I am under no illusions that most people are not quite as extra with their skincare as I am. I do genuinely see a need for 4-5 cleansers on the go at one time. I am informed however that the majority of people are not like this. Frankly it’s weird.
So I decided to look at putting together a short, quick skincare routine that’s going to make you look and feel amazing, but also take the shortest amount of time possible whilst delivering the biggest bang. I mean, coffee is waiting for us, am I right?!
So lets start in the shower. You should always shower in the morning you unclean peasants. The AntipodesGrace Gentle Cream Cleanser has Avocado Oil and Marigold extract in order to gently remove any dirt and grime from the night. Considering how much the human body sweats during the night, this is an essential step to ensure that your skin looks fresh and new in the morning. The cream formula means that it’s not going to be stripping or drying in any way.
Twice a week or so, you should add in an exfoliant. This is to remove the excess dead skin cells that clog our pores, prevent our serums and moisturisers from getting where they need to go and make our skin dull. The Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator uses Avocado and Jojoba Oil plus Carrot Seed Extract to produce a really refreshing scrub. It’s very fine and refining. I’d call it more a polish to be honest. It leaves your skin super fresh and bright.
The step that most people seem to skip is the serum. What they don’t understand is that a serum is the primary treatment product of your skincare routine and shouldn’t be skipped at all. This is the product to invest in! I’m always on the hunt for brightening serums to even out pigmentation on my face (the pale life tho), and the Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum is a definite winner. This artesian water-based serum also contains Black Fern, Grape and Kiwi extracts to brighten up the skin and boost cell renewal.
Finishing off the routine is the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. Whilst this is a day cream, I’d also maintain that it can be doubled up for night as well, as it’s quite hydrating. Containing Grape and Mandarin extracts with Rosehip Oil, it makes the perfect base for makeup as well.
What do you think? Is this a skincare routine that you could see yourself following? Let me know on my social media or the comments below!
Without a doubt, the most question I get asked is “how do I get flawless skin.” Why they’re asking me I have no idea, because my skin, whilst good, is not flawless! In any case, there are several tricks up my sleeve that I use to keep my skin in tip top condition. And you know what? I might just share a few with you in this post. Aren’t I good!
1.Listen to your skin
This is probably the weirdest thing to start off on. But it’s something that not enough people do. You need to really listen to what your skin is telling you. Is it dry? Perhaps you should add a facial oil to your moisturiser. Flaking? A light exfoliation and then a rich moisturiser. Pimply? A benzac peroxide cream to act as a spot treatment. Oily? A regular cleanse. And so on. I see so many people sticking religiously to the same thing over and over again and wondering why their skin doesn’t improve. Because you aren’t treating what the problem is!
2. Eat your vegetables
It really is true. Lots of healthy vegetables will really nourish your skin from the inside out. Try a green smoothie. Or if that’s too hectic for you, I’ve found a really good superfood powder that I’m testing out. It may taste like fish food, but I’m sure it’s doing my complexion wonders!
3. Take off your makeup
I mean duh. Your skin can’t breath with a cake face. Breathing = oxygen. Oxygen = life. Life = bright and refreshed. Get it?
4. Mask it
If you need a bit of extra oomph in your skincare routine, try adding a mask every now and then. Both sheet and clay masks are great, but if you’ve got very dry skin I would stay WELL away from a clay mask as it’ll just dry you out further.
5. Drink all the fluids!
Water, water, water. Drinking lots of water helps to flush out toxins in all your organs, as well as your skin. If you struggle with plain water, try adding lemon, raspberries or cucumber to it to give it a bit of taste.
Well there you have it! These are just some of the tips that I’ve found really help my skin look the best it can. In the photos you can see some of my favourite products that correspond to the tips I’ve included.
Ah Lush… you goddess of skincare. You’re everything that I could possibly ever want in a skincare brand (if you made Rose Jam all year round, kthnxbye).
I got my greedy little hands on a bunch of the new Lush Christmas range, and I thought I’d be presumptuous and give you my thoughts on it. Because what else are blogs for?
Santa’s Lip Scrub: This is a cola flavoured lip scrub, so that automatically just appeals to me. I really like this. It’s not too rough at all, and exfoliates the lips really well. It’s also not an overly sickly cola taste which some artificial cola flavourings can be like. Really nice product. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Do be careful though, as the red colouring can slightly stain your fingers, but if you thoroughly wash them you should be right!
The Magic of Christmas Fun: I’ve never been a huge fan of fun tbh. I just think that other products from Lush do the jobs that Fun does better. So yeah. This is a good one for the kids though.
Lord of Misrule Shower Cream: I love this! The scent of this is so phenomenal. I can’t describe it. Like patchouli but not ridiculously strong. It’s just epic. My only criticism is, being a cream, it obviously doesn’t foam as much as I would like. So I’ll have to look for a gel version. But it’s very moisturising and definitely cleans me up nicely haha.
Cinders Bath Bomb: If you love spicy scents, this one is for you! Smelling like cinnamon and all things Christmassy and good, this bomb will turn your bath a pale yellow colour. It gives off a strong scent and the popping candy make it that little bit more exciting.
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb: This bath bomb is bae. You all know that! I love it. I love the scent, I love the turquoise colour it turns my bath. It’s amazing.
Fairy Dust: I didn’t know how into this body dust I would be to be quite honest. I’m a bit dubious of anything that could make me too glowy, especially a product designed for the body. But this is actually quite subtle. It would work very nicely if you’re going clubbing and want a candy smelling glow. Alternatively it also works quite nicely as a face highlighter. But be careful not to get too much. Use sparingly as it’s pink and could potentially go quite blush like if you pack it on.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel: Speaking of candy sweet, this is the king (or queen?) of sweet smelling products. Snow fairy is legendary and deserves its reputation. If you don’t like sweet scents stay away. Just saying.
Snow Angel Bath Melt: I’ve used this previously and really wasn’t too much of a fan of it to be honest. I found it really grainy and it didn’t dissolve properly. Well that one must have been defective, because this one worked perfectly. It slowly melted away into a beautiful moisturising bath. Really enjoyed it.
Keeping bundles of trash in your bathroom for months on end is not fun. Trust me. But whilst it’s a nuisance for me, it results in a lot of useful information for you. With an empties post/video if you scroll to the end of this article, you really get to see what I’ve been using, as well as get my thoughts on it! You are so welcome.
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream: I absolutely love this moisturiser! It’s a super thick and rich moisturising cream that doesn’t sit too heavily on the skin. It’s great because it won’t clog your pores – winner! I would recommend this for any type of skin, however keep in mind that it’s a night only moisturiser. Or possibly under thick makeup.
H/E by Jane Iredale Makeup brush: I love the bronzer that accompanied this brush, but the brush itself? No way. It’s shit to be perfectly blunt. Good idea, but unfortunately the bristles shed everywhere and it got far too annoying. Bye!
Garnier Moisture Match Dry Skin Moisturiser: Another product that I didn’t like. This moisturiser was really thick and clogging on my skin. I also felt that it was far too scented for something that was sinking into my face. I do like a few of the other moisturisers that Garnier stock, so I’ll stick to them from now on!
Neutrogena Naturals Cleanser: I quite enjoyed this cleanser! It’s a bit of a dupe for the Dermalogica Special Cleansing gel which is awesome. It foams super easily and gives a good clean.
Nivea In Shower Moisturiser: I bought this product out of sheer curiosity to be honest. It lasted a while actually! I did quite enjoy it. Despite my doubts it did manage to moisturise my skin despite being used in the shower, and washed off.
Nivea Lip Balm: I go through so much fucking lip balm. This one is always a winner. Cheap, provides good moisture, it’s a no brainer.
The Body Shop Maca Root Shave Cream: This is a good shave cream. It’s really thick though so it’s best applied with a brush so keep that in mind. You can probably find cheaper alternatives.
Moogoo Cow Lick Lip Balm: The Moogoo lip balm is quite cream and enjoyable. It was a pretty solid lip balm, I go through so much that I literally grab anything. This wasn’t amazing, but it did the job well.
Tresemme Keratin Strength Shampoo: A nice moisturising shampoo, this was a good one to use every few washes. It would be too heavy for me to use every day. But it’s a nice one to have on hand.
Original Mineral Hair Mask: This was a hair mask that I used as a conditioner. I did notice a big difference in my hair. Because my hair is so thin though, I don’t think I could use this all the time. But it’s really enjoyable.
Lonvitalite Face Mask: I absolutely loved these sheet masks! Lonvitalite have a great range so definitely check them out and pick the one for your skin type.
Target Cotton Pads: Meh. Everyone has these.
Goldwell Hair Lacquer: A decent hair spray. I would re buy. Get it from Hairhouse Warehouse for like $10. Solid.
I don’t really summer. But when I do I make sure that I have an excessive amount of supplies to get myself through it.
I think summer tends to mean different things to different people. For most Australians it is an excuse to get out, get some sun, play sport (ugh) and become nut brown. Whilst for me, it’s stay indoors, don’t get burnt and try and survive until the cooler months roll around again. Having said that I can’t be naive about the sun, and sometimes I have been known to lie on a beach. So here are my essentials for getting through the summer months.
First things first. Skincare. I’m very conscious of my skin, so I need to use a sunscreen whenever I am heading out into the sun. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen in 50+ is my personal fave. It’s a light consistency and blends seamlessly into the skin so you don’t get that horrible greasy feeling all over yourself. It literally feels like a moisturiser going in. I love it! I also protect my lips by using the Blistex Lip Conditioner in 15+. I love this lip balm, it definitely delivers a nice deep condition to my lips without making them look too glossy. My pack came with this handy 5 Way Lip Protection stick which is in 30+. That’s great for those people who aren’t a fan of pot lip balms. Speaking of those, I recently picked up this Revo egg Lip Balm in Coconut, and it’s my new fave. I’m OBSESSED!
In summer you’re likely to spend a lot of time tanning by the pool. So other than the obligatory magazine, notebook and book (I’m about to read Holding The Man – so keen!), you also need some products to protect yourself after the sun! My body dream team is currently The Body Shop’s Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil and the Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. Both sink into the skin providing deep moisture and rejuvenating your skin after a heavy tan sesh. To get all the sunscreen, oils and makeup off your face, I’m currently loving the Sukin Detoxifying Scrub. It’s gentle, but yet has enough grit in it that you know it’s doing the job. I’ve lately been following that up with the Byphasse Night Cream. Mid pool sesh, I love a spritz of the Avene Thermal Spring Water. It contains nutrients and minerals to help your skin revitalise – it’s not just literally water in a can. That would be dumb…
Now that your skincare is on point, you need to hide that sweat and oil! My fave powder of all time is the Maybelline Matte Maker powder. It’s beautiful (and so cheap!). Summer is the time where you can go all out with highlighter and contours. Currently I’m using the It Cosmetics Vitality Brightening Anti-Ageing Face Disk (what a mouthful). This has 3 great shades, particularly for someone of my skin tone. I personally love the highlighter, it isn’t glittery at all, instead it provides a beautiful sheen to the skin. Very wearable. The bronzer is matte and the blush is a subtle peachy shade. Highly recommend. I’ve been applying all those powders with my Sigma Fan Brush and the Real Techniques Setting Brush.
Moisturisers are a necessary part of every guy and gal’s skincare routine. They serve to lock in moisture and essential oils after cleaning your face. They also hydrate dry skin and many contain vitamins and nutrients that are essential for skin health. Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, let’s be real. Moisturiser makes our skin look and feel amazing, but there’s a shitload out on the market, so here are my top 5 favourite facial moisturisers. I’ve specifically left out body products, because the skin on your face is so much more delicate than that on your body, and it really requires a much more specific formula. So let’s get into it!
This ultra rich cream is specifically for dry skin. Look, it’s not my favourite, and I wouldn’t repurchase it. I find that it has a lot of unnecessary fragrances and colours in it that aren’t the best for skin, and I haven’t had the best reaction I typically only use it when I need a break from my others. It’ll do the job, but in my opinion it won’t do it the best. I have loved Garnier moisturisers in the past, but yeah, this one doesn’t do it for me.
Now this one, I love. Ordinarily I’d be a bit wary of a jelly moisturiser as I wouldn’t immediately think that it would provide the same level of moistness as say a cream, but actually it does. It’s super hydrating and absorbs really quickly, so it’s perfect for a day cream. I find that this works especially well over a serum, and that’s primarily when I use it.
Formulated for really dry, sensitive skin, this is the perfect moisturiser to suit anyone. It contains nothing harmful and provides a great level of moisture. It’s really only suitable as a night cream because it doesn’t absorb particularly quickly, but it leaves your skin super soft and supple. It’s also great to mix in with a facial oil if you want that extra burst of hydration.
Now this is the perfect day moisturiser. I honestly have been through about 5 bottles of this stuff. It’s amazing. I use it every morning after my shower and it absorbs super quickly and easily, whilst leaving my face hydrated all day. It’s really thin so if you’ve shaved or something you’re able to layer it up to soothe rough or irritated skin. You. Need. This. Now.
I’ve been talking about this stuff far too much lately. But that’s only because it’s truly amazing. I was introduced to this product roughly a month ago and since then it’s udderly (see what I did there) transformed my skin. My only issue with it is that it can take some working in to absorb. But I partially think that’s also why it’s so good. It forces you to put effort into your skin and improving the appearance. My top tip is to start with a tiny amount and then work that in with small circular motions, then repeat. You won’t regret it.
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And yes. I did write this article partially because it enabled me to say moist a lot.
Diversifying by a brand is relatively commonplace now, with many brands releasing higher and lower end lines. The Body Shop is no different, with the upcoming release of their high end spa line. I got a sneaky try of the new luxurious products, and man, was I taken to a spa. The products are beautiful, with global ingredients and a fresh packaging. Totally unlike any other Body Shop product.
Japanese Camellia Cream
This beautiful body cream is really hydrating and leaves your skin moist with a slight floral scent. I would have actually liked a slightly stronger scent with this, but hey, it did the job. Absorbing quickly, I didn’t find that this cream left any residue or unpleasant feeling after using it.
Dead Sea Salt Scrub
This is a very heavy duty body scrub, with huge salt chunks acting as the exfoliating agent. It was almost a tad too rough for my skin and I think I would’ve preferred slightly smaller granules. Having said that it gave my skin an excellent exfoliation without leaving it dry and flaky. The oils present in the product ensure that your skin remains hydrated.
Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay
I wasn’t a gigantic fan of this product to be honest. For my skin at least I didn’t see a huge difference and the experience of standing in a cold bathroom covered in clay isn’t totally appetising.
Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil
Now this product I loved. It’s an oil that you can use both in your hair and on your body, although I only tested it on my body. It’s beautiful. In contrast to most oils I’ve used, it sinks straight into your skin, without hours of massaging. It leaves you hydrated and non greasy, with a pleasant scent. 10/10 would buy again.
Stay tuned for the release of the spa range by keeping up with everything The Body Shop here.
Everyone needs to get some new products in their life sometimes, so when I stumbled across the new Osis+ range from Schwarzkopf professional, I knew I had to have it. These products are absolutely beautiful and can find a place in anyone’s bathroom cabinet. Presented in a palette of black, red and silver, the packaging is chic and modern, and the products are easy to use and effective.
Osis+ Volume Up
This is a spray volumiser that you use on dry hair. Lifting your hair up, spray a few spritzes on the base of the follicle and work it in using your fingers. This gives your hair a bit of volume, texturises it and also provides a level of hold. I have very fine hair (read, non existent) and this didn’t over power or turn it stringy. 10/10 would recommend.
Osis+ Wax Dust
I love a good wax dust. Either sprinkle this directly into dry hair or into your hands and work together.It will transform into a wax right in front of your eyes. The downside of this product is that it can be very easy to overuse, so I would recommend sprinkling in your hands and then applying to your hair so that you can control the amount of wax applied. It gives a great amount of hold and texture.
Osis+ Glamour Queen
Everyone loves to be a glamour queen, and with this volumising hairspray you soon can! This is great for securing flyaway hairs and solidifying your look. The only downside with this product was the can size. I’m so used to gigantic bottles of hairspray that this felt a tad small to me. But hey, the product itself is great.
Osis+ Aqua Slide
I honestly thought I would not be able to use this product properly. Having thin hair, a pomade can very very easily turn it into a stringy oil slick and then it’s just all over. Bye girl bye. But I was pleasantly surprised. This was my favourite product of the bunch. It’s beautiful. It slips through your hair, adding a slight shine and great hold. It’s incredibly easy to work with and there’s no chance that you can apply too much, which is a huge bonus for me!
I know you know you need these products in your life. So pick them up, or any of the Osis+ range here.
Whether you prefer to be fully shaven, or just slightly trimmed, every man needs a shaving routine to suit his style. Thankfully, due to The Body Shop‘s Maca Root range of shaving supplies, maintaining your style is simple. And I’m gonna show you how.
1. Be Beardsy
If you didn’t realise earlier, now you do. To get a nice fully clean shave, you need to be a lil beardsy. I let mine go for about 3 days prior to shooting (#masc). You’ll also want to wash your beard with a bit of warm water to start softening those bristles.
2. Get Prepped
After you’ve washed those bristles, you’ll need to wet the bristles on your Body Shop Shaving Brush. This nifty brush is designed to really work that shaving cream deep into the skin and bristles, protecting the skin and ensuring a nice clean shave. Once you’ve wet the brush, apply a generous amount of the Maca Root Shave Cream onto the tip of the brush.
3. Brush Your Face
Once the shaving product has been applied to the brush, start working it into every place that you intend to shave. This will mean that the skin is protected and the hair is primed for the razor.
4. Shave Yo Face
Take your razor of choice (I’m using a disposable from BIC because I’m cheap) and use it to remove the hair in clean motions, making sure to go in the same direction as the hair grows.
5. After Razor Protection
Possibly the most important part of the entire process is after shaving. Once you’ve washed the remnants of the shaving cream off, apply the Maca Root Razor Relief gel to the entire area. This will sink into your freshly ripped open pores and sooth and hydrate them. This means that your face won’t hurt, be red or any of those other shaving nasties.
6. Enjoy Your Body Shop Products!
Special thanks goes to Ant of Painted Rust for taking these amazing “action” shots of me shaving. Also mirrors? The struggle is real.
Make sure you pick up your Body Shop products here!
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It’s currently quarter to 1 in the morning and I am writing this with a gigantic bowl of pasta and a pepsi max. #healthylife. In reality though, despite the distraction of food, all that is occupying my thoughts is this epic bath I had the other day.
There’s really nothing better than lying in a body of water, that is pink, and scented, and steaming. Preferably without someone making shamu the whale references. This is what I experienced the other night. It was pure bliss.
This epic bath time was caused by Lush being the cool cats that they are and releasing 12 of their most epic Christmas products to celebrate Christmas in July. Aren’t we welcome.
I received the So White Shower Gel to test out, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar and the Lush Pud Bath bomb.
Lush’s legendary PR agent always gets it right for me, and the three products I received are absolutely incredible.
So White steers away from the usual sickly sweet shower gel that many people associate with Lush. It’s crisp and fresh and smells of green apples and amazingness. It’s not the warmest scent to utilise in winter, but it foams so well you don’t even care.
Candy Mountain is a bubble bar scented with the familiar snow fairy scent. It’s sweet and delicious and amazing and unnnnf. With bubble bars, you’re meant to just break off a little bit and save the rest. But I say fuck it. Crumble that whole mountain into your bath, you won’t regret it. Trust me.
The Lush Pud Bath Bomb is one of the larger bombs that Lush produces and is incredible. Turning your bath a swirling pink , the coloured spheres you see embedded in the sides actually fall out in the bath, moving around like little islands and each releasing their essential oils for you to luxuriate in. Basically it makes your bath soft as all hell and you don’t want to leave.
So that you can have a bathing experience like me, I think y’all should probably visit Lush here and pick up some of their epic Christmas goodies.
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