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

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