Olay ambassador Jesinta Franklin shares her beauty tips for seasonal skincare, scents and spring racing
Between the make-up I wear for work and all the flying I do, I have to take extra good care of my skin. I get a Hydrafacial once every couple of months, and I eat foods like macadamia nuts, salmon and avocado to help me glow from the inside out. I drink lots of water, exercise regularly, and I love infrared saunas, too; I feel like my skin always glows after one. My skincare regimen is very strict and I stick to it no matter what, even when I’m flying or travelling. In winter I lather on a night cream, but I find in summer I don’t need to use as much. All the Olay day moisturisers I use have SPF in them, so I always put those on before I leave the house, and I wear a hat and sunglasses when I am outdoors. On my days off, I like to keep things natural and fresh. I’ve been able to master that dewy, no-make-up make-up look – but I can’t apply fake eyelashes to save myself and am yet to conquer the art of applying eyeliner. For spring racing, I like to have fun with a bold-coloured lip [Franklin will be attending Stakes Day on Saturday as the Moët & Chandon ambassador]. Depending on the outfit, I might go for a nice red, pink or orange lipstick from Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury or Dior. I had really bushy brows as a kid. After years of being teased and asking Mum and Dad, they finally let me get them waxed when I was around 13 or 14. I wish they didn’t – it’s my biggest beauty regret. Now I spend all my time filling them in with Hourglass and M.A.C eyebrow pencils and Glossier Boy Brow gel, and wishing I had a fuller brow. I wear Dior’s Miss Dior fragrance and mix it up with different essential oils. Buddy [Franklin, her husband] wears Dior Sauvage, which I love on him; it’s really masculine and strong. My go-to mani/pedi colours are nudes because I have to keep things natural for work. When I get time off I mix it up between grey, white, red or black. I find those colours go with most things. I feel naked without a mani/pedi. My hair is subject to so much blowdrying and tonging on set, so I like to let it dry naturally when I can. I use Mr. Smith Serum and Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam at home, and I visit the salon a fair bit for treatments. I get my fringe trimmed regularly as it grows so fast.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of Sticks and Wombat, the lovable larrikins on the current season of The Block. They’ve got great ideas, they listen to the judges’ advice – and they’re hilarious. But let’s be honest, the living/ dining room they delivered in this series was a bit of a turkey. I can’t remember my exact words, but the gist was that the room didn’t know if it was a Japanese ryokan – those guys love a bonsai – or a Scandustrial (another Block- ism) warehouse.
The room was a fail, but as fellow judge Darren Palmer pointed out at the time, the pair had inadvertently hit on one of interior design’s hottest trends – Japandi.
The fusion of Japanese and Scandi forms a clumsysounding adjective that belies its elegance, but it’s a look that’s getting a lot of attention. The Japanese twist adds interest to the Scandinavian vibe we love so much, while the Scandi notes update traditional Japanese style. Both share a love of function and restraint, of natural materials and textures – especially wood – and of muted colours. Both styles respect the artisan and reject the conspicuous.
There are parallels too between the Danish concept of hygge (wellbeing) and the lesser known Japanese wabi-sabi (perfect imperfection) and takumi (craftsmanship). Think of a Sori Yanagi stool or a Hans Wegner chair. Designs of a similar age from opposite sides of the world that are timeless in their appeal.
Vogue Living was among the first to spot the Japandi trend. The magazine’s stylist Joseph Gardner demonstrated symmetry between the two styles by creating images that were Japanese in flavour, yet using mostly Scandinavian furniture and homewares.
“The two aesthetics complement each other so well because both are centred around simplicity, honesty and functionality,” Gardner says.
For me, it was a recent Instagram post by Australian brand Armadillo & Co (armadillo-co.com) that really illustrated the beauty of Japandi. The company’s Nala rug (which I’d previously filed in my mind under Moroccan) was simply styled with Japanese and Scandinavian furnishings.
“It’s a perfect partnership,” says Sally Pottharst, co-founder and director of Armadillo & Co. “The clarity of design and authenticity complement each other so well and work beautifully in contemporary interiors.”
Exactly what Sticks and Wombat were thinking – inadvertently, of course.