In our beauty bags: August 2013
SARAH MACKENZIE, NYREE MCFARLANE & TRACEY STRANGE
Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner, $55: This creamy pencil liner-cum-shadow comes in six shades - below is Shimmering Ivy, Lapis and Metallic Marble. While it's pricier than our usual shadows, this is the first liner we've found that is truly waterproof. The pigments are also really strong, and the smudge applicator end means you can also use it along the line of your lid (just smudge like crazy) to create easy, smokey eyes. It gives you the results of a powder liner, but just requires a lot less skill.
Cosima’s Balancing foaming cleanser, $40 from ohnatural.co.nz: We love this soap-free face wash. The zingy apple-meets-cucumber smell is refreshing, it’s concentrated so a little goes a long way (and it leaves you feeling really clean) and it’s certified organic. Aloe vera juice is the first ingredient, and then there’s witch hazel extract, apricot kernel oil and macadamia oil (the list of natural actives goes on). It’s also gentle enough to use around the eyes, which is pretty much a must for us when it comes to cleansers.
Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair II, $180: Designed to work on your skin while you sleep, this non-tacky serum (the splash-price product is an update of the 1982 original) feels great on the skin and absorbs nicely. Full of anti-ageing ingredients like ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, it leaves your skin glowing and rested-looking. We love the fact it’s been tested on more than 1,000 women of different ethnicities and skin types worldwide. And we can sleep easy, too, knowing it’s OK for sensitive skins.
Dr LeWinn’s 4-Fusion Cleansing Oil, $37.90: Oil cleansers aren't exactly a new concept but they’re certainly gaining in popularity. They’re based on the idea that like-dissolves-like, and putting oil on your face will melt away the oil or sebum your skin naturally produces. Not everyone likes them – ‘Cosmetic Cop’ Paula Begoun hates them for oily complexions, slating them as a simplistic solution to the complex nature of acne-prone skin – but they certainly have their fans. We like this one for its use of soothing rosehip, argan and tamau oils and because it makes our skin feel calmer and brighter.
Mecca Cosmetica The Leather Collection, $68: The ultimate creamy pinky-beige nude nail polish is truly difficult to find. We think we've found it in this a set of two nail enamels and a matte-finish topcoat. Both colours are suede-soft, beautifully subtle and posh in a I’m-too-beautiful-to-need-to-show-off kind of way. But the nude is a creamy pink with just the right amount of grey to make it a must-have. The matte finish helps too.
L’Oreal Pari NutriLift Gold Foundation, $43.99: Treatment foundations are good news for the skin. Although the anti-ageing ingredients found in foundation aren’t in the same concentrations as those in skincare, they do sit on the complexion all day allowing them to penetrate and protect. This base contains five powerful anti-ageing ingredients – retinol, pro-lastyl, pro-xylane, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C – and is aimed at women 50+. Although its texture, coverage and tiny light-reflecting real gold particles mean it’s definitely worth a try if you are younger, especially if you are worried about dryness or lack of radiance.
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Radiant Bronzing Powder, $69: A bit too heavy-handed with the bronzer to achieve a barely there, natural glow? With its failsafe mix of pinks, browns and golds – this bronzing powder will help you on the way to creating a luminous look, minus the obvious lines. Apply in light, circular motions to cheeks, temples and under-brows and voila, a gorgeous glow is all yours.
Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover, $23.50: With the key ingredient known for its calming properties, we were keen to give this camomile make-up remover a try. As promised it’s gentle and nourishing while melting stubborn mascara away. Perfect for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. Oh, and the cheap price point is the icing on the cake.
Clarins Extra-Comfort Foundation, $102: This foundation feels thick and creamy to touch, but actually glides on with ease and doesn’t look too thick. A winner for the dry-skinned ladies out there, it’s super nourishing and adds moisture while covering. Only thing that wasn’t so great? The glass tub is super heavy and we wouldn’t even think about chucking this into our daily make-up kits. We resorted to decanting the product into small plastic trial containers, but it was far from ideal.
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