Beauty / IN THE BAG

Get to know model Victoria Lee’s beauty 101

She’s the Australian-born, NYC-based beauty who you’ll recognise from those honeyed locks and envy-inducing brows. After a whirlwind visit back in town for the Australia Fashion Laureate 2018, we caught up with Lee to talk all things beauty, health and the perfect retox.

My morning beauty routine is …
I always drink a big glass of water first thing. I splash cold water on my face and cleanse with Biologique Recherche Lait U. I pat dry, spray Jurlique Rosewater Balancing mist and apply an oil (either Sisley Black Rose oil or Dermalogica Phyto Replenishing oil), followed by Dermalogica SPF 50+ moisturizer and The Beauty Chef Beauty Balm to my lips. I layer products to ensure my skin is really hydrated with the cooler weather in NY. I also take a daily probiotic as part of my morning routine.

My night beauty routine is …
I’ll remove make up with Bioderma on a cotton pad or use Equal Beauty Cleansing cloths. I’ll cleanse with Biologique Recherche Lait U cleanser, exfoliate with Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W on a cotton pad and spray my Jurlique toner. Next, I apply Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and my moisturizer depends on my skin. Lately, as the weather is cooling down, I need something thicker so am using a classic, Embryolisse. Lastly, I apply La Prairie Cellular Radiance Eye cream and a magnesium supplement.

My favourite products for body are …
Aveda Beautifying Radiance polish and The Beauty Chef Glow Beauty powder. Also, just your basic Epsom salts for an Epsom salt bath.

My favourite form of exercise is …
Dance based workouts and pilates – in Australia I love Fluid Form Pilates and Lean Bean. I like a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility.

When my body needs to recover I …
Sleep! I make sure to allow myself the time to recover after a lot of travel or busy work periods. I’ll take a break from intense work outs and just do gentle stretches or stay in bed. I’m learning the importance of being gentle with myself and that taking a break is necessary for your mind and body.

My favourite detox is …
My day to day lifestyle means I don’t really feel the need to detox. However, traveling through different time zones can easily affect my digestion so I love to sip on bone broth to give it a bit of a break.

My favourite retox is …
Any baked good – I’m not fussy. Also, the usual suspects – chocolate, ice cream – chocolate ice cream. I have come to accept that I have an insatiable sweet tooth.

When it comes to beauty I always…
Aim to have a holistic approach. Getting enough rest, fuelling my body with food that makes me feel my best. Exercising and taking time out. Ultimately this leads to feeling happy and confident in my own skin which is when I feel the most beautiful. However! When all else fails there’s YSL Touché Eclat concealer, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor and Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate.

My beauty icon is …
Cate Blanchett. Effortless and elegant. Consistently beautiful.

The best advice on beauty I’ve received is …
Your skin is like a mirror. It’s a reflection what’s going on the inside, so lifestyle plays such an important role. Keep your skin clean, sleep, eat well and stay hydrated.

The best health advice I’ve received is …
Take care of yourself, this body is the only one you have. And, I sound like a broken record but SLEEP, and stay out of the sun.

The product I can’t live without is …
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50.