I’m so obsessed with these products that my boyfriend did once ask, with an air of jealousy, ‘Who’s Mario’? Mario’s identity is unfortunately unknown (pretty sure he’s a middle-aged scientist, ahem, settle down Matt!), but his products are to die for. Simple, no-fuss and best of all, cheap as chips! This range of cosmetics is sure to calm your zits, soothe your skin and generally leave you looking glow-y AF. My personal favourites are the Enzyme Cleansing Gel (best used with your Clarisonic for a deeeeeep clean), the Facial Spray (absolutely amazing used as a toner, setting spray or just for general hydration throughout the day) and the Drying Lotion (this stuff is SOLID GOLD for drying out any nasty spots overnight).
You may have seen these products on just about every #instafamous blogger’s ‘gram, and for good reasons! Created by Emily Weiss, the beauty mogul behind website Into the Gloss, these products have been curated and developed by beauty experts that know their shit! Best for the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look, standout products include Boy Brow, which I promise will get you one step closer to Cara Delevingne’s perfect brows, Balm Dotcom (basically like a legit version of Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment but in fancier packaging) and the Milky Jelly Cleanser, which is part of the new generation of cleansers promising to remove your makeup and clean your skin all at once. So clever! So innovative! I’m getting hot and bothered just thinking about it.
Winter tends to bring with it the pesky problem of dry, flaky skin and a few extra dimples on the butt and thigh area (let’s be honest, cellulite stays with me all year round, but I’m trying to be positive here). Enter Frank Body, the brand created by three kick-ass Melbourne chicks who developed the perfect solution to all of our problems: a range of coffee scrubs that smell delish, will cost less than that About Life salad and promise to lessen the appearance of cellulite and make your skin as smooth as Liam Hemsworth’s abs when you’re licking Nutella off them (sorry about that – happened last night in my dreams so I had to bring it up!).
This Australian brand has a cult following not only for the interior-design-orgasm you’ll experience when entering one of their stores, but also because their products are made from all-natural ingredients and smell like an absolute dream. Although slightly exxier than the other brands we’ve mentioned, you can still get your Aesop fix by purchasing one of their luxe Hand Wash and Balm sets for your bathroom. You’ll get instant style cred and your hands will smell like a midsummer’s day, if anyone cares to take a sniff (hopefully not, that would be weird).
Zoe Foster-Blake is my ultimate girl crush, so of course I had to try out her skincare line. This cute little range of products deliver in every way and are also hilariously funny (no, I haven’t started talking to my cleansers: read the packaging, dammit!) The Face Hero will brighten and hydrate your skin for a face that glows even without makeup, and the Lips! ointment will not only soothe those cracked and peeling lips but also tastes like a Starburst lolly (handy for someone who has banned themselves from buying Starburst, since they have the ability to demolish them in 1 minute – ahem, not me. A friend!) While you’re at it, buy her book Amazinger Face: it will teach you extremely important life lessons, like how to apply sunscreen and where to spray your perfume (apparently not on your neck?! Who woulda thought…)