I: Kate you are a jaw dropping beauty and have an incredible sense of style; eclectic, elegant & unique… can you tell us a bit about your approach to style and beauty?
K. I am probably a bit of a magpie! I don’t really have a look that’s me or any real style influencers but gravitate more towards textures and details and colours that grab me and make me smile. I end up with things I love that way, they often remind me of a place or person or time and make me feel more me. I have a lot of incredible empowered women in my life, all with a very individual and natural approach to style and life and I think having friends like that gives me a lot of confidence in my own. In a beauty sense though, my sister Georgia who is working with many top hair and makeup artists overseas definitely comes through with plenty of insider tricks and tips on star products which I am thankful for.
I cleanse with Bioderma then press in some NIOD Copper Amino Isolate and MMHC followed by their Eye Contour Concentrate, some BB Cream SPF and a spritz of Rosewater.
I. How would you describe your skin and how do you take care of it?
K. I’m in Sydney now so my skin gets a fair bit of sea and sun and suffered a bit of pigmentation through my pregnancies so I am careful to cover up, wear an SPF and put plenty of moisture back into my skin at night. With the two girls so little, the days are pretty non stop at the moment, so looking after my skin has become like a little ritual of kindness I can give to myself – taking that time in the evenings when all is calm (at last!) is something that helps me to wind down.
I. Can you talk us through your morning beauty routine?
K. Usually pretty swift - Alexa is always very keen to get downstairs for her morning fluffy! Now they are sleeping through the night though, I am beginning to wake a little ahead of them to give myself a moment to wake up more peacefully, that way I am ready for them and everything feels a bit less shambolic. Once I get around to it, I cleanse with Bioderma then press in some NIOD Copper Amino Isolate and MMHC followed by their Eye Contour Concentrate, some BB Cream SPF and a spritz of Rosewater. Later I might conceal under the eyes, touch up my brows and put on a little mascara – I have recently tried Chantecaille’s Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara which has peptides for lash growth and a yummy rosewater scent - will never go back.
I. And evening routine?
K. I double cleanse at night with Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Osmosis Enzyme Cleanser to get my skin nice and clean for active ingredients - either Retinol or Cane & Austin 20% Glycolic Miracle Pads - a face oil if I’m needing it and Embryolisse Mosituriser and Samadara Eye Cream which is very lush treat. Once a week I try to do a mask – NIOD’s Flavanone Mud makes my skin feel brand new, and over time has really improved clarity.
Head up, shoulders back. Share your smiles. And sleep on your back!
I. What is your approach to taking care of yourself from the inside out?
K.Still mastering this one! We’re so lucky to have great access to fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood here so eating healthily is pretty easy but not going to lie – love a croissant! I really feel enjoying the act of eating and feeling satisfied by it is the most important thing. I think finding joy in food leads pretty naturally to a better sense of what moderation means and what your body needs (and doesn’t!) without the boredom of avoiding whole food groups.
I. What is the one beauty product you can’t live without?K. Retinol A - I am currently using Retinol Reform by Shani Darden which is amazing. Ultraceuticals MD also do a good one.
I. What are your earliest beauty memories?
K. Pinching lips and cheeks to make them red! Thick green masks with cucumbers on the eyelids. Scary encounters with eyelash curlers. Ironing hair. Thankfully all a bit less heavy handed now.
I. You’re a Sydney girl now, where are your go-to spots for beauty treatments, exercise and good food?
K.Jacqueline Petroni and Sally-Ann in Double Bay do really magic facials. I received my very first facial as a gift after Alexa was born so this was all a bit of a revelation to me! Such an incredible treat, the results were striking and they were so generous with their advice and that has transformed my skin.
I used to walk a lot but now the girls are past the baby stage we don't get out with the pram that often. After two close pregnancies I have been needing to restrengthen, so I have just started Barre and Pilates at Balance Moves in Bondi - my sister loves Fluid Form Pilates too which I should get back to. A word to mum’s to be... I hadn’t thought about how physical having two heavy babies would be and wish I had worked at being stronger sooner - my neck and wrists really suffered from that.
We are very spoilt here for food. Fred’s for dinner is very special & Charlie Parkers in Paddington for drinks and the obsession worthy flatbread. I take the girls to Coogee Pavilion often as they have a great play area there and stellar food. Paddington Alimentari does the best coffee and their Salami Baguettes have become a real preoccupation of mine. I also love Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst for yakitori and ramen.
I. Since having your two girls, has you’re attitude to beauty changed? What sort of ideals around image and self-love do you want to instil in your daughters?
K. My mum always had a pretty unfussy approach to beauty so I have always been a bit the same. But now that I am a mum myself, the extra time in the sun, fatigue and having less time to put on make up has made me pay more attention to my skin and what it needs.
At a deeper level, I think through pregnancy and breast feeding in particular, you learn how miraculous the body is and start paying real attention to what you’re putting into your body and on to your skin and that same respect has flowed through to how I am treating my skin now.
As a mother of girls too I want the example I set to be as hang-up free as possible, to teach a comfort and confidence in their natural beauty so they can get on with things that matter to them.
I. Do you have a (beauty) pearl of wisdom that has been passed down to you and stands the test of time?
K. Head up, shoulders back. Share your smiles. And sleep on your back!
I. What is your favourite quote?
K. I can’t say I really have one! But I read the poem ‘Advice For My Daughters’ by Julia Darling recently, and was taken by it;
“Don’t believe the first things,
don’t believe the last things,
believe what you see.
Don’t sit to close to drains.
Or spend too long at a stove.
Always know where the exit is.
Don’t store too much.
Know what to give away.
Hold as much as you can carry.
If you have children, give them magic,
Soft songs, a coin under a pillow,
But don’t give them everything.
Sleep in good linen, enjoy the smell of lemon,
Breathe deeply, dream deeply,
If you don’t know what to do, do something.
Don’t diet, or be a martyr.
Life is suffering, but you are lucky.
So you might as well be happy.”
I. And finally, what are your top 3 favourite INÈS products and where do they slot into your routine?
K. Retinol Reform by Shani Darden – After cleansing at night, about 5 days a week. I try to avoid using it if I know I will be in the sun a lot the next day.
Jasmine Hair Mask by Leonor Greyl – I had never done hair masks before but this made a big difference for me, I probably over wash so every week or so try to put some extra moisture back in with this.
Lip Balm by Nuxe – any time, all the time. It is so nourishing and really stays put.