The Aussie Beauty Bulletin by Rachael Mannell
This month, Rachael takes us behind the doors of a unique fragrance launch, bares all for a lunch-time peel and rounds up the latest leaders in beauty innovations.
A fragrance launch with a nod to history.
Who: Altaia – acronym for ‘A Long Time Ago In Argentina’.
What: Launching By Any Other Name Edp, $277 AU; Don’t Cry For MeEDP, $277 AU; Yu Son EdDP, $277 AU. Available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica and online at mecca.com.au.
Where: Warehouse space in Redfern.
Special guests: Founder of Mecca, Jo Horgan and Altaia founders, Sebastian Alvarez Murena and Marina Sersale.
The lowdown: Marina Sersale is the great-great-granddaughter of James Morrison. Growing up she split her time between England and Italy and built a career as a documentary filmmaker. Sebastián Alvarez Murena is the great-great-grandson of Bartolomé Mitre. After living in Argentina, Spain and Switzerland, he settled in Italy where he worked as a journalist and in 2001 met Marina.
The two fell in love and got married. In 2004 they joined forces with the creation of Eau d’Italie, an exclusive line of fragrances inspired by Positano and their favourite places throughout Italy.
In 2012 the chance discovery of the extraordinary events that centuries ago linked their families inspired them to create a new perfume collection, which they called ALTAIA.
Verdict: When a beauty product, especially a fragrance, is launched with passion rather than an effort to ‘fill a gap in the market’ the results are usually special, if not unique. At the launch, I was immediately drawn to the Don’t Cry For Me EDP, a story told though scent with notes of Jasmine Tea, Freesia, Cherry Flower, Heliotrope, Vegetal Amber, and Cashmere Wood – and most importantly, I’ve been complimented each time I’ve worn it.
Facial Peels – are they worth it?
Rachael puts the DMK Lunchtime Peel to the test.
Intro: The aim of most peels is to get the skin looking bright by eliminating pigmentation, but DMK take it a step further by also restoring firmness and bounce and reverting skin to its former vibrancy and youthfulness.
Formulated for those who are office bound and time poor, this botanically based peel uses a pharmaceutical grade combination of AHA and BHA ingredients. To put simply, it’s a controlled micro-removal of the epidermis which leaves skin looking radiant and luminous whilst contributing to the reduction of fine-lines, wrinkles, and visible pores.
The big question – does it hurt? The short answer is YES. The sensation is similar to being bitten on the face by bull ants but the feeling is short lived – thankfully.
Glycolic Acid: removes dead skin cells on the surface
Lactic Acid: is less irritating than other acids. It is used to refresh and retexture the skin whilst stimulating cell renewal and cell detachment
Citric Acid: a derivative of fermented orange oil which balances the pH and helps to bind lipids and fluids for increased dermal hydration
Salicylic Acid: is lipid soluble and has an anti-microbial action helps to fight against any infection or bacteria, keeping the skin purified, clean and clear
Malic Acid: promotes smoother firmer skin
Cost: $160 AU
Time for a new year beauty reboot? Here’s what I’m loving:
St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion, $34 AU
Self-tanner not only makes limbs looks slimmer but if the lotion is tinted (like this gem from leading brand St Tropez) then it’s effectively a sheer body makeup, hiding all manner of imperfections while giving skin an instantly bronzed glow. The tanning agent will develop over a few hours but the bronze tint will get you out the door looking subtly golden and ready to play.
Comfort Zone Body Strategist Cellulite Patches, $84 AU
Stubborn cellulite is a pain in the butt (pun intended) and virtually impossible to remove. Luckily, luxury skincare brand Comfort Zone have created revolutionary patches to target these areas. Containing active ingredients like pure caffeine to stimulate metabolism and circulation and Aescin for anti-inflammatory action these wonder patches also help restore skin tone by correcting and preventing damage, restoring skin to optimal balance and health. http://www.activeskin.com.au/comfort-zone-body-strategist-patch-4x7pcs
Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil in Rose Lemonade, $60 AU
There seems to be two very distinct yet very different styles at the forefront of the makeup world right now. The first is favoured by beauty bloggers who like structured brows, false lashes and full cover base. Then there’s the ‘French’ approach where makeup is a little more lived in, freckles peak through sheer tinted bases and lips are more stained than highly glossed. If you fall into the later then the reinvented sponge-cushion blush is bound to become a firm favourite. Why? Because the cushion allows for fresher product delivery and the new mesh covering ensures the formula is filtered evenly. The result is natural with a finish that is flattering for all ages. http://www.lancome-usa.com/makeup/face/blush-and-bronzers/cushion-blush-subtil/84623.html
Ultraceuticals Ultra C23 + Firming Concentrate, $138 AU
When it comes to anti-ageing, Vitamin C, for me, is the hero ingredient. The problem has always been keeping it stable. Luckily for us, in 2002 Ultraceuticals secured an exclusive Australian and international license for a CSIRO patented delivery system uniquely to stabilize and deliver pure vitamin C into skin. This was the world’s first stable, high strength pure Vitamin C face cream. The brands newest addition is a state of the art formulation with a whopping 23% pure vitamin C (plus peptides to maintain healthy levels of collagen). I’ve been trialing the concentrate for a few weeks and my skin looks brighter and feels smoother and firmer. http://www.ultraceuticals.com/au/ultra-c-firming-range/
Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish and Straightening Brush, $99.95 AU
Battling frizzy locks is no one’s favourite task but this unique ‘brush’ aims to not only give frizz the flick but simultaneously nourish hair. Simply run through tangle free hair and let the warmed keratin and argan oil infused bristles work their magic to straighten (and nourish) as it passes through each strand. Clever Trevor! www.remington-products.com.au
New Ella Baché Great SPF50 Sunglow, $49 AU
I’ve been waiting for a product like this my whole life. Big call? Probably but I like to protect my skin and rock a tan. Layering bronzer over sunscreen usually ends up a big sticky mess but this spray is pretty much a 5-in-1. It not only tints skin, it gives a luxurious shimmer, evens out skin tone, is packed with antioxidants, contains a glorious amount of broad-spectrum sun protection and gives you two hours of water resistance. Just spray, smooth and go! www.ellabache.com.au