How much does a beauty editor’s skincare routine really cost?

The beauty editors of some of your favourite magazine titles share their favourite skincare products.

Looking glam 24/7 isn’t an easy task but being a beauty editor with a bottomless stash of the latest and greatest products definitely helps!

Trialling and testing is all part of the job (someone’s got to do it!) but how much does complexion perfection really cost?

We did the math.

*The below doesn’t account for refills throughout the year.

Megan Bedford, Beauty Editor – Fashion Quarterly, Miss FQ & Australian Women’s Weekly


Divine Woman Daily Renewal Lactic Gel Cleanser $75

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist $66

La Roche Posay Tolerianne Ultra Intense Soothing Care $44.99

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50+ $105 (or Coola Daydream Mineral Primer $65)


MAC Cleanse Off Oil $48

Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream $46.99

L’Oreal Micellar Water (just to clean up last mascara remnants) $14.99

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist (as above)

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye serum $159

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum $136 (or Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum $189)

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ $69

One to two times a week I use Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel Wipes $89 or Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum $143


Occasional Botox every six months at Caci $240-400 depending on the area. I’m also on a skin treatment plan at Caci, so have a microdermabrasion or sonophoresis facial about every three to four weeks but nothing too intense.

$1400 annually or $25 per week.

TOTAL: from $2,760

Megan is devoted to uncovering the latest and greatest beauty products and trends. Follow Megan as she explores high-brow fashion and beauty at @meganbedford

Amy Houlihan, Beauty Editor – Woman’s Day


G&M Neurocosmedics 4-in-1 Micellar Detoxifying Water $53

Aspect Dr Active C Serum $130

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF50+ $84

Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 $98 or Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield $115


G&M Neurocosmedics AHA Milk-Gel Cleanser $65 applied with Cutisonic $125

G&M Neurocosmedics 4-in-1 Micellar Detoxifying Water $53

Medik8 Eyelift Age-Defying Firming Gel $99

Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum $102

Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser $139

Alpha-H Liquid Gold (every second night) $115

On rotation during the week I do a Skinvitals Sheet Mask $12.99, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask $79.99 and Environ SkinessentiA Hydrating Clay Masque $58.65


A quarterly facial peel with the Ultraceuticals A-zyme from $136

TOTAL: from $1,367

Amy has been the beauty editor of Woman’s Day for a decade. She’s proudly celeb-obsessed, always on the hunt for the perfect bronze eyeshadow and lives for a good highlight.

Tracy Davis, Beauty Editor – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly


Trilogy Age-Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream $49.99

Ultraceuticals C23+ Firming Concentrate $159

Avene Optimale Hydrating Serum $59.99

MitoQ® Eye Renew – AM + PM $165

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield $115


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter $32.50

Clinique Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam $39 (always double cleanse!)

Garnier Micellar Water to remove eye make-up $13.99

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum $189 alternate nights with Alpha H Liquid Gold $115

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil $139

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix $138

Lanolips Lip Balm $22


A facial once a month (like to change up where I go!) from $140

TOTAL: from $1,377

Erin Berryman, Beauty Editor – Good Health &


Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel $66

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist $66

Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum $102

Aspect Dr Active C Serum $130

Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum $89

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 $84


Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Face Cleanser $77

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel as above on rotation with Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser $25

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant $30

Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum $152

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion $29

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $79

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner $185

Twice a week I do a face mask, which I change up depending on what issues I want to address. The Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask $65 is great for hydration and soothing skin.


I get a facial once a month – my favourites being the bespoke facial at The Facialist $140 and the Osmosis Medi Facial at Haven Skin Spa $149

TOTAL: from $1328

Erin says: “To me, beauty isn’t just physical it’s intangible. It’s those little things, like the pick-me-up you get from a spritz of fragrance, a bright lip on a Monday morning or that fresh blow wave feeling.” You can follow Erin’s beauty adventures (and cute dachshund) at @erinberr.

Tamsin Marshall, Beauty Editor – Simply You & NEXT


Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser $62

Ultraceuticals Ultra C Firming Eye Cream $120

Environ Skin EssentiA Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 4 $95

Environ Sun Care RAD Lotion $56


Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser (as above)

MAC Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover $42

Osmosis Catalyst AC-11 $242

Osmosis StemFactor $267

Osmosis Clear Spray $59

Once a week I exfoliate with Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant $109 and do a mask. I love the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask $89 and Osmosis Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask $126.


I get regular Botox in my forehead from Caci Clinic $240-$400 depending on the area

The Lip Rejuvenation treatment at The Face Place is also a favourite of mine $750-950

TOTAL: from $2,378

Tamsin is the founder of one of the first NZ beauty blogs – She is also training to be a pilates instructor and has a breakfast blog. Follow her for all things inner and outer beauty at @bytamsin

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