GET GLOWING—Beauty by Nikki Yazxhi


Nikki is a beauty and lifestyle writer and the creator of the gorgeous website bellaMumma. She has freelanced for Body+Soul, Australian Parents Magazine, Shop til You Drop, Cosmopolitan Pregnancy, Marie Claire, Famous, Country Style, Fresh, Sunday Magazine, Women’s Day, and Minx. Before freelancing, she worked at Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar, and others.

Here’s Nikki:

When you become a mum the ‘glow’ you once had pre-kids can start to fade. {Sleep-deprivation, being time-poor and hormonal changes are usually the big ‘glow’ zappers!} Don’t despair you can get it back, here’s how…

Exfoliate and nourish your skin once a week with these DIY recipes to get skin glowing again…

Gentle hydrating exfoliator:  Mix two tablespoons of almond meal with one tablespoon of Manuka honey. Apply to face in small circular motion then rinse off with warm water.

Enzyme peel for all skin types (except sensitive): Using the skin of a papaya flesh side down, rub over face and neck and leave for five minutes then rinse off.

Mask for norm/dry skin: Mash 1/2 an avocado and mix in a tablespoon of full cream natural yoghurt. Apply to face and neck, and leave on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing off.

Brown sugar body scrub: Mix a cup of brown sugar with a good quality cold pressed oil (e.g. olive, almond, or macadamia) into a paste, and then add six drops of sweet orange essential oil. Apply in the shower–while skin is warm–using large circular movements towards the heart. Rinse off to reveal hydrated and heavenly-smelling skin.


Illuminators re-create a gorgeous glow. Use a very light almost-silvery illuminator to highlight just above cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, and along the top lip line to make lips appear fuller. Don’t overdo it as it can be ageing.

Choose a foundations or tinted moisturizers that contain luminous spheres as their light reflective properties create a great glowing base. Add a dusting of bronzer, chocolate-bronze eye shadow, peachy blush, and a slick of lip gloss for a summer party look. For a more defined eye, use a brown pencil inside your eyes–and for a really glam look add a few fake lashes to the outer corners of your eyes. Gold shimmer spray applied to your décolleté or cleavage will complete the look.


I know this is easier said than done, but try to make sleep a priority (if you haven’t already!) The reason why…deep sleep is nature’s Botox! Simply because all the muscles in your face totally relax while you sleep which helps night products do their job even better. Here’s how you can ‘try’ to get a beauty-full night’s sleep…

* Create a sleep sanctuary: Paint your bedroom a calming colour, like pale pink, and keep blinds closed to keep out early morning light.

* Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes before bed as they can trigger awakenings and fragmented sleep.

* Don’t load up on proteins or fatty foods before bed: They take extra digestion effort, which will keep you awake.

* Exercise regularly – but not within four hours of bedtime. Not enough exercising can lead to sleeping difficulties.

* Wear socks to bed: If you have poor circulation this helps regulate your core temperature so you’ll easily fall to sleep.

* Wind down: Spend some time before bed actively thinking about your day and working on your to-do list for tomorrow – that way your mind isn’t racing when you hit the pillow.

* Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

You can find out more about Nikki and read her beauty and lifestyle articles at bellaMUMMA.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 21:11:56

    I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence (, enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It’s a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.

    I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth – particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had – even without makeup.


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