This morning after brekkie at the beach I took a quick trip to pick up a couple of new beauty buys. I ended up coming away with two new M.A.C goodies: matte blush in Melba and Lightful Marine moisturiser. I’m beyond excited to try these, theres something about popping on a fresh new cream that hydrates and gives skin a glow, perfect for when you’re spending your time out dehydrating your skin in sun and sea. I picked the Melba blush because it was the perfect colour to complement sun-kissed skin (whether real or from a bottle).

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While Summer isn’t officially here yet, it sure felt like it last weekend with killer weather all long weekend here in Sydney. I got to clock up some beach hours, did some snorkelling, chilled at a few of my favourite spots… fingers crossed for an equally good weekend this weekend. How are you spending yours?

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Recently, I’ve started trying to be a little more aware of what I’m putting into my body; sure I still make the odd stop at KFC or have a sneaky pizza night but I’m slowly but surely incorporating good foods into my diet. And I’m actually loving it. I’ll soon be 25 and I think it’s only with a little maturity (if you aren’t the naturally disciplined type when it comes to junk food – I’m definitely not) to finally realise how good it actually is to treat your body well.

My mid morning snack was Chobani coconut yoghurt with blueberries and raspberries. Deeeelish. Another combo I’ve been smashing lately is lemon yoghurt with strawberries and mandarin.

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It’s currently Winter in Sydney and every year at this time of year my skin goes into BITCH MODE. Bitch mode is characterised by random breakouts, dryness, dullness, dark circles, oiliness on top of dryness… you get the idea. As I’ve gotten a little older I’ve learnt to recognise the signs my skin is changing with the weather and combat it the following way:

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Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer (above)

1. Do a deep cleanse once a week. The rest of the week I’m pretty lazy and prefer just to use face wipes to remove makeup and generally clean my face. (Simple Skincare make the best ones I’ve found by the way). To do a deep cleanse, arm yourself with a face cloth and get thee to a basin of warm water. Press the cloth onto your face to open up the pores which will allow and products you use to work better. Consider the type of cleaner you’re using. If you’re dry like me never ever ever use a foaming cleanser, instead opt for a milk, cream or oil cleanser (my favourite). At this point I’ll occasionally add some oatmeal as a gentle exfoliator before I rinse off thoroughly. I always follow this by toning with rosewater (I like By Terry’s Source de Rose).

All of this can also be done in the shower. If I do it this way I’ll also exfoliate my body to get it all done at the same time.

2. Follow up with moisture. This doesn’t really need explaining other than that keeping your skin well hydrated is the key to preventing most types of breakouts (less oil production) and slows the skin’s ageing process. Below are some of my favourite products for face and body for this time of year. From top: Origins GinZing eye cream, Clarins Radiance Plus Glow Booster, Luxury Elixir Body Oil by Mecca Cosmetica, Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream.

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images Got any Winter skincare favourites I should know about?

 

 

 

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