From Serums to Scalp Scrubs, These Are the Products We *Actually* Spend Our Own Money On

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Ever wondered which products beauty people actually spend their own money on? Same.

Yes, working in the beauty industry means we're fortunate enough to receive new brand launches so we can try them and let you know if they're legit.

But the ultimate endorsement of a reeeeeeally good skincare, hair or makeup product is if a beauty editor repurchases it once the sample has run out.

So, this week on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast, I joined co-hosts Hannah Furst and Joanna Fleming to discuss the beauty products we love so much, we buy them again and again. (You can listen to the podcast episode below!)

From sunscreens that can do no wrong and our go-to foundations, to the skincare peel Hannah's whole family is now obsessed with, these are our top picks. For now...

Joanna's Favourite Adore Beauty Products.

1. asap Super B Complex.

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What: asap super B complex 30ml

Why she loves it:

I love the asap super B complex 30ml because it's got a whole array of ingredients that are amazing for the skin. It's got your hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, B5, lactic acid - it really brightens, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. The feedback I always get from people when they try this serum is that it makes everyone look super glowy. It was the first serum I ever used on my skin, so the fact I'm still talking about it about eight years later says a lot about the product.

2. Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+.

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What: Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+

Why she loves it:

If you haven't found the one yet - the sunscreen you'll wear every day - give this one a try. It looks tinted when it comes out of the tube, but it dries translucent and doesn't leave a white cast. I find this sunscreen doesn't make me break out or give me an allergic reaction either, and I've had these issues with chemical sunscreens before.

3. VIRTUE Recovery Shampoo.

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What: VIRTUE Recovery Shampoo 240ml

Why she loves it:

I just absolutely love this shampoo. And I know Amy really wanted to put this on her list, too. Considering it's expensive, you only need a tiny amount of product - not even a 20 cent piece size - for it to lather up with a bit of water. It also smells so good, like a nutty caramel scent.

4. Aspect Phytostat 9 Moisturiser.

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What: Aspect Phytostat 9

Why she loves it:

I don't think I'll ever get over this moisturiser. I just love it so much. I feel like there isn't anyone who couldn't use Aspect Phytostat 9, it's great for all skin types. It also smells amazing and contains lots of beautiful ingredients. I got my brother onto this because he didn't want to use serums, just a moisturiser. He went through it in three weeks because he was using two full pumps of it morning and night. I don't think he realised how expensive it was...

5. YSL Touche Eclat All In One Glow Foundation.

What: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All In One Glow Foundation

Why she loves it:

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All In One Glow Foundation is the most dewy, natural-looking foundation, and I always get compliments when I'm wearing it. It doesn't feel cakey on the skin, and often, I forget I'm wearing makeup when I've got this on.

But... the new Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation has changed the game. I love how I can apply this one with my fingers and it just goes on like a dream. These two are tied at the moment, which is a big call considering I've been using the YSL foundation for several years.

Want more recommendations from Jo? Check our her empties YouTube video below!

Hannah's Favourite Adore Beauty Products.

1. Lanolips 101 Ointment.

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What: Lanolips 101 Ointment The Original Multipurpose Superbalm

Why she loves it:

I bought two of these in my last Adore Beauty order to stock up because I've tried about 100 different lip balms, and everything annoys me about every lip balm, except this one. It's a good all-rounder, and you can use it on your cuticles, the sides of the nose where you get dry if you've got hay fever, and even around your hairline if you're dyeing your hair.

2. Kerastase 8hr Magic Night Serum.

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What: Kérastase Nutritive 8hr Magic Night Serum 90ml

Why she loves it:

I get a lot of hair questions on Instagram because people want to know what the best hair product actually is. And to be honest, the Kérastase Nutritive 8hr Magic Night Serum 90ml is the best hair product I've ever used. I've said it before, I'm always wary when products say 'magic' or 'miracle' on the packaging, but really, this is magic. Some Harry Potter wizard did something when they made this up in the lab. I can't recommend anything more highly if you have frizzy hair.

3. Alpha H Beauty Sleep Power Peel.

What: Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel

Why she loves it:

The Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel has a mix of glycolic acid and retinol, so it's a great once a week anti-ageing treatment. My whole family is onto this product now. I gave it to my sister to try, then she gave it to my mum, and the next day, my sister sent me a message asking what the hell is in it. Then, my mum stole the next one I bought. Alpha-H, we need a lifetime supply of this for the Furst family. Please.

4. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD range.

What:

Why she loves them:

I'm going to cheat because I can't possibly choose between these three products from the same Make Up For Ever Ultra HD range. My perfect base is the Ultra HD foundation, the Ultra HD concealer for covering dark circles and blemishes, and the Ultra HD foundation stick for contouring. I literally don't use anything else. If you're looking for very, very high-quality foundation and concealer products that do everything, these are it.

5. The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate.

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What: The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate 240ml

Why she loves it:

I bought this from a Deciem store before we started stocking it at Adore - it's basically a big tub of hyaluronic acid serum, for your body. I had legs that looked like snake skin leggings and this cleared it up within days. It's the body moisturiser for people who hate body moisturising.

Amy's Favourite Adore Beauty Products.

1. Christoph Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub.

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What: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

Why I love it:

As you can see, I literally scrape out every last bit of the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub and even when it’s empty, I hang onto the tub hoping it might magically refill itself. Sadly, that’s the one thing this scalp scrub can’t do. If you're not into grainy hair scrubs that feel like rubbing coffee grounds on your hair, you'll love how this one foams up like a luscious shampoo. It doesn't hurt that it smells divine. Hannah even says it tastes good, too...

2. Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50+.

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What: Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen

Why I love it:

Honest, this sunscreen is a dead-set 19/10. It's so good, Hannah wanted to put this on her list, too. Supreme Screen's thin, silky texture sinks in, won’t sting your eyes and plays well with makeup = no pilling! The non-sunscreeny scent and moisturising ingredients mean it feels just like applying any other lovely skincare product.

The formula also has a slight peachy colour so those with darker skin tones or varied skin undertones won't get that annoying white cast. AND most importantly, it provides SPF 50+ UVA (the rays that age you and primarily cause skin cancers) and UVB (the rays that burn you) protection. 

3. Beaute Pacifique Defy Damage Serum.

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What: Beauté Pacifique Defy Damage Skin Repair Serum 40ml

Why I love it:

You'd think I'd earn a commission considering how much I talk about this serum, but I don't. It's just that good. I've been using it for around two years and my skin throws a tantrum whenever I venture out to try something different. This serum has a hydrating, smooth lotion consistency that glides on and sinks into the skin in the time it takes to chuck on a bra. It’s also got the tiniest concentration of Vitamin A to target skin texture and fine lines without causing too much of a fuss. I can’t recommend this serum enough.

4. Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter.

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What: Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel

Why I love it:

This might not be the most exciting makeup product, but I use this every single day. Because I get my brows tinted and shaped every four weeks, all I have to do each morning is whack this clear brow gel in and I'm good. It holds your brows in place all day and doesn't end up super crunchy. It's just a good ole dependable buy.

Here Are All the Products Mentioned in This Article.

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Want more product recommendations? Check out these stories from the Adore Beauty team below!


Want to learn more? Here's the transcript of our Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast episode on all the products we repurchase.


We talk to our resident GP Dr Lucinda about thrush. Plus! Amy joins us to chat about the products we repurchase.

Beauty IQ Uncensored Episode 56 Transcript - 'The Beauty Products We Always Repurchase'

 

Hannah Furst:
Welcome everybody to Beauty IQ, the podcast.

Joanna Flemming:
I'm your host, Joanna Fleming.

Hannah Furst:
And I am your co host, Hannah Furst.

Joanna Flemming:
Hannah, you did your travel movie recommendations last week for our intro, and I'd love to know if other people did watch those movies in the meantime, if they hadn't already. But I thought today, because I get asked about this all the time, is crime podcasts recommendations. Because a lot of people ask me what podcasts I listen to, and I don't think they realise that I'm a bit of a freak, and I really love True Crime stuff. And so, a couple months ago on my stories, I asked for people to send their recommendations, so now I'm going to share all of those with you. If you're a bit of a crime junkie like me already and you've already listened to your serial Casefile, Australian True Crime, My Favourite Murder.

Joanna Flemming:
You've already listened to all of those ones and they're already on your rotation, you might want to try these ones. So I'm currently listening to The Lighthouse, which is about that traveller who went missing in Byron, and that's really interesting so far. And then another couple of recommendations, Crime Junkie, The Serial Killer, Female Criminals, Crimes of Passion, Something Was Wrong. Life and Crimes with Andrew Rule, which I've heard is apparently really good, heaps of people recommended that. Morbid, Bear Brook, Murder Squad, Cold, Down The Hill. And another one I've listened to by The Australian newspaper-

Hannah Furst:
How many have you got?

Joanna Flemming:
This is my last one. The one that I listened to by The Australian was called Bowraville, and it's very, very, good. It's quite a short one, but it's amazing. Lots and lots of recommendations from people. Even after I posted these, I still had so many people messaging me, but a lot of them were like the same recommendation. So, I'm really enjoying The Lighthouse one at the moment, I know that's been out for a while, but I've just gotten around to start listening to it. So, that is my crime podcast recommendations.

Hannah Furst:
Are you a big Wondery fan? Do you listen any Wondery podcasts?

Joanna Flemming:
No, I think I've listened one.

Hannah Furst:
I think you can get onto it. Because they've got like Dr. Death and they've got-

Joanna Flemming:
Dr. Death is the one I've listened to, I'm subscribed to that one, but I haven't listened to it in a while.

Hannah Furst:
But then there's also The Shrink Next Door, which was incredible. They've got a new one called Bunga Bunga which has actually got Whitney Cummings, who's a comedian. She is the host of that one. They've got some of the best podcasts that I've ever listened to. I'm always like ... Oh my God, actually, I have the best podcast that I've ever listened to. And I'm sorry, but it's better than our podcast.

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, what is it? I need to know.

Hannah Furst:
S-Town.

Joanna Flemming:
Oh yeah, I've listened to S-Town.

Hannah Furst:
Did you like it?

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, I didn't mind it. I really just love Casefile, I'm obsessed with Casefile.

Hannah Furst:
She's obsessed with Casefile. So S-Town I was like ... I think I listened to it in a couple of days, but I was so moved by the story that I would cry as I was walking around the 10. It really moved me.

Joanna Flemming:
You know what's really messed up my podcast listening, though, is not travelling.

Hannah Furst:
Yeah.

Joanna Flemming:
Because I used to catch up on all my podcasts going to Sydney, and now I don't really have time to listen to them because I'm watching TikTok. TikTok's really taken away from my podcast listening.

Hannah Furst:
We spoke about in the travel thing last week I said Vang Golf, and I was watching Emily in Paris and they're like Van Gogh. And so I texted Jo and I was like we're going to have to delete that out of [inaudible 00:03:37], because I've mispronounced a really famous artist's name. I don't think I actually mispronounced it, I think it's actually different in different languages, or I'll just keep telling myself that. But, Emily in Paris is the new show on Netflix, and I just said to Jo that she would love it. Why had you skipped past it on Netflix?

Joanna Flemming:
I just didn't really know what it was going to be about. It wasn't something that I would normally click on and be like, I'm going to watch the trailer for this. But if you say it's good ...

Hannah Furst:
It's created by the same person that did Sex and the City, and I would say in the same vein of Sex and the City, it's not realistic. She's wearing Dior, and Chanel, and just no, I just don't think that that's realistic. If you're looking for some eye candy, I would highly recommend.

Joanna Flemming:
Hannah sent me a photo of the main character.

Hannah Furst:
The main guy.

Joanna Flemming:
Shr goes, "You'll love it."

Hannah Furst:
Let us know if you have any recommendations for us because-

Joanna Flemming:
Yes, we'd love your Netflix recos.

Hannah Furst:
I feel like we're doing a public service by [crosstalk 00:04:40] these recommendations.

Joanna Flemming:
We are, 100%. All right, Hannah, what's on today's episode?

Hannah Furst:
On today's episode is, we're talking about thrush with our resident GP Dr. Lucinda. Very excited for that one, but tune out if you're got a weak stomach. Then Amy will be joining us for wash products we actually buy, and of course, the products we didn't know we needed.

Joanna Flemming:
[inaudible 00:05:07] All right, so we were going to record this cringy convo while Hannah was away, but I spoke to her and she was like, "No, I really want to be involved in these cringy convo." So we delayed it, and we're here with Dr. Lucinda, and we're talking about thrush. Welcome back to the show.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Thank you. Wicked topic to talk about.

Joanna Flemming:
You did say that, you were like, "Yes, so glad we're talking about it."

Hannah Furst:
It's the most universal cringy combo for all women. I know when we spoke about UTIs, Jo, you've never had a UTI, but please tell me you've had thrush before?

Joanna Flemming:
Of course, I have.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
[crosstalk 00:05:46] come in their 30s that still haven't had thrush, and they were like, "What is this that's happening to me?" And I was like, "You've not had it? You've done so well to avoid this."

Hannah Furst:
So well. Can we first find out what actually is thrush and why it happens?

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Thrush is actually just an overgrowth of the yeast that's living downstairs normally. I don't know if you know, lots of people talk about a gut microbiome, so healthy gut, bad gut bacteria living there. But we also have a microbiome in our vagina, and we've got the good and bad bacteria and a mixture of yeasts as well. So it's just basically when that overgrowth of the yeast happens, that's when you get the thrush.

Joanna Flemming:
Interesting. Okay. Are there any particular reasons why people might be more prone to it than others? How do some women get to their 30s and they still haven't it?

Hannah Furst:
I know, I'm so jealous.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
I literally don't know how they've managed. But essentially, there's a couple different things that can affect the natural composition of what's happening down there, so smoking's a really big one. Smoking reduces your oestrogen levels, which leads to vaginal dryness. But then also things like washing down below with soaps, the combined oral contraceptive pill, the one that contains oestrogen and progesterone, because high levels of oestrogen can also encourage the growth of yeast. Then diabetes, because sugar can increase the growth of yeast as well. And also antibiotics, because you're kind of wiping out all the good and the bad bacteria, pretty much. But then also things like sex, so you're passing things around there. The guys might not have any symptoms, by the way.

Joanna Flemming:
I heard from someone that they had thrush, they gave it to their boyfriend, their boyfriend gave it back to them. It's just-

Hannah Furst:
I think a lot of people don't realise that men can get it.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
And that's the thing, if the guy doesn't have symptoms, the evidence is not showing that they would need to necessarily have treatment for it. But you know what, thrush treatment is pretty harmless, to be honest. It's one of those very few treatments where it's okay, you both could get treatment and give it a go to see if it works.

Joanna Flemming:
I love that you mentioned the pill because, I actually, that was why I went through a stage of thrush. And I went to my doctor and I was like, "I'm certain it's the pill." Because the same time every month I'm getting thrush symptoms, and I'm having to go and get that single pill at the chemist. And I'm sick of going up to the chemist station and being like, "I need the thrush pill." Eventually I was just like, "I'm changing my pill," because they were like, "No, it can't be the pill. It's probably something else. Wear cotton undies." I was like, "It's definitely not that." That went on for six months and then I changed my pill, and I was perfect, I was fine after that and it was amazing. I've probably had it maybe once or twice since, and that was probably 10 years ago.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Wow. Did you change over to a progesterone only pill then?

Joanna Flemming:
No, I'm still on a combination pill, but it's just a different kind. It might be a different level. Yeah.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
That's a really good point because there's loads of different types of combined oral contraceptive pills, and it's really important to do what you did and just have that discussion with a GP and then see whether or not there's a lower dose perhaps of the oestrogen, or swapping the different type of oestrogen in the pill itself. So, it's really good that actually you were still able to go on the combined pill and your symptoms got better. So that's great.

Hannah Furst:
I've had thrush many times, I feel like women do. I don't know if that's true, but you do get it quite a few times by the time you hit your 30s except for those-

Joanna Flemming:
It's regularly discussed in my friendship group.

Hannah Furst:
Yeah. I think the worst thing about it is because it's itchy, is if you're out in public. What do you do? It's a really awkward time to be out in public with a bad case of thrush.

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, friends of mine have had to go home from work because they're like, "I can't stop itching myself and I'm in an office. I need to go home." [inaudible 00:09:38] work because of it.

Hannah Furst:
What do you think is the most effective treatment out of ... Because there's a few, there's the pill, there's the external cream, and then there's the internal cream. Is there anything else? They're the main three, right?

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Yeah, basically with thrush symptoms, if we haven't covered it already, it's kind of like you get this classical cottage cheese like discharge come from down below. Sometimes can be a bit whiter, sometimes a bit greenish. Sometimes you can get that swelling down below, but also inside the vagina, and redness, and itching, itching, itching. So with that there's, as you mentioned, three main treatments. There's a one off dose of the oral pill Fluconazole, alternative one, and then you've got your clotrimazole creams. Ones to use externally, obviously, if you've got just symptoms on the outside only like a little bit of itching down there. But then if you're feeling a little bit swollen and a little bit sore inside, using the applicator one, which comes as either a cream that you use like that [inaudible 00:10:31] or a pessary, which is a harder cone shaped thing that you put upstairs. You only do that at nighttime as well because you need it to settle there for hours for it to really work well.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
I personally find the pessary ones are the best with external cream, but there are some alternatives out there and there have been studies to prove their efficacy as well. Natural yoghourt, don't go putting Yacoo up there guys, please. Probiotics are really beneficial, and even there's some oral probiotics that really work. For example, now if I have a sense that something's starting, I'll literally just pop one of those probiotic pills at night after work, and then I wake up and the symptoms have gone. That's been amazing. What you're looking out for is anything that contains, specifically, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and reuteri. Now, I use an Inner Health one called Inner Health Candex, I find that one works really well. And otherwise natural yoghourt.

Joanna Flemming:
I love that you mentioned the yoghourt because one of my best friends actually has ongoing issues with thrush, and she said that her gynaecologist told her to use Greek yoghourt, just plain Greek yoghourt on a tampon and put it up there. And I was like, "Surely that's not a thing."

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
That's cool. It's totally a thing. It's very soothing, it's because it contains these natural bacteria. Because, again, it's all down to the balance of things and you've got the good bacteria Lactobacillus and that's what helps calm down the overgrowth of yeast as well and just keep everything nice and happy. If you've got some of that hanging around in the fridge, you can eat it or you could use it.

Joanna Flemming:
So if you get persistent and regular episodes of thrush, what should you do? Because, obviously, trying to self treat and if you're going to the chemist all the time to buy treatments, should you go and see a specialist like a gynaecologist?

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
You can see a GP. Technically, three episodes or more per year are called recurrent thrush. If it's persistent thrush so you've tried over the counter treatment once and it's not worked, then you need to go to see a GP. And this is for multiple different reasons. First of all, to make sure it definitely is thrush, because it could be other things like a bacterial infection instead. And so, if it is the case that in fact it is thrush, then you might need a more intensive course with oral treatment of antifungals. And that might need to go on so many weeks, or months even, even just to completely clear it out. But I would totally recommend using regular oral probiotics for that because genuinely the evidence is there to say it helps reduce recurrence and persisting thrush symptoms.

Joanna Flemming:
How does thrush differ from infections and things like BV?

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
BV is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria, basically. And that's more characteristic of a change in discharge too, is either lots of ... heavy amounts of grey, or green, or white discharge or yellowy discharge again, but also a really bad rotten fish smell. You treat that with antibiotics, you can get oral or you could get vaginal antibiotics, so that's that really.

Joanna Flemming:
That's covered pretty much everything, I think. Is there anything we're missing about thrush? Dr. Lucinda, that you think is important to add?

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Stop smoking if you are.

Joanna Flemming:
Yes, good one.

Dr Lucinda Raudaschl:
Your vagina smokes with you.

Joanna Flemming:
I'll remember that. Thanks so much for joining us today.

Joanna Flemming:
We actually have Amy with us again today. Welcome, Amy. This is the first time the three of us have all been together, We've rotated you around.

Amy:
Three's a crowd.

Joanna Flemming:
I like it though.

Hannah Furst:
I feel like we all talk so much, I'm a little bit concerned that we're not actually going to be able to get this done without all talking over each other. But let's give it a go.

Joanna Flemming:
We often get asked what we actually buy, even by my own friends. If I write an article or I post something on Instagram, they're like, "Is that actually good, though?" And I'm like, "Why would I post it if I didn't think it was good?" I feel like there's always a little bit of apprehension over whether beauty editors or beauty bloggers really use a product. So, what we've done is we've made a list of each of our top products that we cannot live without right now, and we're going to share them. So, Amy, you're going to go first. Hit me.

Amy:
The top of my list of products I repurchase and when I realise that the tube is empty or the tub, I've scraped out the last gerk from the tub, just a small part of myself dies. Top of the list would be the Christophe Robin cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt.

Joanna Flemming:
Yes.

Hannah Furst:
Incredible.

Joanna Flemming:
Love it.

Hannah Furst:
I ate it, it smells so good that I ate it in the shower.

Amy:
Are you all right?

Hannah Furst:
I love it. Remember, Jo, when I spoke about this product and I was like, "It gets into my mouth and I'm just like Oo-oo."

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, and I was like, "What?"

Amy:
Look, you do you Hannah, but I'm going to save it all for my head and not in my mouth. It's one of these products that, look, a tab is about 69 bucks, so it's expensive for a hair product. And often I'll get asked on Instagram or from friends like, "Oh, but is it really that good?" It's one of those products as soon as you try it you're like, oh shit, it's actually really, really, good. The reason why I think is because it's the perfect combination between a clarifying shampoo and a salt scrub. Because some salt scrubs are so grainy you feel like you're putting just coffee grounds in your hair and you can't distribute it, you've got to use half the tube just to feel like you've actually scrubbed your scalp.

Amy:
But this one, it's more like a luscious foamy shampoo with the salt flakes in it. I swear I don't get as good a deep clean when I don't use this, and what I do is I don't use it every time. I try and get it to stretch out those cost per uses by using it as my first shampoo probably every second or third time I wash my hair, and then I go in with my normal shampoo and conditioner. And again, it smells so bloody good.

Joanna Flemming:
It really does. I love that tip of it being your first shampoo, because I do the same thing, because otherwise I find it gets a bit too squeaky for me. But if you have oily hair and you are just constantly washing your hair every single day, this is absolutely the product that you need. It's going to be the PWD KWN of your life because it's just amazing for oily hair. What's your next one? It has to be skincare, surely.

Amy:
Yes, of course, skincare. Actually, it's interesting because I do really love hair care, so I feel that we're a well balanced trio. But my skincare products that I always repurchase is the Beauté Pacifique Defy Damage serum. I've written about this a bunch of times, essentially the way I describe it is my skin just looks shit when I don't use it.

Hannah Furst:
Love that.

Amy:
I'm actually recording from Adelaide, and I didn't bring it. I do this every time and I will say the reason why I didn't bring it is because the packaging is not the best. It's got to be said, it's a little bit naff, but also whenever I pack this serum tube in my bag, the lid cracks because it's this plasticky glass-like lid. Anyways, so I thought-

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, and then the lid falls off and then just the bag gets messy.

Amy:
So I thought I can't deal with that this time, but now I'm really regretting it because my skin just doesn't look and feel as good when I don't use the serum. First and foremost, it's a hydrating serum. It's this lotion texture that seeps into the skin really beautifully and layers really well under other products. But it's also just got a spattering of all the other good things. It's got the tiniest bit of Vitamin A and really gentle formulas, so it's 100% non irritating and it's often recommended for people that have sensitive skin or rosacea. It's also got the tiniest bit of vitamin C in it, it's got vitamin E in it, it's got squalene. It's kind of a little bit of everything wrapped up in really hydrating nourishing ingredients, I'm just obsessed with it.

Amy:
Next for me, it's kind of a boring one, but Benefit 24-hour clear brow setter. It's the clear brow gel and the reason why this is one of my products I can't live without is because usually I'm very low maintenance lazy girl beauty, and I go to the salon and invest in having my brows shaped and tinted probably every four weeks. Actually my brows are basically translucent, like a very light ginger colour. I like to have them a bit more dark for contrast against my skin, so I have those done. That saves heaps of time in the morning so then literally all I have to do is whack the clear brow gel in, it actually does stay all day, and it doesn't go super crunchy so you end up with little defined brow hairs as if you slicked them with gel. Yeah, it's just a really good staple, I think.

Hannah Furst:
I've actually had to redo my list for everyone that's listening because-

Joanna Flemming:
As Amy's been talking you've been re writing it?

Hannah Furst:
No, I literally had to re write it because three of the products on Amy's list were on my list, and that was one of them.

Joanna Flemming:
Amy, you've got one more on your list.

Amy:
I do, and this is another crossover. I won't gush too much about this one because we're probably all got something to say about it, but Ultra Violette Supreme Screen sunscreen.

Hannah Furst:
The best.

Amy:
Yeah. We all talk about how great Ultra Violette sunscreens are all the time, and I have actually just been trialling the new one, which I'm also very excited about Lean Screen soon to Beauty IQ. But I will say this one, it's just like the Goldilocks of sunscreens. It's hydrating so you can skip your moisturiser underneath, SPF 50. It sinks in really well, no white cast. It's not greasy, it layers really beautifully on the makeup. Sometimes I find Queen Screen can be a touch juiey because I am a bit of a sweaty gal. And so, this one, it gives glow, but it's not too juicy. That's what I'll say about it.

Hannah Furst:
It's excellent. I've gone through three, so I get [inaudible 00:21:08].

Joanna Flemming:
All right, so on to mine. I'm going to try and be quick because I feel like I've spoken about all these products at least 15 different times and people will be sick of hearing it. My first one, which I think anyone that has listened to this podcast or follows me on Instagram would know is the ASAP Super B Complex. Hannah, you've tried it. Amy, have you tried it?

Amy:
Yes, I've also tried it.

Hannah Furst:
Obsessed. It's the best.

Joanna Flemming:
I love the ASAP Super B complex because it's got a whole array of ingredients that are just amazing for the skin. It's got your Hyaluronic acid, it's got your Niacinamide, it's got your B5, it's got lactic acid in it, it's got all of these wonderful things. It just really brightens, hydrates, rejuvenates the skin, and I think just makes anyone look glowy. That's the feedback that I always get, is that they just felt their skin looked more even and radiant after using it. That was actually the first serum I ever used on my skin, so the fact that I'm still using that about eight years later says a lot about that product. And I don't think it's really changed in that time. The next one on my list, which Amy I think you probably would have wanted to put this on your list, is the Virtue Recovery shampoo, which I spoke about a couple of episodes ago with Jay Edwards. I just absolutely love this shampoo. The smell, it smells like ... What does it smell like? How would you describe it, like caramel or something?

Amy:
Yeah, caramelly, a little bit nutty. The best thing for me about, just to hijack your recommendation.

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, go for it.

Amy:
Is that, again, you only need a really small amount of the shampoo for it to lather, which because it's so bloody expensive, is very important.

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, you only need a really tiny amount, like not even a 20 cent piece size. And then once you add a bit more water to it, it really does lather up. I use that as my second wash, and I generally use the Iles Formula before that because I still really love the Iles Formula Shampoo. I use those ones together, and then once a month I use the Christophe Robin scrub. Anyways, that shampoo is just amazing. And then another one which I think everybody's sick of me talking about is the Aspect Resveratrol Moisturiser, which I just don't think I'll ever get over. I just love it so much. Do either of you also use that, or is it just me?

Hannah Furst:
I've used it, but you know how I like a really thick heavy moisturiser, even though I've got oily skin, I shouldn't be doing that. You know me too well. Jo. It's a little bit lightweight for me.

Joanna Flemming:
Okay, so you'd be for maybe the Super Moisturising Complex by Aspect if you were going to-

Hannah Furst:
To be honest my favourite moisturiser is that $500 YSL in the Big Gold tub, the heavy gold tub. I really like that one for the people that are looking for an affordable option.

Amy:
Very accessible.

Joanna Flemming:
I love these moisturiser for all skin types, I just feel like there's no skin that couldn't use it. I think it even ranges up to very dry skin. At the very dry skin mark, I would probably switch over to the SMC, but it just is a beautiful moisturiser. It smells amazing, it's got lots of beautiful ingredients in it. If you are really a no fuss person, I actually have my brother using this because he was like, "I don't want to use serums and things like that, I just want a moisturiser." And so I got him this and he was using two full pumps of it.

Hannah Furst:
No.

Joanna Flemming:
He went through it, and I'm not kidding, three weeks. And I was like, "That was $90."

Amy:
He could be using it as a body, he's like, "Yeah, I'll just put it on my arms and my legs."

Joanna Flemming:
I wouldn't be surprised. I don't think he realised how expensive it was, but now he's learned his lesson. That is an amazing moisturiser, and unisex as well. And then we're coming down to my foundation, but I have almost had a little bit of a change of heart since I've been using the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude. I feel like I'm betraying my favourite foundation which is the YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat [inaudible 00:25:05]. That is just the most juiey natural looking foundation, I always get compliments on my skin when I wear that foundation. I don't feel like I'm wearing a lot of coverage, and it doesn't feel cakey on the skin, it just feels like I'm wearing moisturiser or something. Often, when I'm wearing it I forget that I have makeup on and I'll lean on my face. But, that Neo Nude Foundation by Giorgio Armani is really coming close. I just love that I can apply it with my fingers, and it just goes on like a dream. It's not patchy, it just looks amazing.

Joanna Flemming:
So I'd say those two are a tied at the moment, which is a very big call because I've been using YSL one for several years now, probably two years, and I'm really loving the Giorgio Armani one. And then lastly, I'm going to do a sunscreen like you Amy, and that is my last one. The Alpha-H Protection Plus SPF 50, absolutely love that one. It comes out, it looks tinted, but it actually blends into the skin translucent, if that makes sense. So it does go on looking like it's going to give you a tint, but it doesn't really add colour to the skin. I don't notice that it adds any kind of tint for me. I just really love it, I find it doesn't make my skin break out, it doesn't give me an allergic reaction, and I've had issues with chemical sunscreens before. I just think it's a really good option if you haven't found the one yet. I love that people recommend sunscreens, because I don't think a lot of people have found their daily one yet. So keep the recommendations coming because whoever can find their daily SPF, well done.

Hannah Furst:
This is definitely one product that you got to like the taste, because you get sunscreen in your mouth and it's just ... I swear I'm so fussy about sunscreen, because if it gets in my mouth and it tastes bitter. You know what I mean, guys?

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah.

Hannah Furst:
Sunscreen does get into your mouth and-

Joanna Flemming:
They're putting flavouring into them, though.

Hannah Furst:
Supreme Screen doesn't have a taste to it, but you know when you were young and you'd have sunscreen and you get that yucky taste? I'm sorry guys, I'm sticking by this one.

Joanna Flemming:
All right, Hannah, hit us with your ones now.

Hannah Furst:
All right. Well, I'll start with the one then that goes on your lips, because we've been talking so much about all the products that I ate. The Lanolips 101 Ointment, the Original Multipurpose Superbalm. I actually ought recently in my last Adore order, I bought two to stock up. I have tried about 100 different lip balms, I think I am one of the fussiest lip balm people. Everything annoys me about every lip balm except this lip balm. I actually really like their flavoured ones too, but this one is just a good all rounder, and you can also use it in other places. So if you're dyeing your hair, you can put it on your forehead, or dyeing your eyebrows. So it really is-

Amy:
It's really great for the skin around the side of your nose that gets dry, especially if anyone else is getting hay fever at the moment.

Joanna Flemming:
Yes.

Hannah Furst:
It's such a good one. I reckon both of you like me, we would have trialled a lot of lip balms.

Joanna Flemming:
I have a Lanolips in every part of my life. There is one everywhere that I go and I will not be without one. If I ever find myself without a Lanolips tube ever, I panic, I go into panic mode. I always need one there because I do get really dry lips because I don't drink enough water, as we know. It's the cream of the crop when it comes to lip balms, honestly, you really can't get much better than that one. Hannah, I think your next one on your list is actually a past PWD, KWD. Am I right?

Hannah Furst:
Sorry, the reason I've added these is because people, I get a lot of hair questions on Instagram, is this better than this? I just say, look, can I just be honest with you? Kérastase 8hr Magic Serum is the best hair product I've have ever used. I just can't recommend anything more highly if you have frizzy hair.

Joanna Flemming:
That's an amazing endorsement.

Hannah Furst:
I have said this before on the podcast, that I'm always a little bit wary when products say magic or miracle. I think that it can be a bit of marketing jargon that doesn't really mean much. But, really, this is magic and some Harry Potter wizard has done something in the lab and made something that's actually truly quite magical. So, what I will say about frizzy hair, though, is don't expect miracles from frizzy hair, just expect that you can get a bit more manageability. And then when you style your hair with a heat tool, that you'll get a smoother finish. So I find that this one I can't really go past it. That's my hair product, I've tried to do a bit of everything on this list. The next one is the Alpha-H Power Peel, and I had the tab of it and it's changed, it's now in a tube.

Hannah Furst:
But I had about maybe a five cent paste left and my sister Ruby wanted to try it, and she tried it. And then she gave mom a little bit too and she sent me a message the next day, because you do wake up with full plumpy glowing skin. She texted me and she said, what the hell was in that? Mom and I both want one. So then I got sent another one and I actually then my mom stole it, so I actually don't have one at the moment, my mom-

Joanna Flemming:
Alpha-H, if you're listening.

Hannah Furst:
Could you please send me a lifetime supply for my whole family? Because I'm not dealing right now.

Joanna Flemming:
The reason I actually really love to recommend this to people is my mom has tried retinols and glycolic acid in the past and it's been quite irritating on her skin. She does not find this one irritating, and because it's a mix of glycolic and retinol, it's probably a good once a week for your anti ageing ... a bit of an anti ageing powerhouse.

Hannah Furst:
All right. Next on my list is I couldn't actually choose one product from this brand, so I'm being a bit naughty. So anytime anyone messages me and asked me about foundation, concealer, contour, anything to do with that base of your makeup, I always recommend Make Up For Ever. I've been through three of the Reboot Foundations, and my current Fave is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and the concealer, and I also use the stick for my contour. I literally don't really use anything else. I think it depends on your skin type which foundation you'd go for, but can't go past Make Up For Ever.

Joanna Flemming:
Make up For Ever I feel is underrated in the world. It is so good.

Hannah Furst:
It's really big in the States, Make Up For Ever is huge in the States. But I don't feel like enough people ... I think people really know Mac, and SA Lauder and all those brands, but if you're looking for very, very, high quality foundation that just does everything-

Joanna Flemming:
Get on the Make Up For Ever bandwagon. Even the blushes, those cream blushes, amazing.

Hannah Furst:
My perfect base is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation with the Ultra HD stick to contour, and then I use the Ultra HD concealer for under eye and concealer... I'm sorry, under eye concealer and also [crosstalk 00:32:10].

Amy:
Your base always looks impeccable.

Hannah Furst:
Stop it, Amy.

Joanna Flemming:
She's really perfected it, hasn't she?

Amy:
Yeah, so you keep doing the good work and getting that face out there to promote Make Up For Ever.

Hannah Furst:
All right. I didn't even buy it from Adore, and because of my recommendation, we started stocking it at Adore. I do truly believe that I was the one that got this on Adore.

Amy:
That's how powerful we are.

Hannah Furst:
Sorry. It's the Chemistry Brands Big Tub of Hyaluronic acid. I think on the website it's actually called the Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate. Basically I bought these at the Deciem shop on Chapel Street, it is a big tub of hyaluronic acid. Basically, it's for your body, and I basically had legs that looked like snake skin, I looked like I was wearing snake skin leggings, and these cleared it out within a couple of days.

Amy:
It's basically the body moisturiser for people who hate body moisturiser, because it's not thick, it's more of a gel, right?

Hannah Furst:
Well, it's really just like a serum for your body, that's how I like to think of it. It is super hydrating and you will not regret it. And then once we launched it, Jo, didn't it sell out really quickly?

Joanna Flemming:
Yes, immediately. Yep.

Amy:
All Hannah, it was all Hannah.

Joanna Flemming:
All Hannah.

Hannah Furst:
This is the power of Hannah Furst. Just joking, guys.

Joanna Flemming:
Well, that is our lists, we are pretty much out of time. We hope that you enjoyed that, and I'm sure you've added a few things to your wish list.

Joanna Flemming:
I feel like I have to go first with his product I didn't know I needed because I have been waiting, I think, months now to mention this product and let everybody know that it's actually available. And that product is Trophy Skins RejuvaliteMD. This is the LED lamp that I have been laying under on my Instagram stories, which I'm getting tonnes of DMs about. This is an at home LED device, and I am very fussy with my LED devices at home. Hannah, you know I've spoken about the LightStim before, I told my whole bruise story. Still loves the LightStim, I think that is a great product for spot treating, especially if you're prone to breakouts or redness from things like rosacea, and it's still a great product for that. The Trophy Skin one I would say is awesome to add on to any at home facials that you might do, or if you want to use that nightly before you go to bed. Sits perfectly on your bedside table, you can just angle it over your face, so you can pretty much just go to sleep with it there if you wanted to.

Hannah Furst:
I felt like this should have been a whole education section, by the way.

Joanna Flemming:
On LED?

Hannah Furst:
On this at home LED. I've seen you do it at home, it looks pretty out there. It looks like-

Joanna Flemming:
I could talk about it for an hour. There's a YouTube video, I am obsessed with it. The thing that I really appreciate most about this device is that the brand has been so transparent about the details around the product. They have disclosed, the jewels, the number of bolts, the wavelength of the different lights. All that stuff, they've given us all that information, so I know that it's an effective at home treatment. They've done the clinical trials, they know that it actually works. The thing that I find frustrating with some at-home devices is that there isn't any clinical evidence behind their product to suggest that it works. They're advertising general LED information, and LED does work, it is clinically proven to work. But your device may not be clinically proven to work. So, at home devices, the difference between your in-clinic panels and your at-home devices is generally the energy that's emitted by the device.

Joanna Flemming:
With this one, it's a five-minute treatment time. It is proven to be effective, and I've definitely noticed that it really does work on my skin. And I absolutely would recommend for 250 bucks, that's cheaper than the LightStim, and you can just lay under. I expected it to be $500, I was like, "Are you sure it's meant to be $250?" Actually quite affordable for an at home LED device, that's probably one of the cheapest ones that is actually good that I have seen on the market. So yes, please run, don't walk, because it definitely will be sold out, I can almost guarantee it. It may even be sold out by the time this episode airs, to be quite honest with you.

Hannah Furst:
I got the Trophy Skin at-home micro dermabrasion device, and it also has a black head sucker thing. I was thinking we could do that on air.

Joanna Flemming:
You know what I would like to see, I would like you to do one of those ones that has the camera, so that I can see it up close. Have you seen those on TikTok, because that's something that I would like to do for fun. I wouldn't personally do that on my face because my skin's too sensitive, but I feel like your skin out of anyone, if your barrier wasn't weakened right now, I would say you are a good skin type for that.

Hannah Furst:
I'm just looking in the mirror, and my skin looks like absolute [inaudible 00:37:12] at the moment because I haven't used any skincare for weeks now. But my barrier is almost back to normal.

Joanna Flemming:
Okay, we're almost over it.

Hannah Furst:
We're almost over it, guys.

Joanna Flemming:
It takes time.

Hannah Furst:
It's so textured, and it's so black heady. It's a bit of a mess.

Joanna Flemming:
Yeah, whenever I've had a reaction to something, that texture last for at least two weeks, and it really annoys me. All right, so you've got yours lined up, also another new brand.

Hannah Furst:
Also another new brand, and actually Grown Alchemist has just launched it at Adobe. I used to buy Grown Alchemist back in the day when it was at the pharmacy.

Joanna Flemming:
Oh really?

Hannah Furst:
Yeah. I used to buy their skincare and their hand wash, this would have been like a million years ago, so I loved the brand before it launched at Adore. But the product that I have been using is the Grown Alchemist Prebiotic Peptide Anti pollution primer, it's a bit of a mouthful. It is a primer and it blurs the appearance of pores and wrinkles. I don't know how I'm going to describe the texture.

Joanna Flemming:
Is it silicony?

Hannah Furst:
Yeah, it's silicony.

Joanna Flemming:
So good for an oilier skin type?

Hannah Furst:
Yeah, it's really good for my skin type.

Joanna Flemming:
She's putting it on now as we talk.

Hannah Furst:
I'm putting it on right now. Should we just have a look? Maybe I should have a look and see. You liking that, Jo?

Joanna Flemming:
She's just looking in the mirror applying it as she's talking to me.

Hannah Furst:
It's also really hydrating and it has anti pollution properties which will also protect the skin from environmental aggresses. I really like Grown Alchemist because it's an Australian brand, Australian made, it's vegan. This is like a primer with skincare benefits because it's got prebiotic peptides. What the hell is a prebiotic peptides anyway? I know what peptide are, I don't-

Joanna Flemming:
It sounds good.

Hannah Furst:
Sounds good, sounds really good. Hey, just really quickly, it's actually silicon free.

Joanna Flemming:
Is it?

Hannah Furst:
Yeah. gel primer base complex.

Joanna Flemming:
Okay, that's great to know, because my skin generally doesn't like silicony primers. I tend to get a bit broken out after that, so that's really good for me to know.

Hannah Furst:
Silicon free but it's still got that blaring effect you get from the silicon primers.

Joanna Flemming:
That real silky feeling that your fingers just glide off your face when you put it on.

Hannah Furst:
Yeah, so actually, that was better than I thought it would be, because you can use it too.

Joanna Flemming:
All right. Well that wraps us up for today's poddy. See you next week.

Hannah Furst:
Thanks everyone for joining us today.

Joanna Flemming:
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