Winter beauty doesn't just call for super doses of hydration and barely-there spray tans, it also calls for whitening and brightening. The cooler months spell the perfect time to target dark spots, pigmentation and skin discolouration, as we're not subjected to direct sunlight. Well, as much as we are in Summer, anyway! We've rounded up our current favourites. You know, the ones that actually work.
Easter has been and gone, but that doesn't mean treat time is over, too! There's a whole new crop of shiny, new, innovative, age-correcting and nice smelling products on the market this month, and we've edited it down to the 10 must-haves. From a face illuminator that has the beauty industry in a buzz, to a power serum will act like a force field on your face! Click through.
It seems March is a very popular month amongst the beauty pack. It nearly broke our hearts narrowing down the top 10, must-have beauty products, so we decided to go to 15! There's a magical Spring 2013 colour collection from Yves Saint Laurent that will blow your mind, some rich and vampy new lipsticks from Tom Ford, a power serum packed full of vitamins from Dermalogica, a natural skincare range from Nivea, and so much more. Phew! Credit cards at the ready...
The votes are in and we can finally reveal the products that scooped the accolades in our first ever BellaSugar Australia Beauty Awards! We'll be bringing you details on all of the winners this week so stay tuned. First up, let's see which new releases our readers voted for in the skincare category. If you're on the hunt for a new moisturiser, eye cream or serum, be sure to see what ones our readers rated before hitting the shops!
Serums are probably the fast-growing, yet sometimes misunderstood category in skincare. If I had a $1 for every time someone asked me if they really needed one and if they're really necessary, I'd be a rich little lady. The short answer I always give is yes. A big, fat YES. Because essential they're like a targeted treatment in a bottle. Containing more active ingredients than your regular cleanser or moisturiser, it's their sole job to fix problems. Be it lack of hydration, pigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores. The list is endless. Which meant it was hard to filter them down to these short-listed finalists: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, an oil-free serum pumped with antioxidants that imparts instant radiance, Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum which features a host of AHAs and BHAs to slough away dead skin cells and improve overall texture and tone, The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth which uses plant stem-cell technology to target the first signs of ageing, Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, a skin transformer that minimises the appearance of wrinkles and tightens and reduces pores, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Luminosity Day Serum which combines lumi-gen technology and Anderson liquid to improve luminosity, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, a peptide-rich formula that nourishes and repairs overnight and Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum which is infused with glycans to reduce fine lines. Vote now!
Backstage at Fashion Week, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux likes to prep the skin by mixing Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair with a dab of moisturiser. Why? Because, when the winning combination is massaged into skin, it creates that beautiful lit-from-within glow. But it does much more than just make the skin look good. As Pecheux — who helms the makeup team at shows such as Derek Lam and Doo.Ri — says, it “brings skin back to life.”
The first company to introduce the repair category back in 1982, repair serums feature concentrated active ingredients to target specific concerns such as ageing. Advanced Night Repair has been clinically proven to not only repair past damage (think wrinkles, age spots and dryness), but to protect against future damage for younger, smoother, more radiant looking skin.
Repair serum couldn’t be easier to introduce to your regime — you apply it to freshly-cleansed skin before your moisturiser. You can also mix a little into your foundation to give an additional boost of radiance. That’s another Pecheux trick.
You could WIN a bottle of the award-winning Advanced Night Repair simply by liking the Estée Lauder Facebook page and leaving a Drop of Advice you live by. Plus every entry receives a FREE deluxe sample!
If you're at a loose end tonight we not take a detour on the way home and browse the latest products to hit the counter? For starter's we have Illamasqua's first fragrance, Freak, which launches today and blends together intoxicating notes such as black davana, opium flower and poison hemlock. Also hitting shelves this week: Clarins' latest serum to target age spots and a new cleanser from Biotherm. Plus some great news for Kiehl's fans!