We're starting to see a steady stream of quality cc creams hit shelves, the perfect product for those who need colour correction and want to better address aging and fine lines. There's cc creams we think you'll like at a range of different price points, all tried and tested by the POPSUGAR Australia Beauty team. Come, come.
Seasonally speaking, crème blush is perfect for dry, Winter skin. It offers a dewy, fresh-faced, youthful finish that adds instant prettiness to any look. Which is why we refuse to confine it to just one season. We'll have this perky pick-me-up in our stash all year 'round, thank you very much. And whether you're on the hunt for a new release or simply looking to splurge or save a little on your last purchase, we've got just the ticket. Our edit covers it all. Take a peek now!
If you're always envious of people with neat manicures in cool colours that don't ever seem to chip, we hear you. But the key to a dark and moody Winter manicure is not the polish you use or any crazy application tricks — it's the condition of your nails. They needn't be too long, but they'll ideally be strong. Winter can some play havoc with skin, but don't underestimate Mother Nature's power to weaken your spirit fingers, too. Apply a nail strengthener once a day for two weeks, or if very weak, use for a month. Then, watch those babies grow into rock solid stars.
It's all about the locks this week on POPSUGAR Australia Beauty. Winter hair can sometimes, well, suck, but it doesn't have to! A bit of TLC is important right now, so book in a night to pamper yourself and make your mane feel loved. Protein hair treatments might seem a little wacky, but they so good for strengthening strands and restoring hair to its best possible state — epecially if you colour your hair. We've got some favourites, all at differing price points.
Not to be confused with body gel bronzer, face gel bronzer is a must-use product in Winter. Too many overcast days takes that sun-kissed look out of our (SPF protected!) skin, so it's time to replicate it. Bronzing face gel isn't a gradual tanning product, it is an instant bronzer. Mix a small amount with your foundation or tinted moisturiser, and prepare to glow. You can use it like that, or just on top of your makeup as per a powder bronzer. Place a pea-sized amount on the back of your (clean) hand, and then use a stippling brush to buff gently in circular motions on the high points of the face. Luckily, we've got the perfect bronzing face gel on every budget. Just. . .
Pimples are pesky and painful. End of story. We all want rid of them as soon as they appear and — as tempting as it may be — picking them is not the answer. You'll likely end up with more through spread of bacteria and, worse, you could end up with scars. Instead, invest in a blemish buster that's infused with salicylic acid, a known pore decongestant, and other anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients. Whether your budget's $10 or $60, we've got just the buy for you.
To tone or not to tone, that is the question. It's a hot debate in the beauty world, so we spoke to skin expert Emma Hobson, education manager Asia, Australia and NZ, for The International Dermal Institute, to find out the facts.
"Many people think it’s not important to use a toner and consider it a waste of money. The reason for this misconception is due to the traditional function of an old fashioned toner," she says.
"Toners originally were developed to 'remove' the mineral oil based cleansers. Since mineral oil cannot be washed off the skin and traditional cleansers were tissued off, a toner had to contain SD alcohol to remove the cleanser and mineral oil off the skin's surface. The issue that arose from this is that many people found the SD alcohol irritating and drying to their skin, so avoided using a toner."
So why should we use a toner these days? "New spritz toners were designed with skin function in mind; to boost the moisture content of the skin so reducing dehydration, to calm and freshen the skin with plant botanicals, to even out the skin’s surface porosity — meaning balancing out the dry patches — and to introduce water soluble active ingredients into the skin."
Mystery solved! Click through to find out our top five toner picks on every budget.
Winged eyeliner is a classically cool beauty look. Whether it's a dramatic '60s flick or a subtle sex kitten wing, there's a way for everyone to wear it. We thought we'd scope the shelves for the insider's trick to nailing liquid liner: precision pen-style products. There's one in here to suit every budget!
Whether you're heading out tomorrow night for a romantic dinner for two, or you're hitting the town with your girlfriends to celebrate Valentine's Day, it's the perfect time to paint the town red — with lipstick, that is. It's an easy way to vamp up your regular makeup routine, and the fool-proof finishing touch for a special night out. With that in mind, we've found five of the best red lipsticks, suited to all budgets, but don't forget that it's one look that requires a little maintenance — make sure you reapply throughout the night!
Dewy skin has been popular of late, but come the hottest days of Summer, sometimes you just want to go matte — right? Matte-look skin is one-dimensional in the sense that the skin doesn't necessarily "pop", but it's a clean makeup look and one that gives that faux contoured look when applied correctly. The key is to start very slow, and build. Dip your brush on the palette, tap excess, and lightly move in a circular motion around all the highest points of your face and along the jawline. We've got five, firm favourites (go on, say that five times fast), and there's one at every price point.