The 12 Item Work Wardrobe

There’s a saying, less is more, and what I’ve come to find over the years of refining my wardrobe, is that this is resoundingly true when it comes to style. I may have chosen to give up the capsule wardrobe, but quality over quantity is still at the forefront of mind, particularly when it comes to building a work wardrobe. So today, I wanted to talk through what I call the 12 item work wardrobe; that is, the 12 pieces that combined, make up a versatile and interchangeable collection of outfits for the office (and don’t eat into your budget for more whimsical style additions!).

In addition to talking through each of the 12 items (and why I think you need them for your work wardrobe), I’m also going to pull together 5 outfit examples of how I style these pieces together for the office.

THE SHELL TOP; A luxe silk tank or shell top has been a foundation piece for my work wardrobe for years, in part due to its practicality (perfect for Aussie summers) and in part due to how elegant it looks tucked into a pair of trousers or a pencil skirt, with a blazer thrown over the top. I like to keep things interesting with a little bit of pattern given my closet is fairly neutral, so a nice vertical black and white stripe helps to break up my block colour. As with some of the other items I’m going to mention, this is a great one to do double duty for an evening outfit, or pared back with some denim shorts on the weekend.

A DRESSED UP BLOUSE; Ever since snapping up this white and black polka dot top from Sussan, I’ve been all about the dressed up blouse. This is something that has a little bit of personality, and can inject a bit of fun into your look, which still retaining a polished look and feel. I usually tend to go for a whimsical yet understated print (polka dots are always a winner), and a ruffled sleeve adds that layer of intrigue and whimsy that I’m usually after. Other options could be a mock necked pleated top (this one from Country Road is gorgeous) or an ornately decorated lace blouse (this is a beauty).

THE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT; One of the standard wardrobe classics, a simple button down shirt is a must when it comes to building your work wardrobe. It’s entirely effortless (pair it with pants or a skirt and you’re good to go), and if you go for an oversized cotton shirt, this can also work well for a relaxed weekend outfit. Personally I tend to prefer a cotton shirt just as it’s incredibly low maintenance, but if you’re after something that is a little more elegant or that will ramp your outfit up a notch, then go for silk (Everlane is great and I also love Equipment for their silk shirts).

A SLIM FITTING SWEATER OR CARDIGAN; If you’re a regular visitor on my YouTube Channel, then you’re probably already sick of hearing me talk about Everlane’s cashmere sweater, but it’s such a good staple to have for work and for play. I’ll throw this on with a skirt, or as a layering piece over a shirt during the colder months – essentially, it’s become an indispensable part of my work wardrobe. A fitted style is best, particularly if you’re after a more tailored look, but if you’d prefer a cardigan, this particular style from J Crew is perfect as it can be worn open, or buttoned up like a sweater.

A WELL CUT BLAZER; If there’s one work wardrobe staple that’s worth investing in, it’s a good quality blazer. About six years ago now I bit the bullet on a rather spendy purchase, a classic single breasted black blazer from Helmut Lang, and I haven’t looked back. In an age where trends seem to come and go in a matter of months, this has been one of those timeless wardrobe investments that has held up over the years, and is yet to look ‘tired’. While you don’t have to spend quite as much as I did on a blazer, it’s worth considering the cost-per-wear of what is a quintessential piece for the office.

A KNEE LENGTH DRESS; One of the things I love most about having a dress in my closet, is the fact that it’s an entire outfit in itself – just add accessories. I might work in a more creative industry these days where the dress code is quite relaxed (read: denim all day every day if you really wanted), but I feel like you can’t get past having a chic sheath dress, even if it’s just to wear for important client meetings or events. To keep it looking smart, tailoring is key, and I think knee length is usually a safe bet – you never know where your career will take you, and this allows the piece to have serious longevity in your wardrobe. J Crew is usually a good place to start if you’re looking for something that is tailored and well made, otherwise I’m also quite smitten with this heather grey knit option from Forever New.

A KNEE LENGTH SKIRT; Like a white shirt in your work wardrobe, a classic skirt is not going to be groundbreaking, but it’s such a good staple to have at your disposal. Whenever it comes to making a few new additions to my closet, future proofing my wardrobe tends to be front of mind. I want to go for something that I’m still going to love in the years to come, that’s generally relatively simple (though this doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!), and that will work for a multitude of situations – or workplaces. My current favourite is a little more fashion forward than I’d usually go for, but I feel like it balances out the simplicity of the rest of my choices.

THE SLIM FITTING TROUSER; Stumbling across the right pair of suit trousers for you can be a little like finding the perfect pair of jeans – an absolute punish, but rewarding when you find the ones. Personally, I like a trouser that has a little bit of room, with a slightly cropped length and a tapered leg that nips in at the ankle. It took me quite a few years to find the right style that work for my body shape, but I’m a huge fan of the smart ankle pants from Uniqlo; not only are they affordable, but they’re easy to care for, and look a lot more expensive than they actually are. These have been a total gamechanger for my work wardrobe – in addition to becoming a key piece for my weekend wardrobe too. Rather than just relying on skirts or dresses, having a pair of trousers that you feel great in really opens up the window of opportunity when it comes to having a versatile work wardrobe. Plus, it feels a little Parisian to wear a pair of trousers with a blouse tucked in, and a killer pair of heels, non?

A SMART JACKET OR COAT; Your wardrobe’s core colour palette will be a huge factor in what styles you opt for, but I think a smart light jacket such as a classic trench for spring and autumn, or a pared back wool coat are the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. It’s going to be one of the first things that your colleagues see as you step into the office for the day, and the last thing they see you wearing as you leave, and you know what they say about first impressions… I’m always one for a neutral colour palette as it tends to be more classic, so my options of choice are usually to go for anything in beige/camel, navy, grey or black – anything that I can tie back into my core wardrobe and will also want to reach for during the weekend too.

THE EVERY DAY HEEL; Again, this is another one of those classic pieces which are generally worth just having in your wardrobe. The type of heel that you go for is going to come down to the dress code where you work, but after years of teetering around on 10cm high heels, the mid heel has become a firm favourite of mine. I love a good classic black pump as is nude (the day heel from Everlane is my shoe of choice), but if you really want to inject a bit of personality, you can have some fun with this, whether it’s a subtle bow detail like my poppy heels from Isabel Marant, or a marbled patent finish.

THE DRESSED UP FLAT; Even if you’re a heels every day kind of girl, I’d recommend also having a pair of dressed up flats that you can reach for, even if it’s just to give your feet a break every once in a while. A chic ballet flat is always a go-to; it’s feminine, classic and generally looks good with most silhouettes, alternatively a modern loafer is a good go to if your style leans a little more on the androgynous side (or if you’re just a fan of masculine tailoring in general!).

THE TOTE BAG; If years of working in both corporate and creative work settings have taught me anything, it’s that the only bag you really need for work is a smart looking tote, preferably something with a little bit of structure to it. I want to have space to carry all my essentials, in addition to my lunch, and still have room to take my laptop home if I need to. It’s also a classic option and will keep your whole outfit looking professional. My preferred bag of choice is the soft tote from Linjer, though if you want to go a little higher end, the lux tote from Prada is another classic option.

FIVE CLASSIC OUTFIT COMBINATIONS

What I love about this tightly edited selection of 12 items is that they’re incredibly versatile, and can have the potential to build on top of each other to create a number of different looks. In addition to having some layering options (like throwing a shirt or blouse underneath the sheath dress), having some strong separates gives you a lot of options – something I love a lot about mismatched suiting. So to start you off, here are five classic work wardrobe outfit combinations that you could reach for, starting with…

OPTION #1Dress + Trench + Heels
A classic combination if there ever was one, and I just love how the grey tone of the dress softens up any structure in the jacket. As I mentioned before, a dress is essentially a whole outfit in itself, all you need to do is add accessories.

OPTION #2Fitted Sweater + Skirt + Flats
I like the juxtaposition of pairing this longer length skirt with a pair of flats, rather than opting for the easy choice, AKA the pointed black pump. This is one of those effortlessly easy outfits that would be perfect for a more relaxed day in the office.

OPTION #3Shirt + Trousers + Blazer + Heels
This has always been one of those go to’s for me; a bit of an office uniform if you will. It’s simple, but it’s undeniably chic, especially when paired with a bold red lip.

OPTION #4Shell Top + Skirt + Blazer + Heels
I like the fact that there are some stripes to break up all the solid colour, yet it’s still very sleek given the darker colour palette.

OPTION #5 Blouse + Trousers + Trench + Flats
The spotted blouse with the ruffled sleeves makes a real statement with this outfit, and pairing it with a nice pointed toe flats helps to offset the look and give it a bit of balance.

So there you have it; the 12 item work wardrobe. I’d love to know, what are some of your workwear essentials? x

How to balance blogging when you have a full time job

managing blogging when you have a full time job
managing blogging when you have a full time job
managing blogging when you have a full time job
managing blogging when you have a full time job

Chances are, I’m probably not the first blogger you’ve stumbled across with a ‘traditional’ 9 to 5 job, and I doubt that I’ll be the last. As much as blogging has become a powerhouse industry of its own, there are plenty of people out there – like me! – who juggle the responsibilities of managing an online space, with the day-to-day pressures of their full-time job.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion project; whether it was designing and creating content for a website from scratch, or developing and drawing a manga-style comic, there was always something creative that I’d have on the go. From the age of about 18, I’ve had a few different fashion blogs on the go, and one thing I’ve always loved about having my own little corner on the internet has been connecting with like-minded peers, and growing a community online with people I can relate to – whether it be a shared love of kitten videos, splurging on designer shoes, travelling the world or even making those blogger connections (some of whom I’ve become very good friends with over the years!).

Best is often better than ‘perfect’

Perhaps it’s a hangover of growing up as an only child – and only grandchild – but I’ve always pushed myself towards a world in which perfect is the only option. Maybe it’s a side effect of being an overachiever, but one things I’ve found is that aiming for perfect all the time is darn exhausting.

Like success, ‘perfection’ is entirely subjective, and Rather than burden myself with the anxiety of ‘falling short’ of perfection, I’ve come to realise that there’s a happy medium to be found in doing your best. By this I mean, creating the best work you can, within the time frame you have, and being proud of the outcome. Taking things into perspective and doing your best is one of the stepping stones to creating momentum, and as the old adage goes; practice makes perfect, regardless of whether that is nailing the art of a flatlay, or developing a consistent photo editing style.

Have a schedule that’s realistic

While it might not always seem like it, blogging can be incredibly time-consuming, and posting consistently can be tough to keep up when you’re also managing the stresses of a full time day job. As someone who clocks in 40 hours a week in the ‘corporate’ world, and a good 30+ hours during my free time for my space online, forward planning and developing a realistic posting schedule have been tremendously helpful in managing my time, and knowing what to write about, and when.

Perhaps somewhat ironically, I find I’m most productive in the morning and from the late afternoon into the evenings (bring on those long lunches…!), so I tend to block out time before I leave the house for my day job to send emails, edit photos or videos, and write copy. During the week if there’s good morning light, I might take the opportunity to shoot a few flatly snaps before I head off to work, and I get Luke to help me with outfit photos on the weekend, by tying it into walking the dog or heading out to run errands.

Additionally, using tools to schedule posts on Twitter (Hootsuite is a good option), or Tailwind for Pinterest can be a huge help and take the pressure off pushing these out in real time, and you can schedule blog posts, Facebook posts and YouTube videos to go live at a time of your choosing in the back end, so take advantage of this if it’s going to help you manage your schedule.

What are your goals?

If you’re planning to start a blog – or even if you already have one – as with any traditional job, it’s a good idea to identify what your goals are.

It’s probably worth noting here that I absolutely love my day job; it fills me with an immense sense of pride, and I wake up on Monday morning ready for the work week ahead (although often wishing I could have spent another hour or two in bed…). But, I’m someone who always loves to be busy, and having a blog and a YouTube channel allows me to do that, but on my own terms. I can reel in back if I think I’ve taken on too much, create more if I’m feeling inspired, but above all, it’s a space that I get to call my own, and there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with that.

Is your online space somewhere that creates value for others? Is it a platform for you to develop your photography skills? Is it purely an outlet for your creative musings? Or are you hoping for it to be something more…?

There’s so much more value in tackling something with a sense of purpose, and knowing where you are now, and where you want to be – whether it’s six months, a year, or five years from now – will help you to put steps in place to achieve those goals, no matter how big or small.

managing blogging when you have a full time job
managing blogging when you have a full time job
managing blogging when you have a full time job

Wearing gingham ruffle top (this is a SUPER cute alternative and I LOVE this one), Topshop tie waist trousers (these are also lovely), Everlane day heels, HiEleven bag, Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings

Free time will be at a premium

In addition to working a 40 hour work week at my day job (plus a 1 hour commute each way daily), I find myself spending on average, 30 or more hours a week at home, writing, editing, researching and filming for my blog, Instagram and YouTube Channel. Clearly, there isn’t a lot of that ‘work-life’ balance happening.

I think it’s important to note that this isn’t for everyone, and as a person who genuinely gets satisfaction from creating content, it’s a lifestyle choice that I’ve made that allows me to (in some ways…) have the best of both worlds.

Expanding from my earlier point about being realistic with your schedule, I wake up early to give me free time in the evenings, and I’ll always find a way to make a catch up with friends or family happen, even if it means being a little more creative with how I manage my ‘workload’ across my digital platforms, such as working on the train during my morning commute.

I often tend to joke that I’m extremely time poor, but when it comes to your free time, all that matters is how you choose to spend it… just keep in mind if you’re blogging a lot, there might now he much of it!

Asking for help is okay

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to any singular piece of content, whether that’s a blog post, a photo, or a video, I find it hard to delegate. I want to put my own personal stamp on everything, even if the stress and effort outweighs the actual benefit.

It’s worth keeping in mind that delegating out some of the smaller or more time-consuming tasks can actually free up your schedule, so you can focus your energies on bigger and better ideas (and possibly allow you to sneak in a full eight hours sleep too!). Basically if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Something I apply to both my online space, and my day job, is to avoid the ‘comparison trap’. You may have similar goals to one of your peers, but your pathway there is going to look completely different, and that journey is all part of the ride, and part of what shapes who you are.

In a world where ‘success’ is (wrongly) judged by the number of followers you have, or likes you receive, it can be easy to look at creators with similar content who’ve had tremendous growth or had the opportunity to work on a collaboration you missed out on, and think, ‘why them and not me?’. This sort of mindset is far from healthy, and in the end, you’re only going to end up self-sabotaging yourself. Just remember that your journey is going to be uniquely yours, and every individual has their own story, and own set of stepping stones that will see them achieve their goals – no two journeys will look the same.

In a nutshell, when it comes to blogging, you make your own rules; no two days will look the same, you can make your own schedule, and you can create content on your own terms. One of the things I feel pretty fortunate for, is the fact that I have a day job that I absolutely l-o-v-e, and I have a hobby that gives me so much fulfilment in my spare time, in addition to having opened up opportunities that I never would have imagined. If there’s one thing to keep in mind, it’s to always live in the present, and remember, the happier you are, the better your work will be! x

2017 Spring Racing Guide & What to Wear

spring racing guide 2017 what to wear

With the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival just around the corner, it’s time to start having a think about your race day outfits – no harm in being extra prepared, right?! As someone who moved to Sydney well in their twenties, I’ve spent the last four years decoding the Spring Racing style rules, and given the competition trackside is almost as fierce as it is on the track, I’m dissecting the dress code for each event on the Spring Racing calendar, in addition to sharing shoppable carousels featuring some of my favourite looks for each event.

There’s four key Spring Racing events you need to mark down in your calendar, each with a very distinct theme, starting with Derby Day.

DERBY DAY

Saturday 4 November

When it comes to Derby Day, there’s only two colours you’re going to be seeing trackside: black and white. Perhaps the most iconic racing event on the calendar, the traditional monochrome dress code calls for elegance, amped up a notch with an ornate headpiece. The key to keeping things interesting is to opt for an unusual silhouette or some texture.

 

spring racing guide 2017 what to wear
spring racing guide 2017 what to wear

MELBOURNE CUP

Tuesday 7 November

Perhaps the most anticipated date in the racing schedule is the Melbourne Cup, and if you live in Australia, it’s not unusual to find yourself at the pub from lunchtime, dressed up to the nines to celebrate this prestigious racing event. The theme is generally interpreted as ‘bold and bright’, so while there’s no colour rule, you’re definitely required to bring your a-game when it comes to your outfit. This is the perfect opportunity to pull out an incredible fascinator that looks more like a piece of art than a headpiece, or a more fashion forward dress – just remember, it’s all about proportion.

 

spring racing guide 2017 what to wear

OAKS DAY

Thursday 9 November

The key to a winning outfit for the Crown Oaks Day is to express your femininity through your own unique style. Think silks, lace, chiffons and soft florals – but don’t be afraid to make this ladylike look your own. While the Melbourne Cup offers relatively free reign over the colour of your outfit, soft pastels are the colour palette du jour for Oaks Day, so keep the overall tone of your outfit muted.

 

spring racing guide 2017 what to wear

STAKES DAY

Saturday 11 November

The final event of the Spring Racing calendar is the Emirates Stakes Day, traditionally also known as ‘family day’. Stakes Day has the least formal dress code, so ensure you reflect this in your outfit with some much more relaxed – whether that’s a jumpsuit or separates. Rather than structured silhouettes, opt for dresses that have movement and flow and for headwear, a simple straw hat or a hair pin will do the trick!

 

all images sourced via thetrendspotter

Why I’ve invested in a transitional jacket for Spring

transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle

Assembly Label sweater (similar option here), J Crew denim skirt (also love this one), Workshop jacket in camo (more affordable here), Everlane oxfords, HiEleven bag

The transition from winter to summer is always one of my favourites, as I love the opportunity to bare some leg, while still being able to comfortably throw on a few layering pieces. It’s the perfect time to not only trial out a few new silhouettes or layering techniques, and have a bit of fun with your style staples.

Leaning more towards what I’d consider to be classic ‘Parisian’ silhouettes, one of the key additions to my signature ‘style recipe’ has been a transitional jacket for spring an autumn – generally something that can see me through both seasons, as well as acting as a layering piece under a coat during winter (if I need it!).

As eager as I am to break out my slip dresses, and off the shoulder tops paired with denim shorts, I don’t quite attack my style with the same climate insensitivity I had as a teen, when a little cami and denim skirt would pass as an ‘outfit’, even in the winter months. Instead, I’ve been enhancing my outfit with a layering piece, whether it’s the army jacket I’m wearing above, a trench coat (this one from Everlane is my favourite), or a biker style leather jacket. Given my wardrobe colour palette leans fairly neutral as it is, it’s been a great way for me to add in some complementary earthy tones, and dip my toes outside of my comfort zone (both style and colour-wise).

While I want to talk about my style recipes in greater detail, perhaps the simplest combination that I’ve been reaching for, as we’ve transitioned into spring is: jumper + skirt + transitional jacket + mid-heels. It’s an equation that works, no matter what each individual item looks like – in part down to years of refining my wardrobe – and I love the simplicity that defining a set of style values for a season provides.

transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle

So in the last couple months, to prepare for spring and round out my closet, I’ve been investing in a few transitional jackets that are classic enough to continue wearing for years to come. First up is this army-inspired (unisex) field jacket, which has been a wardrobe favourite since I managed to nab it on sale a couple of months ago. It’s quite a loose silhouette, but I love the fact that you can breathe new life into it by rolling up the sleeves, or using the ties to cinch in the waist for a more refined fit.

Second up, is this denim jacket from Topshop. The perfect shade of mid-wash blue, it filled a gap I’d had in my closet for an oversized and easy throw on option for the weekend. Again, it’s been one of those items that I can’t stop wearing on repeat (always the sign of a good purchase!), and it’s big enough to carry me through autumn and the start of winter for 2018.

Finally, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement leather jacket after parting with my black Acne Studios mape leather jacket last year. But trying to find a leather jacket that ticked all the boxes without breaking the bank has proven to be pretty impossible, especially when you’ve set your gold standard at Balenciaga… After deciding to set my sights on a faux leather option instead as a bit of a compromise to my wallet, I stumbled on this lovely option from MVN.

Are you in favour of the transitional jacket?

hop & cotton: the customised skincare brand you need to know about

hop and cotton skincare review mademoiselle
hop and cotton skincare review mademoiselle
hop and cotton skincare review mademoiselle
hop and cotton skincare review mademoiselle
hop and cotton skincare review mademoiselle

Skincare; it’s one of the few facets of our lives that doesn’t have a ‘one size fits all approach’. What works for my skin, won’t necessarily work for yours, and vice versa. So, when I had the opportunity to learn about the recently launched fully customisable skincare brand*, hop & cotton, I jumped at the chance.

As someone who loves to try out new beauty products as much as the next girl, I have to tackle most additions to my skincare and beauty regime with caution – the wrong serum can have me breaking out in areas I’ve never had acne before, and a new lipstick that doesn’t agree with me is enough to flare up dermatitis on my face.

ABOUT HOP & COTTON

So, let’s talk a little bit about the brand, before I delve into the actual products I’ve incorporated into my skincare regime over the last month. At its very core, hop & cotton doesn’t compromise; it’s a brand that aims to deliver a fully customised skincare routine that is going to be just right for your skin – it’s a little bit of a Goldilocks approach. Founder Ee Ting is a molecular biologist, whose obsession with finding the perfect skincare products for her skin eventually led her to develop her own products which gave her the results that she had been chasing for years from traditional beauty brands.

Each product from hop & cotton is made to order, based on the results of a relatively quick online skin test, where you detail things such as your age, skin type (and any sensitivities) and texture preferences, which allows Ee Ting to formulate the most suitable products for you. It’s also worth noting that the entire range is free from ingredients such as sulphates, paragons, alcohol and artificial colours – many of which act as irritants for those with more sensitive skin. Also, while you can have natural fragrances such as jasmine added to your products, Ee Ting recommends a fragrance-free option, which is exactly what I chose for my customised regimen.

THE FOAM PARTY FACE CLEANSER

The immaculate cream-to-foam wash (RRP $58)
Key function: Cleanse, clarify and hydrate

This is a very gentle cream-to-foam face wash that is soap-free, fragrance-free, pH-balanced and non-drying (wow, that is a mouthful!). As much as I love a good balm cleanser, it always feels like a foam cleanser is doing more work, and the foam party cleanser from hop & cotton has proven to be a hard worker, without stripping the natural oils from my complexion. While I previously used to double cleanse, I find that this works a charm at removing all makeup residue from my face, including my signature cat-eye flick. I’ve been using this both morning and night as the first step in my skincare routine.

THE SMOOTH OPERATOR FACE EXFOLIANT

The indispensable skin retexturiser and perfector (RRP $88)
Key function: Renew, retexturise and refine

I’m a huge fan of toners, or facial exfoliants, as I feel that they tend to have the biggest impact on my skin. Now full disclosure, in the lead up to trying out these products from hop & cotton, I’d been road testing a few things from The Ordinary, many of which didn’t exactly agree with my skin, so it was in huge need of some TLC. The ‘smooth operator’ is essentially an exfoliating acid, similar to products like the Pixi Glow or BHA Skin Perfecting Acid from Paula’s Choice (both of which I love), so I was pretty sure from the get go that this was going to be something that got on well with my skin. It essentially works to alleviate blocked pores and retexture your complexion, and after using this three times a week since receiving it, I’ve noticed that my skin looks fresher, and the breakout I was experiencing across my cheeks is completely gone. My personal formula includes a mix of glycolic acid and salicylic acid (among others) – two ingredients that I’ve personally found have worked wonders on my skin. Another thing to note? The product is dispensed using a really neat push down pump which definitely comes in handy and means that you don’t waste a drop.

THE BRILLIANT ADVANCED FACE MOISTURISER

The fabulous face brightener (RRP $168)
Key function: Brighten, strengthen and prevent the first signs of aging

Finally, the ‘brilliant moisturiser’; the third and final step in the routine. I love the fact that this is an all encompassing product, acting not only as a moisturiser, but also as an eye cream and serum, though truth be told, I do still find myself reaching for my HG serums on the daily, even if purely out of habit. Perhaps the only gripe I have is that it doesn’t contain SPF, and living in a country where ensuring that you apply SPF to your face daily to protect against sun damage is a must, I generally like to use moisturisers with SPF in them. In saying that, this does protect against environment damage and works to prevent the first signs of aging, and depending on your personal formulation, can include niacinamide, a multi-tasking vitamin that improves skin tone, sallowness and the skin’s capacity to absorb moisture (unfortunately as chance would have it, it’s an irritant for my skin!).

THE CUSTOMISED SKINCARE APPROACH

As someone who has seen their own skin become more and more sensitised over the years, I’ve spent countless hours trying to self-diagnose my own skin concerns, and track down products that I think will resolve them. While I can never be entirely sure, it’s possible that some of these ‘off-the-shelf’ products I’ve introduced into my beauty routine over the years have done more harm than good.

One size doesn’t fit all, and being able to tailor my skincare to my complexion’s unique concerns has proven to be a huge asset. And while I love a good cult beauty product as much as the next girl, a little bit of customisation can be the difference between good skin and great skin.