Bathing Beauty: Nikki Parkinson
Nikki Parkinson is a journalist, fashion stylist, social media expert and fellow Shellac devotee, whose fashion and beauty site, Styling You, was named the Best Australian Blog of 2011 and has been featured in Australian VOGUE, Sky News and more. I discovered Styling You via friends in the Southern Hemisphere and, even with our opposing seasons (they’re in the midst of winter as we’re sweltering here), I find the site filled with fabulous tips and tricks taking runway inspiration and trends to real life.
As Nikki writes on Styling You, “I’ve long spent a disproportionate amount of my income on clothes and beauty products. I blame my politically correct mother who never let me have a Barbie doll (cue violin music here). Instead of Glamour Barbie, I unwrapped trucks and Meccano sets at Christmas time. I’m sorry, mum, but neither of those toys came with accessories.”
Styling You combines great writing with tips and tricks worth noting – in just the last week I pinned her posts on iconic brows and, while dreaming of cooler weather, tips for tying scarves with Parisian panache. (Yes, I’m ready for autumn already if my Pinterest boards are any indication.
From Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to here in the Golden State, Nikki was kind enough to share her “must haves.” Thanks, Nikki!
What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Smashbox High Definition Concealer. This is my go-to concealer. It deflects all the evidence of my late nights on the computer blogging.
2 – Jane Iredale PurePressed mineral makeup. With this in my makeup kit, I can get a flawless face in minutes. And with three kids and my own business to run, sometimes that’s all I have in the morning.
3 – Lanolips 101 ointment. See below why I can’t live without this product! (I’m looking for a good place to find this in the US – will let you know – A.)
4 – Jane Iredale Moonglow bronzer. I can use this as an eye color, highlighter and bronzer – 24K gold flecks give me a glow even when I’m feeling and looking meh!
5 – Ella Bache Sports Bloc 30+ sunscreen. I’ve got fair skin but love to spend time at the beach. This sunscreen enables me to do this. It’s not greasy but stays on even when spending a long time in the water. It also doesn’t irritate my skin.
What is your all-time favorite product?
Lanolips 101 ointment. It’s one of those genius all-natural products that has a multitude of uses. It’s an Australian product made from ultra medical grade lanolin. I apply it religiously every night to my lips as a bit of an overnight treatment but it also works on grazes, itchy and dry skin patches.
What product do you buy in bulk?
Sunscreen for me and the whole family. Our summer is long and the sun is super strong – plus we live at the beach. We need pump packs of the stuff!
You moisturize your face with…
I’m always trialing something new but my dream moisturizer and one I’ve been lucky enough to try and continue to enjoy is Sodashi Samadara. It’s the ultimate in luxury chemical-free skincare and you massage it in using smooth rose quartz crystals. This is another amazing Australian brand – and it’s available in the top spas all around the world.
Favorite body product?
I love using shower gels. It’s my daily luxury – my five minutes to myself in the shower. My favorite is Trilogy Botantical Body Wash. It’s a 500ml pump pack, so it lasts and it leaves your skin feeling moisturized and your mind rejuvenated and relaxed.
Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I’ve been doing this for some time now but years ago I was told to put on my eye makeup first – before foundation – so that you can easily clean off any fall-out from the eye color. And I’ve recently learned that I should be putting my concealer on over the top of my foundation. It is so much better this way as you need less concealer and it blends a whole lot easier.
Beauty icon you admire?
January Jones. I am Mad Men obsessed. Can’t get enough. And I love that January mixes up her red carpet looks. Sometimes we get a bit of Mad Men; sometimes a bit of sexy. Her skin is always flawless and her hair glossy. That’s the key to a beauty icon in the making.
Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, editor and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers, but calls AlexandraWrote home.