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Add some eco-conscious beauty staples to your self-care routine courtesy of Peggy Sue
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Add some eco-conscious beauty staples to your self-care routine courtesy of Peggy Sue

Self-care has been a major theme this year. Slowing down, taking the time to listen to our needs and indulging in the little things has kept us somewhat sane in the past few months. This also relates to our skincare routine – whether you have a ten-step regimen that you undertake morning and night, or your routine consists of brushing your teeth and a splash of water on your face, taking some me-time is important now more than ever. That's where sustainable-skincare makers Peggy Sue steps in. The Australian owned-and-operated brand sells a luscious range of eco-friendly self-care products, so you can take time to look after you and the world at large. more

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Diversity in healing – Tru-Colour makes skin-tone bandages in three different shades
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Diversity in healing – Tru-Colour makes skin-tone bandages in three different shades

The purpose of a plaster, adhesive bandage, bandaid, sticky strip or whatever you like to call it, is to help heal your cuts and scrapes discreetly by blending in with your skin. That's pretty hard when there is literally only one generic shade of beige advertised as 'skin colour'. Thankfully, at long last, there is an alternative. Tru-Colour promotes diversity in healing with skin-tone bandages in three different shades.  more

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Turn intentions into actions by supporting these Indigenous owned and operated skincare and beauty brands
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Turn intentions into actions by supporting these Indigenous owned and operated skincare and beauty brands

Okay, so you've posted a black tile on your Instagram, but what now? Florence Nightingale said it best when she said "I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results." Sharing or liking a post on social media or declaring #BlackLivesMatter is a start but it's not enough – it's time to turn intentions into impact and use your privilege to affect positive change. One small but tangible way you can do that is to support local businesses that are Indigenous owned and operated, or are in support of local Aboriginal communities in Australia. Over the next few weeks, we will bring you a range of businesses across categories including (and not limited to) Aboriginal art, apparel and jewellery so you can continue your commitment to listening, learning and supporting. Remember, we all have a long way to go to become anti-racist… more

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Hummm your way to glowing skin with a new two-step routine
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Hummm your way to glowing skin with a new two-step routine

Do you remember when a cleanser, toner and moisturiser constituted a skincare routine? These days, we're conditioned to believe we need a complex 26-step regime of lotions and potions to treat every possible skin condition from pores to premature ageing. If you're feeling overwhelmed or are suffering from product fatigue, there's a new Australian skincare label that is pioneering a nifty two-step routine that is right up your alley.  more

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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose
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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose

We all know that plastic isn't so fantastic but in Australia, 5.3 million consumers, that is 27.1-percent of the population, purchase single-use plastic bottles on a weekly basis. Most of which, let's be honest, are destined for landfill once it has fulfilled its original purpose where it can take between 20 and 1000 years to degrade. If that makes you feel all of the things, you're not alone – but together, we can make small changes that have a big impact. One of the easiest changes we can make is to switch to a shampoo bar from Shampoo With A Purpose once your current supply runs dry. more

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Period power! Together we can end period poverty with Taboo's organic pads and tampons
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Period power! Together we can end period poverty with Taboo’s organic pads and tampons

Let's talk periods for a moment (we'll just give the gents who accidentally clicked on the story a second to make a hasty exit). While we here in Australia have things largely sorted when it comes to our monthly visits from Aunty Flo, the heartbreaking truth is that 30-percent of girls in developing countries will drop out of school once they start having periods. Furthermore, far too many reproductive complications stem from the lack of appropriate menstrual health care and education. TABOO is a social enterprise turning the tide on period poverty. more

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Go nude with APHA.LAB's free-from deodorant
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Go nude with APHA.LAB’s free-from deodorant

It's probably not something you've spent too much time thinking about but if you were to take a peek at the ingredients list of your deodorant, you might be perturbed to find some pretty heavy ingredients ranging from aluminium chlorohydrate to triclosan (the antibacterial chemical used to kill odour-causing germs on the skin) and phthalates galore. The good news is that Melbourne's APHA.LAB has crafted an all-natural alternative that actually works! more


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Nurture your skin at Byron Bay's newest beauty space, Little Company
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Nurture your skin at Byron Bay’s newest beauty space, Little Company

In between work, family, social calendars and general 'adulting', it can be hard to keep on top of one of our body's most precious assets – our skin. The bustling Byron Bay Industrial Estate recently welcomed its newest resident, Little Company – a dreamy studio offering a range of natural and sustainable beauty treatments designed to keep your pretty face healthy. more

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The Weekend Series: treat yo' self to some pampering at these luxe roadtrip worthy day spas
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The Weekend Series: treat yo’ self to some pampering at these luxe roadtrip worthy day spas

If the weeks and months of the year to date have taken their toll on your soul and your skin, there’s nothing to do but recuperate and replenish. Trust us, self-care is an essential practice, which means a visit to a day spa is almost akin to visiting the doctor. While there are plenty of top-notch pampering spots in close proximity to our homes, we’re in love with the idea of abandoning the city in favour of a day spa that’s beyond the reaches of the city. Clear your schedule – this weekend is all about massages, facials, treatments, soaks, exfoliations and, most importantly, you. more

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Beloved eco store Biome launches its first in-house skincare range
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Beloved eco store Biome launches its first in-house skincare range

When it comes to the wonderful world of skincare, often we are bombarded with a huge number of supposedly essential products that add up to create a 37-step routine. Fair enough if that’s your jam, but for those of us who prefer to keep it simple, the search for a core range of products to keep us in check can seem very daunting. If you’ve been looking for a natural, low-maintenance routine to get into, the search is over – beloved eco store Biome has just launched its own in-house skincare range, and you’d best believe it’s the real deal. more

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Go-To Skincare drops Zincredible –  its long-awaited SPF moisturiser
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Go-To Skincare drops Zincredible –  its long-awaited SPF moisturiser

Let us hit you with some hard facts. One – the sun's rays are tremendously harsh and too much exposure can do long-term damage to your biggest organ, your precious skin. But you already knew that, right? Two – Zoë Foster Blake is a generation-defining queen. After more than four-and-a-half years of testing, trials and development, Zoë's skincare company Go-To has just dropped its most anticipated product to date – Zincredible. more

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The Weekend Series: put your best face forward with these five cruelty-free skincare brands
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The Weekend Series: put your best face forward with these five cruelty-free skincare brands

Real talk – skincare is amazing. The rise in self-care culture is frankly something we can very much get behind, especially when it promotes showing one of your most vital and hard done-by organs some love. One of the best ways you can show your skin that you appreciate it is by using the least harsh products possible – we’re talking natural, organic and cruelty-free. Not only is it good for you, but the environment wins too. Double happiness! To get you started, we’ve compiled five of our favourite natural skincare brands into a squeaky-clean list – so go forth and live your best life. more

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Body art – lather yourself in Kleins Perfumery's Rennie Ellis series
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Body art – lather yourself in Kleins Perfumery’s Rennie Ellis series

From a young age we're taught to not judge a book by its cover. When it comes to the new Kleins Perfumery range, then please throw that thinking out the door because you should definitely be judging the new range by its cover. The Melbourne-born fragrance and beauty company has released a new Rennie Ellis series, with the products beautifully wrapped in packaging featuring works by the renowned late photographer. more