Any talk of beauty products here on Styling You is always with simplicity in mind.
Our lives are generally busier than we’d like them to be. Bathroom time is at a premium.
Me, I’m a card-carrying member of the I’m So Vain Society and do make my bathroom time a priority so have had to come up with all manner of lazy-girl beauty short cuts, which I share here with you.
And each month, I’m now bringing you my five favourite products as tested at the SY Institute, aka my bathroom.
This month’s beauty favourites has your face, eyes, lips and nails covered.
Let’s get stuck in, shall we?
1. Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+ $65: I wear sunscreen every single day and for day-to-day (not beach or active outdoorsy stuff) this is taken care of quickly and easily with a moisturiser or BB cream with an SPF included. For a moisturiser to be my day-to-day SPF friend it has to have the goods – at least SPF30+ and it still needs to feel as light and lovely as a moisturiser should. This one ticks those boxes but also absorbs super quickly and has a hydrating formula that’s also helping out my skin. Yes, it’s a chemical sunscreen so it goes on first. I struggle with many of the physical sunscreens (which would go on after skincare) because my skin reacts badly to many zinc products. The only one I seem to get away with is Invisible Zinc.
2. Face of Australia Glossy Lip crayon $7.95: I’m having a thing in regards to lip crayons at the moment so let me indulge you again with a bargain beauty find. This range from Face of Australia is the bomb. And I’ve just found out they’re going to be a part of the core range. Moisturising on the lips, a lovely subtle colour and a price that means you can leave one in your handbag, one on your desk and one in the car. This is my fave colour – Raspberry Coulis – a light fuchsia on my lips.
3. Essie nail colour in Sand Tropez $18.95: I love a bright nail colour like the next person but as summer turns to autumn I tend to swap out a bright orange or pink toe nail for something that works better with my autumn wardrobe. And seeing that here in Queensland we’ll still be showing our toes for some time yet, the pedis are still happening. Essie’s Sand Tropez is a soft sandy beige that suits my skin tone well. Who said beige needed to be boring? I also love Master Plan from this Essie collection.
4. Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in brown $39: For many of us applying eyeliner does not come easy. It wasn’t until I had a few lessons in how best to apply it that I had the courage to practise the application myself. My best tip I can pass on is to make small feather-like strokes that join together to make the line, rather than attempting to draw the line in one go. This product is best used with the new Angle Eyeliner Brush ($25 pictured) but you could still have success with a regular angle brush. I love a brown eyeliner for everyday – it’s not as in your face as black. I bring out the black for a night time eye. It’s a soft and creamy formula that glides on easily. Pigmentation is fantastic and it’s water resistant. If you have sensitive eyes this is safe and non-irritating. To find an Australian salon stockist, click here.
5. The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant $39.95: If you have sensitive skin and are a bit cautious about using an exfoliant, this is for you. Well, it’s for anyone because it’s a pretty damn amazing exfoliant but you get my drift. The beads are soft and round so not harsh at all. They do do the job and skin is left smooth, hydrated and glowing thanks to the ivory clay used and the jojoba which is rich in vitamins A, D and E. This also works as a mask – leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off. Not tested on animals.
Now, it’s your turn. I love it when you share and recommend beauty products you’ve found, trialled and loved. Share away in the comments below.