If I read another New Year New You headline I might just puke or poke someone in the eye. I'm sorry, but each and every 1 January I am the same me. I'm not unhappy with that me... I might be a little porkier, a little more freckly (living in the Southern Hemisphere) but sheesh I'm a whole lot more relaxed than I was on 1 December and I don't need a new me!
I'm not saying I don't love a new year. The sense of a brand new start. It's powerful. But I hate the pressure it puts on us to be something new. We okay aren't we?
I feel I just want to review, reflect, revise, improve ... or hell, yes maybe even try something completely new. Mostly I want to bottle this relaxed holiday feeling and perk up my tired looking skin. But I ain't trading this Amanda in for a new one.
So while we're already amazing, let's focus on getting a little more amazing.
Here are my Top 5 products that will see you plump, rejuvenate, rehydrate, brighten, lighten and generally fire up that sparkle that may have taken a battering over the Festive season. Simple Summer Makeup. My Top 5.
Vanessa Megan Advanced Organic Skincare Cryo Facelift Ice Cube Treatment
WHAT IT CLAIMS: 100% natural, Australian-first and award-winning. Off to a flying start. It's a luxurious plumping, brightening and lifting serum boost for the face, neck and decolletage. These ice-cold infusion treatments incorporate active ingredients to help repair, regenerate and hydrate the skin, while stimulating the epidermis to produce more collagen. Yay. The formulation’s active blend of ingredients together with the certified organic, scientifically proven, anti-ageing extract Narcissus Tazetta Bulb and Hyaluronic acid, help to combat wrinkles, puffiness and dehydration. All whilst helping to repair and regenerate the skin for a more radiant glow equal to an extra night sleep.
WHY I LOVE IT: I can't say I've ever experienced something that works so instantly. You dead set look in the mirror minutes after applying and have a quiet "OMFG" moment with yourself. It's quick and super easy to apply. Wrap the ice cube in a little muslin cloth (supplied in the pack). Using gentle circular motions all over your face, neck and décolletage, die and go to heaven as you massage any excess serum in with your fingers. Done. No need to wait, wash off blah blah. Pop it on ... and watch the magic happen. (You can get 2 treatments from every pot, there are 8 pots per pack, that's 16 treatments!) It's really good value for a 100% natural product that works ... and continues to feed the skin whilst you go on with your day.
I was at this Before and After shoot and can whole-heartedly say these images have not been retouched. Nancy was treated to a quick cleanse with the Pettigrain Cleanser, followed by a Cryo Facelift Ice Cube treatment. The After photo was taken just 5 minutes after application.
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NUMBER 2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
WHAT IT CLAIMS:
A sheer, crème-liquid that perfects skin with ultra-fine light-reflecting pearls for a soft, natural glow.
WHY I LOVE IT: Lightweight glowy goodness that looks amaze-balls on it's own. Mixed in with your moisturiser/CC Cream for a quick refresh. Or mix into your foundation if you're looking for more coverage and an overall glowy goddess vibe (J Lo style). You can build up the highlight, dab a little on the top of your cheekbones, around your temples, a little down the bridge of your nose (unless you hate your nose, then well, don't highlight it). Fair skin, try "Opal". Olive skin (or have a deep tan), try Champagne Pop.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+
WHAT IT CLAIMS: This best selling, award-winning, beauty miracle, developed with Plastic Surgeons, ... is a colour correcting full coverage cream + anti aging hydrating serum + SPF + UVA/UVB Broad spectrum sunscreen.
WHY I LOVE IT: As the sun is our ageing enemy (it's the number 1 bad guy), wearing SPF every day is a must. If you do nothing else, use a SPF that combats UVA and UVB, daily. ** A little note on UVA/UVB. UVB rays cause the skin to burn and damage the skin's superficial epidermal layers. UVA rays are 95% more prevalent, damage the skin more deeply, can penetrate clouds and glass, and initiate the development of skin cancers. .. so even on a cloudy day whilst driving UVA is going to get you! This product makes life easy - protecting from the sun and giving the skin a lovely flawless finish (as it's tinted). Many other moisturisers only protect you from UVB rays. So be aware. Whilst it's not completely green, it rates just a 5 on the Think Dirty app which is damn good for anything with an SPF. Recommend all year round.
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Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener
WHAT IT CLAIMS: With just one swipe, this lightweight concealer instantly brightens undereye circles and refreshes makeup.
WHY I LOVE IT: My dad has a favourite saying "Take no prisoners". This concealer quickly makes you look alive, awake and well, ready to take on anything! Brilliant for us more mature ladies as it doesn't sit in the "crinkles" and is super for those with dark under eyes that still want something lightweight in texture.
NUMBER 5. NUDUS lipstick in Revenge
WHAT IT CLAIMS:
A blend of 27 active naturals, incorporating super foods, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, essential fatty acids and high-end anti-aging ingredients to keep your lips soft and help protect them. nūdus pigments are a special mix of ancient Ayurvedic pure bioactive colour extracts from flowers, fruits, herbs and minerals. Each colour extract has a dual purpose of bioactivity and therapeutic function.
WHY I LOVE IT: 100% natural, food-grade organic ingredients make these lippies amazing quality, beyond awesome and safe. Don't get much greener than these. But for me the biggest bonus is that they last really well. So 3 reasons to fall majorly in love, a) they're safe,we won't be eating any more nasty chemicals b) the pigments are lush, deep and long lasting c) they are so incredibly moisturising. I'm seriously in love with these. A nutritious cocktail of moisture and beauty.
So there you have it. 5 products, and 5 simple steps to an even more amazing you. Kick some 2017 butt.
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