7 Vaseline Beauty Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

The cult product is more versatile than you think.

17 Life-Changing Ways To Organize Your Makeup This Weekend

Your beauty filing system ’bout to get next level.

The UK Just Banned Microbeads And So Should The Rest Of The World

It’s time to ban the plastic from our cosmetics for good.

13 Unicorn Inspired Beauty Products That Are Quite Simply, Magical

Why only wear one shade when you can wear all of them?

19 Luxe Christmas Gifts For Women Who Are Hard AF To Impress

Christmas can’t come soon enough with gifts like these.

What Happened When I Used Only Men’s Products For A Week

Yep, I went there, and it was awkward and awesome at the same time…

13 Mistakes You’ve Been Making With Your Beautyblender

We know what’s stopping you from achieving flawless skin.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Linked To Ovarian Cancer

The brand’s talcum powder is linked to causing ovarian cancer.

Victoria’s Secret Perfume Found To Act As Mosquito Repellent

Who knew your perfume could be as good as that awful insect stuff? 

All-Natural Cosmetics Put To The Test

Women love cosmetics, that’s a fact. It is just so much fun to try out different looks. Want to be glamourous? Red lippie will help! Want to look sexy? Get out that smokey eye kit!

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There are endless possibilities, which is why our bathroom vanities are often packed with products (something men will never understand). Recently, the trend of all-natural cosmetics has taken the beauty world by storm.

The health-conscious beauty lover not only cares about what a beauty product can do, but also about what’s in it. It makes sense; if you eat and drink healthy and avoid processed foods, why would you put chemicals on your skin?

You’d be mistaken if you think that all-natural cosmetics are beige, bland and smell like chamomile. The hippie days are over and organic, natural make up has become fun and flirty. Bellabox have released an all-natural beauty box for this month, containing six products with natural ingredients only. I have put them to the test and am more than impressed:

Organic Coffee Scrub:

This scrub is made from a mix of Australian roasted organic coffee grounds and recycled organic pod coffee, naturally evaporated organic sea salt, cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil and steam distilled organic peppermint essential oil. As a coffee lover, I can’t help but adore this product. There is nothing better than the smell of coffee and if I can use coffee to get rid of dry skin and promote skin renewal, that’s just a bonus!

Allurin Minerals Illuminiser:

If you love sparkly, glowing skin, you’ll love this Australian mineral illuminating powder. Its nude colour makes it perfect to use on your entire body; I prefer it on my legs rather than my face.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Treatment Mask:

When it comes to face masks, I love the idea of all-natural ingredients as you never know what chemicals might do to your skin. This mask is a multi-benefit anti-ageing treatment with concentrated botanicals to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I don’t have any wrinkles yet, but it sure felt good and left my skin smooth.

Milk Hand Quench:

I have tried many different hand creams throughout the years and I find that there are great differences between products. What I hate most about some hand creams is that they feel greasy – not the case with this natural one containing cocoa butter and sesame oil. Bergamot fruit oil soothes the senses with aromas of mint and citrus, whilst aiding in healing eczema and cracked skin. What an all-rounder!

Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain:

This is my favourite product! The little orange lipstick feels like a light lip balm and at first seems transparent, but after a few minutes on your lips, it adapts to your lip colour and brings out the most natural looking pink-orange hue you can imagine. Perfect for the I-woke-up-like-this-look.

Natural Cycles:

A thermometer? Oh I see, it’s a fertility app! While this might not exactly be a beauty product, it sure is all-natural! The app lets you manage your fertility and is a great alternative for women who are sick of the side effects of the pill or similar contraceptives.


I loved this month’s bellabox and couldn’t resist to ask beauty director Samantha Taylor a thing or two about the all-natural cosmetics trend.

Natural and organic products are very popular at the moment. What are the benefits of natural cosmetics?  

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, explore natural brands as they can help soothe the skin and prevent further irritation.

This is the second natural bellabox and the first one was quite the success; have you noticed that women are starting to care about what’s in their cosmetics more?  

We tend to do a natural box at least once a year as we know our members are keen to discover more natural brands. Consumers are becoming more aware of what they put on their face and body, so the demand for natural brands is increasing.

What is your favourite natural product and why?

I love a good facial oil, as they are packed with nourishing ingredients and are wonderful for keeping the skin hydrated.

It’s finally spring in Australia, what are the biggest make up trends of the season?  

A pop of colour on the lips, pastel eye shadow and graphic eyeliner.

10 Chemicals To Avoid In Your Skincare Regime

The UK cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £4.5 billion but an article in the Daily Mail shows that added toxic ingredients present in some forms of make up can cause danger. Although the UK Government regulates these products there are always loopholes that can be exploited. Here are ten chemicals and products to avoid.

1. Dying your hair

Latex Gloves from Brosch Direct are an excellent way to protect your hands when using hair dyes and other chemicals, but they don’t stop your scalp from being damaged during the dying process. Although hair products have changed drastically over the years there are still certain compounds such as coal-tar, which can cause bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

2. Aluminium pigments

Most skin care products are safe; mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils all contain aluminium powder, which can lead to neurotoxicity and cancer. There is a misconception that high cost and quality products are safe but these products are just as dangerous as their cheaper counterparts.

3. Sunscreens and vitamin A

Half of all sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient known as retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate. This chemical should not be put onto skin if you are going to be in direct sunlight, it is used in many night creams due to the fact that you can’t use it in daylight. If you use a sunscreen with this additive you can develop tumours.

4. Perfumes and fragrances

Any product that has the word fragrant on the advertising is probably not going to be good for your skin. Some alcohols used in the manufacture of perfumes have been known to cause hormone disruption and allergic reactions.

5. Propylene glycol

This clear odourless, tasteless liquid is used in food and cosmetics and is classed as safe, but it can cause brain, liver and kidney disorders if used incorrectly or regularly. When used in the chemical industry as revealed on the mindbodygreen website it is treated with great care by the people working with it.

6. Benzoyl peroxides and acne

Acne can be a horrendous problem for the young and old but most creams contain the chemical benzoyl peroxide which can cause cancers and also become a skin irritant.

7. Teeth cleaning

Brushing your teeth twice a day or maybe more should be a safe process but the toothpaste itself contains a chemical called triclosan which is linked to cancer cell growth and can cause damage to the gums and premature births if used long term.

8. Hair straightening

Some people prefer straight hair others curly; if you are using chemical hair straightening products you may not realise the damage you are doing to your hair and also your body. These products contain keratin which can cause nerve, chest pain and rashes.

9. Green isn’t always safe

Some so-called green products can still contain harmful chemicals such as chlorphenesin and neurotoxin. When buying cosmetics even reading the label won’t give you all the information you need. Some chemicals are left out.

10. Anti-perspirants

All of us use some form of anti-perspirant and don’t realise the possible dangers of the aluminium salts that are present which can cause of breast cancer and skin irritation.

Throwback Thursday: Beauty And Technology – What Does It All Mean?

December 10, 2010

SHESAID’s then-publisher Monique Talbot sat down with Roslyn Stutchbury from Body By Design in Sydney to discuss what are the best beauty technology tools around right now. Roslyn has been in the health and beauty industry for over 20 years, although you would never know that to look at her, she still looks a girl in her 20’s so you should listen to her advice!

Roslyn’s top 3 favourite technology advances are LED (Light Emitting Diode) Cold Light Skin Therapy, Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis, and Shellac Nail Treatment. Don’t be alarmed by the industry jargon and acronyms, Roslyn explains everything in plain English, it is easy to understand why she recommends which treatment for you depending on your health, skin and lifestyle factors.

Roslyn says: “Invest in your skin as you wear it every day.” She also compares skin fitness to your body’s fitness and that both need to be done regularly for positive results.

Monique says: “Roslyn is like a secret beauty professional to the stars, you can sneak in to her Lane Cove salon unnoticed and experience the most amazing session in her ever so capable hands. She has been in the industry for years, teaches yoga, doesn’t drink or eat junk food, looks about 25 years old and can read people so easily it is a little spooky. She is a great example of what looking after your skin, your body and your soul can do for you.

“I was green with envy but not enough to give up my love of champers! I did willingly let her recommend the LED and Sonophoresis for me and left glowing and relaxing like I had just had a long nap in the sun. Can’t wait for my next visit!”

What is Photonlite LED?

Phototherapy is a non-invasive therapy whereby light of specific wavelengths is delivered to the skin to stimulate and activate cellular processes deep within the skin layers. This kind of therapy is completely safe and does not produce a thermal reaction in the skin which makes this a comfortable treatment for your customers.

The LED therapy is best for toning and firming skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and collagen stimulation. The Photonlite uses LED technology to produce a range of light wavelengths to aid in many treatment applications. Being the latest in LED technology, the Photonlite is able to provide not just monochromatic treatments (one colour), it has polychromatic programs using a variety of colours to attain additional therapeutic benefits. There are 3000 powerful light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the Photonlite and this allows a greater surface area to be treated effectively.

Phototherapy has had much success as a stand alone treatment and as a complementary treatment for the following conditions: Reducing fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet, firms and tones the skin, reduces photo aging and sun damage, increases circulation, stimulates and regenerates collagen and elastin, aids in wound healing and scar prevention, kills P-acne bacteria, gentle skin rejuvenation, reduces melanin production and collagen stimulation.

Treatments last 20 minutes and a course of 8-12 sessions is recommended (twice a week) for optimum results. $95 per session or 5 for $380 (1 treatment free) with Roslyn at Body By Design.

What is Sonophoresis? 

Ultraceuticals Vitamin Infusion Sonophoresis is a great booster for hydration, is non invasive and improves skin tone, texture and overall clarity of your skin.

Sonophoresis occurs because ultrasound waves stimulate micro-vibrations within the skin epidermis and increase the overall kinetic energy of molecules making up topical agents.

How Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis works

It allows for deep penetration of active ingredients for longer lasting results. Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis Skin Workouts allow for intense transdermal penetration of active ingredients to improve the skin’s overall appearance.

The skin is very effective at providing a barrier to external compounds, primarily through lipids (oils) between skin cells. Disruption of the lipid barrier by ultrasound vibration helps in transdermal delivery. In a short period of time the skin can receive much more than is possible without this method. Low frequency sonophoresis infuses Vitamin C and A into the skin by momentarily creating little spaces in the skin, allowing a greater penetration of applied product. The deep vitamin infusion assists in lightening abnormal skin pigmentation and helps promote the production of collagen, which smoothes the skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Sonophoresis

Increased skin suppleness and glow, skin appearance rapidly improves, quick results for healthier skin, revitalises skin’s appearance and stimulates new cell growth, excellent companion treatment following peel or microdermabrasion and most importantly no down time and very, visible results.

Hope that helps explain some of the jargon around beauty treatments for you.


Inspirational Women: Michelle Doherty

Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

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Name and role:

Michelle Doherty and my husband and I own award winning skincare brand Alpha-H.

Tell us about your role? What is it? What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Our brand is considered a global leader in corrective and preventative skincare and our best-selling resurfacing treatment Liquid Gold has become a “cult” beauty classic. I spend most of my time expanding the Alpha-H product range both in Australia and overseas, collaborating and working closely with TV networks, international distributers and professional beauty salons. The most rewarding part of my role as Director is having the opportunity to meet with people whose life has been changed through using our products.

How/when did you know this is what you wanted to do as a career?

I started in pharmacy at the age of 15 and worked alongside a number of international skincare ranges and cosmetics, but it was after a brief introduction to just two Alpha-H products that I identified that there was more potential than what over the counter brands were offering. After 4 days of using the brand, I discovered how dramatically it improved my skin, and it was then I knew that I wanted to do this as a career. I quickly realised that there was a gap in the market for solutions driven skincare.

Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career of the ground?

I didn’t really have a mentor as such, but because I had been working in the industry for international brands I had the network which helped me establish myself and my career.

You took over Alpha-H in its early stages, what were the stumbling blocks both initially and since then?

The biggest challenge has always been competing in an overcrowded market against faceless multi-national corporations that are heavily marketed and endorsed. It’s important to enlighten our customers that there is a very big difference between a professional clinic brand and what can be purchased over the counter in a department store. This is where we have to establish our point of difference and maintain close relationships with our customers so that we can accurately respond to their want and needs.

Another challenge that we have come up against is changing public perception that the more expensive a product is, the better it is. Our price points are honest because we do not over-hype or over-package and our manufacturing is cost-effective and without compromise. We want our products to be affordable because we believe everyone has the right to great skin, without the need to explore more invasive alternatives.

How did you overcome these?

We are honest, open and also very approachable. I think it helps that we have open dialogue with our customers and take a very candid approach to our marketing. Communication is a powerful tool and cannot be underestimated.

Establishing our point of difference and our value proposition early on has also helped us. We bring the salon into the home, customers’ love being able to achieve salon results in the comfort of their own surroundings. Part of our value proposition is that our products are multi-tasking, our Liquid Gold for example works as your exfoliator, toner, serum and moisturiser.

Alpha-H begun as a family run business and is now an international success. How has the business grown and changed? Was this always what you had planned?

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine Alpha-H becoming the globally recognized “go to” solutions brand that we have become. In 21 years we have gone from one employee (that being me) to a team of 50 globally. We recognized quickly that to stand out in an overcrowded space we had to create and be the best. Our constant and steady growth has allowed us to build solid foundations and made it possible to implement our own manufacturing facility which enables us to more closely monitor the quality, consistency and standard of each formulation.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Our customers and their journey inspire me when they become part of the Alpha-H family. I also find inspiration from allowing our customers to be the best possible versions of themselves, without having to resort to more invasive procedures or feel the need to ‘be’ someone else.

I gain inspiration for new products through determining the needs of our customers. We understand that they expect to see immediate results, which is why I work closely with a team of cosmetic scientists researching breakthrough ingredients and developing powerful formulations.

As the brand’s owner and director how have your personal experiences influenced your decisions regarding development and direction? 

It’s a responsibility and integrity to make a difference that we all share at Alpha-H. Alpha-H was born out of an aspiration and enthusiasm to make a difference and deliver the very best to every customer every day.

What are your goals for the future?

My number one goal is to continue to be a global leader in cosmeceutical skincare through research and continuous innovation and by doing so, change people’s lives.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

Be passionate, have a desire to want to make a difference. Also to learn from hardships and turn challenges into positives.

4 Easy Makeup Tips for Spring

Spring calls for fresh, dewy skin and bright, gorgeous hues. Try these easy makeup tips for spring that look great on everyone.

Keep your skin looking soft and dewy with BB cream

Part moisturizer and part foundation, BB cream also works overtime as a sunscreen and an anti-aging treatment, which makes it our number one spring beauty must-have.BB cream are so light it feels like you’re wearing nothing but lotion, perfect for anyone who wants flawless skin but hates wearing heavy foundation. We love how luminous our skin looks with Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, and another favorite on our shelves is Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.

Get bold with orange lipstick

A quick and easy way to brighten up your face is with a bright pop of lip color. If you’re feeling particularly bold and adventurous, give orange lipstick a try. True orange isn’t always the most flattering, but coral looks fantastic with pretty much all skin tones. After applying, blot your lips for a matte finish, then reapply. If you’re looking for a more subdued way to incorporate the trend, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint has a gorgeous orange stain called Spirited that is a makeup artist favorite.

Ramp up the drama with the eternally chic cat eyeliner

Cat eye makeup is always on trend, and it’s so pretty for spring, especially paired with floral fashions and feminine accessories. If you struggle with uneven or asymmetrical cat eye makeup, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Draw the outline of each cat’s eye with a pencil, then fill them in with the liquid liner. Dip a thin Q-tip in makeup remover and carefully clean up your work. If you’re handy with a brush, we’ve stayed faithful to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner for years now.

Get your feet in on the fun with some nail polish

Once it’s warm enough to dustoffyour beloved open-toed sandals, grab a bottle of nail polishand get to work on those toes! We love OPI’s Spring/Summer Brazil Collection, particularly Amazon…Amazoff and Live.Love.Carnaval, vibrant hues that will warm up any skin tones that haven’t seen the sun for months!

5 Must-Have Eyeshadow Palettes

Rather than spending your money on every new eyeshadow that hits the market, it’s wise to invest in some quality palettes instead.

Not only are they easier on the credit card (in the longterm), they can create a number of different makeup looks for both day and night. Shop a few of our cult-favourites, especially now when there are so many sales!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette, $84.60

With the release of the original Naked Palette in 2012, Urban Decay became a must-have for makeup enthusiasts around the world. Featuring a collection of gorgeous eyeshadows from matte to shimmery shades, including 7 best sellers and 5 brand new shades. While it’s difficult to get your hands on this palette in Australia, you can easily purchase it online with free shipping.

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Chi Chi Glamourous Eyes Palette – Bronze, $16.06

A collection of pigmented shades which create the ultimate smokey eye for beginners at an affordable price. Chi Chi eyeshadows are easy to apply with both your fingers or an eyeshadow brush, and blend smoothly into the skin for a flawless finish.

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Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection, $48

If you’re not one for a smokey eye, invest in a palette which offers neutral shades for everyday wear. The Natural Eyes Collection comes with nine pigmented shadows and a compact mirror for applying makeup on-the-go.

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Kit Cosmetics Summer Soiree Eye Palette, $34.95

A highly pigmented collection of shimmery shades which are perfect for using alone or over a cream shadow. The five neutrals and five smokey shades can be used wet or dry to achieve any type of finish!

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Stila In The Light Eye Shadow Palette, $52

For the girl who wants it all, this is the palette for you! Combining shimmery shades, nudes, and black to create a perfect cut-crease. The palette is also equipped with a helpful guide filled with tips and tricks, plus a waterproof liner.

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Hot New Beauty Trend Alert: Ombre Eyebrows

Forget the ombré or sombre hair trends as recently favoured by A-list celebs – ombré eyebrows are so hot right now. It’s the newest trend in precision perfect eyebrows, creating a subtle yet full and lush effect – perfect for standing out in the crowd during the festive party season!

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Now, SHESAID readers, you can try the trend too, thanks to the talented brow technicians from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Here, (see below) the eyebrow artists have shared their top tips to create an ombré look using their Brow Kit, $99, (pictured) available in an array of colours at beauty e-tailer Lulu and Lipstick via www.luluandlipstick.com.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit contains five essential products to achieve perfectly arched and sculpted brows: precision tweezers, brow powder duo, brow stencils, mini duo brush and clear brow gel.

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Ombre Eyebrows 101

  1. Measure from the inside crease of the nose up and make a slight mark. When holding your Anastasia stencil make sure the brow is inside your shape. Hold firmly to avoid smudging. Apply the darker side of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo 1cm into the brow with strong strokes, following down to the tail on the bottom row of the brow.
  2. Blend the lighter and darker side of your Anastasia Duo Powder back to the beginning of the brow where you have made your original measurement. Blend through to the top of the brow to join into the stronger tone to fill your arch and the tail.
  3. For an accentuated and defined look, use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill any gaps or holes. This slim pencil creates precise lines for a strong and elegant finish.eyebrows, celebrity style, beauty tips
  4. Apply one coat of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, using upward strokes to lift the Brow hairs to widen and neaten the brow. Blend your Anastasia Brow Powder Duo for a perfect ombré finish. The Brow Gel is also available in tinted tones for touch-ups and a more dense finish.
  5. For lift and an elegant profile, apply Anastasia Duality Highlighter – this will define the finish of your perfect brow and gives a 3D affect.
    Next, lightly apply the matte end of your Duality Highlighter, aligning around the brow for coverage and a clean, defined finish. Finally, apply the shimmer end of your highlighter above the eye and follow the tail to lift the brow and open the eye.
  6. Lastly, apply a second coat of the Clear Brow Gel to set, blend and finish your beautiful ombré brow finish.

Main image via chloegormanbeauty.blogspot.com, secondary image via www.dermstore.com and final image via rodeo.net.

20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

Who said the drugstore couldn’t dish out some amazing products for clear, smooth skin? Make the most of your money, and invest in some affordable skin-loving products which won’t break the bank!

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Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99

A luxurious product packed with skin-loving nutrients to repair damaged and dry lips. The subtle grapefruit, lemon, and honey fragrance makes the perfect lip balm which can be applied at any time of day.

20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, $9.99

Just one spray of thermal water restores the pH levels in your skin, and is perfect for combating redness and inflammation. Use as a gentle toner to prep skin for makeup and moisturiser, or simply as a touch-up throughout the day.

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Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, $9.74

Use on your face and neck every night to nourish skin, and keep everything hydrated as you sleep. The rich formula is packed with vitamins and natural lotus extract to keep skin smooth and supple.

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Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner, $9.99

An alcohol-free formula which tones skin, and minimises pores without additional irritation. Best for hot days, long flights, or simply used to cool tired and dry skin.

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Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, $15.99

A rich formula which is soothes dry skin, and helps to heal redness or acne sores. Fragrance-free which is perfect for those who suffer from sensitive skin.

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Puretopia Instant Moisture Skin Quenching Protecting SPF15, $10.49

The lightweight formula makes it easy to apply a generous amount of SPF for maximum protection against the sun. Use under your foundation without fear of creating a dreadful white cast on your face.

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Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream, $19.99

Treat your hands to a luxurious cream which locks in moisture, and helps even sensitive skin.

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PanOxyl Acne Gel 10, $12.99

Apply just a tiny bit of the formula onto a cotton bud then concentrate on irritable acne spots to heal them in just a matter of hours. Make sure you remove the product well – follow up with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser to keep skin clean.

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Garner Micellar Cleansing Water, $11.99

An alternative to makeup wipes, use this gentle water to remove your makeup and clean skin without needing to rinse. Apply onto a cotton pad, and smooth over skin for best results.

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Milk & Co by Lindy Klim Face Cleanser, $16.99

Cleanse your skin and remove your makeup with this lightweight cleansing gel. Simply let it foam up, and apply onto your face and neck. Then wash off with tepid water, and pat your face dry with a towel.

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Yes To Tomatoes Acne Spot Stick, $14.95

Use on your blemishes to safely reduce redness and scarring before going to bed. The gentle formula contains salicylic acid which helps to break down acne and blackheads instantly.

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ModelCo Rosehip + Luxury Facial Oil Hydrate & Balance, $13.99

Packed with skin-loving antioxidants, use just 3 drops on your entire face to lock-in moisture and hydration. Free from synthetic ingredients, harmful chemicals, and parabens.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream, $10.39

A gentle, hydrating cream which soothes the under-eye area without irritating the skins pH levels. Use around the entire eye area both day and night for best results.

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QV Intensive Body Moisturiser, $8.49

If you suffer from dry hands during the winter, then this is your lifesaver! QV have an extra rich formula for people suffering from extremely dry hands and legs. The clear gel is fragrance-free, and sinks into the skin almost instantly.

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Natio Facial Cleansing Gel, $16.95

Ideal for all skin types, wash your face every morning and night with a gentle cleansing gel. It removes impurities such as bacteria and makeup without leaving skin feeling dry.

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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, $11.24

Treat your dry cuticles with a nourishing cream before painting your nails. The quick-drying formula is perfect if you’re on-the-go, and leaves nails looking bright and soft.

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Puretopia Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner, $10.49

A lightweight toner which features soothing aloe vera and witch hazel to purify skin in no-time. Just a quick spray over the face or into a cotton pad is the best way to use this product.

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Swisspers Rosehip Rejuvenating Facial Cleansing Wipes, $6.29

A quick and easy way to remove makeup, and cleanse your skin all-in-one! The gentle rosehip oil formula soothes tired skin, and helps to hydrate dry patches or dehydrated areas.

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Formula 10.0.6 Skin Clarifying Mud Mask, $8.99

Treat your skin to a luxury mud mask which minimises pores, and clears away blackheads in one motion. The sweet-smelling product is also perfect for all skin types.

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Swisse Maracuja Face Oil, $19.99

The Marajuca passionfruit seed oil helps to brighten dull skin, and nourish any dry patches due to sun damage.

20 Affordable Skincare Products Under $20

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The Best Tinted Moisturisers For Your Skin

With summer fast-approaching, who wants to spend hours perfecting their makeup only for it to be ruined by sweat and sun? Tinted moisturisers are a fantastic alternative to heavy foundation because they are light on the skin, contain a high percentage of SPF, and don’t necessarily need to be applied using makeup brushes (saving you less time getting ready).

Here are just a few tinted moisturisers to suit dry, oily, and combination skin types which are also available in many different shades to suit your skin tone.

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Dove Essential Nutrients Tinted Moisturiser, $9.99

Specifically formulated to make skin look and feel radiant through those warm summer days. The fragrance-free formula is perfect if you want a visibly brighter visage without breaking the bank on expensive products which may not offer broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

The Best Tinted Moisturisers For Your Skin

Natio Tinted Moisturiser, $18.95

Easily available at most pharmacies, this formula boasts the benefits of a moisturiser and lightweight foundation. Comes with a hint of colour to match most skin tones and an SPF of 20+ to create a fresh and barely-there look when applied carefully onto the skin.

The Best Tinted Moisturisers For Your Skin

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $56

With a light formula which covers redness, and with over 11 shades to choose from you are bound to find a colour that’s right for you. Packed with an SPF of 15+ the formula is buildable, and ideal for any summer occasion such as going out to the beach or even a late dinner by the water.

The Best Tinted Moisturisers For Your Skin

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15, $74

The added SPF makes this tinted moisturiser ideal for everyday use in the hot sun. The many anti-ageing complexes are also best for older skin, since they work harmoniously to create a visibly younger visage. Available in six different shades.

The Best Tinted Moisturisers For Your Skin

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