It’s a marketing minefield out there when it comes to what’s new in the beauty industry.
Product-wise, each month I share with you five of my beauty favourites. Things I’ve been using during the past month that I’m likely to keep in my beauty kit long after the trial period has finished. Things I’m likely to re-purchase.
Maybe one or two of the below fits in to your beauty regime – and budget – too.
1. Color Wow Root Cover Up $49.95: You know that week before you’re due for a hair colour freshen up? One day you don’t even notice your roots, the next they’re screaming back at you from the bathroom mirror saying get me to a hair colourist quick smart? This is the product you need on hand for those days. It’s a powder that you apply with the supplied brush to camouflage your hair re-growth. It won’t make it completely disappear but it will make your roots blend better with the coloured part of your hair. This is the blonde shade but it’s also available in light brown, medium brown and dark brown. Buy at Hairhouse Warehouse.
2. Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust $22.95 (on sale at Adore Beauty): I know there are rules about shimmer and one’s age and not shimmering it up but I say poo-poo to those rules and many more where those rules come from. A little pearlescent glow never did anyone any harm, I say. Mica is the ingredient in this product that brings on the shimmer and the mica in this product is manufactured under strict laboratory conditions to ensure it’s free of contaminants found in mica’s natural state. This is one of those multi-purpose products that I love. It’s a loose dust that actually contains 24-Karat gold flakes and it can be used as a highlighter, eye shadow, all over shimmer or mixed with a moisturiser. Even mix with a gel and add to your hair. This particular shade is bronze – I’ve used it for a shimmer at the top of my cheekbones and as an eye colour. You might prefer the gold, silver, champagne or rose gold shades. Cruelty free.
3. Arbonne 10-in-1 CC Cream $49: I’m no stranger to a BB or CC cream. If that’s all just a lot of double letters to you, check out my back story on these creams. In a nutshell CC stands for colour correction, so a cream like this has the consistency and weight of a tinted moisturiser but the masking and correcting ability of a foundation. BB stands for Blemish or Beauty Balm and many BB creams also have this colour correction element in their formulas – also working over time to even out the complexion just as a skincare product would. I do like wearing this one. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite of a very extensive BB/CC collection because I like a sunscreen in my BB or CC but as for colour (and I’m using the Light) it’s fabulous. My girlfriend Victoria sent me this trial (she’s a consultant – follow her Instagram I@thearbonnecollective for beauty inspiration). Cruelty Free.
4. Zazi Mineral Cosmetics Lipstick $25: Zazi is a Queensland-based mineral cosmetics company offering Australian-made products. Its initial product offering was mineral makeup when founder Roz Smith created her own in a way to help her daughter who had teenage acne. The lipstick range has been created like the mineral makeup with natural products that protect and treat. It’s a complete delight to wear - something my lips will love through a windy, dry winter. Natural, cruelty-free.
5. Physicians Formula 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara $24.95: Sensitive eyes and mascara are not usually good makeup mates but there are more formulas out there now that are worth trying. Jane Iredale and Ere Perez have long offered great options but I was excited to discover this one at budget level. It’s the type of mascara that delivers fibres to the end of lashes – so great if it’s longer lashes you’re after. The fibres are natural and this style of mascara means you won’t get clumping or smudging. This particular mascara isn’t showing up online at Priceline at the moment but worth a check in store. Natural, cruelty-free.
Ok, so now it’s over to you … I love how you share with us all any products you’ve discovered. Share in the comments below.
PS. My beautiful Nan passed away yesterday afternoon. She’d just turned 98 last month so had lived a very long and full life. This post is dedicated to her. She kept her beauty regime up until the end – Ponds Cold Cream morning and night on her face. It very much showed in her skin. Here she is (on the left) almost 50 years ago with her eldest daughter, my late mum. Rest in peace Nan and say hi to Mum for me. x