September 2015 beauty favourites

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 23 Comments

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.

September 2015 beauty favourites

1. Crop Natural Mineral Pressed Highlighter $24 and brush $20: Crop is an Australia skincare and cosmetic brand available online and in Coles stores. The price is very right but so is its list of what they don’t include in their products. Each product is 95% naturally derived and enriched with essential oil blends. This is one of my faves from its newly released makeup collection. I’m a sucker for a highlighter and this one is a winner. Swish your brush around and apply the mix to your face and cheeks. Or use smaller brushes to highlight different parts of your face. (Cruelty free, no petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, talc and mineral oil)

2. Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm $36.90: Cleansing balms are the new black when it comes to getting off your makeup at the end of the day. Balms such as this work to dissolve away even the most stubborn waterproof and long-stay products. You apply a quarter of a teaspoon on to your fingertips and then massage into your face – on dry skin. Rinse the face washer in warm water and then gently wipe away makeup and balm. It’s so, so luxe on your skin thanks to a formula of mango seed butter, certified organic rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil. (Cruelty free, no petrochemicals)

3. Klara Cosmetics RESET GLOW $24.99: Get your glow and keep your skin hydrated all day with this product that you can wear as a primer or on its own. I’ve been using it both ways – much like I might otherwise wear a BB or CC Cream. It contains light-reflecting prisms that ensure you look fresh all day long. It’s super silky and lightweight on the skin. Klara Cosmetics is available at Coles, Woolworths and Priceline plus selected stockists.

4. Garnier Body Beauty Oil Lotion $11.95: This oil-infused lotion will help bring your winter skin out of hibernation. It harnesses the power of four oils – Argan, Macadamia, Almond and Rose – to nourish and help damaged and extra-dry skin. It’s fast-absorbing and won’t leave you feeling like you can’t add clothes straight away. The fragrance is light and in no way over-powering. Available at supermarkets, pharmacies, variety and independent stores.

5. Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener – Oily Skin $66.30: If you have oily skin and struggle to keep makeup on your face, particularly in the warmer months, then this is definitely worth a try. The aim of primer is to act like velcro between your skin and the product you’re putting on top of it. This one also minimises pores and reduces shine. (Cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested)


Other beauty product review posts you may have missed this month:

17 spring beauty tips for 2015

Say hello to Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo


Have you tried this month and loved? Share the details in the comments below.

* These products were sent to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 23

  1. I picked up a great eyebrow kit from Benefit – a wax and a powder with a couple of good quality brushes and in a tiny case – perfect for travelling. I like the sound of that Trilogy balm ☺

  2. You are such an enabler. Of early morning trips to Coles before work 🙂 I couldn’t get the lotion, and my local didn’t have the highlighter. So I bought the oil and a blush. No Klara either. Love these posts, love the MUD CC you suggested. I tried a CC cream from Mecca, a sample of a French brand – smelled divine but the coverage is nowhere as good as MUD. Happy days when we can buy such good quality in the supermarket! 🙂

  3. Thanks Nikki. I’d like to do a big shout out for a new Body Shop product, Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream. This stuff has a beautiful smell, a fantastic light velvet-matte texture and sinks in pronto and comes in a huge tub. Truly worth checking out for Spring and Summer days and nights when you want smooth luxe-feeling skin but don’t want to use a dense body cream. I think it’s a great cream for Brisbane’s climate.

  4. Cleansing balms & oils seem to be the business – if anyone is looking for one to try the Happy Skincare range is pretty amazing and they are a lovely Australian business run by lovely people. I love the sound of the primer – I wouldn’t describe my skin as oily but I find some primers make it feel that way. I will check it out. Thanks Nikki.

  5. Thank you for sharing Nikki I am wanting to try the Trilogy cleansing balm instead of my expensive Dermalogica cleanser which I have run out of and won’t be restocking because of price! I also like the sound of the Klara and the Crop cosmetics.Nothing new here I’m afraid as I too scared to try new things with a new batch of eczema xx

      1. The ultra calming one Nikki,though I bought some Bioderma cleanser for the shower and it’s good and I use micellar water at night Xx

  6. Similarly t o the cleansing balm you mention here, I bough the Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly because I though the tube would work well for my recent travel. And I loved it!
    My skin felt super smooth and I had no breakouts at all, without the use of an exfoliant or my Clarisonic for the 5 weeks we were away. Now I just want to use up everything else I have in the cupboard, and stick to this cleanser, which left my oily skin feeling clean but without any tightness. It was not cheap but well worth it for the effectiveness.

      1. Jet lag is driving me crazy, but is at least got me started on resuming eating well and exercise, to ensure I feel the best possible before my next work trip….

      2. Jet lag is driving me crazy, but is at least got me started on resuming eating well and exercise, to ensure I feel the best possible before my next work trip….

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