Well Hello Lovelies, welcome to the February Beauty Edit.
Every four weeks I will share with you my favourite beauty products for the month. I promise to only share products that I love. They will be products that I’m using on a daily basis. Gorgeous beauty bits and pieces that I have tried and tested and can’t live without!
At the bottom of every months beauty edit, I will also name the one product I can’t get out of my head – yes, the one I’m lusting over and trying to find a way for it to appear, as ‘if by magic’ in my beauty collection
Ok let’s kick-off February:
Looking after my skin is a crucial step in the maintenance dept. for me.
It’s also something I take very seriously.
What’s the point of lusting after the best make-up products, if the canvas underneath isn’t prepared for them?
Yes beauties, it really is ‘all about the base‘.
The cracks/imperfections will show through instantly. Leaving you disillusioned with make-up you’ve just invested heavily in; when in reality, it’s probably bloody marvellous.
Although I’ve always looked after my skin well, I can truthfully say, probably not as much as I do now.
I guess age has taught me to be proactive and not reactive.
We are all faced (pun intended) with the ticking clock of time that we have no control over. Our skin changes dramatically at least every decade, these changes are even more noticeable when our skin is dry.
So we need to acknowledge and recognise those changes by fine tuning our products on a regular basis.
Besides ageing, there are so many factors to consider when we notice a shift in the look of our skin.
- Allergic reactions.
- Excess sun exposure.
- Lack of hydration.
- Eczema / psoriasis.
Any of the above can play havoc in disturbing our skin’s natural balance.
It might shock you to know that Beckie at 23, has almost identical skin to mine (obviously hers looks 29 years younger 😉 )
Thankfully though, she can benefit from my years of trial, error or downright disaster in the skincare dept.
I feel sad that she has inherited my dry-as-a-dogs-bone skin though, it wrinkles easily and is a general pain in the ass in the fight against ageing prematurely.
So as you can probably already gather, her skincare is just a watered down (not literally) version of mine.
Here’s a quick run down of what I (52) and Beckie (23) use on a daily basis.
Because Beckie and I are living proof that dry skin can is a devil to deal with.
1. Dermalogica Age Smart Resurfacing Cleanser. (Bev and Beckie).
One of the problems with dry skin is the flakiness and a build up of dry skin cells.
This cleanser is our new best friend. Exfoliating lactic acid helps accelerate cell renewal, making this the hero first step in any woman’s anti-ageing arsenal.
I use this mainly in the shower along with my Dermalogica mitt to buff off those pesky skin cells, leaving me fresh faced and ready for the plethora of products I’m about to throw at it.
1A. Garnier Micelar Water (Bev and Beckie).
Both of us tend to use this at the opposite end of the day to the Age Smart ^. It works quickly and efficiently at removing the days make-up with little to no effort.
If you’re a Micella virgin, I urge you to give it a try. It’s bloody brilliant and cheap as chips!
2. Ultraceuticals Ultra C23 Firming Concentrate (Bev) Morning.
This is the one product I cannot live without. 23% vitamin C to improve firmness. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin tone and texture since using this. Yes, I know it’s pricey at $129 a pop BUT it lasts me a good few months, which when I break it down, is well worth the investment.
Note: you will need to build up resilience when using this.
Ultraceuticals do a 10% vitamin C – which will be the perfect next step for Beckie and one she will be on in the next month.
2A. Prescription strength Vitamin A (Stevia) 1% (Bev) Night (no link as prescription required)
Although a treatment for acne, this has already proved to be a powerful anti-ageing potion. I only use this two-three nights a week (I also chose my nights carefully as I tend to shed my skin like a snake 12-24 hours later.
3. Ultraceuticals Ultra B Hydrating Serum (Bev Morning/Evening)
Although Beckie doesn’t use this at the moment, come the winter I know she will be. Her skin can cope with just the moisturiser (below) in the summer months but the winter is different. She will become much drier and this little potion will fix that quickly.
This B2 serum is full of Hyaluronic acid (capable of holding 1000 times in weight in water) a necessity for plump, supple, dewy skin.
This is where we differ again.
I need the heavyweight, deeply nourishing kick that the super rich repair gives me. With the addition of collagen stimulating peptides to ease my chronically dry, dehydrated skin. This is what makes my skin look supple – when in fact its the complete opposite.
5. Dermalogica Intensive Moisure Balance (Beckie)
Beckie gets her dose of Vitamin A along with cornflower and grapeseed to help repair her prematurely ageing skin. Vitamins C and E help soften the free radical damage.
This moisturiser has completely changed Beckie’s skin.
Note: I know Beckie is a beauty and her skin always looks flawless, BUT she has to make sure she is doing all of the right things to avoid the dryness showing through her foundation.
6. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder (Bev loving, Beckie experimenting with a sample)
This innovative dual purpose hyaluronic acid powder veil packs a mighty punch. It’s the product that seamlessly crosses over the skincare/make-up boundary. By day use as the final step in your make-up application for flawless, shine free complexion. By night, enhance the power of your moisture application while you sleep allowing maximum cell hydration. Think night cream on steroids for ageing skin.
Our Secret Weapon
7. Good old QV.
My bestie handed a tube of this to Beckie when her skin was having a mini-meltdown after partying too hard.
The results were quick and dramatic.
I instantly dashed to Chemist Warehouse and bought two tubes.
8. Tom Ford
I had been lusting over adding a Tom Ford perfume to my collection since last year, but at $300 for 50ml, it had to stay firmly on the wish-list.
Guess what? The gorgeous girls at CR gave me a David Jones gift voucher when I left.
If perfume is your thing, then it’s so worth the price. Next time you’re passing D J’s I urge you to indulge your senses and enjoy the experience of sniffing away on these divine perfumes.
White Suede was the winner for me.
What’s your No. 1 skincare product that you just can’t live without?