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Limerence Editorial- Wedding makeup meets fashion

Weddings and fashion… Who says the two can’t mix?  Limerence is a state of mind which results from a romantic attraction to another person (queue butterflies).  It’s also the name of our latest styled bridal shoot.

I loved working on this shoot because I got to combine elements of fashion hair and makeup styles with this poolside chic wedding.  Skincare and makeup breakdown at the end.

Enjoy!

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial wedding stationery

Stationery by Terrace Press, Calligraphy by Better Together Paper, Jewellery by Kerry Rocks Jewellery.

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial table setting and wedding ring

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial wedding lingerie table setting and bridal flowers

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup and hair by Sonia Allen, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial loose textured waves

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup, hair and nails by Sonia Allen, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup and bridal updo hair by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

A rope-twist bridal updo with floral embellisment by Sonia Allen, florals by Oh Flora, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial bridal updo with flowers

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup and hair by Sonia Allen, Rennes top by Sarah Seven with Tilly skirt Theia Couture from The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Because who doesn’t love a topknot!

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

SKINCARE BREAKDOWN

For the skincare I used the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA serum to hydrate the skin. I skipped moisturiser and followed with the Deciem Pore Delete primer to even out the skin texture.  Hylamide is available from Priceline and online at Adore Beauty.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Hylamide by Deciem for the skincare for the wedding makeup look

WEDDING MAKEUP BREAKDOWN

Base- Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation (available from Sephora Australia, $69) for slight coverage with a beautiful glowing finish.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Marc Jacobs foundation for the wedding makeup look

Highlighter- My current favourite, the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator applied with fingers anywhere I wanted to pick up light- the cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow and décolletage (available from Sephora Australia, $38) .

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Marc Jacobs highlighter for the wedding makeup look

Blush-  Always a fan of cream blush for how it melts seamlessly into the skin, I used Korean brand 3ce Cream Blusher (Sephora Australia, $25) and set it with a light dusting of the Marc Jacobs Air Blush powder (Sephora Australia, $39).

 

Sonia Allen Makeup uses 3ce and Marc Jacobs Air Blush for the wedding makeup look

Lipstick- What is already a staple in my own arsenal this festive season, I used the Lip & Cheek Stain by The Body Shop ($24.95). A brilliant formula that never dries and gives the most beautiful finish.  Comes in a variety of shades and you can layer it to achieve the desired intensity.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain for the lipstick for the wedding makeup

I hope you enjoyed our Limerence bridal editorial.  If wedding makeup inspiration is what you’re looking for, then you might also like the following posts:

Sonia Allen Makeup wedding makeup and hair for Bridal Series Sydney featuring Rhonda Hemmingway

When I created this look for our editorial with wedding gown designer Rhonda Hemmingway on The Bridal Series Sydney.

 

Sonia Allen Makeup wedding makeup and hair for Bridal Series Sydney featuring Karen Willis Holmes

Or this look for our Bridal Series Sydney editorial with designer Karen Willis Holmes.

For all wedding makeup enquiries, please click here to get in touch with the team.

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Sonia Allen for The Beauty Bible

I wrote this article for The Beauty Bible and I’d love to share it on here with you too, it’s about brands innovating in the beauty industry, something I’m very passionate about as I have a low tolerance for BS and BS claims.

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Strobing, chroming, baking, faking… It seems every day there is a new beauty “trend” sweeping its way across the Internet. But are these so called “trends” really relevant to the modern woman? Or would we benefit more by staying informed of exciting advancements to skincare and technology and incorporating these into our beauty regimes instead? There are so many great brands at the moment innovating some phenomenal products and ingredients rather than selling trends. Brands like 3ina, Gilded Cage and Deciem the Abnormal Beauty Company.

Deciem The Abnormal Beauty Company

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Deciem is a concept in itself. It’s a boutique (stores in Toronto and soon to launch in Melbourne, Sydney and Seoul)…

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And an umbrella of different functional beauty brands: Hylamide, Niod & White Rx (skincare), Hand Chemistry (hand and body care), Fountain (beauty supplements), Hif (haircare), AB Crew (mens fitness and grooming) and Inhibitif (hair removal).

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The brands which fall under the Deciem umbrella

 

Their approach to beauty is to deliver the latest technology in beauty and skincare into the best formulations possible. CEO Nicola Kilner explains, “technology in beauty and skincare has moved on and it’s really important to continue to innovate. If Apple introduced an iPhone today to remain as it is for the next 10 years, they wouldn’t survive. In beauty, somehow formulations remain on the market for up to 40 years without people questioning if they’re using 40-year-old technology. Skincare technologies have advanced so far yet most skincare brands are still using very old formulations based on old technologies in shiny packages.”

Deciem get around this by doing everything in house, which allows them to deliver new technologies to market quicker than most competitors. Kilner explains, “our bio-chemists, designers and product creators are all under one roof. We have no layers and loops to jump through to move forward, meaning the speed of our delivery model is second to none.”

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I asked Kilner to explain how the Deciem brands innovate in an industry often saturated by “trends” that aren’t necessarily realistic or relatable to the 2016 woman (and man!) and it all comes down to sustainable health.

“There will be a significant shift from causing damage for instant gratification (for example- heat styling) to encouraging hair health and repair for longer term gain. The current mentality is ‘How do I look best immediately’ and the answer is to use instant benefit products. This will lead to irreversible damage of the hair. The mentality will shift to “How do I maximize my hair health so I can look better always?”

These trends are all merging into the same trend to shape the future of beauty. The focus in all of these categories will turn to health – the health of our hair, the health of our skin, the health of our everything. Consumers will start to focus more on longevity than tomorrows result and quick fixes. We call our industry ‘health and beauty’ but it really has to be health. You can’t have beauty without health, they are one.”

Standout Products

From the Hylamide range, I am a big fan of the Photography Foundation and C25 Booster. The Photography Foundation is one of those beautiful products that you can use a million different ways. While it doesn’t exactly provide coverage, you can wear it on its own (layered over or mixed with moisturiser) for days where you want a glow (and I’m not talking disco ball, no glitter in sight!), pore minimisation and a bit of colour correction. You can also mix it into your foundation or tinted moisturiser to make use of the beautiful finish and ingredients. Photography Foundation is available from Priceline at $29.99.

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Hylamide Photography Foundation by Deciem.

The C25 Booster is one of the best Vitamin C serums you’ll find on the market as it has been formulated with a truly stable Vitamin C at a great concentration to target dullness, uneven tone and textural irregularities. Layered under moisturiser once or twice a day and your skin will say thank you in radiance.  Great to use in the months leading up to big events or holidays, when you really need your skin looking its best!  C25 Booster is also available at Priceline for $49.99.

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Hylamide C25 Booster by Deciem

From The Chemistry Brand, I always carry a Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream in my handbag because it ticks all the boxes- instant hydration without greasiness, subtle fresh fragrance, anti-ageing ingredients and lightweight compact packaging. Available from Priceline at $13.99.

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Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex (hand cream) by Deciem.

And finally from the NIOD range, the Copper Amino Isolate Serum (available online from Adore Beauty, $90) is one of the most impressive cocktails of cutting edge ingredients that pretty much keeps the skin in a constant state of repair. Used as the first step after cleansing, before any other skincare either once or twice a day. Also the packaging is incredibly chic and modern for those who enjoy looking at a stylish bathroom cabinet/shelf.

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NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum Activator by Deciem

Gilded Cage

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Gilded Cage is a new Australian makeup brand that focuses on celebrating individual beauty, where there is no “one size fits all” format. The products are designed in Paris and made in Italy and include cream eyeshadows, lipstick and lipglosses.

Founder Rhys Williams set out to create products that highlight women’s singularities, the things that set them apart from others and explains, “Gilded Cage is a glorifier of singularities: it protects and highlights them in the most beautiful way. There are so many ways to be beautiful which is why we believe that smooth, commercial beauty is boring”.

Standout Products

The Revelation Eyeshadows (available online from Gilded Cage, $38) are beautiful cream eyeshadows that come in ten timeless shades. Worn on their own for a sheer finish or layered underneath powder eyeshadow when you want more punch, there is a lot of flexibility with how you can use them. The felt tip applicator makes applying the cream a two-second job and they are very long wearing. Nice and compact, these have become a firm staple in my pro kit.

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Revelation Eyeshadow by Gilded Cage

3ina

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You can’t help but pay attention when a brand claims, “makeup should enhance rather than alter” which is the exact message European 3ina is putting out. Pronounced “mina” and co-founded by dynamic duo Pablo Rivera and Mark Eve. Neither had a background in fashion or beauty when they set out to create 3ina and they explained to me that this worked in their favour when designing their range, “when you’re not from a fashion background, you don’t have preconceptions of what is and isn’t possible to do in the industry. We broke all the rules in the industry when meeting with producers to discuss formulas or packaging”. And break the rules they did. The range has 450 products across six different categories (eyes, lips, face, nails, skincare and tools) with vibrant and experimental shades forming the heart of the brand.

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The flagship 3ina store in Covent Garden, London.

 

It’s refreshing to discover a brand that is playful yet accessible to the majority of women. You might not want to try a yellow or pink mascara, but then there’s 448 other products to choose from. There are currently two stores in Melbourne (as well as stores in London, Greece, Italy and Malta) and they’re only just getting started.

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Love everything about 3ina’s approach beauty!

Standout Products

The Pen Eyeliner is one of the best liquid liners I have tried. They spent a long time getting the formula and packaging right and the result is a waterproof satin finish that doesn’t drag across eyelids, so no more wobbles when you’re trying to wing that liner! Available online from 3ina ($12.95) or in the Melbourne stores (Cheltenham and CBD).

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The pen eyeliner by 3ina

The Highlighter comes in two shades (pink and gold) and delivers a glow that looks like creamy skin ($16.95).

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The highlighter by 3ina

The Micellar Gel is an alternative to micellar water for anyone with sensitive, acne-prone or broken skin as it removes makeup quickly without the need to rub at the skin. Poured straight onto a cotton wool pad, it removes all traces of makeup without leaving an oily residue ($10.95).

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The Micellar Gel by 3ina

And there you have it, no crazy contour techniques, no ridiculous claims, no over-inflated prices and no animal testing.  Instead, a fresh approach to product development and beauty innovation… and quite frankly, that’s refreshing.  Be sure to check out The Beauty Bible for more product reviews and beauty advice.

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Ceramides in Skincare

If you read this blog or know I that I come from a scientific background, you’ll know I don’t buy into fads or marketing jargon when it comes to skincare. However sometimes just sometimes, companies get it right. Recently I discovered the Beauty Aid Cream by Korean brand Touch in Sol. I was intrigued by the molecule which appeared on the packaging and asked my chemistry PhD friend to tell me what it was. Turns out it’s ceramide-3 and it’s the good type of ceramide. Not sure what ceramides are or what makes this one so good (or frankly, how it’s relevant to life)?  Winter is coming, you’re going to want to know. Keep reading!

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Where the idea for this post all started! Image courtesy of Priceline.

The science of ceramides in a lovely infographic I prepared earlier:

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With winter approaching, most people suffer more with dehydrated skin and dry skin lacking moisture. A good time to invest in a moisturiser to address these needs and ceramides can help.

So how do we know if the ceramides found in our skincare are indeed mixed in the correct ratio in order to be effective in skincare?

Short answer- you can’t really.

Say What

Ceramides are good moisturisers but may not be any better than regular lotions (including the less expensive petrolatum!) unless correctly formulated and the way ceramides are listed in ingredient list still won’t tell you.

Loosely speaking, ceramides can appear in ingredient lists as:

Ceramide 1, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 4, Ceramide 5, Ceramide 6, Ceramide 7, Ceramide 8, Ceramide 9, Ceramide E

Or in much more complicated nomenclature ie- moCETYL-PG HYDROXYETHYL PALMITAMIDE (cuz we’d all know what that was!)

More helpful answer- trial and error!

Trialling is the only way you will know whether the ceramide-containing-moisturiser is making a difference to your skin or whether the product is unfortunately just a marketing con.

Here are my top three tried-and-tested picks.

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1) TOUCH IN SOL BEAUTY AID CREAM

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Image courtesy of Priceline.

Why I like it:

  • Been using this one in my kit quite a lot lately. It’s been a big hit because of its texture, divine smell and for the immediate relief it provides for those with drier or dehydrated skin types.
  • Also a fabulous base for makeup no matter which complexion product you layer over the top.
  • Suitable for those with sensitive skin.
  • Oh and I like the packaging- gym bag, travel bag, kit bag and airplane friendly yeehaa!

Key Ingredients:

Ceramide 3 (skin enhancer) / Bifida ferment lysate (antioxidant) / Portulaca oleracea extract (skin calming) / Biosaccharide gum-1(moisturiser) / 5 types of vegetable extract / Shea butter (hydrating)

Availability:

$49.99 from Priceline

2) AVÈNE EAU THERMALE RICH COMPENSATING CREAM

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Image courtesy of Avène.

Why I like it:

  • Because it’s rich in texture but not greasy and is able to be easily absorbed by the skin.
  • Beautiful subtle fragrance.
  • Great option for skiing, sitting in aircon/central heating, air travel.
  • Great for mature skin also.

Key Ingredients:

Biocymentine (ceramides+plant sterols+fatty acids = winning combo!) / Pre-tocopheryl (Vit E a powerful antioxidant) / Glycerin (hydrating)

Availability:

$62.99 from Priceline

$46.39 from Chemist Warehouse

3) FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM

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Image courtesy of Sephora.

 

Why I like it:

  • I probably prefer this one more for the body rather than for the face (although it can be used for the face also)
  • Soothing and calming for itchy skin or skin that suffers eczema
  • Not tested on animals

Key Ingredients:

Ceramide 3 (in this case teamed with the fatty acid stearic acid) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Glycerin (hydrating) / Colloidal Oatmeal (calming and soothing) / Shea Butter (hydrating) / Green Tea extract (antioxidant)

Availability:

$58 from Sephora

Hope this article helped dispel some myths and you’ve now got your eye on a new winter moisturiser. If you want to know more about the use of ceramides in skincare or about the products mentioned in this post, please feel free to leave me any questions below.

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Overseas Make-Up Adventures

I recently went overseas for five glorious weeks and in between all the holidaying in…

London…

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Montenegro…

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Croatia…

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Bosnia…

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…and Hong Kong….

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I of course managed to sneak in some make-up shopping and exploration.

In London I visited all my favourite places.

Charles Fox

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Charles Fox- great for all things Kryolan and special effects. While here I topped up on some eyeliner brushes I’ve not been able to find here in Sydney.

And bumped into this gorgeous one!

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Claire and I used to work together back in the day and started our careers at roughly the same time. I just happened to bump into her as she was on her way to Paris Fashion Week and also stopping by Charles Fox for kit supplies.

Guru Make Up Emporium

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Guru Make Up Emporium- amazing for set bags, Make Up Forever and things you didn’t know your kit needed. I helped my friend pick out her wedding foundation from Make Up Forever and treated myself to some kit staples.

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Guru Make Up Emporium- One of my all time favourite places to shop for my kit!

Space.NK

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Space NK- for all things skin, hair, body, make up and wellness. I didn’t buy anything here but did enjoy seeing old favourites like Caudalie that you can’t get in Australia as well as discovering new brands that have launched since I was last there.

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Space NK- This was the Kensington Church Street store but I also visited the boutiques in Covent Garden and my old stomping ground, Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

I didn’t quite make it to Screenface but I did get to Selfridges where many many hours were spent in my happy place, the holy land that is Selfridges Beauty Hall.

And then in Hong Kong my highlights included the vibe of this Nars boutique in Pacific Place.

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How awesome are the latest visuals!?

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Love the contemporary feel in this boutique.

And re-discovering Sasa, which is Hong Kong’s answer to Boots and Priceline.

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Sasa- so many niche brands, so many levels and sooooo many products.

These were my standout Sasa brands.

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Kate Tokyo and the Sasa home brand of tools.

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Pupa Milano and Media

Near Times Square I also enjoyed visiting boutiques for Dior

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Make Up Forever

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And Shu Uemura

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So there you have it. When you’re a make-up artist, you really can combine work with leisure and travels.  The key is to barely pack anything in the first place so there is never an excuse not to indulge while on holidays!

If you have any questions about the brands mentioned or stores visited, please leave them below and I will get back to you. Have you tried any of these brands or visited any of these places before?

Hope you enjoyed this post. It sure was fun looking back through all the travel photos. Might just be planning another trip for next year!

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indeed LABORATORIES… Indeed it’s Good!

Discoveries are the best. You either learn never to go near/eat/touch/experience again (and put it down to life experience!) OR you can discover something that is great. I recently discovered Canadian skincare brand indeed LABORATORIES and couldn’t wait to share.

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Some products from the Indeed Laboratories brand

Those that know me or have worked with me know how passionate I am about skincare and looking after your skin.  This doesn’t mean you need a million products to do so and a higher price point doesn’t necessarily mean better quality or better results. It took me a long time to believe the latter but five years of being in the industry and I can assure you I have learned the hard way!

I also don’t pay any attention to “anti-ageing” claims. They’re always aimed at women (not ok!) and I believe ageing is a privilege. So you’ll never hear me talk about “diminished lines” or “collagen boosting”-blah blah. I look for simple products that are easy and enjoyable to use that really nourish and support skin (and they’re the only ones I’ll be sharing on this blog!).

So lately, I have been testing out the indeed LABORATORIES products on models, actors and brides as well as on myself. Certainly a wide demographic of people and I continue to be impressed.

Why?

Simple products that do what they say?  Check.

Attractive yet recyclable packaging that look chic in my kit/bathroom?  Check.

Reasonable price point?  Check.

No animal testing, cruelty free and animal derivative free ingredients?  Check.

Fragrance free?  Check.

Hi-tech ingredients and modern technology?  Check.

Great textures?  Check.

Here are a couple of my favourites from the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron range.

Indeed Laboratories: Facial Powdered Exfoliator

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What is it?

An exfoliator in powder form where you add as little or as much water (or get fancy and use a toning mist) as you want to achieve the desired strength.

What’s in it?

  • Bamboo extract- in fine form that won’t cause microtears to the skin
  • Rice bran powder- great ingredient for softening skin (the Japanese have been using it for centuries!)
  • Pineapple enzymes- natural exfoliator and is anti-inflammatory
  • Okinawa red algae- renowned for moisture-retaining properties (algae at the beach = gross.  Algae in skincare = soooo wonderful for you)
  • Hyaluronic acid- adds hydration which is a nice extra property you don’t normally find in exfoliators

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- once/twice a week after cleansing and before moisturising
  • On clients- whenever I feel uneven skin texture before make-up application

Why do I like it?

Easy & fun to use
You hydrate your skin as you exfoliate
Can customise how much exfoliation you need
Can use in the shower (=time saving)
Skin feels so smooth afterwards and you consequently need less serum/moisturiser

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Booster

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What is it?

Hyaluronic acid that is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants that can be used as a serum.

Hyaluronic acid is an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 10000 times its weight in water, meaning anything you layer over the top will take longer to evaporate off the surface of the skin. Ie- the water in your moisturiser will take longer to evaporate. Hooray for dehydrated skin.

When I use this product I feel so wonderfully hydrated and then I remember this:

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What’s in it?

Water, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ahnfeltia Concinna extract, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- massaging all over my face every morning and night after cleansing/exfoliating and before my moisturiser
  • On clients- on anyone with dehydrated skin after cleansing and before moisturising (been using this on pretty much everyone, the packaging is extremely kit-friendly)

Why do I like it?

Ingredients are great (not full of low-grade “filler” ingredients)
Makes skin really soft
Gives skin a beautiful glow
No outrageous claims on the packaging
Easy to use and integrate with other brands and products
Works on all skin types
Increases healing time for acne scarring with prolonged use
Easily-absorbed texture (if it’s sticky, you’re using too much!)

Indeed Laboratories: Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

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What is it?

4 sheet masks per pack, each mask soaked in a hyaluronic acid solution

What’s in it?

Lots and lots of hyaluronic acid

How have I been using it?

  • On myself- after cleansing and drying my face I unfold the mask and place over my face. I press in place (I want all the goodness!) and leave it for 15minutes while I relax (do dishes/answer emails/chat on the phone). Once I remove the mask I massage in the remaining serum (no need to wash off) and follow with a moisturiser.
  • On clients- never have the luxury of time to use this on clients but I always recommend them to brides for the night before their wedding.

Why do I like it?

Soooooo relaxing & cooling
Sorts out skin from any over-indulgence
You can skip serum and go straight to moisturiser
Great for dehydration (and long haul flights if you don’t mind the stares)
Great pick-me-up

In Australia, Indeed Laboratories is available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

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I would love to hear from anyone who has been using the indeed LABORATORIES products- which is your favourite and why? And for those who haven’t tried the range, is there any other information you would like to know? Drop me your questions and feedback below.

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