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April 13, 2017

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

To protect your skin from the icy weather this winter, it’s important to keep it hydrated and regularly exfoliate at least once a week. Make sure your skincare routine includes the following products, which will leave all skin types feeling nourished all winter-long.

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Cleanser

Start by using a gentle, purifying cleanser to remove makeup and impurities that have built-up on your face during the day. Use a small, pea-sized amount and carefully massage it over your entire face and neck (taking care around the eyes). Keep working it into the skin until you have a lather, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Euchalyptu

Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus, $19.95

Moisturiser

Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser that will keep your skin from drying-out. Apply directly onto freshly cleansed skin, remembering to swipe it in an upwards motion for both the face and neck.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

ModelCo Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser, $25

Sheet mask

If your skin is particularly feeling dry and lacklustre, treat it to a nourishing sheet mask. Make sure your skin is freshly cleansed, then sit back and let the mask do its work. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then apply any excess moisturiser to your neck and decolletage.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

Transforming serum

To give your skin an extra boost of hydration, follow-up the moisturiser with a serum. Apply it all over your face, or just to those troublesome areas such as the t-zone.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

Philosophy ‘No Reason To Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75

Lip balm

Finish off your skincare routine by applying a heavy duty lip balm to combat dry, chapped lips. One of our favourites for winter is Cicaplast since it helps to repair lips without leaving a sticky residue.

5 Winter Skincare Saviours

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres, $14

What are some of your winter essentials?

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July 22, 2015

The Waterless Skincare Routine: How Does It Work?

Ever wanted to skip the water in your daily skincare routine? Products such as Bioderma Crealine and Garnier Micellar Water have made this temporarily possible, especially if you don’t feel like turning on the ice-cold tap first thing in the morning or late at night. So, what’s it like to cut out water altogether?

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How it works:

The waterless skincare routine is widely popular in Korea since it cuts out the ingredient of water in most creams and toners. Water isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it does make most formulas feel runny and muddy – not a good characteristic, especially if you’re spending money on high-end skincare.

Waterless skincare products are more concentrated and contain pure botanical extracts at their foundation. They also might be on the costly side, especially if you’re looking towards evening creams, peptides and toners.

If you’re curious about waterless skincare, incorporate a few of the following products into your routine – they are also on the cost-friendly side!

Essence

While essence isn’t as popular in the UK or USA as it is in Korea, this trend is quickly catching on and is effective on all skin types. The role of essence is to prep the skin before applying serums, toners and moisturisers. Apply a few drops on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across the forehead, cheeks and chin.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $12.90

Toner

Similar to essence, toners are actually more astringent and assist the skin in absorbing serums and moisturisers. Apply them in the same way you would use an essence to make the skin shine from the inside out. If you’re prone to acne or scarring, toners aren’t recommended since they can cause irritation.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Innoxa Super Sensitive Shone Control Oil Free Toner, $14.95

Moisturiser

Have you even realised that your moisturiser feels runny and watery? Look for a formula that skips the added water and is purely concentrated. Most water-based moisturisers are actually better for sensitive skin types since they don’t interfere with the average pH levels of the skin. A little goes a long way, and a small, pea-sized amount of product is enough for both the face and neck.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Creme, $35

July 3, 2015

5 Baby-Safe Skincare Products

Since the temperature is already dropping and winter is just around the corner, now is the best time to invest in some skincare products for your baby.

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From cradle cap to simply dry skin, sometimes it’s difficult to track down products which are safe for both mum and bub. Our selections, however, are gentle, perfect for all budgets and can be delivered right to your door!

Bambini Baby Massage Oil, $4.79

Keep skin soft and hydrated with a fragrance-free moisturising oil. Use generously on dry patches to heal the skin and bring back added moisture.

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Gaia Baby Moisturiser, $10.99

One of the best moisturisers from the drugstore is this classic formula by Gaia. A light and non-greasy formula, which soaks quickly into the skin, and won’t cause any irritation.

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Mustela Bebe Foam Shampoo for Newborns, $19.95

The perfect shampoo for newborns – and even toddlers – which helps to eliminate dry patches, without removing additional moisture from the skin. Use daily, or every few days for best results. Ideal for babies suffering from cradle cap.

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L’Occitane Bonne Mere Rosemary Shower Gel, $22

A relaxing shower gel enriched with rosemary essential oils to calm your baby right before bed, and lead them into a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Dermatologically tested and ideal for both mum and baby.

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Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Moisturising Cream, $35

A gentle moisturiser which keeps baby’s skin feeling hydrated for all seasons. Use after a bath, or on a nappy rash, to subside the side effects and soothe the skin.

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What are some of your favourite baby-safe products?

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April 10, 2015

How To Layer Your Skincare

With so many cleansers, serums, moisturisers, and face masks currently available, it’s often difficult to figure out how to incorporate all of the above into your daily skincare routine.

There is actually a crazy method of using all of these essential products on your skin without feeling too overwhelmed. Use the following tips the next time you apply your morning and nightly skincare products.

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1. Serum

After cleansing your skin and washing the solution off carefully with tepid water, it’s time to apply your daily serum. Serums typically go first because they contain concentrated ingredients, and act like a primer for the other products. Allow the serum to settle completely into the skin for 5-10 minutes – your skin should feel soft and matte.

If you’re applying serum during the night, you can also use a retinol in this step as well. They should always be applied first, since this can really maximise the way they interact with clean, dry skin.

2. Treatments

Now is the best time to use any acne-fighting spot treatments on your skin. Topical prescriptions, and acne gels should be applied with a light hand on the skin. Let the product soak into the problem area before rushing to the next step of your skincare regime. While you wait, you can also apply eye cream around the eyes and over the crows-feet (if you have any). Dab the product in gently with your ring finger, and avoid dragging skin back and forth.

3. Moisturiser

The moisturiser is important because it helps to really set all of the previous products. Because it’s so thick, it helps to settle everything else, and makes the skin feel soft and luminous for makeup or other cosmetics during the day.

4. Sunscreen

If you’re heading out, now you can apply a sunscreen all over your face and neck. Use a product with SPF 15 and higher to protect your skin from any possible sun damage.

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November 5, 2014

Are You Washing Your Face Correctly?

Is there a right way to wash your face? There certainly is if you wish to keep your skin feeling young and want to avoid premature ageing. We recently by a video featuring Isabelle Bellis who amongst other things, works as a facialist in New York City. The French-born beauty follows a specific routine of face washing, which is oddly therapeutic and will forever change the way you think about your skin.

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If you haven’t caught the entire how-to by Isabelle, below are just a few key points she makes for everyone who wants to switch-up their facial cleansing routine.

Thermal Spring Water

If you want to remove your makeup, use a gentle thermal water to break down those particles on the skin. Thermal water is mild, and has a lower p.H level in comparison to tap water, so it’s better for your skin. Spray the product onto a large cotton pad, and gently dab across the skin to loosen up your makeup.

Cleansing milk

Invest in a quality cleanser which is specifically formulated for your skin type; whether that is dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or even acne-prone. By nature, cleansers aren’t too drying on the skin, so they won’t make matters worse (in comparison to using an exfoliator). Massage a cleansing milk over your skin, with circular motions. This technique called ‘swimming’ essentially means that you’re moving the product all over your face, but also boosting blood-flow and circulation under the skin.

Tepid water

Immediately after this, wash your face with tepid water (not too cold, not too hot), and gently dab dry with a soft face towel. Give your face another quick spritz with the thermal water to break down the particles in the tap water – then dry with tissues. Tissues are often softer on the skin, and won’t leave a residue from the cotton.

Toner

Finally before applying moisturiser, Isabelle insists that you must use a toner. Treat your skin like silk, so don’t tug at it, avoid rubbing skin (especially around the eyes!) and confine toner to problem areas such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then moisturise by dabbing the product gently onto your face, and again swimming around the eyes. This is a perfect motion since it won’t cause the skin to tear which can lead to premature ageing.

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November 2, 2014

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Changing your skincare during the summer is just as important as adjusting your makeup, especially if you suffer from oily skin which is a nightmare to control during the warmer months of the year. If you didn’t catch the first part of our makeup overhaul for summer, definitely check it out before embarking on our skincare routine.

Below are just a few of our suggestions to keep your skin looking it’s best during the summer time.

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Moisturiser

Keep skin looking hydrated by choosing a daily moisturiser with added SPF. Don’t go crazy and choose something that contains over 50+ since the odds are, that it doesn’t actually give you more protection. Anything between 15-30+ will be enough to last under your makeup, and you can always touch-up throughout the day (especially if you’re outside at the pools or at the beach).

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser, $23.99

Lip balms

Don’t forget about protecting your lips from sun damage! This is especially important since lips show some of the first signs of damage by harmful UV rays. Keep a compact lip balm in your makeup bag, and touch-up as many times as you like!

If you’re already suffering from burnt or chapped lips, choose a product which is packed with aloe vera – this will fix your lips in no-time.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $6.95

Toner

You may find that the texture of your skin all changes when the weather takes a turn (for better and for worse). One of the easiest ways to start with a solid skincare routine is by using a neutralising toner – you want something to regulate your skin without overly drying it out. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, then dab onto freshly cleansed skin. Focus on problem areas such as the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $33

Serum

Even though the weather might make your skin feel heavy and oily, that’s still no reason to avoid using a serum on your skin. Serums work in a variety of different ways to cure many different skin problems – they even out dry patches, hydrate the skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, decrease dark circles, and also make skin feel soft and youthful.

You can apply a serum in the morning, under your makeup, and even at night before going to bed. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands and pat softly onto the forehead, cheeks, nose, and over the chin. Wait for it to settle completely before layering with other skincare products.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Tarte Maracuja Oil, $46

Exfoliator

What better way to effectively remove all the gunk and dead skin cells from your face? Use a powdered exfoliator which is gentle for even sensitive skin types, and doesn’t leave your face looking red and itchy afterwards.

The best time to exfoliate is before going to bed, so lather up and don’t forget to work the product into your neck. Follow-up with a nourishing night moisturiser which will put back all the moisturise that your skin has just lost.

Your Ultimate Skincare Routine For Summer

Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator, $27.99

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October 31, 2014

Luxe To Less: Multipurpose Products

Are you one of those women with a whole closet just for her cosmetics? Perhaps your makeup bag resembles a small suitcase? Your beauty routine can take up a lot of time, space and money. Cleanser, toner, moisturiser, skin serum, eye cream… and that’s before you reach for the foundation, blush and lipstick. Good multipurpose products can save space in your handbag and check off more than one step in your daily routine.

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Phytostat 9, Aspect
85 g/50 g
$129.80/$79.20 (AUD)

This anti-ageing skin moisturiser is a 4-in-1 cream that helps even out skin tone, brighten your clompexion, soften your skin and reduce visibility of lines and wrinkles. Phytostat 9 works well on dry or mature skin and is free of paragons and perfumes. Can be used day or night on your face and neck.

Luxe to Less: Phytostat 9 - Aspect

Benetint, Benefit
12.5 ml, 0.40 fl.oz
$55 (AUD)

Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics is a rose-tinted lip and cheek stain. This multipurpose product can be used to rouge your lips or cheeks to give you healthy flush. The see-through liquid just needs to be applied to the area and blended quickly for a natural look. It’s great to just have in your bag for an emergency touch-up on those days where you look a bit grey.

Luxe to less: Benetint - Benefit

Exceptionoil, Go-to Skincare
85 ml, 2.87 fl.oz
$49.95 (AUD)

Exceptionoil by Go-to Skincare – the newest venture by former Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan Australia beauty director, Zoe Foster-Blake – claims to nourish, soothe and condition the skin, nails, heels, cuticles and hair… so pretty much everything. The balm will deeply moisturise dry skin and even out skin tone. It is an oily substance, so use it after you shower for the best effect.

Luxe to less: exceptionoil - go-to skincare

Pure, Dr Roebucks
100ml, 3.38 fl.oz
$44.95 (AUD)

Dr Roebucks was created two physicians seeking effective and safe skincare. This Pure moisturiser can be used as both a day and night cream, all over your body. It is guaranteed to work on all skin types, but is particularly great for sensitive and problem skin. It is also hypoallergenic and BPA and Paraben-free.

Luxe to Less: Dr Roebucks

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October 23, 2014

Simple Skincare Products For Men

Most men shower, brush their teeth and style their hair before they’re out the door on the way to work. Incorporating a simple skincare routine into their day-to-day life doesn’t have to be complex, rather using a few products that will certainly benefit the skin. Here are a few products to show that special man in your life what he’s missing.

Milk and Co Cleansing Face Wash, $12.95

If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser to use on a daily basis which doesn’t dry out your skin, you’re certainly in the right place. Michael and Lindy Klim have created a natural based cleanser that cleans the skin, and unclogs pores every time you clean your face. The formula is non-drying, and paraben free with a pleasant scent and perfect for all skin types.

Appelles Konjac Sponge, $15.95

The Konjac Sponge has been used for centuries in Asia, as a way to deeply cleanse the skin without causing harm or irritation to the epidermis. The bamboo charcoal sponge is made from a rich fibre of the konjac plant root, and is free from any nasty preservatives. The sponge is already moist in the packaging, but for best results submerge it completely in water and gently squeeze out any excess fluid. Then simply add your preferred shower gel and use the sponge over the face and body in a gentle circular motion. After you’re done, rinse the sponge and leave to dry. Perfect for anyone suffering from acne, since it removes bacteria and other nasty sources from the surface of the skin.

Clinique For Men Moisturising Lotion, $39

This is an extremely hydrating moisturiser which locks in essential oils, and aims to deliver firm skin all year round. Perfect to use both day and night, the lightweight formula is absorbed quickly onto the skin and is low maintenance and fragrance free.

Appelles Willow Bark Hand and Body Wash, $18.95

Perfect to use daily for the entire body, Appelles Black Label collection includes salicin which is an important ingredient to reduce the signs of ageing. The sweet smelling body wash will gently exfoliate the skin, making it look fresh and youthful every time you step out of the shower. Great to use for all skin types. 

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 27, 2014

5 Skincare Products For A Flawless Base

Flawless skin doesn’t have to be an unattainable goal, that is if you take care of your skin and use a reliable skincare routine each day. Great skin comes down to four main parts: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturising in the morning and at night. Keep reading to find our choice of products that will quickly be your new skincare saviour.

Milk And Co Face Cleanser with Goji Fruit Extract, Ylang Ylang Oil and Hibiscus Flower Extract, $16.95

This sweet smelling facial cleanser is light on the skin, but just what you need to remove oil, makeup and anything else that has accumulated onto your face during the day. The non-drying formula allows your skin to breathe, but is also an amazing product to cleanse the skin before applying a toner. Gentle enough to use everyday, without fear of breaking out even sensitive skin, or feeling too dry. For best results, follow with a moisturiser at night, or a toner/primer to start the day.

Puretopia Smooth and Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub, $9.95

Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells off the surface of the skin. Puretopia have created a 100% sulfate, paraben and soap free scrub, packed with silica and limestone to gently remove dead skin cells, and keep your skin feeling soft and fresh. Appropriate for all skin types, as the formula is not overly drying, and has a fragrant tangerine flower scent that is creamy and easy to apply.

La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner, $26

French pharmaceutical brand La Roche Posay have a variety of skincare products that will transform your skin, including the Physiological Soothing Toner. A toner is best to use after you have cleansed/exfoliated your face, and works to remove make-up easily, cleanse, and prep skin for makeup or moisturiser. The formula is perfect for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin as it is non-comedogenic, soap free, alcohol free, colorant free and paraben free.

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, $95

There is no exact age which dictates when you should start using an eye cream, or serum. The Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is a holy grail product, since it is proven to fight all visible signs of ageing, and promotes skin’s nightly renewal. Before you moisturise your face, apply a few drops and massage onto the face and neck. The serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid which locks in moisture, which helps the skin to repair itself throughout the night.

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron, $35

We’ve saved the best until last, with Indeed Laboratories and their miracle product, Hydraluron. This moisture booster is filled with the purest hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, which will dramatically change the look and feel of your skin. Best used after cleansing, apply all over your skin (we apply onto the neck as well) leave it to sink in for a few minutes, then apply moisturiser or makeup, since it works just as well as a primer.

What are some of your skincare must-haves?

 

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April 18, 2014

Make-Up Tips: Cover it Up!


For the best results you have to apply foundation to a well-prepared skin. Cleanse your face and apply moisturiser and allow the skin to absorb it before making up. Make-up artist Ina says, “Make sure your moisturiser is rich enough and covers any dry patches because the foundation will make the dry patches look worse.” Ina also stressed that if your skin is really dehydrated and dry you should concentrate on improving that rather than covering it up.

Now for a completely natural look, use your foundation sparingly on the areas of the face that require coverage. Apply with a small brush to spots such as dark circles under the eye, corners of the nose and any blemishes you may have and then blend.

I think the best way to blend in foundation is to do it with your fingertips. All you do is gently press and pat until the concealer/foundation is rubbed in. Don’t use a sweeping action because this will just wipe the product away.

Now if you are going out on a really big night and you want to apply a full coverage, apply first your foundation with a dry sponge, pressing and blending as you go from the centre of the face to the outer edges. Please don’t forget to blend the makeup down into the throat area to avoid the dreaded tide mark around the jawline.

January 1, 2001