Absolute Skin Care Favourites

Absolute Skin Care Favourites


Here are my tried and true skin care products that I keep going back for. Some are new to the routine, others have been in circulation for years.
That Gal by Benefit – A cooling, smoothing primer that goes on great under make up, especially before going out at night
Nutrimetics Ultra Care spf everyday lotion. This is my day moisturiser that I use year round. It has spf 50+ so its perfect under make up as sun protection, even on beach days.
MAC Prep and Prime CC creme, perfect for redness relief as it’s colour correcting, hence the CC!
Natio Face Mist – to relieve my angry red skin and to pop over make up so I look just dewy enough.
Billie Goat Soap Night Cream – I use a variety of night creams but this one is nice and thick for the cooler months.
Nutrimetics Botanicals Foaming Cleanser Toner – I probably have been using this for 20 years. I love them! So fruity, gentle and light. Perfect in the shower.
Swisspers Calming Green Tea Make Up Wipes – To be honest I used Simple brand wipes for a decade, until a few years ago when they changed the texture of the wipe and I found it quite harsh on my sensitive skin. So Swisspers were the next best thing.
Go-To Skin Care Face Hero – This is the best face oil around. A super mix of oils, replaced my love affair with just rosehip oil. So luxurious!
Simple Kind to Eyes Make Up Remover -Very gentle and thorough. Also comes in a great travel size.
Along with these favourites, my skin care routines features a number of other serums, night and eye creams, maybe a scrub here or there. But these are the ones I use religiously.

Absolute Make Up Favourites

Absolute Make Up Favourites

Although there is a never ending parade of items that pass through my make up bag, these items are my winners, the coveted items that get a spot in there year round. Some of these items have been a favourite for years!


I love a few benefit concealer products, and have explored a few others (who me? dark circles ? rosacea?) but I keep coming back to Boi-ing. Industrial strength, never moving, thick coverage. I’m sold.


Benefit know brows, okay? I do love a bit of Gimme Brow as well, but the Goof Proof pencil is super easy you get perfect brows every time.


A great translucent setting powder that goes on after foundation, blush and bronzer. I dust it on last in case my blush and brozer is a bit heavy.


A few years ago I upgraded to a ‘really expensive foundation’ after banging around for years with supermarket brands, and I love my MAC. Feel very grown up buying this.


I have about 30 lip balms in all my drawers and bags, but this is the best. So moisturising and with a bit of colour. If I’m lazy, this is all I use for the day.


So so good. Most weekdays I can get away with just wearing this, concealer and powder to work. Saves my MAC. This BB cream has excellent colour coverage and smells divine.


If I could only pick one lipstick out of my 50 or so, I would get my 2 Natio lip colours. Super moisturising, but not slippery that they slide off, and matte enough without being dry. My favourite shade is Flutter, a lovely nudey pink. I also have Playful, a warm orangey red.


So there you have, my desert island, smuggle me in prison, take on holidays Make Up Favourites!
What are yours?

July Favourites

July Favourites
I purchased the Benefit They’re Real! push up eye liner in black about a year ago and last month got some of the purple liner. The Benefit sales girl gave me a winged liner (which I can never do properly to myself) and it looked awesome in purple! My attempts to recreate it have been okay but not as good as hers!
Will keep practising.Love the cat pun tee from Miss Shop at Meyer. Because puns + cats = my kinda clothing.
I thought at aged 36 it was time to upgrade to a ‘top of the line’ foundation, and what better than with MAC? Very happy with my Mineralise Moisture foundation.
Loving buying new takes on the good old black jumper, like this colour block one from Paper Scissors.
I was gifted these gorgeous Zohara tights, can’t wait to wear them! Love hearts!
Bought these (window pane? Is that the right phrase?) black and white pants from Katies. I think they will be a bit too stretchy with time. Hate when pants get like that.
Grabbed some $2 mason jars from K Mart with cute striped straws. Because, you know, $2. And some $6 candles. Ok clearly I should not be allowed to go to K Mart alone.
Getting a lot of wear out of my cute B.A.I.T ‘But Another Interesting Tale’ red and black flats. Good purchase!
Love a good face oil, like Trilogy’s Rosehip oil but this new product ‘Face Hero’ by Go-To Skincare is very very good. Smelly-nicey-luxurious-warming good.
Still not sure how I feel about powders. After using a loose powder for a few months I thought I would try a pressed powder and scored this Rimmel one for $6.
Novo shoes were having a sale. Big sale. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now…
For more shoes…

Daily Beauty Must Haves

I am a girly girl. And it’s getting worse. I now have as many eye shadow sets/pots to rival skirts/dresses. It’s a high number… I am sure I could wear a different one every day for about 6 weeks. But like most of you, I usually wear the same few day after day. I’m referring to eye shadows here, but the same goes for my clothes. What can I say? Shopping is my therapy, I love a bargain, and like magpies and bower birds, I’m attracted to colourful sparkly things, often blue 🙂

I am usually doing my make up on the run or in transit so i have a beauty bag stashed full to the brim with me everywhere I go.And I need a really big hand bag to hold my beauty ‘tote’ plus everything else.

I like mixing it up with eye and lip colour, but the rest of my routine relies on a handful of can’t-live-without products, see below.


I have products from clinique to chichi,  but there are a few brands that I am particularly loyal to, such as Rimmel and Benefit.

I’m crazy for the best base, so probably half of my routine goes into skin preparation. After moisturising, either with Nutrimetics and Garnier’s BB cream (so dewy!) in the morning, or Benefit’s “that gal” in the evening I apply my foundation and concealers. Rimmel’s Wake Up and Glow does everything it’s meant to, and the Covergirl and Olay concealer for eyes absolutely rocks. ‘Boiing!’ by Benefit has been a fave concealer for years. I’ve bought more pots than I can remember.

It’s then time for ‘Dallas’ bronzer, some eye shadow blends – love a coordinated pallette, mascara ( I have about 5 on rotation), lip liner and some high shine lippy or gloss, like Rimmel’s Coral in Gold.

On more adventurous days or nights out I’ll do highlighter or illuminator, blush, eye liner, smoky eyes and fuller lips.

Loving that the intermernet teaches me more about beauty and has great videos tips. I shudder to think how my makeup looked ten years ago, with Red Earth and Poppy burgundy lips, and pressed powder foundation!

Webby Must clicks – Rimmel’s face maker try it app thingy, The Almighty Beauty Sorcerer – Zoe Foster (check out her book ‘Amazing Face’) and of course, everything to do with beauty headquarters – primped.com.au