Four Beauty Products To “Try And Buy” After Lockdown
I miss Mecca.
I just do. I miss sauntering around those big, beautiful stores, not worrying about how close I was standing next to someone, or whether I remembered to use my elbow to push the revolving door open. I miss spraying nine different Byredo perfumes onto my wrist and swatching twenty-seven lipsticks onto my non-gloved hand before remembering I don’t actually wear lipstick. I miss gawking over $800 Dr. Barbara Sturm serum and $1,200 devices that look like glorified vibrators but are, in fact, tools to tighten the skin around your eyes. And I miss stockpiling twelve mini cleansers and dry shampoos that I don’t need while standing in line waiting to pay.
So I’ve started making a list of all the things I want to try and buy after lockdown. Here’s four of them.
I switched to natural deodorant a little over two years ago and never looked back. It has to aluminium-free, propylene glycol-free, and, ideally, as clean as possible. My holy grail is Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Stick, but I’m dying to try Drunk Elephant’s newly-launched Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream because creating an effective clean deodorant is difficult and I can’t imagine Drunk Elephant going to market with something that isn’t good (the exception to that rule being their Vitamin C serum which I hate). Boasting a skin-friendly pH of 4.0 and free from any of the usual dirty suspects (silicones, sulphates, drying alcohols etc), the cream is made from a blend of mandelic acid and arrowroot extract to eliminate odour-causing bacteria while also absorbing any excess moisture from the skin.
iS CLINICAL ACTIVE SERUM, $230
I’m currently saving up for this one – a $230 serum is not a purchase you make lightly, but I just can’t get past the fact that the two women with arguably the best skin in in the world, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden, absolutely swear by this brand. iS Clinical was founded by a biochemist in 2002 and is one of the leading ‘results-orientated’ brands on the market. The Active Serum – their hero product – contains a trio of lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid which work together to target skin concerns like redness, free-radical damage, fine lines and wrinkles. Apparently it evens-out skin tone like nothing else. It’s a no-bullshit serum designed to work and it keeps selling out on Inès, New Zealand’s premium beauty destination, which says something.
I’m not a “double-cleanse” kind of girl. I like to be one and done. A thorough cleanse followed by either a warm face cloth or some Bioderma Micellar Water to pick up any leftover mascara. I’ve heard that Summer Friday’s new Super Amino Gel Cleanser is incredibly gentle and yet seamlessly clears away makeup, pollution and impurities with an effective formula containing 11 amino acids, a heap of coconut, and a trio of Vitamin E, sodium PCA and sodium lactate which helps skin lock in moisture and reduce free-radical damage. I’m ready.
This is currently only available on Summer Friday’s website so I’ll have to wait until it lands in Mecca, but I’m interested to see how the clean beauty brand’s lip butter fares in comparison to other cult products like Lanolips’ 101 Ointment and Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask. All the articles I’ve read wax lyrical about the texture, subtle vanilla fragrance (big tick from me), and the fact that it’s not too sticky or greasy. Plus the sleek packaging is made from sustainable aluminium – we love to see it!