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

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.

Beauty Basics

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I am definitely no expert when it comes to makeup. I had a lady at Dior teach me the basics years ago and afterwards bought all the products and brushes she used and haven’t looked back (except of course replenish my stock). Occasionally I’ll lament the fact that at nearly 27 years old I still can’t perfect liquid eyeliner or I’m not really sure which shade red is the best for my complexion but for the most part I’m just happy I’ve simplified my routine so that I can look half decent /  half alive on a day to day basis and then be grateful that professional makeup artists exist for special occasions.

Today I thought I’d share with you my VERY basic must haves and the products that I love.

SKINCARE: First things first, you can be the best makeup artist around but if your skin is shit there is only so much you can do. I had shocking skin when I was pregnant with Hazelle, and was desperate to try anything that would help clear it up but as tempting as the Proactive ads were, I knew I needed something free from super nasty chemicals especially during pregnancy (Confession – I DID try Proactive very early on in my pregnancy but when my husband found out it was bleaching the towels he put his foot down). So I decided to try Go-To Skin care developed by Zoe Foster Blake. I use the Cleanser, Exfoliating swipeys and Moisturiser. This year she also released a face oil, which I now also use and my skin has never been better. I still get the occasional pimple but nothing like I had before. Her lip balm is also incredible FYI, especially if you put it on at night before you sleep.

FACE: BB Cream. I am obsessed with BB cream, it’s every mum’s best friend. What other product gives you a moisturiser, sunscreen and light concealer all in one. I use this every day, it gives me just enough coverage that I have a little bit of colour on my face but not so much coverage that I feel like I’m wearing tons of make up. All of the major make up/skin care brands do a BB cream so if you don’t already have one you can easily add one in from your favourite brand. I’ve used Garnier, which I got from Coles, but also love Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BB Cream.

Note- although there is a small amount of sunscreen in these products, you should always use a physical sunscreen every day or at the very least when planning to be out in the sun all day.

When I’m going out or want some more coverage I will wear a light foundation from Dior. It isn’t cakey and once you are colour matched its impossible to get wrong. A little goes a long way so the price tag isn’t too bad.

EYES/ EYELASHES: As I mentioned I am hopeless with eyeliner but mascara is an absolute must for me. I currently use Diorshow Iconic and Stila MAJOR Major lash although truth is I’m still looking for the hoy grail of mascaras aka the prefect combination of both lengthening AND volumisining, so far I’m only happy with the volume part of the equation. My tips are to avoid the waterproof mascaras as you loose too many lashes when you remove it. Kevyn Aucoin does amazing mascara that basically wraps around each lash and then when you want to wash it off it pulls off in little tubes without pulling off your lashes. That’s a terrible description on my part, just check it out for yourself, you’ll love it, I promise.

EYEBROWS: This is where I’ve discovered my secret weapon. Threading is key. Yes it’s a little painful but not any more so than waxing and if you do it regularly (every 3-4 weeks depending on your growth) it is infinitely less painful. If you have your brows professionally shaped to your face it’s amazing how put together and groomed you look without having to do anything on a day to day basis. I have naturally blondish eyebrows so I also get mine tinted which saves any kind of pencilling in and looks much more natural. So basically if you invest 30mins every 3 weeks then you’re good to go every other day in between.

NAILS: Now I know having your nails done is not an essential part of every mum’s beauty routine. For me it’s a ‘pre baby habit’ that I try to cling on to. Before Hazelle I was known for my always polished and buffed nails. Ah the days of disposable income. Although I don’t get my nails done nearly as often now, when I do I always get shellac. Shellac is the miracle nail polish that is set with UV heat lamps and lasts chip free for at least 14 days. It also supports the growth of your nails as the lacquer protects them and prevents breakages. It is a little bit more expensive but if you are only getting it done every couple of months it is fully worth the superior feeling of put together-ness it gives you. If you don’t have time to go to a salon for a manicure, Essie Nail polish is my favourite and best quality in my opinion. It is easy to apply and streak free. The colours are always updated to reflect the current trends and one bottle lasts a fair amount of time.

So that’s it, super basic but if you look after your skin, use great quality products and the correct brushes it really helps us busy mums looking fresher and more awake then we usually feel! Also don’t forget a touch of bronzer especially in winter to add a bit of colour to your face.