Travelling is such an exciting time, but sometimes packing for it may not be. The one thing I find the most difficult is packing my cleansers and face creams. Mostly, the packaging is not ideal for travelling, and I have to spend time trying to pack the products in a smaller container suitable for travelling. This really ends up being time consuming and messy!
AU Natural have come up with these smart looking travel kits which are literally a smaller version of your normal products in your bundle. These can also be used as sample packs as well. The best thing for me when I took this on my vacation was that I didn’t have to touch my home products so these were packed well before and I never forgot anything! The portions are really reasonable, depending on how you use them, you can use them for more than two weeks.
My Remover, Brightening Lotion, Day Creme and Night Creme took absolutely minimal space in my make up bag. You could even take them on your hand carry as they would fit your 100ml requirements.
The best I did for my nails was put my trust in 99 Nails. Six months ago, I went to Courtney with short and weak nails and under the impression that gels manicure were the reason why my nails were breaking so often. But after about two sessions with 99 Nails I could see my nails were strengthening and gel manicure actually provided a protective layer over the nails, helping them to grow.
In order to help your nails grow, after care is required. Your nail technician should run through this with when you get your nails done. Courtney at 99 Nails is very onto it and even gives out After Care cards with all the information on after care. I was a nightmare with peeling the gel polish off myself, this removes the top layer of your nail as well which in turn makes them thinner and weaker. Gel polish needs to be removed properly by a nail technician. Once I took this on board it took about three sets of manicures to get my nails to grow longer and stronger.
You will find professional service at 99 Nails where Courtney understands about how to look after your nails, the dos and the don’t and is truely passionate about nails. This shows on her nails and how she provides her services. The minute you walk in, both Courtney and you will wash your hands and they will be sanitised. When this happens, you understand how important hygiene is for 99 Nails. Each process is done carefully and particularly to perfection.
99 Nails can come up with amazing nail art and designs for you or can be inspired by any picture that you take in. Over the course of six months I’ve had some really amazing designs, both of which either Courtney came up with or helped me to create with what I wanted in mind. Courtney is absolutely patient, I’ve even asked her to remove a whole set of nails after they were done and she re-did them because my satisfaction meant that much to her.
We tend to forget the importance of a proper facial routine for our beauty regime. Facials ensure the skin is deep cleansed providing a smooth surface for skin care products and make up. Some beauticians will recommend facials to be done every fortnight. Unfortunately time sometimes does not permit that. This is where I found Au Natural Rotorua White Mud, exfoliating masque with Active 16+ Manuka Honey really good as a home treatment. I have added this to my normal skin regime once a week in between my monthly facials and it has worked wonders on me! It works really well as spot treatment for acne as well.
I have used this mask quite religiously, especially when my acne was really bad. Anti helped to cool my skin down on the days when my acne was inflamed and even helped the appearance of the acne reduce.
The balance mask contains minerals from Rotorua white mud, which helps to detoxifies skin and helps the regeneration of new skin cells. Active 16+ Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti ageing properties that help heal your skin. Active 16+ honey also a humectant that attracts water within the skin, which improves skins moisture and texture. The mask also contains pure bee venom which is another magical ingredient that fights the signs of ageing. The sunflower seed oil is a great source of Vitamin E and is super rich in antioxidants and nutrients, helping skin to reduce redness, inflammation, acne and skin irritation.
How to apply
Apply an even layer on your skin after cleansing ( I use a brush to help me!)
I am continuously looking for ways to make the appearance of my skin better and better. I definitely feel like you can never have “too much glow”. AU Natural’sSuper fruit Eye Serum and Anti Ageing Face Oil are the perfect addition to your morning and night routine to ensure you get that glow.
A lot of us don’t really give eye serums an importance in our beauty regime and end up only focusing on other areas of our skin. One of the main causes of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area is dehydration. A face moisturiser cannot be used as a substitute for an eye serum as it is too thick for the skin around the eye to absorb product, therefore a waste. Serums are a much high concentration but a thinner consistency so the soft skin around the eye can absorb this. Keeping the area around your eyes hydrated will mean your are fighting against fine lines, wrinkles and dark under eye spots.
AU Natural’sSuper Fruit Eye Serum contains active ingredients such as, New Zealand Avocado Oil ( rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, D & E, potassium and lecithin, which are primary skin feeding nutrients), 9 berry extracts (such as acai, bilberry, strawberry, black mulberry and many other berries that provide health for the skin) and Ribrose ( a sugar that occurs in all living cells accelerating cell energy recovery and overall function- helping fight towards ageing). These products sink into the dermal layer helping to plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Anti Ageing Face Oil
Suffering from acne and an oily skin tone, the idea of a “face oil” always terrified me. I became under the false understanding that face oils clog pores and promote acne. Its actually on the contrary. A good face oil will help the hydration of your skin which in turn will stop your skin from producing excess oil to try and hydrate itself.
AU Natural’sAnti Ageing Face Oil contains Harakeke seed oil and Retinol which helps minimise the signs of ageing, plump skin, leaving back no oil residue and hydrating skin which then stops skin from producing extra sebum. Key ingredients in this product are New Zealand Harakeke seed oil which is pack with linoleum acid ( boosting skin’s barrier layer and helping to seal in natural moisture), the seeds are rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 and essential fatty acids that can regulate cell function. The second ingredient is Moringa Oil, which has antibacterial and moisturising properties which helps strengthen skin and help is protect again the environment and allergen substances. The final key ingredient is Lakesis, which is derived from resin produced in ancient trees in Greece, this increases the synthesis of to youth proteins and reactivates the detoxifying process of the skin. This product works in perfect harmony with the other AU Natural product range and can be used by the whole family, drops can even be used for removal of stretch marks.
Packing can be a real struggle when travelling. There is always a limit on what you can take and you have to start making some tough decisions on which products that will have to miss out. I feel like every product that I use as my daily routine is “important” to me. Two of these products are foundation and sunscreen. When I was packing for my travels to Asia I knew that I had be strategic in which foundation to carry. I couldn’t have something that was too heavy on the skin due to the humidity in the countries that I would be in. And I also needed to have really good sunscreen to help protect my skin when I was out in the harsh sun.
On the Go Mineral Powder from AU Natural answered both of my needs. It was a really good replacement for my liquid foundation that I used on a daily basis combined with a broad spectrum SPF 25. The small bottle with a retractable brush was the perfect travelling tool for my make up bag.
On the Go Mineral Powder uses natural sun-block ingredients and is oil free and non-comedogenic hence it does not clog pores. The mineral powder also helps to absorb excess oil from the skin reducing redness of the skin. With the product also being paragon dye and fragrance free, your skin continues to feel fresh throughout the day.
I have been using this product through out my trip and it’s worked wonders, especially with the climate changes, humidity and dust that I am travelling in. I have actually been keeping this product in my handbag and re-applying it during the day. Even with the re-application, I haven’t noticed any closed pores and haven’t had any breakouts due to use of powder with the harsh weather. The product can also used as a full coverage foundation or re-applied on top of normal liquid foundation for an extra layer of sun protection.
Changing your skin care range can be REALLY scary sometimes. Especially if you have sensitive and unpredictable skin. Luckily for me Bee Bio launched AU Natural which is a similar product range with equal values and a sustainable approach. The biggest thing for me was not to see a reaction in my skin when I swapped between the two products. AU Natural has worked its magic on me so well!
AU stands for “skinfood” where it focuses on skin health and not skin beauty, using active ingredients such as Manuka Honey and NZ Botanicals to restore and strengthen skin with a regular routine. AU stands for “integrity” where the products are formulated with quality and natural ingredients with high concentrated levels of scientifically proven ingredients, such as 16+ Manuka Honey, Been Venom and Kiwi fruit extract. AU stands for “Sustainability”, by being on the forefront of an industry leading movement to remove plastic pollution. AU is achieving this by its three strong mottos #RefillNotLandfill; simply refill your containers when they run out rather than buying a new container each time; the bottles are made from aluminium bottles and topped up using compostable refills. All AU packaging material is either reusable, compostable or recyclable. #ChangeToday; helping reduce the 480 billion single used bottles being wasted every year. #LeaveItBetter; AU products are formulated from pure, natural, nourishing ingredients ethically sourced mostly from NZ, which is always replenished.
This gentle yet powerful cleanser removes make up and bacteria off your skin while the key ingredient, 16+ Manuka Honey, helps provide anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Using this in the morning and evening at the beginning of your skincare routine will help provide a “clean” slate for the restoration of your skin.
Other key ingredients in this product are Pure Manuka Oil, Mandarin Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil and Shea Butter.
Use this after cleansing to remove any traces of cleanser or surface debris. The toner spray removes bacteria and infection from deep below the surface of the skin reducing pore size and hydrating your skin. There are concentrated levels of 16+ Manuka Honey and Vitamin C which helps slow down the formation of pigmentation and lighten skin. The toning lotion helps tighten skin and reduce redness, ageing spots and freckling.
AM DAY SERUM
A combination of Active 16+ Manuka honey and powerful antioxidants that help lift, tighten and smooth skin. The high quality ingredients used helps plump skin while maintaining the skin’s moisture balance. A small amount goes a long way with this serum as the silky creme spreads easily.
PM NIGHT CREME
The deeply moisturizing treatment creme nourishes and and stimulates cell renewal overnight with the help Active 16+ Manuka Honey and bee venom. Bee venom supports skin cell regeneration and production of collagen and elastin, helping to lift, plump and tighten skin. Bee venom painlessly tricks the skin into thinking it has been stung which stimulates blood flow to the “affected” areas and in response producing more collagen and elastin.
HOW AU NATURAL WORKS
Order your free 14 day trial kit once you subscribe. Give the trial size a go and if you don’t wish to continue, simple cancel your subscription. If its a Yes, then wait for your starter pack to arrive. After this, receive all your refills automatically every eight weeks. Talk about convenience!! You will never have the panic of your products running out and not having enough time to buy the replacement. AU Natural has literally thought of EVERYTHING, from skin health to sustainability to consumer convenience.
One of the biggest points for me is the packaging for products, it is travel friendly with its little tin packs . The product has some very high quality and active ingredients that has done wonders for my skin in terms of removing my acne scars and making my skin feel smooth. It has been such hard work for me to get my skin to actually feel smooth and AU Natural has all the ingredients in it that has helped me to achieve this just in a month with regular use.
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