Active Clearing.




Breakouts have unfortunately been a part of my life since my early teens, and it's something I am still dealing with in my late twenties. My grooming routine revolves around keeping my breakouts at bay and thankfully over the years I have found what ingredients and products work for my skin.

One of my personal favourite skincare brands Dermalogica has recently added two new products to their Active Clearing range, The Age Bright Clearing Serum and Age Bright Spot Fader that both work to target breakouts and post-breakout marks.

I have been using both products in conjunction with each other for quite some time now and can honestly say they have made a huge difference to my skin.

Age Bright Clearing Serum:

I have been using this serum at night after I cleanse and tone and before my moisturiser, It's super lightweight in consistency and instantly absorbs into my skin. It contains one of my personal favourite blemish-fighting ingredients Salicylic Acid which is a Beta Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates your skin and gets deep down into the pores to clean them out and clear breakouts.

It also contains Phytoactives from the Resurrection Plant that helps to hydrate the skin and that's one of the things I love most about this serum, anti-blemish products can sometimes be drying on the skin but with this serum, I actually feel like it is keeping my skin hydrated whilst targeting my breakouts.

Niacinamide and White Shitake Mushroom also help to brighten and even skin tone.

I have found this serum really good at calming down my breakouts and keeping my skin even toned, I love how lightweight it is and how quickly it clears up my breakouts.
Age Bright Spot Fader:

I have been using this product to spot treat breakouts but also to target any leftover marks from previous breakouts, I have had a couple of larger spots over the past year or so that has left marks and uneven skin texture behind and this in conjunction with the above-mentioned serum has really helped to even out the texture and of my skin and any post-breakout marks that have been left behind.

It contains Salicylic Acid that helps to clear the breakouts alongside Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol which helps to fade post-breakout marks. When I have a breakout I like to apply this product directly to the area and find it clears the breakout quickly without over-drying the area.
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Overall using both products in conjunction with each other over the past few months has really helped to keep my breakouts at bay and the texture and tone of my skin even. Dermalogica has been a brand I have used for over 15 years now and it's a brand that I know the products work really well for my skin and these two products have made great additions to my routine.


It's important to be wearing SPF all throughout the year no matter the season but especially important when using active ingredients, my personal favourite is the Dermalogica Prisma Protect.

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Simon x


*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me via the brand, as always all products have been personally tested by myself.
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A Month In Beauty, October.




Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser:

You all know how much I love a Kate Somerville cleanser and this one is right up there as one of my current favourites, it's a gel cleanser that contains a blend of exfoliating acids (Phytic, Salicylic, Glycolic and Lactic) that help to gently slough away dead skin cells and over time will help to brighten and even out the texture and tone of your skin.

It does foam but never leaves my skin feeling dry or tight, I like having it on hand for when I feel like my skin is especially congested as I know it will give my skin the cleanse it needs.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum:

I have been using this as my morning Vitamin C serum for the past few months now and have been really enjoying what it has done for my skin, it has made my skin brighter and more even-toned. As I am pale skinned with freckles my skin can sometimes become a bit blotchy and this has really helped to keep my skin even, as it's an antioxidant I also like knowing that my skin is protected from environmental stresses on a daily basis.

I apply two pumps of the serum into my hand mixed in with one to two pumps of the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum [Which ill be mentioning below] and follow with my moisturiser and sunscreen.

I have gone through a travel size and am making my way through the full size, I already plan on repurchasing once I am finished the bottle.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum:

As I mentioned above as apart of my morning skin routine I like to mix two pumps of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum with this hydration serum and apply after cleansing and toning, I have an oily-combination skin type that can be easily prone to dehydration so any form of hydration is a welcome addition.

I like this serum in particular as while it's super hydrating it's also lightweight and absorbs well into my skin without leaving any sort of residue or shine, I can honestly tell a difference when I am not using this serum, it has become a part of my typical daily routine.

Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Cream:

Vitamin C is an ingredient I have used in my skincare routine now for many years but Retinol is only something I have gotten into recently, I have been loving this cream from Kate Somerville as it has given me noticeable results.

I love the way it makes my skin feel, it instantly feels smoother and by morning my skin is bright and even toned. With continued use the results have maintained and it's another Kate Somerville favourite that I always want in my routine.


*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me by Mecca, as always every product mentioned on this site has been personally tested by myself.
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Glow Recipe



Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser:

As we all know cleansing is the start of our routine and one of the most important steps as it sets our skin up for the products that follow, I tend to opt for a cleanser that also contains some sort of exfoliating properties like this one from Glow Recipe. It contains a blend of Glycolic and Lactic Acids that gently exfoliate and over time will help to brighten and even skin texture.

I like this cleanser as a morning cleanse or as a second cleanse after makeup removal, it does foam but doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight and works well for my skin.

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer:

I have an oily-combination skin type that tends to lead more towards the oilier side but is also easily prone to dehydration, that's why when I look for moisturizers I like them to be a lightweight gel consistency.

This one from Glow Recipe is great as it's super lightweight, absorbs well and gives my skin the hydration it needs. It contains Amino-Rich Watermelon that adds hydration, fights free radical damage and over time will help with fine lines. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid that draws moisture into the skin and helps keep the skin hydrated and plump alongside Antioxidants which help to protect against environmental aggressors.
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask:

This has to be my personal favourite product from everything I have tried from the range, throughout the colder months I have definitely noticed that my skin has been more on the dry side and this has been really good at keeping my skin in check.

I like to use it at night after I have applied my serums and oils and if my skin is feeling extra dry I even apply it on top of my moisturiser.

It contains Amino-Packed Watermelon that adds hydration and helps with fine lines and dark spots, Hyaluronic Acid adds hydration, AHA's (Lactic and Glycolic Acids) gently exfoliate to brighten and smooth, Antioxidants protect from environmental stress and Peony Root brightens and smooths.
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Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask:


If your skin needs an extra boost then this might be the mask for you, as the names suggests it contains Avocado that helps to restore moisture and collagen, alongside Antioxidant Packed Manuka Honey that contains antibacterial properties, PHA works to gently exfoliate and Kaolin helps to decongest and absorb excess oil.


As my skin is oily and also prone to congestion I like using a mask such as this one once or twice a week to help keep my skin clear and my congestion at bay, this one feels super moisturising on the skin and I tend to apply it straight after my serum in the evening.

Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me by Mecca, as always every product mentioned on this site has been personally tested by myself.
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A Month In Beauty, September.


Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine:

It's funny how much my fragrance choices have changed over the years, I remember being a teenager and loving very strong powdery scents but now as I have gotten a little bit older I am loving fresher scents and in particular citrus.

The fragrance that got me hooked on citrus scents is Orange Sanguine from Atelier Cologne, it has the most amazing orange scent to it that smells so fresh on the skin.

It literally smells like summer in a bottle and lasts on my skin all day, I find with these fragrances you only need a small amount and I can smell the scent all throughout the day. If you are a lover of citrus scents then I would highly recommend giving this one a go, it's a sure favourite of mine and one that ill be wearing all throughout the year.
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*Dermalogica Age Bright Spot Fader:

Over the past couple of months or so I have had a few breakouts pop up around my jawline and this has really helped keep them at bay, it contains Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol which work together to clear breakouts and will also help to fade any post-breakout marks that have been left behind.

When I get a bad breakout it does tend to leave a mark behind so I like that this product has ingredients that help with that whilst still clearing my spots.

I just apply a small amount to the breakout-prone area and find it clears my breakouts really quickly. It's one product I would always want on standby, just in case.
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*Go-To Skincare Face Hero:

Hero is in the title of this product, and for my skin, it truly is a hero. It's the face oil that got me hooked on face oils, although my skin leans towards the oily combination side this manages to keep my skin balanced.

It absorbs well into my skin and keeps it hydrated, the biggest thing I find with it is how it calms my skin down and has helped with any of the redness I get. I use it every night before bed and by morning it gives my skin a glow and with continued use, I have found it really good at keeping my skin clear and balanced.

It truly is a forever favourite.

*Glyco Vitamin C Brightening Crème:

I love every single thing about this product, from the texture to the scent and most importantly what it does for my skin. I normally apply this at night as the last step in my routine and can honestly say that it makes a huge difference to my skin by morning time.

The next morning after using this my skin looks brighter, has a glow to it and overall the texture and tone of my skin appears more even.

It contains 20% Medical Grade L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) which helps to firm, smooth, even skin tone, brighten, help with fine lines and wrinkles and provide superior antioxidant protection.

I always apply an SPF in the morning but it's especially important to be applying one when using active skincare.

Simon x


*The products mentioned in this post that have been marked with an *asterisk have been sent to me via the brands, others I have purchased on my own. As always every product mentioned on this site has been personally tested by myself.
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A Month In Beauty, July.



Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser:

I have this cleanser on my bathroom shelf and as of late it has been the one I have been reaching for, it's gentle on my skin and does a good job of removing my makeup and any dirt or oil that has built up on my skin. It does foam but never leaves my skin feeling dry or tight, it gives my skin a good cleanse without over stripping it. 

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum:

I always use a Vitamin C serum in my skincare routine and this one from Drunk Elephant has been my current go-to. It sinks into my skin immediately and instantly gives my skin a glow, I have only been using it for a few weeks now and it has already made my skin look more even-toned and bright.

It sits well under other products and has already become a firm favourite in my routine.

Perricone MD High Potency Classics Face Finishing & Firming Tinted Moisturiser:

This moisturiser has been a bit of a jack of all trades for me, whilst it acts like my moisturiser it also gives my skin a light tint and SPF protection. It's one of those products that start off like a typical moisturiser but once applied changes colour and adds a light layer of coverage to your skin.

 It gives my skin a hint of colour whilst still letting my skin shine through, I much prefer lighter coverage products nowadays so this works perfectly for me.

I love the way it makes my skin look, it gives it a glow and evens out my skin tone whilst calming down the appearance of redness. It also sits beautifully under other products and works well as a primer for foundation or concealer if need be.
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Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo:


As I am wearing less and less foundation these days, I tend to rely on cheek products to give my skin a bit of a pep up and a glow. I have been using this balm duo from Mecca Cosmetica lately which contains a cream blush available in three shades [Blossom, Watermelon, Rose] alongside their famous illuminating balm.


I have actually been alternating between all the shades and after I have applied my bronzer I like to apply the tiniest amount of the blush where I would normally highlight around the tops of my cheekbones and browbone, I find using a tiny amount gives me that sunkissed look whilst still looking natural.

I have been a fan of their illuminating balm for years and I use it daily, it gives the skin the most beautiful glow and has remained a staple in my makeup bag and routine.
[Editors note: This product is limited edition and I would highly recommend giving it a go.]

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask:


Glow Recipe has recently launched in Australia at Mecca and I have been lucky enough to try a few bits from the range, One of my favourites has been this sleeping mask. As it's Winter in Australia and the weather has cooled down a lot, my skin has become drier than normal and any form of extra hydration is welcome.


I have been using this mask before I go to bed on top of a face oil and just apply as I would my regular moisturiser, sometimes I even apply it on top of my moisturiser if I need an extra hydration boost.

I have found it has helped with the texture of my skin and is a good way to seal in my serums and oils overnight.

Simon x





*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me, as always all reviews and opinions are my own and every product I have mentioned has been personally tested by myself.
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My Top Five, Go-To Skincare.



Properly Clean:

I like using this cleanser when I want a quick cleanse in the morning or after makeup removal at night, although it is a foam it never leaves my skin feeling dry or stripped. It contains Willow Bark Extract [Gentle form of Salicylic Acid] that helps to give the skin a deep clean, it perfectly preps your skin for your serums and creams that follow.

Exfoliating Swipeys:

You all know I am a huge fan of exfoliating, I like these pads from Go-To in particular as they are super easy to use as you just swipe over your face after cleansing. They contain one of my personal favourite exfoliating ingredients Lactic Acid which helps to remove dead skin cells which in turn will help with dullness and congestion.

Using these pads regularly help to keep the texture and tone of my skin even as well as keeping my breakouts at bay, exfoliating regularly also helps the other products you use absorb better therefore working more efficiently.

Face Hero:

For those times when my skin is feeling a bit on the dry side or when it just needs a bit of a boost, I instantly reach for this face oil. Even though my skin tends to lead more towards oily, I find that using a face oil helps to keep my skin balanced, I also sometimes add a couple of drops into my moisturiser for an added hydration boost.

Face Hero contains a blend of 10 plant and nut oils as well as Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Properties that all help to deeply hydrate, nourish and calm the skin.

Transformazing:

The sheet mask that got me back onto the sheet mask bandwagon, the thing that immediately blew me away was the instant results I got from the first use. As I am someone who writes about beauty and is constantly trying new things it can sometimes be hard to see instant results but with this I did.

It contains Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime, Tasmanian Pepper Leaf, Niacinamide and Hyadisine which all work together to provide antioxidant protection, brighten, hydrate and heal.

Before a big event or for when I just want to give my skin a boost I apply this mask for anywhere up to 15 minutes [most times longer] and it instantly perks my skin up and keeps it looking hydrated and glowy. I like this mask also because it doesn't move around too much once applied meaning you can do other things whilst you have it on.

All in all a winner in my books.

Zincredible SPF15 Tinted:

Most days I don't wear a foundation and like to opt for a tinted SPF like this one, it contains tinted mineral powders that give the skin a glow and a tiny hint of colour. I like to use it after I moisturise and love the way it makes my skin look, it evens out my skin tone and instantly illuminates my complexion.

It contains Vitamin E, CoQ10, Plant Oils and Zinc Oxide which add hydration and free radical defence.
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In Australia, you can purchase Go-To on their website Here, and also find them instore and online at Mecca Comsetica and Maxima stores.

Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me by the brand, as always all reviews and opinions are my own and every product I have mentioned has been personally tested by myself.
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