The Publicist Who Conquered Hormonal Acne

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"I'm Tammi Ireland (@tammi_ireland). I'm a publicist at strategic communications and engagement agency DEC PR. I used to be a journalist, and made the move to PR about five years ago. I'm studying psychology and sexology in the evenings as a side project, and I really love applying what I'm learning to my work in PR. I've previously worked in fashion public relations, where there was a lot more pressure to look a certain way. I'm an Australian size 14, which I was acutely aware of during my time in fashion PR—and that definitely gave me a negative view of beauty in particular. Now that I'm in a positive environment, I approach personal beauty differently...less makeup, for starters. And I wear my hair up more, because I work better when it's out of my face.

My hair is my constant battle. If I could change one thing about myself, I'd love the ability to roll out of bed and not have to do anything to my hair before heading to work. In reality, I double-shampoo my very thick, curly hair with Tresemmé Perfectly Undone Shampoo before conditioning ends only with L'Oréal Elvive Anti-Breakage Repairing Conditioner. While that’s sitting in my hair, I take care of the rest of my body–shaving my legs and exfoliating–until I rinse it out with cold water. After pat-drying my hair with a towel, I’ll run some Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Hair Beautifier into my lengths. My friend recommended this to me and it’s one of those products I’ve stayed loyal to. I’ll blow dry and then straighten my hair with a GHD before running one pump of Seven Wonders Argan Oil through my ends for straight hair.

If I’m tired I’ll pull my hair up to get through the day. If I’m feeling great, the cheeks get an extra swipe of blush and I’ll do a fresh at-home manicure. I’m inspired by girls with similar aesthetics to mine–dark features, fair skin, brown-almost-black hair. Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Phoebe Tonkin, and Nicole Trunfio all feature pretty high on the list, though it’s the real girls I find on my late-night Instagram scrolls who I keep coming back to. I’ll mix Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium with either Clinique Even Better Foundation in Ivory for a little coverage or Bobbi Brown Even Finish Foundation in Warm Beige for deeper, longer-lasting coverage and apply it to my face and neck with my fingers. It looks best around lunchtime, after the product has had time to settle into my skin.

I use a flat blush brush to apply Nars Orgasm in colder months to give a bit of a flushed-cheek look, or MAC Margin when it’s warmer for a bronzy look, taking the blush across my cheekbones and up to my temples. I read somewhere that going that high is more natural a look and it works for me. Using Estée Lauder Artists Eye Pencil in Soft Smudge Black—which is the best eyeliner for drawing on your waterline—I line my top eyelid from the middle to the end. This creates a ‘winged eyeliner’-type look on my eyes, without the effort required to make both lines perfectly even. On super special occasions such as birthdays or weddings I always turn to Dolce and Gabbana runway models. Soft makeup with a defined winged eye—Clinique Brush-On Cream Eyeliner in True Black—black clothes, soft messy hair peppered with flowers or trinkets... Every look from those shows is a dream.

For my skin, prevention is just as good as a cure. Drink water, always. Avoid alcohol where you can. Sleep, always. My skin is pretty good on most days, however since having the Mirena IUD inserted about four months ago I’ve been struggling with hormonal breakouts on my chin. As soon as I see one start to come up, I dab some Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on the spot and it’s gone by the next day. That stuff is liquid gold.

The scent of my skincare can really affect my mood. I can’t wash my face with Sukin Cream Cleanser in the evening for example, because the botanical scent reminds me of morning. I pack Sukin’s Hydrating Mist Toner in my bag for use after every shower or to cool down at my desk at work. It’s all-natural and smells really fresh—the act of spritzing it on kind of closes one chapter of my routine and opens the next.

I always apply Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream under my eyes after the mist and before makeup. This is the lightest formula of eye cream I’ve found and a little goes a very long way. Plus it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the European bags and discoloring I have—even if it is just a placebo. Lastly, skin’s not done without fragrance. Carven, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, and Commodity's Cocktail Kit are currently on rotation."

—as told to ITG

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