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The niche bridal perfume Samantha X says all of her escort clients compliment her on.

This wonderful nugget of beauty wisdom comes courtesy of Mamamia’s beauty podcast, You Beauty

For this week’s In Her Bag, Leigh Campbell rummaged through Samantha X’s beauty bag to find out what products she loves.

Samantha X worked as a journalist and beauty editor for 10 years before changing careers and becoming Australia’s highest paid high-class escort. She’s also an author, columnist, sex expert and adult industry advocate, and a single mum of two kids. You might recognise her London accent from her No Filter episode with Mia Freedman, and as a co-host on the Sealed Section podcast.

Listen to Samantha X’s full interview on You Beauty below. To ensure you never miss an episode, listen to You Beauty here for free. It’s a blast.

When Australia’s highest paid high-class escort Samantha X went looking for a new signature scent, she didn’t think she’d end up adoring one of the most popular bridal fragrances on the market.

Alas, because the universe has a great sense of humour, that’s what happened.

Speaking to Mamamia’s executive editor and beauty journalist of 15 years Leigh Campbell on the You Beauty podcast, the journalist and mum-of-two said she came across the floral perfume in Mecca and it’s always popular with her male clients.

“I went into Mecca for a new perfume and asked for the most beautiful sensory perfume. The fragrance expert sprayed this one and she said all the brides wear it on their wedding day,” Samantha X said.

“I’m not exactly a virginal bride, but every man who I’ve worn this perfume with has commented on it. It’s a beautiful smell, it can be a bit sweet, but I love it.”

To find out more about Samantha X’s signature scent plus all her other favourite beauty products – including the smudge-proof mascara she says is always still on the morning after – keep scrolling.

Side note – this is what (not really) happened when Samantha X came to the Mamamia offices. Post continues after video.

Video by MMC

Samantha X’s go-to beauty products.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9.99.

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Eve Lom Cleanser, $109.

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Image: Mecca.

Why she loves them:

"Back in my beauty editing days, I used to get thrown products so I'd use every toner, serum under the sun. Now I don't have that luxury, I've really gone back to basics and I always come back to Cetaphil. It's such a good, mild cleanser and it does take everything off. Nothing works quite as well. When I'm feeling posh and have money in my wallet, I love the Eve Lom Cleanser. It comes with a silk cloth and it feels luxe - it's not good if you've got eyelash extensions, they'll come off."

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, $50.95 (used as a chemical exfoliant).

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Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $25.95.

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Image: Trilogy.

Why she loves it:

"My skin is quite dry, but I don't spend a fortune on day creams. For me, oil suits my skin. I like the Trilogy rosehip oil, other brands I like are Environ and SkinCeuticals."

NARS Radiance Primer, $55.

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15, $54.

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NARS Velvet Eyeliner, $37.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $43.

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Image: Mecca.

MAC Cosmetics Satin Lipstick in Myth, $36.

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Image: MAC.

Why she loves them: 

"I wear a little bit more makeup for work, but I find men don't really like that much makeup, and I find as I get older, I wear less and less makeup. I can't be bothered, and I don't think women should do what men like, but I've noticed working in the adult industry, most men prefer the natural look."

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"I love the [NARS] primer, I feel it does work for me. Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer ($55) is another great one. I don't wear the MAC foundation often as I feel I look older when I wear a lot of makeup, I do like the Amarni Luminous Silk Foundation ($99) too.

"The Kevyn Aucoin mascara is incredible, it's the only smudge-proof mascara I've found. If I have an overnight booking with a client, I know that mascara will still be on my face [in the morning]. It's a good tip for women if you're having a sleepover with your partner. With lipstick, I feel too grown up in colour, but I really like nude [lipsticks]."

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, $19.95.

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Image: Bondi Sands.

BYREDO La Tulipe EDP 50ml, $297.

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Why she loves it:

"I went into Mecca and asked for the most beautiful sensory perfume. The fragrance expert sprayed this one and she said brides wear it on their wedding day. I'm not exactly a virginal bride, but every man who I've worn this perfume with has commented on it. It's a beautiful smell, it can be a bit sweet, but I love it."

Kevin Murphy Doo.Over Dry Powder Finishing Spray, $42.95.

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Image: Kevin Murphy.

Why she loves it:

"It's taken me a long time to get my hair in good condition - lots of Olaplex. Kevin Murphy's dry powder is my favourite [hair] product. It smells amazing, sometimes I put it in my hair just because it smells so amazing."

Samantha X's Spendy: La Prairie Luxe Souffle Body Cream, $455.

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Why she loves it:

"I wouldn't buy the skincare, but I love their body care products. It smells so expensive and so fancy."

Side note - Samantha X also wanted any fragrance from Mecca to be her second Spendy, but Leigh said she could only have one.

Samantha X's Savey: L'Oreal lipsticks, from $18 (or less if on sale).

Why she loves them:

"I find there are some you can scrimp on and some you can't. I've worn expensive lipsticks and cheap ones, there's not that much difference. I don't find the L'Oreal lipsticks drying and you can get them from the chemist. My favourite is Maybelline Color Sensational Lip in Nearly There. Women deserve to look, feel and be their best, and if that means wearing a splash of colour on their lips, they should be able to afford it."

Do you use any of Samantha X's favourite beauty products? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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