No matter how many different mascaras I use, I always come back to Lancôme Hypnose Mascara. I have naturally long lashes so this accentuates them enough to make them look false if I want! Victoria Curtis mineral foundation gives the best coverage and has true staying power, without clogging my skin. I barely leave the house without a slick of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish on my cheekbones, because highlighter is life! And NARS Eyeshadow Duos are so great – they come in pairs so there’s no need to think about what colours work together when it’s already done for you.
My mum had it too, so she taught me to straighten it and how to look after it. Although, before the days of GHDs, we would straighten each other’s hair with an actual iron on the ironing board! Now I blowdry it as soon as I’m out of the shower to smooth it out (I use the Dyson hairdryer – which I’m absolutely obsessed with) then will either use a GHD straightener or curling wand to style it. Because it gets so much heat styling, I need to really take care of it so I use a deep conditioning protein treatment once a week (Palmer’s has a great coconut oil one) and use heat protectant and serum when it’s looking a bit dry.
The difference I’ve noticed in my skin since really putting in an effort to take care of it day and night is amazing. For that reason, I cleanse and use serum, moisturiser and eyecream every single morning and night. I use an SPF in the morning and will do a face mask once or twice a week for an added kick. Given I have to wear quite a lot of makeup for my work in TV it’s important to keep up a good skin routine, as it makes my makeup application super easy.
I just love the natural smell of their coconut body oil – I use it before an event to give my skin an added sheen. Palmer’s Skin Perfecting Ultra Hydrating Serum is my favourite beauty product ever! It has hyaluronic acid and retinol for anti-aging benefits, and is super affordable. My secret tip? I put it on my decolletage at night. Old lady chest won’t be happening here!
Kevin Murphy Doo Over is a miracle. It’s a dry shampoo that makes your hair feel cleaner without weighing it down and gives you volume again. Plus it smells delicious!
It’s floral and fun and I get comments every single time I wear it. I’ve framed a birthday card from a friend that deeply resonates with me: “inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies”. And this Damselfly candle speaks directly to my love of tacos, so it lives in the kitchen!
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me or follows me on social media that I love F45! I’m a complete convert – I love how varied the classes are and the team environment. I go to the South Yarra studio and it’s one of my very favourite things to do. I also really love pilates and boxing and do each of these once a week. Pilates at Studio PP in South Yarra is good for stretching and toning, whereas I use boxing at One Way Fitness for anger management! I love food so am not at all about starving myself or cutting anything out. I eat what I like in sensible doses and always make sure I’m eating enough of the good stuff too.
I love lace and frills and interesting shapes. I’ve never understood girls who say they’re most comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans. I think give me an Asilio dress and I’m happy. I’m really loving Asilio, Atoir, Alice McCall and Life With Bird at the moment.
I love wearing heels, which I do for work as well as for fun, and I’ve discovered that the key is a good block heel. So much comfier than stilettos, and they don’t get stuck in grates or grass! My favourites are the Nearly Nude style by Stuart Weitzman, and I have them in different colours and heel heights.
Audrey’s flawless beauty and style have always been influential and an inspiration. She is my definition of feminine beauty. My Ragdoll version is much needier but just as gorgeous.
I’ve let them dry to be a feature in themselves. And I love my matching Damselfly candle, matches and hand cream. I’m obsessed with this brand and their hilarious and inspiring captions. I have a bunch around the house with different funny slogans.
I look after myself well enough not to be too scared about ageing. (And on that note, Victorian Dermal Group in Kew is amazing! They do everything from standard facials to laser treatments and the girls who work there are just beautiful.)
It’s not even the physical signs of it that bother me so much though… I just don’t want to ever be old and boring!
I lost my mum to pancreatic cancer six months after she was diagnosed, and 24 hours after the finale episode of The Bachelorette aired. That period of time is such a blur, but it connects everything that happened then (including meeting my boyfriend, Lee) with her. It may sound trite but she was genuinely my best friend, and a big reason I joined the show. Her being sick was, for me, the definition of ‘life’s too short’, and I knew it was time for me to find a partner just like my parents had found in each other. It still surprises me how often missing someone can come up and catch you completely off guard, when I think “I’ve got to text Mum” and then realise… It’s definitely not just the big events like weddings where you feel it. And it doesn’t go away. You miss them and you just realise you will always miss them. You live with it.
When I was younger I wanted to be a detective because I love discovering the story behind things, but when I realised you have to be a normal cop first (which I’d be terrible at!) I went with journalism instead and truly never looked back. After being in the weird bubble of reality TV, I really feel like myself again being back at the newsdesk, this time for Channel Ten in Melbourne. In this job you can have the worst day ever but then the next day may be your best! You come in in the morning not knowing what story you’ll be covering, and you come out the end of the day with a finished product. Tomorrow is always a fresh slate and that’s so exciting.”