This morning I’ve delegated the school run to Mr Styling You. He’s taken an annual day and we’re off to the track (sadly, not Flemington … one year). While he’s dropping off Mr 6 to school and picking up his newly hemmed suit pants from the drycleaners, I’ll be getting my hair done and my headpiece secured. As you do.
To tell the truth, I’m a wee bit excited. This is the first Cup Day that I haven’t worked the MC mic for an event in three years, so it will be lovely to
scoff a lot of champagne sit and relax with friends and pretend like I know something about horse racing.
What I do know is that Melbourne Cup Day signals the official start of the silly season, the end of which occurs in two months time when I usually take a look in the mirror before getting online and ordering four weeks worth of juice cleanses.
I can’t promise that this year I’m going to present a more mature approach to end-of-year parties and catch-ups* but I am feeling a wee bit smug, having armed myself with these beauty essentials:
1. Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Body Tint $52: I’m in LOVE with this body tint. It works a treat over a spray tan or between spray tans for a glow and sheen that not only looks great but is great for your skin. Key ingredients are shea butter, a cocktail of oils (sunflower, jojoba, coconut, avocado and argan), as well as vitamins A and E to de-scale dry skin. This is a serious alternative to fake tan and your skin will thank you for it.
2. QV Face Rescue Gel $19.95: My skin is prone to sensitivity at the best of times. When wine *slips* into my mouth for a few days in a row, it tells me in no uncertain way that it’s not happy. Which is why this gel is going to become my bestie. You can use it at any time of the day and under makeup. Its calming ingredient, Avemide, together with witch hazel, goes to work immediately. It’s also a dream after a dose of sun.
3. Lanolips Lip Ointment Mulberry $13.95: Stylers, you know I’m a HUGE fan of Lanolips, right? Have been from day dot. So, to have a Christmas limited edition tube to carry around with me is just too festive for words. Don’t be fooled by the dark colour of the tube. On the lips, it’s quite sheer but with a underlying dark berry tint. The mulberry inspiration comes from its creator’s Christmas holidays spent picking fresh mulberries and turning them into pies and jam.
4. Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes $7.95: Ok, so there are some nights that I’m out late and get a little bite *tired*, so tired that my usual skincare routine may be in danger of being missed. But no-one likes a makeup-smeared pillowcase. I’ve always got face wipes on hand and these ones are perfect to cope with a sensitive skin that has been used and abused during the party season. Tip: buy an extra pack for your bedside table and leave some moisturiser there too.
5. John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer $15.99: When summer sets in, so do the frizzies. Mine get particularly unattractive as I have new hair growth that can be quite tufty (I regularly lose A LOT of hair due to a thyroid condition). This product is genius. Firstly, you can take it in your handbag with you. Secondly, the mascara-like wand used to apply the styling formula is inspired. Thirdly, the the formula itself contains Inca Inchi oil that works to smooth things down. On demand.
6. Skin Doctors Jungle Bronze Skin Gloss$39.95: I like to extend my salon spray tans as long as possible. Yes that means lots of moisturiser but I’ve also found that if I use a bronzing or gradual moisturiser you get more bang for your buck. The Youngblood one above is an example but this one adds some serious colour that sticks. It’s a bit scary looking as it’s really dark brown but goes on perfectly to work with your skin tone. The colour comes from a brown iron oxide and it also contains a moderate sunscreen.
7. Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Party eau de parfum $115: This one’s not on counter till November 13 but I’ve been lucky enough to give it a test run over the past couple of weeks. The fragrance is part of a special Bobbi Brown collection celebrating the makeup guru’s 20 years in the business. It was a bit spicy going on for my initial liking but within minutes, it mellowed as the rose and sandalwood notes dominated. Now we’re firm friends and she’ll be seeing me through the party season and beyond.
8. Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator $19.99: My eyes are never happy with me at the best of times (think late nights
tweeting working) let alone at this time of year when I can wake looking less than special. I have a beauty cabinet almost exclusively devoted to eye products and this one is the latest arrival. It targets dehydration and dark circles with a soy complex, light-diffusing formula and this is applied with a brush-like applicator. It’s cool on contact, providing instant relief.
9. L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer $29.95: Summer + parties + makeup is not a match made in beauty heaven. Makeup can slide off your face quicker than it takes to finish your first champagne. Which is why I never leave home without priming under my makeup. This one is a little tub of delight. It’s a seemingly thicker texture than most primers but it goes on super lightly leaving an incredibly smooth base on which to apply your makeup. Tip: apply some to the top of your hands before heading out. Tired skin is refreshed in a flash and looks pretty damn perky wrapped around that champers glass.
10. Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment $35: Eight Hour Cream is a living legend in the skincare world. So many women I know have been buying it for years – maybe not since it was first released on the market in 1930 but you get my drift. If you’ve never, gosh horror, tried it, now is the time, with three limited edition products in this Jewel Collection. You know how I mentioned about hands and champagne glasses above? Well, this is my overnight secret weapon. Slather it on before bed (preferably after you’ve finished reading your iPad … or is that just me?) and your hands will congratulate you in the morning, figuratively speaking of course.
Have you found a beauty product this month that you’d love to tell us about? Share below. We’re all ears … eyes and face. *And what is it about the catch-up that everyone has to have before Christmas? Are we afraid things will be different next year?
The above products were sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.