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My beauty secrets: Louise Thompson

My beauty philosophy is…

Be happy in your own skin. Don’t compare yourself to others and treat ageing with grace. Roald Dahl said it best: “If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”.

The skincare products I can’t live without are…

The Avène skincare range. I have super-sensitive skin and this is about the only one I don’t react to. Their Hydrance Optimale Riche Cream is amazing. I’ve used it for 20 years and love it. My other must-have is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It creates a magical glow regardless of how I might be feeling. And The Body Shop Body Butter is my everyday luxury for silky smooth skin.

My haircare secret is…

A very fine hairdresser. Bindy at Biba Boutique Salon in Birkenhead, Auckland, is my secret weapon. And Moroccanoil. I have a lot of thick, curly hair and with all this humidity in Auckland it’s essential so I don’t look like a total frizz bomb in warmer months.

The must-have products in my make-up bag are…

YSL Touche Éclat for any dark circles, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder for a healthy glow. Natio Liquid Eyeliner, and Maybelline NY Great Lash Mascara – sometimes the classics really are the best. I don’t wear foundation and keep it really simple. I can do my make-up in three minutes flat.

My favourite beauty treat is…

A monthly massage at Wellbeing Therapeutic Massage For Women in Birkenhead. I schedule them a year ahead so my self-care is prioritised and I have it to look forward to. I also have regular pedicures. Teaching yoga means my feet are always on display. I love the Butter London range of nail varnish for fashion forward colours.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website

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