Beauty favourites April 2014

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 22 Comments

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.

Simple really.

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?

Styling You Beauty Favourites April 2014

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. 

Comments 22

  1. I love the Exceptionoil from the Go To range. It’s fantastic as you can use it as a serum, tame the crazy hair and my son has bad eczema and it has definitely calmed it down. Also, smells like a little piece of heaven!

  2. Sorry for late posting. Thanks for these columns. Really appreciate the guidance and direction to new products. My beauty favourites for April have been the Dermalogica Skinperfect primer (thanks to SY), Nars illuminator and Yuva brow dust with brush (so much easier than pencil).

  3. The swipeys sound great! I’ve never used an exfoliating wipe so you’ve piqued my interest with this one. 🙂

  4. I’m a recent Dermalogica fan. I got a little travel pack for my suitcase and the best product in there is the Special Cleansing Gel that becomes slightly foamy, so you only need a little bit. It makes my skin feel super clean without that dry, tight feeling.

  5. Love the look of the Sodashi Body Wash. I adore anything that contains lemongrass … isn’t it great that it’s chemical free and made in Australia … love that!

  6. I’m excited to dive face first into the new Go-To skincare range. I think it will be super good for my skin. Also going to give the Rimmel matte BB cream a whirl. I’m very late to the party on this, but I am absolutely loving Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. (Hot Tip: pick up this month’s Marie Claire mag for a free sample)

    1. It would be perfect Sonia and such an easy way to get into a great skincare routine. I’ve just ordered the lip balm and cleanser so will keep you posted on those! And YES to They’re Real. It’s been in my kit since it was released!!

  7. Love all, these new things I tend to stick to what works for me and that as you know includes Dermalogica products,great round up Nikki!

  8. I’m glad you included the swipeys- I’ve been waiting for my current stuff to run low before ordering a few of Zoe’s products!

  9. So many new and wonderful products. I am a huge dermalogica fan and this product will be next on my list. You have also convinced me to purchase that gorgeous black bottle. I have been eyeing off Zoe’s collection and wanted to know more about them. Which you have enlightened for me. Thank you Nikki for introducing me to a few new products.

    1. I’ve just updated – the Dermalogica will be available in June – my mistake for featuring this early! Zoe’s collection is great. I’ve tried two of the products and loved and just ordered another two!

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