Top Shelf Gone Natural

Over the past year or so, I’ve transitioned to an (almost) completely natural skincare routine. My carefully chosen skincare products are kinder to my skin, and the earth. As anyone might be, I was slightly terrified to switch out my old skincare routine (that was working well) for fear of terrible breakouts and uneasy skin. I even had a nightmare once – safe to say I thought a lot about making these changes.

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I did abundant research, read reviews on the websites of many South African skincare brands and formed a list of products I would start out with. Then, as a certain product finished, I would replace it with my chosen natural one, until my entire routine had been replaced. The benefit of doing this is that if you break out, you know exactly which product may have caused it. It’s also gentler on the pocket.

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Some think that natural skincare is overly expensive and therefore it is cheaper to stick to other brands. I have found that that isn’t the case – there are a wide variety of products for every budget and I have found products that are affordable and work for me.

I love skincare (as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now), and adore reading Into The Gloss. The photography in their series, The Top Shelf, inspired me for this shoot.

Now, onto what I’m using at the moment.

Mornings

Most mornings, I wash my face with the Oil-Milk Cleanser from Skin Creamery. It smells lovely, and doesn’t dry my skin out at all. I find it a bit too oily for me to use at night, but its  perfect for my morning wash. I then moisturize with the Facial Moisturizer from Naturals Beauty. It’s light and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, but still does the job.

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Evenings

Once or twice a week, I exfoliate with Ocean Salt from Lush. I prefer the self-preserving one as it all natural to my knowledge. I then wash my face with the face wash from Naturals Beauty. I use my moisturizer and the Naturals Beauty Spot Treatment on any spots I may have. If I have any bad spots, I use a bit of tea-tree oil – the stuff works like a charm.

As and when

Once a week or so, I use to Skin Creamery Facial Cleansing Powder mixed with some raw honey as a gently exfoliating face-mask. It smells lovely and helps with gentle exfoliation. I’ve also just started using the Facial Hydrating Oil from Skin Creamery and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. It’s light-weight but still hydrating. My skin drinks the stuff up. I also occasionally use the Eau Roma Water from Lush (it is the only product in my routine to my knowledge that isn’t 100% natural) to get make-up off or if I feel in need of a double-cleanse. I also use to Cleansing Balancing Balm from Lulu and Marula to remove make-up – it works ridiculously well. If my skin is looking uneven, I sometimes use to Purifying Treatment Oil from L&M too. Not sure if I see that much of a change, but it helps slightly. I’ve also just started using the Purifying Masque from Naturals Beauty that seems to be working well. Lastly, my go-to lip balm is the one from Simply Bee. Its really affordable (as in cheaper than Labello even) and is super effective.

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And that’s it! I’m happy with where I am with my skincare at the moment and am working consciously to bring more natural alternatives into all aspects of my life. Its better for me and the environment. Here’s to slowly making better decisions about our bodies and lives. Its an investment you’ll never regret.

Nabeela x

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Green Musings / Stellenberg Gardens

As a person who appreciates nature, and plants in particular, the Stellenberg Gardens were an absolute treat to visit. Talk about #gardengoals. The beautiful private gardens are open to the public one weekend a year, and this year, my family and I visited. What I loved most about the garden is how diverse the plant life is. Every little section felt like a whole new world full of plants and flowers that were are a visual feast. I forgot my camera at home and was seriously sad about that, but snapped some shots on my phone anyway. If you love gorgeous gardens and beautiful plant life, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for open gardens that take place throughout the summer around Cape Town…

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Spot the bee

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Glorious afternoon light 
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My favourite plant – delicious monster / Monstera deliciosa

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Nabeela x

Potion / Cold-brewed Goodness

As a person who doesn’t drink any hot drinks (more about that here), I’m used to making coffee, adding milk and then throwing in a ton of ice blocks so that it isn’t warm. So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across Potion Coffee, a Cape Town- based brand that produces cold-brewed coffee. It is naturally sweeter and less acidic – a truly unique flavour suited to sophisticated taste buds. It can be drunk black, or if you’re like me, you can add a little sugar and milk.

Being a visual person, and a self-confessed packaging lover, another thing that drew my attention towards Potion is their beautiful packaging. The bottles are inspired by old-school medicine bottles, combined with the idea of alchemy, all which make for a very aesthetically pleasing product. (I’m sure you’ll agree!)

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Being passionate coffee lovers themselves stops them from producing anything that is less than excellent.

So next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for this delightful beverage and be sure to try to out!

Nabeela x

[Disclaimer: All images belong to Potion Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t love.]

The Botanicals Greeting Card Range

Miss Artsy-Crafty was started on a whim of spontaneity, as a blog, in early 2015. I wanted a place to share my thoughts, creations and everything I find beautiful with the world. Due to my love of writing and photography, my blog became the perfect place to do so. Over the past two years or so, I’ve prided myself on curating a blog with original content and it has grown beyond what I ever dreamed for my little corner of the internet, thanks to the continuous support I’ve received from my family, friends and readers alike.

I’ve always been a lover of paper goods and stationery, so when I started thinking that it would be lovely to start creating some products, naturally, stationery felt right.

I’ve spent the past while creating, designing, negotiating, number-crunching and emailing my little business into existence. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the creative community around me.

The Botanicals Greeting Card Range is inspired by foliage, modern typography (in particular, my own brush-lettering), as well as lovely peach and pink tones. I’ve poured my heart and soul into the creation of these cards, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share them with you.

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You Got This Card – Plain
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Happy Birthday Card
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You Got This Card – Patterned
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Heart Card
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Thanks A Bunch Card

It’s been a rollercoaster so far and the ride has just begun.

So, friends, I present you with my greeting card range. I hope you love them as much as I do.

If you’d like to order some, please me an email and I’ll be in touch.

hello@missartsycrafty.com

Nabeela x

 

 

 

Skin Loving / Lulu & Marula

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I’m one of those people who believe that loving oneself is as important as loving others. Self-care is an important aspect of self-love and it’s a topic I thoroughly enjoy discussing and spreading awareness about.

I’m a lover of natural and minimal skincare and over the past year or so, I’ve been on my own personal journey towards an all-natural skincare regime. For this post, I’ve teamed up with Lulu and Marula, a brand that epitomizes self-care and its importance through skincare.

Caring for one’s body is vital in order to live a happy and fulfilling life and feeling comfortable in your own skin is key.

Lulu and Marula is an all-natural skincare brand that is based right here in South Africa. It was founded in 2013 by Jesslynn, who has always been obsessed with skincare and so, when she couldn’t find any suitable, natural skincare products to meet her liking and needs, she made her own. And she did a pretty good job!

Over the past few years, simple and healthy living has become increasingly popular and prevalent. Natural living forms a part of this and it certainly translates in natural beauty and skincare.

Why natural, you ask? “Your skin is your largest organ; it absorbs a lot of what you put on it. The way skin care products are produced plays a role that is just as important as the way your food is grown and produced. So if you choose to eat clean and shop for locally grown food, why wouldn’t you do the same for your skin care products?” – Jesslynn

I’ve been using some Lulu and Marula products for a little while now. I’ve loved the transition to all-natural skincare products. I’ve always been blessed with healthy and clear skin, and for this I am very grateful, however I can still feel the difference after using these products.

Cleansing Balancing Balm

Prior to using this product, I was using a liquid facial cleanser that is considered one of the top skincare brands, expect it has lots of yucky chemicals and left my skin feeling tight an weird after a wash. Naturally (no pun intended), the Balancing Balm is a welcome replacement. Its soothing, gentle and it smells pretty darn good. I’ve always loved skincare rituals, but I love mine even more now.

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Purifying Treatment Oil  

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of putting oil on my face, however, over the past few months, I’ve been struggling a tad with dry skin, so I’ve embraced facial oils. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight this oil is, yet it still feels so nourishing. I’ve used a drop or two on my face a couple of nights a week and it makes for a wonderful addition to my skincare regime. My skin feels more hydrated, which is lovely.  It also smells deliciously dreamy.

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I’m simply loving my new skincare routine and I’d really encourage you to take a few steps to make your skincare routine a little more natural. I’m not saying you have to change all at once. Try bringing in a few natural products and see how it makes your skin feel.

Keep smiling and taking care of your skin!

PS: Here’s a fun art print with a favourite self-love quote. My gift to you x

Nabeela x

{Thanks for sending me some of your lovely goodies, Jesslynn!}

Disclaimer: As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t truly love and believe in.

 

 

LionHeart / Beautiful Bakes

Who do you turn to for cakes covered in watercolour details, pretty pastel tones, fresh flowers and meringue drops, you ask? LionHeart, of course!

I first discovered LionHeart when Nikki posted about it on her beautiful Instagram page. Since then, I’ve been following LionHeart’s page too and am in awe of how aesthetically pleasing their creations are.

LionHeart is an online-based patisserie studio run by two fiercely talented and passionate women, Nikki and Karmen, right here in Cape Town.

The first confections were sold under the LionHeart brand in late 2015 and in early 2016, LionHeart moved into a studio space in Woodstock and started doing cakes.

LionHeart’s lovely cakes are the perfect finishing touch to any occasion.

 

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Their Instagram page doesn’t disappoint either in terms of providing followers with lots of cake-spiration and epic process videos too!

Thanks for having me in studio, Nikki and Karmen!

Nabeela x

(PS: You can order one of their beauties here.)

 

 

 

Wear Local / Amanda Laird Cherry

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As you’ll know if you’ve been reading and following my blog for a little while, I love well-made, local products that are of high quality. The abundance of these products in the last little while makes me even prouder to be a South African. Luckily for me, and every other local lover, there are multiple brands and businesses making beautiful, clever and inspiring creations all around  in South Africa.

One of my favourite local clothing brands is Durban-based Amanda Laird Cherry.

I first discovered the brand when my mom and aunts all bought the classic long maxi dresses for a family wedding. It was when I was a bit younger and before I was so conscious of local design , but the brand caught my eye nonetheless. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to fit into a dress like that! (So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got my own dress in a beautiful plum colour for a family wedding this summer!)

Amanda is the designer behind the brand. She has received numerous awards in the South African fashion industry and holds a high name. This year, the brand turns 20!

Amanda Laird Cherry produces apparel that echo a perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and comfort. There are a variety of clothing, leather shoes and accessories under the brand.

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These leather mary-janes have become my go-to shoes. They are comfortable and elegant, yet simple and well-made. 

She also co-founded The Space, one of my favourite places to shop local clothing and design!

You can find the SS16 range at The Space.

Support local and shop small, especially this festive season!

Nabeela x