With summer in the southern hemisphere done and dusted for a while, it is high time I share my beauty round-up for the season.
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Each season brings with it a slight change in my beauty routine. Though I do find myself using some of the same key products no matter what, this isn’t always the case. Over summer, I find that I try to avoid makeup as much as I can, opting to keep my face clear. Each day I apply sunscreen but avoid foundations if I can get away with it. Working from home, I don’t wear any cosmetics unless I go out for a meeting, event or shoot. Below is my comprehensive summer beauty edit.
MY SUMMER SKIN CARE EDIT
Over the summer I tried a few different skin care ranges. You can find my thoughts on Avene here and I’ll be sharing my experience with Go-To skincare soon.
OLIVE OIL SKIN CARE
Olive Oil is an Australian range which uses natural ingredients with olive oil at its core. Mario and I both used the low-lather Body Wash very quickly. This was my favourite product that we tried. The Face Wash was good as my second cleanser, in a two-step cleansing process at night. I didn’t feel like it was as strong for my oil-prone skin on its own, being so gentle. The range is definitely suited to sensitive skin. We also tried the Facial Scrub and Facial Serum. Both were lovely but again, more gentle than my skin really needs.
Local, natural based and beautiful, I was really pleased to try some moisturising products from Sodashi. The first was a luxe overnight cream, the Nourishing Repair Treatment. I am in love with this one. A blend of cold pressed avocado, rosehip, carrot and apricot kernel oils together with extracts of Centella, cistus and rosewood. The scent is divine! It works to balance out skin tone, increase elasticity and stimulate new collagen growth, while also protecting and repairing skin from free radical damage. I love the calm mood that the scent puts me in before I go to bed. Plus, waking up in the morning my skin feels plump and dewy.
Most recently I have been trying the Recovery Skin Boost, and again, I love this one. I use this gel under my moisturiser to lock in hydration. A blend of powerful botanicals, seaweed, rosewood, petitgrain and bilberry, it is packed with antioxidants and has a restorative effect on capillaries, while hydrating and brightening the skin.
As a lover of masks, I was keen to try the Brightening Marine Mineral Mask. Seaweed and spirulina packed with phytonutrients and marine minerals detoxify and revitalise skin for a rich treatment. It is packed with shea butter, jojoba, macadamia, rosewood, and three types of clay, to moisturise, firm, strengthen, and refine. I’m a big fan of the Sunday night mask ritual and have been loving this one.
SALT BY HENDRIX
Salt by Hendrix is yet another Australian natural brand (I have a type, can you tell!?) that I’d tried last year. This time, I am regularly using the Lip Buff, which is a sugar scrub to help with dry cracked lips. My first introduction to lip scrubs had come from makeup artists on shoots who would get me to scrub as soon as I got in the chair. If they swear by it, I’ll take that on board!
One of the most beautiful bottles I have seen lately is the Body Glow, a body oil that leaves a golden shimmer on the skin. It feels amazing and looks like you have been on a Mediterranean holiday. This will hopefully help in Winter!
Finally, I’ve been using the Botanical Facial Serum. An anti-ageing serum made up of active natural ingredients, the bottle alone is stunning and I love the Kakadu Plum scent.
PETER THOMAS ROTH
You might have caught my love of Peter Thomas Roth masks back here. I was excited to also try the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, to add to my collection. It is a gel mask, which isn’t something I am really used to. It has a light feeling for summer. You can even pop it in the fridge to really cool you down. Rose stem cells are blended with Rose extracts to help counteract visible appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dehydrated, dull and sagging skin. I loooove the turkish delight scent of this one and have been regularly using it as a quick hydration boost once a week.
I have also been using the Rose Stem Cell Bio-repair Precious Cream. It is a very VERY hydrating moisturiser that I find leaves my skin super dewy. I ended up giving the PTR Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream to Mario’s mum, who tells me every week how much she loves it. She has dry skin and this has been the only product that keeps her skin hydrated all day. I’m wondering if the Rose Stem Cell Cream will be even better for her, as my skin doesn’t get that dry.
MY SUMMER HAIR PRODUCT EDIT
I have SO much to say about this one! It could probably have a blog post of its own but I had to include it in the summer beauty edit. If you are interested in me doing a hair tutorial video, please let me know. I’ve had a lot of requests for how I do my waves, so I might share, it’s really easy!
After eyeing the Dyson Supersonic dryer off after its release, I finally got to try it this year. I was lucky enough to work with Dyson Hair over Valentines Day, with the release of the red version. As a part of our collaboration, I was also able to gift my friend Tace one for Galentine’s Day. Tace is also my hairdresser, so I knew it would be a perfect gift for her and her business. Both of us instantly loved the Dyson Supersonic technology. It is so lightweight and much quieter than regular dryers. Beyond that, it is so gentle that after three months of using it, I have noticed my hair is healthier.
Speaking of hair health, I have always had issues with split ends (which I also snap all the time, my terrible habit, making it worse). Now, I am noticing less and less split ends. There are different settings for heat, but overall it is designed to reduce hair damage caused by heat.
WHY I LOVE THE DYSON SUPERSONIC SO MUCH
The Dyson Supersonic takes minutes to dry my hair after washing. Prior to using this, it took me an average of 30 minutes to completely dry my hair and it would be frizzy and huge. The Dyson Supersonic cuts down the time and rather than huge hair, it is super soft and much calmer. If I wash my hair late at night now I take the few minutes to dry it and wake up in the morning with super soft hair. Back in the day, I used to go to bed with wet hair, knowing it’d take too long to bother drying. This was not the best!
It comes with different nozzles, which I have experimented with. I’ve never used a diffuser before, but the curl enhancement is so clever! I am still yet to master it though! Overall, though it is pricey, I can not tell you enough how much I love the Dyson Supersonic. Now I have two GHD hair dryers (one never used, one seldom used) to sell! I could never go back to any other dryer, even if the GHD one is a HUGE step up from the non-professional dryers I’d used.
ORIGINAL & MINERAL
A few years ago I read about O&M and tracked them down to a salon in Perth, who ended up only having a sample set for sale. I bought it anyway, keen as I was to try whatever I could find. Those samples didn’t last long. I have had a small bottle of the O&M Surf Bomb sea salt spray on hand ever since. It is non-drying, non-sticky and just adds the perfect texture to my waves. It is also free from parabens, MIT, sulphates, sodium chloride, pthalates and triclosan.
The next product I have been trying is The Power Base protein masque. Wheat Protein reconstructs weakened hair to bind broken strands while Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond moisturises and nourishes the hair’s exterior. This has been helping with my damaged, split ends too.
Finally, I have been spritzing the Frizzy Logic Shine Spray. This one is something I wish I’d had when I was in Penang a few months ago. It’s the perfect finishing touch to help with flyaways. I use it pretty sparingly at the end of styling along with the Surf Bomb, I don’t need anything else. I can see in photos when I have used it how much shine it gives my hair, without making it too oily or weighed down.
THE EYE CREAM RITUAL I REPEAT EVERY NIGHT
I have the La Mer Eye Concentrate on my bedside table along with a night cream, which has lately been either the Sodashi one above or La Mer. After I’ve cleansed, sprayed with the Mario Badesqu Facial Spray and added a serum (usually the La Mer Treatment Lotion), my face is clear and ready to soak up hydration overnight. Once in bed, I apply moisturiser and do a little ritual eye massage using the metal applicator from La Mer. It helps with puffiness, fine lines and dark circles, but most of all I find it relaxing.
MY SUMMER COSMETICS EDIT
AVENE DAY PROTECTOR TINTED BB CREAM SPF30+
Pictured above, I am wearing the Avene BB Cream. A new release that has been one of my favourites for days where I need a little coverage, but not too heavy. You can see that it still lets all of my freckles show but eliminates redness. This one has SPF 30+ which is good to know since the sun is so damaging. It is also free of parabens, alcohol and fragrance.
I must admit since I have an oily forehead, I like a matte foundation. It makes me feel more confident, rather than thinking “how shiny am I right now?”. Not that I like a heavy cakey face of makeup. The YSL All Hours foundation is the perfect in between. It ticks the boxes of the type of coverage I like, without the heavy finish. Plus, I can put this on in the morning and not have to touch it up all day or night, if I am going from work to meetings and an event. For peace of mind, this has been my go-to over summer. It looks great in photos without washing out and tends to blur pores.
Over the last ten-fifteen years, I have always had the YSL Touche Eclat on hand for brightening under my eyes. It is one product I’ve talked about enough, but just to reiterate, I love it!!
My last product! If you hung in this long, you are a gem!! This was a long beauty post.
I’ve been trying a bit of Charlotte Tilbury here and there (and love everything!). My latest addition is the Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Rebel. This is a highly pigmented shadow palette that I can build up to increase the drama of my eye look or keep it light. These shades are a very different set of colours to anything else I own. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like them, but I actually love the green tones. It is something unexpected and does feel a bit rebellious. The formula is bang on too, I don’t notice it crease or move.