Embracing Basic Beauty…

I’m not talking about natural beauty here as that would be a cliche. I wanted to talk about basic beauty. Being OK with yourself without any make-up or artificial enhancements and how you don’t have to spend a fortune on complicated products to be able to treat and improve your natural beauty from the comfort of your own home. I’ve been interested in the use of natural remedies and ingredients for a long time. My Mum’s a keen gardener and her green fingers have transferred to me now that we finally have space for a few plants on our balcony. I’ve worked with natural beauty brands a lot over my career as well, I love seeing how brands take inspiration and proper performance products from nature. It’s basic beauty, something we should all learn to embrace a little more often. Oh! And I’ve spent today doing some little watercolour illustrations to go alongside this, because I need to practise my art more often.

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My recipe for basic beauty, illustrated by me in pen and watercolour paint.

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Fund Dreams not Greed…

I’ve been a supporter of independent brands, designers and artisans since the the start of this blog and longer. My grandparents were potato farmers and running your own business runs in the family through many generations on both sides. So it’s only natural that I have an interest in small businesses and the stories behind brands. I guess that’s how I ended up doing what I do, helping make other people’s brands awesome for a living and hopefully one day, I’ll have my own brand bigger than what I’ve already done.

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Photo from one of my fave cartoon series, Cartoon Network’s We Are Bear Bears in their episode, Tote Life. You should totes check it out. 

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#IndieLove – Oh Deer Sugar: Australian Based Bath & Body Bakery

Another brand that I’m not sure how I stumbled upon, I think I found them on Instagram originally and totally dug their concept. Oh Deer Sugar is an Australian based brand run by two vegan friends Shani & Nikki and they’ve been baking up non-edible bakery goods since 2013. They now have an Adelaide based store, a totally divine Instagram account and an online shop that normally offers international delivery.

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#IndieLove Day 7 – CutECOsmetics Cruelty Free, Vegan & Eco Beauty

CutECOsmetics have been part of my life for quite a long time now. I knew the original owner very well, helped with odds and ends and they are now one of my oldest freelance clients and a brand that is extremely close to my heart. They’re a husband and wife team who stock the best indie, cruelty free, vegan and eco friendly beauty brands from around the world. Great products, excellent speedy customer service and you’re supporting a family business too. Awesome.

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Pic from Popcorn & Glitter

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#IndieLove Day 2 – Marshmallow Blends Handmade Bath & Body Treats

Ok, so if you know me you know I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with Lush, there’s probably some posts about it on here somewhere, but yes, personal experiences of working there and conflict of morals mean that I’m always on the look out for alternatives to Lush, because at the end of the day handmade soaps and bath bombs are always going to capture my attention, some of my first beauty shopping memories revolve around buying handmade soap from market stalls at craft fairs when on day’s out with my parents.

So, Marshmallow Blends has been on my radar for a very long time, as it’s owned by an ex-beauty blogger. Some of you might remember (or know in real life) Nicoletta Blog’s, who was one of the first bloggers I ever worked with at my first ever beauty marketing jobs about 4/5 years ago and I’ve followed her ever since. Special shout out to tsunimee too for making stuff happen in my early days of blogger outreach professionalism.

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