Nail art has taken off - "look out next for wool-infused nail art and sugar-coated texturised nails". Photo: Hardie Grant Books
Ladies, you have 'the right to get gorgeous'. So says Benefit, the funky Frisco cosmetic company, and it's an inspiring tagline with which to wrap up another year of Beauty Beat.
Bland though it may be at face value, beauty is a topic that constantly inspires because there is always something going on. The trick is to make it fun and to have fun. It's only a bit of beauty.
We're just as likely to be greeted by high-tech conveniences than candlelight and pipes of pan when we turn up for a bit of pampering.
With this in mind, below are some of the things I've learnt through Beauty Beat in 2012. I'd love to hear what you've discovered this year in the realm of skin care, hair care, body care, make-up and products. Bullet points would be great.
Merry Christmas. Now get out there and get as gorgeous as you possibly can. See you again in the new year.
Beauty lessons from 2012
- We're just as likely to be greeted by high-tech conveniences than candlelight and panpipes when we turn up for a bit of pampering. Spas and salons are increasingly making their environments high-tech. Laptops, iPads, and phones are welcome while you're being filed and buffed. No chit-chat required or desired; just get on with your work and they'll get on with theirs. Multi-tasking to the extreme, perhaps, but at least you get to have treatments while meeting deadline.
- We're seeing more elaborate body art than any year before. Tattoos are elaborate and bespoke and everywhere. But it's nail art that has really taken off and we're DIYing. There was a 40 per cent growth in sales of nail art products at Priceline in 2012, worth $10m in sales. Nail art also drives 45 per cent of the total market growth at Priceline. Look out next for wool-infused nail art and sugar-coated texturised nails.
- We're seeing more men at skin clinics. Men typically make up 11 to 15 per cent of clients at Botox clinics. However, they make up 70 per cent of patients at skin cancer clinics and when they're there, they are exposed to information and advice on Botox. It's proving tempting. In a survey conducted by the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia this year, 96.8 per cent of respondents thought it is more acceptable than it was for men to have non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers.
My favourite beauty stuff of 2012
- Dry skin brushing.
- Lancome Eye-Illuminating Youth Activator with its cool metal ''pearl''.
- Red nails of any hue, tip and toe.
- YSL eye colour palettes.
- SPF50+ sun cream.
- Muk curl stick.
- Mustela body wash - too special for the French babies it's meant for.
- Monthly pedicures done by somebody else.
- Tom Ford perfumes.
- Beautiful hand washes for every day.
Over to you...