My Favourite Boutique Beauty Buys Part 2

September 23, 2010

My Favourite Boutique Beauty Buys

By Julia Blanter – SheSaid Editor


When celebrity makeup artist Chris King raves about a makeup brand, you sit up and pay attention. Chris has been doing makeup for 33 years, working with the original supermodels like Linda Evangelista and Elle Macpherson on shoots for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

The other reason I became interested in Arbonne, a Swiss skincare and makup company that’s recently launched in Australia, is its ingredients list. Or should I say, its lack of animal by-products, parabens, talc or pore-clogging mineral oils. If you care what you put on your skin, Arbonne might just be for you. As a bonus the packaging feels very expensive (you’ll instantly be reminded of a certain prestigious black and white cosmetics line).

Every cosmetics line now carry their own range of primers but Arbonne’s Makeup Primer is a cult product in the US and is the best I’ve tried. It’s the silkiest, lightest primer with no icky residue. Primers claim to create a smooth canvas for makeup has never really worked for me, until now. It erases pores and fine lines and before I’ve used any other makeup my skin looks airbrushed. Chris recommends you squeeze a tiny amount, about the size of a 5 cent piece, into the palm of your hand and emulsify it by giving it a quick rub with your fingertips. Then apply with fingertips or a foundation brush.

Who hasn’t tried to find the perfect nude lip liner? The Body Shop’s Beech and MAC’s Spice are considered as good as they get, but I’ve always found them too orange. Arbonne’s Lip Liner in Ginger is my holy grail. It really is the best your-lips-but-better hue, as they say in the trade. My go-to natural look is the Ginger lip liner topped with my favourite lip balm. It’s so natural you can go slightly outside your lip line and plump out your lips with resorting to surgery.

I don’t wear much makeup but I do love bronzer and the healthy glow it gives me. I roamed cosmetic counters for years searching for a sparkle-free bronzer that wasn’t orange or too heavy. I enjoyed a limited edition MAC bronzer until I tried Arbonne’s Bronzer and was hooked. It’s finely milled, very light-weight and leaves a natural sun-kissed glow.

Click here to shop online at Arbonne.

Read part 1 of My Favourite Boutique Beauty Buys.

Have you tried Arbonne? I’ll be sharing my favourite cult beauty brand products over the rest of the week, and don’t forget to let me know what your favourite cult products are!

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