Hello and welcome to the monthly beauty post where I feature five of my favourite beauty products I’ve been trialling for the past month.
Not everything I feature will suit you but I’ll feature it here if it has suited me and has had some point of difference that I think you’d be interested in hearing about.
From the five beauty favourites featured here each month until November plus any products I feature in other beauty posts in 2015, I’ll curate my top 20 for the year and publish in December.
As always, I want to hear from you too. Sharing what you’ve discovered and why it’s been great for your skin, hair or makeup look is fantastic for others to hear about too.
1. bhave Gun Powder Matt Styling Dust $29.95: My hair is kept under regular control thanks to bhave Smoothe treatments. To maintain the treatment it’s essential to use hair care products free of sulphates and sodium chloride. Now bhave has released a range of styling products to complement its hair shampoo, conditioner and treatments range, I’ve got all bases covered. This is my fave of the new releases as I like to create a bit of lift in my hair towards the back of my part. Teasing and back-combing helps achieve that and styling dust keeps it in place. Love the wand design of this product for control of delivery. Available from selected hair salons. Use the salon locater to find one near you.
2. Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water $7.95: This is the new mini version of my bathroom favourite. As I was packing my beauty bits and pieces for our recent overseas trip, I was not coping that my Garnier Micellar Water could not come with me. The bottle was too big. I tried decanting it into travel container but you need the dispenser at the end to stop it from flowing out everywhere. And then I get home and REJOICE. There is now a mini version available and perfect for travelling – not on board the flight because it’s 125ml – but in your packed luggage. Winning. I talk about the virtues of this product here.
3. CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Naked Naivete $19.95: I’m not normally one for a pedi in winter because my toes are normally safely ensconced in closed-toe shoes but a recent “spring” photoshoot called for a spring look and open toes, so pedi I did. This new Vinylux colour is almost white on but with a hint of pink, which is more complementary to my skin tone than full white. White or near-white nails is a hot trend for spring and this formula is such a good one for staying on. Normal nail colour seems to chip off my toes in winter as I’m in and out of proper shoes.
4. MAC Cosmetics Dazzleshadow eye colour $40 each: I’m a sucker for shimmer and do not believe that you have to avoid shimmering after a certain age. What rubbish. Wear what makes you feel fabulous, I say. These new eye colours from MAC Cosmetics work brilliantly near the eye socket and the She Sparkles colour (above left) makes for a great brow highlighter as well. Anyone who’s ever bought and used MAC eye colour knows that the pigmentation is fantastic and that these little pots last forever. So yes the initial outlay is more but the value is in the distance they go.
5. Wrinkles Schminkles Chest and Decolletage Smoothing Kit $39.95 (you get about 20-30 uses): I’m a side sleeper and I’m not getting any younger. This combination makes me a prime candidate for chest wrinkles and yes, I very much have them. I first trialled Wrinkles Schminkles when it was first released. It certainly did smooth over my chest wrinkles but it also left me with red marks as my skin was sensitive to the silicone and formula. The owner of the company has listened to me – and others – and has redeveloped the formula and is using a higher grade of medical grade silicon. I’m stoked to say that my skin doesn’t react at all to it. My husband’s reaction is still the same … romance killer whenever I wear it to bed … but hey, it’s all in the name of beauty, yes? Want to win a kit? Head on over to Redcliffe Style.
Over to you … what beauty products have you tried this month and loved? Share the details in the comments below.
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