The beginning of November means several things:
- Christmas decorations have already been up in shopping centres for over a month
- Australia starts to feel like a giant sauna
- It is officially party season
The party season is time to step up your beauty game so you can look and feel your absolute best when you strut past Mark from Accounting – trust me, you’ll knock those reindeer socks his mum bought him for Christmas five years ago right off.
To get your skin into top condition it’s important to regularly exfoliate so you shine brighter than the tinsel hanging from the mantelpiece. Try:
Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster
This little powerhouse is full of Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Hibiscus Extract that tells dead, dull skin to piss off. I use this at nighttime underneath my serums and moisturizers.
African Botanics Marula Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish
African Botanics is a newly launched brand at Mecca Cosmetica, and I’m already deeply in love. I use this gem 2-3 times a week to help detoxify and balance my skin. It is packed with antioxidants, papaya and pineapple enzymes, marula, honeybush and green roobioa tea to name a few.
REN Radiance Perfected Serum
If you don’t want plump, glowing, luminous and energized skin then I recommend you stay away from this serum. It targets hyperpigmentation, darkspots and scarring through a cocktail of Tyrosinase Inhibitors, Vitamin C, Licorice, and Hyaluronic Acid. I’ve been really into REN recently because the products are affordable, super effective and you wont find Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Sulfates etc. etc. in any of the products.
The Base by Lara Bingle Body Glow Oil
This is definitely a party must-have. I wear it every time I go out as it gives the skin a subtle bronze shimmer and deeply nourishes. It is coconut oil based so don’t forget to run her under some hot water prior to application. It soaks straight into the skin and doesn’t transfer onto clothing, so it won’t ruin your party dress.
By Terry 24 Carat Gold Baume de Rose
We all know how amazing the original By Terry Baume de Rose is, but the 24 carat gold version is out of this world. It is super shimmery so I generally use it at nighttime as a treatment to prep my lips for lipstick the following day.
On the big night, or nights, some finishing touches are always required. This is where you should pick a sexy fragrance and pop on a memorable lip. I like to go for something such as:
Byredo Bal D’Afrique
As we all know, I am a diehard Byredo fan. Bal D’Afrique is a sultry blend of spices, French florals, bergamot, lemon, neroli, violet, jasmine petals, black amber, musk, vetiver and Moroccan cedarwood. Enough said.
Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Alluring
A red lip at Christmas time is predictable but classic. Instead of a deep, traditional red try something brighter and punchier like the shade Alluring from Surratt’s Automatique Lip Crayon line. These lipsticks are matte but hydrating and won’t betray you and end up all over your teeth as you pretend to laugh at Dale from Software’s lame jokes.