Each week, Sunday Life's beauty director Stephanie Darling roadtests a different makeup or skincare trend to find out whether it's worth your time. Ahead, summer lips, and a facial to give loved ones.
Make a statement with red.Credit:iStock
Trend: Christmas lips
Christmas Day is the perfect time to switch the festive beauty focus to lips, and you can’t go wrong with Rudolph red. Whether you are feeling bold and want a brilliant, show-stopping red or are partial to just a hint of colour, we have all your options covered.
Hermès Rouge in Rose Nuit, $102. Credit:Jennifer Soo
After so many amazing facials, I decided to give back and treat my son to the Darling special.
The lowdown I have finally pinned down Jonah for a facial. I place a towel on the bed and have another to cover him, and I also have a Chanel wrap to keep his hair out of the way. I have a bowl of warm water and a washer primed, and a low stool that I sit on at his head as he lies across the width of the bed.
I begin with a cleansing balm that I warm in my palms and place under his nose, so he can take in the aroma (I have learnt well).
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Walk of Shame, $49. Credit:Jennifer Soo
I firmly massage the balm into his face and beard, then wash it off. Next comes a hydrating serum and, on top of that, a rubbery face mask. While this is working, I massage his scalp and ears, then his hands and arms firmly. I then peel off the mask and spritz a facial mist before applying a moisturiser with SPF 50+.
Downtime Forty minutes.
Results We both enjoyed it.
Where to get it Home. Cost: priceless.
Clarins Water Lip Stain in Rose Water, $35. Credit:Jennifer Soo
At home Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (mecca.com.au, $103); The Ordinary Niacinamide (adorebeauty.com.au, $9.90); Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber With Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask (sephora.com.au, $23); Lanolips Rose Balm Intense for Very Dry Hands (adorebeauty.com.au, $16.95); Sodashi Calming Rose Face Mist (mecca.com.au, $79); Hunter Lab SPF50+ Sunscreen (adorebeauty, $48).
What is a good beauty gift for Christmas?
We have trawled through the offerings and love this little gem: Mecca Max Beauty-Full Days (mecca.com.au, $65). It comprises 12 mini must-haves, including highlighter, cream blush, lip pencil, cream eyeshadow, liquid lipstick, lip oil, primer, eye pencil, brow gel, bronzing gel, bronzer and eyeshadow, all in an advent calendar. Perfect.
Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia, Lime Basil & Mandarin.Credit:iStock
Add to cart
I’m a sucker for a candle – and Jo Malone’s version in English Pear & Freesia, Lime Basil & Mandarin (davidjones.com.au, $260) had me at “English pear”. A perfect layering of fragrances.
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