As FishHead’s beauty editor, I’m in the lucky position of being able to test drive new and exciting products, while as a political reporter for Newstalk ZB, I need hassle-free skin and hair products that stay put while I’m running round Parliament, travelling overseas or rubbing shoulders with power players.
Here are my favourites for work and play.
My skin is a real mix: oily, dry, red, plus I’m getting a forehead wrinkle while still battling pimples. I keep it balanced with natural products like Rosehip by Essano Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, and LA’BONIC Liquid Gold Regenerating Night Oil as a skin serum (or in dry hair!).Clinique Repairwear Uplifting SPF15 is a great daytime moisturiser, while Nelson-made Oxygen Blemish/Acne Gel is an excellent zit-zapper. I fight under-eye circles with Kiehl’s Eye Alert, while the new Almay Smart Shade CC concealer and highlighter gives excellent coverage without looking like warpaint.
Despite the beauty editor title, I do my best to get away with wearing as little makeup as I can, as often as possible. My go-to products are Garnier BB Cream — it has completely replaced foundation in my makeup bag — with a sweep of Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara and good old Nivea Repair and Protection lip balm. For a bit more oomph, Australis Liquid Eyeliner has excellent staying power and won’t break the bank, while the Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eye Palette is ideal for taking a look from day to night.
For an event-ready look, I’ll add a sweep of Smashbox Blush in Idolize Me and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder and MAC lipstick (I’m currently channelling Lorde in vampy Hang-Up).
You won’t find a better supermarket shampoo and conditioner than Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Oil Elixir — it makes my hair smell and feel crazy good. I also chuck in Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil before and after blow-drying to lock in moisture, or to save time I’ll add an extra day between washes with Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.
When my hair needs extra help, I head in to see Tony Barrett at JAM, who never tells me off for my DIY cut and dye jobs.
I can’t get enough of Palmer’s moisturiser range — the All Over Body Firming Lotion is delicious, with cocoa butter for dry winter skin (it’s also ideal for the flaky healing stage of a tattoo). My nail polish collection is out of control — filled with Revlon’s super fun, scented Parfumerie collection and L’Oréal Color Riche’s huge collection of vibrant shades. I never leave the house without a spritz of Marc Jacobs Daisy, and for extra pampering I visit Julie Routier at Essenciel Massage Therapy — get ready for pain as she beats your knots into oblivion!