Australian awesomeness – desert island beauty with Suzanne
Happy Sunday evening to you all – yes I do realise I have to go to work tomorrow I haven’t completely lost my mind. And even though I’m back home I still have one last guest post to share with you all. I believe I discovered Ms. Rofe on Twitter and I’ve been hooked ever since. She is the fabulous author of the fabulous blog Don’t they know who I am – so one last time over to you my dear!
Hey kids! I’m super excited to be doing this guest blog while is off getting some newly-married lovin. My names Suzanne and these are the important things worth remembering for this post:
- Australian – inbuilt fear of the sun. We have to, its serious business
- 27 years old. So I’m about to start kicking into the anti-ageing.
- Pale. Very pale. Librarian pale.
- Oily as sin.
I’m a huge fan of lists and imagined situations, and with this all in mind, I tried to come up with something which hopefully gets you thinking about what you’d hang on to if, suddenly, you lost all access to your stable of products.
So therefore I present: The Desert Island Scenario.
I’m sure you know a variant of this. Here are my specifications: Ten items. These ten items are beauty products and not tools (no razors, tweezers, toothbrushes/toothpaste – these are all given freely). And some serious thought about your surroundings is good.
After some thought and some excel spreadsheets – here’s my ten.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
This has been a relatively recent addition to my regime, and I love it. It treads the fine line between oil control and still being gentle enough to not irritate me. There’s plenty of things around that don’t irritate my skin, but very few which also strip enough oil to make sure I don’t break out. I salute you, Clinique.
Marie Veronique Moisturizing Face Screen
I won this in a blog competition, from the lovely Dempeaux. It is the only tinted sunscreen I’ve ever used which does not break me out or turn me into an oilfield. It comes in a dainty lovely little glass bottle and has a few colors of tint to choose from. I searched for years before finding this.
QV Day Moisturiser with +30
And this is the only facial sunscreen (untinted) which similarly doesn’t break me out or oilify me. Also very cheap, bless em.
Dove Foaming Makeup Remover
And THIS is the absolute best makeup remover I’ve ever used. Fragrant and lovely and it has a huge awesome pump on it that will never ever break. And I like self-foamers. They are very, very fun.
This can be a bodywash or a face wash, and it’s made specifically for acne sufferers. I have back acne, god help me, and this keeps it in check. It also comes in a gigantic pump bottle that will last forever. And as I recently discovered, it’s got enough slick in it to be a great shaving fluid. Good work, team!
Nivea Sun Spray 30+
Body sunscreen application is one of the most horrible things ever, and I hate it. The Nivea one, however, has a texture more like milk than cream, and thus the spray on thing TOTALLY works for me.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion
To hydrate sunblasted skin and cool off. It’s got menthol in it and is super non-irritant. Has the honor of being the only body moisturizer I can put on freshly shaved legs without tears and drama.
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair (with a powder brush)
Also a recent discovery. It has a GRINDER IN IT and god I love a gimmick. It’s also a builder that can go on light for sheer coverage or heavier for a full foundation effect. Can easily be worn with only moisturizer underneath. Truly a miracle powder.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
The most moisturizing lip color I’ve met. Mild and buildable, and great fun to use via the twistup trendy-texta-looking thing.
Amolin Baby Cream
This is twofold. I have cracking, painfully dry lips and this works wonders on them. Secondly when you inevitably DO manage to burn yourself – this will help, hugely. I imagine any nappy rash cream with a LOT of lanolin in it will have a similar effect – the Baby aisle has some wonderful beauty things.
There’s some notable exclusions in this lot. No eye makeup, for a start, but personally if I’m completely and horribly late out the door the eye makeup gets axed. I need color on my lips and my self esteem needs something on my face, but everything else – take or leave it. And we’re on a desert island, guys, there’s going to be sacrifices. Some would consider it odd that any makeup made it on here at ALL. To them I say – when things look bleak you need to at least feel in control of the small things. Like whether your nose is shiny.
Also no exfoliation: body-wise the desert island will take care of this – saltwater and sand is a truly almighty exfoliator (Oh I totally and utterly agree – ) Face wise I don’t grit-exfoliate, full stop. Too sensitive. I would have added Cliniques Clarifiying Lotion as number 11 if I could have, as a chemical exfoliant, but again – tough decisions have to be made. I’m deciding cleansing and moisturizing are more important.
And of course we’re going to be in the sun – a lot – and beside the obvious skin cancer precautions your skin is going to be pretty dehydrated. So I’ve avoided the usual oil control things I use – masks, primarily, because I’m going to need to be very gentle with my face oil. I imagine a fair few days in the sun would probably dry me out as it is.
I think you’d horrified at the amount of thought I put into this. But it WILL come in handy – my logic for all of these is the same logic I’d use for taking these products to any holiday in an Australian summer. So it wasn’t ALL just daydreaming. It’s also the dead of winter, so I’m allowed some nostalgic summery thoughts.
*Hopefully you’ll be coming into Springtime now – thanks hun!