Three must-have skincare products

Three must-have skincare products

They say 'you shouldn't have favourites', but when it comes to skincare, I believe you totally should!

Before we get in to this, I must tell you that this post is in no way sponsored by Lush. I just absolutely adore these products - they are my go-to for skincare, and they always make my skin feel b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! And I've got to thank my dear friend Emily for getting me completely hooked on all things Lush.

You are brave, valued & so loved: Bath & body products with a message

How often do you take the time to look after yourself - to unwind, have a bath and simply relax?

With so many body products flooding the beauty market, it can be pretty confusing to figure out where to start, let alone what to use. Recently, I found Salt and Glow on Instagram (@saltandglow). Handmade out of Sydney, Australia, the products, which include bath tea bags, body polishes, elixir oils and lotion melts, are 100 per cent natural, so beautiful to use and they smell delicious too.

But these sweet products aren't just good for the skin - they send a deeper message that every woman needs to hear.

Roxy is the lovely lady behind Salt and Glow. Through her products, she wants to spread the message that:

"You are brave, you are valued, and you are so loved."

Roxy's vision for Salt and Glow and the birth of the business came about over the past 12 months through her own personal journey.

Read Roxy's story:

"I grew up in a Christian family and went to church as a child but never got the revelation of God. In fact, I just thought God was out to punish me for all the wrongs I'd done. I stopped going to church after high school, lived a rebellious life and went out partying all the time, but deep inside I knew God was real and that in the right time He would call me home.

After living life my own way, God called me back home through a good friend of mine and I discovered God’s love for me in a way I had never experienced before. Life was not all smooth roads after going back to church but I still wanted to declare my decision as a follower of Jesus Christ by being baptised.

In one of my desperate times after my baptism, I cried out to God for Him to reveal my purpose in life. He said - “You are going to be salt and light for Me in this world.” That seemed like quite a generic thing to say to a new Christian but it struck so profoundly with me and I knew God had just stamped this instruction on my heart. How was I to be salt and light for God? I had no idea, as I was still such a baby at this Christian thing but I truly believed that God would unfold the answer step by step as I kept abiding in Him.

Not long after, my housemate gave me a gift to enjoy in the bath before she left for holidays. I rarely take baths, as much as I would love to, as I always use ‘no time’ as an excuse. However, it seemed like the perfect idea as I had the whole place to myself. As I was soaking in the bath tub, a crazy thought popped up - “Oh, I can make stuff for the bath like this!”

Within a short time frame, I had done a lot of research and created a prototype of the first product. As I was deciding on a brand name and sharing my vision and what God said to me with a friend, she suggested - “Why don’t you use the name ‘Salt and Light’?” Those words were spoken as if God was speaking to me through her! It was phenomenal! ‘Salt and Light’ was already taken on the world-wide web and I went with the name 'Salt and Glow' and went on to design the logo. If you look closely, you will see the Alpha, Omega and the cross. This is as a constant reminder that God will always be the beginning and end to all things and to keep Jesus as the centre of our lives.

The whole vision behind Salt and Glow is to encourage people to take time out to treat themselves to a pamper session with the products. To first love and value themselves and in doing so, know that they deserve the best things in life! The product names are there to encourage and get the love-message out!

Last year, out of an unexpected opportunity, I went on a solo trip to Bali and during that trip, God put it on my heart to make my future travels about giving out to those in need. I spoke to a well-travelled friend to see if she knew of any orphanages in the South East Asia region. She recommended me to one that was in Kupang, Indonesia. She had met the founder on a plane trip once before and had always wanted to visit that particular orphanage. And so I contacted Roslin Orphanage and immediately felt a connection to this place and began planning my trip to go there.

I went with a purpose to love and serve, but after being at the orphanage I realised I was given so much more joy and love from the children than I could ever possibly give to them! They are inspirational! Despite the simple lives they live, they are the happiest children. They take nothing for granted, they have the biggest hearts for others, the most grateful attitudes towards learning and they will grow up to be the most courageous and brave people God has designed them to be!

This orphanage is run by a selfless family of five - a couple and their three children who are all grown up now. Their love towards these children left me speechless, as they love them as if each were their own. They provide them with quality essentials because they see their value and believe they deserve just as much as any other children! They teach these children a sense of responsibility and independence so that they can defend for themselves when they grow up and know how to be a person of worth and self-respect. When I was there, I was made to feel like I was part of the family and I am so incredibly blessed for this time with the children.

One of my goals this year is to grow Salt and Glow so that I can support this orphanage and provide for these dear children."

Wow. I absolutely adore Roxy's sweet heart. Her products are not only lovely, fresh, and natural, but a portion of the revenue from the products that are purchased goes toward supporting Roslin Orphanage. I am in awe of young women, like Roxy, who are allowing God to show them where there's a need, and who are willing to step in and fill that need. I love how Roxy's friend placed value on Roxy when she gifted her with something to use in the bath. We all have the opportunity to place value on the people in our lives, each and every day, through simple actions and words of kindness and compassion. The Salt and Glow gift packs are lovely pamper packages that would be perfect to gift your friend, to remind her that she is brave, she is valued, and she is so loved.


Ladies, I hope you enjoyed reading about Salt and Glow & the beautiful heart behind it. To celebrate the launch of the blog, and She is Light's partnership with Salt and Glow, we are giving you the chance to win a lovely pamper pack! The pack includes a lavender & orange body scrub, a queen me rose & milk bath tea bag, an elixir oil & the skin-softening lotion melt. Head to @sheislight on Instagram to enter! 

Much love,

 
 

She is: Cayleigh James

Cayleigh James is the force behind Of Style and Substance Blog. Hailing from Adelaide in Australia's south, Cayleigh has always been drawn toward fashion. However, this blog is style with a twist - it has substance. I chat to this lovely up-and-coming fashion blogger to find out a little bit more about her style and what it's like to climb the ladder of the fashion industry without losing your shine.

Tell me a bit about yourself. Have you always lived in Adelaide?

I was actually born and raised in Durban, South Africa. It is a beautiful country and I cherish the memories I have there. My family decided to make the big move over to Australia when I was about 14 years old, in the hopes to gain a better quality of life as the crime and corruption was worsening in South Africa. Having grown up in a third world country, I am so grateful to now be living in beautiful Australia, where it is easy to take for granted the many blessings we have here.

Describe your style. 

I don’t think I have one particular style. Someone once told me that I am like a fashion chameleon…one day I will be dressed like a tomboy in sneakers and ripped jeans and another day I might be wearing a feminine floral dress. This isn’t reflected in my blog as much, as most of my ‘OOTD’ shots are from planned shoots (and often not my clothes), which don’t really capture my spontaneous, day-to-day outfits. I am hoping that I can start introducing this more into my blog, or even through another platform, such as Snapchat. I find my style is always changing and is often dependent on my mood. I love that about fashion…you can be as expressive and creative with it as you like!

Where did the idea for Of Style and Substance come about? Has fashion always been an interest of yours?

I have always loved fashion and art. My mum owned a fashion boutique in South Africa, and I would go and help out every Saturday. I loved looking at the beautiful clothes and would often try on the amazing formal and wedding dresses (even though they were way too big for me!). It was always the highlight of my week.

Fast forward a few years, and I am now working at the Australian Fashion Labels flagship store, Fashion BNKR, surrounded by beautiful Adelaide designs. I am also studying Marketing and Communications.

Starting up a blog is something I had wanted to do for a long time, but I struggled to find the courage to believe in myself and make it a reality. I found this courage during a recent overseas trip to Europe. My eyes were opened to the beautiful world that we live in, the creativity of its people and the significance of its history, and I realised that it would be a wasted opportunity not to pursue my dream.

It's more than just attending fashion shows, collection previews and standing in front of a camera, isn't it? What kind of work goes on in the background?

Creating a blog is very time consuming! You need to be passionate about it and have a drive to succeed.

Doing photoshoots is the most time consuming, and certainly isn’t as glamorous as it may appear. Most of the time I shoot about four outfits in one session, which means I have to change in the car! I also have to reduce all my files and edit them if necessary. My boyfriend takes my photos and works full time, so it is often difficult to tee up the time where both of us are free! It’s also quite hard to always be looking out for new content and be taking lots of new images.

There is a lot of responding to emails, filtering through junk mail and also choosing collaborations that fit with my style. A lot of computer/tech time is involved, especially as I am currently in the process of creating my website. It’s important to remember to sometimes just put my phone down and enjoy the moments.

What opportunities have you had so far?

I have been extremely blessed with many invitations to incredible events, which has blown me away considering how young my blog is! I have been to numerous menu tastings at some top restaurants and cafes. I have also been invited to fashion shows and style challenges, where I have had the opportunity to photograph new designer collections before they have even been released! I have also been involved in some incredible collaborations with other blogs, magazines and products.

There’s so much more to Of Style and Substance than wearing beautiful clothes (swoon!) and posting pictures of pretty flat lays. Tell me about your vision.

My blog is mainly fashion and style, however it reflects a way of style through many aspects of life, not only fashion. I love to incorporate beauty, food, home inspiration, travel as well as fun things to do in my city. This forms the ‘style’ aspect of my blog.

The ‘substance’ extends further than these things. While it is lovely to enjoy good food, fashion and beautiful things, there is so much more to it. I never want to become caught up in materialistic possessions that I lose the essence of who I am in Him and who I was created to be. I want my blog to reflect this in the way I write and use words of encouragement and life! That is something I LOVE about She Is Light!

The fashion world is filled with perfect pictures and a whole lot of glamour, but it can also be a breeding ground for unrealistically high expectations and fierce competition. How do you navigate the ups and downs and keep yourself in a positive mindset? 

That is so true, and it is something that I am faced with and struggle with all the time. It is very easy to get pulled into comparison and self-doubt. Whenever I start to find myself experiencing this, I have to take myself away and do something to build me up, such as spending time with family or close friends, reading encouraging books or most importantly being encouraged by the Word.

I have to remind myself that my worth isn’t found in how many followers I have or whether or not I have a Gucci handbag. You also have to remember that you are just seeing the highlights of someone’s life and many of the shots are staged. I often reflect back to my own blog and think of the times where I was sitting at home in my pajamas with no make up and messy hair, creating picture-perfect glamorous flat lays. You can’t take it too seriously, you need to have fun and be able to laugh at yourself.

It is also so important to be able to celebrate in other people’s successes. I think many bloggers, and fashion bloggers in particular, are too competitive and take it too seriously. It is so refreshing when women can cheer each other on and encourage and support each other. We should be coming together to help each other succeed, rather than comparing ourselves.

What are your top three fashion tips for Autumn?

The 70’s are still so big at the moment and I think Autumn is the perfect time to embrace burnt oranges, nudes and khaki, as well as bold floral and geometric prints! Bell sleeves and flares are a fun way to add a little bit of 70’s to any outfit.

I love the all-white sneaker trend at the moment, because who doesn’t love a trend that is super comfy and practical! They are so versatile as they can be worn with a casual outfit such as shorts and a tee, or can even look fun with a summery dress.

My top fashion tip at the moment is ‘quality over quantity’. I am trying to invest in good-quality staples, such as a pair of jeans, boots, leather jacket etc. that form the foundation to an outfit. These pieces will last you through the seasons, so quality is important!

Where can we expect to see Of Style and Substance in five years time?

Good question! In short, I would love to make a career out of blogging. I hope to be a familiar name to many and collaborating with some amazing brands.


Wasn't it so lovely to hear about Cayleigh and the wonderful work she's doing with her blog? I've personally loved getting to know Cayleigh over the last few months. We connected through the She is Light Instagram account, and I'm so grateful for her friendship! She's an incredible girl and I am sure that we will be seeing so many amazing things from her in the near future.

Follow her on Instagram: @ofstyleandsubstance_blog

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