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Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

 

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

Brooke Testoni talking her top 5 beauty products for Marie Claire

 

My top 5 beauty products

It has been a while since I have shared all things beauty on the world wide web, so I thought it was about time to share a little thing or five for Marie Claire magazine! Looking after myself, whether it is my skin, hair or my general wellbeing is something I take quite seriously. We are not getting any younger!

Here are my top five beauty products I use on on a daily basis. Now, it was quite hard to pick five. I do have a lot of products I am fond of, but lets not overwhelm you!

  1. Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream – My hairdresser introduced me to the product and I have thanked him every since. My hair resembles my mothers. Super frizzy and super annoying. Yep – that is a good way to describe it. After I wash my hair, I apply this and it seems to dry naturally without the frizz. Thank the lord!
  2. RMS – Living Luminizer – Highlighters are everywhere, every beauty brand has launched one. Which one to buy? Well let me help you friends, this smooth, dewy pot of goodness is not only natural (bonus!), it adds the perfect ‘dewiness’ to the parts you want to make POP.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury – Light Wonder – I like to call Charlotte ‘Gods gift to beauty.’ She just seems to create products that make everyone look flawless. There has NEVER been a light makeup that I have been happy with, until Ms Tilbury came out with this one of course. I swear everytime I where this ‘tube of wonders’ everyone comments on my skin.
  4. La Mer – The Soft Moisterising Lotion – There is actually no product from La Mer I don’t like. I unfortunately can’t afford them all, so I stick to my favourites and they are definitely worth it. I love to use the serum and soft lotion. The soft lotion gives my skin the right about of moisture (I have an oily T zone) and makes it feel silky smooth. My husband also seems to use this one too, when I am not looking…
  5. Map of the Heart – Parfum Gold v.4 – I was introduced to this perfume a few months ago. I am not the ‘girly’ perfume type, so this unisex smell is right up my alley and has been getting a little overworked as of late.
Words by Brooke Testoni
Photographed by Brooke Testoni

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Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating SerumBrooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

 

Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

Brooke Testoni's daily routine using La Mer Revitalising Hydrating Serum

 

VIDEO: My daily routine

Every workday is different so I thought I would film this video to show you what I’d usually get up to.

Let’s talk morning. I am a morning person, I literally jump out of bed, shower, put on La Mer Revitalizing Hydrating Serum, a little bit of bronzer, drink my weak coffee and tousle my hair. I’m out the door in 20 minutes. Exact. My serum is like the ‘holy grail’ of serums, it is the only product that works for me in all seasons (aka harsh coastal Australian Summer and the freezing blizzards of New York City Winter!), and also keeps my 28-year-old (wishing it was 21 years old) skin plump. Whether I’ve been up all night writing for the blog (air conditioning can wreak havoc!) or coming off back to back shoots outdoors, this product really helps to combat any dullness and give my skin back its spark.

My mornings in the office usually consist of emails and planning for upcoming shoots. In the afternoon, I usually spend it shooting content for the blog or Marie Claire magazine. I usually shoot around six different stories. Well, on a good day.

Evenings are for catching up with friends – often at Bistro Moncur because it is amazing and well, hey, it is around the corner.

My favourite time of day is when I get home. I throw on my linen pyjamas, wash my face and apply my serum for the evening. Nighttime is when your skin gets a chance to rest and repair so you want to nourish it with the best you can afford – inside & out. I also cannot (!) go to bed without having a green tea. It is a tradition my sister and I have and delivers incredible benefits for your body.

Take a look at what 1 minute in my day looks like. Enjoy.

Shot in collaboration with La Mer
Video by Masses Collective, Produced by Brooke Testoni
Images by Brooke Testoni & Hatrik 
Brooke Testoni wearing Bassike hawaiian dress and Lack of Color hat street style

Brooke Testoni wearing Bassike hawaiian dress and Lack of Color hat street style Brooke Testoni wearing Bassike hawaiian dress and Lack of Color hat street style Brooke Testoni wearing Bassike hawaiian dress and Lack of Color hat street style Brooke Testoni wearing Bassike hawaiian dress and Lack of Color hat street style

Holidays are over

…. so I may as well stay in the spirit and wear it.

When I saw this palm collection, I didn’t even know it was Bassike.

Bassike you for surprised us with a cheery print, which made us all warm and fuzzy inside. Just looking at this dress makes me want to fly to to Maui, drink Pina Coladas and party like The Rat Pack did in the 60s.

Bassike dress | Lack of Color hat

Photographed by Ana Suntay-Tanedo

 

Brooke Testoni wearing Sir the label top, Frame cropped flared jeans and Ford & Harris earrings in her home on MCM velvet couches

Brooke Testoni wearing Sir the label top, Frame cropped flared jeans and Ford & Harris earrings in her home on MCM velvet couches

Brooke Testoni wearing Sir the label top, Frame cropped flared jeans and Ford & Harris earrings in her home on MCM velvet couches

 

 

Starting fresh for 2017

It is 2017, and feels like it is 2005. The year I graduated, got overly drunk and wore a pink satin dress to my formal. Time goes way too fast….

Every. Single. Year: I go through my wardrobe and give away almost everything (yes, a HUGE spring clean) to charity, so I can start FRESHHHH for the new year. I believe that if you haven’t worn it in the last year, get rid of it. Unless it is a ski jacket or something but you get the gist.

Lets list the items I have been constantly wearing as of late and what I would classify as a staple:

  • Jeans (I had to cull about 40 pairs. I shall call myself a denim hoarder)
  • White shirt (you may need a few: Dressy, casual… you get the gist)
  • T-shirts (der…..)
  • A few Summer dresses
  • A midi skirt
  • A leather skirt
  • A pair of vintage levis jeans, skirt and shorts
  • A blazer, denim and leather jacket
  • A few LBD’s
  • A few silk blouses (I tell myself I can’t wear t-shirts everyday….)
  • 2 cashmere jumpers
  • 2 pairs of ‘I am important’ pants

What else am I forgetting?

Being women, we tend to hoard a ridiculous amount of fashion but in reality how much of it do you wear?

Come on friends, it is time to be brutal. I swear you will feel uber fresh once you are done!

I might even film myself going through my cupboard for a laugh. I haven’t even started on the shoe wardrobe.

Until then.

Wearing: Sir the label cotton blouse | Frame cropped flared denim | Ford & Harris hoop earrings

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Brooke Testoni, Sir the label, Summer dressing, Sir siena dress

Brooke Testoni, Sir the label, Summer dressing, Sir siena dress

Brooke Testoni, Sir the label, Summer dressing, Sir siena dress

Summer dress it

Overloaded beaches, sweet and salty cocktails, peeling brown skin and an influx of ‘pluggers’ (aka Aussie words for flip flops). Yep, it is Summer here and I love it. Unless it’s those unbearable hot days when you can’t escape the heat and every family from NSW has decided to camp out on the beach and you cannot find an area of sand to put your towel – I don’t like Summer on those days.

But overall, Summer has to be the best/funest season in Australia. We really like to embrace it, and our designers know how to truly design those little dresses we want to wear everywhere with flats or sneakers (sorry, I am not a plugger girl). So everyone living in the Southern hemisphere, or to those in the Northern hemisphere who are escaping the chill of Winter (come to Aus!) it is time for a dress overload. These are a few of my favourite designers, who won’t break the bank.

Pfeiffer the label (two of my favourites own this ‘oh so rad’ label)
Reformation (An eco sensation – come on, by kind to the planet)
Rouje (the ultimate new range by Parisian Jeanne Damas)
Sir the label 
(two of my other favourites own this effortless label)

Wearing –

Sir the label forest green dress

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