Beauty News / Weekly Roundup

> A big congratulations is in order for ASAP, as their pure mineral make-up won the Judges’ Choice Award for the best mineral make-up at the 2011 Australian Beauty Awards. In addition to this, the ASAP ultimate hydration was a runner up in the Judges’ Choice Award for the best facial moisturiser.

> The freakishly organised like myself should keep an eye on the shelves this August at Myer, David Jones and Priceline for the Dr Lewinn’s Shave and Go Gift Set which would make the perfect present for the dads in your life this Father’s Day. The set contains a Men’s Shaving Cream, Men’s Aftershave Fluid and a bonus Wine Cooler Bag to store important things like… wine. (RRP $39.95 AUD)

> Leading skin care brand Olay revealed the new face of Olay Regenerist, none other than multi AFI and Logie winning Australian actress Rebecca Gibney. Exciting news!

> Fans of Australian skin care brand Trilogy should keep their eyes peeled for two new products launched this week – Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream ($39.95 AUD) & Age Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate ($36.95). Both will be available from MYER, Priceline and selected pharmacies and health food stores throughout Australia.

> Another brand that collected a few nifty accolades this year at the 2011 Beauty Awards was ghd, who won Reader’s Choice for Favourite Hair Tool (the ghd Gold Classic styler) and Judge’s Choice Best Styling Product (the ghd Maximise Mousse). They were came runner up in the following categories: Judge’s Choice Best Hair Appliance (for the ghd Gold Classic styler), Judge’s Choice Favourite Hair Tool (for the ghd Gold Classic styler) & Judge’s Choice Best Hairspray (for the ghd Ultimate Hairspray). Congratulations ghd!

Product Review: ASAP Super A Serum

I have minimal experience with the ASAP Skincare Brand, but judging by the products that I’ve used in the past, I really like their range. The Super A Serum is one of the newer products from the ASAP range, and I think it’s going to be a hit. “ASAP’s new Super A Serum is an advanced anti-ageing revitalising treatment developed specifically to help diminish the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation.” Though I am still not 100% on anti-ageing products (I don’t know if I will ever really be on board with them), I am happy to work with preventative skincare to help keep pigmentation at a minimum. This serum feels like a dream to apply. It’s smooth and silky and glides over the face to make your skin feel like satin. (It’s a good idea not to stand there stroking your face in amazement at how good it feels though, because you’ll just transfer all the nasty germs & bacteria from your hands to your face, which will cancel out all of the good that the Super A Serum is doing…) I am yet to see any long-term effects of this product, but as miracles don’t come in a tube I don’t know that I will see anything too dramatic. As a serum in general, this product is great and leaves my skin feeling soft and plumped through the night and into the following day. (note: When using Vitamin A/Retinol products it’s a good idea to introduce them to your skin slowly and build up your usage as time goes on) the ASAP Super A Serum retails for $79 AUD and can be purchased from Australian online beauty retailer Adore Beauty. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Product Review: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP are an Australian made and owned skincare brand that offer products that are suitable for all skin types, including acne prone, environmentally damaged & pigmented skin and are simple, effective and affordable. Also, they do not test on animals. Sound good? I thought so too. I was sent the ASAP Clearskin Pack for review, which includes the Daily Facial Cleanser, the Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub and the Clearskin Gel. I wanted to share my thoughts on the exfoliating scrub first, as it’s my favourite product of the 3 I’ve been using. The daily exfoliating scrub claims to be gentle enough to use on skin daily, but if you have super sensitive skin I would probably avoid using it that frequently, as it did slightly irritate my skin on daily use. The exfoliating scrub contains AHAs but there are also little beads in the product that you can feel manually scrubbing away at your skin – which I personally quite like. It makes me feel like the product is really working. The smell of the scrub isn’t that pleasant, it’s a slightly chemical smell – but it’s not unbearable. Overall I liked the ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub because of how soft & smooth it made my skin feel, and the fact that I really am growing to appreciate the ASAP brand and their ethos. The Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub retails for $44 AUD for 240ml and you can search for a nearby stockist at the ASAP website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)