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Fuss-Free Beauty – Things I Love

When it comes to my beauty routine, I’m kind of lazy. Add to that my general busy-ness and my hate of early mornings and what you get is a girl who either doesn’t have time or patience to spend hours in the bathroom every morning.

In an ideal world, one of two things would happen.

1) I would roll out of bed every morning to be greeted by my make up artist, hair stylist and fashion consultant who would press a hot latte into my hand and go to work on me while I sit, zombie-like, trying to wake up properly.

(Side note: While I’m lazy on a day-to-day basis, I LOVE having beauty treatments done by someone else. I adore day spas, I love chilling out in the hairdresser’s chair for hours and nothing is quite so relaxing as a pedicure during a stressful week. I could spend all day, every day just having back to back beauty treatments and not be bored.)


2) I would wake up with perfect hair/skin/nails and simply walk out to face the day looking perfect with no effort whatsoever involved. Maybe just a lick of mascara and a swipe of a lip gloss.

Seeing as neither of these things is likely to miraculously happen, I’m going for a sort of a hybrid of the two.

Get other people to do as much work as possible for me so that I can roll out of bed and do as little work as possible to make myself presentable. Because let’s be honest, once you’re in a long term relationship (or married) you kind of give up the whole single-girl energy of keeping up appearances. Which is nice. You don’t want to be switched on all the time.

But if you’re going to be switched off, you can still look good doing it.

Let’s talk skin and face today.

I’ve always had problem skin. I had acne as a teenager, and despite the entire world telling me not to worry, that I would “grow out of it”, I still get pimples now ALL THE TIME. Stupid oily skin.

The best my skin has ever looked was at my wedding – and that’s only because I had a monthly facial for a year beforehand and stopped drinking alcohol and eating sugar for two months before my wedding date. Soooo not sustainable.

But right now, I’m very happy with the way my skin is headed. And there are a few great prods I love that help keep me happy:

Omnilux Light Therapy

Omnilux Light Therapy

On the advice of Beauty Guru Zoe Foster over at Primped I went in for a course of Omnilux treatments at Beaute @ 2001 in Melbourne.

This light-therapy works to stimulate collagen production in your skin. As my beauty therapist put it: it “tricks” your skin into thinking there’s something wrong, so it puts its natural healing properties to work.

A course of 9 treatments is recommended to start, but you’ll notice results instantly after the first one.

It’s about $100 per treatment, so it’s not cheap, but it has drastically improved the quality of my skin. I don’t get huge, sore, blind zits anymore – I get small manageable ones and they heal very quickly. It helps even out your skin tone and plumps it up, erasing fine lines and wrinkles and making you appear youthful and vibrant.

It’s gone a long way in helping get my skin healthy. My next step, though, to help erase the years of solariums (I KNOW. What was I thinking?) is going to be microdermabrasion. I’ll keep you posted.

Monthly Facials, Daily Routines

I still get a facial every month. And believe me, if I skip one, my skin lets me know about it. I’ve been on Dermalogica for years, which I still have a soft spot for even though I’m getting a little more hardcore about my skin approach lately (as mentioned above).

And while I’m lazy, I’ve now gotten myself into my daily skincare ritual and I feel wrongtown if I try and skip it. Even if it’s been a huge night out and I’m dead-on-my-feet tired, I still have to take off my makeup, cleanse, tone, rosehip oil and moisturise my face before I go to bed. And every morning after my shower (don’t ever cleanse in the shower – the water is too hot for your skin in there!) I do it all again plus an SPF as well. 30+. Every day. (Solarium lesson learnt.)

Eyebrows Make All the Difference

Carmen the Eyebrow Queen & Benefit Browzings

Carmen is a godsend, I’ve been going to see her for at least ten years now. The secret about having perfectly groomed brows is that it’s an instant facelift and you won’t feel like you have to wear as much make up.

But you want to go to someone good.

Carmen isn’t cheap, but the $50 fee is worth it to reap the benefits of amazing brows that are shaped perfectly for your face. And I only need to go every 2-3 months for maintenance, as I keep them tweezed and shaped in the meantime on on a daily basis. Carmen will cut, pluck and wax your unruly brows into perfection in a matter of minutes.

And if you’ve never had an extreme brow makeover before, don’t freak out! It will look weird to you for the first few days, but trust me, you’ll grow to love it.

The other great thing to help keep your brows looking great is Benefit’s little Browzings kit.

Comes with a baby pair of tweezers, two brushes, an eyebrow wax to fill in gaps in your brows and a powder to fill colour in on your brows. A-ma-zing what a difference it makes! Head over to this great tutorial on Primped to learn how to use it.

ID BareMinerals Foundation Powder

Bare Minerals Foundation

The ultimate can’t-be-assed make up that doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing any. Because if I’m just hanging at home with Den, I don’t really want a full face of heavy liquid foundation on.

ID BareMinerals buffs into your skin and sits on it perfectly, is light-weight but still gives great coverage, lets your skin breathe and even has an SPF in it. It’s the kind of make up you aren’t afraid to get messy in.

There’s nothing worse that not being able to have a pash with your partner or snuggle into their shoulder for fear of ruining your make up, or getting it all over them. With BareMinerals, you don’t have to worry. And men love that, trust me. They get scared of thick foundation and false eyelashes.

It’s perfect for my sensitive skin, it doesn’t make me break out and you can put it on right after a facial. It’s so pure you can even sleep in it, so if you are the type that’s prone to forgetting to take it off before bed, it’s perfect for you.

What about you? Share your favourite low-fuss beauty tips here so we can all benefit from it!

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4 comments for “Fuss-Free Beauty – Things I Love”

  1. Posted by Kimberley | July 20, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Fantastic post! Really need to suss out my unruly brows. :)

  2. Posted by Emma | July 20, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Kimberley, go see Carmen! She’s amazing. Or Benefit, I’d trust them with my brows as well. But not many others…

  3. Posted by Sarah | July 24, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Yay for Primped! Zoe is quite the genius! I’m glad you’ve found her too. I’m actually tossing up between getting fraxel laser or lighjt therapy for my pimply skin (which was also “meant”to clear up in my teens… liars!)

  4. Posted by Emma | August 4, 2010, 12:15 am

    Zoe is gorgeous. I covet her complexion, but alas will never have skin like that… I’m going to get as close as I can though! I have a friend that had a bad experience with Fraxel – in the sense that it didn’t have any impact on his skin at all. Expensive exercise for no results…

    Omnilux has a blue light especially for acne skin, but the red/yellow light will also help with light acne as well as giving the other benefits.

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