The Skincare Obsessive

Seven Australian Brands Currently On My Radar.



IKOU: 

IKOU is a brand I have only discovered in the past few months but am so happy to have some of the products in my beauty cupboard, beyond skincare the brand also has a whole host of products for the body and home along with herbal teas and aromatherapy products.

The textures and fragrances in the products are really well thought out and feel really beautiful on the skin, I have really enjoyed everything I have tried from the range.


Enbacci: 

Enbacci is a luxury Australian skincare brand which focuses on creating products that use really beautiful ingredients, My favourites from the range are definitely products from the Vitis Vinifera range as it helps to keep the skin hydrated whilst helping to target the first signs of ageing.


Antidote Essentials: 

The boys who created this range have succeeded really well at creating a range that consists of skincare products that we all use and need on a daily basis, the products in the range also contain natural ingredients and pure plant extracts. They have really aced the textures and consistencies of the products, they all absorb really well into the skin and just do what they say on the label.


Biologi: 

Biologi is a range of serums for the face and body where each serum contains an extract from a single plant and is 100% active, the serums and super lightweight and sink to the skin really easily without leaving any sort of residue. The packaging is also really easy to travel with which means you can always have the products with you.

My favourite product in the range has to be the body serum as it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin hydrated but never greasy.


Organic Spa: 

Organic Spa is a certified organic and vegan line of products made in Byron Bay. I like the Organicsceuticals line in particular as I have found it to be really good at refining the texture and tone of my skin.


Billie Goat Soap:

The Billie Goat Soap range was created by a mum who had eczema, the products contain high-quality ingredients that include Premium Oils and Australian Goat Milk that help to keep the skin hydrated and nourished.

Product Recommendations: Goats Milk Soap - OriginalIntensive Eczema & Psoriasis Balm, Intensive Hand Cream - Natural, Hydrating Face Day Cream.

Glyco:

Glyco is the latest range of products that I have started to incorporate into my routine, the products in the range contain medical grade ingredients with powerful botanicals and I can honestly say from using the products I have noticed a big difference in the texture and tone of my skin.

My favourites from the range are for sure the Micro-D Intensive as there is nothing I love more than a good exfoliator and the Daily Resurfacing Pads as they have really helped smooth out the texture of my skin.

Product Recommendations: Micro-D Intensive, Daily Resurfacing Pads, Hydra-Pep Cleansing Balm, Advanced Cellular Stem-C Serum.



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Enbacci: Enbacci is a luxury Australian skincare brand which focus on creating an edited skincare routine using high tech ingredients, My favourites from the range are defintley products from the Vitis Vinifera range as it helps to target the first signs of ageing as well as protects the skin from enviromental stresses.


Product Recommendations: Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Gel Cleanser, Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Essence, Microdermabrassion Exfoliating Scrub, Detoxifying Clay Mask, Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Essential Crème, Age Revitalising Eye Defence.





Antidotes Essential: The boys who created this range have succeeded really well at creating a range that consists of skincare products that we all use and need on a daily basis, the products in the range also contain natural ingredients and contain pure plant extracts. They have really aced the textures and consistencies of the products, they all absorb really well into the skin and just do what they say on the label.

Product Recommendations: WASH Activated Charcoal, FACE Green Clay Mask, SCRUB Face Renewal, SERUM Age Rescue, FACE Moisturiser, EYE Intensive Cream.






Organic Spa: Organic Spa is a certified organic and vegan line of products made in Byron Bay. I like the Organicsceuticals line in particular as I have found it to be really good at refining the texture and tone of my skin.

Product Recommendations: Lactic Gel Cleanser, Face Exfoliant, Biohydra+ Serum, Moisture Control.












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Shine Skin and Body.


I have had a lot of facials in my time that include anything from lasers to peels to everything in between, a lot of those facials included extractions. I am personally someone who believes in getting regular facials and extractions as I know that they work really well for my skin.

My skin type is oily combination and is prone to breakouts, texture irregularities and blackheads. Having regular facials with extractions has really helped to keep my skin clear and in tip-top shape.

I recently went into Shine Skin and Body in Richmond for one of their Extraction Facials which the clinic is well known for, It was so great to see that the clinic really focuses on Extractions as I know how beneficial they are for my skin.

My facial began with Sheridan giving me a thorough skin consultation and she really took the time out to walk through my current skincare routine and chat about any skin issues that I had at the time of my treatment.

The treatment starts off with a double cleanse followed by an exfoliator and then the extraction process begins, Sheridan made me feel really comfortable throughout the treatment and I can definitely say that she is a pro when it comes to extractions.

The treatment also includes a neck and shoulder massage and a mask which finished off the treatment beautifully.

Overall I felt really relaxed during my treatment whilst at the same time knowing that the treatment was really benefiting my skin, I had an instant glow after the treatment and the results lasted in the coming weeks.

The treatment gave my skin a really thorough cleanse and really helped to even out the texture and control any breakouts that I had going on at the time.

I would highly recommend visiting the team at Shine Skin and Body as they are all super professional and knowledgable and genuinely care about the health of their clients skin.


Shine Skin and Body
323 Swan Street, Richmond
Melbourne Victoria 3121

For more information on Shine Skin and Body Click Here.


*Image provided by Shine Skin and Body and Soda Communications.

*Treatment was gifted to me for content inclusion.
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A Beginners Guide To Shaving.

As someone who has roughly started shaving from the age of 14 (I am now 27), it’s fair to say that I have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way when it comes to shaving. I never really learnt from anyone I just kind of picked up things I learnt from magazines and was mostly self-taught, once I started incorporating shaving into my routine more regularly I learnt what worked for me and what didn’t.

I like to start my routine by cleansing my skin, this will help to remove any dirt and oil build up in my skin and allow the products I use afterwards absorb better. It also helps to make way for a cleaner and closer shave, I like to look for a cleanser that contains exfoliating ingredients as it will help to clean out my pores and refine the overall texture of my skin.

After I have cleansed my skin I like to exfoliate, I think exfoliating your skin with a mechanical based exfoliant is one of the most important parts of your shaving routine. I find using a scrub before I shave helps to lift hairs up making it easy for my blade to glide over my skin, it also helps to prevent ingrown hairs from forming which is always a bonus in my books.

After my skin has been cleansed and exfoliated I like to apply my shaving cream, I like this one from Lab Series as it feels really hydrating on the skin and my razor glides beautifully over it. It also helps to calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness which is something to look for when it comes to shaving creams, I like that it also rinses off the skin really well without leaving a residue.
*Product Recommendation: Lab Series Cooling Shave Cream.

I have tried a lot of razors in my time and I feel like I finally have a grip on the ones that best work for me, one that I have been recently trialing is the one from NuTouch Shave. The five blades on the razor are premium stainless steel with platinum which gives you a super close shave in minutes.

When it comes to shaving I like to either be clean shaven or have a little bit of a beard, I don't tend to go anywhere in between. When I prefer to be clean shaven I find this blade gives me a really close and even shave, I find the blades glide really well over my skin and make the whole shaving experience quick but effective.

When I happen to have more of a beard the blade works really well at cutting through my facial hair and leaves me clean shaven in minutes.

I highly recommend checking out their website as they have various bundles and subscriptions to choose from.
*Click Here For More Information On NuTouch Shave.

When I have finished shaving and rinse off any remaining shaving cream I like to go in with a toner that has exfoliating ingredients, this will help to reduce any ingrown hairs. Make sure you look for a toner that is alcohol-free as after you shave your skin does become quite sensitive and can sting easily.

As a finishing step I like to use a moisturiser that helps to calm down the skin and one that absorbs easily, I like this moisturiser from La Roche Posay as it has a serum like consistency to it and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I find it really good at calming down any redness as well as any irritation caused by shaving.
*The products mentioned in this post that have been marked with an *asterisk have been given to me by the brand /PR, As always the review is 100% my honest opinion on the products. Every single product that I mention on the site has been personally tested by me and these are my genuine thoughts on the product.
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Bye Bye Breakout. #Collab

*This post has been created in collaboration with Reface Laboratories.





For everyone who doesn't know me personally, here is a quick background on my skin. From around the age of 14 I have struggled with acne and breakouts, I have always had quite thick oily skin and being a male who shaves quite regularly it does have an effect on my skin.

As someone who has been obsessed with the beauty industry and all it entails for as long as I can remember this has always been something that has affected my self-esteem. I have never really had anything like cystic acne or anything like that but I do get breakouts on a regular basis.

Even now at 27 I am still struggling with breakouts and it is something still bothers me, my skincare routine and treatments all revolve around keeping my breakouts at bay. 

I think when your someone who does struggle with breakouts you are willing to try anything and you almost become your own skin expert as you start to know what works for you and what doesn't.

One product I have recently incorporated into my skincare routine is the Reface-X Anti-Acne Perfection Plasm which is a product that helps to reduce breakouts whilst at the same time treating your skin.

The product contains medical grade Australian Honey which is well known for its anti-bacterial properties, you can definitely feel the honey in the texture of this product and the thing I love about it is that it really adheres well to the skin, I can feel it instantly treating and soothing any breakouts and irritation.

It also contains Green Tea, Willow Bark, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E.

I really love that whilst this product helps to treat breakouts and irritation I feel like it's nurturing and soothing my skin, rather than drying it out or irritating it. I think it's hard to find a nice balance of a product being effective but non-irritating and this product is the perfect balance.

It can be applied directly to blemishes as a spot treatment or on larger areas of concern, you can also mix this product into your moisturiser to give it more of a boost.

I have found this product really great at calming down my breakouts and any redness in my skin, I also love that it's a small tube which means it's easy to take with you wherever you go.
Click Here To Purchase.

*For a limited time the brand is offering my readers a discount code, all you have to do is enter the code SKO20 at the checkout for 20% off your order.

For more information on Reface-X Click Here and their Instagtam handle is @refacelabs.

Thank you to the team at Reface-X for collaborating with me on this post.
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Q&A: Venus Legacy Treatment.



A few weeks or so ago I went into Miss Fox in Melbourne’s CBD and had the opportunity to try the
Venus Legacy Treatment, below is a Q&A with Erin from Miss Fox on the treatment.

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A Year In Beauty.


Hello and welcome to a year in beauty, I have never actually done one of these stories before but this year has been the year where I have really stuck to a routine and found some holy grail beauty products. As apart of my job as a beauty writer I am constantly trialing new products to feature on the site, but this year in particular I have really stuck to a strict skincare routine whilst adding bits and pieces to trial for the site.

At the start of last year I went into Rationale in the emporium for a skin consultation, I think that's one of the biggest things I have learnt not just this year but in general is to go into a clinic and get your skin properly diagnosed.


Since my initial skin consultation I have been getting regular treatments every 4-6 weeks and have found they have helped to keep my skin healthy and have helped with my personal skin concerns such as breakouts and pigmentation.

I thought for this story I would share my 17 favourite products from 2017, there are a lot of repurchases and backups mentioned and I feel like this year has been the year where I have figured out what works for me and my skin.

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