Let's be honest, we could all do with a little eye brightening in the morning. I don't know about you, but it's a struggle to even get my eyes to stay open when the alarm goes off, let alone look perky. That's where these tricksters come in. As well as offering your usual trifecta of eye solutions (read: targeting puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles) they also help to boost radiance around the eye area, making you look wide awake and ready to face the day. And whether you've got $20 or $500 to spend, there's an option for you.
Now that we're almost in Winter (sob), it's time to start thinking about trading those lightweight lotions that you used in the warmer months for a more nourishing formula. A rich body butter is just the ticket for the upcoming season when skin needs that extra moisture hit. But that doesn't mean wet, thick, hard-to-absorb creams. We've tracked down five body butters that soften and smooth skin with their buttery texture but sink in easily providing long-lasting hydration.
We've done pampering treats and lust-haves for mum, now we're turning our attention to the top "green" gifts you can buy this Mother's Day. Gone are the days when going "green" didn't equate to glamour. We've found five gifts that tick the natural, organic or environmentally-friendly box and don't skimp on the glam-factor either. From enchanting eye colours to bath and fragrance sets, you can guarantee that mum will be thrilled to receive any of them! Take a look at our eco edit.
We're stepping things up in our budget bonanza to a cool $25. Still pretty reasonable, we think, especially for some of these skincare saviours. From tools you'll need for your very own at-home facial to do-it-all face creams, there's something for every budget, every level of effort you're willing to make, and every skin type. Check it out and tell us your fave buys now!
If you've got a high-flying sister or BFF who never seems to want for anything, why not get her something that's both pretty and practical, like some travel essentials. If you know someone who seems to spend more time in the air than they do on land, then Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a must. Or if you want to get something so that she feels right at home when she's away, how about a travel candle. Whatever you decide on, you're sure to find it here as we've rounded up 10 of the best mini marvels for travel.
First Kate, then Nicole, now Katie. That's right peeps, we've got another October cover where the A-lister is wearing purple eyeshadow. And three makes a trend. Y'know that, right? Kate Hudson's ELLE cover was a full-on avant-garde eye that you're more likely to see on the runway rather than in reality, but I think Katie Holmes' look is totally wearable. Scrap that. I know it is. Because I wore it last week. And everyone loved it. Totally LOVE-d it. Seriously purple eyeshadow is a sure fire way to stay on top of your game and remain pop-u-lar. Strange, but true. Try a wash of lilac on the lids with NARS D. Gorgeous Eyeshadow ($48) and then finish off with a line of BYS Auto Eyeliner with Smudger in Purple ($4.95) underneath the bottom lash line. Alternatively you could just line with shadow instead or opt for a lighter liner like Korres Eyeliner Pencil in Purple White 11 ($29.95), which is a nice way to try the trend. You like?
This flavonoid (a type of vegetable-derived compound) has been popping up in lots of products lately, promising skin texture and anti-ageing benefits. Evidence has yet to show whether it's really the holy grail of skincare ingredients, but quercetin certainly does have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. If you're in the market for a new magic makeup must-have or have have trouble with skin inflammation and irritation, there are plenty of products that offer quercetin as their signature ingredient. If you want to go Greek, makes a Quercetin and Oak Anti-Ageing Night Cream ($64.95). If you have easily irritated skin, Smashbox Camera Ready Full Cover Foundation ($44) also uses quercetin. Meanwhile, if you're worried about free radicals and age spots, try Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme ($135). The cheapest and most direct route, though, is to buy quercetin nutritional supplements, like Alpha-H AlphaCeuticals Capsules ($69.95).
This traditional Tahitian coconut oil is the signature ingredient in several products and its divine scent alone merits it a definition.
Monoi gets its gorgeous fragrance from Tahitian gardenias, which are submerged in the pure oil and left to soak. It's also known for its skin-friendliness, because it doesn't contain any emulsifiers. This means that it gets a big "green" thumbs up. It also solidifies at temperatures under about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), so it's sometimes necessary to warm up with your hands or under warm water to return it to its original oil state.
Try The Body Shop Spa Wisdom™ Polynesia Monoi Body Balm ($32.95), NARS Monoi Body Glow II ($160), Bod Bath Salts - The White Lotus Blend ($15.95) and Korres Natural Products Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder ($59.95).
Times are tight and while you want to spoil the people you love (mum, sisters, aunties, girlfriends), let's face it, you'd still like a little spare cash to party. Check out these gifts which are all priced at $50 or under:
Davies Gate Limited Edition Soft Feet Treatment Set ($49.95); Clarins All About Lips Gift Set ($35); MOR Marshmallow Bathing Elixir ($49.95); Natural Products Limited Edition Bath Jelly Gold Fish ($4.95) and Natural Products Limited Edition Bath Jelly Puffer Fish ($4.95); Clinique Let your Lashes Say More. Curl. ($50); Korres Natural Products Limited Edition Summer Fruits Pack ($19.95).
The perfect treat for mum, sis or even yourself. (What? A girl’s gotta be glossed and groomed at all times.) These clutch-friendly cuties ensure maximum glamour.
Clinique High Shine To-Go ($59); Bloom Lip Gloss Trio ($39.95); Stila 24kt Gloss Set ($80); Lipstick Queen Mini Fame Lip Gloss Set ($49.95); Korres Gloss Your Lips Pack ($64.95); Estée Lauder Gloss to Go ($65).
For more can't-miss gift ideas, check out FabSugar's picks for the season, too.