My 5 Step Skincare Routine

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Hi Friends,

So for the last 4-6 weeks I have been trialling some new skin care products from the Aspect Skin Care product range thanks to the Claire Francoise Skin & Body clinic in Melbourne. I had heard of Aspect before this but I never knew which products to start with or what would be a great basic routine to try without having to purchase EVERYTHING.

My two main skin concerns have been enlarged / congested pores and dull, tired looking skin and I’m happy to report that I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in both these areas since using the Aspect products. Of course I still get the occasional breakouts (usually hormonal) and the bags under my eyes aren’t going anywhere (thanks toddlers) but these are things I can live with, but that also might improve as I continue to use these products.

So for anyone looking to try a new skincare line or for those interested in the exact products I am using, here they are below. For any readers that live in Melbourne, you can also book an appointment with Claire Francoise and get a FREE skin consultation to determine the exact products that would work for you.

My Products (and the order that I use them):

Cleanser

Extreme B 17

Extreme C 20

Exfol L 15 (use 2-3 times per week in the PM)

Phytostat 9

I hope this helps and that we are all blessed with great skin from here on out ;). xx

 

OMNILUX with Claire Francoise

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Pre Treatment

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During treatment

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Post treatment 🙂

Is it just me or has ‘skincare’ suddenly become a huge topic of discussion? Gone are the days of a basic, cleanse, tone and moisturise routine with a sporadic facial thrown in, if you’re lucky. Now its double cleansing, multiple oils, sunscreen, laser, microdermabrasion, fillers, night creams and day creams. It seems that women these days are far more educated about what treatments are available and that the health and vitality of our skin is the priority as opposed to buying a whole heap of make up to cover up ‘imperfections’.

I know that this is certainly the case for me. As I start to approach my 30’s I’m beginning  to notice that the products that got me through my 20s are no longer cutting it and certain lifestyle factors (too much coffee, lack of sleep, dehydration etc) come into play a lot more. So recently when Claire from Claire Francoise Skin and Beauty contacted me asking if I would like to come in and try an LED Light Therapy treatment using Omnilux I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

Here is a little bit about the treatment, taken from the Claire Francoise website:

Omnilux revive stimulates cellular activity. As cellular activity increases cells become more permeable and responsive to exogenous factors. Blood flow increases, it gives anti-inflammatory properties as well as to help treat hormonal acne, acne scarring and leads to greater tissue oxygenation and detoxification. Skin appears clearer with less fine lines, plumped up and hydrated.

Omnilux Plus (near infra-red light) has longer wavelengths than the Omnilux revive. It has been designed to help heal the skin. It is perfect for skin scarring including acne, damaged skin and after cosmetic surgery. After a treatment using the omnilux plus your skin will feel fuller and appear tighter in appearance.

Advantages of Omnilux LED Light Therapy

  • Stimulates the bodies own cellular mechanisms by photomodulation
  • Not a laser or an IPL so no heat, no side effects or downtime.
  • Non-invasive, safe and completely pain-free.
  • No damage to sub-dermal tissue
  • Relaxing and calming experience
  • Allows treatment of large areas such as the face and chest

So, my verdict? 10/10. The three big pro’s for me were:

  1. Zero downtime and walking out of the clinic with absolutely glowing skin (as opposed to redness after microdermabrasion for example),
  2. The treatment itself was SUUUUPER relaxing. As you can see in the picture above, the light itself is VERY bright but it is not at all hot and after a few minutes your eyes adjust to the brightness (behind your goggles of course) and a relaxing sensation washes over you. I dare you not to doze off ;),
  3. It can be a one off treatment as a little pep me up or you can book in for a series of treatments to target more specific issues like acne scarring.

The only con for me was that I did have quite a significant breakout two days after the treatment. This however is common with most facial treatments (it’s called a ‘purge’) and it could have more to do with the light peel we did before the Omnilux and the fact that my skin is quite congested anyway. After the breakouts cleared however, my skin felt really radiant and youthful.

Final thoughts? I would really recommend this treatment to everyone, especially given how non-evasive it is. I’d love to have a series of treatments as I think the results would just get better and better with consistency, however I also think it’s a great ‘special event’ option for those times that you need your skin to glow! In addition to the treatment, the clinic itself is beautiful and welcoming, Claire is an absolute expert in her field and if you are a Melbourne girl I would strongly advise you to get yourself into Claire Francoise for all your skincare needs! Thanks again Claire, can’t wait to come in again soon. x

My Best Friends Wedding

Hi Friends!! Happy New Year 🙂

Before we get too far into the year I wanted to quickly upload all the photos from my best friend, Steph’s, wedding. I was honoured to be a Bridesmaid and it was so much fun. Steph lives in London, her sister Justine lives in Belgium and as you know, last year I was in India so reuniting in Melbourne with the other bridesmaid Nikita was for sure the highlight of my year.

Below is a little photo recap from the Hens Party, getting ready and then the wedding. Suppliers and details will be at the bottom! Enjoy xx

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Hens night 

My Outfit: Top: Seed Heritage (similar here), Skirt: Kenzo x H&M (similar here and here), Slides: Rubi Shoes

Dinner: Fonda

Drinks: Madame Brussels

Hotel: We (Steph and the 2 other bridesmaids) stayed overnight in the city so we could get ready together and stay up after the night out. It was so fun. We stayed at The Brady Hotel

Wedding

Bridesmaids Dress: ASOS (similar here)

My Handbag: Ruby’s Luxury Collection

Hair: Miss Gertrude

Make Up: Danielle Gardiner

Flowers: Babylon Flowers

Where we got ready: The Blackman Hotel

Venue: Gardens House

What I Wore Wednesday

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Kimono: H&M (similar here), T-Shirt: French Connection (tank version here), Jeans: Rollas, Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Are you sick of seeing these shoes yet? What about these jeans? Or this kimono? And you’ve definitely seen this t-shirt before! You may have noticed that lately I’ve had a lot of items in my wardrobe on ‘repeat’. Sally Steele, an awesome Brisbane based personal stylist that I discovered on Instagram, has a moto of “curate don’t consume”. Meaning, create a wardrobe full of hardworking pieces that you love and that hold memories or make you feel amazing rather than just constantly buying clothes for the sake of trends or one-off wears.

Now I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an ‘instant gratification-but it was on sale-this top will look amazing with this skirt but nothing else in my wardrobe-retail therapy junkie’ and I am not usually the best at a minimalist, capsule wardrobe type situation. However over the last few months in India I’ve found myself with not a lot of time to shop and limited access to the stores so I’ve kind of adopted this principle for now. Sure I’ve purchased a few new items but mainly dresses or ‘hero’ pieces so all my basics have stayed the same and here’s what I’ve learnt:

  1. If you take some time to think outside the box or look past your usual combinations, you’ll be amazed at how many items in your wardrobe can work together in different ways.
  2. Having a good selection of jeans (or pants) in different colours and cuts will be your lifesaver and the foundation for most of your outfits.
  3. For everyday casual wear you really only need 2-3 different pairs of shoes that you can swap between.
  4. Find things like kimonos, scarves, layered necklaces, vests, hats and belts to add to a little bit of interest and personality at the end.

Ultimately I think consuming less in general is always a good thing, however seeing as I’ve already started to (mentally) dog-ear the catalogues of my favourite Australian stores for my trip back in December, I’m not making any promises about my future consumption ;).

What about you, are you a retail junkie or investment piece only shopper?

xx

Beauty Basics 2.0

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Eeeek! Before and After makeup 😉

So when I first started this blog I did a Beauty Basics post but I’ve just recently updated (and upgraded) my makeup essentials so I thought I would share them with you today.

Disclaimer: I am by no means a make up artist or an expert but I DO have some great quality products that are simple to use and won’t make you look over done. Perfect for an everyday look!

The Essentials

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Step One

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Good skincare is always the first step to having good make up. If you don’t have a good base to work on then the products aren’t going to be able to shine. I have been using GO-TO Skincare for a good two years now and am super happy with it. I also use the ‘Exceptional Oil’ and ‘Lips’ from the same range.

Step Two

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Ok, so here is where the first big change for me came:

  • Primer: ‘Veil’ by Hourglass. Apply all over face with fingers
  • Liquid Foundation: ‘Medium 2 / Santa Fe Sheer Glow’ by Nars.
    • Apply with a good quality brush in circular motions. Start with a small amount and build up for more coverage if desired.

Step Three

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Lightly dust over some powder to help set your foundation and add some glow then apply a small amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks. A peach blush allows you to wear both pink and red toned lipsticks but a pink blush is more limiting.

  • Setting Powder: ‘DIM LIGHT’ Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass
    • Brush: Mecca Cosmetic
  • Blush: ‘DIM INFUSION’ Ambient Lighting Blush by Hourglass
    • Brush: Dior

Step Four

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Highlighter, Eyebrows and Eyeshadow. I might do all of these things, one or two or none on any given day dependant on my time, mood and what the day involves. If I were to apply all these products, this is what we’ve got:

Highlighter Cream: On days that I am taking photos for the blog I will definitely apply this as it really pops in photos but day to day I generally don’t bother. Take a small amount on your index finger and work together with your thumb. Dab and blend over your cheekbones, in the corner of your eyes, down your nose and on your brow bone.

Eyebrows: I get my eyebrows tinted but if I need to fill them in, I find that powder is more natural than a pencil. Get yourself a double ended brush so that you can brush your eyebrows then apply the powder with the angled end.

Eyeshadow: Start with a small sweep of Eye Shadow Primer to ensure no creases and then gently apply whatever colour you’d like. My tip would be to go into a makeup shop like Mecca or Sephora and ask for an eyeshadow palette that suits your complexion. Then you can mix and match without steering yourself wrong with the colours.

  • Highlighter Cream: ‘Pearl / A35’ by MAC
  • Eyebrow Powder: ‘Dark Brown’ Brow Powder Duo by Anastasia Beverly Hills
    • Brush: Make Up Forever number 274 ‘Straight’
  • Eye Shadow Primer: ‘Shadow Insurance’ by Too Faced
  • Eye Shadow Palette: ‘Natural Eyes” by Too Faced

 

Step Five

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Finishing Touches:

  • Mascara: ‘Major MAJOR lash in Black’ by Stila
  • Lipstick: ‘612/ Spotlight’ Dior Addict Lipstick by Dior
    • This is the perfect subtle shade of lipstick but it really lifts the face.

The Extras

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Here are a few of my other beauty faves:

  • Moisturiser: ‘Hydrating Coconut’ Dry Skin Moisturiser by Jergens
  • Gradual Tanner: ‘Fair to Medium’ Natural Glow by Jergens
  • Night Cream: ‘Rosapene Night Cream’ by Trilogy
    • I use this occasionally at night, especially when I feel like I’m a bit dehydrated and I always wake up with super soft skin
  • Nail Drops: ‘Instant Dry Drops’ by Revitanail
    • These drops allow you to paint your nails, and skip the annoying hand blowing, waving, don’t touch anything, panic that comes with wet nails. Just use your favourite polish, place a drop in each nail, wait for 30 seconds and you are good to go – Promise!!
  • Oral B Teeth Whitening Stripes: I drink a lot of coffee as well as my fair share of red wine so I find that these guys are a great at-home option to keep my teeth white. I only do a course (14 days) a few times a year.

 

So there you have it! By no means is it anything ground breaking, and I am definitely not up to speed with the contouring trends but for an everyday, natural look I think its pretty great (and speedy). If I am going out at night or its a special occasion I might add some eyeliner and a bolder lip colour. You can all use a bronzer in place of the blush is thats more your style too.