Here's the thing - magazines actually have deals with cosmetic companies to subtly promote certain products in their glossy pages. No, not Ads. Think of it more as a special kind of bias. So this can make it difficult for readers to get a realistic and honest idea of the product in question.
Having said that, cult classic buys are cult for a reason - they are bought by A HEAP of happy customers. But us vain and intelligent girls know by now that not everything we buy is going to work perfectly with our individual skin, colouring, complexion (or insecurities) and so on. And some of these cult buys are pretty taxing on the poor wallet.
Therefore, I have compiled a short list of 'Cult Classics' for the Aussie girl - as most of these "prestigious" beauty awards are based in international waters, its only fitting that the list be slightly more appropriate for us ladies Down Under. Additionally, I have tried to include a range of prices from the amazingly cheap to the scarily expensive; just because a concealer costs more than your weekly groceries does not necessarily mean it's the best.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Yes, yes; we've all heard the saying that one of these babies is sold somewhere around the world every 2 seconds. I can't confirm if this is true; however, IF it is in fact gospel, then I can't help but be a little perplexed as to why? Here's the positives: 1) it's great value - at around $10 a tube it won't eat away anyone's pocket money. 2) it's quite natural - I found that it most noticeably made my eyelashes a little longer-looking and separated them nicely. 3) the small brush makes it useful for bottom lashes without much clumping. Negatives: I didn't find it amazing.
With all of the new-wave mascaras of the last couple of years - think the innovative no-clump plastic wands - it's hard to believe that this one is still topping the lists. Particularly when we are spoiled for choice with excellent mascaras that deliver no-clumping volume, false-lash looks, extreme length and even oscillating wands. But, each to their own. This is still a good buy for some. I say buy it in the waterproof formula and use it for beach or pool trips. Very water goddess!
Fake tan is a must in summer. Tanning and everything associated with cooking ourselves for colour is now frowned upon and the tan market is saturated with all sorts of goodies. But this is the one that many claim to have converted them. I too must admit to being a long-time fan. ModelCo now make their tan in a number of formulas and applications, but their original 360 degree spray can is the best. The colour is good - slightly more yellow based on the skin, but not orange or streaky. Provided, you will need to blend in spots. Another cool hint: all tans will rub off slightly on clothes and this is no different. However, you may notice that the colour that appears on your garments, as well as what seems to build up around the nozzle, has a slight greeny-brown tinge. This is a good sign. It means that the formula contains a fair amount of Blue 1 (colouring) that helps to maintain a more brown, natural tone as opposed to a formula that is more Red or Yellow heavy, creating the "orangu-tan" look. It's not a cheap buy - around $40 in most department stores - but it lasts a while and is worth the investment. Have a shop around online and in some discount cosmetic stores. It pops up a lot.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: Probably one of the most famous and oldest cosmetics on the market. Probably more a favourite with the more mature ladies, but I've had it lying around my bathroom since I was 20. The original tube contains a slightly, orange gel-like substance that claims it can be used on burns, scrapes, chaffing and so on. In fact, a girlfriend of mine's young daughters refer to it as her "magic cream." And it almost is. But be advised - it is NOT a moisturiser, nor does it have anti-ageing properties. So why buy it? It's multi-purpose. Personally, I use it as a lip balm during our horribly dry and cold Melbourne winters. It creates a somewhat barrier between the skin and the air, and gives a slight tingle when you first apply it. Similarly to how it helps with healing burns and such - its a bit like a nice-smelling bandaid. I give it the thumbs up.
So there's my first list for 2011. Look out for more reviews and ratings in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any other honourable mentions you'd like to add to the Classics list, tell me about them!
Until next time, Pretty Ladies.....