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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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jessieduck 9:40 am 06 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Or a clothes brush! Where do you get those these days? I’m reduced to using a soft shoe polish brush to get crap off my clothes. (dust and stuff, not actual crap).

To de-pill jumpers I use a think called a Sweater Stone from the US- best thing ever.

Wily_Bear 7:22 am 06 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Or a clothes brush! Where do you get those these days? I’m reduced to using a soft shoe polish brush to get crap off my clothes. (dust and stuff, not actual crap).

The cheap dollar type shops sell clothes brushes- not the best quality, but they generally suffice. Failing that, some sticky tape works really well, especially the wider packing variety.

EvanJames 10:56 pm 05 Sep 11

Or a clothes brush! Where do you get those these days? I’m reduced to using a soft shoe polish brush to get crap off my clothes. (dust and stuff, not actual crap).

Palifox 7:40 pm 05 Sep 11

i’m a bloke and not a big user of cosmetics. I’ll vouch for the Paw Paw stuff on chapped lips though.

One thing I do like to use is pre-electric shave lotion but it is almost impossible to get. Over a few weeks I tried every likely shop in the Woden Plaza and and a few other places as well and drew a blank. I can have after shave by the litre but it does not do the same job. Eventually tracked it down to the Shaver Shop in the Canberra Centre. Likewise cleaning / lubrication spray for shavers has vanished from the Woden Plaza despite the Phillips shaver web site advice it was stocked by DJs. I have not seen a men’s hair brush in years either. Meanwhile the dress shops proliferate.

rebcart 12:43 pm 19 Aug 11

FashionPeacock said :

They work for me, that’s all I’m saying and I’ve spent years trialling different products.

I recommended it as a makeup base, and I have slightly oily skin. The fact that it can be a little drying makes it an effective makeup base as it prevents shine and helps makeup stay on.

People with dry skin generally don’t need to use a base/primer, just a good moisturiser.

I wasn’t suggesting you use it as a moisturiser. It probably sits about mid range when it comes to makeup bases/primers.

Ah, n=1. Gotcha. I think that’s usually ok for make-up, where the result is visible, but for actual skincare products I prefer something more substantial, which is why I mentioned Beautypedia.

You didn’t suggest use as a moisturiser, but you did suggest it as a mask. I don’t know about you, but when I see ‘mask’ I think ‘something absolutely loaded with super ingredients, but too annoying/strong/expensive/other reason to use every day’. So, if it’s average instead of super good, recommending it over other products doesn’t sit right with me. YMMV…

FashionPeacock 7:27 am 19 Aug 11

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

They work for me, that’s all I’m saying and I’ve spent years trialling different products.

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.

I recommended it as a makeup base, and I have slightly oily skin. The fact that it can be a little drying makes it an effective makeup base as it prevents shine and helps makeup stay on.

People with dry skin generally don’t need to use a base/primer, just a good moisturiser.

I wasn’t suggesting you use it as a moisturiser. It probably sits about mid range when it comes to makeup bases/primers.

AnnieBGood 4:47 pm 18 Aug 11

I’ve worn make-up for years and have yet to find anything better than water to remove it. I do use
“wipes” to get off waterproof mascara but that’s all. Best beauty treatment I know of is to keep out of the sun. Olive oil is a good moisturiser too.

Erg0 2:02 pm 18 Aug 11

Henry82 said :

Erg0 said :

, 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.

Hi jenny, have you tried silic 15? (by a company called ego). Its a very good barrier cream for dermatitis and eczema. I use it occasionally for the latter.

Pawpaw, Cetaphil (or its QV alternative), and Silic 15 is my list.

Thanks for the tip, I’ll check it out when I’m next in need of a top-up.

Henry82 1:47 pm 18 Aug 11

oops ErgO not jenny

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