Inner Beauty Is… with Melissa Ambrosini

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Melissa Ambrosini


Get set to be inspired because Melissa Ambrosini is one of a kind. Best-selling author, podcast host, motivational speaker and health coach, entrepreneur and self-love teacher – Melissa is passionate about spreading her philosophy that love is sexy, healthy is liberating and wealthy isn’t a dirty word.

Having overcome her own health struggles, Melissa draws on her own experiences to empower women across the globe to live their dreams…


Congratulations on Open Wide. This is your second book, when do you know it’s time to put pen to paper? Is it a feeling or is it something that your tribe asks of you?

It was more a feeling, an energy. The universe tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘you must write this because the world needs it’. So I listened and got to work.


I love how you have been talking about the masculine and feminine energy that we all have, it got me wondering, how do you celebrate both in your life?

I celebrate both my masculine and feminine energy by fully embracing both. For example, there are times that really call for me to step into my more masculine energy, like when I am about to walk out on stage and speak in front of thousands of people or, when I am sitting in a business meeting with my accountant looking at profit and loss statement or talking to my husband about finances. Those times require more of my masculine energy. Then there are times that really call for me to step into my feminine energy. For example, when Leo, my stepson, comes to me crying about something that happened at school that day or, when I am cooking dinner for my boys or when I’m holding space for my bestie as she releases over a breakup. The beautiful thing about both energies is that we all have both and one cannot exist without the other. The art is learning how to elegantly dance between the two energies as effortlessly as possible. That’s my aim!


You’ve spoken a lot about the defining moment that your body stopped you in your tracks in 2010. I’d love to know, in more recent years, have you had any moments in your life that have really stopped you in your tracks and helped you change or tweak life’s course?

Since 2010 I have very much been on my path so there hasn’t been anything that has made me change or tweak my life course. But a defining experience in February 2016 made me dramatically change the way I looked at life and that was when my best friend passed on – it was a life-altering experience. This was the first time anyone close to me has left this physical world and it really hit me how precious life is. From that experience I have never taken a day for granted. I am so grateful for my health and life and I make sure I express that daily. I am so grateful to be alive, here on earth and in this physical body – what a gift it is.


What is next on the horizon for Melissa Ambrosini?

More of everything! More books. More sharing my message and spreading the love. More podcasts. More speaking all over the world. Just continuing to do more of what I am already doing. My life is so beautiFUL and I love it.


What does Inner Beauty mean to you?

Inner beauty is real beauty. For years I thought beauty meant how I looked on the outside and what I wore on my body or the makeup on my face, but real beauty comes from deep within. Real beauty is about how kind you are to yourself and others. Inner beauty is what matters most.


Can you give us an example of a time you’ve listened to your gut instinct?

My whole life and business is now built on listening to my gut instinct or what I like to call my intuition. So yesterday I listened to it when it told me what to eat, how to move my body, and that I needed to say ‘no thank you’ to the dinner invite and instead have a date with my bath and an early night. I listen to my intuition every day and whenever I don’t, the universe is always there to give me a slap on the bum. There is always a price to pay when we ignore our intuition, so follow it and listen to it always.


What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

I meditate twice a day and eat all organic wholefoods. I cut out gluten, dairy and sugar and drink clean filtered water. I go to bed early and get eight hours sleep every night. I spend time in nature, move my body daily and limit stress as much as possible. I laugh, spend quality time with loved ones and have as much fun as I possibly can every single day.


I keep having to remind myself that…​ love is all that truly matters.


It’s that feeling when you…​ wake up from the best, deep eight hours sleep of your life and you feel like a superhero. Epic!


When I’m on a plane I always…​ make sure I am super prepared with all my inflight goodies such as filtered water, essential oils, socks, my own food, eye mask, ear plugs, noise-cancelling headphones, blue-blocking glasses, a scarf, a good book and loads of podcasts​ ready to listen to.


What does inner beauty mean to you? Have you joined the conversation? Visit @TheBeautyChef.

Inner Beauty Is… with Jocelyn Petroni

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Jocelyn Petroni


Famed for her bespoke facials, Jocelyn Petroni is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most famous facialists. Her holistic approach to inner and outer beauty is incredibly nurturing, giving her clients the most indulgent, relaxing and luxurious experience.

Jocelyn is a creative force and an inspiration in the beauty world…


How does your belief as a Tibetan Buddhist come through in your work, with clients and in a running a business?

My beliefs determine my approach and philosophy, so I hope that is reflected in all that I do. I’ve been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for eight years and I meditate every morning at my shrine. I actually meditate during facial treatments and I encourage my therapists and clients to do the same! My therapists are qualified Reiki practitioners and this beautiful energy comes through all the treatments we practice in the salon.


Having had your own salon for nearly 12 years, you’ve surely seen beauty ‘evolve’ via your clients – what do you think the biggest change has been (if any)?

My clients have information at their fingertips and expect my business to be leading the charge when it comes to innovation. Increasingly my clients are looking for a bespoke experience, individual to their needs and preferences. Every experience is completely tailor-made. Beauty has evolved from simply being about ‘beauty’ to a more holistic approach, with total mind and body wellness, plus an emotional connection. Customers are also increasingly expecting real value with every experience, so we aim to deliver above and beyond expectations.


And in the last 12 years, how do you think you have evolved as a business owner?

As my business has grown so organically over the years, I’ve had to adapt to combining the meticulous day-to-day running of the salon with more of a strategic overall business approach. Having built a successful reputation over the years, we are now looking to expand through external even partnerships and special guest appearances at other like-minded wellness centres. For example, I’ll be taking my skilled team to a one-off event in September at One&Only Wolgan Valley, where we will (for the first time) be offering the luxury Jocelyn Petroni experience outside of Sydney. All the details are on my website and I’m really excited to be growing in this way.


As a daily meditator, do you think that a meditation practice can have an impact on your skin?

Absolutely! Our skin condition is in part a reflection of our inner wellbeing. By meditating daily, it sets the tone for your attitude and approach for the day and lowers your stress levels. The knock-on effect is lower cortisol levels, which means a glowing complexion – you rest better, eat better and generally have a more positive outlook on life.


What does Inner Beauty mean to you?

Inner beauty is about being kind to yourself and to others, which shines on the outside. I believe inner beauty is the most attractive quality we can have and I hope that with age as I gain lines on my face, it is my skin health and inner beauty that shines through my age.


What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

It starts with meditations to set my mind on course, followed by exercise – either a run or gym session. Breakfast is usually a banana smoothie with protein and maca powder, chia seeds, coconut water, Udo’s oil and raw cacao powder – otherwise I have avocado and tomato on rye toast or sheep’s yoghurt with muesli, LSA, nuts and seeds, Udo’s oil and lots of fresh raspberries and blueberries.

A restful night’s sleep is also essential for a glowing complexion – there’s no truer saying about getting your beauty sleep, as this is the optimum time for skin to regenerate, heal and repair. My secret skincare products that I apply daily for glowing skin are Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum (for night) and Shemana Ritual Face Serum (for morning).


Sometimes I got to sleep… every night I go to sleep in a state of meditation, unless I’ve had too many red wines.


I’m one of those people who… can’t leave home without it being spotless.


I love days when my only problem is… choosing what nail polish colour to wear.


What does inner beauty mean to you? We’d love to know! Join the conversation by visiting @TheBeautyChef.

Who Weekly July 2018

The best foods for healthy, glowing skin

The Beauty Chef - The best foods for healthy, glowing skin


By Courtenay Turner


Often, what you put into your body affects your skin far more than what you put onto your body.

While topical creams and lotions nourish the skin on a surface level, more often, your skin’s health and radiance is actually determined by your gut. In fact, looking after your insides will help you to cultivate a glow that no amount of cosmetics can replicate. Happy gut = happy skin and a happy you!

To discover lasting radiance – at every age – focus your attention on nourishing your gut with some of The Beauty Chef’s favourite foods for good skin…


Living Foods

Fermented foods are the golden child of the wellness world – and for good reason! Fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, natural yoghurt, cultured butter and sauerkraut are all naturally rich in probiotics, or more specifically, live yeasts, bacteria and fungi. These probiotics – commonly referred to as “good bugs” – help to improve digestive function and boost immunity. Opt for wholefood products that have been bio-fermented, as this process transforms all the ingredients into a broad-spectrum probiotic. In contrast, foods or supplements that simply have a dash of probiotic powder added to them are not nearly as beneficial or bioavailable.

Our pick: GLOW Inner Beauty Powder

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is a bio-fermented, wholefood powder that is alive with naturally occuring enzymes and probiotics. It’s been specifically formulated to boost gut health, and in doing so, promote radiant, glowing skin. Try switching your morning toast for our Get Glowing Smoothie Bowl, made with antioxidant-rich blueberries and acai.


Colourful foods

Is it really any surprise that iceberg lettuce, pasta and rice crackers don’t have much going for them when it comes to nutrition? Put simply, more colour equals more nutrition and more antioxidants, especially when it comes to the world of fruit and vegetables. So in order to cultivate glowing skin, be sure to choose foods that glow with colour. Think berries, dark leafy greens, broccoli, sweet potato, lemons, papaya and kiwifruit.

Our pick: Pomegranate

Pomegranates don’t just look amazing, they also work wonders on your skin! Pomegranates are packed with natural antioxidants which protect the skin from oxidative stress, a result of harmful UV light, environmental toxins and pollution. They also contain folic acid, vitamins C, E and K, as well as some more obscure goodies – including ellagic acid which helps prevent collagen breakdown and punicic acid which helps to stimulate cell regeneration.


Full-fat foods

The demonisation of dietary fats in the 80s and 90s saw the majority of us ditching butter for margarine, olive oil for low-fat dressings and full-fat milk for skim. We even limited the quantity of avocado, oily fish and nuts that we consumed, wrongly assuming that more dietary fat meant more body fat. When we removed the fat from our food, we not only lost the taste, we also kissed goodbye to many of the health-giving benefits that come from good fats! Thankfully, science has since shifted its stance and many experts now recommend that we enjoy an abundance of healthy fats. This is good news for our skin! Essential fatty acids (especially those rich in omega-3s!) – found in “fatty” foods like wild salmon, sardines, nuts, grass fed meat, chia seeds, flax seeds and certain unrefined plant oils – are essential for anyone hoping to enjoy plump and hydrated skin. In fact, they’re the building blocks for healthy cells. Even saturated fats, like butter, ghee and coconut oil, contain fat-soluble vitamins and gut-healing lauric acid.

Our pick: Chia seeds

Chia seeds pack a nutritional punch. They’re rich in gut-loving fibre and contain a good dose of omega-3 fats. Enjoy the goodness of chia seeds, in combination with GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, in our PEACH, OAT & ORANGE BLOSSOM SMOOTHIE.


Foods to avoid…

Certain foods cause inflammation in the gut, which in turn, can trigger problems with the skin.  By cutting back or avoiding certain foods, you’ll not only experience fewer tummy troubles, but you might just experience some relief from pesky skin problems. Gut compromising foods may include things like sugar, gluten, alcohol, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, processed vegetable oils and processed meats and dairy. Everyone is different though, so listen to your gut, and to the best of your ability, eat a balance of low HI (human intervention) wholefoods.


Have you got a skin-loving food that you swear by?

Inner Beauty Is… with Eleanor Pendleton

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Eleanor Pendleton


Eleanor Pendleton is the ultimate girl boss. After launching Gritty Pretty in 2010, the platform has now become the go-to destination for all things beauty-related. With an impressive roster of brands and clients represented, Gritty Pretty aims to inspire and educate.

Eleanor’s philosophy – beauty minus the bullshit – is refreshing and her views on inner beauty are inspiring…


You launched the very successful Gritty Pretty, Australia’s first digital magazine dedicated to beauty, in 2015. How did you find the courage to quit your job and start your own business?

I’d be lying if I said it was easy; it wasn’t. I battled with myself and self doubt for six months while I held the position of Beauty Editor at InStyle magazine. I had a dream job with a dream magazine with a dream team yet I couldn’t shake my ambition of going freelance so that I could challenge my writing creatively. However, the decision was one I didn’t make lightly. Before I took the leap of faith, I asked myself the usual questions one might such as – “Will I earn enough money to pay my rent?” and “Will I need to rely on my husband (then boyfriend at the time)?” – the latter I was never in favour of.

Eventually, after six months of toying with the idea of quitting my dream job to pursue a freelance beauty writing career, my husband told me I simply needed to believe in myself. The next morning, I walked into my editor’s office and handed in my resignation. I then spent the next 4–5 months working as a freelance writer. Once I had left InStyle, I decided I would relaunch (which had been sitting dormant during my 3+ years at InStyle).

Slowly, Gritty Pretty’s traffic began to return. The site started taking off and eventually it began attracting advertisers from beauty brands I had existing relationships with. It was then that I realised Gritty Pretty was more than a beauty blog – it was a brand and it had the potential to become a business. It had the potential to become an online beauty destination for women all around the world who could trust its reviews, articles and content. I decided to write a business plan and take a step back and look at the digital space and specifically what it lacked. When we launched Gritty Pretty Magazine in December 2014, there wasn’t a single magazine that was beauty-only and was available online-only allowing women to access it from anywhere in the world. Gritty Pretty continues to grow and evolve because we listen to what our readers ask for. We have a direct dialogue with them that allows us to educate, innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of engaging online content.


You have worked for a number of publications as beauty editor and now have your own, how has your view on beauty and inner beauty changed and developed over this time?

Dramatically. Ironically, when I was in my early 20s and writing for some of the top glossy magazines, I wasn’t looking after myself. I was working 15–16 hour days, I wouldn’t exercise and I didn’t really eat healthily. I woke up in the dark and I’d get home in the dark. I put myself last on the priority list.

Once I started Gritty Pretty as my own business, I began to realise the importance of keeping my body and my mind healthy. If I’m not healthy, I can’t be the best version of myself, I can’t be the best business owner and I can’t be the best leader for my team. Now, in my early 30s, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been. Because it’s my passion and my job, I place a huge emphasis on what I put on my skin topically, but in recent years I’ve also started putting the same amount of attention on what I put in it. Most mornings, I use The Beauty Chef Collagen or Hydration Inner Beauty Boosts (they taste delicious and sincerely, I mean it!). I’ll follow this with a reformer pilates or yoga class. At night, my husband and I will cook a healthy dinner made up of wholefoods and occasionally I’ll have a glass of red wine to go with it (because everything in life should be in moderation otherwise we won’t enjoy it!). Before bed, I make my husband and I what we call a ‘sleep tea’ (a mixture of The Beauty Chef Sleep Beauty Powder with warm coconut or almond milk and a teaspoon of honey).


You often reference your Filipino and Australian heritage, do you feel that your family history has shaped what you believe to be beautiful?

Growing up in an Anglo-Saxon surfer community on the New South Wales Central Coast, I was often teased for my Asian background. In my home town, there weren’t a lot of Asians or Filipinos when I was young and I remember not being able to understand what made me so different. Was it simply the colour of my skin? I could never see it. Nowadays, the Central Coast is much more of a multicultural area and I’m so proud of my Filipino heritage. I’m lucky to have a bronze tan all year round (and I’ve never had a spray tan in my life! True story for a beauty editor.) I’m very proud of my cultural background – we all should be. It’s what makes us each so incredibly unique.


With the ever changing landscape of digital and social media, how do you see Gritty Pretty evolving in the future?

As an entrepreneur and business owner, I’m constantly thinking about what the future looks like – not just from a publishing perspective – but from a product, e-commerce and logistics perspective. We are always listening to our readers. We might be a small company with just a handful of employees but we dream big and we work hard to achieve those dreams. We are constantly asking ourselves, “How can we deliver better content to our female readers?”. What started as a basic beauty blog with a home page and an article page (nothing more) has now grown into a beauty destination complete with beautiful, educational and aspirational content, an interactive digital publication, a curated e-boutique of beauty editor-approved products and a salon directory, which is tried, trusted and approved.

There is A LOT more I want to do and A LOT more ways Gritty Pretty can grow. The key isn’t rushing but doing things carefully, with love and with resources.


What does inner beauty mean to you?

Being truly and completely at peace with oneself.


Can you give us an example of a time you’ve listened to your gut instinct?

I remember the moment I came up with the idea to create Gritty Pretty Magazine. I was in the Blue Mountains and I went home the next day and set about creating it. I employed friends and colleagues I had worked with throughout my publishing career and we set about making this digital publication. I poured everything I had into it, including the small amount of savings I had. I walked into advertising agencies telling them why they should advertise in this digital magazine that didn’t exist and had nothing to be compared to. I decided to host a media launch event because I knew if I had one opportunity to launch and one opportunity only so I was going to ensure it was memorable. I listened to my intuition and it guided me. Over the past couple of years running my company, there have been times I have listened to my gut instinct and times where I haven’t (mostly because I want to see the good in people or a situation so I give it and/or them the benefit of the doubt). Hindsight is a wonderful thing and what I’ve learned most over these past couple of years running Gritty Pretty is to always listen to my gut instinct. Always.


What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

See above, but my go-to’s are the Hydration and Collagen Inner Beauty Boosts, a yoga or reformer pilates class and an ocean swim and walk with my husband.


I want to… continue to be content when I grow up.


I thought I would never… travel for work again when I left my job at InStyle. The reality is as Gritty Pretty editor, I’m on a plane almost every month and as a Sagittarius, it’s something I love dearly. I’m very grateful to have such eye-opening experiences travelling the world and feel incredibly fortunate to have visited places including Paris, London, New York, South Africa, Iceland and Maldives – all in the name of research.


Earl grey tea …tastes so much better with… milk and honey.


What does inner beauty mean to you? We’d love to know! Join the conversation by heading over to @TheBeautyChef.

David Jones July 2018

Glossy July 2018

Ask Carla | What is your inner beauty routine?

The Beauty Chef - Ask Carla: What is your inner beauty routine?


When it comes to our skin, it’s just as essential to develop an inner beauty routine as it is an outer skincare regime. In the morning I’ll have a glass of filtered water with GLOW Inner Beauty Powder and a splash of COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost – these are the foundations of my inner skincare routine. GLOW is like my internal moisturiser and contains 24 Certified Organic bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods which help to nourish and rejuvenate my skin from within. By supporting my gut health, my skin reaps the rewards. This delicious berry blend contains a natural broad-spectrum probiotic thanks to our unique bio-fermentation process, Flora Culture™.  This supports gut health, boosts immunity and promotes skin radiance. The addition of COLLAGEN – which is like my internal skin serum – really amplifies the benefits of GLOW. This supercharged elixir contains a concentrated blend of maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate – which are all potent sources of antioxidants for skin health.


At night, I complete my inner beauty routine with my favourite nighttime tonic – warm nut milk with SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder. Just like you would apply your night cream, SLEEP is a great way to help promote good gut health and glowing skin while you sleep as it contains natural sedatives, passionflower and lemon balm as well as sour cherry which is naturally rich in sleep-giving hormone, melatonin. It also contains a potent blend of bio-fermented pawpaw leaf and turmeric, with 1.5 billion probiotics per serve. When we sleep, we release hormones that act as skin and health protective antioxidants so anything we can do to support a good night’s sleep will not only benefit our skin, but our overall health as well.

Inner Beauty Is… with Laura Wells

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Laura Wells


Laura Wells may be most well-known as one of Australia’s top models, but this natural beauty is also a keen Environmentalist, presenter and ambassador for change.

She is passionate about living a holistic healthy lifestyle and spreading her message about the environment and the future…


You are an incredibly positive role model through your work as an Environmentalist and ‘plus size’ model. What do you hope to teach the world?

I would like to teach the citizens of the world that they are all custodians of the future and that they all have the power – individually and collectively – to make a difference. If people truly believed that their actions count and had the empathy and foresight to imagine what the future may become, I really believe people would change behaviours now and not leave it up to someone else.


Awareness of the harm that plastic is causing our oceans has been raised in the last few years. Beyond reusable containers and cups, what else should we all be doing to help?

There are a multitude of ways people can reduce their plastic footprint to keep our oceans healthy and reduce carbon emissions.


  • Ditch the plastic bags and get yourself some reusable bags.
  • Say ‘no’ to straws, or if you really need one, get yourself a reusable bamboo or stainless steel straw.
  • Take your own water bottle with you – especially if you live here in Australia, there is no need to pay 2000 x the price for water in a bottle when we can drink perfectly good water from the tap.
  • Take 3 for the Sea. Whenever you visit the beach, park, waterways or forest, take three pieces of rubbish (or more!) with you and pop them in the appropriate bin.
  • Wash your clothes less and in cold water to prevent the plastics from synthetic materials ending up in our oceans. If you do wash a lot of synthetic clothes, grab yourself a GuppieFriend bag from Patagonia and collect all the microfibres before they wash away.
  • Purchase clothing made from sustainable materical like organic cotton, hemp, linen etc. This will ensure no plastics are entering the ocean when washing.
  • Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle. Keep this motto in mind when making purchases or when you are about to throw something away. Can it have another life? Do I really need it? Where will this end up when I am finished using it?
  • Vote with your wallet and make sure your actual votes count.
  • Understand who you are voting for, their position in terms of the environment and waste management and how they see the future.
  • Most of all, go get wet! Explore our beautiful oceans, go snorkelling, make friends with the fish and seals. Understand them, sharing their space and seeing their beauty will make you want to do everything in your power to protect our oceans.


Earlier this year, you travelled to Antarctica with a group of 80 women to participate in a Homeward Bound Project. What did you learn on this journey?

This was an amazing journey filled with incredible women from all over the world wanting to make a difference and leave our planet in an even better way than we were brought into it. I learnt that Antarctica is a fragile place, full of immense beauty, curiosity, history and a melting pot (literally) for ideas and a vision of the future.

I learnt that no matter your ethnicity, country of origin, the language you speak, colour of your skin, hair, your age, family history or education – ultimately, we all want to make a difference and share that with others. Homeward Bound Project was an incredible way to share knowledge, experiences and learn from mistakes, accomplishments and exploration. I learnt that I have the power to really foster change and that the time is NOW.


Your work takes you around the world. How do you maintain health and wellness routines while travelling?

Foreign countries, foreign foods, water, and time zones can really take a toll. I guess after a decade of travelling for work I have learnt how to sleep on planes and make sure I drink plenty of water.

I work out in my hotel room or the hotel gym and try to walk as much as possible to jobs or meetings, also reducing my footprint (I do offset all my travel as well). Becoming a vegetarian has helped to reduce my footprint as well as keep healthy while avoiding any sort of food poisoning.

Maintaining a routine can be difficult and I am not the best because of the random schedules I have but if I get in some exercise and eat well, as well as treating myself, then mentally, I am healthy and can get on with the job.


What does Inner Beauty mean to you?

Inner Beauty is being content and happy with yourself mentally and physically. It is understanding that what you think of as flaws, are actually just you. Inner beauty is not letting the things you would like to change about yourself change your mood or how you treat others.

Inner beauty comes when you remove yourself from the equation and see the world and others as a whole, knowing that you are just a small piece of the puzzle but one with immense influence to make someone smile or indeed change the future.


Can you give us an example of a time you’ve listened to your gut instinct?

The first day I met my husband. I totally went with my gut feelings of him being a curious, inspiring, dedicated person and I was right.


What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

I could say the standard water and exercise, but really I feel like a better person when I’m reducing my carbon footprint in whatever way I can each day and when I make other people happy.


I do most of my thinking when I’m… working on unrelated things. My brain seems to multitask, I might be doing one job and thinking about another. I do a lot of thinking in collaborative settings. I really enjoy bouncing off others, learning ideas and hearing others’ opinions.


When I’m on a plane I always… take my reusable cups, cutlery and water bottles. That way I avoid the unnecessary plastic and educate others subconsciously. I also always have my flight socks, no DVT or cankles for me!


People littering and not thinking about others or the future… drives me crazy.


What does inner beauty mean to you? We’d love to know! Join the conversation over at @TheBeautyChef.