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'I'm a lifestyle writer in my 20s. Here's absolutely everything I put on my face.'

Hello! I'm Charlie, Mamamia's lifestyle writer, and I love beauty

Writing about it, talking about it, slapping it all over my face - the fact I can call it my job to trial and talk about the latest skincare and makeup products still blows my mind.

But I'm also... lazy.

Having to wait for a serum to sink in before applying another? I'm not interested. 

Leaving a hair mask in for 10 minutes, then washing it out? Probably not going to happen (despite buying many to try and convince myself I'll do it). 

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I'm also very lucky that I can skip certain products. I'm in my early 20s (ok, I'm 25 this year but DON'T want to talk about it) and my skin is still pretty young and plump; it doesn't need anything too heavy duty just yet.

On the other hand, I'm crazy about makeup.

But enough about me - you're here to see what I put on my face, so here's a look inside my bathroom cabinet.

Skincare routine.

Despite getting the opportunity to trial new products on the reg (something I will always count my blessings for), my skincare routine is short and sharp, which so far works for me.

Background information: My skin is combo-oily; I get the occasional pimples and blackheads on my nose. 

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In the morning, I use products that keep that oil at bay, and at night I focus on packing on the hydration and dealing with any pimples or congestion I might have.

Leigh Campbell once said that she stopped using cleanser in the morning and switched to micellar water instead. Because I'm #lazy, I copied her immediately. 

My favourite is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Water, $24.99 (if on sale), and Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, $8.99 (if not). 

After that, it's onto moisturiser. I don't have a favourite at the moment, but I'm trialling the Beauté Pacifique Crème Symphonique Day Cream, $149, and so far I'm loving it. 

Then I'll finish off with SPF, whatever I'm doing that day. 

I've repurchased the Cancer Council SPF 50+ Day Wear Face Matte Invisible, $13.49, at least five times. It dries matte and feels like a lovely lightweight moisturiser, not a sunscreen. Plus, the price. Hellooo!

Three products, that's it.

My 5-minute morning routine. Image: Supplied.

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My nighttime routine has a few more steps, but nothing near what you'd expect someone who writes about skincare and makeup for a living to use. 

I wash my face in the shower with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $57 - it has a gel texture that becomes creamy, and it smells like cucumber.

After, I'll apply the Skinstitut Multi-Active Mist, $49 (it also doubles as a glowy setting spray), to prep my skin for my one serum: hyaluronic acid.

I don't have a favourite hyaluronic treatment - as long as it hydrates, I'm happy. 

Right now, I'm using the Glo Skin Beauty HA-Revive Hyaluronic Drops, $88, but I've purchased The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $12.90, the most - it's affordable and effective.

Then I use my absolute favourite facial oil - The Jojoba Company Australian Jojoba Oil, $19.95, and finish off with a moisturiser to lock it all in. 

I'm using the Beauté Pacifique Crème Symphonique Night Cream, $155, right now.

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Two to three times a week I'll add in a chemical exfoliant - right now, I'm using the Trinny London Find Your Balance BHA Exfoliant, $65. 

And if I have a pimple, I'll chuck on a Tbh Skincare Patch It Up Everyday Patch, $20.

Boom. Done.

Makeup routine.

While my skincare routine is lazy, my makeup routine is... not.

You know how some people do yoga or go running as their self care? For me, it's doing my makeup. I genuinely look forward to it and love how it makes me feel.

I start by prepping my skin with the Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask, $73. IMO, it's worth every penny as I use it as a primer, night cream or mask when my skin needs a big drink of water. 

Quite possibly my favourite multi-purpose skincare product. Image: Supplied.

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For days when I want full coverage, I'll rotate between two foundations - my holy grail Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, $62, and Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, $10.97. 

Otherwise, I'll just use the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter, $65. (It really is as good as everyone says it is.)

Then it's time to start face painting! Literally. 

I'll pop the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer, $9.97, under my eyes and on the tip of my nose, the MCoBeauty Instant Contour Beauty Wand, $28, on my forehead, cheeks and chin and the MCoBeauty Highlight and Glow Beauty Wand in Pink Glow, $28, right above the contour on my cheeks. It blends like a dream.

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I set it all in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $58, apply my Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer, $51, and the KVD Beauty Everlasting Blush in Fox Glove, $40.

For brows, I use the Brow Code Imitations Micro Pencil, $38 - it’s super skinny so you can create hair-like strokes - and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, $39.

I've been rocking a wing since I could do makeup. It used to be that thick, very black liquid wing, but these days I go for something a little more subtle.

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First, I'll swipe bronzer across my eyelids to match my cheeks, then I'll apply the Mecca Max Single Shadow in 'Shady', $8, with an angled brush in the shape of a wing, smudging it with my fingers to smoke it out.

Liquid liner, you've been replaced. Image: Supplied.

And I always finish with mascara. I'm loving the Ciaté London Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara, $36.

Finally, it's time for lips. My go-to combo is the Mecca Max Pout Pencil in 'Fancy', $14, and the Fenty Gloss Bomb in '$weet Mouth', $34 (the best lip gloss EVER).

Then I lock it all down with the best setting spray on the market: the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $57.

And while this sounds like a lot (I know), it takes me 20 mins max. Just enough time for me to listen to my favourite morning news podcast - Mamamia's The Quicky, of course!

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Hair care routine.

My hair routine is a mix of my skincare routine and makeup routine - half #lazy and half effort.

Much like my skin, my hair is quite oily. I wash it every second or third day with the Virtue Labs Recovery Shampoo, $56, and Recovery Conditioner, $60.

It includes the first-of-its-kind human keratin protein, so it keeps my frizz at bay and hydrates my damaged strands.

This combo SAVED my hair. Image: Supplied.

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When it's freshly washed and I've got something on, I'll blow dry my hair with the Mermade Hair Hair Dryer, $99, and curl it using my True Me Original Hair Straightener, $179.

The technique took me a while to figure out but once you get it, it sticks.

Before I style with heat, I'll ALWAYS apply the ColorWOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray, $61. 

If you don’t know about it, it's an anti-frizz, humidity-proof hair product that also doubles as a heat protectant. It leaves hair soft and shiny, and has even been called a mini keratin treatment. 

Once curled, I'll finish off with my John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Styler, $8.50 - game-changer. It smoothes and gets rid of any frizz; I keep one in my bag for touch-ups.

The MVPs of hair products. Image: Supplied.

Then, on the days where my hair is gross or I can't be bothered to curl it (about half of the time), I'll slick it back with that same Frizz Ease and hairspray (any will do) and pop it in a bun.

It's quick and always looks chic.

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Body care routine and fragrance.

And here's where we retreat back into lazy territory. 

I'm terrible at remembering to moisturise my body. I'll do it when I fake tan (which is most weeks) - the Loving Tan Deluxe Gradual Tan, $29.95, is my favourite. One application is all you need for a bronzed, I've-been-in-Europe tan.

To moisturiser (when I remember), I use the Bangn Body Firming Lotion, $48. It's nice and thick and smells like a tropical holiday.

Then for fragrance, I wear a bunch but always go back to my all-time favourite - Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb EDP, $110. I've worn it since I was a teenager and it reminds me of my happiest moments.

And that there is my full beauty routine.

Does that seem like a lot or a little? I can't decide! Tell me in the comments.

Charlie Begg is Mamamia's lifestyle writer. For more beauty, fashion and homewares recommendations, read her articles here and follow her on Instagram.

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