With a double hit of long weekends raring to go (at least in NSW – sorry, everyone else), I thought it would be a good time, if it’s ever a good time, to share my weekend beauty regime as in this month’s ELLE Australia, as well as a few new friends that I’ve picked up since I wrote it up for the team:
Mecca Cosmetica Signature Sunscreen for Face, Body and Hands: particularly for those of us in Australia, I cannot even express the importance of having sun protection on your face and exposed body parts at all times. Healthy skin is something I’m asked about more often than I am about all things fashion-related, and I can tell you now that as much as genetics do play into long-lasting smooth skin, the culture of protecting one’s shell from harsh UV is a lot more prevalent across Asia than it is in Australia (even if it is sometimes for interesting reasons). Most girls I know recoil at the thought of constantly sporting sunscreen for fear of breaking out and smelling questionable. Shut up and get across this range:
it’s light, smells pretty, does the job. Day to day, I always have SPF on my face, and now that I’m driving a lot more, I’ve noticed how much my hands sit on the wheel and fry. Sun safety is the fountain of youth.
Guerlain Météorites Voyages Pressed Powder: this fresh compact is a godsend when you’re straight off a plane (or a big night, as the case may be) with an early start and looming day of meetings. While it’s not going to physically wake you up, the illumination and freshness that comes with a little on each cheek apple, the top of your nose, your cupid’s bow and your chin, is nothing short of a miracle. I also like that it can be used on any skin tone, similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s bronze and glow palette.
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator: another one with the midas touch, more appropriate for make-up free days, when dewy benefits of a face full of coconut oil is not as viable. This one is also a great eyeshadow substitute on the inner corners of your eyes.
NARS Shadow Pencil: I’m no eye-makeup scientist (I leave that to Abbey Love). This is eyeshadow 101 for dummies id est moi: inner and outer corners of the eye, the bridge of your nose (blend it) if you’re feeling dull, and your cupid’s bow, because why the hell not.
Belmondo ‘RAIN’ and ‘AFTER THE RAIN’: since I started using these a few weeks ago, I’ve had considerably less skin dryness as the cold sets in. If you have oily skin, or you live in a sweaty climate, I’d definitely recommend a more thorough cleanser (Aesop is always a winner on that front), but if you’re on the normal or even dry end of the scale, this dynamic duo are all you need in the cooler months.
Balmain Extatic: is my new daytime go-to (sorry Chloé) – the fragrance is more confident without being all up in your face sexy. I’m not going to pretend to understand the high notes and chemistry behind this bottled gold – but I like it, and you should give it a go.
NARS Lip Gloss: I’ve managed to replace my favourite Étude House stains, but this gloss-stain hybrid has been tiding me over pretty well. Though it looks dark in the tube, it’s more of a berry in person, and works beautifully with denim and nude clothing, for the record.
Guerlain Cils D’Eender Maxi Lash Mascara: only for night-time or white lighting situations (I smile too much, upon which mascara is no longer my friend), but this has been the best one I’ve tried to date, alongside a waterproof Laura Mercier tube that I may or may not have lost in an airport somewhere.
The Body Shop Mineral Powder Blotting Tissues: when the going gets too dewy, blot to the rescue.
All variety of jewels by Ford & Harris, Claire Aristides, Sarah & Sebastian, and Gold Philosophy