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

Megan Bedford
Beauty editor – Fashion Quarterly, Miss FQ and Australian Women’s Weekly


Morning routine:
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)

Evening routine:
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. $1,400 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 @fashionquarterly, @missfqnz and @meganbedford

Amy Houlihan


Amy Houlihan
Beauty editor – Woman’s Day


Morning routine:
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

Evening routine:
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

Tracy Davis
Beauty editor – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly


Morning routine:
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

Evening routine:
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

Erin Berryman
Beauty editor – Good Health &


Morning routine:
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

Evening routine:
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. 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.

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

You can follow Erin’s beauty adventures (and cute dachshund) at @erinberr.

Tamsin Marshall

Tamsin Marshall
Beauty editor – Simply You & NEXT


Morning routine:
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

Evening routine:
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, Beauty Goss. 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.

Photos: Instagram and supplied.

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