Some of you might know that Mamamia launched a shopping website a few months back.
Though for me, the most exciting stuff is all of the beauty products. That’s probably because I’m biased, having been a beauty writer for a very long time. It’s also my job to curate the beauty section of the site so you guys can get good bargains on great products.
So without further ado (I’ve always wanted to say that) here are my top picks of the beauty loot we’ve managed to get stocked on Mamamia Shopping.
Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, $35.99.
As the name suggests this mascara makes your lashes look huge (as in, people will mistake them for falsies and you'll have to explain they're your real lashes). The brush is silicone as opposed to traditional bristles so you can get right into the inner and outer corners. As with all mascara application, zig-zagging the brush back and forth as you comb it outward will give you the best coverage. This formula doesn't budge so it's best to remove it with a specific eye-makeup remover.
REN Flash Hydro Boost, $39.99.
If your skin is feeling drier from the change of season you might want to look at this guy. It adds quick hydration to your complexion and plumps while it's doing so, which makes it a great base for under your makeup. Use it like you would a serum, so after cleansing you massage it in, then follow it with your day cream. So juicy.
2 x Blaq Eye Mask 5-Pack, $14.98.
These eye gels are like sheet masks' little sister. Stick them on whenever you need to look more awake, wait 10 to 20 minutes, then peel them off. I find them most useful as prep before doing my makeup for a night out - after my skincare I pop these on while I do my hair, wait a bit, then take them off and do my makeup. They smooth and plump the under-eye area, which makes the job of my concealer so much easier.
I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret. BB and CC creams are, essentially, just fancy tinted moisturisers. This Garnier one is really great because it ticks a lot of boxes. If you're really oily you could get away with applying it straight on clean skin, and on normal to dry skin it's best applied over moisturiser. It gives a really nice glowy coverage (great for weekends) and also contains some sun protection.
Clarins Men's Anti Fatigue Eye Serum, $35.99.
This one is for the guys because my husband is always nagging me for a good eye cream (soz for spilling your secret, honey). You'll see anti-fatigue terminology used a lot on men's skincare because apparently men just get tired while women get old. Sigh. Anyway. This serum is great because it sinks right in and doesn't leave a dewy residue or shiny finish, which most guys don't like. Looking 'fresher' is the end result.