straightening iron or wrap-around barrel curler for sleek styling, but be sure to use a low setting to protect hair health. You are welcome to "messy" things up a little, but be sure to keep the wave structure intact. 

I'm also loving natural movement on the hairline - no need to blast or iron away those beautiful natural waves or curves around the face or your baby hairs. Let them be and enjoy the playfulness and softness they bring to the face.

This is also the era of home treatments! Just like a weekly face mask or body scrub, your hair needs regular love from a high quality, professionally-prescribed home treatment. Ask your stylist to recommend something just for you. At MISS FOX our guests love their Olaplex No. 3 take-home Hair Perfector treatment, which is the perfect compliment to our professional Olaplex salon treatment, but can also give brilliant strengthening to damaged or coloured hair as a standalone product. For real spa-style indulgence, try a Kevin Murphy treatment mask, a high-performance botanically based salon-only product with delicious scents to take you to hair heaven.

Most importantly, really get to know your hair, and love your hair. Care for it like you would any other body part, find out what works for you and learn how to do your own hair. After all, the hair you love is the hair you’ll embrace".

To complement our ever-popular MISS FOX Makeup Tutorials, we’re now offering 1-1 Hair Tutorials with Chris so you can have the ultimate helping-hand to style, care for and love your hair just that little bit more. From blow drying to waving, detoxing and de-frizzing, or the ever-elusive messy topknot or bun, Chris will customise a lesson to suit you and your hair. Bring a friend for the ultimate girls style session! For bookings call 1300 MISS FOX [1300647736]