Cult Classic Beauty Favourites Beloved By All
There are a handful of products in which experts constantly tout as their top trade secrets; all that gushing eventually led us to snapping all that beauty loot up for ourselves, and making these miracle products cult classic beauty favourites beloved by all. We’ve rounded up our most adored amongst the favourites, and are now passing on these not-so-secret weapons to you — trust us, you’ll be thanking us later! Click on image to view gallery.
FACE: There are few face creams that surpass Crème de la Mer in both luxury and favouritism. Their prize ingredient, The Miracle Broth, instantly transforms skin into a smooth, youthful and hydrated complexion (see: Jennifer Lopez, who supposedly slathers this stuff all over her face and body). The ultra rich cream imparts a dewy finish and leaves skin positively radiant, if only because using a $300 jar of face cream has that uplifting, revel-in-luxury effect.
NARS has graced faces with that elusive, lit-from-within glow for over 15 years (!) and shows no sign of slowing down; Orgasm, the blush that launched millions of “ohs!” for its sheer, gorgeously flattering effect, is still a top seller and necessity in makeup artists’ arsenal. The peachy, pinky, golden glowy shade was designed to suit all skin tones as a blush/ highlighter hybrid, and has since launched an entire Orgasm collection, including nail lacquer, lipgloss, and their trademark Multiple stick. Yes, there is a NARS Multiple Orgasm. Oh Yes!
The original and still one of the best bronzers of all time, Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder is the kind of all-amazing one-and-you’re done product; it instantly beautifies, eliminating the need for anything else. As Guerlain puts it, “given the status of a magical beauty product, Terracotta echoes the soft touch of the first rays of sunlight.” Translation: when dusted lightly (in Guerlain’s iconic “3 shape application”: sweep brush “from the forehead to the cheeks and then to the chin, following the facial contours towards the chin”) you’ll be sporting the legendarily natural, healthy Guerlain Glow.
When it comes to mascara, there are plenty of picks, but few make the cut backstage as often as Dior’s Diorshow. Inspired by the runway’s show-stopping lashes, Diorshow delivers that runway to real way look with its buildable, creamy formula and monster sized brush. The result? Incredible volume, thanks to the silica powder-boosted formula, which actually increases the diameter of each individual lash.
Every woman endlessly searches for that impeccably painted pout achieved by that perfect red lipstick. A winning combination of shade, formula and lasting power is necessary in order to hit a home run, and after trying millions (or at least what feels like millions) of tubes, we’ve found our red-lipped holy grail. Sworn on by many, MAC’s much-loved Ruby Woo made Vogue UK’s cult-classic red lipstick list, and was lauded as “perhaps the most famous red lipstick of them all”. The absolute perfect shade of bold and bright true red, the formula imparts a matte but never-dry texture that lasts all night long. Jennifer Balbier, senior VP of global product development at MAC explains, “it is iconic! We sell millions of units a year. We call Ruby Woo the perfect sexy red from the runway to you.”
HAIR: Yeah, we know shelling out four shellac manicure’s worth of cash seems a little excessive for a hair brush, but trust us: this is no regular brush, and nearly every hairstylist and beauty authority in the world can’t be wrong. The classic Mason Pearson Hairbrush is a cult favourite that truly lives up to its hype thanks to its unique design, which has been handmade since 1885. With the ability to custom create your made-to-order brush, options like paddle size, and nylon, bristle or a blend of both tufts ensure you’ll have the best hair of your life, for life: these babies last forever, making them well worth the investment.
When Kérastase PARIS introduced their first ever styling range two years ago with the iconically chamelon-like and every stunning Kate Moss fronting the ad campaigns, salons and stylists alike went into a frenzy, scooping up as many products from the collection as they could. To date, their Spray à Porter has emerged as one of the stars of the line (but let’s face it: the entire collection truly delivers incredible results). Bumping other salt sprays from their cult favourite status, this divinely-scented and super fine, light mist creates the perfect tousled effect with zero stickiness, heaviness or residue, which revolutionized the “ocean spray” product category entirely. Beautifully undone texture is achieved, and flexible hold means the style lasts all day (and night!) long. Thanks, Ms. Moss!
Another Kérastase PARIS instant classic, Powder Bluff is another game changing must-have. Just like other dry shampoos, this aerosol spray finely mists a cleansing powder that absorbs oil and prolongs and refreshes style. Unlike other dry shampoos, this unique formula combines lipid compounds and silicone gums and mixes them with starch and mineral powders, which “significantly attenuates the “cloudiness” of classic powders.” Lighter in texture, Powder Bluff leaves absolutely zero residue, yet cleanses and volumizes like no other.
Need a little boost? Many women book it to the salon, lured in by glossing treatments or even a fresh flip of highlights. Great news: beloved by all Shu Uemura offers us glistening, perfect-hair-day hair with their Art of Hair Touch of Gloss. Impossibly shiny, smooth, never-sticky strands are instantly brought to life and looking lush, lustrous and glossy with just a teeny dollop of this brilliant melt-in wax. When warmed in palms pre-application (just smooth on mid-shaft down) it looks like crushed diamonds, which is translated to defined, detailed and ultra reflective strands that look — dare we say? — fresh from the salon.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair does it again with their made-to-measure clickable Volume Maker. It’s innovative brush houses invisible powder that instantly lifts roots and creates long-lasting volume. Dust it on, massage it in and have a great hair day!