You know a product is not just a phase when one company after another is releasing their own version of the same. It seems mineral makeup is here to stay! And with good reason. Mineral makeup is a fantastic product to use if you know how to use it correctly. And with so much focus on it, companies are developing newer and better product to appeal to everyone.
Is it Good for You?
Mineral makeup is just as the name suggests made from minerals. These are naturally occurring minerals and inorganic pigments from the earth (Metal ores and iron oxides) that are very finely crushed and milled. They don’t contain potential irritants such as oils, preservatives, fragrance, talc, chemical dyes and are safe for even very sensitive skins or people suffering from acne and rosacea.
In fact, they are so safe that a lot of Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists are recommending them to their patients. Not only is Mineral makeup not harmful for the skin, it is actually good for it. The ingredients are so finely milled that they will not clog your pores and because it is made from inorganic minerals it will not gather moisture to feed bacteria therefore it is totally pure. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping to calm and soothe irritated skin.
Another benefit of mineral makeup is its high content of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two physical sunscreens that block the sun’s rays from penetrating the skin.
Depending on the amount of these two ingredients in the formulation is the SPF factor of your foundation.
Are They All the Same?
At first glance they might appear the same! However just as with traditional makeup, there are ingredients of differing price. The cheaper brands will have a lot higher concentrations of the cheaper ingredients in the formulations.
Currently there aren’t any regulations about what can be classed as a mineral makeup. Therefore any formulations containing minerals as the core ingredient can be called as such, even if the rest of the product is made up of less desirable ingredients.
For this reason it is imperative that you check the ingredients listing of the product and do your homework about ingredients.
One ingredient that has caused some concern especially for people with acne is Bismuth Oxychloride. This ingredient can be a “potential irritant” when it comes in contact with the skin so those with acne or sensitive skin may want to use a foundation free from this ingredient such as Jane Iredale.
Is it Just Powder Makeup?
Mineral makeup has come a long way from just drab loose powder foundations, although it is still the most popular form of applying the makeup. Here are our favourites:
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If you prefer the feel and application of cream or liquid foundations, we have that for you too:
Also most mineral makeup companies have the full gamut of colour products as well to suit all your makeup needs from Bronzers, Blushers, Lipsticks and Lip Glosses you will find all your favourite colours.
Common Ingredients In Mineral Makeup
This is a naturally occurring white mineral that is a fantastic sunscreen. It is the second most highly reflective mineral. (the first is DIAMOND) Therefore it not only acts a physical sunscreen but also helps minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This is again a natural sunscreen giving you a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. But more than that it is also used for its wide range of colours. This mineral allows foundations to be different shades, and is also used in Eye shadows and Blushes.
This is a very opaque pigment used for colouring cosmetics.
Used for it’s oil absorbing qualities.
Made from silica that is a combination of minerals but largely comprised of quartz. Dimethicone aids spreading, is transfer resistant and imparts a remarkable smoothness and creaminess to the overall product. It also improves coverage without adding heaviness. It is non-comedogenic and highly water repellent.
Is found in nature in a variety of colours and can be used to add shine and sparkle to cosmetics.
An inorganic white pigment, and usually comes in two forms: diamond and pearl finishes. The diamond is shimmery and the pearl is more matte. It gives the makeup a silky feel, good slip and good adhesion, which helps it stay on your skin.
Cold weather is definitely a challenging time for skin. Wind, cold and indoor heat suck the moisture from the skin, which can make it look dull, sallow and dry. Here are four quick and simple tricks to help you look your best even in the long cold winter months, especially if you are getting ready to attend an important event, going to a function or just socialising with friends:
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1. Revive your skin with Mirenesse Power Lift MD Line Corrector Day Concentrate $69.50. A concentrated serum with Peptide GF6 complex provides instant and continual benefits to correct and refine deep facial lines and wrinkles and revitalize tired skin. Follow with Christian Dior Capture R60/80 XP Wrinkle Restoring Crème, $167.00 which contains a cocktail of potent ingredients to smooth out wrinkles and stimulate the skin.
Makeup can accentuate dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, so be sure to use cream on your skin especially on dry patches and around your eyes before applying makeup.
2. Focus on the eyes. Green tea bags are fantastic for a quick pick-me-up for the eyes. After you’ve finished drinking your tea, store the used tea bags in a Ziploc or airtight container in the fridge. Before a party or a night out, place a couple of teabags over your eyes for five minutes. The cold and caffeine will help soothe and de-puff your eyes, and the green tea antioxidants will help keep your eye area looking young. On a daily basis use Jan Marini Transformation Eye Cream $88.00 which targets the thinner, more age-prone eye area to dramatically lessen the visible signs of aging. Alternatively try the new Alpha-H, is the Age Delay Intensive Eye & Lip Treatment Cream $69.95. Alpha-H utilises natural Flower Acids found in crushed Hibiscus Petals to gently resurface the skin contour; minimising the appearance of crow’s feet and hyper-pigmentation whilst promoting cell renewal to give the skin a more lustrous, youthful appearance.
3. Still focusing on the eyes, a must use product for tired dull eyes is Mirenesse Idol Eye Lift Anti Age Mineral Youth Eye Palette $69.95. Designed to instantly create a more youthful look. A brightening concealer and 4 lifting eye shadows infused with anti-ageing Renovage. A 2 in 1 product, with all the benefits of an eye cream and eye shadows in 1 product. Another must to use is mascara; lashings of it. Try two of our absolute favourites to brighten up any eye: Bloom Full and Flirty Waterproof Fake Lash Mascara $30.00 and L’Oreal Paris Extra-Volume Collagene $26.95
4. For an instant glow, try Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector $50.00
Wear alone or under your makeup for flawless radiance, or use to highlight specific features such as the cheekbones. Be sure to moisturize first, or else it will end up highlighting the flaky skin.
Or try Yves Saint Laurent TOP SECRETS Flash Radiance Skincare Brush $88.00, it combines the benefits of skin care with the precision of a professional application to give the skin instant freshness and radiance. A cocktail of energizing grains of Paradise and caffeine stimulate the skin and erase signs of fatigue. Sweet orange flavonoids regulate the skin’s pigmentation to combat a dull complexion.
Using these products through winter will banish all signs of dull, sallow, tired skin and gets you ready to face whatever comes your way. Wether that is a work function, party or just lunch with the girls, you will be glowing with health and sunshine.
Enjoy and have fun!
Nothing is as important to a woman than her hair! A bad hair day can ruin the most beautiful outfit or makeup in many women’ eyes. However shiny, healthy hair starts at the very root of the hair. For this reason bellow are a collection of product to promote and maintain not only healthy hair but also a healthy scalp.
L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Power Clear
Intensive anti-dandruff treatment shampoo 125ml, RRP $24.00
Formulated with Selenium AP, Power Clear shampoo is an intensive gel shampoo that cleanses and calms the scalp as well as removing persistent and stubborn dandruff.
To use: For an intensive treatment, use twice a week for four consecutive weeks. Apply to wet hair and work into lather. Rinse thoroughly. Switch to Série Expert Instant Clear to maintain results.
L’Oréal Professionnel Série Nature available from L’Oréal Professionnel salons and retailers. For your nearest stockist call 1300 651 141 or visit www.lorealprofessionnel.com.au
Kevin Murphy Born Again Wash & Masque
This ultra rich shampoo will deliver essential nutrients and moisture deep into the roots, leaving the hair soft and smooth with a glamorous shine.
Containing essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Tangerine along with micro particles, proteins and lipids, BORN.AGAIN.WASH is the perfect fusion of technology and aromatherapy.
Vitamin B5 enhances the condition and silkiness of the hair and melanin acts as a natural pigment to help protect from colour fade while Hydrolysed Soy Protein conditions and permanently bonds moisture to the hair and Hydrolysed Wheat Proteins acts as a permanent conditioner.
This rich moisturising treatment crème has been formulated to deliver conditioning molecules deep into the hair’s cuticle, cortex and beyond.
BORN.AGAIN.MASQUE features a combination of some of the highest quality hair care ingredients including: mango butter, shea butter, babasu oil to moisturise and repair, Kakadu plum and wattle seed extracts and mountain harvest fruits from the Australian rainforests for their antioxidant properties, and wheat amino acids and vitamin E to provide shine and strength. The product also works to detangle hair, leaving it soft, shiny and manageable.
BORN.AGAIN.WASH (RRP $34.95) and BORN.AGAIN.MASQUE (RRP $49.95)
KÉRASTASE SPÉCIFIQUE BAIN PRÉVENTION GL 250ML | RRP $34.00
Kérastase Paris Spécifique Bain Prévention GL is a gentle bath to help maintain hair density, stimulate the scalp and promote healthier, thickerlooking hair.
APPLIQUÈ: Apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Bain Prévention GL to wet hair.
Massage into scalp and hair. Rinse and repeat application. Leave in for 2-3 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly. Use in conjunction with Intervention Antichute à l’Aminexil GL for optimal results.
Redken New Hair Advance Scalp Revive
Scalp Revive Shampoo (300ml, $26.00 RRP)
This invigorating mint-infused shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes the scalp. Actively strengthening the hair follicle from root to tip, the clear gel formula distributes evenly across the scalp, supporting the hair fibre from root to tip. Over time, hair feels soft and healthy and visible density is improved.
To use: Apply shampoo to wet hair, massage into scalp and hair, then rinse.
Scalp Revive Leave-in Tonic (150ml, $39.00 RRP)
This lightweight liquid instantly rejuvenates and nourishes the scalp whilst boosting hair density and fullness, encouraging hair growth. The convenient long nozzle helps for easy application, directly to the scalp. Hair is left looking significantly thicker and stronger with a healthy shine.
To use: Spray directly onto the scalp and roots. Massage and comb through the lengths of the hair
thoroughly. Do not rinse. This product can be applied throughout the day.
All the latest and the best cosmetic and skin care products that are coming to cosmetics counters near you in the coming months!
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Clinique Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer
Description: Introducing Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturiser, a new daily moisturizer that brings the concept of moisturisation to a different level. It’s like having an insurance policy for your skin but with no applications to fill out and no forms to sign. Just smooth it on for some of the best antioxidant protection you can offer your skin. Let’s face it – no product can protect your skin 100 percent of the time. But Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturiser’s unique preventative formulation offers a real solution to help give skin a fighting chance against daily damage by: Preventing and defusing oxidative damage caused by free radicals immediately and over time, Maintaining skin’s health and strengthening its ability to fight assaults and Moisturising and smoothing skin.
I have been using this moisturiser ever since it was released so I was interested to see how other people will find it. Having powerful anti-oxidants in your moisturiser is a huge bonus (see article) that you will not notice immediately but will have long term benefits to the skin. All our panellists agreed that the moisturiser is soft and smooth on the skin and does moisturise very effectively. The smell was noticed by some but it is not an offensive odour and does dissipate rapidly. Personally I love this moisturiser as it does make my skin feel beautifully soft and velvety. As it has no SPF in the product, it can be used at night or under your regular sunscreen.
AMANDA – Age: 23
I was very interested in the product as I have been keen to try some products with antioxidants and I was excited about the strengthening abilities. I also love the luminous packaging! I only needed a small amount of this cream to cover my face and neck which is great as it means the tube would last me a few months. The cream absorbed very quickly in to my skin and didn’t just sit on the surface of my skin like some other creams do. I was really impressed that it came in a tube as I don’t like putting my fingers into a pot of cream as it’s not hygienic. This product has virtually no fragrance which I imagine would be fantastic for sensitive or reactive skin types. This cream did moisturise my skin and made the pores seem finer but I didn’t notice any drastic results. I was expecting my skin to glow with all the ingredients it contains but it didn’t. Although I did like this cream I didn’t find it any better than my current moisturiser so I would not buy this cream. I would give this product 3 stars as I found the packaging was very informative and easy to understand, the product was easy to use and the product was nice on the skin. 4.5 Stars
AOVANA – Age: 30
The packaging looks very professional and appealing. And lots of info in the box accompanying the tube, so that was a bonus to read about the product. The size is really good too and I can easily put it in my handbag. The application is very easy and the product went on smoothly. No white streaks and felt creamy on the skin initially. Then after 10mins, it dries up and feels really soft on the skin. The initial smell of the cream was not very pleasant for me, (smells a bit chemical.) After 10mins though the smell dissipates quite a lot which was good. I noticed that my face was well moisturised and felt smooth and soft on the skin even after a long day. 4 Stars
SUSANNE – Age: 44
I have never been a huge fan of Clinique products but this is quite a nice one. It comes in a very standard clinical looking tube. The cream is very light and fresh – a little gives quite good coverage. I have slightly oily skin but it absorbed nicely with no greasiness. Even though it claims to be fragrance free, it still has a very clinical sterile smell when you first apply it. It is not an unpleasant smell, but it is there all the same. No miracles unfortunately, still had the oily t-zone by lunch time but I did not notice any other negatives. It is an ok product but I prefer to use products with an SPF – I am extremely conscious of sun protection. I think there are much better products available and also prefer organic products. 3.5 Stars
MELINDA – Age: 35
I wondered how different this moisturiser was from the others in the Clinique range, but I was eager to see how much it hydrated my skin. The moisturiser was very silky smooth to apply and it was easy to apply my foundation over it. It had a nice gentle scent. I’ve enjoyed using this moisturiser very much. I really think it has improved the smoothness and overall look of my skin. I didn’t think this moisturiser was really outstanding in any way. I think you could get a moisturiser just as good if not better, for a cheaper price. 3 Stars
JACKIE – Age: 37
I was interested to try this as I used to use Clinique products when I was in my 20′s. The moisturiser was very easy to apply, it absorbed quickly with no oily residue. Although it was fragrance free every time I applied it I thought I could smell menthol so perhaps it contains some. I found that my skin was very soft and smooth but after using it for about 8 days I found that I had very flaky, peeling skin on my forehead and around my mouth.2 days after going back to my regular moisturizer the problem was gone. 2 Stars
LanaB Organic Lip Balm
Description: LanaB pride themselves on being an environmentally responsible business. They are fully accredited by Choose Cruelty Free, don’t use animal products (other than beeswax), mineral oils or petrochemicals, and you are encouraged to recycle the jar or bottle. “Our aim is to inform and help women all over Australia understand not only our products but natural beauty as a whole.” Says Cheryl. “We are constantly developing our website so visitors can return again and again and see something different each time.”
LanaB Organic Lip Moisturiser is a conditioning balm that softens and smoothes lips and also protects them from the sun, wind and cold. The wonderful blend of certified organic plant oils, shea butter and beeswax will nourish your lips while the rose hip oil and vitamin E both work to heal and protect them. Use regularly throughout the day and also as a wonderful overnight lip moisturiser so you wake up with beautifully soft lips. Ingredients: Palm oil, Sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Shea Butter, beeswax, Rose Hip oil, Glycerine, Vitamin E, Phenoxyethanol (natural preservative).
Overall Star Rating:
Firstly, let me say a big thank you to LanaB for introducing us to this beautiful product. Personally I loved it from the minute I saw it. The simple glass packaging, the gentle fragrance and the smooth easy application of the lip balm made for a very pleasant experience. I am a lipstick/gloss/balm wearer since the age of 12 and have to have something on my lips at all times otherwise I start licking my lips which makes them chap.
This balm soothed, moisturised and nourished my lips superbly so much so that I could actually go without anything on my lips for a couple hours after the balm has worn off. The biggest plus for me was the lack of taste of the balm on my lips. There is nothing worse than having a nice lip product that tastes foul on your lips. Overall this is an excellent product that is well formulated, containing good, nourishing ingredients that do exactly what they are supposed to do. I can highly recommend this product for anyone..
JASMINE – Age:19
I was very impressed by this product. It has attractive, yet simple packaging, and has a fantastic raspberry smell. I thought the little pot it comes in was handy to take anywhere without any mess. It applied really well. It is easy to apply with a little bit going a long way, and has a great lasting ability. As soon as I started using it my lips started feeling much softer, and felt nicer each time I applied it. The texture was very smooth making the lip balm easy to apply. I would definitely purchase this product in the future, its great and the jar will last a long time as it hold quite a sufficient amount. I would give this lip balm 5 out of 5, I loved using it. 5 Stars
AILEEN – Age: 22
Although I’m a big user of lip balm, I haven’t tried many organic lip products in the past, so I was looking forward to applying something natural on my lips! The lip balm comes in a glass pot and is white in colour, but goes on clear. I found that the application of the lip balm worked best when I rubbed my finger in the pot to warm up the balm so I could get a decent sized application on my lips. The texture was smooth and balm-like, rather than having an overly greasy or slippery feel. This felt like my lips were being conditioned. I loved the smell of the lip balm, mainly since I am a fan of anything raspberry-flavoured, but also because it wasn’t too over-powering or artificially-smelling. I will definitely buy this again; my lips felt moisturised, I loved the scent and using an organic product is a big plus! 4.5 Stars
AMY – Age: 36
Cute small glass jar with screw cap which easily fits into the smallest of purses. Application was easy; I only need the tiniest amount. My lips were more hydrated and less chapped from using it during the day, so I tried applying it before bed time nightly as well and found that it kept my lips soothed and moisturized in my sleep too! The texture looked slightly dry when I first opened the jar, but the heat from my finger melted the balm without any problems. I received the Raspberry flavour and it only has a hint of the fragrance (which smells like real raspberries, not the overpowering or sickly artificial smell). 4 Stars
FRANSICA – Age: 25
I thought the product has a minimalist look to it, which appeals to me. It comes in a heavy small glass jar with black plastic top. It definitely feels solid to hold and the ribbon included with product description was a cute personal touch. Given that this product comes in a tub, you’d have to use your finger to apply. Some might find this unhygienic/messy, but I don’t have a problem with it. It moisturised and protected my lips well. The product was quite waxy in texture and hard for a lip balm, which I find quite surprising given the amount of oils included in it. So much so that I had to use my nails sometimes to scrape the product out and apply it to my lips. However, this balm might soften in warmer weather, making application easier. The fragrance/flavour I received was watermelon. To be honest, it smelt a bit artificial, but not that strong that it becomes offensive. I would give it 4 stars.
DINA – Age: 38
The packaging is pretty simple, but that didn’t bother me. It’s what is inside the packaging that counts. Delicious smell. When I first opened it I loved the smell – yummy watermelon. Colour of the balm is an inoffensive white, and the jar is small enough for my handbag. I also love that it is has no petrochemicals or mineral oils as an ingredient. At first I found it a little difficult to rub the balm onto the pad of my index finger because it was quite hard and needed to be a bit softer. Also, my nail was a bit long and the balm ended up under my fingernail.
But, I managed to apply it quite well – and a little goes a long way, and for that reason I can see this balm lasting quite a while. My lips felt moisturised immediately. My lips didn’t feel sticky at all. They had just had the right amount of balm to moisturise my dry lips. I also used this product every night before I went to bed after my cleansing routine, and found my dry lips improved within a week. It’s a shame you cannot buy it in stores, making it a bit more accessible. I give it 3 stars – took off 2 due to not being able to purchase in stores.
Blistex Lip Balm
Description: It contains natural fruit extracts and flavours to protect and hydrate lips. Blistex Strawberry Lip Balm contains SPF16 to protect from sun, wind and cold. SPF 16 – High Protection Sunscreen – PABA-Free Water Resistant for 80 minutes Sun Alert: Watching how much sun you get, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun. Remember – Lips don’t tan but they do burn Contains (w/w): Octyl methoxycinnamate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 2.5% in an emollient base. Also contains Hydroxybenzoates 0.5% and Saccharin sodium.
Availability: Variety Stores, www.blistex.com
Overall Star Rating:
I had the pleasure of trialling two lip balms for this issue of the magazine so as you can imagine I now have the softest, most well moisturised lips ever. One of the biggest plusses of this lip balm is the SPF factor in it. As we know, it is vital to protect the lips as they don’t tan, only burn. Therefore this is an excellent product for the outdoors, when you may not wish to have much colour on your lips. This balm gives lips just a hint of pink. And it has a gorgeous strawberry scent to it too. The balm lasts well on the lips and is easily applied without any greasiness. Lovely product to use.
Melinda – Age 35
I don’t often wear lip balms so I was excited to try this and see how effective it was. I found this product nice and thick which I liked. It was easy to carry around so that you could reapply whenever you wanted. I felt my lips were protected from the sun and they felt very moist. As far as the smell; ‘Delicious’ were the first words to come out of my daughter’s mouth when she tried this. Of course we didn’t eat it, but the strawberry flavour balm was divine. It smelt absolutely beautiful. I would absolutely purchase this again! This product is definitely a must to keep with your sunscreen and other things for the beach. It is perfect to put on your children as it contains a SPF16. This lip balm is cheap enough to have one in your handbag and one in your beach bag. 5 Stars
Suzanne – Age 44
First impression – yummy smell and nice application – I actually blotted off excess when using a lipstick and used it as a base which worked well. My lips felt nicely moisturised and it lasted well. My 11 year old daughter loved this so has been sharing the product with me. I will certainly purchase this product again. 5 Stars
Aovana – Age 30
The packaging is rather cute and a lovely bright pink colour on the outside. It is very tempting to want to try it. The application felt creamy and slightly resistant to put on. I had to apply a few coats to make sure I had enough on. I definitely noticed my lips weren’t cracking even when I was thirsty or exercising outdoors. The texture is rather creamy which is good for me and the smell is a lovely strawberry scent. I also like the taste of it. It is very tempting to lick the lips. And it does give a slight pink tinge to the colour of my lips. Very likely I will buy it again and I give it 4 Stars.
Jackie – Age 37
My first impression was nice easy packaging, very bright looking. The balm glided across my lips and was not sticky at all. Nice smooth texture but I found the strawberry smell to a bit too much. It also has a very light colour to it. I found that this balm was very long lasting; I used it when bike riding and when I stopped after 2 hours my lips where still soft and protected. Great that it contains SPF. I would buy this again but not in the strawberry flavour, it’s a great product for its price. 4 Stars
Amanda – Age 23
I love that this product is a wind up stick as apposed to a pot. The bright pink packaging makes it stand out especially in my overflowing handbag! I found this lip balm moisturised and smoothed my lips as it promised and I did use it at the beach so I found the SPF worked against the elements. At first I found the smell gorgeous but after a while it was a bit overpowering and I found the texture was a bit waxy and not very smooth on my lips. I wouldn’t purchase this particular Blistex Lip Balm again but I love the original Blistex pot and I buy that all the time so I would stick to that. I would give this product a 3 Star rating for the SPF content and the packaging.
Adidas Action 3 Deodorant
Description: Adidas has developed along with athletes the first absorbent anti-perspirant deodorant. The secret is in the unique Active Absorbent Complex TM, a breakthrough in technology that controls wetness like no other anti-perspirant. It leaves no white marks and is alcohol free. Comes in three varieties and in both a man’s and woman’s ranges.
Availability: Pharmacy and Variety Stores
Overall Star Rating:
Although I mainly use roll on deodorants because I find them less irritating, this anti-perspirant deodorant was an excellent product. Achieving everything it claimed to do, that is: Control wetness all day through without leaving any white marks on your skin or clothes. The gentle fragrance was remarked on by the panellists as it makes it easy to wear with your favourite perfume without it clashing. An excellent product.
Elizabeth – Age 39
I was very impressed with this product. It went on with no white residue left to go on my clothes and it performs all day long. The smell is fantastic, as it has a very fine fragrance, thus you can wear your perfume and not have it clash with your deodorant. I will definitely be purchasing this again. 5 Stars
Kym – Age 37
I was very excited to use this especially as I work out at the gym often. It has a very sporty appearance so it would attract my eye on the shelf. The application of it is very cool and refreshing, didn’t sting after shaving, dried immediately and left absolutely no white marks as others do!!! Apart from the obvious, no sweating, nice fragrance, I did not have to think about it when I was going to put my deodorant on, eg; after I got dressed, because there wasn’t the “white mark” issue to worry about. I would definitely purchase this product for myself, I thought it was great. Definitely a 5 out of 5 Stars for this one. Top marks for achieving what it sets out to achieve.
Ildiko – Age 55
I have very sensitive skin so I was interested in trying this product. I am happy to report that it didn’t irritate my skin at all and best of all it didn’t leave any annoying white marks on the skin. The fragrance is very soft, not overwhelming at all, in fact it is quite fresh.
Linda – Age 53
I thought this is very much like all the other deodorants, not a lot different although it didn’t leave a white residue which was good. The smell was very nice; very clean smelling, kind of crisp. I have sensitive skin sometimes so I found this product very good. I always buy for sensitive skin. I would rate this 3 Stars.
by Livia Mercer
As we shed our winter clothes and get ready to strut our stuff at the beach in beautiful but revealing summer dresses, shorts and bikinis one of the most important things we can do to make sure we look fabulous is to have smooth, supple, well moisturised skin. In order to achieve this exfoliation is crucial. Why and how?
Why? Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that are on the surface of the skin. As our skin is continuously producing new skin cells at the lowest levels of the skin (dermis), these cells push the older ones towards the surface of the skin (epidermis). When these cells reach the surface they are naturally supposed to detach and fall off.
The problem arrises as we get older and this whole process starts to slow down. Instead of the dead skin cells falling off naturally, they pile up on top of each other, causing the skin to appear dry, flaky, rough and dull. Even worse, they can block the pores causing pimples and milia and they can block and slow down the absorption of serums and moisturisers applied to the skin. Exfoliation promotes even skin tone, younger, fresher looking skin and prevent blockages and breakouts.
There are two ways to exfoliate:
1) Mechanically. The dead skin cells on the surface of the skin are physically removed with an abrasive product. These may include small, round or abrasive ingredients such as; salt, sugar, crushed almond halls, jojoba beads, ground coffee or any number of things that will rub the skin.
1. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. Combining cleansing with exfoloation
2. Stem Organics Smooth Skin Exfoliant. Organic goodness that moisturises the skin while exfoliating.
3. Lancome Exfoliance Clarte – Fresh Exfoliating Clarifying Gel. Providing cool freshness to the skin.
4. Yes To Carrots C the Body Moisturising Body Scrub. Combining Beta-Carotene (anti-oxidant) with Dead Sea Mud and Water and essential oils.
5. Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Body Polish. The ultimate pampering product with a sensual fragrance.
6. Premium Spa Frangipani & Coconut Sugar Body Scrub. Utilising cane sugar with coconut oil to evoke tropical spa experience.
2) Chemically. Enzymes, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAS) loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to slough away. Facial peels are a form of chemical exfoliation. They can either be very gentle or very powerful, depending on the strength of the active ingredient in the product.
Living Nature Manuka Honey Vitalising Exfoliant, $50.00, 50ml. A mask to detoxify and exfoliate while you relax for 15-20 minutes.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion. Gently wipe over skin once with cotton wool to exfoliate.
Tips: It is very easy to get carried away when exfoliating. Remember less is more. You are dealing with delicate skin and you only want to remove the very outer layer of the skin. Removing too much may cause irritated, sensitive and dry skin, the opposite of what you want to achieve. Never use body scrubs on your face as they are too rough for the delicate facial skin.
When is the best time to pamper someone much loved with little treats? The answer is now. There is no reason to put off buying something so beautiful as these treats to say to someone special: I Love You! Even if it’s to yourself.
Buy just one or get it all but just make sure you will get to indulge in the delectable pleasures of these products too.
1. Living Nature – Nourishing Body Bar $19.00
2. Glamourflage – Poppy Passion Scented Candle $25.95
3. Urban Rituelle – Fragrant Journey Persian Jasmeen Scented Soy Candle $39.95
4. Crabtree & Evelyn – India Hicks Island Living Spider Lilly Natural Triple – Milled Soap $26.95
5. Crabtree & Evelyn – Scented Candles for Travel (Wakaya, Anakkara Amber, Kalahary) $16.95
6. Glamourflage – Sassy Sarah Soap Sensation $7.95
7. Urban Rituelle – Lifestyle Green Tea & Bamboo Luxury Soap Bar $8.95
8. Bee Beauty – Marigold Flower and Leatherwood Honey Soap $7.95
Eyeliner can make or break your eye makeup.
It is what shoes do to your outfit. They either pull together the look and compliment the colours or completely spoil the look. Yet few makeup items cause as much panic and consternation amongst women as the humble eyeliner. There are a couple of reasons for this. One; many are unsure how to apply the eyeliner correctly. Two; there is a huge variety of eyeliner styles and colours, so which do you choose? In this article we will address both concerns to help you make the most of your eye lining skills and help make your eyes pop!
Applying The Eyeliner
As very few of us have rock steady hands it is best to rest your elbows on a solid surface and apply your liner looking down into a mirror. This will naturally stretch your eyelids so you don’t have to pull on them so much. Position the eye liner as close to your lash-line as possible from the inner corner of the eye. Once again as very few of us have such steady hands to draw one single straight line along the lash-line, it is best to feather your strokes. What that means is drawing short strokes along the lashes, than having a break. This way you will avoid the dreaded wobbles and you can judge your progress. Follow the curvature of the lid all the way to the outer corner in this manner. To start with, it is best to keep the line as thin as possible and if a thicker line is required simply go over the already existing line either all the way or simply from the middle of the eye for a simple stylish look.
To get that sexy 50′s cat-eye effect, when you reach the outer edges of the lash-line, angle the eye line slightly upwards and extend the line a few millimetres creating a wing effect. Than you build the line until you have the desired effect. This is a very flattering look for most as it visually lifts the eyes.
Most women are terrified of the liquid eyeliner because they think it is messy and difficult to control. However, nothing creates more drama that a bold line. Here is a foolproof tip for those of you who would like to give the liquids a go.
The secret is in the tip of your liquid liner brush tip. With a very light hand, gently dot the very tip of your liquid liner brush along the lash line, then go back and join the dots together. Keep going over the line in short strokes until you have the desired look, then let the line dry for a few seconds.
I’m not a big fan of lining the lower lashes, however if you are going to do it, only line the outer two-thirds of the eye. Never ever line all the way across the lower lashes as this will only close up the eyes, giving you a bracketed in <> look that is not only very severe but also very dated.
Applying eyeliner to the inner rim of the eye is strongly discouraged for two reasons. One; the eye is a moist area and the eyeliner will start to smudge within a couple of hours at the most, creating a very unattractive panda eye effect. Two; introducing foreign substances (colour pigments, wax) to the very delicate eye area will irritate the eye and may cause inflammation and other problems.
With all eyeliner application a little patience and plenty of practice is required. If you are unsure or haven’t practiced before, don’t leave it to the last minute before an important event as it will only make you more nervous and bound to cause mistakes.
Choosing The Right Eyeliner.
There are several different eyeliner types. Experiment to find the right one for you or use a variety of eye liners for different effects and occasions.
The Pencils: The eye pencil is probably the most popular eye liner due to its versatility and ease to use. Start with a light hand and build on the colour. It is also a great way to get the smudged smoky look.
1. Model Co colourbox eyeliner in Black with sharpener $24.00
2. Shiseido ‘The Makeup’ Eyeliner pencil duo in Desert Dusk $35.00
3. Bourjois Eye Pencil $16
The Creams and Gels: The latest things on the market. Cream to powder eyeliners are long lasting, most are smudge proof and they are applied with a fine brush. Very versatile liners as you can easily vary the thickness of the line.
1. Jane Iredale Cream to Powder Eye Liner $54.00
2. Napoleon China Doll Eyeliner $30.00
3. Clinique Cream Eyeliner $37.00
The Liquids: The most challenging eyeliner but the most glamorous too once you have mastered the technique. Can be used on it’s own with mascara or over the top of eye shadow. The longest wearing eyeliner.
1. Yves Saint Laurent Easy Liner for Eyes $55.00
2. L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner $21.50
3. Shiseido ‘The Makeup’ Fine Eyeliner in Black $53.00
Choosing the Colour
The most popular and safe colours are Black, Brown and Gray. Eyeliner is designed to give intensity to the lashes, make them appear thicker and emphasize the eye. However coming into summer a lot of bright colours are popping up at all cosmetics counters. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these colours. A good guide is to choose a colour slightly darker than the eye shadow you will be wearing. Or pick a funky bright colour and wear it by itself or with a nude eye shadow making your liner the main focus. With patience and plenty of practice you will master the art of eyeliner to help you make your eyes Pop wherever you go.
by Livia Mercer
There is a lot of excitement about anti-oxidants both in the scientific community and in the cosmetics industry. Continuing research is being carried out about this potentially ‘fountain of youth’ ingredient. Anti-oxidants are being heralded as the answer to all your anti-aging needs. So with all this optimism surrounding this component in so many of our cosmetics products, it is important for us to have a better understanding of what anti-oxidants are, how they work and are they really the fountain of youth we have been searching for?
First of all, anti-oxidants can be found all around us in nature and in the foods we eat. Fish oils, nuts, wheat germ, brown rice, fruits, all citrus fruits, mangos, kiwi, and strawberries; green vegetables such as green peppers, cabbage, spinach and broccoli amongst many others are a rich source of anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants are vital in stopping and even reversing free-radical damage in the body and the skin.
What is a free-radical? You will be pleased to know that it’s not some freedom fighter in a sci-fi movie. Rather free-radicals are oxygen molecules in our body that have lost one of their two electrons. As they must have two of these electrons, the oxygen molecule must go and find one, which usually means it will steal one from it’s fellow oxygen molecule. This poor molecule now has to go and find one for itself too, creating a chain reaction of molecules looking for electrons therefore they are called free-radicals. While they are engaged in this war for electrons, they are creating considerable damage called Free-radical damage. The simplest way of describing this damage is what happens to an apple when it has been cut. The flesh goes brown – oxidises or rusts. This is free-radical damage. There are several reasons this happens. Stress, alcohol, smoking, sunlight and pollution all contribute to free-radical damage.
And the way we stop it, is with anti-oxidants. These prevent the oxygen molecules that have lost one of their electrons to steel one back from another oxygen molecule, therefore arresting the free-radical molecule in its tracks before it can do much damage.
This is where it gets really interesting for us. Wrinkles and sun damaged skin is the result of free-radical damage. So if anti-oxidants can stop this damage and even reverse it, all we need to do is lather ourselves in anti-oxidants and we’ll all look like twenty year olds again. Not so fast.
Unfortunately not all is known and understood about this seemingly miracle ingredient and exactly how it works. Studies are being undertaken to determine the effects of topical applications of anti-oxidants in creams and lotions and also the quantities of active ingredients required to make a difference to the skin.
Also it is important to note that free-radical damage is continuos. Sometimes it can go on for years before you might notice any damage to the skin (eg: skin cancer). Therefore it would be unreasonable to expect to apply an anti-oxidant rich moisturiser or lotion and see results in a few weeks. It is a protection that we need to apply continuously to combat the ongoing damage to our skin.
Scientists believe that if we can slow the effects of free-radical damage it is best done by anti-oxidants. So it is up to us to get as much anti-oxidants in our body as possible, both from our diet and also our skincare. We have always been told to eat our fresh fruit and vegies, now there is an extra reason to do this. It’s good for your skin.
Some excellent anti oxidant products on the market:
1. Mario Badescu Honey Moisturiser $65.00
2. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel $70.00
3. Dr LeWinns Triple Action Day Defense $89.95
4. Jan Marini Skin Research Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant – Now with PhytoMelanin SPF 30, $76.00
by Dr Gabrielle Caswell – www.eyramedical.com.au
A beautiful smile is one of the most powerful and attractive tools a woman has at her feminine disposal – just ask Mona Lisa! But when your trademark smile starts to go south it’s likely you’ll need to be more than just a pretty picture to save face. Dr Gabrielle Caswell takes an in-depth look at ways to prevent a sagging smile and to remove the signs of ageing from the lower face.
As we get older, the lower face is prone to changes in collagen, ultimately leading to wrinkles, sagging, textural changes and increased uneven pigmentation. As the collagen damage increases, particularly post-menopause when the oestrogen dependant facial skin can suffer from a lack of oestrogen, the changes can become even more notable.
Hooding develops on the upper eye lids, and festooning or bags on the lower. The line between the corners of the nose to mouth, (the naso-labial folds), deepen and the cheek apple slips forward. The corners of the mouth are pulled down by the facial muscles and the lax collagen can no longer pull up against it, leading to the development of the undesirable upside-down smile.
Beneath the surface the very way the facial muscles attach themselves to your bones is under the process of re-modeling. This will lead to bone re-absorption and loss of structure beneath the skin. The most obvious region is the chin, where the area beneath the bottom lip and chin become hollowed out both from restructuring and loss of volume.
Although it is inevitable that these changes in our face will occur over time, there are a number of non-surgical ways to give your lower face a helping hand.
The Lips and Mouth
Signs of Ageing As we age the lips thin and retreat from the vermillion boarder that naturally outlines the lip and defines their shape. The most feminising aspect of a female mouth – the philtrim or the delicate lines from the base of the nose to the cupid bow of the lip – elongate and also lose their youthful look.
To define and plump the lips once again, lip augmentation can be used – this is a very popular walk in walk out procedure. Lip augmentation is a treatment whereby dermal fillers, such as Juviderm are carefully injected into the lips to re-volumise them.
Balance is the key. To get the best results from this technique it is important that you seek a doctor with a good aesthetic eye. Ask to see some real patient’s ‘before and after’ pictures -this will avoid the greatest fear of the first time lip augmentation “trout pout”, often created when too much volume is added to the upper lip.
To further soften the “pull down” effect of active muscles, a small injection of BOTOX into the lower jaw will relax the muscle enough to lift the edges of the mouth, and can sometimes create a small curl in the mouth corners – a popular technique amongst celebrities.
The Naso-labial folds
Signs of Ageing
The collagen change and bone remodeling is leading to a slippage of the cheek apple and the development of a more prominent naso-labial fold. These folds are not always offensive (think Angelina Jolie) however over time they can become quite deep in some individuals. A prominent and high cheek bone is a sexual signal and anthropologically it is associated with high fertility and youthfulness, and hence the reasons why we seek to re-create this look either with surgery, fillers or blush.
Youthfulness is associated with a round face with a firm jaw line. By using a technique referred to as “facial rebuilding”, Juviderm is used to replace the slipped cheek apple and plump up the cheek flats leading to a natural softening of the naso-labial folds and a redefining of the cheek bone.
As a strategy I offer patients a two step procedure. First we use Juviderm to create a look they are happy with, and then insert another product Sculptura to help stimulate their own “plumpness”. Over time the patient experiences a natural fullness and progression to youthfulness without the need for invasive surgery.
This two step procedure is ideal for those patients for whom surgery is not an option and for those who have a thinned, almost gaunt face. The most important aspect of this combined technique is flexibility, ability to add to the procedure, and a maintenance regime to maintain the very natural looking results.
For those who feel they do not require a facial rebuild technique, direct injection into the naso-lablial folds can remediate this area immediately. This involves injecting directly into the line of the fold and then placing struts of Juviderm to provide structure to the area which results in a slightly longer lasting and more satisfying result.
Signs of Ageing
The chin is often forgotten when considering the beauty of a woman’s face, however bone remodeling and sun damage along with collagen change and acne scarring can leave one of the most prominent parts of the face highly exposed.
A hollow can develop between the lower lip and corners of the mouth heading towards the jaw. Again this area is not often thought about when we look in the mirror but it contributes highly to the strength and visual impression of the jaw.
In this region, Juviderm can be injected to fill the hollow. This technique is also useful for those who suffer acne scarring. The right technique also helps with the visual presentation of jowls, leading to a firm outline to the face. Creating a natural face Creating a natural face requires an analysis as to what changes are taking place, as well as an assessment as to where the problem is occurring – is the jaw line or hooding the main problem, or are you experiencing loss of volume in the cheeks and slippage of the cheek apple? A well designed treatment program leads to a satisfying and natural look where the face is in balance.
Dr Gabrielle Caswell (BSc, BSc, MB;BS, BA) is a Cosmetic Physician with four clinics in rural NSW and the Gold Coast operating under the Eyra brand, named after the Viking goddess of medicine and beauty. Special interests include injectable cosmetic medicine, laser technology and other tools modern medicine uses for the remediation of sun-damaged skin.
More recently, Dr Caswell developed the Caswell and Marcells product range designed for Beauty Therapist use. Visit www.eyramedical.com.au for more information.
by Emma Hobson
The majority of damage to the skin is done prior to our 18th birthday; one flash burning from the sun and we have increased our chances of contracting skin cancer by about 50%.
The problem is you can’t immediately see the damage you’ve done, it simply accumulates over time. I think of it this way, imagine your skin cells contain a ‘memory bank’ (your DNA) and every time you go out in daylight and are exposed to UV rays, it ‘banks’ this information. This damage is stored year in, year out until the day comes to pay your skin the ‘dividends’ of the damage received.
The ‘return’ payment comes in the form of solar lesions, hyper or hypo pigmentation, immuno suppression, photo ageing and ultimately for many, skin cancer. The solution is simple. For healthy, vibrant skin we need to protect it from being damaged – wish I’d known that when I was a child!
Sun care products have evolved over the years – first we had ‘sun tanning’ products, designed to enhance your natural tan. Then came sun care products which were marketed for use when sun baking, helping protect the skin from (UVB) burning whilst still enabling you to get a ‘safe tan’. Currently we have broad spectrum (protection from UVA and B) sun protection, sun blocks with an SPF of 15 to 30. Where next you may ask? The answer is ‘daylight protection’.
Daylight protection has arisen from recent research into the effects of free radical damage (ROS) emitted in daylight having an enormous negative impact on skin ageing and skin health. It’s the UVA rays that cause the damage, by promoting the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). UVA-1, causes photo ageing effects by inducing epidermal hyperplasia and destroying the elastic tissue network of the skin. Studies have shown that microscopic skin damage was found after exposure to minimal doses of UVA-1, even in the absence of sun burn.
Dr. Diana Howard, our Biochemist and Vice President of Research and Development at The International Dermal Institute states in a recent paper “Free radicals are capable of altering not only the DNA (genetic material of all living cells) but may also affect membranes surrounding skin cells, destroy or alter enzymes and proteins required for cellular metabolism and affect amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). Free radicals can ultimately result in the formation of sun-induced skin cancers”. Hence the direction of her recent work into the use of powerful anti-oxidants as protective factors along side sunscreens in today’s sun care products.
Studies at the University of Illinois Fluorescence Dynamics Lab found when sunscreens are combined with anti-oxidants (Vitamins E and C) they quench the free radicals and provide enhanced photo protection to the skin. The addition of Vitamin E with a sunscreen increases quenching of free radicals by 1.5 fold; adding Vitamin C along with the sunscreen and Vitamin E creates a 2.27 fold increase in free radical quenching.
To satisfy the demands of discerning consumers for better, more sophisticated sun care products, major manufacturers are working hard to ensure their formulations:
1) Protect against the damage received from daylight, that being UV exposure and very importantly free radical exposure (premature ageing).
2) Overcome the challenges expressed by many consumers claiming that sunscreens cause breakouts and are too ‘thick and heavy’ on the skin to wear every day.
3) Are quick and easy to apply; are also specialized skin treatment products that can be used as a daily moisturizer as well as a full spectrum sun block.
With our current knowledge of the potential damaging effects of UVA, sunscreen manufacturers now combine ingredients to create a formulation that protects against both UVB and UVA, these are termed broad spectrum. A great selling point for companies in Australia is that a broad spectrum sunscreen can make the claim “can aid in the prevention of premature ageing” or words to that effect.
Of the chemical sunscreen ingredients, only two offer significant protection against UVA-1, the range of UVA responsible for photo ageing of the skin. One is Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), with an absorbance spectrum of 310-400 nm, this is the only chemical absorber approved in the United States that protects against the full UVA-1 spectrum. The second, Ecamsule (Tetraphthalydine Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid) also offers full UVA-1 protection, and is available in Europe.
Zinc Oxide, one of the two physical blockers, is the only approved sunscreen ingredient absorbers and blockers – that offers protection against UVB, UVA-2, and UVA-1. However, Zinc Oxide only covers the UVA-1 spectrum up to 380 nm. In general, physical blockers offer a broader spectrum of protection than chemical absorbers, but have in the past had the undesirable quality of having a dense white appearance when applied. That said, the new micronised forms of these ingredients are incredibly light in texture and have little to no surface appearance. Of the two physical blockers, Zinc Oxide has been found to be superior to Titanium Dioxide because it has a broader spectrum of protection.
There are two categories of sunscreen ingredients:
1) Chemical sunscreens; these work by absorbing UV radiation and converting its potentially harmful energy into a lower energy form that is dispersed harmlessly.
2) Physical sunscreens; work by reflecting, scattering and blocking UV radiation.
The sun screening agents permitted as active ingredients in Australia are listed on the TGA website. If you would like to review the TGA guidelines for sunscreens, visit www.tga.gov.au where all the details can be found. When buying sun protection products look for an AUSTL number on the packaging. This number is provided by Standards Australia; a non-government standards body who independently govern, amongst other things, sunscreen products. This independent body oversees compulsory and legally enforceable standards across Australia and review, evaluate, classify and approve the sale of sunscreens.
As manufacturers respond to recent research, you’ll notice the latest products being released in the sun protection category are formulated with powerful anti-oxidants. These are used to counteract the negative photo ageing effects of free radicals (from daylight) on the skin. There are a plethora of anti-oxidants including vitamins and plant botanicals.
Manufacturers now wishing to include antioxidants in their products as added sun protection are faced with a new challenge, that being how to keep the anti-oxidants (after application) inactive on the skin until they come into contact with UV exposure and thus neutralize the free radicals. The International Dermal Institute has come up with a very intelligent answer to this problem, that being to create a ‘smart booster’, a DNA capsule that holds a potent mix of Vitamins C and E which are only released when the capsule comes into contact with UV daylight exposure. So you can apply your daylight defense moisturizer first thing in the morning, knowing it will work whenever it’s time to go outdoors.
Knowing and Doing!
There is little doubt that we all know the detrimental effects of sun exposure, yet we still see endless people on the beach sun baking or frequenting solariums. Statistics show that Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, reinforcing the fact that people are not applying and re-applying their sunscreen throughout the day.
Wearing a sunscreen whenever we are exposed to daylight is just a small way that we can boost our body’s defense against the ravages of UV radiation. Studies from Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Herston, Australia, have reported that individuals who wear sunscreen daily, even in winter, had 24% fewer Actinic Kerasotes (the most common precancerous skin lesion) than people who applied it once in a while.
We have come a long way in the arena of sun protection but by no means near where we have to be. It’s heartening to know that one of the fastest growing sectors of our industry is that of sun protection. This increased demand will, in turn, have a positive effect by fueling greater and speedier advancements in daylight defense and ingredient technology.