It takes a few things for a beauty product to catch my attention and take up valuable bathroom real estate.
1. The product needs to be easy to use.
2. It needs to have a point of difference.
3. It needs to make me feel good when wearing it or after using it.
These five products for April 2014′s Styling You beauty favourites tick all of the above.
Let’s get stuck in and have a look, shall we?
1. Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 $87.50 (launching in salon and David Jones in June): I’m yet to meet a Dermalogica product I didn’t like and this one certainly fits that criteria. It’s a peptide moisturiser that was already available but has been optimised with added sun protection benefits. For those who are mindful of chemical sunscreen agents, this one uses Oleosomes technology (naturally occurring in Safflower seeds) that helps deliver active ingredients such as sunscreen to the skin. So even though the SPF has been increased to SPF50, it uses 50% less chemical sunscreen agents. It’s fabulously smooth and light under makeup and also works to calm the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and fight dehydration.
2. Sodashi Enlivening Body Wash $39.95: Sodashi is one of my all-time favourite skincare ranges. It’s chemical-free, Australian and luxurious. I covet those black shiny bottles. Shallow, I know, but the products contained within always live up to their stylish exteriors. This body wash gives not only a beautiful in-shower clean but thanks to grapefruit, rosemary, cedarwood and lemongrass gives me a great little boost along in the mind/body clarity department each morning. And trust me, I need all the help I can get. (Not tested on animals)
3. Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys $45.95: I first mentioned this product in my post with all-round beauty guru and super talented chick Zoe Foster here. I’ve used it lots and lots since then. You know my lazy-girl love for face wipes? Yes, well this fills my lazy-girl need for a convenient exfoliant. Each pack contains 50 small swipeys that are soaked in lactic acid – the most gentle of AHA exfoliants. I’ve been using a swipey about two-three times a week and love the glowing effect they’ve brought to my skin … or is that just my deteriorating eye sight choosing to see what it wants to see? I’ll go with the former. (Not tested on animals)
4. Rimmel London BB Cream Matte $12.95 (in store this month): It’s been a while since I posted about the first Rimmel London BB cream but I still rate it for coverage and affordability. This latest formulation will excite those with a more oily or combination skin. The matte formulation is oil-free and is designed to last on your face all day. I have dry skin and it’s been fine on my skin, giving the coverage and longevity that I look for in a BB. There are three shades and light is perfect for me. Still not up to speed on BBs and CCs or any other makeup alphabet combination? Check out this post here.
5. Ellis Faas Hot Lips in Bright Coral $49: This was actually a late February release but it’s one that I just love. It’s a combination of the amazing vibrant – yet moisturising – pigment that goes the distance plus the fact the formula is paraben-free and that the applicator makes it super easy to get statement lips happening in a hurry. All these things keep me reaching for this lip colour. (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.