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Chanel Rouge Al­lure lip­stick, $58. It’s hard to know what came first, my re­dis­cov­ered love of lip­stick or the great new for­mu­la­tions that tempted me back from gloss. What­ever it was, Chanel’s Rouge Al­lure was my ul­ti­mate lip­stick last year, thanks to its creamy, eye­pop­ping new colours and the op­u­lent black and gold pack­ag­ing. Hon­or­able men­tion: Shi­seido Per­fect Rouge lip­stick, $50. An­other awe­somely creamy yet long-wear­ing lip­stick, avail­able in a range of yummy colours. An­tipodes Avo­cado Pear Nour­ish­ing Night Cream, $55. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, I don’t like to rec­om­mend anti-age­ing prod­ucts be­cause noth­ing ever lives up to our ridicu­lously high ex­pec­ta­tions. How­ever, in in­de­pen­dent clin­i­cal tri­als this lit­tle star was found to stim­u­late the syn­the­sis of col­la­gen by 92 per­cent af­ter 48 hours, so for it I made an ex­cep­tion. It’s also nat­u­ral, rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive and lo­cally made. Hon­or­able men­tions: Pre­vage Eye Ad­vanced Anti-ag­ing Serum, $184, and Pre­vage Eye Ul­tra Pro­tec­tion Anti-ag­ing Mois­tur­izer, $184. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den kept mak­ing its much-loved Pre­vage range even bet­ter in 2010, and these new eye prod­ucts were a dou­ble threat for wrin­kles and what­not around the eye area. Neu­tro­gena Spec­trum+ Ad­vanced Sun­block Lo­tion with He­lio­plex SPF 100+, $25. In my opin­ion Neu­tro­gena con­tin­ues to pro­duce the most ef­fec­tive sun­screens around. They of­fer high SPFs and broad-spec­trum cov­er­age, and soak into skin quickly. They might not have the most glam­orous pack­ag­ing or the finest fra­grance, but when the al­ter­na­tive is wrin­kles and pig­men­ta­tion, who’s gonna quib­ble? Hon­or­able men­tion: True So­lu­tions All Day Mois­ture Tinted SPF 30+, $61. A light, creamy and sub­tly tinted mois­turiser, this was my sum­mer­hol­i­day sta­ple. Dip­tyque Eau Duelle, EDT 100ml $214. On the whole, 2010’s fra­grance re­leases were a lit­tle bland. This drove many of us to search out the unique and un­usual, even if it cost a lit­tle more. Dip­tyque’s spicy, musky vanilla was my most com­mented-on scent of the year. Hon­or­able men­tion: Love Chloé, EDP 50ml $144. A de­li­ciously pow­dery, grown-up scent, and the per­fect match for the min­i­mally luxe look the French fashion house per­fected last year. Lancôme Hyp­nôse Pre­cious Cells Mas­cara, $62. In 2010 we didn’t just want our mas­cara to blacken, lengthen and thicken, we also wanted it to nour­ish, nur­ture and be en­dorsed by one of the most iconic

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