Beauty Bites ~ Stuff I Do

Hi everyone! Let's talk about BEAUTY. Just quickly! Beauty bites!? ;) OYL is a great place to find lots & lots of 'beauty bites' by beautiful people! But as Miranda Kerr said in her book 'Treasure Yourself' - 'Don't compare yourself with others' she says...'a rose is beautiful, but so is a sunflower.' So as you read here I hope you keep true to YOU. Are you ready to start your very own beauty revival, & be the most beautiful person you can be? Starting from the inside, & allowing that beauty to shine without! You may enjoy my post ~ Cultivating Confidence. ..because just as important as what you put into your body, is how you feel, & what you think every day.

Most of what I do personally as a beauty regime comes down to the famous quote. 'WE ARE WHAT WE EAT'. Believe it!!! Say it until you cringe at the thought of processed, sugary, unnatural, dead foods. This is your foundation for life. Life to your bloodstream means beauty all over.
I believe in raw foodssuperfoods & lots & lots of good fats! I believe in chocolate. I believe in green drinks, I believe in GREENS (period). I believe herbs grow prolifically for a reason, I believe in thinking outside the square. I believe in climbing trees & I believe in smiling!

Ok. What else can I say in a nutshell? What you put in & what you feel is so very important, but there's a whole lifestyle package that will contribute to radiance like no other.  My top 8 beauty rules would be: Water (inside + out), Sunlight (daily), Exercise (vital to how you feel & look!), Nutrition (fill your body with lifegiving raw & unprocessed foods), Air (breath deeply, avoid toxic air), Rest (8 hrs sleep minimum, 3 of them before midnight best), Temperance (no to toxic substances; yes in moderation, to all that is good!), Trust (peace inside = anti-wrinkles). These points may seem to you too simple to prove effective. The image below from a recent shoot, is of me over 35 (SHHH DON'T TELL ANYONE!). I won't say exactly how far gone I am just yet...but suffice it to say, this simple stuff really works. Natural living is your most powerful tool against the signs of aging. The odd detox doesn't hurt either. For gorgeous glowing skin, do all you can to live closely to nature, you'll be amazed at the results! PROMISE.

Something else I love to do is use all sorts of natural things on my skin. By this I don't mean things that come in packages, generally, although I do have a few nice products which I use occasionally. I love skin foods (talking direct application now) like coconut oil, aloe vera, manuka honey, olive oil, cacao, avocado, strawberries, spirulina, clays etc. Be an 'unconventional beauty'. I love to make up my own masks, treatments etc (see one here) & simple effective face mist (here).

A nice book for people beginning natural beauty treatments at home is this one by Carla Oates, Feeding Your Skin.

It's funny I've been writing so much about beauty lately, & with all the things I'm learning & sharing, I truly feel that beauty is a human need. To behold beauty, to feel beautiful, & to express beauty is vital to life. Looking forward to sharing more on this subject soon!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Coriander Chelation Pesto

I've just finished making the most easy cilantro, or 'coriander' as we call it, PESTO! Best thing about this recipe is that it is not only simple to make but really YUMMY.

It's also a 'natural medicine' concoction which helps to remove heavy metals from the body :) BRILLIANT for anyone with high mercury levels in the blood, hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites, etc etc. I obtained the recipe from my sister-in-law years ago, who runs a renowned Health Retreat in Australia. Apparently one lady had such high blood pressure due to severe mercury poisoning, had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detox your body from heavy metals or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to feel the benefits.


4 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup brazil nuts (selenium)

1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)

2-3 cups packed fresh coriander (Vitamin A)

2/3 cup flaxseed oil (omega rich fats) (I used hemp oil today)

4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C) (I replaced 1 Tbsp with apple cider)

1 teaspoon celtic or himalayan salt (pink salt) (may use Japanese Miso)


Pile everything into a blender & BLEND until fairly smooth. Add more salt if you want to & blend again. Otherwise simply store your delicious pesto in glass jars (dark glass is best), in the fridge. It freezes well, so you can buy plenty of coriander in season & freeze it for up to six months.

You could eat it this pesto three times a year, for a week at a time, to cleanse your body of heavy metals. Tastes soo good on toast, with baked potatoes or pasta, with poached eggs, I even love it as a serving addition to bowls of soup!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail


Skin Detox with Therapeutic Living Clay Mask

Happy 2012!

Wishing everyone that this year brings much happiness and joy to your life.

The New Year comes, and all the Holidays and parties are over, and there is a word of “Detox” on my mind.  I assume many others are in the same frame of mind; going back to the gym more, eating healthily, and trying some detox methods to clean up an overworked liver during the holiday season.

Today, I wanted to introduce this 100% natural and pure organic clay mask from South Africa for skin detox.  AFRICAN HEALING CLAY by Healthway.  There are two types of clay masks, one is called TLC TUB and the other is CLAY-KELP (With Ecklonia Maxima Kelp). These products contain very high percentages of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay. When Georgina Grenville, the South African model introduced me to them, I tried out both. For my dry skin, CLAY-KELP worked wonderfully, and it left my skin clean, supple and re-hydrated. Another time, I recommended TLC TUB to a friend whose skin breaks out with every product she tries.  She loves it and her skin is improving using this everyday.  In the first few days, some people might see more pimples come out, but it is a part of detox process and it goes away.

Clay mask are known for their ability for drawing out impurities from the skin.  What’s unique about this clay mask is that while most other clay masks direct you to let it dry and rinse off, this one directs you to keep the mask wet with wet hands or spray bottle while you apply the mask for about 30 minutes. I personally like using my hands. Montmorillonite Clay is known for its ability to absorb positively charged ions in the body. When wet, the clay develops a strong negative charge. Toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and most viruses are positively charged. The clay draws the impurities out like a magnet. This type of clay was even used to by scientists and farmers in the Ukraine after Chernobyl to absorb excess radiation from their bodies.

Depending on skin type, from my experience with them, I would recommend TLC TUB for more oily/break prone out skin, and CLAY-KELP for more dry/mature skin.

They ship to different countries including The USA.



Sea of Blackness... Thallasotherapy

Ever indulged in Thalassotherapy?... Big word hey! Thalassotherapy is like hydrotherapy, only it is special as it is made using mother ocean. Usually if taken at a day spa you'll sink into sea water which has been heated, sometimes with algae, seaweeds, & perhaps clays added. Expect to pay up to $400 for a treatment & reap the healthy rewards.

Personally, I love to make my own 'Thalassotherapy' at home. It's so easy really, as well as being much cheaper, and I find my 'sea of blackness' (what I call my seaweed beauty baths!) excellent for detoxifying the body, as well as being highly balancing & healing. Considering the high mineral content found in sea produce or extracts I find this bath especially wonderful for pain relief, & re-energizing tired muscles.

Take 500g epsom salts, 1/2 cup kelp powder or dulse flakes or both, 1 tablespoon green clay, & a few drops of your favourite essential oils, I like to use energising or calming oils depending on my needs... Add ingredients to a warm running bath & relax for a minimum of 30 minutes.

My favourite thing to do is stay beauty bathing for a whole hour, during this time I take three 3 minute long cold showers in between hot sessions, finishing with cold.