Chapter 19: We started a podcast

I did a Rachel Hollis exercise with some friends recently where you visualise what the best version of yourself would be like.

What do you do for a job? What do you dress like? How are your relationships? What are your priorities? How do you feel? How much sleep do you get? What do you eat …? 

And then after imagining all of this – seeing it like a movie in your head – you quickly write it all down on a piece of paper, using “I” statements and as much detail as you can.

I really recommend giving it a go.

It’s a ridiculously helpful way of focusing in on what you actually want your life to be like, and then being big and brave and going for it.

Here are some of the things on my list:

  1. I am a famous writer
  2. I am a present, loving mum
  3. I eat fresh healthy food and regularly work out, and I feel amazing
  4. I set my own work hours
  5. I am confident and completely myself
  6. I influence people to believe in themselves and live their best lives, and to be kind.
  7. I make the world laugh.

Then we had to each look at our lists, and come up with a goal – just one – that would help us get closer to this bomb version of ourselves.

Get it, girl

My Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG, if you please) is to create a platform of smart, silly, fun, encouraging content.

Like what Leandra Medine has done with Man Repeller.

But more Kate-ish.

Which is difficult. And daunting. And exciting. And entirely achievable.

Kate, Media Mogul

I love podcasts. They bring me untold amounts of joy – like, Making a Murderer.

Kidding. I ain’t about that True Crime life. I live almost exclusively in the comedy section. See below.

Kate’s Top 5 Fave Podcasts:

  1. Jules and Sarah the Podcast
  2. Rise Podcast
  3. Fletch Vaughan and Megan
  4. Wobble
  5. Sports?

So when I was thinking about what I wanted to be a part of my platform, podcasts were FOR SURE on the list.

So I made one. Like a gangster.

I enlisted my husband Taka as Producer and Co-Host, and on Thursday night we sat at the kitchen table and chatted into a surprisingly phallic microphone about everything from our car being totalled by an ambulance, to the Netflix show Taka’s mum is currently obsessed with.

It was really fun, and we hope it makes you smile.

If you want to have a listen, we are now officially iTunes approved so you can find us there by searching Kate Takes Thirty (I’ve renamed it The Kate and Taka Show, but it’s just taking a little while to sync!), or listen online at

If you listen, please screenshot it and post it to your stories and tag or DM me at @katetakesthirty on Instagram! I. WILL. DIE.

You can also follow Taka at @takakauri.

Thanks so much for your support, guys. We will frankly be bloody beside ourselves if more people than just my mum listen (both because she’s supportive, and also because I talk about her confusion with “that’s what she said” … it’s a little rude …).

You are the best of all humans.

Lots of love,

Kate x

Chapter 2: 10-Step Korean Skincare

As a mum of a teething 9 month old, I think it’s safe to say I’m currently being held together by coffee, hope and dry shampoo.

So when I saw Farmers had started stocking K-Beauty brand, TONYMOLY, it reminded me of something I’d heard on the Jules and Sarah Podcast.

The Legend of Zorro Korean Skincare

I’m a ride or die member of the Port Salut Crew (niche podcast reference), and a couple of lols back, Jules mentioned in passing that Korean eye masks (especially when kept in the fridge) were G.O.A.T for giving a tired bleugh face a much needed pep up.

Korean skincare, I thought at the time … I must remember this … I shall tuck it away in my mind next to “i before e, except after c” and the lyrics to every Spice Girls song ever made.

(Definitely not next to how to work out statistical significance, because when I have I ever needed to do that, University? Never, that is when.)

But back to the TONYMOLY display:

There was a moisturiser in a tiny banana, black eye-patch masks for dark circles that make you look like a bandit panda, and a range of sheet face masks (probably) developed by Bruce Wayne’s R&D team – plus loads more.

I was so happy I nearly started singing Spice up your life, and snaffled up the panda eye mask and a hydrating sheet mask – both of which promised to get me glowing like J-Lo and Jun Ji-hyun.

But, like – what is it?

South Korean women love skincare like Kanye loves Kanye.

So much so that they are the inventors of the 10-step skincare regime.

And it is  T H O R O U G H – with a focus on promoting hydration, layering products, preventative aging, natural and cutting-edge ingredients, super cute packaging, and holistic health (I downed two cups on green tea while writing this, and surprisingly, didn’t hate it).

Fun fact: we owe BB cream to the South Koreans.

I managed to do the morning and night routines using a random range of products I had lying around the house, because I like beauty and I have a problem. But – that does mean there were a couple things missing, so this is:

Kate’s #basic version


I’m not a morning person.

When I wake up I want coffee and silence. Which is veryyy unfortunate when you have a 9 month old.

I find washing my face soon after getting up really helps the whole feeling like an alive person thing though, so the longer skincare process was actually quite a nice way to ease into the day.

Here’s how they do it in Seoul:

  1. Wash your face with just water
  2. Toner – pop some on a cotton pad and wipe over your face
  3. Essence – this is one I didn’t have. It’s like if toner and serum had a baby. Apparently it’s amazing for skin hydration
  4. Ampoule – serum on steroids. A ‘sometimes (skin) food’, these are packed with active ingredients for some targeted intervention. You don’t use all the time
  5. Serum – like a wheatgrass shot to the face. These are concentrated formulas to help tackle specific concerns (I picked up the Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil from the supermarket for under $20)
  6. Eye cream – no sebaceous glands to produce oil + the thinnest skin = very needy on the moisture front (Nutrimetics’ Ultra Care+ Platinum Tight Firm & Fill Eye Serum is  L E G I T)
  7. Moisturiser
  8. Sunblock – particularly necessary in New Zealand where we basically don’t have an ozone layer.
The products I used for my evening routine.


The evening routine is utterly onerous and indulgent. And. I. Loved. It.

Little man was in bed, and it was just the loveliest and most relaxing way to wind down from the day.

  1. Oil cleanser – to remove makeup. I think the Tailor Oil Cleanse is delish, and it’s made in NZ #chur
  2. Water based/foaming cleanser – this is called a “double-cleanse” and it’s all the rage. You could use a micellar water, or something like the foaming cleanser from Olay (which is M A G I C for removing the last of your makeup)
  3. Exfoliant – not every day though
  4. Toner – Korean skincare aficionados will aim to tone within 10 seconds of getting out of the shower. Apparently the longer you wait, the more dehydrated your skin becomes
  5. Essence 
  6. Ampoule
  7. Serum 
  8. Sheet mask – my TONYMOLY one was one of the nicest, and less murdery looking, I’ve ever used. Just don’t wash off the residue serum afterwards – that stuff is gold. I did a little facial massage with it myself – as instructed by Meghan Markle’s facialist (and Jules’ pal) Nichola Joss
  9. Eye cream
  10. Moisturiser 

Kate Rates: The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

I really enjoyed my foray into Korean Skincare. I probably won’t be following the 10-steps every day, but I will actually keep quite a good chunk of it.

I loved the double-cleanse and morning water wash, more regularly using toner and eye cream, and the introduction of rosehip oil and delicious delicious sheet masks.

I’m doing all of it.

I’m pretty much doing all of it.

Disclaimer: I did a lot of research before writing this, but obviously, I’m a white chick from New Zealand, so I’m hardly the go-to expert on Korean Skincare. My only hope is that I do anything as offensive as this.

Let me know if you give it a go, and what you think! 

Kate x

Ps. To my pals from Instagram (@beforekateturns30) who are like … uh, this isn’t eating a Big Mac or contouring like a Kardashian, to you I say. Soz. I had dry, tired skin and got amped when I saw the panda eye patches. What’s a girl to do?