By Gaynor Alder
A Note on The Beauty Queen
Confessions of a Beauty Queen is the new column from Onya’s Beauty Editor, Gaynor Alder. You could say Gaynor (a self confessed product addict), is a tough crowd, and you’d be right. She’s dedicated to sharing, with you, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, in her quest for fabulous Australian made and owned beauty products.
Follow Confessions of a Beauty Queen as Gaynor unearths new and exciting products, dishes the dirt and waxes lyrical about products she’s road tested in her boudoir, tells tales of trips to Australia’s best day spas and offers expert beauty advice, such as how to glue on false eyelashes without stabbing yourself in the eye with your tweezers. She warns, reading her column on a regular basis will result in falling head over heels in love with all the beautiful beauty buys this country has to offer – which isn’t a bad thing, unless you’re wearing a really expensive pair of heels.
Inika Mineral Makeup
If you worship natural and organic products, you’re going to love Inika Mineral Makeup, which was born out of a quest for a 100% natural product that delivered on both quality and performance.
“Inika is all about creating glamour that’s good for you” says Miranda Bond, CEO and founder of Inika. It’s one of the only brands to have its products certified vegan and organic, and with a name meaning “small earth”, it’s no surprise that they’re committed to the environment.
There are some brands on the market that claim to be natural, but when you turn the label over, they’re actually full of toxic ingredients – kind of like going to a Chinese restaurant that claims not to use MSG, and then spending the next 24 hours unable to sleep with a splitting migraine. Inika, however, is free from harsh petrochemicals, fillers, talc, bismuth oxychloride, GM ingredients, parabens, preservatives, mineral oils, phthalates and fragrances.
Inika is perfect for people who suffer with sensitive skin and acne as their products are very gentle and won’t clog your pores. There are 79 products in the range including mineral foundation, bronzer, illuminser, blush, mascara, lipstick and eye shadow. They also have five new product categories being released soon – watch this space.
The quality of their range attracts a celebrity following including Stella McCartney, and with their mineral foundation acting as a concealer, foundation and powder in one, along with SPF20 protection from the sun, I can see why it won an award for Best New Beauty Buy of 2008.
Visit www.inika.com.au for Inika stockists or to order their products online.
GIVEAWAY – CLOSED
This prize contains eye shadows in Coffee Cream, Forest Gold and Thunder, as well as Inika’s Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow and mineral lipsticks in Diva and Blossom.
These beautiful eye shadows have a subtle shimmer and are hyper pigmented, which means they are rich in colour and have lasting power. You can also wet your eye shadow brush and use them as a wet shadow or eyeliner.
Inika’s Mineral Bronzer gives you a natural sun kissed look without having to spend all afternoon in the sun’s nasty rays. Use a brush to build up the colour to your desired result, or mix it with your moisturiser to create an instant tan in a cream base.
Inika’s mineral lipsticks deliver colour in a soft and creamy formulation. With the onset of summer, lipsticks like these will help to combat dry chapped lips.
Want to win these fabulous products? Simply email email@example.com with your full name and postal address and tell us why you’re mad for mineral makeup. Entries are open until 5pm, Friday the 27th of November. The winner will be notified via email. Good luck!