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I survived an Acupuncture Facial.

When we think about beauty, Acupuncture is not the first thing that comes to mind.

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 2If you begin looking into beauty therapies there are loads of choices; from chemical peels to exfoliations and extractions. You can do and put just about anything on your face these days, including the not so popular – snail facial.

As I am getting older, I am noticing and fixating on various things – all age related. I am looking for wrinkles, smile lines, sagging skin, dark circles and assessing my skin like a microbiologist.

Fine lines is not something you are particularly concerned about in your early 20s, as you’re probably more worried about being tanned and having a plethora of outfits for the weekend. Other struggles for me included getting out bed from a long weekend on a Monday and being able  to teach a bunch of smelly year 9 boys.

Just when you think you have it all sorted, you reach your late 20s. Then the reality sets in. #You’reGettingOld. And there is nothing that you can do, but grin and bear it. (But don’t grin too hard or you’ll get smile lines).

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 1I once had a Cosmetic Nurse tell me that I seriously should consider injecting Dermal Fillers in my cheeks, because the future is looking ‘grin‘. I politely rejected this idea on the basis that at 25, smile lines weren’t high on my to-do list.

Personally I find it difficult to trust a lot of the beauty therapies these days, especially treatments for my face. I am concerned that too many cleansers, toners, creams, peels and exfoliaters will upset the natural pH level of my skin. I keep coming back to ‘the olden days’ where a variety facial applications were not available and you most likely just washed your face with a bit of soap and water. (I still do).

If I look into the mirror right now, I can see imperfections. But mostly I can see perfectly balanced natural skin. I know that if I use anything oily or chemical based, my skin will break out. It must be genetic, because my mum has the same result.

So here is the conundrum: what happens when you feel like you should look after your face, but you are worried about every single product, that you choose to use nothing instead?

About a year ago, I looked into the mirror and for the first time in my life I was scared shitless by the lines on my face. I knew it was time to do something but I didn’t know what.

Since then I have looked into natural treatments for my skin that won’t upset my pH level and will not cause unnecessary breakouts. It was this time that I stumbled onto a Cosmetic Acupuncture.

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 3Having had sat down with Tory from The Acupuncture Company in Brighton, we discussed the benefits of this therapy for your face. Cosmetic Acuptuncture:

  • stimulates collagen production
  • increases skin elasticity
  • improves blood circulation

All of which should really be able to help with my fine lines and dark circles that have appeared over the years. Cosmetic Acupuncture has several other benefits outside of these including; scaring, acne, tone and discolouration, dehydration and skin texture. Of course with anything like this – individual results will vary.

A few days after my first treatment, my skin was absolutely glowing. It most certainly refreshed and revived my skin and my face felt amazing. I could not have been happier with the results. So much so that I am recommending that you go and give it a try.

All in all, I will continue to do Cosmetic Acupuncture for the rest of my life. I can not recommend it more highly for all of those niggly skin problems.  However if you want the right results, you need to choose a great Chinese Medicine Practitioner that will be able to tailor the facial for your individual needs.

If you would love to see Tory – please head to The Acupuncture Company  in Brighton, and they don’t just do Cosmetic Acupuncture.

~MsMMango
“Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but a little help goes a long way.”

 

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The ‘influenced culture’ – are you a part of it? #MangoesWorld #Blogger

It is intriguing when you take a step back and look at the world from the outside. Our society is deeply built and consists entirely on the continued and morphing world of entertainment, whether it exists on the basic of performances and presentations or sport and activities. We want to be entertained.

Growing up my brother and I spent long hours in the car with my parents travelling all around Australia. We spent school holidays on some of the largest cattle stations in the country. Once we drove from Melbourne to the Kimberly’s and down through Western Australia and home. For us entertainment was self-managed. We had no iPods or Gameboys, we didn’t have an iPad to watch movies. All we had were ourselves. And a Timetables cassette tape and a slow literacy game on a portable device.download

For hours on end I would stare out of the window and invent stories in my head. If we were lucky enough we could fall asleep, but not stretch past the middle line as so conveniently divided by my brother. But for the most part the only entertainment we had was the repeating Country and Western songs on Dad’s cassette.

Boredom did not exist – or so we were told. [Tweet this!]

The world of today is vastly different from the world in which we grew up in. We, the Millennials have adopted technology into our lives like our first child. We live and breathe the smartphone, tablets and laptops. We are connected.

Entertainment of the past consisted of people attending live shows or listening to Radio Plays. Imagination was essential. It was entirely up to you to entertain yourself given the means at your disposal. Freedom at is core.

Throughout my teenage years, I was fairly rebellious. Although I was intelligent enough to have a game plan that would allow me to succeed undetected. I figured that if I managed to continuously get good grades and keep my parents happy by pretending that I was making the ‘right’ decisions, they wouldn’t think twice that I might be running around behind their backs sneaking out and drinking. Moreover, I never really was where I said I was.

Dangerous and stupid, but nothing outside of anything a normal teenager would engage in. Again I relied on keeping up with my homework and grades so that there would be no reasons to be suspicious of my balancing act of partying and studying.

To the most part, my parents weren’t entirely in the dark. They just knew part of the story. The part I had decided to expose, and the part that they would be happy to hear. [Tweet this!]

ctn16Turning 16 I had come across a great realisation. As intuitive thinker, I took at look at the life that I was living and how exactly it made me feel. We spent our weekends walking through the suburbs in Mytikos, a USA jumper and a six pack of Barcardi Breezers. I had come to the conclusion that drinking a six pack every weekend was sucking my wallet dry of cash and causing me to wake up feeling hung over. So with that, I gave up.

As a 16 year old I had analysed in it’s entirely the culture of alcohol consumption and the immediate effects on my wellbeing. I had come to the conclusion that drinking these sugary drinks was creating no benefit in my life and I wasn’t having any more fun under the influence.

It was at this point that I had realised that the liquid courage that so many others relied on was doing nothing to me. I was already arrogantly confident and had the ability to make fun out of nothing. My epiphany highlighted that I was happy just being a part of the action without being inebriated.

Not long after I turned 18, and as soon as I had the choice between driving my car and drinking, I would always choose my car. Fantastic for those friends who always had a personal taxi to take them to and from places, and a negative for me who realised that I was getting extremely used by these people.

Ten years on since I first got my license, and I am still committing to a 95% rule of not drinking. Yes, I enjoy the occasional Espresso Martini and a glass of wine on a hot day. But that is about it. If I drink it is because I feel thirsty, I never drink to get drunk.

The point I am trying to make here is that you do not need alcohol to have a good time. I am often confused for being “wasted” by those around me, who watch my incredibly smooth and erratic dance moves. That my confidence is drawn from not caring what other people think about me.

And that if you can’t entertain yourself without substance, then it is you that in fact lacks substance. [Tweet this!]

AloneAtTheOfficePartyThe hardest part about being a non-drinker is that you sit outside the drunkard world. That you can sometimes be seen as boring or that you just don’t get it. In reality I actually find it hard to have fun if my friends are not drinking. Rarely do I find another individual that is that free spirited enough that substance is not required.

In addition, I do also have ‘rules of engagement’ for living in an influenced culture. I have come to the conclusion that there is a stage in the night where people go from ‘happy drinker’ to ‘sloppy drunk’. That is precisely 2.30am. Past 2.30am you will find that most people are unable to have simple conversations with you. It is also the time for the dance floor creep to mosey over and try to construct a sentence of spit into your ear.

For me, choosing not to drink is a choice decided only by enjoyment. It does not entertain me like what it does to others. If anything, alcohol only makes me more introverted and forces me inside my head. I become critical of myself and paranoid about what people think about me. All of which as a sober person I do not have.

imagesAustralians rely heavily on this ‘drinking culture’ it is everywhere. It is unavoidable. We eat and we drink. It is the central point for entertainment venues and for most businesses the biggest percentage of profit. The need to engage and escape from our mundane lives is what pushes us through our weekdays. And what I hate the most is the surprise on people’s faces when they say “wait, don’t you drink?”

I do not have a contagious disease, I just do not enjoy drinking.
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Ideally I would love to see the world move past a focus on substance and back to the very core in which we started from. Alike those two kids sitting in the back of the Bronco, we all have the right to dream. Our imagination is the single most powerful talent that we have and it pains me to see so much of it squashed by an influenced culture.


~Mango
“Free yourself from the habits of the mainstream.” [Tweet this!]


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Are you Pawny baby?

If you haven’t seen a bit of Pawn,
then you are missing out.

625670_505489642844782_944327473_nEveryone loves a bit of Pawn and now you can get yours in Melbourne. Opening this year is my favourite new night spot: Pawn and Co in Chapel St.

Boasting huge secret doors, the entrance is a tricky and confusing contraption. Immediately once you arrive into Pawn and Co, your eyes meet glass cabinets, inside these cabinets are individually priced crystal glasses. As the lights are low and you head towards the piano bar. Coming into contact with the bartenders, who also fit the part with their bow ties and suspenders. And if you’re lucky enough you can pay for your cocktail with a golden key.

photo 3My favourite spot in Pawn and Co, is getting to sit on the front porch, as you are surrounded with all types of items and price tags. I can never get past the set of 12 walking stick handrails for a couple of thousand. We always sit on the retro red bar stools and look though the bi-fold windows onto the street. From this point you can hear the DJ dropping dirty old school beats. Reminiscing immediately on my youth, the addition of a strong underlying house beat get my feet moving.

If conversation isn’t your fortay, you’ve got plenty to feast your eyes on. Everything comes with a price tag and it is also a bargaining point. What more would your first date want than a shiny new grail? Or what about the stuffed white kangaroo? It is the perfect place to shop.photo 1

Whether you are heading to Pawn and Co for a meal; a dance, or a drink, it has it all. And best of all it is open into the wee hours of the morning. For whatever reason you come, Pawn and Co will make your night.

Things I j’adore about Pawn and Co:

  • The eclectic taste of the decor – from the DJ booth in the old piano, to leafy grass walls.
  • The ‘smokers’ room keeps all the cool people in their own area.
  • The secret entrance, makes you feel like you have walked into a 1920s American underground nightclub.
  • The owners, as they are always bouncing around in their funky suits and shirts. Immediately you feel at home.
  • The mix of American style meatballs and classy cocktails.
  • The Chapel St frontage, always a good spot for people watching.
  • The DJ piano that drops some classic beats.

If you feel like a night with Pawn and Co, make sure you get there early to avoid the queue.
For bookings: functions@pawnandco.com.au or visit the website: http://www.pawnandco.com.au

~Mango
“Pawn the life you live”

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