We Review: Beauty boosters
All good beauty routines sometimes need a little kick-start. And with spring fast approaching, it’s time to get our beauty prep into gear for all those events that start to pop up with the new season.
So to help you get a head start on the warmer months, we’re sharing our new favourite beauty-boosting products. Discover the brush that’s giving bh’s Kate the hair of her dreams, the firming bust cream that bh’s Tina loves, the whitening mask that bh’s Nadine swears by for brighter skin and the multi-tasking brow product bh’s Sophie can’t live without.
bh’s Kate says:
"Hairstylists have always told me that while my hair isn't ridiculously thick, there's a lot of it. Which is why this TONI&GUY Hot X Large Radial Brush is so perfect for me – it’s designed to move effortlessly through even the thickest of hair types.
Even though I mastered the art of curling and straightening years ago, when it comes to the classic blow dry, I have always been a little bewildered. My hair always seems to get stuck in the brush, my hand won’t bend at the weird angle that blow drying seems to require… after several failed attempts, I put it in the too-hard basket. But not anymore – this heat-resistant brush makes things so easy that I’m now a blow dry pro!
I use this straight out of the shower, right after I’ve washed my hair. The handle is super easy to grip so that I’m not bending at awkward angles and my hair just glides through the brush. I find that my hair dries so quickly and it’s always left smooth and soft once it’s dry. My hair also looks so much more voluminous and bouncy! Thanks to this brush, I’m now going to be rocking a blow dry after every wash.”
bh’s Tina says:
“I had not realised how neglected my décolletage was until I started using the Alpha Keri Slimfit Bust & Lift Cream. I have been using the cream twice daily for the last few weeks, and I noticed my décolletage in particular is looking smoother and hydrated. For best results, exfoliate your skin first before applying the cream, as it allows for a deeper penetration and effectiveness of the product.
The texture of the cream was heavenly – it was light, but easily absorbed into the skin without leaving any residue – so you can incorporate this into your daily regime without feeling like you’re overloading your skin with too much product.
While I did not see much changes in terms of a bust lift, I did think the cream really improved the skin tone and firmness of my breast shape.
I have now incorporated the cream into my daily regime as it provides much needed hydration for my neglected décolletage.”
bh’s Nadine says:
“This is the first whitening mask I have ever used, so I had to clarify that it wouldn’t actually be ‘whitening’ my skin (don’t worry there’s no bleach in there!). When I found out this mask is actually used to reduce blemishes, brighten skin and even out your skin tone I was really excited to try it. The bee venom in the product tricks the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung which stimulates collagen and elastin. Before I applied the mask I did a patch test on my skin (don’t use it if you’re allergic to bee stings.) It comes in a beautiful little jar which has a decent weight to it and the cream has a nice cocoa butter smell without being too overbearing.
There are two options to apply the mask – you can apply and leave on for 20 minutes then wash off or you can leave it on overnight. There is also a little note on the packaging that says it may tingle on application however I didn’t feel a thing. For the past week I have been using the mask every second night and already my skin is brighter, a bit firmer and super soft in the morning. So far I have found the results similar to a couple of laser treatments, which is perfect as this is a lot more affordable and less time consuming. I’m so happy I have tried this mask and I’m really excited to see more results.”
bh’s Sophie says:
"I absolutely LOVE this product! The PONi Brow POP is a multi-use product so it’s really convenient to use when I’m on the go. It can be used as a highlighter and a concealer, which is great because I’m all about making my eyebrows pop.
First I clean up the edges of my brows with the concealer after filling them in, which helps to give them a more defined shape. Then I use the highlighter on my brow bone and in a thin line directly under the brow. This makes my brows look extra polished and like I’ve just stepped out of the brow salon. Once my brows are looking fly I use the concealer on my dark circles and any blemishes I might have. I’ve even used this genius product as an eyeshadow base to lock in my latest smoky eye creation. I love that I can get two amazing products in one! This multi-tasker has well and truly earned its place in my beauty bag."