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<![CDATA[THE YOGA DECODER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-yoga-decoder http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-yoga-decoder Sun, 19 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s January 2017 and the new years resolutions are now in full swing.  You’ve picked up a gym membership, put down the cake and swapped that much-loved champagne for a super green smoothie.  And if you’re amongst the hundreds of Australians who’ve put “stress less” at the top of their resolution list, then you may have also decided to “give this yoga thing a go.”

For the most part, this is an excellent idea.  That is until you find yourself sweating bullets in a 40-degree room when you were expecting a relaxing “stretch and roll.”   Or sitting on the floor humming and haahing when you what you really wanted was a calorie blasting core cruncher. 

The fact is there are at least five different common styles of yoga to choose from.  So, how do you know which one is best for you?   Well, it depends on what you want from the practice.  While some are all about flexibility and circulation, others focus on strengthening, detoxification or relaxation.  The good part is that no matter which style of yoga you choose, regular practice can help to reduce blood pressure, as well as reduce stress, anxiety and depression.   Got to love that! 

Below, we give you the lowdown on five of the most popular yoga styles to help you figure out which one is right for you…

Never tried yoga before?  This is the class you want to start out in.  While it requires strength and concentration, the movement is slow and the poses are fairly straightforward.  In this class, you’ll practice one static pose after the next, while focusing on good breathing techniques.  

As this type of yoga is quite gentle on the body, it’s great for beginners and those recovering from mild injuries.  As always though, if you are injured, make sure you check with the doctor before giving it a go.

Also known as “flow yoga,” Vinyasa is a more fast-paced, movement focused form of yoga.  While there are some static poses involved, you will spend a large part of the class performing a series of poses in a fast-paced, flowing motion.  These movements will cause you to breathe more heavily and work up a sweat.  For this reason, Vinyasa is seen as more of a physical workout than other forms of yoga.  This is a great option for those of you who want to improve strength, tone and flexibility, while burning a tonne of calories at the same time.

Ivengar yoga requires you to hold a series of traditional poses and focuses on body placement and alignment.  Unlike other types of yoga, Ivengar typically uses a lot of props such as straps and blocks.  These props help you to either stretch or balance better, which is great for people who are weak, inflexible or prone to injury.  Ivengar yoga is perfect for those who sit in a desk all day and are looking to relieve stiffness and improve mobility.  

Bikram is a type of yoga that is practiced in a 40 degree heated room.  Not only is it designed to help strengthen and stretch your muscles, but it also helps to release toxins from your body.  Bikram can be quite challenging and is definitely not for anyone who is very weak, unwell or injured.  We would recommend this class to those who are already active and looking for a new challenge.  You will leave feeling strong, refreshed and super relaxed.

Slightly less common than the other forms listed above, Yin yoga is typically practiced sitting down.  In the class, you will complete a number of seated poses, which you will hold for about 3-5 minutes.  The practice is designed to increase flexibility (particularly in the hips, pelvis and lower spine), improve circulation and create a feeling of relaxation.  This is a great class for those of you who may have trouble holding standing poses but are still looking to get a good stretch and relax the mind.

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<![CDATA[Time to get GLOWing]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-get-glowing-week-2-of-our-glow-challenge-is-here http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-get-glowing-week-2-of-our-glow-challenge-is-here Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[Time to GLOW!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-glow http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-glow Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT


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<![CDATA[FOR THE LOVE OF OIL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-body-oil http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-body-oil Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Summer is sadly over and as we head into the cooler seasons focusing on hydrating our skin will be paramount, The cold days bring a trifecta of skin irritants - the heating and the wind and constantly wearing long pants/jeans or stockings all mean that the moisture from our body is totally zapped. 

To combat the winter blues, daily hydration is key. But not all moisturisers or oils are created equal. So we went in search of one that ticks all the boxes. 

Milk and Co is an Australian owned and made brand and their goodies are naturally derived and contain effective formulas. Best of all their products are SIMPLE. Meaning no over powered fragrances, artificial colours or paraben.

This winning formulation combines the skin-loving benefits of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Soy Oil, Calendula Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Papaya and Rosemary Leaf Extract to lock in hydration and assist with the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Calendula extract has been included for its unique and effective anti-inflammatory properties. 

Nourishing Vitamin E, papaya and rosemary leaf extracts help to improve the appearance of skin imperfections and uneven skin tone. 

Moisturising Soy oil is a great source of antioxidants and is proven to help protect skin from UV rays and treat skin damage caused by the sun. 

Free-radical fighting Vitamins E & A have also been included to protect the skin from environmental pollutants and UV damage.

Lightly scented with essential oil of Lavender, this body oil reminds us of holidays! 

Designed for skins of all types & ages; Milk & Co Body Oil is Paraben free, vegan, made in Australia and uses 100% recyclable packaging and is not tested on animals.

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<![CDATA[PACKED WITH GOODNESS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-packs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-packs Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

There are two kinds of people. Those who, when packing for a trip take just their toothbrush and toothpaste (who are these people – LOL). 

And then there are those who decide they need EVERYTHING … even if it is just an overnighter. Hands up if that’s you, because it certainly is us!  You pack all these things and then before you know it your toiletries bag weighs more than a long haul suitcase. 

Because we can’t bear to leave anything at home - we’ve found the perfect solution. Milk & Co has three of our all-time favourite products all packed in together - ready to go, so you can nourish and pamper yourself, without being weighed down.

Here’s what’s included: 

Face Cleanser 

Designed to wash away your day, this naturally based foaming cleanser, is perfectly scented with essential Geranium Oil and Ylang Ylang, and with the right amount of extracts of Hibiscus Flower and Turmeric. 

This Face Cleanser is the ideal wash to invigorate the senses and refresh the skin. And of course, it is paraben free and perfect for all skin types. 

Beauty Wipes

Offering exfoliating micro beads on one side to wipe away the muck and grime, whilst offering the perfect cleansing tool on the reverse side. These extra-large wipes will be your saviour during both work and play.  

These dual sided beauty wipes are also paraben and alcohol free, lightly fragranced and suitable for all skin types. No doubt you’ll love them as much as we do.

Rejuvenating Face Mask

Containing all the right ingredients such as green tea extract, aloe vera, rosehip oil, Goji fruit extract and vitamin E. No surprises there! 

Milk & Co. have combined these multiple fruit extracts with vitamin E and green tea extract to exfoliate, smooth and moisturise your skin, clearing away dead cells. 

For under $40 we think we’ve struck gold with this pack. It even comes with a cute bag too! To get your hands on one head here.

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<![CDATA[MOST WANTED]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/most-wanted http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/most-wanted Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[SALLY'S DAILY ROUTINE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-daily-routine http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-daily-routine Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[SELF CARE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/self-care http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/self-care Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[GET THE LOOK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-look http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-look Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[MINI, MIDI, MAXI]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-midi-maxi http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-midi-maxi Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT


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<![CDATA[LAST CHANCE TO SAVE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/last-chance-to-save http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/last-chance-to-save Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[MAHA'S FIJI FASHION DIARY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-fiji-fashion-diary http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-fiji-fashion-diary Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[BREWED FOR BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brewed-for-beauty http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brewed-for-beauty Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The infatuation with coffee really does go beyond the addictive sensation we experience each morning; we now crave its power and what it does for our skin. C Lab & Co range of coffee scrubs are made using 100% natural ingredients and contain no fillers such as sugar. The formula is enriched with Organic Vitamin E, sea salt and other natural essential oils and active ingredients.

Ground coffee is naturally gritty, making it a perfect exfoliant. Have you heard what a bad rap microbeads have been getting lately? Well, it’s rightfully so! Those tiny little beads don’t break down and cause massive pollution to our rivers and oceans. So, when you use a coffee scrub like C Lab & Co, you are using non-harmful ingredients that break down naturally.

The best thing about this product (besides the smell, ahh) the coffee beans are sourced from coffee enthusiast alike who roast the beans to a level referred to as “just racked” allowing them to retain their natural oils then blended with the finest natural ingredients to bring you conveniently packed products suitable for targeting cellulite, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Using coffee on your skin instead of drinking it can do wonders for your skin. This is because the steam from your shower opens your pores and allows the caffeine to be absorbed into your hair follicles.

The job of caffeine in C Lab & Co coffee scrub is to stimulate the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Because caffeine stimulates dilation, scrubbing in circular motions across any problem areas tightens and plumps up the skin. This increases circulation, making any imperfections less obvious. Can I get a hell yeah?! Please note, these stimulating, fat-dehydrating effects last for a good few hours, so scrub up regularly to keep feeling smooth and cellulite-free. 

Coffee isn’t all that goes into this beautiful scrub! It also contains coconut oil to moisturise and soothe the skin’s surface – leaving you feel extra special. The coconut oil soaks into your skin’s layers as the old dead skin is buffed away, which leaves your skin, as we said, feeling extra special. Moisture is key to healthy skin, and the moisturising elements of the coconut oil is sure to do the trick.

If you’re thinking about using this on your face, we say yes for that glowy summer skin. So, if you've shied away from coffee scrubs because of acne, don't. It can actually improve the appearance of your skin. Antioxidant-rich coffee may actually slow down the aging process caused by DNA damage.

So brew your way to beautiful soft skin. To find out more, head here.

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<![CDATA[LUSCIOUS LASHES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/luscious-lashes http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/luscious-lashes Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Hands up who wants health, long lashes. Yep. Us too!

We all want healthy, long lashes. If you've ever worn fake lashes, or had eyelash extensions, you know how fab they feel and what a difference they can make to your look.Why? Well, lashes have the ability of framing our face. It means that whenever we wear eyelash extensions or false eyelashes, we can keep our makeup as minimal as possible to let the lashes do all the talking. However, these aren’t something we wear every day and it’s not particularly a long term solution for healthy and strong lashes.

Just like any other part of our body, our lashes need care and attention to keep them in optimal health. Yep, even something as small as our eyelashes need to be maintained!

That’s where lash conditioners, serums and primers come in. Whilst formulas in each product differs, they usually have peptides in common, which are said to encourage hair growth at the follicle level. Combined with conditioning properties, these products promote lash health and strength. Yipppeee!

If you’re in the market for longer lashes (honestly though, who isn’t?), then see below for our round up of the best eyelash conditioners, serums and primers out there!



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<![CDATA[BRONZED BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bronzed-beauty http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bronzed-beauty Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Choosing a self-tan can be a complicated decision given that there are soooo many to choose from. Here at SWIISH HQ, we take our self-tanning seriously, because – well, because everything looks better with a tan!  

With so many to choose from, we chatted with our makeup artist friends in the business to get their top pick. 

The winner – The Bronzer Self Tan.

The Bronzer Self Tan is a  luminous cream which is enriched with Vitamins A and E. It’s also loaded with shea butter, coconut oil and green tea extract. 

Before we even get onto the golden glow the tan gives you,  can we please take a minute to talk about the luscious smell of this tan?! It smells of coconuts in the most tropically relaxing way. Like an instant holiday (thank us later) 

The Bronzer Self Tan will leave you with a gorgeous glow for up to a week and that’s just with one application. If you’re chasing a really deep tan, then the more you apply – the deeper the colour you will get.

The creamy texture makes it really easy to use – apply it like you would apply your daily moisturiser. Because the tanning cream is golden brown, it’s easy to see where you’re putting it, which helps you not miss any tricky bits. No one wants an uneven tan!

For many of us with sensitive skin, applying a tan can almost feel like a trade-off. Apply the tan, but get a skin reaction. Or avoid a skin reaction but be forced to skip the tan.  Well no more. The fabulous thing about The Bronzer Self Tan is that it’s paraben and fragrance free and it’s especially suited to sensitive skin. Winner.

Here at SWIISH, we feel such pride when Aussie products go global, and The Bronzer brand is sold and loved worldwide. It’s proudly Australian made and owned. 

If you plan on applying The Bronzer Self Tan to your face, here are some important tips to follow too:

1. Put Vaseline on your eyebrows to stop it staining them 

2. Blend the tanner right into the hairline and underneath the jaw line, just like foundation. If you’ve got lighter hair, we strongly suggest wiping your hair afterwards to ensure it doesn’t stain. 

And always remember: if you’re thinking you don’t have the time or energy to DIY, but your heart yearns for a fake tan, remember that everything looks better with a tan!

Take a peak here to learn more.

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<![CDATA[GET THE GODDESS GLOW]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-goddess-glow http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-goddess-glow Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Here at SWIISH we love seeing the newest beauty products, so we can share with you guys the latest cutting edge products to hit the market. 

We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a new luxury skincare brand that is launching in Australia, LIONIA. Inspired by the oceanic world, all their products contain caviar and nutrient-rich sea kelp extracts delivering lasting hydration, collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid combine to plump the skin’s appearance, in combination with antioxidants combatting the aging effects of free radicals and environmental damage.  

As a brand, LIONIA harnesses the renowned power of caviar to deliver deep nourishment and fight the visible signs of ageing. 

We were lucky enough to try out the Caviar Rejuvenating Serum, which delivers all day-hydration with thanks to the powerful combination of marine actives and antioxidants. With a light gel-serum consistency, we found it drenched our skin with moisture. Our skin felt revitalized, soft, smooth and radiant! It’s suggested that the power of caviar and marine extracts combine to penetrate deeply, replenishing moisture and strengthening skin. Oh and did we mention it has a soft gentle floral scent? 

Here’s what you’ll find inside the Caviar Rejuvenating Serum

  • Caviar Extract – containing all those antioxidant properties we need to protect our skin against dangerous UVA and UVB rays
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – deeply moisturises the skin, leaving it soft and resilient  
  • Vitamin E & C – Name a more iconic duo! Both vitamin C and E have prominent antioxidant factors, with their main functions being to protect our skin against sun damage
  • Squalane – this key ingredient balances the skins oil production, providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and healthy, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to assist with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. 
  • Grapefruit Extract – grapefruit  contains antioxidants and vitamins - providing an array of anti-aging benefits, including evening skin tone
  • Olive Fruit Oil – This ones got all the right moves and benefits for dry skin due to its fatty acid content

Like most caviar product they are an investment, but compared to many other products in the market the price is actually favourable. 

If you’re serious about anti-ageing, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and saturating your skin in ultra-hydration then this LIONIA Caviar skincare range is definitely worth taking a closer look at when it hits the shelves. 

LIONIA Caviar Rejuvenating Serum - RRP: $228 / 15ml

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<![CDATA[JUST BREW IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/just-brew-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/just-brew-it Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ever stepped out of the shower, all nice and clean, towelled off and within minutes your skin feels dry and itchy? Let us guess. You used soap. That trusty, dependable bar that’s been your bath buddy since childhood is somewhat of an enemy now that the rubber ducky is retired and your skin might just be struggling to stay hydrated.

Time to put down the soap and move to a body wash which is gentle, and more nourishing. 

New to the beauty market is CLab & Co Body Wash – which is free from silicones, parabens, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrances and artificial colourants. Not to mention, Australian-made and not tested on animals. #threecheers

This new Body Wash also features ‘just racked’ Arabica Coffee Bean extract which is a key ingredient throughout the entire CLab & Co range. This means the coffee beans can retain their natural oils. This then gets blended with the finest natural ingredients to help skin hydration and nourishment. 

Sweet Orange Oil and coffee seed oils (making it smell ahhhmazing) and loaded with vitamin-active ingredients for more radiant looking skin, this gentle foaming body cleanser features antioxidant Vitamin E and hydrating pro-vitamin B5 to moisturize and soften the skin. 

Best applied whilst showering, we used the Body Wash generously to ensure the skin was clean and prepared before treating with the CLab & Co Coffee Scrub and then we finished off with the Body Lotion. Could you name a more iconic trio?! 

Kickstart your morning with a coffee…. You can find the CLab & Co Body here.

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<![CDATA[SMART TECH SOLUTION]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/intel-smart-tech-solution http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/intel-smart-tech-solution Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

*this blog post was sponsored by Intel*

Am I the only one who is constantly on the lookout for small and simple technology, something that is vastly efficient and that I can rely on for various parts of my day? We’re all guilty of letting technology rule our world – in today’s society it is everything!

Well, it’s taken me some time to find the right product, but I now needn't look any further. I’m so thankful to have found one of the newest members of the Intel® NUC family, it literally has everything you need from a PC and the best bit is that the size can is small enough to fit in your handbag.

So, whether you want to stream a movie or need to finish a last-minute presentation for work, this nifty little device can handle it with ease, allowing you to turn any screen into a PC wherever you are. It’s pretty much my own digital personal assistant. Keeping me on time for appointments and meetings, helping me send emails, or allowing me to run around the kitchen with the recipe much easier to follow up on the big screen (aka no more dirty marks on my recipe book!)  – the NUC allows me to be free and focus on what I really want to do.

It was a lovely thought knowing that the NUC was designed with families in mind. The NUC has allowed my household to move forward with technology, and for us create any space to be office or homework friendly (without the ugly clutter and unnecessary stress). Ultimately, the NUC has helped our family connect in new ways, bringing us together from all being in separate corners of the house.

We often look for technology to make our work life better (guilty), however we have to say that the NUC has absolutely complimented our lifestyle at home too. If you have a 4k TV, the graphics software lets you view images and videos with the clarity of your local cinemas – but really you’re on the couch in your living room.  I recently took Annabelle on a trip down memory lane viewing old family holiday snaps via the TV. Let me tell you, much better than a photo album or viewing via a smaller screen – it was truly an immersive experience and she LOVED it.

All in all, if I were to sum up this product in two words I’d say versatility and interactivity! You really can do anything with NUC (between office and home) with its ability to be across all screens.  You get amazing performance and responsiveness, including shorter boot times (no more waiting around for it to fire up), faster application launches and more responsive browsing – exactly what you need for home or work. From Office Applications, such as PowerPoint and Word to Internet usage and videos, this little pocket rocket really has it all. To improve your home office and family lifestyle, you can learn more here.

This post is sponsored by Intel® but all opinions are our own.

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<![CDATA[HOW TO: AGE BACKWARDS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/how-to-age-backwards http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/how-to-age-backwards Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

What if we told you that red wine and chocolate could be the key to ageing backwards? You wouldn’t believe us, would you?

Well, listen up! There’s a little skincare miracle worker, known as resveratrol, which works as a defence against free radicals from environmental pollution. Resveratrol is a special type of antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes and cocoa and when applied it helps promote the skin’s production of natural hyaluronic acid, leaving your complexion more hydrated and plump. Can you hear us cheering from SWIISH HQ about this?! 

All you need to look for when you’re doing your next skincare shop is to find products with resveratrol as an active ingredient. 

So when it’s not feasible to eat a block of chocolate or drink a glass of your favourite Pinot Noir, try these five products instead!

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