The Aussie Beauty Bulletin
This month Rachael shares her lip loves, the secret to perfect skin, plus a sneak peek at latest from St Tropez.
Not a one lip wonder
We beauty editors are a fussy bunch. So when another nude gloss or matte lipstick lands on our desk we apply and scrutinise. Is it flattering? Does it taste/smell good? Will it last through my latte? If all boxes are ticked, it goes straight into the handbag. Then if a daily search takes place, straight to the editorial must-have list it goes so everyone can enjoy its glossy/matte amazingness.
Makes the grade gloss: Go-To Pinkey-Nudey Lips, AU$17 www.gotoskincare.com
The fact that founder of Go-To, Zoe Foster, is a friend did not influence my judgment here. What can I say, friend or foe I’m a hard marker but with Foster’s background as a beauty ed, it’s no surprise she perfected this winning blend of butters, nourishing oils and your-lips-but-better hint of pink.
Makes the grade matte: Avon Ultra Colour Matte, AU$19.99 www.avon.com.au
To call a lipstick ‘life changing’ is a tad dramatic, but when a woman is converted from a non-lipstick wearing to an addict with one swipe then it’s probably a fair call. This non-drying formula feels waxy (in a good way) and silky smooth but uses an advanced technology (matte powders built into the core) to give a true matte finish while going the distance without cracking. Each shade is spot on too but the Coral Fever and Electric Pink are total showstoppers.
Foundation: No filter required
Whether you’re a Kimmy K fan or not, there’s no disputing her skin always looks glorious. Named as one of her favourites, the Charlitte Tilbury Magic Foundation certainly lives up to the hype. Not only does it glide on like a dream, it covers imperfections like a second skin while imparting a subtle glow. Tilbury herself says, “My chemists worked for 5 years to create a Guerrero-intelligent formula that’s totally full coverage yet completely weightless.” Concentrated mushroom extract firms skin, tightens pores and floods the skin with moisture. Even skin conditions like rosacea and acne scarring are instantly improved. The effect combined with luxury packaging makes this product with a $65 price tag a worthy investment.
Who: St Tropez – The World’s Leading Tanning Brand
What: A product overview and the launch of St.Tropez In-Shower Medium, AU$39.99 and St.Tropez Tinted Gradual Tan, AU$33.99
Where: Sunroom, The Ivy, Sydney, Australia
Special guests: Jacqueline Burchell, Global Marketing and Product Development Director for PZ Cussons Beauty and Dr Paul Evans, Technology and Innovation Director for PZ Cussons Beauty
Guests were greeted with a coffee from the St.Tropez coffee cart upon arrival plus a create-your-own Granola Bar, Double Smoked Ham & Gruyere Toasties, Sprouted Grain Loaf toasted with Avocado, Lime and Quail Egg, Smoked Salmon and Mascarpone Bagel, Egg Bacon and Sour Cream Tart.
Once the Powerpoint came on and Dr Evans began it became clear there was a host of new technological advances to cover. The most pleasing discovery was a new way to neutralise that ‘biscuity’ smell of a developing tan. Rather than trying to mask it with another stronger and more pleasant scent, they’ve come up with a way to envelope it, like an invisibility cloak for smell, so it’s able to pass through your nose undetected. Clever! Oh and there’s mood-enhancing technology thrown in for good measure. With improvements also made on the In-Shower Tan (for those who found the first too light) and an update to the iconic global best-seller, the St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse which can now boast 24 hour hydration for longer-lasting coverage, St.Tropez is sure to remain the No. 1 tanning brand for a long time to come.
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