Thursday, 30 June 2016

Can I Workout After A Piercing?

Good question.

Short answer is: yes.

There are mitigating factors though, of course! If you are in pain or your workout of choice is crossfit or some form of boxing or martial arts that is going to make impact a necessity, consider a DIFFERENT workout while you're in the healing stages. Depending on the area you've had pierced, this can be 6 weeks to 6 months.

This week, I had the same piercing done as fashion icon and serious workout warriors, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Janet Jackson and Bella Hadid. 

It is requiring some modification as far as NOT lying on my chest (goodbye to Child's Pose for a few weeks) but I'm still working out daily. I asked the fabulous and entirely professional and experienced Sammah Chehade (Hairhouse Warehouse, Northland) to give me the rundown on piercing after care for those who plan to workout.

1. The usual healing time on nipple piercings range roughly anywhere between 6 weeks-6 months, sometimes a little longer depending on how well they're being taken care of it and how fast your own body likes to heal itself.
2. Touching your fresh piercing, bumping/knocking it, playing with the jewellery and not cleaning it regularly can cause an infection and/or really irritate the pierced area making the piercing uncomfortable and quite sore, it will also extend the healing period. Your aim is to totally leave your piercing alone and make sure you're cleaning it when its needed!

3. It is best to avoid chlorine water and sauna's for at least the first 2-4 weeks whilst your piercing is healing, as these can irritate or cause an infection for most people. If you can not avoid it, it is recommended to have a shower straight after, rinsing the piercing out really well and then giving it a clean with your aftercare solution.

4. In terms of clothing, its best to avoid net/wool tops while healing as these can get caught and pull on your jewellery, also always wear a clean top/bra while it is healing to avoid any cross-contamination. For ladies I would recommend to wear a full cupped padded bra, any low cut bra's can knock your piercing as you move around and the padding will protect your piercing if you accidentally knock/bump it as the impact wont be as hard against the pierced area. If at any time your piercing starts to bleed again, make sure you cover it with a dressing, not leaving it exposed to bacteria to avoid infection. 

5. Working out and sweating is fine! Just be careful not to knock it around as you're working out and avoid any workout that involves pressure/leaning against your chest till it heals. For ladies while working out, wear a firm padded sports bra to avoid as much movement as possible for the piercing so you don't irritate it. After a workout, have a shower and rinse out your piercing from any sweat/dirt and give it a clean with your aftercare solution πŸ˜Š
6. The only position not recommended for your fresh nipple piercing is laying on your chest, as this can apply pressure and irritate your piercing, leaving it uncomfortable and sore! Everything else is fine although if you feel like you're going to be in a position that's going to be leaning/pressing on your piercing, avoid it!

7. You will only feel pain if you're not taking care of your piercing or touching it in any way till it is healed. You will know your piercing is fully healed when you are able to touch it, lay on it, do weights etc and it doesn't hurt! In terms of sensitivity is varies. In my piercing career, I have noticed with most males it tends to stay sensitive (in a good way!) after it is pierced and healed, With women its different, a small amount of women become more sensitive and others don't feel a difference at all once it's healed!

8. A line to I like to tell my customers or anyone thinking of getting their nipple pierced is: never let the fear of pain stop you from getting what you want! at the end of the day the piercing pain is for a second for something that could last you a lifetime! You will be proud of yourself for putting aside your fear and actually getting something you really want! but hey, what's beauty without pain πŸ˜‰

Friday, 24 June 2016

New Nude Makeup, Toxic Free Nails, British Beauty Lands in Oz...

So much exciting beauty and makeup business, my lovelies!

I'm going to kick off with the basics. The base, even. I adore Queen of Strobing Bobbi Brown for having every conceivable shade of "nude" when it comes to foundation, lipstick, eyes, blusher and concealer. Because not everyone in the world has one skin tone to cater to - and so many makeup houses are behind the 8-ball on this. For my own skin, I go with the Light/Medium foundation but there are so many shades. If you're unable to get into a store and be matched professionally, order online and do your research on the ACTUAL Bobbi Brown website
I'm a total addict when it comes to the Cushion Foundation. It metes out just enough to cover your face and you can tote it around with you for touch-ups (or post-gym showers). It's SPF 30. For an extra dose of glam, the Nude Illuminating Powder comes in at least 6 shades. I choose Nude. There's nothing glittery about it - super, super subtle.
You do need to buy the compact and the refill, but from there, the refills are easily affordable and you'll re-use and re-use.
And re-use.


As a yogi and a barre instructor, I spend a fair bit of time barefoot and looking at both toes and fingernails. Chances are, whether you're barefoot much or not, you're texting and tapping things almost non-stop so fingernail glamour is a non negotiable. Until recently, nailpolish was a toxic cocktail of formaldehyde (yup, preserving-dead-bodies stuff), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor (which can trigger allergies and disturb the hormonal balance) and parabens.

 Thankfully, most brands have recognised that these nasties aren't necessary and are proudly labelled 5-Free.
My latest discovery is Mavala - and since I'm prone to change my nail colour after mere days of wear, I've gone with the mini colours so that I don't feel bad about neglecting full bottles of nail polish for months and years!

My picks of the gorgeous mini range are Bamako, a deep sea-green that brings to mind the Emerald City from Wizard of Oz. I have topped this will Emerald Gold for shimmery bling effect.
My purple picks are Jelly Grape - a pinky purple that looks much bolder in the bottle and is truly flattering on pale and olive skin tones, and Touch of Provence - a true pale lilac.
Mavala also does skin and makeup. There's a new collection that matches a mini nailpolish with an identical lipstick. YES. My pick is Tallinn from the Symphonic Collection.

W7 - straight outta West London, innit? And it's Well Fit.
Ok, enough. I'm not Tom Hardy nor Scary Spice so I cannot continue with the British Slang, guv. I get excited when foreign fabulous brands arrive, like the ancient spice merchants, bringing colours, fragrances, shapes, designs and general exotica to our shelves. The best bit is this is totally accessible, totally affordable makeup that covers all the basics perfectly. Highlighter, eyeshadow kits, concealer, foundation powder, and a mini face blender... zig-a-zig-ahhhh!
Find it at My Chemist, Chemist Warehouse or go follow on Facebook.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

June Gym Bag From Skincare To Sweatpants


June is miserably cold here in Melbourne. But even if it isn't shiver-to-your-bones icy where you are, these are excellent items to have in your gym bag, on your home shelf, or even stashed in the car for emergency use. Because if you break down, that's the perfect time to work your biceps as you wait for the repair guy (or girl).

Featured above.

Onzie capri

Made by LA yoga people to move, flex, moisture-wick and maximise your workout whether that's yoga, pilates, barre or weights. This heathered orange shade is the bright antidote to this dreary weather. It's summer in a pant! Get 'em here.

Cotton On handweights

Only 2kg you say? If you do some YouTube and Google time you will discover light handweights can be deadly difficult and totally effective. These are so chic in black and rose gold. Karl definitely would. At Cotton On.

Alpha H Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant

Alpha H does Serious Skincare. This is not your supermarket shelf standard. Anyone I know who has used it RAVES about it, me included. This is not a product I use every day or night as it's quite intense but I always wake up brighter and dewier when I do. At Alpha H.

Mellow Liquid Lip Paint

Sure, you COULD go lip colour free but it's a short life and there's a whole lot of colour in the world. So, with that in mind, don't choose to use lipstick that's going to end up on your chin after you've been sweating it out in BodyPump, barre or Bikram. Liquid lipstick that is super affordable? Yes please. Mellow Liquid Lip Paint right here.

Indermica Eye Treatment Night/Day

This is just so self-explanatory. But the reason I choose this product over the zillion eye products there are out there is because I usually wake up with sore or gluey eyes because even though it promises not to get in my eyes, somehow I react! NOT with this. And the bottle is ingenious. It's an all-in-one with two pumps so you can easily mete out day and night quantity as you need. Get it here.

Last but not least, a moisturiser that doesn't cause a breakout. Hallelujah! BetaMoisturise is a must. I'm not a teenager but get a super rich  moisturiser on my face and bam, spot time. This is tried, tested and terrific. Right here at Medik8 Australia. Oil free and mattifying.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

My Favourite Plant Based Food Sites

Disclaimer! I do eat fish and I occasionally eat meat too. I am not a vegan but I do advocate a diet high in plant foods for your insides AND your outsides.

Recent studies have proven the benefits of plentiful fibre in your diet for good health and longetivity. It's essential for bowel health, digestion, immunity and appetite regulation. Try to get a rainbow of colours in too.

While I hate all the "detox" and "clean eating" business - I believe that we need to consider our own taste predilections, favourite flavours and also our health and nutritional needs for age, any health conditions, and level of activity.

That said, listen to your body. You don't need to eat a purely vegan, purely plant-based diet to get all the benefits and nutrients of a veggie rich life! Here's some inspiration for snacks, side dishes, main meals and more.

Sushi Bowl

I adore this site. Beautiful to look at, easy-to-prepare dishes and simple instructions and layout.
Get the recipe on About That Food.

Cauliflower Satay Skewers

Oh my god! Marinaded, roasted cauliflower. You will be craving this non-stop once you try it.
Get the recipe on About That Food.

Broccomole

Christina makes gorgeous, organic plant-based recipes and blogs on lifestyle. This is SO simple - avocado,broccoli, lemon and garlic.
Get the recipe on Love-Fed.

Raw Vegan Tacos

What to dollop your broccomole on? Raw vegan tacos of course. Yum!
Get the recipe on My Body Zen.

Raw Rainbow Salad

Yay for an Australian site. Great recipes and gorgeous photos.
Get the recipe on Raw Not War.

Raw Vegan Pizza With Red Pepper Flax Crust

Because Pizza.
Get the recipe at One Green Planet.

Asparagus and Arugula Pizza

Yep. Love it. So light and yet soooo flavoursome. The Arugula pesto is vegan.
Get the recipe at Gourmandelle.

Shout out to Instagram Inspiration for Raw and Plant Based Inspiration:

@Raw_Vibrations
@BrusselsVegan
@VeganRawrior

Beauty & Wellness October Obsessions

Who doesn't need stirrup barre pants, grippy ballet socks, one-piece leotards and flattering, high waisted capri pants in their life...