NEW BEAUTY

Georgio Armani Ecstasy Shine

Another amazing lip offering from Armani Beauty. Ecstasy Shine glides on like a balm and feels super-hydrating but provides long lasting colour thanks to a stain-like effect. The shade pictured here is 401, a classic fire red and my pick of the bunch.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo

Most people believe that if you have oily skin, you would be a fool to put more oil on said skin. Wrong. Oil actually attracts oil which is why it's such a great cleansing agent, effectively removing makeup, sebum and other dirt & grime without stripping the skin. Shu Uemura (a.k.a. King of cleansing oils) was onto a good thing creating cleansing oil shampoos. I've been trialing the Anti-Dandruff version and it's been great to give my oily, itchy scalp a real deep cleanse, removing product build-up but also leaving it soothed and comfortable. It features Shisho extract, a Japanese ingredient which has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, along with a really fresh, light floral fragrance and on a side note, pump bottles always win my affection. 

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Skin Purifier Oil Cleanser

For all reasons mentioned above, we already know Shu Uemura Oil Cleansers are something special. But their newer Ultime8 Sublime is seriously the Holy Grail of cleansing oils. Featuring 8 botanical oils, many originating from Chinese medicinal use, this cleanser never fails to remove every trace of my make-up including waterproof mascara, yet leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft, never tight. To use, massage 3-4 pumps onto dry skin, add a little water to emulsify which will turn the oil into a milky texture and then simply wash off, or you can do as I do and remove with a hot muslin cloth for a real thorough cleanse.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster + Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Apart from using Clinique's iconic 3-Step System when I was a tween, I hadn't really tried many of the brand's skincare offering. Hence my excitement when these products arrived in the mail to review. For someone that does suffer from hyperpigmentation, I'm always on the lookout for products which contain high dosages of Vitamin C. Clinique's Daily Booster contains 10% pure Vit. C and it's unique dual-chamber packaging allows the powder to remain isolated until you're ready to use, simply press to mix in with the serum and pop two drops into your moisturiser (I've been using Clinque's Moisture Surge Hydrator, a beautiful gel formula that my skin just slurps up). Each vial should last you 7 days, for maximum potency and effectiveness try to use within this time frame. Can I just say the results have been incredible. I've certainly noticed a visible reduction in brown spots along my cheekbones and my skin seems overall happier and brighter. A much cheaper and less invasive alternative to laser treatments.   

Bioderma Photoderm BB Cream 

A few weeks ago Michelle and I attended a beautiful brunch with Bioderma to celebrate the launch of their Cicabio Cream & Photoderm BB. I wanted to talk to you about the latter as it's all I've been wearing on my face on weekends. First things first, it contains SPF50+ which is extremely necessary with our harsh Australian sun, it has a dry, matte touch so no shine or clogged pores here, and the perfect amount of coverage for weekends when you don't want to look overdone when you're out for brunch or buying milk. Only qualms I have is that it only comes in two shades; Light and Golden. I find Golden is a touch dark for me at the moment, which results in me blending out my neck with bronzer until I get more of a tan. Not a serious problem but others may also struggle to find the perfect match.

Mecca Max Double Vision Eye Colour

Such a great eye compact to take you from day to night. I've already sung praise about this product in another post, I couldn't help buying another. The shade pictured here is aptly named Wine Time. The cream worn alone is a beautiful wash of sheer mauve for day (to avoid creasing, apply an eyeshadow primer first), then simply pat on the powder with a flat eyeshadow brush all over the lid, smudge into the bottom lash line and voila, you've got a modern take on a smokey eye for the evening.