Category Archives: HEALTH & BEAUTY

Bali Beautifying Tonic

Every morning we’ve been starting the day with Balinese Jamu, an orange based tonic blended with ginger, mint and spices. The Balinese swear by it, the girls here claim a glass a day keeps you beautiful and healthy from the inside out. My daily orange juice addiction will never quite be the same xx

Orange Flavoured Jamu

Makes Approx 1 Litre
1 litre orange juice
10g cinnamon powder
10g clove powder
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon lime
8-10 mint leaves
20g fresh ginger

Blend all the above ingredients, strain and serve xx

Recipe and Pics via MummyKnows 

Top Makeup Artist Blanka Dudas

Whether escaping to sunnier shores or surviving the throws of winter, it’s that time of year again where skin needs that extra bit of love and attention. I figured who better than international makeup artist, mother of one and good friend Blanka Dudas to share some insider beauty tips. With fifteen years industry experience, a host of celebrity clients that include Jess Hart, Rebecca Judd, Megan Gale, Alexa Chung, Jerry Hall, Rose Byrne and Jen Hawkins (just to name a few), it’s no wonder her newly launched Makeup Workshop website is experiencing sell out classes.

Below she shares with us how it all began, her make up philosophy and the ultimate tips for achieving healthy luminous skin all year round. Whether up in the air, beach side or playing mum, Blanka reveals how to do it all with a radiant glow. . .

How would you describe your approach to make up

I believe that when one looks at a face, one should notice the face, not the makeup. Makeup should be there to enhance the face, not to cover it up. It should not attempt to cover and conceal and change a woman’s beauty. It should bring out it’s best features and make the most of it. It should be about harmony with life and nature.

How did you get started as a make up artist?

I studied for two years at London College of Fashion then worked on film for a few years, mostly period movies. I got my first jobs through teachers at the college – many of them were amazing Oscar winners. I made a transition into fashion and advertising world and have been doing this for 12 or 13 years, in London, New York and Australia. I love both sides of the industry, but fashion is definitely more flexible with a baby, although I have an advantage now of being well established and that definitely helps.

When traveling what’s the best way to keep skin hydrated on the plane?

It is important to hydrate from within, so drink lots of water and avoid coffee and alcohol. Use a good moisturiser – I just love MV skincare rose soothing and protective moisturiser. I also always take MV rose face sprayon board – it is great for hydrating that little bit further, and is very refreshing!

Revealing winter white skin on tanned shores can be daunting, would you recommend a self tanner?

I actually like a bit of pale skin as much as I like a nice tan, so I would probably just take it easy for the first few days in the sun. If using a self tanner, don’t go too dark, just use a shade that is a little darker than your own skin.

How do we achieve a healthy summer glow without heavy make up?

With a little bit of bronzer. Make sure it is cream and not powder and with no sparkle! RMS beauty in spark is perfect! Be careful not to use too much – you want to look healthy and glowy, not orange! apply it in the areas that would naturally get a little sun kissed – forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin.

What are your pool side summer essentials?

A wide brimmed hat and a natural sunscreen (kora, weleda or soleo are my favourite)

For those with unruly curls, what’s the best beach side solution?

Something moisturising and natural, Kevin Murphy is your best friend here!

Best after sun skin care products?

I love MV skincare aromatic body oil - it hydrates well, it smells divine, it feels like silk, and it’s so good for your skin.

Best make up tips for a summer glimmer on balmy nights?

RMS luminizeris all you need. It is one of my favourite products in the world! Apply a little in a sideways v on the inner corner of the eye, blend a little on top of cheekbones and a bit just under the eyebrow… Very easy, quick and effective! Never use powder luminizer, especially not for a summer look; it always looks like makeup and it’s too shimmery. The idea is that it looks like your skin is glowing, not like you are wearing makeup.

Best beauty advice for time poor mumma’s?

As much sleep as you can get, good nutrition, and a good eye cream (haha). I really like Cosmedix opti crystal eye serum, I think it really works. Makeup wise, definitely the RMS luminizer. It’s the best trick in the book.

Favorite Recipe to kick start the day. . .

One thing I cannot do without is my breakfast. I love to start my day with a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon, then have my oatmeal. 

Blanka’s Quick and Easy Oats

Handful of rolled oats
1 banana
For the Summer Version
mango, paw paw or berries
sprinkle of coconut sugar
For the Winter Version
Whisk and Pin Dried Fruit
dash of creme

Put a handful of oats and a chopped banana in a pan, add water to cover and bring to boil, then stir for a minute or so until the oats have softened and the mixture is creamy and not too watery.
Summer Version
Add some nuts and some fresh fruit – I love mango, paw paw, or berries – and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar.
Winter version
Add some warm compote (I love Whisk and Pin dried fruit that you just need to boil into compote) and some cream… Yummy!

Pics Via / /Grazia

A Coconut & Blueberry Super Smoothie and a Blueberry Chia & Banana Smoothie

I’ve recently developed a new found appreciation of smoothies. Ever since the realization that they actually fill you up, I’ve started playing around with flavors and combinations and discovered the possibilities are endless. So, if you’re ever a little pressed for time but still want a clean and healthy start to the day, these smoothies are a fast and delicious way to jam pack your morning full of goodness. The first is from The Green Kitchen and the second is by yours truly. The addition of Chia seeds works wonders not only in helping to fill you up, but Chia has the richest combined source of Omega 3, Protein, Fibre and Antioxidants found in any natural food. How’s that for a kick start to the day? xx

Blueberry Coconut Super Smoothie

2 glasses
Recipe from The Green Kitchen

1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
a big chunk fresh ginger, minced
juice from 1 lime
2 tbsp coconut flakes
a handful of walnuts

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend for approximately 1 minute.

Blueberry Chia and Banana Smoothie
Recipe by Mummyknows

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 banana chopped
1 cup rice milk
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
few mint leaves
1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt (optional)


Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend for approximately 1 minute.

Pics Via / The Green Kitchen / Kora Organics / Tumblr

Turning bad hair days beautiful

I like to think I’ve mastered the 20 minute blow dry (though my husband may dispute this), all the while singing and chattering to my little one while she patiently plays with her toys. None the less, for all those days where time gets the better of us, here’s some inspiration for turning bad hair beautiful xx


Braiding a section or two of hair then tying it up can make all the difference.

Fedoras and Floppy hats

Brixton Dalia Hat
By Malene Birger Elisso Hat
Rag and Bone Floppy Brim Fedora
Rag and Bone Floppy Brim Fedora


Madewell Tribal Stripe Scarf
Codello Chain Print Silk Scarf
Plush Love Scarf
Diane Von Furstenberg Kenley Scarf

Top Knots

The chop

Nicole Richie Style.


Some would argue a fringe is more work, but really only the front section needs styling, tie the rest up Alexa Chung and Caroline de Maigret style.

All natural

Forget the blow dry and go all natural Beyonce Style.

Pics Via Tumblr / LA Stylist / Vogue Paris / Vogue / Celebbuzz / Caroline de Maigret / Beyonce / Just Jared / Top Knot / The Glow / Google Images

Cleansing Juice

Inspired by Julia Restoin Roitfeld, here are a couple of ideas for delicious smoothies and cleansing juices. The first, a smoothie from  Anthology Magazine. The second, a well deserved refreshing green juice post work out this morning at Armadale Cafe, CC Colours xx

Recipe and Pics Via Anthology Magazine

1 cup milk or soy milk
2-3 heaped tbsp natural Greek yogurt
2 tsp honey (more or less to taste)
1 cup frozen berries (mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
Sprig of mint

Put all the ingredients in a blender and process until combined.

I only used 1 teaspoon honey, swapped the soy milk for almond milk and the Greek yoghurt for Organic Real Cherry Yoghurt. It was delicious. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to make it extra healthy xx

Green Juice

1 piece ginger peeled
2 celery sticks chopped
1 1/2 green apples chopped
1 big handful of spinach leaves
1/2 cucumber

Juice all the ingredients together in a juicer