Five reasons why a tin of NIVEA Creme should be stashed in your vanity

nivea creme beauty essential
nivea creme beauty essential

Like my wardrobe, when it comes to investing in beauty – whether it’s on the budget end of the scale or bordering on luxury – I’m always on the hunt for products that do double, or even triple duty. Versatility is key, particularly if you’re focused on building up your essentials, and the latest addition to my beauty shelf – a tin of the hardworking NIVEA Creme – has been just that.

One of those rediscovered old favourites, NIVEA Creme is an incredible multi-purpose intensively hydrating moisturiser, which I’ve since found myself seldom leaving the house without.

What I love most about this moisturiser – which has been around for more than 100 years now! – is the simple mix of ingredients, that have been a mainstay for over a century, moisturising, hydrating, protecting, and soothing skin.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS AN ALL OVER BODY MOISTURISER

Luxuriously thick, this makes for the p-e-r-f-e-c-t all over body moisturiser, especially during those colder months when your skin could use some added hydration. The formula itself is really creamy to the touch, which feels so nourishing on your skin, and it keeps your skin soft for an impressively long time. I like to apply this to my legs in particular before going to bed, and just after I’ve gotten out of the shower in the morning.

AS A HAND CREAM

I’ve taken to keeping the 60ml tin tucked into my purse as it’s a brilliant pick me up for when your hands need a little bit of added TLC, plus I’ve found that regular use as a hand cream can help keep calluses at bay. A little goes a long way – I usually swipe one finger lightly in the tin and that’s enough to add some much needed hydration to my hands.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS A NIGHT CREAM

During the winter time especially, I find that I usually need a more heavy duty moisturiser at night, to keep my complexion from drying out. NIVEA Creme is perfect for this; given the formula is so rich and thick, it helps to lock in that moisture (and act as a sealant for my nightly serum routine), and leaves me with soft, supple skin when I wake up in the morning.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS A LIP BALM

Because of the rich emollient texture, NIVEA Creme makes for a great lip balm in a pinch. I often forget to make sure I have a lip balm to hand so I’ve been reaching for this as an alternative, and it’s been working a treat.

AS A HAIR STYLING CREAM

I know, this one caught me off guard too, but this one can be a real game changer if you want to smooth down any flyaways, or add some piecy texture to your hair. The trick is to rub a small amount between your palms, and run your hands through towel-dried hair to give some added texture and glossiness to your locks.

Thank you to NIVEA for collaborating with me on this post! x

How to choose the right red lipstick for your skin tone

how to choose the right red lipstick for you
how to choose the right red lipstick for you

Nothing makes me feel quite as confident as a red lip does. It’s such a classic look; a touch of that old Hollywood glamour, that makes for the perfect signature beauty note or a bold choice for that special occasion you have coming up. But, with so many different reds out there, it can be tricking figuring out just which one is the perfect red lipstick to complement your complexion. So, to avoid seeing red – literally – these quick tips can help you to figured out which is the right red lipstick for you.

There’s just one key step; you need to identify what your skin tone is. Does it have cool, warm, or neutral undertones? If you’ve ever felt like a red lip just hasn’t worked out for you, it’s probably been because you’ve been wearing the wrong shade for your complexion.

how to choose the right red lipstick for you
how to choose the right red lipstick for you

Those with fairer cool-toned complexions should opt for a bright red with blue undertones to add a bit of vibrancy; Love Bite from Charlotte Tilbury (also here) is p-e-r-f-e-c-t for this and such a long lasting option too. If you have cool-pink undertones in your skin (think: girls who epitomise the ‘English Rose’ with porcelain skin), go for a raspberry hued red or anything with a bit of a pink undertone to it.

If you have a yellow-based undertone or warmer skin, then an orange-based red is the perfect pick me up to really brighten up your complexion – I especially love Lady Danger from MAC. If your skin sways more olive, then opt for an orange-based brick red, which will help to not only brighten, but reduce the appearance of sallowness in the face.

Finally, those with a darker complexion have a few different options. A candy apple orange-based red contrasts beautifully against darker skin tones, though if you’re hoping to make less of a statement, a plummy or oxblood-toned red is a little more subtle for a day-to-day look.

Perfecting the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look: a Glossier review

glossier beauty make up review minimal
glossier beauty make up review minimal

When it comes to beauty, I like to stick with my tried and tested – there aren’t many things that manage to blow my usual makeup routine completely out of the water. But, after hearing so many good things about Glossier across the board I had to know for sure, was it really worth the hype?

As Glossier don’t ship to Australia – yet – I used a third party mail assist and parcel forwarding service to place it for me.

I opted for some of their most hyped products – the balm dotcom, stretch concealer and boy brow – as well as a couple of their newer launches I’d found intriguing; the haloscope and the supers, as I figured this would give me a reasonably good sense of the brand across beauty and skincare (though I wouldn’t mind trying the milk jelly cleanser, too).

Since my order arrived about a month ago, it has been completely without hesitation that I’ve incorporated every. single. thing into daily rotation. And while I definitely have my favourites, I’ve been pretty impressed across the board, not to mention absolutely smitten with Glossier’s minimal yet effective packaging. So as I’ve been putting these to the test over the last month, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on whether it was worth going the extra mile just to get my hands on a little bit of Glossier.

the balm dotcom in coconut; one of Glossier’s initial launch products, this has been touted as a jack-of-all-trades salve. You can use it to moisturise your lips, to soften cuticles, on raw or dry elbows, or to combat mosquito bites – this is one of those products that has been designed to be multi-purpose. There’s a few different ‘scents’ available, so I opted for the coconut as I was hoping that this would make me feel a little like I was on a tropical holiday every time I used it, but unfortunately, I’ve found the scent to be rather cloying and quite artificial, which has had me wishing I’d gone with my gut on this and chosen the original classic, rose. This reminds me a lot of the Lucas PawPaw Ointment which is a cult classic in Australia, although generally something I tend to avoid using as it’s largely petroleum based. This probably won’t be of popular opinion, but I’ve found that because of those similarities, this hasn’t been overly moisturising on my lips at all. In saying that, I have been really loving using this as a bit of an at-home luxury nail treatment, massaged into my cuticles.

the stretch concealer in medium; this is perhaps one of the strongest products of the lot, a product that has lived up to hype and then some. I apply this straight from the tub to my undereyes and areas where I get redness, and it just melts into the skin leaving your skin looking glowy and fresh. I’ve yet to find another concealer which looks this natural, and it’s become the only one I even consider reaching for on a daily basis. I will admit, that I was a little worried that the medium (the second lightest shade) was going to be too dark for me when I opened the tub, but I’ve found it to be the perfect colour match for a natural rather than highlighted look. This isn’t full coverage, but it’s not meant to be, however I’ve found that the creamy consistency makes this incredibly buildable, if you’re going for a more perfected base. I typically like my skin to look like just that, skin, and this really does just enhance the way that it looks. This is hands down one of my favourites of the lot.

the boy brow in brown; I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with my brows, although I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the only one. I try to get through my beauty routine in 10 minutes or less every morning, and most of the time, I don’t want to sit there for 10 minutes with a pencil trying to fill in the perfect brow. Glossier’s boy brow does pretty much all the hard work for you. It fluffs up my brows, and fills in any gaps, and has been the answer to having the appearance of ‘perfectly’ groomed eyebrows, without putting in the effort, and it stands up to Sydney’s humidity which is always a plus in my books. Appearance-wise, the brush looks very similar to Benefit’s Gimme Brow, and a little bit of product will go a long way. Since cracking this open I’ve used it exclusively, and I’ve been starting to think that I may need to place a second Glossier order to get a couple of back ups for when this dries out completely.

the haloscope in quartz; I’ve never really been able to get on board with powder highlight – I find it sits on the skin rather than giving that beautiful glow from within (which I think without question is what we’re all after!). So when I spotted that Glossier were coming out with a cream highlighting stick, it’s safe to say that I was pretty excited. Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate is my absolute favourite cream highlight for a dewy, natural looking highlight, but Glossier’s take comes a close second. Quartz is a cool toned pale pink highlight, which leaves a subtle shimmer and a natural sheen on the face when applied. I tend to swipe this across my face and blend out with my fingers; what I really love most about this is how the solid oil core gives such a beautiful soft glow and dewy finish to the complexion.

glossier beauty make up review minimal
glossier beauty make up review minimal

the glossier super pack; I held off placing my order for about a month, just because I wanted to wait for the supers ’trio’ to come back in stock. The pack comes with all three of Glossier’s super-concentrated serums, each which address a different skincare need. Super Glow is perfect for when your skin is feeling dull, and needs a bit of a pick me up – it’s packed full of brightening Vitamin C. Super Bounce is one I see myself using the most this winter; it’s perfect for when your face is in need of some serious hydration – the hyaluronic acid helps to give some of that bounce back to your skin. And finally, Super Pure is perfect for skin that is breaking out or red – the combination of niacinamide and zinc help to soothe stressed out skin and flush out any impurities. I’ve really been loving the addition of these to my daily skincare regime. I use these following toner and just before moisturising, and tend to reach for Super Glow the most, just as I feel like my skin can sometimes use a little re-energising.

It’s pretty safe to say that Glossier has exceeded my expectations and then some. I have a hard time narrowing it down to just one favourite, but I think if you have the chance to try one thing, make it the stretch concealer or the boy brow – you won’t regret it.

My autumn beauty routine

autumn beauty routine
autumn beauty routine

It’s finally starting to cool down, and with the change in season has come a bit of a shift in my daily beauty routine. I’m still loving really fresh, dewy looking skin, so a good moisturiser is key. I’ve been kicking off my base with either the Vitamin E Face Moisturiser from Malin and Goetz, or reaching for a sample of the Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm from Elemis (which has fast become a favourite!).

I’ve been reserving foundations and tinted moisturisers for special occasions, as I’ve found that my skin tone tends to be fairly even for the most part, so instead what I’ll do is warm up the skin a little bit around the frame of my face and on my nose – basically where the sun would typically hit my face. My go-to for this is the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate; it’s a cream product, which I love as I feel like during the cooler months my skin can use all the moisture it can get, plus it blends out really easily and just adds a natural looking bronze to the face. Later in my routine I’ll reach for this again just for the highlighter – this is hands down the best I’ve ever come across – it’s not overly intense and adds such a beautiful glow to the cheekbones.

I really am a creature of habit, and when it comes to blush the Multicolour for Lips and Cheeks from Aerin (shade 01) wins out every time. Again, this is another cream product; I like to swirl my finger in the pan, and then dab it onto my cheeks, blending it out with a stippling brush from Sigma for a really natural flush. I also love a good berry hued blush come autumn-time, so when I feel like mixing things up a little, I’ll reach for Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blush in Ginger Pop.

My eye look practically never changes; it’s almost always a champagne shadow swept across the lid with a darker taupe through the crease. For my eyes, I’ve been reaching for one of two palettes; either the Golden Goddess quad from Charlotte Tilbury – which I love for its rich colours, smoothness and blendability – or the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette, the latter of which I’ve been faithfully using on a regular basis since purchasing it last year. I don’t usually leave the house without my signature cat eye flick, which some days, is admittedly more ‘on point’ than others. While it’s not my favourite eyeliner (this title goes to the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner), I’ve been using the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen that I got ahead of our wedding most days. This little slice of luxury is an eye-watering $89 (AUD) a pop, and while I still haven’t nailed the fine flick with this particular pen, it does do the trick of staying put all day. For mascara, I recently picked up another tube of the Lash & Line Mascara from ModelCo. I haven’t come across a more effective mascara – yet – but I love how this volumises and extends my lashes, and it’s one of the few mascaras that doesn’t smudge along my brow bone over the course of the day.

Speaking of brows, I’ve added a new product into the fold which I have been absolutely loving; Rimmel’s Brow this Way with Argan Oil. They recently reformulated the product, and it is definitely a step up from the original. I’ve been using this in the shade Dark Brown, which is the perfect colour match for my brows. What I love about this is that it cuts down the time it takes me to fill in my brows by more than half, as the spooly dispenses a really generous amount of product. You do have to be careful not to over-do it (which I didn’t get the memo for, this morning…) but once it’s on, it stays all day and doesn’t smudge or move an inch.

Then finally for lips, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I try to avoid wearing lipsticks daily as my skin is sensitive, but when I’m after a nude I’ll reach for Clinique’s Lip Pop in Beige Pop. The formula is creamy and moisturising, it has great pigmentation, and wears off evenly.

Lastly, while it’s not a huge part of my daily beauty routine, I’ve found myself reaching for the same nail polish shade over and over: Eternal Optimist and Tea & Crumpets from Essie. The brand has become my polish of choice this last year, and their incredible range of creamy pinks have just completely won me over.

Are there any beauty heroes you’ve been reaching for? x

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks* (also available here and here)

I’m a little bit of a lipstick junkie (if you hadn’t already guessed…), and typically, my lipstick of choice has to be a good matte; something that’s comfortable on the lips, and that I can apply and forget about – for most of the day at least.

So, I was pretty excited to try out one of Rimmel’s latest lipstick launches, The Only 1 Matte Lipstick* – a matte lippie which promises to glide on to the lips with smooth full coverage in just one swipe, that lasts for hours. To say I was intrigued is a bit of an understatement… as much as I love a matte lip, I’ve found a lot of formulas to feel a little too drying, and in the case of a nude matte, with little to no staying power.

It’s safe to say that while there’s a few shades out of my comfort zone (the bold violet hue – Run The Show – I’m looking at you..), the overall mix is really balanced, from some beautiful nudes, to petal pinks, and classic reds. Applying like a dream, the formula is so rich and creamy that you won’t find it dragging across your lips, and while they do feel lightweight, some shades feel more comfortable than others. One of the other things I noticed is that a few shades required a couple layers to even out the pigment, so like any matte lipstick, I’d highly recommend fully lining your lips before application for a more even finish. They’re also heavily scented, which is fine if you love the nostalgic scent of grape and strawberry flavored Hubba Bubba (two of my favorites as a kid), but if not, you’ll probably want to give these a miss, as it can be quite overpowering.

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

From L to R: 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots, 200 Salute, 500 Take The Stage, 610 High Flyer, 700 Trendsetter, 750 Look Who’s Talking, 800 Run The Show, 810 The Matte Factor

110 Leader Of The Pink – while I typically prefer nudes and bold reds for the most part, this is a very pretty mid-toned pink with cool undertones, perfect for every day during those warmer months.

120 Call The Shots – This is a hyper bright pink raspberry, that delivers a strong hit of colour on the lips. I sometimes find shades like this a little intimidating, but a great way to wear it is to dab a bit of the pigment on your lips, and dab it in to get a softer looking stain across the lips.

200 Salute – I’ve reached for this muted rosey pink a few times; it just looks so pretty on the lips. I like to line my lips before I swipe this on, or dab the pigment into my lips a little after application as I’ve found it just tends to sit on top of the lips, on me anyway!

500 Take The Stage – I’m a huge fan of bold red lips and this really hits the mark for me. This is a fairly neutral red (in my opinion), perhaps slightly on the orange toned side. This is one of my favourites; it lasts all day without any need for top ups!

610 High Flyer – this is a lovely muted pink with cool undertones; the perfect everyday lip for the Spring time.

700 Trendsetter – a true peachy nude, this is one of the shades I’ve been reaching for the most. The wear time on this isn’t as great as some of the bolder hues but it wears off pretty evenly, and it’s nothing that a top up can’t fix.

750 Look Who’s Talking – this is that perfect grungy deep brown ‘nude’, and one I think would look gorgeous during the cooler months. I found this shade didn’t apply evenly so opt for a lip liner with it if you can!

800 Run The Show – without a sliver of a doubt, this bright violet is completely out of my comfort zone, and one I know I won’t be reaching for. This is great if you love a bold – and different – option, but unlike some of the other shades, I found this one to be quite streaky so definitely one that you’ll need to line your lips first for.

810 The Matte Factor – a cool toned raspberry red, this shade has a slight pink undertone to it. I prefer a warmer red as I find they really pop but I feel like this would be gorgeous come Christmas time.

Overall, I’ve been really loving playing around with these lipsticks, and I think they’re a great affordable beauty buy if you’re looking to add a punch of colour to your lipstick wardrobe. And if you could only buy one? Go for ‘Take the Stage’ – it’s a bold, classic red lip that actually lasts all day long (lunch, tea, snacks and all!).