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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    New | Customised Solid Fragrances

    For someone who has become quite a fragrance whore lately, it’s no surprise that I’m thrilled to be playing with a newly released solid perfume, in Narrative Lab. For those who aren’t aware, a solid fragrance is just a concentrated version of your usual spray on perfume/aftershave or eau de parfum, but it’s suspended in a natural wax base rather than alcohol which means it provides additional skin nourishing benefits when you apply it to your skin.

    How do you use it? With your fingers, apply as liberally or as little as what suits you. There is no right or wrong way to use solid wax perfume.

    Each solid fragrance palette comes with three fragrances, built upon the same keynotes of the base fragrance. I choose Rose Above, a floral rose, with the scent of wild berries with fresh rose, magnolia and woody patchouli base tones. I find the scent lasts a good couple of hours, and because I’m slightly addicted to the clicking open the case, it’s no hassle to reapply as needed. They also offer the same scents in a roll-on perfume oil, which is just as travel friendly as the pots. It’s worth noting that the pots are comparable to a 50ml perfume spray, which is quite a lot considering the tiny size.

    Narrative ingredients are as natural and organic as possible with no nasties – vegan and not tested on animals. Narrative has worked with industry experts, formulators and product developers over many years to create these scents, but they’re also very selective with the factories and packaging materials they use, ensuring they are trading both to a high-quality manufacturing standards, but also with ethical working conditions. Where possible, Narrative use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified or recycled paper and make sure all other materials used is either reusable or refillable.

    For reference, the Narrative Roll On Oils are $59 AUD and the Solid Fragrances are $99.

    Good for the earth and our noses!

  • InBeauty

    The Skincare Ingredients This Cosmetic Physician Swears By

    I’ve always wanted to have a real conversation with a skincare expert and ask specific questions but every time I have a facial or skin treatment, I completely forget all my plans and usually end up zoning out in deep relaxation. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr Kate Jameson, and I jumped at the chance. Dr Kate Jameson is the Medical Director of Youth Lab, a doctor led medical aesthetics clinic located in Perth, Western Australia offering a wide range of non-surgical treatments aimed to repair, rejuvenate, enhance and protect the skin.

    For all the skincare junkies out there – this one is for you!

    In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite skincare or beauty ingredients/products, and why?

    My favourite skin care ingredients are those that deliver transformative results in the skin and that have strong evidence to back up their claims. When it comes to “powerhouse” ingredients and products you can’t go past a high potency retinol. Retinol ​and its derivatives are forms of vitamin A, which are essential in healthy cellular function. Incorporating a Retinol into your skin care regime is essential for those who want to preserve their healthy skin and combat the signs of ageing.

    Retinol works to stimulate collagen production, encourages new cell turnover and exfoliation, regulates oil production (so is excellent for acne and congested skins), combats pigmentation as well as working as an anti-oxidant and repairing environmental damage. My favourite retinol currently is Cosmedix Serum 16 which really assists in evening out skin tone, smoothing wrinkles and also boosting moisture in the skin. What I love about it is that it is non-irritating and the skin is not left feeling dry or sensitive which can occur with other retinols.

    Another essential skin care ingredient, and product, is ​Vitamin C,​ also known as L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and works as a potent antioxidant whilst also fighting hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C works to brighten the skin, improve skin texture and firmness as well as protect our skin against harmful UV and environmental damage. My favourite product containing Vitamin C is PCA C and E Advanced which also contains the antioxidant Vitamin E which works synergistically with vitamin C, boosting the effects. This serum feels silky smooth and soft on the skin and contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C available (20%).

    Finally, I also can’t go past a ​Hyaluronic Acid​ serum which works to deliver intense hydration and gives a plumping effect to the skin. My go to Hyaluronic serum is the PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum which delivers hydration on three levels – the skin’s surface, deep within the skin as well as boosting the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production.

    In regards to both yourself and your clients, what are your favourite beauty treatments?

    I don’t believe in fluff treatments and always prefer treatments that deliver changes to the skin and treat certain conditions. Results driven treatments are key for me. My favourite treatment for the majority of skin types is ​Broad Band Light (BBL) which is the use of certain wavelengths of light used to target different colours (chromophores) within the skin resulting in the destruction and removal of the target. BBL is phenomenal for treating sun damage and pigmentation, redness and rosacea, visible blood vessels and capillaries as well as active acne. Once a client’s skin has been corrected with BBL, and they are left with an even and smooth skin tone, we step up to our maintenance program called the Forever Young BBL. These BBL treatments can then be done on a quarterly basis to encourage collagen production, maintain the results of the initial treatments and keep the skin looking healthy and young.

    Hydrafacials​ are also very popular among my clients. This is a phenomenal treatment which uses four steps to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, extract and then infuse in a cocktail of antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Hydrafacials are suitable for all skin types and can be done fortnightly to monthly. It can treat active breakouts and congestion, remove blackheads and decrease the appearance of pores, smooth skin texture, improve pigmentation and maintain healthy skin. It is also the perfect pre-event or special occasion treatment as the skin is left glowing and hydrated immediately after.

    In regards to both yourself and/or your clients, what would you like to try next; product, service or treatment?

    The next treatment on my list is the ​Halo laser​ which I plan on having annually to combat sun damage, pigmentation and improve the texture and tone of my skin. Halo is an advanced laser which combines ablative and non-ablative lasers in one to treat the skin at all levels. It is not for the fainthearted and there is about 5 days of “downtime” which includes redness, dryness and flaking but this is significantly less when compared with other lasers available. The Halo results are evident within the first week and continue to improve over many months as deep collagen is stimulated.

    We call the outcome of this treatment the “halo glow” as the skin looks polished, luminous and silky smooth after each treatment. We are trialing a new “chemical free” peel known as the ​Deep Sea Peel ​by beauty brand Cosmedix which is delivering excellent results. I plan on trying this peel myself but also look forward to seeing the results on my clients.

    As more people steer away from chemicals this is a good option for those seeking a natural peel alternative. It uses coral particles which work as a manual exfoliation to resurface the skin, lifting away stubborn pigmentation and softening the look of acne scarring.

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, ​and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube?

    I am a skin care nerd and most of the magazines and publications I read are medical and industry focused so to many can be a bit boring as they often contain research articles and industry updates. I spend much of my spare time researching and developing new treatments and products to introduce to my clinic so I don’t often follow beauty podcasts or watch vloggers on YouTube. An online magazine I just love is Beauticate. I enjoy reading their reviews on clinics, treatments and products. I also subscribe to Spa and Clinic Magazine which is a beauty industry specific magazine focusing on business.

    A podcast I would recommend for anyone interested in medical aesthetics, injectables and laser would be Inside Aesthetics. This is hosted by a Cosmetic Doctor and they regularly interview industry leaders to get the inside scoop on their treatments of choice. It is suitable for not only doctors like myself but anyone interested in the industry and wanting to educate themselves on what treatments are safe and effective.

  • InBeauty, Hair

    New Year’s Eve Ready with ghd

    It’s not just the end of the year, it’s the end of the decade so this year, I’m going out with a bang and thanks to My Haircare & Beauty X ghd, my hair is going to be flawless. While I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll be wearing just yet, I know I’m going to have smooth slick strands and of course, statement earrings.

    As a proud stockist of ghd in Australia, MyHaircare & Beauty invited me to help share the word of the limited edition rose gold styler, which coincided perfectly with NYE preparation.

    The Dynasty Rose Gold Platinum+ with Vanity Case in the limited edition rose gold comes complete with an exclusive vanity case, for safer storage and travel. For a styling experience personalised to you, the styler features ultra-zone predictive technology, which anticipates the needs of your hair according to thickness and styling speed. Working at an optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees, this tool also features a convenient automatic sleep mode that switches your styler off after 30 minutes of non-use, for peace of mind once out and about.

    I’ve been playing around with the styler over the last few days and was easily able to create sleek locks (albeit with a touch of summer humidity!) that I zhuzhed up with a bit of texture for a more relaxed look. A touch of sea salt spray and my gold sparklies and I’m set.

    Perfect to add to your vanity, this styler looks good and performs even better!

    Bring on NYE!

  • InBeauty

    Stand Out Beauty Favourites of 2019 + A Discount Code

    Throughout the year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in an ongoing collaboration with U.K based beauty website Calissa, by trying out various new products and brands, some I’m similar with and many I’m not. I thought I would do a roundup of my favourite products so far, which will make a nice segway into my favourite products of 2019.

    Calissa is our doorway to luxury independent beauty. An independent, luxury beauty platform that prides itself on its edited selection of premium and niche brands. As a British brand, they’ve cherry picked the best products from home as well as sourcing favourites from all over the world.

    If you too would like to try some of my favourites found at Calissa, you can score a sneaky little discount with my coupon code 10FRIENDSOFCALISSA at checkout. Free worldwide delivery available, with free samples included with each order. Take a peek also at the Calissa Club, where by joining you can collect points on each order and by writing product reviews to score free cash to buy more products – enjoy!

    Happy holidays x

  • InBeauty

    Niacinamide? Nia-what?

    Is it just me or are all the new and exciting skincare ingredients worth talking about getting harder and harder to pronounce. For someone who was obsessed with David Boreanaz as a teen – and pronounced his name bor-en-az until my husband taught me the correct way to say it out loud – it’s just another word to add to my commonly mispronounced list.

    Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is one of The Ordinary’s biggest sellers and when you hear the benefits, it’s no surprise. Joanna Fleming, Adore Beauty’s Beauty Editor, explains that niacinamide can help to improve barrier function to reduce water loss, while helping to balance the skin’s sebum production, making it an excellent ingredient for oily and blemish-prone skin types. She also mentions that this particular ingredient can also have a brightening effect on the skin, while help to transform the texture of uneven skin.

    Suitable for all skin types and ages, the unique combination courtesy of The Ordinary uses this potent ingredient plus Zinc helps to battle blemishes by reducing bacteria on the skin, regulating oil production, and minimising the appearance of pores gently and efficiently. Speaking from my own experience, I found that when I using this product regularly (being a beauty editor means I’m always trying new things!) I found that any blemishes I had cleared up significantly faster and arose less frequently, but it’s worth noting that if I skipped a few days – my skin would let me know …

    Before I forget, this year alone Adore Beauty has sold 4180 cups worth of The Ordinary’s Niacinamide? Learn more about some of their important milestones, and enter the competition to win  $100 Adore Beauty Vouchers everyday for 7 days. I’ve already entered, have you?

  • InBeauty

    The New Natural Deodorant

    While ‘wellness’ is something of a buzz word right now, there’s no denying the benefits of probiotics and their ability to assist in supporting digestive health and immune function. It’s of course no surprise that even skin care brands are adopting this principal to help restore the skin’s natural immunity against irritation and inflammation.

    Merging probiotics with natural ingredients, KIND-LY revolutionises the green hygiene category with Australia’s first and only 100% natural deodorant enriched with probiotics and magnesium. Referred to as resident bacteria, the good microorganisms found in KIND-LY deodorants neutralise the bad, transient bacteria by supporting the skin’s natural microbiome for healthy, smell-free pits.

    “With daily showering and excessive use of soaps, we’re washing away all the good bacteria from under our arms,” says KIND-LY founder, Lisa Raciti. “As a result, we’re unprotected from the bad microorganisms that mix with sweat and produce odour.”

    As sweat itself is odourless, KIND-LY’s aluminium, paraben and alcohol-free formulation allows the underarm area to produce sweat and expel toxins naturally without the associated smell and re-educates the body to correct bacterial imbalances on its own.

    It’s worth noting that when transitioning to a natural deodorant, the body can take several weeks to adjust as sweat ducts become reliant on the chemical’s found in common deodorant and forget how to naturally correct bacterial imbalances on its own. I’m about a month in now and it’s all good news, the fresh scent is uplifting of a morning and keeps me feeling protected all day long – no whiff to smell here! Note: Shake the bottle before using, and always apply to clean dry skin allowing to dry before dressing.

    Available in 5 invigorating scents blended with essential oils and ingredients specially chosen for their antimicrobial benefits including Lavender & Bergamot, Lime & Frankincense, Cypress & Sandalwood, Coconut & Vanilla and Rose & Geranium – without any common irritants like alchohol, parabens or synthetic fragrances.

    Available globally online and in over 200 Australian stockists, as well as Urban Outfitters in the USA, KIND-LY is taking natural deodorant mainstream. No longer just an ‘alternative’ – natural is the new normal!

  • InBeauty

    What To Pick up During the Black Friday Sales at FeelUnique

    If there is ever a right time to shop, it’s definitely the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale’s and this year is no exception. Score up to 40% off this Black Friday week at FeelUnique on over 350 brands, PLUS free beauty bags and limited time steals!

    While I couldn’t share every single offer available, I have collated the best of the best offers below so keep scrolling.

    * All offers below will be live from 25th November – 2nd December with the exception of 20% off Huda Beauty which will be live from 29th November – 2nd December.

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    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Conscious Beauty

    While the beauty industry was once prone to excess, and some may say over consumption, recently there has been a change to more sustainable approach to products and tools. Nadia Eizadi, conscious beauty guru and owner of Bat Your Lash, an eco and sustainable beauty salon, has taken her next steps in challenging wastage in today’s beauty industry with the launch of Pandoo, a one-stop-shop for sustainable beauty tools.

    “My inspiration to start the range started when I realised how much waste the beauty industry creates. To be hygienic we had a lot of single use tools such as mascara wands, lip applicators and cotton ear buds. We were using and disposing so much in a day. To know the effects of what plastic does to the environment and our planet was disheartening and worrying. So I made the decision to swap the tools that I could from plastic to bamboo. What I couldn’t buy, I created”, Nadia said.

    Encouraging consumers and professionals alike to replace their plastic tools with a more eco-friendly, sustainable solution, Pandoo provides an alternative to the often-overlooked plastics in our beauty routines. Nadia says: “We chose bamboo because of its many benefits. It is 100% natural, biodegradable, anti fungal and antibacterial. It absorbs greenhouse gases, not to mention it’s amazing growth rate compared to other natural resources. Knowing that plastic takes 1000 years to decompose and bamboo only takes 2-3 months, it makes it the eco-friendliest option. My aim is to try to reduce landfill as much as we can, so switching to bamboo (although it is slightly more expensive) is really a no-brainer.”

    Pandoo is launching with three key products; Ear-Buds, Lip Applicators, and Mascara Wands all made from the super-powered plant, bamboo. Nadia says “Since Pandoo is bamboo based it has many benefits as mentioned previously, additionally we have also made the swap from using plastic to using biodegradable satchels to post our products. Not only are our Pandoo beauty tools promoting and supporting an environmentally conscious way of life, but so is the packaging in which customers are receiving their products. It’s a win/win!”

    Here’s to saving the earth, one beauty product at a time!

  • InBeauty

    Lets Chat Beauty with Sacha Strebe of @skinlexicon

    As much as some might roll their eyes at what I will say next, I really don’t know what I would do without Instagram. Connecting with amazing like-minded individuals never gets old for me, and when they have a passion for skincare like myself – it’s a match made in heaven. I’m so so excited to feature Sacha Strebe today, who is former Editorial Director for MyDomaine and currently the Editorial Director at Create & Cultivate.

    Based in Los Angeles, Sacha clearly has a passion for skincare which has lead her to recently launch an Instagram account and bi-weekly newsletter titled Skinlexicon, which I’ve already subscribed and of course, read every past issue.

    Without further ado, lets chat beauty with Sacha of @skinlexicon!

    Where did your love of beauty and skincare come from, has it always been there? I grew up in sunny Queensland, Australia and since there is a hole in the ozone layer there it gets incredibly hot (the sun is incredibly harsh) so we are taught about sun protection very early on. My mom was slapping sunscreen on me as a baby and we’d play at the beach almost every day growing up. She also exposed me to skincare early on. At the age of 14 I had a basic cleanse, tone and moisturizer routine and my obsession for skincare and beauty grew from there.

    I have always cared for my skin, but I really ramped it up around age 29/30 after having my son. I developed melasma while pregnant and so began my monthly chemical peels, brightening serums, and I had 3 rounds of IPL (which a lot of esthetician’s wouldn’t recommend now because it can make it worse). I’ve been on a maintenance preventative regime ever since.

    What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? Definitely retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic, all of the acids (lactic, glycolic, aha, bha), vitamin c, and sunscreen—well that’s not an ingredient but it’s definitely part of my daily regime.

    The go-to brands for these ingredients are Cosmedix (swear by this brand! Been using for 10 years or more. I love their peels, cell ID, retinol, and eye doctor), IsClinical (their active serum, pro heal serum, and hydracool are truly gamechanging), DMK seba-e oil, skinmedica lytera and HA5.

    What are your favourite beauty treatments? I love chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, and laser! My favorite lasers are clear & brilliant (for a deeper exfoliation/resurfacing and pigmentation), picot (for pigmentation and melasma), laser genesis (for plumping and producing collagen), forma, and radio frequency (great for tightening/forming), fraxel (resurfacing).

    Read Sacha’s recent articles below:

    In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? I have a few! Matthew Miller (@matthewmillerskin), Candace Marino (@thelafacialist), Dr Nancy Samolitis (@drsamolitis of Facile Boutique and Dermatology), Dr Jennifer Herrmann (@dr.jenniferherrmann), Camille Fields (, Kerry Benjamin (@stackedskincare), and James Vivian (@jamesvivian_clinic).

    What’s your thoughts on botox and fillers etc? I am a big fan of subtle Botox and fillers. I only started getting them when I was 37 though and I didn’t go overboard. I started small and layered it slowly so it wasn’t a huge change and just made my face appear fresh and healthy. I have a little bump every 6 months but only the smallest amount under the eyes, around the mouth, the nasolabial folds, and I have a smidge of Botox in between my eyes where I frown. I only trust a couple of people to do it too. I highly recommend you do the research and find someone who can do really soft and natural filler. I see Dr Samolitis and Dr Jennifer Herrmann who are both dermatologists and truly understand the biology of the face. Dr Samolitis also used different filler to match the destination on my face—it was really tailored to me and what worked for my unique features. I’m very open about it too. I think it’s so important to let other women know because so much of what we see is filtered and not real, especially on social media.

    Read Sacha’s recent articles for My Domaine below:

    What would you like to try next; product, service or treatment? I really want to try the new Skinbetter line. They have a new sunscreen mineral makeup compact that Candace (the LA facialist) has been raving about. She also told me about their alphret peel pads so I’m adding them to my next purchase. As for treatments, I have an appointment with Camille Fields next month and I can’t wait. She is a Biologique Recherche certified esthetician and I’ve been wanting to try the range for so long. I’m also intrigued by her holistic approach. My friend TyLynn Nguyen raves about her (and she has beautiful skin) so I really can’t wait.

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, and /or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? I am obsessed with Eleanor Pendleton and Gritty Pretty. I also love what Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan are doing with their Gloss Angeles podcast. They talk through ingredients and science in a very friendly, relatable way. Their last episode features a sleep doctor and I’ve been told he has some game changing advice so I’m excited to listen in. I love following all of the experts I listed above on IG because they really drop a lot of knowledge that isn’t sponsored and very realistic.

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

  • InBeauty

    What is Gua Sha and Why Do You Need it?

    If 2018 was the year of face rolling with a jade roller; well then, 2019 is definitely the year of the gua sha.

    Rachel Roberts, skin specialist based in Hobart, uses gau sha in her signature Beauty of Balance facial at Hobart based natural, non-toxic based beauty salon and clean beauty shop Beauty of Arcadia and was kind enough to share her extensive knowledge of this much-discussed facial treatment.

    As Rachel says, “Gua sha, pronounced gwa sha, is a type of massage used in the world of Chinese medicine. This traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been used for thousands of years, and is often referred to as the “Eastern Facelift’. While being an Eastern technique, there is lots of Western research and evidence to prove this treatment is effective. The massage is performed using a gua sha tool, most commonly of either jade stone or rose quartz.”

    But of course this then poses another question. Well, how do I use this oddly shaped tool?

    Rachel says: “The tool is applied to the skin with a pretty heavy hand and is quite literally scraped across the skin. For facial gua sha, the pressure is much lighter, and scraped in an upwards and outwards motion. The pressure is firm but light enough to not hurt or bruise.”

    When it comes to the benefits of the gua sha facial massage, Rachel explains: “Studies have shown an increase in circulation from the gua sha technique, and better flow to the face not only helps clear up & heal acne, it aids the skin’s ability to purge the dirt, sebum, and general buildup in the pores that can lead to acne. This improved blood flow to the skin’s surface which promotes healing, also breaks up fascia which releases tension. This helps tone your facial muscles, helps improve the contours of your face and encourages collagen production to firm the face up.

    This technique also helps promote lymphatic drainage, and helps your skin retain it’s natural moisture and glow. After regular gua sha facials you’ll begin to notice that your skin is plumper, brighter and with far less visible lines. Think of it like a pilates class, but for your face. The more you do it, the better the results.”

    Lastly, Rachel also mentioned that not only does this facial visibly improve skin quality, it also puts you in a deeply relaxing state. SIGN ME UP!


  • InBeauty

    Understanding Retinol and What It Does

    As I recently celebrated the big 30, and now just quietly the not-so-big thirty-one (thriving thirties, right), I knew it was time to finally pull out the big guns and begin to introduce retinol into my skincare regime. While once upon a time only something a doctor would prescribe, brands like The Ordinary give everyone everywhere access and more importantly, understanding, to the big wide world of acids and active ingredients.

    Put simply: As we age, the skin’s cell renewal process begins to slow which in turns gives the skin a dull or sallow appearance. Retinols, also known as Vitamin A, ‘switch back on’ the shedding of skin cells at a faster pace which results in a fresh glow to skin. Any products applied penetrate much deeper and work that much harder.

    My retinol experience begins with The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, and as the jar is almost empty, I’m about to introduce Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. If you noticed the slight difference in the names (retinol/retinoid), basically retinol is a weaker form of retinoid, hence the labelling of the products. As it’s widely and very strongly advised by skin experts, any retinol usage must begin at lower levels as the skin build tolerance to the active ingredient. Irritation, redness and peeling are all common side effects, while temporary, and levels can be increased as the skin adjusts.

    Let’s break down the two different products further:

    • Step 1: The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane. This has light oil-like texture and is applied before thicker serums, oils and creams. While the retinol helps to reduce the appearance of photo-damage, skin ageing and fine lines, the addition of Squalane provide hydrating benefits for those on the drier skin side.
    • Step 2: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. This has a creamy texture, and contains a higher level of the star ingredient. The Granactive Retinoid works to enhance the skins elasticity, plumpness and hydration levels for a radiant and fresh glow.

    I plan to update this article once I’ve used the 2% for an extended period, but so far, here’s my thoughts:

    1. When applied to clean dry skin, the 0.2% feels slightly tingly and itchy for a short time (to be expected) but thanks to the Squalane, doesn’t leave me feeling dry or scratchy;
    2. I notice that each night I apply the 0.2%, the next morning I’ve definitely a noticeable glow and softness to the skin;
    3. I started applying the 0.2% of an evening once a week, but can now apply every second or third day without any reaction, giving me confidence for the higher dosage to come;
    4. Sunscreen is a non-negotiable each and every day, as retinols can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation;
    5. Still applying my Vitamin C of a morning with zero dramas, and I’m really starting to feel like a #skincarejunkie with all these exciting lotions and potions!

    While I’ve also enjoyed The Ordinary’s (and NIOD’s) range and accessibility of products, I was reminded last week upon listening to Nicole Kilner’s podcast episode with Gemma Watts (The Glow Journal) why this brand continues to stay at the top of it’s game – its main priority is doing business in a kind way, with exceptional products to boot.

    And finally, Deciem have given us all an early Christmas present as until November 30th, they have 23% off everything on their website – I say run, don’t walk!

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

  • InBeauty

    What I’m Coveting from Cult Beauty Right Now

    As it’s nearing Christmas and I’m still a shocking present organiser, even at thirty-one, I’m starting to get my brain into gear working what to get each of the important people in my life. But of course, somehow, it always come back to me and what I will gift myself. Here’s what I’m coveting:

    Special mention to Roen’s Disco Eye and Summer Disco Eye. Gimme all the glitter for summer please✨

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

  • InBeauty

    Lets Chat Beauty with Bianca Hill of @heartofdvst

    I’ve followed Bianca, or @heartofdvst as you may know her, for what feels like ages. Bianca has grown such an amazing community and shares all of her thoughts, opinions and knowledge so freely. Just recently, Instagram deleted her original account which had grown over 2k+ followers organically and Bianca was left to rebuild her account, which she has done through incredibly curated images by the dozen.

    Lets chat beauty …. with @heartofdvst!


    Where did your love of beauty and skincare come from, has it always been there? It definitely hasn’t always been there. I grew up predominately with a very non-feminine, strict mother who refused to let me wear makeup right up until when I left home at 16. And even then, I would wear makeup only because it was something that was “forbidden” prior. Not because I was passionate about it, I was just curious. I only really started getting into makeup seriously 4 years ago when I became friends with a makeup artist. And skincare, only 1-2 years ago? It’s all happened really fast haha but I feel like my creative side has always been there and I’ve just found my niche.

    What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? Vitamin C, Lactic Acid and Ceramides – glow, exfoliating and moisture. The holy trinity.

    What are your favourite beauty treatments? Retinol – does that count? And SPF. I count SPF as a treatment because if you’re using it, you will then avoid a lot of premature ageing! Honestly I have never gotten any invasive facial treatments before because I just don’t really need it! I’m sure that will change when I start getting older though …


    In regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? I don’t know if I’m in a place to say whether or not I trust or believe either, as I’m not an expert personally. What I will say is, I trust Susan Yara (she’s a qualified aesthetician and Youtuber) with my life and I will take any advice she provides. I’ve learnt a lot from her!

    What’s your thoughts on botox and fillers etc? The more, the merrier! I have lip fillers and they’ve changed my life. I want to get cheek fillers next, but they’re a little pricier. I’m not at a point yet where I feel I need botox but I’m tentatively waiting for the first wrinkle to appear …

    What would you like to try next; product, service or treatment? I really want to get a facial at the little company while I’m in Byron!

    What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? I’m loving All Bases Covered podcast and I watch Susan Yara via Mixed Makeup, Jackie Aina and Mariah Leonard religiously. There’s too many to name on instagram, but right now my faves that come to mind are @skinned_row, @itsalexanohely, @rohinielyse, @rowisingh and @riyahtaylor.

    Thanks lovely one, you’re a dream! By the way – I’m off to pull out my Fenty Lip Stunna in Uncensored for a fun afternoon pep-me-up!

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    Important Space NK Dates to Put In Your Calendar

    If you’re a beauty aficionado, you’ll be well aware that Space NK is the dreamland of beauty. The ultimate curator of over 100 of the most in-demand, highly innovative and boundary-pushing beauty brands, Space NK the go-to destination for worldwide beauty discovery.

    If you want to score a bargain or an extra GWP, or maybe just blow your your savings – these are the dates you’ll need to remember.

    Important Space NK dates:

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday: 29th November to 2nd December 2019

    Double Points: 8th to 14th December 2019 – Receive N.dulge loyalty points for every £1 spent. 100 points = £5 incentive voucher.

    Last Minute Sale: 10th December – Free gift with £100 spend plus free delivery!

    Winter Sale: from 25th December 2019

    As always, Space NK offer worldwide delivery, as well as a bespoke shopping experience in store. Free samples with every order and by joining N.dulge, their loyalty program, and receive a special birthday gift every year.

    Make sure you pop these dates in your diary, ’tis is the best time of the year!





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    Hand Care Advice for Summer 2019

    We’re all about skincare, especially of late, but are you one to actually take your care of your hands? I must admit, I strive to be that person but I often fall short. I consider it a good effort if I remember to apply cuticle oil and hand cream before bed, but most notice I admit, I forget.

    With this in mind, I enlisted the knowledge of Enbacci founder and skincare expert, Yong-Li Zhou, to shed some light to how I can adopt a serious #handcare routine, and more importantly – where to even begin.

    As Yong-Li Zhou says “Our hands are constantly exposed to environmental pollutants. They are exposed to harmful UV rays while we are walking down the street, driving the car, talking on a phone, and playing most outdoor sports.”

    This means that as the skin on the hands and wrists are susceptible to photoaging much like the face (crows-feet anyone) they require the same level of care and attention as the skin on our face. Enbacci have a dedicated hand care range, designed for all skin types, ethnicities, genders and ages; and is available nationwide online and via the brand’s flagship store located in Melbourne’s city fringe.

    To cleanse, Yong-Li Zhou suggests Enbaci’s Nourish Hand Wash to effectively clean and disinfect without leaving hands feeling dry, taut, or irritated. This gentle formula repairs damaged skin, restores moisture and offers antimicrobial properties to protect skin from harmful surface bacteria. Once dry, Yong-Li Zhou recommends applying the Brightening Hand & Nail Cream SPF15 to nourish and protect your hands, keeping the skin looking youthful for longer with this Vitamin A and E rich cream.

    It’s worth nothing that while freckles on the hands and fingers are not always a cause for concern, they can be a precursor to certain skin conditions and cancers. “Taking the right skincare precautions and having regular check-up’s with your GP or dermatologist will ensure your hands stay youthful and healthy for as long as possible,” said Yong-Li Zhou.

    Hands up who is ready for summer 👐

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    For The Friend Who is Obsessed with Monogramming

    Monogrammed items are everywhere right now, from iPhone cases to handbags. We all love a personalised piece, especially when it’s a gift so let me introduce you to Beysis, formally known as Say It With Polish. From humble beginnings with the launch of a single customisable nail polish line, the Beysis team has recently expanded into an extensive range of thoughtfully designed beauty and lifestyle essentials, including personalised and refillable perfume atomisers, candles, makeup cases and compact mirrors. They’ve even curated a range of stylish and practical water bottles, while still creating their stand-out nail polish range.

    Name them, monogram them, make them yours!

    Featuring minimalistic, classic designs, Beysis create products that are sustainable and functionable, which you can order in just a few clicks. I remembering gifting my bridesmaids a nail polish each with a personalised message before my wedding in 2016, and it was such a treat for both them and I, creating such a beautiful memory.

    Australian owned & designed, all of Beysis’ beauty products are also certified cruelty free by Australia’s leading body, Cruelty Free Australia, with their polishes also being ‘10 Free‘ which you can learn more about here but basically, this means that their polish is free of all the nasties commonly found in nail-polish, all without compromising on quality or performance.

    For the friend who has everything, or even if you’re in the mood to #treatyoself, make Beysis your first stop. 

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    Ever Imagined What It Would Be Like Working for a Luxury Beauty Website?

    Ever wondered what it would be like to work for a luxury beauty website? Well wonder no more, as I’ve been lucky enough to speak with Amber Cotterell and Beth O’Keefe, who both work for luxury independent beauty platform Calissa. Calissa prides itself on its edited selection of premium and niche brands. As a British brand, they’ve cherry picked the best products from home as well as sourcing favourites from all over the world. The team is always on the lookout for the next big thing in beauty, and orders will be delivered to you quickly, reliably and in award winning recycled and recyclable packaging (almost) anywhere in the World.

    For serious #workenvy, just scroll down …

    What does a general day look like for you, and what aspects are beauty related?

    Amber: Everyday of the week I do something different. One day I will create banners for the website, as well as creating social media posts and another day I’m coding images into the background of the website. A typical day for me would be to come into work in the morning, look at my emails first thing and see what I need to reply to and if I need to do anything from those emails. I then focus on the workload that I have to do, each day I have a different lot of workload to do (I keep a schedule on what I do on what day.) For example; Monday would be creating all the images you can see on the homepage. Tuesday would be changing the banners and then editing our descriptions. Wednesday I would be creating a blog for the website. So each day is different, however the average week is the same.

    With the beauty aspect, it’s quite hard to see what’s beauty related. We sometimes get our brands to come in and give us training lessons, where we learn more about the products, and we get to try the products out. We also sometimes get given free samples that we can take home and use, and this is all to help with the descriptions of the products because if we’re writing about a product we need to know about the product. We also do a lot of research on brands and up to date beauty trends for blogs. I would say that’s the kind of beauty related stuff we do.

    Beth:  As Amber said every day is different! My day typically consists of designing website banners, email campaigns and any visual content you see on the website. When I’m not designing I am usually researching the beauty industry for the latest trends and topics that we can feature in a blog post. As many of the brands we stock have an amazing back story when they invite us to training days I often convert this information and share our knowledge through a blog post. The creative aspect of my role consumes most of my week however there are still marketing responsibilities me and Amber have to keep on top of, for example discussing a marketing strategy for the following months. As my role is very creative I would say about 60% of my tasks are beauty related, I am constantly learning about brands, ingredients, trends – the list goes on!

    What involvement do you have with Calissa, and how closely do you work alongside the team?

    Amber: So our team is a pretty small, Beth and I work in the Marketing Team. There is one person who specialises in Customer Service, one person in accounts and the two directors of the company, so we are a very small team. However, because we’re a small team we do a lot of things together. For example if there was a customer service query, I might be asked to help out answering the question, or if I need a price list then the accountant will be able to provide it for me and might even complete the task that I want done. It’s quite nice to work in a smaller team as you get to know everyone individually, and it’s easier to ask for someone to do something. With Calissa, Beth and I have 100% involvement within the website, we create the website content as well as the banners, category pages and images alongside that. We also are in charge of looking after all of the social media platforms and emails. So regarding the Digital Marketing aspect of Calissa we have 100% involvement.

    Beth: Calissa is 100% mine and Amber’s responsibility. We design the visual content, the written content and ultimately make sure the site is running to the best it can! As Amber said our team is very small and we are all there to help each other when we need it however the teams have very different job roles, as Amber and I are the marketing team we work very closely with each other to ensure the website looks and feels the way we believe our customers want it to look.

    What are your ‘ride or die’ beauty products, and is beauty a huge part of your life?

    Amber: I’ll be honest before starting here I never really focused on beauty products, I had a big part of makeup but beauty wasn’t something that I had really thought about. As I started learning about different brands and products I started becoming more interested in things I had never thought about, like vegan products. I’m not a vegan and never thought about buying vegan or natural products. However when I started working here, I became a bit more aware of the benefits of buying vegan or natural products, so I try to buy more products within that range.

    I have a few favourite products that I think now I’ve started using I don’t know what I’d do without. The first one is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I absolutely LOVEEE this product, I use it everyday after putting on my makeup. It’s great as a waking up mist and I love it as a setting spray. The next product is the Electric Ink Tattoo Daily Moisturiser, I have a few tattoos and especially in the summer they can look a bit faded from the sun, so I like to add some of the daily moisturiser to give it that extra glow and makes it look fresher. My final product would be the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, at first I’ll admit I couldn’t use it, I’m not a good sleeper, I wake up a lot during the night and most of the time have 4 to 5 hours maximum. However once my body got used to the smell, I fall asleep with the click of the fingers. It relaxes me so much.

    Beth: I would say beauty is a huge part of my life but i’m quite settled in my ways, other than the samples that are featured in our posts I don’t try as many new products as I perhaps should! That being said when I started working for Calissa I was very pleased to see all of the vegan, organic and sustainable brands – this is the reason I am quite reluctant to try new things. Being particular about the ingredients and morals of brands has made it more tricky in the past that however now is starting to change with my role here and I can’t wait to try some of the products we will hopefully be bringing to our customers in the near future!

    My “Ride Or Dies” would be:

    1. Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil– this smells amazinggg! Every morning it’s the perfect moisturiser after my shower, the scent wakes me up and my skin remains soft throughout the day.
    2. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Intense Moisturizing Cream– honestly the texture of this face cream is out of this world! Never have I used a face cream so velvety in my life and now i wouldn’t be without this product for the world!
    3. Emma Hardie Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask– Once a week I used this as an overnight mask and in the morning it rinses off my face so easily!  leaving my skin with an even complexion and super smooth! I don’t feel the need to moisturise after using this and my skin stays smooth and hydrated all day!

    What’s the biggest beauty tip you could share with my audience?

    Amber: See I don’t have that many beauty tips, I have one makeup tip which works for me but it does look weird. My tip is once you’ve applied lipstick, and you’ve got a tissue and dabbed off the excess of the lipstick you can get some translucent powder and dab it onto your lips and it sets your lipstick. Not too much powder only a tiny bit to set it, so it’s not too sticky and doesn’t come off. That’s my tip, I do it every time I wear lipstick so it doesn’t come off and I think it makes lipstick last longer. The only other tip, which I’m not sure is a tip, is that some beauty products can be stored in the fridge so the products themselves last longer. I don’t know if these are new tips or if people already knew them but those are my tips.

    Beth: I am very simple with my makeup, using the same stuff everyday and my routine is quite hard to break! The only bit of advice I can think of would be using a brush to apply foundation rather than your fingers! I must admit I am guilty of using my finger in the past but now I’ve converted to a brush I would never go back! As finger tips are grooved you actually waste most of your foundation! With a brush you can achieve a smooth finish and still have foundation left in your bottle when you’re done! Foundation is a key part to most peoples makeup routine, while on the topic I would say primer! Works a treat.

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    Nedahl Stelio on Natural Beauty

    As someone who worked in women’s magazines for twelve years, Nedahl Stelio knows beauty. I remember Nedahl as a constant source of inspiration throughout my late teens and early twenties at both Cosmo and Cleo magazines, and was thrilled when I put two and two together and released that Nedahl herself was the founder of Recreation, a Australian-owned, all-natural fragrance house based in Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

    I’ve been wearing the scent Call Me Venus (a glorious fresh rose scent) for the past few weeks to compliments almost on the daily, and I figured if a fragrance could be that beautiful and long-lasting, and above all natural, it’s something I need to dip my toes into. I’ve thought about cutting chemicals often over the years but figured chemicals meant ‘products actually worked’ but I’m pleased to say if I can look half as good as Nedahl does – remove all chemicals from my life stat please!

    Nedahl was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions which I’ve popped below, and do check out the Recreation website, even just for your free 25-page white paper ‘Why Ditch Toxins’– enjoy!

    All natural perfume – what does this mean in layman terms and why is this better for our bodies? All fragrances that aren’t natural are basically a blend of synthetic fragrance and chemicals. Synthetic fragrance means the scents are made in a lab – they don’t contain real flower and plant extracts, they are made in test tubes so they are much cheaper to produce than using the real thing. They can also be very irritating and overpowering, so a lot of people have allergic reactions to them. Headaches, skin allergies and sensitivities are common. The chemicals used in these perfumes are proven endocrine disruptors, which means they disrupt your reproductive system and can even disrupt the development of the reproductive system of your unborn foetus if you are pregnant while using them. There are over 3000 chemicals which can be classified as ‘parfum’ according to the regulations so you can be getting a whole load of these chemicals unknowingly and spraying them directly on your lymph nodes (on your neck).


    Vegan and cruelty-free | Chemical free | Hypoallergenic | No parabens | No mineral oils | No petrolatums 

    No sulphates | No phthalates | No petroleums | No siloxanes | No DEA, PEGS, BHA or BHT

    Your products are all vegan and organic, but are they also good for the earth and sustainability? Yes, we worked really hard to find packaging that was sustainable – all of our perfume bottles are made with glass and aluminium and the plastic bottles in our body + hair oils are made with 50% recycled plastic. We’re also introducing a smaller, glass bottle for the body + hair oil at the end of the year.

    As you’re the expert, what advice do you have for making scents last as long as possible throughout the day? Layer and moisturise! The best way to get fragrance to last is to apply it to moisturised skin, and even better if you are applying an oil in the same fragrance because you are essentially layering your fragrance so it will last longer. We also do travel sizes so people can top up throughout the day. Apply fragrance to pulse points – on the neck, behind ears, inside your wrists and don’t pat wrists together! So many people do this but it just breaks down the fragrance molecules so you won’t smell the top notes as much.

    Back to you personally, do you follow an organic lifestyle and does this stretch out to all your beauty products? I went all natural and organic about 10 years ago when I struggled to get pregnant (it took me over two years to fall pregnant). I did a massive overhaul of my lifestyle and products so now everything is natural, including home cleaning products (I use Koh, it’s amazing), food – especially meats because of all the antibiotics regular meat has. And my beauty cupboard got a huge shock when I cleared everything out and replaced it. There was no luxury natural perfume line and it’s why I created it! I spent years spraying regular perfume on my clothes or in my hair so it didn’t touch my skin which really takes the whole luxury of the ritual away.I now only use natural products and though it has taken me a while to find the right things, there are so many beautiful, natural products on the market with all the science behind them, it’s great to see.

    What are your picks for those dipping their toes into natural beauty? Start with fragrance and body products. Perfume is one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals because of all the hidden chemicals. Body products should be next because you’re putting them all over your skin and your skin absorbs up to 70% of what we put on it. Things like cleansers get washed off quickly so you can finish your bottle before buying a new clean brand but moisturisers, serums and oils should have no chemicals because they sink into your skin and bloodstream. There are so many lovely, clean products now. It’s the way forward.

    I couldn’t agree more, Nedahl. Tell me, do you live a clean and natural lifestyle that extends to beauty too?  I’d love to know in the comments but for now, I’m off to clean out my beauty cupboard and begin to ditch toxins + chemicals for good.

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    Current Beauty Essentials

    I thought it was about time for a chatty blog post, as it’s been some time – EOFY is always a crazy time in Finance! I wanted to discuss my current beauty essentials, as right now (and every morning!) I’m all about quick breezy makeup that makes me look alive in the morning, and a little more like the glamorous me I think I am.

    I could NOT live without my Tinted Beachy Brows for the literal beachy brows it gives me … think brushed up plump brows for days. I swipe on a touch of brow pencil prior to wetting this little pot of gold with my Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Spray and use the spoolie shown to brush up my brows til they don’t even look like my brows – it’s that good. You can also purchase the clear version, which I think I might do need – although I like the tinted version, I can be a little slap happy and clean up afterwards is a must.

    I always have in my handbag – so in love with my new handbag from Title Theory, and thanks Paula Joye for the discount code – one or both of the The Beauty Archive lip cream in Effortless and Clarins Natural Lip Perfector. I interviewed Zandra from The Beauty Archive years ago, and have used her lip creams non stop since, but Effortless is my absolute favourite.

    I subscribed to Elle (or maybe Marie Claire actually) recently and picked up a Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat as a bonus gift, and I remember how much I love thee. So brightening for my dull winter skin, that doesn’t crease or crack throughout the day.

    I also received a sample of Benefit BADGal BANG! Volumising Mascara recently and I’m actually v impressed with the results after just one coat. Slight bit of mess towards the end of the day but nothing too much, a mascara to try if you’re in the market for a new one.

    Lastly, my Lanolips order arrived this week and I’ve no doubt the new Lanostick will become a loved staple, as it’s just the original but better! My lips are forever dry and I always have a lip balm handy at all times, so what’s another one, right?



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    Review | Skin Health Science Skincare

    You know how sometimes you see something once on your internet scrolling, but then it just pops up all the time from that moment on? Skin Health Science is just that – it’s literally been in my Instagram feed and stories for weeks now. When an email popped up in my inbox a few weeks back with an invitation to trial the first products, it was a no-brainer of course. The cosmeceutical brand debuts with a simple three-product range – Carbo Cleanser, RP Moisturiser and REM Serum – with each product containing evidence-based active ingredients at the correct strengths combined with scientifically-backed natural powerhouses to support and regulate healthy skin.

    Enter three new products to my skincare routine;

    Created by twin sisters Samantha Hair and Jessica Whalleyboth cosmetic nurses with extensive backgrounds in emergency medicine, Skin Health Science aims to simplify skincare regimes across the globe. Working in their own aesthetic-focused practice, the nurses had become disillusioned by the unnecessarily complex array of skincare treatments on the market, many of which did not contain strong enough actives to create clinically significant results. “We also found that many brands that did offer potent enough ingredients were selling each cream or serum separately as if only one active ingredient could be used per product. It really doesn’t need to be so complicated, so we decided to simplify it ourselves,” Sam explains.

    “We used clinical research to combine priority key actives into our three-step range; everything your skin needs is in there – and it’s suitable for both men and women and all skin types,” adds Jessica. “Skin is designed to protect you from the outside world, if you don’t feed it the basics of what it wants it won’t accept anything you offer it, no matter how expensive or beautiful the bottle of lotion is. It is a clever and powerful organ, with the exception of more complicated skin conditions, the general rule is that if you feed skin correctly, it can work out the rest for itself.”

    Given all I had heard, I began to slowly incorporate these products into my routine, beginning with the REM Repair Serum, then moisturizer and cleanser. Within a week and a half, I had all three products on my skin daily – zero reactions or irritations – and inspired by seemingly everyone downsizing their skincare routine, I decided to reduce my routine to just these three products, a makeup removing cleanser and sunscreen, save a sheet mask or two. This started off great guns and my skin seemed to enjoy the break from scrubs, vitamins, retinol etc, but after a week or so of this, I was finding my skin felt extra dry and quite flaky, and the RP Moisturiser was leaving a white cast to my skin that appeared as dry skin. NB: I’m told by the experts that this is quite normal, and that skin could get quite dry and flaky after about two weeks of usage as the skin purges and renews, but this should settle after a week or two. I reduced the amount I was applying but ended up deciding my skin just needed a little more than these three products could give on their own. I then re-introduced exfoliating pads every few days, and a few serums and a heavy-duty night cream which helped considerably. *It’s worth nothing that while the moisturiser isn’t advertised as an SPF, the zinc and titanium dioxide within do provide good protection for your every day use (like to and from the office etc), but I did apply an additional SPF over the top if I was outside for an extended period of time.

    After a month or so, I’ve come to the conclusion that;

    a) I adore the cleanser as a deep second cleanse, and will purchase this one;

    b) I’m thrilled with the effect the REM Repair Serum has on my skin – instantly too I might add. Another I would purchase; 

    c) I’ve popped the moisturiser back in my cupboard to try re-introducing it back in the warmer months, as it’s just not enough juice for my skin.

    I was surprised I actually liked the cleanser as it’s foaming one and generally they’re too harsh for my easily irritated skin, but I honestly loved the way it left my skin feeling, fresh and clean without any ickiness. It’s easily washed off with water and the charcoal component wasn’t overpowering or anything – big thumbs up. Ditto for the serum, a beautiful beautiful product that works instantly to give a fresh glow to the skin, but I could definitely see myself using far too much of this as it’s that good. I was mindful to only apply each product sparingly as per the instructions, but this is one I just want to bathe in. As I said, I’ll give the moisturiser another go when my skin could use a lighter approach to skincare, instead of writing it off all together.

    The packaging for this range works a treat, being a pump jar/ applicator, and looks even better in my bathroom. Interestingly, skin therapist Belinda Hughes is a fan of this range and it’s clear to see why. Basic skincare, and a great philosophy. Stay tuned for a new hyaluronic acid-based moisturiser release from the brand very soon, it sounds amaze!