In my beauty bag: Farmers beauty buying manager Rachel Burkhardt

Farmers beauty buying manager Rachel Burkhardt says it's all about sunscreen.
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Farmers beauty buying manager Rachel Burkhardt says it's all about sunscreen.

As the beauty buying manager for Farmers, Rachel Burkhardt sees all the latest products before they hit the shelves. 

She's got the inside word on how to look your best. 

SKINCARE

I use Goodness Cleansing Cream or Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil to take off makeup, followed by Clarins Double Serum and Estee Lauder Supreme Anti-Ageing Moisturiser.

My favourite sunscreen is Elizabeth Arden City Smart or Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50. I am religious daily as part of my routine. 

For facials I love the About Face 'Power of Three.' I think the results are fantastic - it brightens my skin and gives it new radiance. It also helps reduce pigmentation, hydrates and increases collagen. 

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Rachel Burqhardt rates Goodness Cleansing Cream, Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation and NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara.

Rachel Burqhardt rates Goodness Cleansing Cream, Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation and NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara.

 

I think the secret to good skin is a regular routine morning and night. I have always used a serum in my routine for as long as I can remember, I think it has made a great deal of difference to the condition of my skin.

As I have got older I use a specific night cream and make sure I do my face, neck and décolletage. At the moment I am using Clinique Repairwear sculpting night creme or Trilogy Rose Hip Oil.

And I always wear sunscreen. 

MAKEUP

I didn't really become interested in makeup until my first job in beauty, which was a promotional advisor for Estee Lauder. Not only did I have to do my own makeup, I had to learn how to put it on others.

My favourite foundation is Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation. It's long lasting and has good buildable coverage. 

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I use it  with Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base as a primer. 

On my brows I use Chi Chi Fibre Brow to add colour and hold, then there's NYX Pin-Up Tease for mascara. It adds amazing curl to the lashes and well as length. 

For blush I love L'Oreal Paris Infaillible Blush Trio and then on my lips I usually go for Revlon HD Matte or Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet  – they both are long-lasting matte formulas. 

I use the new Shiseido Synchro Skin Cushion if I need to touch up during the day or if I am heading straight from work to another engagement. I always carry an eye cream to hydrate around my eyes - Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash Balm is in a tube so really easy and portable.

There's always a variety of lipsticks from bright to nude depending on my mood and of course sunscreen in case I am caught out. 

I don't really wear makeup on weekends but I do wear BB cream just to smooth out my complexion. My new favourite is Nude by Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream and YSL Volupte Tint in Oil for lips. 

HAIR

I use Toni & Guy Cleanse shampoo and Nourish conditioner both for damaged hair and I use the Nourish Reconstruction mask as well. 

Servilles in Ponsonby is my go-to. My stylist is Alana and I have been going to her for around eight years. She gives the best head massage ever.

My hair is thick and dry, so I use a hair mask regularly. Unfortunately these days it also requires regular colour, which I get done with my hairdresser. My scalp is sensitive to the colour but I have found Kevin Murphy to be non-irritating and the colour holds for longer. It also adds great shine to the hair.

I use GHD straighters every day, they are amazing and as my hair is thick and very wavy it helps to smooth it out and give it shine. 

NAILS

I don't have time for manicures and pedicures so while I always do my toes, it's DIY at home.

OPI is my go to brand for on-trend colour and I swear by Revitanail nail strengthener to prevent nails from breaking. 

FRAGRANCE & BODY

I wear a lot of different scents but my new favourite is Prada La Femme and the new Zadig + Voltaire for more casual moments. 

Tom Ford Black Orchid and Estee Lauder Sensuous have been go-tos in the past. 

I love the Body Shop bath gels in all the amazing flavours. 

LIFESTYLE

My absolute treat is a regular facial. Love them. 

In terms of beauty the most important to me is to look after your skin, create a routine even if it's really simple – your skin can look great at any age. Beauty also comes from within so its important to eat well and get enough sleep.

Whenever I'm travelling I make sure to drink plenty of water and hydrate around the eyes. Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair gel eye cream is great for this. 

I love my job because as buying manager I get to discover all the new beauty products and brands first and choose what is right for the Farmers consumer.

TO FINISH UP 

I can't live without my moisturiser, my skin just doesn't feel comfortable without the extra moisture. 

My best quick fix is to mix your concealer with a little eye cream to brighten and hydrate around the eyes. 

A beauty mistake from the past is that I wish I had listened to my mother when I was younger and worn a hat. I also wish I had applied sunscreen right down onto my neck and décolleté not just my face.

It has taken me years to develop the habit of applying sunscreen everyday, but it's never too late.

I don't hate anything about beauty, wear it your way, whatever makes you feel good.

 - Stuff

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