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Cheap Chills

5 Jun

I’m starting to feel the winter chill now, and boy does my skin know it. The change in season wreaks havoc on my skin and I have to change my skin routine to suit. So in comes the heavy artillery – the winter skin saviours.

If you too are starting to see the harsh signs of winter on your skin… then sit back and let me show you the cheap and cheerful products I am using to keep my skin in tip-top condition in the cooler months… and all products listed are under $35! THAT SHIT CRAY!

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream (AU$9.95) is a rich moisturising cream that protects skin. It has no artificial colours or fragrances and contains vitamin E, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil and vitamin A. I slather this on my face when it needs an instant injection of moisture (you can even use it like a face mask if you don’t like heavy creams left on your face) and I apply liberally onto my dry spots before going to bed (i.e. around my nose).

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (AU$19.95) is a natural skin oil that helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and dry skin.  A combination of potent active ingredients and 100% natural formula make it highly effective for other skin concerns including ageing skin, dehydration, and uneven skin tone. I swear by this product, I use it daily all throughout the year (not just winter). It helps to moisturise dry skin and contains essential fatty acids that are critical for skin health, but aren’t able to be reproduced by our skin. The lipids found in Rosehip oil are similar to those found in your skin; therefore, it absorbs easily, leaving no oily residue. This is of particular importance to people who think applying an oil will give you oily skin… MUCH THE OPPOSITE. It actually helps to balance oil flow in the skin.

Sukin Botanical Hydration Booster* (AU$23.95), a 100% natural elixir, rich in argan oil and immortelle formulated to help improve skin elasticity and deliver bright, radiant skin. Great for an instant hydration boost when you have been travelling in dry air conditions or work in harsh air conditioning all day (ME!). Contains a lot of skin-loving essentials oils such as Jojoba Oil, Ylang Ylang and Argan Oil.

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner (AU$9.95) an alcohol-free, skin hydrating mist combines German chamomile and rosewater to help soothe, tone and cool tired skin. Use after cleansing (I use it as a toner) or whenever your skin feels tired or stressed. Perfect for hot days, long flights or long days in an air-conditioned environment.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Lotion (AU$7.99 / $10.99,  375mL / 750mL) contains rich cocoa butter to help even skin tone, while smoothing away roughness and penetrating deep into the skin where dryness starts. The specially formulated lotion is enriched with vitamin E and conditioning moisturisers to leave skin soft and supple, without leaving an oil slick all over your body. I love that this lotion instantly absorbs into the skin so you’re not slipping and sliding around. Oh and the pump top is oh so convenient!

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid (AU$15.95) is an ultra rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate, leaving lips fresh, soft and moist. The citric acid in the organic lemon oil acts as a natural exfoliator on dry, dead skin. I apply this to my lips before bed every night and wake up with soft, supple and non-scaly lips every morning. I don’t think I could do without this wonder product in Winter. It is literally my lip lifesaver!

Baby Lips in NEW! Mango Pie (AU$3.95), a lip balm that gives 8 hour hydration and is super hydrating thanks to shea butter, centella and vitamin complex. And for those of you who don’t know, centella is a herb that is an effective remedy for various ailments, one being skin conditions. Cheap and effective, GET ON THAT SHIZ! Mango Pie and the NY Fashion Week  limited edition in Berry are both my favourites.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (AU$34) is a light-textured cream giving 24-hour hydration, it helps to retain moisture within the skin, leaving skin feeling comfortable and well-balanced. The hero ingredients, Antarcticine and Imperata Cylindrica both have super hydrating properties to shield your skin from the harsh cold climate and to retain the moisture in your skin. I swear by this moisturiser. I recommend it for all skin types. Try it… trust me you won’t be disappointed.

The whole idea is to be pumping in as much moisture into your skin over the cooler months to make sure that your skin stays plump and glowing. If you didn’t know, essential fatty acids are key to keeping your skin and hair healthy, so as well as applying hydration and moisture onto your skin make sure to pop 2 – 4 Fish Oil capsules a day to maintain your body’s omega 3 fatty acids.

So Hautees, any tips for maintaining healthy and hydrated skin throughout Winter? I would to hear your tips and product recommendations. 

Products marked with a * were kindly sent for consideration, as per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.

winter beauty routine

7 Jul

So I’ve decided to do my winter version of the Summer Beauty Routine that I posted here back in January of this year. Feel free to do this post on your blog too!

Without further ado, here is my current winter beauty routine:

Face

Cleanser: Biotherm White D-tox Instant Brightening Micro-scrub Cleanser with the Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System at night and Clarins Cleansing Milk in the mornings. On occasion, my Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser bar.

Toner/Mist: Natio Ageless Rehydrating Toner

Exfoliant: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Face Scrub with AHA (1-2 times per week)

Moisturizer: Mornings only – Ultraceuticals Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

Facial mask: DMK acu masque

Makeup Remover: Face of Australia Gentle Makeup Remover

Night Treatment: Biotherm Skin•Ergetic Nuit Night Cream / Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Eye Cream: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Spot Treatment: Luckily, I haven’t had any so bad that I’ve had to spot treat, but if I do I’ll use my Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum or Tea Tree Oil.

Body

Shower Gel: Lush It’s Raining Men Shower Gel /  Philosophy Gingerbread Girl Shower Gel

Body Lotion/Cream: Nivea Irresistibly Smooth for Dry Skin / Nivea Firming Body Lotion with Q10 Plus for Normal Skin

Anticellulite/Firming Treatment: Rodial body sculpture anti-cellulite gel

Body Exfoliant: (I have been really slack with this) The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub  / Priceline Body Brush

Hand Cream: Nivea Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream Anti-dryness

Lip Balm/Treatment: Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid /  Lush Lip Scrub (to get rid of flakiness)

Perfume: D&G No 10 La Roue De La Fortune (day) and Kim Kardashian EDP (night)

Nail Polish: O.P.I Over the Taupe / O.P.I Sparrow Me the Drama / O.P.I Skull & Glossbones

Hair

Shampoo: Stefan Alive Volumising Keratin Shampoo for Fine Hair

Conditioner: Nak Care Conditioner

Leave-In Treatment: Rahua Beauty Finishing Treatment

Mask: Wella System Professional Luminous Hair Mask

Heat Protection: Morrocanoil

Volumising Product: Juice xagerate styling and volumising mousse

Shine Product: Wella System Professional Luminous Hair Mask

Hair Spray: Sunsilk Co-creations Plumped Up Volume hairspray / Herbal Essences tousle me softly flexible style hairspray

Makeup

Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm / NARS Primer

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji / or a mix of FoA Mineral Liquid Foundation in Beige mixed with Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid SPF 15 Foundation in Creamy Natural

Tinted Moisturiser: n/a

Concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer in 52 medium radiance

Powder: Maybelline NY Fit Me Pressed Powder #225 (day) and Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in Look 4 (night)

Cream Blush: NARS Liquid Highlighter in Orgasm

Powder Blush: Illamasqua Powder Blush in Hussy or Thrust / Benefit Coralista / Napoleon Perdis Blush Patrol / Benefit Hoola (Bronzer) or FoA Pressed Powder Bronzer

Liquid Highlighter: NARS Liquid Highlighter in Orgasm

Powder Highlighter: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Mascara: Benefit BADgal mascara or Napoleon Perdis Long Black Mascara

Eyeliner: Napoleon Eye Pencil in Brown Sugar or a brown eyeshadow pressed into the lash line

Cream Eyeshadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP or M.A.C Paint Pot in Bare Study

Powder Eyeshadow: M.A.C Woodwinked and Sable

Highlighter Shadow: M.A.C Paint Pot in Bare Study

Lipgloss: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Heart / Face of Australia Mineral Lip Shine in Fairy Floss / Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Divine

Lipstick: M.A.C Lipstick in Angel / M.A.C Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Behave Yourself

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avoid winter’s cold kiss

22 Jun

Feeling dull? Winter not only takes its toll on your complexion, but can also be a prime suspect for chapped and flaky lips. Just as we pay extra attention to exfoliating and moisturising our skin in winter, we need to see the same is done for our lips.

More often than not, our poor lips are left neglected resulting in a less than ideal lip condition that ultimately sees us skip the lippy in the cooler months.

Follow these simple steps to get your lips back to prime condition and flaunting a statement lip in no time.

Scrub Up! 

As the temperature drops, the need to exfoliate your lips rises. The best way to get rid of forbidden flakes is to use a lip scrub, such as Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub (1). Over the sink, apply a small amount to your lips and scrub away. The sugar granules will naturally exfoliate your lips and the scrubbing action also stimulates blood flow and will add some plumpness to your pout!

Tip… If you can’t get your hands on a lip scrub, DIY lip scrub at home by mixing brown sugar with a small amount of olive oil.

Balmy Nights

Once you’ve ditched the dry lips, keep them in top condition by applying a conditioning lip balm during the day and before bed. Keep and eye out for super moisturising balms, such as Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid (2) a rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil that naturally exfoliates dry skin on lips; or Blistex Lip Conditioner (3) which contains two proven moisturisers – Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter along with Vitamins A & E to replenish moisture, soften and smooth the surface of your lips – great to apply before lipstick.

Twice as Nice
Don’t shy away from colour this season. While you’re typically going to wear black in the colder months, why not inject some colour into your look with new hybrid lip products, a perfect mix of a lip balm and lipstick, these products are a double delight. They contain a range of moisturising ingredients to keep your lips flake free, all whilst giving your lips a pop of colour.
During the day, opt for products that offer a mix of natural colour and hydration, such as the Face of Australia Mineral Lip Shine (6) or the Clinique Chubby Stick (7), which come in a range of colours and contain super-nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft and hydrated.
For a bit more glamour, try Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Colour (4) a lightweight lipstick that features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe and condition lips – even boosting their ability to hold in moisture – for plumper, smoother and healthier-looking lips.
Try a bold look; rock a bright statement lip using a long lasting lipstick containing ingredients that stop your lips from drying out. Ciccone Cosmetics Lipstick in Voluptas (5) is a high coverage, lasting red lipstick with the added benefits of Evening Primrose oil and Jojoba Seed oil to nourish the lips, and is the most gorgeous shade of red to take you well into the night.

Abide by these cold season commandments this winter and your lips will love you for it.

Written for and originally posted in Charlie Magazine Issue 4

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