Natural Products with Author Phillipa Nefri Clark & Giveaways!

I love natural products. As I get older, my skin demands more hydration than ever. Between our harsh environment in Australia and wearing make-up when I work, my skin does suffer. I’ve struggled for years with very dry skin, partly caused by having my thyroid removed a long time ago. I also do silly things like forgetting to remove makeup, so really don’t treat my skin well.

Coconut oil is wonderful and I use it a couple of times a week. Cold pressed (so, hard and waxy at normal temperatures and liquid when heated) works well. I use my hair dryer to liquefy the top layer and massage into clean skin. Smells great also!

For normal moisturising, rose-hip based products are my go-to. At present I’m using and loving the Essano Rosehip Moisturiser which also include Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter. This is a very hydrating cream and exceptionally gentle on sensitive skin.

When I work in our shop, I wear make-up. Because of my dry skin, many brands flake during the day. Natio doesn’t. This Australian family owned brand ticks lots of boxes for me. Predominantly plant based throughout their range of skincare and cosmetics, there is no animal testing. And, they work. The Pure Mineral Foundation glides on and give a light, but effective cover. Use with or without powder. I’m about to buy a selection of Natio cosmetics to try and believe they’ll offer the same great results.

I’m not a skincare expert and even less knowledgeable about makeup, which is kind of funny seeing as my protagonist in The Stationmaster’s Cottage and Jasmine Sea is Christie, a highly qualified film makeup specialist. I probably learnt more from researching her job than from anywhere else.

My advice is to experiment with brands, find ones that suit your skin type, and have a bit of fun with trying different looks.

Thanks for having me along.

About Phillipa Nefri Clark

Phillipa Nefri Clark grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting. Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time. With nonfiction credits for specialist canine publications, she finally returned to stories with the release of The Stationmaster’s Cottage, a dual timeline romance, in February 2017. Her great loves, apart from writing, are her family of two young adult sons and her husband, their Labrador, music,  fine wine, and friends.

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Jasmine Sea: A River's End Love Story. Book Two

Sometimes facing the past is the only way forward.

Starting over never felt better. Christie Ryan adores the little cottage she’s renovating, the seaside town that embraced her, and Martin Blake, the man she longs to marry. Ex-fiancĂ© Derek Hobbs is finally out of the picture, and there are no more secrets in her life or mysteries to solve.

Will the arrival of a mysterious woman who commissions a portrait from Martin under a cloud of secrecy break her after all? Unrest and suspicion remind Christie that happiness can be fleeting, and when the peaceful town is shattered by crime, her past is again thrust into the limelight.

With one chance and only minutes to save those she loves, Christie comes face to face with her greatest fear—and there is no way around it.

Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster's Cottage, set shortly after its stunning conclusion.

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Less is More with Author K. A. Servian

Less is More

I’m told regularly (sometimes even by complete strangers) that I have nice skin. This always surprises me as I rarely wear make-up and I’ve never been one for complex skincare regimes. The only rule I do have when it comes to what I use is natural all the way. As I’ve aged (I’m now pushing fifty), I’ve found that my skin has become increasingly sensitive. After trying a few different things over the years, I’ve  found several products that work for me and I stick with them.
I’ve been a fan of the Trilogy range for many years and the fact that it was started in Wellington, New Zealand (my home town) is just an added bonus. I find that if I use their Very Gentle products for sensitive skin I never have any problems with rashes, redness or dryness. I also like the Essano Rosehip Body lotion because it’s natural and reasonably priced.

On the rare occasions that I wear make-up I stick to natural brands with no fragrance, parabens or other nasties. Living Nature (another NZ brand) has been around for years. Their eye shadows and lipsticks are good quality and don’t irritate. The number 11 natural liquid foundation and concealer from Couleaur Caramel match my pale skin tone well and if I need a BB cream for sun protection as well as foundation for my face then Le Mav have a good product.

The sun in NZ is harsh so I always wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses when I’m outside in summer. As I react to most sunscreens on the market (developing an itchy rash), I use only Invisible Zinc.

About K A Servian:

An overwhelming urge to create led Kathy to pursue qualifications in both fashion design and applied design to fabric which were followed by a twenty year career in the fashion and applied arts industries and a crafting habit Martha Stewart would be proud of.
Kathy then discovered a love of teaching and began passing on the skills she'd accumulated over the years—design, pattern-making, sewing, Art Clay Silver, screen-printing and machine embroidery to name a few. 
Creative writing started as a self-dare to see if she had the chops to write a manuscript. Kathy’s first novel, Peak Hill, which was developed from that manuscript, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016.
Her second novel, Throwing Light was published in February 2017 and her third novel, The Moral Compass is due out in late 2017.
Kathy now squeezes full time study for an advanced diploma in creative writing around writing the sequel to The Moral Compass, teaching sewing and being a wife and mother.

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Author K. A. Servian has a new book out this month:

The Moral Compass (Shaking the Tree Book 1)

Florence lives like a Princess attending dinner parties and balls away from the gritty reality, filth and poverty of Victorian London.
However, her world comes crashing around her when her father suffers a spectacular fall from grace. She must abandon her life of luxury, leave behind the man she loves and sail to the far side of the world where compromise and suffering beyond anything she can imagine await her. 
When she is offered the opportunity to regain some of what she has lost, she takes it, but soon discovers that not everything is as it seems. The choice she has made has a high price attached and she must live with the heart-breaking consequences of her decision. 

This novel is part one in the 'Shaking the Tree' series.

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Black Moles on Face

When I heard that there was a beauty saloon who specialized in removing black moles and marks, I went over.

This is a close-up of my face.

Black moles are all over on the sides of the cheeks and filled with acne scars. I've been trying to get rid of these for so long now that it is a huge stress now.

So I went to this Beauty Saloon where they said they can remove all these moles. At first I was skeptical and didn't think it would work, but then I tried to give them a chance.

He used a skin blemish removal pen. It works by burning off the mole. Though not exactly painful, it was uncomfortable. It was sort of a prickling feel and I could smell burnt skin.

After the treatment he advised me not to go in the sunlight and to avoid eating spicy food.

Have any of you ever tried Skin Blemish Removal Pen?

Struggle with Acne Part 2

You can read about the Natural Products I used for clearing my skin of acne and black spots in my previous post.

Here I will discuss the over the counter medicinal products I used.

Clean & Clear

You have to use the whole regimen, cleanser, toner, and scrub. I used it for few years yet I didn't get any difference in my skin.


As with Clean & Clear you have to use the whole regimen, but even after using it, my marks and acne stayed.


I've used Melacare on and off for a few years now. It makes the spots disappear for a while but once you stop using it, the spots and black marks reappear. Apparently it thins the skin and if you go out in the sun without a strong sunblock, you will get a burnt face with blacker than ever marks. And Melacare is not recommended for prolonged use as it contains steroids.

Have any of you used these products? Whats the verdict? Like? Did not like?

Struggle with Acne Part 1- Natural Products

I've been struggling with acne and black spots on my face for a while now. I've tried many different products. And some natural remedies too.

Here is a list of just some of the natural remedies I used:

1. Tumeric

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia, and requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Wikipedia

2. Chandan

Chandan powder is derived from white Sandalwood and has a unique scent. Making a paste and using it on the face helps remove impurities and slough off dead skin.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant. Wikipedia

4. Baking Soda

Washing with baking soda does help clean your face but it doesn't help in eliminating black marks and acne scars.

So if anyone has a better idea what to use to help eliminate acne scars and black marks, please share.