Beauty favourites March 2014

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 28 Comments

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?

Styling You beauty favourites March 2014

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. 

Comments 28

  1. Is that eyeliner even available? It’s not on the jane iredale site and when I click on the link on your post it says “page does not exist”

    1. It is available in salons Shivi – and it was available at Adore but is not any more for some reason so I’ve removed that link. Go to the link on the Jane Iredale site that allows you to punch your postcode in to find your nearest stockist.

  2. Unrelated to today’s post, but wanted to thank you for putting me onto Sasha Drake and let you know I’ve booked an appointment with Suite Three at Buderim!

  3. Oooh, I’m loving the look of the FOA Glossy Lip Crayons – best get myself one or five of them! I’ve only very recently used an Essie nail polish for the very first time. Oh my goodness, it’s love! I got a full week of wear before it began to chip.

  4. These beauty posts are some of my favourites. I am totally on the lip crayon bandwagon but Priceline seem to be almost completely out of stock – only one colour left, eek! Will have to hunt around for other stockists because the price is right and I take your recommendation seriously just as I take my lippy seriously.

  5. Arrggh! I didn’t realise that FOA had only released the crayons for a limited time. You are right Nikki they are the bomb. Excuse me while I rush off to Priceline!

  6. Yes the cover girl crayons are really good especially for the price! I also seem to have dropped off the subscribe list, and they aren’t in my junk box??

  7. I have to agree with you on the Essie nail polishes they have such gorgeous colours I love chinchilly .The raspberry coulis is my favourite in the glossy crayon too,love a pink lip.I must try a gel eyeliner now I have a fringe I want to highlight my eyes more!
    I am also loving the Garnier micellar cleansing water it is as good as my Dermalogica one and a quarter of the price.
    I love dermalogica micro exfoliant as well very fine granules for sensitive skin.Great post Nikki I love to see what you and everyone else is loving and what works well,thank you for sharing:)

  8. Hi Nikki – I love your blog so much, but I don’t think my bank balance does!?! You’ve also converted me to the lip crayons. I have two Covergirl ones and one Revlon, in your favourite colour – PINK! Really like them! However, I have the same problem as Merilyn, I haven’t been receiving your emails for the last two days. I tried to resubscribe/update my details yesterday, but it still hasn’t arrived today!?! Would appreciate any advice, as I’m having withdrawals! Kind Regards, Leesa

  9. Nikki, you do tempt us – Have just bought the exfoliator at our local pharmacy. And I do love those lip crayons, they seem to be breeding in my makeup bag, love love love.

  10. morning nikki, good post as usual, but it didn’t arrive in my inbox1/? …
    what if I just re subscribe do you think that will fix it? … sorry to be a nuisance factory! please excuse my use of lower case as that is how my creative writing flows best and can’t stop to change it! and I’m basically lazy! lol m:)X

  11. One of my favourite beauty items is the Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash. When you waken up and your eyes feel tight and sore, just put one little dot on each eyelid and around the eye, and your eyes feel fresh and revived. And each tube last about 4-6 months. I swear by it !

  12. Hi Nikki, those all look great. I’ve bought the Olay BB cream this week, it seems to have a very light texture and is very natural looking on the skin. I also grabbed a Covergirl + Olay pressed powder to wear over the top as you suggested in an earlier post. Actually, I’ve been into Priceline way too many times this week haha! Just wondering, have you used Adore Beauty? They have good prices on Clarins products, and a nice gift with purchase at the moment. Have a great day, and bring on the rain we have been promised!

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