She's the founder and director of marketing and communications agency Lucky Chalm, and the face behind global strategy for some of your favourite fashion, beauty & lifestyle brands. Julia takes us through her daily routine and how she makes time for herself in between meetings with high profile media and celebrities, throwing insta-swoon parties, and dominating business in the US market as an Aussie expat.
What does a typical morning look like for you?
As the days are getting shorter and darker up here in the northern hemisphere, I’ve fallen into a terrible habit of repeatedly hitting snooze in the morning. Typically, once I get out of bed, my morning consists of checking my emails and clocking any urgent items, and then I’ll either go for a good walk or do 30 minutes of Fluidform Pilates. Once I’m showered and changed, I’ll then drop by my favorite cafe, Sightglass, for a coffee with my husband on our respective ways to work.
Do you have any special rituals that you commit to daily?
My special rituals would include giving myself 30-60 mins in the morning to do some exercise or get fresh air. I really need daily doses of nature, so moving my body outdoors is important to me.
What is your version of self-care?
My version of self-care is really trying hard to step away from my phone and computer after 8.30pm, put on my Masque Vivant from Biologique Recherche, load my diffuser up with calming essential oils like Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender and Rosemary and cuddle up on the couch with an excellent series or getting into bed and reading something that is completely unrelated to work and takes me away to a different world. I don’t sleep well, so embarking on these little ritualistic steps each evening is how I try to wind down and quieten my mind ahead of sleep. I’ll also never say no to a nice glass of wine after a big day.
Current morning skincare routine:
My morning skincare routine is simple. I rinse my face with warm water, put on my Emma Lewisham Skin Reset Serum or Emma Lewisham’s magical 72 Hour Creme and follow up with Colorscience SPF.
Your go-to makeup look?
Again, I keep my day-to-day makeup look simple. Since COVID, I’ve really limited how much make up I regularly wear. I also suffer from hormonal acne, which forces me to keep my skin clear of makeup for the most part. However, most days I’ll use Nars Radiant Creamy concealer, Chanel Boy Brow on my eyebrows, a quick eyelash curl and Flavedo & Albedo’s Dew Tint in grapefruit on my cheeks and eyelids. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara.
Your top 3 makeup products that are currently on high rotation?
Flavedo & Albedo’s Dew Tint is a game changer, I’m so obsessed for cheeks, eyelids and lips, and I use their gold eyeliner more or less every time I go out.
Most under-rated beauty tip?
Less is more and eating well. Also, using a Ziip before a night out.
How does wellness play a role in your approach to beauty?
Wellness plays such a large part in my approach to beauty. I take just about every supplement known to man and always include delicious wellness tonics (like your Rose Extract!) daily. For the most part, I avoid eating dairy (I will never say no to a cheese board), processed sugars and foods, and always opt for fermented wheat products, as I know these highly-inflammatory foods flare up my already sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Best beauty advice you ever received:
Don’t be scared to use your fingers to apply eyeshadow or lipstick.
What beauty products do you always carry with you/ in your handbag?
I can’t live without Carmex, a tube of Weleda’s Skinfood and a good multipurpose lip tint.