Makeup & Skincare
Three celeb favourite skin and haircare brands you should try ...
Why we love it: This Greek brand was born in Athens' oldest homeopathic pharmacy 16 years ago by George Korres (who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of herbal remedies, and it shows).
Not only are the products all beautifully-scented in a non-cloying way and in high-design packaging, but they're also all free of parabens, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, GM or triclosan and are all really quite affordable.
Celebrity fans: Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron & Eva Mendes
Must-try: We've tried a lot of Korres products, and while we do love the wild rose range, all of the not-too-sweet perfumes and the olive stone exfoliator, our latest crush is the Almond & Linseed Nourishing Hair Mask ($18).
By late Jan, most of us have stressed out and damaged tresses in need of some love, but we find most hair masks weigh down our locks and can leave them a little greasy. Not this one: for days after a bath application, our hair was so silky we kept awkwardly and unsociably stroking it.
Why we love it: Launched by Texan beauty fanatic and chemist Sunday Riley back in 2009, this skincare range isn't all-natural, but is, as Riley explains, "clean technology".
This means she uses high-end, good quality 'chemicals' because she believes they're more advanced and so really more effective than purely natural options.
Celebrity fans: Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Mirren & Victoria Beckham
Must-try: Riley's Ceramic Slip Cleanser ($57) is really something special - and one of the 'cheaper' products in the very expensive range.
The combination skin lady's dream has a very high-end-spa-treatment herbal smell, doesn't burn the eyes, contains clay to draw out excess oil, yet isn't clumpy. We found it helped get rid of those, sorry if this is TMI, pesky 'nose flakes'.
Why we love it: Okay, this is a product rather than a brand, but it is the duct tape of beauty products - it's called a cream, but is definitely a balm (it costs $46 for 120ml). It has only six ingredients: honey, beeswax, olive oil, royal jelly, bee pollen and bee propolis and can be used as an eye cream, burn relief, shaving balm, an extreme moisturiser for elbows etc, as sunburn relief and is also a great overnight leave-in conditioner.
A little goes a long way (otherwise it can be too greasy) and it's good for the little ones too.
Celebrity fans: Madonna, Brooke Shields & Karolina Kurkova
- Do you have a fave product you've only just discovered you can get in NZ? And can ANYONE tell us how to get Liz Earle here?!
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