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The Curated: Beauty product loves

17th June, 2020

If there’s an area of my life where recommendations are always welcome, it’s in the beauty department. I love hearing what products people are loving and why they rate it so highly. So when The Curated panel offered up their fave beauty go-tos used at the height of iso, I was excited to find a few new products to add to my list. Hopefully after scrolling through the below you’ll also find a new fave or two to fall in love with.

The Curated panel: presenter, journalist and producer Ksenija Lukich; artist and style curator and founder of Where did your style go? Tash Sefton; influencer Nadia Fairfax, stylist Elliot Garnaut, influencer Rey Vakili; Ostelin and Johnson’s baby ambassador, Phoebe BurgessElle Effect founder and creative director, Elle Ferguson; influencer, Anna Heinrich

Me

“Fake tan, always a mood lifter! At the moment I’m loving the range from Bondi Sands.” 

Anna Heinrich

“For me it’s about sticking to my usual beauty regime and continue to put on makeup, for me to feel alive and somewhat “normal”. My go-to foundation is currently Too Faced [in the shade] Born This Way.”

Elle Ferguson

“[My go-to products would have to be] Elle Effect Self Tanning Mousse and Kora Organics Noni Oil.” 

Nadia Fairfax

“[I am using] Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex,  anything from Lanolips and masks from Aceology, Rationale and Magicstripes.”

Ksenija Lukich

“[I use] AHC Hydra Gold Foil masks. I normally save them for special occasions but as there aren’t many at the moment I like to treat myself.”

Tash Sefton

“[I am currently using] face oils (oil cleansers and oils) from Rodin, Votary or Drunk Elephant and The Body Shop face masks—my fave is the coffee mask.” 

Rey Vakili

La Mer’s The Concentrate is my all-time favourite beauty product. It leaves your skin feeling like silk. And of course La Mer’s moisturising cream which I’ve also been using on my hands as well because they’re dry from all the sanitising!”

Elliot Garnaut

“I am literally slapping on Elle Effect self tanning mousse weekly. Nothing makes you feel better than having a tan.”

Phoebe Burgess

“Quarantine has been the rebirth of daily masking. Living make-up free and wearing tinted moisturiser for very special occasions like my bi-weekly trip to Bakers’ Delight means my skin has been able to breathe and I’ve been able to invest time and love back into it.

I’ve branched out from my usual Société Rejuvenating Peptide Masks (via The Clinic in Sydney) to exploring Aceology’s Modeling Masks (followed by a quick facial massage to smoosh the serum into my clean skin using their GuA Sha Facial Massager which is amazing [for treating things] like tension, inflammation and lymphatic drainage).”

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How to do a luxe facial at home according to top facialist Jocelyn Petroni

1st June, 2020
Jocelyn Petroni is one of the country’s top facialists

As one of the most sought after facialists in Australia, Jocelyn Petroni is an expert at how to achieve a beautiful, glowing complexion, particularly through a luxurious, relaxing facial. I’ve been lucky enough to experience one of her facials and all I can say is, it is heavenly and my skin looks absolutely incredible afterwards. So, what’s the key to a great DIY facial at home? Here, Jocelyn shares her expert tips.

What’s the key to a great at home facial?

Facial massage is the key component to a successful at home facial. Often we already have all the products and tools we need however the method we use them and the way in which we apply these to the skin could be improved. 

When performing an at home facial treatment each step of the facial should include a facial massage to get more out of the products you are currently using; your cleanse becomes a deep clean, your mask feeds the deepest cell layers and your moisturiser will have optimal product penetration.

Facial massage stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can slow down with our lifestyle. As we are staying at home more and moving around less frequently, our skin becomes asphyxiated. This means less oxygen and micronutrients are fed to the skin from the inside, cellular communication and turnover slows down so our skin can become dull and lack-lustre. 

Massaging the skin increases internal lymphatic drainage to treat congestion, feeds the skin from the inside and increases desquamation of skin cell from the surface of the skin.

What are the essentials everyone should have on hand before giving themselves a facial?

The essentials are cleanser, face cloth/washer, exfoliator, mask and moisturiser.

The right mood is crucial to a great facial

What are your tips for creating the right mood?

Personal space in your bathroom is all you need to create the right mood. I personally like to give myself a facial when my baby Georgia is asleep and I know I have time to myself. My bathroom is always super clean and there is usually a candle burning so the mood is always set for my daily skin routine. I have music playing in my bathroom and my facial routine is reflected in my playlist choice- if I’m deep cleaning and extracting I’ll listen to Dua Lipa, if I’m hydrating and healing I’ll play Vivaldi.

Can you share step-by-step how readers can give themselves an at home facial?

At home facials must include the essential three

  1. A thorough cleanse. You must double cleanse—the first to remove make up, dirt and debris the second to deep clean the pores and tissue. The first cleanse can be a micellar water, oil or cream cleanser. The second cleanser needs to be more deep cleaning, so use a foam, fruit acid or deep cleansing gel.
  2. Exfoliation. To slough away surface dry dead skin cells and decongest the skin. This will clear the pathway for optimal product absorption. Exfoliate for a good 30 seconds and don’t be afraid to use firm massage movements that will increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage as well as toning and relaxing facial muscles.
  3. Treatment masking. Can be to deep clean the skin with a clay mask, hydrate the skin with a nourishing mask, firm with a vitamin C mask or treat breakouts with a fruit acid mask. Personalise your mask by applying two masks to the skin and treating different areas with what they specifically require for example apply a clay mask to your nose to treat blackheads and a hydrating mask elsewhere to hydrate and nourish.


How much time should be set aside to complete the facial from start to finish? 

20 minutes

How often do you think we should be having facials?

At home facials can be most frequently every week, and at least once a month.

All it takes for a great at home facial is a few key products

Jocelyn’s tips on facial massage:

Schedule a facial while cleansing

The most convenient time to incorporate facial massage into your routine is whilst cleansing. This daily or twice daily cleanse can be transformed into an internal deep clean for the skin by simply following the direction of lymphatic flow. Stimulating lymphatic drainage clears congestion, treats puffiness around the eye area and improves the overall appearance of dull lacklustre skin. 

Don’t forget the eye massage!

Whilst applying eye cream take a moment to feel the ‘grooves’ under the bone that sits below the eyebrows. These acupressure points relieve stress from the area, to relax and rejuvenate the appearance of the eye area. 

Massage product into the skin before bed

If you like to wear a sleep mask to bed, massaging this product into the skin before bed will aid product penetration and enhance the benefits of the nourishing active ingredients. Be inquisitive when it comes to massaging your face and really start to feel the facial muscles and what feels good, explore firm pressure, use your palms and don’t be afraid to get into all the grooves.

A bath is a great time for a facial

I love taking a bath and this is the perfect time to apply my favourite mask and massage it into my skin, using the steam and massage movements to push the product into my skin.

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My 10-minute make up look

26th May, 2020

When I want a quick makeup look but don’t have much time I always turn to this particular routine. I can do it in 10 minutes and it’s perfect for daytime as it looks done without being over the top. I’m sharing how to do it step-by-step in the video above and I promise it’s super easy to do and the results achieve a polished finish.

All the products I’ve used are below, but obviously change it up according to the colours that suit you. Love to hear your thoughts and let me know if there are any other beauty tutorials you’d like me to do!

Base

Moisturiser: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser

Primer: Laura Mercier primer – radiance

Brushes: MAC foundation brush; MAC eyeshadow brush; MAC eye shader;

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere (I also use Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.5 or Clarins Everlasting Fluid in vanilla

Eyes:

Palette: Colorscience Beauty on the Go Mineral palette 

White eye liner: Loreal Superliner Le Khol in Immaculate Snow 

Eye lash curler: MAC full lash curler 

Brow pencil: Loreal Paris Brow Artist Skinny Definer pencil in dark blonde 

Brow gel: MAC clear gel 

Mascara: Max Factor Lash Revival

Shimmer: Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes palette

Lips:

Lip liner: MAC Oak lip pencil (or I also use Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk)

Lip Gloss: Marc Jacobs 344 Skin Deep in Enamoured 

Cheeks:

Contour palette and blush: Make Up Forever Pro Sculpting Palette (for blush I also like Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera)

Finish:

Setting powder: Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder

MAC powder blush brush

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The three iso beauty products I currently can’t live without

6th May, 2020

My beauty routine during isolation has become quite pared back and I’ve found myself gravitating towards the same products. I’ve been focusing on the basics and trying to hit reset on a few things — if I’m going to be at home for awhile, I figured I may as well take advantage of it. My focus has been on nourishing hair, skin and nails (the building blocks of any beauty look) and really giving them a big nourishing boost. Hopefully by the time things go back to normal they’ll all be in top condition and stronger and healthier than they were pre-isolation. Here are some of my current favourites.

Vida Glow Marine Collagen

I’ve always believed that if you start with a good foundation for your beauty look then everything else will just sit better and the result is a nicer finish. I’m currently taking Vida Glow marine collagen supplements twice a day and I can definitely see the difference in my hair, skin and nails. It’s a really easy thing to incorporate into my routine as I just mix a sachet with water and drink.

Nivea Rich Nourishing 48hr Body Cream

I’ve tried a range of body moisturisers but this is without a doubt my favourite. I like it because it’s unfussy and does what it’s supposed to which is essentially to nourish and moisturise my skin. It’s got a great consistency, smells really nice and I lather it on and walk away with skin that feels great. It’s also the easiest thing in the world to get as it’s stocked so widely.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

I’m trying to give my nails a break from nail polish to restore them. With events and race days on pause for awhile I figured it was the ideal time to avoid polish and just leave my nails be for awhile. Wearing nail polish so often can really take a toll so I’m using this Sally Hansen nail hardener to try and make them strong again.

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New beauty essentials for your gym bag

30th January, 2020

Sweating it out at the gym does wonders for our health and fitness but the flipside of smashing it out during a workout is that you inevitably end up in a less than ideal beauty state at the end of it. Contending with sweaty hair or makeup running down your face is less than ideal if you’ve got to head back to work or have event afterwards so here are some new beauty goodies worth adding to your gym bag kit.

Wander Beauty Extra Mileage Hair Refresher

You’re definitely going to need some assistance in the hair department after a workout and anything that helps refresh your locks is a must. A quick spritz of this (or other dry shampoo) will help you get your sweaty mane looking presentable again.

Agent Nateur Deodorant Stick

Of course a great deodorant is a non-negotiable in any gym bag. This one however, not only looks totally chic, it also contains no nasty chemicals and is scented with honey, lavender and eucalyptus.

Iles Formula Hair Turban

If you’re going to wash your hair at the gym then a quality hair turban like this will come in handy. Made from an extra soft microfibre, it quickly absorbs moisture while also helping to reduce static and breakage. It’s also perfect for keeping your hair off your face when you need to reapply your makeup.

Missoni Towel Set

When you’re trying to get yourself ready for the outside world again, a chic towel set will make it all the more luxe.

Clinique Fit Workout 24-hour mascara

The last thing you want during a workout is for all your mascara to be running down your face. This is where this little gem comes in handy. It’s sweat and humidity resistant and is designed for wearing while exercising so you won’t have to contend with any panda eyes the next time you train.

The Nue Co. Magnesium Ease Spray

Magnesium is commonly used by athletes to combat aching muscles and this spray will do just that. Spritz it on post-workout to help relieve any aches and pains.

Invisi Bobble Hair Ring

One of the annoying things about having to tie your hair up during a gym session is that you inevitably end up with a little kink in your hair from tying it up. If you want to sidestep this, this hair bobble will pull your hair back without leaving a telltale mark.

Yunni Beauty Flash Bath No-Rinse Body Cleanser

Don’t have time to spend ages in the shower after exercising? This almost too good to be true cleanser is the answer. It lifts that post-workout sweaty/dirty residue off your skin without the need for water. Perfect for when you need to get back to your desk but can’t bear the idea of not having showered.

Clinique Fit Workout+Face Hydrating Spray

Throwing yourself into a workout means you’ll likely end up a red, sweaty and hot afterwards. The answer? Spray this on to instantly feel refreshed and hydrated.

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The newest addition to my health and beauty routine

15th January, 2020
Vida Glow’s extensive range

There’s a seemingly endless array of supplements available out there and it’s hard to know what’s actually worth trying and what might be best left on the shelf. When it comes to Aussie supplements there’s generally a more stringent process involved with what gets approved for sale so you’re much more likely to find something that’s worth introducing into your routine. That said, I’ve tried my share with varying results. Now that I’m a busy mum juggling family and career I want something that delivers, something that enables me to see and feel a noticeable difference, especially if I’m making the effort to introduce it into my already hectic routine.

For this reason I recently started working with Aussie ingestible beauty brand Vida Glow and love the results I’m seeing so far. Founded by Anna Lahey, the brand started with an ingestible marine collagen supplement in 2014, and has grown exponentially and now has an online presence in over 50 countries. Along with their marine collagen range, they’ve recently released a new supplement called Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox which is an effervescent powder designed to fight the signs of ageing caused from environmental accelerators (sleep deprivation, stress, pollution/climate). As a friend of the brand, I’ve introduced it into my health routine and have really noticed the difference.

Collagen is the protein which binds cells and tissues together and is naturally produced by the body, however as we age it decreases which can in turn affect the condition of our skin and hair. Vida Glow’s marine collagen helps to boost the body’s natural ability to produce collagen. Since I’ve introduced a collagen supplement into my routine I’ve noticed my hair and nails are stronger, my skin feels more toned and hydrated and it even helps with muscle recovery. It’s so easy too—I just pop a sachet into a glass of water and I’ve had my daily dose without even really needing to think about it.

As someone who invests in their skin and hair a lot, everything from regular visits to the hairdresser to facials and skincare, it’s good to be able to boost the effects of those efforts from the inside out. After all I’ve always said that if you start with a good base of healthy hair and a great complexion then the rest of your beauty routine will fall around that.

The newest addition to the Vida Glow family: Anti-G-Ox which fights the signs of ageing.
With Vida Glow founder Anna Lahey at the recent launch of the Anti-G-Ox supplement

This post was produced in collaboration with Vida Glow

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Beauty resolutions to make in 2020

12th January, 2020

You may have your wardrobe sorted for 2020 but what about your beauty routine? Given that it’s something that you do day in and day out, it’s worth spending a bit of time revisiting it to see what’s working and what’s not.

Now is the time to assess whether your old favourites are delivering or whether you need to find something else to cater to your current beauty needs. I know beauty can get expensive so it pays to hone it down to the essentials that will really deliver bang for their buck. Here are the key areas that I think are worth prioritising.

Do a regular beauty product detox

This is a definite non-negotiable. I know it’s difficult to part with anything in your beauty stash (particularly when it’s packaged up beautifully) but there’s a reason why cosmetics and skincare products have an expiry date. Often the efficacy of the ingredients or the quality of the product is compromised after a certain period of time. If you want to ensure it’s doing its job, it’s better to use products to death early on rather than save them and then risk it going bad.

Get a professional consultation

I always pick up some great tips and also learn new things about my skin, makeup and skincare regime every time I work with a beauty professional so I think it’s worth having a consultation just to see if your current routine is suiting your skin and beauty needs. Whether it’s a makeup consult or a skincare assessment, often there might be a new product or technique that may suit your requirements and this is a great way to find out about them.

Prioritise your skin

I’m a firm believer that all things beauty start with a great blank canvas: your skin. A great complexion ensures that your makeup has a great finish and will sit beautifully. So if you’re going to invest in anything this year, make sure it’s beauty products and treatments that will go towards the health of your skin.

Push your beauty boundaries

It’s easy to fall into a beauty rut doing the same thing day in and day out but it’s a good idea to change it up once in awhile and a brand new year is a great time to do it. Whether it’s changing your hair, wearing bolder colours or simply trying new beauty treatments, I think it’s always nice to refresh your beauty regime.

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Style masterclass: Party season dressing

12th December, 2019

Party season is well and truly upon us which means Christmas parties, catch-ups with friends and lots of festive gatherings. If you have plenty of parties up ahead, it can become difficult trying to figure out what to wear to each occasion, not to mention the fact it can get expensive trying to have a new outfit for every event. This is why it’s important to make your wardrobe work harder and smarter to ensure that not only do you look amazing, but that you can keep using pieces over and over again. Here are some of my key tips for successful party dressing.

Follow the dress code

It’s only appropriate and respectful to follow a party’s dress code so ensure that whatever you decide to wear is in keeping with what the host has requested. So whether it’s cocktail, casual or wearing canary yellow from head to toe, make sure you stick to what’s required. Plus this gives you the ideal starting point for your outfit—there’s no point shopping for a party dress if you’re off to a casual BBQ.

Think beyond the dress

A great cocktail dress is always perfect for party season, however think outside the box. A jumpsuit teamed with heels and some statement accessories can look equally as glamorous as a dress. A skirt teamed with a silk cami can also be a great option.

An LBD is your fail-safe option

I’ve never ever gone wrong with a black dress for an event. It just works. If you want to avoid spending a fortune, find one really simple black dress, in a great quality fabric such as silk and use it as the foundation for a party outfit. If you want to wear the same dress to multiple occasions, keep it as simple and plain as possible to get the most mileage out of it; an embellished dress with a really unique neckline for example won’t be as versatile as a something that has cleaner lines because it’s so identifiable. Once you have the perfect LBD, mix up your accessories, add a statement heel or pop on a jacket over the top to change up the look. Buy once, wear multiple times!

Accessories are key

Every girl should have a few key accessories she can call on for slightly dressier occasions. A great statement necklace or earrings and a beautiful cocktail ring can really elevate an outfit to something more glamorous.

Have fun with your clutch

A clutch is a must for party season. It’s always on aspect of my outfit that I like to have fun with and favour pieces that pop. Often I’ll incorporate colour or interesting shapes or fun embellishments as I find it’s a part of my outfit that I can afford to be adventurous with. If however you favour classic pieces, I also think a great black clutch (I’ve had the one above for awhile and it’s always in rotation) is always a great option to have in your wardrobe. Black is a colour that works with virtually any outfit and for any occasion and the fact that it’s a streamlined design without too much embellishment means it’s a wardrobe chameleon that can be used multiple times.

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!

The right pair of shoes can really make or break an outfit. I always buy a statement shoe per season that I can wear with multiple outfits, usually in a black or nude colour to really get the most wear out of it. Also be sure to break them in beforehand. There’s nothing worse than heading out for an evening and discovering that your shoes are the most painful things you’ve ever had the displeasure of walking in.

Experiment with your hair and makeup

Sometimes an outfit can be steered into party territory simply with the right hair and makeup. For something slightly more glam, amp up the intensity of your eye makeup and opt for a smoky eye or wear a bright, bold lipstick. When it comes to hair, master the art of a great at-home blow dry as this is a great failsafe option for most events. If you’re feeling adventurous there are myriad hair tutorials out there for up-dos such as a polished ponytail or a sleek bun. Natural beachy waves are also big this season, just be sure to add a bit of sea salt spray for grip and texture and always brush out any curls to avoid them looking too ‘done’.

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What I Wore: Vida Glow Event

5th December, 2019

It’s always great to be invited to host an event and I was thrilled to be asked to do so at the recent Vida Glow launch. The setting was in Sydney’s Botanic Garden so I was after an outfit that was both polished and on trend but also light and airy in keeping with the natural surroundings. I came across this Kate Spade dress in my search and it definitely fit the brief. The crisp white colour was perfect for a day event, while the beautiful floral detail was just the thing to really lift the dress and give it an elegant touch, and who can ever resist a pretty bow?

I wanted to maintain a uniform look throughout so instead of a contrasting heel, I went for a white minimalist shoe which helped tie the outfit together. Also, I can’t resist wearing white from head to toe as it’s such a strong look and looks really fresh. Simple jewellery and subtle waves were all this ensemble needed to complete the look.

Photography by Chloe Paul

Shop the Look:

Dress: Kate Spade (soon to be released); Shoes, Tony Bianco (soon to be released)

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How to ensure your makeup goes the distance at the races according to a makeup artist

4th November, 2019

Michael Brown is my go-to makeup artist for many an event. He’s worked with me on everything from Fashion Week to the races and many a launch, and one of the great things I’ve learned from him is how to ensure makeup lasts. For long days trackside, you want to take the proper steps to keep your face looking as fresh as it did when you walked out the door. There’s nothing worse than being all dolled up, only for your makeup to let you down because your eye shadow’s all but disappeared or your T-Zone is looking shiny. But there’s an art to makeup longevity and here’s how to do it, with tips from the man himself.

Prep your skin

As with most things, the more you prep the better the result. Michael says, “Trackside beauty needs to go the distance and it all comes down to good skin prep, so your makeup has that perfect bond.”

The combination of a long day and standing in the harsh sunlight can mean that your makeup is very visible and that means you need to ensure that you hydrate your skin as much as possible for a nice finish. To do this Michael says, “I recommend a sheet mask before you apply foundation/concealer. Sheet masks hug the skin, trapping all the moisture and goodness so that it can be absorbed correctly.” The more hydrated your skin is the better your makeup will look.

Have the right finish

All good makeup needs to look polished and if your skin has a tendency to go shiny Michael suggests using “a mattifying or blurring primer on your T-Zone to minimise shine coming through your makeup as the day goes on.”

It’s also important to ‘set’ your makeup. “[Use a] translucent powder and dab into shine prone areas with a Beauty Blender — this can really lock powder to skin. But you don’t want to be over powdering all day, as this can look dry, so invest in an appropriate primer to match your skin’s habits, such as going shiny when wearing makeup.”

Blend, blend, blend

Adopt the right technique when applying your eye makeup and you’ll find that most of the time it won’t budge. “Eye makeup generally stays put, once it’s applied, if its really pressed or blended correctly,” says Michael. “Try smudging and really blending product into eye skin, so there is a bond, rather than just dusting on top where it can easily fade.”

Dab your lipstick

A beautiful pout is perfect for a day at the races and Michael suggests opting for a long lasting lipstick which will stay in place throughout the day. “For those that prefer comfort over long wear (as they can feel dry) try dabbing your lipstick with your fingertip for application. This will bond and drain the pigment, so it’s actually in the lip, not sitting on top,” says Michael.

Carry concealer

What’s the number one thing every girl should have in her bag at the races? “Concealer! You never know when you might need a little brighten around the nose, mouth or under the eye, it can be that instant fresh effect we all sometimes need,” says Michael.

So if you want your makeup to stay Insta-worthy throughout the day, it’s worth investing the time and effort to ensure that you’ve locked your look in with the right prep. A few extra minutes spent in front of the mirror will avoid any makeup dramas and keep you looking fresh faced whilst trackside.