Happy Australia Day mate!

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 26 - 2011

It’s the 26th January and in honour of Australia/Survival Day, I’m showcasing some great products born from the land Down Under!

It’s fair to say that the island nation are becoming a beauty force to be reckoned with and 2011 is sure to see tremendous UK growth for Aussie-grown brands such as Hissyfit, Shizen and Lanolips to name just a few.

I admit to having a soft spot for these Antipodean enterprises, it’s a part of the world that I hold close to my heart.

And so, without further ado – here are some of the brands in my beauty cupboard that hail from the land that brought us Neighbours, Tim-Tams, Kylie Minogue and more deadly snakes and spiders than you can shake a stick at!

1. Aesop – Aesop’s Rosehip Seed Lip Cream wasn’t quite intensive enough for my lips… but it makes the most delightful smelling, fast-absorbing cuticle butter around!

2. Naive Beauty – Naive’s Magneteyes Under Eye Algae Mask* is a welcome quick fix for tired eyes.  Cooling, refreshing and moisturising – the pack of 10 eye pads can even be re-used if you treat them with care!

3. Glitter Gal – The Holographic Nail Polishes* from Glitter Gal are to die for!  Super blingy, super holo and super gorgeous.  They need to be more accessible in the UK though!

4. Lanolips – Lanolips ultra-nourishing lip ointments are my everyday staple, the new (and sadly limited edition) Lemonaid Lip Aid* is an innovative take on the original formula, combining organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate whilst the lanolin takes care of the moisturisation!

5. Invisible Zinc – The cult Aussie suncare brand have rendered themselves squeaky clean with IZ Cleanser, a 12% glycolic acid cleanser.  I use this weekly as an exfoliating cleanser to leave my skin smooth as a baby’s bum!

6. Becca – Becca hails from Perth in Western Australia and is the brainchild of MUA Rebecca Morrice Williams.  I love the brand’s Pressed Shimmer Powders as seen above in the shade Princess.

7. A’kin – Australian made and owned natural skincare brand A’kin produce products using only botanical ingredients, fairly well-known in the UK… I love their Cellular Radiance Serum when my skin is being particularly reactive and badly-behaved!

8. Alpha-H – Another Aussie brand to have developed a cult following across the globe, Alpha H are well-known for their best-selling product, Liquid Gold – a glycolic based resurfacing lotion.  Their simple packaging belies a whole host of cleverly formulated products that promise anti-ageing nirvana!

9. Inika Cosmetics – This sleek mineral makeup brand is another Antipodean delight with a core range of over 70 products.  I’ve recently discovered their Liquid Mineral Foundation, which I’m enjoying for natural and moisturising coverage.


Do you have any favourite Australian beauty brands?


* denotes PR sample.

10 Responses to “Happy Australia Day mate!”

  1. Rhamnousia says:

    1) What a brilliant way to go about this post, I really want to try that Alpha H stuff..

    2)My dad LOVES that song and whenever he hears it on the TV he puts in on full blast so it echoes throught the whole house.

    PS, lol @ mate, you old Sheila!

  2. Jen says:

    Tim Tams???? What have I been missing?

  3. Tracy S says:

    Australia! Australia! Australia! We love you!
    LOVE Becca Cosmetics. Wish it wasn’t so hard to find in Canada.

  4. Katrina says:

    Eh, New Zealand is better 😉

    I miss Tim Tams so much :( My Mum sent me over 2 packets for Christmas and they’re long gone. The Aus/NZ store in London always have old stock and they don’t taste the same :(

  5. Jade says:

    YAY for our Aussie brands, I do especially love A’kin and Lanolips, I’d love to see our Aussie flag changed to the one you’ve shown too, the way we’ve treated our Aboriginal people is a national disgrace.

  6. Jan says:

    Becca, Becca, Becca and more Becca. Jan x

  7. Dempeaux says:

    How sweet of you to write this post Charlotte. Very informative, and you’ve reminded me of some products I still have to try! :)

  8. Sophie says:

    Tim Tams? what are these?? my boyfriends sister lives over in OZ, were going next january for a wedding :) i would love to know if there are any great beauty products that are available over there and aren;t here? that way i can stock up or get his sister to send me some over :)

  9. Lilmiznutcase says:

    I don’t know about Aussie cosmetics, but I do have a slight obsession with Anzac biscuits. Also, best line in Land Down Under has to be “I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
    He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich”. Genius.

  10. Nora says:

    I’m an American-Australian and am totally homesick for Australia right now! It’s crazy, I miss it so much, though. This post made me smile so big.

    I’m thinking of all the Chi-Chi, Bloom, Natio and Australis I hoarded as a tween. Somehow Maybelline just doesn’t compare. xD

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