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Top five cosmetic products in Canberra that work.

By FashionPeacock - 17 August 2011 29

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It’s funny the things we become attached to, like cosmetics and grooming products. Working in and around the cosmetic and makeup industry for over twelve years now I’ve tried so many things and to be honest, most products, especially cosmetics don’t do what they say they will and many can be harmful (more about this in coming articles).

This week I’m sharing my top five products that actually work, and you can get them all in Canberra!

    1. Lucas Paw Paw ointment – pick this little gem up anywhere, even the service station. This all natural Australian made ointment is one of the best beauty products out there. Use it anywhere and everywhere, face, lips, hands (makes a great cuticle treatment), feet and I’ve even used it on my dog!

    2. Cetaphil gentle cleansing lotion – this gentle cleanser removes all makeup and is great for sensitive skin. Dermatologists often recommend it for psoriasis. It’s available at most chemists.

    3. Swartzkopf blonde toner – I’ve used all kinds of expensive toners and this one is still the best I’ve ever tried. Costs about $13 and you can get it from places that sell hair products.

    4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – A little more expensive at around $60 but an amazing product. Best makeup base I’ve ever used and can also be used as a pick me up mask. My tip – shop around for Clarins. Try a chemist, they have nicer staff and often better deals.

    5. Napolean Cake Liner Sealer – This is the product that cosmetics companies hope you never find out about! Mix this little wonder liquid with any, that’s right ANY cheap powder eyeshadow and BAM! Instant waterproof liquid shadow, which, once dry won’t budge!! Napolean is available from the concept store in the Canberra Centre and other selected stockists.

[FashionPeacock trained in Queensland with Napolean for makeup and then worked for Clinique and Clarins for a number of years.
She works as a freelance makeup artist now and does not have any associations with any companies.
She has been in and round the cosmetic industry since 1996]

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Top five cosmetic products in Canberra that work.
FashionPeacock 11:06 am 18 Aug 11

Beautypedia is a great resource – heres the link http://www.beautypedia.com/

I get a lot of info from there too. REMEMBER that the site is run by the owner of a cosmetrics company so whilst its informative its not always objective. (Paula Begoin – Paula’s Chioce)

p1 11:04 am 18 Aug 11

5. Napolean Cake Liner Sealer…

I think I used a product with a similar name to stop my shower tiles leaking?

harvyk1 10:55 am 18 Aug 11

Yeah, until I got the Paw Paw ointment I had all sorts of problems with chapped lips. The lip balms I was finding I was needing to use more and more often to stop the problem. Switched to the Paw Paw and it was like instant relief which worked for a much longer period of time.

The other stuff in the list I’ve never heard of, nor would I ever likely use them.

Erg0 9:13 am 18 Aug 11

rebcart said :

Oh good, so the pawpaw DOES have a little preservative in it. Though it’s certainly still much, much better to use the tube than the jar.

I keep it in the fridge, myself.

I actually think that the main reason it works well for me is that it has a very thick consistency and acts as a barrier – I don’t think the pawpaw itself has any magical properties. I used a petroleum-based cream in New Zealand (imported from Japan) that worked similarly well.

rebcart 9:02 am 18 Aug 11

Erg0 said :

jennybel75 said :

Lucas pawpaw is great, and it does have a paraffin base, yes, so not all natural.

Potassium Sorbate 0.1mg/g, according to the tub on my desk. I dismissed it as hippy crap for quite a while, but after trying (almost) literally every other hand cream I could find for my contact dermatitis, it seems the only non-prescription stuff (available in Australia) that actually works.

“Used as a preservative due to its ability to inhibit mold and yeast growth in cosmetic products. Potassium sorbate is also used as a food preservative throughout the world. It has weak activity against bacteria, which is why it is almost always used in conjunction with other preservatives.”

Oh good, so the pawpaw DOES have a little preservative in it. Though it’s certainly still much, much better to use the tube than the jar.

rebcart 8:55 am 18 Aug 11

When you say these things work, is that because they REALLY work, or just because you think they do?

I always use Beautypedia.com before I buy any sort of cosmetic or makeup product. As a scientist, I really appreciate that that website looks not only at the real research and all the ingredients lists, but also concentrations and pH (so I don’t have to spend time doing it myself!).

Of course, it doesn’t have all the products in the world and is heavily US-based, but let me see what is says, huh?

1. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment:
Not reviewed. Well, it IS Australian-only. But, I can tell you straight away – NATURAL IS BULLSHIT. The second biggest bullshit marketer of products in the world (the only thing worse is the claim ‘chemical-free’, what, are you selling a vacuum?). Arsenic is natural. Cyanide is natural. Foxglove is natural. And also, humans using tools to transform chemicals into other ones is natural (cooking food) so I don’t see why people see humans using tools to transform chemicals into other ones (in labs) as unnatural.

Also, the product feels it doesn’t need to tell its ingredients other than pawpaw and petroleum jelly to anyone, so I can’t tell you jack about whether anything else in it is good or bad. If it has no preservatives, who knows what protection from bacteria you have. Always use the tube packaging, because with jar packaging you’re always dipping your dirty fingers into it AND exposing it to air.

According to the research: “[Papaya] Extract that is the source of papain, which theoretically can have exfoliating properties on skin, although the majority of the research was not performed on skin. Papaya can be a skin irritant. “

2. Cetaphil – I used to use this, because what you said is true. But…
“This is a cleanser we have recommended for years, but no more. In many ways the formula has become dated and is now a poor representation of the best of the best when it comes to facial cleansers. Part of what led us to this reconsideration (well, beyond the wealth of beautifully formulated water-soluble cleansers) is the amount of sodium lauryl sulfate in this so-called “gentle” cleanser. Although the amount is likely 1% or less of the product’s contents, there are many other cleansers available that don’t use this potentially problematic ingredient and that are far better for skin.

There is little reason to consider this over dozens of other options plus this cleanser is not adept at removing makeup.”

3. Schwarzkopf Blonde Toner:
Not reviewed. *shrug* In general, most hair products are either good or average, with the majority falling into average, because there’s not much you can do to dead hair fibres.

4. Clarins Beauty Balm:
“Beauty Flash Balm is an extremely average moisturizer that contains absorbent rice starch, which can be problematic for dry skin.” Also it’s ridiculously overpriced.

5. Napoleon Eyeliner Sealer –
Not reviewed. There’s no ingredients list online that I can find, so I can’t make a check as to safety/irritation, but I’m happy to take your word that it works as intended.

[rebcart is an actual chemist and biologist, who has NO links with any makeup/skincare companies in any way shape or form, including Beautypedia. She hates bullshit, anti-science and weasely claims, and uses the cheapest products that get a high rating on the Beautypedia website]

Erg0 8:52 am 18 Aug 11

jennybel75 said :

Lucas pawpaw is great, and it does have a paraffin base, yes, so not all natural.

Potassium Sorbate 0.1mg/g, according to the tub on my desk. I dismissed it as hippy crap for quite a while, but after trying (almost) literally every other hand cream I could find for my contact dermatitis, it seems the only non-prescription stuff (available in Australia) that actually works.

jennybel75 8:27 am 18 Aug 11

Lucas pawpaw is great, and it does have a paraffin base, yes, so not all natural.

EvanJames 11:14 pm 17 Aug 11

Most things are loaded with disgusting perfume. Cetaphil is pretty good stuff (I hasten to add that I do not use it, or anything, to remove make up) but Aussie QV is better, and cheaper.

It’s funny that people love that paw paw stuff so much… paw paw is a brilliant meat tenderiser!

gospeedygo 11:06 pm 17 Aug 11

Water?

Henry82 8:19 pm 17 Aug 11

The paw paw stuff is fantastic, although i prefer the tub version (i have a tiny make-up jar to hold it).

The others, im male, so they dont really apply (?)

farnarkler 7:52 pm 17 Aug 11

Do you know what happened to Helena Rubinstein? Max Factor.

mac87 7:19 pm 17 Aug 11

I looooove nearly all of the products you’ve mentioned BUT…i dont think that lucas pawpaw is really ‘all natural’. Im pretty sure that is does have a petroleum base. However, pawpaw is great and there are fantastic organic pawpaw creams that you can buy in any chemist!

I-filed 6:51 pm 17 Aug 11

Agree with 1 and 2 – but Clarins is a joke. In France it’s regarded as cheap & nasty – how their marketing department managed to turn them into an “upmarket” product in Australia just goes to show how gullible we are! Clarins Flash you’re paying $60 for some H20 and alcohol with a touch of basic emulsified oil.

Evil_Kitten 6:09 pm 17 Aug 11

I agree with 1 and 2! Both are as cheap as chips also. Have not tried the rest. PS. You have NP twice in your pic and no Cetaphil 😛

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