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Making the most of your Base.

If you have been following this Blog for a while you will know very well that I have incredibly oily skin. I like to complain about draw attention to the fact often. I have always been envious of my drier skinned pals. The fact that they can get away without wearing powder or re-applying anything throughout the day. I count my blessings if I can get to 2pm without blotting. It is completely normal for my makeup to have completely slid off my face by the end of the day.

I have always been and still continue to look for ways to combat the annoyance that is oily skin. While I know it is completely unrealistic to assume that I will find a magic cream/potion that will completely work, I have found a few holy grail products and some solid methods to keep the grease in check.

It is all about the three P’s.

  • preparation.
  • prime.
  • powder.

Simple, right?

Prepping the skin is, in my opinion, the most important step in this process. It is like painting your nails without a base coat, the makeup isn’t going to last if you haven’t properly prepared your skin. Even the oiliest of skin types need to moisturise. After cleansing I like to apply a mattifying moisturiser. Such as the Garnier Moisture Match for oily skin or the Simple Clear Skin oil balancing moisturiser. That way our skin is still getting the hydration it needs, but also the mattifying result we desire.

The next essential step is Priming. I am a huge believer in priming oily skin. Primers are designed to enhance longevity and finding one that suits your skins needs is only going to help to keep that base, in place (poet and I didn’t even know it). My favourite is Benefits The POREfessional. Not only does it keep my oiliness at bay better than anything else I have tried, but it also reduces the visibility of my enlarges pores. All the winning.

The next step I like to do is apply a translucent powder BEFORE my foundation. I know, that isn’t the way it goes, but trust me in the fact that it will keep your makeup in place all day/night. Do yourself a favour and watch this video by Wayne Goss. It will change the way you apply makeup.


Do you have any tips for Oily Skin?


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Winter Skincare Menu

Lately, the skin I have known for the last 24 years has left me rather puzzled. The normality in my body has been thrown out the window and I have been left with a complexion I find extremely foreign. My limbs are drier than the most barren of deserts and my face, which normally contains most of the world oil stores- is quite dehydrated. I can only put this change down to the dramatic drop in temperature ( to reference Game of Thrones- Winter isn’t just coming, it has come.) or I have had my skin texture messed with by Aliens.

While the dramatist in me wishes it was the latter of the two (hello, movie franchise), I have had to adapt my skincare routine to counteract the changes. I have also mentioned many a time that I suffer from acne, so I have continued to use a lot of the products I was already using in my routine. In my morning skincare routine I have introduced the Simple Spotless Skin anti-blemish Moisturiser to give me the extra moisture my skin needs, while also treating any sneaky spots. My lips have also been chronically chapped (sah not cute) so most mornings i tend to slather on a generous layer of Paw Paw balm to keep my lips hydrated. Lately I have been loving the Suvana Certified Organic Paw Paw & honey Balm. This Balm is natural and does not contain chemicals that can sometimes be found in Paw Paw balms/ointments.

The skin on my arms and legs has been hideously dry, flaky and irritated. I have found that even my tried and true body creams are not remedying the situation. Fear not, I have found solace in Palmer’s Intensive Relief concentrated cream. This moisturiser is seriously rich, thick and soothing. Also, it contains no fragrance, colour, parabens or phthalates and will heal the skin while not messing with the scent of your perfume (is it just me or is anyone else completely crazy with that?).

Most of the new additions have been slotted seamlessly into my evening skincare routine. The addition of a moisturising toner (People for Plants Mist Toner), Serum (Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron) and night cream (Antipodies Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream) as well as an intensive lip repair treatment (Blistex intensive repair) has really been working miracles on my skin. I have even noticed a change in the amount of breakouts I have been getting.

What is your Winter Skincare staple?

*all products can be found in Priceline (Australia).20140626-204552-74752112.jpg


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My Top 5 Masks for Acne Prone Skin.

Hi there my little potato cakes!

Today I am going to share with you my top 5 face masks for acne prone skin. I have suffered with acne for years, pretty much since I got into my teens. It isn’t a fun thing to have or talk about. It is one of the biggest issues I have with myself and it has effected my self esteem quite dramatically.

I deeply regret it now, but for the majority of my teens – probably up until I was about 20, I didn’t really look after my skin at all. I found that all the products I tried either irritated my skin or made my acne worse. Not knowing back then that even though I had oily skin, It was actually quite sensitive and the fact that most acne treatments make your skin worse before better. I feel like that decision has deeply impacted my skin today. My pores are very large and it is a constant battle to keep them unclogged, if I forget once to remove my makeup I have a mountain of acne the next day and my skin seems to adapt to treatments quite rapidly.

I am a huge lover of masks. Especially ones that do what they say on the label (funny- but y’all know what I am on about). I have a rotation of 5 that I use depending on the condition of my skin, what I am looking for at that time and the severity of my acne.


1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask.

This is the mask I turn to when I dont have large pimples or severe breakouts but rather just an uneven texture to my face or I am looking a little tired and worse for wear. This little number is quite on the pricy side but is very good for resurfacing and making the overall appearance of the skin better. It feels a little tingly and can make your skin quite red for a few hours after use so I wouldn’t recommend this before a hot date. I have found that due to the fact this is a cellular renewing mask and works deep down into the layers of your skin, it makes you more susceptible to the sun – so I would limit this product to night use.


2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask.

This is my mask when my skin is broken out, red and irritated. It is quite cooling on the skin but still has the hard stuff to work on imperfections. Tea Tree is a natural acne treatment and I have found, one that is strong enough to reduce an angry blemish without creating an angrier face around it. Sensitive skinned girls will like this one.


3. Avene Cleanance Mask.

This is a mask I picked up by chance on a trip to Priceline. I was looking for a quick acne treatment as I had an event the next day and had run out of all my regular masks. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I awoke the next day with a significantly clearer face. This surprise was also due to buying the product regardless of the fact I could only read enough of the label to know it was an acne mask (it is mostly in french) If you are after a quick fix, this is your mask, girl.


4. Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask to rescue troubled skin.

This is a great mask to calm aggravated, mountain skin before an event. It kind of smells like Vicks Vaporub (which is sort of a minty smell) and is quite soothing. It also helps with oil control and texture problems. It is basically the all rounder of my masks. I use this when I have a horrible problem face to when I just need to deal with my oily issues.

5. GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment.

This expensive little tub of amazing is my favourite mask of all. The way this brings all the oil and imperfection out of my skin is as satisfying as pulling off a pore strip and inspecting it (Sorry- gross I know, but you all understand) I have a full blog review on this mask so check it out.

also- here is a cute picture of my cat, Percy – enjoy.


I hope that if you purchase any of these they work magic for you, my partner in Acne problems.

Till next time – Em x

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