Summer is the season for road trips, plane flights, train journeys and ocean voyages. It seems everyone is going somewhere for at least a few days' break or a fortnight's escape. Whether it's a week at the cottage, an exotic beach getaway, a weekend city break or an extended overseas adventure, packing for the summer holidays is always a challenge. While we can't help you on the clothes front, we can assist with some ideas of what to throw in the toiletry case, carry-on, purse or beach bag.

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What motivated you to start your own line?

Back in 2002, as my daughter was moving into her teens and just after I lost my mother to breast cancer, I began looking for a cosmetic line that was as pure as the natural skincare I had been using. Some of the ‘health food store’ makeup brands were pretty clean, but the colors lacked the sophistication and variety of more conventional cosmetics lines. I thought women should be able to have both clean products and great color selection. ‘Beauty without compromise’ was my ideal.

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Some people otherwise committed to natural skin care are reluctant to go green when it comes to sun protection. There’s a perception that the eco-friendly stuff either doesn’t work as well to shield skin from harmful rays or that you have to resort to a pasty white coating of goop to achieve protection. Not exactly a good look for the beach or pool, let alone daily wear.

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We recently had a chance to interview with Vikki Khan, founder of Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics to coincide with this week’s offer: A Lily Lolo Summer Eye Shadow Gift Pack (worth $36).

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Saffron Rouge is not just a natural makeup and skin care site for organically glamorous gals. We’ve got guys’ green grooming goods covered too. After all, taking care of your skin, looking your best and caring about the ingredients you use on your body has no gender bias. So encourage your husband, your brother, your boyfriend, your dad and all men in your life to put as much thought into their personal care products as you do by shopping Saffron Rouge. Or if discussing proper primping and preening products just doesn’t enthuse your menfolk, you can always just take the bull by the horn and purchase wisely on their behalf.

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Summer is upon us, and with all the positives that stem from this warm weather, carefree, outdoorsy, kick-off-your shoes season comes a few minor grooming concerns. We tend to show a little more skin, absorb extra rays, perspire more persistently and face a few hair challenges as the temperature and humidity rises.

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For several years the press has been praising the power of pomegranate. As an ingested superfood or imbibed wonder-juice, this age-old fruit with ruby red seeds has plenty to boast about. It’s packed with antioxidants (three times the amount of green tea or red wine!) plus vitamins A, C, E and folic acid, and purported health benefits have it guarding against serious ailments like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. But as a topical agent on the skin, does pomegranate really penetrate?

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Let’s face it, we’ve all got something to hide. Under-eye circles, blemishes, age spots, broken capillaries, acne scars or other discolourations are a reality on most complexions, but luckily you can do something to camouflage these imperfections. Foundation goes a long way in evening out your skin tone but if you really want to aim for flawless look, a strategic touch of concealer is the way to go.

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Calendar alert: Mother’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 13 to be specific). Have you got the moms in your life a special little something to show your appreciation yet? Well, if you want to get out of the old flowers/box of chocolates rut you’ve come to the right place. This year, why not treat her to some of our personal pampering products that willenrich her body and soul while giving a respectful nod to Mother Earth at the same time.

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Saffron Rouge has the pleasure of working with the best organic brands in the world. Suki Skincare is one of our top selling lines and it continues to grow in popularity. With a deep passion for her products, Suki Kramer is 100% committed to creating results oriented skin care that remain clean, natural and pure.

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