Get the scoop: all the latest in beauty tips + trends

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Sugar, we know you love looking (and feeling) good.

So, we’ve hunted, searched and scoured every small corner of the internet to bring you the best beauty tips and trends for 2018 we could find.

From hair to hydration, and brows to blending – find out what’s hot and happening in the magical land of beauty.

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Leaving filled-in brows in 2017

Filled-in brows can be great, and if you don’t want to retire your brow pencil just yet – more power to you. But the problem with overfilling our brows is that we can lose a little bit of our identity – the beautiful uniqueness and individual shape of our brows gets covered up and hidden. But it’s time to show off the raw beauty of your brows with pride. So instead of covering them up with a thick pencil, 2018 is all about highlighting their natural shape and neatening them up with a nice brow gel or brush. Give it a try – we know we will be.

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Beauty from the inside out

The more time that goes on, the more we learn about the power of what we eat and drink. Beauty begins from the inside, and there’s nothing better for your skin and hair than drinking lots of water and eating lots of good fats. Think: salmon, avocado, and nuts – and at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Hey, and eating right can even help protect you from the sun! You’ll still need your suncream, though (sorry).

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How to achieve the ultimate ‘no make up’ look

No makeup is the new makeup. But for those of us not quite brave enough to go bare-faced, there are a few little makeup tricks that can make us look as natural as possible. It’s all about a balance. So for every illuminating product you use, dab on a little matte product to even it out. For example, if you’re wearing glowy bronzer, try a matte foundation or BB cream to match it. It’s also about using minimal products to bring out your best features. A touch of mascara on the outer corner of your eyes. A dab of lip stain. A sweep of blush over the cheekbones for a natural flush.

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Hydration and health

Here’s one that never goes out of style: moisture. With winter in full swing, we think your skin (and hair) might need a drink. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and a complexion whose thirst is regularly quenched is generally more plump, resilient and stronger at fighting off any bad guys floating around in the air. A good, vitamin-rich moisturizer is a must. And when it comes to your locks, a nutrient-heavy hair mask will help your hair get through tough winter days (Hint: Raw Sugar’s NEW hair masque nurtures and rehydrates hair like none other!).

Perk up your foundation with moisturizer

While the purpose of foundation exist to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone, mixing moisturizer into it adds another dimension and can dramatically improve the look of both your makeup and your skin. Adding a squeeze of moisturizer to your daily foundation routine will help to sheer it out, resulting in a more natural, dewy, glowy finish (and who doesn’t love that?). This little trick changes the texture of your foundation – and enhances it with the vitamins and nutrients of your facial moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for the change.

10 Signs it’s Time for a Skin Detox

The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.

In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.

A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and  to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.

But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!

So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.

1. Increased skin sensitivity

2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.

3. Skin dullness

4. Excessive sweating

5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)

6. Itchy, irritable skin

7. Increased dryness or flakiness

8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)

9. Tummy bloating

10. Sinus congestion

If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.

Happy detoxing!

The top 7 healthiest breakfasts you can eat, according to nutritionists

Ah, breakfast. The most controversial meal of the day. Some argue it’s the most important, others will tell you to skip it altogether. The truth is, however, that it’s completely up to you and your body.

Some people feel nauseated after breakfast, while others use it as fuel for the day. Some have it first thing in the morning, while others wait until 10 or even 11am for their first feed. Then there are the people who LIVE for breakfast. The ones who think of sleep simply as a time machine to their scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. The ones who are first in line at the local café on a Saturday morning. The ones who think a world without breakfast is a world not worth living in.

So if you love breakie, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 healthiest you can eat to keep you running at your most efficient for the rest of the day. Because, let’s face it, a bagel and orange juice just won’t cut it.

1. Avocado on toast

Not all carbs are bad. Especially if they’re topped with a silky green slices of avocado. Opt for a rye, brown or multi-grain bread rather than white, and be generous with your avo. The healthy fats and fiber in this meal mean you’ll be full for a while, but your blood sugar levels won’t be compromised. Add some lime juice for extra flavor, and tahini or black sesame seeds for a little more protein.

2. Eggs

Whether you like ‘em boiled, poached, scrambled or baked – eggs are breakfast gold. Loaded with protein (6 grams a piece, to be exact, eggs are easy enough to prepare that even the most amateur of cooks can perfect them. Pair them leafy greens, tomatoes and mushrooms, or a slice of whole grain bread. And don’t skip the yolk – it’s full of good fats, vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.

3. Homemade smoothie

A morning smoothie is an awesome way to get your daily fruit and veggies in before the day even begins. To make a well-balanced smoothie, try whizzing together some leafy greens like spinach or kale, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a nut butter for some healthy fat, and a little bit of fruit like kiwi, banana or blueberries. Add some non-dairy milk (almond works a treat!) and there you have it – a quick, easy and filling smoothie. Add a handful of organic oats for extra satisfaction.

4. Bircher muesli

This one’s super easy because you can just throw all the ingredients together the night before, and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning. Use rolled oats, top with your favorite fruits, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and a drizzle or organic honey for a scrumptious and sweet breakfast that’ll keep your batteries charged for hours.

5. Chia pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood for a reason – they’re super nutritious, and super high in fiber. So high, in fact, that just one ounce equals an impressive 11 grams of finer per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for vegans. To make chia pudding, mix half a cup of berries, some coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to set in the fridge overnight. The next morning you’ll have a bright bowl of goodness waiting for you.

6. Oatmeal

Love cereal? Oatmeal is the healthy alternative. Made from ground oats, it contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan which helps to reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller, longer. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and has even proven to have anti-inflammatory effects!

7. Mexican breakfast bowl

This is one where yumminess is definitely on the menu. Think sliced, hard-boiled eggs, black or kidney beans, cubed tofu, lemon juice, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and avocado. It’s a scrumptious medley of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Delicious.

Beauty on the road: how to take your Raw Sugar skincare routine travelling

Discovering a brand new place in the world is the one of the most wondrous experiences life has to offer. But, sadly, it’s so often is the case that when we arrive at our destination after hours of travel – our skin doesn’t quite match the level of excitement we feel. In fact it can appear dull, exhausted, and just downright unhappy. And it has good reason to – planes are depressurized so the air pulls the moisture right out of your face, leaving it dehydrated and desperately thirsty for some sweet TLC.

That begs the question – how do you avoid a travel skincare disaster and incorporate your usual Raw Sugar skincare routine into travel time? Follow our guide to beauty on the road and your skin won’t even know it has entered a new timezone. Promise.

1. The night before

The evening before a big trip plays a crucial role in how smoothly your vacay will go. Have you packed everything you need? Dropped the dog off at the sitter’s? Charged your laptop? It’s totally make or break. Same goes for your skin. Make sure your complexion is well-prepped ahead of travel by thoroughly cleansing with a Raw Sugar Facial Cleanser, sloughing away dead skin cells with our Facial Polish, and feeding it a big spoonful of moisture with our Complete Facial Moisturizer. This will allow your skin to build up its natural barrier and be equipped with the tools to fight that dreaded in-flight dryness.

2. Inside-out hydration

There’s no better way to feel good ahead your trip than to nourish and hydrate your body. Drink lots (and lots) of water, and fill up on antioxidant-rich foods such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, and berries. Yummy.

3. Beauty on-board

Make sure your on-board beauty kit is on-point. Stock up on some mini travel-friendly bottles or tubs (airplanes don’t allow anything over 3.4 ounces (100 ml) on board). Fill them up with Raw Sugar’s Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand Sanitizer (for keeping hands germ-free before meals and before-and-after bathroom breaks), and Body Butter. Place all your items in one clear bag for easy access.

Hot tip: it’s a good idea to buy travel bottles that come with ready-made labels – that way, you know you won’t confuse your facial moisturizer with your body butter.

4. Fresh-faced, baby!

Once you’re on-board and ready to get really comfy with a movie, novel, or some well-earned sleep – take the time to gently wash all traces of your makeup off with Raw Sugar’s Reviving Facial Cleanser. This is prevent your pores from clogging and give your skin some breathing space.

5. Moisturize… and then moisturize some more

This one goes for both face AND body, sugar. If you want to ward off skin dryness and dehydration – you’ll need to bring your moisturizing A-game with you. After you’ve carefully cleansed your face to wash off any makeup or oils, apply our Complete Facial Moisturizer liberally. Don’t be shy to re-apply throughout the duration of the flight – your skin needs all the moisture it can get in a depressurized cabin! You’ll also want to slather our Body Butter all over – paying extra careful attention to hands, elbows and knees.

6. Skip the junk… and the wine

When you’re on a long flight and you’ve exhausted your personal film-watching quota, it can be tempting to kill time (and boredom) with a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate. Alcohol will only dehydrate your body and sugar will make you crash – not in a good way, in a groggy and tired way. Stick to water and healthy snacks to keep your skin hydrated and yourself refreshed.

7. Start fresh

And then, when you’ve arrived where you were going – you get to do it all again! Yipee!

MAMA NATURE’S IMMUNITY BOOSTERS: Our favorite 3 flu-fighting ingredients

Give your immune system a boost, naturally.

No one enjoys getting sick. The runny nose, the sore throat, the achy muscles. It’s a chore. But, luckily, there are things you can do to equip your body with what it needs to stop a pesky flu or common cold in its tracks (especially during winter!).

You know, you don’t need to travel far to find the best immunity-boosting ingredients out there. In face, they’re probably in your pantry right now! Food is one of the most effective tools we have to help prevent sickness – over 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so what you consume builds up the foundation of your health.

Bolster your defensives and avoid getting sick with nature’s 3 miracle ingredients (psst… we also love using these ingredients in our ColdPress ® Raw Sugar products – they’re amazing for skin, too!).

1. GINGER

A super-strong antioxidant, ginger has microbial properties that kill bacteria (including salmonella) – both internally-consumed and when applied topically. This zesty little wonder has amazing anti-inflammatory agents (to help with that sore, runny nose) and it also helps to eliminate congestion.

It has strong fever-fighting agents, and if you sip on some ginger root tea – you can consider your sore throat dramatically relieved. Plus, ginger also encourages coughing to remove any mucus from the chest. It’s the chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger that give it that notorious spicy kick – they’re also what stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses (and helps remove toxins and viruses!).

2. TURMERIC

This golden-child of immune-boosting ingredients is only now coming to be recognised as a real superfood spice in Western culture. In the East, however, people have been reaping its wondrous benefits for centuries. Consumed either fresh and raw or in powdered form as a spice, turmeric will help your immune system in more ways than one. Firstly, it helps to increase the immunomodulating capacity of the body. It also boasts extremely powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

Another benefit of turmeric is its anti-carcinogenic properties, and its ability to boost to the white blood cells that help your immune system fight off bacteria, viruses and other ailments.

3. LEMON

Lemons are a simple yet powerful fruit. Lemons have flavonoids which are called, you guessed it – citrus flavonoids. These appropriately-named flavonoids contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antiviral benefits – all major friends to your immune system.

Lemons are also incredibly rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to amp-up the white blood cell count in your system. These cells work to attack foreign bacteria, and viruses, for a stronger immune system. Vitamin C may also helps increase levels of antibodies which bind to foreign pathogens and neutralize them or mark them for destruction – powerful stuff, hey?

Winter is coming – give your immune system the tools Mother Nature gave it to keep strong and healthy, even through the cold.

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