Dark Circles: Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Them FAST

Dark discolouration of the skin under the eyes is mainly referred to as dark circles, dark rings or shadows.

There are a variety of causes but the main causes behind dark circles are heredity, unhealthy skin, mental or physical stress, lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet.

Dark circles are not a serious skin issue, but people do appear tired, unhealthy, exhausted and sometimes older!

Previously, we shared make up tips and tricks to cover pigmentation (Check out our Pigmentation Blog), there is also cosmetic injectable option for dark circles-

This female patient had treated her tear troughs with an injectable filler to lift the area, therefore lifting the shadowing around her eyes.
Here are our top five at home remedies for dark circles:  

* Cucumber: Cucumbers contain skin lightening and shrinking properties. They have an immediate soothing and refreshing effect.

Start by slicing the cucumber (1cm) and placing them in the refrigerator for 30minutes. Place the chilled slices on to the dark circles for 10minutes, and then wash the area with water.

Twice daily for a week should help alleviate the pressure and allow the circles to fade.

* Potato: Potatoes contain natural bleaching properties that assist in lightening the dark circles and remove puffiness.

You can use just the juice of the potato or slices. Juice: Grate two raw potatoes and squeeze the juice. Soak cotton pads in the juice and place it over the dark area, leave this on for about 10 to 15minutes.
Slices: Cut thick potato slices and place over the dark area for about 10 to 15minutes.
Both techniques repeated twice daily for 2 to 3weeks will assist in removing dark circles.

* Tomato + lemon juice: Tomatoes and vitamin C present in lemons have bleaching properties that can assist in lightening the skin, tomato or lemon juice alone will also work.

This remedy can be repeated twice a day for a few weeks. Mix one teaspoon of fresh tomato juice and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Tap this mixture gently onto the dark circles, after 10minutes rinse off with water.

* Extra Virgin Coconut oil: Simply massaging some Coconut oil under the eye area and leaving for a few hours will promote smooth skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

This technique can be repeated two to three times daily for a few months or until you are happy with your results. Don’t forget to wash it off!

* Green tea bags: When using this technique, please be careful not to get tea into your eyes! The caffeine and antioxidants found in green tea bags assist in lightening dark circles, reduce puffiness under the eyes by shrinking blood vessels and reducing the fluid retention.

Wet a teabag for each of your eyes and place them in the refrigerator to chill for 30minutes. For 10 to 15minutes place the bags over your eyes, as you remove the bags wash your face. Repeat twice daily for 2 to 3weeks and this will help decrease the swelling and discolouration.

For a cosmetic consultation and treatment options call:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
For more information on our makeup services click here. 


Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques

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Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques 

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Stress, according to the Oxford Dictionary “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
Stress can effect people in many ways, including:
Brain function
End of financial year can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
Grace Barnes shares some of her management techniques –
Body movement:
Kinetic strategies for stress relief involve motion or movement, like running or lifting weights. The idea is that muscular movement works with the fight-or-flight response and the physical body preparation that builds up to this response, rather than against it. By providing a direct outlet and release for the physical stress response, kinetic strategies prevent the buildup of muscular tension.
Stress Yoga Nidra
Yoga, Meditation and breathing exercises:
Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.
A few Yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. “Whole body” exercises such as the Sun Poses are particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically. Many exercises can be adapted so you can do them even in an office chair. Our Basic Yoga video provides a complete introduction to these exercises and contains a 30-minute exercise routine with breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Yoga Nidra is Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. It is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep.
Get Earthed: 
Ever notice how you feel so energized and vibrant while walking on the beach? You probably attributed that to being on a beach vacation where your stress literally evaporated upon sinking your toes in the silky sand, inhaling that salty ocean air and soaking up some vitamin D elixir from the sun’s healing rays, right? Well that’s partially true. But there’s something else going on that’s creating this optimal state of health. What’s the magical ingredient? Electrons.
Our feet contain a rich, intricate network of nerves and acupuncture points and are especially adept at picking up free electrons from the earth’s surface. It’s called barefoot or caveman medicine, and walking barefoot – aka earthing or grounding – may be the easiest, simplest and cheapest way of shifting your body back to an optimal state of homeostasis and health.
The gist of the earthing theory is simply this: the earth is negatively charged, so when you ground, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. And since the earth has a greater negative charge than your body, you end up absorbing electrons from it. These free electrons intercept the firestorm of free radicals (that create oxidative damage and inflammation) in our body and extinguish this fire. When you walk barefoot, you’re literally soaking up millions of electrons that decoagulate and detoxify your blood. So instead of your blood being all viscous and thick, like ketchup, it becomes free flowing, like red wine. Earthing also shifts the sympathetic nervous system back to the point where it has more tranquility, and clinical studies have shown that earthing helps with everything from inflammation to insomnia, and from autoimmune to heart disease.
HOW TO GET GROUNDED CONVENIENTLY? We don’t all have a the time or location to frolic on the beach daily…here are some easy alternatives.
In warmer weather, go barefoot.  Even concrete allows some of the earth’s energy through!
Swim in natural waters: rivers and lakes.
Take naps or read in nature, on nature: right on the sand or grass, no towel down, or against a tree.
As the weather turns colder, consider bundling up and finding some wet grass to walk on!  It feels great!  (Dew and rainwater have additional energy in them.)
In cold weather, use earthing tools: grounding sheets, pads, stickers, and shoes.
Stress tea
Eat Grounding Foods:
So when we think root chakra, we want to focus in on grounding. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.
Dandelion Root tea can be a great way to end a day that has left you feeling a little disconnected, and it’s caffeine free!
A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration needed to help balance the root chakra. Nutritionally, red foods usually have high levels of vitamin C–a nutrient utilized by several body parts that the root chakra oversees, like bones, teeth, skin and adrenals. Some red foods you could try are tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pomegranates and cherries.
Avoid Stimulants: 
Including caffeine, amphetamines, artificial colours and flavorings and sugar.
Herbs you can include:
Holy Basil
Skull cap
Nutritional Supplements:
B complex
To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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De-Stress Muscle Gel

June, often the toughest month for Sydney siders.

The chill and the wet rolls through and it’s the last month before the end of financial year!

There are a variety of management techniques that we are all aware of such as, consuming comfort foods (Check out the benefits of Bone Broth), some may enjoy a glass a red and other clinically proven techniques include exercise and meditation.

Our in-house masseuse, Tania Dobbie recommends Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel, “When you first smell this product, your natural reaction is to take a deeper breath, as the aromatic scent of the lavender and ginger essential oils blended together is perfect and so unexpected”.

Tania continues, “With winter well and truly here, everyone should have a tube of this in their cupboard. It is so versatile with its anti-inflammatory, decongestive and pain relieving benefits. This gel is perfect for chest colds, sports injuries and circulatory conditions.

The blend of lavender, black pepper and rosemary essential oils, effectively calm the nervous system and heal, while creating a wonderful therapeutic and sensory experience”.

When the gel is applied to the skin you will experience a light cooling sensation, as circulation to the muscle tissue increases the area will gently become warm. An added benefit is that the non-greasy gel absorbs immediately into the skin and won’t stain your clothes.

Directions: Apply a small to your fingertips and apply directly to the skin.
For a more intensive treatment, apply a heat pack over the affected area.

Ladies who suffer from tired achy legs or feet, you can apply the gel directly over your panty hose or tights for instant relief!
Read other stress management techniques here

Aromatherapy Associates, De-Stress Muscle Gel:

150ml $56

Aromatherapy Associates, De-Stress Muscle Gel is available from the Bondi Beach clinic.

Make an appointment with Tania Dobbie:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077


Fight Gravity: Liquid Face Lift

Collagen is made of proteins, containing a large amount of two amino acids hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine.

These acids provide collagen with the flexibility and strength to hold the tissue and our organs together, and as we grow they continue to repair damaged cells.

Factors including, age, exposure to sunlight and free radicals effect the skin as collagen loses its elasticity and the production of cells decrease.

Another important protein for skin, found in the body is elastin. Elastin is responsible for allowing the tissues in the body to be stretched and contracted, like a rubber band.

Very much like collagen, elastin is plentiful and healthy in young skin, keeping the skin smooth and taut. Again, as we age, we produce less elastin and the elastin we do have begins to lose its ability to “snap back”, becoming permanently stretched.

This loss of collagen and elastin results in the sagging we see around the eyes, jawline and neck. “The reason why we have nasolabial folds and jowls is due to volume loss, muscle weakening, ligaments weakening, bone resorption and GRAVITY!

In a liquid face lift you are replacing the lost volume that can be caused by years of weight gain, weight loss and fat pads separating and general aging. Fillers and muscles relaxants are injected in areas which lift and recreate lost structure due to general aging” Says Hannah Blore, nurse Injector at Face Plus Medispa.

Prevention is key and avoiding the sun is one of the main factors that will assist in skin strength and resilience.
For those seeing the signs or have already lost volume and elastin in the above mentioned areas can explore the incredible treatment know as the “Liquid Face lift”.

The injectable lifting treatment is often a combination of fillers and muscle relaxants into areas where there is a loss of volume.

Treatment areas:
Nasolabial folds: These folds appear due to volume loss in the mid face. Filler can be injected into the cheeks to lift off the nasolabial folds.
Jowls: Resorption of the bone at the jaw line angle is responsible for the development of jowls.

Filler can be injected into the cheeks and/or the jawline to lift the skin causing the jowls around the jawline.

Around the eyes: A muscles relaxant and filler is injected into the temples and around the orbit of the eye. This will rejuvenate the eyes.

Eyebrows: In particular patients we can lift the brows with anti wrinkle injections. This is caused by an over active depressor muscle around the eye.

The price of a liquid face lift will vary from patient to patient. This price can be impacted by age, gender, volume loss and of course the treatable areas.

The Liquid Face Lift treatments are available from all three clinics, to book in a consultation:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

Find out more about injectable treatments here.


Your Summer Body Made in Winter

Winter is time for comfort good food and warmth.

There’s no doubting this recent cold snap has got me wanting to curl up in bed with a cup of hot chai and a bowl of crunchy double cooked Dutch cream potatoes.

The mornings have been Arctic, as have the nights. It’s so easy to hit the snooze button on our alarms, to let comfort foods creep back into our diet, while our training programs slip out the door.

The problem with that is, before we know it, Spring is upon us and we’ve stacked on way too much flab to fit into last year’s swimmers. So, how do you make sure that doesn’t happen?

If you’re not up to motivating yourself, allow me. Today?? Tuesday, 21 June 2016 at 8:34 am marks the Winter Solstice. This day is 4 hours and 31 minutes shorter than December’s Summer Solstice…If I’m not making myself clear, we have reached the half way mark and are officially on our way back to bikini season.

I’m a big fan of planning and lets face it, goals are much easier to nail when we have a plan. Set yourself up a calendar or space where you can count down the number of days until the first day of spring.

If you can actually see the days ticking down, it will spur you on to plan your meals and get your training done.

Find a work out buddy!
There’s strength in numbers, the old saying goes, and that’s especially true when it comes to exercising. Fact; social support encourages physical activity.

Meal Planning
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but it should be a priority. A slamming booty starts in the kitchen, so plan ahead. While it may be tempting to crawl up under a blanket and order a takeaway, you’ll pay for it later.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about the occasional splurge like that, but don’t let the frequency get out of control. The 80/20 rule seems to work for me… be 100% disciplined 80% of the time and the 20% naughty won’t matter so much 🙂

Plan your training
Don’t let your training slide and get caught off guard by the arrival of warmer weather by setting yourself a good program to follow. If this means literally blocking time for “meetings” throughout your working week then do it!!

When we’re about one month shy of spring, start incorporating a few more high intensity cardio sessions into your routine to help strip away any excess potatoes.

Stay hydrated
We tend to forget about H2O over the winter months. Our bodies still need lots of water to function properly, especially if you’re in an air-conditioned office all day.

A lack of hydration can have some bad knock on effects that could be used as excuses not to train, like headaches, lethargy, poor concentration levels and thirst mistaken for hunger which can then lead to overeating. I try to have at least 1 L of herbal tea (non-caffeinated) per day in winter, either in a big flask if I’m on the move or by keeping a pot on my desk whilst I work. Not only are you hydrating but you are also receiving the healing power of plants, double bonus.

Throughout winter I like to do a 3-5 day cleanse every 6 -8 weeks. I find it really keeps me in check with what I’m putting in and also gives the immune system a good shove.

A juice cleanse is the perfect way to boost your detoxification systems, flush out toxins, hydrate your cells and nourish your body, and leave you feeling better than ever.

Stay in control over winter with these tips, and come spring, you’ll be ready to show off that hard earned summer body!

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Email: [email protected]


Summer Glow: Recreate the Look

As the temperate drops, our naturally obtained summer glow dissipate and the “tan in a can” becomes every gals BFF.

You really have two options here, 1. Escape and travel to the Northern Hemisphere or 2. Follow Rowena’s tips and tricks to reclaim that summer glow! Option 2, might just allow you to escape momentarily!

Step by step:
• Prep and prime your skin to make sure your makeup has a hydrated and smooth base. Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type and then apply a small amount of primer, about the size of a pea.

Starting from the centre of the face and working outwards. The reason being, generally the T-zone is the oiliest part of the face.

• To achieve a natural glow to the skin use one pump of the Curtis Collection, Liquid Illuminator and mix this in with your foundation, this will give the skin a beautiful warm glow.

Using the illuminator again, highlight your cheekbones by patting it onto the skin using your fingers or a sponge, also down the centre of the nose and slick it across your eyelids for a quick and simple eye look.

• Using a matte bronzer lightly contour your face for some definition.

• Following the bronzer, apply a blush that suits your skin tone from the apples of the cheeks and back towards the ears, above where you have just applied bronzer.

• Above the blush, apply a highlighter of your choice. Typically, to create a warm sun kissed glow you would want to use a golden or warm toned highlighter. Also apply the highlighter down the centre of your nose to give a natural glow.

If you would like to add the eyes- Rowena, Face Plus Medispa’s make-up artist recommends, keeping it simple for this look ìI love a bronze eyeshadow followed by lining the upper lash line with a dark brown liner.

It gives the eyes definition without being as heavy as a black liner. Then apply a few coats of your favourite mascara, gorgeous long lashes will help to make your eyes look bigger.

These steps will allow you to create a natural and effortless look with out clogging the pores with fake tan!

Recommended products:

Victoria Curtis, Liquid Illuminator – $28

Victoria Curtis, Baked Matte Bronzer, Bronzed Goddess – $50

Victoria Curtis, Velvet Shadow, Bronzed Beauty – $27.50

Victoria Curtis, Glide on Gel Eyeliner – $33

To make an appointment with our experienced #GlamSquad:
Rowena + Caterina
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]
For more information on our makeup services click here. 


Hydration Inner Beauty Boost

Tastes amazing and good for you!

A rare combination we know, but it exists in The Beauty Chef collection of Inner and Outer beauty elixirs and powders.

Hydration Inner Beauty Boost is a delicious organic, bio-fermented and coconut infused probiotic designed to support gut health and enhance the skin radiance from the inside out.

This is a product for anyone with dehydrated skin looking to naturally boost skin and cellular hydration from the inside out.

This elixir can be taken as a daily shot of nutritional support; it combines organic coconut water, aloe vera and lemon myrtle to combat dry, dull skin, ageing and fine lines and free-radical damage. The formula also works to improve gut health, circulation and oxygenation of the blood, to boost overall skin health.

The shot provides electrolytes for the skin and whole body hydration. The elixir contains a minimum of 6billion digestive & balancing probiotics and lauric acid to support cell repair.

Add 15mls of the elixir with 200mls of water or If you would prefer, you can also add your daily shot to a refreshing dessert/snack.
Check out the recipe below courtesy of The Beauty Chef.
Lime, Ginger & Coconut Granita
Serves 4

3 limes, zest finely grated & juiced (approximately 1/ 2 cup (125 ml) juice
4 cm knob ginger, peeled & finely grated
3/ 4 cup (180 ml) water
2 1/ 4 cups (560 ml) coconut water
1/ 3 cup (80 ml) TBC hydration liquid
3/ 4 cup (180 ml) coconut cream
1/ 3 cup (30 g) coconut flakes, lightly toasted
edible flowers, to decorate (optional)

Combine the lime zest, ginger and water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Strain the infused ginger and lime water through a sieve lined with muslin cloth into a medium bowl. Gather up the edges to form a bundle and squeeze to extract all of the liquid and flavour.
Add the lime juice, coconut water and TBC hydration liquid and stir to combine.

Pour into a small shallow tray.
Freeze for 1–2 hours, until frozen around the edges. Remove from the freezer and mix in the frozen edges. Return to the freezer.
Remove the mixture from the freezer every 30 minutes or so and mix it up. Once all of the liquid begins to freeze use a fork to drag and scrape the mixture and break it up into small ice crystals.

Repeat this over 3 hours, or until mixture is fully frozen into delicate ice crystals.

To serve, scoop into serving glasses or bowls. Drizzle with coconut cream and scatter with toasted coconut and/or edible flowers to garnish.
Granita can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
The Hydration Inner Beauty Boost is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

To view our full range of The Beauty Chef’s products click here.


Devour or Avoid

About inflamed skin conditions…

The immune system plays a vital role in maintaining the health of all tissues in the body. Usually the immune system’s reaction protects the body and aids healing.

However, the immune system’s reaction is misdirected at healthy tissues and causes intense inflammation and damage.
Often an immune reaction is triggered by substances a person touches or eats, but it can be difficult to pin point why the immune system reacts.

Causes can be topical irritants such as perfumes, soaps, washing powders, cosmetics, dyes, detergents, mold, animal hair, pollen, temperature, dust & dust mites, nickel, chemicals, latex, wool, synthetic fibers, mineral oils, bacterial or fungal pathogens.

“I often find that a person who has eczema has multiple allergies combined. Food and topical allergens often coincide with each another” Grace Barnes, Naturopath, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach.

Natural solutions?
Avoid in food allergies:
Common food allergens associated with skin disorders are:
• gluten
• dairy
• eggs
• soy
• corn
• peanuts and
• artificial additives, preservatives and colours.

You can avoid these for 2 weeks then slowly reintroduce one food group every week to determine if a flare-up occurs.

Replace inflammatory saturated fats:
Replace foods such as meat products and dairy with the anti-inflammatory unsaturated fats such as those from deep sea fish, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and all seeds particularly flaxseed, chia and hemp seeds.

Increasing consumption of these foods will also increase selenium, vitamin D, zinc and other helpful nutrients that support good skin health.

Increase fruits and vegetables:
The increase in fresh fruit and veggies will increase the intake of Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, iron, carotenoids and vitamin E which are important anti-inflammatory foods.

Juicing can improve overall skin appearance and reduce various types of inflammation in the body. “I am a massive fan of juicing, especially in winter. I recommend a 3-5 day juice cleanse every 4-8 weeks to clean house and keep a solid glow” says Grace.

Consume healthy probiotics:
Eating fermented foods can be very helpful or taking a probiotic supplement. Studies indicate that some probiotics such as L. Rhamnosus can reduce infant atopic dermatitis significantly. A healthy gut is a healthy body with glowing skin!

Inflamed skin can also be associated with a high incidence of unbeneficial microbes such as candida in the digestive tract.
Avoid sugar and processed foods:

These have a vast impact on our immune health and our gut health. These foods will aggravate any type of allergy drastically and will increase inflammatory skin ailments. Sugar is the worst culprit of all.

Drink plenty of filtered water:
Filtered water aids detoxification and elimination of waste. The skin is a large eliminative organ and it is very important to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

Exercise that gets you sweating also aids elimination through the skin and improves lymphatic circulation. Exercise helps reduce stress which is a major factor for eczema.

Herbal Teas:
Don’t underestimate the power of herbal tea infusions!! Chamomile tea, licorice tea, nettle tea, albizia tea and/or calendula tea and drinking Aloe Vera gel can reduce inflammation.

Stress less:
Always a factor with any type of chronic disease, stress will increase inflammation in the body over a long-period of time. There are studies indicating that massage, meditation and relaxation techniques can reduce symptoms experienced.

Excellent skin foods:
Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, natural vitamin E oil and if it is good for your skin it will also be good to put on your hair and even eat for improved skin health.

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Email: [email protected]


Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder

The Beauty Chef’s Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder is a comprehensive super-greens supplement.

Designed to help detox and purify your body on the inside, promoting smoother, clearer skin on the outside.

Power ingredients like chickpeas, adzuki beans, mung beans, lentils and organic sprouted pea powder provide fibre to aid the elimination process and help remove toxins from the body. additionally, broccoli, beetroot, kale, rosemary, St Mary’s Thistle, dandelion, spinach, nettle, lemon, collared greens.

A unique phyto-greens blend including spirulina and barley grass work to support the liver’s second phase of detoxification, while a super-blast of digestive enzymes balances gut health.

The result is a broad-spectrum, natural probiotic that supports the cleansing of your liver and internal organs to promote healthy, radiant skin.

Dairy free, sugar free, nut free and unpasteurised with no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, each tub of Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder contains 21 x 7g serves and can be mixed with 250ml of water, coconut water or blended into your favourite smoothie.

“Although the skin is the body’s largest elimination organ, it is one of the last places in the body to receive nutrients, and one of the first to suffer,” said Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef. “If your complexion looks clogged or congested, chances are your liver is, too. that’s why we’ve used traditional liver herbs in the cleanse formula, which, when combined with digestive enzymes, our other hero ingredients.

The Beauty Chef’s unique fermentation process, creates an incredibly powerful powder that cleanses and nourishes you on the inside, to promote skin health and radiance on the outside.”

Minted Avocado & Cacao Smoothie Recipe
Serves 1 (makes just over 1 cup)

1/ 4 large ripe avocado, flesh scooped out
1 large handful fresh mint leaves, plus extra, to garnish (optional)
1 small handful baby spinach leaves
1/ 2 cup (125 ml) almond milk
1/ 4 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
1 medjool date, pitted
cacao nibs, to serve (optional)
½ tea spoon Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder
 Cacao Sauce
1/ 4 cup (60 ml) boiling water
1 1/ 2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 medjool date, pitted
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/ 4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder pinch Himalayan salt

To make the cacao sauce, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the date has softened.

Place the mixture into a high-speed blender & blend until smooth. Transfer back into the bowl and set aside to cool.
Rinse the blender.

Place the avocado, mint, spinach, milk, banana, ice and date in the high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

To serve, drizzle cacao sauce around the inside rim of a glass and pour in avocado shake. Or simply top with cacao sauce and stir through as you drink. Top with fresh mint or cacao nibs, if desired.

Drink immediately.
Store any remaining cacao sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
*Cacao sauce can be doubled or tripled and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month for future use. Simply warm slightly to bring back to pouring consistency when required.

Recipe from The Beauty Chef

The CLEANSE, Inner Beauty Powder is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
To view our full range of The Beauty Chef’s products click here. 


Last the Distance: Winter Lips

Winter, it is a love, hate relationship.

We love winter because we can layer the fashion and we hate winter because it turns our skin into a flaky mess!

You are all going to relate to this… You apply your lipstick or gloss and in 30minutes to an hour the shade cracks, flakes and generally looks like you have food scraps on your face, slight exaggeration?

Maybe just like skin, the lips need exfoliation and moisture for a smooth base for makeup application.

Below are some tips from make up artist, Rowena Maree, Face Plus Medispa on making your favourite winter lips shade, last the distance:

• With a wet face washer lightly rub your lips in a circular motion, this is great to do in the shower after the steam has helped to soften the skin. Another option is to use your tooth brush to brush your lips. Both these actions help to remove dry flaky skin and help create a smooth base for lip products.

• After exfoliating, you need to hydrate the lips with a soothing lip balm.

• Change of season and winter can really dry out the skin and lips, so make sure to drink lots of water and use hydrating skin and lip products.

Dark berry tones and a simple winged eyeliner are perfect for winter lips.

Once you’ve prepped your lips, why don’t you try the “ombre” lip? Here are the easy steps you can follow:

• Line the lips using a dark Burgundy lip liner and colour in the outer corners of the lips, leaving a small section in the centre of the lips bare.

• Apply a red lipstick a few shades lighter than the lip liner in the section you have left bare. Rub lips together to slightly blend.

• Fix up the edges around the lips if they need it using a concealer that matches your skin tone. It gives a nice crisp lip line.

• Highlight the Cupids Bow using the Curtis Collection Radiant Glow Illuminator. You can use a small brush to apply a small amount along the lip line.

“Creating the darker edges on the lips with a lighter centre, and highlighting the cupids bow makes the lips look full and voluminous.

Using matte lipsticks tend to have more staying power, but using a lip liner underneath any lipstick will definitely help it to last throughout the day” says, Rowena Maree, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach.
Recommended products:

Victoria Curtis, Velvet Lip Liner, Plum Wine – $29

Victoria Curtis, Lipstick, Red Hot – $33

Victoria Curtis, Radiant Glow Illuminator – $45

Victoria Curtis, Mineral illuminating highlight pen – $45

To make an appointment with our experienced #GlamSquad:
Rowena + Caterina
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]
For more information on our makeup services click here.