As you are all well aware taking care of my skin is very important to me, although it is part of my job to trial various products for review I do try my best to stick to a consistent skincare routine. As much as a homecare routine is important I truly believe that it's also important to incorporate in-clinic treatments.

If you are someone who is starting out with skincare or just want to know more about your skin, it would be beneficial for you to go into a clinic and have a skin consult. 

For the past few months I have been visiting the lovely ladies at St.Skin and I have really enjoyed all the treatments and advice that they have given me, they really took the time out in my initial skin consultation to talk about the skincare I am currently using, my diet and lifestyle as well as my skin concerns.

The thing I love most about St.Skin is their approach to treatments, they are all about healing the skin and getting it ready for more advanced treatments. I started off by having LED treatment once a week and then moved on to having them twice a week, I really noticed a huge difference in my skin, my blemishes had gone down significantly and my skin had an overall glow it.

Alongside the LED treatments I had a few peels here and there based on how my skin was at the time, the girls there are really good at observing your skin and working out what products and treatments would suit at the time.

Below I have asked a few questions about the LED treatment.

First of all, can you give my readers a quick overview of the LED treatment?

LED or light emitting diode is a very effective and non-invasive skin treatment that is used today to treat various skin conditions. LED works on a cellular level to stimulate collagen, reduce inflammation and fights acne bacteria making it a quick skin rejuvenation treatment without any downtime.

Here at St Ski,n we use Healite II, which has 3 wavelengths blue 415 nm, red 633nm and 830 with 590nm. Each light has different features to improve skin conditions such as rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

I know from having my treatments there are different coloured lights used, can you explain what the different lights do and how they benefit the skin? 

The red light is miraculous for stimulating collagen and elastin as well as increasing the rate of cellular renewal within the skin. This also helps to increase the blood flow giving the skin an instant glow as it increases the hydration levels within the skin.

Blue Light is used to treat Acne, The 415 nm is specific to inhibit acne bacteria and therefore reducing the number of acneic lesions.

The Infrared with 590 which is called 830 light, is great to increase blood and lymphatic flow, treat acne, reduces pain, increase wound healing, reduces inflammation of the muscle and joints as well as providing skin rejuvenation.

How many sessions do you recommend having?

Depending on the skin condition a course of LED is recommended which includes 2 sessions per week for 5 weeks. During the treatment plan we usually use different lights to treat and deliver cellular changes to the skin.

LED can be used on different body parts not only the face and can be used to treat multiple areas of the skin. LED can vary from 9 to 22 mins depending on the intensity and wavelength required.

I know the LED treatment is very popular at St.Skin, can you tell me why you and your clients love it so much?

Our client’s absolutely enjoy having LED because of its warmth feeling; it is a super popular treatment to have lunchtime. Clients notice an improvement in the skin tone and hydration after each session.

It is also very popular to have a course of LED for our brides to be.

I think it's important when it comes to your skin to find people you trust and ones that truly care about the wellbeing of your skin, I can't recommend the ladies at St.Skin enough, they are highly knowledgeable and truly care about the health of your skin.

St. Skin
304 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
Victoria, Australia

Thank you to the team at St.Skin for everything you have done for me and for taking the time out to answer questions for this story.

Simon x

*Main image provided by St.Skin and Inka Creative.

Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel.

If you were to take a peek into my beauty cupboard (and bathroom for that matter) you would see Dermalogica products scattered throughout, that's because it's a brand I have personally used for over ten years now and it's a brand I know always works for my skin no matter what.

I think it's always important to have products and brands in your beauty arsenal that you know work for you and ones you can always fall back on.

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Melbourne flagship Dermalogica store in Melbourne Central to try the Pro Power Peel, alongside my treatment I was also introduced to the new Rapid Reveal Peel which is a professional grade at home peel product.

I am someone who is a huge fan of a peel and at home peel products as they have been really beneficial for my skin, I also think it's important to maintain the results of an in-clinic treatment at home and this product allows you to do so.

The peel consists of 10X3ml vials in a travel case with a suction cup that can be stuck to your mirror, which I think is a great way to remember to use the product on a weekly basis.

The brand recommends an optional kick-start phase where you use one tube of product every day for three days and after the third day using one tube once a week, this will help to accelerate the results of the treatment.

The product contains Lactic Acid which is one of my personal favourite exfoliating ingredients as whilst it exfoliates my skin and helps with the texture and tone of my skin it is also hydrating, Fermented Plant Enzymes help to remove dull surface debris which in turn firms the skin and helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Pumpkin Fruit Enzyme and Rice Bran Extract will help to even skin tone whilst accelerating cell turnover and Australian Caviar Lime Extract whilst smelling beautiful will help to brighten the complexion.

I have to say that I saw instant results with this product, As someone who works in beauty and is constantly trying new things it can sometimes be hard to notice instant results but with this I did. I applied it to my skin after cleansing and left on for the recommended time (3-7 minutes depending on how sensitive your skin is) and rinsed off with cool water, I immediately noticed that my skin was brighter and looked more plumped and hydrated.

I like having these type of products in my routine for those times when my skin is looking a bit dull or for wh I want to give it a bit of a perk up before an event.

Like I said earlier this product is a great way to maintain the results of an in-clinic treatment at home and is an easy way to give your skin a boost when you are in a rush.
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Simon x

*The product mentioned in this post has been given to me by the brand, as always all opinions are my own and every product mentioned on this site has been personally tested by me.

Lab Series Oil Control Range.

One of my personal favourite men's line of products Lab Series have just launched a line dedicated to those with an oily skin type, the range contains products that help to keep oil at bay and keep the skin mattified throughout the day.

As much as I love skincare products I never want my skin to look overly greasy or too shiny, I like products that absorb well into the skin and don't leave a residue. As someone who also wears makeup on almost a daily basis I like my skincare products to leave more of a matte finish so my complexion products have a nice base to sit on top of.

The line consists of the Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask which contains Amazonian White Clay that helps to detoxify the skin and absorb excess oil, Salicylic Acid is well known for it's blemish fighting properties and Acetyl Glucosamine helps with cell turnover.
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This product is great as a cleanser and can also be left on the skin like a mask and rinsed off, I actually have been using it as a shaving cream and find it helps to give me a close shave.

The next product in the range and my personal favourite is the Oil Control Clearing Solution, it works like a toner that helps to remove excess oil and minimize breakouts. I especially like using it after I shave to make sure my skin is exfoliated and I don't get any irritation or ingrown hairs.

I just apply the product to a cotton pad and use over my entire face focusing on areas of concern.
[Eds note: Make sure to shake the bottle well before each use.]
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To finish off your routine there is the Oil Control Daily Moisturiser which is perfect for you if you have an extra oily skin type and like a matte finish, it will help to control excess sebum and tighten pores whilst mattifying your skin. If you are someone who wears a tinted moisturiser or some sort of complexion product this moisturiser works like a primer and also looks beautiful on it's own.
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For more information on Lab Series Click Here.

*The products mentioned in this post have been given to me by the brand, as always all opinions are mine and all products mentioned on this site have personally tested by me.

This Cult Favourite CC Cream Now Comes In A Matte Formula, Here Are My Thoughts.

Anyone who knows me in person or follows me on social media will know my love for the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream which has now become a cult classic in its own right. From beauty editors to influencers and everyone in between we just can't get enough of this product. For me personally, I love the ease of it, I apply it straight after I apply my moisturiser and it works like a medium to full coverage foundation combined with anti-ageing skincare benefits and SPF 50+.

Well CC cream lovers rejoice as the brand has recently launched the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte with SPF 40. 

I know you are all probably wondering how it differs to the original, the first and most obvious difference is that it has been specially formulated for those with an oily combination skin type and provides more of a matte finish than the original formula, in saying that though it's not what you think a typical matte foundation would be, it has more of a satin matte finish to it and still leaves the skin with a glow without looking overly shiny.

It also contains an SPF of 40 whereas the original had an SPF of 50.

It has more of a mousse like consistency to it than the original and almost feels like a primer on the skin, It Cosmetics are well known for including a multitude of skincare ingredients in their cosmetic products and this particular product is no different. The brand has really created this product with oily skin in mind, It contains Charcoal to detoxify, Colloidal Clay to absorb excess oil and Tea Tree to help with breakouts. Like a lot of products from It Cosmetics it also contains an Anti-Ageing Serum which is made up of Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins and Antioxidants.

As I am someone who has had breakouts from around the age of fourteen up until now [Eds note: I am currently 27] I can truly understand the benefit of having skincare ingredients in my makeup, I love this product especially because it has medium to buildable coverage that covers my redness and breakouts whilst still treating my skin with the added skincare ingredients.

I also understand the importance of longevity in your makeup, especially when you have breakouts or redness in the skin. The brand claims that this product will last on the skin for 12 hours whilst reducing shine and never creasing or cracking. I find this product lasts really well on my skin, Like most foundations or CC creams I wear I still like to powder where needed and find that also helps to keep my makeup on throughout the day.
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Simon x

*The product mentioned in this post was given to me by the brand, as always all opinions are mine and every product mentioned on this site has been personally tested by me.

Priceline Pharmacy The Beauty Prescription Live. [Haul + Favourites]

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask:

Nobody loves a face mask more than I do, especially an exfoliating one. I like to do an exfoliating mask a couple of times a week before I hop into the shower, I tend to apply the product all over my skin and massage it in and leave on anywhere from five to ten minutes.

This one from Andalou Naturals contains Fruit Stem Cells, Vitamin C, Glycolic AHA, Manuka Honey and Organic Pumpkin that helps to exfoliate by dissolving dead surface cells, my skin feels a lot smoother and brighter after using it.

I like using this when my skin looks a bit dull and needs a bit of a boost.
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Thursday Plantation Macadamia Ultra Hydrating Body Oil:

I have to admit I have always been a bit weary of body oils as I don't like anything to heavy on my skin but I gave this a go and was surprised at how well it absorbed into my skin, it absorbed almost instantly and didn't leave any sort of residue behind.

I found it kept my skin hydrated and has completely changed my thoughts about body oils.
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Thursday Plantation Macadamia Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm:

No matter the season I tend to get super dry lips all throughout the year, this is a really nourishing lip balm that keeps my lips hydrated and helps relieve any dry patches and irritation. I like to apply it before bed and find my lips are hydrated by morning.
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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Spot Treatment:

If you are someone who suffers from breakouts or you just get the occasional breakout then this might be the product for you, it comes in the shape of a pen that you apply directly to the blemish. It contains a Blue Light that targets acne-causing bacteria and a Red Light that helps to reduce inflammation.

I actually had a breakout on my chin after receiving this product due to plane travel and used it consecutively for the next few days, I do honestly think it helped heal my breakout and it did go away a lot quicker than normal.
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La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Daily Moisturiser:

I am a huge fan of La Roche-Posay moisturisers and this one has easily made its way into my daily routine, it contains Neurosensine, Glycerin, Shea Butter and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which help to keep the skin hydrated whilst soothing ultra-sensitive skin.

I always love the La Roche-Posay formulas but the other thing I love is the packaging, this moisturiser is packaged in an Ultra-Hermetic packaging that ensures the product stays pure and fresh, it's also really easy to travel with which is always a bonus in my books.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour:

I don't tend to get sensitive skin too often but I do get sensitive eyes quite regularly and this eye cream has been great to use when my eyes are feeling overly sensitized, It contains Neurosensine, Niacinamide and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which all help to soothe and calm the area.

The product helps with puffiness and can provide immediate relief from discomfort and redness around the eye area.

I actually noticed I was getting a bit of eczema on my eyelid and using this consecutively for a few days really helped to calm it down.
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Sukin Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Masque:

Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee, and exfoliating for that matter. This mask contains Coconut Shell and Coffee Beans that work to exfoliate and Aloe Vera helps to keep the skin hydrated. As this is a mask it can be left on for up to fifteen minutes and rinsed off but when I am in a rush I like to use it like a scrub a leave on for a few minutes, I then like to rinse it off in the shower and follow with my skincare routine.
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Napoleon Perdis Complex Skin Renewal Caviar Serum:

I have a bit of a soft spot for Napoleon Perdis as I studied at their makeup academy years ago and have always really enjoyed using their products, This serum contains Caviar Extract which is rich in Proteins and Amino Acids that help to plump and firm the skin and with continued use the serum will also help to brighten the skin.
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Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence Tinted Moisturiser SPF50:

I have been a huge fan of Invisible Zinc for years now, in my daily routine I like to use a tinted sunscreen instead of foundation or as a base to foundation if I need more coverage. I like this product in particular as it feels super lightweight on the skin and sits under my makeup nicely.
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SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash with Frankincense and Myrrh:

You all know I love a good body wash and I instantly knew I loved this one from the first use, whilst it cleanses my skin it doesn't leave it feeling stripped or uncomfortable. It's hard to find a body wash that actually moisturises the skin whilst it cleanses and this one does.
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Real Techniques Sculpting and Contour Makeup Brush Set:

I have always been a fan of Real Techniques brushes, they are really high quality and they last really well. This set includes a Sculpting Brush which has an angled head that is good for liquid contour and bronzing products, a Fan Brush that is good for powders and highlighters and a Setting Brush which is good to powder and set targeted areas.

The set also comes with a Brush Cup that stores your brushes.

The Base Collective Magnesium Oil:

I have been having issues with heavy legs lately and this has really been helping, Magnesium is well known to help with muscle fatigue and can also help you to relax and sleep better. I spray this over my legs after dry body brushing and have noticed a big difference, Sometimes if I am having trouble sleeping I also spray it over my body (avoiding my face) and find it helps me to relax more.
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John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Moisturising Shampoo and Moisturising Conditioner.

You know when you use a product when you're younger and everytime you use it thereafter it brings back a good memory, well that's how I feel about this product line. I have always used the Brilliant Brunette range and find that it works really well for my hair, these two formulas contain Crushed Pearls and Sweet Almond Oil that helps to moisturise the hair and preserve the brunette colour in your hair. Highly recommend giving these a go and they also do a version for various different hair colours.
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Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave-In Conditioner:

I have really been getting into leave in conditioners lately and this one has been great, it helps to strengthen the hair and add moisture which is something I always look for in my hair products. I tend to use this after I wash my hair by spritzing it in my hair and either blow drying or letting my hair dry naturally.

Simon x

*Products mentioned in this post were given to me by each brand at the event, all products listed are and will be available at Priceline Pharmacy. Some products mentioned have not launched in store yet but I will endeavour to add links when available.


Estee Lauder Companies Australia Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Box.

From the 1st of October 2018 Estée Lauder have created a Limited Edition Beauty Box for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research which is home to one of the most renowned breast cancer research teams in Australia.

The Box Includes:

AVEDA Smooth InfusionTM Shampoo 50ml + Conditioner 40ml

FULL SIZE BOBBI BROWN Art Stick Liquid Lip 5ml^

CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ 30ml

CLINIUQE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 15ml

FULL SIZE DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum 30ml

FULL SIZE ESTEE LAUDER DayWear Eye Cooling Anti-Oxidant Moisture GelCreme 15ml 

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ 30ml

The box retails for $149 (Worth $215*) with all profits from the sale of each box going to support breast cancer research at Garvan.

The box can be purchased from the following websites:

For more information, you can visit or and follow @esteelaudercompanies #TimeToEndBreastCancer.

Simon x

*Based on the price of full-size products.
^Art Stick Liquid Lip shade may vary from image shown
*Image provided by Estée Lauder.

A Month In Beauty: September.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Daily Cleanser:

You all know how obsessed I am with this cleanser, and for good reason. No matter how many cleansers I try I still come back to this, I don’t know exactly what it is about this cleanser in particular but I just love it. It has a creamy consistency to it and does foam slightly but never leaves my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable.

I like my cleansers to have oomph to them and this one does, whilst it gently cleanses my skin it also helps to detoxify and smooth texture with the use of AHA's (Glycolic and Lactic Acids) and Natural Fruit Enzymes (Pineapple, Pumpkin and Papaya).
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Karpati Natural Skincare Marine Enzyme Polishing Powder:

For those times when I feel like my skin needs an extra boost, I like to mix this powder into my cleanser, It contains Marine Detoxifying Algae, Protease Enzyme and Rice Powder which all work to exfoliate the skin and help with texture and congestion.

I find it to be an easy way to exfoliate my skin and as I am someone who is prone to congestion it really helps to keep my skin in check, it can be used on its own with water or as I do mixed into your cleanser to give it a bit more oomph.
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Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist:

I like using a mist in my skincare routine either as a toner or sprtized over makeup to help set it into place and keep it looking fresh throughout the day, I like this one from Dermalogica in particular as it contains ingredients that calm the skin and reduce redness. Another thing I love about this product is that when you spray it over your face the mist is even and just lightly disperses over your skin, it instantly freshens up makeup throughout the day and feels really soothing on my skin.
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Karpati Natural Skincare BHA Healing Lotion:

This month has been horrible for me in the breakout department, thanks to a recent plane trip I now have two breakouts on my chin which I am very unhappy about but thankfully I have this product in my routine, It's a spot treatment that contains Salicylic Acid and Zinc which are well-known blemish fighting ingredients.

It has definitely helped to reduce my breakouts without over drying the area, I just place a cotton tip to the bottom of the bottle and apply directly to my breakout.
[Eds note: Make sure to not shake or mix the bottle as both ingredients are meant to be kept seperate]
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Go-To Face Hero:

Whilst we are on the topic of plane travel, along with giving me breakouts it has also made my skin drier than normal. To add an extra dose of hydration to my moisturiser I have been adding a few drops of this oil into it, the oil contains Plant and Nut Oils, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins and Antioxidants.

I find it really good at keeping my skin hydrated but also works really well at calming my skin down and reducing redness, I either apply it to my skin before my moisturiser or mix a few drops into my moisturiser. This product is a bit of a no brainer to me, I always know it works well for my skin and it's nice knowing it's always there when my skin needs it.
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Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion:

While we are on the subject of moisturiser, this is more than a monthly favourite, it's more of an all-round favourite. You all know how much I love this moisturiser, it's lightweight and absorbs instantly but leaves my skin feeling hydrated without ever leaving it feeling greasy.

It contains Japanese Marine Algae which helps with elasticity and Essential Amino Acids and B Vitamins that help with dullness and texture.

In my opinion, this cream would be suitable for any skin type but if you have an oily combination skin like I do an am still after something hydrating, then I would recommend giving this a go.
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Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino Illuminating Low Shampoo:

I have started incorporating this product into my hair routine and have been really enjoying it, it cleanses my hair nicely without over drying it or stripping it. I find it good at removing any product build-up and once I blowdry my hair dry it has a nice shine to it.
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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 products have been purchased by myself. As always all opinions are my own and every product mentioned on this site has been tested personally by me.
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