A guide for the modern day millennial. Kate Neilson shares what she’s been eating, watching, using and reading this month.
Use – Face Hero
I’ve never been one for using face oils; I don’t like my skin to feel oily at night before bed and I find some face oils lead to breakouts and leave my skin feeling grimy. But then I met Go-To Skincare’s Face Hero and everything changed.
I’ve been shouting Face Hero’s praises from the rooftops. It’s seriously THE BEST. My skin has never felt so baby soft and plump, and I’m even getting compliments from colleagues: “Have you got a new foundation?” “Nope, my skin is just singing!”
Go-To Founder Zoe Foster-Blake is everything that I want to be when I grow up: she’s super funny, ultra cool and the perfect level of famous, in my opinion. Having held her to such a high-esteem I was primed to totally love all her products when they first came out. And the truth is, I was slightly underwhelmed with some of the other products.
Sure, they worked fine. They smelt fine. But for the price, I didn’t feel I was getting the value I wanted. Face Hero changed that. The product has been marketed to me for months now and I finally caved and bought a bottle for $45. Now it’s a regular part of my skin routine.
I use around three drops at night on my face and décolletage (face feels a bit oily for a little while, but soaks in nicely after 20 minutes or so) and I mix one drop in with my SPF moisturiser every morning for some extra hydration and glow in the winter. I love it so much that I’m trying to convert all my friends. Whenever they come over for dinner I feed them and then say, “Now wash your face and try this face oil. Tell me how your skin feels in the morning.”
I also really love Go-To’s Transformazing masks. They give you a great boost of hydration and leave your skin looking glowy for the few days following use, perfect for this dry winter weather. But at $9 a pop these masks are best reserved for special occasions.
Watch – PEN15
This is one of those shows that had been recommended to me for ages but, for some reason, I kept putting it off. Why watch something new when you can watch re-runs of Friends over and over and over again? It took one of my friends sitting me down and saying, “Kate, it would mean a lot to me if you watched this show.” KnowinG this friend had a good read on my humour, I gave it a go. Boy, am I glad I did.
Set in the early 2000s, comedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle (who are in their 30s IRL) play depictions of their former teenage selves going to middle-school for the first time. All the other students are played by actual young teenagers, which makes for a lot of hilarity. You quickly forget that Erskine and Konkle are adults, they do such a good job of taking us back to that time of first kisses, trying your first cigarette, lounge room dance routines and trying on your very first G-string.
There’s so much to love about this show. It's hilarious, nostalgic and very well written. I don't doubt you’ll binge it on Stan, just like I did.
Eat - The Apollo
If you’ve got a fancy occasion coming up (and you’re a massive meat eater) then the Apollo on MacLeay street in Potts Point is a must. The special occasion in my life was my birthday and my beautiful friend took me here for a Greek feast to end all Greek feasts.
Because we were celebrating, we decided to go all out and order one of the banquet options. Think beautifully cooked lamb shoulder, succulent roasted garlic potatoes, taramasalata, saganaki cheese and a filo-pastry of some kind for dessert. It was truly spectacular.
We also had a great sommelier who paired our meal with the perfect Malbec. It's a great vibe – buzzing with busy staff others stuffing themselves silly just like you.
It's not cheap and you can’t book in – it’s a put your name down and wait kind of deal – but there are plenty of small bars in the area where you can have a drink while you wait for your table to be ready.
Read – Pain and the Prejudice
Gabrielle Jackson’s new book Pain and the Prejudice is a must read, especially for those who work in the medical profession. After a successful response from her deep dive on Endometriosis for The Guardian, Jackson decided to take her investigation into women’s health a step further by looking into the culture of women’s pain and how it’s treated in the medical world and by society-at-large.
The start of the book takes readers through the basic anatomy and processes of the female body: do you know what actually happens to our insides during menstruation, menopause and gestation? I thought I did, but it turns out there’s so much I didn’t know.
I think one of the most important parts in this book was finding out that a lot of women are dying from potentially preventable diseases purely because medical science has focused on men and male animals when testing their drugs or analysing symptoms.
For example, more women are dying from mis-diagnosed heart problems because their symptoms present differently to men and therefore aren’t always picked up at a visit to the GP. Women are also more likely to have their physical pain dismissed as a mental health problem or hysteria than men, and women usually wait longer to receive treatment. This is all truly appalling and Jackon is here to put an end to it.
This book if packed with important medical statistics and is written in an easily digestible way. I encourage you to buy a copy. Women, read it to learn more about your own body and then leave it on the doorstep of an important man in your life, they need to know about this stuff too.
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Kate Neilson is the founder of Twenty Something Humans. She loves to eat pancakes every Sunday morning and feels awkward writing about herself in the third person. Lurk her @katiepotatierose.