In my beauty bag: Sam Bunkall

17:00, Sep 12 2012
Sam Bunkall
NEW FACE: Sam Bunkall, new Shortland Street doctor.

Actor Sam Bunkall will be breaking into your living room tonight. He's making his debut on Shortland Street, playing new surgeon Boyd Rolleston.

WHAT'S IN YOUR BATHROOM CUPBOARD?

Currently, a whole lot of redundant shaving items. One of the joys of playing a character seven years my senior appears to be having a little break from using a razor blade. Also, after my trip to the dentist this afternoon, my bathroom cupboard now has a few more bizarre contraptions that all the cool kids are apparently playing with, but which I had never seen before today. Like the one that's like a tiny pipe-cleaner on a hook.

Sam Bunkall
Sam Bunkall's favourite grooming kit.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CARRY AROUND?

In my man bag I carry the lemon and tea tree oil lip balm from Trade Aid. And if I'm being truly honest, you will also find some make-up wipes from Skinfood in there (acting, ya know). That's about it really. Unless you want to count my asthma inhaler but that's not really a beauty product. Although I guess I do look more vibrant when I'm breathing.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS?

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"I'm a big fan of Trilogy and Aesop. I don't really use many beauty products but I will always have a facial moisturising cream from either of these two fine companies on hand if I can. I also like Sukin especially when I'm on a tight budget,  particularly the eye serum and facial moisturiser. The thing that draws me to these companies, aside from the quality of their products, is their ethics around sustainability, environmental impact, the use of natural ingredients where possible and a commitment to not testing on animals. Of course no company is perfect, but I admire and support those who do their best to take these things seriously.

HOW DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF?

If I'm really treating myself it'll be a massage. Although every time I do, I get told off for treating it like a treat because I should be treating it like treatment. Apparently I'm a little tense. The best massage I ever had was at Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel. And if I had the monies to treat myself to the treatment of my choice, it'd be there. And if not, chocolate.

WHAT'S THE ONE PRODUCT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

Probably some sort of hair product I guess. I haven't really found a favourite but anything is better than the fluffy hair I end up with if I don't try and tame it somehow.

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