Current Skin Care Routine

My face has finally settled down after it’s typical ‘oh god a new season, time to freak out!’ episode, and I’m really happy with my skin care routine at the moment so I thought it would be a good time to share it with you all.

Cetaphil Gentle Cream Cleanser – I slather this over my face and wipe it off it with cotton pads to remove my makeup before hopping in the shower at night and properly cleansing with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – I’ve mentioned this quite a few times before, and it’s really the only cleanser that I use. I now buy the giant pump top bottles because they last a longer than the smaller bottles (obviously) and the packaging makes it so much easier to use when I’m in the shower. I only ever cleanse my face at night, so I use this in my shower in the evening.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’ve really cut back on the amount that I exfoliate my face and my skin seems to be thanking me for it. This is my holy grail facial exfoliant and I use it once or twice a week in the morning or evening – depending on when I feel that I need it most.

Echolife Lavender Face Mist – This is such a gentle and soothing face spray, I think I’m going to cry real tears when I run out of it. I use this every time I get out of the shower before putting on my serum/moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 – This is my favourite warm weather daily face moisturiser and I wear it every day.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil – I use this at night after I’ve spritzed my face with the Echolife Lavender Mist. I pat a couple of drops of the oil into my skin and let it sit for a couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Creme – I use this as a day time moisturiser in the cooler months of the year, but when it gets too hot to have anything heavy on my face I stick to using it as a night cream only. I layer this over the Weleda Almond Oil in the evening and I swear to god it is the most soothing and nourishing combination that I’ve ever come across.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream – I really like this eye cream and I use it every morning and night, but I think that when I run out of this little deluxe sample jar I’m going to switch to the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream instead.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Stick – Why do all spot treatments have to smell so flipping bad? I like this product, it does the job pretty well. I don’t break out that often so to be honest I’m not really that phased on what spot treatment I use.

Spring Polish Picks

As you can probably tell from the picture above, I have a rather particular palette when it comes to the nail polish colours that I wear in Spring. I opt for light pinks, peaches and purples with the occasional coral shade thrown in for good measure. I picked out my top five favourite nail polish shades for Spring to share with you, and they are: Bloom ‘Flamingo Sands’, Sephora by OPI ‘How Cute Is That?’, Sephora by OPI ‘Casting Call’, b Collection by Bloom ‘Seychelles’ and Essie ‘Nice Is Nice’.

What I Bought: August

As a pre-emptive budget blowing measure, I’m setting aside a certain allowance for each fortnight that I’m allowed to spend on myself. I’m a realist, and this money is a buffer to stop me from going crazy and dropping a lump sum on a whole bunch of stuff I don’t need just to get a shopping fix. The whole monitoring a super-strict budget thing seems to be working already because I hesitated and agonised over spending my allowance this month. But in the end I managed to part with my money, and this is what I’ve purchased since starting my super-strict budget plan in mid-August –

Alchemic Muse Pineapple Milk Body Lotion – I need body lotion like I need another elbow, but I’ve had this on my wishlist for Spring ever since laying eyes on it while placing my Winter haul at Alchemic Muse a couple of months ago. I mean, it’s pineapple milk scented. Do I really need to justify this?

Alchemic Muse Pineapple Milk Foaming Body Scrub – See above. PINEAPPLE MILK.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Powder in Lush Nectarine – I have turned into a bit of a Michele1218 fangirl (read: style stalker), and bookmarked this blush as soon as she mentioned it in one of her summer haul videos. I may or may not have been sucked in by the shade name lush nectarine. Yum.

Beauty Blender Double Sponge Set – My current beauty blender is about to fall off the perch, so I was in the market for a new one and I noticed that the double pack on K&MU NY is only $5 more than a single beauty blender. Bargain.

Geeniejay Neon Pink Geometric Post Earrings – One of the three things I had on my wishlist for my Spring wardrobe this year was a pair of neon pink studs, and when I saw these pinned on Pinterest I knew I had to have them.

Beach Fashion

I have always wanted to experience a White Christmas, and if all goes to plan I will be getting my wish in 2012. In the meantime, I am still in Australia and I still need to face facts that it is SUMMER and I need a game plan for summer survival. Billabong & 2Threads have teamed up to ask bloggers the question – “What Does Beach Fashion Mean To You?”

Despite the majority of my wardrobe appearing to be something of a shrine to the colder months (black clothes, cardigans, blazers, boots, ballet flats, cashmere…) I do enjoy the warmer weather if it involves going to the beach. I love the beach. As a West Australian I am blessed to live on a coastline that hosts some of the most incredible beaches on the planet. For example:

How could you not enjoy spending time in a place like that? Even if it is 40 odd degrees and the flies are making it their life’s mission to drive you completely insane.

My biggest issue come summer time is finding clothing items that are both climate appropriate and pieces that suit my personal style. My second biggest issue is that I am terrified of surf wear clothing stores. (Don’t ask me to explain why because I have no idea, I just do not like them.) Surf wear advertisements will have us believe that we should be emerging from the surf looking like perfectly put together goddesses of the sea. Now I don’t know about you guys but in reality when I emerge from the surf I look more like a bedraggled sea urchin who has accessorised with various species of seaweed than any sort of goddess.

One thing I’ve learnt over the years to combat this – keep it simple.

I have put together 10 key pieces that I think would make for a really cute and functional beach outfit. Including, of course, my necessary beach beauty items! The central piece of this outfit is the Billabong “Charmer” bikini.

And to finish up, a few of my style tips for the beach this summer:

> Find a bathing suit that suits your body shape, rather than following trends.

> Once you’ve found a bathing suit that fits your personal style, make sure it fits your body! The last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction at the beach. there are enough dangers in the ocean as it is, there is no need to further tempt fate.

> When searching for a decent beach bag, I am of the opinion the bigger the bag the better. I’m sure I am not the only one who packs my entire life with me to take to the beach. Sun screen, beach towels, sandals, hats, bottles of water and an emergency primping kit if it’s a whole day affair rather than a quick morning swim.

> Sun screen is essential.

> When it comes to the beauty side of things, try to keep it simple. Do not wear a face full of makeup to the beach, because you will look silly. If you really feel like you need some coverage, try a tinted moisturiser with SPF (the Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser is my personal favourite) and some waterproof mascara.

> Cute sandals are a great way to lift the dress code from beach to beach side cafe, but make sure they’re easy to slip on and off because you don’t want to be struggling to put your shoes back on when the sand is scorching your feet. (believe me, I’ve had a few less than graceful moments myself)

> Brightly coloured nailpolish is a great way to add just a little more oomph to a basic beach outfit. It’s a great way to accessorise when you don’t actually want to wear jewelry.

So there you have it! My thoughts on beach fashion, and a general summer style.