This week has been super special because we have actually been in the same city, spending time together!! Sad though that we are back to living in different states but it reminds us that we just can't live without each other for too long (it's a mother/daughter thing).
That being said, we thought we'd share our five beauty items that we just can't live without:
Sue can't live without:
1 – Aria Argan Gold Shampoo with Argan oil for fine-normal hair (conditioner as well) – This product is really nourishing without the weight of an oil-based product. It is perfect for my fine hair, and probably the most affordable Argan oil product on the market.
2 – Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. I was advised to use this product dry on my face before getting into the shower in the morning. Once in shower, just add water to further exfoliate and then follow with a foaming cleanser. I actually use it every second day as I'm always concerned with redness, but love the smooth texture my skin has had since using it.
3 – Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat (No. 2). I have been using this product for about 8 years now and it is perfect for under-eye dark circles, really bringing out the best in my eyes. I have also perfected using it to camouflage lines on my face, so that I don't look quite as wrinkled as I really am. The other great thing is that when I started using it, retail price in Australia was a whopping $75. Today, 8 years and all that inflation later, it's only $55. Strong Aussie dollar?
4 – Bio-oil. An amazing product. I first bought this many years ago when I'd had a couple of small skin cancers cut out, and I'd read at it was great for repairing scarring. It lived up to its reputation, and more. I use it to get my poor body through Brisbane's cool, but very dry, winters. I rubbed it into my elbows when I tripped and fell recently. And it's the gift of choice I take to every woman I know who has just had a baby. It's great for mum (stretch marks be gone) and wonderful for baby's skin and scalp too.
And last, but certainly not least….
5 – Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment. This is a great product manufactured in Brisbane. It has a myriad of uses, and provokes great memories because when I grew up in Brisbane everyone either had a paw paw tree in their garden, or their neighbor did. My main use of this product is on my lips just before going to sleep at night, or in the morning when I've finished my skin care routine if I am not putting make up on straight away. However, it really comes into its own if you take it with you when you are going away because it is one product that takes up little room but has many uses. Paw Paw Ointment soothes burns and insect bites, cuts and abrasions. You can put it on your feet to stop shoes from rubbing and causing blisters. It's great for your skin if you've been out in the wind or for your nose if you are suffering with a cold.
Katherine can't live without:
1 – Maybelline Baby Lips - I have always been a Blistex girl but lately I'm loving the fruity scent and colourful packaging of Baby Lips. In fact, I just got a 2-4-1 at Priceline today and unnecessarily added to my collection. They are a good enough lip balm in mild weather but when my lips are suffering, it'll probably be back to the Blistex.
2 – Napoleon Perdis Mineral Primer – At the moment I'm onto the mineral primer because I'm using the Napoleon Mineral Foundation, but the original Napoleon primer is as high on that list. I'm yet to try another primer I like as much as the Napoleon ones. I don't like the clear, sillicone ones and after trying a number of brands (including ModelCo and Maybelline), I always go back to Napoleon.
3 – Affinage Indigo Defender – Having fine, curly hair that is prone to frizz and damage easily, I have to use a heat protector spray before applying any heating tools to my locks. I love the smell of this one and have always used it. If I try to straighten my hair without it, a frizz nightmare ensues on my head and I can just feel my hair wishing many hateful things on me.
4 – Clinique Redness Solutions – I've only been using this for about three weeks but the wonders it has done to my skin are out of this world. I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a cheaper brand after my magical Clinique experience.
5 – Bio Oil – Bio Oil is one of those products (like Lucas Paw Paw) that you just need to have around the house for those muti-purpose ailments. My boyfriend uses and recommends it like the father of the bride in the film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding with his Windex. Got dry skin? Put Bio Oil on it. Mosquito bite? Don't scratch it, put Bio Oil on it. Dry scalp? Massage some Bio Oil in. Stretch marks, burns, scars? Bio Oil. Bio Oil. Bio Oil. Who am I to argue with him?
What are your Can't-Live-Without items? Let us know below or drop us a line on Facebook. Once we get 50 Facebook likes, we're planning a giveaway, so please check it out!