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Daily Exfoliation: The Benefits

By October 20, 2017 Skincare, Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

Exfoliation is one of those controversial topics in skincare. How often? How rough is too rough? Liquid or physical?

Whilst I’m a huge fan of a good physical scrub every now and then, I find that for my skin a light daily exfoliant is best in order to keep it nice and clear. What this will do is just remove any excess dead skin cells and grime that have built up over the day. It’s very important that if you are going to look into daily exfoliant products however that you listen to your skin. Any sensitivity or irritation and you should back off to a couple of times a week until your skin can handle it. I’ve been using a new regime from Scout Cosmetics that’s done my skin the world of good.

Starting off, a nice exfoliating cleanser is definitely a must for me. I work in skincare so I need my face to always be looking its best (stress pimple be gone). My current fave is the Scout Cosmetics Super Fruit Exfoliating Wash off Cleanser. Using fruit extracts from Blueberry, Acai and Grape to really refresh the skin, this cleanser also smells amazing. By increasing the cell turnover through exfoliation, you’re getting the best skin that you can have; new skin cells. This all sounds super drying on the skin, but due to the aloe extract and glycerin that are included in this cleanser, it’s not too harsh. Suitable for normal to oily skin types.

Moving on to serum, the Cell Renewal Peptide Serum really amps up the cell turnover aspects of the cleanser. A product that stays on the skin is always going to be a bit more effective at what you want it to do. Green tea, Fig and Ginseng combine to deeply hydrate skin, promote collagen production and soften fine lines and wrinkles. I find that it sinks in nicely and really makes my skin feel good. Those pesky lines are starting to come and I want to stop them in their tracks!

After all this exfoliation it’s imperative that you use a really hydrating moisturiser to combat any potential dryness or sensitivity. I’ve been using the Nourish and Hydrate Moisture Defence Creme from Scout Cosmetics which has been working for me. It uses Pomegranate and Macadamia extracts to really hydrate the skin, whilst working well in conjunction with the products that we have applied before.

What do you think? Could your skin use some serious daily exfoliation? Scout Cosmetics might be a good brand for you to check out!

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An Easy Morning Skincare Routine

By September 19, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

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 Antipodes Grace 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!

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Fashion Bravery

By May 3, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

The Met Gala is something that i look forward to each year. It’s a place where creativity and high fashion can be showcased on the highest people in the fashion, music and celebrity industries.

In case you’re brand new, each year the Met Gala runs to a particular theme, corresponding to the fashion exhibition that the Met has on. This year it celebrates legendary Comme Des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo.

Kawakubo is renowned for her sculptural avant-garde designs, a theme that (one would think) would be a relatively popular one to replicate. But alas not, apparently it proved intimidating to most, who ended up arriving in basic ass gowns. The very few who attempted (and largely succeeded) to stick to the theme were then lambasted by peasant outlets such as The Daily Mail. Long story short, people who don’t know fashion shouldn’t attempt to decipher it.

But that’s not what this post is about. This is about fashion bravery. Fashion is there to push boundaries and for you to take risks. Granted, I myself do not push the boundary in the biggest way possible, but I do so in a way that both suits my style, and the environment I’m in. Not to mention my budget! Fashion is about utilising trends and iconographic pieces in clever ways. Sure it may be great that your outfit is featuring every current trend, but why not take that Gucci shirt and fishnet tights and use it with other pieces to reference an iconic era or person. That’s truly fashion for me.

Take risks, push your own personal style to a new level, and ffs don’t wear a basic gown to an avant-garde event.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

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Jacket – The Bronze Snake Shop (similar) | Jeans – Topman | Shirt – Cotton On

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Review: Rosehip Plus

By April 21, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Rosehip Plus is one of those ubiquitous brands in the bathroom closets of the world. Chances are you heard some new age genie sprouting the benefits of Rosehip oil and happened upon this reliable brand in Chemist Warehouse.

Well. Rosehip Plus is so much more than that little brown bottle of oil that lingers for months in your cabinet. Whilst its oil is undeniably amazing – in fact I featured it in my favourite Facial Oils post – it has an entire range of skincare products containing Rosehip oil.

Cream Cleanser: I’ve used many a cream cleanser in my time, and this is surely one of the best. It’s a very hydrating formulation suitable for sensitive skin that leaves the skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and clean without having that squeaky feeling that I so detest.

Day Cream: While I probably wouldn’t use this as a day cream – the formulation is just that tad too rich for me for during the day – it’s great as a night cream during the summer. Good for those times where you need a bit of hydration, but without your face looking like an oil slick.

Night Cream: Love the pump action of this bottle for a start. The product is good and noticeably more rich than the day cream. I definitely would want this for winter, with a drop or two of the oil mixed in.

Roll on: When I first saw this I idiotically thought it was an eye roll on. Like duh Matt oil won’t sink in around your eyeballs. This is a great spot treatment for those skin areas where you need a hit of hydration – around the nose and the lips for example.

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Classing It Up In Summer

By February 19, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I am unashamedly a child of cold weather. I would like nothing more than for Brisbane to be swept up in an ice storm and to layer up the coats. But we all have hopes and dreams, and most of the time they won’t happen.

That being said, it’s hard to maintain some level of class and sophistication in the most humid of weathers. Nothing is more troubling than keeping fabric away from sweat-filled armpits whilst your contour is currently making friends with your collar. But don’t fret, there are still a few ways to remain your usual dapper self without looking like you’ve taken a dip in the blow up pool.

Firstly, invest in a nice pair of dress shorts. I’ve gone for a bright statement pair because you know I’m all bout that life. The benefit of these is that you’ll still look dressy enough for the occasion, without having to sacrifice your comfort. Makes perfect sense for a tropical climate.

Go for a loose-fitting button up to match. Whilst a black won’t show up sweat marks as easily, you really still can’t beat a classic white. Stay away from anything bias cut or slim fit. It will hug your skin and cause you to heat up faster.

But then again, if you’re one of those people who just don’t sweat… screw you.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Myer | Shorts – Uniqlo | Belt – YD | Shoes – Zu | Bangle – Myer

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Facial Oils 101

By February 9, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Ahh that dreaded word, OIL. People love to eat it, not so much want it on their face. Triggered. People have been conditioned into believing that facial oils are a bad thing. There are all these products out there aimed at “removing oil,” “stripping oil,” “oil free.” When in actual fact it’s the act of stripping all the oil from your face which results in more blemishes. By adding good oils on to the face, we can aid the skin in controlling sebum production, hydrate the skin, and even repair scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Still not convinced? The ancient Egyptians used Moringa Oil to keep their skin youthful and wrinkle free. Considering how well those mummies have lasted, there’s got to be something in it right? Oils are also lipophilic, meaning that they pass through the lipid layer of the skin quicker, preventing water loss and plumping the skin with moisture more effectively. Basically, oils are your secret weapon for hydrated af skin.

So now that I’ve promoted the hydrating benefits of oil, I’m going to really befuddle (great word) you and tell you that oils can be used to cleanse as well. Cleansing oils are a combination of hydrating and drawing oils. Meaning that the cleanser will keep your skin hydrated, whilst melting off makeup and impurities. Most of these cleansers will emulsify on contact with water, turning them into a milk which you can wash off. My current fave cleansing oil is this great one from Moogoo. It comes in a few different styles depending on your skin type. I’ve got the combo one and it’s fantastic.

Tamanu Oil (pressed from the Polynesian Tamanu fruit) is great at reducing redness that occurs with scar tissue. So if you have blemished skin then this is a good option for you. This Moogoo one is concentrated Tamanu oil, meaning that it has a funky smell and all of the skin goodness.

Rosehip Oil contains natural retinoid acid, meaning that it’s great for anti-ageing, as well as hydrating and improving the skin’s elasticity and firmness. Most oil blends contain at least some Rosehip Oil, and it’s by and large the most common single oil available on the market. Rosehip Plus and Iluka both do great ones.

Green Tea Seed Oil is by and large a Korean staple. This colourless oil is a nourishing and antioxidant-infused oil. It adds tonnes of moisture to skin and blends seamlessly into the face. Innisfree does a good one. Make sure to check out the rest of their green tea range too, it’s pretty fantastic.

Oil blends are a great way to cop a range of oils, specifically targeted for a particular issue – usually hydration. Working as a team is better than working solo right? Apotekah does a great one which is a blend of Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Patchouli and Carrot Seed oils. It serves to nourish every layer of skin, brightens and improves problematic skin and complements natural sebum. Ps you get a sneaky 10% off with my code MATTH10. Ya welcom. Mokosh beauty serum is a newly discovered favourite of mine. Its blend of Camellia, Baobab, Hemp, Borage, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn and Raspberry oil sinks delicately into the skin, restoring and building up the skins barrier, whilst providing nutrition to the deepest layers.

So make sure you pick up that facial oil today. Seriously you won’t regret it.

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Marina

By February 7, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I was on a boat off the coast of Vietnam when the feeling hit me. A gigantic gut bubble that built in my stomach and expanded until I was drunk with queasiness. Stuff the buffet that was being laid out on  the upper deck. Screw the stunning views and humid sunshine. I had issues. A short, calorie expelling journey later, and I was feeling better. The eye in the storm some might say. Day tripping has never been more awful. Needless to say, ever since then, boats have been my nemesis. I have never gone on a cruise, floating pontoons are evil and even a trip on the CityCat renders me apprehensive.

That being said, naval-inspired fashion is an area that I do enjoy. Blues and whites, crisply starched shirts and brocade. It’s great. Navy and blue serve as a great way to break up the ubiquitous black, yet still staying within the cool-toned, darker colour palette.

I’ve taken those marine inspirations on board in this post. Mixing a navy coloured tie-dye shirt with white jeans and navy brogues allows that perfect blend of classic insouciance that is my forte.

So whilst I can’t go anywhere on a boat, at least I can feel like I am in my wardrobe!

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Factorie | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Zu | Rings (assorted) – Joshua Hall and Michael Hill

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Revolution

By January 6, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

First of all. Yes I’m slack. Second of all, happy New Year! Believe it or not this March will mark my second year of existence as Infirm of Purpose. Yeah, you’ve been listening to my crap for that long.  It seems weird that exactly a year ago I was in India. It’s that time of year where every blogger is clamouring about “new year, new me, new plans” and all that crap. Well I’m here to tell you that I’ll be the same cynical wanker as I was last year. Just with hopefully more content. I am aiming to change that and consistently upload.

Let’s see if I stick to that.

To stick with the theme of revolution that seems to permeate every change of year, I’ve decided to put together a little revolution-esque outfit. Complete with layered gloves, because duh. So dystopian. The concept of gloves and gauntlets is something that has always appealed to me. They can toughen up an outfit, make it stand out, make you sweat profusely and enable you to be ready for everything. Heading into the hunger games? Pop on some gloves you be good to go.

On a more down to earth level, I actually layered these gloves together as part of my Halloween outfit (Dracula ftw) and thought it looked cool. The concept of pushing the bangle up high to add an extra dimension is something that also really appeals to me, and I think it’s an idea you’ll be seeing a lot more of over the next few months. #spoilers.

Finally, before I go. What sort of content do YOU want to see? Let me know in the comments below!

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Myer | Bangle – Joshua Hall | Net Gloves – Big W | Fingerless Gloves – Vintage | Pants – Vintage | Shoes – Vintage

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Xmas @ Lush

By December 6, 2016 Words

Words by Matt Huxley

I am out and proud. I am a grinch and I know it. Screw Cindy-Lou Who and all that cheery crap, let’s just get this sweltering period of time over with.

The one thing (other than Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes obvs) that warms the cold cockles of my heart is the new Lush Christmas range each year. They never fail to disappoint me with their blend of old favourites and new innovations.

Old faves this year include the permanent faves Rose Jam and Snow Fairy, as well as the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb. And thank god they were all brought back, there’d be a mutiny in the streets if they weren’t.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Rising above the bath bomb hubbub like the Great Pyramid, the Golden Wonder is a sweet orange and lime scented extravaganza. Featuring a turquoise interior, this bad boy is like bathing in a tub of neon champagne.

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar

This little red cutie fills your tub with a delicious floral scent. Notes of Geranium punctuate the air as you crumble this guy under the running water. Tonnes of luxuriously fluffy bubbles abound.

Rose Jam

Bae. Literally bae. Sorry KFC you’ve been replaced by something that I can’t even eat. I need this in my life all year round. Smelling like turkish delight, this deep red shower gel smells so delectable. I can’t even. Plus it’s packed with Argan Oil, meaning that it’s super moisturising for the skin.

Snow Fairy

The quintessential Lush scent. This fairy has been around for yonks and you will either love it or hate it. Personally I don’t mind the occasional candy-sweet scent, so this one is totally my jam. But I know people who equally despise it.

Christingle Body Conditioner

This pot was a new one for me, and I was definitely excited to test out all its pepperminty goodness. I’ve been exposed to peppermint shower gels before, but silly me didn’t really think they’d all be the same did I? PSA: don’t put this bad boy on your nether regions, you will tingle, but not in a good way. In fact I’d liken it to a cold burn. Leaves you hopping round the shower trying to wash the fucker off! That being said, everywhere else the tingle is quite pleasant, and its hydration aspects can’t be ignored! Just avoid the “bits” and round back.

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Let’s Try To Be Different

By November 27, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In a world full of basic fashions and people struggling to style themselves – even with the wealth of amazing fashion blogs out there – let’s try to stand out for the right reasons. Let’s be different and unique, and try things for shits n gigs.

Developing your own unique sense of style is so important to your development. I should know, I went from a lumpy kid wearing board shorts 24/7 who wasn’t confident, to a mid-20s guy wearing whatever I want confidently. I’m still lumpy though…

Why not switch up your style. Take me for instance. White pants and sheer shirts are by no means my usual uniform. But it’s nice to change it up whilst still sticking to the realms of what I consider both flattering and fashionable. You know I love a good longer length up top, and this long line shirt is both edgy, yet formal enough to be worn to a fancy event.

This look was shot by Amie Casey, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @amiecasey.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – H&M | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Vintage

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