In true Christmas spirit, I have found myself creating a wish list made up of beauteous home, lifestyle and beauty items, which I have been coveting for eons. Fingers crossed my boyfriend is reading (though I doubt he is; I may resort to flagrantly sending him a link to this post).
Here are the things I am lusting after:
1. Kubus Copper Bowl by Mogens Lassen, 2. Diptyque Eucalyptus scented candle, 3. Celine (jks, I won’t bother linking this), 4. Kikki K pencil case, 5. Peonies, 6. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, 7. Kikki K 365 Journal, 8. Jo Malone Wood Sage + Sea Salt cologne, 9. Eames DSW chair (sigh)
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Clockwise from bottom left: Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster | Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream | Kosmea Rosehip Oil | Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Morning: I cleanse with Paula’s Choice Balancing Cleanser, tone with Witch Hazel, apply Antipodes eye cream, apply Effaclar Duo, moisturise with Antipodes Day Cream.
Night: I double cleanse first using CV then Paula’s Choice Balancing Cleanser, tone with Witch Hazel, apply Dermalogica Skin Booster, apply Antipodes eye cream, moisturise with Antipodes Night Cream. Two-three times a week, I massage Kosmea Rosehip Oil into my skin after toning and leave it at that.
I have re-written this blog post a few times for fear that it may come across as shallow, vain or condescending. I just know that when I was struggling with bad acne and people around me with good skin would tell me I shouldn’t worry about it so much, it would have been nice to read about someone else’s experiences and the products they used to help improve their skin. So I hope this post provides just this.
For a long time now I have been intensely envious of people with perfect skin. The flawless, milky skin that naturally glows from within and has probably never ever seen a cystic pimple in its life. Yes I realise envying people’s complexion is pointless and superficial, but I think having painful acne on-and-off for years upon years does that to you. Looking back, it seemed just as my scars were beginning to heal and my skin began to look like skin again — not an inflamed, scarlet battleground — the spiteful acne returned once again.
I say this will absolute superstitious fear that I will henceforth jinx myself, but for a year and a half now my skin has been clear. (Just one moment while I touch every wood surface in my house). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that around this time I changed to a plant-based diet and removed wheat & dairy products — extreme, perhaps, but I was desperate. And while changing my diet has undoubtably been instrumental in clearing up my skin, I also believe that the skin products I now use contribute enormously in keeping my skin clear and healthy. Gone are the days of violently scrubbing my face with abrasive physical exfoliators in an effort to ‘wipe away’ pimples. I’ve since learned to ‘read’ my skin and nourish it, not hate and mistreat it.
I am a firm believer that every person’s skin is unique and therefore one product that works for one person may not work for another. But I thought it might be helpful for anyone who has struggled/is struggling with acne to see what products someone else in the same boat uses to keep their skin clear.
I rarely come across jewellery that I’m truly taken with. Often, jewellery pieces are too colourful, too showy, too loud for me. Predictably, I’m fond of jewellery that has the same qualities as the fashion and design that I appreciate: minimal, modest, functional, delicate. However, all of the jewellery I’ve found with these features have a price tag well above my student allowance, so you can imagine how amazed and happy I was when I found Rue Gembon’s soft, minimal and beautiful jewellery. The lovely ladies at Rue Gembon online emporium were kind enough to let me pick out some pieces that I was drawn to, and a few days later, a stunning package arrived on my door step. Here’s what I picked:
I’m smitten with these pieces and they have been on constant rotation around my neck and wrist. I know you too will be smitten with Rue Gembon’s accessory emporium, and I’m lucky enough (and so thrilled) to be able to present you with a unique 25% off code, courtesy of the lovely owners, Joyce and Niki. Simply enter ‘SILVERSPIES’ at the checkout, after you have chosen from the beautiful array of jewellery.
Above are some products that I really enjoy and always go back to. I’m really not one to spend lots of money on beauty products, because I’d much rather buy clothes or shoes (that’s granted that I even have money in the first place, which is rare). I also can’t justify the pay out considering similar, if not better, cheaper versions exist. Maybe after I finish uni and when I have a fulltime job this will all change but for now this is my belief.
I’m intrigued: Expensive or not, what are your favourite or ‘go-to’ products?
Chloé cotton jacket, Thom browne, Acne shirt, Michael kors pants, Rag & Bone black wide leg pants, Acne skinny leg jeans, Acne suede shorts, Cable socks, Cable knit socks, Wedge heel shoes, Acne bootie shoes, Mimi Loves Jimi wingtip oxford shoes
Striking and boyish looks are everywhere lately. Boyfriend blazers, white collared shirts, fresh & bear faces, bushy eyebrows, slicked back hair – it’s a pandemic. And a nice, refreshing one at that.
Lately a favourite outfit of mine has been wearing a button up collared shirt with black rolled-up jeans and chelsea boots. In addition, for the first time in my whole life, I’ve stopped freaking out that my eyebrows are too thick (and consequently seriously over-plucked, ew) and have let them do their own thing. I’ve also started filling out the gaps in my eyebrows with a dark brown powder to create that bold look.
I think the key with getting the androgynous look is not to completely become absorbed in looking like a boy, but embracing key aspects and letting your natural femininity shine through.
Obviously, no girl was honestly thinking about trying to grow a beard, but I think it’s really important that you let your true gentle features show among the overall masculine feel.
How to get this look
Make-up: Earthy, brown colours for eyeshadow and face contouring work great with this bold look. Use a brown mascara for a more natural look. Don’t over-do the foundation. Let your freckles be seen! For a dewy finish, spray a natural toner over your face. This will help set your make-up too.
Eye-brows: Let your eyebrows run wild for about 4 weeks. From there, use your preferred hair removal method and just ‘tidy’ up stray hairs (and monobrow if that’s the result of your going wild). Remember to create only a tiny arch and leave your eyebrows nice and elongated. To finish off this look, use an eyebrow pencil, powder or eyebrow kit and fill in any gaps you may have in your eyebrows.
Hair: A slicked-back pony will look amazing, but if you want to keep it natural and slightly more feminine, leave it out and messy it up a bit.
Clothing: It’s very much about the ‘boyfriend’ named clothing items here. If you see any boyfriend jeans, boyfriend blazers – you’ve got the right idea. If you can afford the items from designers like Acne, Chloe, Michael Kors, etc. good on you! But for the majority of us, check out your local thrift/op shop. They have stacks of button up collared shirts, blazers, and baggy mum jeans. Any old black denim jeans rolled up a little will work well too.
Shoes: I think shoes is where you can really experiment with the end result look. Wear your look with platform wedges to up the sophistication, black boots/chelsea boots to give it a grunge feel, and good ol’ brogues to keep it simple.