Most of my catchups with brands happen entirely by accident, and my recent catch up with Pedro Catalá from Twelve Beauty was no exception. He was vacationing in Australia with his partner, and I happened to catch up with him for brunch without any prior planning. Apart from being super friendly and charming, Pedro turned out to be the most knowledgeable green beauty insider I’d ever met. This is not surprising considering he has degrees and PhDs in botany, pharmacy and natural cosmetology. He also teaches cosmetic formulation at an Italian university, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about! We had a lengthy discussion about green beauty and ingredients (followed by a brief beauty shopping expedition). Pedro’s scientific and results-driven approach to green beauty was refreshing, and his products occupy a unique niche that combine green ingredients with cutting-edge technology. View Post
Founded by Australian acupuncturist and facialist Annee de Mamiel, UK-based brand de Mamiel uses the purest natural ingredients to create cutting-edge skincare formulas. The latest Beauty Heroes discovery features two products form their Atmospheriques line: a full size of the Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir and a deluxe sample of the Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. The products are worth a whopping $147 (USD), but they can be yours for under $39! Only a limited number of boxes are available, so sign up to Beauty Heroes now before it sells out!
Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir: Atmospheriques is de Mamiel’s pollution-proof line of skincare, and these products are designed to ‘repair and protect skin from oxidative damage caused by environmental stresses we encounter everyday.’ This particular product is an antioxidant rich treatment that hydrates, refines, restores and protects the skin. View Post
I love the idea of supporting local brands, but I don’t often come across Aussie brands that are strikingly original. I’m always on the lookout for new brands that move the skincare conversation forward, but most local brands tend to follow international trends rather than create new ones. There are exceptions to this, of course (Mukti, Sodashi, MV Skincare etc.), but a lot of the local products I try feel like variations of other products that already exist.
When Edible Beauty approached me to try their products, I was initially sceptical – but I’m so glad that I accepted their offer. Their products are exceptional, and they really do have a unique point of view. Here are some of my top picks from the brand: View Post
Every so often one encounters a brand that’s truly a cut above the rest. I’d heard only good things about U.S. based brand La Bella Figura (‘a beautiful figure’ in Italian), so my expectations were sky high. Victoria, the brand co-founder, handpicked the products below for my acne/pigmentation-prone skin. After using them for around two months, I’m truly impressed. La Bella Figura has become one of my favourite new-to-me brands. The products are meticulously formulated with a minimalist feel to them. Each ingredient is carefully chosen to serve a precise purpose and the products deliver. Without further ado, let’s discover the products!