I used this bouquet of flowers recently whilst shooting a cake for Copper & Rose, and whilst it was a beautiful arrangement (and purple being my favourite colour), I found myself loving the bouquet even more a few days later when the flowers had begun to wilt. Shooting in the late afternoon and taking advantage of the last of the sun rays, I'm quite chuffed with the results: the graininess from the lack of light and wilting flowers give a filmy, scanned effect to what I would describe as a masculine floral mess.
Long gone are the days of Clearasil (and my teenage laziness over cleansing my face morning and night. Please. MSN emoticon conversations calling.) These mornings (and nights) I take a lot more care over the state of my skin. Here are some of the products that I’ve been trusting my body with:
AESOP / After a two-year stint with Clinique, I finally shifted my allegiance to Aesop last year. Aesop has garnered a cult blogger following not least because of its stellar Instagram-worthy laboratory-style packaging. But I’ve got to say that their products do work, and they work well. With my bottle of Fabulous FaceCleanser in need of a re-fill (which I’ll probably do instead of switching to an alternative cleanser), I’ve greatly enjoyed waking up to its non-commercial scent and texture, which leaves my skin feeling smooth like a baby’s bottom. I also gladly replaced my Clinique toner with the B & Tea Balancing Toner, favouring it for its non-alcoholic green tea content which doesn’t leave my skin stinging. And while I’m not a big fan of smelling like a citrus fruit in the morning, there is no denying that the Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream does exactly what it says on the tin.
ADORN / Battling Sydney’s humid weather and struggling with a lack of energy, I like to add a few spritzes of Adorn’s organic rosewater to my face to freshen up between commitments. It comes in a handy handbag-sized bottle which means you do not have to splash water all over your face in the public bathroom in order to WAKE UP.
GROWN ALCHEMIST & KOSMEA / There are a couple of other cult blogger products worth mentioning. On my hands I often enjoy using the Grown Alchemistintensive hand cream. It’s made of Persian rose and argan extract, which may result in your friends remarking that your hands “smell like my grandma”, but leaves you with smooth, nourished, non-greasy skin. The other is Kosmea’s organic rose hip oil. Its handy applicator (a reminder of good old torturous high-school chemistry days) makes it easy to apply a few drops to my skin, which just drinks this stuff up.
MUJI / Ah. My love Muji. For those of you who haven’t heard of this Japanese brand (Muji actually means ‘no-brand quality products’)…It. Is. Amazeballs. I can, and want to, live there, because Muji produces everything from clothing to stationery to food to bed frames to makeup…and they are all high quality products. I picked up these bath salts a while ago, and whilst I’ve never been good at having me-time, it was the perfect oooh-ahhh pick-me-up after a long day. Muji, when are you coming to Sydney in all your Japanese perfection glory?