Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range.


Breakouts have been a huge part of my life since I was in teenager and now into my late twenties I still have the same issue, this has had a huge impact on my skincare routine as I am always looking for products that will help clear my breakouts.

I remember back to when I was around 13 or 14 when I picked up my first issue of Cosmopolitan magazine and my love for magazines began, especially the beauty sections. I remember flicking through all the latest glossies and always seeing Neutrogena featured on the pages, and thus my love for the brand began.

I love having products and brands in my beauty cupboard that I know work well for my skin and ones that I can always fall back onto, there's always something from Neutrogena in my collection.

The latest range to hit my beauty cupboard shelf is the Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Range from Neutrogena which helps to clear breakouts whilst at the same time preserving the skins natural barrier and helps to defend against future breakouts. I know that when you have breakouts the immediate thought process is to strip the skin and that in turn can make your skin even worse in the long run, it's important to treat your skin with blemish-fighting ingredients but at the same time it's crucial to look for products that help to protect your skins natural protective barrier.

My favourite products from the range have been the Visibly Clear Spot Proofing 2in1 Wash Mask which can be used as a daily cleanser or left on like a mask, even if I only have a few minutes for a mask in the morning I apply this to my skin whilst I have my morning coffee and hop in the shower to wash it off.

I have also been enjoying the Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Purifying Toner which I like to use after I cleanse my skin with a cotton pad, This toner has helped to keep my skin balanced and helps to remove any extra makeup or excess cleanser that has been left on my skin.

The range also consists of the:

Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Wash, Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Scrub and the Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Moisturiser.

The thing I love most about this range is that whilst it works to reduce my breakouts and stops new ones from forming it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable, I always believe that it's important to not over strip your skin of its natural oils and keep the protective barrier in tact.

The range is now available in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and selected Pharmacies nationwide.

For more information on Neutrogena 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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My Experience: Total Face Group.


For as long as I have had a skincare routine I have always believed in the power of facials and in clinic treatments, I am super diligent with my at home skincare routine but find that having regular facials can really help my skin to be at it's best.

I recently went into Total Face Group who now have a beautiful new clinic on Exhibition Street in Melbourne's CBD, for a treatment. I went in not knowing exactly what treatment I would be getting on the day but I had a chat with Jess and she did a thorough skin consultation and we spoke about my current skin concerns.

I told Jess that I had issues with the texture of my skin as well as congestion, my skin was also dehydrated from a lot of traveling I had been doing.

With this information she chose to offer me the Microdermabrasion and Hydrabrasion treatments.

I am a bit of a guinea pig when to comes to treatments and was really happy to have both the treatments done on the day, both treatments really helped to give my skin a deep clean and helped with the texture and tone of my skin.

I had a chat to Jess about skincare and she recommended that I included the Even Skintone Serum from Ultraceuticals into my routine as it will help with breakouts and the texture of my skin, I had used the serum before and have had great results from using it. It was my first time using the concentrate and found it to be really good at keeping my breakouts and texture issues at bay.

She also recommended the Ultra MD Ultimate A2 Anti-Ageing Serum which I only use at night and have found it to be good at keeping my pigmentation at bay and the texture of my skin even.

Along with those products she recommended the Ultra MD Ultimate Brightening Foaming Cleanser and the Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Mattifying, I have used both of these products before and really enjoy having them in my routine.

After my treatment I continued to see results, especially when combined with the recommended home care products.

Overall I really enjoyed the treatment and will definitely go back for another round of treatments.

For more information on Total Face Group and to find your nearest clinic Click Here.

Simon x


*Treatment was gifted to me for content inclusion, as always all opinions are my own.
*Main image provided by Total Face Group and Soda Communications.
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My Current Go To Moisturisers.



I always like to start off skincare posts with a quick overview of my skin type, that being oily to combination. I tend to only get oily throughout my t-zone and the rest of my skin is normal to dehydrated. When it comes to moisturisers I like ones that aren't too heavy, absorb well into the skin without leaving a residue, the ones I tend to go for have more of a gel consistency to them.

Below are the moisturisers I currently have on my vanity and the ones I find myself reaching for on a regular basis.

Zelens Z Matrix Energy & Moisture Infusion:

Zelens is one of the latest ranges that I have added to my beauty routine and I am really impressed with everything that I have tried, one of my favourites in the range is this moisturiser. It contains High Tech Ingredients and a blend of Botanical Extracts that help to invigorate the skin and leave it hydrated and glowing.

With regular use I have definitely noticed a glow to my skin and overall my skin looks and feels more hydrated, it's one I will continue to use and I am excited to see more results with continued use.
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111Skin Cyro Activating Hydra Gel:

I like to call this moisturiser my all-rounder as it sits beautifully on top of serums and oils and makes a beautiful base for makeup to go on top of, it contains Lotus Extract that helps to keep your skin hydrated and even though I have an oilier skin it manages to keep it hydrated but never greasy.

I like having this product in my routine as no matter how my skin is at any given time I know that my skin responds really well to it.
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Aurae Skin Moisture Lock Perfecting Gel Crème:

This lightweight gel feels super luxurious on the skin and contains a whole host of skin loving ingredients, as soon as I apply it to my skin it feels instantly hydrated and nourished. It contains one of my personal favourite skincare ingredients which is Vitamin C which helps to brighten the skin, helps with fine lines and wrinkles as well as protecting our skin from environmental stress.

Alongside the Vitamin C it also contains Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Kakadu Plum Extract and Aloe Vera which are all well known for their nourishing and soothing properties.
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Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Night Gel-Cream:

This is the latest moisturiser I have added into my routine, I have only used it for a couple of weeks but I am already loving the results. It works to optimize nighttime skin recovery and contains Motion Activated French Lavender Essential Oil alongside Sandalwood and Patchouli which are well-known ingredients that help you to relax and promote a good nights sleep.

The cream also contains ingredients that with continued use reduce the sign of skin fatigue and brighten the skin, It sits beautifully on top of serums and oils and just adds an extra relaxing step in my nighttime skincare routine.


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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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.



Simon x
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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.
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*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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