Top ten vegan goodies for 2019

Last month I had a chat with the woman shaking up the world of vegan lifestyle. Jodi Monelle is the founder of LIVEKINDLY, a beautiful online magazine featuring health, wellness and recipes… oh yeah and it’s all vegan. It’s a shining example of how living cruelty free is possible, easy, and well, rather cool. It’s less about itchy felt socks and more…
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Veganuary, veganism and feeling great: Interview with Jodi Monelle, CEO LIVEKINDLY

Are you doing Veganuary? You know, going vegan for January? I’m about 90% vegan. Like most people, my diet and lifestyle choices aren’t so easy to put into a neat label, but often I say I’m ‘vegan’ to avoid lengthy explanations about why I don’t drink cow’s milk, but I still have a leather handbag in my wardrobe. Call me…
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The ultimate Christmas gift for dry or oily skin

Have you ever met someone randomly at a party then ended up inseparable best friends for life? Someone who enriches your life, makes you better deep down and protects you in times of need? OK, it’s not quite the same, but let me introduce you to a new beauty friend of mine. This little facial oil skin saviour came into…
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Gift ideas: Best luxury beauty travel kits

I travel regularly and Expaters, I’m sure you do to. I like to keep a suitcase under the bed ready to go, just in case. After all, Paris is always a good idea. After travelling a fair amount for my last job and even more as an expat, I now keep a couple of travel beauty sets for last minute…
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Sun protection – chances are you’re getting it all wrong

Most of us know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun. For me, a high sun protection factor is as important as the hotel and I’m more scared of Australia’s cancerous UV rays than I am of its creepy crawlies. For this reason (and because I’m so very white) I never tan, and always fake it. Recently I…
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City pollution is killing your skin. Here’s how to save it.

I lather SPF on my face daily. I cleanse, tone and moisturise even if I’m in a rush, exhausted or drunk. And my skin still sucks. Sound familiar? Apparently I’ve been suffering the effects of air pollution and it seems I’m not alone. Every day, city dweller skin is bombarded with tiny toxic particles, poisonous gases and harmful chemicals which…
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My Favourite Travel Beauty Products

These last few days I’ve been doing a KonMari tidy up of my beauty cabinet. I’ve chucked out the foundations that make me look like I’ve eaten too many carrots, the face masks that smell of mouldy vanilla (I think they’re meant for teenagers anyway) and a zillion dried up pots of eye cream (more likely to give me conjunctivitis…
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A Chemistry Lesson For Your Skin

Aged 16 I flunked my chemistry exams. If our lessons had focused on dermatology however, I might be a Nobel prize winning chemist by now. My bathroom cabinet is a veritable skincare laboratory and after years of practice I’ve learnt more about science from my toner than my teachers. Having said that, the label mumbo jumbo can get a little too much and the term…
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Beauty Spotting: Sleep Serum

It’s World Sleep Day on 17 March. Across the globe newborns will fall into a gentle twelve hour slumber, toddlers will quit their twilight antics, horrible bosses will cease their midnight emails and the neighbour next door with the (in your view) unhealthy sexual appetite will cool things for the night. And you? You will sleep. Sure. In your (day) dreams. Photo by Alyssa L. Miller If you’re reading…
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