26 January, 2016

The Best of Australian Beauty

To celebrate Australia Day, I've searched through my collection to bring you some of my favourite Australian beauty products. (and a few cheeky New Zealand brands because nothing is more Australian than taking something great from the kiwis and pretending it's Australian)

Trilogy (Ok, technically this is from New Zealand)
I have gone through countless bottles of the Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. I love Rosehip oil and have found for the price, quality and availability, Trilogy make the best.
I use this once a week at night for a treat. I smother my face in this after a deep clean and wait a few minutes before putting on a little night cream. The unique scent will take a while to get used to but it doesn't clog my pores and I wake up glowing.
The Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm is a great way to remove your face when you're loaded up with make-up and want to break it down as quickly as possible. It's definitely a different way of cleansing but great for those days when your skin is feeling a little dehydrated.

Vita Skin Sugar C Rush Scrub
The Vita+Skin range from Sugar Baby includes 100% organic coconut oil. This has Himalayan sea salt and raw sugar to aid exfoliation, as well as organic coconut oil to help retain moisture.

Alpaha-A Liquid Gold Mask
This brand has quickly become a cult favourite for a reason - Instant results!
The brand focuses on active ingredients, I have tried several products from this brand and find they all do exactly what they say they will.
This soothing and perfecting mask is a quick and intense mask for when you can't decide if you want brightening, exfoliating or clarifying because it does it all.

Klara Cosmetics Zero Pores Primer
I have only recently discovered this brand and started off with the exfoliator and if this primer is anything to go by, I cannot wait to try the rest of the range.

A'Kin Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum
I love that this Aussie made and owned brand is cruelty free. Adding a serum to your skincare regime will change your skin. If you haven't yet tried a serum, start with a light formula designed to brighten your skin, it's a sure fire way to become addicted to serums.

Innoxa Organic Brightening Eye Creme
I'm always up for anything that claims it can brighten the eye area, I am prone to dark circles and this eye cream doesn't irritate my eyes and leaves them feeling nicely hydrated without the heaviness of some eye creams. I've yet to see any major difference with my dark circles but it can't hurt, right?

Was there anyone who didn't dive on this AC on tour Contouring and highlighting kit when it was first released? It was an affordable doupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit and while this isn't quite the same quality, you can't beat the price and it's a great way to brush up on those contour skills before you make the big investment in a higher end brand.
Let's Go Steady Gradual Tan Moisturiser is great for those as scared of fake tanning as I am. I'm naturally very pale and the phrase "fake tanning" give me flash backs to my orange attempts to fit in with my bronzed friends in high school. This is a mosituriser that will darken your skin slightly over a few uses and will build up a slight tan. Love it!

Lipstick Queen
Dedicated completely to lipstick, this brand was created by Aussie Poppy King. The quality is amazing, the shades are original and Saint Rose in one of my favourites. Lipstick Queen is one of the few brands where the darker shades suit my pale skin.
Frog Prince is amazing, it looks green in the tube and then adjusts to your lip colour giving you a rosy signature pout that nobody else will have.

Face of Australia 
FOA is such an affordable brand with so many options. Nail polish is one of my obsessions so I jumped to try this Dark Side Nail polish in Mystique.
I adore the little blush pots in Hello Dolly and O Peachy! They have a touch of shimmer in them to add a little sparkle to your summer look and although you have to build the pigment a little, I enoy the the no fuss approach, as you can't make a mistake with these.

Kester Black Nail Polish in Arm Candy
If you haven't discovered this fun range of nail colour, head to AdoreBeauty.com to see all the colours this recently launched brand has in stock. Two coats is enough for opaque coverage and I find I get a decent wear out of these. The top coat is super shiny too!

Mecca Cosmetica
I have loved everything I have tried in the Mecca Cosmetica range so far. I love the simple chic packaging and the mini trial sizes available but my hands down favourite is the To Save Face SPF range - If you have trouble finding a sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast or leave your skin greasy, you NEED to try this. 
This is the ONLY sunscreen I have tried that doesn't leave me greasy (and I've tried a lot). The best thing by far about Mecca is the return and exchange policy, click here to read the low down but basically - if you don't like it, you can return or exchange it, even if it's used! Take THAT Sephora! To my knowledge Mecca is one of the only beauty company's in Australia to offer such a return policy and I think it speaks volumes about the brand, staff and their confidence about the products.
Hands On Transforming Hand Cream and To Save Eyes SPF30 Hydrating Eye cream are my top picks from this brand.

Face Of Australia
Screen Siren Nail Polish in No Angel is a really pretty nude/blush shade that would suit any skin tone.
Colour Max Eye shadow palette in nude is fast becoming one of my favourites, affordable and blend able. I could easily take this with me away on a holiday and be happy with this one little palette.

Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask
One of the best all-rounder masks I have tried. A little goes a long way and this is perfect for when you just want to relax with a little spa session and not have to worry about timing or drying, you can just sit back and relax and take it off when you feel like it. My skin feels clean and soft when I take it off and it's a great little pick me up treat.

Napoleon Perdis 
Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer is one of the brands best sellers and great for dryer skin types and those who want a little dewy look.
If you want to go for the total opposite of subtle (and let's face it, Napoleon don't do subtle) this Loose Eye Dust in Bronze Ambition is going to do it for you! This pure glitter is not for the faint of heart or time poor. This takes a while to apply and you have to have the right occasion but it makes such a statement that you should try it at least once.

Australis Metallic Finish Eye shadow
These limited edition foil colours were such a hit, the brand made them part of the permanent collection. Once you get the hang of how to apply these creamy shimmery pots of fun you will find it hard to no buy the whole collection and they hold up to their more expensive counterparts. Pictured is

Jay Zed, Plum Diddy and Bronzonce.

Mineral Eyeshadow Trio in Illuminate and Bush and Bronze in Rosy Glow.
These two gorgeous palettes are easy to apply and flattering, the texture is soft and easy to blend, you can't go wrong with these for an everyday look.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Possibly the most anticipate make-up product of the 2015, this highlighter was launched this year as a collaboration between Aussie brand Becca and YouTube beauty guru Jaclyn Hill. This was the fasted selling product on launch day in US Sephora's history and even though Aussies had to wait longer for our turn (even though Becca is Australian, what the?) It was worth the wait and is definitely a stand out product, especially for fair skinned girls who can't seem to get that highlight right.

Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil
A light cleansing oil that will break down that heavy make-up in a gorgeous chic bottle, it's hard to go back to regular cleansing once you have tried the double cleanse. It's a must to break down product on your face.

Mecca Cosmetics To Save Face SPF30 Sunscreen
This sunscreen is my ultimate, my hero, my holy grail ... do you see where I'm going here? I have never found a better sunscreen, this protects my skin, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy film.

Innoxa Super Sensitive Oil Free Toner
This toner is perfect if your irritated by regular toners. Gentle and I use this after a facial to remove any left overs that I haven't washed off.

Kester Black Top and Base Coat
2 in 1? Yes please! I can double up with this top and base coat and this leaves a shiny top coat and helps my mani stay that little longer

Dr Lewinn's Essentials Bio-Care Oil
A huge bottle of goodness that can be used on scars, stretch marks and dry skin. I love that this bottle seems bottomless and I can support an Australian brand.

Coco Marie Linen Spray
I stumbled into a skincare boutique in Hahndorf, Adelaide. The smell of the store was intoxicating and I ended up walking out with a bag full of their linen sprays. The French Pear scent is fresh and crisp and I use this on my sheets, towels and lounge.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed, Mecca To Save Face is the BEST sunscreen - just feels like a moisturiser!