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Yan Yan Chan

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Winter wake-up call

WAKE UP

I like waking up early, catching the morning quiet before the rest of the world awakes, and squeezing in some cuddle time. I usually start with exercise, either running around the block, yoga, or heading into a PT session - it's the cherry on top for getting my hustle on for the day. But, Winter..? It's always a little tricky. So here, are my Winter wake up call's that help me get out of bed.

MORNING SOUNDTRACK

My disco, jazz playlist (Think Earth, Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai, Michael Jackson, and plenty of "Late Night Jazz" playlist) & the sound of our NutriBullet. Yep.

BEAUTY ROUTINE

I like anything and everything that helps hydrate, moisturise and glow my skin, so I know that I don't have to wear foundation. I'm a sucker for sleek packaging, nice fonts and a no frills approach.  Stuff that makes me feel like it's working as hard as I am throughout the day, so by night; I can trust that I still look decent & kind of fresh without having to go home and re-do. Oh, and I never leave home without a spray (or four) of Le Labo's Tubereuse 40 New York - it's subtle enough for the extra spritz, but it's fragrant enough to last the week. It's my not so secret - secret, to meeting new people, and feeling confident. It's fresh in a bottle. 

Other than that, I'm trying to apply the less is more ethos in all spectrums of my life. Sounds dramatic, but it's working. I have a tendency in collecting things (might be nicer way to put hoarding?), and it doesn't help when your job is quite inclusive of the "try this", "try that" approach. There's always a fast turnover of what the next new is, and we all have.. you have to admit, a slight "disposable" approach to most things in life.. clothes, what we consume.. and product. 

So.. here's the no frills edit of my morning ritual, the ones that help me through the Winter. 


INTO / OILIO LUSSO BY RODIN

 

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Mix it in, a drop for the morning, two for sleeping -- whatever cream you're using, if you want that extra penetration of moisture, oil is the best way to do it. This one's a 30ml, and smells like a treat (Lavender, my favourite). I started with rosehip, but the potency of it gives me skin reactions, this one's a 3rd oil that I've started using, and it's potent enough to give moisture, but light enough for sensitive skin. It lets it breathe. 

I'm all about that sheen. Smells like a favourite (Lavender) & it's a Winter's best friend. 


SMELL / 'SOUQ' by AYU

You've probably seen this one floating around the net, but there's a reason for it.

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I'm always a little specific with scents as I don't particularly like smelling like other people -- I have my signature scent; Tubereuse, that I wear on the daily, and for the hustle. But this ones quite the opposite, it's a real fem, "chiller" scent. Not fresh like a cool Spring swim, like my Tubereus 40, but warm, like a hot Winter's bath. For scarf occasions and dinner at girlfriend's over wine, type of vibe. It's small and compact, perfect for sleepovers, weekends down South, and flight friendly. It's one I bring on red-eye's. 

Rose, jasmine, musk, sandalwood. All the right ingredients for calming and cooling the mind. Plus because it's oil based, they last a life time. 


3 in 1, Moisturiser by Embryolisse

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I'm a sucker for no frills, multitasking product that I can take with me everywhere, and anywhere, and know that it will work the way I want it to. I got introduced to this by Filomena on set one day, and I've been obsessed since then. This one's a lightweight lotion, I apply over my morning moisturiser, and under make up, perfect as a primer. I haven't yet tried this in Summer, but it's been leaving me some real dewy looking skin this Winter. It's on set with me, always. I apply an especially thick layer after shooting (post make up remover, and pre whatever I have to do after), as a hydrating mask -- it has quick absorption properties, so I know it's working as much as I am - and as fast. Plus, if you've forgotten your make up remover, this works as one too. 


INNER / PERFORM BY BEAR

Supplement. Taken daily. 

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Before this, I was sauntering the isles of Chemist Warehouse in confusion, and quite overwhelmed by the amount of products that were out there, many of the times.. I wasn't even sure if they actually worked. But.. there's a new wave of supplements are no longer just your drug store aisle pick up, they're a beauty staple, researched and created around a 'lifestyle', to fit people who are on the go, and want to look healthy and be healthy (Take a look at Mecca Trove). BEAR is a 'less is more' lifestyle brand - an approach that I very much incorporate into my life (or trying to), especially when it comes to all things health and inner beauty. No fancy gimmicks, just the simple incorporation of equating beauty with health and wellness. 

When it comes to beauty, I am all about starting from the inside. It's no longer just about the one dimensional beauty approach, where products are essential for what you put on your skin. It is about what you put in your body. If I don't feel 100%, I know I won't feel 100% in the way I look. 

Nathan and I were introduced to this brand earlier this year, where we got to meet Saasha & Sam burns (Melbourne based founders), on a weekend trip to Byron. I, initially starting out with Protect (perfect for flu fighting) have now moved onto PERFORM -- something a little more fitting for my lifestyle, and anyone who's on the go, on the hustle and need that extra help with focusing. Promoting 'clarity', it contains Vitamin B12 + Bacopa which actually helps enhance energy and assists with stress and mild anxiety, so yes, yes please. I take 1 tablet every morning, just 1 is enough as each of these little tablets are potent enough to get you through the day. 

Gold hair, don't care.

Yan Yan Chan

[Vogue Spy Style]

Photographed by Darren Luk

Curated by Yan Yan Chan

Space by Edwards and Co Alexandria.


BLONDE HAIR DON'T CARE - but sometimes, you just gotta.


Because even though less is more when it comes to hair and beauty, changing from your natural hair colour means a little more attention on the roots and a little more time spent on hair care - time you won't regret! 

Here's a list of my absolute favourite's, must's, daily's and weekly's. Product that have been curated from Edwards and Co, myself to you.

Product I stand by and product that actually work. 

THE DAILY JAM


SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | R + Co: Wash every second morning and sometimes daily. I know it's a massive "no go" when it comes to washing the hair daily, but I use the Moisturising Shampoo + Conditioner and it is perfect for people who like to wash their hair daily. It is __ free, treatment orientated, smells like heaven, travel savvy & fluffy free.. you also can't go past the real cool packaging.

I never brush my hair and always air dry. Not sure if this is the bestest advice but that's the way I do it.

DRY SHAMPOO | R + Co: For when I'm not washing the hair everyday - two dry shampoo's I live by religiously that aren't powdery, and can also be used as a styling product. For home: Death Valley, for on the go (can keep in hand bags): Badlands. (How sick are the names!)

SEA SALT SPRAY | MR SMITH: My hair has always been naturally really "healthy" & a little oilier on the scalp, great for general but not the best for styling and getting that extra texture.. it was almost too healthy. Mr Smith's Sea Salt Spray is perfecto for extra texture and extra hair oomph - it doesn't ruin your hair like a lot of other sea salt sprays and doesn't leave the hair crunchy, just bouncy and flirty ;). Perfect for date nights. c

MOISTURISER | ORIBE: FOR the hair. If only I knew hair moisturisers existed a few year's back!? Saves the dead ends, applies on light, smells fruity, perfect for after showering or after an ocean swim. I use this every morning. 

THE ONCE A WEEK


HAIR MASK | CHRISTOPHE ROBIN: Hair mask & toner in one. Apply after shampooing once a week in wet hair, leave 10+ minutes and wash out. Keeps the brass out of the hair, creamy baby blonde. 

CLARIFYING SHAMPOO | CHRISTOPHE ROBIN: Anyone who is blonde, knows what clarifying shampoo is. This one is my favourite by far, use before the hair mask, it takes all the yellowness out of the hair.. oxidant and colorant free.

 

 

Shu Uemura x KYE

Yan Yan Chan

PHOTOGRAPHED by Nathan Jolliffe

FOR Shu Uemura x KYE

Dear skin, welcome to dry season, that is Australian Winter - darn darn DARRNNN.

After a first ever facial, that unfortunately did no wonders to my skin; I was back to base one.. dry, flaky and uneven - it happens every season. No amount of water consumed can help aid with the first week of Winter Skin. I ran out of my usual Shu Uemura moisturiser, so was using Nathan's for the time being (big mistake, there's a reason why females should just stick to ladies skin care). 

See my everyday skin care routine HERE

But, after a bit of skincare TLC and consistency of moisturising and cleansing, I finally got to test out my favourite Shu Uemura x KYE products. My skin is naturally quiet fair, and loses tan/colour in the Winter, so I tend to stick to make up that is low maintenance, heightens my natural skin and lip colour and aids with hydration. 

Below are some of my favourites, available at David Jones now;

FOR THE LIPS / Neon Balm 

For cheeks and lips, I always stick to orangey tones, my skin is naturally a yellow base - so oranges and purpley pinks bring out the best hues. Like a lot of Shu Uemura's products, they tend to look quiet pigmented, but once worn on the skin - the colours are always applied with a sheen texture, with a subdued tone. This one's super hydrating, you don't need a lip balm before application, so apply as it is! 

TO WASH / Cleansing oil

FOR THE EYES / Drawing pencil (in black)

I'm not usually one for eyeliner as I love a slight smokey/casual look, but this eyeliner's got a soft texture to it. I apply straight on to the corners of my eyes and smudge with finger tips. 

FOR THE BROWS / Brow Palette (seal stone)

FOR THE CHEEKS / Cushion cheek (orange)

I leave this till last.. it's probably my all time favourite out of the new range. After my skin care routine, I apply this all over my cheeks and even above my temples. The orangey colour gives the skin an extra bounce and glow without the bronze or fake tan look. It pretty much enhances the natural skin colour with a slight mandarin orange. Easy application - I take this one with me everywhere.