Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Monique Ceccato, Blogger at Little Miss Mon Bon!

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am an almost 23 year old Marketing and Management graduate who lives in Perth/Northbridge/North Perth (the zoning is really weird, we are postcode 6000 but more Northbridge than Perth) with her partner and bulldog. I work 9-5 in the corporate world, and enter my fashion and blogging world via Little Miss Mon Bon outside of those hours. I have always been a dance fanatic and I don’t think I will ever grow out of that!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I am very minimalist in what I do to/put onto my skin. I have rather fussy skin in as it doesn’t need much (in way of moisturisers or treatments) and it hates a lot. If I am not careful with my products, I will end up with an ugly, bumpy face rash!

Each morning I wash my face with a gentle cleanser (my current favourite is the Neal’s Yard Rose Facial Wash), swipe on some mascara and dabble a little bronzing blush on my cheeks. To remove my makeup at the end of the day, I use the NYR Organic Make up Remover and wash my face with my NYR cleanser again. If I am going to moisturise (which is rare as my skin perspires badly under most moisturisers or breaks out in a rash), I prefer to spritz my face with a hydrating spray such as the NYR Hydrating Frankincense Facial Mist.

What's the one beauty treatment you can't live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Massages. Massages for sure! As I am currently trying to save some money to buy new furniture and a car, my new favourite place to get a massage is at home from the boyfriend! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to indulge in a professional massage in a while, but a massage is a massage and I can’t complain. When I am not in money saving mode I like to salon hop and experience different massages from different salons – they all have something different to offer!

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

Bee Rizzi at Peggy Sues is my go to woman. Not only does she do wonders with my temperamentally curly hair, she is an absolute character. I love sitting in Peggy Sues eclectic space, cuddling Penny the sausage dog and chatting away to Bee. There is something so comforting about having your hair cut in a place that is very reminiscent of an Italian Nonnas house crossed with a music obsessed young woman’s room.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

I really can’t go past a warm bath with Epsom salts. I am continuously aching and sore from dancing, so Epsom salts really are a savior!

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

NYR Rose facial wash, LimeCrime lipsticks and my mascara

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

In all honesty, I find that keeping it simple and just being me works for me! No overkill with the makeup, plenty of sleep and not being on a strict diet have all worked out pretty well for me so far.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven't yet?

I would absolutely love to try aerial silks (Tissu). Coming from a dancing background, aerial silks have always fascinated me. The intense muscle toning and strength that would be built up over time would be amazing. I would also like to try pilates and a green smoothie (can you believe I never have?!)

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Seeing as most of my days are spent at work, I will walk you through my typical work day of eating. My partner and I can go all out with dinners sometimes, so I try and stick to a more healthy/lean breakfast and lunch to balance it all out.


♥ A bowl of oats with skim milk or some fruit (summer fruits are the best!) with Mundella greek yoghurt with honey.
♥ One cup of tea (white with one, lemongrass and ginger or chai)
♥ A glass of water

Morning tea:
♥ One cup of tea (white with one, lemongrass and ginger or chai)
♥ Some cheese and crackers or more fruit

♥ Brown rice, tuna, cherry tomatoes, avocado and feta or a ham, lettuce, tomato, avocado and jarlsberg roll
♥ Glass of water

Afternoon tea:
♥ Some cheese and crackers or more fruit

♥ Anything from meat and vegetables to a tuna bake. We don’t really stick to a strict dinner eating plan (but we are working on that in the coming weeks!)

Describe your fitness routine.

I am very fortunate to be living a stone’s throw from the city, and working in the CBD. Not only am I super close to work, but I get a good hour or so of walking in when I complete the round trip each day. Each week I take 2 Jazz dance classes on a Wednesday night, and a lyrical dance class on Saturdays. If I am feeling really good, I will go for a jog around Hyde Park.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

I used to use Carla Oates Inner Beauty Powder, but since running out I haven’t repurchased it. I really love it because it is packed full of nutrients and it tastes great – even my partner enjoys it!

How many hours sleep do you usually get each night? Do you have any bedtime rituals or tips to help you get a great nights sleep?

A lot! I love my sleep; I can’t function without a good night of shut eye! Since having glandular fever I find that I get tired very easily, and if I don’t sleep properly it causes all sorts of issues. Each night I get between 7-8.5 hours of sleep, and if I am lucky, I can get a half hour power nap in during the day when I am not working.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

I absolutely love sitting down with a big mug of tea and lighting some scented candles. If there are a couple of fashion mags thrown in there it becomes complete bliss!

Thanks Monique, check out her blog at Little Miss Mon Bon!

If you have any questions for Monique, please leave a comment below! 🙂

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