Happy ANZAC day to my fellow Aussies and Kiwis 🙂
For those who don’t know, on April 25th Australia and New Zealand commemorate the anniversary of the ANZAC(Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) entry into World War 1. We remember the brave soliders that fought in Galilpoli and recognise all the men and women who have served for both of our wonderful countires. To me it is a day of reflection, gratitude and in the true Aussie way, a couple of drinks.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. “
Lest We Forget
As you may know I am am passionate about using local brands, so I thought this might be a good oppurtunity to showcase a couple of my favourite brands.
Face Of Australia – Available from Priceline and Big W
Face Of Australia is a innovative, affordable brand that is known for its quality and comprehensive range. I have used many of their products over the years and there are a few that really stand out. I love the Glamazon contour kit, the contour colour is cool toned but not gray. It applies nicely and blends out well. The highlight is soft and great for an understated look. The packaging is cute and great for travelling. At first it was released as a limited edition, but it is now apart of their regular line. I also really enjoy FOA’s loose translucent powder, it is a great afforadable option for ‘baking‘ and to set your base. Primers are also really good value for money, I really like both the Face Base and High Definition primers. Many bloggers have even stated that the Face Base is a dupe for Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot, contating exactly the same ingredients but for a fraction of the price. I’ll let you be the judge.
Antipodes – Available from Priceline
Antipodes is a beautiful organic brand inspired by the natural beauty of New Zealand. Sustainable ingredients, local production, avoiding synthetic preservaties and recyclable packaging make up the Antipodes ethos. Their packaging is just stunning and reflects the brands philosphy. I love so many of the products but I especially love Aura and Apostle. Apostle is a fruity skin-brightening serum, full of antioxidants targeting pigmentation and uneven skin tone. It smells delicious and is an absolute pleasure to use. Aura is one of my all-time favourites. It is a deeply hydrating facial mask full of remedial manuka honey. Know for its antibacterial propeties, manuka honey is great for soothing blemishes while drawing moisture to the skin’s surface. Full of natural vanilla and mandarin fragrances, it smells absolutely divine and will forever remain in my skincare routine.
Chi Chi Cosmetics -Available from Target and Myer
Chi Chi explain that they are inspired by the vast range of rich colours featured across Australia – Think Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and our sprawling deserts. Their exstensive range is refreshing, innovative with high-quality products at afforadble prices. Chi Chi Cosmetics are also vegan and cruelty free. I have quite a collection of Chi Chi Cosmetics but I’ll highlight a few favourites. Eyeshadows are something that Chi Chi do really well, their palettes are buttery and pigmented, with a HUGE range of colours that would suit everyone’s tastes. I have about 5 palettes that I have condensed into a Z-palette for easy storage. Each palette has 12 shades and retails for $22.95 – Crazy value for money! Chi Chi foundations, BB creams, and CC creams are also winners. They contain beautiful ingredients and do exactly what they say they do. The BB and CC creams are light and easily worn but have a great amount of coverage. The Fabulous and Flawless foundation has incredible coverage and an even better finish. It is long lasting and doesn’t transfer. The shade range is also pretty exstensive and each shade is detailed on the box, right down to the coloured undertones. Chi Chi Cosmetics recently released brow range is unbelievable quality. I have reviewd their brow fibre gel here.
Designer Brands – Available from Blooms the Chemist
Designer Brands has really stepped into the spotlight in the last 18 months. They somewhat re-branded and released a whole line of new products, that are simple and practical. Featuring a large range of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics at afforable prices. Their foundations have gotten rave reivews, and are worthy of the hype. Catering to different wants and needs, DB cosmetics have a foundation that suits everybody – My personal fav is the 24-hour foundation. The coverage is high, but not cakey and super long lasting. I also really love their liquid illuminator in bronze. It’s a beautiful warm shimmer that is great for highlighting and perfect to layer under powder highlighters. Designer Brands has also recently released a brush range that looks great and has had exceptional reviews, I will be looking to pick these up soon.
Go To Skincare – Only available online.
Created by Australia’s sweetheart Zoe Foster-Blake, Go-To Skincare boasts natural, simplistic and cruelty free cosmetics. “The ingredients are pure but powerful; harnessing the benefits of nature to genuinely protect, nourish and strengthen the skin, ensuring it is healthy, happy and glowing.” The packaging is fresh and right on trend, matching the beautifully uncomplicated products. Exfoliating Swipeys are Go-To’s answer to the AHA chemical exfoliating craze. These little pads of magic instantly removes dead skin cells, refines the skin’s texture and minimises pores and lines; creating the perfect canvas for your serums and moisturisers. Go-To also kill it with their lip balm, Lips!. As a sufferer of chronically dry, cracked lips, this little peach tube of deliciousness sorts them out in no time. It soothes and moisturises while leaving behind a beautiful pomegranate scent.
Thin Lizzy – Available in Priceline and selected chemists
Thin Lizzy is a brand that was founded in New Zealand and has become pretty well known for their mineral makeup and 6 in 1 powder. I was first introduced to Thin Lizzy through daytime TV and I honestly thought it was a bit gimicky. A powder that has 6 uses? Surely it can’t be that much of a miracle product. However, my mum purchased it quite a few years ago now and I had a little play. I grew to really like it and used it a fair bit as a bronzer. Fast-forward to last year and I was kindly gifted a Thin Lizzy set and it became a well used product in my collection. I also really like the All-Day Flexi Mascara. It is a tube mascara that is perfect for daily use. It lengthens and seperates without any clumps and is so easy to remove. Thanks to the tube innovation, you can say goodbye to panda eyes. I also couldn’t write a post about Thin Lizzy without mentioning their concealer. The creme concealer is really full coverage, it’s water resistant and covers practically everything. It doesn’t budge or smudge and it actually feels quite light on the skin.
Happy Skincare – Available online and selected stores
Happy Skincare is a wonderful family owned Australian company, dedicated to creating natural and effective products. I first discovered Happy Skincare’s Cloud 9 cleansing balm in a Bellabox and instantly fell in love. Cloud 9 is a beautiful citus scented balm that removes all traces of make-up, cleanses and hydrates the skin. This little guy started my love affair with cleansing balms. I also really love their Tickled Pink Toner and Laugh Out Loud jojoba oil. Happy Skincare have a huge range of vegan and cruelty free products, they also offer a sample-pack to allow you to test out these beautiful cosmetics.
Eye Of Horus – Available online and selected stores
Eye Of Horus is a stunning egytian inspired cosmetics brand from Byron Bay. Boasting beautiful jewel and metallic tones, Eye Of Horus inspires to ‘awaken the goddess within’. This brand is also natural, vegan and cruelty free. My favourite products are definitely the Copper Sphinx liquid eyeliner – which is this crazy pigmented metaillic eyeliner that makes blue eyes pop, The Goddess Mascara – which is a perfect everyday mascara and the Isis Sun Goddess Shadow Palette – This palette has three super metallic and pigmeted warm toned shadows. This is definitely a glamorous brand that I hope to explore a little more.
Australis – Available at Priceline and Big W
Australis is another afforable brand that has really stepped up their game. Constantly releasing new and innovative products, keeping up with and compareable to the best international beauty brands. Velourlips are beautifully coloured and really long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks. Although they can be a little drying, the pigmentation and transfer-proof formula makes up for it. The Fresh and Flawless pressed powder is hyped by so many youtubers and bloggers. It is a simple powder, with a touch of coverage which is perfect for setting and touching up foundation. I have been buying this bad boy for years! Australis’ powder and contouring kits are also great quality and value for money. I especially love the banana powder and love that it is now available seperately.
Shanghai Suzy – Available online and in selected stores
Shanghai Suzy are stunning seasonal lippies that are creamy, pigmented and scented like lollies. The just released Autumn/Winter ’16 collection is full of beautiful muted pinks and lilacs, nudes and a couple of dark vampy shades. I want every single one of them. These lipsticks wear really well and feel very comfotable on the lips. They are winners.
Innoxa – Available in Priceline
Innoxa is a great Australian brand that has been around since 1920! Crazy, right? Innoxa is known for its classic simplistic range. Catering for all skin types and ages, Innoz has a great range of primers, foundations, skincare and coloured cosmetics. So far I have only tried the Renew Age Erase Serum Foundation, which I love. But I really want to try the BB cream and Pollution Protect Foundation. The Serum foundation is so complimentry, creating a soft-focus flawless finish. It’s long lasting, non-oxidising and transfer proof. The other stand-out of the the range has to be the Cover and Correct palette. They have absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one. The formula is so so so creamy and blends really well. My only con is that the concealer colours are a touch too dark, but other than that it is definitely something that belongs in your collection.
MooGoo Skincare – Available online and in selected chemists
I have a whole blog post dedicated to MooGoo here.
What are your favourite Australian and New Zealand brands?
*Although some of these products were kindly sent for consideration all opinions are 100% honest.