"I moved to LA for good last January, and found this house-it's like my dream house. It's heaven. I have a lot of girlfriends who come and stay when they just need a break from their lives. It's a weekend at The Doll's House-the girls' hotel. Now that I live here, I've been able to see the coast a little more, and I'm obsessed with Ojai, and Ventura's beautiful-they're so close, you can just do day trips. Last week I was having a bit of a moment, so I just got in my car and booked a house in Ojai and stayed there. I've really embraced the Cali lifestyle. [Laughs] Last week I went swimming-I just pulled over, put my swimmers on in the car, dunked in the water, sat there for like five minutes, then got straight in my car in my bikini and just dried off on the drive back. It's so Australian. I realized that the water, as an Australian, is really reconnecting.
I make a really LA-style coffee. There's this brand called , and they make basically chocolate ghee. The ghee is made of cacao, cacao butter, and something like sugar, and clarified butter. So I mix that with reishi, which is a mushroom, and then I use something else called Tocos, which is a powder. And then I use a spoonful of instant coffee, and I put hot water in that and put it in the blender and blend it up. It's a little bit like a chocolate latte. I started making it because I had an acupuncturist tell me once—I was like, 'I love coffee and I don't want to give it up,' and she was like, 'Your nervous system needs fat to balance it out.' So she suggested putting the ghee in my coffee, and I went one step further by making it chocolate. I'm trying to eat more at home in general. This is really weird, but I'm a big basmati rice person. I just put it on the stove, heat it up. Sometimes I'll put garlic in. I just like rice, and you make it into anything. You can put rice, spinach, and pesto and mix it all up. Late-night, I also like Halo Top. The cookies and cream one. And Beyond Burger. Insanely delicious.
I also take CBD oil. I have the gummies, but they are expensive. It's legal here now, so I get the legit CBD. I just take it before bed and it's life changing. I really believe in it. It really is just chilling you out and I don't think that's a bad thing. I'll read, sometimes I'll put on music. I try not to look on my phone.
My skincare routine has changed since I shot my Top Shelf, for sure! One of the biggest changes was that I started using all Biologique Recherche. I have this amazing facialist in Australia called Melanie Grant, and she put me onto the . And then with my other girlfriend Hayley, at her house we would always inevitably end up drinking wine, and after three glasses of wine she was like, 'Come into the bathroom, we're doing a facial!' And she'd always give me these Biologique facials with all these serums, and the moisturizer, all of it. I'd wake up in the morning with a slight hangover but my skin would be amazing! Eventually I took the plunge and got the whole regimen. My favorite trick is to use the combined with the . I mix it in my hand with baking soda. A facialist told me about that, and it works. The moisturizer I use is , which is the Chanel one, and it's amazing. Then I use the Biologique toner, , and .
I love masks. If I'm going out somewhere, I love the -it's so pretty and luxurious. Or I use Manuka honey-I just put it straight on my face. It justifies the price, because it's pretty expensive-I'm like, 'Well it's half skincare and half medicinal honey.' You just put a little on your face, and a little in your mouth because it's so delicious. [Laughs] When you wash your face, it just feels really clean and a little tighter. In a good way, not in a dry way. And I always put lots of oils. I use this that I mix with it. Scent totally matters. I think that's why I like oils so much.
I'm just obsessed with anything skincare, so if someone has something that I don't have I'm like, 'Ooh, what's that?' One of my other girlfriends had the -of course I picked it up. I started using it, and it's amazing. Like, it actually is amazing. It does work. I have all the gadgets-I have the LED mask, I have it all. I use them when I'm watching TV.
In the shower, is my favorite. Oh my God. The oil wash smells so good. The consistency is amazing. When I get out of the shower, I don't dry off. I mix the Body Hero lotion with coconut oil and pat it on my wet skin and then towel off. I feel like it just absorbs some of the water as well, as opposed to just rubbing it dry.
You know, I've had a couple of months off of work, and it's been nice not to have heavy makeup on every day. I wore mascara the other night for no reason, and I was like, 'I have not worn mascara in a really long time.' I just always want my face to be clean and glowy. When I'm going out, it's all just a nicer version of what I come to the table with. I actually don't ever wear eyeliner or eyeshadow-usually it's just a bigger lip or brows. I always mix a bit of the with my moisturizer. Then I use in Brown. I curl my lashes, use on my eyelids and my cheekbones, and then some sort of very red smudgy matte lipstick. I prefer the —I press it on with my fingers, and sometimes use the residual on my cheeks as blush.
I cut my hair in June last year, really short. It was too much too soon. I actually look back at photos like, oh my God it was so cute, I want to do it again. But at the time, it was a very emotionally-driven hair change. It was a big change, very quickly. I was so self-conscious of it, I didn't know how to style it. I wear a lot of dresses and such, but with short hair, you just look like a little girl. I felt like summer dresses and that kind of hair just didn't really work. But I did really like it, and I may do it again [Laughs]. I had my hair colored recently by Tracy Cunningham. She's really good. But I don't color it a lot. I probably color it once or twice a year. Sometimes I get into moods that I want a beach blonde. About two years ago I got it really blonde for a while, but now I'm trying to get it back to my natural color. There's a woman in Australia called Renya Xydis, and in New York I go to Mauricio at Suite Caroline. But I don't ever do anything drastic. Sometimes it's just to take the red out, or to add a little bit of a highlight. I'm trying to have long, thick, one-length Mormon hair. I don't want little layers or bangs. I want it fully thick and strong and long. And then I'll cut it all off.
I use . For the luxe of it all. And then . To be honest, [my hair] is a little temperamental. But when I'm in a good environment, like when I'm at home or when I'm driving, my hair dries really well. I just tuck it under my ears, and it dries in this sort of wavy, sort of straight way. But if it's not in the right environment and I let it dry naturally, it will be so frizzy. If I just go straight outside or for a walk or something, my hair will get frizzy. So I try to be inside and let it dry. It can be wavy, but it can also be quite frizzy and poofy, which I actually sometimes like. Because it makes me feel like I'm in an 80's rom-com. I have a straightener and a blow dryer, but I don't really use them much. Except when I'm in a really big rush and don't want to wait and see if my hair dries nice or not, I'll blow dry it properly and straighten it. One thing I learned is called the preemptive dry shampoo. So even when your hair is clean, the night before you go to bed, you put dry shampoo in. And the you wake up and it's got a good texture. So I do that sometimes. It helps that I have a silk pillowcase, but I'm also too messy and I drool all over it [Laughs]."
—as told to ITG
Phoebe Tonkin photographed by Tom Newton on March 13, 2018.