Hi lovelies! I'm super excited about this post because I have heaps that I want to chat about. Since the season changed from freezing cold to sunny & slightly breezy, I've decided to go through my updated beauty routine. Rather than focusing only on skin care, I've decided to channel ITG and talk about everything I'm doing to look after myself. Enjoy!
*A few things I'm mentioning in this routine (i.e. all Glossier products) are items I'm still testing and are new to me.
*ALSO I'm on Doxycycline (an antibiotic for hormonal blemishes) along with topical Epiduo, my skin has been so incredibly dry and sensitive - but not prone to breakouts.
As you can tell from the photo above, my skin is almost completely clear (I haven't smoothed over my face or anything so I can show you guys what my skin looks like). If you read my first La Vie Report , you'll know I almost got scammed by a dermatologist who basically tried to convince me my skin was so damaged that I needed a really intense drug called Roaccutane. My antibiotics haven't even started working yet, but I've been using a topical treatment which has pretty much completely cleared up my skin in only 3 weeks. I've never had such glowy, dewy skin in my life and I feel like some of the products I've been using have been a huge contribution to that.
In the morning, I like to keep my routine simple but effective. When I wake up, the first thing I do is jump in the shower. I usually wait until the steam has softened my skin before I use the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser on my entire face. After the shower, my skin usually feels super clean and moisturised, so I wait around 15 minutes before I use a cotton-pad to apply my current favourite classic toner: the T.N Dickensons' Witch Hazel. By this point, I'm probably running late so I quickly apply some of the Glossier Priming Moisturiser in circular motions while massaging it upwards into my skin. On my forehead (the only place I get oily on my entire face), I like to use The Body Shop Oil Control Gel to help with oil production during the day. This gel is so incredible and it's really helped with blackheads on my forehead. If you have an oily t-zone, definitely check this out! It's infused with seaweed, which I think is pretty cool.
If I'm suffering from redness or if my skin is a little bit raw, the Palmers Cocoa Butter formula 100% Aloe Vera Gel with Vitamin C is really good for calming down the skin. And finally, the last step is to spray a bit of pure rosewater onto my face for extra hydration.
In the evenings I have a solid four or five-step system:
Step 1. If I'm wearing makeup, I will splash my face with the Byphasse Micellaire Makeup Remover Solution, massaging it in until all the makeup particles begin to pill. I find it really gets the grime off of your face - and it's like $4.99 (!!!). This is something I've already repurchased and the container is huge, so I genuinely do love this product. I used to use the Garnier Micellar Water until I found out they test their products on animals. This product is cruelty-free, much more affordable and better quality in my opinion.
Step 2. Use the MJC to give my skin a gentle cleanse without stripping my skin.
Step 3. Massage the Sum:37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick into my skin for a gentle exfoliation and a deeper cleanse to make sure I get all the makeup and debris off my face from the day.
Step 4. Use COSRX AHA7 over my face to target pigmentation, dead skin cells and blemishes. * only do this every second night
Step 5. Use my prescription topical acne medication on affected areas.
Makeup these days are extremely simple for me as I prefer my face to be as close to my natural face as possible- just a more even-toned version. To prep my skin, I always use some form of SPF. The Glossier Invisible Shield or the Missha Safe Sun Block Essence SPF45 are new to my collection, and I'm enjoying them a lot. I think that the Glossier one isn't really enough to fully protect you from the sun if you spend a lot of time outside in Australia like I do as the SPF is pretty low, but I like it for days I'm mostly in the office or at uni. The Missha one has fast become one of my favourites, though. Both don't leave a white-cast and don't show up in photos.
For makeup, I only use the The Body Shop's Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation with Tea Tree everywhere - even as concealer in conjunction with my NYX full-coverage concealer as it is medium-full coverage but so incredibly light-weight that I never ever feel it on my skin. I don't use a lot of this either, I only put it on my cheeks and chin and leave my forehead completely clear of any makeup. It doesn't emphasise texture at all, which I really love. I find that the Body Shop's foundations and makeup in general is super good quality and I really want to try out some more of their products.
For Mascara, I'm currently loving the Essence Multi-Effect All Eyes on Me Mascara - it was around $5, works well and doesn't irritate my eyes. I don't really use eye shadow often, but lately I've been using the Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom on my eyelids to make it glossy with a little splash of colour - usually the Topshop Contouring Wand in the shade Angles. For those days I'm feeling extra, I'm currently obsessed with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, gifted to me by my friend Jennifer. It's amazing and so easy to control.
I don't use bronzer a lot because of pigmentation on my cheeks and bronzers tend to accentuate that. Instead, I use The Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam on the apples of my cheeks. It's perfect for spring/summer and it lasts all day. For eyebrows, it's always (without a doubt) the Essence Make me Brow in the shade Brown. I'm obsessed - it's kind of what I imagined Boy Brow to be like as the wand is so similar. I love this product because I hate filling in my brows and this kind of does it all for me.
For lips, I use the Essence Lip Liner in the shade In the Nude which is my all-time favourite lip liner EVER. It's incredible. I line it carefully before I put on some of the Nivea Lip Pot in Raspberry Rose over the top - or the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose or Birthday. I'm not really a fan of wearing obvious lips during the day - I like to keep them pouty, full and really low-maintenance. At events, I'll wear NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in Montecarlo or the Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate (I know this isn't cruelty free but I've had this for 2 years and I'm not into wastage when It comes to makeup so I won't be repurchasing this). I also love the Lady Burgundy Lipstick in the shade Noor - the consistency is perfect as it's not drying at all but stays matte (thank you Jennifer, for this!).
For Hair, I've only recently started to look after it. Once a week I'll use the Aesop Rose Masque. I go to the gym and workout 4-5 times a week and always wash my hair on those nights to make sure there's no excess oil. At night if I have the time, I like to plait my hair in two braids so that when I wake up it's nice and wavy. I also have the Giovanni Silicone Shine of the Times finishing hair mist that's amazing for so many reasons. It protects your hair from UV rays and makes it super soft to the touch.
Also, no matter what season I'm in, I can't live without my trusty Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I've recently run out and haven't had the chance to pick one up so it's not pictured, but I've even got my boyfriend onto this product! Whether you're in Winter or Summer, dry shampoo is that one way to really give your hair a pick-me-up. If you want to know more about this, Review wrote this really helpful guide to dry shampoo to assist you with finding the absolute best on the market. I found this extremely useful, especially since I'm heading into warmer weather! Review didn't just state which ones were the best, they set out to test and prove which ones were short-lasting, over-priced and even the ones that didn't smell pleasant. I will 100% be referring back to this article if I ever decided to pick up a different dry shampoo.
I recently realised that I really need to look after the skin on my body more. Since the release of the Glossier Body Hero I've been trying to up my game. Out of the shower I use the Lanate Body Cream* if my skin is extra dry. For treatment, every morning and night without a doubt I use the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Body Oil. I've been using this since I was 16 and it's my holy grail as it makes the skin so incredibly soft and hydrated all day. You can also use this in the shower as well as an in-shower body oil, or even in your bath (if you're lucky enough to have one!).
I've begun self-tanning again as well. I did use Loving Tan but I found it too overpriced for what it is (it's still great - just not worth it in my opinion if you're a regular self-tanner). So, I recently picked up the Le Tan Fast Deep Bronzing Mousse and I absolutely adore it. It does just as well, if not better in my opinion as it only needs to be on the skin for around 30 minutes to take effect (Loving Tan took 2-6 hours). It's price point is something that is kind of irresistible, too.
The only thing I've been wearing (which I mentioned in my last post) is the Essence Gel Nail Polish in Sweet as Candy. It's the perfect baby pink colour that has a buildable sheer to opaque colour. It's also $3.99.
That's it for this post, guys! Let me know what products are a current staple in your routine below xx
gifted or PR products are marked with an *