October 2015 beauty favourites

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 10 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.

beauty faves October 2015

1. frank body body cream $21.95: you might remember me talking about frank body scrub – a coffee scrub that encouraged us to get our showers and baths a bit gritty in the name of smooth skin? Well, this Australian-owned-and-made brand has expanded and created a coffee-based skincare range. It’s LURVVE for me with this body cream. Apart from coffee-seed extract, it harnesses pomegranate, green tea, shea and cacao butters to create a rich moisturiser that is super hydrating but not greasy. Its fragrance smells like a fabulous nutty coffee/chocolate milkshake. (vegan, not tested on animals)

2. PCA Skin Perfecting Neck & Decollete (Phone 1800 648 851 for stockists) $105.60: Two givens in my life – my love of side sleeping and my advancing years – mean that I’m always on the hunt for products that can lend a helping hand to the resultant crinkles from said givens. I always approach products that claim to address such issues with a degree of scepticism and I think this is a good place from which to start because it then allows you to be pleasantly surprised. And that’s what I’ve been with this product. The formula is meant to be used day and night – I’ve mostly just done night time and I’ve still seen smoothing of the area and a reduction in redness and pigmentation. The skin under my neck feels less crepe-y. It has Oprah.com’s approval too so I wonder if Miss O uses it too?

3. Lanolips Pear 101 Ointment $13.95:  I’ve been a card-carrying, lip-smacking fan of Lanolips since its inception. I’ve always got a tube in my handbag, on my desk, beside my bed … my lips go into withdrawal symptoms without some of this ultra medical-grade lanolin goodness on them. This is the latest and the pear fruit extract is packed with Vitamins C and K and copper which fight free radicals and protect our skin cells. Of course you also have all the fabulous healing qualities of lanolin to ensure your lips are hydrated all summer long. (not tested on animals)

4. Curtis Collection by Victoria Lip Velvet (in pink truffle) $34: I spotted these on the counter at the salon where I get my mani/pedis and spray tans (King’s Beauty Bardon). Correction: I spotted them on the lips of the therapists at the salon. And I wanted in. Specifically, I wanted stunning lip colours that stayed put on your lips but left your lips hydrated like a gloss. So I bought this colour (I’ve worn it quite a bit for photoshoots of late and many of you have asked about it) and a vivid pink – cosmopolitan – and have not stopped wearing them. This is a great lip colour product for the party season. (Paraben free and vegan friendly)

5. Swisse Micellar Makeup Remover $10.95: Swisse is probably more known for its vitamin range but it’s far from a giant leap for this company to make the move into skin care. And it has done, with a range nutrient-enriched, natural skincare products. I’m a huge fan of Micellar water for taking off my face at the end of the day and this one will very much appeal to those who would prefer a more natural formulation. It’s synthetic-fragrance free (you’ll only detect the cucumber extract which your skin will love), and free from a whole bunch of stuff including SLS, SLES, Parabens, PEGS, mineral oils etc. Importantly it works, removing all the makeup and grime of the day. (Not tested on animals, RSPO-certified – only sustainable sources of palm oil are used).


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

10 summer beauty and fashion essentials

11 party season beauty tips

How to get your tween into a good skincare routine


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

* These products (except for #4) were sent to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.


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  1. I’ll have to try the Swisse micellar water. I love the other Swisse skincare products I’ve tried – the argan oil lotion and lemongrass body wash are both really nice.

  2. Must try that lippy, My new find is a natural antiaging moisturiser called Elemental Herbology made in england, in just a few days of using this wonder cream my skin has been radiant and glowing,and I know how you like a bit of a glow Nikki, not cheap at $126 for 50ml but if it makes a difference to your skin I dont mind paying the extra dollars. Worth a try, you can get free samples at Mecca Cosmetica where I purchased it from.

  3. thanks nikki!
    i’m getting the swisse micellar! … have noticed it on the shelves!
    enjoy your day! … no marathons hun!; … lol m:)X

  4. I love these posts 🙂 I bought the Swisse Micellar, but haven’t opened it yet…but if you give it the tick of approval I’m pretty sure I will love it. I’m still nuts about the Garnier body lotion from last months beauty favourites, so is my daughter. I love the smell and my skin stays hydrated all day, winner! 🙂

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