The best Australian beauty buys
Wizards of Oz
It's a known fact that Aussie girls are practically born with Bondi-ready bronze skin. Case in point: They have been nailing the currently trending no makeup-makeup radiant look for years. Aussie-born models Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Hawkins are resplendent examples.
So what's in their beauty products, you ask? When the great land known for the freshest fruit, herbs and flowers combine their ingredients with the world's most advanced skincare technologies, you'll get gentle yet effective formulas that work on even the dullest complexions. Here are our top picks for the road.
Jurlique Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser
Foaming cleansers are ace for deeper purification on the skin. Try Jurlique's latest formula from their Nutri-Define anti-aging range. Packed with horseradish, rosemary, peppermint, mulberry and glycogen, this gently removes dirt and impurities for a refreshed, luminous complexion.
Milk & Co Body Scrub, AUD$14.95
Founded by former Australian Olympic swimming champion Michael Klim and his wife Lindy, Milk & Co's Body Scrub is your go-to before a day at the beach. This nubby mixture is chock-full of rice bran, cinnamon powder and coconut shell goodness to slough off dead skin cells; as well as rose hip, geranium and lavender oil to moisturise and heal your skin.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold, AUD$59.90
If you're a fan of no-rinse peels, this luxurious resurfacing treat will leave you swooning with supple perfection. Combining glycolic acid and liquorice extract to even out skin tone, reduce pigmentation and deliver a soft, dewy complexion, the effects are akin to an overnight facial.
Gaylia Kristensen Eye Lift Intensive Eye Serum, AUD$225
Smooth and hydrate your way to younger-looking eyes with Melbourne-based Gaylia Kristensen's lightweight serum. Using a polypeptide youth complex that combats expression lines, wrinkles and dark circles, it effectively contours and brightens the skin around the eye area.
Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream, AUD$60
Winter creams are tricky things. On one hand, they can't be too rich, heavy and pore-clogging, on the other hand, they need to provide sufficient moisture. The next time you hit the ski slopes, try Aesop's Elemental Facial Barrier Cream, created specifically for intense hydration in cold, harsh climates. Its light texture sinks readily into your complexio, plus it smells like a five-star aromatherapy facial.
Lucas' Pawpaw Remedies Ointment, AUD$11 (from Net-a-Porter.com)
This multi-tasking saviour cures everything from chapped lips to sunburn to minor cuts and scalds. Infused with pure Australian papaya from a 100-year-old family recipe, it sits comfortably on your skin and nourishes with a soft, raw fruity scent.
Grown Alchemist Anti-Oxidant + Facial Oil: Borago, Rosehip & Buckthorn Berry, AUD$59.95
Grown Alchemist's Anti-Oxidant + Facial Oil serves up your daily free radical fighting antioxidants from essential fatty acids and vitamin C found in its blend of ingredients. Massage on at the start of the day after cleansing, and expect improved skin elasticity, less fine lines and a gorgeous Saint Tropez glow.
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector, AUD$66
Nothing says natural beauty better than glow-from-within skin. Start your routine with this brilliant sheer liquid that hydrates, protects and gently adds radiance to your complexion. Use all over your face or dab a tiny amount over foundation to the cheekbones, brow bones and nose bridge to highlight.
Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Energizing Citrus Mist, AUD$40 (from Net-a-Porter.com)
This energizing citrus mist is Kora Organics' founder Miranda Kerr's secret to soft, supple skin. Kerr declares not being able to leave home without the spritz bottle in her handbag. We can't as well — its uplifting blend of bergamot, orange, aloe vera and noni extract is the answer to keeping your makeup fresh and intact.
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