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New Year, New Skincare Routine

By January 23, 2018 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

The new year is obviously a time of reflection and preparation for all of us. But in this time of bullet journalling and goal setting, how many of us actually think about our skin? Your skin is your biggest organ and definitely one that we tend to forget about. Using the same products year in, year out, is not always the best thing for that pretty visage.

I’ve worked with Mokosh Skincare in the past and have always loved their products, so it was another thrill to get to try out some more of their products. The great thing about Mokosh is that all of their products are water-free. Water is frequently used as a filler or base in a lot of skincare products (typically labelled as Aqua). Whilst there’s nothing technically wrong about that, it does mean that you need to use excessive amounts of product as the water tends to evaporate, leaving your skin slightly dryer whilst forcing you to use more product in order to get those benefits. The absence of water in Mokosh products means that you really don’t need much of it in order to get the full benefits of all the great ingredients.

Being mostly oil based, the Mokosh products are going to hydrate your skin whilst providing beautiful anti-ageing benefits through the combination of oils and antioxidants. The best part? It’s all certified organic, so you can be sure that you aren’t leaving a negative carbon footprint and that all the nasties aren’t going into your skin.

For reference, my skin is combination/balanced and I’m not sensitive or prone to breakouts. I typically layer quite a lot of product on to ensure that each layer of my skin is hydrated. You can of course use different types of products to customise the routine for you.

Cleansing Oil:

This is a lovely, non-emulsifying cleansing oil and makeup remover. Formed from a combination of Pumpkin seed, Jojoba, Baobab and Sesame oils, it’s one of those cleansers that you can put on a cotton round and swipe over your face to cleanse. I find this option great to remove makeup, but for cleansing I want something a little bit more emulsifying and clarifying for my skin. So I tend to massage the oil over my face and then go on with a cleanser on top to remove all the excess dirt and oil. The Mokosh facial cleansing powder is a great option, but any gentle foaming cleanser will also do the trick.

Hydrosol Toner:

I’ve spoken in my previous post about how much I like the Hydrofoil Toner. This is a refreshing blend of Damask Rose and Lemon Balm, leaving you calm, hydrated and with your skin prepped to receive moisture. This is the main reason why a hydrating mist or essence lotion can be so beneficial in your skincare routine. It allows your products to penetrate the skin that bit more effectively.

Elderberry and Chia Seed Beauty Serum:

Make no mistake, this is a facial oil, so if you’re expecting a light glycerin-based serum you’re in the wrong place. I love a good facial oil and this one is no exception. It seems to be a tad lighter than the Raspberry and Pomegranate oil I tried previously and I noticed a huge difference in my skin the morning after using it. It’s very important with this one to use far less then you think. My skin can handle quite a lot of oil on it at night, but with this one I did find that only a few drops on damp skin was more than enough. This oil is comprised of a multitude of oils. Along with the titular Chia and Elderberry you have Baobab, Jojoba, Hemp and Black Cumin seed oils (among others). This blend combines to leave your skin hydrated and fresh. These oils help to control sebum, making this oil the perfect choice for combination and oily skin. And yes, people with oily skin should be adding oil-rich products in order to balance out their naturally occurring face oils. I also run this guy through my brows and lashes to keep them in good condition and to help them grow (if anyone could please invent a lash oil in a mascara tube that would be great kthnx).

Rich Face Cream:

A concentrated blend of Shea Butter, Hemp oil, Macadamia oil, Avocado oil and Evening Primrose oil (among others), this cream is super hydrating and great to rehydrate and sink into the skin at night. This cream is very easy to apply too much, so make sure you use far less then you think and blend it smoothly into the skin. It helps if you’ve let your facial oil settle for about 30seconds before applying the cream. Due to the ingredients, this is definitely a cream that you need to keep in a drawer or cupboard to protect from the sunshine, otherwise it will melt and be a bit more liquid then you want. This is definitely a cream for those of us who have drier or balanced complexion, and I would recommend this one over the Light version for more mature skin.

Sesame and Frankincense Body Oil:

Firstly, isn’t this a beautiful goddamn bottle? Ugh I’m obsessed! This is a lovely blend of Hemp, Black Cumin, Sesame, Frankincense and Rose Geranium oils (among others). The oil blend gives this a spicy aromatic scent, reminiscent slightly of incense, but definitely not too overpowering. I definitely find that this is a body oil to apply after a scrub and with the skin still slightly damp. Having body hair, any sort of body oil can tend to cling a bit, so I definitely need the scrub to enable it to sink in. However if you shave your body or are naturally more hairless it would sink in more easily. My one criticism of this product is although the packaging is stunning, it can be very easy to pour out more than intended. Some sort of covering on the lid of the bottle to limit how much can be poured would be beneficial.

What are you looking to integrate into your skincare routine this year? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment below. Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

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The Best Skin: Korean Skincare with Style Story

By June 5, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Unless you’ve been living under an Uluru-sized skincare rock, you will know about the amazing products that Korean beauty brands have been bringing out. Pioneers and innovators in the skincare world, Korean brands are responsible for some of the beauty innovations that we now take for granted (cushion foundation, peel exfoliators, essence lotions anyone?).

I first stumbled across Korean skincare a few years ago when it blew up across the youtube skincare world. Then a fortuitously-timed trip to India meant that I could pick up some basics in the asian airport boutiques (I think there’s a sneaky haul vid on the internet somewhere). But after that I had no idea how to explore more of this world.

Well now Aussie skincare enthusiasts (aka me) can get their Korean beauty fix with Style Story. Founded in 2013, this entrepreneurial brand lets you pick and choose the products most suited for your skin, for your own skincare style story.

I tested out a few of Style Story’s most popular products and have provided my observations below for you.

Benton Fermentation Essence: I mean firstly isn’t this the most perfectly minimal packaging ever? This brightening essence has a high concentration of Galctomyces Ferment Filtrate – basically a type of yeast. This works to really even out tone and texture and brighten up the skin. An essence is an uber light lotion that sinks immediately into the skin, sinks to a very low level in the skin and really works at the dermal level. Definitely a fan of this product, it’s great for lots of light layers to build up that hydration. Plus it’s at an affordable price point so I definitely see this bad boy being a regular in my skincare cupboard.

Vlancvere Power VC15 Ample: FYI ample means serum. This Vitamin C serum has 15% strength – the best amount for your skin to reduce irritation and provide the brightening benefits that Vit C is known for. The consistency for me is a cross between an essence and an oil. Meaning that it sinks in quickly but there’s a slight tackiness with it (totally fine for me!). The other key ingredient in this bad boy is Ferulic Acid. This helps to really reduce any melanin in the skin (the pigment that causes dark spots). Meaning that anyone with blotchy or pigmented skin can use this to assist in decreasing them. Serums are really like the middle child of skincare; always there, but never truly appreciated. Serums are actually the powerhouses of your regime, and the ones that will have the greatest affect on you. So invest wisely and do your research. If you need brightening, this one is for you!

Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream: Oh. My. God. I can’t even physically deal at how much I love this product. I am shook officially. Containing 92% snail mucin (the mucous that repairs a snail’s skin as it crawls) this bad boy really works to rehydrate, refine and protect the skin. Encouraging cell turnover is always a good thing as it enables the collagen production of the skin to increase (hence meaning that your skin looks young and fresh), and this bad boy does this. I woke up looking like a baby’s butt. Shook I tell you.

Simply When Snow Song Mask + Leaders Insolution Melatox Skin Mask: I must confess, whilst I enjoy sheet masks, I’ve never really made the time to integrate them (or any mask for that matter) into my routine. I am unfortunately one of those people with whom they just slide straight off unless I’m horizontal so I always make the too busy excuse. Testing these out gave me a perfect opportunity to stop all that Master’s work and really take 10-15 mins out to really rehydrate my skin after spending all day in the library air con. Both were highly enjoyable and certainly revitalised my skin. Definitely recommend picking a few up to force yourself to take a breather!

Make sure you pick up some of the amazing products at Style Story here.

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April Empties

By May 14, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Let’s go through my trash:

Stefan Shave Oil: Phenomenal, loved every second of using it. It has this effect of clumping up your beardsy bristles so that they’re easier to remove. Great product.

Lush Snow Fairy: Made me smell like a candy scented goddess so what’s not to love?

Bathox Rose and Jasmine Shower Gel: I have bought this quite a number of times now and I always enjoy it. Grab this bad boy from chemist warehouse.

EOS Lip Balm: This was the vanilla mint scent and it was really enjoyable. These are really difficult to find however, so almost not worth the trouble?

Planet Earth Body Lotion: Bought this from Target years ago and it’s just hung on in my cupboard. Bit meh tbh.

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hairspray: Like me, a bit iconic.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream: I know this is a cult fave, but I don’t rate it tbh.

Garnier Cleansing Milk: I enjoy a good cream cleanser, and this one was no different. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but if you have very sensitive or dry skin it would be a good option.

Moogoo Milk Wash: Possibly the first Moogoo product i’ve used that I haven’t loved.

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub: Nice and minty fresh, but seriously just use some caster suger and coconut oil, it’s the same thing.

Indeed Exfoliator: This is a bit of knock off of the Dermalogica Microfoliant. Probably a little less successful than that product if I’m being super critical, but it’s decent.

Savvy Primer: Whilst this may not have done wonders for my skin, it was great for just providing products a base to stick to. And realistically, isn’t that we want them to do?

The Body Shop Facial Oil: Holy shit, this is the best facial oil I’ve ever used. Trust me, try it. You will be blown away.

So Fresh Wipes: I enjoy a moist wipe, and these stay moist. What more can you ask for.


And because I’m lazy, y’all missed out on my March empties, here they are below. Let’s just call this my speed review.

Swisse Cotton Rounds – Did the job

Nivea Makeup Remover -Absolutely awful

Natures Organics Blueberry and Coconut Shampoo – Already have another

Nivea Refreshing Toner – Good

Cream Cleanser – Ugh.

Simple Light Moisturiser – Classic

Schwarzkopf Strong Hairspray – Great

The Body Shop Spiced Apple Hand Cream – My everything

Vitaman Shampoo – Great

Nak Shampoo – Good

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion – Phenomenal

The Body Shop Maca Root Scrub – Don’t rate it

Calvin Klein Eternity – Ok

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February Empties

By March 1, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

February for me was a month of trying to clear some of the clutter from my bathroom cabinets. As a natural hoarder you can imagine the pain that this causes me, but it had to be done! As a result I’ve had a surprisingly big haul this month, which I wasn’t expecting. Let’s get into it.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray
I’m always a fan of a nice face spritz, and this one was no exception. The rosewater notes made this especially pleasant during summer. I’m never entirely sure how much sprays actually do beyond base level toning and hydrating, but they are a lovely accompaniment through the hotter months.

Lush Lip Scrub – Santa

I’ve had this hanging around for a year or so, and I thought to myself, no, you need to get through it. So I’ve been devotedly scrubbing my lips every two days or so in the shower. It’s amazing how easily you can integrate a lip scrub into your routine without too much time or effort. The result? Smooth lips. Win win for me.

Luvenesco Face Cream

No. Dislike. Too perfumed, not hydrating enough and a bit of a shit product. I really just used this as much as I could because I despise wasting product.

Simple Face Wipes
Quite enjoyable to use. These wipes were good for quickly wiping off makeup or excess grime and stayed moist the entire time the packet was open – that’s a win in my book.

Tony Moly Peach Punch Foam Cleanser
Another product I just wanted to use up. Whilst this cleanser in general was not bad, it was so ridiculously perfumed that it made me wary of using it on my face – never a good thing. It cleansed well but left the skin a bit “squeaky clean” which I hate.

The Body Shop White Musk Sport EDT
A nice, inoffensive scent. I enjoyed this one on days where I didn’t want a scent too overpowering. It’s a nice all-rounder with a generic masculine scent.

Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover
This is good. Good, good, good.

The Body Shop Shower Gel – Fijian Water Lotus
I loved this scent, it’s a beautiful fresh scent, with a bit of a marine twinge. Really enjoyable to use and foams up really nicely.

The Body Shop Shower Gel – Japanese Cherry Blossom
See above except it’s a light floral scent. Not something I’d get again, but enjoyable enough all the same.

The Body Shop Shower Gel – Italian Summer Fig
Ahh I have such a love/hate relationship with this fragrance. It starts off fruity and then goes quite sweet on me, with a musky undertone. It’s not great, but it’s nice to use on occasion. I feel like this is a very acquired scent. Few people will like it.

Sunsilk Longer and Stronger Conditioner
I’ve always enjoyed the Sunsilk ranges and this one was no exception. Whilst no conditioner will ever do a great deal to my type of hair (think thin as fuck), it adds a nice level of hydration whenever my hair is a tad dry.

Carmex Lip Balm
My go-to at the moment. Really enjoyable and a cult classic for a reason.

Nivea Micellar Wipes
Ugh never again! Rough as all hell and dried out halfway through the packet. NEXT!

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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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My Iconic Skincare Products

By January 11, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

The word iconic tends to get bandied around a bit in skincare circles. Every other month a company has their new “iconic” product out that promises to be even better than the last range. Of course by and large this is just marketing, but sometimes you do stumble across a product that truly does work for your skin – in my books, this gives it iconic status.

I have pruned, culled and eviscerated my skincare collection to determine the true iconic products for my skin. These are the best of the best and I have presented them according to category. Keep in mind that I have combination skin, meaning that I get oily in my t zone (especially during summer). It’s not overly sensitive either. You should always know your skin type before purchasing or trying products.

Cleanser – Vitaman Facial Cleanser

A surprising addition to this list, I was only very recently introduced to the Vitaman cleanser. It’s grapefruit scent and soothing, yet thorough, cleanse quickly made it a staple in my routine. The pump bottle means that it’s perfect for shower cleanses, quick and easy. It doesn’t have many nasties in it, yet still manages to foam up nicely without stripping the skin. I find that it removes any unnecessary oil, grime and makeup effectively. Usually I’m suspicious of “man branded” skincare as I usually find it to be full of fragrance, but this one is starting to change my opinions a bit!

Toner – Alpha H Liquid Gold

Can one really produce an iconic skincare post without including this cult fave? It’s earned its acclaim for a good reason – it’s truly phenomenal. I’ve included this in the toner section as you apply it the same way you would a toner, but it’s almost like a liquid exfoliant in some ways. It works to really refine the skin’s texture and regenerate any dull or tired looking skin. My skin can sometimes look quite dull, so this product is a life saver! I whip it out about once a week and I find that that’s enough to keep my skin looking fresh. If you have sensitive skin I probably wouldn’t recommend this as it can be quite harsh. But otherwise, I can’t say enough good things about it!

Exfoliator – Alpha H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub

Alpha H is getting a few mentions in this list! This Glycolic acid scrub has a bit of a microdermabrasion effect and really works well on smoothing skin and refining pores. The exfoliating beads are finely milled and don’t contain any sharp edges, meaning that your skin isn’t getting cut up. The scrub works well to exfoliate off any excess dead skin and clears any blocked pores. This allows any serums/moisturisers or oils to penetrate the skin more effectively, increasing the benefits you receive from them.

Serum – The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

Wow, what a truly iconic product. Since integrating this bad boy into my routine I’ve noticed such a dramatic improvement in the texture and moisture levels of my skin. My skin is smoother and more hydrated than ever. The serum contains stem cells from three separate plants, meaning that the collagen in the face is replenished. I literally can’t say enough good things about this serum.

Day Moisturiser – Simple Light Moisturiser

Whoever said that drugstore skincare brands were shit clearly hadn’t tested out this moisturiser. It’s phenomenal. I use it every single morning and have done so for years. It sinks straight in, doesn’t leave a residue, yet my skin is hydrated all night. It’s a truly great product. It doesn’t have any fragrance or excess nasties, it just gets in and does the job.

Night Moisturiser – Apotekah Original Face Cream

Apotekah is an up and coming brand that has some truly phenomenal products. The original face cream is a really great, honest product. Similar to the Simple product above, it doesn’t have much fragrance and works well to just get the job done. It’s a bit of a dryer texture, meaning that you have to massage it in to your face, which I find results in better penetration of the product. I definitely prefer this one to gel moisturisers which I find don’t hydrate as effectively as a thicker cream. Plus I find that the texture of this cream works well with any oils or extra serums that I may add in to my routine.  Don’t forget that you can get 10% off any Apotekah product by using the code MATTH10.

Facial Oil – Apotekah Facial Treatment Oil

Containing Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Geranium, Patchouli, Vitamin E and Carrot Seed Oils, this beautiful oil smooths nicely over the skin, adding excess hydration and suppressing excess sebum production. This is my absolute favourite oil to use as I find that the blend works well for my skin type and it doesn’t over stimulate my skin, which I find that some other oils can do. I find that many people are a bit scared of using oils on their face, so I’ll definitely do a post in the future explaining why they are so effective.

Treatment – The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Serum

I’m lucky in the fact that I rarely have to use a treatment on any pimples. However I find that tea tree products have been the best at reducing the size and redness of any problem areas quickly. Benzac Peroxide cream used to work really well for me, but I found that my skin was starting to get used to it, so I switched back to tea tree. This serum is just a light lotion that I smooth over my skin after serum and before moisturiser at night, if I have any blemishes. I find that they are really reduced by morning and typically after two days are basically nothing.

Eye Cream – Lancome Genefique Yeux Eye Cream

If you’re going to splurge on one thing, make sure it’s your eye cream. The skin around the eye is the most delicate on the face, and the one that requires the most specialty products. This lovely cream contains anti ageing products and works to protect the delicate eye skin. I’ve noticed a bit of a reduction in my dark circles and a significant decrease in the puffiness of the skin. Being a contacts wearer, there is a lot of stress placed on the entire eye area, and this definitely helps to correct and contain that. Worth the investment I promise.

Lip Cream – Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment

I mean was there ever another option? This bad boy may contain petroleum jelly, but it’s still the only product I’ve found that manages to keep my lips moist all night long. It’s a classic for a reason people.

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Winterproofing Your Skin

By June 30, 2016 Words

Words by Matt Huxley

Yes! It’s finally winter. My ice-cold soul is finally happy because the outside temperature matches my heart.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. Specifically your skin. More specifically, how you need to protect it even more in winter. The amount of people that I see continuing on their same summer skincare routine is ridiculous. As the weather changes, so does the effect it has on your skin. Where there was summer oiliness there’s now winter dryness. So what are the products we can use to winter proof our skin? Read on good readers. What a sentence Matt. Well done. Ps keep going to the end of this post for a cute lil Youtube video I did on this topic. Whilst you’re there make sure you click through and subscribe 😉 help a boy out.



V05 Moisturising shampoo

I must admit, I’d kind of discounted a lot of V05 stuff after a spate of bad experiences with their products. BUT. This shampoo is pretty decent, and for the price tag, It’s one I’m definitely going to recommend to y’all. If you’re after something a tad more hydrating, make sure you’re looking for shampoos containing argan oil – this will build in the oils to your hair.

Nak Hair Moisturiser

I’d never heard of a hair moisturiser before testing out this Nak product. It definitely adds a lot of hydration back into the hair, and with a built in heat protectant it’s definitely a winner both pre and post blowdrying.

Redken Diamond Oil

PSA: Do not put in this product prior to going anywhere. Your hair will turn into an oily mess and whilst it’ll be amazing for it, you’ll leave a shine trail everywhere you go. Having said that, it’s also the best hair oil I’ve ever tried.

Schwarzkopf Spray Conditioner

This spray conditioner has been a stable in my hairdrobe (it’s a word, deal with it!) for a while now. It provides a nice amount of light hydration and a pleasant scent – perfect for those days where you don’t want an oil slick!

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St Ives Elastin and Collagen Moisturiser

Omg. This is literally my queen! I bow to it every morning. Not literally but ya know. This is the shit. It sinks in quickly, hydrates me, prevents that annoying tight feeling after a hot shower and is the all round

Cotton On Body Body Oil

I do enjoy a good body oil, and this one has a really nice coconut smell. It can linger a tad long for my liking, but his is mainly my hairy areas – legs. Definitely gets the job done.


Pretty similar to the previous oil, but I wanted to show this to you guys as well as I don’t feel like this brand gets the love it deserves. It’s a nice oil with a cute lime and coconutty scent.

Lush Great Barrier Body Bar

A really handy in-shower moisturiser. This bar has three uses in it, perfect for a mid shower wipe down. Doesn’t leave a residue, yet leaves you hydrated.

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Simple Cream Cleanser

I personally don’t really use a cleanser during winter, because my skin is already dry enough. So when I do it definitely has to be a creamy one, so that the skin isn’t stripped even further. This Simple one has no nasties and does the job.

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Alpha H Liquid Gold

This is Alpha H’s iconic product and it really does deserve all the love it receives. Use it like a toner to swipe away all the dead skin cells that accumulate in the dryer weather.

Alpha H Microfoliant

If you prefer a physical exfoliant, this is a very fine one that I love. It gets the job done.

Innisfree Volcanic Clay Exfoliator

A slightly chunkier exfoliant, this Innisfree one contains volcanic clay and ash from Jeju Island which is pretty cool. Another brand I’d encourage you to check out.

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Layering Products

Indeed Skincare Hydraluron Serum

In winter I definitely find that I need to layer products under my moisturiser. A decent hydrating serum goes a long way in ensuring that your skin stays moist.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

Another serum, this one is a bit of a thinner formula, so it penetrates into your skin a bit easier than the previous one. I love this one so much omg.

Tony Moly Water Bomb Moisturiser

This is a light gel moisturiser that soaks in perfectly under a thicker cream one. Definitely one to order.

Sukin Chia Seed Oil

I do love a good facial oil. This is a newbie I recently picked up and I’ve been loving it. It gives a good amount of hydration and Chia seed oil is something I haven’t seen before, so it’s interesting to give it a go.

Rosehip + Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is definitely one of the best oils for your face. Over time, you’ll notice a big reduction in marks, dryness and fine lines. Squeeze a few drops out of the dropper and press into your face prior to moisturising, definitely the thing to help you combat that winter dryness.

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Crop Oil Moisturiser

This is something of an all in one product. It contains a few different sorts of oils, meaning that you don’t need to layer your products.

Simple Light Moisturiser

You guys have heard me bang on about this enough, this is my daily face moisturiser, I love it, I’ve been through at least 15 bottles and it’s amazing.

Lush Shangri-La Moisturiser

This is a bit of a new product for me, and one that I’ve definitely enjoyed testing out. It’s uber hydrating and contains all good stuff. Definitely one to look into picking up.

Cetaphil Dry Skin Moisturiser

This is the be all and end all if you love really thick cream moisturisers. This will hydrate the fuck out of you, and whilst it’s pore cloggingly thick, it’s non comedogenic. Win.

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Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

I would assume that everyone already has this in their bathroom cabinet.

Lancôme Genefique Yeux Eye Cream

Admittedly I have not tried too many different eye creams. However I picked this up at duty free years ago and it still works for me.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Perfect to add that last little bit of hydration!


Check out the video I made on this topic:

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How To Make Skincare

By March 28, 2016 Words

Words by Matt Huxley

I am unashamedly lazy when it comes to certain things… getting out of bed… washing my face daily and actually making sure that I’m not in imminent danger of running out of contact lenses.

So when Andrea from Eatnik and I decided to collab to make some homemade skincare, I was dubious. I don’t have the time (or money) to create a full on range (yet), but when Andrea said we could do several items just from things she had in her house, I was intrigued.

We ended up deciding to make three skincare items from scratch. Head on over to Andrea’s blog for the actual recipes and over to my Youtube to watch the BTS of us creating. Or keep reading to see my views on what we made!

Cinnamon Lip Scrub

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I love me a good lip scrub. They work incredibly well to make your lips soft and supple, perfect for right before applying lip balm or lipstick (if that’s yo jam). I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out. The sugar used was relatively fine, meaning that it wasn’t painful or harsh to use and the addition of the coconut oil means that you were moisturising as you went so to speak. Scrub, balm and tasty treat all in one? I’m sold.

Avocado and Honey Face Mask

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Avocado face masks are always a good go-to if you can find them. They manage to moisturise and smooth your skin all at the same time. With this mask we made the decision to add yogurt to it, which probably wasn’t the best decision looking back as it made it less moisturising than I would’ve liked. The lactic acids in the yogurt acted as an exfoliant. Whilst it wasn’t overly harsh, and in fact my skin looked very clear after use, we were aiming for something a bit more moisturising. So this is definitely a good mask if you want something that’s going to refine and smooth your skin a lot more.

Cucumber, Green Tea and Mint Face Spritz

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Face spritzes are a bit of a fad trend in skincare of late, but there’s no denying that they do play their part in facial maintenance. This one is very refreshing and soothing, perfect for spraying before moisturiser, spritzing over makeup and cooling your face throughout the day. I love a good face mist, and this one definitely is super easy to make. The steeped cucumber, tea and mint add various minerals and nutrients into the water that are beneficial for the skin. This is just an all-round good spritz to keep on hand.

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My Top 5 Cleansers

By September 19, 2015 Words

Words by Matt Huxley

One of the most fundamental aspects of cleaning your face is cleansing. It’s the initial step. The one that removes all the makeup, oils, sweat, dirt, and other crap that builds up during your life on your face.

I probably don’t cleanse as much as I should. I find that my skin reacts better if I use a toner or a face wipe daily and then a cleanser as I need it. But if you wear heavy makeup every day, or were outside for long periods of time, for example, I would strongly suggest cleansing daily. It allows your skin to breathe and replenish itself, leaving you with clearer, more beautiful skin.

What are my favourite cleansers? I’m glad you asked. Here they are.

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5. Simple Skincare Cleansing Lotion

This is quite a good cream cleanser. I find that it generally works best on pre-cleansed skin, or skin without any makeup on. I generally prefer a foaming cleanser to any cream cleanser, which is why this one is so low.

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4. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Cleanser

This is a really nice foaming cleanser. It works up into a lather easily and it doesn’t have too many nasties in it. The one issue I have with it is that it can sometimes be a little harsh on my skin. Therefore I only use it when my skin really needs a stronger clean.

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3. Ole Henriksen Melting Cleanser

I love me a jelly cleanser, and this is the best I’ve encountered. Rub it on your face, makeup an all, then wipe it over with water. The cleanser will turn to a milk and takes off all the crap without being drying or harsh. I really enjoy this product.

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2. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

This is the first charcoal cleanser that I’ve used, and It’s really good. It doesn’t foam up much but it gives the skin a really nice deep clean. It’s not harsh and I think that it’d be suitable for all skin types.

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1. Garnier Anti Shine Cleansing Gel

A beautiful foaming cleanser, this is my favourite out of the products I currently own. It’s not my overall fave – that would be the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. But this is a very good dupe for it. It foams up incredibly easily, takes off the grime, and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and flawless. Plus it’s super affordable. Win.

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