Take your Goop with a grain of salt JUST THE THING...

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH HARRIET PUDNEY -

Along­side cross-species friend­ships, an­kle boots, and ro­man­tic come­dies from the early 2000s, one of my true joys in life is a good celebrity pro­file. From Frank Si­na­tra’s fa­mous cold to Caity Weaver touch­ing Kim Kar­dashian’s boob to Chris Evans get­ting drunk with a reporter, I’ve read and re-read them all, and rel­ished ev­ery word.

The best celeb pro­files of­fer a bit of push­back against a celebrity’s mys­tique while still in­dulging our cu­rios­ity – let’s be se­ri­ous, we’re all nosy.

It’s a fine bal­ance, but Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s lat­est on Gwyneth Pal­trow is an in­stant clas­sic. The New York Times story looks at Pal­trow’s newslet­ter­turned-well­ness-em­pire Goop, and it’s the best thing I’ve read this month. If you’re not fa­mil­iar, Goop is the plat­form whereby Pal­trow rec­om­mends vagi­nal steam­ing and a $41 Psy­chic Vam­pire Re­pel­lent. Brodesser-Akner nails the mix of ad­mi­ra­tion and mock­ery that fol­lows Pal­trow around – we may all laugh at her sell­ing $58 “beauty dust”, but her com­pany is worth $380 mil­lion and em­ploys 200 peo­ple. She’s clearly found a mar­ket.

And while I don’t don t think I’ll be buy­ing an $128 amethyst wa­ter bot­tle, many of Pal­trow’s Pal­trow makeup and skin­care rec­om­men­da­tions are sur sur­pris­ingly sen­si­ble. She’s a fan of manuka honey and rose­hip oil, Coola sun­screen and rms beauty. I am too, and so while the list of items that get the tick of both the GP and the HP isn’t long, it does ex­ist. One item that would fea­ture is rms beauty’s Un Pow­der ($54). It comes in tinted or translu­cent ver­sions, ver is in­cred­i­bly finely milled, and lasts ts all day. This is what you need if your foun­da­tion tends to desert your T-zone by 11am. So too would I go for French Girl Sea Soak ($29) in rose and ylang. g. Th­ese ve­gan, or­ganic bath salts smell di­vine and leave skin soft­ened and lush. I get bored in the bath but this is worth tak­ing a book in. You’ll also find Grown Al­chemist prod­ucts on Goop, and I’ve got a lot of ti time for its vanilla and wa­ter­melon lip balm ($17), with shea but­ter and jo­joba oil. Th­ese items are a all on the ex­tremely y low end of the Goop price range. Th That’s not a co­in­ci­dence: e: I I’m pro-qual­ity, but there are lim­its.

For when you’re sick of the above and want some­thing af­ford­able that works.

NYX Pro­fes­sional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Creams are bet­ter than they have any right to be for $11.95.

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