Achieve that sun-kissed Aussie look with Becca’s glorious cosmetic range.

Australia Day

22nd January 2010

In honour of Australia Day (26 January), Mary Linehan pays homage to some great brands from Down Under…

Australian skincare already stands shoulder to shoulder with the best players in the Northern Hemisphere, and now, partly thanks to the emergence of some very funky fashion designers (think Coleen Dignan) cosmetics, too, are benefiting from an Aussie touch of class.
Becca – the creation of Perth-born makeup artist Rebecca Morrice-Williams on her personal mission to find the perfect foundation – is now an international favourite with the likes of Elle McPherson, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz et al. Becca’s promise is to correct, perfect and enhance your own natural beauty. There are 30 high performance foundation shades and the range of wearable colours/formulations of every product is exceptional.

Must-Haves: Luminous Skin Colour Foundation (£33). Becca Eye Colour Powder (£17).

Lipstick Queen was created by Poppy King, self-confessed lipstick obsessive, who hails from Melbourne, Victoria. This brand is a joy: brilliant colours, brilliant technology and – best of all – OTT but wearable glamour. And how is this for originality? For the Butterfly Ball Treatment Lipstick (£17) Poppy set out to recreate the effects of light on a butterfly wings to reproduce the perfect shimmer. A wet formulation, it both moisturises and conditions – and its flash of turquoise pigmentation makes your teeth look whiter.

Becca Cosmetics: 91a Pelham Street, SW7. Call 020 7225 2501.
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The best news on the beauty circuit is that natural and organic brand myBod, one of Australia’s finest, has made a UK come back – by public demand! It was here, it made waves with organic beauty buffs, and went away for a little while.

Their mantra – You’ve Only Got One (bod, of course) – is the most logical reason on earth to produce some of the most sensual and effective concoctions made with organic botanicals, herbs, florals and essential oils. Try…

• myBod Light Moisturisng Cream (£22), a nurturing light moisturiser with rose maroc, ylang ylang and calendula

• myBod Certified Organic Body Oils (£17) with certified organic almond, avocado, jojoba and safflower oils and a variety of essential oil blends depending on the condition of your skin. Frankincense, bitter orange, geranium and lavender is fab for dry, tired and mature skins – a positively euphoric bath time experience – brilliant to combat winter blues.


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