The $4.49 beauty staple Ada Nicodemou can "never leave the house without".

There are many things you might know about Ada Nicodemou.

You’re probably aware that she’s been gracing our screens as Leah on Home and Away for 16 years, has three Gold Logie nominations to her name, and won the third season of Dancing With the Stars. You might also know she’s mum to a beautiful little boy named Johnas.

What you might not realise is that the 39-year-old is a bona fide beauty lover. We asked Ada to detail her daily routine and the skincare, hair and makeup products she can’t get enough of, and let’s just say this lady knows her stuff.

The Morning Routine

“When I wake up I like to have either a shot of hot water with lemon or apple cider vinegar.

“My morning beauty routine consists of cleansing my face with Results Laser foaming cleanser ($35), and I shampoo and condition my hair every day I am on set. I like to change my shampoo and conditioner — I tend to use a sulfate-free one, and like to use a nourishing one. At the moment, I am using the Marc Anthony shampoo and conditioner from Priceline (from $10.49). Marc Anthony is fantastic and CPR is a great Australian brand.

“When I get out of the shower, I tone with Dr LeWinns glycolic toner ($29.99) and then I use a morning serum — Rationale Number 1 ($158) and 2 serum ($156). I will then use a day cream with a SPF; at the moment it’s Rationale Number 3 ($165). Then I moisturise my full body with Palmolive Oil Infusions Citrus & Avocado Oil lotion ($9.99 from Coles and pharmacies).”


A few of Ada's favourite things. (Image supplied)

Makeup Time

"I am on set of Home and Away six days a week, and go to work with no makeup on as I get my hair and makeup done daily. On the weekends, or when I am not on set, I use a BB cream by Garnier ($15.99) and if I am going out at night I use Armani Luminous 6.5 ($95).

"I definitely have to put mascara on! I use Maybelline Great Lash ($12.95) and I like to apply it two or three times, using an eyelash curler in between. On special occasions I like to use Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara ($54). I also really like to use Bourjois Blush (made by Chanel, but sold in Priceline — $20) and a nice lip gloss."

Snacking while getting ready for the Logies: Ada is our kind of woman. (Image supplied)

Daily Beauty Essentials

"I go between a few fragrances, depending on my mood. Anything Gucci!  I also love Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb ($159), am obsessed with Black Orchid by Tom Ford ($235) and I love Narciso Rodriguez.

"I never leave the house without perfume, lip gloss — Nivea lip balm with the blue lid ($4.49) — and mints! I always like to reapply perfume, I feel confident with it, and your lips always look best when hydrated. I don’t really reapply make up throughout the day. What I have on in the morning is what I have on the rest of the day."

Ada's mani-pedi game is strong. (Image supplied)

Budget Buys

"I use All Purpose [Healing Skin] Cream by Egyptian Magic ($34.99) on Johnas’ skin and my skin. It can be used for nappy rash, as an eye cream… everything! Cetaphil cleanser ($16.49) is also fabulous."


"I actually do use a kids' sunscreen on myself too, as I feel like they have less chemicals. I alternate, buying them from Priceline. I also moisturise Johnas’ face with Cetaphil moisturiser ($17.29)."

Took Johnas to the zoo today and we had a ball, a highlight was definitely the seal show. @tarongazoo

A photo posted by Ada Nicodemou (@adanicodemou) on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:47pm PDT


 Facials and Treatments

"I love a facial treatment! I alternate between laser facials every eight weeks and needling, which I get done at Results Laser Clinic.

"Once a year I like to have a Fraxel, and in between these time Results Laser Clinic do a microdermabrasion with oxygen infusion."

Watch: Mia Freedman reflects on her own laser facial treatment. (Post continues after video.)

The Night Routine

"I like to come home and light some candles. After I put Johnas to bed, I have a shower, moisturise, have a peppermint tea and read a book or watch TV.

"I have never ever slept with make up on; I always wash it off, no matter what time I get home. I cannot sleep with it on. It is so, so bad for you and it would dirty my sheets. I start off with Bioderma Micellar water ($42.99), and then I use Cetaphil ($16.49) before cleansing with Neostrara glycolic cleanser ($49.99).

Ada is all about full-body moisturising. (Image supplied)

"Then it's the same thing as the morning — tone, a night serum then a night cream, and then I moisturise my full body again with Palmolive Oil Infusions Rose with Macadamia Oil or Jasmine with Avocado Oil Body Moisturiser ($9.99 from Coles and pharmacies)."


Ada's Day On A Plate


"Some sort of omelette — I like to put one or two yolks in, and the rest white. I usually have zucchini and spinach. Coffee is a must!"

Image: Supplied 

Mid morning:

"Some sort of protein snack — a protein ball or hommus with carrot."


Lunch and dinner:

"I eat Dietlicious. I love it. I usually get the 1200 calorie or 1500 calorie for five days and add to it."

Image: Supplied 

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Feature image: Supplied (Palmolive).