Olivia Jenkins

Olivia Jenkins is a Australian mum of two, business woman and author.

  • Clear Your Skin With These Positive Affirmations

    Clear Your Skin With These Positive Affirmations
    This is one of the most powerful techniques I will ever teach you. The power of your own mind. What if I told you that the thoughts you think, actually shape your life for better for your worse? What if I told you that you clear your skin by changing the way you think?

    For some of you, this may seem crazy. For others, you would have heard of positive affirmations before and how they can change your life for the better. This is not some voodoo technique that has never been used before, affirmations have actually been used for years and have been known to be VERY effective.

    So how do affirmations work and how can you use them to clear your skin and change your life for the better?

    Stop The Negative Self Talk

    That’s right. I’m talking about that little voice inside your head that tells you that you’re not good enough, that you’re too fat to wear that and that you can’t leave the house without makeup. I want you to take note of how many times a day you are entertaining negative self-talk, then I want you to replace each of those thoughts with a new, positive thought. I can guarantee you that the amount of times a day that you notice negative self-talk, will blow you away! After around three weeks, this process will begin to be a habit.

    Learn To Love Yourself

    When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? There an abundance of nice things you can do to yourself but we are often so busy looking after others that we forget to look after ourselves. Run yourself a bath, nourish your body lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, drink more water, pay yourself a compliment. This is about learning to love yourself again, before and after having acne regardless of what your skin or your body looks like. Ultimately, you are still the same person inside regardless of what your exterior looks like. Don’t wait until you’ve lost that weight, got that job or cleared your skin to love yourself. Love yourself as you are, right now.

    Practice Affirmations Everyday

    Affirmations are not something that you can say once and your life will miraculously change over night. Like all things, practice makes perfect and affirmations are exactly the same. It’s best to allow 20 minutes per day to practice saying your affirmations for best results. You can achieve even better results in a shorter time frame if you practice in front of a mirror. I know it seems ridiculous, but by saying your affirmations in front of a mirror, you are making them 10x more powerful! It’s important to look into your eyes and say them with true belief in present tense. This is not a time to say “I will have clear skin and a healthy body”, this is a time to say “I have clear skin and a healthy body.” By saying affirmations in a PRESENT tense you are affirming these statements are true and correct. I believe that 30 days of affirmations will change your life, but you’ll see the true benefit by practicing every day for the rest of your life. Every day, you will feel happier and healthier.

    Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

    • I love and approve of myself
    • I am in perfect health
    • I stand up for myself
    • I am ready to enjoy perfect health
    • I eat foods that are healthy and whole
    • I drink lots of water every day
    • I exercise regularly to keep myself fit and energetic
    • I love my body more and more every day
    • I am happy with my appearance

    The most important thing to remember with affirmations is that you must practice them often. I’ve seen clients use them, practice every day and really make some great changes in their lives. Once they reap the benefits, they stop practicing and sooner or later fall victim to the same old ways of thinking.

    Practice your affirmations every single day. If you miss a day, that doesn’t matter just pick up where you left off whenever you remember.

    Here is one of my favourites:

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    You can learn more about affirmations in my Clear Skin Guide here where I show you how to make your own affirmations and create a life you love.

    Have you used affirmations before? Share your experience with me below. I would love to hear from you.

    Olivia x

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  • Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

    Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits
    Ingredients:

    1 cup ground almonds
    1 cup flaked almonds
    1 cup desiccated coconut
    1/4 cup honey
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    1 tablespoon water

    Method:

    Pre-heat oven to 120°c.

    1. Combine almond meal, flaked almonds and coconut in a mixing bowl.

    2. In a small pot on low heat, add honey and oil together and stir gently.

    3. While that is heating, combine bi carb soda and water then pour into the small pot. Stir until the mixture begins to froth. Remove pan from heat.

    4. Pour wet mixture into large mixing bowl with dry ingredients. Stir through with clean hands or a large spoon until well combined.

    5. If you find the mixture is too sticky, add a little water to help combine. Form into 22 cookies.

    6. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

    Enjoy x

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  • Amazing Benefits and Uses of Carrots For Your Skin, Hair and Health

    Amazing Benefits and Uses of Carrots For Your Skin, Hair and Health
    Carrots ALWAYS feature in my top ten foods for clearer skin. Why? Because they are packed with skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants that protect you from ageing AND clear your skin.

    Carrots are loaded with vitamin A which helps to reduce skin conditions like pimples, acne, rashes and eczema. Eating the right foods can help you fight acne, smooth wrinkles and enhance your natural beauty.

    Benefits:

    • Clears acne
    • Reduce inflammation
    • Nourishes dry skin
    • Improves skintone
    • Reduce acne scarring
    • Anti-ageing

    Here are some more amazing skin, hair and health benefits of carrots:

    Natural Sun Protection

    Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. This helps the skin to repair and regenerate providing protection against the suns harmful rays. Antioxidants in carrots work to protect the skin and increase immunity from sunburn and sun-damage.

    Clearer Skin

    Carrots are packed full of vitamin A which is essential for fighting acne and bad skin. They are also loaded with vitamin C to keep your skin healthy and clear.

    Age Protection

    Carrots contain high levels of vitamin C which improves collagen production in the skin. Antioxidants work to combat premature ageing and banish wrinkles while improving uneven skin tone.

    Fades Blemishes/Scars

    That’s right! Vitamin A helps in the fight against scars – especially acne scars. By increasing your intake of orange veggies including carrots, you’re giving your body a healthy dose of vitamins including vitamin A and C which are integral for skin health and rejuvenation. Be sure to include some carrots in your next healthy juice!

    Ways to Enjoy Carrots:

    1. Add carrots to your next healthy juice

    2. Carrot sticks with almond butter or homemade dip

    3. Include carrot in your next batch of soup

    4. Include in a salad

    5. Roast carrots with your next dinner

    6. Steam carrots to accompany your salmon

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Carrot Face Mask

    DIY Carrot Face Mask
    DIY Carrot Face Mask Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 2 carrots, boiled and mashed
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until it’s a smooth consistency.
    2. Apply to clean, damp skin and leave for 30 minutes.
    3. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

    Have you tried this DIY carrot face mask? What did you think? Leave your comments below!

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  • Simple Clean Banana Pancakes

    Simple Clean Banana Pancakes
    Pancakes. Timely and tricky to make, fatty to eat. Taste amazing though. Surely there has to be an easier and healthier way? What if I told you it’s possible to make pancakes from just two ingredients – bananas and eggs? ‘IMPOSSIBLE!’ I hear you say. But it’s true.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 banana
    • 2 eggs

    Method:

    1. Mash up bananas in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Whisk eggs together and add to banana mixture in the mixing bowl.
    3. Fry in a pan with a little heated coconut oil or butter.

    Note: I love cinnamon so I add a dash to the mixture before cooking!

    Optional extra’s:

    * 1 tbsp of coconut flakes
    * A small handful of hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts
    * 1 tbsp of almond butter
    * 1 tbsp of protein powder
    * 1 tsp of vanilla extract
    * A few thin slices of apple or pears

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  • 5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin

    5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin
    Ever wondered how celebrities manage to look flawless at every red carpet appearance? The key is an effective beauty routine and simple makeup tricks to bring out your natural glow and make you look radiant all year round.

    Glowing skin is one of the best beauty assets anyone can have. It can make you look healthy, radiant, polished and more attractive – so it’s very important to look after your skin.

    There are techniques you can use to hide blemishes, dark circles, even skin tone and highlight your best features. Try these top five makeup tricks for glowing skin all year round:

    Step 1: Prep skin with a primer

    This is one makeup tip all celebrity makeup artists believe in. A primer is a product to use on you skin before any other makeup is applied. It should be applied after cleansing to freshly moisturised skin. Some primers have a moisturiser already included in them so just check the instructions on the packaging.

    Using a primer helps to prepare the skin for your foundation and allow your makeup to be applied even – creating the perfect base for makeup. Without a primer, your makeup can ‘grab’ and become patchy and uneven. It’s important to always use your primer on a cleansed, moisturised face underneath your foundation.

    Step 2: Use a skin illuminator 

    When used correctly, skin illuminators can be your best friend. Illuminators help to reflect light onto the skin making your skin look radiant and youthful. Simply mix one part illuminator to two parts foundation and blend onto your face.

    You can also purchase illuminators with an in-built bronzer to give you that all over sun-kissed glow! I like the idea of doing this because it saves me worrying about appearing too light – especially during the cooler months.

    You’ll be left with a dewy, luminous complexion all day long – just remember to lightly dust with a translucent powder before you move to your next step.

    Step 3: Contour with a powdered face bronzer

    Looking for a sun kissed glow? Now that your skin has a flawless base and you’ve finished applying your foundation or base coverage, you can use a powdered face bronzer to give your face some dimension.

    Simply take a powder, blush or contouring brush, gently swipe over your powdered bronzer palette. Tap your brush to remove any excess bronzer and use brush to gently apply it to cheekbones, bridge of nose, jawline and chin. Bronzer helps to highlight these points and contour your face creating depth, while using a highlighter will bring things forward.

    You can even use a “Bronzing & Highlighting face powder duo” which has both products in one palette. One swipe of this product on the cheeks instantly contours and highlights exactly where needed.

    Step 4: Use a liquid or cream based highlighter

    For some extra oomph and to give the illusion of higher cheekbones, larger lips and brighter eyes, use a liquid or cream based highlighters.

    Apply a small amount of highlighter to your finger and gently pat points of your face including cheek bones, corners of your eyes, bridge of your nose and cupids bow.

    This will give your face a gorgeous glow and help to highlight your natural bone structure. Remember, less is more – so go easy and build your way up. This is not body glitter and you can easily go overboard.

    5. Use a clear gloss 

    This is a simple yet very effective makeup tip for glowing skin. Simply dab a little clear lip gloss under your brow bones, cupids bow of your lip or any other feature of your face you wish to highlight.

    Appy it over foundation or blush and gently work around with your finger to give your face a radiant glow. Voila!

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  • Clear Skin Clean Pizza

    Clear Skin Clean Pizza
    Ingredients:

    • 1 small wrap of choice (go for something thicker than mountain bread wraps but not a pizza base)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 handful baby spinach or rocket
    • 1 small capscium, sliced into strips
 1 small tomato, sliced
    • 2 mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 tbsp low fat grated cheese
    • 1 small handful fresh parsley or basil
    • Your choice of:
 Grilled, roasted or sliced chicken
 or prawns

    Method:

    1. Preheat grill to a moderate heat setting.

    2. Prepare all vegetables, rinsing well before use.

    3. Spread wrap with tomato paste and top with baby spinach. Arrange vegetables on top of the wrap and season with salt and pepper.

    4. Top wrap with a small handful of low fat grated cheese (optional) and fresh parsley or herbs of your choice.

    5. Place in grill for 2-5 minutes, depending on heat setting. Keep an eye on it because they cook very quickly!

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  • DIY: How To Use Green Tea For Beauty

    How To Use Green Tea For Beauty
    We all love drinking green tea for health benefits but did you know you can use green tea for beauty benefits too? Read on for my favourite green tea beauty tips.

    Green tea is growing in popularity all around the world for its amazing health benefits. But there is so much more you can do with green tea to benefit your body and your skin. From DIY facial masks to toners, there are so many amazing ways to get glowing hair, skin and nails every day with green tea.

    Green Tea Facial Toner

    My belief has always been that if you cleanse your skin properly, you won’t need a toner. In saying that though, I really like the idea of using green tea on my skin after cleansing and exfoliating as a way of preserving my skin that little bit more and fighting premature ageing.

    I love the benefits of green tea on my body so it was only natural that I fall in love with this facial toner recipe as well. You can try the below recipe after cleansing or exfoliating your skin and I find it is the PERFECT base for applying your rose hip oil on top. Note: Never apply rose hip oil to dry skin or you will just look oily!

    Ingredients:

    2 cups brewed green tea (cooled)
    1 clean spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Simply brew 2 cups of green tea and allow to cool.

    2. Once cooled, pour into your empty spray bottle and use in replacement of a store bought toner.

    It works great to tighten and refresh dull skin to make you look fresh and glowing. You can also keep your toner in the fridge during the warmer months to give your skin a real wake up call!

    Green Tea Body Scrub

    Green tea has potent antioxidants and free-radical fighting benefits that help keep your skin looking refreshed and younger. One of the best things you can do for your skin is exfoliate regularly so it makes sense to include green tea in your beauty kit for DIY beauty products.

    When you exfoliate the skin, you help to remove any dead skin cells and debris that is trapped under the surface and clogging your pores. It also helps to improve circulation in the skin, making you look refreshed and younger.

    My favourite recipe for a DIY Green Tea Body Scrub is here:

    Ingredients:

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp green tea (loose leaf or from tea bags)
    1 tsp matcha green tea powder (available at most health food stores)

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Feel free to add more coconut oil if you would like however 1/2 cup is quite moisturising.

    2. Store in a glass jar or air-tight container and apply during bath or shower time in a circular massage motion.

    Green Tea Hair Mask

    While it’s important to look after and care for your skin, it’s also important to nourish and protect your hair too. We often forget to take good care of our hair and this can result in dull, lifeless and brittle hair.

    The best thing you can do is pamper yourself to a DIY intensive hair treatment once a week to keep your skin, and your hair happy!

    You will find that the honey helps to nourish and hydrate your hair, making it look more shiny. While green tea will prevent hair loss and help to stimulate your scalp.

    Ingredients:

    1 cups brewed green tea (cooled to warm)
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp honey

    Method:

    1. Boil kettle and brew 1 cup of green tea. Allow to cool to a warm-hot temperature, but not boiling.

    2. Add coconut oil and honey and mix well in a container of your choice.

    3. Apply mixture to your scalp and hair, gently massaging from roots to ends.

    4. Leave for 30 minutes or over night and then wash hair as per normal.

    Green Tea Face Mask

    Face masks are the perfect way to give your skin the hydrating and detoxing boost it needs to look crystal clear, all year round. If you suffer from skin concerns, this recipe is going to be perfect for you!

    Green tea helps to promote youthful, glowing skin by fighting free radical damage and fighting against acne breakouts. You should use a face mask once a week after cleansing to help promote a healthy, glowing complexion.

    Turmeric powder use in the recipe is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that fight skin concerns like acne, acne scarring and eczema. It also acts as a potent antioxidant to lighten dark spots, blemishes and sunspots.

    Ingredients:

    2 tbsp brewed green tea (cooled)

    2 tbsp greek yoghurt

    1/2 tsp lemon juice

    1/2 tsp turmeric

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

    2. Cleanse skin and apply the mixture to damp skin.

    3. Wait for the mixture to set on your skin after a few minutes, then apply again. Repeat until finished.

    4. Allow the mask to sit on your face for ten minutes and rinse well with cool water.

    It’s best to follow with a gentle moisturiser, serum or rose hip oil. Only 2-3 drops of rose hip oil is necessary.

    Don’t waste thousands of dollars on expensive beauty products that promise the world. You can make your very own natural skincare products at home, with natural ingredients and minimal expense. I love making my own natural skincare and encourage you to ditch your products that contain SLS, mineral oils, parabens and other nasties that could be making your skin worse!

    If you like this article and want more DIY face mask recipes, check out my Clear Skin DIY Face Masks eBook here!

    Have you tried some of these recipes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂 x

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