At-home lightening sprays have been notorious for turning hair orange in the past, but today's versions promise brass-free strands. John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray ($17.99) claims to give you the beach look sans the unwanted undertones, but does it really work? Find out our results now.
Picking a perfume is almost like picking a partner: you want it to be the perfect blend of sweet, sultry, and long-lasting, without the overpowering effects. Kiehl's Aromatic Blends Vanilla and Cedarwood EDT ($75) is a match made in heaven. The scent is light and creamy with hints of musk from the cedarwood, making it an ideal mix of the masculine and feminine. Kiehl's has somehow concocted a perfume that's detectable to the nose, but that isn't obtrusive at all. A couple of spritzes before you walk out the door are really all you need, and it's complex enough to build into a fragrance that works for a night out, too. And the bottle looks like one of those old-fashioned medicine vials — perfect for display in the bedroom or in your makeup cupboard.
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Waterproof mascaras can be a girl's best friend or her worst enemy. Sure, they stay put all day and don't melt down your face (if you're lucky), but they can also leave you with dried-out, flaky lashes. But somehow Stila has given these major mascara faux pas the one-two punch. Stila Stay All Day mascara (approx $24.40) clings to your lashes for hours while leaving them soft and supple. No crunchy, spidery eyes here.
Not only does the mascara stay budge-proof from morning to night, it brushes on without any clumps. The triangular brush also lifts and lengthens, leaving you with lashes that frame your eyes in a glamorous, flattering way. Sound too good to be true? There is a small downside; the wand traps a lot of the product, pulling more out of the tube than you need. This can lead to a messy application if you don't wipe the excess off before you swipe it on. But for long, thick lashes that last and last? We'll take the extra step.
Moroccanoil is known for its shine-enhancing, hydrating products for all hair types. But practically anyone can benefit from the brand's Intense Curl Cream ($44.50), a lotion that's an absolute lifesaver for damaged ends and overprocessed hair of all textures. It's especially great for those whose hair is too fine or thin for oils or serums, because the formula combs through looking soft and natural instead of greasy, but still smooths down follicles and makes your hair feel amazing. Our curly-haired tester especially liked how gorgeous her curls looked after blow-drying, even without the use of a diffuser. A word to the wise, though: use it sparingly, as a little goes a long way. You'll also have to like the scent, which is reminiscent of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. Beyond that, we can't say enough good things about this stuff, especially because it's versatile for curly girls or straight sylphs alike.
Benefit has always stuck to powder-based foundations, but that's all set to change. After four years of research and development, the brand is premiering its first liquid foundation: Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow ($50). It has the highest broad-spectrum sunscreen protection possible, clocking in at a formidable 25 PA++++. It also comes in nine shades that correspond exactly to Benefit's already-popular Hello Flawless Cover-Up Powders, which makes getting a colour match especially easy for current Benefit fans. Plus, the variety on offer means that there are matches for deeper skin tones, too. The texture is very light, so you get buildable coverage alongside a more natural look, too. And the oil-free formula is brightening and plumping. We recommend using a foundation brush to apply it as the liquid texture means that this isn't really a sponge-friendly foundation and applying with your fingers doesn't always end up with a smooth result.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow will be available from April 21. Stockists: 02 8353 5000.
Leave it to the lash-obsessed people at Talika to formulate a makeup remover that's supposed to "feed" your fringes. Their new Oil Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser ($23.10) is an impressive blue gel that handily removes any mascara, even the waterproof variety. The directions suggest you pump cleanser onto a cotton pad and then swipe it across your lashes, but it's actually just as effective to soak a square of toilet paper and try it that way. You also don't have to rinse afterward, although doing a little clean up around your eyes certainly isn't a bad idea. We can't speak to whether it really makes lashes stronger, but it definitely does make them feel soft and healthy in a that a lot of drying, alcohol-based makeup removers don't.