Counter intelligence: September
Top ten buys
1. Sunbeam NutriHair System (HD8600), $99.95
A hairdryer that uses heat for good and not dehydrating evil? Yes,it's true. Just clip a conditioning capsule into this salon-worthydryer and, as the warmth helps vitamins B5 and B6, hydrolysed silk andnourishing rosehip soak into your locks, you get the softest, sleekeststyle ever. We LOVE this. Frequent dryers, this will change yourlife.
2. CliniqueSupermoisture Makeup , $48
We love it when make-up thinks it is skincare. This fluffy, whippedfoundation sincerely believes it's a moisturiser. And, given itcontains a humectant-rich base of olive, cranberry and aloe leaf tocontinually hydrate the skin, we're inclined to agree. Wear it fordewy, stay-all-day coverage come rain, hail or shine. Available now.
3. Dermalogica Daylight Defense Oil Free Matte Block SPF20, $59
The problem: You diligently apply antioxidants and sunscreen beforeyou go out for lunch, but, by the time you're actually seated at thatcoveted outdoor table, the protection factor has begun to fade. Thesolution: Dermalogica's new Daylight Defense range cleverly coatsvitamins C and E in microcapsules that only burst upon contact with UVrays, meaning they can enhance photoprotection and fight free radicalsjust when you need them most. Genius. We love this oil-free,matte-finish formula but the rest of the range is similarly brilliant.Available in salons throughoutSeptember.
4. ModelCo Self-Tanning Glove, $34
A seamless sunkissed bronze just doesn't get easier than this.Slip on the glove that has been pre-soaked in just the right amount ofself tan, follow the steps printed on the pack and in four UV-freehours you'll look like you took summer holidays early this year. It'sfoolproof tanning-by-numbers for dummies. Available from September 23.
5. L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime Masque,$24.95
Like softening, grease-free sunscreen for your hair, this intenselynourishing mask uses Mexoryl S.O. to guard against UV damage. Don'tattempt beach season without it. Insalons from the start of September.
6. Benefit That Gal, $51
It's oh-so-pretty pink. It smells a little like sherbet. Plus it helpsto brighten up dull, sleepy skin while prepping you for make-up. Welove that it makes skin gleam rather than glimmer and it really doeshelp foundation blend and stay. That Gal's our new best friend. Hits shelves on Sept 9.
7. Bloom Pure Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation, $35
You know there's actual mineral make-up and then 'make-up withminerals', right? Well, this pure powder is definitely from column A.With no talc, no oil and no other sneaky binders or fillers, thesenaturally-occurring minerals are gentle on sensitive skin whileproviding reliable, yet undetectable, coverage. It's a natural wonder.Available now.
8. MAC In 3D 3D Glass in Energy, $34
This glass-effect gloss makes your pout pop like cellophane under aspotlight. We love this sheer baby pink colour called Energy foreveryday glamour but will no doubt be rocking Racy (cherry red) or Apex(sheer orange) by night. On counterSeptember 10.
9. Mariah Carey M EDP, from $79
One of the most highly anticipated celeb scents of the yearfinally hits shelves on September 23. Opening with sweet, catchy chordsof tiare flower and marshmallow before revealing a more sensual heartof incense, this floriental has all the hallmarks of another Mariahhit.
10. Glominerals GloShimmer Brick Luster,$72
Four shades of shimmer for a customised glow. Dot it onto yourtemples, trace it along your browbone, use it to define your cheeks ordecorate your decolette - this colour wheel goes to any extent to helpyou look eyecatchingly expensive.