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CULT BUY: The cleanser that makes Aussie model Jessica Vander Leahy's skin glow like this.

This wonderful nugget of beauty wisdom comes courtesy of Mamamia’s beauty show, You Beauty. For this week’s In Her Bag, Leigh Campbell rummaged through Jessica Vander Leahy’s beauty bag to find out which products she loves.

Jessica Vander Leahy is an international model, writer and editor, body positivity activist and skincare addict. She’s been in major campaigns for BONDS, The Upside and David Jones, to name a few, and recently launched her own women’s platform Project Womankind.

Listen to Jessica’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 Jessica Vander Leahy walked into the podcast studio at Mamamia to be interviewed, she literally and figuratively lit up the room. With her face.

The Aussie curve model is a skincare addict and has one of the glowiest faces in existence (we presume, haven’t seen every face in the world, unfortunately).

Sure, highlighter and sparkly makeup helps. But skin as ‘lit from within’ as hers is kind of hard to imitate without looking like you’ve got your high beams on.

As Mamamia’s executive editor and beauty journalist of 15 years Leigh Campbell found out when she rummaged through Jessica’s beauty bag, achieving dat glow, as they call it, has everything to do with putting acids on your face a.k.a chemical exfoliation.

To find out which particular cleanser she uses everyday, and the other beauty products in Jessica’s routine, keep scrolling.

Jessica Vander Leahy’s go-to beauty products.

Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser and Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%, both $32.83.

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Why she loves them:

"For really good skin, over years of experimenting, I've learnt consistency is key. Skinstitut is a good brand that I always manage to find and it's easy to get online. It's got all the good stuff in it, without being a billion dollars. The lactic cleanser has all of the active acid ingredients, you put them on your skin and you can feel them at work. Lactic is nice and gentle... I also like the Glycolic 12 per cent, it's not an everyday thing, it's a godsend but you have to be careful, I've burnt my face before."

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $84.

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Why she loves it:

"This one's been one that I've known about for a long time, and it's a bit more expensive, but it is good. It's gentle enough for everyday exfoliation, you skin feels so soft afterwards, and it's great for sensitive skin types."

Side note - here's another Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant review from Mamamia if you're keen.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, $21.90, and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $12.90.

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Invisible Zinc Facial Moisturiser SPF50, $34.

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Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup, $55.

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $50.

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Why she loves them:

"It depends on how my skin wants to behave, but I think skincare is the most important thing and makeup compliments whatever my skin. For everyday, I like a foundation that shows skin texture with light coverage. Clinique does that, and the Fenty is nice and hydrating, and the fact they have so many shades is amazing. I'll also use the MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette ($72), sometimes you have a really aggressive, red pimple and you need the different tones to cover that, those palettes will save you so much time matching... you feel like an artist mixing the colours."

Rimmel Liquid Exaggerate Eye Liner, $13.95.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $33.

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Eos Coconut Milk Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere, $7.95.

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LE LABO Santal 33, $270.

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Why she loves it:

"This scent drives me wild and I'm actually punishing myself at the moment because they're very expensive and I've dropped two bottles... so I won't be buying one until Christmas. When I wear it, people go wild. If I smell it on someone, I will notice you. It's intoxicating."

Side note - FYI this is the scent Lisa Wilkinson wears, and we also found a cheaper Le Labo Santal dupe here.

The Original Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $25.

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Why she loves it:

"For brown girls, it's necessary for hydration for curly hair. This product is cheap and it hydrates your hair in a way that you won't have any frizz. It gets into the follicles... but it's not too oily, some products for curly hair put a slick on your hair. I recommend it, and it's affordable."

Jessica's Spendy: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 6 pack, $138.

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Why she loves it:

"I love the brand - anyone who looks at Cate Blanchett's skin, it's that flawless, I wonder what unicorn milk are you drinking? SK-II is very expensive, splurging on a mask is a treat for me. It is always hard to fork out that much [on beauty], but it's worth it."

Jessica's Savey: Anything from Skinstitute.

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Why she loves it:

"If you try something at that price point and you don't like it, you haven't lost too much. As mentioned, I love the cleansers, and I use the Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% ($32.83) on the dermatitis on the backs of my arms. It's affordable and it works."

Do you use any of Jessica's favourite products? Tell us in the comments.

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