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CULT BUY: "This $15 green CC cream is a game changer for people with red faces like me."

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 Amy Clark’s beauty bag to find out what products she loves.

Amy Clark is a Lifestyle Content Producer here at Mamamia. You’ll often find her face on the website road testing new and interesting beauty products, and ~attempting~ the latest hair and makeup trends to see how they look in real life.

Listen to Amy’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.


As a redhead with a face full of orange freckles, redness is my biggest skincare concern. I really don’t need anymore red on or around my face than what’s already there, you feel me?

Hence, I’ve tried a lot of colour correcting creams (CC creams) in an effort to knock the redness out of my cheeks. And chin. And nose.

When my boss, Mamamia’s executive editor and beauty journalist Leigh Campbell, interviewed me on the You Beauty podcast, I was delighted to share the anti-redness primer a.k.a the green CC cream that  I use to fix my red face every day, along with the other beauty products I tend to reach for.

Now, I’ll proceed to refer to myself in the third person to recap the beauty products Leigh found when she went rummaging through my beauty bag.

Amy’s go-to beauty products.

Beaute Pacifique Foaming Cleanser, $68.

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Image: Beaute Pacifique.

Beaute Pacifique Defy Damage Skin Repair Serum, $80.

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Image: Beaute Pacifique.
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Beaute Pacifique SuperFruit Skin Enforcement Day Creme, $67.

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Image: Beaute Pacifique.

Why she loves them:

"These products were recommended to me by my facial lady Carina from Belameres (also Leigh's facialist). I know Leigh doesn't like foams, but I stick up for this one - it comes out as a silvery, sparkly cream and foams when you apply water. It removes all my makeup, I don't need to double cleanse and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and irritated. I stick with the same brand for my serum and moisturiser, which is helpful if you don't know where to start. The serum isn't watery, it lasts forever and it's a great entry level serum. The moisturiser is thick but it sinks in, it's not heavily scented and it feels like a barrier on top of your skin. All of the products are on the expensive side, but it's one of the only beauty investments I make... everyone has their thing that they spend money on and it makes them feel great."

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Cancer Council Daywear Face Moisturiser SPF50+ Matte, $15.

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Image: Cancer Council.

Why she loves it:

"I haven't always been religious with sunscreen... I feel like everyone's dirty secret is they don't wear sunscreen. But working in the industry, interviewing dermatologists, it's the one thing they all say makes the biggest difference. This one is the Cancer Council's face moisturiser, it's clear and SPF 50+ and it's mattifying. I've found I can apply enough to get adequate sun protection but because it's mattifying, it's not greasy. It's also cheap and if you can get away with wearing a chemical sunscreen, this one is great."

L’Oreal Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream,$15.99.

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Image: Chemist Warehouse.
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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $69.

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Image: MECCA.

Why she loves them:

"Being a redhead, I'm very sensitive to heat, and I'm always red. I came across the CC cream interviewing Tobi Henney, who is an Aussie makeup artist, and I asked her what she does for redness. She says she loves the IT Cosmetics range, but that this L'Oreal CC cream is a good savey option as an anti-redness primer. It comes out a light green colour, but as you rub it in your hands, it starts to turn into a tinted moisturiser colour. Because I have so many freckles, I always feel really caked on when I'm wearing foundation, so I use the NARS tinted moisturiser. It doesn't have SPF, but I find this is the perfect hybrid between a tinted moisturiser or BB cream and an actual foundation."

Lancome Virtuose Mascara, $55.

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Image: Lancome.
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MECCA MAX Pout Pop Lipstick in Glam Slam, $20.

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Image: MECCA.

Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Merlot, $7.99.

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Image: Priceline.
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Why she loves them:

"I found the Lancome mascara road testing it for a story, it gives you the longest, fluffiest spider lashes. I'm more of a lip person, I feel naked without any tint or something on my lips. Sometimes, they'll be white, and I could never do a nude balm. My favourite red lipstick is the MECCA MAX one in Glam Slam - I've used it to death. It's a great red for redheads as it has more of a cool tone, in creamy matte. If I'm not wearing lipstick, I'm wearing the tinted Chapstick in Merlot. It's the best tinted lip balm I've come across, the reason being because it actually has tint. It goes on real nice like a lip balm but the colour is full on."

Side note, you can read Amy's full reviews on these products here:

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave-in Conditioner, $18.99.

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Image: Priceline.

Why she loves it:

"This range is meant to be luxe but affordable, and this is the product I use from the range the most. It's a leave-in conditioner spray, but not an old-school one where it feels like you've sprayed conditioner in your hair. It is weightless, like it says. I use it when I get out of the shower, sprayed on wet hair, and when you blow dry your hair, it just feels really nice. Don't use this one on dry hair."

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Side note - you can read more about the full Kristin Ess range (including the shampoo and conditioner) here.

Amy's Spendy: EyEnvy Eyelash Serum, $120.

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Image: EyEnvy.

Why she loves it:

"I don't wear mascara very often - I hate the feeling of mascara on my lashes and I'm a chronic eye-rubber so it ends up everywhere. Instead, I tint my lashes and use a lash serum. I've been using EyEnvy for years. You can't buy it online, but you can find all the EyEnvy stockists here. You apply it kind of like a liquid eyeliner along your lash line - I apply at night. It can take three to four weeks to see results so you need to be consistent with it. On the fourth week, they'll jump out. You can't use it all the time because you can get mutant lashes, I use it for a a few months when I remember, get results, stop using it and then start again when I wonder why my lashes aren't long anymore."

Side note - you can read Amy's full EyEnvy Eyelash Serum review here.

Amy's Savey: Amolin Baby Cream for Nappy Rash, $5.70.

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Image: Chemist Warehouse.
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Why she loves it:

"I use Amolin cream for nappy rash on my lips, it's something my whole family uses. It's a really thick, white, gooey cream and it's great for any dry bits. At night, I'll use it on the sides of my nose, cuts, bruises, lips, everything. It lasts forever and I get really upset if I've gone somewhere and have forgotten my Amolin."

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

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