Expert reviews: Top-to-toe beautifying buys
In the market for a flashy new beauty product, or a golden oldie you never knew existed?
You’ve come to the right place. From an anti-ageing concoction to a tried-and-true mascara, the bh team has got you covered with four genuine game-changers...
bh’s Millie says:
"This night cream is amazing! Before you apply it, you need to open the sealed pearl packet and empty it into the cream, then stir and wait five minutes. I found this step quite fun, it felt like I was creating my own anti-ageing miracle potion! Upon application, I instantly noticed the cream was very smooth. It glided onto my skin easily without being too thick and heavy. It absorbed really well and after using it for a couple of weeks, my fine lines appeared slightly less visible and my skin firmer and more plumped. My pores look tighter and I wake up with a more radiant glow! Just one tip: make sure you mix in the serum beads well and allow it to sit for five minutes before applying, otherwise you may find a few beads that didn't dissolve and mix in properly."
bh’s Anna says:
"I often get compliments on how healthy my hair looks, and I certainly take the time and effort to keep it that way, including choosing the right shampoo and conditioner. It takes a lot to impress me but let me tell you, the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter range has won me over. First off, the shampoo is golden in colour. It literally looks like liquid gold and it lathers beautifully! Used in conjunction with the Visibly Brighter Conditioner, my semi-permanent (in-salon) colour is lasting really well, my hair feels super clean and fresh after every use and I haven't noticed any dullness in the colour. When I blow-dry and style my hair, the colour and quality of my hair is bright and glossy – what more could a gal want!"
bh’s Beth says:
"I go through a LOT of body moisturiser (I moisturise from top-to-toe without fail, every single day), so I was stoked with the generous size of this lotion! I also really like that it’s a pump bottle so I don’t have to touch it with greasy hands when I go back for more. The formula has a sweet, floral scent – the orchid extract really comes through. It’s supposed to be a ‘light’ fragrance, however for me it errs on the side of strong, but I’m sensitive to fragrance. Scent aside, the lotion definitely feels indulgent. It’s so smooth and not too thick which means it’s quick and easy to rub in. There’s almost no residue left on my skin, and my skin feels soft and really hydrated! As someone who’s usually not fussed with ‘natural’ ingredients, I’m sold on this bad boy’s 100 per cent natural formula (vegetable glycerin, soybean oil, coconut and orchid extract). Well played, St. Ives!"
bh's Michelle says:
"When so many amazing new products are launched each year, what keeps you coming back to the same one, time and time again? For me, consistency plays a big part: I like knowing what I'll get from a product – every time I use it. This mascara isn't a new launch, but it totally nails it with consistency. It coats and separates lashes evenly and almost never clumps (useful when you're applying it pre-coffee). The brush easily grips both the top lashes and the shorter bottom ones, and it leaves them looking longer and more defined, even without pre-curling. The clincher for me: it stands up to multiple coats – even when I lazily apply an extra layer or two in the evening, without first removing my day make-up. They're Real comes in brown and a cool electric blue shade but I almost always stick to the basic black. When it comes to colour, consistency is key for me, too."
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