The Leaderboard

Since moving, I don’t particularly want to unpack all my boxed until I absolutely have to… but here are the bathroom babies that made the cut.

Given the number of emails I’ve received overnight about the purchasing whereabouts of my little bathroom leaderboard that I Instagram-ed yesterday, I thought I’d elaborate accordingly:

La Prairie Marine Biology Day Cream: La Prairie has the formula down – it makes so much sense to have everyday products that repair your skin at the same time, and yet not many brands do it. At least, not well. I hadn’t fully realised the power of such a Day Cream until I started using it late last year, after Chris King used some on my skin after our shoot with Paul and Natalie and my face felt awesome the next morning. It’s light, makes you look immediately fresher with a slight sheen, your skin absorbs it so easily, and SPF power is always a bonus.

Belmondo ‘THE RAIN’ and ‘AFTER THE RAIN‘: I’ve never used a non-foaming or non-cream cleanser save the odd desperate midday cleansing wipe. This ‘RAIN‘ is a cotton pad wipe and leave on affair, as is the aftermath toner. Both are super light and not at all drying. I’ve only just started using these, so I’ll keep you posted.


L:A BRUKET Salt Bath (Marigold, Orange, Geranium): I don’t often have the time luxury of sitting in a bath – after a particularly bad day yesterday, though, soaking in a tub of this marigold, orange and geranium dream basically amounted to a hug and 8 hours of sleep.

Aesop Balancing Gel and Hydrating Cream: Vitamin C is apparently where it’s at for your skin – Aesop products are of the more intense and concentrated variety, so these are great inflight or even Winter essentials, where dehydrating air-conditioning wreaks havoc on your face and palms, as I’ve sung before.

RODIN Olio Lusso Body Oil: When Sydney starts getting colder, I often find that my legs in particular struggle to stay soft on the same Summer moisturising regimen. RODIN’s body oil is hardly oily, per se, and dry skin just drinks it up.

Sodashi Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner:  I’m usually wary of hair products that aren’t mainstream and commercial, but Sodashi does such incredible work with their skincare, that this had to be good – and hell, I’m right. I don’t think my scalp has ever been so healthy. That is also the weirdest sentence I’ve ever published.


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.


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