“I think it’s really important for us to set aside time for little daily rituals like a skincare routine, morning and night. We shouldn’t feel like we need to rush through the day and neglect giving ourselves some ‘me’ time.
Just having those five to ten minutes to give back to yourself is, I think, important to maintaining a good overall mindset. That said, I do like to multi-task with a mask, so I’ll pop one on while I’m doing emails, a meditation or cleaning the house.
My biggest tip for ensuring good skin would be to not have a cupboard full of products. Simplify what you have and use products that work and deliver results.
In the morning before I shower, I dry body brush all over, which is a great way to get the circulation going and remove any dead skin cells. I use our Foaming Cleanser followed by Energizing Citrus Mist, then the Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum. It contains a 12% vitamin C Super Complex that helps with pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and increases skin firmness and elasticity. Then I apply the Noni Radiant Eye Oil and pat in the Hydrating Moisturizer mixed with a few drops of our signature product, Noni Glow Face Oil, over my face, neck and décolletage.
I’m obsessed with our Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask and use it three or four times a week.
I absolutely love both exfoliating and face masks, so I wanted to create a product that could do both. I wanted something that delivered a post-spa facial glow, but that can be used at home or when travelling, in one simple step, and in under 10 minutes. This one brightens, deeply cleanses, reduces any inflammation, and evens skin tone. I use it in the shower every second morning – I apply it and keep it on while I wash my hair and shave my legs, then rinse it off. I love that the peppermint aromatherapy is so invigorating and uplifting, especially in the mornings!
When I wear makeup, I generally like to keep it ‘clean’ and simple, unless it’s for a special event or red carpet.
My go-to natural makeup brand is RMS Beauty, which was created by a makeup artist and friend of mine, Rose-Marie Swift. I love the RMS “Un” Cover-up concealer in shade 22. What I like to do is apply one or two drops of my Noni Glow Face Oil into the RMS pot and apply the mixture to my face with a makeup brush. Then I apply my Rose Quartz Luminizer on the top of my brow and cheekbones. It contains finely crushed rose quartz to create a beautiful highlight (and add a little magic!) Lastly, I use my Noni Lip Tint on my lips and the apples of my cheeks to add a subtle touch of colour, then curl my lashes to open up my eyes.
In the evenings I double cleanse using the Cream Cleanser, swap out the Energising Mist for the Calming Lavender Mist (I also spritz it on my pillow before going to sleep), then apply one or two pumps of our new Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum.
I’ve been using it every night for the last few months and my skin feels amazing. My pores are noticeably smaller, my pigmentation spots are almost gone, and my skin feels super smooth. I’m obsessed! I then follow with the remainder of my routine from the morning (Noni Radiant Eye Oil, Noni Glow Face Oil and Hydrating Cream). I make sure to apply the residue of any of the products to the back of my hands, too.
I use the Noni Glow Sleeping Mask each evening before bed. It’s a multitasking overnight face mask that’s more hydrating and restorative than a regular night cream.
It really plumps the skin, softens fine lines, reduces redness and inflammation, improves cell renewal, tone and texture and boosts radiance and luminosity. I use it as the last step in my routine before I go to bed, and there’s no need to wash it off until the morning, because it dries as a translucent veil, locks in moisture, and won’t rub off on your pillow!
Another step to my beauty routine is using our heart-shaped Rose Quartz Facial Sculptor, with which you can harness the ancient healing technique known as gua sha.
The Sculptor is a heart-shaped piece of rose quartz which you use to massage your face and neck to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness, while lifting, toning, and sculpting. I do a five minute facial massage with it and the Noni Glow Face Oil every day, as the Sculptor helps the product absorb deeper into your skin.
My dream has always been for KORA Organics to become a household name. I want to provide an option for people interested in making healthier choices for themselves and for the environment.
KORA is now available in 30 countries, which is an accomplishment that I am very proud of, and we have more countries that we’ll expand into this year. My focus will be on continuing to cement our position as the leader in the clean beauty industry, with an emphasis on product development and innovation (in fact, I’m launching a really exciting new product in a few weeks!) I am so proud of how far we have come and everything we have achieved, and am excited about the future – I can’t wait for more people around the world to experience KORA Organics.
We really don’t have any competitors when it comes to other brands both being ‘certified organic’ and operating at our scale. We’re still currently the only certified organic brand that Sephora carries.
Being ‘certified organic’ is a big deal and is something that sets us apart from other brands that claim to be clean or green. Companies can label a brand organic even if it contains only one or two organically-derived ingredients, and there is a lot of green washing and false marketing within the beauty industry because it’s largely unregulated. Being formally certified requires a lot of work and a lot of continual auditing, but it ensures our brand is completely transparent and honest. Our customers have that assurance and confidence that they are getting what they want and what they are paying for.
One thing that was common throughout all of my pregnancies was pigmentation.
I got it with all three, which is why I developed products to address it: the Turmeric Mask, which is amazing, and we also have the Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum and the recently-launched Noni Night AHA Serum. Using a combination of these products (along with the Noni Glow Face Oil) has made an incredible difference; my pigmentation is barely noticeable now. All of these products are safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, which was so important to me. Around 90% of women experience some form of pigmentation during pregnancy and I wanted something that you could use to combat the pigmentation as soon as it starts to form.
I love being pregnant, but with this last pregnancy I had really bad morning sickness and it took a bit of a toll on me in the early stages.
Some days I just couldn’t function in the mornings at all because I felt so sick. At the time we were travelling through Europe launching KORA and I had a really intense back-to-back schedule. It was hard, but we got through it with the lots of rest, Vegemite toast, and green apples! By the second trimester it had passed, and my energy levels were back to normal.
Parenting three boys is definitely a juggle, but I’m so in love with them.
Flynn is very independent and helpful. When I had Hart, my second son, it felt quite manageable having Flynn and a little one, whereas since having my third son, Myles, there are now three kids and two were under two, so it’s obviously been more intense. Luckily Myles is such a calm, sweet baby, and his brothers absolutely dote on him. Still, these days I’m breastfeeding Myles, Hart is tugging at me wanting me to play with him and Flynn is asking me to schedule play dates and after school activities… then I also have Teddy, our dog, begging me for attention!
Flynn absolutely adores his two younger brothers, and he is such a big help.
He loves playing with them and keeping them entertained, and really enjoys reading to them before bed – it’s very sweet. It’s a joy to watch their bond develop and I can’t wait to see them all grow up together. We’re very content with three happy, healthy boys (although who knows what the future holds!)
As boring as it sounds, I do eat quite well most of the time. I’m an advocate of feeding my body the nutrients it needs to function at its best, especially when pregnant and breastfeeding, because your baby can deplete you of vital nutrients like iron.
I focus on the importance of nutrients over calories, and follow the 80/20 rule – meaning, I eat healthy, organic produce 80% of the time, and allow myself treats 20% of the time. This approach helps me to find balance and I’m less inclined to crave the things that are not good for me.
For lunch I like to keep it light with a healthy salad, adding fish, meat or chicken. Then in the evening I have two dinners, the first with the kids, and then I sit and eat again when Evan gets home.
One of my favourite dinner dishes is my slow roast organic chicken with turmeric, lemon and garlic. It holds a special place in my heart because I cooked it and served it at our wedding – I really wanted, as his wife, to be the one to cook the first meal he ate as my husband.
In terms of exercise while pregnant, because I was sick in the early stages I couldn’t really do very much and took it easy.
Then, once I had more energy, I did gentle forms of prenatal yoga and Pilates, and I loved swimming. Now, taking the kids for a walk is something that I really enjoy doing to get some movement in. I’m also easing my way back into Kundalini yoga and regular Pilates. Another thing I really like to do is turn the music up and dance around the house with the kids. I also love jumping on the trampoline with Flynn – you’d be surprised how much that gets your heart rate up!
I chose a career as a model, which put me in the public eye, but I believe my children deserve the right to choose whether or not to live a public life. It’s important to both Evan and I that we respect their privacy and allow them to make that choice when they are old enough.
I absolutely want them to have a strong connection with Australia, and we love going back home to visit family and friends. It’s important for them to see where I grew up and be able to have some of the experiences I had as a child. We were recently in Australia so my Nan and Pa could meet Myles, and while we were there we took Hart to the little zoo near Byron Bay so he could see all the native animals – he just loved it. Australia remains a part of our daily life, given we video call (via Snapchat of course!) back home all the time to chat to my family and with friends. It will always be home, but I’ve lived in the US for almost 20 years now, so I consider LA home, too. Evan’s family live near us here, and it’s great to have them so close. It’s also still a dream of mine to buy a farm in Australia, so we can have another home away from home.”