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5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

Since we’re in the midst of summer, it’s time to pack away those layers of makeup in favour of a summer-friendly approach. It’s all about making the most of your beauty products and embracing the natural glow which comes with the warmer weather.

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Below are five of our essentials, which are sure to make your face glow all summer-long. Don’t forget to check back on the second part which is focused on summer skincare!

Nars The Multiple, $56

Give your face an instant glow with this iconic cream, available in over ten different shades. Apply it to your cheekbones for a pop of colour, or use it on your brow bone and blend it into your foundation to achieve a beautiful bronze glow.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35

While we’re on the topic of a bronzed summer glow, an illuminiser is a must-have for any summer trip. Use it on your cheeks, decolletag, or even your arms and legs to fake that perfect glow.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $39.95

A cult-favourite, no makeup bag is complete without a bottle of dry oil. Use as a primer for glowing skin, on the body before bed as a moisturiser, or even in your hair for an extra glossy finish. A little goes a long way and it will surely become a huge part of your beauty routine.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care Wand SPF 15, $72

If you suffer from particularly dry or chapped lips, then your makeup kit won’t be complete without this. It’s just like the original, although it’s been transformed into a travel-friendly form for instant hydration.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

Modelco Highlighting Trio, $22

Give your face a vibrant, youthful glow with this multi-functioning palette to give the skin beautiful luminosity. The three shades can be worn separately or combined to create any look in seconds – and without makeup brushes!

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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July 1, 2015

5 Essential Dry Oils For Winter 

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to develop a solid skincare routine to avoid dry patches and scaly skin. The first thing you need? Dry oil.

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Dry oils are so quick and easy to apply since they melt into the skin, and leave you feeling hydrated all day long. Shop from a few of our favourites below and give us some of your recommendations in the comments.

10C Moisturising Body Oil, $34.95

Treat your skin to this delicious coconut scented body oil which is perfect to use every single day. Not only does it help keep away dry patches, but will also lengthen the appearance of your tan during the summer.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99

A cult-favourite in the French pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect dry oil for all skin types. Why? This sweet smelling oil is perfect to use on the face, body and hair, plus it also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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Fresh Dry Oil, $48

Only available at Sephora, this dry oil is perfect if you have sensitive skin as it’s super-gentle. It’s made from jojoba, rice bran, borage and grapeseed extracts to nourish the skin and will moisturise even those annoying dry patches during the winter.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $32.95

If you want something with a little bit of a shimmer, try The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil. Not only does it help to moisturise the entire body, but it leaves the skin with a subtle, sun-kissed tint for summer.

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Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, $44

Finally, we’re completing this must-have list with an old favourite by Kiehl’s. The argan extracts are designed to make your skin glow from the inside out and can be used on hair, nails and feet for a leave-in treatment.

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May 12, 2015

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

Admit it, taking care of your lips is probably the last thing you want to be doing.

Even though it takes just a few minutes to exfoliate and apply a balm before going to bed, this can often be forgotten (especially if you just want to hit the sack). If your lips are looking a little worse for wear, try some of these hydrating lip products which will repair them in no-time.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips, $13

A intense formula enriched with natural vitamins to cure chapped, dry lips overnight. The fragrance-free formula is perfect for those suffering from sensitive skin, since it won’t interfere with your current routine, or leave a nasty smell. Used as a high-strength formula for patients on Roaccutane.

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

Nuxe Reve De Miel, $19.99

Now you’ve probably heard us proclaim our love for this product before, but it’s just so good!

The formula dries matte, and leaves lips feeling so soft and silky. Apply a tiny amount before going to bed, or use it to prime your lips before applying lipstick. There is also a stick balm, which unfortunately is only sold in the United States and Europe.

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, $9.59

Packed with various antibacterial properties, Cicalfate is the ultimate 2-in-1 skincare secret suitable for the entire body. Apply a tiny amount (a grain of rice), and massage in circular motions over the skin.

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy, $22

A luxurious overnight treatment which helps to repair lips by conditioning and soothing. Packed with nourishing shea and mango butter for a pleasant smell which lingers all night long.

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm, $15

A heavy duty formula ideal for the colder weather, and helps to repair broken lips. Apply over clean, dry lips before going to bed for best results. Use daily until lips are completely repaired, or apply onto other dry patches on the face and body.

5 Products For Extremely Damaged Lips

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January 29, 2015

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

Investing in quality skincare is one of the most important things you can do for your entire body. A consistent routine of toning, cleansing and moisturising is the best way to prep the skin, and also treat it occasionally with masks and serums.

We share some of the best online beauty stores to bag a bargain, and deliver straight to your door.

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Adore Beauty

Who could resist a store with free express postage and an unlimited amount of beauty products? Adore Beauty is one of our local favourites stocking skincare from Aesop, makeup from Benefit, and a plethora of holy grail haircare.

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

Escentual

A U.K based online beauty store which stocks some of those hard to reach products from the French pharmacy is a winner in our books. While you might have to wait it out in terms of shipping (on average it takes 10-15 working days), it is completely worth it. Shop exclusives from Nuxe, La Roche Posay, Caudalie and Bioderma at a low price.

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

Crush Cosmetics

There’s a reason why this much-loved beauty store comes in at number three on our list. Crush Cosmetics stocks a variety of cheap and cheerful American makeup products including NYX, Wet’n’Wild and Milani. Since they are based in Australia, orders arrive within 5-7 working days, and with express shipping!

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

Beauty Bay

One of our long-time favourite online stores is of course the highly-praised, Beauty Bay. Offering a huge selection of makeup, skincare and beauty tools with free complimentary shipping over $19. It is also one of the only places to stock the Urban Decay Naked palettes (all three), which are a cult-beauty favourite.

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

Luxola

If you’re looking to make a saving, shop through Singapore-based online store Luxola. The website regularly holds random flash sales with over 40% off the recommended retail price. With brand such as Beauty Blender and Glasshouse Fragrances at a discounted price, who could resist?

5 Online Beauty Stores You Need To Know

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January 23, 2015

Multi-Purpose Products For Face and Body

Rather than purchasing a multitude of products which will never see the light of day, there are a number of options which work as a 2-in-1 gentle enough to use on both the face and body.

Not only do they offer intense hydration, but are readily available and come in a variety of price-points according to your budget.

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, $49

If you have tried anything from Clinique, you’re already well aware that their products feel silky-smooth on the skin. One of the most popular products is the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ since it is deeply hydrates any skin type without feeling too greasy. Apply all over your body in the morning or before going to bed.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $39.99

A cult favourite from the French Pharmacy, Nuxe has created the perfect oil moisturiser for face, body, and hair. Enriched with Vitamin E and made from over 95% natural ingredients, the formula works best on dry skin and feels nourishing once completely absorbed.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $22

Many toning mists have moisturising properties and ideal for women who want to treat their skin whilst on-the-go. One of our favourites contains plant-based ingredients which helps to minimise pores, treat ingrown hair, and will even boost the skins radiance overnight. Keep it in your handbag and spray throughout the day on tired, dry skin.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream, $38

Loaded with nutrient-rich plant oils for a truly unique experience, this hydrating balm is perfect for women suffering from sensitive skin. Use daily to reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles, or treat the skin to a luxurious face and body mask as part of an at-home pamper session.

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Avene Cicalfate Cream, $10.99

A cold-cream ideal for repairing dry and dehydrated skin, Cicalfate is gentle enough to use on the entire body. The fragrance-free formula won’t inflame already irritated or acne-prone skin, and is perfect to use multiple times per day.

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January 15, 2015

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

The French pharmacy is known for its miracle skincare products which are ideal for sensitive skin types, and those suffering from redness and inflammation.

Luckily, it’s easy enough to shop some of these products in Australia – but where do you start? Below is a cheat-list of the best products you need from the French pharmacy.

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Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover, $29.99

By now, you’ve probably heard us rave about the importance of micellar water for effectively removing makeup. Bioderma was one of the first brands to release a micellar solution for sensitive skin, which is perfect to use on both the face and eyes!

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99

A hydrating lip product which locks-in moisture, and heals chapped lips overnight. The thick formula is packed with a pleasant honey and fruit fragrance, and won’t irritate sensitive skin and lips.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser, $24.99

A gentle cleanser which acts as a 2-in-1, and carefully removes makeup while keeping skin feeling soft and hydrated. The formula isn’t too drying, and won’t leave your skin feeling tight after each wash.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Cleanse, smooth, and refresh your face with thermal water every single day to achieve clear skin. The non-irritating formula aims to neutralise the pH levels in your skin, without causing extra redness or irritation.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $29.99

The best multi-purpose oil with an added golden shimmer to give skin a healthy glow all year-round. Keep this in your bag for a boost of added hydration, or even just a quick touch-up during the summertime.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense, $39.99

Intended for those with couperose-prone, inflamed, just overall sensitive skin, the Rosaliac aims to restore skin back to good health. Apply a pea-sized amount of the product onto the areas that need treatment, then apply your usual moisturiser over the top.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99

Use this hypoallergenic formula for super-sensitive skin after cleansing to lock-in moisture without over-stimulating the skin. The lightweight moisturiser treats dehydrated skin to lots of hydration, which is perfect during the morning or even before bed.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Cleanance Lotion Toner, $29.99

A gentle-action toner which soothes the skin, while also minimising the appearance of large pores with long-term use. Apply onto the face using a cotton pad, and focus on areas such as the forehead and t-zone after cleansing.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

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December 16, 2014