Well, it’s been a long time since I posted, so it’s only fair that I should do a bit of a bumper post with a stash of my favourites to have come across my desk this month.
I’m a big fan of a weekly clay mask and the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, $35.90 gets a big fat tick from me. It’s a luxuriantly textured, creamy clay mask, so it doesn’t feel at all drying on the skin and is a fabulous blue grey tinge from the kaolin, which doesn’t really matter of course, but it makes a nice change from white masks. It is formulated to deeply cleanse the skin, drawing out impurities and absorbing excess sebum. But more than that, this rich blend of botanicals also includes evening primrose and rosehip oils so it leaves the skin soft, smooth and radiant.
I would almost rather go naked than be without mascara and blusher. YES blusher! It brightens the face and warms the skin and why so many women forgo it i will never know. But I digress… I am rather addicted to this new delight from Benefit, Lolli Tint lip and cheek stain. I am a tiny bit anal about colour co-ordinating my lips and cheeks, because it just looks better and often use my lippie on my cheeks. BUT the beauty of this product is the flush is a soft ballerina pink and it stays perfectly put all day. The only trick is blend quickly. Then you’re sorted. It’s living in my handbag as my daily go-to at the moment. It’s available from February 15 and will cost $57.
My hair is flat as a pancake on top with these ridiculously wild, untamed curls on the ends. Babein’ right? Yeah, nah. So I am always on the lookout for something to deliver a bit of oomph at the roots. The new label.m Brunette Resurrection Style Dust, $53 is a lightweight, volumising dust developed especially for darker tones, so it won’t leave behind any of the usual chalky white residue in your locks. It acts as a root-lifter, texturiser and base volumiser so it ticks a few boxes at once. My only (minor) complaint is that the packaging is a little tricky. I would love it if it had a screw top which revealed some holes through which to sprinkle the dust (like talcum powder) but I have managed to negotiate tipping small amounts into my palm fairly successfully. A great product.
I have been trialling the System Professional LuxeOil collection which offers nourishment, hydration and smoothing power without added weight. Just what this frizzball needs. Scientifically
developed to protect the keratin within hair, these products contain a breakthrough Lightweight
Transform Technology to lock in moisture and strength by forming a protective layer around each
strand. The collection consists of the Reconstructive Elixir plus four new products…
System Professional LuxeOil Keratin Protect Shampoo, $34
System Professional LuxeOil Keratin Boost Essence, $34
System Professional LuxeOil Keratin Restore Mask, $36
System Professional LuxeOil Light Keratin Protection Oil Spray, $34
System Professional LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir, $44
My favourite products are the Reconstructive Elixir – really nourishing and smoothing – just like they promise, but it doesn’t leave my hair limp. Curls are more defined and my hair looks glossier. On that note I adore the Protection Oil Spray – a light mist over my finished style leaves it looking glamorously glossy – something I cannot achieve without a little help from my friends.
Linden Leaves miraculous facial oil, $55 has to be one of my love-you-long-time products. It’s absolutely delicious scent captures my heart instantly, but the blend of organic white tea, rosehip, evening primrose and tonka bean really do deliver goodness to the skin. It suits all skin types, and can be used alone as a serum, or with a few drops blended into your moisturiser for a boost. I keep it at my desk and use it as a nourishing treat when my skin is feeling parched or when I just feel like being distracted by beautiful skin goodies.