To celebrate the launch of Hair + Beauty magazine this week, we got all the ladies in the office to reveal the contents of their handbags and tell us the hair and beauty buys they just couldn’t live without! You’ll be sure to find some tried and true gems in amongst the keys, sunglasses and fluff…
Rosemary - Editor
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
I love a bit of dramatic eye makeup, but I also love getting it all off and letting my skin breathe, so this gentle, fragrance free micellar water is ideal. Simply soak a cotton pad with the solution and swipe it over your eyes, lips and face to quickly and easily remove absolutely everything, including waterproof, stay-all-day eyeliner and mascara! #SoGood. You don’t even need to rinse your skin afterwards, so it’s perfect for time-poor people with hectic schedules!
Packsize 250ml RRP $31.99
Moroccanoil Treatment Light
Having gone through multiple colours over the past year or so (from dark, to balayage, to blonde, to sun-kissed and back to brunette again) my hair is in desperate need of a little TLC. The light version of the original Moroccanoil treatment smells just as delish, is better for fine haired femmes and leaves my hair super shiny-soft-flickable-effortless and awesome.
Packsize 100ml RRP $59.95
Revlon Colourstay Eyeliner in Black
I love a bit of dramatic eye makeup and there’s literally nothing better than Revlon’s Colourstay formula in black (obvs). It glides on without tugging at the gentle eye-skin, it’s highly pigmented (so you don’t need to use loads of it), it doesn’t flake or smudge and it stays put all-day and night. I go a bit mental if I run out of this, so my partner has taken to randomly purchasing it whenever he sees it to prevent any future makeup meltdowns!
Packsize RRP $23.95
Alegria – Online Editor
Natio Brow Kit
“If I could only take one piece of makeup with me on a desert island it would most definitely be this nifty little brow kit. With wax, pigment, tweezers and brushes, it has everything you need to keep your brows in ship-shape. The darker shade is also perfect as a liner so my peepers can look perfect too!”
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Apricot
The resurgence of early 2000s trends has allowed me to indulge in my favourite beauty throwback – sparkly coral lips! Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Apricot is the perfect match for my skin tone; it’s hydrating, 100% natural and is infused with peppermint for a fun feel.
Packsize 2.76g RRP: $12.95
tarte Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers
A trip to the USA in 2002 spoiled me with Sephora and it's wonderful wares. It was there that I found Tarte’s double-ended mascaras and lash extending fibres. As soon as Sephora opened in Australia I immediately sought it out and was lucky enough to find their ‘Best in Faux’ kit, which is the same product in slightly different packaging. I love this super effective, ophthalmologist tested product!
Katie – Online Coordinator
OGX Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo & Conditioner
Up until I found this duo at the beginning of the year I felt like my thin blonde tresses were ALWAYS moulting. Now my hair is super strong and I get compliments about how voluptuous it looks. It’s full of body but still feels smooth and soft.
Packsize 385mL RRP: $17.99 each
Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Powder
This is my absolute go-to for adding a bit of colour to my face. You can build it up for fuller coverage but I love the barely there look, especially in summer. Mineral powder seems to be the only thing that doesn’t make my oily skin breakout. Win!
Packsize 15g RRP: $39.95
The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost
This delicious elixir gives you healthy, glowing skin from the inside out. It’s loaded with bio-fermented goodness and antioxidants that help your body to produce collagen. Here’s to drinking yourself younger!
Packsize 500mL RRP: $39.95
Nicola – Head of Production
Smashbox Photo Finish 24hr Eye Shadow Primer
I have been using this product for about 8 months. It holds my eye shadow and eyeliner in place for the whole day.
Revlon Colorstay Eye Liner (brown)
Been using this one for years and can’t go a day without my eyeliner! Stays in place all day long.
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion
I have eczema and my skin is sensitive and very dry. I use this on my body after showering. For my face I use Cetaphil Moisturising Cream. It’s thicker than the lotion and leaves my face nicely hydrated.
Packsize 237 RRP $14
Georgia – Production Manager
Go-to Exfoliating Swipeys
During the winter months I find I get a lot of blackheads that turn into nasty little breakouts. I discovered the wonders of Go-To exfoliating Swipeys and my blackheads are noticeably reduced and I barely ever get breakouts now. It’s super gentle on the skin and I only need to use it a couple of nights a week. I can’t go away without my little peach coloured pot of magic!
La Roche-Posay Ultra-light 50+ sunscreen
By far the most important product in my skincare regime! A little goes a long way with this super lightweight face sunscreen. The container is small enough to fit in your purse and the sunscreen doesn’t clog pores or feel really thick on your face. Sun protection is so important for maintaining beautiful, fresh skin. Never underestimate the power of a good sunscreen!
Packsize 50ml RRP $28.95
Natio Natural Cover Concealer
This great little concealer covers all manner of sins. I love Natio products because they are natural and feel really light on my skin. The concealer is easy to apply with the stick applique – especially on the run or in the car rear-vision mirror. Most of the time I forgo wearing foundation or powder just for a few swipes of concealer in problem areas. So easy!
Packsize 4ml RRP $14.95
Carly – Office Manager
Kerastase® Chronologist Le Parfum En Huile
I LOVE this product – I ration it! It’s a fragrant oil with the most gorgeous scent that just zjooshs my hair if I am heading out straight after work. The oil just gives the hair a lift taking away some of the frizz, but not leaving it heavy and oily. A little of it goes a long way!
Packsize 120ml RRP $64
Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion
My absolute favourite product! I get a bottle every Christmas and I love it after a day at the beach. I take a warm shower and use this product. My skin just drinks it in. It’s not greasy at all and smells delicious!
Packsize 200ml RRP $55
Natalie – Accounts Manager
Billy Goat Original Plain Soap
I love Billy Goat Original Plain Soap because it’s quick & easy, economical and a totally natural product. I’ve always had problem skin and this soap has been a miracle! I’m addicted - I use the Billy Goat moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner too!
Kimberlee – Art Director & Designer
Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer
An actual lightbulb moment first time I used this! I never really understood the need for primer, and don't like to wear a lot of makeup, but this has become a staple in my (very small) makeup bag. It’s not oily or greasy. Forms a smooth, even base for my foundation, so it doesn't rub off or sink in during the day. #lurrrveit
Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse
My sister discovered this in New York and turned me (and all her friends!) onto it! It's a mousse, not a standard liquid foundation – so it doesn't seep into the skin as much and the supplied makeup sponge ensures easy and even coverage.
Millie - Designer
Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Cream
The perfect companion for my Inika loose mineral powder foundation, it creates a natural glow that looks like it comes from within your skin. It’s a great confidence booster for someone who doesn’t like wearing lots of makeup and a pick-me-up that will make you look full of life even at the end of a long day.
Packsize 8g RRP $39
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Cream
This is an essential in my handbag. Being out and about exposed to the elements, different kinds of soaps and leading a pretty active lifestyle, I find my hands always need a little bit of extra moisture. This cream is great to use basically anywhere on your body too. It soaks in and fully moisturises rather than just sitting on top of your skin.
Packsize 75ml RRP $31
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil
Having always suffered from a very oily T-zone I was prone to scrub and leave my face dry afterward. But I’ve found that using the Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily after using it and it maintains a healthy balance for my skin throughout the day.
Packsize 30ml RRP $120
Find all of our #boss beauty buys on page 20 of the new Hair + Beauty Magazine, out now.