CHANGING OF THE SEASONS: GETTING MY SKIN READY FOR WINTER WITH ULTRACEUTICALS

The one thing you should know about your skin, is that it’s always changing. Factors such as age, hormones and changing seasons are just some of the reasons why you’ll notice changes in skin tone, texture and luminosity (just to name a few!) over the course of a year. It’s especially important to pay attention to your skin as the weather changes, when tell-tale signs of long days in the sun can make their presence known. For me, smatterings of pesky pigmentation, dull skin and congestion tend to appear towards the end of summer, reminding me that now is the time to take action.

So as the sun set on another glorious summer, I spoke to the experts about whipping my skin into shape to brave the colder months.

I booked into La Belle Peau (the only place I trust in Perth with my skin) for a consultation and a treatment. I met with Perth’s very own ‘skin whisperer’ Kim Tran, who whisked me away one Tuesday evening for a consultation and subsequent treatment. Kim looked closely at my skin and we discussed my major skin concerns and what I wanted to achieve which is a brighter complexion, improved skin texture and to fade pigmentation.

Based on my concerns, Kim prescribed the Ultraceuticals A-Zyme Peel, a non-invasive and comfortable skin rejuvenation treatment. The A-Zyme peel combines fast-acting potent ingredients Retinol and Bromelain to refresh, refine, hydrate and plump the skin. It’s also perfect for those with acne and congestion complaints as it works to manage the skin’s oil levels and reduce the buildup of dead skin cells. Just what the doctor ordered!

Why peel?
Peels use natural acids to slough of the top layers of skin that are dull and damaged. The benefits of Ultraceuticals A-Zyme Peel in particular include: minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates and plumps the skin, improves clarity and restores radiance to the complexion, unclogs pores and exfoliates skin. And that’s only a few!

Kim explained this peel involved a few days of downtime, but with the Easter weekend nearing and a few days down south planned, this didn’t phase me.

The treatment began with a thorough double cleanse, using Ultraceuticals Ultra Bright Foaming Cleanser, which sent me into a state of utter relaxation. Kim then prepped my skin with the Ultra Sonopheresis Machine before applying the A-Zyme Peel to my face, neck and décolletage. Upon application, the peel tingles a bit on my skin, but as I’m sure all beauty aficionados will agree, I love this feeling because I know it’s working.

Kim gently massaged in the peel with the Ultra Sonopheresis Machine, allowing the enzymes to deeply penetrate and work their magic on my skin. After the peel is removed, Kim applies the beautifully nourishing Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Lotion, a super lightweight, fast absorbing lotion which restores suppleness to the skin without a shiny finish.

Following my treatment I am sent home loaded up with an aftercare program and products from Ultraceuticals to help me achieve my skin care goals. For the first 5-7 days I use the Ultra Brightening Cleanser, Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, Ultra Hydrating Lotion and plenty of SPF during the day. For the first few days, I noticed slight peeling around my chin and mouth, which then moved to my nose and forehead. This had completely cleared by day 5 and my skin was visibly brighter, clearer with a noticeable glow. And although there wasn’t much need for it, makeup sat beautifully on my skin.

My skin continued to improve once it healed with oiliness and congestion a thing of the past, pigmentation visibly faded and a brighter, clearer complexion. I have now incorporated the Even Skintone Serum Concentrate into my morning routine as a way to keep pigmentation at bay. At night I have included the Ultra A Perfecting Serum, a healthy dose of Retinol to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and the Ultra A Perfecting Eye Cream, to help plump and refine delicate skin around the eyes.

My skin has never been happier. It is bright, clear and free from blemishes. The powerhouse ingredients of the A-Zyme Peel worked wonders on my dull, lacklustre complexion that was plagued with congestion. The aftercare products that were prescribed have helped keep my skin in check and continue to keep it looking brilliant.

So if your skin is looking a little sad after summer, book yourself in for a transformative Ultraceuticals peel and get it in tip top shape before the harsh winter weather is upon us.

 

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THE BEAUTY CHEF REVIEW: RADIANT SKIN STARTS FROM WITHIN

You’ve heard it all before, the best way to achieve beautiful skin is to eat a diet high in nutrients and full of fruit and vegetables. A healthy inside means you’ll glow on the outside right? Sure, but what if you could add just that little bit extra to your daily intake of goodness and really make your skin radiant? Introducing, The Beauty Chef, an Australian beauty supplement brand founded by Carla Oates that has been an absolute skinchanger for me. I road tested a few of their products and here’s what I found… 

After a few indulgent months of Christmas and Summer holidays, I started my New Years health kick (along with everyone else). But in addition to getting back to the gym and eating properly again, I wanted to add a little something more to really cleanse and reset my system. I felt sluggish, bloated and my skin wasn’t looking great. After a little research, I came across The Beauty Chef, a range of health and beauty products that aim to support beautiful skin, a healthy gut and a balanced body.

Good gut health can be a game changer to achieving healthy, radiant skin, in fact impaired gut flora is the root of many skin concerns including inflammation, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis just to name a few. Even if you are experiencing congestion or dull, lifeless skin, a good probiotic in your regime will work wonders.

I purchased The Ultimate Starter which includes: GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost and BODY Inner Beauty Powder and is a great option for those new to The Beauty Chef.

GLOW INNER BEAUTY BODY POWDER 
This superfood beauty blend is designed to improve gut health and enhance skin radiance and texture. This daily beauty supplement is formulated with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty and amino acids, prebiotics and probiotics which, when taken regularly, help achieve a smooth and radiant complexion.

I take this supplement every evening, dissolved in a glass of water. The powder formula dissolves easily but I do find some sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass so drink quickly. It tastes like berry cordial and is also a great addition to a smoothie. After only having used this product for a couple of weeks I noticed a definite improvement in skin clarity, hydration and luminosity. I also felt a significant improvement in my overall gut health and digestion.

COLLAGEN INNER BEAUTY BOOST
Plump, firm skin without the needles? Yes please! Collagen Inner Beauty Boost is a bio-fermented probiotic elixir that helps fight fine lines, free radical damage and boosts the skins natural collagen production. A blend of Certified Organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji berry and pomegranate powders (no wonder it tastes amazing!) this gem is rich in antioxidants and helps to balance the digestive tract and boost vitality.

I have fallen in love with this product and find it works wonders on my skin. I take it daily, mixed with the Glow Inner Beauty Powder. It wasn’t long until I started noticing a visibly plumper complexion and just a general boost in skin radiance. When taken with the Inner Beauty Powder, I felt that both products worked nicely together to improve my gut health and are a really delicious way to consume probiotics too.

BODY INNER BEAUTY BODY POWDER VANILLA (WITH MATCHA) 
There is so much to love about this plant based protein powder. The all natural, vegan, Certified Organic formula is great as a snack or as a meal replacement and boosts your daily protein and nutrient intake. Jam packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, BODY is the ultimate nutrition supplement.

I add a scoop of BODY to my green smoothies for breakfast or blitz with some almond milk and frozen raspberries for a pre-workout or afternoon snack and find it keeps me going for hours. It curbs sugar cravings and helps to boost metabolism thanks to the added benefits of pure Matcha.

STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW: STAY ALL DAY NATURALLY NUDE

A little while ago I picked up a gorgeous little trio of nude liquid lipsticks from Mecca Cosmetica and have been dying to share them with you.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are the bomb because they last for ages. I found that one application stayed put for a good 4-5 hours, which is really good considering I drink a lot of water, eat a lot of food and sip a lot of coffee.

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The easy to use sponge wand makes application a breeze however I would recommend popping a little lip balm on first so it doesn’t look patchy. A word of warning for first time liquid lipstick users, these lipsticks are super pigmented! A little bit goes a long way, making them great value for money. The creamy matte finish is really beautiful and not drying. Once on the lips, the lipstick has a really nice weightless feel and feels quite nourishing, thanks to added Vitamin E and Avocado Oil. I also found that the lipstick wore off evenly throughout the day, not in patches.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks retail from $35.00 at Mecca Cosmetica and come in a huge range of colours. A great price point for a product that is hard wearing, nourishing and lasts forever.

Check out the different colours below, tested on a light-medium skin tone.


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BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS THIS SUMMER

As we start to peel off the layers of clothes, its time to shed some of that beauty winter coat and pare back the routine. I’m all about ‘less is more’ when it comes to beauty during summer, and what better way to embrace our Australian climate than to opt for a more laid back regime this year?

I’ve rounded up the top five products you need in your beauty closet for a stress free Aussie summer.

The Faux Tan
This gradual tanner is perfect for a fair skinned chick like me. While you won’t find me baking in the sun for hours during summer, I do love a little sun-kissed glow and I can always count on Bondi Sands to deliver the self-tanning goods. What I love most about the Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk is the dual action formula, meaning it hydrates and nourishes skin while gently building up that golden glow. The formula isn’t sticky, but absorbs into the skin and dries within about 10 minutes – any tanner that doesn’t transfer onto my bed sheets or clothes is an instant hero! Plus, the cocoa butter scent will have you dreaming of an island getaway.

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The Must Have Sunscreen
When Mecca Cosmetica released Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF50+, Australian beauty addicts rejoiced then promptly added 20 of the buggers to cart resulting in a bit of a mass sell out. This weightless, transparent sunscreen for face and body will be making an appearance in beach bags across the nation this summer for its non-greasy formula which stays put through blood, sweat and tears. Okay maybe just sweat and the ocean but you get the idea. Maximum broad-spectrum protection means skin stays shielded from ageing UVA and UVB rays. Bring on the sunshine!

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The Multitasking BB Cream
Pack away the foundation, all you need this summer is this BB Cream by Bobbi Brown that literally does it all. Basically a makeup and skincare hybrid, this little gem provides all day moisture and UV protection while offering the perfect amount of coverage. Formulated with light reflecting pigments, skin appears brighter and younger. What I love most about this BB is the texture, not too heavy and sticky, which is a non-negotiable for those hot summer days.

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The Tress Protector
Throughout summer we expose not only our skin to the elements, your strands take a fair beating against sun, sand and chlorine too!  I’ll admit I was a little late to the party with a hair protectant for the hotter months but having used Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, I can vouch for the fact that this is something you need to add to the beach bag this year. Designed to be used as part of a three-part defense and recovery system, this product is a lightweight, water-resistant spray. The UV defense mist forms an invisible screen to help protect hair against the elements for up to 16 hours. And because Aveda always nail the scent of their products, prepare to be transported to a tropical island!

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The Scent of Summer
There is something really unique about perfume. The way it sits on every single person’s skin highlights different elements and scents within the fragrance. I have always found perfume to be a really personal thing and was so excited when Byredo released a limited edition scent and left it Unnamed. An ode to the brands loyal customers, staff and retailers, and in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary, Unnamed is truly yours. The fresh and unisex scent comes with a set of letters for the owner to label it how they like. Laced with notes of gin, pink pepper and fir balsam this fragrance is just delicious – one to add to the Christmas list for sure!

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Winter Beauty Edit: Haircare

Don’t let the wet weather dampen your spirit; you can still achieve good head when it’s pouring and windy. Just stock up on these hair heroes and say hello to good hair days all season long.

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1. Evo Gluttony Shampoo

I’ve tried a lot of volumising shampoos in my time but this gem from Evo delivers the goods. My hair is fine and requires a bit of grit to get the volume going but since using Evo’s Gluttony Shampoo I’ve discovered that clean hair and volume can be achieved. Seems I can have my cake and eat it too.

2. Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam

Finally a mousse that doesn’t leave hair sticky and stiff. Aveda’s Phomollient mousse is light, provides a gorgeous texture and is the perfect tool for any styling routine. My tip: wash your hair at night, work product through damp hair, blow dry and wake up with some seriously good volume. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

3. Coles Large Radial Brush

There’s no need to spend a fortune on hair tools, I’ve found some of the best brushes at supermarkets and chemists. This barrel brush from Coles (of all places!) is perfect for blow-drying because its light and the perfect diameter for creating loose waves.

4. VS Sassoon Ultimate Salon 2200 Hairdryer

No girl should ever be forced to go through winter without a hairdryer. The summer months don’t call for daily blow drying as much but when the colder weather takes over wet hair is a bit hard to deal with. The VS Sassoon Ultimate Salon is my best friend at the moment; it’s powerful, dries my hair in minutes and comes with a diffusing nozzle for gorgeous natural curls.

5. Toni & Guy Casual Hairspray

Finish off the look with this fabulously lightweight, texturizing spray. Toni & Guy’s entire Casual range is the perfect toolkit to creating messy, relaxed waves and the hairspray is a standout product for me. Like Aveda’s Phomollient, this spray won’t leave your hair stiff and feel like its full of product. It’s easily brushed out too!

 

 

Winter Beauty Edit: Makeup

I’m big on favouritism when it comes to makeup. I know what I like, what works for me and while I love trying new products, nothing beats your old faithful bits and pieces that just work every time. Check out my makeup staples for winter. Tried, tested and forever cherished.

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1. Bare Minerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

I love this lightweight, silky smooth formula that creates the perfect natural effect. Coverage can be adjusted easily and the built in brightening serum packed with Vitamin C means your skin appears luminous always, even on the gloomiest of winter days. Its affordable and lasts for ages, as only the smallest amount is required for a day’s coverage.

2. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

You can’t go wrong with a bold lip colour in the middle of winter and this MAC shade is perfect for glamming up your workwear and for sporting long into the night. This matte formula is great for staying put all day, and with a little bit of lip balm underneath, lips stay hydrated. I love the creamy texture of this lippy, just as much as I love its deep red hue.

3. Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in Boadacia

Mecca never fails to impress with their Artistry Nail Polish range. Colours range from subtle nudes to bright and bold and I am just loving this deep burgundy shade for cooler days. Mecca Cosmetica nail polish is great because it glides on easily and lasts forever. Polish up this season with this daring varnish.

4. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

The bronzing hero of the beauty world never fails to disappoint. NARS have nailed it with the globally award winning bronzing compact that creates a beautifully natural, sun-kissed glow to even the fairest of them all. Add some colour to your mug with this absolute champion.

5. NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross

This little beauty is loaded with shimmer to add instant radiance to your complexion. What I love most about this illuminating powder is how light it is, blending easily into the skin adding the most subtle glow. Wear alone or with other cheek products to add some dimension.

Winter Beauty Edit: Skincare

As the cooler weather sets in, I find my habits changing. More nights spent on the couch, more comfort foods being dished up and more time spent hitting the snooze button! My beauty habits also change during winter as I reach for richer moisturisers and spend time pampering my skin in preparation for the warmer months ahead. I have hand picked my top 5 skincare products that I am swearing by this winter. Stay tuned next week for the makeup edition!

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1. QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser

I love this cleanser because it effectively removes all traces of dirt and makeup without leaving skin feeling dry and “over cleansed”. It’s become a staple in my cleansing routine, is gentle on the skin and on the wallet. The QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser is also suitable to use all year round, just be sure to double cleanse during the Winter months when makeup tends to go on a little thicker!

2. Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Mask 

This face mask is an absolute must for the cooler months. Exposure to harsher elements and a tendency to layer on more makeup can make way for some seriously congested skin. The Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Mask has become my best friend on Sunday evenings when I’m getting ready for the week ahead. Create a weekly ritual for some pampering and your skin will love you for it! This mask literally draws out impurities, so they may show up for a few days after using it, but will settle down pretty quickly.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Combat impurities with this wonder product from The Body Shop. Tea tree oil is known for its magic powers at eliminating blemishes and this overnight lotion includes antibacterial properties that helps fight the appearance of damaged skin. My skin is prone to a breakout and I love applying this at night and waking up to some seriously good results.

4. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

Don’t forget about the rest of your skin this winter and lather up with this delicious body balm from Aesop. What I love most about this moisturiser is how quickly it is absorbed by the skin, leaving behind a silky smooth texture. The citrus based fragrance is also super invigorating in this grey weather – perfect for applying after your morning shower to wake up for the day!

5. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser

I feel very indulgent when I use this body cleanser, its almost like being in a day spa. This is one of Aesop’s best sellers, and its no wonder given its heavenly scent and ability to cleanse perfectly without leaving a trace of grime. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of the shower during winter, you’ll want to stay there all day with this beauty!