The Interviews: Tracey Jewel.

Most of you will recognise Tracey from the latest season of Married At First Sight, she now has a new book called "This Goddess Means Business" and has also started collaborating with beauty and lifestyle brands, I have been lucky enough to meet with Tracey and ask her a few questions about her book and upcoming ventures.

Can you tell my readers about your new book?

My book is called This Goddess Means Business and its a mindset and marketing book for women in small business. I found a lot of books out there were for aspirations that included wanting the next boost juice or multi-million dollar company, not the small business that just gives you the lifestyle you want a replaces a job, so that’s what my book is about.

How was the writing process for you?
I write every day! I can’t imagine not writing! I’ve always been articulate and am obsessed with peoples stories and communicating so I try and be a writing vessel for other women, myself and my own experiences.
I wrote this book while filming Married At First Sight in between the cameras in the downtime.

Do you have any quick tips for people wanting to write a book?
It’s a habit like going to to the gym or drinking a daily coffee, I make sure I write at least an hour every day. If I miss a few days those hours add up very quickly and then I have to spend a whole Sunday catching up! Make writing a daily habit! 

What’s your current skincare routine?
Skincare is something I’ve invested in a lot more now in my mid 30’s, I’ve tried a lot of products and treatments! I love the Charcoal Cleanser from Antidote Essentials because it cleans all the makeup and pores.
I am a big fan of serums with Vitamin C and active ingredients (I love the tingle!) and I invest in a good eye serum and night cream, I’m using Jeunesse night cream at the moment.

Do you have a signature fragrance?
I’m a Tiffany girl! My nan used to always comment when I wore it and she passed away a year ago so I wear it and it reminds me of her.

What’s always in your makeup bag?
Primer! Lipliner, Lipgloss (oh my Married At First Sight lip licking days lol) an illumination powder and perfume - not a lot but that’s all I need! 

Do you think your beauty routine has changed since being on television?
I think I’ve simplified it - I didn’t like watching myself with sooooo much makeup on its just not me - give me a good base foundation, illumination powder, a bit of bronzer and eyeshadow and lip gloss and I’m good to go! 

Do you have any favourite beauty treatments?
I just tried a vampire facial at Me Clinic in Malvern East in Melbourne and wow I don’t think I’ll ever do fillers again! My skin feels so dewy and it’s the middle of winter! 

Did you pick up any beauty tricks whilst being on tv?
From Sarah Roza absolutely! She gave me some great quick tips about contouring and illuminating as well as lip liner after applying lipstick!! 

I see you travel a lot for work, what are your traveling tips? 
I certainly do! I don’t travel on planes with makeup on - only primer to let my skin breathe. I pack neutral-toned makeup and clothes so everything matches together! And I always make sure I make 20 minutes for the gym just to keep some kind of routine going. 

What is next for you career wise?
My next book! It includes me collaborating with over 50 amazing women who have their own small business and comes out in November so watch this space! Xxx

For information on Tracey and to buy her book "This Goddess Means Business" Click Here.
Instagram: @traceyjewel_ify

Simon x

Thank you Tracey for taking the time out for the interview.

My Experience: Osmosis Infusion At Claire Francoise.

No doubt regular readers of my site will know my love for the team at Claire Francoise in Prahran, they always take good care of my skin and are always letting me know about exciting treatments and products. I recently popped by to trial the Osmosis Infusion and the lovely Pam has answered some questions about the treatment she performed on the day.

Can you give my readers a quick overview of the treatment? 

This revolutionary organic, non-chemical infusion starts off with a Double Cleanse, Fruit Enzyme and Exfoliation, the infusion is then massaged into the skin or infused with Revita Pen. We then finish with a mask chosen by the therapist for appropriate skin type & concern. 

It delivers long-term skin benefits, using the most potent forms of Vitamin A to gently resurface the skin with its potent liposomal delivery of calming, antibacterial, lightening and dermal remodeling ingredients. This unique formulation increases circulation, boosts immunity and stimulates collagen production. The infusion doesn't contain alpha/beta hydroxy acids (AHA's) or irritants, so it's completely safe for all skin conditions. 

Who is the treatment best suited to? 

All skin types & those who are wanting a treatment that targets multiple skin concerns.

Is there anything a client should change in their routine before treatment  (i.e: sun exposure, skincare routine)?

Yes, utilising Vitamin A to prep the skin is ideal to prevent light flakiness/dry patches for the first time. 

Is there any down time? 

Not really other than a little flakiness that can happen on day 2-3 (however doesn’t happen often).

How soon will you see results? 

The next day, more so over the coming weeks. 

What do you recommend for home care directly after treatment? 

A simple, yet effective plan tailor to your skin utilising the Osmosis MD Skincare brand will enhance and maintaining the results much further at home. 

How many treatments would you recommend having? 

A course of three to six depending on the skins condition and concerns then every 6 weeks to maintain results. 

Are there a few skincare products from Osmosis you would recommend using to help maintain results at home? 

I would highly recommend Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum, Catalyst AC 11 DNA Repair Serum, and Clear Plus+ Activating Hydration Mist. These will strengthen, deeply hydrate on a cellular level, brighten and boosts the skins immunity and health.

Directly after the treatment there was a definite glow to my skin and as the days continued the texture and tone of my skin looked more even, I think this treatment in particular would be good if you have a special event coming up or for overall skin maintenance.

For more information on Claire Francoise Click Here and for information on Osmosis Click Here.

Simon x

*Above mentioned treatment was gifted to me for content inclusion.
*Image provided by Claire Francoise. 

Shopping My Beauty Cupboard.

Although I have a reasonably strict skincare routine there are some products that I incorporate into my regime regularly if my skin is acting up, or for when I just want something different. Here are the products in my beauty cupboard that I currently have on rotation with my current skincare routine.

Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser:

I keep this product in my beauty cupboard at all times for whenever my skin is feeling sensitive or if I just want a gentle cleanse, It has a creamy gel like consistency to it which doesn’t foam at all and rinses clean. I tend to apply it to my skin dry and massage it in like I would a cleansing balm and rinse it off with water, it never leaves my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable.
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*Glyco Micro-D Intensive:

You know nobody loves a scrub more than I do and this one is great, I like it because the grains are all even and give your skin a really good exfoliation without over stripping the skin. I find with regular use this product helps to refine the texture of my skin and keeps my breakouts at bay.
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*111SKIN Ground Control Anti Blemish Tonic:

When I have breakouts or can feel some new ones popping up I reach for this product, I use it after I cleanse my face and find it helps to keep my blemishes at bay. It contains Salicylic Acid which has an antibacterial effect and cleans out the pores alongside Saw Palmetto that helps to reduce the production of sebum and excess oil.
*Luzern Labs Hydra-Enzyme Masque Nuit:

No matter how tired I am I never skip my skincare routine, even if it’s simple. If I want to just cleanse my skin and use a moisturiser and or mask I use this product, I use it as the final step in my nighttime skincare routine in place of my moisturiser and leave it on overnight.

Depending on how sensitive your skin is it can also be left on the skin for 10-20 minutes and rinsed off. It works to retexturize my skin overnight and by morning my skin is brighter and more even-toned.
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*SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque:
I like to use this product when my skin has breakouts or when I can feel ones coming on, I use it in the toner stage of my routine and swipe it over my face with a cotton pad. It contains Salicylic Acid which is well known to fight breakouts and has an antibacterial effect on the skin and Saw Palmetto which helps to control sebum and oil.
I try a lot of products for this site and sometimes my skin can become sensitized, that's when I reach for this masque. It feels cool on the skin which instantly soothes and calms downs redness, it's also super hydrating without being overly greasy which is something I always look for in my products.

I either leave this on like I would a moisturiser or it can be rinsed off if needed.

Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post that have been marked with an asterisk have been sent to me by the brand / PR, other featured products have been purchased by me. As always all opinions are my own and every product mentioned on this site has been tested personally by me.

A Month In Beauty: June.

Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser:

I try a lot of products and sometimes it is hard for me to see instant results but with this I did, After I rinsed off the balm my skin felt and looked more hydrated, I even noticed it looked less red which was a bonus. I like to use this cleanser in the morning and at night after I have removed my makeup to make sure everything has been removed.
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*Dr Roebuck's Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Scrub:

You all know how much I love a good scrub, I like this one in particular as it can be used like you would a traditional scrub or left on like a mask for a deeper treatment. It contains Biodegradable Jojoba Beads that give you a light exfoliation alongside Kaolin which works to draw out oil, dirt and impurities from the skin.

I like to use it a few minutes before I step into the shower, I give my skin a good scrub and leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse off.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50:

A cult classic for a reason, I have been using this exfoliating lotion after I cleanse my face at night and it has completely changed my skin in a matter of weeks. It has helped to keep it balanced and my blemishes at bay, I also find it helps the products I use after it absorb better.

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Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial:

I bought this product on a whim after hearing so many great things about it and I am so glad I did, In the winter time my skin can get drier than normal and this oil has helped to keep my skin hydrated. It's a bit thinner in consistency to other face oils I have tried and absorbs well into my skin without leaving any sort of residue.

It has helped to even out my skin tone and has managed to calm down any redness I have in my skin, I am almost scared to not use it everynight as I am loving the results so much.

Biologique Recherche: Creme Dermopurifiante:

I have been using this creme morning and night after all my serums and have found it to be really good at calming down the redness in my skin, It keeps my skin balanced without ever leaving it feeling oily or greasy. It absorbs well and after only a couple of weeks I am starting to see results.

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Neo The Label Toiletry Bag:

I have a bit of an obsession with toiletry bags, as someone who travels quite alot I like knowing I have a good quality one to hold all my beauty essentials at all times. This one from Neo The Label is great as you can just chuck it in the wash when needed and I like the stretchy type of fabric as it means I can hold all my essentials in one place.

Melissa Allen Mood Essentials I Have Confidence:

I like having this spray by my desk to spray on myself or around the room and I find that it helps me to get motivated and the fragrance wakes me up in the mornings. It contains notes of Grapefruit, Rosewood, Mandarin and Bergamot.

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The Perfect Travel Companion.

If you are someone who travels often you will know that it's not always glamourous, that's why whenever I travel I like to have all my beauty products with me to create a spa-like experience wherever I am. 

I recently went away and took the Bodycare Introductory Collection from ESPA with me and the products included in the kit made me feel like I had my own portable spa with me, I always think when travelling, whether it be for work or pleasure, it should be a time of indulgence and I believe it's always important to take time out for yourself.

The kit contains the Energising Shower Gel (30ml) that contains Eucalyptus and Peppermint which immediately make you feel more energised and awake, Optimal Body Tri Serum (12ml) which helps to hydrate and brighten, Pink Hair & Scalp Mask is a treatment hair mask that helps to condition and smooth your hair and the Smooth & Firm Body Butter which moisturises, firms and tones the skin.

Overall I think this is a great kit to take away with you as I find regular sized body products harder to travel with, It's also a nice way to try a few products from the range.

Simon x

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Sensitive Skin.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar:

When my skin is feeling extra sensitive I like to opt for a gentle cleanser like this one, although it's a cleansing bar it never dries my skin out and never leaves it feeling stripped. When I use this cleanser my skin actually feels moisturised and balanced. It contains Antioxidant Rich Blueberry Extract that helps to neutralise free radicals and calm inflammation, Virgin Marula Oil helps to hydrate and nourish your skin and Honey has a healing effect on the skin.

*Zelens Z Balance Prebiotic & Probiotic Facial Mist:

After I cleanse I like to use this facial mist to hydrate my skin and prepare my skin for the steps that follow, This mist helps to support the skin's natural defenses whilst strengthening the skins barrier which is important whenever your skin is feeling overly sensitized.

Whenever I use this product my skin just looks healthy and it seems to work on any issues that I currently have going on.

*Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster:

I personally believe that every skin type can benefit from using a face oil, especially this one. As soon as my skin feels sensitive or exposed to extreme weather conditions I apply this to my skin and it instantly feels soothed.

The product contains Oat Oil which helps to fight sensitivity and Squalane which helps to lock in moisture.

*Dermalogica Calm Water Gel:

My oily combination skin type still needs a moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated, I like this one from Dermalogica in particular because as the name suggests it feels like water on the skin and absorbs beautifully.

It contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps to lock in moisture alongside Apple Fruit Extract and Glycerin which help to hydrate and fight against dryness. It also contains Cactus Pear Extract which helps to soothe sensitivity.

I find this really good at calming my skin down and reducing redness, I like to use it either under or on top of the above mentioned Barrier Defence Booster and find the combination really good at keeping my skin in check.

*Clarins SOS Mask Comfort:

If my skin is feeling dry and needs a bit of a boost I instantly reach for this mask, it contains Wild Mango Butter that instantly hydrates and nourishes the skin. It can be left on like a traditional mask and rinsed off, but I tend to leave it on if I am at home working or overnight in place of my moisturiser to give my skin an extra dose of hydration.

Avène Cicaplast:

About a month or so ago I had a severe reaction to a product and this cleared it up in a matter of days, I applied it to the area at night like a mask and in the morning under my makeup to help repair my skin. It's super hydrating, moisturising and really helped to calm down redness and get rid of any flaky skin, I will always have this in my beauty cupboard as I know it works and is one I can always fall back onto.

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When you work in beauty you are constantly exposed to new products and innovations, I recently attended an event with BIOEFFECT and discovered one of their latest launches, the EGF EYE MASK TREATMENT.

I was asked to try the treatment and being the beauty junkie that I am it only took me seconds to apply the product to my eye area, and I was completely amazed by the results. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying new products so sometimes it can take a lot for me to see instant results but with this product I did.

You start off the treatment by applying the included eye serum onto clean skin under your eyes, you then place the mask over the serum and let the product absorb for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes is up you can then massage in the remaining serum and follow with your makeup and or skincare.

The treatment contains a concentrated dose of EGF which works together with the hydrogel patches that encourage higher EGF activity, with continued use the treatment helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restores radiance, firmness and reduces the appearance of puffiness.

I have a super dry under eye area which is always a huge issue for me and couldn't believe what an effect this product had on that area, my under eye area was instantly plumped and hydrated and the little fine lines that are starting to pop up looked a lot smoother.

I continued to see results after I tried the treatment and tend to keep these in my beauty cupboard for those days when my eyes need an extra boost, I always like to use them before a big event.

For more information on BIOEFFECT Click Here.

Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me via the brand/pr however all opinions are mine, every product I feature on the site has been tested by myself personally and these are my genuine thoughts on the products.

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