This is my go-to on days where I want to add some polish to my look. The velvet matte finish is long lasting and it’ssuper comfortable to wear. It can be used for lining, an all over- lip colour or paired with another lip product. My favourite shades are Dolce Vita (a tangerine based red that’a the non-statement, statement), Damned (a blood red with blue undertone) and Dragon Lady (Tay Tay Swift’s favourite).
Chanel Lip Stain
Truth be told, I’m not really a huge fan of lip stains. It always feels like I’ve coated them in sandpaper and in the end I try to wipe it off leaving a crusty lip line. Ugh! But, not this baby. Chanel has created the super wearable stain that goes on sheer and allows you to precisely build your level of colour. Plus, it comes with a clear gloss so you can stay matt or add as much pout as you like! It’s in my bridal kit for a very good reason.
Sportsgirl Pout About It Lipstick
This lipstick is proof that sometimes the best buys are the bargains. This $10 lipstick packs a punch with an amazing matt finish that lasts until you remove it – no joke. The only downside to this is that it’s a little drying, but for the colour pay off I am willing to pay that price. My favs are the ultimate purple hue, Berrylicious and the orange red, Almost Famous.
MAC Cosmetics Matt Lipstick
We all know that MAC leads the charge in long-wearing and unique lip colour and statement lips are what they do best. If you’re into something a little different, my favourite is Diva (a wine coloured semi-matt finish that commands attention), Morange (the neon Orange) and Up The Amp (a lilac matt finish). Wear these and heads will turn.
CosMedix Benefit Clean
Cosmedix truly delivers immediate, visible results to remedy the most troublesome skin conditions without the irritation or downtime of popular, conventional treatments.
I started using this range over 15 years ago when my skin was congested with blackheads caused by medication and I always come back to it. This cleanser takes everything off the face without stripping the skin, so you can do a double clean and stand in good stead to apply your serums and moisturisers.
Aspect Dr Hydrating Mask
This is both a nourishing and balancing mask (rare) that can also be used as an overnight remedy (even rarer). At $55 for 118mL it's extremely good value and remains a staple in my cabinet and my travel bag. With anti-ageing ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Olive oil and Grape Seed Extract, dry, sensitive skins will feel like they have hit the jackpot. For best results, apply this weekly (although I also use a small amount as a moisturiser when the seasons change) and leave on overnight, then wake up to skin perfection.
This the real secret to anti-aging. These days there are more choices than ever before, with sunscreens specifically formulated for the oily and dry skins so you won’t break out.
This award winning product is non-whitening and fast-absorbing. I love the moisturising ingredients that supports my skin and I also use the mattying formula in Summer for greater oil control. This has a non-whitening texture that can be used as a makeup primer to add a layer of protection that helps seal my foundation. I use this every day – rain, hail or shine.
Revlon Matt Balm Pencil
So here’s another staple for your makeup bag. If lip colour is all about wear and comfort, this has both covered. The fat, chubby, generous pencil means you have your liner and lippie in one – too easy! And the array of colours is just sensational, with Striking (a rich, orange red) always in my bag.
Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
This product truly is the hero of BB, CC creams and tinted moisturisers. The colour-correcting, full coverage cream is enhanced with Drops of Light Technology® to deliver full, flawless, perfect coverage, while protecting your skin with one of-a-kind UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical-only SPF 50+. It’s all your skincare, sunscreen and luminous foundation in one, which means it works to refine and protect your skin whilst providing airbrushed perfection. And it’s transfer-proof. What more can you ask for?
Glow Time® Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF25
It really is “Skincare plus makeup”. Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin – all with SPF! Any product that is formulated to soothe and protect aggravated skin as it covers is worth its weight in gold, I say. A little goes a long way with this tube. Dust over a little mineral powder to set and you are out the door in no time! My desert island must-have.
Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint
This formula boasts ‘Instalift’ to lift and tighten the appearance of skin, and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while increasing skin’s hydration levels. The moderate tint gives you a perfect, bronzed glow that looks like you’ve just landed from a tropical destination. It also has the perfect amount of radiance that’s never glittery. Great for weekends when you need to get up and go!