Winter Beauty ESSENTIALS


I don’t know about you, but once winter wraps his unwelcome ice-cold duster coat around me, my skin/hair/husband need a serious beauty revamp to get back-to-glow (also, duster coats are creepy and need to be shaken off T. Swift style asap). Herewith the best-in-glow beauty products to get you through the chilly season.


Hello Glow! That’s how you’ll be greeting your skin once you’ve tried Clinique’s Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial ($68). They say: “This five-minute mask stimulates skin’s natural renewal process and leaves skin feeling refreshed and super-soft.” I say: True Story. My dehydrated under-eye area is also loving Clinique’s new Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment ($60 avail August 2). And my mind is loving Clinique’s global ‘smart ideas’ search – winner receives 20K funding plus invite to TEDWomen 2016 ( Where to buy?

Let’s call a spade a, well, spade: winter = chocolate. Which in turn = spots. Not cute 101 Dalmation puppy style, but red, large and angry. On your face. Luckily there’s Biore’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($9.99) and Blemish Clearing Scrub ($9.99). The cleanser works wonders under a hot steam-filled shower followed by the scrub, which strips out the zits without stripping out your face. Where to buy?


Skincare sorted, now to colour. Bobbi Brown’s new Telluride Collection (avail July 5) is a ‘warm tawny glow inspired by the late afternoon sun’. I feel warm and tawny just thinking about. The Telluride Eye Palette ($95) is a stand out – seven pretty and practical shades covering all ‘looks’. The Lip Liner + Lip Colour + Lip Gloss Trio ($82) is lickety slick. Finish with the limited edition Shimmer Brick ($72) for an all-over sun-kissed glow. Where to buy?


Show of hands who doesn’t amp their blow dryer up to max in winter? Well, I mean… you’re a hairless cat. So… For everybody else whose hair is feeling blow-dry-fried, get involved with L’Oréal Professionnel’s new Mythic Oil Sérum De Force ($42). Enriched with Evening Primrose Oil it nourishes, soothes dry scalps, and protects against breakage, from the roots out. Apply to towel dried hair all over the scalp. Where to buy?


I wasn’t kidding around when I said the husband/man friend needs a winter tune up – moth-ball scented layers make him smell, er, let’s just say “unusual”… Thank the fragrance gods for Michael Kors. His new fragrance, Michael Kors for Men ($95 for 70ml EDT) is bright, fresh and delicious – bergamot, thyme, black pepper, and coriander all feature. Sub out moth-balls and sub in Michael K. Where to buy? 1800 061 326.