One of the benefits of inhabiting the virtual kingdom of Ladyland is the sheer wealth of essential lady wisdom at your fingertips. Want to know the best flea market in Florence? Margherita has it covered. Somewhere cheap yet chic to stay Paris? Ask Clem. There’s not a beach (or child-friendly cafe) in North Devon that Celia hasn’t been to. Meanwhile, Emma and Selina have the hotspots of Sydney and Singapore covered respectively…
All this local knowledge comes in very handy for beauty shopping, too. Even with most beauty boutiques now shipping globally, there are still some brands and products you’ll never discover solo, not to mention the savings you’ll make on the exchange rate and shipping if you can a) squash them into you suitcase or b) entice a willing participant to mule them through customs for you (I’ve forced both Emma and Clem to carry native balms in their hand luggage for me, probably contravening multiple customs laws in the process).
So, as holiday season gets underway, our resident antipodeans, Emma and Selina, share their best Aussie beauty finds, from fake tan to pain relief, that only clued-up locals know about. Come and get it, Sheilas!
1. A little known secret about Aussies is that these days, our tans are never real. We’ve all seen the effects of harsh sun damage from our mums’ generation, so we don’t risk it anymore! Every Aussie has a fake tan favourite; ModelCo’s Tan Airbrush in a Can is mine.
2. Lanolips Rose Balm is giving the ubiquitous PawPaw ointment a run for its money in Oz. Made with pure lanolin (the natural oil component of sheep’s wool) it’s instant relief for dry skin (and a saviour for breastfeeding nipples too!). It’s in Boots over here now, but cheaper to buy at home.
3. An Aussie friend living in London with perfect porcelain skin told me about this one. A’kin Rosehip Oil is the skincare equivalent of a faux fur coat layered over a polar fleece in an English winter, when temperatures plummet obscenely. After being intro’d to this by an Australian make-up artist, model David Gandy swears by it too.
SELINA’S TOP PICKS
4. Once upon a time, Ladyland reviewed a bunch of natural deodorants in our quest to banish aluminium from our armpits. It’s something I really want to stick with and I’ve managed to make it for almost five years (thank you, London weather), but now I’m living in sweaty, steamy Singapore, man is it rough. The only product that’s NEVER let me down is Zilch Antiodorant, which I discovered at a stall at my local Farmer’s Market back in Sydney. Ever since, I’ve been sending my mum on a wild goose chase to all of its Sydney stockists so she can be my deodorant mule whenever she comes to visit. Alas, it doesn’t seem to be available online yet. Better make friends with my mum.
5. I decided a few years ago to switch to natural cosmetics, but I’d use the Aussie-owned Ere Perez range even if it wasn’t all wholesome and crunchy – it really is lovely stuff. I’ve gone from the kind of girl who would freak out if I accidentally went to work without her full ‘face’ on, to a mum who is lucky to go to work without mashed banana in my hair, but putting on some of Ere Perez’s Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in ‘Healthy’ before I leave the house is still a non-negotiable.
6. Mega-migraine sufferer like me? Meet The Migrastick. It’s a tiny vial of peppermint and lavender with a rollerball, so you can apply it to your temples as soon as you get that telltale dull throb. Catch it early and have a little lie down and your migraine crisis can be averted. It’s small enough to carry everywhere for emergencies, and works on entry-level headaches, nausea and stomach aches too. (NB. Okay, it turns out the Migrastick is actually from France, but I always request one when someone from Aus comes to visit!).