09 Apr 2020
The cult-fave beauty essentials of The Rocks
The Rocks is home to some of the best brands and boutiques that the world of beauty has to offer — and with them, these cult-fave beauty essentials.
Whether you’re a beauty guru looking for your next holy grail, or a newbie curious about where to start, The Rocks has your next beauty must-have ready and waiting. Here are a few of our top-pick cult-fave beauty essentials, perfect for a bit of extra-special pampering during lockdown.
DECIEM | GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% IN SQUALANE
Cult-faves don’t get more cult or more fave than The Ordinary, the affordable skincare line owned by Deciem. We’re huge fans of The Ordinary’s range of ‘actives’, and lockdown is a great time to try an active out. Actives are ingredients like AHAs, BHA and retinoids, and what they do is speed up skin cell turnover. The result? Glowing, smooth skin — but not right away. In the first few weeks you can usually expect any pimples that may be lurking under the surface to come to the fore, and maybe a bit of dryness — and seeing as we’re all staying inside, you can get that awkward stage out of the way without any witnesses. Our fave is the Granactive Retinoid 2% In Squalane, known as a holy grail product by beauty bloggers the world over. A few weeks of this banging serum and you’ll emerge from lockdown a fresh-faced butterfly.
AESOP | RESURRECTION DUET
We’re doing a lot of extra handwashing at the moment, and an unfortunate side effect is that it can leave our hands feeling sensitive, dry and even cracked. Aesop’s famous Resurrection Duet has come to the rescue. It features the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, both of which are soft and soothing — perfect for suffering skin. Treat your handworking hands to a gentle cleanse with the hand wash, and follow it up with some sumptuous hydration from the hand balm. Oh, and did we mention they smell gorgeous? With a gloriously citrusy, woody and herbaceous scent, that 20 second handwash will be an absolute treat.
L’OCCITANE | IMMORTELLE RESET SERUM
A regular on beauty editors’ best-of lists, L'Occitane's Immortelle Reset Serum is a bestseller for a reason. It was even a winner in Marie Claire’s 2019 Prix d’Excellence Beauty Awards, who cited its effectiveness against fine lines and dull complexions as the reason for its top billing. Featuring organic essential immortelle oil extract, as well as Acmella oleacera and marjoram, this rejuvenating serum helps to stimulate skin microcirculation and increase collagen synthesis, leaving skin looking refreshed, rested and luminous. Stress relief for the skin — just what we need.
DUX COLLECTION | COME AWAY WITH ME
The name says it all. Allow yourself to drift off to somewhere special atop the floral, woody scent of this luscious body butter. With fragrance notes like white rose, lily, bergamot, white musk, amber, cedar and peony, Come Away With Me is a divine treat for the senses. It’s nourishing and soothing on the skin too, featuring natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, shea butter, camellia oil, aloe vera and vitamin E. All of DUX Collection’s body butters are handmade in Sydney using only the highest quality ingredients, so you can be sure you’re treating your body to the best butter there is.
STUGA | BEARD OIL
For those among us who can grow a beard, lockdown’s a pretty great time to give it a go and see what you think. Just like using actives, there’s an awkward stage at the start — but now you can now get it out of the way in comfortable seclusion. Treat yourself and your face fuzz to a nice bit of self care with some of Stuga’s brilliant Beard Oil. It’s available in a huge range of natural fragrances (our faves include vanilla bean and sweet orange, bergamot and lemon, and green tea) and features a rich blend of pure botanical oils including certified organic jojoba, argan and sweet almond. These oils work hard to nourish the skin, beard and moustache hair, and when used regularly they add moisture to dry hair and skin.
OLEU LIFE | TREAT YOURSELF MASSAGE OIL
Who couldn’t do with a massage at the moment? Whether you have someone to share the favour with or just want to give your own muscles a nice bit of attention, the perfectly named Treat Yourself Massage Oil from boutique aromatherapy experts Oleu Life is waiting in the wings. It’s packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and rejuvenating camellia oil so it’s good for the skin — and, of course, it smells divine. Sweet notes of soothing sweet orange essential oil and calming patchouli come together to blur away stress and invite a lingering moment of tranquillity to your day.