The best in beauty: My top ten product picks

March 18th, 2010

Introducing … the ten beauty products you must try! Happy shopping!

Daily Microfoliant

1. Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.

  • Amazing facial exfoliator.
  • Simply add water to convert the powder into a creamy, non-abrasive paste.
  • Removes dead skin cells, leaving the face soft and smooth.
  • Gentle enough to use every day.
  • Hot tip! For a flawless-looking complexion, exfoliate your face prior to moisturizing; then apply your foundation.

Online stockists: Dermalogica.comAdoreBeauty.com.au and RY.com.au.

Bi-Facil

2. Eye makeup remover: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Excellent eye makeup remover.
  • Takes off the darkest, smokiest eye makeup in a few sweeps.
  • Cleanly wipes away waterproof formulations.
  • Great for sensitive eyes.
  • Hot tip! Because it is a duo-phase liquid, shake well before use.

Online stockists: Sephora.com, Selfridges.com and AdoreBeauty.com.au.

La Mer LotionLa Mer Cream

3. Moisturizer: Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream and Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Lotion.

  • Two fabulous facial moisturizers.
  • Choose the cream if your skin type is normal to dry, or the lotion if your skin type is normal to oily.
  • Both formulations leave the face well hydrated without any greasy residue.
  • The ultimate foundation base!

Buy La Mer online from: CremeDeLaMer.com, CremeDeLaMer.co.uk and CremeDeLaMer.com.au.

MAC Face and Body Foundation

4. Satin Foundation: M·A·C Face and Body.

  • A staple item in the kits of makeup artists worldwide.
  • Broad color range.
  • Super-lightweight texture.
  • Adjustable, buildable coverage. Apply one coat for natural, baby-like skin or layer it for a more plastic effect.
  • The best dewy finish foundation money can buy!
  • Hot tip! Use it body-wide for an overall even skin tone.

If you prefer a matte finish, read my recommendations here: Best matte foundation.

Online stockists: MACCosmetics.com, MACCosmetics.co.uk and MACCosmetics.com.au.

Dior mascara

5. Mascara: Diorshow in Black.

  • Gives a false lash effect.
  • Courtesy of the large brush you can achieve extra-long, high-volume lashes in a single swipe.
  • Strongly pigmented, flake-free formulation.
  • Hot tip! For mega-length, curl your lashes with eyelash curlers before applying your mascara.

Online stockists: Sephora.com and Boots.com.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

6. Gel Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

  • For precise application and control, apply it with a short-bristled, thin-tipped eyeliner brush.
  • Glides on easily.
  • Long-wearing and smudge-proof.
  • Hot range of colors. My fave shade is Black Ink – a strong, dramatic black. For a softer look, choose Sepia Ink (a rich brown), or Granite Ink (a gorgeous gray).

Buy Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner online from: Sephora.comBobbiBrown.co.uk and BobbiBrown.com.au.

Best Eyeshadow

7. Powder Eyeshadow: Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow.

  • Large range of shades and textures.
  • Intense color payoff. I couldn’t live without Matte Black (M 990)!
  • Finely-milled pressed powder, which is easy to blend.
  • Hot tip! Combine your favorite single shadows in a personalized custom palette.

Online stockists: ShuUemura-USA.com and ShuUemura.co.uk.

Ruby Woo Lipstick

8. Matte Lipstick: M·A·C Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

  • The best long-lasting, matte red lipstick on the market!
  • A timeless classic.
  • Loved by makeup artists, models and celebrities alike.
  • Hot tip! Rock out in your power pout!

Online stockists: MACCosmetics.com, MACCosmetics.co.uk and MACCosmetics.com.au.

Nars Blusher

9. Natural Powder Blush: Nars.

  • Great selection of natural shades that work on any skin tone. I love Zen, a versatile neutral beige.
  • Use alone for a subtle hint of color, or layer it for more depth and intensity.
  • Perfect for contouring the cheekbones and adding warmth to the face.

Buy Nars Blush online from: NarsCosmetics.com and MeccaCosmetica.com.au.

10. Lipgloss: Lancôme Juicy Tube in Melon.

Lancome Juicy Tube

  • Neutral-colored gloss.
  • Smells divine.
  • Accentuates the pout, making it appear larger and fuller.
  • Leaves the lips feeling hydrated but not sticky.

Buy Juicy Tubes online from: Boots.com and AdoreBeauty.com.au.

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