In my beauty bag: Mel Homer

Publish Date
Thursday, 13 August 2015, 2:25PM

Mix98.2 radio host Mel Homer is a multi-tasking master. The stylish mum of three juggles a daily radio show, TV presenting and family life – and here are the beauty products that help her make it all look effortless.

SKIN

I use a variety of things – I love the Tailor Skincare Dry Cleanse and I've just started using Ultraceuticals products. I love the gel cleanser, it gets all of the muck off my face without making it feel dry. I also use their Even Skintone Serum which is working wonders on my oily skin. I take Go Healthy Go Beautiful Skin capsules and Go Healthy Go Hair, Skin and Nails liquid supplement.  

I am extremely good at using sunscreen – I had a melanoma removed about 15 years ago, and my mum also had one when she was young so I've had it drilled in to me from an early age. Wear sunscreen! I really like Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ – I use the mattifying one. Skinnies sunscreen is also good, and although it feels a little oilier on my skin, I've never been burnt when wearing it. Body-wise I like Banana Boat Sport Spray 50+. 

Over the past few months I've just started getting monthly facials, and I don't know why I didn't do it earlier in life. My skin is feeling and looking SO much better! I go to Haven on Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, where the lovely Leah chats with me and decides what my skin needs – it varies from treatment to treatment.  I usually get a microdermabrasion, and last time I had two very science-y sounding treatments that really plumped up my skin and made it look and feel amazing. One is called Sonophorisis, where sound waves open up the tiny spaces between skin cells so that serums can really penetrate the skin. (Leah used A and C serums on me). Apparently it allows them to get in 1000 times deeper than by hand massage! It's just a little metal spatula-type thing that makes a slightly screechy noise. 

I also had LED light therapy treatment last time, which increases collagen and elastin production amongst a host of other things. It's medically proven, non-invasive and basically it just made my skin look fresher and healthier. Knocked a few years off me as well, I think! 

My secrets to good skin? This sounds so boring, but sleep makes a huge difference. I've been filming the television show My Dream Room: Kids Edition recently, and when I don't have enough sleep you can really see it on the camera. A good healthy diet, not too much sugar, and sunscreen certainly help. Regular exercise – all the obvious things… Crikey, listen to me, I sound like I should be prancing around on a beach at sunset waving a white scarf and getting my downward dog on. 

MAKEUP

I don't often wear foundation – I usually just use a BB cream. At the moment I'm using a Garnier one, but I try lots of different ones. I love Benefit The Porefessional as a primer – it smooths everything out. Blush-wise, I love Benefit Majorette – it's creamy and smells delicious. For a bit of bronzing I use Benefit Hoola. 

I usually just wear a lip balm or gloss, but when I wear lipstick I can't go past Karen Murrell. Her lipsticks are so moisturising, and made from natural ingredients. Her colours are vibrant and the colour stays on; it never bleeds or make my lips feel cakey. 

Eye-wise I'm all about the brows! Benefit Gimme Brow is wonderful for filling in the gaps and keeping my brows in place. Billion Dollar Brows Duo Concealer and Highlighter pencil is a must-have as well. 

In my handbag I always have about two Karen Murrell lippies and four or so lip balms (they just seem to collect in my bag!). I love Eco Store Peppermint Lip Balm and Tailor Skincare Balm – you can use it on your lips and your cuticles. There's usually a nail file, a couple of nail polishes, a packet of Queen of the Foxes Hair ties (they double as bracelets sometimes.) This makes me realise I really need to clean my handbag out.   

HAIR

The products vary – at the moment I'm using Schwarzkopf Ultime Blonde and Bright Lightening Shampoo and conditioner, and Fabuloso Platinum blonde conditioning treatment about once a week – it stops my hair from going brassy. I use argan oil to keep the ends healthy. I go to Killer Hair – Steven cuts my hair and Ella colours it, the killer combo. My hair is fairly low maintenance, I get highlights every three months or so, and wear it straight or with its natural wave. 

NAILS

I paint my own nails – I love bright colours! Neon, bright pink, blue…

FRAGRANCE & BODY

I have two things that I wear all of the time – they can actually be worn together. My favourite perfume is Dior Addict Eau Fraiche. It's fruity and fresh and I love it. I also wear Clarins Eau Des Jardins, which is a treatment fragrance - it's nice and light and grapefruity. It smells like summer! Previously I went through a tiger musk and patchouli oil phase. What was I thinking? My first, proper "grown-up" perfume was Anais Anais, and I remember vividly when I was little my mum would wear Opium. Such a distinctive smell! 

I love Pure Fiji. The body butters and lotions just feel so good, and smell amazing. I always get friends to stock up for me when they head to Fiji, as it's so much cheaper there! I love the Starfruit and White Gingerlily. Their Coconut Cream Body Scrub is beautiful as well, it's nicely exfoliating, but not too harsh. I'm not really a bath person – possibly because our bath is in the bathroom usually used by our three boys, so it's not really the most relaxing place for a soak! 

LIFESTYLE

My beauty philosophy is to keep it simple and fresh. Don't go too heavy on anything, makeup-wise. Some people can carry it off, but not me, that's for sure. 

When flying, my tip is to drink water and wear lip balm. If you don't drink enough water you'll look 10 years older by the time you disembark. I can't stand dry lips – I always have lip balm on me. 

I love finding new amazing beauty products – it's extraordinary what a difference some things can make. I generally get ideas from magazines, talking to friends, and the makeup artists who worked with me on My Dream Room gave me some great product tips. It's because of them that I discovered MAC's Boldly Bare lip pencil, which I really like. 

The one product I can't live without is Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat highlighter. It's magic for covering the dark rings under my eyes.

My best quick fix is coconut oil! I have it in my coffee (go on, try it – blend it and it goes creamy and delicious) and rub a bit into my hands when I'm putting it in my coffee. And it is fantastic for getting eye makeup off. 

A beauty mistake from my past is that I henna-ed my hair as a teenager. I tried a bit on the underneath of my hair and it looked fine. Unfortunately I should have tried it on the rest of my hair, which was blonde. I had a head full of bright, carrot orange hair for the school ball. Awesome. And it didn't wash out for ages! 

If I could wave a magic wand, I'd fix the dark circles under my eyes – they've been a problem all of my life!

 

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