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Afterpay Day deals are kicking off and we can always rely on our friends at Adore Beauty to hook us up with a generous discount. You’ll find discounts on iconic products like Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation, Lancôme mascaras and skincare from cosmeceutical ranges like Aspect, Dermalogica and La Roche Posay.
For me, Adore Beauty is all about beloved staple products — the cult classics that I buy backups of to avoid that panic-inducing empties moment. If you’re looking for a new handbag essential, or your top shelf needs a spruce up, these are the products I implore you to check out during the sale.
Innisfree, Matte Mineral Setting Powder
As a dry-skinned girl I gravitate towards “investment” powders. Think fairy-dust weight concoctions with fancy hydrating ingredients that promise a poreless-but-hydrated complexion.
I discovered Innisfree’s $12 option totally by accident. I’d forgotten a powder on a work trip and a fellow beauty writer gifted hers to me because she had three backups. Innisfree, Matte Mineral Setting Powder (RRP: $12) has the light-as-air consistency I love in high end loose powders and invisible finish, and comes in at 86 per cent less than the priciest powder in my collection.
Important to note when checking reviews: this is the same “No-Sebum” Korean best-seller which was renamed in the American market.
Yves Saint Laurent, Touche Éclat
Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat, Radiant Highlighter Pen (RRP: $72) launched in 1992, became an iconic complexion product and a perennial best seller. Today, it’s still loved by celebrities like Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington Whitely, Meghan Markle and Victoria Beckham. Launched long before the shimmer packed highlighting products of the naughties, the Touche Éclat is neither a highlighter or a concealer. It contains crystal-like prisms sit in a sheer coverage, glycerin base that, when applied correctly, lift the hollow areas, and high points of the face to banish signs of fatigue.
It Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better, SPF50+ CC+ Cream
I have seven much-loved foundations, but of them all, It Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better, SPF50+ CC+ Cream (RRP: $65) is the child all the others are jealous of. Why? With a mistake-proof, high coverage, smoothing formula that plays nicely with all my skincare, and lightweight, handbag friendly packaging, it’s just easy to get along with.
Pat a grain of rice-sized amount on with fingers for a polished, no-makeup makeup look, or apply with a sponge for nearly full coverage. Either way, this is a perfect, zero fuss foundation.
Alpha-H, Melting Moments Cleansing Balm With Wild Orange Leaf Extract
Balm cleansers cut your makeup removal time in half and are the perfect slippy-grippy consistencye for an in front of the TV Gua Sha session. The Alpha-H, Melting Moment Cleansing Balm (RRP: $60) is one of my favourites. Delightfully peachy, the sorbet consistency glides on easily, melting makeup away.
Wild orange leaf extract makes for an uplifting sensory experience, and most importantly, the formula washes away totally clean. Watch the pumpkin coloured balm transform into a milky emulsion upon contact with water, leaving your complexion hydrated, sparkling clean and ready for the next step in your regimen.
Virtue, Flourish Shampoo for Thinning Hair
I have “combination” hair. Thick (lots of it), thin (very fine), it’s also oily and dry with all the moisture located at the scalp and none of it at the ends. Volumising haircare leaves my hair coarse and brittle, while hydrating formulas weigh them down too much. The Virtue, Flourish Shampoo for Thinning Hair (RRP: $60) has put an end to my Goldilocks conundrum.
Flourish Shampoo has a light, gel texture enriched with alpha and gamma keratin proteins that repair bonds in the hair shaft, leading to a shiny, sleek appearance and better longterm health. The formula replaces thick emollients with oil-free hydrators. Think sodium hyaluronate, red algae extract and coconut derived surfactants. You can read my full review of the complete Flourish range here, but if you’re wanting to dip your toe in the water, try the shampoo first.
Laneige, Cream Skin Toner
Laneige are best known for their highly Instagrammable Lip Sleeking Masks. They should be known for their Cream Skin Toner and Moisturiser (RRP: $41).
Cream Skin Toner is the perfect “Skipcare” product, combining the hydrating benefits of emollient cream, with the texture of a water-essence. Amorepacific, parent company to Laneige, spent 19 years developing the technology in this delightful multi-tasker.
The gel-milk texture is achieved with patented Cream Blending Technology™, which leaves a very light film on the complexion. For dry, barrier impaired skin types this will give you head start on an emollient heavy skincare routine, for oily skin types, this might be all you need. Either way, you’ll be looking forward to a supple, soft complexion that feels juicy all day.
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Soft Glam II Eyeshadow Palette
One day Anastasia Beverly Hills will hear my prayers and release the world’s best, all-over lid shade “Tempura” as a single shadow, but until then, I’ll satisfy myself by writing about their excellent range of palettes.
“Soft Glam” joined the likes of Modern Renaissance and the Norvina Pro Pigment range in 2018, and I would argue it’s ABH’s most wearable palette. With a mix of warm and cool neutrals, a deep black, the aforementioned TEMPURA (insert heart-eyed emoji here) and five wearable shimmer shades.
Consider ABH, Soft Glam Palette ($76) a sensible investment palette for all-occasions bar Halloween — that is where the Norvina Pro Pigment range comes in.
One thing about shadow palettes? They don’t travel well. Take it from someone who regularly carts them in her handbag so she can finish her makeup on the train.
Scenarios like this, or international travel, are when you should turn to Soft Glam II, (RRP: $49) a tight edit that captures all of the luxurious practicality of the original. Sure, it won’t stop three-year-olds pointing at you on the train as you blend out your smokey eye, but nothing will.