Luscious lips are a thing of beauty. But as we age our body produces less collagen and our lips thin. There are a slew of plumping products that give immediate (but temporary) results and we road-tested three over a 28-day period:
1. Murad Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips, $58
This lightweight serum is best worn under a lip balm or moisturising lipstick. There was a slight plumping effect and a reduction in fine lines around the lips after 28 days. 7/10
2. Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Lip Enhancer, $29.95
The bee venom ingredient gives a pleasant tingling sensation on application, making lips feel really pillowy, with a slightly fuller and more pigmented appearance. 9/10
3. Estee Lauder New Dimension Plump + Fill Expert Lip Treatment, $82.00
A two-step application process that uses a serum first, followed by a balm. Lips felt moisturised and showed modest plumping. Fine lines were reduced. 8/10
Kerastase L'Incroyable Blowdry, $44
At last, a styling product that gives great hold but doesn't leave hair feeling claggy or crispy, thanks to its ingenious microwax technology.
Wellington Apothecary Frankincense Aftershave Lotion, 100ml, $35
A nice little something for the Christmas stocking, this soothing lotion is formulated with frankincense and gotu kola to tone and nourish the skin after shaving.
Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm, $39.99
This heavenly balm leaves your skin feeling clean, hydrated and baby-soft thanks to its blend of mango butter, rosehip and coconut oil.
Clarins Men Hydration & Cleansing Set, $100
Just the ticket for gym-goers and travellers, this nifty set contains all the essentials - moisturising balm, exfoliating cleanser, shaving foam and eye serum.
Ditch the white eyeliner. Applying nude eyeliner to your waterline looks natural and does the trick just as well.
How to highlight
Highlighting can completely transform your face, if it's done well. We asked M.A.C's New Zealand national artist, Kiekie Stanners, for advice.
"You can create radiant, luminous skin by precisely highlighting the face to give a defined radiant effect, rather than too much sparkle," she says.
"Apply strobing cream with your fingertips over the top of your preferred skincare. Concentrate on the high planes of the face - on the tops of the cheekbones and down the centre of the face before applying foundation. The luminous reflect will shine through, giving you a natural glow.
"Then sweep a highlighter over the same areas of your face to intensify the luminous effect over your foundation. Finish by applying a strobing powder with a soft powder brush and gently touch the highest area of the cheekbone and the bridge of the nose to reflect the natural light."
1. M.A.C Strobe Cream in Goldlite, $70
2. Benefit Watt's Up! cream highlighter, $57
3. Hourglass Ambient Strobe lighting powder, $59
Kate Sylvester, fashion designer
The Sans Nourishing Hair Wash and Nourishing Hair Hydrant products smell and feel so good. I use minimal beauty products and I like them to be as natural and "light" as possible.