Alpha-H Liquid Gold
As far as chemical exfoliants go, I am yet to find another that beats Liquid Gold. This has been a constant in my routine for years, and I continue to see it popping up on celebrity must-have lists, and recommended heavily in beauty Facebook groups. Being a glycolic acid, it’s best suited to normal, dry and ageing skin, but I also use it when I feel a blind pimple coming on and it seems to do the trick. It’s my go-to the night before filming or an event, and I always know I’m going to wake up with smoother, brighter skin.
$59.95 at alpha-h.com
Ole Henricksen Banana Bright Eye Créme
Truth be told, I’m not much of a big believer in eye creams unless it has some impressive actives in it. Particularly when it comes to claims of a brighter undereye. But this one is an AM angel. Juiced up with vitamin C and AHAs it helps to plump up my fine lines, while still sitting well under makeup, and provides a light-reflecting sheen that at least gives the illusion of brightness if nothing else. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to erase darkness or make deep wrinkles disappear, but I do notice when I don’t use it. And that’s pretty huge for an eye cream in my opinion.
$57 at sephora.com.au
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Pretty packaging, K-beauty backstory, glow in the name – this pot was the perfect recipe for social media success. And sadly, it’s what took me so damn long to try it. Hyped to the max, I assumed it was good but not life-changing. However, the snot-like gooey texture, fresh real watermelon scent and instant soothing sensation have completely won my winter skin over. The watermelon and hyaluronic acid quench the thirst of my dry skin, while AHAs balance, brightens and smooths. It’s great for my skin type, but for those unsure, it does come in a smaller (and more affordable) 30ml to test the waters, which to be honest is all you really need when using it as a once in a while treat.
$35 (30ml) or $72 (80ml) at mecca.com.au