What’s in my Beauty Drawer.

From beauty bargains to high-end cult products, serums, sunscreens and everything in between, my skin care routine is FINALLY locked down and my quest for the perfect complexion is complete.

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I’m really not asking for much – I simply want luminous, wrinkle-free, blemish-free skin! I’ve been told I’m a perfectionist and, when it comes to my skin, I most certainly am. With so many cleansers, creams, scrubs and treatments on the market (and all worth $$$$$$$!), who wouldn’t expect perfection?

Over the past 12 months, I’ve made it my mission to trial as many concoctions, brands and regimes as possible to determine the perfect formula for my skin. One that both repairs the damage already done and protects me from the ageing process that is to come.

I’ve been doing my research; quizzing facialists, make up artists, models (hello, they look perfect – I’d be crazy NOT to ask them!) and health professionals; and trialling everything from supermarket bargains through to pricey designer buys and have FINALLY found a regime that works. Some have called me “obsessed” (ahem… Josh) but, for someone who prefers minimal make up and has minimal time to apply make up, healthy skin is a must. I’m finally at a point where I am wearing no make up more often than I do and I receive countless compliments on my skin when I am foundation-free. Mission accomplished!

I wouldn’t have perfected my beauty routine if others hadn’t shared their knowledge or skin journeys so I feel it’s only good karma to share mine. Please note these brands and routines work for ME and my current situation (i.e. 30 years old and heavily pregnant) so they may not all work wonders for you. I hope you all manage to find at least one skin-saviour in here and learn to look beyond the price tag or brand name when adding to your own beauty drawer.

First things first…

Good skin starts from the inside so I make sure I drink between 2-3 litres per day. Without fail. I also aim to exercise 3-4 times per week however this doesn’t include my daily walks with Oscar and Chilli. I also wear sunscreen every day. I’m SUPER fussy when it comes to sunscreens and love this Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+ as it feels just like a moisturiser.

Day Routine.

Cleanse: Simplicite Sundew Cleansing Milk. Super gentle and creamy and perfect for dry or sensitive skin (I tend to have dry skin). I use a generous amount, massage into the skin and then leave on for a good minute before wiping off with warm water.  

Tone: Simplicite Hydrating Floral Toning Spritz. I find toners often sting or dry out my skin and this has the opposite effect - cooling and nourishing. Can also be used throughout the day to freshen up.

Moisturise: Depending on my day (make up/ no make up; inside/ outside) I rotate between the Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Day Cream with SPF 15+ and the Simplicite Oil Controlled Day Crème which is specifically formulated to improve the appearance of blemishes.

Sunscreen: Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+

Tint: By Terry Lumi Serum in shade Sunny Flash

On most days (and now even work days), this is all use on my face! No make up. Just fresh, dewy, glowing skin. Sometimes I pop on some highlighter, fill in my brows and curl my lashes but that is the extent of it.

Night Routine:

Cleanse: Simplicite Sundew Cleansing Milk.

Scrub: I scrub at least twice a week and rotate between the Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub (gentle) and the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste (rough) depending on my skin’s needs… and how hectic my tan was that week! I’m about to start trialling the Simplicite One Step Exfoliating Cleanser (designed for blemished skin and also reduces scarring) and Exfoliating Face Treatment (can also be used as a mask and is designed to plump and tighten) however need to complete some patch tests first. Watch this space!

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Tone: Simplicite Hydrating Floral Tonight Spritz.

Serums: I used to use the Sunday Riley Luna Oil and LOVED this product however I’ve stopped using Retinol while pregnant.

Depending on my skin’s needs, I rotate between…

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. My sister put me onto Mario B, which is nearly ALWAYS sold out as it is effective AND CHEAP! Get in quick ladies!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. I was gifted this product in a David Jones goodie bag and am so grateful – the minute I introduced this product, I felt my entire skin routine settle in to place and saw immediate results. Super expensive but I’m addicted. This is the SHIT!

I’ve also recently discovered the Simplicite Capillary Serum and couldn’t believe my luck! Since falling pregnant, I’ve had issues with capillary flare-ups on my face (very red chin and cheeks due to the extra blood pumping around my body) so this is a lifesaver. It repairs the appearance of weakened, visible surface lines and helps to strengthen these to combat future damage. EXACTLY what I am after.

Oil: Simplicite Sage Face Oil. Helps with hyperpigmentation and dry skin. I pat all over my face then massage in.

Eye Cream: Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Eye Cream.

Moisturiser: Similar to my serums, I rotate my night moisturisers depending on my skin’s needs…

The Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting cream - if it’s good enough for Jesinta Campbell, it’s good enough for me. The texture is super creamy and quite heavy but it goes on light as air.

Simplicite Lemon Night Crème - lightweight and smells DELICIOUS! This is what I use in conjunction with the facial oil as it leaves my skin feeling hydrated rather than oily. 

Clinique Moisture Surge – for when my skin needs a big drink of water.

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I then apply a facemask every week and switch between the Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque and the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask.

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