Monday, 28 May 2012

Makeup Monday: Limited Edition Lovelies

There's a lot to love about limited edition cosmetics- the knowledge you own one of only a few exclusive products created by a particular brand, plus the fun colours and innovative packaging that often comes with limited edition goodies.

Then there's the downside- the realisation that you will never be able to get another lipstick/gloss/eyeshadow in that same limited edition shade you love, or the buyer's remorse that comes with spending $100 on a beautiful looking compact only to get it home and realise you have no idea how to actually work with the colours inside the damn thing.

So in that vein, I thought I'd present to you some limited edition lovelies that won't leave you feeling guilty for that little impulse purchase. In fact, you'll feel positively, um, positive about adding these products to your personal cosmetics collection. Promise!*

In order to celebrate Earth Day Kiehl's collaborated with Florence Welch, Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson and Spike Lee to design four limited edition versions of their Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque. 100% of the proceeds from sales go to Recycle Across America, a non-profit organisation aiming to make recycling easier and more effective. So while you're chilling out with this mask made from Amazonian White Clay purifying your skin and tightening your pores, you can chill guilt free!

Barbados nail polishes in Lets Go Scuba Diving and Another Daiquiri Please. 
Face of Australia have created a limited edition nail polish collection inspired by the colours and beaches of Barbados. What makes these polishes limited edition lovelies is that they're only $4.95 and Face of Australia is a registered Choose Cruelty Free company. So while you show off your gorgeous tropical hued nails you can be that extra bit smug over the fact no animals were harmed in order for your nails to look so bloody good.

I have to mention Face of Australia again for their limited edition Mineral Therapy Illuminators, as they come in four colours that cover all skin tones, unlike the one-colour-for-all illuminators so many cosmetic companies come up with. I also have to mention the awesome fact that they actually use women of colour and ethnicity in their advertisements (the pics at the top of the post are from FOA as well). Why is this still so rare these days?! It's so great to see a cosmetics company showing the wonderful diversity of our lovely little country. So yay for Face of Australia! (Ooh and did I mention the illuminators are only $14.95? Steal!)

I couldn't resist slipping this last lovely in even though it isn't technically a limited edition product! But The Body Shop's Born Lippy Stick ($10.95) does contain moisturising fair trade Marula Oil from Namibia, which supports the 5,000 women who are part of the Eudafano Women's Co-operative to earn a fair income. Hello feel good lip indulgence!

Another actual limited edition lovely is The Body Shop's Chocomania Body Care Collection in which every product in it smells like chocolate. Sold! I'm loving the lightweight Chocomania Body Lotion ($22.95) which contains deliciously moisturising fair trade Cocoa Butter from Ghana. I wonder if it's actually edible...

Does anyone else have a favourite guilt free beauty indulgence? Or perhaps you've spent a small fortune on a limited edition product? Please do tell!

Have a beautiful week!


*Promise not actually valid in real life.


  1. i am a loyal Kiehl's user for the longest time now because i totally swear by their products :) sooo subtle and yet sooo effective, it leaves you feeling natural without being too shiny or too made up :) i love all of your featured products here... lately, i find myself more and more conscious about what i use and wear :) thanks for the info!

    1. Aww thank you! I love Kiehl's too! Their lip balm and Creme de Corps body lotion are the best! :)
      xoxo Lauren


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