Seasonal Round Up: Autumn
The fact that it's JUNE makes my head spin like I imagine it would if I saw Ryan Reynolds on the other side of the street. If you haven't seen Deadpool 2 yet do yourself a favour and go and see it pronto. Hot actor tangent aside, how crazy is it that we are basically half way through the year!! (And let's be honest, we say this halfway through every year..)
Did anyone else find the transition out of summer super difficult - shorter days and colder weather often finds me grumpier than usual. BUT every season has it's positives, and I adore the autumn colours on the trees and the days of sunshine and cool-but-not-freezing mornings. There are some products and items that I've turned to a lot these last few months, and not just in the beauty department...
Beauty Bits (& Other Bobs)
Tinted Sun Juice by Skin Juice. One of my favourite new discoveries. As I've recently changed up my contraception (pill to IUD - anyone want a more in-depth post on this?), my skin hasn't been great so I've been trying to cut back on my full-face makeup days. This is the perfect product for days I really want "no makeup makeup"; it gives the skin such a natural, fresh-looking glow without any heaviness. Really easy to apply and blend, and has a bit of SPF so it's perfect for on the go. "Australian owned and squeezed", not tested on animals. If you're a no-makeup kinda girl but like to have a lil something on the face, highly recommend this!
Un-Cover Up in Shade 11 by RMS Beauty. I mentioned this in my Top 4 High-End Ethical Makeup Brands as it's one of my favourites from RMS. Like the Sun Juice, it's been a go-to of mine over the last 3 months because it's a great lightweight, hydrating concealer that doesn't break me out further. It still gives a natural finish to the skin and pairs well over the top of the skin juice.
Deep Moisturiser by Esse. If you've read my probiotic skincare post, you'll already know that I'm a big fan of these guys and their work in the skincare world. This is a fab morning moisturiser for me coming into the in-and-out of heating, as it's full of probiotics to strengthen and protect my skin as well as hydrate it throughout the day. The key ingredient, Rooibos is Fair Trade and a natural antioxidant for the skin. Be gone, dry skin!
Calm Treatment Roll On by Flora Remedia. I'm not normally an essential-oil-on-the-skin gal because I usually find them either too sticky, strong or a pain to apply. But I came across this lovely brand in my local health shop and now I'm totally hooked! Having an oil blend in a roll on is the best and this one smells sooo lovely and not too sweet or heavy like some oils can be. Australian made, not tested on animals, and perfectly sized to chuck in a bag for on the go nice smelling goodness.
Red Tote Bag by Truso. I've actually had this for well over a year now, but I seem to use it the most in Autumn because I'm all about that seasonal colour coordination. They don't have any bags in stock at the moment sadly but they've got some absolutely gorgeous wallets and these adorable clutches. Each piece is handcrafted here in Melbourne from certified bi products and remnants from upholsterers (a.k.a good quality upcycled leather cuts). I always reach for this when I know I'll be out and about and want to carry my book or have room for some The Source snacks. Obviously.
The (Small) Towel by Lululemon. No surprises to most of you that Lululemon was inevitably going to feature here at some point. Yes yes I know I've been holding back on my obsession with the brand, but there'll be plenty more to come! I've popped this in here because I wouldn't typically be shouting about the benefits of a sweat towel. I mean it's just a towel right? I thought so until I used this one. DAYUM. I am a sweater, and this is such a fast-absorbing towel and DOESN'T SMELL! Even if you're like me and forget to wash it for a week! It's really light, transportable, and I've loved it especially for a sweatier yoga sesh and I feel like my face will melt off. The link is to ones that are even on sale so why wouldn't you get one really...
Autumn Reflection: Vulnerability
Ahh my old friend Vulnerability, how often I kept her locked up and pushed aside in the hope that she would forget her importance. And yet Vulnerability still gently, tentatively nudges her way to the surface, trying to show her true colours. It is only in the growing up and practising self-awareness that I have really let Vulnerability through and it is always in these moments where the subtleties and complexities of friendship, intimacy and familial bonds grow and strengthen. She is an underrated law of attraction. Being vulnerable with someone does not mean you are showing weakness or that you are a failure.
Think about the last time you opened up to someone, where you really cried or properly let loose some emotional chats or thoughts. We perceive that this will make the other person judge us or think critically of us, when more often than not, your rawness and realness is endearing and connecting. These Vulnerable moments take time, and sometimes require a leap of trust with the person. But be gentle and kind when you let the words fall, and let them! The sincerity of these moments are important for the other person to be with too, rather than brushed over or apologised for. We must learn to embrace imperfections. I am sure that we have all felt at times an incredibly strong pressure to cover up any feelings of confusion or discomfort, to meet certain unspoken expectations, to act as though everything is all fine and dandy. Yet truthfully human connection requires Vulnerability, and it is fragile and messy and beautiful.